What would Earth Day be without our very own Topanga Peace Alliance? (L-R) David
Troy, Nuria Ciofalo, AnitaMerrill and Dennis King.
And, of course, because it was Earth Day there were many great causes. Most people who had booths werent pushy about their points of view. They were just ready with a smile and friendly chat if you wanted to know more about whats near and dear to their hearts.
People blissed out during Saturday’s flag
ceremony while chanting, “May peace
prevail upon the Earth.”
The Opening Ceremony officially started the weekend festivities and included prayers and the Four Directions conducted by Kat High of Chumash Nation; Pledge to the Earth led by Charles Berez; followed by the May Peace Prevail on Earth flag ceremony.
Until 9 p.m., a great variety of bands played while some guests sat in the amphitheatre to listen and others wandered through the vendors booths. The evening ended with Hani Nasers band.
From left, Elsie May and Jen Jensen twirl their “electric hoops” at Earth Day.
Sunday began with Yoga led by Michelle Broussard, followed by childrens performers and the days bands wrapping up the weekend with Leon Mobley & Da Lion leading into the closing ceremony drum circle, Drum Dance Pray, the World Flag Ceremony and closing prayers with Clytie Rose Lane.
From left, Dinah Englund and Tom Vogel of the Topanga Candle Company display their unique and beautiful wares made from ‘found’ objects.
While many residents were concerned about potential traffic congestion along the narrow Old Topanga Canyon Road, it was managed well with free shuttle service in the Rasta Bus or Natural Limo that took guests from shuttle locations throughout the Canyon to the event.
Earth Day was also celebrated by The Watershed Stewards Project (WSP) and Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) who hosted the Topanga Creek Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday.
Chamber board members Julia Swanson and Joseph Rosendo and other volunteers did their part by walking the Boulevard and removing 100 pounds of trash that had accumulated along the banks of the creek and roadside.
Meanwhile, WSP volunteers got down and dirty as they removed non-native arundo and euphorbia at the Rodeo Grounds in lower Topanga to advance the restoration of the 12-acre floodplain and creek channel.