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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
7/15/2006	 	Cιsar Chαvez "Fast for Life" Celebration at the Farmers' Market
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"
9/24/2006	 	Workshop: "Bee Keeping in the City"
10/29/2006	 	Workshop: "Home Greywater"
11/19/2006	 	Workshop: "Learn How To Build A Living Roof Garden"
12/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Grow Edible Mushrooms at Home"

ALL EVENTS
Through 7/9/2006	 	Training: Indigenous Permaculture in El Salvador (June 1st Application Deadline)
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
7/7/2006	 	Family Program: "Creatures of the Night"
7/7/2006	 	Film Fundraiser: "Caught in the Crossfire: The Untold Story of Falluja"
7/7/2006	 	Course: "Remembering Our Way: Healing Through Food, Herbs, and Ceremony"
7/7/2006	 	Benefit Concert: Anti-war Rabble-Rousing for KRCB Radio"
7/7/2006	 	Film: "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
7/7/2006	 	TV Program: "...The Restoration of Common Murres to Devil's Slide Rock"
7/7/2006	 	Workshop: "Power Your Home with Hydroelectric"
7/8/2006	 	Workshop: "Backyard Chickens"
7/8/2006	 	Workshop: "Plaster Completion and Remediation"
7/8/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/8/2006	 	Bus Tour: "East Bay Cohousing"
7/8/2006	 	Volunteer: "Clean Up Former Salt Pond for Habitat Restoration"
7/8/2006	 	Conference: "Solar 2006 - Renewable Energy - Key to Climate Control"
7/8/2006	 	Volunteer: "Keep It Clean!" at Crown Beach
7/8/2006	 	Cooking Class: "Organic Seasonal Vegetables Fresh from the Garden"
7/8/2006	 	Mini-Farmers
7/8/2006	 	Walk: "History of Southwest Berkeley"
7/8/2006	 	Book Event: "Why the Christian Right is Wrong..."
7/8/2006	 	Volunteer: "Remove invasive non-native plants"
7/8/2006	 	Workshop: "Master the Essentials of Off-Grid Solar Systems"
7/8/2006	 	Volunteer: "Baxter Creek Work Party"
7/8/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Marbling Basics"
7/8/2006	 	Discussion: "Permaculture and Sustainable Aid For The 21st Century..."
7/9/2006	 	Toddler Nature Walk
7/9/2006	 	Workshop: "Greywater"
7/9/2006	 	Workshop: "Generate Clean Power with Wind Energy"
7/9/2006	 	Reception: Photography Exhibit on Migrant Women's Labor
7/9/2006	 	Garden Tour
7/9/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Summer Foods"
7/9/2006	 	Talk: "Global Warming - The Most Important Issue of the 21st Century"
7/9/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/9/2006	 	Fair Trade Tasting and Film: "Buyer Be Fair"
7/10/2006	 	Book Event: George Lakoff on the Idea of Freedom
7/10/2006	 	Workshop: "Natural Building"
7/10/2006	 	Summer Day Camp for 4th Through 6th Grades : "Marsh Hawks"
7/10/2006	 	Slide Show: "Legacy of the Visionaries"
7/10/2006	 	Residential Summer Camp: "Camp SEA Lab"
7/10/2006	 	Book Event: "Thy Kingdom Come: "How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith..."
7/11/2006	 	Speaker: Geoffrey Nunberg on Right Wing Politics and Language
7/11/2006	 	Workshop: "Greening with Style: Paint, Flooring, Kitchen Cabinetry, and Countertops"
7/11/2006	 	Book Event: "Confessions of a Former Dittohead"
7/11/2006	 	March: "Save the Right to Organize"
7/11/2006	 	Training: "Intro to Community Organizing"
7/11/2006	 	Reading: "Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis"
7/11/2006	 	City Council Hearing: "Oakland Food System Assessment"
7/12/2006	 	Films: "Five Factories" and "Where do You Stand?"
7/12/2006	 	Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery
7/12/2006	 	Book Event: "Good Green Kitchens"
7/12/2006	 	Meeting: "SF Oil Awareness"
7/12/2006	 	Training: "Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair, and Painting"
7/12/2006	 	Workshop: "Run Your Auto on Pollution-Free Alcohol"
7/13/2006	 	Rally: "Support Security Workers"
7/13/2006	 	Music and Comedy: "The Triple Trouble Tour"
7/13/2006	 	Talk: "San Francisco's Construction and Demolition Ordinance"
7/13/2006	 	Tilden Tots
7/13/2006	 	Presentation: "Cheetah Conservation in Namibia"
7/13/2006	 	Book Event: "Bikes of Burden"
7/13/2006	 	Workshop: "How to Run Your Car on Veggie Oil"
7/14/2006	 	Tilden Tots
7/14/2006	 	Conference: "Food Connections"
7/14/2006	 	Book Release Party: "EcoCities"
7/14/2006	 	Tilden Explorers
7/14/2006	 	Greenbelt Outing: "Dairy Delight"
7/14/2006	 	Open House: "Bay Area Wilderness Training"
7/14/2006	 	Conference: "The Turning Point"
7/14/2006	 	Volunteer: "Summer Service Day" with the Marin Conservation Corps
7/14/2006	 	Conference: "Local Biodiesel"
7/14/2006	 	Course: "Woodshop for Women"
7/15/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/15/2006	 	Kids Garden Club
7/15/2006	 	Discussion: "Basins of Relations: A Reverential Rehydration Revolution"
7/15/2006	 	Workshop: "Pruning" with Friends of the Urban Forest
7/15/2006	 	Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Oakland
7/15/2006	 	Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Palo Alto
7/15/2006	 	Presentation: "Female Shamans as Liberators"
7/15/2006	 	Volunteer: "Create Habitat By the Bay"
7/15/2006	 	Volunteer: "Help Cerrito Creek"
7/15/2006	 	Workshop: "Build or Buy Your Own Electric Vehicle"
7/15/2006	 	Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network (BEAN) Picnic
7/15/2006	 	Cιsar Chαvez "Fast for Life" Celebration at the Farmers' Market
7/15/2006	 	Workshop: "Building Healthy Communities Through Food"
7/15/2006	 	Course: "Permaculture Design"
7/15/2006	 	Class: "Year-round Vegetables"
7/16/2006	 	Speaker and Discussion: "Health Care for All Americans"
7/16/2006	 	Workshop: "Plaster Appliction: St. Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime"
7/16/2006	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
7/16/2006	 	Bike Tour of Oakland
7/16/2006	 	Tree Tour: Pacific Heights
7/16/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/16/2006	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project"
7/17/2006	 	Residential Summer Camp: "Camp SEA Lab"
7/17/2006	 	Summer Day Camp for Kindergarten and 1st Grade : "Shorecrabs"
7/17/2006	 	Class: "Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling"
7/17/2006	 	Book Event: "Talking Right: How Conservatives Hijacked the English Language"
7/18/2006	 	Book Event: "Bikes of Burden"
7/18/2006	 	Meeting and Potluck: "Caring For and Celebrating Our Watersheds"
7/18/2006	 	Book Event: "Talking Right: How Conservatives Hijacked the English Language"
7/19/2006	 	Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery"
7/19/2006	 	Films: Four LaborFest Shorts
7/19/2006	 	Training: "Intro to Community Organizing"
7/19/2006	 	Forum: "Biomimicry"
7/20/2006	 	Presentation: "'Counter' Intelligence"
7/20/2006	 	Workshop: "Building Your Own Solar Water Fountain"
7/20/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/21/2006	 	Workshop: "Build Your Own Earth Oven"
7/21/2006	 	Benefit Screening for Project Cyber Drum: "Venezuela Rising"
7/22/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Clocks"
7/22/2006	 	Greenbelt Outing: "Greenway Getaway"
7/22/2006	 	Benefit Concert for Environmental and Social Justice
7/22/2006	 	Peach Tasting/Cooking Demo at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/22/2006	 	Walk: "Point Molate"
7/22/2006	 	Volunteer: "MIssion Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
7/22/2006	 	Fundraising Party: "Support Friends of Garrity Creek"
7/22/2006	 	Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration
7/22/2006	 	Course: "Cob construction"
7/22/2006	 	Workshop: "Soil Foodweb"
7/22/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Burgers and Backyard Bites"
7/23/2006	 	Volunteer: "Help Cerrito Creek"
7/23/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
7/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health"
7/23/2006	 	Film: "Diamonds are for Africa Forever!"
7/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Build Your Own Earth Oven"
7/23/2006	 	Bike Tour: "Tour d'Organics"
7/23/2006	 	Medicinal Plant Walk

