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Originally published Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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The Green Festival environmental fair is this weekend in Seattle

Looking for inspiration and know-how to help keep Mother Earth green and healthy? Learn about healthful, sustainable practices and products...

Seattle Times staff

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Looking for inspiration and know-how to help keep Mother Earth green and healthy? Learn about healthful, sustainable practices and products for your life and our world at this weekend's Green Festival environmental fair in Seattle.

Exhibits, workshops and speakers on four stages Saturday and Sunday will address healthful, sustainable practices including solar power, green parenting, saving Puget Sound, eco-tourism, green remodeling, gardening, the slow life movement, electric vehicles, green tech, ecological economics and a host of other grass-roots solutions.

Browse the green consumer showcase with fair trade and eco-shopping, natural pets section and community action center, or check out Sunday's Green Film Festival and play and learn with your kids in the Green Kids Zone. Take a break with organic dining, local beer and wine sampling and music stage entertainment.

Get creative, stylish and green at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama giant clothing swap and do-it-yourself workshop with ideas and tools to transform used clothes into a creative, personal fashion statement. Bring clothing to donate and/or clothing you'd like to change or embellish and join in on the communal creativity. On-site recycling is available for personal e-waste including laptops, cellphones, PDAs, CDs and household batteries.

Representatives of the Duwamish Tribe, Chief Seattle's First People and traditional Suquamish song and dance open the festival at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and several community choirs provide the Seattle Joins Together in Song closing ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday. Ride your bike to the festival for $5 off admission (with free, secure bike parking), or come by monorail for $5 off admission.

The details

Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Swap-O-Rama-Rama noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cost: Tickets at the door, $15/weekend pass; $10/weekend pass for seniors, students, union members with ID and people who arrive by bicycle and use Bike Valet parking; ages 11 and younger free. $5 off admission with donation of three or more books to benefit BetterWorld.com program promoting education for girls in developing countries; $5 off admission for those with ticket showing arrival by monorail.

Location: Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle.

Getting there: Convention Center Garage entrance is on Eighth Avenue between Seneca and Pike streets. For bus information, call Metro Transit at 206-553-3000 or tripplanner.metrokc.gov.

More information: 206-694-5000 or www.greenfestivals.org.

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