Green Things to Do in Los Angeles [August 13-19, 2010]

Ecosystems

When: Daily from 10am – 5pm
Where: California Science Center:  700 Exposition Park Drive (39th Street and Figueroa Street), Los Angeles

Explore the varied ecosystems of land and sea, and discover how the physical and living worlds are connected and shaped by the same fundamental ecological principles. Ecosystems invites you to explore environments that range from the most ordinary and domestic to the most remote and inhospitable. Investigate the gallery’s eight Zones, each of which illustrates a different ecological principle: extreme zone, forest zone, river zone, island zone, rot room, global zone, L.A. zone and family discovery room.  Parking is $8, admission is free.  For more information call call 323-724-3623 or visit California Science Center:  Ecosystems.

Mummies of the World

When: Daily until September 25, 2010:  Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm, Friday – Sunday 10am – 7pm
Where: California Science Center:  700 Exposition Park Drive (39th Street and Figueroa Street), Los Angeles

Mummies of the World, the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled, presents a never-before-seen collection of both accidental and intentionally preserved mummies, presented with reverence and dignity. The collection includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, and Europe as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years.  Parking is $8.  Admission is $19.50 for adults, $12.50 for children 4-12, $16.50 for youths 13-17 and seniors 60+.  Hours are subject to change.  To verify hours call 323-724-3623.  Visit here for general information and to purchase tickets online.

Long Beach Museum of Art – Free Fridays

When: Fridays  11am – 5pm
Where: Long Beach Museum of Art:  2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff-top site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (built in 1912), oceanfront gardens, and a pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions. The historic buildings are home to administrative offices and Restaurant. In addition to changing exhibitions, the Museum offers extensive educational programs for children and adults, musical programs, festivals, and other special events.  Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students/seniors and free for members and children under 12.  Admission is free for all every Friday.  For more information call 562-439-2119 or visit www.lbma.org.

Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tour

When: Saturday, August 14, 2010  10am
Where: Hostelling International Lobby:  1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica

Explore more than 130 years of Santa Monica history from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the metropolis of today.  Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for Santa Monica Conservancy members for this two hour six block tour of downtown Santa Monica.  Tours depart every Saturday at 10am from Hostelling International.  Reservations are recommended-purchase tickets online.  Call (310) 496-3146 or visit the Santa Monica Conservancy.

LA City Ranger Family Nature Hike and Nature Education Center

When: Saturday, August 7, 2010  Two hikes – 9am and 12pm
Where: White Point Nature Preserve:  1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will lead two nature hikes through the White Point Nature Preserve on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 9am and 12pm.  The Preserve features 102 acres of native plants and coastal sage scrub habitat, over 100 species of birds, hiking trails and a new Nature Education Center (adapted from a historic Cold War Assembly building on the site) overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island.   The Center is surrounded by a California native plant demonstration garden.  Materials in the Center’s interior are built out of sustainable products including 100% recycled curbside glass, low carbon concrete counters and natural bamboo cabinets.  The Center is open to the public from 10am-4pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information call 310-541-7613 or visit www.pvplc.org.

Ocean Trails Nature Walk

When: Saturday, August 14, 2010  4pm – 6pm
Where: Bluffs east of Trump National Golf Course:  1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
Parking: Park in public lot at bottom of La Rotonda Drive off of Palos Verdes Drive South

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will lead a nature walk through the bluffs east of the Trump National Golf Course.  The Rancho Palos Verdes bluffs feature some of the most beautiful walking/hiking trails in Southern California.  On this nature walk you may even see the California gnatcatcher, a rare songbird.  Discover local history as you pass WWII military bunkers before descending the coastal switchbacks to the beach below.  For more information call 310-541-7613 or visit www.pvplc.org.

TYR Playa del Run Beach Festival – Solana Beach

When: Sunday, August 15, 2010; Check-in starts @ 6:30am, Race Events begin @ 8am
Where: Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach

Participate in an Aquathlon (1000m swim + 5 k run), 1 mile swim, 5K run and/or 1 mile sand sprint at Fletcher Cover in Solana Beach.  This is the 3rd of a 4 race series in Southern California benefiting Heal the Bay.   Munchies and music provided along with an amazing raffle.  What better way to enjoy the weekend than swimming and running at the beach?  For directions, parking and more information visit www.playadelrun.com.

Green Living Workshop – 6 Weeks (2 sessions beginning this week)

When: 6 Week Series begins Monday, August 16, 2010 OR Tuesday, August 17, 2010  7pm-8:30pm
Where: Monday Series is held @ The Green Life: 2409 Main Street, Santa Monica;  Tuesday Series is held @ the Santa Monica Fairview Branch Library: 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica

The Sustainable Works Green Living Workshop is a 6 week workshop covering the following topics, one per week:  Water, Energy, Waste, Chemicals, Transportation, and Shopping & Food.   Participants receive a special completion bag filled with eco-goodies.  For more information visit http://sustainableworks.eventbrite.com/.

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