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Dear readers,

Welcome to another list of events, classes, actions, films, conferences, grant deadlines, etc., for your planning convenience. Our searchable website edition of the calendar ( http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ ) contains events farther into the future. Please continue to send event listings to calendar@ecologycenter.org and forward any breaking action alerts to alerts@ecologycenter.org .

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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
10/15/2005	 	Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting with Cooking Demonstrations
10/21/2005	 	Liz Walker on the EcoVillage at Ithaca
10/27/2005	 	Natural Textiles and the Weaving Cooperatives of Southeast Asia

ALL EVENTS
Through 11/27/2005	 	Class: Braided Rugs
Through 12/16/2005	 	Ecosa Institute Professional Design Semester
Through 12/31/2005	 	Regional Parks Botanic Garden (California Native Plants) Tours
10/14/2005	 	Film: "9/11 and the American Empire"
10/14/2005	 	Speakers: Matt Gonzalez & Leila Salazar on Activism
10/14/2005	 	Workshop: 'Ditching Dirty Diesel" (Registration deadline, 10/7)
10/14/2005	 	Bioneers 16th Annual Conference
10/14/2005	 	Workshop: "Wisdom & Teachings for Survival"
10/14/2005	 	Speaker: "The Secret Life of the Endangered Marbled Murrelet"
10/14/2005	 	Film: "Bell of Nagasaki"
10/14/2005	 	Benefit: Veterans of the George Jackson Brigade
10/14/2005	 	Film: "I Live in Fear"
10/14/2005	 	Quakes, Quacks, and Conquistadors
10/14/2005	 	Presentation: "Coherent Solutions for the Emerging Meta crisis"
10/14/2005	 	Benefit: People's Hurricane Fund
10/14/2005	 	Film Opening and Discussion: "Darwin's Nightmare"
10/14/2005	 	Class: "Find Your Dream Job In Solar"
10/15/2005	 	Workshop: "Seven Steps to Building a Green Home"
10/15/2005	 	Workshop: Watershed Fun For Families
10/15/2005	 	Workshop: Collecting Seeds from the Wild
10/15/2005	 	Benefit: "Music with a Mission" for the SF Bicycle Coalition
10/15/2005	 	Bay Area Water: Trekking the Model
10/15/2005	 	Class: "Advanced Off-Grid Photovoltaic Design and Installation"
10/15/2005	 	Coastside Explorers (Ages 8 - 12)
10/15/2005	 	U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives "No Boss" Party
10/15/2005	 	Fundraiser: Old-time Square Dance
10/15/2005	 	Fundraiser: Urban Creeks Council's "UCC-toberfest"
10/15/2005	 	Political Comedy: "The 2nd Annual George Bush Going Away Party"
10/15/2005	 	Slideshow: "Witches and Pagans"
10/15/2005	 	Conference: 'Teaching for Social Justice"
10/15/2005	 	Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting with Cooking Demonstrations
10/15/2005	 	Workshop: Watershed Fun For Educators
10/15/2005	 	Trail Volunteers Needed!
10/15/2005	 	Richmond Shoreline Festival
10/15/2005	 	Reusable Utensils to Go (youth)
10/15/2005	 	Hike: Marvelous Marshland
10/15/2005	 	Catch-and-Release Pier Fishing
10/15/2005	 	Monarch Butterfly Walk
10/15/2005	 	Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems
10/15/2005	 	Class: "Starting a Salad Garden"
10/15/2005	 	Workshop: "Superior Performers for Summer-Dry Climates"
10/15/2005	 	Workshop: "Kids in Creeks"
10/15/2005	 	Walking Tour: History of Working Class West Berkeley
10/16/2005	 	Benefit: Concert and Talk for National Radio Project
10/16/2005	 	Hike: Bon Tempe and Lagunitas Lake Loop
10/16/2005	 	Tarantula Trek
10/16/2005	 	Hike: Majestic Montara
10/16/2005	 	Slideshow: Where Does All the Water Go?
10/16/2005	 	Bike Tour of Oakland
10/16/2005	 	Class: "Worms Ate My Lunch"
10/16/2005	 	Demonstration: Foster Farms Animal Cruelty
10/16/2005	 	Benefit: "Rise Above" for New Orleans
10/16/2005	 	Fundraiser: Friends of Garrity Creek BBQ
10/16/2005	 	Poor People's March
10/16/2005	 	Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project
10/16/2005	 	Reading: "The Market for Virtue..."
10/16/2005	 	Benefit Screening: "Mauna Kea: Temple Under Seige"
10/17/2005	 	Course: "Sustainable Living 5-Day Intensive"
10/17/2005	 	Film: "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train"
10/17/2005	 	Celebration: "The 10 Women Campaign"
10/17/2005	 	New College Activism and Social Change Information Session
10/18/2005	 	Press Conference: "Don't Sit Idle"
10/18/2005	 	Workshop: "Compost: Green Waste to Gardener's Gold"
10/18/2005	 	Speaker: "The Removal of Nonnative Trout in Mountain Lake Ecosystems"
10/18/2005	 	Public Meeting: Bay Area Water System
10/18/2005	 	Teacher Workshop: "Seabirds and Plastics"
10/18/2005	 	Wilderness Subcommittee Meeting
10/18/2005	 	Food First 30th Anniversary Awards Dinner
10/18/2005	 	Workshop: Ending Hunger and Poverty in the U.S. and Africa
10/18/2005	 	Educators' Workshop: "Tracking Seabirds and Plastic Trash"
10/18/2005	 	Marin Conservation Corps Open House
10/19/2005	 	Forum: "Turn the Tide" with Dr. Helen Caldicott and Radio Active
10/19/2005	 	Trans Bay Cable Project Open House
10/19/2005	 	Film: "Crossroads"
10/19/2005	 	Workshop: Grants for Restoration and Reuse
10/19/2005	 	Film: "Half-Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age"
10/19/2005	 	United Nations Association Film Festival
10/19/2005	 	Meet Energy Efficiency Experts from Germany
10/19/2005	 	Speaker: The Landless People's Movement of South Africa
10/19/2005	 	Public Meeting: Bay Area Water System
10/19/2005	 	Talk and Book Signing: "The Great American Job Scam" author Greg LeRoy
10/20/2005	 	Benefit Party: "Teaching the Challenge of Change"
10/20/2005	 	Green Materials Showcase (Volunteers Welcome!)
10/20/2005	 	Demonstration: Trader Joe's Cage-Free Outreach
10/20/2005	 	Simplicity Forum: Cutting Costs Without Budgeting
10/20/2005	 	Roving Weeders Restoration Day
10/20/2005	 	The Bay Today
10/20/2005	 	Public Forum: People's Radio KPFA
10/20/2005	 	Lecture: "The Importance of Mountain Lion Conservation"
10/20/2005	 	Application Deadline: Modern Earth Building 2005 Conference in Berlin, Germany
10/20/2005	 	Speaker: The Toxic Tsunami in India
10/20/2005	 	Speaker: The Toxic Tsunami in India
10/20/2005	 	Conference: "Healthier by Design"
10/21/2005	 	Film: "Pandora's Box"
10/21/2005	 	Class: "Natural Paints and Plasters"
10/21/2005	 	Liz Walker on the EcoVillage at Ithaca
10/21/2005	 	Speaker: Steven Strong on Solar Electric Architecture
10/21/2005	 	Slideshow on Natural Building in North and South America
10/21/2005	 	Cartoons and Video at the Dump to Promote Conservation
10/21/2005	 	Registration Deadline: Workshop on Racial Justice for Activists, 10/23 - 12/6
10/21/2005	 	Play: "Escaping the Matrix"
10/21/2005	 	Speaker: The Toxic Tsunami in India
10/21/2005	 	Reading: "Making Better Concrete"
10/21/2005	 	Film and Discussion: "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"
10/22/2005	 	A Harvest of Customs: Straw Art From Around the World
10/22/2005	 	Class: "Energy Conservation and Efficiency"
10/22/2005	 	Redwood Run: Volunteers Needed!
10/22/2005	 	Amazing Insects and Spiders: Filoli Explorer Program for Kids
10/22/2005	 	Cartoons and Video at the Dump to Promote Conservation
10/22/2005	 	Workshop for Educators: "From Flush to Marsh"
10/22/2005	 	City Slicker Farms Volunteer Orientation
10/22/2005	 	Dolores Huerta interviewed by Amy Goodman
10/22/2005	 	Workshop: "Kids in Gardens"
10/22/2005	 	Gardening Fair: "Planting for Marin"
10/22/2005	 	Certified Green Building Professional Training
10/22/2005	 	Greenbelt Outing: East Bay Watershed Hike
10/22/2005	 	Benefit: Move On Art! -- "Light Ball"
10/22/2005	 	Marine Mammal Center & Blue Waters Kayaking
10/22/2005	 	Monarch Butterfly Walk
10/22/2005	 	Propagate Native Plants - San Lorenzo Creek
10/22/2005	 	Discussion: Prisons ---Combating The Culture of Terror
10/22/2005	 	Forum: The California Special Election: What are the Issues?
10/22/2005	 	Plant Natives
10/22/2005	 	Volunteer: Trail Maintenance at Land's End
10/22/2005	 	Workshop: "Gardening with Local Natives"
10/22/2005	 	Class: "Plan Your Spring Flower Garden" with Cornelia Fletcher
10/22/2005	 	Conference: Options for Youth in a Time of War
10/22/2005	 	Workshop: "Design a Bay-Friendly Garden"
10/23/2005	 	Class: "Portable Solar Power"
10/23/2005	 	Speakers: "Vegan Voices"
10/23/2005	 	Walking Tour: Transformations Around the Old Santa Fe Station
10/23/2005	 	Fair Trade Flicks
10/23/2005	 	Greenbelt Outing: Sycamore Grove Walk
10/23/2005	 	Class: "PV 101: Basic On-Grid Photovoltaics"
10/24/2005	 	Amazon Gathering: Journey into the soul of the Rainforest
10/24/2005	 	Confronting Katrina: Race, Class, and Disaster in American Society (Part 2 of 4)
10/24/2005	 	Class: Voluntary Simplicity
10/24/2005	 	Class: " Introduction To Recycling"
10/25/2005	 	Reading and Discussion on Sustainable Design
10/25/2005	 	Workshops: "Ecological Design, Installation, and Maintenance"
10/25/2005	 	Workshop: "Groceries from the Garden"
10/25/2005	 	Advocates' Forum: Letter Writing for Animal Protection
10/25/2005	 	Reading: "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats"
10/26/2005	 	Film: "Fail Safe"
10/26/2005	 	Class: "Advanced Biodiesel: Quality Control, Equipment, and Biodiesel Businesses"
10/27/2005	 	Natural Textiles and the Weaving Cooperatives of Southeast Asia
10/27/2005	 	Slideshow: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
10/27/2005	 	Class: "Passive Solar and Green Building Design"
10/27/2005	 	Reading: "Design for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van Der Ryn"
10/27/2005	 	Film and Discussion: "Last Journey of the Leatherback?"
10/27/2005	 	Reading: "Wobblies"
10/28/2005	 	Speakers: Non-violent Resistance in Palestine
10/28/2005	 	Monthly Activist Series: Tom and Jane Kelly
10/28/2005	 	Workshop: "How to Facilitate Strategizing: a Training of Trainers"
10/28/2005	 	Class: "On-Grid Photovoltaics for Professionals"
10/28/2005	 	Union Rally: No on Prop. 75
10/28/2005	 	Film: "On the Beach"
10/28/2005	 	Film: "Five"
10/28/2005	 	Workshop: Solar Hot Water Heating
10/29/2005	 	Discussion and Potluck: "Circle of Simplicity"
10/29/2005	 	Bay Area Water: Trekking the Model
10/29/2005	 	Film: "Jellies"
10/29/2005	 	Class: Wilderness First Aid
10/29/2005	 	Family Hike on the Ecology Trail
10/29/2005	 	Class: "Gardening With Mother Nature"
10/29/2005	 	Training: Learn to Lead Salmon Walks
10/29/2005	 	Workshop: "Habitat Restoration"
10/29/2005	 	Monarch Butterfly Walk
10/29/2005	 	Weekend Warriors Restoration Day
10/29/2005	 	Workshop: "Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally"
10/29/2005	 	Class: "Fall Garden Primer"
10/29/2005	 	Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party
10/30/2005	 	Greenbelt Outing: Sunol's Summits Hike
10/30/2005	 	Katrina Benefit: "Barefoot Boogie" Halloween Dance Party
10/30/2005	 	Benefit: 7th Annual Sisters of Fire Celebration
10/30/2005	 	Speaker, Discussion, Potluck: "Circle of Simplicity"
10/30/2005	 	Walking Tour: South Berkeley Sidewalk Secrets
10/30/2005	 	Class: "Energy Doctor: Conservation and Efficiency"
10/30/2005	 	Film: "The Most Dangerous Man Alive"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting with Cooking Demonstrations — An opportunity to sample for free, all at one table, the whole delicious range of Fall fruit varieties at the Berkeley Farmers' Market. (Apples, European pears, Asian pears, persimmons, etc.). Two chef cooking demonstrations (with fresh seasonal produce). 11:00am: Annie Somerville of Greens, San Francisco. Executive Chef Annie Somerville's passion for fresh ingredients, traditional techniques, and, simply, great food, has made Greens one of the best-loved, most enduring restaurants in the country. Under her guidance, Greens has flourished and expanded. Now in her twenty-fourth year at Greens, her commitment to using garden-fresh produce and cooking with the season remains stronger than ever. She'll be demonstrating a Kabocha Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Lime Leaves. She'll also be signing copies of her books Everyday Greens: Home Cooking from Greens, The Celebrated Vegetarian Restaurant and Field of Greens. Noon: Mary Vance, Certified Nutrition Educator and Associate Publisher of the Ecology Center's Terrain Magazine, will be presenting a cooking demonstration featuring Fall fruit. Mary is currently studying holistic nutrition consulting at Bauman College. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Liz Walker on the EcoVillage at Ithaca — Come join us for an evening with Liz Walker, one of the inspiring leaders of Ecovillage at Ithaca. She'll speak about EcoVillages as a way to rescue cities from their own excesses and about EcoVillage Ithaca, a community that gently harnesses the sun, raises a lot of its food, and produces an architecture respectful of the ancient compact village designed for people on foot, not car. Liz Walker is author of the just-published "EcoVillage at Ithaca - Pioneering a Sustainable Culture." She won't be back for a while so be sure to catch her now. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: $5 to $10 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Natural Textiles and the Weaving Cooperatives of Southeast Asia — Come hear about the stories of six weaving villages in Indonesia and Thailand who consciously hold to traditional forms of interaction with the earth and natural textile production. Rebecca Burgess will give a report and slideshow on the agricultural techniques, weaving techniques, natural dye processes, and human connections of the weaving cooperatives. You'll get to see, feel, and relate to these communities and their vibrancy. Textiles will be displayed, and a limited few will be sold; proceeds go directly back to supporting the villagers' work. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

