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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
8/20/2005	 	Berkeley Farmers' Market hosts the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival
8/25/2005	 	Reading: Jack Laws on "Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide"
9/17/2005	 	String Band Contest / Crafts Fair at the Berkeley Farmers' Market

ALL EVENTS
Through 8/23/2005	 	Hybrid Adobe Construction Workshops
Through 8/27/2005	 	Indigenous Permaculture Design Certification Program
Through 8/28/2005	 	Film: "This Divided State"
Through 8/31/2005	 	Presidio "Sunset Stewards" Drop-in Projects, Wednesdays
Through 9/20/2005	 	Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd
Through 12/31/2005	 	Regional Parks Botanic Garden (California Native Plants) Tours
8/19/2005	 	Voices of Love
8/19/2005	 	Benefit Rock Show in Partnership with Amnesty International
8/19/2005	 	Full Moon over Arrowhead Marsh
8/19/2005	 	Class: Eco-Art Installations
8/19/2005	 	Course: Permaculture Design Certification
8/19/2005	 	TV Program: Pesticides segment on "NOW" TV News Magazine
8/19/2005	 	Carpentry for Women: Learn to Build a Roof
8/19/2005	 	Film and Discussion: "The Future of Food"
8/19/2005	 	Arena Green Adventures for Kids 10 and Under
8/20/2005	 	SolFest 2005
8/20/2005	 	Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
8/20/2005	 	Community Fruit Harvesting for the Hungry
8/20/2005	 	Native Species Day
8/20/2005	 	Strawbale Work Party
8/20/2005	 	Festival: "Our Health Is Our Wealth"
8/20/2005	 	Volunteer: Water Quality Monitoring
8/20/2005	 	Benefit: "Sock It To Me" for the Homeless
8/20/2005	 	Training: " Know Your Rights!"
8/20/2005	 	Joaquin Miller Park Walk
8/20/2005	 	Workshop: An Introduction to Bio-intensive gardening
8/20/2005	 	Class: Introduction to Bioregional Education
8/20/2005	 	Volunteers: Transplant Seedlings
8/20/2005	 	Berkeley Farmers' Market hosts the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival
8/20/2005	 	Dusk Tour of Animal Place
8/20/2005	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good"
8/20/2005	 	Habitat Restoration Day: Shaver Grade
8/20/2005	 	Class: "Kids in Gardens"
8/20/2005	 	Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems
8/20/2005	 	Trail Volunteers Needed!
8/21/2005	 	Bike Tour of Oakland
8/21/2005	 	Presentation: Salt Pond Tour
8/21/2005	 	Bay Trail Exploration
8/21/2005	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good"
8/21/2005	 	The Buffalo Soldiers
8/21/2005	 	Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project Work Party
8/21/2005	 	Native Eelgrass Restoration Project
8/21/2005	 	Tour d'Organics: Bike Tour Featuring Sonoma County's Organic Farms
8/21/2005	 	Gardening Party: an "Ecovillage" Event
8/22/2005	 	Benefit Screening: "The Forest for the Trees" and Tree Art Auction
8/22/2005	 	Class: "Restoration & Monitoring of Watercourses"
8/23/2005	 	Class: "Radical Mental Health"
8/23/2005	 	Class: "Alternative and Non-coercive Education"
8/23/2005	 	Save the Forests: Public Hearing
8/23/2005	 	Class: "Tree to Sea"
8/23/2005	 	TV Program : "Gutted" - Commercial Overfishing in the North Sea
8/23/2005	 	Film: "Thirst" Screening and Potluck
8/23/2005	 	Film: "13 Lakes"
8/24/2005	 	Lecture: "The Future of Business Education: What the World Needs Now"
8/24/2005	 	Discussion: "Cultural Differences Towards Public Service and Volunteerism in Asia and the US"
8/24/2005	 	Reading: "Down the Rat Hole: Adventures Underground on Burma's Frontier"
8/25/2005	 	Reading: "The Sustainability Revolution" with Andres Edwards
8/25/2005	 	Mixer: Environmental Education Council of Marin
8/25/2005	 	Latina Film Festival: "The Storytellers"
8/25/2005	 	Pacific Environment's Wild Salmon BBQ and Fundraiser
8/25/2005	 	Workshop: "Funding Green Buildings: Sources & Strategies"
8/25/2005	 	Santa Cruz Organic Farms Harvest Tour
8/25/2005	 	Reading: Jack Laws on "Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide"
8/26/2005	 	Monthly Activist Series: Carol Brouillet and Kenn Burrows
8/26/2005	 	Deadline: Volunteer to Staff the Build It Green Home Tour
8/26/2005	 	Workshops: Direct Action
8/26/2005	 	Application Deadline: Your Garden Can be a Garden Tour Garden
8/26/2005	 	Book Release Party: "Popular Guide to Building a Community FM"
8/26/2005	 	SPAWN: Help Protect Salmon in San Geronimo Creek
8/26/2005	 	Benefit Forum: "Women's Equality Day Call to Action"
8/26/2005	 	Class: Women's Renewable Energy Overview
8/26/2005	 	Benefit: A Duet for Peace
8/27/2005	 	Class: Women's Solar Electric Intensive
8/27/2005	 	Workshop: "Green by Design: Seven Steps to Building a Green Home"
8/27/2005	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good"
8/27/2005	 	Tree Planting: in San Francisco's Outer Sunset District
8/27/2005	 	Class: "Start Your Fall Garden"
8/27/2005	 	Class: "Sustainable Soil"
8/27/2005	 	Award Ceremony: 100 Green Restaurants in the Bay Area
8/27/2005	 	Benefit: Dave Lippman, political satirist
8/27/2005	 	Class: Winter Veggie Garden
8/27/2005	 	Training: Activism and Campaign for Farmed Animals
8/27/2005	 	Slide Show: South Bay Salt Pond Restoration
8/27/2005	 	Walk: "A Trip Back in Time"
8/27/2005	 	War Tax Resistance Information & Support Gathering
8/27/2005	 	Workshop: Homebrewing Biodiesel
8/28/2005	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good"
8/28/2005	 	Sweatfree Victory Party
8/28/2005	 	Workshop: "The Art of Home Composting"
8/28/2005	 	National Summit on Diversity in the Environmental Field
8/28/2005	 	Film: "McLibel"
8/28/2005	 	Greenbelt Hike: Purely Purisima
8/28/2005	 	Tree Tour: Bernal Heights - South Slope
8/28/2005	 	Community Garden Party and Fundraiser
8/28/2005	 	Bay Area Water: Trekking the Model
8/28/2005	 	Marine Mammal Center & Blue Waters Kayaking
8/28/2005	 	All our Voices: Celebrating Diversity through Storytelling
8/28/2005	 	Meeting On Labor Media & AFL-CIO Convention
8/29/2005	 	Film: "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror"
8/29/2005	 	Book Signing: "Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities"
8/29/2005	 	Habitat for Humanity Workshop: How to Make Affordable Housing Green
8/29/2005	 	Ecosa Institute Professional Design Semester
8/29/2005	 	The 2005 Agricultural Worker Health Initiative Conference
8/30/2005	 	Class: "Radical Mental Health"
8/30/2005	 	Hands on Straw Bale Building: Creating an Earthen Floor
8/30/2005	 	East Bay Animal Advocates Volunteer Meeting
8/30/2005	 	Panel: "Globalize Liberation"
8/30/2005	 	Film: "Ten Skies"
8/31/2005	 	Deadline: Create a Vision Flag and Story for Earth Expo
9/2/2005	 	0 to 100 Watts in 4 Days: Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter
9/2/2005	 	Gay & Lesbian Sierrans Labor Day Weekend Camping at Tuolomne Meadows
9/3/2005	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good"
9/3/2005	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"
9/3/2005	 	Art and Soul Festival with American Book Awards
9/3/2005	 	Benefit Art Show: "West Marin Wild"
9/3/2005	 	Dusk Tour of Animal Place
9/3/2005	 	Really Really Free Market
9/3/2005	 	Native American Affordable Housing
9/3/2005	 	Trail Volunteers Needed!
9/3/2005	 	Sick Plant Clinic
9/3/2005	 	Permaculture in Bolinas
9/4/2005	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Berkeley Farmers' Market hosts the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival — An eclectic mix of sophisticated jazz standards, down-home blues tunes, powerhouse R&B, soul favorites, and festive Latin and funk jams performed by Jessica Neighbor and The Hoods. A Berkeley native, Jessica Neighbor is now based in Oakland. She was a tour-de-force in the popular 11-piece band, Wonderland, a Stevie Wonder tribute band featuring guitarist Errol Cooney (Beyonce Knowles). She received rave reviews for her performance in "Vapor Tales", a rock-musical that won "Best Musical Score" (S.F. Critics Circle Award). She also gigs with the well-known sixties review, Casino Royale; the jazz fusion quintet, Groove Unit; and the Swing & Motown band, The Cool Jerks, along with long-time Santana vocalist, Tony Lindsey. Her debut CD "How Deep is the Ocean" was released in the Spring of 2003. "The Hoods" are: Dan Zemelman - piano, Aaron Germain - bass, Brian Bowman - drums, and Patricio Angulo - percussion. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.jazzschool.com/dbjf2005/ .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Reading: Jack Laws on "Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide" — Jack Laws is a naturalist, illustrator, and educator from San Francisco. He has developed and taught classes on ecology, biology, and illustration and leads monthly field sketching outings in the Bay Area. He received a B.S. in Conservation and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, Missoula. He studied scientific illustration at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He will discuss his recent book, Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, the first publication in a five-year project to create an easy to use, fully illustrated and portable guide to sierra plants and wildlife. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220, calendar@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, September 17, 2005
String Band Contest / Crafts Fair at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Twenty high-spirited old-time string bands will compete for agricultural prizes (Berkeley Farmers' Market gift certificates) in the Berkeley Farmers' Market String Band Contest. The contest will start with a youth showcase (last year, about 20 young folks ranging in age from 7 to 17 fiddled and strummed onstage), followed by the string band contest with 20 bands. In addition, California's own national treasure, Kenny Hall, with his fierce, inimitable approach to the fiddle and mandolin and his thousand-song repertoire, will lead an open jam session. It's going to be intense both on stage and off: superb playing, great listening, fantastic dancing. The string band contest is the cornerstone event of the 2005 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention-a rollicking four-day festival featuring Appalachian music and dance. Bands from San Diego, Seattle, Mendocino, Fresno, and other outposts of civilization will strut their stuff at the contest. The crafts fair will feature beautiful and useful handmade gifts by local artists and crafts people. The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is co-sponsored by the Ecology Center, Freight & Salvage, Ashkenaz, and KPFA. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