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Cιsar Chαvez "Fast for Life" Celebration at the Farmers' Market — Performers:
Aztec-Mexica Dance group "In Xochitl in Cuicatl" ("Poetry and Song")
Francisco Herrera (singer/songwriter - "Music in Touch with Humanity")
Cesar A. Cruz (poet; Director, Avenues Project; co-founder, Making Changes Center)
Carlos Ramirez (singer, poet, & teacher)
Anne Feeney (singer/songwriter)
Dave Lippman (singer/songwriter/satirist)
Speakers:
Eva Royale (Dolores Huerta Foundation and California Nurses Association)
Efren Avalos (farmworker turned certified organic farmer)
Jim Cochran (farmer at Swanton Berry Farm)
Raquel Jimenez (Youth Together)
Information booths (partial list):
East Bay Farmworkers Support Committee
City of Berkeley Health Dept. - diabetes information
Farm Fresh Choice - affordable fruits and vegetables to communities with limited access
Background:
July 17-Aug. 21, 1988 at age 61, Cιsar Chαvez conducted his last and longest public fast, his Fast for Life, to call attention to farm workers and their children stricken by pesticides. Cιsar said "A fast is first and foremost personal. The fast is also a heartfelt prayer for purification and strengthening for all those who work beside me in the farm worker movement. The fast is also an act of penance for those in positions of moral authority and for all men and women activists who know what is right and just, who know that they could and should do more. During the past few years I have been studying the plague of pesticides on our land and our food. The evil is far greater than even I had thought it to be, it threatens to choke out the life of our people and also the life system that supports us all. The solution to this deadly crisis will not be found in the arrogance of the powerful, but in solidarity with the weak. Together, all things are possible." 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
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. RSVP. 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.

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

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

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

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

ALL EVENTS

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

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 7, 2006
Family Program: "Creatures of the Night" — Join a ranger to explore some of the secrets of night creatures and how they use their senses to make the darkness their time of action. The program will include presentation, games, and a short walk. We will focus on some of the most common creatures of the Headlands nightlife. Meet in the common room of the hostel. Location: Marin Headlands Visitor Center, Marin County. Time: 8:30pm - 10pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-331-1540.

Friday, July 7, 2006
Film Fundraiser: "Caught in the Crossfire: The Untold Story of Falluja" — Unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail, independent filmmaker Mark Manning, and Gold Star mother Nadia McCaffry will present testimony detailing the physical, emotional and economic costs of the Iraq War to both the American and Iraqi people. See the documentary short film, Caught in the Crossfire: The Untold Story of Falluja. This event will help fund special joint media projects between Iraqi and American media professionals. These projects include the feature documentary film, The Road to Falluja. Location: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., between York and Hampshire, SF. Time: 7pm and 10pm. Info: 805-899-4168, info@conceptionmedia.net .

Friday, July 7, 2006
Course: "Remembering Our Way: Healing Through Food, Herbs, and Ceremony" — We will rekindle our deeper knowing through plant spirit medicine, medicinal herbs and oils, gardening as a practical and spiritual practice, and food as medicine. Each day we will meet in a sacred sharing circle and our dinner table will become our altar of gratitude. The workshop will also cover Weston A. Price's pioneering work in health and nutrition, a study of traditional people before the introduction of processed foods. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Cost: $425 ($375, at least two weeks in advance). Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Friday, July 7, 2006
Benefit Concert: Anti-war Rabble-Rousing for KRCB Radio" — Featuring Sonoma County singers, songwriters and citizens including Doug Adamz, Buzzy Martin, Allegra Broughton, Bruce Kunkel, Gary Knowlton, Joel Rudinow, Sherry Jones, Ellen and Ted Dutcher, Michael Rofkar, Sara & Chip Dunbar, Joni Davis, Greg Scherer, Callie Watts, Danny Sorentino, Moss Henry, Peter Tracy, and The Love Choir. Hosted by Doug Jayne. Advanced tickets available at "The Last Record Store." Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $20 ($15 in advance). Info: 707-696-1100.

