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

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
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
2/23/2008 Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 9th Annual Seed Swap
3/2/2008       EcoHouse Tour
3/29/2008       Compost Give-Away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
4/6/2008  Home Graywater Systems Slideshow & Tour

 ALL EVENTS
Through 2/13/2008 Art Exhibit: "Salvage"
Through 2/23/2008     Eco-Art Exhibit: Heart of the Matter
Through 2/25/2008  Class: Greywater, Composting Toilets, Healthy/Toxic Environments
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
Through 4/6/2008   Exhibit: "Trading Traditions: California's New Cultures"
Through 4/12/2008  Art Exhibit: Americans Who Tell the Truth
1/31/2008 - 2/3/2008        San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
2/1/2008 - 2/3/2008  Course: Urban Permaculture: Food in the City
2/1/2008  Film: The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
2/1/2008   Joe Reilly Benefit Concert for Project Greenhands
2/1/2008  Film: "Banished"
2/1/2008       Art Opening: Americans Who Tell the Truth
2/1/2008  Volunteer Training: Sustainable Fairfax
2/1/2008     Presentation: 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year
2/1/2008  Rally and Press Conference on Tribal Corruption: "Where has all the Money Gone?"
2/1/2008    Sustainable Business Alliance Monthly Networking Lunch
2/1/2008   12th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
2/2/2008  CHELLE! and Friends Celebrate New Orleans
2/2/2008   Environmental Forum of Marin's 2008 Sustainable Communities Seminar
2/2/2008 Volunteer: Plant Natives on Berkeley's Covert Path
2/2/2008  Volunteer: Improve Wildlife Habitat at Lands End
2/2/2008  Volunteer: Winter Work Party at the Edible Schoolyard
2/2/2008 Workshop: Urban Composting -- SF
2/2/2008    Community Forum: State of Urgency -- 2008 California Budget Crisis
2/2/2008       Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
2/2/2008   Cooking Class: What to Eat for Breakfast
2/2/2008  Desert Survivors Groundhog Day Party
2/2/2008    Trash Removal Technology Tour at Lake Merritt
2/2/2008  Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek
2/2/2008  Volunteer: San Francisco Lessingia Restoration
2/2/2008    Volunteer: Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
2/2/2008       Class: Wilderness First Aid
2/2/2008     UCB Botanical Garden Sick Plant Clinic
2/2/2008   Volunteer: Native Planting at Eden Landing
2/2/2008   Workshop: Fruit Tree Varieties
2/2/2008     Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Squirrels
2/3/2008    Volunteer: Ocean Beach Clean Up
2/3/2008    Nature Hike at Arastradero Preserve: Mosses, Lichen and Fungi
2/3/2008        Book Signing: "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products"
2/3/2008        Fungi Forage with Sustainable Fairfax
2/3/2008    Workshop: Survival Essentials
2/3/2008      Lunar New Year Celebration
2/3/2008     Muir Beach Birdwalk
2/3/2008      Meeting: East Bay Tracking Club
2/3/2008    Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
2/4/2008   Book Talk: Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food
2/4/2008 Film & Discussion: An Inconvenient Truth: A Left Critique
2/4/2008        Class: Simplify Your Life
2/4/2008     Demonstration: Make Development Count for Working Families in San Leandro
2/4/2008       Talk: "Growing" Berkeley's Paths
2/4/2008     Cooking Class: Moroccan Flavors
2/4/2008     Delicious Education: Garden, Kitchen, and Community as Classroom
2/4/2008 Talk: Native Bees in the East Bay
2/6/2008  SF Permaculture Guild Gathering
2/6/2008     Public Meeting: Fisheries and Wildlife in the San Pablo Watershed
2/6/2008       Lecture: How We Can Build a More Just World & Save the Planet
2/6/2008    Workshops: Habitat Restoration in the South Bay
2/6/2008  Book Event: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq
2/6/2008       Lecture: "Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes"
2/6/2008  Volunteer: Demonstration Garden at the Native Plant Nursery
2/7/2008 Panel: Climate Change after Bali
2/7/2008    Walk: Seniors explore Albany Hill
2/7/2008    Presentation: Protecting Open Space
2/7/2008     An Evening with Lester Brown
2/7/2008    Talk: Native Bees -- What's the Buzz?
2/8/2008  Marin Mushroom Mania
2/8/2008      Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery
2/8/2008    Workshop: Championing Sustainability
2/8/2008      Discussion: Can Cooling the Climate Also Create Jobs?
2/9/2008 Volunteer: Native Plant Demonstration Garden
2/9/2008    Volunteer: Redwood Tree Planting with EBMUD
2/9/2008   Workshop: Lead-Safety for Remodeling, Repair & Painting of Older Homes
2/9/2008       Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Birds
2/9/2008    US Composting Council Conference & Trade Show
2/9/2008  Workshop: Using Native Plants in the Garden - A Deeper Perspective
2/9/2008      Marin Islands Kayak & Restoration with Save The Bay
2/9/2008        BioForum: Global Climate Change and Its Influence On Evolution
2/9/2008        Workshop: Basic Organic Fruit Tree Care
2/9/2008   Bug of the Month Club: Insect-eating Plants
2/9/2008  Volunteer: Plant Natives on Cerrito Creek
2/9/2008   Bookmaking with Recycled Materials
2/9/2008     Book Signing: "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products"
2/9/2008        Volunteer: Restoration at Crissy Field Marsh
2/9/2008   Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration at Pier 94
2/9/2008   Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek
2/10/2008  Guided Walk: Edible Plants on the Refuge
2/10/2008  Book Event: Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective
2/10/2008  Volunteer: California Least Tern Habitat Preparation
2/10/2008   Darwin Day Lecture: "The History of Life on Earth"
2/10/2008        Volunteer: Ocean Beach Fire-ring and Beach Clean-up
2/10/2008  Educational Adventure: "Where Does All the Water Go?"
2/10/2008 Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
2/10/2008   Workshop: Residential Green Building and Remodeling
2/12/2008   Roundtable: Promoting Sustainability in Healthcare
2/12/2008    Beronio Lumber Contractor Workshop
2/13/2008     Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan
2/13/2008 Discussion: Global Players: What does it mean to be green?
2/13/2008       Speak-Out and Eat-In for a Fair and Healthy Farm Bill
2/13/2008       Lecture: China's New Global Role and the Environment
2/13/2008 Talk: Political & Community Spaces
2/13/2008    Class: Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Grid-Tied Applications
2/13/2008        Calling Recruiters: Meet Sustainable MBAs
2/13/2008    Presentation: The 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year
2/15/2008 Application Deadline: Gardening & Composting Educator Training
2/15/2008  Oakland Digital Inclusion Summit
2/15/2008     Fundraiser: Oakland Independent Film "Firstborn"
2/15/2008    Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery
2/16/2008    Workshop: Planning Your Bay Area Edible Garden
2/16/2008  Volunteer: Plant Native Seedlings at MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline (Oakland)
2/16/2008       Workshop: War Tax Resistance
2/16/2008     Workshop: Double-Digging and Bed Preparation
2/16/2008    Richardson Bay Mudflats Exploration
2/16/2008     Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Crissy Field
2/16/2008   Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek
2/16/2008  Educational Adventure: "Water Water Everywhere"
2/16/2008    Training: Permaculture Design
2/16/2008      Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Animal Tracking
2/16/2008   Volunteer: Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
2/17/2008        Volunteer: Ocean Beach Fire-ring and Beach Clean-up
2/17/2008  Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
2/17/2008   Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
2/17/2008     Work Party: Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project


 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

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 .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 9th Annual Seed Swap — Potluck supper, hoe down, music, home-grown garden seeds! Learn about seed saving and the Library. BASIL is a project of the Ecology Center. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: food and seeds to share. Info: 510-658-9178, terricompost@yahoo.com , http://www.ecologycenter.org/basil/ .

