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Dear readers,

Welcome to another list of events, classes, actions, films, conferences, grant deadlines, etc., for your planning convenience. Our searchable website edition of the calendar ( http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ ) contains events farther into the future. Please continue to send event listings to calendar@ecologycenter.org and forward any breaking action alerts to alerts@ecologycenter.org .

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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
6/11/2006	 	Workshop: "Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers"
6/23/2006	 	Richard Register's Ecocity Report from New Orleans
6/28/2006	 	Indigineous Permaculture Event: Slides, Music, Education
6/29/2006	 	Ecological Sanitation in Haiti, Compost Toilet Project
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 6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Introduction to Summer Care Techniques"
Through 8/9/2006	 	Course: "Environmental Ethics and Sustainability"
Through 9/28/2006	 	Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd
6/9/2006	 	Conference on Precaution
6/9/2006	 	Speaker: Glenn Greenwald
6/9/2006	 	Course: "Permaculture Design Certification"
6/9/2006	 	Discussion: "The Criminalization of Survival: Poverty, Violence and Prostitution"
6/9/2006	 	28th Annual Health and Harmony Festival
6/9/2006	 	Film: "This is What Free Trade Looks Like..."
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Spanish Pruning" with Friends of the Urban Forest
6/10/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Mosaics"
6/10/2006	 	Class: "How to Build a Worm Bin Bench"
6/10/2006	 	Volunteer: Hike and Seed Collection
6/10/2006	 	Benefit Concert with Speakers: "Resist the Green Scare"
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Healthy Homes Inside and Out"
6/10/2006	 	Consultation: "Color Advice"
6/10/2006	 	Animal Exhibit: "Hot and Wild California"
6/10/2006	 	Comedy Benefit for San Francisco's Community Boards
6/10/2006	 	Benefit Concert for "The Woolman Semester"
6/10/2006	 	Course: "GreenUP Consultant Training Program"
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Backyard Habitat"
6/10/2006	 	Children's Tree Walk
6/10/2006	 	Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration
6/10/2006	 	Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Japan"
6/10/2006	 	Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party"
6/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Summer Harvest and Seed Saving"
6/10/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Healthful Mediterranean II, and New Taste Test"
6/10/2006	 	Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
6/10/2006	 	Volunteer: "Repaint the Willard Community Peace Labyrinth"
6/10/2006	 	Course: "Nature Based Waste Water Filtration"
6/10/2006	 	Celebration: La Pena's 31st Birthday
6/10/2006	 	Class: "Introduction to Strawbale Construction"
6/10/2006	 	Mini-Farmers
6/11/2006	 	Book Event: "Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew"
6/11/2006	 	Benefit: "Peace in Iraq"
6/11/2006	 	People's Park Community Garden Tour
6/11/2006	 	Course on Natural Building: "Build Here Now 2006"
6/11/2006	 	Nature Walk: "Trees are Treasures"
6/11/2006	 	Workshop: "Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers"
6/11/2006	 	Film: "Life and Debt"
6/11/2006	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
6/12/2006	 	Educational Activity: "Everything You Wanted to Know about Biodiesel..."
6/12/2006	 	Book Event: "This Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America"
6/12/2006	 	Book Event: "The Earth Knows My Name"
6/13/2006	 	Alameda County Watershed Forum
6/13/2006	 	Book Event: "The State of Democracy Today" with Cecilia Tichi and Iain Boal
6/14/2006	 	Film: "The End of Suburbia"
6/14/2006	 	Meeting: "Protect Arroyo Viejo Creek"
6/14/2006	 	Presentation: "In Hot Water"
6/14/2006	 	Workshop: "Urban runoff and Regional Water Quality Control Board"
6/14/2006	 	Book Event: "...Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right" with Rabbi Michael Lerner
6/14/2006	 	Radio Show and Book Event: "America's Right Wing Nightmare"
6/14/2006	 	Film: "Winged Migration"
6/14/2006	 	Rally: "Support the IWW Organizing Drive at Shattuck Cinemas"
6/15/2006	 	Fundraising Reception: "Green Corps"
6/15/2006	 	Meeting: "Protect Arroyo Viejo Creek"
6/15/2006	 	Film: "OutFOXed: Rupert Murdoch's War Against Journalism"
6/15/2006	 	Presentation: Organizing in California's Restaurant Industry"
6/15/2006	 	Book Event: "Blithe Tomato: An Insider's Wry Look at Farmer's Market Society"
6/15/2006	 	Seminar: "Radio Access for Non-Profits"
6/15/2006	 	Presentation: "Hot Coastal Creatures"
6/16/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"
6/16/2006	 	Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery"
6/16/2006	 	Art Party and Show: "Put Harvey Milk Back in City Hall!"
6/16/2006	 	Workshop: "Do-It-Yourself Carpentry"
6/17/2006	 	Workshop: "Introduction to Garden-Based Herbalism"
6/17/2006	 	Volunteer: "Creek Monitoring Program GPS Survey"
6/17/2006	 	Volunteer: Palo Alto Wetland Restoration
6/17/2006	 	Workshop: "Build an Herbal Spiral and Roofwater Catchment"
6/17/2006	 	Workshop: "Do-It-Yourself Plumbing"
6/17/2006	 	Animal Exhibit: "Hot and Wild California"
6/17/2006	 	Youth Job Fair: "Get This Work"
6/17/2006	 	Kids Garden Club
6/17/2006	 	Class: "Kids in Gardens"
6/17/2006	 	Send off Concert: "La Pena Community Chorus"
6/17/2006	 	Berkeley Honda Victory Celebration
6/17/2006	 	Volunteer: "Protect Rare Plants from Invaders"
6/17/2006	 	Art Show: "Artists' Views on Peak Oil and Climate Change"
6/17/2006	 	Summer Samplings from Berkeley Bowl
6/18/2006	 	Benefit Concert for the Lighthouse Community Charter School
6/18/2006	 	Workshop: "Do-It-Yourself Electrical Work"
6/18/2006	 	Bike Tour of Oakland
6/18/2006	 	Join "Save the Bay" and Enjoy a Father's Day Dragon Boat Adventure
6/18/2006	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project"
6/18/2006	 	Film and Discussion: "Women on the Frontlines"
6/18/2006	 	Tour: "Return of the Terns"
6/19/2006	 	Rally: "Amnesty for All Immigrants"
6/19/2006	 	Talks: "How to Rearrange Your Life to Drive Less"
6/19/2006	 	Benefit Presentation: "Reclaiming Public Space for Livable Cities" with Enrique Peρalosa
6/19/2006	 	Presentation: "Stop the Bombing at the Nevada Test Site"
6/20/2006	 	Presentation: "From Managua to Baghdad: ...Lessons for the Anti-War Movement"
6/20/2006	 	Presentation: "Environmental Fundraising 101"
6/20/2006	 	Gray Panthers General Meeting: Immigration
6/20/2006	 	Benefit Reception: "United for a Fair Economy" and "National Radio Project"
6/20/2006	 	Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery -- Wetlands Restoration
6/20/2006	 	Builder to Builder Green Forum
6/20/2006	 	Presentation: "Eco-Municipalities and Sustainable Communities"
6/20/2006	 	Presentation: "Stop the Bombing at the Nevada Test Site"
6/20/2006	 	Book Event: "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future"
6/21/2006	 	Forum: "Integrated Green Building Design"
6/21/2006	 	Presentation: "In Hot Water"
6/21/2006	 	Film: "The Corporation"
6/21/2006	 	Workshop: "The Racial Wealth Divide"
6/21/2006	 	Reading: "AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service"
6/21/2006	 	Presentation: "Hormone Disrupters: Is your environment making you ill?"
6/22/2006	 	Reading: "The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide"
6/22/2006	 	Book Event: "Good Green Kitchens"
6/22/2006	 	Opening Reception: "Nature Rules"
6/22/2006	 	Benefit: "The 2006 Baykeeper Gala"
6/23/2006	 	Richard Register's Ecocity Report from New Orleans
6/23/2006	 	Class: "Grid-Tied PV for Professionals"
6/24/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Wardrobe Redux"
6/24/2006	 	Workshop: "Herbal Preparations from the Garden" (1st Class in Series)
6/24/2006	 	Volunteer: "Visitacion Valley Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
6/24/2006	 	Course: "Hybrid Adobe Construction"
6/24/2006	 	Re-fresh Festival
6/24/2006	 	Seed Swap: "San Francisco Community Seed Library"
6/24/2006	 	Class: "Find Your Dream Job in Solar"
6/24/2006	 	Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party"
6/24/2006	 	Field Seminar: "Native Trees and Shrubs"
6/24/2006	 	Concert: "AIDS Awareness and Hip Hop"
6/24/2006	 	Strawbale Workshop and Party
6/24/2006	 	Reading and Book Signing: "The Earth Knows My Name"
6/24/2006	 	Animal Exhibit: "Hot and Wild California"
6/24/2006	 	Volunteer: "Clean Up Former Salt Pond for Habitat Restoration"
6/24/2006	 	Seminar: "Healthy Home Inspections"
6/24/2006	 	Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale"
6/25/2006	 	Tree Tour: Cole Valley
6/25/2006	 	Class: "How to Make the Financial Case for PV"
6/25/2006	 	Watershed Journey: Save The Bay Teacher Institute
6/25/2006	 	Fundraiser for Katrina Victims: Poetry
6/25/2006	 	Benefit Dinner: "Power to the Peaceful"
6/25/2006	 	Book Event: "Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations"
6/25/2006	 	Conference: "Sustainability"
6/25/2006	 	March: "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

