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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
9/14/2006	 	Pioneering Sustainability and Ecological Innovation as a Tool for Impacting Grassroots Social Change
9/16/2006	 	String Band Contest and Crafts Fair at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
9/24/2006	 	Workshop: "Bee Keeping in the City"
9/28/2006	 	Shopping with the Chef at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
10/5/2006	 	Film: Life + Debt
10/6/2006	 	Berkeley Sustainability Summit
10/7/2006	 	East Bay Environmental Training Program
10/12/2006	 	Film: The Future of Food
10/19/2006	 	Film: Thirst
10/26/2006	 	Films: "Bum's Paradise" and "Up Close & Toxic"
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 9/28/2006	 	Class: "Economics" with Doug Dowd
Through 9/30/2006	 	Workshop: "Natural Building"
9/8/2006	 	Closing Reception: "Through My Eyes"
9/8/2006	 	E-Waste Drop-Off
9/8/2006	 	Theater: "Voices of Activism: Crawford"
9/9/2006	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Mosaics"
9/9/2006	 	Class: "Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling"
9/9/2006	 	Workshop: "Introduction to Permaculture"
9/9/2006	 	Workshop: "Home Mechanical Systems for Cost Savings and Comfort"
9/9/2006	 	Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Palo Alto
9/9/2006	 	Talk: "Corporate Ideology: GE and ... the Professional Manager"
9/9/2006	 	Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Oakland
9/9/2006	 	Gardening & Composting Educator Training Program
9/9/2006	 	Class: "Sustainable Backyard"
9/9/2006	 	Class: "Urban Composting"
9/9/2006	 	Class: "Cycles of Land Use: East Bay Field Studies"
9/9/2006	 	Volunteer: "Go Door-to-Door Near Sinbad and Stonybrook Creeks"
9/9/2006	 	Panel: "Haiti Today -- Occupation and Resistance"
9/9/2006	 	Conference: "Living More With Less"
9/9/2006	 	Plant Sale: "SFBGS Monthly Plant Sale"
9/9/2006	 	Green SoulFest
9/9/2006	 	Volunteer Work Party: "Help Cerrito Creek"
9/9/2006	 	Class: "Braided Rugs"
9/9/2006	 	Volunteer Training: "Be a Redwood Forest Docent"
9/9/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Plunge into Ponds"
9/9/2006	 	Concert: "Power to the Peaceful"
9/9/2006	 	Culmination: "Walk With Woods"
9/9/2006	 	Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home"
9/9/2006	 	Potluck: "Nonviolent Peaceforce - 100th Anniversary of Gandhi"
9/9/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Mini-Farmers"
9/9/2006	 	Volunteer: "Maintain the Arroyo Trail"
9/9/2006	 	E-Waste Drop-Off
9/9/2006	 	Canopy Tree Walk
9/9/2006	 	Compost Giveaway
9/9/2006	 	Workshop: "Homebrewing Biodiesel"
9/9/2006	 	Book Sale
9/9/2006	 	E-Waste Drop-Off
9/9/2006	 	Workshop: "How to Build Your Own Straw Bale House"
9/10/2006	 	Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Tour
9/10/2006	 	Speakers from Haiti at Marin Interfaith Task Force Dinner
9/10/2006	 	E-Waste Drop-Off
9/10/2006	 	Tree Tour: Golden Gate Heights Stairway
9/10/2006	 	Mercury Thermometer Exchange and Safe Medicine Disposal at Solano Stroll
9/10/2006	 	Volunteer Mailing Party: "People for Land and Nature"
9/11/2006	 	Class: "Sustainability: Principles to Practices"
9/11/2006	 	Film: "Ghandi" (with Ben Kingsley in the Title Role)
9/11/2006	 	Training: "Integral Sustainability Intensive"
9/12/2006	 	Film: "The Fourth World War"
9/12/2006	 	Anti-Torture Teach-in/Vigil
9/12/2006	 	Class: "Exploring Deep Ecology"
9/12/2006	 	Workshop: Bio-warfare Agent Research Facility Proposed for Tracy
9/12/2006	 	Information Session: "Activism and Social Change BAs and MAs"
9/12/2006	 	Docent Training: Native Plants in Tilden Park
9/12/2006	 	Speaker: Michael Pollan on "What Should We Have for Dinner?"
9/12/2006	 	San Francisco Mime Troupe: "Godfella"
9/12/2006	 	Toddlers' Day at Slide Ranch
9/13/2006	 	Volunteer: "Native Plant Nursery"
9/13/2006	 	Colloquium: "Architecture & Environmental Planning"
9/13/2006	 	Volunteer: "Weed Warriors"
9/13/2006	 	Book Discussion: "The Omnivore's Dilemma..."
9/13/2006	 	Class: "Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Grid-Tied Applications"
9/13/2006	 	Film: "The End of Suburbia"
9/13/2006	 	Lecture: "Roof Catchment and Rainwater Harvesting Presentation"
9/13/2006	 	Workshop: "Hiring and Working with Green Professionals"
9/13/2006	 	Training: "Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair, and Painting"
9/13/2006	 	Speaker and Networking: "Green Business Recognition"
9/13/2006	 	Fundraiser: "Neighborhood Parks Council 10th Anniversary Gala"
9/13/2006	 	Seminar: "Rethinking School Lunch"
9/13/2006	 	Panel: "How to Raise an Environmentally Conscious Child"
9/14/2006	 	Pioneering Sustainability and Ecological Innovation as a Tool for Impacting Grassroots Social Change
9/14/2006	 	Fundraiser: "Chimpanzee Discovery Days Lecture and Auction"
9/14/2006	 	Class: "Ecological Design, Installation, and Maintenance"
9/14/2006	 	Class: "Natural Building"
9/14/2006	 	Workshop: "Elder Cohousing"
9/14/2006	 	Celebration: "The 10th Anniversary of Democracy Now!"
9/14/2006	 	Class: "Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program - Design Basics"
9/14/2006	 	Class: "Introduction to Green Building and Ecological Design"
9/15/2006	 	Workshop: "Women's Survey of Renewable Energy"
9/15/2006	 	Book Event: "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class..."
9/15/2006	 	Deadline: Sign Up for 10/15 Delta Ecology Boat Tour
9/15/2006	 	Application Deadline: "Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour"
9/15/2006	 	Earthdance 2006
9/15/2006	 	Panel: "Building Peace"
9/16/2006	 	Workshop: "Complete-Diet Mini-Farming"
9/16/2006	 	Workshop: "Grow Biointensive Economic Mini-Farming"
9/16/2006	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"
9/16/2006	 	String Band Contest and Crafts Fair at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
9/16/2006	 	Workshop for Educators: "Getting Started Garden Design"
9/16/2006	 	Convention: "Berkeley Progressive Coalition Candidates"
9/16/2006	 	Course: "Permaculture Design"
9/16/2006	 	Forum: "Getting Real About HIV/AIDS"
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: "Coastal Cleanup Day"
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: Shoreline Clean-up at the Berkeley Marina
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: Shoreline Clean-up in Emeryville
9/16/2006	 	Herbal Allies in the Garden and at Home
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer Day of Action: Defend Wildlife by Talking with Voters
9/16/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Geology Rocks!"
9/16/2006	 	Fundraiser: "Friends of the MST House Party"
9/16/2006	 	Film: "A Union Man: The Life and Work of Julius Margolin"
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: "Inner Sunset Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: Shoreline Clean-up in Albany
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: Coastal Clean-Up in Richmond
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: "Richmond Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
9/16/2006	 	Tour:"Roof Catchment and Rainwater "
9/16/2006	 	Discussion: "West Oakland Environment Town Hall"
9/16/2006	 	Bird Walk After Coastal Cleanup
9/16/2006	 	Angel Island Art and Ecology Festival
9/16/2006	 	Workshop: "Women's Solar Electric Intensive (Intermediate)"
9/16/2006	 	Book Event for Kids: "Here is the Tropical Rain Forest"
9/16/2006	 	Speaker: "...A Brief History of Bay Area HyperDevelopment..."
9/16/2006	 	Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale"
9/16/2006	 	Volunteer: "Creek to Bay Day" Work Parties
9/16/2006	 	Class: "Edible and Medicinal Plants of California"
9/16/2006	 	Sponsors Wanted for Ella Baker Center's "Tribute to a Dream" Fundraiser
9/16/2006	 	Book Event: "...The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class..."
9/17/2006	 	Greenbelt Outing: "Sonoma Fruit and 'Flies'"
9/17/2006	 	Benefit Celebration and Organic Dinner: "Common Ground Birthday Party"
9/17/2006	 	Benefit: "A Celebration of Independent Media with Amy Goodman"
9/17/2006	 	Parade and Festival: "How Berkeley Can You Be?"
9/17/2006	 	Workshop: "There's No Place Like Home: Exploring Animal Habitats"
9/17/2006	 	Bike Tour of Oakland
9/17/2006	 	Russian Riverfest
9/17/2006	 	Anniversary Party: "Westbrae Neighborhood Commons"
9/17/2006	 	Whale Watching with the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
9/17/2006	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
9/17/2006	 	Film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
9/17/2006	 	Fundraising 10K "Misty Redwood Run"
9/18/2006	 	Conference: "Learn How to Finance Renewable Energy Power Projects"
9/18/2006	 	Workshop: "Natural Building Intensive"
9/18/2006	 	Pre-Gathering Permaculture Intensive
9/20/2006	 	Book Event: "Naked Imperialism"
9/20/2006	 	Film: "The Forest for the Trees: Judi Bari vs. the FBI"
9/20/2006	 	Application Deadline: Volunteer for the "South Bay Green Home Tour" on 10/1
9/20/2006	 	Benefit: "Wine Tasting and Auction for ForestEthics"
9/20/2006	 	Workshop: "Solar Boot Camp for Beginners"
9/20/2006	 	Film: "Powerdown"
9/21/2006	 	Workshop: "California Environmental Quality Act "
9/21/2006	 	Solutions Salon on Green-Collar Jobs
9/21/2006	 	Class: "Smart Structures - Materials and Engineering for Ecological Design"
9/21/2006	 	Deadline: "Green Schools Sweepstakes"
9/21/2006	 	Celebrate Dam Removals and Restoration of Alameda Creek
9/21/2006	 	Creative Action: "PARKing Day"
9/21/2006	 	Deadline: Nominations for 2005 Lewis Mumford Awards
9/21/2006	 	Lecture: "Natural Remodeling"
9/21/2006	 	Speaker: "Berkeley after the 'Big One'"
9/22/2006	 	Exhibit: "Art at the Dump"
9/22/2006	 	Deadline: "Funding Opportunity for Environmental Justice Organizations"
9/22/2006	 	Class: Wetland Science Course Series
9/23/2006	 	Walk: "Botanical Wanderings"
9/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Compost Crops"
9/23/2006	 	Workshop for Educators: "Kids in Gardens"
9/23/2006	 	Exhibit: "Art at the Dump"
9/23/2006	 	Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration
9/23/2006	 	Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Tour
9/23/2006	 	Volunteer: "Inner Sunset Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
9/23/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Family Nature HIke"
9/23/2006	 	Workshop: "Local Organic Gardening"
9/23/2006	 	Book Discussion: ".Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney"
9/23/2006	 	Day of Exchange: "Really! Free Market"
9/23/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Farm Friends"
9/23/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Poison Oak"
9/23/2006	 	8th Annual Herb Festival
9/23/2006	 	2006 International Straw Bale Building Conference
9/24/2006	 	Talk: "Iran War Peril and How to Get Out of Iraq"
9/24/2006	 	Fall Plant Sale
9/24/2006	 	Educational Adventure: "Farm Stories and Songs"
9/24/2006	 	Film: "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
9/24/2006	 	Workshop: "Bee Keeping in the City"
9/24/2006	 	Panel: "9/11 and American Empire"
9/24/2006	 	Tree Tour: Palms of San Francisco
9/24/2006	 	Hike: "Sweating in the Redwoods"
9/24/2006	 	Exhibit Reception: "...Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 60's & 70's"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Pioneering Sustainability and Ecological Innovation as a Tool for Impacting Grassroots Social Change — Come hear Devorah Brous, founder and director of BUSTAN, a partnership of Jewish and Arab eco-builders, architects, academics, and farmers. BUSTAN was created to address the environmental degradation and disappearance of the rural landscape in Israel-Palestine which has been a by-product of the continued territorial war and occupation. Devorah will speak about the innovative projects BUSTAN is creating including a green building health clinic, biogas digestors, and desert ecology learning sites, to name a few. BUSTAN's program's include: desert ecology, developing learning sites that apply permaculture principles, mapping health hazards, a waste-to-energy biofuels project, promoting solar power insead of oil-shale development in the Negev, and working to revitalize desert traditions for building, planting, and public health while merging them with sustainable principles. Devorah Brous is an American-Israeli, who has spent the past 13 years catalyzing projects and campaigns in Israel and the Occupied Territories to promote social and environmental justice. She holds a masters degree in Israel Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, with a concentration in conflict resolution. She is an internationally renowned speaker and has authored numerous articles, essays, and poems about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Cost: $5 - $15 sliding scale, no one turned away.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, www.bustan.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
String Band Contest and Crafts Fair at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — The Contest will start off with a Youth Showcase (last year, about 20 young folks ranging in age from 7 to 17 fiddled and strummed onstage), followed by the String Band Contest with 20 bands.
This is real American music as it's been handed down and kept alive by the people who play it and that includes ongoing infusions of fired-up musicians in their teens and twenties as well as oldsters in their eighties. It's going to be intense both on stage and off: superb playing, great listening, fantastic dancing.
The String Band Contest is the cornerstone event of the 2006 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention a rollicking four-day festival featuring Appalachian music and dance and bands will be traveling from San Diego, Seattle, Mendocino, Fresno, and other outposts of civilization to strut their stuff at the Berkeley String Band Contest.
The Crafts Fair will feature beautiful & useful handmade gifts by local artists and crafts people. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 227, kirk@ecologycenter.org , http://www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org .

