Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

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It’s springtime and the temperatures are up. April is the primary month for Earth Day celebrations.  Families get an opportunity to learn, eat and play together.  Most people choose a festival that is closest to their home or one that they’ve been to before.

We like the Celebrate the Earth Festival at Mahany Park in Roseville. It has free parking and a good variety of things to do and see.  Families are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation, such as buses and bicycles, if they live nearby.  Mahany Park has a nice playground and a library (Riley Library) in case the kids need a distraction.  There are vendor booths, animals, demonstrations, food trucks and lots of kid’s activities.  The vendors typically provide handouts and fun stuff for the kids to do at home.  Check it out on April 16th from 10am-3pm.

If you want to have a weekend getaway, try the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. It’s happening on May 6th-May 8th.  The theme this year is RAW.  Each year, U.C. Davis strives for a zero waste event.  No paper plates, cups or silverware are used.  Alternate forms of transportation are encouraged.  Daily activities are posted on the website: https://wef.ucdavis.edu.  They have a variety of entertainment including: bands, demonstrations and kid’s activities.  Food and vendor booths are located on the quad area.

Here is a list of other upcoming Earth Day celebrations in the Sacramento area:

April 14 – Earth Day, California State University of Sacramento. 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

April 16 – Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup with California State Parks Foundation. See individual park locations for cleanup times.

April 19 – Earth Day Celebration, Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Park, 9:00 am-2:00 pm.

April 20 – Earth Day Upcycle, American River College, 8:00 am-3 pm.

April 23 – Earth Day Celebration, City of West Sacramento, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

April 24 – Sacramento Earth Day, Southside Park Sacramento, 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

By contributing author Lara Brandon

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Earth Day Celebrations in Sacramento

earthBy Heather Crivellone

Earth Day on April 22 is a day when millions of people worldwide come together and show support for environmental protection.  This date marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  Throughout the month of April, you can find events around Sacramento to help support and “do your part” in celebrating our precious Earth.  And what a wonderful gift to give your children, but a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!

This Saturday, April 19, is the Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm.  There will be over 180 exhibitors on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment!  With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks…this is an event not to be missed.

West Sacramento will also host an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25.  From 10am-2pm at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, families can learn about the importance of “going green” while enjoying live music, activities for kids, local food vendors and more!

Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on April 22.  There will be free activities outside from 11 am to 1 pm, and free admission for children all day inside!

This is a great way to get your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.

Weekend Family Fun

Weekend Family Fun

4/5 – Sutter Children’s Center wellness Festival at Fairytale Town – Enjoy fun games, free play, gardening activities, health screenings, and more at this celebration of active and healthy living. Sutter’s medical personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on healthy childhood development.

4/5 – Earth Fest Party for the Planet at the Sacramento Zoo – It’s a party for the planet! Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organization. During the day, visit EdZOOcation Stations to explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with outreach animals, or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon.

4/5 – “The Cat Who Chose to Dream” presentation and book signing by local children’s author Loriene Honda at the California Museum.  Advance tickets required; free parking across the street.

4/5 – Westlake Charter 9th Annual International Festival – Come on down and celebrate the cultural diversity of Natomas at this festival. Feast your eyes on amazing cultural booths from around the world with ethnic cuisine, music and activities.  Come try your luck dessert walk and win some tasty treats!

4/5 – 4/6 – Museum’s on Us with Bank of America – If you are a Bank of America or Merril Lynch card holder , you can receive FREE admission into the California Museum and the Crocker Art Museum this weekend,

4/5 – 4/6 – Goldilocks presented by Sacramento City College’s Storytime Theatre  –  with a modern twist! In this production, Goldilocks is a modern teenager with access to a credit card and a lousy sense of direction! Watch her crazy encounters with a wolf, bears and other furry creatures of the forest.

4/5 – 4/6 – Puppet Show: Tha Adventures of Sir Enamel at Fairtytale Town – Puppet Art Theater Company presents a special wellness-themed show, The Adventures of Sir Enamel in the Children’s Theater. This fun tale that encourages dental health is made possible in part by ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

4/6 – California Railroads Presentation at Sacramento Central Library – Families and children are invited to a fascinating program on California Railroads. A short film and interactive presentation will reveal abandoned granite tunnels, stunning trestles, gigantic cuts, and breathtaking scenery of the railroad from Sacramento to Donner Summit. You can also stay after the presentation for a craft and playtime with toy trains!

