Although it feels like summer around the Monterey Bay, vacation is over for most of us, and it’s back to reality. That also means that there’s a whole new slate of environmental events available throughout the area.
Don’t forget that there are two terrific tours coming up this Saturday — the Seaside Sustainable Living Tour and the UC Master Gardeners of Santa Cruz Monterey Counties annual garden tour — both with lots of information about how to make your homes and gardens more environmentally friendly. You’ll find details at www.sustainablemontereycounty.org and www.mbmg.org.
Here are some other intriguing events being planned:
• If you’ve ever thought about checking out electric vehicles, here’s your chance to compare numerous models all at once at Santa Cruz Drive Electric Day this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
People can see the cars up close and talk to owners and EV experts, and take them for a test drive if desired. Electric bikes test drives will also be available. Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz will be closed to traffic between Pacific Avenue and Front Street for the event.
Among the vehicles on display are the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and others. The event is part of National Drive Electric Day and will also offer information on installing home charging stations and resources from the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance/Electric Auto Association.
More information: driveelectricweek.org.
• Local nonprofit Everyone’s Harvest organizes farmers’ markets in Monterey County, but also works to provide education and public health programs. Executive director Reid Norris will talk about ways to create a food system that is equitable as well as sustainable next week in Pacific Grove.
The program hosted by Sustainable Pacific Grove takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, corner of Forest and Central avenues. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, visit sustainablemontereycounty.org or call 643-0707.
• How to get kids involved in helping the world’s oceans is among the themes of an environmental talk by Angela Corvea and Captain Jim “Homer” Holm at Cabrillo College next week, presented by Clean Oceans International.
The event at the Erica Schilling Forum, Room 450, on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 2:30-3:50 p.m. features Corvea, a retired marine biologist in Havana, who aims her message at children with the help of Cuban cartoon character Acualina.
Holm, COI’s co-founder and director of operations, will talk about practical solutions to plastic pollution. More information is available at www.facebook.com/TheCleanOceansInternational or www.cleanoceansintl.org.
• Plan ahead for California Coastal Cleanup day on Saturday, Sept. 16, when a half-million Californians will take to the beaches and waterways to pick up trash and prevent it from entering our marine sanctuary. Locally, it’s managed by Save Our Shores, and if you go to www.saveourshores.org, you’ll find a cleanup effort being organized near you — more than 85 cleanup sites are targeted this year around the Monterey Bay.
And you can warm up for the big event with a beach cleanup in Davenport this Sunday at 9 a.m., or if you miss out on the 16th, there are numerous regular beach cleanups around the bay that are announced on the Save Our Shores site.
Do you have questions or tips about sustainable living around the Central Coast? Send them to Kathryn McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kathryn McKenzie at www.facebook.com/kathrynmckenziewriter.