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“The Longest Straw” an award winning film by L.A. Eco-Villager Samantha Bode, Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7pm at L.A. Eco-Village (north end)

The Longest Straw draws a connection between the water that supports a city and that water’s source. Samantha Bode, director, moved to Los Angeles and immediately fell in love with the abundant sunshine, the warm air, and the exotic plants of Southern California. But, she noticed within the city of Los Angeles the plants were very much like her native North East Pennsylvania. Green grass and tall trees grew everywhere, but there was no obvious source of water and it rarely ever rained. Where did all the water come from?

Samantha embarks on a journey up the Los Angeles Aqueducts and the Mono Extension, the original source of Los Angeles’ imported water. During one of the worst droughts in California history, Samantha laces up her

boots and sets off at the Los Angeles Aqueducts Cascades in Sylmar, CA. The audience follows her north and east for 65 days as she struggles through the rugged terrain of the Mojave and Great Basin deserts and loses herself in the shadow of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. She speaks with historians, community leaders and local residents, as well as employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the operators of the city’s aqueduct. Through Samantha’s inquisitive nature, the audience gains a deeper understanding of the economic, ecological, and societal impacts of water importation and deportation on communities, as well as the future of Los Angeles’ water.

The Longest Straw emphasizes the need for more local water sources in Los Angeles through reuse and conservation, storm water capture, native landscaping, and grey water and black water education and treatment. The aqueduct can be viewed as a microcosm for ecological and resource struggle around the world. Too often in the world of instant gratification humans mistake temporary abundance for never-ending supply. The Longest Straw heightens awareness that the resources that civilization uses to thrive and survive are often shared by various communities; human, animal, and plant. By working together, humanity can ensure the future of reliable freshwater for all.

Date & Times:      Friday, June 8, 2018
7pm:        Veggie potluck (zero waste event: bring your own non-throw-away eating ware)
7:45pm:   Intros and announcements
8:00pm   Screening: “The Longest Straw”
9:30:        Q&A, discussion

3554 West First Street
Los Angeles Eco-Village – north end
Los Angeles 90004

***Please note: We have changed our location to one building north of 117 Bimini in the north end of Los Angeles Eco-Village ***

   ****Enter thru gate on Bimini Pl. just south of First St.*****

Fee:        Fee:  $5 to $15 donation* (self selected sliding scale or 2.5 Time dollars to CRSP.   Pay your cash donation at the door or make checks out to “CRSP”

Please walk, bike or use our multi-billion dollar transit system.

Driving? Parking may be difficult.

Biking?  Please park your bike inside the yard at the event space


 Samantha “Sam” Bode

About Samantha Bode:
Sam  is a film and television maker and lives in the Los Angeles Eco-Village where she actively demonstrates low impact living patterns and a high quality of life. Throughout the 10 years of her career, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be creative in a range of programming, from shows about Africa and it’s descendants, to short news pieces produced by at risk youth in the Los Angeles area, to documentaries about creating your own reality through open source projects and urban farming. The Longest Straw is her first film directing endeavor and is winner of the 2017 New Urbanism Film Festival Best Healthy Cities Film. When not making films or attending Eco-Village meetings, Sam can be found exploring the vast landscapes of  the American west and south west.


Los Angeles Eco-Village is celebrating its 25th anniversary all year long.
Plan to attend more events featuring the work of our  creative and activist members.


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Film: One Big Home – Saturday August 26, 2017 at 6pm – West Los Angeles

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character.

Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

Join us for an outdoor screening of One Big Home on one BIG digital bus! The 31 foot screen will really make an impression on you!

This event is a fundraiser, with all proceeds going to opening a tiny house building resource center in Los Angeles.

$10 online, $14 at the door, discounts for students and LATCH Collective members.

Find your online tickets here – 

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The Communities Conference at Twin Oaks, Virginia, Sept 2-5, 2016

The Communities Conference is held Labor Day weekend, Sept 2 – 5, at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa County, Central Virginia.  The event hosts between 150 and 200 participants, including people who are members of, interested in, and new to intentional communities and other kinds of cooperative living and working.

