LA Events Round Up: March 15-31

In a county of ten million, there is always something fun and exciting to do! Below you will find a compilation of some interesting upcoming events in the LA region. These all pertain to gardening, the environment, youth STEM, or food and nutrition, and are free to the public unless specifically stated.

Events

  • Food for Thought with Long Beach Fresh [Compound LB]. Friday, March 19 at 4:00 PM, online via Zoom. Registration is required.
    • Local communities have been organizing to create health and environmental equity through food systems change in the LBC.
  • Virtual Nutrition Education Workshop [Social Justice Learning Institute]. Saturday, March 20 at 10 AM, online via Instagram Live. No registration required.
    • Learn how to make healthier choices and get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Follow along with our cooking demo as we whip up something healthy and delicious.
  • Growing LA’s Urban Wild: Nature Where You Least Expect It [LA County Arboretum]. Saturday, March 20 at 10 AM, online via Zoom. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Registration is required.
    • Join Kat Superfisky—urban ecologist, designer and educator—on a virtual adventure into the L.A.’s urban wild as she shares her perspective on how she sees a city like Los Angeles… beyond the concrete, steel and infrastructure
  • Beyond Kimchi: An Introduction to Korean Cooking [LA County Library]. Saturday, March 20 at 11 AM, online. Registration is required.
    • There’s more to Korean food than BBQ or kimchi! Join chef and culinary historian Hae Jung Cho for a fun, informative cooking workshop on traditional Korean cuisine.
  • Meet the Author: Ruth Spiro [OC Public Library]. Saturday, March 20 at 11:00 AM, online. Contact: samantha.smith@occr.ocgov.com
    • Join for a virtual visit with Ruth Spiro, the author of innovative books for children on the topics of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) including the “Baby Loves” board book series.
  • Creating Pollinator Friendly Habitats at Home [UC Master Gardeners of San Bernadino]. Sunday, March 21 at 10 AM, online. Registration is required.
    • Learn how to create pollinator friendly habitats in your yard and on your patio at home!
  • Snack Smart with WIC [LA County Library]. Tuesday, March 23 at 6 PM, online. Registration is required.
    • This program will highlight why healthy snacks are important for children, offer suggestions for snacks, and discuss the many things WIC has to offer families in need of assistance during this time.
  • Sustainability at Home: How to feed your soil with compost [University of California]. Thursday, March 25 at 12 PM, online. Registration is required.
    • Experts will discuss how you can be sustainable at home by transforming food scraps and plant trimmings into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your garden. Learn how to partner with soil food web organisms in both backyard compost piles and vermicompost bins.
  • Compton Cowboys [LA Public Library]. Thursday, March 25 at 4:00 PM. Stream online via Youtube or Facebook. No RSVP required.
    • Join Author Walter Thompson-Hernandez as he discusses cowboys and community with Randy Savvy, Leader of the Compton Cowboys.
  • City of STEM [City of STEM]. Saturday, March 27 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Three streams online, including one in Spanish! No RSVP Required.
    • Over 21 hours of STEM content – from science rock bands to rocket scientists, will be streaming from 10am-5pm. More than 100 STEM partners from around Southern California, including major museums, universities, and STEM businesses, have come together to provide exciting live and recorded STEM content.
  • Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates [LA Arboretum]. Saturday, March 27 at 10 AM, online. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Registration is required.
    • Join author/photographer Saxon Holt for a virtual presentation about how to understand and work with the various micro-climates and choose plants for ornamental value and resilient landscapes.
  • Plant Medicines for Sleep [LA Arboretum]. Saturday, March 27 at 10 AM, online via Zoom. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Registration is required.
    • Learn how certain medicinal herbs (like lemon balm and ashwagandha) may help to moderate anxiety and support healthy sleep, with a live tutorial on how to find and use botanicals that calm the brain and body. Safe for kids too.
  • Nature Photography [California Botanic Garden]. Saturday, March 27 at 11 AM, online via Zoom. Registration is required. $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
    • Keir Morse, botanist and photographer, introduces the basics of photography. Gain insight into camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO and more.
  • Composting and Vermicomposting [UC Master Gardeners of San Bernadino]. Saturday, March 27 at 2:30 PM, online via Zoom. Registration is required.
    • Learn about how to successfully compost and vermicompost (composting with worms) at home!
  • Nature Journaling: Getting Started [Long Beach Public Library]. Saturday, March 27 at 3 PM, online via Zoom. Registration is required.
    • Topics will include a brief overview of what nature journaling is all about — its art and practice, tips and techniques for getting started, tools and materials to use, as well as ideas and stories.
    • Although this program is geared primarily for adults, children 10 years and up are also welcome to attend.
  • Out of the Pantry: Cooking Classes for Teens [Pasadena Public Library]. Tuesday, March 30 at 4:00 PM, online via Zoom. Prior registration is required.
    • Cook up a tasty dish with ingredients from the pantry. Teens only (13-19). Supplies available if needed. Please note: refer to the equipment and additional ingredients list to ensure you’re prepared for the lesson.

Interesting Reads

Resources

  • Citizen Science – Become a Fire Follower with the California Native Plant Society. With public help, we can compare plants seen before and after fires, increase understanding of fire followers, and provide crucial information on species of concern to aid in recovery and conservation efforts.
  • Descanso at Home from the Descanso Gardens. Activities and virtual tours of the gardens.
  • Dial-A-Story from the Santa Monica Public Library. Are you looking for a fun way for your children to hear exciting stories? Check out Dial-a-Story. New stories are recorded by librarians each week, in English, Spanish,and Mandarin, and can be listened to by phone at anytime of day.
  • Parks From Home from LA County Parks & Recreation. Virtual PE sport skills, arts & culture, specialty, technology classes and more! Tour parks and historical trails.
  • Take and Make Crafts from the Pasadena Public Library.
  • Virtual Arboretum from the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.