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Earth Day Concert on the Green

In honor of Earth Day, California State University San Marcos will host its first outdoor lawn-concert event on Thursday, April 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring art exhibits, student performances, and professional musical concerts by Sene Africa and Yale Strom. Sponsored by the university's Arts & Lectures series and Funes Fund, as well as City of San Marcos, the free family-friendly event celebrates the importance of conservation and sustainability.Earth Day festivities kick-off at 4 p.m. and include art exhibits, a unique fashion show sporting garments made from recycled and repurposed items, and an eco-inspired dance and music performance by CSUSM and High Tech High students. Interactive and educational booths, as well as food stations, will also be onsite."It'll be an entertaining and unique Earth Day inspired lawn-concert," said Dr. Karen Schaffman, director of Arts & Lectures at CSUSM. "We're excited to celebrate Earth Day on campus with our community and bring awareness to the fragility and beauty of our planet through music, dance, and the visual arts."The event culminates with two one-hour professional concerts featuring musical performance by West African acoustic trio Sene Africa at 6 p.m., followed by an ensemble led by award-winning artist Yale Strom, fusing unique world beats at 7 p.m.The inaugural lawn-concert event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic and lawn chair or blanket. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot N off Campus View Drive, adjacent to the parking structure.For more information, contact CSUSM Arts & Lectures at 760-750-8889.     What:    Earth Day Concert on the Green, a free community lawn-concert                  featuring art exhibits, student performances, and professional                  musical concerts by Sene Africa and Yale Strom.     When:    Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.       Where:   California State University San Marcos, Forum Plaza LawnDirections and ParkingCSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. Complimentary parking is available in Lot N, which is located on Campus View Drive adjacent to the parking structure. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.csusm.edu/guide.About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.