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Dear readers,

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

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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
10/6/2005	 	Using Songs and Stories to Teach with Kids
10/7/2005	 	Fair Trade Rice Farmers Visit from Thailand
10/11/2005	 Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting
10/15/2005	 Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting with Cooking Demonstrations
10/21/2005	 Liz Walker on the EcoVillage at Ithaca

ALL EVENTS
Through 10/1/2005	 	Workshop: Solar Electric Design & Installation
Through 10/9/2005	 	COASTWEEKS
Through 12/16/2005	 	Ecosa Institute Professional Design Semester
Through 12/31/2005	 	Regional Parks Botanic Garden (California Native Plants) Tours
9/30/2005	 	Film and Speaker: "The Future of Food"
9/30/2005	 	Film: "Last Journey of the Leatherback?"
9/30/2005	 	Fund Raiser: "Peacemakers on the move!"
9/30/2005	 	Fundraiser: Trails Forever Explorations Dinner
9/30/2005	 	Protest: UCSF Animal Welfare Violations
9/30/2005	 	Rally: International Day in Solidarity with Haiti
9/30/2005	 	Berkeley Environmental Alumni/Student Mixer
9/30/2005	 	App. Deadline: Captain Planet Environmental Education Grants
9/30/2005	 	Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Activism
10/1/2005	 	Whale Watching
10/1/2005	 	Workshop: Green Home Systems
10/1/2005	 	Native Plant Sale
10/1/2005	 	Soil Fertility and Covercropping
10/1/2005	 	Workshop: Inspiring School Gardens
10/1/2005	 	Class: Urban Composting
10/1/2005	 	Fund Raiser: Walk for Farm Animals
10/1/2005	 	Class: Introduction to Strawbale Construction
10/1/2005	 	Really Really Free Market
10/1/2005	 	Workshop: Make Your Own Botanical Bath Salts and Body Scrubs
10/1/2005	 	Seminar: Native Plant Gardening
10/1/2005	 	Films and Discussion: "Boxcar Strokes"
10/1/2005	 	Meeting: "College Not Combat, YES on Prop I"
10/1/2005	 	Conference: "Green Your School"
10/1/2005	 	Reading: "The Sustainability Revolution..."
10/1/2005	 	Ten Years After the Fire: Adult Field Trip with David Wimpfheimer
10/1/2005	 	Town Meeting: "The Future of Alameda"
10/1/2005	 	Live Bird Presentation: Hunters of the Sky
10/1/2005	 	ART on BART
10/1/2005	 	Canoes in Sloughs
10/1/2005	 	Ecological Footprint
10/1/2005	 	Bair Island Restoration Stewardship Paddle
10/1/2005	 	Benefit Screening: "Go Further"
10/1/2005	 	Workshop: "Winter Backyard Gardening and Planning"
10/1/2005	 	Mt. Tam Watershed Volunteer Trail Day
10/1/2005	 	Copwatch Training in Berkeley
10/1/2005	 	Solar Homes Tour in Oakland, San Francisco, and Elsewhere (Volunteers Needed!)
10/1/2005	 	Workshop: "Gardening for Wildlife"
10/1/2005	 	Class: Building Solar Powered Water Fountains (Especially for Educators)
10/1/2005	 	Tree Planting: Cow Hollow / Marina
10/1/2005	 	Class: "Gardening With Native Plants"
10/1/2005	 	Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour: Berkeley View Terrace Neighborhood
10/1/2005	 	Trail Volunteers Needed!
10/1/2005	 	Tree Care
10/2/2005	 	Anniversary Celebration & Campaigning for Farmed Animals
10/2/2005	 	Benefit for Women in Prison
10/2/2005	 	Benefit "Sunday Supper"
10/2/2005	 	Discovery Day Open House
10/2/2005	 	Class: Braided Rugs
10/2/2005	 	Earth Charter/UNESCO Children's Concert
10/2/2005	 	Conversation on Peace in the Middle East
10/2/2005	 	Whale Watching
10/2/2005	 	Art Sale and Auction
10/2/2005	 	Hike: Point Reyes Vistas
10/2/2005	 	Benefit: "For the Love of Radio Unplug Clear Channel"
10/2/2005	 	Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition Convergence (Day Exposition)
10/2/2005	 	Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition Convergence (Evening Benefit)
10/2/2005	 	Bay Area Women Resist War and Occupation in Jerusalem
10/2/2005	 	Town Hall Meeting: "Social Strike"
10/2/2005	 	Benefit: Cultural Marathon for Katrina Hurricane Grassroots Relief
10/2/2005	 	Plant Sale
10/2/2005	 	Talk and Reception: Johan Galtung
10/3/2005	 	Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective
10/3/2005	 	Film: "Heroes of the Earth"
10/3/2005	 	Global Warming and California
10/3/2005	 	Restoration Project
10/3/2005	 	Registration Deadline: Bioneers 16th Annual Conference
10/4/2005	 	Reading: John Harrington on Money, Investing and Democracy
10/4/2005	 	Benefit: LiP's Issue Release Party
10/4/2005	 	The Price of Oil: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa
10/4/2005	 	Lecture and Discussion: Race, Racialization, and Colonialism (Part 4 of 4)
10/4/2005	 	7th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference
10/5/2005	 	Presentation: "Living Mercury Free"
10/5/2005	 	Ask An Attorney!
10/5/2005	 	Workshop: "Cradle to Cradle Design"
10/5/2005	 	Benefit: Welcome Home Cindy Sheehan
10/5/2005	 	Walk To School Day
10/5/2005	 	Meeting: " San Francisco for Democracy"
10/5/2005	 	Drink for "Amazon Watch"
10/5/2005	 	Video and Discussion: Damanhur, the Dawn of a New Utopia
10/5/2005	 	Presentation: "The Weaponization of Women"
10/6/2005	 	Speaker: Earth Charter Summit Day
10/6/2005	 	Using Songs and Stories to Teach with Kids
10/6/2005	 	Hands-on Workshop: San Geronimo Creek Bank Stabilization
10/6/2005	 	Workshop: Hiring and Working With Green Professionals
10/6/2005	 	Panel: "Avoiding CAFTAstrophe"
10/6/2005	 	The Price of Oil: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa
10/6/2005	 	Film: "Original Child Bomb"
10/7/2005	 	The 11th Annual "In The Street" Festival
10/7/2005	 	Deadline: San Francisco Estuary Project Grant Applications
10/7/2005	 	Class: Natural Plasters
10/7/2005	 	KFC Cruelty Demonstration
10/7/2005	 	Film: "Seven Days to Noon"
10/7/2005	 	Sierra Club Marin Group's 7th Annual Awards Banquet
10/7/2005	 	Film: " Hell and High Water"
10/7/2005	 	Fair Trade Rice Farmers Visit from Thailand
10/7/2005	 	Reception: "Hidden Power: What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy"
10/8/2005	 	Workshop: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time"
10/8/2005	 	Class: Basic Propagation Techniques
10/8/2005	 	Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow and Indian Market
10/8/2005	 	Class: Rural Water Development
10/8/2005	 	Class: Natural Paints
10/8/2005	 	Reading: "Point Reyes Ten Years After the Vision Fire"
10/8/2005	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Comfort Foods for Chilly Autumn Nights"
10/8/2005	 	Celebration and Fundraiser: OceanFest
10/8/2005	 	City Slicker Farms Volunteer Orientation
10/8/2005	 	California Quail in the Presidio
10/8/2005	 	A Sol Autumn Fundraising Event
10/8/2005	 	Native Plant Sale
10/8/2005	 	Hike: Vibrant Vallejo
10/8/2005	 	Canoe with Salmon on the Feather River
10/8/2005	 	Film and Discussion: "The End of Suburbia"
10/8/2005	 	Benefit Party: Support People's Grocery
10/8/2005	 	Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration
10/8/2005	 	Deadline: Nominations for Queen Latifah's Curvation Scholarship Awards
10/8/2005	 	Class: "Worm Composting"
10/8/2005	 	Peace Fest
10/8/2005	 	Work Day Volunteers Needed at Bolinas Lagoon Preserve
10/8/2005	 	Biketoberfest and Human Powered Parade
10/8/2005	 	Benefit: San Quentin Families Project
10/8/2005	 	Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
10/9/2005	 	Presentation: Salt Pond Tour
10/9/2005	 	Workshop: "Know Your Rights"
10/9/2005	 	Hike: Tilden Nature Study Area
10/9/2005	 	Hike: Hawk Hill
10/10/2005	Reading: "Hidden Power..."
10/10/2005	Berkeley "City Watch" Meeting
10/10/2005	Restoration Project
10/11/2005	Slide Show and Book Signing: "Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern CA"
10/11/2005	Meet the Author: "Capitalism's Achilles Heel..."
10/11/2005	Lecture: "Hetch Hetchy Valley: Water and California's Future"
10/11/2005	Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting
10/12/2005	Meeting: Oil Awareness
10/12/2005	Film: "The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb"
10/12/2005	Class: Photovoltaic (PV) Site Analysis and System Sizing
10/13/2005	Waterfront Ecology Walk
10/13/2005	Film: "Fallujah 2004"
10/14/2005	Film: "Bell of Nagasaki"
10/14/2005	Film: "I Live in Fear"
10/14/2005	Film: "9/11 and the American Empire"
10/14/2005	Speakers: Matt Gonzalez & Leila Salazar on Activism
10/14/2005	Workshop: 'Ditching Dirty Diesel" (Registration deadline, 10/7)
10/14/2005	Speaker: "The Secret Life of the Endangered Marbled Murrelet"
10/14/2005	Bioneers 16th Annual Conference
10/14/2005	Workshop: "Wisdom & Teachings for Survival"
10/15/2005	Workshop: "Superior Performers for Summer-Dry Climates"
10/15/2005	Class: "Starting a Salad Garden"
10/15/2005	Workshop: "Kids in Creeks"
10/15/2005	Richmond Shoreline Festival
10/15/2005	Reusable Utensils to Go (youth)
10/15/2005	Catch-and-Release Pier Fishing
10/15/2005	Conference: 'Teaching for Social Justice"
10/15/2005	Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting with Cooking Demonstrations
10/15/2005	Workshop: Watershed Fun For Educators
10/15/2005	Trail Volunteers Needed!
10/15/2005	Workshop: "Seven Steps to Building a Green Home"
10/15/2005	Workshop: Collecting Seeds from the Wild
10/15/2005	Workshop: Watershed Fun For Families
10/15/2005	Walking Tour: History of Working Class West Berkeley
10/15/2005	Hike: Marvelous Marshland
10/16/2005	Hike: Bon Tempe and Lagunitas Lake Loop
10/16/2005	Tarantula Trek
10/16/2005	Slideshow: Where Does All the Water Go?
10/16/2005	Hike: Majestic Montara
10/16/2005	Benefit: Concert and Talk for National Radio Project
10/16/2005	Bike Tour of Oakland
10/16/2005	Reading: "The Market for Virtue..."
10/16/2005	Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Using Songs and Stories to Teach with Kids — Make nutrition and gardening lessons come alive 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. Workshop is open to all - nutrition, gardening and cooking teachers, classroom teachers, parents, everyone working with children. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Friday, October 7, 2005
Fair Trade Rice Farmers Visit from Thailand — While rice is a staple source of nutrition for half of the world's population, many rice farmers cannot provide for their own families as they are faced with rising farming costs and decreasing world rice prices. In Thailand, the world's largest rice exporter, 68% of landholders in the rice growing region are in debt from agriculture. This debt causes farmers to leave the rural countryside to work in sweatshops, the sex industry, and construction work.
With Fair Trade, farmers are guaranteed a minimum price and a social premium. Fair Trade Certified Rice farmers receive twice the price for their harvests as conventional farmers. Through farmer-owned cooperatives, this additional income is used to support conversion to organic farming methods and to invest in education, community development, projects, and health care.
Join us as Thai farmers tell their stories about Fair Trade, injustices in the global rice trade, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture. Speakers will include:
--Mr. Phakphum Inpaen, who has been a leader of the Fair Trade rice network in Surin, Thailand for the past six years. He is also a leading member of the Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN) in Thailand.
--Mrs. Kanya Onsri, a farmer from the Fair Trade Network, she is also a member of the finance committee of the Fair Trade Rice Mill in Surin, and has spoken about sustainable agriculture at conferences throughout Thailand and in Italy.
--Mr. Arat Saengubon who works with the Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN) regionally in Surin province and nationally carrying out farmer trainings and speaking about issues of trade justice.
There will also be a rice tasting and potluck (bring something to share) and will include an interactive traditional string-tying ceremony, symbolizing the importance of consumers and producers working together to build a more just and sustainable economy. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting — An opportunity to sample for free, all at one table, the whole delicious range of Fall fruit varieties at the Berkeley Farmers' Market. There will be apples (Fuji, Crimson Gold, Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, MacIntosh, Brae Burn, Granny Smith, Rome Beauty, Jonagold, etc.); Asian pears (Hosui, 20th Century, Shinko, Shinseiki, Yali, etc.); and European pears (Bartlett, Olympic, Anjou, Kieffer, Warren,etc.), Fuyu persimmons, etc. And, as always, the finest local organic farmers and prepared food vendors. In January of 2005, San Francisco Magazine asked an editorial question and proposed a method for answering it: "Looking for the Bay Area's best farmers' market? Just follow the chefs." The answer was the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

