"Every day is Earth Day" in the Santa Ynez Valley is the message the organizers of the Valley's official Earth Day celebration are hoping to spread.

Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day draws visitors from Atascadero south to Carpinteria, according to Eva Powers, Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden education director and Valley News gardening columnist. She added that the free 2016 event will be the biggest ever, with more demonstrations, displays, vendors, food trucks and activities. It is hosted by the SYV Botanic Garden, Cal Poly, the city of Buellton and the Buellton Green Team.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations will be handing out environmentally-friendly information and sharing volunteer, recreation and educational opportunities. Pick up green construction and drought tolerant landscape ideas and learn what happens to recyclables and how to compost. Find out how to protect local waterways and grow organic food. Discover the importance of bees and butterflies to the food system.

Organic food and drinks, including local organic wine, spirits and soft drinks will be available to sample. A scheduled eight local food trucks will be on hand.

Kite flying for all ages, bird watching, garden tours, a petting zoo, dancing to live music and face painting are all part of the family fun.

The free event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. May 21 in Riverview Park in Buellton.

For more information, contact Powers at 805-350-0360 or ewpowers@yahoo.com.

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