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/ .

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Compost Give-Away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Bring your own container-two buckets are suggested or large garbage bags. (Please backyard amateur gardeners only and no professionals). Sponsored by the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bcgc/ .

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 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 Andrιe 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 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 .

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 .

Through 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/ .

Through Saturday, April 12, 2008
Art Exhibit: Americans Who Tell the Truth — Portraits by Maine artist, Robert Shetterly. This exhibition features 30 of the 68 portraits Shetterly painted of American truth tellers including images of Paul Robeson, Harriet Tubman, and W.E.B. DuBois. Amongst Shetterly's collection are local Bay Area truth tellers including Lateefah Simmons, James Bell, Daniel Ellsberg, Eva Patterson, and Cesar Chavez. Reception will also feature local truth tellers (Eva Royale will be representing Cesar Chavez), as well as spoken word performances and remarks from the artist. In the Sargent Johnson Gallery. Opening Reception on 2/1/08, 6pm-8pm. Location: African and African-American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., SF. Info: 415-922-2049, info@aaacc.org , http://www.aaacc.org/ .

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/ .

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
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.

Friday, February 1, 2008
Joe Reilly Benefit Concert for Project Greenhands — A benefit concert for Project Greenhands ( www.projectgreenhands.org ), a mass tree planting initiative to offset global warming. A family-friendly event -- help the environment and future generations and listen to great music all at the same time. Call for info and tickets. Location: Davis Arts Center, 1919 F Street, Davis. Time: 7pm. Cost: see below. Info: 917-238-3461, raincountry0@yahoo.com , http://www.joereilly.org/ .

Friday, February 1, 2008
Film: "Banished" — Filmmaker Marco Williams visits three towns that forcibly expelled their entire African American populations after the Civil War, and interviews descendants of families who fled for their lives. In the still all-white towns, the echoes of racial injustice continue to reverberate. Presented by the museum and ITVS Community Cinema. Free to first 275 people. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 8:45pm - 10:15pm. Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/calendar.cgi?month=02 .

Friday, February 1, 2008
Art Opening: Americans Who Tell the Truth — Portraits by Maine artist, Robert Shetterly. This exhibition features 30 of the 68 portraits Shetterly painted of American truth tellers including images of Paul Robeson, Harriet Tubman, and W.E.B. DuBois. Amongst Shetterly's collection are local Bay Area truth tellers including Lateefah Simmons, James Bell, Daniel Ellsberg, Eva Patterson, and Cesar Chavez. Reception will also feature local truth tellers (Eva Royale will be representing Cesar Chavez), as well as spoken word performances and remarks from the artist. In the Sargent Johnson Gallery. The exhibition runs through 4/12/08. Location: African and African-American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., SF. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Info: 415-922-2049, info@aaacc.org , http://www.aaacc.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
Presentation: 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year — Brent Plater presents an overview of the 2008 Golden Gate National Recreation Area Endangered Species Big Year to the Marin Audubon Society. The 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year is a race against time to see—and save—the Park's endangered species. The GGNRA contains more endangered species than any other National Park in continental North America. This is certainly cause for celebration, but also for concern. Take part in the Big Year and get to know these species while helping them recover. Location: Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon. Time: 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-572-6989, bplater@ggnrabigyear.org , http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/ .

Friday, February 1, 2008
Rally and Press Conference on Tribal Corruption: "Where has all the Money Gone?" — Demand real investment in indigenous education and health care from the California Nations Indian Gaming Associations (CNIGA). Call for carpool information. Location: State Capitol Building, 10th Street and Capitol Mall, Sacramento. Time: 1pm. Info: 510-672-7187, http://www.poormagazine.org .

Friday, February 1, 2008
Sustainable Business Alliance Monthly Networking Lunch — Monthly networking event of The Sustainable Business Alliance -- a membership organization for companies committed to greater environmental and socially responsible business practices. Near Downtown Berkeley BART. Cash or check - no credit cards at the door, or preregister online. Location: Bobby G's Pizzeria, 2072 University Ave, Berkeley. Time: Noon - 1:30pm. Cost: $18 at door, $15 in advance, $12 member. Info: http://www.sustainablebiz.org/ .

Friday, February 1, 2008 - Sunday, February 3, 2008
12th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival — San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and California's Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area encompass 30,000 acres on San Francisco Bay's north shore. Over one million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and large numbers of hawks migrate here each year. The festival draws thousands of visitors at the peak of bird migration, with outdoor and indoor activities for families and guided birding, nature, and wetland walks. Some activities require preregistration. Location: Mare Island, Building 897, Vallejo. Time: *. Cost: Free. Info: 707-649-9464, http://www.sfbayflywayfestival.com/ .

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 Peρa 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 - 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
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 Upper Covert Path, next to 1142 Keeler Ave., between Shasta and Twain. Location: Berkeley. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Info: http://www.fivecreeks.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
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
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
Community Forum: State of Urgency -- 2008 California Budget Crisis — Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, in collaboration with Assembly member Sandrι Swanson, invites you to a community forum on the 2008 California budget crisis. Get an overview of how the state budget works; hear an update on the current budget crisis and how it will affect you; become a part of the solution. Resource Fair from 9am to 1pm. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Time: 10am - Noon. Info: 510-559-1406, http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a14/ .

Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Sunday, February 24, 2008
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival — Annual festival presented by advocacy organization Human Rights Watch showcases works by courageous filmmakers worldwide. This year's program delivers urgent insights about threats to human freedoms and the health of the planet, and celebrates the power of art to generate social change. Special guests and discussions, February 2, 10, 24. Presented by the Pacific Film Archive and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. Advance tickets available by phone or online. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Cost: $9.50 general, $6.50 disabled, UCB faculty/staff, non-UCB student, youth, $5.50 member, UCB student. Info: 510-642-5249, http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/hrwiff_2008 .

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/ .