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

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

ALL EVENTS

Through Saturday, October 1, 2005
Workshop: Solar Electric Design & Installation — This workshop is for the beginner who wants to use PV on their home or business and for those seeking employment in the solar industry. Learn about solar during the day and explore the beauty of Yosemite after class. See website for more information (e.g. food, lodging). Register online at: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=92567 . Location: Green Meadows Family Retreat and Conference Center, southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Cost: $796. Info: 925-370-7262, sei@rahus.org , http://www.solarenergy.org/workshops/location.php?id=53 .

Through Sunday, October 9, 2005
COASTWEEKS — Each fall, people all over the country participate in COASTWEEKS, a celebration of our coastal and water resources. This year the event is kicked off by International Coastal Cleanup Day. In California, COASTWEEKS is coordinated by the California Coastal Commission. The Commission will feature the events of participating organizations in a special section of their website. This celebration is a way to join a nation-wide effort to encourage appreciation and preservation of our coast and our inland waterways. Info: 800-262-8848, coast4u@coastal.ca.gov , http://www.coastforyou.org .

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

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

Friday, September 30, 2005
Film and Speaker: "The Future of Food" — An in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled the U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. The film examines the web of 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. Film maker Deborah Koons Garcia will speak after the 7:10 show. Location: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:10pm. Cost: $9.50. Info: 510-464-5980, http://www.thefutureoffood.com/ .

Friday, September 30, 2005
Film: "Last Journey of the Leatherback?" — Scientists predict that the giant Pacific leatherback sea turtle, which has survived for over 100 million years, could vanish in the next 5 to 30 years if wasteful industrial longline fishing is not curtailed. The female nesting population in the Pacific Ocean has collapsed by 95 per cent in the past 20 years. The leatherback is the largest sea turtle, measuring nine feet long. Location: San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 707-280 4020, http://www.seaturtles.org/prog_camp2.cfm?campaignID=25 .

Friday, September 30, 2005
Fund Raiser: "Peacemakers on the move!" — Join Keynote Speaker Matt Gonzalez, former President of the SF Board of Supervisors, in honoring Fr. Vitale, recently retired as pastor of St. Boniface church, who will now focus his efforts on the struggle for peace and justice. Our program will feature guest speakers updating the audience on the latest peace activities locally and globally. They will highlight opportunities for all to participate. Proceeds to be used for SOAWW educational projects. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of SF, 1187 Franklin St., @ Geary, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $20 - $100 sliding scale. Info: 415-334-4770.

Friday, September 30, 2005
Fundraiser: Trails Forever Explorations Dinner — Each year, our Trails Forever dinner offers memorable experiences in some of the parks' most treasured places. Last fall, 350 park lovers enjoyed a magical dinner at Sutro Heights Park. In 2003, Robert Redford spoke at San Francisco's Baker Beach. Each celebration featured a live auction of priceless park explorations, including such items as a private dinner party on Alcatraz and a picnic on the shores of Bolinas Lagoon, prepared by Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters. Location: Rob Hill Campground, Presidio, off of Washington Blvd., SF. Cost: $300 and up. Info: 415-561-3000, cmorton@parksconservancy.org , http://www.parksconservancy.org/ourwork/explorationsdinner.php .

Friday, September 30, 2005
Protest: UCSF Animal Welfare Violations — The scheduled hearings for the USDA's formal charges against the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) on 75 counts of animal welfare violations are due to begin on October 4th. This is the perfect opportunity to place a spotlight on UCSF and its long history of animal welfare violations. RSVP. Location: UCSF Parnassus Campus, 513 Parnassus Ave, SF. Time: 11am - 1pm. Info: 415-388-9641, ext 217, karen@idausa.org .

Friday, September 30, 2005
Rally: International Day in Solidarity with Haiti — September 30th is the anniversary of the US-orchestrated coup that overthrew President Aristide in 1991. Haiti's grassroots popular movement will mobilize in Port-au-Prince and other areas, demanding the return of their elected government and President Aristide, an end to U.S. and UN-supported massacres, and the release of over a thousand political prisoners. They will be denouncing the sham election planned by the coup leaders to legitimize their rule. Location: Federal Building, SF, 450 Golden Gate Ave., SF. Time: 8am. Info: 510-483-7481.

Friday, September 30, 2005
Berkeley Environmental Alumni/Student Mixer — A great opportunity to come back to Cal, meet and network with other alumni, and hear a top name in environmentalism talk about current environmental issues! Bring your friends, co-workers, and classmates! RSVP. Location: UC Berkeley Campus: Morgan Hall Lounge and Patio, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Info: 510-760-5155, enviroalums@lists.berkeley.edu .

Friday, September 30, 2005
App. Deadline: Captain Planet Environmental Education Grants — Funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects for children and youths. Info: 510-760-5155, http://www.captainplanetfdn.org/appProcess.html .