ALL EVENTS

Through Sunday, November 27, 2005
Class: Braided Rugs — Learn how to make a braided rug and more. The class will be in the Grand Lake area. Call or email for information and to sign up. Location: Oakland. Time: 1pm - 4pm Sundays. Cost: $40. Info: 510-835-2599, arlenemagarian@yahoo.com .

Through Friday, December 16, 2005
Ecosa Institute Professional Design Semester — The fall semester is appropriate for past and current participants in professional design schools or those with an equivalent background. The program is geared toward architecture, planning and associated disciplines. Students live and work together. Enrollment is limited to 15 students each semester. 6/30/05 suggested application deadline. Location: ECOSA Institute, 212B South Marina St, Prescott, AZ. Cost: $3,900 + $50 application fee and $50 housing fee. Info: 928-541-1002, info@ecosainstitute.org/ , http://www.ecosainstitute.org/ecosaframeset2.htm .

Through Saturday, December 31, 2005
Regional Parks Botanic Garden (California Native Plants) Tours — Guided garden tour every Saturday and Sunday, throughout 2005. Attendees should call first to confirm. Tours are usually an hour long, but may vary in time depending on interest. The garden exclusively features California native plants, offers something new for every season. The Garden's docents have many special interests and areas of expertise, like special knowledge of lichens and mosses, or of insects, about Native American uses, of fungi, or of scented plants. Each tour will introduce you to new aspects of the Garden. Location: Regional Parks Botanical Garden, in Tilden Park, Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-841-8732, http://www.nativeplants.org/ .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Film: "9/11 and the American Empire" — "Peace and Pizza" is a monthly gathering (2nd Friday) that shows movies you won't see on corporate TV. It is co-sponsored by the South Alameda County Peace and Justice Coalition and Codepink Hayward. Location: Straw Hat Pizza in the Galleria Shopping Center, Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-432-9493, jbdharma@hotmail.com .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Speakers: Matt Gonzalez & Leila Salazar on Activism — Matt Gonzalez, Green Party activist, and Leila Salazar, leader of the AmazonWatch lawsuit against Chevron to protect the rainforest in Ecuador - appear as part of the monthly series, "So How'd You Become an Activist?" -- local activists share their experiences and influences that helped them become effective forces for change -- also discussing "So What Do We Do Now?" 777 Valencia. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-927-1645, mitch-h@sbcglobal.net .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Workshop: 'Ditching Dirty Diesel" (Registration deadline, 10/7) — Learn about alternative fuels and technologies, including the "Four Rs" of diesel reduction (re-power, refuel, replace, and retrofit). Share your stories, ask questions, and hear case studies. While the event will cover many diesel sources, we'll emphasize trucks, school buses, and off-road equipment like construction vehicles. This workshop is being planned by the Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative. Downtown Oakland location provided after you RSVP. Location: Oakland. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: $5- $10 (no one turned away). Info: 510-302-3316, joel@rampasthma.org .

Friday, October 14, 2005 - Sunday, October 16, 2005
Bioneers 16th Annual Conference — The Collective Heritage Institute, AKA Bioneers, was founded by Kenny Ausubel in 1990. Bioneers was conceived to conduct educational and economic development programs in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, traditional farming practices, and environmental restoration. As Paul Hawken has noted, sustainability is simply the midpoint between destruction and restoration. The goal of Bioneers is restoration, addressing the interdependent array of economics, jobs, ecologies, cultures, and communities. Register by 10/3. Location: Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Cost: $405 ($160 for one day). Info: 877-246-6337, conference@bioneers.org , http://www.bioneers.org/conference/program.php .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Workshop: "Wisdom & Teachings for Survival" — Mark Tollefson and his wife, Sharon Buczaczer run the Wilderness Youth Project in Santa Barbara. They will be sharing their knowledge of trees, bushes and other woody plants that provide so much for us. Learn how to live more in tune with the living environment. Workshop meets 10/14, 7:30pm - 9pm; 10/15, 9am - 5pm; and 10/16, 9am - 4pm. Contact Wildlife Associates for locations and more info. Location: Half Moon Bay. Cost: $200 ($450 for three workshops, Sept. - Nov.). Info: 800-244-9453, Info@WildlifeAssociates.org , http://www.wildlifeassociates.org/ .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Speaker: "The Secret Life of the Endangered Marbled Murrelet" — Zach Peery will discuss the behavior, habitat, and population status of the Marbled Murrelet, a seabird listed as endangered by the state of California and threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Peery has been studying the murrelets that nest in the coastal redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Snacks at 7pm, program at 7:30. Event takes place in the County Fair Building. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 800-244-9453, http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/visiting/page2.html .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Film: "Bell of Nagasaki" — The first Japanese film to address the atomic bombings, made in 1950 and directed by Hideo Oba, is an intriguing melodrama set in Nagasaki. The U.S. Occupation censors allowed it only because it portrayed the positive spirit of the survivors. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Benefit: Veterans of the George Jackson Brigade — A benefit for the GJB Information Project. Three former members of the George Jackson Brigade will discuss their experience in an underground cell in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. Bo Brown, Mark Cook and Ed Mead will also share their insights on organizing within prison, the influence of gay liberation on their revolutionary aspirations, and role of class conflict within the '70s underground. The three will be introduced by Daniel Burton-Rose, the coordinator of the oral history archive the George Jackson Brigade Information Project. Location: AK Press, 674A 23rd St., between MLK & San Pablo, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-208-1700, akpress@akpress.org , http://www.akpress.org/ .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Film: "I Live in Fear" — Kurosawa directed Toshiro Mifune (then 35) in a daring performance as an eccentric old patriarch with a neurotic fear of the bomb. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 9pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Quakes, Quacks, and Conquistadors — Part of a volunteer training program for the Berkeley Marina and Bayshore, this is an introduction to the history of the Bay including early animal life, Indian and Spanish settlements, and the human impact of the gold rush and population explosion on the Bay. Location: Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981- 6740, marina@ci.berkeley.ca.us , http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Presentation: "Coherent Solutions for the Emerging Meta crisis" — Presenter Ravi Logan is the author of Prout: A New Paradigm of Development, director of the Prout Institute, cofounder of the Dharmalaya Center, and co-organizer of the Northwest Bioregional Gathering. The Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) is a theory of development based on neohumanist values, bioregional culture, economic decentralization, ecological balance, social equity, and deep sustainability. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free, donations accepted. Info: 707-824-6891, jasmine@ecomail.org .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Benefit: People's Hurricane Fund — Join us for music and dancing in a benefit for grassroots community organizations working to rebuild infrastructure while building power with oppressed communities. Proceeds will benefit projects such as the new free clinic in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. With Dj's Waltdigz and Ron. 21 and over. Location: El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF. Time: 9pm - 2am. Cost: $5-$50 sliding scale. Info: 707-824-6891, http://www.communitylaborunited.net .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Film Opening and Discussion: "Darwin's Nightmare" — In the 1960s, Nile perch was introduced into Lake Victoria in Tanzania, leading to the endangerment or extinction of native fish. Each day tons of perch are shipped to foreign markets. This prize-winning film includes interviews with people from all facets of the local economy. Famine abounds in Tanzania, and residents stave off hunger by feeding on discarded fish carcasses, a tragically apt metaphor. Evening shows will include an after-film discussion with members from the Priority Africa Network and other bay area organizations working on issues of globalization and/or Africa. Additional discussions will occur throughout the run at Balboa Theatre. Location: Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., SF. Time: 7pm and 9:10pm. Cost: $8.50. Info: 510-527 3917, PriorityAfrica@yahoo.com , http://www.BalboaMovies.com .

