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Green picks: L.A. River cleanup, Mar Vista green garden showcase, permaculture convergence

Where to go, what to do, how to green. Our event picks for the coming week:

Tue., 4/26: Find out about L.A.’s “long-term strategies to expand local water supplies through increased use of recycled water” at the LADWP and Bureau of Sanitation’s Recycled Water Program community forum, happening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the PUENTE Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Ave., Los Angeles.

Wed., 4/27: The City of Santa Monica’s 2011 Sustainable Quality Awards will “recognize businesses and organizations which implement sustainable practices in the natural and built environments, social responsibility and economic development.” The event begins at 11 am at Sheraton Delfina Hotel, 530 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Cost: $60 – $75.

Thu., 4/28: Sign up now to take a 6-week Green Living Workshop with Sustainable Works, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit. Read our post about these free workshops — then choose from weekly classes happening Tuesdays or Thursdays in Santa Monica.

Fri., 4/29 – Sun., 5/1: The 2011 Southern California Permaculture Convergencepromises “hands-on workshops, lectures, group sessions, nature walks & beach treks, kids corner and delicious meals” to attendees with an interest in permaculture. The weekend-long event happens at Camp Hess Kramer, 11495 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Cost: $55 – $150, depending on the ticket and package.

Sat., 4/30: Take a Confident City Cycling Class to get you pedaling on the city streets. The first of the two-part course happens from 10 am to 2 pm at Linwood E. Howe Elementary, 4100 Irving Pl., Culver City. Cost: $75 for the two-Saturday series. Register by emailing

Sat., 4/30: The 22nd Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp and Mayor’s Day of Service is expected to bring together more than 5000 volunteers to tidy up the city’s waterway. Pick from one of 14 different locations around the city and get your hands dirty from 9 am to noon. Cost: Free.

Sat., 4/30: The 3rd Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will showcase “drought resistant landscaping, edible gardens, composting techniques, water capture and even chickens” as well as host the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. Download the maps and take the self-guided tour anytime between 11 am to 4 pm. Cost: Free.

Thu., 5/5: Learn how to preserve local, in-season foods at Preserving the Bounty, the next Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Library Panel featuring KCRW’s Evan Kleiman and local experts. The event happens from 7 pm to 9 pm at Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Cost: Free.

Image: Courtesy of Sustainable Works