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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
1/19/2006	 	Alaskan Rainforest Kayak Journey
1/21/2006	 	Wintertime Pruning & Tree Care
2/16/2006	 	Bay Area Relocalize: Preparing for the End of Cheap Oil

ALL EVENTS
Through 2/15/2006	 	Tilden Explorers
Through 2/26/2006	 	Nature Walks - See Spawning Salmon
Through 3/31/2006	 	Exhibit: "Wade into Wetlands"
1/19/2006	 	Alaskan Rainforest Kayak Journey
1/20/2006	 	Reception for Exhibit Opening: Art by Homeless Artists
1/20/2006	 	Spoken Word: "Hear This!" with Matt Gonzalez, Jonathan Richman, and Others
1/20/2006	 	Talk and Business Breakfast: "California 2006 and Beyond..."
1/20/2006	 	Exhibit: "Art at the Dump"
1/20/2006	 	Education: "The Wollman Semester"
1/20/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Affluenza"
1/20/2006	 	Class: "Soil Foodweb Intensive"
1/20/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Monumental: David Brower's Fight For Wild America"
1/20/2006	 	Benefit: DJ Dancing for "Common Ground" in New Orleans
1/21/2006	 	Kids' Garden Club
1/21/2006	 	Parkside Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest
1/21/2006	 	Mini-Farmers
1/21/2006	 	Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems
1/21/2006	 	Russian Hill Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: "Plant Natives and Remove Invasives on Cerrito Creek"
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: "Mend a Marsh for the Birds!"
1/21/2006	 	Wintertime Pruning & Tree Care
1/21/2006	 	California Rare Fruit Growers Annual Scion Exchange
1/21/2006	 	Exhibit: "Art at the Dump"
1/21/2006	 	Film: "In the Company of Wild Butterflies"
1/21/2006	 	Speaker: "War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution"
1/21/2006	 	Class: "Winter Pruning and Maintenance"
1/21/2006	 	Rally in Support of the Berkeley Honda Strike with "The Liberation Brass Band"
1/21/2006	 	Demonstration: "Stand for Reproductive Justice"
1/21/2006	 	Kick-Off Event: The Socially Responsible Network of the East Bay
1/21/2006	 	Conference: "Compostmodern" Sustainable Design
1/21/2006	 	Workshop: "Kick the Bag Habit"
1/21/2006	 	Class: "Growing Roses Organically"
1/21/2006	 	Fund Raiser: Bernie Sanders and Daniel Ellsberg on the Vermont Senate Race
1/21/2006	 	Town Hall Meeting: "Environmental Links to Breast Cancer"
1/21/2006	 	Wild Care's "Nature Lovers Ball"
1/21/2006	 	Survival Workshop Series: "Wilderness Water and Designing for Water in the Landscape"
1/21/2006	 	Class: "Rose Pruning and Care"
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: "Restore the Marin Headlands"
1/21/2006	 	Twilight Marsh Walk
1/22/2006	 	Performance Art and Activism
1/22/2006	 	Presentation: Salt Pond Tour
1/22/2006	 	Meeting: "The U.S. Sees the United Nations" with Larry Bensky
1/22/2006	 	Book Party with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
1/22/2006	 	Poetry: "Island Literary Series"
1/22/2006	 	Class: "Fungi Fun in the Garden"
1/23/2006	 	Workshop in Costa Rica: Renewable Energy for the Developing World
1/23/2006	 	Drill Session: "The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army"
1/23/2006	 	Class: "Environmental Careers"
1/23/2006	 	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Fort Baker
1/24/2006	 	Lecture: "After Oil - Transition to a Clean Energy Economy"
1/24/2006	 	Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: "Extended Producer Responsibility"
1/24/2006	 	Workshop: How to Apply for Bay Watershed Education and Training Grants
1/24/2006	 	Launch: "Non-GMO Project"
1/24/2006	 	Lecture: "Living With Lions"
1/24/2006	 	Conversations for Conscious Business
1/24/2006	 	Film: "Darwin's Nightmare"
1/24/2006	 	Hong Kong WTO Protest Report Back
1/25/2006	 	Speaker: "Confessions of an Economic Hitman"
1/25/2006	 	Films: "California Egg Industry Documentary" and "Wegman's Cruelty"
1/25/2006	 	Gray Panther Meeting and Speakers: "Global Warming and Its Effects"
1/25/2006	 	Celebration: Bay Nature is Five Years Old!
1/25/2006	 	26th Annual Ecological Farming Conference
1/26/2006	 	Fundraiser: "A Green Party for Peace"
1/26/2006	 	Book Signing and Discussion: "...Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal"
1/26/2006	 	Symposium: '"Perchlorate"
1/27/2006	 	Benifit: "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man"
1/27/2006	 	Whale Watching House Parties
1/27/2006	 	Workshop: "Healthy Planet, Healthy People"
1/27/2006	 	Alice Walker in conversation with Amy Goodman and MC Nicole Sawaya
1/28/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "All Wired Up"
1/28/2006	 	Exhibit Opening for "Katrina's Children" with Info on Wetlands Restoration
1/28/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
1/28/2006	 	Volunteer: Help Plant Along Trails
1/28/2006	 	Course: "Tools for Whole System Design" (Permaculture Design Certification)
1/28/2006	 	Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
1/28/2006	 	Workshop for Educators: "Growing a Successful School Garden"
1/28/2006	 	Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party
1/28/2006	 	Class: "Better Body Mechanics in Your Garden"
1/28/2006	 	Volunteer: "Restore the Marin Headlands"
1/28/2006	 	Class: "Winter Pruning"
1/28/2006	 	Discussion: "Recovering the Endangered Species Act"
1/28/2006	 	Presentation: "Adapting to the 21st Century"
1/28/2006	 	Workshop Series: "Toward a Sustainable Marin"
1/28/2006	 	BayviewTree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
1/28/2006	 	29th Annual Bay Area Environmental Education Resource (BAEER) Fair
1/28/2006	 	Protest: Senator Hillary Clinton's Support of the War in Iraq
1/28/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Worm Wigglers"
1/29/2006	 	Volunteer: Salmon Habitat Restoration
1/29/2006	 	Slide Show: Salt Pond Restoration
1/29/2006	 	Volunteer: "Muir Woods Earth Day"
1/30/2006	 	Forum and Video: "Zero Waste- What Does It Mean?"
1/30/2006	 	Course: "Sustainability: From Policies to Practice"
1/30/2006	 	Discussion Course: "Voluntary Simplicity"
1/30/2006	 	Reading: "Electoral Guerilla Theatre: Speaking Mirth to Power"
1/31/2006	 	Rally: "Bring the noise: Drown out Bush's Lies"
1/31/2006	 	Community Meeting: "West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs"
1/31/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Last Journey of the Leatherback?"
1/31/2006	 	Meeting: "Friends of Rodeo, Refugio, and Carquinez Watersheds"
1/31/2006	 	Yarn Divas Basic Knitting
2/1/2006	 	Reading: John Harrington on Money, Investing and Democracy
2/1/2006	 	Conference: "Community Environmental Monitoring Programs"
2/2/2006	 	Class: "Energy Options"
2/3/2006	 	Summit: Sustainable Biodiesel
2/3/2006	 	Creative Justice Art Show
2/3/2006	 	Film Opening: "Trudell"
2/3/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Darwin's Nightmare"
2/4/2006	 	Class: "Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees" (Rescheduled from 1/14)
2/4/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
2/4/2006	 	Sick Plant Clinic
2/4/2006	 	Brooks Island Kayak and Walk
2/4/2006	 	Workshop for Educators: "Kids in Gardens"
2/4/2006	 	Class: "Fruit Tree Pruning"
2/4/2006	 	Workshop: "Cohousing Project Management"
2/4/2006	 	Class: "Urban Composting"
2/4/2006	 	Bayview / DPW Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
2/4/2006	 	Certified Green Building Professional Training
2/4/2006	 	Volunteer: "Santa Venetia Marsh Restoration Project"
2/4/2006	 	Volunteer: "Plant Natives and Remove Invasives on Cerrito Creek"
2/4/2006	 	Volunteer: French Broom Removal
2/4/2006	 	Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
2/4/2006	 	Workshop: "Environmental Illustration and Animation"
2/5/2006	 	Slide Show: Salt Pond Restoration
2/5/2006	 	Natural Wonders

