Earth Day South LA 2012 – Free Family Event – April 14th at Normandie Ave. Elementary

Earth Day South LA 2012 – Free Family Event! – April 14th – 11am to 4pm Normandie Ave Elementary School 4505 S. Raymond Ave, LA, CA 90045. Enter the school from the Vernon gate located just east of Normandie.

WORKSHOPS: West African Dance, Yoga, Capoiera, Fruit Tree Pruning, How to Make A Seed Bomb, Composting, Backyard Chicken Keeping, Being a Vegan: What Is It, Why Is It Good For You And The Planet?, Learn How To DJ

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES: Kite Making and Decorating, Painting At An Easel, Making Herb/Fruit Iced Tea, Using Aloe To Heal and Nourish, Petting Zoo, Vegan Food Sampling

CHEF DEMOS WITH: Bryce Fluellen, Sirena Pellarolo; Juicing Fermenting and Sprouting, Mirabel Diaz; Black Bean Veggie Pitta Pockets, Sararmiel, Garden Gateway; Easy Breakfast Burritos

STAGE LINE-UP INCLUDES: Soul In The Orchard with DJ Rani, Homegrowne, Normandie School Orchestra, Guerilla Queenz, LA Samba Kids, Sessions LA, Cochran Dance Team, Real Ridaz, 501, Twin, Capoeira Batuque, EXPO Orchestra

RAFFLE PRIZES INCLUDE: Museum Passes, Yoga Class Gift Certificates, Jewelry Gift Certificates, Book Gift Certificates, Bike Helmets, Skateboard Gear, Patagonia Items

AND MORE……..Free Bike Valet Service and Bike Organizations' Table with Bike Info, Craft and Jewelry Vendors, Food Vending From Earlz Grille and CSU, Mural Painting

"Together we envision an annual Earth Day event where community residents in South Central come together in a safe environment to have fun, celebrate our foods and cultures, learn about and participate in sustainable practices, and connect with each other and organizations working to make positive change in our neighborhood.

Our theme this year, air for life, is a reflection of the growing concern about the contamination of the air we breathe." -   Community Services Unlimited Inc.


This is a plastic water bottle free event, please bring water bottles if you have them, water stations with paper cups will be available at the event

Look out for more updates, we will soon be posting all details at, you can go there now to check out last years event.

Call for Volunteers! 

We are seeking volunteers to help out with EDSLA 2012. It has been our experience that is difficult to use the time of volunteers well, when they show up on the day of the event for their first interaction with us. We ask that you either be a seasoned CSU volunteer (someone we know and have worked with) or that you attend the CSU work day on March 31st April 7th or April 13th all of which will be held at the event venue and will include an orientation for those who will volunteer on the day of the event. If you want to volunteer on the day of the event but cannot attend either of the workdays please call or email as below to arrange a volunteer opportunity and orientation during the two weeks leading up to EDSLA 2012.


RSVP: (preferred), or 310 780 0426


Address for all events listed: Normandie Ave Elementary School
4505 S. Raymond Ave, LA, CA 90045. Enter the school from the Vernon gate located just east of Normandie.


Saturday April 7th – 9am to 2pm


What we’ll be doing:


1. Local outreach with event fliers; don’t worry if this is your first time with this kind of activity, you will first be trained and orientated and sent out in a team that includes someone with experience.

2. Preparing walls for murals

3. Miscellaneous preparation for EDSLA such as sign spruce up

Friday April 13th – 3pm to 7pm

What we’ll be doing: Event set up!



There will be 4 volunteer shifts on Earth Day South LA 12. Please only sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities on the day of the event, if you will be participating in one of the lead up activities/orientation.


1st shift: am to 9am to 12noon
2nd Shift: 12noon to 3pm

3rd Shift: 3pm to 6pm

Volunteers are needed for, supporting workshop facilitators, helping with kids activities, keeping the campus clean, breaking down at the end of the event...and more.
For more details and to RSVP contact Neelam Sharma at 310 780 0426 or, or Lawrence De Freitas at 323 299 7075 or

Shop or Pick-up; be part of CSU’a award winning social enterprise, The Village Market Place!

Now 4 Produce Stands for shopping or Produce Bag pick up.

Option 1:
Produce Stand @ CSU/EXPO Mini Urban Farm (or next door at the senior center if raining) - Every Thursday 3 – 6pm
Option 2:
Produce Stand @ St John’s Clinic, on Hoover at 58th Street - Every Thursday from 9am to 12noon
Option 3:
Produce Stand @ Magnolia Place Family Center Produce Stand - 1910 Magnolia Avenue, Los Angeles 90007 - 9.30am to 12.30pm
Also Option 4: for shopping closer to the east side
Produce Stand @ LA County USC Medical Center, 1,200 North State Street, LA 90033 – Every Thursday 2pm to 5pm
The Original Bag: A selection of the best local, seasonal fruits and vegetables packed and ready for your enjoyment.
The Diabetic Friendly Bag: This bag will emphasize items like nopales that are good for diabetics and will not contain fruits and vegetables diabetics are advised not to consume, such as potatoes and oranges. 
The Snack Friendly Bag: This bag is especially designed for those too busy to cook, but who want to get their fruits and veggies and will contain only items that can be washed and consumed with no cooking.   
Both of these new bag options have the same pricing structure as our original Produce Bag (go to for details), will contain the same amounts of produce and come with the weekly Produce Newsheet.
New Produce Incentive Program – Sign Up Now
This new program being launched in partnership with Hunger Action LA seeks to transition benefit recipients into regular purchase of fresh local produce by incentivizing participation over 8 weeks. Look out for fliers detailing the program or contact

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