Colfax turning green with Saturday festival

By: Gloria Beverage
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Colfax will celebrate spring on Saturday with a festival dedicated to encouraging residents to “think green.”
The family-friendly event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Roy Toms Plaza, Main and Grass Valley streets, as well as at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St.

Sierra Vista Center
Vendors at Sierra Vista Center will be sharing information on energy-saving products and techniques, displaying products made from recycled building and decorating materials and offering tips on how to protect the earth.
Among the vendors will be Solar Ovens International representatives, who will be doing solar cooking demonstrations and Master Gardeners, who will be available to answer questions about composting.
Organizations promoting efficient transportation, water conservation, and landscaping recommendations will be Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, the Sierra Club & Fishwise, the Resource Conservation District and the Placer County Water Agency.
Special interest groups will be providing information on hiking, biking, rafting, and walking trails.
Iowa Hill students will be selling vegetable seedlings planted and raised at the rural school.
Organically grown plants being offered will be lemon cucumber, straight cucumber, Black Beauty zucchini, yellow straight squash and watermelon (Moon and Stars).
Demonstrations on vermiculture, which is earthworm composting of organic material, will be given.
“The students have borrowed the money for any expenses and will pay back the loan with the sale of the plants,” said Iowa Hill teacher Richard Mark. “The loan is like our country’s stimulus package, which is ‘seed’ money to start a small business. The profit will be divided by the individual workers.”
This year’s Found Art Show, featuring sculptures or visual art creations that have been creatively combined with recycled materials, will be on display at the center.
Eighty percent of the materials must be recycled. The artwork must have been created within the past year.
Also featured will be entries in this year’s Green Challenge.
Festival organizer Connie Heilaman is challenging residents to transform an existing item into a new one. Visitors will be invited to vote on their favorite invention.
Prizes will be awarded in several age categories.
Anyone interested in submitting an entry in the Found Art Show or Green Challenge can register by calling 346-2774.
A bounce house and face painting will be available for the younger set.
Food and beverages will be available for sale in the center’s newly remodeled kitchen.

Roy Toms Plaza

Members of Soroptimist International of Colfax will be collecting electronic waste from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the plaza.
Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, speakers, keyboards, PDAs, digital cameras, telephones, printers, copiers and other small household appliances.
Just drive through, pop the trunk and volunteers will be on hand to unload the donated items.
The club will also be hosting a trash to treasures sale in the parking lot. Offered will be a selection of items donated by members.
Proceeds from the recycling and sale will be used for community services projects supported by the club.
Colfax Garden Club will be selling locally grown plants from 8 a.m. to noon in the Gazebo. A variety of plants and prices will be available.
Thirty-five Giant Sequoia Redwood trees, at $5 each, will be on sale. Former club president Joan Bridgman donated the trees.
At 1 p.m., a fashion show featuring vintage and homemade aprons will be presented.
Emcee co-chair Rebecca Martinez is asking for vintage aprons (anything before 1980) and models. Owners are asked to include a brief history and description of the apron being shown. Anyone wishing to submit or model and apron is asked to call co-chair Suzanne Maguire at the Whistle Stop Quilt Show at 346-8482,

Railroad Depot

The Standard Flower Show, hosted by the Colfax Garden Club, will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. in the historic Railroad Depot, 99 Railroad Street.
Floral creations in one of three categories – horticulture, design or special exhibits – will be presented following judging in the morning.


Spring Green Festival
Schedule of Saturday’s events

7 to 10 a.m. – Deliver entries for the Colfax Garden Club’s standard flower show to the Community Room in the historic Railroad Depot, 99 Railroad Street.
8 a.m. to noon – Colfax Garden Club’s plant sale in Gazebo at Roy Toms Plaza.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Vendors, demonstrations, Found Art Show, bounce house at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – E-waste collection drive in parking lot at Roy Toms Plaza. Drive through, pop the trunk and volunteers will collect unwanted electronic items. Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Colfax.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Trash to treasures sale at Roy Toms Plaza
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Colfax Garden Club Standard Flower Show open in the community room at the historic Railroad Depot.
1 p.m. – Vintage and newly created apron as well as recycled clothing featured in fashion show in the Gazebo at Roy Toms Plaza.

Food and beverages available at downtown food vendors as well as in the Sierra Vista Community Center kitchen.
Participation is open to organizations and vendors. Call 345-8726 or complete an application at