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Earth Day celebration to offer tips for green living

Sustainable Claremont will host an Earth Day celebration this Sunday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Second Street in the Claremont Village. Also, the Claremont Garden Club will offer its annual “Claremont Eclectic” tour of home gardens.

With more than 70 exhibitors scheduled, attendees of the Earth Day event can play games, see live insects and wild birds and learn about opportunities to save water and energy. There will also be an all-electric transit bus and personal vehicles for an up-close view.

Live musical performances on Second Street near the Village Market include Claremont Taiko from 8 to 9 a.m.; Ray McNamara (percussion, steel drums) from 9 to 10 a.m.; Brad Lewis (folk, country, blues)from 10 to 11 a.m.; Steve Rushingwind (Indigenous flute) from 11 to 12 noon; Copali Copili Aztec Dancers from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Also, head over to Harvard Avenue for the weekly farmers market hosted by the Claremont Forum. Fresh produce and crafts are for sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To learn more about Sustainable Claremont, visit the group’s website at sustainableclaremont.org. For information about the Claremont Forum, visit claremontforum.org.

And if you’ve ever wondered what your neighbors’ backyards look like, now’s your chance.

The Claremont Garden Club is hosting its annual “Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens” on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

During this time, six community members will open up their backyards and show off their creative gardens to garden fanatics and casual participants alike.

Tickets are $20 and include entrance to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on the day of the tour and one other day during the following month. They can be purchased online at claremontgardenclub.org or in person at Claremont Heritage at the Garner House in Memorial Park and Rio de Ojas, 250 N. Harvard Ave.

The tour will start at the RSABG parking lot, where participants can pick up a map to the six gardens featured on the tour from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Since this is a self-guided walking tour, the six locations will remain a mystery until the day of the tour.

The event has enjoyed success in the past, with more than 150 participants last year. Proceeds from the garden tour fund the Claremont Garden Club, a working group of the nonprofit Sustainable Claremont. In the past, the CGC has donated money to school gardens at Oakmont Outdoor School, Vista Del Valle Elementary, Chaparral Elementary, and Claremont High School; to Claremont Heritage; and to the city of Claremont to replace trees.

The CGC was formed in 2012 to share information about gardening, promote sustainable practices, and provide a way for fellow garden enthusiasts to meet.

“We like plants, we like gardens, we would like other people to like them as well,” as board member Sue Schenk put it.

The garden tour was created by United Church of Christ and was taken over by the CGC about five years ago. The CGC also hosts workshops and potlucks throughout the year and organizes the annual free Flower Show with the Woman’s Club of Claremont.