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Centennial Celebration of Sustainability in La Mesa on Horizon

This event is presented by the La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street.

The City of La Mesa made the following announcement on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012:

Are we ready for the next 100 years? At this upcoming Centennial event, the City of La Mesa will be showcasing a variety of environmental topics, technologies and activities at the fifth annual “Sustain La Mesa” Environmental Festival Saturday, Oct. 27. This event is presented by the La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street.

If you enjoyed the butterfly release last year, you can see it again!  The grace and beauty of these delicate creatures will surprise and delight one and all.  Plan to spend the day and enjoy the beauty of the park, its trees, and amphitheater. 

Listen to speakers and this year's new addition of musical entertainment by Paul Seaforth & Mo'Sax Saxophone Quartet and also the Ukulele Club from Helix Charter High School. Explore the interactive booths and exhibits, including topics such as energy and transportation, horticulture and habitat, water, recycling, community, and a kid’s zone. See innovative technologies, including the newest electric cars and the latest in sustainable building materials.  An EDCO recycling zone for hard to recycle materials and the County Office of Education’s Splash Science Mobile Lab will also be featured.

Family entertainment will be provided throughout the day with face painting by the San Diego Clown Conspiracy and water conservation for kids by Ms. Smarty Plants. There may be a hummingbird or hawk to see, too. The speakers include Bamboo Bob on sustainable bamboo and Cadence Baron on herb growing and uses. There will be a free drawing for door prizes. As a new feature a food truck zone will be included with a variety of culinary options.

The winners of the “Our Planet, Our Home” K-12 Environmental Literacy & Art Contest will be announced and their entries will be displayed at the festival. In this Centennial year, we wish to challenge students (our future!) with a theme: Big changes start with small steps, and every great development starts with a vision or dream. What solutions or inventions can you dream up, to shape the kind of world you want to pass on to the youth of the next century?The winning entries will be displayed after the festival at the La Mesa library through November.

For more information on the festival and contest, please visit cityoflamesa.com/SustainLaMesa

David Secor October 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Thanks to the Commission for this event! Our future, and most important the future for our kids, grandkids, and their kids rely on all of us to do our part. We mustn't be short-sighted. This isn't about being O.K. for several years. The current path we are on is simply unsustainable in the long term. Old-timers like me will be fine, as we will be gone before the worst hits. But personally, I believe I must do what I can in my small way, with what I oversee, to help give future generations a livable environment. It's been said by many others, "It is up to us to plant the seedlings of trees whose shade we will never know."

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