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   From Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth
http://www.Acterra.org

    CONTENTS ~ 20 September 2005 

    1 ~  Next Calendar Submission Deadline
    2 ~  Acterra Staff Open Positions
    3 ~  You Helped Acterra Be "Carbon Neutral" ! 
    4 ~  Acterra Featured Event:  Environmental Book Club
    5 ~  Acterra Featured Event:  Exploring Deep Ecology
    6 ~  EcoCalendar:  Upcoming events.  Also available online at:   Acterra: Community Calendar
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Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul
- Edward Abbey
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    1 ~  Next Calendar Submission Deadline:  The deadline to submit calendar events for the next EcoCalendar is Monday, October 3, at 3pm.  Please submit calendar events online at   Acterra EcoCalendar: Submit Your Event.

    2 ~  Acterra Staff Open Positions
           Acterra has a Staff opening for the following full-time position:
           Development Officer.  Job description:  [pdf]

    3 ~  You Helped Acterra Be "Carbon Neutral" ! 

 

Thank you to all those who contributed to this year's Carbon Neutral campaign.  You've helped Acterra offset our CO2 emissions by purchasing renewable energy credits that support clean energy resources.

In a few months, Acterra will roll out a "green tags" program for our members, too, that will allow you to offset your own car's CO2 emissions.  Meanwhile, to find out more about green tags, please visit Environmental Media Services.  If you have questions, contact Debbie Mytels, Acterra's Associate Director at (650) 962-9876 x302 or at debbiem@acterra.org.

    4 ~  Acterra Featured Event:  Environmental Book Club

Thursday,  September 22, 2005   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Environmental Book Club  • An Acterra Event 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Are you an informed environmentalist? Become one! Acterra is starting an environmental book club. Come meet your fellow Bay Area environmentalists while drinking coffee and discussing our first book, Earth in the Balance by Al Gore. We will meet the last Thursday of every month to talk about books selected by the group at various local cafes. 

Cost: Free. Please RSVP. 
Location: Prolific Oven Bakery & Coffeehouse 
550 Waverley Street 
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (map) 
Contact: Yuliya Shmidt, 650 962 9876 x.306, library@acterra.org 
Presented by: Acterra Environmental Library/Resource Center 
Websites:  http://www.acterra.org/library 

    5 ~  Acterra Featured Event:  Exploring Deep Ecology

Thursday,  September 29, 2005   (7:30 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Multiple Dates: Runs from Sept. 29th to Dec. 8th 
Course: Exploring Deep Ecology  • An Acterra Event 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Description: a 10 week discussion course on Exploring Deep Ecology. Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 PM Sept 29th to Dec. 8th 

The Deep Ecology course addresses one of the central issues of our time: in light of our knowledge today, what is the appropriate relationship of the human being to the Earth? 
In this course we will 
- Clarify earth-related values through discussions about Deep Ecology 
- Discover how personal values affect the way we view and treat the earth. 
- Understand what it means to take personal responsibility for the earth. 

This course is a participant led discussion course from the Northwest Earth Institute offered by Acterra as part of a greater offering of courses on living more sustainably. In the winter Acterra will offer a discussion course on Choices for Sustainable Living followed by a Green Team course in the spring. Facilitators for this course are Susan Osofsky and David Coale. There are no pre-requisites for any of these courses. 

Pre-registration is required so we know how many books to order. 

Cost: $17.00 for Acterra members, $20 for non members and $40 for the class and new membership. 
Location: Acterra 3921 East Bayshore Rd. Palo Alto, 94303  (map) 
Contact: David Coale, 650 493-4503, david@evcl.com 
Presented by: Acterra 
Websites:  http://www.nwei.org 

  6 ~   EcoCalendar:  Upcoming events.  Also available online at:   Acterra: Community Calendar

Every week, ongoing    (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm) 
Multiple Dates: every week, ongoing 
Weekly Organic Local Veggie and Fruit Delivery  • An Acterra Event 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Join the CSA : Organic Local Veggie and Fruit Delivery 
As spring approaches, Herbert Family's Community Supported Agriculture program is about to begin. Herbert Family farm is a well-maintained property that has benefited from careful attention to soil quality since going organic in 1989. 

CSA membership this year is critical. Are you a member of a church? gym? book club? If so, spread the word, and CSA can arrange a special delivery for you. Or, join the Acterra Delivery. The new season started March 21, but you are welcome to start any time and only pay for the weeks you want. 

How It Works: every Thursday or Friday, Becky will email or fax an option list with a nice variety of available veggies and fruits. Email or fax back by Sunday noon with what you'd like. Every Wednesday at 3:00 PM, produce will be put in the library or outside the door if after hours.
 
Please sign up soon: http://www.herbertfamilyorganicfarm.com  - contact Becky Herbert with questions becky@herbertfamilyorganicefarm.com or 831-637-9571

Cost: variable, depending on your purchase order 
Location: Peninsula Conservation Center. 3921 E Bayshore Rd. Palo Alto   
Contact: Becky Herbert, Marketing Coordinator
Presented by: Acterra and Herbert Family Organic Farm 
Websites:  http://www.herbertfamilyorganicfarm.com, http://www.acterra.org 
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Every day, ongoing    (any time) 
Multiple Dates: every day, ongoing
Whole Foods Bag Donations  • An Acterra Event 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Bring your own canvas or recyclable bags to Whole Foods in Palo Alto and donate proceeds to Acterra! 

When checking out, the cashier will ask you if you want to "take off or donate?" Say "donate" and cashier will give you a token. Take the token to the Customer Service desk and drop it into the Acterra box. Acterra will receive .5 cents for each token received. 

