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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
1/9/2007	 	Whole Foods 5% Day Benefiting the Indigenous Permaculture Project

ALL EVENTS
Through 12/30/2006	 	Film: Baraka
Through 12/30/2006	 	Live Webcasts: "International Polar Year at the Exploratorium"
Through 1/14/2007	 	Creek Walks Where Salmon Spawn
Through 4/15/2007	 	Exhibit: "ONE: An Earth Installation"
12/29/2006	 	Film: "Life on Earth"
12/30/2006	 	Really Really Free Market
12/31/2006	 	Party for Peace in the New Year
1/5/2007	 	Discussion: "Findhorn Ecovillage: Exploring Permaculture ..."
1/5/2007	 	Film: "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
1/6/2007	 	Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
1/6/2007	 	Class: "Basic Fruit Tree Care and Pome Fruits" (Fruit Trees, Part 1)
1/6/2007	 	Workshop: "Fruit Tree Pruning"
1/6/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands at Santa Venetia Marsh"
1/6/2007	 	Workshop and Forum: "Urban Composting"
1/6/2007	 	Workshop: "Strategic Questioning" for Personal and Social Change
1/6/2007	 	Benefit Discussion: "The Great Turning" with Joanna Macy and Randy Hayes
1/6/2007	 	Volunteer: "French Broom Removal"
1/6/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Slug and Salamander Sleuths"
1/6/2007	 	Volunteer: "Build Fish Habitat Reefs from Christmas Trees"
1/6/2007	 	Kids Garden Club
1/6/2007	 	Benefit: "Cuba and Latin America, Adelante!"
1/6/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Marsh Mud"
1/7/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Open Garden"
1/7/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Newt Hunt"
1/7/2007	 	Discussion: "... the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy"
1/7/2007	 	Hike: "Sausal Creek Canyons"
1/7/2007	 	Educational Adventure: Hoot with Winter Owls
1/7/2007	 	Workshop: "Growing Roses Organically"
1/8/2007	 	Spring Semester: "Ecosa Institute"
1/8/2007	 	Internet Workshop: "PV Design"
1/9/2007	 	Networking Party: Sustainable Business Alliance
1/9/2007	 	Whole Foods 5% Day Benefiting the Indigenous Permaculture Project
1/10/2007	 	Entry Deadline: "Entrepreneuring Peace" Awards
1/10/2007	 	Book Event: "Return of the Condor"
1/10/2007	 	Rally and March: "Support Alcatraz Ferry Workers"
1/10/2007	 	Speakers: "Violence against Haitian Women"
1/10/2007	 	Forum: "Community - University"
1/10/2007	 	Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery
1/10/2007	 	Volunteer: Shoreline Restoration and Celebration for Middle and High School Students
1/11/2007	 	Class: "Principles of Ecology and Sustainable Systems Lab"
1/11/2007	 	Class: "Special Projects in Environmental Design, Installation, and Maintenance"
1/11/2007	 	Class: "Environmental Racism and Justice"
1/11/2007	 	Speakers: "Violence against Haitian Women"
1/11/2007	 	Exhibit Opening: "Art to Action on Berkeley Creeks"
1/11/2007	 	Workshop: "Strategic Planning and Sustainability"
1/11/2007	 	Seminar: "Air Quality Regulation in California"
1/11/2007	 	Class: "Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems"
1/12/2007	 	Workshop: "Green Building -- Energy and Environment"
1/12/2007	 	Meeting: Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy (APPLE)
1/12/2007	 	Films: "Wind over Water" and "Out of Balance"
1/12/2007	 	Workshop: "Green Building -- Materials and Methods"
1/12/2007	 	Labor Heritage Festival: "Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King"
1/12/2007	 	Environmental Film Festival
1/13/2007	 	Class: "Stone Fruits" (Fruit Trees, Part 2)
1/13/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Bug of the Month Club"
1/13/2007	 	Volunteer: "Winter Planting at Eden Landing"
1/13/2007	 	Volunteer: "Winter Planting at San Francisquito Creek"
1/13/2007	 	Meeting: "East Bay Biodiesel Homebrewers' Club"
1/13/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Mini-Farmers"
1/13/2007	 	Workshop: "Introduction to Grow Biointensive"
1/13/2007	 	Performance: "The Dream of a King"
1/13/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class
1/13/2007	 	Workshop: "Green Building -- Eco Retrofits"
1/13/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Healthful Resolutions"
1/14/2007	 	Film: "The Ground Truth"
1/14/2007	 	Educational Adventure: Open Garden
1/14/2007	 	Educational Adventure: Nature Theater Sing-Along