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.

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Shopping with the Chef at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to find out how chef/caterer Lucy Aghadjian makes her produce shopping decisions. Lucy Aghadjian's cooking influences began with her Armenian parents and she has since brought elements of the diverse ethnic cuisines represented in the Bay Area into her own unique style. She says her cooking education "has come exclusively in the ancient tradition of apprenticeship." She says, "I love the [Berkeley Farmers' Market], I am a rain or shine gal, and consider it one of the miracles of my profession, that I have a job that requires me to spend tons of money at my favorite place on earth." Location: Thursday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Shattuck and Rose, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, kirk@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/index.html .

Thursday, October 5, 2006
Film: Life + Debt — Shown in conjunction with the East Bay Environmental Training, this film shows the effects of globalization on Jamaica and on the world's developing countries. With 25 years of "help" from the IMF and World Bank intended to bring nations such as Jamaica into the fold of the free market economies, "restructuring" policies have crippled Jamaica's efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching the lenders. Told from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy officials, the film portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of international lending agencies while driving home the devastating consequences of globalization. This very watchable film features an amazing soundtrack and interviews with Michael Manley, and Jean-Baptiste Aristide. Bring a seat cushion and snacks. (2001. Running time 86 minutes.) Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Friday, October 6, 2006
Berkeley Sustainability Summit — Berkeley has long been a leader in environmental theory and practice. This summit will highlight the broad spectrum of Berkeley sustainability efforts led by business, government, university, and community groups. This is an opportunity to see the whole range of local sustainability endeavor, publicize your work to a cross-section of Berkeley leaders working on companion issues, develop strategic relationships, reinforce a shared civic passion for a vital, sustainable future, and help move Berkeley toward being the most sustainable, livable city in the country.
The environmental movement has become specialized, and groups working on sustainability issues within Berkeley have grown diverse. Government agencies, university offices, school districts, nonprofits, and local businesses have all joined in a commitment to a sustainable future. These increasingly active players are making strides on various fronts, but they often don't know what their peers are up to. Sometimes the fundamental links between sustainability issues get lost. With the Berkeley Sustainability Summit, we can meet, eat, and begin to move forward as one. The forum will offer a whirlwind of short presentations on local sustainability projects, and a delicious, all-organic lunch. Location TBD. RSVP with your name, and a phone number or email address. Location: Berkeley. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 235, carrie@ecologycenter.org .

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

Thursday, October 12, 2006
Film: The Future of Food — Shown in conjunction with the East Bay Environmental Training, this film investigates the truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves over the past decade. Health implications, government policies, and the push toward globalization are examined. The film also explores organic, sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture. A well-told overview of the modern day problems with conventional agriculture. (2005, running time 89 minute.) Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, October 19, 2006
Film: Thirst — Is water a human right or a commodity to be bought and sold in a global marketplace? Shown in conjunction with the East Bay Environmental Training, the film "Thirst" shows private corporate attempts to buy up local water supplies - from Stockton, California to Bolivia and India. Water privatization attempts are shown in the broader context of globalization and community resistance. (2003) Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, October 26, 2006
Films: "Bum's Paradise" and "Up Close & Toxic" — Shown in conjunction with the East Bay Environmental Training, "Bum's Paradise" tells the story of the Albany landfill community. After decades of being a garbage dump, The Albany landfill closed in 1986. Nature slowly reclaimed the land and various homeless men and women moved in. They built dwellings, became a community and lived free from the public scorn and scrutiny that commonly plagues the homeless in America. It was a magical place where, for a time, the homeless were at home. Visit www.bumsparadise.com . (2003, running time 53 minutes.) "Up Close & Toxic" is a hilarious, frightentning, and informative look at indoor air pollution. David Suzuki hosts us on a tour of the typical American family home and shows us the hidden toxics contained therein. (2002, running time 45 minutes.) Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, http://www.bumsparadise.com/ .

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 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 .

Through Saturday, September 30, 2006
Workshop: "Natural Building" — We are building a hybrid natural building mostly of cob and woodchip light clay with natural clay and lime plasters. Natural building workshops every Saturday in August and September, 2006. Location: 44400 Little Lake Road, Mendocino. Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm, Saturdays. Cost: Free. Info: 707-937-3548, ssilva@mcn.org , http://www.mendocinocob.org/ .

Friday, September 8, 2006
Closing Reception: "Through My Eyes" — On display through 9/15, Through My Eyes highlights the most recent artwork from Lynn Fulkerson, who translates the visual world into pencil and paint. Each image becomes a moment solidified, an action recorded, the human experience shared. The Community Arts Studio is a free, drop-in fine arts studio serving low income artists in San Francisco. Hospitality House also runs a men's shelter and a self-help center to meet the social, political, economic and cultural needs of the Tenderloin. Location: Hospitality House, 146 Leavenworth, at Turk, SF. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-749-2104 , http://www.hospitalityhouse.org .

Friday, September 8, 2006
E-Waste Drop-Off — Parking Lot D (7000 Coliseum Way, off 66th Avenue at the North Mall Area). Location: Oakland A's Coliseum, Oakland. Time: noon - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 866-335-3373, http://www.noewaste.com/index.php .

Friday, September 8, 2006
Theater: "Voices of Activism: Crawford" — Have you wondered who's protesting in Crawford, Texas? We did. We headed to Crawford last year and interviewed the activists, clergy, veterans and mothers who made the protests possible. Many of the same people have returned this year to continue their struggle. Their stories are heartbreaking and inspirational, and they have a lot to teach. For those who can't travel to Crawford, Unconditional Theatre wants to bring it to you. Location: New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $2 - $20 sliding scale. Info: 866-335-3373, untheatre@earthlink.net , http://www.untheatre.org/tour_flyer.pdf .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
SCRAP Workshop: "Mosaics" — This workshop begins with an overview of various mosaic techniques, materials, and adhesives and will focus on design, layout and application. We will use tile, shells, buttons, etc. to create the design on large tiles (12" square) or other objects from SCRAP. Or bring your own flower pot, wooden box, lamp base, small table, picture frame, etc. to work on. The focus on the 2nd day will be on grouting and finishing the pieces. This is a messy process, so dress appropriately. Call to reserve a space. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm, two Saturdays. Cost: $30. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org .

Saturday, September 9, 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: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org/homeown.shtml .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Workshop: "Introduction to Permaculture" — A central theme in permaculture is the design of ecological landscapes that produce food. Emphasis is placed on multi-use plants, sheet mulching and trellising, and the integration of animals to recycle nutrients and graze "weeds." Permaculture entails more than food production. Energy-efficient buildings, waste water treatment, recycling, and land stewardship are important components. Permaculture encourages more permanent communities, such as co-housing projects and eco-villages. Design concepts are applicable to urban as well as rural settings, and are appropriate for single households as well as farms and villages. In this course you will learn the holistic design process practiced in permaculture. Zonation and Sector Analysis as well as sheet mulching, compost tea preparation, and rainwater storage will be covered. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $160. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Workshop: "Home Mechanical Systems for Cost Savings and Comfort" — Homeowners depend heavily on a home's systems, such as heating, cooling, plumbing, water heating, and electrical. Most have little knowledge of how they operate or how they can be improved. This workshop introduces you to how they work, how you should operate them, how you can test them, and what improvements you can make. You can reduce utility bills, improve indoor air quality, and save money while raising your home's comfort and performance. Workshop will be in the Conference Room. Continental breakfast served. Preregistration required. Register online. Location: Truitt and White, 642 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: $20. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=events .

