A grassroots effort to educate the public about the degraded and channelized Calaveras River, and its historic runs of steelhead and salmon, will promote its message during a festival that includes a parade of giant fish puppets and a gathering site at Tuxedo Court on the Miracle Mile.

The Steelhead and Salmon Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, is the dream of the two groups, Friends of the Lower Calaveras River and Defenders of Wildlife..

Information: Jeremy Terhune, Defenders of Wildlife, (209) 992-8215; jterhune@defenders.org.

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