September 2011

September 26, 2011

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 - Home & Building Reception, Tour and Home Show

To learn more about the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Green Home & Building Tour and Home Show, check out the full details at:

www.OjaiValleyGreenTour.com


Sept 30:
Green Home & Building Tour Reception
5:30-7:30 pm
At Besant Hill School’s Beato Atelier, local organic hors d’oeuvres, wine, a preview of homes, speakers and music.

For more information and ticket purchases go to OjaiValleyGreenTour.com or call 805-669-8445.

Oct 1:
Green Home & Building Tour and Home Show

The tour runs 10am-4pm, offering green-built residential and commercial sites where you can examine eco-friendly interior, exterior, and landscaping features. Designers, contractors and “Green Guides” will be on site to answer your questions about the eco-friendly features. You can also stop in at the Green Home Show located on the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa lot next to the Ojai Community Rotary Park from 10am-5pm for information and demonstrations of products for sustainable living.

Tickets are $25 for the reception and $10 for the tour. The Green Home Show is free and open to the public. For more information and ticket purchases go to OjaiValleyGreenTour.com or call 805-669-8445.

September 20, 2011

Sept. 24 - Casitas Landscape Workshop (Free)

Learn to create a natural habitat that is beautiful, conveys a sense of place, and helps our local watershed and ocean.

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This three hour course will cover the basics of water-wise gardening to include:
Landscape design, plant selection, drainage, efficient irrigation, soils, and water scheduling, permeable surfaces, water retention, and maintenance guidelines.

Space is limited, so advanced registration is suggested. Please reserve your space by contacting Larry Harris, Water Conservation coordinator at lharris@casitaswater.com or calling Ron Merckling at (805) 649-2251 Extension 118.

The training will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Casitas' main office located at 1055 Ventura Avenue (Hwy 33), Oak View, California 93022.

September 16, 2011

Sept.17th - California Coastal/Creek Cleanup Day

California Coastal/Creek Cleanup Day (CCD) is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. The mission of CCD is to engage people to remove debris from our beaches and waterways; to identify the sources of marine debris; and ultimately to change the behaviors that cause pollution.

In Ventura County 2010, 3,129 volunteers cleaned up miles of beaches and inland waterways, removing 13,812 pounds of trash and recyclables! Statewide, the event grew by 2,000 volunteers, bringing out more than 80,000 volunteers who collected 1.2 million pounds of debris. In addition, CCD is part of International Coastal Cleanup, which included almost 500,000 volunteers in 108 countries and 45 U.S. states, in 2009. In total, volunteers collected more than 7.4 million pounds of debris. Volunteers not only cleaned up trash, they recorded 10.3 million items from cigarette butts to fast food wrappers to cast-off appliances helping to provide a global snapshot of marine debris around the world.


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Sept. 25 - Village Alchemy: Transforming Spaces into Places

How do we shape public spaces into gathering places?

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition presents a special event on Sunday, September 25th with Mark Lakeman and Marisa Auerbach from CityRepair.org, in Portland, Oregon.

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“Placemaking is a multi-layered process within which citizens foster active, engaged relationships to the spaces they inhabit. The landscapes of our lives shape those spaces in a way which creates a sense of communal stewardship and lived connection,” says Lakeman.

This is most often accomplished through a creative reclamation of public space: projects which take the form of benches on street corners where neighbors can sit, rest and talk with each other; kiosks on sidewalks where neighbors can post information about local events, needs and resources; and street paintings in the public right-of-way that demonstrate to all who pass through that this is -- a Place -- inhabited, known and loved by its residents.


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Sept. 25 - Village Alchemy: Transforming Spaces into Places

How do we shape public spaces into gathering places?

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition presents a special event on Sunday, September 25th with Mark Lakeman and Marisa Auerbach from CityRepair.org, in Portland, Oregon.

DOWNLOAD FLYER: As PDF File


“Placemaking is a multi-layered process within which citizens foster active, engaged relationships to the spaces they inhabit. The landscapes of our lives shape those spaces in a way which creates a sense of communal stewardship and lived connection,” says Lakeman.

This is most often accomplished through a creative reclamation of public space: projects which take the form of benches on street corners where neighbors can sit, rest and talk with each other; kiosks on sidewalks where neighbors can post information about local events, needs and resources; and street paintings in the public right-of-way that demonstrate to all who pass through that this is -- a Place -- inhabited, known and loved by its residents.

With direct applications to creating a more interactive community within the Ojai Valley, this fascinating presentation will cover projects and "lessons learned" in Portland.

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition invites the public to an afternoon event on Sunday, September 25th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. A question & answer session will follow the presentation. There is a suggested donation of $5.00.

Help the Ojai Valley move forward as a greener, more sustainable and resilient PLACE.

Mark Lakeman

CityRepair.org is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world.

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September 10, 2011

September E-News 2011

Check out the Ojai Valley Green Coalition's monthly E-news:

* Buy Your Tickets Now for Green Home & Building Tour and Reception

* September 17 - Creek Cleanup Day

* September 25 - Village Alchemy with Mark Lakeman

* September 15 - Corporate Personhood with David Cobbs


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Food News - September 2011

Find out what the Food Council has been up to:

* Good Food Festival & Conference

* Winter Crops to Plant

* Green Home & Building Tour and Reception

* Summer Squash Pie Recipe
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September 5, 2011

Invitation to Ojai Valley Wide Discussion on Sunday, Oct 23rd

Dear Ojai Valley Green Coalition members,

Five years ago we held a series of Ojai Valley Wide Discussion (OVWD) meetings held at Nordhoff High School. We worked together and agreed on two priority areas of focus that would have a positive impact on the Ojai Valley. Those two areas were “making the Ojai Valley a model green and sustainable community” and “disaster preparation, including CERT training”.

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