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Earth Day Marin Festival and Sustainability Solutions Day of Action! Sunday, April 6th, 11-5pm at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive Larkspur, CA 94939
ENTERTAINMENT, SPEAKERS & MORE AT THE EARTH DAY MARIN FESTIVAL APRIL 6th
The Earth Day Marin 2014 Festival will be a fun, free, family-friendly event and a day of action on sustainability solutions addressing drought, climate change and other environmental concerns.
The entertainment packed day includes high quality music – featuring Swiss rising star Sareena Overwater, SF Irish Music Fest Favorite Lucia Comnes Americana Jam Festival Favorite Alice DiMicele (as seen with Baez, Grisman, Guthrie & many others) and others, plus a Green Songs Contest copresented by West Coast Songwriters and the national online Sustainable News and Entertainment Radio, which is open to adults and youth.
Attendees of all ages will enjoy sustainable faire from Lotus Cuisine of India and Lydia's Organics, hands-on activities for kids and adults, puppet shows, book signings, inspiring speakers including climate visionary John Wick of Marin Carbon Project, and discu ssions including a County-wide forum on Sea Level Rise presented by Shore Up Marin. Major sponsors include Marin Municipal Water District, MCE Clean Energy, Marin Sanitary Service, Good Green Moving and Good Earth Natural Foods, Lilypad Homes, Marin Independent Journal, Ace Printing, Conservation Corps North Bay, Goodman Building Supply, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Amazon Watch, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, 350 Marin, Marin Organic, Next Generation, Families for Clean Air, Marin Grassroots, Canal Welcome Center, GreenUp Learning, Sunday, April 6th from 11am to 5pm at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkpsur. Rain or Shine.
So many talented songwriters entered and the judges had a very difficult task. The finalists have been selected - see list below. So many awesome songs were submitted and we hope to meet each and every one of you on Sunday - please introduce yourself! Arrive early to see the incredible contestants perform starting at 11:20am! All prizes will be awarded during the event.
Join a fun and pretty flat group ride to Earth Day Marin from The Bicycle Works in San Anselmo - 10AM on Sunday, April 6th. Valet bicycle parking will be provided by Marin County Bicycle Coalition.
MMWD and Earth Day Marin invite music lovers, families and people who care about conservation to participate in a water rally at the main stage featuring MMWD Board President Armando Quintero and Americana Jam festival favorite Alice DiMicele (as seen with Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, etc.) teaching us to sing her classic water conservation song "Made Out of Water." The program will include humor, an inspirational call to action and a celebration of conservation heroes.
PLUS - the first 500 attendees to take action on water conservation at the MMWD Water Village will win a stainless steel water bottle!
Alice DiMicele seeks to uplift the human experience through music. Her lyrics are love incantations to the elements earth, water, fire, and air. Drawing from a rich musical background including folk, jazz, funk, rock, and soul DiMicele's acoustic music incorporates many styles creating a fresh funky stew all her own.
With twelve self-released albums and 25 years of touring under her belt, DiMicele is a master of her craft and knows how to delight her audiences be it on a large festival stage, a theatre, or a house concert. She's shared the stage with some of music's best including Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, JJ Cale, David Grisman, Arlo Guthrie, Steve Winwood, and so many more. Her festival appearances are many including Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Kate Wolf Festival, EarthDance, Oregon Country Fair, Joshua Tree Music Festivals, Britt Festivals, and Health and Harmony Festival. Go to a n "Alice show" and prepare to be moved.
"Alice's music has that great combination of earthiness and groove that keeps it funky from the inside out. She's for real." -- Bonnie Raitt
Armando Quintero is the 2014 President of the Marin Municipal Water District's Board of Directors. Quintero was first appointed to the MMWD board in 2009. He was re-elected in 2010 and won re-election unopposed in 2012. He represents MMWD Division II, which includes central San Rafael and unincorporated areas of San Rafael. Quintero is the chair of MMWD's Watershed Committee and serves on the District Operations Committee. He also represents MMWD on the Tomales Bay Watershed Council.
Quintero is the director of development for the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, which is housed at the University of California at Merced. Previously he spent 20-plus years with the National Park Service, most recently as the chief of special park uses for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A field naturalist, he has led and leads trips in California and Mexico. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizat ions in Marin and California. He earned his bachelor's degree in environmental studies from California State University, Hayward.
