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Hey ridazz! Come get your bicycle washed at Los Angeles Eco-Village! For real. It’s a fundraiser for the Westside Invite L.A. – a bike messenger organized bike race, open to all cyclists.
The Bike Wash takes place 10am-5pm on Saturday Septmember 1st 2012 at L.A. Eco-Village 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004. There will be food and drink for sale – come hang out even if you don’t get your bike washed! Bike washes are available at a scaleable cost from ~$10-30 – ten gets you basic cleaning, twenty better, and for thirty: you may need to bring sunglasses because your bike will be too shiny for the unprotected gaze.
Come on over to L.A. Eco-Village tomorrow night – Tuesday July 24th 2012 – and watch the new documentary Within Reach. It’s the story of a couple bike touring around the United States – in search of community – with stops at various intentional communities, including Los Angeles Eco-Village. (more…)
by Michelle Wong, cross posted from White House Gardens @ LA Eco-Village blog:
Even though Earth Day is everyday at the LA Eco-Village, villagers celebrated the occasion with an open house last Sunday. Friends & neighbors came out to enjoy the beautiful day that kicked off with Cachao chickens crossing the street and the sounds of Zumba inspiring some fun booty-shaking. In addition to refreshing the Salamander Plaza painting, kids participated in pinata making, face painting/ glitter tattoos, and the Children of Paradise art workshop.
Allies from the Bus Riders Union set up their garage sale and raised funds for their work. And David from the Bresee T.O.K. Street Team sold tomato seedlings raised by Dana C, another long-time Bresee kid. Thanks to Jasmine D. who helped with face painting, and Gabriel who brought his family to help with the Food Lobby.
Extra thanks to Julio Sr. for leading tours, Lara for organizing the street painting, Jimmy, Josey & Ianne who master-minded the children’s activities, Yuki for facilitating, and to Lois who organized the yummy organic food that nourish volunteers & visitors alike. We hope to include the White House Place Learning Garden in next years festivities.
Our long time friend Ben Guzman is helping with this talk about mountain top removal coal mining in West Virginia. He invited us and we wanted to let more people know. This process is really brutal and it affects people and the environment.
The event will take place at the Echo Country Outpost(1770 Glendale Boulevard,Los Angeles, CA 90026) on Sunday, March 25th at 3pm.
Here is a downloadable flyer with more information, you are welcome to print it and spread the word.
We hope you can make it and perhaps get your self a good dose of favorite local band Triple Chicken Foot.
Tomorrow night, 7:30pm on Wednesday September 28th 2011 L.A. Eco-Village is excited to host the return of Portland City Repair visionaries! Mark Lakeman is one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve ever heard. Tomorrow both he and Marisha Auerbach will give a presentation on how City Repair engages communities, makes great places, and transforms intersections into crossroads. I highly recommend this talk! Full details after the jump. (more…)
L.A. Eco-Village is repairing its cob lizard bench on Sunday 8/21 from noon to 5. If you are interested in natural building, take this opportunity to observe and work with Ray Cirino, artist/inventor/ permaculturist, and mosaic artist, Lee Adams. Ray will be bringing his Sparky, the dragon pizza oven to the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPSq9_QA4m0 so bring a pizza or pizza toppings to enjoy from his very eco-friendly oven. AND, we'll also be doing a partial street closing with music and dancing in the street.
Come and have fun, even if you don’t have time to help.
But if you do, here’s the help needed:
- Schlepping tables, chairs to the street and/or
- Traffic control (we will be closing off half the street) and/or
- Take a turn as pizza chef (this is really simple and training provided) and/or
- Bring acoustic musical instruments to make music in the street and/or
- Setting up shade canopies if needed and/or
- Staffing a sign-in and info table for Echo Park Time Bank and L.A. Eco-Village
Come for an hour, a few hours or the whole event. Time Dollars paid for how many hours you spend helping (for Echo Park Time Bank members http://www.echoparktimebank.com)
Note that Ray’s Dragon Pizza Oven is also available for events and parties.
