Sandor Katz and Wagner

This evening you’ve I’ve got two free events ready to stream into your living room:

Dan Barber and Sandor Katz in conversation tonight, Dec 2, 2020 07:30 PM EST

Join Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner of Blue Hill @ Stone Barns, in conversation with Sandor Katz, author of the new book, “Fermentation as Metaphor,” as they discuss all things fermented.

During this exciting event, bestselling authors and food rockstars Katz and Barber will discuss connections between microbial communities and aspects of human culture: politics, religion, social and cultural movements, art, music, sexuality, identity, and even our individual thoughts and feelings.

Click here to register.

I’ve blogged about it before, but the Metropolitan Opera is replaying a spectacular staging of Wagner’s Parsifal. Let me sum up Wagner: hours of glacially slow exposition building to moments where your third eye opens and you find yourself in a full on mystical experience. Parsifal is Wagner’s most transcendent work. Here’s directions on how to access the opera and what else is on. They play one free opera every day for a 23 hour period.

Urban Beekeeping 101 with Paul Hekimian, Director of HoneyLove

The Hollywood Orchard, along with HoneyLove is putting on an online webinar this week:

Urban Beekeeping 101 with Paul Hekimian, Director of HoneyLove
Online Workshop/Webinar
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (pacific)

Are you interested in raising honey bees and reaping the benefits of having local honey? Does having your own beehive sound intriguing? If yes, then this class is for you. Urban Beekeeping 101 will cover everything you need to know on how to get started!

We will cover local bee ordinances, what urban beekeeping is or is not, where to place a hive, what equipment is needed, choosing a type of beehive, where to get bees, how to harvest honey and how to find a mentor. Join this webinar and learn from Paul Hekimian, 2nd generation beekeeper and director of HoneyLove.org, as he walks you through how to become an urban beekeeper.

Head here to register.

The Other TickTalk

Got ticks? Like scientists who pun? The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a free series of webinars on the biology of ticks. You can watch live or look at the archived videos.

Each month we will hear from Dr. Stephen Rich and the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ)! TickTalk in 2020 will also feature exciting guest speakers on tick topics that you told us were important to YOU. The series will include seasonality and life stages of ticks (key to planning intervention and prevention), emerging or invasive tick species, how ticks use vegetation and leaf litter throughout their life cycle, increasing fears of Alpha-gal allergies (allergies to certain meat and animal-related products), dispelling myths of tick control, and many more. Mosquito concerns, including life cycle, behavior, and EEE infection, will also be addressed and Dr. Rich will discuss the tens of thousands of mosquitoes the LMZ tests each year for a range of viruses. Tune in the 2nd Wednesday of the month!

Come for the ticks stay for the mosquitoes!

Free Qigong via Zoom

Sorry for the last second post, but friend of the blog Lee Conger is offering free Qigong instruction via Zoom. All are welcome. Here’s the 411:

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE FUNCTIONING WITH QI AND ME! I’ve managed to create
the Zoom meetings for the sessions: daily at different times, through
Wed., April 1. Links are below. Next up: Separate Facebook events for
each at Lee Conger, Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and Mind-Body Los
Angeles. But right now, I have to get ready for the 10:30AM
orientation and session. See you there?!

FREE! Qigong! Ancient Chinese energy practice, involving gentle,
meditative movement and breathwork. Daily, online sessions through
Wednesday, April 1, but at different times. An optional, half-hour
orientation for newcomers to Qigong will precede each session.
Schedule appears below (subject to change).

* Thursday, 3/26, 10:30AM orientation / 11AM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/832068559

* Friday, 3/27, 10:30AM orientation / 11AM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/387723400

* Sat., 3/28, 1PM orientation / 1:30PM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/712246953

* Sunday, 3/29, 3PM orientation / 3:30PM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/472877790

* Monday, 3/30, 12PM orientation / 12:30PM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/560949674

* Tuesday, 3/31, 6:30PM orientation / 7PM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/531695195

* Wed., 4/1, 1PM orientation / 1:30PM Qigong. https://zoom.us/j/399133124

See also Mind-Body Los Angeles​ and mindbodylosangeles.com.

Talk and Vermicomposting Workshop With Nance Klehm Sunday March 8th!

Heal the soil. Heal our communities. Heal the world.

What: A talk by ecological wizard Nance Klehm PLUS an optional vermicomposting workshop
Where: St. John’s Cathedral,  Los Angeles –514 W. Adams Blvd
When: Sunday March 8, 2020 12:30 PM

Nance Klehm (socialecologies.net, spontaneousvegetation.net) is a an ecological systems designer who has worked to heal degraded soil around the world, from her home neighborhood of Little Village, Chicago to the rain forests of Ecuador. Join her at St. John’s Cathedral, where she will talk about the deep connection between soil health and social justice, and the importance of healthy soil in troubled times.

“Soil is both decomposition engine and support network for all living things. It is the living sponge that filters our water and air, thereby cleaning them both. It stabilizes our constructions, prevents flooding, protects our landscapes against drought, and ensures the health of our food, water and air. Soil is not a thing. It is a web of relationships that stands in a certain state of a certain time.”   — Nance Klehm

Bonus option! Stay after the talk for a short workshop taught by Nance on vermicomposting, that is, home composting using a worm bin. This is a fun and easy way to transform your kitchen scraps and waste paper into gold, even if you live in an apartment. Worm castings are a fantastic food for house plants as well as garden plants.You don’t need a strong back or much space to compost with a worm bin. Worm-shop participants will go home with a functioning bin complete with worms!

The general lecture is free and open to all, and no reservations are required for the talk alone, but the worm-shop materials fee: $30 (Financial aid is available) and you must reserve your space by emailing [email protected].  Registration is mandatory so that we can supply your bin and worms.