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Sierra Club Calendars

Here are some of the great speakers and topics we've covered in past meetings!


Thursday, March 9, 2017
2017-03-09

More Ocean Less Plastic: The 5 Gyres Institute

"More Ocean Less Plastic" is presented by the 5 Gyres Institute, whose mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. Their vision is a planet free of plastic pollution! This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to both members and non-members of the Sierra Club.

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

7pm, Thursday, January 12, 2017
2017-01-12

Diet, Environment, Microbiome and Health

Zhaoping Li is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA and an expert on diet, health, and aging. Dr. Li will talk about what science is teaching us about the many benefits of a plant-based diet. She will also discuss how industrialization changes the fine balance of diet, microbiome and our health. This change is not only bad for human health but also for the health of the planet.

When: 7pm, Thursday, January 12, 2017

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

7pm, Thursday, November 10, 2016
2016-11-10

Journey to Nepal: A Photographic Adventure

Join our world traveler and international Sierra Club trip leader on a photographic journey to Nepal. We will take you trekking on part of the famous route taken by climbers on the Everest Base Camp trail and get a glimpse of Mount Everest.

When: 7pm, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

7pm, Thursday, September 8, 2016
2016-09-08

The Ansel Adams Wilderness: A Photographic Journey

Join the West Los Angeles Group's David Haake on a photographic journey through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. David has just returned from a week long Sierra Club group backpacking trip to some of the most beautiful country in the Sierra, complete with mountain glaciers, lakes, and flowers.

When: 7pm, Thursday, September 8, 2016

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

7pm, Thursday, July 14, 2016
2016-07-14

Passion for the Park. Igniting Inspiration for Future Generations.

The West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club is proud to present Kya-Marina Le of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Kya will describe how parks have been redefined from majestic, often isolated natural wonders or places that exemplify our cultural heritage to urban centers in the middle of the tight-knit communities.

When: 7pm, Thursday, July 14, 2016

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

7pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016
2016-05-12

Los Angeles County Community Choice Power

Los Angeles County Community Choice Power is a community based energy program to provide consumer choice, add renewable power, and boost our local economies. Learn about how local communities can join together to pool their electric energy use and bundle the buying power of residents and businesses. They form a nonprofit local power agency run by representatives from their communities.

When: 7pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
2016-03-10

Yellowstone in Winter: The Photography of Erik Haake

The Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club is celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service with its #Hikethe100 campaign. To get you in the mood, join us on the evening of March 10th for a winter's journey through Yellowstone National Park, featuring the stunning photography of Erik Haake. This show will take you to a timeless place that has been preserved from human impact since 1872 through the stewardship of our National Park Service.

When: Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

January 23rd, 2016
2016-01023

Sierra Synergy: Angeles Chapter Retreat

The theme of this year's Angeles Chapter Retreat is "Inclusiveness: Join us as we walk through this world together!" We have discovered that doing this work together is a great way to have fun and build lasting friendships. Potluck breakfast and lunch, share your favorite dish. This event is open to the public, everyone welcome.

When: January 23rd, 2016

Where: Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Thursday, January 14, 2016
2016-01-14

Alaska and Denali

Join us for an illustrated discussion on a 2015 Sierra Club Angeles Chapter excursion to Alaska by Paul Cooley and Lee Freehling. We will be presenting photos of Denali (we were among the thirty percent of visitors who have the opportunity to see the peak emerge from the clouds), wildlife, wildflowers and even a glacier or two.

When: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, November 12, 2015
2015-11-12

"Off the Beaten Path" with Photographer Michael Gordon

Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning landscape photographer based in Long Beach, California. Michael's photography has been honored in the Black and White Spider Awards, Prix de la Photographie in Paris, International Photographer of the Year Awards, The Photography Master's Cup and many more. Michael leads several photography workshops annually.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
2015-09-10

"Sustainable Food, Sustainable Life" with Erik Oberholtzer of Tender Greens

Locally grown food is just what it sounds like--food which is grown near where you live. The Farm-to-Table movement comes out of the realization that buying food from within your community can help preserve habitat for wildlife, save energy, and grow your local economy. Not only does the food taste better, it makes a huge impact on the people who grow the food and bring it to your table.

When: Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, July 9, 2015
2015-07-09

Sierra Club Water Resources Fair

In participation, we will have the City of Culver City, West Basin Metropolitan Water District, the Hero Program providing water efficiency project financing, LA Stormwater - LA's Watershed Protection Program, G3 Green Gardens Group, Blue Sky Biochar, Eco-Friendly Custom Landscapes, Turf Terminators, and many more! The City of Culver City will be unveiling its Water Conservation Plan at the event, every participant will receive a free sample of biochar, and we will have a raffle with water-saving prizes to boot.