Friday, October 14, 2005
Class: "Find Your Dream Job In Solar" — The class will provide an overview of the many careers available in the solar industry (focusing mostly on solar electricity). It will cover two areas where the solar industry needs the most help: marketing and finance. A detailed resource list of books, magazines, courses, organizations, and events will be provided. Call for exact location. Location: San Josι. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145 . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/fiyodrjobins2.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Workshop: "Seven Steps to Building a Green Home" — Learn how to assess what your family needs; choose a designer and builder; select a lot or make the most of the one you have; increase comfort, health, and durability; and reduce utility bills. The workshop will also help you make smart material and appliance choices; develop a beautiful landscape that saves water, time, and money; and create a home that benefits your family and the planet. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Register online. Location: Laguna Treatment Plant, Santa Rosa. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Workshop: Watershed Fun For Families — Los Vaqueros is a 20,000-acre watershed in eastern Contra Costa County. Discover the plants and animals that inhabit Los Vaqueros through hands-on activities such as pond exploration and a nature hike. Play local Native American games and learn about Native American culture. Children must be age 6 or older and accompanied by an adult. Location: Los Vaqueros Interpretive Center, Brentwood. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $15 ($25 includes afternoon workshop for educators). Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Workshop: Collecting Seeds from the Wild — Discover the secrets of seed collection in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. We will collect seeds of California native plants from the beautiful Rodeo Valley in the Marin Headlands. Learn how to tell when seeds are ripe and the tools you need to collect them. Back at the nursery you will discover how to clean and store seeds to prolong their shelf life. Location: Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery, Kirkpatrick Street, Building 1301. Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Benefit: "Music with a Mission" for the SF Bicycle Coalition — Bands Delightfully Isolated, Sid Luscious and the Pants, and Desoto Reds perform to benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Location: El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF. Time: 4pm - 8pm. Cost: $7 - $10 sliding scale. Info: 415-282-3325, http://www.elriosf.com .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Bay Area Water: Trekking the Model — Have you ever walked from the Golden Gate Bridge to Stockton? Join a park ranger for a tour of the Bay Model. Watch the tide ebb and flood as the Model of the Bay helps you understand the complexity of California water issues past, present, and future. Location: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Time: 1:30pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-332-3871, http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/bmjourney/calendar/bi_monthly/front.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Class: "Advanced Off-Grid Photovoltaic Design and Installation" — This advanced workshop covers choice of components for proper system integration, NEC code requirements, inverter software programming, engine generator interface with the power system, and more. We will review residential and large-scale commercial systems. This is an intensive, information-packed lecture workshop, not a hands-on class. Recommended prerequisite: Electrician with journeyman level experience, and/or prior attendance in PV 202 Off-Grid Photovoltaic Design & Installation. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145 (sale price $135) . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pv10onpvforp.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Coastside Explorers (Ages 8 - 12) — Students will interact with the unique coastal environment through creative adventures that are challenging, exciting, and fun. The program provides quality "dirt-time" interacting with nature. Students develop fundamental naturalist knowledge, stewardship abilities, and a personal relationship to the natural environment. We will meet at the Pescadero Marsh parking lot and explore many exciting areas including the Riekes field station in San Gregorio, Memorial Park in Pescadero, Pigeon Point lighthouse for whale watching and tide pools, Ano Nuevo beach, and more. Time: 10am - 3pm, Saturdays. Cost: $300. Info: 650-298-3405, nature@riekes.org , http://www.riekes.org/naturestudies/youthprograms.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives "No Boss" Party — Board members from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives are in town next weekend from around the country. They invite coop members and supporters to join them for a little cooperative revelry, conversation, food, and music on the eve of "National No Boss Day." No reservation required - just show up! Find out more about USFWC board members online. Location: Club Waziema Restaurant and Bar, 543 Divisadero, at Hayes, SF. Time: 8:30pm. Info: 650-298-3405, brahm@peoplesgrocery.org , http://www.usworker.coop/Structure/SPSBoard.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Fundraiser: Old-time Square Dance — A fundraiser for "Yes on Prop. I College Not Combat." Live music by the Stairwell Sisters and the Squirrelly Stringband. Calling by Evie Ladin and Erik Hoffman. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. A whole lotta fun! Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 7:30pm - 11pm. Cost: $10 - $30 sliding scale ($5 students). Info: 650-298-3405, http://www.collegenotcombat.org/ .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Fundraiser: Urban Creeks Council's "UCC-toberfest" — Urban Creeks Council hosts a fundraising "UCC-toberfest" at the Clubhouse Patio, with local beers and wines, a silent auction, fine food, live music, and tours of UCC's 2002 Wildcat Creek restoration project. All donations are tax-deductible. Location: Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Cost: $20 suggested donation. Info: 650-298-3405, kristen@urbancreeks.org .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Political Comedy: "The 2nd Annual George Bush Going Away Party" — Last year's show, on the eve of the election, was a success but failed to send Bush back to Crawford. With his approval rating sinking to a new low of 38%, his record on Iraq, and his bungling response to Hurricane Katrina, we figured we'd try once more to send Bush home while continuing to provide needed comic relief. Partial proceeds benefit CCCO's "Military Out of Our Schools" program. Location: Herbst Theater, War Memorial Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave, @ McAllister, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $25, $30, $35 tickets. Info: 415-392-4400, http://www.koshercomedy.com/nobush .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Slideshow: "Witches and Pagans" — As All Hallows approaches, we honor the ancestors and spiritual heritages of pagan Europe. Wisewomen, healers, seers, enchantresses and nightfarers. Women's sacraments of spinning, weaving, herbcraft, divination, sacred dance and incantation. Fatas, faeries, and the "good women who go by night" with the Old Goddess: Diana, Holle, Nicnevin, Abundia, Andra Mari, Fraw Perchta. Location: Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 (no one turned away). Info: 415-392-4400, maxdashu@lmi.net .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Conference: 'Teaching for Social Justice" — The 5th Annual Educators Conference: "Teaching for Social Justice: An Act of Revolution." Keynote Speaker: Linda Christiansen, teacher and author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up. Plus community forums on education issues and organizing for change. This event includes free lunch, childcare and parking. Register online. Location: Mission High School, 3750 18th, 18th St. @ Dolores, SF. Time: 9am - 4pm. Info: 415-392-4400, http://www.t4sj.org .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting with Cooking Demonstrations — An opportunity to sample for free, all at one table, the whole delicious range of Fall fruit varieties at the Berkeley Farmers' Market. (Apples, European pears, Asian pears, persimmons, etc.). Two chef cooking demonstrations (with fresh seasonal produce). 11:00am: Annie Somerville of Greens, San Francisco. Executive Chef Annie Somerville's passion for fresh ingredients, traditional techniques, and, simply, great food, has made Greens one of the best-loved, most enduring restaurants in the country. Under her guidance, Greens has flourished and expanded. Now in her twenty-fourth year at Greens, her commitment to using garden-fresh produce and cooking with the season remains stronger than ever. She'll be demonstrating a Kabocha Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Lime Leaves. She'll also be signing copies of her books Everyday Greens: Home Cooking from Greens, The Celebrated Vegetarian Restaurant and Field of Greens. Noon: Mary Vance, Certified Nutrition Educator and Associate Publisher of the Ecology Center's Terrain Magazine, will be presenting a cooking demonstration featuring Fall fruit. Mary is currently studying holistic nutrition consulting at Bauman College. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Workshop: Watershed Fun For Educators — For K-8 educators. Los Vaqueros is a 20,000-acre watershed in eastern Contra Costa County. Learn tricks of the trade from an award-winning environmental educator. You'll try fun, no-hassle classroom activities that teach important water science and conservation principles. Location: Los Vaqueros Interpretive Center, Brentwood. Time: 1pm - 3:30pm. Cost: $15 ($25 includes morning workshop for families). Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Trail Volunteers Needed! — Drop-in trail volunteers needed for trail repair, construction of new routes, and restoration of natural habitat throughout the Golden Gate National Parks (Marin, the Presidio, San Francisco, and San Mateo). Adults, families, groups, and youth ages 16 and up are welcome. Tools, gloves, snacks, and training provided. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. 1st and 3rd Saturdays of October, November, and December. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm#vol .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Richmond Shoreline Festival — Join us for a community celebration of the beauty and potential of the Richmond shoreline. Music by local groups and a free BBQ will kick off the afternoon festivities. Experience the shoreline with nature walks, shuttle van park tours, fishing, kids' activities, and updates on the shoreline's hotly contested future. Location: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, Richmond. Time: noon - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 118.

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Reusable Utensils to Go (youth) — Did you know that disposable chopsticks use more than 40 million trees a year in Japan and China alone? If consumption does not change, a large portion of Asia will be deforested in less than a decade. Using disposable plastic, paper, and wood products also contributes to pollution and global warming. You can take action by using alternatives to throw-away items. Create your own portable utensil packs that let you tote cutlery and chopsticks in style. Ages 10-13. Preregistration required. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $5 per youth. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Hike: Marvelous Marshland — Explore the restored wetlands around Tolay Creek in the Napa-Sonoma Marshes on the northern tip of the San Pablo Bay. Time: 1:30pm - 6pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Catch-and-Release Pier Fishing — Learn the basics of catch-and-release fishing at the Dumbarton Fishing Pier. Discover the types of wildlife living in the San Francisco Bay, learn the safety and ethics of fishing, and try your luck out on the pier with our fishing poles. All participants receive a free box with tackle. Partnered with the California Department of Fish and Game. Space is limited to the first 50 people! Reservations are required. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 8am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 37, http://desfbay.fws.gov/ .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Monarch Butterfly Walk — Take a short walk to view clusters of Monarchs! Learn about their life cycle and migration. Bring the whole family! Rain cancels. Location: Mulford-Marina Branch Library, 13699 Aurora drive, San Leandro. Time: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-577-6085, butterflynaturalist@earthlink.net .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems — Remove invasive plants in the Presidio's grasslands, dunes, and wetlands to help create healthy ecosystems for endangered plants and local wildlife. Perfect for adults, families, and youth age 10 and up. Meet at the Center. Transportation provided to work site. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-7752, mazuras@ParksConservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Class: "Starting a Salad Garden" — Our climate is similar to Provence, France where they have lettuce that is crispy, sweet, and buttery. We can easily grow bountiful crops of heirloom lettuces and spicy arugula, fresh parsley and cilantro, sweet crunchy Daikon radishes, and many veggies to help with our salad creations. You'll leave with lettuces and herbs to start your own salad bed. Recipes included. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $21. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Workshop: "Superior Performers for Summer-Dry Climates" — Discover the best-suited drought tolerant Mediterranean and native plants, trees and shrubs for a Bay-Friendly Garden. EBMUD Water Conservation Horticulture Specialist - Susan Handjian will present her top 30 lists, as well as tips for finding natives. Find inspiration and irrigation tips on a guided tour of the District Drought Tolerant Demonstration Garden. Register online. Location: Alameda County Water District, 43885 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7645, lgrodeska@stopwaste.org , http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=625 .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Workshop: "Kids in Creeks" — EXPLORE the world of watersheds in this hands-on workshop, integrate creek ecology into your curriculum, and promote creek conservation. Try out fun activities for students of all ages. Map your watershed, sample water quality, and identify aquatic plants and insects. Register online (required). Location: Prospect Sierra School, 960 Avis Drive, El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3643, kari@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/educator%20workshops/kic/kic.html .