Contact: Lois Arkin, 213/738-1254, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location of event: 131 Bimini Place, LA 90004 (one block east of Vermont between First and Second Streets
I checked out the Youth Film Festival tonight hosted by the Bresee Foundation, which is located at the south end of the block where eco-village is. The festival was the 6th Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice. It featured 42 short films created by youth ages 14-19. The theme was Unhealthy L.A.? Is Los Angeles a healthy or unhealthy city for youth? (more…)
Sat., May 7, 2011 from 6 pm to midnight at L.A. Eco-Village
Music! Music! Music! Different kinds. Some loud! Some soft!
Bands Single performers Duos
Electronic. Amplified. Acoustic
Some you’ve heard of; some not.
Fundraiser for L.A. Eco-Villagers’ and Friends’ Burning Man Cafe
$5 to $20 sliding scale.
Cafe Negro at Burning Man provides FREE Cafecito Organico coffee and musical entertainment to Burning Man attendees.
Please help us do it again this year, and support local businesses and fair trade organic coffee!
6 to 9 pm: BBQ
8 pm to midnight: Music:
The Atomic Bomb Audition, The Shirley Rolls, fitter, Thiago Winterstein, Dust4ngel, Astronovazz, Telematique and more
Dunkelbunt Brewery Beer available by donation.
No reservations required.
Come on down and help paint Eco-Village’s sculptural bike gate! This Saturday April 30th 2011 from 10am until about 2-3pm. We spent a bunch of time welding the gate a while back, and have been painting it on and off for a year or so… and it’s looking pretty good, but needs a few conscientious creative volunteers to add color. All welcome – but plan to work – and wear clothes you can get paint on. At 10am it’s a potluck breakfast… then we paint! We may whip up an impromptu lunch too, at some point. (more…)
A quick blog post to show off some photographs of last Saturday’s (March 12th 2011) intersection mural painting. This is the third time Eco-Village and our neighbors have painted this “intersection repair” mural. It’s inspired by the work of Portland’s City Repair. This weekend, we mostly freshened-up the mural painted in 2009 – covered here – while adding a few new twists. It was a great opportunity to bring people together. Lots of kids and adults in our neighborhood helped make something beautiful we can all be proud of! (more…)
Complete Streets are multi-use environments that enable safe and comfortable access for all users on both roadways and sidewalks in a way that promotes vibrant, healthy and active neighborhoods. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation users of all ages and abilities, including older people, children and people with disabilities, are able to safely move along and across a Complete Street environment.” (Definition from Conference Program)
Strong examples are noticeably lacking in Los Angeles, but this conference was designed to inspire people to action!
Held at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA, it was a treat to go to a conference on one of my favorite topics: making streets more people friendly. You might say I’m a radical “streets for people” person, my attempt to be more positive than saying I’m a radical anti-carist, not wanting my car owning friends to be offended by my passions.
The unusually long day (8am to 7 pm) was supported with lots of fabulous food. Though I don’t want to appear unappreciative of the many culinary delights, probably we could do with less eating and more movement a la Japanese style. Seems like tai chi breaks are more common than coffee breaks in that part of the world, and there’s a lot less obesity and degenerative diseases there as well, so no time like the present to start eating less and moving ourselves more, much easier once our streets become more complete, the main subject here, after all.
