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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
1/19/2006	 	Alaskan Rainforest Kayak Journey
1/21/2006	 	Wintertime Pruning & Tree Care

ALL EVENTS
Through 2/26/2006	 	Nature Walks - See Spawning Salmon
Through 3/31/2006	 	Exhibit: "Wade into Wetlands"
1/6/2006	 	Fundraising Reception: "Clean Money" with Rep. Loni Hancock
1/6/2006	 	Deadline: Entries for Creative Justice Art Show
1/7/2006	 	Fundraising Cooking Class: Seasonal Local Cuisine
1/7/2006	 	Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
1/7/2006	 	Earth Activist Training
1/7/2006	 	Class: Composting
1/7/2006	 	Town Hall Meeting with Loni Hancock: Overhauling California Elections
1/7/2006	 	Kids' Garden Club
1/7/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
1/7/2006	 	EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville
1/7/2006	 	Sick Plant Clinic
1/7/2006	 	Slide Show: Salt Pond Restoration
1/7/2006	 	Hike: "Botanical Wanderings"
1/7/2006	 	Patriarchies: A Global Perspective on Women's Oppression
1/7/2006	 	Sustainable Solutions Caravan: 3rd Annual Convergence
1/7/2006	 	Kids: "Nature Detectives"
1/8/2006	 	Speaker: Eating Healthfully, Organically
1/8/2006	 	Workshop: "Effective Advocacy for Animals"
1/9/2006	 	Speaker and Discussion: Peter Camejo and the Alameda County Green Party
1/9/2006	 	Speaker: Reverend Lucius Walker
1/10/2006	 	Education: "Sustainable Design" Certificate Program
1/10/2006	 	Tilden Explorers
1/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Raise Your Energy IQ: What Are Green Tags?"
1/10/2006	 	Volunteer: "Protect Endangered Animals at National Park Sites"
1/11/2006	 	Presentation: "Sustainability in Suburbia"
1/11/2006	 	Speakers: "Participatory Design and Ecological Building in Colombia"
1/11/2006	 	Reception: "Art from the Dump at City Hall"
1/11/2006	 	Presentation: "Medicine for a Healthy Planet"
1/11/2006	 	Film: "Animal Liberation: History in the Making"
1/11/2006	 	Speaker: Eric Utne on Connecting City and Suburb Dwellers to Nature
1/11/2006	 	Meeting: Community Planning for a Living Library and Think Park
1/11/2006	 	Speaker: Jared Diamond on How Societies Collapse
1/12/2006	 	Class: "Choices for Sustainable Living"
1/12/2006	 	First Session of Ongoing Class: "Climate Change and Other Environmental Topics"
1/12/2006	 	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Fort Baker
1/12/2006	 	Speakers and Performance: "Bush Step Down! - An Evening of Conscience"
1/12/2006	 	Class: "Permaculture Design"
1/12/2006	 	Presentation: Environmentally Friendly Flooring Materials
1/13/2006	 	Press Conference and Reading: "End the Nightmare; Bring Back the Dream"
1/13/2006	 	Workshop: "The Power of Tracking"
1/13/2006	 	Conference: Eco Wave 2006
1/13/2006	 	Film: "Homeland"
1/13/2006	 	Ocean Film Festival
1/14/2006	 	Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
1/14/2006	 	Protest Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Continuous Funding of the War in Iraq
1/14/2006	 	Rally in Support of the Berkeley Honda Strike with "The Raging Grannies"
1/14/2006	 	Nature Walk and Class: "Making Tracks"
1/14/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
1/14/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "High-Flavor, Low-Calorie Meals"
1/14/2006	 	Presentation: "Salt Pond Tour"
1/14/2006	 	Sing-along in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1/14/2006	 	Class: "Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees"
1/14/2006	 	Class: "Grafting Fruit Trees"
1/14/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Book Safes"
1/15/2006	 	Workshop: "Basics of Lime Plaster Application"
1/15/2006	 	Reading: "In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club"
1/15/2006	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project"
1/15/2006	 	Nature Walk: "Lobos Dunes Adventure"
1/15/2006	 	Discussion and Potluck: "Corporate Personhood and Human Rights"
1/15/2006	 	Walk: "Poetry and the Marsh"
1/16/2006	 	EarthTeam Shoreline Restoration and Celebration for Middle and High School Students
1/18/2006	 	Presentation: "Green Health Care"
1/18/2006	 	Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery -- Wetlands Restoration Project
1/19/2006	 	Lecture: "Historical and Ongoing Plant Discoveries in California"
1/19/2006	 	Speaker: Van Jones on Urban Ecology
1/19/2006	 	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Fort Baker
1/19/2006	 	Mixer: Environmental Education Council of Marin
1/19/2006	 	Alaskan Rainforest Kayak Journey
1/19/2006	 	Meeting: "US Labor Against the War in Iraq"
1/19/2006	 	Fundraiser: "Progressive Reading Series"
1/19/2006	 	Sustainable Business Alliance Post-Holiday Party
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"
1/21/2006	 	Rally in Support of the Berkeley Honda Strike with "The Liberation Brass Band"
1/21/2006	 	Town Hall Meeting: "Environmental Links to Breast Cancer"
1/21/2006	 	Film: "In the Company of Wild Butterflies"
1/21/2006	 	Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
1/21/2006	 	Wintertime Pruning & Tree Care
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: "Mend a Marsh for the Birds!"
1/21/2006	 	Class: "Rose Pruning and Care"
1/21/2006	 	California Rare Fruit Growers Annual Scion Exchange
1/21/2006	 	Mini-Farmers
1/21/2006	 	Kids' Garden Club
1/21/2006	 	Volunteer: "Restore the Marin Headlands"
1/21/2006	 	Speaker: "War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution"
1/21/2006	 	Wild Care's "Nature Lovers Ball"
1/21/2006	 	Twilight Marsh Walk
1/21/2006	 	Class: "Growing Roses Organically"
1/21/2006	 	Survival Workshop Series: "Wilderness Water and Designing for Water in the Landscape"
1/21/2006	 	Exhibit: "Art at the Dump"
1/21/2006	 	Class: "Winter Pruning and Maintenance"
1/22/2006	 	Presentation: Salt Pond Tour
1/22/2006	 	Class: "Fungi Fun in the Garden"

