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Green picks: Folk Art Bike Ride, eco-film screenings, street trees workshop

Where to go, what to do, how to green. Our event picks for the coming week:

Wed., 6/1: Learn about Greening Your Restaurant/Food Service Business at the next Burbank Green Alliance Workshop. Taught by Leslie VanKeuren Campbell, LEED GA – Zero Waste and Sustainability Consultant, the class will run from 3 pm to 5 pm at Community Services Building, 150 N. Third St., Burbank. Cost: $15 ($10 for Burbank residents, free for Burbank Chamber of Commerce Members).

Thu., 6/2: Kids Ocean Day — when L.A. students clean up the beach and create an eco-message on the sand — happens from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at Dockweiler State Beach. Adult volunteers are needed to meet and greet the school students when they arrive and cheer them on as they clean the beach. Contact Jennifer Cohen at to volunteer.

Sat., 6/4: Get a say in what trees grow in Santa Monica at the Street Trees Species Selection Workshops, a public event where you can ” help determine appropriate tree species for your specific street in the event that a street tree needs to be replaced in the future,” according to Santa Monica’s Public Landscape Division. The discussion happens at Santa Monica Main Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, starting at 10:30 am. Cost: Free.

Sat., 6/4: Catch a screening of “Greenlit,” a film that documents the environmentally-friendly production of “The River Why,” and hear a Q&A with director Miranda Bailey. The event’s part of Silver Lake Public Library’s “Sustainable Saturdays” lecture series, and begins at 11 am at the Silver Lake Public Library, 2411 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles. Cost: Free.

Sat. 6/4: Get on your bicycle for the Folk Art Bike Ride, which will let you tour the West Adams neighborhood on two wheels. You’ll visit community art centers and public murals and sample local food as part of the Folk Art Everywhere project. Meet up at Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, at 11 am to roll out 15 minutes later for the 6-mile ride. Cost: Free.

Sun., 6/5: The 10th Annual Los Angeles River Ride features six different rides of varying length, an eco expo, raffle, live music, and an international food fare. Cyclists will start and end their ride at the Autry Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.Cost: Registration fees range from free to $65, depending on the ride you choose.

Sun., 6/5: Green nonprofit Alliance Hollywood will host a screening of “Tapped” and a “Clearing the Waters” Salon at The Pickford Theater, Raleigh Studios, 650 N. Bronson Ave., Hollywood starting at 7 pm. Cost: Free with RSVP to

Early June: Sign up now to take a 6-week Green Living Workshop with Sustainable Works, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit. Read our post about these free workshops — then choose from weekly classes, starting early June in Santa Monica.

Photo: Kids Ocean Day aerial art at Dockweiler Beach in May 2010. (Siel Ju)