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An Earthy Get Together

By Jessica Forbes

Bayview Park will once again transform into an eco-friendly festival ground for Pensacola’s annual Earth Day celebration. Eco-conscious vendors and exhibits, children’s activities, art, live music, and several speakers will celebrate all things green and sustainable in honor of Earth Day, which is officially observed on April 22.

“The goal of Earth Day Pensacola is to provide as much earth education as possible, but in a manner that individuals participating don’t feel overwhelmed and feel confident implementing earth friendly practices in their daily life,” stated Mary Gutierrez, General Director of Earth Day Pensacola.

Earth Day, first observed in the U.S. on April 22, 1970, went international in the 1990s with over 175 countries now participating. Pensacola has long held a celebration. Gutierrez, along with the other members of a six-member board who are organizing the Pensacola celebration, have come up with a few new ideas to broaden the event’s offerings.

One of the new additions to the festival this year is a Friday night event for children and families. On Friday, April 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. there will be a showing of “The Lorax” at the Bayview Senior Resource Center with a potential treat for early birds: “The first 25 kids will get a copy of the book,” Gutierrez said. The kids’ section on Saturday has also been expanded, according to Gutierrez, and so has the speaker lineup, which covers topics from landscaping to recycling.

A “Trashion” or recycled fashion show is making its debut at Earth Day Pensacola this year, along with a free yoga session by URU Yoga & Beyond, both taking place in the morning hours of the festival. There will be live music from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. with performances by Ric Kindle, Das, Thomas La Voy, Bear With Me and Meanderthal. In addition, Gutierrez said the Earth Day Pensacola committee expects between 75 and 100 vendors to be on hand. So there’s no shortage of reasons to head to the park and experience the celebration—Mother Earth will definitely thank you.

EARTH DAY PENSACOLA 2014
WHEN: 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Saturday, April 19
WHERE: Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St.
COST: Free and open to the public
DETAILS: earthdaypensacola.org

Speaker and Event Line-Up:

10—11 a.m.
URU Yoga & Beyond will host a free yoga class for participants of all levels on the Bayfront Park Pavilion

10:15—10:45 a.m.
First annual “Trashion–Recycled Fashion Show”

10:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Storytelling sessions in the Kids’ Activities area

11:45 a.m.
“Water Conservation through Florida-friendly Landscaping,” presented by Carrie Stevenson, Coastal Sustainability Extension Agent for Escambia County

12:45 p.m.
“Trees, Trees – Why and How They Are Important to the Environment and Our Health,” presented by Jimmie Jarratt, Arborist, Escambia County Neighborhood & Environmental Services

1:45 p.m.
“Learn the Ins and Outs of Recycling!” presented by Dee Dee Green, Recycling & Education Outreach Coordinator, Escambia County, Department of Solid Waste Management

2:45 p.m.
“A Great Place to Walk,” presented by Christian Wagley, Principle, Sustainable Town Concepts