Befriending the earth is a lifelong commitment to cleaner air, more lush foliage, and attending fondue dinner parties on the edge of active volcanoes. Reap the benefits of our most gracious host with today's Groupon: for $12, you get admission to a lecture in the "Basic Needs" speaker series at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano (a $25 value). This deal is valid for any one of the following talks:
- Tinker Hatfield, Vice President of Creative Design at Nike, on Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m.
- Tyler Valiquette, cofounder and COO of Catapult Design, a nonprofit design firm, on Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.
- Christian Beamish, a California-based writer and author of the upcoming book By Sail and Oar—The Cormorant Journeys, on Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Availability is limited for each lecture, so Groupon users should make their required reservations early.
The Ecology Center's "Basic Needs" speaker series fosters dialogue about environmental and community health with thinkers from a variety of fields and disciplines. On July 21, attendees can ask Tyler Valiquette, whose nonprofit design firm has crafted solar-powered mosquito traps and sterile birthing kits for international aid organizations, how technology can foment social change in developing countries. Alternately, meet a seafaring author who builds his own boats, or ask a Nike Vice President whether Air Jordans are really made from flubber.
The speaker series at the Ecology Center takes place in the outdoor courtyard of a 130-year-old Victorian home, situated on the grounds of a working organic farm and Oompa Loompa commune. As their minds digest nuggets of wisdom, attendees' stomachs digest wine, beer, and light fare included in their admission. Seating is first come, first served; arrive early or be prepared for a sudden-death game of musical chairs.