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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
12/3/2005 	 	Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair
12/10/2005	 	Hands-on Mushroom Class
12/10/2005	 	Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair
12/15/2005	 	Save the Endangered Species Act, Slide Show and Discussion
12/17/2005	 	Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair

ALL EVENTS
Through 11/25/2005	 	Sacred Site / Shellmound Peace Walk
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
11/24/2005	 	Benefit: "Give Thanks Vegetarian Potluck Feast"
11/25/2005	 	Community Service Day
11/25/2005	 	Demonstration at "The Dead Mall" (AKA "The Bay Street Mall")
11/25/2005	 	Free Gift Exchange on "Buy Nothing Day"
11/25/2005	 	Activism Series: "Native Americans and Thanksgiving"
11/26/2005	 	Benefit: Women's Crafts Fair
11/26/2005	 	Winnemem Wintu Mural Dedication and Film Screening
11/26/2005	 	TV Show: "Point of Return" on Recycling
11/26/2005	 	Womyn of Color Arts and Crafts Show
11/27/2005	 	Benefit: "Back to the Land" for City Slicker Farms
11/27/2005	 	TV Show: "Point of Return" on Recycling
11/28/2005	 	Films: "The Real Eco-Terrorists" and "Call me Nuh"
11/28/2005	 	PEN West's Annual "Freedom to Write" Event
11/28/2005	 	Reading: "Off Center ... the Erosion of Democracy"
11/29/2005	 	Deadline: Green Building Award 2006
11/29/2005	 	Salton Sea Public Meetings
11/29/2005	 	Open House: New College Media Studies MA Program
11/29/2005	 	Benefit Screening: "A Tattoo On My Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973"
11/29/2005	 	Speaker: Endangered Salmon in Lagunitas Creek
11/29/2005	 	Workshop and Feedback Opportunity: Regional Rail Plan
11/30/2005	 	Workshop: "Essential Facilitation: Core Skills for Agreement Building"
11/30/2005	 	Volunteer at Redwood Creek Nursery
11/30/2005	 	Presentation: Voices of Activism -- Crawford
11/30/2005	 	Film: "The Veil of Berta"
11/30/2005	 	Reading: "Divine Destruction : Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy"
12/1/2005	 	Online Conference: "Habitat JAM"
12/1/2005	 	Workshop and Feedback Opportunity: Regional Rail Plan
12/2/2005	 	Speaker and Book Launch: Native American Liberation
12/2/2005	 	Volunteer: Salmon Habitat Restoration
12/2/2005	 	Arrowhead Marsh Restoration: Bilingual Family Trip
12/2/2005	 	Speakers: "Martin and Malcolm - Implications of their Legacies..."
12/2/2005	 	Course: "Creating Community Watershed Groups"
12/2/2005	 	KFC Cruelty Demonstration
12/2/2005	 	Benefit for KPFA with Angela Davis
12/3/2005	 	Kids' Garden Club
12/3/2005	 	Seminar: Natural History in a Nutshell
12/3/2005	 	Workshop: Cohousing - "FInding Land and Getting It Built"
12/3/2005	 	Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship: Mori Point
12/3/2005	 	Benefit: "A Question of Conscience" with Martin Sheen and Fr. Roy Bourgeois
12/3/2005	 	Mt. Tam Watershed Volunteer Trail Day
12/3/2005	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Gift Bags"
12/3/2005	 	Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
12/3/2005	 	Fungus Fair
12/3/2005	 	Survival Workshop Series: "Useful Plants and Backyard Food Forests"
12/3/2005	 	Field Trip: Kayaking in Point Reyes
12/3/2005	 	Class: "Perennial Vegetables and Other Edibles that Grow Well in SF"
12/3/2005	 	Workshop: "Sowing Seeds: Humane Education"
12/3/2005	 	Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair
12/3/2005	 	Film and Discussion: "The Greening of Cuba"
12/3/2005	 	Berkeley River Restoration Symposium
12/3/2005	 	Excelsior Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
12/3/2005	 	Noe Valley Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest
12/3/2005	 	8th Annual Ecumenical Global Holiday Faire
12/3/2005	 	Class: "Urban Composting"
12/3/2005	 	Nature Walks - See Spawning Salmon
12/3/2005	 	Grand Lake Farmer's Market Goes GE-free
12/3/2005	 	Marin Islands Restoration Stewardship Paddle
12/3/2005	 	Trail Volunteers Needed!
12/3/2005	 	Sick Plant Clinic
12/4/2005	 	Conference: "Education Not Contamination"
12/4/2005	 	Discussion on Activism: "The Future of Struggle"
12/4/2005	 	Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home"
12/4/2005	 	Gift-making Workshop
12/4/2005	 	Workshop: "Trash to Treasure: Creative Reuse"
12/5/2005	 	Fundraising Dinner: "Literacy for Environmental Justice"
12/5/2005	 	Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective
12/5/2005	 	Reading: Tom Hayden, "The Point Huron Statement..."
12/5/2005	 	Workshop and Feedback Opportunity: Regional Rail Plan
12/5/2005	 	Talk: "Urban Bird Life"
12/6/2005	 	Training: "Fundamentals of Biodiesel"
12/6/2005	 	Film: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
12/6/2005	 	Lecture: "Can California's Water Infrastructure Sustain Climate Change?"
12/6/2005	 	Registration Deadline: Voluntary Simplicity Course
12/6/2005	 	Workshop: "War, Famine, Locusts and Your Nonprofit"
12/6/2005	 	Workers' Rights Hearing and March
12/6/2005	 	Discussion: "Nourishing Holidays"
12/7/2005	 	Forum: "The New Heroes Social Entrepreneurship"
12/7/2005	 	Speaker: Global Warming Expert Dr. Benjamin Santer
12/7/2005	 	Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
12/7/2005	 	SPAWNERS Holiday Celebration
12/8/2005	 	Exhibit: The Greenlining Institute's Fall Art Review
12/8/2005	 	Workshop: CEQA, Community Needs and Public Health
12/8/2005	 	Global Youth Media & Arts Festival
12/9/2005	 	Activism Series: Homelessness
12/9/2005	 	Dispatches from Iraq: Dahr Jamail in Conversation
12/10/2005	 	Volunteer: Salmon Habitat Restoration
12/10/2005	 	Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair
12/10/2005	 	Town Hall Coalition Annual Dinner: "Defending the Commons"
12/10/2005	 	Hands-on Mushroom Class
12/10/2005	 	Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale"
12/10/2005	 	Bayview Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
12/10/2005	 	Poetry Reading at the Ecology Center
12/10/2005	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Thanksgiving for the Birds"
12/10/2005	 	Class: "Holiday Magic" -- Gifts from Plants
12/10/2005	 	Workshop and Hike: "Restoration, Perspiration & Recreation"
12/11/2005	 	Speaker: Loni Hancock at the Women for Peace Luncheon
12/11/2005	 	Reading: "Letters From Young Activists"
12/11/2005	 	Workshop on Non-Toxic House Cleaning: "Grandma Knows Best"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair — On 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17, local craftspeople will sell a wonderful variety of beautiful handcrafted gifts (jewelry, fabric arts, leather, ceramics, hats, dolls, fine art, photos, soaps and herbal potions, and other surprises). Live Music all day every day of the fair. Hot apple cider. And, of course, the farmers' market with lots of organic vegetables & fruit. The event benefits the Ecology Center. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Hands-on Mushroom Class — Want edible mushrooms in your garden? Join Ken Litchfield of the Mycological Society of San Fransisco and other mushroom lovers at a one-day hand's on cultivation class at the Berkeley Ecohouse. The workshop begins with a one hour slide show and questions session. Then we will take a break to tour the Ecohouse and see if we can find any mushrooms from our last workshop. After a half hour lunchbreak at 12pm, we will begin innoculating wood logs, mulch, strawbale and all kinds of stuff in the garden. Please bring a cordless drill and drill bits, and any bees wax if you have them. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10 am - 3 pm. Cost: $15, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: Tondre, 510-547-8715.

