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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
3/27/2007	 	National Nutrition Month at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
3/28/2007	 	Author Event: "How to Shop Consciously: The Better World Shopping Guide"
3/29/2007	 	Celebrating the Environmental Leadership of Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement
3/31/2007	 	Compost Give-away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
4/1/2007	 	EcoHouse Tours
4/5/2007	 	Finding Inspiration from Wild Places for Your Native Garden
4/12/2007	 	Seeds and the Privatization of Life, with Ignacio Chapela
4/14/2007	 	Basic Composting Workshop
4/14/2007	 	Educational Nature Retreat: "Traditional Farming and Gardening"
4/28/2007	 	Ecology Center Segment on Farmers' Almanac TV

ALL EVENTS
Through 3/31/2007	 	Mercury Thermometer Exchange
Through 4/15/2007	 	Exhibit: "ONE: An Earth Installation"
Through 4/23/2007	 	Exhibit: "Si, Se Puede Poster Exhibit"
3/23/2007	 	Workshop: "GB 101: Intro to LEED and Commercial Green Building"
3/23/2007	 	Conference: "Clean Money - Clean Cities"
3/23/2007	 	Film: "Homeland"
3/23/2007	 	Talk: "War, Class, and Migration"
3/23/2007	 	Benefit for the "How Weird Street Faire (5/6)"
3/23/2007	 	Panel and Discussion: "Impacts of War - Paths To Healing"
3/23/2007	 	Film: "Crude Oil"
3/23/2007	 	Fundraiser: "Global Education and Action Network"
3/24/2007	 	Volunteer: " 25th Ave Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
3/24/2007	 	Fundraiser: "Bowl-the-Planet"
3/24/2007	 	Summit: "Bay Area Solutions to Global Warming"
3/24/2007	 	Class: "Photovoltaic Systems"
3/24/2007	 	Volunteer: "Potrero Hill Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
3/24/2007	 	Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party"
3/24/2007	 	Anniversary Celebration: "Friends of Sausal Creek"
3/24/2007	 	Book Event and Reception: Alexander Cockburn on Media
3/24/2007	 	Volunteer Orientation: "Indymedia"
3/24/2007	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Lamp Rewiring"
3/24/2007	 	Peace Rally
3/24/2007	 	Volunteer : "Community Work Day Party at Eco-Active Riding Stable"
3/24/2007	 	Class: "Vegan Baking"
3/24/2007	 	Workshop: "GB 102: Intro to Green Renovations"
3/24/2007	 	Film: "Shellmound"
3/24/2007	 	Workshop: "Propagation Basics"
3/24/2007	 	Townhall Meeting with Congresswoman Barbara Lee
3/25/2007	 	Volunteer: "Garden SpringStart Day"
3/25/2007	 	Save the Oaks: "Salon in the Grove"
3/25/2007	 	Authors' Discussion: "Socially Responsible Shopping and Business Practices"
3/25/2007	 	Workshop: "American Clay"
3/25/2007	 	Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale"
3/25/2007	 	Permaculture Bike Tour
3/25/2007	 	Workshop: "GB 111: Find Your Dream Job in Green Building"
3/25/2007	 	Volunteer Training: "Household Tips to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Conserve Energy"
3/26/2007	 	Conference: "Biomass and Biorefinery Deals"
3/26/2007	 	Book Event: "Better World Shopping Guide"
3/26/2007	 	Lectures: "Advanced Energy Efficiency: Concepts and Practice"
3/27/2007	 	Conference "NCRA Recycling Update"
3/27/2007	 	Training: "Solar Building Codes"
3/27/2007	 	Workshop: "Groceries from the Garden"
3/27/2007	 	Book Event: "Better World Shopping Guide"
3/27/2007	 	National Nutrition Month at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
3/27/2007	 	Celebration: Berkeley Gets "Most Accessible City" Award
3/27/2007	 	Film and Discussion: "Maquilapolis (City of Factories)"
3/27/2007	 	La Peρa's 5th Annual "Friendraiser"
3/27/2007	 	Lecture: ""Forced Displacement ... the Merowe Dam in Sudan"
3/28/2007	 	Book Event: "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water"
3/28/2007	 	Fundraising Celebration: "Habitat for Humanity"
3/28/2007	 	Author Event: "How to Shop Consciously: The Better World Shopping Guide"
3/28/2007	 	Television Show: "The State of the Ocean's Animals"
3/28/2007	 	Class: "Solar Water Heating Systems"
3/29/2007	 	Celebrating the Environmental Leadership of Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement
3/29/2007	 	Talk: "The New Environmentalism: Using Corporate Power for Social Change"
3/30/2007	 	Report from Oaxaca and Chiapas
3/30/2007	 	Free Compost for Berkeley Residents
3/30/2007	 	Lecture: "The Economics of Climate Change"
3/30/2007	 	Workshop: "SL111: The Great Energy Transition"
3/30/2007	 	Workshops: "Conflict Resolution with Marshall Rosenberg"
3/30/2007	 	Film: "This Black Soil"
3/30/2007	 	Class: "Advanced Framing for Energy and Resource Efficiency"
3/31/2007	 	Deadline: "Proposals for the West Coast Green Festival in September"
3/31/2007	 	Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party"
3/31/2007	 	Workshop: "Homegrown Organic Salads"
3/31/2007	 	Volunteer Training: "Household Tips to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Conserve Energy"
3/31/2007	 	Lunch with Albert Bates & "Friendly Favors"
3/31/2007	 	Training: "Become a River Guide"
3/31/2007	 	Workshop: "Groceries from the Garden"
3/31/2007	 	Class: "Landscape and Garden Design"
3/31/2007	 	Class: "Introduction to Straw Bale Construction"
3/31/2007	 	SCRAP Workshop: "Silk Egg Dying"
3/31/2007	 	BBQ and Volunteer Tree-Planting : "Berkeley Youth Alternatives"
3/31/2007	 	Volunteer Work Party: "Rescue Redwoods and Oaks"
3/31/2007	 	Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival
3/31/2007	 	Training: "Copwatch -- Know Your Rights"
3/31/2007	 	Workshop: "PV 190: Design and Install an Off-Grid RE System"
3/31/2007	 	Workshop: "SL111: The Great Energy Transition"
3/31/2007	 	Forum: "...Initiatives to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions"
3/31/2007	 	Really Really Free Market
3/31/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bair Island Canoe and Restoration"
3/31/2007	 	Workshop: "Alameda Beekeepers Association"
3/31/2007	 	Compost Give-away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
3/31/2007	 	Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home"
3/31/2007	 	Talk: "The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls"
3/31/2007	 	Educational Adventure: "Mother-Daughter Science"
3/31/2007	 	Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration"
4/1/2007	 	Workshop: "Clay Plaster Application Workshop"
4/1/2007	 	EcoHouse Tours
4/1/2007	 	Application Deadline: "Wild Gift Grants"
4/1/2007	 	Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming: How We Make Choices"
4/2/2007	 	Camp: "Sarah's Science Spring Camp"
4/2/2007	 	Training for Frog Survey
4/3/2007	 	Workshop: "IN101: Sustainable Living Intensive"
4/3/2007	 	Speaker: "The Future of US Energy: The Oil Dependence Dilemma"
4/3/2007	 	Meeting: "Stopping the Expansion of the Redwood Landfill"
4/4/2007	 	Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration"
4/4/2007	 	Presentation on Corporate Water Control: "World Water Challenge"
4/4/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Oakland"
4/4/2007	 	Meeting: "Wildfire in My Watershed?"
4/4/2007	 	Course Enrollment Deadline: "Land and Society"
4/4/2007	 	Speaker: Sherry Boschert, Author of "Plug-in Hybrids..."
4/5/2007	 	Film: "In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq"
4/5/2007	 	Book Event: "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water"
4/5/2007	 	Finding Inspiration from Wild Places for Your Native Garden
4/5/2007	 	Symposium: "Redefining Wilderness"
4/6/2007	 	Worship & Procession: "Dismantling Empire: Creating a Culture of Peace"
4/6/2007	 	Film: "Mardi Gras: Made in China"
4/6/2007	 	Book Event: "Return of the Condor"
4/6/2007	 	Rally: "Save Medicine Lake"
4/7/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Palo Alto"
4/7/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Oakland"
4/7/2007	 	Class and Work Day: "Sustainable Landscape Installation"
4/7/2007	 	Workshop: "Starting Your Spring Garden"
4/7/2007	 	Fundraiser: "Evening in Solidarity with Katrina Survivors"
4/7/2007	 	Class: "Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling"
4/7/2007	 	Historical Walk: "UC Memorial Stadium ... and Live Oak Trees"