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
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
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek — Volunteers needed to help restore native habitat in Marin County's San Geronimo Creek. We will meet at Roy's Pools on the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course. Directions from 101: Take Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax. Continue on SF Drake ~5 mi West of Fairfax (over the big hill, past the Golf Course). Just past the golf course, make a left onto Nicasio Valley Drive, then left onto San Geronimo Valley Drive. Roy's Pools is on the left hand side. What to bring: Warm clothing, long pants, long sleeves, work gloves, sturdy shoes, a water bottle, or any other appropriate gear for weather conditions. Call or email for more information. Rain cancels. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-663-8590 x107, kevin@spawnusa.org , www.spawnusa.org .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Volunteer: San Francisco Lessingia Restoration — Join Lew Stringer of the National Park Service at Lobos Creek Valley to help with San Francisco Lessingia restoration. Meet at the Crissy Field Center. RSVP required. Location: Crissy Field, SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 415-561-4856, http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/ .

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Volunteer: Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees in neighborhoods throughout the city. Breakfast/lunch is provided! Please contact the staff person to verify meeting location and to RSVP. Information is subject to change without notice. Location: Friends of the Urban Forest, Presidio of SF, Bldg. # 1007, SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Sunday, February 3, 2008
Class: Wilderness First Aid — This class satisfies the first aid requirements for most outing leaders. The Sunday, 2/3 session is optional. Location: Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Suite 1, near Dwight, Berkeley. Time: 8:30am - 5pm. Cost: $50 ($30 more for optional 2/3 session). Info: 510-848-0800.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
UCB Botanical Garden Sick Plant Clinic — UC Botanical Garden experts diagnose your plant woes the first Saturday of every month. Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 9am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-643-2755 x03, http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu .

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
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
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.

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Volunteer: Ocean Beach Clean Up — Help SF Surfrider Foundation keep Ocean Beach clean. The clean-up will focus on removing litter left on the beach in order to prevent plastic materials from entering the ocean and damaging the marine ecosystem. Snacks and drinks, in addition to all needed materials, will be provided. If you expect to bring a group of more than 5 volunteers, please contact us so that we can plan to have sufficient supplies. Steady rain cancels. Meet at Great American Highway and Rivera. Location: Ocean Beach, SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Info: Melissa.leggett@gmail.com , http://www.sfsurfrider.org/prog_cleanup.htm .

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Nature Hike at Arastradero Preserve: Mosses, Lichen and Fungi — Did you know that mosses, ferns and lichens are some of the oldest plants on earth? They can dry up for hundreds of years and come back to life within minutes of being exposed to water! Come take a walk with us and discover the wonders of how these plants have survived so long, their medicinal uses, and their importance in the ecosystem. All ages welcome. Limit 20 participants -- pre-registration by email required. Location: Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: arastradero@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/arastradero/volunteer.html .

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Book Signing: "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products" — Mark Schapiro's book reveals how U.S. products are equated with serious health hazards linked to toxic chemicals, and how we are becoming a dumping ground for products banned elsewhere and losing our competitive edge in the process. Location: Elephant Pharmacy -- Los Altos, 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Time: 3pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-472-6800 , http://www.elephantpharm.com/los-altos/info/classes-and-events.html .

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Fungi Forage with Sustainable Fairfax — A fun-filled, family friendly, forest fungi forage in Deer Park. Everyone participating will gather in the parking lot at 10:45am. Since fungi loves the rain, this event will take place rain or shine. Participants should bring warm and waterproof gear. Environmental educator and mycelium enthusiast, Luke Synder will take participants on a local mushroom hunt where they will learn to safely identify and collect some of the most common mushrooms in the area. Participants will discover where to find delicious edible mushrooms right in their own neighborhood and become informed about poisonous mushrooms and the hazards of foraging. Location: Fairfax. Time: 10:45am - 12:30pm. Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation. Info: 415-269-0621, pam@sustainablefairfax.org , http://www.sustainablefairfax.org/ .

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, option #2, then #3.

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 .

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Meeting: East Bay Tracking Club — The first meeting of the East Bay Tracking Club will meet outside the Ecology Center and carpool to Wildcat Canyon Park to scout for good tracking spots. Meet either the outside the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave (near Dwight), Berkeley before 7:30am or at the Rifle Range Rd and Vista Heights Rd trailhead at 8am. All ages and skill levels welcome. Email for more information. Time: 7:30am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: jredmane@gmail.com .

Sunday, February 3, 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 .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Book Talk: Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food — Michael Pollan changed the way Americans thought about the food on their plates with The Omnivore's Dilemma, a winner of the James Beard Book Award and a national bestseller. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. These three sentences outline the thesis of Pollan's latest tour de force. As straightforward as they may seem, Pollan argues that a return to simplicity is necessary for today's food culture that is confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers and others. Location: Borders -- SF Union Square, 400 Post Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-399-1633, http://www.bordersstores.com/events/events.jsp?view=1&storeID=57 .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Film & Discussion: An Inconvenient Truth: A Left Critique — Center for Political Education Film Series Presents: An Inconvenient Truth: A Left Critique and Discussion of Climate Change, Climate Justice and Al Gore's Market-Based Solutions. Film showing and discussion with Jason Negr—n-Gonzalez and Mateo Nube, from the Movement Generation Crossroads Project, which aims to link organizers and trainers in the Bay Area Racial and Economic Justice movements with ecological and environmental justice analyses and struggles. Join us for a viewing of An Inconvenient Truth, a discussion of the film and the importance of the left entering the terrain of climate justice while advocating for solutions towards dismantling imperialism. Location: Center for Political Education, 522 Valencia St. , between 16th & 17th, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5-$10 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 415-431-1918, center@politicaleducation.org , http://www.politicaleducation.org/ .

Monday, February 4, 2008 - Monday, March 10, 2008
Class: Simplify Your Life — After an introductory session, the following four sessions will each be devoted to specific topics. Financial management will be discussed the second session, and decluttering the third session. Other possible topics, depending on what the class prefers, are alternative/small homes, reducing expenses, opting out of the consumer trap, alternatives to buying from corporations, buying and eating locally, and researching what other people have done to simplify. Handouts will be provided, including a bibliography. Students may borrow several books on simple living available from the instructor. Instructor: Katherine McKay, a long-time advocate of simple living. This class is presented by Las Positas College Community Education Program, and is not for credit. Classes will be held Monday evenings (no class on Presidents' Day). Sign up via email. Location: Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Canyon Drive, Livermore. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $89. Info: commed@laspositascollege.edu , http://laspositas.augusoft.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=1013&courseid=894 .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Demonstration: Make Development Count for Working Families in San Leandro — A growing coalition of labor and community residents in the City of San Leandro needs your help to ensure that all of its new development benefits working families by including: diverse and mixed-income housing; good-paying, union jobs with benefits; safe, walkable and bikeable streets; access to parks, schools, transit and other important social services; green building and energy efficiency to reduce global warming. Join the Alameda County Building Trades Council, Congregations Organizing for Renewal (COR), Urban Habitat and others to demonstrate to City Leaders that development must work for everyone. The San Leandro City Council will meet and decide whether to institutionalize an open and transparent public involvement process in the first major development that is set to occur downtown. Location: City of San Leandro City Council Chambers, Civic Center, 835 East 14th Street, San Leandro. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-844-1191, http://urbanhabitat.org/ .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Talk: "Growing" Berkeley's Paths — Charlie Bowen, Berkeley Path Wanderers' path-building chair, speaks on how volunteers are "growing" Berkeley's historic network of pedestrian paths. Location: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave, Albany. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Cooking Class: Moroccan Flavors — Learn to make Chicken with Lemon and Green Olives, a nutty Barley-Quinoa Pilaf, Moroccan-spiced Salad with Oranges, and more. 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/ .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Delicious Education: Garden, Kitchen, and Community as Classroom — The Chez Panisse Foundation and the Center for Ecoliteracy have designed a three-day seminar to support teachers who want to embed hands-on instruction into the academic classroom, using the kitchen, garden, and community as the context for learning. The seminar is designed to help teachers balance the tensions between teaching to standards and creating robust experiential learning opportunities for students. Breakfasts and lunches included. Register online. Location: Center for Ecoliteracy, 2528 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. Time: 8:30am - 4pm. Cost: $300. Info: http://www.ecoliteracy.org/seminars/delicious-education-info.html .