Friday, July 7, 2006
Film: "Who Killed the Electric Car?" — It was among the fastest, most efficient cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert? Who Killed the Electric Car? chronicles the life and mysterious death of the GM EV1, examining its cultural and economic effects. Location: Aquarius Twin Movie Theater, Palo Alto. Time: Call for showtimes. Info: 650-327-3241, http://www.sonyclassics.com/whokilledtheelectriccar/electric.html .

Friday, July 7, 2006
TV Program: "...The Restoration of Common Murres to Devil's Slide Rock" — The program will air on KRCB at 9:30pm as part of the PBS series Natural Heroes. In 1986, a breeding colony of Common Murres on Devil's Slide Rock off the coast of San Francisco was devastated by an oil spill. Using innovative restoration techniques in a difficult location, dedicated scientists worked with local schools and government agencies to restore these diving seabirds to their ancestral home. To watch the show online: www.greentreks.org/naturalheroes/season2/vod.asp Time: 9:30pm. Info: 650-327-3241, http://www.greentreks.org/naturalheroes/season2/returninghome.asp .

Friday, July 7, 2006
Workshop: "Power Your Home with Hydroelectric" — What should you look for in a hydro site? What questions should you ask yourself and your suppliers? Learn the basics of small hydroelectric systems in this introductory workshop. Topics covered include measuring head and flow, estimating output, system design, equipment specification, and installation. This workshop includes case studies of a variety of systems. 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/poyohowihy72.html .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Workshop: "Backyard Chickens" — Chickens are a wonderful addition to an organic garden. They complete the circle. We give them our food scraps and garden greens, they give us eggs and fertilizer, we plant crops -- perfect! Chickens are wonderful pets. Learn how to raise happy hens, including hen house and yard set-up, nesting boxes, water, feed, local suppliers, hen care, and crops to grow for your chickens. You will see how easy it is to raise chickens. Meet at Common Ground to register, then car pool to Jody's garden and hen house. We will return by 1:30pm. Limited space: please reserve early. 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 - 1:30pm. Cost: $32 (includes snack). Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Workshop: "Plaster Completion and Remediation" — This skill-building earthen plaster workshop is designed for people who have basic plastering skills and want to refine or review their knowledge. Location: Cob Turtle House, Lake Merritt Neighborhood, Oakland. Cost: $250. Info: 650-493-6072, claybonesandstones@yahoo.ca .

Saturday, July 8, 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: Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, a block from Cedar & Chestnut, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Bus Tour: "East Bay Cohousing" — We'll visit six East Bay communities: Swan's Market, Berkeley, Pleasant Hill, Doyle Street, Temescal Commons and Temescal Creek Cohousing. To register, visit https://lv0.net/Form/TheCohousingAssociationoftheUnitedStates/NorthernCaliforniaBusTourJuly2006. Location: Swan's Market CoHousing, 930 Clay St., between 9th & 10th St., Oakland. Time: 8am - 5:30pm. Cost: $95. Info: 415-285-1717, tours@cohousing.org , http://www.cohousing.org/default.aspx .

Saturday, July 8, 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 8, 2006 - Thursday, July 13, 2006
Conference: "Solar 2006 - Renewable Energy - Key to Climate Control" — The National Solar Energy Conference is attended by leading researchers, scientists, engineers, architects, designers, policy makers, contractors, installers, government leaders, strategic thinkers, teachers, utility representatives and other renewable energy decision-makers from around the U.S. and the world. We are expecting 1500 conference attendees, and hundreds of visitors to the exhibit hall. Location: Adam's Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO. Cost: $675 ($575 before 6/2 -- see website for other discounts). Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://www.solar2006.org/ .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Volunteer: "Keep It Clean!" at Crown Beach — Help clean up the "aftermath" of Independence Day and learn more about Save The Bay's newest campaign, Keep It Clean!, which aims to educate Bay Area residents about how their daily actions affect the San Francisco Bay. Trash bags, gloves and other equipment provided. Sign up online. Location: Crown Beach, Alameda. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Cooking Class: "Organic Seasonal Vegetables Fresh from the Garden" — Experience a coastal organic farm surrounded by spectacular wilderness. Learn to harvest fresh herbs and vegetables, and prepare a delicious meal. Enjoy a light lunch made with farm fresh ingredients, including free-range eggs and goat cheese. Spend the afternoon touring our gardens, harvesting produce, and preparing a meal with a master organic gardener and chef. Location: Tunitas Creek Ranch, Half Moon Bay. Time: noon - 6pm. Cost: $25 - $50, sliding scale. Info: 650-726-1075, tomasoquista@yahoo.com.mx .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Mini-Farmers — A farm exploration program for kids ages 4-6 years. We'll explore the Little Farm, care for animals, do crafts and try some farm chores. Wear boots, and dress to get dirty! Ages 4 to 6 years. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Walk: "History of Southwest Berkeley" — Meet the Berkeley Path Wanderers at the corner of Channing and 10th (one block west of San Pablo) to explore Southwest Berkeley with its industrial and working-class history, buildings that have been "recycled" in imaginative ways, and an urban greenway a-borning. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and dress for sun or fog on this level but fairly long walk. It's wheelchair accessible with patience and a few short detours. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Book Event: "Why the Christian Right is Wrong..." — Pastor of an "unapologetically liberal" church in Oklahoma City, Robin Meyers is not afraid to use the "F" word - Fascism - to describe the direction that America is headed. "It can take many forms, so long as vested interests control the government. All that is required is a nation full of uninformed people whose religion makes them more fearful than enlightened." In his book, Meyers confronts the hypocrisy of those who use Jesus as a political pawn. This program is hosted by both Cody's and the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 donation suggested. Info: 510-559.9500, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Volunteer: "Remove invasive non-native plants" — San Francisco for Democracy's Dean Corps has adopted Bayview Hill, a relatively undeveloped park in southeastern San Francisco. Every other month, we work a half day removing invasive, non-native plants and, in the fall, planting native plants. Please wear old clothing and boots you don't mind getting dirty. Layered clothing, a hat, and sunscreen are strongly recommended. Sign up online, or call. Location: Bayview Hill, 900 Key Ave., End of Key Avenue off 3rd St., SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-564-1388, http://volunteerforchange.org/event/details/150?refcode=2div0628 .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Workshop: "Master the Essentials of Off-Grid Solar Systems" — This workshop is a condensed version of PV 201A focusing primarily on off-grid solar power systems, but we will also discuss how these systems can work in tandem with wind and hydroelectric systems to generate energy without reliance on the utility grid. This workshop will cover the basics of PV, load analysis, solar system components, including battery banks, how to maximize the return on your energy system investment through improved energy efficiency, and how to use financial payback analysis to help find the optimal size of your solar power system. A tour of the solar power systems at the Solar Living Center will serve as a case study. 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/maesofofsosy.html .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
Volunteer: "Baxter Creek Work Party" — Friends of Baxter Creek volunteers will plant and weed at the native-plant garden. Location: Mira Vista Park, Mount St. and Silva Ave., Richmond. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-665-3686, apple@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.creativedifferences.com/baxtercreek/ .

