EARTHday08 at Centerra – April 26

Published: April 17, 2008

LOVELAND, CO – April 16, 2008 – Spend a day to give back to the Earth. Centerra’s inaugural EARTHday08 event is Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Canal Park. A volunteer-led planting project along with a Live Local Fair will celebrate Earth Day and provide participants the opportunity to learn how they can contribute to making the world a better place.

Organized by the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), the volunteer-led planting project will involve 100 volunteers planting over 1,000 seedlings along Houts Reservoir and within a native plant demonstration garden at Old Canal Park. This volunteer planting project launches HPEC’s initiative to re-establish hundreds of native plants, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs at Centerra.

The Live Local Fair solidifies McWHINNEY’s long-standing commitment to sustainability by showcasing Northern Colorado’s local growers, vendors, and restaurants. Each of the showcased businesses at the Fair is dedicated to sustaining a vibrant local economy by purchasing locally-produced goods and growing seasonally fresh foods.

Sponsored by Motorplex at Centerra, an E-Waste collection drive will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For just $5 per TV, computer monitor, printer, or CPU, participants can conveniently and economically recycle their old electronics (peripherals are free) instead of filling the landfill. For every monitor collected, the Loveland Sertoma Club will receive $1 of the proceeds.

A People’s Choice Chef Contest, featuring local chefs Florian Wehrli, Giuseppe Monaco, and Vincent Clark, will take place between 12:30-1:30 p.m. Each chef will prepare a dish using secret ingredients, and the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite. Each chef will display samples of the dish, interact with the public, and post the recipe. Votes will be calculated, and the winner of People’s Choice Best Dish Award will garner a special prize.

A Kids’ Green Zone will have the little ones busy throughout the entire event. Crafts, recycle games, planting projects, and pinecone bird feeders will provide a fun and learning Earth Day experience.

Other highlights of the Live Local Fair include cooking demonstrations with locally-produced, seasonally fresh food, a Larimer County K-12 reusable art contest display, and a POWWOW Drum presentation by the CSU Ram Nation Singers.

Old Canal Park is located northwest of the Rangeview Office Campus, 2725 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Loveland. Pre-registration is required for the volunteer project. Please contact Sarah Fox at 622-9676 to volunteer.

Special thanks to sponsors of EARTHday08, which include Motorplex at Centerra, RC Special Events, and the McWHINNEY Foundation.

EARTHday08 at Centerra is a zero waste, carbon-neutral event.

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EARTHday08 at Centerra Event Schedule
Saturday, April 26
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

HPEC Volunteer Planting – Morning Session (FULL)
9 a.m.-Noon

HPEC Volunteer Planting – Afternoon Session (Openings still available)
1-4 p.m. (Must register in advance)

Live Local Fair
Local goods and food, artists, community information booths
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kids Green Zone
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Larimer County K-12 Reusable Art Contest Display
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

E-Waste Collection Drive TV, computer monitor, printer, CPU – $5 each; All peripherals free (mouse, keyboard, speakers, cell phones)
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cooking demonstration with Chefs Florian Wehrli and Giuseppe Monaco
11-11:45 a.m.

POWWOW Drum Presentation – CSU Ram Nation Singers
Noon & 1:30 p.m.

People’s Choice Chef Contest and Awards
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cooking demonstration with Chefs Florian Wehrli and Giuseppe Monaco
2-2:45 p.m.



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