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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 further 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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 (the events are listed by date and title, then again below with full descriptions)

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
1/23/2008	Help Seed Save the World with the BASIL Seed Library
1/29/2008	Community Meeting on Pacific Steel and West Berkeley Air Quality Monitoring
2/1/2008	Film: The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
2/9/2008	Bookmaking with Recycled Materials
2/21/2008	Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan
3/2/2008	EcoHouse Tour
4/6/2008	Home Graywater Systems Slideshow & Tour

 ALL EVENTS
Through 1/31/2008	Art Exhibit: Collective Impressions
Through 2/13/2008	Art Exhibit: "Salvage"
Through 2/23/2008	Eco-Art Exhibit: Heart of the Matter
Through 2/28/2008	Exhibit: Eco Art Matters
Through 2/28/2008	Volunteer: Help a Newt Cross the Road
Through 3/29/2008	Volunteer Training: Bay Interpretive Training
1/18/2008	Documentary Shorts: "The Story of Stuff" & "Timber Gap"
1/18/2008	CD-Release Party: Songs of Love and Protest
1/19/2008	Ranch Guide Training Interview and Orientation Day
1/19/2008	Educational Adventure: "Quackers and Honkers"
1/19/2008	CRFG Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange
1/19/2008	Exhibit: "Trading Traditions: California's New Cultures"
1/19/2008	Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees
1/19/2008	Volunteer: Native Plant Propagation for Pier 94
1/19/2008	Volunteer: Walk to Assess Castro Creek
1/19/2008	Volunteer: (Work) Party to Transform the Trail
1/19/2008	Ready, Flame, Fire! Fire Scars of Muir Woods
1/19/2008	Class: Introduction to Beekeeping, Part 1
1/19/2008	Class: "Water's Worth"
1/19/2008	Workshop: Growing Roses Organically
1/19/2008	Workshop: Urban Composting -- SF
1/19/2008	Compostmodern Design Conference 2008
1/20/2008	Book Talk: Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food
1/20/2008	Lecture: Arrogant Humanism versus Respectful Humanism
1/20/2008	Volunteer: Alemany Farm Workday
1/20/2008	Work Party: Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project
1/20/2008	MLK Jr. Celebration: Faith in California
1/20/2008	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
1/20/2008	Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
1/20/2008	Educational Adventure: "Man Versus Marsh"
1/20/2008	Guided Hike: Coho Salmon with David Schmidt
1/21/2008	Class: History of Gardens and Gardening
1/21/2008	Class: Greywater, Composting Toilets, Healthy/Toxic Environments
1/21/2008	CodePINK Fierce Voter Pink Tea Party
1/21/2008	Volunteer: MLK, Jr. Day of Service -- Creek Cleanup & Beautification
1/21/2008	MLK Day Peace Gathering and March
1/21/2008	Lecture: Pollination Ecology and the current concerns regarding Honey Bee Populations
1/21/2008	Volunteer: Berryland on the Richmond Greenway
1/21/2008	MLK Jr. Day of Celebration and Service
1/21/2008	Volunteer: Intergenerational Peace Garden for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1/22/2008	Class: Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
1/22/2008	Talk: Race Against Time: 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year
1/22/2008	CA Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Membership Meeting
1/22/2008	New Class: "Early Childhood Environmental Education at Merritt College"
1/22/2008	Lecture: "Saving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta"
1/22/2008	Film & Discussion: "King Corn"
1/22/2008	Lecture: The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park
1/22/2008	Public Meeting: Restoration of Natural Resources Injured by Cosco Busan Oil Spill
1/22/2008	Movie Night: "Conviction"
1/22/2008	EcoArt Matters Class at Laney College
1/22/2008	CA Certified Organic Farmers Educational Conference
1/23/2008	Panel Discussion: It's Easy Being Green
1/23/2008	Green Development: Moving Beyond the Myths and Barriers
1/23/2008	Documentary Film: "Reel Bad Arabs"
1/23/2008	Conference: "Network for a Healthy California"
1/23/2008	Help Seed Save the World with the BASIL Seed Library
1/23/2008	2008 Ecological Farming Conference
1/24/2008	Green Chamber of Commerce Mixer
1/24/2008	Application Deadline: Leadership Exchange Program (LEX)
1/24/2008	Class: Perfect Roasted Chicken and other Classics (non veg)
1/25/2008	Lecture: Joel Salatin Talks about Clucks, Bucks, and Guts
1/25/2008	Solar Sebastopol Celebration
1/25/2008 	Art Exhibit and Film Screening at the SF Recycling Center
1/25/2008	Application Deadline: 2008 Business Environmental Awards
1/25/2008	Workshop: Global Exchange Democracy School
1/26/2008	California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Workshop
1/26/2008	Social Justice Symposium -- UCB School of Social Welfare
1/26/2008	Guided Sea Watch for Marbled Murrelet
1/26/2008	Vegetarian Cooking Class: Healthful Resolutions: Low-Cal, High-Flavor
1/26/2008	Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair
1/26/2008	California Rare Fruit Growers Scion Exchange
1/26/2008	Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Rambling Reptiles
1/26/2008	Volunteer: Winter Weeding and Planting at Santa Venetia Marsh
1/26/2008	Kamalayang Musika: An Evening of Filipino Music
1/26/2008	Class: Planting for Winter Color in the Garden
1/26/2008	Bird Rescuers' Get-Together
1/26/2008	Workshop: Bioremediation and Earth-Healing
1/26/2008	Volunteer: Save the Quail Habitat Restoration Workday
1/26/2008	Biodiesel & SVO Community Potluck & White Elephant
1/26/2008	International Day of Action for Food Sovereignty
1/26/2008	Lecture: Contra Costa Wildlife and Native Plant Communities
1/26/2008	Really Really Free Market
1/26/2008	Volunteer: Plant Natives on Berkeley's Covert Path
1/26/2008	Ready, Flame, Fire! Fire Scars of Muir Woods
1/26/2008	Ranch Guide Training: Share Your Love of Nature
1/27/2008	People's Park Anniversary Planning Meeting
1/27/2008	Guided Hike: Coho Salmon with David Schmidt
1/27/2008	Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
1/27/2008	Class: Beneficial Beasts in the Garden and Landscape
1/28/2008	Films: Global Oneness Project Documentary Shorts
1/28/2008	Seniors' Course: History of Greening of the SF Bay Area
1/28/2008	Draft Berkeley Climate Action Plan Release Event
1/29/2008	Community Meeting on Pacific Steel and West Berkeley Air Quality Monitoring
1/29/2008	Screening: "The Eleventh Hour"
1/29/2008	Talk: Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives
1/29/2008	Class: Warming and Wintry Soups & Stews
1/29/2008	Public Meeting: Restoration of Natural Resources Injured by Cosco Busan Oil Spill
1/29/2008	Talk: Louise Dunlap on Tools for Social Change Writing
1/30/2008	Talk: GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year
1/30/2008	Focus the Nation Climate Change Conference
1/30/2008	Town Hall Meeting on Land Use and Health in San Francisco
1/31/2008	San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
1/31/2008	Workshop: Green Your Business
1/31/2008	Film & Discussion: "Our Daily Bread"
1/31/2008	BART Rider Thank You Day
2/1/2008	Course: Urban Permaculture: Food in the City
2/1/2008	Volunteer Training: Sustainable Fairfax
2/1/2008	Film: The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
2/2/2008	Volunteer: Winter Work Party at the Edible Schoolyard
2/2/2008	Desert Survivors Groundhog Day Party
2/2/2008	Volunteer: Improve Wildlife Habitat at Lands End
2/2/2008	Workshop: Urban Composting -- SF
2/2/2008	Environmental Forum of Marin's 2008 Sustainable Communities Seminar
2/2/2008	Workshop: Fruit Tree Varieties
2/2/2008	Volunteer: Native Planting at Eden Landing
2/2/2008	Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Squirrels
2/2/2008	Trash Removal Technology Tour at Lake Merritt
2/2/2008	CHELLE! and Friends Celebrate New Orleans
2/2/2008	Cooking Class: What to Eat for Breakfast
2/3/2008	Workshop: Survival Essentials
2/3/2008	Lunar New Year Celebration
2/3/2008	Muir Beach Birdwalk


 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Help Seed Save the World with the BASIL Seed Library — Come join us! 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. Cost: Free. Info: basil@ecologycenter.org .

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Community Meeting on Pacific Steel and West Berkeley Air Quality Monitoring — Learn about air monitoring results in West Berkeley and what toxics have been found in the air. How toxic is the air? Where are the toxics coming from? Is Pacific Steel a source of the toxic pollution? What can we do to reduce pollution and protect our health? This community meeting is sponsored by Greenaction, Global Community Monitor, West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs, and the Ecology Center. Location: West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 6th St., @ Hearst, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-248-5010.

Friday, February 1, 2008
Film: The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream — How will "peak oil" affect life as we know it in our cities and suburbs? Come see this critically-acclaimed film and join Berkeley city officials and staff and the Berkeley Oil Independence Task Force for a discussion of how to prepare for an energy-constrained future. Special guest speaker: David Fridley, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, on the "myths of bio-fuels." Sponsored by Oil Independent Berkeley, the Ecology Center and Councilmember Dona Spring. For more information, visist www.relocalize.net/groups/oilindependentberkeley. Location: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley. Time: 3:00. Cost: free.

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Bookmaking with Recycled Materials — 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, and journals; all materials provided. 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 .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan — Berkeley architect Martin Hammer recently returned from Pakistan where he has been working to bring straw bale and other sustainable building practices to the mountainous region devastated by the 2005 earthquake, which was responsible for over 80,000 deaths, and left millions without permanent shelter. He'll give us an update on the work he presented last year, as well as provide details about straw bale construction. 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 since 1995, and is the lead author of the proposed straw bale building code for the State of California. In 2006 he co-founded Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (http://www.paksbab.org ). 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: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org , www.paksbab.org .

Sunday, March 2, 2008
EcoHouse Tour — Tour the Ecology Center's environmentally friendly demonstration site. Learn about a broad-spectrum of simple improvements that can be made to an urban home. The tour includes: Berkeley's first city-permitted wetland / greywater system, solar panels, on-demand water heater, water saving fixtures, natural and recycled building materials, water catchment strategies, ducks in the city, a living roof garden, organic permaculture gardening, native drought tolerant plants, mushroom cultivation, and more. Note: The interior of the home is not included on the tour. MUST register by 2/29/08 for either the 10am or the 1pm tour. Time: Begins at 10am and at 1pm. Cost: $10 sliding scale, no one refused for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org , http://ecologycenter.org/ .