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
National Nutrition Month at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Sponsored by the Ecology Center (bringing you the Berkeley Farmers' Market and Farm Fresh Choice) and "Eat Better Today" (a statewide project of the Ecology Center promoting nutrition to food stamp recipients and encouraging food stamp recipients to shop at local farmers' markets that accept the EBT food stamp card), Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative, Berkeley Unified School District, and the California Nutrition Network (a state program promoting healthy active families through the daily eating of fresh fruits and vegetables). Cooking demonstration/book signing 3:00 - 5:30pm: chef Ann Cooper, director of Nutrition Services for the Berkeley Unified School District, "Renegade Lunch Lady," and author of the new book Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children. "Eat Better Today" booth, sponsored by the California Nutrition Network. Simple recipes and tasting demonstrations, plus nutrition-focused activities for kids. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Author Event: "How to Shop Consciously: The Better World Shopping Guide" — One of the Ecology Center's most popular authors, Dr. Ellis Jones will join us to discuss socially and environmentally responsible consumerism. Dr. Jones has followed his popular The Better World Handbook with an organized, highly useful handbook that grades every product on the shelf from 'A' to 'F'. His pocket-sized Better World Shopping Guide is the culmination of 15 years of research, in which Dr. Jones compiled a database of every reliable source of information available on corporate behavior and synthesized the information into a single report card for every company. The Better World Shopping Guide also includes a summary of the essential information about particular product categories, profiles of the best and worst companies, practical buying tips, and online resources. Small enough to fit in a back pocket and organized in a shopping-friendly format, this book is designed to shop with you! Dr. Jones is a Professor of Sociology at UC Davis and the founder of the Better World Network. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-548-3402, http://www.ecologycenter.org/ .

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Celebrating the Environmental Leadership of Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement — Come reflect on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. We'll show the film "Fight in the Fields" which tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the history of the farmworkers' struggle. Locally produced, this award winning film includes archival footage and interviews with those involved in gaining rights and improving the working conditions for those who toil to produce the food we eat. Information will also be on hand about the movement today, and current campaigns to protect workers, their health, and the environment. This is part of Berkeley's citywide Cesar Chαvez Commemoration activities. Check out all the other Commemoration events happening! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Compost Give-away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Farmers' Market (lots of mostly organic veggies & fruit) plus free compost! Bring your own container-two buckets are suggested or large garbage bags. Please: backyard amateur gardeners only and no professionals. 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/ .

Sunday, April 1, 2007
EcoHouse Tours — Learn about the photovoltaic system, permaculture garden, ducks in the garden, green designed tool shed with living roof, and brand new greywater/constructed wetland system, as well as other environmentally friendly features of the EcoHouse. Learn simple steps toward creating an environmentally friendly home. Space is limited so please call or email to reserve a space. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am and noon. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Finding Inspiration from Wild Places for Your Native Garden — Come join us for a beautiful and useful presentation by Pete Veilleux, of the native landscape firm East Bay Wilds. Using inspirational photos of local wild places, Pete will show us how to figure out what and where to plant by exploring local wildlands for similar conditions. He'll tell us about his work caring for a piece of land in the Santa Cruz Mountains for an order of nuns which is partially redwood forest (some of the largest known on private lands) and partially ceanothus/manzanita/canyon live oak chapparal. He'll use this example and others to talk about "aspect" and explain what causes differences in growth areas that are situated right next to each other, and how we can use this information to grow our own beautiful garden landscapes. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, April 12, 2007
Seeds and the Privatization of Life, with Ignacio Chapela — In these times when the future of our food is falling more and more into the hands of large corporations, learn about the importance of saving seed diversity and about the local projects that are putting control back into the hands of local gardeners. Ignacio Chapela has clanged the wake-up bell about the dangers of genetically engineered seed as well as the increasing privatization of research at our public universities. This is a benefit for the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library, a project of the Ecology Center. See you there! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Basic Composting Workshop — Join the Ecology Center's resident Master Composter, Carrie Bennett, for a free Basic Compost workshop (at Elephant Pharmacy) and discover amazing resources in your own backyard. With ordinary yard and kitchen trimmings, home composters can make a free soil booster. Using homemade compost will cut down on the amount of fertilizer and water we needed in your garden. Compost makes soil more fertile and helps gardens and lawns become healthy and lush. Composting is easy -- anyone can learn to compost by following some basic steps. Give a compost pile about six months and get back a crumbly, sweet smelling compost that looks and feels like soil. Home composting is good for the environment, good for your yard, and easy to do! Location: Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 11am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-868-3034.

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Educational Nature Retreat: "Traditional Farming and Gardening" — Workshops: "Introduction to Native Science as a Part of Environmental Traditional Knowledge," "Food Production and Health," and "Water". Participants will design a project using the information from the workshops. This is an alcohol-free and drug-free retreat. Location: Gilroy. Cost: $150. Info: 415-552-5448, mayalencanahuat@yahoo.com , http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/ .

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Ecology Center Segment on Farmers' Almanac TV — You will be proud of the locals after you watch the upcoming Farmers' Almanac TV segment featuring the Ecology Center. The segment will appear on KQED on Saturday, April 28h at 8 a.m., and throughout the year on public television stations throughout the United States. The show highlights the Ecology Center's pioneering spirit and willingness to take things on - from zero waste to biofuels and innovative food programs in the city. "We think the Ecology Center is perfect for our show,'' said Renee Bishop, Executive Producer of the show. "The Almanac features many stories about how to reuse resources - and the Ecology Center is a true leader in this field." Farmers' Almanac TV is a magazine-style show, inspired by the trusted and treasured Farmers' AlmanacTM. Its 13 episodes feature entertaining and time-tested information about weather, gardening, natural cures, household hints, rural life and much more. For more information about Farmers' Almanac TV, please visit www.FarmersAlmanacTV.com. Time: 8am. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

ALL EVENTS

Through Saturday, March 31, 2007
Mercury Thermometer Exchange — Exchange your mercury thermometer for a FREE digital one -- better for you, better for the Bay. Just bring your mercury thermometer, sealed in two ziplock bags, to the front desk. Exchange is ongoing through February and March, during regular open hours. The mercury in one thermometer can pollute 5,000,000 gallons of Bay water! Mercury disposal and exchange sponsored by Save The Bay. Location: Sequoia Hospital Health and Wellness Center, 749 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Time: 8:30am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-367-5998, ikeepitclean.org .

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

Through Monday, April 23, 2007
Exhibit: "Si, Se Puede Poster Exhibit" — Posters honoring the legacy of labor activist Cesar Chavez. 2nd floor. Location: Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, @ Shattuck, Berkeley. Info: 510-981-6100, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org .

Friday, March 23, 2007
Workshop: "GB 101: Intro to LEED and Commercial Green Building" — If you're a builder or looking to get into the green building industry, this unique course is for you. You will be introduced to the six key categories used by the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for rating green buildings. Room C230. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Marina and Laguna, Presidio, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1594 .

