Ojai ready to celebrate Earth Day

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By Kimberly Rivers‚ Ojai Valley News reporter

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Ojai residents will join billions of people around the world to mark the 52nd annual Earth Day on Friday, April 22, kicking off the celebration at Ojai Community Farmers’ Market on Thursday, April 21, from 3 to 7 p.m., with music, children’s activities and speakers, including Ojai Mayor Betsy Stix.

It will all take place in the courtyard at Chaparral High School at 414 E. Ojai Ave.

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, chair of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians, will start the event with an earth blessing. Live music will be performed on a solar-powered stage.

More than a dozen local nonprofit organizations will have booths with earth-friendly activities and there will be a Kids Corner with Earth Day-themed crafts, overseen by local teachers.

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition is partnering with the Mob Shop to offer a bicycle valet service at the event.

Ojai Unified School District and Schneider Electric will work with students from Matilija Middle School and Nordhoff High School to operate a solar-powered smoothie-making station. There will also be an upcycled flower garden and a chance to work on a solar car. The city of Ojai provided a $2,600 grant to help with the event costs.

The special event is one of seven events the Ojai Community Farmers’ Market is hosting this spring, including workshops on goat-keeping, natural fabric-dyeing for kids, a conversation with your local veterinarian, and wild fermentation. The series runs through May 19.

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Also, on April 23, from 2 to 6 p.m., Café BoKU and BoKU Superfoods, at 987 W. Ojai Ave., are celebrating the site’s transition from a former Ford dealership to a “sustainable transportation center.” The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance and Electric Vehicle Advocates of Ventura County will display vehicles, give away promotional items, offer games, and provide information to assist customers interested in purchasing electric vehicles. 

Customers can tour a new Tesla supercharger and an Electrify America EV charging station; ride new ramps connecting to the Ventura River Valley bicycle trail; and visit a new, on-site, electric bicycle rental and sales business. Also, Ojai Electric Bikes, will offer 10% discounts on rentals to anyone who walks into their shade structure, in the BoKU parking lot, and greets staff by saying, “Happy Earth Day!”


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