Daily Breeze - Green Around the Edges
For Earth Day, South
Bay is getting its eco in check
08:27:07 AM PDT
Earth Day falls on Wednesday this year, but the South Bay
and Harbor Area will get an early start with a variety of
eco-conscious events and programs over the next several days.
Others are planned for the following weekend. Here are some
of the activities beginning Saturday and continuing through
California State University, Dominguez Hills, will hold its
second annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday in the Sculpture Garden.
The day's events will include information booths, exhibits
and demonstrations, as well as talks by professors and a
performance by dancers with the Gardena-based Okinawa
Association of America. The day will begin with a blessing by
Tongva spiritual leader Jimi Castillo at 10 a.m.
Among the exhibits will be a mobile interactive tide pool
truck from the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, an exhibit
on solarium fuel cells designed to power robotics, displays of
hybrid and electric vehicles, bonsai demonstrations and native
Other highlights include informational booths featuring
local environmental groups, as well as sustainability
initiatives at the campus. Community exhibitors include
Friends of the
Gardena Willows, Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum,
California Water Service Co., Southern California Edison,
Torrance Transit, Sam's Club and Costco.
Additionally, the university's "Nature and Culture in the
Los Angeles Basin" series will conclude with anthropology
professor Ana Pitchon speaking on "The Risks and Realities of
Pier Fishing in L.A. County." Her talk will take place at noon
on the main stage.
Earth Day events at CSUDH continue until Thursday , with
the screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "The
Garden," which is about a 14-acre community garden that rose
from the ashes of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Director/writer
Scott Hamilton Kennedy will introduce and talk about the
making of the film. The screening is at 3p.m. in the Claudia
Hampton Hall in Welch Hall.
CSUDH is at 1000 E. Victoria St.. Call 310-243-2438 for
Madrona Marsh Preserve will host a celebration starting at
9 a.m. April 25 where the public can feel the soil while
planting native shrubs or trees and later see the water-wise
and native plant garden adjacent to the nature center. Bring
gloves and wear work clothes. The preserve is at 3201 Plaza
del Amo, Torrance. Call 310-782-3989.