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Whole Foods 5% Day Benefiting the Indigenous Permaculture Project — Whole Foods Grocery in Berkeley has chosen the Indigenous Permaculture Project -- a sponsored project of the Ecology Center -- as the beneficiary of its next "5% Day." On Tuesday, January 9th, 5% of Whole Foods' sales will be donated to the Indigenous Permaculture Project. The store will be open from 8am to 10pm. Mark your calendars, and go on a major eco-shopping spree on January 9th. Stock your pantry with bulk organic grains, legumes, dried fruits, and nuts. Load up on organic teas, spices, condiments, and cheeses. And don't forget that 12-pack of recycled-content toilet paper! Find out more about IPP. Help yourself and the world at the same time. Location: Whole Foods, 3000 Telegraph Ave, at Ashby, Berkeley. Time: 8am - 10pm. Info: 510-649-1333, http://wholefoodsmarket.com/ .

ALL EVENTS

Through Saturday, December 30, 2006
Film: Baraka — This movie is a celebration of the interconnectedness of nature and humanity and includes footage from places like Mt. Everest, Angkor Wat, Tienanmen Square, the Brazilian rain forest, the Pyramids of Gaza, the burning oil fields of Kuwait, and the Galapagos Islands. It is a cinematographic quest to explore the meaning of the Sufi word "Baraka." The 96 minute film shows nightly at 7:15pm and 9:30pm, as well as Saturdays at 2pm and 4:15pm and Wednesdays at 2pm. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8.50. Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com .

Through Saturday, December 30, 2006
Live Webcasts: "International Polar Year at the Exploratorium" — Webcast programs originating from the Exploratorium and streaming live on the Web, will feature climate scientists, authors, and Exploratorium senior scientists demonstrating and discussing the work being done to understand climate change, the impact of global warming on people and the environment, and ways individuals can get involved. Guests include Chris Mooney (12/13, 1pm PST), author of The Republican War on Science and an upcoming book, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics and the Battle Over Global Warming and Robert DeConto (12/15, 3pm, PST). Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.exploratorium.edu/pr/documents/06-12International.html .

Through Sunday, January 14, 2007
Creek Walks Where Salmon Spawn — Two tours daily on Saturday and Sundays,10am and 1pm Special trips, Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24 and Mon - Fri Dec. 25th - 29th and New Year's Day. Tours will proceed rain or shine. Wear warm clothes, galoshes or boots and bring rain gear. Reservations required. Call between 9am and 5pm, M-F to reserve a space. Location: Lagunitas Watershed. Time: 10am and 1pm. Cost: $6 - $10 sliding scale. Info: 415-488-0370 ext. 107, Creekwalk@SpawnUSA.org .

Through Sunday, April 15, 2007
Exhibit: "ONE: An Earth Installation" — San Francisco's celebrated designer/artist, Stanlee Gatti, reflects on the interconnectedness of all living things in his very first public exhibition this winter at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The exhibition brings together Gatti's flair for floral design and his artistic approach to creating original, contemporary environments. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 9am - 5pm (Tuesdays through Sundays). Cost: $5 general, $3 youth 12-17. Info: 415-666-7001, http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/ .

Friday, December 29, 2006
Film: "Life on Earth" — Whether recounting Life's first journey from the sea to the land, the development of insects and flowers, or "The First Forests" and "The Lords of the Air," David Attenborough's enthusiasm is infectious. He guides us through "the infinite variety" of life from microbes to marsupials, concluding with "the compulsive communicators," human beings. The film conveys a sense of wonder at just how much life there is on Earth. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Saturday, December 30, 2006
Really Really Free Market — Bring food, art, games, furniture, friends, random acts of kindness, bike parts/tools, face paints, plants, books, skills to share! The goal is to encourage the idea of giving just for the sake of giving and to create a constructive alternative movement to the waste and exploitation of the capitalistic economy. Location: New College of California Creamery, 780 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 510-393-5685, reallyreallyfreemarket@mutualaid.org , http://www.sf-rrfm.org/ .

