DISCOVERY BAY -- Dig this. The town's Community Service District's Earth Day volunteer project and festival is set for this weekend.

After a successful debut last year where about 350 people attended, Discovery Bay will again host a family-friendly event that allows residents to get down and dirty to improve their community.

The theme of this year's free event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd., is "Can YOU DIG It?"

Volunteer projects include placing a Blue Star Byway memorial marker at Slifer Park, planting trees and shrubs around the marker and building a community garden at the new Discovery Bay Community Center.

Residents will be able to rent plots in the community center garden.

"It's a way of bringing the community together to do projects that beautify where we live," board President Ray Tetreault said. "I think we saw last year it can have a really positive impact."

Saturday's full day of events is also significant because it is the town's first large event at the new community center, which the district purchased in February.

"It is a good showcase to bring people to the center that have never been there," Tetreault said. "The one way we're going to get the center known is to have a reason for people to go there. Hopefully, it's a good kick start a lot of people check it out."

A family-oriented festival featuring local businesses and over 40 eco-friendly vendors will be held in the afternoon, said Sue Heinl, an event organizer.


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One of the events likely to be popular among attendees a dog parade hosted by Homeless Animals Rescue Organization, or HALO. Prizes will be awarded for the "Best Dressed K-9."

Children can enjoy bounce houses, games, Zumba and hip-hop dance demonstrations, crafts and planting throughout the day, Heinl said. The district will also have display tables set up asking residents what future programs they would like to see at the new center, she said.

A community barbecue of hot dogs and sausages and a concert featuring Quick Fix the Band will be held at 5 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue will range, which will range from $3 to $5, will be sold at the event.

For more information or to participate in any Earth Day activities, call 925-634-1733 or visit www.todb.ca.gov.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164 Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.