Cost: Acterra receives a donation! 
Location: Whole Foods   
Contact: Laura Stec, 650-962-9876 X346, LauraS@Acterra.org 
Presented by: Acterra and Whole Foods 
Websites:  http://www.acterra.org 
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Wednesday,  September 21, 2005   (8:00 am - 11:55 am) 
Projections Silicon Valley 2006 
City: Saratoga 
Description:  "a region to region reality check" 

A ten-year outlook through an interactive community conversation and a Published Report. 

focusing on 
• Demographic and economic trends shaping Silicon Valley 
• How Silicon Valley stacks up against 7 other high-tech regions 
• Retaining and enhancing the quality of life for Silicon Valley’s working families 
• Silicon Valley’s Business Climate, Education, Energy & Environment, Healthcare, Housing, Innovation, Taxation, and Transportation 

Cost: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $25.00 
Location: West Valley College Theatre 
14000 Fruitvale Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070–5698   
Contact: Nick Ortiz, 408.501.7862, nortiz@svlg.net 
Presented by: Silicon Valley Leadership Group, In partnership with AT&T, Wells Fargo, West Valley College. 
Websites:  http://www.svlg.net 
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Wednesday,  September 21, 2005   (9:00 am - 1:30 pm) 
Multiple Dates: meets each Wednesday till 12/14/05. 
Become a Nature Docent! 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  JOIN Environmental Volunteers and share in the joy of nature discoveries with children. Help us provide much needed nature and environmental education to children throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED - just a love for nature and learning! Our training programs are as flexible as our volunteer opportunities. Our volunteer training provides you with all you will need to teach kids to love nature and learning. Sign-up for our upcoming training class and become a nature docent...because understanding leads to stewardship! 

Cost: $75 
Location: Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto  (map) 
Contact: Hillary, 650-961-0545, hillary@EVols.org 
Presented by: Environmental Volunteers 
Websites:  http://www.EVols.org 
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Wednesday,  September 21, 2005   (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm) 
Palo Alto Baylands Native Plant Nursery 
City: E. Palo Alto 
Description:  Join Save The Bay and our partner, the City of Palo Alto, for a weekday afternoon project to help transplant native marsh seedlings and do regular maintenance at our nursery in preparation for our winter planting projects along the San Francisquito Creek. No experience necessary. We provide tools and training. Please dress in layers and wear close toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle to help cut down on plastics. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Located within the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Please call or email us for directions.   
Contact: Jocelyn Gretz, 510-452-9261, jgretz@savesfbay.org 
Presented by: Save The Bay 
Websites:  http://savesfbay.org/getinvolved 
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Wednesday,  September 21, 2005   (8:00 pm - 9:30 pm) 
Multiple Dates: 9 Wednesday evenings 
Class: Choices for Sustainable Living 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  A 9-Week Course in Sustainable Living Being Offered in Palo Alto This Fall 

When: Starting Wednesday, September 14 through Wednesday, November 9, 2005, 8:00pm to 9:30pm 

Where: Home of Shelly Gordon in Palo Alto, CA. 

What: Choices for Sustainable Living, offered through the Northwest Earth Institute in Portland, OR, is a 9-week course which examines our personal values and habits about sustainable living as we engage in weekly stimulating discussions, and make personal changes if desired. 

The purpose of Choices for Sustainable Living is: 

* To explore the meaning of sustainability 
* To consider the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the earth 
* To learn about steps that can be taken to move toward ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles, and communities. 

Full details of the course are available at http://www.nwei.org. 

How Much: The cost is $17.00, which pays for the course workbook. Participants read a chapter a week, then discuss at each session. 

To register and for more information contact Shelly Gordon at 650/856-1607 or via email sgordon@g2comm.com. 

Cost: $17.00. 
Location: Private home   
Contact: Shelly Gordon, 650-856-1607, sgordon@g2comm.com 
Presented by: Northwest Earth Institute 
Websites:  http://www.nwei.org 
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Thursday,  September 22, 2005   (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm) 
How Plug-in Hybrids Tackle National Security, Jobs and Global Warming at the Same Time 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  The California Cars Initiative (CalCars.org) presents at a Silicon Valley institution since 1977: the PARC Forum (held at what used to be Xerox PARC-Palo Alto Research Center). 

4PM Founder Felix Kramer: "How Plug-in Hybrids Tackle National Security, Jobs and Global Warming at the Same Time." 
5PM Follow-on roundtable discussion (as part of the Forum's "Science and Technology for a Sustainable World" series) 
5PM Tech Lead Ron Gremban (who once worked at PARC) demonstrates and offers rides in our PRIUS+. 

Cost: free 
Location: George Pake Auditorium, Palo Alto Research Center, 3333 Coyote Hill Road  (map) 
Contact: Felix Kramer, info@calcars.org 
Presented by: Palo Alto Research Center Forum's "Science and Technology for a Sustainable World" series 
Websites:  http://www.parc.com/cms/get_article.php?id=483, http://www.parc.com/events/default.php 
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Thursday,  September 22, 2005   (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Kickoff meeting of the Alameda County Watershed Forum 
City: Fremont 
Description:  Join in an evening of networking, information sharing, and initiating the Alameda County Watershed Forum. Social hour will start at 6 PM, with refreshments. If you have a poster, brochures, maps or other information about your group, please feel free to bring them. Beginning at 7 pm, the agenda will include group self-introductions, an introduction to the forum concept and a brief presentation on the new River Parkways funding program from the California Resources Agency. There will also be updates on various programs of interest, including upcoming conferences, workshops, the IRWM planning process, and Calfed. Starting at 7:45 PM, there will be a discussion on priorities for the forum and how the group would like to see it function, ideas for future meetings and events. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Tule Ponds Classroom of the Math Science Nucleus, 1999 Walnut Ave, Fremont  (map) 
Contact: Steve Cochrane, (510) 622-2337, scochrane@waterboards.ca.gov 
Presented by: Alameda Creek Alliance 
Websites:  http://www.alamedacreek.org/ 
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Thursday,  September 22, 2005   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Environmental Book Club  • An Acterra Event 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Are you an informed environmentalist? Become one! Acterra has an environmental book club. Come meet your fellow Bay Area environmentalists while drinking coffee and discussing Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina. We will meet the third Thursday of every month to talk about books selected by the group at various locales. 

