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The Right to Breathe Documentary at El Marino Wed., April 25, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Right To Breathe Documentary & Discussion


What does it REALLY mean for a school to be right next to a freeway?

Advocates 4 Cleaner Air: El Marino invites the Culver City community to this documentary screening and discussion about an issue that affects all the people—young and old—who spend their weekdays  at El Marino Elementary which is adjacent to the 405 Freeway.

The 21 minute documentary film will be followed by a community Q&A discussion featuring an AQMD representative and a UCLA scientist who is an expert in roadway air pollution issues.

The Right To Breathe
Wednesday, April 25

6:30 – 8:00 pm
El Marino Auditorium • 11450 Port Rd • Culver City, CA 90230

There is free childcare for potty-trained children available in t he EM library. For questions or to RSVP for childcare, please email


Bike Tour of the M.V. Green Garden Showcase + D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Presentation

E A R T H   D A Y   2 0 1 2
Saturday, April 21

10 am – 4 pm

Join us on a bike tour of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, including a FREE D.I.Y. presentation!

TCC Bicycle Meet-Up:
11:00 a.m.
The fountain in front of Vet’s Park
(corner of Culver & Overland)

Our first stop on the Tour is House #5H (see description), for refreshments & a presentation by TCC:

 D.I.Y.: Yes You Can!
Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget
11:30 a.m.
11375 Matteson Ave., LA 90066 

TCC's D.I.Y. Presentation @ the 2011 MV Green Garden Showcase

Bike Parking provided for the TCC Bike Tour!

This year’s D.I.Y. presentation by members of TCC will include creative ideas, resources & encouragement for converting a conventional lawn to a drought-tolerant landscape without breaking your budget. This location exemplifies the D.I.Y. philosophy: it features a bistro-style patio hardscape, “urbanite” terraces, meandering flagstone walkways & a homemade park bench, dwarf fruit trees & stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives, plus two methods of rainwater capture—all done D.I.Y. & under strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled, or free!).

 After the presentation we will make our way to several other Showcase homes  (we’ll post the TCC bike tour route map soon). The plan is to cycle back to Vet’s Park sometime in the mid- to late-afternoon.
Remember to pack fluids & snacks or a light lunch (since we’ll be out mid-day).
RSVP Michelle: 310-780-1051


TCC Monthly Meeting, Samosa House East, Thurs., April 12, 7 pm

Come meet the Transition Culver City crew at our monthly dinner meeting:

Thursday, April 12, 2012
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Samosa House East
10700 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City 90232

call 310-390-3021 to RSVP

Learn about the worldwide Transition movement and network with locals who are seeking to create a positive future. You are welcome to bring event ideas for communal brainstorming.

Bag It! Free Screening at West LA College, Friday April 13, 7 pm

BAG IT is a humorous yet penetrating documentary that investigates the effects of plastics on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. 


Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell and the 47th Environment Cabinet invite you to a FREE local movie screening of the documentary BAG IT! , followed by a discussion.

FREE Movie Screening
Friday, April 13th, 2012
Doors open @ 7 pm, Movie starts @ 7:30 pm
Discussion @ 8:30 pm
West LA College
ATA 128 (Theatre Room)
9000 Overland Ave, Culver City
(convenient parking in Lot #5)

For more info or to RSVP, phone 310-342-1070
or email:
Co-sponsored by L.A. Green Machine



Re-imagining Culver City Green Spaces: What’s your opinion?

News from the Green Space Action Committee:

The Community Input phase is almost complete (survey closes Sunday April 1).
But there’s still time to voice your opinions:

Here’s a some background about the program from the North East Trees website:

In 2011 the City of Culver City and North East Trees were awarded a grant from the State of California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) for a Proposition 84 Urban Greening Planning Program for Sustainable Communities. The Planning Program provides funds to assist projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide multiple benefits.

 The Culver City Green Space Plan, in partnership with Ballona Creek Renaissance and Culver City Unified School District, aims to provide passive recreational open space within walking distance of all the Culver City neighborhoods. In the past, active recreation facilities such as sport fields and play courts were given the primary focus when the city’s parks were designed, with little attention paid to passive spaces. Those passive or unprogrammed spaces present an excellent opportunity to increase the value of the parks to the broader community, enriching the park experience without reducing access to active sports fields and play courts.

This planning project will re-imagine these spaces and make the City’s parks and other open spaces more appealing to a broader segment of the local community through passive recreation. Accessibility to seniors, people with disabilities, individuals without children and children not participating in organized sports will increase the value of Culver City Parks to its residents. Read more >>

100 Mile Community Meal

100 Mile Meal

Our Transition neighbors in Mar Vista/Venice are hosting this wonderful community event in honor of the Mayor’s Day of Service to celebrate together while raising awareness around food localization.

