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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
6/3/2006	 	Annual Family Fun Festival at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market
6/11/2006	 	Workshop: "Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers"
7/1/2006	 	Training: Indigenous Permaculture in El Salvador (June 1st Application Deadline)
7/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health"
8/13/2006	 	Workshop: "Chickens and Ducks in Your Garden"
9/24/2006	 	Workshop: "Bee Keeping in the City"
10/29/2006	 Workshop: "Home Greywater"
11/19/2006	 Workshop: "Learn How To Build A Living Roof Garden"
12/10/2006	 Workshop: "Grow Edible Mushrooms at Home"

ALL EVENTS
Through 5/28/2006	 	Exhibit: "Now-Time Venezuela..."
Through 6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Introduction to Summer Care Techniques"
Through 9/28/2006	 	Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd
5/26/2006	 	Talk: "Your Life Banquet"
5/26/2006	 	Exhibit and Reception: "Art at the Dump"
5/26/2006	 	Films: "In Whose Interest" and "I'm Sorry I was Right"
5/26/2006	 	Benefit Screening: "Our Oil and Other Tales"
5/26/2006	 	Workshop: "...Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter"
5/26/2006	 	Book Event: "Fields that Dream: a Journey to the Roots of Our Food"
5/26/2006	 	Discussion: "Can We Stop the U.S. Attack on Iran?"
5/26/2006	 	Deadline: "Proposals for Regional Project Assistance Service Program"
5/26/2006	 	4th Annual Klamath Salmon Relay Run
5/26/2006	 	Benefit: "Vive Le Resistance! -- A Celebration of Resistance"
5/26/2006	 	Preparing for Peak Oil: Food Security Workshop Series
5/26/2006	 	Film: "Swim For The River"
5/27/2006	 	Exhibit and Reception: "Art at the Dump"
5/27/2006	 	Really Really Free Market
5/27/2006	 	Volunteer: Hike and Seed Collection
5/27/2006	 	Bobcats and Mountain Lions on the Prowl: Filoli Explorer Program for Kids
5/27/2006	 	Walk: "North Berkeley Architecture"
5/27/2006	 	Class: "A Day in the Long Life of the Bay"
5/27/2006	 	Land Conservation Initiative "Signature Celebration"
5/27/2006	 	Workshop: "Solar Ovens: Cooking, Building, and Buying"
5/28/2006	 	Workshop: "Nature Drawing for Youth"
5/30/2006	 	Community Forum: "Breast Cancer and the Environment"
5/30/2006	 	Benefit Presentation: "Laugh Out the Vote"
5/30/2006	 	Meeting: "Friends of Rodeo, Refugio and Carquinez Watersheds"
5/30/2006	 	Public Hearing: "Creeks Ordinance"
5/31/2006	 	Presentation: "Strategies for Community Health and Well Being"
5/31/2006	 	Talk: "Can San Francisco Feed itself?"
5/31/2006	 	Nomination Deadline: Clean Air Champions Award
5/31/2006	 	Application Deadline: "Acterra One-Year Leadership Training Program"
5/31/2006	 	Book Event: "Conned..." How the Lost Votes of "Felons" Helped Elect Bush
6/1/2006	 	Deadline: Applications for Tables at the "Re-fresh Festival," 6/24
6/1/2006	 	Global Exchange's Human Rights Award Ceremony
6/1/2006	 	Vigils: "Silence the Violence Day"
6/1/2006	 	Open House: "Bay Area Wilderness Training"
6/2/2006	 	Workshop: "Advanced Nature Awareness and the Power of Learning"
6/2/2006	 	Panel: "$Greening Green: Sustainability Boom or Bubble"
6/2/2006	 	Bay Area Open Space Conference
6/2/2006	 	Presentation: "Living in a European Ecovillage"
6/3/2006	 	Kids Garden Club
6/3/2006	 	Workshop: "Let Worms Eat Your Garbage"
6/3/2006	 	Workshop: "Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally"
6/3/2006	 	Sick Plant Clinic
6/3/2006	 	Annual Family Fun Festival at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market
6/3/2006	 	Symposium: "Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream"
6/3/2006	 	Workshop "Children, Nature and You"
6/3/2006	 	Platform: Berkeley Progressives
6/3/2006	 	Store Opening, Plant Sale, and "Eclectic Garden Tour"
6/3/2006	 	Family Fitness Walk in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens
6/3/2006	 	Toddler Nature Walk
6/3/2006	 	Workshop: "Tool Time"
6/3/2006	 	Class: "Urban Composting"
6/3/2006	 	Electronic Waste Drop (Volunteers Needed)
6/3/2006	 	Volunteer: "Inspect-the-Paths Day"
6/3/2006	 	Electronic Waste Recycling Day
6/4/2006	 	Build It Green Home Tour
6/4/2006	 	Panel: "The Roots of Our Food"
6/4/2006	 	Volunteer: "Welcome Home the Butterflies"
6/4/2006	 	Green Building Fair 2006
6/5/2006	 	Class: "Art Making Where Creek Meets Bay"
6/5/2006	 	Preparing for Peak Oil: Food Security Workshop Series
6/5/2006	 	Educational Activity: "Bike Mania: A night of Beer and Bikes"
6/5/2006	 	Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective
6/5/2006	 	Course: "Natural Building in Community"
6/7/2006	 	Meeting: "Native American History"
6/7/2006	 	Book Event: "How Would A Patriot Act?"
6/7/2006	 	Film: "Earthlings" (Consumerism and Animal Cruelty)
6/7/2006	 	Benefit: "IDEX Annual Dinner and Drawing"
6/7/2006	 	Course: "Environmental Ethics and Sustainability"
6/7/2006	 	Conference: "Climate Change and the Future of the American West"
6/7/2006	 	Speaker: Greg Palast
6/8/2006	 	Business Breakfast: "Bio-Mimicry, The Next Industrial Revolution"
6/8/2006	 	Reading: "The Sociology of African American Language"
6/8/2006	 	Meeting: "Ocean Protection Council"
6/8/2006	 	Talk: "The 109th Congress' Attempt to Eviscerate the Endangered Species Act"
6/8/2006	 	Tilden Explorers
6/9/2006	 	Film: "This is What Free Trade Looks Like..."
6/9/2006	 	Course: "Permaculture Design Certification"
6/9/2006	 	Conference on Precaution
6/9/2006	 	28th Annual Harmony Festival
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Backyard Habitat"
6/10/2006	 	Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
6/10/2006	 	Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party"
6/10/2006	 	Class: "How to Build a Worm Bin Bench"
6/10/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Mosaics"
6/10/2006	 	Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Japan"
6/10/2006	 	Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration
6/10/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Healthful Mediterranean II, and New Taste Test"
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Summer Harvest and Seed Saving"
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Spanish Pruning"
6/10/2006	 	Course: "Nature Based Waste Water Filtration"
6/10/2006	 	Volunteer: "Repaint the Willard Community Peace Labyrinth"
6/10/2006	 	Class: "Introduction to Strawbale Construction"
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Healthy Homes Inside and Out"
6/10/2006	 	Celebration: La Pena's 31st Birthday
6/10/2006	 	Benefit Concert with Speakers: "Resist the Green Scare"
6/10/2006	 	Volunteer: Hike and Seed Collection
6/10/2006	 	Children's Tree Walk
6/10/2006	 	Mini-Farmers
6/11/2006	 	Nature Walk: "Trees are Treasures"
6/11/2006	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
6/11/2006	 	Workshop: "Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers"
6/11/2006	 	Course on Natural Building: "Build Here Now 2006"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Annual Family Fun Festival at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Young Fiddlers from the School of String Improvisation (Berkeley)
Maggie, The Clown, formerly of Ringling Brothers Circus, performing a magic and juggling comedy show
Lariat Larry, cowboy storyteller, performs trick roping, and tells spellbinding stories and Tall Tales of the Wild West.
Asheba, specializing in music for kids "Caribbean Style" and a joy for all ages. Singer/songwriter, guitarist, steel drum player, and native of Trinidad.
Capades Environmental Vaudeville, (uggling,unicycling, & more.
Much Ado About Nothing (scenes) by William Shakespeare presented by the Berkeley Montessori School Middle School, featuring the music of David Bowie.
Bonnie Lockhart and Nancy Schimmel. Bonnie is a performer and teacher of music. Nancy is a teacher and performer of traditional and original songs and stories.
Information and Activity Booths including
Bananas, a non-profit child care referral and support agency serving the diverse families of Northern Alameda County.
Bay Area Power Play Program, offering nutrition and fitness education for youth ages 9 to 11.
Berkeley-Albany YMCA Head Start Program, our premiere local early childhood program, providing comprehensive developmental services for preschool children and their families.
East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use, free costume making & creative hands-on craft.
Farm Fresh Choice, working to improve health and nutrition by increasing access and consumption of fresh, nutritious and affordable fruits and vegetables to communities with limited access to produce outlets.
Hall of Health Hands-on Museum (located in downtown Berkeley), sponsored by Children's Hospital & Research Center (Oakland) to promote wellness and individual responsibility for health. 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 .

