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Why not make every day Earth Day?

That's the thought behind the city of Red Wing's Earth Month events and activities planned for April.

"The Sustainability Commission believes that Earth Day is not just one day a year," Jay McCleary of the city said. "Earth Day is kind of something we have to consider year-round."

Last year Earth Day activities in Red Wing lasted about a week, he said, and this time around organizers tried to expand it more.

Groups from around the area, including the city's Sustainability Commission, Riverbend Market Co-op, Live Healthy Red Wing, the school district and others, met and brainstormed about events that could help the community focus on environmental issues, McCleary said.

Earth Month activities also were coordinated by Red Wing's Green Corps member Mark Petersen, McCleary said. Green Corps is a program that assigns internships in environmental and social organizing and advocacy.

In planning the events and activities, organizers tried to appeal to a variety of people, McCleary added.

"The whole point was that we tried to put together many different events on many different days and times," he said. "If there's something that you even in least say 'I wonder what that's about,' come out and take part."

Topics range from local to global and from issues and to events --including everyone from athletes to families.

Activities during Earth Month in and around Red Wing include:

• April 13: Presentation "Ecological Limits and the Earth's Tipping Points" by speaker John Sheehan from the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, 7 p.m., St. James Hotel

• April 14: Local farmers' panel discussion, 11 a.m., Riverbend Market Co-op.

• April 17: "Bag It" film, 7 p.m., Simple Abundance.

• April 20: High school Caring and Sharing event.

• April 20: Riverbend Market Co-op grand opening, ribbon cutting at 4 p.m., reception and fundraiser at St. James hotel, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

• April 21: Tour de Red Wing bike ride, flexible start time between 7 and 9 a.m. from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical. Sponsored by the Red Wing Rotary Club. Pre-registration and fee required. Visit redwingrotary.org.

• April 22: Earth Day.

• April 23: Water panel discussion on Mississippi River and Red Wing storm water efforts with Bob Finley of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Bob Stark with the city, 2 p.m., Izaak Walton League clubhouse.

A showing of "Big River" will follow.

• April 24: "Your Organic Garden" event and seed swap, 7 p.m., Riverbend Market Co-op;.

• April 26: "Beyond Recycling: Why it's time to take the next step" presentation by Madalyn Cioci from the MPCA, 7 p.m., Simple Abundance.

• April 27: Arbor Day. Tree planting at Pine Valley Park by Twin Bluff Middle School students.

• "Freshwater Issues -- State, national and global" presentation by jean Coleman of the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center, 7 p.m., St. James Hotel.

• April 28: Family rain barrel building presentations, 1 p.m., Environmental Learning Center. Sponsored by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Pre-registration and fees required; call Leslie at 507-786-3915

• April 28: Healthy kids day at the YMCA. Program fair about healthy eating at 8 a.m., run/walk at Riverfront Park at 9 a.m., yoga and Zumba classes at Riverfront Park at 10:30 a.m., swimming at the YMCA and open gym at the YMCA.

The closing event will feature live music, a potluck and speaker at Hobgoblin.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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