Category: Semi-regular Events

Eco-Movie Night—Sat, Jan 12 2013, 7 pm: HAPPY

HAPPY: THE MOVIE. THE MOVEMENT…
Don’t miss our first eco-movie of the New Year, specially selected to lift the spirits and illuminate the way to positive solutions!
 This deeply moving documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Roko Belic explores the keys to human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries—from leading happiness researchers to a rickshaw driver in Kolkatta, from a family living in a Danish co-housing community to a Cajun fisherman, and many more. HAPPY combines real-life human drama and cutting-edge science to provide insights into the mysteries of happiness. The formula is not the same for everyone, but research shows that almost everyone can become happier. A community discussion will follow the film.

Official film website >> 

Co-hosted with our neighbors Transition Mar Vista/Venice

WHAT:
Eco-Movie Screening: HAPPY

WHEN:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
7 pm – 9 pm

COST: FREE,
but donations always welcome to help support future film nights

WHERE:
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
310-822-9642

Simplify The Holidays! EVENT: Sun., Nov 18, 1-4:30 pm

 

 

SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAYS… and have more fun with less stuff this holiday season.

Simplify Holidays craft

Join us for this creative and experiential workshop and explore ways to make the holidays more meaningful. Enjoy inspiring conversation combined with an “idea table” including templates for craft projects to do at home, and hands-on paper and fabric projects. Learn to make simple gifts such as sachets, homemade moisturizer, and decorated containers. We’ll also show how to make your own giftwrap and holiday decorations from recyclables—fun to create, lovely to receive. Children welcome with supervising adult. Hosted by reDiscover Center, Transition Mar Vista/Venice and TCC.


WHEN
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1-4:30 pm

WHERE
reDiscover Center, 12958 Washington Blvd, LA 90066
(Use back alley entrance – look for big green sliding gate)

FREE, donations welcome
RSVP helpful: transitionculvercity@gmail.com

RESOURCES
Check these links for more information about simplifying the holidays:

>> The Center for a New American Dream

>> Bill McKibben’s article, Are You Brave Enough to Say No to a High-Stress Holiday? 

>> Your Money or Your Life

>> Voluntary Simplicity

 

 

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream SYMPOSIUM Sat., Sep 29th, 2-6pm

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

We’re teaming up with Transition Mar Vista to present this awesome afternoon of inspiration!

SYMPOSIUM:
AWAKENING THE DREAMER, CHANGING THE DREAM

Saturday, September 29 from 2:00–6:00pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave. Marina del Rey, CA 90292
COST: FREE! 

Calling all citizens of Planet Earth!
Our world needs us to be
awake and active now more than ever.

This half-day symposium provides dynamic group interactions, leading-edge information, and inspiring multimedia to empower participants to respond to humanity’s current situation with informed, grounded optimism and clear-headed action plans for the future.

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to feel connected with other change-makers in local and global community and be empowered to help accelerate the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

Followed by a community potluck meal — bring a dish to share.

LOCATION:

Questions/RSVP appreciated:
e-mail transitionmarvista@gmail.com or call 310-822-9642

See trailer at www.AwakeningTheDreamer.org (Pachamama Alliance)

 

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.

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!

NEXT EXCHANGE: 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Here’s what you do if you’d like to participate.  First – and above all else – SEND AN EMAIL to westsideproduce@gmail.com 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.

WHAT TO EXCHANGE:
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 westsideproduce@gmail.com 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.

Westside Produce Exchange Saturday Dec. 10

Photos from the exchange courtesy of Gillian Ferguson.

The Westside Produce Exchange is a group of people who share the abundance from their gardens and kitchens with each other monthly. 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.

Here’s what you do if you’d like to participate.  First – and above all else – SEND AN EMAIL to westsideproduce@gmail.com 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 I can figure out delivery schedules

To include you in this Saturday’s exchange, Naomi will need to hear back from you by this THURSDAY (December 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 December 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.

WHAT TO EXCHANGE:
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 westsideproduce@gmail.com 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.

Grass-UP-Roots work party this weekend!

Join the Work Party — Saturday, June 25th 9am-2pm & Sunday, June 26th, 9am-3pm

on Madison Ave. in Culver City (please RSVP transitionculvercity@gmail.com for address)

Grass-UP-Roots campaign launch in April

Come help convert a local lawn into a sustainable garden, with food, music & lots of community spirit. The Transition Culver City Grass-UP-Roots Campaign is a pay-it-forward work party (with emphasis on the party!) where two Culver City homes are being awarded the “treatment” of experienced on-site lawn conversion guidance and support plus access to materials in order to transform their front lawns into drought tolerant food gardens.

On Saturday, June 25th, we will gather materials for our first lawn conversion and prep the site for the next workday. On Sunday, we will sheet-mulch and plant.

Volunteers are a key element of the project. Participants will learn first hand how to transform a lawn to a water-conserving space for natives, vegetables and other plants suitable for a Mediterranean climate. Bring gloves, sunscreen & your garden tools or use tools provided. Part of the fun is a group meal provided by the host for all the volunteers.

The Grass-up-Roots campaign offers an opportunity to build community in your neighborhood, make new friends and have fun while tackling a large project. Picture old-fashioned barn-raising—conquering inertia for change through camaraderie and skillful goodwill. Fill out the volunteer form here.

RSVP for address and more info: transitionculvercity@gmail.com -or- (310)845-5831

—– Also don’t miss the Eco-movie night on Saturday 6:30 pm – see this post for details! —–

News from the Westside Produce Exchange

The Westside Produce Exchange is a group of people who share the abundance from their gardens and kitchens with each other monthly. 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.