Cost: Free. Please RSVP. 
Location: Prolific Oven Bakery & Coffeehouse 
550 Waverley Street Palo Alto   
Contact: Yuliya Shmidt, 650 962 9876 x.306, library@acterra.org 
Presented by: : Acterra Environmental Library/Resource Center 
Websites:  http://www.acterra.org/library, http://www.acterra.org 
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Friday,  September 23, 2005   (7:30 pm - 9:30 pm) 
Going Native, Going Sustainable 
City: Saratoga 
Description:  Want to have a good-looking garden and improve the environment at the same time? Learn about building sustainable gardens using California native plants. Peigi Duvall is a landscape designer and Director of the Horticulture Program at the California Native Plant Society. She is the featured speaker at the CNPS general meeting, which is free and open to the public. Also: books, posters, plants, and more. Friday, September 23, 7:30pm. 

Cost: Free. 
Location: Saratoga Library Community Room, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga.  (map) 
Contact: Kevin Bryant, (408) 353-8824, mtngreen17@verizon.net 
Presented by: California Native Plant Society 
Websites:  http://www.stanford.edu/~rawlings/bs0905.pdf, http://www.cnps-scv.org 
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Saturday,  September 24, 2005   (9:00 am - 3:30 pm) 
Habitat Resoration and Kayak trip to Marin Islands 
City: San Rafael 
Description:  Spend the day with non-profit Save The Bay kayaking and doing valuable habitat restoration at a unique island site that is normally off-limits to the public. 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. Join us for this opportunity to kayak out to East Marin Island and learn about their unique history and ecology, before helping with our non-native French Broom removal project to improve habitat for nesting birds. Minimum age is 12. 

Cost: $35 Save the Bay members / $45 Non-members 
Location: Marin Islands   
Contact: Jocelyn Gretz, Community Programs Coordinator, 510-452-9261 x109, jgretz@savesfbay.org 
Presented by: Save The Bay 
Websites:  http://www.savesfbay.org 
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Saturday,  September 24, 2005   (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) 
36th Annual Harvest Festival 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Fund-raiser, including book sale, flea market, food games, music to benefit the Friends' Committee on Legislation in California, a non-profit action group that works to bring more compassion and social justice into government by influencing law-making in the state Capitol. 

Cost: FREE 
Location: Friends' Meetinghouse, 957 Colorado, between Louis and Greer, South of Oregon Expressway   
Contact: Carin Pacifico, 650-233-1959, parcuni@comcast.net 
Presented by: Palo Alto Friends (The Quakers) 
Websites:  http://www.fclca.org 
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Saturday,  September 24, 2005   (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) 
Multiple Dates: 9/24/05, 10/1/05 
Be a Habitat Hero 
City: San Francisco 
Description:  Begin your weekend in the beautiful outdoors with the Site Stewardship Program, a part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy! We spend the morning in one of four beautiful Golden Gate National Park sites helping to restore native habitat for the bay area’s endangered and threatened species. Each site contains its own unique ecosystem, including bay-oak woodland, coastal prairie and coastal scrub. This is a great way to learn about native and endangered species while volunteering in some of the most stunning park sites in the bay area. 

Cost: FREE 
Location: Join a carpool at Building 34, Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA at 9:15 a.m. or meet at 10 a.m. on the site (each Saturday event will be held at a different site; call for more info.). We will work rain or shine.   
Contact: Courtney Bell, (415) 561-3071, cbell@parksconservancy.org 
Presented by: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 
Websites:  http://www.parksconservancy.org 
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Saturday,  September 24, 2005   (10:00 am - Noon pm) 
Help restore San Lorenzo Creek 
City: Hayward 
Description:  The project will restore the portion of San Lorenzo Creek bordering the south side of City Center Drive to Foothill Boulevard. East Bay residents can participate in the first phase of a planned San Lorenzo Creek restoration. A September 24 workshop will kick off efforts and train volunteers for restoration project's first phase. A native plant propagation workshop will be held. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Alameda County Public Works Agency office, 951 Turner Court, in Hayward   
Contact: Paul Modrell, (510) 670-5248, paulm@acpwa.org 
Presented by: Alameda Creek Alliance 
Websites:  http://www.baysavers.org/Programs/SLZ/greenway.htm, http://www.alamedacreek.org/ 
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Saturday,  September 24, 2005   (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) 
EV Rally & Show 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Come see and ride in production EVs like the Toyota RAV4-EV, Solectria Force, and Ford Ranger EV; conversion EVs; ride electric bikes & scooters. We'll also have hybrid vehicles, like the Toyota Prius and the Honda hybrids. Come learn about plug-in hybrids (100+ mpg). And a few other surprises. The American Lung Association (a strong proponent of EVs) will be there to talk about air pollution and their upcoming Asthma walk fundraiser. SOLectric Electric will have a solar display (what better use of a PV Array than to power an EV?). 
For more information, visit the official rally pages at http://www.eaasv.org/rallyinfo.html. If you have a vehicle to enter in the rally or would like to have a vehicle on display, we ask that you register http://www.eaasv.org/eaasv-forms/rallyfrm2005.pdf 

Cost: Free 
Location: Palo Alto High School 
Corner of Embarcadero & El Camino Real  (map) 
Contact: Kim Rogers, 408-718-8843, krogers@alumni.calpoly.edu 
Presented by: Silicon Valley Electric Auto Association 
Websites:  http://www.eaasv.org 
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Sunday,  September 24, 2005   (10:30 am - 1:00 pm) 
Talk: Opening Cages and Opening Minds: The Campaign against the Battery Cage 
City: San Francisco, CA 
Description:  Paul Shapiro, factory farming campaign manager at The Humane Society of the United States, talks about the national campaign to end the confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages. 