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Home Graywater Systems Slideshow & Tour — Learn about the permitted greywater system at the Ecohouse. This system is the first residential constructed wetland/greywater system in the State of California and the first greywater system in Berkeley to be permitted. We will discuss the principles and process of safely irrigating with shower, bathroom sink, and laundry waste water. The workshop includes a 1 hour slide show presentation of greywater design and the application process. Return home with ideas and plans of your own! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. MUST register by 5pm on 4/4/08 for either the 10am OR the 1pm tour. Near North Berkeley BART. Time: Begins at 10am or 1pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org , http://ecologycenter.org/ .


 ALL EVENTS

Through Thursday, January 31, 2008
Art Exhibit: Collective Impressions — Precita Eyes Muralists and L s Caffé unite to present a muralist art exhibition and sale featuring over 15 local artists including Juana Alicia, Carlos Loarca, Edythe Boone, Jaime Buitrago Jr., Susan Cervantes, Ronnie Goodman, Diallo "Henry" Jones, Ellen Silva, Jet Martinez. Miranda Bergman, Brooke Fancher, Cuba, Peter Collins, and Fred Alvarado. This exhibition is a retrospective spanning over 25 years of selected works from artists who have embodied Precita Eyes and L s Caffé s common commitment to engage and celebrate the diversity of our community. Location: L's Caffe, 2871 24th Street, (btwn Bryant & Florida), SF. Time: 6am - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-206-0274.

Through Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Art Exhibit: "Salvage" — Giant Robot is proud to host "Salvage," an art show by Caroline Hwang. Raised in Southern California, Hwang graduated from Art Center College of Design. Influenced by graphic arts, films, and music, Hwang turns fabric, quilting, and painting into collages that reflect the complexities of human relationships. Hwang's latest work integrates the craft aesthetic of quilting and sewing with nautical themes such as color-block flags. As the title implies, "Salvage" is about searching for something lost and preventing further loss in adverse circumstance: picking up the pieces -- glimmers of hope, pieces of oneself -- and starting anew. Reception: Saturday, 1/12/08, 6pm - 10pm. Location: Giant Robot SF, 618 Shrader Street, SF. Cost: Free. Info: 415-876-4773, http://www.giantrobot.com/ .

Through Saturday, February 23, 2008
Eco-Art Exhibit: Heart of the Matter — The City of Berkeley is proud to present an exhibition of work created by students in Laney College's EcoArt Matters class, with instructor Andrée Singer Thompson. At a time when our environment is in crisis, it is imperative that we all become better informed about the conditions that threaten life on this planet and survival of the many species with whom we co-exist. The pieces in this show were created in response to urgent environmental and community issues. Among the many interesting works exhibited: a mural incorporating ceramic figures which addresses the problem of air pollution in Oakland's poorer communities; several pieces addressing disappearing wildlife and habitat; a performance video about the importance of recycling; a solar-powered bird habitat; an innovative ceramic toilet seat with a urine funnel designed to provide nitrogen for the garden; and an exercise bicycle that powers lights, a fountain and a fan. All the works are accompanied by research data and information about how we can take individual responsibility for making our world a better place to live for us all. Opening Reception: Friday, 1/18/08, from 5pm to 8pm. Location: Addison Street Windows Gallery, 2018 Addison Street, (btwn Milvia & Shattuck), Berkeley. Info: 510-841-0588, andreest@yahoo.com .

Through Thursday, February 28, 2008
Exhibit: Eco Art Matters — Laney College "Eco Art Matters" students' work on display. Located in the Education Center Gallery. Reception 2/16/08, 2pm-4pm. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Info: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/ .

Through Thursday, February 28, 2008
Volunteer: Help a Newt Cross the Road — Every year newts migrate across Hillside Drive to reach their breeding pools in Castro Creek. Volunteers prevent many of these creatures from being crushed by cars. We need volunteers every evening during January and February. The newts are most active on rainy nights. Location: El Sobrante. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Info: annabelle11_3@yahoo.com .

Through Saturday, March 29, 2008
Volunteer Training: Bay Interpretive Training — Hands-on training sessions covering the history of the Bay, marine habitats, bayshore plant and animal life, and more, with an emphasis on teaching using artifacts and live animals. Location: Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, at the Marina, Berkeley. Cost: $49. Info: 510-981-6720, pdonald@ci.berkeley.ca.us , www.cityofberkeley.info/marina .

Friday, January 18, 2008
Documentary Shorts: "The Story of Stuff" & "Timber Gap" — "The Story of Stuff" is a look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. This documentary exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. More at www.storyofstuff. com . "Timber GAP" is the story of a community struggling to save the last of Mendocino's coastal redwood forest. Starting with a look at the unsustainable logging practices of the Mendocino Redwood Company, it provides an overview of the ecological issues behind the environmental and community resistance. Judi Bari, the late radical Earth First! organizer, explains how timberland can be converted once the forest has been logged to death, showing how vineyards and gentrification are moving north into the redwood region. This story shows how social activism can have an important impact on preventing environmental harm. Discussion follows. Refreshments. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: donations welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-543-5208, http://bfuu.blogspot.com/ .

Friday, January 18, 2008
CD-Release Party: Songs of Love and Protest — La Peña Cultural Center will host an evening of "trova," songs of love, the human condition and political protest. Three acclaimed songwriters - MamaCoAtl, Steve Taylor-Ramírez and Alfredo Gomez - will offer their latest compositions, in Spanish and English, as Gomez releases his new CD, titled "ÀQuién Es?" ("Who is it?"). Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $12 at door, $10 in advance, $2 off for students and seniors. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/calendar .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Ranch Guide Training Interview and Orientation Day — Become a Ranch Guide and share the knowledge and appreciation of nature with our Bay Area community during the heron and egret nesting season. Ranch Guides provide information to public visitors about the preserve and its many unique natural features. Training starts 1/19/08 with an interview and orientation day. The seven Saturday training program is designed to give Ranch Guides a great understanding of Bolinas Lagoon Preserve's nesting colony of herons and egrets, Audubon Canyon Ranch history, the preserve's many species of water, shore, and land birds, plants, pond life, and tips for working with the public. Graduates of the Ranch Guide training commit to four weekend or holiday days of their choice per year, during the public season of mid-March to mid-July. No prior training or skills are needed. Materials included. Partial scholarships available. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, 4900 Highway One. Time: 9am. Cost: $25. Info: 415-868-9244, acr@egret.org , http://www.egret.org/ .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Educational Adventure: "Quackers and Honkers" — Enjoy a brief slide show about our migratory ducks and geese. Then join us on a leisurely walk to see some of the migrants already at the refuge. Dress warmly. All ages. Reservations required. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Env. Ed. Ctr., Grand Blvd, Zanker, Alviso. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Info: 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

Saturday, January 19, 2008
CRFG Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange — The event includes grafting wood and cuttings for rooting, a grafting demonstration at 1pm, and low-cost pamphlets about growing uncommon fruits and vegetables. Most plant materials are free. Location: UCSF Mission Center, 1855 Folsom , 15th Street, SF. Time: Noon - 3pm. Cost: $3 donation. Info: 510-843-1657, kpyle@sonic.net , http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/scionex.htm .

Saturday, January 19, 2008 - Sunday, April 6, 2008
Exhibit: "Trading Traditions: California's New Cultures" — The exhibition explores the fusion of California's new communities, highlighting -- through photographs, artifacts, and sound -- the interethnic connections that symbolize the richness of California's diversity. Based on the book Under the Dragon (Heyday Books), the exhibition features the photographs of Lonny Shavelson, commentary by Fred Setterberg, and sound design by James LeBrecht. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.museumca.org/ .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees — Grafting allows you to have the variety of fruit you want on the appropriate rootstocks and to graft more than one variety onto new or existing trees. You will learn the plant physiology involved in grafting, different techniques available, and the steps needed to produce a grafted fruit tree. Scion wood included. Please purchase grafting knives before class, available at Common Ground. Instructor James Kern is a Master Gardener, a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers, a landscape contractor, and a teacher at Foothill College. 1 CEU. Register by phone. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Cost: $26. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Volunteer: Native Plant Propagation for Pier 94 — Work with members of Literacy for Environmental Justice and Golden Gate Audubon in their native plant nursery. LEJ kindly donates native plants for GGA's restoration site at Pier 94. Learn more about LEJ and the local work they do in the Bayview/Hunter's Point area. Call or email for information. Location: Literacy for Environmental Justice Nursery, 1150 Carroll Ave, SF. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-843-2222, jrobinson@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Volunteer: Walk to Assess Castro Creek — Help SPAWNERS assess possible sources of pollution in the first few hundred feet of Castro Creek where it meets San Pablo Creek. Call or email for meeting place and more details. Location: El Sobrante. Time: 9am - 1pm. Info: 510-665-3538, juliana@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.spawners.org .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Volunteer: (Work) Party to Transform the Trail — Help pull weeds along the Bay Trail at Pt. Isabel! We'll be removing broom, ice plant, cape ivy, fennel, and pampas grass. It's a great site (lots of shore birds) and once the non-natives are gone, the Trail will be absolutely gorgeous! We'll also be opening the site up for better coverage by the existing native plant species and will be looking for opportunities to plant Toyon and Buckeye trees. According to the history books, Buckeyes once covered the Point, so it would be wonderful to re-introduce them. Our friends at the East Bay Regional Park District will be out with tools and green waste dumpster. Well have bagels, snacks and juice. Bring hats, gloves, water, study shoes, sunscreen and a cheerful disposition. Please let us know if you can join us and feel free to spread the word. Sponsored by Greens at Work. Location: Point Isabel, Ryden Road before Costco, off Central Ave exit, El Cerrito. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-704-8628, kyotousa@sbcglobal.net .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Ready, Flame, Fire! Fire Scars of Muir Woods — Join Ranger Tim Jordan on an easy two-mile walk of fire-scarred trees in Redwood Canyon and witness the effects repeated fires have had on the redwoods throughout the century. Event repeats on January 26. Location: Muir Woods National Monument. Time: Noon - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-388-2596, http://www.crissyfield.org/calendar/?date=1/19/2008 .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Class: Introduction to Beekeeping, Part 1 — January is a good time to consider beekeeping. Packages of honeybees usually become available for purchase from Northern California bee breeders in April. Between January and April, you can make equipment decisions, purchase and assemble your hive parts, decide where you will place your hive, and to do reading that will significantly increase your knowledge of the honeybee and beekeeping. If you ever thought you might like to take up beekeeping, but do not know what would be involved, this class is for you. We will cover the following subjects: Why keep honeybees?; Realities & Responsibilities of Urban Beekeeping; Life Cycle of the Honeybee (Apis Mellifera) and the Colony; Equipment "musts" and options, and corresponding considerations; Resources for self-study and equipment purchase or construction. Located near the San Francisco County Fair Building. Register online. Location: Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave (at Irving), SF. Time: 1pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $25 donation general, $15 members. Info: http://sfbee.org/events.html .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Class: "Water's Worth" — People may have migrated to California in hopes of finding gold, but gold did not shape California so much as water has done. Come learn why! Join us as we trace water's journey from its source to our taps, and beyond. For all ages. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: Noon - 1:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-670-7270.

