BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the city of Hollywood, the city of Beverly Hills, and the West Basin Municipal Water District are hosting a free California-Friendly Landscape Training class.

According to a flyer, the class covers use of native plants and edibles, water-efficient irrigation devices, rainwater capture and permeable materials, and on-site water retention to reduce water run-off and pollution to the ocean.

The class will be held at City Hall in Beverly Hills inside the Library Auditorium (on the second floor) located at 444 N. Rexford Drive. Validated parking is available at 451 N. Rexford Drive, which is next to the library. Class space is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to register by calling (310) 371-4633 or visiting

Participants are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to complete registration. Snacks are provided.

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is sponsoring the class, which is part of their Water Conservation Programs. Classes are offered in other cities. For more information, please go to

Due to the drought, MWD has developed water conservation programs such as the Residential and Commercial Water-Efficient Device Rebate Programs (Rebate) and the Turf Removal Program (Turf). According to the General Auditor Monthly Report June 2015, Rebate Programs have been extended to provide incentives to those purchasing water-saving devices such as high-efficiency clothes washers and toilets. Turf Programs have been extended to provide funds to offset the cost of turf removal replacing it with low water alternatives.

For more information on other water conservation programs, please visit The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California at or read the General Auditor Monthly Report June 2015.