Parkway Vision for Culver City

 

Imagine a parkway designed for beauty and functionality; one that’s a gateway to your property, a habitat for local plant and bird species, AND a sponge that holds and cleanses precious water before it returns to the ocean.

When new parkway regulations were first presented to Culver City council in May 2013, Transition Culver City members decided this would be a perfect time to re-imagine our parkways. We wondered how parkway regs could match what we had already observed in our neighborhoods – parkways that were more than places to curb ones car or dog.  Instead, we saw gathering places, native plant sanctuaries, and zen-like gardens.

We  interviewed experts in the field of sustainable landscape, to harvest their knowledge.  With the assistance of Flowtown Films, we decided to grow a parkway video.

We would like to thank the people and organizations who were involved in the making of this film:

Charles Herbertson – Director, Culver City Public Works  http://www.culvercity.org/Government/Misc/GovernmentContacts.aspx

Patrick Reynolds – Culver City Parks Manager http://www.culvercity.org/Government/Misc/GovernmentContacts.aspx

S. Damian Skinner – Culver City Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations https://www.culvercity.org/Government/PublicWorks/EnvironmentalPrograms.aspx

Ray Olson – City of Ventura, Environmental Sustainability  http://www.cityofventura.net/environmental

Pamela Burstler – G3 (Green Gardens Group)  http://www.greengardensgroup.com/

Tom Rau – Surfrider Foundation  http://wlam.surfrider.org/   http://tomrau-rla.com/

Andy Lipkis – Tree People  http://www.treepeople.org/

Shelley Luce – Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission http://www.smbrc.ca.gov/   

Angel Taeger  – LA Green Grounds  http://lagreengrounds.org/

To see the Culver City Parkway Draft Ordinance: http://www.culvercity.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=854&doctype=Agenda

And a special thank you to Vallier Hardy and ModMaN of Flowtown Films http://www.flowtownfilms.com/  without whom this video project would not have been possible!!!

 

GrassUpRoots Plant-in Party

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Sheet mulching’s an alternative way to lose the lawn and prepare for planting.

Join us for a GrassUpRoots Plant-in Party

When:  Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014   10 am – 4 pm

Where:  Private residence, Leimert Park neighborhood.  Please rsvp for address: transitionculvercity@gmail.com or call 310-780-1051.

There’s a drought , you’ve heard about it, so what better time to lose the lawn and replace it with a more sustainable garden. Join us for planting fun and community. Learn how to get rid of your lawn the Transition way…with a party!

This homeowner’s yard has been sheet mulched, so we will be digging holes and planting California natives. Bring gloves, work shoes, shovel and/or trowel, hat.  Lunch will be provided.

Please rsvp for address: transitionculvercity@gmail.com or call 310-780-1051.

For information on sheet mulching: http://www.patternliteracy.com/books/gaias-garden/how-to-the-ultimate-bomb-proof-sheet-mulch

For info on water-saving gardening: http://www.bewaterwise.com/

Build A Compost Pile

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When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Private residence in Culver City
RSVP: Transition Culver City for address transitionculvercity@gmail.com

Why build a compost pile? Well, you can extend your efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle by composting: reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill; reuse newspapers, paper napkins, coffee filters and tea bags; recycle the endless stream of veggie waste.

Tina’s got a brand new bin. Let’s help her set it up. Learn how to choose a location for a compost pile. What goes into a bin? How to maintain it? We’ll put together a compost pile and then enjoy snacks and camaraderie and swap some stories.

If you can’t make it and want to learn how:

Laundry to Landscape – Greywater Installation Workshop with hands-on instruction

 

When:  Sunday, February 16, 10am – 2pm

Where:  Little Blue House, 11182 Rhoda Way   Culver City 90230

Choose landscape for most loads, and sewer when laundry is very soiled.

Choose landscape for most loads, and sewer when laundry is very soiled.

RSVP:  please   transitionculvercity@gmail.com, or 310-780-1051

Donation $20 – lunch included.

Bring water bottle, gloves and a shovel (with your name on it), if you have them.

Transition Culver City and Art Lee, founder of Skillbulder meet-up group are offering a Greywater Installation workshop, where you’ll learn to install a laundry-to-landscape-according-to-code conversion.

 

What is greywater?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FDF-FLw3yM

As everyone knows, water is probably the most important resource for every living species on our planet.  Instead of dumping your water back to the sewer system and into the ocean, learn how to double the usage of your water and grow your fruit trees and perennials!  This also saves you money by reducing your water usage.

