The Alta Vista Botanical Gardens recently hosted its ninth Earth Day celebration, a free family event encouraging all to be environmentally friendly. The celebration featured arts and crafts like DIY flower headbands, planting, beanbag toss, rock painting, plant and pottery sales, live music, and a drum circle.

According to Nancy B Jones, director of children’s programs, teaching the concept of Earth Day and overall environmental consciousness is vital in helping children be empowered and educated. The event offered fun and informative opportunities for more than 500 children and adults about horticulture and how to take care of the earth. More than 50 volunteers, including students, were also part of the celebration.

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Delicious barbecue was provided by Amigos de Vista Lions Club and musical entertainment included guitarist Vic Moraga, harpist Karen Hinkson-Buck, Nathan Rosenthal, and Sara Christopher.

To learn more about the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens and find out about upcoming events visit www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org.