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.

Friday, June 23, 2006
Richard Register's Ecocity Report from New Orleans — What really happened with Katrina and New Orleans? What is happening now? Will the rebuilt city teach the world a better way? Ιand finally, who's amping up the hurricanes anyway? See Richard's dramatic slides and wonder what's next for climate change and building in balance with nature. Richard and Ecocity Builders have lined up some influential and exciting people that hope to give some positive contribution to New Orleans' rebuilding efforts. Come meet them in pictures and words. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10 but no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Indigineous Permaculture Event: Slides, Music, Education — Come enjoy this evening's events which will include Mayan native dance, music, poetry and a slideshow presentation of the Indigenous Permaculture Project's work in the Bay Area, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and in El Salvador. The Indigenous Permaculture Project is travelling this Summer to El Salvador to support the Traditional School Program in Sonsonate state which is working on building water purification systems, constructing a community building, and giving workshops on health and traditional farming. Poverty and exploitation of resources has led to rapid deforestation and erosion in this area. The Indigenous Permaculture Project links people in the Bay Area with the communities of El Salvador to restore the natural environment in this region. If you can't make the event but would like to make a donation, please contact us at the Ecology Center. All proceeds will help fund the work. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $5-$50 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Ecological Sanitation in Haiti, Compost Toilet Project — Come hear Sasha Kramer talk about the work of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) to support ecological sanitation and other soil fertility projects in Haiti. What do composting toilets mean for health, nutrition and the environment? Approximately 2.6 billion people around the world do not currently have access to sanitation facilities, resulting in high incidences of waterborne disease and environmental degradation. Ecological sanitation is a relatively new approach to this problem which promotes low cost methods for recycling nutrients from human wastes for use in agriculture. This approach has been widely adopted in regions of southern Africa where it has had important implications for public health, nutrition, and the environment. Inspired by the work in Africa, this summer Sasha and SOIL will be working with a group of Stanford engineers from Engineers for a Sustainable World to set up several demonstration ecological sanitation sites in rural Haiti. Come hear about this important work. About the Speaker: Sasha Kramer received her PhD in 2005 from the ecology program at Stanford. For the past several years she has worked in rural Haiti as a human rights observer and traveled to Africa several times to learn about ecological approaches to rural sanitation. She is currently working to start the non-profit SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) to support research and implementation of community based approaches to soil fertility (beginning with ecological sanitation) in Haiti. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

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: 510-548-2220 x233, 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 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 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 .

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, 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
Speaker: Glenn Greenwald — The Working Assets Speaker Series presents Glenn Greenwald, Constitutional law attorney and founder of the political blog, Unclaimed Territory. Greenwald is the author of Working Assets Publishing's How Would a Patriot Act?, one man's story of being galvanized into action to defend our Constitution. The Working Assets Speaker series includes a free lunch available from 11:30am. Please arrive early as all guests go through security procedures which require picture ID. Only people who have responded by name in advance will be able to attend. To RSVP, call and leave your name, the names (spelled out) of anyone coming with you, and a phone number we can use to contact you if necessary. Location: 101 Market St., 1st Floor, SF. Time: noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-369-2158.

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
Discussion: "The Criminalization of Survival: Poverty, Violence and Prostitution" — Come hear about the growing movement for protection, not prosecution, of sex workers; and for resources so no one is vulnerable to violence. Call ahead if you need childcare or Spanish translation. Location: St. Boniface Church, 133 Golden Gate Avenue, Leavenworth (Civic Center BART), SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation -- no one turned away. Info: 415-626-4114, sf@crossroadroadswomen.net .

Friday, June 9, 2006 - Sunday, June 11, 2006
28th Annual Health and 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 .

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Workshop: "Spanish Pruning" with Friends of the Urban Forest — 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
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
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
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
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: 415-847-6035, caps@riseup.net .

