World Fair Trade Day activities May 9 in Del Mar

The mission of the World Fair Trade Organization is to enable farmers and artisans to improve their lives and communities. Fair Trade Décor is hosting a day of related activities on May 9.

Free, family-friendly activities will be held May 9 at Fair Trade Décor to honor both World Fair Trade Day and Mother’s Day.

World Fair Trade Day is an annual event sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization to raise awareness about global trade. Del Mar residents and visitors now have the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about this important day.

“We are excited to partner with other community organizations to create these special events,” said Betsy Paganelli, Carmel Valley resident and founder of Fair Trade Décor. “Community building is one of the principles of the Fair Trade Community.”

The mission of the WFTO is to enable producers, such as farmers and artisans, to improve their livelihoods and communities through fair trade. Fair trade is a sustainable contribution to the fight against poverty, global economic crises and the effects of climate change.

Activities at Fair Trade Décor, in the heart of Del Mar Village, begin with a Coffee Klatch from 9-10 a.m. May 9, featuring free samples of fair-trade coffee and chocolate from Africa and South America. Throughout the day, free samples of Dr. Bronner’s soaps and fair trade organic lotions will be available. At 11 a.m., Danny Dog will greet children and perhaps autograph the book “Danny Dog” written by his human, Sid Shapira.

From noon-3 p.m., the Del Mar Library will hold a Story Corner at Fair Trade Décor. Selected books will be on display, stories will be read, and the children can borrow books with a valid library card.

San Diego guitarist/vocalist Tim Flood will perform “music from and for the soul.” Activities conclude with cultural movies and popcorn from 7-9 p.m.

Fair Trade Décor is at 1412 Camino Del Mar. Call 858-461-1263.