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Tehachapi celebrates Earth Day on April 22 and Marches for Science


On the right, Misty Hailstone, a biologist with Edwards Environmental Management , shows a snake to a visitor. Karen Pestana, who handles the Tehachapi Bluebird Project in on the left. Both organizations will be exhibiting at the Tehachapi Earth Day Celebration on April 22.

Join the March for Science in Downtown Tehachapi, stating at 10 a.m. on the west side of Marx Park, near Wells Education Center. There will be some signs supporting science provided or you may make and bring your own. Whether you have a printed sign, hand-lettered sign, or something else, the important thing is to tell the world what scientific issues are important to you personally.

Here are some guidelines on signs: please keep signs focused on science and science-related issues – this is a non-partisan March for Science, a family friendly march, so no disrespectful or off-topic signs.

This is the local version of the National March for Science that takes a stand for research-based public policy decision making. Pull your kids along in a wagon, bring the dog, carry a banner with a friend, and join local science enthusiasts as we form a parade. The March for Science will end at the park near where it began and the exhibits and information booths will be ready to view. There will be educational children's activities like listening to stories and music, crafting animal masks and playing in the park. Starting at 11:00 am, speakers will begin a "Teach In" to speak for thirty minute intervals. Bring your folding chairs, a blanket, or a cushion to sit on.

Speakers and topics include: Dr. Richard P. Turco (Retired UCLA Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science) - "Why Science is Important;" Lauren Hollen (Retired Tehachapi High School Teacher) – "What is Scientific Theory;" Dr. Jeroen Gillard (Assistant Professor of Biology, CSUB) - "Science in the Face of Climate Change;" Paul Gipe (Wind Energy Expert) – "Wind Energy for the Rest of Us;" and Tony Vespa (Hyundai Automotive Test Engineer) – "Electric Cars and Energy Sustainability." There will be a brief Q & A period after each speaker.

Exhibits will include an information table set up by Misty Hailstone, an Edwards AFB Biologist, information on the Tehachapi Audubon Blue Bird project, a Quilt Raffle for an African Orphanage, an information table for Kiwanis, information on the Bee Colony Collapse, information table on vaccinations, an information table for Tehachapi Fossils, the Gem and Mineral Society, an exhibit on the Kawaiisu, our local Native American tribe, and Tomo Kahni State Historical Park. Also, see the exhibit from Friends of Paiute Pond, the largest fresh water marsh in LA County. Other groups will also participate and there will be activities for children.

There will be a food vendor, Medina Tacos, a local favorite, who will be selling tacos, water, drinks and other treats. You may also choose to bring your own picnic or take out foods. The park does not allow pets during events, so please leave them at home. The park does allow pets during events, but they must be kept on a leash.

If your organization wishes to participate by setting up an information table, please apply for space. See the Tehachapi Earth Day Celebration Facebook page for more information on Tehachapi Earth Day and the Tehachapi March for Science Facebook page for more information on the March for Science. Information is also available by calling Kent at 821-0538.


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