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Newsletter of the Angeles Chapter Sierra Club
John Muir never got to celebrate Earth Day, but you can. The official day is April 22, but there are lots of events planned throughout the month -- and they're free. 

You can learn how to kill your lawn at an Open Yard Sustainability event April 16, party with Sierra Club for a salute to national parks at G2 Gallery in Venice on April 22, and hear experts discuss climate change and our precious coastal areas at a forum April 23. 

Find the details on these events and many more at the Ultimate Earth Day 2016 Guide. And bring a friend!

 
And speaking of celebrating ...
We're not usually beer crazy. Really. But the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. in Westlake Village has a crazy good reason to drink. Beer poured from its "benefit" tap handle (Wednesdays, only in April) brings a donation to Angeles Chapter Sierra Club. Details here.

Sierra Club marks another special day in April: John Muir's birthday. The Club founder was born April 21, 1838, and we celebrate by leading rendezvous hikes (at levels easy to strenuous) in his honor. Join us  April 17 in the Santa Monica Mountains and April 23 in the Angeles National Forest. Details here.

Want more to do? Check out our Schedule of Activities April-June 2016.

Chapter Spotlight 
Mad about Southern California air quality board's emissions-credit program that allows oil refineries to pollute rather than invest in stricter pollution controls? We are too. Sierra Club and other environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit to block the program so we can all breathe easier. 

Nature won the battle at Banning Ranch, the coastal open space in Orange County that evolved from ranch land into an intricate wildlife refuge. But it hasn't yet won the battle with the California Coastal Commission. Urge the agency to protect it forever May 11 to 13 in Newport Beach. Details here.

Southern California parks are our most precious resource, but they often don't get the love they deserve. If you care about making sure state and local parks receive the resources they need, join the new Angeles Chapter Parks Committee and work toward protecting them forever.

 

It's time for Sierra Club members to vote for the national Board of Directors! The Angeles Chapter recommends a vote for Susana Reyes, Robin Mann and Joseph Manning. Deadline is April 27Click here to read candidate statements and request an e-ballot. 

Join us on these and other 100 hikes to some of the best outdoor spaces the 
National Park Service has to offer.
 
Members, meet SoCal Now
SoCal Now is a new Angeles Chapter quarterly bulletin for members who prefer direct mail over e-mail.  

Each issue highlights what our members are doing to protect the environment; to endorse and inform federal, state and local officials; and to explore  and enjoy the mountains, canyons, deserts, rivers and coastline of Southern California.  

You'll find featured outings, environmental campaign activities, and social events that keeps you connected to what's happening in your own backyard. Keep it on your refrigerator, post it on your office bulletin board, or share it with family and friends.    

The first issue will be delivered in early April. If you want to subscribe or download a PDF, go to www.socalnow.org or call the Angeles Chapter at (213) 387-4287 (Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).    
 
Glen Dawson, 1912-2016
 

Glen Dawson, the longest-tenured Sierra Club life member, former Sierra Club Board member, and legendary mountaineer, died  in  Pasadena on March 22. He was 103.
Dawson became active in the Club at a young age. In 1931, he notched a first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Whitney with  climbing greats Norman Clyde, Jules Eichorn and Robert Underhill.

Read more about his extraordinary life and check out photos of his early years with the Club. (The portrait, above, was taken by Ansel Adams during a 1930 trip to Yosemite National Park.)

Explore national parks on this two-week Costa Rica Adventure in October. Let Sierra Club Angeles Chapter be your guide to lush rainforests, active volcanoes, pristine beaches, hot springs and more. Sign up now, space is limited.

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