Celebrate the Holidays by Celebrating the Environment and Community

We’re certain you have a busy month planned, but what better way to get into the spirit of giving this Holiday Season than to donate a few hours for a good cause. There are many volunteer and event opportunities early this month, so why not pick one and go for it! Holiday shopping can always wait, can’t it?

 >On Friday, December 3rd come out to Sun Valley for a Native Plant Care & Maintenance workshop hosted by the Theodore Payne Foundation. They’ll be teaching all about stormwater friendly plants.

>Saturday, December 4th is a full one. There is a beach clean-up hosted by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, a campus tree cleaning organized by TreePeople in Woodland Hills, e-waste collections in Malibu and Monterey Park and a wetlands restoration outing in Long Beach. So there is certain to be an event near you!

>TreePeople is busy again on Sunday, December 5th where the group will be holding a tree pruning basics workshop in Beverly Hills. Keeping those trees healthy is important, so come learn some helpful skills.

>Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project will be holding an educational forum at Loyola Marymount University on Wednesday, December 8th. The same day Green California Schools Summit & Expo will kick off in Pasadena, which is the largest green school event in California, the event will run from December 8-10, 2010 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

>On Saturday, December 11th, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power will be spearheading a workshop in Van Nuys to show residents how to reduce their landscape water consumption. On the same note, the West Basin Municipal Water District will be holding a similar event in Los Angeles, showing the best practices for making our landscapes ocean-friendly.

>During the same Saturday, December 11th, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will hold a tour of Echo Park. There are only 30 slots, so sign up fast!

>Want to learn more about native plants? The Theodore Payne Foundation will gladly share their deep knowledge on Saturday, December 18th in Sun Valley. Bring your thinking caps and notebooks, as this seminar is sure to be educational.

>Lastly, a volunteer event will be held on Tuesday, December 27th, TreePeople is looking for volunteers to help prepare and distribute 3,000 fruit trees in Valley Glen and Inglewood. It’s sure to be a fruitful day, so come on out!

Happy Holidays! Check out all of the month’s volunteering and stormwater events by visiting our calendar at http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php

 *Photo courtesy of volunteermatch.org

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