WRITTEN BY KYLE YOUNG
Earth Day is quickly approaching, and edible Reno-Tahoe has the scoop on how Northern Nevadans can celebrate our pale blue dot at three different events.
- North Lake Tahoe–Truckee: April 21
- Reno: April 22
- South Lake Tahoe: April 28
Each event is free to the public, nonprofit and volunteer-run, and open to festival goers of all ages.
Photo courtesy of South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Committee
All three events will highlight vendors promoting conservation education, climate change awareness, green technologies, and more. The events also will offer children-focused attractions, food vendors, raffles, and live music.
Though each event showcases awareness campaigns and family-friendly fun, each will also host its own distinctive activities not found elsewhere.
TAHOE TRUCKEE EARTH DAY will take place on April 21 at The Village at Squaw Valley. I spoke with Cameron Calvert, event manager for Squaw Village Neighborhood Co., about what sets this event apart from others.
“We’re really excited that so many great local businesses love to participate in this event. It has a real community vibe and is very well attended,” Calvert says.
Photos courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Join the community vibe with the Asha World Dancers of the Truckee Meadows. Shake what you got as you watch them perform world fusion belly dancing.
Some great local vendors participating include Jewelry from Tamacino, handcrafted bags from Archimedes Wear, and embroidered textiles from Eko Kreations.
Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Don’t miss the Kids’ Zone, where the Nevada Discovery Museum will conduct fun and educational demonstrations. The Kids’ Zone also will feature recycling-themed arts and crafts as well as face painting.
Face painting at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day event. Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Get your sway on with reggae group Truth Cartel and soul/funk ensemble The Sextones.
For details, visit Tahoetruckeeearthday.com.
RENO EARTH DAY is going big this year. Themes will be Many Cultures, Clean & Green Technologies, and The Natural World. Festivities might get hairy at the Animalia Kingdom. This mini-zoo will house wolves, lizards, tarantulas, bunnies, and other animals. These furry friends aren’t just for show. Festival goers will learn about wildlife ecology and preservation.
Are you skilled with a pen or camera? Writers and poets can share their work on a public display board for all to see. Finalists will be selected to read their work on the main stage. Festival attendees are encouraged to post photos of the event using #RenoEarthDay2018 for chances to receive shoutouts and prizes.
For those seeking the adventurous side of Mother Earth, jump, roll, surf, and climb your way to the bungee trampoline, human hamster balls, the mechanical surfboard, and the 30-foot rock wall.
This year’s raffle offers $10,000 in prizes. Get your tickets early!
Kids’ story time at Reno Earth Day. Photo by Mick Raye.
Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy the Earth Innovations Science Fair. There, festival attendees can deepen their understanding of how humanity makes an impact on its environment through participant-generated science projects.
The Edible Pedal Booth at Reno Earth Day. Photo by Heather Howell
Our environmental warriors will appreciate the New Waste Program, which will work to reduce the waste generated by attendees. New Park & Ride locations will make accessing the event green and easy. A shuttle will be available to carry participants from the parking lots at Reno High School to and from the Future of Transportation entrance to Reno Earth Day. RTC also will offer shuttles from outlying parking lots to and from the event.
A bike valet will be available. These programs hope to reduce traffic and lower vehicle emissions to and from the event.
For details, visit Renoearthday.org.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE EARTH DAY will take place on April 28 at Bijou Community Park. Shelly Thomsen, water conservation specialist and member of the event’s planning committee, advises that this year’s festival will include a new attraction that might inspire some movement.
“Bison Bluegrass Band will be taking the stage, so bring your dancing shoes as you boogie throughout this incredible event,” Thomsen says.
Parking in South Lake Tahoe isn’t always easily found. Thomsen and fellow event planners suggest an alternative to driving.
“I’m excited to dust off my bike and ride to Bijou Park for a free tuneup at South Lake Tahoe Earth Day,” Thomsen says.
If the exercise and adventure aren’t enough of a draw, consider that “[t]here’s no better way to celebrate Mother Earth than by breathing in mountain air and soaking in some California sunshine on the way to the event. With the free bike valet, why not bike?” Thomsen adds.
Eco-friendly booths will bring awareness to climate change and discuss recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and how we can reduce our negative impact on the environment.
Photos courtesy of South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Committee
South Lake Tahoe Earth day also offers a Kid Zone. Children will have the opportunity to create recycling-themed crafts, partake in interactive activities, have their faces painted, listen to story time, and bounce to their hearts’ content in the bounce house.
Kid Zone activities at South Lake Tahoe Earth Day include crafts and a bounce house. Photos courtesy of South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Committee
For details, visit Southtahoeearthday.org.
Earth is more than a beautiful home: It is our only home. Our local Earth Day events can show you how to maintain our home’s beauty through education, awareness, and a ton of fun.
Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival
The Village at Squaw Valley; 1750 Village East Rd., Olympic Valley
April 21, 2018
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For details, visit Tahoetruckeeearthday.com or Find Tahoe Truckee Earth Day on Facebook.
Reno Earth Day
Idlewild Park; 2055 Idlewild Dr., Reno
April 22, 2018
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For details, visit Renoearthday.org or Find Reno Earth Day on Facebook.
South Lake Tahoe Earth Day
Bijou Community Park; 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
April 28, 2018
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For details, visit Southtahoeearthday.org/ or Find South Tahoe Earth Day on Facebook.
Kyle Young is a freelance writer born and raised in Sparks. He writes articles about food, events, and the oddities native to Nevada. He advocates for eco-awareness and conservationism.
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