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
Consultation: "Color Advice" — Meet Janie Lowe and Virginia Young, painters, artists, and creators of YOLO Colorhouse, a zero V.O.C. Green Seal approved paint inspired by nature. Janie and Virginia will be available for a brief color consultation and to give advice on your color choices. No appointment necessary. Invite a friend! Location: Ecohome Improvement, 2619 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Time: noon - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-644-3500, http://www.ecohomeimprovement.com/newsletter_May_2006 .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Animal Exhibit: "Hot and Wild California" — Meet live animals from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 11:30am and 1:30pm. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Comedy Benefit for San Francisco's Community Boards — Carlos Alazraqui, who plays "Sergeant James Garcia" on Comedy Central's wildly successful Reno 911! will headline the benefit. Community Boards is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary as a local and national grassroots leader in community peacemaking. Tickets available online. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 10pm. Cost: $30, $45, and $70 tickets. Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.communityboards.org/ .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Benefit Concert for "The Woolman Semester" — Emma's Revolution (http://www.emmasrevolution.com) will be performing a benefit concert supporting the Woolman Semester. The Woolman Semester is a program for high school students, focusing on the studies of peace, justice and sustainable living. Order tickets by phone or email. If seats are still available, tickets will also be sold at the door. Location: Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento, near Cedar, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Cost: $20+ suggested donation, no one turned away . Info: 530-273-3183, admissions@woolman.org , http://www.woolman.org/ .

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Course: "GreenUP Consultant Training Program" — The course is designed to provide the skills necessary to conduct whole-house performance GreenUP assessments. This course will help you will analyze a house as a system and help homeowners solve their home's energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort issues. 6/10, 9am - 5pm, 6/17, 9am - 5pm, 6/21, 6pm - 9:30pm. Space limited. Register by email. Location: Sustainable Spaces, 221 14th St., SF. Cost: $120 (includes meals and materials). Info: 415-294-5380 ext. 22, greenup@sustainablespaces.com , http://www.sustainablespaces.com/greenup.html .

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
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
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
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: Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, maxdashu@LMI.net , http://www.suppressedhistories.net/events.html .

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
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
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
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: "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
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
Celebration: La Pena's 31st Birthday — La Peρa celebrates with an open house and performances from artists and groups who have had long association with La Peρa and/or conducting classes at the center. Among them: the La Peρa 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 Peρa 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
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
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
Book Event: "Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew" — Sam Fromartz traces organic food back to its anti-industrial origins more than a century ago, casting a spotlight on the present-day innovators and who created an alternative way of producing food that took root and grew beyond their wildest expectations. In the process, Fromartz captures how the industry came to risk betraying the ideals that drove its success, in a classically complex case of free market triumph. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jun06Calendar.jsp .

Sunday, June 11, 2006
Benefit: "Peace in Iraq" — A benefit for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) hosted by San Francisco's celebrated Iraqi chef Yahya Salih and EPIC Board President Zaid Albanna, and featuring speakers. Limited seating: reserve your seat online. Location: Yaya Cuisine, 2424 Van Ness Street, between Union St. and Green St., SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $20 (includes Iraqi hors d'oeuvre, desserts, and tea). Info: 415-385-5956, sideshowjeff@hotmail.com , http://www.epic-usa.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2200 .

Sunday, June 11, 2006
People's Park Community Garden Tour — Learn about native and edible plants as we tour with long time gardener, Terri Compost. Hear some history and find out how to get involved and garden in this special place. Meet at the South West (Bongo Burger) corner of the People's Park Community Garden. Location: People's Park, Haste St. above Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. Time: 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-658-9178.

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 .

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
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
Film: "Life and Debt" — Part of the World Centric Perspectives film series. The film addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agenda. 86 min, 2001. Location: Pusod, 1808 Fifth St., Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 6pm. Cost: Free, donations accepted. Info: 510- 549-1808, http://www.facessolidarity.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 .

Monday, June 12, 2006
Educational Activity: "Everything You Wanted to Know about Biodiesel..." — 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 presentations on burning questions around Biodiesel, plus our mural unveiling, goofy local Klezmer band, beer, and wine. Location: Biofuel Oasis, 2465 4th St., @ Dwight, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: Donations Accepted. Info: 510-665-5509.

Monday, June 12, 2006
Book Event: "This Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America" — Anthony Flint discusses and signs his new book, a political and cultural analysis of the smart growth and New Urbanism movements in the current context of urban sprawl that concludes with recommendations for sensible growth. Location: Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market St., SF. Time: 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-421-4687.

Monday, June 12, 2006
Book Event: "The Earth Knows My Name" — Patricia Klindienst will read from her new book, The Earth Knows My Name -- Food Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans: compelling stories of Native Americans, African Americans, and immigrants from across Europe and Asia who preserve their heritage in their gardens, keeping alive a reverence for the land. Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com/ .

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Alameda County Watershed Forum — This group meets every other month to discuss concerns and issues related to the creeks and watersheds in Alameda County. Conference Room 3. Location: Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 8pm. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com , http://www.urbancreeks.org/events.html .

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Book Event: "The State of Democracy Today" with Cecilia Tichi and Iain Boal — We will discuss "The State of Democracy Today" with Cecilia Tichi, editor of What Democracy Looks Like: A New Critical Realism for a Post-Seattle World which contains essays by 27 writers including Frederick Jameson, Carolyn Forche, and Tony Kushner. We will also have with us Iain Boal, member of the group called Retort, and co-author of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War. 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 .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Film: "The End of Suburbia" — Since World War II, Suburbia has become the American Dream. But serious questions are emerging about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores our prospects as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. Event sponsored by the Post Carbon Institute. Location: Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $5 donation requested. Info: 510-236-4348, http://www.postcarbon.org/node/3574 .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Meeting: "Protect Arroyo Viejo Creek" — Join a grassroots effort to protect and restore the Arroyo Viejo Creek in Oakland. Learn about the watershed and give feedback on creek and community topics. Location: Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Ave., Oakland. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Info: 510-665-3546, staff@thewatershedproject.org .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Presentation: "In Hot Water" — Find out how amazing tide pool creatures are able to survive the changes in their environment during low tide. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 11:30am. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Workshop: "Urban runoff and Regional Water Quality Control Board" — A subcommittee of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a workshop on how the Board should deal with urban runoff. The Board will deal with plans for mercury pollution in the Bay that morning, if you want to make a day of it. Location: California State Office Bldg., Oakland, 1515 Clay St., Oakland. Time: 2:30pm. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Book Event: "...Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right" with Rabbi Michael Lerner — Michael Lerner, rabbi of Berkeley's Beyt Tikkun and editor of Tikkun Magazine, will read from The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right. Lerner proposes a new, progressive political vision that respects our spiritual as well as economic and political needs. He has an eight-point program to help progressives win back both Congress and the Presidency, and wrest the discourse away from the Christian Right who, in Lerner's view, have despoiled both our politics and spirituality. 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 .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Radio Show and Book Event: "America's Right Wing Nightmare" — The creators of Air America Radio's The Majority Report Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill talk about their new book, F.U.B.A.R. America's Right Wing Nightmare, a satire on the American Right that exposes their blueprint for domination over the money, minds, sex lives, and religion of all Americans. The Majority Report broadcasts live from Cody's this evening from 6-7pm. Seating for the live broadcast begins at 5:30pm and is limited to those purchasing a copy of "F.U.B.A.R.*" from Cody's. Sam and Steve will talk further, and sign books, following the broadcast. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 5:30pm (book event at 7pm). Cost: seating for 6pm show with book purchase. Info: 415-773-0444.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Film: "Winged Migration" — The film's cinematographers fly alongside the birds through 40 countries and seven continents. To guide themselves, these creatures have discovered astronomical bearings, perceive the magnetic field of the earth, and have internal clocks for the time and the season. They know instinctively, and learn from their elders, the terms of their voyages and the skyways to reach them. 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: $5 donation accepted. Info: 925-487-4419 , christine@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Rally: "Support the IWW Organizing Drive at Shattuck Cinemas" — The Shattuck Cinema Theater Workers will have their NLRB sponsored union election on Friday, 6/16. The IWW is calling on all Bay Area IWW members, allies, and community supporters to come out and show solidarity. Wear your IWW shirts, hats, and buttons, and bring your IWW signs and flags. Bring copies of the Little Red Songbook. Show the Shattuck Cinema that you support the union. Location: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 5pm. Info: 925-487-4419 , http://shattuckunion.iww.org .