Cost: Free. 
Location: SF Main Library, Latino Hispanic conference room, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   
Contact: Tammy, sfbaveg@yahoo.com 
Presented by: Bay Area Vegetarians and Paul Shapiro, HSUS factory farming campaign manager 
Websites:  http://www.bayareaveg.org/cl, http://www.bayareaveg.org 
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Saturday,  September 24, 2005   (9:00 pm - 3:30 pm) 
Marin Islands Paddle and Restoration w/Save The Bay 
City: San Rafael 
Description:  Spend the day kayaking and doing valuable habitat restoration work at this unique island site, generally off limits to the public. These islands are criticial habitat for many bird species, especially egrets and herons. No experience necessary. 
Minimum age for participation is 10 yrs, accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact us. 

Cost: $25 Save The Bay members, $35 for non-members 
Location: Marin Islands   
Contact: Jocelyn Gretz, 510-452-9261x109, jgretz@savesfbay.org 
Presented by: Save The Bay along with site partners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Websites:  http://savesfbay.org 
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Sunday,  September 25, 2005   (9:00 am - noon pm) 
Multiple Dates: Ongoing, every Sunday 
Help Restore Beautiful Foothills Park 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Remove invasive plants or maintain trails. We usually meet at Orchard Glenn Picnic area at Foothills Park. All are welcome whether residents of Palo Alto or not. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. 

Cost: Free 
Location: 3300 Page Mill Road   
Contact: David Tex Houston, 650-303-2777, davidh@acterra.org 
Presented by: Friends of Foothills Park 
Websites:  http://www.fofpark.org 
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Sunday,  September 25, 2005   (9:00 am - Noon pm) 
Multiple Dates: Weekly - Every Sunday morning 
Foothills Park Restoration 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Help keep Foothills Park Beautiful. We remove invasive plants or help maintain trails every Sunday morning. All are welcome regardless of city you live in. We meet in the Orchard Glen Picnic area at 9am. 

Cost: Free 
Location: From Highway 280 take the Page Mill exit and go west towards the hills. The park entrance is on your right 2.5 miles from 280.   
Contact: David Tex Houston, 650-303-2777, davidh@acterra.org 
Presented by: Friends of Foothills Park 
Websites:  http://www.fofpark.org 
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Sunday,  September 25, 2005   (10:00 am - 8:00 pm) 
6th World Vegetarian Day Fair 
City: San Francisco 
Description:  Guest speakers, cooking demos, intl vegetarian cuisine, food samples, educational exhibits on health, humane and environmental topics, and entertainment. Exhibits close at 5 p.m., thereafter will be a catered dinner, cultural entertainment and reggae music. 

The SFVS was founded in 1968 to promote the nutritional, ethical, social and environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet. Call the SFVS hotline at 415.273.5481 or at www.sfvs.org. 

Cost: $5 minimum donation. Seniors & children are FREE. FREE admission from 10-10:30 a.m. 
Location: San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA, 94122   
Contact: Joseph Cadiz, Event Coordinator, 415-273-5481, wvdinfo@sfvs.org 
Presented by: San Francisco Vegetarian Society 
Websites:  http://www.sfvs.org/wvd/ 
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Sunday,  September 25, 2005   (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) 
EV Conversion Workshop 
City: Cupertino 
Description:  Could your car be converted to run on batteries instead of gas? Would it provide the speed and range you need? How hard is it to convert? What does it cost to convert and operate an electric car? These questions and others will be answered in a free one-day workshop. 

Speaker Mike Brown of Electro Automotive will answer these questions and more -- and get into the nuts and bolts, from choosing a suitable chassis, stripping it, installing the components and wiring, to charging, maintenance, and driving techniques. The public is encouraged to attend, and questions are welcome. Several electric cars will be on hand for examination during breaks. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. Bring a bag lunch. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Hewlett Packard Cupertino Campus, Building 48 Oak Room Auditorium, 19483 Pruneridge Ave, Cupertino. Directions: Take the Wolfe Rd exit (north) from I-280. Turn right at Pruneridge Ave; left into the HP Campus (1st signal), and follow the signs to the Oak Room.  (map) 
Contact: Shari Prange, 831-429-1989 
Presented by: Silicon Valley Electric Auto Association 
Websites:  http://www.electroauto.com/workshop.shtml, http://www.eaasv.org 
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Sunday,  September 25, 2005   (12:00 pm - 3:00 pm) 
Celebration by the Bay with the Watershed Project! 
City: Richmond 
Description:  Join us at our first annual Open House and help us show our appreciation for our friends, funders and volunteers. 