Sunday, June 11, 2006
Workshop: "Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers" — Learn how to turn weeds and other natural byproducts into plant fertilizers. Save money and resources by recycling nutrients in your garden. Hand's on: bring 2 liter plastic bottles, old hoses or bicycle tubes, cardboard or newspaper, large containers or 5 gallon buckets with lids, misc. tools. Leave with a system of your own. This is part of the Ecology Center / Ecohouse Workshop Series. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - Sunday, July 9, 2006
Training: Indigenous Permaculture in El Salvador (June 1st Application Deadline) — The communities of Maquilishuat Nahuat peoples and the cooperative of El Mansano will host 10 international participants. The two communities are located in northwestern El Salvador. We will work with community members building a community center, work with children in elementary schools, practice sustainable forestry management, help with composting toilets and water catchment systems, practice traditional and sustainable agriculture, promote biodiesel, and help with adobe and traditional house construction. We'll enjoy home stays with local families and explore the beautiful and dramatic natural surroundings. Note that these are remote rural location. There is no road access directly to the communities. Basic knowledge of Spanish is required (the equivalent of at least two college semesters). Application deadline: 6/1. Cost: $750 plus airfare. Info: 510-547-8715, mayalencanahuat@yahoo.com , http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/ .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Workshop: "Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health" — Learn the benefits of herbs and their use in western herbal medicine from a practicing Bay Area herbalist. Take an herb walk around the local community gardens and leave with a cutting of an easy-to-grow herb. Teacher: Joshua Muscat, Western Herbalist. Hand's on: bring small pots and hand shovels. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Sunday, August 13, 2006
Workshop: "Chickens and Ducks in Your Garden" — Children especially welcome. Learn how to care for these garden pets and get eggs and fertilizer as payback! Learn how to size and locate your coup and duck pond and get simple blueprints for building a coup yourself. Teacher: Babak Tondre, experienced Permaculturist. Hand's on: bring veggies and scraps to feed our chickens and ducks, and art supplies for kids to use. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Workshop: "Bee Keeping in the City" — Learn about the mysterious life of a bee colony and the benefits bees provide by pollinating orchards and gardens. Learn how to construct and keep your own hives. Taste honey from a local hive. Teacher: Julia Roll, entrepreneur and beekeeper. Hand's on: bring pieces of wood/ plywood, paint, hammers, nails, etc. and leave with a hive and resources for starting a colony at home. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Sunday, October 29, 2006
Workshop: "Home Greywater" — Learn about and help create the first permitted residential greywater system at the Berkeley Ecohouse. Learn about the principles and process of safely irrigating with waste water. Teacher; John Russell, greywater designer. Hand's on: bring gloves. We will be diverting a bathroom sink, shower, and laundry drain to feed a constructed wetland, planted swales, and mushroom beds. Return home with ideas and plans of your own! Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Sunday, November 19, 2006
Workshop: "Learn How To Build A Living Roof Garden" — Learn how to convert a flat roof into a planted garden. Great for garages! Teacher: Steph Lind, green contractor. Hand-on: we will renovate the Ecohouse tool shed roof into a living garden and add a duck pond and planted drainage swale. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Sunday, December 10, 2006
Workshop: "Grow Edible Mushrooms at Home" — Take a slideshow tour of some amazing mushrooms of the Bay Area and learn how to grow edible mushrooms at home. Teacher: Ken Litchfield, mycologist. Hand's-on: bring extra newspaper, cardboard, sawdust, wax, cordless drills, drill bits, and leave with some mushrooms of your own! Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

ALL EVENTS

Through Sunday, May 28, 2006
Exhibit: "Now-Time Venezuela..." — Now-Time Venezuela: Media Along the Path of the Bolivarian Process is a multi-screen presentation on the subject of worker-controlled factories. Encouraged by supportive legislation and the withdrawal of transnational corporations, worker occupations and resulting cooperative or comanagement schemes have become an important feature of Venezuela's social and political landscape. Location: Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Info: 510-642-0808, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibits/nowtime/index.html .

Through Saturday, June 10, 2006
Workshop: "Introduction to Summer Care Techniques" — 4/29: Introduction to biointensive principles and history, compost with a demonstration, garden Layout and Design tools and resources. 5/20: Bed preparation with demonstration, year-round sustainable garden planning, companion planting, building flats, soil testing. 6/10: Seed propagation with demonstration, transplanting, harvesting techniques for maximum production, summer care, seed saving. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $120 for 3-part series. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Through Thursday, September 28, 2006
Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd — Doug Dowd's popular course on economics will meet twice a month from April through September. A San Francisco native, Dowd is a radical economist, economic historian, currently a professor at two universities in Italy, the author of more than a dozen books, and lifelong political activist. Doug calls himself a loose-jointed Marxist and a full-fledged Veblenian -- he's The Peoples' Economist. His latest book is The Broken Promises of America. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Talk: "Your Life Banquet" — A talk on sustaining earth and building world harmony. Location: Antioch Senior Center, 2nd and E Sts., Antioch. Time: 10:30am. Info: 925-978-2715.

