On Saturday, April 30, the city of Glendora will be hosting "Treasure the Earth," a festival to take place at the Glendora City Hall, Library Plaza, the Friends Room, and the Bidwell Forum. The day will be jam-packed with things to do, from attending workshops and demonstrations on the latest green home, to participating in a Community Bike Ride that begins at 9 a.m. Activities and services will continue until 3 p.m.
This has been the seventh year for the earth festival, which began with simple how-to workshops on compost bins. Planning for the event had begun since November of last year.
"We are pushing to get people to bring with them CRV recycling cans and bottles for the school fundraiser," said Dianne Walter, Planning Manager for Glendora. "The proceeds plus a matching donation by Athens will be donated to Glendora's schools. The city trails department, water and building divisions will each have a booth. The police will have an expired medicine disposal booth at the festival, because you can no longer dispose of them down the toilet. Of course, there will be very many vendors because it is a festival."
Asked which event would draw in the most people, she stated, "It depends on what people are interested in. They may want to go the community bike ride. We have a number of workshop on energy."
Enthusiasm about going green has spread in the community, as well as awareness for conserving natural resources and switching habits that are more energy-efficient.
"We have a compost bin and a worm bin that we use to grow our own lettuce, broccoli, and swiss chard. My mom's an arborist so I have a different experience from most people," said Sarah Fisher, 17, a Glendora High School Student. "The worms are all very red and flies get around them. With the exception of acidic foods, we put all excess foods into the compost bin."
Opportunities to learn how to grow drought vegetation will be available. Compost and worm bins will be on sale. Free recyclable shopping bags will also be provided. Festival-goers can participate in various activities, raffles, workshops. Ongoing services such as confidential documents shredding and a recycling of used motor oil and used filter will also be available.
Activities for the family include: an animal magic show for kids, tours to the Glendora Community Conservancy Nature Center, a bicycle expo, kiddy bike races, a youth garden planting activity, an Earth Day treasure hunt, children’s activities, and animal & plant exhibits.
To participate in any bike event, please bring your own bikes and helmets. Sign-ups for the Community Bike Ride begin at 8 a.m. at the city parking lot between Vista Bonita Avenue and Wabash.
For the full schedule of times and events, please see http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4314
For additional information about the Earth Day Festival, please call the City of Glendora at 626-914-8218, or visit www.ci.glendora.ca.us. All event activities are free of charge.