Earth Day has pets, music and solar experiments for kids

Earth Day has pets, music and solar experiments for kids

Celebrate the planet on Earth Day 2013 in Southside Park

Southside Park will be the center of the world on Sunday, when Sacramento residents gather there for Earth Day 2013. The family-friendly event celebrates all things eco, from alternative energy and cats to sustainability and bats.

Yes, bats. The not-for-profit rescue and rehab group Northern California Bats will be on the scene so visitors can meet and learn about the helpful little creatures.

Other local shelters and rescue groups will have a presence as well, some with animals to meet and adopt. Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode, City of Sacramento’s Front Street Shelter,

Happy Tails and Friends of the Swainson's Hawk will be there for the event.

Earth Day is put on by the nonprofit Environmental Council of Sacramento, known as ECOS. The intent is for Earth Day to be a one-stop-shop of sorts, providing information, products and services to help people spend less money while improving the health of their families and of the planet.

With five live bands, electric automobiles, plenty of vendors, cultural and community booths and interactive exhibits, the event promises to be a perfect way to spend a beautiful spring day.

The event this year is particularly geared towards inspiring the younger generation to take an active role in understanding, enjoying and protecting the planet.

A perfect example is the free Children’s Solar Workshop taking place at the event.

“School-age kids can actually assemble low power circuits from small pieces of solar panels”, says ECOS board member Earl Withycombe. They will be taught how to connect the panels in circuits and hook them up to operate small appliances.

Fresh produce from local farms will be available to purchase, as will food from a number of local vegan restaurants. While vegetarians choose not to eat meat, vegans avoid the use of any animal products, including eggs, animal fats and honey.

Anyone thinking that a vegan diet is too limited to be interesting will be pleasantly surprised by the delicious alternatives available at Earth Day.

Visitors who bicycle to the event get an extra bonus for their green and healthy mode of travel.

“Ride a bike, get free valet parking. Drive a car, you’re on your own.” says Withycombe with a laugh.

Well-behaved pets are welcome to the event and animal lovers will have plenty of pet related goodies available to buy. Visitors can show their community spirit by shopping at booths of Sacramento small businesses like Couture Canine Creations.

Owner and designer Guenhwyvar Kelly not only donates to local shelters, she has volunteered at and fostered needy animals for numerous area rescues.

  • Earth Day Sacramento 2013
  • Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Southside Park
  • Seventh and T Streets, Sacramento, CA 95818
  • Free