From Naomi – Westside Produce Exchange organizer

On Saturday, we had a beautiful, bountiful exchange, followed by a delicious potluck lunch in the Learning Garden. We had Oranges, Lemons, Meyer Lemons, Peaches, Cucumbers, Bush Beans, Celery, Fennel, Chard, Kale, Romaine, Sorrel, Eggs, Potatoes, Beets, Onions, Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, Sage, Mint, Stevia, Dried Herb Packets, Herbed Focaccia, Mini Bundt Cakes, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Wow! If I forgot something, I apologize, there was just SO much gorgeous produce and homemade treats this month.

The potluck was so much fun, I am already thinking about having a harvest potluck this fall. We shared lovely homemade local dishes, Farmer’s market tales, and gardening tips. Can’t wait for the next one!

Contact Naomi Curland westsideproduce@gmail.com to sign up – read an article about the Westside Produce Exchange in the Venice Beachhead to learn more.

Photos from the exchange courtesy of Gillian Ferguson.

Eco-Movie Night: The Economics of Happiness – and – Simon Says “Let’s Stop Climate Change!”

 

This family-friendly evening will include a screening of the documentary The Economics of Happiness while children are invited to make art out of recycled materials and/or watch the animated short film, Simon Says, ‘Let’s Stop Climate Change!

Refreshments will be served, $5 suggested donation (to pay for the screening rights)
Co-sponsored by Transition Mar Vista and Transition Culver City

The Economics of Happiness features a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
By by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page
http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

Simon Says, ‘Let’s Stop Climate Change! is a 28 minute animated film recommended for children ages 4 and up. With humor and song, the film teaches kids about global warming, the food chain, carbon footprints, composting, carbon offsetting and eco habits like the “three r’s” (reducing, reusing and recycling).
By Denis Thomopoulos
http://www.hippoworks.com/

About the space:
ReDiscover promotes creativity in early childhood and elementary education while encouraging environmental responsibility. ReDiscover recycles everyday discards donated by business and gives them new purpose as hands-on learning materials. ReDiscover is a community art center, reuse warehouse, gallery and event space.
http://www.rediscovercenter.org/

 

Questions?

transitionculvercity@gmail.com

transitionmarvista@gmail.com

Join the GrassUProots campaign!

 

Grass-UP-Roots Campaign: Culver City Lawn Conversion Work Party Launches April 30, 2011

If you’ve been thinking about swapping out your front lawn for a more sustainable garden solution but lack the know-how or get stuck on the daunting size of the task, come catch the wave of change with Transition Culver City’s (TCC) Grass-UP-Roots Campaign launching April 30 at the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.

The Grass-UP-Roots campaign is a pay-it-forward Work Party (with emphasis on the party!) where two Culver City homes will be awarded the “treatment” of experienced on-site lawn conversion guidance and support plus access to materials in order to transform their front lawns into drought tolerant food gardens. In true TCC style, the campaign offers an opportunity to build community in your neighborhood, make new friends and have fun while tackling a large project. Picture old-fashioned barn-raising Transition-style—conquering inertia through camaraderie and skillful goodwill.

The Grass-up-Roots Campaign launches on April 30 at 1:30 pm with a DIY Lawn Removal Q&A Forum at the Blades residence, one of the homes participating in the Mar Vista Garden Showcase taking place that day (details below).

If you wish to participate in the contest to be chosen as one of the two Spring/Summer Grass-up-Roots project houses, fill out the TCC online survey and tell us why you deserve the Grass-up-Roots team to come help you take the leap
toward sustainability. The TCC selection committee will award two Culver City homes the honor, to be scheduled sometime between May 30 & Sept 1. Go to the online application.

Applications will also be available at the Launch on April 30.
All applications due by May 7, 2011.

Hints from the selection committee: can you rustle up your own crew from the family or neighborhood? Are you interested in learning how to grow edibles? Volunteering to help others start a garden? Sharing produce with your community?

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, a major factor in escalating water demand in California is the dominant land-use pattern of single-family homes with lush lawns. An edible garden uses half as much water as a span of green turf while providing hundreds of pounds of food per year, increasing a family’s grocery resilience in challenging times.

Be a part of the solution! Let the Grass-UP-Roots Campaign ignite your passion for sustainable community change. Whether or not your home is selected as one of the project houses, TCC hopes that the networking and information exchange at the DIY workshop will lead to neighbors helping neighbors reach sustainable living goals.

The informational DIY Lawn Removal Q&A includes a forum of Culver City homeowners who have
navigated the transformation sharing their experiences….what worked and some pitfalls to avoid.
John Tikotsky, sustainable landscape architect, will also be on hand with professional tips.
See the event flyer here: Mar Vista Garden Showcase & DYI Lawn Removal Flyer

Meet at 1:30 pm at:
The Blades Family home,
11375 Matteson Ave
Los Angeles CA 90066

(Map 1-K of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase homes).
Description and directions here.

Want to bike to the Grass-UP-Roots launch and tour the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase afterwards? Meet TCC members at 12:30 pm at Culver City Hall for the ride to Mar Vista.

Transition Culver City (TCC) is a grassroots organization seeking community
solutions to the global challenges of climate change, peak oil, and economic
instability. TCC is a part of the international Transition movement and is one
local group in a growing network of Transition initiatives throughout Los
Angeles County. See our website for more info.