Sunday, December 31, 2006
Party for Peace in the New Year — Join Medea Benjamin, Kevin Danaher, Elizabeth De La Vega, Jodie Evans, Matt Gonzalez, Paul Hawken, Ross Mirkarimi, Cindy Sheehan, and Jill Sobule; CODEPINK, Global Exchange and Gold Star Families for Peace for a night of dancing, music, merrymaking, and performance. Enjoy a magnificent view of the fireworks and city skyline and become a star with karaoke, moviemaking and other interactive art installations. Location: Zeum Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, 221 Fourth St., @ Howard, SF. Time: 8pm - 1am. Cost: $50 ($40 in advance, $15 youth / students, under 12 free). Info: 415-575 - 5555, outreach@codepinkalert.org , http://www.codepinkalert.org .

Friday, January 5, 2007
Discussion: "Findhorn Ecovillage: Exploring Permaculture ..." — Location TBD. Karl Steyeart is an educator and community organizer who has worked with urban gardeners in inner-city Detroit, Buddhist monks in Nepal, teenage organic farmers in Vermont, and downshifters in Ann Arbor. From 2002 to 2005, Karl lived at the Findhorn Community, where he was Program Director for the Findhorn Community Semester http://www.ecovillagefindhorn.com/, a college-level ecovillage-based study program. He recently co-founded a cooperative living-learning community in North Oakland. Location: Oakland. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $5 - $25 (no one turned away). Info: 415-575 - 5555, info@urbanpermacultureguild.org , http://www.solutioneers.org/ .

Friday, January 5, 2007
Film: "Who Killed the Electric Car?" — This 2006 film explores the birth, limited commercialization, and then the death of the battery electric vehicle in the U.S., specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film points out that Bush's chief influences, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Andrew Card, are all former board members and executives of oil and auto companies. Most of the film chronicles GM's efforts to demonstrate to California that there was no demand for their product. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Volunteers will restore some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay and help us reach our goal to plant 10,000 native wetland plants there this winter. We will focus on planting native plants, removing non-native, invasive weeds and continuing shoreline clean-up. Part of ongoing wetland restoration projects with our site partner, the East Bay Regional Park District. RSVP requested. 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 6, 2007
Class: "Basic Fruit Tree Care and Pome Fruits" (Fruit Trees, Part 1) — GFE and Orchard Keepers are teaming up for this two-part workshop diving into the world of fruit trees. Join us this first weekend for basic management practices such as site selection, soil preparation, and the art of planting a bare root tree. Spend the afternoon discovering the specific care and maintenance techniques of Pome fruits, deliciously known as pear, apple, and other related fruits! Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 -- no one turned away. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Workshop: "Fruit Tree Pruning" — Bring your pruning shears, a bag lunch and a notebook!. Learn how to maximize tree health and fruit production and how to identify dead wood. Espalier care will be discussed. Meet at Common Ground, then proceed to a local orchard. Rain or shine. 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: $34. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands at Santa Venetia Marsh" — Join Save The Bay and the Marin County Open Space District in our efforts to restore the wetlands and upland habitat at Santa Venetia Marsh on Gallinas Creek in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. Learn about the history of this tidal salt marsh. This winter, Save The Bay volunteers are helping with the effort to plant 10,000 plants at Santa Venetia Marsh. RSVP requested. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Workshop and Forum: "Urban Composting" — GFE and SFGRO invite all Garden Coordinators, community gardeners, and San Francisco community members to this workshop and forum on composting and it's role in community gardens,urban backyards, and individual households. The City found that nearly 40% of San Francisco's residential garbage is valuable organic material that can be composted into rich fertilizer for your soil! Learn to reduce waste, save money, help the environment and be an active participant in San Francisco Environment's waste diversion program. Event will begin with a hands-on compost workshop, followed by the Compost Education Forum. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Workshop: "Strategic Questioning" for Personal and Social Change — Connect with Fran Peavey, a community social change worker, and author of Heart Politics, Heart Politics Revisited and By Life's Grace: Musings on the Essence of Social Change. The workshop presents a fun approach to creating personal & social change in business, non-profits and everyday life. Location: San Francisco Friends Meeting House, 65 Ninth St., 2nd Floor, SF. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $65 (includes vegetarian lunch and book). Info: 510-459-9448, mary@wggan.org .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Benefit Discussion: "The Great Turning" with Joanna Macy and Randy Hayes — Joanna Macy, renowned Buddhist author/activist, and Randy Hayes, founder of Rainforest Action Network and director of the International Forum on Globalization, will describe their visions of what we can do to reverse the trends of environmental degradation and loss of life, and heal the planet and ourselves. Please reserve a space by sending a check to Green Sangha, P.O. Box 20261, Oakland, CA 94620 by 1/2/07. Phone after 1/2/07. A fundraiser for Green Sangha, an affiliate of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $20 suggested donation. Info: 510-532-6574 .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Volunteer: "French Broom Removal" — Help restore the park. French broom has been displacing the native plants. Volunteers are needed to remove the broom. We provide tools. Meet at Skyline Gate staging area (8500 Skyline Blvd. Oakland). Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm. Info: 925-756-0195, http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Slug and Salamander Sleuths" — Investigate the slippery lives of these creatures through story, song, nature walk, and craft. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 4:30pm. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Volunteer: "Build Fish Habitat Reefs from Christmas Trees" — Build fish-habitat reefs from unsold Christmas trees with the East Bay Regional Park District. Sign up by phone. Time: 8am. Info: 510-544 2342.