Thru 4/13 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the B Street Theater – This will be a rollicking comic adventure not to be missed! Follow the amazing Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson as they trek all over England, meet Charles Darwin, encounter a host of Druids, and match wits with the evil Dr. Moriarty.

Weekend Family Fun

Another Sacramento weekend with plenty of fun activities for the whole family!  Take in a River Cats baseball game at Raley Field, visit our beloved Fairytale Town, the Automobile museum, or Discovery Museum.  Enjoy an International Foods night or if you want to celebrate, Earth Day activities abound.  Happy Weekend!

earth_day_celebration_city_2013_category4/18 – Earth Day Celebration at City Hall – The Neighborhood Services Division of the City of Sacramento’s Department of Parks & Recreation is hosting its  annual Earth Day Celebration for 2013! Come out and join for a free day of fun for all ages. There will be interactive learning including composting, recycling, clean air demonstrations, and much more.

Spare the air and ride RT! Take the Light Rail to St. Rose of Lima Park or take the bus to one of multiple downtown bus stops.

4/18 – Cars Under the Stars at the California Automobile Museum – This Museum after-hours event is great for all ages. Enjoy all exhibits at half price. Freebies, including free tours, will be available. Every month visitors can enjoy special programming coordinated by Museum staff and volunteers.  Visitors will also enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate.

international-food2_category4/19 – International Food Night – Creative Connections Arts Academy (CCAA) is hosting its 5th International Food Night. This event gives participants the opportunity to sample homemade authentic international cuisines plus the chance to chat with the cooks to learn
more about the dishes. Those who attend will also have the opportunity to participate in the PTO Raffle and Silent Auction throughout the evening to help support the arts in education.

4/20 – Celebrate the Earth at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Everyone is welcome at this annual—and free—family-friendly event, sponsored by Roseville Electric and the Environmental Utilities, Whole Foods Market in Roseville, and hosted at the Utility Exploration Center. Don’t miss a day of fun-filled day of food, live music, local green vendors, electric vehicles, and family entertainment!

4/20 – Family Fun Fest at Fairytale Town – Join the Junior League of Sacramento for a night of family fun with carnival games, crafts, and live music!  This wonderful event will include music from The Mixx, great dance exhibitions, martial arts on display, yoga for kids, fencing demonstrations, and many more exhibitions. There will be games, fitness activities, face painting, and delicious, nutritious food.  In addition, there will be cooking demonstrations and a cook-off with the Junior League of Sacramento’s Kids in the Kitchen community program which will include some of the local Boys & Girls clubs.

river_cats_raley_field_category4/20-21  – River Cats Baseball – Come out to enjoy a great game of baseball as the Sacramento River Cats take on the Reno Aces. Don’t leave early because after the game the largely popular Raley Field fireworks show takes off. Bring a group and enjoy some baseball as well as the best fireworks show in Northern California!

Living in Sapce4/20-21 – Spinning into Spring at the Discovery Museum – Since the 1800s, a favorite spring toy for children has been the pin wheel. Come enjoy that fun this weekend by visiting the Discovery Museum. Each child crafts a spring spinner to take home as a souvenir. Test it out by running around on the Discovery Museum’s acreage after visiting the Space Quest! exhibit. Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older; live animal presentations at Noon and 2pm for all ages.

4/21 – Art Spark: An Inclusive Arts Festival for Families – Families are invited to an inclusive celebration of children and the arts. Enjoy performances by Francie Dillon along with Puppet Art Theater, youth from El Dorado Dance Academy, Aim Higher Elk Grove, and Afia Walking Tree, as well as hands-on fun stations designed for visitors of all abilities.  This family festival is FREE for all.

creatures_of_the_night_category4/21 – Creatures of the Night at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – When the sun is setting, many creatures are going to sleep but some are just waking up. Discover some of the mysterious animals which make the preserve come alive in the night and meet one of Effie Yeaw’s resident nocturnal animals.

