View of Earth From SpaceOfficially, Earth Day is April 22, the day after John Muir’s birthday. But lots of activities and celebrating is taking place before and after the official Earth Day. Are you interested in learning more about improving our environment and conserving it for our children and future generations? Would you like to be part of the solution? Southern California has quite a few festivals going on this week and next.  And all have their own special flair. Here is a list of some of them for this week. I’ll have more for you for next week, too!


April 15-17, 2014, Tuesday through Thursday, Fullerton: Earth Week on campus. The Center for Sustainability at Cal State Fullerton is sponsoring displays and activities on the Campus Quad and TitanWalk, including a responsible shoppers’ expo, green vehicle display, energy efficiency exhibits, sustainability symposia, and recycling exhibits.

April 19, 2014, Saturday, Burbank:  Downtown Burbank Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City of Burbank is sponsoring the celebration, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Check for details at

April 19, 2014, Saturday, Inglewood: Earth Day celebration. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Inglewood City Hall, 1 West Manchester Blvd., the city is hosting a kids’ zone, live entertainment, environmental workshops, nutritional information, and an electric vehicle display.

April 19, 2014, Saturday, La Canada Flintridge: Descanso Gardens, beginning at 1 p.m., is presenting its annual Earth Day program focusing on wildflowers and butterflies. Other activities include a hands-on children’s crafts to a take-home science project and a nature-inspired fairy tale presented by the California Shakespeare Ensemble. You might take a tour of the wildflowers or take a family walk in the gardens. An admission fee will be charged.

April 19, 2014, Saturday, Playa Del Rey: help remove invasive species and litter from Ballona Creek. A volunteer cleanup sponsored by Friends of Ballona Wetlands is slated between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Volunteers will gather in the parking lot behind Alka Water, 303 Culver Blvd. Bring a reusable water bottle. Exhibit tables and special arts and crafts will be offered by wetlands restoration support organizations in the parking lot.

April 19, 2014, Saturday, San Pedro: celebrate the spirit of Earth Day. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is offering a variety of activities, beginning with a cleanup of Cabrillo Beach from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Following the cleanup, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an Earth Day Fair in the aquarium’s courtyard with special arts and crafts activities and an exhibit of hatching grunion eggs. Also, a Salt Marsh open house with habit walks, coastal bird walks, bird lectures, and more will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 19-20, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, Topanga: Earth Day celebration/music festival. The celebration will be held at the Old Canyon Ranch and Plant Nursery, 301 Old Topanga Canyon Road. Featured are environmental and vendor booths, local artisans, workshops, lectures on topics ranging from organic gardening to meditation, an environmental film festival, live entertainment, children’s activities, and food booths.

April 19, 2014, Saturday,Torrance: a special Earth Day recycling program. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The City of Torrance is hosting its Earth Day celebration at the Toyota Employee Parking Lot,  located on Toyota Way between Van Ness and Western Avenues, 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard. Free document shredding; and recycling e-waste, used clothing, and used shoes; and proper disposal of used motor oil and used engine oil filters will be available.