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Save Green Expo returns in September

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Annual event aims to save two kinds of green — cash and the environment.

By Staff Reports

The theme of this year’s third annual Save Green  EXPO is “Personal and Planetary Wellness,” which ties into the event’s focus on saving two kinds of green — cash and the environment.
The goal of this event is to educate local residents on economical ways to improve their health and support a cleaner and healthier environment.
Grayson LandCare will hold the expo at the Crossroads Institute in Galax on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are invited to participate.
In addition to a variety of exhibitors and vendors related to this year’s theme, the  keynote speaker will be internationally renowned energy expert  Luke Staengl (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), who  established and directed the design, construction and operation of several plants producing fuel ethanol from corn and industrial wastes.
Staengl has served as the CEO of three companies  that convert biomass to bio-fuels, fiber, feed and other high-value products, in addition to being  a founding member and serving as president of the Virginia Ethanol Association for eight years.
  The afternoon speaker (1-2:30 p.m.) is Sheila Guarnagia, a holistic medicine practitioner from Roanoke with degrees in biology, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. She offers a range of therapies that treat the whole person to bring body, mind and spirit into balance.
Day-long exhibits include health screenings, nutritional advice, exercise recommendations, and alternative therapies, as well as environmental topics.  Wytheville Community College will have information on their “green” training programs.
Food will be available on site from Blue Moon Catering.
Prizes will be raffled, with winners announced at 2:45 p.m.
Children’s activities, using recycled materials, will be facilitated by Smadar Chaffee from Chestnut Creek School of the Arts and Deb Grief of Grayson County High School Eco Club.
The Blue Ridge Discovery Center will share nature exhibits with children and adults.

Spaces for exhibitors are free, or $35 for vendors. Those interested in participating can contact Loren Webster at (276) 768-0800 for an application.
 Grayson LandCare is a nonprofit 501c3 grassroots organization working to improve the economy, protect natural resources and preserve local culture. For more information visit GraysonLandCare.org.