Monday, February 4, 2008
Talk: Native Bees in the East Bay — Did you know that California has 1600 different species of native bees? They pollinate over one third of our vegetable, fruit and nut crops. But habitat destruction is decimating native bees. Dr. Gordon Frankie has been conducting an urban research project on native bees in urban areas. He will discuss strategies for boosting bee habitat in your home garden. Location: Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Rd., Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 suggested donation (K-12 free). Info: 510-655-6658 , http://www.bapd.org/n9746.html .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
SF Permaculture Guild Gathering — Meet in the SF Botanical Garden Garden Club Room. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: kevinbayuk@yahoo.com .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Public Meeting: Fisheries and Wildlife in the San Pablo Watershed — Guest speaker at this meeting of the San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education & Restoration Society (SPAWNERS): Roger Hartwell, EBMUD Wildlife Biologist. Roger will discuss the current knowledge of local populations of fish and wildlife that inhabit San Pablo Watershed. He will analyze the physical barriers in our creeks to certain species of fish and other wildlife from the SF Bay to breeding areas higher in the watershed. Moreover, he will share his knowledge about the long term monitoring program EBMUD conducts in our watershed and neighboring watersheds to assess the health of the creeks and their wildlife populations. During the meeting we will also discuss the Castro Creek watershed assessment program and present a short slide show of the pictures taken by volunteers during the creek walks. Come to the meeting and learn about Castro Creek's watershed and its many natural and man made features. Meeting located in the back of the building. Registration not required. Call or email for more info. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-665-3538, juliana@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.spawners.net/ .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Lecture: How We Can Build a More Just World & Save the Planet — The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortages. In addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a growing list of failing states. In his new book Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, renowned environmentalist and founder of the Earth Policy Institute Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. With what he refers to as "Plan A," or business as usual, Brown believes that we have neglected these issues for far too long and warns that the only effective response now is mobilization. At the center of his solution to save the planet is a detailed plan that includes climate stabilization, population stabilization, poverty eradication, and the restoration of the earth's ecosystems. Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6pm. Advanced online registration recommended. Location: World Affairs Council of Northern California, 312 Sutter Street, Second Floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Cost: $15 General, $5 Student, Free for Members. Info: 415-293-4600, info@wacsf.org , http://www.itsyourworld.org/wac/ .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - Friday, February 8, 2008
Workshops: Habitat Restoration in the South Bay — South Bay restoration organization Acterra is sponsoring three days of free habitat-restoration workshops that may be attended separately or together. Wednesday, 2/6/08, a Weed ID workshop 10am-Noon is followed by "Nuts and Bolts of Restoration," 1pm-5pm at the Arastradero Preserve's Gateway meeting room in the Palo Alto foothills. Thursday, 2/7/08, the topic is Education and Outreach in Restoration, 1pm-5pm at the Redwood City Library. Friday, 2/8/08, the topic is Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity in CA: Implications for Habitat Restoration, 10am-3pm, again at Arastradero. RSVP by phone or email. Cost: Free. Info: 650-962-9876 ext 315, heatherm@acterra.org .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Book Event: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq — Dahr Jamail discusses his book "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq". Location: Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, under Sather Gate Parking Garage, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free, donations welcome. Info: 510-848-1196, http://www.revolutionbooks.org/ .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Lecture: "Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes" — The mountain gorilla is the greatest of all great apes, and one of the most critically endangered creatures on our planet. Since 1986 the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has cared for these rare animals in their natural habitat. Their newest role is "foster parent" as they care oversee care for ten young orphaned gorillas. Learn all about these precious apes and the dedicated people struggling to save them. Held in the Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, program at 7pm. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $5-$20. Info: 510-632-9525 ext. 122, http://www.oaklandzoo.org .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Volunteer: Demonstration Garden at the Native Plant Nursery — Help plant a demonstration garden at Save the Bay's Native Plant Nursery. Space limited; sign up online to reserve space and for directions to the event. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@saveSFbay.org , http://tinyurl.com/259eah .

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Panel: Climate Change after Bali — After a dramatic 11th-hour compromise, the recent climate talks in Bali ended with a global consensus on a roadmap for reducing carbon emissions. Now what happens? Hear insights on the Bali conference and discuss what lies ahead from panelists including Ambassador Reno L. Harnish III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Global Institute; and Ken Caldeira, Scientist, Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF. Time: 11:30am. Cost: $8 members, $15 nonmembers. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org .

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Walk: Seniors explore Albany Hill — Walkers age 50+ will explore Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill, in the first of a series exploring Albany's natural treasures with Susan Schwartz, president of Friends of Five Creeks. The pace will be moderate, but the walk gains almost 300 feet elevation. Wear shoes with good traction; bring walking sticks if you use them. On the day of the walk, meet at Peet's Coffee (AC Transit 72). Numbers are limited -- pre-register at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., (510) 524-9122, or Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin, (510) 524-9283. Location: Peet's Coffee, San Pablo & Carlson, El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 11am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com .

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Presentation: Protecting Open Space — Richard Walker, UC professor of economic geography, will discuss his book, The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area. He'll highlight the grassroots efforts and local heroes responsible for preserving so much of the Bay Area's open space. Location: Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5. Info: 415-455-5260, http://www.maagc.org/ .

Thursday, February 7, 2008
An Evening with Lester Brown — Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. In addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a growing list of failing states. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues overly long. Tickets available at independent bookstores (East Bay: Analog Books, Cody's, Black Oak, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Pegasus, Pendragon, Global Exchange store, Walden Pond, Moe's Books; San Francisco: Modern Times), online, and by phone. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $13 at door, $10 in advance, $5 w/ student ID (at door). Info: 415-255-7296 x253, http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/bayarea.php?uid=8639 .

