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Bend Earth Day Parade workshops set

BEND, Ore. - The Environmental Center is hosting costume, mask making, and drumming workshops in preparation for the upcoming Earth Day Parade on Saturday, April 20th.

Drummer Brennan Morrow will lead a Drumming Workshop on April 3rd from 6:00-9:00pm to fine tune this year's parade beat. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate in this free workshop.

Amy Krog will offer a Recycled Fabric Costume Workshop on April 3rd from 6:00–9:00pm. Bring your old sheets, blankets, tablecloths, or other fabrics to create a costume of your favorite species. The cost of this workshop is $5 per person.

Artist Debra Fisher will lead Mask Making Workshops on April 6th from 9:00–11:00am for 4-8 year olds and 11:00am–1:00pm for ages nine and older. Participants will create their own personalized masks to wear with their costume at the Parade. Donations accepted to cover the cost of materials.

New this year is a Voice-Your-Magnet Workshop on April 7th from 12:00-2:00pm with Dana Bartus at the Cindercone Clay Center. Make your voice heard, or seen rather, on refrigerators all over Central Oregon. Create your own custom clay magnets to inspire change. The cost is $15 and includes all materials. Space is limited and registration required at Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

The 14th annual Earth Day Parade will once again kick off the Earth Day Fair with children and adults dressed in a costume of their favorite species or representation of the natural world. There are three parade rules: no written words, no motorized vehicles, and no live pets.

The parade will be held in downtown Bend with staging at 10:30am on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamins. The parade will begin at 11:00am, winding through downtown Bend and ending at the Earth Day Fair on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center in downtown Bend. This is a free event. For more information about the Parade or workshops call 385-6908 x 15 or visit

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