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Welcome to another list of events, classes, actions, films, conferences, grant deadlines, etc., for your planning convenience. Our searchable website edition of the calendar ( http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ ) contains events further into the future. Please continue to send event listings to calendar@ecologycenter.org and forward any breaking action alerts to alerts@ecologycenter.org .

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

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
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
3/21/2008	Stomp the Stumps! Benefit Dance Party
3/29/2008	Compost Give-Away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
4/6/2008	Home Graywater Systems Slideshow & Tour

 ALL EVENTS
Through 2/23/2008	Eco-Art Exhibit: Heart of the Matter
Through 2/24/2008	Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Through 2/25/2008	Class: Greywater, Composting Toilets, Healthy/Toxic Environments
Through 2/28/2008	Volunteer: Help a Newt Cross the Road
Through 2/28/2008	Exhibit: Eco Art Matters
Through 3/10/2008	Class: Simplify Your Life
Through 3/22/2008	Environmental Forum of Marin's 2008 Sustainable Communities Seminar
Through 3/29/2008	Volunteer Training: Bay Interpretive Training
Through 4/4/2008	Art Exhibit: "Jason Austin"
Through 4/6/2008	Exhibit: "Trading Traditions: California's New Cultures"
Through 4/12/2008	Art Exhibit: Americans Who Tell the Truth
2/15/2008	Lecture: The Economics of Climate Change in California and Globally
2/15/2008	Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery
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	Book Talk: Dave Wann's "Simple Prosperity"
2/16/2008	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at Crissy Field
2/16/2008	Training: Permaculture Design
2/16/2008	Volunteer: Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
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	Educational Adventure: "Water Water Everywhere"
2/16/2008	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek
2/16/2008	Volunteer: Salt Point State Park Cleanup and Potluck
2/16/2008	Daylong Retreat for Activists, Allies & Agents of Social Change
2/16/2008	Workshop: Seed Propagation
2/16/2008	Volunteer: Point Isabel Work Party
2/16/2008	Julia Butterfly Hill Birthday Bash
2/16/2008	Workshop: War Tax Resistance
2/16/2008	Richardson Bay Mudflats Exploration
2/16/2008	Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Animal Tracking
2/16/2008	Workshop: Double-Digging and Bed Preparation
2/17/2008	Work Party: Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration Project
2/17/2008	Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
2/17/2008	Volunteer: Ocean Beach Fire-ring and Beach Clean-up
2/17/2008	Planning Meeting to Stop the "Bombplex"
2/17/2008	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
2/19/2008	Book Talk: Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots
2/19/2008	BAY-Peace Youth Workshop: The Military: It's Not Just a Game
2/19/2008	Film Festival: Sustainable Peralta 2008
2/19/2008	Film & Discussion: "The Corporation" -- Part I
2/20/2008	A Conversation with Maude Barlow on the Global Water Crisis
2/20/2008	East Bay Green Drinks
2/21/2008	Regional Meeting: Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
2/21/2008	Lecture: "From Deep to Shallow History: The Importance of Habitat Association in the Diversification of African Birds"
2/21/2008	Clean Tech Open: Panel and Product Display
2/21/2008	Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan
2/21/2008	Planning Meeting to Stop the "Bombplex"
2/21/2008	Berkeley Climate Plan Workshop
2/21/2008	Workshop: Solar Sales and Marketing
2/21/2008	Film & Discussion: "The Corporation" -- Part II
2/21/2008	Green Pharmacy Opening & Medicine Take-Back Event
2/21/2008	Book Talk: Christopher Bacon on Confronting the Coffee Crisis
2/21/2008	Film & Discussion: "Super Size Me"
2/21/2008	Class: Growing for Restoration
2/22/2008	Application Deadline: Internship Program for Diverse Groups
2/22/2008	Lecture: Global and Regional Climate Models: What Can We Believe?
2/22/2008	Workshop: Economics of Solar -- Making the Financial Case
2/22/2008	Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery
2/22/2008	Lecture: Contra Costa Wildlife and Native Plant Communities
2/22/2008	Arroyo Viejo Creek Watershed Tour
2/22/2008	Conference: "Bay Area League Day - Transportation Solutions to Climate Change"
2/23/2008	Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 9th Annual Seed Swap
2/23/2008	Workshop: Compost Crops and Rotations
2/23/2008	Workshop: Insect Life for a Healthier Garden
2/23/2008	Workshop: Hands-on Biodiesel Homebrewing
2/23/2008	Workshop: Enticing Butterflies Into Your Garden
2/23/2008	Permaculture Site Tour
2/23/2008	United Nations Association Film Fest
2/23/2008	Educator Workshop: More Than Your Standard Garden
2/23/2008	Greening Your Weekends - An Acterra Environmental Workshop
2/23/2008	SF Solidarity Rally for "Freightliner Five"
2/23/2008	Workshop: Commercial Solar Economics and Financing
2/23/2008	Class: "Solar Power Basics for Residential Customers"
2/23/2008	Workshop: Introduction to Irrigation Systems
2/23/2008	Cooking Class: The Joy of Vegan Baking
2/23/2008	Book Signing: "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products"
2/23/2008	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek
2/23/2008	Workshop: Lead-Safe Painting & Remodeling
2/23/2008	Educational Adventure: "The Lives of Lower Plants--Mosses, Ferns and Lichen"
2/23/2008	Course: 4 Seasons Permaculture Design Certification
2/23/2008	Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home"
2/23/2008	Volunteer: Winter Weeding and Planting at Santa Venetia Marsh
2/23/2008	Volunteer: Bair Island Paddle and Work Party
2/23/2008	Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Adaptations
2/24/2008	Community Meeting: Aerial Pesticide Spraying
2/24/2008	Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
2/24/2008	California Small Farm Conference
2/24/2008	Workshop: Find Your Dream Job in Solar
2/24/2008	Special Dinner: Epitaph for a Peach in Winter
2/24/2008	Volunteer: Ocean Beach Fire-ring and Beach Clean-up
2/24/2008	Wildlife Career Day for Teens
2/24/2008	Lecture: Green Build Your Remodeling Project
2/24/2008	Class: "Keep Green with Untapped Water"
2/25/2008	Wanted: Environmental Writing, Art and Photography by Youth
2/25/2008	Talk: Frances Beinecke on the NRDC's Partnership for the Earth
2/25/2008	Berkeley Climate Plan Workshop
2/25/2008	Earthship Biotecture Training in Jamaica
2/25/2008	GreenPoint Rater Training with the Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) Training
2/26/2008	Lecture: "From Black Gold to the Black Oystercatcher: Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska"
2/26/2008	Oakland Hearing on Resolution Against Aerial Spraying
2/26/2008	Berkeley City Council Meeting: CDFA Aerial Spray Plans in Berkeley
2/26/2008	Trade Fair: Carbon Forum America
2/26/2008	California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum Annual Meeting
2/26/2008	Movies Night: "An Inconvenient Truth"
2/26/2008	Planning Meeting to Stop the "Bombplex"
2/27/2008	Talk: Richard Walker, "The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area"
2/27/2008	Berkeley Climate Plan Workshop
2/27/2008	Speed Networking with the Women's Environmental Network
2/27/2008	Talk: The Birds Once Filled the Skies
2/27/2008	EcoNow Event: Empowering Consumers and Transforming Business
2/27/2008	GreenPoint Rater Training
2/28/2008	Film & Discussion: The Color of Fear: 15 Years Later
2/28/2008	The Green Movement: A Conversation with Paul Hawken
2/28/2008	Sustainable Communities - Climate Change Nexus
2/28/2008	Landmark Tree Celebration
2/28/2008	Panel Discussion: Climate Crisis: the Adaptability of Law
2/28/2008	Application Deadline: Young Eco-Hero Awards
2/29/2008	Compost Give-away at Berkeley Marina
2/29/2008	Lecture: Politics, Ethics, and Co-Benefits: Who suffers, who should pay?
2/29/2008	Eco-Travel Mixer for Green Professionals
2/29/2008	Volunteer: SPAWN Native Plant Nursery
2/29/2008	Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Conference
3/1/2008	Workshop: Blueberries and Other Small Fruits
3/1/2008	Workshop: Hands-On Biodiesel Homebrewing
3/1/2008	White Elephant Sale
3/1/2008	Conference: Bay Area Environmental Youth Quest
3/1/2008	UCB Botanical Garden Sick Plant Clinic
3/1/2008	Workshop: Urban Composting
3/1/2008	Presentation: Eco-Travel
3/1/2008	Volunteer: Late Winter Planting at San Francisquito Creek
3/1/2008	Volunteer: NoPa/USF Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
3/1/2008	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration with EarthTeam
3/1/2008	Volunteer: Native Plant Propagation
3/1/2008	Volunteer: Native Planting at Eden Landing
3/1/2008	Volunteer: Habitat Restoration at San Geronimo Creek
3/1/2008	Educator Workshop: Getting Started School Garden Design
3/2/2008	Film: "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections"
3/2/2008	Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
3/2/2008	Party with Grandmothers for the Oaks
3/2/2008	Volunteer: Ocean Beach Clean-up
3/2/2008	Nature Hike at Arastradero Preserve: Animal Tracking
3/2/2008	EcoHouse Tour


