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Your weekend: Mother. There is no other.

Submitted by on 1, April 16, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

Earth Day is just about upon us, and aside from providing me an excellent opportunity to air a little Mr. T joke, it’s a nice reminder to ride our bikes, replace our old appliances, recycle stuff and all the rest. It’s also a handy excuse to hold another festival, with this year’s commencing at 10 a.m. Saturday in Washington Park.

The Earth Day 2010 Zero Waste Festival will have a CASA-sponsored Zero Waste Film Festival (it’ll be in a circus tent, with free popcorn), plus food, music, kids activities, a sculpture contest and more.

They’ll also have information on what Alameda’s schools have been doing to go green and how your faith group can do the same, information on plans for a permaculture demonstration garden, an opportunity to sign up with Alameda Municipal Power for a free energy audit and more.

And they’ll have free, secure valet bike parking (when you ride your aforementioned bike).

The festival runs from 10 to 3, and Washington Park is at the corner of Central Avenue and Eighth Street. More info here.

The festival is one of a myriad of fun things going on this weekend. Local clown extraordinaire Jeff Raz puts on his awesome annual Circus for Arts in the Schools this Sunday, April 18 at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Avenue. Shows are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12.50 and are available here (they’re free for kids under 3 if you can actually park ’em in your lap). You can also buy tickets for the 70-minute show, which will feature a cast of top acrobats, clowns, jugglers, musicians and more, at Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street; and the Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street.

And at 2 p.m. Sunday, Speisekammer Restaurant will hold its annual Springfest. They’ll have contests, dancers, a jumpy house for kids and live music from The Sommerfield Band and the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club. There’s no cover. Speisekammer is at 2424 Lincoln Avenue, and their phone number is 522-1300.

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