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Walking Tour: History of Working Class West Berkeley — This walking tour takes us through industrial West Berkeley. Although much is made about the artist colony and intelligentsia of East Berkeley around the University, it was West Berkeley that was the economic engine that allowed Berkeley to prosper. Walk through time from earthquake to earthquake and see for yourself if the area has adapted well to changing times. Call for meeting place. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10. Info: 510-848-0181, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc/ .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Benefit: Concert and Talk for National Radio Project — National Radio Project & La Pe–a present The Stop the Wars Tour with Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and internationally known folksinger David Rovics. John Stauber describes Solomon as "one of the bravest & best American journalists." Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! calls David Rovics "the musical version of Democracy Now!" Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $15 sliding scale. Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#SocialAwareness .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Hike: Bon Tempe and Lagunitas Lake Loop — Five mile hike organized by Gay and Lesbian Sierrans around the lakes of Mt. Tam. Carpools will meet at El Cerrito BART at 10am. Location: Mt Tamalpais St. Park, 801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley. Time: 10am. Cost: free. Info: 510-332-8353, jillonthego@hotmail.com , http://www.glshikes.org .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Tarantula Trek — A 19th century visitor to Mount Diablo described the tarantula as "attaining the size of a small bird, possessing fangs the size of a rattlesnakes, and delivering a bite generally considered fatal." Fact or fiction? After a short talk to learn the folklore and natural history of the largest North American spider, we'll set off on a short hike (3-4 miles round trip) in search of Mount Diablo's famous arachnids. Ages 11 and up. Reservations required. Location: Mitchell Canyon Trailhead, Mount Diablo State Park. Time: 3pm - 6pm. Cost: $3 per vehicle park entrance fee . Info: 925-686-9393.

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Hike: Majestic Montara — Moderate loop hike that traverses the side of Montara Mountain up to the North Peak. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Slideshow: Where Does All the Water Go? — Where does all the water in the toilet and the water that goes down the drain end up? Come see how the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant cleans our wastewater. Then take a hike to see the refuge habitats and how this cleaned wastewater affects them. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Reservations required. Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. Info: 408-262-5513 ext 104.

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Bike Tour of Oakland — Explore Oakland with the museum's docents and learn about the incredible history of Oakland and its visionaries and scoundrels--who were often the same people. The leisurely two-hour tours are about five miles long, with no hills. Meet at the 10th Street entrance. Advance reservations are required. Participants must be over twelve years old and provide their own bikes, helmets and repair kits. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-3514, jcollignon@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/index.cgi .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Class: "Worms Ate My Lunch" — Composting is one of the most environmentally sound practices you can adopt. It reduces waste, saves water and fuel, and creates a valuable soil amendment. In this class, you will learn how to make worm compost in a clean and odor-free manner. Ideas for using the nutrient-rich "worm castings" will also be covered. Call for exact location. Location: SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/woatemylu162.html .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Demonstration: Foster Farms Animal Cruelty — Outside of Safeway, one of Foster Farms' top suppliers, join East Bay Animal Advocates as its exposes Foster Farm's inhumane treatment of chickens. Visit http://www.fosterfacts.net for more information. Location: Safeway (Oakland - Grand Ave.), 3747 Grand Ave., Oakland. Time: 5pm - 6pm. Info: 925-487-4419, info@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Benefit: "Rise Above" for New Orleans — An evening of excellent music and spoken word for New Orleans Community Labor United. Hosted by members of the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe. Support the real grassroots efforts in New Orleans! Location: ATA, 992 Valencia St., at 21st, SF. Time: 8pm - 11pm. Info: 415-260-9496, molotovmouths@earthlink.net .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Fundraiser: Friends of Garrity Creek BBQ — Friends of Garrity Creek, engaged in a legal struggle over their creek in the Hilltop area, will hold a fundraising barbecue and yard sale Sunday, Oct. 16, on Marin Road. Email for time and place. Info: 415-260-9496, RPender970@aol.com .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Poor People's March — San Francisco Living Wage Coalition invites you to join the march to demand living wage jobs, universal health care, affordable housing, quality public education, and progressive taxation. 11:30am: assemble at 16th St. and Mission. Noon: march to Horace Mann Middle School. 1pm: program. 2pm: open mike. 3pm - 5pm: workshops. Location: Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd St., near Valencia, SF. Time: 11:30am - 5pm. Info: 415-863-5543, sflivingwage@gmail.com .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project — Control invasive exotics, remove biomass during dormant season, maintain restoration areas, pick up trash. Meet at the foot of road leading to phone company microwave tower near southwest road closure of Bernal Heights Boulevard. Bring your own clippers/tools if possible. Location: SF. Time: 11am. Info: 415-282-5066, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Reading: "The Market for Virtue..." — David Vogel, professor at the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley, will talk about The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility. David Vogel is a leading expert on the movement among some corporations to voluntarily act in more socially responsible ways. He finds that this movement has produced some successes in the fields of human rights, labor laws, and environmental conditions, but he doubts that self-regulation will significantly change the overall pattern of corporate behavior, suggesting instead that voluntary corporate responsibility needs to be bolstered by laws and regulations. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave, @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Benefit Screening: "Mauna Kea: Temple Under Seige" — Join us for a benefit showing of Mauna Kea: Temple Under Seige, and a talk about Hawaiian sovereignty with Kealoha Blake of the East Bay Media Center. Hawaiian food served. Donations will benefit the court case contesting further development on the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea. Location: Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave., (across from La Pe–a, 1 block east of Ashby BART), Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Donation. Info: 510-486-0698, waihili@aol.com .

Monday, October 17, 2005 - Friday, October 21, 2005
Course: "Sustainable Living 5-Day Intensive" — This is the class to take for a comprehensive overview of green building design, permaculture, water management and solar energy. Check website for workshop topics and possible discounts. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $650 (or $145 per day). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/suli5in1720h.html .

Monday, October 17, 2005
Film: "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" — Howard Zinn -- You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train documents the life and times of the author of A People's History of the United States. Featuring rare archival materials, interviews with Howard Zinn as well as colleagues and friends including Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, You Can't Be Neutral captures the essence of this activist and thinker who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. Noam Chomsky said, "he has changed the consciousness of a generation." Location: New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St., btwn 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $3 - $5. Info: 415-437-3408, mmcavoy@newcollege.edu .

Monday, October 17, 2005
Celebration: "The 10 Women Campaign" — Flyaway Productions dance company performs and honors 10 women who work for environmental and food sustainability, including filmmaker Deborah Garcia, chef Deborah Madison, People's Grocery's Malaika Edwards, and others. Location: ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $15 - $25. Info: 415-863-9834, http://www.odctheater.org .

