Test Drive an Electric Vehicle April 20-May 5

Now is a great time to test drive an electric vehicle in Central Oregon!

For every EV you test drive between April 20 – May 5, 2019, you’ll be rewarded with one entry to our raffle….

One lucky winner will get to choose a prize: A Nest Thermostat E or $150 Downtown Dollars.

[Note: This was extended one weekend in order for more folks to check out the new Kia Niro that just arrived at the Bend dealership.]

Take the time to check out several EV options available in Central Oregon, ask questions, and learn how an EV could fit into your lifestyle. You can test drive a fully electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle at the following participating dealerships:

Raffle drawing will be held on May 6, 2019 and the winner will be announced on The Environmental Center’s Facebook page.

A Colorful Celebration of the Natural World

The Environmental Center will celebrate Earth Day by hosting its annual Earth Day Fair and Parade on Saturday, April 20, 2019. This free community event is a celebration of sustainable living and our natural world.

“The Earth Day Fair and Parade is a fun opportunity to celebrate sustainability in action right here at home,” said Mike Riley, Executive Director. “This event offers something for everyone, and will inspire you to connect with your community and surroundings in new ways.”

The event will kick off with a festive parade, complete with tunes from B Side Brass Band and families dressed up to honor a favorite plant or animal. Everyone is encouraged to create a costume for the parade. Community costume-making workshops are scheduled for April 6, 14 and 17.

No written words on banners or costumes, and no motorized vehicles in the parade.

Staging for the parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamins. The parade will start promptly at 11:30 a.m., traveling through downtown Bend and ending at a street fair on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center. Immediately following the parade, local artist Teafly Peterson will share the story of the Earth Guardians, three large-scale puppets that are a creative highlight of this event.

The fair will be held from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and will include live music from Maxwell Friedman Group, food carts, a Kid’s Zone with interactive activities, and organizations/green businesses that are powering the local sustainability movement. The fair will also feature electric vehicle demos.

Volunteers are needed for this event. Please email Kersey or call (541) 385-6908 x18 to get involved. 

This event is presented by Strictly Organic Coffee Co.  For more information about this event, visit this webpage.

SaveOurSphere Earthy Ale

Why celebrate Earth Day when you can celebrate Earth Week!? Worthy Brewing has a new beer on tap, “SaveOurSphere,” in honor of Earth Day this year. Between April 21 – 28th, they’ve chosen The Environmental Center to receive 50% of the proceeds from this beer. A few days ago, our staff got to sample the SOS ale right off the zwickel. A really fun experience – and delicious, too! Big thanks to Worthy for the support.

Check out their Facebook event for updates and more info. Swing by Worthy to check out the new brew for a limited time. A great excuse to enjoy a pint AND support sustainability in Central Oregon!

More about the beer from Worthy…

This year we have made a special brew “SaveOurSphere Earthy Ale” to celebrate Earth Day and to support The Environmental Center and our continued sustainability efforts. Made with Mecca Grade Pelton, Lamonta, and Shaniko malts and Solar powered Azacca hops from Roy Farms this tasty ale boasts mango and pear hop aromas & flavors and biscuit and lightly grassy malt flavors.

 

Earth Day Fair and Parade on Saturday, April 21st

Take part in a colorful celebration of our natural world!

The Environmental Center will celebrate Earth Day by hosting its 29th annual Earth Day Fair and Parade on Saturday, April 21st. The free community event is a celebration of sustainable living and our natural world. This year’s event is presented by Strictly Organic Coffee Co.

The annual Earth Day Parade will once again kick off the event. This festive parade will include musicians and percussionists, and children and adults dressed in costumes of their favorite plant, animal or other representation of nature. All families, community groups, schools and organizations are encouraged to create their own costumes for the parade. Two costume-making workshops with local artists are scheduled for Saturday, April 7th and Saturday, April 14th. For other costume ideas and support, email Lauren or call (541) 385-6908 x18.

The parade will be held in downtown Bend with staging at 11:00 a.m. on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamins. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and ends at the Earth Day Fair on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue.

There are two parade rules: no written words and no motorized vehicles. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.

The Fair runs until 3:00 p.m. and will include live music, food carts, non-profit organizations and green businesses, and a Kid’s Zone with interactive activities. This year’s Fair will also feature an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event where you can take an EV for a spin and get your questions answered by EV owners.

At the 2017 Earth Day event, The Environmental Center revealed three, 8-foot tall “Earth Guardians.” Each Guardian is a unique, large-scale puppet that represents our thriving environment. Come meet the River Guardian, Forest Guardian and Plant Guardian at this year’s event!

“The Earth Day Fair and Parade is a great way to celebrate sustainability in action right here in Central Oregon,” said Mike Riley, Executive Director. “This fun community event offers something for everyone, both kids and adults, and inspires families to enjoy and care for our natural world.”

For more information about the Earth Day Fair and Parade, visit our webpage!

Earth Day Costume Workshops

Make your own costume for the parade! 

We’re pleased to announce two costume-making workshops hosted by local artists:

Mask-making Workshop with Debra Fisher
Saturday, April 7th, 10:00 – 12:30
@ The Environmental Center

This workshop is appropriate for children of all ages; Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent. Parent participation in costume-making is encouraged!

Materials will be provided. $3.00 suggested donation to help cover the cost of these materials. No registration required, but please arrive at 10:00 a.m. at the beginning of the workshop to receive full instruction.

Costume Workshop with Teafly
Saturday, April 14th, 1:00 – 3:00
@ The Workshouse

If you plan to ride or scoot your way through the parade, come decorate your helmet to match your costume. Teafly will help guide you through the creative process. Bring your helmet, and we’ll provide other supplies. This workshop is appropriate for ages 6+.

This workshop is limited to 25 kids. Parent/guardian must be present. Please register in advance.

Can’t attend one of these events? We encourage you to organize a workshop with your school, club, or family. Be creative! We’re happy to offer advice and support – give us a call.