Category: How-To/Re-Skilling

Little Free Library – Come Build One! Sunday Feb. 24, 2013 1 pm – 5 pm

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Little Free Library in Mar Vista
WHAT:
Little Free Library Build

WHEN:
Sunday, February 24, 2013
1 pm – 5 pm

COST: FREE

WHERE:
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(in the rear parking lot)
310-822-9642

Become a catalyst for a free neighborhood book exchange! Help build, paint, and install a Little Free Library Box to place in front of your own house or office or someone else’s.  We’ll have some tools and experts on hand to help you with carpentry.  We’ll be using recycled materials – bring some if you have them.

This event is a re-purposing and re-skilling workshop all-in-one! And its fun!

What is a Little Free Library?   “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”  It’s a box the size of a small cabinet that you can fill with books you are willing to share. Little Free Libraries create a welcoming space for friends and neighbors.  When you place a Little Free Library at a community center, church, temple or even in the yard of your own home, it becomes a hub for sharing books and ideas…it can become a fun place to take tea with friends and have nourishing discussions.

Personalize your Library Box to fit your style and message.

 

 

 


Upcoming Baking 101 Workshop: Homemade Sourdough Starter

2nd in a series of TCC baking workshops at “the little blue house”!

Sour Dough Bread

ummm-ummmm good! Transition RE-SKILLING never tasted so delicious!


BAKING 101: HOMEMADE SOURDOUGH STARTER
RE-SKILLING WORKSHOP 

Sunday, February 17, 2013
1 pm – 4:30 pm
at “The Little Blue House”
(RSVP for location)

This time, we’ll be sharing the basics of bread baking from yeast to feast ! We’ll have all the bread-baking phases ready to demo this afternoon so attendees can experience the entire process of making sourdough loaves from scratch. We’ll finish up with bread tasting & community tea. Bring an apron if you have one. This event great for beginners! 

Each attendee will receive a portion of sourdough starter to take home.

$10 materials fee.

RSVP for Address:  email TCC.

Check out the report of our previous Baking 101 event >>

RE-SKILLING WORKSHOP: Make your own grocery bag

RE-SKILLING WORKSHOP:
Learn How to Make Your Own Reusable Grocery Bags
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013
1-3:30 pm

Join us for a Social-Guerrilla-Sewing Party! It’s partly a celebration of Culver City’s upcoming shift away from single use plastic grocery bags, and partly a chance to pass along some basic sewing skills in a festive, cozy, cooperative setting. We’ll have several experienced sewers on hand to teach how to sew your own reusable grocery bags from a simple pattern. Come start (or add on to) your collection of grocery bags made out of creative and fun fabrics!  Beginners welcome, as are experienced sewers w/machines. (Our Time Bank members—Culver City/Palms/Mar Vista/Venice/WLA/Westchester & MdR areas—earn hours if you come with your machine!)

Bring your own fabric if you have some—preferably on the strong side (even used clothing can be repurposed!), and we’ll also have some fabric on hand (many thanks to Anna Burleigh!).

RSVP for address: email TransitionCulverCity.

 

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

 

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.

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! —–

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.

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.

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

The 2011 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will be held on Saturday April 30th from 11:00 AM to 4 PM.

TCC core member Ginny LeRossignol Blades, whose house is on one of the gerrymandered corners of Culver City in the 90066 area code west of Sawtelle is participating. Her initial inspiration came from the FREE drought tolerant gardening classes offered at Vets Auditorium in 2007-2008 sponsored by West Basin under the encouragement of Ed Little — back when CC residents were first being notifed of impending lawn watering restrictions.

Ginny_s_House_-_Garden_SHowcase

11375 Matteson Avenue

This is how she describes the conversion from grass to “green” (reposted from the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase website):

Starting with zero knowledge in gardening, in 2008 this family stopped their battle with a monoculture lawn and began learning how to cooperate with nature on their learn-as-you-go journey of drought tolerant landscaping and urban gardening.

Their hope is to model creative self-reliance and to encourage growing food and community in a frontyard display that is friendly and inviting and not too “farm-y.” This entire DIY project has had strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled or free) as the homeowners slowly converted their post-lawn moonscape into a creative garden hodge podge complete with stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives and succulents, small “urbanite” terraces and swales, planter boxes crafted from unusual recycled materials, and a bistro-style hardscaped frontyard room with homemade concrete planters and pavers. The L-shaped corner lot features a spectrum of microclimate sectors from sunbaked to mossy deep shade which has provided a steep learning curve for these beginning permaculture enthusiasts. Some areas are handwatered, others left to the seasons. The front entry of river rock, DG & flagstone is wide & inviting as well as easy to maintain. In efforts to fuzz the boundary between public and private, the family placed a bench next to the sidewalk and enjoys growing a few edibles in the parkway with signs inviting passersby to pick & enjoy. Some areas are still unresolved (blank canvasses!). On the learning curve has been resculpting the berm with mini-swales and a keyhole feature to help prevent mulch and water runoff and learning about soil pH and the impact of excess lime from concrete leaching.

“Our reason for participating: We have had such fun with the project so far — we really want to encourage others to be brave and take up their lawns. Now that the biggest physical part of the work is done, we are discovering the many joys of puttering in the garden and growing some of our own food. Plus since we’re out front for all to see, a side benefit has been connecting with neighbors and building community!”

They will also share information and materials about the local chapter of the Transition movement.

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TCC will organize a bike tour to this year’s Garden Showcase >> join us! transitionculvercity@gmail.com