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Whole Earth and Watershed Festival 2014

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The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival will be held at the Redding, CA civic center, 777 Cypress Street, Redding CA on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Arbor Day Celebration – In celebration of Arbor Day, and it’s long-standing status as a Tree City USA, the City of Redding will be giving away 500 tree and shrub seedlings out to the public! These seedlings include Japanese Maples, Red Alders, Incense Cedars, Ginkgo’s, Western Red Buds, Pacific or Western Dogwoods, Common Lilacs, and Coastal Redwoods. You can sign up to take a tree home (limit of one per address) or get a tree by looking for the “Tree City USA banner” that will be on the festival grounds.

Exercise Program – Three talented local trainers offering short classes at this year’s Festival.  These classes are drop-in and held on the Mountain Stage in between the Council Chambers and main City Hall building.

Earth First Young Children’s Zone – The Zone is for kids up to 8 yrs old and their families and will feature over 20 different activities in 6 different areas: habitat, water, animals, trees, soil, and recycling materials. The wide variety of activities are designed to teach children and their parents about all aspects of the environment and how we can better care for it.

Hands-on activities(including bubbles) as well as those designed for movement will engage everyone who visits. All of the activities feature GEMS and Project Learning Tree curriculum.

Cart Art Contest – The Cart Art contest is all about promoting recycling and taking better care of our planet. The City of Redding Solid Waste Division is donating blue recycling carts to any group or individual who wants to participate in this art contest. The voting for awards will take place at the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival on Saturday, April 26th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will be based on the “People’s Choice” in four different age ranges: Preschool, Elementary, Jr. High & High School, and Adult (including college).

The carts will be judged on both their message and their design. The theme for this year’s contest is “Being a Responsible Part of a Whole Earth”, so all the messages and designs should relate to this theme in some way. Carts will be released at the conclusion of the festival between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.. Then you get the fun of returning your creations to help you recycle more at your home, work, or school!

The Passport Program at the Festival offers an opportunity to educate students and their families about our environment and watersheds. Many educators have used the Passport Program as an extra-credit opportunity.

Each participant is provided with an official watershed festival passport with an open section for each watershed booth. The participants then get to explore each different watershed booth. Using their passport gives them access to a different activity at each booth that they must complete in order to get a stamp from that booth. These activities help teach them about the importance and function of each part of a watershed to the ecosystem around it. Once all of the stamps have been collected, the passport can then be returned to the original booth in order to be eligible for a variety of great prizes to be distributed to the winners at the end of the festival. (You don’t need to be present to win)

Food Vendors – The following vendors will have booths at the WEWF: Nipa’s Thai; Esperanza’s Tamales; Señor Rosa’s; Intertribal Youth Council; UTop It Yogurt; Steve’s Ice Castle; UPrep Junior Panthers; Enterprise Jr. Hornets; and City Java.

Live Performances – WEWF will have live local entertainment including music and dance performances throughout the day on 2 stages; the Mountain Stage and the River Stage including performances by: Nick Ciampi; Emma Anderson-Smith; UPrep String Ensemble; UPrepPanthers; Wailing Wahines; and Redding School of the Arts.

Recycling Opportunities – The City of Redding Solid Waste and Always Free Electronic Recycling will be providing a drop-off site at the festival for all of your e-waste: old phones, VCR’s, broken DVD players, smashed iPods, failed fax machines, laptops, etc.  Independent Living Services of Northern California will be providing a drop-off site so you may also dispose of medical equipment that might be old, outdated, or broken.