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

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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
7/22/2006	 	Peach Tasting/Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health"
7/25/2006	 	Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/27/2006	 	Training: "Intro to Community Organizing"
8/13/2006	 	Workshop: "Chickens and Ducks in Your Garden"
8/19/2006	 	Tomato Tasting and Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
8/22/2006	 	Tomato Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
8/24/2006	 	Ecovillages Presentation by Lost Valley Educational Center
9/24/2006	 	Workshop: "Bee Keeping in the City"
10/7/2006	 	East Bay Environmental Training Program
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 8/9/2006	 	Course: "Environmental Ethics and Sustainability"
Through 8/11/2006	 	Energy Saving Program for Residents
Through 8/25/2006	 	Camp Iwalewa for Children
Through 9/28/2006	 	Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd
7/21/2006	 	Film: "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest"
7/21/2006	 	Conference: "Nonviolence in Our Classrooms, in Our Lives"
7/21/2006	 	Workshop: "Build Your Own Earth Oven"
7/21/2006	 	Benefit Screening for Project Cyber Drum: "Venezuela Rising"
7/21/2006	 	Action: "Call Andronico's Market on National Cage Free Call-In Day"
7/21/2006	 	Protest US Attorney General Roberto Gonzales
7/22/2006	 	Greenbelt Outing: "Greenway Getaway"
7/22/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Clocks"
7/22/2006	 	Fundraising Party: "Support Friends of Garrity Creek"
7/22/2006	 	Peach Tasting/Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/22/2006	 	Workshop: "Soil Foodweb"
7/22/2006	 	Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration
7/22/2006	 	Volunteer: "MIssion Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
7/22/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Burgers and Backyard Bites"
7/22/2006	 	Course: "Cob construction"
7/22/2006	 	Walk: "Point Molate"
7/22/2006	 	Workshop: "Start Your Own School Garden"
7/22/2006	 	Rally: "Shattuck Theater Workers Union"
7/22/2006	 	Volunteer: "Butterfly Bonanza Work Party"
7/22/2006	 	Educational Walk: "Wonders of Watersheds"
7/22/2006	 	Speaker: "The United States and Iran..."
7/22/2006	 	Potluck Picnic and Town Hall Meeting: "Politicnic"
7/22/2006	 	Walk: "Animals Recycling"
7/22/2006	 	Benefit Concert for Environmental and Social Justice
7/22/2006	 	Protest the War and Corporate Globalization
7/22/2006	 	Volunteer and Hike: "Thistle removal"
7/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Build Your Own Earth Oven"
7/23/2006	 	Medicinal Plant Walk
7/23/2006	 	Film: "Diamonds are for Africa Forever!"
7/23/2006	 	Workshop and Work Party: "Straw Bale (with a Bale Raising)"
7/23/2006	 	Bike Tour: "Tour d'Organics"
7/23/2006	 	Concert: "Pins And Needles" by the Indelible Voices Project
7/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health"
7/23/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/23/2006	 	Volunteer: "Help Cerrito Creek"
7/24/2006	 	Summer Camp: "Little Farm Week"
7/24/2006	 	Lecture: "10 Steps To Repair Democracy in the U.S. and California"
7/24/2006	 	Protest: "Take Us Instead" -- Grandmothers and Grandfathers Try to Enlist
7/24/2006	 	Summer Day Camp for 4th Through 6th Grades : "Marsh Hawks"
7/25/2006	 	Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/26/2006	 	Seminar: "Energy Sustainability"
7/26/2006	 	Films: "Eco Film Night: Green Building Smorgasbord"
7/26/2006	 	Book Event: "Worker Safety Under Siege..."
7/26/2006	 	Films: Four LaborFest Shorts
7/27/2006	 	Presentation: "Healthy Sun Practices with Dr. Lani Simpson"
7/27/2006	 	Deadline for Free Inclusion in the "2007 Green Zebra Guide"
7/27/2006	 	Book Event: John Dean on "Conservatives Without Conscience"
7/27/2006	 	Symposium: "Spring-Run Chinook Watershed"
7/27/2006	 	Benefit for Children in Africa: "Afrofunk"
7/27/2006	 	Workshop: "Healthy Living for Life"
7/27/2006	 	Training: "Intro to Community Organizing"
7/27/2006	 	Global Warming Day of Action, Conference Call, "Parties for the Planet"
7/28/2006	 	Class: "Lighting for Profit - Unlocking Hidden Energy Savings"
7/28/2006	 	Solar Fair: "Solwest 2006"
7/28/2006	 	Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery Work Party"
7/28/2006	 	Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery"
7/28/2006	 	Course: "Intentional Communities"
7/28/2006	 	Book Event: John Dean on "Conservatives Without Conscience"
7/28/2006	 	Press Conference and Hearing: "Peak Oil"
7/29/2006	 	Greenbelt Outing: "Orchard Exploration"
7/29/2006	 	Slow Food Film Festival
7/29/2006	 	Class: "Intro to Gardening the Permaculture way"
7/29/2006	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands at Santa Venetia Marsh"
7/29/2006	 	Volunteer: "Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
7/29/2006	 	Volunteer: "Clean Up Former Salt Pond for Habitat Restoration"
7/29/2006	 	Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Newsom
7/29/2006	 	Benefit for New Orleans: "Repair! Rebuild! Renew!"
7/29/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/29/2006	 	Marin Electronics Reuse/Recycling Day
7/29/2006	 	Garden Tour
7/29/2006	 	Nature Walk: "Tilden's Treasures"
7/29/2006	 	Really Really Free Market
7/29/2006	 	Workshop: "How to Build Your Own Straw Bale House"
7/29/2006	 	Field Trip: "Outstanding in Their Fields: A Day on the Farm"
7/29/2006	 	Book Event and Party: "Natural Remodeling for your Not-So-Green Home"
7/29/2006	 	Walk: "Botanical Wanderings"
7/29/2006	 	Workshop: "How to Make and Use Biodiesel"
7/29/2006	 	Volunteer: "Inner Richmond Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
7/29/2006	 	Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party"
7/30/2006	 	Book Event: " Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace"
7/30/2006	 	Tree Tour: Visitacion Valley Green Way
7/30/2006	 	Planning Meeting: "East Bay Peace Lantern Ceremony"
7/30/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/30/2006	 	Nature Walk: "Two Lakes in a Day"
7/30/2006	 	New College Celebration: "Imagine! Another World is Possible!"
7/30/2006	 	Greenbelt Outing (Membership Required): "Cruising Codornices Creek"
7/31/2006	 	Workshop: "Healthy Living for Life"
7/31/2006	 	Summer Afternoon Camp for Pre-Kindergarten : "Bay Shrimps"
7/31/2006	 	Book Event: "Values-Driven Business..." with Mal Warwick
7/31/2006	 	Summer Morning Camp for Pre-Kindergarten : "Bay Shrimps"
8/1/2006	 	Talk: "Creek Bank Erosion"
8/1/2006	 	Workshop: "Watershed Wildlife: From Macroinvertebrates to Mammals"
8/1/2006	 	Apprenticeship in Organic Growing and Permaculture in Ecuador
8/1/2006	 	Deadline: "Applications for Hosts, Bay Friendly Garden Tour"
8/1/2006	 	Open House: "Bay Area Wilderness Training"
8/1/2006	 	Deadline: "Proposals for Nonviolent Social Change"
8/1/2006	 	Book Event: George Lakoff on the Idea of Freedom
8/2/2006	 	Films: "War, Occupation, and the Arts of Resistance"
8/2/2006	 	Film: "Metropolis"
8/3/2006	 	Workshop: "Designing and Using School Gardens"
8/3/2006	 	Training: "Grassroots lobbying: Making your voice heard at City Hall"
8/3/2006	 	Benefit Concert for IDEX with Los Nadies & Jonathan Richman
8/4/2006	 	Application Deadline: "Indian Progress in Business Awards Banquet, 9/21"
8/4/2006	 	Workshop: "Permaculture Design for Women"
8/4/2006	 	Workshop: "Intro to Grid-Tied PV Systems"
8/4/2006	 	Workshop: "Summer Radio Camp"
8/5/2006	 	Farm Stories and Songs
8/5/2006	 	Kids Garden Club
8/5/2006	 	Workshop: "Herbs for the Respiratory System" (3rd Class in Series)
8/5/2006	 	Seminar: "The Council Process: Collaborating to Devise a Better Future"
8/5/2006	 	Bair Island Restoration Stewardship Paddle
8/5/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Altered Books"
8/5/2006	 	Sick Plant Clinic
8/5/2006	 	Class: "Composting in the Sunset!"
8/5/2006	 	Educational Forum: "Which Way For The SEIU?"
8/5/2006	 	Livermore Peace Camp
8/5/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
8/5/2006	 	Petaluma Wetlands Paddle
8/5/2006	 	Educational Puppet Show: "To Bee or Not to Bee"
8/6/2006	 	Protest: "A Ceremony and Nonviolent Action"
8/6/2006	 	Tree Tour: Bernal Heights
8/6/2006	 	Workshop: "How to Wire Your Own Grid-Tied Systems"
8/6/2006	 	East Bay Peace Lantern Ceremony
8/6/2006	 	Conference: "California Resource Recovery Association"
8/6/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Peach Tasting/Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample (for free!) a sumptuous range of peach varieties, and a variety of other stone fruits that are in season: nectarines, plums, pluots, and apricots, as well as local foods from urban organic to macrobiotic. 1am-1pm: Cooking demonstrations and book signing for GRUB: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with essays by Anna Lappι, and menus, musical playlists, and cooking tips from chef Bryant Terry. Co-author Anna Lappι will not be at this event. Anna and Bryant are celebrating the re-launch of eatgrub.org with events from 7/16-7/23. More info: www.eatgrub.org.). 11am: Introduction for The Local Food Wheel. This handy, handsome device provides clear information on the seasonal availability of locally grown and produced foods. With Jessica Prentice, Sarah Klein, and Maggie Gosselin. 11:30pm: Talk, book signing, and cooking demonstration with Kaare Bursell, macrobiotic teacher, counselor and author of The End of Medicine, and chef Michael Bauce of Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland and Berkeley Unified School District cooking instructor. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org .

