An Environmentally Strong September

By Michael Berick

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Check out vehicles big and small at the AltCar Expo. PHOTO COURTESY ALTCAR EXPO

The weekend of Sept. 16-18 offers three different opportunities to help make our planet a little bit better.

The L.A. Convention Center (1201 S. Figueroa St.) will “go green” from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18 when the annual Green Festival Expo returns. Find out how you can help win the climate-change battle through hands-on demos, expert speakers and panel discussions. Expo-goers also can enjoy live entertainment, a vegan food court and an activity area just for kids. Admission: $10-$40 adults, free for ages 16 and younger.

AltCar Expo rolls into the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (1855 Main St.) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16-17. This free event will showcase a number of cool new and upcoming vehicles that are environmentally sensitive. Companies including Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet and Mercedes Benz are scheduled to have cars on display, and there will be some you can test-drive. Youngsters can check out the electric scooters, Segways and bikes on display. Learn more at

On Sept. 17, you can join the 10,000 Southern Californians volunteering their time and effort for the annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The Aquarium of the Pacific (Alamitos Beach off Shoreline Drive and Ocean Boulevard below the Villa Riviera; and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro; will have Coastal Cleanup Day events from 9 a.m.-noon. No reservations are needed for Aquarium of the Pacific, but you need to fill out a waiver to participate in Cabrillo’s cleanup. Heal The Bay will be organizing more than 50 other cleanup sites, with locations ranging from the LAX dunes to Echo Park Lake, the Malibu Lagoon to the Hermosa Beach Pier. Anyone can pitch in and help. To register and get a complete list of cleanup spots, visit

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