- O: White Mtns/Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Photo Exploration (Night Photos)
Join the Camera Committee's Jeremy Evans*, Allan Der and John Nilsson for a car camp and photo exploration in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and the surrounding White Mountains above Bishop with an emphasis on night photography. This is a new moon weekend and the dark sky presents special opportunities for stunning image-making including the Milky Way.** From our base in Grandview Campground, we’ll look for scenic locations in the Bristlecone Forest and up White Mountain Road. There will be hiking opportunities and some driving exploration. We expect to set up for nighttime photo sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. Jeremy* is well-versed in low-light photography and has produced many stunning Milky Way and starscape photos with natural and painted foregrounds and features. He will explain the principles of night photography and guide novices in capturing some great frames. What to know before you reserve: • This is a high-elevation outing. Grandview Campground sits at about 8000 feet. All photo locations are higher. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center in the Schulman Grove is about 9000 feet; Patriarch Grove, over 10,000 feet. The drive up White Mountain Road will allow views down on Patriarch Grove. • Grandview Campground is nearly 18 miles up winding, sometimes narrow White Mountain Road and Highway 168 from Big Pine on Highway 395. • This is strictly a car camp based in a remote location. No lodging options available. You need to bring everything you need for two nights in a dry campground when you leave Big Pine. • There will be some hiking and for photo sessions you will carry your own camera gear with a tripod over rough terrain. Appropriate boots or shoes as well as a pack that will comfortably accommodate your gear is essential. • It's almost October at elevation and you will out in the night. Be prepared to be warm at the photo sessions and in your tent. • Participants are responsible for all camping elements (i.e. tent or vehicle shelter with appropriate bedding for cold nights, cooking gear, food and water, chair, clothing for cold nights in the open). Grandview Campsites have picnic tables, reasonably flat tent pads and parking areas. No water is available in the campground. Vault toilets are nearby. Campsite fee is a suggested $5 donation per night. • There is $3 per person (maximum $6 per car) use fee for the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Interagency Passes and Senior Access passes are accepted. Donations are happily accepted, too. • All participants must sign the Sierra Club liability waiver to join this outing. Special notes: * About Jeremy: There is a chance that Jeremy (a freelance photographer and cinematographer) will be called for a job with little notice. This may cause a trip cancellation or, at the very least, would mean a downgraded experience. ** Milky Way Disclosure: Late September is the shoulder of Milky Way viewing/photography season. We will not see the full glory of a wide, intense Milky Way high over us. Instead, we should have good views of the Milky Way closer to the horizon, early in the evening (a few hours after sunset). And, of course, everything depends on weather. But you knew that already, right? How to Reserve. • To create a premium photo experience, our group is limited to 8 participants (plus leaders). Reserve early to secure your spot. To reserve, send an email to [masked] with your name, email address, home and cell numbers, and a zip code to facilitate car-pool arrangements. If you are in the first 8 respondents, we’ll contact you about sending a reservation fee. We’ll create a waiting list if the demand is high. • Reservation Fee: $25 per person deliverable via check payable to Sierra Club Camera Committee. Your check will be refunded at the first assembly or upon 5 day advance cancellation notice. If this trip is cancelled by the Camera Committee, your check will be returned.
- Coastal Cleanup Day (+ Yoga!) at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Base Site
Coastal Clean-up Day, the world's largest volunteer day to protect our environment, is here! Your local West LA Sierra Club Group and the City of Culver City are co-sponsoring the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Base site for the fifth year in a row. Please come join us! Together we'll make a big dent in removing trash and debris from one of the major inlets to Santa Monica Bay -- Ballona Creek. We'll provide the supplies, including water, ice and some light refreshments (coffee, coconut water, pastries, etc.). We will also have a light yoga stretching session sponsored by Shanti Hot Yoga (https://shantihotyoga.com/) for anyone who wants to participate starting at 9AM! Of course, don't forget your hat, sunscreen, and reusable water bottle! If you have a bucket and/or reusable gloves (e.g. gardening gloves), please bring them in order to reduce the amount of plastic bags and gloves used. Last year during Coastal Cleanup Day 2018, ~63,000 Californians removed over 800,000 lbs of trash and recyclables from California's coast and inland waterways in only three hours. Please come out and help us break last year's record! REGISTRATION LINK (Please select 'Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Base' in the drop-down): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coastal-cleanup-day-2019-tickets-52766781865 GENERAL INFORMATION LINK: https://healthebay.org/event/coastal-cleanup-day-2019/ WAIVERS AVAILABLE HERE (complete in advance and bring to the event to expedite the registration process): https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/323787341/2019ccdenglishwaiver.pdf
- Traditional Chumash Indian Healing
The Chumash are the Native American people who historically inhabited the central and southern coastal regions of California. For thousands of years, the Chumash used a variety of native plants as medicines. These plants still grow in our local mountains and continue to provide a source of healing power. Dr. Adams is an expert on the treatment of pain and chronic pain. He will teach how to make California plant medicines that treat pain and cure chronic pain. He will also talk about living in balance, women's health issues, respiratory diseases and other conditions. Dr. Adams is an associate professor of pharmacology at USC and has written over 160 publications and six books including "Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West" with renowned Chumash medicine woman Cecilia Garcia. More on Dr. Adams research here: https://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/faculty/profile/?id=372 This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Event details: Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7pm at Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Plenty of free lighted parking. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to both members and non-members of the Sierra Club.
