Mar 28,2015: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:
Year Round
Friday  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 11th Street, 1035 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach, 90254



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Mar 27,2015: Barley Legal

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Food Banks Help Ease Hunger

March is National Nutrition Month, which is an effort sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.”

Eating “right” and getting regular exercise are two things we can do to help maintain health and wellness, but not everyone knows what makes for a healthy diet and some people can’t always afford to make healthy eating choices, which is where food banks come in.

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The Award-Winning Tour de Pier Outdoor Cycling Charity Event Returns to Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, May 17

The award-winning 3rd Annual Tour de Pier pedals its way back to Southern California’s beautiful South Bay shores on Sunday, May 17 at the Manhattan Beach Pier from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The stationary cycling event benefits three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer Support Community and the Uncle Kory Foundation.

 

The Tour de Pier brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. More than 1,000 cyclists will be overlooking the Manhattan Beach Pier and riding in place while taking in a Southern California iconic ocean view. The South Bay’s best instructors and celebrity guests will spin riders through a four-hour session with energizing music and loads of excitement.  The Tour de Pier will also host more than 50 vendors showcasing the latest products and offering tasty food and drinks.

 

“From early indication, we expect more success at this year’s Tour de Pier,” said Heath Gregory, co-founder, Tour de Pier. “Although the first two years exceeded our wildest expectations, we are confident that this year’s event will surpass the fundraising efforts of previous years.” In 2014, the award-winning Tour de Pier raised more than $500,000.  This year, the cycling charity event anticipates raising $750,000 for cancer charities.

 

In addition to cycling, the Tour de Pier will feature a Health Fitness Expo, Spectrum’s Cardio Kid Zone with games and activities as well as entertainment.  

 

HOW IT WORKS: Participants register to ride a bike for a four-hour session. They can either share the bike with team members or ride individually. Registration fee per rider is $125. Each bike team must raise a minimum of $500. Registration fees will count towards the $500. Online registration closes on Sunday, May 3 at midnight or as space permits.  For more information and to register, please visit www.tourdepier.com.

 

ABOUT THE CHARITIES:

Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. In February 2015, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA introduced the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Cancer Diseases made possible by the generous $10 million in gifts to UCLA from Hirshberg. For more information, visit www.pancreatic.org.

 

For nearly 26 years, the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach has been offering a free program for cancer patients, their families and loved-ones. Their goal is to help as many cancer patients as possible recover from the physical and emotional effects of cancer to the greatest extent possible. Their psychological support and educational programs are designed to address the loss of control, hopelessness and social isolation that cancer patients and their families often experience. For more information, visit www.cancersupportredondobeach.org.

 

The Uncle Kory Foundation is a nonprofit organization inspired by the life of Kory Lewis Hunter. Their mission is to advance innovative and collaborative brain cancer research. For more information, visit www.unclekory.org.

 

 

ABOUT THE TOUR DE PIER:  

Jon Hirshberg, who started the first LA Cancer Challenge after the loss of his father Ron in 1997, came across the idea of doing a spin bike fundraiser after learning about an event that raised over $3 million in one day at cycling studios across the country. He approached his friend and long-time cycling enthusiast, Heath Gregory, about the idea of putting on a one-day event in their hometown of Manhattan Beach, CA. Coincidentally, Gregory had participated in a similar event produced by Livestrong in Barcelona during the 2009 Tour de France and vividly remembered hundreds of riders moving in unison all for a common cause. With the Hirshberg Foundation on board to produce the event and a team of board members eager to participate, planning for the Tour de Pier began. 

After months of preparation, the inaugural Tour de Pier was held in May 2013 at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier and raised more than $339,000 for local charities. With the unprecedented projected success of the Tour de Pier, the City of Manhattan Beach granted approval for the following year within three days of the event.

 

In March 2014, the City of Manhattan Beach Parks Recreation Department won a prestigious award for Outstanding Special Event for the Tour De Pier, presented by the State of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Competing against other cities throughout California, Tour de Pier was recognized as an event that significantly contributes to the overall betterment of the community. For more information, please visit www.tourdepier.com.



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Mar 27,2015: Alibi

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Mar 25,2015: New Beat Fund and Small Leaks Sink Ships

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Mar 25,2015: Show

Arsenio Hall: Arsenio Hall of the Arsenio Hall Show!

Door Time: 6:30 PM

Show Type: Stand Up

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Earth Talk: Global Climate Agreement in the Works

Dear EarthTalk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015? – J.C.

All eyes will be on Paris this coming December when climate delegates from around the world gather there for the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Achieving their objective—a legally binding and universal agreement limiting carbon emissions to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius—has been elusive to date, but environmentalists remain optimistic that 21 could be their lucky number.

 

“I have every expectation that negotiators will agree on an international climate pact in Paris,” says Jennifer Morgan, Climate Program Global Director for the World Resources Institute, a sustainability-oriented non-profit think tank. “This first truly global climate agreement will embody a new form of international cooperation that can put the world on a path to a low-carbon economy.”

 

Morgan remains optimistic not only because clean tech investments are surging worldwide while manufacturing costs for renewables like solar plummet, but also because the world’s largest emitters, the U.S., China and India, are already making unprecedented climate commitments. “All of this sends positive momentum heading into the climate talks in Paris,” she adds.

 

Meanwhile, Jamie Henn, strategy and communications director for the non-profit 350.org, agrees that the prospects for some kind of deal look good, but wonders “if it will actually significantly cut emissions.” He explains that some countries, led by the U.S., are trying to transform the climate agreement from a legally binding document that mandates emissions reductions to a looser “pledge and review” approach, whereby countries voluntarily offer up their own emissions reductions and financial commitments.

 

“That makes it easier to get a deal, but it’s unclear whether the commitments will really add up,” says Henn. “So far, it isn’t promising.” He adds that few countries have put forward the types of bold commitments necessary, while others, like Canada with its tar sands extraction, are flaunting the international consensus and aggressively expanding fossil fuel development.

 

Given these political realities, Henn thinks any deal struck at Paris is unlikely to “save the climate” but could nevertheless send a powerful signal to politicians, investors and the public that the age of fossil fuels is coming to an end. “That would be a useful development, something that could lead to major shifts in investment flows and decision making at the national level,” he reports.

 

Henn believes that while the fossil fuel industry may still be “calling the shots” here in the U.S., the climate movement is making inroads. He cites the fossil fuel divestment campaign and mobilizations like the September 2014 People’s Climate March, where upwards of 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City calling for emissions reductions, as indicators that change may finally be afoot.

 

“The fight for a fossil free future will continue whether or not Paris is a success,” concludes Henn. “The talks are just another stop along the way to a 100 percent renewable future.”

 

CONTACTS: World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; 350.org, www.350.org.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com. 

 



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Mar 24,2015: Kids In Today’s Pressure Cooker

Parenting strategies to foster resilience.

Every parent wants their child to reach his/her full potential and live a happy, healthy life. Today’s high-pressured, high-tech world makes that an even greater challenge. The good news is that there are positive parenting strategies that can build our kids’ self-esteem and resilience, and increase the likelihood that they will avoid the pitfalls of alcohol and drug use. Please join us to learn those strategies as well as gain insight into the drugs that are out there, and how they affect the teen brain.

Speakers:
Moe Gelbart, PhD
Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center

Donnie Watson, PhD
Program Director, Thelma McMillen Center

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Mar 24,2015: Roses and Cigarettes

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