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Green picks: Carbon conference, Earth Day celebrations, Bike Night at the Hammer

Tue., 4/12: Get your business cards ready for Green Business Networking’s Fifth Anniversary Event. This monthly mixer — open to any with an interest in green business — will feature gifts for guests and a raffle in April to celebrate its anniversary. Complimentary organic food and drinks will be provided. The networking happens from 5 pm to 9:30 pm at Working Village, 212 Marine St., Ste. 100, Santa Monica. Cost: $15, or $10 in advance.

Wed., 4/13 – Fri., 4/15: North America’s largest carbon conference Navigating the American Carbon World will bring California’s top policy makers — including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols — and many others to L.A. The conference happens at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. Cost: $776 to $1,275.

Thu., 4/14: Bike Night at the Hammer includes “free museum admission, screenings of the 1986 BMX cult classic Rad, free vegan snacks, a cash bar, bicycle portraits, music, cycle-centric activities, and free and secure bike parking.” The fun begins at 7 pm at Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. Cost: Free.

Fri., 4/15 – Sun., 4/17: Go Green Expo will feature hundreds of eco-friendly booths and exhibits, interactive seminars, speakers, panels, yoga classes, and green demos. On Friday, the Business-to-Business Expo will only be open to industry members; the expo opens to the public on Sat. and Sun. at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., South Hall G, Los Angeles. Cost: $15.

Sat., 4/16: Take a bike tour of L.A.’s sustainability projects via The Lorax Ride II. Part of bike-friendly nonprofit C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expeditions program, this ride will take you to a local Eco Home, Westridge School for Girls Sustainable Science Building, Art Center College of Design South Campus, and the Braley Building. Meet at the Pasadena Memorial Park (E. Holly St. and N. Raymond Ave.) at 11:30 am to leave at noon. Cost: Free.

Sat., 4/16: Enjoy the Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival, which features a free market swap, art exhibits, film screenings, eco-friendly exhibitors, and more. The all-day event happens from 10 am to 4 pm at Memorial Park and The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Cost: Free.

Sat., 4/16: Celebrate Earth Day with North East Trees by cleaning up Rio de Los Angeles Park. Registration begins at 8 am, cleanup at 9 am, at the park located at 1900 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles. Cost: Free.

Sun., 4/17: Take a tour of the L.A. River from Elysian Valley to Long Beach, with a stop at a Boyle Heights taqueria. You’ll learn about the history of the river — and plans for the waterway’s revitalization. The all day tour happens from 9 am to 5 pm. Meet up at the at the River Center, 570 W Ave. 26, Los Angeles. Cost: $25. Online RSVP required.

Photo: CarbonNYC/Flickr