Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, 4/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, 4/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) commemorates Earth Day with its annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3pm. This interactive family event will take place on the plaza outside Brooklyn College's Walt Whitman Theatre immediately following the 2pm presentation of Tales of Anansi, a storytelling concert by the environmental performance group Bash the Trash. Brooklyn Center's Sixth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration is free and open to the public. Tickets to Tales of Anansi are $7 and may be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org. The performance is recommended for ages five and up.

Now in its sixth year, the National Grid Earth Day Celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. Interactive family activities, educational materials, and give-away items will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the environmental global issues that we face today.

"Earth Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to the environment and learn about actions we can take each day to help protect the planet's valuable resources," said Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York. "National Grid is proud to partner once again with BCBC to help educate families -- especially young children -- on how to use energy more efficiently."

Participants in this year's celebration include representatives from the New York City Fire Department, demonstrating fire safety and prevention; MiniMax Toys & Cuts providing earth-themed face painting and crafts; educators from the Intrepid Museum, speaking about the ecology of the Hudson River; puppeteer Ronny Wasserstrom; and live steel drum music by Afro-Cuban percussionist Nydia "Liberty" Mata. In addition, members of the environmental performance group Bash the Trash will conduct an instrument making workshop using found and recycled materials. Other companies, such as National Grid, The Girl Scouts of the USA, and Neighborhood Housing Services, will provide engaging demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities on topics including local farming, urban composting, and green energy sources.

Bash the Trash's Tales of Anansi and The National Grid Earth Day Celebration are generously sponsored by National Grid.

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