 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

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, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! 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 or $10 donation. 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/ .

Friday, March 21, 2008
Stomp the Stumps! Benefit Dance Party — Celebrate forest activism and the spring equinox dancing to 3 great bands: Grapefruit Ed (special appearance!), the Funky Nixons and the Gary Gates Band. All ages club. Benefits Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters & Earth First! Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Location: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., @ Gilman, Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15 at door, $12 in advance and for students. Info: 510-548-3113, http://www.ashkenaz.com/ .

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

Through 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 .

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
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 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 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 .

Through 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 .

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 Friday, April 4, 2008
Art Exhibit: "Jason Austin" — Featuring 40 works by Visual Artist Jason Austin. Location: EBMUD, 375 11th Street, Second Floor, Oakland. Info: http://www.mesart.com/indexps.jsp?artist=2983 .

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/ .

Friday, February 15, 2008
Lecture: The Economics of Climate Change in California and Globally — With Michael Hanemann, Director, California Climate Change Center, UCB. Part of the UCB/School of Public Health Lecture series on Climate Change for Health Scientists. Location: 2319 Tolman Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-643-9016, http://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=6593&view-prevew .

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/ .

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
Book Talk: Dave Wann's "Simple Prosperity" — David Wann will discuss his new book, "Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle," showing readers how to overcome the disease of over consumption diagnosed in his previous bestseller, "Affluenza". Location: Books Inc. in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-931-3633, http://www.davewann.com/ .

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 - 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
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 .

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
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
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
Volunteer: Salt Point State Park Cleanup and Potluck — Salt Point State Park cleanup and potluck with the Mycological Society of San Francisco and SOMA Mycological Association. Meet at the Woodside parking lot at 9am. This is a chance for members of the two societies to give something back as a thank you for being able to collect mushrooms at the park. We will pick up junk along the road for a few hours and then we will go over to Fisk Mill for the potluck. Call or email for information. Time: 9am. Info: 510-387-5957, marklockaby@sbcglobal.net , http://www.mssf.org/ .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Daylong Retreat for Activists, Allies & Agents of Social Change — Meditation as Relationship. Relationship as Meditation. A Valentine's daylong retreat for activists, allies & agents of social change. Led by dharma teacher, author and activist angel Kyodo williams. Come to this daylong retreat of meditation, yoga practice, dharma talk and community...and experience the power of BEING change for yourself. Bring a friend, an ally or someone you're having a hard time with. Also, please bring a bag lunch. Dana (generous giving) for teaching welcome. No one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. Registration required. Location: Center for Urban Peace, 2584 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley. Time: 7am - 4pm. Cost: $35-$50 sliding scale, $25 members. Info: 866-PEACE2008 ext 1, http://www.newdharma.com/ .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Workshop: Seed Propagation — It all begins with a seed! Learning GROW BIOINTENSIVE seed propagation techniques will help you have a more productive and efficient garden. This class will explain choosing the best soil mix, transplanting, pricking out seedlings from flats, proper watering, and planting by the phases of the moon. Instructor Dan Royer-Miller is a third year apprentice at Ecology Action's Research Garden in Willits, CA. Register by phone. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Volunteer: Point Isabel Work Party — We're gearing up to remove the next stand of Broom as we work our way up the bike/ped trail at Pt. Isabel. This work event is done in conjunction with Greens at Work and the East Bay Regional Parks District (who are very grateful for your help!) In addition to Broom, we have ice plant and Cape Ivy - both just starting their Spring surge. Do let me know if you can attend. Invite your family and friends. And remember to bring gloves, hats, sun screen and water. We'll supply refreshments, bagels and all the corny jokes you can handle! 'Hope to see you then. Meet at Central and Rydin Road, next to the Pt. Isabel dog park and a block from Costco. Just off I-580. Location: Point Isabel, Rydin Road before Costco, off Central Ave exit, El Cerrito. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-704-8628, kyotousa@sbcglobal.net .

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Julia Butterfly Hill Birthday Bash — The Groove Garden is sponsoring a special birthday party benefit in honor of Julia's 34th Birthday. Dance, eat, commune, celebrate, engage and support with Shimshai, MJ Greenmountain, DJ Dragonfly, The Social Prophet Choir and Julia Butterfly Hill, plus additional guest artists, kirtan, organic food and massage. What's Your Tree is a community leadership and civic engagement program that is based on Julia Butterfly Hill's message and vision. (It is the successor project to Circle of Life!) 100% of proceeds benefit What's Your Tree. Location: Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15-$50 sliding scale. Info: http://www.thegroovegarden.com/sys-tmpl/door/ .

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
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
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
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 .

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 .

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
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
Planning Meeting to Stop the "Bombplex" — The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration has released new plans to modernize and "revitalize" the U.S. nuclear weapons research and production complex at 8 locations across the country, including the Bay Area's Livermore Lab. The DOE calls the plan, "Complex Transformation." We call it "Bombplex." Western States Legal Foundation, Tri-Valley CAREs, Peace Action West, United for Peace and Justice and allied organizations are calling on all anti-nuclear, anti-war, environmental, and peace and justice activists to turn the "Bombplex" public hearings into a national public referendum on the future of nuclear weapons. Here is where you come in. We are holding three organizing / mobilizing / planning meetings in different parts of the Bay Area and calling on key activists and organizations to participate. Our goal is to take action together to mobilize a large and powerful turnout at upcoming public hearings in Tracy (March 18) and Livermore (March 19 - the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war). Call to RSVP or obtain details. Location: Peace Action West, 2800 Adeline Street, Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Info: 800-949-9020 ext 113, http://www.trivalleycares.org/ .

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/ .

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Book Talk: Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots — This new book tells the inspiring stories of individual citizens, families and community groups that have achieved unlikely victories in the fight to bring environmental sustainability and economic fairness to such vital areas as water management, food, toxics, urban renewal, clean energy, and local politics. Co-authors Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs, and Jason Mark are intimately involved in the movement they write about. They'll be on hand to explain why "the green economy is no longer some quaint sideline. It is the most rapidly growing sector of the economy." Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com .

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
BAY-Peace Youth Workshop: The Military: It's Not Just a Game — We'll play video games that the military uses to recruit youth and then take a critical look at them. Monthly BAY-Peace events are co-sponsored by the Oakland Public Library Teen Program. Soda & popcorn will be served. Location: Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library, 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271, Oakland. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-809-7416, BAYpeace4youth@gmail.com , http://www.baypeace.org/ .