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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample, for free, all at one table, the whole sumptuous range of peach varieties at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. There will also will be a comprehensive sampling of other stone fruits that are in season: nectarines, plums, pluots, and apricots. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Training: "Intro to Community Organizing" — Learn how grassroots community power wins campaigns; talk about three proven techniques that lead to victory: grassroots lobbying, elections work, and building community organizations. Learn the art of communicating with decision makers. Must RSVP. Presented by the Sierra Club. Cosponsored by the Ecology Center. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-848-0800 ext. 307.

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2006
Tomato Tasting and Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample the amazing range of tomato varieties (about 35) at the Market, plus more! 11am: Cooking demonstration with free recipe copies. Chef Samin Nosrat of Eccolo Restaurant will prepare Panzanella, a Tuscan tomato and bread salad. 11:30am: Reading and book signing by farmer Mike Madison (brother of cookbook author Deborah Madison) for his new book, Blithe Tomato (an insider's wry look at farmers' market society). Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, kirk@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Tomato Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample, for free, all at one table, the whole amazing range of tomato varieties (about 35) at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Including: Great White, Black Prince, Marvel Stripe, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Sun Gold, Sweet One Hundred, Green Zebra, Yellow Pear, Sweet Gold, Early Girl, Lemon Boy, Black Plum, Celebrity, Ace, Golden Jubilee, Red Pear, Royal Flush, Golden Pear, Roma, Evergreen, Shady Lady, Beefsteak, Sweet Millions, Sausage, Thesalonika, Supertasty, Miracle Sweet, Ivory Pear, Black Krim, Persimmon Orange, Arkansas Traveller, Delicious, Mister Stripey, etc. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, kirk@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ecovillages Presentation by Lost Valley Educational Center — Find out what an ecovillage is and how the ecovillage movement affects the environment, the economy, and social justice issues. An informational slideshow will be followed up by a question and answer session. Discover what you can do to join the ecovillage movement. Presented by members of Lost Valley Educational Center, an aspiring ecovillage and intentional community in rural Oregon. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: No charge. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

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.

Saturday, October 7, 2006 - Saturday, November 11, 2006
East Bay Environmental Training Program — The East Bay Environmental Training program is a six-week immersion course designed to provide participants with a sustainability and justice framework for understanding local and global environmental issues. The course will introduce participants to the urban environment of the East Bay, as well as to local organizations and people active in social change work. Sessions will include presentations by speakers, as well as field trips, discussions, course readings, student projects, and an evening film series. The course begins with an introduction to ecology, environmental justice, sustainability, and environmental health. Subsequent session topics will include food and agriculture; water; air and toxics; waste and consumerism; energy, transportation, and global warming; housing, land use, and sprawl. We'll look at both the problems we face and the solutions people are working on or thinking up. Our hope is that participants leave having become activated, inspired, and better equipped to engage as advocates for protecting and restoring the environment and its people. Call to reserve a spot! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $75 - $150, sliding scale. (One year Ecology Center membership included.). Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

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 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 Friday, August 11, 2006
Energy Saving Program for Residents — Support positive youth-employment and save on your utility bills! CYES is running its 7th annual summer program, providing direct-installation of CFLs, retractable clotheslines, showerheads, and more. This year they have also received funding to provide attic insulation at approximately 75% off the retail price. Services available in Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond and closely surrounding areas. Cost: Free. Info: 510-665-1501.

Through Friday, August 25, 2006
Camp Iwalewa for Children — Camp Iwalewa is a unique arts and outdoor camp that combines folklore and the arts with ecology and nature studies, connecting children to their imaginations and to the natural world. Sessions: 6/19 - Aug 8 in Joaquin Miller Park, and 7/3 - 8/25 in Dimond Park. Location: Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: $200 per week. Info: 510-536-4468, YorubaSchool@yahoo.com , http://www.geocities.com/campiwalewa/ .

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, July 21, 2006
Film: "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest" — Grab your kids, their pillow and favorite stuffed animal and join Acterra for a screening of the terrific animated movie. Released in 1992, this G-rated movie boasts beautiful animation, a fun pop-song score and Robin Williams as the voice of a loony, ad-libbing bat. Small snack will be provided. Location: Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Blvd., Palo Alto. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-962 - 9876 ext. 306, library@acterra.org .

Friday, July 21, 2006
Conference: "Nonviolence in Our Classrooms, in Our Lives" — The conference will offer teachers proven methods for conducting a less troubled classroom, such as training students in conflict resolution. It will also present valuable resources for teaching the basic principles and history of nonviolence as a subject within California Standards through biography, history and other avenues. Friday, 7/21: 7 - 9:30pm. Saturday, 7/22: 8am - 6pm. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Cost: $90 (UC Berkeley Extension units can be earned for an additional $120) . Info: 650-962 - 9876 ext. 306, info@efnv.org , http://www.efnv.org/efnv/en/conference.jsp .

Friday, July 21, 2006
Workshop: "Build Your Own Earth Oven" — Earth ovens (or hornos) are a great introduction to building with earth, using age-old techniques and simple materials such as clay, sand, straw and bricks. Long-lasting wood-fired earth ovens make the most delicious breads and pizzas. Teachers (or anyone interested in building your own earth oven) will experience a hands-on simulation of guiding students through an earth oven building group project. Consider coupling this project with building a school (or backyard) garden so that students have a fun, open-air method of cooking up their harvest! 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/bueaov1.html .

Friday, July 21, 2006
Benefit Screening for Project Cyber Drum: "Venezuela Rising" — After the showing of the film highlighting Venezuelan grandmother and community organizer Gladys Bolifar and the mobilization of the Venezuelan people, there will be a discussion of the situation in Haiti. Benefit supports the Cyber Drum Project, a grassroots communication and training program on the ground in Haiti which will inform the international community about what is really happening following Preval's election. Part of the "Conscientious Projector" film series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10 donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-601-9116, http://www.haitiaction.org .

