THIS WEEKEND: Earth Day Celebrations, Festival of Books, Arts, Antiques,Vintage Fairs—and a Sad Goodbye

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Portrait of a Bookstore:  After 26 years (14 inside Studio City’s Aroma Cafe), Portrait of a Bookstore is “retiring” on May 17.  The Von Zerneck Family and all those who  have worked to make the store one of the most special places in the 818 (and a MDF favorite), welcomes the community to come share memories and peruse the bookshelves and gift collections.  Everything is 50% off.

Los Angeles Zoo: Radio station K-EARTH and the Los Angeles Zoo will team up to present the Los Angeles Zoo Earth Day Expo on April 21 and 22. The weekend events will include recycled crafts, information booths, and K-EARTH deejays. This year’s expo includes a celebration of the special California wildlife all around us, maybe even in your own backyard. Paid zoo admission required; free to GLAZA members.

The Country School Earth Day Festival 2012: Free entry, free tote bag with lots of free samples and free fruit trees for the first 100 attendees. Plus food trucks, dozens of incredible vendors, performers, arts & crafts, special guests and more! Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., The Country School, 5243 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City

LACMA : Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Angeles County Art Museum on Sunday, April 22 for “Earth Without Art is Just ‘EH.’ ” Starting at noon, there will be artist-led workshops, bike-related films, storytelling, nature sketching, and a guided walk through the natural art on the museum campus. Free museum admission to those with a bike helmet, or a receipt for bike parking, or who use alternative transportation to visit the museum that day.

Tadasana Festival Santa Monica: Coachella for Yoga? A three-day festival of yoga and music will celebrate the spirit of Earth Day  from April 20 to 22, sponsored by the eight yoga studios located within Tadasana’s Yoga Alley, at the edge of the beach facing the Pacific Ocean. The festival will feature themed yoga tents, lecture domes, artwork, chill zones, an organic food court, and more than 60 vendor booths promoting eco-goodness. Admission fee.

 Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach: Learn what you can do to help the planet’s oceans when the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its 12th annual Earth Day program on April 21 and 22. Learn simple, everyday tips to protect the planet. Hands-on demonstrations, exhibit booths featuring Earth-friendly organizations. Regular aquarium admission prices will be charged.

Descanso Gardens: Entertainment, a barbecue, and family activities are part of the events planned for the weekend of April 21-22 as Descanso Gardens in La Canada celebrates Earth Day. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be presented by the California Shakespeare Ensemble in the Under the Oaks Theater, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m., the outdoor theater will host the Mobile Homeboys in concert, while an Earth Day barbecue will be presented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gardens’ Main Lawn. Children can explore nature through hands-on activities while families celebrate locally raised foods at Patina’s eco-friendly family barbecue. An admission fee will be charged.

Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: It will be held at USC on April 21 and 22.  The festival is a free public event for all ages, and includes exciting author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings. The Festival of Books also includes nearly 300 exhibitor booths representing booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations. Over 140,000 people attended last year.

Topanga Vintage MarketMy Daily Find featured the grand opening of this premiere event in a full article earlier in the week—there is nothing like it in the 818! Join over 100 authentic vintage and antique dealers in the parking lot of Westfield Topanga at this monthly event, set to take place on the 4th Sunday of each month. $2 admission, and kids under 12 are free.  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

47th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Woodland Hills:  It’s the Rotary Club’s big festival this Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. both days at Warner Center Park (corner of Topanga Cyn Boulevard and Oxnard St.) Artists display and sell their original hand-made works in candles, ceramics, dolls, etchings, fabric / fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paintings, photography, porcelain, sculpture, and water color. Admission is Free!

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