Shasta College is marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this Thursday, April 22, with a “Sustainability Conference” that focuses on what we eat, how we live and how we do business. The event’s emphasis, obviously, will be on sustainable lifestyle and business choices.
The conference opens at 9 a.m. with a discussion of the college’s own sustainability projects and a community teaching garden. At 10 a.m., local chiropractor and nutritionist Trudi Pratt is scheduled to discuss what we eat. At 11 a.m., architect James Theimer will talk about the “environmental misconceptions” and how architects and buildings can have a positive impact on the environment. After lunch, the sessions and discussion continue, and participants will have the opportunity to speak with farmers about what products are available locally.
Set for Room 806 on the main college campus, the event is free and open to everyone.
If you don’t get your fill of Earth Day on, well, Earth Day, then head over to the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Redding City Hall. Now in its third year, this fun event has really taken off. It features scores of exhibitors, vendors and educational displays, food and music, all with the general theme of treading lightly on the Earth and helping your community.
• Saturday, April 24, is also the annual Family Fun Fest and Kids’ Fishing Day at Anderson River Park. Over the past nine years, hundreds of children have received their first exposure to fishing at this event. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and some angling equipment will be available. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KC Grove, also features live music and performances, plenty of games for kids and a petting zoo.
• Foothill High School’s COMPASS Club is having an honest-to-goodness bake sale from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at Holiday Market in Palo Cedro. Proceeds from the event will benefit the high school library book fair in May. I applaud the kids for their effort, but I think it’s unfortunate that they have to conduct a bake sale to pay for books.
• The fourth annual Home Hop is scheduled for Sunday, April 25. The tour of four unique and creative homes is a fundraiser for the Shasta Women’s Refuge. Learn more on event’s Facebook page.
• Shasta Raceway Park is hoping for better weather this Saturday, April 24, after its first two races of the season were plagued by cold conditions and the threat of rain. The United States Auto Club’s 700-horsepower Western States sprint cars headline the bill for the first time in since 2005 at Shasta. Although the series has struggled with low car counts so far this season, it has provided some great action on the three-eights-mile oval in the past.
• I’m a little late getting the word out, but … the National Park Service has officially decided to prohibit smoking at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s four primary recreation beaches starting May 1. Violators could receive a $50 citation.
Paul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and co-author of Guide to California Planning, a reference book and college text. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at email@example.com.