Join the Celebration at the New World Fair!
By Warren Cook

The 2nd Annual New World Fair, an exciting green living, health and holistic celebration, returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. The event offers so much more than the typical expo. In addition to great exhibits, speakers and workshops, it also features fun interactive activities and marvelous stage entertainment.

On the outdoor Plaza, visitors are invited to play in the 100-piece drum circle sponsored by Remo Drum Company and facilitated by Christine Stevens, the well-known founder of UpBeat Drum Circles. No prior musical experience necessary! Or guests can have a go at swirling giant hula-hoops with guidance from the folks of Hoopnotica. It is easy and fun!  Fairgoers can also experience the inspirational power of walking a labyrinth, try stone balancing or create patterns in a Zen sand tray.

Continuous entertainment on the Plaza Stage includes: the celebrated reggae group Lamour & The Mystik Band; Troupe Nashida belly dancers; pop rock female duo Jayla singing songs from their latest CD, Faithfully Alive; and popular jazz guitarist Dirk K.

The biggest attraction is the 200 exhibitors who have come to Pasadena from across the nation. Strolling through the fair, visitors can sample organic foods and beverages, learn about the latest in natural healthcare, shop for jewelry, clothing and green-living and fair trade products, receive a massage, have their palm read, or get a henna tattoo.

Choose from more than 70 lectures and workshops presented continually. Among the featured speakers are Ron Teeguarden, the founder of Dragon Herbs, speaking on “Radiant Health with Chinese Tonic Herbs,” and Dr. Tony O’Donnell talking about “Super Foods That Heal,” Sebastian Gentry with “Laughter Yoga,” special workshops by Helice “Sparky” Bridges, the creator of the blue ribbon
ceremony “Who I Am Makes A Difference,” plus a guided meditation presented by the Shambhala Center.

Visitors can feast on delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

The New World Fair will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. entrance. Hours are Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Tickets for the entire weekend are only $10. More information can be found at or call (805) 462-9700.


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