100-MILE MEALCommunity Potluck
March 31, 2012
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Learning Garden @ Venice High 

Did you know? The average American meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your table? Not only does local produce taste better, it’s better for you too! and it saves wear-and-tear on the planet. Positive initiatives to localize our communiy food resources are happening right now on the westside. Come find out what’s going on while sharing a feast with friends old and new.

The 100-Mile Meal gives us the opportunity to stop and ask where each ingredient that we take for granted comes from. We will gather in the beautiful Venice Learning Garden to share our recipes and resources to build a new world, one meal at a time. Think Global. Buy Local!

Your Challenge: Prepare a dish with the intent of using all or most  of the ingredients grown from within 100 miles of your home. Homegrown counts double! See how much you can minimize the carbon footprint of your potluck offering, and be ready to share the tale! —Include a label detailing the source of your ingredients and the recipe.

Note: 100-mile radius spans from Bakersfield to San Diego.

What to Bring

• potluck item to serve 8 (main dish, side dish, vegetable, salad, bread, drink, or dessert)
• comprehensive label detailing the source of your ingredients
• a copy of your recipe to share
• your own dishes and cutlery (encouraged)
• reusable water bottle
• sunscreen

Getting There
The Learning Garden at Venice High School is located at Venice Blvd and Walgrove Ave. Enter the garden from Walgrove, through the chain link gate located between Venice and Zanja.

Please consider walking, biking, taking the 33 or 733 Metro bus on Venice Boulevard, or carpooling to the event. (If you do bring a car, there is street parking on Walgrove and Zanja).

L E A R N  •  S H A R E  •  C O N N E C T


Got extra produce from your garden? Bring it to swap at the Westside Produce Exchange! March 10, 2012

Produce Exchange -- Distributing

Packing up the bags at a recent Produce Exchange. Photo by Inga Ornelas

Produce Exchange -- Citrus & Herbs
Some of February’s offerings. Photo by Inga Omelas  
Broccoli @ the Exchange!

Broccoli makes its first appearance at the Exchange! Photo by Inga Omelas

The Westside Produce Exchange is a monthly gathering of people sharing the abundance from their gardens with each other. The core purpose of the produce exchange is to reduce food waste and ensure that the bounty of our yards can provide sustenance for others.

Last month was a record-breaking exchange, including 3 kinds of oranges, 2 kinds of lemons, limes, grapefruit, kumquats, broccoli (a first for WPE!), leeks, swiss chard, mustard greens, baby bok choy, lettuce, arugula, italian dandelion greens, escarole, sorrell, celery, parsley, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano and lemongrass with roots attached so they could be replanted at home… quite a haul!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Here’s what you do if you’d like to participate.  First – and above all else – SEND AN EMAIL to with:
• what produce you’ll have to contribute this Saturday
• whether you’d like to volunteer to bag or deliver
• whether you will be picking up your bag or need delivery
• include your address and phone number so Naomi can figure out delivery schedules

To be included in this Saturday’s exchange, Naomi will need to hear back from you by this THURSDAY (March 8th) at NOON.
Once she knows who’s in, she’ll send out a final details email to all responding participants by Friday, including confirmations for those of you wishing to bag or deliver.

Participants will drop off their bags of produce at The Venice Learning Garden the morning of March 10th between 9 am – NOON.

The Learning Garden is located at Walgrove Ave & Venice Blvd. Enter from Walgrove through the chain link gate, between Venice and Zanja.

Bagging volunteers will be needed to count everything and redistribute it at NOON, and delivery volunteers will be needed to deliver at 2:00. Each driver will only have 2 deliveries to make, all nearby, and I will try to pair drivers with drop-off close to their homes.

1. Fresh organic produce: fruits, vegetables, or edible herbs. We will NOT be taking non-edible herbs such as burning sage, many people do not know what to do with non-edibles, and they can be confusing and problematic. This is about free TASTY produce!
2. Fresh beautiful vase-ready flowers (no weeds, fillers, or quick-wilters, please!)
3. Fresh baked goods, preserves, or other individual prepared food items. Not everyone has fresh produce all year round, and we are happy to receive the bounty of your kitchen as well. However, if you go this route, you MUST pre-package each item individually for easy and clean distribution. No sheet trays of brownies or sacks of cookies.

Each bag of produce dropped off should be labeled with the participant’s name, phone number, and address.

Contact to participate and/or to get on the mailing list for this fabulous monthly exchange! Also read an article about the exchange in the Whole Life Times blog here.