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair — see December 3, above.

Thursday, December 15, 2005
Save the Endangered Species Act, Slide Show and Discussion — Two months ago the House of Representatives passed a bill that would gut the Endangered Species Act. Join us for a slide show and presentation on the endangered species of California, the Endangered Species Act, and current threats to the Act from Congress. Since the Senate will now decide the fate of the Endangered Species Act, it is critical that Senators hear from their constituents asking them to support the Act and oppose any bill that would weaken protections for endangered species and habitat. Come get involved and learn about efforts to pass a resolution through the Berkeley City Council supporting strong protections for the Act. We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the environment and leave behind a legacy of protecting endangered species and the special places they call home. We have a responsibility to prevent the extinction of fish, plants and wildlife because once they are gone, we cannot bring them back. Come find out how you can help! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, December 17, 2005
Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair — see December 3, above.

ALL EVENTS

Through Friday, November 25, 2005
Sacred Site / Shellmound Peace Walk — Indian People Organizing for Change along with Vallejo Intertribal/SSP&RIT invites you to join in a journey of walk and prayer to remember our ancestors that lived on this land for thousands of years. The walk will be led by traditional Native American leaders and Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhists. We will walk and pray with our ancestors in areas where shellmounds and sacred sites have been desecrated by development. Info: 510-453-9002, shellmoundwalk@yahoo.com , http://www.vallejointertribalcouncil.org/ .

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/ .

Thursday, November 24, 2005
Benefit: "Give Thanks Vegetarian Potluck Feast" — Proceeds benefit the Riot-Folk Collective, eight radical activists and folk musicians who write, perform, and distribute radical folk music at no-to-low costs. They are anti-profit and exist to further the struggle against capitalism and oppression. Location: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., @ Gilman, Berkeley. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: Donation. Info: 415-550-1211 ext. 2, info@riotfolk.org .

Friday, November 25, 2005
Community Service Day — Do you need to fulfill community service requirements? Help remove invasive non-native plants from our chemical-free demonstration gardens. Bring your own gloves or borrow a pair of ours. Tools and drinking water provided. Dress in layers, long pants and long sleeved shirts over T-shirts. Be prepared to get dirty and wet. Reservations required. Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

Friday, November 25, 2005
Demonstration at "The Dead Mall" (AKA "The Bay Street Mall") — Help with signs and hand out literature in protest of the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville, which was built atop the Emeryville Shellmound, an ancient Ohlone burial ground and home of Ohlone ancestors. The "Dead Mall" is a Hate Crime against Native People because it is the desecration of a burial ground. Location: Bay Street Mall, Emeryville. Time: noon - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-841-8562, sfbayshellmounds@yahoo.com .

Friday, November 25, 2005
Free Gift Exchange on "Buy Nothing Day" — See a free folk show, poetry slam, dance performances, and more! Bring your art. Paint pictures, sing, dance, play, act, and more! It's Buy Nothing Day and we are giving gifts to the public without the demand for a profitable return! Come create a culture of exchange and art. Location: Powell and Market Streets, SF. Time: noon - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-841-8562.

Friday, November 25, 2005
Activism Series: "Native Americans and Thanksgiving" — Zachary Running Wolf, Thunder, and a women's Indigenous representative from the Shellmound/Sacred Site Peace Walk. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 510-528-5403.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 - Sunday, November 27, 2005
Benefit: Women's Crafts Fair — The Celebration of Craftswomen is San Francisco's largest holiday fine crafts retail fair, and the largest event celebrating the craft of women in the nation. The event is sponsored by and is a benefit for The Women's Building, a community service center serving women and girls in San Francisco. Tickets available online. Location: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, SF. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $7 per day. Info: 510-528-5403, craftsfair@jpdcom.com , http://www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org/ .

Saturday, November 26, 2005
Winnemem Wintu Mural Dedication and Film Screening — A mural dedication about the Winnemem Wintu tribe and their fight against cultural genocide. The tribe lost their homeland under Shasta Dam in 1945, and now California is trying to flood the last Winnemem sacred sites on the McCloud River. Come and learn about the Winnemem campaign against the state and California agribusiness. Presentation by Caleen Sisk-Franco, tribal chief of the Winnemem Wintu tribe. Film screening of "In the Light of Reverence" by Christopher McLeod. Location: Clarion Alley, at Valencia Street, SF. Time: 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-821-7282, sfpc@missionartist.net , http://www.winnememwintu.us/ .