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Workshop: Growing Roses Organically — Join Garden For the Environment for this exciting workshop on methods of growing roses without toxic pesticides and fertilizers. We will demonstrate pruning techniques, share well-versed strategies and discuss the importance of selecting disease-resistant varieties that will thrive in the unique microclimates of San Francisco. Call or e-mail to pre-register. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $5. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Workshop: Urban Composting -- SF — Winter can be a great time to start a new compost pile or to jump start one that just isn't breaking down. Join Garden For the Environment for a fun, hands-on workshop teaching basic methods of both backyard and worm composting! Compost is a rich soil amendment that will greatly benefit your garden plants, houseplants, and the environment, by diverting compostable material from the landfill. Learn how to turn those food scraps or fallen leaves into "gardeners black gold". Rot on! Pre-register by phone. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Compostmodern Design Conference 2008 — Sustainability promises to be one of the defining issues of our time, one with profound effects on our personal and professional lives. For designers, it represents unique challenges as well as tremendous potential — nothing less than an opportunity to redesign how the world works. Come join us for a day of brilliant ideas, practical solutions, drama, inspiration, eye candy and some tough questions as we explore design's role in transitioning to a sustainable society. Details and registration available online. Location: Academy of Art University Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street, SF. Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $50-$70. Info: 415-626-6008, info@compostmodern.org , http://www.compostmodern.org/ .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Book Talk: Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food — The author of the national bestseller The Omnivore's Dilemma returns with a manifesto for our times: what to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health. Moderator: The Very Rev. Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral. Location: Gresham Hall, on the Crypt Level of the Cathedral. Location: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., SF. Time: 9:30am - 10:30am. Cost: Free, Donations Welcome. Info: 415-749-6370, http://www.gracecathedral.org/calendar/category.php?cid=3 .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Lecture: Arrogant Humanism versus Respectful Humanism — Sterling Bunnell, Naturalist, Biologist, Ecologist, Psychiatrist, and Philosopher, speaking on Humanism. Before and after the talk, everyone's invited to the Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 11am. Cost: Donations Welcome. Info: 510-451-5818, HumanistHall@Yahoo.com , http://www.humanisthall.org/ .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Volunteer: Alemany Farm Workday — We have a new Urban Forestry Program Assistant here at the SF Department of the Environment who is excited to build up a group of Volunteer Arborists! She has experience working with Friends of the Urban Forest and would like to develop an active group that can participate in plantings and workshops. Her first project will be with Alemany Farm. Join us at the Alemany Farm for one of our volunteer work days. All skill levels welcome to do as much or as little for any portion or the entirety of the day. We will be distributing harvested food at about 4:30pm. If you need more information and/or would like to sign up to help, please email or call me. We need only to have you sign a form of release and then you are welcome to join in our team of aborists! Location: Alemany Farm, Alemany Blvd. at Ellsworth St., SF. Time: Noon - 5pm. Info: 415-355-3736, kimberly.swinford-devries@sfgov.org , http://www.alemanyfarm.org/history.html .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Work Party: Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project — Join volunteers working to control invasive weeds, pick up trash, maintain restoration areas, and enjoy the spring wildflower bloom at this award-winning urban natural area restoration project. Meet at the foot of the road leading to the phone company microwave tower near the southwest road closure of Bernal Heights Boulevard. Bring your own clippers/tools if possible. Location: Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland, Bernal Heights Boulevard southwest terminus, SF. Time: 11am. Info: 415-831-6328, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
MLK Jr. Celebration: Faith in California — Hear representatives of religious movements not traditionally followed by African Americans (Black Buddhists, Hare Krishnas, and Muslims) discuss the mix of cultural and spiritual practices. Then enjoy a concert of South African freedom songs by Vukani Mawethu, a local choir. Hands-on activities for the whole family. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: Noon - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.museumca.org/ .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk — Everyone welcome. Rain cancels. Location: Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave., between Derby St. and Stuart St., Berkeley. Time: 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-526-7377, info@eastbaylabyrinthproject.org , http://www.bpfp.org/users/eblp/ .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks — Join Berkeley Grandmothers for the Oaks for a Party at the Oak Grove. Bring songs, musical instruments, and lots of food and water. We're going to sing our little hearts out ya hear? Location: Memorial Oak Grove, (on Piedmont, just north of Bancroft), Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Donations of food and water appreciated. Info: http://www.saveoaks.com/SaveOaks/Main.html .

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Educational Adventure: "Man Versus Marsh" — Ever wondered if you could survive on your own in nature? Learn the essential skills to survive in a saltwater marsh. Come domesticated; leave a savage! All ages. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-670-7270.

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Guided Hike: Coho Salmon with David Schmidt — Join naturalist and historian David Schmidt on a moderate 3-mile journey and learn about the lives of Coho Salmon as the fish return from the Ocean to spawn in the waters of Redwood Creek. Dress for cold, wet weather and wear boots as trails may be muddy. Meet at the south parking lot near the Dipsea Trail Exhibit. RSVP by phone required. Location: Muir Woods National Monument. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Included with park entrance fee ($5/adult 16 and older). Info: 415-971-5201, http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/calendar.html .

Monday, January 21, 2008
Class: History of Gardens and Gardening — Spring 2008 classes now listed on Merritt College website. Sign up early for your favorite classes as well as the new History of Gardening class, covering the historical evolution of gardens from the earliest cultivation of plants by humans to the present day. It will be offered Mondays from 4pm to 6pm in LH 101. How to find the Spring 2008 online schedule from the main Merritt College webpage: 1) go to website listed here; 2) Click on the button near the top left of the menu bar that says "Enroll Now"; 3) At the next page, to the right of "Enroll Now" you'll see "Spring 2008" schedule; click here; 4) Once you get to the Landscape Horticulture Dept offerings, scroll down until you see *048PA History of Gardens and Gardening"; 5) Now you can take it from there by enrolling! Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Info: http://www.merritt.edu/homex.asp?Q=Homepage .

Monday, January 21, 2008 - Monday, February 25, 2008
Class: Greywater, Composting Toilets, Healthy/Toxic Environments — Join Laura Allen of Greywater Guerrillas and Babak Tondre of the Berkeley EcoHouse for a 6-week class through the SF Institute of Architecture and the Berkeley Institute for Ecological Design: Greywater, Composting Toilets, Healthy/Toxic Environments. Buildings can recycle "used" water, process sewage, and instead of being the worst polluters, can be turned around to eliminate toxic waste, improve the environment and enhance health. Unfortunately, the "approved" ways of doing so are expensive and complex. Here's how to do it safely, simply, and cheaply. Class location: between 5th & 6th Streets in West Berkeley. Six blocks north of University Ave., two blocks south of Gilman. Near Hwy 80. Ample parking -- courtyard and street. We'll be in the "upstairs" room, signs will guide you. 3 SFIA units. (12 AIA/CES/HSW units). Register online. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm. Cost: $350. Info: 510-523-5174, SFIA@aol.com , http://www.sfia.net/Winter2008.asp .

Monday, January 21, 2008
CodePINK Fierce Voter Pink Tea Party — The theme for this year's Tea Party is "What Have Womyn Done?" After the '04 'election' CodePINK held a Mad Voter Pink Tea Party; then after '06, CodePINK held a Glad Voter Pink Tea Party. This year, before the election, in the spirit and honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Monthly Monday Meet, Eat & Greet (MMMEG), CodePINK invites activists to join in reviewing the many accomplishments and highlights of 2007; and to create strategies for ending war, occupation and genocide this coming year of 2008 - all while sharing a meal, great company, and music. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to come and participate - bring photos, banners, props and visuals of last year's accomplishments along with brilliant ideas and commitments for this year. This is a potluck brunch so bring a dish or drink - as organic, fair trade as possible - to share. There will also be inspiring performances and entertainment, as storytelling, harpsichord and guitar, dancing. RSVP via email or phone. Location: Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St., Berkeley. Time: 11am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-524-2776, info@bayareacodepink.org , http://www.bayareacodepink.org/ .

Monday, January 21, 2008
Volunteer: MLK, Jr. Day of Service -- Creek Cleanup & Beautification — This year make MLK Day a day on, not a day off!! Choose from two workday locations. Join The Watershed Project at either Arroyo Viejo Park OR Knowland Park for an inspiring morning of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. We will be cleaning the Arroyo Viejo Creek and planting new native plants from 9am-12pm. Then there will be a memorial of Martin Luther King from 12pm-12:30pm. Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be provided. Children are welcome with an adult. To join a Knowland Park creek work party, meet at the picnic area outside of the restoration area deer fence just opposite to the Zoo's maintenance yard. Location: Oakland. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-(510) 665-3508 , doria@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Monday, January 21, 2008
MLK Day Peace Gathering and March — Gather and march to honor nonviolence and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sponsored by the Tri-Valley Peace Coalition. Location: United Christian Church, 1886 College Avenue, at "M" St., Livermore. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 925-443-7148, http://www.trivalleycares.org/ .

Monday, January 21, 2008
Lecture: Pollination Ecology and the current concerns regarding Honey Bee Populations — Dr. Gordon W. Frankie, Ph.D of the Division of Insect Biology, University of California Berkeley is studying the effect of honey bee diseases on their populations and the serious threat they present to the success of many insect pollinated crops. Location: County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. and Lincoln, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5 general, free for members. Info: 415-661-1316, http://www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.org/sfbgs_calendar_template.cfm .