ALL EVENTS

Through Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Hybrid Adobe Construction Workshops — Hybrid Adobe combines recycled paper with earth, sand, and a binder to create a more sustainable, inexpensive, very strong, fibered material that can be poured, sprayed, or sculpted to form blocks, logs, panels, walls, and a variety of creative shapes. MELC supplies tools, materials, experience and organic meals. Contact MELC for more info, directions, and best days to come. Bring work clothes and shoes, notebooks, camera, camping gear, musical instruments, songs, etc. Location: Mendocino Ecological Learning Center, 4651 Bear Canyon Road, Willits. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-456-0779, datsunmax@hotmail.com , http://www.melc.us/ .

Through Saturday, August 27, 2005
Indigenous Permaculture Design Certification Program — The class will spend 15-20 hours designing and implementing a project using permaculture design methods. To participate, you must reserve a space by Aug 7, 2005. To receive a certificate, you must come to every session and participate in the group project. Expect to do at least 5 hours of homework during the course in addition to the group project. The final presentation on September 17th is required and will be a potluck. You must acquire any necessary materials for your group projects. Participation is at your own risk: we are not liable for problems that may occur during the course. RSVP or get more info by email. Info: 707-456-0779, mayalencanauat@yahoo.com , http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org .

Through Sunday, August 28, 2005
Film: "This Divided State" — This Divided State documents the controversy that ensues when a college in the most conservative city in America invites Michael Moore to speak on campus just two weeks before the 2004 presidential election. To prevent him from speaking, the conservatives resort to everything from death threats and bribery to lawsuits. Location: Victoria Theatre, 2961-16th St, @ Capp, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 801-427-3638, info@thisdividedstate.com .

Through Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Presidio "Sunset Stewards" Drop-in Projects, Wednesdays — Come enjoy the beauty of the Presidio while helping your local national park. Volunteers will be working outdoors removing invasive vegetation and doing trail maintenance along Crissy Field, Battery East, and Fort Point. Adults, families, and youth ages 10 and up are welcome. Individuals and groups. No experience necessary. Fulfills community service requirements. Tools, gloves, snacks, and training will be provided. Please wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. RSVP is requested. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org .

Through Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd — The class will meet on the first and third Monday of each month. The only requirement is to take the class seriously: arrive on time and complete all required readings. There are no grades or credits. Doug Dowd is an academic, author, and political activist. He has taught at Cornell, John Hopkins University, and UC Berkeley, among others. He is the author of several books, including And It's Each for Himself and God for All. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246.

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, August 19, 2005
Voices of Love — An evening of storytelling about love from members of the Young Women's Arts Mentorship Program, which helps youths affected by incarceration find their own voices, is followed by music and spoken word by "Roots." Location: Red Ink Studios, 43 Ninth St., SF. Time: 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-2340.

Friday, August 19, 2005
Benefit Rock Show in Partnership with Amnesty International — Raising Days, Soul's Road, Groovy Judy, and two special guest acoustic acts are playing in North Beach to stop violence against women. Location: The Lost and Found, 1353 Grand Ave., SF. Time: 9pm. Cost: $5 cover. Info: 510-486-2340, tommy.york@gmail.com .

Friday, August 19, 2005
Full Moon over Arrowhead Marsh — Experience the sights and sounds of Arrowhead Marsh at dusk. As the sun sets over the Oakland Estuary, the wetlands come alive. The full moon will light our way as we paddle around the marsh. Call for meeting place and other info. Location: Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland. Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 126, jmorris@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Friday, August 19, 2005
Class: Eco-Art Installations — Zak Zide, sculptor and science educator for the Oakland Museum, and Andrιe Thompson, eco-artist and sculptor instructor at Laney College, will co-teach this class at the Oakland Museum and the Laney Art Annex. Laney students will mentor and collaborate with WestMet High School students to create 12 eco-art installations. The course is listed as "Advanced Sculpture" in the online class schedule. Class meets Mondays and Fridays from 10am-1pm. Class code: L1296. Call for more info. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm . Cost: $78 ($26 per unit). Info: 510- 841-0588, http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/classchd/054/LART00.HTM .

Friday, August 19, 2005
Course: Permaculture Design Certification — This intensive is facilitated by Toby Hemenway and Jude Hobbs. By using principles from nature to integrate land, water, plants, people, animals, shelter, technologies, and community, permaculture lets us design sustainable places to live. Participants will learn permaculture ethics and principles, site analysis, water catchment techniques, soil building, organic agriculture, plant identification, edible landscaping, animals in agriculture and in the habitat, agroforestry and tree crops, eco-building, village economics, urban strategies, and more. Generous scholarships are available for work exchange. Location: Highland Farm, Underwood, WA. Cost: $1,400. Info: 503-358-5890, abel@worldsteward.org , http://www.worldsteward.org .

