EPIC Earth Day Experience

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Enjoy the EPIC Earth Day Experience this Saturday, April 5th, 2014 in downtown Grapevine, Texas.  From the press release:

In celebration of national Earth Day April 22 and in conjunction with the annual Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off April 5, Keep Grapevine Beautiful is hosting the EPIC Earth Day Experience on Saturday, April 5, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the gazebo in historic downtown Grapevine. It will be a day filled with “eco-ordinary” activities, a featured speaker, demonstrations, food and beverages, and live entertainment featuring Michael Clay from Lone Star Attitude.

The keynote speaker for this year’s EPIC Earth Day event is Chad Pregracke, recently named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year. “Chad is an expert in protecting our resources and wants to share his story with local communities,” said Mary Jo Tellin, executive director of Keep Grapevine Beautiful. Chad will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Grapevine’s City Hall during the day’s festivities. Reservations are required due to limited seating, so please reserve your seat now.

The day’s eco-friendly festivities begin with a community cleanup of downtown Grapevine as part of the Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off. This is the signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program held annually. The event wraps up in time for participants to hear Pregracke’s first keynote address. The first 100 in attendance will get free grabbers. Sign up for the DMWT event here.

This multi-faceted EPIC event will offer attendees the opportunity to recycle, shop, play, relax, and network with local businesses and community organizations:

•Recycle Alley: Sponsored by Verizon, bring your e-waste from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for recycling: computers, mobile phones, laptops, etc. Free water bottles and totes will go to the first 200 recyclers.
•Vendor Expo: Sponsored by Republic Services, come learn how local businesses are adopting EPIC practices 365 days a year! Also meet your local city and community groups that help preserve the beauty of Grapevine.
•Kid Eco-Play Area: Sponsored by Preservation Tree, this area is a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about creating and living in an EPIC community. First 200 visitors receive free trees.
•KGVB Pavilion Plaza: Learn more about how we keep Grapevine beautiful. Spin the trivia wheel for prizes! A bucket auction will be filled with pricey merchandise. EPIC wear will be for sale, too.
•Hydration Station: Sponsored by James Landscaping and Greenling where fresh bottled water will be handed out all day by Greenling or grab a souvenir cup and fill up.

One of the most unique attractions of the event is the EPIC Eco House, sponsored by Marshall Grain and Factory Builder Stores, which is an interactive home and garden workshop that highlights simple ways to create your own sustainable and economical living space. Attendees will walk through the mock home — that includes a living room, bathroom, kitchen and garage — and learn how they can save money by increasing their energy efficiency and lowering water usage. An outdoor demonstration on rain barrels, mulching, xeriscaping and composting will follow. Free shower timers will go to the first 200 in attendance.

According to Tellin, the purpose of the event is to promote environmental awareness and educational resources that:

•Engage our community to reduce water and energy usage
•Preserve and reclaim natural space
•Influence purchasing choices based on environmental impact
•Cultivate a sustainable earth and air quality

“Grapevine is a vibrant community for many reasons and because of many people. In 2013, volunteer participation was outstanding with thousands volunteering more than 16,000 hours – our community cares,” Tellin states. “From local city groups to small and big businesses, major environmental initiatives and beautification projects have been accomplished. This year’s Earth Day event will showcase this community and all those who are committed to making Grapevine an environmental leader.”

Sponsorships and exhibitor spaces are available. For more information, go to www.kgvb.org or call 817-410-3490.

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