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Earth Friendly: Vocal Trash to perform in Victoria

By By Marie Lester
Nov. 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.

Marie Lester

If you go

• WHAT: Vocal Trash

• WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13

• WHERE: The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts

• COST: $7 for adults; $3 for children ages 6 and older. Children under 6 and adults over 60 are admitted free.

• FOR TICKETS: call 361-570-TKTS

Let's celebrate. In recognition and celebration of Texas Recycles Day, Vocal Trash is coming to Victoria.

Vocal Trash is a diverse blend of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences across the U.S. for more than a decade. Vocal Trash combines uniquely recycled musical instruments, such as their one-of-a-kind bass and guitars, with an industrial percussion section made up of metal trash cans, plastic barrels, water bottles and other landfill rescued items.

Their hip presentation teaches children to use their imaginations in a meaningful and lasting way as it relates to eco-friendly living.

This makes for a powerful and personal tool to reach young minds while enforcing an important narrative to reuse items that would normally end up as discarded, earth burdensome waste.

Vocal Trash is like "Glee" with a kick. The group has performed from Las Vegas to Madison Square Garden. Audiences can't seem to get enough of this energetic group whose feel good music literally gets people up and dancing in the aisles.

Vocal Trash has been doing its part by incorporating recycling into its shows for years, long before "green" was hip - making them one of the most positive role models in entertainment today.

Part stage performers, part recycling gurus - these entertainers make green awareness fun for folks of all ages.

The city of Victoria's Environmental Services Department is co-sponsoring the event with the Victoria Main Street Program, Keep Victoria Beautiful, Republic Services, International Power Coleto Creek, Klean Corp. International, Dow, Halliburton, Victoria College and Caterpillar.

You can do your part to reduce waste, and you don't even have to sing. All you have to do is recycle. The city of Victoria's curbside recycling program offers single stream recycling to in-town residents; the city boasts a 70 percent participation rate among residents. If you live in the county, there are two drop-off recycling locations: 301 Quail Creek Drive and at the corner of Aviation Drive and Bachelor Drive near the airport.

Marie Lester is the Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Victoria's Environmental Services Department. You may contact her with topic ideas, inspiration, questions and comments at cmlester@victoriatx.org.

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