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Dressed as the Bag Monster, Nick Vega, 17, of Martinez, wears about 500 plastic bags as he walks through the crowd while attending the John Muir Birthday Earth Day Celebration at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, Calif., on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Vega is wearing the plastic bags to demonstrate the amount of bags a person uses in one year. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Dressed as the Bag Monster, Nick Vega, 17, of Martinez, above, wears about 500 plastic bags -- the number a person uses in a year -- as he walks through the crowd at the John Muir Birthday-Earth Day Celebration on April 20, at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. The event featured a visit by "John Muir," portrayed by park Ranger Frank Helling; a keynote address by former Contra Costa Times columnist Gary Bogue; cake in honor of Muir's 175th birthday; music, activities and self-guided tours of the Muir house.




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