Friday, May 26, 2006
Exhibit and Reception: "Art at the Dump" — Artwork by Henri Marie-Rose and Bessie Kunath will be on exhibit. The exhibit is the culmination of months of scavenging through San Francisco's refuse at the transfer station, better known as "The San Francisco Dump." Marie-Rose's work in metal, wood and glass and has an intrinsically poetic view of life. His show is titled, Ordures et Joie de Vivre (or Trash and the Joy of Life). Kunath's work includes a series of light and shadow boxes, assemblage sculptures, drawings and paintings. Her work is inspired by the sentimental qualities behind our waste. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 5pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414, paulf@norcalwaste.com .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Films: "In Whose Interest" and "I'm Sorry I was Right" — In Whose Interest questions the effects of U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years. The film focuses on Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador, and Palestine/Israel. Archival footage is interwoven with eye-witness accounts and commentary from academics such as Noam Chomsky, religious leaders and politicians. (27 min, 2002). I'm Sorry I was Right is a half hour documentary on former Sen. Eugene McCarthy, best known for his 1968 campaign against the Vietnam War. Here's a politician who raised his voice against corporate media, the military-industrial complex, and tax breaks for the wealthy. (2004). Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 - $10 (no one turned away). Info: 650-283-3797, aseem@worldcentric , http://worldcentric.org/filmseries/winter2006.htm .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Benefit Screening: "Our Oil and Other Tales" — Join us for the west coast premiere of Our Oil and Other Tales, filmed recently in Venezuela. This documentary delves into oil and coal from Lake Maracaibo to the Orinoco Delta, examining sovereignty and self-determination through the experiences of communities, oil workers, and indigenous people. In Spanish with English subtitles; 83 minutes. Benefit to raise bail money for Modesto Copwatch. Community organizers will talk about successful Copwatch programs in the Modesto area, and the need for community action against police brutality and harassment. Location: AK Press, 674A 23rd St., between MLK & San Pablo, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Cost: $5 - $20 donation -- no one turned away. Info: 510-208-1700, akpress@akpress.org .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Workshop: "...Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter" — The workshop teaches you how to build an FM broadcast transmitter (and other related items such as antennas) and set up a low power (15-100 watt) community radio station capable of covering a broadcast radius between 5 and 15 miles depending on power, terrain and antenna height. Send an email request for the Radio Camp informational packet. Pre-registration required. Location: Free Radio Berkeley Workshop, 2311 Adeline, Unit P, Oakland. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: $150-$200 sliding scale. Info: 510-625-0314, freeradio@riseup.net , http://www.freeradio.org/ .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Book Event: "Fields that Dream: a Journey to the Roots of Our Food" — Kurzweil tells the stories of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, and union organizers who are now small-scale organic farmers while she explores the history of how America moved from a country of family farms to a landscape dominated by large agricultural corporations. She asserts that the enormous increase in the number of farmers markets and organic sales reflects America's increased health consciousness. Location: Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-7852, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/may06Calendar.jsp .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Discussion: "Can We Stop the U.S. Attack on Iran?" — Human rights activists Jeanette Hassberg of the War and Law League and Ali Mirardal of the Iranian-American Community of Northern California will address the crisis, followed by discussion and action. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 donation. Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, May 26, 2006
Deadline: "Proposals for Regional Project Assistance Service Program" — The Watershed Project is requesting proposals for its Regional Project Assistance Service program, which provides capacity building support for community-based watershed and creek groups. This is like a grant program in which the award is support services rather than funding. Eligible requests for assistance range from outreach and education to organizational development. The program is open to applicants from Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties. Info: 510-665-3546, staff@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Friday, May 26, 2006 - Sunday, May 28, 2006
4th Annual Klamath Salmon Relay Run — In light of the kill of over 72,000 salmon along the Lower Klamath in September 2002, the tribes, several organizations and the youth of communities in the Klamath-Trinity region are coordinating a relay run to be held on May 26th, 27th and 28th. With this event we hope to unite the communities affected by the lack of water and fish in our rivers; raise consciousness of the impacts to our people's well-being, health, and culture with the lack of water and fish in our rivers; and bring attention to the need for better water quality in our rivers to help ensure there won't be a repeat of 2002's catastrophic fish kill. Time: 7am. Info: 530-627-3446, ctucker@Karuk.us .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Benefit: "Vive Le Resistance! -- A Celebration of Resistance" — An evening of food, drinks, music and dancing as we recognize and honor Bay Area residents who have led resistance on different fronts. Speaker: Medea Benjamin, Co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK. Music: Los Nadies (with traditional Mexican dancers). Recognizing the contributions of hunger strikers' for immigrant rights, ten SFSU students who protested military recruitment at the university's career fair, and others. Donations benefit CODEPINK's peace campaigns. Space limited. RSVP. Location: Ti Couz Restaurant, 3108 16th Street, at Valencia Street, SF. Time: 7pm - 11pm. Cost: Donation requested. Info: 530-627-3446, codepinkbayarea@riseup.net .

Friday, May 26, 2006 - Monday, May 29, 2006
Preparing for Peak Oil: Food Security Workshop Series — What steps can we take to improve the food security of our families? Increasingly, suburban and urban dwellers alike are looking to their own backyards as a resource with tremendous unutilized potential for meeting our basic nutritional needs. By applying the principles of permaculture and bio-intensive gardening, even small backyards can produce an abundant supply of healthy and delicious vegetables throughout the year. As a part of our ongoing focus on peak oil preparation, we're offering a special workshop series designed to equip your family with the knowledge and skills to begin growing your own food.
5/26 -- PE 101: Permaculture Strategies for Local Food Production
5/27 -- SL 151 Bio-Intensive Backyard Gardening
5/28 -- SL 161: How to Grow Delectable and Nutritious Mushrooms at Home
5/29 -- PE 111: Advanced Permaculture Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $480, or $120 for a single workshop. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/prforpeoifos.html .

Friday, May 26, 2006
Film: "Swim For The River" — Swim For The River follows Christopher Swain as he swims the Hudson river from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City, facing whitewater, sewage, hydroelectric dams, Homeland Security patrols, factory outfalls and PCB contamination along the way. The film includes extensive coverage of the fight to protect the Hudson against threats from industry, regulatory agencies, and public indifference. A wine and cheese reception precedes the film. Location: Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, at Brannan Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation. Info: 510-558-8013.

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Exhibit and Reception: "Art at the Dump" — Artwork by Henri Marie-Rose and Bessie Kunath will be on exhibit. The exhibit is the culmination of months of scavenging through San Francisco's refuse at the transfer station, better known as "The San Francisco Dump." Marie-Rose's work in metal, wood and glass and has an intrinsically poetic view of life. His show is titled, Ordures et Joie de Vivre (or Trash and the Joy of Life). Kunath's work includes a series of light and shadow boxes, assemblage sculptures, drawings and paintings. Her work is inspired by the sentimental qualities behind our waste. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414, paulf@norcalwaste.com .

Saturday, May 27, 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. SE corner of the park. Location: Dolores Park, between 19th & 20th, SF. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 415-330-1414, rsykes1710@yahoo.com , http://www.reallyreallyfreemarket.org .

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Volunteer: Hike and Seed Collection — The hike will consist of collecting native grass seeds and exploring local creeks. We are collecting seeds to grow in our Crockett greenhouse and later replant back along the original creek. Recommended for children over the age of 10. Please, no pets. Meet at the Adobe road lot off of Pinole Valley Road, by the Pinole Dog Park. Location: Pinole. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-847-6035, frrcw@earthlink.net , http://www.creecyouth.org/ .

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Bobcats and Mountain Lions on the Prowl: Filoli Explorer Program for Kids — Learn the secrets about our mysterious and magnificent cats who roam the Western United States. Learn how to distinguish the differences and similarities between these two felines. Kids, ages 8 - 11. Registration required. Call, or download registration form. Location: Filoli Center, 86 Cañada Rd, Woodside. Time: 9:30am - noon. Cost: $20. Info: 650-364.8300 ext. 508, http://www.filoli.org/education.html#families .

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Walk: "North Berkeley Architecture" — Alan Kaplan, retired East Bay Regional Parks naturalist and storyteller extraordinaire, leads a Berkeley Path Wanderers walk to explore gems of North Berkeley architecture. Meet at the entrance to the Berkeley Rose Garden, west side of Euclid Avenue between Bayview Place and Eunice Street. Bring water, snack, and sun protection. The pace will be moderate, with some steep stairways. Location: Berkeley Rose Garden, Euclid Ave., south side of Eunice Street, Berkeley. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-526-7609, http://www.berkeleypaths.org/ .