The class will cover all the information you need to install a system at your home, to L.A. County code specifications.

A little about our instructor, Art Lee…..On his Skillbuilders meet-up site, Art provides the following description of himself:

permaculturist, primal metalsmith, organic food gardener,

wild food hunter, grass killer, pescatarian, animal lover,

engineer, mechanic, hiker, biker, moto-biker, chicken whisperer,

backpacker, camper, hot springs hunter, primitive skills nut

See pictures of Art’s many and varied workshops: http://www.meetup.com/Skillbuilders/photos/all_albums/?albumId=16843862

So-in, Sew-IN: Celebrate Culver City’s Plastic Bag Ban

Sew-In:  Celebrating the advent of the Plastic Bag Ban in Culver City

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When:  December 9, 2013  5:30 – 8pm
Where: Don Patacchia room next to the council chambers at Culver City Hall,
                9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City 90230
               
                             Entrance to Free Parking on Duquesne Ave. 
 

Many of you have .worked to ban plastic bags in the City of LA and Culver City.  Here’s a chance to raise awareness about Culver City’s new plastic bag ban which takes effect Dec. 28, 2013.

CC Public Works

The City of Culver City, with assistance from Transition Culver City  and Our Time Bank/Repair Cafe, is hosting a Sew-In on Dec. 9, 5:30 – 8 pm in the Don Patacchia room next to the council chambers at CC City Hall.

We will be sewing cloth grocery bags and teaching how to sew your own. The fabric will be pre-cut and ready to assemble with instructions available… a very easy-to-make design.

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http://ourtimebank.timebanks.org/page/repair-cafe-home

 

 If you would like to volunteer, please contact Michelle, transitionculvercity@gmail.com.

 

For more information about the Plastic Bag ordinance: 

About Culver City plastic bag ordinance

Transition Culver City hosted a community think tank about plastic bag pollution on Oct. 10, 2010.

View our video report here:

TCC Community Think Tank-Plastic Bag Pollution

 

Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration – Sat Dec 14, 2013

SoCal Fruit Tree Pruning Pieter Severynen

Pieter’s Culver City Pruning Workshop, January 2013

In other parts of the country Spring might not arrive until mid-March and run through May. But Southern California is a different story! 

According to popular westside arborist Pieter Severynen, spring sap flow in Southern California may start as early as mid-January, depending on the weather. Pieter advises us to prune our fruit trees either before or after the spring sap flow—but not during. 

This well-timed FREE pruning demonstration (including resources — see below!) will help you build your pruning confidence and get you on track for healthier and more prolific fruit  trees.

FRUIT TREE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION
with Pieter Severynen

Saturday, December 14, 2013
1 – 4 pm
private residence garden
10784 Northgate St. , Culver City, CA 90230
(near WLA College)

Attendance is FREE,
but preregistration is required.
Please RSVP:
pietersev100@gmail.com  or call 310-838-6744

Please download and print the following hand-outs to bring to class (PDFs):

• FRUIT TREE CARE in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >>

LOW CHILL FRUIT TREES for SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >>

• A SILENT JUNGLE: THE SOIL UNDERFOOT >>

Arborist Pieter SeverynenPIETER SEVERYNEN is an arborist and licensed California Landscape Architect with 35+ years’ experience and a former garden columnist at the L.A. Times  (the popular “Tree of the Week” series). He is the former director of planning and design at North East Trees. His presentations on behalf of TCC at the 2013 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase were well attended so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot at this December Pruning demonstration!

Gardening workshops plus access to composting & worms bins — coming to Culver City in 2014

PLANNING AHEAD: Our friend Cathi Vargas from the CC Public Works Department says “Spread the Word & Save the Date!” Some FREE gardening workshops coming to town next year, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Smart Gardening Program. Everyone welcome— from beginners to the more advanced. See descriptions below. No reservations needed. Each class 1.5 hours.

PLUS, AVAILABLE ONLY FOR WORKSHOP ATTENDEES… Composting and Vermicomposting bins at a discounted price. (scroll to the bottom of this post for a peek)

BEGINNER WORKSHOPS
Hands-on instruction on composting, worm composting, and grass-cycling, plus water-wise and fire-wise gardening.

