Pasadena's Greening the Earth Day and Armory Family Arts Festival will feature what's new and exciting in environmental stewardship.
Boosted by technology and the popularity of helping the planet stay healthy, the festival will feature green products, green organizations, water friendly plants, electric vehicles, children's art workshops, art exhibitions, nonstop live entertainment, and Pasadena's first swap meet where the public can give and take away items without exchanging money.
The eighth annual event to celebrate Earth and the arts is free to the public Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Avenue; Memorial Park across the street; on Raymond Avenue between Walnut and Holly Streets.
Val Zavala, anchor of the KCET series "Life and Times," will return as the master of ceremonies. Businesses and nonprofit organizations will display information or sell items that promote green living, energy and water efficiency, composting, organic foods, green building design and alternative transportation and renewable energy.
The guided bicycle tour of green projects in Pasadena, organized by C.I.C.L.E., will begin at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park.
Artwork will be found inside and outside of the Armory Center, including CreAIRtor, installation art by Doron Gazit, an environmental artist and industrial designer. The artwork consists of enormous inflatable vinyl tubes adorned with paper cutouts made by seventh graders at Washington Middle School. Electric fans that inflate the artwork will be solar-powered courtesy of Acro Energy.
In the Armory's Community Room, "Artful Solutions: Pathways from Homelessness" will have its opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
"Story of Stuff," a 20-minute film about American consumerism, will be screened continuously from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pasadena Water and Power customers will have a chance to win an Energy Star clothes washer valued at $800. People riding Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park will receive an Earth Day reusable bag by showing their Metro passes at the Transportation Booth, while supplies last.
Sponsoring the festival are the city of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Acro Energy, Conscientious Projector and Metro. Volunteers assisting with the event include Northwest Ambassadors and students from Blair High School.
For more information go to www.cityofpasadena.net/earthday, www.Facebook.com/PasadenaEarthDay or call (626) 744-4721.