Saturday, September 9, 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, September 9, 2006
Talk: "Corporate Ideology: GE and ... the Professional Manager" — What insights into capitalism and resistance emerge from subjecting specific corporations to critical scrutiny? Purnima Bose examines shifts in General Electric's labor practices from the 1950s to the present in the context of the emergence of the professional manager. Purnima Bose is author of Organizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency, and India. Location: California Institute for Integral Studies, 1453 Mission, 10th and 11th, SF. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Info: 415-575-6254, pwu@ciis.edu .

Saturday, September 9, 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, September 9, 2006
Gardening & Composting Educator Training Program — This program is designed to give San Francisco residents the skills to teach the joys and benefits of environmentally-safe gardening and composting to communities throughout San Francisco. Classes are held Saturdays from 10am - 4pm, and every other Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 9pm. The course combines hands-on experience, lectures, discussions, and local field trips. Participants will serve a 50-hour volunteer commitment, which allows students to apply their skills in gardening, composting and community outreach. Those who complete the course will also receive a certificate enabling them to pursue opportunities in the horticulture field. The curriculum includes information on social and environmental issues such as food security, integrated pest management, alternative design principles, and resource conservation. Application deadline is August 26. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Cost: $100 materials fee. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Class: "Sustainable Backyard" — The class, taught by Sentient Landscape designers Kamala Bennett and Geoff Hall, will offer techniques including harvesting water, growing live soil, composting, mulching, creating habitat, wildlife diversity, integrated pest management, using recycled materials, and solar features in the garden. Class dates: 9/9, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21-22, 11/4, and 11/11-12. Location: Sustainability Center (Future Site), 141 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. Cost: $400 ($350 until 8/21). Info: 415- 269-0621, pam@sustainablefairfax.org , http://www.sustainablefairfax.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Class: "Urban Composting" — Turn your kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment for your plants. Approximately 45% of San Francisco's residential garbage is valuable organic material that can be composted into rich fertilizer for your soil! Learn what you can do to reduce waste, save money and help the environment. Both backyard and worm composting covered. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Class: "Cycles of Land Use: East Bay Field Studies" — Plant systems and human communities of East Bay: Integrated study (hydrology / topography / botany / ecology / resource management) of local landscape. No class 10/7. Class code: M1033. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: Saturdays. Cost: $78 ($26 per unit). Info: 510-434-3840, http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/classchd/064/MLANHT.HTM .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Volunteer: "Go Door-to-Door Near Sinbad and Stonybrook Creeks" — The Alameda Creek Alliance will be working with various agencies to conduct restoration projects on Sinbad Creek in Sunol and Stonybrook Creek along Palomares Road in Niles Canyon in 2007. Both creeks are tributaries to Alameda Creek and viable steelhead spawning habitats. We need volunteers to assist in door-to-door outreach to residents along the two creeks to provide them with information about our steelhead restoration work, and to identify landowners interested in allowing us to do small-scale restoration projects on their property. Time: 9am - 2pm. Info: 510-794-4252, alamedavolunteer@yahoo.com .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Panel: "Haiti Today -- Occupation and Resistance" — Panel: Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, former Haitian political prisoner, Dr. Paul Farmer, celebrated health worker in Haiti for 20 years, Brian Concannon, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Haiti Action Committee delegates just back from a solidarity conference in Port-au-Prince. Proceeds benefit the Haiti Action Committee and Fr. Jean-Juste's Food Program in Port-au-Prince. Location: St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $7 - $15 sliding scale - no one turned away. Info: 510-483-7481.

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Conference: "Living More With Less" — This participatory gathering can teach us how to live with more joy, justice, and sustainability. Voluntary simplicity is about consuming less, taking back our time, relocalizing, and finding ways to lighten our spirits in this age of fear and alienation. You can connect with local resources, discuss strategies for living simply, and build community. Featured speakers include Cecile Andrews, author of Circle of Simplicity and Slow is Beautiful (forthcoming), and Bruce Anderson, originator of the Consumerism Project at For the Future. Co-sponsored by Simple Living America, New American Dream, EarthLight magazine, and World Centric. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $15 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-483-7481, livingmorewithless@yahoo.com , http://www.worldcentric.org/septsimplicityconf/ .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Plant Sale: "SFBGS Monthly Plant Sale" — A general sale featuring native plants and succulents. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-661-3090, www.sfbotanicalgarden.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Green SoulFest — The purpose of the Green SoulFest is to educate and empower our communities on environmental issues, disease prevention, eco-living and eco-health. Live music, local history, permaculture, spoken word, living food, dance, ancient healing, natural building, story telling, legal rights, health awareness, DJs, and children's activities. An outdoor event. Location: The Plant, 1676 12th Street, Oakland. Time: 11am - 8pm. Info: 415-661-3090, greensoulfest@ecoartsalliance.org , http://www.ecoartsalliance.org/greensoulfest/ .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Volunteer Work Party: "Help Cerrito Creek" — We will focus on erosion control, as we get ready for fall rains and planting on banks recently cleared of invasive blackberries and bindweed. We also could use light and heavy weeding, seed collecting, and of course litter pick-up. Meet at Creekside Park (south end of Santa Clara or Belmont Streets, south of Central and west of San Pablo). Location: El Cerrito. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Class: "Braided Rugs" — Recycle/reuse artisan Arlene Magarian teaches the traditional craft of braided rug-making and more. Fee includes all materials and tools. Ages 8 and up. Location: Ambatalia Fabrics, 1 El Paseo, Mill Valley. Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $40 donation. Info: 415-388-6278.

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Volunteer Training: "Be a Redwood Forest Docent" — Docents are special people who tell us more than our eyes can see; they are our forest guides. Become a docent for the Sempervirens Fund, and you might lead interpretive hikes on Santa Cruz Mountains trails, work a booth at a local festival or plan and attend special events. Location: Castle Rock State Park. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-968-4509, mkimbel@sempervirens.org , http://www.sempervirens.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Plunge into Ponds" — Tadpoles, dragonflies, frogs, damselflies, and freshwater snails are all at your fingertips during this family-oriented pond exploration. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Concert: "Power to the Peaceful" — Michael Franti with his band Spearhead, and Blackalicious, among many others, will perform the concert. PTTP is an annual outdoor music and arts festival with a social justice message, international musicians, local artists, and speakers. "Be Peace Now" is this year's theme reminding us that the path to a less violent world starts from within. Location: Golden Gate Park, Speedway Meadow, near Fulton and 25th Ave., SF. Time: 11am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-865-2170, http://powertothepeaceful.org/ .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Culmination: "Walk With Woods" — At 9am, Phil Woods will complete his walk across America by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco and putting his toe in the Pacific Ocean. Woods, 68, of Columbus, Indiana began his cross country journey in London Towne, Maryland as an outlet for him to release the frustration he felt with the role model establishments in the country. business, education, politics and religion are all in need of an overhaul of morals. He is bothered watching corporate America unethically behave and destroy innocent people's lives with their financial mishandling and greed. North end of Golden Gate bridge heading South. Location: Marin Headlands. Time: 9am - 10am. Info: 812-343-0454, tamarakiel@yahoo.com , http://www.walkwithwoods.com .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home" — Now you can produce your own electricity and "sell" the excess back to PG&E, running your meter backwards! Plus you can receive thousands of rebate dollars from the State at the same time. Learn how to size, specify and design your own solar electrical generator. A short field trip to a functioning house/ system in Berkeley and current catalog of available equipment are also included. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Potluck: "Nonviolent Peaceforce - 100th Anniversary of Gandhi" — Join the Bay Area Chapter of the Nonviolent Peaceforce in honoring the 100th Anniversary of Gandhi's nonviolence. We will be asking people to make a resolution to break the cycle of violence by using nonviolence, similarly to what Gandhi asked of his community back on 9/11, 1906. Short presentation around 3:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to sign a Resolution that will be delivered to the United Nations later in the fall to urge them to explore unarmed peacekeeping as an alternative to armed peacekeeping. Location: 1051 Bella Vista Avenue, Oakland. Time: 2pm - 6pm. Info: 510-525-7610.

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Mini-Farmers" — A farm exploration program for kids ages 4-6. Learn to care for animals, do crafts, and try out farm chores. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: $6, $8 non-res. Info: 510-636-1684, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Volunteer: "Maintain the Arroyo Trail" — Located just West of Vollmer Peak, the Arroyo Trail passes through some of the most dramatic, intact native Coastal Scrub-grasslands in Tilden Park. With commanding views of the Bay, the site alone is one of the park's best places to visit. We will be tackling an infestation of yellow star thistle that is dispersed throughout the area. Location: Aroyyo Trail, Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-684-2473, californica@mac.com .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
E-Waste Drop-Off — E-waste including computers, monitors, and components, TV sets, VCRs, DVDs, toner cartridges, printers, fax machines, copiers, and telephone and cell phone equipment will be accepted. No residency restrictions. No appliances, batteries, microwaves, paints, pesticides, etc. Location: El Cerrito Dept. of Motor Vehicles, 6400 Manila Ave., El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 888-832-9839, http://www.unwaste.com/ .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Canopy Tree Walk — A fun and informative guided tree walk through Barron Park. Certified Arborist and Canopy board member John McClenahan will lead the walk. Location: Intersection of La Donna and Los Robles Avenue, Palo Alto. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 650-964-6110, genevra@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Compost Giveaway — Residents may take up to 1 cubic yard of compost (about six full garbage cans) at no charge at select locations as long as supply lasts. Bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency in city where picking up compost.
Locations:
Atherton: Holbrook-Palmer Park - 150 Watkins Ave, 8 am - 5 pm,
Burlingame: Burlingame High School Parking Lot, 8 am - 12 pm,
East Palo Alto: Corporation Yard - 150 Tara St, 8 am - 12 pm,
Fair Oaks: Flood Park - 215 Bay Rd, 8 am - 12 pm,
Foster City: Boat Park, West Corner, 8 am - 2 pm,
Hillsborough: Parking lot at Floribunda Ave & Walnut Ave, 9 am - 12 pm,
Menlo Park: Bayfront Park Entrance, 9 am - 5 pm,
Redwood City: Corporation Yard - 1400 Broadway, 8 am - 12 pm,
San Carlos: Highlands Park - Melendy Drive & Aberdeen Dr, 8 am - 12 pm,
San Mateo: Anchor Rd at 3rd Ave, 8 am - 12 pm Time: 8am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 650-802-3500, info@rethinkwaste.org , http://RethinkWaste.org .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Workshop: "Homebrewing Biodiesel" — We'll make a full batch of fuel during the class. You'll learn the whole process from testing the veggie oil, brewing the biodiesel, washing it, filtering it and putting it in your vehicle. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Priority is given to those who have a diesel vehicle and a site to homebrew. Taught by Jennifer Radtke of the BioFuel Oasis and Berkeley Biodiesel Collective, with assistant Alan Pryor of the Berkeley Biodiesel Collective and the Alameda Co-op. Register online. Location: Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 W. Ranger Ave, Alameda. Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $60. Info: 650-802-3500, jenniferradtke@yahoo.com , http://www.backyardbiodiesel.org/ .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Book Sale — Sidewalk sale. We'll have at least two big tables overflowing with books at 30 - 75% discount. And all Taunton Press (fine homebuilding, fine woodworking) books in the store will be 20% off. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 7pm. Info: 510-845 6874, office@buildersbooksource.com , http://www.buildersbooksource.com .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
E-Waste Drop-Off — Parking Lot D (7000 Coliseum Way, off 66th Avenue at the North Mall Area). Location: Oakland A's Coliseum, Oakland. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 866-335-3373, http://www.noewaste.com/index.php .

