Earth Day celebration set for this weekend

The 2008 Rogue Valley Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum.

This year's theme is Growing Our Common Ground, promoting the concept that a community can build a brighter future by focusing on what it has in common. Since its inception in 2001, the Rogue Valley Earth Day Celebration has outgrown its previous location at North Mountain Park. Last year's event drew 1,200 people; this year they are expecting more than 3,000.

"Rain or shine, we will celebrate the Earth and appreciate what Mother Nature decides to share with us," said event manager Paige Prewett.

More than 70 exhibits from across the region will share information about ways to shape an earth-friendly lifestyle. The displays will cover diverse topics including energy, green building, transportation, waste prevention, land and water conservation, farming and gardening, and stewardship. Visitors can find out how solar electricity works, see how to start a compost pile, explore electric and hybrid vehicles, discover the benefits of supporting local farmers, sign up for renewable energy programs and learn about sustainable landscaping.

Hours of activities will make this Earth Day Celebration memorable for kids.

This year's Lithia entertainment stage offers a variety of performances, giving local musicians a place to share their talents.

During the Art Now "Trashion Show," recyclers and artists will model one-of-a-kind attire made from recycled materials on the Earth Day Runway.

Food vendors such as Geppetto's, Grilla Bites, Logical Foods and Pilaf are required to use compostable dishware and utensils. Eventgoers are encouraged to bring reusable alternatives such as water bottles instead of disposable items.

Outdoor event admission is free. ScienceWorks Museum will be open to the public with regular entry fees; $1 of each admission will be directed to support the event.

Visitors are encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or ride the free RVTD shuttle from park-and-ride locations in Medford, Talent and Ashland.

For more information, entertainment and shuttle schedules, visit or call 488-6606. ScienceWorks is located at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, at the intersection of Walker Avenue.

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