April 17, 2009

A Clean Dozen Things to do at EarthFair

Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park

12. Satisfy your hunger for earth-friendly cuisine at the EarthFair food court off President’s Way near the Moon Stage. The vendors here distribute compostable serving ware that won’t end up in a landfill.

11. Check out the green thumbs at work at the community gardening exhibit area on President’s Field.

10. Shop for really cool eco-friendly stuff, gifts and jewelry. (Make sure your shopping bag is cloth).

9. Attend the Children’s Earth Parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade’s grand marshals are actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. and Bridgett Luther, director of the state Department of Conservation.

The Puppet Insurgency will perform in the parade with a nifty re-creation of the swirling plastic in the Northern Pacific Gyre. See the Gyre later near the Pan American Plaza.

8. Check out the Cleaner Car Concourse at the Pan America Plaza. The concourse features vehicles that run on alternative fuels, including hybrid cars that are popular with consumers.

7. Watch workers from the Icology Group construct a 400-square-foot demonstration home during the fair along with HUD Healthy Model Home, in the Pan American Plaza

6. Inspect the viewer-friendly bee hive at the booth hosted by San Diego Beekeeping

5. Watch people pose for a photo with Wilma, a 14-foot-long python. It’s happening at the Atira Inc. booth. They’re charging $5 for the photos and donating the proceeds to wildlife conservation groups.

4. Listen to rock, folk, blues and other music being played at six outdoor stages.

3. Check out the snakes and tarantula at the booth hosted by the Chula Vista Nature Center.

2. Touch a real piece of fur from a leopard, a jaguar and a polar bear at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service booth.

1. Hooray for freebies! Munch away on giveaways ranging from free gummy bear vitamins to Sun chips from Frito Lay.

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