When: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
2015-05-14

"Wanderings of Hawks" with Peter Bloom

Soar with the hawks as raptor expert Pete Bloom talks about a hitherto undescribed migration of fledgling and young adult Red-tailed Hawks from southwestern California to northerly latitudes at least as far as Yellowstone NP in Montana, and another component that looks at vagrancy (basically lost) in Red-shouldered Hawks.

When: Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
2015-03-12

Our Ocean's Edge

California’s 124 Marine Protected Areas, magnificent in beauty and wildness, provide protection for wildlife, solutions to climate change, and recreational resources for all. Photographer Jasmine Swope set out to capture the essence of the marine parks, traveling up and down California’s 1,100-mile long coastline. The result is “Our Ocean’s Edge,” a photographic documentary project celebrates these fragile seascapes while increasing awareness about their natural benefits and inspiring conservation action.

When: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, January 15, 2015
2015-01-15

The Arctic and Its Inhabitants - a Travel Adventure

Dave Weeshoff will present highlights of his 24 day trip to the high arctic, including birds, plants, and the Inuit and Viking cultures of that area. Included are some amazing photos of arctic glacier ice, pack ice, various whales, walruses, seals and polar bears behaving as you've not seen before.

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, November 13, 2014
2014-11-13

Talking Trash - Helping LA Get to Zero Waste

Hillary Gordon and her Zero Waste Committee has led the successful efforts to ban single-use plastic bags, promote composting of organic waste and reducing the amount of trash going to landfills. The Zero Waste Committee is part of the “Don’t Waste LA” coalition of community, environmental, faith and labor organizations working to increase LA’s recycling and composting.

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, September 11, 2014
2014-09-11

LADWP's Efficiency Solutions - Helping LA Save Water and Energy

The West LA Group of the Sierra Club is extremely pleased to welcome David Jacot, Director of Energy Efficiency for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). LADWP operates the largest public power portfolio of energy efficiency programs in the nation. Under David’s leadership energy savings have increased around 40 percent per-year. Investments in energy efficiency are hugely important as Los Angeles transitions away from coal to renewable energy. David will also talk about what LADWP is doing to create good jobs and reduce our reliance on imported water.

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, July 10, 2014
2014-07-10

HoneyLove.org: Spreading a Buzz for the Bees!

Chelsea McFarland will give a brief overview of honey bees in the city, an introduction to HoneyLove.org and how to get involved. Husband and wife team Rob and Chelsea McFarland started HoneyLove as a nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. HoneyLove believes that the city is the last refuge of the honeybee. Our home gardens are free of pesticides, and in cities like Los Angeles, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar.

When: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, May 8, 2014
2014-05-08

Can Los Angeles Become Water Independent?

LA is frequently described as a desert that must import all its water, and that this year’s record drought is a terrible problem. As laid out in his recent TIME magazine essay, Dr. Ken Murray will describe what great natural solutions LA ACTUALLY has. These natural solutions include water conservation, rainwater capture, wastewater treatment, and replacement of leaky pipes.

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, March 13, 2014
2014-03-13

The Movement to Stop Fracking in Los Angeles

Is that a Fracking Well Next Door? Old oil field are reopening across Los Angeles using fracking, and residents are getting sick. Come educate yourself on fracking in Los Angeles & California from experts, and community leaders facing the industry head on, and how you can be a part of the movement to protect your family and community.

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, January 9, 2014
2014-01-09

Climate Reality: Science & Solutions

Climate Change is real, it’s happening now, and we can and should do something about it. This event will present the science of climate change, discuss its causes and effects, and how to address the causes of climate change and prepare for it. Carrie will present practical ways to reduce your “carbon footprint” and even save money in the process. Learn about the advantages of “upcycling”, which is to rework an article that was destined for the landfill into something that is even better than the original!

When: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, November 14, 2013
2013-11-14

Mission Outdoors: Military Veterans Explore Glacier National Park

Sierra Club Outdoors, in partnership with Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), introduced eight United States military veterans to climate change exploration through a 7-day excursion in Glacier National Park in Montana. The climate reconnaissance team was led by Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran & Sierra Club Outdoors Director Stacy Bare, EIS Director & filmmaker James Balog (Chasing Ice) and world-class mountaineer & The North Face athlete Conrad Anker.