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Workshop: "How to Build Your Own Straw Bale House" — This course will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to tackle your own straw bale construction project. The instructor, a leading expert in straw bale construction, will teach you the latest innovations in this constantly evolving building technique. You will participate in building a small load-bearing structure, including foundation ("good shoes") and roofing ("good hat"). You will also have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/howtobuwistb2.html .

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Tour — Tour participants will be introduced to the Occidental Arts and Ecology 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. Cost: $10 donation requested. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Speakers from Haiti at Marin Interfaith Task Force Dinner — Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas will host its twenty-second annual dinner. A silent auction will include artesania from various countries throughout the Americas as well as fine dining offers and vacation getaways. Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee will introduce guest speaker Brian Concannon, Director, Institute for Justice and Democracy, Haiti. Brian is the investigating judge of the International Tribunal on Haiti, organized by a coalition of Haiti solidarity groups to investigate reports of human rights violations and to seek accountability for crimes against humanity. Also, Father Gerard Jean-Juste, Pastor, Sainte Claire Catholic Church, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "Father Gerry" was illegally imprisoned twice since the ouster of democratically elected President Aristide in 2004. Call for reservations. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. Time: 6pm (dinner at 7pm). Cost: $35-$50 sliding scale. Info: 415-924-3227.

Sunday, September 10, 2006
E-Waste Drop-Off — E-waste including computers, monitors, and components, TV sets, VCRs, DVDs, toner cartridges, printers, fax machines, copiers, and telephone and cell phone equipment will be accepted. No residency restrictions. No appliances, batteries, microwaves, paints, pesticides, etc. Location: El Cerrito Dept. of Motor Vehicles, 6400 Manila Ave., El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 888-832-9839, http://www.unwaste.com/ .

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Tree Tour: Golden Gate Heights Stairway — Golden Gate Heights Stairway with Ellyn Shea. RSVP by phone or email. Location: 16th Ave. and Moraga, SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 108 , nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Mercury Thermometer Exchange and Safe Medicine Disposal at Solano Stroll — Visit Save The Bay and EBMUD's booth under the BART tracks (1270 Solano) for easy disposal of two household items that can pollute the Bay: mercury and pharmaceuticals. Exchange mercury thermometers for free digital ones, and bring expired or unused medicine for proper disposal. Bring mercury thermometers sealed in two plastic ziplock bags and medicine in original containers with personal information marked out. Location: Albany. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-452-9261 ext.130, http://www.ikeepitclean.org .

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Volunteer Mailing Party: "People for Land and Nature" — Show your support for the Santa Clara County Land Conservation Initiative by volunteering to help stuff envelopes! There will be food, great people, and a great chance to support Open Space in the county. No stamp licking required! The party will be in the Raptor room. Location: Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Blvd., Palo Alto. Time: 3:30pm - 10pm. Cost: Free. Info: 408-947-7526, Brooke@OpenSpace2006.org , http://www.OpenSpace2006.org .

Monday, September 11, 2006
Class: "Sustainability: Principles to Practices" — We will examine the concept, evolution and implementation of sustainability by individuals and organizations including government, business, ecological design, natural resources, and conservation groups. We will discuss ways in which we can take action that will affect our own and the earth's health and well being. Science Center 133. Course #8418. Location: College of Marin, 835 College Ave, Kentfield. Time: 7:10pm - 9pm. Cost: $99. Info: 415-883-3217, http://www.marincommunityed.org .

Monday, September 11, 2006
Film: "Ghandi" (with Ben Kingsley in the Title Role) — 5 years after 9-11, we mark the 100th anniversary of Satyagraha: Gandhi's non-violent movement. Part of the "Conscientious Projector" film series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-528-5403.

Monday, September 11, 2006
Training: "Integral Sustainability Intensive" — This week will bring together organizational leaders, managers, and sustainability consultants. Leading sustainability practitioners will share best practices. They'll teach how to transform markets, shift organizational cultures, and get companies and communities engaged toward sustainability. Location: Westin Hotel, Westminster, CO. Time: 9am - 6:30pm. Cost: $2495 (does not include meals or lodging). Info: 510-849-5467, gfriend@natlogic.com , http://it.integralinstitute.org/public/static/profsus.aspx .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Film: "The Fourth World War" — From the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, 'the North' from Seattle to Genova, and the "War on Terror" in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It is the story of men and women around the world who resist being annihilated in this war. Features: Music from Manu Chao, Asian Dub Foundation, Mœm, Moosaka, Cypher AD. Location: SOMA Creativity Center, 81 Langton Street, Suite 13, SF. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away. Info: 510-849-5467, http://www.sfuas.org/events.html .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Anti-Torture Teach-in/Vigil — Carlos Mauricio - survivor of Torture by a Salvadoran death squad; winner of major Legal case against the El Salvador Minister of Defense. Location: Boalt Hall, School of Law, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. Time: noon - 1:30pm. Info: 510-649-0663, taigendan@earthlink.net , http://www.bpf.org/html/whats_now/2006/torture_vigil.html .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Class: "Exploring Deep Ecology" — A ten-session discussion course addressing the core values of ecology. Based on a reader from the Northwest Earth Institute (www.nwei.org), filled with short articles and book excerpts. Topics include humans in the web of life, the Gaia hypothesis, the evolutionary story, Native American wisdom, ecopsychology, simplicity, and bioregionalism. Class participants take turns leading the discussion. Rm. 310. Location: Palo Alto High School, Embarcadero & El Camino Real , Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm (Tuesdays). Cost: $99 (optional reader, $16). Info: 650-493-5405, david@evcl.com , http://www.paadultschool.org/html/main.html .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Workshop: Bio-warfare Agent Research Facility Proposed for Tracy — Learn about a proposal by Livermore Lab and the University of California to obtain Department of Homeland Security funding for a maximum containment bio-facility. Location: Sarvey Shoe Store, 501 W. Grantline Road, Tracy. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 925-443-7148, http://trivalleycares.org .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Information Session: "Activism and Social Change BAs and MAs" — Find out about the Activism and Social Change Emphasis degree programs, weekend BA completion and weekday evening MAs! The Activism and Social Change Emphasis Degree Program hosts information sessions on the second Tuesday of every month. Come early for our monthly community dinner from 5pm-6:30pm (Room 6, 777 Valencia). Faculty and student representatives will be available to answer your questions at the info session, which takes place in Room 24. Location: New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-437-3408, activism@newcollege.edu , https://www.newcollege.edu .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Docent Training: Native Plants in Tilden Park — Learn about native plants in a spectacular garden and then give something back to the community by leading tours. The twenty docent training sessions will introduce botany and plant identification, plant geography, pollination, ethnobotany, gardening with native plants, interpretive techniques, and will prepare you to lead tours in the garden. Each session features a lecture/slide show followed by a walk in the garden. The primary instructor is Glenn Keator, a highly-respected and popular botanist, educator, and author of books on native plants. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Rd. & South Park Dr., in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 9am - 12:30pm (Tuesdays). Cost: $125 (scholarships available). Info: 510-527-9802, gkeator@aol.com , http://www.nativeplants.org/docent2006.html .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Speaker: Michael Pollan on "What Should We Have for Dinner?" — Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, asks the age-old question: What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, and Pollan says how we answer it now may determine our survival as a species. At stake in our eating choices is not only our own health, but also the environment's well-being. Pollan offers suggestions. Reception 6pm, program 6:30pm. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 6pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-597-6700, http://commonwealthclub.org/mlf/#pollan .

Tuesday, September 12, 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 6:30pm, show at 7pm. Location: Chabot College, Hayward. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free - donations accepted ($2 parking). Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.shtml .

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Toddlers' Day at Slide Ranch — Enjoy the cluck of a duck, the crow of the rooster, and the baa of the lambs as we explore the farm. Activities are toddler-appropriate but all ages welcome. Pack a lunch, water bottle, layered clothing and shoes that can get wet and dirty! Slide Ranch is a non-profit farm-based environmental education center perched on the continent's edge. Every bite of food connects us to the soil, sun, water and air, and to the people who work to feed us. Our mission is to teach respect and responsibility for sustaining these connections. Pre-registration required. Location: Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per toddler (pre-registered). Info: 415-381-6155, admin@slideranch.org , http://www.slideranch.org .