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 .

ALL EVENTS

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 .

Friday, January 6, 2006
Fundraising Reception: "Clean Money" with Rep. Loni Hancock — You are invited to a conversation with Assemblywoman Loni Hancock (D - Berkeley), sponsor of AB 583, the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act to find out how Clean Money full public funding of election campaigns puts voters in control. Proceeds support the California Clean Money Campaign. Wine and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP early: space is limited. Address will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP. Location: Oakland. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: $25. Info: 800-566-3780, Moira.Brennan@CAclean.org .

Friday, January 6, 2006
Deadline: Entries for Creative Justice Art Show — The 2nd Annual Creative Justice Art Show calls on Bay Area artists whose work reflects themes of social justice, human rights, and civil rights. Painting, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, music, and spoken word/poetry are eligible. Prospectus and entry forms available online. The Creative Justice Art Show is presented by the USF School of Law chapter of the Equal Justice Society, and will take place 2/3/06 at the USF School of Law. Location: SF. Info: 800-566-3780, ejscreativejustice@yahoo.com , http://www.ejsusf.org/doc/55_Creative-Justice-Art-Show.html .

Saturday, January 7, 2006
Fundraising Cooking Class: Seasonal Local Cuisine — The class is a fundraiser for Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center. You will learn easy, delicious recipes and enjoy lunch. The healing and energetic power of foods will be discussed. Much of the information is based on ancient oriental knowledge and wisdom. Taught by Patricia Becker at a private home. Class size limited to 20. Register by phone. Location: Menlo Park. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $100. Info: 650-948-4036.

