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Los Angeles Free Friday

Sep 17, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Fall is almost here and as the weather is starting to cool down, so now’s the perfect time to spend some time in our beautiful parks that we’re blessed with. Although, we may not have as many parks as other cities, the ones we do have to enjoy the great outdoors with are to be cherished and enjoyed.

This weekend is the opportune time to do so as many opportunities abound to celebrate the change of seasons as well as enjoying our city’s physical infrastructure.

So, if you’re so inclined, put on your walking shoes, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, hiking boots, and get out and smell some evergreens and enjoy the fresh air and tranquility that our parks afford us; no matter who we are or our income levels.

Starting on Friday, initially as part of Park[ing] Day LA, 200 feet of Hudson Avenue, just north of Hollywood Boulevard will be transformed into a 3-day pavement-to-community plaza demonstration project called “Streets for Feet.” Why are they doing this? “Los Angeles is one of the most park-poor cities in the country and Council District 13 (where this project will occur) is the most park-poor district in the city. Purchasing land for park space is very expensive, so we’re looking into creative, more affordable methods to develop park space in our city.” If you happen to stop by, they’ll have free massages, theater performances, knitting classes, plus board games and crafts. All the action starts Friday, September 17th and runs through Sunday, September 19th. For a complete schedule of times and activities, here’s the link.

At Vista Hermosa Park on Saturday, September 18th at 10:00am, you can put your inner detective skills to the test by reading the clues plants give us. By learning how to both read the clues and language of plants–hopefully your plants will appreciate it, you’ll be happier and you’ll be able to create a more sustainable and greener abode. As our severe water shortage and continued drought in Southern California shows no sign of abatement, knowing more about plants will not only help the environment, but will help with our water crisis, too. The program is sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and presented by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Meet the Mighty Oak. Did you know that the most prevalent trees in the Los Angeles region is the Coastal Live Oak? After World War II through the early 1970’s, an LA building boom impacted the Oak population. As the city grew, the oaks were cut down. Because of the declining oak population, the City of Los Angeles enacted an Oak tree protection ordinance back in 1982. But, that wasn’t enough. The Oak tree population continued to decline, so in April 1996, the law was amended. If you’d like to learn more about this local tree that’s critical and necessary for our local eco-system, head over to Temescal Gateway Park on Saturday, September 18th at 6:00pm, and meet in the front parking lot.

If you’re unable to visit a local park on Saturday, on Sunday, September 19th, Franklin Canyon is hosting A Turtle’s Race Around the Lake. Naturalist, Rebecca, will be leading an easy walk around the lake, introducing everyone to Franklin Canyon and its relevance to our local environment. What better way to get some exercise, and learn something new about your local natural resources. Be sure to wear the right shoes and bring some water, Everybody is meeting at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, at 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills.

On the Santa Monica Pier, the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace is being held on Sunday, September 19th, from 11:00am – 4:00pm. The Roots & Shoots mission is “to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.” Started by the Jane Goodall Foundation, the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace includes entertainment, art activities, informative displays, and a stunning Giant Peace Dove Parade along the beach.

Sometimes we forget to enjoy to stop and smell the roses and appreciate our local parks and resources. This is the perfect weekend to do exactly that.

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