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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to Host 2013 Earth Day Celebration, 4/13

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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.

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins everything up'.

In the northeast US, National Grid connects more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, they run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.nationalgridus.com.

Bash the Trash Environmental Arts combines science, music, and environmental awareness through performances, educational programs and social initiatives. Whether performing with musical instruments built from discarded or recycled materials, building artworks from found objects, or consulting on environmental arts education, BTT always focuses on how the arts and science work together. They currently reach about 50,000 students, teachers and adults annually with a roster of teaching artists and performers that includes musicians, visual artists, storytellers, and dance and theater artists. Bash the Trash has performed at a variety of venues including the 92nd Street Y (NYC), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), the Asolo Theatre (Sarasota, FL) and as part of Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more information: www.bashthetrash.com.

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 65,000 people annually, including 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools, in the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College.

National Grid Earth Day Celebration at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will be held in the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. Directions: 2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue. Saturday, April 13, 2013. Tickets: $7 for Tales of Anansi; FREE and open to the public for 3pm Earth Day Celebration. For performance tickets to Tales of Anansi, visit www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org or call the Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday - Saturday, 1pm-6pm.


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