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Posted on: April 8, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Inspiring Green Expo Gives a Taste of an "Alternative" Celebration

The Third Annual Elgin Green EXPO is being held the day before Mother's Day, Saturday, May 7th from 9AM-4PM at the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, in Elgin, Illinois. With thousands of visitors, this green event is the largest of its kind in the Fox Valley. The event is co-sponsored by the Elgin Climate Change Organization and the City of Elgin and admission is free.

The day will be filled with a truly hands-on opportunity to learn all about the benefits of go-green/save some green, sustainable lifestyles. More than 100 of the best exhibitors in the area, including speakers and interactive programs providing everything from renewable energy installations, green remodeling, ancient building techniques, testing energy efficiency of building materials/designs to what's my tree worth, how to grow your own community garden and can a goat really mow my lawn.

This family friendly event includes a wellness center, with eco friendly products & chair massages, a Farmers Market with artisan breads, cheeses, wines, an EcoBazzar where you can get the latest recycled goods, plus food & drinks from the Locavore Cafe/EcoBar and entertainment, music and activities for the kids. The children will be treated to everything from a huge petting zoo to the world's greatest Green Magician making a Waste Management dumpster disappear in the parking lot. Everyone will want to walk through the solar shack and visit Destination: Green – ECC's semi-truck classroom powered by sun and wind. From watching junk being turned into recycled art to using the river for power-there's something for everyone!

In order to keep this a minimal impact event, recycling bins will be scattered throughout. Depending on where guests are coming from, visitors are encouraged to take the Metra train or PACE bus or car pool. Elgin residents are encouraged to ride bikes, take a brisk jog or leisurely walk to get here. But, however you get here, remember to treat Mom to one of the many gifts you’ll find at Green Expo 2011.

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