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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
1/31/2007	 	Meeting: "Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)" -- Seeking New Members
2/3/2007	 	Bookmaking with Recycled Materials - CLASS IS FULL
2/6/2007	 	Talk: "Food Fight ~ Get informed about the Farm Bill"
2/7/2007	 	Community Meeting on Pacific Steel Casting
2/10/2007	 	Registration Deadline: "Indigenous Permaculture Program" Camping Workshop, 2/23 - 2/24
2/15/2007	 	Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan
2/23/2007	 	Workshop: "Solidarity with Mother Nature"
3/3/2007	 	8th Annual Seed Swap
3/8/2007	 	The Natural History of the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion
3/10/2007	 	Let Worms Eat Your Garbage
3/17/2007	 	Free Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling Class
3/22/2007	 	Stopping the Destruction of Our Sierra Nevada Forests

ALL EVENTS
Through 1/27/2007	 	Conference: "Ecological Farming"
Through 2/16/2007	 	Internet Workshop: "PV Design"
Through 3/5/2007	 	Class: "Environmental Careers"
Through 3/18/2007	 	Course: "Permaculture Design Certification"
Through 4/15/2007	 	Exhibit: "ONE: An Earth Installation"
Through 5/27/2007	 	Class: "Principles of Ecology and Sustainable Systems Lab"
Through 5/27/2007	 	Class: "Environmental Racism and Justice"
Through 5/27/2007	 	Class: "Special Projects in Environmental Design, Installation, and Maintenance"
Through 5/27/2007	 	Class: "Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems"
1/26/2007	 	Film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
1/26/2007	 	Closing Reception: "Art at the Dump"
1/26/2007	 	Acterra Family Movie Night: "Hoot"
1/26/2007	 	Recycle E-Waste
1/26/2007	 	Class: "Urban Oases: Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City"
1/26/2007	 	Story Telling: "Animal Encounters"
1/27/2007	 	Really Really Free Market
1/27/2007	 	Speakers: Dennis Kucinich and Others on the War in Iraq
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party"
1/27/2007	 	Rally and March: "End the War in Iraq"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Winter Planting at San Francisquito Creek"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Muir Woods Earth Day"
1/27/2007	 	Latino Summit: "Education is Everybody's Business"
1/27/2007	 	Closing Reception: "Art at the Dump"
1/27/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Worm Wigglers"
1/27/2007	 	Film and Talk on Iraq by Filmmaker: "Little Birds"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Canopy Rootball Work Day"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve"
1/27/2007	 	Conference: "Californians for Pesticide Reform"
1/27/2007	 	Book Event: "Awake in the Wild"
1/27/2007	 	Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Asia Minor"
1/27/2007	 	Fundraiser: "Freedom Dance Party"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Winter Planting at Eden Landing"
1/27/2007	 	Course: "The Art of Home Farming"
1/27/2007	 	Guided Walk: Elephant Seals
1/27/2007	 	Birdwatching Walk: Las Gallinas Ponds
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Plant California Native Bunch Grass"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party"
1/27/2007	 	Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair
1/27/2007	 	Workshop: "Winter Pruning"
1/27/2007	 	Volunteer: "Shotwell Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
1/28/2007	 	Film and Talk on Iraq by Filmmaker: "Little Birds"
1/28/2007	 	Concert: "Political Satire and Music"
1/28/2007	 	Summit: "Environmental Challenges to Reproductive Health and Fertility"
1/28/2007	 	Educational Adventure: Nature Theater Sing-Along
1/28/2007	 	Abuse Demo: "Battery Cages and Lunardi's Grocery Chain"
1/28/2007	 	Book Event: "50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals..."
1/28/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Open Garden"
1/29/2007	 	Workshop: "Solar Bootcamp for Beginners"
1/29/2007	 	Course: "Community Education: Lessons of Land and Spirit"
1/30/2007	 	Presentation: "Water - Where It Comes From, Where It Goes"
1/30/2007	 	Book Event: "In Faro's Garden"
1/31/2007	 	Workshop: "Berkeley Copwatch"
1/31/2007	 	Meeting: "Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)" -- Seeking New Members
1/31/2007	 	Presentation: "Breast Cancer and Safe Cosmetics"
1/31/2007	 	Book Event: "Wild: An Elemental Journey"
1/31/2007	 	Fundraiser: "Report and Video on Zapatista Peoples"
2/1/2007	 	Panel: "Capitalism 3.0: The Social Capitalism Revolution"
2/1/2007	 	Class: "Energy Auditing"
2/1/2007	 	Exhibit: "Eco-Art, Photography, and Poetry Show by Bay Area Teens"
2/1/2007	 	Speaker: "Tim Wise on Racism"
2/1/2007	 	Book Event: "I Cried, You Didn't Listen"
2/2/2007	 	Workshop: "Solar Electricity for the Developing World"
2/2/2007	 	11th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
2/2/2007	 	Application Deadline: "2007 Business Environmental Awards"
2/2/2007	 	Seminar: "Water Recycling"
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: "Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
2/3/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Plastic Patrol"
2/3/2007	 	Workshop: "Winter Composting in the Mission"
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: "French Broom Removal"
2/3/2007	 	Bookmaking with Recycled Materials - CLASS IS FULL
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: "Winter Planting at Eden Landing"
2/3/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Bug of the Month Club"
2/3/2007	 	Kids Garden Club
2/3/2007	 	Workshop: "Composting"
2/3/2007	 	Arts Showcase: "Pandora's Trunk"
2/3/2007	 	Workshop: " Companion Planting"
2/3/2007	 	Presentation and Potluck: "Ukraine Ecotour"
2/3/2007	 	Workshop Series: "Toward A Sustainable Marin"
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Palo Alto
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: "Canopy Seed Planting Day"
2/3/2007	 	Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Celtia, or the Prehistory of the Gaeltacht"
2/3/2007	 	Conference: "EcoLandscape 2007: Ecological Landscapes for Sustainable Businesses"
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration"
2/3/2007	 	Volunteer: "Tolay Creek Winter Planting"
2/4/2007	 	Seminar: "Dialogues on Education for Sustainable Living" with Fritjof Capra
2/4/2007	 	Benefit: "Rabbis for Human Rights"
2/4/2007	 	Fundraiser: "A Coca Farmer President and Gas Nationalization?"
2/4/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Open Garden"
2/4/2007	 	Conference: National Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2007
2/4/2007	 	Volunteer: "French Broom Removal"
2/4/2007	 	Workshop: "The Great Turning" with Joanna Macy
2/5/2007	 	Workshop: "Vermi-Composting"
2/5/2007	 	Talk and Slide Show: "Restoring America's Estuaries: Winning Battles, But...?"
2/5/2007	 	Presentation: "Steelhead (Ocean-Going Trout) in East Bay Creeks"
2/6/2007	 	Discussion Class: "Global Warming: Issues and Answers"
2/6/2007	 	Talk: "Food Fight ~ Get informed about the Farm Bill"
2/6/2007	 	Film and Discussion: "Thirst"
2/6/2007	 	Alameda County Watershed Forum
2/6/2007	 	Workshop: "Stream and Wetlands Protection Policy"
2/6/2007	 	Class: "Urban Ecology"
2/7/2007	 	Workshop: "Clean Up Livermore Lab's Tracy Site"
2/7/2007	 	Book Event: "Drinking Liberally" hosts Peter Barnes
2/7/2007	 	Videos and Discussion: "Amy Goodman and Thomas Linzey from Bioneers 2006"
2/7/2007	 	Slide Show: "Contra Costa Wildlife"
2/7/2007	 	Community Meeting on Pacific Steel Casting
2/7/2007	 	Discussion: "Fair Trade and Chocolate"
2/7/2007	 	Speaker: "Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds"
2/7/2007	 	Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery
2/7/2007	 	Walk: "Explore New Oakland Shoreline Parks"
2/8/2007	 	Slide Show and Book Signing: "Little House on a Small Planet"
2/8/2007	 	Meeting: Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy (APPLE)
2/8/2007	 	Panel and Discussion: "...What will it take to have better transit in Berkeley?"
2/8/2007	 	Workshop: "Community-Based Fund Raising"
2/8/2007	 	Presentation: "Biological Wastewater Treatment..."
2/9/2007	 	Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: The Philippines"
2/10/2007	 	Volunteer: "Haight Ashbury Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
2/10/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve"
2/10/2007	 	Volunteer: "Corona Heights Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
2/10/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Mini-Farmers"
2/10/2007	 	Class: "Sustainable Weed Management"
2/10/2007	 	Cycling Adventure: "Greenbelt Cycling Adventure"
2/10/2007	 	Symposium: "Conservation Biology"
2/10/2007	 	Volunteer: "Canopy Community Tree Steward Workshop"
2/10/2007	 	Volunteer: "Canopy Rootball Work Day"
2/10/2007	 	Canopy Tree Walk
2/10/2007	 	Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
2/10/2007	 	Townhall Meeting: "Mayor Newsom and Community Leaders"
2/10/2007	 	Registration Deadline: "Indigenous Permaculture Program" Camping Workshop, 2/23 - 2/24
2/10/2007	 	Lecture: "Principles of Evolution"
2/10/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh"
2/10/2007	 	Walk: "Wildcat Creek Wildlife and Native American Life"
2/10/2007	 	Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: The Taming of the Female Body"
2/10/2007	 	Workshop: "Introducing Perennial Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs"
2/10/2007	 	Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives
2/10/2007	 	Seminar: "... Mosses, Ferns, and Lichen"
2/11/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Open Garden"
2/11/2007	 	Talk: "Vanishing Vernal Pools"
2/11/2007	 	Fundraiser Film Screening: "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible"
2/11/2007	 	Volunteer: "Ocean Beach Cleanup"
2/11/2007	 	Application Deadline: "Gardening and Composting Educator Training... 2/24 - 5/23"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Meeting: "Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)" -- Seeking New Members — Help Seed Save the World! Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) is looking for collective members to carry on this great project. Join with others interested in promoting local seed saving and sharing, and help craft the future of the Ecology Center's Seed Library. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 233.

