Release 02-37      

October 1, 2002


Jerry Martin
Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990
Media Advisory

Air Board Presents “Who Let the Smog Out?” Theater Production to Sacramento-Area Schools

-- Students from Sacramento-Area elementary schools will be the first to attend the theater production debut of “Who Let the Smog Out?” this week:

Wednesday, October 2
Pacific Elementary
6201 41st Street
10:00 a.m.
Grades 3-5

Thursday, October 3
Jefferson Elementary
2001 Pebblewood Drive
(Off Truxel in South Natomas)

Bannon Creek Elementary
(Students will assemble at Jefferson Elementary.)
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Grades 3-5

Friday, October 4
A.M. Winn Elementary
3351 Explorer Drive
(Off Bradshaw South of Highway 50)
10:00 a.m.
Grades 3-5

The 35-minute play was developed to inspire students and faculty to make informed choices about air quality and transportation. Through demonstrations, songs, simulations and humor, “Who Let the Smog Out?” dovetails theater with the appropriate science standards, such as chemical reactions that result in air pollution. It dramatizes the unhealthy effects of air pollution and the actions individuals can take to help bring cleaner air.

The debut of the play kicks off a Fall tour that will bring “Who Let the Smog Out?” to about 40 elementary schools and 15,000 students in Northern California. Students at the Sacramento schools will also be participating in International Walk to School Day on October 2.

With sponsorship from the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Science Discovery Theater from the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, will present the outreach assembly.

“Who Let the Smog Out?” (The Plot)

Who is the terrible foe Lorelei must face in order to save the air we all breathe? By following the mysterious riddle left behind by her Uncle Jake, Lorelei and the audience learn about the properties of air and the consequences of air pollution. With the help of mechanic and scientist Tony Carboni, join Lorelei in her quest to discover all she can about air, air pollutants, particulate matter, “bad ozone” and most importantly: SMOG. Who let the smog out? Join us and find out!

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our website at 

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