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - Thursday, February 21, 2008
Film Festival: Sustainable Peralta 2008 — Laney Colleges hosts a 2nd annual Film Festival featuring popular films showcasing the human impact on the environment and the consequences for people all over the world. Tues. Feb. 19th: Starting at 3:30 "The Story of Stuff" (short cartoon movie about the impact of consumer goods production on the environment) "Straight Outta Hunter's Point" (A hard-knock neighborhood in SE San Francisco struggles to overcome economic collapse, violent turf wars, and environmental toxins) Break from 5 - 6 p.m. Starting at 6:00 p.m. "The Story of Stuff" (see description above) "Black Gold" (As westerners revel in lattes, struggling Ethiopians coffee growers fight the bitter economics of the multi-billion dollar coffee industry) Wed. Feb. 20th: Starting at 3:30 "The Meatrix 1,2, and 2 1/2" (short cartoon movie about the meat industry and industrialization of food) "Power of Community" (How Cuba overcame the end of Soviet oil and converted its agriculture to more sustainable practices) Break from 5 - 6 p.m. Starting at 6:00 p.m. "King Corn" (Two friends go to rural Iowa to plant and grow American's most-produced grain) *** at approx. 8 p.m. *** "Who Killed the Electric Car" (How GM ended its popular electric car lease program in the 1990s) Thur. Feb. 21st: Starting at 3:30 "The Story of Stuff" (see description above) "Homeland" (4 unique stories of indigenous Americans struggling to defend their environment and communities from outside pressure to develop and extract raw materials) Break from 5 - 6 p.m. Starting at 6:00 p.m. "Who Killed the Electric Car" (How GM ended its popular electric car lease program in the 1990s) *** at approx. 8 p.m. *** "Ansel Adams: American Experience" (PBS documentary of the life and works of Ansel Adams - San Francisco native, and one of America's first and most famous modern-era environmentalists). Location: Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. Cost: Free, $5 donations welcome. Info: http://www.sustainableperalta.org/events/filmfest/ .

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Film & Discussion: "The Corporation" -- Part I — Screening of part I followed by talk and discussion led by Ted Nace, author of "Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy". BFUU's Social Justice Committee presents this must-see documentary in its Conscientious Projector Film Series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: donations welcome. Info: 510-495-5132, http://www.bfuu.org/ .

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
A Conversation with Maude Barlow on the Global Water Crisis — Activist Maude Barlow, author of "Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water," discusses strategies for restoring the right to pure water and her work with the Blue Planet Project, which works to stop commodification of the world's water. Barlow will be joined by Jerry Mander (International Forum on Globalization), Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute) and Wenonah Hauter (Food and Water Watch). Tickets available online. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 advance/$13 door. Info: 510-559-9500, http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/0802febCalendar.jsp .

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
East Bay Green Drinks — East Bay Green Drinks is a monthly gathering of people interested in sustainability, including green business, architecture, design, building, organics, clean energy and other topics. Bobby G's Pizzeria is a Certified Green Restaurant serving gourmet pizza, pasta and panini. They support sustainable farming and fair trade coffee, and people's right to make a fair living wage in communities around the world. Bobby G's is generously discounting all beverages and food until 8pm. Come early and enjoy the deal! Location: Bobby G's Pizzeria, 2072 University Ave, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 8pm. Info: http://www.sustainablebiz.org/events/happyHour.html .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Regional Meeting: Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) — What matters more if you want to reduce emissions: what kinds of cars people own or how many miles they drive? Todd Litman, the well-known sustainable transportation policy researcher, will talk about how better fuel efficiency tends to stimulate more driving and why strategies to reduce how much people drive tend to be overlooked by policymakers. Todd, the director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, will also discuss how transportation emission reduction strategies can be evaluated in a way that fully captures their economic, social, and environmental benefits. Meeting will be held at 312 Sutter Street (at Grant), home of SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research), the event co-sponsor. We expect a high turnout for this regional meeting, so RSVP by email so that we can provide enough food. Arrive early to get a seat. In case you can't make it, we will be videotaping the event to post on our website. Location: SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: rsvp@transcoalition.org , http://www.transcoalition.org/ .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Lecture: "From Deep to Shallow History: The Importance of Habitat Association in the Diversification of African Birds" — Dr. Rauri Bowie is assistant professor of integrative biology and curator of birds at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Recently he described a new species, the Dark Batis. Many birders would have previously seen this species, but until a systematic collecting effort was conducted, no one noticed the differences between the Dark Batis and other closely related species. Join us at 7pm for a half-hour of socializing and refreshments. Location: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, near Solano, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-843-2222, http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Clean Tech Open: Panel and Product Display — Lots of people talk about sustainable business, but these people actually do something about it. Meet the winners of the Second Annual California Clean Tech Open 2007. With over 120 entries, this statewide competition focuses on keeping California the leader in commercialized green technologies. Learn about the progress that the six winning companies have made as they move their innovations from the lab into the marketplace, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities for turning clean-technology concepts into viable business models. 4:45pm reception/display table for winners, 5:30pm program. Register online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF. Time: 4:45pm. Cost: $15 general, $8 members. Info: http://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=1 .

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 .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Planning Meeting to Stop the "Bombplex" — The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration has released new plans to modernize and "revitalize" the U.S. nuclear weapons research and production complex at 8 locations across the country, including the Bay Area's Livermore Lab. The DOE calls the plan, "Complex Transformation." We call it "Bombplex." Western States Legal Foundation, Tri-Valley CAREs, Peace Action West, United for Peace and Justice and allied organizations are calling on all anti-nuclear, anti-war, environmental, and peace and justice activists to turn the "Bombplex" public hearings into a national public referendum on the future of nuclear weapons. Here is where you come in. We are holding three organizing / mobilizing / planning meetings in different parts of the Bay Area and calling on key activists and organizations to participate. Our goal is to take action together to mobilize a large and powerful turnout at upcoming public hearings in Tracy (March 18) and Livermore (March 19 - the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war). Call to RSVP or obtain details. Location: Tri-Valley CAREs Office, 2582 Old First Street, Livermore. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Info: 925-443-7148, http://www.trivalleycares.org/ .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Berkeley Climate Plan Workshop — An opportunity to learn about and comment on Berkeley's draft Climate Action Plan. Learn more about: The sources of Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions; Climate protection actions contained in Berkeley's draft Climate Action Plan; How to get involved in the local movement to combat climate change. This is also one good opportunity to provide input on the draft climate plan before the close of the public comment period on March 7th. Hosted by the Transportation Commission. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: http://www.berkeleyclimateaction.org/ .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Workshop: Solar Sales and Marketing — In this intensive workshop for both solar salespeople and sales management/owners, two PV industry veterans share their secrets for setting up an effective sales team, then generating tons of leads for and with them. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $225. Info: 707-744-2017, http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1752 .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Film & Discussion: "The Corporation" -- Part II — Screening of part 2 followed by Jess Bell in person and strategizing about launching a democracy campaign in the Bay Area. Jessica Bell is an organizer for the CA Food and Justice Coalition and a trainer and direct action organizer with Bay Rising. BFUU's Social Justice Committee presents this must-see documentary in its Conscientious Projector Film Series. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: donations welcome. Info: 510-495-5132, http://www.bfuu.org/ .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Green Pharmacy Opening & Medicine Take-Back Event — Come celebrate the grand opening of the new Monterey store and the start of a Green Pharmacy Medication Take-Back Program in collaboration with the Teleosis Institute. Receive special offers, free samples, and enjoy a variety of health-oriented activities. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy offers prescription and natural medications, safe cosmetics and body care products, and expert counsel from licensed healthcare practitioners. Location: Pharmaca, 570 Munras Ave, Monterey. Time: 5:30pm - 8pm. Info: http://www.teleosis.org/events.php .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Book Talk: Christopher Bacon on Confronting the Coffee Crisis — Christopher Bacon will discuss his new book on the promise and the perils of efforts to create a more sustainable coffee industry. Free package of sustainably grown coffee from Equal Exchange with purchase of the book! Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-282-9246, http://www.mtbs.com/events_feb08.html .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Film & Discussion: "Super Size Me" — Part of the Stanford Program in Ethics in Society series, The Ethics of Food & the Environment. Co-sponsored by Stanford in Government, The Program in Human Biology, and the Center on Ethics. Post show discussion led by Christopher Gardner. Location: Annenberg Auditorium. Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://ucomm.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/map/ .