Fun activities : 

· Celebrate ground breaking for our new demonstration garden 
· Grow a native plant to take home 
· Discover the critters that live in our marshes and creeks 
· Tour our marsh restoration project and native plant nursery 
· Go bird watching along the Bay Trail 
· Plus, learn about our new fall workshops and programs for educators, students, home gardeners, and the general public. 
· Free refreshments 
. Raffle prizes 

Cost: Free 
Location: The Watershed Project is an environmental education non-profit organization located on the University of California’s Richmond Field Station, 1327 South 46th St., Richmond 94804 
Directions: Take I-80 to south Richmond, exit onto Carlson and go northwest 3 blocks. Turn left on Bayview. 
>From I-580 in Richmond, take the Bayview exit and go southwest towards the Bay. 
Follow Bayview as it curves and becomes Meade St., then turn left on South 47th St. Visit our web site for more detailed directions.   
Contact: The Watershed Project, (510) 665-3689, bayshorestewards@thewatershedproject.org 
Presented by: The Watershed Project 
Websites:  http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ 
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Sunday,  September 25, 2005   (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm) 
Africa, the World Bank and Bad Development 
City: Oakland 
Description:  Parkway Theatre (1834 Park Blvd, Oakland) www.picturepubpizza.com 
AFRICA, THE WORLD BANK & BAD DEVELOPMENT: 
How large scale projects are leaving everyday Africans worse off 
As the World Bank leads new efforts for large-scale development projects in Africa, we ask: Who benefits from this “development" model, and who loses? Two videos will be shown, followed by a panel discussion. 

We Once Lived There Thousands were displaced for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, the largest World Bank project in Africa. Six years on, they continue to fight for what was promised. (2003, 36min) http://www.trc.org.ls/water.htm 

Pipe Dreams: people of the Cameroon Pipeline Villagers and tribes affected by the World Bank oil pipeline are hoping for all that was promised --compensation, new jobs, and zero pollution-- but fear the worst. (2003, 28min) http://www.byrdproductions.com/pipedreams.html 

Sponsored by International Rivers Network ( www.irn.org) and Priority Africa Network. 
For more info, contact terri@irn.org 

Cost: Free 
Location: Parkway Theatre (1834 Park Blvd, Oakland) www.picturepubpizza.com   
Contact: Terri Hathaway, 510.848.1155, terri@irn.org 
Presented by: International Rivers Network 
Websites:  http://irn.org 
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Monday,  September 26, 2005   (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm) 
Conscious Capitalism and Other Megatrends You Need To Know 
City: San Francisco 
Description:  Conscious Capitalism and Other Megatrends You Need To Know 
A Lecture by Patricia Aburdene, Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism 

Join us for a provocative and informative evening as Patricia Aburdene discusses how conscious capitalism is already transforming how we work, live and invest. 

She will describe how and why socially responsible businesses are not only profitable, but are restoring the ethics and spirit of free enterprise. The 63 million people who are categorized as consumers with Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability ("LOHAS") are demonstrating that the market for value-driven commerce, like organic food and eco-tourism, is growing its influence throughout our society. 

A question and answer period and book signing follows Patricia's speech. 

Cost: $10 in advance, $7 for students 
Location: Grace Cathedral, Chapter Room (off the courtyard and garden) 
1100 California Street at Taylor   
Contact: Eric Corey Freed, 415.474.7777, events@organicarchitect.com 
Presented by: organicARCHITECT 
Websites:  http://www.organicarchitect.com/events, http://www.organicarchitect.com 
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Tuesday,  September 27, 2005   (7:00 pm - 9:30 pm) 
Presentation/Dialogue: Greening our Buildings, Industry, and Lives 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Join us for a networking opportunity and in-depth dialogue with DAVID GOTTFRIED, life-long environmental advocate, author, and founder of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils. 

Gottfried will share experiences and insights from his personal "greening" journey, as he progressed from a real estate developer in the booming 1980's to a pioneering green management consultant today. Participants will then learn about: 

* The formation of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils and how the LEED standard is transforming construction in the US, Europe, China, and India 
* How to build an economy that embraces the true cost of natural resources 
* The change that has occurred in the building industry and the market system within which it operates 
* How each person can make a real difference by applying Gottfried's lessons learned to his/her work and personal life 

Following Mr. Gottfried's presentation, participants will have an opportunity for small group discussion to delve deeper into the evening's topic and identify personal solutions. Gottfried 
will also be available for book signing. 

Cost: Through 9/22: $10; 9/23-9/27: $15 / Students: Through 9/22: $8; 9/23-9/27: $10 
Location: Foundation for Global Community 
222 High Street Palo Alto, California 94301-1040  (map) 
Contact: Samantha Schoenfeld, 650-328-7756, sschoenfeld@globalcommunity.org 
Presented by: The Business and Sustainability Group, The Foundation for Global Community 
Websites:  http://www.globalcommunity.org/business/upcoming.shtml 
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Tuesday,  September 27, 2005   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Water Security Campaign Meeting 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Water Security Campaign Meeting 

With a series of documentary film screenings and local water coalition meetings, this summer the Loma Prieta Chapter launched a campaign to address the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s proposed Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). Now we are working to establish a strong volunteer team to lead our efforts. Join us as we build momentum to influence SFPUC’s program and conservation policy! 

Tuesday, September 27, 7-9 PM, we will hold our first water security campaign organizing meeting at the Peninsula Conservation Center (PCC). The PCC is located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Dessert and beverages will be provided. 

Together, let’s ensure that the PUC’s WSIP is cost effective and environmentally sound! 

