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When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Private residence in Culver City
RSVP: Transition Culver City for address transitionculvercity@gmail.com

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.

If you can’t make it and want to learn how:

Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration – Sat Dec 14, 2013

SoCal Fruit Tree Pruning Pieter Severynen

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)

Attendance is FREE,
but preregistration is required.
Please RSVP:
pietersev100@gmail.com  or call 310-838-6744

Please download and print the following hand-outs to bring to class (PDFs):

• FRUIT TREE CARE in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >>

LOW CHILL FRUIT TREES for SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >>

• A SILENT JUNGLE: THE SOIL UNDERFOOT >>

Arborist Pieter SeverynenPIETER SEVERYNEN is an arborist and licensed California Landscape Architect with 35+ years’ experience and a former garden columnist at the L.A. Times  (the popular “Tree of the Week” series). He is the former director of planning and design at North East Trees. His presentations on behalf of TCC at the 2013 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase were well attended so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot at this December Pruning demonstration!

Gardening workshops plus access to composting & worms bins — coming to Culver City in 2014

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.

PLUS, AVAILABLE ONLY FOR WORKSHOP ATTENDEES… Composting and Vermicomposting bins at a discounted price. (scroll to the bottom of this post for a peek)

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). 

LA County Smart Gardening ProgramLOCATION :

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/

 

WHOOPEE!
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—

 LA County Compost Bins Available for Workshop Attendees

Effective Groups Training coming to LA October 5-6, 2013 (& special training Oct 7)

 

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!!

—Tina, Transition Amherst

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

The Learning Garden @ Venice High
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(enter from Walgrove gate)

1-day Training of Trainers:
Monday October 7, 2013
9am-5pm

Rediscover Center
12958 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Cost & Registration: 

2-day Effective Groups course:
$125 for the 2-day course (max 26 participants)
PRE-REGISTRATION >>     http://transitionus.org/event/effective-groups-los-angeles-area

1-day Train the Trainer: 9:00-5:00
$125 for the 1-day Training of Trainers (customized for up to 10 participants)
APPLICATION REQUIRED >>    http://www.transitionus.org/event/effective-groups-train-trainer-workshop-los-angeles-area

We have made the cost as low as possible and have several partial scholarships available. For scholarship info contact: carolyne@transitionus.org      (707) 824-1554

For additional information, local info contact: Michelle   transitionculvercity@gmail.com   310-780-1051

Bring your own lunch, or money for going out together at the lunch break. A list of a variety of local restaurants will be available.

 

Effective Groups Training! Oct 5-6 2013 + Train the Trainer, Oct 7 2013

Effective Groups Training in Los Angeles

Effective Groups is a 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.

This two-day workshop is facilitated by one of Transition UK’s lead trainers, Nick Osborne. Over the last 19 years, Nick has worked in a variety of management, leadership, training, consultancy or activist roles with a range of organisations including Changemakers, Shell, Amnesty International, the Ecovillage Network and Transition Network. On his U.S. tour, Nick will also be offering Effective Groups Trainings  in Amherst, MA and San Francisco Bay area. TCC is honored to be assisting Transition U.S. Transition Network (UK) in bringing these important communication & collaboration skills to Southern California.

Keeping it Real — Nick’s blend of modern management theory married to his practical knowledge supported by his wealth of personal experience produced a thoroughly practical and yet profound course that provided a significant triple bottom line benefit for us. Whatever your need, Nick will weave magic for your organization.” — Phil Dunn, Sustainable Brampton (UK)

THIS WORKSHOP 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!

The next 50 years is our chance to find out whether having a bigger brain actually is an evolutionary advantage or not.  — Bill McKibben

WHERE & WHEN:

2-day EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING:
10/5 &10/6, 9:30am to 5:30pm
The Learning Garden @ Venice High School
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

1-day TRAINING the TRAINERS:
Monday 10/7, 9:00am-5:00pm
ReDiscover Center
12958 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

 COST & REGISTRATION: 

2-day EFFECTIVE GROUPS:
$125 for the 2-day course (max 26 participants)
TO REGISTER (application required) >>
http://www.transitionus.org/event/effective-groups-los-angeles-area

1-day TRAIN the TRAINER:
$125 for the 1-day follow-up course  (customized for up to 10 participants)
ENROLLMENT PREREQUISITE:  The Monday course is intended for people who already have training and facilitation skills who want to deepen their understanding of the material and use it to train other Transition Initiatives and social change organizations. Participants in the Monday workshop must attend the weekend workshop and meet criteria which demonstrate they are already experienced group facilitators and trainers.

