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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

honoring the earth

earth day is a worldwide event that is observed every year on april 22nd. organized in 1970 by senator gaylord nelson and denis hayes, it's a time to gather together to celebrate the earth and to renew our commitment to work towards building a safer, healthier, and cleaner world.

some yoga studios around LA will be hosting earth day celebrations of their own:

truyoga in santa monica --

TRUYOGA will be participating in Santa Monica's Celebration, which will be held on Saturday the 12th of April on 3rd Street Promenade. TRUYOGA is pleased to be involved in this event, as our studio is one of the first all green studios in the Los Angeles area. Come by and say hello!
(note: see below for details about the third street promenade event)

yoga loft in manhattan beach and the pilates room and yoga lounge in hermosa beach --

EARTH DAY CHARITY YOGA-THON AND PILATES MAT CLASS (Co-Hosted by The Pilates Room and Yoga Lounge)
Saturday, April 19, 8:00am-12:30pm
On the beach, at 11th Street, Manhattan Beach
Benefiting your choice of 4 designated charities:
*Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
*The Surfrider Foundation
*Room to Read
*Off The Mat, Into The World
Earth Day Yogathon and Pilates Class Event Schedule:
8:00-9:00am Pilates Mat Class with Page Sieffert and Ava Nahas
9:00-9:15 Guided Meditation
9:30-11:30 Yoga Mala (108 Sun Salutations) with Yoga Loft instructors and Shelley Williams
11:30-11:45 Guided Mediation
11:45-12:15pm Live West African Drumming with members of the Baker Tarpaga Dance Project Participants can sign up to participate in any or all of the above events! Please bring a beach towel or sheet to practice on the sand.
Registration fee: $25
Click here for registration form. You MUST pre-register.

updated 4/18: Due to various reasons, Page and I, along with Genevieve at Yoga Loft, have decided to postpone the fundraiser we scheduled for Earth Day on Saturday. We know that many of you expressed interest in supporting this event, yet many also mentioned having other obligations this weekend that prevented you from being able to attend. There are also several other community Earth Day celebrations scheduled for Saturday.
Our goal in hosting this event is not only to benefit the four designated charities, but to create an impact and raise the local consciousness regarding activism and environmentalism through yoga. In order to do that, we want as many yogis as possible to be in attendance.
We feel that the charities and the community would be better served with a
re-structured, environment-based fundraiser in late summer or early fall. We will most definitely keep you posted on the details and date of the new event.
In the meantime, have a beautiful weekend, a happy Passover, and a wonderful Earth Day.
Much love,
Shelley & Page

earth's power yoga in los angeles --

On Earth Day April 22nd we are raising funds for Heal the Bay.org
Please join us to celebrate Earth Day. Ride your bike to our studio for a free class on Earth Day.

there will also be a number of events held around LA on the days leading up to, and including, earth day itself. scan the list below and pledge to attend at least one of them:

Monday, April 6th - Celebration In Honor Of Earth Day
Chatsworth Nature Preserve, Plummer Street Gate, Chatsworth
10am - 4pm

Learn about the Mule Deer, Coyotes, Bobcats, Mountain Lion and 200+ species of birds residing in the Preserve. Wildflowers are out and peacefulness abounds.
Please wear sturdy shoes for walking/hiking. Bring a blanket, Sunhats, water and a picnic if you like. There is no smoking, pets, bikes, cars or radios. Please pack out what is brought in.
The Chatsworth Nature Preserve is only open to the public a few days each year. Earth Day is one of those days. Now you can finally see the Chatsworth Nature Preserve for yourself !
For more information, phone 818-769-1521.

Saturday, April 12th - Earth Day 2008
Sanitation Districts Joint Administration Office Parking Lot, 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier
10am - 3pm
click here for event flyer

Earth Day 2008 is a free community-wide event that seeks to promote environmental awareness and education for the whole family. The event features educational booths, interactive workshops, activities for children, arts and crafts, and entertainment such as music, an environmental magician, and more. Learn what you can do to conserve and protect the environment!

Saturday, April 12th - Earth Day on the Promenade
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
10am - 7pm

"Earth Day on the Promenade" will bring Earth Day to a Southern California premier shopping and entertainment destination. A free event for the whole family. Many exhibits for kids and adults will provide practical information about products and lifestyles that conserve energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, thus reducing our “carbon footprint.” Live music, live animals, lots of fun!

All week, April 13th through 19th - Eco-Week at kidspace
kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena

Visit Kidspace for earth-friendly activities including making butterfly garden seed balls, creating nature journals from recycled bags, mixing natural pesticides, reading nature stories in the garden and more.

