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Earth Day: What’s happening around SLO County this weekend

Earth Day will be officially recognized April 22, but many events are planned this weekend in San Luis Obispo County. Here are key events:

Earth Day Food & Wine Festival: The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival in Santa Margarita on Saturday will feature producers from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara who follow sustainable practices. They will exhibit locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, olive oils and wines.

Event organizers have committed to making the festival a zero-waste celebration by using a recycling and composting program, implementing a plastic reduction policy, having a solar-powered entertainment stage and providing countywide shuttle services and carpooling. Last year the festival accrued only two bags of trash.

The event is organized by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable wine-grape growing. Proceeds support research, education and farm-worker outreach.

Event and activities tickets range between $15 and $600. To purchase tickets, visit the festival Web site at www.earthdayfoodandwine.com.

Trail building at Montaña de Oro:

The California State Parks Foundation is sponsoring trail and park maintenance projects Saturday at Montaña de Oro State Park, where volunteers can help restore the trails.

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in Saturday’s event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at Spooner Ranch House. Participants should wear long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes, gloves, hats and sunscreen. There will be free coffee, snacks, sandwiches, fresh fruit and water.

The event is one of many projects sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California State Parks Foundation throughout California.

To participate, register at www.calparks.org/programs/earth-day/.

Green tips at Atascadero event:

The North County Earth Day Festival will start at 11 a.m. Sunday at Atascadero Lake Park. Attendees will learn how to live green and save money.

Admission is free, with educational activities for all ages, including presentations, exhibits, children’s animal-costume parade and live entertainment.

Exhibits and presentations will go throughout the day, and there will be free bus rides from Atascadero City Hall to the park.

For more information, call 461-1893.

Pismo Beach festival:

Music, arts and crafts for children, yoga and t’ai chi ch’uan will be featured at a festival at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach on Sunday.

There will also be a charity auction and raffle. The free event starts at noon.

For more information, call 595-1820.

— Tribune staff report

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