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Class: Growing for Restoration — This class offers a presentation of research showing the need for using local seed in restoration projects. Additional discussion will highlight the decision-making process leading to the use of direct seeding or container growing for restoration and how the nurseries in the park follow these restoration guidelines to avoid limitation of genetic diversity while growing in containers. Course open to volunteers, interns, and new staff only. Space is limited; register online for location and details. Location: Presidio, SF. Time: 2pm - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.parksconservancy.org/calendar/index.asp?event=1306 .

Friday, February 22, 2008
Application Deadline: Internship Program for Diverse Groups — The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT)'s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting applications for the 2008 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). Funded by the FHWA's Office of Civil Rights' On-the-Job Training Supportive Services Program, the objective of the STIPDG is to provide college/university students with hands-on experience and on-the- job training while working on current transportation-related topics and issues. The STIPDG is open to all qualified applicants but is designed to provide qualified women, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse groups with summer opportunities in transportation where these groups have been under represented. Internship Period: 6/2/08 - 8/8/08. Application materials available online. Info: 2008STIPDG@dot.gov , http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/education/stipdg.htm .

Friday, February 22, 2008
Lecture: Global and Regional Climate Models: What Can We Believe? — With Bill Collins, Department Head, Climate Science, Earth Science Division, LBNL. Part of the UCB/School of Public Health Lecture series on Climate Change for Health Scientists. Location: 2319 Tolman Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-643-9016, http://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=6593&view-prevew .

Friday, February 22, 2008
Workshop: Economics of Solar -- Making the Financial Case — This interactive workshop is designed to help dealers, installers, and salespeople make an accurate and compelling financial case for the value of PV systems. The class is focused on residential systems in PG&E, SCE, or SDG&E utilities. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $225. Info: 707-744-2017, http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1746 .

Friday, February 22, 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 22, 2008
Lecture: Contra Costa Wildlife and Native Plant Communities — Steve Edwards presents a talk on California Indian religion in the age of the ethnographers: deep roots for native plants and animals. Seating is limited, so arrive early, save a seat, and enjoy the garden. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Rd. & South Park Dr., in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 10:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-841-8732, bgarden@ebparks.org , http://www.nativeplants.org .

Friday, February 22, 2008
Arroyo Viejo Creek Watershed Tour — Join the City of Oakland's Arroyo Viejo Watershed Awareness Program as we explore Arroyo Viejo creek in three locations. Immerse yourself in the natural and social history of Arroyo this area and learn how volunteers are improving habitat throughout this watershed. Zoo Parking is free for Tour Participants. Meet at the Education Building. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited -- RSVP by phone or email required. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 10am - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-665-3508, doria@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/default/ .

Friday, February 22, 2008
Conference: "Bay Area League Day - Transportation Solutions to Climate Change" — League of Women Voters of the Bay Area will hold its annual Bay Area League Day at Preservation Park's Nile Hall in Downtown Oakland. This year's theme will be "Transportation Solutions to Climate Change." Register online. Location: Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland. Time: 9am - 2:30pm. Cost: $30 ($15 w/o lunch). Info: 510-839-1608, http://www.lwvbayarea.org/BALD.html .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 9th Annual Seed Swap — Potluck supper, hoe down, music, home-grown garden seeds, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! 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 or $10 donation. Info: 510-658-9178, terricompost@yahoo.com , http://www.ecologycenter.org/basil/ .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Workshop: Compost Crops and Rotations — Learn how to grow the most food, calories, and soil nourishing compost materials for this summer's garden with a dynamic plan for the health of your garden over the next three years. Instructor John Jeavons is the Executive Director of Ecology Action and author of How to Grow More Vegetables. 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: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $25. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/upcomingclasses.htm .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Workshop: Insect Life for a Healthier Garden — Learn how to maximize the eco-system diversity that produces the best garden, as well as simple steps to take if an insect challenge occurs. Instructor John Jeavons is the Executive Director of Ecology Action and author of How to Grow More Vegetables. 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 23, 2008
Workshop: Hands-on Biodiesel Homebrewing — This class gives you the hands on experience you need to start making your own high quality fuel. Taught by Andrew Morris. Recommended resources: http://www.biodieselcommunity.org , http://biodiesel.infopop.cc . Lunch included. Limit 8 participants. Second person from the same household 1/2 price. Register via email. Location: Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $90. Info: morris1524@yahoo.com .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Workshop: Enticing Butterflies Into Your Garden — Lots of butterflies are indicators of a healthy environment. Gardening organically, without pesticides, is the best way to attract and nurture these beautiful winged creatures into your own garden. Join local butterfly expert Charlotte Torgovitsky to learn basic butterfly biology and unique identifying features of the species you are most likely to see in your garden. Through their amazing life cycle, these insects have developed important associations with certain plants that are essential for their survival. Discover the techniques for establishing a successful butterfly habitat in your garden using plants that are both beautiful and beneficial. Includes a butterfly 'safari' in the Garden. Download registration form from website. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $35 general, $25 members. Info: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/ .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Permaculture Site Tour — The tour will focus on the Permaculture aspects of OAEC's gardens, wildlands and structures. "Permaculture" is a philosophy of living based in sustainable land use concepts and practices. Participants will be introduced to OAEC's organic and bio-intensive gardens and heirloom seed saving program, our watershed and wildland restoration work, and "natural" building methods. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org/calendar .

