Wick Park to go green Saturday

Place:Wick Park

1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown




A daylong festival in Wick Park aims to increase awareness of environmental issues.

The third annual Grey to Green Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“We always hope attendees walk away inspired to make changes, even small steps like picking up a recycling bin from the Green Team or starting your own composting pile,” said Brooke Slanina, coordinator. “We also hope that, like the initial group of people who started the festival of their own volition, people will be inspired to start their own celebrations and movements.”

The goal of the Grey to Green Festival is to increase awareness of environmental issues in general, said Debra Weaver, a founder of the event.

Specifically, she added, it aims to increase awareness of the Grey to Green component of the Youngstown 2010 plan, while educating the public about the significant opportunities implementation will bring.

“This year, the focus of the festival is on healthy food access,” Weaver said.

Nearly 40 local restaurants, artists, organizations and businesses will participate. They will prepare local, organic food and beverages.

A “Drop and Shop” — where people can drop off gently used household items and pick up something new in exchange — will be offered.

The Northside Farmers Market, centered at First Unitarian Universalist Church, will have extended hours.

New to the festival this year is 3 Songs for Grey to Green featuring local and regional performers. The performances will be from noon to 5 p.m.

Ohio Public Broadcasting will broadcast the performances on local cable channels throughout the remainder of the year, Slanina said.

10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Maurice Small from City Fresh Cleveland will address urban agriculture; James Anderson of Evergreen Cooperative Laundry will discuss creating green jobs; and Michael Gainer of Buffalo ReUse will discuss neighborhood development.

1 to 4:30 p.m.: Economist Steve Bosserman will lead three sessions on creating a framework for a local economy, offering business models and free resources to attendees.The sessions will be at First Unitarian Universalist Church, Elm Street.

Children’s Activities

provided by Treez Please

9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m.: Create “Tree Cookies” (all ages)

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Trees Provide Food for People (all ages)

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Getting to Know a Tree (age 4 to 7)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Tree Scavenger Hunt – Self-Guided Tour (young adult/adult)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Trees Provide Food and Homes for Animals (age 8 to 12)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Tree Scavenger Hunt – Guided Tour (middle school children)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Getting to Know a Tree (age 7 to 10)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Learn to Identify Trees – Guided Tour (age 12 and up)

2 p.m.: Trees Provide Food and Homes for Animals (age 8 to 12)

2 p.m.: Self-Guided Tree Scavenger Hunt (young adult/adult)

Source: Festival organizers

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