Friday, July 21, 2006
Action: "Call Andronico's Market on National Cage Free Call-In Day" — Andronico's Market, a grocery chain in the San Francisco Bay Area, claims that it promotes humane business practices. Yet it still sells eggs from hens confined in battery cages, despite the recent evidence of abusive conditions at NuCal, an Andronico's brand-name egg supplier. Undercover footage shows intensive confinement of chickens inside a series of barren, windowless sheds where thousands of hens are confined in wire cages so small that they cannot flap their wings. In order to advance the company's so-called commitment to excellence, East Bay Animal Advocates is asking Andronico's to adopt a cage-free egg policy. Call Andronico's Market at (510) 649-6759. Time: 9am - 5pm. Info: 510-601-9116, http://www.AndronicosAbuse.com .

Friday, July 21, 2006
Protest US Attorney General Roberto Gonzales — Gonzales, a champion of torture and civil rights violations, is coming to San Francisco to promote President Bush's immigration reform proposal, a plan that promises to increase the humanitarian crisis at the border and create abusive temporary jobs for migrants. Gonzales will be speaking to the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its partner organizations at the restaurant. Bring your signs and some coffee! Location: In front of Medjool Restaurant, 2522 Mission Street, between 20th and 21st Streets, SF. Info: 510-839-7598.

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Greenbelt Outing: "Greenway Getaway" — We will head north along the Ohlone Greenway, accompanied by a member of Friends of Five Creeks who will talk about the creek restoration process along the Greenway. We will visit a recycling center that offers a book and music exchange, free mulch, and a place to turn in old glasses. We will then go on a short hike in the Hillside Nature area. We will end our walk at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station where we will take BART back to our beginning. This outing proceeds rain or shine. Meet near the bike lockers. Reservations required. Location: El Cerrito Plaza BART Station, El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 1:30pm. Cost: Free (except for optional short BART ride). Info: 415-255-3233 , http://greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Clocks" — Use a variety of recycled materials with purchased clockworks to make playful wall or table-top clocks. Embellish your clock with a variety of decorative materials from SCRAP. There will be a small additional fee for clock works. 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, July 22, 2006
Fundraising Party: "Support Friends of Garrity Creek" — Friends of Garrity Creek, working to prevent development of their creek in El Sobrante, will hold a Salsa Dance (and music to just listen to), with two bands. Funds will benefit both the creek group and the Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante. Location: Boys & Girls Club, 4660 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $15 ($25 for two). Info: 415-647-1746, rpender970@aol.com , http://www.echopenspace.org/ .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Peach Tasting/Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample (for free!) a sumptuous range of peach varieties, and a variety of other stone fruits that are in season: nectarines, plums, pluots, and apricots, as well as local foods from urban organic to macrobiotic. 1am-1pm: Cooking demonstrations and book signing for GRUB: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with essays by Anna Lappι, and menus, musical playlists, and cooking tips from chef Bryant Terry. Co-author Anna Lappι will not be at this event. Anna and Bryant are celebrating the re-launch of eatgrub.org with events from 7/16-7/23. More info: www.eatgrub.org.). 11am: Introduction for The Local Food Wheel. This handy, handsome device provides clear information on the seasonal availability of locally grown and produced foods. With Jessica Prentice, Sarah Klein, and Maggie Gosselin. 11:30pm: Talk, book signing, and cooking demonstration with Kaare Bursell, macrobiotic teacher, counselor and author of The End of Medicine, and chef Michael Bauce of Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland and Berkeley Unified School District cooking instructor. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Workshop: "Soil Foodweb" — The soil foodweb consists of all the beneficial micro- and macro-scopic soil critters that function harmoniously. They are responsible for nutrient cycling, soil production and immune system boosting. Understanding the soil foodweb will give you greater ability to surf with nature's wisdom and make better compost. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - noon. Cost: $23. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, July 22, 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, July 22, 2006
Volunteer: "MIssion 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, July 22, 2006
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Burgers and Backyard Bites" — We will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Mushroom Pecan Burgers, Spicy Black Bean Burgers, Tantalizing Thai Slaw, Perfect Potato Salad, Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, Also, a taste test of non-dairy ice creams. 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 plus $5 food/materials fee. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Course: "Cob construction" — Cob is a mixture of clay, straw, sand and water. We will learn the various mixtures and uses of cob. The course will be hands-on learning combined with discussion and lectures about cob formulas, techniques, and applications. Projects will include the construction of a cob garden wall, and bench. We will provide participants with tips, practical advice, methods of sound construction, and beautiful examples. 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, July 22, 2006
Walk: "Point Molate" — Muir Heritage Land Trust and Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) sponsor a 4-mile walk on the planned Bay Trail route from Point Molate Beach to Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor -- the little-known dividing line between San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, usually closed to the public. The area has a fascinating history and a future clouded in controversy. Call to make a reservation. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 925-228-5460.

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Workshop: "Start Your Own School Garden" — Guide your students or children through the process of building and caring for their own garden. This workshop will prepare you for the fun, enriching and enduring project by offering a step-by-step garden building plan that stimulates student interest and curiosity. We will explore case studies such as the Berkeley Edible Schoolyard, established by renowned chef Alice Waters. 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/ts14styoowns.html .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Rally: "Shattuck Theater Workers Union" — Shattuck union workers begin contract talks with Landmark corporate attorneys on July 20th. Rally in front of the theater. Workers need union and community supporters to tell the company we are not willing to accept a bad deal. Please organize yourself and your friends and associates to attend this rally. Location: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3pm. Info: 707-744-2017, http://shattuckunion.iww.org/node/14 .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Volunteer: "Butterfly Bonanza Work Party" — Our butterfly garden is blooming and beautiful, but it still needs your help! We're putting in a new pathway and doing some smaller projects. Dress for sun and dirt. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Educational Walk: "Wonders of Watersheds" — Explore waterways in your community through a walk, activities, and craft! Find out how you can help protect our watersheds. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Speaker: "The United States and Iran..." — Professor Stephen Zunes of the University of San Francisco discusses how the United States can best address the Iranian government's nuclear program, its support for extremist groups and its suppression of human rights. Can the United States be a credible advocate for democracy and non-proliferation while continuing to back dictatorships and nuclear weapons states in the region? Location: Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free (donations welcome). Info: 510-769-6395, jrufo@sbcglobal.net , http://www.alamedaforum.org/ .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Potluck Picnic and Town Hall Meeting: "Politicnic" — San Francisco for Democracy invites you to a day of fun and activism. We are a grassroots organization dedicated to civic engagement, volunteerism, voter education and participation, and progressive activism. We help regular citizens get involved in public policy and political decisions. Meat and veggie burgers and hot dogs provided. Location: West Fort Miley, off Clement St., at 43rd St., SF. Time: 11:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: Small donation requested . Info: 510-769-6395, http://www.sf4democracy.com/calendar .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Walk: "Animals Recycling" — Join a ranger for an easy one and a half hour walk. You will discover some exciting things about the plants and animals of the Headlands and see how nature model's recycling, reusing and reducing for us. Geared for families with children ages 6-12, but adaptable for all ages! Location: Marin Headlands Visitor Center, Marin County. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-331-1540.

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Benefit Concert for Environmental and Social Justice — "From Bayview Hunter's Point to New Orleans." Featuring "Fely" (from Cote d'Ivoire), Copus, Jonathan Richman, and more. Bring your dancing shoes! Location: CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St., @ 18th St., SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15 - $30 sliding scale. Info: 415-248-5010, http://greenaction.org/ .

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Protest the War and Corporate Globalization — War contractors, torture advocates, election thieves, spy masters, immigrant bashers, will all be at the Bohemian Grove this summer. Invited speakers include Cora Lee Simmons of Round Valley Indians for Justice, Casimiro Alvarez, regional director of the United Farm Workers and Calvin Gibson and Gloria LaRiva of the ANSWER coalition. M.C.'s will be Kris Welch and Miguel Molina of KPFA Free Speech Radio. Native Resistance Drum Group will create the opening ceremony. 2pm: march to the gates of Bohemian Grove. 4pm: gather in the Monte Rio amphitheater. Bohemians include James Baker III, Riley Bechtel, George H. W. Bush, Ed Meese, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, and many undisclosed members. Location: Bohemian Grove, main Monte Rio parking lot, south side of the Russian River. Time: 1pm. Info: 707-874-2248.

