The OB Green Center Activist Calendar for April 2019

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in Ocean Beach, San Diego

April Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4862 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 –

Dear friends of the Ocean Beach Green Center

We will be having our grand opening, 30th year anniversary party, spring fundraiser in May at our new location at 4862 Voltaire St.  Until then someone will be  there on Saturdays from noon to 6 pm if you want to stop by and check in with us. We are looking forward to getting back to serving our community as an important  resource for environmental, peace and social justice information.  Thanks for your support all these years.

Local Action Item:  We Need Your Votes!  Local Hostel, HI-Point Loma at 3790 Udall Street near the Point Loma Library, is trying to win funding through an HI (Hosteling International) contest to GO SOLAR!!  Please vote for their project at:     Voting Ends on April 12th!

Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting April 6th,  13th, 20th, 27th. We will be having a booth at Earth Fair in Balboa Park on the 28th. If you would like to volunteer that day please come to one of our Saturday meetings. Ocean Beach People’s Cooperative Community Room, 4765 Voltaire Street.  Come help plan for the upcoming Climate Action events.  More info   Contact:

April 2nd. Tuesday 3 pm – 6 pm San Diego Green Building Council GAP Kick-off Meeting for Balboa Park Recertification Fleet Science Center (Community Forum Room) – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 This will be the Kick-off Meeting for the Balboa Park GAP Project. The meeting will include a background on the organization, project goals, and timeline. We are excited to be working with the Balboa Park Sustainability Program once again to deliver LEED Recertification and explore LEED for Communities. Pre-registration is required. More info:

April 3rd. Wednesday 6 pm- 8 pm Clean Elections Campaign Meeting   First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103,   More info:  John Hartley: 619-299-8870 or visit

April 5th Friday 7 am – 9:30 am Walk to Work Day Circulate San Diego invites you to participate in Walk to Work Day 2019. We’re hosting a pitstop at 401 B Street Plaza (Wells Fargo Building) San Diego 92101. Walk to work that day and join us at our booth, where we’ll have coffee and light refreshments to help you get your workday started right! More info:

April 5th Friday 6:30 pm  Sierra Talks – Mystery Cat: Southern California’s Elusive Mountain Lion. Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego, CA 92103, Join volunteer naturalist Don Endicott for a presentation of Southern California’s seldom seen apex predator, puma concolor cougar.  Don will share the incredible attributes and signature behaviors of the big cats, show how relationships between mountain lions and people have changed over time, outline their key contributions to a healthy wilderness environment, and address the challenges and threats facing our local apex predator.

Don’s presentation features still photos, sound tracks, and video footage of seldom seen behaviors, including nursing kittens and bonus footage of two trail encounters filmed by a hiker and a bicyclist.  He will describe and demonstrate how to respond if you should meet a mountain lion in the back-country.  More info:

April 6th Saturday noon – 2 pm  Ocean  Beach People’s Annual Meeting and Lunch.  Ocean Beach Women’s Club   2160 Bacon Street, 92107. Annual reports from Board President and General Manager.   Guest speaker Georgette Gomez, San Diego City Council President.   Speaker topics:   climate change, plant based diets, environmental activism, and community owned businesses.   Free of Charge.

April 6th Saturday 2 pm  La Jolla Harbor Seals Walk and Talk Presented by Seal Society of Sierra Club San Diego
7916 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, It’s  Pupping Season for the La Jolla Harbor Seals. Join us for a Talk on Seal Biology and Behavior followed by a short Walk to Casa Beach to see the Seals. More info:

April 6th Saturday 2 pm Getting Started in the Garden Ocean Beach Library  4801 Santa Monica Ave. As part of the educational component of our recently launched Ocean Beach Seed Library (the OB Library will be hosting the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County for this six- part Beginning Vegetable Gardening series! Learning the essentials about home vegetable gardening.  All levels welcomed. More info:

April 6th Saturday 11 am – 4 pm  South Bay Earth Day Memorial Park  373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Enjoy fun activities and a showcase of products and services to help you reduce your impact on the environment, save money and live greener and healthier. Celebrate your love for the planet and be inspired and empowered to help its natural resources. Attendees are encouraged to ride your human-powered vehicle (your bike!) to lessen your carbon footprint – we’ll even provide a monitored bike parking corral. More info:

April 9th Tuesday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Climate event for Students – with Bill McKibben. University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave. San Diego 92103. Students around the world are stepping up to lead the charge on climate action. We’re inviting STUDENTS (only) to join SanDiego350 to learn more about the climate crisis, how students and youth are taking the lead, and how you can get involved right here in San Diego.

