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Arroyo S.E.C.O. Time Bank Orientation Meeting Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

What:       Arroyo S.E.C.O. Time Bank Orientation Meeting
Where:    Go here for location details:
When:      Sunday, March 24 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm


More information:

We are an interconnected community of people who help each other by sharing our abilities, talents and experiences. By both giving and receiving, we learn to appreciate the value of each and every member and also come to believe in the value of our own contributions. When you provide a service for another member you earn one time credit for each hour you spend providing the service. You can then exchange each time credit you earn for an hour of service from someone else. Instead of separating our community into those who need and those who provide, we recognize that we all have needs and gifts to share.

Time Banking is a pay it forward system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources.

For every hour you help another member, you earn a Time Credit. Then you can use that Time Credit to have a neighbor help you:  getting a ride, learning the computer, getting a haircut, gardening, etc. Time Credits value everyone’s contributions equally. One hour equals one Time Credit.  Time credits can also be used to exchange goods, as well as services.

Time Banks have spread throughout the country, and into many Los Angeles neighborhoods.  Come to an orientation to learn whether you should join or start a time bank in your neighborhood.

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Food Lobby Co-op Potluck & Meeting. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:30pm

What:       Food Lobby Co-op Potluck and Meeting
Where:     L.A. Eco-Village (directions)
When:      Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm (potluck); 7:30 pm (meeting)
More information:
The LAEV food co-op, also known as the Food Lobby, provides an opportunity for neighbors to co-op buy organic produce and organic bulk foods and selected other items.  Located in the main building of the Los Angeles Eco-Village, near First Street and Vermont Avenue, members may order boxes of fresh produce on a weekly basis, stop in the Bulk Room to buy other foods during its limited open hours  and/or order larger amounts of bulk foods monthly from Azure Standard, the wholesale distributor the Co-op currently uses. We have no pay-for-membership members; all our members are required to work a 1.5 to 2 hour shift once a month. More Food Lobby Specifics.



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Shift Change Film, presented by LA WORCS. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7pm


What: LA WORCS (Los Angeles Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services) presents “Shift Change”, a new film by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Where: The Workmen’s Circle, 1525 Robertson Blvd Los Angeles CA 90035 – 5 blocks south of Pico Blvd

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:00 pm

About the Film
SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of  life. There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers. Such firms tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. Yet the public has little knowledge of their success, and the promise they offer for a better life.

SHIFT CHANGE encourages support for employee ownership, and provides on-the-ground experience from a variety of enterprises and locations. Screenings have already occurred, and more are being planned, in cities around the world. The film is also expected to be presented on television, as well as in academic, public planning, business and community settings.

SHIFT CHANGE  brings you behind the scenes at some of the most exciting cooperative successes in Europe and the United States. This is a movement that’s creating jobs, strengthening communities, and showing that another economy is possible. It’s a movement that’s taking off — and SHIFT CHANGE is the way to understand what’s happening.
Sarah Van Gelder, YES! Magazine




Los Angeles Worker Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services is an initiative to create a worker cooperative incubator in Los Angeles.

Where to find us:






Dr. Helen Caldicott: a public talk on “Medical Consequences of Fukushima and their relevance to America”

What:  Public talk with Dr. Helen Caldicott

Where:  Turning Point School, 8780 National Blvd., Culver City CA 90232

When:  Thursday, March 7th at 7:30pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a great hero in the environmental, peace and justice movements. She is considered to be the single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action as a response to the ongoing nuclear and environmental crises. As co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors worldwide committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war, she has strengthened the intellectual, scientific and political influence of the cause.

Dr. Caldicott’s lecture is titled “Medical Consequences of Fukushima and their relevance to America.”

Public transportation: Turning Point School is located adjacent to the Culver City Expo Line stop.

For more event information: contact Sarah Brin at Antioch University
Los Angeles 310-578-1080 (ext. 288)

Reservations please:

Dr. Helen Caldicott

Update on Fukushima and the Skilled Veterans Corps Thursday, August 16 at 8 pm

What:       Update on Fukushima
Where:     L.A. Eco-Village (directions)
When:      Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8 pm

Yastel Yamada, founder of the Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima gives a talk on the current crisis in Fukushima and the challenges to us all. The Skilled Veterans Corps are skilled elderly people prepared to give their lives to the clean-up effort.

Yastel and his associate “Tak” Okamoto are in the U. S. to promote this controversial, yet courageous proposal. Essentially, the SVCF is calling on the Japanese government and the Tokyo Energy Power Company (TEPCO), owners of the dangerously crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, to permit retired, senior citizens with technical experience and know-how to be allowed immediately to contribute to the clean-up efforts at the plant, effectively putting their lives on the front lines in the battle to contain this unfolding disaster.

