John Muir Elementary School in Santa Monica is raising the “eco bar” at this year’s silent auction dinner and dance, titled “Paint a Bright Future,” according to dance organizers.

The event is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 24th at The Writers Boot Camps, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building 1, Santa Monica.

Tickets are $45 to $55. Free parking is available on site.

“To honor our school’s namesake, naturalist John Muir, we are taking on the challenge of keeping our event’s environmental footprint to a minimum,” said silent auction chairperson Thea Mercouffer. “To this end, we will team up with the [City of] Santa Monica Environmental Division and Los Angeles’ TreePeople to calculate the environmental impact of the event and offset it by planting trees throughout Santa Monica.”

The plantings are scheduled to begin Saturday, April 21st, John Muir’s birthday, and will be done by students under the guidance of TreePeople.

Organizers of the dinner and dance say they are also taking extra steps to ensure “an eco-friendly evening” by using only recycled materials for programs and brochures, aiming for zero waste, and rewarding carpoolers with prizes.

“How inspiring it is to see John Muir Elementary students, parents and staff take the lead and deliberately model the policies Santa Monica is adopting,” said City Councilman Kevin McKeown.

The Library Alehouse, a Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce “Sustainable Quality Award” winner, will cater and co-sponsor the event.

John Muir Elementary School approached The Library Alehouse because of its active commitment to sustainability.

“We believe in supporting public education on a local level,” said Alehouse owner David Lackman.

“When we heard of John Muir’s focus for this event, we jumped at the opportunity to also be a sponsor because we feel it’s important for local businesses to join local organizations in an effort to improve our community.”

Information, (310) 399-7721 ext. 181.

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