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Kids Garden Club — In this exciting club for children, we plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! Ages 6-9. Registration required. New themes and activities each season. 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 .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Benefit: "Cuba and Latin America, Adelante!" — Interview with author and filmmaker Saul Landau by Casa Cuba's Karen Lee Wald, author of Children of Che. Landau's latest book, A Bush & Botox World, is due this month. His latest film We Don't Play that Sport Here recently premiered in the Havana film Festival. Poetry with SF's Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman and Dottie Payne. Benefit for Casa Cuba. Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $7-$10 sliding scale. Info: 510-636-1684, casacuba@california.com .

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Marsh Mud" — Use microscopes and more to get up close and personal with the critters that live in the mud. All ages welcome (children 6 and younger must be supervised). Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $8. Info: 415-561-7690, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fallwinter0607.htm .

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Open Garden" — Join the Little Farm gardener for composting, planting, watering and reaping the rewards of our work. Cancelled only by heavy rain. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Newt Hunt" — Every winter, newts return to our freshwater ponds to breed. Catch a glimpse of the incredible mating behavior of newts! Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Discussion: "... the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy" — Interested in reading more veg and animal rights books, discussing with like-minded people, while enjoying vegan ice cream? Bay Area Vegetarians is expanding the book club for vegetarian/animal rights discussions to 6 books in 2007. Join us for a discussion of Matthew Sculley's book, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. Please arrive a few minutes early so we can start introductions and discussion promptly. Online RSVP requested. Location: MaggieMudd, 903 Cortland Avenue, SF. Time: 3pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.php?EID=1474#1474 .

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Hike: "Sausal Creek Canyons" — A challenging one-way hike through Sausal Creek canyons and green hillsides to reach gorgeous bay views. A board member from the Friends of Sausal Creek will provide useful interpretation of the area's ecosystem and restoration efforts. We will return to our starting place by bus. Bring snacks, water, layered clothing, good hiking boots, sun or rain gear as necessary. Reservations required. Meet at the end of Bridgeview Drive. Location: Oakland. Time: 10am - 1:30pm. Cost: Free (bus fare back to starting point). Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org/getinvolved/outings/outingsdirections_Oakland.html .

