Great-great-grandson of Naturalist John Muir, the "Father of Our National Parks", to Appear at 9th Annual TreeHugger's Ball and Sustainability Fair on June 1st, 2013

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Robert Hanna, great-great-grandson of famed naturalist John Muir, one of the nation's first advocates for the preservation of wilderness, Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Parks, and founder of the Sierra Club, will share stories about John Muir and speak about how he has been inspired to carry on his Great Great Grandfather's legacy in his own work as an advocate for California's State Parks.

The Canyon Land Conservation Fund (CLCF), a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, is hosting the 9th Annual Tree Hugger's Ball and Sustainability Fair in Silverado, CA, to raise necessary funds to preserve thousands of acres of the Santa Ana Mountain range, the largest wild and scenic area in Orange County. A significant part of this effort is to preserve critical habitat for the federally endangered Arroyo Toad of Silverado Creek, the last location supporting the toad within the lower Santa Ana River Watershed of Orange County.

In the spirit of John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, the annual celebration seeks to share the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains and encourage stewardship of our local natural and cultural resources. Highlights include a family oriented sustainability fair, inspirational guest speakers, children’s activities, gourmet food trucks, and 7 hours of live music and dancing in an oak and sycamore woodland. We are now the number one “ZERO WASTE” event in Orange County, thanks to the leadership of The Earth Resource Foundation.

Many of OC’s premiere environmental organizations are represented, including the Sierra Club, Naturalist For You, Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, OC Coastkeepers, Earth Resource Foundation, Earthroots Field School, Sea and Sage Audubon and others. Corporate and community sponsors include Southern California Edison, Waste Management, New Belgium Brewing Company, Tides Foundation, Patagonia, and Kéan Coffee.

In 2011 and 2012, Hollywood’s “eco-warrior” Daryl Hannah was the headlining speaker. This year, Robert Hanna, great-great-grandson of famed naturalist John Muir, will be sharing about the Muir Family Foundation and issues surrounding our National Parks.

“Blessing” the 2013 event will be the local Native American Acjachemen Tribe of San Juan Capistrano, also known as the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians. The Acjachemen will have ancient cultural art & materials on display in the Sustainability Fair from 4-8 pm, and will be serving BBQ corn-on-cob...non GMO of course!

This year's special eco carnival theme will be a 'big topper' for families with children. Family entertainment will feature kids' eco-art activities, UCI student clowns and the Dr Solar Medicine Show, considered the greenest show on earth! His self-contained 6' X 18' solar powered portable traveling family entertainment experience is a gypsy wagon affair that would make P.T. Barnum drool and features an Eco-Themed interactive show. Children will have a blast painting on outdoor murals and creating art from throw away objects in the "Kid's Kraft" booth sponsored this year by the Silverado Children's Center "Eco Explorers" program.

Musicians from the Inland Empire to the shores of Laguna are performing at the TreeHuggr's Ball to help spread the seeds of sustainability, including award-winning, hillbilly-style Americana Folk music of the Salty Suites, led by mandolin master Scott Gates and singer-songwriter, Chelsea Williams. From the high desert comes Dave Monaco's reggae-ska band, Better Chemistry, complete with horn section sure to make you feel like you're in a New Orleans marching parade. Topping the evening with a special Blues Planet Project will be Common Sense lead singer Nick-I Hernandez and A.D.D. performing onstage with legendary Blues harmonica player, Rod Piazza. Nick-I and Rod Piazza performed with Wyland Blues Planet records following the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster. Blues Planet explores a new genre of “Global Blues” that spotlights environmental artist Wyland’s passion for conservation through the blues sounds of Memphis, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Delta.

Families and friends who enjoy backwoods camping have an opportunity to camp for free with the THB crew Saturday night under the peaceful Blackstar summer night sky. (Tent camping only, no RV hook-ups or campfires please) Go to the website for more info.

Tickets for this amazing event are on sale via Paypal at. or Tickets are also available by calling the Canyon Land Conservation Fund at (714) 649-2820. Check out the 2010 Youtube slideshow at:

The date is: Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Time: Sustainability Fair 4:00 pm to Dusk, Ball: 5 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: Santiago Event Center, 27912 Baker Canyon Road, Silverado, CA. 92676
Cost: $25.00 General Pre-sale Adult Admission Tickets (regular adult admission $30 at event)
Kids 6-16 yrs $10, Children 5 & under: Free.
"Family of Four" pre-sale tickets only $50 if purchased online by May 19th.

Proceeds from this event will be used for preservation efforts of wild lands of the Santa Ana Mountains. Help us save our vanishing wild lands for future generations to enjoy and protect.

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