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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
2/16/2006	 	Bay Area Relocalize: Preparing for the End of Cheap Oil
2/22/2006	 	A Taste of Urban Permaculture
2/23/2006	 	Book Event: "Arctic Melting: ... Destroying One of the World's Largest Wilderness Areas"
3/2/2006	 	Organic Beekeeping Talk with Les Crowder
3/4/2006	 	7th Annual Seed Swap
3/7/2006	 	Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes
3/11/2006	 	Free Worm Composting Workshop
3/14/2006	 	Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes
3/21/2006	 	Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes
3/28/2006	 	Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes
4/1/2006	 	Compost Give-away

ALL EVENTS
Through 2/26/2006	 	Nature Walks - See Spawning Salmon
Through 3/21/2006	 	Discussion Course: "Voluntary Simplicity"
Through 3/31/2006	 	Exhibit: "Wade into Wetlands"
2/16/2006	 	Bay Area Relocalize: Preparing for the End of Cheap Oil
2/17/2006	 	Workshop: "Class Matters" with George Lakoff
2/17/2006	 	Performance: "Musica Humana Blues and HeadRush"
2/17/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Wellstone!"
2/17/2006	 	United Students for Fair Trade International Convergence
2/18/2006	 	Presentation: Salt Pond Tour
2/18/2006	 	Survival Workshop Series: "Wilderness Water and Designing for Water in the Landscape"
2/18/2006	 	Workshop: "Homebrewing Biodiesel"
2/18/2006	 	Volunteer: "Wildflower Restoration"
2/18/2006	 	Be a Park Hero: Protect Local Ecosystems
2/18/2006	 	Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
2/18/2006	 	Mini-Farmers
2/18/2006	 	Class: "Seed Propagation"
2/18/2006	 	Class: "Composting"
2/18/2006	 	Speaker: "The War at home: The corporate offensive From Reagan to Bush"
2/18/2006	 	Volunteer: "Help Restore Rodeo Creek"
2/18/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
2/18/2006	 	Environmental Forum
2/18/2006	 	Class: "Alternatives to Water Needy Lawns & Landscapes"
2/18/2006	 	Benefit: "Mardi Gras dance party Food Not Bombs"
2/18/2006	 	Exhibit Opening: "The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration"
2/18/2006	 	Speakers: "The Fight Against Racism from Katrina to San Francisco"
2/19/2006	 	Reading: "Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money"
2/19/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Bugs and Beyond"
2/19/2006	 	Forum: "Restoring America's Values" with Rabbi Michael Lerner
2/19/2006	 	Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
2/19/2006	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project"
2/21/2006	 	Online Workshop: "How to Write Great Grant Proposals"
2/21/2006	 	Lecture: "Carbon, Climate, and Consequences"
2/21/2006	 	Talk: "Tax Hypocrisy and How It Can Work for You"
2/22/2006	 	Reception for Exhibit Opening: Art by Homeless Artists
2/22/2006	 	A Taste of Urban Permaculture
2/22/2006	 	Book Event: "Toward Land, Work and Power"
2/22/2006	 	Benefit Screening and Discussion: "Sir! No Sir!" with Jane Fonda and Maria Muldaur
2/22/2006	 	Speaker: "What Is Nature?"
2/22/2006	 	Forum: "Pushed to the Altar: Marriage, Poverty, and Politics"
2/22/2006	 	Presentation: "Poems on Africa -- Wildlife, Conservation, and Man"
2/22/2006	 	Performance: "The Vegan Monologues"
2/22/2006	 	Salmonid Restoration Conference
2/23/2006	 	Film and Discussion: 3 Bicycle Advocacy Films and Q&A with Chris Carlsson
2/23/2006	 	Class: "The State of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)"
2/23/2006	 	Town Hall Meeting: "Unplug Clear Channel"
2/23/2006	 	Book Event: "Arctic Melting: ... Destroying One of the World's Largest Wilderness Areas"
2/23/2006	 	Book Event: "Global Revolt: A Guide to the Movements Against Globalization"
2/24/2006	 	Film: "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea"
2/24/2006	 	Activism Series: Peter Camejo and Jennifer Kidder
2/24/2006	 	Films: "Ecological Footprint," "...Hidden Life of Garbage," and "Vanishing Ice"
2/25/2006	 	Class: "Blueberries and Raspberries"
2/25/2006	 	Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
2/25/2006	 	Workshop for Educators: "Healthy Schools Inside and Out"
2/25/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
2/25/2006	 	Training: "Counter Recruitment"
2/25/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Birds of Prey"
2/25/2006	 	Family Farm Day
2/25/2006	 	Workshop: "Home Performance and Energy Efficiency Improvements"
2/25/2006	 	Creative Workshop: "Conversations With Nature: Praising Creation"
2/25/2006	 	Workshop: "Intro to Irrigation Systems"
2/25/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"
2/25/2006	 	Marin Islands Restoration Stewardship Paddle
2/25/2006	 	Volunteer: Help Plant Along Trails
2/25/2006	 	Summer Camp Open House
2/26/2006	 	Panel: "Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement"
2/26/2006	 	Presentation: Salt Pond Tour
2/26/2006	 	Forum: "Restoring Our Watershed" -- Pilarcitos Creek
2/26/2006	 	Bay Area Day of Remembrance: 25th Anniversary of the Redress Hearings
2/26/2006	 	Benefit: "Have a Heart for Farm Animals"
2/26/2006	 	Lecture and Field Trip: "Endangered Species Day"
2/26/2006	 	Seminar: "Creating An Ecological House"
2/26/2006	 	Volunteer: "Teens Touch the Earth!" Habitat Restoration
2/27/2006	 	Speakers: "Religion and Ecology: Responding to the Loss of Biodiversity"
2/27/2006	 	Benefit Screening: "Winter Soldier"
2/28/2006	 	Reading: "Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence"
2/28/2006	 	Open House: "New College Media Studies Program"
2/28/2006	 	Yarn Divas Basic Knitting
2/28/2006	 	Discussion: "Portfolios of Principle: Socially Responsible Investing"
2/28/2006	 	Application Deadline: Young Eco-Hero Awards
3/1/2006	 	Walk: "Explore Santa Fe Right of Way"
3/1/2006	 	Registration Deadline: Training for Trainers on Fish Contamination (3/8)
3/1/2006	 	Workshop: "More Than Your Standard Garden"
3/2/2006	 	Class: "The State of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)"
3/2/2006	 	Performance: "Taking Action for Peace"
3/2/2006	 	Speakers: "Truth and Lies About Joining the Military"
3/2/2006	 	Book Signing: Cindy Sheehan in Conversation
3/2/2006	 	Film: "Salt of the Earth"
3/2/2006	 	Workshop: "Sustainable Landscape Design and Construction"
3/2/2006	 	Organic Beekeeping Talk with Les Crowder
3/2/2006	 	Meeting on Burrowing Owl Habitat: City of Albany Waterfront Committee
3/2/2006	 	Networking Event: "Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network"
3/3/2006	 	Class: "Introduction to Green Building"
3/4/2006	 	Training: "Copwatch"
3/4/2006	 	Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship
3/4/2006	 	Sick Plant Clinic
3/4/2006	 	Volunteer: "National Parks America Tour 2006"
3/4/2006	 	Course: "Permaculture Design"
3/4/2006	 	Class: "Introduction to Green Renovations"
3/4/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Marsh Madness"
3/4/2006	 	Class: "Edible Landscaping"
3/4/2006	 	7th Annual Seed Swap
3/4/2006	 	Presentation: "...How a Public Art Project is Helping to Preserve Our Urban Forest..."
3/4/2006	 	Walk and Lecture: "Wicked Weeds"
3/4/2006	 	Film and Panel: "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade"
3/4/2006	 	ANSWER Anti-war Teach-in
3/4/2006	 	Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
3/4/2006	 	Class: "Urban Composting"
3/4/2006	 	Conference: "Empowering Women Of Color"
3/5/2006	 	Course: "Biomimicry and Design" (in Costa Rica)
3/5/2006	 	Class: "Composting"
3/5/2006	 	Class: "Find Your Dream Job in Green Building"
3/5/2006	 	Benefit: "Being Peace in a Time of War"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
A Taste of Urban Permaculture — Hear and see local permaculture designers discuss what's possible in a city. Hear stories and see images of many dynamic local projects, including community gardens, backyard greywater systems, urban ecovillage development and food security mapping. Find out where and how to plug-in to the local permaculture scene. Bring your curiosity and neighbors to the conversation. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: No charge.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Book Event: "Arctic Melting: ... Destroying One of the World's Largest Wilderness Areas" — Chad Kister will return to the Ecology Center to discuss his second book Arctic Melting: How Climate Change is Destroying One of the World's Largest Wilderness Areas. With Bush pushing for yet more subsidies to the doomed fossil fuel industry that is the cause of climate change, Kister's new book details not only the horrific problems, but also the solutions to this massive crisis. He discusses permafrost cave-ins, melting glaciers, retreating ice packs, species extinction, habitat loss, and the devastating effects of climate change on Native American villages in the Arctic. Kister asks why Bush's energy policy gives billions of dollars to coal, oil, and natural gas companies, while reducing subsidies to solar and wind energy production. Why is the average fuel efficiency of vehicles in the US getting worse while in every other country it is getting far better? Kister argues that through solar, wind and biomass energy sources, and efficiency in every sector of energy use, we can easily meet all of our needs without changing our lifestyle. Join us to discuss what we can do to protect our Earth for our children and grandchildren. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220, store@ecologycenter.org ext. 223 , http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Organic Beekeeping Talk with Les Crowder — Join us for a special talk and slideshow by master organic beekeeper Les Crowder. Les Crowder has taught beekeeping since 1988. Known for his calm and peaceful relationship with bees, Les maintains over 100 top bar hives without chemicals, contraptions or expense. Les and his wife Beth make a livelihood working with honey, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly. Les is in town briefly from New Mexico for almond pollination season - don't miss out on this presentation. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, March 4, 2006
7th Annual Seed Swap — Seeds! Music! Food! Gardeners! Bring and get locally saved seeds. Come be a part of the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) seed swap! This is a great way to meet other local gardeners and trade seed. Bring seed, envelopes and pens or just show up and get seeds with a commitment to bring seed back to the Interchange Library. Our seed library is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving genetic diversity of our planet's seed stock. We have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are being made available free to the public. We are a dynamic group that needs your support and involvement! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233 or Terri 510 658-9178.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes — National Nutrition Month events at the farmers' market! Every Tuesday in March, Trudy Schafer Paul will be handing out food samples prepared from produce at the Berkeley Farmers' Market, along with free recipes. Trudy is a personal chef with a holistic healing approach, specializing in nutritious appetizing cuisine for people healing from illness. Also, ongoing cooking demonstrations from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Saturday, March 11, 2006
Free Worm Composting Workshop — Come on down and get the scoop on worm composting from Diane, an expert compost teacher from the Alameda County Composting Program. Worm composting can be an especially good choice for apartment dwellers and others lacking yard space. Find out how to compost kitchen scraps into free, nutritious fertilizer using red wiggler worms. The class is geared for beginners but those who already compost with worms and need advice are welcome too. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 12pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes — National Nutrition Month events at the farmers' market! Every Tuesday in March, Trudy Schafer Paul will be handing out food samples prepared from produce at the Berkeley Farmers' Market, along with free recipes. Trudy is a personal chef with a holistic healing approach, specializing in nutritious appetizing cuisine for people healing from illness. Also, ongoing cooking demonstrations from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes — National Nutrition Month events at the farmers' market! Every Tuesday in March, Trudy Schafer Paul will be handing out food samples prepared from produce at the Berkeley Farmers' Market, along with free recipes. Trudy is a personal chef with a holistic healing approach, specializing in nutritious appetizing cuisine for people healing from illness. Also, ongoing cooking demonstrations from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Cooking Demonstrations, Samples, and Recipes — National Nutrition Month events at the farmers' market! Every Tuesday in March, Trudy Schafer Paul will be handing out food samples prepared from produce at the Berkeley Farmers' Market, along with free recipes. Trudy is a personal chef with a holistic healing approach, specializing in nutritious appetizing cuisine for people healing from illness. Also, ongoing cooking demonstrations from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Saturday, April 1, 2006
Compost Give-away — In honor of National Nutrition Month (March) the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative will host a compost give-away next to the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Bring your own container: two buckets, or large garbage bags. Backyard amateur gardeners only, please: no professionals. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

