City of Long Beach Sustainable Events

The City of Long Beach would like to highlight and recognize Sustainable Events throughout the City. The Long Beach community is invited to participate in these public events and take individual actions to make this city more sustainable.

Fall 2014 Sustainable Events:
Preschool in Nature
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
Enrich your child's learning in an interactive natural setting. Our pre-school sessions will encourage social skills, increase creativity and foster group cooperation, while exercising minds and bodies on the trails.
For ages 3-5. Children must be potty-trained. This is not a parent participation class.
Classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:30am.
$90 per session.
- Oct 14 - Nov 6 "Fall Frolic"
- Nov 18 - Dec 16 (no class 11/27) "Cozy Critters"
Register at
Drawing in Nature - $105 for 3 classes
Learn the basics of using colored pencils, including blending, burnishing and impressed line, while incorporating the techniques of botanical drawing. Bring a lunch and wear walking shoes.
Call (562) 570-1745 for supply list and to register. Online registration not available.
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
Nov 8, 10am-3pm.
1-Day Parent & Me Workshops
Bring your sense of adventure as we make new friends and celebrate nature's seasonal wonders through outdoor exploration, stories, art, music and movement. For ages 18mo-5yrs. Parent participation required. Classes take place Wednesdays from 10-11:30am. $20 per adult/child pair. Additional participants can be added in person at $10 each.
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
- Nov 19 "Turkey Trottin' Art"
- Dec 10 "Winter Holiday Crafts"
Register at
El Dorado Audubon Society Meeting
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
Join us for intriguing presentations and discussion on the conservation of native birds and their habitats. Free - no preregistration required.
Thursday evening 7:30pm
Nov 20
Audubon Bird Walk - Free program
Whether you're a new birder or just want to sharpen your skills, join members of El Dorado Audubon for a morning walk through the Nature Center.
Sunday, November 9th: 8am
Register at
Aquarium of the Pacific Guest Speaker
The Future of Food: Paul Greenberg is an author of several books about saving our seafood and will be doing book signings. Greenberg will discuss ways to reestablish sustainable local fisheries and connect them with consumers.
Monday, November 10th: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
$8/member; $10/non-member or free via live web stream
Family Night Walk - $5
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
What do the animals do at night? Find out on a naturalist-led exploration of the darkened trails of the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required. Go to
Tuesday, November 11th: 7-9pm
Garden Workshop: Alternative Planters (DIY or Buying Vertical Planters)
Join our free workshop to learn about how to make your own planters or where to purchase vertical gardening planters. Free giveaways at a first come, first served basis!
Wednesday, November 12th: 12 pm to 1 pm
Location: Civic Center Edible Garden at Long Beach City Hall 333 W. Ocean Blvd.
Please RSVP at or 562-570-5927
Bulb and Wreath Workshop
Location: Rancho Los Alamitos
Saturday, November 22nd: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Plan to join us for this Rancho tradition. Create a holiday wreath to adorn your own home or to give as a gift. Ticket price includes instruction, demonstration, and all supplies. Price and details will be posted at
Tellabration - $5
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
Come celebrate the power and wisdom of storytelling from the Long Beach Storytellers. Ages 12 and up.
Saturday, November 22nd: 7:30-9:30pm
Native California Plants Class
Free at El Dorado Nature Center
Topic: Myths, Magic & Madness - common myths about CA native plants and gardening
Saturday, December 6th: 2 to 4 pm
No pregistration required.
Breakfast with Santa
Location: Rancho Los Alamitos
Saturday, December 13th: 9:00 am to noon
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and a morning of western music and dancing, holiday activities, games and crafts. Visit the animals in the corral and share your holiday wishes with Santa. Designed for families with children 12 years of age and younger. Call the Rancho for availability (562) 431-3541.
Holiday Open House at Rancho Los Alamitos
Enjoy the Yuletide sparkle of the ranch house, the magnificently trimmed tree, mantles and hearths festooned with greens, holiday treats and strolling carolers.
Thursday-Friday, December 18-19th: 4 pm to 7pm

