Two groups in the North End are celebrating Earth Day today — the Miller Bay Citizens Action Group and Stillwaters Environmental Center.
EcoFest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stillwaters, 26059 Barber Cutoff Road.
Peg Tillery, the horticulture coordinator for Washington State University extension, and Matt Freeman-Gleason of the Environmental Home Center are scheduled to speak. Tillery will present “Community Gardens” at 1 p.m. and Freeman-Gleason will present “Easy ways to Build Green” at 1:45 p.m.
Sunrise School students will perform a 40-minute play, “Murky Water Capers,” that explains the water cycle with song and dance. They are scheduled to perform at 3:15 p.m.
The Makah Family Singers perform at 12:15 p.m., North Winds Quintet performs at 11 a.m. and musician Gerry Sherman is also scheduled to perform at 1 p.m..
People are encouraged to bring their used books for the Stillwaters Used Book Sale, held in the fall.
Event organizers said people can bring picnic lunches. Snacks, beverages and desserts will be provided. The event is free and parking is available at the Bayside Community Church.
Have a fling
The Farmers Market is having a “Spring Fling” in conjunction with EcoFest.
The market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gordon Elementary in Kingston. A hayride will shuttle people to and from the EcoFest and market.
About 30 vendors of things handmade and home grown on the Olympic Peninsula are expected to be at the event.
Early farm produce such as lettuce, baby radishes, and chard will be for sale as well as herbs and starter plants.
Crafters who make jewelry, soaps, lotions and balms are expected attend. Baked goods, jam, granola, cookies and chocolate truffles will also be on sale.
Scott Bryan will play his “Changes in Attitude” tropical-pop music during the event.
In addition to the Farmer’s Market, the Friends of the Kingston Library will hold a used book sale.
Visit with John Muir
The Miller Bay Citizens Action Group, an organization that seeks to protect Miller Bay, will host a “visit” with noted environmentalist John Muir at 7:30 p.m. today at the Poulsbo Library.
Bainbridge Island resident Tom Banks will portray Muir.
He has traced Muir’s journey from his birthplace in Scotland, to Wisconsin, then on to the West where Muir left his mark by keeping the nature’s beauty untouched. Muir is credited with establishing Yosemite National Park, founding the Sierra Club and giving birth to the conservation movement.
This event not only celebrates Earth Day, but also helps in North Kitsap’s own land conservation movement.
The Miller Bay group is in the midst of a two-year effort to purchase and conserve 18-acres of land surrounding a Kitsap County fish hatchery.
The land also contains a portion of Cowling Creek, which is vital to the hatchery’s success.
The event is free, but a good will offering will also be taken.