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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Earth Day Activities Offer Malibuites Opportunities to Go Green

                          BY SUZANNE GULDI MANN

Sunday, April 22, is the 42nd annual Earth Day and Malibu offers numerous opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in eco-friendly activities.
The City of Malibu’s official Earth Day festivities are scheduled from noon–3 p.m. at Legacy Park in the Civic Center.
Activities will include information booths and children’s activities, a “mini” Smart Gardening workshop, sponsored by LA County Public Works, that will offer an opportunity to purchase backyard composters and worm composters at a discounted rate; a native plant sale, hosted by the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains; water conservation and rebate information provided by LA County Waterworks and West Basin Municipal Water District; energy saving information presented by Energy Upgrade California staff, who will answer questions about retrofit rebates; Adamson House docents will showcase historic photographs; and rangers will lead walks from Legacy Park to the Malibu Lagoon.
Representatives from the California Wildlife Center will also be at the event, providing “children and adults an opportunity to interact with animals and learn about coexisting with wildlife,” a city press release states.
Next door to Legacy Park, the Malibu Country Mart “will celebrate their Green Initiative Program’s most recent eco-endeavors with the ceremonial launch of their newly ‘green zone certified’ playground,” from 1:30–2 p.m., a press release states.
“Already known as an eco-friendly leader in Malibu, the Malibu Country Mart has added another feather to their ‘green’ cap by switching from gas-powered gardening equipment to electric-powered equipment and earning their ‘green zone certification,’” the release states. “The new equipment is just the most recent effort of the Mart’s Green Initiative Program, also responsible for the chemical–free playground sandbox and making Malibu Country Mart the first commercial property to participate in the Geo Green Biofuels program, in which restaurant grease is saved and turned into biodiesel.”
Speakers at the event will include: Dan Mabe, founder and president of Greenstation; Malibu resident June Louks, a local environmental advocate and cookbook author; Julie Labin, director of sustainability at the Malibu Country Mart, and Michael Koss, general partner of the Malibu Country Mart.
On Saturday, April 21, the City of Malibu is partnering with Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission for a kayak and beach cleanup at Surfrider Beach, from 9–11 a.m.
Earth Day weekend also features recycling opportunities. Hazardous household waste, including machines, camcorders, CD players, copiers, fax machines, mobile phones, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice and peripherals, printers, radios, scanners, stereos, tape players, remote controls, telephones, televisions, VCRs, household batteries, and compact fluorescent light bulbs, can be dropped off at the upper Malibu City Hall parking lot, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Used motor oil, car batteries and latex house paint can also be dropped off, and document-shredding services will also be available.
Malibu Country Mart will hold an e-waste roundup from noon to 3 p.m. in a partnership with California Recycles Inc., which will be collecting unwanted electronics for recycle near the Mart’s main entrance.
The City of Malibu’s Shoe Drive—coordinated by Soles4Souls and 1-800 GOT JUNK—will collect gently worn shoes on Earth Day at Legacy Park. Residents can also drop shoes off at Malibu Bluffs Park or at City Hall through April 30. FI: www.malibucity.org
Malibuites who would prefer to celebrate Earth Day by communing with nature may enjoy learning more about local wildflowers at a docent-led wildflower walk in Charmlee Wilderness Park, 2577 Encinal Canyon Road, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. The walk is free, but there is a $4 parking fee and reservations are required. FI: 310- 317-1364.
On Sunday, April 22, the local chapter of the Audubon Society will be leading a bird walk at the Malibu Lagoon at 8 a.m. A second walk, designed for families with young children, is scheduled for 10 a.m. FI: 310-395-6235.
Other Earth Day recreation opportunities could include a walk along any portion of the 62-mile-long Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s Backbone Trail, or along Malibu’s 22 miles of coast line. FI: www.nps.gov/-samo

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