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GAY SAN DIEGO April 15 - 28, 2016


EARTH DAY executive officer of Earth Works. “Be cool, do cool, VOTE COOL!” This year’s EarthFair attendees are in for another full day of exhibitors, kids activities, entertainment, sustainable energy and product demonstrations, art, food and more, all focused on sustaining the planet where we all live. There’s even a kid’s Earth parade and a concourse showing off the latest in electric cars. “It’s totally amazing to me each year all the new things people come up with to go green and help others do the next thing,” Chase said. “Also interesting is who sticks with it from year-to-year — what works and what doesn't.” The list of exhibitors on the EarthFair website – which are really the heart and soul of this event — is exhaustive. They include national and local brands and small mom-and-pop businesses, and include such unique vendors as Aunt Be Botanicals, Plant with a Purpose, Peace Pies, Herbal Apothecary, Temple Turmeric, the Friendly Feather Shop, Scenichouse, Urban Octupus and dozens of others. Also on hand will be local and state community and public service organizations, some with political leanings, and

A Sister of Perpetual Indulgence enjoys last year’s festival. the expected vendors, like Greenpeace, SDG&E, SolarCity, MTS, the Sierra Club and more. For a full list of exhibitors, visit tinyurl. com/ztwpcsd. “I make a list each year of the tables I’m going to visit with an empty backpack at the beginning of the day,” Chase said. “This year I hope to score a free tomato plant, sustainable dog treats for my dog Dozey and some of the most fantastic enviro-candles — and that’s just to start.” Entertainment this year will take place on five different stages throughout the park. There will be a Children’s Area with its own Children’s Stage, with lots of performances for kids when they

Hundreds of volunteers are needed every year. (Photos courtesy EarthFair)

are not occupied by the crafts, and a Magic Show stage will be set up in front of the lily pond, with entertainment by EarthFair mainstay “the Dr. Wilderness Family.” The children’s parade will start from Spanish Village at 10:30 a.m. and work its way to Pan American Plaza, near the Children’s Area. Other stages include the Sun Stage, located behind the Federal Building and the Moon Stage at Park Boulevard and President’s Way. Both will feature contemporary style music. Those interested in learning about everything imaginable that falls under the sustainable

umbrella will want to hit up the eHome exhibit area. Ways to get you off the grid, make your windows more energy efficient, and various alternative home building methods will all be on display with demonstrations and representatives to assist you. Sustainable, plant-based food can be found in the Food Pavilion. Always been curious about vegetarian and vegan fare? Here is your chance to check it out without too much of an investment. There will be no shortage of non-meat options. Remember EarthFair is a “zero waste” event — you can imagine a festival of this size has the potential to create a lot of

waste — but everything used is recycled. Organizers state that last year they were able to divert 90 percent of their waste from the landfill by keeping to this policy. That’s commendable, and you can do your part, too. Come lay on the grass, listen to music, eat meat-less food, and learn all the options available to make your life and home more sustainable. For more information about EarthFair, and information on alternative transportation options, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@▼

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