Los Angeles

The April Calendar

April is upon us. Hard to say whether it will be the cruelest month; it certainly will be a busy one. Among the events of interest to Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends will be these:

Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2011: A reminder that another Tomatomania! sale will be held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.

Monday, April 4, 2011: The next “Closed on Mondays” event at Canele will benefit the Garden School Foundation. Past events have helped raise funds for Root Down LA and for the Milagro Allegro Community Garden. Menu details are now available on the “Closed on Mondays” site.

Saturday, April 9, 2011: GOOD LA is hosting a series events for its launch weekend, and from noon until 5pm Atwater Crossing (3229 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles) will be the site of a pop-up community center. As their website notes, the event will feature “DIY workshops, home ec classes, a local marketplace, hack-a-thons, field trips, and a bartering center.” Other events are planned for Friday, April 8, and Sunday, April 10; for more information, visit the GOOD LA website for details as they develop.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011: You may have read about the controversies surrounding the production of the show and Jamie Oliver’s clashes with the LAUSD, or heard Jamie Oliver talk about what he hopes to accomplish with the show and his behind-the-scenes efforts. The first episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, filmed in and around Los Angeles, airs on April 12 on ABC.

Thursday, April 14, 2011: May Berenbaum, friend of Slow Food Los Angeles and one of the world’s foremost entomologists, will deliver a public lecture at the University of Southern California on the occasion of her being awarded the 2011 Tyler Environmental Prize. Professor Berenbaum’s lecture will be held in the Davidson Conference Center on USC’s campus and is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm. More information about the Tyler Prize and Professor Berenbaum’s significant contributions, including into the causes of colony collapse disorder, are available in a separate post.

Saturday & Sunday, April 16-17, 2011: Artisanal LA returns, and April’s edition will be held in Santa Monica. Advance tickets will be $10; at-the-door tickets will be $15. A full slate of demonstrations and vendors will be posted shortly on the Artisanal LA website.

Sunday, April 17, 2011: The Altadena Urban Farmers’ Market has been growing in popularity. Organized by Gloria Putnam and Stephen Rudicel, the AUFM is a monthly event at the Zane Grey Estate (a private residence) at 396 East Mariposa Street in Altadena from 1-4pm, rain or shine. Membership in the Arroyo Time Bank is required; information is available at their website under the AUF Market tab. (For more on goings-on in Altadena, see the recent Los Angeles Times article that prominently mentions the AUFM.)

Sunday, April 17, 2011: The next meeting of the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) will be held at The Learning Garden on the Venice High School campus (Venice Boulevard and Walgrove Avenue). The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm; information about membership, donations sought, and the group’s purpose and activities is available on the SLOLA website.