4/21 – For the Joy of Singing at the Crest Theater – In honor of twenty years of providing musical education to youth in the region, the Sacramento Children’s Chorus (SCC) will hold its 20th Anniversary Concert, For the Joy of Singing in the historic Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. All five choirs that make up the SCC will perform delightful pieces from musical greats such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, and Mozart, just to name a few.  In addition, this special concert will showcase an alumni ensemble. Former SCC singers from across the nation will gather to perform at the Crest, celebrate the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, and pay tribute to the positive long-term impact that singing has made on their lives.

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Celebrating Earth Day in Sacramento

 imagesBy Heather Crivellone

“Each year, Earth Day- April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.”  Today, millions of people worldwide come together to celebrate Earth Day and show support for environmental protection.
Throughout the month of April, you can find events around Sacramento to help support and “do your part” in celebrating our precious Earth.  And what a wonderful gift to give your children, but a better understanding of how we each take a part in protecting and preserving our planet!

This Saturday, April 6 at the Sacramento Zoo your family can participate in “EarthFest”. This event will be held from 9am-4pm with the zoo general admission. You will learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations.  There will be storytelling, activities and educational exhibits throughout the zoo, as well as a Recycle Rummage Sale!

Sunday April 21 is the 7th Annual Sacramento Earth Day Festival at Southside Park from 11am-4pm.  There will be over 100 tables and vendors on site with practical information for saving money, living healthier and protecting the environment!  With entertainment, live music and food vendors all at one of the most popular Sacramento parks… . this is an event not to miss!

Also on Sunday, April 21 is the Children’s Earth Day Event at Star Eco Station in Rocklin (4465 Granite Drive, Suite 700).  This is a Free family event hosted by the Star Eco Station from 10am-3pm.  There will be food, bounce house, vendor fair and hands-on activities to help teach the children the importance of protecting our planet.  Discounted tours of the Eco Station will be available.

In Roseville on April 20 from 10am-3pm, there will also be a festival at Mahany Regional Park (1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd).  This will be the 6th annual “Celebrate the Earth” festival.  Live music, food, vendors, animal shows and demonstrations.

The Sacramento Area Creeks Council hosts the annual “Creek Week” with a variety of activities starting on Friday April 5 and going through Sunday April 14.  Activities include: Creek exploration, Bufferlands Birds and Blooms tour, Steelhead Creek Beaver Pond walks, worm composting, Mather Vernal Pool Flower walks and more.  And of course the week will end with the “Big Day Celebration” at Carmichael park (5750 Grant Ave) on April 13 from 12-2pm.

Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova (2701 Prospect Park) will also be hosting an event for the kids to have an opportunity to learn Earth-friendly lessons through interactive activities on Saturday April 20.  The museum will be open from 9am-5pm and the special activities that will be led from 10am-3pm that day.  Any child who ears green on this day will receive 50% off admission.

So as you can see, there are plenty of events throughout the Sacramento area to keep you and your family busy this month learning about and celebrating Mother Earth.  This is a great way to start getting your children involved in helping to make a difference in our world and I hope each and every one of you will take a part in one of these activities or any of the other activities that may be happening in your community during this month.

Weekend Family Fun For April 20-22nd

With this summer-like weather, I bet you are going to want to get out and do something fun this weekend.  From Earth Day, to Sutter’s Fort Trader’s Fair to the SactoMoFo Festival, there are plenty of events to choose from.  Have a good one! 

4/20-22  Sutter’s Fort Trader’s Fair – The Annual Trader’s Fair brings the hustle and bustle of pioneer trading days back to life. Vendors selling pioneer goods, musket and cannon demonstrations, and artisans creating goods for sale will have the Fort full of activity for the entire family. During this three-day event, everyone will have opportunities to make their own crafts, haggle with traders, make dolls, hammer square nails, and shop for gifts and crafts.

4/21  Movie Night: How to Train your Dragon – The City of Davis hosts this FREE family movie night at the Veteran’s Memorial Theater at 6pm.  Entrance is on a first come, first served basis.  No outside food or drink.  Door open at 5:30pm. 

4/21  SactoMoFo 4:  Mobile Food Festival – Join SactoMoFo and 27+ fantastic mobile vendors, including Sacramento’s best & some of the most interesting from all over Northern California, as well as all your favorites from San Francisco.