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Bookmaking with Recycled Materials - CLASS IS FULL — Come learn how to make a book using coptic binding and creatively recycled materials. We'll make books that can be used as scrapbooks, blank books, journals, and more, using materials provided as well as materials you've saved up. Class is limited to 8 students; call or email to register. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: Beck, 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org , ecologycenter.org .

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Talk: "Food Fight ~ Get informed about the Farm Bill" — Join the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture for a talk about the Farm Bill by Daniel Imhoff, author of the soon-to-be-released book Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill. Imhoff will explore the history of the bill, outline key issues from conservation to nutrition to energy policy, and describe how we can turn the tables. The Farm Bill "literally shapes our food system, our bodies, and our future ... and most experts assert that we need nothing less than a revolutionary overhaul of our farm policy to set the country on a more sustainable trajectory," says Imhoff. The lecture is cosponsored by the Ecology Center and the Marin Farmers' Market. It will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to talk with nonprofit organizations supporting Farm Bill policies that promote a sustainable food system. Daniel Imhoff will be available to sign copies of Food Fight and his other titles. The event may fill up, so please reserve your spot by email or phone. Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd Floor. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-291-3276 x106, julie@cuesa.org , http://www.cuesa.org/events/calendar/ .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Community Meeting on Pacific Steel Casting — Tell the Mayor and Berkeley City Council: Stop Pacific Steel Casting's pollution. Our community deserves clean air & environmental justice! It is important for residents to show up and express their concerns about the ongoing pollution and violations at PSC. If you smell the odor from PSC, call to complain: 800-334-ODOR. Location: West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 6th St., @ Hearst, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-248-5010.

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Registration Deadline: "Indigenous Permaculture Program" Camping Workshop, 2/23 - 2/24 — We will be reconnecting with Mother nature to promote community interaction, friendship, health, family continuity, intergenerational respect, alternatives to negative behaviors, and a path to sustainable health. Introduction 2/23, 9am - noon: restoration of the human equilibrium with mother earth -- using the universal language of our way of life and respect. 2pm - 4pm: discussion. 6:30pm - 9pm: dinner, cultural event. 2/24, 8am-noon and 1pm - 3pm: practice of traditional and ecological inner gardening, a path to sustainable health, using traditional farming and water. Noon - 1pm: lunch. 4pm: discussion and closure. Camping grounds will be provided, so please bring your tents, sleeping bags, winter-clothes, and your own food for the BBQ and potluck. All proceeds support the Indigenous Permaculture Program. This is an alcohol-free and drug-free event. RSVP by the deadline. Info: 415-370-1657, mayalencanahuat@yahoo.com , http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/ .

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan — Berkeley architect Martin Hammer recently returned from Pakistan where he is working to bring straw bale construction to the mountainous region devastated by the 2005 earthquake that was responsible for over 80,000 deaths, and left millions without permanent shelter. Straw bale construction is earthquake resistant, energy and resource efficient, and an affordable solution to northern Pakistan's enormous reconstruction needs. Martin Hammer has been involved with the design, engineering, and construction of straw bale buildings for over 10 years, has written extensively about straw bale construction, and is the lead author of the recently proposed straw bale building code for the State of California. Come join us for this informative talk and slideshow. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: Beck, 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org , ecologycenter.org .

Friday, February 23, 2007
Workshop: "Solidarity with Mother Nature" — We will be reconnecting with Mother nature to promote community interaction, friendship, health, family continuity, intergenerational respect, alternatives to negative behaviors, and a path to sustainable health. Introduction 2/23, 9am - noon: restoration of the human equilibrium with mother earth -- using the universal language of our way of life and respect. 2pm - 4pm: discussion. 6:30pm - 9pm: dinner, cultural event. 2/24, 8am-noon and 1pm - 3pm: practice of traditional and ecological inner gardening, a path to sustainable health, using traditional farming and water. Noon - 1pm: lunch. 4pm: discussion and closure. RSVP by 2/10. Camping grounds will be provided, so please bring your tents, sleeping bags, winter-clothes, and your own food for the BBQ and potluck. All proceeds support the Indigenous Permaculture Program. This is an alcohol-free and drug-free event. Cost: $100. Info: 415-370-1657, mayalencanahuat@yahoo.com , http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/ .

Saturday, March 3, 2007
8th Annual Seed Swap — The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) is hosting its annual seed swap potluck hoedown and you are invited. Share music, food, and home grown garden seeds! Learn about seed saving and the Library. BASIL is a project of the Ecology Center. See you there! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: $10 unless you bring seed and a potluck dish to share. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 233.

Thursday, March 8, 2007
The Natural History of the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion — The Siskiyou Field Institute (SFI) provides engaging field-science programs about the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. In the Klamath-Siskiyous, very unusual natural features, such as metal-rich serpentine and peridotite rocks, multiple climactic influences, and a mixed and jumbled geology create a complex mosaic of habitats with fascinating plant and animal species. The Klamath-Siskiyous are home to a diversity of bird species, and 280 of the more than 3,100 plant species endemic to the area. SFI and Southern Oregon University have partnered to cooperatively own a stunning 850-acre property near Selma, OR. With fire-affected canopied forest, serpentine outcrops, oak woodlands, and miles of stream frontage, the property showcases the region's spectacular diversity. SFI offers a wide array of programs and a Naturalist Certificate, as well as field programs about the area's landscape, and flora and fauna. Please join us to learn more about this interesting bioregion. SFI will share stories from the field as they take you on a tour of their new facility and the natural history of the Klamath Knot. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, March 10, 2007
Let Worms Eat Your Garbage — Join us for a free Worm Compost workshop this weekend, and discover an amazing way to recycle fruit and vegetable scraps. The workshop is hands-on and user friendly! Worm composting is a fun and easy way to recycle fruit and vegetable scraps using redworms in an enclosed bin. Redworms eat kitchen scraps and turn them into a high quality fertilizer. Worm composting is for food waste only, and is especially appropriate for people with little or no yard space. With ordinary kitchen trimmings, home composters can make a rich fertilizer. Using homemade compost will cut down on the amount of fertilizer and water we need to use on our soils. Compost makes soil more fertile and helps gardens and lawns become healthy and lush. There will be a drawing for a free worm bin at the end of the class. The worm workshop will be presented by staff from the Bay-Friendly Gardening program of Alameda County. For information about the entire Bay-Friendly Gardening workshop series or other gardening resources, visit www.BayFriendly.org or call the compost information hotline: 510/444-SOIL Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: Beck, 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, March 17, 2007
Free Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling Class — Come take this free class hosted by the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Did you know that many older buildings in Alameda County contain lead-based paint under the surface layers and when the paint peels or is disturbed during renovations, children and workers can become lead poisoned? To better protect yourself and your children from lead poisoning, Alameda County is sponsoring this class, which will teach property owners how to detect and remedy lead hazards in the home. This class is taught by expert staff and will offer simple solutions to property owners on how to safely repaint and remodel their homes. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 12pm. Cost: Free. Info: Beck, 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Stopping the Destruction of Our Sierra Nevada Forests — The Sierra Nevada is a natural treasure with wonders such as Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and the Giant Sequoia Trees. Unfortunately, the forests of the Sierra are being clearcut by logging giant Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI). This destructive activity threatens endangered wildlife, dumps sediment into streams and lakes and even increases fire risks for local communities. Come to a presentation by the folks from Forest Ethics (forestethics.org) to learn more about this issue, and about where this wood is going, and what you can do to help stop it. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

ALL EVENTS

Through Saturday, January 27, 2007
Conference: "Ecological Farming" — The 27th Annual Ecological Farming Conference is one of the largest and oldest gatherings of organic farmers, marketers, activists, and sustainable consumers in the US. The 2007 theme is "Farm Power: Growing it Organically!" Conference features more than 50 workshops on farming techniques and sustainable food systems. Participants enjoy organic meals, a regional farm tour, seed swap, organic wine tasting, exhibitor marketplace and special events. Location: Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove. Cost: $570 includes meals and lodging (see website for details and discounts). Info: 831-763-2111, http://www.eco-farm.org/efc_07/index.html .

Through Friday, February 16, 2007
Internet Workshop: "PV Design" — The PV workshop teaches you how to use PV technology to produce electricity from the sun. It focuses on design and installation of residential code compliant PV systems, with a focus on sizing, site analysis, and hardware specification. Cost: $725. Info: 970-963-8855, sei@solarenergy.org , http://www.solarenergy.org/workshops/workshop.php?id=14 .

