EarthFair Set For April 19, 1998
At Balboa Park


Consider the source of your information, of pollutants, of your inspiration. Learn all about your environment and what you can do to make a difference at EarthFair'98 in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 19, from 10 am to 5pm.

San Diego's ninth annual Earth-Fair will feature close to 300 educational exhibits as well as plenty of entertainment and special activities.

"There is just so much to see and do," EarthFair visitor Beverly Shee-han enthused last year. "And so many opportunities to get involved."

The All Species Parade will proceed from the Organ Pavilion to the Natural History Museum. Representing scout troops, churches and many other groups, over 400 children, animals and adults will celebrate the variety of life and the importance of preserving the natural world.

After the parade, people of all ages are invited to participate in the Passport to a Better World Scavenger Hunt, a fun-filled walk through the EarthFair. Participants pick up sheets of environmental questions at one of the information booths and "scavenge" through the fair to find the correct answers. Completed Passports can be returned for a special prize.

Other "must-see" exhibits and events include the Qualcomm Hu-maniTree at the Organ Pavilion where individuals create and place "BE-Leafs" containing their names and individual promises toward improving the environment onto Hu-maniTrees; an on-site recycling center for glass, aluminum, newspaper, plastic and cardboard staffed by the San Diego Urban Corps; the alternative vehicles display; a HealthFair Pavilion; a natural foods area; and a special children's area featuring llamas, facepainting and hands-on activities.

What kind of car will your children drive to work? Find out how we will meet the energy and transportation needs of future generations at the Energy area, in the parking lot by the Automotive Museum. Featuring the Miramar College Clean Air and Advanced Technologies Pavilion, natural gas and electric vehicles and equipment now in use will be displayed.

At the new HealthFair Pavilion, you can learn how individual health affects the health of the planet with demonstrations of new products and services.

Eight solar-powered stages will present entertainment all day. "With music, we can open the minds and hearts of people," stage organizer Chuck Schiele asserts, "you need an open mind to change your habits and learn new ways of doing things. Music is often a conduit to awareness."

EarthFair'98, sponsored by the California Department of Conservation Department of Recycling, is free and open to the public and expected to attract a crowd of over 60,000. Free secured bike parking will be provided all day at the Museum of Man and the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater. There will also be free natural gas shuttles to the Fair from a secured parking lot off of Pershing Drive. The free shuttles are provided by San Diego Transit and will run from 9am until 6pm.

San Diego EarthWorks is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that works year-round to encourage people to take individual action for the future.

For more information on EarthFair'98, call 619/496-6666.

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