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Eat, drink, be merry, help African villages

As Earth Day occurs in the middle of next week, some events related to the occasion will be this weekend, and certainly one of the biggest will be the Earth Day Fest & Flea Market in Clark Park (Baltimore Ave. & 43rd St.). From 9 to 5 on Saturday, April 18 (rain date is Sunday) the popular West Philly park will be replete with colorful activities, sights and sounds celebrating the earth.

Eat, drink, be merry, help African villages

As Earth Day occurs in the middle of next week, some events related to the occasion will be this weekend, and certainly one of the biggest will be the Earth Day Fest & Flea Market in Clark Park (Baltimore Ave. & 43rd St.). From 9 to 5 on Saturday, April 18 (rain date is Sunday) the popular West Philly park will be replete with colorful activities, sights and sounds celebrating the earth.

In addition to diverse musical acts, poetry and dancing throughout the day, there will be workshops on organic gardening and on native plants as well as speakers addressing yoga, at-home fitness and the socio-politics of sustainability. There will also be plenty of hands-on activities for kids, and as mentioned yesterday, if you get there early you may receive a carrot from a new breed of green activists. The whole event is a fundraiser for the African Village Survival Initiative (AVISO). Sponsor Uhuru Movement International describes AVISO as "a black community-led Uhuru Movement project developing collective food, water, energy survival and economic self-reliance programs in response to the deep economic crisis. These are prototypes for green sustainable programs that can be duplicated anywhere in the world."

And just in case you don't happen to make it to Clark Park on Saturday, remember the credo that "every day should be Earth Day" and come back for the Uhuru Flea Market at Clark Park, which runs monthly from April to October. In addition to fresh.local produce from the The Food Trust Farmers’ Market you'll also find vendors selling beautiful ethnic art, jewelry, crafts, books, clothing and more. Come out to Clark Park and hang out this summer!

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