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
2013-09-12

The Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course

Learn to feel at home with wilderness navigation, mountain and snow travel. Acquire skills in planning, preparation, equipment and wilderness safety to take you into the backcountry in all seasons, beyond roads and trails, with new friends who share your interest in the outdoors. For many, WTC provides not only valuable skills and knowledge, but also lasting friendships.

When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

Thursday, July 11, 2013
2013-07-11

The High Sierra Trail with Adventure 16's Heather Christianson

Heather is back to tell us about her experiences on the High Sierra Trail, which runs for 49 miles through some of the prettiest country in the Sierra. From west to east, the trail passes from Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, through the Hamilton Lakes Basin and the Kaweah Gap, where it crosses the Great Western Divide, down to the Kern River Canyon and then to the summit of Mount Whitney. Learn how to prepare for and successfully complete this backpacking adventure!

When: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, May 9, 2013
2013-05-09

"What is the Sierra Club?" with David Haake

The most common question asked at our outreach and tabling events is, “What is the Sierra Club?” This is actually not an easy question to answer. I usually start by saying, “The Sierra Club is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.” However, that answer hardly begins to scratch the surface. On Thursday, May 9th, we will cover the amazing range of things that makes the Sierra Club what it is today, and how you can get involved and make a difference.

When: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

Thursday, March 14, 2013
2013-03-14

"The Seven Summits" with Kurt Wedberg

On October 8th, 2012 Kurt reached the summit of Carstensz Pyramid, completing the Seven Summits, a well-known mountaineering objective, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. The Seven Summits, from highest to lowest, are: Mount Everest (Asia), Aconcagua (South America), Denali (North America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe), Mount Vinson (Antarctica), and Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia/Oceania).

When: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Garden Room

January 10, 2013
2013-01-10

Gourmet Outdoor Cooking for Hikers

The Dirty Gourmet was born when Aimee, Mai-Yan, and Emily all found themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Aimee and Mai-Yan had just returned to Los Angeles after a four month bike tour through Canada, and Emily had moved out of her cabin in the woods to live in the real world again. They were all interested in taking on a fun new project together, and decided to turn their shared passion for food and adventure into something tangible.

When: January 10, 2013

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Rotunda Room

November 8, 2012
2012-11-08

Wild Alaska - Up Close and Personal

Our speaker is Terry Gardner, travel writer for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News. Terry will tell us about her recent trip with InnerSea Discoveries aboard a cruise ship small enough to explore the narrow passages and secluded fjords of Alaska’s rugged coastline. She'll discuss embracing the wilderness and playing outside along Alaska’s rugged coastlines. She hiked, snorkeled, kayaked and did stand up paddleboarding. She saw amazing wildlife in their own element.

When: November 8, 2012

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

September 13, 2012
2012-09-12

Thoreau, Muir, and Brower: Communicating the Wilderness Experience to Promote Conservation

Speaker: Brian Treanor, Director of Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University. It's been claimed that people only value what they love, and only love what they know. How, then, can we get people to value natural places, which they may never personally visit? The answer lies in a tactic used by several giants of American environmentalism: we can use narratives to provide people with an "as if" experience of wild places. Although narrative can never replace actual experience without loss, they have proved incredibly effective in inducing people to love, value, and preserve wild places.

When: September 13, 2012

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

July 11, 2012
2012-07-11

The John Muir Trail with Adventure 16's Heather Christianson

Named for the founder of the Sierra Club, the John Muir Trail runs for 211 miles through the most spectacular regions of the High Sierra, from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley through King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks to the summit of Mount Whitney. Join us to hear how Heather completed the John Muir Trail in three sections over three summers, finishing last year with a two-week, 128-mile trip.

When: July 11, 2012

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

May 9, 2012
2012-05-09

Movie Night: "The Last Mountain"

Evan Gillespie and Kathy Seal will lead a discussion of the film, “The Last Mountain” which explores the consequences of mining and burning coal, with a particular focus on mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The film considers the health consequences of mining and burning coal and looks at the context and history of environmental laws in the United States. The film suggests that wind resources are plentiful in the U.S., would provide many domestic jobs and that wind is a more benign source of power than coal and has the potential to eliminate the destructive aspects of coal.

When: May 9, 2012

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

March 14, 2012
2012-03-14

“Restoring LA's Wetlands - The Road Ahead” with Richard Ambrose

Few people realize that West Los Angeles was once covered by extensive wetland areas, with springs, perennial streams, marshes and vernal pools. This talk will discuss the historical wetlands of West LA, what has happened to them, and the opportunities for restoring them.

