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Apr 03,2018: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Winter Market

Tuesdays, 11AM – 4PM

Summer Market

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

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



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Mar 27,2018: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Winter Market

Tuesdays, 11AM – 4PM

Summer Market

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

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



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Mar 20,2018: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Winter Market

Tuesdays, 11AM – 4PM

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: Train vs Bus

Dear EarthTalk: I always assumed the train was the greenest form of mass transit, but a friend told me I would be better off taking the bus. Could this be true?  — J.M.

Most of us assume that train travel—whether for getting around town, commuting to work or for long hauls—is the most eco-friendly mass transit “mode.” Indeed, trains seem greener, with some relying exclusively on electricity while others utilize a single diesel-powered locomotive to pull dozens of passenger cars.

But even though trains are no slouch when it comes to fuel efficiency, buses, even though they spew diesel exhaust and get only about six miles per gallon, may be even better.

“The reason … is that they are usually full of people, giving [buses] the highest miles per gallon per passenger, at 208,” reports CNN’s Steve Hargreaves based on his research digging into Department of Energy data. He adds that trains are the next best choice for the eco-conscious traveler, whether commuting or doing a longer haul. “A city train (think subway or light rail) gets 52 mpg per passenger (or the equivalent, if it’s electric), while a commuter train—usually used to connect the suburbs to a city—gets about 44 mpg per passenger.”

A landmark 2013 study in Environmental Science and Technology by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) backs up these findings. The researchers found that bus travel noses out rail travel in fuel efficiency and carbon impact on typical business or holiday trips ranging from 500-1000 kilometers (300-600 miles), generating only about 20 percent of the per passenger emissions as driving alone in a typical gas-powered car.

“Motor coaches leave carbon in the dust,” reports the non-profit Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), adding that a couple can cut their travel carbon emissions in half by boarding a motor coach instead of taking their Prius. “And if they take the motor coach rather than flying, they will cut their emissions by 55 to 75 percent, depending on the distance they travel.” And given that many bus companies have ditched their old buses in favor or new models replete with not only more efficient engines but also reclining seats, on-board entertainment and WIFI, the bus could become your new favorite way to travel.

Though buses are the current green leader, trains are catching up fast. All of Amtrak’s trains in its busiest Northeast Corridor now eschew the old diesel generators that used to power their locomotives, and run instead on an increasingly renewable supply of electricity. Some $10 billion in investment in high-speed rail by the Obama administration means trains are getting more efficient across the country as well.

While Candidate Trump promised he would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into further boosting high-speed rail infrastructure, his 2018 budget does more to decimate Obama’s progress on the issue than augment it. Whether he will follow through with a plan to further bolster U.S. rail travel remains to be seen. In the meantime, while trains remain a viable green choice, choosing Greyhound over Amtrak might be the better option for the time being.

CONTACTS: UCS, www.ucsusa.org; Amtrak, www.amtrak.com; IIASA, www.iiasa.ac.at; CICERO, www.cicero.uio.no; Greyhound, www.greyhound.com.

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Mar 13,2018: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Winter Market

Tuesdays, 11AM – 4PM

Summer Market

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

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



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Mar 06,2018: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Winter Market

Tuesdays, 11AM – 4PM

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: Shift from retail to online shopping

Dear EarthTalk: How do environmentalists feel about the amount of packaging waste consumers have to deal with now that shopping has largely switched over from retail shops to online stores?  J.B.

This past holiday season marked the first year that holiday shoppers spent more of their gift budgets online than in stores, according to a recent report by the consulting firm Deloitte. Environmentalists are indeed concerned that this trend doesn’t augur well for the environment, given the extra packaging waste and energy costs that accompany getting merchandise to customers. Going to the store or mall to do our shopping burns fossil fuels, for sure, but at least the items we purchase don’t then have to be re-swaddled in extra filler and cardboard and shipped to us on a plane, truck, train or ship.

For its part, Amazon—the company many blame for ushering in the transition to e-commerce in the first place and which today dominates online retail—used some 6,000 trucks and 32 planes to get some five billion items to its Prime members in 2017. During that process, untold hundreds of millions of cardboard boxes were used to get customers’ choices to their doorsteps. Those boxes are in turn typically recycled by the recipients, and collected by municipal curbside pick-up service.

But that’s not the end of the story: Next, this once-used cardboard is typically shipped to China where it is soaked in water, stripped of staples and reborn as new cardboard. In many cases the box you recycle has made a 12,000-mile, fossil-fuel-spewing loop at sea in its journey of rebirth. So… while recycling is a great thing, it may not be worth it if we factor in the fossil fuels emitted in the process. We’d be better off avoiding the extra layer of packaging altogether. Maybe that trip to the mall isn’t such a bad idea after all.

That said, Amazon recently boasted of transitioning to more sustainable packaging during the 2017 holiday season, switching 100 million shipments from cardboard boxes to less resource-intensive padded mailers, reportedly eliminating 181,000 tons of waste. So that’s something, but Amazon and other online retailers have a long way to go in reducing not only the amount of packaging but perhaps even the packaging altogether when possible.

This is not to say you should bad about recycling your boxes in the wake of the holidays, as it’s a perfectly decent environmental thing to do. But if you want to go the extra mile, maybe think of some way to reuse them at least one more time before the next recipient ships it off for recycling—or re-uses it as well. Also, don’t forget that most gift wrap—as long as it doesn’t have foil or glitter or a plasticizing non-rip coating—as well as holiday cards, can be recycled as well. And yet another option for responsibly discarding that cardboard, wrapping paper and holiday cards is in your yard waste or compost bin, in which case it will live another day not as a cardboard box but instead as part of your next batch of mulch or soil amendment.

CONTACTS: Deloitte’s 2017 Holiday Retail Survey, https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/consumer-business/articles/holiday-retail-sales-consumer-survey.html; Amazon Energy Environment, https://www.amazon.com/p/feature/gkkwdp34z5ou7ug.

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Aug 04,2018: Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile Beach Run

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.

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. 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.



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