Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Make it a Double-Downtown & Valley LA Green Drinks this week!

LA Green Drinkers,

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

Pharmaka Gallery on Wednesday, July 23rd from 7-10 pm.
sample TRU, "the most sustainable vodka on the market" will be poured.
$5 suggested donation.
Location: 101 West 5th Street at Main Street map
Parking: Street parking is available after 6pm.
Additional parking at Joe's parking lot on Main Street between 4th and 6th streets for $6 charge.

LA Green Drinks – Valley
Thursday, July 24th 2008
7pm-10pm sharp
Green and Greener
4838 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Valley Village 91607

$5 Suggested Donation

There's parking behind the store, and on the street.
Bike rack located in front of the store and public transportation map available here.

Plus there is an on going non-driving discount:
10% off any purchase if you don't drive to the store!

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 Schedule
West Side is 1st Thursday of every month.
South Bay 2nd Thursday of every month.
Hollywood/Silver Lake is 3rd Thursday of every month.
Downtown 4th Wednesday of every month.
Valley 4th Thursday of every month.

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Sustainable Business Council
"Water Wise: Get into the Flow"
Tuesday, July 22nd 7 - 10 PM
1528 20th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 (map)
$20 (tax deductible donation) Includes food and libations

Join us for a provocative panel discussion on WATER. We'll meet a panel of water conservation entrepreneurs who will discuss the burgeoning water crisis, new water technologies and businesses that are helping to mitigate the problem and shape the future. From Africa to Atlanta, Tennessee to Tibet, water scarcity is an urgent and growing threat to the health of our economy, our environment and ourselves. Become a part of the solution by joining this compelling conversation.
Rob Kramer, OZOwater, Global Water Trust, Chairman
Pam Berstler, Founder, Flower to the People, IncSteve Bilson, CEO, ReWater Systems, IncPaul Donahue, Chairman, Aqua PhydJack Rose, Founder, RaincatcherSharon Vessels, SVP Marketing, NDS

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

Positively Green magazine premier
Wednesday, July 23rd 6 - 8 PM

The unveiling of Positively Green magazine, hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. and Rachelle Carson-Begley, is this week, July 23, at Falcon Hollywood (map). If you've already RSVPed, we look forward to seeing you there. If you have not, it's not too late! Click the link above or call Suzanne Nahay at 615.838.4625. Hors d'oeuvres, organic Butte Creek beer, organic Frey Vineyards wine, and cool cocktails will be served.

A special thanks to gift bag sponsors Whole Body, Soy Joy, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Household Cleaners, Bayes Premium Cleaners, evanhealy Skincare, Nature's Baby Organics, Artistry of Motion Pilates Studio and Las Vegas Skin Spa, Studio City.

Positively Green will make donations based on attendance and subscriptions to KIVA.org and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

International Climate Change Conference
in L.A. July 26th, 11:30 AM - 5 PM

Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069 (map)
This innovative global event will bring together climate experts; food and diet experts, humanitarians and interfaith leaders; and new media pioneers in an interactive discussion to address the most urgent crisis of o
ur times.
Entrance to the event is complimentary, BUT pre-registration by July 15 is required as seating is extremely limited. Please register now. Can't make it? Watch live on http://www.suprememastertv.com/

ECO GIFT Expo Early Bird Discounts
o Gift 2008 Booths are on sale now! 30 booths are being released at a 20% discount on a first come, first served basis. Securing a booth now allows you to take advantage of savings and preferential placement. We have received overwhelming interest and expect these spots to go quickly. Download a PDF here to apply
* S
anta Monica Civic: December 12, 13, 14
* Presenting Sponsor: LA Times
* Total Booths: 200

* Expected Attendance: 10,000 +
* Festival Elements: Speaker Series, Music, Organic Food Court
* P
hilanthropy: Beneficiary(ies) to be announced in August

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 Spe
aker 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 LivingHomes, 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 h
elp 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 exp
erience 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 tra
nsition 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 B
utler 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 adv
ance. 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 http://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-p
aid 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 C
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!

Low Impact Living (www.lowimpactliving.com) is the largest green home site and a fast-growing resource for all Americans looking to go green at home. We have the largest directory of green home products and services across the U.S. available online. We plan to be the go-to resource for all people embracing sustainability in their personal lives. We are a scrappy start-up with big ambitions! We are looking for a part-time sales person who wants to help us grow our online directory and bring more wonderful green solutions to the market. We are looking for someone who is hungry, flexible, and willing to work hard. A sense of humor is a must. You must like to research green companies, talk on the phone, and write lots of emails. Excellent written- and spoken-communication skills required. 2-3 years of post-college work experience required, preferably in sales and/or marketing. Online experience preferred but not required. **There is potential for this to become a full-time position and you can advance through the company. Please send your resume and a cover letter to jessica@lowimpactliving.com.

LA Green Drinks - West Side
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Newly Remodeled 2nd Floor of the Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


LA Green Drinks - South Bay
Thursday, August 14th, 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.

LA Green Drinks - West Hollywood / Silverlake
Thursday, August 21st
, 2008
The Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

LA Green Drinks returns to downtown on August 27th and the Valley on August 28th.

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