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Educational Adventure: Hoot with Winter Owls — Learn the night-time calls of owls that inhabit Tilden's forests and discover fact, fiction and fables about owls. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 11am - noon. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Workshop: "Growing Roses Organically" — Join GFE and the San Francisco Rose Society for this workshop on methods of growing roses without toxic pesticides and fertilizers. We will demonstrate pruning techniques, share strategies and discuss the importance of selecting disease-resistant varieties that will thrive in the microclimates of San Francisco. Pre-registration required. This workshop is part of our Resource Efficient Landscaping Education Program. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 11am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Monday, January 8, 2007
Spring Semester: "Ecosa Institute" — Students will gain an overview of sustainable design, from architecture to Permaculture, product design to urban and community planning. Real world design projects bring all the concepts of sustainability together into practical solutions. Our programs are open to students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines: all are encouraged to apply. Location: ECOSA Institute, 212B South Marina St., Prescott, AZ. Cost: $4500 non-accredited. $6900 24 quarter credits. Info: 928-776 - 8086, info@ecosainstitute.org , http://www.ecosainstitute.org/ecosaframeset2.htm .

Monday, January 8, 2007 - Friday, February 16, 2007
Internet Workshop: "PV Design" — The PV workshop teaches you how to use PV technology to produce electricity from the sun. It focuses on design and installation of residential code compliant PV systems, with a focus on sizing, site analysis, and hardware specification. Cost: $725. Info: 970-963-8855, sei@solarenergy.org , http://www.solarenergy.org/workshops/workshop.php?id=14 .

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Networking Party: Sustainable Business Alliance — Sustainable Business Alliance's biggest networking event of the year. Joel Makower Founder & Editor of GreenBiz.com will speak: "Sustainable Business: How Good is Good Enough." Location: Café de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck Ave, @ Cedar, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-451 - 4001, http://www.sustainablebiz.org/ .

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Whole Foods 5% Day Benefiting the Indigenous Permaculture Project — Whole Foods Grocery in Berkeley has chosen the Indigenous Permaculture Project -- a sponsored project of the Ecology Center -- as the beneficiary of its next "5% Day." On Tuesday, January 9th, 5% of Whole Foods' sales will be donated to the Indigenous Permaculture Project. The store will be open from 8am to 10pm. Mark your calendars, and go on a major eco-shopping spree on January 9th. Stock your pantry with bulk organic grains, legumes, dried fruits, and nuts. Load up on organic teas, spices, condiments, and cheeses. And don't forget that 12-pack of recycled-content toilet paper! Find out more about IPP. Help yourself and the world at the same time. Location: Whole Foods, 3000 Telegraph Ave, at Ashby, Berkeley. Time: 8am - 10pm. Info: 510-649-1333, http://wholefoodsmarket.com/ .

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Entry Deadline: "Entrepreneuring Peace" Awards — We invite you to join our 8th Changemakers Collaborative Competition - "Entrepreneuring Peace: innovation in managing group conflict." Participating offers you the opportunity to gain access to investors, a community of innovators, and a wealth of new ideas. Twelve finalists will attend the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England in March 2007. Three winners will receive $5,000 each. Time: 9am PST. Info: 510-649-1333, http://www.changemakers.net/journal/peace/ .

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Book Event: "Return of the Condor" — John Moir looks at the Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction. The California Condor's power and endurance were not enough to save it from near-extinction. Human greed and ignorance caused the great bird's decline, but human ingenuity and insight saved it. The condor owes its recovery to a remarkable team of scientists who flouted conventional wisdom and pursued the most controversial means to save it. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, events@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jan07Calendar.jsp .

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Rally and March: "Support Alcatraz Ferry Workers" — The National Park Service awarded the lucrative Alcatraz ferry contract to Hornblower Yachts (Alcatraz Cruises) for ten years (2005-2015). Every year at least 1,500,000 visitors take the ferry to and from the island (there is no other way). Hornblower refuses to hire qualified, trained, professional Inland Boatmen's Union (IBU) and Masters, Mates, and Pilots association (MM&P) workers who have performed this work safely since 1973. Location: Pier 3, The Embarcadero , SF. Time: 11am - 3pm. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.alcatrazunion.com/ .

