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Publication Date: Friday, April 02, 2004

Never too early for Earth Day Never too early for Earth Day (April 02, 2004)

Environmental groups host April 17 events

By Dan Stapleton

Earth Day is coming early in Mountain View this year. Although the environmental awareness holiday shows up on calendars on April 22, this year, Saturday, April 17 is the day to learn about and find ways to protect the planet.

Environmental enthusiasts can start their day at 9 a.m. by volunteering to help clear trash and debris from Stevens Creek.

"After the recent storms, a lot of debris washed down and got stuck on the vegetation. And there are people living around there, so we also get pieces of bicycles and all manner of trash," said Friends of Stevens Creek Trail executive director Susan Brain.

The creek cleanup, now in its eleventh year, is held in recognition of both Earth Day and California Trail Day and is organized by the city of Mountain View, Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and Synopsys. Brain expects around 40 volunteers and families to show up to pitch in, as well as Mountain View Mayor Matt Pear.

"It's a good family activity for people that don't mind getting a little bit dirty," said Brain. Volunteers will be treated to lunch and refreshments. For information on how to join in, call Susan Brain at (408)255-5780.

When the Stevens Creek cleanup wraps up at 12:30 p.m., there will be just enough time to make it to the Mountain View City Hall rotunda by 1 p.m., where Acterra will hold a free Earth Day forum entitled Farm Fresh Food Fest.

"It's basically an opportunity for people in the Mid-Peninsula down to the South Bay Area to visit with the farmers that supply food to our area," said Acterra Environmental Library and Resource Center Coordinator Diane Dulmage.

The forum is aimed at raising awareness of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a program that encourages production from small local farms.

"In the last 15 years, interest has picked up quite a bit because people want to know where their food is coming from and whether it's organic," added Dulmage.

The event will also feature speakers Andrew Lorand, a CSA pioneer who will about sustainable agriculture, and Linda Brown, who will hold a talk called "Demystifying Organics." For more information, call Diane Dulmage at 962-9876, ext. 306.

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