MONARCH MANIA TAKES FLIGHT SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 IN ALPINE

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September 14, 2011 (Alpine)--Butterfly lovers of all ages are invited to attend Monarch Mania on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Viejas Outlets Show Court, 5005 Willow Road in Alpine. Monarch Mania will feature a live Monarch butterfly release at 2 pm, caterpillar races,  sale of Monarch host plants, and a chrysalis tree where onlookers will watch butterflies emerge before their very eyes throughout the day.Admission is free.  Event hours are 10 am to 6 pm.
 
 

Grow-your-own-butterfly kits will be available for those who want to closely observe the amazing metamorphosis of a Monarch caterpillar as he munches milkweed on his way to being a chrysalis, culminating with his climactic emergence as a Monarch butterfly.

Ongoing educational programs will be held throughout the day, with special guests to include live owls, hawks, hummingbirds, snakes, lizards, spiders and more.

A special scavenger hunt through the award-winning gardens and grounds of Viejas Outlets will be offered, with prizes for all who complete the hunt.

 
Plants, succulent gardens, jewelry, gourd art, books, candles, garden art and much more will be offered by a variety of vendors.Sleeveless the Magician will be on hand to dazzle guests with his awesome illusions.
 
Three opportunity baskets will be offered, each abundantly-overflowing with gift certificates and merchandise--and tickets are just $1 each!
 
The 2nd Annual Monarch Mania is presented by CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., a not-for-profit habitat education organization.
Proceeds from the event will provide a live Monarch metamorphosis "kit" for each second grade classroom in the Alpine Union School District.
 
Lisa Lomax, CHIRP president, said she is excited about this opportunity to enhance the second grade students life cycle curriculum with a real-life example.
The Monarchs metamorphosis is one of the most amazing events of nature, she said. 
 

For additional information on the event, visit www.chirp.org or phone CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., at 619-445-8352.