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Sustainable living event needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the 10th annual Back to Basics sustainable living event on Jan. 23 in Pine River. For the last decade, Back to Basics has been central Minnesota's event to learn, share and celebrate sustainable living, a news release fr...

Volunteers are needed for the 10th annual Back to Basics sustainable living event on Jan. 23 in Pine River.

For the last decade, Back to Basics has been central Minnesota's event to learn, share and celebrate sustainable living, a news release from sponsoring organization Happy Dancing Turtle stated.
With more than 40 workshops and the largest free vendor fair yet, the need for volunteers is high.

"Back to Basics takes a lot of work to pull off," said Michelle Hoefs, Happy Dancing Turtle program assistant, in the release. "We rely on the enthusiasm of volunteers to help make this event the best it can be."

There are many areas where volunteers can choose to help. As an added incentive, if volunteers help out for half the event, they get a free half-day registration. This includes lunch and a Back to Basics T-shirt.

"It's looking like this year's Back to Basics is lining up to be the largest with more vendors and workshops than ever before," Hoefs said. "We appreciate all of the help from our fabulous volunteers to make the event run smoothly."

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For those interested in volunteering, email b2b@HappyDancingTurtle.org or call 218-587-2303.

The event is on Jan. 23 at the Pine River-Backus High School. This year's theme is "Blueprints for a Better Tomorrow." Keynote speaker Tom Fisher will speak about "Designing Our Way to a Better World."

Based in north central Minnesota, Happy Dancing Turtle, a member of the Resilient Living Council, is a 501c3 nonprofit focused on sustainable living. It seeks to inspire and empower people to live more sustainable lifestyles through a variety of avenues including workshops, classes, collaborations, educational materials and tours, the release stated.

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