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Palomar Health hosting Earth Day events April 19-20

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Palomar Health's second annual Earth Day events, taking place April 19 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and April 20 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, will showcase its comprehensive sustainability program. The events are free to the public and will also feature live entertainment, food and prizes.

Earth Day was inspired more than 40 years ago after a giant oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara raised concerns about the environment. It has evolved into a worldwide movement focused on the planet in general and the environment and public health in particular.

Palomar Health's Earth Day events are consistent with the public health district's environmental mission statement, which supports "creating a sustainable healing environment that comforts and promotes health by honoring the relationship of the individual to the environment."

Among the events' activities:

* SDG&E representatives will be present to show consumers various ways to save energy.

* Poway and Escondido water district officials will be available to discuss water conservation.

* A Chevy Volt hybrid will be on display, giving people an opportunity to learn about the unique electric/gasoline-powered car and the technology behind it.

* Garden of Eden Organics will be taking signups for its Farmers Market co-op.

"What you do in community-supported agriculture is you order a box of produce on a weekly basis," Hamilton says about the co-op. "They pick whatever is fresh and seasonal and then you pick up your box of fresh produce once a week (Tuesdays at Palomar Downtown or Pomerado Hospital).

Palomar Health Earth Day events:

April 19: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the front lawn of Palomar Medical Center, 555 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido.

April 20: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In front of Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, just behind Pomerado Hospital, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway.

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