The eighth annual Green Expo is on Saturday, April 22, in Blaine.
The doors of the National Sports Center’s Sport Expo Center, 1740 105th Ave. NE, are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Green Expo is free to attend and features vendor booths and scheduled presentations to give you ideas on simple and more advanced ways to have a green thumb.
Show sponsors are the cities of Blaine, Coon Rapids and Fridley and the National Sports Center. Coon Rapids and its Sustainability Commission started this show in Coon Rapids in 2010. The Green Expo moved to the National Sports Center in 2014 and Blaine became a partner organizer that same year.
This year’s activities includes an electric car ride-and-drive in the National Sports Center parking lot, a rain barrel and compost bin pickup site, a kid-friendly hands-on project, a showcase of vehicles that promote the use of ethanol, biodiesel, hybrid and electric technologies, and prize giveaways, such as a compost bin, transit pass and gift baskets.
Adults can drop off helmets, shin pads, balls, sticks, cleats, gloves, rackets and other sporting goods they no longer need. Items will be donated to the Sanneh Foundation.
Each educational session lasts for a half hour. Seating will be available next to a stage in the Sport Center for these presentations.
At 10 a.m., Ken Pentel will present his opinion on this question: “What if the economy was based on the health of our water, air, soil and habits?” In his view, the outcomes may include restoration of wildlife corridors, local efficient renewable energy, local sustainable organic food, walkable cities, and durable and repairable products.
Barbara Ford at 10:45 a.m. will be speaking about how different medicinal herbs can help you heal from illness or injury.
At 11:30 a.m., staff from the Citizens Utility Board will be helping people better understand their utility bills while also highlighting ways to reduce these bills and take advantage of programs and rebates they may be eligible for.
Starting at 12:15 p.m. All Energy Solar will be leading a “Solar 101” class. Topics to be presented include basics of a solar photovoltaic system, step-by-step process to determine if solar is right for a property, economic benefits, financing options and an overview of incentives available.
The final session of the day starts at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to last approximately 45 minutes. Coon Rapids resident Marcia Baudino will share how she transformed her yard to produce more fruits and vegetables. She added raised beds for vegetables and 140 fruit bushes. The food she grows or purchases from local farmers markets fills four freezers with meals each season that helps feed her family throughout the year.