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Class: "A Day in the Long Life of the Bay" — San Francisco Bay sustained wildlife and people for centuries. Follow Rangers Cidney Webster and Craig Glassner on a journey through time, and discover what the bay looked like hundreds of years ago. You'll hear what happened to this thriving estuary as more and more people came. Down at the pier, you'll investigate current bay residents--among them, crabs, fish, and seals--and learn how people are working to make the bay a healthy place for them. Families with children ages 8 and up. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $5. Info: 415-561-7752, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/spring06.htm .

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Land Conservation Initiative "Signature Celebration" — People for Land and Nature (PLAN) has submitted more than 62,000 signatures. We need 36,040 valid signatures to qualify the Santa Clara County Land Conservation Initiative for the November ballot, so we're in excellent shape. PLAN will host a "Signature Celebration" near the intersection of Middlefield Road and East Meadow, open to anyone who's interested in getting involved with the Initiative campaign. RSVP. Location: Mitchell Park, Palo Alto. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 415-561-7752, Brooke@OpenSpace2006.org , http://www.OpenSpace2006.org .

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Workshop: "Solar Ovens: Cooking, Building, and Buying" — Learn how to prepare vegetables, grains, beans, meat, and bread with the sun's energy. You can modify your favorite recipes for use in your solar oven. Learn heating and aiming techniques. Construction, design, and materials will be covered. Solar ovens and cookbooks will be available for purchase. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $23. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Sunday, May 28, 2006
Workshop: "Nature Drawing for Youth" — Kids ages 8-15 of all artistic abilities are welcome to explore their artsy side in nature. Learn field drawing skills through fun-filled exercises, while learning about the plants and animals of the area. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2:30pm - 4pm. Cost: $15 ($17 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org .

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Community Forum: "Breast Cancer and the Environment" — The forum will include a new documentary film, *Toxic Bust* by Megan Siler. Hosted by the Breast Cancer Fund and The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center of the San Francisco Public Library. The Breast Cancer Fund works to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Light supper: 5pm. Program begins promptly at 5:30pm in Koret Auditorium. Space limited. RSVP. Location: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., SF. Time: 5pm - 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-636-1684, sandy@breastcancerfund.org .

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Benefit Presentation: "Laugh Out the Vote" — An evening of comedy with Will Durst, Johnny Stelle, W. Kamau Bell, Ali Wong, and Samantha Chanse, hosted by Nato Green benefiting The League of Pissed Off Voters and their efforts to get out the youth vote in San Francisco for the June 6 primary election. Location: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., between York and Hampshire, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: Donation. Info: 415-595-3867.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Meeting: "Friends of Rodeo, Refugio and Carquinez Watersheds" — The meeting will include an overview of upcoming events, refreshments, and guest speaker on local watershed issues. The goals of FRRCW are to remove non-native vegetation, clean up streams, plant native plants, lead creek tours, and provide educational outreach to the public about regional watershed issues. Location: Hercules Swim Center, 2001 Refugio Valley Road, Hercules. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Info: 925-228-5460, frrcw@earthlink.net , http://www.muirheritagelandtrust.org/ .

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Public Hearing: "Creeks Ordinance" — The Berkeley Creeks Task Force recommendations represent a compromise between the rights of property owners and environmental protection. For example, the recommendations would reduce protection by allowing structures to be built closer to creeks, but would increase protection by preventing patios and decks from being built right up to the edge of a creek. The Berkeley Planning Commission and others are lobbying to further weaken protections. The City Council will likely vote on the Creeks Ordinance recommendations at this hearing. Please speak up at the hearing (wear green, and bring friends). Also, write to the Berkeley Mayor/Council, Creeks Task Force, Planning Commission, and the Berkeley Daily Planet! Location: Longfellow School Auditorium, 1500 Derby St., Berkeley. Time: 6pm. Info: 510-909-5403, jlamont@creekcats.com .

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Presentation: "Strategies for Community Health and Well Being" — Sponsored by The Marin Promotores Collaborative, Three Nations Indian Circle, Marin County Board of Supervisors, First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy Marin Partnership, Canal Alliance, Canal Welcome Center and other community-based organizations. Location: Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Info: 510-909-5403.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Talk: "Can San Francisco Feed itself?" — Can urban food production be compatible with urban native habitat conservation and restoration? What are the limits and advantages of systematic urban food production? What should our relationship be to local gardening, regional Community-Supported Agriculture, and Slow Food? A feast of edible weeds will be provided by our local gardeners and food activists. Speakers: Margit Roos-Collins (author, Flavors of Home), Brahm Ahmadi (People's Grocery), Antonio Alcala (Alemany garden), Lane Cunningham (local forager extraordinaire), Raquel Rivera-Pinderhughes (author, Alternative Urban Futures). Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $3-$5 donation, no one turned away. Info: 415-626-2060, http://www.counterpulse.org/springtalks.shtml .

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Nomination Deadline: Clean Air Champions Award — The Clean Air Champions award program honors individuals who demonstrate a consistent and inspirational commitment to improving air quality by adopting a less polluting lifestyle. If someone you know goes above and beyond to preserve air quality, nominate them online or over the phone. Winners will be announced in July and honored at a public presentation at the BAAQMD headquarters in San Francisco. Self-nominations are encouraged. Cost: Free. Info: 800-435-7247, http://www.cleanairchampions.org/ .

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Application Deadline: "Acterra One-Year Leadership Training Program" — "Be the Change," Acterra's year-long course for emerging leaders, is focused on protecting our regional environment. Learn to be an effective change agent. Course lasts September - June and includes monthly seminars, other events and a personal project to practice your leadership skils. Seeking 25 to 30 people to form a diverse class of all ages. Interviews in June. Location: Palo Alto. Cost: $1600 tuition for the year. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 345, kayo@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/leadership/ .

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Book Event: "Conned..." How the Lost Votes of "Felons" Helped Elect Bush — More than four million Americans, mainly poor, black, and Latino, have lost the right to vote. In some states, as many as a third of all African-American men cannot take part in the most basic right of a democracy due to felony disenfranchisement laws. Journalist Sasha Abramsky takes us on a journey through disenfranchised America, detailing the revival of antidemocratic laws that came of age in the post-Civil War segregationist South. 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 .

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Deadline: Applications for Tables at the "Re-fresh Festival," 6/24 — St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Habitat for Humanity East Bay and The ReUse People present the Re-Fresh Festival. This free community event promotes creative reuse and recycling in East Oakland. The festival will feature art , interactive reuse activities for kids, food, and live music. Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm. Location: 9235 San Leandro Street in Oakland. Obtain application online. Location: Oakland. Info: 510-638-7600, http://www.svdp-alameda.org .

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Global Exchange's Human Rights Award Ceremony — With these annual awards, Global Exchange recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations to the protection and advancement of human rights in their own countries and around the world. This year we celebrate international awardee Eduardo Galeano, domestic awardee Cindy Sheehan (Gold Star Families for Peace), and community builder awardee Malik Rahim. RSVP by 5/30. Location: Gift Center Pavilion, 888 Brannan, SF. Time: 6pm - 10pm. Cost: $150. Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 246, todd@globalexchange.org , http://www.globalexchange.org .

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Vigils: "Silence the Violence Day" — Join young people in the Bay Area as they launch a summer campaign to address violence in Oakland and San Francisco, where homicide rates are skyrocketing. It starts in the morning when radio station KMEL "silences the music" at 9am. Then, all of Oakland and Alameda County will take a moment of silence at 11am. In the evening, join us at one of the vigils:
West Oakland: 7th Street & Mandela
East Oakland: 87th & Macarthur at the Youth Uprising Center
Lake Merritt: Lakeshore & Grant
Downtown Oakland: 14th & Broadway
North Oakland: 61st & San Pablo
Highland Hospital: 14th Ave & E. 31st Street
San Francisco: Our sister organization across the bay, United Playaz, is still finalizing details for the San Francisco vigils. Call for more information. Location: Oakland. Time: Evening. Info: 510-428-3939 ext. 244, venus@ellabakercenter.org .

