The flowers are popping, the tree buds are opening and the thermometer actually went above 70 degrees which can only mean one thing: Spring has sprung and it’s time for the 4th annual Who’s Your Mama earth day celebration in downtown Kent.
This annual event has grown into a full blown enviro-fest with a little bit of everything green, from movies to organic foods and solar panels — and everything in-between. While it’s heart and soul may be in Birkenstocks it’s got something for the sneaker and workboot crowd too. Kent’s environmental legacy stretches way back so it’s no surprise that Kent throws a great environmental bazaar.
Here’s a look at 2009:
You can visit the Standing Rock Gallery web site for all the event details or read on to get a flavor for what’s in store for 2010:
The 4th Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
-Environmental Films and Presentations
The Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St., Kent. April 22.
The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main Street, Kent. April 23
WHEN: April 22 & 23rd, 2010. (See Schedule Below)
www.whosyourmama.org for updates
The Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. Kent
The Kent Stage, 175 E, Main St., Downtown Kent:
FROM THE PRODUCER,
The theme for this year’s festival is Sustainable Transportation, Let’s Get Going.
Once upon a time, people in Portage County could easily take a train to Akron, Aurora, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.
And it was affordable. The effects of losing our mass transportation systems are still being felt today. Gridlock, Rush Hours, Potholes, Ozone Alerts, and Detours have become part of our daily routine. But there are a few exciting things going on right now that will help usreduce our dependency on oil and its damaging effects on our air. Hike and Bike Trails, Fuel Cells, A New Train Corridor, Solar Cars, and a Multi-Modal Transportation Facility are a part of this green revolution in transportation. Stimulus money is pouring into Ohio and our festival wants to celebrate this new direction and promote the environmental benefits of these major construction projects.
What if there was a clean and efficient light rail system throughout Ohio? How many jobs would that create (from the steel to make the rails to the restaurants that surround the depots)? At our Discussion on April 23 at The Kent Stage, Ken Prendergast from All Aboard Ohio will give you the latest and greatest scoop on passenger rail and the 3C Corridor that was recently awarded a large federal grant.
Other presentations include Don Coates(KSU Assistant Professor in The Department of Technology) on Fuel Cells, John Idone(Kent Parks and Recreation) on Hike and Bike Trails, James Buffin, Canadian filmmaker of Veritus Pictures, will screen several of his short films on subjects ranging from Water Conservation to Emergency Planning, and The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) will have representatives provide a Presentation and Model on The New Multi-Modal Facility planned for Downtown Kent.
This year’s festival offers hope for the future. The films that will be shown this year are full of positive solutions to our environmental problems.
Every Day is Earth Day and I’d like to welcome you to the celebration!
“Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240