Category: Teach-Ins

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

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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

 

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.

BAG IT!
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: Sidney.Kamlager@asm.ca.gov
Co-sponsored by L.A. Green Machine

TRAILER: http://www.bagitmovie.com/

 

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



 

How to make a Rain Barrel Overflow Rain Garden

Please join us and learn while you pitch in!

How to make a Rain Barrel Overflow Rain Garden

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012
9 am – 3 pm
11375 Matteson Ave. LA 90066
FREE!

 

Come join local Transition groups and friends for this barn-raising-style garden work party!

Rain gardens provide no-cost irrigation to the homeowner while helping­ r­eplenish our local aquifer. You can learn on-the-job how to install a simple ­passive, hidden “reservoir” for rain water collection to transform a patch of residential dirt yard into a ­garden of edible CA native currants & gooseberries.

Landscape architect John Tikotsky will be on hand to lead the troops as well as give short teach-ins on how to calculate your roof’s water catching capacity and other basic water catchment strategies for people thinking about including rain harvesting in their garden plan.

Depending on number of ­volunteers, we will have fun while we:

1. Dig the pits & sculpt berms to create our reservoir,

2. Install subsurface pipes from the rainwater tanks,

3. Fill the reservoir with mulch,

4. Plant trellised Ribes: best edible CA native for this shady understory
region under parkway trees

Bring gardening gloves and sturdy shoes. Some tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. The day includes lunch and other ­refreshments, some music and lots of good cheer. Volunteers of every level of expertise are welcome!

Please RSVP: TransitionCulverCity@gmail.com

Co-hosted by Transition Culver City and Transition Mar Vista/Venice.

Moving Planet in Culver City: total success!

Transition Culver City organized a fantastic event as part of 350.org‘s Moving Planet action this Saturday (09/24/11).

 

Our Alternative Transportation Parade gathered around 60 cyclists and walkers to explore and reflect on low or no-carbon solutions to getting around Culver City.

We:

decorated bikes

met Chelsea, the Honey Love bee, who is an advocate for urban beekeeping

rode & walked to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station

made mini alt-cars out of recycled materials donated by reDiscover Center

… And then brainstormed about local, sustainable transportation together.

The discussion pointed to improvements needed for safe walking and biking to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station:  good lighting along Washington; fewer vacant lots; a welcoming and landscaped approach to the station that includes plenty of bicycle parking.

SHOUT OUT! Gratitude to all the participants. You made this event a success! Thanks to wonderful Transition Culver City leader Michelle,  co-organizers Ginny & Meghan, team member Disa, & amazing community partners Culver City Bicycle Coalition (Darren, Jim, Brian), Sustainable Streets (Ron), reDiscover Center (Mary Beth), Bikerowave (Donald & Richard), Girl Scout Troop 5635, Honey Love (Chelsea), and, of course 350.org for initiating this global event. Thanks also to School Board member Karlo Silbiger, former mayor Gary Silbiger, and school board candidate Nancy Goldberg for joining our discussion. Last but not least thanks to Karim & Ginny for documenting the event.

MOVING PLANET DAY September 24th! Culver City Alternative Transportation Parade

350.org has initiated another global day of action for the climate:

Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.

See more about Moving Planet here.

 

Transition Culver City is hosting an Alternative Transportation Parade to celebrate and explore fossil-free transportation in Culver City, in partnership with several organizations including Sustainable Streets, reDiscover Center, and Culver City Bicycle Coalition.

Join Transition Culver City on Saturday September 24th, from 1-4pm!

1pm: We’ll meet at Town Plaza, by the Lion Fountain (9500 Culver Blvd), to get costumed, decorate bikes, shoes & hats, and make parade banners and signs.

2pm: Cyclists will explore the Downtown Connector, a newly installed bike route linking Downtown Culver City to the new Metro Light Rail station.

Walkers, runners, strollers & little red wagons will take Washington Blvd. toward Light Rail station.

