Earth Day 2011

The 10th annual Rogue Valley Earth Day event aims to make people more conscious of how their daily habits affect the planet.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, established April 22, 1970, by environmental activist and U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Originally an environmental teach-in, the date is now observed by more than 175 countries and often recognized as the genesis of the modern environmental movement.

In collaboration with ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum's annual Earth Week, April 19-23, the Rogue Valley Earth Day celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, outdoors at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.

The event, themed "Sowing Seeds of Stewardship," will underline the importance of reducing waste, using renewable energy sources and incorporating green products into everyday living. More than 70 exhibits will provide recommendations for energy conservation, transportation alternatives, green products and building materials and more.

Live entertainment will run throughout the day, including traditional hula and Hawaiian music by Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue, a science show put on by ScienceWorks, Japanese drumming by Taiko, the one-act play "Coming up for Air," presented by Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts, and bluegrass music by Eight Dollar Mountain.

Children will have the opportunity to learn about sustainability through a number of exhibits and activities, including field games offered by Ashland Family YMCA, Earth-friendly crafts, face painting and a community drumming circle, courtesy of Rhythms of the Soul and Patricia Aulik.

A range of eco-conscious edibles will be available from various local vendors, who will utilize biodegradable plates, cups and utensils, which later will be collected and composted.

Business executive, certified public accountant and Southern Oregon University professor Steve Schein will discuss sustainability within the context of organizational leadership, and Jen Coleman, outreach director for the Oregon Environmental Council, will discuss how home inspections can reduce toxins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, respectively, in the ScienceWorks SciTheater. Earth Week presentations are free to ScienceWorks members and $5 for nonmembers.

In keeping with the event's intent, visitors are asked to bring reusable water bottles — mobile water fountains will be available — and to bike, carpool or ride the free Rogue Valley Transportation District shuttle, which will run between ScienceWorks and several locations in Medford and Ashland.

Admission to the event is free. ScienceWorks will be open for its regular entry fee: $7.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 12 an younger.

For more information, see or or call 541-482-6767.

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