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Talk: Native Bees -- What's the Buzz? — 2008 Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BPWA) Special Winter Program. Dr. Gordon Frankie, a professor of insect biology and a research entomologist in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, will speak at the BPWA winter program. Dr. Frankie specializes in plant reproductive biology, pollination ecology, and solitary-bee biology in the wild and urban environments of California and Costa Rica. He also heads the Urban Bees Research Project, which documents urban bee diversity and populations throughout California, including bees and their floral hosts in North Berkeley residential and community gardens. His illustrated talk for BPWA will focus on Berkeley's native bees. He will discuss whether their population is decreasing and, if so, what are the causes, effects, and possible remedies. Location: Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.berkeleypaths.com/events/SpringMeeting-February08.htm .

Friday, February 8, 2008 - Saturday, February 9, 2008
Marin Mushroom Mania — Join staff and members of the Marin Art and Garden Center for this two-day mycological event. The mania begins with mushroom collecting forays on Friday (9am-1pm; free) and continues Saturday with a day full of lectures, slide shows, hands-on demonstrations by experts, taxonomic displays, plus mushroom ID kits and cultivation and cooking demos (9am-4:30pm; $25). Call to preregister (space is limited). Location: Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Cost: Free. Info: 415-455-5260, http://www.maagc.org/ .

Friday, February 8, 2008
Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery — Volunteer at SPAWN's Native Plant Nursery. All plants from Nursery will be used to help restore local watersheds. Bring Gloves, weather appropriate clothing, water. RSVP via email. Location: Lagunitas. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-663-8590 x107, jenny@spawnusa.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/ .

Friday, February 8, 2008
Workshop: Championing Sustainability — A one-day creative forum to help your company or non-profit integrate sustainability principles into its organization. Learn innovative strategies and frameworks for launching an effective sustainability initiative, practical commitments to implement in your organization, and new personal and professional connections. Space is limited. Register online. Location: The ArtHouse, 1360 Mission Street, Suite 200, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $295-$395. Info: 415-318-9719, http://www.threepointvision.com/ .

Friday, February 8, 2008
Discussion: Can Cooling the Climate Also Create Jobs? — California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, will reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. How might this legislation impact California's economy and workers? How might certain industries, like transportation, construction, energy and manufacturing, be impacted? And what can be done to ensure that this legislation creates high-quality jobs in California rather than sending jobs to states with less stringent environmental regulations? Come learn how you can have a positive effect on the implementation of AB 32. Featured Speakers: Peter Cooper, California Labor Federation Workforce and Economic Development Program Senior Manager; Carla Din, Apollo Alliance Western Regional Field Director; Jay Hansen, State Building and Construction Trades Council Legislative Director; Andrew Hoerner, Redefining Progress Sustainable Economics Program Director. Location: UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way, (near Telegraph Ave), Berkeley. Time: Noon - 1:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-642-6371, andreabuffa@berkeley.edu , http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/ .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Volunteer: Native Plant Demonstration Garden — Help prepare the front and back of the El Sobrante Library for the Bringing Back the Natives Tour that will take place 5/4/08. We need volunteers to help plant, weed and mulch the plants. Also, we need volunteers to help produce educational materials, design plant labels and garden maps. These workdays are a great opportunity to learn about native plants, gardening tips, and to meet your neighbors. Newcomers are always welcome. Our workdays are not only educational, but also serve to protect the native habitat for local wildlife. It is outdoors and fun for the whole family. Meet behind the El Sobrante Library. Call or email for further information. Registration not required, but appreciated to plan tools and refreshments. Any skill level is welcome. Tools, gloves and refreshments provided by SPAWNERS. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 9:30am - Noon. Info: 510-665-3538, juliana@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.spawners.net/events.html .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Volunteer: Redwood Tree Planting with EBMUD — Join Rangers in planting hundreds of redwood seedlings in the Redwood road area. This is a beautiful setting in a historical redwood zone. All ages and abilities are welcome, it's fun for the whole family! No prior experience is necessary. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All tools and instructions will be provided, however each participant should bring work gloves, boots, hat/visor and sunglasses, long sleeved shirt, long pants, sunscreen and pack your lunch and water. Call or email to register and to receive a map. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 510-287-0459, aoconnel@ebmud.com .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Workshop: Lead-Safety for Remodeling, Repair & Painting of Older Homes — HUD and EPA approved one-day course. Recommended for remodelers, renovators, painters and maintenance workers doing painting and minor repairs. This class leads to a Notice of Completion in training for lead-safe work practices and meets the minimum training requirements for individuals performing certain activities in federally assisted housing, including Section 8. Register by phone or download registration form from website. Location: Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Main Office, 2000 Embarcadero, #300, Oakland. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: Free to owners (and their employed maintenance crews) of residential properties built before 1978 in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville or Oakland. Class fee for all others is $130.. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org/ .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Birds — "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: 10:30am - 11:30am. Info: 888-327-2757.

