Ed Begley Jr. is the featured speaker at Saturday’s free Green Venice Expo Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Ed Begley Jr. is the featured speaker at Saturday’s free Green Venice Expo
Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Ready to reduce water usage, convert your home to solar energy or start growing your own food?

Get some professional one-on-one advice at the Eco Genius Bar, part of Saturday’s inaugural Green Venice Expo at Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista.

For non-Mac users, a Genius Bar is that corner of an Apple Store where you can speak to a troubleshooting expert. For the free Green Venice Expo, the geniuses are experts in sustainable living.

“I believe in social change, and one of the ways it can happen — the most powerful way — is through education and the community. This event combines education and coming together as a community,” said organizer Rob Dew, a Venice community activist.

Sponsored by the Venice Neighborhood Council and Whole Foods Venice, the afternoon event also offers visitors a chance to test drive the electric Tesla Model S and activities for kids.

Food and refreshments are provided by Hal’s Bar and Grill, Superba Food + Bread and Venice Ale House.

There’s also an extensive list of speakers that culminates with a 5 p.m. keynote address by actor and activist
Ed Begley Jr.

David King, garden master of The Learning Garden at Venice High School, speaks at 1 p.m., followed at 1:30 p.m. by Andy Lipkis of Tree People.

Tom Wright, a zero waste expert with Whole Foods, speaks at 2:40 p.m., and at 3 p.m. Nick Fash of Heal the Bay takes the microphone.

Finian Makepeace, co-founder of Venice-based urban gardens group Kiss the Ground, speaks on soil regeneration and hyperlocal eating at 3:40 p.m., and Paul Scott from Plug in America makes the case for electric cars at 4:30 p.m.

Anneke Campbell of Transition Mar Vista, a grassroots community network that helps facilitate sustainable living practices, speaks at 2:20 p.m.

“I see this as an opportunity for all of us in the community to connect with each other and to inspire other Venice residents about what we can be doing now in terms of living less energy-intensive lifestyles,” Campbell said.

— Ellie O’Brien

The free Green Venice Expo runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. For more information, visit facebook.com/GreenVeniceExpo.

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