The focus of the event is on intentional communities, although workshops sometimes cover a broader array of topics in cooperative and alternative lifestyles, economics, and organizing. If the workshop is not specific to intentional communities the presenter will  address the topic in relation to intentional communities.

The conference site is rustic and mostly outdoors.

More info about Twin Oaks here:

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Los Angeles Eco-Village Neighborhood Potluck & Movie Night, Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 6pm

You’re invited:

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 6pm

127 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004
(adjacent to our big building)

Bring a vegetarian dish to share and your own
eating ware to make this a zero waste event.
You may also want to bring along a blanket for
picnic style event.

Movie at 7:30pm:
The Exterminating Angel”, the award winning
1962 macabre comedy by Luis Bunuel, in

Spanish.  Review here.  Note: may not be suitable
for children.


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Los Angeles Green Festival, September 25 to 27, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Now in its 5th year in Los Angeles, this festival attracted more than 20,000 folks last year.   The Festival is full of fun with more than 250 green exhibit booths, dozens of vegan and veggie food demonstrations, children’s activities, arts and crafts activities, a diversity of local and nationally prominent speakers, fashion shows, eco-technology displays.  You name it. 

Visit the CRSP/Los Angeles Eco-Village Booth #716 and read more below for free or discounted tickets.

Bike to the expo, park your bike at the Stromer Bike Valet and get in for FREE

CRSP/LA Eco-Village also earns $5 for every ticket sold using this special unique code XLA15Y28N but only when you buy your ticket on-line on the ticketing page!  And you get $5 off on your ticket.

Go here for more Festival info::

Apply to exhibit, to volunteer, to speak, or for the $5,000 special nonprofit organization award.

Festival Hours at the L.A. Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015:

FRI 9/25 noon-6pm
SAT 9/26 10am-6pm
SUN 9/27 10am-5pm

Easy to get there via bus or rail.  Go Metro!

See the preview guide here:

If you’re a knowledgeable friend of Los Angeles Eco-Village and would like to help staff our booth, let me know ASAP.  Two to four hour shifts are available.  Contact Lois at 213/738-1254 or

Hope to see you there.


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“The Hand That Feeds” – a film, Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm at L.A. Eco-Village

FILM SCREENING: “The Hand That Feeds” Friday, May 22, 2015 at L.A. Eco-Village 

About the award-winning documentary “The Hand that Feeds”—

‘Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez sets out to end abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.’

More info on the film:

Official trailer for the film:


  • Date:             Friday, May 22, 2015
  • Time:             7:00pm
  • Location:       Los Angeles Eco-Village
  • Address:        117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004
  • Donation:     $5 to $10 sliding scale (no one turned away)

The film was created by New York based film makers Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick. See their website here:

Reservations if you’d like or just c’mon over: 
213/738-1254 or




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Film Screening: “Brilliant Soil” Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

About the Award-Winning Film “Brilliant Soil” —

This touching and urgent film deals with the use of lead-based glazes on pottery from Michoacan and how this toxic element affects the quality of life and health of the artisans.

More info on the film:

You can see the trailer here:

Dignicraft artist and film producer Omar Foglio will be in person to talk about current projects related to the film.


  • Date:             Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Time:             7:30pm
  • Location:       Los Angeles Eco-Village
  • Address:        117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004
  • Donation:     $3 to $5 sliding scale (no one turned away)


We are a hybrid between an art collective, media production company and distributor of cultural goods, inspired by human dignity and justice, the artisanal process of creation and the potential of collaboration to spark change.

The essence of our art practice is to encourage encounters normally not seen between people of different backgrounds. We do this by producing documentaries, distributing cultural goods such as films and crafts with a great story behind them, or imparting a collaborative workshop as part of a contemporary art project. The most important thing for us is the quality of the relationships we establish and their consequences.

Dignicraft was born of the evolution of collective work that we started in 2000, together with other people under the name Bulbo and Galatea audio/visual. We are Paola Rodríguez, José Luis Figueroa, Omar Foglio, Blanca O. España, David Figueroa and Araceli Blancarte.

