Both the city and private sectors will take a moment this Friday to recognize the 41st Earth Day.

    The Office of Sustainability will lead a small Earth Day celebration at the Civic Center Plaza near City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

    “We don’t want Earth Day to pass without recognizing it on the actual day,” said Larry Rich, sustainability coordinator. “We’ll have city departments displaying their different environmental initiatives.”

    The city event is registered as an official Global Day of Conversation event by the Earth Day Network. Different entities like the Long Beach Municipal Airport, Developmental Services and Bike Long Beach will be present to show different projects they are working on that are environmentally friendly.

    There will be free handouts of mercury-free LED light bulbs, seed packets, dozens of different vegetable seedlings and gardening books. The plants and gardening materials will be handed out as part of the Civic Center Garden Project.

    “The city has been developing many different green policies and programs, but it’s the individual actions of thousands of residents every day that are going to make the city green,” Rich said.

    Mayor Bob Foster will give a speech encouraging people to participate in the Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Rich also will give presentations.

    On the private end of festivities for Friday, there will be Earth Night, which is presented by Shift Long Beach, Long Beach Cinematheque and

    Organizers describe the event as “an evening of film, music, live art and sustainable living information.”

    The documentary movie “2012: Time for Change” will have a special screening at the event. Tom Brook of “BBC Talking Movies” described it “as an optimistic antidote to apocalyptic prophecies.”

    Electronic musician Sub Yeti will play a set. Tinderbox! and Paul Hogue will create large-scale, live eco-art during the evening. There will be several different exhibits by sustainability-focused organizations, businesses and projects. World music and hip-hop DJs Shania D, The Mighty Junebugg and Dravidian will be playing.

    Underground hip-hop pro-

ducer Omid Walizadeh (Freestyle Fellowship) also will make a special appearance.

    Tickets will be $7 at the door. It is an all ages show that will take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Yankee Doodles, 4100 E. Ocean Blvd. For more information, visit

    The Earth Day celebration by the city will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the Civic Center Plaza near City Hall (333 Ocean Blvd.)

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