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FUN 'N SUN // Festival lights up weekend

The 43rd annual Fun 'N Sun Festival shines its light on social consciousness Saturday with "A Great Day in the Park."

From 1 to 7 p.m., Coachman Park will feature tributes to Earth Day and volunteerism. Then from 7:30 to 9, there will be a musical tribute to 1970s troubadour Harry Chapin by his brother Steve and his band.

Inside the new Harborview Center at the top of the park's hill is a Natural Health Expo. It is a separate event, sponsored by a Sarasota-based promotion company, but has been included in the Fun 'N Sun schedule because the events coincided.

The Fun 'N Sun Shine on Volunteers will feature representatives from 27 Pinellas County agencies. They will provide information about their services.

"The idea is to get people to sign up and just for people to realize the value of volunteers to the community and what they do provide," said Fun 'N Sun chairman Terry Schmidt.

The Earth Day festivities will include environmental exhibits, animals, tree giveaways, a scavenger hunt and live music. There will be recycling exhibits and booths promoting environmentally friendly activities.

There will be rides and activities especially for children, including arts and crafts, an animal magic show and a petting zoo.

Entertainment throughout the day include Kids a Poppin' young people's troupe and French, Scottish, Korean and Mexican performers provided by St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society.

At 7:30, Steve Chapin and his band will sing Harry's socially conscious hits, including Taxi, and his own compositions including Let Time Go Lightly and Life Is the Game. The band's members performed with both brothers.

In the Harborview Center, the Natural Health Expo will open participants to alternative health and nutrition products. Admission is free but some services cost extra. They include aura photography, which promoter Alan Steward says, "tells you what kind of condition your body's in," blood analysis, therapeutic massages, 100 lecturers and 24 workshops.

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