The John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies on Saturday, May 17, will celebrate 20 years of helping Cal Poly Pomona students and the local community understand what it takes to have a sustainable environment.
A festival set to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center will offer plenty of entertainment, food options and good causes.
“We really want this to be something where everyone feels welcomed and everyone gets a chance to connect with the center,” the center’s Director Kyle D. Brown says.
“Our hope is that it gets people coming back and reconnecting but also gets some new people coming in who haven’t been here before.”
Educators on the 16-acre center at 4105 W. University Drive have taught students and outside groups the components and practices that lead to an improved environment since 1994. The center is part of the College of Environmental Design.
Saturday’s festival won’t have speakers or even a program, but will include a bocce ball tournament, a cover band playing music from the 1990s, programs for children and more.
Arnold Zavalza, executive chef at Los Olivos Dining on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, will prepare dishes from food grown at the center.
“It is an educational thing to show people how to work with food you have and make something out of that,” Brown says.
Student clubs and food trucks including the Poly Trolley will be selling food, and there also will be beer tasting.
Attendees will be able to show their support for the Lyle Center by purchasing and dedicating a tree for $50. The trees will be planted in an orchard on the center’s grounds during the festival.
Admission to the festival is free and all are welcome to attend.
Attendees driving to the festival need to park in Lot K near the corner of Temple Avenue and University Drive and a shuttle will bring them to the center. Parking is free with a Cal Poly Pomona student, staff or faculty pass. Otherwise, a pass must be purchased for $3.
Reservations can be made at http://lylecenter20thfestival.eventbrite.com.
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