Friday, September 30, 2005
Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Activism — Environmental award for young people to honor seven inspiring activists ages 15-21. Julia Butterfly Hill, Crown City Rockers and "Youth Speaks" will host. One girl in Texas founded an organization to protest a nuclear waste facility. Another started a wetlands rehabilitation project in her neighborhood in San Francisco. And a boy from Florida is on a mission to save the loggerhead sea turtles from extinction. Location: Calvin Simmons Theater/Henry J. Kaiser Center, 10 Tenth St., Oakland. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-760-5155, jasonsalfi@earthisland.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Whale Watching — Join an expedition to search for whales and other marine mammals near the Farallon Islands. These islands, 27 miles off San Francisco, lie amidst the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem that attracts whales, dolphins, and seals. The Farallon Islands also host the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States. Island beaches are covered with sea lions, including the massive and rare Steller's sea lion. Call for reservations and more information. Location: San Francisco Yacht Harbor/Marina Green, SF. Time: 7:30am - 4pm. Cost: $85. Info: 415-474-3385, http://www.oceanic-society.org/pages/wwd.html .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Workshop: Green Home Systems — This workshop introduces you to your home's systems: heating, cooling, plumbing, water heating, and electrical: how they work, how you should operate them, how you can test them, and what improvements you can make. With this knowledge you can reduce utility bills, improve indoor air quality, and save money while raising your home's comfort. Continental breakfast served. Register online. Location: Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Novato. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Saturday, October 1, 2005 - Sunday, October 2, 2005
Native Plant Sale — Large selection of native plants: shrubs, perennials, vines, succulents, grasses, bulbs, and seeds. Book sales offer current publications on identifying native plants, horticultural information, and more. Until 3pm, 10/1, 1pm, 10/2. Location: Merrit College, Landscape Horticulture Grounds, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 9am. Info: 925-376-4095, elainejx@mindspring.com , http://www.ebcnps.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Soil Fertility and Covercropping — Healthy soil is the foundation of a sustainable landscape or garden. Learn to amend and protect your soil during the winter months using cover cropping techniques, mulching, and composting. Pre-registration required. This workshop is part of our Resource Efficient Gardening and Landscaping Program. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Workshop: Inspiring School Gardens — Tour some of the Easy Bay's most successful school gardens, and discover how they can engage your students. Learn from experienced garden coordinators in Berkeley and Oakland as they reveal how they funded their programs and overcame challenges. Come prepared to carpool as we'll be visiting several gardens. Location: Hillcrest Elementary School, 30 Marguerite Drive, Oakland. Time: 9am - 2:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Class: Urban Composting — Turn your kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment for your plants. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Fund Raiser: Walk for Farm Animals — Farm Sanctuary a national, non-profit animal protection organization. Each year we rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals from factory farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses. In addition to operating the shelters, we work to gain legal protection for animals used in food production and to raise public awareness about factory farm cruelty and cruelty-free alternatives. The Walk for Farm Animals helps fund Farm Sanctuary's rescue and protection campaigns. Meet in front of the Ferry Building. Registration: 10am. Walk: 11am. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 925-487-4419, sanfrancisco@walkforfarmanimals.org , http://www.walkforfarmanimals.org/locations/sanfran.htm .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Class: Introduction to Strawbale Construction — This class covers design considerations for straw bale, building codes, and construction methods, both through lecture and hands-on construction of a small load-bearing structure. Day two further explores foundation systems, framing for windows and doors, roof-bearing assemblies, roofing materials, and interior details. Students will also mix and apply various plasters. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $290 (sale price $216). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/intostco120h.html .

Saturday, October 1, 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, October 1, 2005
Workshop: Make Your Own Botanical Bath Salts and Body Scrubs — Make your own 100% natural bath salts and exfoliating body scrubs using pure essential oils, herbs and clays. Location: Nova Studio, 24 W. Richmond Ave, Pt. Richmond. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: $25 (plus $12 materials fee). Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Seminar: Native Plant Gardening — Join native plant specialist June Smith to discover which natives are best suited for your yard. Then take a guided walk through our demonstration gardens. Program intended for adults. Reservations required. Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Films and Discussion: "Boxcar Strokes" — "Other Cinema" presents the NorCal premiere of Vanessa Renwick's "Lovejoy", a 20-min. memorial to murals made in the '40s by Oregon switchman Tom Stefopoulos. The city of Portland commissioned the folk documentarian to record the restoration of these columns, featured in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy. Anchoring the program is Bill Daniel's 50-min. rogue doc on Hobo graffiti "Bozo Texino", the result of a 10-year quest hopping freights. Also on the program is Erick Lyle's slide history of wet-cement, "sidewalk engravings." All three folk documentarians will be present! People's chef Mark Brecke ladles out free hobo stew whilst Swamp Train evoke and emote the bluesy notes of the life nomadic. Location: ATA, 992 Valencia St., at 21st, SF. Time: 8:30pm - 10:30pm. Info: 415-824 3890, othercine@hotmail.com .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Meeting: "College Not Combat, YES on Prop I" — Get involved in the struggle to get military recruiters out of our schools. Help organize counter-recruitment strategies at high schools. Get kids off of recruiter lists. Join the struggle to smash the military industrial complex. Location: 110 Capp St., SF. Time: 2pm. Info: 415-248-1701, collegenotcombat@yahoo.com , http://www.collegenotcombat.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Conference: "Green Your School" — Join young people from across Marin and around the Bay area - as well as environmental leaders, educators and organizations - at Next Generation's second annual Green Your School conference, hosted by San Domenico School. The conference is open to middle school, high school and college students. Youth educators are invited to attend as well, and local environmental organizations will be present. Location: San Domenico, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. Time: 10am - 7:30pm. Cost: $25 (includes organic lunch and dinner). Info: 415-455-9498, danielle@gonextgeneration.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Reading: "The Sustainability Revolution..." — Join Andres Edwards and Sim Van der Ryn as they discuss their new books, The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift and Design for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van der Ryn. As an educator, author, media designer and environmental systems consultant, Edwards' work provides a comprehensive primer on the history, evolution and future of the movement toward sustainability. Sharing his years of experience as a teacher and using his building designs as examples, Van der Ryn shows us that buildings are not objects but organisms, and cities are not machines but complex ecosystems. Location: Book Passages, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-927-0960.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Ten Years After the Fire: Adult Field Trip with David Wimpfheimer — In 1995, a wildfire that started on Mt. Vision raged for several days, burning more than 12,000 acres of Point Reyes National Seashore. Since then, regeneration of the Bishop pine habitat has been dramatic. On the 10th anniversary of this fire, discover how the ecosystem has changed on an eight-mile loop hike with moderate elevation gain. This time of year is ideal for observing migrant raptors and other birds, and the clear fall weather offers awesome views from the ridge. Suitable for adults and teens ages 15 and up. Purchase tickets by phone. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $8. Info: 415-321-8000.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Town Meeting: "The Future of Alameda" — Local Alameda speakers and activists will make presentations on the "megaplex project," housing, the future of Measure A, the use of eminent domain, proposals for the future of Estuary Park, proposed housing at Alameda Point and problems of contamination, the Beltline, and the traffic impact of redevelopment, as well as the proposed Target store at Southshore. Location: Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-769-6395.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Live Bird Presentation: Hunters of the Sky — Raptors are fascinating creatures. Meet a diurnal and a nocturnal raptor up close. Learn the basic features that make a raptor a bird of prey as we discuss migration patterns and why raptors are important to the ecosystem. Please note: This presentation requires you to remain seated for the safety of the birds and is not recommended for children under 5 years old. Preregistration required. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 11am - noon. Cost: $10 ($8 for children). Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
ART on BART — Performers, artists and activists address the urban ecosystem. The day-long tour will include performance art, lectures, readings, and demonstrations. During the tour we will ride each BART line, passing through or stopping at 43 stations. All present will receive a book with performance details, maps, photographs, and information about how human actions affect the ecosystem. We will board the SFO Airport/Millbrae train at Civic Center Station, San Francisco at 10:26am and exit at Rockridge Station for lunch at 1:19pm. Then we will re-enter the system, board the Pittsburg/Bay Point train at 2:19pm, and finally exit at Civic Center Station at 6:06pm. RSVP via email. Space is limited. Location: SF. Time: 10:15am - 6:15pm. Cost: $5.80. Info: 415-561-7752, ahasselbring@mac.com .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Canoes in Sloughs — Experience Newark Slough and the South Bay salt ponds on a canoeing adventure with Save The Bay. Through on-the-water activities, you'll learn about salt marsh habitat, the San Francisco Bay watershed, human impact on the Bay, and its potential for restoration. Test water quality, investigate aquatic bugs, and identify birds and plants while canoeing one of the Bay's few remaining wetlands. (For adults.) Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 9am - 2:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-665-3689, martha@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Ecological Footprint — Take a look into the impact of everyday throw-away items such as chopsticks, plastic ware, and coffee cups. See how small things add up as you calculate your individual "ecological footprint" using a computer program. Learn about affordable alternatives that are more sustainable and Earth-friendly. Finish the day with a visit to artist Donna Keiko Ozawa's Waribashi Project: San Francisco exhibit in Japantown, which was created from chopsticks collected from local restaurants. Preregistration required. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $5. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Bair Island Restoration Stewardship Paddle — Join Save The Bay for a beautiful paddle and lend a hand with valuable habitat restoration work at a protected island site that is normally off-limits to the public. Learn about Bair Island history and ecology, and help remove non-native iceplant to improve wetland habitat for nesting birds and wildlife. Call or email for more information and reservations. Location: Redwood City. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Benefit Screening: "Go Further" — Benefit screening for Global Exchange's Bike Aid program will show the film Go Further starring Woody Harrelson. The semi-documentary film of Woody and friends on a biking adventure gives a funny and insightful perspective on alternatives to the environmentally destructive path pitched by large corporations. Location: New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 - $10 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 351.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Workshop: "Winter Backyard Gardening and Planning" — Part One: From Sowing Seeds to Planting (10am to 12:30pm) . Part Two: The Winter Vegetable Garden (2pm to 4:30pm) . $10 organic lunch available between classses. David Basile, former three-year apprentice with John Jeavons at Ecology Action, will lead you through the steps of planting an edible, organic, hand-cultivated, backyard garden in the biointensive style. His support team from Grandma Mary's Organic Farm will add their experience in green building, international organic farming, and more. Sign up in advance! Call for registration and information. Location: Grandma Mary's Organic Farm, El Cerrito. Time: 10am - 4:30pm. Cost: $60 ($35 for morning or afternoon alone). Info: 510-325-4277.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Mt. Tam Watershed Volunteer Trail Day — Marin Municipal Water District invites you to join them to repair various trails on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Trail days are usually the first Saturday of each month (call to verify and get location). Please wear sturdy shoes, layered clothes, sunscreen, bring gloves (if you have them) and lunch. MMWD will supply tools and beverages. Time: 9am. Info: Cindy, 415-945-1180.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Copwatch Training in Berkeley — Learn your rights and what to do when stopped by the police. Find out how to stay safe while monitoring police and how to document misconduct. Learn about Copwatch, what we do, and how to get involved in citizen monitoring of the police. Refreshments served. Location: Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-0425.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Solar Homes Tour in Oakland, San Francisco, and Elsewhere (Volunteers Needed!) — Tour sites in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Rosa and Fresno featuring solar electric, energy efficiency, green building, and sustainable living strategies. Learn directly from the homeowners who have invested in these technologies. Volunteers needed! Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 530-852-0354, info@norcalsolar.org , http://www.norcalsolar.org/tour .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Workshop: "Gardening for Wildlife" — Attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Learn to diversify your garden by including California native plants that provide food, shelter, and nesting places for wildlife. Follow up meeting with landscape designers on November 6th. Register online. Location: Sulpher Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7645, lgrodeska@stopwaste.org , http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=625 .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Class: Building Solar Powered Water Fountains (Especially for Educators) — Build and take home your own solar powered water fountain. Students will work with pumps, solar panel wattages, fountain heights, and nozzles. The materials fee covers a 12-volt pump, copper pipe, plastic tubing, and a manual. Participants may purchase a used solar electric panel to power their fountain for an additional $175. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $175 (sale price $138 - prices include materials fee) . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/busopowafo12.html .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Tree Planting: Cow Hollow / Marina — 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, October 1, 2005
Class: "Gardening With Native Plants" — Native plants in a landscape enhance your outdoor living experience, attract butterflies and birds to your garden, and fill your heart with joy. You will reduce your watering costs, eliminate costly fertilizers, and help heal the earth. We will discuss planting and irrigation, continuing cultural requirements, and simple concepts to ensure a successful garden. We will visit a local garden that embodies these concepts. Bring your lunch. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm. Cost: $29. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour: Berkeley View Terrace Neighborhood — This residential development was laid out in 1926 on land belonging to one of the private water companies that supplied water to Berkeley prior to the building of East Bay MUD's pipeline from the Sierra Nevada. The neighborhood borders UC Berkeley land on the south and Tilden Park along its eastern boundary. We will see examples of changing architectural styles and observe how open grassy hillsides have been transformed into the woodland neighborhood of today. Call for meeting place. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10. Info: 510-848-0181, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc/ .