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Volunteer and Hike: "Thistle removal" — Participate in California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week by joining Sonoma Land Trust's invasive thistle removal work party, followed by an optional afternoon Baylands hike. Lunch provided. Location: Sears Point Ranch, near Hwy 37 and Lakeville Hwy. Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm. Info: 707-526-6930 ext. 100, volunteer@sonomalandtrust.org .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Workshop: "Build Your Own Earth Oven" — Teach your students to build a solar oven for less than $10, and fire up their curiosity in the abundant free energy of the sun and the joy of cooking bread, cookies and many other sun-enriched foods. This workshop will provide a teaching plan for gathering building materials (simple items like cardboard boxes and aluminum foil), showing students how to assemble and use the solar ovens, as well as integrating this project into other curricula. 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/buyoownsoov2.html .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Medicinal Plant Walk — This tour will explore OAEC's gardens from the perspective of our medicinal plant collection. Led by gardener and midwife Kalanete Baruch, the tour will cover plant identification, medicinal and garden uses, as well as ways of incorporating medicinal plants into the garden design. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Film: "Diamonds are for Africa Forever!" — African people in diamond-rich Sierra Leone suffer grinding poverty while foreign companies steal millions of karats of diamonds annually. See the miserable conditions in Sierra Leone and learn about the struggle to consolidate the African Socialist International (ASI) in West Africa, uniting Africans throughout the world. Donate your diamonds to the Sierra Leone Support Committee to benefit electrification, water purification, and prosthetics projects for African people. Sponsored by the African People's Solidarity Day Campaign (APSD). Location: Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-625-1106, uhurureparations@yahoo.com , http://www.apscuhuru.org .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Workshop and Work Party: "Straw Bale (with a Bale Raising)" — We will install bales for a 3500 sq. ft. residence in a beautiful setting, designed with a light post and beam system with straw bale infill shear walls, and is off the grid with active and passive solar features. The instruction and work will begin at 9am, but participants are welcome to arrive later as well. Work will continue throughout the day. Instructor Martin Hammer has been involved with the design and construction of straw bale buildings since 1995. He is the lead author of the proposed straw bale building code for the State of California. Beverages and snacks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch. RSVP. Location: 3021 Balmaceda Drive, El Dorado. Time: 9am. Cost: $25. Info: 510-684-4488, mfhammer@pacbell.net .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Bike Tour: "Tour d'Organics" — As organic farming enriches the earth, the Tour d'Organics will enrich your body, mind, and spirit with a fitness challenge, good company, and fresh, locally grown, organic food. Advanced registration online. Recommended start times: 100 mile: 6:30-7:15am, 65 mile: 7:15-8:00am, 35 mile: 8:00-8:30am. Registration closes at 9:00am. Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Ave., Aptos. Info: 866-258-6179, bradley@organicathlete.org , http://www.tourdorganics.com .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Concert: "Pins And Needles" by the Indelible Voices Project — Performance by The Indelible Voices Project, in conjunction with Laborfest.net and Opera Non Troppo. A concert version of the 1937 musical "Pins and Needles" which was a production of ILGWU. Also performing will be Millie Weitz, an original member of the 1937 musical and retired member of the ILGWU. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-378-7235, marcusd@igc.org , http://www.laborfest.net .

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, July 23, 2006
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella" — Imagine a nation where liberty and justice play broken second fiddle to an all powerful, military-industrial God complex. That's the nation Reverend C.B. De Love wants. And that's also the nation where shy civics teacher Angela Franklin finds herself. But in her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy will Angela go too far? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything -- even the Constitution -- and return to reason? Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Volunteer: "Help Cerrito Creek" — Join Friends of Five Creeks to help remove invasive weeds. We will tackle the explosion of bindweed on the south side of the creek. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Location: Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Street, El Cerrito. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Monday, July 24, 2006 - Friday, July 28, 2006
Summer Camp: "Little Farm Week" — Experience the old time country farm lifestyle and farm camp fun! We'll learn about farm animals, dig, shovel, harvest, cook, get dirty! Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Cost: $150 ($166 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Monday, July 24, 2006
Lecture: "10 Steps To Repair Democracy in the U.S. and California" — Steven Hill says that American democracy has been working about as well as the levees around New Orleans. Most Americans have noticed, they just don't know what to do about it. In his new book, 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, Hill outlines solutions for reinvigorating our political system and presents a comprehensive vision for how American democracy could work. 5:30pm: reception. 6pm: program. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-597-6700, http://www.commonwealthclub.org/featured/#hill .

Monday, July 24, 2006
Protest: "Take Us Instead" -- Grandmothers and Grandfathers Try to Enlist — A group of grandmothers and grandfathers, sponsored by Grandmothers Against the War and the Mt. Diablo Peace Center, will try to enlist at the Recruitment Centers. As an act of love they will offer themselves as replacements for military personnel in Iraq. Location: Army, Navy, Military Recruitment Centers, 712/714 Contra Costa Blvd., at Golf Club Rd. across from Sun Valley Mall, Pleasant Hill. Time: noon. Info: 510-845-3815, bayareagrandmothers@yahoo.com .

Monday, July 24, 2006
Summer Day Camp for 4th Through 6th Grades : "Marsh Hawks" — Parents: let your children get up close to the bay shore's birds, plants, bugs, and other crawly critters in the salt marsh. Your kids will find life in the mud, play games, catch (and release) fish, go on a scientific voyage of discovery, and learn why Shoreline is such an important place. Call to register. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm. Cost: $152 (includes T-shirt). Info: 510-881-6700, http://www.haywardrec.org .

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample, for free, all at one table, the whole sumptuous range of peach varieties at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. There will also will be a comprehensive sampling of other stone fruits that are in season: nectarines, plums, pluots, and apricots. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Seminar: "Energy Sustainability" — This seminar address America's current energy usage trends and the threats to our ability to maintain these trends and increased usage, and will examine and look beyond the alternatives touted by industry, environmental groups, and various government agencies. Location: Fort Mason Conference Center - Firehouse, SF. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: $10. Info: 510-548-3333, gary@dissigno.com , http://www.dissignoenergy.com .

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Films: "Eco Film Night: Green Building Smorgasbord" — Sustainable building is green-hot! Watch a sampling of green building practices that can be used in commercial building projects at no additional cost. Learn about composting, organic gardening, eco cleaning agents, and various types of building design and construction, from straw bale, adobe, FSB lumber and recycled or salvaged materials. Discover straw bale building volunteer opportunities. Location: Marin Outdoor Living , 2100 Redwood Highway , Greenbrae. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-383-0484, events@greenplanetfilms.org , http://www.greenplanetfilms.org .

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Book Event: "Worker Safety Under Siege..." — A 2006 LaborFest event. Internationally, many workers face catastrophe when they are injured on the job. They experience few health and safety protection rights. In Worker Safety Under Siege: Labor, Capital, and the Politics of Workplace Safety in a Deregulated World, Mogensen charts how policies of deregulation and privatization have devastated workers and communities on a global level. 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 .

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Films: Four LaborFest Shorts — Breyani and Councillor, Rail Against Privatization, Hector Girado: A Colombian Story, and Land of the Free. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 donation accepted. Info: 415-642-8066 , laborfest@laborfest.net , http://www.laborfest.net/2006schedule.htm .

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Presentation: "Healthy Sun Practices with Dr. Lani Simpson" — Most people know that too much sun exposure can damage your skin, but did you know that many commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment? Dr. Lani Simpson will discuss healthy ways to enjoy the sun, safe sunscreen choices, vitamin D and your health, and the truth about skin cancer. RSVP via phone or email. Location: Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St., upstairs, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10. Info: 510-558-7285, info@teleosis.org , http://www.teleosis.org/events.php .