Friday, March 23, 2007
Conference: "Clean Money - Clean Cities" — The conference (also taking place in Pasadena) reviews the benefits of public-funded systems for election campaigns, and how local governments are using such clean money systems. Speakers include experts from the Center for Governmental Studies, Lake Research Associates, NY City Campaign Finance Board, NYU's Brennan Center for Justice and San Diego State University. We will also have activists and elected officials from cities that have adopted clean money systems. Location: San Josι City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara St., City Hall Rotunda, San Josι. Time: 9am - 5pm. Info: conference@cacleancities.org , http://www.cacleancities.org .

Friday, March 23, 2007
Film: "Homeland" — Presented by the Northern California Sierra Club. The documentary shows how Native American activists are successfully preventing multinational oil, methane gas, and uranium companies from overrunning the reservations left to them by corrupt U.S. administrations that drove them off their native lands. With the support of their communities, activist leaders are able to reject the current dismantling of thirty years of environmental laws by the current corrupt U.S. administration. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/hland.html .

Friday, March 23, 2007
Talk: "War, Class, and Migration" — Sameer Dossani will talk about U.S. foreign policy and how we can help make another U.S. and another world possible. In 2006, while the Bush administration continues the illegal and disastrous war and occupation of Iraq, Exxon-Mobil posted the highest profits for any company in history. Meanwhile, the number of undocumented migrants in the U.S. has tripled since 1994, the same year as the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Refreshments served. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of UU Hall, 1606 Bonita St. (upstairs), near Cedar St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-525-5497.

Friday, March 23, 2007
Benefit for the "How Weird Street Faire (5/6)" — A benefit for two worthy causes as San Francisco's largest club will be transformed into a gathering of communities in the name of peace. 100% of the proceeds will go to the production of the 8th annual How Weird Street Faire and to the Baby Hazel Fund. The How Weird Street Faire is an experiment in creating peace, uniting the diverse art and music communities of the Bay Area. It is also a benefit and celebration for the non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization (http://www.peacetour.org). Location: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., SF. Time: 10pm - 5am. Cost: $20-30 sliding scale, $10 before 11pm. Info: http://www.howweird.org/ .

Friday, March 23, 2007
Panel and Discussion: "Impacts of War - Paths To Healing" — A panel event and community discussion focused on helping service members better manage their return from combat and cope with the stresses they experience as individuals, families and in the community. Location: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, entrance on Dana, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Info: 415-387-0800, http://www.cominghomeproject.net .

Friday, March 23, 2007 - Thursday, March 29, 2007
Film: "Crude Oil" — The investigative documentary "Crude Oil" looks at the modern world's dependence on fossil-fuel energy while providing inspiration for citizens who want to make a change. The filmmakers chronicle the collision of the insatiable appetite for oil with the rights and livelihoods of indigenous cultures, other species and the planet. Location: Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., atValencia, SF. Time: 7pm and 9pm. Cost: $8 (seniors $4). Info: 415-863-1087.

Friday, March 23, 2007
Fundraiser: "Global Education and Action Network" — A fundraiser for Global Education and Action Network, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged Bay Area teens travel to foreign countries to interact with other cultures. The event features a performance by the Afrofunk Experience. Location: SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannon St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $20, $10 for children. Info: 973-735-4331, http://www.gleansworld.org/ .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Volunteer: " 25th Ave Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. RSVP by phone. Meeting location TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Fundraiser: "Bowl-the-Planet" — Food, rock & roll and glow-bowling! Proceeds benefit the Center for Ecosystem Survival (CES), dedicated to creating global partnerships to inspire broadbased participation in the preservation of biological diversity through ecosystem protection worldwide. Help save rainforests and coral reefs! Location: Serra Bowl, 3301 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: $35 registration ($30 in advance). Info: 415-.648-3392, http://www.savenature.org/ .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Summit: "Bay Area Solutions to Global Warming" — Transportation is responsible for half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. While new technologies can help reduce emissions, they will not solve the problem. We must make it easier, even desirable, for people to drive less. The Bay Area can lead the way by creating walkable neighborhoods connected by fast, convenient transit. TALC's 10th Annual Summit will focus on smart growth, public transportation, bicycle/pedestrian safety, affordable housing, and community health. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., at Castro, Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 4pm. Cost: $15 in advance includes lunch and materials($30 at the door, space permitting). Info: 510-740-3150 ext. 310, summit@transcoalition.org , http://www.transcoalition.org/cal/summit07/summit.html .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Class: "Photovoltaic Systems" — Students will learn to design and install their own solar system and obtain skills for employment. No previous experience required. Location: Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill. Cost: $40($20/unit). Info: 925-685-1230 ext.2039, http://www.dvc.edu/weekend .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Volunteer: "Potrero Hill Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest" — This is not planting! Tree care is less physical, more cerebral, but just as much fun. Learn the tricks of the pros and the science of trees by working on trees planted by FUF either 3 years or 18 months ago. New volunteers attend a workshop during the workday to learn what it's all about. Meeting location TBA. RSVP by phone. Rain cancels. Location: SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Volunteer: "Cerrito Creek Work Party" — Join Friends of Five Creeks to help remove invasive weeds to restore a creekside willow grove. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Location: Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, F5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Anniversary Celebration: "Friends of Sausal Creek" — Highlights will include emcee Wendy Tokuda (KRON), speaker Malcolm Margolin, wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres, music, an auction, and an awards ceremony. Call or email for tickets. Location: Joaquin Miller Community Center, Oakland. Time: 4pm - 7pm. Info: 510-501-3672, coordinator@sausalcreek.org , http://www.sausalcreek.org/volunteer/calendar.html#mar .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Book Event and Reception: Alexander Cockburn on Media — New College of California Media Studies Program and Modern Times Bookstore present this reading and reception for Alexander Cockburn and his new book End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate (with Jeffrey St Clair). Wherever one looks, from the plunging profit margins of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, to the death of the old alternative weekly market-marked by the take over of the Village Voice by Phoenix-based New Times-there are the omens of doom. In savage and often uproarious essays Cockburn and St. Clair dissect the cadaver of the Fourth Estate. 777 Valencia. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 415-821-4482.

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Volunteer Orientation: "Indymedia" — The Indybay web collective new volunteer orientation and meeting. Learn more about the Indymedia network and how you can help our local Bay Area IMC continue to be the useful resource that it is. We will explain what the SF Bay Area IMC is all about. Location: AK Press, 674A 23rd St., between MLK & San Pablo, Oakland. Time: 3pm - 4pm. Info: sfbay-web@lists.indymedia.org , http://www.indybay.org/ .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
SCRAP Workshop: "Lamp Rewiring" — Light up your life, turn form into function and employ treasured (or not so treasured) objects from wherever they might be found. Learn to make lamps from everyday objects and learn some not so shocking facts about electricity, how it works, and how it doesn't. Call to reserve a space. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org , http://www.scrap-sf.org/ .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Peace Rally — This is one of a series of neighborhood anti-war rallies. People who have problems with traveling to San Francisco have an opportunity to demonstrate their feelings about the need for Congress to act decisively. Neighbors and others have been coming out in wheelchairs and walkers. The rally is sponsored by Strawberry Creek Lodge Tenants Association. Location: Acton and University, Berkeley. Time: 1:30pm - 3pm. Info: 510-841-4143.

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Volunteer : "Community Work Day Party at Eco-Active Riding Stable" — Help us get ready for Spring as we repair and paint fences, clean our stable and surrounding grounds, trim green areas and haul away unwanted junk in our effort to improve harmony with our environment. Our goal is manure management using vermiculture and eco-friendly composting. Free food and drinks will be served! Location: M and M Stables, 2400 Valley View Road, El Sobrante. Time: 9am - 5pm. Info: 510- 223-6201.