Through Monday, March 5, 2007
Class: "Environmental Careers" — Career development strategies and exploration of what is available in emerging environmental fields. Code M1226. Meets Monday's 1/22,1/29,2/26,3/5; Sunday 2/4. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $20 (1 unit). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Through Sunday, March 18, 2007
Course: "Permaculture Design Certification" — The Cascadia Permaculture Institute invites you to join Jude Hobbs, Toby Hemenway, and Guests for a comprehensive Permaculture Design Certification Course. Gain a clearer understanding of theory, design, and practice of ecological design through lecture, discussion, slide shows, design projects, and hands-on experience. Class will be held six weekends in 2007: January 20, 21, 27, 28, February 10, 11, 17, 18, and March 3, 4, 17, 18; Saturdays 8:30-5:30 and Sundays 8:30-4. Location: Dharmalaya, 356 Horn Lane, Eugene, OR. Cost: $425 - $475 sliding scale ($25 discount until 1/6/07). Info: 541-514-4979, permaculturerocks@yahoo.com .

Through Sunday, April 15, 2007
Exhibit: "ONE: An Earth Installation" — San Francisco's celebrated designer/artist, Stanlee Gatti, reflects on the interconnectedness of all living things in his very first public exhibition this winter at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The exhibition brings together Gatti's flair for floral design and his artistic approach to creating original, contemporary environments. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 9am - 5pm (Tuesdays through Sundays). Cost: $5 general, $3 youth 12-17. Info: 415-666-7001, http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/ .

Through Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Principles of Ecology and Sustainable Systems Lab" — Field lab course which identifies, measures and tests environmental principles discussed in prerequisite or corequisite Envmt 2 or Biol 13: Qualitative and quantitative methods. Code M1228. Meets Wednesdays. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $20 (1 unit). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Through Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Environmental Racism and Justice" — American and global environmental policy and ethics concentrating on their impact on minorities and people of color. Code M1222. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays. Room P207. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 11am - 12:30pm. Cost: $60 (3 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Through Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Special Projects in Environmental Design, Installation, and Maintenance" — Environmental management, restoration, and maintenance practices for buildings, watersheds, and landscapes at public sites. Code M1237. Thursdays, lecture 2pm - 4:30pm, lab 4:30pm - 6pm. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $10 - $60 (.5 units - 3 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Through Sunday, May 27, 2007
Class: "Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems" — Impact of human civilization on earth's major eco- logical systems: Issues of ecology,sustainability, human population, natural resources, pollution. Code M1227. Meets Wednesdays. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $60 (3 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Friday, January 26, 2007
Film: "An Inconvenient Truth" — An inspirational look at Al Gore's crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. The film is a poignant portrait of Gore, a prophet of our times. Here he is seen as never before in the media -- funny, engaging, open, and downright on fire about what he calls our "planetary emergency." Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.climatecrisis.net .

Friday, January 26, 2007
Closing Reception: "Art at the Dump" — SF Recycling & Disposal will hold a closing reception with refreshments for local artists Nome Edonna and Sudhu Tewari. Both artists will exhibit work they created during their residency at San Francisco's city 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, January 26, 2007
Acterra Family Movie Night: "Hoot" — Grab your kids and some pillows and join Acterra for a free screening of "Hoot". This charming PG tells how a few kids engage in some fun hijinks to protect endangered owls from losing their habitat. Small snack will be provided. Location: Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., near San Antonio Rd. and Hwy. 101, Palo Alto. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 306, library@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org .

Friday, January 26, 2007 - Saturday, January 27, 2007
Recycle E-Waste — Donate your old computer or electronic equipment and get a tax deduction! All items are recycled. Your financial as well as your E-waste fair market value will be noted on your receipt. Just drive in and fill out the donation form. We'll unload your stuff and give you a receipt. We will accept Computer Monitors, Televisions, Laptops, Computers, Faxes, Desk top Copiers, Copy Machines, Scanners, key boards, Mouse, Cell phones, telephones, etc. (any items that have electronic boards in them). No household/commercial appliances such refrigerators, microwaves, washers or dryers, or hazardous materials. The parking lot is located between Willow and Popular Avenues across the street from the Church. Location: New Vision United Methodist Church, 450 Chadbourne Ave., Millbrae. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $1 per-item donation suggested. Info: 650-270-3875.

Friday, January 26, 2007
Class: "Urban Oases: Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City" — Narrow yards, shady alleys, tiny balconies, even windy rooftops can be transformed into cozy garden rooms and refreshing, comfortable sanctuaries. A group of experts shows you how to use the urban palette as a resource for creating city gardens. Location: Strybing Arboretum, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: $115. Info: 415-661 -1316 ext. 354, http://www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.org .

Friday, January 26, 2007
Story Telling: "Animal Encounters" — "Friday's Fables" are great for children 2-8 years old and their caregivers. Meet in the Book Nook. Location: Coyote Pt. Museum for Environmental Education, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo. Time: 3pm. Info: 650-342-7755, info@coyoteptmuseum.org , http://greendollhouse.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Really Really Free Market — No money, no barter, no advertising. Everything is free. Really! Let's get some good-old SF activity going downtown this Saturday. There's an anti-war protest going on at Powell a couple blocks away, so let's not only join and make our own noise, but also show a fun, non-reactionary, alternative form of demonstration. Expecting: free food, political knitting circle, bike repair & tune ups, and more. Bring gifts, skills to share, performances and anything you can imagine. At Market Street and 2nd Street. Location: Montgomery BART station , Montgomery St. (also 2nd St.) and Market, SF. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 650-342-7755, reallyreallyfreemarket@mutualaid.org , http://www.sf-rrfm.org/ .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Speakers: Dennis Kucinich and Others on the War in Iraq — Congressman Dennis Kucinich will speak on Bush's decision to escalate the conflict, his request for $100-160 billion more for the war, and what it will take to end all war funding and the U.S. war in Iraq. Also speaking: Carolyn Ho, mother of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first military officer to be court-martialed for refusing to deploy to Iraq. Robert Temple will also perform. Rev. Gregory Stewart, and Tim Paulson of the San Francisco Labor Council will Emcee. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St., @ Geary, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-436-6125, labor-for-peace-and-justice@igc.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Volunteers will restore some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay and help us reach our goal to plant 10,000 native wetland plants there this winter. We will focus on planting native plants, removing non-native, invasive weeds and continuing shoreline clean-up. Part of ongoing wetland restoration projects with our site partner, the East Bay Regional Park District. RSVP requested. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party" — Help the Friends of Corona Heights Habitat Restoration weed out nonnative plants in one of San Francisco's prime native habitat areas. Meet at the north side of the Randall Museum, dress in layers, wear a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, and bring water. Tools and disposable gloves provided. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 415-552-3542.

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Rally and March: "End the War in Iraq" — President Bush just announced his intent to escalate the number of troops in Iraq by over 20,000 more troops. March to demand an end to the war. We're bringing the same message to the streets of San Francisco. Make your own signs and banners and march with your friends, family, co-workers, class-mates, church, union or organization. Join us to show Bush and the new Democratic Congress that the anti-war movement is back. Location: Powell and Market Streets, SF. Time: noon. Info: 510-484-5242, j27committee@gmail.com .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Winter Planting at San Francisquito Creek" — Help us plant 10,000 native seedlings at the Palo Alto Baylands this winter. During the winter we will focus on planting native plants, removing non-native invasive weeds and continuing shoreline clean-up. These programs are part of our ongoing wetland restoration projects with our site partner, the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. RSVP requested. 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, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Muir Woods Earth Day" — Projects include planting, weeding, mulching, beach cleanup, and trail maintenance throughout the Redwood Creek Watershed. Individuals and groups welcome. All participants are invited to a BBQ lunch at the end of the event. RSVP. Location: Muir Woods. Time: 8:30am - 1pm. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Latino Summit: "Education is Everybody's Business" — The Seventh Annual Latino Summit: Education is Everybody's Business is designed to improve access to higher education for Latino students by providing information to parents, teachers, administrators, and the community. The summit also informs students and their families of the resources available to improve their lives. Location: California State University-East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward. Time: 8:30am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-885-2514.