Wednesday, September 13, 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, September 13, 2006 - Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Colloquium: "Architecture & Environmental Planning" — Each semester the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Colloquium brings together distinguished speakers (professionals, academics, practitioners, and graduate students) to present projects relevant to the landscape architecture and environmental planning professions. Most talks take place in Room 315A, Wurster Hall . Check online for location. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 2pm, Wednesdays. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, http://new-laep.ced.berkeley.edu/departments--programs/laep/fall-2006-laep-colloquium.htm .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Volunteer: "Weed Warriors" — Join a group of dedicated weeders. Help native fauna and flora by pulling invasive plants and watering native trees. Enjoy fresh air, views of wildlife, and help our environment while you get some exercise. Location: Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Info: 415-672-3764, jamesa@acterra.org , http://www.arastraderopreserve.org .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Book Discussion: "The Omnivore's Dilemma..." — Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, asks the age-old question: What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, and Pollan says how we answer it now may determine our survival as a species. At stake in our eating choices is not only our own health, but also the environment's well-being. Pollan offers suggestions. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Class: "Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Grid-Tied Applications" — The objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding and ability to evaluate grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) projects from a project manager's and/or owner's perspective. Darren Bouton of the Pacific Energy Center will provide an overview of the fundamentals of solar electric systems, technically known as photovoltaics. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Film: "The End of Suburbia" — The subtitle is: "Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream." That says it all! With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, this film explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donation accepted. Info: 510-393-5685 .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Lecture: "Roof Catchment and Rainwater Harvesting Presentation" — Brock Dolman, Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's WATER Institute, will join Dylan Coleman of Wonderwater Rain Catchment Systems to discuss how to harvest rainwater from your roof for use in your home and landscaping, and how people worldwide worldwide are utilizing rainwater catchement as potable water for entire communities. Third in a series. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Workshop: "Hiring and Working with Green Professionals" — This workshop will help you choose a green architect and/or builder. We'll explore what a knowledgeable builder and designer can provide. Topics will include the designing and building process, planning your remodel, and choosing the best materials. Preregistration required. Register online. Location: Builders Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $20. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=events .

Wednesday, September 13, 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, September 13, 2006
Speaker and Networking: "Green Business Recognition" — Recognize newly certified Green Businesses in Alameda County. Network with "green" and sustainable businesses. Speaker: Mal Warwick of Mal Warwick & Associates (a Berkeley-based Green Business). Mal's latest book is Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun. This event is co-sponsored by the Alameda County Green Business Program and the Sustainable Business Alliance. Location: Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-567-6770, Pamela.evans@acgov.org , http://www.sustainablebiz.org/ .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Fundraiser: "Neighborhood Parks Council 10th Anniversary Gala" — There'll be tasty food, libations, performance, music, and a live and silent auction. Location: Mountain Lake Park, 12th Ave. and Lake Street, SF. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: $150. Info: 510-567-6770, http://www.sfneighborhoodparks.org/events/gala06/06.html .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Seminar: "Rethinking School Lunch" — The seminar is based on the framework presented in CEL's popular online Rethinking School Lunch (RSL) guide. The RSL farm-to-school model of food service and curriculum innovation places nutritious school meals at the center of the learning experience, forging a closer relationship between public education and public health. Register online ASAP. Full fee due by 8/15. Location: Center for Ecoliteracy, 2528 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $300 (includes breakfasts and lunches). Info: 510-567-6770, info@ecoliteracy.org , http://www.ecoliteracy.org/seminars/rsl-seminar.html .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Panel: "How to Raise an Environmentally Conscious Child" — Getting kids to play outdoors and away from their TV/computer screens not only improves their physical health, but creates a lifetime connection to the natural world. Learn tips for introducing your children to nature from Jerry Hearn, a teacher at Peninsula School; Jon Young, outdoor educator and talented animal tracker; and Luane Robinson, director of Luane's Little Explorers Preschool. Location: Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., near San Antonio Rd. and Hwy. 101, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $10. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 306.

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Pioneering Sustainability and Ecological Innovation as a Tool for Impacting Grassroots Social Change — Come hear Devorah Brous, founder and director of BUSTAN, a partnership of Jewish and Arab eco-builders, architects, academics, and farmers. BUSTAN was created to address the environmental degradation and disappearance of the rural landscape in Israel-Palestine which has been a by-product of the continued territorial war and occupation. Devorah will speak about the innovative projects BUSTAN is creating including a green building health clinic, biogas digestors, and desert ecology learning sites, to name a few. BUSTAN's program's include: desert ecology, developing learning sites that apply permaculture principles, mapping health hazards, a waste-to-energy biofuels project, promoting solar power insead of oil-shale development in the Negev, and working to revitalize desert traditions for building, planting, and public health while merging them with sustainable principles. Devorah Brous is an American-Israeli, who has spent the past 13 years catalyzing projects and campaigns in Israel and the Occupied Territories to promote social and environmental justice. She holds a masters degree in Israel Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, with a concentration in conflict resolution. She is an internationally renowned speaker and has authored numerous articles, essays, and poems about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Cost: $5 - $15 sliding scale, no one turned away.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, www.bustan.org .

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Fundraiser: "Chimpanzee Discovery Days Lecture and Auction" — Dr. Craig Stanford, primatologist and author, will discuss the fate of gorillas and chimpanzees in the 21st century. Lecture will be in the Marian Zimmer Auditorium Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $20 suggested donation. Info: 510-632-9525 ext.122.

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Class: "Ecological Design, Installation, and Maintenance" — Environmental management, restoration and maintenance practices for buildings, watersheds, and landscapes at public sites. Code: M0673. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $13 - $78 (0.5 - 3.0 units). Info: 510-434-3840, ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/ .

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Class: "Natural Building" — Building and design using local/natural materials. 36A: Site-specific materials, natural building foundations, small projects (benches, walls). 3pm - 6pm Thursdays, 9am - 6pm Saturdays and Sundays for four weekends. Class code: M1024. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Cost: $78 ($26 per unit). Info: 510-434-3840, http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/classchd/064/MLANHT.HTM .

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - Sunday, September 17, 2006
Workshop: "Elder Cohousing" — The workshop include a tour of several completed cohousing communities on Day 1, an overview of the basic steps involved in taking your project from vision to reality on Day 2, and descriptions of several Elder Community options on Day 3. Location: Wild Sage Cohousing Community, Boulder. Cost: $525 (includes six meals and annual membership fee of $15). Info: 303-413-8066, http://www.abrahampaiss.com/ElderCohousing/elderworkshops.htm .

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Celebration: "The 10th Anniversary of Democracy Now!" — CorpWatch and Terra Verde will feature Amy Goodman, David Goodman, Pratap Chatterjee, and Matthew Shenoda. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $15 ($12 in advance). Info: 510-848-6767 ext. 609, http://www.kpfa.org .

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Class: "Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program - Design Basics" — In this course we use a cost/benefit analysis approach to design, and we describe the whole building method (i.e., comfort, performance, systems integration) for achieving energy efficiency in multi-family (MF) buildings. It also provides an overview of PG&E's California ENERGY STAR© New Homes Multi-Family Programs (both low-rise and high-rise). Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com .

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Class: "Introduction to Green Building and Ecological Design" — Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, September 14 through October 26, and Saturdays, 9am - 3:30pm (with lunch break), September 16, 30, and October 7, 14, 21. Enroll online Code: M1004. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $80 (3 units). Info: 510-434-3840, ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/ .

Friday, September 15, 2006
Workshop: "Women's Survey of Renewable Energy" — This beginning level workshop is designed to give women an overview of clean sources of energy and their use. Topics include residential solar, wind and hydro power; conservation and efficiency; solar thermal (hot water and air heating); solar water pumping; solar cooking; passive solar home design; fuel cells; biodiesel and alternative fuel vehicles; solar water distillation; biomass; geothermal; ocean energy. Take this workshop with our Women's Solar Electric Intensive workshop for a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy and its uses. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120 (online sale price $95). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/wosuofreen15.html .

Friday, September 15, 2006
Book Event: "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class..." — In Screwed..., author and Air America Radio talk show host Thom Hartmann argues that twenty-five years of hostile government policies have left the middle class on the brink of extinction. He suggests that the very fabric of American democracy itself is under siege, as it cannot exist in any meaningful way without a vibrant middle class to support it. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, office@moderntimesbookstore.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Friday, September 15, 2006
Deadline: Sign Up for 10/15 Delta Ecology Boat Tour — We till have spaces left for our four-hour ecologically oriented Delta boat tour Sun., Oct. 15, led by Dr. Jeff Hart of Hartland Native Plant Nursery. We will carpool to Walnut Grove for the 10am - 2pm tour exploring Delta history, wildlife, ecology, and environmental challenges from flooding to pesticide pollution. There will be time afterward to explore the area's fascinating small towns. Send checks, made out to Friends of Five Creeks, c/o Susan Schwartz, 1236 Oxford St., Berkeley 94709. Cost: $40 (children $25). Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com .

Friday, September 15, 2006
Application Deadline: "Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour" — Gardens are being sought to participate in the Sunday, May 6, 2007 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which will showcase bird- and butterfly-friendly, pesticide-free, water conserving gardens that contain 30% or more California native plants. Gardens must be located in Alameda or Contra Costa counties. Download application. Info: 510- 236-9558, Kathy@KathyKramerConsulting.net , http://www.BringingBackTheNatives.net .

Friday, September 15, 2006 - Sunday, September 17, 2006
Earthdance 2006 — Camp Out Celebration for World Peace and Unity, set amidst a beautiful old growth oak forest, featuring 5 Stages of entertainment uniting Jamband, World, Conscious Lyricism, Electronica, Reggae and Folk. Also featuring Global Artisans Market, all night music and jam cafes, international food court, workshop domes, late night cinema, healing village, activist alley, hot showers, and more. Location: Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville. Cost: $165 ($135 presale) for 3-day pass, $60 Sunday only. Info: 510- 236-9558, http://www.earthdance.org/sf .

Friday, September 15, 2006
Panel: "Building Peace" — Part of the monthly activism series. Blue Star Mom Laura Monroe, Brigadier General Ralph Marinaro, General Paul Monroe, Gold Star Mom Nadia McCaffrey: Mother of Sergeant Patrick McCaffrey killed in Iraq 2004, and Peoples Lobby Executive Director Dwayne Hunn. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: $20 donation suggested ($5 students, low income). Info: 510-528-5403.

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Workshop: "Complete-Diet Mini-Farming" — This class will show you how to plan a garden or mini-farm that will produce healthy, nutritious food and be highly productive as well as truly sustainable, in the smallest space possible. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $24. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Workshop: "Grow Biointensive Economic Mini-Farming" — Learn the concepts, techniques and crops that can lead to successful economic mini-farming, beginning in your own backyard. Recommended reading: Backyard Homestead and Ecology Action's Self-Teaching Mini-Series Booklets #18 and #26 available at Common Ground. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $24. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh" — We will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Magical Miso Soup w/Tofu & Veggies, Tasty Tofu Scramble, Terrific Tempeh Fajitas, Tempting Tempeh Sloppy Joes, (No-Bake) Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, and a Taste Test of various non-dairy milks. 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 + $5 food / materials fee. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
String Band Contest and Crafts Fair at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — The Contest will start off with a Youth Showcase (last year, about 20 young folks ranging in age from 7 to 17 fiddled and strummed onstage), followed by the String Band Contest with 20 bands.
This is real American music as it's been handed down and kept alive by the people who play it and that includes ongoing infusions of fired-up musicians in their teens and twenties as well as oldsters in their eighties. It's going to be intense both on stage and off: superb playing, great listening, fantastic dancing.
The String Band Contest is the cornerstone event of the 2006 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention a rollicking four-day festival featuring Appalachian music and dance and bands will be traveling from San Diego, Seattle, Mendocino, Fresno, and other outposts of civilization to strut their stuff at the Berkeley String Band Contest.
The Crafts Fair will feature beautiful & useful handmade gifts by local artists and crafts people. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 227, kirk@ecologycenter.org , http://www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Workshop for Educators: "Getting Started Garden Design" — We'll help you design and build a green school garden from the ground up. Learn how to obtain and use recycled building materials in your garden and how to set up your own drip irrigation system. Location: Castro Valley. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3546, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Convention: "Berkeley Progressive Coalition Candidates" — We will be debating and endorsing local candidates and measures, as well as 6 of the 13 California State Initiatives. All Berkeley progressives, individuals and members of organizations, are welcome to help choose a great slate of candidates, to help them win, and to work towards more comprehensive progressive unity. In the school auditorium. Location: Washington School (Berkeley), Bancroft St. between MLK Way and McKinley St., Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Info: 510-540-1975.

