Heal The Planet Day moves to big­ger digs in Sny­der Park

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Go! - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood rhag­[email protected]­tinel.com

Heal The Planet Day has out­grown its pre­vi­ous homes on Las Olas Boule­vard and Es­planade Park in down­town Fort Laud­erdale.

The fourth an­nual fes­ti­val will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 in the more ex­pan­sive Sny­der Park, just north of Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Aside from more room to stage the event’s ac­tiv­i­ties — a ven­dor vil­lage, live mu­sic, demon­stra­tions, work­shops and show­cases — the move will also al­low free park­ing for Heal The Planet Day, which gets a jump on Earth Day on April 22.

“At Sny­der Park there are 92 acres,” says Phoebe Haupt, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Heal The Planet, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. “It’s a park with so much land. Part of Earth Day is to con­nect with the land. [Sny­der Park] is just a huge part of na­ture that peo­ple can come and con­nect with for the day. We wanted to make sure we have a lot of in­ter­est­ing things to of­fer ev­ery­one. So mak­ing sure the event is ac­ces­si­ble to the peo­ple is a part of that.”

One of the big events planned is a plant­based show­case fa­cil­i­tated by the lo­cal group SoFlo Ve­g­ans (SoFloVe­gans.com).

“There will be six dif­fer­ent culi­nary artists pre­par­ing dif­fer­ent cour­ses,” ex­plains Sean Rus­sell, who founded the group in 2017 af­ter a few years of or­ga­niz­ing ve­g­an­ism meet-ups. “There will be two ap­pe­tiz­ers, two en­trees and two desserts. You can pur­chase tick­ets for $15 and sam­ple. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who have never had plant-based food to try it out.”

Here are the deets

Sny­der Park is at 3299 SW Fourth Ave., Fort Laud­erdale.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to HealThePlanet.com.

Here is the sched­ule of events

■ 8:30 a.m. Reg­is­tra­tion for a Planet Lover’s Fun Run/Walk (you can bring scoot­ers, bikes, etc.), which be­gins at 9 a.m.

■ 10 a.m. Open­ing Cir­cle and Cer­e­mony

■ 10:30 a.m. All ac­tiv­i­ties and zones be­gin (un­til 4 p.m.)

■ 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The Plant-Based Show­case, fea­tur­ing lo­cal culi­nary artists

■ 1:30-3 p.m. In­ter­faith Heal the Planet dia­logue/youth-led small and large group dis­cus­sion

■ 3-3:30 p.m. Young Planet Lead­ers and Schools Awards Cer­e­mony

■ 3:30-4 p.m. Clos­ing Cer­e­mony and Ac­knowl­edge­ments

How much it costs

On­line ad­mis­sion sales end on April 12. Prices do not in­clude on­line fees. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $2.50. The Plant-Based Show­case is $15. The Planet Lover’s Fun Run/ Walk is $10. There is an All-Ac­cess Pass for $25. To or­der, go to HealThePlanet.com.

Broward County pub­lic school stu­dents en­ter for free with pre-reg­is­tra­tion (use code BCSFREE to un­lock the free stu­dent ticket on Eventbrite).

Young peo­ple stuff

Or­ga­niz­ers say this year there is a fo­cus on chil­dren and teenagers. Many of the 30-plus work­shops spread among six zones (mind­ful move­ment, well­ness, holis­tic pet, grow your own, young planet leader, kids zone) are geared to­ward in­spir­ing young peo­ple to be­come stew­ards of the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We made a con­cen­trated ef­fort to reach out to Broward County pub­lic schools,” says Marni Becker-Avin, di­rec­tor of spe­cial projects for Heal The Planet. “We have a bunch of pro­grams for them and our cur­ricu­lum is ap­proved by Broward County schools al­ready.”

Becker-Avin says there will also be an es­say schol­ar­ship con­test, fi­nan­cial awards given out for the three schools with the top at­ten­dance through pre­reg­is­tra­tion and at­ten­dance, as well as free mindfulness train­ing for teach­ers.

Why do it?

“I con­tinue to be amazed by how few fa­cil­i­ties in South Florida re­cy­cle and how few fam­i­lies re­cy­cle,” Haupt says. “We would like to in­crease the ways peo­ple can live [in a sus­tain­able way]. We all have to do it.”

Haupt says Heal The Planet Day de­signed a va­ri­ety of work­shops to try to ap­peal to a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests, from grow­ing your own gar­den for “food se­cu­rity” in case of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter to a lake­side zone where you can bring your pet and shop for “healthy al­ter­na­tive” nat­u­ral prod­ucts.

“You name it, there’s a work­shop for it,” she adds. “Ev­ery zone has work­shops.”

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