Saturday, May 12, 2012

May Events in LA

Dear community:

Here is a list of events for the rest of this month. 

Events include: the Seed library monthly meeting (and how to seed save grains); Cafe Vida (a play about Homegirl Cafe, part of Homeboy Industries); an AFSC training on nonviolent confrontation; locally grown, cooked-from-scratch, vegetarian community dinners at Historic Monument 157; a free parenting class for women who have experienced domestic violence; and a kombucha brewing class. 

Enjoy and happy May!

Nisha Namorando Vida
Founding Director 
Local to Global Life Works


What: Seed Library of Los Angeles 
 monthly meeting

Sponsored by: 

Where: The Learning Garden at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd, Venice 90066. Enter at the first entrance south of Venice Blvd on Walgrove Avenue.  The gate is unlocked during meeting hours

When: Saturday, May 12 from 2:30 - 4 pm.

SLOLA will host guest speaker Davey Creates as he shares expertise about growing grains and his experience at Native Seeds/SEARCH's Grain School. The seed library will be open for check-outs following the meeting. All monthly SLOLA meetings are open to anyone in the general public with an interest in seed saving, we welcome you to join us!

For easy seed checkout, you can download:
Current Inventory 03.2012 -
2012 Seed Check Out Form -

Cost: Free, though you have to be a SLOLA member to check out seeds. Membership is $10.



What: Cafe Vida -- a theatrical play!

Sponsored by: Produced in partnership between Cornerstone Theater, Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café. Community partners include Hunger Action LA, Solano Canyon Community Garden, and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. 

Where: The Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S. Spring. St., Los Angeles 90013

When: Thursdays - Sundays now until May 20. From Thu-Sat it takes place at 8pm, with Sunday matinee at 2 pm

Acclaimed playwright Lisa Loomer pens the first production in Cornerstone Theater Company’s Hunger Cycle with an original work, Café Vida. Chabela and Luz are two rival homegirls ready to leave the gang life and begin anew at Café Vida, the only place in the city that gives young women and their shady pasts a genuine second chance to start a new life free of violence. It’s here that these former enemies pull themselves up by their shoelaces, maintain a steady diet of self-respect, learn to compost, tend a garden, julienne an onion and take your lunch order with a smile and a heaping side of transformation. This play is the story of Homegirl Cafe, a part of Homeboy Industries.

Notes: Café Vida is the first play in Cornerstone Theater’s recently launched Hunger Cycle, a series of nine world premiere plays investigating the universal and urgent need for food and how filling that need has the power to transform individuals and communities. They are also hosting other events in conjunction with this play. See Cornerstone website for more details.

Cost: $20 advanced purchase online, pay what you can at the door (accessible to all). 

Theater company website:
Homeboy Industries: 


What: Mother's Day

When: Sunday, May 13

Have you not planned anything to do yet for Mother's Day? How about going all natural and taking a hike with her, or going on a picnic? 

Sierra Club has some great suggestions for celebrating a "green" Mother's Day:

Notes: Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! And, of course, to the great mama herself, Mother Nature. :)


What: Community Dinner at Historical Monument 157

Sponsored by: HM157 and SoCal Time Banks

Where: Historical Monument 157, 3110 N. Broadway, L.A., CA 90031

When: Tuesday, May 15, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Doers of all persuasions are invited to come network and walk away in cahoots. Gourmet vegan dinner is provided for $5 most weeks. On fundraiser weeks (once a month) the cost is $10 if you rsvp, $20 at the door. To earn time dollars, come work in the kitchen starting around 4pm. Please RSVP on the Arroyo Lowdown ( where the menu is posted on Monday nights. BYOB.

Notes: This is a weekly dinner.

Cost: $5-20

Links: Arroyo Time Bank:


What: Nonviolence training

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee

Where: 634 S. Spring St., ground floor, Los Angeles 90014

When: Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This is a training primarily intended for activists 'in the trenches', who might be faced with violence from police and others. Occupy folks, this one might be a good one for you. Topics to be covered include:

Topics covered:
Nonviolence principles and values
Nonviolent strategy, tactics, campaigns
Nonviolent direct action planning
Discipline and group dynamics
Building inclusivity
Legal rights and safety

Notes: Bring your own lunch, or buy lunch at one of the many neighborhood restaurants. Take public transit if you can - many busses run down Spring St. and up Main St. (the next block over) and the building is located about 2 blocks from the Pershing Square exit off of the Metro Red Line. Otherwise, find street parking or pay $4 to park at Joe's next door. 

Cost: Free, though donations welcomed.

Links: American Friends Service Committee -


What: The Ancient Art of Fermentation: Kombucha brewing

Sponsored by: The Growing Home

Where: The Growing Home, Doeskin Pl, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

When: Sunday, May 20, from 1 - 3pm.

Kombucha has been brewed as a health tonic for millenia. In this workshop, you will learn how to safely brew and bottle your own kombucha at home. You'll also go home with a complete kombucha brewing kit including a kombucha culture.

Workshop price includes:
-1 gallon glass jar
-6 16.9 oz. glass bottles
-1 muslin cloth
-a kombucha scoby
-dried tea herbs from The Growing Home

Cost: $50

Links: Facebook event page -


What: Nonviolent parenting series for women who have experienced domestic violence

Sponsored by: Echo Parenting and Chicana Action Service Center 

Where: Chicana Service Action Center, 3601 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90063

When: Wednesdays, May 30 - Aug. 1, from 2 - 4pm.

Many mothers need support to begin their own healing and to support their children after experiencing violence. This ten session course will help women to learn a philosophy and practice of parenting that is based on empathy and compassion. It will provide the opportunity for mothers to receive support from other women who have experienced violence.

Topics will include:
* Developing a connected relationship with your children
* Creating a safe and peaceful environment for you and your children.
* Learning self-regulation and teaching your children to regulate their nervous system.
* Talking with your children about the violence.

Notes: Childcare provided! Contact Glenda Linares at 213.484.6676 ext 310 or to register or for more information.

Cost: Free!

Links: Echo Parenting -

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