L.A.-area residents celebrate Earth Day
From panel discussions to planting flowers in recycled shoes, a spectrum of events and activities are planned throughout the L.A. region today and through the week to celebrate Earth Day.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hosting a series of speeches and panel discussions in downtown Los Angeles today with officials from the California Public Utilities Commission, the Coalition for Clean Air and Sempra Energy. The all-day event is being held at Metro headquarters next to Union Station.
In Wilmington, the child development center at Los Angeles Harbor College today is sponsoring a "shoe garden," in which children will plant flowers in used shoes donated by college students. The shoes vary in size from "big adult ones to small shoes," said Karen Crummer, director of the development center. "The funkier the better."
At the Archer School for girls in Los Angeles, students will plant a sustainable garden using eco-friendly materials, including zero-emission electric cars to transport compost, plants and gardening tools.
Los Angeles City College is holding an Earth day fair until 5 p.m., featuring recycling contests and exhibits from school clubs and faculty departments. Cal State Dominguez also is planning an all-day event.
The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is distributing reusable bags to residents to help cut down on their use of plastic and paper grocery bags. They will be handed out today until 2 p.m. at Ralphs' supermarkets in Crenshaw and South L.A., the Super A Foods in Boyle Heights and Glassell Park and at the Vallarta supermarkets in Pacoima and Van Nuys.
Earth Day was founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin on April 22, 1970, when millions of Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to support a healthy and sustainable environment, according to the Earth Day Network.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will hosts its ninth annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. both days.
In East Hollywood, the Green Stage Alliance will hold its Cahuenga Green Stage Festival near Virgil Avenue and Madison Street. The free event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In Culver City, the Environmental Science Museum and Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility holds its Children's Earthday festival Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students from the STAR Eco Station will perform songs and dances from around the world. Games, crafts and healthy cuisines will be available, and Nickelodeon and Disney characters will provide entertainment.
And speaking of special days dedicated to important causes, today also is the 11th annual Denim Day in Los Angeles, a campaign designed to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault.
-- Ruben Vives
Photo: Maria Guzman, 9, searches for sand crabs in Hermosa Beach as part of an Earth Day field trip. Credit: Christina House / For The Times