Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dreameco Crafts, June 5


DREAMECO CRAFTS is an eco friendly company born out of artistic sensibilities and household discards. They are artists and educators who are teaching the public how to use what they have in their homes to create household items and extend the life of their items to produce less waste. Classes include crafts, sewing and visual arts. Through classes, workshops and free events they turn strangers into neighbors.

DREAMECO CRAFTS will be at The Green Tent this Sunday, June 5th, from 9am-2pm.  Stop by and learn about upcoming events including...


Join the increasingly popular global Artist Trading Cards movement, and explore your creative side in a cheap and fun way. Think of them as baseball cards for artists—you can trade them, use them as greeting cards, or just keep them to commemorate a special memory. Make some cards and become part of this exciting worldwide community, and trade with your classmates at the end of class. Click here for more information and to register for the class.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Learn About the Mar Vista Art Walk at the Green Tent on May 29th

Created as a means of improving the walkability of our neighborhood, The Mar Vista ArtWalk is a fun, FREE celebration of all the arts.  More walking = fewer cars + less greenhouse gas + better health! 

Designated one of Mayor Garcetti’s “Great Streets”, the latest  Venice Boulevard Mar Vista Art Walk will take the meaning of “street art” to a new level, hosting the kickoff event for a new attraction - the Mar Vista Walls – activating an entire block of street art with a series of new murals simultaneously painted by recognized street artists.

What makes this art walk unique is its emphasis on sidewalk engagement. Instead of indoor gallery hopping bound by 4 walls, visitors interact with artists everywhere -- on sidewalks, in alley parking lots and everywhere between. 

Food (vegan options), indie bands, live street painting, film, art installations, emerging and established artists, dance and experimental video.

This event is made possible in part by grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Community Partners and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Special thanks to our sponsors Martian Ranch & Vineyard, Michelle Pine Rappoport KW Realty, Pamela Day Enterprises and organizers Green Communications Initiative, the enthusiastic support of Councilmember Mike Bonin and the Mar Vista Community Council.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Master Gardeners, May 22

The UCCE LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent on May 22 from 9 am to 1 pm bringing a bounty of greens, beans and more, along with seeds to make your backyard bloom.

This month they’ve planted:

Heirloom Kale — everyone’s favorite, “Dinosaur” Kale aka Lacinato. The classic.
And its baby brother/sister: Heirloom Tuscan Baby Leaf Kale

French Gold Pole Filet Beans (You’ll need to trellis or stake these) — long thin beauties

And to keep them company, Garden Beans—called Tendergreen; these grow like a bush

Use these for your pickles: Container Cucumbers, “Bush Slicer”  

and lots of SUNFLOWERS!!! Come early, these are going to be very popular — we’ll have container and backyard varieties  

Pumpkins! It’s never too soon to consider Halloween, these are BABY pumpkins called “Mini Jack”  

Slow Bolt Cilantro — with the heat coming it’s great to have a variety that won’t immediately go to seed (but if it does, you’ve got Coriander!)

Cherry Tomatoes — -who doesn’t love Sweet Gold — like popping candy in your mouth
And of course, for your salad delectation, lots of lettuce—the Sweet Greens and Reds to keep it colorful

Plus True Italian Arugula to add a little spice

Please don’t forget to bring your empty plastic six packs so the MGs can plant more good food and flowers for you next month.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hook, Line & Sinker Project, May 15

Drop by the Green Tent to see the “Hook, Line, & Sinker” project. It’s a compelling photographic journey through the magical, surprising, and increasingly devastated Ballona Wetlands.   It will change everything you thought you knew about the Ballona Wetlands.

Photographer Bev-Sue Powers will share her discoveries, why it matters, and what we can do to restore this slice of the ecosystem, rebuild the at-risk seabird populations, and prevent further harm to the wildlife. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Seeds to Plate, May 8

The Seeds to Plate school garden program is our Green Tent this Sunday. Children will be able to make Mother's Day bouquets with flowers from the Mark Twain garden. They'll also be giving away seedlings of veggies and ornamentals. 

Come learn learn about the Seeds to Plate Program -- including how they connect the Garden to the academic curriculum during school time every week. You'll have an opportunity to sign up for upcoming events in the garden as well as find out how to become a volunteer with the Program.

Created in 2010 by six Volunteer Garden Educators, most with Master Gardener training through University of California Cooperative Extension, Seeds to Plate developed an instructional school garden program, using the Mark Twain garden as an ideal place for inquiry-based learning grounded in the outdoors.  

In 2013, the Seeds to Plate program became the first school to sell its produce at their local farmers' market, providing additional learning opportunities to students in entrepreneurship.

The Seeds to Plate Program aims to create and maintain a school garden that is integrated into the academic environment, promote a healthy food culture, nurture physical and mental well-being and provide hands-on gardening and eating experiences for students, families and staff to foster mutual respect, appreciation of diversity, community spirit and sustainability of the earth.