Earth Day Celebrations Offer Family-Friendly Activities

Earth Day Celebrations Offer Family-Friendly Activities
Elizabeth Contreras paints her sunflower pot during Earth Day festivities at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.
Isaura Pena, Clorisa Leon and Isabel Pena do a Peruvian folkdance during a previous Earth Day celebration at Cal Poly Pomona.

Learn quick and easy ways to live an environment-friendly lifestyle at Cal Poly Pomona's Earth Day Celebration from April 19-21.  This family affair will feature a wide range of activities such as a circus and clown show, film screening and live music performances. Entrance and parking are free.

Two free music concerts are scheduled on Friday, April 20, featuring the modern folk band Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade at 5 p.m. and the reggae/rock group Strive Roots at 6 p.m. Earth Day events will conclude with 45-minute workshops that cover topics such as herbal medicine, biodiesel fuel and organic gardening.

The celebration serves not only as a fun, family-friendly activity but provides a venue for the community to learn about keeping a clean and healthy environment.

This year's festivities are hosted by the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the College of Environmental Design, and Cal Poly Pomona student club the Green Team.

Cal Poly Pomona is located at 3801 W. Temple Ave. in Pomona. The Lyle Center is located across the street from the main campus at 4105 W. University Dr. in Pomona. For more information, call the Lyle Center at (909) 869-5155.

Thursday, April 19, in University Park

  • 12 p.m. — Panel discussion on local food movements         
  • 6 p.m. — Opening ceremony dance performed by members of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe         
  • 7 p.m. — Screening of An Inconvenient Truth, the Oscar-winning documentary about global warming, followed by a discussion.          

Friday, April 20, at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

  • 1 p.m. Food and demonstrations available         
  • 3 p.m. — Keynote Speaker: Charlene Teters, Hugh O. La Bounty Endowed Chair of Interdisciplinary Knowledge         
  • 4 p.m. — Circus and clown show         
  • 5 p.m. — Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade Concert: The dynamic six-piece all women group is recognized for their unique sound and style. Based out of Claremont, the band will perform a medley of modern folk songs.         
  • 6 p.m. — Strive Roots: With a free uncensored writing style, this reggae/rock band has created a different musical sound. The band has gained attention from publications such as People Magazine, the San Diego Reader and Los Angeles Times.         

Saturday, April 21, at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

(45 minute workshops scheduled between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • Herbal Medicine Workshop: Discover how to make medicine from plants found at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.    
  • Papercrete Workshop: This hands-on experience will cover the basics of papercrete, an alternative building material composed of waste paper and cement, by teaching participants how to make their own.    
  • Organic Gardening Workshop: Learn the science of this environment-friendly gardening technique.    
  • Composting Workshop: Discover fun and easy ways to turn kitchen and yard waste into valuable soil alterations.    
  • Veganism Workshop: Uncover the principles of a vegan lifestyle.    
  • Papermaking Workshop: Participants will discover how to make paper out of recycled paper pulp.    
  • Biodiesel Workshop: Learn how to make your own fuel out of vegetable oil and transform your diesel-powered car.