EFFECTIVE GROUPS TRAINING APPLICATION >>
    (or follow the link on the Transition US’s Effective Groups L.A. page)

We have made the cost as low as possible, and there are several partial scholarships available.
For scholarship info contact: carolyne@transitionus.org, or phone (707) 824-1554.
For more localized information, contact:
Michelle   transitionculvercity@gmail.com   or call 310-780-1051

Clothes Repurposing Workshop — Sat Aug 24, 2013, 1-5pm

CLOTHES & FABRIC REPURPOSING WORKSHOP
Sat, August 24, 2013 — 1pm – 5pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey 20292

 

It’s time for our semi-regular fabric upcycling event! Learn a new skill with the encouragement of skilled sewers, be creative making something new out of something used, have fun in a community setting… Need we say more?

Beginners Welcome! No experience necessary since there’s always plenty of friendly folks on hand to help with designing, cutting, pinning, and machine-sewing. Bring a sack of clean, old clothes for the mix&match table.

Co-hosted with Transition Mar Vista/Venice. Read more on TMV/V’s blog >> 


Download the flyer >>

homemade fabric basketThis month features a BONUS DEMONSTRATION: Reclaimed fabric baskets! Recycle old clothing, sheets, or pillow cases into a fabulous fabric basket.

WHAT TO BRING: cotton or cotton blends, scissors, plenty of cotton blend clothesline and some binder clips.

If you want to prepare in advance, cut fabric into 1 x 18″ (or longer) strips, on the bias.

 

 

Raw Food UN-Cooking Class: Sun Aug 18, 2013, 3-5pm

RawFood-UnCookingClass

 

One of the outcomes of our recent Chicken-Keeping party: making new friends!  TCC was happy to make a connection with Raw food enthusiast Jenny Funkmeyer  who is offering this al fresco how-to workshop:

RAW FOOD UN-COOKING CLASS
Sunday, August 18 2013 — 3-5 pm
The Funkmeyer Garden, 2027-2033 South Spaulding Ave., LA 90016
FREE — donations welcome

Come and enjoy magical food in an easy summer sunday having fun and learning with your community with Jenny & Otis Funkmeyer, raw food enthusiasts and owners of the garden.

ON THE MENU: Learn how to make (and then eat!) a delicious raw kale coconut banana superfood smoothie, cauliflower paté , plus chia seed crackers to go with the paté.

The class takes place in an outdoor kitchen where greywater directly feeds the plants growing inches away.  Julie and Mabel (the two chickens) live amongst 25 fruit trees in a garden following the “Back To Eden” organic method pioneered by Paul Gautschi.  This permaculture garden is nestled in metropolitan Los Angeles, right next to the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway (aka the 10 fwy), one exit from Culver City!

The entire class, including raw material and sweet treats, is FREE.  If you wish to make a donation, it is accepted with pleasure!

Chicken-Keeping Workshop and Pot Luck, Sat July 20 2013, 1-4 pm

Chicken-Keeping Workshop

A busy afternoon

 

Experience the joys of Backyard Chicken-keeping!

Come hang out @ the Little Blue House for a fun and interactive chicken-keeping teach-in! Meet the chickens, see the henhouse and chicken run. Learn how raising chickens and veggies can be complementary activities. Featuring guest speakers the Gardenerd & HoneyLove! We’ll wrap up the afternoon with a potluck feast.

CHICKEN-KEEPING WORKSHOP
& POTLUCK PARTY

Little Blue House—Culver City 90230
For specific address, RSVP
TransitionCulverCity@gmail.com
or text or call 310-780-1051
(please RSVP for a head count)

Workshop is free—
Donations are welcome (helps support future events).

Please bring a potluck dish for 8-10 people.