This event sponsored by CRSP in association with Dignicraft and the Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative

Communify Un-Conference in San Diego, Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9am to 6pm

Join us at COMMUNIFY San Diego:     Communify un-conference

A gathering of pioneers, seekers, neighbors, organizers, dreamers, trainers, leaders, and activists reclaiming a more sustainable world through intentional communities, cooperative culture, deep democracy, and participatory economics.  

Saturday, March 7, 2015 9am-6pm at San Diego Friends Center  

People in intentional and traditional communities around the world are already living more green, peaceful, and abundant ways of life.

Reclaiming the power of cooperative human connections, people everywhere have been asking questions that lead back to more satisfying lives. We’re busy reinventing what we own, how we spend time, grow food, earn a living, do business, invest money, and participate in our neighborhoods and governments.

Get the jump on Earth Day. Meet, learn, share, and break bread with old and new friends across community movements here in southern California. There’s plenty of time to network and strategize next steps forward.

Sustainable Community is Within Reach!  

Communify San Diego is an unconference.  Using “open space technology” we will convene a marketplace of ideas when everyone can propose sessions on the topics they are most interested in. Sessions can be skills-sharing, discussions, interviews, games, or presentations.  Opportunities to get to know each other will include “Speed Dating” and “Deepening Connection” sessions. Other sessions have been proposed and are invited include:

  • Dealing with Difference – Communication Games and Technologies of Participation
  • Conscious Elders & Aging in Community
  • Wisdom Circles and Restorative Justice
  • Post-Occupy Organizing of the Commons
  • Sacred Economics
  • Slow Money, Crowdfunding, & Participatory Budgeting

We’ll also share opening and closing circles, a panel of special speakers, info tables for partner groups, raffle prizes to benefit Fellowship for Intentional Community and our local host.  Morning coffee, healthy snacks and lunch are provided.

Special Guests & Presenters  

Lois Arkin, Founder of Los Angeles Eco-Village
CASA: Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas
Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together, and Finding Community
Raines Cohen certified Senior Advisor / Cohousing Coach
Betsy Morris, PhD, Cohousing Researchers Network, and author of “Making Cohousing Affordable,” and “Urban Redevelopment and the Emerging Community Sector.”
Plus YOU, bringing the topics you want to learn about or share.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9am to 6pm

San Diego Friends Center:
San Diego Friends Center
3850 Westgate Pl
San Diego, CA 92105
Google map and directions

$65 in advance;  $75 at the door.
Partner discounts, work-trade/volunteer rebates are still available or call 619-457-6198 (voice/SMS) for more information.

Betsy and Raines · · 619-457-6198

Will you come?
RSVP on Facebook
AND purchase a ticket here

More info here:
Communify unconference About San Diego

Add-on Events 

Weeknight showing of Within Reach, Friday evening at colab.

Sunday 1:30-6:30pm –  Tour and Half Day Intensive at Emerald Village in Rio Vista,  specifically on the nuts and bolts of developing cohousing and ecovillages — people, place, and process.

Communify San Diego is produced by Cohousing California partners, Cohousing Coaches Betsy Morris & Raines Cohen, of Planning for Sustainable Communities, in Berkeley, CA and the San Diego Local Hosts, Patti Shields, Jonah, Mesritz, Andrea Carter, and Mariah Gayler.

Cohousing California is pleased to promote the work of our organizational partners including the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Cohousing Association of the US, and CASA, the South American regional association of the Global Ecovillages Network, and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

Tax-exempt donations are welcome through our nonprofit sponsor, the Fellowship for Intentional Community (




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for a sustainable water future

“Dancing Salmon Home” film Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7pm at L.A. Eco-Village

DATE & TIME: Wed., November 19, 2014 at 7pm
LOCATION: 117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004
Donations: $5-$15 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds).

Food and drinks will also be available for a small donation.

No reservations required.

More info: or 213/738-1254

Film series sponsored by Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana in association with Greywater Action.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

Dam Nation

No reservations necessary.

Fee: $5 to $15 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Refreshments available for small donation.


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