Monday, October 17, 2005
New College Activism and Social Change Information Session — Come and get all your questions answered about the Weekend BA and Weekday Evening MA Activism and Social Change Emphasis Degree Programs! Room 24, 766 Valencia St. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 707-568-0113, http://www.newcollege.edu .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Press Conference: "Don't Sit Idle" — Every 28 hours in America, idling diesel vehicles waste the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez. Each year, idling dumps 11 million tons of pollution into the air. New regulations limit idling of diesel vehicles to 5 minutes in almost all cases. The Don't Sit Idle day of action will spread the word to the media, schools, the community, and diesel bus and truck drivers that idling is illegal, wasteful, and bad for our health. Join us for the press conference near the West Oakland BART station. Other Don't Sit Idle events will be taking place in Bay View Hunters Point, West Contra Costa County, and Sonoma County. Call or email to get involved. Location: Jubilee West, 1485 8th St., Oakland. Time: 11am. Info: 510-251-1600, mpal@pacinst.org .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Workshop: "Compost: Green Waste to Gardener's Gold" — Turn your school garden's green waste into magical compost guaranteed to solve your soil problems. Learn the basics of starting, maintaining, and harvesting a compost bin, and explore the ecosystem of critters that inhabit this biomass. You will receive a resource guide with student activities and a free Biostack composting bin. Location: Franklin Elementary School, 915 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-665-3430, shradha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/educator%20workshops/Compost.htm .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Speaker: "The Removal of Nonnative Trout in Mountain Lake Ecosystems" — A lecture by Dr. Roland Knapp of the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab. The removal of nonnative fish from mountain lakes, and their subsequent spectacular recovery, suggest that fish introductions have a greater impact than previously believed. Sequoia Board Room. Call for tickets. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 2pm and 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/1017-1023.html .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Public Meeting: Bay Area Water System — The San Francisco Planning Department is conducting an environmental review of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)'s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), a massive $4.3 billion plan to repair and upgrade the SF Bay area's primary water system. The SF Planning Department has begun a "scoping" process, during which the public is invited to help identify the range of issues. Please attend the meeting, and speak up for watershed protection, water conservation, and recycling! Location: Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, at Rinconada Park, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-390-8494, bill.young@sierraclub.org , http://www.tuolumne.org/takeAction_bayArea.htm .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Teacher Workshop: "Seabirds and Plastics" — This workshop is designed for middle-high school educators. It will focus on using current research on the Black-footed Albatross and Sooty Shearwater to link scientists, seabird research, and marine pollution with teachers and students. Carol Keiper (Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge) and Jennifer Stock (Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary) will be presenting. Register by phone. Location: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-332-3871, http://www.Oikonos.org .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Wilderness Subcommittee Meeting — 7:00 Introductions and Announcements - share treats!
7:15 Wild Heritage Campaign News
7:25 Ideas to Develop New Wilderness Presentation- Bob McLaughlin
7:35 Work Plan for 2006 (see 2005 plan at end of email)
7:40 Alerts/letters
8:05 Cache Creek News and video
Bring treats to share Location: Sierra Club Headquarters, 85 Second St., @ Mission St., SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-332-3871, protectwildplaces@yahoo.com , http://sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/wilderness/index.htm .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Food First 30th Anniversary Awards Dinner — Dinner at 6pm. FoodFirst economic and human rights awards at 8pm. International recipient: Via Campesina, the largest farmer organization in the world. National recipient: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on behalf of Immokalee, Florida tomato pickers. Bay Area recipient: The Berkeley Ecology Center and their Farm Fresh Choice program which brings produce to low income neighborhoods. Order tickets online or by phone. Location: Jack London Aquatic Center, Estuary Park, 115 Embarcadero St., Oakland. Time: 6pm. Cost: $40 and up. Info: 510-654-4400, http://www.foodfirst.org/dinner .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Workshop: Ending Hunger and Poverty in the U.S. and Africa — Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy celebrates 30 years. Participants include Aguibou Y. Yansanι, PhD, Professor of Political Economy and Development Studies, San Francisco State University; Percy Hintzen, PhD, Professor of African American Studies, University of California at Berkeley; and Shyaam Shabaka, founder of EcoVillage Farm. Awards dinner at 6pm: http://www.foodfirst.org/dinner . Location: Jack London Aquatic Center, Estuary Park, 115 Embarcadero St., Oakland. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-654-4400.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Educators' Workshop: "Tracking Seabirds and Plastic Trash" — This ocean stewardship workshop, funded by the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail License Plate Grant and Cordell Bank National Marin Sanctuary, is designed for middle-high school educators. The workshop will focus on using current research on the Black-footed Albatross and Sooty Shearwater to directly link scientists, seabird research and marine pollution with teachers and students. Location: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415- 332-3871.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Marin Conservation Corps Open House — Visit the new Education Resource Center -- see the remodeled classrooms and learn about the educational services offered. Location: Marin Conservation Corps, 27 Larkspur St., San Rafael. Time: 4:30pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415- 332-3871, http://www.marincc.org .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Forum: "Turn the Tide" with Dr. Helen Caldicott and Radio Active — Next Generation's third annual "Turn the Tide" event is an exhilarating evening of activism, community, and inspiration to celebrate peace, sustainability, and youth activism featuring Dr. Helen Caldicott, musician Radio Active, local leaders in the movement for peace and sustainability, and incredible young people from across Marin and the Bay Area who will move you with their passionate dance, slam poetry and calls for a better world. Reception at 6pm $45, $75 per couple. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, and meet Helen Caldicott. Call 459-NEXT for tickets. Location: Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Time: 7pm. Cost: $15 (youth, $6). Info: 415-459-NEXT (6398), Danielle@gonextgeneration.org , http://www.gonextgeneration.org .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Trans Bay Cable Project Open House — This is a meeting to solicit comments from the public and to identify environmental issues regarding the proposed project and its alternatives, so that the issues can be analyzed in depth in the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Advance notice is requested and individuals may drop in anytime during the meeting. Location: Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-535-6690.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Film: "Crossroads" — San Francisco artist Bruce Conner's film composed of mushroom-cloud footage from actual H-bomb tests is an "eccentrically imaginative work . . . an awesome and fearsome poem." (S. F. Chronicle). With shorts, Glenn Scantlebury's From the Field and Bill Brown's Buffalo Common. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Workshop: Grants for Restoration and Reuse — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 is hosting a series of free workshops to assist communities interested in applying for Brownfields Program Assessment, Cleanup, or Revolving Loan Fund grants. The grants provide funding to return contaminated (or potentially contaminated) properties back to productive reuse. They cover the basic elements of the grant programs, the process for submitting grant proposals, and proposal requirements. Representatives from EPA Region 9 will answer your questions. Location: Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 213-244-1821, emeric.noemi@epa.gov .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Film: "Half-Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age" — Dennis O'Rourke's film on the U.S. abuse of Marshall Islanders as guinea pigs in nuclear tests was a stunning eye-opener in 1985. As Time Out suggests, "This blast from the past lingers on." See it and weep. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 9pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - Sunday, October 23, 2005
United Nations Association Film Festival — The theme of this year's festival is "a statement of hope and courage." UNAFF celebrates the power of films and videos dealing with local and global issues: human rights, environmental survival, women's issues, protection of refugees, homelessness, racism, famine, disease control, universal education, war and peace. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Cost: $60 festival pass, $8 per film. Info: 510-642-0808 , http://www.unaff.org/2005/index.html .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Meet Energy Efficiency Experts from Germany — The Pacific Energy Center and AIA/SF COTE will host three German building science researchers: Stefan Plesser, Oliver Bauman, and Robert Himmler. Our guests will provide an overview of three areas of recent progress in German energy-efficient buildings: German architecture and engineering for energy-efficient buildings, automation and HVAC systems, and results from the "Research Projects EnergieForum Berlin." Learn how Germany has become a leader in energy-efficient buildings. Find models relevant to US practice. This is a brown bag event, with beverages provided by the Center. Pre-registration is not required. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: noon - 1:30pm. Info: 510-845-1000, http://www.adpsr-norcal.org/ .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Speaker: The Landless People's Movement of South Africa — Mangaliso Kubheka, National Organizer of the Landless People's Movement of South Africa, organizes to create food systems that meet human needs. Mr. Kubheka joins farmers around the world struggling for access to land, and demanding that the WTO (World Trade Organization) cease negotiations on agriculture. Food First and Via Campesina are proud to bring Mangaliso Kubheka to the United States. Location: New College of California School of Law, 50 Fell Street, near Civic Center BART, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free (Donations Accepted). Info: 510-654-4400 ext. 227.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Public Meeting: Bay Area Water System — The San Francisco Planning Department is conducting an environmental review of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)'s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), a massive $4.3 billion plan to repair and upgrade the SF Bay area's primary water system. The SF Planning Department has begun a "scoping" process, during which the public is invited to help identify the range of issues. Please attend the meeting, and speak up for watershed protection, water conservation, and recycling! Location: Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street, at Van Ness, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-390-8494, bill.young@sierraclub.org , http://www.tuolumne.org/takeAction_bayArea.htm .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Talk and Book Signing: "The Great American Job Scam" author Greg LeRoy — Greg LeRoy will be speaking about and signing his new book The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation. The book exposes the tax scam euphemistically known as "business incentives" - including the awarding of subsidies to poverty-wage retail and fast food outlets, subsidized piracy of jobs out of Los Angeles, and the ways in which Proposition 13 has harmed public services and fueled sprawl. Yosemite Room. RSVP via email. Location: Sierra Club Headquarters, 85 Second St., @ Mission St., SF. Time: 6pm. Info: 650-390-8494, zoe@goodjobsfirst.org .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Benefit Party: "Teaching the Challenge of Change" — Awards Dinner/Dancing with "La Generacion." Nobel Peace Prize nominee Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, educator and activist author of 100 Years of Chicano History, New College teacher graduates Shefali Shah, Jeremiah Jeffries, and the Family Literacy Program will be honored. All proceeds will go to Teacher Education Minority Student Scholarship Fund and our Family Literacy Program (The Magic of Family Learning), which touches the lives of hundreds of immigrant families. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Location: Roccapulco Supper Club, 3140 Mission St., SF. Time: 6pm - 12am. Cost: $50. Info: 415-437-3473, voute@newcollege.edu , http://www.newcollege.edu/reservations/ .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Green Materials Showcase (Volunteers Welcome!) — Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) presents the 8th annual Green Materials Showcase, the largest and longest running green building trade show in the San Francisco Bay Area. We expect well over 120 different providers of environmentally appropriate products. Register online. Volunteers needed, 10/19 - 10/21! Sign up at http://www.gms2005.org/volunteers.html Location: San Francisco Mart, 1355 Market St., SF. Time: 11am - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-558-1075, info@gms2005.org , http://www.gms2005.org/ .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Demonstration: Trader Joe's Cage-Free Outreach — In support of The HSUS 'No Battery Eggs' campaign, advocates will ask patrons to sign comment cards asking Trader's Joe's to stop selling eggs from confined hens. Location: Trader Joe's in Emeryville, 5700 Christie Ave., Emeryville. Time: 6pm - 7pm. Info: 925-487-4419, info@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Simplicity Forum: Cutting Costs Without Budgeting — Fred Ecks will talk about the snowball effect - as you spend more consciously, you end up spending less on what you don't care about and the saved time/money is used to save even more money. Ann Haebig will bring her five questions to consider when thinking of purchasing an object or service. Simplicity Forum is a monthly meeting that features people telling their stories about ways to work less, consume less, rush less, and foster community. Location: Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave., @ Ashby, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-549-3509, http://www.simpleliving.net .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Roving Weeders Restoration Day — Help remove French Broom and Scotch Broom from Bald Hill off of Worn Springs Rd. Meet at the Natalie Coffin Green Parking Lot, at the end of Lagunitas Avenue in Ross. Tools, refreshments, parking passes, and shuttle van provided. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothes. Location: Ross. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-945-1128, volunteerprogram@marinwater.org .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
The Bay Today — Part of a volunteer training program for the Berkeley Marina and Bayshore, this is the latest information on the state of the Bay today. It includes the videos Secrets of the Bay and Synthetic Seas. Location: Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981- 6740, marina@ci.berkeley.ca.us , http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Public Forum: People's Radio KPFA — Topics will include an update and clarification on the General Manager issue, the new budget, and more. Speakers will include Local Station Board members. Location: Fellowship of Humanity Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., between Telegraph & Broadway, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Info: 510-981- 6740, contact@peoplesradio.net , http://www.peoplesradio.net .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Lecture: "The Importance of Mountain Lion Conservation" — Steve Torres, staff environmentalist with California Fish and Game, discusses the dilemma of addressing human safety concerns while advocating the importance of mountain lion conservation. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-3514, jcollignon@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/index.cgi .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Application Deadline: Modern Earth Building 2005 Conference in Berlin, Germany — The international conference is for architects, civil engineers, restoration experts, researchers, earth builders, educators, construction technicians, public administrators, and students. Topics will include earth building and preservation of ancient monuments, healthy living with earth, innovation and new projects, material characteristics of earth, earth plasters, and the future developments in earth building. The admission fee must be paid directly with the application, available from website. Location: Berlin, Germany. Cost: 250 EUR. Info: 510-238-3514, http://www.moderner-lehmbau.com/english/programm/index.html .

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Speaker: The Toxic Tsunami in India — Hear Shweta Narayan report about the public health crisis and human rights abuses in Indian industrial estates and the growing campaign to stop the toxic tsunami that is sweeping away India's children and future with persistent and deadly poisons. Giannini Hall, Room 141. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 4pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-845-4705.

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Speaker: The Toxic Tsunami in India — Hear Shweta Narayan report about the public health crisis and human rights abuses in Indian industrial estates and the growing campaign to stop the toxic tsunami that is sweeping away India's children and future with persistent and deadly poisons. Location: Pusod, 1808 Fifth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-845-4705.

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Conference: "Healthier by Design" — Architects, planners, builders, public health officers, healthcare representatives and government officials will come together in a symposium to explore how our health is being compromised as we struggle to keep up with population growth and the need for additional housing, schools and job centers. Reception: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel / 1230 J St. Location: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., @ 13th, Sacramento. Time: 7:30am - 4:30pm (Reception, 6:30pm). Cost: $125 ($95 before 9/29). Info: 916-734-5390, josette.levasseur@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu , http://www.healthbydesignconference.org/ .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Film: "Pandora's Box" — In "six fables about politics and power in the age of science," Adam Curtis (The Power of Nightmares) muses on the determinism that has shaped our age, from the Soviet Five Year Plans to the Rand Corporation's fascination with game theory and war. "I was reminded of Isaac Asimov's Foundation books . . . yet this was sober truth, not whimsical fiction" (The Times, London). Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Class: "Natural Paints and Plasters" — Gain experience with natural paints, plasters, and finishes for interior and exterior surfaces. We will work on restoring and refinishing the earthen walls of a 1949 adobe home. Learn how these techniques are easily applied to conventional building materials such as plywood and sheet rock. Highlights include dispersal methods of natural pigments, work with simple earth plasters and traditional adobe Alis (clay paint), kaolin plaster, lime washes, and casein/milk paints. Friday 10am-5pm with a 7-9pm slideshow. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Instructors: Michael "Meka" Bunch and Emily Hansgen. Email to register or for more information. Location: Lafayette. Cost: $195. Info: 510-642-0808 , pinksocket@yahoo.com .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Liz Walker on the EcoVillage at Ithaca — Come join us for an evening with Liz Walker, one of the inspiring leaders of Ecovillage at Ithaca. She'll speak about EcoVillages as a way to rescue cities from their own excesses and about EcoVillage Ithaca, a community that gently harnesses the sun, raises a lot of its food, and produces an architecture respectful of the ancient compact village designed for people on foot, not car. Liz Walker is author of the just-published "EcoVillage at Ithaca - Pioneering a Sustainable Culture." She won't be back for a while so be sure to catch her now. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: $5 to $10 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Friday, October 21, 2005
Speaker: Steven Strong on Solar Electric Architecture — Steven will present an overview of solar electric architecture around the world, using the best-built examples of solar-powered residences and commercial buildings from Europe, Japan and the US. These early PV-powered buildings provide a window into the coming era of environmentally responsive, energy-producing buildings where this elegant, life-affirming technology will be an integral part of the built environment. Location: Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 707-829-9191, MartyR@sonic.net , http://www.solarsebastopol.com/ .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Slideshow on Natural Building in North and South America — The slideshow features community building projects using cob, adobe, slip-straw, and other materials. Included are wood-fired ovens, rumford fireplaces, cob benches, kiosks, a Waldorf School in Patagonia, and a two-story cob house In southern Oregon. Email for more information. Location: Lafayette. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10 - $15 donation (free for workshop participants). Info: 707-829-9191, pinksocket@yahoo.com .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Cartoons and Video at the Dump to Promote Conservation — Known for his numerous murals in the Mission District, Sirron Norris is a fixture among the San Francisco art scene. At the dump, he applies his whimsical cartoons to recycled toys. Media artist Nomi Talisman collects videos, still images, scanned text, voice-overs and some original footage to recreate her own collage-style films. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 5pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414 , paulf@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrecyclinganddisposal.com/AIR/nextshow.htm .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Registration Deadline: Workshop on Racial Justice for Activists, 10/23 - 12/6 — The workshop is specifically for folks considering volunteering in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The primary goals of the workshop are to strengthen the capacities of (primarily) white social justice activists to work in solidarity in low income communities of color, and educate other white people, especially those who are not yet social justice activists, about the importance of working for racial justice wherever they live. The workshop will meet for six sessions in the Potrero Hill district. Workshop limit is 12 people. Call or email to register and learn exact location. Location: SF. Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm Sundays. Cost: $15 for reading materials. Info: 510-647-0921, cws@igc.org .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Play: "Escaping the Matrix" — Comic writer/performance artist Lou Montgomery, creator of Kali's Follies, Coming Clean, and Pachamama Rides Again, will present her new work, in which she takes on the imprisoning matrix of delusion -- everything from global crises and consumer culture to our cellular DNA. By firing up creative imagination we can all escape the matrix. Montgomery is a performer noted for her blend of feisty comic ingenuity and psychological depth. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15 donation. Info: 707-568-2605, dbaker@newcollege.edu .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Speaker: The Toxic Tsunami in India — Hear Shweta Narayan report about the public health crisis and human rights abuses in Indian industrial estates and the growing campaign to stop the toxic tsunami that is sweeping away India's children and future with persistent and deadly poisons. Location: New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-845-4705.