She's also the Founder of the TRASH ON YOUR BACK 5 DAY CHALLENGE a $6 billion dollar opportunity for the Nation; a world-wide hands-on experience focused on creating our Zero Waste Nation together through education, choice, and fun for all ages; she's the founder of the ECO-Musicians and ECO-Song Writers Contest focused on connecting music and arts with creating our sustainable planet together, she has partnered with West Coast Song Writers to drive the music movement forward, in memory of her brother Dave Dehm, diehard musician and songwriter.
Additionally, Diana is a core team member of the Plastic Ocean Project; incubating 5 solutions to clean up our 5 oceans and create profitable sustainable businesses in the process!
Families: join us at 11am to kick off the day with an outdoor song & dance party with the Mick Jagger of the Milk & Cookies Set -- Mr. Tim Cain!
As a sax player, he co-founded the popular 60's rock group, "The Sons of Champlin", which toured nationally and produced 6 albums. Now Tim is a legendary and beloved children's performer focused on acoustic music concerts and recordings especially for kids ages 3-8. He is well known for an extensive repertoire of environmentally-themed songs in addition to his many tracks which have become instant children's classics. Tim was paralyzed from the waist down with polio at age 7 and believes children benefit from seeing him, with his handicap, as "just a regular person whose legs don't work". He charms his audiences with the same indomitable spirit that helped him overcome adversity, and his happy-to-be-alive attitude is infectious and inspiring.
From Switzerland! Rising international folk-pop singer songwriter sensation Sareena Overwater lures the listener under her spell using her rich and powerful voice and her touching songs. A big favorite in Ireland, she has also performed in Poland, England, Scotland and the U.S. and in major festivals such as the Oxegen Festival outside of Dublin. At the beginning of 2013 Sareena's first studio album was released. Recorded at Windmill Lane studios in Dublin, known for legendary U2 recordings, Overwater has two titles on Radio Swiss Pop's playlist and another on Swiss Jazz Radio.
"Sareena Overwater is one of Switzerland's best kept musi cal secrets." -- Hot Press, Dublin
Called a visionary by Post Carbon Institute, John Wick is co-owner with his wife, well-known children's author Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. John is co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and serves as its tireless spokesperson and advisor as it moves from research to implementation.
According to the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation, "The Marin Carbon Project has shown that a single application of compost can sequester carbon in soils, increase plant production, and if scaled to 5% of California's rangelands could offset up to 10 % of the commercial and residential energy sector."
Celebrated Jazz Performer Mwanza Furaha will kick off the Shore Up Marin Sea Level Rise Forum by singing the classic Negro Spiritual Wade in the Water. Mwanza Furaha has shared the stage with artists including Betty Carter, Lou Rawls, Merle Saunders, Carmen McRae and many more.
Juliana Birnbaum, coauthor of Sustainable [R]evolution will speak and present a slide show filled with luscious and inspiring photos of permaculture sites and EcoVillages.
Filmmaker Louis Fox and anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum take an in-depth look at sustainable solutions in communities across the globe in their new book, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide. Permaculture is a philosophy based on common ethics of cultures throughout history that have designed settlements according to nature's patterns and lived within its bounds. Sustainable Revolution features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries—including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists—in a beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays featuring 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climat es across the planet.
Robin Carpenter, host of the Farm & Foodshed Report on KWMR radio and regular contributor to Edible Marin & Wine Country Magazine.
Dr. Peter G. Joseph, MD co-founded the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1979. Dr. Joseph has been trained by former Vice President Al Gore to be a Climate Reality Project speaker. He currently is northern California district manager for The Climate Reality Project and a group leader for the Marin chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.
Internationally recognized chanteuse and sustainability advocate Lucia Comnes will perform at the festival this year.
A captivating singer, songwriter, guitarist and violinist, Lucia has performed with Joan Baez, was a member of Kitka, has been a favorite at the San Francisco Irish Music Festival and has shared stages with countless legends such as Linda Tillery, Taj Mahal, Anna Halprin and Maria Muldaur just to name a few.
"A Singular Voice" - SF Chronicle
Shore Up Marin will host a community dialogue about the impacts of climate change on water and sea level rise in Marin. Come share your concerns. Are flooding, king tides, FEMA rates, infrastructure, community safety and emergency planning on your mind? Find out what Marin residents, public agencies, and grassroots organizations are doing to prepare. You will be able to join the campaign by signing Shore Up's pledge to get Marin communities ready to face rising tides and reduced water availability! Both are coming!