Saturday, January 7, 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 7, 2006
Earth Activist Training — Earth Activist Training: permaculture, activsim, and magic with Starhawk, Penny Livingston-Stark, and Erik Ohlsen. Unique, intensive, visionary, hands-dirty learning! EAT blends a full permaculture certification class with earth-based spirituality and practical political know-how. Learn how to transform a piece of land, a community, political structures, economic systems, and yourself. Regular registration due by 12/7. Location: Black Mountain Preserve, Cazadero. Cost: $1100-$1600 (sliding scale includes tuition, meals, and basic lodging). Info: 707-583-2300 x119, mer@starhawk.org , http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/ .

Saturday, January 7, 2006
Class: Composting — Don't let your food scraps go to waste! Learn what you can do to reduce waste, save money and help the environment. This class will cover the basics of both backyard and worm composting. Pre-registration required. 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, January 7, 2006
Town Hall Meeting with Loni Hancock: Overhauling California Elections — Assemblywoman Loni Hancock will host a town hall to discuss how to overhaul California's elections. The only way to eliminate the corrupting influence of "special interest" money is a publicly financed election system. Hear about the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act of 2006. Location: Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Time: 11am - 2pm. Info: 510-559-1406.

Saturday, January 7, 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 7, 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 7, 2006
EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville — Operatic, acrobatic, Earth-loving juggling fun for kids and adults. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 10:30am. Cost: $4 (kids $3). Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#ChildrenEvents .

Saturday, January 7, 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, January 7, 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 .

Saturday, January 7, 2006
Hike: "Botanical Wanderings" — Discover the diverse winter habitats from the hilltops to the marsh. Use our plant list to help identify the great variety of plants in this unique urban refuge. Bring binoculars to get a better look at birds and animals, or borrow a pair of ours. Led by Alvin Dockter. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 37, vs_intern@yahoo.com .

Saturday, January 7, 2006
Patriarchies: A Global Perspective on Women's Oppression — Slides and group discussion. Patterns of male privilege and female subordination, with discussion based on images and sources from the Suppressed Histories Archives. Location: Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 (low income as able). Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 37, maxdashu@lmi.net , http://www.suppressedhistories.net .

Saturday, January 7, 2006
Sustainable Solutions Caravan: 3rd Annual Convergence — The Sustainable Solutions Caravan kicks off another amazing journey through Mexico and Central America to Costa Rica traveling in buses that run on straight vegetable oil. Peak oil production could come as soon as next year, meaning that the price for every thing made from petroleum will sky rocket. The Caravan's mission is to help inform the public about alternative energy possibilities available to them. An all-star lineup with members of Hamsa Lila, Aphrodesia, Santa Cruz Samba Troupe, BIG TADOO Puppet Crew, DJ Little John, Lydia's Organics, Ariel Silk performance, stilt walkers, clowns, MC Betty Biodiesel, decorations provided by Anon Salon, information sharing, community. Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15 and up, sliding scale. Info: 323-828-2480, seacloud252@hotmail.com , http://www.veggiecaravan.com .

Saturday, January 7, 2006
Kids: "Nature Detectives" — What's the difference between a hare and a rabbit? Nature Detectives is a monthly program for 3 to 5 year olds and their caregivers. Reservations required. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 11am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-881-6751.

Sunday, January 8, 2006
Speaker: Eating Healthfully, Organically — Barbara offers support with personalized nutritional profiles. She provides tips on how to acquire a taste for high fiber food, feed your body high quality fuel, balance blood sugar levels, improve your digestive process, and more. Joy explains how the mind works. She provides tips on how to implement change and make healthy choices with greater ease and consistency. Space limited. Please call to reserve space. Location: Slender Lady of San Mateo, 1501 South B St., San Mateo. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $15. Info: 650-692-6165, jreich14@sbcglobal.net , http://www.transformativepathways.com .