Saturday, November 26, 2005
TV Show: "Point of Return" on Recycling — This Northern California Recycling Association program will be airing on -BTV- Berkeley's public access channel 33, and streaming online at BTV's web site. Time: 6pm. Info: 510-848-2288 x.13, http://www.betv.org/ .

Saturday, November 26, 2005
Womyn of Color Arts and Crafts Show — Local Women of Color artists will exhibit and sell their original hand crafted work. This year will feature paintings, clay sculptures, textile, jewelry, quilts, decorative functional furniture, and wearable art. Cafe Valparaiso will be open. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#SocialAwareness .

Sunday, November 27, 2005
Benefit: "Back to the Land" for City Slicker Farms — This benefit, featuring Sweet Briar, Joel Robinow, and Texas Ben, supports our West Oakland Urban Farms. City Slicker Farms is non-profit that creates empty-lot and backyard organic food gardens in West Oakland. Support urban farming, taste organic food from our gardens, buy vegetable and ornamental plants, and get an update on our recent advances towards food sustainability. Location: Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave, @ 23rd, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: $5 - $15 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-763-4241.

Sunday, November 27, 2005
TV Show: "Point of Return" on Recycling — This Northern California Recycling Association program will be airing on -BTV- Berkeley's public access channel 33, and streaming online at BTV's web site. Time: 11pm. Info: 510-848-2288 x.13, http://www.betv.org/ .

Monday, November 28, 2005
Films: "The Real Eco-Terrorists" and "Call me Nuh" — The Real Eco-Terrorists features interviews with Free, John Zerzan and Bron Taylor on radical ecological resistance. Call me Nuh tells the story of Albert Nuh Washington, a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, was imprisoned in 1971 as a result of the U.S. government's war against the Black Liberation Movement and spent the rest of his life -- 29 years -- as a political prisoner. 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, November 28, 2005
PEN West's Annual "Freedom to Write" Event — This year the theme will be war, censorship, and the press, and will feature Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, and Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. The event will be moderated by award-winning journalist, Ruth Rosen, who is Professor Emerita at University of California, Davis, and known for her groundbreaking work on society and gender. 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 .

Monday, November 28, 2005
Reading: "Off Center ... the Erosion of Democracy" — In Off Center: The Republican Revolution & the Erosion of American Democracy, Paul Pierson provides a groundbreaking explanation of the Right's new might - and makes clear why this troubling state of affairs can and must be changed. Location: Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-7852, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/calendar.jsp .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Deadline: Green Building Award 2006 — Sustainable San Mateo County, County of San Mateo, and the AIA San Mateo County Chapter are sponsoring this award to support sustainable design and architecture in San Mateo County. Any building constructed or remodeled within the last five years in San Mateo County will be considered. The winner will be selected by a panel of green construction professionals . The award will be presented at the Sustainable San Mateo County Awards Program celebration dinner, 2/16/06. Apply online. Info: 510-845-7852, http://www.recycleworks.org/greenbuilding/greenbuilding_award.html .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - Thursday, December 1, 2005
Salton Sea Public Meetings — A round of public meetings to discuss additional infrastructure and updated information on potential Salton Sea ecosystem restoration. Meetings are at a variety of locations, including Calipatria, El Centro, Palm Desert, and Desert Shores. See website. Info: 888-621-1430, http://www.saltonsea.water.ca.gov/ .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Open House: New College Media Studies MA Program — Learn about the Media Studies MA Program at New College of California. Meet media studies faculty, see student work, meet with current students, tour the Digital Theater media lab, discuss your plans and ask questions. The program encourages media makers to speak truth to power, expose injustice and enable marginalized communities to utilize media - and in these ways create a forum for the practice of democracy. Room 20. Location: New College of California, Art Room and More, 741 Valencia, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Info: 415-437-3494, http://www.newcollege.edu/media_studies .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Benefit Screening: "A Tattoo On My Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973" — The film investigates the American Indian Movement's (AIM) occupation of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. It tells this dramatic and emotional story in the words of those men and women who struggled for survival inside the bunkers and ravines at Wounded Knee." A benefit for Bay Native Circle, a radio program by and for American Indians living in the Bay Area. Airs 2pm Wednesday on KPFA. 21 and over. Location: El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF. Time: 8pm - 10pm. Cost: Free - donations accepted. Info: 415-437-3494, jojohit@hotmail.com , http://www.elriosf.com .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Speaker: Endangered Salmon in Lagunitas Creek — The Lagunitas Watershed is home to the largest remaining run of endangered coho in all of Central California. What can we do to help improve their habitat and chances of survival? Join Leslie Ferguson for a slide presentation on the state of the Lagunitas population, and how research can guide restoration efforts. Location: San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-488-0370 ext. 102, Spawn@Spawnusa.org , http://www.Spawnusa.org .

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Workshop and Feedback Opportunity: Regional Rail Plan — The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, BART, Caltrain, and California High-Speed Rail Authority need your help developing a Regional Rail Plan for the Bay Area. The plan is for improvements and extensions of railroad, rapid transit, and high-speed rail services. First hour: open house. Second hour: presentation and discussion. Location: Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 Eighth St., Oakland. Time: 3pm AND 6pm. Info: 510-817-5809, http://www.bayarearailplan.info/ .

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - Friday, December 2, 2005
Workshop: "Essential Facilitation: Core Skills for Agreement Building" — After completing this workshop, you will be able to facilitate information and agreement-building sessions, keep discussions on track, guide groups toward agreement, work productively with meeting leaders, resolve conflict, and design effective agendas. Location: Interaction Institute for Social Change, 600 Townsend Street, Suite 550, SF. Cost: $600. Info: 415-343-2655, mpatterson@interactioninstitute.org , http://www.interactioninstitute.org .

