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April 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The first annual East County Earth Day will be held on Sunday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ampitheater on the top of Mt. Helix. In addition to learning about sustainability and eco-friendly practices, visitors can enjoy live music and presentations ranging from falconry to aquatic animals.

East County Earth Day Entertainment Schedule:


11:15PM Acoustic Stage: Bob Wade – solo performance Bio: Lead vocals of the band The Coolrays and plays bass and keyboards. Bob is the original Coolray, a native San Diegan who has played with many local groups over the years. He was a member of "Ricky & the Jets", who appeared with the Drifters, the Coasters and Little Anthony. Growing up in southern California was the inspiration for forming a "Beach Boys style" band and in 1987 he launched the Coolrays.

12:15PM Main Stage: East County Youth Symphony String Ensemble Bio: East County Youth Symphony, led by Music Director and Conductor Olga Reztsova, is the most advanced music program in East San Diego County. The young musicians (average age 13) meet the challenges of professional discipline; preparing for rehearsals, thoughtful and productive practicing, and original (not adapted for kids) repertoire. The East County Youth Symphony string ensemble is performing today. Be sure to mark your calendar to see the full orchestra at a free community concert at Mt. Helix Park on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 4PM.

1:15PM Acoustic Stage: Dann E. Marquardt Bio: An accomplished self taught guitarist, singer, and songwriter I have been honing my craft for almost 30 years, performing in a wide variety of small venues including coffee houses and intimate settings. My style has been heavily influenced by artists such as Dan Fogelberg, Jim Croce, and James Taylor, whose styles I incorporate into my music while endeavoring to stay true to my own sound and unique approach to my passion for music.

2:15PM Acoustic Stage: Ricky Ruis Bio: Ricky has been playing the guitar from the age of 14. His parents could not afford professional lessons so instead he would dedicate himself to playing for ten hours a day during the summers with nothing more than a Hal Leonard Guitar Method book and a little help from his mother with knowledge on music theory. Ricky gained his love for the guitar listening to the classics, growing up with influences in everything from gospel to bluegrass. His mother’s roots in music strengthened his passion to master the strings. "My goal is to share my music with anyone who can be blessed by it. God gave me the gift of music, and I want to use it to share with the world the true gift that God has given me; salvation and an eternal life in Heaven.”

11:00 AM Main Stage: Tom Stephan Air Superiority Topic: Barn Owl Boxes and Raptors www.barnowlboxes.com 760-789-1493 Bio: Tom Stephan has practiced the ancient sport of falconry since 1967. Since 1992, Tom has captively bred endangered falcons and hawks. Tom's vocation is in the green industry and is a certified Arborist, Western Chapter #3031.

12:15PM Acoustic Stage Marion Stacey, AKA “The Hummingbird Lady” Topic: Hummingbird Rescue 619-420-5156
Bio: Marion Stacey became interested in hummingbirds through her daughter, Susan, who is the hummingbird keeper at the San Diego Zoo. For the past 25 years, Marion Stacey has been on the nature and garden club circuit, educating people about rescuing and rehabilitating her favorite birds.

1:00PM Main Stage Rick Anthony Zero Waste San Diego Topic: Adopting a zero waste philosophy www.zerowastesandiego.org Zero Waste Mission Statement: Zero Waste San Diego’s mission is to create, promote and implement programs that maximize management and conservation of resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, and persuade citizens, businesses, and governments in the San Diego County region to adopt a zero waste philosophy.

2:00PM Main Stage Patricia Mulcahey San Diego House Rabbit Society Topic: Rabbits as house pets www.sandiegorabbits.org
Bio: San Diego House Rabbit Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, spay/neuter, and adoption of companion rabbits in San Diego County.

2:30PM Main Stage Charles Gailband Chula Vista Nature Center Topic: Family activities at the Chula Vista Nature Center www.cvnc.us; (619) 409-5900
Bio: The Chula Vista Nature Center is an internationally recognized zoo/aquarium exhibiting native plants and animals. Come see us for an up-close and personal visit with endangered Green Sea Turtles, shorebirds, hawks, sharks, stingrays, and jellyfish, to name a few!
For more information on East County Earth Day, visit:  http://www.mthelixpark.org/page/1rmku/Events_and_Programs.html

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