ADVANCED WORKSHOPS
Introduction to organic gardening, how to landscape with native friendly and drought tolerant plants, and integrated pest management (environmental ways to control pests). 

LA County Smart Gardening ProgramLOCATION :

Veteran’s Memorial Building,
4117  Overland Ave.,
Culver City, CA 90230
The Garden Room

 

BEGINNING WORKSHOP DATES
• Saturday, February 22, 2014
• Saturday, July 26, 2014

ADVANCED WORKSHOP DATES
• Saturday, April 19, 2014
• Saturday, October 25, 2014

For more information call PW Environmental Programs and Operations at 310/253-6411
or see the L.A. County webpage at http://www.ladpw.org/epd/sg/

 

WHOOPEE!
Discounted Composting Bins!

Here’s a peek at what you can order once the workshop dates get a little closer…
(AVAILABLE ONLY to Smart Gardening Workshop Attendees)
—Cash or check only, limit 2 bins per household—

 LA County Compost Bins Available for Workshop Attendees

Next Westside Repair Café — Sat Oct 26, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

 

We’re co-hosting the next Westside Repair Café (a semi-regular event) with our local skill sharing group Our Time Bank. Come one, come all— and get your stuff fixed!

WHEN:
Sat, Oct 26, 2013
12:30-4:30 pm

WHERE:
Culver Palms United Methodist Church
4464 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City 90232

WHAT TO BRING:

• Things that don’t work well anymore and need fixin’

• Refreshments for the potluck

• A small donation for supplies ($5-10)

• Items in fair condition for the “Give-Away Table”

• A supportive attitude — because we’re all volunteers!

About TCC’s forerunner event back in 2012 >>

More info about Our Time Bank >>

Our Time Bank logo

 

By the way,
OTB’s next
New Member
Orientation is
Sunday Nov 17th.
Read more >>

A rare opportunity to meet the founder of the Transition Movement — in L.A. area Sunday & Monday, Oct 13 & 14, 2013!

Rob Hopkins in LA

One last sweep of the blogosphere to let y’all know that ROB HOPKINS will be in Los Angeles this coming Sunday Oct 13th (Westchester) & Monday  Oct 14th (Pasadena). Details below and in previous posts.

WHY is this a rare opportunity? Because in efforts to walk the talk on our over-use of fossil fuels, Rob has not taken an airplane to any of his appearances since 2006, choosing instead to make long-distance appearances via Skype and pre-recorded talks… which has made a U.S. tour out of reach—until recently. Read “Why I’m marking passing 400 ppm by getting back on an airplane >>

THE BUZZ: Sonali Kolhatkar just interviewed Rob on her show Uprising Radio which can be heard locally on KPFK. Listen to the interview >> 

Here’s what the Uprising website had to say about Rob & Transition:

It can be dizzying to think about what it will take to reverse global warming and survive without oil. But a growing movement worldwide suggests that now is a good time to adapt our lifestyles toward self-sufficiency and sustainability.

Pioneering British environmentalist Rob Hopkins has founded the “International Transition Town Movement” through which he promotes what he calls a “transition response” in communities readying themselves for a world without oil and creating a new economy that is based on efficiency and sustainability… MORE >>

Rob is an inspiring speaker, an Akosha fellow, and the subject of a widely circulated TED talk.  His Transition Handbook was a worldwide bestseller, and his Transition Companion is a lovely photo-spread intro to global progress.  (There are now more than 1,100 Transition groups in 43 countries—and TCC is # 37!)

His latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff  (scroll down for more info) will be available for sale for $15/each at both the Westchester and Pasadena events.

Locally on the Westside, you can join in for a fun afternoon at the “Just Doing Stuff” Festival in Westchester (FREE!) followed by a Panel Discussion in the early evening just across the street from the festival:

Sunday Oct 13, 2013
2:30 – 4:30pm
“Just Doing Stuff” Festival
Emerson Avenue Community Garden
Emerson Ave @ 80th Place, LA 90045
FREE, Fun for all ages: Live music, food, Transition-related displays, crafts, & games.

Sunday Oct 13, 2013
5:00-7:00pm
“Just Doing Stuff” PANEL
Westchester United Methodist Church
8065 Emerson Ave., LA 90045
Tickets: $10 — pre-registration required >>
Rob in conversation with friends Andy Lipkis, founder and director of TreePeople,
D’Artagnan Scorza, executive director of Social Justice Learning Institute,
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice-Mayor (and core member of TCC!),
Joanne Poyourow, Initiator Transition LA, Environmental Changemakers.

