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Dear readers,

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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ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
6/1/2007	 	Indigenous Permaculture Program in El Salvador
6/1/2007	 	Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building
6/2/2007	 	Strawberry Family Fun Fest at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
6/2/2007	 	Celebration: "Gratitude Nights"
6/5/2007	 	Book Event: "The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook"
6/7/2007	 	Talk and Film on Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles
6/10/2007	 	Make Your Own Liquid Gold Fertilizer
6/16/2007	 	Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - Learn How to Grow Your Own Food
6/19/2007	 	Low Carbon Diet Program with the Green Team Project
6/22/2007	 	Benefit: "Save the Oaks"
6/23/2007	 	Native Plant Gardening for the East Bay
6/24/2007	 	EcoHouse Event: "Chickens and Ducks in Your Garden"
6/28/2007	 	Postcards from Italia: Food, Land, and Culture
6/30/2007	 	Drip Irrigation: Do-it-yourself, Save Water
7/1/2007	 	EcoHouse Tour
7/17/2007	 	The Pit Stop: Peaches & Barbecue at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market
8/5/2007	 	Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour
8/18/2007	 	Jazzy Tomatoes at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market
10/30/2007	Fall Fruit 'n' Fright at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market

ALL EVENTS
Through 6/2/2007	 Conference: "Business Alliance for Local Living Economies" (BALLE)
6/1/2007	 	Submission Deadline: "World Habitat Awards 2007"
6/1/2007	 	Conference: "National Pesticide Forum"
6/1/2007	 	Indigenous Permaculture Program in El Salvador
6/1/2007	 	Radical Performance Fest
6/1/2007	 	Critical Mass in Oakland
6/1/2007	 	Film Opening: "Bamako"
6/1/2007	 	Volunteer: "Presidio Plant Patrol"
6/1/2007	 	Admission Deadline: "United Nations Association Film Festival, 10/24-10/28"
6/1/2007	 	Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building
6/1/2007	 	Forum: "Language, Literacy & Immigrant Health Care"
6/2/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Palo Alto"
6/2/2007	 	Class: "Build an Earth Oven"
6/2/2007	 	Exhibit: "The Edge: Where California Culture, Critters, and Environment Collide"
6/2/2007	 	Volunteer: National Trails Day
6/2/2007	 	Workshop: "Exploring Class..."
6/2/2007	 	Training for Animal Activists
6/2/2007	 	Celebration: "Gratitude Nights"
6/2/2007	 	Benefit: "Summer of Love Revival with Wavy Gravy"
6/2/2007	 	Superfest: International Disability Film Festival
6/2/2007	 	Volunteer: Eco-Oakland Field Trip: Lion Creek
6/2/2007	 	Forum: Bay Area Localization
6/2/2007	 	Workshop: Urban Composting
6/2/2007	 	Wild Food Walk at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve
6/2/2007	 	Volunteer: "Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest"
6/2/2007	 	Benefit: Home Show and Jazz Fest
6/2/2007	 	Class: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time"
6/2/2007	 	Strawberry Family Fun Fest at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
6/2/2007	 	Training: "Mentors for Backyard Garden Program"
6/2/2007	 	Summit: "Environmental Health and Justice Leadership"
6/2/2007	 	Symposium: "Global Warning: Toxins @ Bay"
6/2/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Oakland"
6/2/2007	 	Workshop: "Introduction to San Francisco Bioregional Ecology Education"
6/3/2007	 	Presentation: "Greening Albany: A Community Works to Reverse Global Warming"
6/3/2007	 	Fundraiser: Go Greenbelt! Bay Area Bicycle Tour
6/3/2007	 	Classes: "Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University"
6/3/2007	 	Arcosanti Workshop in Arizona
6/3/2007	 	Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming Technology and Policy"
6/3/2007	 	Potluck Meeting: "Biodiesel Homebrewer's Club"
6/4/2007	 	Panel Discussion: "Living Sustainably: What You and Your Family Can Do"
6/4/2007	 	Workshop: "Materials and Methods of Alternative Construction"
6/4/2007	 	Discussion: Local Power and Community Choice
6/4/2007	 	Report from West Africa
6/4/2007	 	Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective
6/4/2007	 	Artist Reception: "ReArt: The Art of Re-Use"
6/5/2007	 	Volunteer: Eco-Oakland Field Trip: Lion Creek
6/5/2007	 	Book Event: "The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook"
6/5/2007	 	Green Building Rebates & Resources
6/6/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Oakland"
6/6/2007	 	Panel Discussion: "2007 Farm (and Food) Bill"
6/6/2007	 	Workshop: "Healthy Homes"
6/6/2007	 	Update on Solar Rebates & Resources
6/6/2007	 	Talk: An Evening of Dialogue with Susan Williams
6/6/2007	 	Film Double Feature: "Sustainable Futures" and "The Living Land"
6/7/2007	 	Talk and Film on Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles
6/7/2007	 	Summit: "Residential Green Building"
6/7/2007	 	Class: "Green with Style"
6/7/2007	 	Conference: "Voices for Change: Advocacy Solutions for Healthy Communities"
6/7/2007	 	Workshop: "Bay-Friendly Landscaping"
6/7/2007	 	Workshop: "How to Make and Use Biodiesel"
6/7/2007	 	Gala: "Build Green Now!"
6/7/2007	 	Book Event: "Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground"
6/8/2007	 	Green Building Tour: "WRNS Studio"
6/8/2007	 	29th Annual Health and Harmony Festival
6/8/2007	 	Workshop: "Biodiesel Intensive: From the Processor to the Pump"
6/8/2007	 	Conference: "Healthy Living Leadership Summit"
6/8/2007	 	Slideshow & Talk: "Ecuador--Another Venezuela?"
6/9/2007	 	Class: "House as a System"
6/9/2007	 	Class: "Permaculture Design Certification Course"
6/9/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in San Rafael"
6/9/2007	 	Training: "Become a River Guide"
6/9/2007	 	Volunteer: "Russian Hill Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
6/9/2007	 	Class: "Lead-Safe Painting and Remodeling"
6/9/2007	 	Temescal Street Fair
6/9/2007	 	Volunteer: Quail Habitat Restoration
6/9/2007	 	Volunteer: Eco-Oakland Field Trip: Alcatraz Island
6/9/2007	 	Work Party: "Cerrito Creek"
6/9/2007	 	Workshop: City Chickens
6/9/2007	 	Workshop: " Biodiesel Homebrewing/Equipment Building"
6/10/2007	 	Make Your Own Liquid Gold Fertilizer
6/10/2007	 	Benefit: Great Gorilla Run
6/11/2007	 	Solidarity Tour: "Voices of Iraqi Workers"
6/11/2007	 	Course: "Advanced Permaculture Training with Geoff Lawton"
6/11/2007	 	Cal State East Bay SBDC Economic Summit 2007
6/12/2007	 	Affordable Housing: GreenPoint Rated & LEED
6/12/2007	 	Meeting: "Envisioning Our Coastal Future"
6/12/2007	 	Build it Green Mixer & Home Tour Awards
6/12/2007	 	Rally: "Oakland Green Job Corps"
6/13/2007	 	Film: "The Next Industrial Revolution"
6/13/2007	 	Conference: Bay Area Open Space Council
6/13/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Palo Alto"
6/13/2007	 	Speaker: "Freedom next time": An Evening with John Pilger
6/13/2007	 	Building Ecology Forum: "Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Green Building"
6/14/2007	 	SF Green Remodelers Guild Meeting
6/15/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Sonoma"
6/15/2007	 	Workshop: "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible"
6/15/2007	 	Film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
6/15/2007	 	Submission Deadline: "Oakland Neighborhood Project Grants"
6/16/2007	 	Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - Learn How to Grow Your Own Food
6/16/2007	 	Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home"
6/16/2007	 	Class: "Bike Safety Part 2: On-Road Instruction"
6/16/2007	 	Course: "Permaculture Design Certification Intensive"
6/16/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Simple, Healthful Japanese Cuisine"
6/16/2007	 	Class: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time"
6/17/2007	 	Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming and Nuclear Power"
6/17/2007	 	Workshop: "Find Your Dream Job in Solar"
6/17/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration"
6/17/2007	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk

ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Friday, June 1, 2007
Indigenous Permaculture Program in El Salvador — An advanced permaculture rural development project. Contact the Indigenous Permaculture Program for details. Info: 415-370-1657, http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/calendar07.htm .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building — The Ecology Center has office space to lease. It is cubicle-style office space in a light, airy, open office in the same building the Ecology Center occupies. Single and possible double desk locations are open. The building is located in West Berkeley, in the area referred to as the "Left Bank." Other tenants that share the space include small environmental nonprofits and projects. Please contact Amy Kiser for more information. amy@ecologycenter.org. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Info: amy@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Strawberry Family Fun Fest at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Ecology Center's Berkeley Farmers' Markets presents Strawberry Family Fun Fest! Entertainment for the Whole Family. Strawberry Shortcake by Bakesale Betty. YMCA Healthy Family Activities. Come celebrate our 20th anniversary and savor the season's delights. Co-sponsored by Bananas, Parents' Press, and Downtown Berkeley YMCA. Heavenly Strawberry Shortcake by Bakesale Betty, organic whipped cream from Straus Family Creamery, and organic fair trade coffee. 10:00 am - Big Tadoo Puppet Crew - puppet circus of sustainability (Set 1.), 10:30 am - Young Fiddlers - from the School of String Improvisation (Berkeley), 11:00 am - Big Tadoo Puppet Crew - puppet circus of sustainability (Set 2.), 11:30 am - World Harmony Chorus - vocal music from around the world, 12 noon - Family Hip Hop - from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, 12:30 pm - Big Tadoo Puppet Crew - puppet circus of sustainability (Set 3.), 1:00 pm - EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville - juggling, unicycling, & comedy, 2:00 pm - Nigerian Brothers - led by master musician Babα Ken Okulolo (bandleader: Kotoja & the West African Highlife Band). Bouncy castle, activities, and info from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA. Baby goats at the Redwood Hill Goat Farm stand in the Farmers' Market, costume-making and crafts at the East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use table! Environmental information & special $20 memberships (50% off) in honor of 20 years of the Ecology Center's Berkeley Farmers' Markets. One block from Downtown Berkeley BART, bike parking, public parking. 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/bfm/ .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Celebration: "Gratitude Nights" — A benefit for Farm Fresh Choice (http://www.ecologycenter.org/ffc/), in pursuit of food justice in West and South Berkeley. Panchanga! Celebration! Krishan, Khalil Anthony, local bay area dj's. Live bands, vinicio y mas! Samba dancers, poetry and la palabra hablada. Live organic food and elixirs by Cafe Gratitude Chef Vinicio. Raw chocolate inspirations by Fearless Foods. Drug- and alcohol-free event. Location: 111 Townsend Street, SF. Time: 8pm - 2am. Cost: $10. Info: www.gratitudenights.org .