For more campaign information, please contact Bill Young at 650-390-8494, or bill.young@sierraclub.org 

Cost: FREE! 
Location: The Peninsula Conservation Center (PCC), Peregrine Room. The PCC is located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.  (map) 
Contact: Bill Young, 650-390-8494, bill.young@sierraclub.org 
Presented by: Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter 
Websites:  http://www.lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/ 
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Thursday,  September 29, 2005   (7:30 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Multiple Dates: Runs from Sept. 29th to Dec. 8th 
Course: Exploring Deep Ecology  • An Acterra Event 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Description: a 10 week discussion course on Exploring Deep Ecology. Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 PM Sept 29th to Dec. 8th 

The Deep Ecology course addresses one of the central issues of our time: in light of our knowledge today, what is the appropriate relationship of the human being to the Earth? 
In this course we will 
- Clarify earth-related values through discussions about Deep Ecology 
- Discover how personal values affect the way we view and treat the earth. 
- Understand what it means to take personal responsibility for the earth. 

This course is a participant led discussion course from the Northwest Earth Institute offered by Acterra as part of a greater offering of courses on living more sustainably. In the winter Acterra will offer a discussion course on Choices for Sustainable Living followed by a Green Team course in the spring. Facilitators for this course are Susan Osofsky and David Coale. There are no pre-requisites for any of these courses. 

Pre-registration is required so we know how many books to order. 

Cost: $17.00 for Acterra members, $20 for non members and $40 for the class and new membership. 
Location: Acterra 3921 East Bayshore Rd. Palo Alto, 94303  (map) 
Contact: David Coale, 650 493-4503, david@evcl.com 
Presented by: Acterra 
Websites:  http://www.nwei.org 
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Saturday,  October 1, 2005   (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) 
Multiple Dates: Oct 1, Oct 16 
Restoration: Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara 
City: Santa Clara 
Description:  Come play in the garden! Help us tend to the nearly 200 oak seedlings and over 500 native plants in the Bird and Butterfly garden. Until the rains start again, we are watering and mulching the most recent plantings! Learn about how to use native plants in your own landscaping, and meet some of the community members who started this project over 5 years ago. 

Ulistac is the last open space in the entire City of Santa Clara. Although it was preserved as a Natural Area only recently (in 1997), the history of the land goes far back in time, as it was a seasonal Ohlone encampment long before the Spanish settled in the Santa Clara Valley. Today, Ulistac is the site of a community-based Restoration and Education Project, whose goal is to teach students and community members about the natural and human history of Santa Clara through restoration of California native habitats, including wetlands, grasslands, oak woodlands/savannah, riparian woodlands and a Bird and Butterfly Garden. 

Cost: FREE! 
Location: Ulistac is about ½-mile east of Great America, adjacent to the Lick Mill Light Rail Station. The park is bordered by the Guadalupe River to the east, Lick Mill Blvd to the west, Tasman Dr. to the north and the Carlyle Apartments to the south. There is access to the Guadalupe River Trail from the Natural Area. From 101, exit at Montague/San Tomas, and go east on Montague Expressway. Turn left on Lick Mill Blvd, and you will see Ulistac on the right after about a ½-mile.  (map) 
Contact: Kelly Crowley, 408-554-5419, kcrowley@scu.edu 
Presented by: the Ulistac Outreach Center located at Santa Clara University's Environmental Studies Insitute 
Websites:  http://www.scu.edu/envs/ulistac 
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Saturday,  October 1, 2005   (9:00 am - 2:30 pm) 
Canoes in Sloughs 
City: Fremont 
Description:  Canoes in Sloughs 
Mandy Bliss, Save the Bay 
Experience Newark Slough and the South Bay salt ponds on a canoeing adventure with Save The Bay. Learn about salt marsh habitat, human impact on the Bay and its potential for restoration. Test water quality, investigate aquatic bugs, and identify birds and plants, all while canoeing one of the Bay's few remaining wetlands. (For adults.) 
(Academic credit available). 

Cost: $40 
Location: Newark Slough at Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge   
Contact: Martha Berthelsen, (510) 665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org 
Presented by: The Watershed Project, Save The Bay 
Websites:  http://www.thewatershedproject.org/, http://savesfbay.org/ 
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Saturday,  October 1, 2005   (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) 
San Jose Solar Homes Tour 
City: Saratoga 
Description:  Solar homes tour and solar faire in the Silicon Valley area. Featuring 5 solar homes with mutiple solar and green building technologies such as photovoltaics, solar hot water, solar pool heating, passive solar, geothermal heat pump, tankless hot water heater, energy efficient appliances, etc. 
A free solar vendor faire will feature local solar contractors and experts in the solar field to give out free information and answer your questions. Also featured is an electric vehicle show. Come experience the solar solution first hand and speak to the solar homeowners and installers! Tax credits for solar are available from the new Energy Policy Act of 2005 signed into law in August, 2005. 

Cost: $15, $10 if preregister, $5 discount to bicyclists 
Location: El Quito Park 
12855 Paseo Presada 
Saratoga, CA 
Parking in back of WestHome Presbyterian Church 
12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA   
Contact: Andy Black, 408-428-0808, ablack@norcalsolar.org 
Presented by: Nothern California Solar Energy Association, American Solar Energy Society 
Websites:  http://www.norcalsolar.org/tour, http://www.norcalsolar.org 
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Saturday,  October 1, 2005   (10:30 am - 2:30 pm) 
GARDENING WITH NATIVE PLANTS 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Native plants in a landscape enhance your outdoor living experience, attract butterflies and birds to your garden and fill your heart with joy. Discover the simplicity of establishing a native garden. You will reduce your watering costs, eliminate the need for costly fertilizers and help heal the earth. We will discuss planting and irrigation, continuing cultural requirements and simple concepts to ensure a successful garden. Bring your lunch and an open mind as we gain knowledge of these concepts. We will finish with a visit to a local garden that embodies the concepts. Frank has a degree in horticulture. He teaches at Foothill College and for the California Landscape Contractors Association. His company, The Village Gardener, has won numerous awards in flower design, landscape management and installation. 