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

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

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

Friday, February 17, 2006
Workshop: "Class Matters" with George Lakoff — Training for Change is organizing this workshop. Understand how class is established into our communities and lives, Experience class dynamics, examine how our class backgrounds affect our activism. 2/17: 5pm - 9pm, 8:30am - 9pm. Location: Peace and Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. Cost: Sliding scale - call for details. Info: 707-575-8902, pband@f2f.org , http://www.trainingforchange.org .

Friday, February 17, 2006
Performance: "Musica Humana Blues and HeadRush" — An intimate evening of new song and theater, liberation culture, organic brews, fair trade coffee and other libations. Small venue; come early! Musica Humana combines improvisational blues with driving Mexican and Latin American-based rhythms delivering messages of alegria, community, organized struggle, and love. HeadRush seeks to inspire social action in working class communities through guerrilla-style performance. They combine elements of Chicano theatre and poetry to create psycho-politico satire. Location: Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Ave., at 65th St., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-595-5344, http://www.gypsyspiritmission.com/html/nomad.htm .

Friday, February 17, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Wellstone!" — An affectionate and inspiring portrait of Sen. Paul Wellstone followed by discussion. "Conscientious Projector" film series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 minimum suggested (no one turned away). Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, February 17, 2006
United Students for Fair Trade International Convergence — Participants will be challenged to collaborate, to think critically, and to build relationships. This exchange will help participants find their niche in the fair trade movement and organize in their communities. Location: St. Cajetans, Auraria Campus, Denver, CO. Cost: $150 - $250 sliding scale ($75 youth organizers). Info: 303-520-7044, michele.hart@gmail.com , http://www.usft.org/index.php?p=/Convergence/ .