Saturday, July 8, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Marbling Basics" — Explore marbling fabric and paper using suminigashi and tempera paints. Discover the delicate art of swirling paints on water or liquid starch and transferring the fluid patterns onto various surfaces. We will cover a few basic marbling designs before you improvise your own designs. You are welcome to bring your own items (letter size or smaller) to marble, such as paper frames. 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 8, 2006
Discussion: "Permaculture and Sustainable Aid For The 21st Century..." — Presented by Urban Permaculture Guild in conjunction with San Francisco Botanical Garden Urban Permaculture Course, the SOULutionaries Series features leaders who are helping to transform their own communities as well as yours. Coffee and tea provided. "...Designing Sustainable Project Sites - A Global Model" - with Geoff and Nadia Lawton, of Australia's Permaculture Research Institute, (http://www.permaculture.org.au). Location: New College of California Creamery, 780 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $5 - $25 (no one turned away). Info: 415-647-1746, http://www.solutioneers.org/ .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Toddler Nature Walk — Toddlers ages 2-3 and their grown-up friends are invited for an exploration of the Nature Area. If it's sunny, we'll capture and release butterflies and other insects. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10:30am - 11:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Workshop: "Greywater" — Come to a hands-on-workshop and help build a constructed wetland greywater system for a shower. There will be a brief talk on greywater, a demonstration of a pre-existing kitchen sink greywater system, and building of the shower system. Email for directions. Location: Oakland. Time: 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-636-1684, laur_ax@lycos.com .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Workshop: "Generate Clean Power with Wind Energy" — Wind energy is a clean, renewable source of electric power that qualifies for a generous 50% rebate program in California and other states. Is wind energy right for you and for your site? What questions should you ask yourself and your suppliers? This exciting new workshop is designed to answer these questions and more. The workshop will also include case studies of a variety of wind power systems 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/geclpowiwien.html .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Reception: Photography Exhibit on Migrant Women's Labor — In the Theater from July - 8/31. The photographs by Saundra Sturdevant are images of migrant women's agricultural labor that span a period of ten years during which time she worked with migrant women in the California Central Valley. The text accompanying the images recalls migrant women's own stories of work, home, and community. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/event/190 .

Sunday, July 9, 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 .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Summer Foods" — The class, taught by chef Alex Bury, will feature Basil Pesto, Potato Salad with Leeks, BBQ, and Chocolate Strawberries. Free recipes and samples will be provided. Additional donations for our library benefit are gratefully accepted and tax-deductible. Flyers are available to share with a friend, or post where allowed. Location: Pacifica Library, 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $20-$30 (students $10-15). Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, http://BayAreaVeg.org/pac_class.htm .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Talk: "Global Warming - The Most Important Issue of the 21st Century" — Scientific studies have shown beyond doubt that global warming has already begun, is caused by humans, and is very serious. Without immediate and sustained action, the human race is headed for a major catastrophe. David Seaborg, an internationally known environmental leader and activist, discusses these issues, and some possible solutions. Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 650-856-2253, bjdpc@yahoo.com , http://www.humanists.org .

Sunday, July 9, 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: Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, a block from Cedar & Chestnut, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Sunday, July 9, 2006
Fair Trade Tasting and Film: "Buyer Be Fair" — Join the Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition for the West Coast premier of Buyer, Be Fair: The Promise of Product Certification and reception featuring free Fair Trade Certified coffee and chocolate. Discussion will follow with award-winning documentary producer John De Graaf and TransFair USA, the certifier of Fair Trade products. The one-hour public television documentary shows how consumers and businesses can use the market to promote social justice and environmental sustainability through product labeling, with a focus on Fair Trade Certified coffee and Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. Location: Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia St., at 21st, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 415-824-3890, http://www.buyerbefair.org/ .

Monday, July 10, 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: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 donation suggested. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Monday, July 10, 2006
Workshop: "Natural Building" — Learn natural building with cob and straw from Massey Burke, an experienced natural builder. Participants will construct a small cottage using local natural materials. Limited to 20 participants. Location: Dancing TreePeople Orchard and Garden, 1445 Pitney Lane, Upper Lake. Cost: $480 (includes meals -- work trade and scholarships available). Info: 707-275-8892, info@dancingtreepeople.com , http://www.dancingtreepeople.com/ .

Monday, July 10, 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 .

Monday, July 10, 2006
Slide Show: "Legacy of the Visionaries" — East Bay Regional Park Naturalist Katie Colbert explains why sophisticated, shy "Rattlesnakes Are Not Lowlifes" in Close to Home's series of talks on Living with Wildlife. Location: Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Rd., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donation. Info: 510-655-6658, http://www.close-to-home.org .

Monday, July 10, 2006
Residential Summer Camp: "Camp SEA Lab" — Have you ever wondered how planting native plants, cleaning up garbage, or recycling your plastic bottles can help save sea turtles and other ocean life? Come find out in a week of creek exploration, kayaking in the Monterey Bay and many other adventures. Spend a week under the stars at a rustic camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains as we discover the links between the land and the ocean. Ages 8 - 13. Location: Hidden Falls Camp, Soquel. Cost: $765. Info: 831-582-3681, http://www.campsealab.org/Programs/SummerCamp/Residential/ .