Please stop by and pre-register or send your check to: Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Avenue * Palo Alto, CA * 94306 

Cost: $29 
Location: Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Avenue * Palo Alto, CA * 94306   
Contact: Patricia Becker, (650) 493-6072 
Presented by: Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center 
Websites:  http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ 
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Sunday,  October 2, 2005   (7:30 am - 4:00 pm) 
Farallones Cruise with Save The Bay & the Oceanic Society 
City: leaves from San Francisco 
Description:  Join Save The Bay and the Oceanic Society for an unforgettable whalewatching excursion to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, just 27 miles west of the Golden Gate. Observe a rich marine ecosystem which attracts whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds to feed in these nutrient-rich waters. Those prone to motion sickness should take precautions. 

Cost: $85 per person 
Location: Farallones National Marine Sanctuary   
Contact: Jocelyn Gretz, Community Programs Coordinator, (510)452-9261 x109, jgretz@savesfbay.org 
Presented by: Save The Bay 
Websites:  http://www.savesfbay.org 
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Sunday,  October 2, 2005   (4:00 pm - 6:30 pm) 
Nature's Inspirations: Celebrating the Arts 
City: Half Moon Bay, CA 
Description:  An afternoon celebration of coastal art and photography, delectable local foods and wines, good company and more! The event includes a juried exhibition of artwork and photography by Bay Area artists, and opportunities to purchase art - with proceeds supporting Committee for Green Foothills. Advance tickets only. 

Cost: Tickets are $75; sponsorships start at $500 
Location: The Ranch at Half Moon Bay (formerly known as Strawberry Ranch)  (map) 
Contact: Committee for Green Foothills, 650-968-7243, art@greenfoothills.org 
Presented by: Committee for Green Foothills 
Websites:  http://www.GreenFoothills.org/art, http://www.GreenFoothills.org 
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Sunday,  October 2, 2005   (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) 
Talk: Campaigning for Farmed Animals 
City: San Mateo, CA 
Description:  Lauren Ornelas, director of Viva!USA, speaks about Viva!USA's successful campaign leading to Whole Foods Market's adoption of strict guidelines for its meat, dairy, and egg suppliers. 

Cost: Free. 
Location: Scotchhollow Apartments Clubhouse, 203 Laurie Meadows Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403   
Contact: Tammy, sfbaveg@yahoo.com 
Presented by: Bay Area Vegetarians and Lauren Ornelas, director of Viva!USA 
Websites:  http://www.bayareaveg.org/cl, http://www.bayareaveg.org 
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Monday,  October 3, 2005   (7:30 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Integrating botanicals into your wellness plan with Dr. Craig Job, M.D. 
City: Mountain View, CA 
Description:  Frustrated by all the conflicting information about alternative medicines and herbal remedies? Learn to, or enhance your own use of, herbs and supplements in your daily health routine. Join Dr. Job, a Georgetown and Stanford trained family practitioner in a discussion and review of the most commonly used herbs, addressing properties, safety, efficacy, and their roles in promoting health and wellness. 

Dr. Craig Job is a board certified family medicine physician in San Jose, CA. Dr. Craig Job specializes in blending holistic and conventional medical models, working with patients individually to understand their particular set of circumstances. Through a combination of nutrition, exercise, and spiritual health, along with recommendations on specific mind-body and complementary therapies, Dr. Craig Job helps patients achieve optimum wellness. 

The Center for Integrative Medicine provides a full range of healing modalities. Modern and traditional therapies are both used in an integrated fashion. Our services include physician consultation, holistic nursing, massage and bodywork, acupuncture, guided imagery, psychological and spiritual care and educational classes. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Center for Integrative Medicine   
Contact: Dr. Craig Job, craigjob@hotmail.com, 988-9800 
Presented by: Dr. Craig Job, M.D., East West, Center for Integrative Medicine 
Websites:  http://cimsj.com 
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Tuesday,  October 4, 2005   (9:00 am - 7:00 pm) 
Multiple Dates: Oct 4-6. 2005 
State of the Estuary Conference 
City: Oakland, CA 
Description:  This important environmental conference provides a forum for scientists, resource managers, environmentalists, elected officials, stakeholders and stewards and members of business, industry and the public to meet for a reassessment of the ecological health of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary. 

The theme of the 2005 conference is Celebrating Science and Stewardship. The conference will include plenary sessions with over 60 invited speakers. 

Cost: Before 09/16: $225 for 3 days; $250 after;$95 for 3 days for students; $100/day ($40/day for students) 
Location: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center 
10 Tenth Street   
Contact: Karen McDowell, 510-622-2398, kmcdowell@waterboards.ca.gov 
Presented by: San Francisco Estuary Project and others 
Websites:  http://www.abag.ca.gov/abag/events/estuary 
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Wednesday,  October 5, 2005   (7:30 am - 9:00 am) 
Speaker: Opportunities & Challenges in Commercializing a Biomimetic Discovery 
City: Stanford 
Description:  Biomimicry-based product design. What are the advantages, and what’s involved in bringing such a product to market? 

The Business and Sustainability Group (BSG) welcomes you to a breakfast presentation by one of the true innovator's in biomimetic product design, San Rafael based PAX Scientific. Join us for a discussion with Slim Shekar, EVP and Chief Licensing Officer 

*7:30am - 8:00am: Breakfast 
*8:00am - 9:00am: Speaker presentation 
*9:00am - 10:00am: Optional small group, moderated discussion with Mr. Shekar 

Most companies have the challenge of developing and commercializing a product or technology based on fairly finite and precise product specifications. However, developing a fundamental discovery and commercializing it poses very special challenges. Slim Shekar will discuss the lessons learned during the past three years in executing a commercialization strategy for the firm's fundamental "Biomimicry-based" discovery. 