Friday, October 21, 2005
Reading: "Making Better Concrete" — Making Better Concrete is written by Bruce King, a structural engineer. He learned about fly ash concrete from the academic experts, concrete suppliers, engineers and architects who have studied, developed and used it. This isn't just for people who want to "build green" -- this is for people who want to build better concrete. Location: Builders Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-845-6874, http://www.buildersbooksource.com .

Friday, October 21, 2005
Film and Discussion: "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" — A film on the life of Stan "Tookie" Williams, Nobel Prize nominee, author, and the next person to be executed by the state at San Quentin. Outstanding journalist Barbara Bechnel leads the discussion afterwards. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-528-5403.

Saturday, October 22, 2005
A Harvest of Customs: Straw Art From Around the World — Join the Academy for a day of straw art presentations and explore the social customs and folk beliefs associated with wheat, rye, and other grains. Sponsored by the American Museum of Straw Art in Long Beach. Academy Classroom. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free with admission. Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/1017-1023.html .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Class: "Energy Conservation and Efficiency" — Before you spend money on new energy systems, you can save money by increasing the efficiency of your home or business by performing an energy audit. Determine the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy demand, a necessary first step in designing any renewable energy system and a sensible first step even without solar. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145 (sale price $135) . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/coandef2220h.html .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Redwood Run: Volunteers Needed! — The 10K Misty Redwood Run will benefit the forest advocacy work of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters. Register online before the day of the run. Also, we need help the morning of the run! Help register runners, distribute water to runners, join in recognizing the winners and talk to runners and park visitors about the redwoods of California's north coast. You can bring a picnic and enjoy what is likely to be a gorgeous day in the big trees of the Bay Area! Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Time: 8:30am. Cost: $20 to register. Info: 510-548-3113, bach@headwaterspreserve.org , http://www.theschedule.com/eventinfo.cfm?eventID+10675 .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Amazing Insects and Spiders: Filoli Explorer Program for Kids — A spider that builds a tower! A wasp that makes paper! A diving beetle that uses scuba! If you love all that creeps, crawls, buzzes or flies, you'll enjoy learning the secrets of these and other amazing creatures. Registration required. Call, or download registration form. Location: Filoli Center, 86 Ca–ada Rd, Woodside. Time: 9:30am - noon. Cost: $20. Info: 650-364.8300 ex. 508, http://www.filoli.org/education.html#families .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Cartoons and Video at the Dump to Promote Conservation — Known for his numerous murals in the Mission District, Sirron Norris is a fixture among the San Francisco art scene. At the dump, he applies his whimsical cartoons to recycled toys. Media artist Nomi Talisman collects videos, still images, scanned text, voice-overs and some original footage to recreate her own collage-style films. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414 , paulf@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrecyclinganddisposal.com/AIR/nextshow.htm .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Workshop for Educators: "From Flush to Marsh" — Follow the trail of urban wastewater as it travels from your bathroom to the Bay. You'll explore Moorhen Marsh, home to some unusual birds, next to the unique Mt. View Sanitary District wastewater treatment plant. Get ideas for easy-to-prepare indoor and outdoor student activities that incorporate state standards. Location: 3800 Arthur Road, Martinez. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/conference/fall_2005_field_series_schedule.htm .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
City Slicker Farms Volunteer Orientation — Work with us to bring organic produce to lower income folks in our community. We need volunteers to build and install gardens (usually in a group of 2-5 people) as well as knowledgeable gardeners to make follow-up visits (to work in pairs). We are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least six months and at least 4 hours per month. To learn more, you are invited to attend a two-hour volunteer orientation. We will be touring different sites so bring a vehicle or a bicycle if you can. RSVP. Location: Center Street Farm, 16th and Center Streets, Oakland. Time: 11am - 1pm. Info: 510-763-4241.

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Dolores Huerta interviewed by Amy Goodman — Presentation of the first annual Pace e Bene Nonviolence Award to Dolores Huerta, who will be interviewed by Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now. With singer/songwriter Francisco Herrera. Advance tickets available online, by phone, or at independent East Bay bookstores: Black Oak, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Global Exchange store, Pendragon, Pegasus (both stores), Walden Pond. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $15 advance, $18 at the door. Info: 510-268-8765, http://www.paceebene.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Workshop: "Kids in Gardens" — Ceate and sustain an educational garden for your school. Learn how to propagate plants, improve your soil, reduce waste and pesticide use, conserve water, and create a wildlife habitat. Location: John Muir Elementary School, 380 Webster Street, SF. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3430, shradha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/educator%20workshops/kig/kig.html .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Gardening Fair: "Planting for Marin" — This Earth-friendly gardening fair features lectures, panel discussions, and demonstrations with specialty nurseries and earth-wise conservation organizations that provide in-depth information about native plants, natural techniques and sustainable practices, waterwise planting, and habitat gardening for birds and butterflies. Attendees can consult leading experts and purchase plants and products from many nurseries. There will also be a comprehensive bookstore and cafe. Location: Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Time: 9:30am - 4pm. Cost: $5 entry. Info: 415-455-5263, http://www.maagc.org/news/news.html .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Certified Green Building Professional Training — Build It Green presents the final Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) training of the year. The program consists of a two-session, 16-hour course (on consecutive Saturdays) on how to apply healthy, energy and resource efficient methods and materials in remodeling and building. Training will be in 3rd Floor Conference Room. Location: Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 North Main Street , Walnut Creek. Time: 8:30am - 5pm. Cost: $395. Info: 510-845-5106, ext. 230, http://www.builditgreen.org/guild/index.cfm?fuseaction=become_pro .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Greenbelt Outing: East Bay Watershed Hike — This is a strenuous backcountry trek to and around stunning Rocky Ridge in the EBMUD lands between Moraga and Las Trampas. It is 12 miles long and has an elevation gain between 2,000 and 3,000 feet Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Benefit: Move On Art! -- "Light Ball" — Move On Art! Invites you to our 1st Anniversary "Light Ball". Showcasing 15 local San Francisco artists and musicians. The motto for this show is "Be a light, make art, not war." Proceeds of art show will be shared with Project Open Hand. Location: 1063 Market St., between 6th and 7th, SF. Time: 8pm - 12am. Info: 415-307-7530, jacob_kane_sf@yahoo.com , http://www.MoveOnArt.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Marine Mammal Center & Blue Waters Kayaking — Take a Kayaking trip with Blue Waters Kayaking and The Marine Mammal Center and help The Center at the same time! The tours will launch at Johnson's Oyster Farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore where this guide-led nature tour will take paddlers through the protected waters of Drakes Estero. As you paddle, you'll discover harbor seals, osprey, dear, waterfowl, pelicans, bat rays and leopard sharks, migratory birds and inter-tidal and shore life. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a food item to share during lunch. Educators from The Marine Mammal Center will provide information about marine mammals that live in the area. Advanced reservations required. Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $98. Info: 415-669-2600.

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Monarch Butterfly Walk — Take a short walk to view clusters of Monarchs! Learn about their life cycle and migration. Bring the whole family! Rain cancels. Location: Mulford-Marina Branch Library, 13699 Aurora drive, San Leandro. Time: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-577-6085, butterflynaturalist@earthlink.net .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Propagate Native Plants - San Lorenzo Creek — Volunteers are needed to propagate native plants for San Lorenzo Creek, an important watershed with exciting restoration underway. Call or email for information. Location: Public Works Field Office, 951 Turner Court, Hayward. Time: 10am. Info: 510-670-5248, paulm@acpwa.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Discussion: Prisons ---Combating The Culture of Terror — Bato Talamontez , a director of California Prison Focus , has spoken, written, and struggled against prison terror for years from his time as a member of the San Quentin Six in the 1970s. Hear an interview with Bato Talamontez on a hunger strike by 900 prisoners in solitary confinement in the Pelican Bay State Prison Strategic Housing Unit (SHU). This is one in a continuing series of discussions sponsored by the Gray Panthers Civil Liberties Committee. Location: Excelsior Library, 4400 Mission St., near Silver Ave., SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-552-8800, graypanther-sf@sbcglobal.net .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Forum: The California Special Election: What are the Issues? — Peter Schrag is the former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee and writes frequently on education and California politics. He is the author of Final Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America's Schools. Mr. Schrag will discuss the eight measures on the ballot, largely a battle between the governor and the business community, and the state's public sector unions. There will be time for comments and questions from the audience. Location: Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free (donations Accepted). Info: 510-769-6395, jrufo@sbcglobal.net , http://www.alamedaforum.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Plant Natives — Please join us planting natives on the north side of Codornices Creek at Live Oak Park, between Oxford and Walnut Streets (behind Berkeley Art Center, or from the 1200 block of Oxford St., take the steps down into the park just north of signed Berryman Path). Location: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Volunteer: Trail Maintenance at Land's End — We'll be focusing on trail maintenance and habitat restoration along the Coastal Trail, including clearing encroaching vegetation, repairing and resurfacing tread, clearing and restoring drainage systems, and removing invasive plant species. Help provide some much needed TLC for this incredible coastal area! No experience necessary. Fulfills community service requirements. Training, tools, snacks, and refreshments will be provided. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. RSVP requested. Location: Merrie Way Parking Lot, above Sutro Baths and the Cliff House, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.parksconservancy.org/ourwork/trailsforever.php#landsend .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Workshop: "Gardening with Local Natives" — Ever wondered what habitat or "restoration" gardening is or how to attract butterflies and birds to your backyard? Find out as you spend the day with two East Bay plant experts in a natives-only garden. Learn how to create a garden plan and which plant propagation techniques to use at home. You will leave with local native plants, new ideas and inspiration for your gardening project! Location: 2325 California Street, Berkeley. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/conference/fall_2005_field_series_schedule.htm .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Class: "Plan Your Spring Flower Garden" with Cornelia Fletcher — Flowers feed the soul and promote a healthy garden ecosystem. Plant now for spring color and cutting. Learn everything you want to know about flowers in your garden and landscape. Using annuals, perennials, and bulbs, you can have flowers all year round. Learn to implement the color scheme you desire. Class meets at Common Ground and carpools to Cornelia's garden. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm +. Cost: $21. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - Sunday, October 23, 2005
Conference: Options for Youth in a Time of War — Conference co-sponsored by the Campus Antiwar Network and Military Out of Our Schools-Bay Area. The conference will expose lies military recruiters tell young people, cover ways to get military recruiters out of schools, explore alternatives to military service, and promote activism to resist injustice and war. Register online. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Cost: $10 - $25 donation for adults: youth free. Info: 510-268-9006, MOOS-Bay@riseup.net , http://www.objector.org/moos-bay.html .

