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



The 3rd Annual New World Fair, an exciting healthy lifestyle, earth-friendly and conscious-living celebration, returns to Pasadena Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. In addition to great exhibits, speakers and workshops, it also features fun interactive activities and marvelous stage entertainment. This year's fair is one of the first big events in the brand new $150 million Pasadena Convention Center.

In the Center Lobby, 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! Guests can also have a go at hopping around on Kangoo Jumps. It's easy and fun!

Inside the Exhibit Hall, fairgoers can experience the inspirational power of walking a labyrinth, join a yoga class, try stone balancing or create patterns in a Zen sand tray. Visitors young and old can get their faces airbrush-painted by the artist who actually invented it.

Continuous entertainment on the New World Stage will include: the celebrated reggae group Lamour and The Mystik Band; pop rock female duo Jayla singing songs from their latest CD, Faithfully Alive; popular jazz guitarist Dirk K; The Westside Belly Dancers; and Paul Cash with his environmental magic show. Fair attendees can also enjoy environmental and inspirational feature and short films.

The biggest attraction of the event is its 225 exhibitors who have come to Pasadena from all across the nation. While strolling through the fair, visitors can sample organic foods and beverages, learn about the latest in natural health care, shop for jewelry, clothing and green-living & fair trade products, receive a massage, have a psychic reading, or get a henna tattoo.

Attendees can choose from more than 70 lectures and workshops presented continually in four rooms. Among the featured speakers are Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmentalist telling us how to "Take Action Yourself," and Dr. Tony O'Donnell speaking on "Super Foods That Heal."

Special workshops include "What is Your Animal Thinking?" by famed animal communicator Candi Cane Cooper, and "The Art of Joyful Living" with popular English author Kim Vincent.

Master Chef Minh will give a "Raw Food, It Tastes as Good as It Looks!" un-cooking demonstrations on both days, complete with samples.

Fair visitors can also feast on delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The New World Fair will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., directly across from Paseo Colorado.

Hours: Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Tickets for the entire weekend are only $10.

More information on the fair can be found at  or call (805) 462-9700.

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