Clover Park in Santa Monica will host music and dance performances, art workshops, food vendors and various other festivities as part of the 19th annual Santa Monica Festival Saturday, May 8th.

The free event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Free parking and bike valet are available.

The festival continues to follow zero-waste principles in order to reduce its impact on the environment, event organizers said.

Those who ride bicycles to the festival will be entered in a free raffle to win a brand new bike. Those who get to the event by other means of transportation, are asked to fill out a survey to get their raffle ticket.

Festivalgoers will have the chance to learn how to live affordably and sustainably through a series of interactive workshops and booths in the “eco zone,” as well as with a variety of vendors and activities promoting healthy living.

Fresh foods from an assortment of local eateries and a variety of cultures will be offered in the global café. There will also be a Sustainable Works booth where kids and adults can bake cookies in a solar-powered oven.

Featured vendors will offer earth-friendly artistic wares for those who are looking to purchase a gift for Mother’s Day.

Another activity is the festival photo competition where people can post a caption and photo taken at the Santa Monica Festival 2010 on the festival Facebook page. There are four categories: best people shot, best performance shot, best food shot and best shot illustrating the environmental philosophy of the festival. The best photo in each category will win $50, as well as the opportunity to have their picture featured in a number of Santa Monica online sites.

Kids and adults can also take part in a free dance lesson, and an eclectic mix of musical acts will perform throughout the day on two solar powered stages.

This year, the Santa Monica Public Library will present the Living Library workshop, where instead of books, patrons can “check out” real people who answer questions, share personal viewpoints, or debate and discuss controversial issues from books.

The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division, Community and Cultural Services Department, Arts Commission and Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

For more festival info, (310) 458-8350, or www.smgov.net/arts/.

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