Sunday, January 8, 2006
Workshop: "Effective Advocacy for Animals" — Join us for the next Compassionate Living program sponsored by Bay Area Vegetarians, an interactive session on the effective advocacy for animals: leafleting, letter writing, and tabling. A special presentation on "Activist Rights for Animal Rights" is also included. RSVP. Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 3pm - 5pm. Cost: Free (donations appreciated). Info: 650-692-6165, http://www.bayareaveg.org/rsvp.htm?id=1081 .

Monday, January 9, 2006
Speaker and Discussion: Peter Camejo and the Alameda County Green Party — Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo shares his views on the 2006 election and the role of the Green Party. Followed by an open discussion. Green Sundays are a series of free programs and discussions sponsored by the Outreach Working Group of the Green Party of Alameda County. Location: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Time: 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-692-6165, http://www.acgreens.org .

Monday, January 9, 2006
Speaker: Reverend Lucius Walker — Hear Reverend Lucius Walker, Jr. speak about rebuilding efforts and community empowerment from New Orleans to Havana. Rev. Walker was recently in Louisiana with humanitarian aid caravans organized by Pastors for Peace. He will also discuss the latest challenges to travel restrictions and the blockade against Cuba, including an update on the Cuban Five's case. Location: Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia St. , between 16th & 17th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation requested. Info: 415-575-5542, june@globalexchange.org , http://www.ifconews.org/ .

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Education: "Sustainable Design" Certificate Program — The program is open to anyone and is taught in the evenings. Join other professionals seeking to expand their skills and knowledge. Learn from the leaders in Green Building. Location: UC Extension, 95 Third Street, SF. Cost: $300 for each 6 week course. Info: 415-284-1070, http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/interiordesign/ .

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 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 .

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Workshop: "Raise Your Energy IQ: What Are Green Tags?" — Lessen the environmental impact of your driving. Learn how to purchase renewable energy certificates, or "green tags," to support clean energy to offset your carbon dioxide emissions. Debbie Mytels will describe Acterra's new Cool It! campaign, while Tom Arnold of TerraPass and Steve Attinger of Krystal Planet will discuss other green tag programs. Workshop will be the in Raptor Suite. Location: Acterra's Environmental Library, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10. Info: 650-962-9876 ext.306, library@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/forum .

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Volunteer: "Protect Endangered Animals at National Park Sites" — Join like-minded nature enthusiasts as we help protect valuable and endangered species throughout the Bay Area's National Park sites. No experience is necessary. First-time volunteers and groups encouraged. We provide all training, tools, and snacks. Remove cape ivy along a scenic creek where it can damage habitat for our native, endangered populations of Coho salmon, Steelhead trout, and red legged frogs. Young volunteers should have chaperones. Fulfills community service requirements. There is also a Sunday drop-in program from 9:30am. - 2:30pm. Time: 9am - noon (or 1pm - 4pm). Info: 415-331-0732.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Presentation: "Sustainability in Suburbia" — The need to produce more of our own food or get it from sources closer to home will increase with the coming crisis associated with "peak oil." Hear how the San Mateo Ecovillage has been set up to grow some of its own food and learn ways you can do it as well. Find out about additional local sources of organic food such as "Community Supported Agriculture." Learn how to improve your soil so that you can garden, and what to do if you have no soil. Location: Peter's Cafe, 10 El Camino, at Millbrae Ave, Millbrae. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free (no-host dinner at 6pm). Info: 650-366-6603, gpsmc@cagreens.or , http://greens.org/cal/sanmateo .

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Speakers: "Participatory Design and Ecological Building in Colombia" — ADPSR is pleased to host Claudia Jiminez and Diego Vazquez, members of Fundaci—n Vital (Vital Foundation), presenting their work on collaborative and ecological design in Colombia. The two speakers are members of Fundaci—n Vital and are visiting the Bay Area to share their experiences and learn from the experiences of practitioners here. Reception, 6pm. Program, 6:30pm. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $5 - $10 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-845-1000, adpsrmail@aol.com , http://www.adpsr-norcal.org/ .

