Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Street Tree Adoption, August 31

Trees are the lungs of our planet
    - Combat the greenhouse effect
    - Clean the air
    - Provide oxygen
    - Cool the streets and the city
    - Conserve energy

    - Save water
    - Provide homes for local wildlife

Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and learn about the Bureau of SanitationAdopt a Street Tree” program. 

Street trees improve walk-ability of our neighborhoods while helping reduce the impacts of climate change. 

Learn how you can request planting of a tree along your street in the public right of way. Many different tree varieties are available. 

Tree adopters are responsible for the early care and watering of the sapling. We'll have information about different watering options to make this task easier.

Click here to find out about all of free tree programs available from City Plants, a public-private partnership between the City of Los Angeles, local non-profit organizations, community groups, residents, and businesses. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Master Gardeners, August 24

The UCCE/Master Gardeners of L.A. County return to the Green Tent on Sunday, August 24th  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are there to help you keep your garden thriving and to answer any questions you may have on on pest issues, water usage, soil and  mulch, and  more…. 

As usual, you can pick up a free plant and two packets seeds to grow this season. This month the LACMGs have some late summer plants to share with you: round zucchini, lemon cukes, beans, stir fry greens, and mixed greens. Fingers crossed - they might have some cilantro as well. Come pick up a plant to put into your hot summer garden.

Just a reminder: here’s a GREAT link with monthly tips for Southern California gardens.And as the drought continues, please continue to be water wise. You can get great information and tips online at:

Thanks to all of you who have brought the Master Gardeners your empty plastic "six packs".   They always need more, so please continue to donate the  so they can keep planting for you! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Urban Bat Preservation, August 17

Bats are perceived as malicious when they are really just misunderstood! People have the wrong idea about bats. They aren't vicious, blood sucking creatures; they are a crucial part of our environment. A single little brown bat can eat up to 600 mosquitos in an hour! 

Francesca Pavia, our guest at the Green Tent this Sunday, will bust the myths about bats and you'll understand their gentle and beneficial nature! Come get information on bats and their role in our community and how to help preserve this incredible animal. 

Pick up plans for your very own bat house to help stop habitat loss and enter a raffle to win a homemade bat house! Play bat trivia for sweet bat treats and send your kids to make bat crafts. Learn how to be an animal defender in your neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Teaching Wellness, August 10

Green behavior changes don't just benefit the environment - they improve your health and sense of well being and that of your community as well. Guest presenter Jeanne Kuntz identifies the Simple Seven to ease into a smaller carbon footprint as you create healthy habits.

Eat foods in their original form.  No processing to degrade food value, no packaging to deplete the environment.

Walk or bike instead of driving whenever possible.  You may end up shopping closer to home which is good for the small businesses in your neighborhood and fosters a sense of community, a stress-reducing bonus.

Prepare meals and eat them at home. You will burn about 250 calories for each meal you prepare.  If you have young children, you will teach them a valuable skill which is empowering and a money saver.  

Get to know your neighbors.  A recent Los Angeles Times article cited research that indicates people who have good relationships with their neighbors live happier, healthier lives.  And when you are preparing those home-cooked meals, it’s so much easier to borrow a cup of sugar or a lemon from a neighbor than to drive your car to the market and back.  A real stress-reducer!

Choose exercise options that have the lowest environmental impact while bringing you the greatest joy.  Example:  Instead of getting in your car and driving to the gym for an hour, and then driving back again, why not put on some of your favorite music and dance around the house? 

Stay connected to your motivators.  Write them somewhere and review them often!

Take time to just sit and be...even if it's only 5 minutes a day.

Stop by the Green Tent for tips on how to experiment with these ideas and incorporate the best into your life.

Mar Vista resident and Green Committee co- chair Jeanne Kuntz is a certified wellness coach. Learn more at her Teaching Wellness website.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Green Real Estate, August 3


Did you know that "Green" homes often sell faster and for more money than the traditional home? 

Not only does your investment into "green" home upgrades save you money with lower utility costs and rebates, but it helps put more "green" in your pocket when it's time for you to sell. Save yourself money, "green" our community and help save the Planet, too.
Come by the Green Tent to meet local National Association of Realtors GREEN Designee Susan Klos, and get green upgrade ideas to help transform your home to be sustainable, eco-friendly and a more valuable property.

Susan has a free wildflower seed packet for our Green Tent guests.