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Open House: "Bay Area Wilderness Training" — BAWT opens its doors once a month to allow the public, in an informal setting, to meet staff, and learn about how to get more involved in helping us get youth outdoors. Refreshments served. RSVP appreciated. Location: Earth Island Institute, 300 Broadway, Suite 29, SF. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Info: 415-788-3666 ext. 125, http://www.bawt.org/calendar/open_house.php4 .

Friday, June 2, 2006
Workshop: "Advanced Nature Awareness and the Power of Learning" — By training of our minds and our senses, we can tap the power of our innate learning abilities. Through practicing these techniques, students have reported an increase in clarity and focus, an awakening of the senses, and an outpouring of creativity. Friday: 7:30pm - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 5pm, and Sunday: 9am - 4pm. Pre-registration required. Location: Wild Teachers Wildlife Sanctuary, Half Moon Bay. Cost: $200 ($450 for a three workshop package). Info: 800-244-9453, Info@WildlifeAssociates.org , http://www.wildlifeassociates.org/ .

Friday, June 2, 2006
Panel: "$Greening Green: Sustainability Boom or Bubble" — A serious debate about the opportunities in renewable energy investments. Panelists: Mujahid M. Abdullah, Co-Founder, Sustainable Finance Group, Greg Bohannon, Managing Partner, Greenrock Capital, Randy Hayes, Executive Director, International Forum on Globalization, and Rodrigo Prudencio, Principal, Nth Power. Moderated by Amber Nystrom, Founding & Executive Director, Social Fusion. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $40 ($30 in advance, $20 for students and Fusion Affiliates) . Info: 415-979-0280 , jenn@socialfusion.org , http://socialfusion.org/cse .

Friday, June 2, 2006
Bay Area Open Space Conference — Speakers and panel presentations will address parks, trails, natural habitats and agricultural lands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two exhibition halls will be filled with displays about agencies, organizations, professionals, and businesses who protect and manage the region's parks and open spaces. Sample locally grown foods. Our lunch and reception will highlight the sustainable agriculture model that unites stewardship of the land with respect for those who grow the food and our need for healthier foods. Space limited. Register ASAP. Location: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, The Presidio, SF. Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $65 ($50 in advance). Info: 650-593-3281, Cecily@OpenSpaceCouncil.org , http://openspacecouncil.org/ .

Friday, June 2, 2006
Presentation: "Living in a European Ecovillage" — An evening to re-learn how to live in community. How do we create trusted, transparent and accountable communities? Potluck dinner, and presentation by one of the most experienced trainers of the Global Ecovillage Network. Location: 61 Los Cerros, Walnut Creek. Time: 6pm. Info: 925-932-0434, http://gen.ecovillage.org/ .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Kids Garden Club — This is a club for children ages 7-12 to explore the world of gardening. We plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook, and get dirty. Themes and activities vary. Registration is required, and the price goes up to $8 if you are not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $6. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Workshop: "Let Worms Eat Your Garbage" — Small on space and big on benefits, worm composting is a great way to recycle kitchen scraps into a fantastic organic fertilizer. Location: Bay-Friendly Demonstration Garden (Livermore) , 3589 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7645, http://www.bayfriendly.org/ .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Workshop: "Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally" — Control pests without the use of pesticides. Attract beneficial insects to your garden. Discover least-toxic methods for managing common garden pests, such as snails, slugs, aphids, and yellow jackets. Location: Peralta Community Garden, 1400 Peralta Ave., near Hopkins, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7645, http://www.bayfriendly.org/ .

Saturday, June 3, 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, June 3, 2006
Annual Family Fun Festival at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Young Fiddlers from the School of String Improvisation (Berkeley)
Maggie, The Clown, formerly of Ringling Brothers Circus, performing a magic and juggling comedy show
Lariat Larry, cowboy storyteller, performs trick roping, and tells spellbinding stories and Tall Tales of the Wild West.
Asheba, specializing in music for kids "Caribbean Style" and a joy for all ages. Singer/songwriter, guitarist, steel drum player, and native of Trinidad.
Capades Environmental Vaudeville, (uggling,unicycling, & more.
Much Ado About Nothing (scenes) by William Shakespeare presented by the Berkeley Montessori School Middle School, featuring the music of David Bowie.
Bonnie Lockhart and Nancy Schimmel. Bonnie is a performer and teacher of music. Nancy is a teacher and performer of traditional and original songs and stories.
Information and Activity Booths including
Bananas, a non-profit child care referral and support agency serving the diverse families of Northern Alameda County.
Bay Area Power Play Program, offering nutrition and fitness education for youth ages 9 to 11.
Berkeley-Albany YMCA Head Start Program, our premiere local early childhood program, providing comprehensive developmental services for preschool children and their families.
East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use, free costume making & creative hands-on craft.
Farm Fresh Choice, working to improve health and nutrition by increasing access and consumption of fresh, nutritious and affordable fruits and vegetables to communities with limited access to produce outlets.
Hall of Health Hands-on Museum (located in downtown Berkeley), sponsored by Children's Hospital & Research Center (Oakland) to promote wellness and individual responsibility for health. 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 .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Symposium: "Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream" — The Symposium explores the links between three critical concerns: environmental sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. Using video clips from some of the world's most respected thinkers, short films, instruction, and group interactions, the Symposium facilitates new insight into the nature of our time and the opportunity we have to change the direction of our world. Our next Training Program for becoming a Symposium Facilitator starts on 6/16. Attending a symposium is necessary to enroll in the training program. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St., @ Geary, SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Info: 415-924-3377, katzchiro@comcast.net .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Workshop "Children, Nature and You" — A workshop for parents, teachers and others who work with young children. Facilitator: Wendolyn Bird. Through story, song, nature games and deep listening, she will show how to explore your own connection to the natural world and discover playful ways to bring young children to a deeper and healthier relationship with nature. Signup at 650 328-7756 or online. Location: Foundation for Global Community, 222 High St., Palo Alto. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $50 (some scholarships available). Info: 650-324-9355, wbird9@aol.com , http://www.hookedonnature.org .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Platform: Berkeley Progressives — In this second meeting, we will deal with labor and health,housing, and rent control, written by the Committee for Affordable Housing, which hosts the convention to nominate Rent Board Candidates; and we will look at the nationwide "Covenant With Black America." Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-704-0803, bborucki@idiom.com .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Store Opening, Plant Sale, and "Eclectic Garden Tour" — Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center opens Carquinez Horticultural Center. The fifth annual Eclectic Garden Tour sign up is from 9am to noon. Opening festivities from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Enjoy food, refreshments, live music and learn more about CREEC's greenhouse program and watershed restoration projects. Plant sale is 10am until closing. From Pomona Street, turn north onto Port Street and follow street below bridge. Follow the signs. Location: Carquinez Horticultural Center, under the Carquinez Bridge, Crockett. Time: 9am - 5:30pm. Info: 510-787-2265, http://www.creecyouth.org .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Family Fitness Walk in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens — Get healthy as a family along the Guadalupe River Park trails! Instructor Kristin Strellis will start off with some tips on walking correctly as well as the health benefits of walking. Along the trail she will show how many features of the park, like stairs and low walls, provide fitness opportunities. She will also incorporate fun games, yoga, and stretching into the walk. We'll finish off with a healthy snack and a handout that will include all the activities introduced during the walk. Please bring a water bottle, sun protection and wear good walking shoes. RSVP. Location: Guadalupe Garden Center, 715 Spring St., at Taylor, San José. Time: 9:30am - 11am. Cost: $12 ($8 per child, 5 and older). Info: 408-298-7657, education@grpg.org , http://www.grpg.org/Education.html .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Toddler Nature Walk — Toddlers ages 2-3 and their grown-up friends are invited for an exploration of the Nature Area looking for our reptilian friends. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10:30am - 11:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Workshop: "Tool Time" — Are your pruners too dull? Is your spade or shovel covered in rust? Find out how you can keep your garden tools looking and performing like the day you brought them home. Bring along your grungy tools. 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, June 3, 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, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Sunday, June 4, 2006
Electronic Waste Drop (Volunteers Needed) — "E-waste" that will be accepted includes computer monitors, computers/computer components, televisions, VCR & DVD players, toner cartridges, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephone equipment, cell phones, and MP3 players. The City needs volunteer greeters to collect information from participants and give participants directions at this event. If interested, please call (510) 215-4351. The city will not accept appliances, batteries, microwaves, paints, pesticides and other "universal" hazardous wastes (compact fluorescent tubes, fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing lamps, mercury thermostats) at this event. Location: El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 888-832-9839, http://www.el-cerrito.org/news/view_article.php?id=214 .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Volunteer: "Inspect-the-Paths Day" — Meet by the Rose Garden sign. The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association needs current information about every path in Berkeley to pinpoint those most in need of cleaning, weeding, or repairs. Volunteers will get a list of paths to survey and inspection sheets to fill out. After two hours we will meet back at the Rose Garden to have refreshments and tally our results. If we don't get to all the paths, we will finish during the following week. Bring a BPWA map, a pen and clipboard (or something to write on), and, optionally, a digital camera and a tape measure. Location: Berkeley Rose Garden, Euclid Ave., south side of Eunice Street, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 510-540-7223, Charlie_paths@comcast.net .