Saturday, February 18, 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, February 18, 2006 - Sunday, February 19, 2006
Survival Workshop Series: "Wilderness Water and Designing for Water in the Landscape" — 2/18 - Survival Shelters: debris huts, bark shingled shelters, and grass thatching techniques. Students may have the opportunity to sleep in their finished shelter. 2/19 - The Sustainable House: passive solar architecture, sustainable building materials and basics of alternative energy. Class will participate in making a cob tool shed for a school garden. 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, February 18, 2006
Workshop: "Homebrewing Biodiesel" — We'll make a full batch of fuel during the class. You'll learn the whole process from testing the veggie oil, brewing the biodiesel, washing it, filtering it and putting it in your vehicle. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Priority is given to those who have a diesel vehicle and a site to homebrew. Taught by Jennifer Radtke of the BioFuel Oasis and Berkeley Biodiesel Collective, with assistant Alan Pryor of the Berkeley Biodiesel Collective and the Alameda Co-op. Register online. Location: Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 W. Ranger Ave, Alameda. Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $60-80 sliding scale. Info: 650-298-3405, jenniferradtke@yahoo.com , http://www.backyardbiodiesel.org/ .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Volunteer: "Wildflower Restoration" — Join us for a morning of planting to restore rare grassland habitats. You will plant seedling wildflowers and native grasses, and learn what makes this prairie unique and worthy of protection. Most local grasslands are composed of introduced grasses that do not support the diverse wildflowers of native grasses. Some of the native wildflowers, such as the sun cups, will be coming into bloom with an early spring! 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, February 18, 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, February 18, 2006
Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Help put 18,000 plants into local wetlands this winter! Activities include planting native seedlings, non-native plant removal, site monitoring, and shoreline clean-up. Gloves, tools and snacks provided. Families welcome. RSVP required. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 18, 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, February 18, 2006
Class: "Seed Propagation" — Learn about Grow Biointensive seed propagation techniques for a more productive and efficiently managed garden. Subjects include soil mix, transplanting, pricking out seedlings from flats, proper watering, and planting by the phases of the moon. 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: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Class: "Composting" — Grow Biointensive composting is the basis for growing the healthiest, most nutritious, and most disease-resistant plants. Learn the easiest and most effective way to compost. We will build our own compost pile at a nearby site. Bring a five-gallon bucket of "green material" (grass clippings, weeds, and/or non-meat kitchen scraps). 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 - noon. Cost: $20. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Speaker: "The War at home: The corporate offensive From Reagan to Bush" — With Jack Rasmus, Economist, Author and Chair of the National Writers Union will speak about why six million Americans no longer have full time jobs; why 11.6 trillion in taxes is being shifted from the middle class to the wealthiest 10%; what caused 97,000 pension plans to go bust; why 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Location: Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free - donations accepted. Info: 650-493-6072, jrufo@sbcglobal.net , http://www.alamedaforum.org .

Saturday, February 18, 2006 - Monday, February 20, 2006
Volunteer: "Help Restore Rodeo Creek" — Friends of Rodeo, Refugio, and Carquinez Watersheds will be planting trees and native plants in Rodeo Creek. The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Safeway parking lot at 605 Parker Ave., Rodeo, CA. Please bring your own shovel and work gloves. Location: Rodeo. Time: 9am - 2pm. Info: 650-493-6072, frrcw@earthlink.net .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship — The Site Stewardship Program needs your help to protect the Mission Blue butterfly and the San Francisco garter snake. Visit one of our beautiful sites in San Mateo and Marin counties and work with local communities to restore habitat for these threatened and endangered species. Transportation from Fort Mason is provided. All ages welcome. Location: Fort Mason Building 37, SF. Time: 9:15am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3437, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Environmental Forum — Participate in a discussion of the environment with San Leandro's elected officials. Panelists from the city level to the federal level will provide information regarding environmental issues and legislation. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. Location: Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-577-6069.

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Class: "Alternatives to Water Needy Lawns & Landscapes" — Find those alternatives that can make your landscape interesting, ecological (less water and fertilizer needy) and turf free by using attractive hardscape, groundcovers, and new design ideas. How about a meadow? Come early; enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries. Location: Magic Gardens (Berkeley), 729 Heinz Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-644-2351, magicgardens@magicgardenslandscaping.com , http://magicgardens.com/classes.htm .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Benefit: "Mardi Gras dance party Food Not Bombs" — A benefit for East Bay and New Orleans Food Not Bombs featuring live music by the Wild Buds (Mark Randall, Bill Lackey, David Andrews, Kirk Lumpkin) and the Funky Nixons (political satire funk rock). Vegetarian feast precedes music. East Bay Food Not Bombs serves free full hot vegetarian meals six days a week at 2:30pm: Monday-Friday in People's Park in Berkeley, and Sundays in front of the Sutter Hotel (at 14th St. & Jefferson) in downtown Oakland. It also provides food and solidarity for many peace and justice events and demonstrations. Location: 686 28th Street, off MLK Way, Oakland. Time: 8pm. Cost: $3 - $23 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-547-7486.

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Exhibit Opening: "The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration" — A celebration of California's biological diversity and unique environment. The triennial juried exhibition showcases a variety of media, including pen and ink, gouache, oil, watercolor, pastels, and sculpture. The exhibition clarifies the artists' techniques by presenting their reference materials, tools, and field sketches. Visitors can try their hand at drawing specimens on display. Through 6/4. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 12:30pm. Cost: Free with Admission. Info: 510-238-2200, museumca@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/ .

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Speakers: "The Fight Against Racism from Katrina to San Francisco" — The program features three speakers active in campaigns against racism and for human rights: Larry Holmes, National Co-Chair of International Action Center; Clarence Thomas, National Co-Chair of Million Worker March Movement; and Mesha Monge-Irizarry, Director of the Idriss Stelley Foundation. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Info: 415-561- 9752, judyg@igc.org .

Sunday, February 19, 2006
Reading: "Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money" — Vegetarian and animal rights activist Erik Marcus contends that arguments for vegetarianism should emphasize the cruelty of meat production as much as the health benefits of eating less meat. He will talk about Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money, a definitive guidebook for vegetarian activists, and a book that every thoughtful meat-eater should read. 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, February 19, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Bugs and Beyond" — Venture from the Officers' Club on this 1-mile, stroller-friendly walk. Explore and investigate the bugs, slugs, worms, and insects along the way. Bring your own bug box or borrow one of ours. Come rain or shine, there's plenty of fun for everyone! Families with children ages 3 to 8. Pre-registration required. Location: Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, SF. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/ .