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Fundraising Reception: "Green Corps" — Celebrate and mingle with your friends and colleagues, while raising funds for an organization that is building the social change movement! Organic Wine and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP via email. You can make your contribution online, today! Location: One Taste, 1074 Folsom St., near 7th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $50 and up, suggested contribution. Info: 925-487-4419 , sfparty@greencorps.org , https://www.oursecureserver.org/greencorps/support.html .

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Meeting: "Protect Arroyo Viejo Creek" — Join a grassroots effort to protect and restore the Arroyo Viejo Creek in Oakland. Learn about the watershed and give feedback on creek and community topics. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Info: 510-665-3546, staff@thewatershedproject.org .

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Film: "OutFOXed: Rupert Murdoch's War Against Journalism" — This documentary provides an in depth look at the subjectivity of media empires such as Fox News, and highlights the danger of ever-enlarging corporations taking control over the people's right to know. This film also reveals secrets from former fox producers, reporters, bookers, and writers who expose what it is like to work for Fox News. These former Fox Employees talk about how they were forced to push a right-wing agenda or risk their jobs. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 - $15 suggested donation. Info: 650-326-8837, http://www.peaceandjustice.org .

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Presentation: Organizing in California's Restaurant Industry" — An Evening with the Chinese Progressive Association, Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance, Mayab, UNITE-HERE Local 2, and Young Workers United. Restaurant workers organizations across the state have fought and won for higher minimum wage, millions in back pay, and dignity on the job. Hear about these organizations as they serve up justice. 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 15, 2006
Book Event: "Blithe Tomato: An Insider's Wry Look at Farmer's Market Society" — Mike Madison has 20 years experience of running a small, organic farm in the Sacramento Valley, and has spent many hours selling, talking, and observing at Northern California farmers' markets. He is an acute and sometimes mordant social observer of the markets, and more importantly a lyrical, moving celebrant of organic farming as a physically and spiritually rich way of life. There will also be a signing at the Shattuck Farmer's Market at 5:00pm. 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 .

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Seminar: "Radio Access for Non-Profits" — A seminar for decision-makers in the non-profit community dedicated to giving an updated picture of the current landscape of broadcast community service programming and a provocative vision of its future. Get the scoop on mounting a low-or-no-cost public affairs campaign. Registration starts at 9am. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: $175 advance registration. Info: 510-486-0698, http://radioaccess.org/ .

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Presentation: "Hot Coastal Creatures" — Explore the amazing world of California's sea creatures. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 1:30pm. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Friday, June 16, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" — The film features a cameo appearance by Hal Carlstad, doing his "patriotic duty." Hal will appear in person as well. Discussion follows the film. Part of the "Conscientious Projector" film series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 donation. Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, June 16, 2006
Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery" — We need volunteers for this new nursery site! Activities include plant propagation and transplanting, watering, and other maintenance associated with growing native wetland plants. These programs are part of our ongoing wetland restoration projects with our site partner the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Signup online. Location: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Friday, June 16, 2006
Art Party and Show: "Put Harvey Milk Back in City Hall!" — Hosted by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the party and show features Harvey Milk related photographs and memorabilia contributed by the San Francisco Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society, San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, and the Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee. Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the nation, became a hero to the LGBT civil rights movement. Show runs through 7/9/06. Carlton B Goodlett Room 282. Location: San Francisco City Hall, Grove St. and Van Ness Ave., SF. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://www.milkmemorial.org/ .

Friday, June 16, 2006
Workshop: "Do-It-Yourself Carpentry" — This workshop will provide individuals with little or no carpentry experience with the confidence and skills to work with power tools and tackle creative woodworking and construction projects. You will gain experience in choosing lumber, measuring, selecting tools and using them safely, using power saws, drills, and sanders, and selecting and using fasteners. Limited space remaining. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/ca10docr1620.html .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Workshop: "Introduction to Garden-Based Herbalism" — Herbs disguised as ornamentals and "weeds" are awaiting your discovery. Study the foundations of garden-based herbalism. We'll learn how to safely prepare and use garden herbs for preventing and treating common maladies including cuts, burns, colds, indigestion, etc. We'll be smelling, feeling and tasting our way to understanding the uses for dozens of plants from our bioregion. Learn how to make teas and tinctures from fresh local plants. 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 - 3:30pm. Cost: $65. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Volunteer: "Creek Monitoring Program GPS Survey" — As part of the Contra Costa Volunteer Creek Monitoring Program, this survey will focus on on GPS and bioassessment surveys, which measure creek location and health. Surveys are conducted from the middle of the creek and use GPS units to ascertain the exact location of the creek, and to note creek and bank characteristics. This survey of Wilkie Creek will work its way downstream from Valley View Drive to Santa Rita Road. A training session to learn about the GPS and event participation will take place on 6/15, 6pm - 8pm. Time: 9am - 2pm. Info: 650-493-6072, lmay143@earthlink.net , http://www.spawners.org/ .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Volunteer: Palo Alto Wetland Restoration — Enjoy a summer day as we restore the Palo Alto Shoreline and San Francisquito Creek area. Activities may include non-native plant removal, site monitoring, and shoreline clean-up. This project is part of our ongoing wetland restoration project with the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Families welcome. No experience necessary. We provide gloves and tools. 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, June 17, 2006
Workshop: "Build an Herbal Spiral and Roofwater Catchment" — Learn how a common pattern in nature, the spiral, can lead to synergy in your backyard. With this mystical shape, 30 feet of growing space can be held in a 5 by 5 foot mound creating a diverse herbal oasis. We will also build a simple gravity-fed roofwater catchment that can be cheaply and simply duplicated in most houses. Come join community building. Bring your gloves, a friend, and your favorite CD. Light snacks provided. Location: New Dharma Meditation Center, 1056 60th Street, Oakland. Time: noon - 4pm. Cost: Free - donations for snacks welcome. Info: 415-216 3362.

