Green Things to Do in Los Angeles [August 20-26, 2010]

Featured Event of the Week:

Weekend Without Oil

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22, 2010
Where: Everywhere

DoSomething, an organization that helps young people rock causes they care about, has organized a Weekend Without Oil for this Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd.  Their call to action includes committing to actions like:  walk or ride your bike, use reusable bags, eat less meat and more organic foods, don’t buy any new DVDs, Blu-Rays or Clothes, and drink tap water (no bottled beverages).  For the complete Call to Action list and to pledge your support visit www.weekendwithoutoil.org.

More green events this week:

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.

Sierra Club Hike – Topanga State Park to Parket Mesa Overlook (Pacific Palisades)

When: Fridays 6:45 pm
Where: Meet @ Los Liones Drive at Sunset Blvd for rideshare to trailhead

Join the Sierra Club for a 2 hour, 5 mile hike in Topanga State Park with a view of the LA Basin and Santa Monica Bay. This group meets every Friday.  Bring flashlight.  Rain cancels.  For more information visit the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Outings website.

Sierra Club Hike – Moonlight Hike in Rancho Palos Verdes

When: Friday, August 20, 2010  7:30pm
Where: Meet @ the end of Crenshaw Blvd. in Rancho Palos Verdes

Join the Sierra Club for a social hike on the rocky dirt trails in Rancho Palos Verdes with a view across the channel to Catalina Island under the big moon.  Pizza afterwards.  For more information visit the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Outings website.

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.

Sierra Club Hike – Long Beach El Dorado Nature Center Walk

When: Saturday, August 21, 2010  7:50 am
Where: Meet @ El Dorado Library parking lot (Studebaker Road near Spring Street):  2900 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach

Join the Sierra Club for a brisk walk on flat terrain through the El Dorado Nature Center.  Learn to ID native birds, flora and fauna.  Wear sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.  For more information visit the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Outings website.

City of Santa Monica Garden Tour:  Lawn Alternatives

When: Saturday, August 21, 2010  10am – 1pm
Where: Meet @ the Santa Monica Main Library rear entrance courtyard for the bus tour:  601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

This tour will highlight the various climate appropriate alternatives to a lawn.  Learn how luscious meadows and beautiful sprawling groundcovers require less mowing and less chemicals making them a less expensive, lower maintenance, environmentally friendly and healthy alternative to costly lawns.  The tour departs at 10am and returns at 1pm.  The cost is $5/person.  Call Russell Ackerman at 310-458-8405 to RSVP or visit the City of Santa Monica website for more information.

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 21, 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 21, 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.

Sierra Club Hike – Marina-Venice-Sunset-Moonlight Walk

When: Saturday, August 21, 2010  7 pm
Where: Meet @ public parking lot 13 on Via Marina

Join the Sierra Club for a 4 mile walk (newcomers welcome) through Ballona Lagoon along the beach to Venice Pier and through the Venice canals.  Optional dinner after.  Bring water and a flashlight.  Parking is $3.  Rain cancels.  For more information visit the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Outings website.

Bag It!  A Film Festival – Heal the Bay

When: Sunday, August 22, 2010  4pm- 7pm
Where: UCLA James Bridges Theater

The Plastic Pollution Coalition invites you to a film festival featuring Bag It! (a documentary by Suzan Bereza), Plastic Bag (an award wining short by Ramin Bahrani).  For more information and to RSVP visit Bag It!  A Film Festival.

LA Green Drinks

When: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 6pm-8pm
Where: Ciudad Restaurant: 445 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Get together with other environmentally-minded people and enjoy happy hour. Admission is free, parking is $5 with validation. Ciudad will provide food and drink specials for Green Drinkers – including a margarita with organic tequila. For more information visit www.lagreendrinks.org.

LA Green Drinks

When: Thursday, August 26, 2010 7pm-10pm
Where: Mindfulnest: 3319 W. Magnolia (corner of Magnolia and Lima), Burbank

Get together with other environmentally-minded people.  $5, bring your own cup.  Plenty of street parking.  For more information visit www.lagreendrinks.org.

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