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Book Event: "The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook" — Author Greg Pahl examines renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, water, biomass and biofuels, and geothermal), and presents ways that individuals and communities can work toward sustainable energy. Such cooperative initiatives are common in Europe because they successfully bring people together to create collective energy security for a neighborhood or town while strengthening local economies. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 223, http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Talk and Film on Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles — Karen Steele, the coordinator of the Sea Turtle Restoration Network, will give a talk and show the DVD, "Last Journey for the Leatherback." The leatherback turtle is an endangered species whose population has declined by 95 percent since 1980. The leatherback swims 6,000 miles from Indonesia to the California coast each summer to forage in this area. The federal government established The Leatherback Conservation Area to protect the leatherback from commercial fishing. Along with other marine animals, such as the dolphin, the leatherback is sometimes caught by fishing fleets. Now, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council is attempting to have the conservation measure modified, so commercial fishing fleets can resume fishing, on what they say will be a limited bases. We can't allow this! We are working to keep the protections in place. Come join us. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org , www.seaturtles.org .

Sunday, June 10, 2007
Make Your Own Liquid Gold Fertilizer — Learn how to turn weeds, kitchen scraps and natural byproducts into plant fertilizers. Save money and resources by safely recycling nutrients back into your garden. We will briefly cover blackwater and graywater systems, urine as a fertilizer, liquid manure, compost tea, duck pond-ponics, vermicomposting, and other means of generating fertilizers at home. Bring 2 liter plastic bottles, old hoses/ bicycle tubes, cardboard or newspaper, large containers or 5 gallon buckets w/ lids, misc. tools. Leave with plans or a system of your own. Taught by Babak Jacinto Tondre. Near North Berkeley BART. RSVP by phone or email by 5pm 6/8/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - Learn How to Grow Your Own Food — Do you have a big backyard and want to grow some food? Do you have a small balcony and want to grow some herbs? Come learn to start growing foods and culinary herbs for your kitchen. We will cover the basics of starting a garden, including selecting and starting your seeds, building good soil, watering plants, and managing bugs and blights. Taught by Herman Yee, an avid gardener who has worked in many community garden projects in the East Bay. He has practiced Biointensive and French Intensive Gardening and is excited to share his love of gardening with others. Bring sunscreen, hat, and sun protection if needed. Sponsored by the Alameda County Cleanwater Program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Time: 10 am - 1 pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Low Carbon Diet Program with the Green Team Project — Susan Silber, Sustainable Living Programs Coordinator with Acterra, and environment consultant Bruce Riordan will discuss ways for individuals to get involved with two exciting grassroots projects that empower the masses to live sustainably. The Green Team Project and Low Carbon Diet Program are two national projects that organize groups of people, from groups of friends to work colleagues to community groups, to educate themselves and others about ways to learn about and adopt environmentally-friendly habits and behavior. It is the team process, accountability and workbooks that create a fun, non-judgemental and educational atmosphere to support behavior and lifestyle changes. Learn about how and why these programs work, and some simple habits that you can change to live more sustainably. We will be forming teams at the meeting, or find out how you can form a team and empower your own Circle of Influence. Please come and join us. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 0-558-0821, susans@acterra.org .

