Recent News, Upcoming Events 2008 October 30

October 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

A sporadic consolidation of news and events designed to appeal to the discriminating tastes of local creek freaks:

The endangered Arroyo Toad (public domain photo from Wikipedia)

The endangered Arroyo Toad (public domain photo from Wikipedia)

Amplexus is the technical term for toad nooky. KPCC environmental reporter Ilsa Setziol blogs on amphibian species found in local mountain waterways.

Jenny price recently became an artist. Accidentally.  Price, a person who can really write about urban nature, blogs on the need for artists’ imagination to reconnect our populace with our local rivers.  Creek Freaks should get hip to her role as an urban ranger, read Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A., and sign-up for LA River tours that she leads.

Anahuak is “not just about soccer anymore,” Macias said. “It’s about making good citizens. That’s why I feel satisfaction. Doing this has made me feel that I have a mission.”  The Los Angeles Times reports on Raul Macias, the man behind the youth soccer league that’s revitalizing the Los Angeles River and connecting communities with nature.  (Via The City Project blog.)

I picked up a paddle to make a point about protecting the integrity of our waters.  Threatened with suspension, Los Angeles River kayaker and federal Army Corps of Engineers biologist Heather Wylie pens an editorial for the Los Angeles Times.  (Lest you misinterpret, the Times states that “The opinions expressed are her own and do not reflect the official views of the [Army] Corps. [of Engineers]”)

Upcoming Events:

Election Day is Tuesday November 4th!  Vote like your local creek depended on it.

Come see the city of Los Angeles’ latest proposals for the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan at two open house meetings: Thursday November 6th at 6pm at Ann Street School and Saturday November 8th at 10am at Goodwill.

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti invites you to “A Day on the River” on Saturday November 8th from 9am to 11:30am at Crystal Street Bicycle Park in Elysian Valley.

Urban Photo Adventures hosts a Los Angeles River photography tour on November 8th and 9th.  Includes presentations by blogger, author and procrastinator Joe Linton.

The city of Los Angeles’ Ad Hoc River Committee meets on Monday November 17th at 3pm at City Hall.

Check out the latest designs for Los Angeles State Historic Park on Thursday November 20th at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Conservation Corps Clean and Green headquarters.

Friends of the Los Angeles River offers two new tours: Saturday November 22nd bike tour (led by Ramona Marks) and Sunday December 7th lower Los Angeles River bus tour (led by Jenny Price.)

Don’t forget about the downtown Los Angeles Public Library’s map exhibition, which closes January 22nd 2009.

(Thanks to the city of Los Angeles’ river revitalization headlines for posting some of these events, and especially their associated documents.)

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