Sunday, February 19, 2006
Forum: "Restoring America's Values" with Rabbi Michael Lerner — Rabbi Lerner, founder of the Network of Spiritual Progressives and Author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right, will speak on a new bottom line in America, challenging the misuse of religion by the religious right, and God's values as love, caring, forgiveness, compassion, and reconciliation. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Time: 6:30pm. Info: 707-576-6653, pburks@earthlight.org .

Sunday, February 19, 2006 - Sunday, February 26, 2006
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival — Since 1988, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival has opened our eyes to a variety of human rights injustices. This year's festival has a timely focus on the consequences of conflict, from the "war on terror" in Peru to the current American engagement in Iraq, and from an essential 1972 investigation of U.S. atrocities in Vietnam to compelling perspectives on journalism and personal reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Cost: $8 per film. Info: 415-362-3250, hrw-sf@hrw.org , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/hrw/index.html .

Sunday, February 19, 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 .

Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Online Workshop: "How to Write Great Grant Proposals" — Learn to sell your organization and programs to foundation and corporate funders with a well-crafted grant proposal. The workshop features an easy 4-step method for planning, written lessons, interactive homework, and feedback from your instructor and other participants. Work at your convenience, and speak live with your classmates and instructor on two conference calls. You only need access to your email account and a phone! For nonprofit staff, volunteers, and interns, and job seekers. Cost: $105 - $200 sliding scale. Info: 510-839-1544, dalya@dfmassachi.net , http://www.dfmassachi.net/workshop_february_2006_grant_proposals.html .

Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Lecture: "Carbon, Climate, and Consequences" — The 2nd of three public lectures in the Energy and Environment Series at Stanford University's Arrillaga Alumni Center. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 650-725-4395.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Talk: "Tax Hypocrisy and How It Can Work for You" — Randy Silverman, tax specialist and political activist, discusses how the current tax system preserves the mal-distribution of wealth, offers ideas on how a progressive tax system could promote economic fairness, and explains how to use current law to lower your taxes. Community Meeting Room, 3rd floor. Location: Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, @ Shattuck, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981-6100, http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Reception for Exhibit Opening: Art by Homeless Artists — See the latest ceramics, illustrations, and paintings from Hospitality House. Hospitality House features work from homeless, formerly-homeless and low income artists in the Tenderloin. CounterPULSE provides support and low cost resources for emerging artists, serving as an incubator space to create socially relevant, diverse, community-based art in San Francisco. Check out this joint effort from two of San Francisco's cutting edge art programs. Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-749-2133.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
A Taste of Urban Permaculture — Hear and see local permaculture designers discuss what's possible in a city. Hear stories and see images of many dynamic local projects, including community gardens, backyard greywater systems, urban ecovillage development and food security mapping. Find out where and how to plug-in to the local permaculture scene. Bring your curiosity and neighbors to the conversation. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: No charge.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Book Event: "Toward Land, Work and Power" — People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) is a fighting organization of no-and low-wage workers. Toward Land, Work and Power is written for other organizers by POWER organizers Jaron Brown, Marisa Franco, Jason Negron-Gonzales and Steve Williams and will be introduced by Betita Martinez, author of De Colores Means All of Us. The book provides an understanding of racism, sexism, homophobia, and imperialism so that we can move toward land, work, and power for all. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, office@moderntimesbookstore.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Benefit Screening and Discussion: "Sir! No Sir!" with Jane Fonda and Maria Muldaur — Co-hosts Janice Anderson-Gram and Carole Simon Mills invite you to join Jane Fonda and filmmaker David Zeiger at a fundraiser for the award-winning documentary Sir! No Sir!, a film about the thousands of GIs whose courageous rebellion helped end the war in Vietnam. 6:30pm: reception with Jane Fonda, 7:30pm: screening. Following the film, there will be a musical performance with Maria Muldaur and special guests. Location: Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $100 guest, $250 sponsor ($250 includes 2 tickets). Info: 415-383-7916, Jackie@KaneProductions.com , http://www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Speaker: "What Is Nature?" — Nature in the City's Peter Brastow and Ruth Gravanis will present an overview of San Francisco's natural environment, discussing the less-than-obvious meanings of the concept of "nature." Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $3 - $5 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-626-2060, http://counterpulse.org/springtalks.shtml .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Forum: "Pushed to the Altar: Marriage, Poverty, and Politics" — A forum focusing on the Bush Administration's marriage promotion policies as a quick-fix to end poverty for poor women and their children. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: $5 - $10 suggested donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-444-2700, http://www.coloredgirls.org .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Presentation: "Poems on Africa -- Wildlife, Conservation, and Man" — A multimedia presentation featuring Dr. Richard Leakey, paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and activist, with David Anderson, photographer and safari expert. Buy tickets online. Location: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., SF. Time: 3pm and 7:30pm. Cost: $45 ($10 students and volunteers). Info: 415-753-7073, http://www.focusonplanetearth.org .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Performance: "The Vegan Monologues" — A solo comic performance by vegan performer, Brian Conroy. Location: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street, corner of 22nd Street, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $8 - $12. Info: 415-641-0235.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Salmonid Restoration Conference — Full-day workshops on water conservation, fisheries and wildlife-friendly agriculture, sustainability, removing coastal California's fish passage barriers, and reestablishing salmonids in cities. Field tours include visits to the Ventura River and Matilija Dam, native Chumash restoration sites, fish passage sites on the Santa Clara River, urban creek restoration projects, and a local vineyard and ranch that have restored steelhead habitat. Location: Sants Barbara Veteran's Memorial Center, Santa Barbara. Info: 707-923-7501, srf@northcoast.com , http://www.calsalmon.org/ .

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Film and Discussion: 3 Bicycle Advocacy Films and Q&A with Chris Carlsson — These bicycle advocacy films kick off a monthly film series aimed at raising awareness of current nature and environmental issues. Featuring: (We're Not Blocking Traffic) We Are Traffic: a movie about critical mass (48 min) , Return of the Scorcher (30 min), Changing the Mindset: Creating More Livable Cities (11 min). Also, special guest Chris Carlsson. Location: Varnish Fine Arts, 77 Natoma St., at 2nd St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: Donations Accepted. Info: 415-383-0484, suzanne@greenplanetfilms.org , http://greenplanetfilms.org/information.php?info_id=71 .

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Class: "The State of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)" — Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) present an opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of auto travel. The next generation of hybrid cars can be based entirely on existing components. PHEVs are similar to some current hybrids but with larger batteries and the ability to recharge conveniently. Local travel is electric, yet the vehicle has unlimited range. CALCARS sees PHEVs as the pathway to future multi-fuel and biofuel/cellulosic ethanol PHEVs, cars that get 500 MPG of gasoline. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com .

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Town Hall Meeting: "Unplug Clear Channel" — Help develop strategies to increase media accountability locally, turn 106.1 KMEL into a real People's Station, and create media policy by and for the people. Featuring local artists, panel discussions by media experts, breakout groups for local artists and organizers on how to build hip-hop justice and end the dominance of right wing radio. Location: La Pe–a Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 7pm. Cost: $3 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/AllPrograms/1AllPrograms.html#SocialAwareness .