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Alaskan Rainforest Kayak Journey — One of the great surviving ecosystems of the planet, a wilderness inhabited and utilized by many people, the rainforest of coastal Alaska presents a unique opportunity for us to redefine the human relationship to the biosphere. Kayaking in Southeast Alaska has become the life passion of speaker Dan Kiely. In the past seven summers, he has paddled over 400 days (mostly solo) through many areas of the islands and mainland coast that encompass the Tongass rainforest. From the world-renowned Glacier Bay to the rarely visited shores of Kuiu Island and the outer coast of Chichagof Island, he has wandered and photographed the waters, landscapes, and animals of the Alaska coast. Come enjoy a journey through this extraordinary land and seascape and find inspiration to expand one's kayaking adventures. Also learn about one of America's great rainforests and efforts to preserve this wilderness area. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Wintertime Pruning & Tree Care — In this hands-on class, we'll focus on wintertime pruning and the culture of fruit and other trees. Learn essentials of plant growth, natural (and other) tree forms, and the effects and benefits of pruning. Learn about selection and "training" of young plants, pruning for longevity and for high-yield, renovative strategies, and how to prune older trees. We'll also cover tool selection and care, methods of work, and both timing and "dose" in pruning. Class is taught by Paul Johnsen, longtime landscaper and arborist, past docent at the Strybing Arboretum, and teacher of many classes on tree care. Bring shears if you have them. Class will take place in a Berkeley yard with apple, plum, and landscape trees. MUST CALL to register and for location. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Bay Area Relocalize: Preparing for the End of Cheap Oil — In response to the growing concerns around climate change and the end of cheap oil, Post Carbon Institute has launched an exciting new project called Bay Area Relocalize. The project is assessing our region's use of resources and developing a model for local communities to bring the production of our food, energy and essential goods closer to home. We are connecting with neighborhoods, businesses, and community groups to mobilize around reducing our consumption of resources from outside the region and replacing them with local resources. Examples include creating community gardens, installing solar panels on homes and businesses, capturing rainwater, improving public transit, and building affordable homes nearer to where we work. This 2-hour event hosted at the Ecology Center will feature a panel of presenters from the project and Q&A. Proceeds will benefit the Bay Area Relocalize project. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Requested donation of $5-20 (sliding scale). No one turned away for lack of funds.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

ALL EVENTS

Through Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tilden Explorers — An after-school nature adventure for 5 - 7 year olds who may be accompanied by an adult. No younger siblings please. In January we'll learn about patterns in nature; in February we'll search for newts, slender salamanders, ensatinas and more. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org .

Through Sunday, February 26, 2006
Nature Walks - See Spawning Salmon — Join us on naturalist led walks throughout the winter in the Lagunitas watershed. Learn why these fish are endangered and how you can help protect them! Reservations required. Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am and 1pm. Cost: $10 (kids $6) - no one turned away. Info: 415-488-0370 ext. 107, http://www.SpawnUSA.org .

Through Friday, March 31, 2006
Exhibit: "Wade into Wetlands" — Who makes 'volcanoes' in the mud? What kind of fish has a migrating eyeball? How do clams dig? In this interactive exhibit, see what lurks beneath the surface of the Crissy Field marsh, which welcomes people of all ages to unlock its mysteries and learn why wetlands are important to the health of the San Francisco Bay. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Alaskan Rainforest Kayak Journey — One of the great surviving ecosystems of the planet, a wilderness inhabited and utilized by many people, the rainforest of coastal Alaska presents a unique opportunity for us to redefine the human relationship to the biosphere. Kayaking in Southeast Alaska has become the life passion of speaker Dan Kiely. In the past seven summers, he has paddled over 400 days (mostly solo) through many areas of the islands and mainland coast that encompass the Tongass rainforest. From the world-renowned Glacier Bay to the rarely visited shores of Kuiu Island and the outer coast of Chichagof Island, he has wandered and photographed the waters, landscapes, and animals of the Alaska coast. Come enjoy a journey through this extraordinary land and seascape and find inspiration to expand one's kayaking adventures. Also learn about one of America's great rainforests and efforts to preserve this wilderness area. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Friday, January 20, 2006
Reception for Exhibit Opening: Art by Homeless Artists — The Community Arts Program at Hospitality House is unveiling a new exhibition of sculpture and ceramics by homeless artists in San Francisco. The exhibit, New Resolutions in Clay, will be on display from 1/18 through 1/30, 2006. Participating artists will be on-hand for the opening reception. Location: Ruby's Clay Studio and Gallery , 552 Noe, at 18th St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-749-2133.

Friday, January 20, 2006
Spoken Word: "Hear This!" with Matt Gonzalez, Jonathan Richman, and Others —
BARBARA BECNEL Death Penalty Abolitionist
JELLO BIAFRA Spoken Word Artist
TODD CHRETIEN California US Senate Candidate
MATT GONZALEZ Frm. SF Supervisor
JACK HIRSCHMAN San Francisco Poet Laureate
SARAH LIPSON Green Party School Bd. Member
JONATHAN RICHMAN Singer / Songwriter / Activist
DAISY ZAMORA Nicaraguan Poet
KEVIN ZEESE Maryland US Senate Candidate
w/ Musical Guest Location: Slim's, 333 11th Street, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $12. Info: 415-749-2133, http://www.slims-sf.com/ .

Friday, January 20, 2006
Talk and Business Breakfast: "California 2006 and Beyond..." — Marin Conservation League Business Breakfast with Joe Nation, State Assembly: "California: 2006 and Beyond--How the State Legislature is Meeting the Challenge" RSVP. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. Time: 7:30am - 9am. Info: 415-485-6257, mcl@marinconservationleague.org .

Friday, January 20, 2006
Exhibit: "Art at the Dump" — The exhibit is titled "Hearts & Brains." Please join us to celebrate the art of recycling and see work created by James Gouldthorpe, who started his residency in November. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 5pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414 , art@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrd.com/AIR/nextshow.htm .

Friday, January 20, 2006
Education: "The Wollman Semester" — The Woolman Semester is a program designed for high school juniors, seniors and postgraduates who wish to make an impact on the world. Students engage in an intensive academic and experiential curriculum focused on peace, justice, and sustainability. Students spend their mornings in small, rigorous academic classes while afternoons are devoted to homework and hands-on work in the campus garden, orchard or kitchen. Students receive credit for the semester with their "sending" high school for 4 core classes. Cost: $7000 - 18,500 sliding scale (scholarships available). Info: 530-273-3183, shanam@woolman.org , http://www.woolman.org .