Saturday, April 19th - 12th Annual Butterfly Release
kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena

Join Kidspace for a full day of butterfly-related activities: make your own butterfly wings, learn how to eat like a caterpillar, enjoy the music of the Hollow Trees, do the pupa freeze dance and more. Don't forget to bring your recently emerged butterfly for the Release Ceremony!
The Busy Bee Learning Store will have caterpillars for sale through April 19. Kits are $5 and museum admission is not required for purchase.

Saturday, April 19th - Celebrate Earthday with Councilman Greig Smith
Chatsworth Park North, 22300 Chatsworth St, Chatsworth

9am - noon
click here for event flyer

Free trees to take home!
Free re-usable canvas bags!
Help paint over graffiti and clean up the playground!
Free breakfast and water from REI!
Free lunch from Chatsworth Neighborhood Council!

Saturday, April 19th - “Nothin' But Sand” Beach Cleanup
Ainsworth Lifeguard Tower, Redondo Beach
10am - noon

Volunteers can park using the metered lot at the end of Pearl Street and Esplanade (bring quarters!) or in the Redondo Beach Pier parking structure at 100 W. Torrance Blvd., where Torrance Blvd. meets the sea ($5 all day parking). Meet at the cleanup site which will be on the sand just south of the pier near the Ainsworth lifeguard tower. See "Cleanup Information" for waiver forms and information about safety, what to wear, and how to clean a beach.

Saturday, April 19th - South LA Earthfest
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Los Angeles
10am - 6pm

The reason why we recognize Earth Day is to promote environmental awareness and to focus on ways our community can live more ecologically friendly. Traditionally, SouthLA Earth Day Festival features music, art, educational displays, kid’s activities, and community forums. We want to emphasize here in South LA, that we share this planet with all humanity, and that we must learn to work together for the greater good of our community and the global village. The Earth is our only living space. We must be determined to share, protect and preserve our natural resources for future generations to come. Furthermore, we must continue to learn how to use these resources in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Saturday, April 19th - Vroman's Earth Day Celebration
Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
11am - 4pm

Calling all tree-huggers, environmentalists, flower children, preservationists, and anyone who just plain cares about our world and likes to have fun! Celebrate our beautiful planet in an entertaining and unique way by enjoying the festivities at Vroman’s EARTH DAY CELEBRATION in our beautiful outdoor Paseo area (the Vroman’s courtyard)!
You’ll have the chance to make new friends and rally together with peers and fellow compatriots in an effort to raise awareness on the state of Mother Earth, all while experiencing and doing the things you love most: shopping, listening to inspiring speakers, and eating (delicious organic foods, no less!). This is also the perfect day to treat yourself or friends to something from our new LIVING GREEN section (soon to be expanded!), which features an array of environmentally-friendly gifts & office supplies, journals and books, all with a truly green theme.

Saturday, April 19th - Splash! A Celebration of Mermaids and the Sea
Fowler Museum, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles
11:30am - 3:30pm

Calling all mermaids, fish, and other sea creatures! Join Heal the Bay and the Fowler Museum at the Splash! Festival celebrating the opening of the museum's new exhibit called Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas (Mami Wata is Pidgen-English for “Mother Water”).
The festival will have dance troupes, arts and crafts, and plenty of other family activities. Don’t miss the live performances by Viver Brasil Dance Company and Congo-inspired group Balobi Bandeko (see schedule below the flyer). There will even be a costume contest and procession -- come dressed as your favorite mermaid!

1200 South Hope St, Los Angeles (Downtown near the Staples Center)
$10 suggested donation to charity
click here for event announcement

Celebrate Earth Day and party with other earth conscious beings in the beautiful downtown loft-space of yogamates.com
Be prepared to become more educated on green topics, have a drink on the roof and rock out with other earthlings!
Party starts at 7
Special guest speakers from GREEN L.A. at 8
RSVP to LAGreenDrinks@gmail.com

Saturday and Sunday, April 19th and 20th - Earth Day Expo 2008
Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Angeles Zoo with 2 days of music, entertainment, and education in an interactive earth friendly environment.
- Don't forget to pick up your free activity booklet!
- Enjoy face painting and tie-dying t-shirts (shirts brought from home).
- Meet Rascal, the City’s recycling Raccoon!
- Stop by special stations at our featured California animals.
There will be booths highlighting California wildlife, including harbor seals, California condors (not on exhibit), California brown pelicans, California desert tortoise, Channel Island foxes, and desert bighorn sheep.

Saturday and Sunday, April 19th and 20th - Topanga Earth Day
Topanga Community House Fairgrounds, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga
10am to Sunset
$10 Suggested Donation

The Topanga Earth Day Festival is an all-weekend celebration, exemplifying a waste-free unity of music, art, not for profit organizations, “living by example” workshops, organic food and beverages, sustainable living solutions, lectures, green technology, healing arts, environmental architects/organizations, perma-culture, 21st Century agriculture, holistic living, clean energy, and eco-sound vending booths. The festival hosts an alliance of combined action, a spectrum of sustainable living solutions and global respect. In addition, it offers "The City of Dreams" for two beautiful days in Topanga Canyon, in hopes that it can continue to make a difference in the world and community.

