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Be the change

Activities and exhibits to inspire visitors of all ages to "be the change you want to see in the world" will be presented during the 2007 Rogue Valley Earth Day Celebration.

More than 75 exhibits offering ways to shape an earth-friendly lifestyle will be at the outdoor festival to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, on the lawns surrounding ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.

Information about energy, transportation, food and farms, waste prevention and resource conservation will be available, and visitors can learn how solar electricity works, how to start a compost pile, test drive an electric bicycle and register for green power programs. Vehicles powered by electricity, biodiesel and hybrid technology will be displayed and green products such as natural cleaning products will be demonstrated.

Representatives from many nonprofit organizations such as the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy, Defenders of Wildlife and the Ashland Conservation Division, to name a few, also will be on hand with information.

The fun includes live shows and children's activities.

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir will perform at 11:30 a.m., followed by Youth for Peace, a choir of local teens, at noon. The United Capoeira Association will present the Brazilian martial art at 12:15 p.m., and members of the Rutendo Marimba Band will perform tempos from Zimbabwe at 1 p.m.

One of the highlights includes the Trashion Show and contest. Contestants will turn trash into fashion and walk the Earth Day runway at 2 p.m.

The Colorado-based fusion band Taarka will headline the musical performances and present a blend of jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, funk and Klezmer music from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Activities for kids include a bicycle rodeo, bicycle safety clinics, crafts made with recycled materials and a drumming circle.

Local and organic food and beverages from Pilaf, Geppetto's, Grilla Bites and Logical Foods will be available. New to the celebration this year is a project to design a zero-waste event. All food and drinks will be served with compostable plates, cups, napkins and utensils. All the serving ware will be collected by Ashland Sanitary and Recycling and transported to "Zero Waste Land," where it will become part of a new composting exhibit at ScienceWorks Museum.

Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or ride the free RVTD shuttle service to the Earth Day Celebration. See www.RogueValleyEarthDay.net or call 488-6606 for shuttle schedules.

Admission to the Earth Day celebration is free; admission to ScienceWorks will cost $3 during the event.

Call 482-6767.

Jane Hickinbotham models her food-oriented costume prepared for Earth Day’s Trashion Show. - MT file photo