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Deadline for Free Inclusion in the "2007 Green Zebra Guide" — Does your business promote eco-friendly products or services, engage in sustainable business practices, or support positive change in our community? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your organization should be part of the 2007 Green Zebra guide, a new annual guide to natural living in San Francisco that makes it easy for you to align your business with the growing eco-movement. Through coupons and informative articles, Green Zebra promotes local green businesses, and helps consumers embrace a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Sign up online. Location: SF. Info: 510-558-7285, http://www.thegreenzebra.org/participants.html .

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Book Event: John Dean on "Conservatives Without Conscience" — John Dean, White House legal counsel to President Nixon and the best-selling author of Worse Than Watergate, has now authored Conservatives Without Conscience, a careful look at how conservative politics in the U.S. is veering dangerously close to authoritarianism. Location: Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., SF. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-863-8688, read@booksmith.com .

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - Saturday, July 29, 2006
Symposium: "Spring-Run Chinook Watershed" — The Salmonid Restoration Federation, in partnership with the Friends of Butte Creek, will host. This is an opportunity for restoration and fisheries professionals and interested laypeople to participate in workshops on fish monitoring and identification techniques, to tour and understand restoration projects, and to help the recovery of Spring-run Chinook in California. Other workshops include water quality studies, macro-invertebrate sampling, and water conservation techniques. The event will begin on Thursday morning with two concurrent full-day tours of the upper and lower watersheds. Location: Butte Creek, northern Sacramento Valley. Cost: $150 ($100 for just two days, or without camping -- some scholarships available). Info: 707-923-7501, http://www.calsalmon.org/ .

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - Saturday, July 29, 2006
Benefit for Children in Africa: "Afrofunk" — The Afrofunk Festival is the only Afrobeat Festival in the world. This year's festival will feature eight diverse musical acts from Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Brazil, and the Bay Area, coming together to bring the house down while raising funds for Kids in Darfur, Sudan, Niger and Kenya whose lives have been devastated by war and famine. This is also a benefit for Kenya, Sudan and Niger and we will donate partial proceeds to Save the Children Fund and Oxfam. Call for advanced tickets. Location: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., SF. Time: 9pm. Cost: $17. Info: 831-479-1854, sila@afrofunk.org , http://www.Afrofunk.org .

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Workshop: "Healthy Living for Life" — We will revisit the Fat and Sugar Demonstration and reintroduce the "Passports/Pedometers," a helpful tool to engage your community members to get out and walk. Park in the church parking lot and enter the building on the 37th street side. RSVP by 7/14. Location: First AME Church, 3701 Telegraph Avenue, south of MacArthur, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-595-6485.

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Training: "Intro to Community Organizing" — Learn how grassroots community power wins campaigns; talk about three proven techniques that lead to victory: grassroots lobbying, elections work, and building community organizations. Learn the art of communicating with decision makers. Must RSVP. Presented by the Sierra Club. Cosponsored by the Ecology Center. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-848-0800 ext. 307.

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Global Warming Day of Action, Conference Call, "Parties for the Planet" — Join one of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Parties for the Planet. Ed Begley Jr. will be the featured speaker on the statewide conference call starting at 7:30pm. Consider attending a party and meeting like-minded people in your area, or hosting a Party for the Planet in your home, office, or a public place such as a local library or place of worship. To host a party, go to http://www.partylaunch.com/ucs/hostparty/index.cfm. For the first time, our state could set an economy-wide cap on our global warming emissions, reducing them 25 percent by 2020 and putting us on a path toward an 85 percent reduction by mid-century. This is the level of reductions scientists tell us we need in order to avoid the most dangerous consequences of global warming. To make this happen, we need your help! Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-848-0800 ext. 307, http://www.partylaunch.com/ucs/findparty/index.cfm .

Friday, July 28, 2006
Class: "Lighting for Profit - Unlocking Hidden Energy Savings" — Join us for a breakfast forum during which we will share some shocking forecasts and what you can do to rein-in energy costs in your buildings. Whether you are constructing a new building, planning a retrofit or responsible for day to day operations, this fast-paced educational program will explain in non-technical terms how you can unlock those hidden energy savings and create profits. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 8:30am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com .

Friday, July 28, 2006 - Sunday, July 30, 2006
Solar Fair: "Solwest 2006" — Deborah Lindsay, co-founder of Sustainable Monterey County, will be the keynote speaker. Experts will offer fifty workshops for all ages and levels of expertise (free with fair admission). Workshop topics already scheduled include "Living Offgrid without a Generator," "Introduction to Hydrogen," "Weatherization Wizardry," "Solar Applications in the Northwest," "Solar Cookery," "Home-made Solar Water Heater," "Money from the Sun," and "Configuring Your Wind System." Location: John Day, OR. Cost: $10 for three-day pass ($5 daily). Info: 541-575-3633, info@solwest.org , http://www.solwest.org/fair.htm .

Friday, July 28, 2006
Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery Work Party" — Please join Sonoma Land Trust staff for a workday at the new native plant nursery. Help propagate native plants in preparation for winter plantings at restoration sites along Tolay Creek and other wetland sites in the North Bay. Location: Sears Point Ranch, near Hwy 37 and Lakeville Hwy. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 707-526-6930 ext. 100, volunteer@sonomalandtrust.org .