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Class: "Vegan Baking" — Class will feature instruction, recipes, and samples for the European Dessert Series: Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, Hungarian Bundt Cake, Italian Cookies. Learn to Bake Your Favorite Desserts without Dairy or Eggs! Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to enjoy tea/coffee and vegan treats. Class to start promptly at 1pm. Space limited! Preregister ASAP. Location: Sur La Table (SF), 77 Maiden Lane, SF. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. Cost: $20 ($15 in advance). Info: 415-383-7949, http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm?EID=1367 .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Workshop: "GB 102: Intro to Green Renovations" — There are many materials and techniques you can employ to make your home more eco-friendly and healthy for your family. In some cases, simple measures such as replacing old windows or installing awnings will also yield significant cost savings over time. Take this course with GB 101 (3/23) for an overview of green building techniques for both residential and commercial buildings. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Marina and Laguna, Presidio, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1596 .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Film: "Shellmound" — Screening is part of the Native/Spanish Commemorative Event co-sponsored by the American Indian Graduate Program and the Native American Studies Program UC, Berkeley. A walking tour of the Shellmound site will follow the screening. 166 Barrows Hall. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Barrows Hall, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Info: http://www.shellmoundthemovie.com/ .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Workshop: "Propagation Basics" — Planting seed is but one of many different means to producing plants for your garden or for market. We will discuss various types of cuttings, layering, divisions, and grafting. This class will have hands-on practice, so bring your clippers, gloves, and questions. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Cost: $24. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Townhall Meeting with Congresswoman Barbara Lee — Topics of discussion will include legislation to bring the troops home and end the war, efforts to stop a U.S. preemptive strike on Iran, and what you can do to end the war and work for peace. Location: Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-452-3556.

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Volunteer: "Garden SpringStart Day" — Gardening and Plot Selection in People's Park Community Garden. At 2pm we will have a beginning organic gardening demonstration. Location: People's Park, Haste St. above Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. Time: noon - 4pm. Info: 510-658-9178.

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Save the Oaks: "Salon in the Grove" — This salon features tree stories with Redwood Mary. Join us under the trees, share your memorable experiences with trees or your favorite tree poems. Redwood Mary speaks up for justice. In her world-famous campaigns to save trees, she is a tireless advocate for the environment, women and all of the voiceless dispossessed. Attendees can expect to hear tree stories, tree wisdom and possibly, tree secrets. Location: Memorial Oak Grove, East side of UC campus just off of Gayley Road, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Info: lkaybrown@hotmail.com .

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Authors' Discussion: "Socially Responsible Shopping and Business Practices" — What can we do as consumers, employees, and business owners to promote human rights, fair labor practices, environmental responsibility, and democratic principles? Black Oak is pleased to host a discussion of socially responsible shopping habits and business practices with authors Richie Unterberger (The Rough Guide to Shopping With a Conscience), Ellis Jones (The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference), and Allan Holender (Zentrepreneurism: A Twenty-First Century Guide to the World of Business). Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 6pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Workshop: "American Clay" — Orit Yanai, the American Clay Artisan, will teach you how to apply this beautiful wall finish and transform your walls into works of art that are breathable, livable, and rich in texture and character. Clay plasters can be integrated into modern and old architecture. No previous experience necessary! Location: Ecohome Improvement, 2619 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: $230. Info: 510-326-0209, http://www.ecohomeimprovement.com/newsletter_feburary_2007 .

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale" — Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. The methods are gaining building code approval in many communities. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $85. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Permaculture Bike Tour — The East Bay Permaculture Guild presents this bike tour. Please join us in a visit to gardens and sites involved in the Food and Environmental Justice movement in West Oakland, featuring examples of urban farming, remediation of toxic soil, green and natural building, graywater systems, neighbor cooperation, and community activism. Location: West Oakland BART Station, Oakland. Time: 1pm. Info: 510-295-2641, isisferal@yahoo.com .

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Workshop: "GB 111: Find Your Dream Job in Green Building" — As the demand for residential, commercial and institutional green buildings increases, opportunities for career seekers and entrepreneurs are also expanding. This workshop will explore challenging and rewarding opportunities in a range of fields. We will equip you with an array of informational resources to help you find the career or business that's right for you. Completion of Green Building 101 (3/23) is highly recommended but not required for this workshop. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Marina and Laguna, Presidio, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1593 .

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Volunteer Training: "Household Tips to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Conserve Energy" — The training will cover the technical expertise needed to carry out upgrades and how to educate residents about ways to reduce CO2 emissions and conserve energy. Good communication skills or technical expertise are pluses but are not required. You will be part of a team that demonstrates how individual actions add up to reduce our community's energy use and address climate change and global warming. You may learn useful plumbing or electrical skills, too. Location: Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., near San Antonio Rd. and Hwy. 101, Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 650-962.9876 ext. 316, romieg@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/ .

Monday, March 26, 2007
Conference: "Biomass and Biorefinery Deals" — Join leading government officials, developers, equity and venture financiers, and technology providers as they discuss ways to advance the biomass industry. Location: AED Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC. Cost: $1,495 (see website for discounts). Info: 818-888-4444, http://www.infocastinc.com/biomass07.html .

Monday, March 26, 2007
Book Event: "Better World Shopping Guide" — John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, is now joined by and other investigators who go further in revealing how economic hit men work around the world. The book unearths the methods corporate and banking mercenaries use to deceive, steal, corrupt, and coerce. It also offers actions ordinary citizens can undertake to combat this destructive system. llen Augustine, Steve Hiatt, Antonia Juhasz will discuss A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-0837, melissa@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/mar07Calendar.jsp .

Monday, March 26, 2007 - Friday, March 30, 2007
Lectures: "Advanced Energy Efficiency: Concepts and Practice" — Amory B. Lovins, cofounder and CEO of the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) present a series of nightly lectures focusing on energy efficiency. Monday: Buildings. Tuesday: Industry. Wednesday: Transportation. Thursday: Implementation. Friday: Implications. Location: Stanford University - Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, adjacent to Tresidder Union, Palo Alto. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.maproyalty.com/Lovins.html .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Conference "NCRA Recycling Update" — The Northern California Recycling Association's twelfth annual Recycling Update presents a bevy of knowledgeable professionals who take 10 minutes each to tell what's happening and what works in the world of resource recovery. Location: California State Office Bldg., Oakland, 1515 Clay St., Oakland. Time: 8:45am - 4:30pm. Cost: $80; Lunch and refreshments included. Info: 510-217-2433 , ncra@ncrarecycles.org , http://ncrarecycles.org/ru/ru-promote.html .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Training: "Solar Building Codes" — Solar Sebastopol, the City of Sebastopol, and the City of Petaluma present this training. Photovoltaic (PV) installations are increasingly popular in the North Bay. Industry practices and safety procedures are being updated to ensure properly designed and installed PV systems. This workshop is designed for building inspectors, plan checkers, fire officials, PV installers, designers, engineers and architects. The training includes an intensive overview of small-scale solar electrical generation and the National Electrical Code (NEC) regulations for installation and safe operation of PV systems. Preregistration required. Location: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Time: 11:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $75 (includes lunch, materials, and CEU credits). Info: info@solarsebastopol.com , http://www.solarsebastopol.com/ .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Workshop: "Groceries from the Garden" — Discover how sustainable agriculture and locally grown food benefit the health of your students and the environment. Try out healthy, kid-friendly recipes using seasonal produce that students can grow in their own school garden. Register online. Location: Lupine Hills Elementary School, 1919 Lupine Rd., Hercules. Time: 4pm - 6:30pm. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, andrea@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Book Event: "Better World Shopping Guide" — Join Dr. Ellis Jones, UC Davis sociologist, presents The Better World Shopping Guide (http://www.betterworldshopper.org), a comprehensive pocket-sized guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers. Turn your grocery list into a powerful tool to change the world. Location: Cody's Books, San Francisco, 2 Stockton Street, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-773-0444, events@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/mar07Calendar.jsp .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
National Nutrition Month at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Sponsored by the Ecology Center (bringing you the Berkeley Farmers' Market and Farm Fresh Choice) and "Eat Better Today" (a statewide project of the Ecology Center promoting nutrition to food stamp recipients and encouraging food stamp recipients to shop at local farmers' markets that accept the EBT food stamp card), Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative, Berkeley Unified School District, and the California Nutrition Network (a state program promoting healthy active families through the daily eating of fresh fruits and vegetables). Cooking demonstration/book signing 3:00 - 5:30pm: chef Ann Cooper, director of Nutrition Services for the Berkeley Unified School District, "Renegade Lunch Lady," and author of the new book Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children. "Eat Better Today" booth, sponsored by the California Nutrition Network. Simple recipes and tasting demonstrations, plus nutrition-focused activities for kids. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Celebration: Berkeley Gets "Most Accessible City" Award — The City of Berkeley celebrates being given the "Number One Most Accessible City in the United States" award by the National Organization on Disability. At this celebration, the history of the disability movement and Berkeley's role in disability rights will be recognized. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 5pm. Info: 510-981-7100, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Mayor/docs/NOD.pdf .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Film and Discussion: "Maquilapolis (City of Factories)" — The film documents the plight of Tijuana's factory workers, particularly women. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley Commission on Labor and the City of Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, in conjunction with the Cesar Chavez Commemoration Committee. Location: Berkeley City College (formerly Vista Community College), 2050 Center Street, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-595-4626, http://www.maquilapolis.com .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
La Peρa's 5th Annual "Friendraiser" — La Pena's Friendraiser is an opportunity to introduce new people to this historic, nationally acclaimed cultural center, while raising funds for our mission of promoting social justice, peace and cultural understanding through the sharing of arts and cultural dialogue. There will be a short program that provides a wonderful glimpse into the wealth of what La Pena is all about. A light meal will be offered. Location: La Peρa Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: Free (Reservation only). Info: 510- 849 2568 ext. 12, nadine@lapena.org , http://www.lapena.org/event/450 .

