Get Involved for the Spring Equinox

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Every week KCET will be bringing you ways to GET INVOLVED in your community. We believe that one person can an agent of change, and with so many people living in Los Angeles, we can make a huge difference. Building a better L.A. starts with you, so go out there, volunteer, get informed, and spread the word!

In honor of the Spring Equinox (March 20), we bring you learning and volunteering events catered just for you. Help L.A. be a more beautiful place for spring while having fun at the same time!

Los Angeles is known for its eclectic group of residents and many of them are leading the way to an L.A. that is cleaner and greener. With a variety of ways to participate in the Green revolution, it is no surprise that making L.A. green is "in" right now. So check out these events and GET INVOLVED. Be green for spring. All the cool people are doing it...

Green Life Style Film Festival March 19, 2010
First up is the 4th Annual Green Life Style Film Festival, the only vegan based film festival in the country. It is the perfect mash up of L.A. flare and green sustainability. Films screened will focus on green, food, and health issues. The weekend long event will feature a green carpet (green filmmakers need time in the spotlight too!), gourmet green chefs, live food demos, out door stage entertainment, music, and Q&A's with filmmakers. Learn about Green issues in this very L.A. setting. What better way to learn about the changes we can make to prevent more damage than with a great vegan meal and a little bit of movie magic? For more info and tickets, visit Green Life Style Film Festival's site.

Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanups March 20, 2010
Our good friends at Heal the Bay are hosting their once-a-month beach cleanup. This month volunteers will head over to Dockweiler Beach (map here) to pick up trash and leave nothing but sand on the beach. This is a rewarding hands-on experience that leaves you dirty, but the beach clean. Make a tangible difference in our Santa Monica Bay beaches and enjoy the outdoors.

Community Tree Planting March 27, 2010
Find yourself in the Valley next weekend? Why not join Million Trees L.A. and Council member Dennis P. Zinehost in Woodland Hills and plant trees? Million Trees L.A. was created after a promise by Mayor Villaraigosa to plant a million trees in Los Angeles back in 2007. With canopy cover in Los Angeles 6% below the national average (which is 27%), every tree planted makes a difference. To volunteer contact MTLA at (213) 473.9950 or email Lisa.Sarno@lacity.org. Do not forget to check out the Million Trees L.A. site for more information.

Car Free Friday March 27, 2010
Making L.A. beautiful again for Spring is all about taking action.Participate in Car Free Fridays on the last Friday of every month. Not only will you be reducing green house gasses by taking one more car of the street, but you will also get to see L.A. in a whole new light! Be part of the movement and ride your bike to work, school, a party, to eat, and to a green event! Not only are you helping L.A. be greener and cleaner, but you will also be healthier and stronger too. L.A. Bike has a list of participating businesses here. Remember: Nothing stops you from riding your bike more than once in a month. So, save money and have fun.

USC Eco-Friendly Fashion Show April 1, 2010
The University of Southern California's ALIVE (Always Living In View of the Environment) organization reminds green minded individuals that being green for spring is also about making personal changes. That is why they present the 3rd Annual Eco-Friendly Fashion Show. Taking place at USC's McCarthy Quad, the show aims to inform attendees about the affordability of green clothes and fashion. In a place like L.A. where appearance is everything, learning about sustainable clothes can make a huge change.

We want to see you and your group GET INVOLVED and make L.A. a better place. Upload your pictures to the KCET.org Southern California Flickr Pool and follow us on Twitter so you can tweet your experiences. We also want to hear from you here! Did you go to an event? What did you think? Do you know of any volunteering event happening in Los Angeles? Share your thoughts and GET INVOLVED.

Image by Flickr user Fire Monkey Fish found in our Southern California Flickr Pool using a Creative Commons License.

-KCET Yoli

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