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

Saturday, October 1, 2005
Tree Care — Help care for three-year old trees. No experience necessary. Training is hands-on. Call x.407 for recorded meeting site updates. May include tree care workshop for new volunteers. Space limited: RSVP. Rain cancels. Location: Java on Ocean, Ocean Ave., at Faxon, SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Anniversary Celebration & Campaigning for Farmed Animals — Celebrate Bay Area Vegetarians 4th Anniversary! We'll start eating, meeting, and mingling over Vegan Foods at 2pm. (We always advise arriving promptly for the best selection) At 4:30pm, we will recognize our volunteers and participants in the Advocacy Rewards Program, and from 5pm to 6pm, we'll have a special presentation in honor of World Farmed Animals Day. Location: Scotchollow Apartments Clubhouse, 203 Laurie Meadows Drive, San Mateo. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Cost: $10-$30 donation. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.bayareaveg.org .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Benefit for Women in Prison — Justice Now presents an evening of performances by progressive musicians and poets appearing in the CD The We That Sets Us Free. Support women in prison and their allies to build a compassionate world without prisons. Performers include Sistas in the Pit, Invincible, Tru Bloo, Trι Vasquez, Piper, Climbing Poetry, and Maria Poblet. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $10 - $25 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#SocialAwareness .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Benefit "Sunday Supper" — The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture's annual fundraiser features over 40 of the Bay area's most celebrated chefs teaming up to prepare a sumptuous four course meal with just-picked produce from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. After hors d' oeuvres downstairs in the North Arcade, guests are seated at long tables in the Grand Hall. 6pm reception and hors d' oeuvres; 7pm supper. Call for reservations. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $150 per person. Info: 415-291-3276 ext. 103, http://www.cuesa.org/events/annual.php .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Discovery Day Open House — Discovery Day is a festival of educational fun that includes marine animal touch tanks, scientific exhibits, live music, art, and more. An annual event, Discovery Day offers the public an opportunity to learn about the research at the Center. In addition to science and art-related activities for children, the festival will include exhibits that highlight the Center's contributions to understanding and caring for the San Francisco Bay environment and beyond. Food and drinks will be available. Location: Romberg Tiburon Center, 3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Time: 11am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-338-3543, bccinfo@sfsu.edu , http://rtc.sfsu.edu/ .

Sunday, October 2, 2005 - Sunday, November 27, 2005
Class: Braided Rugs — Learn how to make a braided rug and more. The class will be in the Grand Lake area. Call or email for information and to sign up. Location: Oakland. Time: 1pm - 4pm Sundays. Cost: $40. Info: 510-835-2599, arlenemagarian@yahoo.com .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Earth Charter/UNESCO Children's Concert — The concert, part of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development, will raise children's consciousness about Earth Charter principles, and raise money for the San Francisco Unified School District music program. The artists include: The Rowan Brothers, Shana Morrison, Country Joe, John Stewart, Linda Arnold, Banana Slug String Band, Bonnie Lockhart, Lisa Atkinson, Chris Molla, Gary Lapow, Nancy Schimmel, Candy Forest, Blame Sally and William Florian. Tickets are available at the door from the Nob Hill Masonic Center Box Office, (415) 292-9191, or can be purchased online at http://www.nobhilltickets.com. Call or email for further information, including special group ticket prices for children's organizations. All net proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco School District. Location: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California Street, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: $35 ($20 for children under 14, children under 5 free). Info: 707-206-9664, SFUNESCO@hotmail.com .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Conversation on Peace in the Middle East — A conversation with Johan Galtung on peace and transformation in the Middle East. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-526-2900.

