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Just for the Fun of it: Holiday Potluck & Hangout at L.A. Eco-Village, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:00pm

Curious to learn more about the Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community?  C’mon and hang out with us to celebrate the holiday season, the Solstice, and one another.

Make your favorite holiday veggie dish, enough for 4 to 8 people, bring along  your  non throw-away eating ware and join us for our Sunday night potluck JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!


  • At the Los Angeles Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, 90004    directions
  • Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Free and open event.  No reservations required.
  • More info: or 213/738-1254

Event sponsored by the Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Housing Cooperative Bienvenidos Committee.



Consensus, Collaboration & Conflict Resolution Free Workshop with Starhawk in Silverlake Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30pm


It happens all the time: a group of well-intentioned neighbors come together fired up with passion to create change.  We come together and begin with huge inspiration and enthusiasm–and then, with time passing, become trapped in the mire of conflict.  How do we work with those “irritating,” “self righteous,” “controlling,” “fluff brained,” “clueless” folks who are, in reality, our dear friends, neighbors and allies?


All are invited to this free and open event: friends, neighbors, colleagues, Neighborhood Council volunteers and stakeholders from across LA, Neighborhood Watch Groups, City Agencies, non-profits, theater groups, art collectives , PTOs, PTAs, Business Associations and more.

All will find valuable skills for moving their own groups and neighborhoods forward.

Starhawk has authored or co-authored twelve books, including her classic tome The Spiral Dance and futuristic novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development as a feature film. A veteran of progressive movements, and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism, Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Trainings, which combine a Permaculture design certificate course with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.


Date & Time:  Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Holy virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral
650 Micheltoreana St.
Los Angeles 90026

Fee:                   This is a free event

BIKE PARKING & parking available; walking, public transit, and carpools encouraged.

Hosted by Amy Clarke & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld*

Additional events with Starhawk in the Los Angeles Area:

Saturday, Dec. 6. Pasadena Workshap TBA still getting organized, check back on the schedule page at

Sunday, Dec. 7:   Los Angeles, noon to 7pm, Climate Action Workshop & Community Spiral Dance at Fais Do Do Los Angeles.  Attend part or all.  Time and fee details here


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Dia de los Muertos celebration at LA Eco-Village Sunday November 2, 2014 from 6 to 9pm

Please join us in celebrating Dia de lxs Muertxs at the Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV) on Sunday November 2nd, 2014 from 6-9 pm. We will be hosting a community potluck and honoring those who have passed.

Please feel free to bring photos, marigold flowers or anything you would like to display in the community altar. Please also bring vegetarian food to share.

Some ideas of traditional food for this Mexican holiday include tamales, dulce de calabaza, mole, pan de muertxs, enchiladas. You may also want to bring a drink to share.

This is also an opportunity for people to learn more about LA Eco-Village, including how to become a member-resident in our community or a short term guest or longer term visitor.

Reservations: or 213/738-1254

Location: 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004

Time: 6 to 9pm

No charge for this event.

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In the Flow: a film series on water at L.A. Eco-Village starting Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 7:00pm

Starting this week!

Plan to come hang out with us and watch some of the best documentaries on water issues.  Join the dialog about what each of us can do to individually and collectively to radically reduce our water use in Southern California.

These four documentary films will alert us to what has gone wrong and how we can continue to work on fixing things.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
Cadillac Desert: (Mulholland’s Dream, An American Nile)

No reservations required.
Donation:  $5 to $15 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Refreshments available for donations.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:00pm


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00pm


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm


Donations:  $5-$15, but 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.


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Meredith McKenzie talking about water in the White House Place Learning Garden at L.A. Eco-Village: Saturday September 27, 2014 at 11:00am

Prof Meredith McKenzie is a thought leader challenging us to look at and utilize water with fresh eyes.
A Lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona,  Meredith specializes in revitalizing urban river neighborhoods, with a focus on stream restoration. She is a member of the Los Angeles Recycled Water Advisory Group and the EPA Los Angeles River Urban Waters Federal Partnership.
Given our current long-term drought and water shortage reality, her presentation is very timely.

WHEN:      Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11am

WHERE:   White House Place Learning Garden at Los Angeles Eco-Village,       northeast corner of Bimini and White House Place.

FEE:  Free and open event.  (Donations always welcome)

FOOD:  Feel free to bring a brown bag snack or lunch.

EVENT SPONSOR: Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust

MORE INFO:   213/383-8684
or   213/738-1254


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Urban Food Security with Hop Hopkins in the White House Place Learning Garden at L.A. Eco-Village Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3pm

Join Hop Hopkins to hear first-hand how to improve local food security.

This is a free and open event.