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Book Event: "Arctic Melting: ... Destroying One of the World's Largest Wilderness Areas" — Chad Kister will return to the Ecology Center to discuss his second book Arctic Melting: How Climate Change is Destroying One of the World's Largest Wilderness Areas. With Bush pushing for yet more subsidies to the doomed fossil fuel industry that is the cause of climate change, Kister's new book details not only the horrific problems, but also the solutions to this massive crisis. He discusses permafrost cave-ins, melting glaciers, retreating ice packs, species extinction, habitat loss, and the devastating effects of climate change on Native American villages in the Arctic. Kister asks why Bush's energy policy gives billions of dollars to coal, oil, and natural gas companies, while reducing subsidies to solar and wind energy production. Why is the average fuel efficiency of vehicles in the US getting worse while in every other country it is getting far better? Kister argues that through solar, wind and biomass energy sources, and efficiency in every sector of energy use, we can easily meet all of our needs without changing our lifestyle. Join us to discuss what we can do to protect our Earth for our children and grandchildren. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220, store@ecologycenter.org ext. 223 , http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ .

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Book Event: "Global Revolt: A Guide to the Movements Against Globalization" — Drawing from both well-documented research and personal organizing experience, activist filmmaker Amory Starr suggests that "millions of people have already become active in rejecting corporate globalization and developing alternatives to it. Millions more know that something is terribly wrong and are ready to begin taking action. This book is for them." Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, office@moderntimesbookstore.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Friday, February 24, 2006 - Thursday, March 2, 2006
Film: "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea" — A 1905 engineering accident causes a dam leak, creating CA's largest lake and a 1960s rival resort to Palm Springs. The Salton Sea Vacation Destination in sunny Imperial Valley swings with waterskiing, boardwalk shops, and celebrityΙ until hurricanes, abandoned hotels, and miles of sun dried fish carcasses replace the caviar. Now, sublet with a unique community of eclectic dwellers awaiting the return of paradise, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer document a strange and tranquil ecological disaster that keeps you wondering, "Are the fish safe to eat?" Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Time: 7:15pm and 9:15pm. Info: 415-668-8999, claudia@redvicmoviehouse.com , http://redvicmoviehouse.com/ .

Friday, February 24, 2006
Activism Series: Peter Camejo and Jennifer Kidder — Peter Camejo and Jennifer Kidder address the questions: How'd You Become an Activist? What Now? Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 donation suggested. Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, February 24, 2006
Films: "Ecological Footprint," "...Hidden Life of Garbage," and "Vanishing Ice" — Ecological Footprint: Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, introduces the accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth. Humanity is in "ecological overshoot" with demand on resources exceeding what Earth can regenerate. (30 min, 2005) Gone Tomorrow: Hidden Life of Garbage: The history and politics of garbage, from the 1800s though modern recycling. The film uncovers the links between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our disposable lifestyle. (19 min, 2004) Vanishing Ice: Stunning images of Alberta's ice fields and interviews with activists sound an urgent call for conservation. (19 min, 2005) Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $5 - $10 donation (no one turned away). Info: 650-283-3797, aseem@worldcentric.org , http://worldcentric.org/filmseries/winter2006.htm .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Class: "Blueberries and Raspberries" — Learn how to select, plant, and maintain blueberries and raspberries for home growing of more than 30 varieties. Learn special soil preparations, best varieties for the Peninsula and South Bay, and trellising techniques for the raspberries. 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, February 25, 2006
Volunteer: 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, February 25, 2006
Workshop for Educators: "Healthy Schools Inside and Out" — Learn to integrate the Healthy Schools Act into your classroom curriculum as you explore less-toxic alternatives for cleaning and pest control. Receive free supplies and resource binders with ready-to-use lesson plans. Call or go to website for location. Location: Hayward. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship — The Site Stewardship Program needs your help to protect the Mission Blue butterfly and the San Francisco garter snake. Visit one of our beautiful sites in San Mateo and Marin counties and work with local communities to restore habitat for these threatened and endangered species. Transportation from Fort Mason is provided. All ages welcome. Location: Fort Mason Building 37, SF. Time: 9:15am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3437, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Training: "Counter Recruitment" — The military recruits in most Bay Area high schools. Let's make sure students hear the other side! This will be a training/organizing kick off for youth-to-youth presentation teams, veterans and non-veteran classroom presenters, and anyone who wants to learn, or help support this effort. Room 219. Location: War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave., at McAllister, SF. Time: 2pm - 5pm. Cost: Free - donations accepted. Info: 510-528-1975, moos-bay@riseup.net .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Birds of Prey" — A "Family Wildlife Day" event: How do Owls hunt and how do they fly quietly and unnoticed? How can we find them in the daytime when their voices fall silent? Enter deep into the world of these swift hunters. Develop your detective skills and explore the different ways that birds of prey survive. You will meet a live great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk and an American kestrel. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Location: Half Moon Bay. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 650-712-0800 , http://www.wildlifeassociates.org .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Family Farm Day — Visit our goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and goose. Slide Ranch is a non-profit farm-based environmental education center. Every bite of food connects us to the soil, sun, water and air, and to the people who work to feed us. Our mission is to teach respect and responsibility for sustaining these connections. Pre-registration required. Location: Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: $15 ($60 for families of four or more). Info: 415-381-6155, http://www.slideranch.org/ .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Workshop: "Home Performance and Energy Efficiency Improvements" — As energy costs escalate, there are numerous techniques and products you can employ to maximize your home's performance, improve your comfort and save money on utility bills. Learn how to evaluate the energy efficiency of your home and create a more comfortable, efficient and healthier indoor environment. Find out what rebate programs are available. Workshop will be in the Conference Room. Pre-registration required. Location: Truitt and White, 1817 2nd St., Berkeley. Time: 9am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 415-381-6155, http://www.truittandwhite.com/sem_event/ .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Creative Workshop: "Conversations With Nature: Praising Creation" — It's easy to take nature for granted in our high speed, hi-tech world. Take a little time to celebrate nature and your connection to it, consciously and creatively through simple poetry, art, movement, and song. Art materials will be provided. Please bring your favorite pen(s) and paper or a journal. No experience needed. RSVP via email by 2/20. Location: Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz, Oakland. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Donations Accepted. Info: 510-655-2405, wolfbird7@sbcglobal.net , http://www.ChangeMakersForWomen.com .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Workshop: "Intro to Irrigation Systems" — Join the GFE and the Urban Farmer for this workshop on the basics of irrigation. Reform your water-guzzling garden into a water-wise landscape! Learn the basics of installing an irrigation system along with the most effective and efficient ways to deliver water to your plants. Pre-registration required. This workshop is part of our Resource Efficient Landscaping Education Program. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, sfgcp@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh" — We will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Tempeh Reuben Sandwich, Tofu Filet with Spicy Cornmeal Crust, Better-Than-Chicken Salad, Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce, and Chocolate Cheesecake. We will also enjoy a soy milk taste test. 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 2/23. 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, February 25, 2006
Marin Islands Restoration Stewardship Paddle — Help restore the North Bay islands, home of the largest heron rookery in northern California and generally off-limits to the public. Paddle to the East Island and remove invasive non-native plants. Sign up online. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $55. Info: 510-452 - 9261, savebay@saveSFbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Volunteer: Help Plant Along Trails — Join the Golden Gate National Parks' Trails Forever Team. Even in the rainy season, we've got important work to do. We'll be planting native seedlings along the trail corridor and continuing our year-round trail maintenance in the Marin Headlands. Help maintain a world-class trail system! Tools, gloves, snacks, and training provided; dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Sign up and get directions by phone or email. Location: Marin Headlands. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, February 25, 2006
Summer Camp Open House — Day camps are offered June through August. Brochures are available in mid-February and sign-up begins March 1. This is your opportunity to meet camp staff, see a slide show of camp activities, and get hands-on in the Crissy Field Center's art, urban ecology, and media labs. Early-bird registration will be available: sign up for first-choice camps before they fill up! Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 1pm. Info: 415-561-7762, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Panel: "Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement" — Three former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee will provide firsthand accounts of their experiences as civil rights workers in the Southern Freedom Movement. Te discussion will open with film clips of from "Freedom Summer." Community Meeting Room, 3rd floor. Location: Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, @ Shattuck, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981-6100, http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org .