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Closing Reception: "Art at the Dump" — SF Recycling & Disposal will hold a closing reception with refreshments for local artists Nome Edonna and Sudhu Tewari. Both artists will exhibit work they created during their residency at San Francisco's city 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, January 27, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Worm Wigglers" — Do you throw trash away? Where is "away"? Find out and learn the wonders of composting in the Ecology Lab. All ages welcome (children 6 and younger must be supervised). Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $8. Info: 415-561-7690, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fallwinter0607.htm .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Film and Talk on Iraq by Filmmaker: "Little Birds" — A prize-winning Japanese independent journalist, Takeharu Watai has produced a film depicting the daily lives of Iraqi people following the launch of the U.S.-led war on the country in March 2003. In Baghdad, Samawa, Falluja, and at Abu Ghraib, Watai listened to the voices of the Iraqi people, and caught glimpses of the truth about the Iraq war that mainstream media have failed to capture. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $8 ($6 students). Info: 415-822-4732, fernandovenceramos@yahoo.com , http://www.littlebirds.net/eng/index.htm .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Canopy Rootball Work Day" — Help Canopy prepare 67 trees for planting. Massage tree roots apart, correct girdling roots and in general get the trees off to a better start. We will not be planting trees, only preparing them. See a living rootsystem that is usually buried under the soil, learn a technique that will improve the vitality of future trees, and contribute to the planting of new trees along the Highway 101 soundwalls in East Palo Alto. This volunteer day is part of the East Palo Alto Tree Initiative. Location: Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, 1875 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 650-964 - 6110, genevra@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve" — Saturday restoration parties on second and fourth Saturdays from 9-1. For the near future, we will continue to plant our exciting new creek site. RSVP by phone. Please let us know when you'll be volunteering. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes (no open-toed shoes please), rubber boots for the mud, and bring sunscreen, hat, and water. We will provide tools, gloves, water, and healthy snacks. Location: Pearson-Arastradero Parking Lot, 1530 Arastradero Road , Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 1pm. Info: 650-962 - 9876 ext. 311, sheril@acterra.org , http://www.arastradero.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Conference: "Californians for Pesticide Reform" — Californians for Pesticide Reform is turning 10! The CPR coalition has built a strong movement for pesticide reform in California. Celebrate with other pesticide reform leaders who have helped drive this change. Join us for a day of issue briefings, networking, and skills trainings in our statewide efforts to reduce pesticide use and support sustainable alternatives. Exact location TBD. Lunch provided. Childcare and translation available. Time: 9am - 6pm. Info: 415-981-3939 ext. 5, andrea@igc.org , http://www.pesticidereform.org/calendar.php?calid=57 .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Book Event: "Awake in the Wild" — Environmental activist and writer Mark Coleman says, "Go outdoors," believing that we must develop a spiritual connection with the natural world. Coleman tempts us to turn off our computers, and leave the confines of our homes, offices, and cars, to step outside into the beauty that abounds in the wilderness, to breathe fresh air, to touch the earth, and to bear witness to the harm we are causing the environment. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, events@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jan07Calendar.jsp .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Asia Minor" — From the neolithic cultures of Catal Huyuk and Hacilar, to the Hurrians and Hittites and Phrygians, to the great Kybele, Mother of the Mountain, and her ecstatic priestesses of the drum and cymbal. Anahita and the Armenians, Greeks and Turks. Pre-register by phone or email for exact location and to assure a seat. Location: Emeryville. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-655-1589, contact@brianakaufmann.com , http://www.suppressedhistories.net/events.html .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Fundraiser: "Freedom Dance Party" — The dance supports the National Radio Project's Making Contact and independent journalists. Dance to the best of Salsa, Old-school Funk, Progressive Hip-Hop and Reggae/ton with DJ Sandina. Location: Uptown Body Shop & Community Space, 401 26th Street, near 19th St. BART, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm - noon. Cost: $10 and up, suggested donation. Info: 510-251-1332 ext 102, makingcontact@radioproject.org , http://radioproject.org/about/events/ .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Winter Planting at Eden Landing" — Join Save The Bay and the CA Department of Fish and Game to help restore 300 acres of wetlands on the East Bay Shoreline in Hayward/Union City. Help plant 5,000 native wetland plants at Eden Landing this winter. Other duties include cleaning up debris, removing non-native plants, gathering native plant cuttings and collecting seeds in preparation for wetland restoration. This site is normally off-limits to the public and access is granted only to volunteers during these selected dates. RSVP requested. Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Course: "The Art of Home Farming" — Learn garden layout and design, soil preparation, seed propagation, and how to raise healthy edible crops. These methods make backyard gardening manageable within a busy schedule, and bring high quality, fresh, organic food to your table. You will make lasting friendships learning all about companion planting, proper tools, seed saving, transplanting, garden insects, harvesting techniques, and more. Register by phone 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: 5 Saturdays, 10:30am - 2pm. Cost: $210. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Guided Walk: Elephant Seals — Ano Nuevo beach is the world's largest mainland breeding colony for northern elephant seals. State park volunteer naturalists will take us on a three mile walk, rain or shine, over sand dunes. The walk will last about 2.5 hours and is considered moderately strenuous. Dress for possible rain, wind, and cool temperatures. Cameras and binoculars recommended. The time is still undecided, but will be somewhere between 9am and mid-afternoon. RSVP by email: space is limited to 20 people. There may be a post-hike stop at Duarte's in Pescadero. Location: Ano Nuevo State Reserve, 55 miles south of SF on coast. Cost: $5 plus $6 per car. Info: 510-301-8876, mjf221@aol.com , http://www.parks.ca.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Birdwatching Walk: Las Gallinas Ponds — During this leisurely walk we will focus on the wintering birds of the Las Gallinas Ponds. The ponds are part of a 3.5 mile public access easement of the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District that includes salt and freshwater marshes where over 200 species of birds have been catalogued. In addition to being an important link on the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds, this North Bay site offers beautiful views. Directions and more info provided upon RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: $25 (to become a Save The Bay member). Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/ .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Plant California Native Bunch Grass" — Help "Magic" plant 30,000 native California bunch grass seedlings on campus. These plants will demonstrate benefits of native species landscaping--beauty, habitat, water conservation, non-toxic maintenance--to tens of thousands of people annually. The work is physical but mostly light. Families, school groups, service clubs, and athletic teams have found it a joyful way to work together to protect the Earth. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 1pm. Info: 650-323-7333, robin@ecomagic.org , http://www.ecomagic.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party" — Help Friends of Five Creeks volunteers control erosion, remove invasives, and plant natives on Cerrito Creek. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara St., El Cerrito (just north of Albany Hill). Location: Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair — This 30th annual BAEER Fair offers exhibits and workshops for educators and parents with an interest in wildlife, ecology, and conservation of natural resources. The fair is located in the Exhibit Hall of the Marin Center, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and children. The registration deadline for exhibitors is 12/1, and is done on a first come, first serve process. Location: Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Time: 10am - 4:30pm. Cost: $12 (High school students and seniors $10, youth $8, children under 7 free.). Info: 510-657-4847, kenpacx@yahoo.com , http://www.baeerfair.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Workshop: "Winter Pruning" — Winter is the best time to prune for vigorous spring growth. With appropriate pruning techniques, you can minimize your pest and disease problems, promote fruiting and flowering, and encourage healthy, sustainable plants. Pre-registration required. This workshop is part of our Resource Efficient Landscaping Education Program. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Volunteer: "Shotwell Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. RSVP by phone. Meeting location TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 111, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Film and Talk on Iraq by Filmmaker: "Little Birds" — A prize-winning Japanese independent journalist, Takeharu Watai has produced a film depicting the daily lives of Iraqi people following the launch of the U.S.-led war on the country in March 2003. In Baghdad, Samawa, Falluja, and at Abu Ghraib, Watai listened to the voices of the Iraqi people, and caught glimpses of the truth about the Iraq war that mainstream media have failed to capture. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $8 ($6 students). Info: 415-822-4732, fernandovenceramos@yahoo.com , http://www.littlebirds.net/eng/index.htm .

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Concert: "Political Satire and Music" — Chris Chandler and David Roe Show, and singing CIA Agent George Shrub. Award winning multimedia storytelling and a raucous repertoire of radical music. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10-- students $8. Info: 510-849-2568, info@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/calendar .

Sunday, January 28, 2007 - Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Summit: "Environmental Challenges to Reproductive Health and Fertility" — Discover why environmental health science is critically relevant to reproductive and developmental health. Join multidisciplinary stakeholders in a pioneering, national conference to explore and set new directions. Researchers will present overviews of the science on environmental contaminant impacts on male and female reproductive health, fertility, and pregnancy. Space limited: register ASAP. Location: UCSF Mission Center, 1855 Folsom , 15th Street, SF. Cost: See website. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.ucsf.edu/coe/prhesummit.html .

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Educational Adventure: Nature Theater Sing-Along — An indoor puppet show that's fun for the whole family. Hear a story about life on the Little Farm and the jobs of a farmer. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 11am - noon. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Abuse Demo: "Battery Cages and Lunardi's Grocery Chain" — Lunardi's still sells eggs from chickens confined in battery cages. Lunardi's is the lead competitor of Andronico's Market, which stopped selling battery cage eggs in October 2006. Recently, East Bay Animal Advocates documented conditions at Lunardi's battery-cage egg supplier. The undercover footage shows confinement of chickens in tiny, wire cages. In order to advance the company's commitment to consumers and animals, ask President Paul Lunardi to stop selling battery cage eggs at his company's stores. Location: Lunardi's Supermarket, 100 Skycrest Shopping Center, San Bruno. Time: noon - 1pm. Info: 925-487-4419, info@eastbayanimaladvocates.org , http://www.lunardisabuse.com .

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Book Event: "50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals..." — Ingrid Newkirk introduces 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals: Fun and Easy Ways to Be a Kind Kid. How do you roust today's TV- and computer-dazed kids out of their comfy confines to get them busy making the world a better place? Just ask PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk, who over the past two decades has transformed animal rights from an obscure social movement into all the rage among young people from Manhattan to Manila. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, events@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jan07Calendar.jsp .

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Open Garden" — Join the Little Farm gardener for composting, planting, watering and reaping the rewards of our work. Cancelled only by heavy rain. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Monday, January 29, 2007
Workshop: "Solar Bootcamp for Beginners" — This hands-on workshop is designed for both solar career seekers and handy homeowners who want immersion in the nuts and bolts of grid-tied PV. The 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 tackle your own grid-tied PV installation. Topics include electricity and PV basics, equipment selection, code issues, rebates and incentives, battery back up, system sizing based on financial returns, and energy efficiency. Course manual and other resource materials included. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $695. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1517 .

Monday, January 29, 2007 - Monday, March 12, 2007
Course: "Community Education: Lessons of Land and Spirit" — This course is a call to action, an opportunity for anyone experiencing a deep yearning that cannot be named to cross a threshold into the terrain beyond beliefs. We'll focus on healing our relationship with Earth, all the Elements, and Spirit as a way to heal ourselves and our planet. Our journey will focus on remembering and reclaiming parts of the self that await our conscious connection. Location: The Crossroads, West Santa Rosa (details & directions given with registration confirmation). Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: Mondays, 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $200. Info: 707-542-4928, beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com , http://www.newcollege.edu/northbay .