The event was sold out nearly two weeks before the happening. It was impressive to see that at least half the 350 or so attendees were staff from a variety of public agencies: Metro, L.A. City’s Department of Transportation, L.A. County’s Department of Public Health and others. The balance of attendees were primarily students and faculty from several local academic institutions. UCLA’s Lewis and Luskin Centers, along with Los Angeles County RENEW (Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness) were the co-organizing sponsors. Many other sponsors lent energy to the event, including UC’s Transportation Center, The California Endowment, Metro, Green LA, AIA Los Angeles, ASLA Southern California, LACBC, SCAG, Safe Routes to School, UEPI at Occidental College, AHBE Landscape Architects, the Castle Press, Stanley R. Hoffman Associates, Linscott Law & Greenspan engineers, APA, LA City Planning Departement, Ryan Snyder Associates and Safe Routes to School. Gosh, hope I didn’t leave anyone out (the papers never credit all the great energy that goes into making a successful event–yeah blogs! Oh, and then there were also advisory and outreach committees made up of many hard working folks whose names will be familiar to most of you who follow this stuff). A healthy showing of nonprofit reps and activists were also attending.
Though I didn’t get there till almost noon, I still heard some cool quotes. Here are a few:
Why did you go to school?” Professor Emeritus Allan B. Jacobs asked rhetorically. “To get ideas! Then, propose them!” Jacobs taught City and Regional Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley, and formerly headed up San Francisco’s Planning Department. His quote seemed to be directed toward anyone who might complain about things not being right, but especially those who work in the public sector.
If you haven’t heard Diana’s talk before, don’t miss this one. OR if you have heard it, you won’t want to miss this one either, because it’s new and better than ever!
Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They’re Doing, Why They’re Important
Diana Leafe Christian (in person)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm
at L.A. Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004 directions
Fee: $10 to $5 (sliding scale)
Reservations required: email@example.com or 213/738-1254
With over 400 photos, this slide show demonstrates how ecovillages worldwide integrate ecological, economic, and social/cultural/spiritual sustainability, through:
• Permaculture design
• International peace activism
• Natural building
• Service to populations in need
• Renewable energy/off-grid power
• Local currencies
• Alternative technology
• On-site cottage industries
• Sustainable agriculture
• Participatory decision-making
• Earth-restoraton projects
• Conflict resolution & communication skills
WHY people are devoted to developing ecological settlements.
HOW ecovillages are beneficially influencing the wider culture.
HOW ecovillages will probably affect patterns of human settlement in the near future.
Eco-Village’s Julio Santizo is producing Every Day is Mother Earth Day: an educational ecological cultural health festival taking place this weekend. It’s sure to include great music, dance, information tables, and much more!
The free celebration runs 5pm-11:30pm Friday October 29th, 1pm-11:30pm Saturday October 30th, and 1pm-11:30pm Sunday October 31st. The location is Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Avenue, L.A. 90029. Very easy transit access via the Metro Red Line’s Santa Monica/Vermont Station. (more…)
Every week, different members of the LA Eco-Village facilitate meetings that lead to decisions that impact the community. To learn how its done and improve the effectiveness of whatever group you meet with, I invite you to attend an Introduction to Facilitation workshop I’m leading at the LA Eco-Village on Wednesday, July 28th from 7pm to 9pm.
Here’s the summary of the training:
Facilitators play a key role in helping a group make decisions. They help create a safe environment where everyone feels like their input is valued. In this workshop, you’ll explore the benefits of facilitation, explore the group decision making process, explore various tools a facilitator uses, and have the opportunity to practice facilitating a group (and receive feedback on your efforts).
Fee: $35 (sliding scale available)
Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 213/738-1254
For more information about the facilitation services I provide, my background and 10 tips for facilitation, check out this two-page flyer I created.
For those interested in learning more about facilitation over a few days, the International Institute for Facilitation and Change will host a three-day “Leading Effective Meetings” training from Sept. 30th to October 2nd in Los Angeles.
This Saturday, explore 4th Street – and learn about plans for it to become a “bicycle boulevard.” There’s an easy bike ride and a short walk, all designed to make folks more aware of the changes proposed for the future of 4th Street. They’re taking place this Saturday July 24th 2010. The above flier is available in Spanish and Korean, below.
Come on down, meet neighbors and discuss how to make our streets safer for everyone! It’s free, and there will be refreshments, courtesy of Larchmont Bungalow restaurant.