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Mail Tribune / File Photo Silas Bennett, 2, of Ashland, runs while wearing an owl costume during Earth Day at ScienceWorks in Ashland in 2017.

Time again to celebrate Mother Earth

Carpool, bicycle or ride Rogue Valley Transportation District’s Route 10 bus to Rogue Valley Earth Day.


This year’s theme is “Together We Can Make a Change,” a phrase that celebrates the power of community partnerships and teamwork to shape a sustainable world and create positive changes in Southern Oregon.


Look for a day of eco-friendly fun for all ages, along with live entertainment and educational exhibits, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free.


More than 50 local organizations and businesses will present visitors with information about energy, climate, water, food, farms, public lands, wildlife and ways to make a difference in our community.


Activities include a salmon-themed storytelling tent, wildlife costumes, an inflatable Oregon Caves tent, a mobile science-learning center, kid goats from Willow-Witt Ranch, field games for kids, hulahoops, a zero-waste demonstration and more.


Bring a reusable beverage container and enjoy craft beers from Standing Stone Brewing Co., along with food and beverages from Peruvian Point, Little Shop of Bagels, Katrina’s Tamales and Auntie Mama’s cookies.


Lively performances from cultures around the globe are always a highlight of Rogue Valley Earth Day.


Ashland Taiko will create a visual, Japanese drumming experience; Bar Misfits Klezmer Band puts a contemporary twist on Eastern European dance music; Shiviti Dance Co. performs belly dances with costumes made of upcycled and recycled textiles, jewelry and adornments; and Siskiyou Violins, an ensemble of young musicians from Southern Oregon, will perform its award-winning classical music.


The stage also will present such educational acts as JenUwin Playtime, the Musical Unicorn, with Moxie, who plays saxophone and ukulele, boomwhackers, desk bells, nose flutes and percussion instruments in musical-story shows to promote play-based learning.


Chip Wright’s Champion Karate Demo Team will demonstrate self-defense and anti-bullying techniques, and ScienceLive will present a interactive show.


More family-friendly fun is planned. The EcoQuest tour of exhibits will engage visitors in hands-on activities for a chance to win raffle prizes; Kids can climb into the colorful, 30-foot salmon storytelling tent and dress in wildlife costumes to learn about healthy waterways, or crawl into the inflatable cave to learn about Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.


Rhythm Soul Drumming will share an array of percussion instruments for all ages to make spontaneous music together in a large geodesic dome.


Find more details at roguevalleyearthday.net.

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