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Saturday Brings Beyond Earth Day
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Beyond Earth Day is expected to draw big crowds to Jacob Myers Park this Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to celebrate ways of preserving the environment, going green and having fun at the same time.

This fifth annual festival for Riverbank is free of charge and will offer music and entertainment, a family fitness walk, farmers market and a children's poster contest and rubber ducky race on the river. There also will be a Goodwill donation collection center in concert with free tire recycling and free hazardous waste disposal sites at the Del Rio Theater parking lot.

The celebration starts with a family fun walk at 9 a.m. Entertainment will include singer Rachel Renae on the main stage at 9:30 a.m., EarthCapades at 10:30 a.m., magician John Lopez at noon, Tara Tinsley at 1 p.m. and EarthCapades again at 2:15 p.m.

The rubber ducky race heats are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For the poster contest, children may either bring their work made at home or make them on the spot at the park and turn them in by 1 p.m. Age categories are 3-6, 7-9, 10-13 and 14-18.

"Themes must be 'green' or how we can make our planet a better place to live by recycling, reusing, reducing, replenishing and rethinking how we can take care of Mother Nature," according to the event poster.

Because of the number of festival visitors expected, parking for vehicles will be available in downtown Riverbank and then attendees can get on a free shuttle provided by the Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority to the park.

The event is organized by the City of Riverbank, Riverbank Beyond Earth Day Committee and participating sponsors Modesto Irrigation District, Storer Transit, University of California, Gilton Waste Disposal Company, Prime Shine Car Wash, Pacific Gas & Electric and Goodwill.