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Community Eco Fair slated for April 22

Donnie Crook of the Minnesota Zoo shares information about owls during an educational event. Naturalists and animals with the Minnesota Zoomobile will be on hand at the Community Eco Fair in Alexandria on April 22, showcasing “Cool Animals of the North.” (Contributed)

In celebration of Earth Day, the community is invited to attend the Community Eco Fair on Tuesday, April 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria.

The fair is a free family-friendly event. Through business and student exhibits, demonstrations and interactive kids’ activities, fairgoers can learn how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Attendees can enter a raffle drawing for a chance to win a Ploughshare Farm Mini Summer Share of organic veggies and herbs, worth $510. Tickets are $5. Exhibitors will also have drawings for door prizes.

Additionally, demonstrations geared to adults and children alike will include tips on vertical gardening by a University of Minnesota Extension educator and a vinegar demonstration and tasting by Leatherwood Vinegary.

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4:10, 4:40, 5:10, 5:40, 6:10, 6:40, 7:10 and 7:40 p.m. The ExploraDome planetarium show uses Uniview software, a 3D atlas of the universe. In this show, the audience decides where to go, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe. The journey will help learners appreciate the scale of the solar system, galaxy and universe; the vast distance separating celestial objects; and how these objects change over time. Shows run 20 minutes.

4 to 8 p.m. Tour the Tiny Solar House, a miniature model home designed and built by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. The interpretive exhibit demonstrates energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.

4 to 8 p.m. Interactive kids’ activities – build a birdhouse, make a smoothie from a blender bike, create a make-and-take basil planter or crafts using junk (bring small trinkets to fit into a plastic bottle), learn about vegetables and Minnesota fish, see a bee hive and enjoy a scavenger hunt and face painting.

4 to 8 p.m. The Eco Boutique features unique handmade and repurposed items.

4:30 and 5:45 p.m. Minnesota Zoomobile naturalists will showcase Cool Animals of the North with animals native to Minnesota, including a red tailed hawk, bull snake, porcupine, wood turtle and bugs.

5 to 7 p.m. Healthy food and refreshments available. Children 12 or younger are $5, ages 12 and older are $6. Each additional entrée is $2.50.

5:35 p.m. Ellingson’s coloring contest (grades 3-6) winning artist and design will be revealed.

6:55 p.m. Just For Kix dancers with an environmentally friendly message will perform.

7:15 p.m. Fairgoers may look at the Eco Art Contest projects and vote for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded to the top projects. The contest was for K-12 students using only recycled materials or having a sustainability/environmental theme.