Category: Events

Bag It! Time Bank It! Ride It!

Please join us this week for the screening of Bag It! the Timebank Potluck, and the Family Bike Ride!

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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

Our Time Bank Potluck > Saturday Feb. 26, 2-5 pm
Our Time Bank (OTB) is a community of people living and working in the Culver City, Palms and Mar Vista area who support each other by bartering time
Orientation for new members will be at 2:00 p.m. and the potluck will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church – 4464 Sepulveda Blvd – Culver City, CA 90230
Don’t forget to bring your own plates and utensils – and a dish to share with the group. See you there!

Culver City Bicycle Coalition Family Ride > Sunday Feb. 27, 10 am – 12 pm
The Culver City Bicycle Coalition (CCBC) hosts an easy-paced family-friendly bike ride to encourage and educate people to bike more in Culver City every last Sunday of the month.
This month we’re riding the east portion of the Ballona Creek Bike Path to Syd Kronenthal Park and back (route map).
When: Sunday, Feb 27
10am Gather, sign waivers, bike adjustments
11am Ride!
12pm Hang out, grab lunch.
Where: Starts and ends at Town Plaza, near the Culver Hotel 9400 Culver Blvd. Culver City 90232
Requirements: Bicycle, helmet and a signed waiver for each rider. Please come at 10am so we can have the paperwork done before 11am. Bring some coffee in a thermos to share, and some water bottles.
Future rides: MAR.27 – Bunny Ride/APR.24/MAY29/JUN.26 School’s Out Ride!/JUL.31/AUG.28 – Ride to Fiesta La Ballona/SEPT.25/OCT.30 – Halloween Ride/NOV.27 – Turkey Ride/ No ride in Dec. – it’s Xmas!

Transition in 2010

Happy 2011!

Transition Culver City has been an exciting hub of change, enthusiasm, transformation and inspiration since its formation in March of 2009. We have certainly been busy and would like to express our deep thanks to all of who have participated in our workshops, trainings, films, discussions and celebrations.

This is what we were up to in 2010:

  • Sense of Place: Does Culver City Have It?
  • Water Use in California: How Ocean Friendly Gardens Conserve this Precious Resource
  • Connecting Community and Environment: Our Ballona Creek Context
  • Connecting With Places Along Ballona Creek: A Bicycle Tour
  • Local Food: What Is It? Panel Discussion
  • Urban Regenerative Design and Permaculture Practicum
  • “In Transition” Film Screening
  • “Dive” Film Screening
  • Talking Stick
  • Plant-a-Seed activity at Fiesta La Ballona and Homegrown Culver City
  • Repurposing Old Clothes
  • 10/10/10 Plastic Bag Challenge: Community Think Tank
  • Chickens Of Gratitude: Chicken Run Party
  • Simplifying the Holidays: Craft-It-Yourself Workshop

My favorite event of the year was Chickens of Gratitude, where we built a chicken coop & run in a Culver City garden, with participants of all ages, live music, a delicious potluck and 2 beautiful rescue chickens! The event that garnered the most media attention was the 10/10/10 Plastic Bag Challenge, with 350.org. There’s good news on the plastic bag front: on November 16th, L.A. County Board of Supervisors banned plastic bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles and is paving the way for incorporated municipalities like Culver City to do the same.

We are grateful for our partnership with Our Timebank, are thrilled that Culver City passed its very first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and welcome the newly-formed Culver City Bicycle Coalition.

Looking Forward:
In 2011, we are excited to launch our “Grass Uproots Campaign” to transform our lawn culture into beautiful, habitat-friendly, sustainable living gardens. We will be working with our local Farmers Market on a “Make your own produce bag” event, and more. Please share your Transition ideas with us – we would love to collaborate with you on new events.

Enjoy the winter and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

– from the Transition Culver City Team

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