Earth Day celebration set for Saturday


Cottage Grove is excited to celebrate Earth Day. 

On Saturday, Coiner Park will be the site of an Earth Day Celebration. Beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., the park will feature food, vendors and music to celebrate the planet. Community organizations will have booths around the park, there will be youth activities, a local birding opportunity, a Native American blessing and a “Trashion” show.

This year, the event will also feature three different tours that people can go on to learn more about the community.

The first tour, that begins at 10:30 a.m., is a tour of the Cottage Grove drinking water treatment plant. Individuals will get the chance to see both the water quality laboratory facilities and the computer control system while learning about how water is treated and distributed. 

The second tour, that starts at noon, is an examination of the wastewater treatment plant. Visitors will learn how wastewater can re-enter the water cycle with as little environmental impact as possible. Those on this tour will also have the chance to examine the microorganisms that help aid this process under a microscope. 

The third and final tour of the day is a look at Singing Creek Farm. Individuals will get to see how the area that was once Kizer Creek Farm grows greens and vegetables that go to local restaurants. Attendees will also learn about biodynamic agriculture.

For each event, free transportation will be provided from Coiner Park by South Lane Wheels. The bus will return after each tour. To sign-up, individuals can go to the information booth at Coiner Park on Saturday morning. 

The free event is sponsored by the City of Cottage Grove, Coast Fork Willamette, Presbyterian Church and Parent Partnership. 

Additionally, over the weekend the Opal Center for Arts and Education will be putting on their 2018 Trashion show. The event, which is $15, features over 10 designers and over 20 models walking the runway wearing “fancy trash outfits”. 

There are four different times for the hour and a half event over the weekend. The event times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a Sunday show at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online.

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