Greenspace: Check out electric cars or a ‘green’ film in Red Wing

April 15, 2018 GMT

Environmental issues and sustainability will be the focus of a slate of events coming to Red Wing on April 22.

The Red Wing Environmental Learning Center and the Red Wing Sustainability Commission will both host events throughout the afternoon to celebrate Earth Day.

The sustainability commission will host an electric car show in front of the Sheldon Theatre from noon to 2 p.m., which will be free to the public. Several cars will be on display and attendees can talk with the owners about the market for electric vehicles.

At 2 p.m., Red Wing ELC will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Sheldon Theatre. The Red Wing event will feature several environmental and outdoor films that were shown at the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival held in California in January.

“Different films that are being shown are downhill skiing, rock climbing … one that features all-women outdoor adventuring. There’s also one about climate change, one about the population of the rusty patched bumble bee,” said Laura Wildenborg, field instructor with Red Wing ELC.

Wildenborg narrowed a list of roughly 180 films to find those best suited for a Minnesota audience.

“I tried to cover a lot of different topics, keep it family-friendly and also have it relevant,” she said.

The upcoming event marks the first time Red Wing ELC will host the festival. The Cannon River Watershed Partnership previously organized the event.

The film festival will last more than two hours, Wildenborg said. General admission tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for adults.

Visit Sheldontheatre.org to purchase tickets to the event.

Other news

The city of Rochester will hold its latest Stormwater Speaker Series event at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota–Cascade Meadow on April 25. The event, titled “Trash Talk: Finding the Proper Place for Your Waste in Olmsted County,” will educate attendees on proper waste management.

Anthony Wittmer of Olmsted County Environmental Resources will give a presentation on local waste management services and how to determine which items should be thrown away or recycled.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Stephanie Hatzenbihler at shatzenbihler@rochestermn.gov.