Sunday, February 26, 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, February 26, 2006
Forum: "Restoring Our Watershed" -- Pilarcitos Creek — The Pilarcitos Creek Advisory Committee invites you to an afternoon highlighting the Pilarcitos Creek watershed's natural history, the progress of restoration and monitoring projects, local watershed management, and opportunities for getting involved in preserving Pilarcitos Creek Watershed. You can also join Field Tours of Creek Restoration Sites on Saturday, 3/11 at 10am & 1:30pm (Rain Date: Sunday, 3/12). Space limited - details and registration will be available at the forum. Location: Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. Time: 2pm - 5pm. Info: 650-738-5871, Pilarcitoscreek@hotmail.com .

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Bay Area Day of Remembrance: 25th Anniversary of the Redress Hearings — This year's commemoration of the WW2 incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry will feature culture performances, film and a candle lighting ceremony with U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (invited) as keynote speaker; and Dr. Satsuki Ina, psychologist and filmmaker (Children of the Camps and From a Silk Cocoon) as guest speaker. San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will serve as M.C. Location: Kabuki 8 Theaters, 1881 Post Street, at Fillmore, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: $20 ($15 in advance). Info: 415-370-1477, jyhatta@sbcglobal.net , http://www.dayofrememberance.org .

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Benefit: "Have a Heart for Farm Animals" — Join us for a nationwide party to benefit the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The HSLF is working on several legislative issues at the local, state, and federal levels as part of our campaign to reduce the suffering of farm animals and shine a light on the most egregious abuse. Location: New World Vegetarian, 464 8th Street, Oakland. Time: 5:30pm. Info: 925-487-4419, info@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.partylaunch.com/partyanimals/parties/index.cfm?e=oakland .

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Lecture and Field Trip: "Endangered Species Day" — Come join with scientists and conservation organizations to learn about endangered species in San Mateo County. Sequoia Audubon, Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve host a lecture and field trip to learn about endangered species at Edgewood. Location: Woodside Town Hall, near the corner of Woodside Rd. and Wiskey Hill Rd., Woodside. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 866-463-3439, http://friendsofedgewood.org .

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Seminar: "Creating An Ecological House" — Author Skip Wenz (Adding To A House and Ecotecture: Designing a Sustainable Future) discusses modeling houses on ecosystems, natural building materials, solar design and alternative construction methods. Wenz was a Global Exchange delegate at an "Ecology and Sustainable Development" conference in Havana, Cuba. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-525-7610.

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Volunteer: "Teens Touch the Earth!" Habitat Restoration — Meet other Bay Area teens and have fun while helping the environment! We will be removing a non-native, invasive plant species called Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius). Teens, youth groups, and educators are welcome to join us and learn about local ecosystems while helping to restore them! Fulfills community service hours. No experience necessary. Meet at Skyline Gate. RSVP via phone by 2/22. Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-636-1684, bfacendini@ebparks.org .

Monday, February 27, 2006
Speakers: "Religion and Ecology: Responding to the Loss of Biodiversity" — John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker will highlight some ways of responding to the large-scale loss of land, biodiversity, and contact with nature. We will explore living in the midst of this diminishment seeking avenues of hope and renewal, both personal and communal. The event will be at the Sophia Center. Location: Holy Names College, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-636-1684, http://environment.harvard.edu/religion/ .

Monday, February 27, 2006
Benefit Screening: "Winter Soldier" — In 1971, one month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, a public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson motel in Detroit, and became known as the "Winter Soldier Investigation." More than 125 veterans spoke of atrocities they had witnessed and committed. Though the event was attended by media crews, almost nothing was reported to the American public. Yet this unprecedented forum marked a turning point in the anti-war movement. Proceeds benefit the 3/18 anti-war rally in Palo Alto. Location: First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 650-326-8837, julia@peaceandjustice.org , http://www.peaceandjustice.org .

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Reading: "Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence" — Peace scholar and activist, Michael Nagler believes that we live in a transitional time in which the arrogance of scientism and the irresponsibility of commercial advertising have conditioned us toward a spiritually impoverished, materialist view of life. In Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence, he contends that the spiritual mission is the transition from religion based on sacrifice to one based on meditation and "concentrated prayer." Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Open House: "New College Media Studies Program" — Make Media that Makes a Difference! Learn about the Media Studies MA Program at New College. See student work, meet with faculty and students, tour the Digital Theater media lab, discuss your plans and ask questions. Light refreshments served. The Media Studies program is founded on the belief that vibrant alternative media are urgently needed to renew our democracy and achieve peace and social justice. The program encourages media makers to speak truth to power, expose injustice, and enable marginalized communities to utilize media. Room 11B. Location: New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-437-3494, http://www.newcollege.edu/media_studies/ .

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Yarn Divas Basic Knitting — Come learn the basics of knitting, such as casting on, knitting, purling, and more. Especially, but not exclusively, for women with cancer. Experienced participants are welcome. Learning materials provided. Location: Women's Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-420-7900 x111, margo@wcrc.org .

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Discussion: "Portfolios of Principle: Socially Responsible Investing" — Now that returns for socially responsible investing (SRI) are competitive, what motivates people to put their money where their hearts are? Who is the SRI investor? What has the SRI movement accomplished? What new wrinkles have appeared since the SRI movement began? Tim Freundlich, Director of Strategic Development, Calvert Social Investment Foundation; Jessica Fullmer, Founder, Sustainable Business Institute; Blaine Townsend, Vice President, Trillium Asset Management Corp. Register online. Location: Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center, 747 Front St., Broadway, SF. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $30 ($20/adv. online; $25/adv. email). Info: 510-420-7900 x111, http://www.thepresidiodialogues.org/register.html .