In addition, the distinguished gentlemen from the SVCF are calling for the TEPCO to relinquish its leadership role in the crisis clean-up and turn the project over to an “International Inspection Team” with a “centralized and unified Project Management”. The members of the SVCF argue that the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is too great for one corporation, with their fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders, to protect the nation and the world from the real and potential dangers.

With Southern California Edison still planning to re-open San Onefre, we still have much work to do to prevent such a potentially disastrous energy direction.

Reservations please: or 213/738-1254 (space limited)

Free event but donations requested.

More info:

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

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Within Reach Movie, Los Angeles Premiere. Tuesday July 24.

WITHIN REACH explores one couple’s pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to “bike-pack” 6500 miles for 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable community.

Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone.

Both their journey and their film have answered the question that they and many others are asking: How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.

To get the most up to date info on this film, join the Within Reach Facebook Group:
or  follow the tour blog:


What: Within Reach, the movie: Los Angeles Premiere (98min). Adventure, Documentary, Drama
with director Ryan Mlynarczyk in person.

Where: at L.A Eco-Village (directions)

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

$10 at the door.  Limited Seating.

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

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Eco Maya Festival. July 28 & 29, 2012.

EcoMaya Festivals have been happening in L.A. since 1992 produced with the endless energy of L.A. Eco-Villager Julio Santizo. The Festival is free and open to everyone.

Help make this a ZERO WASTE event: walk, bike, Metro, carpool and please bring your
own non throw-away eating utensils. Let’s make it happen!

Wanna volunteer? Call Julio at 323/377-0923 or email him at Or just show up with good energy.

What: EcoMaya Festival

Where: In and around the L.A Eco-Village (directions).

When:  Saturday, July 28, 2012 from noon to 9 pm and Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 11am to 8 pm


Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages with support from the Rampart
Village Neighborhood Council and Councilman Eric Garcetti.

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Creating Rain Gardens Talk with Cleo Woelfle-Erskine. September 14.

What: Cleo Woelfle-Erskine gives a public talk on his new book: Creating Rain Gardens

Where:  L.A Eco-Village (directions)

When:  Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Learn how to collect rain to reuse in your front or backyard, and help keep pollutants out of the L.A. River and the ocean in the process. Water conservation expert Cleo Woelfle-Erskine will talk about his new book, Creating Rain Gardens, covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios, and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden. From Puget Sound to the Kansas prairie to the Chesapeake bay, communities are installing thousands of rain gardens and rain cisterns as part of watershed restoration projects. These integrated urban waterscapes can be an alternative expanding dams, desalination plants, and sewer systems. Creating Rain Gardens walks gardeners through the process of building a rain garden, with step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens, and ephemeral ponds—the building blocks of rain-harvesting gardens. From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting, and maintenance, to selecting palettes of water-loving plants that provide all-season interest and a habitat for wildlife, Creating Rain Gardens covers everything a gardener needs to create a beautiful rain garden at home. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.


About Cleo

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine is a hydrologist, educator, and scholar of water. He co-founded the Greywater Guerrillas, and has led dozen of community-based workshops on rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse across North America. His writing on dam remova environmental justice, and urban gardening has appeared in High Country News and Yes, among other magazines, and in the anthologies Urban Wilds and Dam Nation. An avid gardener, Cleo is also pursuing a PhD in the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley where he is investigating how rainwater harvesting affects streamflow.

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

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Art of Community Conference. September 21 thru 23.

What: Art of Community Conference in Occidental CA

Where: Occidental, CA

When: September 21 thru 23, 2012

More details here:
This year’s theme is People, Place, and Purpose, representing three intertwining threads that will be woven throughout program content, categorized as follows:

• PEOPLE: Group process and dynamics, cooperative skill building, decision making models, social sustainability.

• PLACE: Ecological sustainability and local economies, understanding of and connection to our physical environment, nuts-n-bolts of cooperative ownership of buildings/land, and forming/joining intentional communities/cooperative networks where you live.

• PURPOSE: Focused networking sessions, regional organizing, creating community with intention, and the Communities Movement.

The weekend program includes a wide variety of interactive workshops and inspiring presentations by well known facilitators from the Fellowship for Intentional Community as well as the Bay Area and beyond.

If you live in, would like to live in, are exploring intentional communities and ecovillages, or just want to have fun, this event was made for you.  Don’t miss it.


Spread the word.  CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages is coordinating ridesharing, so
let us know if you plan to attend: or 213/738-1254

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