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Earth Day celebration offers music, parade, information.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The Procession of All Species will be the heart of Eugene's free downtown Earth Day Celebration, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in and around the Broadway Plaza, Willamette Street at Broadway.

Marchers outfitted as tigers, dolphins, trailing vines, microscopic paramecia, even whole ecosystems, will make their way through the streets in honor of the big, blue marble that supports us all. The Samba Ja troupe will provide the rhythm.

The only rule is that no actual live animals are allowed.

Entertainers will take to the Broadway Plaza stage before and after the parade. Other attractions will include a hybrid car show, information booths and a recycling center for old athletic shoes. LTD will run a bus to Short Mountain for a tour of an Emerald People's Utility District power plant that converts landfill gases into electricity.

The main stage entertainment schedule has Frank Merrill (welcome and American Indian blessing) at 11 a.m., Jenaguru (marimba) at 11:30 a.m., Paul Safar & Friends (songs for children and the young at heart) at 12:45 p.m., Teen Superheroes (street theater) at 1:40 p.m., the Procession of All Species at 2 p.m., Flying Crooked (new folk and Americana) at 2:20 p.m., the Eugene Peace Choir at 3 p.m. and I'Chele and the Circle of Light (reggae) at 3:45 p.m.

The Teen Superheroes - Goodwill Gal, Soapbox Guy, the Connector, Good Food Gal and six others - will make two other appearances on Saturday.

Ten local teens have been trained as superheroes by Lola Broomberg, director of the Boldness Institute, a Eugene nonprofit organization. Each one has a personalized mission, a personal symbol, sound effects and gimmicks.

Broomberg says their mission is to assist in building a world of compassion.

The Superheroes will appear at Saturday Market in the late morning and present a show titled "Superheroes in Our Community" with Eugene Playback Theater at 4 p.m. on a second stage, in the former gallery space at 55 W. Broadway.

Other second-stage entertainment will include folk singer Rob Tobias at 11:30 a.m., jugglers from Corridor Elementary School at 12:10 p.m., storyteller Yvonne Young from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Earth-inspired musician Siobahan VanLanen from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 18, 2003
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