22nd Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival & Parade

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    The Tucson Earth Day Festival & Parade is hosting the Himmel Park Activity Hub of Cyclovia Tucson on Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come on over to Himmel Park at 1000 N. Tucson Boulevard, the northernmost point of the new Cyclovia route. Spend time celebrating Earth’s beauty, wonder and natural resources; join the parade at 11:00 a.m.; and enjoy the no-drive day entirety of Cyclovia along 2.5 miles of car-free streets between Himmel Park and the Lost Barrio. As always, this family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
    “These two like-minded community events make a perfect fit for people to celebrate being car-free, coming together to enjoy connections, learning about strengthening our community, and creating a healthier planet,” stated Barb Ricca, Chair of the Earth Day Committee.
    Fun and Engaging Exhibits at the Himmel Park Activity Hub: Decorate your bike and engage in fun hands-on activities while getting smarter about renewable energy, land and water conservation, native plants, invasive species, air quality, climate resiliency, sustainability, and more. Discover how helping the planet helps you too!
    Earth Day Parade at 11:00 a.m.: Gather eco-minded clubs, scouts, schools, families, non-profit organizations, businesses, and agencies to march, bike, skate, dance, or create music in the parade. Line up at 10:45 a.m. on the west side of Himmel Park for an 11:00 a.m. start on this short non-motorized route along Tucson Boulevard and 3rd Street to the Sam Hughes Activity Hub. No registration required, and spectators are welcomed to join in the procession on the spot!
    For more information on the Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade, visit www.tucsonearthday.org, call (520) 206-8814 or e-mail tucsonearthday@yahoo.com. Find us on Facebook at Tucson Earth Day Festival.
    Also on April 10 in the ‘hood:  Sam Hughes Neighborhood Garden tour, www.samhughes.org, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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