Open Mar Vista Blog

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mar Vista Community Center, Recycling, Fall Festival

A big win for Mar Vista last month as the Mar Vista Community Council authorizes a new community and emergency response center on the site of the old Fire Station 62. Congratulations to the MVCC Old Fire Station 62 Ad Hoc Committee and the many neighborhood activists who made it happen! Read more in the Argonaut.

GoSolarMar Vista Saves with Coal-Free Electricity
The GoSolar Mar Vista community solar program is well under way and dozens of residents have received free solar assessments on their homes -- and many have scheduled solar installations. Sign up by October 25th for your free solar assessment and group discount for Mar Vista residents from SolarCity. Qualified homeowners can save on their electric bills with a cash purchase ($500 discount) or lease ($0 upfront, three months free) and receive free rooftop Wi-Fi. Calculate your savings with solar. Read about one Mar Vista resident's experience going solar, and mark your calendars for the upcoming solar webcast and reception at an incredible new eco-friendly Mar Vista home on 9/16 at 6pm. And please sign the Sierra Club petition for a coal-free Los Angeles!
RecycleElectronics Recycling Day!
Happy Recyclers will be at Whole Foods West LA on Saturday September 19th from 10am-4pm to collect electronic waste from the neighborhood! Bring your outdated computers, cell phones and other digital waste. Representatives from Greenopolis will be on hand to demonstrate the new GreenOps recycling machines at Whole Foods.
MVGCGo Green at the Mar Vista Farmers Market
The Mar Vista Green Committee presents eco-expert Kevin O'Donnell of the Thread Collaborative this Sunday September 6 at the MVCC booth at the Farmers Market to share his sustainable ideas, resources and design. Also mark your calendars for an LADWP presentation on installating greywater systems (9/13) and easy ways to remove your lawn (9/20).
Mar Vista Arts and CraftsSupport your Local Artist Community
The Mar Vista Arts and Crafts Collective will be out in force this Sunday at the Farmers Market. Shop for handmade items from local arts and crafts vendors. Also find great fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and music. Meet your neighbors, visit with friends!
Mar Vista Goes GreenMar Vista Community Fall Festival
Mark your calendars for the Fall Festival at Mar Vista Park! This year's theme is Mar Vista Goes Green and booths will have eco solutions, products and information. Kidz Go Green zones with jumpers, crafts, face painting, games, prizes and a petting zoo. Art shows, live stage entertainment plus stilt circus and Kiddle Karoo and her Kooky Krew puppet shows. October 3rd from 10am to 4pm.
Open Wi-FiOpen Wi-Fi on Herbert Street
Open Mar Vista wireless Internet is now available on Herbert Street in South Mar Vista! Over 1,500 residents now access the Internet each month for free via Open Mar Vista Wi-Fi. If you have a business in Mar Vista learn how you can sponsor open Internet access for the community -- and receive local advertising for your business.
Walk ScoreMar Vista "Very Walkable"
With convenient access to grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, theaters, schools, parks, libraries and more Mar Vista is rated with an 85/100 walkability score. Visit to find out how walkable your block is and to tell Congress to support walking, biking, and transit in the 2009 Transportation Bill. Add your favorite local institutions to the map and further improve Mar Vista's walk score.

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