Monday, January 21, 2008
Volunteer: Berryland on the Richmond Greenway — Make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a day on, rather than a day off: join a wide coalition transforming the old Santa Fe Right of Way in Richmond, now the Richmond Greenway. Teams will build planters, plant berry bushes, mulch, plant natives, whack weeds, paint over graffiti, and pick up trash. Meet at Berryland, next to Lincoln Elementary School. Contact by phone or email for more information, to RSVP, or to donate food from West Contra Costa gardens/hives/coops for snacks. Location: Berryland -- Richmond Greenway, 6th St & the Greenway, (btwn Ohio and Chanslor), Richmond. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-691-5051, park@urbantilth.org , http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/CivicAlerts.asp?AID=215 .

Monday, January 21, 2008
MLK Jr. Day of Celebration and Service — Attention Middle and High School Students! EarthTeam, in partnership with Save the Bay and East Bay Regional Parks District, will lead shoreline cleanup and planting projects on MLK Jr. Day of Celebration and Service. Also, enjoy a nature walk with an East Bay Regional Park District naturalist or participate in an art/poetry workshop with EarthTeam's resident poet! We will conclude our restoration projects by celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. King with dynamic guest speakers and musical performances! Free lunch will be provided for all project participants! RSVP by email or phone required by 1/11/08. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-704-4030, trisha@earthteam.net , http://earthteam.net/ .

Monday, January 21, 2008
Volunteer: Intergenerational Peace Garden for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — Join the Marin Conservation Corps (MCC) community on different projects to make the Intergenerational Peace Garden a reality. Followed by a commemoration luncheon featuring raffle prizes for volunteers, performances from local artists, and youth awards. Location: Marin City Senior Center, 640 Drake Ave., Marin. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-54.4554 ext. 285, bsousa@marincc.org , http://www.marincc.org/events.html .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Class: Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning — Survey of sustainable urban and regional planning: Overview of the problems and solutions of environmentally and socially sustainable planning of cities, suburbs and rural areas. Professor Robin Freeman and Dr. David Ralston will conduct this lecture and field workshop series. Both Freeman and Ralston have served on Oakland Mayor Dellums Green Economy and Sustainable Living Task Force. Freeman is chair of the Merritt College Environmental Programs and Co-Director of the David R. Brower, Ronald V. Dellums Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies there. Ralston is a City Planner with the City of Oakland and is working with the East Bay American Planning Association to increase diversity amongst its members. Class meets Tues 1/22/09-3/18/08, 6:30pm-9:30pm and Sat/Sun 2/9,23,24; 3/8/08, 9:30am-12:45pm+1:30pm-5pm. Registration information online. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Cost: $60, waivers available. Info: 510-434-3840, http://www.ecomerritt.org/ .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Talk: Race Against Time: 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year — The Golden Gate National Recreation Area contains more endangered species than any other national park in continental North America. Brent Plater, Visiting Assistant Professor and Staff Attorney, Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, discusses the GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year, a year of events that will help us discover our imperiled neighbors and empower us to help endangered species recover. Reception at 5:15pm, Program at 5:45pm. RSVP online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF. Time: 5:15pm. Cost: $15 general, $8 members. Info: 415-597-6700, https://www.commonwealthclub.org/ .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
CA Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Membership Meeting — Meet and network with California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) members and enjoy a reception featuring organic food and wine! Help define CCOF's direction, membership benefits and advocacy work. Be a part of the solution!! Dinner 6pm-7pm, Annual Membership Meeting 7pm-9pm, Reception 9pm-10:30pm. (No Charge for dinner if you attend the educational session: Food Safety for Organic Production and Handling of Fresh Produce Conference). No charge for meeting or reception. RSVP by 1/7/08. Location: Pacific Grove. Time: 6pm - 10:30pm. Cost: $40 dinner-general, $10 dinner-members. Info: 831-423-2263 ext 44, xela@ccof.org , http://ccof.org/annualmeeting.php .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
New Class: "Early Childhood Environmental Education at Merritt College" — Intro to early childhood environmental education: Learn to create and teach safe, age/developmentally appropriate activities for young children. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $60 ($20/unit) + $3 campus use fee. Info: 510-547-4082, pgb@igc.org , http://www.merritt.edu/ .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Lecture: "Saving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta" — California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of North America, is facing environmental crisis. Two experts discuss the multiple causes of that crisis: Ellen Hanak, Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and California Center for Environmental Law and Policy executive director Rick Frank, a member of the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Location: Boalt Hall, Room 122. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 12:45pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-642-6774, jconlu@law.berkeley.edu , http://www.law.berkeley.edu/perl-bin/calendar/calendar.pl?event=2583 .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Film & Discussion: "King Corn" — The Stanford Program in Ethics in Society presents The Ethics of Food & the Environment. The series is co-sponsored by Stanford in Government, The Program in Human Biology, and the Center on Ethics. Film: "King Corn". Post-show discussion led by Aaron Woolf (Director of King Corn) and Ian Cheney (Producer of King Corn). Event Location: Cubberly Auditorium. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://ucomm.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/map/ .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Lecture: The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park — Since 1994, 110 chicks have fledged from the Great Blue Heron colony at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Nancy DeStefanis of Francisco Nature Education (SFNE), who discovered the nesting birds, will show slides of the 2007 colony and discuss the herons' life cycle, including courtship, breeding, feeding, and fledging. She will also screen a short documentary on SFNE's Heron Watch, a special program staffed by interns with spotting scopes who show the public these charismatic birds and their chicks. The film, Great Blue Herons in Golden Gate Park, was produced by Rick Bacigulpi for Northern California Public Television and is set to air through 2008. Nancy is a field ornithologist and the founder and executive director of SFNE, which introduces K-3 students at underserved schools to local wildlife through classroom visits and field trips to Golden Gate Park. Location: County Fair Building. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-387-9160, http://www.sfnature.org/ .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Public Meeting: Restoration of Natural Resources Injured by Cosco Busan Oil Spill — Restoration of the natural resources injured by the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay will be the focus of two public meetings, on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Oakland and on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Mill Valley. The meetings will be conducted by State and Federal Trustee Agencies (trustees) responsible for restoring the injured resources, after assessing ecological injuries and human use losses caused by the spill. The trustees will brief the public on the restoration process, answer questions and seek information from the public about injuries resulting from the spill. A primary purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for the public and other organizations to learn about the restoration process and to provide any additional information and data they collected. Because the focus of these meetings is on injury assessment and ultimate restoration, these representatives will not be able to address questions about the immediate response to the spill. The restoration process is distinct from the initial clean-up activities. As the clean-up work winds down, the injury assessment and restoration process continues. Known as NRDA, or Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the restoration process is a long-term effort to quantify injuries to wildlife and habitat, and loss of human use of natural resources. Trustees from six federal and state agencies will develop a restoration plan both to restore the injured resources and to compensate the public for the injuries to the natural resources and human activities. The trustees, in cooperation with local cities, counties, and other organizations, are working to assess the ecological injuries and human use losses caused by the spill. Through this process, the trustees will quantify the injuries to wildlife, habitat, and lost use of those resources, and develop a restoration plan. The trustees ultimately will make a claim for funds from the responsible party to implement restoration projects designed to both restore and compensate for the injured resources and human activities. On the day of the spill, the trustees started working to assess the injuries and to collect time-critical data. Since then, they have been collecting samples, conducting other assessment activities and begun analyzing data. To date, they have identified impacts to birds, mammals, various habitats (including rocky intertidal, sandy beach, salt marsh, and eelgrass), and human uses. During the course of the NRDA, the trustees will attempt to quantify these injuries. The trustees will provide additional information on the status of this ongoing process at the open houses. The natural resource trustees are: State of California: Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission; Federal: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Location: Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay St., Oakland. Time: 11am - 1pm. Info: 916-414-6566, al_donner@fws.gov .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Movie Night: "Conviction" — "Conviction" is the story of three Dominican nuns and their 2002 Plowshares action at a Minuteman III missile site in rural Colorado. Popcorn provided! 749 Hazel St., Livermore Sponsored by Tri-Valley CAREs; please call to RSVP. Location: Livermore. Time: 7:30. Cost: Free. Info: 925-443-7148, http://www.trivalleycares.org/calendar/ .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
EcoArt Matters Class at Laney College — Interested in art? Interested in the environment? Take part in this class to learn and make art about urgent environmental & community issues, combining creative aesthetics with science. Course covers a brief history of environmental and community art, with distinguished guest artist and science lecturers. Students create art works, installations or visual, oral presentations based on an important matter of their choosing. This work is then displayed in an exhibit on campus or at other venues throughout the community. Class number: 141 L1706. The first Tuesday class is Jan 22 until the last week in May. Classes meet in the Art Center studio 130. For more information, contact instructor by email or phone. Location: Laney College, 10th and Fallon Streets, Oakland. Time: 9am - 2pm. Info: 510-841-0588, andreest@yahoo.com , http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/homex.asp?Q=Homepage .

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Wednesday, January 23, 2008
CA Certified Organic Farmers Educational Conference — Food Safety for Organic Production and Handling of Fresh Produce. Are you prepared to deal with the new food safety regulations on your operation? This conference offers the latest research to empower you to minimize food safety risks. Day one will focus on issues related to small-mid size growers while day two concentrates on large grower and processor issues. This is a 2008 EcoFarm Pre-Conference. This event and scholarship sponsored by: CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter. Register online. Location: Pacific Grove. Cost: $50-$150. Info: 831-423-2263, xela@ccof.org , http://ccof.org/foodsafetyconference.php .

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Panel Discussion: It's Easy Being Green — "Greening" your life doesn't have to mean spending a fortune on solar panels or fuel-efficient cars. There are hundreds of easy and inexpensive ways to reduce your carbon footprint, help save natural resources, reduce pollution, protect wildlife and improve our community. From providing tips on eco-friendly household products to detailing the benefits of recycling, our panel of experts will share ways we can make conscious decisions in our homes, in our cars and in our gardens that will help our planet. Part of Digital Crossroads: How Technology Meets our Daily Lives. Speakers include: Keely Wachs, Environmental Communications Manager, PG&E; Matt Nauman, Cleantech and Energy Reporter and Former Auto Editor, San Jose Mercury News; Peter Whiteley, Senior Writer, Sunset Magazine; Jeffrey Schaub, Green Beat Reporter, CBS 5 Eyewitness News - Moderator. Reception at 6:15pm, Program at 7pm. Location: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Drive, Mountain View. Time: 6:15pm. Cost: $10 general, $5 members. Info: 415-597-6700, https://www.commonwealthclub.org/ .

