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Earth Day Celebration: Several local events planned

MONROE COUNTY – Monday is Earth Day. Local plans include the annual Earth Day Expo, an electric vehicle show, a documentary about the Raisin River and an organic seedling sale. Some of the events will take place on April 27.

The annual one Expo on Earth Day returns to the Gerald Welch Health Education building at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. Entrance is free.

The expo is presented by the Monroe County Recycling & Green Community Program and other local agencies. The event celebrates “sustainability, personal health and green living,” organizers said. “Participants can learn how individual actions can contribute to both positive personal health outcomes and a thriving planet.”

“Healthy Planet, Healthy You” is this year’s theme.

A welcome speech will begin at 11 a.m

The family-friendly event features interactive exhibits on ways to save energy, reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle. There will also be live music, food trucks and exhibits showcasing the efforts of area schools.

The Green School Awards will be presented at 1:30 PM. The winner of the Climate Literacy Project award will be announced at 1:45 p.m. The Climate Literacy Project challenged participants to create sculptures from recycled materials.

Door prizes will be awarded, including a La-Z-Boy chair. The winners will be notified after the exhibition.

“The expo is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to participate in a community-wide dialogue about building a sustainable future together,” said Dan Rock, coordinator of the Recycling & Green Community Program. “I invite everyone to explore the local solutions on display and feel empowered to make a lasting positive impact on our environment for generations to come.”

Event sponsors include the County of Monroe; Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; River Raisin Institute; Monroe Family YMCA; Monroe County Library System; DTE Energy Foundation; DTE Energy; FEDCO; Monroe Community Credit Union; and La-Z-Boy.

For more information about the Recycling and Green Community Program or the Earth Day Expo, contact Rock at 734-240-7909 or visit.greenmonroecounty.com and healthymonroecounty.com.

The third annual Electric car show will take place during the Earth Day Expo. The show will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on April 27 in Parking Lot 2, across from the Career Technology Center, at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road.

Entrance is free. The public is welcome.

Visitors can learn more about electric vehicles, including e-motorcycles, and ask questions. Employees from car and motorcycle dealers are expected to be present.

“Come check out the latest EVs, drive a few and learn from the owners about their experiences with buying and owning an EV,” MCCC said in a press release. “View the charging equipment currently on the market and learn more about current and emerging EV charging infrastructure. Meet representatives from automotive dealerships and manufacturing companies, network providers, DTE Energy officials, charging company representatives, government officials and more.”

Prospective MCCC students can also learn more about MCCC’s Automotive Service Technology program.

For more information, contact Peter Coomar at [email protected] or 734-384-4209. To bring a vehicle to the show, visit monroeccc.edu/form/electric-vehicle-show.

The River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be a Earth Day cleanup event from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm on April 27.

Volunteers help maintain gardens and clean up the park and trails. Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center, 333 N. Dixie Highway.

“Earth Day falls during our annual celebration of National Park Week,” the park service said in a written statement. “The National Park Service shares the benefits and work we do in connected conservation and encourages everyone to get involved in citizen science and volunteerism in parks. Follow us on social media as we explore earth science and stewardship. Share your Earth Day experiences and favorite memories with parks with #EarthDay and #NationalParkWeek.”

For information and volunteer check-in, visit facebook.com/RiverRaisinNPS. For more information, please call 734-243-7136.

The documentary “The River Raisin: A Comeback Story” will be shown May 4 at 7:15 p.m. at the River Raisin Center for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St. An outreach event will precede the screening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Monroe County Museum, 126 S. Monroe St.

Entrance is free. The event is presented by the City of Monroe Environment and Water Quality Commission.

“‘Comeback Story’ is a compelling exploration of the evolution of the Raisin River, from its turbulent past to its promising future,” the RRCA said. “This feature-length documentary captures the triumphs and challenges encountered along the river’s journey. It promises to be an enlightening and thought-provoking experience.”

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a spring seedling sale fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 in the gazebo of the St. Mary Organic Farm on the Elm Avenue campus of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse.

The sale is presented by the River Raisin Institute. All seedlings are USDA organic certified. The costs are €5.50 per seedling. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

To pre-order, visit tinyurl.com/3r2dhm4v. For more information, email [email protected] or call 734-240-9754.

To report other Earth Day activities in the region to The Monroe News, email [email protected].

— Contact reporter Suzanne Nolan Wisler at [email protected].