Saturday, February 9, 2008 - Tuesday, February 12, 2008
US Composting Council Conference & Trade Show — Join hundreds of fellow compost managers, operators, regulators, researchers, government officials, engineers and consultants from throughout the country to engage in a focused, three-day series of workshops, training courses, educational and technical sessions and seminars covering composting and compost marketing practices, new technologies and compost applications, policies, public outreach, program financing, and regulations. Critical issues to be addressed at the conference affect all composters and those affiliated with the industry. Registration form available online. Location: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Cost: $145-$485. Info: 631-737-4931, USCC@COMPOSTINGCOUNCIL.ORG , http://www.compostingcouncil.org/index.cfm .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Workshop: Using Native Plants in the Garden - A Deeper Perspective — Explore using California native plants not only for their beauty and appropriateness in our Mediterranean climate, but also to restore our respect of nature and our place in it. Included is an overview of how Native Americans shaped the landscape of California using their viewpoint and plants; from creating and restoring habitats for local wildlife to using natives for potential sources of food, dyes, medicines, and fiber. A list and description of natives that work well in the Bay Area will be included along with cultural information on how to work with these very special inhabitants of our state. Instructor Del McComb has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and currently designs and manages large private estate gardens locally. In addition, he is a certified Permaculture designer and a Biodynamic gardener. To register for classes, call Common Ground, then send a check for the full amount to Common Ground, 559 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 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 9, 2008
Marin Islands Kayak & Restoration with Save The Bay — Discover the Bay and help to restore it all in one trip! These outings are unique opportunities that combine a scenic paddle with valuable restoration work at protected island sites that are inaccessible and off-limits to the general public. Join Save The Bay for a kayak trip to the Marin Islands. Once on these remote islands volunteers are needed to help restore the islands' native vegetation by planting native plants and removing non-natives. We have a special use permit to do habitat restoration work in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Minimum age: 16. Space is limited -- RSVP online or by phone required. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $60 general, $50 members. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, http://www.savesfbay.org/site/apps/cd/event.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=474651 .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
BioForum: Global Climate Change and Its Influence On Evolution — All-day forum on climate change co-sponsored by UC Museum of Paleontology and the California Academy of Sciences. Moderated by Judy Scotchmoor, UC Berkeley Director of Education. Purchase tickets by phone or online. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 8:30am - 4pm. Cost: $30 general, $25 member, $15 student. Info: 415-321-8000, http://www.calacademy.org/events/february_2008.php .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Workshop: Basic Organic Fruit Tree Care — GFE and Orchard Keepers are teaming up for this workshop on the world of fruit trees and organic fruit tree care. Practicing proper fruit tree care will insure you reap the fruits of your labor! Join us for a 3-hour session beginning with basic management practices such as site selection, soil preparation, pest and disease management, pruning and the masterful art of planting a bare root tree. Spend the afternoon discovering the specific care and maintenance techniques of Pome & Stone fruits. Pre-registration required. Call or email to pre-register or for more information. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Bug of the Month Club: Insect-eating Plants — Sarah's Science is "Calling all Bugsters!" (ages 4-12) to join us at the next Bug of the Month Club. Each class features a different insect, its habitat and its unique role in our world. This month we will explore the world of insect-eating (carnivorous) plants; learn to feed and care for the carnivorous plant you will take home; examine why meat-eating evolved in these strange plants. Time: 10am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2pm (same class repeated twice). Includes all materials and a snack. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Office, 1255 First Avenue, Oakland. Cost: $25. Info: 510-581-3739, sarah@sarahscience.com , http://www.sarahscience.com/ .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Volunteer: Plant Natives on Cerrito Creek — Join Friends of Five Creeks to help restore native plants on Cerrito Creek. Location: Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Saturday, 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 .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Book Signing: "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products" — Mark Schapiro's book reveals how U.S. products are equated with serious health hazards linked to toxic chemicals, and how we are becoming a dumping ground for products banned elsewhere and losing our competitive edge in the process. Location: Elephant Pharmacy - San Rafael, 909 Grand Ave., San Rafael. Time: 3pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-462-6000, http://www.elephantpharm.com/san-rafael/info/classes-and-events.html .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Volunteer: Restoration at Crissy Field Marsh — Join Michael Chassι and the Presidio Park Stewards to expand restoration efforts for Crissy Field Marsh and lay the groundwork for a successful California Seablite population. RSVP required. Location: Crissy Field, SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 415-561-4457, http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/ .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Volunteer: Wetlands Restoration at Pier 94 — Pier 94 wetlands restoration workday. As part of Golden Gate Audubon's ongoing efforts to restore wetlands along San Francisco's southern waterfront, we'll hold a cleanup at Pier 94. Email for more info or directions. Location: SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 510-843-2222, jrobinson@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek — Volunteers needed to help restore native habitat in Marin County's San Geronimo Creek. We will meet at Roy's Pools on the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course. Directions from 101: Take Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax. Continue on SF Drake ~5 mi West of Fairfax (over the big hill, past the Golf Course). Just past the golf course, make a left onto Nicasio Valley Drive, then left onto San Geronimo Valley Drive. Roy's Pools is on the left hand side. What to bring: Warm clothing, long pants, long sleeves, work gloves, sturdy shoes, a water bottle, or any other appropriate gear for weather conditions. Call or email for more information. Rain cancels. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-663-8590 x107, kevin@spawnusa.org , www.spawnusa.org .

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Guided Walk: Edible Plants on the Refuge — Join a guided walk on Tidelands Trail and discover which plants are edible or have medicinal uses. We'll taste some of these plants on the refuge, or in commercially made products. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay Refuge Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont. Time: 11am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-792-0222 ext. 43, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/ .

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Book Event: Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective — Book release party to celebrate the publication of Nature Ethics an Ecofeminist Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield). In Nature Ethics, Marti Kheel identifies an underlying male bias in the worldview of leading nature theorists, offering an alternative ecofeminist ethic of empathy and care. Book reading at 3pm. Vegan hors d'oeuvres. RSVP by 2/3/08. Location: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, at Arch, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 5pm. Info: 510-236-6057, marti@natureethics.com .

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Volunteer: California Least Tern Habitat Preparation — Help prepare habitat for the California Least Tern nesting season with Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the main refuge gate, northwest corner of former Alameda Naval Air Station. Location: Alameda Wildlife Refuge, Alameda. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: http://fawr.org/events.html#fawrwork .

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Darwin Day Lecture: "The History of Life on Earth" — Biologist David Seaborg will cover life on earth from chemicals to bacteria to mammals and including extinctions along the way. He will also include cultural evolution. Toward the end, he will introduce a discussion of the effects of humans on the environment and speculate on how these might impact evolution. He will bring fossils and live animals that his audience can touch to illustrate his talk. Everyone's invited to indulge in our Humanist Tea House before and after the talk. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: donation accepted. Info: 510-393-5685, humanisthall@yahoo.com , http://humanisthall.net/SPCL_HUMANDAYS_Jan08.html .

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Volunteer: Ocean Beach Fire-ring and Beach Clean-up — Help SF Surfrider Foundation keep Ocean Beach clean. The fire ring clean-up consists of two components: (1) cleaning the fire rings installed by the National Park Service, and (2) cleaning up the beach near the fire rings. Please note that the fire ring cleaning component requires moderate physical effort and is for high-school age or older volunteers. The general beach clean-up component is open to all ages. If you would like to participate in the fire ring cleaning component, please wear work shoes and pants. (Please DO NOT wear open toed shoes.) Gloves, bags, and cleaning tools will be provided, in addition to snacks and water. If you expect to being a group of more than 5 volunteers, please contact us so that we can plan to have sufficient supplies. Steady rain cancels. Location: Stairwell 17 along Great American Highway (across from the Beach Chalet restaurant). Location: Ocean Beach, SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Info: barbara@sfsurfrider.org , http://www.sfsurfrider.org/prog_firerings.htm .

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Educational Adventure: "Where Does All the Water Go?" — Are you curious about where wastewater goes after we flush, rinse, wash, and shower? Come enjoy a presentation about how the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant cleans wastewater. After the presentation there will be a short tour that will get participants up close and personal with cleaned wastewater and the refuge habitats involved. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Reservations required. Location: Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Env. Ed. Ctr., Grand Blvd, Zanker, Alviso. Time: 3pm - 4:30pm. Info: 408-262-5513 ext. 102, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/index.htm .

Sunday, February 10, 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, February 10, 2008
Workshop: Residential Green Building and Remodeling — Learn about healthier building materials, how to lower your utility bills, reduce home maintenance, and minimize remodeling construction waste. Local architect Greg Van Mechelen will present ways to incorporate green building materials and methods into your home remodeling and improvement projects. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: $50. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/shortclasses .

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Roundtable: Promoting Sustainability in Healthcare — The newly formed Northern California Chapter of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) is pleased to invite you to our first roundtable discussion. The purpose of this roundtable is to bring together hospital staff that have already or would like to start organizing sustainability efforts in their healthcare facility. You will get an overview of sustainability and how it relates to healthcare, strategies on how to form a green team, ways to implement sustainability measures in your hospital, and reports from people who have successfully established green teams. Please RSVP by 2/5/08. Location: UCSF, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute Auditorium, 401 Parnassus Ave, SF. Time: 8:30am - Noon. Info: laura@cehca.org , http://www.teleosis.org/events.php .

