Oak Grove, OVLC team up for
walk, Earth Day festival
by Chris Wilson
A free Earth Day celebration will be held in
conjunction with the Spring Arts Festival Sunday at Oak Grove
Now in its third year, the arts festival will include live music,
art exhibits and the Earth Walk which will raise money for the
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. Sponsored by Voltage Vehicles and
a number of other businesses and individuals, the Earth Walk
will begin at 10 a.m. at Voltage Vehicles, located at 236 W.
Ojai Ave., across from Carrows Restaurant, and ends at Oak Grove
School, where festivities will begin at 11 a.m.
Proceeds from the walk will benefit Oak Grove School and the
OVLC's fund for future land acquisition. Walkers are being asked
for $10 donations, or $25 for a family. Those registered will
receive a water bottle from First Banc, and a raffle ticket for
a Zappy Scooter from Voltage Vehicles, and a free ride token
from the Ojai Trolley.
Admission to the Festival and Celebration is free but tickets
will be sold for activities.
These will include an art making booth, a 24-foot climbing wall,
jumping castle, face painting and nail art, mask-making, banner
In addition to the Earth Walk, the Earth Day celebration will
feature hands-on activities that focus on environmental issues,
recycled art, informational and interactive displays, and earth-friendly
A marketplace will also be set up where local artisans will sell
their arts and crafts. Handmade items by students will be sold
including a limited number of picnic tables.
"When we found out that the city and the Youth Foundation
weren't hosting Earth Day events, we decided to really incorporate
this as part of our event," said Becky Lowe of Oak Grove
School. "We feel it really reflects what our school is all
Music will be provided by Alan Thornhill, Seabury Gould, the
Happy Valley School Coyote Band; Irish fiddling and dance, belly
dancing, African drumming and dance, Native American tales and
music, and other local talent.
An international food court will feature offerings from The Farmer
and The Cook, Ojai Brew Pub, The Chef Is In, Rainbow Bridge,
Famed ceramicist Otto Heino, local artist Wendy MaHarry, hand-made
Adirondack chairs, a silk hand-painted quilt, and other goods
will be silently auctioned away. Additional raffle items include
offerings from the Loaf of the Month from Bill Bakers and lunch
for two from The Farmer and The Cook.
Oak Grove School is located at 220 W. Lomita Ave. in Meiners
Oaks. For further information, call 646-8236. Because parking
is limited guests are asked to ride the Ojai Trolley, walk, or
park in Meiners Oaks. The Meiners Oaks Elementary School is a
short walk from Oak Grove and has plenty of additional parking.
City to honor County Supervisors Tuesday
As part of the City of Ojai's recognition of Earth Day, before
their meeting Tueday evening, the City Council will honor members
of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for their continuing
efforts to keep Ojai a pristine and beautiful community. Ojai
Councilwoman Sue Horgan invited the public to attend the 45 minute-or-so
gathering at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers Tuesday evening. The
event will include refreshments and surprises from the Council,
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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