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Workshop: "Do-It-Yourself Plumbing" — This workshop will give you the skills and confidence to work with toilets, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures. You will learn how to work with common plumbing tools, assemble sinks, toilets, faucets and pipes, and hook up a typical residential plumbing system. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pl10dopl1720.html .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Animal Exhibit: "Hot and Wild California" — Meet a live Arctic fox and explore the connection between California and the world's biodiversity. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 11:30am and 1:30pm. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Youth Job Fair: "Get This Work" — Oakland is short on opportunities for young people. That's why Let's Get Free is hosting Get This Work, an afternoon concert and Jobs & Opportunities Fair for young people. Some of Oakland's top local hip-hop artists will perform. Youth will get to talk to businesses and community programs that are looking for young people. The fair will feature at least twenty booths. Location: Frank Ogawa Plaza, Downtown, 14th and Broadway, Oakland. Time: noon - 3pm. Info: 510-428-3939 ext. 244, venus@ellabakercenter.org , http://www.ellabakercenter.org/page.php?pageid=36&contentid=424 .

Saturday, June 17, 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 17, 2006
Class: "Kids in Gardens" — Get kids involved in growing food and flowers in their schoolyard or home garden. Gather tools on how to design and build an exploratory outdoor play space for children. Learn how to incorporate simple and engaging science and art curricula and take home a teacher resource binder full of activities. Pre-registration required. Call to register. 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 17, 2006
Send off Concert: "La Pena Community Chorus" — The Chorus will take their music to Perœ. July 7-23, 2006. Hear about their exciting plans! Hear their new Peruvian songs! Buy crafts and music to support their Andean tour. The La Peρa Community Chorus has been singing songs of peace, justice, and hope since it began in 1978. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $10 - $15. Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/calendar .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Berkeley Honda Victory Celebration — You are invited to our Berkeley Honda victory celebration party. Those who own Hondas, please bring your car for service and repair to Berkeley Honda. All the old time workers have been rehired provided the dealership can regain the business it lost. Location: Pyramid Brewery, Gilman Street and 8th Street, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Info: 510-559-3138.

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Volunteer: "Protect Rare Plants from Invaders" — Battle invasive weeds to restore native grassland habitats! Learn why these weeds are a problem and how to control them. This is an ongoing effort to restore one of the last remaining coastal terrace prairie ecosystems in the East Bay. It has a wonderful diversity of wildflowers, and provides habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Tools, gloves, boots, and light refreshments are provided. Minors need signed permission from a parent or guardian: please contact us for a copy of our liability release. No special skills required. Dress to work in the field. 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, June 17, 2006
Art Show: "Artists' Views on Peak Oil and Climate Change" — On the heels of a historic vote 4/11 by the SF Board of Supervisors acknowledging peak oil and the possible disruption it will create to our city and society, San Francisco Oil Awareness, an "outpost" of the Post Carbon Institute, announces an upcoming art show, "(Is It) The End of the World As We Know It?" - Artists' Views on Peak Oil and Climate Change. Submissions are being accepted now. We are interested in displaying relevant material from assorted media. Location: ArtSF, 110 Capp St., SF. Info: 510-665-3689, brumm@brumm.com , http://www.sfbayoil.org/sfoa/artshow/index.html .

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Summer Samplings from Berkeley Bowl — Berkeley Bowl, a local favorite known for its produce and sustainable selection, will demonstrate just how great summer goodies can be in this complimentary food tasting. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Benefit Concert for the Lighthouse Community Charter School — Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Diaz will be performing his dance-inspiring Cuban Timba music to benefit Lighthouse Community Charter School. Come dance the night away to support a great cause. Proceeds go to Lighthouse and the low income students they serve. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/calendar .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Workshop: "Do-It-Yourself Electrical Work" — This hands-on workshop is for beginners with little or no electrical experience who want to tackle common DIY projects such as installing lighting fixtures, replacing a fuse, or even maintaining a power system. The workshop will begin with a primer on how electricity works, and will cover wiring methods, conduits, electrical panels, disconnects, grounding, fuses, breakers and transfer switches, testing, and trouble shooting for conventional and alternative power systems. You will learn how to make your electrical connections in a safe and National Electrical Code compliant manner. Limited space remaining. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/reel101820ho.html .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Bike Tour of Oakland — Explore Oakland with the museum's docents and learn about the incredible history of Oakland and its visionaries and scoundrels--who were often the same people. The leisurely two-hour tours are about five miles long, with no hills. Meet at the 10th Street entrance. Advance reservations are required. Participants must be over twelve years old and provide their own bikes, helmets and repair kits. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-3514, jcollignon@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/calendar.cgi?month=06 .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Join "Save the Bay" and Enjoy a Father's Day Dragon Boat Adventure — You've canoed and kayaked, but have you paddled with 20 other people on a Dragon Boat? The Berkeley Racing Canoe Center invites Save The Bay members of all ages and abilities to ride in one of their traditional Chinese river boats. Faster than kayaks, easier to learn than outriggers or rowing shells, these boats accommodate guests who may not be agile enough for other types of human-powered boating. Location: Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free to Save the Bay members ($25 membership fee) . Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project" — Help control invasive exotics, maintain restoration areas, pick up trash, and enjoy summer grasses and wildflowers 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 clippers and tools if possible. Location: SF. Time: 11am. Info: 415-753-7268, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Film and Discussion: "Women on the Frontlines" — Focusing on two women in each country, this documentary takes viewers into the lives of women who are engaged in often-ignored aspects of peace building. The film provides an exclusive view of the world through the eyes of ten strong, determined, and compassionate women who are transforming their communities. Screening will be followed by circle discussion. Location: Church of Divine Man, 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: $10 donation requested ($5 for students). Info: 415-753-7268, era@peacexpeace.org , http://www.peacexpeace.org/ .

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Tour: "Return of the Terns" — Join a wildlife biologist to view endangered California Least Terns tending their chicks. This bird travels roughly 2,000 miles from Latin America to nest at the proposed Alameda Wildlife Refuge. This population has grown from ten nesting pairs in 1976 to just under 400 last year -- a fabulous success story. To avoid disturbing the birds, this hour-long adventure takes place aboard a bus which travels from Visitor Center to the refuge. Enjoy free 30-minute slide program prior to your trip. Reservations online or by phone. Location: Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda. Time: 11am, noon, and 1pm (one-hour tours). Cost: $3. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org .