We’ll start with a panel of amazing speakers, and follow up with Q&A, breakout groups, action items, and opportunities for students to organize at their schools and work with an emerging student climate network in San Diego (Community Service hours available). NOTE: This is a free event organized for and open to current students (elementary – grad school), as well as parents here with their children and teachers who bring their students. More info:

April 9th Tuesday  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Climate Uprising – Bill McKibben:  Fundraiser benefiting SanDiego350  University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave. San Diego 92103.  Meet cofounder and acclaimed author Bill McKibben and hear about his latest thinking, work and inspiration – especially around the amazing climate uprising we’re witnessing.

We’re excited that Georgette Gómez (San Diego City Council President), Prof. Jeffrey Severinghaus (climate scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Aisha Wallace-Palomares (SD350 intern & youth climate leader) and Serge Dedina (Mayor, Imperial Beach) will also speak. Together we’ll celebrate our achievements and get inspired to ramp up our efforts in 2019. Your contribution to SanDiego350 ensures we have a bright and sustainable future. $50  More info:

April 10th Wednesday 6 pm  Free Webinar Permaculture: A Solutions Oriented Design System for Climate Change Hosted by The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute. Does the state of the world have you down? Come join us for a free webinar on how you can make changes that sequester carbon and reverse climate change. We will show you ways that you can be a positive and solutions oriented species. More info:

April 11th  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm  Creation Care: Can We Manage the Planet? Hosted by North County Climate Change Alliance. Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. Vista 92084.  Today we are faced with unprecedented threats to our entire ecosystem. Plant and animal species are experiencing signs of a mass extinction. The atmosphere, oceans, and land are badly damaged. However; we have also made marvelous progress in solar, wind, EV’s desalination etc. Can these breakthroughs enable us to solve these and other problems that have been vexing humanity for thousands of years? The key question is “Can We Manage the Planet?” Do we have the combination of technology and moral strength that it takes to simultaneously solve both our environmental and social problems?

Please join us for a talk and Q&A session by Dr. Tom English on the topic of creation care and our role in managing the planet. Dr. English is the Creation Care Educator for over 300 Presbyterian Churches. He frequently lectures on environmental issues to university, civic, industrial, governmental and church groups. He is ranked in the top 0.1 % of the Climate Reality Project’s speakers program. More info:

April 12th Friday 3 pm- 6 pm  Free Family Bike Ride and Cargo Bike Carnival hosted by Bike San Diego, Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego 92101. Bring your bicycles for an easy flat ride along the new separated bike lanes. Free demonstrations of cargo bikes suitable for families (including electric bikes and accessories). Free helmets for 100 kids and adults with expert fittings by Bike coloring book by artist Lisa Y. Mendez and more. More info:

April 13th Saturday and April 14th Sunday 10 am – 4 pm The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter (CNPS-San Diego) presents its seventh annual Garden Tour, Inviting Nature Home: Native Gardens of Central San Diego County, Spend a day or two exploring and learning from these gardens that highlight plants that create habitat, dry streambed bioswales, adjacent natural areas, water catchment devices, slope gardens, charming water features, bridges, sculptures and more. Be inspired this Spring! More info:

April 13th Saturday 8 am -5 pm Progressive Labor Summit sponsored by Progressive Labor Alliance,  Double Tree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley, 7450 Hazard Center Dr. San Diego 92108. The Progressive Labor Summit is a one-day event, bringing together members of the San Diego Labor community with left-of-center activists and leaders to build stronger understanding, knowledge, skills, and partnerships in tackling the broader social challenges we are facing today. Within the context of the current political climate, it is more important than ever that we are able to build strong, authentic relationships that allow us to move forward together in solidarity, as we strive towards greater justice for the communities we serve and represent. More info:

April 13th Saturday   1 pm – 3 pm   San Diego Fixit Clinic Second Chance Beer Company, 15378 Ave of Science #222 San Diego 92128.  We have been all too accustomed to the throw away lifestyle. If something doesn’t work, throw it out and buy a new one. Because of this behavior our landfills are filling at a rapid rate and electronic waste has become the one of the largest pollution generators. So why not learn how to fix it?! Bring your broken, non-functioning things: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance.  More info:

April 16th Tuesday 6 pm POTATOES, PETUNIAS AND PATRIOTISM: SAN DIEGO’S VICTORY GARDENS Ocean Beach Library 4801 Santa Monica Ave. San Diego , CA 92107 Today’s community gardens have long-established roots. Come hear how San Diego residents did their part in growing vegetables during the harsh years of two World Wars.

With the help of the San Diego Floral Association, urban community gardens were established in 1917. “War Gardens” (later renamed “Victory Gardens”) declined in popularity over the two decades after World War I but, with the threat of another war, their importance was revived. Lee Somerville, a landscape historian, master gardener and author of Vintage Wisconsin Gardens, (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011) will bring examples of the seeds, plants and recipes of the time period. Lee will also discuss the substitutions that provided nutrition for San Diego families during those lean years. Learn what today’s home gardeners learn from yesterday’s Victory Gardens. More info here .

April 18th Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm Solar for Homeowners 3980 Sherman St. Suite #170 San Diego, 92110.Tailored to homeowners interested in going solar, this free workshop outlines the fundamentals of solar electricity and solar water heating. Learn how to reduce or eliminate your electric and gas bill with clean power and find reliable solar contractors in your area. Experts from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar electricity and solar water heating and share valuable consumer awareness tips that will help you feel confident when evaluating solar technology for your home .  More info:

April 22nd. Monday 2:50 pm – 4 pm San Diego Climate Strike Geisel Library Entrance, UC San Diego. SIGN UP FOR THE SUNRISE MOVEMENT:  Our World is on Fire. And we must take action NOW. Let’s continue the #YouthClimateStrikes  More info:

April 28th Sunday 3:00 pm  Hands-on workshop to build your own SoloBee Bungalow Shelter Event is a hands-on workshop where you make your own SoloBee Bungalow, the shelter that many non-stinging, native bees use to lay their eggs. You will craft a beautiful handmade gift for a friend, child or for yourself, while also learning about these gentle, non-stinging, super-pollinators that make our natural environment thrive while providing us with nuts, fruits and vegetables. No prior carpentry experience needed, everyone is invited. Register here and we will reply with address and ask which type of wood you want to use, salvaged or natural redwood.  More info:

April 28th Sunday 10 am – 5 pm  EarthFair 2019 “Protect our climate” Balboa Park. San Diego EarthWorks’  EarthFair 2019 will be our 30th annual celebration! Produced by 300+ volunteers, EarthFair features more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Kids’ Activity Area, entertainment venues, the Earth Day Parade and energy-efficient vehicles in the Cleaner Car Concourse. Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors.  More info here.

April 28th 10 am – 6 pm  Zero Wasting @ Earth Fair 2019 This will be our tenth year for the San Diego Earth Fair to set a goal to become a Zero Waste Event. We would like you to be a part of it! Recycling has been available since the beginning of Earth Day and recently collection of organic materials for composting has been added.

In the past, the organics bins were only placed in the food court area, but this year we will have the organics bins placed throughout the park. There remains some mixed material in the trash, comprised of both non-recyclable and recyclable materials, but most of this material could be recycled. Our members and volunteers have a very important responsibility. To get to zero waste we need to make sure that the attendees use the appropriate bin. Our volunteers will be the guide. We will use this opportunity to teach attendees how zero waste can eliminate the need for landfills and concepts such as “waste,” educate attendees about the need for manufacturer redesign and responsibility, greenhouse gas emission reductions by recycling, and monetary value of resource management versus landfill reliance.

We ask your assistance to make this worthy goal a reality this Earth Day. All volunteers are required to go to one of the training please select from the following dates that would best suit your schedule. Attending this training will count towards your community service hours. More info:

New events are always happening….please check for updates to the event list

Also visit our “get involved” tab for various group’s websites. Check their events page for their habitat restoration work parties, beach clean-ups, committee meetings, workshops, field trips etc

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