Saturday, April 20th - Green Apple Earth Day Festival
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
noon - 6pm

Heal the Bay is partnering with the Green Apple Earth Day Festival on the Santa Monica Pier! Join us from noon to 6pm for a day of education, music and fun. Currently, Ben Harper, Taj Mahal and Ziggy Marley are on the schedule. Bring the whole family.

Tuesday, April 22nd - Wilshire Center Earth Day / Car Free Day
Wilshire Blvd, between Western and Harvard
10am - 5pm

The event will highlight a great street eco-festival with the unprecedented closing of Wilshire Boulevard between Western and Harvard.
It includes 70 eco-exhibitors, 20 environmental speakers, music, magic and play for kids of all ages, and a wonderful FREE concert in the park near Wilshire and Western, featuring Michael Franti, Seane Corn, Chris Pierce, Cava, Naked Rhythm, Luminaries, and more!
Everyone is encouraged to take mass transit - Bus, Rail, Bike, Walk!

Saturday, April 26th - The Universal Studios Hollywood “Eco-Fair”
Universal Studios, Universal City

Earth Day will be celebrated with more than 30 engaging and educational displays, celebrity appearances, an offer of free parking for hybrid vehicles, and a hazardous waste disposal drive sponsored by the City and County of Los Angeles. The free Eco-Fair will also include interactive exhibits by Bell’s Bugs, La Knitterie Parisienne and the Hollywood Beautification Team.

Saturday, April 26th - Pasadena Tree Ride
Levitt Pavilion inside Memorial Park, 150 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena
1:30pm - the ride departs at 2:00pm Sharp!


This Earth Day-inspired bicycle tour of Pasadena's favorite trees is part of C.I.C.L.E.’s monthly Urban Expeditions program and Pasadena’s Greening the Earth Festival. Pasadena City Arborist and C.I.C.L.E.’s certified cycling instructors will lead this relaxed bicycle ride geared towards cyclists of all ability and all ages through the city’s most fantastic canopies to the tunes of C.I.C.L.E.’s on-bike sound system. In addition to learning the history of Southern California’s famous trees and streetscapes, participants will have the opportunity to learn from a city expert about tree maintenance and protection that is useful for home and garden.
The ride will begin at Levitt Pavilion at Memorial Park and wind through the streets of Pasadena, stopping at various at institutions for short talks about the trees. The pace of the ride is relaxed and easy, and beginning bicyclists should feel free to join the ride. The ride is lead by experienced cyclists, and includes a sweep rider to ensure the group stays together. The ride will end back at Memorial Park at the Greening the Earth Festival.
What to Bring: A bicycle in good running order (please have your bike inspected and tuned at least once a year at your local bike shop), lights for night riding, a bike lock. All participants under 18 must wear a helmet. Children under age 9 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device. Supervised parking is available, however each rider is asked to bring his or her own bicycle lock.

Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th - Earth Day at the Aquarium
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Santa Monica
11am - 6pm

Come to the Aquarium and celebrate Earth Day and planet water! Visitors can participate in special Earth Day activities that will keep everyone of all ages entertained and educated about the marine life in the bay and our human connection to the fragile ocean ecosystem.
There is no extra charge for participating in the Aquarium's Earth Day activities! Admission for adults is $2.00, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Children age 12 and under are FREE with a paying adult! BUT...if you participate in the beach cleanup (between 11:00am and 4:00pm) you'll earn FREE ADMISSION into the Aquarium! Stop by the beach cleanup table outside the Aquarium to pick up beach cleaning supplies. Once you're done cleaning the beach, return to the Aquarium to gain free admittance!

Sunday, April 27th - Children's Earth Day
STAR ECO Station, 10101 W Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
10am - 4pm

Children’s Earth Day 2008 features games, crafts, activities, healthy cuisine and live entertainment designed to inspire children to help protect the planet. Bringing together various green organizations, government agencies, museums, schools and individuals, this tropical outdoor extravaganza is designed to show the families of Southern California that they are a vital part of a larger, worldwide environmental effort. Attendance at Los Angeles Children’s Earth Day is expected to number well into the thousands.

for more information on other earth day festivals around the country, visit these websites:
earthday network - earthday.net
envirolink - earthday.envirolink.org


Blogger Michael Hoag said...

Wow, this is a tremendous bit of work you did. Quite a service to the folks out west.

You should be proud of yourself.

3:08 PM  
Blogger joni said...

thanks, lucky!

12:17 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for the wonderful information. This is so helpful.

10:15 AM  
Blogger joni said...

lisa -- you're welcome! but i hope you realize this list was for LAST year. i haven't heard anything yet about anyone's plans for THIS year...

11:26 AM  

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