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EarthFair in Balboa Park

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EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by more than 400 volunteers, San Diego’s Earth Day observance is celebrating its 19th anniversary  on Sunday, April 20, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More than 60,000 visitors attend EarthFair each year to celebrate our home planet and learn ways to sustain it for generations to come.

The day kicks off with the Children's Earth Parade (All Species Welcome), followed by the Cleaner Car Caravan. There are special themed areas and hundreds of exhibitors from conservation organizations, wildlife preservation groups,  natural and organically grown products, gardening information, alternative energy vehicles, pet adoption services, clean air and clean water information, and more. The Children’s Activity Area features crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, with hands-on activities for children of all ages. The food pavilion offers healthy and vegetarian food and snacks, and five entertainment stages provide musical performances throughout the day. 
 
Getting There:
If you arrive after 10:30 a.m., there is often no parking in or immediately adjacent to the Park. EarthFair organizers offer the following suggestions to avoid traffic frustration:

* Ride a bike. There is free, guarded bike parking available in two locations: on Village Place behind the Natural History Museum and in front of the Museum of Man.

* Take public transportation. There is a trolley stop about a 10 minute walk from the Park.

* A free shuttle service will run from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. between the Fair and the off-site parking location at City College. 

*For more information, visit: www.earthdayweb.org/SDEW_EarthFair.html

*For information about getting to Balboa Park, visit www.balboapark.org/nav.html

* For information on bus and trolley service, visit sdcommute.com .


San Diego Treasures Staff:
Producer /Host: Kathi Diamant
Videographer: Michael Gerdes
Sound: Roland Lizarondo
Editor: Ron Stein
Music Consultant: Byron La Due
Production Manager: Ena Newell
Field Producer: Maura Daly Phinney

Music:    ”Steam Engine” by Patrick Doyle, from the soundtrack for Sense & Sensibility  

Watch San Diego Treasures with Kathi Diamant on KPBS-TV.  San Diego Treasures offers KPBS viewers a chance to discover one of San Diego’s natural or man-made spaces and places that make our county a special place to live. 

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