About Hop Hopkins
As a certified arborist, Master Gardener, Permaculture Designer, and CERT instructor, Hop’s guiding vision is to help establish a network of residential food forests that can support the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities integrated with cooperative local economies. Grassroots environmental justice community organizing in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, along with several years staffing environmental programs with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust put Hop in the unique position of knowing a lot about a lot of things.

About the White House Place Learning Garden
After years of planning, fundraising, and building infrastructure for the Garden, there is a rich array of edible plants and fruit trees.  And the planting continues.

We invite teachers, staff, friends and neighbors to tour the garden during the open garden hours listed below and to attend the talks.

When:  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Where:  White House Place Learning Garden at the northeast corner of White House Place and Bimini Place in Los Angeles Eco-Village

Regular Garden Hours*:
*Saturdays: noon to 4pm
*Sunday:   8am to noon

*If you plan to come on days when no talk is scheduled, call or text Lara:
213/383-8684 or call Lois 213/738-1254 or Julio 323/377-0973

Also upcoming in the White House Learning Garden on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 11am:  Meredith McKenzie “Shares the Ways of Watersheds”

 The White House Place Learning Garden is a project of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust in association with the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

Thanks to the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council for their financial support for the garden.

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Celebrate L.A. Eco-Village’s Twentienth Anniversary Saturday, Decmeber 7, 2013 from 7 to 11pm

Join us for a fabulous evening of

Wine     Food     and     Fun

Music       Silent Auction      Raffle     Schmoozing     Networking

Hanging out with old friends and meeting new folks

Los Angeles Eco-Village
117 Bimini Place
Los Angeles 90004

Saturday evening, December 7, 2013 from 7 to 11pm

Special Honoree:  Jackie Goldberg*

Reservations required:
$25 to $100 donation** (includes wine & food)

Please pay on-line here

or send check to:
117 Bimini Pl #221
Los Angeles CA 90004
and put “Special Event” in memo

More info: or 213/738-1254

 *We are honoring our former school board member and former city council member Jackie Goldberg, and acknowledging many of the people who have contributed to our community over the years.

Your donation supports new demonstration eco-technologies for our Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative.

**Proceeds to benefit new demonstration eco-technologies for
our Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative.
Amounts donated over $25 are tax deductible.



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“Just Doing Stuff” fair with Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins: Sun. Oct. 13, 2013 in Westchester, and Mon. Oct.14, 2013 in Pasadena

What:         The Power of Just Doing Stuff: Transition Town Fairs

Where:       Westchester Sunday October 13, 2013 AND Pasadena Monday October 14, 2013

More Info

Westchester event:  Sunday 10/13/13 from 2:30pm to 7pm.  Go here for details and to register:


Pasadena event: Monday 10/14/13 from 10:30am to 2pm.  Go here for details and to register:

featuring award winning “Repair Cafe” and other activities, veggie potluck lunch (bring your own eating ware), speed dating mini talks, and more.
Transition groups (Los Angeles and Pasadena) host Rob Hopkins, founder of the international Transitiion Town movement.  Rob gives a talk and hosts his renowned “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” fairs.




City Repair’s Mark Lakeman from Portland at L.A. Eco-Village Fri. Nov, 1 at 7:30pm

Learn more about City Repair here:


Friday Evening November 1, 2013 at 7:30pm for his inspiring Slideshow and talk

at L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004, directions

Join visionary architect Mark Lakeman as he inspires and guides the grid structure of a typical American city into a vital social commons with Portland’s City Repair Project <>.

Now a national movement (just google it to get a sense of it), City Repair is about cities, towns, grids and the intersections where our lives can converge.

Multidisciplinary, City Repair combines architecture, urban planning, anthropology, community development, public art, permaculture and ecological design in projects that transform public space.

Intersection Repair is the citizen-led conversion of an urban street intersection into a public square.  It is a form of grassroots city planning that can nurture art, public gathering and volunteerism in your neighborhood.

“Mark is among  the most inspiring speakers I have seen in my more than 30 years of local activism,” says Lois Arkin.

Friday Nov 1 at 7:30pm:   $5 to $15 (self selected sliding scale)
Reservations required: or 213/738-1254

*Note:  Saturday morning November 2nd public forum with Mark was canceled.  Check our website for future forums on progressive city planning issues.


