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Market Square home to Earth Day fun

BY CARRIE REGENSTREIF Downtown Market Square will be bustling with environmentally friendly fun at the Sudbury Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22.
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BY CARRIE REGENSTREIF

Downtown Market Square will be bustling with environmentally friendly fun at the Sudbury Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22.

The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm, featuring workshops on home energy conservation, organic gardening, straw-bale building design, and counting our food miles.

Kids activities include creating musical instruments from reused items, an Earth Day mural, water conservation activities and face painting.

Other highlights of the day include a light bulb exchange, where people can bring an ordinary light bulb and trade it for an energy efficient one!

Plus, there will be a free tree giveaway, but like the bulb exchange, it's "first-come, first-serve," so get there early.

Earthdancers, Jolie Jugglers, and musical groups Apparatus and Les Cockrels will perform throughout the day and everyone is welcome to participate in a drumming workshop, sculpture making and an enviro-quiz.

More than 40 exhibitors will be selling environmentally friendly products and showcasing environmental projects, including vendors selling hemp items, purses made from plastic bags, reused T-shirts with original screen prints, renewable energy systems, organic hair and skin care products and much more.

Alternative forms of transportation will also be featured, including a Smart Car, a bio-diesel-fuelled vehicle and an electric bike. Visitors can bring their pedal bikes and get a free checkup.

A variety of delicious food will be available to tempt the taste buds, including locally made perogies, Jamaican and Hispanic food, vegetarian fare, "aboriginal tacos," and fair-trade coffee.

Draws will be made hourly for lots of great door prizes, such as gift certificates from Planet Earth Organic Landscaping, Southview Greenhouse Growers, Casa Mexicana, Body Shop and Black Cat Too, a composter from the City of Greater Sudbury's Waste Diversion department, Steel Cosmetics skin care products and environmentally friendly cleaning products from Healthy Living.

The event is free to the public thanks to the following generous sponsors: Sudbury Basin Environmental Networking Initiative, Inco Ltd., Nickel District Conservation Authority-Source Water Protection, FedNor, EarthCare Sudbury, Sudbury and District Health Unit, Sudbury Hydro and Hydro One.

Carrie Regenstreif is a member of the Earth Day Festival organizing committee and also co-ordinator of the Junction Creek Stewardship committee.