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Whale Watching — Join an expedition to search for whales and other marine mammals near the Farallon Islands. These islands, 27 miles off San Francisco, lie amidst the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem that attracts whales, dolphins, and seals. The Farallon Islands also host the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States. Island beaches are covered with sea lions, including the massive and rare Steller's sea lion. Call for reservations and more information. Location: San Francisco Yacht Harbor/Marina Green, SF. Time: 7:30am - 4pm. Cost: $85. Info: 415-474-3385, http://www.oceanic-society.org/pages/wwd.html .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Art Sale and Auction — An exhibition of coastal art and photography by local artists, art sale and art auction led by Supervisor Richard Gordon. Food and wine served. Join environmental leaders and artists for a spectacular afternoon celebration benefiting local open space protection. Los Altos photographer Deane Little will receive the Jane Gallagher Award. Location: The Ranch at Half Moon Bay, end of Redondo Beach Road, Half Moon Bay. Time: 4pm - 6:30pm. Cost: $75. Info: 650-968-7243, http://www.greenfoothills.org/calendar/Event_10_02_05.html .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Hike: Point Reyes Vistas — Challenging seashore hike along Point Reyes' Coast Trail. Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Benefit: "For the Love of Radio Unplug Clear Channel" — Youth Media Council, Media Alliance, La Pe–a, & Youth Movement Records team up with our community to take back our radio! Pull the plug on corporate radio and tell FCC to hold Clear Channel accountable & revoke their broadcast license. Youth Movement Records will be releasing it's latest CD. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 8pm - 12am. Cost: $8 (includes CD). Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#SocialAwareness .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition Convergence (Day Exposition) — Join Julia Butterfly Hill, Circle of Life's We the Planet Bus crew, and members of the Rainforest Action Network, Post Carbon Institute, Green Energy Network, and the Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition for a convergence of renewable fuel experts, green vehicles, energy enthusiasts, entertainers and everyone interested in solutions to our growing climate crisis. The Clean Fuel Convergence will feature free workshops, demonstrations and speakers addressing fuel choices such as recycled vegetable oil, biodiesel and ethanol. Be sure to check out the bus and car show featuring the latest in green vehicle design inside and out. Julia Butterfly Hill will be showcasing her new recycled vegetable oil-powered eco-tour bus and will be launching their Fall 2005 We the Planet Bus. Don't miss the benefit at CELLSpace from 7pm - 12am! Location: CELLSpace Mission Village Market, 18th St. and Florida St., SF. Time: noon - 5pm. Info: 415-648-7562, info@CELLspace.org , http://www.cellspace.org/events/ .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition Convergence (Evening Benefit) — See the Dick 'n Dubya Show featuring members of the S.F. Mime Troupe, Julia Butterfly Hill, and others at this benefit for the Clean Fuel Caravan Coalition Convergence. Check out the noon - 5pm related event at the CELLSpace Mission Village Market. Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 7pm - 12am. Cost: $10 - $50 sliding scale. Info: 415-648-7562, info@CELLspace.org , http://www.cellspace.org/events/ .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Bay Area Women Resist War and Occupation in Jerusalem — Six local activists from Bay Area Women in Black just returned from the International Women in Black Conference in Jerusalem, where 700 women from 40 countries met to strategize for peace. Using personal reflection, art and poetry, they will share their experiences of Israel's West Bank settlements, separation wall, checkpoints, and besieged Palestinian villages. Women in Black have twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. West Auditorium. Location: Oakland Public Library, 125 Fourteenth St., Oakland. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-597-1070, info@bayareawomeninblack.org , http://www.bayareawomeninblack. org .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Town Hall Meeting: "Social Strike" — At this meeting, you will learn about the social strike and how you can join the effort to spread the strike. MUNI decided to raise our fares 20%, cut service by 7%, and get rid of 10% of their workforce. On September 1, when they raised fares, we began a direct action, and thousands of us have been on a social strike since, which means we keep riding and driving MUNI, but we refuse to pay or collect fares until MUNI returns to the previous staffing and service levels, and the fare is set back to $1.25. Location: 3030 B 16th Street , Across From 16th Street BART , SF. Time: 3pm - 5pm. Info: 415-267 4801, info@socialstrike.net , http://www.socialstrike.net .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Benefit: Cultural Marathon for Katrina Hurricane Grassroots Relief — A Benefit to Rebuild Green in New Orleans and the Vanguard Foundation's Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund (prioritizing children). With Luisah Teish, Marga Gomez, Dance Brigade, Keith Hennessy, Matt Gonzalez, Will Durst, Anne Galjour, Amara Tabor-Smith of Urban Bush Women, Maurice Campbell, Ross Mirkarimi, Beth Custer Ensemble, Molotov Mouths, Ahimsa Sumchai, Thea Hillman, Medea Benjamin, Lines in Analog Sound, Loco Bloco, Lichi Fuentes. And with a special report from Malik Rahim of the Green Party, New Orleans. Location: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., between York and Hampshire, SF. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: $20 - $2000 (no one turned away). Info: 415-647-2822, http://www.rebuildgreen.org .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Plant Sale — An enterprise of the Alameda Point Collaborative, Ploughshares is an environmentally sustainable, organic nursery that specializes in native, climate-appropriate, and food plants. The nursery offers training and employment opportunities to APC residents, and proceeds from the plant sale will support APC programs and services. We will be offering for sale more than 60 different varieties of popular and unique varieties of plants. Directions online. Location: Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St., at the old naval base, Alameda. Time: 10am - 5pm. Info: 510-898-7811, http://www.ploughsharesnursery.com/ .

Sunday, October 2, 2005
Talk and Reception: Johan Galtung — Johan Galtung is a Norwegian Peace and Conflict Mediator. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 7:30pm. Info: 510-526-2900.

Monday, October 3, 2005
Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective — We hold monthly introductory presentations on the first Monday of (almost) every month. These presentations are for those who had no contact with the collective, are new to Biodiesel or know about biodiesel but are new to the area. We talk about biodiesel emissions, homebrewing, types of vehicles and commercial availability. Then we will talk about what our coop does, its history and vision. And, of course we will talk about how to get involved with the BBC or other regional groups. We will try to answer any questions about biofuels and the local biofuels scene. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-594-4000 ext. 777, berkeleybiodiesel@yahoo.com , http://www.berkeleybiodiesel.org/index.htm .

Monday, October 3, 2005
Film: "Heroes of the Earth" — Each year grassroots heroes in every corner of the globe are honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of Ecology. Heroes of the Earth profiles the seven Goldman winners for 1993: a Colombian man fighting to preserve a remote mountain area, home to the ancient Kogi tribe; a Native American woman in South Dakota battling to protect tribal lands from hazardous and nuclear waste; a Chinese woman leading a crusade against a huge dam on the Yangtse River; a Russian who created the first environmental movement in the former Soviet Union; an Australian who fought to protect the largest sand island in the world; and two South Africans who have dedicated their lives to stopping the slaughter of elephants and rhinos. Location: New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St, btwn 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $3 - $5. Info: 415-437-3465, mmcavoy@newcollege.edu .

Monday, October 3, 2005
Global Warming and California — Talk by Amy Luers of Union of Concerned Scientists. Location: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin, Albany. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Monday, October 3, 2005
Restoration Project — Join us to kick off a new restoration project on beautiful open space land above Martinez. We will be restoring a sensitive seep area above a cattle pond on a ranch owned by the Muir Heritage Land Trust. Activities include planting native plants, mulching, and watering. Requirements: Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including sun gear or rain gear, and close-toed shoes. Ability to use tools required, although no previous experience is necessary. Call or email to RSVP, and for more information, and directions. Location: Martinez. Info: 925-672-6522 x110, carla-koop@ca.nacdnet.org .

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Reading: John Harrington on Money, Investing and Democracy — John Harrington will speak about the topic of his latest book Challenge to Power: Money, Investing and Democracy. The book examines the link between corporations and democracy, and identifies a variety of strategies for progressives to thwart corporate domination of the earth's resources, decentralize our economy, restore democracy, tame corruption, and regain community control of our financial resources. John C. Harrington is a founder and former chairman of the board of Working Assets and Progressive Asset Management, two pioneering socially responsible financial services companies. Location: New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 253.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Benefit: LiP's Issue Release Party — Come out to support LiP, ColorLines, and the Intersection for the Arts, in San Francisco. Besides being a showcase for independent media, this is LiP's issue release party for the Winter 2006 "Relentlessly Persuasive" propaganda issue, copies of which will be available at the event. Intersection's series focusing on local independent publishing houses provides an opportunity to meet some of our leading local writers, publishers, and performers and learn first-hand what drives the Bay Area's independent publishing community. Location: Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 - $15 sliding scale. Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 253, http://www.theintersection.org/calendar/program_literary.php .

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
The Price of Oil: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa — 11/10 marks the 10th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues, who were executed for organizing and protesting against the pollution and repression of international oil companies and the Nigerian military. The Price of Oil is a national tour to remember the life and legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa featuring Ken Wiwa, Jr., Dr. Owens Wiwa, and other experts on the impact of oil. Featuring performances and selections from Saro-Wiwa's novels & plays, testimonies inspired by Saro-Wiwa, and photographs by renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi. Koret Auditorium. Location: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., SF. Time: 6pm - 7:45pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-557-4596, eerlandson@sfpl.org , http://www.thepriceofoil.com .

