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Sacramento Earth Day 2011 at Southside Park

An Earth Day Celebration was held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Southside Park in Sacramento. The nonprofit Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) organized their 6th annual Earth Day celebration. The day was full of activities for learning and fun with many local food vendors on hand. Live bands and other performing acts participated throughout the day.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, ECOS station

The Fenix Drum and Dance Company an Afro-Caribbean dance troupe opened the musical entertainment. They took the right side of the amphitheatre stage by the grass to play their beautiful rhythmic beats and show off their dance talents. Beautiful Afro-Caribbean costumes adorned the dancers as they danced and encouraged audience members to join in.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park

Many stations were set up to distribute free information about lifestyle changes that we as individuals can do to make a difference and how we can live in harmony with the earth. Sustainable living demonstrations and information tables were available for attendees to visit. Many healthy food vendors were available for guests to patronize.

The Crane Culture Theatre put on a show called Sadako and the Thousand Cranes to the delight of young and old. This delightful play brought the audience closer to the amphitheater stage. Several other musical acts took the stage including Mac Russ who followed the Crane Culture Theatre.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park with the Crane Culture Theatre performing.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Mac Russ performing

Assemblymember Roger Dickinson was on hand to meet and greet members of his district. Dickinson also had a table with volunteers handing out information. Assemblyman Dickinson has been at many cultural events that I’ve attended in last couple of years.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson

Environmental displays, free yoga classes and Radio Disney were on hand and allowed many guests to participate in many events.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park

Many sponsors participated in the event including Sacramento County Environmental Management Department Storm Water Quality Program, Sacramento News and Review, Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), SEIU Local 1000, REC Solar, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality District, Andy Sawyer and Carol Bingham, Breathe California Emigrant Trails, City Councilman Rob Fong, Regional Transit, City Councilman Steve Cohn, Dave and Maxine Clark, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, Graham Brownstein and Dana Gray, Green Solutions, Waste Management, City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell, Earl Withycombe and Andrea Rosen, Avalon Hearing Aid Centers, County Supervisor Phil Serna, Natomas Citizens for Flood Safety and Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA).

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, SABA parked bikes

Many of the stations had information available on how to make everyday decisions a part of our life and make a difference in our environment. Places to hike, mountain bike and camp were discussed at various outdoor activity stations as well as places to volunteer. Animal and nature conservation tables were also stationed throughout the park.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Corky Quirk Northern California Bat

Music entertainment was also performed by The Foxtails, Jon Merriman, The Trist, Shelley Burns & Bill Dendle, Ask Frederick and the Amber Snider Band. They all played some great music but I was most impressed by Ask Frederick.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, The Foxtails

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Jon Merriman

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, The Trist

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Shelley Burns & Bill Dendle

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Ask Frederick

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park, Amber Snider Band

Participants to the event were encouraged to come via public transit, on foot or bicycle. A free bicycle valet and parking sponsored by SABA was available on site. Visitors were also encouraged to bring reusable plates, bowls, utensils and drinking receptacles from home in a cloth bag to enjoy the healthy food from vendors. The weather cooperated for this year’s Earth Day and several thousand people were able to enjoy the day’s festivities. Families participated in many events making this a family friendly experience.
 

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