Monday, June 19, 2006
Rally: "Amnesty for All Immigrants" — No matter what the decisions the lawmakers make to "reform" the immigration laws, we know that they will make some immigrant workers "legal" and others "illegal." We will hold a rally to demand General and Unconditional Amnesty for All Immigrants. We hold this rally in celebration of the date of June 19th, 141 years ago when it was declared the end of slavery by Black people in this country. Location: Palou Avenue and 3rd St., SF. Time: 5pm. Info: 415-431-9925.

Monday, June 19, 2006
Talks: "How to Rearrange Your Life to Drive Less" — 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 brief talks on City CarShare, telecommuting, living close to work, and more. Location: Biofuel Oasis, 2465 4th St., @ Dwight, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: Donations Accepted. Info: 510-665-5509.

Monday, June 19, 2006
Benefit Presentation: "Reclaiming Public Space for Livable Cities" with Enrique Peρalosa — As Mayor of Bogotα, Columbia, Peρalosa built the world's premiere Bus Rapid Transit system and hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks. Environmental Defense is cosponsoring this evening with SPUR, The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. 5 - 6pm: registration and opening reception. 6-7:15pm: presentation followed by Q & A. 7:15 8pm: concluding reception. Register online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: $25 - $50 suggested donation ($15 student / low-income). Info: 510-665-5509, http://www.itdp.org/events.html .

Monday, June 19, 2006
Presentation: "Stop the Bombing at the Nevada Test Site" — The Federal Government has plans that amount to aggression against the Western Shoshone Nation, and the Dine People of Big Mountain. Indigenous women representatives and lifetime activists are presenting these issues to the United Nations, and filing lawsuits in U.S. Courts. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Cost: $5 - $20. Info: 510-665-5509, kundalini@riseup.net , http://www.blackmesais.org/upcoming_events.htm .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Presentation: "From Managua to Baghdad: ...Lessons for the Anti-War Movement" — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Eric Quezada will discuss Roxanne's new book, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War. They will take a look at U.S. intervention and resistance to it in Latin America today, discussing the similarities, differences and the connections between U.S. intervention in Nicaragua during the 1980s and the current interventions in the Middle East. The discussion will also explore parallels between the current antiwar movement and the non-intervention movement in the 1980s. Location: Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia St. , between 16th & 17th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away. Info: 415-431-1918, center@politicaleducation.org , http://www.politicaleducation.org .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Presentation: "Environmental Fundraising 101" — Experienced fundraisers Patricia L. Stirling and Pamela A. Cook present an overview of fundraising trends nationally and in Marin. Topics include key elements of fundraising success, the role of the board, and how to develop a fundraising strategy. Location: Four Points by Sheraton, 1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. Cost: $35 ($10 for students and newly started non-profits). Info: 415-485-4908, somer@eecom.net , http://www.eecom.net/calendar.htm#5.26.06-fundraising .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Gray Panthers General Meeting: Immigration — The meeting will include a talk from Renee Saucedo, Director of SF Day Labor Program. Renee's talk will include discussion of what amnesty means, the effects of NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATT on immigration, and the call for no borders. Her talk has increased importance in the light of the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" bill (S. 2611) recently passed by the Senate. Location: Unitarian-Universalist Center, 1178 Franklin St., between O'Farrell and Geary, SF. Time: 1pm. Info: 415-552-8800, graypanther-sf@sbcglobal.net , http://graypantherssf.igc.org/06-06-newsletter/06-06-NL-saucedo.htm .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Benefit Reception: "United for a Fair Economy" and "National Radio Project" — Hear inside stories and participate in a discussion about United for a Fair Economy and the National Radio Project's partnership to challenge economic inequality in the U.S. Bring fresh viewpoints to the debate on wealth disparity. Meet visionary leaders Meizhu Lui, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy and co-author of The Color of Wealth and Lisa Rudman, Executive Director of the National Radio Project which airs the syndicated Making Contact series on over 200 radio stations. RSVP required. Location: Piper Jaffray, 345 California Street, Suite 2200, SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $100 suggested donation. Info: 650-851-7256, mediaproject@igc.org .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery -- Wetlands Restoration — Enjoy a summer day as we restore the Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline. Activities may include non-native plant removal, site monitoriing, and shoreline clean up. This project is part of our ongoing wetland restoration project with the East Bay Regional Park District. Near the intersection of Dolittle Drive and Swan Way. Families welcome! No experience necessary. We provide gloves and tools. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Builder to Builder Green Forum — Everything you wanted to know about green building! Jointly produced by PCBC and West Coast Green, the country's largest residential green building conference and expo. Meet and learn from the homebuilders who were among the first to go green. Find out what it takes to incorporate green building practices into your business and market effectively to your customers. Location: Moscone Center , 747 Howard St., SF. Time: 9am - 6:30pm. Cost: $345. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://www.pcbc.com/index.asp .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Presentation: "Eco-Municipalities and Sustainable Communities" — Sarah James is the co-author of The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices. She also co-authored the American Planning Association's Planning for Sustainability policy guide. The full title of her presentation is : "Swedish and Emerging U.S. Eco-municipalities: A Systems Approach to Sustainable Community Change" and will take place in the Sitka Spruce 2nd floor conference room. RSVP by 6/14. Location: Permit Center Bldg., 2118 Milvia St., Berkeley. Time: noon - 1:30pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, csquire@ci.berkeley.ca.us .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Presentation: "Stop the Bombing at the Nevada Test Site" — The Federal Government has plans that amount to aggression against the Western Shoshone Nation, and the Dine People of Big Mountain. Indigenous women representatives and lifetime activists are presenting these issues to the United Nations, and filing lawsuits in U.S. Courts. Location: New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 - $20. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, kundalini@riseup.net , http://www.blackmesais.org/upcoming_events.htm .