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Course: "Permaculture Design" — This two-week certificate course will cover permaculture theory, food diversity, soil enrichment, water use, erosion control, natural building, organic gardening, forest farming, and more. Lodging and meals included in the course fee. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Cost: $1350 ($1250 two weeks in advance). Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Forum: "Getting Real About HIV/AIDS" — Panelists: Sheryl Lee Ralph--Artist/HIV/AIDS educator (invited), Pastor D. Mark Wilson--Pacific School of Religion, Roosevelt Mosby--SMAAC Youth Center, and an individual living with HIV/AIDS. The forum will be in the Merritt College Gymnasium. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-763-0370.

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: "Coastal Cleanup Day" — California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. On this day, 50,000 volunteers turn out to over 700 cleanup sites statewide. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to take care of our fragile marine environment, show support for our natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun! Coastal Cleanup Day is also the kick-off event for Coastweeks -- three weeks of coastal and water-related events. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 800-262-7848, coast4u@coastal.ca.gov , http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: Shoreline Clean-up at the Berkeley Marina — On International Coastal Clean-up Day, Berkeley coordinates with Albany and Emeryville to clean up the 13 mile stretch along the East Bay shoreline. There will be a free drop off for volunteers of electronic and computer parts at University and Frontage Rd. in the dirt area behind Seabreeze Market. Location: Seabreeze Market, University Ave. and Frontage Road, Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-981-6720, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina/marinaexp/cleanup.htm .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: Shoreline Clean-up in Emeryville — Bring gloves and sturdy shoes. Bags, coffee and pastries provided. Location: Emeryville Fire House, 2333 Powell St., Emeryville. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-596-3728, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina/marinaexp/cleanup.htm .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Herbal Allies in the Garden and at Home — Learn about growing, harvesting and using tonic herbs to combat stress and promote balanced health. Pre-registration required. No one turned away for lack of funds. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $15. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer Day of Action: Defend Wildlife by Talking with Voters — The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is going door to door talking to voters in District 11 and we need your help! Help protect the Endangered Species Act! In addition to Pleasanton, we will be meeting at 10am at Victory Park, 1001 Pershing Avenue, Stockton. RSVP at http://actionfund.defenders.org/site/Survey?SURVEY_ID=3660&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&s_Affiliate=pombo_ Location: Civic Park, 100 Main Street, Pleasanton. Time: 10am. Info: 972-375-7602, alexnosnik@yahoo.com , http://actionfund.defenders.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Geology Rocks!" — What do the earth and an egg have in common? Join us for a short nature hike as we delve into the layers of our planet. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30pm. Cost: $5, $7 non-res. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Fundraiser: "Friends of the MST House Party" — Interested in learning about the largest contemporary social movement in the world? Curious about the New Latin America? Want to learn more about a successful environmental and social justice people's movement? Join Friends of the MST for The Landless, on the Roads of America, a 72 minute documentary film. Discussion, food and music to follow. A fundraiser for the MST. Location: 2909 Ashby, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: 10 Donation. No one turned away. Info: 510-318-0610.

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Film: "A Union Man: The Life and Work of Julius Margolin" — Julius, at 90, is a living legend in the NY labor movement. He's been active in the CIO since the '30's. He has represented the Theatrical and Stage Employees at the Central Labor Council for over 32 years. The film is an affectionate portrait of a rank and file activist still working for justice. After the film, labor folk singers George Mann and Julius Margolin will be joined by Faith Petric in songs of joyful resistance. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $5 - $10 donation. Info: 510-528-5403, http://www.georgeandjulius.com .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: "Inner Sunset Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest" — Help care for three-year old trees. No experience necessary. Call ext.407 for recorded meeting site updates. May include tree care workshop for new volunteers . RSVP by phone. Rain cancels. Location: Island Cafe, 19th and Taraval, SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: Shoreline Clean-up in Albany — Meet at 8:30 at the foot of Buchanan behind the Golden Gate fields race track by the big bench. Bring rakes or sand sifters for the small plastic particles in the sand, drinking water, and gloves. Location: Albany. Time: 8:30am - noon. Info: 510-528-5760, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina/marinaexp/cleanup.htm .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: Coastal Clean-Up in Richmond — Join West Contra Costa County friends and neighbors to take part in this International effort to clean bay and ocean shores. Pick up litter and make our own bay shoreline more beautiful and safer for people and animals. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Bring gloves if you have them. Location: Shimada Friendship Park, Marina Bay Parkway, at the end of the Parkway, Richmond. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-665-3689, bayshorestewards@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: "Richmond Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. Meeting place TBA. RSVP by phone. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 109, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Tour:"Roof Catchment and Rainwater " — Tour two different types of catchment systems, one residential, the other small-scale commercial. Visit a private home and the Bodega Goat Cheese dairy to see how these systems work. Meet in front of the market in the town of Bodega. Call or email for directions. Location: Bodega Bay. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Discussion: "West Oakland Environment Town Hall" — Join Congresswoman Barbara Lee for a community discussion of diesel emissions and air quality in West Oakland, collaborative efforts to improve community health, and what you can do to protect your family's health. Refreshments will be served. Location: Oakland Public Library, West Branch, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-763-0370.

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Bird Walk After Coastal Cleanup — Join Rita Jennings for a bird walk at Half Moon Bay State Beach after the Coastal Cleanup Day activities. We will explore the coastal areas and the beach looking for early migrants and resident birds in the sand-dunes and coastal scrub . Be on the look out for seabirds and waders along the beach. Rita will teach you about the Snowy Plover program at Half Moon Bay State Beach and why this bird is so important for our coast. Location: Half Moon Bay Ranger Station, 95 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. Time: 1pm - 2pm. Cost: $6 parking fee. Info: 650-728-2254, nlyons@parks.ca.gov , http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=531 .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Angel Island Art and Ecology Festival — Artists, dancers, musicians and writers lead urban participants in translating the natural environment of Angel Island State Park into artwork. The festival is intended to educate and stimulate participants by removing them from the city and relocating them to a natural outpost. Meet at Ayala Cove. Location: Angel Island State Park, in the San Francisco Bay between the East Bay and Marin County. Time: 10:30am. Cost: Ferry cost only. Info: 650-728-2254, aih@amberhasselbring.org , http://www.art-eco.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Workshop: "Women's Solar Electric Intensive (Intermediate)" — Designed for women who have knowledge of basic electricity and solar PV, this class is a follow up to the WS 101 and WS102. The two-day workshop, which includes some hands-on learning, delves into the details of designing and installing Solar Electric systems. You may want to take this workshop in conjunction with our WS 101 workshop for an up-to-date overview of renewable energy technology and its uses. A brief review of basic concepts will be included. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240 (online sale price $190). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/wosoelin1620.html .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Book Event for Kids: "Here is the Tropical Rain Forest" — Madeleine Dunphy introduces kids to the planet's major ecosystems and the interdependence of wildlife in Here is the Tropical Rain Forest and Here is the African Savanna. Dunphy's series has won awards from the National Science Teacher's Association and the Children's Book Council; these revised editions offer new wildlife information guides, and contact details for environmental organization in addition to wonderful illustrations. From swinging monkeys and upside-down-hanging sloths, Rain Forest envelops readers in a stunning jungle; in Savannah, young readers will learn how all living things in this ecological community rely on one another for existence. Grab all the kids for this special time with slides, games, and artifacts! Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/sep06Calendar.jsp .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Speaker: "...A Brief History of Bay Area HyperDevelopment..." — The Alameda Public Affairs Forum is pleased to present Professor Gray Brechin, who will speak on the subject: "Megafollies: A Brief History of Bay Area HyperDevelopment Stopped by Citizen Activism." Location: Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free (donations welcome). Info: 510-769-6395, jrufo@sbcglobal.net , http://www.alamedaforum.org/ .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale" — Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. The methods are gaining building code approval in many communities. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Volunteer: "Creek to Bay Day" Work Parties — Oakland's annual volunteer creek cleanup, restoration, and planting event. Locations throughout Oakland. Free t-shirt to the first 1,000 volunteers. Location: Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-238-7611, http://www.oaklandpw.com/creeks .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Class: "Edible and Medicinal Plants of California" — Explore the world of edible and medicinal plants found in our own gardens and open spaces. Through slides and fresh specimens, we will discover the many plants native to the Bay Area that have been used as food and medicine for hundreds of years. Class will include a hands-on acorn processing demonstration. Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $49. Info: 415-663-1200, http://www.ptreyes.org .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Sponsors Wanted for Ella Baker Center's "Tribute to a Dream" Fundraiser — The event is full, but you can still use the occasion to support the Ella Baker Center and its work! Location: Ella Baker Center, 344 40th Street, Broadway, Oakland. Info: 510-428-3939 ext. 227, allistarr@ellabakercenter.org , http://tribute.ellabakercenter.org/ .

Saturday, September 16, 2006
Book Event: "...The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class..." — In Screwed..., author and Air America Radio talk show host Thom Hartmann argues that twenty-five years of hostile government policies have left the middle class on the brink of extinction. He suggests that the very fabric of American democracy itself is under siege, as it cannot exist in any meaningful way without a vibrant middle class to support it. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Greenbelt Outing: "Sonoma Fruit and 'Flies'" — Start the day with a harvest tour of family-owned-and-operated Gabriel Farm, near Sebastopol, where you'll sample delicious organically grown apples, pears, persimmons, and other goodies. Then enjoy a tour and talk at nearby Halberg Butterfly Gardens, a butterfly and wildlife sanctuary visited by a wide range of butterflies each year. Optional u-pick after Gabriel Farm tour. Reservations required. Location: Gabriel Farm, Sebastopol. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-255-3233 , http://greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Benefit Celebration and Organic Dinner: "Common Ground Birthday Party" — For 34 years, Common Ground has maintained its storefront and built a strong community dedicated to sustainable agriculture and organic gardening. Our fixed costs are rising dramatically. With your help, Common Ground can continue to serve the community and improve our services. The celebration will feature speakers John Jeavons & Jesse Cool, organic dinner catered by Jesse Cool of JZCool Catering, music by Nancy Cassidy's band, and a silent auction. Please register early to assure attendance! Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 4pm - 8pm. Cost: $75. Info: 650-493-6072.