Monday, July 10, 2006
Book Event: "Thy Kingdom Come: "How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith..." — Professor of American Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University, and visiting professor at Yale Divinity School, Randall Balmer looks deeply into how the religious right is fighting and winning the culture wars. Balmer combines ethnographic study, theological reflections, and historical context to argue that the religious right has betrayed the very gospel that it espouses. This program is hosted by both Cody's and the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 donation suggested. Info: 510-559.9500, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Speaker: Geoffrey Nunberg on Right Wing Politics and Language — Talking Right is a new look at political language from a master linguist, broadcaster and popular intellectual. Nunberg shows how the Right has hijacked language to the point where political language has stopped making sense. The Working Assets Speaker series includes a free lunch available from 11:30am. Please arrive early as all guests go through security procedures which require picture ID. Only people who have responded by name in advance will be able to attend. To RSVP, call and leave your name, the names (spelled out) of anyone coming with you, and a phone number we can use to contact you if necessary. Location: 101 Market St., 1st Floor, SF. Time: noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-369-2150.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Workshop: "Greening with Style: Paint, Flooring, Kitchen Cabinetry, and Countertops" — This workshop will help participants to integrate green strategies and materials into their interior finish projects and create healthy, attractive, and resource-efficient spaces. Topics include: comparison of green and conventional materials; benefits and drawbacks of specific materials; durability, maintenance, and installation; health considerations; costs; and availability. Speakers include Jennifer Roberts, author of Good Green Kitchens, Mercedes Corbell, AIA, and Katy Hollbacher of Build it Green. Register online. Location: Ecohome Improvement, 2619 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-644-3500, http://www.builditgreen.org/ .

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Book Event: "Confessions of a Former Dittohead" — In addition to being devoted listeners of Rush Limbaugh, "dittoheads" are also known for being loud, judgmental, and sure they're always right. Originally a diary on the popular website Daily Kos, Confessions of a Former Dittohead is a unique memoir that follows red-stater and social conservative Jim Derych on a thirteen-year long journey, through "a thousand small cuts," from right to left. 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 .

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
March: "Save the Right to Organize" — The Bush-appointed National Labor Relations Board has taken away workers' protections and workers' rights, including the rights of disabled workers, temporary employees and graduate employees. March with the California Nurses Association. Bring your banners and union colors. March to the Federal Building. Location: Oakland Federal Building, 13th and Clay Streets, Oakland. Time: 11:30am. Info: 510-273 2202, http://www.calnurses.org/rn-alerts/ .

Tuesday, July 11, 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. Yosemite Rm. 3rd Floor. RSVP. Location: Sierra Club Headquarters, 85 Second St., @ Mission St., SF. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-848-0800 ext. 307.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Reading: "Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis" — he alarming practices of the food industry cost consumers not only their money, but also their lives. Intensively researched and thought-provoking, Diet for a Dead Planet examines how and why American agribusiness has become so deadly to our health, our economy, and the environment. Investigative journalist Christopher Cook goes beyond fast food and GMOs to examine our entire food system. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jun06Calendar.jsp .

