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Standing Rock Cultural Arts, with the support of Kent State University, the City of Kent and Kent Parks and Recreation, will host the 6th annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Festival and Local Foods Reception on Friday at the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is hosted by Kent State’s Office of Sustainability.

The festival will feature screenings of rarely seen short films, animated shorts and documentaries from a variety of producers. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a local foods reception featuring appetizers and fruit and cheese pairings, and the screening of “Where the Whales Sing,” a film based on the Humpback Whale Research Project in Bermuda.

Local environmental films from the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority, Kent Environmental Council, Kent Parks and Recreation and the Portage Park District will be shown beginning at 6:30 p.m.??Animated shorts for kids, including “Banjo Frogs,” will begin at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by “Amazon Alive Part 1: Jungle of the Mind” and “Alternative Landscapes: Environmental Shorts.”

Tickets for the film festival are $7 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door.

The festival is part of a weeklong series of Earth Day activities sponsored by Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

The series concludes on Saturday, April 28, with the Main Street Block Party, featuring music and dance performances, alternative energy displays, ecological vendors and more. Main Street in downtown Kent will be closed between Depeyster and Water streets for the free event, which runs from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.

For more information on the “Who’s Your Mama” Environmental Film Festival, visit www.whosyourmama.org.