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Lecture: ""Forced Displacement ... the Merowe Dam in Sudan" — International Rivers Network invites you to a lecture by Ali Askouri, Sudanese human rights activist. The Merowe Dam will displace more than 50,000 people from the Nile Valley to the Nubian Desert. In addition to its serious livelihood impacts, the project will tear apart communities, increase diseases, and have far-reaching environmental impacts. The 174-km-long reservoir will inundate an area of Sudan rich in history dating back 5,000 years. Location: UC Berkeley Campus: Morgan Hall Lounge and Patio, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-848 1155 ext. 314, tim@irn.org .

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Book Event: "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water" — Authors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman discuss "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water," a follow up to the documentary film that exposes the corporate drive to take over public water systems in communities around the country, to buy up rights to groundwater in the United States, and to expand the market for wasteful bottled water. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-486-0698, blackoak@infoconex.com , http://www.blackoakbooks.com/calendar.html .

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Fundraising Celebration: "Habitat for Humanity" — The San Francisco chapter of Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 10th anniversary of building homes in San Francisco and Marin with Blueprints and Blue Jeans, a gala dinner featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction and construction contests to raise funds for home ownership and home-building programs. Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $200. Info: 415-869-1500.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Author Event: "How to Shop Consciously: The Better World Shopping Guide" — One of the Ecology Center's most popular authors, Dr. Ellis Jones will join us to discuss socially and environmentally responsible consumerism. Dr. Jones has followed his popular The Better World Handbook with an organized, highly useful handbook that grades every product on the shelf from 'A' to 'F'. His pocket-sized Better World Shopping Guide is the culmination of 15 years of research, in which Dr. Jones compiled a database of every reliable source of information available on corporate behavior and synthesized the information into a single report card for every company. The Better World Shopping Guide also includes a summary of the essential information about particular product categories, profiles of the best and worst companies, practical buying tips, and online resources. Small enough to fit in a back pocket and organized in a shopping-friendly format, this book is designed to shop with you! Dr. Jones is a Professor of Sociology at UC Davis and the founder of the Better World Network. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-548-3402, http://www.ecologycenter.org/ .

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Television Show: "The State of the Ocean's Animals" — On PBS, a new episode of Journey to Planet Earthlooks at the crisis of the world's marine mammals. Hosted by Matt Damon. Nearly half the world's marine animals may face extinction over the next twenty-five years. Case studies focus on how global warming, sea-level rise, overfishing, and habitat destruction are beginning to empty the world's oceans. The episode also features inspiring stories of hope and courage that celebrate of the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Time: 8pm - 9pm. Info: http://www.pbs.org/journeytoplanetearth/ .

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Class: "Solar Water Heating Systems" — Josh Plaisted of Kineo Design will provide an overview of the design, specification, and installation aspects of Solar Water Heating systems for both commercial and residential applications. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, r2s2@pge.com , http://www.pge.com .

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Celebrating the Environmental Leadership of Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement — Come reflect on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. We'll show the film "Fight in the Fields" which tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the history of the farmworkers' struggle. Locally produced, this award winning film includes archival footage and interviews with those involved in gaining rights and improving the working conditions for those who toil to produce the food we eat. Information will also be on hand about the movement today, and current campaigns to protect workers, their health, and the environment. This is part of Berkeley's citywide Cesar Chαvez Commemoration activities. Check out all the other Commemoration events happening! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Talk: "The New Environmentalism: Using Corporate Power for Social Change" — Green activists can't afford to solely focus on legislation, litigation and regulation, says Paglia, who says harnessing the power of corporations is the new frontier of social change. He calls working with companies that are ready to protect the earth, while publicly campaigning against companies that aren't, a delicate balance essential to the future of activism. 5:15pm: Wine and appetizer reception. 5:45pm: Presentation. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:45pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-597-6705, http://www.commonwealthclub.org/mlf/#paglia .

Friday, March 30, 2007
Report from Oaxaca and Chiapas — Co-Sponsors: BFUU Social Justice Committee, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas, Chiapas Support Committee. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Donation - no one turned away. Info: 510-528-5403.

Friday, March 30, 2007
Free Compost for Berkeley Residents — Weather permitting. First priority is given to Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley Community Gardens. Tractor operator on site between 8:45am-11:45am. General public (self-serve), 11:45am-2:45pm. Please complete sign-in log before loading compost. Location: Berkeley Marina Maintenance Yard, 201 University Ave, Next to Adventure Playground, Berkeley. Time: 8:45am - 2:45pm. Info: 510-644-6566.

Friday, March 30, 2007
Lecture: "The Economics of Climate Change" — "The Economics of Climate Change: Is tackling climate change a pro-growth strategy for California?" Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the UK Government Economic Service and former World Bank Chief Economist will highlight the main conclusions of his "Stern Report," considered the most comprehensive review to date of the economics of climate change. 155 Dwinelle Hall. RSVP by phone or email. Location: UC Berkeley Campus, Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley. Time: 5pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-643-8860, rsvp@nature.berkeley.edu , http://nature.berkeley.edu/stern .

Friday, March 30, 2007
Workshop: "SL111: The Great Energy Transition" — Modern industrial societies are built on cheap fossil fuels, but cheap oil and gas will likely soon be things of the past. What will be the impacts — personally and societally? How soon will they arrive? What regions will be most severely affected? And most importantly, what strategies will work best for families, bioregions, and nations, as we enter the post-carbon era? Taught by Richard Heinberg. Location: Literacy for Environmental Justice, 800 Innes Ave, Unit 11, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $95. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1590 .

Friday, March 30, 2007 - Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Workshops: "Conflict Resolution with Marshall Rosenberg" — Marshall Rosenberg Ph.D, renowned international peacemaker, founder of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) movement, author of Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life leads seven Nonviolent Communication workshops in San Francisco and Oakland. Nonviolent Communication is a process and language evoking connection while focusing on both party's needs. This process embodies the ability to hear the other person's needs while being in the moment. Cost: Workshop package: $550 - $1250 sliding scale. See website for individual workshop fees.. Info: 510-433-0700, http://www.baynvc.org/marshall_rosenberg_visit.php .

