Big Sunday Kicks Off A Big May

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Earth Day may be over for another year but now it’s time to make good on that eco-pledge you took on April 22 to get involved and make a difference in your community. Luckily, the month of May does not disappoint! With events like Big Sunday, Friends of the LA River’s La Gran Limpieza and the 20th annual Kids Ocean Day, you have plenty of opportunities to keep your promise to Mother Earth this month.

> Get involved in a big way! Big Sunday weekend is May 3, 4 and 5 with volunteer opportunities happening all over Los Angeles. Big Sunday’s mission is to build community through community service and with more than 50,000 people volunteering last year, they’re well on their way to meeting that goal!

> Come by and say hi! LA Stormwater will have a booth at the Best Friends No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Super Adoption at the La Brea Tar Pits on May 4, passing out dog waste bags to the dog owners in attendance. Post a photo of yourself at the LA Stormwater booth on our Facebook page, and we’ll hook you up with a free LA Stormwater t-shirt or canvas bag!

> Even storm drains need a little love. Ready to adopt one? The folks at Adopt A Storm Drain Foundation provide not only opportunities to educate people about the negative impact pollution on our local waterways but the chance to get out and do something about it as well! They will be sponsoring three community clean ups in South Los Angeles and San Pedro on May 4, May 11 and May 18.

> Show Dockweiler Beach a little love, too! Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education’s 20th annual Kids Ocean Day takes place on May 16 at Dockweiler Beach. More than 3,000 Los Angeles-area students will take part in a beach clean-up and aerial art with a pollution prevention message. Visit Kids Ocean Day’s Facebook page to learn how you can volunteer!

> It’s time to make room for the river! The City and County of Los Angeles in partnership with local non-profit environmental organizations present a two-day conference entitled Make Room For the River: Los Angeles on May 16-17. Workshops will explore the role of the Los Angeles River in coming decades and examine ways to achieve multiple benefits for Angelenos and LA’s founding water body. 

> Un gran limpieza para un gran rio! Friends of the LA River’s annual La Gran Limpieza takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This year you’ll have 15 sites along the Los Angeles River from which to choose. Invite everyone you know to come out for a work-party down by the river.

> Truth! Nothin’ But Sand on this beach! Heal the Bay’s monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach clean-up takes place on May 18 at Will Rogers State Beach.

> Discover Recycling with LA Sanitation’s Dynamic Duo! LA Sanitation is showcasing its district yards with a series of open houses this spring. The West Valley District Yard will be open to the public on May 18 and will also feature a tire recycling collection event the same day.

> Closing out the month, Pacoima Beautiful presents their end of the year clean up on May 25. For more information, please call Imelda Padilla at (818) 899-2454.

> Get wild for a while! Once the hard work is done, take a day to enjoy the When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage art exhibit at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. This exhibit, which is a collaborative project between the Theodore Payne Foundation, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the Huntington Library, includes some 200 art items that interpret the unique diversity of native California flora from its wild origins to its current popularity. 

Don’t forget that you can check out all of the month’s events at our online calendar, and if you have an event that you’d like us to feature, drop us a line in the comments section below.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District.

 

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