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Chumash’s Earth Day Event Set for Saturday at Santa Ynez Indian Reservation | Local News

The public is invited to participate in the celebration Chumash Earth Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Kitiyepumu’ Park, located on the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation at 100 Via Juana Road.

The annual celebration is free and open to the public.

What is billed as a zero waste event will be hosted by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Department of Environment and will feature activities for all ages including arts and crafts, a raffle, special appearances by Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear, and a food truck with tacos and fried bread for sale.

The raffle will include a variety of prizes such as watercolors, a home composting unit, plants from the Tribal Nursery and Pendleton folding outdoor blankets.

Parking is free and available at Tribal Hall, with a shuttle service to Kitiyepumu Park.

More than a dozen local businesses and organizations are expected to attend, including the US Forest Service, Quail Springs Permaculture, Santa Barbara Permaculture and the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity. The tribe’s culture, education and health departments will also be present at the event.

The first 150 people to register at the entrance will receive a loot bag, said the spokesperson who noted that attendees are encouraged to bring gently used clothes to participate in a clothing swap.

For more information about the event, contact Melissa Mercer at

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