Friday, July 28, 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, July 28, 2006
Course: "Intentional Communities" — A residential course in starting and sustaining intentional communities, including practical information on legal, organizational, and financial issues, as well as discussions of community living, and tours of local intentional communities. Lodging and meals are included. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Cost: $425 ($375 if registered at least two weeks in advance). Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Friday, July 28, 2006
Book Event: John Dean on "Conservatives Without Conscience" — John Dean, White House legal counsel to President Nixon and the best-selling author of Worse Than Watergate, has now authored Conservatives Without Conscience, a careful look at how conservative politics in the U.S. is veering dangerously close to authoritarianism. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Friday, July 28, 2006
Press Conference and Hearing: "Peak Oil" — The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will be holding the first in a series of hearings on Peak Oil, focusing on what the local government might do to mitigate the local effects of the catastrophe Peak Oil will bring. At 1:30pm, a press conference will be held on the steps of City Hall, and the hearing in City Hall is at 2pm. Please attend these important events, and encourage your friends to learn about Peak Oil and join you. Location: San Francisco City Hall, Grove St. and Van Ness Ave., SF. Time: 1:30pm. Info: 510-559-9500, SFhearings@sfbayoil.org , http://www.sfbayoil.org/sfoa/ .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Greenbelt Outing: "Orchard Exploration" — Experience summer's harvest on a visit to Andy's Orchard, south of San Jose. Tour this family farm that grows award-winning artisanal (tree-ripened) stone fruit. Then go on an intimate harvest walk and optional u-pick led by farm operator and well-known fruit expert, Andy Mariani. Take US 101 to Morgan Hill. Take the Cochrane Road exit and go east. Turn right on Mission View Dr. Turn left at Half Road and travel east about 1/3 of a mile to the entrance sign at 1615 Half Road. Enter the farm and park. Meet us outside the country store. Reservations required. Location: Morgan Hill. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-255-3233 , http://greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Slow Food Film Festival — 11 of the best film shorts and documentaries from this year's "Slow Food on Film" Festival in Bra, Italy. The documentary shorts include international films dedicated to food memory and to the controversies surrounding agriculture and the food industry. Reception from 6pm - 7:30pm featuring wine, beer and tapas by Primavera. Tickets may be purchased for $15 and viewers may attend all or part of the evening by arriving at 4:00pm, 6:00pm or 7:30pm. Location: California College of the Arts (alt), 450 Irwin Street, SF. Time: 4pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-788-1953, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5586 .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Class: "Intro to Gardening the Permaculture way" — Permaculture is a relatively new term for the age old practice of tending the land by mimicking the natural systems and cycles of our world. Learn about permaculture design principles, sheet-mulching, edible landscaping and more, with hands-on demonstrations and the tools and resources you'll need to get started. Pre-registration required. Call to register. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 (no one turned away). Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands at Santa Venetia Marsh" — Volunteers will tend to the native wetland plants by removing non-native plants, collecting native plant seeds and helping with site monitoring and continuing shoreline clean-up. This program is in partnership with The Marin Open Space District. Signup online. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Volunteer: "Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest" — Help care for three-year old trees. No experience necessary. Training is hands-on. Call ext.407 for recorded meeting site updates. May include tree care workshop for new volunteers. Space limited: RSVP. Location: Java on Ocean, Ocean Ave., at Faxon, SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, July 29, 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, July 29, 2006
Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Newsom — Join Mayor Newsom and Supervisor McGoldrick for a conversation about community projects in the Richmond District, including potential Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) improvements along the Geary Corridor. Location: Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave., between Geary Blvd. and Clement St., SF. Time: noon - 2pm. Info: 415-554-6148, http://www.sfcta.org/geary.htm .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Benefit for New Orleans: "Repair! Rebuild! Renew!" — Rockin' Blues from the Bayou! Our purpose is to raise money to send volunteers and relief supplies to assist with the reconstruction effort of significantly damaged and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New Orleans. This is in response to the call for help from Common Ground Relief in New Orleans. All profits will support Common Ground Collective and other grassroots organizations in New Orleans. See http://www.commongroundrelief.org. 21+. Location: Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito. Time: 8pm - 12am. Cost: Requested Donation $10 - $100 sliding scale. Info: 415-554-6148, http://www.freewebs.com/nolabenefit .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella" — Imagine a nation where liberty and justice play broken second fiddle to an all powerful, military-industrial God complex. That's the nation Reverend C.B. De Love wants. And that's also the nation where shy civics teacher Angela Franklin finds herself. But in her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy will Angela go too far? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything -- even the Constitution -- and return to reason? Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Mosswood Park, MacArthur & Broadway, Oakland. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Marin Electronics Reuse/Recycling Day — In partnership with Coldwell Banker and Goodwill, iReuse is sponsoring a FREE eReuse/eRecycling day. Location: 711 Grand Avenue, San Rafael. Time: 9am - 2pm. Info: 415-285-1717, ken@ireuse.com .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Garden Tour — The tour the OAEC will include the Center's organic gardens, which preserve thousands of varieties of rare and endangered food, medicinal, and ornamental plants. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Nature Walk: "Tilden's Treasures" — Discover some of the park's residents on this easy nature walk for the entire family. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Really Really Free Market — Bring food, art, games, furniture, friends, random acts of kindness, bike parts/tools, face paints, plants, books, skills to share! The goal is to encourage the idea of giving just for the sake of giving and to create a constructive alternative movement to the waste and exploitation of the capitalistic economy. SE corner of the park. Location: Dolores Park, between 19th & 20th, SF. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 510-525-2233, reallyreallyfreemarket@mutualaid.org , http://www.sf-rrfm.org/ .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Workshop: "How to Build Your Own Straw Bale House" — This course will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to tackle your own straw bale construction project. The instructor, a leading expert in straw bale construction, will teach you the latest innovations in this constantly evolving building technique. You will participate in building a small load-bearing structure, including foundation ("good shoes") and roofing ("good hat"). You will also have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/nb111.html .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Field Trip: "Outstanding in Their Fields: A Day on the Farm" — From Dunes State Beach in Half Moon Bay to Aρo Nuevo, learn about the diversity of local crops, growing traditions, and farming practices of the San Mateo County Coast. Visit coastal farms and the Coastside Certified Farmer's Market at Cetrella. Meet local farmers and ranchers who are changing the face of agriculture. Learn where to buy fresh, coastal produce and flowers in your stores and restaurants. Savor a seasonal sustainable lunch featuring fresh local produce in the historic Cascade Ranch barn. Take a hike or hayride to Pie Ranch to enjoy dessert in a bucolic setting. Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $25 ($15 children 6 - 18). Info: 650-968-7243, familyfarm@greenfoothills.org .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Book Event and Party: "Natural Remodeling for your Not-So-Green Home" — Eco-architect Carol Venolia will introduce you to easy, fun ways to green up your home, via a talk, slide show, and party to celebrate the publication of her new book, Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature. Transform your current home into an eco-paradise--on any budget. Working with the gifts of your site and climate, you'll be empowered to go beyond green window-dressing to restoring your connections with the natural world. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-568-2605.

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Walk: "Botanical Wanderings" — Discover the diverse summer habitats from the hilltops to the marsh. Use our free plant list to help identify the great variety of plants that strive in this unique urban refuge. Bring binoculars to get a better look at birds and animals we may encounter on the trail, or borrow a pair of ours. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Workshop: "How to Make and Use Biodiesel" — In this hands-on class, learn the process of making fuel from fresh or restaurant waste oil and examine the inner workings of a homemade small-scale biodiesel processor. Learn how to run your vehicle on biodiesel and help reduce dependency on fossil fuels, whether by making your own 100% biodiesel or supporting local biodiesel co-ops and small businesses. 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/biodiesel1011.html .

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Volunteer: "Inner Richmond 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. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, July 29, 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.

Sunday, July 30, 2006
Book Event: " Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace" — A 2006 LaborFest event. In her most recent work, Nancy MacLean shows why struggles to integrate the work place, from desegregation to equal rights for women, are critical fights for all workers. 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 .

Sunday, July 30, 2006
Tree Tour: Visitacion Valley Green Way — Visitacion Valley Green Way Tree Tour with Fran Martin . RSVP by phone or email. Location: Hans Schiller Plaza, Leland Ave. & Peabody St., SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext.108 , nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, July 30, 2006
Planning Meeting: "East Bay Peace Lantern Ceremony" — This is the East Bay Peace Lantern Ceremony final planning meeting. Help organize this beautiful and moving annual event, taking place August 6, 6:30-9pm at the north end of Aquatic Park in Berkeley. Some special needs include posting flyers around the Bay Area starting now; teaching origami crane-folding at the event; helping transport supplies to the event on Aug. 6 in the early afternoon; cleaning up after the event (9-11pm), and transporting supplies back to storage. Call or email for exact location, or fill out a volunteer form at http://www.progressiveportal.org/lanterns/volunteer.html. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-595-4626, Lanterns2006@progressiveportal.org , http://www.progressiveportal.org/lanterns .

Sunday, July 30, 2006
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella" — Imagine a nation where liberty and justice play broken second fiddle to an all powerful, military-industrial God complex. That's the nation Reverend C.B. De Love wants. And that's also the nation where shy civics teacher Angela Franklin finds herself. But in her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy will Angela go too far? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything -- even the Constitution -- and return to reason? Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Third St., SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Sunday, July 30, 2006
Nature Walk: "Two Lakes in a Day" — Explore the wonders of two of Tilden's lakes on this 4-mile walk. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, July 30, 2006
New College Celebration: "Imagine! Another World is Possible!" — Experience a day dedicated to creating a just, sacred, and sustainable world. Live music, dancers, clowns, and the Really Really Free Market! Also, free workshops and a "Pay It Forward" booth. Sign the Imagine Project Banner with your wishes and images for the world. Festivities start at 777 Valencia St. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 510-525-2233, mpaul@newcollege.edu , http://www.newcollege.edu .

Sunday, July 30, 2006
Greenbelt Outing (Membership Required): "Cruising Codornices Creek" — We will explore the upper and middle reaches of Codornices Creek. Our walk through historic Berkeley neighborhoods includes a tour of a private garden with native plant restoration along the creek, a visit to a hidden native plant nursery, and some delightful small waterfalls along the way. Reservations and membership required. To become a Greenbelt Alliance member, visit https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=2438. Location: Bistro Liaison, 1849 Shattuck Ave., at Hearst, Berkeley. Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233 , http://greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Monday, July 31, 2006
Workshop: "Healthy Living for Life" — We will revisit the Fat and Sugar Demonstration and reintroduce the "Passports/Pedometers," a helpful tool to engage your community members to get out and walk. Park in the church parking lot and enter the building on the 37th street side. RSVP by 7/14. Location: First AME Church, 3701 Telegraph Avenue, south of MacArthur, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-595-6485.

