As an antithesis to Isla Vista’s Halloween mayhem, a sociology class is planning Chilla Vista: An almost waste-free street fair slated for June 4.
Throughout the quarter, students in Sociology 194 have been organizing the street fair – estimated to attract roughly 1,500 students – to promote sustainable purchasing and living practices, as well as local music, art and culture. Jake Lehman, co-chair for the Education for Sustainable Living Program, said the festival will take place on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive.
During the fair, Lehman said, local music and art will fill Claire’s Park – recently re-dubbed Capps’ Park – while Gaffney Park will house educational events and a farmers’ market will stretch between the two. Career booths, raffles and local crafts vendors will dot the street.
“There’s going to be music there all day long,” Lehman said. “We might have someone teaching yoga or teaching drumming, or doing different arts and crafts at [Gaffney Park].”
Lehman, a fourth-year global studies major, said he and his fellow Sociology 194 students will plan the logistical aspects of the fair.
“The goal of this class is to make a master outline for this festival … [while] empowering people to pursue what they want,” Lehman said.
Katiyana Williams, a fourth-year global studies major, said she will ensure the event creates as little trash as possible. She said she hopes to employ reusable energy – such as solar power or biodiesel fuel – to recycle any materials used and to cut back on non-recyclable products, such as Styrofoam.
Williams said the event will offer an alternative to everyday life in I.V.
“[The fair] will promote a wonderful, safe and responsible social atmosphere for singing, dancing, learning and eating – for everyone to enjoy Isla Vista at its highest,” Williams wrote in a letter advertising the event.
Lehman said he hopes the event will give I.V. residents a sense of pride in their community. He said alcohol will be served at the fair, but will not be a focal point.
“We’re looking for a way to have people not get wasted,” Lehman said. “That’s not sustainable or healthy.”
Student groups such as the UCSB Ski and Snowboard Club and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are welcome to set up booths and raise funds during the festivities, Lehman said.
“We’re trying to be as decentralized as possible,” Lehman said. “We don’t need to make money. Let them make the money.”