This Sunday, May 19, 2013, WorldFest, the biggest earth festival the Los Angeles region will host returns to Woodley Park in Lake Balboa (San Fernando Valley). This annual celebration of all that is important to the earth and its residents is designed to enlighten, entertain, enrich and empower all those who participate. There will be food, speakers, displays, music, and an atmosphere of peaceful learning and healing.
Festivals such as WorldFest are not about everyone getting together and holding hands, singing old peace-love-freedom songs from the sixties. Nor is this gathering meant solely to promote the sales of articles that will be available. This will, though, be a chance for those who are not familiar with ecological measures such as renewable energy, or recycling, composting, organic gardening, to become aware of what these involve. It is an opportunity for those who are already part of green movements of any sort to learn more methods that will enhance their practices. Those who are currently doing any sort of environmental work either professionally or for their own personal lives will be able to exchange ideas and information.
Among the featured speakers will be such renowned environmentalists and celebrities as Ed Begley Jr., John Salley, Dan Piraro, and many others. Included also are activities like animal welfare information plus adoption on the site, a children’s area for games and play time, cooking demonstrations, and introductions to yoga, meditation and other health modalities. As well a lot of environmental and health oriented goods will be for sale, and there will be art displays.
It’s hard to pack all the events and information of WorldFest into one day, but from 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., you have a good shot at it. Since this Sunday is expected to be close to or possibly above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Valley, you are advised to dress in light-colored garments, wear a hat or use an umbrella as a parasol, and carry water (preferably in a permanent bottle to avoid further pollution of the earth). Please do not bring pets as they will become very uncomfortable in this heat; and above all do NOT leave Fido or Fluffy in your vehicle.
Tickets cost $9 for general admission; $5 for seniors age 60 and up; discounts down to $5 for those who either ride a bicycle to the park or show their Metro pass or ticket. Children under 12 years old get in for free, as do residents (who show proof) of the 91406 zip code area. For further information on WorldFest, go to: http://www.worldfestevents.com/index.php