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Two events celebrate end of winter

By: Gloria Beverage
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It may still feel like winter. But two events — the creation of a community garden and the annual Spring Green Festival — will celebrate the start of spring. Groundbreaking for a community garden will start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Vista Center, 55 School St. The public is invited to attend the ceremonies. A combined effort of the Colfax Garden Club and Sierra Vista Center, the 5,500 square foot community garden will be built on the upper baseball field. Colfax Garden Club President Bili Winter and Vice President Cathie Kiefer have been instrumental in getting this project started. “A lot of people have wanted to see this (community garden) happen for a long time,” she said. “Jewell DeLapp was the wind beneath our wings.” With the support of the California Conservation Corps members, who will provide the labor to prepare the area, the garden will be divided into 20 eight-foot by eight-foot plots. Initially, the fee to “rent” one of the garden plots will be $10 (to cover water usage, liability insurance and maintenance). “When the first water bill comes in, we’ll know how much (to charge),” Kiefer said. “The fees will be variable the first year. After that we’ll have a set amount.” The garden will have a six-foot, non-climbable fence, which will have a combination lock. Kiefer envisions the addition of a shed with a suggestion box and bulletin board, picnic tables and shade covers as well as an automated watering system. For now, the club is seeking donations of fencing and fence posts, cement and sand to install the fence, soil and mulch and ¾-inch PVC pipes. For more information on the community garden, call Kiefer at 263-0687 or Winter at 210-8158. Spring Green Festival Colfax’s third annual Spring Green Festival will be held throughout downtown Colfax on Saturday, May 1. This year’s celebration will again feature a electronic waste collection drive, composting demonstrations, and earth-friendly vendor booths promoting recycling, building with green materials, energy conservation and alternative transportation. A fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Colfax, the e-waste collection will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Roy Toms Plaza parking lot. “Just drive in, pop the trunk and we’ll unload for you,” said Melody Harrison, chairwoman of the event. Accepted will be monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital cameras, zip drives, telephones, cell phones, printers, copiers, laser and multifunction scanners and fax machines. These items will be recycled by California Electronic Asset Recovery, a state approved collector and recycling of electronic waste. All hard drives will be completely shredded at the agency’s securely monitored facility. Also planned is the Colfax Garden Club’s annual plant sale starting at 8 a.m. in the Roy Toms Plaza followed by their annual flower show from 1 to 3 p.m. in the historic Railroad Depot.. A new activity this year is the promotion of physical activity for healthier residents by taking advantage of the surrounding area. Gardening, recreation on the rivers, local walking routes, and biking routes will be emphasized. There will be a “self-organizing walk/run” through town starting at the Sierra Vista Community Center. Maps will be available showing routes and distances. A “self-organizing bike ride” will also be featured for experienced bicyclers. Shopping and dining locally will be emphasized as a green practice throughout the festival. Anyone who would like to participate as a vendor or help in other ways is asked to write svcc@colfaxnet.org or call 346-8726. Vendor applications are available at colfaxarea.com.