Monday, July 31, 2006
Summer Afternoon Camp for Pre-Kindergarten : "Bay Shrimps" — Parents: let your children get up close to the bay shore's birds, plants, bugs, and other crawly critters in the salt marsh. Your kids will find life in the mud, play games, catch (and release) fish, go on a scientific voyage of discovery, and learn why Shoreline is such an important place. Call to register. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm. Cost: $77 (includes T-shirt). Info: 510-881-6700, http://www.haywardrec.org .

Monday, July 31, 2006
Book Event: "Values-Driven Business..." with Mal Warwick — Mal Warwick will discuss the first book in the "Social Venture Network Series," Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun. Warwick, the chair of the Social Venture Network Advisory Board, lays out the roadmap for starting and running a business while staying true to one's own ethics and values. Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jul-aug06Calendar.jsp .

Monday, July 31, 2006
Summer Morning Camp for Pre-Kindergarten : "Bay Shrimps" — Parents: let your children get up close to the bay shore's birds, plants, bugs, and other crawly critters in the salt marsh. Your kids will find life in the mud, play games, catch (and release) fish, go on a scientific voyage of discovery, and learn why Shoreline is such an important place. Call to register. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 9:30am - 11:30am. Cost: $77 (includes T-shirt). Info: 510-881-6700, http://www.haywardrec.org .

Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Talk: "Creek Bank Erosion" — Urban Creeks Council staff members will talk about what homeowners can do about creekbank erosion, 7pm at the Alameda County Watershed Forum. Refreshments and chat start at 6:30pm. Other topics include an update on the Alameda County creek moratorium and a possible East Bay creek conference in 2007. Location: Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley's Office, 20993 Redwood Court, Castro Valley. Time: 6:30pm. Info: 510-881-6700, dhopkins@waterboards.ca.gov .

Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Workshop: "Watershed Wildlife: From Macroinvertebrates to Mammals" — Explore animal life in and out of the creek in this two-part workshop aimed at providing an appreciation of the riparian corridor. Learn how to identify signs of animals that live in and near the creek and how to sample for insects in the creek as an indication of water quality. Pre-registration required. Location: Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Ave., Oakland. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3546, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - Thursday, August 31, 2006
Apprenticeship in Organic Growing and Permaculture in Ecuador — Combine travel, learning and experiencing a new culture in this unique opportunity in Ecuador. Rio Muchacho Organic Farm is a model farm for the coast of Ecuador and holds courses in May, August, and November. The course includes hands on and classroom learning, along with other activities on the farm, like making chocolate and fishing river shrimp. Cost: $1200 ($1000 3 months in advance). Info: 510-665-3546, info@riomuchacho.com , http://www.riomuchacho.com .

Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Deadline: "Applications for Hosts, Bay Friendly Garden Tour" — The Alameda County Bay Friendly Garden Tour, scheduled for 4/29/07, is seeking applications from hosts whose gardens are in harmony with East Bay soil and climate, gardens that conserve water and draw their health from compost and mulching rather than polluting chemicals. Hosts with all sorts of gardens, including those with wildlife habitat, native plants, and urban food production, are encouraged to apply. Info: 510-614-1699, jnader@stopwaste.org , http://www.BayFriendly.org .

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Deadline: "Proposals for Nonviolent Social Change" — The Agape Foundation-Fund for Nonviolent Social Change is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the 2006 grant cycle. We welcome proposals from small, California-based, grassroots organizations working for nonviolent social change. Agape funds organizations that address the issues of peace, human rights, environmental protection, economic justice, progressive arts and media, and grassroots organizing support. Organizations must be five years old or younger, with annual budgets under $100,000. The Foundation also funds the distribution of social issue media, including films, videos, radio programs, compact discs, vinyl records, and books. Time: 5pm. Info: 415-701-8707, http://www.agapefdn.org .

Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Book Event: George Lakoff on the Idea of Freedom — Lakoff talks about his book Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea. Since 9/11, the Bush administration has relentlessly invoked the word "freedom". The United States can strike preemptively because "freedom is on the march". Social security should be privatized in order to protect individual freedoms. For many Democrats, it seems that President Bush's use of the word is meaningless and contradictory, but Lakoff shows that in fact the right has effected a devastatingly coherent and ideological redefinition of freedom. 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, August 2, 2006
Films: "War, Occupation, and the Arts of Resistance" — "Baghdad" is a lyrical, moving and disturbing video montage of the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. "Erasing Memory" describes the horrendous destruction of the museums and archives of Iraq, the oldest treasures of human civilization, in the wake of the U.S. invasion. "National Insecurities" documents violence against immigrants, especially Arabs; and imprisonment without trial. Is the U.S. government fomenting fear to inflame racial and ethnic divisions? The films are part of Deep Dish TV's 12-part series, "Shocking and Awful: The Grassroots Response to War and Occupation." Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 - $15 suggested donation. Info: 650-326-8837, julia@peaceandjustice.org , http://www.peaceandjustice.org .

Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Film: "Metropolis" — This famous German silent film directed by Fritz Lang is as riveting today as it was in 1927. It's about a future society, perhaps ours, in which humans are divided into thinkers, who make plans (but don't know how anything works), and workers, who achieve goals (but don't have the vision). One "thinker" dares visit the underground where the workers toil and is astonished by what he sees. 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: 0- , http://www.persocom.com.br/brasilia/metropo.htm .

Thursday, August 3, 2006
Workshop: "Designing and Using School Gardens" — We'll help you design and build a green school garden from the ground up. Once the designs are in place, choose an afternoon session on either the basics of starting a wildlife garden or incorporating an edible garden into your classroom activities. Pre-registration required. Location: Watershed Project, 1327 S 46th St. Bldg. #155, Richmond. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $50 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3546, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/educator%20workshops/designing_and_using_school_garde.htm .

Thursday, August 3, 2006
Training: "Grassroots lobbying: Making your voice heard at City Hall" — Learn how grassroots lobbying, letterwriting, attending hearings, and meeting with our elected officials create environmental victories. Yosemite Rm. 3rd Floor. RSVP. Location: Sierra Club Headquarters, 85 Second St., @ Mission St., SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-848-0800 ext. 307.

Thursday, August 3, 2006
Benefit Concert for IDEX with Los Nadies & Jonathan Richman — IDEX presents a benefit concert for its Latin America Program. Jonathan Richman will perform a short selection of his songs and Los Nadies will showcase their unique blend of music. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-849-2568 , info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org .

Friday, August 4, 2006
Application Deadline: "Indian Progress in Business Awards Banquet, 9/21" — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development awards scholarships to American Indian college or graduate students majoring in business. Scholarships are awarded at the Indian Progress in Business Awards Banquet (INPRO) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. INPRO 2006 will be held on 9/21/06. Recipients are provided airfare and lodging. Recipients must be available to attend the event. Three to five American Indian Fellowship in Business Scholarships will be given to American Indian college students majoring in business who are currently in their junior, senior, or master level of study. Students must be enrolled full time during the entire 2006/2007 term. Apply online. Location: Los Angeles. Info: 480-545-1298 ext. 243, events@ncaied.org , http://www.ncaied.org/fundraising/inpro2006.htm .

Friday, August 4, 2006 - Sunday, August 6, 2006
Workshop: "Permaculture Design for Women" — The 10th Annual Permaculture Design Workshop for Women facilitated by Jude Hobbs is an opportunity for women to empower themselves with the knowledge, tools and networks to develop sustainability in their own lives. This workshop is designed to meet the needs of women at all levels, whether this be one's first exposure to these principles or a deepening of long-cultivated practices. Location: Eugene, OR. Cost: $165-$200 sliding scale. Info: 541-744-8140 , permaculturerocks@yahoo.com , http://www.cascadiapermaculture.com/ .

Friday, August 4, 2006
Workshop: "Intro to Grid-Tied PV Systems" — If you want to build your own grid-tied PV system, or want to know if grid-tied solar makes sense for you before you talk to a contractor, this workshop is for you. This course is also the best introduction to grid-tied solar for contractors and solar careers seekers who have little background in the specifics of grid-tied PV or electricity in general. The format will be primarily lecture. For hands-on experience, we recommend taking this course along with PV101B, "How to Wire Your Own Grid-Tied Systems." Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pv10intogrpv1.html .

