Green Things to Do in Los Angeles [January 11-17, 2013]


Featured Events of the Week:



French Drains Workshop


When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Mother Nature’s Backyard 1200 West 170th Street Gardena, CA 90247  Map It

Visit Mother Nature’s Backyard in the southwest corner of the Gardena Willows Wetland preserve in Arthur Johnson Park on Saturday, January 12, 2013 to learn about a powerful rain management tool, the french drain.  Learn how to install a french drain system in your yard to direct rain water away from your house to an area where it can be used for deep watering.  Kelley Dawdy, the hardscape expert at Mother Nature’s Backyard, will be on hand to answer questions.  The workshop is free (donations gratefully appreciated) and will be held rain or shine.  Park in the parking lot at Johnson Park.

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65¢ a Gallon: Biodiesel Workshop



When: Sunday, January 13, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Christopher Wahl Center 12401 Slauson Avenue, Unit G Whittier, CA 90606 Map It

Learn how to make your own biodiesel fuel in this workshop taught by science teacher Samuel Wu.  In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make biodiesel fuel, take a tour of a biodiesel car, learn about permitting, and how to approach restaurants for used cooking coil.  The cost for the workshop is $20 per person.  A light lunch will be served at noon, the workshop will begin at 1:00 pm.

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More green events this week:


Abalone Cove Tide Pool Hike


When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 2:30 pm

Where: Abalone Cove Shoreline Park 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275  Map It

Join the Los Serenos docents for a hike to the tide pools at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park.  Wear sturdy shoes as part of the walk will be on cobblestones and climbing down an incline.  The walk is suitable for older children, teens, and adults.  Wear sun protection and bring water.  There is no charge for the guided hike.  Parking is free from 45 minutes prior to the hike until 30 minutes after.  Rain cancels.

For more information visit or call (310) 377-5370.


TreePeople Events

When: throughout the week, see the TreePeople calendar

Where: throughout Los Angeles

TreePeople offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including tree planting, tree care, mountain restoration, reforestation, park maintenance, seedling nursery, photography. Minors (accompanied by an adult) are welcome. Visit their calendar to select an activity and sign-up by pre-registering. Once you register, TreePeople will contact you with event details and directions.

During the week of January 11-17, 2013, TreePeople has the following on their calendar: Santa Monica Mountains Restoration, Park Work Day, and Tree Care. Check out their calendar for more information.


Sierra Club Outings

When: throughout the week, see the Angeles Chapter Activities Calendar (rain may cancel)

Where: throughout Los Angeles

Weekly Sierra Club outings include hikes, nature walks, conditioning hikes, and other events. Visit the Sierra Club – Angeles Chapter Activities Calendar for a list of activities and additional information.


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Heads Up for January:

Abalone Cove Guided Tide Pool Hike: January 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Beyond Organic Gardening Class at Silver Lake Farms: January 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

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