Free Public Workshop on Time Banking - February 12th

The next free public workshop on Time Banking will be on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 from 5-5:30PM. Stay after for the member potluck until 7:30PM. The workshop will be at Echo Country Outpost 1770 Glendale Blvd., Edendale, CA 90026.


L.A. Eco Village Forum on Jan 21st

"WHAT WE LEARNED LAST SUMMER AND FALL: SHARING FOR A REGENERATIVE FUTURE" > L.A. Eco-Village will hold a free public forum and veggie potluck Sat., 1/21, "for sharing feedback from Summer and Fall 2011 conferences on Planet Healing, Sustainability and Regenerative Activities. Hear about these events from the people who were there." Potluck: Starts at 6 pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share AND your own non-throwaway eating ware. Forum: Starts at 7:30 pm. Free event but reservations please: crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254. L.A. Eco Village 117 Bimini Place L.A., CA 90004.


- The International Eco-Cities Conference held in Montreal. Julie Pasos reporting
Julie is on the board of the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council, one of the most intensely urban and multi-ethnic neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles.
She is the only person from our area who attended this important conference. A native of Ohio, where she was one of nine children, she grew up reducing, reusing, recycling and inventing what they needed. She is a frequent volunteer in the neighborhood, is tri-lingual, and teaches all levels of English as second language.

- The Car-Free Cities Conference held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Bobby Gadda reporting
Bobby Gadda with his friend Adonia Lugo brought the concept of CicLAvia to Los Angeles. He is currently the president of the CicLAvia board and works aas a "cook" at the Bicycle Kitchen. He currently holds the position of Program Coordinator for the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition.

- The U.S. TimeBanks Conference held in Providence Rhode Island and the California Federation of TimeBanks
Conference held in Pasadena with Autumn Rooney and Janine Christiano reporting
Autumn and Janine are the founders of the Echo Park Time Bank and the Arroyo Time Bank respectively, and jointly founded the California Federation of Time Banks.

- Bioneers in San Raphael. Lara Morrison reporting
Lara manages two 1920s multi-family buildings in LAEV, overseeing rehabs, maintenance and repair and eco-technologies. A 10-year resident
of LAEV, she sits on the Board of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, and the emerging Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing
Cooperative, both organizations spawned by the LAEV community and its sponsoring nonprofit, Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP).
She holds a Masters degree in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington.
She is a regular volunteer with KPFK Pacifica Radio and has coordinated the LEED Neighborhood Development Pilot Project for the Los Angeles Eco-Village.

- Southern California Permaculture Convergence held in Malibu & the International Permaculture Convergence held in
Jordan. Wesley Roe, Margie Bushman, Joan Stevens, Camille Cimino*, Ray Cirino*, Bill Roley* reporting. *invited
This is the group of permaculture activists who have put permaculture design principles seriously on the map in Southern California. We would add Larry Santoyo to that list who also may be in attendance.

- The Art of Community Conference held in Occidental California
Misha Mckinney, Lara Morrison, Steve Miller, Lois Arkin, Nissa Gustafson, and Carolina Gazzolo Clark, Deena Plotkin* reporting. *Invited
Hear from the grass roots group of Angelinos who attended this event.

- Third annual Slow Money conference in San Francisco. Wes Roe and Margie Bushman reporting
Wes and Margie are founders of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Guild and the South Coast Permaculture Guild. They are among the most pro-active sustainability advocates in Southern California, hosting and organizing public events for a stream of internationally renown permaculture trainers.

- National Community Land Trust Network Conference held in Seattle. Tina Mata and Kristin Benjamin reporting
Tina and Kris sit on the board of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, the community development corporation continuing developments in the Los Angeles Eco-Village neighborhood.


EPTB Shoe Drive

Support The Echo Park Time Bank (CRSP)! You don't have to pledge anything or buy anything you don’t want or need. We would like to ask that you consider donating your old used tennis shoes through our drive with Green Sneakers. Your used sneakers are worth more than you think! Support The Echo Park Time Bank (CRSP) with your used shoes by dropping them at Fix Coffee 2100 Echo Park Ave L.A. CA 90026 between Dec 9th-31st. There will also be a drop box at the Silverlake Holiday Night Out event on Saturday, Dec 17th. Bring the shoes to the Complimentary Booth at the Satellite parking lot (1717 Silver Lake Boulevard).

By donating your used tennis shoes you will not only be supporting our organization but you will also help protect our environment and contribute to the economies and well being of developing countries. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our drive and thank you in advance for helping our cause.

Green Sneakers pays the Echo Park Time Bank up to $.50 a pound for the shoes. With an average pair of shoes weighing in at about 2 pounds, that's roughly $1 a pair. Eventually the shoes go to a sorting facility where Green Sneakers staff process the collection, keeping them from the local landfill and making them ready for distribution to other people in need. Ultimately The Echo Park Time Bank hopes to gather at least 1,000 pairs of sneakers to help support our 2012 operating costs and Time Bank software renewal.

Please be sure to tie the laces together when you drop off the shoes! You may also make a tax deductible donation on our Give Page.

Thank You!


Potluck and Talent Show

Enjoy the photos!

Sunday was the annual Echo Park Time Bank Potluck and Talent Show.  Here are a few snaps of the spread.  Please drool over the gingerbread it was sooo pretty and made by Time Banker Sunita!

Nyenye MK

Echo Park Community Parade - The Human Float

Check out pictures from the 2011 Echo Park Community Parade! The Echo Park Time Bank and the Bicycle Kitchen teamed up to make a Human Powered float. The float transformed from a smelly traffic jam into a flourishing garden. All lovingly made with cardboard.


EnrichLA 11/12 Volunteer Opportunity: Garden Build Day

Echo Park Time Bank organizational member EnrichLA’s next Garden Build Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at Roybal Learning Center, 1200 W. Colton Street, L.A., 90026. Projects include a new raised bed garden with a new compost system and fruit trees and herb garden and a new seating area. Arrive for coffee at 9. Lunch will be provided at 12:30. A great way for time bankers to earn time dollars! Non-members are encouraged to volunteer, too!

Volunteer at Homegirl Mini-Farm’s Herb Day, 11/10

Echo Park Time Bank organizational member Homegirl Mini-Farm is having Herb Day on Thursday, 11/10 at 2 p.m. They are looking for volunteers (and time bankers) to help them de-stem herbs for selling. (They will be sold at their next “Farm to Table” Marketplace Event on Saturday, November 19 from 1-4!) Says Coordinator Sarah Leone, “We have lots of herbs that we have dried over the last few months.” De-stemming “is a big job, but with the help of our volunteers we can get it done in no time!” The money they raise from selling them as herbs or teas will go “for more mini-farm projects like our sustainable center which is coming soon!” Please RSVP by sending Sarah an email before the big day! sarahl@homeboy-industries.org