Green Things to Do in Los Angeles [March 25-31, 2011]

Featured Event of the Week:

Earth Hour

When: Saturday, March 26, 2011  8:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Wherever you are worldwide!

Join people across the globe for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm local time.  At 8:30pm turn off your lights and non-essential appliances for 60 minutes to pledge your commitment to the Earth.  This grassroots movement began in Australia in 2007 and is held on the last Saturday of March every year.  Here are some suggestions for ways to spend Earth Hour whether you stay home or go out on the town in Los Angeles:  EcoBuzz Earth Hour How-To Guide.

More green events this week:

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.

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, March 26, 2011 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.  Rain cancels, drizzle goes.

Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tour

When: Saturday, March 26, 2011 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, March 26, 2011  10am
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 a nature hike through the White Point Nature Preserve every Saturday (except holidays) at 10am. 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 310-561-0917or visit www.pvplc.org.

What to Plant From Seed in April

When: Sunday, March 27, 2011 9am – 1pm
Where: Mar Vista Farmers Market: Venice Blvd. and Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles 90066

Stop by the Mar Vista Community Council Green Booth on Sunday, March 27th from 9am-1pm and learn what to plant from seed in April in Los Angeles.  The Master Gardeners will be there with a selection of seedlings.  Come on out and ask your spring planting questions!

For more information visit the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase blog.

Los Angeles Film Premiere – The Economics of Happiness

When: Thursday, March 31, 2011 7pm – 10pm
Where: Fletcher Jones Auditorium, Woodbury University: 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank 91504

The Economics of Happiness will be shown at the Fletcher Jones Auditorium in Burbank at 7:30pm (booth exhibit at 7:00pm) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 courtesy of the Burbank Green Alliance.

“It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.” Author and Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy, Ph.D.

There is a $10 suggested donation but no one will be turned away.  Visit the Burbank Green Alliance events website for more information, to watch the trailer and to reserve your seat: http://www.burbankgreenalliance.org/events.html

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