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Reception: "Art from the Dump at City Hall" — The Artist In Residence Program at SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc. is a program that inspires and educates people about recycling and conservation by providing local artists with access to materials, a workspace, and other resources at our Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center (also known as "The Dump"). The South Light Court at City Hall is now an art gallery space. The Artist In Residence Program is honored to be the second exhibit in this space. Please join us for soft drinks and snacks. Mayor Newsom is invited and has it on his calendar for 6:15 - 6:45pm. Location: San Francisco City Hall, Grove St. and Van Ness Ave., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Info: 415-330-1414, art@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrd.com/AIR/index.htm .

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Presentation: "Medicine for a Healthy Planet" — An introduction to Ecological Medicine from an individual, local, and world perspective. Learn about sustainable medicine, and explore the relationship between our healing practices and the global environment. Location: Elephant Pharmacy - San Rafael, 909 Grand Ave., San Rafael. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-462-6000, http://www.elephantpharmacy.com .

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Film: "Animal Liberation: History in the Making" — This film documents the actions of the Animal Liberation Movement. From the first ALF raids on British laboratories and factory farms; to the voyages of the Sea Shepherd fleet, ramming ships to shut down illegal whaling and sealing operations; to the ELF taking the profit motive out of environmental destruction by causing economic damage to businesses; to the ALF using non-violent direct action in the defense of non-human life. 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 11, 2006
Speaker: Eric Utne on Connecting City and Suburb Dwellers to Nature — Eric Utne, founder of Utne Magazine and author of Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac argues that urban and suburban Americans are in danger of losing their connection to nature. Utne believes that city dwellers can learn to live greener lives, and looks to the still-relevant advice of Benjamin Franklin - author of Poor Richard's Almanac - to provide guidance. 5:30pm: wine and cheese reception. 6pm: program. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $18. Info: 925-487-4419, http://www.commonwealthclub.org/featured.html#utne .

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Meeting: Community Planning for a Living Library and Think Park — View current plans and help develop additional plans for new and better public green open spaces, traffic calming, and other elements for the Bernal community and surrounding areas. Location: Junipero Serra Child Development Center, 155 Appleton Avenue, near Holly Park Circle, SF. Time: 6pm - 7:30pm. Info: 925-487-4419, bonnieora@alivinglibrary.org .

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Speaker: Jared Diamond on How Societies Collapse — In Collapse, the companion volume to his bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond moves from Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya, and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, tracing the pattern of catastrophe, the environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and political choices that were factors in the demise of these societies. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-845-7852.

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Class: "Choices for Sustainable Living" — Would you like to meet others and share ideas about saving the Earth for future generations? "Choices for Sustainable Living," a ten-week evening discussion course which will introduce you to others with similar interests, and help you turn ideas into action. Using materials developed by the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) in Portland, we will address ecological principles, sustainable communities, sustainable business, and more. Pre-registration required. Location: Acterra's Environmental Library, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto. Time: Thursdays, 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $20 ($40 for class plus Acterra membership). Info: 650-493-4503, david@evcl.com , http://www.acterra.org .

Thursday, January 12, 2006
First Session of Ongoing Class: "Climate Change and Other Environmental Topics" — Presentations, discussions and hands-on activities (we begin by building a greenhouse). Other environmental topics follow per your requests. Class will meet each Thursday. Taught by Karen Street. Call if interested. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 3:30pm. Info: 510-981-5190.

Thursday, January 12, 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 .

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Speakers and Performance: "Bush Step Down! - An Evening of Conscience" — Speakers and performances including: Global Exchange founder Medea Benjamin, Comedian Will Durst, Artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, CA State Assemblyman Mark Leno, Poet Laureate Devorah Major and World Can't Wait Sunsara Taylor. Location: Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 - $20 donation requested. Info: 415-864-5153, http://www.worldcantwait.net/ .

