Jul 02,2017: Salute to the Troops: Picnic and Concert

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, together with the Manhattan Beach City Council, are honoring and thanking the military service and sacrifice of the South Bay men and women in uniform and their families who have served their country. Join us as we honor them at the third annual Salute to the Troops Picnic and Concert on Sunday. The first 500 veterans and active duty military will receive a free Salute to the Troops Challenge Coin!

Remember to pack a picnic, blanket, and beach chair!



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Aug 16,2017: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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Aug 15,2017: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Summer Market

Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesdays, 11AM – 5PM

Location: Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel – 13th Street and Morningside Drive



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Earth Talk: Reducing Carbon Footprint With Gamification

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints? — LM

Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification—defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something…so as to encourage participation”—to get people to learn about environmental problems and take action to reduce their carbon footprints and overall impact.

To wit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ecoresearch.net and the DecareboNet research project have partnered on a “game” called Climate Challenge that gets everyday people to pit their predictions about climate change and its effects against the opinions of experts around the world in an effort to see if the “wisdom of the crowd” can come up with answers faster than the experts alone.

Players are encouraged to research answers to questions about things like annual Arctic Sea Ice minimum coverage or the monthly average global surface temperature before submitting their answers. According to Climate Challenge creators, it’s not cheating to research to find the best answers; indeed, it’s the goal.

Players can come back every month for new questions, and see how they are doing compared to experts, friends, and even the collective “crowd”—and can win prizes by guessing closest to the actual value for a given question each month.

Another game focused on educating people about climate change is EduCycle, from Finnish game designer Neste. The free augmented reality (AR) app encourages players to design a city’s transportation, buildings and farms while cutting greenhouse gas emissions to levels specified under the 2015 Paris climate accord. “By simulating the carbon cycle in real life,” Neste maintains, “the game teaches kids and adults about the effects of global warming.”

Save Ohno is a creative take on gamification for the sake of the climate, courtesy of concerned college student Dylan Husted. The main character in the free online game is Ohno, who represents the player’s great granddaughter and is impacted by climate change in the future thanks to our actions and behaviors today. On the game’s SaveOhno.org website, players can see Ohno’s town get destroyed by extreme weather. But when players take positive action in the real world, the conditions in Ohno’s online (future) town improve accordingly.

Players can improve Ohno’s world by following tasks suggested within the game, and can also plug in real world campaigns and activism they are involved with to improve Ohno’s town. “An example ‘campaign’ could be a petition to get your local school to invest in renewables,” says Husted.

Meanwhile, World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise whereby groups can take part in mock United Nations climate negotiations and learn what it’s like to work with others to craft global environmental policy. The game uses an interactive computer model that allows participants to find out how their proposed policies impact global climate in real-time. All the tools and materials for the World Climate Simulation are available for free and multiple languages are supported.

CONTACTS: Climate Challenge, www.ecoresearch.net/climate-challenge; EduCycle, www.neste.com/preorderthefuture; Save Ohno, www.saveohno.org; World Climate Simulation, www.climateinteractive.org/programs/world-climate.

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.



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Aug 12,2017: Shakespeare by the Sea

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Jul 04,2017: Beach Tennis 4th of July Potluck and Open Play

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Aug 11,2017: Shakespeare by the Sea

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Aug 09,2017: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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Aug 08,2017: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Summer Market

Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesdays, 11AM – 5PM

Location: Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel – 13th Street and Morningside Drive



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Aug 05,2017: Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile Beach Run

The Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile Beach Run will be held on Saturday August 5, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. The race starts and finishes at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Runners will run north behind the lifeguard towers past the Longfellow tower around the turn-around marker and then proceed back to the pier along the hard packed sand by the water.
 
This fun race is very challenging because of the soft sand on the first half of the race and the hard pack run on the return trip. The gentle sea breeze is a welcome relief to the runners . This is a great way to get some excercise and participate in one of the first events of the Surf Festsival.

Divisions:
The divisions are(Men and Women, Boys Girls):10 Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 over. ISF t-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. A limited number of shirts will be available for race day registration – first come, first served.

Awards:
Medals to the 1st-3rd place in each division.
 
The race is conducted by the Mira Costa Track and Cross Country teams. Proceeds from the run go back to the team. The race is named after former Director of the Department of Beaches Dick Fitzerald who helped start the International Surf Festival.

Entry Fee: $25

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