Green Things to Do in Los Angeles [August 27 – September 2, 2010]

So many fun things to do this week but I am particularly excited about two of them. 🙂

First – I am thrilled to announce the EcoBuzz Calendar of Events. I still plan to post a weekly “Green Things to Do in Los Angeles” article highlighting the new and notable events for the week but you’ll also have 24/7 access to all events via the calendar.

Second – the first monthly Food Rendezvous is on Saturday, August 28, 2010 in Venice. This monthly food festival will travel around Los Angeles to connect with the growing number of people who want to know where their food comes from. Read more below and be sure to check out the Food Rendezvous website.

Featured Event of the Week:

The Food Rendezvous

When: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Where: SPARC:  685 Venice Blvd., Venice 90291

Join local food lovers on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 4pm – 10pm at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice for the first monthly Food Rendezvous.  Founders Laurie Dill and Dominique Leveuf refer to the Food Rendezvous as a “foodshed”.   A kind of food festival meets farmers market meets resource center.

The Food Rendezvous will bring together local artisan food producers, locavores, chef demonstrations, farmers, food writers, live music, movie screenings and more and will occur on a monthly basis moving throughout the city.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (children under 12 are free).  Admission includes a fresh tangerine juice spritzer, movie admission and cookbook swap.  Bring cash (no credit cards accepted), reusable shopping bags and your appetite!  For more information visit the Food Rendezvous website.

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 Griffith Park

When: Friday, August 27, 2010 7pm
Where: Meet @ the upper Merry-Go-Round parking lot #2

Join the Sierra Club for a moderate 5 mile hike to Mt. Hollywood.  Bring water, flashlight, lugsoles and a snack.  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 28, 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.

Nature Rambles at Franklin Canyon

When: Saturday, August 28, 2010 9am – 11am
Where: Franklin Canyon:  Franklin Canyon Ranch 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills 90210

Join Naturalist Bob on the ultimate discovery walk through Franklin Canyon.  Bring magnifiers and binoculars.  For more information call 310-858-7272 ext 131 or visit www.lamountains.com.

Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tour

When: Saturday, August 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 – Griffith Park Evening Hikes

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7 pm
Where: Meet @ the upper Merry-Go-Round parking lot #2

Join the Sierra Club for an evening hike through Griffith Park.  Well-mannered leashed dogs welcome at the discretion of the hike leader.  Bring waiver card (or arrive early for paperwork), flashlight optional.   For more information visit the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Outings website.

LA Green Drinks-Westside

When: Thursday, September 2, 2010 7pm-10pm
Where: TBD

Get together with other environmentally-minded people.  $5, bring your own cup.  Location to be determined.  For more information visit www.lagreendrinks.org.

Comedy Night at Melody Bar & Grill to Benefit Heal the Bay

When: Thursday, September 2, 2010 7pm-12am
Where: Melody Bar & Grill: 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester

On September 2, 2010, Melody Bar & Grill in Westchester will host its monthly Charity Comedy Night with a portion of the proceeds going to Heal the Bay.  The comedy show will take place in the lounge with a suggested $5 donation for admission.  All admission proceeds plus 10% of all bar and restaurant proceeds during the show will be donated to Heal the Bay.  For more information visit Heal the Bay.

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