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Class: "Permaculture Design" — Strategies and techniques of permaculture design. 28A: Ethics, soil and soil fertility, flood and erosion control, synergistic plant associations. 28B: Landscape design/assessment, reducing waste, advanced mulching techniques, and student designs. Codes: 1020 and 1021. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 9am - 2pm Fridays. Cost: $78. Info: 510-208-7225, http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/classchd/062/MLANHT.HTM .

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Presentation: Environmentally Friendly Flooring Materials — Mari Strain, founder of Flooring Alternatives, will give a presentation on environmentally friendly flooring materials, including bamboo, cork, sustainable hardwoods, and natural linoleum. Discover all your choices in selections and finishes of each material and learn about technical and design considerations when choosing a flooring material. Pre-registration required by email or phone. Location: San Francisco Dept. of Environment, 11 Grove St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-5106 ext. 101, Taleesha@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.BuildItGreen.org .

Friday, January 13, 2006
Press Conference and Reading: "End the Nightmare; Bring Back the Dream" — Peoples' NonViolent Response Coalition invites you to participate in a continuous public reading of Dr. King's 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence." Please join a medley of voices in honoring Dr. King by opposing war against Iraq, demanding justice for Katrina victims, remembering Rosa Parks and honoring Stanley "Tookie" Williams. A noon press conference will be followed by continuous readings of the speech and a closing ceremony at 4:00pm. (In case of rain, an indoor location will be announced.) Location: Oakland Federal Building, 13th and Clay Streets, Oakland. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 510-839-5877 , http://www.pnvrc.net/Events.html .

Friday, January 13, 2006
Workshop: "The Power of Tracking" — Skills and topics covered include holistic tracking and the refinement and expansion of awareness. Friday: 7:30pm - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 5pm, and Sunday: 9am - 4pm. Pre-registration required. Location: Wild Teachers Wildlife Sanctuary, Half Moon Bay. Cost: $200 ($450 for a three workshop package). Info: 800-244-9453, Info@WildlifeAssociates.org , http://www.wildlifeassociates.org/ .

Friday, January 13, 2006
Conference: Eco Wave 2006 — Presentations, seminars, workshops, and exhibits on ecologically sound architecture, plus an optional extra day of self-guided tours of eco-design showplaces throughout Northern California. Students can earn two units. Architects can earn up to 21 AIA H/S/W CEUs. Location: San Francisco Institute of Architecture, 1366 Mission St., SF. Cost: $200, $100 for students ($120, $60 students before 12/31/05). Info: 510-523-5174, sfia@aol.com .

Friday, January 13, 2006
Film: "Homeland" — This award-winning film profiles Native American activists who are fighting to protect Indian lands, preserve their sovereignty and ensure the cultural survival of their peoples. A moving tribute to the power of grassroots organizing. Peace and Pizza is a monthly community event on the second Friday of every month showing movies you won't see on corporate TV. Co-sponsored by Code Pink Hayward and the South Alameda County Peace and Justice Coalition. 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, January 13, 2006 - Sunday, January 15, 2006
Ocean Film Festival — Check out a variety of movies about oceans and ocean life. Reception 1/13, 6pm - 8pm at the SF Maritime Museum in Aquatic Park. Reception tickets are $75 ($50 in advance). Location: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, SF. Info: 510-432-9493, http://oceanfilmfest.org/festival_2006.html .

Saturday, January 14, 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, January 14, 2006
Protest Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Continuous Funding of the War in Iraq — Nancy Pelosi will be holding a Town Hall meeting to discuss National Security. We'll be outside protesting her continuous support for a military war chest. While she has personally supported Rep. John Murtha's call for withdrawal from the ground war, she refuses to move the Democratic Party Caucus towards supporting even Murtha's resolution; she will not support HR 4232 to prohibit the use of funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq. Location: Marina Middle School Auditorium, 3500 Fillmore Street, between Bay and Chestnut, SF. Time: 9:30am. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, codepinkbayarea@riseup.net .

