I've been on the board of directors for the California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA) for the past couple months. One the projects we're working on is providing resources for homeowners, landscapers and businesses so that they can convert lawns into water-wise native landscapes. The workshops - called the New Front Yard - are developed in partnership with the Department of Water Resources - the same group that has been organizing the local turf conversion rebates.
This workshop was in Santa Cruz and the speakers and turnout were fantastic. Attendees learned about irrigation, methods of lawn removal, plant selection and rain/grey water systems. The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum hosted the event, and everyone got to explore their fantastic selection of plant communities during the latter half of the day. If you get the chance to explore the arboretum there, do - it's really special.
The next workshop will be in Merced on March 10. Flyer and information is here. We're still looking for more attendees and sponsors in that area, so please distribute if you know anyone who might be interested!