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Spring festival showcasing all things green

By: Nancy Hagman, Special to the Colfax Record
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Colfax will be touting all things environmentally correct for a better lifestyle and a safer planet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. According to organizer Connie Heilaman, the purpose of the annual event is to help improve the quality of life in the Sierra foothills. The main function, held at Sierra Vista Community Center, will include a vendor fair with displays of environmentally friendly cleaning products and other services. Services such as Solar E City solar panel installations will be represented. Master Gardeners will host composting demonstrations and provide answers to outdoor projects. Designers will be on hand to help with the use of green and energy efficient products and trash to treasure ideas for the home. There will be health, wellness and safety information. The Zumba Studio and Center Stage will host open houses. A “dog walk” is also being organized. To help clear out electronic clutter, Soroptimist International of Colfax will be conducting their annual e-waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Roy Toms Plaza at the corner of Grass Valley and Main streets. On a visual note, the Colfax Garden Club’s famous Flower Show will be held in the Conestoga Room at Sierra Vista, a good bet to dazzle visitors’ eyes. The club’s popular plant sale will be held at the Gazebo at Roy Toms. The best news for this event is the new Sierra Vista Art Center, located in the north wing of the Community Center, will hold its inaugural art show. Featured will be a fine art showing and sale by many local talents. Artists may submit up to three works at no charge. A portion of any sales will go to the Art Center’s Fund. An artist’s reception is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. A hands-on mono print card demonstration for adults and children will be available. The president of the newly formed group and local artist, Logan West, will be demonstrating wood block printing. He is planning a series of workshops in the coming months. Artist Susan Barry will be demonstrating the art of “stick painting.” Spring Green is a “come-one, come-all,” event for the whole family. It’s also a good place to find that special gift for mom. Remember: Mother’s Day is the following day. For more information on this event, call Sierra Vista at 346-8726.