Shore Up Marin is a collaboration of Marin Grassroots, Canal Welcome Center, GreenUp Learning and Earth Day Marin with support in part from the San Francisco Foundation.
Screening of "The Invisible Peak" by Gary Yost. 22-minute film narrated by Peter Coyote and selected by the Tiburon and Sacramento International Film Festivals. It reveals the hidden Cold War history of Mt. Tam's West Peak, covers its restoration and illustrates its current condition.
On Stage Dialog with Zero Waste leaders Patty Garbarino of Marin Sanitary Service and Diana Dehm of Sustainability News & Entertainment Radio & the Trash on Your Back 5-Day Challenge.
Patty Garbarino became President of Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) in 2000 after being with the family owned and operated business for 13 years. She was the first woman President of the California Refuse Recycling Council and was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame in 1999. The California Integrated Waste Management Board lauded MSS as having the highest recycling rate in California and the Marin County Board of Supervisors honored the company with the Golden Spire Business award in 2006. Patty has been instrumental in creating programs aimed at educating the community on waste diversion and recycling. She believes that the future of preserving and maintaining our natural resources rests in the development of awareness in o ur young people. Youth have the strength, optimism and energy to become good stewards of the land ~ we must just give them the knowledge and the chance.
Marin Earth Authors will read, discuss and sign their books from 12:30 to 2:00 at the main outdoor performance area.
Terri Glass directs California Poets in the Schools and writes poetry from a belief 'in the power of language to transform our culture and the undeniable mission to take care of this precious planet we live on.' Read her work at Terri Glass.com. (12:40)
Raymond Welch is a former natural gas trader and energy consultant who has written a gripping novel about how climate change tears apart a Bay Area family in 2028. He is active with Citizens Climate Lobby and blogs at aA Change in the Weather.com. (1:00)
Mary Reynolds Thompson, a life coach and facilitator of poetry and journal therapy bridging the false divide between humans and nature, will read from Embrace Your Inner Wild and the forthcoming Reclaiming the Wild Soul, Reclaiming the Wild Soul.com. (1:20)
William Carney, a landscape architect and president of Sustainable San Rafael, will read from his epic poem on the history of the earth and cosmos, Mountain, An Evolutionary Epic, viewable at William Carney.net/mountain. (1:40)
Mini Documentaries about Marin Clean Energy
Renewable Energy Takes Flight at San Rafael Airport - Pictured Bob Herbst of San Rafael Airport
Renewable Energy Takes Flight at San Rafael Airport
Bob Herbst describes how he has benefited from being an energy supplier to Marin Clean Energy, including his perspective on benefits to the community. His solar production at the San Rafael Airport is MCE's first locally-based energy project and the largest solar energy producer in Marin County.
The Clean Energy Choice
Marin Clean Energy envisions communities that run on renewable energy. Executive Officer Dawn Weisz describes the mission and approach of Marin Clean Energy, including its role in community buil ding, economic prosperity, and environmental protection. She highlights choices that customers have and how their decisions can create new energy sources.
Clean Energy + Community Prosperity
What if a community could take on the climate and financial crisis? Often, community members feel helpless in the face of significant threats like the climate and financial crises. Liz Darby has been engaged in improving the Marin City community in various roles. Now, as a leader of the Marin City Community Development Corporation, she manages a partnership with Marin Clean Energy to train workers in energy efficiency education and installation for Marin Clean Energy customers.
Businesses Go Deep Green
Business owners understand the impact that their consumption of energy can have on the environment and the communities where they live. Figuring out how to make less of an impact requires having an affordable choice. Marin Clean Energy's Deep G reen 100% renewable energy option meets their needs and conveys their concern to customers of finding renewable solutions that affect everyone in the community.
Starting in advocacy with Greenpeace as a crewman on the legendary Rainbow Warrior, Branden Barber has been in service to our planet's ecosystems and environmental justice for over 25 years. He has served in the leadership of Rainforest Action Network and was a board member at the International Accountability Project. Currently as Director of Engagement at Amazon Watch, he's dedicated to protecting the Amazon and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples.
ALICIA RETES (Native American)
Part Mayo, Yaqui and Cherokee, Alicia Retes is a multitalented interpretive artisan, nature guide and musician. Her work is influenced by personal wildlife adventures combined with respect and appreciation for Native cultural art. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer through the National Association for Interpreters. Alicia's mission is to inspire people of all ages to experience meaningful, nurturing relationships with nature through the joy of discovery and interactive experiences leading to greater respect for all life.