Saturday, June 3, 2006
Electronic Waste Recycling Day — Computers, monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, stereos, speakers, servers, TVs, LCDs, phone systems, PDAs, PS, switches, cell phones, test equipment, Cable, Wire, DVD players, CD players, MP3 players, Game systems, electronic test equipment, RAM, VGA, cameras, projectors, CPU, HDD, FDD, zip drives, motherboards, memory, VHS, laptops, calculators, overhead projectors, battery chargers, power cords, microphones, cartridges, mouse, keyboards, etc. For corporate pick-up, call (408) 483-0538. Benefits arts nonprofit Schola Cantorum. Location: 1050 E. Duane Avenue, Sunnyvale. Time: 8am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-254-1700, http://www.scholacantorum.org .

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Build It Green Home Tour — The Build It Green Home Tour in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will introduce attendees to homeowners and building professionals who have built or remodeled green. The tour covers the spectrum from remodels to brand new custom homes, and will demonstrate materials and technologies such as FSC Certified wood products, natural linoleum flooring, radiant floor heating, passive solar design, and natural daylighting. A guidebook is required for admission and costs $15/person. You may purchase guidebooks online or at the Green Building Fair or at local retail locations listed online. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $15 (includes guidebook). Info: 888-404-7336, http://www.builditgreen.org/ .

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Panel: "The Roots of Our Food" — Discussion with Jenny Kurzweil (author of Field of Dreams: A Journey to the Roots of our Food), Susan Stansbury (director of Valley of Hearts Delight), and Eric Tucker (Executive Chef at Millennium, a gourmet vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco). A book signing with Jenny Kurzweil and Eric Tucker will follow the panel discussion. Ages 12 and up. Location: Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills. Time: 3pm - 5pm. Cost: $5. Info: 650-949-9704, communityprograms@hiddenvilla.org , http://www.hiddenvilla.org .

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Volunteer: "Welcome Home the Butterflies" — Come do some weeding and planting to prepare the Butterfly Garden to attract local butterflies all summer long. Dress to get dirty and bring garden gloves if you have them. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Green Building Fair 2006 — A closer look at many of the green building materials showcased in the Build It Green Home Tour homes. Browse green building materials, talk to the manufacturer representatives, view product demonstrations, gather information about programs from a variety of organizations, enjoy refreshments, purchase copies of the Build It Green Home Tour Guidebook. Location: Truitt and White, 642 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 9am - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 105, Michele@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.BuildItGreen.org .

Monday, June 5, 2006
Class: "Art Making Where Creek Meets Bay" — Make art with environmental artist Zach Pine. Enrollment is limited: sign-up required. Park in the Sea Breeze Deli parking lot (598 University Ave. just west of the 80/580 freeway). Walk north on frontage road. The creek mouth is about even with Virginia Street. Map available online. Location: Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-708-5528, zpine@aol.com , http://www.naturesculpture.com .

Monday, June 5, 2006
Preparing for Peak Oil: Food Security Workshop Series — This workshop is perfect for homeowners, commercial property owners and developers, contractors and other building professionals, as well as students of natural building techniques and materials. You will learn about the basic tools you need to design and construct your own natural building using a variety of materials such as straw, clay, and cob. You will learn the basics of site analysis, ecological design, and more. You will learn about affordable and sustainable alternatives to conventional concrete foundations, and spend time working with natural plasters and paints. These are a fun and economical way to beautify your space and improve indoor air quality. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $720 (sale price $520). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/afbuwicostna.html .

Monday, June 5, 2006
Educational Activity: "Bike Mania: A night of Beer and Bikes" — BioFuel Oasis presents a series of events Monday evenings in June 2006 of alternatives to the alternative fuel, Biodiesel: showcasing bicycle culture, CarShare, public transportation alternatives, localizing economies, and more. Tonight's event includes a rare and handmade bike show, bicycle routes and safety tips from the Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition and the Tinker's Workshop, and a bike ride across the pedestrian/bike bridge. Location: Biofuel Oasis, 2465 4th St., @ Dwight, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: Donations Accepted. Info: 510-665-5509.

Monday, June 5, 2006
Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective — We hold monthly introductory presentations on the first Monday of (almost) every month. These presentations are for those who had no contact with the collective, are new to Biodiesel or know about biodiesel but are new to the area. We talk about biodiesel emissions, homebrewing, types of vehicles and commercial availability. Then we will talk about what our coop does, its history and vision. And, of course we will talk about how to get involved with the BBC or other regional groups. We will try to answer any questions about biofuels and the local biofuels scene. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-594-4000 ext. 777, berkeleybiodiesel@yahoo.com , http://www.berkeleybiodiesel.org/index.htm .

Monday, June 5, 2006
Course: "Natural Building in Community" — Emerald Earth is a rural intentional community. The course will take a whole-systems approach, combining earth, straw, wood, sand and stone in various ways to create inexpensive, efficient hybrid structures. Each week will include 25-30 hours of supervised hands-on building, 2-5 hours of "classroom" time, and an individual research project. We will take several field trips to natural building projects around Northern California. There will be six students maximum, allowing lots of individual supervision. Participants will share meals, cooking and cleaning tasks, meetings, and fun with other residents. No previous experience is required. Location: Emerald Earth, Boonville. Cost: $3000 (includes camping and food). Info: 707-895-3302, workshops@emeraldearth.org , http://www.emeraldearth.org/workshops.htm .

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Meeting: "Native American History" — Professor George Coles, one of the writers of the bill that created the Native American heritage Commission, will be the guest speaker. Professor Coles will give a brief overview of the Native Americans who occupied the area in and around San Pablo Creek watershed followed by a question and answer period. Newcomers are encouraged to drop by. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-895-3302, http://www.spawners.net/ .

