Tuesday, July 08, 2008

back to the belmar this Thurs!

LA Green Drinkers,

Good to see so many new faces last week-
Next month we have been promised the 2nd floor at the Culver Hotel again,
which means more space and less noise.
Plus we are working with the hotel to stock more organic drinks as well.

This week join the South Bay Green Drinkers at their fabulous new venue at the belmar hotel.
This group has put in a lot work upgrading this Green Drinks so check it out if you haven't been there before-

LA Green Drinks - South Bay
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
Second Story Restaurant & Bar

@ the belamar hotel
3501 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 546-9162
Northwest Corner of N. Valley Drive and N. Sepulveda.

Save the date!
LA Green Drinks launches a Downtown edition
on Wednesday, July 23 at Pharmaka Gallery.
Located 101 West 5th Street at Main.
Stay tuned for details.

If anyone wants to bring literature to promote their green issue
please do so- we will have an area for brochures, business cards, etc.
We will also take back any extra literature back and bring them to the next Green Drinks.
The main thing is just to relax and
have a good time.

LA Green Drinks - West Side is 1st Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - South Bay is 2nd Thursda
y of every month.
LA Green Drinks - West Hollywood / Silver Lake is 3rd Thursday of every month.

LA Green Drinks - Valley is 4th Thursday o
f every month.
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Earth2100 - Upload your future
ABC News is producing a 2-hour special called Earth 2100, a look at what some of the world's top scientists, economists, and historians say could happen to our planet if we maintain our present course. They're posting scenarios based on those projections for the years 2015, 2050, 2070, and 2100 on the ABC web site, and inviting people from all over the world to tell what it's like to live in this future. ABC is asking people to submit 1-3 minute videos that can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be. They will post submitted videos online, and include the most compelling in their prime time broadcast in September. This is a unique opportunity to shed light on our future, and they are very excited to hear what people are thinking. To read the briefings, and for more information on how to get involved, go to their web-site. They are looking to get submissions in ASAP, but can extend the deadline for 2015 submissions through mid-July.

If you have more fruit than you know what to do with- a plum tree that is making a mess, an abundance of peaches, oranges drying on the tree...
Donate it to a good cause.
Hunger Action L.A. feeds needy people around Los Angeles. They have been purchasing fruit on their own and would very much welcome donations from your backyard.
Drop off fruit in bags at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (drop off in back of church) at 6054 Yucca St. at Gower (map). Conveniently right off of the 101.
Tuesdays from 1-5pm or Sundays at 12pm.
For more info contact Hunger Action L.A. 213 388-8228

Go Earth Sponsors Conservaton Benefit - Advanced Screen
ing of the film "Hotspots" Sunday, July 13, 2008 6:30 p.m.
Hermosa Beach Playhouse
710 Pier Ave. (at Pa
cific Coast Highway)
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
If you have an interest in conservation, "green living," and animals, with hopes for a sustainable future please join film maker, ecologist and author, Dr. Michael Tobias from the Dancing Star
, in collaboration with Conservation International for this one time screening and benefit.
Hotspots are areas with the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Decades of field research by scientists in hotspots throughout the world, and three years of filming from Easter Island, Madagascar, Brazil, Peru, New Zealand and the United States (coast of California).
Hotspots shows how conservation efforts are succeeding throughout the world and what is takes in the trenches to negotiate a sustainable future for life on earth. The film reveals numerous primates, avians, rodents, bats, insects, reptiles, amphibians, unique plants and human cultural artifacts, some never before filmed. To view the Hotspots two minute trailer visit www.sobaybirdsoc.com/hotspots.
Hosted by South Bay Bird and West Valley Bird Societies with a grant in part from Wild Birds Unlimited.
Three organizations will benefit from this advanced screening,
the Ventana Wildlife Society (Big Sur)California, Parrots International, Indonesian Parrot Project. Meet filmmakers, Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison of Dancing Star Foundation, Dr. Mark & Marie Stafford of Parrots Internationa, Dr. Stewart Metz and Bonnie Zimmerman of Indonesian Parrot Project and Kelly Sorenson, Director of Ventana Wildlife Society
There will be refres
hments and door prizes. Valet parking is available with a nominal fee (5:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Ticket Price: $35
Box Office Hours: 5:00PM - 6:30PM, Cash / Check only
Online Ticket Purchase (Will-Call only)
Regardless of age, all children must have a ticket.
ATING, Program Starts @ 6:30 PM
Tickets are non-refundable
We would appreciate donations to help defray the cost of this conservation fundraiser. Please refer to the D
onation Form for information about the various levels and benefits of donation.
For more event information, call 800-516-9307

2 for 1 VIP tickets The Green Gourmet Eco Speaker Series - July 24th
Eco Umbrella has special 2 for 1 VIP tickets available online for the Summer Premiere of The Green Gourmet Eco Speaker Series taking place on Thursday, July 24th - 7pm with Celebrity Chef Nathan Lyon from Discovery Channel's A Lyon in the Kitchen. The Summer Premiere is taking place at Livin
gHomes, one of the first LEED Platinum Certified Homes in the U.S.

