Climate for Change
The 16th annual Earth Day Celebration is an environmentally-based event that celebrates the Earth and its resources. This year's theme is still "Climate for Change," recognizing the enduring nature of this thematic directive and the need to reinforce the action-oriented efforts of the many groups represented here today.
Featuring nearly 50 educational booths, the Lane County Master Gardener’s Annual Plant Sale, food by Cornucopia Restaurant, Partners for Sustainable Schools presentations, and a musical main stage of well-known regional performers, the event is truly the kick-off of the Willamette Valley festival season.
Produced by the volunteer efforts of the Earth Day planning committee, this year’s event promises to educate, entertain and inspire!
The Eugene Water & Electric Board will be awarding two grants up to $50,000 each to two local nonprofit organizations for their renewable energy and education projects, as chosen by EWEB customers who are signed up for the Greenpower program. The winners (the finalists are chosen from organizations that are either tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or academic institutions) will be announced on the main stage at approximately 3:00 p.m.
LTD will provide free bus service all day Saturday, as well as shuttle bus service from downtown to the Earth Day Celebration during event hours, with special stops at Saturday Market.
11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Norma Fraser Reggae Band
Norma Fraser started in the early 1960s at Studio One, the record label in Kingston, Jamaica, that was like the Motown label in the USA. Owned by Coxson Dodd, the master mind behind all the artists, Norma Fraser worked with many performers and musicians on his label including Bob & Rita Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Slim Smith, Delroy Wilson, Joe Higgs, Ken Boothe and the Skatalites. After a self-imposed twenty-year hiatus, Norma Fraser has returned to the reggae music scene and can be seen at festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Green Mountain Bluegrass Band
Formed in November of 2007, the Green Mountain Bluegrass Band is 5-piece traditional bluegrass band. The band is comprised of what is called the “classic” bluegrass instruments: 5-string banjo, a fiddle, a mandolin, a doghouse bass, and a rhythm guitar. The Green Mountain Bluegrass Band is the ONLY band in Eugene that plays primarily traditional bluegrass music. They offer audiences tight vocal harmonies, rock-solid instrumentals, and a musical dynamism which coalesces into a signature “high lonesome sound,” the quality of which is rarely found in a regional band. Their specialty is to perform taking an old school approach to the bluegrass music using a single microphone. The band intersperses songs from the forties through the present, all presented in a traditional bluegrass style.
3:05 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
EWEB's Greenpower Grant Awards
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Henry Cooper Band
In the early nineties, Henry Cooper became one of the guitarists for Duffy Bishop’s new band in Seattle. The Duffy Bishop Band took him on a seven-year ride as one of the hottest blues bands in the Northwest, resulting in two CDs featuring Henry on guitar. Since then Cooper has released four of his own CDs, the last one being, “The Gin Years” in 2007. Henry Cooper is a seven-time recipient of the Washington Blues Society’s “BB Award” for best Slide Guitar.
The last decade saw Henry splitting his time between two Portland bands, The Sultans of Slide with Monti Amundson and Bill Rhoades’ The Party Kings. And now after a 25-year absence, Henry is calling Eugene home once again, and today’s show with Jerry Zybach (guitar), Gus Russell (organ/piano) and Leonard Maxson (drums).
Lane County Master Gardener Association (LCMGA) is an Oregon State University Extension Service program, their mission is to engage the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources and promote healthy families and individuals. This program facilitates the training of a highly educated group of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs. This is the LCMGA’s largest annual fundraiser to support the master gardener programs and hotline. At the plant sale you'll find thousands of plants available for sale and have an opportunity to talk with Master Gardeners about your garden needs. Please stop by our new location at 10th & Jefferson (996 Jefferson) Monday — Thursday 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. — 5 p.m. or you can call the hotline at (541) 344-0265 for any of your garden related questions.
- Ask a Master Gardener booth
- Compost Specialist
- Master Food Preservers
- Adaptive Gardening
- Sustainable Landscaping
- Recycled Garden Art
- Gently used garden books, cookbooks and magazines
- Master Gardener Journals & Crafts
- Bake Sale
- Kid's Corner
- Silent Auction (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Plants on sale include:
- Perennials & Annuals
- Ground Covers
- Vegetables, including grafted tomatoes and heirlooms
- Trees & Shrubs
Come one and all to experience hands-on "green" activities and projects that make you part of the solution! Students and adults of all ages will learn about our Earth's soil, water and energy and how we can protect these things for current and future generations. You will have the chance to win top-notch prizes by completing a short list of questions/answers in exchange for your free raffle ticket (one entry per person). We only have one Earth, let's learn how to protect it.
Come make Pet Portraits, Reusable Shopping Bags and Rag Dolls/Dudes! Craft activities for children and adults using reclaimed materials including collage or 3D portraits of your pet, sew a reusable shopping bag from spice bags, or create rag dolls and rag dudes out of old t-shirts. To find out more about MECCA visit www.materials-exchange.org
Don’t miss Cornucopia’s delicious burgers, chicken caesar salads, and kid’s choices located in the main stage plaza area.
Bicycle mechanics from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life will be on hand to provide free bike safety check-ups and minor tune-ups. Grab your bike and pedal over to take advantage of this great offer – along with free, covered bike parking. One bike per person, please!
2014 Earth Action Arena Participants
Brahma Kumaris W. S. D.
City of Eugene Stormwater Program
City of Eugene Waste Prevention & Green Building Program
Democratic Party of Lane County
Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN)
Eugene Waldorf School
EWEB Energy Management Services
EWEB Water Conservation
Feel So Alive
Friends of Civic Stadium
Friends of KRVM Radio
Green Lane Sustainable Business Network
Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane Co. (HACSA)
Lane Community College - Earth, Environmental Sciences,
Watershed Sciences & the GLOBE program
Lane County Master Gardeners Association
Lane County Master Recycler Program
Lane Transit District
Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA)
Many River Group-Sierra Club
NABA Eugene Springfield (North American Butterfly Assoc.)
Next Step Recycling
Northwest Youth Corps
NW Water & Energy Education Institute (NEEi)
Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing
Oregon Connections Academy
Oregon Right to Know
OSU Lane County Master Food Preservers
Our Children's Trust
Pacific Green Party of Oregon
point2point at Lane Transit District
Renewal by Andersen
Sheldon High School Green Club
Sierra Club - Juniper Group
Siuslaw National Forest/Willamette National Forest
Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District
Whole Earth Nature School
Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance (WVSFA)
WREN (Willamette Resources and Educational Network)