Saturday, February 23, 2008 - Monday, February 25, 2008
United Nations Association Film Fest — Six films presented in two U.C. Berkeley venues over three days. Presenting a wide-ranging view in images about global issues arising from conflict and war which challenge all governments and the United Nations to collaborate on solutions, these films examine in very human terms the deeply disturbing situation regarding global health, disease, and preventable death which impede human development in Africa and elsewhere. These films bring the audience face to face with the devastation and human calamity unfolding in Darfur and expose the abuse of the people of Nigeria by the dumping of toxic technological waste in that country. Each showing will be enriched by knowledgeable specialists who will answer questions and facilitate discussion. I-House showings are FREE, Pacific Film Archive admission is $8 Seniors/Students: $5. See website for program details. Location: Berkeley. Info: 510-849-1752, uneastbay@sbcglobal.net , http://www.unausaeastbay.org/index.htm .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Educator Workshop: More Than Your Standard Garden — Integrate your school garden into your curriculum with this course. We will give you examples and show you how to develop standards-based lesson plans. You will receive a course reader with resources and activities to link garden activities to California content standards in Science, Math, and Language Arts. This class focuses on standards for grades K-6. Reserve your space online, or by phone or email. Location: Martin Luther King Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $29. Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/default/ .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Greening Your Weekends - An Acterra Environmental Workshop — Acterra, REI, and a Sense of Place have put together some fresh ideas for weekend fun that will let you get some exercise, expand your mind, or have an adventure without burning through a lot of gasoline. Join the discussion about the best biking, hiking, boating or cultural adventures in our resource-rich Bay Area, and contribute your own favorite activities. Snacks provided. Call or email for more info. Location: REI (San Carlos), 1119 Industrial Road, San Carlos. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: $10 general, $5 members. Info: 650-962-9876 x306, ellenw@acterra.org , http://www.rei.com/stores/events/38 .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
SF Solidarity Rally for "Freightliner Five" — "Freightliner Five" Solidarity Tour Solidarity Rally For UAW 3520 "Freightliner Five" Fired Workers. Five fired union leaders of the UAW Cleveland, North Carolina Freightliner truck plant are fighting to get their jobs back. This integrated union leadership was standing up for decent health and safety conditions and benefits. This meeting is also inviting other workers in struggle to participate and speak about their struggle. In April 2007, UAW 3520 workers at the Cleveland, North Carolina Freightliner truck plant went on strike over health and safety and other conditions and benefits. In retaliation, the Daimler Benz owned company fired 5 strike leaders. They are known as the Freightliner Five and have been fighting for their jobs back for nearly a year. This struggle is not just about the Freightliner workers but union organizing throughout the South. If Freightliner can get away with this illegal firing, other workers will think twice about joining a union. Allen Bradley and Franklin Torrence, two of the Freightliner fired workers will be speaking about their struggle at this meeting and will also be meeting with other workers in Northern California. Location: ILWU Local 34, 801 -- 2nd Street, (at Embarcadero next to ballpark), SF. Time: 3pm. Info: http://www.justice4five.com/ .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Workshop: Commercial Solar Economics and Financing — This rigorous interactive workshop is designed to help commercial systems integrators (dealers, installers, and salespeople) understand and make the financial case for commercial PV systems in PG&E, SCE, or SDG&E utilities, and to understand how to finance them with PPAs and leases. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $225. Info: 707-744-2017, http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1748 .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Class: "Solar Power Basics for Residential Customers" — Become familiar with the solar power installation process and how to reduce energy costs. Get answers to frequently asked questions, such as: How much will it cost? What incentives exist? How much space will I need? Will PG&E pay me for the energy I produce? How can PG&E help me install solar? Learn the key factors of a successful project, and bring your solar questions. Space limited; register online. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, http://www.pge.com/education_training/classes/energy_efficiency/ .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Workshop: Introduction to Irrigation Systems — Join Garden For the Environment and the Urban Farmer store for this workshop on the basics of installing an irrigation system. Learn from bay area expert, Tom Bressan, the most effective and efficient ways to deliver water to your landscape with minimal waste! Pre-registration required. To pre-register please call or email. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $5. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org/ .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Cooking Class: The Joy of Vegan Baking — Join Compassionate Cooks' founder Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of The Joy of Vegan Baking (www.joyofveganbaking.com), in her monthly fun-filled Vegetarian Cooking Classes that celebrate healthful and humane eating that features local, seasonal, mostly organic ingredients. Colleen will demonstrate five delectable baked goods from her cookbook, including Classic Currant Scones, Soft Pretzels, Apple Strudel, Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars, Jam-filled Oat Bran Muffins. Whether you want to bake dairy- and egg-free for health, ethical, or environmental reasons, The Joy of Vegan Baking cooking class will show you how you can have your cake and eat it, too! Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., at Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $49 in advance, plus $5 food/materials fee. Info: 510-531-COOK, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/ .

Saturday, February 23, 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, 1607 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-549-9200, http://www.elephantpharm.com/berkeley/info/classes-and-events.html .

Saturday, February 23, 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 23, 2008
Workshop: Lead-Safe Painting & Remodeling — Learn to detect and remedy lead hazards in the home to prevent lead poisoning. Taught by expert staff from the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (ACLPPP), course offers simple solutions property owners can use to safely repair and renovate their homes. 25% discount on purchases for class attendees. Register by phone or download registration form from website. Location: Mark's Paint Mart, 2317 Blanding Ave, Alameda. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org/homeown.htm .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Educational Adventure: "The Lives of Lower Plants--Mosses, Ferns and Lichen" — Did you know that the first mosses came into existence some 400 million years ago - before dinosaurs, before reptiles and before flying insects? Did you know that lichens are a symbiotic association of two different organisms? Join us and explore the amazing world of lower plants. Learn how they evolved, how these non-flowering plants reproduce, where they live, and their various roles in ecosystems. Examine the structure of these little known plants through a handlens and get to know the incredible design and beauty they show. Come delve into this fascinating world! Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm. Cost: $55 general, $50 members. Info: 415-663-1200, http://www.ptreyes.org/fieldseminars/seminarlistnaturalworld.shtml .

Saturday, February 23, 2008 - Sunday, January 18, 2009
Course: 4 Seasons Permaculture Design Certification — An opportunity to take a Permaculture Design Certification Course over a full year of nature's rhythms on a budding permaculture farm. Learn how to observe and use the same principles that make ecological systems self-sustaining, and apply them to integrated homes and gardens. In addition, you will learn how to apply these principles to energy systems and water supplies, healthy communities, meaningful and fulfilling work, ecological economies and global political movements for change. The course weaves together the principles and practices of permaculture with wilderness awareness - explore tracking and participate in activities that deepen your awareness and intimacy with the rest of the natural world. Starts 2/23-24/08 and continues one Sunday per month through 1/09. Instructors: Penny Livingston-Stark, Lydia Neilsen, Lauren Dalberth, David Hage, Matt Berry and others! Details and application available online. Location: Commonweal Garden, Bolinas. Cost: $1100 for 13-day program. Info: 415-868-9681, http://www.regenerativedesign.org/courses-events/permaculture .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home" — Now you can produce your own electricity and "sell" the excess back to PG&E, running your meter backwards! Plus you can receive thousands of rebate dollars from the State at the same time. Learn how to size, specify and design your own solar electrical generator. A short field trip to a functioning house/ system in Berkeley and current catalog of available equipment are also included. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $85. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Volunteer: Winter Weeding and Planting at Santa Venetia Marsh — In partnership with Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space Two endangered species, the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, depend on Santa Venetia Marsh for survival. We need volunteers to plant native plants like coyote bush, gumplant and sticky monkey flower and weed out invasive plants such as harding grass and fennel. Join us at this beautiful site on Gallinas Creek, and learn about the history of wetland protection near the Marin Civic Center. RSVP. Location: Santa Venetia Marsh, San Rafael. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Volunteer: Bair Island Paddle and Work Party — Bair Island is a group of former salt ponds that are home to many species of nesting birds, harbor seals, and native oysters. Paddle to Middle Bair Island and help restore native wetland habitat at a site that is normally off-limits to the public. Remove non-native iceplant and help plant 2,500 natives to improve habitat for birds and wildlife. Age 10 and up. Location: Redwood City. Time: 10am - 3:30pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Class: "Nature Bytes" -- Adaptations — "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.

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Community Meeting: Aerial Pesticide Spraying — Community information meeting on the State's plan for aerial pesticide spraying in the East Bay. With members of stopthespray.org, CA Alliance to Stop the Spray, Albany Mayor Robert Lieber, and others. Location: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, at Arch, Berkeley. Time: 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: eastbayinfo@stopthespray.org , http://www.stopthespray.org/ .

Sunday, February 24, 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 24, 2008 - Tuesday, February 26, 2008
California Small Farm Conference — The California Small Farm Conference is the state's premier gathering of small farmers and those who support them. The three day educational conference includes on-farm tours, focused workshops, general educational sessions and opportunities for peer networking. This conference theme: Growing Opportunities. Short Courses can be added for an additional fee of $50 each. Location: Visalia. Cost: $135. Info: 888-712-4188, http://www.californiafarmconference.com/ .

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Workshop: Find Your Dream Job in Solar — Solar Industry Insider will share strategies for finding a fulfilling job in solar, discuss trends and opportunities, and provide a holistic understanding of the industry, including economics, trends, regulatory environment, marketing, and technology development. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $125. Info: 707-744-2017, http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1751 .

