If you haven't yet been to the magical Shangri-La Botanical Gardens in Orange, this is the week to do so. For Earth Week 2009, Michael Hoke and his crew have lined up everything from seminars on composting and tropical gardens to painting classes and a lecture on bats (with the delightful Mel Moreau). Be sure to watch the butterfly release at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (April 22).
My pick for the week is an appearance from 6:30-8 p.m. tonight at the Lutcher Theater by Super GreenGeek Ed Begley, Jr, who I've had a crush on ever since watching him as Dr. Victor Erlich in St. Elsewhere. How can you not love a man whose commitment to the earth is so complete he generates power for his toaster by riding a stationary bike? If you're not a St. Elsewhere fan, you might know Ed from his HGTV show, "Living With Ed," or one of his 200-plus TV and film roles.
Events continue through Saturday.