Friday, January 20, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Affluenza" — Americans, who make up only five percent of the world's population, use nearly a third of its resources and produce almost half of its hazardous waste. Add overwork, personal stress, the erosion of family and community, skyrocketing debt, and the growing gap between rich and poor, and it's easy to understand why some people say that the American Dream is no bargain. Many are opting out of the consumer chase, redefining the Dream, and making "voluntary simplicity" the in-thing. (The film runs 56 minutes.) Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 650-283-3797, aseem@worldcentric , http://worldcentric.org/filmseries/winter2006.htm .

Friday, January 20, 2006 - Saturday, January 21, 2006
Class: "Soil Foodweb Intensive" — Day 1: Dr. Elaine Ingham delivers an intensive lecture on soil biology and ecology: the inhabitants and functioning of the soil foodweb. Day 2: focus is practical application of soil foodweb principals in horticulture and the landscape industry. Location: San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: $180 for both days, or $100 per day. Info: 650-348-2094, wormlady@sbcglobal.net , http://www.soilfoodweb.com/ .

Friday, January 20, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Monumental: David Brower's Fight For Wild America" — The film is a look at the late conservationist who helped create the Point Reyes National Seashore. A panel discussion will follow the film, featuring Tom Turner of Earth Justice and moderator Raul Gallyot. Location: Dance Palace Community Center, 5th & B Streets, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-663 - 1075.

Friday, January 20, 2006
Benefit: DJ Dancing for "Common Ground" in New Orleans — An outrageous lineup of DJs are donating their talents to support the revolutionary work of the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans! DJ's include Adam Ohana, Boreta, Laura, Brother, Donna Matrix, Little John, Olivia, Kraddy and others. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the grassroots anti-racist movement building in New Orleans. Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 10pm - 4am. Cost: $20 and up. Info: 415-663 - 1075, Laurel@o2collective.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Kids' Garden Club — Explore the world of gardening! We plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! Ages 7 to 12 years. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Parkside Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest — Help care for three-year old trees. No experience necessary. Training is hands-on. Call ext.407 for recorded meeting site updates. May include tree care workshop for new volunteers. Space limited: RSVP. Meeting place TBA. Rain cancels. Location: SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Mini-Farmers — A farm exploration program for kids ages 4-6 years. We'll explore the Little Farm, care for animals, do crafts and try some farm chores. Wear boots, and dress to get dirty! Ages 4 to 6 years. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems — Remove invasive plants in the Presidio's grasslands, dunes, and wetlands to help create healthy ecosystems for endangered plants and local wildlife. Perfect for adults, families, and youth age 10 and up. Meet at the Center. Transportation provided to work site. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Russian Hill Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! RSVP by phone. Meeting place TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship — The Site Stewardship Program needs your help to protect the Mission Blue butterfly and the San Francisco garter snake. Visit one of our beautiful sites in San Mateo and Marin counties and work with local communities to restore habitat for these threatened and endangered species. Transportation from Fort Mason is provided. All ages welcome. Location: Fort Mason Building 37, SF. Time: 9:15am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3437, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Volunteer: "Plant Natives and Remove Invasives on Cerrito Creek" — Join Friends of Five Creeks volunteers planting natives and removing invasives to restore habitat along the new Cerrito Creek walkway. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Meet at Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Street. Location: El Cerrito. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-848 9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Volunteer: "Mend a Marsh for the Birds!" — Join us for a fun morning of planting to restore a marsh, and provide food and shelter for water birds, including endangered California clapper rails who live along the edges of San Francisco Bay. Stay for our Seasonal Naturalist's Talk at noon: learn more about the birds that depend upon our Bay tidal wetlands. Pre-registration appreciated. Location: Watershed Project, 1327 S 46th St. Bldg. #155, Richmond. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-665-3689, bayshorestewards@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Wintertime Pruning & Tree Care — In this hands-on class, we'll focus on wintertime pruning and the culture of fruit and other trees. Learn essentials of plant growth, natural (and other) tree forms, and the effects and benefits of pruning. Learn about selection and "training" of young plants, pruning for longevity and for high-yield, renovative strategies, and how to prune older trees. We'll also cover tool selection and care, methods of work, and both timing and "dose" in pruning. Class is taught by Paul Johnsen, longtime landscaper and arborist, past docent at the Strybing Arboretum, and teacher of many classes on tree care. Bring shears if you have them. Class will take place in a Berkeley yard with apple, plum, and landscape trees. MUST CALL to register and for location. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
California Rare Fruit Growers Annual Scion Exchange — Grafting wood and cuttings for rooting. Grafting demonstrations for beginners. CRFG is a non-profit organization of backyard gardeners and horticulture professionals who are interested in food plants which are uncommon in their area. Location: UCSF Mission Center, 1855 Folsom , 15th Street, SF. Time: noon - 3pm. Cost: $3 donation requested. Info: 510-843-1657, kpyle@sonic.net , http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Exhibit: "Art at the Dump" — The exhibit is titled "Hearts & Brains." Please join us to celebrate the art of recycling and see work created by James Gouldthorpe, who started his residency in November. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414 , art@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrd.com/AIR/nextshow.htm .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Film: "In the Company of Wild Butterflies" — Come to the Community Room for food, drink, and a new nature documentary, In The Company of Wild Butterflies. See the lives of several species of butterflies up close. Filmmaker Bill Levinson will share some of the photographic secrets behind the making of the film. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fax or mail a registration form from the website. Location: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: $8 donation. Info: 925-935-1978, http://www.wildlife-museum.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Speaker: "War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution" — Peter Irons, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UC San Diego and author, will be discussing the fundamental question: What constraints does the Constitution place on our territorial expansion, military intervention, occupation of foreign countries, and on the power the president may exercise over American foreign policy? Q&A after the talk. Location: Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free - donations accepted. Info: 925-935-1978, jrufo@sbcglobal.net , http://www.alamedaforum.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Class: "Winter Pruning and Maintenance" — With Aerin Moore, Designer & Owner of Magic Gardens. Come early for some complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries! Location: Magic Gardens (Berkeley), 729 Heinz Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-644-2351, magicgardens@magicgardenslandscaping.com , http://magicgardens.com/classes.htm .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Rally in Support of the Berkeley Honda Strike with "The Liberation Brass Band" — It is evident that Berkeley Honda management has no interest in settling the strike. All compromises offered by the union have been rejected. Clearly, management's goal is to break the union. In the words of some long-ago labor activist, we'll win this as long as we stay out on the picket one day longer than them. Come and persist with us, and hear The Liberation Brass Band perform! Location: Berkeley Honda, 2600 Shattuck Ave., at Parker, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. Info: 510-644-2351.