Friday, August 19, 2005
TV Program: Pesticides segment on "NOW" TV News Magazine — The PBS television news magazine "NOW" will air a segment focusing on the hazards of pesticides for people living and working in agricultural areas. The program features Pesticide Action Network (PAN) senior scientist Susan Kegley discussing pesticide drift and citizen activists who are fighting to protect their communities. Location: SF. Time: 10pm. Info: 503-358-5890, http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html .

Friday, August 19, 2005
Carpentry for Women: Learn to Build a Roof — The first half of this course will cover basic carpentry techniques. In the second week, we will build a living roof (also called a "green roof" or "sod roof"). Roofs are generally the most carpentry-intensive part of a natural building. Some instruction in mindfulness meditation as it applies to carpentry will be included. Class size is limited to six. Location: Emerald Earth, Boonville. Cost: $880. Info: 707-895-3302, workshops@emeraldearth.org , http://www.emeraldearth.org/workshops.htm .

Friday, August 19, 2005
Film and Discussion: "The Future of Food" — The film is an investigation into the genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled the U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. It examines the market and political forces that are changing what we eat, and explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, advocating organic and sustainable agriculture as the real solutions to the farm crisis. Discussion will follow the film, led by Dr. Ignacio Chapela, newly tenured UC Biology Professor featured in film. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, August 19, 2005
Arena Green Adventures for Kids 10 and Under — Take a ride on a salmon or a shark, climb and frolic on play structures, and discover a great section of the Guadalupe River Park! Each child will be given one free ride on the children's carousel. Experience the slapstick magic and juggling that Daffy Dave brings to the stage at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. Location: Arena Green, Autumn Street, at Santa Clara Street, San Josι. Time: 11am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 408-298-7657, education@grpg.org , http://www.grpg.org/Education.html .

Saturday, August 20, 2005 - Sunday, August 21, 2005
SolFest 2005 — The Solar Living Center is an educational mecca: wind and solar power; huge 132kw solar array; 12 acres of gardens; ponds, trees, nature; strawbale showroom; interactive displays. SolFest is the premier event for earth-friendly exhibits and products including hands-on workshops, performances by popular musicians and entertainers, well-informed and passionate attendees, the world's largest solar and wind- powered demonstration site, inspiring environmental art, and delicious organic food. 10% discount for exhibitors if space reserved by June 30. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Cost: $30 ($20 for one day). Info: 888-821-2132, http://www.solfest.org .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees in neighborhoods throughout the city. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! Pick-up trucks needed. RSVP by phone. Location: Friends of the Urban Forest, Presidio of SF, Bldg. # 1007, SF. Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ex. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Community Fruit Harvesting for the Hungry — We're going up to Tip Top Farm to harvest organic sugar plums/prunes for the hungry. Harvesting these European plums is a fun activity and volunteers will be able to take home plenty! We'll be carpooling from Spiral Gardens around 8.30am (coffee will be provided), to the orchard in Vacaville, arriving by 9.30am. Volunteers should bring a bag lunch. We should be back in Berkeley by early afternoon: we'll pick until about midday. Anyone with a truck to help transport the fruit is especially encouraged! Location: Spiral Garden, 2850 Sacramento, Berkeley. Time: 8:30am. Info: 510-655-2742, ela@spiralgardens.org .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Native Species Day — Celebrate California native species, plants to animals: Survival Tactics of Native Plants (10:30am - noon); Beginning Birdwatching (2-3:30pm); Live Animal Show (4-5:30pm); Scavenger Hunt (5:30-6:30pm). Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 10:30am - 6:30pm. Cost: Free (reservations required). Info: 408-262-5513 ext. 102, sfbay_urbanrunoff@yahoo.com , http://www.fws.gov/pacific/desfbay/Tideline/ActivityDates.htm#Aug20 .

Saturday, August 20, 2005 - Sunday, August 21, 2005
Strawbale Work Party — There will be a BBQ/ potluck on both days (wild local salmon), straw bales, cob and thoughts on building and ecology. Pancake breakfast Sunday, 10am. Saturday night will be filled with song, food and a camp fire. Sunday night will be capped with a showing of "O Brother Where Out Thou," 830pm at the Canyon school. Come for any or all of it. Camp amongst the oaks. Bring food and instruments. The strawbale/ cob cottage will benefit "the landslide," a local artisan nonprofit (i.e.: squat. read: no rent!). Learn a ton! From Berkeley, take Ashby Ave. towards the hills, left on Claremont Ave., right on Grizzly Peak Rd., left on Skyline Ave. At the large 5 way intersection (no stop, though), left on Pinehurst Rd. Plunge into the woods of Brigadoon (Canyon) for about 2 miles. The Canyon Post office will appear out of the mist on your left. Turn into it (don't become it, just make a turn, silly!). Follow the little road next to the PO, and at the top of the steep first hill, make a left. Follow the paved, bumpy road uphill untill you see a telephone pole on the right with a hand-painted sign reading "Madrona." Turn right onto the driveway and go 200 yards. Location: Canyon. Time: 10am - 6pm. Info: 510-499-1496.

