Long Beach joins Earth Hour with local events

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local earth hour eventsCalifornia is one of a record 25 states across the U.S. that will go dark for Earth Hour 2010. This Saturday, March 27, recognizable icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Santa Monica Pier and Long Beach’s own Queen Mary will douse the lights for one hour to bring awareness to the threat of climate change.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, which has organized Earth Hour since 2007, events are planned around the globe with venues operating by candle light, hosting acoustic parties or planning special ways to celebrate without electricity. Long Beach locals that want to connect with an Earth Hour event won’t have to go too far. Several locations in Long Beach and the nearby area have announced plans to participate.

Visit a restaurant for Earth Hour. Ristorante daVinci will turn out the lights for Earth Hour Los Angeles and offer a brand new dinner menu by candlelight. Make a reservation for March 27 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and enjoy a floor-to-ceiling view of the night sky during the darkest hour Southern California will have all year. Call (562) 685-8111.

Fancy a cocktail? Visit the Hilton Long Beach to order a “Shot in the Dark,” an Earth Hour drink special available at the lobby bar, 701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach.

As mentioned above, the Queen Mary will be as dark as her grey ghost days, when the historic liner used to ferry soldiers across the ocean during WWII. The Earth Hour candlelit reception for hotel guests and the community will feature “unplugged” entertainment, organic cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, prizes and energy efficiency demonstrations under the ship’s grand smokestacks. RSVP to earthhour@queenmary.com or visit queenmary.com for more details.

Although it’s not an organized event, curious residents will probably congregate on top of Signal Hill and along the coastline for Earth Hour. During last year’s Earth Hour, both locations attracted a fair amount of people

IKEA joins more than 100 countries taking action on climate change by turning off their lights and non-essential appliances during Earth Hour. IKEA Carson will be giving away free candles to visitors who want to join the call to action. Stop by the store anytime Saturday, mention Earth Hour to cashier and get a free candle. Ikea, 20700 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746.

Earth Hour is an event in which millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. 2010 marks the third year of the event, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year, and nearly a billion people around the world, as lights dimmed on such global icons as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney’s Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York’s Empire State Building.

“Earth Hour sends a message that it’s time for America to switch to a cleaner, safer and more secure future,” said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. “We expect tens of millions Americans all across the nation will take part because they care about our country, our planet and our future.”

In addition to the Long Beach events for Earth Hour, icons across the nation will participate by going dark in support of climate change: Mount Rushmore, The Las Vegas Strip, National Cathedral in Washington DC, the Empire State Building and Seattle’s Space Needle are just a few of the high-profile venues that have agreed to not light-up Saturday night.

For more information about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.

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