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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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/
When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Private residence in Culver City
RSVP: Transition Culver City for address firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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:
Sew-In: Celebrating the advent of the Plastic Bag Ban in Culver City
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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/
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—
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 >>
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
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!!
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