About Mr. Shekar 

* Prior to joining PAX Scientific, Mr. Shekar was Founder, President, & CEO of Netgami Technologies, Inc., an Internet infrastructure company in the distributed computing sector. 
* A distinguished career in venture capital, strategy and technology management, and management consulting, including senior positions at Bechtel Enterprises, Arthur D. Little, SRI International, and Siemens AG. 
* Mr. Shekar holds a BA from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Sponsored by Arthur D. Little, he participated in the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. 

Cost: Through 9/26: $32; 9/27-10/4: $38; At the door: $45; Students (with ID): $20 
Location: Stanford Faculty Club - Stanford University 
439 Lagunita Dr., Stanford, CA 94305 
Please note that there is a small fee to park in the lot.  (map) 
Contact: Samantha Schoenfeld, 650-328-7756, sschoenfeld@globalcommunity.org 
Presented by: Fdn for Global Community, NetImpact, Pacific Ind. & Biz Assoc., SV Leadership Grp, Sustainable Biz Inst, Wld Biz Academy 
Websites:  http://www.globalcommunity.org/business/upcoming.shtml 
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Wednesday,  October 5, 2005   (7:30 pm - 9:30 pm) 
Video and Discussion:Damanhur, the dawn of a new utopia 
City: San Mateo 
Description:  Video and discussion with members of Damanhur, an ecovillage community in northern Italy with over 1000 members which has an emphasis on spirituality, art, healing, social justice, political activism, sustainability including organic agriculture, and planetary transformation. 

Cost: Sliding scale $5-$20 
Location: San Mateo Ecovillage (near Hillsdale exit of 101 Fwy)  (map) 
Contact: Sanda Everette, 650 574-7155, sanda@greensolutions.org 
Presented by: Esperide Ananas 
Websites:  http://www.greensolutions.org/smcc.htm, http://www.damanhur.info/en/html/ArcMagazineDet.asp?IDArt=515 
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Thursday,  October 6, 2005   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Learn to Use Songs and Stories when Working with Kids 
City: Berkeley 
Description:  Get your nutrition and gardening lessons humming in your students heads with songs, chants, games and stories. Songwriter-storyteller Nancy Schimmel presents friendly songs about vegetables, gardening and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Tips on finding, making and telling stories. Ideas, networking, songsheets, booklists, resources. Open to all - nutrition, gardening and cooking teachers, classroom teachers, parents, everyone working with children. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702   
Contact: Beck Cowles, 510-548-2220 x233 
Presented by: The Ecology Center 
Websites:  http://www.ecologycenter.org/ 
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Saturday,  October 8, 2005   (9:30 am - 4:30 pm) 
Canoe with Salmon on the Feather River 
City: Oroville, CA 
Description:  Paddle the calm waters of the lower Feather River north of Sacramento and experience the fall run of the Chinook salmon. Learn about the challenging life cycle of these amazing anadromous fish as we observe them make their journey upstream to spawn. 

Cost: Save the Bay members $65 / Non-members $75 
Location: Carpool groups can be arranged. Free camping the night before and after is available.   
Contact: Jocelyn Gretz, Community Prgrams Coordinator, (510)452-9261 x109, jgretz@savesfbay.org 
Presented by: Save The Bay 
Websites:  http://www.savesfbay.org 
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Saturday,  October 8, 2005   (10:30 am - 1:30 pm) 
WORM COMPOSTING 
City: Palo Alto 
Description:  Everything you always wanted to know about worms . . . but were afraid to 
ask. Come join us and learn all about this tidy and very efficient way to 
turn all your kitchen scraps into botanical gold. We will take a lunch break. 

Alane O'Rielly Weber, "the worm lady of San Mateo," has been nurturing her 
compost worms for 15 years and teaching vermicomposting for the County of 
San Mateo for the last 7 years. 

Please stop by and pre-register or send your check to: 

Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center 
559 College Avenue * Palo Alto, CA * 94306 
ph: (650) 493-6072 

Cost: $25 
Location: Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Avenue * Palo Alto, CA * 94306   
Contact: Patricia Becker, (650) 493-6072 
Presented by: Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center 
Websites:  http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ 
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Saturday,  October 8, 2005   (5:00 pm - 8:30 pm) 
Light The Night 
City: Menlo Park 
Description:  Would you walk two miles to save a life? 

Light The Night is a local, fundraising, two-mile evening walk to celebrate and commemorate those lives touched by cancer. Walkers carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors and red balloons for supporters - as they join the parade of hope. 

Registration & BBQ begins at 5pm. 

Cost: FREE 
Location: Burgess Park   
Contact: Margie Boyce, 408-271-8315, boycem@lls.org 
Presented by: Light The Night 
Websites:  http://www.lightthenight.org 
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Saturday,  October 8, 2005   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 
Reading: Point Reyes Fire 
City: Point Reyes Station 
Description:  Join Bay Nature contributors and staff for an evening of readings about the Vision Fire and fire ecology. Featuring Geoff Coffey, Sim Van der Ryn, Ane Carla Rovetta, and Greg Sarris. (No charge) 

Sponsored by Bay Nature and Point Reyes Books. 

Cost: Free 
Location: Point Reyes Books 
11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station   
Contact: Bay Nature and Point Reyes Books 
Presented by: Bay Nature and Point Reyes Books 
Websites:  http://www.baynature.com 
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