The Mariposa County Department of Public Works and the Mariposa SPCA will co-sponsor a Trash to Treasure Recycled Craft Fair Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arts Park in downtown Mariposa. Admission is free.
All items sold or displayed at the fair have been made primarily from repurposed materials that might otherwise have ended up in the landfill. Works by scrap metal sculptors Scott McGrath and Lorna Pollock will also be on display and Jeanne Beekman will be selling falafels.
Visitors can make their own recycled crafts and get tips for reducing waste during the holidays at the Public Works booth, while volunteers will help people create a unique lawn ornament or bird bath from old glassware at the SPCA booth ($5 donation requested). Free raffle prizes will also be given away throughout the day and visitors can vote for their favorite crafts to win "People's Choice" awards.
Local musical artists Rhed Leonard, Keith Johnson, and Mike Brenner — known as "Azurvida" — will play on and off during the day. The ensemble performs mostly original songs with some select covers in many genres, including blues, classic rock and country, as well as a punk song that addresses bullying.
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For more information about the fair go to www.mariposaspca.org or www.mariposacounty.org/solidwaste.