On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the City of Garden Grove will join communities around the world to show support for an autism awareness campaign called “Light it up Blue” (LIUB). The campaign was launched by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization as part of World Autism Awareness Day. LIUB began in 2010 and today, over 8,400 landmarks on seven continents are bathed in blue lighting one day a year to show support for this cause. Even the International Space Station has participated. This year, it’s Garden Grove’s turn. The iconic clock tower at Village Green Park will be cast in a blue glow on the evening of April 2, courtesy of the Public Works Department. Also on that day, City of Garden Grove employees are invited to wear a commemorative LIUB wristband and participate in a $2 special casual dress day. Proceeds from the blue–themed casual dress day will be donated to OC Autism, a non-profit organization based in Garden Grove. OC Autism is dedicated to providing education and resources in the diagnosis, treatment and management for individuals with autism and their families. The community is invited to join City employees in front of City Hall at 11:00 a.m. on April 2, for a group photo under a special Autism Speaks balloon arch. City Hall is located at 11222 Acacia Parkway in Garden Grove. Wearing blue is encouraged. Visit Autism Speaks and OC Autism for more information. For more information about the City’s LIUB efforts, call the Office of Community Relations at (714) 741-5280. To view photos of the event, please visit the City’s Facebook.
Monday, March 23, 2015