Friday, June 22, 2007
Benefit: "Save the Oaks" — Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH) presents Country Joe McDonald, performing his Tribute to Woody Guthrie at this fundraiser for the Campaign to Save the Oaks. "Someone needs to protect these senior citizens from being kicked out of their home," says Country Joe. "The idea of just chopping down trees to build things is an idea that no longer makes any sense. This is a space well-used by creatures and people for years and years, not to mention that the whole Memorial Stadium was probably built to honor World War veterans. The way to honor them is to leave it alone." Purchase tickets online or by mail -- send your tax-deductible check made out to Agape Foundation (memo "Save the Oaks Benefit") to Save the Oaks Benefit, PO Box 4131, Berkeley, CA 94704-0131. Include SASE for tickets to be mailed to you. Box office opens 7pm, Doors 7:30pm. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $50. Info: 510-841-3493, bach@headwaterspreserve.org` , http://saveoaks.com/SaveOaks/Benefit%20Concert.html .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Native Plant Gardening for the East Bay — Using East Bay native plants that are naturally adapted to our local climate and that require very little water to thrive is an easy way to have a beautiful garden and conserve water, especially during the summer months. In this class you'll learn about local native plants, about plant communities, and how to choose combinations that work well in the home garden. We'll also discuss the nuts and bolts of site preparation and planting. Class is led by Lyn Talkovsky, an East Bay landscape gardener for ten years who specializes in local, native plants. Sponsored by the Alameda County Cleanwaer Program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Time: 10 am - 1 pm. Cost: $10 Ecology Center members, $15 general, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Sunday, June 24, 2007
EcoHouse Event: "Chickens and Ducks in Your Garden" — Longtime chicken rancher Linnea Due has raised chickens and ducks in North Oakland and Mendocino County. She can help you decide which breeds are best for your situation, how to deal with predators, whether your chickens can free-range, and other chicken/duck lore. She may even come with a few chicks. On view are the resident Runner ducks, who do a great job eliminating snails and slugs from the garden at EcoHouse. Come with your questions!. Near North Berkeley BART. Pre-registration required. RSVP by 5pm 6/22/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Postcards from Italia: Food, Land, and Culture — Join us for a talk and visual presentation that will take you on a journey to three areas in Italia that reveal origins, connections, parallels, and inspiration for California farms and gardens. Presented by John Valenzuela, horticulturist and Permaculture educator, we'll start in the central Hill towns of Umbria Tuscany, which has a rolling landscape similar to Sonoma and Napa. There we'll visit a spiritual community raising, preparing and serving a wide variety of crops. Reminiscent of the Big Sur coast, the next stop is the north coast of Liguria, the region of the Cinque Terre named after the five ancient fishing villages connected by foot paths that cling to the base of massive cliffs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has an ocean preserve below, and a national park above, with thousands of nearly vertical acres terraced into a stair step landscape planted with tenacious olives, grapes, along with a variety of cultivated and wild fruits and nuts. Along the Bay of Napoli, in Sorrento, the Pergola protected lemon groves are explored, with views of Vesuvius and Capri Island. Then along the rugged Amalfi coast, the vertical seaside village of Positano reveals its hidden gardens, looking like the model for Sausalito or Laguna Beach. These areas shows a diversity of unique and abundant local food landscapes, cultural traditions, and religious heritage and provide many parallels for our own farms and gardens. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Drip Irrigation: Do-it-yourself, Save Water — Drip Irrigation is a form of landscape watering that utilizes low-flow and conservation principles, with very little water wasted to runoff, over-watering, or evaporation. It is also a system design that is versatile and efficient. This class will cover such topics as: * the benefits and limitations of drip irrigation; * the basic tools and supplies needed to install your own drip irrigation system; * the role that pressure and flow play in drip irrigation systems; * the cost of drip irrigation systems. This hands-on class will "de-mist-ify" residential watering systems. Taught by Jon Bauer, longtime irrigation system installer and gardener. Sponosred by the Alameda County Cleanwater Program. Class size limited to 15. CALL TO PRE-REGISTER AND FOR LOCATION. Time: 10 am - 1 pm. Cost: $10 Ecology Center members, $15 general, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Sunday, July 1, 2007
EcoHouse Tour — Tour the Ecology Center's environmentally friendly demonstration home and garden. Get a comprehensive vision of many of the simple improvements anyone can make to their urban home. Tour includes: solar panels, on-demand water heater, water saving fixtures, natural and recycled building materials, Berkeley's first city permitted wetland / graywater system, water catchment strategies, chickens & ducks in the city, a living roof garden, organic permaculture gardening, native drought tolerant plants, mushroom cultivation, and more. Near North Berkeley BART. RSVP by 5pm 6/29/07, phone or email. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $10 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Pit Stop: Peaches & Barbecue at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Featuring Frog Hollow Peach Cobbler, Sizzling Market Meats and Fish, and BBQ Veggie Treats by Bryant Terry. Celebrating 20 years as a program of the Ecology Center, the Berkeley Farmers' Markets offer a wide range of mostly organic produce and healthy, locally-produced foods. Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market is near Ashby BART and buses on MLK and Shattuck, street parking. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org/bfm .