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Green Development: Moving Beyond the Myths and Barriers — Is there payback in building green? Will green standards hurt development in the Valley? Green construction will accelerate in Silicon Valley as myths are debunked and as barriers to green building are lowered. Hear from experts how green development can succeed, and what challenges lie ahead. For an up-to-date view of green development, come and listen to: Linda LeZotte, Berliner Cohen, former City of San Jose councilmember; David Edwards, founder, Earth Bound Homes; Grant French, corporate sustainability manager, Swinerton Builders; Jose Guevara, property manager of Post Montgomery Center, Cushman & Wakefield; Brian Gitt, CEO and executive director, Build It Green. Plus speaker panel Q&A. Target Audience: City planners, commercial developers, home builders, historic preservationists, and others involved in property development (such as bankers, builders, equipment vendors, tenants, buyers), and students making career choices. Register online. Location: Roche Palo Alto, A2 Lecture Hall, 3431 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: $40 general, $20 students + pledging partners. Info: 650-269-1121, rrow@sustainablesiliconvalley.org , http://www.sustainablesiliconvalley.org/ .

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Documentary Film: "Reel Bad Arabs" — This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheiks and gun-wielding "terrorists." Along the way it offers devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in U.S. history, and why they matter so much today. The persistence of these film images over time makes prejudice toward Arabs and Arab culture seem natural and reinforces a narrow view of individual Arabs effects of U.S. policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture. Before and after the film, everyone is invited to the Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations accepted. Info: 510-393-5685, HumanistHall@Yahoo.com , http://humanisthall.org/ .

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Conference: "Network for a Healthy California" — The 2008 Network for a Healthy California conference, will inspire you to be an agent of change for Healthy Eating and Active Living within your own organization. The conference features presentations and workshops as well as exhibits and the chance to network. Location: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., @ 13th, Sacramento. Cost: $195 ($165 before 1/9/08). Info: 916-443.0218, Karl@rdlent.com , http://networkforahealthycalifornia.net/2008conference/ .

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Help Seed Save the World with the BASIL Seed Library — Come join us! 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. Cost: Free. Info: basil@ecologycenter.org .

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - Saturday, January 26, 2008
2008 Ecological Farming Conference — This annual conference brings together organic farmers, marketers, activists, and sustainable consumers. The 2008 Eco-Farm theme is "Root Values: Connecting Ecology, Community and the Land." The conference features more than 50 workshops on innovative farming techniques, organic farming issues, and sustainable food systems topics. Online registration form details prices, special events, and meals and lodging options. Location: Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove. Info: 831-763-2111, http://www.eco-farm.org/efc_08/index.html .

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Green Chamber of Commerce Mixer — A terrific networking opportunity and a chance to view the recently completed LEEDTM Gold Center 21. Sample local organic food and drink, network with nearby businesses and learn more about our rapidly growing Chamber of Commerce. Co-Sponsored by Pankow Builders. Enter on 21st Street. RSVP by 1/18/08 by email. Location: Center 21, 2100 Franklin Street, Oakland. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 members. Info: 510-219-7211, james@greenchamberofcommerce.net , http://www.greenchamberofcommerce.net/ .

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Application Deadline: Leadership Exchange Program (LEX) — Want to travel the world for peace and justice? World Bridges offers international volunteer experiences and training for young adults of color from low-income backgrounds who have not traveled internationally before. LEX combines volunteer work, leadership development and global learning with cultural sensitivity and travel preparedness training. The program runs from 2/08-11/08. Each month, participants attend 2-3 meetings or events and complete eight internship hours, all in the SF Bay Area. During the summer, participants travel to another country to volunteer for 2-12 weeks. World Bridges covers 80% of the program costs. To be eligible for the program, you must: be a US citizen or US Permanent Resident; be 18-26 years old; be a Bay Area resident through 2009; be able to attend every program meeting; be able to complete a local internship; be able to demonstrate financial need; have not traveled abroad on your own before; have experience learning about or addressing social justice issues; have a strong desire to learn about different cultures & communities at home & abroad; be very self-motivated & reliable; demonstrate prior active community involvement and/or peer leadership; be willing and able to share your experience with other organizations & individuals. Download the application and flyer from web site. Info: http://www.world-bridges.org/ .

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Class: Perfect Roasted Chicken and other Classics (non veg) — Learn to cook roast chicken with lemon and herbs, mashed potatoes, salad with vinaigrette dressing, and a flourless chocolate cake, including farmers' market ingredients. Sign up for two classes at The Sage Table and get a $15 discount, or three classes for a $25 discount. Location: Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $60. Info: 510-914-1142, thesagetable@gmail.com , http://www.thesagetable.com/ .

Friday, January 25, 2008
Lecture: Joel Salatin Talks about Clucks, Bucks, and Guts — Join Marin Sun Farms for what is sure to be a lively talk. Joel Salatin is a third generation full-time alternative farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. His speaking and writing reflect a dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor as he passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. Joel will talk about good, profitable food production. His talk will be followed by a tasting of fresh mid-winter abundance, grown or gathered from within the boundaries of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Proceeds benefit the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association. RSVP by phone. Location: Dance Palace Community Center, 5th & B Streets, Pt. Reyes Station. Cost: $50. Info: 415-663-8997 x203, http://www.polyfacefarms.com/schedule.aspx .

Friday, January 25, 2008
Solar Sebastopol Celebration — Celebrate the completion of six city installations of solar systems, three awards for number of installations, and the wonderful solar future we have here in Sonoma County. Special presentation by Senator Pat Wiggins and Assemblywoman Patty Berg. Refreshments will be served. Solar Vendors present to answer questions and make appointments for a site visit. Located in the Youth Annex. RSVP by email. Location: Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: info@solarsebastopol.com , http://www.sonic.net/cgi-bin/kcaruso/calendar/calendar.pl .

Friday, January 25, 2008 - Saturday, January 26, 2008
Art Exhibit and Film Screening at the SF Recycling Center — The SF Recycling & Disposal Artist in Residence Program presents: an art reception for media artist Phillip Bonner and sculptor and conceptual artist Scott Oliver. Philip Bonner, made two short video projects at the dump: 'The Purpose-Driven Life' is experimental, improvisational and depends heavily on found objects he scavenged from San Francisco's trash which he used to make props, costumes, sets and miniature environments (performers were filmed separately then digitally superimposed into the trashy sets) and 'The Circle of Acknowledgment,' which resembles a traditional movie and was filmed on location at the recycling facilities. In a nod to the late Jo Hanson, the AIR Program's founder, known for making art from street sweepings in her lower Haight neighborhood, Oliver began his own daily practice in the studio. "Reading Jo's impressive obituary I was struck by her daily practice of sweeping—something she incorporated quite seamlessly into her art practice". Oliver created an hour glass with the sand he collected. The sand runs out in 45 seconds or "the same amount of time most people look at a piece of artwork", says Oliver. When: Friday, 1/25/08 from 5pm to 9pm; Saturday, 1/26/08 from 1pm to 5pm. Location: SF Recycling & Disposal, 503 Tunnel Ave., SF. Cost: Free. Info: 415-330-1415, dmunk@sfrecycling.com , http://www.sfrecycling.com/AIR/nextshow.htm .

Friday, January 25, 2008
Application Deadline: 2008 Business Environmental Awards — Call for applications. Founded in 1990, Acterra's Business Environmental Awards highlight and honor innovative programs and outstanding achievements that contribute to a sustainable Bay Area. Awards Categories include: Acterra Award for Sustainability; Commute & Transportation; Environmental Enterprise; Environmental & Sustainability Education; Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation; Sustainable Built Environment. Eligibility: Any private or public business entity, division or facility located in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County is eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations are eligible if environmental work is not their central mission. How to Apply: Download an application from website. Awards Presentation to be held 5/29/08. Info: 650-962-9876 x350, awards@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/bea/ .