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Special Dinner: Epitaph for a Peach in Winter — Flea St. Cafe and CoolEatz Inc presents: Meet the Faces Behind the Food We Cook Dinner Series. Each dinner will begin with a reception and presentation by the featured guest at 5:30pm followed by a five course dinner. The dinners will use hand chosen ingredients from each celebrated guest in collaboration with Jesse Cool and the Flea St. Cafe kitchen. Guests for this dinner: Masumoto Orchard: Mas Masumoto & Family. Call for reservations. Location: Flea St. Cafe, 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park. Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $75 (optional wine pairing $30.00) + tax + service charge. Info: 650-854-1226, fleastcafe@cooleatz.com , http://www.cooleatz.com/flea-st-cafe/ .

Sunday, February 24, 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 24, 2008
Wildlife Career Day for Teens — Do you love wildlife and the environment? Do you aspire to have a career with animals but aren't sure what's out there for you besides being a vet or a zookeeper? The world of environmental careers is vast and ever-expanding, and we want you to know all about it! The 1st annual Wildlife Careers Day is a conference designed for teens featuring environmental professionals from a variety of ecological fields. Teens will have the opportunity to participate in workshops focusing on such careers as environmental education, paleontology, behavioral science, marine science and wildlife rehabilitation. Come meet wildlife professionals and learn how YOU can be one of the top eco-specialists of the future! Events will take place in the Oakland Zoo's Maddie Center for Science and Environmental Education. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 10am - 2:30pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-632-9525 X201 , http://www.oaklandzoo.org .

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Lecture: Green Build Your Remodeling Project — Learn how to improve the health and comfort of your family by using healthy, environmentally responsible products when remodeling your home. Many products contain chemicals that can cause diseases and allergies and cause us to be sick continually. Dan Mackey is the Regional Vice President of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and a Certified Green Building Professional who will answer your specific questions on making your home healthy, comfortable and energy efficient. Meet in rooms 255/257. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 East San Fernando Street, San José. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Info: 408-808-2397, http://www.sjlibrary.org/ .

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Class: "Keep Green with Untapped Water" — It is environmentally responsible to cut water use but we don't want to restrict our lives or kill our gardens. Learn how to limit water use, use grey water and rain water to lower your water bill and keep your plants alive in the coming era of water shortages. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/shortclasses.html .

Monday, February 25, 2008
Wanted: Environmental Writing, Art and Photography by Youth — Students: Become a member of "The Green News" Team! Deadline to submit writing, art, and photography to The Green News is the 25th of each month. We're looking for environmentally-focused photography, poetry, book reviews, articles, opinion pieces, cartoons, and more. Info: 510-219-1571, LanaH@earthteam.net , http://earthteam.net/green_news/index.php .

Monday, February 25, 2008
Talk: Frances Beinecke on the NRDC's Partnership for the Earth — For nearly 40 years, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has provided environmental leadership in the development of sound public policies and programs. NRDC president Frances Beinecke will outline the organization's new "Partnership for the Earth Plan," its answer to the question, What will it take to ensure a sustainable future for the Earth? Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, SF. Time: 11:30am. Cost: $15 (members free). Info: 415-597-6700, http://www.commonwealthclub.org .

Monday, February 25, 2008
Berkeley Climate Plan Workshop — An opportunity to learn about and comment on Berkeley's draft Climate Action Plan. Learn more about: The sources of Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions; Climate protection actions contained in Berkeley's draft Climate Action Plan; How to get involved in the local movement to combat climate change. This is also one good opportunity to provide input on the draft climate plan before the close of the public comment period on March 7th. Hosted by the Zero Waste Commission. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: http://www.berkeleyclimateaction.org/ .

Monday, February 25, 2008 - Monday, March 24, 2008
Earthship Biotecture Training in Jamaica — Earthship Biotecture will be starting a project in Negril, Jamaica in February 2008. The Earthship Commando team from our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico led by Earthship inventor Michael Reynolds will spend three weeks building an Earthship structure. There will be positions available for eight trainees for each of the three weeks. Session 1: February 25th-29th, Session 2: March 3rd-7th, Session 3: March 10th-14th. Cost: $350/wk, not including room and board. Info: http://www.earthship.net/ .