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
City Council Hearing: "Oakland Food System Assessment" — Oakland is being asked to support a broad range of strategies such as creating a Food Policy Council, taking inventory of vacant city land that can be used for urban farming, and planning for 30% of the city's food to be grown within the city or come from nearby farms. Please voice your support for building a local food system in Oakland. If you want to speak during the public comment period you can fill out a speaker card online (www.oaklandnet.com/government/city_clerk/testclerk.cfm). Location: Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Time: 6pm. Info: 415-773-0444, http://oaklandfoodsystem.pbwiki.com .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Films: "Five Factories" and "Where do You Stand?" — Five Factories: Workers Control in Venezuela shows how and why workers are occupying factories and workplaces. We get a front row seat on the historic developments taking place among workers in Venezuela.. Where do You Stand? Stories from an American Mill is about the successful struggle of Cannon textile workers in Kannopolis, North Carolina, to win one of the largest industrial union contracts in the South. Before and after the films, 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, lvpsf@igc.org , .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery — 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 East Bay Regional Park District. Signup online. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Book Event: "Good Green Kitchens" — Author Jennifer Roberts will return to fill us in on what makes Good Green Kitchens. Roberts' earlier books, Good Green Homes and Redux are both hits. Hosted by ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility). Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://www.goodgreenhomes.com/ .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Meeting: "SF Oil Awareness" — Speaker: Rolene Walker, who plans to walk to South America to raise awareness of environmental issues, and is organizing Bay Area Friends on environmental issues (please see http://www.dimeagallon.org for one example of a unique fundraising concept using a carbon tax). Possibly other speakers TBD. Location: American Friends Service Committee, 65 Ninth Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://www.oilawareness-sf.org/ .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Training: "Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair, and Painting" — This class leads to a Notice of Completion in training and meets the minimum training requirements for some federally assisted housing including Section 8. Classes fill up quickly. Call to sign up. Location: Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Main Office, 2000 Embarcadero, #300, Oakland. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: Free to pre-1998 property owners in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. $130 for others.. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org/ledtrain.shtml .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Workshop: "Run Your Auto on Pollution-Free Alcohol" — Ethanol (a.k.a. ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol), a high-octane fuel used extensively in Brazil and gaining popularity in the U.S., is made from corn or other grains, other agricultural products, or biomass waste. This workshop will include demonstrations of distilleries, alcohol-powered vehicles and equipment. 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/tr10runyoauo.html .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Rally: "Support Security Workers" — Workers employed by ABC Security protect the most prestigious addresses. The Tribune Tower is one of these prestigious buildings. Yet, these workers are paid poverty wages, cannot afford health care, receive inadequate training, and have few opportunities for job advancement. Many are without health care, and are routinely disrespected on the job. They need our continued solidarity. Meet in front of the Tribune Tower. Location: Tribune Tower, 13th Street and Franklin, Oakland. Time: 5pm - 6pm. Info: 510-834-9415, e-activist@cwa9412.org .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Music and Comedy: "The Triple Trouble Tour" — A fair and balanced brew of satire and songs. Anne Feeney comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable with songs like Have You Been to Jail for Justice? Dave Lippman brings a magic mix of songs and pix from the grassroots movements of Venezuela and New Orleans. He's also fired up about weapons of mass distraction, SUVs, and wars to defend SUVs. The world's only known singing CIA agent, George Shrub, will be provided equal time to present the hidden charms of torture, conquest and lies. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15 ($10 in advance). Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://davelippman.com/ .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Talk: "San Francisco's Construction and Demolition Ordinance" — Alex Dmitriew, SF Environment's Commercial Recycling Assistant Coordinator, will be giving a presentation on San Francisco's Construction and Demolition Ordinance, which takes effect on 7/1/06. Learn about the new recycling requirements regarding all construction and demolition debris generated from job sites within the City. Register by phone or email. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Location: San Francisco Dept. of Environment, 11 Grove St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 101, admin@builditgreen.org .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tilden Tots — An outdoor nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome!). In July, we'll capture and release butterflies (weather permitting). In August, we'll look at reptile friends. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Presentation: "Cheetah Conservation in Namibia" — Irene Donovan Marten will show images and describe her work with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The survival of the Namibian cheetah lies in the hands of about 1,000 commercial farmers, who view the predators as pests and have legally killed 10,000 cheetahs over the past two decades. Dr. Laurie Marker has been collecting essential data on cheetah behavior and ecology and working with Namibia's farmers to change their attitudes towards cheetahs. Part of a San Francisco Naturalist Society general meeting. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-225-3830, http://www.sfns.org/ .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Book Event: "Bikes of Burden" — Dutch photographer Hans Kemp is based in South East Asia. Bikes of Burden is his photographic tribute to the multitude of motorbikes in Vietnam, the little engines that make the country's economy tick. In Vietnam, where the motorbike is the main mode of transport, bikes are loaded with every imaginable kind of product and produce in seemingly impossible stacks. Bikes of Burden contains 148 color photographs of drivers ferrying around the cities and countryside with loads that defy credibility. There will be a slide show of Hans Kemp's photographs. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Workshop: "How to Run Your Car on Veggie Oil" — Both straight vegetable oil (SVO) and waste vegetable oil (WVO) can be used as a fuel source in diesel engines. Cars that run on vegetable oil run quieter and produce fewer emissions than cars powered by conventional diesel. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the benefits and risks associated with using vegetable oil as a fuel source. 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/tr10howtorun.html .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Tilden Tots — An outdoor nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome!). In July, we'll capture and release butterflies (weather permitting). In August, we'll look at reptile friends. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Conference: "Food Connections" — The conference will feature exhibits highlighting local food initiatives, food tasting from the bounty of Sonoma County, plenary presentations by Anuradha Mittal from the Oakland Institute Janet Brown from the Center for Ecoliteracy, and a workshop on applying systems tools to food issues with Joseph McIntyre and Katy Mamen. Location: Sonoma St. U., 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Cost: $80 ($60 before 6/30). Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 244, http://www.food-matters.org/ .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Book Release Party: "EcoCities" — Celebrate the release of the second edition of EcoCities by Richard Register. The new edition is generously illustrated with Richard's own visions of such rebuilt cities. Food, drink, books, author talk, music, fun, and great views of the Bay Area from the rooftop! EcoCities is about rebuilding cities and towns based on ecological principles, cultural vitality, and the health of the biosphere. Register shows that we can and must change the way we build cities. Lester Brown, Randy Hayes, Jeff Kenworthy, Hazel Henderson, and Jane Goodall endorse the book. RSVP. Location: Gaia Building, 7th Floor, 2116 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-419-0850, kirstin@ecocitybuilders.org .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Tilden Explorers — A nature adventure program for 5-7 year olds who may be accompanied by an adult, no younger siblings, please. In July, we'll capture and release butterflies and moths. In August, we'll search for reptiles. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm. Cost: $6, $8 non-res. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Greenbelt Outing: "Dairy Delight" — Tour the Straus Family organic dairy ranch and see where delicious dairy products begin. Meet the cows and calves while learning about the dairy's cutting edge approach to sustainable animal domestication and organic practices. Optional hike on the Tomales Bay Trail afterward. Due to safety concerns, children under age 10 are not permitted to tour the dairy. Reservations required. Location: Millerton Point, Tomales Bay State Park. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233 , http://greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Friday, July 14, 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: 8am - 10am. Info: 415-788-3666 ext. 125, http://www.bawt.org/calendar/open_house.php4 .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Conference: "The Turning Point" — A day of informative presentations and panels by representatives of the bay area's most green-committed architects and engineers, professional organizations, and public agencies. Speakers from the SF Dept. of the Environment, San Francisco Institute of Architecture, and many others. Earn 6 AIA/CES Health/Safety/Welfare continuing education units. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $150 (students $100). Info: 800-634-7779, SFIA@aol.com , http://www.sfia.net/turningpoint2006.asp .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Volunteer: "Summer Service Day" with the Marin Conservation Corps — There will be seven project sites around Marin County. Activities include habitat restoration, trail work, and community beautification. There will be a celebration and barbecue for all volunteers! Call or email for your sponsor packet and volunteer kits. Info: 415-454-4554, hmoores@marincc.org , http://www.marincc.org/events.html .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Conference: "Local Biodiesel" — Presentations on homebrewing and the law, technical topics relevant to homebrewers and small-scale biodiesel businesses, organizational aspects of biodiesel co-ops, clubs and outreach groups, oil collections and other feedstock availability issues, cooperating with other biofuelers in your community, commercial biodiesel distribution, taxes, bulk-buying clubs, educating others, and other topics. An extensive lineup of speakers will present "case studies" -- grassroots efforts from their own experience. Registration deadline: 6/30. Check website for possible late registration. Location: Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. Cost: $60 (additional $22 for dorm room accommodations). Info: 415-454-4554, conference@b100.org , http://www.b100.org/ .

