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2009 Media Releases

April 15, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 441-8709
Amanda Meder, Watershed Management, 441-7075


The public is invited to enjoy nature, spring and artistic rain barrels at Pioneers Park Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18 for the second annual "Nature's Market." The free family event will include art, music, food and fun activities.

At 9:30 a.m., Tom Bassett will auction off 25 rain barrels painted by local artists ranging from elementary students to professionals. "The rain barrel project has been a great way to mix art and the environment," said Nancy Furman, Nature Center Coordinator. "They look beautiful, and at the same time, capture water from a downspout to use in your backyard gardening." The rain barrel project is sponsored by the City Watershed Management Division. The barrels have been on display throughout the community and can be viewed at (keyword: rain barrels).

The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center are hosting the event, which will feature booths in a farmer's market environment. Children's activities include painting flower pots and making magic wands. Special events include a demonstration of chain saw carving by Rex Art at 10:30 a.m. and a sing-a-long by the String Beans at 11 a.m. About 50 items are included in the silent auction at the Prairie Building.

All Nature's Market proceeds will go to Pioneers Park Nature Center's scholarship program for summer camp and preschool classes. The Nature Center is located at 3201 S. Coddington Ave, at the west end of Pioneers Park. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Friends Group also will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 2 at 3400 S. 31 Street.

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