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Speakers: "Violence against Haitian Women" — Athena Kolbe and Dr. Royce Hutson, authors of a study published in the Sept. 2006 Lancet medical journal, will speak about sexual assault and violence against Haitian women and girls by police and paramilitary troops following the 2004 U.S.-led coup d'etat that removed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 - $7. Info: 510-483-7481.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Forum: "Community - University" — Join over 50 organizations from Southwest Berkeley and Lower San Antonio/ Fruitvale to share resources, to dream together about ways the university can best serve your community, and to learn about current university resources available to community organizations. Lunch (from La Mediterrannee) provided. 5th floor, Tilden Room. RSVP before 1/6/07 via email with your name, title, organization name, email, phone, and dietary restrictions. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Student Union, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 2pm. Info: 510-483-7481, calcorpsforum@gmail.com , http://calcorps.berkeley.edu .

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery — Your help in the nursery will enable Save The Bay to continue restoration of some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay and help us reach our goal to plant 10,000 native wetland plants at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park this winter. 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/bayevents .

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Volunteer: 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. Free lunch for all restoration project participants. Space limited -- register ASAP. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-704-4030, salli@earthteam.net .

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Principles of Ecology and Sustainable Systems Lab" — Field lab course which identifies, measures and tests environmental principles discussed in prerequisite or corequisite Envmt 2 or Biol 13: Qualitative and quantitative methods. Code M1228. Meets Wednesdays. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $20 (1 unit). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Special Projects in Environmental Design, Installation, and Maintenance" — Environmental management, restoration, and maintenance practices for buildings, watersheds, and landscapes at public sites. Code M1237. Thursdays, lecture 2pm - 4:30pm, lab 4:30pm - 6pm. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $10 - $60 (.5 units - 3 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Environmental Racism and Justice" — American and global environmental policy and ethics concentrating on their impact on minorities and people of color. Code M1222. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays. Room P207. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 11am - 12:30pm. Cost: $60 (3 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Thursday, January 11, 2007
Speakers: "Violence against Haitian Women" — Athena Kolbe and Dr. Royce Hutson, authors of a study published in the Sept. 2006 Lancet medical journal, will speak about sexual assault and violence against Haitian women and girls by police and paramilitary troops following the 2004 U.S.-led coup d'etat that removed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Location: Redwoods Presbyterian Church, 110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 - $10. Info: 415-924-3227.

Thursday, January 11, 2007
Exhibit Opening: "Art to Action on Berkeley Creeks" — Photos will showcase three sessions of making art from natural and found materials, with environmental artist Zach Pine. There will be information on Codornices history, and a chance to make environmental art yourself! Refreshments provided. At the River of Words' gallery space, 13B. Location: Sawtooth Building, 2547 8th Street, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-924-3227, F5creeks@aol.com .

Thursday, January 11, 2007
Workshop: "Strategic Planning and Sustainability" — Many non-profits start projects without assessing resources and creating clear plans. This workshop will help create a new model of planning, which incorporates sustainable growth with respect for staff and organization resources and limits. We will focus on goal setting for 2007. Registration required. Seating limited. Location: MarinLink, 2620 The Mall at Northgate, between Rite Aid and Sears, San Rafael. Time: 8am - 9:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 415-472-0211.

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Friday, January 12, 2007
Seminar: "Air Quality Regulation in California" — Critical issues in greenhouse gases, stationary source and mobile source emissions. Air quality professionals with an interest in regulation are encouraged to attend. Location: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Cost: $895 (discounts available). Info: 800-854-8009, http://www.lawseminars.com .

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems" — Impact of human civilization on earth's major eco- logical systems: Issues of ecology,sustainability, human population, natural resources, pollution. Code M1227. Meets Wednesdays. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $60 (3 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Friday, January 12, 2007
Workshop: "Green Building -- Energy and Environment" — Passive and active solar, photovoltaics, solar cooling, natural lighting, avoiding toxic air and materials, energy-saving everything, harvesting wind and rain, recycling waste, bioremediation, and site remediation. Location: Tinkers Workshop Shorebird Facility, 80 Bolivar Dr., Berkeley. Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $150 in advance ($110 before 1/6/07, $200 on-site). Info: 510-523-5174, SFIABerkeleyEco@aol.com , http://www.sfia.net/ecoeverything_berkeley06.asp .