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Application Deadline: Young Eco-Hero Awards — Action for Nature (AFN) is seeking applications from students from around the world, ages 8-16. This program recognizes the accomplishments of young people who have carried out projects in environmental action, advocacy, environmental health, research, or protection of the natural world. Cash prizes up to $500. Info: 510-420-7900 x111, awards@actionfornature.org , http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero/ecoheroawards.html .

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Walk: "Explore Santa Fe Right of Way" — Berkeley Path Wanderers Assn. leads an easy walk exploring the history and future of the Santa Fe Right of Way, from beginnings as a faltering narrow-gauge railway to exciting new community efforts. Meet at the north side of the BART station. Bring water and a snack. Location: North Berkeley BART, Sacramento and Virginia, Berkeley. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.berkeleypaths.org .

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Registration Deadline: Training for Trainers on Fish Contamination (3/8) — The Delta Watershed Fish Project is offering a Training for Trainers on how to use our curriculum. The purpose of the training curriculum is to assist public health agencies, community groups, health care providers, and others in educating the public about fish contamination issues. Topics include the health benefits and concerns of eating fish, how to eat fish safely, and how to inform others. Registration forms must be received by 3/1. Location: Delta Watershed Fish Project, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building P, 3rd Floor, Richmond. Cost: $15. Info: 510-620-3658, slee@dhs.ca.gov .

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Workshop: "More Than Your Standard Garden" — Find out how to link hands-on activities in the school garden to K-6 California content standards in math, science, and language arts as part of the Environmental Workshops for Bay Area Educators. Preregistration required. Location: Walnut Creek. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Class: "The State of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)" — The Energy Policy Act 2005 includes a commercial buildings tax deduction for qualifying new construction, renovation, and retrofit work and applies to buildings placed in service from 1/1/06 - 12/31/07. We will explore energy saving and business opportunities specific to lighting solutions that are now available as a result. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Performance: "Taking Action for Peace" — "Taking Action For Peace" features the voices of soldiers and activists in a theatrical exploration of the Iraq war and the possibilities for moving toward peace. The presentation will feature both Berkeley-based Unconditional Theater with excerpts of their play "Voices of Activism: Crawford" and Jeff Key, Iraq war veteran, performing a dramatic dialogue on his personal Iraq war experiences. Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $5 - $10 suggested donation. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.untheatre.org .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Speakers: "Truth and Lies About Joining the Military" — Iraq War veteran Aidan Delgado and two Iraq War resisters - Pablo Paredes and Aimee Allison - tell how they were recruited, the reasons they enlisted, their experiences at boot camp, and the conditions at Abu Ghraib prison. The vets will be joined by David Crawford, a student organizer at Tamalpais High School, and there will be music by rap artist, D.U.S.T. Location: San Rafael High School, 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael. Time: 7pm. Cost: $7 - $15 (under 21 free, no one turned away). Info: 415-721-2844, http://www.mpjc.org .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Book Signing: Cindy Sheehan in Conversation — In 2004, Cindy Sheehan lost her son in an ambush in Iraq, and thus began her journey of speaking out and testifying in the halls of Congress. In August 2005, she went to Crawford, Texas, to confront President Bush, unexpectedly opening the floodgates of a renewed American peace movement. Not One More Mother's Child tells in Sheehan's distinctive voice how historical events and personal tragedy transformed her from grieving mom to ardent activist. 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to the nonprofit Gold Star Families for Peace. Location: Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $25 ($20 in advance). Info: 415-444-8000, info@marinjcc.org , http://www.marinjcc.org .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Film: "Salt of the Earth" — Salt of the Earth is based on a 1950 strike by zinc miners in New Mexico. Against a backdrop of social injustice, a riveting family drama is played out by the characters of Ramon and Esperanza Quintero, a Mexican-American miner and his wife. The women evolve from men's subordinates into their allies and equals. The film was made during the McCarthy era despite pressure from the U.S. government. The filmmakers were blacklisted and later imprisoned for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds. Part of the ANSWER film series. Location: ATA, 992 Valencia St., at 21st, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donation. Info: 415-821-6545, answer@actionsf.org .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Workshop: "Sustainable Landscape Design and Construction" — The workshop will introduce the principles and practices of Bay-friendly landscaping but will focus on practical applications, including two detailed case studies of successful Bay-friendly landscape projects in Alameda County. A special segment of the workshop will focus on the use of bioswales in Alameda County and lessons learned from experts in the field. Pre-registration required. Location: Joaquin Miller Community Center, Oakland. Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-614-1699, lgrodeska@stopwaste.org , http://www.bayfriendly.org/ .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Organic Beekeeping Talk with Les Crowder — Join us for a special talk and slideshow by master organic beekeeper Les Crowder. Les Crowder has taught beekeeping since 1988. Known for his calm and peaceful relationship with bees, Les maintains over 100 top bar hives without chemicals, contraptions or expense. Les and his wife Beth make a livelihood working with honey, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly. Les is in town briefly from New Mexico for almond pollination season - don't miss out on this presentation. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Meeting on Burrowing Owl Habitat: City of Albany Waterfront Committee — The committee will review a proposal for a burrowing owl habitat at the Albany Plateau. The plan would result in the creation of a protected area (fenced off) comprising about 10 acres of this approximately 20-acre site. The approval process involves consideration by State Parks (owner) and the East Bay Regional Park District (local operator). Input from the City of Albany is being sought. Location: Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave., Albany. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-528-5760, nalmaguer@albanyca.org .

Thursday, March 2, 2006
Networking Event: "Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network" — Bring your business cards to BEAN's first Environmental Speed Networking Event: a speedy way to meet other environmental professionals and Cal alums! Imagine tables of four people where the occupants are continually rotated, and you have the opportunity to get a name, a face, and a business card, and lots of contacts in the environmental field! RSVP via email preferred by 2/27. Location: Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane, off Bush St. between Grant and Kearny, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-528-5760, enviroalums@lists.berkeley.edu , (http://sustainability.berkeley.edu/BEAN.html .

Friday, March 3, 2006
Class: "Introduction to Green Building" — Green building is a broad discipline that encompasses all aspects of a structure or development that impact the environment. You will learn about the six key categories used by the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for rating green buildings. Location: Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120 ($102 online sale price). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/grbu10320san.html .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Training: "Copwatch" — Learn your rights and what to do when stopped by the police. Find out how to stay safe while monitoring police and how to document misconduct. Learn about Copwatch, what we do, and how to get involved in citizen monitoring of the police. Don't let cops misinform you. Take a stand against racist police practices. Location: Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-0425.