- Death Valley National Park: Magnitude and Mystery
Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room
Join professional photographic artist Michael E. Gordon for a presentation that will feature images and stories from Death Valley National Park, the largest and most awe-inspiring National Park in the lower 48. Michael is a California native and resident who has been exploring, hiking, studying, photographing and loving Death Valley for more than 25 years. His passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge of this fascinating and magical landscape will turn you into a Death Valley lover, too. He is intimately familiar with the land, its moods, its light, and its natural and human history. More about Michael's photography: http://www.michael-gordon.com/ Michael's Death Valley Tours: http://www.deathvalleyphototours.com/ Michael will be bringing his books, "American Desert" and "Immense, Silent, and Sacred" for signature. This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Event details: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7pm at Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Plenty of free lighted parking. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to both members and non-members of the Sierra Club.
- CPA Local Programs Workshop
Share your thoughts at our interactive L.A. County workshop next week, on June 18th for customers and community members about what kinds of future programs we should include in our Local Programs Strategic Plan! Please feel free to share with friends, neighbors, and others who may be interested customers or stakeholders. Be sure to RSVP your spot here: https://bit.ly/2QATDmw Event details: The workshop will be held in the Ground Floor Auditorium at 555 West 5th Street in the SoCal Gas Building. Parking is limited and can be expensive, so public transit, bicycling, and rideshare are highly encouraged. Parking is available across the street at Pershing Square or Joe's parking lot. Enter off of Olive/5th and go up the escalators to the lobby floor, and make a right into the Auditorium. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. If you can't attend in person, we will livestream the workshop--stay tuned for the link on our website below. Learn more about the Strategic Plan here: www.cleanpoweralliance.org/localprogramsplan
- Clean Power Alliance and how it is helping customers live more sustainably
Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room
Clean Power Alliance believes in a clean energy future that is local, where communities are empowered and customers are given a choice about the source of their energy. Thanks to the Clean Power Alliance, 930,000 customers living in Santa Monica, Culver City, West Hollywood and 6 other CPA cities now have 100% clean, renewable energy flowing from their electrical outlets! Please join Allison Mannos, CPA’s Senior Marketing Manager, who will be presenting on Clean Power Alliance’s service/rates/options and history, led by an environmental vision of reducing climate change by procuring renewable energy quickly. She will discuss what the Local Programs Strategic Plan process that will be kicking off soon and how advocates can give input to CPA. This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Event details: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7pm at Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Plenty of free lighted parking. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to both members and non-members of the Sierra Club.
- City Nature Challenge - Malibu Lagoon
The RCDSMM will be hosting a bio blitz as a part of the City Nature Challenge at Malibu Lagoon State Beach on April 28th from 11am-1pm! Join us in identifying as many native and wild species of bird, plant and fish as we can! As citizen and community science initiatives continue to increase in popularity, this year’s fourth annual City Nature Challenge will expand to more than 150 cities across the globe. Kicking off April 26 at 12:01 am in each time zone, the Challenge runs through April 29, 11:59 pm. The multi-city, global event calls on current and aspiring citizen scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and science backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals, and fungi using the free app iNaturalist. Identification of photographed species will be crowdsourced through the online community April 30-May 5 and results will be announced on May 6. https://www.rcdsmm.org/events/
- Plant Recovery after the Fire: Malibu Creek State Park with Botanist Doug Allan
Malibu Creek State Park
SORRY, THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. PLANT RECOVERY AFTER THE FIRE: WALKING MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK WITH BOTANIST DOUG ALLAN - Sunday April 7th 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Explore Malibu Creek State Park with Doug Allan to see how native plant communities respond to fire. We should see great displays of wildflowers on this hike of about 4 hours, 4-5 miles, moderate. Doug Allan taught Botany at Santa Monica College until he retired in 2011. Currently he volunteers with the Topanga Canyon Docents and the California Native Plant Society. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring water and lunch. Meet in parking lot near main trailhead near the restrooms. The parking fee is $12. If cancelled (e.g. in the event of heavy rain) we will reschedule Saturday April 20th, same time. Event limited to 30 attendees, you must RSVP if you wish to attend.