If you can’t make Sunday, Rob will also be in Pasadena
Monday October 14 at the “Just Doing Stuff” TALK and FAIR,
10:30am-2:00pm. Throop Unitarian Universalist Church,
300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101.
Tickets: $10 at the door, or pre-register with Transition US for $5 >>

 More info about the Pasadena event>>

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 Download the PDF >>

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The Power of Just Doing Stuff by Rob HopkinsThe Power of Just Doing Stuff

Excerpt: “Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you.

They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives.

The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift represents the seeds of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward – and at its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works.” More info >>

The book will be available for purchase ($15) at the WLA “Just Doing Stuff” Festival & Panel Discussion.

Once upon a time it was tempting to mock the idea of a ‘Transition town’ or even transition itself. Rob Hopkins is a truly original thinker who has not only given that concept meaning but has put it into practice in a way that now influences individuals and communities in many parts of the world. The essential proposition is not only that we have to adapt our way of life to meet the enormous environmental challenges that we face but that it is quite possible – and no less practically to the point – a stimulating and enjoyable process as well. If ever there was an idea whose time has come, this is it. Rob Hopkins’ book is a truly unique piece of work that anyone who cares about our future in this densely populated and threatened world should read. It offers original thought and clear analysis. It also combines realism and hope.”
—Jonathan Dimbleby, UK writer and broadcaster

Effective Groups Training coming to LA October 5-6, 2013 (& special training Oct 7)

 

Remember to reserve your spot for the upcoming 2-Day EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING in L.A. This course is offered by Transition U.S. who are sending facilitator Nick Osbourne on a US tour. Nick will be passing along important skillsets (and mindsets!) to help us elegantly cross any stormy seas of group process that may arise! Valuable tools for anyone involved in working with groups.
Details in a previous TCC post >>

Nick has already embarked on his tour, and word is spreading about the value of this course! Here’s a report from Amherst, Massachusetts:

I just wanted you to know that Nick ‘s Effective Collaboration training and Train the Trainer were both ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.  We had MANY very skilled, seasoned trainers in the room — college professors, consultants and leaders who had studied and facilitated true consensus, sociocracy, conflict resolution, cohousing meetings, Quaker meetings, activist meetings, and different kinds of professional and business meetings for many years.  Every one of us was thoroughly impressed.

We told Nick it’s as if he’s done TWO PhD dissertations and is now on his third with holocracy.

Maybe we all liked it so much because we need it so badly over here!  Ha!!

—Tina, Transition Amherst

Effective Groups is a 2-day skills-building training for individuals and teams.  It started with Transition Town Groups in mind but this course is really for anyone involved in social change efforts. Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging training course which covers key skills for collaboration.

It will help you:

·  Create systems for teams to work effectively together

·  Develop an enjoyable and fair atmosphere to work within

·  Make order in the chaos to find freedom within a structure

·  Utilize diverse perspectives as an advantage not a problem

·  Balance achieving goals with keeping your team healthy

·  Manage conflicting needs and paradoxes, within & outside of the team

·  Develop the skills & mindset to cross any stormy seas of group process that arise!

 

EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING — LOS ANGELES

Where & When:

2-Day Effective Groups Training
Sat-Sun, Oct 5-6, 2013
9:30am to 5:30pm

The Learning Garden @ Venice High
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(enter from Walgrove gate)

1-day Training of Trainers:
Monday October 7, 2013
9am-5pm

Rediscover Center
12958 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Cost & Registration: 

2-day Effective Groups course:
$125 for the 2-day course (max 26 participants)
PRE-REGISTRATION >>     http://transitionus.org/event/effective-groups-los-angeles-area

1-day Train the Trainer: 9:00-5:00
$125 for the 1-day Training of Trainers (customized for up to 10 participants)
APPLICATION REQUIRED >>    http://www.transitionus.org/event/effective-groups-train-trainer-workshop-los-angeles-area

We have made the cost as low as possible and have several partial scholarships available. For scholarship info contact: carolyne@transitionus.org      (707) 824-1554

For additional information, local info contact: Michelle   transitionculvercity@gmail.com   310-780-1051

Bring your own lunch, or money for going out together at the lunch break. A list of a variety of local restaurants will be available.