Friday, August 4, 2006
Workshop: "Summer Radio Camp" — With an emphasis on direct, hands-on learning, you will learn how to solder, identify electronic components, assemble a 40 watt transmitter from a kit of parts, build and tune an antenna, setup and test broadcast equipment, and much more. Further, you will be given an overview of basic electronics and broadcast engineering. After radio camp, you may purchase the 40 watt transmitter for $350, the cost of the kit. Call or write for further details or to register. Location: Oakland. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: $150-$200 sliding scale. Info: 510-625-0314, freeradio@riseup.net , http://www.freeradio.org .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Farm Stories and Songs — All Earth's creatures have a place in the choir! Come clap our hands, your paws, or anything you got! Hear some fun songs and stories, then meet the animals. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 11am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.eparks.org/ .

Saturday, August 5, 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, August 5, 2006
Workshop: "Herbs for the Respiratory System" (3rd Class in Series) — A healthy respiratory system is essential to our personal productivity. Many common garden herbs are useful for maintenance and treatment of the respiratory system. This class will focus on herbs and other strategies for maintaining the health of the human respiratory system and correcting its imbalances. 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 ($210 for series of three classes). Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Seminar: "The Council Process: Collaborating to Devise a Better Future" — This seminar is organized according to Native conceptions of leadership and decision making. Four Indigenous leaders will lead participants through a council process in which they will practice cooperative problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, and public discourse based on principles and practices that have sustained Native peoples over millennia. Seminar begins at 7pm Saturday and ends at 1pm Wednesday. Register online ASAP. Full fee due by 7/15. Location: IONS Retreat Center. Cost: $1,150 (tuition, meals, accommodations). Info: 650-493-6072, info@ecoliteracy.org , http://www.ecoliteracy.org/seminars/process-seminar.html .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Bair Island Restoration Stewardship Paddle — Help restore a wetland gem on the edge of the Bay managed by Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We will paddle our canoes to our restoration site, and work with our hands to restore native habitat. Sign up online. Location: Redwood City. Time: 9am - 2:30pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, gretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Altered Books" — Personalize and transform a hard cover book by turning the cover and pages into a work of art using techniques including collaging, cutting niches, sewing pockets, and gluing. Bring memorabilia from your own or someone else's past and explore the wealth of materials available at SCRAP. The book can commemorate a special person, place or event, and can be an ongoing project if you choose. This is an ideal project to incorporate material from the July 8th Marbling workshop at SCRAP. We will have books on-hand or bring your own. 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, August 5, 2006
Sick Plant Clinic — Dr. Robert Raabe, UC plant pathologist, and Dr. Nick Mills, UC entomologist, convene a team the first Saturday of every month to diagnose plant illnesses and recommend remedies. Bring a piece of the plant in a securely sealed container. A zipperlock bag is ideal. Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free (parking 50 cents an hour). Info: 510-643-2755.

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Class: "Composting in the Sunset!" — SFGRO and GFE are teaming up to bring composting workshops to a community garden near you! Don't let your food scraps go to waste. Learn what you can do to save money, save resources, reduce waste, and help the environment while getting to visit a beautiful community garden in the Sunset. This class will cover the basics of both backyard and worm composting. Location: White Crane Springs Community Garden, 84 Locksley Ave., at 7th Ave. at Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Educational Forum: "Which Way For The SEIU?" — One year ago, a new national labor federation was founded called Change To Win CTW. This forum will look at what this new federation has done and also the developments within the 1.8 million SEIU including the merger of hundreds of thousands of members in California. Location: New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 3pm. Cost: $3 donation requested. Info: 415-731-5627, lvpsf@labornet.org .

Saturday, August 5, 2006 - Sunday, August 6, 2006
Livermore Peace Camp — Camp for peace on the evening before the march and action at Livermore Lab! Friends, families, and peace-lovers of all ages will be relaxing amidst trees, music, dance, and activism. On the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, demand an end to the war in Iraq, stop an invasion of Iran and call for the global abolition of nuclear weapons. Register by email. Location: Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Rd, Livermore. Time: noon on. Cost: Adults $5, kids free. Info: 925-443-7148, Butterfly@Lacy.com , http://www.trivalleycares.org .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella" — Imagine a nation where liberty and justice play broken second fiddle to an all powerful, military-industrial God complex. That's the nation Reverend C.B. De Love wants. And that's also the nation where shy civics teacher Angela Franklin finds herself. But in her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy will Angela go too far? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything -- even the Constitution -- and return to reason? Near Bosworth and O'Shaughnessy. Music at 1:30pm, show at 2pm. Location: Glen Canyon Park, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Petaluma Wetlands Paddle — Discover by canoe the beautiful Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area, just north of highway 37. This 3,700-acre wetland is accessible only by boat and is critical habitat for many animals. This site is a hidden Bay Gem! Sign up online. Location: Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area. Time: 9am - 2:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, August 5, 2006
Educational Puppet Show: "To Bee or Not to Bee" — Watch a dramatic puppet show about the complex society of the honey bee. Afterwards, children can act out one of the many jobs of the worker bee in a hive. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3pm. Info: 510-525-2233, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, August 6, 2006
Protest: "A Ceremony and Nonviolent Action" — No Nukes, No Wars, Support Indigenous Rights. From Hiroshima to Yucca Mountain to the Middle East, a morning of protest and action, featuring a Japanese 'Hibakusha' -- an atomic bomb survivor. On the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb demand an end to the war in Iraq, no military attacks on Iran or North Korea, and the global abolition of nuclear weapons, starting at home. Location: Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory, Livermore. Time: 8am - 11am. Info: 925-443-7148, http://www.trivalleycares.org .

Sunday, August 6, 2006
Tree Tour: Bernal Heights — Bernal Heights Tree Tour with Mike Boss. Meet outside the coffeehouse. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Progressive Grounds Coffeehouse (SF), 400 Cortland Ave, at Bennington, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext.108 , nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, August 6, 2006
Workshop: "How to Wire Your Own Grid-Tied Systems" — Apply the lessons learned in "Intro to Grid-Tied PV Systems" (8/4 - 8/5) with this hands-on sequel. In this course you will assemble an operational non-battery grid-tied PV system (the most common type). Learn some of the tricks of the trade from a professional installer. In addition to wiring a specific system, we will look at various options on equipment from mounting to inverters, from PV modules to meters. Basic grounding and inverter operation will be covered. 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/pv10howtowiy1.html .

Sunday, August 6, 2006
East Bay Peace Lantern Ceremony — The event will take place at the north end of Aquatic Park. A beautiful and moving event for all ages. Decorate lantern shades, fold paper cranes, hear Japanese flute and drum music, watch the lanterns float on the lagoon at sunset. All supplies provided. Sponsors and endorsers include the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, Women for Peace, Friends of Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors), the United Nations Association, Not In Our Name, and the Ecology Center. To help with this all-volunteer event, see the web site, or call. Location: Aquatic Park, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Info: 510-595-4626, http://www.progressiveportal.org/lanterns .

Sunday, August 6, 2006 - Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Conference: "California Resource Recovery Association" — The 30th Annual CRRA conference features tours and workshops on recycling, sustainable living, and more. Location: Fairmont Hotel , San Jose, 170 South Market Street, San Josι. Cost: $700 (see website for discounts and one-day fees). Info: 916-441-2772, crra@crra.com , http://www.crra.com .

Sunday, August 6, 2006
San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella" — Imagine a nation where liberty and justice play broken second fiddle to an all powerful, military-industrial God complex. That's the nation Reverend C.B. De Love wants. And that's also the nation where shy civics teacher Angela Franklin finds herself. But in her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy will Angela go too far? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything -- even the Constitution -- and return to reason? In Mesa Park. Music at 2pm, show at 2:30pm. Call (415) 868-2128 for ticket information. Location: Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Road, Bolinas. Time: 2:30pm. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

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