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Volunteer at Redwood Creek Nursery — Earth Season (mid-November through April) is when we transport native plants from the nursery to various locations near Muir Woods National Monument and Redwood Creek. Learn more about local ecology and nursery work. No experience necessary! Volunteers are provided with all tools, training, snacks, and good company. First-time volunteers are welcome. Location: Redwood Creek Nursery, near Muir Woods National Monument. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-561-3079, cbell@parksconservancy.org .

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Presentation: Voices of Activism -- Crawford — Documentary theatre, storytelling and dialogue. Members of Unconditional Theatre traveled to Crawford, Texas to interview people on both sides of the Camp Casey anti-war protest. We're transcribing the interviews and crafting them into a dramatic work. Please join us for these work-in-progress readings. Location: Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., at Derby St., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $2 - $20 sliding scale. Info: 510-883 - 1877, http://www.untheatre.org .

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Film: "The Veil of Berta" — This film narrates the story of Berta Quintreman, an indigenous woman who, aged 88, led the last group opposing the construction of the Ralco Project, a gigantic dam that will stop the flow of the Bio Bio River and flood the land in Chile where her native Mapuche Pewenche community has lived for centuries. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, btwn Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free ($5 donation welcome). Info: 510-559-2981 , http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Reading: "Divine Destruction : Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy" — Broadcast journalist Stephanie Hendricks discovered that American environmental policy in the Bush administration is driven by Dominion Theologists: far-right Christian ideologues who believe that exhausting our natural resources will hasten the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Hendricks examines their intersection with mining and logging industries, real estate developers, off-road vehicle manufacturers, and even the Disney Corporation. 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 .

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - Saturday, December 3, 2005
Online Conference: "Habitat JAM" — An on-line discussion of urban sustainability with experts and citizens from around the world. Talk to the heads of the African Development Bank; the Slumdwellers' Federation; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; the IUCN, and many others. The Government of Canada, in partnership with IBM and UN-HABITAT, are the sponsors of this global 72-hour internet event. Register online. Cost: Free. Info: 604-666-1293 ext. 3443, Linda.Nowlan@habitatjam.com , http://www.habitatjam.com .

Thursday, December 1, 2005
Workshop and Feedback Opportunity: Regional Rail Plan — The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, BART, Caltrain, and California High-Speed Rail Authority need your help developing a Regional Rail Plan for the Bay Area. The plan is for improvements and extensions of railroad, rapid transit, and high-speed rail services. First hour: open house. Second hour: presentation and discussion. Location: California State Office Bldg., SF, 455 Golden Gate Ave., @ Larkin St., SF. Time: 3pm AND 6pm. Info: 510-817-5809, http://www.bayarearailplan.info/ .

Friday, December 2, 2005
Speaker and Book Launch: Native American Liberation — Join us for an evening with Ward Churchill, as he launches Since Predator Came: Notes from the Struggle for American Indian Liberation. Ward, a prolific writer and lecturer, will speak about contemporary issues of Native American people, and will put these struggles into their historic context. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 - $10. Info: 510-208-1700, akpress@akpress.org , http://www.akpress.org .

Friday, December 2, 2005
Volunteer: Salmon Habitat Restoration — Collect native plant seeds, transplant alders, bays, willows, valley oaks, and help remove invasive plants. Community service volunteers and drop-ins welcome! Bring protective clothing (rain gear), including work gloves and sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Suitable for all ages. Call the evening before for schedule updates due to rainy weather. Location: Roy's Pools, San Geronimo Valley Golf Course, San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. Time: 2pm - 5pm. Info: 415-488.0370 ext. 102, Paola@SpawnUSA.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/upcomingevents .

Friday, December 2, 2005
Arrowhead Marsh Restoration: Bilingual Family Trip — Meet in front of the lookout structure at the Arrowhead Marsh to restore critical salt marsh habitat for shorebirds and endangered Clapper Rails. Trips are conducted in Spanish and English. All ages are welcome. Students can receive community service hours. Bring binoculars to check out the birds. Location: Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland. Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-654-5954, groves.susan@gmail.com .

Friday, December 2, 2005
Speakers: "Martin and Malcolm - Implications of their Legacies..." — Dr. Cornel West and Imam Zaid Shakir discuss the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Location: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 10 Tenth St., Oakland. Time: 8pm - 11pm. Cost: $20 ($10 for students with ID) . Info: 510-614-8317, http://www.newislamicdirections.com/ .

Friday, December 2, 2005
Course: "Creating Community Watershed Groups" — This four-day intensive residential training is designed to promote and support the creation of North Coast community based watershed groups. Training topics include: watershed processes; salmonid ecology; water quality monitoring; stream restoration; the threat of bioengineering; uplands erosion control; road restoration; native habitat restoration; sustainable forestry; community group process; and funding opportunities for watershed groups. This training is designed for teams of three to four residents, with each team representing a local watershed. Enrollment is limited. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Cost: $200. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 206.

Friday, December 2, 2005
KFC Cruelty Demonstration — Join Bay Area Vegetarians as we stick up for chickens and protest the Colonel's secret ingredient (animal cruelty). New or experienced activists are welcome. This is a low-key protest, all signs and leaflets provided. We do this monthly, usually on the 1st Friday. If you can't make this date but want to help at future ones, please email. Rain cancels. RSVP if possible (tel # helpful). Location: KFC San Rafael, 555 Second Street, San Rafael. Time: 4pm - 5pm. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 206, girl_veggie@yahoo.com , http://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/index.asp .

Friday, December 2, 2005
Benefit for KPFA with Angela Davis — Professor Davis will give a talk about her new book Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture. Advance tickets available at Black Oak Books, Pegasus (both), Pendragon, Diesel, Marcus Books, Walden Pond, and Global Exchange. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 8pm. Cost: $12 ($10 in advance). Info: 510-848-6767 ext. 609.