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Festival: "Our Health Is Our Wealth" — Experience, good healthy food, holistic health practices, film shorts, and workshops addressing community issues of health, poverty and violence. A panel presented by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty will follow an excerpt from the movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story. Other featured films: Peace Maker in Sudan and Peacemakers 4 Life. Location: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., between York and Hampshire, SF. Time: 11am - 11pm. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 415-240-0093, http://www.coloredink.org .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Volunteer: Water Quality Monitoring — We will be performing our August monthly water chemistry test at the inlet of Lake Temescal. We will meet at the picnic tables, just across the foot bridge, next to the south entrance parking lot. If you call in advance, you can get on a list of names for the parking attendant and avoid the parking fee. Location: Lake Temescal, Oakland. Time: 10:30am. Info: 510-652-9981, http://www.ebparks.org/resources/pdf/trails/temescal_map.pdf .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Benefit: "Sock It To Me" for the Homeless — Project Homeless Connect, a San Francisco homeless outreach program, benefits from "Sock it to Me," an outdoor concert featuring local artists including Garrin Benfield, Four Year Bender, Luce, and Corrine West. Location: La Raza Park, Potrero and Cesar Chavez Sts., SF. Time: 1pm - 6pm. Cost: New socks and underwear and/or cash donation. Info: 415-970-9005, http://www.projecthomelessconnect.com .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Training: " Know Your Rights!" — This training is hosted by the Midnight Special Law Collective, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Grand Jury Road Show. Noon-2pm: How to provide legal support, 2pm-3pm: lunch break, 3pm-5pm: know your rights --harassment, intimidation, grand juries and security culture. Come to one or both sections. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: noon - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-261-4843, mslc@midnightspecial.net , http://www.midnightspecial.net .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Joaquin Miller Park Walk — Join Berkeley Path Wanderers to explore Joaquin Miller Park, where Joaquin Miller, "Poet of the Sierras," lived from 1886 to 1913, planting today's redwood groves and building fanciful monuments. From Rt. 13, take Joaquin Miller Rd. uphill 1 mile to Sanford, go left (north) to the Ranger Station. Bring water and snack for this moderate hike. Location: Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-549-2908, zemeralds@aol.com , http://www.berkeleypaths.org .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Workshop: An Introduction to Bio-intensive gardening — We will discuss and give hands-on demonstrations of garden design and planning, hand cultivation of vegetable, flower and fruit garden beds, home composting and soil management, seedling propagation and transplanting, and more. Grandma Mary's Organic Farm is located near the El Cerrito Plaza Bart station. Bring a bag lunch and cup for refreshments. Call or email for more info. Location: Grandma Mary's Organic Farm, El Cerrito. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $60 (work trade available). Info: 707-367-2567, plant_veggies@yahoo.com .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Class: Introduction to Bioregional Education — Learn bioregional map-making. Hike through native habitats isolated from the surrounding urban setting. Do restoration work promoting native species. Class includes take-home materials and readings. We begin at the end of Chenery Street in front of the baseball field. Bring a sack lunch, good walking shoes, and working gloves (optional). RSVP by 8/14. Location: Glen Canyon Park, SF. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $75-$100 sliding scale (work exchange available). Info: 415-285-6556, mail@planetdrum.org , http://www.planetdrum.org/ .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Volunteers: Transplant Seedlings — Transplant seedlings in our native plant nursery, and pull a few "weedlings" to help with the restoration of West Stege Marsh, on the edge of San Francisco Bay. You will learn about the project and how it will create habitat for water birds. Tools and light refreshments provided. Pre-registration required. Youth under 18 need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Location: Richmond. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-665-3645, bayshorestewards@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/volunteeropps.html .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Berkeley Farmers' Market hosts the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival — An eclectic mix of sophisticated jazz standards, down-home blues tunes, powerhouse R&B, soul favorites, and festive Latin and funk jams performed by Jessica Neighbor and The Hoods. A Berkeley native, Jessica Neighbor is now based in Oakland. She was a tour-de-force in the popular 11-piece band, Wonderland, a Stevie Wonder tribute band featuring guitarist Errol Cooney (Beyonce Knowles). She received rave reviews for her performance in "Vapor Tales", a rock-musical that won "Best Musical Score" (S.F. Critics Circle Award). She also gigs with the well-known sixties review, Casino Royale; the jazz fusion quintet, Groove Unit; and the Swing & Motown band, The Cool Jerks, along with long-time Santana vocalist, Tony Lindsey. Her debut CD "How Deep is the Ocean" was released in the Spring of 2003. "The Hoods" are: Dan Zemelman - piano, Aaron Germain - bass, Brian Bowman - drums, and Patricio Angulo - percussion. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.jazzschool.com/dbjf2005/ .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Dusk Tour of Animal Place — Dusk at Animal Place is one of several opportunities for the public to visit this 60-acre sanctuary for abused and discarded farmed animals. Visitors get to help lock up the turkeys and chickens, call the goats in from hillsides, give the baby pot-bellied pigs their last belly rub of the day, and walk the dogs. After tucking in the critters for the night, giving many of them -- including the dogs, pigs, and rabbits -- their evening meals, visitors enjoy wine and appetizers al fresco. Location: Animal Place, 3448 Laguna Creek Trail, Vacaville. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $25. Info: 707-449-4814, info@animalplace.org , http://www.animalplace.org .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good" — The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest offering is based on John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a book that explains how America built an empire on Third World debt. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, JFK Dr. and Kezar, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Habitat Restoration Day: Shaver Grade — Please join us to for a Broom pull on Shaver Grade at Eliot's trail. Meet at the dirt parking lot on Sky Oaks Rd., just past the kiosk on the right. MMWD will provide tools and refreshments. Please wear sturdy shoes and layered clothes. Location: Ross. Time: 9am - noon. Info: , 415-945-1180, volunteerprogram@marinwater.org .

Saturday, August 20, 2005
Class: "Kids in Gardens" — Join us for a medley of hands-on science and art curricula that you can explore in your school yard or home garden with kids. Gather tools that will help you build a garden into your school and go home with a teacher resource binder full of activities. Pre-registration required. Call to register. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15 (Kids free!). Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, August 20, 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, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/summer05.htm .

Saturday, August 20, 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 July, August & September. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/summer05.htm .

Sunday, August 21, 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, August 21, 2005
Presentation: Salt Pond Tour — Did you know that the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast is happening right here in San Francisco Bay? Hear more about this project and view some of the salt ponds recently acquired by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Geared for ages 12 and older. Reservations required. Location: Bayfront Park , Menlo Park. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://desfbay.fws.gov/ .

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Bay Trail Exploration — A nine mile afternoon stroll along the paved Bay Trail from downtown Oakland to the Coliseum viewing wetlands, waterfronts, and community. Time: 12:30pm - 5:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Sunday, August 21, 2005
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good" — The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest offering is based on John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a book that explains how America built an empire on Third World debt. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Central Park, El Camino & W. 5th, San Mateo. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Sunday, August 21, 2005
The Buffalo Soldiers — Take a moderate, 1-mile walk and learn how the African-American "Buffalo Soldiers" contributed to our country's rich history. Location: Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/summer05.htm .

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project Work Party — Please bring your own clippers/tools if possible. Meet at the foot of road leading to phone company microwave tower near southwest road closure off Bernal Heights Blvd. Location: SF. Time: 11 am. Info: 415-282-5066, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Sunday, August 21, 2005 - Monday, August 22, 2005
Native Eelgrass Restoration Project — We will collect flowering eelgrass shoots at two East Bay sites and then disperse the seed at several restoration sites. Dress in layers that can get wet, bring a hat and sunscreen, and wear close-toed shoes, boots, or waders to protect your feet. Long pants are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle and help us cut down on plastic! From downtown Oakland, take Webster St. through the tube. Turn left at the light onto Central. Make a right at first light onto 8th, this will turn into Westline Drive. Continue past the main entrance to Crown Beach, and park at the intersection of Westline Drive and Fairhaven Road. We will meet at the entrance to the beach. Please call (510) 882-5403 if you need to reach us. RSVP required. Location: Alameda. Time: 7:30am - 10:30am. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, tgalvin@savesfbay.org .

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Tour d'Organics: Bike Tour Featuring Sonoma County's Organic Farms — There will be 35, 60 and 100 mile options. All routes begin and end at the Sebastopol Community Center. Stops will be at local farms featuring produce and locally made munchies. After the ride, there will a catered vegan meal made from locally grown produce. All food is included with registration. Massage will be available after the ride. All riders must start by 9am. Registration opens at 6:30am. Location: Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol. Time: 7am - 5pm. Cost: $40 - $50 ($30 - $40 before 7/31 -- see URL for fee details). Info: 707-360-8511, info@organicathlete.org , http://www.tourdorganics.com/ .

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Gardening Party: an "Ecovillage" Event — 1-5 pm, gardening, 5-6 pm meal prep, 6-8 pm vegetarian potluck. Plenty of conversation all day. Learn about Ecovillage, an emerging sustainable community open to new members. Find out how you can participate. Email for more info and directions. Location: San Mateo. Time: 1pm - 8pm. Info: 707-360-8511, sanda@greensolutions.org , http://www.greensolutions.org .

Monday, August 22, 2005
Benefit Screening: "The Forest for the Trees" and Tree Art Auction — Screening and Art Auction to support The Forest for the Trees, a vital documentary about Judi Bari's civil suit against the FBI, made by the daughter of Bari's lawyer. The gallery will be transformed into a forest with 2-D and 3-D tree art made by rising stars of the west coast art world. Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-823-3744, lwolff_lily@yahoo.com .

Monday, August 22, 2005 - Monday, September 26, 2005
Class: "Restoration & Monitoring of Watercourses" — Principles and practices in restoration and monitoring of watercourses: physical and biological characteristics of streams, techniques in erosion control, and more. Dates & Times: Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm: 8/22, 8/29; 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 Sundays, 9am-5:30pm: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 (with lunch break). Code: M0949, 2 units. Room D133 and field. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Cost: $52 ($26 per unit). Info: 510-466-7368, http://www.merritt.edu/ .

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Class: "Radical Mental Health" — This is a Barrington Collective "Free School" class. Location: Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave., (across from La Pe–a, 1 block east of Ashby BART), Berkeley. Time: 6pm - 7:30pm. Info: 510-466-7368, http://barringtoncollective.org/FreeSkoolSchedule .

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Class: "Alternative and Non-coercive Education" — This is a Barrington Collective "Free School" class. The class will be in the basement of Nabalom Bakery. Location: Nabalom Bakery, 2708 Russell Street, near College Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-466-7368, http://barringtoncollective.org/FreeSkoolSchedule .