Monday, February 25, 2008
GreenPoint Rater Training with the Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) Training — Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) Training (Day 1-2). Network with other California building professionals while preparing for your green building certification during this two-day course on energy & resource conservation, indoor air quality and green building marketing techniques. Get the information and resources you need while learning tools and resources in green building. Note: This course or an equivalent certification is a prerequisite for attending the GreenPoint Rater Training. GreenPoint Rater Training (Day 3-6). In this expanded three and a half day training, participants learn about the intent behind each green measure, detailed verification protocols, and the policies and interactive process for involvement in the GreenPoint Rated program. The training culminates in a written exam and field test. Before registering, please view online GreenPoint Rater Eligibility Requirements. Build It Green Members receive a $50 discount on the registration fee. Contact us for your Discount Code. Class meets M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-12pm. Location: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. Cost: $900. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 603, http://www.builditgreen.org/registration .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Lecture: "From Black Gold to the Black Oystercatcher: Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska" — Alaska, our largest state, encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of rugged mountains, grinding glaciers, endless tundra, diverse temperate rainforest, and winding coastlines. Taldi Walter of the National Audubon Society will present a slide show featuring Alaska's wildlife and exploring the state's natural treasures, as well as imminent and compelling challenges. Join us at 7pm for a half-hour of socializing and refreshments. Location: County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. and Lincoln, SF. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-843-2222, http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Oakland Hearing on Resolution Against Aerial Spraying — Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee Hearing on resolution against aerial spraying proposed by Councilmembers Brunner and Reid. Location: Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Info: eastbayinfo@stopthespray.org , http://www.stopthespray.org/ .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Berkeley City Council Meeting: CDFA Aerial Spray Plans in Berkeley — CA Dept of Food and Agriculture presentation on their aerial spray plans for Berkeley. Location: Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: eastbayinfo@stopthespray.org , http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil/councilschedule.htm .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Trade Fair: Carbon Forum America — Carbon Forum America (CFA) 2008 is a response to the demand for an organized and regulated carbon market. CFA combines a Trade Fair with a Conference. The Plenary sessions will look at California's lead in designing state legislation and how state initiatives can be linked to federal and global markets. The Conference tracks will consist of three streams with 21 workshops navigating attendees through the essential issues of Policy Matters, Market Place and Technology. Policy Stream sessions will examine regional programs and prominent policy issues needed to regulate carbon markets. Market Stream Sessions will showcase carbon markets in operation. All sessions will provide in-depth knowledge on investment strategies, accounting issues, carbon trading and compliance issues. Technology Stream Sessions will highlight a series of technological innovations as a result of energy and carbon pricing. Register online. Location: Moscone Center , 747 Howard St., SF. Time: 8:30am - 7pm. Cost: $50-$1250. Info: http://www.carbonforumamerica.com/ .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - Thursday, February 28, 2008
California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum Annual Meeting — The theme of this year's Annual Meeting is: "Modeling for Decision Support under Changing Conditions." As in previous years, the CWEMF's Annual Meeting will overlap with the Interagency Ecological Program's Annual Workshop ( http://www.iep.ca.gov/ ), which runs 2/27-29/08, also at Asilomar. On Wednesday, the CWEMF and IEP will conduct joint sessions. Program details and registration form available online. Location: Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove. Cost: see website for fees. Info: 916-607-0435, cwemf@cwemf.org , http://cwemf.org/Calendar/asilomar08.htm .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Movies Night: "An Inconvenient Truth" — Come inside from the winter cold and enjoy this award-winning documentary on our big-screen projector. Bring a snack of your own or purchase light refreshments from us. Stay afterwards for a discussion on global warming with our naturalist and other audience members. Registration required and space is limited. Location: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-670-7270, hayshore@aol.com , http://www.haywardrec.org/hayshore_weekends.html .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Planning Meeting to Stop the "Bombplex" — The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration has released new plans to modernize and "revitalize" the U.S. nuclear weapons research and production complex at 8 locations across the country, including the Bay Area's Livermore Lab. The DOE calls the plan, "Complex Transformation." We call it "Bombplex." Western States Legal Foundation, Tri-Valley CAREs, Peace Action West, United for Peace and Justice and allied organizations are calling on all anti-nuclear, anti-war, environmental, and peace and justice activists to turn the "Bombplex" public hearings into a national public referendum on the future of nuclear weapons. Here is where you come in. We are holding three organizing / mobilizing / planning meetings in different parts of the Bay Area and calling on key activists and organizations to participate. Our goal is to take action together to mobilize a large and powerful turnout at upcoming public hearings in Tracy (March 18) and Livermore (March 19 - the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war). Call to RSVP or obtain details. Location: Western States Legal Foundation, 655 13th Street, Suite 201, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-839-5877, http://www.trivalleycares.org/ .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Talk: Richard Walker, "The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area" — The San Francisco Bay Area is more greensward than asphalt jungle, more open space than hardscape. Almost 900,000 acres are in publicly owned open space, an area larger than Yosemite National Park. UC-Berkeley geography professor Richard Walker will explain how this came to be. Location: 315A Wurster Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 2pm. Cost: free. Info: LAEP.colloquium@berkeley.edu , http://tinyurl.com/yt8k9o .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Berkeley Climate Plan Workshop — An opportunity to learn about and comment on Berkeley's draft Climate Action Plan. Learn more about: The sources of Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions; Climate protection actions contained in Berkeley's draft Climate Action Plan; How to get involved in the local movement to combat climate change. This is also one good opportunity to provide input on the draft climate plan before the close of the public comment period on March 7th. Hosted by the Planning Commission. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: http://www.berkeleyclimateaction.org/ .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Speed Networking with the Women's Environmental Network — Join the Bay Area Women's Environmental Network for our first event of the New Year -- a great opportunity for our growing membership to meet, mingle and make lots of new connections. Come enjoy food, wine and networking in a relaxed speed-networking format. Space is limited. Purchase tickets for online or at the door if the event is not sold out. Location: SOMA Creativity Center, 81 Langton Street, Suite 13, SF. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: $10. Info: info@wencal.org , http://www.eventbrite.com/event/93250916 .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Talk: The Birds Once Filled the Skies — The Spanish explorers reported a deafening din from the millions of birds that would ascend into the air from the bayside. Most historic wetlands and riparian areas have been destroyed or severely altered, but San Francisco remains a birdwatcher's bonanza. 250 species can be seen in the city throughout the year! In the Presidio's Tennessee Hollow and Crissy Marsh we see what is severely imperiled, and what is possible for the future of ecological restoration of wildlife habitat. Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-626-2060, info@counterpulse.org , http://www.counterpulse.org/calendar.shtml .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
EcoNow Event: Empowering Consumers and Transforming Business — EcoNow events begin with a presentation on an ecologically and socially responsible venture, delivered by an expert in the field, followed by Q&A. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your interests, before networking. Speakers: Michael Hannigan, President and Co-founder, Give Something Back Business Products (GSB); Dara O'Rourke, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and an affiliate of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Also shown: the ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) Car, electric scooters and electric bicycles. Food and drink provided by: House of Curries and Marin Brewing Co. Register online. Location: Green Motors, 1500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: Free, $20 suggested donation. Info: 888-326-6692, http://www.econowusa.org/ .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
GreenPoint Rater Training — Establish yourself as an independent Certified GreenPoint Rater whom builders and homeowners rely on to evaluate home quality and performance claims. In this expanded three and a half day training, participants learn about the intent behind each green measure, detailed verification protocols, and the policies and interactive process for involvement in the GreenPoint Rated program. The training culminates in a written exam and field test. Note: Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) or other comparable certification is a prerequisite for GreenPoint Rater Training. Register online. Location: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Cost: $600 general, $550 member. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 603 , Training@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/greenpoint-rated/registration .

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Film & Discussion: The Color of Fear: 15 Years Later — Speak Out presents a screening of the film The Color of Fear (directed by Lee Mun Wah), followed by panel discussion with cast members including Victor Lee Lewis, David Christensen and Hugh Vasquez. Moderated by filmmaker and diversity scholar Shakti Butler. We will also celebrate the launch of the 4-volume curriculum Lessons from The Color of Fear. Tickets available online or by phone. Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., @ 27th St., Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $10 general, $5 youth 18 and under. Info: 800-838-3006, programs@speakoutnow.org , http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/26426 .

Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Green Movement: A Conversation with Paul Hawken — Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included running ecological businesses, teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations. He is the author of many articles and books, including his latest book, "Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming." Hawken will discuss the Green Movement with Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $10 advance/$13 door; students $5. Info: 414-255-7296, http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/bayarea.php?uid=8640 .

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Sustainable Communities - Climate Change Nexus — Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities quarterly meeting. How can we both protect the climate and improve the Bay Area's sustainability? Come hear about some exciting initiatives underway in the region doing just that - Green Collar Jobs, the Regional Transportation Plan, FOCUS, and PG&E's new sustainability initiatives. Will Travis of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission will begin the morning by presenting a climate change strategy for the SF Bay region. We also will update you on the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities' new work plan and opportunities for joining one of our working groups. Location: Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities, 50 California Street, Suite 2600, SF. Time: 8:30am - 11:30am. Info: 415-352-3648, InfoBAA@BayAreaAlliance.org , http://www.bayareaalliance.org/ .

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Landmark Tree Celebration — The Urban Forestry Council would like to extend an invitation to the public to attend a press event to celebrate landmark trees planted by California's "Mother of Civil Rights" in observation of Black History Month. Location: In front of the Mature blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) landmark trees located at 1801 Bush Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: 1 California, 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 4 Sutter, 47 Van Ness, and 49 Van Ness/Mission. Location: 1801 Bush Street, SF. Time: 11am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-355-3731, meiling.hui@sfgov.org , http://www.sfenvironment.org/our_sfenvironment/meetings_events.html .

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Panel Discussion: Climate Crisis: the Adaptability of Law — Will law help us adapt to a changing climate, or will it hinder our response? By 2020, serious impacts from global warming are projected in coastal areas, water supply, biodiversity, agriculture and public health. Join Berkeley Law faculty in a discussion of the legal dimension of climate change. Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 12:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-642-7235, http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/envirolaw/events.html .

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Application Deadline: Young Eco-Hero Awards — Action for Nature (AFN) is seeking applications from students from around the world, ages 8-16. This program recognizes the accomplishments of young people who have carried out projects in environmental action, advocacy, environmental health, research, or protection of the natural world. Cash prizes up to $500. Applicants must be at least 8 years old and no more than 16 years old as of 2/28/08. Projects must concern environmental advocacy, environmental health, research or protection of the natural world. Projects must be current in the last year. Ongoing efforts that include an outreach or educational component are more likely to be recognized. Application available online. Location: Action For Nature, 2269 Chestnut Street, #263, SF. Info: 415-421-2640, awards@actionfornature.org , http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero/ecoheroawards.html .

Friday, February 29, 2008
Compost Give-away at Berkeley Marina — Free compost giveaway at the Berkeley Marina, last Friday of each month, weather permitting, beginning in February and continuing through October. 8:45am-2:45pm, with first priority given to Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley Community Gardens. Tractor operator on site until 11:45am, self-serve after 11:45am. Location: Berkeley Marina Maintenance Yard, 201 University Ave, Next to Adventure Playground, Berkeley. Time: 8:45am - 2:45pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981-6660.

Friday, February 29, 2008
Lecture: Politics, Ethics, and Co-Benefits: Who suffers, who should pay? — With Kirk R. Smith, Director, Health, Environment, and Development Program, UCB. Part of the UCB/School of Public Health Lecture series on Climate Change for Health Scientists. Location: 2319 Tolman Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-643-9016, http://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=6593&view-prevew .

