Pasadena weekend: March 13-15

Join a book discussion, educate yourself about the environment in general and about water in particular, honor Pi Day. Plus: a new interfaith coalition, ongoing and recurring events, and surveys.

Spring into Green! is the title of the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair at the Arboretum (Arcadia.) The fair for children, families and educators will feature organizations such as Kidspace, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and TreeMap LA. There will also be music, community art stations, storytelling, live animals exhibits, workshops, food and family-friendly entertainment.

"A More Beautiful World." In preparation for Charles Eisenstein's local speaking engagement next week, Transition Pasadena will host an informal reading and community discussion of his book “A More Beautiful World" on Friday evening. (Eisenstein will not be at the reading circle.)

Water and You is the title of a four-part workshop series that the Neighborhood Church’s Green Council has organized. The fourth and last session, on Saturday afternoon, will explore the topic How to be an agent of change to support wise water use. Free and open to the public.

A new environmental coalition. Representatives from several faiths have formed the Arroyo Interfaith Environmental Coalition to help each other change practices, campuses and/or legislation to be more earth-friendly. The kick-off summit with speakers and panels will take place on Sunday afternoon.

3-14-15 is Pi Day. In honor of this event (in our lifetime uniquely, the date lines up as the first five digits of the irrational number π, 3.141592...) the Arroyo Food Co-op is hosting a Pie Contest on Saturday afternoon. The jury will award prizes for best sweet, best savory, prettiest and healthiest pie.

Gardening, workshops and hands-on. On Friday morning the Hahamongna Nursery will host a work day for gardeners that includes planting and information about growing native plants. On Saturday morning, the Arboretum (Arcadia) will host a workshop on organic fruit and vegetable gardening. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a Free-Food Garden work party at the Arroyo Food Co-op. Transition Pasadena's Throop Learning Garden will meet on Sunday morning.

Bird and other walks, docent-led. On Saturday morning the Arboretum (Arcadia) is holding its monthly bird walkOn Sunday morning there will be a bird walk at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Descanso Gardens (La Canada) is hosting docent-guided seasonal walks on Saturday and Sunday morning. On Friday and Saturday morning, the Arboretum (Arcadia) has docent-led walking tours on the calendar.

Bicycling. On Sunday morning the Pasadena Cyclery will host a ride and clinic for beginner riders just starting out or for riders wanting to cycle more effectively.

Got kids? On Saturday morning, the Eaton Canyon Nature Center is hosting a family nature walk. Bring your small children, walking shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat. Also on Saturday morning at the Nature Center: the weekly Nature Tails Story Hour which includes stories, nature walks and puppet shows for children ages 3-5.

Petition,'s petition for a ban of styrofoam containers in Pasadena is still up and active. Pasadena Water and Power is conducting a survey on the city's energy future. (Note: PWP has not posted any information on when the survey period ends, but as of this printing the link was still up.)

Exhibition. As part of the Pasadena Arts Council's AxS Festival 2014, the Armory presents Karin Apollonia Müller's World’s Edge, a photographic exploration of the intersection between the natural landscape and complex urbanization. Ends next summer.

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