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Presentation: "Water - Where It Comes From, Where It Goes" — Learn more about our local water systems from Greg Zlotnick, Director of Santa Clara Valley Water District and Phil Bobel of the Palo Alto Water Quality Control Plant. This is the first in a series of issue briefings deigned to give you in-depth information about local environmental concerns. Location: Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., near San Antonio Rd. and Hwy. 101, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $5. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 302, http://www.acterra.org .

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Book Event: "In Faro's Garden" — When Richard Schwarzenberger undertook writing a gardening column for The Berkeley Monthly, he found that he couldn't bring himself to give cut-and-dry advice about mulching, pruning, and watering. Instead, he had the fruitful idea of developing a fictional world that would integrate gardening advice and lore in the stories of his characters. He reads from his new collection In Faro's Garden. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 302, http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Workshop: "Berkeley Copwatch" — Hands-on workshop on what to do if you are stopped by police and how to observe police safely. Includes tips on video, scanners and filing complaints. Contact us to organize additional trainings for your group, neighborhood or yourself. Location: Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-0425, berkeleycopwatch@yahoo.com , http://www.berkeleycopwatch.org .

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Meeting: "Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)" -- Seeking New Members — Help Seed Save the World! Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) is looking for collective members to carry on this great project. Join with others interested in promoting local seed saving and sharing, and help craft the future of the Ecology Center's Seed Library. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 233.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Presentation: "Breast Cancer and Safe Cosmetics" — The Bay Area Women's Environmental Network invites you to join Sonya Lunder of the Environmental Working Group for a conversation about the links between cosmetics and cancer. Major loopholes in federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products. Learn more about the harmful chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products and the steps we can take to remove them. Space limited. Tickets available online and at the door, if not sold out. Location: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: $10. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 233, http://wenspeakerseriesjan07.eventbrite.com/ .

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Book Event: "Wild: An Elemental Journey" — Jay Griffiths' new book is a love song to the earth's wildest places, and to the indigenous people who inhabit them, from the fecund rainforest of the Amazon to the stark beauty of Antarctic ice fields, the coral reefs of the South Seas, the (melting) snows of Kilimanjaro, to the vanishing song lines of aboriginal Australia. Griffiths sets off in search of "a quality of wildness which - like art, sex, love and all the other intoxicants - has a rising swing ringing through it. A drinker of wildness, I was tipsy with it before I began and roaring drunk by the end." Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559 - 9500, info@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jan07Calendar.jsp .

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Fundraiser: "Report and Video on Zapatista Peoples" — Report and video from an encounter between the Zapatista Peoples and the peoples of the world. Music by Musica Humana~Blues featuring: Arnoldo Garcia, Andrew Kong Knight and Jose Palafox. All Proceeds are for San Manuel's Autonomous Health Care System. Sponsored by the Chiapas Support Committee. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 - $10 sliding scale. Info: 510-654-9587, cezmat@igc.org , http://www.lapena.org/calendar .

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Panel: "Capitalism 3.0: The Social Capitalism Revolution" — How do businesses measure their success? More and more companies are considering the social and environmental impact of their practices. The market economy seems to have developed an altruistic sense of purpose. Or has it? Our program will discuss how "corporate social responsibility," "green" offices, organic products and "fair trade" are changing the way businesses operate. What does is take to be legit, and who's just "green-washing"? 6pm: check-in: 6:30pm: program: 7:30pm: reception/book signing. Register by phone or online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $20 ($7 for students). Info: 415-597 - 6705, http://www.commonwealthclub.org/INFORUM/ .

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - Thursday, March 29, 2007
Class: "Energy Auditing" — Intensive examination of household energy usage, conservation, and rehabilitation: Energy concepts, basic solar concepts, utility systems. Code M1235. Meets Thursdays, 2/1,2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, and Saturdays, 2/3, 2/17,2/24,3/10,3/24. Location: Merritt College campus, Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center , 12500 Campus Drive , Oakland. Cost: $54. Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Exhibit: "Eco-Art, Photography, and Poetry Show by Bay Area Teens" — Visuals and Voices is an annual art contest and traveling exhibit that lets young people express their relationship to the environment, and voice their desire for responsible environmental stewardship. Hosted by Earth Team, a network of Bay Area teenagers, teachers, and youth leaders, the thought-provoking show includes artwork from more than thirty different schools in five Bay Area counties. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Info: 415-561-7690, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/special.html .

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Speaker: "Tim Wise on Racism" — Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S. He has spoken to over 300,000 people in 48 states, and on over 350 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia. Wise is the author of two books - White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 -- $5 youth 18 and under. Info: 510-601-0182, info@speakoutnow.org .

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Book Event: "I Cried, You Didn't Listen" — An evening of readings and discussion marking the release of a new edition of Dwight Abbott's chilling chronicle of his life growing up in the California Youth Authority (CYA) and an indictment of an ineffective, inhumane criminal justice system. Since Abbott is incarcerated, his writing will be read by staff from the prison writing publication The Beat Within. Joining us will be a representative from Critical Resistance as well as several young people who are recent "graduates" of the CYA. Location: AK Press, 674A 23rd St., between MLK & San Pablo, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-208-1700, http://www.akpress.org/events/event2 .

Friday, February 2, 2007
Workshop: "Solar Electricity for the Developing World" — Learn to design and install photovoltaic systems for the developing world. Workshop participants learn system sizing, site analysis, hardware specification, and component selection. The workshop covers typical applications and case study examples. Install a complete, operational system in the field. This workshop is for the novice who wants to use PV and for those seeking employment in the solar industry. Location: Durika. Cost: $1,130 ($1,080 before 12/9/06). Info: 970-963-8855, ian@solarenergy.org .

Friday, February 2, 2007 - Sunday, February 4, 2007
11th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival — San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and California's Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area encompass 30,000 acres on San Francisco Bay's north shore. Over one million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and large numbers of hawks migrate here each year. The festival draws thousands of visitors at the peak of bird migration, with outdoor and indoor activities for families and guided birding, nature, and wetland walks. Some activities require preregistration. Location: Mare Island, Building 897, Vallejo. Cost: Free. Info: 707-649-9464, myrnahay@pacbell.net , http://www.sfbayflywayfestival.com/ .

Friday, February 2, 2007
Application Deadline: "2007 Business Environmental Awards" — Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Business Environmental Awards. Presented by Acterra, the Business Environmental Awards have honored over 100 organizations for their innovative programs and outstanding achievements which contribute toward a sustainable Bay Area. Any private, public, or non-profit business entity, division or facility located in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo , Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County is eligible to apply. Applications are evaluated on the basis of leadership, environmental benefits, potential model for business community, demonstrated program commitment, and collaborative effort. Info: 650-962 - 9876 ext. 350, awards@acterra.org .