To get your Special World Environment Day 2-for-1 V
IP Passes to the Summer Premiere click here or go directly to: http://www.EcoUmbrella.com/green_gourmet_eco_speaker_series
Thanks so much and we hope to see you at the Summer Premiere of The Green Gourmet Eco Speaker Series!

Pharmaka Goes Green on Discovery Channel's Alter Ego -- late July 2008
101 West 5th St., Los An
geles, CA 90013 (map)
A Non-Profit Institution in Downtown Los Angeles’ Gallery Row District
Gallery, 213-689-7799
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 6 pm

Raising the bar of sustainable design standards, Pharmaka’s non-profit art exhibition space has gone “Green”. With help from the Discovery Channel and Byrd Development, Pharmaka has made substantial eco-friendly changes to the downtown gallery space. Improvements include replacement of inefficient incandescent track lighting with state of the art LED light fixtures provided by Green Torch and an air circulation system provided by Big Ass Fans. Additionally, new furniture supplied by Ford Brady is made of 100% sustainable materials. With these new improvements, Pharmaka reduced their annual energy consumption by 90% and set forth a new standard in sustainable design in downtown Los Angeles.

Located at the corner of 5th
and Main streets, Pharmaka is a pioneer in the redevelopment of downtown Los Angeles and is at the center of this new urban landscape. Created by artists and run by Shane Guffogg and Rebecca O'Leary, Pharmaka bridges the gap between museum exhibitions and commercial gallery shows. As a non-profit organization, Pharmaka is able to exhibit artwork that is socially relevant and unlikely to be seen in other venues.

The greening of Pharmaka was filmed during the week of May 3rd for "Alter Eco" will air on the Discovery Channel in late July.

Hands-On Gardening, Permaculture, and Self-Sufficiency - FREE introductory day on July 26 9:30 - 12:30(space limited)
Twice monthly, on Saturday mornings, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
August 9, 23; September 13, 27; October 11, 25
The most common request I receive from students is that they learn best by DOING and want more hands-on experience to develop skills they can’t get from lectures. To address that need, I’ll be mentoring students from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, two Saturdays per month while we actually design, tear-down, build, plant, install, harvest, and otherwise work and have fun at a small organic farm, Dragonfly Ranch, in Topanga.
What do you want to learn? Dozens of projects are available. Examples include biointensive planning, design, and planting during late summer for hot-weather crops and for fall/winter harvest (yes, there are veggies you can plant this time of year); food forest design, preparation, and installation; ecofriendly terracing using stumps and rocks to make new beds; growing to seed and saving seeds; and permaculture retrofit of a front yard area. We may be building and testing various designs for solar water sills, cookers, showers, and food dryers. Many other projects are expected.
Do you want to transition to serving clients? Tackle design, installation, and maintenance projects under the supervision of an expert, from pruning to grafting (spring for most species), from site measurement and analysis to species selection, or be part of the group that interviews the homeowner and gathers data for a permaculture design. Want to learn how to grow food in So Calif during late summer, fall, and winter? Join the biontensive-planting activities; we may be putting in heat-tolerant edibles, including some that aren’t usually grown in home gardens like moth beans and sorghum, and will be planning and installing a fall/winter vegetable garden. Want to learn the incredibly valuable skill of ecofriendly terracing? Start by measuring grade, angle of slope, and drawing a basic topographic map.
A large number of topics will be covered as projects progress, from gathering technical data to sheet mulching, from swaling to client relations, from pruning to seed saving, from companion planting to soil acidification.
Dragonfly Ranch is a certified organic farm. Our practices will go beyond what is required to maintain such certification into ecofriendly, sustainable, hyperorganic methods.

