Downtown Kent’s Earth Day events begin this weekend

Joseph Zucker

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“Who’s Your Mama”

Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival

Sunday April 17 – Vegan iron chef competition

Friday April 22 – “Turtle: The Incredible Journey” and “Avatar” at the Kent Stage

Saturday April 23 – Main Street block party 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Various events throughout the week

The fifth annual “Who’s Your Mama” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival kicks off around Kent this weekend.

The festival begins with a vegan iron chef competition Sunday and culminates with a block party on Main Street on April 23.

“We just want to provide an outlet for people with green ideas to get them out into the public,” said Jeff Ingram, producer for the festival.

Events will take place at various locations around Kent almost every day for the weeklong celebration. Ingram said some of the new features this year include a grass-weaving machine for people to weave their own mats and a “garde mange” fruit and vegetable carving display.

On April 22, the Kent Stage is showing two different environmentally themed movies, “Turtle: The Incredible Journey” and “Avatar.” Admission to the general public is $5 for each movie, but students and senior citizens can pay $7 for both films. One of the features Ingram wanted to point out was that the film projectors will be run by a solar-powered trailer.

The following day, Main Street will be closed from Depeyster to Water streets for a block party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The party will spotlight eco-friendly displays and vendors.

“It’s our hope that people gain a greater appreciation of the Earth through the festival,” Ingram said.

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