Get Out: Patch's Pick-and-Choose Weekend Planner

Options include a coastal cleanup day, heroes costume swap and MasterChefs Schrader and Kontos in a cookoff to raise funds for school gardens.

Still have no idea what to do this weekend? Don't panic. Mar Vista Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks:

Where/When: Venice Beach Pier on West Washington and Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 and 12501 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 (Dockweiler Beach (Tower 59)) Sat. Sept. 17. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Why Go: Heal the Beach presents the California Coastal Cleanup Day with volunteers from all over Los Angeles, who will take action to clean the beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris. Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with more than 90 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet. Everyone can make a difference and keep the coast clean.

Go here for the list of all the cleanup sites.

Pricing: Free

Where/When: , 11666 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Sat. Sept. 17, 11 a.m.

Why Go: Help raise funds for schools at this Grill Off! All proceeds will go to the Garden Grants to help put 1,000 gardens in local schools. Tracy Kontos and Alejandra Schrader from Fox TV's MasterChef will undertake a meat vs seafood battle.

Pricing: All seafood items for $1!! Get 3 tacos or 3 skewers for $2.50. Fish tacos are topped with pickled shredded purple cabbage and lime-avocado sauce. Carne Asada tacos $3.

Where/When: , 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Sat. Sept. 17, 7 - 10 p.m.

Why Go: The G2 Gallery presents a fundraiser to support the film Love Thy Nature, the first documentary to explore the real cause of our environmental crisis and humanity's disconnection from nature. For more information, click here.

Pricing: To purchase tax-deductible tickets, go to www.lovethynature.com/contribute. One ticket for $20 or 2 tickets for $30.

Where/When: 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Barnes & Noble), Sun. Sept. 18, 11 a.m.

Why Go: Come to Barnes & Noble for the Memorial Library Bookfair with author Syd Field, who will discuss his screenplay writing.

Pricing: Free.

Where/When: , 3826 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. Sun. Sept. 17, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Why Go: Join Mar Vista Community CouncilMar Vista Farmers Market and Los Angeles Costume Swap for a day of heroes. This will be the official start to letting your kids—and the kid in you—have a little fun by dressing up as your favorite kind of hero, be it a doctor, policewoman, eco-warrior, Wonder Woman or a Steampunk Captain.  Be green and win lots of cool prizes.

Pricing: Free.

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