July 26 is a FREE introductory day. Tuition thereafter is $60 per month if paid in advance. Space is limited; contact Darren Butler to reserve your attendance. Tuition price may change at any time and may be adjusted either up or down to manage group size. A deposit of half tuition is required to hold your attendance for any given month. Up to three months’ attendance may be guaranteed in advance at the current rate with full prepayment. Note that I’m keeping costs low because the work you’ll be doing is expected to pay approximately half of your tuition. I plan to keep sessions fun, educational, and free of drudgery, but please come expecting to work.
Course dates: July 26 (FREE); August 9, 23; September 13, 27; October 11, 25. Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Dates from November onward will vary and are expected to be announced at least two months in advance. Sessions may continue after 12:30 PM on some days, and may be held on consecutive weeks during some months.
Course location: Greenleaf Canyon in Topanga. Access is from Topanga Canyon Blvd, and requires driving more than mile through difficult, narrow, bumpy, sometimes unpaved private and variably maintained roads, with steep dropoffs beside the road in some sections. The site is accessible to normal street vehicles but these must be driven slowly and cautiously.
Course fee: $60 per month (two sessions) if paid in full by the first day of any given month or $35 per session or on the day of (if space is available). Tuition price may change at any time and the price stated on my website may not be accurate. For those interested, attendance to 24 sessions (one year equivalent) qualifies students for a certificate of completed apprenticeship with Darren Butler. Priority for enrollment will be given to regular attendees.
Enrollment, payment, and refund policy:
Half tuition must be sent to reserve enrollment, with the remaining half due by the first day of class. If full tuition is not paid by the second class, attendance is expected to stop until payment is completed. Full refunds less $50 will be available until seven days before the first session. No refunds thereafter except for cancellation by the instructor. If tentative details change after enrollment has been paid, full refund is available until three daysbefore the first class if cancellation is based upon the change(s).
Payment is by check, cash, or money order and should be sent to Darren Butler, PO Box 920434, Sylmar CA 91392-0434. Contact me if you prefer to pay with a credit card via the internet.
Courses not guaranteed to carry. Some courses fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment, please do not delay.

Permaculture Design Course with Graham Burnett, August 2nd – 15th
Join lead instructor Graham Burnett, www.grahamburnett.ne, who is traveling from England to teach the course, Scott Horton, editor of Permaculture Activist Magazine, permacultureactivist.net
, William Faith, cofounder of Ars Terra, arsterra.org, and Darren Butler, EcoWorkshops.com for what promises to be a life-changing, mind-opening two-week intensive Permaculture Design Course at Animal Acres in Acton, California, (talent show may occur on Aug 17).
A huge variety of permaculture topics will be covered. The v
aried expertise of the instructors ensures that even those already proficient with permaculture will be exposed ideas, techniques, perspectives, and information new to them.
The cost is only $700 for the entire two-week course, far less than the average cost of such a course, and this includes onsite vegan meals. An advance-registration discount of $100 is available if payment in full is completed by July 1, dropping the price to an almost unbelievable $600. Onsite camping is available for an additional $100.
The course is organized by and offered through Ars Terra. Also at their site is an explanation of what permaculture is. Email William Faith at sendto:info@arsterra.orgor call (661) 273-9448 to sign up.

Green Battle of the DJs - August 29th
Humanitaire Entertainment is hosting the first ever ALL GREEN Charity event in Hollywood at the historic Avalon Theater on August 29th. It is a Battle of the DJs headlined by Steve Aoki and LA Riot. Dedicated to bridge the gap between youth culture and environmental consciousness by integrating familiar forms of entertainment and artistic expression.
100 percent of ticket proceeds will go to GLOBAL GREEN USA.
There will be an organic beer and wine garden, a green gallery and a bio cell green carpet. Event-goers will be able to vote on the winning DJ, who will win an eco-friendly prize.
Come join us for a night of green fun!!
Please visit us at www.humanitaireentertainment.org.

The Trust For Public Land - National Park(ing) Day, Friday, September 19th National Park(ing) Day is an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces. Who participates? National Park(ing) Day is an all-volunteer effort. All are welcome to participate. What next? From this website you can access documents to help you create a Park(ing) Park or to promote National Park(ing) Day, tips for successful Park(ing) Day events, links to connecting to other Park(ing) participants, and links to pictures, news, and videos from past events. For more information, contact Matthew Shaffer, sendto:matthew.shaffer@tpl.org, (415) 495-4014. How did Park(ing) Day start? San Francisco art collective REBAR first created "PARK(ing)" in 2005 to re-imagine the potential of the metered parking space. In 2006, in collaboration with TPL, REBAR founded "PARK(ing) Day": a global exploration of the creative potential of streets. National Parking Day is a celebration of parks and open space, and you are invited to participate. If you participate with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), you are asked to honor the terms of the license given by the inventors of Parking Day, the artists collective named REBAR (i) by working with TPL to give REBAR credit in any materials you display or distribute, and (ii) by not making a commercial use of this celebration in the form of sales or services in the park. If you create a park independent of The Trust for Public Land and you are a commercial entity, please contact REBAR at participate@parkingday.org to arrange for permission to do so under REBAR's Creative Commons License.