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Kids' Garden Club — Explore the world of gardening! We plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! Ages 7 to 12 years. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, December 3, 2005 - Sunday, December 4, 2005
Seminar: Natural History in a Nutshell — This weekend event, which begins at 9am on Saturday and ends at 4pm Sunday, is designed for those who want to increase their knowledge of the natural world of plants and animals. It includes exploration of tidepools, coastal strand and sandy beaches, streams, ponds, and forests. Accommodations are included at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center. Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Cost: $150. Info: 415-663-1200, http://www.ptreyes.org .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Workshop: Cohousing - "FInding Land and Getting It Built" — A training for forming cohousing groups, this workshop has launched many successful communities. Saturday: 9am - 5pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm. Groups receive a $100 per person discount after the first registrant. Send checks to The CoHousing Company, 241-B Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959. Location: MIG Conference Center, 800 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Cost: $350 ($290 before 11/3). Info: 530-265-9980, nisanda.albaugh@cohousingco.com .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship: Mori Point — Spend your Saturday mornings at one of four beautiful park sites. Help restore native habitat for the bay area's endangered and threatened species in the Marin headlands and Pacifica. This is a great way to learn about native and endangered species. Dress in layers with sturdy shoes, and wear clothing that can get dirty. We provide snacks and tools. Carpool at 9:15am, work at 10:00am (rain or shine). Location: Fort Mason Building 34, SF. Time: 9:15am - 1pm. Info: 415-561-3073, cbell@parksconservancy.org , http://www.parksconservancy.org/support/volunteer/stewardshipcalendar.php .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Benefit: "A Question of Conscience" with Martin Sheen and Fr. Roy Bourgeois — Proceeds benefit the San Carlos Foundation. Eight years ago, San Carlos Foundation Co-Founders Fr. Bill O'Donnell and Actor Martin Sheen presented the first of three public conversations about the School of the Americas (SOA), the US government's torture training academy for foreign military officers. SOA Watch Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois takes the late Fr. Bill's seat for the next conversation. Tickets available from the San Carlos Foundation, Black Oak Books in Berkeley, and the Newman Center. Location: Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, at College Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $25 program, $25 reception. Info: 510-525-3787.

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Mt. Tam Watershed Volunteer Trail Day — Marin Municipal Water District invites you to join them to repair various trails on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Trail days are usually the first Saturday of each month (call to verify and get location). Please wear sturdy shoes, layered clothes, sunscreen, bring gloves (if you have them) and lunch. MMWD will supply tools and beverages. Time: 9am. Info: Cindy, 415-945-1180.

Saturday, December 3, 2005
SCRAP Workshop: "Gift Bags" — Create unique folded bags for gifts, taking advantage of windowed envelopes, calendar pages, wrapping paper and other materials readily at-hand. This bag-making technique is easily adapted to make any size bag. Embellish the bags with ribbons, beads, findings or toys from SCRAP. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org , http://www.scrap-sf.org/ .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — We will transplant native marsh seedlings and do maintenance at our nursery to prepare for winter planting projects. Our goal is to plant 10,000 natives this winter. Please help! Gloves, tools and snacks provided. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 x109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, December 3, 2005 - Sunday, December 4, 2005
Fungus Fair — Explore the mysteries of the mushroom at the 36th Annual Fungus Fair, presented by the Oakland Museum of California and the Mycological Society of San Francisco. Hundreds of freshly gathered specimens will be part of the fair's displays, cooking demonstrations, and children's activities. Mycologists will be on hand for advice and talks all weekend. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 10am 12/3, noon 12/4 - 5pm. Cost: Included with museum admission. Info: 510-238-3884, http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/index.cgi .

Saturday, December 3, 2005 - Sunday, December 4, 2005
Survival Workshop Series: "Useful Plants and Backyard Food Forests" — 12/3 - Useful Plants: medicinal and edible plants, basic botany and acorn preparation. 12/4 - Creating Backyard Food Forests: introduction to permaculture principles, backyard gardens, locally adapted cultivars, and site assessment. See website for more info on the eight-day series. Location: Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park. Cost: $50 per day (or $300 for all 8 days). Info: 650-298-3405, nature@riekes.org , http://www.riekes.org/naturestudies/workshops.html .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Field Trip: Kayaking in Point Reyes — Glide past ducks, grebes, loons, shorebirds, and other water birds in one of Point Reyes ' most pristine estuaries during its warmest and calmest season. Take a short walk as migrant raptors fly overhead and harbor seals return curious glances from the water. No prior kayaking experience necessary. All equipment provided. Ages 16 and up. Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: $135. Info: 415-321-8000, edregistrar@calacademy.org , http://www.calacademy.org/education/course_catalog/ .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Class: "Perennial Vegetables and Other Edibles that Grow Well in SF" — Grow something yummy that your neighbor has never heard of! Many edible plants from other parts of the world do perfectly well in the Bay Area climate. Learn about some of these, and about a few easy herbs and greens that will keep your salad bowl brimming all year. Recipes, samplings, seeds, & starts provided. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, December 3, 2005 - Sunday, December 4, 2005
Workshop: "Sowing Seeds: Humane Education" — Presented by the International Institute for Humane Education (IIHE), the workshop teaches participants to engage others in making positive choices on behalf of people, animals and the Earth and to find solutions to pervasive global problems. Saturday: 8:30am-9pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm. Bay Area location TBD. Cost: $55 - $155 ($50 for students). Info: 207-785-2224, sowingseeds@IIHEd.org , http://www.iihed.org/programs/sowing_seeds.html .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair — On 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17, local craftspeople will sell a wonderful variety of beautiful handcrafted gifts (jewelry, fabric arts, leather, ceramics, hats, dolls, fine art, photos, soaps and herbal potions, and other surprises). Live Music all day every day of the fair. Hot apple cider. And, of course, the farmers' market with lots of organic vegetables & fruit. The event benefits the Ecology Center. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Film and Discussion: "The Greening of Cuba" — The first in a Cuba film/speakers series, to be held the first Saturday of every month at 7pm, features Jaime Kibben's The Greening of Cuba. Also, several speakers will address the organic and urban agriculture revolution in Cuba, and the difference in hurricane preparedness and response (Katrina, Meet Ivan and Dennis). Location: Casa Cuba Resource Center, 6501 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-658-3984, casacuba@california.com .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Berkeley River Restoration Symposium — UC grad students will report on studies assessing Bay Area channel-reconstruction restoration projects (including the Cerrito Creek at the Plaza project). 112 Wurster Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-658-3984, tminear@berkeley.edu .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Excelsior Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! RSVP by phone. Location: 7 Lisbon St., SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ex. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Noe Valley Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest — Help care for three-year old trees. No experience necessary. Training is hands-on. Call x.407 for recorded meeting site updates. May include tree care workshop for new volunteers. Space limited: RSVP. Rain cancels. Location: Queen Malika Crepes and Coffee, 4416 18th St., at Eureka , SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
8th Annual Ecumenical Global Holiday Faire — This is an "alternative" gift faire in every sense of the word, featuring fair trade gifts from around the world, art, crafts, baked goods, gift baskets, "re-gifted" items, photos with Santa, and lunch for sale. All proceeds go to nonprofits. Local choirs perform while patrons shop. Location: First Christian Church of Vallejo, 1035 Indiana St., Vallejo. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-552-2900, http://www.globalholidayfaire.org .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Class: "Urban Composting" — Turn your kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment for your plants. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, December 3, 2005 - Sunday, February 26, 2006
Nature Walks - See Spawning Salmon — Join us on naturalist led walks throughout the winter in the Lagunitas watershed. Learn why these fish are endangered and how you can help protect them! Reservations required. Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am and 1pm. Cost: $10 (kids $6). Info: 415-488-0370 ext. 107, http://www.SpawnUSA.org .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Grand Lake Farmer's Market Goes GE-free — Celebrate Oakland's first farmers' market to announce a policy of selling non-genetically engineered food. The opening remarks will take place at the Grand Lake Farmer's Market on the corner of Grand Ave and Lake Park Way, while the panel discussions with experts, shopping tours, and film screening of "Future of Food" (12:30pm) will take place at the Grand Lake Neighborhood Center. Location: Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, 530 Lake Park Ave, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-533-6010, http://www.gmofreeac.org/events_htm .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Marin Islands Restoration Stewardship Paddle — The Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge provides critical habitat for many species of birds, and is the largest nesting site for egrets and herons in the Bay. Kayak out to East Marin Island and learn about its history and ecology. Help remove non-native French Broom to improve the habitat for nesting birds. RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $45. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, December 3, 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, mazuras@ParksConservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm#vol .