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Book Event: "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future" — Few of us realize the major role that coal currently plays in this country and nations around the world. Despite a century-long legacy that has claimed millions of lives and ravaged the environment, how has our nation come to be so reliant on coal? Coal executives, government officials, and energy companies have long propagated coal's virtues as cheap, plentiful, and a homegrown source of energy. At the same time the health, economic, and environmental problems generated by the coal industry have been covered up.Big Coal exposes these truths: Coal overheats the climate. Coal is bad for our health. Coal mining decapitates mountains. Dependence on coal is hurting our economy. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jun06Calendar.jsp .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Forum: "Integrated Green Building Design" — The forum highlights green building design strategies. Confirmed speakers include Phillippe Cohen, Administrative Director of Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve; Scott Shell, a Senior Associate at EHDD Architecture and a nationally recognized expert on high performance and sustainable design; and Peter Rumsey, founder and President of Rumsey Engineers, Inc., a global player in energy efficiency. Tour the Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station, designed to be a net zero carbon building. Register by 6/7 and get a free lunch. Location: Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Sand Hill Road near Portola Road, Stanford. Time: 8:30am - 1pm. Cost: $50 business; $30 government, NGO, unaffiliated individual. Info: 650-321-3846, stomlinson@sustainablesiliconvalley.org , http://www.sustainablesiliconvalley.org/ .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Presentation: "In Hot Water" — Find out how amazing tide pool creatures are able to survive the changes in their environment during low tide. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 11:30am. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Film: "The Corporation" — A darkly amusing account of the corporation's evolution as a legal "person" whose prime directive is to produce ever-increasing profit for its shareholders regardless of the cost to others. Today's large corporations are global powers that use their status as "people" to claim rights under the constitution. Interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Naomi Klein and Milton Friedman. 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: $5 donation accepted. Info: 925-487-4419 , christine@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Workshop: "The Racial Wealth Divide" — Join Meizhu Lui, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy and co-author of The Color of Wealth for an interactive workshop on the racial wealth divide in the US. Take a closer look at wealth distribution, particularly along racial lines, and explore asset accumulation through your family history perspective. Examine present-day barriers to wealth accumulation and learn more about how public policy and programs influence families' net worth. Preregistration requested. Dinner provided. Location: St. Mary's Center, 22nd Street and San Pablo Avenue, off Telegraph, near the Greyhound, Oakland. Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-893-4723 ext. 218.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Reading: "AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service" — Military service was once taken for granted as a natural part of good citizenship, and Americans of all classes served during wartime. Not anymore. As Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer argue in this groundbreaking work, there is a glaring disconnect between the "all volunteer military" and the rest of us. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jun06Calendar.jsp .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Presentation: "Hormone Disrupters: Is your environment making you ill?" — Dr. Marianne Marchese will discuss how contact with chemicals in our environment can alter your hormone system and cause illness and disease. Location: Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St., upstairs, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-558-7285, evin@teleosis.org , http://www.teleosis.org/events.php .

Thursday, June 22, 2006
Reading: "The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide" — For every dollar owned by the average white family in the US, the average family of color has less than a dime. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a dirty secret: for centuries, people of color have been barred by laws and by discrimination from participating in government wealth-building programs that benefit white Americans. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jun06Calendar.jsp .

Thursday, June 22, 2006
Book Event: "Good Green Kitchens" — Author Jennifer Roberts will return to fill us in on what makes Good Green Kitchens. Order before Friday, May 28th and get 15% off and Free Freight. Roberts' earlier books, Good Green Homes and Redux are both hits. Location: Builders Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 800-843-2028, http://www.buildersbooksource.com/cgi-bin/booksite/21984.html .

Thursday, June 22, 2006
Opening Reception: "Nature Rules" — From the tiniest orbs of pollen to the towering crowns of redwood trees, artists with developmental disabilities investigate all things great and small in nature in a new exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Exhibit open 6/22 - 8/10, Monday - Friday 10am to 3pm, Saturday 1pm to 6pm. Location: Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-752-2483, nina911@pacbell.net , http://www.creativityexplored.org/ .

Thursday, June 22, 2006
Benefit: "The 2006 Baykeeper Gala" — Proceeds benefit Baykeeper's work to defend the Bay's watershed, from the High Sierra to the Golden Gate. Keynote Speech by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Cocktails at 6pm followed by dinner program at 7pm. Presentation of the 2006 Dorothy Reed Environmental Leadership Award to Erin Brockovich. Presentation of the Waterkeeper Alliance Environmental Champion Award to Richard N. Goldman. Purchase tickets in advance. Location: St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell St., Union Square, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $250, $350, $500. Info: 415-856-0444 ext. 108, http://www.baykeeper.org .

Friday, June 23, 2006
Richard Register's Ecocity Report from New Orleans — What really happened with Katrina and New Orleans? What is happening now? Will the rebuilt city teach the world a better way? Ιand finally, who's amping up the hurricanes anyway? See Richard's dramatic slides and wonder what's next for climate change and building in balance with nature. Richard and Ecocity Builders have lined up some influential and exciting people that hope to give some positive contribution to New Orleans' rebuilding efforts. Come meet them in pictures and words. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10 but no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Friday, June 23, 2006
Class: "Grid-Tied PV for Professionals" — This class is geared to those with previous electrical experience who are interested in grid-tied PV (mostly residential scale). The course covers basic PV concepts, site analysis, component selection, performance calculations, PV array, installation, wiring methods, rebates and tax incentives, the National Electrical Code, and utility interconnection. Recommended Prerequisite: PV 101 or PV 102, or apprentice or journeyman level electrician status, or equivalent experience. Not a hands-on class. Location: San Josι. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pv10onpvforp3.html .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Wardrobe Redux" — Participants are invited to bring in one t-shirt and 1 or 2 other items of clothing to rework into 'new' clothing with hand sewing. We will undo seams, cut off sleeves, add or remove collars, slice open pockets and add embellishment using materials found at SCRAP: ribbons, fabric pieces, buttons, even papers and small found objects. Call to reserve a space. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org , http://www.scrap-sf.org/ .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Workshop: "Herbal Preparations from the Garden" (1st Class in Series) — Learn how to prepare fresh garden herbs into an assortment of healing products. We'll cover the harvesting and drying of garden herbs, and engage in the step-by-step process of preparing effective teas, tinctures, oils, broths, and salves. Each participant will leave with a jar of salve and tincture. 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 - 4:30pm. Cost: $80. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Volunteer: "Visitacion Valley Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / Lunch is provided! RSVP by phone. Meeting place TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Course: "Hybrid Adobe Construction" — Hands-on learning, discussion, and lectures on hybrid adobe formulas, techniques, and applications. We'll work on the construction of our outdoor restroom and showers facility. We will be setting stones, pouring the last of the floors and creating the walls. Each stage requires different formulas. Learn a relatively new method of construction that is nontoxic and requires the smallest amount of cement or "Roman Cement" (only lime, clay, and sand). Bring camping gear, work cloths, gloves, notebooks, cameras, musical instruments, songs, 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 24, 2006
Re-fresh Festival — St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Habitat for Humanity East Bay and The ReUse People present the Re-Fresh Festival, promoting creative reuse and recycling in East Oakland. The festival will feature art, interactive reuse activities for kids, food, and live music. Location: 9235 San Leandro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-638-7600, http://www.svdp-alameda.org .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Seed Swap: "San Francisco Community Seed Library" — The Garden For the Environment is starting a Community Seed Library to benefit Bay Area gardeners. The Library's first seed swap will be held at the Garden for the Environment's annual Summer Solstice potluck barbeque. Stop by with seeds from disease-free plants that have been cleaned of debris and stored in a cool, dry environment. Note the variety of seed and when and where it was collected. You'll be helping to preserve and select varieties that grow well in the Bay Area while increasing local self-reliance and genetic diversity. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Class: "Find Your Dream Job in Solar" — Andy Black, Solar Marketer and Electrical Engineer, will illuminate aspects of how to find your dream job in solar, as well as the resources and contact information to get you there. See website for discounts. Location: San Josι. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/fiyodrjobins5.html .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party" — Join Friends of Corona Heights and Gay and Lesbian Sierrans to plant native seedlings and remove non-native invasive species. Tools and disposable gloves provided. Dress in layers, wear a hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the North side of the Randall Museum. Location: Corona Heights , Museum Way, (at the end off Roosevelt Way), SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-552-3542.

