Come celebrate Earth Day, Mendocino County-style. This will be the 2nd Annual starting on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 28. This county wide event from the North Coast, South Coast, Anderson Valley, Upper Russian River Valley, and North county, you’ll have the opportunity to understand what makes Mendocino county such a special place to live and visit.
Did you know that Earth Day 1970 in Philadelphia gave birth to Earth Week, April 16-22. The Earth Week committee of Philadelphia concluded that devoting only one day to the environment would not provide enough time to paint a comprehensive picture of the environmental issues confronting the earth and marked Earth Day as “the largest secular holiday in the world”, celebrated by more than a half a billion people every year. In celebration of Earth Week, here is the current scheduled list of activities for the 2nd Annual The Earth is First Festival Mendocino style, with more events being scheduled leading up to the week of the festival.
CURRENT FEATURED EVENTS:
- Olive Oil Festival & CSA Open House April 20, from Noon to 4 pm
Think you know what Extra Virgin Olive Oil is? Now’s the chance to test your knowledge at this hands-on event at Olivino in Hopland. Mendocino County olive oil producers will team up with the Olivino olive press to provide an educational and entertaining afternoon featuring olive oil tastings, People’s Choice blind olive oil tasting, local breads and cheeses, wines, olive press tours and demonstrations. This is also an opportunity to learn about what CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) initiatives are and how you can support them. Meet local farmers, learn about sustainable agriculture, taste locally grown foods, sign up for organic, locally grown veggies, fruits, and meat… get involved in your food! This is a unique opportunity to understand how local agriculture and products sustain and support us all. 707-744-1114.
- First Annual Maker Faire April 19 through April 21 from 10 am to 5 pm.
The perfect opportunity to show off what you can make! Maker Faire offers the opportunity for participants to experience homemade innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Friday, April 19 will be open to school-age children to develop projects based on their own interests and ideas. The Saturday Maker Faire is open to all. 707-459-2736.
- All Aboard the Skunk Train! Starting April 19 through April 29. Every day except Tuesday and Thursday.
Leave no footprints… climb on the back of the Skunk for a ride in its natural habitat and celebrate Earth Day the Skunk Way! One kid, age 2-12, rides free with one paying adult; free activities sheet. Departs Fort Bragg Depot, 4-hour roundtrip. Every day except Tuesday and Thursday. Starts at 10 am. 707-964-6371. Visit the website.
- Husch Vineyards Everyday from April 19 through April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.
As Fish-Friendly farmers, Husch Vineyards will be celebrating Earth Day throughout the festival with a complimentary tasting of our sustainably farmed wines. We are open daily throughout the Where the Earth IS First Festival. Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery and is the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley. FREE complimentary wine tasting daily. 800-554-8724. Visit the website.
- Seussical the Musical, Jr. April 19 through April 22 Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 3:00 pm
Gloriana Musical Theatre’s Young Performers have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. 707-964-7469. Visit the website.
- Ukiah Farmers Market & earth Day Seed Exchange. April 20, from 9:30 to 12 pm.
In addition to the usual Farmers Market goodies, the Transition Ukiah group will be holding an Earth Day seed exchange at the Ukiah farmers market to honor Earth Day. This is your chance to buy and exchange seeds that have not been treated or genetically altered in any way. A great way to start your spring garden! 707-485-0917.
- 10th Annual Whale & Jazz Festival Main Event
The main event for the Whale & Jazz Festival is the perfect excuse to visit the South Coast and get in the swing of things! Jamie Davis (formerly with the Count Basie Band) and a quintet of veteran jazz musicians will share the stage for an evening of fabulous jazz. April 20 at 7:30 pm. 707-884-1138. Visit the website.
- Campovida Private Tasting & Garden Tour
Tour the spectacular gardens with our very own “voice of nature,” Ken Boek. Immerse yourself in our organic gardens for a unique, not-to-be missed experience. This tour caters to the five senses and is an educational experience through the earth’s plant and insect diversity. As you explore the grounds with ken, you will have the opportunity to taste 7 of our organic wines with edible flowers and herbs from the garden. Cost: $35 per person or $25 if you participate in our volunteer day or are a wine club member. April 21 at 2 pm. 707-400-6300. Visit the website.
- Noyo Food Forest 7th annual Earth Day Festival
Don’t miss the Noyo Food Forest’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 27 at The Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School. This cornerstone North Coast community event offers live music and entertainment, a Culinary Showcase featuring local chefs, a spring plant sale, hands-on workshops and inspiring speakers, kids’ activities, local food, pedal powered smoothies, and more! This free, all ages, drug and alcohol free event supports the Organic garden and Farm to School program at Fort Bragg High School. This event will be held between noon to 6 pm and is FREE. 707-964-0218. Visit the website.
For dinner phone 707-937-2810 or online at urban spoon.
For lodging phone 707-937-2810 or online at reservations.
For spa reservations phone 707-937-2810 or online at Indigo Eco-Spa.