Saturday, January 14, 2006
Rally in Support of the Berkeley Honda Strike with "The Raging Grannies" — 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 Raging Grannies sing! Location: Berkeley Honda, 2600 Shattuck Ave., at Parker, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109.

Saturday, January 14, 2006
Nature Walk and Class: "Making Tracks" — Learn to identify tracks and animal habitats as you venture into the Crissy Field Marsh. Gather digital photos and geographic positioning data to view in the media lab, where you will also be introduced to "Google Earth," an exciting program using satellite imagery. Youth ages 8 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $10 per child. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, January 14, 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 14, 2006
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "High-Flavor, Low-Calorie Meals" — We'll demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Polenta Casserole with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Sweet and Sour Tempeh, Garlic and Greens Soup, Quick Bean Burritos, and Fantastic Fruit Crumble. Using local, in-season, mostly organic ingredients, we feature uncomplicated recipes, debunk myths regarding plant-based eating, eat yummy food samples, and have a lot of fun! Register online by 12/9. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., @ Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $45. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Saturday, January 14, 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/ .

Saturday, January 14, 2006
Sing-along in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Please join us for an evening of music and community as we celebrate the birthday of a civil rights leader and peacemaker! Location: First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $7 - $15 suggested donation. Info: 650-326-8837, julia@peaceandjustice.net .

Saturday, January 14, 2006
Class: "Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees" — 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, January 14, 2006
Class: "Grafting Fruit Trees" — Grafting allows you to have the variety of fruit you want on the appropriate rootstocks and to graft more than one variety onto new or existing trees. The class covers the plant physiology involved in grafting, various grafting techniques, and the steps that produce a grafted fruit tree. Grafting knives will be available for purchase. 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 14, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Book Safes" — A book safe is a place to hide a passport, special event tickets, or emergency cash. Create a hollow space inside a hardback book by removing the pages and building a frame. Make your own book of secrets. Present the gift of privacy. Perfect for a journal, love letters, or poetry. 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/ .

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Workshop: "Basics of Lime Plaster Application" — You'll learn to mix the plaster, apply a base and finish coat, plaster corners, edges, and ceilings, and seal the finish. You'll need a trowel (available at Green Fusion) and work cloths. Register by 1/12/06. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: $125. Info: 415-454-0174, http://www.greenfusiondesigncenter.com/ .

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Reading: "In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club" — Former Chairman of the Sierra Club, Michael McCloskey, will talk about In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club. In 1961,the Sierra Club hired Mike McCloskey, fresh out of law school, to work as a field organizer for the Califonia-based outdoor club with 25 employees. In the 40 years since, McCloskey helped membership grow to over half a million. His book describes a career in the thick of political battles and activism. 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, January 15, 2006
Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project" — Enjoy Spring wildflower bloom and maintain restoration areas by controlling invasive weeds and picking up trash on Bernal Hilltop. Meet at the foot of the road leading to the phone company microwave tower near the southwest road closure of Bernal Heights Boulevard. Bring your own tools and clippers if possible. Location: SF. Time: 11am. Info: 415-282-5066, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Nature Walk: "Lobos Dunes Adventure" — Enjoy the treasures of the park as you participate in a scavenger hunt, from Rob Hill down to Lobos Dunes. As we search for wildlife, you will enjoy beautiful vistas and hear stories. Once at Lobos Dunes, learn about the helpful uses of the fragile but enduring plants found in this restored plant community. Pre-registration required. Directions sent with pre-registration confirmation. Location: Rob Hill Campground, Presidio, off of Washington Blvd., SF. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Discussion and Potluck: "Corporate Personhood and Human Rights" — What is corporate personhood? How has it allowed corporations to amass power and wealth? How did it become law? Why is it a threat to democracy? Learn what corporate personhood is and what we're doing about it in the Bay Area. 5pm: potluck supper, 6pm: program. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 5pm. Info: 650-326-8837, julia@peaceandjustice.net .

