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Batavia to participate in Earth Hour 2013

BATAVIA – Members of the Batavia Environmental Commission want people to unplug their computers and electrical appliances Saturday night.

The commission, in conjunction with the Batavia Park District, is participating in Earth Hour 2013. The free event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Batavia Park District’s Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St.

Earth Hour is billed as the world’s largest single campaign for the planet. Batavia Environmental Commission member Dianne Peterson, who is organizing the event in Batavia, said she hopes it teaches people to be more environmentally aware.

“What we do in our personal choices really makes a difference,” Peterson said. “The choices we think are really small impact the world. I want to inspire people to make a difference.”

This is the fifth year Batavia has participated in the event. During Saturday’s event, people can participate in several activities, including candlelight yoga, a drum circle and star watching. Members of the Fox Valley Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to the event.

Other activities include reiki, guided mediation, and games for children. Several new activities are on tap, including the world premiere of the shadow puppet play “The History of Light,” by the Sea Beast Puppet Company, bilingual storytelling, photo light painting, and reflexology.

After the event, participants can go to the Batavia Creamery at 4 N. Island Ave., for discounted prices on ice cream. Information about the event is available by going to Batavia Environmental Commission’s Facebook page.

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