"The story of the Three Sisters, Corn, Bean and Squash, demonstrates the power of people working together cooperatively to solve problems and promote harmony in order to live healthy, happy lives. I'll be using colorf ul cornhusk puppets and audience response to help tell this playful, interactive version of a traditional Native American tale.
I'll end by teaching a Coast Miwok "Happy" song and will have a few California Native instruments for some of the audience to play: clapper rattles, and rhythm sticks."
GARTH GILCHRIST (performs as John Muir)
In his stage portrayal of John Muir, Garth Gilchrist recounts the adventures and wild wisdom of this early visionary conservationist. Drawing on his own boyhood adventures ranging over the mountainous landscapes of Washington State and California, Garth has also created original, prize-winning story recordings based on his life-long love of the land. He has shared his deep love of nature as a trusted friend and ally with audiences across America, Britain and Europe.
"I will first do a 15-minute performance as John Muir: an exciting waterfall story with a philosophical/poetic section that reflects deep ly on the web of life and our role in it. My second story is "The Amazing Adventures of George the Water Molecule": an original story about the web of life and humans' disruption of it. (I also told this story on a CD that won awards from both Parents Magazine and Pegasus.)"
A multi-talented performer, Kirk Waller weaves together spoken word, rhythm, music and movement to create an unforgettable storytelling experience. He has garnered national recognition, including a J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant from the National Storytelling Network and a Parent's Choice Foundation GOLD award for hi s CD, "But Why? Stories, Music and Songs." Kirk has told at festivals, schools, libraries, churches and special events both locally and nationally, including the prestigious Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival.
"I will be telling "Why It Rains," a "pourquoi" or origin story that explains why something is the way it is. This is a story from Africa about what happens when nature is out of whack: how the waters held back from the land, causing a drought, and eventually forcing the very first rain to fall on our Earth."
ERICA LANN-CLARK (Jewish "yenta")
A nationally known storyteller and solo performer, Erica Lann-Clark has been a featured teller at regional storytelling festivals here and abroad, as well as twice at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival. Her critically acclaimed comedy, "Shopping for God," was commissioned by the Marsh Theater, and her multicultural, two woman storytelling show with Olga Loya, "Believe It Or Not," was a hit at the Cabrillo Theater Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2013. In 2014, Erica will be teaching "Story in Medicine" for The Five Branches University's Santa Cruz & San Jose campuses.
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Jeffrey Westman is Executive Director of Marin Organic, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm and on the leadership council for Kitchen Table Advisors. Jeffrey has been on the board of California FarmLink since 2010 and currently serves as Board President. He spent 15 years in the media and technology world, which included building and launching Yahoo! Sweden, Norway and Denmark as well as founding e-licious, a multi lingual recipe database and also revived a tangled overgrown potato farm in the north of Sweden.
Pandora Thomas (pictured 3rd from right) is a sustainability and environmental education consultant, permaculture teacher, lecturer and writer. Featured at Tedx Denver and SF, she is a certified k-12 teacher, green building professional and permaculture teacher. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands sustainable living opportunities for diverse communities. Through Earthseed, she currently co-leads a project inspired by work in San Quentin State Prison called Pathways to Resilience, a permaculture and ial enterprise-training program for men and women re-entering their communities after incarceration. She is also cofounder of the Black Permaculture Network as well as author of a children's book, various curricula and a green building manual for youth.
Also presenting will be Kevin Tindall (fourth from the left) co-founder of the Green Life of San Quentin and c urrent staff of Pathways to Resilience.
Veronica Geretz, M.A., CYT has been sharing the joy of yoga with children since the birth of her son in 2011. Through simple movements, stories and songs Veronica will hold space for your child to play with their bodies and breath in an enriching way. No prior yoga experience necessary. Ideal for kids ages 2-7 years old.
Greenwood School 7th & 8th Grades Present "Sea Party, the Sea-quel," a children's festival within Earth Day Marin. Sea Party will include super fun games and activities that teach kids and their parents about marine pollution. Each of the activities will be a "Mission" for the kids to complete, and they get "Mission Money" to donate to participating organizations.