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Workshop: "Design a Bay-Friendly Garden" — Design a Bay-Friendly Garden that meets your needs. Landscape designers will be on hand to advise and troubleshoot. Attendance at the Bay-Friendly Gardening Basics class is a prerequisite. Some advance homework required. Registration required. Register online. Location: Naviet's Garden Center, 46100 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7645, lgrodeska@stopwaste.org , http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=625 .

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Class: "Portable Solar Power" — A solar power system for computers, lights, and more can be made portable. If you are a renter, or on the move, this class will teach you how you can take your sun-harvesting technology with you next time you move. Call for exact location. Location: SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/posopo2320sa.html .

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Speakers: "Vegan Voices" — A talk on veganism with Hope and Cogen Fauna Bohanec with lots of info and free cookies! The American Dietetic Association asserts that a plant-based diet greatly reduces your risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease, etc. Animal agriculture is taking a devastating toll, wasting land, water and petroleum while creating vast amounts of waste, polluting our groundwater, rivers and atmosphere. The fishing industry is depleting our oceans, over-exploiting 80% of our fishing estuaries worldwide and starving marine mammals. In the time it takes for this lecture, 4 million animals will be slaughtered for food. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-575-3235, dbaker@newcollege.edu .

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Walking Tour: Transformations Around the Old Santa Fe Station — Lead architect David Finn will be presenting the recently completed new synagogue, Netivot Shalom (Paths of Peace). Then Phil Gale, BHS Board Member and early railroad expert, will tell about the history of the Santa Fe Station. Bill Richardson, business manager, will lead us on a tour of the new Montessori School. Last we will ascend to the studio of Michele Manning in the Strawberry Creek Design Center. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10. Info: 510-848-0181, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc/ .

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Fair Trade Flicks — As part of National Fair Trade Month, the Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition and TransFair USA present an afternoon of Fair Trade Flicks. We'll begin by discussing how Fair Trade works, who it benefits, why Fair Trade is necessary. We'll watch three short films: one documenting the banana industry (Banana Split - 47 min), the global coffee trade (Grounds for Action - 17 min), and ways northern consumers and activists are building a movement for Fair Trade (Fair Trade on Campus - 16 min). We'll conclude with a discussion of ways to get involved with the Fair Trade movement in the Bay Area. Location: Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-663.5260 ext. 309 , jean@transfairusa.org; jwalsh@transfairusa.org , http://www.fairtradecertified.org .

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Greenbelt Outing: Sycamore Grove Walk — Take a walk in one of the largest sycamore groves in California and hear about why areas like this are at risk and efforts underway to protect them. Optional local post-hike wine-tasting. It is a seven mile moderate hike with an altitude gain of less than 1,000 feet. Time: 10:45am - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org .

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Class: "PV 101: Basic On-Grid Photovoltaics" — If you want to build your own grid-tie photovoltaic system, or want some understanding before you talk to a contractor, this workshop is for you. We will cover the basics of how grid-tie solar works, typical designs, and the basics of siting, sizing, incentives and cost. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pv10baonph23.html .

Monday, October 24, 2005
Amazon Gathering: Journey into the soul of the Rainforest — An experiential evening guided by Bea Agins Shaman, naturopath & founder of The Achual Healing Arts Project. Bea Agins tells tales of her adventures with Achual Indians of the Peruvian Amazon. You will learn about the healing arts of the Achual, an indigenous culture of the rainforest. You will taste a sampling of Amazon tinctures and hear the magical songs of the Shaman, called icaros. A slide show about the world of the Amazon and its medicinal magic is included . RSVP by phone or email. Location: Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St., upstairs, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $15 suggested donation. Info: 510-558-7285, info@teleosis.org , http://www.teleosis.org .

Monday, October 24, 2005
Confronting Katrina: Race, Class, and Disaster in American Society (Part 2 of 4) — The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Stanford has organized a special course, open to Stanford students and members of the community to explore matters of race and class disadvantage that were laid bare by Hurricane Katrina and its consequences. Co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, The Office of the Provost and African & African American Studies (AAAS). Remaining sessions 11/7 and 11/28. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-558-7285, http://ccsre.stanford.edu/EV_news.htm .

Monday, October 24, 2005
Class: Voluntary Simplicity — This is an eight-session, participant-facilitated course designed by Northwest Earth Institute. The purpose is to understand the meaning of voluntary simplicity, to explore the material and psychological distractions that prevent us from caring for the earth, and to consider how life might be enriched through the practice of simplicity. Location: Beck Hall, 300 East Santa Inez, corner of Ellsworth, San Mateo. Time: 7pm - 9pm, Mondays. Cost: $25. Info: 650-692-9593, bettywu42@gmail.com , http://www.quia.com/pages/simplicity.html .

Monday, October 24, 2005
Class: " Introduction To Recycling" — The Northern California Recycling Association presents this class. Registrants will be advised to consult the book, "Introduction to Recycling," which can be downloaded from the website. The majority of the presenters will be NCRA members working in the recycling field. Students will complete exercises designed to illuminate basic concepts in the field. Register online. Location: Sanitary Fill Classroom, 401 Tunnel Rd, SF. Time: 8:30am - 3:15pm. Cost: $45. Info: 650-692-9593, http://www.ncrarecycles.org/itr/itr.html .

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Reading and Discussion on Sustainable Design — Join Andres Edwards and Sim Van der Ryn as they discuss their new books, The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift and Design for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van der Ryn. As an educator, author, media designer and environmental systems consultant, Edwards' work provides a comprehensive primer on the history, evolution and future of the movement toward sustainability. Sharing his years of experience as a teacher and using his building designs as examples, Van der Ryn shows us that buildings are not objects but organisms, and cities are not machines but complex ecosystems. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave, @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Workshops: "Ecological Design, Installation, and Maintenance" — Hands-on, outdoor workshops about local creeks and watersheds, fire-vegetation management, natural history, restoration project planning, grant writing, restoration gardening for wildlife, and more. Please note that the times listed in the Peralta Colleges schedule have changed. Class times (TBA) will be mostly evenings and weekends. Dates & Times: Tuesdays; 10/25-12/6. Gardening for Wildlife with Martha Berthelson: Saturdays, 9:00-12:15, 11/5-12/3. Other dates vary by workshop; call for more info. Code: M0830, 0.5-3.0 units (Open Entry/Exit). Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $78 for all workshops ($26 per unit). Info: 510-434-3840, http://www.merritt.edu/ .

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Workshop: "Groceries from the Garden" — Discover how sustainable agriculture and locally grown food benefit the health of your students and the environment. Try out healthy, kid-friendly recipes using seasonal produce that students can grow in their school garden. Location: Watershed Project, 1327 S 46th St. Bldg. #155, Richmond. Time: 4pm - 6:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-665-3430, shradha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/educator%20workshops/gfg.htm .

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Advocates' Forum: Letter Writing for Animal Protection — Over vegan dinner, join local advocates to write letters on animal protection issues. Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 6247 College Ave., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 925-487-4419, info@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Reading: "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" — Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio present an extraordinary series of portraits and stories in Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, their new photographic examination of what people around the globe eat during the course of one week. Menzel and D'Aluisio are also the creators of the best-selling Material World books, which examine what people in diverse parts of the world own. Hungry Planet encapsulates the life stories of thirty families in twenty-four countries, detailing their food purchases and showing the families at home surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. The stunning photographs address issues of poverty, obesity, conflict and globalization. Location: Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. Time: 7:30. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-7852, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Film: "Fail Safe" — Imagine Dr. Strangelove with a straight face and Henry Fonda's soul, and you have Fail Safe. "From its illusory calm to its final frightening sequences, this story of America today and tomorrow, and the people with the power to control the world . . . [is] the more frightening for being utterly realistic and straight." (New York Film Festival, 1964). Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - Friday, October 28, 2005
Class: "Advanced Biodiesel: Quality Control, Equipment, and Biodiesel Businesses" — Find out how you can be independent of large agri-business by makeing your own biodiesel, or by supporting local biodiesel co-ops and small businesses. This workshop will offer hands-on building of biodiesel processors for all interested students, as well as a discussion on forming a fuel co-operative, tax incentives for biodiesel, and how to start a biodiesel distribution business. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $395. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/buyoownbipr2.html .

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Natural Textiles and the Weaving Cooperatives of Southeast Asia — Come hear about the stories of six weaving villages in Indonesia and Thailand who consciously hold to traditional forms of interaction with the earth and natural textile production. Rebecca Burgess will give a report and slideshow on the agricultural techniques, weaving techniques, natural dye processes, and human connections of the weaving cooperatives. You'll get to see, feel, and relate to these communities and their vibrancy. Textiles will be displayed, and a limited few will be sold; proceeds go directly back to supporting the villagers' work. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Slideshow: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory — The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory was the West Coast's first raptor observatory, engaging hundreds of volunteers a year in the counting, banding, and tracking of hawks. Director Allen Fish will share stories from the past two decades, and explore questions such as: What are the trends for California birds of prey? Where do the hawks go when they leave here? What sort of impacts may West Nile Virus, global climate change, and human population pressures have on raptors? Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free (registration required). Info: 415-561-7752, mazuras@ParksConservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Class: "Passive Solar and Green Building Design" — This course is geared to building professionals: contractors, engineers and architects as well as production or custom housing and commercial developers. Priorities of green building are presented, including site analysis, climate response strategies, protecting ecological resources, energy efficiency, and green construction system options and material choices. Additional priorities include passive heating and cooling strategies, daylighting and natural ventilation, indoor air quality, water efficiency, and creating healthy buildings. Call for exact location. Location: SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pasoandgrbud2.html .

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Reading: "Design for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van Der Ryn" — Sim Van Der Ryn leapt to the forefront of the green architecture revolution in the late sixties through the nineteen eighties, harnessing his knowledge, ingenuity, and insatiable desire for sustainable living environments to create ever-evolving, ecologically sound projects. Design for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van Der Ryn is a full-length monograph illustrating the work and theory of one of the most preeminent authorities on sustainable architecture. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 7:30. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Film and Discussion: "Last Journey of the Leatherback?" — Scientists predict that the giant Pacific leatherback sea turtle, which has survived for over 100 million years, could vanish in the next 5 to 30 years if wasteful industrial longline fishing is not curtailed. The female nesting population in the Pacific Ocean has collapsed by 95 per cent in the past 20 years. The leatherback is the largest sea turtle, measuring nine feet long. A percentage of sales will go to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. Location: Uncommon Cafι, 2813 Seventh Street , Berkeley. Time: 6pm and 7:30pm. Cost: $6 suggested donation -- no one turned away . Info: 415-488 0370, info@seaturtles.org , http://www.seaturtles.org/ .

