South L.A. Calendar: Urban Farming, a CicLAvia Southeast Event, Community Coalition’s Power Festival, and a Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Meeting
Over the next week, you’ve got four opportunities to participate in promoting more livable streets in South L.A.
From 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday morning, Community Services Unlimited will be working with the USC Volunteer Center at two of their urban farm sites. It’ll likely be hot, so have a hat, sunblock, and some water and be prepared to work hard at creating an edible green space in South L.A. RSVP to LD@csuinc.org for more information.
Because Community Coalition believes that successful civic engagement is cause for excitement, they have pulled together a fantastic line-up of musicians for their South L.A. Summer Power Festival this Saturday, from 4 – 9 pm. The sweet sounds of artists such as Aloe Blacc and Las Cafeteras will serenade you as register to vote and learn about the initiatives on the November ballot. Also on hand will be The Red Cross, CHIRLA, and L.A. Care Health Plan to offer workshops on disaster preparedness, deferred action for DREAMers, and health care reform (respectively). Bienestar, New Way of Life, and the CLEAN Carwash campaign will be among some of the other organizations present offering health screenings and information on a variety of services available to community members.
So, come, learn, and dance at Martin Luther King Recreation Center at 39th and Western.
On Sunday, the 26th, grab your bike and a friend and head to Watts to participate in the Second CicLAvia Southeast ride. Building on the momentum of the first ride, which had over 300 participants, the committee seeks to continue expanding the horizons for residents of communities in the area.
“Now we know that [CicLAvia] is something that the community does want,” said organizer Mayra Aguilar. So, the next steps include continuing to create routes that cross through several of the Southeast cities at once and engaging local officials in the process. In doing so, she said, they hope residents and elected officials will see themselves as part of a larger community and want to work together to bring CicLAvia to the Southeast in 2013. Read more…