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Demonstration: "Stand for Reproductive Justice" — Rightwing fundamentalists have announced a "Walk for Life" anti-abortion march in San Francisco on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Their platform is anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-equality, and anti-gay-marriage. Join community activists - from the Women's Choice Clinic to the Raging Grannies - and help line the anti-choice march route in a reaffirmation of a woman's right to control her body. Location: Pier 1, Embarcadero and Market Streets. Time: 11am. Info: 510-644-2351, http://www.bacorr.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Kick-Off Event: The Socially Responsible Network of the East Bay — Building the Progressive Movement in the East Bay: The 2006 SRN Kick Off Event features former congressman and current Oakland mayoral candidate Ronald Dellums. In his keynote speech, he will discuss the importance of unity and organizing methods. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 4pm - 7pm. Cost: $5 - $20 (no one turned away). Info: 510-272-6060, srnbay@hotmail.com , http://www.sociallyresponsiblenetwork.org/ .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Conference: "Compostmodern" Sustainable Design — Compostmodern is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions for industrial and graphic designers, as well as architects. Conference speakers and participants will be examining sustainable business practice from a theoretical standpoint, as well as issues involved with its implementation. Register online. Location: Academy of Art University Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street, SF. Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Info: 510-272-6060, http://www.compostmodern.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Workshop: "Kick the Bag Habit" — Earth Resource Foundation presents this workshop for government officials, non-profit employees, and community members throughout California. Learn more about current plastic issues and the launching of the Kick the Bag Habit campaign. The workshop includes keynote presentations and breakout discussion sessions. Location: Oasis Senior Center, Corona Del Mar. Time: 9am - 3pm. Info: 949- 645-5163, Lindsey.payne@earthresource.org , http://www.earthresource.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Class: "Growing Roses Organically" — Want gorgeous roses in San Francisco without toxic chemicals? Learn how to grow healthy and beautiful roses without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We'll cover varieties of roses that thrive in our foggy climate, as well as how to best prune and care for them throughout the year. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Fund Raiser: Bernie Sanders and Daniel Ellsberg on the Vermont Senate Race — Hear about a crucial senate race, when Vermont's Bernie Sanders talks about his progressive policies and how he can make significant changes in Washington on issues including the Iraq war, Social Security, energy reform, and social justice. Sanders will be introduced by Representative Lynn Woolsey, followed by comments from "The Pentagon Papers'" Daniel Ellsberg. Political satirists Johnny Steele and Geoff Bolt will open the evening. Location: San Rafael Community Center , 618 B Street, San Rafael. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $20 suggest donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-731-5627, saundersforsentate@aol.com .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Town Hall Meeting: "Environmental Links to Breast Cancer" — Marin Breast Cancer Watch, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and the University of California San Francisco invite the community to participate in this meeting to learn about the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers' activities exploring environmental links to breast cancer locally and nationwide. Meet in the Conference Room. Pre-registration required by 1/18. Location: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-507-1949, http://www.breastcancerwatch.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Wild Care's "Nature Lovers Ball" — Join us at the Ball to recognize the Terwilliger Environmental Award recipient for 2006, an environmental educator who has significantly contributed to the field of Nature Education. Order tickets by phone or online by 1/13. Location: Presidio, Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave, SF. Time: 7pm - 11pm. Cost: $125. Info: 415-453-1000 ext 11, http://www.wildcaremarin.org/pages/index.html .

Saturday, January 21, 2006 - Sunday, January 22, 2006
Survival Workshop Series: "Wilderness Water and Designing for Water in the Landscape" — 1/21 - Wilderness Water: purification, locating springs, weather forecasting, plant condensation and solar sills. 1/22 - Designing for Water in the Landscape: modern water issues, watershed and salmon restoration, rainwater catchments, and watershed organization. See website for more info on the eight-day series. Location: Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $50 per day. Info: 650-298-3405, nature@riekes.org , http://www.riekes.org/naturestudies/workshops.html .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Class: "Rose Pruning and Care" — Shape your rose bushes! Encourage profuse flowering with winter pruning and proper care. Learn the best soil and amendments for healthy, happy roses. Mulches will be discussed. The class will go to a nearby garden for a demonstration. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $23. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Volunteer: "Restore the Marin Headlands" — Help us expand our public demonstration garden while learning more about what makes our native plants unique. Help plant our new year's native seedlings. Tools and gloves provided. Meet at the Visitor Center, rain or shine. Reservations suggested. Location: Marin Headlands Visitor Center, Marin County. Time: 9:30am - noon. Info: 415-331-1540.

Saturday, January 21, 2006
Twilight Marsh Walk — Experience the salt marsh on an easy stroll along Tidelands Trail (1 1/3 mile). Discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the refuge as night descends. Meet at the observation deck. Not suitable for young children. Reservations required. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 4pm - 5:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, vs_intern@yahoo.com , http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Performance Art and Activism — Sunday Best brings together local performance artists for a one hour show. After the show, artists and audience members will distribute free meals to residents in San Francisco's Mission district. Performance proceeds are donated to a local non-profit working to help underserved members of the community. Location: New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 3pm. Cost: $5. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://www.epiarts.org/sundaybest.cfm .

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Presentation: Salt Pond Tour — The largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast is happening right here in San Francisco Bay. Hear about this project and view some of the salt ponds recently acquired by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Geared towards adults. Reservations required. Location: Bayfront Park , Menlo Park. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://desfbay.fws.gov/ .

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Meeting: "The U.S. Sees the United Nations" with Larry Bensky — Larry Bensky delivers the Keynote Address at the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter. Larry Bensky is a former national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Radio, and currently hosts "Sunday Salon" on KPFA. A UNA-USA Business Meeting takes place from 2:00-3:20pm. Keynote address from 3:30-4:15pm. Everybody welcome for both events. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4:15pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-409-5004, cipolat@yahoo.com .

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Book Party with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz — 6pm: reception. 7pm: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, feminist, revolutionary, and historian, reads from her 3rd volume on her life and the social movements of our time: Blood on the Border: Memoir of the Contra War. Discussion will follow Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 6pm. Cost: $10 donation suggested (can be applied to book purchase). Info: 510-495-5132.

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Poetry: "Island Literary Series" — Featuring the Ecology Center's own Kirk Lumpkin, along with Reginald Lockett, Lynn Scott, Flossie Lewis, Linda Joy Meyers, Randy Peyser, Karla Brundage. Location: Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 5pm. Cost: $2 - $4 cover. Info: 510-228-6775, kimmac@pacbell.net .

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Class: "Fungi Fun in the Garden" — Learn to identify poisonous and edible varieties and about their role in nature. You'll find out how to create your own mushroom garden using rotted logs or raised beds. We'll give you edible mushroom samples to start. This is a hands-on outdoor class, so wear warm clothes and dress for a mess! Adults and youth ages 8 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Monday, January 23, 2006
Workshop in Costa Rica: Renewable Energy for the Developing World — Rancho Mastatal is an environmental learning and sustainable living center located in the last virgin rainforest of Costa Rica's Puriscal County. Rancho Mastatal promotes living responsibly in the tropics, while educating its visitors about the world's disappearing tropical forests. We'll spend about one-third of our time in the classroom, studying renewable energy technology basics. The rest of our time will be in the field or lab, learning by doing. Cost: $650 tuition. Info: 360-293-7448, ian@solarenergy.org , http://www.solarenergy.org .

Monday, January 23, 2006
Drill Session: "The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army" — New recruits welcomed! We'll focus on physical theater in the context of rebel clowning. And silliness! Always silliness! "One of the worst mistakes any revolution can make is to become boring. It leads to rituals as opposed to games, cults as opposed to communities and the denial of human rights as opposed to freedom." -- Abbie Hoffman. Location: 604 56th Street, at Shattuck, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm - 10pm. Info: 360-293-7448, circasf@yahoo.com .