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Save the Forests: Public Hearing — The Santa Rosa Board of Supervisors will take up the forest conversion issue. Let's bring over 500 people to the public hearing! Call for more information on this issue, or to discuss and prepare for the hearing. Location: Santa Rosa Supervisors Hearing Room, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa. Time: 6pm. Info: 707-824-4371.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Class: "Tree to Sea" — Hiking, restoration, natural history, cultural history observation and group leadership, starting in the East Bay hills, traveling along the Bay Trail wetlands, onto boats, and ending at Pacific tidepools. Sign up for any (or all) of the class codes: M1002-M1007 (.5 - 3.0 units). Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm: 8/23, 8/30; 9/20, 9/27; 10/4, 10/18; Saturdays, 10am-4:00pm: 8/27; 9/10, 9/24; 10/8 (with lunch break); Sundays, 10am-4:00pm: 8/28; 10/16 (with lunch break). Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $78 for entire course ($26 per unit). Info: 510-434-3840, http://www.merritt.edu/ .

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
TV Program : "Gutted" - Commercial Overfishing in the North Sea — The PBS series Wide Angle presents "Gutted," a look at commercial overfishing in the North Sea that has decimated the cod population off the coast of Scotland and pushed the livelihood of fishers to the verge of collapse. The program connects economic and trade policies with day-to-day life in one hard-hit fishing community. KQED, channel 9 in San Francisco. Check listings for channels in other areas. Time: 9pm. Info: 510-434-3840.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Film: "Thirst" Screening and Potluck — Join The Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter for this opportunity to eat and socialize with other activists, and learn about the struggle to resist the privatization of water. For more about the Sierra Club's efforts to oppose water privatization, please visit: http://www.sierraclub.org/cac/water/index.asp . Based on your last name, please bring: A-J main dish; K-R desserts; S-Z salads, vegetables, snacks. Beverages will be provided. Please bring your own utensils, plate and cup. RSVP by email or phone. Location: San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: Free (RSVP). Info: 650-390-8411, loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org , http://loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org .

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Film: "13 Lakes" — Berkeley premiere. "Old school minimalist James Benning pushes whatever boundaries are left--his 13 Lakes and Ten Skies are the most radical, and awesome, films anywhere....Installation pieces designed for the big screen, or in Benning's words 'found paintings', the films deliver on their titles' promises." Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 510-642-5249, bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa .

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Lecture: "The Future of Business Education: What the World Needs Now" — Lovins will discuss what's needed in business education to bring social, environmental and ethical change. She'll give real-world examples of businesses that are implementing sustainable practices successfully -- and prospering. Drawing from personal experience, she'll make the case for why business must lead in solving ills such as climate change, energy issues, environmental degradation, globalization and social injustice. Reception at 5:30pm, program at 6pm. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-642-5249, http://www.commonwealthclub.org/mlf.html#lovins .

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Discussion: "Cultural Differences Towards Public Service and Volunteerism in Asia and the US" — American and Japanese students discuss the importance of community involvement and volunteerism. Co-sponsored by Volunteers in Asia at Stanford University. Location: World Affairs Council of Northern California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $15 ($5 for students with ID). Info: 415-293-4600, http://www.itsyourworld.org .

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Reading: "Down the Rat Hole: Adventures Underground on Burma's Frontier" — No ordinary travel writer, Edith Mirante describes herself as a "human rights pirate" who sneaks into places where recognized human rights groups rarely go. Her book describes such experiences as being trapped in a cyclone in Bangladesh and smuggled into Kachin State disguised as a Muslim woman. Throughout Asia, Edith Mirante finds guerrilla wars, AIDS epidemics, drug abuse and trafficking, destruction of rain forests, riots, strikes, and one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. 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 .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Reading: "The Sustainability Revolution" with Andres Edwards — The Sustainability Revolution analyses sustainability in terms of the principles, declarations, and intentions that have emerged from conferences and publications, and which serve as guidelines for policy decisions and future activities. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-568-2605, dbaker@newcollege.edu .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Mixer: Environmental Education Council of Marin — Bringing together people (organizations, businesses, schools, community members) who support environmental practices and sustainable solutions for Marin, the Mixer is a place to network, meet new friends, and develop collaborative efforts. This mixer will also be a great time to say thanks and good luck to Sandy and Joyce who are both leaving EECOM. Location: Piatti's Restaurant, 625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-485-4908, karen@eecom.net , http://www.eecom.net/calendar.htm#8.25.05-mixer .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Latina Film Festival: "The Storytellers" — The town of Jave discovers its village and valley are about to disappear beneath water when a dam is built. Fighting the process, townspeople recount great and heroic events of its history in order to justify its salvation from destruction. The film honors rural storytelling & brings it into the modern age with a sense of humor and love of humanity. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Pacific Environment's Wild Salmon BBQ and Fundraiser — The 2nd Annual Wild Salmon BBQ will feature former California Public Utilities Commission President Loretta Lynch. Contributions will be solicited for the California Energy Program. Pacific Environment protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies. RSVP by 8/22 (by phone or email). Location: 3107 Guido Street, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Donations Requested. Info: 415-399-8850 x313, moheaney@pacificenvironment.org , http://www.pacificenvironment.org/salmon-bbq.htm .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Workshop: "Funding Green Buildings: Sources & Strategies" — This workshop provides a 10-step "roadmap" for funding green building, including strategies for financing, capital campaigns, and grant writing. The presenter, Jan McAdams, uses case histories to illustrate the implementation of these strategies. Jan will describe many of the "Energywi$e 100": 100 public and private sources for grants and donations for sustainable & PV commercial design. Registration opens at 9:30am. Program starts at 10:00am. Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter St, Suite 600, SF. Time: 9:30am - 4pm. Cost: $395. Info: 702-407-7888, jan@fundinggreenbuildings.com , http://www.fundinggreenbuildings.com/registration.html .

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Santa Cruz Organic Farms Harvest Tour — Join the Friends of Guadalupe River Park and Gardens on a visit to two organic farms: Love Apple Farm, and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. In addition to the tours, we will be having lunch at River Cafι and Cheese Shop, which uses locally grown, organic produce. The bus will leave the Garden Center at 8:30am. Call to pay and reserve a space, or for more info. Location: Guadalupe Garden Center, 715 Spring St., at Taylor, San Josι. Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $75. Info: 408-298-7657.

