Saturday: Woodside's Green Fair at Runnymede

Tickets reserved for Woodside residents

The message "sustainable Woodside starts with you" is the theme for Woodside's biennial GreenFair which, this year, will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at Runnymede Farm.

Tickets are $10 per person (infants get in free) and are available until Tuesday, April 13, at Town Hall, which is at the corner of Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 851-6790 for more information.

Admission is limited to about 400 Woodside residents. The cost of admission includes lunch. It's a catered affair, with three kinds of sandwiches and three kinds of salads from Alice's Restaurant on Skyline Boulevard, fair spokeswoman Ann Von Essen said. "We want the food to be good and we want there to be enough of it," she added. Refreshments will include water and root beer.

The lunch service will make use of biodegradable plates, cups and utensils.

The event, which includes self-guided tours of Runnymede Farm's famous sculpture garden, is sponsored by the town's Conservation & Environmental Health Committee.

A major feature will be "A Walk Through Time," a demonstration project by Ms. Von Essen and students from Woodside High School that employs 88 illustrative panels to explain the Earth's evolution over 4.5 billion years. Along the half-mile exhibit, every six inches represents 1 million years.

Green-business exhibitors will be on hand to help residents with ideas on reducing their carbon footprints. The list of 12 exhibitors includes Palo Alto-based environmental advocacy group Acterra; Recurve, a home energy audit firm located in San Francisco; the California Native Garden Foundation; Save the Bay; BioSphere Consulting & Design, a Santa Cruz-based home waste-water treatment consulting firm; and the Woodside Backyard Habitat Program.

"It's all intended to (demonstrate) how every one of us can make a difference to sustainable Woodside," Ms. Von Essen said.

There will be a children's art display, music by the Woodside Village Band, and a photographer, Leah Lubin, to document the event in pictures, Ms. Von Essen said.

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