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour — Learn about the first permitted residential constructed wetland graywater system at the Ecohouse. We will discuss the principles and process of safely irrigating with shower, bathroom sink, and laundry waste water. Workshop includes a 1 hour slide show presentation of graywater design and the application process. Return home with ideas and plans of your own! Limited seating during presentations so please schedule for a time slot offered at 10:00 and 1:00. Teachers: John Russell, Graywater Designer/ Babak Jacinto Tondre Graywater Co-Ordinator. Near North Berkeley BART. Pre-registration required. RSVP by 5pm 8/3/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Jazzy Tomatoes at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival concert featuring Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto, Delish Tomato Dishes from Venus Restaurant. One block from Downtown Berkeley BART, bike parking, public parking. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 12pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/ .

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Fall Fruit 'n' Fright at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Enjoy Pears, Pomegranates and Persimmons, a Pumpkin Carving Contest, Day of the Dead festivities, and Fall Fruit Pies by Mission Pies. Celebrating 20 years as a program of the Ecology Center, the Berkeley Farmers' Markets offer a wide range of mostly organic produce and healthy, locally-produced foods. Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market is near Ashby BART and buses on MLK and Shattuck, street parking. Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, http://www.ecologycenter.org/bfm/ .

ALL EVENTS

Through Saturday, June 2, 2007
Conference: "Business Alliance for Local Living Economies" (BALLE) — A gathering of sustainable business, government, and non-profit leaders. We will celebrate the building momentum to create local living economies. BALLE has tripled in size over the last 15 months - now representing 44 local business networks and more than 12,000 companies and community organizations. We expect more than 500 prominent business and community leaders from across North America to attend. The event will sell out. Location: UC Campus, Berkeley. Cost: $395 ($365 before 4/1). Info: 415-255-1108, info@livingeconomies.org , http://www.livingeconomies.org/ .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Submission Deadline: "World Habitat Awards 2007" — The World Habitat Awards seek to identify practical, sustainable solutions to worldwide housing issues. The competition is open to all individuals and organizations, including central and local governments, NGOs, community-based groups, research organizations and the private sector. An award of £10,000 is presented to the winners at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day. Info: http://www.bshf.org/ .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Conference: "National Pesticide Forum" — Share the latest information with community activists across the country, meet with scientists and policy makers, and discuss local, statewide and national strategies. This conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, co-convened by the Chicago-based Safer Pest Control Project and co-sponsored by Nutrition for Optimal Health Association, Beyond Today and the Loyola Campus Greens. Location: Loyola University - Water Tower campus, 5 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL. Cost: $75 ($100 after 5/11 -- see website for discounts and options). Info: jkepner@beyondpesticides.org , http://www.beyondpesticides.org/forum/ .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Indigenous Permaculture Program in El Salvador — An advanced permaculture rural development project. Contact the Indigenous Permaculture Program for details. Info: 415-370-1657, http://www.indigenous-permaculture.org/calendar07.htm .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Radical Performance Fest — The longest-running Bay Area political arts festival is on again. This year, it is being produced by Art in Action graduate, poet and performer, Alicia Raquel. All proceeds go to support Art in Action youth scholarships. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 8pm. Cost: $15, no one turned away. Info: 510-478-3939 ext. 244, http://artinactioncamp.org/ .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Critical Mass in Oakland — Join Us for a Fun Bike Ride Party/Tour of the City! Let's make it safe for everyone to ride and have fun! Critical Mass is a community bike ride. We seek to display, promote, and celebrate healthy human-scale transportation. Meet outside the 14th & Broadway BART station entry at Frank Ogawa Plaza (City Hall) Location: Oakland. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: Free.

Friday, June 1, 2007
Film Opening: "Bamako" — Bamako, by Acclaimed African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, presents a discussion of globalization, African debt and the World Bank in a feature-length film. Also at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre, San Francisco. Location: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Info: 510-464-5980.

Friday, June 1, 2007
Volunteer: "Presidio Plant Patrol" — Join our Natural Resources staff eradicating noxious weeds that pose threats to the native biodiversity of Presidio plants and animals. Participate in "extreme restoration" in some of the more out-of-the-way natural areas of the Presidio and go after Pampass grass, Cape Ivy, French Broom, Iceplant, and Poison Hemlock. Location: Crissy Field Center, Presidio, Bldg. 603, @ Mason & Halleck, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 415-561-3034 ext. 3445, PresidioParkStewards@parksconservancy.org .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Admission Deadline: "United Nations Association Film Festival, 10/24-10/28" — The 10th UNAFF at Stanford University celebrates the power of international documentary films and videos dealing with human rights issues, environmental survival, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war, and peace. The theme for 2007 is "Camera as Witness." Formats: 16mm and 35mm film; 1/2", Beta SP, DVD, PAL/NTSC. Preview on 1/2" VHS (PAL/NTSC), DVD (NTSC region 0 or 1). All lengths eligible. (Late deadline 6/10.) Cost: $35, films longer than 20 minutes, $25, films up to 30 minutes. Info: 650-724-5544, http://www.unaff.org/ .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building — The Ecology Center has office space to lease. It is cubicle-style office space in a light, airy, open office in the same building the Ecology Center occupies. Single and possible double desk locations are open. The building is located in West Berkeley, in the area referred to as the "Left Bank." Other tenants that share the space include small environmental nonprofits and projects. Please contact Amy Kiser for more information. amy@ecologycenter.org. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Info: amy@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Friday, June 1, 2007
Forum: "Language, Literacy & Immigrant Health Care" — The forum aims to discuss the barriers faced by immigrants with limited English proficiency or low literacy, showcase local resources for addressing language, literacy and health challenges for immigrant/refugee groups, and promote partnerships among participants. The day will feature speakers, a panel discussion, workshops, a networking lunch, and a projects/initiatives showcase. Registration required. RSVP. Location: San Francisco State U. College of Extended Learning, 425 Market St., at Fremont St., SF. Time: 8am - 5pm. Info: sfsu.forum@gmail.com .

Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2007
Class: "Build an Earth Oven" — Wood-fired ovens make the best chewy crusts and crispy pizzas. For less than $100 in materials, you can build your own oven from clay, sand, straw, and bricks. Based on the British mud-building technique known as "cob," these ovens are similar to the adobe "hornos" of the Southwest but simpler to build. In this workshop, you'll take part in every step of the oven-building process, and learn how to find clay and other natural materials. Register by phone, email or online. Location: Grandma Mary's Organic Farm, 100 Behrens Street, El Cerrito. Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $150. Info: 510-527-9271, kevin@kleiwerks.org , http://www.kleiwerks.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007 - Sunday, October 7, 2007
Exhibit: "The Edge: Where California Culture, Critters, and Environment Collide" — "Grizzlies Ate Salmon at the Oakland Museum of California" takes a look back at the estuary adjacent to the museum where salmon ran and bear dined; "Water, Water, Water!" explores the state's steep increase in water use and the history of Hetch Hetchy; and "Which Side of the Fence Are You On?" presents opposing views on suburbia. Through a mix of artwork, natural specimens, and artifacts, The Edge provides a tangible, provocative history of California's attitude toward its natural resources. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Cost: Included with museum admission. Info: 510-238-4740, ewhipple@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/exhi_theedge.html .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Volunteer: National Trails Day — You can pitch in to build a new section of Ridge Trail or repair one of our existing trails, help spread the word about the Ridge Trail by working at an information booth, or just get out and enjoy the trail. Join us in what we hope will become an annual tradition on the Ridge Trail. Info: http://www.ridgetrail.org/calendar/detail.cfm?ID=152 .