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Sick Plant Clinic — Dr. Robert Raabe, UC plant pathologist, and Dr. Nick Mills, UC entomologist, convene a team the first Saturday of every month to diagnose plant illnesses and recommend remedies. Bring a piece of the plant in a securely sealed container. A zipperlock bag is ideal. Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free (parking 50 cents an hour). Info: 510-643-2755.

Sunday, December 4, 2005 - Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Conference: "Education Not Contamination" — There are hundreds of schools across California located close to hazardous facilities. Join teachers, youth, and school health advocates for a conference about schools near toxic sites. Conference will include a know-your-rights teach-in for school staff and youth, a youth track, a state legislative hearing, and ways to incorporate environmental health education into your school curriculum. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Cost: $10. Info: 415-282-6840, superfundschools@lejyouth.org , http://www.lejyouth.org/news.php4#2 .

Sunday, December 4, 2005
Discussion on Activism: "The Future of Struggle" — A moderated panel discussion featuring Ward Churchill (American Indian Movement), Kathleen Cleaver (Black Panther Party), Bo Brown (George Jackson Brigade), Russell Means (American Indian Movement), Yuri Kochiyama (Civil Rights Activist), Mike James (SDS, Rising Up Angry), Barry Romo (Vietnam Veterans Against the War), and Elizabeth Martinez (Chicana activist & author). Tickets available in the east bay at Cody's, Black Oak Books, and Walden Pond, in SF at City Lights, and online at www.akpress.org. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., @ Castro, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-208-1700, akpress@akpress.org , http://www.akpress.org .

Sunday, December 4, 2005
Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home" — Now you can produce your own electricity and "sell" the excess back to PG&E, running your meter backwards! Plus you can receive thousands of rebate dollars from the State at the same time. Learn how to size, specify and design your own solar electrical generator. A short field trip to a functioning house/ system in Berkeley and current catalog of available equipment are also included. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-525-7610.

Sunday, December 4, 2005
Gift-making Workshop — Create your own gifts for this holiday season out of recycled materials. The prices of activities range from 50 cents to 3 dollars, and discounts are available with the donation of a can of food. There will be hot cider and cookies. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 11am - 3pm. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org .

Sunday, December 4, 2005
Workshop: "Trash to Treasure: Creative Reuse" — Many items we throw away can be reused in practical or creative applications. Learn how to turn trash to treasure in your home, office, or school. Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/trtotrcrre42.html .

Monday, December 5, 2005
Fundraising Dinner: "Literacy for Environmental Justice" — Join the Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) family with special guests for a delicious evening of exotic flavors and entertainment. All proceeds to benefit LEJ Youth Leadership Programs. Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is a youth empowerment and environmental health and justice non-profit organization based in the community of Bayview Hunters Point. RSVP. Location: Rasoi Indian Restaurant, 1037 Valencia St., SF. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: $50 and up. Info: 707-744-2017, info@lejyouth.org .

Monday, December 5, 2005
Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective — We hold monthly introductory presentations on the first Monday of (almost) every month. These presentations are for those who had no contact with the collective, are new to Biodiesel or know about biodiesel but are new to the area. We talk about biodiesel emissions, homebrewing, types of vehicles and commercial availability. Then we will talk about what our coop does, its history and vision. And, of course we will talk about how to get involved with the BBC or other regional groups. We will try to answer any questions about biofuels and the local biofuels scene. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-594-4000 ext. 777, berkeleybiodiesel@yahoo.com , http://www.berkeleybiodiesel.org/index.htm .

Monday, December 5, 2005
Reading: Tom Hayden, "The Point Huron Statement..." — In 1962, Tom Hayden, 60's student activist, Chicago 8 defendant, author and California legislator for 18 years, was a journalism student at the University of Michigan. With a group of other idealistic students at a retreat site in Port Huron, he co-authored a manifesto launching Students for a Democratic Society. Hear Tom read from this visionary document and speak of its relevance for a new generation. 777 Valencia. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-594-4000 ext. 777, http://www.newcollege.edu .