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Lecture and Discussion: Race, Racialization, and Colonialism (Part 4 of 4) — Steve Martinot discusses the U.S. war machine's obsession with violence in the name of "democracy" (e.g. Manifest Destiny, the A-Bomb, Vietnam, covert operations, Fallujah), and how U.S. violence and U.S. populism are conditioned by white supremacy. Event takes place in the Education Bldg., upstairs Fireside Room, 1606 Bonita entrance. Call 510 528-5403 to register. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: donation requested, no one turned away. Info: 510-845-8634.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - Thursday, October 6, 2005
7th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference — The Conference provides a forum for assessing the environmental health of the San Francisco Estuary-its waters, wetlands, wildlife, and watersheds. PRICE- all 3 days, early-bird rate (before 9/16/05): adult $225, student $95, all three days after 9/16/05: adult $250, student $95, two days: adult $200, student $80, one day: adult $100, student $40. Location: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 10 Tenth St., Oakland. Cost: $250 for all three days (see below for discounts). Info: 510-622-2398, http://www.abag.ca.gov/abag/events/estuary .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Presentation: "Living Mercury Free" — How mercury affects your health and what you can do about it is the subject of this seminar. Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC, CCH will present the facts about the treatment of mercury toxicity. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St., upstairs, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-558-7285, info@teleosis.org , http://www.teleosis.org .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Ask An Attorney! — The Sustainable Business Alliance presents this panel of four attorneys and one financial advisor who will answer your legal questions about contracts, business law, green business, real estate, and other issues. To help the panel prepare, email your questions ASAP. RSVP online. Location: Kamal Palace, 2175 Allston Way, @ Oxford, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-558-7285, jb@jb2006.com , http://fs12.formsite.com/SBAform/form70810999/index.html .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Workshop: "Cradle to Cradle Design" — Co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, GreenBlue encourages and enables sustainable thinking and design. RSVP by email at rsvp.greenblue@iida-nc.org . Location: UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center, 425 Market St., 8th Floor (enter from Fremont St.), SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: $200 professionals, $75 students. Info: 510-558-7285, greenblue@iida-nc.org , http://www.greenblue.org/cradle_vision.html .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Benefit: Welcome Home Cindy Sheehan — Join us and show your appreciation for Cindy Sheehan. Cindy will speak along with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink & Global Exchange, local representatives from Gold Star Families for Peace, the Iraqi American community, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War and more. Benefits Gold Star Families for Peace, Code Pink, and Global Exchange. Call for advance tickets. Location: Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $20 suggested donation. Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 253, june@globalexchange.org .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Walk To School Day — Walk to School events are fun and educational. Check out the site and see how sometimes it takes sidewalks, more animal control services, or better drop-off zone procedures; and other times schools need crossing guards, or more parents walking with children. You can help! Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 253, walktoschool@dhs.ca.gov , http://www.cawalktoschool.com/ .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Meeting: " San Francisco for Democracy" — Join San Francisco for Democracy and Special Guest Assemblyman Mark Leno (13th A.D.), who will speak about his fight for marriage equality and the upcoming CA special election November. Location: Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front Street, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-902-0501, weaston@igc.org , http://www.sf4democracy.com .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Drink for "Amazon Watch" — The Amazon Watch staff will tend bar and donate the tips at Charity Cocktailing for Amazon Watch. The evening features videos of the work they've done to defend the environment and advance the rights of indigenous peoples under threat from oil and gas pipeline projects in the Amazon Basin. Location: Elixir, 3200 16th Street, at Guerrero, SF. Time: 9pm. Info: 415-487-9600.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Video and Discussion: Damanhur, the Dawn of a New Utopia — 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. Directions available on website. Location: San Mateo Ecovillage, near Hillsdale exit of 101 Fwy., San Mateo. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $5 - $20 sliding scale. Info: 650-574-7155, sanda@greensolutions.org .

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Presentation: "The Weaponization of Women" — Presented by generationFIVE, Break the Silence, and Men Overcoming Violence. Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Women and Law School-UCLA, and a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology/Faculty of Law and School of Social Work & Public Welfare at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She is an active Palestinian feminist, researcher and human rights advocate and initiated the first hot-line for abused women in Palestine. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 6:30pm. Info: 650-574-7155, skershnar@generationFIVE.org .

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Speaker: Earth Charter Summit Day — Topic: "Why the environmental crisis arrived, how it affects you and what you can do about it." Speaker: Betsy Rosenberg, producer of the EcoTalk: Sound Solutions for a Healthier Planet radio program. Location: San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-492-2880, adcock@cobusa.org , http://earthchartersummits.org .

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Using Songs and Stories to Teach with Kids — Make nutrition and gardening lessons come alive 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. Workshop is open to all - nutrition, gardening and cooking teachers, classroom teachers, parents, everyone working with children. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - Saturday, October 8, 2005
Hands-on Workshop: San Geronimo Creek Bank Stabilization — SPAWN (the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network) will hold this restoration workshop on San Geronimo Creek, harvesting willows and creating a brush mattress and willow wall to stabilize an eroded stream bank, helping endangered coho salmon. Creekside residents with erosion problems are especially welcome. Commitments should be firm; space is limited. RSVP ASAP. Info: 415-488.0370 x012, Paola@SpawnUSA.org .

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Workshop: Hiring and Working With Green Professionals — This workshop will help you choose a green architect or builder. We'll explore what a knowledgeable builder and designer can provide you when building green. Topics will include the designing and building process, planning your remodel, and choosing the best materials. Light refreshments served. Register online. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Panel: "Avoiding CAFTAstrophe" — What is CAFTA, why is it so controversial, and who will benefit from this landmark trade deal? U.S. lawmakers passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) on July 27, 2005, ushering in a law that will eliminate tariffs on U.S. sales to Central America, open up markets, and increase investment in one of the poorest regions of the world. How will this new agreement effect jobs in the U.S., as well as labor conditions in the six other member countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic? Check-in: 5:30pm, program: 6:00pm. 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 .

Thursday, October 6, 2005
The Price of Oil: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa — 11/10 marks the 10th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues, who were executed for organizing and protesting against the pollution and repression of international oil companies and the Nigerian military. The Price of Oil is a national tour to remember the life and legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa featuring Ken Wiwa, Jr., Dr. Owens Wiwa, and other experts on the impact of oil. Featuring performances and selections from Saro-Wiwa's novels & plays, and testimonies inspired by Saro-Wiwa. Location: Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., at 14th St., Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-282-2374, stephanie@priceofoil.org , http://www.thepriceofoil.com .

Thursday, October 6, 2005
Film: "Original Child Bomb" — Original Child Bomb is a poetic pastiche that evokes the ghastly cost of nuclear weaponry. Taking us first to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the film draws on declassified film footage, drawings, and animation to depict the 1945 bombings from the perspective of the victims. But director Schonegevel doesn't dwell on the past. The pop soundtrack and graphics place the clear and present danger at our feet. Original Child Bomb shows how global politics has rallied around "weapons of mass destruction" -- different rhetoric, perhaps, but the same old arsenal. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 7, 2005 - Saturday, October 8, 2005
The 11th Annual "In The Street" Festival — This year's festival features a cross-disciplinary gamut of performers, artists and musicians including dance (belly, butoh, lindy, and hip hop), capoeira, visual arts, circus performance, women's skateboarding, burlesque, puppetry, fire arts, fire sculpture, spoken word, and aerial performance art. The "In The Street" Festival is 100% non-commercial and vendorless. This year's festival is dedicated to world peace and to the memory of Tess Manalo-Ventresca, Tenderloin activist and advocate, who passed away this summer. Friday, 5pm - 10pm. Saturday, 11am - 6pm. Location: 509 Ellis Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth, SF. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-5971.

Friday, October 7, 2005
Deadline: San Francisco Estuary Project Grant Applications — We invite any Bay Area resident, organization, school, business, or public agency to apply for funds ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. This year we have a total of $100,000 to award. Projects must relate directly to improving the public's awareness of the Estuary as a valuable resource, or solving Estuary problems. Info: 510-622-2419, ct@rb2.swrcb.ca.gov .

Friday, October 7, 2005
Class: Natural Plasters — Learn how to choose, mix and apply plaster to protect natural walls like straw bale, cob and adobe. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the many plaster types: clay, lime, cement and gypsum. The workshop covers clay slip primer for straw bales, adhesion coats for concrete and other smooth surfaces, and tools and techniques for getting different textures. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $135 (sale price $108) . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/napl720hoca.html .

Friday, October 7, 2005
KFC Cruelty Demonstration — Join Bay Area Vegetarians as we stick up for chickens and protest the Colonel's secret ingredient (animal cruelty). New or experienced activists are welcome. This is a low-key protest, all signs and leaflets provided. We do this monthly, usually on the 1st Friday. If you can't make this date but want to help at future ones, please email. RSVP if possible. Location: KFC San Rafael, 555 Second Street, San Rafael. Time: 5pm - 6pm. Info: 707-744-2017, hannahtai@hotmail.com .

Friday, October 7, 2005
Film: "Seven Days to Noon" — We weren't the only ones unnerved by the possibility of nuclear war—the whole world shared the anxiety. In this early offering from England, a scientist (Barry Jones) gone batty from the tribulations of his testy research posts a note to the Prime Minister simply demanding that all atomic weapons be outlawed. If his request goes unheeded, this crazed atomizer will turn London into a smoldering ash heap in one week's time. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 7, 2005
Sierra Club Marin Group's 7th Annual Awards Banquet — Keynote speaker Carl Pope, Sierra Club National Executive Director, will share his thoughts on "Taking the Initiative--the Path to Environmental Renewal. Larry Fahn, former Sierra Club President, will do the introduction. Emcee: Dick Spotswood, Marin political columnist. Sponsorships appreciated: Protector $100 for one ticket, Guardian $250 for two tickets, Steward $500 for four tickets, and Champion $1,000 for table of eight. All sponsors will be listed in event program and Sierra Club Marin Group's website. Location: Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito. Time: 6pm. Cost: $65. Info: 415-435-2233, http://sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/Marin/events.htm .