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Beronio Lumber Contractor Workshop — Topics include energy and water conservation, selection of green materials, and indoor air quality issues. Also learn about the similarities and differences between the two main home rating systems on the market in California, GreenPoint Rated and LEED for Homes, and how to implement these systems in the field. Instructor is Jennifer Love, Program Manager for Build It Green's AccessGreen Product Directory. This training is one in a series being offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month through September 2008. Pre-registration is required. Location: Beronio Lumber, 2525 Marin Street, SF. Time: 4pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-824-4300, http://www.builditgreen.org/registration .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan — Berkeley architect Martin Hammer recently returned from Pakistan where he is working to bring straw bale and other sustainable building practices to the mountainous region devastated by the 2005 earthquake that caused over 80,000 deaths, and left millions without permanent shelter. Straw bale construction is earthquake resistant, energy and resource efficient, and an affordable solution to northern Pakistan's enormous reconstruction needs. Martin will be joined by Surkhab Khan, director of the organization Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (PAKSBAB), who is making his first visit to the U.S. to assist in seismic testing of the straw bale system being used in Pakistan. 6pm reception, 6:30pm lecture and slide show. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $5-$10 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: http://www.paksbab.org/ .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Discussion: Global Players: What does it mean to be green? — In cooperation with Lufthansa and MIT Alumni Club, GABA (German American Business Association) has invited companies from different industry sectors to discuss their responsibility to protect the environment and how environmental protection and sustainability influence their business decisions and investor relations. What measures are companies taking to be more environmentally friendly? How important is the image of being environmentally friendly for customer relationship? What are the companies' expectations towards suppliers and partners? Can industry leaders be role models for others? What is the trade off between protection of the environment and profitable business? RSVP online required. Location: Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Cost: $30 general, $20 members. Info: 650-386-5015, events@gaba-network.org , http://tinyurl.com/ys6wqe .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Speak-Out and Eat-In for a Fair and Healthy Farm Bill — We need a Farm Bill that stops subsidizing corporate agribusiness at the expense of public health and instead invests our tax dollars into creating a sustainable, healthy, community-driven and just food system! Join The California Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) for a Speak-Out and Eat-In for a fair and healthy Farm Bill. Speakers Include: Bryant Terry, eco-chef, author, and Food and Society Policy Fellow; the California Food and Justice Coalition; Shyaam Shabaka, Founder and Director of the Eco-Village Farm Learning Center; Local Farmers; Community Anti-Hunger Advocates; Peggy De Silva from Veritable Vegetable, the oldest organic produce distributor in the U.S.; and San Francisco's Alemany Farm. Location: UN Plaza Farmers Market, 1182 Market Street, (near Hyde Street), SF. Time: Noon. Info: 510-704-0245, jessicabell@foodsecurity.org , http://www.foodsecurity.org/california/ .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Lecture: China's New Global Role and the Environment — Chinese companies are rapidly investing in dams, mines and oil projects around the world. But does China's new role in the world spell doom for the environment? Should China's impact on the environment be temporarily overlooked to allow this poor country to catch up economically with the West? Bosshard will explore these questions and discuss China's newfound role in Africa. Speaker: Peter Bosshard, Policy Director, International Rivers. Reception at 5:30pm, Program at 6pm. Register online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $15 general, $8 members. Info: 415-597-6700, http://www.commonwealthclub.org/mlf/#bosshard .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Talk: Political & Community Spaces — Community based public art spaces are stuck between business-like survival and serving their communities. Hear veterans of San Francisco's Space Wars discuss how they've navigated the repressive dynamics of real estate, money, and power to hold open spaces for diverse communities to meet, talk, make art, and shape life. Jonathan Youtt (Cellspace), Robin Balliger (Komotion), Michael Med-o Whitson (848 and CounterPULSE), Carolina Ponce de Le—n (Galeria de la Raza). Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free, donations welcome. Info: 415-626-2060, info@counterPULSE.org , http://www.counterpulse.org/fall-winter-talks.shtml .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Class: Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Grid-Tied Applications — Starting with an overview of key electricity terminology and concepts related to PV systems, Pete Shoemaker, Renewables Program Coordinator for the Pacific Energy Center, will provide an in-depth look at grid-connected PV systems for commercial and residential applications. Pre-register online. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://tinyurl.com/2lyp7j .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Calling Recruiters: Meet Sustainable MBAs — Presidio School of Management Firm Night is a career fair for businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies seeking to hire MBAs as employees or summer interns. The event provides these participating businesses and organizations the opportunity to recruit Presidio students and graduates as well as other members of Net Impact. Contact by email for more details or to participate in the event. Location: Fort Mason Center, SF. Time: 6pm - 9pm. Info: efeinstein@presidiomba.org , http://www.presidiomba.org/news/ .

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Presentation: The 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year — Brent Plater presents an overview of the 2008 Golden Gate National Recreation Area Endangered Species Big Year at the San Francisco Department of the Environment monthly brown bag series. The 2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year is a race against time to see—and save—the Park's endangered species. The GGNRA contains more endangered species than any other National Park in continental North America. This is certainly cause for celebration, but also for concern. Take part in the Big Year and get to know these species while helping them recover. Location: San Francisco Dept. of Environment, 11 Grove St., SF. Time: Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-355-3700, http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/ .

Friday, February 15, 2008
Application Deadline: Gardening & Composting Educator Training — Garden for the Environment offers a Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program to San Francisco residents (GCETP). This three-month course explores ecological gardening, composting and community outreach, while creating a vital, ongoing volunteer group for supporting local school and community gardens. GCETP meets twelve Saturdays and six Wednesday evenings this Spring. The program starts on 3/1/08 and runs through 5/21/08. Call or visit website for an application or for more information. Location: SF. Time: 5pm. Cost: $125 materials fee. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/pages/education.html .

Friday, February 15, 2008
Oakland Digital Inclusion Summit — Technology is a powerful tool for education, communication, creativity, sharing vital information and connecting with others to mobilize for justice and human rights. But a deep digital divide exists - a very real gap in who has access to the Internet. Join us in finding real solutions to ending the digital divide in Oakland. Help us make the Internet affordable and accessible to everyone. Refreshments and entertainment provided. RSVP required as space is limited. Location: Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://media-alliance.stores.yahoo.net/intomac6hrme.html .