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Volunteer: Golden Gate National Parks Site Stewardship — The Site Stewardship Program needs your help to protect the Mission Blue butterfly and the San Francisco garter snake. Visit one of our beautiful sites in San Mateo and Marin counties and work with local communities to restore habitat for these threatened and endangered species. Transportation from Fort Mason is provided. All ages welcome. Location: Fort Mason Building 37, SF. Time: 9:15am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3437, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

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

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Volunteer: "National Parks America Tour 2006" — Help restore native habitat, enhance the landscape, maintain our trail systems, and propagate native plants. We will be working on several projects throughout the Presidio, including Crissy Field. Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and T-shirts will be provided for all volunteers. Pre-registration required. Adults, families, and youth ages 14 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 8:30am - 1pm. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org , http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Course: "Permaculture Design" — This is a certificate course in land-use design based on the sustainable living philosophy of Permaculture. Topics include Permaculture theory, food diversity, soil enrichment, water use, erosion control, natural building, organic gardening, and forest farming. The instructors are Brock Dolman and Penny Livingston. Lodging and meals are included in the fee. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Cost: $1,350 ($1250 in advance). Info: 707-874-1557 ext. .201, phil@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org/ .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Class: "Introduction to Green Renovations" — There are many ways to make your home more eco-friendly and healthy. Even simple measures such as replacing old windows or installing awnings will yield significant cost savings over time. This workshop is suitable for interior designers and builders who want to serve sustainability-minded clients as well as people involved in non-residential remodeling. Location: Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120 ($102 online sale price). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/grremayohomo.html .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Marsh Madness" — Become a marsh scientist! Gear up with waders and hike out into the marsh, where few are allowed to go. Use field microscopes, nets, and binoculars to study the creatures that live there. Then, you'll head back to the lab and examine the water critters you've collected. Youth ages 9 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $10 per youth. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/winter06.htm .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Class: "Edible Landscaping" — Learn landscape design principles. Create a unified, attractive landscape brimming with beautiful edible plants. Even small urban gardens can provide your family with a healthful, organic harvest. Replace lawns, boring hedges, and foundation plants with a garden of edible delights. Bring a bagged lunch. We will carpool to a local garden in the afternoon. 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 - 2:30pm. Cost: $35. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
7th Annual Seed Swap — Seeds! Music! Food! Gardeners! Bring and get locally saved seeds. Come be a part of the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) seed swap! This is a great way to meet other local gardeners and trade seed. Bring seed, envelopes and pens or just show up and get seeds with a commitment to bring seed back to the Interchange Library. Our seed library is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving genetic diversity of our planet's seed stock. We have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are being made available free to the public. We are a dynamic group that needs your support and involvement! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233 or Terri 510 658-9178.

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Presentation: "...How a Public Art Project is Helping to Preserve Our Urban Forest..." — Celebrate Arbor Month with a presentation by artist Samuel Yates on how The Color of Palo Alto incorporates technology, contemporary art, environmental protection, and public service into one award-winning public art project that helps maintain our urban forest. The presentation will focus on benefits of the project to the City of Palo Alto and its urban forest. Location: Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, at Rinconada Park, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 10:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 650-964-6110, info@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Walk and Lecture: "Wicked Weeds" — Discover the invaders skulking in the marsh and upland habitats, threatening all those that live near them. Hear how these non-native weeds can alter the environment. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, vs_intern@yahoo.com , http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Film and Panel: "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade" — Film: Professional Revolutionary: Live and Times of Saul Wellman. Panel: Milt Wolff, Commander of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Richard Bermack, photographer and author of Member of the Working Class, and Bruce Barthol, musical director of the SF Mime Troupe. Please do not wear perfumes or scents. Location: Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, @ Shattuck, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981-6106.

Saturday, March 4, 2006
ANSWER Anti-war Teach-in — The teach-in covers the U.S. strategy for domination in the Middle East (Iraq, Iran and Syria), the elections in Palestine and the struggle for self-determination, resistance in Latin America (Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia), and what's next for the anti-war movement in the U.S.? Call to reserve free childcare. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $3 - $10 donation (no one turned away). Info: 415-821-6545, answer@actionsf.org , http://www.internationalanswer.org .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Save The Bay needs your help to plant 8,000 native seedlings at the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Transplant marsh gumplant, saltgrass, and sea lavender seedlings from our nursery to the mouth of San Francisquito Creek. All ages welcome. 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 .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Class: "Urban Composting" — Turn your kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment for your plants. Approximately 45% of San Francisco's residential garbage is valuable organic material that can be composted into rich fertilizer for your soil! Learn what you can do to reduce waste, save money and help the environment. Both backyard and worm composting covered. Location: Garden for the Environment, 780 Frederick Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, stacey_parker@yahoo.com , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, March 4, 2006
Conference: "Empowering Women Of Color" — The conference will feature a panel with five activists: Enei Begaye, Dinι (Navajo) with the Black Mesa Water Coalition, Native Movement Collective, and Indigenous Environmental Network; Dr. Jenice View, Education and Training Director of Just Transition Alliance; Sarah James of the Gwich'in Institute; Dr. Ann Aurelia L—pez, Professor at UC Berkeley, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and Carla M. Perez, Community Organizer for Contra Costa Communities for a Better Environment. Also included: stimulating workshops, exceptional vendors, cultural performances, the Women of Color Film Festival March 2-5, and more! Register online staring 2/5. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Barrows Hall, The Lipman Room, Berkeley. Info: 415-731-5627, http://ewocc.berkeley.edu/registration.php .

Sunday, March 5, 2006
Course: "Biomimicry and Design" (in Costa Rica) — The course will be co-taught by Biomimicry Guild co-founders Janine Benyus and Dayna Baumeister, PhD. Designed for students and professionals in design fields including business organization, education, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design interested in applying biomimicry to your work. La Cusinga Lodge, Pacific coast, Uvita, Costa Rica. Cost: $2125 ($1900 before 1/16) students $1900 ($1650 before 1/16). Info: 406-495-1858, roset@biomimicry.net , http://www.biomimicry.net/cr.htm .

Sunday, March 5, 2006
Class: "Composting" — This is a "Free Skool" class. Learn urban-friendly ways of transforming food, garden, and dumpster scraps into compost. No outside space? No worries, just worm bins! Do you already have a pile or bin? Discuss how to make your composting process faster, less "stanky" and more exciting. Location: 604 56th Street, at Shattuck, Oakland. Time: noon - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 406-495-1858, http://barringtoncollective.org/FreeSkoolSchedule#compost .

Sunday, March 5, 2006
Class: "Find Your Dream Job in Green Building" — Opportunities for green building career seekers and entrepreneurs are rapidly expanding. This workshop will explore a range of fields, including natural building, green architecture, green materials development and sales, interior design, installation, and construction. Completion of "Green Building 101" is highly recommended but not required. Location: Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120 ($102 online sale price). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/fiyodrjobing.html .

Sunday, March 5, 2006
Benefit: "Being Peace in a Time of War" — A benefit for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship with Bob Thurman and Bhante Suhita Dharma. We'll hear inspiring stories from the lives of these two peacemakers and help celebrate the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's 28 years of progressive social change with tasty treats and a film about BPF's work. Location: St. Mary's Cathedral, Geary at Gough, SF. Time: 3pm - 5pm. Cost: $20 (no one turned away). Info: 510-655-6169 ext. 300, benefit@bpf.org , http://www.bpf.org/html/whats_now/2005/2006Benefit.html .
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