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Benefit: "A Celebration of Independent Media with Amy Goodman" — Amy Goodman will be appearing with investigative journalist David Goodman. They have co-authored a new book Static. Live music performance by Shree Dove. Video presentation by LinkTV. A benefit for the Independent Media Guide of Marin. Location: Angelico Hall at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Street, San Rafael. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $18 ($12 for students). Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.mpjc.org/imc/ .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Parade and Festival: "How Berkeley Can You Be?" — The Parade kicks off at California and University Avenues and proceeds up University to Shattuck, turns right on Shattuck to Center Street, and then goes down Center Street two blocks, ending in Civic Center Park with speakers and performances throughout the afternoon. Anywhere along that route is a fine place to watch the parade. Traffic on University Avenue is restricted so please take public transportation. The downtown Berkeley BART station is on the parade route on Shattuck Avenue. Location: Berkeley. Time: 11am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-644-0187, howberkeley@epicarts.org , http://www.howberkeleycanyoube.com/ .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Workshop: "There's No Place Like Home: Exploring Animal Habitats" — Bring the family to this bilingual English/Spanish workshop and explore how animals make their homes in special places. Take a discovery hike through the Natural Sciences Gallery and learn how animals meet their needs for food, shelter, water, and protection. After the "hike," families can make their own miniature animal home. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: Free with Admission. Info: 510-238-2200, museumca@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/ .

Sunday, September 17, 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, September 17, 2006
Russian Riverfest — The 15th Annual Russian Riverfest benefits Russian Riverkeeper. Keynote speaker: Jared Huffman, candidate for State Assembly and environmental advocate. Gourmet dinner prepared by chef David Bush, wine and microbrew tasting, awards, silent auction, special kids activities, SOAR inflatable raffle, and music by The Thugz. Kids under 6 free. Location: Burke's Canoe Trips, River and Mirabel Roads, Forestville. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Cost: $50 ($40 before 9/13). Info: 707-433-1958, http://www.russianriverkeeper.org/ .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Anniversary Party: "Westbrae Neighborhood Commons" — Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Westbrae Commons. The vibrant Peralta, Northside, and Karl Linn Community Gardens, and the Ohlone Greenway exhibit are the result of participatory design and maintenance by plotholders and community members. Enjoy food, live music, tile painting and more! Location: Peralta Community Garden, 1400 Peralta Ave., near Hopkins, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-527-6443.

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Whale Watching with the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association — Come join FMSA for a Whale Watching Trip in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Spaces limited. Location: SF. Cost: $85. Info: 415-561-6625 ext. 300, askaj@farallones.org , http://www.farallones.org/ .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk — Everyone welcome. Location: Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave., between Derby St. and Stuart St., Berkeley. Time: 3pm. Info: 510-526-7377, info@eastbaylabyrinthproject.org .

Sunday, September 17, 2006 - Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Film: "An Inconvenient Truth" — This is a movie all earthlings should see. In a clear, engrossing manner, Al Gore explains the effects of global warming, using dramatic visuals and incontrovertible evidence. There are things we can do to help stop the earth's health from reaching a tipping point of inevitable destruction. Come see An Inconvenient Truth to find out how. Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7:15, and 9:25. Monday and Tuesday at 7:15 and 9:25. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8. Info: 415-668-8999, http://redvicmoviehouse.com/ .

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Fundraising 10K "Misty Redwood Run" — The 10K Misty Redwood Run will benefit the forest advocacy work of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters. Register online before the day of the run. The run loops through magnificent redwood groves, along a shaded creek and up to a scenic overlook, through a canyon, to the finish in a sunny meadow. Our slightly altered course this year includes a single track portion through giant trees. No dogs allowed. Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Time: 8:30am. Cost: $20 to register ($25 the day of the race) . Info: 510-548-3113, bach@headwaterspreserve.org , http://www.theschedule.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=14087 .

Monday, September 18, 2006 - Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Conference: "Learn How to Finance Renewable Energy Power Projects" — The tutorial (9/19-9/20) will cover in-depth how to structure a renewable energy deal, with case studies included. The Spring session in New York drew a large crowd of developers, sponsors, lenders and equity capitalists eager to learn and share their experiences. The 9/18 pre-conference workshop, "Fundamentals of Project Finance," will prepare attendees for the tutorial. Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. Cost: $1595 for 9/19 - 9/20 tutorial, $795 for 9/18 workshop - see website for discounts. Info: 818-888-4444, http://www.infocastinc.com/rppft06.html .

Monday, September 18, 2006
Workshop: "Natural Building Intensive" — You will learn about the basic tools you need to design and construct your own natural building using a variety of natural materials such as straw, clay and cob. You will learn the basics of site analysis, ecological design and more. You will learn about affordable and sustainable alternatives to conventional concrete foundations, and then spend time working with natural plasters and paints. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $720 (online sale price $520). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/afbuwicostna1.html .

Monday, September 18, 2006
Pre-Gathering Permaculture Intensive — Symbiosis Gathering and CSOUL present an orientation to permaculture principles. Students will gain a basic understanding of permaculture ethics and practices. Our course will take place on a ranch atop a ridge near the Stanislaus River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. The nearest town is Angels Camp. The present meadow tells the story of a lake that once covered the entire landscape, long since drained away by the eroding hillside. Healthy forest management, erosion control, and soil regeneration will be covered. Cost: $400. Info: 707-744-2017, permaculture@symbiosisgathering.com , http://www.symbiosisgathering.com/ .

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Book Event: "Naked Imperialism" — In his latest book, John Bellamy Foster examines the transformation in U.S. foreign policy and ideology that now openly proclaims and defends the need for empire. His discussion will focus on the new militarism and its consequences as well as highlight opportunities for resistance and solidarity. 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, September 20, 2006
Film: "The Forest for the Trees: Judi Bari vs. the FBI" — In 1990, environmentalist Judi Bari's car was bombed, and Bari was accused of transporting the explosives that had nearly killed her. Still in the hospital, she was arrested, and labeled a terrorist in the national media. The Forest for the Trees follows Judi Bari's story, culminating in her vindicating case against the FBI. Special Q&A with filmmaker, Dennis Cunningham and Alicia Littletree following screening. Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 415--978-2787, http://www.filmarts.org .

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Application Deadline: Volunteer for the "South Bay Green Home Tour" on 10/1 — Volunteers should enjoy public education and interaction, be able to commit to the full volunteer shift, and be able to attend the Volunteer Orientation Meeting Wednesday, 9/27, from 6:30pm - 8pm. Volunteers under 17 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a Volunteer Application, available from our website. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 109, volunteer@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org .

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Benefit: "Wine Tasting and Auction for ForestEthics" — Sip exquisite wines and micro-brews. Savor gourmet hours d'oeuvres. Save endangered forests by bidding on rare wines, relaxing getaways, and a wide array of other auction items. Location: Supperclub, 657 Harrison St., SF. Time: 6pm - 10pm. Cost: $50. Info: 415-863-4563 ext. 312, Jessica@forestethics.org , http://www.forestethics.org/article.php?id=1523 .

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Workshop: "Solar Boot Camp for Beginners" — This hands-on workshop is designed for both solar career seekers and handy homeowners who want an immersion in the concepts, as well as the nuts and bolts, of grid-tied PV. This course will cover all of the material from PV101A, PV101B, PV102, and more--culminating in a tour of solar-powered homes in the Hopland area. Even if you know nothing about PV, this workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to begin tackling your own grid-tied PV installation. Course manual and other resource materials are included in the tuition fee. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $600. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://store.solarlivingstore.com/pv12soboforb.html .

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Film: "Powerdown" — Avoiding cynicism and despair, the film begins with an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and then outlines four options for industrial societies during the next decades: Last One Standing: the path of competition for remaining resources; Powerdown: the path of cooperation, conservation and sharing; Waiting for a Magic Elixir: wishful thinking, false hopes, and denial; Building Lifeboats: the path of community solidarity and preservation. This is a film presentation by Richard Heinberg of his own recent book by the same name. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donation accepted. Info: 510-393-5685 .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Workshop: "California Environmental Quality Act " — This advanced workshop will cover a broad range of CEQA compliance issues, from the basics--how to prepare an administrative record, how to avoid common pitfalls in EIRs--to some of the most challenging topics. Expert consultants and experienced counsel for property owners, developers, environmental groups, and government will help you navigate the ever-changing CEQA landscape. Location: Sheraton Delfina, 530 West Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Time: 8:30am. Cost: $595 (see website for discounts). Info: 800-854-8009, http://lawseminars.com/section_details/06SEPACA.htm .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Solutions Salon on Green-Collar Jobs — The new environmentally-sustainable economy is strong enough to lift Oakland's people out of poverty. Can Oakland become the nation's leading "green-collar" city? A "Solutions Salon" is more than your typical panel discussion. It's a chance for all of us to ask hard questions and deal thoughtfully with some of Oakland's biggest problems and opportunities. It's part moderated-panel and part discussion. Join us and be part of the solution. 6 - 7pm: Reception and yummy food. 7 - 9pm: Discussion. Location: Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 800-854-8009, ian@ellabakercenter.org , http://www.ellabakercenter.org .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Class: "Smart Structures - Materials and Engineering for Ecological Design" — Structural Engineers David Mar and Bruce King will explore the many ecologically sensitive building options now available and will challenge the commonly held belief that there is little role for structural engineers in sustainable design. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Deadline: "Green Schools Sweepstakes" — Register to Win $5000 for Your Safe, Clean School. One out of every three cleaning chemicals used to clean schools in the United States is known to cause human health or environmental problems. Schools that use safe cleaners can have a significant impact on the student health and educational quality. Safe, "green" cleaning products are effective, affordable, and easy to find. New American Dream is trying to encourage and reward schools using Green Seal and Environmental Choice certified products. Visit the website to enter a drawing for the school to win $5,000. Contest deadline is 5pm (EST). Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, ipp@newdream.org , http://www.newdream.org/cleanschools/index.php .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Celebrate Dam Removals and Restoration of Alameda Creek — The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites you to a Special Program and Barbeque Luncheon to celebrate the ongoing removal of Niles and Sunol Dams and Alameda Creek restoration. RSVP to me by September 19th. Location: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Sunol Headquarters, off Highway 84, mile east of Highway 680, Sunol. Time: noon - 1:30pm. Info: 415-973-2277, jmiller@biologicaldiversity.org .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Creative Action: "PARKing Day" — Transform a parking spot into a PARK(ing) space by creating a micro urban park there! Call attention to the need for more urban parks and public spaces. Connect with ways to permanently reclaim streets for people. Join us at a PARK(ing) Day celebration reception. Participation in PARK(ing) Day is at your own risk. You will be acting independently of the REBAR team and the Trust for Public Land. Neither REBAR nor TPL is liable for your actions. Obey the law and have fun! Location: SF. Info: 415-973-2277, parkingday@rebargroup.org , http://www.rebargroup.org/projects/parkingday/parkingday.html .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Deadline: Nominations for 2005 Lewis Mumford Awards — Each year, Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) recognizes individuals and organizations that further our mission. ADPSR is requesting nominations for the 2006 awards for Peace, Sustainable Development, and the Environment. Selected recipients are invited to attend our next National Mumford Awards Ceremony, which will be held in June 2007 in New Orleans. If appropriate, honorees may have a special ceremony with the local ADPSR Chapter in the Fall of 2006. Call or email for nomination form. Info: 510-558-1076, adpsrmail@aol.com .

