3rd Annual Green Long Beach Festival Returns Saturday

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On Saturday, June 11th Green Long Beach! will be hosting the 3rd annual Green Long Beach Festival. The day is proclaimed by Mayor Bob Foster as day to recognize a united community coming together to recognize a “Green, Clean Long Beach”

Green Long Beach! is a grassroots organization working within Catalyst Community to build collaboration with many groups and individuals that work to make a more sustainable city. The event features a wide range areas the city is going “green” including local commerce, government agencies, non-profit community organizations, as well as local artists of all mediums.

This year’s free event will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 10am – 8pm, in the Downtown Long Beach Promenade between Broadway and 3rd St. in Long Beach. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes or arrive via mass transit at the transit mall.

The festival theme is “Ignite Change,” which refers to community empowerment through education and participation in actively being engaged in “going green” in your own community.

The Green Long Beach! Festival is proud to once again offer a ‘Green Market’ featuring many local artisans and eco-innovators. The event will also include educational workshops on green jobs, creative reuse and creating claymation, and more.

The event incorporates the arts and will feature visual artwork by Robert Lebsack and the stunning photography of Long Beach artist Kimberly Davis. Local favorites Wild Pack of Canaries, Program Love, New Lights for Dead Vines, The Clouds and more. The night will culminate in an audience participation drum ceremony accentuated by the rhythms of fire dancers Sirena Serpentina.

Green Long Beach! is completely staffed by volunteers and relies entirely on sponsorship and in-kind donations from local businesses and individuals. The event prides itself in being “community owned and operated.” Attendees are encouraged to bring old cell phones to be recycled, as well as a reusable bag, and a refillable water bottle. The Promenade was chosen because of its accessibility to mass transit. All are encouraged to ride a bike or take the LB Transit or Metro Blue Line. For more information visit greenlb.org or call (562)646-SOIL7645

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