Friday, February 29, 2008
Eco-Travel Mixer for Green Professionals — 5-day Cancun, Mexico Vacation Giveaway. W.L. Taylor Construction, Inc. invites you to a business networking mixer and complimentary lunch. Mingle with other Bay Area "green" professionals. Learn how to get huge discounts on travel to places like Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Alaska. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: Free (includes complementary lunch). Info: 408-888-8058.

Friday, February 29, 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 29, 2008
Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Conference — Discover how Bay-Friendly Landscaping can help you cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste, conserve water and prevent pollution. Session topics will include: Bay-Friendly practices for nurturing the soil; innovations in irrigation for making every drop of water count; anatomy of a Bay-Friendly Landscape; beyond ladybugs and lacewings: an in-depth look at beneficial insects. Who should attend: public and private landscape professionals, city planners and advanced home gardeners. Workshop fee includes lunch and all conference materials. Register online. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Student Union, Berkeley. Time: 8am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=787 .

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Workshop: Blueberries and Other Small Fruits — Learn how to select, plant, and maintain blueberries and other wonderful small fruits for home growing. Instructor Nancy Garrison will cover her favorite delectables such as Chilean guavas, mulberries, autumn olives (Eleagnus multiflora), raspberries and white sapote. Included in the instruction will be special soil preparations, best varieties for the Peninsula and South Bay, and trellising techniques for raspberries. (1.5 CEUs). Nancy has a vast knowledge of growing blueberries and raspberries locally based on years of research with the University of California Cooperative Extension and in her home garden. Register by phone. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: $25. Info: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ .

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Workshop: Hands-On Biodiesel Homebrewing — This class gives you the hands on experience you need to start making your own high quality fuel. Topics Include: We will Demo & Practice: Basic Chemistry of Making Biodiesel; Oil Quality Testing - Free Fatty Acid Titration and Quantitative Water Test; Calculations for Methanol and Catalyst Use; Understanding trade-offs; Fuel Quality Testing For Conversion; Washing Techniques; Separating Fuel From Glycerol and Water; Processor Operation; Avoiding & Breaking Emulsion; Processor Design & Building Tips; Basic Safety Guidelines; Using Biodiesel in Your Diesel Vehicle. This class combines lab, practical, theory and Q&A. Recommended Resources: http://www.biodieselcommunity.org , http://biodiesel.infopop.cc , http://bayareabiodieselsupply.com , http://www.b100supply.com . Taught by Andrew Morris. Limit 8 Participants. Register via email. Location: Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $90, 2nd person from same household 1/2 price. Info: morris1524@yahoo.com .

Saturday, March 1, 2008 - Sunday, March 2, 2008
White Elephant Sale — The White Elephant Sale is the biggest, the best, and certainly the most enjoyable rummage sale in Northern California. All proceeds from the sale go to support programs and exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California. For donation information please call (510) 536-6800, or, for large donations please call our van at (510) 839-5919 for pickups. Location: White Elephant Sale Warehouse, 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland. Time: 10am - 4pm. Info: 510-536-6800, http://www.museumca.org/events/elephant.html .

Saturday, March 1, 2008 - Sunday, March 2, 2008
Conference: Bay Area Environmental Youth Quest — High school youth leaders from across the Bay Area lead and participate in interactive workshops about environmental science and current environmental and social justice issues at Youth Quest. Participants gain new knowledge and action strategies to implement in their home communities. Guest speakers, performers, games, guided hikes, and stewardship projects round out this amazing community-building experience. Registration materials online. Location: Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands. Cost: $55 (some scholarships available). Info: 415-332-5771, http://yni.org/hi/teen/conference .

Saturday, March 1, 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, March 1, 2008
Workshop: Urban Composting — Join Garden For the Environment for a fun, hands-on workshop teaching basic methods of both backyard and worm composting including bin set up and maintenance, what goes in (and what doesn't) and how to get your heap cooking! 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 gold". Rot on! 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, March 1, 2008
Presentation: Eco-Travel — A presentation on getting started in eco-travel and a chance to meet company leaders and motivational speakers. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 408-888-8058.

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Volunteer: Late Winter Planting at San Francisquito Creek — We are in the final days of planting season. Help plant natives like tufted hairgrass and blue elderberry along the paths at the Baylands. Other projects include removing non-native vegetation and site monitoring. This unique wetland habitat was saved from development in the 1950s and is now home to many native species, including shorebirds and anadromous fish such as steelhead trout. In partnership with the City of Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 119, http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Volunteer: NoPa/USF Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — Breakfast/lunch is provided! Call for meeting location and to RSVP. Location: SF. Time: 9am - Noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Volunteer: Habitat Restoration with EarthTeam — Join EarthTeam's Restoration Initiative for an environmental service project at Strentzel Meadow. Email or call for more info or to register. Location: Martinez. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-704-4030, trisha@earthteam.net , http://www.earthteam.net/ .

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Volunteer: Native Plant Propagation — Native plant propagation for Pier 94 and community garden work, followed at 1pm by a barbecue hosted by Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ). Bring a food item to grill. Location: Literacy for Environmental Justice Nursery, 1150 Carroll Ave, SF. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: jrobinson@goldengateaudubon.org .

Saturday, March 1, 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, March 1, 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, March 1, 2008
Educator Workshop: Getting Started School Garden Design — We'll help you design and build a green school garden from the ground up in this half-day course. Learn how to plan your garden space, obtain and use recycled building materials in your garden, and how to set-up your own drip irrigation system. You will receive a course binder that includes basic layout and elements of school garden planning, finding and using recycled materials in building your garden, how to prepare and care for your soil using compost and other amendments, and strategies for water conservation (including drip irrigation). Reserve your space online, or by phone or email. Location: St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: $29. Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/default/ .

Sunday, March 2, 2008
Film: "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" — A new documentary that shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to an even greater fraud in 2006 and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election. Director David Earnhardt will be present at all screenings for Q&A. Shows at 2pm, 4pm, 7:15pm, & 9:30pm. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8.50 general, $6.50 2pm shows, $5 seniors & children. Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com/ .

Sunday, March 2, 2008
Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica — Save the Rainforest one vacation at a time -- your presence at Guaria contributes to the success of our biodiversity projects and benefit ground-level community efforts. Retreat includes: heart opening classes; yoga-meditation classes; one on one-yoga tune-ups; experiential forest hikes and ocean/river adventures; surfing, swimming, and snorkeling; lectures - exercises on inner peace and levity; 8 days/7 nights stay at Guaria de Osa surrounded by tropical rainforest, beaches, abundant bird watching, and amazing wildlife! Guaria de Osa is a road-less location, far away from city lights, pollution, stores, shopping, unnatural noises. Our buildings are constructed of wood from fallen trees; powered by sunlight; right off the beach surrounded by big rainforest trees, a garden full of fruit trees, flowers, healing plants and Ylang Ylang perfuming the campus; unique architecture built from reclaimed hardwoods; a magnificent yoga space. Cost: $1600. Info: 888-246-7059, kristajanehoffs@hotmail.com , http://www.guariadeosa.com/ .

Sunday, March 2, 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, March 2, 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. Location: Great American Highway and Taraval. Location: Ocean Beach, SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Info: Melissa.leggett@gmail.com , http://www.sfsurfrider.org/prog_cleanup.htm .

Sunday, March 2, 2008
Nature Hike at Arastradero Preserve: Animal Tracking — Many of our most fascinating animals are the hardest to see. Learn the difference between coyote and bobcat footprints. Interpret scat and owl pellets, and explore the mysterious world of animal sights and signs! All ages welcome. Limit 15 participants -- pre-registration by email required. Location: Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $10. Info: arastradero@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/arastradero/volunteer.html .

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/ .


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