January 27, 2010

Volunteers Sought for Spring Cleaning Down on the River - Feb. 20

Come help preserve the heritage, wildlife and natural beauty of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers. It’s "Spring Cleaning" time down on the Tres Rios River on Saturday, February 20. The City of Avondale, Arizona Game and Fish, City of Goodyear, The Maricopa County Attorneys Office and Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation will host a clean up of the river banks in preparation for the Tres Rios Nature & Earth Festival*.

Volunteers need to bring gloves, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, wear old work clothes and to dress for the weather, please bring plenty of water to drink! Clean up begins at 7 a.m. and should last until about 11 a.m. River clean up volunteers are asked to meet at the northern-most parking lot of the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, five miles south of I-10 on Avondale Boulevard (7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85323).

For more information or to register your group, please call Avondale Recreation Services at 623-333-2416 or email cunderhill@avondale.org . For directions go to: www.tresriosnaturefestival.com/directions.htm

*The Tres Rios Nature & Earth Festival celebrates the rivers, wildlife, outdoors, history and heritage of the area and Arizona. Event dates are March 6 & 7, festival hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. www.tresriosnaturefestival.com”

January 10, 2010

Tres Rios Festival A Big Hit With Kids

The Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival is more than an opportunity for adults to celebrate the rich heritage of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers. It is an outdoor wonderland for the kids. A perfect opportunity to get them out of the house and into the outdoors.
And how can you miss with such great opportunities on tap during the two-day event set for March 6-7 along the Gila River south of a Avondale near Phoenix International Raceway. Think about paddling a canoe, hiking, watching birds, free fishing and a great Kid's Zone where they can take a short nature trail, view wildlife artifacts, make crafts and do other fun stuff.
And don't forget about some great food, so bring an appetite, and enjoy some real traditional bluegrass music performed by the popular Back Porch Bandits.
Courtney Bourland of Goodyear is one satisfied customer. Here is what she said in an unsolicited email:
"I just want to give a huge thank you to all the people that put on the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival! My sons, ages 5 and 8, had a blast. They fished, made walking sticks, molded animal footprints, went on a scavenger hunt, bird watched, etc. They even enjoyed looking at the booths and talking to the very informative people manning the booths. Thank you for making this event free and fun!"
Thank you, Courtney. Spread the word and we'll see all of you on March 6-7.

DeWayne Smith