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This Weekend: Earth Day, Grilled Cheese, Easter Egg Hunts for Humans and Canines and Superman

Posted By Karen Young On April 20, 2011 @ 11:37 pm In Activities,Family,Featured,My Daily Find | No Comments

BY KAREN YOUNG

12th Annual Topanga Earth Day: This is the real-deal Earth Day celebration happening this Saturday and Sunday. Musical performances, guest speakers, a gallery of ecological artists, nonprofit organizations, workshops, biodegradable and sustainable solutions, composting, water conservation, native planting, organic food gardening, ecological products and services, alternative energy and healing arts. Organic food and beverages (vegetarian only), and a free bio-diesel shuttle. Saturday and Sunday, Topanga Community Club Fair Grounds, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga.

WORTH THE DRIVE! The Grilled Cheese Invitational is back this Saturday, April 23. It’s known as the largest, craziest, and most exciting Grilled Cheese cooking contest in the country. The goal is to find the perfect grilled cheese “sammich,” so says Tim Walker, an artist in downtown LA who started it in 2003 as a competition between friends. It’s now become a national movement dedicated to the art of Grilled Cheese, where amateur and professional chefs to compete side-by-side in the hopes of becoming a true Grilled Cheese Champion. Various vendors will sell grilled cheese sandwiches for $2-3, as well as 10,000 free sandwiches. Highlights will include: Amateur and Professional Grilled Cheese Competitions. Cheesy samples (free and for purchase), Cooking demos, a beer gardenand so much more! Purchase tickets online via beticketing.com $12 advance online and 15 at the door. Print your ticket at home. April 23, 11 a.m. -  6 p.m.; Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles.

Waiting for Superman: This award-winning documentary released in 2010 has got parents and educators talking. The film analyzes what it sees as the failures of the American public education system and follows several students across the country who hope to be selected into charter schools. This adult program is sponsored by the Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Where/When: Saturday, Sherman Oaks Branch Library14245 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks.

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling: It’s the ultimate Easter fun destination at the LA Zoo. Pet a fuzzy bunny, plant your own carrot, get your face painted, make a bunny craft, have your photo taken with Big Bunny (for a nominal fee), and enjoy children’s musical entertainment. Friday through Sunday, Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. Pricing: Entrance fee to the L.A. Zoo, or free with membership.

Egg-Stravagana in Calabasas: It’s great Easter fun for the kids. Egg hunt and petting zoo, candy, prizes, bunny hop games and crafts. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grape Arbor Park, 5100 Parkville Rd., Calabasas. Admission is free; pictures with the Easter bunny, $5. Refreshments for sale.

Spring Egg-stravaganza and Safety and Health Fair: There are two events happening Saturday at Shadow Ranch Park in West Hills. Timed egg hunts for children age 4-12, are happening from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and the Safety and Health Fair, to be held until 1 p.m. Talk to experts about emergency preparedness, search and rescue, fitness, fire prevention, paramedics, home safety and more. Shadow Ranch Park, 22633 Vanowen St., West Hills.

Rusty’s Annual Doggie Easter Hunt: Bring your dog to this egg hunt on Sunday, which is designed just for your furry friend—each egg has a great prize inside. Get a free pet photo, win pet food, toys, gift certificates and more. Celebrity guests scheduled to appear include: Sebastian Sarceno from Animal Planet’s Pit Boss, who will MC; Kathryn Sugura (author of Hollywood Barks), Hollywood animal trainer. Rusty, Studio City’s Top Dog, will lead off the egg hunt from noon to 4 p.m. The egg hunt area is fenced in, and only one pet at a time will be let in for safety reasons, unless they are from the same home. All dogs must be on a leash at all times.Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Rusty’s Discount Pet Center, 11672 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Free admission. Additional raffle donation benefits the Willie Coppee Animal Medical Fund.

MORE EASTER EGG HUNTS

Lanark Recreation Center: Egg hunt, 1-3 p.m. April 23. 21816 Lanark St., Canoga Park. 818-883-1503.

Northridge Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23. 18300 Lemarsh St. 818-349-7341.

Panorama Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. 818-893-3401.

Sepulveda Recreation Center: Egg hunt for children 12 and under, noon April 23. 8801 Kester Ave., Panorama City. 818-893-3700.

Tarzana Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. 5655 Vanalden Ave. 818-343-5946.

Faith Presbyterian Church of Valley Village Community Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m.-noon April 23. 5000 Colfax Ave. 818-766-8103.

Granada Hills Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. 16730 Chatsworth St. 818-363-3556.

Mason Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 10 a.m. April 23. 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. 818-998-6377.

Sylmar Recreation Center: Spring Egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 23. 13109 Borden Ave. 818-367-5656

Valley Plaza Recreation Center: Egg hunt for ages 3-13, 10 a.m. April 23. 12240 Archwood St., North Hollywood. 818-765-5885.

Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 10 a.m.-noon April 23. 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks. 818-783-5121.

Valens Recreation Center: Egg hunt for ages 3-12, 2:30-3 p.m. Friday. Other activities, 12:30-3:30 p.m. 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima. 818-834-5172.

Winnetka Recreation Center: Egg hunt and other activities, 9 a.m.-noon April 23. 8401 Winnetka Ave. 818-756-7876.

(courtesy LA Daily News)

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