Friday, January 25, 2008
Workshop: Global Exchange Democracy School — Is democracy possible when corporations wield constitutional rights against communities and people? In your community, who decides if corporations can pollute or drive local businesses out? Looking for a Real Paradigm Shift? Come to Democracy School! Global Exchange is bringing the famous Daniel Pennock Democracy School, created by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), to San Francisco! This empowering weekend-long training teaches a dramatic new way of looking at our role as citizens and confronting the power and rights used by corporations to deny the rights of people and the earth. Attendees receive a 350 page background reading packet two weeks prior to the School, which contains curriculum materials for the School. Some meals are also included. Limited to 20 participants. Deadline for registration: 12/3/07. Register by email or phone. Location: SF. Cost: $325. Info: 415-575-5540, shannon@globalexchange.org , http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/corpaccount/democracyschool.html .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Workshop — The Planning and Conservation League (PCL) and Planning and Conservation League Foundation (PCLF), Mom's Clean Air Network and Stop Walmart Action Team invite you the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Workshop. CEQA is California's premier environmental law, and is a powerful tool for public participation. It allows public agencies to make informed decisions about activities that could degrade public health and damage the environment. It also provides California residents with the legal framework to hold their public agencies accountable for decisions that may substantially alter the quality of their lives. Over the next two years, PCL and PCLF will host 24 community workshops around the state that will (1) explain how local organizations can participate in the CEQA process to improve projects in their communities, and (2) discuss how CEQA's existing environmental review and mitigation requirements can be used to reduce or avoid the generation of greenhouse gases in order to help meet California's emission reduction goals. Morning coffee, lunch, and all workshop materials are included in registration fee. Registration required -- register online. Location: Sierra Presbyterian Church, 3603 M Street, Merced. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $25 community member, $35 non-profit staff, $60 public agency or business. Info: 916-313-4508, http://pclfoundation.org/projects/ceqaworkshops.html .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Social Justice Symposium -- UCB School of Social Welfare — Graduate students at the UC-Berkeley School of Social Welfare host their annual symposium exploring key issues in the social work profession. Students, fieldwork instructors, social workers in the field, and community leaders will participate in workshops integrating social justice theory and practice. Location: St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: ucbsjs@gmail.com , http://www.law.berkeley.edu/perl-bin/calendar/calendar.pl?event=2545 .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Guided Sea Watch for Marbled Murrelet — Join Alan Hopkins of Golden Gate Audubon Society for a sea watch looking for Marbled Murrelet, California Sea Otter, and Steller Sea Lion. Because you never know: you might get lucky! Meet at Louis' Restaurant, and then walk to the sea watch location. Part of the GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year. RSVP Required. Location: Louis' Restaurant, 902 Point Lobos Ave, SF. Time: 8am - 10am. Info: 415-664-0983, mbzlat@yahoo.com , http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/calendar.html .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Vegetarian Cooking Class: Healthful Resolutions: Low-Cal, High-Flavor — Join Compassionate Cooks' founder Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of the cookbook, The Joy of Vegan Baking, in her monthly Vegetarian Cooking Classes that celebrate healthful and humane eating that features local, seasonal, mostly organic ingredients. In this class, she will demonstrate six delicious, nutritious dishes, including Kale and Nori Salad, Asian-inspired Lettuce Wraps, Yellow Split Pea Dal, "No Queso" Quesadillas, Homemade Hummus, and Fabulous Fruit Smoothies. Fees include demonstration, food samples, copies of recipes, coupons for restaurants and local groceries, resources and much more. Compassionate Cooks is dedicated to empowering people to make informed food choices and to debunking myths about vegetarianism through cooking classes, lectures & workshops, articles and essays, podcasts, and cooking DVDs. Pre-registration online or by phone required. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., at Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $49 in advance + $5 food/materials fee. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair — Join us for the 31st annual BAEER Fair, with 100 resources and numerous workshops for educators and parents with a special interest in wildlife, ecology, adventure and much more. Discover the latest in classroom materials, environmental education programs, and field trip sites. Attend workshops introducing conservation and wildlife education, school gardens, and strategies for fostering environmental awareness! The event is specially designed for teachers, community educators, students, families, and all concerned about the environment we share. Admission to the event is paid at the entrance door. Location: Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Time: 10am - 4:30pm. Cost: $12 general, $10 high school students and seniors, $8 youth, Free to children under 6. Info: 510-657-4847, http://www.baeerfair.org/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
California Rare Fruit Growers Scion Exchange — An annual event, usually the last week of every January, open to the public, is the CRFG Redwood Chapter scion (cuttings) and plant exchange where commonly over 500 varieties of common, rare and experimental scions and plants from all over Northern California are available free or at minimal charge. There are grafting and planting demonstration classes for beginners, plus experts and hobbyists to answer questions for more advanced gardeners. Some cuttings available, like grapes and figs, don't need to be grafted and can be planted directly in the ground. Custom trees can be created for attendees on-the-spot by experts for a small donation. Bring bags, tape and pens to mark your acquisitions. Members get in one hour early for best selection, so join (you can join at the door)! Location: Sebastopol Veterans Center, 282 High Street, Sebastopol. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: $5 donation. Info: http://www.crfg.org/chapters/redwood_empire/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Rambling Reptiles — "Nature Bytes" is a new series of classes designed to help you get to know the natural world. Learn through stories, games, and hands-on activities suitable for all ages. No boring lectures here! Join us every Saturday in January and February! (Check times.) Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Fremont. Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Info: 888-327-2757.

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Volunteer: Winter Weeding and Planting at Santa Venetia Marsh — In partnership with Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space Two endangered species, the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, depend on Santa Venetia Marsh for survival. We need volunteers to plant native plants like coyote bush, gumplant and sticky monkey flower and weed out invasive plants such as harding grass and fennel. Join us at this beautiful site on Gallinas Creek, and learn about the history of wetland protection near the Marin Civic Center. RSVP. Location: Santa Venetia Marsh, San Rafael. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Kamalayang Musika: An Evening of Filipino Music — The Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES) hosts "Kamalayang Musika" an evening benefit concert of multi-genre Filipino world music and cultural expressions. Featured performances from the acclaimed Ang Grupong Pendong (formerly of the legendary Filipino group Asin), Autonomous Region and Kulintronica thread sounds of the pre-colonial kulintang (brass gong) and thirteen-stringed oktavina into a contemporary mix of rock, folk, electronica, and more. With spoken word from poet Aimee Suzara. Proceeds support women's rights and environmental justice organizations in the Philippines. Doors open 6pm. Near civic center BART. Reserve tickets by phone or email. Location: Bayanihan House, 1010 Mission Street, at 6th Street, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $15-$35 at door, $14 in advance, $12 youth/senior. Info: 925-285-4977, info@facessolidarity.org , http://www.facessolidarity.org/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Class: Planting for Winter Color in the Garden — Join nursery owner and designer Aerin Moore for a lively discussion about how to bring more color to your winter garden. Location: Magic Gardens (Berkeley), 729 Heinz Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-644-2351, http://www.magicgardens.com/classes.htm .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Bird Rescuers' Get-Together — Celebrate the Bay and join in a thank-you get-together for everyone who helped after the November oil spill. We will see pictures from the spill, celebrate wildlife that was rescued, chat and hear about what others did, remember and reflect on plans to make it better next time. Short bird program/walk follows. AC Transit #9. Location: Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, at the Marina, Berkeley. Time: 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981-6720, http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Workshop: Bioremediation and Earth-Healing — A Fundraiser for Earth Activist Training. Learn hands-on techniques you can use (and teach!) to help heal the land and waters we live with. Toxin-eating biobrews, oil-soaking hairmats, gabion erosion control, and more. Bring a brown-bag lunch and a donation for the EAT scholarship fund (and to cover costs for your own biobrew starter solution). With Starhawk and Friends. Register by phone or email. Location: Black Cat House (SF Mission), SF. Time: 11am - 3pm. Cost: $5-$45 Sliding Scale Donation. Info: 415-516-4904, jfurst@pobox.com , http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Volunteer: Save the Quail Habitat Restoration Workday — Help restore habitat for the California Quail, the official bird of the City and County of San Francisco and of the State of California. We plant native species, remove invasives, and do general maintenance at various sites throughout the city. Meet at parking lot, corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lake Merced Boulevard. Contact by email or phone for information and directions. Location: Harding Park, SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 510-843-2222, jrobinson@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Biodiesel & SVO Community Potluck & White Elephant — Potluck, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Share Resources & Build Community. Did you recently get a gift that really should be for someone else? Wrap it and bring it, (or something else that might be fun or useful) to the gift exchange. No purchases please! Let's get together, share resources, learn from each other's experience and have fun. Bring pictures of your setups, questions and fuel samples to test if you like. Beginners welcome. Experts too. Everyone in between. Potluck food and drink. RSVP by email for directions. Location: Oakland. Time: 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: morris1524@yahoo.com .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
International Day of Action for Food Sovereignty — Make your own sign, organize your own protest—join with Via Campesina and other organizations worldwide in demanding food sovereignty and an end to the corporate control of our food systems by global agribusiness. Celebrate with nonviolent direct action, civil disobedience, street theater, convergences, teach-ins, etc. Via Campesina, Rainforest Action Network, Rising Tide North America, and the Student Trade Justice Campaign, are urging communities around the world to move toward localized food systems and away from globalized food systems. Visit website for more information and action ideas and resources. If you have an action planned, let them know by email. Take photos of your event and post them on YouTube and Change.org. Info: emailingjessie@risingtidnorthamerica.org , http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/category/foodsov/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Lecture: Contra Costa Wildlife and Native Plant Communities — Jim Hale presents a talk on wildlife in Contra Costa County and its relationship to native plant communities. Seating is limited, so arrive early, save a seat, and enjoy the garden until lecture time. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Rd. & South Park Dr., in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-841-8732, bgarden@ebparks.org , http://www.nativeplants.org .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Really Really Free Market — You make the market happen! We all have skills, ideas, games, music, objects, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, laughter and many other things to share. If we bring them all together at the Really Really Free Market, we can start to create a more just and sustainable community. As a community, we have many more resources than we do as individuals. Some of us have a lot and some of us have not enough. If we share our resources, we can take care of each other and give away less of our life energy to corporations. This uses fewer of the Earth's resources and fewer of our working hours, leaving us more time to devote to ourselves and our communities. Location: 110 Capp Street, SF - 5th Floor (off 16th St, between Mission and S. Van Ness) Location: SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: Free.

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Volunteer: Plant Natives on Berkeley's Covert Path — Join Friends of Five Creeks and Berkeley Path Wanderers Assn. planting natives on Covert Path in Berkeley's upper Codornices watershed. This is the last of three work parties aimed at establishing natives on these beautiful and historic paths, eventually creating a special route with interpretive materials. Meet at the top of the path, Keeler Avenue between Shasta and Twain (closer to Twain). Call if you get lost (easy in the hills). Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am. Info: 510-599-4709, http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Ready, Flame, Fire! Fire Scars of Muir Woods — Join Ranger Tim Jordan on an easy two-mile walk of fire-scarred trees in Redwood Canyon and witness the effects repeated fires have had on the redwoods throughout the century. Location: Muir Woods National Monument. Time: Noon - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-388-2596, http://www.crissyfield.org/calendar/index.asp?date=1/26/2008 .

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Ranch Guide Training: Share Your Love of Nature — Become a Ranch Guide and share the knowledge and appreciation of nature with our Bay Area community during the heron and egret nesting season. Ranch Guides provide information to public visitors about the preserve and its many unique natural features. The seven Saturday training program is designed to give Ranch Guides a great understanding of Bolinas Lagoon Preserve's nesting colony of herons and egrets, Audubon Canyon Ranch history, the preserve's many species of water, shore, and land birds, plants, pond life, and tips for working with the public. Graduates of the Ranch Guide training commit to four weekend or holiday days of their choice per year, during the public season of mid-March to mid-July. No prior training or skills are needed. Materials included. Partial scholarships available. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, 4900 Highway One. Time: 9am. Cost: $25. Info: 415-868-9244, acr@egret.org , http://www.egret.org/ .

Sunday, January 27, 2008
People's Park Anniversary Planning Meeting — The time has come to begin actually organizing the People's Park Anniversary which will be on Sunday April 27, 2008....39 years old! We are really hoping some new folks will help organize this wonderful community treat. Ever thought about helping produce a show? Create art and community? Call for more info. Location: Caffe Mediterraneum, 2475 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm. Info: 510-658-9178.