Thursday, August 25, 2005
Reading: Jack Laws on "Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide" — Jack Laws is a naturalist, illustrator, and educator from San Francisco. He has developed and taught classes on ecology, biology, and illustration and leads monthly field sketching outings in the Bay Area. He received a B.S. in Conservation and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, Missoula. He studied scientific illustration at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He will discuss his recent book, Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, the first publication in a five-year project to create an easy to use, fully illustrated and portable guide to sierra plants and wildlife. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220, calendar@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Monthly Activist Series: Carol Brouillet and Kenn Burrows — Activists Carol Brouillet and Kenn Burrows will share their transformative experiences, and strategize on how we can work together to heal our country and the world. 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, August 26, 2005
Deadline: Volunteer to Staff the Build It Green Home Tour — The Build It Green Home Tour will take place on Sunday, 9/25 from 10am to 4pm. Several volunteers are needed to staff each of the 17 tour homes in Marin and Sonoma counties. Volunteers will receive a free tour guidebook, t-shirt and other goodies in exchange for their help. Volunteers can also go on the tour (for free!) as volunteer shifts are only 4 hours long. Volunteer registration forms are available online. Cost: $10. Info: 510-845-5106 ex. 222, taleesha@builditgreen.org , http://www.build-green.org/tours/index.cfm?fuseaction=volunteers .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Workshops: Direct Action — Come for an action-packed weekend of camping in the sunny Oakland hills, workshops focussed on urban and rural skills, discussion, and learning. Directions will be sent two weeks prior, to people who have reserved spots. Bring your own camping gear (we'll send a list of suggested gear with the directions). Carpools and shuttles (from BART) arranged upon request. No dogs, drugs, weapons, or alcohol. To reserve your spot, send name(s), address (for directions), and $20 per person. Make checks payable to "C.A.L. Press" and send them to P.O. Box 3449, Berkeley CA 94703. Email us if you'd like to lead a workshop. Location: Oakland. Cost: $20 ($10 for presenters) + $10 parking fee. Info: 510-845-5106 ex. 222, info@anarchymag.org .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Application Deadline: Your Garden Can be a Garden Tour Garden — The Bay-Friendly Gardening Program is looking for Alameda County gardens to feature on its third annual garden tour, April 30, 2006. If the beauty in your garden is in harmony with East Bay soil and climate, if your soil is healthy from compost and mulching, if you avoid toxic products, and if native plants help provide habitat for local wildlife, why not share your success with others? Host gardeners will receive gifts including a tote bag and compost bin. Apply online. Info: 510-614-1699, jnader@stopwaste.org , http://www.bayfriendly.org/ .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Book Release Party: "Popular Guide to Building a Community FM" — Have you ever thought about setting up a small FM broadcast station, but thought the endeavor was too involved and expensive? This book demonstrates that it is not, and it will inspire you to make the effort. Of all communications technologies, radio is the most accessible and democratic. By asserting your right to communicate, you become part of the struggle for free speech, resisting the privatization of the broadcast airwaves. Location: AK Press, 674A 23rd St., between MLK & San Pablo, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-208-1700, akpress@akpress.org , http://www.akpress.org .

Friday, August 26, 2005 - Saturday, August 27, 2005
SPAWN: Help Protect Salmon in San Geronimo Creek — Help us construct a fence to protect a 5,500 sq. ft. native plant restoration site and help protect the creek banks from further erosion. Bring lunch and water, sturdy shoes, sun protection, and work gloves if you have them (although gloves can be provided). RSVP by phone. Location: Roy's Pools, San Geronimo Valley Golf Course, San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. Time: 10am - 4pm. Info: 415-488-0370 x102, Spawn@Spawnusa.org , http://www.spawnusa.org .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Benefit Forum: "Women's Equality Day Call to Action" — Women in the US gained the right to vote 85 years ago. It was supposed to bring women political equality with men. We must work globally and locally to strengthen women's power as a dynamic force in assuring that the world's resources are allocated for peace, sustainable development, justice and human rights. Share your ideas with our guests from Uganda - Lydia Bakaki, Attorney, and Annette Mukabera, Member of Parliament. Both are women's rights activists. Help plan how women in California will mobilize to address issues like Proposition 73, and use our votes to elect representatives who support our agenda. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: $15 - $100 suggested donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-221-4841, http://www.win-cawa.org .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Class: Women's Renewable Energy Overview — This beginning level workshop is designed to give women an overview of clean sources of energy. Topics include: residential solar, wind and hydro power; conservation and efficiency; solar thermal (hot water and air heating); solar water pumping; solar cooking; passive solar home design; fuel cells; biodiesel and alternative fuel vehicles; solar water distillation; biomass; geothermal; and ocean energy. Take this workshop with our Women's Solar Electric Intensive workshop for a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy. 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/woreen2620ho.html .

Friday, August 26, 2005
Benefit: A Duet for Peace — The benefit features Anne Lamott, best-selling author of Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, Bird By Bird, and Traveling Mercies; and Crooked Little Heart Voices, an all-lesbian choral ensemble dedicated to social change, with Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange. Join us for an evening of song, words, and faith to benefit the peace work of CODEPINK: women for peace. Location: Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka St., SF. Time: 8pm - 10pm. Cost: $20 suggested donation (no one turned away). Info: 707-744-2017, http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/bayarea.php?uid=4287 .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Class: Women's Solar Electric Intensive — Taught by and for women. Learn the basics of on and off-grid residential solar electric power, conservation and efficiency, renewable energy design, equipment selection, site analysis, safety, and tool use. We will briefly explore ways to use the sun's energy for heating (water and air), cooking, and passive solar home design, and tapping wind and micro-hydroelectric resources. Workshop includes a hands-on portion. Take along with our Women's Survey of Renewable Resources workshop for a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $290. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/woinso2720ho.html .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Workshop: "Green by Design: 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: Mitchell Park, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-845-5106 ext. 222, Taleesha@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.BuildItGreen.org .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good" — The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest offering is based on John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a book that explains how America built an empire on Third World debt. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, a block from Cedar & Chestnut, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Tree Planting: in San Francisco's Outer Sunset District — Friends of the Urban Forest needs volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. Meeting place TBA. RSVP. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ex. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Class: "Start Your Fall Garden" — We can grow vegetables and herbs year round, with the mild winter climate of the Bay Area. Many seeds germinate at this time of year. You will get plenty of ideas on direct sowing, transplanting, creating healthy soil, harvesting, and more. Bring your questions. Class will conclude with a tour of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change 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, August 27, 2005
Class: "Sustainable Soil" — Lay the groundwork for thriving plants that resist pests and diseases and yield a bountiful harvest by building and maintaining rich, fertile soil. Learn how to amend and protect you soil during the fall and winter months by using cover-cropping techniques, mulching and composting. Pre-registration required. P lease call (415) 561-7752 to pre-register with Crissy Field Center. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15. Info: 415-731-5625, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Award Ceremony: 100 Green Restaurants in the Bay Area — Alameda County and San Francisco County business owners and elected officials come together today in an awards ceremony to recognize the 100 restaurants that comprise Thimmakka's Certified Green Restaurants. This awards ceremony will include a dance performance, and dinner from various cuisines represented in the program. The restaurants are located in the cities of Albany, Emeryville, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, San Francisco, and San Jose. Space limited. RSVP. Location: La Estrellita Restaurant, 446 E 12th St., Oakland. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: Tickets $50, $35, and $25 (limited number). Info: 510-655.5566, GER_program@yahoo.com .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Benefit: Dave Lippman, political satirist — War Resisters League West presents Dave Lippman, political satirist, featuring George Shrub, the only known singing CIA agent, plus "Star of Goliath": songs and slides encapsulating modern Holy Land history and imperial machinations based on his trip there last year. Benefits the upcoming counter-military recruitment conference for youth and allies, "On the Frontlines: Options for Youth in Times of War," October 22 & 23 at U.C. Berkeley. Location: The Kitchen, 225 Portrero Ave., 16th St., SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $10 - $20 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-655.5566, wrlwest@riseup.net , http://www.wrlwest.org .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Class: Winter Veggie Garden — Now is the time to get your winter garden started. Novella Carpenter will discuss plant selection, preparation and planting. 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, August 27, 2005
Training: Activism and Campaign for Farmed Animals — Be a part of the statewide effort to stop factory farming. Speakers: Joyce Tischler: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Brent Newell: Center for Race Poverty and the Environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: Compassionate Cooks, Kim Sturla: Animal Place, and Lauren Ornelas: Viva!USA. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $10 (lunch not included). Info: 707-449-4814, dbaker@newcollege.edu , http://www.animalplace.org/ .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Slide Show: South Bay Salt Pond Restoration — The South Bay Restoration Project will transform South San Francisco Bay in the next few decades. How will this affect habitat, wildlife, and recreation? In this powerpoint presentation, learn about the project, the role of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and how you can become involved with the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. Geared for ages 12 and older. Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 3pm - 4pm. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://www.fws.gov/pacific/desfbay/Tideline/Activity.htm#PresentationB .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Walk: "A Trip Back in Time" — Revive the vanishing knowledge of the history of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge grounds by strolling the trails with docent Ray Studer. Ray spent most of 2004 researching the on-site salt production, railroads and homes that were located on the refuge grounds until the 1950s. Using a collection of old photographs, the last vestiges of a way of life can be traced back to the 1850s. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 10:30am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://www.fws.gov/pacific/desfbay/Tideline/Activity.htm#Trip .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
War Tax Resistance Information & Support Gathering — Half of our federal income taxes are being used for war. Find out about a variety of ways to respond. Topics will include creative legal protests, refusing to pay federal taxes and the possible consequences, redirecting resisted taxes, and local support networks for war tax resisters. 3-4:30pm - support and updates for ongoing resisters. 4:30-5pm - basic information on war tax resistance. Potluck. Location: 733 Baker St. , at McAllister, SF. Time: 3pm - 5:30pm. Cost: Free (Donations Accepted). Info: 510-843-9877, http://www.nowartax.org .