- Repair Cafe (to fix broken household items)
Do you have a broken household item? A toaster that stopped working? Broken lamp? Instead of buying a new one, come to the Westside Repair Café and get it fixed for free. Why? Because it’s good for the environment. It reduces unnecessary consumerism, helps preserve resources, reduces waste, reduces carbon emissions and other pollutants involved in extraction, manufacturing and transportation of goods, and it saves you money! Volunteer too if you can. Information on this event can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/repair-cafe-fix-your-household-goods-tickets-56536486152 And here: https://www.facebook.com/117594053003/photos/gm.299515370692723/10156190491278004/?type=3 Volunteers with repair skills and volunteers to keep the event running are needed. Here is the link to the Doodle poll where volunteers can sign up and leave comments: https://doodle.com/poll/b6bymkcfkhaxeyd2
- Protecting California’s Wild Places from Corporate Water Raiders
Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room
The Cadiz Inc water mining project hopes to extract 50,000 acre-feet of water per year from under one the driest places in California, the Mojave Trails National Monument near Joshua Tree National Park. Cadiz wants to sell it to major water districts across Southern California, including ones on LA’s Westside. Join Chris Clarke, Desert Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, and NPCA Consultant and Sierra Club Activist John Monsen as they recount the stranger-than-fiction history of the project, its current status, and what Sierra Club members can do to help stop Cadiz Inc water from ending up in their homes. As the latest science shows, the Cadiz-Inc. planned drawdown of underground Mojave Desert water that is up to 15,000 years old would have devastating impacts on the desert springs that sustain life. This includes Bonanza Springs, which is critical to Desert Bighorn Sheep. Despite its environmental threat, Cadiz Inc has been adroit at keeping its project alive. A required federal permit was waved by the Trump Administration when a partner in the law firm the represents Cadiz was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior. Cadiz stalled two Sierra Club-backed bills in the state legislature in[masked] that would have killed the project despite overwhelming support from our elected representatives. A new legislative effort is expected in 2019. About the presenters: Chris Clarke is the California Desert program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), where, he works with desert communities to protect national parks, monuments, and other protected places, and the landscapes that surround them. Prior to joining NPCA, Chris was environment editor at Los Angeles-based KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, where he was responsible for breaking numerous stories about threats to desert national parks. Before that, Chris worked as publications director at Earth Island Institute, where he published the award-winning Earth Island Journal — whose content shifted noticeably toward a focus on desert issues during his tenure. A California resident since the early 1980s, Chris has lived in the California Desert since 2008. He lives in Joshua Tree, California with his dog, Heart. John Monsen, a long-time Sierra Club public lands activist, is President of JFM Consulting, which is supporting the NPCA in its efforts to stop Cadiz. John was on the Sierra Club National Field Staff in Los Angeles for seven years prior to opening his own consulting firm in 2011. In 2017 he was a recipient of the Angeles Chapter’s Extraordinary Achievement Award for organizing work that successfully lead to the creation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. He has helped to launch several major Club campaigns and initiatives, most notably San Gabriel Mountains Forever, a unique coalition of environmental, social justice and community organizations that has been instrumental in creating a new and better future for the San Gabriel Mountains. John is particularly proud of his 13 year-long effort to help improve the deplorable recreational and aquatic habitat conditions along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. He plays a leadership role in the Angeles Chapter’s Forest Committee (Chair), Political Committee (Vice Chair) and he is a member of its Water Committee. He is past Chair of the California-Nevada Regional Conservation Committee and a member of the State Legislative Committee. This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Event details: Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 7pm at Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Plenty of free lighted parking. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to both members and non-members of the Sierra Club.