Friday, October 7, 2005
Film: " Hell and High Water" — am Fuller's headline-ripper from 1954 has Richard Widmark on a privately funded submarine mission to stop a commie nuclear insurgency in the Arctic. His ship of fools exemplifies the hysterical vigilantism of the Cold War, but also looks kinda familiar. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 9pm. Cost: $8 (part of double feature). Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Friday, October 7, 2005
Fair Trade Rice Farmers Visit from Thailand — While rice is a staple source of nutrition for half of the world's population, many rice farmers cannot provide for their own families as they are faced with rising farming costs and decreasing world rice prices. In Thailand, the world's largest rice exporter, 68% of landholders in the rice growing region are in debt from agriculture. This debt causes farmers to leave the rural countryside to work in sweatshops, the sex industry, and construction work.
With Fair Trade, farmers are guaranteed a minimum price and a social premium. Fair Trade Certified Rice farmers receive twice the price for their harvests as conventional farmers. Through farmer-owned cooperatives, this additional income is used to support conversion to organic farming methods and to invest in education, community development, projects, and health care.
Join us as Thai farmers tell their stories about Fair Trade, injustices in the global rice trade, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture. Speakers will include:
--Mr. Phakphum Inpaen, who has been a leader of the Fair Trade rice network in Surin, Thailand for the past six years. He is also a leading member of the Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN) in Thailand.
--Mrs. Kanya Onsri, a farmer from the Fair Trade Network, she is also a member of the finance committee of the Fair Trade Rice Mill in Surin, and has spoken about sustainable agriculture at conferences throughout Thailand and in Italy.
--Mr. Arat Saengubon who works with the Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN) regionally in Surin province and nationally carrying out farmer trainings and speaking about issues of trade justice.
There will also be a rice tasting and potluck (bring something to share) and will include an interactive traditional string-tying ceremony, symbolizing the importance of consumers and producers working together to build a more just and sustainable economy. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Friday, October 7, 2005
Reception: "Hidden Power: What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy" — Wine and books reception for Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College. Derber's most recent book, Hidden Power: What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy will be available for purchase. Profit on books sold will be sent to Katrina relief. Derber discusses how elections are increasingly political theater, with real power hidden behind carefully manipulated cultural and religious wars and voting rituals. A deeper kind of hidden power is waking up in grassroots social movements. RSVP. Location: Community Space Studio , 1045 17th Street, corner of Mississippi, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-641-4488.

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Workshop: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time" — This workshop focuses on key aspects of the building, including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, flooring, heating, and finishes. Based upon his recent book, Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time, David Johnston outlines the intricate connections that make a house work as a system. Continental breakfast served. Register online. Location: Petaluma. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Class: Basic Propagation Techniques — Get plants for free; grow your own! Learn (hands-on) how to take cuttings & root them, collect seeds & start seedlings. Be part of making San Francisco greener! Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow and Indian Market — Indigenous Peoples Day is a tradition in its 14th year in Berkeley. 10am: Native California dancers, 11am: Open Gourd dancing, noon: contest and Intertribal dancing, 6pm: closing. Native American food, arts and crafts available all day. Location: Martin Luther King Park, Martin Luther King Way and Milvia, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-595-5520, http://www.red-coral.net/Pow.html .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Class: Rural Water Development — This workshop covers water systems for residential property, including development of surface water sources such as springs and pond building, and underground sources by well drilling. We'll cover various ways to deliver water, and explain the good and bad points of common pump types. High-efficiency solar-powered pumping systems will be covered, and the class will include hands-on assembly of both surface and submersible solar-powered pump systems. Water storage, purification, and heating will also be discussed. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $145 (sale price $108) . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/ruwade820hoc.html .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Class: Natural Paints — Learn to make your own eco-paints from inexpensive, non-toxic natural ingredients. This is a fun, simply way to beatify your space and increase indoor air quality. Students will make an "alis" clay paint, a casein milk paint, and play with oils and pigments to tint and color. Natural paints can be applied over many wall surfaces and bring an artistic finish to your home. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $135 (sale price $108) . Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/naturalpaints.html .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Reading: "Point Reyes Ten Years After the Vision Fire" — 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. Location: Point Reyes Books, 11315 State Route 1, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-663-1542.

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Comfort Foods for Chilly Autumn Nights" — Learn to make those hearty foods that warm us from the inside out. As the nights longer (and cooler), join us for a fun class packed with nutritious, delicious food, and lots of sampling. Sign up a friend for this class and be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to any future class. We use seasonal, local, organic ingredients. Register online by 10/7. 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, October 8, 2005
Celebration and Fundraiser: OceanFest — OceanFest celebrates the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries. The festival features sustainable seafood and organic vegetarian fare prepared by top Bay Area restaurants, wine and beer tasting, live music, an organic farmers' market, children's activities, a raffle, and a marine fair with exhibits from Gulf of the Farallones, other national marine sanctuaries, and related organizations from around the greater Bay Area. Location: Farallones Marine Sanctuary Office, Crissy Field, Building 991, (Old U.S. Coast Guard Building), SF. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6625, http://www.farallones.org/whats_new_page/OceanFest/index_oceanfest.html .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
City Slicker Farms Volunteer Orientation — Work with us to bring organic produce to lower income folks in our community. We need volunteers to build and install gardens (usually in a group of 2-5 people) as well as knowledgeable gardeners to make follow-up visits (to work in pairs). We are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least six months and at least 4 hours per month. To learn more, you are invited to attend a two-hour volunteer orientation. We will be touring different sites so bring a vehicle or a bicycle if you can. RSVP. Location: Center Street Farm, 16th and Center Streets, Oakland. Time: 11am - 1pm. Info: 510-763-4241.

Saturday, October 8, 2005
California Quail in the Presidio — For more than a thousand years, California quail have been San Francisco residents. But now, habitat destruction and urbanization have made our state bird (and the city's official bird) a rare find. Thanks to the efforts of park staff and volunteers in creating quail-friendly refuges, the Presidio's quail population--which numbers close to twenty birds-is now the city's largest. This field tour will include hands-on urban wildlife conservation. Meet at Lobos Valley parking lot; directions sent with confirmation. Preregistration required.. Register online. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
A Sol Autumn Fundraising Event — 7:30-9:00pm: "Grains of Change": a presentation and discussion with three Thai rice farmers on the struggle to sustain agricultural livelihoods in developing countries. Learn about the injustices of the International rice trade, and sustainable agriculture and development in South East Asia. Enjoy a rice-tasting and traditional string-tying ceremony. 9:00-10:30pm: Live Jams courtesy of The FLUX. 10:30pm-dawn: party, DJs, and dancing. Local delectables courtesy of sol. Proceeds benefit Engage, sol, and a local soup kitchen in need at Zion's Tabernacle Church. This event co-sponsored by Grandma Mary's Organic Farm, sol, and Engage. Location: Sol, 1236 23rd Ave, @ International Blvd., Oakland. Time: 9pm - dawn. Cost: $2 - $10. Info: 510-534 9987, sol@oaklandsol.org , http://www.oaklandsol.org/ .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Native Plant Sale — 34th Annual Native Plant Sale featuring California Native Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Bulbs and Seeds. Held every year in October as the fall is the best time to plant California Natives. A number of rare CA natives, raised by members, will also be available for public purchase, along with various books, notecards and posters. Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa. Time: 9am - 1pm. Cost: Admission free. Info: 707-833-2063, http://www.cnpsmb.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Hike: Vibrant Vallejo — Easy walking tour of downtown Vallejo and nearby neighborhoods. Visit the farmers' market, see historic buildings, and learn about Vallejo's inspiring future plans. Time: 11am - 3pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Canoe with Salmon on the Feather River — 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. Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Film and Discussion: "The End of Suburbia" — Many experts believe worldwide production of oil will hit its peak and begin declining within the next decade. Since demand increases constantly, this would cause severe price increases and economic chaos. What will happen to America's energy intensive, auto-centric lifestyle if gasoline costs $15 a gallon? This documentary explores these questions and more. Q and A session follows. Cosponsored by the Audio Visual Center. Koret Auditorium. Location: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-557-4596, eerlandson@sfpl.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Benefit Party: Support People's Grocery — People's Grocery is a community-based organization working to find creative solutions to the food needs of the residents of West Oakland by building a local food system and local economy. Mariposa Grove is an arts- and activism-based affordable co-housing community. Food and drink, children's activities 4-8pm, live performances including music, fire, theater, and dance. Live and silent auction. DJ. Location: Mariposa Grove Housing Project, 828 59th St., Oakland. Time: 4pm - 12am. Cost: $2 - $20. Info: 510-652-7607, fire@healthyarts.com , http://www.peoplesgrocery.org/prog.html .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration — Join Save The Bay as we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore these beautiful North Bay islands that are generally off-limits to the public and home to the largest heron rookery in northern CA. Join us as we paddle out to the islands, discuss their rich natural history, and help restore native habitat. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $55. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, gretz@savesfbay.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Deadline: Nominations for Queen Latifah's Curvation Scholarship Awards — "Project Confidence": Write an essay of 500 words or fewer nominating a woman who is making contributions to her local community that build women's confidence and self-esteem in the areas of education, fundraising, self-empowerment, volunteer work and so on. The nominator must be a woman 18 years of age or older and the nominee must be a woman 21 years of age or older. Five finalists will receive a $2,000 scholarship award plus a trip for two to either New York or Los Angeles. More info at: http://www.curvation.com/project_confidence_rules.php Info: 800-505-2378, http://blackstudents.blacknews.com/opportunities/curvation.html .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Class: "Worm Composting" — Everything you always wanted to know about worms but were afraid to ask. Come learn all about this tidy and very efficient way to turn all your kitchen scraps into botanical gold. We will take a lunch break. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Peace Fest — Music, people, peace, and justice brought to you by one of Vallejo's most progressive Churches, the First Christian Church, and the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition. We'll have a lot of peace organizations and advocates from around the top half of the Bay, musicians, artwork, and short films of interest. This event is family friendly with activities for the kids and food for sale. Location: First Christian Church of Vallejo, 1035 Indiana St., Vallejo. Time: 11am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-552-2900.

