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WILDLIFE FESTIVAL NEXT SUNDAY

By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 16th, 2007 at 8:50 am in Fun things to do.

Orinda Union School District invites you to celebrate their 6th Annual Wildlife Festival
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: OUSD’s Wagner Ranch Nature Area, adjacent to Wagner Ranch Elementary School, 350 Camino Pablo Road, Orinda

Refreshments Provided

FUN ACTIVITIES: Learn about composting, take a hike, create leaf T-shirts, study a dragonfly, make an origami pot, the ABC’s of recycling … and LOTS more!

THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS:
Stories, Questions and Answers: Gary Bogue, Pet & Wildlife Columnist, Contra Costa Newspapers, MediaNews Group

Backyard Wildlife Certification: Cecil Williams, Wild Birds Unlimited

Living With Nature: Diana Granados, Native Bird Connections

California Blue Bird Recovery Program: Georgette Hellington

Benefits of Bats in Our Midst: Bob Wisecarver, Walnut Creek

The Dragonfly Experience: Douglas Vaughan

Math in The Garden: Kathy Barrett

Buzzing With Bees: Steve Gentry

Life Garden: Judy Adler

Reuse as Art: Madame Ovary

Leaf Print T-shirts: Katy O’Neill

The Ins and Outs of Composting: Bart Carr

Connecting With Our Creeks: Cinda MacKinnon

Meeting Our Water Company: Roger Hartwell, EBMUD

Author of Biographies and Nature Related Books: Ginger Wadsworth

Native American Drum and Dance Performance: Director Mary Putoff, Livermore Indian Center

Live Music: Directed by Dr. James Fiatarone, performed by the students of ALMA

Musical Performance: Eli and Esther Slaman

4th Grade Student Drawings of Ceanothus: Hillery Paterson and OUSD Art teachers

Wagner History, Photos and Artifacts: Barbara Burkhalter, Orinda Historical Society

Native Plants, Student Grown Plants and Cacti, Compost and T-shirts: Available for sale

SPONSORS: OUSD, EFO, Parents, Students, Teachers, Rotary Club, Orinda Garden Club, Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation, Contra Costa Clean Water Program, EBMUD, Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Stopwaste, Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area

A FINAL NOTE:
I’ll be sitting there on my chair next Sunday from 1-4 p.m., ready to answer all your questions, exchange jokes with you, or just have a nice friendly chat about anything you’d like to talk about.

If you’ve got any of my books and would like to bring them with you so I can autograph them for you, please do so. I’ll even provide the pen. Looking forward to seeing you! This Wildlife Festival is a LOT of fun. You’ll REALLY enjoy yourself. If you’ve got a family, be sure and bring the kids. This is my 6th year. /Gary

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