Monday, December 5, 2005
Workshop and Feedback Opportunity: Regional Rail Plan — The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, BART, Caltrain, and California High-Speed Rail Authority need your help developing a Regional Rail Plan for the Bay Area. The plan is for improvements and extensions of railroad, rapid transit, and high-speed rail services. First hour: open house. Second hour: presentation and discussion. Community Room A + B. Location: Livermore Main Library, 1188 South Livermore Ave., Livermore. Time: 3pm AND 6pm. Info: 510-817-5809, http://www.bayarearailplan.info/ .

Monday, December 5, 2005
Talk: "Urban Bird Life" — Alan Kaplan, recently retired East Bay Regional Parks District naturalist, uses slides and recordings in his talk on bird life in the city and how to enjoy it. Location: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin, Albany. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-848 9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Training: "Fundamentals of Biodiesel" — The course builds on petroleum infrastructure basics and moves into more specific topics related to biodiesel specifications, feedstocks, production, plant requirements and economics. Biodiesel will never gain wide-scale acceptance until it is merged with the mainstream infrastructure, and this course connects those critical dots. Location: Sheraton Suites on the Hudson, 500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ. Cost: $1595. Info: 888-871-1207, info@energyinstitution.org , http://www.energyinstitution.org/ .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Film: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill — The true story of a Bohemian Saint Francis and his relationship with a flock of parrots. Mark Bittner falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that the parrots will bring him everything he needs. Showing at 7:15pm and 9:40pm on the 6th and at 2:00pm, 7:15pm, and 9:40pm on the 7th. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8. Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Lecture: "Can California's Water Infrastructure Sustain Climate Change?" — An increase in global temperature will have wide-ranging effects on California's ecosystem, from decreased snowpack to shrinking forests. Norman Miller will explain what we can do to adapt. Part of the California Colloquium on Water, a monthly lecture series aimed at increasing understanding of water resources. Reception: 4:45pm at the Water Resources Center Archives, 410 O'Brien Hall. Location: Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Avenue, Room 150, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-642-2666, http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/ccow.html .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Registration Deadline: Voluntary Simplicity Course — 7-9pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays starting 1/17/06; 8 sessions. Private home in Cupertino (address provided when you register). We will use the syllabus developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. Cost: $18. Info: 408-249-8749, brorichard@earthlink.net , http://www.nwei.org/pages/simplicity2.html .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Workshop: "War, Famine, Locusts and Your Nonprofit" — Kim Klein provides examples that show how to survive and thrive in tough times, without compromising your mission. The information she will present is not always new or earth shattering, but is solid, practical and useful for any nonprofit that needs to get bigger and do more. Location: Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $125. Info: 408-249-8749, http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=95572 .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Workers' Rights Hearing and March — Learn more about the obstacles workers face when trying to form a union, and how the Oakland City Council can help cable TV workers at Comcast, which benefits from public right-of-way in selling cable TV services. We also expect testimony from workers in the hotel, machine, biotech, security/janitorial, transportation and warehouse industries. RSVP by phone. 5:45pm: speakers. 6:30pm: march to Oakland City Council in support of Comcast workers. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., @ Castro, Oakland. Time: 5:30pm. Info: 510-632-4242 x224., http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/d10.cfm .

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Discussion: "Nourishing Holidays" — The holidays are a particularly stressful and depleting time. Jessica Prentice, a professional chef and founder of Wise Food Ways, will discuss nourishing the body and soul from the inside. RSVP. Location: Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St., upstairs, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10. Info: 510-558-7285, info@teleosis.org , http://www.teleosis.org .

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Forum: "The New Heroes Social Entrepreneurship" — Learn how social entrepreneurs are using business techniques to challenge poverty and injustice. Documentary video and local leaders will tell success stories. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-622-0202, http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#SocialAwareness .

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Speaker: Global Warming Expert Dr. Benjamin Santer — Recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant, Dr. Santer is a climatologist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and is renowned for his ability to explain the complexities of climate science to lay audiences. Ask Dr. Santer your questions about the the Kyoto Treaty, reducing greenhouse gases, increasing fossil fuel use in China and India, rising sea levels, etc. Event takes place in the Conference Room. Location: Acterra's Environmental Library, 3921 East Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 (free with purchase of an Acterra membership). Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 306, yuliyas@acterra.org .

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — We will transplant native marsh seedlings and do maintenance at our nursery to prepare for winter planting projects. Our goal is to plant 10,000 natives this winter. Please help! Gloves, tools and snacks provided. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261 x109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
SPAWNERS Holiday Celebration — Join the San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society to celebrate this year's accomplishments and to plan for next year. There will be a potluck and pictures of volunteers in action. Newcomers are welcome. RSVP by phone by November 30th. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-655-3538, http://www.spawners.net .

Thursday, December 8, 2005
Exhibit: The Greenlining Institute's Fall Art Review — View over four dozen pieces of original art ranging from sculptures, paintings and prints. Location: Greenlining Institute, 1918 University Ave., Berkeley. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-655-3538, hectorp@greenlining.org .

Thursday, December 8, 2005
Workshop: CEQA, Community Needs and Public Health — The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) provides an opportunity for communities to participate in public agency decisions that affect the environment and their health. But the CEQA process is difficult to navigate, and community and health needs often get left out. The goal of this workshop is to learn more about CEQA and community involvement. RSVP. Location: 1390 Market Street, Suite 910, SF. Time: 9am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-252-3988, lili.farhang@sfdph.org .

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - Friday, December 9, 2005
Global Youth Media & Arts Festival — The festival will feature work created by youth ages 12-18 addressing the theme -- "Peace and Conflict: Local to Global" -- through photography, film, painting, spoken word, creative writing, music, dance, radio and print journalism, and web design. 12/8: 6pm - 10pm, 12/9: 10am - 10pm. Location: SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannon St., SF. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Info: 415-252-3988, http://www.projectspera.org .

