Kevin Cody

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Manhattan Beach Middle School student Allie Chiprin, alumnus Jordan Jack, teacher Diane Dixon, and Mira Costa High School’s Holly Madrid and Charlie Pitts stand before ‘Works In Progress,’ a student art exhibition up until Monday at Planet Earth Eco Cafe, 509 Pier Avenue in Hermosa.

Cleanup, oil

The South Bay Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will hold a beach cleanup 10 a.m. Saturday at 26th Street, followed by participation in a Hands Across The Sand event to protest offshore oil drilling, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

First Thursday

The City Council agreed to help promote First Thursdays, in which 50-plus downtown shops, cafes, art galleries, salons and gyms open their doors and add special touches of food, drink or entertainment 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

The council will use the city website and a contract public relations firm to help out, and will quiet the machinery of the upper Pier Avenue makeover during the events. The next First Thursday is scheduled for July 1.

Energy program

Residential and business property owners could lower their carbon footprints and their utility bills thanks to a new Los Angeles County Energy Program to make loans available for property improvements that reduce energy and water consumption, Mayor Michael DiVirgilio announced.

“Earlier this year, Hermosa Beach became the first city in Los Angeles County to pledge to become a carbon neutral city,” Mayor DiVirgilio said, and enrolling in the Los Angeles County Energy Program reflects that commitment.

The goal is for property owners to cut energy consumption by at least 20 percent. For more see hermosabch.org or lacountyenergyprogram.org. ER

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