Friday, February 2, 2007
Seminar: "Water Recycling" — Water recycling will play a significant role in future water supply portfolios. There are, however, many regulatory, political, technical, and economic hurdles which need to be cleared to fully utilize this source of water supply. This seminar will cover the latest accomplishments and developments in water recycling. Industry experts will discuss a broad range of topics, from design to permitting, from engineering to finance and much more in the water recycling industry. Location: Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Time: 9am. Cost: $495 (see web site for discounts). Info: 800-574-4852, http://www.theseminargroup.net/seminar.lasso?seminar=07.RCYCA .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: "Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. RSVP by phone. Location: Friends of the Urban Forest, Presidio of SF, Bldg. # 1007, SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Plastic Patrol" — Lend a hand with plastic trash along the shore, then turn trash into treasure back in the Art Room. Fee covers up to 3 people. Each additional person is $4. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $8 per family. Info: 415-561-7690, http://www.crissyfield.org/center/fallwinter0607.htm .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Workshop: "Winter Composting in the Mission" — GFE and SFGRO are teaming up to offer composting workshops. This one will teach you how to create a rich soil amendment by taking advantage of the rainy weather and surge of lush green growth. Get tips on where to find those scarce "brown" materials and how to attract beneficial soil critters while keeping your system from getting too wet or too cold. Class covers both backyard and worm composting methods. Meet other people in your neighborhood interested in environmentally friendly gardening! Location: Common Community Garden, Corner of 23rd St. b/t Folsom St. and Shotwell St., or 22nd St. and Connecticut St., SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: "French Broom Removal" — Help restore the park. French broom has been displacing the native plants. Volunteers are needed to remove the broom. We provide tools. Meet at Skyline Gate staging area (8500 Skyline Blvd. Oakland). Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm. Info: 925-756-0195, http://www.ebparks.org/ .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Bookmaking with Recycled Materials - CLASS IS FULL — Come learn how to make a book using coptic binding and creatively recycled materials. We'll make books that can be used as scrapbooks, blank books, journals, and more, using materials provided as well as materials you've saved up. Class is limited to 8 students; call or email to register. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: Beck, 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org , ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: "Winter Planting at Eden Landing" — Join Save The Bay and the CA Department of Fish and Game to help restore 300 acres of wetlands on the East Bay Shoreline in Hayward/Union City. Help plant 5,000 native wetland plants at Eden Landing this winter. Other duties include cleaning up debris, removing non-native plants, gathering native plant cuttings and collecting seeds in preparation for wetland restoration. This site is normally off-limits to the public and access is granted only to volunteers during these selected dates. RSVP requested. Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Bug of the Month Club" — Explore the bizarre and fascinating world of insects. Kids how to design experiments and how to use the scientific method. Choose from two time slots: 10am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2pm. Fee includes materials and a snack. Call to confirm date and location. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Office, 1255 First Avenue, Oakland. Time: 10am and 12:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-581-3739, http://www.sarahscience.com/ .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Kids Garden Club — In this exciting club for children, we plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! Ages 6-9. Registration required. New themes and activities each season. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Workshop: "Composting" — Grow Biointensive composting is the basis for growing the healthiest, most nutritious, and disease-resistant plants. Learn the easiest and most effective way to compost. We will go to a nearby site and build our own compost pile. Bring a five-gallon bucket of "green material" (grass clippings, weeds, and/or non-meat kitchen scraps). 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: $21. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Arts Showcase: "Pandora's Trunk" — Pandora's Trunkis a bi-monthly eclectic arts showcase and designer sample sale. the 2/3 showcase features works made from recycled and reclaimed materials. Location: 916 Natoma Street, between Mission and Howard, 10th & 11th, SF. Time: 1pm - 7pm. Cost: Free admission. Info: 650-493-6072, http://pandorastrunk.com/home.htm .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Workshop: " Companion Planting" — Discover how to enhance your garden's health and productivity while attracting a beneficial insect population. Learn how to make efficient use of your garden space and the plants' natural properties by using methods that have been used for centuries. Learn how to combat diseases like fusarium and verticillium wilt in tomatoes. 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 - 3:30pm. Cost: $21. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Presentation and Potluck: "Ukraine Ecotour" — Learn about Permaculture gardening from William Mutch, Susan Osofsky, and Christel Casjens. A potluck supper will follow at 6:15pm, then a program at 7:30pm describing the Russia and Ukraine Culture Eco-Ag Tour planned for May 11-28, including slides. The Russian art we will see during the tour will be broadly described. You need not be considering joining the ecotour group to attend. Location: 831 Marshall Dr., one block from Louis Road, Palo Alto. Time: 4pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $10 or greater donation requested. Info: 650-856-9751, cvesecky@igc.org , http://biointensiveforrussia.igc.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Workshop Series: "Toward A Sustainable Marin" — Environmental Forum of Marin's 2007 Workshop Series is created for community leaders and their staff but offers all Marinites the most current, useful and trustworthy environmental information. Five classes will be held at Dominican University and two (the February 24 and March 24 classes) will be held at 555 Northgate Drive, San Rafael (at Marin Nonprofit Resource Center's meeting room, across the street from Sears). Register by phone ASAP -- the course may be full. Location: Dominican University, San Rafael. Time: Saturdays, 9am - 2pm. Cost: $200. Info: 650-856-9751, http://www.marinefm.org/workshopseries.html .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration in Palo Alto — Help us to reach our goal of planting 10,000 native seedlings at the Palo Alto Baylands this winter! Volunteers help restore wetlands through activities that change with the seasons. During the winter we will focus on planting native plants, removing non-native invasive weeds and continuing shoreline clean-up. Directions provided upon RSVP. 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, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: "Canopy Seed Planting Day" — Canopy will be planting seeds along East and West Bayshore Road to obtain species that are not easy to find in the tree nursery trade and to have fun doing it. Help us plant the seeds of Prunus lyonii and the acorns of Quercus parvula. We will also be providing the seeds and acorns with little protection shelters. Location: Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, 1875 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 650-964 - 6110, genevra@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: Celtia, or the Prehistory of the Gaeltacht" — Celtoi and Gaels and Gauls, o my. Ceramic art and bronzes and stone reliefs, not least of which the snake-wielding female shamans of Mavilly and of the goddess Verbeia. And the joyously vulva-baring Sheila-na-gigs. Pre-register by phone or email for exact location and to assure a seat. Location: Emeryville. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-655-1589, contact@brianakaufmann.com , http://www.suppressedhistories.net/events.html .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Conference: "EcoLandscape 2007: Ecological Landscapes for Sustainable Businesses" — The conference will address the issues of water conservation, peak run-off reduction, soil enhancement, storm water pollution, and pesticide and fertilizer reduction. Highly-acclaimed speakers, combined with a mini-trade show of innovative products and services, will help landscape professionals meet the challenges of the 21st century. Location: Samuel Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Rd, Sacramento. Time: 9am - 4pm. Info: 510-655-1589, http://www.ecolandscape.org/ .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration" — Learn about and actively participate in the restoration of a local National Wildlife Refuge that is off-limits to the public. The rainy season is the best time for planting and our goal is to plant 500 natives including purple needle grass and blue wild-rye during of 3-4 trips. Directions and more info will be provided upon RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $60. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, gretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/ .

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Volunteer: "Tolay Creek Winter Planting" — Help plant 1,000 natives this winter along Tolay Creek in partnership with San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Save The Bay and the Sonoma Land Trust, with the help of volunteers, have grown the native seedlings at the new San Pablo Bay Refuge Nursery. You will learn about the history of this former hayfield that has been restored to wetlands. We will also celebrate the Flyway Festival in San Pablo Bay, which is also on this date. RSVP requested. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Sunday, February 4, 2007
Seminar: "Dialogues on Education for Sustainable Living" with Fritjof Capra — This seminar addresses fundamental concepts and practices of education for sustainability. Topics include living systems, thinking systemically and the perceptual shifts that follow, the principles of ecology, nature as model and mentor, deep ecology and reverence for life, ecodesign, building learning communities, integrating curricula and project-based learning, and the pedagogy of place. Seminar begins at 7pm Sunday and ends at 1pm Thursday. Register online ASAP. Full fee due by 1/15/07. Location: IONS Retreat Center. Cost: $1,150 (tuition, meals, accommodations). Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, info@ecoliteracy.org , http://www.ecoliteracy.org/seminars/sustainability-seminar.html .

Sunday, February 4, 2007
Benefit: "Rabbis for Human Rights" — Join us in the celebration of the Jewish holiday honoring trees. Help support Rabbis for Human Rights in Jerusalem: assisting with the olive harvest, replanting olive trees uprooted by the Israeli military and settlers, and other activities promoting peace, justice and hope in the Middle East. Middle Eastern supper provided. Tax Deductible Donations can be made to RHR-NA and mailed: c/o Linda Novick, 2510 Tassajara Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530. Childcare available. RSVP (include number of children, if any). Location: Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $10 donation requested. Info: 415-789.7685, treesofhope@mindspring.com .

Sunday, February 4, 2007
Fundraiser: "A Coca Farmer President and Gas Nationalization?" — Slide show, Andean music, and a speaker. A benefit for Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas and Los Mapaches' upcoming musical exchange trip to the Andes. MITF member Rae Levine will tell what she learned on a recent delegation to Bolivia. The presentation will include photos and stories of the delegation's encounters with shamans, coca farmers, U.S funded anti-narcotics trainers, human rights activists, the Minister of Justice, and the framers of a new constitution. Los Mapaches, Berkeley's Andean Youth Music Ensemble, will play music of the indigenous people of the region, who are leading this revolution. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 - $10 donation. Info: 415-924-3227, http://www.mitfamericas.org/ .

Sunday, February 4, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Open Garden" — Join the Little Farm gardener for composting, planting, watering and reaping the rewards of our work. Cancelled only by heavy rain. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, February 4, 2007 - Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Conference: National Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2007 — Covers everything from fuel quality standards and federal and state legislation updates to new marketing strategies and agricultural opportunities. New track of study this year: Building biodiesel production facilities. Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX. Cost: $825 ($625 before 1/27/07 -- see website for other discounts). Info: 800- 841-5849, registration@bbibiofuels.com , http://www.biodieselconference.org .

Sunday, February 4, 2007
Volunteer: "French Broom Removal" — Lend a hand pulling out exotic broom plants so our native grasses and shrubs have a fighting chance. Bring gloves. We'll provide hand tools and refreshments. This is a drop in program; no registration is required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 1:30pm - 4pm. Info: 510-525-2233, http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, February 4, 2007
Workshop: "The Great Turning" with Joanna Macy — The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists and Joanna Macy invite you to participate in a conversation and workshop about The Great Turning of Our Time. Be part of the Shift from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization by doing the work that reconnects. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $25 to $100 sliding scale donation (includes lunch). Info: 510-841 - 4003, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/9584 .

Monday, February 5, 2007
Workshop: "Vermi-Composting" — Learn how to make a worm bin for your home or classroom! Worm bins keep food waste out of land fills, and produce wonderful soil for your garden or yard. Watch these incredible decomposers do their thing and go home with a bin and worms of your own! Bring your family and a picnic lunch for afterwards. Location: Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd., Tiburon. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $40 (includes worm bin, information packet, and starter worms). Info: 415-388-2524 ext. 103, http://www.tiburonaudubon.org .

Monday, February 5, 2007
Talk and Slide Show: "Restoring America's Estuaries: Winning Battles, But...?" — Talk and slide tour of US estuaries, with Susan Schwartz, F5C president. Location: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin, Albany. Time: 7pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Monday, February 5, 2007
Presentation: "Steelhead (Ocean-Going Trout) in East Bay Creeks" — Every year steelhead (the ocean-going form of rainbow trout) enter our creeks from the ocean searching for spawning habitat. While the abundance of steelhead has been greatly diminished by 50 years of urban development, there still exist Bay Area streams where these magnificent fish make their way upstream. Most fisheries scientists believe that with modest modifications, we can return steelhead to many places they used to inhabit. Andy Gunther, ecosystems expert, will talk about the life cycle of steelhead trout, and the technical and political challenges of restoring these fish to streams in the Bay Area. Location: Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Rd., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-655-6658, http://www.close-to-home.org/ .

