Earth Day 2008 "Trees of Life"

Special Guest U.S. Congresswoman Lois Capps at Earth Day opening celebration.


Santa Maria's annual Earth Day Street Faire will be held on the street in front of the Natural History Museum at 412 South McClelland Street

on Sunday, April 20 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Day will open with patriotic concert by United First Methodist Choir under direction of Mr.Jed Beebee followed by

Presentation of Earth Day 2008 Conservation Awards (see below)

12:30PM Righetti's Folklorico Dancers and Marimba Band followed at

1:30PM by our keynote speaker Bob Muller from the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden;

American Dance Troupe and Aztec Dancers round out the later afternoon entertainment;

Also fossil dig, crafts and fun activities for children; vendors, BBQ and food, conservation-oriented booths, hybrid vehicle test drives, Earth Day flea market, live forest animals and much more.

Conservation awards will be presented by Fifth District County Supervisor Joe Centeno to the following local businesspeople: Agriculture: A & A Farming Owners George Adam and Jim Acquistapace are native Santa Marians who have converted previously conventional fields to organic farming and have generously supported the Santa Barbara County Foodbank and the larger community.

A&A Farming was the first large conventional farm to widely apply drip irrigation in the 1990's in the Santa Maria Valley.

Business: PleinAire Design Group Since 1990, owner Kevin J. Small has been involved in sustainable landscape design and water conservation in the Santa Maria area. He and his company have given generously to local non-profit organizations and our community through "in-kind" landscape design services. PleinAire Design has formed a water conservation subsidiary recently to promote efficient water useage in landscapes.

Non-Profit: Growing Grounds Farm Project This four-acre property allows disenfranchised people living with mental illness to safely and therapeutically re-enter the paid workforce. The clients planted native oak trees and native shrubs using a grant from the Woods Family Foundation and donated plants. Private citizens enjoy visiting the Foster Road location to buy produce. This non-profit agency works under the umbrella of Transitions Mental Health Association.

Government Agency: City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department The Trees of Life project encourages trees to be planted in the community. Santa Maria has been named as a Tree City due to these efforts and others.

Educator: Bailey Hudson Mr. Hudson has held national and international offices in organizations which promote tree conservation. He has spearheaded tree conservation for the City of Santa Maria and is past president of Santa Maria Valley Beautiful.

This celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department; Marian Medical Center; Pacific Gas and Electric; Rabobank; Toyota Scion of Santa Maria;

If it should rain, this event will be held at the Santa Maria Town Center Mall on the first floor near Red Robin. The mall is located on the corner of Cook Street and Broadway.