Earth Day in Culver City > April 14th-23rd
LMU > April 14-16 Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University is pleased to announce its first annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will be held from April 14-16, 2011. In partnership with the Seaver College of Science and Engineering with contributions from the School of Film and Television this inaugural symposium draws upon LMU’s substantial strengths in environmental justice, urban ecology, and environmental studies, the focus of the Symposium is The Sustainable City.
Details here: The Sustainable City
Los Angeles EarthFest > Saturday, April 23 at Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area 4100 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A 90056.
Culver City Bicycle Coalition’s Family Ride > Saturday April 16th, 10am-1pm
This month CCBC will tour the area around Linwood E. Howe Elementary School, which will be made safer for walking and biking through a Safe Routes To School grant. Here’s the route map. The ride will start and end on the Linwood Howe yard, 4100 Irving Place. Come at 10am and bring a sack lunch – we’ll have a picnic on the school yard after the ride. Helmet required.
Our Timebank Potluck & new member orientation > tentative date Saturday April 16th
This month’s potluck is tentatively set for Sat. April 16, 11 am – 12:30 pm (with orientation at 10 am) at the Venice Learning Garden (Venice Blvd & Walgrove Ave.), but we have not confirmed this with the Learning Garden yet. So don’t write it down in ink; please use pencil (smile). Please bring a dish to share and don’t forget your own plates, cups and utensils (and serving utensils). Please park on the street. The parking inside the gate is reserved for those whose physical condition makes it hard to walk. Check out Our Timebank’s blog for more info & other great community initiatives.
Confident City Cycling > Saturday, April 30 & May 7, 10am-2pm
Whether you’re a beginning rider or an experienced cyclist, there are techniques you need to know in order to be safe & confident on the streets. This is a great class taught by licensed instructor Ron Durgin over 2 days: April 30 & May 7, 10am-2pm at Linwood E. Howe Elementary, 4100 irving Pl. Culver City 90232. Cost: $75 per person.
Pre-register with Sustainable Streets by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 424-288-1747.
See flyer for details about the class: Confident City Cycling
Bike to the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase > Saturday, April 30th from 12:30 to 4pm
If you’re not taking the class, join TCC on a ride to the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase. Need inspiration to transform your yard into a water-saving food friendly garden? We’ll meet and visit selected gardens that feature water harvesting, food production, backyard chickens and more! Meet at Culver City Hall at 12:30 to bike to Mar Vista. At 1:30 we will present the kick-off to our GrassUProots Campaign at the Home of the Blades Family, 11375 Matteson Ave. (Map 1-K of garden tour homes). Come hear about garden transformation from folks who have jumped in with their own muddy boots!
Return to Culver City at 4pm.
Not able to join us by bike? The Showcase is from 11am-4pm: check out Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase to plan your self-guided tour.
Legislative action > NOW!
Here is the latest from our friend Andy Shrader of the Clean Seas Coalition – he co-hosted and presented our Bag It! screening in February:
I just returned from lobbying on Oceans Day and thought you all might be interested in the ocean-related bills that might affect our area making their way through the state senate and assembly.
Letters to our State Senators and Assemblymembers would be in order, ASAP!
AB = Assembly bill
SB = Senate bill
( ) = the bill’s sponsor
weblink = more information about the bill
AB 88 (Huffman) – Requires mandatory labeling of
genetically-engineered salmon that are sold in California.
WSJ Poll about eating GMO Salmon:
SB 568 (Lowenthal) – establishes a ban on polystyrene containers (styrofoam).
SB 482 (Kehoe) – restore beach water quality monitoring funds that
expire this year; and release State Water Board Prop 84 fudning for
stormwater pollution reduction and green infrastructure projects.
AB 1112 (Huffman) – Provides increased support for oil spill
prevention and response programs.
AB 752 (Brownley) – Mandates preparation of a sea level action plan
for public trust lands, and continued funding for Public Beach
Restoration Program, a crucial annual source of funding for beach and
shoreline restoration projects.
AB 376 (Fong, Huffman) – prohibits the shark fin trade in California,
which will help save sharks.
AB 971 (Monning) – extend the life of the voluntary Sea Otter tax
check-off so that critical Sea Otter research and conservation can
AB 1299 (Huffman) – protects crucial ocean forage species and fisheries.
Hope to see you at these great events – Happy Earth Month from the TCC team!