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April 17th, 2018

HOW TO SPEND EARTH DAY WEEKEND IN AND AROUND MARINA DEL REY

Be the Change You Want to See!

This Sunday, April 22, is the 48th annual Earth Day—the one day of the year we officially show some love to our gorgeous, miraculous planet. The catalyst of the very first event in 1970 was a pretty ghastly oil spill in the Santa Barbara channel back in 1969. The devastation was so powerful, it spurred modern environmentalism and prompted major changes in policy. Today, Earth Day serves as a crucial reminder that protecting our environment is still a monumental priority—and it makes its impact through events that educate, create awareness and highlight green volunteer opportunities all over the world. And yep, that includes in and around Marina del Rey! You ready to honor Earth Day all weekend long?

Here are just some of the ways to honor this meaningful celebration—Saturday and Sunday.

 

PUT THE CAR KEYS AWAY

Forget about driving. This weekend is all about getting on your bike, putting on your walking shoes or stepping into those skates. Go immerse yourself in nature with a walk down the trail by the Freshwater Marsh at Ballona Creek Wetlands, skate down the strand, or bike Marvin Braude Bike Trail to South Bay for brunch in Redondo, Hermosa or Manhattan Beach. (Bonus info: If you do transport yourself to Redondo, don’t miss their 8thannual Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge on Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Sea Lab Mobile Touch Tank and the Wing Falconry will also both be there!)

 

EAT PLANT-BASED THIS WEEKEND

Science has proven that greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock are even higher than emissions from cars—so making a concerted effort to eat more plant-based meals is a great show of support for the planet—especially on Earth Day. So, head to one of the amazing vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants near town this weekend! You can get awesome plant-based dishes at hotspots like Plant Food + Wine, Café GratitudeCafé Buna and Sage Vegan Bistro.

 

BRING THE FAMILY TO THE STAR ECO STATION CHILDREN’S EARTH DAY

Every year, the Star Eco Station’s Children’s Earth Day (10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City) is a standout event—and their 18thannual this Sunday is destined to live up to the hype. Admission is free and a tour of the Eco Station is only $5 that day! FYI, the Eco Station is really cool—visitors can learn about ecology and environmentalism through their environmental science museum; meet exotic birds, reptiles and ocean life at the exotic wildlife rescue center; and experience their sanctuary for endangered animals. There will also be eco-friendly games and rides; live entertainment and celebrity guests; a butterfly garden; Toddler Town and much more. If you want to volunteer at the event, there still may be some slots open—just visit the signup sheet online.

 

TAKE PART IN HEAL THE BAY EARTH DAY EVENTS

Heal the Bay has a lot going on for Earth Day both Saturday and Sunday in Santa Monica.

Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival at Laemmie Monica Film Center—Saturday

Reserve your spot for this planet-centric film fest, with screenings starting at 9:45 am on Saturday. Here’s the lineup:

UCLA Lens environmental shorts—FREE

“March of the Penguins 2”—FREE

“Evolution of Organic” + “The Soil Story”—$3 plus processing fee

“The Last Animals” —$3 plus processing fee

“Jane” —$3 plus processing fee

“Earth Focus: Sea Level Rising-Living with Water” + “Earth Focus: Climate Migration”—FREE

 

Aquarium Earth Day Celebration—Saturday

Between 11 am and 5 pm on Saturday, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will have special Earth Day activities that should be fun and interesting. There will be a “Who Pollutes” interactive presentation at both 1 pm and 3 pm, plus kids’ story time with an Earth Day-themed tale. If you love sea life, head to the West side of the pier where Aquarium naturalists will be on-hand to help you identify the different birds and marine animals. Admission is just $5 and kids under 12 get in free with a paying adult. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica.

 

Nothin’ But Sand Santa Monica Beach Cleanup—Sunday

Get into the spirit of Earth Day by signing up for the beach clean-up at the Santa Monica beach on Sunday from 10 am to noon. Register here. Meet up is at 301 Santa Monica Pier, near lifeguard tower 1550.

PS You could also gather some friends and have your own impromptu clean-up at Mother’s Beach or Venice Beach…all it takes is a bio-degradable trash bag, some gloves and a can-do attitude!

 

How are you celebrating Earth Day this weekend? Whatever you do, make it count for the planet!