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Book Event: "How Would A Patriot Act?" — Hear political blogger Glenn Greenwald talk about his book How Would A Patriot Act? Rushed to print by Working Assets Publishing, Greenwald's indictment of the Bush administration's destruction of the Constitution couldn't be more timely. Greenwald makes the case that the Bush regime is bent on absolute control, and is very close to seizing it. 9/11 was convenient, but the Bush team's efforts have never been about security. And it's up to us now -- the real patriots -- to take back our country. First-time author Glenn Greenwald wasn't a political man. But he's been galvanized to act to save our Constitution. Location: Book Passage (S.F.), Ferry Building, Embarcadero, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 707-895-3302, http://www.workingassetspublishing.com/ .

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Film: "Earthlings" (Consumerism and Animal Cruelty) — Using hidden cameras, this documentary film chronicles day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals for profit. It shows the animal cruelty that occurs every day and what the thirst for cheaper products and more money does to human beings every day. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free ($5 donation welcome). Info: 925-487-4419 , christine@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Benefit: "IDEX Annual Dinner and Drawing" — The International Development Exchange's Annual Community Dinner will highlight its partners in Asia who are contributing to sustainable agriculture, women's empowerment, microcredit, and more. Admission includes dinner, speakers, music, and a drawing with at least 20 prizes. Proceeds will promote economic empowerment and social change in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Location: New Delhi Restaurant, 160 Ellis Street, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm. Cost: $30. Info: 415-824-8384 X201.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Course: "Environmental Ethics and Sustainability" — Topical issues such as climate change, renewable energy, organic agriculture, genetic engineering, endangered species, consumption, and consumerism presented from an ethical perspective. Connect these issues, and face fundamental questions about how we interact with nature. Location: UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Ave., Berkeley. Time: Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $345. Info: 510-642-4111, info@unex.berkeley.edu , http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/cat/course1121.html .

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Friday, June 9, 2006
Conference: "Climate Change and the Future of the American West" — Learn about climate change, exploring legal and policy dimensions. Rooms have been blocked for a reduced rate at a variety of hotels for the conference. Location: University of Colorado, Fleming Law Building, Boulder, CO. Cost: $475 (discounts available). Info: 303-492-1862, nrlc@colorado.edu , http://www.colorado.edu/law/summerconference .

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Speaker: Greg Palast — Greg Palast will debut his now book Armed Madhouse. Palast has won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award, the Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Award, and 6 Project Censored awards. A reporter with the London Guardian and BBC television, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox news and the O'Reilly Factor. The inside information he obtained on Rev. Pat Robertson won him nomination as Britain's top business journalist. At the Person Theater. Location: Sonoma St. U., 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 ($5 students, seniors). Info: 707-664-3373, http://www.projectcensored.org .

Thursday, June 8, 2006
Business Breakfast: "Bio-Mimicry, The Next Industrial Revolution" — A conversation with Slim Shekar, PAX Scientific's Executive Vice President for Business Development, on biomimicry-based business. PAX Scientific is a Marin county firm that uses biomimicry, the conscious emulation of nature's solutions, to design more efficient industrial equipment, such as fans, blowers, water treatment systems. The company's environmentally friendly industrial solutions are currently being licensed to Fortune 100 companies. RSVP by phone. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. Time: 7:30am - 9am. Info: 415-485-4908, eecom@eecom.net , http://www.eecom.org .

Thursday, June 8, 2006
Reading: "The Sociology of African American Language" — Professor Charles DeBose, Ph.D. reads from and discusses his new book. People often surprised to learn that "bad English" is not really bad but only different. The Sociology of African American Language offers a mixture of academic knowledge and the author's experience growing up immersed in African American culture, provide an informed view of the language of Black America based on linguistic knowledge, according to which all human language is systematic and rule governed. Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510- 654-9587, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org .

Thursday, June 8, 2006
Meeting: "Ocean Protection Council" — The meeting agenda and other information will be available at http://resources.ca.gov/copc/6-8-06_meeting/ on May 26. The Ocean Protection Council was established pursuant to the requirements of the California Ocean Protection Act signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004. Location: Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Time: 9am. Info: 510- 654-9587, http://resources.ca.gov/copc/meetings.html .

Thursday, June 8, 2006
Talk: "The 109th Congress' Attempt to Eviscerate the Endangered Species Act" — Talk by Brent Plater, staff attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. This San Francisco Naturalist Society general meeting is open to the public. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-225-3830, http://www.sfns.org .

Thursday, June 8, 2006
Tilden Explorers — A nature adventure program for 5-7 year olds who may be accompanied by an adult, no younger siblings, please. We'll explore ponds and learn about aquatic insects. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm. Cost: $6, $8 non-res. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Friday, June 9, 2006
Film: "This is What Free Trade Looks Like..." — This is What Free Trade Looks Like: the NAFTA fraud in Mexico, the failure of the WTO, and the case for global revolt was filmed in Cancun, Mexico on the occasion of the 5th WTO ministerial in September 2003. This is one of the first activist films to carefully examine how free trade operates. Peace and Pizza is a monthly community event on the second Friday of every month showing movies you won't see on corporate TV. Co-sponsored by Code Pink Hayward and the South Alameda County Peace and Justice Coalition. Location: Straw Hat Pizza in the Galleria Shopping Center, Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-432-9493.

Friday, June 9, 2006
Course: "Permaculture Design Certification" — 18 Sessions in 6 weekends :June 9 -11 & 16 - 18, July 7- 9 & 14 -16, August 11 -13 & 18 - 20. Fridays 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturdays 9am - 5:30pm, Sundays 1pm - 5:30pm. Learn to design and create living systems the way nature does. Collaborate with your community of soulutioneers! Open to all levels. Register ASAP: space is limited. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Cost: $950 includes local organic lunches and tickets to SOL Fest. Info: 415-661-1316 ext. 354, fbove@sfbotanicalgarden.org , http://cfd32.cfdynamics.com/sfbotanical/sfbgs_course_template.cfm?s=4342 .

Friday, June 9, 2006
Conference on Precaution — Hundreds of activist groups will share successful precautionary strategies, tools, and programs. The conference brings together people working on toxics and nuclear pollution, disease prevention, pesticides, worker safety, and many other issues. Learn about over 50 model local, state, and nationwide precautionary policies. Participate in trainings on community organizing, fundraising, advocacy, media outreach, and more. Help prevent harm from environmental hazards. Reserve your hotel room by 5/12 to receive discount rate. Register for the three day conference by 5/26. Location: University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Cost: $200. Info: 703-237-2249 ext. 11, ppconference@chej.org , http://www.besafenet.com/ppconf.html .

Friday, June 9, 2006 - Sunday, June 11, 2006
28th Annual Harmony Festival — Music, arts, ecology, healthful living. See website for performers and speakers. Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. Cost: Advance Prices: all-show-pass $99, day shows $25, night shows $30. Info: 707-861-2035, http://www.harmonyfestival.com .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Workshop: "Backyard Habitat" — Come to the grassland, field, and creek area behind De Anza High School to learn about the wildlife native to the area, what they need to secure food and shelter, and what types of wildlife your backyard supports. By assessing habitat in local backyards, we can develop a better understanding of the current conditions available for native species and what we can do to improve the environment for all residents. Location: De Anza High School, 5000 Valley View Road, Richmond. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-665-3538, elizabeth@thewatershedproject.org/ , http://www.spawners.net .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge — Did you know there's a National Wildlife Refuge in Antioch? Here's your chance to explore this refuge that is usually closed to the public. This guided tour (1-1.5 mile) will focus on the wonders of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Wear sturdy shoes for the sandy hike. All ages welcome. No reservations required. No facilities. Call for directions. Location: Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-521-9624.

