Celebrate Earth Day in and around the 818

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The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22 and is now celebrated in over 190 countries by one billion people. Founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in at colleges across America and organized by Denis Hayes, it led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.  From one day of awareness, it is leading to a global lifestyle change—and an opportunity for people, businesses and organizations to join together to create a green economy.

Check out some of the events being held in and around the 818 on April 22 and through the weekend.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Whole Children, Whole Planet founder, Kathy Arnos. Photo: Courtesy www.wcwpexpo.com

Valley Water Expo

Learn easy ways to save water and money in your life and home while making a positive impact on the environment and the planet. The Greener Community’s Valley Water Expo will join Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz (5th District), the Encino Neighborhood Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks at this free event. The evening is designed to further awareness of the drought crisis and provide information and tools to embrace water conservation. There will be guest presenters who will then offer a panel discussion and Q & A, as well as some great raffle prizes.  valleywaterexpo.blogspot.com. Thu, Apr 22, 6 – 9 pm – Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Blvd, Encino. For more info, contact: janiethompson(@)earthlink.net

Whole Children, Whole Planet 2010

This is the premiere natural parenting and family expo dedicated to introducing and educating families, professionals and friends about the benefits of sustainable living practices, holistic medicine, non-toxic products, organic foods, better nutrition and enrichment learning programs.  This year’s free community event will feature non-stop education for all those willing to learn – kids, students, parents, teachers, friends, grandparents – with free workshops throughout the day, hands-on enrichment projects for kids, and healthy entertainment – for all ages. Sat, Apr 24, 9:30 am – 6 pm – Highland Hall, Waldorf School, 17100 Superior St, Northridge www.wcwpexpo.com

The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning

Playing for one night only in Los Angeles, this documentary was the only film officially invited to screen to world leaders attending COP15, the climate change conference in Copenhagen last December. The Beverly Hills HD Film Festival, Saturday, April 24, 6:30pm,  The Wilshire Screening Room, 8670 Wilshire Blvd, #112, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
  Filmmaker Mark Terry will be in attendance
. Email: mark@polarcapproductions.com
. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/93007 For further info: www.theantarcticachallenge.com

Coldwater Canyon Park Volunteer Work Day/Earth Day Join TreePeople and roll up your sleeves and enjoy a day of park care in honor of Earth Day. Spend a morning in the park with music, food and more! There are limited spaces available and is a first come first served opportunity. Be sure to register to reserve a space for this fun filled day!  Sat, Apr 24, 9 am – Noon – Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Dr, Beverly Hills. www.treepeople.org/springtime-park#Workday

Malibu Eco Fair The City of Malibu is co-sponsoring this  show that will both celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and educate people on ways to save our earth. This project is a huge collarboration of local Malibu youth dancers, actors, and musicians with the central theme being to conserve, reuse, recycle and regenerate. Vendors and exhibits that will showcase eco friendly businesses, products, and ideas for the next generation. The “eco fair” is free to the public. , followed by performances in the theatre at New City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road) beginning at 7:00 pm. There is a second performance scheduled for Sunday, April 25, at 2:00 pm.  Sat, Apr 24, 4 pm – 7 pm – New City Hall (Former Malibu Center for Performing Arts), 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. For further info, click here.

Earth Day Celebration at the Long Beach Aquarium Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s ninth annual Earth Day Celebration. It’s a  weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect the environment. Visit booths from various earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. Free with Aquarium admission. Sat, Apr 24 & Sun, Apr 25, 9 am – 5 pm – Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach www.aquariumofpacific.org

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