Friday, December 9, 2005
Activism Series: Homelessness — Rev. Kurt Kuhwald of the Faithful Fools Ministry in SF's Tenderloin and now part-time consulting minister at BFUU with a "knitter for the needy!" Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 suggested donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, December 9, 2005
Dispatches from Iraq: Dahr Jamail in Conversation — How might we hold the US accountable for the occupation in Iraq? Responding to the failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war, independent journalist Dahr Jamail spent 8 months in Iraq. His dispatches have been carried by the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times, and The Nation. Mr. Jamail is special correspondent for Flashpoints, and reports for Democracy Now! and the BBC. Location: California Institute for Integral Studies, 1453 Mission, 10th and 11th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 415-575-6254, aparadise@ciis.edu .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Volunteer: Salmon Habitat Restoration — Collect native plant seeds, transplant alders, bays, willows, valley oaks, and help remove invasive plants. Community service volunteers and drop-ins welcome! Bring protective clothing (rain gear), including work gloves and sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Suitable for all ages. Call the evening before for schedule updates due to rainy weather. Location: Roy's Pools, San Geronimo Valley Golf Course, San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-488.0370 ext. 102, Paola@SpawnUSA.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/upcomingevents .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Benefit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Crafts Fair — On 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17, local craftspeople will sell a wonderful variety of beautiful handcrafted gifts (jewelry, fabric arts, leather, ceramics, hats, dolls, fine art, photos, soaps and herbal potions, and other surprises). Live Music all day every day of the fair. Hot apple cider. And, of course, the farmers' market with lots of organic vegetables & fruit. The event benefits the Ecology Center. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Town Hall Coalition Annual Dinner: "Defending the Commons" — The Commons are our public schools, wetlands, national parks, forests, air, water, Social Security, libraries, and more. In Sonoma County, the acquisition of 3,375 acres in the Willow Creek watershed is an example of protecting land for the common good. The activists who made this park a reality will be honored at the dinner. Jonathan Rowe, founder of Tomales Bay Institute,will be the keynote speaker. There will be music, raffle prizes, and silent auction. Location: Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Time: 6pm - 10pm. Cost: $25. Info: 707-824-4371.

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Hands-on Mushroom Class — Want edible mushrooms in your garden? Join Ken Litchfield of the Mycological Society of San Fransisco and other mushroom lovers at a one-day hand's on cultivation class at the Berkeley Ecohouse. The workshop begins with a one hour slide show and questions session. Then we will take a break to tour the Ecohouse and see if we can find any mushrooms from our last workshop. After a half hour lunchbreak at 12pm, we will begin innoculating wood logs, mulch, strawbale and all kinds of stuff in the garden. Please bring a cordless drill and drill bits, and any bees wax if you have them. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10 am - 3 pm. Cost: $15, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: Tondre, 510-547-8715.

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale" — Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. The methods are gaining building code approval in many communities. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-525-7610.

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Bayview Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! RSVP by phone. Location: Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane Street, SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ex. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Poetry Reading at the Ecology Center — Poetry reading featuring Tim Nuveen, Kirk Lumpkin, Robert Roden, David Madgalene, Christopher J. Luna, Marianne Robinson, Julia Vinograd, David Gollub, Jeremy Morris Siegel, Debra Grace Khattab & Richard Mason. Also, trumpet by Eric Padget. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ex. 110, http://homepage.mac.com/davidjrandolph1 .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Thanksgiving for the Birds" — Demonstrations of five delicious, nutritious dishes, including saffron basmati rice and squash with curried apricot dressing, butternut squash risotto with toasted sage and walnuts, saffron-spiked Moroccan stew with couscous, pine nut anise cookies, and Russian tea cakes (AKA pecan balls). Using local, in-season, organic ingredients, we feature uncomplicated recipes, debunk myths regarding plant-based eating, eat yummy samples, and have a lot of fun! Register online by 12/9. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., @ Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $45. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Class: "Holiday Magic" -- Gifts from Plants — Great ideas for using plant material for holiday decorations and gifts. Magic Gardens staff member and planting designer Hank Jenkins will demonstrate the creation of festive succulent wreaths. Come early for some complimentary coffee, tea, and holiday treats! Location: Magic Gardens (Berkeley), 729 Heinz Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-644-2351, magicgardens@magicgardenslandscaping.com , http://magicgardens.com/classes.htm .

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Workshop and Hike: "Restoration, Perspiration & Recreation" — Enjoy a day of hands-on creek restoration, scenic hiking and animated discussion on EBMUD watershed lands. Send a non-refundable check, payable to the Watershed Project, to 1327 South 46th St. Richmond Field Station #155, Richmond, CA 94804. Location: EBMUD Watershed Headquarters, 500 San Pablo Dam Road, Orinda. Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm. Cost: $25 ($15 with registration before 12/3). Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/conference/fall_2005_field_series_schedule.htm .

Sunday, December 11, 2005
Speaker: Loni Hancock at the Women for Peace Luncheon — Assemblywoman and ex-Mayor of Berkeley Loni Hancock will speak at the Annual Women for Peace Luncheon. Advance reservations are advised. Location: Venezia Restaurant, 1799 University Ave, Berkeley. Time: 11:30am. Cost: $35. Info: 510-654-3020.

Sunday, December 11, 2005
Reading: "Letters From Young Activists" — Letters From Young Activists introduces America's upcoming generation of organizers, their visions and struggles. Aged ten to thirty-one, the contributors to this pantheon are from many backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities. Each author articulates his or her vision as they work towards racial, economic, gender, environmental and global justice. Kenyon Farrow, editor, and Stephen Eagle Funk, Kaira Espinoza, Chris Dixon, contributors. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, office@moderntimesbookstore.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Sunday, December 11, 2005
Workshop on Non-Toxic House Cleaning: "Grandma Knows Best" — Learn to keep your home clean the old-fashioned way: free of toxins and chemicals. Learn how to use baking soda, vinegar and other common household products to cleanse your home without poisoning yourself or the planet. Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/grknbe1120sa.html .
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David Klotz
Ecology Center

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