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Walk: "Poetry and the Marsh" — We'll take a short leisurely stroll discussing the natural history of plants and animals along the trail. After the hike, we'll reflect on the beauty of the marsh through poetry while we drink hot chocolate, coffee or cider. Ages 12 and up. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 9am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-670-7270, hayshore@aol.com .

Monday, January 16, 2006
EarthTeam Shoreline Restoration and Celebration for Middle and High School Students — 10am - 1pm: MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline is home to many plants and animals, including the endangered California clapper rail. Help restore the local ecosystem by planting native plants, removing non-native plants, and shoreline cleanup. No experience necessary. Fulfills volunteer service requirements. 1pm - 2pm: A short celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and message of service, and presentations and performances by Bay Area teens. We will also honor a local winner of the 2005 International Young Eco-Hero Award! Free lunch for all restoration project participants. RSVP required by Friday, 1/6! Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-704-4030, chicoryb@earthteam.net .

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Presentation: "Green Health Care" — At the Teleosis Institute, we believe health care should be good for people and the environment. RSVP. 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, January 18, 2006
Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery -- Wetlands Restoration Project — With the help of volunteers, Native Plant Nurseries grow native wetland plants onsite for our restoration projects. Activities include plant propagation and transplanting, and watering. No experience necessary. RSVP Requested. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Lecture: "Historical and Ongoing Plant Discoveries in California" — Barbara Ertter, curator of Western North American Flora at the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium, will discuss historical and ongoing plant discoveries in California, including the recent rediscovery of Eriogonum truncatum at Mount Diablo. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-3884, http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/index.cgi .

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Speaker: Van Jones on Urban Ecology — "A New Green Dream: Reviving Silicon Valley through Urban Ecology." Hear Van Jones share his dream of forging a new coalition of environmentalists, urban residents and human rights activists. He envisions reviving our cities, our economy, and our spirits with a new wave of "green collar" jobs. Location: First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $10. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 345, kayo@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org .

Thursday, January 19, 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 .

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Mixer: Environmental Education Council of Marin — EECoM's mixers are a great place to network and connect for all those interested in building a healthy sustainable environment. Location: Piatti's Restaurant, 625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Info: 415-485-4908, Karen@eecom.net , http://www.eecom.net .

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.

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Meeting: "US Labor Against the War in Iraq" — Leaders of all Bay Area US LAW affiliates and officials of other interested unions are invited to attend a report-back meeting to learn more about the decisions reached in Chicago on December 3-4, 2005 (US LAW National Steering Committee) in planning for 2006 for the Bay Area. RSVP. Location: SEIU Local 1000, 1433 Webster Street, #200, Oakland. Time: 8:30am - 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-436-6125, m_eisnscher@uslaboragainstwar.org , http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org .

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Fundraiser: "Progressive Reading Series" — Stephen Elliott is the editor of Stumbling and Raging. In MoveOn-like fashion, he has organized the Progressive Reading Series, which will, on every second Monday, raise money for progressive candidates nationwide. This inaugural event features Project X author Jim Shepard, Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), Andrew Sean Greer, Christian Parenti, Suzanne Kleid, and Campo Santo performing an excerpt from the forthcoming Denis Johnson play. Nick Lampson, a congressional candidate in Texas District 22, is tonight's beneficiary. Location: Make-Out Room, 225 22nd St.. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale. Info: 415-647-2888, http://www.stephenelliott.com .

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Sustainable Business Alliance Post-Holiday Party — All are welcome! RSVP online. Location: Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 7:30pm. Info: 510-567-6770, http://www.sustainablebiz.org .

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 .

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: 530-273-3183.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 415-331-1540, jrufo@sbcglobal.net , http://www.alamedaforum.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
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 .

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 - 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
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
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 .

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
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 .
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Ecology Center

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