Friday, July 14, 2006
Course: "Woodshop for Women" — This intensive course enables women to conceptualize and carry out basic carpentry projects. Topics will include essential tools and their proper use; safe and effective use of power tools; structural integrity; and basic techniques such as cutting, nailing, drilling, driving, and leveling. We will also tour the various buildings of OAEC to show different styles of carpentry: standard professional, natural building, temporary, artistic, and hippie funk! Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $425. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Saturday, July 15, 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: Golden Gate Park, Peacock Meadow, JFK Drive, between McLaren Lodge and Conservatory, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Saturday, July 15, 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, July 15, 2006
Discussion: "Basins of Relations: A Reverential Rehydration Revolution" — Presented by Urban Permaculture Guild in conjunction with San Francisco Botanical Garden Urban Permaculture Course, the SOULutionaries Series features leaders who are helping to transform their own communities as well as yours. Coffee and tea provided. Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, http://www.oaec.org, and the WATER Institute, is an innovative design consultant working in permaculture, horticulture, biology, landscape design and installation for over 20 years. Location: New College of California Creamery, 780 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $5 - $25 (no one turned away). Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.solutioneers.org/ .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Workshop: "Pruning" with Friends of the Urban Forest — Meeting location TBA. RSVP by phone. Location: Visitacion Valley Greenway, SF. Time: 9:30am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Oakland — 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 East Bay Regional Park District. Signup online. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Palo Alto — 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 Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Signup online. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Presentation: "Female Shamans as Liberators" — Max Dashu returns with another inspirational journey through images: women as invokers, enchantresses, oracles and diviners, ecstatic dancers, shapeshifters, spirit-riders and sky-walkers, and priestesses of the ancestors. Her Woman Shaman show is probably the most comprehensive visual record of female shamanic traditions worldwide. In the Community Room. Location: Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10-20. sliding scale. Low-income pay as able.. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://www.suppressedhistories.net .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Volunteer: "Create Habitat By the Bay" — Join our restoration project on the south Richmond shoreline near the Bay Trail. Help remove invasive weeds, and learn why your efforts are important to protecting the endangered California clapper rail and other wildlife. All are welcome. Dress to work outside: it is often cooler by the bay than elsewhere. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments are provided. Youth under 18 will need signed permission from a parent or guardian - please contact us for a copy of our liability release. Location: Watershed Project, 1327 S 46th St. Bldg. #155, Richmond. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-665-3689, bayshorestewards@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Volunteer: "Help Cerrito Creek" — Join Friends of Five Creeks to help remove invasive weeds. 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 .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Workshop: "Build or Buy Your Own Electric Vehicle" — Electric vehicles (EVs) are economical, silent and efficient, and produce zero-emissions. They can be charged from any source of electricity -- solar, wind or hydroelectric sources. Take this workshop to gain an understanding of the science and technology behind the many EVs. We will upgrade and rebuild an electric scooter. 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/tr10buorbuyy.html .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network (BEAN) Picnic — Join your fellow "enviroalums" for a fun day in the sun, tasty food (potluck style), and exciting activities. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other enviro-minded UC Berkeley alumni and socialize in a fun atmosphere. Next to the picnic area is the city's Nature/Visitor Center, a green building made of straw bale! Location: Shoreline Park, 160 University Avenue, south side of the Berkeley Marina area, Berkeley. Time: 11am. Info: 707-744-2017, enviroalums@lists.berkeley.edu , http://sustainability.berkeley.edu/BEAN.html .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Cιsar Chαvez "Fast for Life" Celebration at the Farmers' Market — Performers:
Aztec-Mexica Dance group "In Xochitl in Cuicatl" ("Poetry and Song")
Francisco Herrera (singer/songwriter - "Music in Touch with Humanity")
Cesar A. Cruz (poet; Director, Avenues Project; co-founder, Making Changes Center)
Carlos Ramirez (singer, poet, & teacher)
Anne Feeney (singer/songwriter)
Dave Lippman (singer/songwriter/satirist)
Speakers:
Eva Royale (Dolores Huerta Foundation and California Nurses Association)
Efren Avalos (farmworker turned certified organic farmer)
Jim Cochran (farmer at Swanton Berry Farm)
Raquel Jimenez (Youth Together)
Information booths (partial list):
East Bay Farmworkers Support Committee
City of Berkeley Health Dept. - diabetes information
Farm Fresh Choice - affordable fruits and vegetables to communities with limited access
Background:
July 17-Aug. 21, 1988 at age 61, Cιsar Chαvez conducted his last and longest public fast, his Fast for Life, to call attention to farm workers and their children stricken by pesticides. Cιsar said "A fast is first and foremost personal. The fast is also a heartfelt prayer for purification and strengthening for all those who work beside me in the farm worker movement. The fast is also an act of penance for those in positions of moral authority and for all men and women activists who know what is right and just, who know that they could and should do more. During the past few years I have been studying the plague of pesticides on our land and our food. The evil is far greater than even I had thought it to be, it threatens to choke out the life of our people and also the life system that supports us all. The solution to this deadly crisis will not be found in the arrogance of the powerful, but in solidarity with the weak. Together, all things are possible." 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 15, 2006
Workshop: "Building Healthy Communities Through Food" — This is an interactive workshop for youth and adults from diverse communities who want to change their neighborhoods. It is an opportunity to meet and learn from others who are organizing to bring healthy foods into their communities and build connections with local farms. From starting farmers' markets to growing food, come learn how to turn your ideas into action. This workshop will also include discussion on how social and environmental injustice affects healthy food access. Location: EcoVillage Farm Learning Center, 21 Laurel Lane, Richmond. Time: 9am - 4pm. Info: 310-822-5410, heather@foodsecurity.org , http://www.foodsecurity.org/california/CA_Events.html .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Course: "Permaculture Design" — A certificate program. The goal is to give participants an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of the permaculture design system through experience. We will utilize group design projects, small group activities, hands-on projects, field trips, guest presentations, and other means to explore permaculture. We will create a safe learning environment that caters to the various learning styles and interests. The course adheres to the 72-hour curriculum program created by Bill Mollison. We expect to start at 4:00pm on 7/15. We will have a day off on 7/23 and will end by noon on 7/30. Some optional evening activities. Location: Santa Cruz. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $1250. Info: 831-840-6045, wmiller@sasquatch.com , http://www.santacruzpermacultureguild.com/summer_2006.html .

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Class: "Year-round Vegetables" — Pam Peirce, author of Golden Gate Gardening, the classic guide for local food gardeners, will show you how! Learn the crops and planting times (July and August are pivotal) that will take you through fall, winter, and into spring with plenty to harvest -artichokes, broccoli, lettuce, peas, oh my! (and more). Seedlings for some winter crops, and recipes for using them, will be included. Pre-registration required. Pre-registration required. Call to register. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15 (no one turned away). Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Speaker and Discussion: "Health Care for All Americans" — A bill for major healthcare reform has passed in the State Senate. It's called "SB 840" and it has broad support among professional organizations and Phil Angelides supports it. But it needs grassroots support as well. SB 840 goes farther than any other healthcare reform ever proposed for California because it would abolish for-profit private insurance altogether and create government-sponsored universal healthcare for all California residents for life. Learn about the bill and how you can get involved. Network and converse from noon on. Karen Armstead speaks at 1pm. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: noon. Info: 888-442-4255, http://healthcareforall.org .

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Workshop: "Plaster Appliction: St. Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime" — Green Fusion will be conducting a hands-on plaster application workshop by Local Artisan Lin Spier on St. Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime. Register by 7/14. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $185. Info: 415-454-0174, http://www.greenfusiondesigncenter.com/events.htm .

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk — Everyone welcome. Rain cancels. Location: Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave., between Derby St. and Stuart St., Berkeley. Time: 3pm. Info: 510-526-7377, info@eastbaylabyrinthproject.org .