Thursday, October 27, 2005
Reading: "Wobblies" — The Industrial Workers of the World, or "Wobblies", remain in popular memory as the most romantic, transnational and antiracist labor movement in American history -- source of folklore, music, martyrs like Joe Hill, and heroic moments such as the "Bread and Roses" immigrants' strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. Paul Buhle reads from Wobblies!..., a vibrant history in graphic art, published on the centenary of the founding of the IWW. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, office@moderntimesbookstore.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Speakers: Non-violent Resistance in Palestine — Largely unnoticed by the world's press, thousands of Palestinians and hundreds of Israeli supporters are engaged in a nonviolent resistance movement against the occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land. Ayed Morrar and Jonathan Pollak are two of the major figures in this movement. Ayed is from the Palestinian village of Budrus where he organized the first Popular Committee Against the Wall in 2003. He has been physically attacked many times and has spent more than six years in Israeli prisons. Jonathan comes from the activist Jewish community in Israel. He, too, has been a tireless organizer, and formed a popular committee against the Wall among his Jewish colleagues. He has participated in more than 200 demonstrations, and has been arrested dozens of times. Location: AK Press, 674A 23rd St., between MLK & San Pablo, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-208-1700, akpress@akpress.org , http://www.akpress.org/ .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Monthly Activist Series: Tom and Jane Kelly — Tom and Jane Kelly on global warming, climate change, and the Precautionary Principle. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, October 28, 2005
Workshop: "How to Facilitate Strategizing: a Training of Trainers" — Training for Change will teach strategy tools to strengthen participation and democracy, build community, support creativity, and make a difference. The workshop will share tools and give practice in using them. Meet in the Mudd Building. 10/28: 7pm - 9pm, 10/29: 9am - 9pm, 10/30: 9am - 6pm. Location: Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley. Cost: $175 ($125 for students). Info: 510-967-4495, kenpreston@paceebene.org , http://trainingforchange.org/content/view/213/34/ .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Class: "On-Grid Photovoltaics for Professionals" — This class focuses on grid-tied PV (mostly residential scale), covering basic PV concepts, site analysis, component selection, and more. Recommended prerequisite: apprentice or journeyman level electrician status, or equivalent experience. This is a lecture workshop, not a hands-on class. Call for exact location. Location: SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/onphforelcoa1.html .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Union Rally: No on Prop. 75 — Join hundreds of AFGE Members, The California Labor Federation, and The Alameda Central Labor Council in supporting unions and opposing Prop. 75. Location: Oakland Federal Building, 13th and Clay Streets, Oakland. Time: noon - 1pm. Info: 707-744-2017, rhonda@afgedistrict12.org .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Film: "On the Beach" — One of the best-known films in the "Dr. Atomic Goes Nuclear" series is one that really deserves rediscovery for its thoughtful adaptation of Nevil Shute's novel about Australians waiting for fallout. Stanley Kramer directs Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Film: "Five" — From oddball innovator Arch Oboler (Bwana Devil) came the first film in the post-apocalypse genre. There are exactly five survivors -- one woman, four men -- holed up in Frank Lloyd Wright digs. Hey, this was Hollywood, in 1951. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 9:30pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 28, 2005
Workshop: Solar Hot Water Heating — Learn about the new tax credits and SRCC requirements, system sizing, open and closed solar hot water including new Helix SS PV, solar space heating, pool heating with gobi collectors; and troubleshooting. Lunch and refreshments included. Register early: workshop limited to 30 attendees. Location: Heliodyne, Inc., 4910 Seaport Ave., at Bayview exit off I-580, Richmond. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $85 ($75 before 10/1). Info: 510-237-9614, info@heliodyne.com .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Discussion and Potluck: "Circle of Simplicity" — Join us for a potluck and discussion of simplicity and The Slow Life. Cecile Andrews, author of The Circle of Simplicity, will speak about making time for friends, family, community, nature, creativity, and an inner life. Meet others in the South Bay and Peninsula who are interested in voluntary simplicity. Office of Accessible Education, 563 Salvatierra Walk. RSVP online by 10/24. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 408-857-6426, annep5@yahoo.com , http://tinyurl.com/7aec3 .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Bay Area Water: Trekking the Model — Have you ever walked from the Golden Gate Bridge to Stockton? Join a park ranger for a tour of the Bay Model. Watch the tide ebb and flood as the Model of the Bay helps you understand the complexity of California water issues past, present, and future. Location: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Time: 1:30pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-332-3871, http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/bmjourney/calendar/bi_monthly/front.html .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Film: "Jellies" — Venture into the vast, fluid realm of jellies and other ocean drifters in the cold and mysterious depths of the sea. This is an in-depth look into a world seldom seen. Location: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Time: 2pm - 2:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-332-3871, http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/bmjourney/calendar/bi_monthly/front.html .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Class: Wilderness First Aid — Learn how to handle emergency medical situations in the backcountry. The course covers patient assessment, shock and bleeding, head and spinal injuries, wounds, and heat and cold illnesses. The training also includes a half-day outdoor scenario practice to build leadership skills. Wilderness First Aid Certificate is available upon successful completion. Graduates of Bay Area Wilderness Training Leadership Program receive a $20 discount. Register by phone. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $130. Info: 415-788-3666 ext. 122 , mazuras@ParksConservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Family Hike on the Ecology Trail — Use all five senses to explore animal habitats and adaptations, play trail games, make plant rubbings, and practice birdcalls. This 2/3-mile hike begins at the Ecology Trailhead and ends at El Polin Spring. Snacks and Trails Forever 'goodie' bags will be provided at the end. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants, and bring water. Location: Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free (registration required). Info: 415-561-7752, mazuras@ParksConservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Class: "Gardening With Mother Nature" — Learn how to create beautiful California native gardens in any style. You'll reduce your water bill by 60% and eliminate harmful chemicals. You can recycle your lawn mower and power blower. You'll also learn about hardscape solutions, including creative ways to keep rain water on site and away from storm drains which upset the natural ecology of the San Francisco Bay. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $21. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Training: Learn to Lead Salmon Walks — SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network) provides the training, led by a watershed biologist and experienced naturalists. No experience or salmonid background required! Take-home training manual included. You'll learn the life cycles of coho, chinook, chum and steelhead, the basics of watershed and salmonid ecology including threats to their critical habitat, and more. Space limited: sign up ASAP. Location: Lagunitas Watershed. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $35 (no one turned away). Info: 415-488-1957, Spawn@SpawnUSA.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/pages/page-59 .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Workshop: "Habitat Restoration" — Explore the Elizabeth Terwilliger Marsh Restoration Project and learn how it has created homes for wildlife and learning opportunities for students. Identify native plants and animals that inhabit the marsh through living and museum specimens. Learn how local youth engage in the project. Experience marsh planting for yourself and learn techniques you can apply at home to create a habitat garden. Location: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/conference/fall_2005_field_series_schedule.htm .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Monarch Butterfly Walk — Take a short walk to view clusters of Monarchs! Learn about their life cycle and migration. Bring the whole family! Rain cancels. Location: Mulford-Marina Branch Library, 13699 Aurora drive, San Leandro. Time: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-577-6085, butterflynaturalist@earthlink.net .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Weekend Warriors Restoration Day — Help remove French Broom from Eliot's Trail. Meet at the intersection of Sky Oaks Road and Bon Tempe Dam Road outside of Fairfax. Tools, refreshments, and parking passes provided. Location: Fairfax. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-945-1128, volunteerprogram@marinwater.org .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Workshop: "Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally" — Control pests without the use of pesticides. Attract beneficial insects to your garden. Discover least-toxic methods for managing common garden pests such as snails, slugs, aphids, and yellow jackets. Register online. Location: Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7645, lgrodeska@stopwaste.org , http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=625 .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Class: "Fall Garden Primer" — Ready your garden for the fall and winter months. Topics will include planting, pruning, mulching, fertilizing and pest control practices specific to this special time in the Bay Area. This workshop is part of our Resource Efficient Gardening and Landscaping Program. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party — Help the Gay and Lesbian Sierrans weed out nonnative plants in one of San Francisco's prime native habitat areas. Meet at the north side of the Randall Museum, dress in layers, wear a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, and bring water. Tools and disposable gloves provided. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-552-3542.

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Greenbelt Outing: Sunol's Summits Hike — Enjoy panoramic views from two Sunol peaks on this moderate hike east of Fremont. Learn about local geology, gaze at rock formations, and check out the stream canyon of Little Yosemite. This is a moderately strenuous eight mile hike. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org .

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Katrina Benefit: "Barefoot Boogie" Halloween Dance Party — Come to Barefoot Boogie's Halloween party. The theme is Mardi Gras, with prizes for the best costumes, so think wild and wacky, sexy and silly, kings and queens, alligators and crawfish. It's a smoke-free, alcohol-free, scent-free, freestyle dance party with a wide variety of deejayed music. All profits will go to the Brother's Brother Foundation, a non-profit organization working to bring food, medicine, and housing aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The event is co-sponsored by the Northern California Dance Collective. Location: Rhythm & Motion Dance Center, 1133 Mission Street, between 7th and 8th Streets, SF. Time: 8pm - 12am. Info: 415-820-1452, ctuccillo@imsearch , http://www.sfbarefootboogie.com .

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Benefit: 7th Annual Sisters of Fire Celebration — The Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) will honor 4 extraordinary women, including world renowned scholar/activist, Angela Davis, Teresa Mejia, executive director of the San Francisco Women's Building, Palestinian poet and activist Suheir Hammad, and Beckie Masaki, executive director of the Asian Women's Shelter, at the 7th Annual Sisters of Fire Awards. There will also be a special tribute to WCRC's predecessor organization, the Third World Women's Alliance. Location: Frank Ogawa Plaza, Downtown, 14th and Broadway, Oakland. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: $35 - $75 sliding scale (includes brunch). Info: 510-444-2700, http://www.coloredgirls.org .

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Speaker, Discussion, Potluck: "Circle of Simplicity" — Cecile Andrews, author of Circle of Simplicity, will speak about making time for friends, family, community, nature, creativity, and an inner life. Small group discussions will follow. This is a gathering of Bay Area Simplicity Circles, exploring the Slow Life and voluntary simplicity. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Bring a dish to serve 6 as indicated by the first letter of your last name: A-F main dishes, G-L salads, side dishes, M-R breads, S-Z desserts. Beverages and drinks will be provided. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: $3 - $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 233.

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Walking Tour: South Berkeley Sidewalk Secrets — This tour looks at concrete paving - sidewalks, curbs, driveways, retaining walls and other mundane features of the South Berkeley residential landscape. Stamps of concrete contractors and unions provide clues about urban social and economic history. Similarly, manholes, hydrants and other cover plates document early water companies/utilities and local foundries. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10. Info: 510-848-0181, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc/ .

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Class: "Energy Doctor: Conservation and Efficiency" — The fastest way to reduce energy demand and save money is by implementing simple conservation and efficiency measures. In this class we will discuss cost-effective and easy-to-implement strategies that will reduce your energy bill. Call for exact location. Location: SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/endocoandef3.html .

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Film: "The Most Dangerous Man Alive" — A pre-Halloween meltdown! A racketeer on the lam wanders into a secluded test site and emerges a man of steel in Allan Dwan's last film, oddly unappreciated in its day: "[An] absurd and tasteless melodrama." -- Variety. "At the most crucial moments the audience howled." -- N.Y. Times Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .
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David Klotz
Ecology Center

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