3pm: At City Hall (9770 Culver Blvd.), we’ll gather to celebrate and create individualized plans and goals for lowering our carbon footprint! Children can create mini alternative vehicles from recyclables provided by reDiscover Center.

Helmets required! Wear fancy parade attire.  Materials for banner-making and bike, hat & shoe decorating will be provided.

Click on event flyer to download:

Check TCC’s video of last year’s 350.org action here!

 

 

Last chance to sign up for Confident City Cycling!

Confident City Cycling class starts this Saturday, April 30th! [Download flyer here]

This 2-day class is designed to help cyclists age 16 and up gain confidence and skill to ride a bike safely and legally in city traffic. League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors give students practical guidance through both classroom and hands-on instruction. Cost: $75 per person.
Topics covered during the two-day course include:
• Bike Fit • Helmet Safety & Fit • Review of traffic rules • Situational lane positioning • Weather preparedness • Route planning • Flat tire repair & basic adjustments • Bike handling skill practice • Evasive maneuver practice • Guided ride on city streets

Saturday, April 30, 10am-2pm
Saturday May 7, 10am-2pm
Linwood E. Howe Elementary, 4100 Irving Pl. Culver City 90232

Pre-register with Sustainable Streets by email at info@sustainablestreetsla.org or by phone at 424-288-1747.

Presented by Sustainable Streets ~ : ~ Hosted by Transition Culver City & the Culver City Bicycle Coalition.

Bag It Tonight! Knitting Circle Update

Bag It! Screening tonight. Hope to see you there!

Bag It! Screening > Thursday Feb. 24, 7-9 pm
The Clean Seas Coalition and Transition Culver City present:
Bag It!” the award-winning documentary about why we’re banning plastic bags and looking at our relationship with single-use plastics
Doors open at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm – public forum discussion after the film
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church – 4464 Sepulveda Blvd – Culver City, CA 90230
Requested donation: $5 (to help pay for the screening) – Everyone donating will be entered into a drawing for a DVD copy of the film, signed by the filmmakers


Knitting Circle Update – from Nicky

A small group of women met on a cold wintry night for our first Knitting Circle in a warm living room. Some of us were established knitters. One had never knit before but learnt that night. At half time, we had tea and an assortment of healthy desserts.

We want to increase our numbers and welcome all who knit, crotchet, needlepoint or quilt.

Our next meeting is on March 24th, 7-9pm. Email Nicky to RSVP and get directions: verbreg@aol.com.

10/10/10 Community Think Tank

Community Think Tank: The Plastic Bag Challenge

part of the international 10/10/10 “Global Work Party” organized by 350.org

The California State Senate voted against banning single-use plastic bags in California (SB1998) this summer. Yet the problem of plastic bag pollution remains.

Transition Culver City facilitated a community conversation to gather information and work toward a solution to the plastic bag dilemma. This lively discussion forum for thinking collectively about local solutions for our pollution, waste, oil dependency and ailing watershed had 50 participants, including several children who helped to create a temporary art installation out of plastic bags.

Photo by Jonathan Levy

Participants were urged to bring used single-use grocery bags for the art piece, in exchange for hand-made re-usable bags.

Community-generated solutions included:
– proposing a Culver City municipal plastic bag ban
– initiating a “buy-cott” or “carrot mob” to motivate businesses to discontinue offering single-use plastic bags
– following Ireland’s “Plas-Tax” model
– replacing plastics with biodegradable materials
– reducing consumption altogether
– starting campaign to eliminate plastic bags from our local Farmer’s Market
– putting pressure on mega-companies such as Target and Wal-Mart to stop using plastic bags

There has been good news since our event:

On November 16th, the L.A. County Supervisors voted to ban single-use plastic bags and charge 10¢ for paper bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. They also approved an Environmental Impact Report encompassing the entire county, which will make it easier for incorporated cities like Culver City to pass bans of their own. Culver City activists present at the hearing agreed to keep the pressure on the city to act swiftly on the matter.

See our video of the event here: 10/10/10 Community Think Tank