There will be activities for kids and families (and don’t forget, Southside Park, and the best public playground in Sacramento, are just across the street to the north of the event location), including crafts and facepainting, and enough choices of food and drink to satisfy even the pickiest eater.  Three live bands will perform, including a reggae performance from Mystic Roots and there will also be tables and chairs that can seat 500.

4/21  Storytelling Festival:  Spring Into Stories – Storytelling, dance, music and poetry all meld together to create Sacramento’s 1st Storytelling Festival: Spring into Stories. Sponsored by Fenix Drum and Dance Company, this festival features the talents of tellers from all over the Sacramento region. A liars’ contest, story slam, three story concerts, and open telling keep the stories rolling. Vendors, crafts, and jugglers all contribute to make this a true festival.

4/22  Governor’s Day Living History Event – The State Capitol will be turned back to the years 1899-1917, with volunteers costumed in attire of the period portraying Governors Henry Gage, George Pardee, James Gillett, and Hiram Johnson and their wives re-enacting important events from their administrations. Experience living history in action and learn about California’s pressing issues during the turn of the 20th century.

State Capitol visitors will see re-enactments of important events from past governors and their respective administrations. Each of the notable politicians will passionately discuss the issues and events that defined his terms of office, such as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, as well as the era of the Southern Pacific Railroad abuses. Surrounded by living history re-enactments to put California’s past in perspective, visitors are sure to wonder what the history books will say about today’s pressing economic struggles and social issues.  Guided tours run every 15 minutes.

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Celebrating Earth Day In Sacramento

By Alyssa Green

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans celebrated the very first Earth Day, as we know it.  In 2009 the United Nations adopted this day of world environmental awareness and designated the same day each spring as International Mother Earth Day.  Today, over 500 million people worldwide celebrate Earth Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity to plant that seed of love for the environment in our children…with the hope that they will take seriously the responsibility of caring for our planet as they grow. 

There are many fabulous Earth Day activities happening in our own community this month, so take advantage of these fun and creative ways to teach your kids to love our planet.  Get out there and have some fun!

4/6-14 – Creek Week – join the Sacramento Area Creeks Council for a week of activities at our local creeks.  Learn about the fish in Arcade Creek, birds and wildflowers of the wetlands, explore the vernal pools at Mather Field with Sacramento Splash, enjoy a Beaver pond walk at Steelhead Creek, and much more. 

4/7 – Earth Fest – Party for the Planet at the Sacramento Zoo.  Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations. During the day explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with the outreach animals; or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by the Recycle Rummage Sale inside the Kampala center for a great bargain.

Children ages 2-11 who come dressed as a pirate or princess, promoting parrot and amphibian conservation, will receive ½ off their admission.

4/19 – Earth Day Celebration at Cesar Chavez Park – The Neighborhood Services Division of the City of Sacramento’s Department of Parks & Recreation is hosting its  annual Earth Day Celebration 2012! Come out and join for a free day of fun and interactive green education, carnival games, and great entertainment.

More than 50 local vendors will be providing information and demonstrations on how you can join the “Green Team”.  The day will include sustainable gardening, solar services & information, environmental sustainability & preservation, recycling, composting & vermiposting, and informational takeaways on sustainable practices.

Face painting and balloon artists will be on hand, along with live entertainment from Radio Disney and Magician Bill Devon with Top Class Magic.

4/21 – Children’s Earth Day at Star Eco Station – There is not a better place to celebrate the Earth than at the Star Eco Station.  Celebrate with exotic rescued animals, games, crafts and more!

4/21-22 – Recycle + Reuse = New Fun! at the Discovery Museum –  It’s a re-use-a-palooza! Celebrate Earth Day at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center where visitors will enjoy crafting fun using some unexpected recycled materials including making a “stained glass” sun catcher out of a CD jewel case! There will be projects for families to work on together at the Museum, and some ideas to take home — the Museum supplies the materials and basic ideas and visitors add creativity! Special exhibits are on display, too, including a mini-house with working solar panels.

4/22 – Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park – Our 6th Annual Celebration will be filled with diverse business, non-profit, cultural and government vendors with practical information, goods and services for saving money, living healthier, and protecting the environment. We’ll also have great entertainment, activities and cuisine! We’re expecting a crowd of more than 6,000. Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Don’t miss the chance to make YOUR sustainable connections at the ECOS Sacramento Earth Day Celebration.