Get There ‘Greenly’: Whole Earth Fest & Open Street Event

What: Whole Earth and Watershed Festival at Redding City Hall and Sculpture Park, and “Open Street” party on Park Marina Drive for non-motorized transportation of all kinds

When: Saturday (April 23), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival returns to Redding City Hall (777 Cypress Avenue) and Sculpture Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature over 90 exhibitors, including government agencies, non-profits, businesses, community organizations, and educational groups. While these may appear to represent a wide range of interests, all of the exhibitors, sponsors, and vendors share a common goal: to increase awareness of what it will take to live more sustainably, how we are impacting our Earth, our natural resources, our local businesses, and our building and growth in the northern California area. The festival gives everyone the opportunity to share information, ideas, products, and activities so that we are able to live more sustainably.

Throughout the day there will be several exciting presentations (including those of local architect James Theimer and Gaia Hotel owner Wen-I Chang), live music, an eARTh Show featuring local artists, and great food from local vendors. There will also be an e-waste, CFL fluorescent and battery collection and drop-off.

Click here for more event details, including a schedule of speakers and entertainers, as well as children’s, teen- and college-level activities and contests.

While there will be plenty of parking at the event, organizers strongly encourage getting to the festival in a “green” way. The festival has partnered with Shasta Living Streets (www.shastalivingstreets.org) this year to bring a safe and fun way for bicyclists, pedestrians, and skateboarders to get to the festival. Redding’s first “Open Street” event will be along Park Marina Drive from the onramps at Highway 44 and running south to Cypress Avenue on Saturday, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the website for more details and a map. Getting to the festival has never been more fun, organizers say.

The festival has also partnered with Halcyon Solar to offer a free transit day on RABA (bus routes 3, 5, and 11 go to City Hall) so be sure to “Catch the Ride.” This regional event is a celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and Watershed Awareness Month (May).

This year, in honor of the festival, the Turtle Bay Exploration Park will offer all park visitors (adults, children & seniors) a reduced admission of $5 per person the day of the festival. So check out the festival, then walk, bike, skateboard or “Ride” over to enjoy Turtle Bay.

For more information please visit our website: www.wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org

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