Monday, January 23, 2006
Class: "Environmental Careers" — Strategies to help you develop an environmental career. Explore work and learning options available in the environmental field. Evening session: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm: 1/23, 1/30, 2/27, 3/6. Sunday, 10:00am - 4:30pm (Lunch 12-12:30): 2/5. Code: 0784. Daytime session: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm: 1/23, 1/30, 2/27, 3/6 Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm (Lunch 12-12:30): 2/4. Code: Not yet available. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $26 (1 unit). Info: 510-208-7225, http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/classchd/062/MENVST.HTM .

Monday, January 23, 2006
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Fort Baker — Nestled in a fog shadow where the Golden Gate Bridge meets the Marin Headlands, Fort Baker National Park site showcases historic batteries along side endangered species habitat. Both nature lovers and history buffs encouraged! Remove invasive French broom while enjoying panoramic views of the bay San Francisco. RSVP. Location: Fort Baker National Park Site, Marin County. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-4451, fortbakervolunteers@yahoo.com .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Lecture: "After Oil - Transition to a Clean Energy Economy" — UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen will explore the evolution of the United States' fossil fuel economy to identify times of innovation. He will discuss current technology policies, and what is needed to develop a low-carbon economy. He will cover scientific, technical, and policy aspects of our energy system, where opportunities for change are plentiful. Bldg. 943 (outside of main gate on Moffett Blvd.). Location: NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-604-6810, sstlouis@mail.arc.nasa.gov , http://environment.arc.nasa.gov/pub_events.php .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: "Extended Producer Responsibility" — Bill Sheehan from the Product Policy Institute will give a presentation on Extended Producer Responsibility, focusing on waste management and pollution prevention issues. We will have Q & A and a group discussion to better understand how to promote EPR locally and beyond. RSVP. Location: GAIA Office, 1958 University Ave, Berkeley. Time: noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-883-9490 ext. 102, aleonard@no-burn.org .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Workshop: How to Apply for Bay Watershed Education and Training Grants — The National Marine Sanctuary Program's Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program announced that up to $700,000 may be available to implement environmental education projects. A full funding opportunity announcement is available to view at: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=7459 The grant program focuses solely on Marin, San Francisco, and Alameda counties. Funding is available to K-12 public and independent schools, institutions of higher education, commercial and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, and Indian tribal governments. Application deadline: 2/21. Location: Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, Crissy Field, SF. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Info: 510-883-9490 ext. 102, http://www.farallones.noaa.gov .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Launch: "Non-GMO Project" — Please join our General Manager Bob Gerner and Sandy Myers-Kepler, CEO of Genetic-ID, North America, as they host a special presentation announcing the launching of The Non-GMO Project, a landmark effort, bringing together natural grocery stores across the United States and Canada, to implement a standardized labeling program for certifying food and supplement products that are Non-GMO. Slide show, free beverages and snacks. Location: Berkeley Natural Grocery, 1336 Gilman St., Berkeley. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-526-2456 ext. 154, info@nongmoproject.org , http://www.nongmoproject.org .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Lecture: "Living With Lions" — Join the Oakland Zoo and the Mountain Lion Foundation to learn about mountain lions, what is being done to help them, and what we can do to keep them in our world. Part of the Conservation Speaker Series held in the Marian Zimmer Auditorium (lower park entrance). Reception: 6:30pm, lecture: 7pm. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $12 - $20 sliding scale. Info: 510-632 - 9525 ext. 122, http://www.oaklandzoo.org .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Conversations for Conscious Business — This event is co-sponsored by The International Museum of Women. Whether instilled in men or women, what is needed now is the more systemic, enduring, longer-term, holistic variety of leadership -- what we normally think of as the feminine. In this dialogue, we'll explore how men as well as women can feel comfortable embracing the feminine in leadership, not simply in style, but in context. The event will begin with comments by Conversation Starters, followed by dialogue with participants. Location: Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center, 747 Front St., Broadway, SF. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $30 door, $25 advanced mail, $20 advanced online. Info: 415-249-1380, Register@ThePresidioDialogues.org , http://www.thepresidiodialogues.org/cal/calendar.html .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Film: "Darwin's Nightmare" — Showings at 7pm and 9:15pm on Tuesday January 24, and at 2pm, 7pm, and 9:15pm on Wednesday January 25. This documentary deals with globalization and the ecological devastation it inflicts on third world countries, focusing on the effects of the harvesting of the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8. Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com .

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Hong Kong WTO Protest Report Back — The Heads Up Collective Presents Televising The Revolution 2006, a monthly series showcasing radical films and supporting local organizing. 21 and over. Location: El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF. Time: 8pm - 10pm. Cost: Free (donations accepted). Info: 415-668-3994, radfilms@lycos.com .

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Speaker: "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" — John Perkins talks about his memoir and exposé of American corporate imperialism, Confessions of an Economic Hitman. From the 1960s until recently, John Perkins was a highly paid dealmaker in the international banking community. Ostensibly, he was loaning money to underdeveloped countries to help them develop their infrastructures, but in effect he was acting as an agent of American expansionism by deliberately lending money that these countries could not repay. He explains how banks, along with corporations like Bechtel and Halliburton, use loans to gain leverage over poorer nations. Location: King Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $15 ($12 in advance). Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Films: "California Egg Industry Documentary" and "Wegman's Cruelty" — The first film is the premier of East Bay Animal Advocates' expose of California's inhumane egg industry. Each year over 19 million egg-laying hens are raised in concentrated confinement to produce table eggs for California consumers. Most egg-layers are confined to battery cages (www.cal-eggs.com). Wegman's Cruelty" is a half hour documentary produced by Compassionate Consumers. Organization members contacted Wegmans Food Markets and were misled and dismissed by Wegmans' representatives. The team set out to capture actual footage inside the farm and create a film based on their experience (www.wegmanscruelty.com). Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free ($5 donation welcome). Info: 925-487-4419, christine@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Gray Panther Meeting and Speakers: "Global Warming and Its Effects" — Speakers: Tom and Jane Kelly of Kyoto USA, recently back from Montreal climate talks, Maurice Campbell, global warming activist, Cecile Pineda, Katrina volunteer. All welcome. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 1:30pm. Info: 510-548-9696.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Celebration: Bay Nature is Five Years Old! — Presentations by Michael Ellis, naturalist, writer and proprietor of Footloose Forays; Phyllis Faber, Bay Area environmental leader, wetlands restoration activist, and publisher of Pickleweed Press; Jack Laws, naturalist, educator, and artist; and Greg Sarris, author and tribal chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (Coast Miwok). The event will be held in the James Moore Theater, in the lower level of the museum. Seating is limited. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-9696, http://www.baynature.com/calendar/view_entry.php?id=618&date=20060125 .

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - Saturday, January 28, 2006
26th Annual Ecological Farming Conference — This conference is one of the largest and oldest gatherings of organic farmers, marketers, activists, and sustainable consumers in the U.S. This years theme is "Savoring connections from seed to table" and features more than 50 workshops on farming techniques and sustainable food systems. Participants enjoy organic meals, a regional farm tour, seed swap, organic wine tasting, exhibitor marketplace, and special events. Location: Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove. Cost: $480 for quad occupancy ($440 if postmarked by 12/9/05). Info: 831-763-2111, http://www.eco-farm.org .

