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SMC Celebrates Earth Week with Free Workshops

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By Lookout Staff

April 17, 2015 --Learn how to make your own natural sunscreen, build a bike generator, view native dance performances and more during Santa Monica College’s Earth Week celebration.

Running Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 24, the celebration features workshops, produce giveaways, an art show and a beach cleanup event, said organizer Ferris Kawar.

Last year, SMC became the first community college in the state to receive a “Bicycle Friendly University” certification, Kawar noted. Also, SMC’s “Any Line, Any Time” program provides free transportation for students and staff on Big Blue Bus lines.

All Earth Week events take place at the SMC campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard, are free and are open to the public, Kawar said.

On Monday, April 20, “Students Feeding Students” will feature free organic produce donated from local farmers markets, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Club Grow, a student-run group, will host cooking demonstrations, food preservation tips, and seed bomb workshops at SMC’s Organic Learning Garden.

On Tuesday, April 21, SMC staff and the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies will host a debate, “Can You Be an Environmentalist and Still Eat Meat?”  from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in SMC’s Theatre Arts Building.

“Cowspiracy,” a documentary about the environment and the meat industry, will be screened Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in SMC’s Cayton Center. Snacks will be served.

“Workshop Wednesday” will be held April 22, in the Organic Learning Garden, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can learn to make natural sunscreen, build a bike generator, learn about urban foraging, “greenwashing” in the media and more.

A cultural festival and “Upcycled Art Show” will be featured at “Thriving Thursday,” April 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring live music and native dance performances, arts and crafts workshops, “upcycled” art displays, food trucks and more.

Earth Week at SMC closes with a Day of Service on Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at Tower 20 on Santa Monica Beach at the end of Bay Street and will spend the day cleaning the beach.

For more information on Earth Week events, visit www.smc.edu/earthweek or call 310-434-3911.


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