About Our Guest Presenters:

Christy WilhelmiChristy Wilhelmi will talk to us about chickens as gardening companions and the “workhorses” of a healthy garden ecosystem plus other kernals of wisdom from her new book Gardening for Geeks which she’ll have on hand for purchase. ” REVIEW: “Gardening for Geeks is written in easy to understand language that will be useful for both the beginner and advanced gardener. There are loads of photographs, drawings and charts to help you see exactly what the author is covering in each chapter. If you pick up one gardening book this season, this needs to be it.” – Confessions of an Overworked Mom

HoneyLove Urban Bee KeepingHoneyLove’s Chelsea McFarland will pop by to speak for the bees! A local nonprofit conservation organization, HoneyLove’s mission is to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. Why urban beekeeping? HoneyLove believes that the city is the last refuge of the honeybee. Our home gardens are free of pesticides, and in cities like Los Angeles, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar.

Transportation How To Fieldtrip… let’s take bikes on the train!

bike-train fieldtrip to downtown LA

Bike/Train Field Trip to Downtown Los Angeles

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2013  9 am – 3 pm

WHERE:  Meet-up at  Culver City Hall 

9770 Culver Blvd.  Culver City  90230

Come spend an exciting day touring downtown LA with the friendly alternative transportation commuters of TCC and CC Bike Coalition who will teach you the ins & outs of bike-train travel.

Learn how to take your bike on the train with the group or join us sans bike—since we won’t be riding very far, this trip is suitable for walkers and bicyclists.

Things to bring:

• Water
• Picnic lunch
• Bike helmet (if on bike)
• Bike lock (if on bike)
• Metro pass or money to purchase a pass ($5 for all day pass)

Meghan Bike ChauffeurWe’ll rendezvous at Culver City City Hall plaza to receive some basic bike safety instruction from Meghan Sahli-Wells, one of the founders of Culver City Bicycle Coalition and now Vice Mayor of Culver City. Some points covered will be where to ride, the importance of “being predictable” on your bike, how to make safe turns and how to let drivers know your intentions.

Then we’ll board the Expo Line train at the downtown Culver City station, go to the end of the line and change trains at the 7th Street Station to get to the L.A. Civic Center Station. Then we’ll pedal and/or walk to the new Grand Park for our al fresco picnic lunch.  We’ll have a chance to try out the famous lime green bike lanes of Spring Street adjacent to the park and explore the public sculpture art of the park.

The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA

THE LAST BOOKSTORE‘s upstairs Labyrinth: a porthole into an alternate universe. (Photo courtesy of Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times / February 28, 2013 )

One more stop before we catch the train home: The Last Book Store, a former bank building that’s been converted into a fascinating bookstore/art gallery/performance space. In addition to being an amazing placed to buy used books for a great price, the Last Book Store also hosts special events and has become a communal canvas for local artists. There are many nooks and hidden passageways to discover (including an authentic bank vault). You might want to bring some cash for the labyrinthine $1-per-book room!

Then we’ll board the train for the return trip to Culver City.

 

NEWS FLASH: Arborist to Speak at House #5F at Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

 

Arborist Pieter Severynan at a recent fruit tree pruning seminar in Culver City. He has generously offered to speak at the upcoming Green Garden Showcase

 

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Showcase hours: 10 am – 4 pm

TREE TALKS with PIETER SEVERYNEN:
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

WHERE:
House #5F
11375 Matteson Ave, LA 90066

Transition Culver City is proud to announce that popular westside arborist and landscape architect Pieter Severynen will be offering three short presentations at the upcoming Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase!

The author of the LA Times’ popular “Tree of the Week” series, Pieter will be sharing his wisdom with Showcase visitors as well as providing helpful hand-outs. Anyone who pops by during this window of time is in for a treat! Here’s the schedule:

10:30 – 10:45 am
Care of Southern California Fruit Trees:
Selection, Planting, Pruning and Maintenance

11:00 – 11:15 am
Recommended Low Chill Fruit Trees for Southern California

11:30 – 11:45 am
A Silent Jungle:
The Soil Under Our Feet

Come learn from an authentic master tree whisperer! Pieter has 35+ years experience as a Licensed California Landscape Architect and 20 years as a certified arborist. He speaks to civic groups on a variety of environment-related subjects including water in the world & global warming. His independent LA consulting firm is known for creating integrated, low resource consuming, emotionally appealing, environmentally sensitive, ecologically sustainable green space designs that emphasize character revealing trees and shrubs, low maintenance and long term viability.

This showcase garden, one of 100 gardens open to self-guided tours on the Showcase day, is also the Guest Booth for our local Transition Towns movement. Read more on TCC>>

Go to MAR VISTA GREEN GARDEN SHOWCASE website homepage >>