Thursday, January 26, 2006
Fundraiser: "A Green Party for Peace" — Start the Year to end the war with Green Party activists and friends as we celebrate 2006 in style, a fundraising party to support our efforts on behalf of social justice, the environment, animal welfare, and peace. This will be the festive, energizing blast we need to make this the year we bring the troops home and end the war! Enjoy live music, spoken word, theater, dance, film and inspirational speakers. Location: Studio Z, 314 11th St., @ Folsom, SF. Time: 8pm - 2am. Cost: $5 - $500 (no one turned away). Info: 831-763-2111.

Thursday, January 26, 2006
Book Signing and Discussion: "...Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal" — Jennifer Roberts, author & green building advocate, discusses her newest book: Redux Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal. Learn ways to create a green home with healthy materials, redecorate, remodel, or build a new home using recycled and reused products. Don't miss Jennifer's colorful, lively discussion and slide presentation of stunning homes in varying shades of green. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 6pm - 7:30pm. Info: 415-454-0174, http://www.gfdc1.com .

Thursday, January 26, 2006
Symposium: '"Perchlorate" — The Groundwater Resources Association of California presents "Perchlorate 2006: Progress Toward Understanding and Cleanup." The program featuring speakers from across the country promises to deliver the latest information on perchlorate contamination in the nation's groundwater supplies. Location: Hyatt, Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway , Santa Clara. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: $350 (students with ID $100). Info: 916-446-3626, http://www.grac.org/perchlorate.html .

Friday, January 27, 2006
Benifit: "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" — John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man speaks about experiences in South America. A benefit for School of the Americas Watch. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of SF, 1187 Franklin St., @ Geary, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-387-2287, doloresmp@aol.com .

Friday, January 27, 2006
Whale Watching House Parties — Gorton's, the company that supplies your grocery store with frozen fish fillets, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the largest Japanese whaling conglomerate. Greenpeace is running a campaign to get Gorton's to reel in their parent company and put an end to whaling. Join friends in your community for a whale-watching party: watch a brand-new video of Greenpeace ships confronting the Japanese whaling fleet, and join a national conference call with campaigners on the ship. Time: 7pm - 9pm (recommended). Info: 415-387-2287, http://partylaunch.com/greenpeace/ .

Friday, January 27, 2006
Workshop: "Healthy Planet, Healthy People" — Kick off the new year by being kind to yourselves and the environment! Join us for an inspiring evening on 'greening' your life - practical solutions that make the biggest difference in quality of life for you, your family, and the world. Learn about healthy products for personal care, health care practices that do no harm to you or the environment, and sustainable lifestyles. Location: Mount Diablo Adult Education Center, One Santa Barbara Rd., Pleasant Hill. Time: 6pm - 10pm. Cost: $15. Info: 925-210-7414, http://www.teleosis.org .

Friday, January 27, 2006
Alice Walker in conversation with Amy Goodman and MC Nicole Sawaya — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will join journalist Amy Goodman onstage, in conversation, as the kickoff to Bay Area non-profit Media Alliance's 30th Anniversary Speaker Series. The public talk at 8pm, reception with Ms. Goodman at 7pm. $75 for the reception includes reserved seating and commemorative poster. Proceeds benefit Media Alliance. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 8pm. Cost: $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Info: 510-832-9000 ext. 305, http://www.media-alliance.org .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "All Wired Up" — Push back the winter darkness with a newfound lamp, a newly made lamp or a newly rewired old lamp. We will provide a basic understanding of lamp wiring, including plug, switch, and bulb holder selection, the mysterious electron, and other enlightening subjects. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org , http://www.scrap-sf.org/ .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Exhibit Opening for "Katrina's Children" with Info on Wetlands Restoration — A day of art, poetry, science, and song. In addition to viewing the "Katrina's Children" exhibit, get a little messy with hands-on activities that show how wetlands protect us, and learn how you can get involved in wetlands restoration. You can also hear young poets read their work and enjoy live Cajun music and cake that will be on hand to mark River of Words' 10th anniversary. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 2:30pm - 4pm. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship — The Site Stewardship Program needs your help to protect the Mission Blue butterfly and the San Francisco garter snake. Visit one of our beautiful sites in San Mateo and Marin counties and work with local communities to restore habitat for these threatened and endangered species. Transportation from Fort Mason is provided. All ages welcome. Location: Fort Mason Building 37, SF. Time: 9:15am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3437, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Volunteer: Help Plant Along Trails — Join the Golden Gate National Parks' Trails Forever Team. Even in the rainy season, we've got important work to do. We'll be planting native seedlings along the trail corridor and continuing our year-round trail maintenance in the Marin Headlands. Help maintain a world-class trail system! Tools, gloves, snacks, and training provided; dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Sign up and get directions by phone or email. Location: Marin Headlands. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Course: "Tools for Whole System Design" (Permaculture Design Certification) — Jude Hobbs, Toby Hemenway, and Tom Ward teach theory, design, and practice of ecological design. Permaculture offers ways to create permanent culture by conscious, sustainable use of resources in all aspects of living. The course will include hands-on projects, lectures, discussions, slide shows, field trips and design projects. Location: Dharmalaya, 356 Horn Lane, Eugene, OR. Time: weekends, 8:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $350 - $450 sliding scale. Info: 541-359-4177, permaculture_design@yahoo.com .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Help put 18,000 plants into local wetlands this winter! Activities include planting native seedlings, non-native plant removal, site monitoring, and shoreline clean-up. Gloves, tools and snacks provided. Families welcome. RSVP required. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Workshop for Educators: "Growing a Successful School Garden" — Learn how to plan and construct a garden at your school. Receive free supplies and resource binders with ready-to-use lesson plans. Call or go to website for location. Location: San Mateo. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party — Join Friends of Corona Heights and Gay and Lesbian Sierrans to plant native seedlings and remove non-native invasive species. Tools and disposable gloves provided. Dress in layers, wear a hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the North side of the Randall Museum. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 415-552-3542.

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Class: "Better Body Mechanics in Your Garden" — Bend, lift, and carry so you are comfortable and safe in your garden. We will all practice and you will be individually guided for your body's needs. Find out how to move with the greatest of ease in the garden. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Volunteer: "Restore the Marin Headlands" — Help us expand our public demonstration garden while learning more about what makes our native plants unique. Help plant our new year's native seedlings. Tools and gloves provided. Meet at the Visitor Center, rain or shine. Reservations suggested. Location: Marin Headlands Visitor Center, Marin County. Time: 9:30am - noon. Info: 415-331-1540.

