Drug take back

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center is encouraging community members to drop off unwanted, unused or expired medications.

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OWA Sushi Pop-Up

Thursday, April 28

OWA’s Sushi Pop-Up brings a five-course Omakase tasting experience to South End in Venice. The pop-up will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning April 27 and run throughout the summer. This event is in anticipation of the opening of OWA, a new sushi restaurant and bar that will open later this year on Abbot Kinney in the space formerly occupied by Wabi-Sabi. Reservations are available through Eventbrite or by emailing owavenice@gmail.com.

2805 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 424-228-4736


Azure Printed Homes Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Thursday, April 28

Azure Printed Homes celebrates their factory ribbon cutting ceremony with a preview of their 3D printed backyard studio made out of recycled plastic materials. Azure is proud to be the first company to 3D print complete structures using primarily recycled plastic polymer materials and pioneering a truly sustainable way to build responsibly for generations to come.

5701 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, 4 to 6 p.m., azureprintedhomes.com


Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Thursday and Friday, April 28 to 29

KCET, PBS SoCal and Link TV’s fourth annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, the only festival of its kind in Los Angeles, is going virtual this year from April 24 to 29. The week-long festival features film screenings and Q&A discussions addressing climate change realities with the goal of confronting global issues that impact all living creatures and natural resources. Ticket options include a $45 all-access pass to attend all of the virtual film screenings and post-screening discussions taking place on the Eventive platform. Alternatively, $15 individual screenings can be purchased. More information on the website.

Virtual, efeff2022.eventive.org/welcome


Marina del Rey Farmers Market 

Saturday, April 30

This weekly outdoor event allows Westside residents to support local produce sellers and other vendors. Food from a wide variety of businesses is available for purchase. Masks are required and only 40 people are allowed to shop at any one time. Held in parking lot 11.

14101 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, 8 to 9 a.m. (seniors), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (general public), beaches.lacounty.gov/mdrfarmersmarket


Arts & Literacy Festival

Saturday, April 30

Enjoy a bug-themed day at Virginia Avenue Park Campus with live performances, music, a literacy zone, family-friendly activities hosted by community organization, plus a chance to explore the inflatable Bug Tunnel.

2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 30

Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, will serve as a drop-off location for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, the public will have the opportunity to drive up to the 24-hour pharmacy turnaround at the medical center to drop off unwanted, unused or expired medications. A pharmacist will also be on hand to answer any questions about the medications.

6041 Cadillac Avenue, Los Angeles, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


La Ballona Valley Show & Sale

Saturday, April 30

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Bromeliad Society of La Ballona Valley will host its annual show and sale in the Culver City Teen Center. They will display many of the varieties of this plant group including Bilbergia, Aechmea, Guzmania and Tillandisa (air plants). The event is free and open to all. There will also be member plant sales and invited vendor plant sales too.

4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Azure Printed Homes Community Open House

Saturday, April 30

Azure Printed Homes celebrates their Community Open House with a preview of their 3D printed Backyard Studio made out of recycled plastic materials. 

5701 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City,11 a.m. to 1 p.m., azureprintedhomes.com


Santa Monica Main Street Farmers Market

Sunday, May 1

Shop for local fresh produce and prepared foods from local restaurants. You can also enjoy musical entertainment from featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and if you catch it on the right week, a cooking demonstration featuring local produce. 

2640 Main Street Santa Monica, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Mar Vista Farmers Market

Sunday, May 1

This vibrant, year-round market offers local produce, prepared foods, kids crafts and live events.  12198 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., marvistafarmersmarket.org


West LA Farmers Market

Sunday, May 1

This weekly community gathering at the West LA Civic Center hosts a range of certified farmers, prepared foods and artisan crafters. Around the unique bandshell are a range of weekly free youth activities, free yoga classes at 9 a.m., goofy free raffle at high noon, community garden access from 10 a.m. to  noon, and versatile professional bands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking in large county and city lots.

11228 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, 9 a.m. to

2 p.m., wlafarmersmarket.com


Motor Avenue Farmers Market

Sunday, May 1

The Motor Avenue Farmers Market enhances the farm-to-table connection and availability of fresh, local produce to residents of the Palms, Cheviot Hills, Beverlywood and surrounding communities. The market is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through its operation and educational programs. The market consistently provides a wonderful opportunity to create synergy between local businesses and residents while promoting a healthy city and a vibrant community. Open every Sunday, rain or shine.

10418 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., motoravenuemarket.com


Westchester Farmers Market 

Sunday, May 1

Certified farmers market brings together some of the region’s best small and micro farmers from the Central Coast and Ventura counties with over 30 local food businesses, kids activities and live bands. Held in the heart of downtown Westchester adjacent to many new and thriving local businesses from an independent bookstore to local eateries with plenty of free parking. Held every Sunday rain or shine!

6200 W. 87th St., Los Angeles, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,



Blooms with a View Spring Garden Tour

Sunday, May 1

Inspired Garden Artistry will host its 10th biannual Spring Garden Tour, which is the longest running community event in the View park-Windsor Hills area. The garden tour will feature nine beautiful and distinctly different gardens, along with a plant swap and vendor fair featuring artisans, landscape architects, nurseries, children’s activities, local community services and programs, food trucks, giveaways and more. On May 1, the private gardens will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. and the vendor fair will open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets may be purchased online through May 1 for $35. Children 12 and under attend for free.  

4750 W. 62nd Street, Los Angeles, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., inspiredgardenartistry.com