Ongoing Events in Long Beach:
Bike Long Beach!
Every Saturday, all day
"Save money, have fun, and support local businesses. Ride your bike to local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Look for the yellow and green bike window decal in local businesses and ask about their discount/promotion."
Location: Long Beach City
First Saturday Stewards
Join us in cleaning the stream, clearing the trails, pulling weeds or painting the benches. Wear a hat and bring water.
Location: El Dorado Nature Center
Los Cerritos Wetlands Habitat Restoration
First Saturday of every month: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Corner of Pacific and 1st St. in Seal Beach
For more info, please email
Downtown Beach Cleanup
Every 2nd Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am with LB Clean
"Each time we have great prizes for you to win and The Pike Bar & Grill invites every helping hand to a free lunch! Supplies and refreshments are on us, but in order not to add more trash into the environment we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and plastic bags--such as grocery bags.
Location: Beachfront parking lot at Junipero and Alamitos/Shoreline Dr
El Dorado Nature Center Monthly Wetland Cleanups
Join us at Golden Shore Marine Reserve to learn more about our fragile weland habitats and how to protect them.
Art Walk Arts Fair
Every 2nd Saturday, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
"This monthly event provides the neighborhood with a public exhibition space for all art forms. Independent, folk, grass root artists as well as professional artists. Musicians, dancers, theatre and street performers are encouraged to participate. There are spaces for 45 artists' booths, two music locations and also a space for theatrical performers or any other form of artistic expression. Together with a street closure, local art galleries and businesses participate by hosting various art events."
Location: Monthly street closure on Linden Avenue between 1st Street and Broadway in Downtown Long Beach
Green Drinks Long Beach
3rd Wednesday of the Month at 6:30pm
The Green Drinks Long Beach Chapter meets every 3rd Wedensday of the month to share a drink and a green chat while supporting local businesses in Long Beach. We often choose places that have a greener focus such as sustainable or organic wines and foods. Each month we visit a new venue keeping that adventurous spirit alive. Green Speakers coming soon. If you have any ideas for speakers please email:
30-min Beach Clean Up
Every 3rd Saturday, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
"Help rid the beach of trash and debris. All ages welcome. Free parking, trash bags, gloves, door prizes, volunteer credit forms and refreshments."
Location: 1 S. Granada Ave 90803
Alamitos Bay Farmers' Market
Every Sunday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
"Situated in the parking lot near the bay, this market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Grab what you need for the week, then head across the lot to the weekly Art and Craft fair."
Location: East Marina Drive south of East 2nd Street
World Trade Center Farmers' Market
Every Tuesday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
"Fresh produce, organic fruits and vegetables, crafts, and live music entertainment."
Location: 1 World Trade Center
5th District Farmers' Market
Every Sunday, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
"Over 60 farmers will provide you with all your in-season fresh produce needs."
Location: Corner of Spring Street and Clark Avenue
Local Harvest Farmer's Market
Wednesdays 3:00pm-8:00pm
In addition to the variety of farm-fresh produce, this market includes some great ready-to-eat vendors which makes it nice for a spontaneous mid-week picnic.
Location: Marine Stadium, Appian Way and Nieto
Greener Good Farmers Market
Wedensdays 3:00pm-8:00pm
This North Long Beach farmers market features fresh fruit, vegetables, hot food, and more available for purchase. The market also accepts EBT, credit, debit, and cash as forms of payment.
Location: 609 E. Artesia Boulevard (Corner of Atlantic Avenue & Artesia Boulevard).
Bixby Knolls Uptown Farmer's Market
Thursdays 3:00pm-6:30pm
Purchase fresh produce and organic food in the heart of Bixby Knolls, a 50s-era neighborhood with boutique retail, art and restaurants. Don't miss the free produce drawing at 5:00pm!
Location: 46th Street and Atlantic Avenue
Downtown Farmer's Market
Fridays 10:00am-4:00pm
Fresh Produce, organic and cooked food. Live music and crafts! Two hours of free validated parking in any CityPlace parking structure.
Location: North Pine (Pine/6th)
East Village Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
"The East Village Farmer's Market of Downtown Long Beach is a year-round affair that is surrounded by restaurants, shops and cafes."
Location: 1st Street between Elm and Linden Avenue
Cyclone Coaster Vintage Bicycle Ride
Every First Sunday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
"The free, Cyclone Coaster ride (slow pace-a celebration of old and unusual bicycles) departs from Portfolio Coffeehouse at 10:00 am to ride along the beach path and surface streets in and around Long Beach. Riding, networking, swapping stories, swapping bicycles and swapping parts. Open to people of all ages with any type of bicycle and at any riding level".
Location: Portfolio Coffeehouse on Junipero and 4th St.
Friends of the Colorado Salt Marsh Mondays
Every Monday, 9:00 am
"Join FOCL restoration technicians as we restore the salt marsh at the Lagoon. Email for more info.
Location: Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach
Cal Heights Clean Streets
Every Thursday, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
"On a rotating schedule, we remove litter, trash, illegal signs and debris on Wardlow from the 405 to Orange Avenue and on Atlantic from the 405 to Carson St."
Location: Wardlow Rd at Atlantic Ave Meet behind EZ Lube. Street parking available around the corner on Lime Ave.
First Fridays Long Beach
Every 1st Friday, 6:30 pm
"The mission of First Fridays is to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Every first Friday night of the month, participating Bixby Knolls businesses will unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours. In doing so we hope to encourage a dialogue between businesses, artists and the community".
Location: Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls
Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners Meeting
Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9:00am in the Board Meeting Room on the 4th Floor in the Brennan S. Thomas Administration Building.
Litter-Free LB
More than 147 tons of litter and dumped items are collected annually by volunteers participating in clean-up events hosted by the Environmental Services Bureau. Clean-up events happen year-round. A litter-free Long Beach depends on volunteers like you!
Beach & Wetland Clean-ups
"Save Our Beach" conducts monthly beach and wetland cleanups in Seal Beach and Long Beach. You can also contact Kim Masoner to arrange your own beach cleanup at
Sierra Club Long Beach Chapter
Mondays at 7pm
The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter arranges monthly conditioning beach walks and hikes (4-5 miles) with opportunities for all ages and levels of experience.
Location: Belmont Pier parking lot south of Ocean Blv at the end of Termino St
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation - $12 per session
Enjoy the serenity of the Nature Center and experience the yoga of awareness through posture, movement, breath and meditation. We will practice yoga sets and meditations for health, mental vitality and inner peace. Bring walking shoes, water and a mat.
Sundays, 11am - 12:30pm
$40 monthly class fee or $12 walk-in fee.
Location: El Dorado Nature Center

Additional Long Beach Event Calendars:

Aquarium Events, Aquarium of the Pacific Events Calendar
Calendar of Events, El Dorado Nature Center's Calendar
Green Events, Long Beach Green Guide
Local Events Calendar, Long Beach Local
Green LA Events Calendar

If you have additional Sustainable City events, please submit the information to:
Tiffany Chen, Sustainability Analyst at