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April 22 is Earth Day, and there are fun celebrations and green events you can attend throughout the month – This year Earth Day has even more significance than before. Agriculture and biodiversity are already being impacted by global warming; 10 percent of all known plant species are under threat of extinction as are a third of all parrots; the last three years have been the warmest on record, and by 2030 the number of automobiles in the world will increase by 50 percent. So it is of crucial importance for all of us to be cognizant of the earth’s well-being and do whatever we can to help alleviate the problems we cause. Please participate in some Earth Day event with your children!
Earth Day Music
Kick off Earth Day with musical praise of our planet in EarthSongs by Chanticleer, the acclaimed 12-man ensemble. Chanticleer pairs poets’ words with music to celebrate the grace of earth’s creatures, the voices of the seasons and the very rhythms of our planet. From delicate madrigals, to contemporary settings to evocations of native cultures, EarthSongs will resonate with listeners long after the final note has been sung.
Praised by the New York Times for its “precise, pure, and deeply felt singing,” the Grammy-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, celebrates its 28th season with a one-night-only performance at the Barclay.
Chanticleer performs Friday, April 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42 and $35. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. For more information and to buy tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 854-4646.
Earth Day Celebration and Education
The Aquarium of the Pacific has a weekend of fun-filled events to celebrate Earth Day. Learn what we as individuals can do to better conserve our environment. Educational booths will provide information on a variety of Earth-friendly topics. Visitors of all ages will enjoy music, face painting, and other children’s activities. A special appearance by Sequoia, the Bald Eagle, and representatives from over one dozen “green” organizations will be available to share information and answer questions about their environmentally conscientious products and services.
NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program will focus on National Marine Sanctuaries, our “underwater national parks.” Southern California’s own Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will be highlighted through special presentations and displays.
This celebration will illustrate how what we do in our daily lives affects the world today and in the future. In fun and exciting ways, the Aquarium will share knowledge on how to conserve resources and preserve the environment for ourselves and generations to come. The Aquarium invites the public to be part of this annual event honoring our home, planet Earth.
Check it out Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $19.95 for adults 12 and older, $11.95 for children (free for children under 3 years old), $16.95 for seniors and Aquarium members at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.
Local Farm Fresh Produce and More…
Starting April 6 Fullerton Open Air Market begins and runs through mid-October. Held in downtown Fullerton every Thursday evening, something as simple and joyful as buying locally grown, farm fresh helps cut down on fossil fuel use and supports local farmers. And in addition to great produce and homemade honeys, and other handmade wares, the outdoor market has free musical entertainment, food to eat, and kids’ activities, like pony rides and an electric train. It’s a lovely way to spend an evening with the family through the Spring and Summer.
Visit the market Thursdays April 6 to October 15 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wilshire & Pomona, Fullerton, CA 92635.
Art and Civic Earth Friendly Events
Now in its 21st year, the Imagination Celebration, an annual countywide event, a Spring festival of the arts for children, teenagers, and families, is presented by Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education. Over 50 events are scheduled in 20 Orange County cities for 2006 and are free or very affordable. The festival begins on April 23 and continues through May 21.
Festival-goers will experience professional performances, visual art exhibitions, student showcases, theatre, dance, music, digital arts, and film. Many events will give audiences the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops or learn about the arts either through pre-performance chats and a chance to meet the artist.
Among the many offerings are:
“Night in Fullerton” – A showcase of over 20 arts venues in a citywide open house of art music, dance, and theater. Shuttle buses bring visitors around town to sample offerings of all the local art galleries, performance spaces, music studios, colleges, universities, and museums. See it Friday, April 28, 7 to 10 p.m. Free parking and admission. The location is 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. For more information, call (714) 738-6545.
“Hands On Public Art Work Party” – Come in your work clothes to Mission Viejo and be prepared to do a hands-on collaborative, permanent, public art project in mosaics on the Oso Creek Trail. Special entertainment will be provided by Stela Dance Company. The event is presented by City of Mission Viejo Cultural Arts Committee for all ages. It will be Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Thomas R. Potocki Conference Center Parking, 27301 La Paz Road, Mission Viejo. There is free parking and admission. For more information, call (949) 470-8452 or 8440
“Cypress Festival of the Arts” – Come and enjoy an art-ful afternoon of hands-on art activities, live performances, adult and youth juried art exhibits, delicious food, and outdoor activities. It will be on Sunday April 30, 12 Noon to 5 p.m., at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Avenue, Cypress. For more information, call (714) 229-6780. Admission is free, and parking is free.
For a complete list of all activities, visit ocImaginationCelebration.org.
Migratory Bird Day
Join Gumby, the Santa Ana zoo’s talking Amazon parrot in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This celebration of birds features special bird shows, birdwatching tours of the zoo, educational demonstrations showing how to make gardens bird friendly, and free make-and-take crafts for children to create their own birdfeeders from recycled materials.
Migratory Bird Day is an international event promoting the conservation of migratory birds. Nearly half of the birds that nest during the summer in the United States and Canada spend their nonbreeding season in Mexico, Central and South America. Local summer visitors include the barn swallow, the black-chinned hummingbird, and the hooded oriole. Many species of birds are declining due to habitat loss throughout their range. International Migratory Bird Day promotes awareness of our feathered friends and teaches people what can be done to protect them.
After the event… take a walk through the new children’s zoo, the rainforest, or the aviary, and be sure to check out the butterfly garden, which will certainly remind you of the beauty and fragility of non-human creatures and our responsibility to protect them.
The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana, CA 92701. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children 3 to 12 years of age and senior citizens; free to people with disabilities and members of the zoo. For more information visit: www.santaanazoo.org.
Flowers Plants and all things Green…
Help green the earth – starting at your home. The 33rd annual GreenScene Garden Show will have more than 125 garden exhibitors selling exotic plants and garden accessories, expert speakers, Heritage House tours and children’s activities. The largest speciality plant and garden show in the region, the arboretum suggests you bring your own wagon and get there early – they’re expecting up to10,000 people to attend, and each year people start lining up an hour before the doors open!
After you’ve bought your Spring plants take a walk around the 26-acre botanical garden with an ecologically arranged collection of plants from around the world. The Garden paths wander through four major collections: Cultivated, Woodlands, Mediterranean, and Desert Collections. Highlights include Southern California native vegetation, Rare Fruit Grove, historic citrus and avocados, Channel Islands Garden, an extensive Cycad Collection, Palm Grove, Community Gardens, Children’s Garden, and so much more.
The garden show takes place April 22 and 23; show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $6 for adults; children under 12 are free. A special two-day pass will be available this year for $10. Parking is free for the event. For more information, visit www.arboretum.fullerton.edu or call Christie at (714) 278-4792.
If you can’t make the GreenScene show, there is also the 17th Southern California Spring Garden Show, April 27 to 30. This show features competition gardens, more than 75 unique vendors, seminars, and children’s activities on all three levels of South Coast Plaza.
See it Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; or Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. South Coast Plaza is in Costa Mesa. Take the Fairview Road or Bristol Street exit off the San Diego Freeway (405) or the Bear Street exit off the Corona del Mar Freeway (73). For details, call (714) 435-2160, or visit www.springgardenshow.com.
Of special note… If you love Bizarro cartoons in the newspaper, you’ll love Dan Piraro’s one-man variety show, “The Bizarro Baloney Show.” The New York Times called it “…a shrewd tour of an artist’s imagination…wildly applauded.” Piraro, the artist behind Bizarro, will be in Hollywood for just one night, Thursday, April 13, at I.O. West. Tickets are on sale now at www.wantickets.com. IO West is located at 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA 91401.
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