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Discussion Class: "Global Warming: Issues and Answers" — Acterra is offering an in-depth discussion class through the Palo Alto Adult School, examining the scientific evidence for climate change and how it will affect future generations, as well as those of us living today around the edge of San Francisco Bay. Based on a reader from the Northwest Earth Institute, the course will analyze how human choices impact the Earth's climate, along with obstacles to change. Policy options at the local, state and national level will also be considered. Class members will calculate their personal "carbon footprint" and learn practical steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. You can register online. Location: Palo Alto High School, 25 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $45 + $15 reader. Info: 650-962-9876, ext. 309, davidc@acterra.org , http://www.paadultschool.org/ .

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Talk: "Food Fight ~ Get informed about the Farm Bill" — Join the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture for a talk about the Farm Bill by Daniel Imhoff, author of the soon-to-be-released book Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill. Imhoff will explore the history of the bill, outline key issues from conservation to nutrition to energy policy, and describe how we can turn the tables. The Farm Bill "literally shapes our food system, our bodies, and our future ... and most experts assert that we need nothing less than a revolutionary overhaul of our farm policy to set the country on a more sustainable trajectory," says Imhoff. The lecture is cosponsored by the Ecology Center and the Marin Farmers' Market. It will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to talk with nonprofit organizations supporting Farm Bill policies that promote a sustainable food system. Daniel Imhoff will be available to sign copies of Food Fight and his other titles. The event may fill up, so please reserve your spot by email or phone. Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd Floor. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-291-3276 x106, julie@cuesa.org , http://www.cuesa.org/events/calendar/ .

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Film and Discussion: "Thirst" — Producers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, Corporate Accountability International Organizer Ashley Schaeffer, students and community activists will discuss the politics of the bottled water industry in the U.S. and the world. Part of the BFUU Social Justice Committee's Conscientious Projector series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5-10 donation, no one turned away. Info: 510-644-4956.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Alameda County Watershed Forum — The Watershed Forum is an informal gathering of Alameda County creek activists. This meeting will feature a presentation about the Contra Costa County Watershed Forum citizen monitoring program and overview of the CC Forum's history, activities, and lessons learned in its 6 years of successful community outreach, updates on the Berkeley Creek Ordinance and Alameda Creeks Task Force; and planning for an Alameda County creeks conference. Location: Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley's Office, 20993 Redwood Court, Castro Valley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com , http://www.urbancreeks.org/events.html .

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Workshop: "Stream and Wetlands Protection Policy" — Staffs of the North Coast and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Boards propose to develop amendments to the Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) for the North Coast and San Francisco Bay Regions that will protect stream and wetlands systems, including measures to protect riparian areas and floodplains. Come to ask questions, offer comments, or supply input on both technical and implementation related aspects of the proposed Policy. Room 2, second floor. Location: California State Office Bldg., Oakland, 1515 Clay St., Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-622-2308, blivsey@waterboards.ca.gov , http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/streamandwetlands.htm .

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Class: "Urban Ecology" — Investigation of selected urban environmental issues: Urban and natural resource policy issues, ongoing urban ecological restoration projects. Code M1239. Meets Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:15pm: 4/12-5/24; Saturdays 9am-12pm, 12:30-4:45pm: 4/14,28; 5/12. Location: EPA Region 9 Office, 75 Hawthorne St., SF. Cost: $40 (2 units). Info: 510-434-3840 , ecomerritt@peralta.edu , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Workshop: "Clean Up Livermore Lab's Tracy Site" — Learn about Site 300, Livermore Lab's high explosives testing range, and how an increased annual explosive limit could affect residents. Tri-Valley CAREs will have experts available to answer your questions. The workshop is sponsored by the Department of Energy and Livermore Lab. Location: Tracy Community Center, 300 E. 10th St., Tracy. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Info: 925-443-7148, http://www.trivalleycares.org .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Book Event: "Drinking Liberally" hosts Peter Barnes — Drinking Liberally is a club that meets twice a month to discuss the political and social issues of the day. There are about 170 chapters across America. Our meet-ups are casual, free and open to people of all political persuasions. Join the Oakland chapter of Drinking Liberally and see Peter Barnes, co-founder of Working Assets and author of Capitalism 3.0 at Luka's Taproom & Lounge. 6:00pm: Drinking Liberally "happy hour" (no host). 6:30pm: reading and Q&A. Location: Luka's Taproom and Lounge, 2221 Broadway, Oakland. Time: 6pm. Info: 925-443-7148, oakland@drinkingliberally.org .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Videos and Discussion: "Amy Goodman and Thomas Linzey from Bioneers 2006" — Tonight's videos feature a rebroadcast of two of the plenary speakers of the 2006 Bioneer conference. Amy Goodman will address Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back. Thomas Linzey will speak on Turning Defense Into Offense: Challenging Corporations and Creating Self-Government. Viewing followed by engaging discussion - a space for forming community and being creative thinkers together. Ring EarthLight bell at entrance to building off the parking lot and we'll buzz you in. Location: Earth Light, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $5 donation requested (no one turned away). Info: 510-865-8385.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Slide Show: "Contra Costa Wildlife" — Jim Hale, wildlife biologist, will present his wonderful slide show on wildlife in Contra Costa County. Refreshments served. Sponsored by SPAWNERS. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-665-3538, Juliana@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.spawners.org/ .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Community Meeting on Pacific Steel Casting — Tell the Mayor and Berkeley City Council: Stop Pacific Steel Casting's pollution. Our community deserves clean air & environmental justice! It is important for residents to show up and express their concerns about the ongoing pollution and violations at PSC. If you smell the odor from PSC, call to complain: 800-334-ODOR. Location: West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 6th St., @ Hearst, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-248-5010.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Discussion: "Fair Trade and Chocolate" — The Chocolate Trade: Discussion about fair trade and chocolate with Tex Dworkin (Global Exchange), Ella Silverman (TransFair USA) and Tom Neuhause (Project Hope & Fairness, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates). Location: Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-248-5010, nancymancias@earthlink.net .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Speaker: "Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds" — An interactive workshop for educators that covers watershed, coastal, and marine issues. Receive a free California Coastal Commission science activity guide and get an overview of relevant educational resources. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Volunteer: Native Plant Nursery — Your help in the nursery will enable Save The Bay to continue restoration of some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay and help us reach our goal to plant 10,000 native wetland plants at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park this winter. RSVP requested. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Walk: "Explore New Oakland Shoreline Parks" — Join Berkeley Path Wanderers to explore history, nature, and new parks at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, in the heart of the Bay's busiest port. Meet at the restrooms adjacent to parking lot at 7th St. and Middle Harbor Road. Dress in layers and bring water and snack for this level, stroller-friendly walk. Location: Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-848 - 9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.berkeleypaths.org/ .

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Slide Show and Book Signing: "Little House on a Small Planet" — Live in less space but have more room and enjoy it. Living small can free up your mind, your wallet, and your soul. With the cost of living rising, the environment suffering from excessive building, now is time to scale back. Join the small house movement. Shay Salomon and Photographer Nigel Valdez. Location: Builders Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-845-6874, service@buildersbooksource.com , http://www.littlehouseonasmallplanet.com/lectures.html .

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Meeting: Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy (APPLE) — A short video will be shown at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7. Topics include Community Gardens, Bicycle Paths, and other projects. The intention is to envision and build a viable local economy in the Mount Shasta region, centered in cooperative production of essentials. Check website to confirm meeting place, usually the Community Room of the Eskaton Manor. Location: Eskaton Manor, Just north of Hospital on Kingston Rd., Mount Shasta. Time: 6:30pm. Info: 530-926 - 5655, http://www.apple-shasta.org .

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Panel and Discussion: "...What will it take to have better transit in Berkeley?" — Panelists: Chris Peeples, AC Transit Board of Directors; Matt Nichols, City of Berkeley Transportation Planner; Betty Deakin, Director, Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley. Moderated by Charlene Woodcock, Betsy Morris, Hillside Club members. Light refreshments available. Location: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free - donations appreciated. Info: 510-549-8790, wbndc04@westberkeley.com .

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Workshop: "Community-Based Fund Raising" — Most of the money given to non-profits comes from individuals. The non-profits that realize how to cultivate this vast resource fulfill their program goals, diversify their income sources, and have more predictable income. We will present information which will systematize this fund raising method, and teach you how to develop your own network of funders. Registration required. Seating limited. Location: MarinLink, 2620 The Mall at Northgate, between Rite Aid and Sears, San Rafael. Time: 8am - 9:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 415-472-0211.

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Presentation: "Biological Wastewater Treatment..." — Biological Wastewater Treatment for Residential, Industrial, Waterways, Toxic Cleanup and Eco Agricultural Parks. Principles and case studies about biological approaches using nature as a model for treatment of sewage, gray water, industrial wastes and polluted waterways, including potential for integration of biological treatment systems into Eco Agricultural Parks. Case studies will include Blackstone River Canal, Rhode Island, Moss Creek Village, Napa County, California, and several others. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $5 - $10 donation, no one turned away. Info: 415-472-0211, http://www.toddecological.com .