Saturday, June 2, 2007 - Sunday, June 3, 2007
Workshop: "Exploring Class..." — Class Action, a national organization working for social and economic justice announces Exploring Class, a two day-workshop examining the impact of class on our lives, and breaking down barriers between people from different socio-economic classes. Registration required. Space limited. Register online. Location: Oakland. Info: 413-585-9709 ext. 201, sreid@classism.org , http://www.classism.org/ .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Training for Animal Activists — Animal Place is a farmed animal sanctuary and education center promoting a compassionate, vegetarian lifestyle. The Animal Awareness workshop covers issues affecting farmed animals in California and the country. Learn how you can help farmed animals. Topics include legislation, letters to editors, leafleting, demonstrations, lifestyle choices, and other ways for individuals to create positive change. Registration required. A tour of our 60-acre facility is included (you'll meet cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep and rabbits). Location: Animal Place, 3448 Laguna Creek Trail, Vacaville. Time: noon - 3pm. Info: http://www.animalplace.org/ef.html .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Celebration:"Gratitude Nights" — A benefit for Farm Fresh Choice (http://www.ecologycenter.org/ffc/), in pursuit of food justice in West and South Berkeley. Panchanga! Celebration! Krishan, Khalil Anthony, local bay area dj's. Live bands, vinicio y mas! Samba dancers, poetry and la palabra hablada. Live organic food and elixirs by Cafe Gratitude Chef Vinicio. Raw chocolate inspirations by Fearless Foods. Drug- and alcohol-free event. Location: 111 Townsend Street, SF. Time: 8pm - 2am. Cost: $10. Info: www.gratitudenights.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Benefit: "Summer of Love Revival with Wavy Gravy" — Live music with the Revival All-Stars, members of Zero, JGB, and Big Brother. Art opening including original works by Wavy Gravy, Jerry Garcia, Dava, Dave Sheridan, Stanley Mouse and Mot. Partial proceeds benefit Camp Winnarainbow, helping kids from low-income homes attend camp. Location: San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. Time: 4pm - 9pm. Cost: $10-$25 sliding scale donation. Info: 415-488-8888, http://www.sgvcc.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007 - Sunday, June 3, 2007
Superfest: International Disability Film Festival — SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival is presented by CDT Culture!Disability!Talent!. Tickets will only be sold at the door. Please refrain from wearing perfume or other scented products. The films will be audio described. Braille and large print screening schedules will be provided at the event. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be provided at the reception and awards event. Captioned films have a [C] after the description. Visit website for complete film schedule. Location: Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston Street, Berkeley. Cost: $5-$20/day, sliding scale. Info: 510-845-5576, http://www.culturedisabilitytalent.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Volunteer: Eco-Oakland Field Trip: Lion Creek — Saturday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 5. The Eco-Oakland Program leads field trips to Lion Creek, near Merritt College in Oakland. Help East Oakland elementary school students with mapping activities, habitat restoration, and aquatic invertebrate assessment. Info: 510-635-5533, adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Forum: Bay Area Localization — The Campaign for Bay Area Localization hosts the Bay Area Localization Leadership Forum, a gathering of public officials, business people, and community organizers to chart an economically resilient and environmentally sustainable Bay Area economy. Location: UC Campus, Berkeley. Time: 3pm - 6pm. Cost: $10. Info: 510-834-0420, aaron@baylocalize.org , http://www.baylocalize.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Workshop: Urban Composting — Give your summer garden a boost that will guarantee vibrant colors and delectable veggies for the months to follow! Aside from encouraging beneficial soil organisms and conserving valuable resources, composting makes an excellent fertilizer that releases nutrients slowly at a rate which the plants can use them. This fun, hands-on class teaches methods for backyard and worm composting for home and community gardens. Preregister by phone. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: free. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Wild Food Walk at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve — After a slide show, participants will carpool to Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve to explore the wild edibles found in our bioregion. Instructor Matt Perry will help with plant identification and provide information on nutrition, enhancing wild food production, and sustainable harvesting methods. Bring lunch. 20 participants maximum; register by phone. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 5pm. Cost: $80. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/upcomingclasses.htm .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Volunteer: "Replacement Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest" — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Breakfast / lunch is provided. RSVP by phone. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, June 2, 2007 - Sunday, June 3, 2007
Benefit: Home Show and Jazz Fest — The Marin Home Show and Benefit Jazz Fest showcases the latest products for home and garden as it gets jazzed for musical education with two special benefit events. Exhibitors will feature environmental alternatives, kitchen, bath, garden, landscape, home entertainment, office and security systems. The benefit Jazz Fest features features JustKidding Music; concerts featuring Pride & Joy and Rex Allen's Swing Express; and the annual JazzJam Playoff featuring big bands from Marin high schools. Location: Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael. Time: 10am - 7pm 6/2, 6pm. 6/3. Cost: $8, $7 - Seniors and disabled, free - 14 and under. Info: 415-472-3500, http://www.marinhomeshow.com/ .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Class: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time" — Learn a comprehensive approach to remodeling that creates comfort and value through a building that's healthier, more energy-efficient, resource conserving, and affordable. This workshop focuses on foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, flooring, heating, and finishes. Register online. Location: San Rafael City Hall, 1400 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Strawberry Family Fun Fest at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — Ecology Center's Berkeley Farmers' Markets presents Strawberry Family Fun Fest! Entertainment for the Whole Family. Strawberry Shortcake by Bakesale Betty. YMCA Healthy Family Activities. Come celebrate our 20th anniversary and savor the season's delights. Co-sponsored by Bananas, Parents' Press, and Downtown Berkeley YMCA. Heavenly Strawberry Shortcake by Bakesale Betty, organic whipped cream from Straus Family Creamery, and organic fair trade coffee. 10:00 am - Big Tadoo Puppet Crew - puppet circus of sustainability (Set 1.), 10:30 am - Young Fiddlers - from the School of String Improvisation (Berkeley), 11:00 am - Big Tadoo Puppet Crew - puppet circus of sustainability (Set 2.), 11:30 am - World Harmony Chorus - vocal music from around the world, 12 noon - Family Hip Hop - from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, 12:30 pm - Big Tadoo Puppet Crew - puppet circus of sustainability (Set 3.), 1:00 pm - EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville - juggling, unicycling, & comedy, 2:00 pm - Nigerian Brothers - led by master musician Babα Ken Okulolo (bandleader: Kotoja & the West African Highlife Band). Bouncy castle, activities, and info from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA. Baby goats at the Redwood Hill Goat Farm stand in the Farmers' Market, costume-making and crafts at the East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use table! Environmental information & special $20 memberships (50% off) in honor of 20 years of the Ecology Center's Berkeley Farmers' Markets. One block from Downtown Berkeley BART, bike parking, public parking. 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/bfm/ .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Training: "Mentors for Backyard Garden Program" — Are you an experienced backyard gardener enthusiastic to share what you know with your neighbors? The City Slicker Farms Backyard Garden Program helps low-income residents of West Oakland build and maintain vegetable gardens, providing ongoing support, seedlings, seeds and compost. Volunteer Backyard Garden Mentors make follow-up visits to assist participants and bring them supplies (provided by City Slicker Farms). RSVP. Location: West Oakland Woods Farm, 537 Lewis Street, corner of Peralta and 7th Streets, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Info: 510-763-4241, cityslickerfarms@riseup.net .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Summit: "Environmental Health and Justice Leadership" — Comitι Civico del Valle is organizing this event in the Imperial Valley to identify and build the leadership skills of local community members working on environmental health and justice. Luis Olmedo, the Executive Director of Comitι Civico del Valle, is seeking speakers on creating statewide policy change around EH and EJ issues. If you are interested in being a speaker for this event, please contact Luis at comitecivico@sbcglobal.net. Comitι Civico del Valle is an organization based in Brawley that does health education and outreach with local community members on issues such as asthma, domestic violence, pesticides and other environmental problems. Info: 415-981-3939 x5, andrea@igc.org , www.pesticidereform.org .