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Guided Hike: Coho Salmon with David Schmidt — Join naturalist and historian David Schmidt on a moderate 3-mile journey and learn about the lives of Coho Salmon as the fish return from the Ocean to spawn in the waters of Redwood Creek. Dress for cold, wet weather and wear boots as trails may be muddy. Meet at the south parking lot near the Dipsea Trail Exhibit. RSVP by phone required. Location: Muir Woods National Monument. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Included with park entrance fee ($5/adult 16 and older). Info: 415-971-5201, http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/calendar.html .

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks — Join Berkeley Grandmothers for the Oaks for a Party at the Oak Grove. Bring songs, musical instruments, and lots of food and water. We're going to sing our little hearts out ya hear? Location: Memorial Oak Grove, (on Piedmont, just north of Bancroft), Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Donations of food and water appreciated. Info: http://www.saveoaks.com/SaveOaks/Main.html .

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Class: Beneficial Beasts in the Garden and Landscape — A new course in the Permaculture specialty of the Landscape Horticulture Department at Merritt Community College. Beneficial Beasts provides simple techniques and design principles that the average person with low overhead can employ in the garden, homestead, farm, or natural landscape to enhance individuals and populations of wild, naturalized, or domesticated animal species for aesthetics and productivity of all the plant, fungi, and animal species in the system. It also introduces the student to the fields of animal husbandry and livestock raising. Class meets on Mondays starting in room H101. Take it for two community college credit hours or just for the fun of it by the Credit/No Credit method. The Class number is 248NL and the registration code is M1432. Teacher: Ken Litchfield. Register online. Location: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: $42. Info: 510-531-4911, http://www.peralta.edu/homex.asp?Q=Homepage .

Monday, January 28, 2008
Films: Global Oneness Project Documentary Shorts — The Global Oneness Project is exploring how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world. Join us for a free screening of the first volume of short films released on DVD (77 minutes) from the Global Oneness Project living library, shot in India, Australia, Ecuador, and the US. Told from people working in such diverse fields as agriculture, religion and conflict resolution, these stories will challenge you to re-imagine your relationship to the world. We will be giving away copies of the DVD at the screening. Location: Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: events@globalonenessproject.org , http://www.globalonenessproject.org/ .

Monday, January 28, 2008
Seniors' Course: History of Greening of the SF Bay Area — San Francisco's most revered natural environments have provoked some of the fiercest environmental battles in the country, making the region a leader in green ideas and organizations for more than a century. From John Muir's early reflections on conservation to the mass political movement in the 1960s to recent efforts to stop toxic pollution, environmentalism is at the core of Bay Area life and politics. Yet this vision of what a city should be has always been informed by liberal, even utopian, ideas of nature, planning, government, and democracy. In this course, we will explore the history that has made the Bay Area a global center of environmentalism. Richard Walker has been a professor of geography at UC Berkeley for 30 years. He is co-author of The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992), and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004) and The Country in the City (2007). Meets six Mondays. Location: University Hall, 2199 Addison Street, Room 41B, Berkeley. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: see website for membership dues. Info: 510-642-9934, berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu , http://www.olli.berkeley.edu/programs/Winter2008-Walker-Greening.html .

Monday, January 28, 2008
Draft Berkeley Climate Action Plan Release Event — Join us at the Shorebird Park Nature Center in the Berkeley Marina to mark the release of the draft plan and to learn about ways to get involved with Berkeley's growing climate protection movement. Also, starting on 1/28, community members are invited to review and provide feedback on the draft plan on-line. It will be posted at www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org -- a website designed by the City to be a community forum for climate protection ideas and resources. Speakers will include Mayor Tom Bates; Professor Dan Kammen, Director of UC Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory; and others. AC Transit is providing a Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus to transport people to and from the marina. Meet in front of Berkeley City Hall (2180 Milvia St.) at 10am to ride the bus to the event. The bus will drop us back off in downtown Berkeley by noon. Space on the bus is limited! If you would like a spot on the bus RSVP to MeasureG@ci.berkeley.ca.us by Tuesday, January 22nd. The Berkeley Marina is also accessible by existing bus routes (Bus 51). For public transport and driving directions click here: ( http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina/marinaexp/directions.html ) Location: Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, at the Marina, Berkeley. Time: 10am - Noon. Info: 510-981-5437, tburroughs@ci.berkeley.ca.us , http://www.berkeleyclimateaction.org/ .

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Community Meeting on Pacific Steel and West Berkeley Air Quality Monitoring — Learn about air monitoring results in West Berkeley and what toxics have been found in the air. How toxic is the air? Where are the toxics coming from? Is Pacific Steel a source of the toxic pollution? What can we do to reduce pollution and protect our health? This community meeting is sponsored by Greenaction, Global Community Monitor, West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs, and the Ecology Center. Location: West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 6th St., @ Hearst, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-248-5010.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Screening: "The Eleventh Hour" — This documentary examines the state of the global environment, and includes visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's beleaguered ecosystems. The documentary will tackle issues that Leonardo DiCaprio has championed for years as it takes on a renewed urgency in the wake of recent natural disasters, and as increasing global abuse brings the future of our environment into greater question. Location: Boalt Hall, Room 110. Sponsored by the California Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-642-6774, jconlu@law.berkeley.edu , http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/envirolaw/events.html .

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Talk: Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives — Sustainable Fairfax hosts this informational talk and presentation on the devastating effects that plastic consumption is having on our oceans, landfills and bodies, followed by a discussion and demonstration of alternative choices we can make rather than consuming so many plastic goods or plastic packaging. A representative from Good Earth will also be present with non-plastic alternative products available for sale. Featuring Andy Peri and Stuart Moody from Green Sangha. Meet above Yoga Loka. Location: 85 Bolinas Road, Suite 17, Fairfax. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $5-$10 Suggested donation. Info: http://www.sustainablefairfax.org/ .

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Class: Warming and Wintry Soups & Stews — Learn to make hearty soups with vegetables, legumes and grains, plus winter salad and apple crisp, including ingredients from the farmers' market. Sign up for two classes at The Sage Table and get a $15 discount, or three classes for a $25 discount. Location: Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $55. Info: 510-914-1142, thesagetable@gmail.com , http://www.thesagetable.com/ .

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Public Meeting: Restoration of Natural Resources Injured by Cosco Busan Oil Spill — Restoration of the natural resources injured by the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay will be the focus of two public meetings, on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Oakland and on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Mill Valley. The meetings will be conducted by State and Federal Trustee Agencies (trustees) responsible for restoring the injured resources, after assessing ecological injuries and human use losses caused by the spill. The trustees will brief the public on the restoration process, answer questions and seek information from the public about injuries resulting from the spill. A primary purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for the public and other organizations to learn about the restoration process and to provide any additional information and data they collected. Because the focus of these meetings is on injury assessment and ultimate restoration, these representatives will not be able to address questions about the immediate response to the spill. The restoration process is distinct from the initial clean-up activities. As the clean-up work winds down, the injury assessment and restoration process continues. Known as NRDA, or Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the restoration process is a long-term effort to quantify injuries to wildlife and habitat, and loss of human use of natural resources. Trustees from six federal and state agencies will develop a restoration plan both to restore the injured resources and to compensate the public for the injuries to the natural resources and human activities. The trustees, in cooperation with local cities, counties, and other organizations, are working to assess the ecological injuries and human use losses caused by the spill. Through this process, the trustees will quantify the injuries to wildlife, habitat, and lost use of those resources, and develop a restoration plan. The trustees ultimately will make a claim for funds from the responsible party to implement restoration projects designed to both restore and compensate for the injured resources and human activities. On the day of the spill, the trustees started working to assess the injuries and to collect time-critical data. Since then, they have been collecting samples, conducting other assessment activities and begun analyzing data. To date, they have identified impacts to birds, mammals, various habitats (including rocky intertidal, sandy beach, salt marsh, and eelgrass), and human uses. During the course of the NRDA, the trustees will attempt to quantify these injuries. The trustees will provide additional information on the status of this ongoing process at the open houses. The natural resource trustees are: State of California: Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission; Federal: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meets in the Cascade Room. Location: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 916-414-6566, al_donner@fws.gov .

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Talk: Louise Dunlap on Tools for Social Change Writing — Louise Dunlap began her career as an activist writing instructor during the Free Speech Movement of the 60s. She presents her book, "Undoing the Silence: Six Tools for Social Change Writing," which provides guidance to both citizens and professionals wishing to influence democratic processes through letters, articles, reports, and public testimony. Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Talk: GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year — The Golden Gate National Recreation Area sustains more federally threatened and endangered species than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks combined. The San Francisco Bay Area is considered the sixth most important biological diversity hotspot in the United States by the Nature Conservancy. UNESCO has even granted the GGNRA "Biosphere Reserve" status, the same status granted to the Central Amazon rainforests. Come and learn about the amazing biodiversity in your own backyard from presenters Brent Plater and Peter Brastow. Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 7:30. Cost: Free. Info: 415-626-2060, http://counterpulse.org/calendar.shtml .

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - Thursday, January 31, 2008
Focus the Nation Climate Change Conference — Focus the Nation is a national teach-in engaging millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision-makers about global warming solutions. San Francisco State University hosts this two-day conference on global warming featuring speakers such as Van Jones. The event will also feature expert panels, a roundtable discussion with elected representatives, and a live satellite webcast featuring Hunter Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute and many others. Info booths, interactive activities, free CFLs, and much more! Location: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, Jack Adams Hall, SF. Time: 9am. Cost: Free. Info: 415-405-0326, http://bss.sfsu.edu/envstudies/climate.html .

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Town Hall Meeting on Land Use and Health in San Francisco — The San Francisco Department of Public Health will host a town hall forum to discuss social, environmental, and economic factors affecting health. Through this event and others, the department aims to increase awareness about local health disparities and their connection to existing socioeconomic and environmental inequities. The event will include the screening of a segment from an upcoming documentary on inequality and public health. Location: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium, SF. Time: 4pm - 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-252-3919, megan.gaydos@sfdph.org , http://dphwww.sfdph.org/phes/ .