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Field Seminar: "Native Trees and Shrubs" — The woody plants of Point Reyes ecosystems form the framework of what you see on the trails. This course will focus on how to recognize our woody plants and their role in particular habitats. We'll have a chance to sample riparian woodland, mixed-evergreen forest, Douglas-fir forest, and coastal scrub, each with their own suite of beautiful species. We'll start with slides from around the Peninsula, then go on a four-mile excursion to see as much variety as possible. Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm. Cost: $55. Info: 415-663-1200, http://www.ptreyes.org/field/fsnat.html .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Concert: "AIDS Awareness and Hip Hop" — Performances by Company of Prophets and DJ Treat u Nice and more. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 9pm. Cost: $10 ($8 with student ID). Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/calendar .

Saturday, June 24, 2006 - Sunday, June 25, 2006
Strawbale Workshop and Party — This two-day workshop includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience in straw-bale placement, stacking, sizing, doors and windows and tool safety and usage. Sol Habitat is a woman-owned business. We specialize in alternative building, energy efficiency and owner/builder consulting. Location: Placerville. Cost: $300 ($175 for one day). Info: 707-869-3667, info@sol-habitat.com , http://www.sol-habitat.com/ .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Reading and Book Signing: "The Earth Knows My Name" — Patricia Klindienst will read from her new book, The Earth Knows My Name -- Food Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans: compelling stories of Native Americans, African Americans, and immigrants from across Europe and Asia who preserve their heritage in their gardens, keeping alive a reverence for the land. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) 3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 11:30am - 1pm. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Animal Exhibit: "Hot and Wild California" — Meet live animals from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 11:30am and 1:30pm. Cost: $7 (teens $4.50, children $2, under 4 free). Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/calendar/ .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Volunteer: "Clean Up Former Salt Pond for Habitat Restoration" — Join Save The Bay and the CA Department of Fish and Game and help clean up debris and remove non-native plants in preparation for a levee breach this fall that will restore 600 acres of wetlands on the East Bay Shoreline. Learn about plans for the larger breach project and how you can get involved! The site is normally off-limits to the public. Signup online. Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Seminar: "Healthy Home Inspections" — Learn how to make your home healthier and more efficient. From heating and cooling evaluations, energy analysis, health and safety tests, and whole home performance test, you will leave with an understanding of which tests are best for you, your family, and the value of your home. Speaker: Matt Golden of Sustainable Spaces. Location: Ecohome Improvement, 2619 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: $10, no one turned away. Info: 510-644-3500, http://www.ecohomeimprovement.com/newsletter_May_2006 .

Saturday, June 24, 2006
Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale" — Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. The methods are gaining building code approval in many communities. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tree Tour: Cole Valley — Cole Valley Tree Tour with Mike Sullivan. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Boulange de Cole Valley, Parnassus Ave. at Cole St., SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 x108 , nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, June 25, 2006
Class: "How to Make the Financial Case for PV" — This class is to help dealers, installers and salespeople make the best and most accurate financial case to their customers to help them make more sales and open more eyes to the value of solar systems. Location: San Josι. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/sofipaanto25.html .

Sunday, June 25, 2006 - Friday, June 30, 2006
Watershed Journey: Save The Bay Teacher Institute — This is a fun, educational watershed journey from the foothills of the Sierra to the San Francisco Bay. It is filled with on-the-water experiences, expert speakers, and hands-on activities you can use to integrate watershed concepts and Bay curriculum into your teaching. Register ASAP; space is limited. Application deadline: 5/26. Cost: $295 (scholarships available) . Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 125, amoore@saveSFbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/institute .

Sunday, June 25, 2006
Fundraiser for Katrina Victims: Poetry — Fundraiser for Katrina victims at the Center for Independent Living in Mississippi (if you can't make the event you can still contribute by buying the chapbook with a piece by each of event participants in it). Co-sponsored by PEN Oakland, the Before Columbus Foundation, and Poetry Flash. Performers and poets include Gael Alcock, Stephanie JR Russell, Susan and Morton Felix, the Berkeley Farmers' Market's own Kirk Lumpkin, and many others. Location: Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 6pm. Cost: $5. Info: 510-548 - 2220 ext. 227.

Sunday, June 25, 2006
Benefit Dinner: "Power to the Peaceful" — Proceeds benefit the 8th Annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival on 9/9/06 in Golden Gate Park. Join us for music, exquisite food and wine, and a silent auction. 8pm-9:30pm VIP reception includes music by DJ Vinroc, and dinner and wine catered by Le Colonial. 9:30pm-11pm General Admission with Michael Franti acoustic performance and silent auction. Location: Le Colonial Restaurant, 20 Cosmo Place, SF. Time: 8pm - 11pm. Cost: $125 VIP reception, $75 general admission. Info: 415-865-2170, http://www.powertothepeaceful.org .

Sunday, June 25, 2006
Book Event: "Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations" — Eric Dinerstein is a conservation biologist who travels the world to protect endangered creatures such as the snow leopard and wrinkle-faced bat. He will share an evening of science, slides, and passionate advocacy as he discusses Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations. This book takes us to remote and unspoiled places where there is still a chance to preserve threatened species. From high in the Himalayas to deep within the South American rain forests, Dinerstein's message is consistent. We need to undertake responsibility for our planet. 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, June 25, 2006 - Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Conference: "Sustainability" — This fifth annual statewide conference provides a forum for sustainable campus practices and related workshops for representatives from over 300 public and private colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, and companies. It will highlight successes of staff, faculty, students, and others, and influence policy for the year to come. Location: UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara. Cost: $460 ($410 in advance) see website for other discounts. Info: 805-893-2003, turningthetide@geog.ucsb.edu , http://sustainability.ucsb.edu/conference/ .

Sunday, June 25, 2006
March: "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade" — The Parade is always the last Sunday in June and begins at Market and Beale Streets, traveling west along Market Street to Eighth Street. Location: SF. Time: 10:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 805-893-2003, parade@sfpride.org .

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David Klotz
Ecology Center

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