|10th Annual Kansas City EarthWalk set to kickoff Earth Day celebration on April 22|
What do Brazilian martial arts, Green Elvis, a bicycle rodeo and gas cap testing have in common? They’re all things you can see and do at The Kansas City EarthFest from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 22 at The Theatre in the Park at Shawnee Mission Park. Those wanting to get an early start can walk in the 10th Annual Kansas City EarthWalk, a 2.7-mile nature walk to benefit Bridging The Gap and local environmental efforts. The EarthWalk kicks off at 9:00 AM at The Theatre in the Park. Online registration is available at www.earthdaykc.org.
Whether you love gardening and recycled artwork or if alternative transportation is your passion – there’s something at this year’s EarthFest celebration for everyone. Free to the public, EarthFest will feature more than 70 planet-friendly exhibitors and vendors, live entertainment with a local flair, and games, crafts and activities for the young and young at heart.
Bring your blanket for a sprawl on the Theatre lawn and watch live performances on the EarthFest main stage all day by local musicians and area youth. Grupo Axe’ Capoeriera will kick EarthFest 2006 into action with its mix of drums and Brazilian martial arts performances in front of the EarthFest main stage from 9:45 to 10:00 AM. Other scheduled performances throughout the day include:
8:15-8:45 The Flying Dutchman (During Pre-EarthWalk Festivities)
10:15-11:15 Stan Slaughter, Eco Troubadour
11:15-11:35 CS1 Elementary
11:35-11:55 Miller-Marley MiniTainers
11:55-12:20 KC Gymnastics
12:20-12:40 Briarwood Elementary
12:40-1:20 Green Elvis
1:20-2:00 In Transit
Special exhibits scheduled include a recycled artwork display by local Kansas City artist Ben Hawkins. Hawkins’ collection of art, titled Whimsical Rubbish, is just that – whimsical statues made mostly from reused car parts and everyday household items. Pieces of Hawkins’ artwork will be available for purchase at EarthFest. To glimpse a preview of his work, visit www.whimsicalrubbish.com.
For the first time ever, guests will be able to purchase Earth-friendly products at EarthFest while supporting local artists and businesses. In addition to Hawkins’ artwork, handmade clothing, reclaimed wood coasters, home radon test kits, recycled bikes, organic vegetables and more will be available for purchase.
Alternative transportation and bicycling will be a large component to this year’s event. Several cycling organizations and bike shops from the bicycling community will be on hand to share the health and environmental benefits of cycling through fix-a-flat demonstrations, trike races, and how-to instructions on basic bike maintenance. Free and monitored bicycling parking will be available to cyclists who ride to the park for EarthFest.
What can you bring to EarthFest to recycle? Office Products Recycling Associates will be accepting used cell phones and inkjet and toner cartridges for recycling. Bikes For Tykes and Trikes will accept used bikes, which it will repair and donate to underprivileged children in the greater Kansas City area.
Other activities include storytelling, a Wildwood Outdoor Education Center adventure course, bird-watching hikes, free tree seed giveaways, native prairie hikes and birds of prey viewing.
Event partners Bridging The Gap and Johnson County Park and Recreation District are proud to offer the Kansas City region the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day in a festive and
community atmosphere. EarthFest and EarthWalk are sponsored in part by Hen House Market; Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; DST Systems, Inc.; Wild Oats Market; 98.1 KUDL; 96.5 The Buzz; The Walking Company; Bayer; Sprint; Galamba Metals Group; Good Natured Family Farms; Hallmark Cards and the Mid-America Regional Council.
For more information on EarthFest or the EarthWalk, visit www.earthdaykc.org or call 816-561-1061, ext. 128.