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Cameron Picks Up Earth Day Honors for Eco-Message, Lifestyle

Two-day festival draws a crowd of 31,000 for 40th anniversary celebration

Academy Award-winning director James Cameron was presented with the Community Environmental Council’s Environmental Hero Award at Santa Barbara’s 40th anniversary Earth Day celebration Sunday.

The two-day festival at Alameda Park attracted more than 31,200 people, which organizers said was a record crowd for the annual event.

Cameron, who owns a solar-powered home in Montecito and drives a hybrid car, was honored for his eco-friendly lifestyle and for the environmental message of his blockbuster 2009 sci-fi film, Avatar.

For the third year, Noozhawk was a sponsor of the festival and was among the more than 250 exhibitors packed into the park. Thousands of people stopped by the Noozhawk booth to chat with staff of the Web site and its strategic partners, Ameravant and Santa Barbara Surfer.

Noozhawks Vivien Alexander, John Conroy, Lara Cooper, Leslie Dinaberg and Zak Klobucher, Chris Donahue, Doug Elder, Sarah Ettman-Sterner, Elite Henenson, Jenn Kennedy, Margo Kline, Bill Macfadyen, Giana Magnoli, Kevin McFadden, Jeff Moehlis and Shannon Storey were on hand to meet the public, and Noozhawk mascot Riley Macfadyen, a lovable Alaskan malamute, was a popular petting attraction. Michael Kramer and John Richardson represented Ameravant and Jon Shafer was there for Santa Barbara Surfer.

Thanks to the generosity of Noozhawk advertisers, a series of drawings will be held later this week for those who entered their names to win various prizes. Among the donations are gift certificates from Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Ameravant, Ayers Automotive Repair, Bistro 1111 at Hotel Marmonte, Blue Line Paddle Surf, Boxtales Theatre Company, Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Condor Express, Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Fresco Café, Hampton Inn Goleta, Jensen Guitar & Music, Massage Envy, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Powell Skateboards, Samy’s Camera, Sea Landing, Silent Pictures High-Quality Custom Frames, Skate One Corp., Stardust Sportfishing, Superior Tire & Brake, Truth Aquatics, UCSB Alumni Dinner, Wine Tour and Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond.

Winners will be notified by e-mail later this week and their names will be posted on Noozhawk.

Noozhawk publisher Bill Macfadyen can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk.

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