Friday, March 30, 2007
Film: "This Black Soil" — Presented by the Northern California Sierra Club. The film chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a severely impoverished rural African-American community. Over 75% of the community's citizens lived without running water, plumbing, or transportation to the few jobs supported by the local rural economy. The extraordinary new rural village includes not only improved and affordable housing, but a sustainable economic base to earn a living wage, a community center for educating its residents, a daycare center, and a community farm. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/this.html .

Friday, March 30, 2007
Class: "Advanced Framing for Energy and Resource Efficiency" — A building's framing can be the cornerstone of both energy efficiency and material efficiency. Advanced framing can reduce up-front material and labor costs, reduce callbacks and waste management costs, and significantly improve the energy performance of any wood-framed building. Advanced framing can also result in HVAC system downsizing and improved thermal comfort. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-973-2277, r2s2@pge.com , http://www.pge.com .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Deadline: "Proposals for the West Coast Green Festival in September" — This year our programming will expand to offer over 150 new presentations and pre-conference workshops and will reach over 14,000 people with incredible ability to affect change. Stories from past attendees about their transformations, product inventions, and business ingenuity flow into our office every day. Cumulatively, these actions will transform our world into something that we will eventually feel comfortable passing down to the seventh generation. Location: SF. Time: 5pm. Info: 800-724-4880, http://www.westcoastgreen.com/speakers/index.php .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Volunteer: "Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party" — Help the Gay and Lesbian Sierrans weed out nonnative plants in one of San Francisco's prime native habitat areas. Meet at the north side of the Randall Museum, dress in layers, wear a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, and bring water. Tools and disposable gloves provided. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 415-552-3542, http://www.glshikes.org .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Workshop: "Homegrown Organic Salads" — Grow bountiful crops throughout spring and early summer. A small bed can keep a family of four in bountiful salads that can include Italian misticanza, arugula, radicchio, French mesclun, chervil, endive, frisse, Asian baby greens, bok choy, mizuna and spinach. Class includes easy planting, harvesting, and kitchen preparation instructions. A salad and dressing demonstration, snack and recipes will be provided. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: $26. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Volunteer Training: "Household Tips to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Conserve Energy" — The training will cover the technical expertise needed to carry out upgrades and how to educate residents about ways to reduce CO2 emissions and conserve energy. Good communication skills or technical expertise are pluses but are not required. You will be part of a team that demonstrates how individual actions add up to reduce our community's energy use and address climate change and global warming. You may learn useful plumbing or electrical skills, too. Location: Acterra, 3921 East Bayshore Rd., near San Antonio Rd. and Hwy. 101, Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 650-962.9876 ext. 316, romieg@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Lunch with Albert Bates & "Friendly Favors" — Potluck brunch and presentation by the environmental attorney, inventor, educator, author and founding director of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee. 11am: Welcome reception and sharing brunch. Noon: Introductions. 12:30pm: Albert Bates presentation. 1:30pm: Q&A. 2pm: Garden tours and farewell. All proceeds go the charity of Albert's choice. Location: Regenerative Design Institute, 480 Mesa Rd., Bolinas. Time: 11am - 3pm. Cost: $20 (or $20Ts) with a dish to share, $40 with no dish. Info: 415-868 - 9681, http://regenerativedesign.org/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Training: "Become a River Guide" — The Friends of the River Rafting Program sponsors guide training at basic and advanced levels. Basic training teaches you how to be a competent and safe Class III Whitewater Paddle Guide as well as an advocate and activist. On-shore classes include seminars on conservation issues, river hydraulics, safety and rescue information, trip organization, and much more. Our training program is performed at cost. In return, we ask that you commit to organizing two membership trips, guiding three other trips, and completing one off-river service day within one year of your training. Eleven days, 3/31 - 4/1, and 4/7 - 4/15. Cost: $425. Info: http://www.friendsoftheriver.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FORBecomeAGuide .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Workshop: "Groceries from the Garden" — Discover how sustainable agriculture and locally grown food benefit the health of your students and the environment. Try out healthy, kid-friendly recipes using seasonal produce that students can grow in their own school garden. Register online. Location: Watershed Project, 1327 S 46th St. Bldg. #155, Richmond. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, andrea@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Class: "Landscape and Garden Design" — Does your backyard or garden resemble a vacant lot more than the urban oasis you would like it to be? In this workshop we will learn the basics of sustainable, resource-efficient garden design, from coordinating plant colors and layout to creating theme gardens. Learn about drought-tolerant plants and lawn alternatives while exploring ways you can enhance an existing landscape or plan for a new one. Part of the Resource Efficient Landscaping Education Program. Pre-registration required. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Class: "Introduction to Straw Bale Construction" — Saturday morning will be in a classroom. Saturday afternoon and Sunday will be hands-on. Instructors are Maury and Joy Bennett, owners/builders of a straw home, and directors of California Straw Building Association. The class is in Calaveras County, about two hours east of the Bay Area. Cost: $50. Info: 209-588-5144, http://www.columbia.yosemite.edu/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
SCRAP Workshop: "Silk Egg Dying" — For a new twist on Easter egg art in the tradition of coloring and decorating Easter eggs, experiment with wrapping up raw eggs in scraps and bits of printed silks and cooking them to create colored eggs. The fabric colors will transfer to the eggs in surprising patterns. Bring a dozen (or half-a-dozen) eggs to play with. Call to reserve a space. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $15. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org , http://www.scrap-sf.org/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
BBQ and Volunteer Tree-Planting : "Berkeley Youth Alternatives" — Eat great food, enter your side dish in the "Best in West Berkeley" contest, and help plant a fruit tree in the BYA orchard. Music and games. On Bonar St. between Allston and Addison. Location: Berkeley Youth Alternatives, 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-845-9010, http://www.byaonline.org/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Volunteer Work Party: "Rescue Redwoods and Oaks" — We'll go after a large patch of invasive scotch broom that is crowding out a number of juvenile redwoods and oaks. The site is right by the water, with a large conifer to provide shade when we picnic. Bring water, sun block, a hat, and gloves (if you have loppers or weed wrenches, they'd be helpful too). We'll raffle off some yampah plants that will bring Anise Swallowtail butterflies into your garden. Directions: I-580 to Canal Blvd. exit at Point Richmond. Turn right on Cutting and left on Gerrard. Drive through the tunnel to the Ramblers building on the left. Parking is available. RSVP. Location: Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline, Pt. Richmond. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: janek@migcom.com .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival — The Northern California Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival will mark the seventh observance of Cesar Chavez's birthday as an official state holiday. Join the celebration commemorating the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. 11am -- parade assembles. Noon -- parade proceeds on 24th Street. 1pm to 5pm -- Festival at Everett Middle School, Church Street between 16th and 17th Streets. Location: 24th Street, between Bryant and Potrero, SF. Time: 11am. Info: 415-621-2665, cesarchavezparade@riseup.net , http://www.cesarchavezday.org .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Training: "Copwatch -- Know Your Rights" — Learn your rights and how to use your them when observing the police. Also find out what to do if your rights have been violated. Location: Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.berkeleycopwatch.org .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Workshop: "PV 190: Design and Install an Off-Grid RE System" — Are you ready to declare your energy independence by taking an active role in installing your own (residential or commercial) off-grid renewable energy system? This workshop provides an introduction to off-grid solar, wind and hydroelectric systems, which--individually or in tandem--allow homeowners to generate electricity without dependence on the utility grid. Until grid-tied PV became popular and practical, this was our core intro course on PV. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1569 .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Workshop: "SL111: The Great Energy Transition" — How can individuals foster awareness in their community of the need to live sustainably, and what can be done after they understand this need? This workshop draws from the instructors' Experience in Willits, California, where the need to localize food, energy, and the production of basic goods has garnered broad political appeal. Location: Literacy for Environmental Justice, 800 Innes Ave, Unit 11, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $190. Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1645 .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Forum: "...Initiatives to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions" — In light of the United States' decision not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, multiple federal, state, and litigation initiatives have emerged as the domestic response to global climate change. The symposium will provide a forum for evaluating these initiatives. Kendrick Hall, Room 100. Location: University of SF School of Law, 2199 Fulton St., SF. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Info: http://www.usfca.edu/lawreview/symposium.html .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Really Really Free Market — A Really Really Free Market is like a potluck: everybody brings something and goes away with more. We all have skills, ideas, objects, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, and many other things to share. Together, we can provide more balanced and full lives for everyone. Please help us keep the Really Really Free Market a 100% free and non-commercial event, and help us keep Art SF clean! If no one takes what you brought, please bring it home with you. Location: ArtSF, 110 Capp St., SF. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Info: reallyreallyfreemarket@mutualaid.org , http://www.sf-rrfm.org/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Volunteer: "Bair Island Canoe and Restoration" — Join Save The Bay and Crissy Field Center on a canoe and restoration trip to Redwood City's Bair Island, now protected as part of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. After paddling, our group will assist with wetland restoration activities. Our goal is to plant 2,000 natives like gumplant, alkali health and jaumea on Middle Bair Island. Other activities may include removing non-native invasive species like iceplant and shoreline cleanup. All canoe and restoration equipment is provided. Minimum age: 10. Location: Redwood City. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $35 ($20 for 17 and younger). Info: 415-561-7752, http://72.5.117.155/our_work/crissy/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Workshop: "Alameda Beekeepers Association" — Learn the art of beekeeping. Experienced beekeepers will get you started and provide ongoing support. Harvest your own honey! RSVP. Location: 2418 California St., between Dwight Way and Channing Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am. Cost: Free. Info: 510-845-2419.

