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Get ready for green: Burlingame street fair showcases sustainable lifestyle choices
September 13, 2013, 05:00 AM By David Egan Daily Journal

The Burlingame Green Street Fair offers free activities for children such as face painting, bubbles and spin-art.

With more than a fair share of entertainment, demonstrations, free hands-on art projects, family activities and more than 60 vendors, the sixth annual Burlingame Green Street Fair Sunday promises to be the biggest one yet.

“It is growing with popularity,” said Kathy Meriwether, treasurer of Burlingame’s Citizens Environmental Council.

She has seen an increase due the awareness people have with the environment. People need to realize there isn’t an unlimited supply of resources that will last forever, said Meriwether, which is on what the fair will educate.

Since 2008, the Burlingame Green Street Fair has been providing resources for citizens, businesses and institutions through local green efforts. With the help of volunteers, Burlingame was one of the first cities to hold a green fair in the Peninsula, Meriwether said. It is organized by the Citizens Environmental Council Burlingame and sponsored by nonprofit project of Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet.

The event’s primary focus is to encourage environmental awareness for future generations. Burlingame High School’s environmental and ecology club will volunteer for the children’s activities as well as counting the attendance. The arts and crafts will be prepared by the Burlingame Department of Parks and Recreation with free activities for the children such as face painting and spin-art.

“The spin-art is where kids will do pedal-powered art by using bicycles to generate something mechanical,” said Meriwether.

Families will have a look at all the latest in green technology and green cars while learning about living sustainable and being more concise, she said. Representatives from the University of California at Berkeley will hold a seminar on Sudden Oak Death and the importance of trees to the environment. The San Mateo County Bottle Monster will make its debut at the fair.

“The Bottle Monster is on a war path to get rid of bottles clogging up the Bay,” Meriwether said. Last year, the San Mateo County Bag Monster had retired with the adoption of San Mateo County’s Reusable Bag Ordinance, said Meriwether.

If interested in doing more than just learning, parking lot W will have the two-day recycling event Sept. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a drive-through recycling event where individuals can drop off unwanted household items.

“Anything you bring is not going into some dumpster, it’s going to be recycled,” said Meriwether.

Books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will go to the Burlingame Library Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the Burlingame library. All electronics will be recycled by the Universal Waste Management. Universal Waste Management was voted greenest business in Oakland for properly recycling and disposing off harmful products from ending up in landfills, said Meriwether. There will be no charge for small items, but a small fee for larger ones. Recycled items will be reused locally in compliance with U.S. and state standards; nothing will be shipped to landfills or overseas.

Even with the streetscaping project on Burlingame Avenue, Meriwether hopes attendees will stop by and see the cities local businesses. The fair will be on Park Road, between Howard and Burlingame avenues, next to the Burlingame Fresh Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

“All in all it is a great opportunity to go downtown and have a pleasant day with the family and see new things,” said Meriwether. “People are going to learn how to live more sustainably.”

For more information go to www.burlingamegreenfair.com.

 

 

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