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party" — Meet at the end of Adams St., one block west of San Pablo, to remove invasives. Location: El Cerrito. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Class: "How to Build a Worm Bin Bench" — Learn how to build a beautiful and functional worm bin bench for your garden, saving space and money. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15 (no one turned away). Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Mosaics" — This workshop begins with an overview of various mosaic techniques, materials, and adhesives and will focus on design, layout and application. We will use tile, shells, buttons, etc. to create the design on large tiles (12" square) or other objects from SCRAP. Or bring your own flower pot, wooden box, lamp base, small table, picture frame, etc. to work on. The focus on the 2nd day will be on grouting and finishing the pieces. This is a messy process, so dress appropriately. Call to reserve a space. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm, two Saturdays. Cost: $30. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Japan" — The Jomon culture, with the world's oldest ceramics and multitudes of dashing female figurines; depictions of female shamans in Haniwa art; Shinto religion; Chinese influence and the advent of Buddhism; literary women of the Heian period; the indigenous Ainu, and a brief excursion to Okinawa, another stronghold of women shamans; village life and women's arts; early modern Japan; female activists and artists. Location: East Bay Asian Local Development, 310 Harrison Street, at 8th Street, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 415-647-1746, maxdashu@LMI.net , http://www.suppressedhistories.net/events.html .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration — Join Save The Bay as we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore these beautiful North Bay islands that are generally off-limits to the public and home to the largest heron rookery in northern CA. Join us as we paddle out to the islands, discuss their rich natural history, and help restore native habitat. Sign up online. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $55. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, gretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Healthful Mediterranean II, and New Taste Test" — We will demonstrate six delicious, nutritious dishes, including Sundried Tomato Pesto Bruschetta, Ratatouille with White Beans, Herbed Scalloped Potatoes, Asparagus Leek Quiche, No-Bake Strawberry Pie with Pecan Crust, plus a Taste Test of Gorgeous Grains (quinoa, millet, amaranth, and more). 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. 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, June 10, 2006
Workshop: "Summer Harvest and Seed Saving" — Have you discovered your favorite vegetable variety or have a plant that out-produces or endures more than other plants? Learn to save the seed of your vegetable crops and develop your own strains suitable to your conditions. In essence, you will be creating your own heirloom varieties from your own backyard. We will also discuss how to save your summer harvest. 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: 9:30am - 11:30am. Cost: $23. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Workshop: "Spanish Pruning" — With Guest Speaker, Arborist Juan Carrasco. RSVP. Rain cancels. Location: St. Mary's Urban Youth Farm, Alemany Blvd. at Ellsworth, SF. Time: 9:30am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 408, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Course: "Nature Based Waste Water Filtration" — We will learn how to conserve, clean, store, and reuse water in ways that reduce or eliminate pollution of our waterways, aquifers, and oceans. Gain valuable knowledge and the hands-on experience necessary to create beautiful gardens, landscapes, ponds and marshes from residential and industrial waste water. Bring camping gear, work cloths, gloves (optional), notebooks, cameras, etc. Tools and organic meals included. Location: Mendocino Ecological Learning Center, 4651 Bear Canyon Road, Willits. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free - donations accepted. Info: 707-456-0779, inquiry@melc.us , http://www.melc.us/ .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Volunteer: "Repaint the Willard Community Peace Labyrinth" — East Bay Labyrinth Project -- RSVP. Location: Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave., between Derby St. and Stuart St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 4pm. Info: 510-526-7377, Nina@NinaHam.com .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Class: "Introduction to Strawbale Construction" — The clase is through Columbia College. The instructors Maury and Joy Bennett, owners of a straw home and directors of CASBA.1/2 day of instuction. In the remaining time we will build a strawbale garden wall. To register call (209) 588-5144. Class will be in the Sierra foothills. There are motels and camping in the area. Cost: $50. Info: 209-785-7077.

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Workshop: "Healthy Homes Inside and Out" — Explore healthy alternatives for pest control, identify common backyard friends and foes, and create a Green Clean kit to take home. Location: Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Ave., Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-665-3546, staff@thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Celebration: La Pena's 31st Birthday — La Peña celebrates with an open house and performances from artists and groups who have had long association with La Peña and/or conducting classes at the center. Among them: the La Peña Chorus directed by Lichi Fuentes, Lydia Mills & Los Mapaches, African drummer Bolokada Conde, singer-songwriter Rafael Manriquez, The Lab Hip Hop Ensemble, directed by Brutha Los & Raul Perales, Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Josh Jones, Hector Lugo and his bomba class, Samora & Elena Pinderhughes, Manuel Suarez, and many more. Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510- 654-9587, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Benefit Concert with Speakers: "Resist the Green Scare" — An event in Solidarity with Political Prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers and environmental/animal rights activists recently targeted by the government. Featuring bands, speakers, and free vegan food. Location: Station 40, 3030 B 16th St., at Mission St., SF. Time: 1:30pm - 6:30pm. Cost: $3-$8 sliding scale. Info: 510- 654-9587, caps@riseup.net .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Volunteer: Hike and Seed Collection — The hike will consist of collecting native grass seeds and exploring local creeks. We are collecting seeds to grow in our Crockett greenhouse and later replant back along the original creek. Recommended for children over the age of 10. Please, no pets. Meet at Eckley Pier below Bull Valley Creek staging area, between Crockett and Port Costa on Carquinez Scenic Drive. Location: Crockett. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-847-6035, frrcw@earthlink.net , http://www.creecyouth.org/ .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Children's Tree Walk — Join Canopy for a special tree walk for children and their adult companions. Urban Cummings will lead a tour of unique trees, including one that was around when dinosaurs walked the earth. Location: Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 650-964-6110, info@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, June 10, 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/ .

Sunday, June 11, 2006
Nature Walk: "Trees are Treasures" — Branch out and discover the ins and outs of diverse tree species. Join us for a 2-mile walk, "treasure" hunt, and other theme-related activities. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.eparks.org/ .

Sunday, June 11, 2006
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk — Help rededicate the Willard Community Peace Labyrinth. Guided by singer/songwriter/labyrinth facilitator Margie Adam. Location: Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave., between Derby St. and Stuart St., Berkeley. Time: 3pm. Info: 510-526-7377, Nina@NinaHam.com .

Sunday, June 11, 2006
Workshop: "Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers" — Learn how to turn weeds and other natural byproducts into plant fertilizers. Save money and resources by recycling nutrients in your garden. Hand's on: bring 2 liter plastic bottles, old hoses or bicycle tubes, cardboard or newspaper, large containers or 5 gallon buckets with lids, misc. tools. Leave with a system of your own. This is part of the Ecology Center / Ecohouse Workshop Series. Location: Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale: no one turned away. Info: 510-547-8715.

Sunday, June 11, 2006
Course on Natural Building: "Build Here Now 2006" — Build Here Now 2006 is the 8th Natural Building, Permaculture and Sustainable Lifestyles convergence, a week of hands-on workshops, classroom theory, discussion, slide presentations, and networking with practitioners of natural building, permaculture and sustainable lifestyles, set amidst the beauty of Lama Foundation. Vegetarian meals and camping included. Families are welcome. Location: Lama Foundation, The, San Cristobal, NM. Cost: $650. Info: 505-586-1269, BuildHereNow@LamaFoundation.org , http://www.lamafoundation.org/build_here_now.htm .

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