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Earth Day celebration, arts festival scheduled for Saturday in Waynesboro

April 18, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Renfrew Institute will sponsor Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art 2008 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. Earth Celebration Day is free of charge and open to the public, and features a variety of activities and exhibits.

Several events are being combined with the Earth Day celebration this year. The third annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park.

A Creek Clean-Up hosted by Franklin County Conservation District is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m.

Anyone interested is encouraged to help, and should bring gloves.

At 11 a.m., Doris Armstrong Goldman, plant biologist and garden expert, will share her expertise on removing invasive plant species. Goldman will also be leading a planting of native species.

In addition, free personal document shredding is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Township Office Parking Lot (beside the Welty Road entrance to Renfrew Park) sponsored by the Franklin County Commissioners & Planning Department. Shredded documents will be collected and recycled.

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The Festival of Art returns this year with more than a dozen area artists who will display, demonstrate and sell their works during the event. These include a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, basketry, garden art, pottery, wind chimes and more.

Earth themes will be in the spotlight. "The goal is to offer to the public the concept that art, in its many forms, reflects our effort to celebrate the earth and its life through artistic expression," said Melodie Anderson-Smith, institute director.

Ongoing art activities for children will be offered during the afternoon, supervised by Debbie Geis.

Musicians Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin join forces as the Barnstormers. Kids can use Slim's handmade instruments or bring their own to play along as part of the Sunnyland Band.

A food stand will offer hot dogs, beverages, baked goods and other tasty items for sale, and attendees may picnic in the park.

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