Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Local artist James Sullivan at the Green Tent this Sunday, Aug. 5

Using recycled materials to create art & awareness

Kids and adults are invited to make handmade paper at the Green Tent this Sunday. 

It will be wet and messy and fun! 

Artist James Sullivan is bringing tubs of homemade pulp, made from old junk mail, wrapping paper, lint, leaves & flower petals, seeds, and other odds and ends. You'll dip small screens into it and press the pulp into wonderful, one-of-a-kind sheets of paper.

The focus is on repurposing and reusing any local items close at hand. You don't need to buy things to be creative & have fun! 

James is primarily an abstract painter. He's done a lot of printmaking as well as craft and building projects that recycle/repurpose. See more examples of his work at https://www.facebook.com/pages/James-f-sullivan-studio/243096442380499.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bring Your Cell Phone to the Green Tent This Sunday!

All politics is local.  How many times have you heard that?  But how can you have a voice in your state government when Sacramento is so far away?  How can you have an impact on the rapidly-deteriorating state of our oceans?  Besides bringing your own bag and bottle, how can you really help address the problem of plastic debris?

Join marine debris activist, Andy Shrader, this weekend at the Green Tent to find out about two state bills the Mar Vista Community Council supports, whose passage is essential to the health of our oceans: a statewide ban on plastic bags and a statewide ban on polystyrene food containers (aka, Styrofoam). 


Bring your cell phone and, on the spot...

Call your State Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Betsy Butler or Steven Bradford and leave a message with your address, asking him or her to vote YES on SB-568 (Lowenthal) (Styrofoam ban).

And call your State Senator Ted Lieu or Curren Price, and leave him a message with your address, asking him to vote YES on AB-298 (Brownley) (plastic bag ban).

Statewide Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers

Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

Your State Assemblymembers and Senators really do pay attention to your phone calls.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Master Gardeners & Preservers this Sunday, July 22

From seed to can...everything you've ever wanted to know

Your zucchini is going like gang-busters. Your tomato plant is looking a little ill. You bought way too many peaches at the Farmers' Market. What can you do?

Come to the Mar Vista Community Council's Green Tent on July 22 and ask an expert. The UCCE LA County Master Gardeners are back...and they're bringing the UCCE/LA County Master Food Preservers with them! 

The Master Gardeners will have FREE summer herb and veggie seeds and seedlings, and advice on how to increase your bounty.

The Master Food Preservers will answer your canning questions. Preservation is many things: canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, drying and more! These experts can suggest what to do with your excess backyard and farmers market produce.

Our wonderful Master Gardener volunteers complete an intensive training program in all aspects of gardening and are a font of information. The Master Food Preservers complete an intensive training program in the basics of safe and successful food preservation. They both give their time teaching others, especially in low-resource communities.

Stop by to pick up a free seedling and packet of seeds..and chat with some garden and food preservation experts.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

EnerGtech Experts returns to the Green Tent July 15

Saving energy...a live demonstration

Society is making some strides to alternative and cleaner sources of power generation. But wouldn't it be better if we all used less? 

Come see a live demonstration of an Energy Monitoring System presented by Brent Locke of EnerGtech Experts. He'll measure the energy used by different types of lightbulbs, turning them on and off from his iPad. 

EnerGtech Experts is a "geek squad" of energy saving advisors, helping home owners and businesses find energy savings with the g-Meter™. The g-Meeter accurately measures, every 5 seconds, the electricity used by lights and any thing else that's plugged in. Homeowners can watch their energy consumption in real time from their own private account on any Internet-connected device. 

A survey of 36 studies by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, D.C. found that homeowners with real-time feedback on their power consumptiondown to individual appliancesreduced their consumption by 12%. Being able to accurately measure your consumption allows you to accurately manage it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

One Hour Organizing presents on July 8

Tired of junk mail? Want to see it disappear?

  • Are you tired of going through the daily deluge of junk mail?
  • Do you normally toss it in the trash?
  • How would you feel if it just disappeared altogether?

One Hour Organizing will share tips and tricks to eliminate your junk mail - paper and email - once and for all.

Did you know that producing the junk mail delivered to your door each year
  • Destroys over 100 million trees 
  • Takes 28 billion gallons of clean water
  • Produces more CO2 than 9 million cars

Let’s do our part to reduce these statistics. 

BRING your junk mail! Grab what you can! Or just drop by to find out how to eliminate it.

One Hour Organizing is dedicated to helping you simplify your life by eliminating things that no longer serve you.