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Work Day Volunteers Needed at Bolinas Lagoon Preserve — Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), guardian of the natural environment whose mission is preservation, education and research. Volunteers help with trail work, library work, pulling weeds, planting native flowers or cooking lunch (provided by ACR). Volunteers may bring a favorite tool for outdoor projects. Advanced registration is requested for the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve Work Day to insure enough food for free lunch at 1pm. Location: Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, 4900 Highway One. Time: 9:30am - 1pm. Info: 415-868-9244, http://www.egret.org .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Biketoberfest and Human Powered Parade — Be aware, cars. The streets of Fairfax are about to be taken over by people riding their bicycles, bouncing on pogo sticks or using roller blades to get around. This takeover will happen thanks to Marin's first annual Human-Powered Parade. Presented by Safe Routes to Schools and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the parade is devoted to acknowledging non-motorized possibilities and celebrating the cultural and practical value of the bicycle! Location: Fairfax. Time: 11am. Info: 415-456-3469 ext. 5, Melanie@marinbike.org , http://www.marinbike.org/Events/HumanPoweredParade.htm .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Benefit: San Quentin Families Project — Van Jones, renowned Human Rights leader for prison reform will be giving a keynote address about the over-incarceration in California's billion dollar prison industry, and the over-incarceration of marginalized peoples. Suzi Jestadt and Liza Klein will highlight the project during the evening. Others tied to San Quentin, either directly or indirectly, will touch on their experiences. Live music, food, and drink. Tickets available at Bedrock Music, 2226 4th St. San Rafael. Location: Larkspur Cafe Theatre , 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Cost: $15 - $25 sliding scale. Info: 415-453-8716, Suzala2000@compuserve.com .

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge — Did you know there's a National Wildlife Refuge in Antioch? Here's your chance to explore this refuge that is usually closed to the public. This guided tour (1-1.5 mile) will focus on the wonders of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Wear sturdy shoes for the sandy hike. All ages welcome. No reservations required. No facilities. Call for additional information and directions. Location: Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-521-9624.

Sunday, October 9, 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. Reservations required. Location: Bayfront Park , Menlo Park. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://desfbay.fws.gov/ .

Sunday, October 9, 2005
Workshop: "Know Your Rights" — The Midnight Special Law Collective will be hosting a "Know Your Rights" workshop. This fun and interactive training will cover questioning and searches, dirty tricks cops pull, and how to assert your rights safely. Location: Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, phaedra@midnightspecial.net .

Sunday, October 9, 2005
Hike: Tilden Nature Study Area — Hike organized by Gay and Lesbian Sierrans that tours the Tilden Nature Area. Carpools will meet at North Berkeley BART at 9:30am. Look for the leader in her white wide-brimmed hat. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 9:30am. Cost: free. Info: 510-531-9345, csteane@sbcglobal.net , http://www.glshikes.org .

Sunday, October 9, 2005
Hike: Hawk Hill — Moderate Marin Headlands hike that offers opportunities to spot migrating birds of prey, including a visit to Hawk Hill for a talk and banding demonstration by the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-255-3233, info@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org .

Monday, October 10, 2005
Reading: "Hidden Power..." — Sociology professor Charles Derber will talk about Hidden Power: What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy. Note special time. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave, @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Monday, October 10, 2005
Berkeley "City Watch" Meeting — The City Watch Work Team is focusing on relationships between the City of Berkeley and the University, and in particular on the Downtown Area Plan and other aspects of the city's recent settlement of its lawsuit over UC's Long Range Development Plan. We will discuss these issues at this meeting. We're also planning to hold a November town hall meeting on UC relations with the city. Location: Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, 1035 Grayson, west of San Pablo, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Info: 510-486-0698, LaurenceofBerk@aol.com .

Monday, October 10, 2005
Restoration Project — Join us to kick off a new restoration project on beautiful open space land above Martinez. We will be restoring a sensitive seep area above a cattle pond on a ranch owned by the Muir Heritage Land Trust. Activities include planting native plants, mulching, and watering. Requirements: Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including sun gear or rain gear, and close-toed shoes. Ability to use tools required, although no previous experience is necessary. Call or email to RSVP, and for more information, and directions. Location: Martinez. Info: 925-672-6522 x110, carla-koop@ca.nacdnet.org .

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Slide Show and Book Signing: "Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern CA" — Free slide show and book signing, sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. Discover nearby adventures. Location: Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, @ Shattuck, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-981-6100, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org .

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Meet the Author: "Capitalism's Achilles Heel..." — For over forty years in more than sixty countries, Raymond Baker has witnessed the free-market system operating illicitly and corruptly, with devastating consequences for fragile nations. Now this businessman turned scholar offers both analysis of the problems besetting the global free-market, and an insider's look at the way criminals, terrorists, and businesspeople move dirty money around the world. 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 .

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Lecture: "Hetch Hetchy Valley: Water and California's Future" — "A Global Perspective on Investments in Municipal Water and Sanitation Infrastructure" is presented by Dale Whittington, Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, City & Regional Planning, and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Whittington will discuss empirical evidence on the costs and benefits of such investments. His talk goes beyond past failures to explain what is required for water and sanitation projects to be economically viable. Location: Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Avenue, Room 150, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Info: 510-642-2666, http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/ccow.html .

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Berkeley Farmers' Market Fall Fruit Tasting — An opportunity to sample for free, all at one table, the whole delicious range of Fall fruit varieties at the Berkeley Farmers' Market. There will be apples (Fuji, Crimson Gold, Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, MacIntosh, Brae Burn, Granny Smith, Rome Beauty, Jonagold, etc.); Asian pears (Hosui, 20th Century, Shinko, Shinseiki, Yali, etc.); and European pears (Bartlett, Olympic, Anjou, Kieffer, Warren,etc.), Fuyu persimmons, etc. And, as always, the finest local organic farmers and prepared food vendors. In January of 2005, San Francisco Magazine asked an editorial question and proposed a method for answering it: "Looking for the Bay Area's best farmers' market? Just follow the chefs." The answer was the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, bfm@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Meeting: Oil Awareness — A community group working towards a positive and sustainable future in a era of constrained energy options. Our group is a member of the Post Carbon Institute's "ReLocalization Network," a global campaign to raise awareness about peak oil. Our mission is to initiate local efforts to re-localize, and implement sustainability into every facet of our lives so that we can gracefully power-down. Group meets every second Wednesday. Location: American Friends Service Committee, 65 Ninth Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-548-3333, mikecarrick@yahoo.com , http://www.oilawareness-sf.org/ .

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Film: "The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb" — Jon Else in Person. Else's celebrated doc on the father of the atomic bomb, a complex character, as seen through the eyes of his fellow scientists in the nuclear race with Nazi Germany. Constructed (in 1980) from previously classified footage. Plus clips from Else's work in progress Wonders Are Many, a portrait of Peter Sellars and John Adams at work on their opera Doctor Atomic. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 510-642-0808 , bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/atomic/index.html .

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Class: Photovoltaic (PV) Site Analysis and System Sizing — The course will assist participants evaluate the technical feasibility of a potential PV project by presenting implementation issues that affect site selection and PV installation. Site analysis topics will include available solar insolation, system orientation, module tilt angles, planning for shade, and evaluating space requirements. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com/education_training/classes/energy_efficiency/index.jsp#classresults .

Thursday, October 13, 2005
Waterfront Ecology Walk — Experience Crissy Field's living tidal marsh on an easy 2-mile walk. Savor the wind, tides, sand, and plants as you learn about this ecosystem, and about restoration efforts. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fall05.htm .

Thursday, October 13, 2005
Film: "Fallujah 2004" — The documentary chronicles the death and destruction within Fallujah caused by U.S. Forces in April 2003 and April 2004. Director Toshikuni DOI exposes the side of the war in Iraq that Americans do not see or hear in mainstream media. Through eyewitness accounts, DOI provides a media outlet for Iraqis to express what U.S. Forces did to them. Moreover, the film investigates how the violence spawned anger toward the U.S. occupation. Location: ATA, 992 Valencia St., at 21st, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 415-821-6545, answer@actionsf.org .

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 14, 2005
Speaker: "The Secret Life of the Endangered Marbled Murrelet" — Zach Peery will discuss the behavior, habitat, and population status of the Marbled Murrelet, a seabird listed as endangered by the state of California and threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Peery has been studying the murrelets that nest in the coastal redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Snacks at 7pm, program at 7:30. Event takes place in the County Fair Building. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-302-3316, http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/visiting/page2.html .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 15, 2005
Conference: 'Teaching for Social Justice" — The 5th Annual Educators Conference: "Teaching for Social Justice: An Act of Revolution." Keynote Speaker: Linda Christiansen, teacher and author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up. Plus community forums on education issues and organizing for change. This event includes free lunch, childcare and parking. Register online. Location: Mission High School, 3750 18th, 18th St. @ Dolores, SF. Time: 9am - 4pm. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 37, http://www.t4sj.org .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 16, 2005
Reading: "The Market for Virtue..." — David Vogel, professor at the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley, will talk about The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave, @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

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