When: March 14, 2012

Where: Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230

January 11, 2012
2012-01-11

“Growing a Greener City” with TreePeople's Torin Dunnavant

Torin is the Community Engagement Manager for TreePeople, an environmental nonprofit that is working to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment.

When: January 11, 2012

Where: Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230

November 9, 2011
2011-11-09

"Winged Wonders of Southern California" with Walt Sakai

Learn about the amazing variety of birds in our local mountains that Prof. Sakai and his students have studied, including the beautiful Lazuli Bunting, the handsome Spotted Towhee, and stunning Bullock's Oriole. Prof. Sakai will update us on the inventory and monitoring of small owls in the Angeles National Forest such as the Northern Saw-Whet Owl.

When: November 9, 2011

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

September 14, 2011
2011-09-14

“Building Bridges to the Outdoors” with Juan Martinez

Juan is a proud product of south central Los Angeles and a spokesperson for the Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors initiative. His passion to empower individuals and youth led him to direct Sierra Club’s first environmental justice youth leadership academy in Los Angeles.

When: September 14, 2011

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

July 13, 2011
2011-07-13

“The History of the Angeles Chapter” with chapter historian, Bob Cates

This year the Angeles Chapter is one hundred years old! To commemorate that grand anniversary, we are learning about the Chapter’s many accomplishments and amazing personalities as part of its Centennial Celebration Year.

When: July 13, 2011

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

May 11, 2011
2011-05-11

Economics Built on Beauty and Community with Greg Wendt

Greg is Vice President of Sustainable and Responsible Investing with EP Wealth Advisors. Learn how social and environmental consciousness is leading society away from traditional profit-driven capitalism to efforts such as the Transition Town Movement and the Slow Food Movement.

When: May 11, 2011

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

March 9, 2011
2011-03-09

Sustainable Gardening with Denise Friese

Deni Friese is a master gardener, well-known, local landscaper and expert on native and drought tolerant plants. Find out how easy it is to transform your yard or community garden into a sanctuary of beautiful tastes and smells.

When: March 9, 2011

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

January 12, 2011
2011-01-12

Endangered Species and their Conservation with Stacey Hagreen

The Los Angeles Zoo participates in projects preserving some of the world’s most critically endangered species, including the Sumatran Tiger. Learn about how the Zoo’s conservation work is helping to ensure the survival of these amazing animals.

When: January 12, 2011

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

November 10, 2010
2010-11-10

A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature

James William Gibson is a Professor of Sociology at Cal State Long Beach and author, most recently, of “A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature”. His work provides a stirring overview of the environmental movement’s triumphs and setbacks – from political, cultural, spiritual and ecological perspectives – from inception to the present day.

When: November 10, 2010

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

September 8, 2010
2010-09-08

Exploring the Mysteries of Easter Island with Joe Young

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and is one of the most isolated islands in the world, but 1200 years ago a double-hulled canoe filled with seafarers from a distant culture landed upon its shores. Over the centuries that followed a remarkable society developed in isolation on the island. For reasons still unknown they began carving giant statues, called "moai", which are some of the most incredible ancient relics ever discovered.

When: September 8, 2010

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

July 14, 2010
2010-07-14

Powering Los Angeles into the Future with Solar!

Presenter Joel Davidson and his wife Fran are photovoltaic experts who have literally "written the book" on how to power your home with solar panels. Joel will explain why solar energy is the key to achieving Mayor Villaraigosa’s goal of getting LA beyond coal by 2020. Learn whether current tax incentives make solar power a wise investment for the average homeowner.

When: July 14, 2010

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

May 12, 2010
2010-05-12

The Santa Monica Mountains: LA's Best Idea!

Photographer James Kenney will take us on a walk on the wild side of Los Angeles, 60,000 acres of beauty and solitude located in our own back yard! See the incredible wildflowers and fascinating plant communities that are part of the region's fire ecology of burn and rebirth.

When: May 12, 2010

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

March 10, 2010
2010-03-10

NRDC: In Defense of Planet Earth

For almost 40 years, NRDC has been using law and science to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places. Learn how NRDC is working to solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today: curbing global warming, getting toxic chemicals out of the environment, moving America beyond oil, reviving our oceans, and helping China go green.

When: March 10, 2010

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room

January 13, 2010
2010-01-13

Diet, Health, and the Environment with Professor Zhaoping Li

UCLA’s Zhaoping Li is an expert on diet, health, and aging. She will talk about what science is teaching us about the many benefits of a plant-based diet. She will also discuss how industrialization of the food supply is not only bad for human health but also for the health of the planet.

When: January 13, 2010

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Uruapan Room