Composting Workshops
Check the Calendar of eve
nts for a workshop near you- http://www.lacity.org/SANN/SAN

Free Recycling Through the Mail In Los Angeles Post Office
Free and green. Those are the goals of a pilot program recently launched by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.
The "Mail Back" program helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, making it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics in an environmentally responsible way. Customers use free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage.
The free, postage-paid Mail Back envelopes can be found on displays in Post Office lobbies. There is no limit to the number of envelopes customers may take. The pilot is set for 10 areas across the country, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, but could become a national program this fall if the pilot program proves successful.

GreenLeaves Book Club

GreenLeaves is a new network of book clubs and readers around the country focused on sustainability. Our goal is to generate a nationwide conversation around the same book at the same time, and to inspire each other to action based on our readings. We believe that by reading, discussing, and acting together we can achieve more together than we could by ourselves. Simply sign up at http://www.greenleavesbooks.org/to become a member of the GreenLeaves network. Anybody can join and it only takes a few seconds to register. Once you've done that you're invited to explore the GreenLeaves website. The Forum is where we discuss the book of the month, exchange action ideas, and talk about related topics. You can also publish a blog, customize your personal page, and share videos, photos, and music. GreenLeaves members are encouraged to join or start their own book clubs. These clubs may meet in person, or they may be virtual clubs that only 'meet' online. Each club gets its own page on the network, and you can browse the list of those that have already been formed at http://www.greenleavesbooks.org/groups The clubs are intended to catalyze group discussion and action on a local level. We hope you will consider joining our conversation!

Summer Position Available: Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator
Heal the Bay is looking for an organized responsible person capable of working in a fast-paced environment to recr
uit and coordinate volunteers for the 24th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, to be held on Saturday, September 20th , 2008. Every year Heal the Bay organizes thousands of volunteers to come out and clean more than sixty beach and inland sites. The
Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator will be working closely with the programs, communications and development departments to coordinate a successful event.
This full-time temporary position (minimum of 40 hr/week) is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the environmental field. It will begin on May 1, 2008 and end on September 26, 2008. Attendance at some weekend and evening events will be necessary. Pay will be a flat rate of $10,000 (paid in ten
installments over 21weeks). Temporary employees are not eligible for employe
e benefits except those mandated by applicable law.
• Work with the Coastal Cleanup Day Manager and Programs Department staff to plan and promote Coastal Cleanup Day.
• Recruit schools, busin
esses and community groups to participate.
• Plan educational activities for children.
• Coordinate and train speakers, volunteers, and staff to assist on the day of the event.
• Help oversee volunteers and staff on Coastal Cleanup Day to ensure that the event runs safely and smoothly.
• Make p
resentations to community groups about Coastal Cleanup Day and ocean pollution.
• Manage the Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer and contact database.
• Create broachers, flyers, and other print materials in Publisher.
• Solicit support of Latino print, radio and television coverage of the event.
• Handle logistical concerns by phone, in person, or email.
Qualifica tions
• Well organized and careful attention to detail.
• Strong communication and writing skills.
• Ability to lead and coordinate large groups of volunteers.
• Ability to work well both independently and as a team.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications, particularly in Excel, Word, and Publisher.
• California driver's license required; a car for driving to speeches and meetings is a plus.
• Written and oral fluency in Spanish (to solicit support from Latino media and to help with outreac
h to inland communities) is preferred.
• Passion for the environment is a plus.
Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce.
Please submit online resume and cover letter to:
Eveline Bravo
Beach Programs Manager/Coastal Cleanup Day Manager
(310) 451
-1500 x148

Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters, including the Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean for people and marine life. We achieve our goals through a variety of research, education, public outreach, advocacy and policy-oriented programs. Used by almost everyone in Southern California, our beaches and coastal waters are one of the region's most important natural resources. Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

LA Green Drinks - West Hollywood / Silverlake
Thursday, July 17
th, 2008
location to be determined

LA Green Drinks - Downtown !!!
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Pharmaka Gallery
101 West 5th Street at Main
Los Angeles, CA 90013

LA Green Drinks – Valley
Thursday, July 24th 2008
location to be determined

LA Green Drinks - West Side
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Duke's Hideaway at the Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


LA Green Drinks returns to the South Bay on August 14th.

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