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FoLAR's E-Newsletter, October 2010

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  • Shelly Backlar
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      Current News
       FoLAR's monthly e-newsletter
      October, 2010
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      Friends of the Los Angeles River : From the Mountains to the Sea
      Upcoming Events
      Get involved!
      Join Us for a Benefit Screening of New Documentary, "BAG IT: Is Your Life Too Plastic?"
      Sunday, October 24, 2010
      Downtown Independent Theater
      251 S. Main Street, LA 90012
      Tickets $15 / $10 Students, Educators, Children & Groups
      FoLAR Benefits from LA Weekly Concert
      LA Weekly Presents LA 101, Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation & More
      Sunday, November 7th @ 3PM
      Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
      Massive Attack
      3 Stages - Indoor and Outdoor
      Full Sets by All Artists
      A wide array of LA artisans, vendors, and food on the Gibson Concourse

      FoLAR's Executive Director, Shelly Backlar, panelist for Children's Nature Institute's Green Forum: ONE EARTH, sponsored by REI                    
      Thursday, October 21, 2010 / 9A - 2PM $20
      CNI''s Urban Nature Week is a series of events organized to raise awareness of the importance of being in touch with nature in an urban environment.  The CNI Green Forum: ONE EARTH provides a platform for community organizations, professionals, and residents to unearth issues and share best practices related to Los Angeles's environmental movement.  Shelly Backlar will join a panel of experts leading discussions about environmental justice, outdoor education, healthy lifestyles, and sustainability issues.

      Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Basin
      The Golden Shopping Cart Challenge
      A Column by Lewis MacAdams, Founder and President
      Dear Friends,
      Friends of the Los Angeles River has long admired its sister organization, Friends of the Chicago River, which started around the same time as FoLAR and has accomplished great things.  One thing we look forward to each year is reading the results in their excellent newsletter, The River Reporter, of the annual Chicago River Day, their version of FoLAR's "La Gran Limpieza," The Great Los Angeles River Clean-Up.  Their 2010 results were impressive. That is to say, they whipped us like a stepchild: over 4,000 volunteers at 65 locations in 18 cities and towns plus dozens of Chicago neighborhoods collected 29 tons of garbage and recyclables and over 400 trash bags of harmful invasive plants. With approximately 3,000 people at 12 Los Angeles sites, it's getting harder and harder for us to claim to be the largest river clean-up in the United States.  Not that we would let that stop us. This year however, Friends of the Los Angeles River has decided to meet the situation head on.  We are issuing a challenge to our friends in the Windy City basura v. basura, trash against trash, Michael Jordan in his prime vs. Kobe Bryant, calling out every man, woman and child in the watershed to compete for the Golden Shopping Cart on April 30, 2010 from 9am to 12 noon. Call or e-mail us if you want to play a role.  It's on!

      Cleaning up trash along the Chicago River


      The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp
      Saturday, April 30, 2011
      9:00 AM to Noon
       Contact Shelly for more information:  sbacklar@...


      Los Angeles River Tours with Jenny Price through Hidden L.A.

      October 9
      November 6
      November 14
      December 5
      December 12

      Bike or Walk at CicLAvia Plus Clean Energy Rally on Sunday, October 10th
      Seven Miles of Streets Downtown Go Car-Free to Boost Health and Community
      LA's downtown streets will be car-free from 10 AM - 3 PM for the city's first Ciclovía. The streets will be safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There will be activities along the route, and shop owners and restaurants will open their doors.
      A Ciclovía is not just for recreation. It is social integration.  Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets.  CicLAvia creates a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from our streets.  The event also includes a Clean Energy Rally at City Hall.


      Cities of Service Initiative
      On April 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law.  A few months later, Los Angeles became a founding member of Cities of Service, an effort to involve each one of us in helping to solve some of our greatest challenges in education, the environment, poverty alleviation, and workforce and community development.  
      On Monday, September 20, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a press conference to launch the Cities of Service Initiative, a citywide plan to increase volunteerism and target volunteers to address the city’s greatest needs.  The three initiatives that were chosen are:
      Environment – Green the City through school and community gardens and increase awareness and community use of the Los Angeles River
      Education – Reduce the high school drop-out rate
      Economic Development – Connect low-income families to a full range of social services
      FoLAR and the L.A. Conservation Corps’ River Keepers are the managing partners for the River initiative with the goals of   increasing public awareness of the Los Angeles River as an important resource, expanding awareness of the Los Angeles River and its many recreational opportunities, increasing volunteer capacity of organizations along the River, increasing public support of efforts to restore and revitalize the Los Angeles River and related policies, and establishing River health monitoring protocols and baseline measures for the Los Angeles River.
      For more information on the program and to download L.A.’s Cities of Service booklet visit: 

      River Press Coverage
      Get Caught Up!
      Lewis MacAdams photographed by J. Emilio Flores for NY Times
      A Vision of a Park on a Restored Los Angeles River
      Support FoLAR While You Shop

      Register Your Ralphs Rewards Card to donate a
      portion of your purchases to FoLAR:
      At bottom of Community Contribution webpage:
      Click Participant – Enroll button
      Set up new online account or sign in to existing account
      Choose charity number – 92396
      Choose charity name - Friends of the Los Angeles River
      Click on Save Change
      Get A Jump on Your Holiday Card List!

      These FoLAR Santa Claus greeting cards are sure to
      land a place of honor on the family mantlepiece. 
      20 cards with envelopes for only $12.



      Address postal inquiries to:
      Friends of the Los Angeles River
      570 W. Ave 26, Ste. 250
      Los Angeles, CA 90065-1047
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