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Sunday, February 3, 2008
San Francisco Ocean Film Festival — Swimmers braving the waters of the North Pole, sea birds coming back from extinction in Bermuda and eco-savvy fishermen in Papua New Guinea are just a few of the stars that will be gracing the giant screen when the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival (SFOFF) returns. Now in its fifth year, SFOFF 2008 will feature more than four-dozen documentary and animated films from around the world, including deep dives into marine science, coastal cultures, ocean exploration and saltwater sports. As in the past, programs will include talks by filmmakers and content experts. Ecological issues always play an important role in festival programming. In "Pulp, Poo & Perfection" surfers tackle the harmful issue of sewage in the ocean, while "Higher Ground" highlights erosion problems on Florida beaches. As part of SFOFF's Cosco Busan Oil Spill Video Project, a selection of short films made by local filmmakers and submitted to SFOFF's YouTube group will be screened throughout the weekend. Often shot on consumer digital cameras, these give a "citizen filmmaker's" view of the environmental damage, clean-up efforts and emotional reaction to the oil spill. The SFOFF Bay Oil Spill 2007 Video Project is presented by CREDO Mobile. Special parties and educational events are also featured. Full event schedule and ticket information available online. Location: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, SF. Info: 415-561-6251, info@oceanfilmfest.org , http://www.oceanfilmfest.org/ .

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Workshop: Green Your Business — How small business can make sustainable changes without breaking the bank. Attend this workshop to learn what good business sense it makes for small enterprises to pursue environmentally friendly practices. Attendees will leave the workshop with simple, painless first steps they can take to begin "going green." Speakers: Dr. Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange and Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center: "Building the Green Economy - Why Go Green"; Liz Linale, Cole Hardware Manager: "Simple Steps to Green Your Business." Made possible with the support of PG&E. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-553-4433 ext. 101, info@urbansolutionsSF.org , http://www.urbansolutionssf.org/ .

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Film & Discussion: "Our Daily Bread" — The Program in Ethics in Society presents its series "The Ethics of Food & the Environment". Co-sponsored by Stanford in Government, The Program in Human Biology, and the Center on Ethics. Film: "Our Daily Bread". Post show discussion led by Scotty McLennan (Dean for Religious Life). Event Location: Annenberg Auditorium. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://ucomm.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/map/ .

Thursday, January 31, 2008
BART Rider Thank You Day — Ride BART on January 31st and get a free coupon for a Fair Trade Certified latte or espresso from Tully's Coffee and half-off your next purchase of a one pound bag of Fair Trade Certified beans. Tully's Coffee is associated with the TransFair USA organization, a group which enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. Tully's espresso is now 100% Fair Trade Certified nationwide and served in compostable cups. Participating BART Stations: Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery, Embarcadero, Oakland 12th St. and Downtown Berkeley. Time: 6am - 9am. Info: http://www.bart.gov/index.asp .

Friday, February 1, 2008 - Sunday, February 3, 2008
Course: Urban Permaculture: Food in the City — A Modular Permaculture Design Course with an Urban Focus. How can we grow food in and near our cities? How can we make sure everyone in our cities has access to good, healthy, nutritious and delicious food? Permaculture is a system of ecological design that teaches us how to meet human needs while regenerating the environment around us. Learn how to plan an urban garden, techniques to maximize space, what plants grow best and how to propagate and prune them, how to grow our own fertilizer, attract beneficial insects and discourage pests, and more. Includes slideshows, lectures, and hands-on practice. Taught by Starhawk, Kevin Bayuk, and guest instructors. Friday 7pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. Bring food to share. Some work trade available. Register online. Location: SF. Cost: $150-$250 sliding scale. Info: 530-994-3370, http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/ .

Friday, February 1, 2008
Volunteer Training: Sustainable Fairfax — Sustainable Fairfax will hold its' second Volunteer Corps training at 141 Bolinas Rd in Fairfax. This two day course will include a Sustainability 101 course taught by Sustainable Fairfax staff and Andres Edwards, author of the book "Sustainability Revolution", team building exercises, and work on the Sustainable Fairfax Community Plan. Once participants are trained they will be able to help staff the Sustainability Center and will be helping to educate the community on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Each volunteer is asked to spend four hours per month working at the center on a flexible schedule. Sign up by email or phone. Location: Fairfax. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Included with membership ($35). Info: 415-269-0621, pam@sustainablefairfax.org , http://www.sustainablefairfax.org/ .

Friday, February 1, 2008
Film: The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream — How will "peak oil" affect life as we know it in our cities and suburbs? Come see this critically-acclaimed film and join Berkeley city officials and staff and the Berkeley Oil Independence Task Force for a discussion of how to prepare for an energy-constrained future. Special guest speaker: David Fridley, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, on the "myths of bio-fuels." Sponsored by Oil Independent Berkeley, the Ecology Center and Councilmember Dona Spring. For more information, visist www.relocalize.net/groups/oilindependentberkeley. Location: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley. Time: 3:00. Cost: free.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Volunteer: Winter Work Party at the Edible Schoolyard — Join the Edible Schoolyard staff for a morning of garden clean up. At noon we will eat lunch together. RSVP by phone. Location: The Edible Schoolyard Garden, King Middle School, 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley. Time: 9am - 1pm. Info: 510-558-1335, http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/homepage.html .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Desert Survivors Groundhog Day Party — Push aside wintertime cabin fever and get inspired for the desert spring hiking season to come. This party is an opportunity to meet new friends, share a potluck meal, and show slides from Desert Survivors winter trips. Call for location and other information. Time: TBD. Cost: Free. Info: 510-769-1706, http://www.desert-survivors.org .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Volunteer: Improve Wildlife Habitat at Lands End — Improve habitat for birds and other wildlife on coastal dunes and bluffs at Lands End, San Francisco. Meet near East Wash at the golf course access road west of Palace of the Legion of Honor, near where 34th Avenue intersects El Camino del Mar. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. For more information, telephone or email. Location: Lands End, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 415-385-3065, cchristman@parksconservancy.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Workshop: Urban Composting -- SF — Winter can be a great time to start a new compost pile or to jump start one that just isn't breaking down. Join Garden For the Environment for a fun, hands-on workshop teaching basic methods of both backyard and worm composting! Compost is a rich soil amendment that will greatly benefit your garden plants, houseplants, and the environment, by diverting compostable material from the landfill. Learn how to turn those food scraps or fallen leaves into "gardeners black gold". Rot on! Please call or email to pre-register or for more information! Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Saturday, March 22, 2008
Environmental Forum of Marin's 2008 Sustainable Communities Seminar — The 2008 Sustainable Communities Seminar takes place over seven Saturdays and features presentation and instruction from three dozen local environmental leaders and teachers who will explain the practical and scientific reasons for incorporating environmentally sustainable decisions in our lives. This course is offered primarily to inform and to inspire. While there are no tests and no mandatory reading, extensive resources and recommended readings are provided for each day's focus topic. Each class is devoted to one overarching subject, with each building upon the other in order to provide you with the most fruitful learning experience possible. Online registration has begun; space is limited. Location: Environmental Forum of Marin, San Rafael. Time: 9am - 2pm. Cost: $250. Info: 415-479-7814, SeminarAdmissions@MarinEFM.org , http://marinefm.org/workshopseries.html .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Workshop: Fruit Tree Varieties — Learn which varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots, apples and pears are the delight of connoisseurs. You will be introduced to the best of the best-tasting deciduous fruits that grow in this area and learn where to source your own plants. Instructor: Nancy Garrison has been conducting and attending fruit tastings for the last 26 years in her diverse home fruit garden and research facilities around the state. She has collaborated with Andy's Orchard, Dave Wilson Nursery, and oversees the rare fruit plantings at Prusch Farm Park. 1 CEU. Register by phone. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Volunteer: Native Planting at Eden Landing — In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game. Restoring this former salt pond will increase habitat for threatened and endangered waterfowl, shorebirds and fish, and provide recreation opportunities. Help restore this important habitat area. Our goal is to plant 5,000 native wetland plants this winter, such as alkali heath, jaumea and salt grass. Other activities include picking up trash and debris, removing non-native plants, and site monitoring. RSVP. Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, Hayward. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Squirrels — "Nature Bytes" is a new series of classes designed to help you get to know the natural world. Learn through stories, games, and hands-on activities suitable for all ages. No boring lectures here! Join us every Saturday in January and February! (Check times.) Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Fremont. Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Info: 888-327-2757.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Trash Removal Technology Tour at Lake Merritt — When the rain falls, trash and other debris from our streets enters storm drains which lead to the Bay or other body of water, such as Lake Merritt. The City of Oakland has installed innovative trash vortex separators in a number of storm drains near the lake that prevent up to 6,000 pounds of trash from entering it per month. Participants will get a look at the vortex separators and learn how they prevent trash from flowing into the lake and bay, followed by a look at the vortex separator. After learning, we will work together to remove trash from the lake using nets. All ages welcome, trash nets and gloves provided. Register online or by phone to receive directions to the event. Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free for members (join for $25). Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@saveSFbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
CHELLE! and Friends Celebrate New Orleans — Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Join the CHELLE! and Friends along with special guests, to ring in Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and celebrate New Orleans, its people and music. Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $12 advance/$15 door. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/event/650 .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Cooking Class: What to Eat for Breakfast — Learn to make nutritious, tasty, vegetarian morning meals, suitable for vegans too. Class will end with a shared brunch made by the class. Sign up for two classes at The Sage Table and get a $15 discount, or three classes for a $25 discount. Location: Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $55. Info: 510-914-1142, thesagetable@gmail.com , http://www.thesagetable.com/ .

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Workshop: Survival Essentials — This introductory workshop covers the basic principles and methods of wilderness survival, including assembling survival kits, shelter building, fire starting techniques, emergency signaling, water purification, and more. Registration required. Location: Lake Chabot. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $18 (non-res. $20). Info: 888-327-2757.

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Lunar New Year Celebration — The celebration of the Year of the Rat opens with a spectacular lion dance and Japanese mochi pounding. The day includes a magic show, storytelling, music and dance, martial arts, and traditional Asian New Year family activities. At the end of the day, everyone joins in the Lunar New Year parade. Presented in collaboration with DEAF Media. Included with museum admission. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $8 Adult, $5 Senior/Student, Free for Children under six. Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/index.cgi .

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Muir Beach Birdwalk — Have you always wanted to learn the basics of birding? Are you an experienced birder and want enjoy bird watching with fellow enthusiasts? Join us on the first Sunday of each month in winter as we discover the hidden life of birds in shoreline, lagoon, and riparian habitats. This program is appropriate for beginning through advanced birders. Families welcome with children aged 8 and above. Reserve online or by phone to attend -- reservations required. Location: Muir Beach Parking Lot, Muir Beach. Time: 9am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi .


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