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Registration open for sustainable living event

Participants at a previous Back to Basics sustainable living event take part in hands-on activities. Submitted photo1 / 2
Mike Duval (left) and Phil Hunsicker of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Back to Basics sustainable living event. Submitted photo2 / 2

PINE RIVER—Registration for the 12th annual sustainable living event, Back to Basics: Navigating Changing Currents, is open.

With 45 workshops to choose from, almost 50 vendors to shop at, keynote speakers, door prizes, a lunch, and school-aged children's programming available, there's fun for the whole family, a news release stated. The event is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 27 at Pine River-Backus School. Cost is $30 for a full day, including lunch, or $25 for seniors 60 years old or older and full-time students. Single workshop sessions are $6 and double workshop sessions are $12, with lunch at $9. The children's program, intended for kindergartners through fourth-graders, is $20 including lunch.

Planning to share "why we need to be concerned and what you can do about it," Phil Hunsicker and friend, Mike Duval, will deliver a keynote address on environmental challenges facing Minnesotans. The duo will educate and entertain with a mix of slides and songs on topics like climate change and aquatic invasive species. Both Hunsicker and Duval work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where Hunsicker is an AIS prevention planner in the Division of Ecological and Water Resources and Duval is a district manager of the Division of the Ecological and Water Resources.

The vendor area is open to the public, all day, free. Many of the vendors are also presenters. With 45 workshops it's possible to get everything from an introduction to a deep dive on topics ranging from hydroponics and raised-bed gardening to exercise and stress-reduction.

Pre-registration is available until noon Jan. 25. Walk-in/day-of registration opens at 8 a.m. Jan. 27.

The event is hosted by Happy Dancing Turtle and Pine River-Backus Community Education. For complete event details, including workshop descriptions, vendor list, and to register and pay online, visit