Show a little love for the planet

Celebrate Earth Day with activities in Ashland.

The 11th annual Earth Day festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.outdoors at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.

There will be more than 70 exhibits by local businesses, nonprofits and government organizations that show practical ways to divert waste from landfills, to employ renewable energy sources and to incorporate green and local products into everyday living. Electric vehicles will be on display. Children will find a host of hands-on activities, eco-friendly crafts and field games available at various locations.

Live music is scheduled throughout the day, including Caribbean, Brazilian and West African rhythms by the Hand in Hand Drummers at 11 a.m.; traditional Irish music by Jug of Punch and 14-year-old Grants Pass fiddler Sean Connors at 1 p.m.; and Eastern European dance music by the Bar Misfits Klezmer Band at 2:45 p.m. Creative Dance for Children, led by Cassie Preskenis, also will perform modern, hula, swing, Latin and multicultural folk dances at 12:15 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bike, carpool or ride the free Rogue Valley Transportation District shuttle from locations in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass and Rogue River. Remember, RVTD offers free service to all riders Saturday. For a comprehensive transportation schedule and more information, see or call 541-482-6767.

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