Patti Breitman is director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals. She is on the advisory council of the Animals & Society Institute. She has been a vegan since 1986 and has been teaching cooking classes for 15 years. With Connie Hatch, she is the co-author of How To Say No Without Feeling Guilty and with Carol J. Adams of How To Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want to Be One. Her newest book is Never Too Late To Go Vegan; The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving On a Plant Based Diet by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina, RD, MPh
Called a "Wonderful Troubadour" by Andre Pessis and compared to John Lennon by Mark Le Mon, both of West Coast Songwriters, Maurice Byrne is a lyricist and singer-songwriter based in Ireland. Byrne is known for his work on film soundtracks and collaborating with Dublin singer Alicia Bar on the female empowerment anthem "Too Much Woman". He is at work on a CD for children, is collaborating with Swiss rising star Sareena Overwater. Maurice will perform his song "Sustainability" and chat with Mark Le Mon via live feed from Ireland.
Mark Le Mon has been a composer, musician, producer, film producer, voice-over, Foley artist, and writer in the San Francisco Bay Area and Internationally for more than 35 years. His career has included tenure as a composer at L.A.-based Fricon Entertainment, a producer at Digital Audio Productions, an artist manager, a composer at Techno-Pop, a partner with Element 151 Films, and a co-founder of Starmaker Entertainment. Mark is the current President of the West Coast Songwriters Association. Mark is also a Co-Founder of Yormo Inc. and Yormo.com. Mark performed at the 40th Anniversary concert for Earth Day in Washington D.C. with Artists: Sting, John Legend, Joss Stone, Booker T, Mavis Staples, Bob Weir, and others. He performed at the 2012 Earth Day event on National Mall in DC with Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, and others. Mark lives both in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Ligurian region of Italy with his wife an d daughter.
Mark Le Mon with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Denis Hayes at D.C. Earth Day
Vice President of West Coast Songwriters, Shiloh Hobel is a gold and multi-platinum plaque award recipient. She has sung on numerous recordings incl uding with Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston to name a few. A vocalist, composer and musician, she is known for her powerfully soulful, sultry, bluesy, yet rock-edged vocals. Her unique arrangements share a mix of airy and gospel-inspired backgrounds and harmonies. As a music industry studio and production manager, she has worked with Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Santana, Huey Lewis and the News and many others.
Salote Soqo is the Climate & Carbon Management Fellow for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) and the Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI), where she is working on multiple projects ranging from carbon management through compost application in urban agricultural soils to the water-related impacts of climate change on environmental justice communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Salote was born and raised in the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific, where she has been involved in various environmental consulting projects as an Environmental Scientist, and has also done extensive research into climate change adaptation of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Lisa Hoyos is the Director and Co-Founder of Climate Parents, a national organization working to mobilize parents and families for clean energy and climate solutions. Climate Parents engages in advocacy campaigns around the country from working to support the implementation of a strong federal rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants to supporting the growth of solar and wind energy. Lisa has a two decade history campaigning in the Labor, environmental and international fair trade movements, working with such organizations as the BlueGreen Alliance, Greenpeace and the national AFL-CIO. She also worked as a committee staffer to the CA Senate Natural Resources Committee.
Please visit Marin Sanitary Service and Conservation Corps North Bay at Earth Day Marin to learn how you can be part of the Marin's plan to go Zero Waste by 2025. Zero waste is an important response to climate change. Please join in with this solution.
ENTICING, LOCAL, ORGANIC FOOD
Organic, sustainable & local food offerings will include Lydia's Organics and Lotus Cuisine of India.
There will be a variety of cold & hot drinks.
Bring your reusable gear and bottle/container for water!
Bike to the Festival
Group ride - meet 10am Sunday, April 6th at The Bicycle Works in San Anselmo. Nice flat ride is accessible for all ages.
Secure valet bicycle parking will be provided by Marin County Bicycle Coalition.
Emmissions from transportation are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in Marin. Plus biking helps you keep fit and feel great. Ride your bike to join us! Plus biking to the festival gives you more chances to win in our free raffle!
CTRC will recycle almost anything that you can plug into a power outlet. This includes computers, laptops, monitors, printers and cartridges, cell phones, VCRs, televisions, copy machines, and even your microwave and toaster - WORKING OR NOT.
They DO NOT ACCEPT
Large appliances (think washing machine, stove, furnace, etc.)
Appliances containing gas or liquids (air conditioners, fridges, oil heaters etc.)
Household (alkaline) batteries (AA, AAA, C, D cells)
Any videotapes or audiotapes of any kind
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
Any liquids of any kind
When you give your computer to CTRC, you receive a tax write-off. They will attempt to fix your equipment and then give it away to someone who is unable to a fford to buy a computer on their own. If they are unable to reuse your equipment, it will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.