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Class: "Winter Pruning" — Learn the basics of pruning, including which plants are best to prune now to encourage vigorous spring growth. With appropriate pruning techniques, you can minimize your pest and disease problems, promote fruiting and flowering, and encourage healthy, productive plants. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Discussion: "Recovering the Endangered Species Act" — Join the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and local bird and conservation experts. The event includes a birding trip to the sloughs and wetlands of Alviso. Explore habitats that are home to the endangered clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse. Participate in the roundtable discussion at 11am with local experts who will share their perspectives and answer questions on the Endangered Species Act. RSVP. Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 408-252-3740, conservation@scvas.org , http://www.scvas.org .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Presentation: "Adapting to the 21st Century" — How can we prepare for global warming, rising energy costs, aging baby boomers, and natural disasters? Don Weden, retired Principal Planner, Santa Clara County Planning Office, is renowned for land-use planning leadership. Weden's presentation will challenge us to contemplate our community's future in a new way. Location: Hewlett-Packard Corporate Auditorium, 3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto. Time: 9:30am - 11:30am. Info: 408-252-3740, carroll@harringtondesign.com , http://www.paadultschool.org/ .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Workshop Series: "Toward a Sustainable Marin" — How can business, nonprofit and government policy decisions incorporate the concepts of sustainability? In this workshop series, experts explain the reasons for keeping sustainability in mind when one makes policy decisions. Apply online. Location: Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Novato. Time: 8:30am - 2pm Saturdays. Cost: $160. Info: 415-479-7814, admissions@marinefm.org , http://www.marinefm.org/workshopseries.html .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
BayviewTree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! RSVP by phone. Meeting place TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
29th Annual Bay Area Environmental Education Resource (BAEER) Fair — 100 exhibitors and numerous workshops for educators and parents with an interest in wildlife, ecology, and adventure. Discover the latest in classroom materials, environmental education programs, and field trip sites. Attend workshops on conservation and wildlife education, school gardens, and strategies for fostering environmental awareness. The event is designed for teachers, community educators, students, families, and all concerned about the environment we share. Location: Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $12 . Info: 510- 657-4847, kenpacx@yahoo.com , http://www.baeerfair.org/ .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Protest: Senator Hillary Clinton's Support of the War in Iraq — Join us, as we wear large theatrical ears and pink gear and say "Hillary, you're not listening: bring the troops home now!" Location: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 510- 657-4847, codepinkbayarea@riseup.net .

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Worm Wigglers" — Bring your little ones in to meet some wiggly worms and learn how they move, what they eat, and why they're important to the soil. You'll build a mini worm bin and learn to use worm castings to make your house plants happy. We'll send you home with your very own family of worms! For families with children ages 5 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10:30am - noon. Cost: $10 per youth. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Volunteer: Salmon Habitat Restoration — Collect native plant seeds, transplant alders, bays, willows, valley oaks, and help remove invasive plants. Community service volunteers and drop-ins welcome! Bring protective clothing (rain gear), including work gloves and sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Suitable for all ages. Call the evening before for schedule updates due to rainy weather. Location: Roy's Pools, San Geronimo Valley Golf Course, San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-488.0370 ext. 102, Paola@SpawnUSA.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/upcomingevents .

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Slide Show: Salt Pond Restoration — The South Bay Restoration Project will transform South San Francisco Bay in the next few decades. How will this affect habitat, wildlife, and recreation? Learn about the role of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and how you can become involved with the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. Geared for ages 12 and older. Location: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. Time: 3pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, vs_intern@yahoo.com , http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Volunteer: "Muir Woods Earth Day" — Projects will include removing invasive vegetation, planting native plants, mulching, trail restoration, and beach clean-up. Families welcome. No experience necessary. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and shirt that can get dirty. Dress for the weather. BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards. Location: Muir Woods Visitor Center. Time: 8:30am. Info: 415-388-2596.

Monday, January 30, 2006
Forum and Video: "Zero Waste- What Does It Mean?" — A forum to help Sierra Club members understand "zero waste" and develop plans of action. We will show a short documentary "Point of Return" that illustrates what happens to recyclables after they leave the curb and then explores sustainable choices with regard to local, regional, and international consequences. Zero Waste leaders will be available in a discussion on local action. Kestral Room. RSVP. Location: Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Blvd., Palo Alto. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free (donations accepted). Info: 650-962-0404, http://www.lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/directory.html .

Monday, January 30, 2006
Course: "Sustainability: From Policies to Practice" — We will examine the evolution and implementation of sustainability practices, and discuss what we can for the Earth's well-being, and our own. The text, The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift (New Society Publishers, 2005) is available in the Kentfield Campus Bookstore and retails for $16.95. (No class on 2/20.) Location: College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. Time: Mondays. 7:10pm - 9pm. Cost: $74. Info: 415-883-3217, http://www.marincommunityed.org/spring2006/course/contempissues.htm .

Monday, January 30, 2006 - Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Discussion Course: "Voluntary Simplicity" — The course will use the syllabus developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. Goals: to understand the meaning of voluntary simplicity, to explore the distractions that prevent us from caring for the earth, and to acknowledge the connection between our choices and the condition of the earth. Pre-registration required. Eight Mondays, specific dates TBD. Private home in Burlingame/Millbrae (address provided after registration). Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $17. Info: 650-692-9593, bettywu42@gmail.com , http://bayarealinkup.com/event_detail.php?pid=89e73680, http://www.nwei.org/pages/simplicity.html .

Monday, January 30, 2006
Reading: "Electoral Guerilla Theatre: Speaking Mirth to Power" — UC Davis professor of theatre, Larry Bogad, explores the phenomenon of satiric theatre as an expression of political activism. Unlike respectable political humor that remains essentially complacent about political conditions, "guerilla theatre" uses irony, camp, and the outrageous to change social and political reality. Bogad, both a historian and practitioner, examines guerilla theatre as an artistic and as a political endeavor, and will be showing video footage of a performance. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Rally: "Bring the noise: Drown out Bush's Lies" — Across the country, rallies before Bush's State of the Union Address will make "Drive out the Bush Regime" the political message of the day. At 9:00pm EST (6:00pm PST), as Bush starts to speak, we will bring the noise: drown out his address with music and noise: banging on pots, ringing church bells, sounding car horns, and lifting our voices. The agenda for 2006 must not be set by Bush, but by the people, in our millions. 5pm: rally, 6pm: "Drown out" Bush's lies, 7pm: Bush statue toppling. Location: Union Square, SF. Time: 5pm. Info: 415-864-5153, http://www.worldcantwait.org .

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Community Meeting: "West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs" — The meeting will feature Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Berkeley City Council member Maio, and the Pacific Steel Casting Company. Location: West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 6th St., @ Hearst, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-558 - 8757, westberkeleyalliance@yahoo.com , http://westberkeleyalliance.org .

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Last Journey of the Leatherback?" — Scientists predict that the giant Pacific leatherback sea turtle, which has survived for over 100 million years, could vanish in the next 5 to 30 years if wasteful industrial longline fishing is not curtailed. The female nesting population in the Pacific Ocean has collapsed by 95 per cent in the past 20 years. The leatherback is the largest sea turtle, measuring nine feet long. The screening will be followed by a discussion session with Sea Turtle Restoration Project staff. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-488 0370 ext. 112, robert@seaturtles.org , http://www.seaturtles.org/film .

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Meeting: "Friends of Rodeo, Refugio, and Carquinez Watersheds" — Friends of Rodeo, Refugio, and Carquinez Watersheds will hold its first informational public meeting. The goals of FRRCW are to remove non-native vegetation, lead tours, pick up trash in riparian zones, plant native flora, and provide outreach/education to the public regarding regional watershed issues. Location: Rodeo Senior Center, 189 Parker Avenue, Rodeo. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Info: 415-847-6035, frrcw@earthlink.net .

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Yarn Divas Basic Knitting — Come learn the basics of knitting, such as casting on, knitting, purling, and more. Especially, but not exclusively, for women with cancer. Experienced participants are welcome. Learning materials provided. Location: Women's Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-420-7900 x111, margo@wcrc.org .

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Reading: John Harrington on Money, Investing and Democracy — John Harrington will read from Challenge to Power: Money, Investing and Democracy. The book examines the link between corporations and democracy, and identifies strategies for progressives to thwart corporate domination of the earth's resources, decentralize our economy, and restore democracy. 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: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 415-282-9246 , office@moderntimesbookstore.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html#ev02-01-06 .