Friday, January 12, 2007
Meeting: Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy (APPLE) — A short video will be shown at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7. Topics include Community Gardens, Bicycle Paths, and other projects. The intention is to envision and build a viable local economy in the Mount Shasta region, centered in cooperative production of essentials. Check website to confirm meeting place, usually the Community Room of the Eskaton Manor. Location: Eskaton Manor, Just north of Hospital on Kingston Rd., Mount Shasta. Time: 6:30pm. Info: 530-926 - 5655, http://www.apple-shasta.org .

Friday, January 12, 2007
Films: "Wind over Water" and "Out of Balance" — The 15-minute Wind over Water chronicles the debate over the Cape Wind Project, a wind farm proposed for off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Some residents of the Cape banded together to prevent the project, saying it would turn Nantucket Sound into an industrial energy complex. The struggle has developed into an intriguing illustration of people's attitudes toward land, energy, politics, and NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). Out of Balance (60 min) documents the impact that the largest company in the world, ExxonMobil, has on governments, the media, citizens, and climate. The film also outlines what can be done about global warming. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Friday, January 12, 2007
Workshop: "Green Building -- Materials and Methods" — Earth materials, green roofs and walls, straw Bale and timber (small and large scale), recycled materials, double-skin facade systems, bamboo and other alternatives to wood, hybrid materials such as rastra, structural insulated panels, polycarbonates. Location: Tinkers Workshop Shorebird Facility, 80 Bolivar Dr., Berkeley. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $150 in advance ($110 before 1/6/07, $200 on-site). Info: 510-523-5174, SFIABerkeleyEco@aol.com , http://www.sfia.net/ecoeverything_berkeley06.asp .

Friday, January 12, 2007 - Sunday, January 14, 2007
Labor Heritage Festival: "Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King" — 21st Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival 2007 Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to the civil rights and labor movements. Join labor and community activists as we rededicate ourselves to a world without war, racism and hard times. Performances and workshops will include film, theater, spoken word, rebel music of all stripes and visual arts. Location: Plumbers Local 467 and Transport Workers Local 505, 1519 Rollins Road, Burlingame. Info: 415-260-9496.