Friday, February 9, 2007
Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: The Philippines" — The Aetas, oldest aboriginal people of the Islands, out of Africa 40-50,000 years ago. Ancient ceramics and other arts. Women farmers, dancers, artists--including tattooers--and shamans: the babaylan, catalonan and aniteras. Special guest: musical babaylan Evelie Sαles Posch and friends. Location: New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St., between 18th and 19th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 415-472-0211, http://www.suppressedhistories.net/events.html .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Volunteer: "Haight Ashbury Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest" — This is not planting! Tree care is less physical, more cerebral, but just as much fun. Learn the tricks of the pros and the science of trees by working on trees planted by FUF either 3 years or 18 months ago. New volunteers attend a workshop during the workday to learn what it's all about. Meeting location TBA. RSVP by phone. Rain cancels. Location: SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Volunteer: "Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve" — Saturday restoration parties on second and fourth Saturdays from 9-1. For the near future, we will continue to plant our exciting new creek site. RSVP by phone. Please let us know when you'll be volunteering. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes (no open-toed shoes please), rubber boots for the mud, and bring sunscreen, hat, and water. We will provide tools, gloves, water, and healthy snacks. Location: Pearson-Arastradero Parking Lot, 1530 Arastradero Road , Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 1pm. Info: 650-962 - 9876 ext. 311, sheril@acterra.org , http://www.arastradero.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Volunteer: "Corona Heights Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. RSVP by phone. Meeting location TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 111, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Mini-Farmers" — Explore the little farm, care for animals, do crafts and try some farm chores. Wear boots, and dress to get dirty. 4-6 years. Registration required. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11:30am. Cost: $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County). Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Class: "Sustainable Weed Management" — Learn to identify many of the weeds that invade San Francisco gardens in the rainy season. Find out ways to eliminate weeds from your garden without using toxic herbicides through integrated weed management techniques and hands-on demonstrations. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Cycling Adventure: "Greenbelt Cycling Adventure" — Ride over White's Hill into Samuel P. Taylor Park, and visit the quaint town of Nicasio. Learn about the Go Greenbelt! bike tour in June. Optional lunch and drinks afterward at Iron Springs Pub. Call for location and directions. Registration required. Time: 9:30am - 2pm. Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Symposium: "Conservation Biology" — UC Berkeley is pleased to host the 9th Annual Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium. Students, researchers and practitioners of conservation biology will exchange ideas and the learn of new concepts. Poster and oral presentations will encompass local and international research. Register online. Location: International House, 2299 Piedmont, Berkeley. Time: 8am - 7pm. Info: 415-255-3233, Berkeley.scb@gmail.com , http://www.bacbs.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Volunteer: "Canopy Community Tree Steward Workshop" — Training young trees provides the greatest benefit of any cultural practice in influencing the future performance, safety and maintenance costs of landscape trees. A video on training young trees will be screened, followed by a discussion. In the library conference room. Location: Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 650-964 - 6110, genevra@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Volunteer: "Canopy Rootball Work Day" — Help Canopy prepare 149 trees for planting. Massage tree roots apart, correct girdling roots and in general get the trees off to a better start. We will not be planting trees, only preparing them. See a living rootsystem that is usually buried under the soil, learn a technique that will improve the vitality of future trees, and contribute to the planting of new trees along the Highway 101 soundwalls in East Palo Alto. This volunteer day is part of the East Palo Alto Tree Initiative. Location: Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, 1875 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 650-964 - 6110, genevra@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Canopy Tree Walk — Come see the tree that Captain Cook brought to North America from Peru. See this tree and others during a guided tree walk through the West Bayshore neighborhood. Certified Arborist and Canopy Board Member John Mclenahan will lead the walk. Location: Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 650-964 - 6110, genevra@canopy.org , http://www.canopy.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge — Did you know there's a National Wildlife Refuge in Antioch? Here's your chance to explore this refuge that is usually closed to the public. This guided tour (1-1.5 mile) will focus on the wonders of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Wear sturdy shoes for the sandy hike. All ages welcome. No reservations required. No facilities. Call for directions. Location: Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-521-9624, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Townhall Meeting: "Mayor Newsom and Community Leaders" — Mayor Gavin Newsom and Community Leaders will come to Bayview/Hunters Point for Next Policy Townhall, including a substantive policy dialogue about the City's new anti-poverty initiative, Communities of Opportunity. San Franciscans from Bayview/Hunters Point can talk in-depth with their neighbors, the Mayor, other elected officials and community leaders on critical issues including public safety, economic opportunity, education and housing. Location: Whitney Young Child Development Center, 100 Whitney Young Circle, SF. Time: 10am. Info: 510-521-9624, http://www.whitneyyoungcdc.org/home.htm .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Registration Deadline: "Indigenous Permaculture Program" Camping Workshop, 2/23 - 2/24 — We will be reconnecting with Mother nature to promote community interaction, friendship, health, family continuity, intergenerational respect, alternatives to negative behaviors, and a path to sustainable health. Introduction 2/23, 9am - noon: restoration of the human equilibrium with mother earth -- using the universal language of our way of life and respect. 2pm - 4pm: discussion. 6:30pm - 9pm: dinner, cultural event. 2/24, 8am-noon and 1pm - 3pm: practice of traditional and ecological inner gardening, a path to sustainable health, using traditional farming and water. Noon - 1pm: lunch. 4pm: discussion and closure. Camping grounds will be provided, so please bring your tents, sleeping bags, winter-clothes, and your own food for the BBQ and potluck. All proceeds support the Indigenous Permaculture Program. This is an alcohol-free and drug-free event. RSVP by the deadline. Info: 415-370-1657, mayalencanahuat@yahoo.com , http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/ .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Lecture: "Principles of Evolution" — In honor of Darwin Day, Dr. David Seaborg, dressed up as Darwin just for fun, will present a lecture on The Principles of Evolution. It will be a serious lecture, stimulating and informative, but humorous as well. The doors of Humanist Hall will open at noon for our Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.darwinday.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh" — We will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Tempeh Pate; Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwiches; Jamaican Jerk Tempeh; Tofu Veggie Quiche; and Blueberry Orange Bundt Cake. Learn how to freeze and press tofu and the difference between silken, soft, firm, and extra firm. Plus, we're doing a test taste of various non-dairy milks, such as rice, almond, oat, hazelnut, and soy. 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, February 10, 2007
Walk: "Wildcat Creek Wildlife and Native American Life" — A four-hour exploration of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park with ethnologist and wildlife biologist Jim Hale. The walk includes several rock sites used by Native Americans and is followed by an optional drive to see rock art at nearby Poinsett Park in El Cerrito. Meet at the Wildcat Canyon Staging Area, Park Avenue 0.1 mile northeast of McBryde Avenue, Richmond. Bring water and lunch. Dress in layers and be prepared for rain and mud. Driving directions online. Location: Richmond. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 925-939 4304, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.berkeleypaths.org/ .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Presentation: "Suppressed Histories: The Taming of the Female Body" — In the name of propriety, modesty and femininity, women have been bound, broken, slashed, shrouded, hobbled and confined. This visual presentation looks at corsets, footbinding, witches' bridles, seclusion, burqas and niqab, female genital excision (and the current LA variant, surgical "labial reductions"), breast implants, liposuction, and the media culture of anorexia. Pre-register by phone or email for exact location and to assure a seat. Location: Emeryville. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 sliding scale (no one turned away). Info: 510-655-1589, contact@brianakaufmann.com , http://www.suppressedhistories.net/events.html .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Workshop: "Introducing Perennial Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs" — It is time to plant asparagus, artichokes, strawberries, rhubarb, many herbs and . . . raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and grapes. This class will cover the basics of planting and caring for these lovely perennial crops organically, and incorporating them into the garden. Recipes included. 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, February 10, 2007
Volunteer: Help "Save The Bay" Plant Natives — Volunteers will restore some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay and help us reach our goal to plant 10,000 native wetland plants there this winter. We will focus on planting native plants, removing non-native, invasive weeds and continuing shoreline clean-up. Part of ongoing wetland restoration projects with our site partner, the East Bay Regional Park District. RSVP requested. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, jgretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Seminar: "... Mosses, Ferns, and Lichen" — Explore the amazing world of lower plants. Learn how they evolved, how these non-flowering plants reproduce, where they live, and their roles in ecosystems. Examine the structure of these little-known plants through a hand lens and get to know their incredible design and beauty. Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm. Cost: $55. Info: 415-663-1200, http://www.ptreyes.org/ .

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Open Garden" — Join the Little Farm gardener for composting, planting, watering and reaping the rewards of our work. Cancelled only by heavy rain. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Info: 510-636-1684, tnarea@ebparks.org , http://www.ebparks.org .

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Talk: "Vanishing Vernal Pools" — Meet a tiger salamander, and discover its extraordinary story of survival in California's vernal pool habitat. Handle live earthworms, learn to read the secret code of "wildflower rings," and find out why your help is needed to keep California's vernal pools from vanishing forever. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 1pm. Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org .

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Fundraiser Film Screening: "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible" — Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible is a must-see for people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. It features the experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States. Location: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., between York and Hampshire, SF. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Info: 510-632-5156, worldtrust@earthlink.net .

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Volunteer: "Ocean Beach Cleanup" — Help keep Ocean Beach and our coastline clean, safe, and beautiful. Join us for a fun and rewarding morning of collecting debris and trash along the beach. All supplies and tools provided. Location: Fulton Ave. at Great Highway, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 415-561-3013, dshea@parksconservancy.org .

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Application Deadline: "Gardening and Composting Educator Training... 2/24 - 5/23" — Garden for the Environment is now accepting applications for the Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program (GCETP)! This program is designed to give San Francisco residents the skills to become effective educators who teach environmentally-safe gardening and composting to communities throughout San Francisco. Classes will be held each Saturday from 10am - 4pm, and every other Wednesday evening from 6:30pm - 9pm. In addition, each student must conduct a 50-hour (minimum) gardening-related community service project. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Cost: $100 materials fee. Info: 415-731 - 5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

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