Earth Day festivities planned throughout Rocklin

Clean up Day, festivals scheduled
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It’s time for spring housecleaning as well as to celebrate Earth Day in Rocklin. Saturday’s annual Rocklin Clean Up Day is the perfect way to clean out junk and celebrate taking care of our Earth. This event gives Rocklin citizens an opportunity to properly dispose of items that would normally need to be taken to the Material Recovery Facility at the landfill. In partnership with Recology Auburn Placer, this event was started more than 20 years ago to make it easier and less expensive for residents to dispose of unwanted household items. Dumping refuse on the side of the road or on private property is not only illegal, but it also poses a risk of damage to the environment. In addition, the city must spend taxpayers’ money to have crews remove it in order to keep Rocklin clean. Residents can drop off household items that normal trash collections will not take, including electronic waste. Items that will not be accepted include: refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioning units; anything over six-feet in length or width; hazardous materials, such as paint and pesticides; and tires. Only passenger vehicles can be used for delivery,. U-Haul type trucks will not be allowed. Drop-off locations, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., are: Sierra College’s overflow parking lot at Rocklin Road and El Don Drive; City of Rocklin Corporation Yard, 4081 Alvis Court or Lone Tree Park at the corner of West Oaks and Lone Tree Boulevards. Pick-up service is available for elderly or disabled residents. Call the Parks & Facilities Division at 625-5200 to make arrangements or for more information. Family Festival The STAR Eco Station will host its annual Children’s Earth Day festival in conjunction with the city of Rocklin from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The STAR Eco Station is an exotic wildlife rescue center and children’s museum with the mission of Preservation through Education. In addition to being home to surrendered exotic reptiles, parrots, fish and invertebrates, the STAR Eco Station provides tours, field trips, school and community outreach, camps, birthday parties and special events. The festival is an hands-on opportunity to learn what can be done to save the planet — locally and globally. Guests will be able to tour the award-winning STAR Eco Station, including the life-size storm drain exhibit, play games, learn about local and regional watershed health, and make eco-friendly crafts in a fun jungle setting. Cost is $5 for seniors and children and $6 for adults. The STAR Eco Station, located at 4465 Granite Dr., is a non-profit and all proceeds go to take care of the resident animals. For more information, check out STAR’s website at or call 632-8347. Sierra College The 2012 Earth Day Celebration on the Rocklin Campus will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Sierra College has celebrated Earth Day annually since its official world-wide inauguration in April of 1970; 42 years of celebrating our Mother Earth! Earth Day events are free of charge and open to the public, with the exception of Friday evening’s play. As in years past, Earth Day events at Sierra will culminate on Friday with the 19th annual visit by renowned actor Lee Stetson as John Muir accompanied by actor Alan Sutterfield as Theodore Roosevelt in a play performance titled “The Tramp and the Rough Rider.” Tickets will be available at the ECOS Booth, at the Earth Day Celebration or by calling Jennifer Skillen at 660-7926. Some tickets may be available at the door. Advance ticket prices are $10 general or $5 for students, seniors and museum members. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $2. Proceeds will benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum. On campus, Earth Day activities include live music, healthy food for purchase, education, environmental and humanitarian exhibits, film presentations and a climbing wall. Sierra College is located at 5000 Rocklin Road. There is a $2 parking fee on campus. Parking permits can be purchased at dispensers located though out the parking lots.