Saturday, August 27, 2005
Workshop: Homebrewing Biodiesel — Class size: 15. You'll learn the whole process from testing the veggie oil, brewing the biodiesel, washing it, filtering it, and putting it in your vehicle. Bring a delicious dish for a potluck lunch. Priority is given to those who have a diesel vehicle and a site to homebrew (please put this in your RSVP email). We'll schedule a processor & washtank building workshop after this one. Taught by Jennifer Radtke of the BioFuel Oasis and Berkeley Biodiesel Co-op with assistant Alan Pryor of the Berkeley Biodiesel Co-op and Alameda Co-op. RSVP by email for more information and directions. Location: Oakland. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $20 - $40 sliding scale. Info: 510-843-9877, jenniferradtke@yahoo.com .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good" — The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest offering is based on John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a book that explains how America built an empire on Third World debt. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, a block from Cedar & Chestnut, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Sweatfree Victory Party — Join Global Exchange and the Sweatfree Bay Area Coalition to celebrate the passage of an anti-sweatshop law and Fair Trade / Organic purchasing resolutions! The law and resolutions were authored by SF Mayor Newsom and Supervisor Tom Ammiano. Entertainment includes ALBINO! 14-piece all-star Afrobeat ensemble, Reverend Billy, the Labor Chorus, Oakland Street Academy TEAM!, Valerie Orth, ZONK, and a sweatfree fashion show from local designers. Help us raise funds for the next campaigns and enforce current laws. Location: Project Artaud Theatre, 450 Florida Street, between 17th St. & Mariposa, SF. Time: 4pm - 8pm. Cost: $10 - $20 (no one turned away). Info: 415-575-5541, sweatfree@globalexchange.org , http://www.globalexchange.org/sweatfreebayarea .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Workshop: "The Art of Home Composting" — Learn to make fertilizer for organic gardening from your kitchen scraps. Location: City Slicker Farms, 16th & Center, Oakland. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-763-4241, cityslickerfarms@riseup.net .

Sunday, August 28, 2005 - Tuesday, August 30, 2005
National Summit on Diversity in the Environmental Field — The Minority Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI) plans to bring together students, leaders of environmental nonprofits, faculty in environmental programs, leaders of government environmental agencies, and representatives from other environmental institutions to discuss the state of diversity in the environmental field and strategize about how to enhance it. Location: University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment , 430 East University, Ann Arbor, MI. Cost: $300 ($125 for students); $150 for one day ($75 for students) . Info: 734-764-5297, Lkoepp@umich.edu , http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/meldi .

Sunday, August 28, 2005 - Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Film: "McLibel" — Documentary film about the highly publicized court case between the McDonald's corporation and a former postman and a gardener from London. Showings at 7:15pm and 9:15pm, 8/28 - 8/30. Additional showings 8/30 at 2pm and 4pm. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St, SF. Cost: $8- adults, $4 seniors & children, $6 bargain- 2pm shows. Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Greenbelt Hike: Purely Purisima — A challenging hike along the Peninsula's Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve offering a wealth of redwoods, creeks and views of the Pacific and Half Moon Bay. Time: 11:15am - 5:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Tree Tour: Bernal Heights - South Slope — Presented by Friends of the Urban Forest, this tour will be led by Mike Boss, founder and general manager of the landscaping company, Rock and Rose + Birkmeyer. RSVP by phone. Meet outside the coffeehouse. Location: Progressive Grounds Coffeehouse (SF), 400 Cortland Ave, at Bennington, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 x108 , chris@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Community Garden Party and Fundraiser — Live music, food, on-site raffle, kid's activities, and peace-tile painting! Come spend the afternoon enjoying this beautiful green oasis. Location: Peralta Community Garden, 1400 Peralta Ave., near Hopkins, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: Free (donations welcome). Info: 510-798-8148.

Sunday, August 28, 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: 2:30pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-332-3871.

Sunday, August 28, 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.

Sunday, August 28, 2005
All our Voices: Celebrating Diversity through Storytelling — Join us for a day-long celebration of storytelling performances and workshops. Hear nationally recognized tellers share their traditions. Learn to develop your stories in workshops with the artists. Experience the joy of sharing your tale with others. Location: Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $45, $25 ages 12-19 , $5 discount with advance purchase. Info: 510-444-4755, http://ww.stagebridge.org .

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Meeting On Labor Media & AFL-CIO Convention — Join members of the KFPA Labor Collective and ILCA president-elect Steve Stallone as they report back on the recent AFL-CIO convention in Chicago. There will be audio and video presentations as well as discussion. ILCA President-elect Steve Stallone will discuss new initiatives. The meeting is at 777 Valencia. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-848-6767 ext. 606, kpfalaborcollective@yahoo.com , http://pacifica.org/programs/State_of_Labor_2005/ .

Monday, August 29, 2005 - Sunday, September 4, 2005
Film: "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" — The Middle East holds 70% of the world's oil reserves while oil production in North America and Europe will soon slow to a trickle. The husband-wife team of Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, who made Hidden Wars of Desert Storm, poses challenging questions. Is the war on terror an excuse to control both Iraqi oil and Central Asian oil and gas reserves? And how can the United States maintain its enormous energy consumption? Gerard Ungerman in person, 9/2 and 9/3. Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., at Market, SF. Info: 415-621-5288 x15, BLCastroTheatre@aol.com , http://www.thecastrotheatre.com/ .

Monday, August 29, 2005
Book Signing: "Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities" — Diana Leafe Christian has been editor of Communities magazine, a quarterly publication about intentional communities, since 1993. Her articles have appeared in Mother Earth News, Communities magazine, Communities Directory, and Canada's This Magazine. Diana leads workshops on creating ecovillages and intentional communities. Location: Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 W. Ranger Ave, Alameda. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 - $10 Donation. Info: 510-898-7849, dbiggs@apcollaborative.org , http://www.apcollaborative.org .

Monday, August 29, 2005
Habitat for Humanity Workshop: How to Make Affordable Housing Green — Attendees will learn how to incorporate green building concepts in design and construction, while working within the models of Habitat for Humanity and other affordable housing providers. Topics will include: connecting green building and affordable housing, designing and specifying for actual conditions, and a "Doing it for real" case study. Pre-registration required. Location: Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701Thornhill Rd, Oakland. Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 512-482-5406, liana.kallivoka@austinenergy.com .

Monday, August 29, 2005 - 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 .

Monday, August 29, 2005 - Wednesday, August 31, 2005
The 2005 Agricultural Worker Health Initiative Conference — A conference on agricultural worker health and policy change, featuring plenary speakers, 20 workshops and planning groups, exhibits, opportunities for networking, and much more. Scholarships are available - requests must be submitted by 7/22/05. Lodging available for $ 91 per night - make reservations by 8/3 for discounted rate. Location: Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard Ave., Sacramento. Cost: For-profit and private businesses- $150, non-profit & gov't agencies, agricultural workers- free. Info: 916-447-9832 ext. 279, http://www.rcac.org .

