Tuesday, April 17, 2007 • Diamond Mountain Casino to host Earth Day

Publisher’s note: This story originally appeared in the Tuesday, April 17, 2007, edition of the Lassen County Times.

Diamond Mountain Casino plans to hold its first Earth Day event on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.

The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Entertainment will be provided all day.

The event is sponsored jointly by Diamond Mountain Casino and the Susanville Indian Rancheria. Environmental Technician with the Rancheria Laura Medvin said there will be all kinds of activities planned to promote environmental awareness.

Medvin said there would be staff and volunteers conducting a clean-up along Skyline Road, from the Casino all the way to Highway 139 near Lassen Community College. Another clean-up is planned along Paul Bunyan as well, from the Casino all the way down to Weatherlow Street. Both community cleanups are planned for 10 a.m.

“People can participate (in the clean-up) and if they do, they’ll get a prize,” Medvin said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

Other planned activities include a prize raffle every hour, basket weaving, recycled art contests, a recycled craft class, a drum contest, and more.

Performers at the event will include Sam Williams, Hum Ku, Matt Sayles, The Tims, Without Rez and the Mankillers.

Food will be available throughout the day, including baked goods from the Tribal Elder Committee, Indian tacos from the Tribal Youth Basketball league, burgers from 4-H’s Sheriff’s Posse Wagon and more.

Event sponsors will have booths available at the event including the Great Basin Basket Weavers, 4-H, Lassen National Forest, Lassen Lands Trails and Trusts, the LCC Native American Studies Program, Plumas Bank and Lassen Waste.

Medvin said this looks like a positive event that will have a significant impact on the way people preserve their natural surroundings.

“Environmental awareness needs to be a priority,” Medvin said. “Part of my job is to try and promote environmental awareness around the tribe, but this is something that needs to be promoted around the whole community.”