Friday, January 12, 2007 - Sunday, January 14, 2007
Environmental Film Festival — Founded in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizen's League (SYRCL), the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival uses film to inspire activism on behalf of the environment and encourage stewardship of the planet. Five years later it's become the largest festival of its kind in the United States. This year's festival features 110 films, 32 premiers, 70 speakers, 3 opening receptions, 12 'meet the filmmaker' discussions, live music, and 14 art shows, all at various locations around Nevada City. Location: Nevada City. Cost: $5 and up for films, $82 for a weekend pass. Info: 530-265-5770, http://www.wseff.org/ .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Class: "Stone Fruits" (Fruit Trees, Part 2) — Understand the beautiful complexity of growing and tending stone fruit varieties, also recognized as peaches, nectarines, plums, and others. Fruit tree experts will discuss soil preparation, restoration, disease and pest management (even the dreaded peach curl!) and how to train young fruit trees. Participate in on-site pruning and discover how proper pruning techniques can help maximize productivity of your fruit trees! Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15 -- no one turned away. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Bug of the Month Club" — Explore the bizarre and fascinating world of insects. Kids learn important science concepts: how to design experiments, and how to use the scientific method. Choose from two time slots: 10am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2pm. Fee includes materials and a snack. Call to confirm date and location. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Office, 1255 First Avenue, Oakland. Time: 10am and 12:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-581-3739, http://www.sarahscience.com/ .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Volunteer: "Winter Planting at Eden Landing" — Join Save The Bay and the CA Department of Fish and Game to help restore 300 acres of wetlands on the East Bay Shoreline in Hayward/Union City. Help plant 5,000 native wetland plants at Eden Landing this winter. Other duties include cleaning up debris, removing non-native plants, gathering native plant cuttings and collecting seeds in preparation for wetland restoration. This site is normally off-limits to the public and access is granted only to volunteers during these selected dates. RSVP requested. Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Volunteer: "Winter Planting at San Francisquito Creek" — Help us plant 10,000 native seedlings at the Palo Alto Baylands this winter. During the winter we will focus on planting native plants, removing non-native invasive weeds and continuing shoreline clean-up. These programs are part of our ongoing wetland restoration projects with our site partner, the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. RSVP requested. 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/bayevents .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Meeting: "East Bay Biodiesel Homebrewers' Club" — The meeting is also a potluck. Let's share resources, learn from each other's experience, and have fun. Beginners, experts, and everyone in between are welcome. Email for exact location. Location: Fremont. Time: 4:30pm - 7pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, morris1524@yahoo.com .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Mini-Farmers" — Explore the little farm, care for animals, do crafts and try some farm chores. Wear boots, and dress to get dirty. 4-6 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 13, 2007
Workshop: "Introduction to Grow Biointensive" — We emphasize a whole-system approach that builds soil fertility in a relatively short time, so that fertilizers (other than compost) become unnecessary, or almost so, making the garden and farm sustainable. Learn the principles of double-digging, composting and soil-building, intensive planting, companion planting, carbon-farming (compost crops), calorie farming, and open-pollinated seeds. 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: $24. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Performance: "The Dream of a King" — Through music, song, and stories, told and signed (ASL), Diane Ferlatte brings alive the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Audio of King's powerful speeches will resound throughout the museum in celebration of his birthday. In collaboration with the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/index.cgi .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Vegetarian Cooking Class — An introductory class to learn how to eat healthy, save money, and treat yourself to delicious food. Featuring BBQ veggie "chicken," Rustic Italian minestrone soup, Fruit smoothies, Chocolate cream pie, and Soymilk sampling. If you bring a new person (not vegetarian) to this class, you'll both attend for the price of one! Check out more of our cooking classes at http://bayareaveg.org/cooking. Location: Shipshape Building on Treasure Island, Avenue I, just North of 9th Street, SF. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $15 ($10 pre-registered). Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm?EID=1361#1361 .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Workshop: "Green Building -- Eco Retrofits" — Doing an energy audit, site and resources analysis, passive solar heat analysis, photovoltaic and wind power options, waste and recycling options analysis, construction cost-benefit analysis, value engineering, applying LEED to retrofits, case studies, including "Greening Taliesin West and Taliesin East," hands-on, guided, group analysis of the workshop facilities at Aquatic Park, Berkeley. Location: Tinkers Workshop Shorebird Facility, 80 Bolivar Dr., Berkeley. Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $295 in advance ($195 before 1/6/07, $395 on-site). Info: 510-523-5174, SFIABerkeleyEco@aol.com , http://www.sfia.net/ecoeverything_berkeley06.asp .

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Healthful Resolutions" — The class features mostly local, in-season, organic ingredients. We will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Homemade Hummus Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers, Creamy Potato Leek Soup, Pasta Primavera with Seasonal Veggies, Fast and Fabulous Fajitas, German Apple Cake. Plus, we're doing a test taste of various types of rice, such as Brown Basmati, Wehani, and Forbidden. We feature uncomplicated recipes, debunk myths regarding plant-based eating, eat yummy food samples, and have a lot of fun. Register online or by phone. Fees include demonstration, food samples, copies of recipes, coupons for restaurants and local groceries, resources, and more. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., @ Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $45 + $5 food / materials fee. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Sunday, January 14, 2007
Film: "The Ground Truth" — Peace Action of San Mateo County will present The Ground Truth, a "searing" documentary about young soldiers who go to Iraq , their stories and their ordeals upon returning home. Location: Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez, San Mateo. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Info: 650-342-8244, smpa@sanmateopeaceaction.org , http://www.sanmateopeaceaction.org .

Sunday, January 14, 2007
Educational Adventure: Open Garden — Join the Little Farm gardener for composting, planting, watering and reaping the rewards of our work. Cancelled only by heavy rain. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, January 14, 2007
Educational Adventure: Nature Theater Sing-Along — An indoor puppet show that's fun for the whole family. Hear a story about life on the Little Farm and the jobs of a farmer. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 11am - noon. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

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Ecology Center

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