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Third annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday

This is the third year that the members of Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) are braving unpredictable weather patterns to celebrate Earth Day in Town Park on Saturday, April 16

It is a rain or shine event. Anyone interested in celebrating an event that needs to be honored every day, should come prepared with blankets, lawn chairs and warm clothes, if needed.

SOS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote a sustainable community—one which balances the needs of the economy, society and—the environment.

This year’s Earth Day event will focus on “All things Local.” We have a group of rocking local bands, nonprofit organizations and businesses that have all agreed to participate gratis, out of love and respect for their community. Our intention is to celebrate as a community and honor some very talented musicians and dancers and service groups from our various nonprofit, public sector, and area businesses in Pagosa Springs. It is critical that we, as a community understand the important services that exist in our town and it is equally important that we support area businesses in order to sustain and support the local economy. In addition to local entertainment, we will also have Pagosa Brewing Company’s beer available for sale, The Funky Trunk traveling clothes and apparel bazaar, and some local food vendors, including pizza from D.J.’s..

There will be several hands-on kids’ activities and face painting.

The Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will be at the park to launch their recycling initiative, partnering with Archuleta County: “Save the Planet, Pagosa Style!” The Boy Scouts will have a container available for your recyclables, as well as information about recycling in Pagosa Country. The first 300 people to visit the Boy Scout booth will get a bag of earth-friendly goodies. The Girl Scouts will be selling 30 seedlings as a fund-raising effort. The seedlings were donated by the local U.S. Forest Service, showing how community supports one another. Tess Challis will be there for simple and healthy cooking tips, and an opportunity to purchase her cookbooks. Aikido of the San Juans will do a demonstration between 2 and 4 p.m.; Bill Trimarco will have an informational booth about Life Force products, The Old Town Market is planning to have a booth, a local instrument maker will be there to sell his instruments, which are made of recyclable products. The Pagosa Farmers Market will have plants for sale, and the annual electronics recycle (E-Cycle) collection will be on site. In addition, the Roller Derby Girls (RIP) will be present to knock some heads and provide security, (who needs bikers!) and SOS will be sponsoring the annual clothes swap. Please bring your gently-used clothing and swap with others.

In addition, to observe a low waste event, please bring cups, plates and cutlery to reduce the amount of waste that most events like this generate.

Here are the E-Cycle collection fees:

• Desktop printer, CPU, scanner, fax — $6.

• Monitor, laptop, TV up to 27 inches — $16.

• Large office equipment — 25 cents per pound

• Everything else, such as keyboards, cords, mice, Gameboys, phones, cameras, batteries, ink cartridges — no charge.

We are lucky to have an assemblage of talented local musicians and dancers. Here is the entertainment lineup:

• Noon: the music sets open with Safe & Sound, a blend of a cover song, and original lyrics performed by roots music master Johnalex Tarbet.

• 12:30 p.m., the Rakassah Jabal Belly Dancers.

• 1 p.m., the rock steady all-chick fabulous Lemon Drops.

• 2 p.m., Johnny K, his estimable wife Natalie and guest Jason Rose come out swinging with the real deal.

• 3 p.m., The Cranks, jazz fusion and special guest the indelibly authentic Val Fulco, hard blowing real blues.

• 4 p.m., who is that handsome man?! The one and only, Brooks-i.

• 5 p.m., the outrageously irrepressible Big’ns fronting for all of Ireland.

Just in case Mother Nature decides not to be cooperative, we have arranged a backup venue for the Earth Day celebration at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center. If you would like more information about the event or would like to sign up for a booth, it is not too late. This event is evolving, even as you read this article, so please do not hesitate to contact us. Simply e-mail DeAnna Hoyle on or before Friday, the day before the event at We hope to see you there and look forward to celebrating with you as a community.

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