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Class: "Radical Mental Health" — This is a Barrington Collective "Free School" class. Location: Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave., (across from La Pe–a, 1 block east of Ashby BART), Berkeley. Time: 6pm - 7:30pm. Info: 916-447-9832 ext. 279, http://barringtoncollective.org/FreeSkoolSchedule .

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Hands on Straw Bale Building: Creating an Earthen Floor — If you have some experience with straw bale building or have taken the 7/10 Introduction to Green Building Design and Construction workshop, come to this straw bale building work party. We will learn how to create an earthen floor. Register by email. Location: Downward Dog Yoga Studio, 94 W Manor Drive, Pacifica. Time: 9am - 3pm. Info: 650-355-1657, quynhpnguyen@hotmail.com .

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
East Bay Animal Advocates Volunteer Meeting — Over a delicious Italian vegan dinner, learn how you can get involved with East Bay Animal Advocates. Location: Fellini Restaurant, 1401 University Avenue, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 925-487-4419, info@eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Panel: "Globalize Liberation" — We live in an era of a new radicalism, a worldwide challenge to global empire that has inspired millions to flood the streets in resistance and to take action in their own communities. This movement of movements is gaining momentum, even in the face of post-9/11 repression and war. All over the world, people are rebelling against the rule of the few who are intent on concentrating profit and power. Hear David Solnit, Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, and Chris Carlsson, three of the authors of essays in the provocative anthology, Globalize Liberation, discuss examples of effective action and practical tools for everyone to use. Location: Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia St. , between 16th & 17th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-431-1918, center@politicaleducation.org .

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Film: "Ten Skies" — Berkeley premiere. James Benning in person. "Fabulously rich and intense. The skyscapes are filled with life and change at the speed of light...Like Ozu's film's, Benning's poetic explorations of the American space bring us to a moment of pure contemplation, in which a fleeting absolute may be glanced at behind the cool seduction of appearances."--Film Comment Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 510-642-5249, bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa .

Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Deadline: Create a Vision Flag and Story for Earth Expo — Earth House has been invited to participate in the NGO Global Village, as part of the World Expo in Aichi, Japan this September. Create a vision flag to be displayed there! Earth House and partners are creating a pavilion with the theme "Green Spaces for Our Community." Individuals and community groups from around the world will be sending vision flags and stories which illustrate a just and green community. Imagine - and then draw or paint - your vision on a 14 inch x 14 inch square (with an accompanying story up to 500 words) and send it by August 31st to: Earth House / 5275 Miles Avenue / Oakland, CA 94618. Stories on media such as videos, DVDs and CD-roms are also welcome. Your vision flags and stories will be compiled into a book and also viewed in a beautiful digital theatre (The Future Dream Theatre) at the Global Village. Location: Oakland. Info: 510-652-2425, http://www.EarthHouseCenter.org .

Friday, September 2, 2005 - Monday, September 5, 2005
0 to 100 Watts in 4 Days: Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter — This 4-day workshop will teach you the fundamentals of micropower broadcasting and how to build FM broadcast transmitters (and other related items such as antennas), as well as what is involved in setting up a low power community radio station. Kits for transmitters, antennas, etc. may be purchased ($300-700, depending on power level) for assembly during the workshop session. All participants will be assembling kits whether they purchase them or not. Location: Free Radio Berkeley Workshop, 2311 Adeline, Unit P, Oakland. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: $150-$200 sliding scale. Info: 510-652-2425, http://www.freeradio.org/ .

Friday, September 2, 2005
Gay & Lesbian Sierrans Labor Day Weekend Camping at Tuolomne Meadows — We're headed to Tuolomne Meadows, at the eastern end of Yosemite National Park, for Labor Day weekend. Join us for spectacular hikes, evening campfires, potlucks, and, of course, the ever popular Follies! Group campsite at 8,600 feet features flush toilets, drinking water, fire rings, and food storage lockers. Grocery store and showers nearby. Reservation required. Secure a space via phone or email. Cost: $40. Info: 510-547-0947, cfspector@hotmail.com .

Saturday, September 3, 2005
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good" — The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest offering is based on John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a book that explains how America built an empire on Third World debt. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Dolores Park, between 19th & 20th, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh" — We'll demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Thai green curry with tofu, potatoes, and peppers; tempeh with orange ginger sauce; tofu-leek tart with pine nut crust; marvelous Maui tofu with veggies; and chocolate peanut butter pie. Using local, in-season, organic ingredients, we feature uncomplicated recipes, debunk myths regarding plant-based eating, eat yummy food samples, and have a lot of fun! Register online by 9/1. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., @ Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Saturday, September 3, 2005 - Monday, September 5, 2005
Art and Soul Festival with American Book Awards — Three days of literature, poetry, and music, including the American Book Awards, 2:20pm-4:30pm on 9/4. Festival takes place roughly noon to 6pm, but the schedule varies slightly from day to day. Location: Oakland City Center Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland. Cost: $5 (12 and under free). Info: 510-228-6775, kimmac@pacbell.net .

Saturday, September 3, 2005 - Monday, September 5, 2005
Benefit Art Show: "West Marin Wild" — Top artists and photographers will be showing and selling works featuring the wildlife, wild waters, and wild beauty of West Marin. West Marin Wild is a benefit for the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC), a grassroots activist group founded to protect the natural state of the area (EAC got jet skis banned from the Marin coast and Tomales Bay). Viewing hours: 9/3 and 9/4: 11am - 5pm, 9/5: 11am - 2pm. EAC is a tax-deductible, non-profit organization. Location: Red Barn, Bear Valley Rd. Entrance to Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Info: 415-663-9312.

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Dusk Tour of Animal Place — Dusk at Animal Place is one of several opportunities for the public to visit this 60-acre sanctuary for abused and discarded farmed animals. Visitors get to help lock up the turkeys and chickens, call the goats in from hillsides, give the baby pot-bellied pigs their last belly rub of the day, and walk the dogs. After tucking in the critters for the night, giving many of them -- including the dogs, pigs, and rabbits -- their evening meals, visitors enjoy wine and appetizers al fresco. Location: Animal Place, 3448 Laguna Creek Trail, Vacaville. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 707-449-4814, info@animalplace.org , http://www.animalplace.org .

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Really Really Free Market — The Berkeley Really Really Free Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month. The idea is to give and receive without money. Display your talents; offer your stuff. Do not sell anything! If no one takes your stuff, take it home with you. Leave no trace. Location: Martin Luther King Park, Martin Luther King Way and Milvia, Berkeley. Time: noon - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-290-5301, kevintouch@msn .

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Native American Affordable Housing — Workshop participants will build a straw bale emergency shelter and then modify it to create a permanent straw bale home for use in Native American communities. The workshop is open to the general public, but preference will be given to Native Americans, especially those who plan to use this information to help others. Non-natives will be put on a waiting list until 6 weeks before the workshop. Free camping is available in the national forest. Lodging is available in nearby motels. Please register ASAP: the workshop may fill quickly. $50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a space. Location: Crestone, CO. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $200 (includes lunches). Info: 510-290-5301, strawhouses@yahoo.com , http://www.grisb.org/workshops/september05.htm .

Saturday, September 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 July, August & September. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/summer05.htm .

Saturday, September 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.

Saturday, September 3, 2005
Permaculture in Bolinas — Tour the Permaculture Institute of Northern California at its newest site in Bolinas. Learn about farming, ecology, greywater systems, green building, and more. Then take a scenic coastal hike. Reservations required. Location: Bolinas. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $10 for the tour. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org/getinvolved/outings/green_directions_permaculture.html .

Sunday, September 4, 2005
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Doing Good" — The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest offering is based on John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a book that explains how America built an empire on Third World debt. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Dolores Park, between 19th & 20th, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

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