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North Lake Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival

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The 6th Annual North Lake Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is coming to Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 26 and takes place from 10 am – 5 pm. The theme for this year's event is "Giant Steps Towards Smaller Footprints," with a focus on issues such as Zero Waste, green building, climate change, forest and habitat preservation, recycling, and more.

The event is free with a multitude of activities and is suitable for all ages. North Lake Tahoe Truckee Earth Day has become the largest environmental event in the region, combining world class musical entertainment, thought provoking speakers and over 50 booths featuring non profit organizations, local, state and federal agency representatives and green businesses.

T.A.R.T is providing free transportation to the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival and admission to Saturday's festival is free as well. In addition, Squaw Valley is encouraging guests to carpool to the resort to help cut down on harmful emissions.  

Zero Waste

To promote using less materials for the event, Earth Day 2008 strives to be a Zero Waste event. Zero Waste is a new way of looking at the human waste stream: instead of seeing used materials as garbage in need of disposal, discards are seen as valuable resources. A pile of "trash" represents jobs, financial opportunity, and raw material for new products. In an effort to minimize waste, typical trash receptacles will not be available during the festival.

Booth participants are requested to minimize handouts and implement other forms of waste reduction. All food vendors will be using biodegradable take-out containers made of either paper or PLA, a high tech starch-based plastic.

Food and biodegradable waste will be collected and composted by Full Circle Compost in Minden, Nevada. The compost will return to Sierra Nevada College's demonstration garden in Incline Village.

Facts and figures on American waste will be placed throughout the Village. A contest will be held to guess how much waste is generated the day of the event.

Carbon Neutral

For the first time ever, the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Earth Day will also strive to be a "Carbon Neutral" event. Truckee Climate Action Network will calculate all the emissions involved in producing the event, from the organizers first planning meeting to attendees combined travel to and from the event, to electrical use during the event. Whatever can't be reduced will be offset through the purchase of green tags.

Push, Pull or Pedal Eco Parade

For Kids of All Ages

The Push, Pull or Pedal Eco Parade is becoming more popular each year and is for kids of all ages! This year, the Push, Pull, Pedal parade will kick off the festival. Participants are encouraged to develop a non-motorized craft such as a wagon, bike or tricycle made from recycled materials and push, pull or pedal it past judges. Registration begins at 9:30am with the parade commencing at the main stage at 10:30 am. Great prizes will be awarded to the top contestants, including a Children's 2008/09 Squaw Season Pass! There will also be an expansive children's activity area sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, a performance by the Glenshire Choir and student art work displays.

New This Year- The Earth Capades

Earth Capades is an environmental vaudeville troupe that engages and educates through participation, improvisation and fun. They have spent the past four years touring the United States and Canada receiving rave reviews. The Earth Capades Planetary Circus weaves water awareness and waste reduction with comedy, audience participation and circus acts, bringing volunteers up onto the stage. The Earth Capades hits the funny bone of young and old alike. www.earthcapades.com

Haute Trash Fashion Show

The Haute Trashashion Show returns in 2008 by popular demand! Haute Trash is a troupe of resourceful artists from the Nevada City area who produce runway fashion shows featuring styles made from society's trash, encouraging others to rethink, reuse and recycle. Haute Trash has appeared nationally with rave reviews and will perform on Saturday in the Village.
www.hautetrash.org

Live Music Lineup

San Francisco based ALBINO!, the award winning 12-piece "Heavy Heavy Afrobeat" ensemble, will headline the 2008 North Lake Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at the Village at Squaw Valley USA. Just one of eight bands scheduled to play on three different stages throughout the day, ALBINO! is known for combining intricately layered, high energy beats with African dance, wild costumes and elaborate choreography. "ALBINO!'s propulsive grooves, jazzy horn arrangements, and socially relevant commentary turn the dance floor into a forum of politifunkification," according to the East Bay Express.

Nick Catanella, owner of Paesano Productions, who is producing the music portion of Earth Day and is a member of the Earth Day Committee, believes this year's line-up provides a great mix of musical styles as well as local and nationally know acts.

"Each and every band performing brings its own unique energy and excitement to the Earth Day event this year" says Catanella.  "It's going to be an awesome celebration!"

Other bands on tap for the day include MO2, Rainmaker, SubjecktoChange, Naomi and the Courteous Rudeboys, Verbal Kint and the Mark Sexton Band.

Patagonia Wild and Scenic Film Festival

For the third year, Tahoe Truckee Earth Day welcomes the Patagonia Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival (WSEFF), which begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 25 at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley.  The festival features a selection of ten films chosen from among the hundreds originally screened at the WSEEF in Nevada City in January. The mix of relevant, thought-provoking and often humorous films include the Oil and Water Project by Seth Warren, which won the People's Choice Award in Nevada City, Climate; a Crisis Averted, Fridays at the Farm and Ribbon of Sand, among others. wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

This year's film festival is sponsored by Nevada County Recycles. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door, and will be on sale in April at New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee and Tahoe City, Mad about Music in Kings Beach and Alice's Market in Squaw. Visit tahoetruckeeearthday.org for detailed film descriptions.

About the Truckee Earth Day Foundation

The Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, was created to educate the general public about the Lake Tahoe and Truckee region's unique beauty and how to preserve and protect it. The means of providing such education includes, but is not limited to, regional Earth Day Festivals that will include environmental and educational booths with focus areas on watershed health, forest health, pollution prevention, alternative energy and waste management.

It has also been created to recognize and celebrate the work of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who's creation of the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970 eventually lead to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. tahoetruckeeearthday.org

Each year, the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival relies on continued support from local businesses, organizations, and individual donors. North Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Presenting Sponsors include: Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, The Village at Squaw Valley USA, Town of Truckee Solid Waste & Recycling Division, Truckee Climate Action Network, Coldstream Creative, Paesano Productions, Giese Accounting and Tax, Camp Dresser & McKee, Black Rock Creative, North Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club, SWEP, Incline Village General Improvement District – Waste Not, TAO Education, the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and KVMR.Do Your Part. Ride TART

Transportation

T.A.R.T. will be offering free transportation to and from the event from North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee. There will also be a mass bike ride planned from Tahoe City and Truckee to the event. For the most up-to-date resort conditions, operations schedules, spring events and live mountain cams, visit Squaw Valley's web site at www.squaw.com

ocal businesses, organizations, and individual donors. North Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Presenting Sponsors include: Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, The Village at Squaw Valley USA, Town of Truckee Solid Waste & Recycling Division, Truckee Climate Action Network, Coldstream Creative, Paesano Productions, Giese Accounting and Tax, Camp Dresser & McKee, Black Rock Creative, North Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club, SWEP, Incline Village General Improvement District – Waste Not, TAO Education, the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and KVMR.Do Your Part. Ride TART

Transportation

T.A.R.T. will be offering free transportation to and from the event from North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee. There will also be a mass bike ride planned from Tahoe City and Truckee to the event. For the most up-to-date resort conditions, operations schedules, spring events and live mountain cams, visit Squaw Valley's web site at www.squaw.com

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