‘Learning to Live Green’; Emergency Preparedness Fair

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

The public is invited to share in an evening of astronomy from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 14th, as local amateur astronomers point high-powered telescopes at Jupiter, the stars, and the craters of the moon.

The “star party” will be held in the parking lot of the Christian Science Church, 7855 Alverstone Ave. (at the corner of 79th Street) in Westchester. The event is sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Inglewood-Westchester.

Objects of special interest will be the slim crescent moon with its spectacular craters, visible just after sunset; brilliant Jupiter, king of the planets, with its four moons; and double stars, nebulae, and a galaxy.

Although several good telescopes will be provided, attendees are invited to bring a telescope of their own if they have one and wish to try it out. The experienced amateur astronomers will be glad to help in setting it up.

If the event is clouded out, it will be rescheduled for the following Friday, September 21st.

Children are welcome and the event is free, said Star Party organizer and Westchester residentÝBob Eklund, aÝmember of the Mount Wilson Observatory Association and author ofÝa new book on the pleasures of stargazing,ÝFirst Star I See Tonight.

“We especially encourage people to bring their children,” Eklund said. “Even for someone as young as three or four years old,Ýa telescope view of the moon or Jupiter can be a never-to-be-forgotten experience.”

Information, call (310) 216-5947.

LEARNING TO LIVE GREEN — In conjunction with its ongoing exhibition “Do It Now: Live Green,” Otis College of Art and Design will hold the first of two green tours at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 9th.

Tickets for the tour “Learning to Live Green” are $69 and lunch and transportation are provided.

The tour will include a visit to a private residence to learn how to grow an organic drought-resistant urban garden while reducing water usage by 85 percent; a tour of Little EV Radio to see the popular ZAP Cars; exploration of a functioning biodiesel fueling station; a visit with the owners of epOxybox and epOxygreen to learn about green building materials; a tour of a sustainable housing complex created by Mark Baez; and a green home designed by Roger White.

A second tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 6th. Tickets for that event are also $69, including lunch and transportation.

Participants in the October tour — “How Green is it on the Other Side?” — will tour a green home in Malibu and speak with owners Colette Brooks and Eric Cadora about living a sustainable lifestyle; stop by the home of a client of architect Roger White; explore a prefab residence in Venice designed by Living Homes; visit a beautiful residence created by David Hertz of Syndesis, Inc.; and speak with the owners of Living Green and see their showroom of sustainable goods and building supplies.

For information or to register for either of these living green tours, (310) 665-6350 or www .otis.edu/ce/.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR — The City of Los Angeles will hold its 16th Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29th, at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

The fair will bring together representatives from a variety of city, county and state agencies and others who play a significant role in helping people during and after earthquakes, fires, floods, landslides and other emergencies.

Free emergency kit supplies and door prizes will be available at the event, and there is no charge to attend.

Information, (213) 978-2222 or www.lacity.org.epc/.

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