Friday, February 15, 2008
Fundraiser: Oakland Independent Film "Firstborn" — Local independent production company, Scorpio Rising Productions will have its first fundraiser for the narrative film, "Firstborn". Fundraiser will be hosted by Greg Bridges of KPFA and KCSM, we will preview a scene from the film, and will have the legendary jazz musician Eddie Gale playing an inspiring set. The film's story is about spiritually gifted 15 year-old Daja Wilson, who has been struggling to hold her family together since the tragic death of her songstress mother. Despite her family's history of depression, abuse and lost dreams, she must help them remember the wealth of generosity, love and creativity still within their reach. The film focuses on a family healing after the trauma of losing a loved one to cancer—relearning to engage one another after their painful coping has caused bitter distance between them. Writer/Director Tiffany Golden says, "It is my belief that these and other debilitating emotional pains are healable—when we all stand up as our true, divine selves. Firstborn is my fearless attempt to tackle both tough and taboo issues through a lens of justice and healing. My aspiration is that people are able to recognize themselves and their pain in this film and walk away with the hope and desire to heal." The film will be shot in Oakland, during the summer of 2008. This project is sponsored by the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and is working to be a model for Oakland's Green Film Production Policy. RSVP online. Location: Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-636-9844, firstbornfilm@yahoo.com , http://www.firstbornfilm.net/news.html .

Friday, February 15, 2008
Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery — Volunteer at SPAWN's Native Plant Nursery. All plants from Nursery will be used to help restore local watersheds. Bring Gloves, weather appropriate clothing, water. RSVP via email. Location: Lagunitas. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-663-8590 x107, jenny@spawnusa.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/ .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Workshop: Planning Your Bay Area Edible Garden — Learn to grow edibles and incorporate them in your ornamental garden. The workshop will cover companion planting, and timing your starts. Plant a small herb container garden to take home. Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $25. Info: 510-643-2755 x03, http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Volunteer: Plant Native Seedlings at MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline (Oakland) — This urban area includes some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay and is home to many species, including the endangered California clapper rail and burrowing owls. Volunteer to help us grow thousands of native wetland plants in our nursery, plant 10,000 native seedlings on the shoreline, remove non-native plants and remove trash and debris. This site is one of the Bay's worst trash hot spots, and we need your help to keep it clean! In partnership with East Bay Regional Park District. Space is limited. RSVP online or by phone. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@saveSFbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/site/apps/cd/event.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=474651 .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Workshop: War Tax Resistance — Find out more about this form of conscientious objection and join the 2008 War Tax Boycott. Come hear about the Code Pink "Don't Buy Bush's War" campaign. Topics will include: creative legal protests; refusing to pay all or part of federal taxes; possible consequences of this form of civil disobedience; living below the level of taxable income; phone tax resistance; redirecting resisted taxes to local alternative funds and/or community organizations; local support networks for war tax resisters. Co-sponsored by Code Pink Women for Peace. Location: SF Friends Meeting House, 65 Ninth Street, (between Market & Mission), SF. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-843-9877, info@nowartax.org , http://www.nowartax.org/ .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Workshop: Double-Digging and Bed Preparation — Double-digging is the first step in a Grow Biointensive garden. Learn how easy, fun and productive this method can be. Loosening the soil 24 inches deep will help to build essential soil structure. Plants will grow much better and need less water; weeds will come out easily. Includes hands-on demonstration. Instructor: Jennifer Ungemach's latest work has been in supporting efforts to create a soil test station in Paraguay at a technical high school dedicated to organic agriculture. To register, call Common Ground, then send a check for the full amount to Common Ground, 559 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $25. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/upcomingclasses.htm .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Richardson Bay Mudflats Exploration — Join an exploration of the intertidal areas of the Sanctuary. Education Director Wendy Dalia will guide a walk along the shoreline to discover the inhabitants and investigate how they cope with the extreme conditions of this unique ecosystem. Location: Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd., Tiburon. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: $10 adult, $5 child. Info: 415-388-2524 ext 103, http://www.baynature.com/calendar.html .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Crissy Field — Join Lew Stringer of the National Park Service at Inspiration Point to help with Presidio Clarkia and Marin Dwarf-Flax restoration. Meet at the Crissy Field Center. RSVP required. Location: Crissy Field, SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 415-561-4856, http://www.ggnrabigyear.org/ .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek — Volunteers needed to help restore native habitat in Marin County's San Geronimo Creek. We will meet at Roy's Pools on the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course. Directions from 101: Take Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax. Continue on SF Drake ~5 mi West of Fairfax (over the big hill, past the Golf Course). Just past the golf course, make a left onto Nicasio Valley Drive, then left onto San Geronimo Valley Drive. Roy's Pools is on the left hand side. What to bring: Warm clothing, long pants, long sleeves, work gloves, sturdy shoes, a water bottle, or any other appropriate gear for weather conditions. Call or email for more information. Rain cancels. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 415-663-8590 x107, kevin@spawnusa.org , www.spawnusa.org .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Educational Adventure: "Water Water Everywhere" — Where does the water come from and where does it go? Learn about the water cycle and watersheds. Build a model of a watershed and see if you can predict where the water will go. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Led by Ed Kantack. 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, http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/index.htm .

Saturday, February 16, 2008 - Sunday, July 20, 2008
Training: Permaculture Design — Join us on the third weekends of the month, 2/08-7/08, for EarthFlow's Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate Course Series. Part One: 2/16+17 & 3/15+16: Fire, Water, Earth & Air... Introduction to Permaculture and Natural Pattern Understanding. Part Two: 4/19+20 & 5/17+18: Food, Water, Shelter & Energy... Designing & Building the Complete Home Ecosystem. Part Three: 6/21+22 & 7/19+20: Community & Green Business... EcoVillage Design and Community Celebration. Meets 9am-5pm Sat and 10am-5pm Sun. Location: Santa Cruz. Cost: $90 per day, $175 per weekend, $950 for all six weekends (pre-paid in full). Info: http://earthflow.com/santacruzPDC08.php .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Animal Tracking — "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 16, 2008
Volunteer: Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — Cole Valley/Corona Heights Tree Planting. Breakfast/lunch is provided! Meeting location: 649 Shrader. Please contact the staff person to verify meeting location and to RSVP. Information is subject to change without notice. Location: SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Sunday, February 17, 2008
Volunteer: Ocean Beach Fire-ring and Beach Clean-up — Help SF Surfrider Foundation keep Ocean Beach clean. The fire ring clean-up consists of two components: (1) cleaning the fire rings installed by the National Park Service, and (2) cleaning up the beach near the fire rings. Please note that the fire ring cleaning component requires moderate physical effort and is for high-school age or older volunteers. The general beach clean-up component is open to all ages. If you would like to participate in the fire ring cleaning component, please wear work shoes and pants. (Please DO NOT wear open toed shoes.) Gloves, bags, and cleaning tools will be provided, in addition to snacks and water. If you expect to being a group of more than 5 volunteers, please contact us so that we can plan to have sufficient supplies. Steady rain cancels. Location: Stairwell 17 along Great American Highway (across from the Beach Chalet restaurant). Location: Ocean Beach, SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Info: barbara@sfsurfrider.org , http://www.sfsurfrider.org/prog_firerings.htm .

Sunday, February 17, 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, February 17, 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, February 17, 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 .


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