Publishers Weekly calls it a "lighthearted guide" that takes us on a "silly romp through the adventurous pastime of gardening other people's plots". This is not to say that The Ambrose family supports illegal trespassing - but come on! Who doesn't love the idea of a world full of flowers?
Meanwhile New York Times writer Michael Tortorello has found a way to beautify that unsightly little strip of land between the sidewalk and street... Happy Planting!
Be honest - how many of us have "learn to surf" on our never ending "things we want to do" list? Why not make it happen this summer? Our friends at Learn to Surf Los Angeles offer private and group lessons for adults as well as some pretty radical surf camps for the kiddos:
Learn to Surf Los Angeles is a permitted, licensed and insured surf school offering fun, safe, professional surf classes in beautiful Santa Monica Bay, LA, Manhattan, Malibu, and Zuma Beach locations. Our year round surf school provides all the equipment: wetsuits for your comfort, and foam surf boards to avoid injury - all you need to do is show up! Our boards are top quality, stable and safe (foam longboards won't hurt if they hit you!), and our technique is pretty much fool-proof. With basic physical ability, not only will you be up and riding in your first class, you'll also be able to go out and catch waves on your own!! Throughout your surfing classes, your instructor will be with you at all times to guide you through the process of learning to catch and ride your own waves. The success rate for students of our surf school is so high, you're pretty much guaranteed to get up on your first surf lesson!
The Broad Stage - 1310-11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Reception at 7PM (wine and appetizers)
Laughs at 8PM
General Admission Ticket
Winner of Four Awards!
Writers' Digest Prize for Self-Published Books 2008
Winner: Grand Prize
Santa Monica Public Library 2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
Winner: Adult Local Impact
National Indie Excellence 2008 Book Awards
PubWest Book Design Awards 2008
Winner: Bronze Award for Cookbooks
Words of Praise...
The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook is for anyone who has ever stood in the produce aisle of the supermarket, wishing for something more; for anyone who has wandered past the rows of beautiful produce at a farmers’ market gazing longingly but unsure where to start.
—Suzanne Goin, chef-owner of Lucques and AOC restaurants
Amelia’s book is an amazing resource to have with you, a complete season-by-season handbook to guide you through the bounty of the market.—Alice Waters owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant
Amelia’s guiding principle is great ingredients with just enough technique to turn your seasonal produce into a delicious meal.
—Nancy Silverton founder of LaBrea Bakery and co-owner of Mozza
TRAVEL YOGA: Stretches for Trains, Planes and Automobiles
by Darren Zeer
Ease the aches, ease the pains, and ease on down the road. From the creator of the best-selling Office Yoga comes the ultimate guide for harried travelers and commuters. Taking the age-old practice of yoga and adapting it for our modern lives, author Darrin Zeer has compiled more than 50 techniques to help travelers relieve muscle tension, master the art of waiting, create hotel room harmony, blow off steam, and arrive revived. The removable guide in back is especially useful for frequent fliers, outlining stretches perfectly suited for small spaces. Packed with playful illustrations by Frank Montagna, Travel Yoga offers a host of techniques guaranteed to soften any landing.
Are you the kind of Eco obsessed co-worker that enjoys watching cartoons in the office in the name of "research"? Well good news! Planet Green has just the channel for you!
Bea Wildered and Phil, the Green Shaman take irreverent and inspiring looks at issues like Eco-friendly transportation, organic clothing, alternative energy tax credits and green travel!
The Ambrose is excited to add Anna Lappe's Diet For a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at The End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It to our hotel's green library!
Lappé, daughter of green food writer Frances Moore Lappé, evokes her mother's 1971 classic, Diet for a Small Planet, to critique industrial farming and its carbon costs and give her own updated, upbeat prescription for a climate-friendly food system. Chock-full of statistics, how-to lists, and stories from her wide-ranging investigative travels, Lappé's book proposes a farming method that is nature mentored, restorative, regenerative, resilient, and community empowered; and a diet to reduce carbon and cool the planet. Put plants on your plate, she advises; go organic, avoid packaging, eating out, and wasting food. Much of this will sound familiar to Michael Pollan's readers, and unfortunately, Lappé pales by comparison. Her stories tend to be shallow, unfinished, and sometimes marginally relevant, and her prose is sloppy. And although the book's message may have been ripe when Lappé began her research, extensive media coverage on the subject since may have put this book past its freshness date.
From Publishers Weekly
"For fifteen years the Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works have honored local businesses and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to our community with the Sustainable Quality Awards. 2010 Brings us to our latest recipients." www.smsqa.org
11am – 2pm
* this year featuring an extended exhibitor time from 11am-12pm
2010 Sustainable Quality Award Luncheon
530 West Pico Blvd, Santa Monica
Includes lunch, eco-friendly gift bag, groovy raffles, and special prizes!