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Lecture: "Natural Remodeling" — Carol Venolia discusses her latest book, Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green-House. Carol is an author, educator, architect, and columnist for Natural Home Magazine. She has been called a "Green Trailblazer." Her previous books include Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor Well-Being. Cosponsored by Build It Green. Register in advance. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 6pm - 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415- 454-0174.

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Speaker: "Berkeley after the 'Big One'" — Local historian Richard Schwartz speaks on how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake changed Berkeley, at the annual meeting of Berkeley Path Wanderers. Schwartz is the author of Berkeley 1900, Daily Life at the Turn of the Century, as well as the critically acclaimed Earthquake Exodus, 1906: Berkeley Responds to the San Francisco Refugee. The speaker is also a researcher of native-American history, a drummer with a penchant for Afro-Brazilian rhythms, an experienced wildfire fighter, and a specialist in earthquake retrofitting. The talk will include new information and slides. Location: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-848 9358, http://www.berkeleypaths.org/ .

Friday, September 22, 2006
Exhibit: "Art at the Dump" — Artists: Noah Wilson and Kim Weller. Archie Comic characters come alive in 3-dimensional life-sized color! Enjoy black and white photos of found objects from the dump. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 5pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414, paulf@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrecycling.com/air .

Friday, September 22, 2006
Deadline: "Funding Opportunity for Environmental Justice Organizations" — The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has released its Request for Proposals for the Community Environmental Action and Justice Fund. Priority given to grassroots community-based environmental justice groups that serve and are led by low-income people, people of color, and residents of disproportionately impacted communities. Grants will be awarded by December 2006. Time: 5pm. Info: 510- 594-9864 ext. 304, charlie@cehca.org .

Friday, September 22, 2006
Class: Wetland Science Course Series — Topic: Ecology of invasive species in tidal marshes of San Francisco. Location: Romberg Tiburon Center, 3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Time: 8:30am - 5pm. Info: 415-891-2073, wetlands@sfsu.edu , http://online.sfsu.edu/~wetlands/ .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Walk: "Botanical Wanderings" — Discover the diverse summer habitats from the hilltops to the marsh. Use our free plant list to help identify the great variety of plants that strive in this unique urban refuge. Bring binoculars to get a better look at birds and animals we may encounter on the trail, or borrow a pair of ours. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Workshop: "Compost Crops" — Learn about crops that will feed you and your land. Grow your own fertilizer to improve and maintain your soil and support healthy plants. Create productivity, even in your "off" season by growing material for your compost pile and food for yourself. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $24. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Workshop for Educators: "Kids in Gardens" — Creating and sustain an educational garden for your school. Learn the skills you need to propagate plants, improve your soil, reduce waste and pesticide use, conserve water, and create wildlife habitat. Location: Los Gatos. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $30 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3546, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Exhibit: "Art at the Dump" — Artists: Noah Wilson and Kim Weller. Archie Comic characters come alive in 3-dimensional life-sized color! Enjoy black and white photos of found objects from the dump. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1414, paulf@norcalwaste.com , http://www.sfrecycling.com/air .

Saturday, September 23, 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, September 23, 2006
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Tour — Tour participants will be introduced to the Occidental Arts and Ecology 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. Cost: $10 donation requested. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Volunteer: "Inner Sunset Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest" — Help care for three-year old trees. No experience necessary. Call ext.407 for recorded meeting site updates. May include tree care workshop for new volunteers . RSVP by phone. Rain cancels. Location: Bashful Bull, Noriega btwn 20th and 19th (near 19th), SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Family Nature HIke" — Meet the curious critters of Jewel Lake on this easy walk for all ages. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Workshop: "Local Organic Gardening" — Join Kevin Feinstein, MA at the Merriewood Children's Garden in the hills of Lafayette for a class on local gardening. Following the principles of permaculture and ecological design, using organic methods, the workshop will help you create a garden in your area that is abundant, sustainable, beautiful, and regenerative -- all with minimal work. Bring sunscreen, gloves, water, and a bagged lunch. Email for exact location. Location: Lafayette. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $50 ($25 students). Info: 510-525-2233, permacultureme@yahoo.com .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Book Discussion: ".Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney" — Peter Phillips, Dennis Loo, Judith Volkart, Kevin Wehr, and other contributors talk about Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney. In the face of what the writers in this book consider the extraordinary and unprecedented threat the White House and its allies present to civil liberties, civil rights, the Constitution, international law, and the future of the planet, America needs, they tell us, to immediately pursue a drastically different political direction. The book includes an introduction by Howard Zinn, and contributions from Dahr Jamail, Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, Brendan Smith, Larry Everest, Greg Palast, Nancy Snow, Barbara J. Bowley, Mark Crispin Miller, Richard Heinberg, Lyn Duff, Dennis Bernstein, Bridget Thornton, Lew Brown, Andrew Sloan, Cynthia Boaz, and Michael Nagler. 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 .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Day of Exchange: "Really! Free Market" — Bring your extra things to give away. Find treasures in other's sharing. Practice a gift economy. Clothes, food, music, toys, tarot readings, plants, jewelry, massages and more! Everyone Welcome! Location: People's Park, Haste St. above Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 510-486-0698, rachel@cathaus.org .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Farm Friends" — Meet the latest additions to the farm and say hello to our established residents on an interactive tour. Fun-filled activities and a craft included. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Poison Oak" — Learn to identify poison oak, and to prevent and heal poison oak dermatitis. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 11am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
8th Annual Herb Festival — Free herb classes and herb walks, booths featuring herbal products, plants, practitioners, raffles, and a wealth of herbal information and community building. Also, children's activities, great music, and tasty food. Location: Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 707-522-8500, info@sonomaherbs.org , http://www.altrue.net/site/scha/ .

Saturday, September 23, 2006
2006 International Straw Bale Building Conference — The International Straw Bale Building Conference is a bi-annual gathering of a worldwide community of straw bale building practitioners, advocates and enthusiasts. These gatherings offer a chance to share information and techniques with one another to promote the better design and construction of straw bale buildings. Location: Camp Kawartha, Lakefield, Ontario. Cost: $350 (more for camping or cabins -- see website). Info: 707-522-8500, http://www.strawbalebuilding.ca/isbbc.shtml .

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Talk: "Iran War Peril and How to Get Out of Iraq" — The "threat" from Iran: are mushroom clouds ahead? Ray McGovern, a CIA analyst for 27 years, addresses that issue. McGovern founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He served the CIA from the Kennedy Administration to that of George H. W. Bush. Awarded an Intelligence Commendation Medal, he returned it following the revelations of torture. There will be a question period. In the Starr King Room. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of SF, 1187 Franklin St., @ Geary, SF. Time: 12:45pm - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-738-8298, warandlaw@yahoo.com , http://warandlaw.org .

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Fall Plant Sale — Your next chance to stir things up in your garden - just in time for fall rains! Bulbs, carnivorous plants, cactus and succulents, perennials, grasses, trees, shrubs, orchids, various houseplants, and plenty of California natives! Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-643-2755.

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Educational Adventure: "Farm Stories and Songs" — Meet the latest additions to the farm and say hello to our established residents on an interactive tour. Fun-filled activities and a craft included. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 11am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org/webreg .

Sunday, September 24, 2006 - Monday, September 25, 2006
Film: "Who Killed the Electric Car?" — Wouldn't it be nice if there was an incredibly efficient car that was fast, clean, and quiet and ran on electricity instead of gas at $3.50 a gallon? In fact, there was such a vehicle--the General Motors EV-1. Why did GM halt production and destroy the ones they'd already made? Director Chris Payne examines the issue from a number of sides, allowing viewers to solve the mystery. Sunday at 2, 4, 7:15, and 9:15. Monday at 7:15 and 9:15. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8. Info: 415-668-8999, http://redvicmoviehouse.com/ .

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, September 24, 2006
Panel: "9/11 and American Empire" — David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, Ray McGovern, Peter Phillips, and Kevin Ryan discuss 9/11 and its ramifications. The presentation heralds the book 9/11 and American Empire from Olive Branch Press. Location: Martin Luther King Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $20 ($15 in advance). Info: 510-547-8715, http://www.kpfa.org .

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Tree Tour: Palms of San Francisco — Palms of San Francisco with Kenneth Allen. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Willy Mays Plaza, at AT&T Park main entrance, SF. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 108 , nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Hike: "Sweating in the Redwoods" — Join us on this vigorous 6-mile hike up and down the redwoods. We'll also learn about these tree giants and the creatures that inhabit them. Meet at Skyline Gate. Preregister. Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 4:30pm. Info: 510-521-6887, cleano@ebparks.org .

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Exhibit Reception: "...Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 60's & 70's" — A reprise of an exhibition of documentary photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, on its return from a national tour. More than a nostalgic nod to the activism of the past, the exhibition provides historical context for issues confronting us today. In the wake of Katrina, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the questionable morality of our current leaders, the exhibition celebrates those who stood against racism, war, and lies a generation ago. It is inspiring to consider those times again today as we wrestle with similar issues. Location: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-521-6887, info@berkeleyartcenter.org .

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David Klotz
Ecology Center

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