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The 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival

It is a gorgeous sunny day here for The 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival. This amazing nonprofit hosts their annual function the first weekend after Mother’s Day to benefit local youth art programs. Hundreds of artists are displayed throughout the weekend in conjunction with demonstrations and receptions at local galleries. It’s a must see event benefiting an even better cause.

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Oyster Rama ~ Hama Hama Oysters

After an amazing stay in Portland we headed to Liliwaup, WA on the Washington Peninsula for the 2nd Annual OYSTER RAMA! Festivities started at 11 AM at their company store and the party went into the early evening.  The event not only has the delicious Hama Hama Oysters, beer, Whidbey Island Winery, and fun, but lots of great information about the tidelands!

If you didn’t already know, Puget Sound is one of the last great oyster producing regions in the world.  Ocean acidification, toxic storm water runoff, accumulation of heavy metals (PCB’s and PAH’s, by-products of burning fossil fuels) are a few of the many threats facing shellfish and the shellfish industry, and it requires a significant amount of social awareness to address.  The tideflats that the oysters are produced from are an economic, cultural, and ecologic resource that need to be protected.

 Hama Hama Oysters, used the Oyster Rama Event to educate and engage people with shellfish in a really fun, dynamic way to generate support to keep the Puget Sound healthy.  The fabulous event also taught participants how to harvest their own oysters and clams, skills they’ll be able to use on many public beaches throughout the State.   Ecologists from Washington Sea Grant were on hand on the flats to interpret the sea life, a sea-creature “I-Spy” competition to get people to investigate the flats, and oyster farmers who will talk about how we use the flats to produce food and livelihoods. Upstream, there were environmental groups (everybody from salmon restoration members to Shellfish Ecologists to the Surfrider Foundation) setting up booths and talking with event attendees, putting on dynamic seminars on how we farm oysters, and of course oyster tastings.

The tideflat celebration had tons of delicious shellfish to eat, as well as an oyster sports competition that highlights the work that happens on an oyster farm (single picking, shucking, clam digging, etc).  Hama Hama Oysters hosted some great live music in front of a mountain of oyster shells, art vendors, and other delicious treats like crab cakes that and oyster ice cream.

 Beyond the enlightening environmental aspect of this amazing event also encompassed significant social responsibility to fund arts and cultural programs at the local school (where approximately 80% of the kids are on free or reduced lunch).  If you didn’t make it this year, I highly recommend you join us and celebrate local, Olympic Peninsula food and wine and the local artists and artisans displaying their wares at the 3rd Annual Oyster Rama in 2013!

Living Future Conference 2012 ~ Portland, OR

I am so exciting to be driving down to Portland for another important conference on sustainability.  Not only is this sold-out event dedicated to, Women Reshaping the World, but it is being held in such a vibrant city that embraces a green lifestyle.   The conference is being hosted by the International Living Future Institute allowing  for brilliant minds in the green building movement that are creating and seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues to come together.  This incredible forum for learning and networking formats will  provide visionary design methods, innovative technical information, and the motivation needed to achieve meaningful progress toward living aware.

Many of you may remember that we went down last autumn for the amazing EcoDistrict Summit which is one of the world’s premier annual conference dedicated to urban sustainability.  During that awesome event we were not only able to listen to inspiring speakers like Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, but we were also able to network with city officials, designers, innovators and an array of other like-minded people who are pushing boundaries for greener cities. In turn all of those amazing individuals and no doubt, the attendees of the Living Future Conference, are creating a greener way of life for  communities spread around the world and link us together. 

During our last visit we stayed at The Nines Hotel, a lovely and luxurious LEED Silver Certified property in the heart of Portland.  We dined at their amazing organic/local/sustainable restaurants Departure and Urban Farmer, as well some others around town like Pok Pok and Bamboo Sushi which are some of my favorite restaurants to-date.  On this trip we are resting at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, just a block or so from, The Nines.  While the property is not LEED Certified, its service is spectacular and it offers a plethora of luxurious green amenities.  For shopping, the Pearl district was full of amazing boutiques like Woonwinkel that we will be sure to stop in on during this trip, as well as search out new shops on the scene. 

Stay tuned, we will have a lot more coming on the Living Future Conference and being green throughout Portland.

Gary Manuel for Aveda’s Earth Month

We, at Living Aware, could not wait to share this video on Gary Manuel’s commitment to Aveda’s Earth Month and the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance on all of our outlets;  Twitter, Facebook, Living Aware Channel and of course here on the ecofabulous Living Aware site.    We whole-heartedly believe in supporting socially responsible businesses with environmentally friendly products.    We hope you watch, donate, and support businesses like Gary Manuel, products like Aveda, and community organizations like the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.   For those not in the Seattle area seek out your local organizations fighting stormwater pollution and water conservation and make a donation.

Native Plants for the NW Garden ~ Swansons Nursery

For those of you in Seattle tomorrow, Swanson’s is hosting a Native Plants for the NW Garden seminar.  The classes are free and fill up fast so get there early if you’re interested.  Here are the details from their website.

Sunday, March 25th, 11am – 12pm
Native Plants for the NW Garden
Join Alex LaVilla, Swansons Perennial Buyer, as he discusses the exceptional ornamental and habitat producing qualities of the most popular native trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers for the Pacific Northwest.


Earth Hour ~ March 31st 2012 @ 8:30 PM

All of my buildings are signed up to participate in Earth Hour this year on March 31st at 8:30 PM.  Please join me, my colleagues, and friends by making the pledge to turn the lights out for an hour.  Be sure to participate in the ‘I Will If You Will’ by doing something amazing for the environment and bettering your community.