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Compost Give-away at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Farmers' Market (lots of mostly organic veggies & fruit) plus free compost! Bring your own container-two buckets are suggested or large garbage bags. Please: backyard amateur gardeners only and no professionals. 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/ .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
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, March 31, 2007
Talk: "The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls" — Join the Breast Cancer Fund as ecologist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. explores the research, trends, and knowledge gaps regarding early puberty and lifelong health. As a known risk factor for breast cancer, early puberty is cause for concern. So what's causing it? What can we do to reverse the trend? 6pm - 7pm: hors d'ouvres reception 7pm - 8:30pm: presentation. Register by phone by 1/30/07. Location: Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California St., (at Montgomery St., SF. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-346-8222.

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Educational Adventure: "Mother-Daughter Science" — This workshop is designed to let girls experience the joy of science and to help mothers support their daughters' pursuit of science Explore the physics of light and electricity by making a fiber optic flower that lights up. Have fun fooling the eye with optical illusions. Location: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church Office, 1255 First Avenue, Oakland. Time: 10am - 2:30pm. Cost: $80 (for parent and child). Info: 510-581-3739, http://www.sarahscience.com/motherdaughter/index.html .

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration" — Learn about and actively participate in the restoration of a local National Wildlife Refuge that is off-limits to the public. The rainy season is the best time for planting and our goal is to plant 500 natives including purple needle grass and blue wild-rye during of 3-4 trips. Directions and more info will be provided upon RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $60. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, gretz@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/ .

Sunday, April 1, 2007
Workshop: "Clay Plaster Application Workshop" — American Clay is an interior finish made with 100% natural earth plaster. A unique combination of clays, aggregates, and natural pigments are used to create the colors and textures that make American Clay a natural choice for warmth and beauty. American Clay can be painted, stained or plastered over. The workshop is taught by Orit Yanai, the only west coast certified American Clay Artisan. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Cost: $250. Info: 415-454-0174, info@greenfusiondesigncenter.com , http://www.greenfusiondesigncenter.com/events.htm .

Sunday, April 1, 2007
EcoHouse Tours — Learn about the photovoltaic system, permaculture garden, ducks in the garden, green designed tool shed with living roof, and brand new greywater/constructed wetland system, as well as other environmentally friendly features of the EcoHouse. Learn simple steps toward creating an environmentally friendly home. Space is limited so please call or email to reserve a space. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am and noon. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Sunday, April 1, 2007
Application Deadline: "Wild Gift Grants" — The Wild Gift provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to leaders who wish to embark on a self-designed year long project to protect nature or promote sustainability. The program is open to young leaders aged 21 to 30 worldwide. Download application. Info: http://www.wildgift.org/ .

Sunday, April 1, 2007
Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming: How We Make Choices" — The event starts with an exercise in considering our current choices and their environmental effects, and how we make changes in our lives.This will be followed by worshipful consideration: in what spirit do we address climate change? What kind of support might we give each other, and what do we want for ourselves? Part of a lecture series on global warming sponsored by Berkeley Friends Meeting. Everyone welcome. Location: Berkeley Friends Meeting (North Berkeley), 2151 Vine Street, Berkeley. Time: 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: karen_street@sbcglobal.net .

Monday, April 2, 2007 - Friday, April 6, 2007
Camp: "Sarah's Science Spring Camp" — Learn how exciting the natural world is! Join us for a fun-filled week of hands-on science as we explore the mysteries of California's chaparral. Ages 5-12. Location: Black Pine Circle, 2016 7th Street, Berkeley. Time: 8am - 5:30pm. Cost: $80 per day or $375 for the week. Info: 510-581-3739, http://www.sarahscience.com/ .

Monday, April 2, 2007
Training for Frog Survey — Learn to recognize frog calls and help with Friends of Five Creeks' every-other-year frog survey. Volunteers learn to recognize frog calls and then listen at likely spots after sundown. Focus is on East Bay from Berkeley to Richmond, but others welcome. You don't need to attend the meeting to help with the survey. Location: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin, Albany. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-848 - 9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - Saturday, April 7, 2007
Workshop: "IN101: Sustainable Living Intensive" — The Solar Living Institute is pleased to partner with the San Francisco Botanical Gardens to offer this introduction to ecological living. This intensive will provide you with the skills to redesign your life--covering transportation, energy, shelter, water, and food--in a sustainable way. April 3: How to Make & Use Biodiesel. April 4: Ecological Urban Gardening. April 5: Design & Construct a Greywater System. April 6: PV for Homeowners. April 7: Intro to Ecological Design. Take workshops separately, or take the whole series. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $450 (or $120 for one day). Info: 707-744-2017, sli@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?catid=13&pid=1681 .

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Speaker: "The Future of US Energy: The Oil Dependence Dilemma" — In his new book, Winning the Oil Endgame, co-author Amory Lovins has outlined a strategy for American business and military leaders to shift the United States away from oil by 2050. Lovins argues that by 2015, the United States can save more oil than it receives from the Persian Gulf; by 2025, use less oil than in the 1970s; by 2040, import no oil; and by 2050, use no oil at all. He believes American business can lead the nation and the world into the post-petroleum era, a vibrant economy, and lasting security. Registration 5:30pm, program 6pm. Location: World Affairs Council of Northern California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7pm. Cost: $15 ($5 for students with ID). Info: http://www.itsyourworld.org/ .

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Meeting: "Stopping the Expansion of the Redwood Landfill" — The Redwood Landfill, north of Novato is a dump built on old marshland immediately adjacent to the largest tidal marsh in California. Waste Management, Inc. (WMI), wants to expand its operations, build a garbage mountain 166 feet high, and become a regional landfill that accepts up to 70% of its waste from outside Marin. Christopher Gilkerson and Bruce Baum of the Green Coalition will show the video, A Tale of Two Dumps and answer questions at the monthly meeting of Democracy for America-Marin. Location: Town Center Community Room, Corte Madera. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-246-5837, csmills@sbcglobal.net .

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration" — Learn about and actively participate in the restoration of a local National Wildlife Refuge that is off-limits to the public.Volunteers help restore the islands' native vegetation by planting native plants and removing non-natives. Directions and more info will be provided upon RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $65. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Presentation on Corporate Water Control: "World Water Challenge" — This water banquet brings together faith communities, public health professionals, activists, community leaders, students, and elected officials. The World Water Challenge is a community education program about the dangers of corporate control of water and actions to turn the tide. Included are stories of corporate water abuses in Asia, Latin America, the United Kingdom and North America. RSVP. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Small donation requested. Info: 510-644-4956, nocorporatewater@gmail.com .