For an excellent introduction to current City Planning in Los Angeles, visit:

To review recent community  input on the updating of the City’s Mobility Element, go here:

To review the draft Housing Element for the City of Los Angeles for 2013 –  2021, go here:

To follow the Updates on the City’s codes, go here:

To keep updated on some of the most progressive city planning policies, proposals and actions from throughout the world, check out these websites:


Date: Sat Nov. 2   Time: Doors open @ 5 pm

Place: The Shed 1355 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103
Place Making Workshop w/ Mark Lakeman & James Rojas
Special Performance by Moses Sumney @ 7 pm
Tickets $12 advance/ $20 at the door
Date: Sun Nov 3  Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Place: Venice Learning Garden – 13000 Venice Blvd. 90066. Enter on Walgrove.
Cob Bench Workshop at the Venice Learning Garden
Donation: $15 – $20
Contact:, 310 869-5607
Date:  Sat Nov 3   Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Place: WRHAP 12401 Slauson Ave, Unit G Whittier, CA 90606
2nd Annual Pizza Party for City Repair feat. Mark Lakeman
Admission is $15 ($10 pre-sale tickets available); children 12 and under $5.
Contact: Megan (562) 457-0450
Date: Mon Nov 4   Time: 6 – 9 pm
Place: Casa Coracao 1742 Deerhill Trail Topanga 90290
Community Building Topanga with Mark Lakeman
$10 donation, no one turned away at the door.
Light beverages and snacks will be provided
Date: Tue Nov 5  Time: 1 – 5 pm
Place: Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd, Venice
Community Building on Venice Blvd.
FREE Event
RSVP and Contact Info: Lauren Tucker
Date: Tue Nov 5  Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Place:  Private Residence 805 Brooks Ave, Venice 90291
City Repair Slideshow and Potluck
Donation: $10
Contact: Lauren Tucker

Thanks to Camille Cimino for coordinating this tour schedule:
Camille Cimino
“The Nature of Things”
(213) 924-5238


Community Services Unlimited 5th Annual Earth Day April 6, 2013 Los Angeles

What:        5th Annual Earth Day with Community Services Unlimited Inc.
Where:     4505 S. Raymond Ave, LA, CA 90045. Enter the school from the Vernon gate located just east of Normandie.
When:      Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 11am to 4pm


More information:

Community Services Unlimited Inc. Serving the People Body and Soul 

Event theme: Growing Our Own – Free Family Event! Volunteers welcome.  Sign Up Now to Volunteer! (preferred), or 310 780 0426

WORKSHOPS: Making a Seed Bomb, West African Dance, Yoga, Earth Medicine, American Tribal Belly Dance, Fruit Tree Pruning, How to Make A Seed Bomb, Composting,Zumba Dance, Writing Poetry

ACTIVITIES: Painting At An Easel For Kids, Making Herb/Fruit Iced Tea, Using Aloe To Heal and Nourish,TOL Fruit Pick, Vegan Food Sampling, Posture and Fitness Assessments with Biomechanix
CHEF DEMOS WITH: Bryce Fluellen, Garden Gateway, Mirabel Diaz
STAGE LINE-UP INCLUDES:  Just Wanna Step Homegrowne, Normandie School Orchestra, Guerilla Queenz, A Place Called Home, Joannne, Damon-Greedy City, Real Ridaz, Eushela, Sheldon ….AND MORE
LIVE ART WITH: Duce, Heng, Jeyd and LA Life Style
iNFORMATION TABLES: Hunger Action LA, Community Build, Community Coalition, LA Community Action Network, Garden Gateway, TreePeople, BioMechanix, St.John’s Clinic, Heal the Bay, Bus Riders Union, Garden School Foundation, Food and Water Watch, TRUST South LA, UMMA Community Clinic, California African American Museum, 50th Street Youth Program, Master Gardener Program
RAFFLE PRIZES INCLUDE: Museum Passes, Yoga Class Gift Certificates, Jewelry Gift Certificates, Book Gift Certificates, Patagonia Items, CSU Produce Bags
AND MORE……..Free Bike Valet Service and Bike Organizations’ Table with Bike Info and free bike safety checks, Craft and Jewelry Vendors, Food Vending From Chichen Itza and CSU

Together we envision an annual Earth Day event where community residents come together in a safe environment to have fun, celebrate our foods and cultures, learn about and participate in sustainable practices, and connect with each other and organizations working to make positive change in our neighborhood.

Growing Our Own; food, community, jobs, businesses, leaders.

This is a plastic water bottle free event, please bring water bottles if you have them, water stations with paper cups will be available at the event

Look out for updates at, you can go there now to check out passed years’ events.

During the week leading up to the event we need volunteers for various tasks, please contact us if you have any time.   Volunteer RSVP: (preferred), or 310 780 0426

 Address for all events listed: Normandie Ave Elementary School
4505 S. Raymond Ave, LA, CA 90045. Enter the school from the Vernon gate located just east of Normandie.




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