Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day Eco Fest has moved from the promenade to Plaza Park.

The 10th Annual Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest, is happening Saturday, April 22 at Plaza Park in Ventura. This free event is the perfect way to spend a day with the whole family – Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the most favorite annual family festivals in Ventura and the largest Earth Day celebration in Ventura County attracting over 6,000 visitors and featuring 100+ exhibitors.

This year the event is moving to a new location, Plaza Park off Thompson St. in downtown Ventura. “We are excited to take advantage of the larger location and proximity to the downtown businesses,” says Toni Guy, festival chairperson. “More space means more vendors and more surprises like a flash mob and pet adoptions. Each year over 200 volunteers work hard to make the event more fun, interactive and educational.”

This year expect to enjoy all day entertainment on two stages, a surprise flash mob, face painting, check out an electric car or an RV from Kirby Auto Group, join a drum circle, go on a green scavenger hunt to earn a McConnell’s Ice Cream, enter the Raffle to earn awesome prizes, try a new hybrid car on for size, fall in love with a new pet, tuck into a Grilled Cheese Truck sandwich, slide down an inflatable slide and learn how local vendors and organizations are working to make a difference in our homes and communities.

Sponsors and Vendors can register at www.venturaearthday.org until April 5.

The event is organized by the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education in cooperation with the City of Ventura. Profits from the day-long event go toward funding enrichment programs for Kindergarten through eighth-grade students at the tuition-free public school.

Planning on riding your bike to our Earth-friendly event. Eco Fest also offers a free bike valet with attendant.

Ventura’s Earth Day Eco Fest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Kirby Auto Group, NRG, Sprouts, Solar City, CBC Federal Credit Union, Cumulus Broadcasting, City of Ventura Environmental Services, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Allied Graphics and the Ventura Breeze.

To learn more go to www.venturaearthday.org

Channel Islands National Park invites the public to celebrate Earth Day with a special beach cleanup on April 22, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at Ventura Harbor.

Each year, the national park sponsors this event to clean the Ventura Harbor Cove and Surfer’s Knoll beaches, in an effort to give back to the community and to encourage volunteerism.

Between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm, volunteers will be able to sign up and start cleaning at either the park visitor center or at a station at the Surfer’s Knoll parking lot. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and gloves to use.

At the park’s 2016 cleanup, almost 450 volunteers donated over 1,000 hours of their time to help clean and protect the harbor’s beaches.

For families, there will also be a children’s activity station at the park visitor center, where kids will be able to participate in crafts and the park’s Junior Ranger program.

At 11:00 am, a park ranger will discuss marine adaptations and ocean stewardship at the visitor center’s marine life exhibit, which features species found in the waters that surround the Channel Islands.

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