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Bike Tour of Oakland — Explore Oakland with the museum's docents and learn about the incredible history of Oakland and its visionaries and scoundrels--who were often the same people. The leisurely two-hour tours are about five miles long, with no hills. Meet at the 10th Street entrance. Advance reservations are required. Participants must be over twelve years old and provide their own bikes, helmets and repair kits. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-3514, jcollignon@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/calendar.cgi?month=06 .

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tree Tour: Pacific Heights — Pacific Heights Tree Tour with Barrie Cote. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Alta Plaza, Washington St. at Scott St., SF. Time: 11am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext.108 , nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, July 16, 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: Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt, Oakland. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project" — Help control invasive exotics, maintain restoration areas, pick up trash, and enjoy summer grasses and wildflowers on Bernal Hilltop. Meet at the foot of the road leading to the phone company microwave tower near the southwest road closure of Bernal Heights Boulevard. Bring your own clippers and tools if possible. Location: SF. Time: 11am. Info: 415-753-7268, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Monday, July 17, 2006
Residential Summer Camp: "Camp SEA Lab" — Investigate our fascinating finned friends by snorkel, on the dock and in the lab! Learn the legend and lore of the fishing industry and examine the importance that fish play in our central coast ecosystems. Campers will meet cutting-edge marine scientists that use the ocean as their office! Spend a week fishin' for fun and adventure along the central coast. Ages 8 - 13. Location: California State University, Monterey Bay, University Center, Sixth Street, Seaside, Monterey. Cost: $765. Info: 831-582-3681, http://www.campsealab.org/Programs/SummerCamp/Residential/ .

Monday, July 17, 2006
Summer Day Camp for Kindergarten and 1st Grade : "Shorecrabs" — 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 - 1:30pm. Cost: $149 (includes T-shirt). Info: 510-881-6700, http://www.haywardrec.org .

Monday, July 17, 2006
Class: "Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling" — Introductory class: Learn how to detect and remedy lead hazards and prevent lead poisoning. Call to sign up. Location: Diamond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org/homeown.shtml .

Monday, July 17, 2006
Book Event: "Talking Right: How Conservatives Hijacked the English Language" — A captivating story of the "Great Relabeling" of American language, Talking Right is a new look at political language from a master linguist, broadcaster and popular intellectual. Nunberg shows how the Right has hijacked the language to the point where political language has stopped making sense. Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559-9500, events@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jul-aug06Calendar.jsp .

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Book Event: "Bikes of Burden" — Dutch photographer Hans Kemp is based in South East Asia. Bikes of Burden is his photographic tribute to the multitude of motorbikes in Vietnam, the little engines that make the country's economy tick. In Vietnam, where the motorbike is the main mode of transport, bikes are loaded with every imaginable kind of product and produce in seemingly impossible stacks. Bikes of Burden contains 148 color photographs of drivers ferrying around the cities and countryside with loads that defy credibility. There will be a slide show of Hans Kemp's photographs. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, events@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jul-aug06Calendar.jsp .

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Meeting and Potluck: "Caring For and Celebrating Our Watersheds" — Friends of Rodeo, Refugio and Carquinez Watersheds are hosting this meeting, which will include an overview of upcoming events, refreshments, tour of Carquinez Horticultural Center and guest speaker from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. The goals of FRRCW are to remove non-native vegetation, clean up streams, plant native plants, lead creek tours and provide educational outreach about regional watershed issues within the communities of Hercules, Rodeo, Crockett, and Port Costa. Location: Carquinez Horticultural Center, 1461 Dowrelio Drive, under the Carquinez Bridge, Crockett. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Info: 925-228-5460, frrcw@earthlink.net , http://www.muirheritagelandtrust.org .

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Book Event: "Talking Right: How Conservatives Hijacked the English Language" — A captivating story of the "Great Relabeling" of American language, Talking Right is a new look at political language from a master linguist, broadcaster and popular intellectual. Nunberg shows how the Right has waged a brilliant campaign to hijack the language of everyday political conversation to the point where political language has stopped making sense. 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 19, 2006
Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery" — 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 Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Signup online. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Films: Four LaborFest Shorts — International Working Class Film and Video Festival. The Mission, Meeting Face to Face -- The Iraq-U.S. Solidarity Tour, The Mall, and Go Forward -- the Iraqi Freedom Congress. Before and after the films, 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 .

Wednesday, July 19, 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. RSVP. Location: Marin Conservation League, 1623 A Fifth Ave, San Rafael. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-848-0800 ext. 307.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Forum: "Biomimicry" — "Biomimicry," a term coined in 1997 by biologist Janine Benyus, is the art and science of learning and using the "designs" which we see all around us, about copying what Nature seems to do well. In a world rapidly depleting its resources, biomimicry is about using nature's "manufacturing ideas" to be more efficient. An engineer, Onno Koelman of Pax Scientific, and a teacher of product design, Sue Redding of CCA, will present some elegantly practical applications of Biomimicry. Location: RX Gallery and Bar, 132 Eddy St., SF. Cost: $5 - $10 donation, no one turned away. Info: 650-856-9593, forum@ylem.org , http://www.ylem.org/ .

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Presentation: "'Counter' Intelligence" — Join James Sheppard - owner of Vetrazzo, formerly known as Counterproduction; creators of beautiful surfaces from recycled glass; Patrick Miller - local concrete artisan and owner of Bohemian Stoneworks -- creators of concrete countertops, sinks, fireplaces and furniture; and Linda Delair - Green Fusion Design Center's Interior Designer & Green materials expert for this event. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-454-0174, http://www.greenfusiondesigncenter.com/events.htm .

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Workshop: "Building Your Own Solar Water Fountain" — Solar water fountains add a beautiful and educational feature to the landscape of schools and homes. You will have the option to design and build your own fountain with the provided tools and materials if you purchase the option below that includes the materials fee.. The $40 materials fee covers a 12-volt pump, copper pipe, plastic tubing, and a workshop manual. For an extra $150 fee, you can get a fully operational, new solar electric panel to power your fountain. 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/ts11buyoowns.html .

Thursday, July 20, 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 7:30pm, show at 8pm. Call for tickets. Location: Arena Theater, 214 Main Street, Point Arena. Time: 8pm. Info: 707-882-3272 , info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

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: Donation (no one turned away). Info: 510-601-9116, http://www.haitiaction.org .

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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, rpender970@aol.com , http://www.echopenspace.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
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
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
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 .

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 .

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
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
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: "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
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
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 .

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