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Oakland" — Save The Bay grows native wetland plants from locally collected seed. Your help in the nursery will enable us to continue restoration of some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay. Activities include plant propagation and transplanting, watering, and other maintenance associated with growing native wetland plants. RSVP. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Meeting: "Wildfire in My Watershed?" — Maria Morales, member of The Diablo Fire Safety Council, will talk about wild fire prevention and fire safety. Learn to plan your garden to reduce vulnerability to wild fires. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 0-665-3538, http://www.spawners.net .

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Course Enrollment Deadline: "Land and Society" — Long-time instructor in political economy, David Giesen, leads an interactive three-night cram course in economics and social philosophy 4/11, 4/18, and 4/25 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The course addresses housing, business, and spirituality from the perspective that the earth should be treated as an equal opportunity for all. Attend one or all of these evenings. Homeowners and would-be homeowners encouraged to attend. RSVP. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Cost: Free. Info: office@moderntimesbookstore.com .

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Speaker: Sherry Boschert, Author of "Plug-in Hybrids..." — Sherry Boschert, the author of Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America, will discuss her must-read book. The book points out that the technology and infrastructure for plug-in hybrids exist today and are a perfect solution to our oil addiction. Free lunch available from 11:30 a.m. Plan to arrive early to go through building security, which requires picture ID. Only those who have responded by name in advance can attend. Please note, it will not be possible to admit anyone after 12:15. RSVP required. Location: 101 Market St., 1st Floor, SF. Time: noon - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-369-2150, http://www.workingforchange.com/diversions/SpeakerEventUserRegistration.aspx?id=1 .

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Film: "In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq" — In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq (90 min.) is the only documentary filmed in Iraq prior to, during and after the U.S. invasion. Join us for an introduction and update by Richard Becker of the ANSWER Coalition on the war in Iraq and the role of the anti-war movement. Part of the ANSWER film series. Location: ATA, 992 Valencia St., at 21st, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $6 donation. Info: 415-821-6545, answer@actionsf.org , http://www.internationalanswer.org .

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Book Event: "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water" — Thirst, the book, follows up from where the POV documentary film left off, exposing the corporate drive to take over public water systems in communities around the country, to buy up rights to groundwater in the United States, and to expand the market for wasteful bottled water. Location: Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., @ Montgomery & Market, SF. Time: 6pm. Cost: $10. Info: 510-841-1068, amsnitow@igc.org , http://www.snitow-kaufman.org/ .

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Finding Inspiration from Wild Places for Your Native Garden — Come join us for a beautiful and useful presentation by Pete Veilleux, of the native landscape firm East Bay Wilds. Using inspirational photos of local wild places, Pete will show us how to figure out what and where to plant by exploring local wildlands for similar conditions. He'll tell us about his work caring for a piece of land in the Santa Cruz Mountains for an order of nuns which is partially redwood forest (some of the largest known on private lands) and partially ceanothus/manzanita/canyon live oak chapparal. He'll use this example and others to talk about "aspect" and explain what causes differences in growth areas that are situated right next to each other, and how we can use this information to grow our own beautiful garden landscapes. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 - Saturday, April 7, 2007
Symposium: "Redefining Wilderness" — San Francisco State University's ECO-Students invite you to showcase your organization at this conference in conjunction with Bay Area Wilderness Training. Space is limited--early registration is recommended. Location: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, SF. Cost: Free. Info: 415-863-1444 ext. 310, mike@bawt.org , http://www.bawt.org/symposium .

Friday, April 6, 2007
Worship & Procession: "Dismantling Empire: Creating a Culture of Peace" — Join the Ecumenical Peace Institute for worship and a peace procession on Good Friday. Opening music begins at 6:45am, worship begins at 7. Procession to Lab gate for nonviolent acts of witness, followed by a community gathering at 10. Location: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, East Ave. @ Vasco Rd., Livermore. Time: 6:45am - noon. Info: 510-655-1162, http://www.epicalc.org .

Friday, April 6, 2007
Film: "Mardi Gras: Made in China" — This documentary follows the "bead trail" from the factory in China to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, exposing the inequities of globalization. The film follows the stories of four teenage women workers in the largest Mardi Gras bead factory in the world, providing insights into their economic realities, self-sacrifice, and dreams of a better life, and the severe discipline imposed by living and working in a factory compound. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations are accepted . Info: 510-393-5685, http://www.mardigrasmadeinchina.com .

Friday, April 6, 2007
Book Event: "Return of the Condor" — John Moir discusses his book, Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction , an inside look at the dramatic story of the rescue of America's largest bird from the brink of extinction. Moir's presentation includes rare photos that take you inside the world of the condor and the biologists who are working to save this iconic bird. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-238-2200, http://www.museumca.org/cal-public/calendar.cgi?month=04 .

Friday, April 6, 2007
Rally: "Save Medicine Lake" — Native peoples and environmental justice allies will protest the plan to build geothermal power plants in the Medicine Lake Highlands, a place held sacred to many Native Nations. Show your support: wear red and bring signs. Location: Federal Building, SF, 450 Golden Gate Ave., SF. Time: noon. Info: 510-827-6719, http://sacredsite.blogspot.com/ .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Palo Alto" — Save The Bay is partnering with the City of Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve to restore wetlands at the mouth of San Francisquito Creek. We will continue planting native plants until the winter rains subside. Later in the spring and early summer we will focus on removing non-native plants like fennel, mustard, pepperweed, and thistle. Volunteers will also help with site monitoring, continuing shoreline clean-up, and seed collection. RSVP. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Oakland" — Save The Bay is partnering with East Bay Regional Park District on this wetland restoration project near the Oakland Airport. This urban area includes some of the last remaining wetland habitat in the East Bay, including 50 acre Arrowhead Marsh, and provides a home for many species, including the California Clapper Rail and Burrowing Owl. Volunteers assist our plant propagation efforts in our on-site Wetland Native Plant Nursery. RSVP. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 109, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Class and Work Day: "Sustainable Landscape Installation" — Join Garden for the Environment and Alemany Farm for a work day in sustainable landscape installation at Alemany Farm. Dig-in at Alemany's four-acre farm site with a brief introduction to sustainable landscaping principles and a hands-on site installation. This is the culminating class of our Resource Efficient Gardening and Landscaping (RELE) Program but prior attendance in RELE classes is not required. Location: Alemany Farm, Alemany Blvd. at Ellsworth St., SF. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Workshop: "Starting Your Spring Garden" — Grow vegetables and herbs all year round. Learn which plants thrive now, and how to grow them. Many seeds are eager to germinate at this time of year. You will get plenty of instruction on direct sowing, transplanting, creating healthy soil, and harvesting. Workshop includes a tour of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden. Two hours. Register and pay in advance. Common Ground is a project of the 501 (c) (3) non-profit Ecology Action. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am or 2pm. Cost: $24. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Fundraiser: "Evening in Solidarity with Katrina Survivors" — Fundraiser to Build Support for the International Tribunal on Katrina and the Second Survivors Assembly (end of August 2007). Includes screening of Down But Not Out, A film on the Katrina survivors by David Zlutnick. Location: Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, near 16th, SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: ilcinfo@earthlink.net .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Class: "Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling" — Learn how to detect and remedy lead hazards and conduct lead-safe renovations for your older home. Sponsored by the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Location: Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library, 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271, Oakland. Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org .

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Historical Walk: "UC Memorial Stadium ... and Live Oak Trees" — The walk will be led by Bruce Goodell. See the oaks threatened by a development plan. Location: Memorial Oak Grove, East side of UC campus just off of Gayley Road, Berkeley. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10. Info: 510- 848-0181, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc/ .

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