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St. Pete Prepares to Flick the Switch

Published: March 29, 2014 (Issue # 1803)



  • Diners at Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks)will be able to purchase extra minutes to continue dining in the dark.
    Photo: For SPT

The center of St. Petersburg will be plunged into darkness Saturday night in support of Earth Hour – a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event raising awareness on climate change.

Over 20 main buildings and bridges in St. Petersburg will have their lights switched off for one hour, starting at 8.30 p.m. Moscow time, reported Interfax Thursday. Buildings involved in the initiative include the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Strelka of Vasilievsky Island, while bridges include the Troitsky, Blagoveshchensky, and Dvortsovy (Palace) and Birzhevoy.

According to Interfax, energy saved in the city during the hour is expected to be double the amount last year due to the increased number of businesses participating.

A big local participant this year will be Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks). Not only will guests dine by candlelight during the hour, but they can also purchase extra minutes to continue dining in darkness after the hour has passed. All proceeds from the purchase of these minutes will be donated to the Altai snow leopard conservation fund also run by WWF.

More than 20 million Russians are expected to take part in the global Earth Hour event, according to WWF Russia campaign director Igor Chestin, reported Itas-Tass Wednesday.

Two billion people across the globe and about 7,000 participating cities joined the event last year. Russia first took part in Earth Hour in 2008, reported Itas-Tass.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Jan. 26


Feeling stressed by the crisis? The Northwest Coach University at 3 Ulitsa Vostsstanaya is hosting a master class by lifecoach Tatiana Almazova. She will shed light on the coaching process, the usefulness of coaching during times of economic downturn and how coaching can improve your career and business prospects. The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Pre-register by calling 424 3700.



Discover the State Hermitage Museum's collection of English painting at a lecture by art historian Yelizaveta Renne at the Prince Galitzine Library, 46 Nab. Reki Fontanki. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a concert of arias, songs and duets by English composer Henry Purcell. The event is free of charge.



Tuesday, Jan. 27


Celebrate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime. The event is capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.



Stop by the Lexica School of Foreign Languages at 73 Ligovsky Prospekt from now until Friday for a free English lesson. The classes start at 7 p.m. and cover all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Registration by telephone on 7641692 and a desire to improve your skills are the only prerequisites.







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