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Conference: "Community Environmental Monitoring Programs" — The Golden West Section of the Air and Waste Management Association is pleased to sponsor this conference The conference will be valuable to consultants, industrial environmental managers, and others. The morning sessions will focus on getting community monitoring programs organized, including defining program objectives and identifying funding opportunities. The afternoon sessions will cover practical issues regarding implementation, and a discussion of case studies. The conference will be in Port Commission Hearing Room. Register by 1/27. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: $145 (full time environmental students $25). Info: 415-749-4900, golden.west.sect@sbcglobal.net , http://awma-gws.baaqmd.gov/GWS_AWMA_Community_Monitoring_Programs.doc .

Thursday, February 2, 2006
Class: "Energy Options" — Survey of the many alternatives to current energy uses, the nature of the energy crisis, and the need for a national energy policy. Code: 0984. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $78. Info: 510-208-7225, http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/classchd/062/METECH.HTM .

Friday, February 3, 2006 - Sunday, February 5, 2006
Summit: Sustainable Biodiesel — The Biodiesel Council of California is hosting the 3rd annual grassroots biodiesel conference. This year's theme is "Sustainability and Localization of the Biodiesel Industry." Registration and agenda will be on the website. Location: Inn Suites Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $100 ($125 on site registration). Info: 866-984 - 6818., paxfuel@asis.com , http://www.biodieselcouncil.org/ .

Friday, February 3, 2006
Creative Justice Art Show — The 2nd Annual Creative Justice Art Show features Bay Area artists whose work reflects themes of social justice, human rights, and civil rights. Location: University of SF School of Law, 2199 Fulton St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 866-984 - 6818., ejscreativejustice@yahoo.com , http://www.ejsusf.org/doc/55_Creative-Justice-Art-Show.html .

Friday, February 3, 2006
Film Opening: "Trudell" — See Heather Rae's documentary about Trudell, a Native American activist and poet. The 75 minute film was shot over a 12 year period. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8. Info: 415-957-1205, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com .

Friday, February 3, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Darwin's Nightmare" — During the 60s a new fish was introduced into Lake Victoria. The Nile Perch multiplied rapidly, killing off almost all native fish. Now the Nile Perch is exported around the world, while the lakeside villagers who are completely dependent on the fishing industry are too impoverished to buy it. Hubert Sauper's incisive documentary is a damning analysis of the global interests at play in one of Africa's most fertile regions. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 650-283-3797, aseem@worldcentric , http://worldcentric.org/filmseries/winter2006.htm .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Class: "Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees" (Rescheduled from 1/14) — Join us for the essential theory and hands-on practice of winter pruning for fruit trees. Learn about picking the best varieties for San Francisco, as well as planting and pruning for productivity. Bring sharp pruning tools if you have them. 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, February 4, 2006
Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship — The Site Stewardship Program needs your help to protect the Mission Blue butterfly and the San Francisco garter snake. Visit one of our beautiful sites in San Mateo and Marin counties and work with local communities to restore habitat for these threatened and endangered species. Transportation from Fort Mason is provided. All ages welcome. Location: Fort Mason Building 37, SF. Time: 9:15am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3437, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Sick Plant Clinic — Dr. Robert Raabe, UC plant pathologist, and Dr. Nick Mills, UC entomologist, convene a team the first Saturday of every month to diagnose plant illnesses and recommend remedies. Bring a piece of the plant in a securely sealed container. A zipperlock bag is ideal. Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free (parking 50 cents an hour). Info: 510-643-2755.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Brooks Island Kayak and Walk — Save the Bay has teamed up with East Bay Regional Parks staff to provide this kayak paddle and walking tour on this 373-acre island just off the Richmond shoreline. Brooks Island provides crucial habitat for nesting birds and offers stunning views of San Francisco Bay. All equipment and instruction is provided. Minimum age16. Trip departs from Richmond Harbor. Location: Richmond. Time: noon - 5pm. Cost: $70. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Workshop for Educators: "Kids in Gardens" — Learn to propagate plants, improve soil, reduce waste and pesticide use, conserve water, and create wildlife habitat. Receive free supplies and resource binders with ready-to-use lesson plans. Call or go to website for location. Location: Martinez. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Class: "Fruit Tree Pruning" — Bring your pruning shears! Learn how to maximize tree health and fruit production and how to identify dead wood. Please bring a bag lunch and notebook. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 2pm. Cost: $32. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Workshop: "Cohousing Project Management" — Presentation will be panel style and will address the challenges, issues and best practices of cohousing development. Professionals with varying approaches will be presenting. Individual consultation available. Pre-event social on Friday evening, 2/3. Location: Berkeley. Cost: $450. Info: 650-493-6072, rick@whdc.com , http://www.cohousing.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Class: "Urban Composting" — Turn your kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment for your plants. Approximately 45% of San Francisco's residential garbage is valuable organic material that can be composted into rich fertilizer for your soil! Learn what you can do to reduce waste, save money and help the environment. 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, February 4, 2006
Bayview / DPW Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! RSVP by phone. Meeting place TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Certified Green Building Professional Training — Build It Green presents the Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) training. The program consists of a two-session course on how to apply healthy, energy and resource efficient methods and materials in remodeling and building. Location: Santa Cruz County Parks Simpkins Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. Time: 8:30am - 5pm on two Saturdays. Cost: $395. Info: 510-845-5106, ext. 230, http://www.builditgreen.org/guild/index.cfm?fuseaction=become_pro .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Volunteer: "Santa Venetia Marsh Restoration Project" — Plant seedlings as part of a partnership with Marin Open Space District to restore wetland habitat along Gallinas Creek. Sign up online. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452 - 9261, savebay@saveSFbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Volunteer: "Plant Natives and Remove Invasives on Cerrito Creek" — Join Friends of Five Creeks volunteers planting natives and removing invasives to restore habitat along the new Cerrito Creek walkway. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Meet at Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Street. Location: El Cerrito. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-848 9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Volunteer: French Broom Removal — Work parties 1st Saturday of each month. We walk to the work site so arriving on time is important. Please bring your own gloves. Weed wrenches and other tools (as well as great snacks!) will be provided. Rain cancels. Location: Skyline Gate Staging Area, Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 1pm. Info: 510-684 2473, californica@mac.com .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Help put 18,000 plants into local wetlands this winter! Activities include planting native seedlings, non-native plant removal, site monitoring, and shoreline clean-up. Gloves, tools and snacks provided. Families welcome. RSVP required. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Workshop: "Environmental Illustration and Animation" — We'll study nature for tips on creating flying creatures and microscopic oddities. A quick hike around the marsh will familiarize you with the local species before you head into the arts workshop. You'll prepare ink drawings and backdrops for your animated animal movie, and use Macromedia Flash to digitize, colorize, and bring your drawings to life: yours on a disk to take home. Basic computer skills required. For youth ages 13 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Sunday, February 5, 2006
Slide Show: Salt Pond Restoration — The South Bay Restoration Project will transform South San Francisco Bay in the next few decades. How will this affect habitat, wildlife, and recreation? Learn about the role of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and how you can become involved with the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. Geared for ages 12 and older. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 1pm - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, vs_intern@yahoo.com , http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Sunday, February 5, 2006
Natural Wonders — Let's explore nearby trails to discover what amazing offerings nature has for us. We'll investigate and appreciate life on land, in the air, and underwater. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .....................................................................................................................................

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