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Symposium: "Global Warning: Toxins @ Bay" — Should we rethink our leave-toxins-in-place landfill strategies in light of global warming predictions? The symposium will help community members articulate their concerns about cleanup decisions and engage with developers, community decision makers, and regulatory agencies. The morning session will explore the effects of expected sea level rise on human communities, transportation infrastructure, and the plants and animals reliant on wetlands for their existence. The afternoon session will offer scientific, legal, and grassroots advice to communities seeking better, healthier outcomes at contaminated sites. Remediation specialists from USEPA, legislative advocates from California Communities Against Toxins, and community grassroots speakers will help address concerns. Symposium presented by CLEAN (Citizens' League for Environmental Action Now!) and the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Clinic. Location: Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, Floor 3, Lecture Hall, SF. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-468-8587, earthhelp@earthlink.net .

Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2007
Workshop: "Introduction to San Francisco Bioregional Ecology Education" — A field immersion workshop with a holistic ecological approach to identifying and understanding Northern California's unique climate, weather, soil, landforms, watersheds, and native wildlife. Emphasis is on observation of natural characteristics, discussing interrelationships, and practicing hands-on learning techniques. Register via phone or email. Location: Glen Canyon Park, SF. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $35 - $75 sliding scale (limited scholarships and exchanges available). Info: 415-285-6556, outreach.planetdrum@gmail.com , http://www.planetdrum.org/ .

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Presentation: "Greening Albany: A Community Works to Reverse Global Warming" — This event will include speakers, community leaders, information tables, and access to goods and services that can help preserve the planet. Information for individuals, homeowners and businesses. Sponsored by the Albany Clean Green Task Force and the Green Chamber of Commerce. Location: Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Avenue, Albany. Time: 11am - 2pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-219-7211, http://www.greenchamberofcommerce.net .

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Fundraiser: Go Greenbelt! Bay Area Bicycle Tour — Go Greenbelt! is a fundraiser for Greenbelt Alliance. The bicycle ride raises funds to protect the Bay Area's farmlands and natural areas by stopping sprawl and promoting smart growth within cities. Riders' gear is carried by our volunteers, and the riders camp each night at local churches. The route winds through some of the Bay Area's most scenic back roads. Register online. Info: 415-543-6771 ext. 304, bswartz@greenbelt.org , http://www.greenbelt.org/getinvolved/events/go_greenbelt/ .

Sunday, June 3, 2007 - Sunday, July 29, 2007
Classes: "Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University" — Study biology, geology, astronomy, and/or natural history and art on the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, located along the North Yuba River in Tahoe National Forest. All courses are open to the general public and can also be taken for university credit. Stay on or off campus. See website for more information and registration. After June 1st, call (530) 862-1230 to register. Cost: $240/unit. Info: 415-338-1571, jsteele@sfsu.edu , http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra .

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Arcosanti Workshop in Arizona — This workshop in the Arizona high desert is a prototype "urban laboratory" based on architect Paolo Soleri's concept of "Arcology." Learn about construction facilities maintenance, agriculture and landscaping. A one week seminar is followed by three weeks of field trips and hands-on participation. Sessions run year-round. Cost: $1125 for full workshop (partial rates available). Info: 928-632-6233, workshop@arcosanti.org , http://www.arcosanti.org/ .

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming Technology and Policy" — A look at Socolow wedges, cap and trade, and other policy issues. Also energy efficiency, biofuels, solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear power. 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 .

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Potluck Meeting: "Biodiesel Homebrewer's Club" — Potluck food and drink. Let's share resources, learn from each other's experience, and have fun. Beginners and experts welcome. Email for directions. Location: Oakland. Time: 4:30pm - 7pm. Info: morris1524@yahoo.com .

Monday, June 4, 2007
Panel Discussion: "Living Sustainably: What You and Your Family Can Do" — Once we are inspired to take responsibility for our planet, what can we do in our homes, schools, communities and daily lives to make the "dream" of living sustainably begin to come true? A panel will offer practical suggestions followed by break-out groups for you to get answers to your questions. Topics covered: water conservation, healthy food, zero waste, energy and lighting, green home improvements, transportation, biking, Walking, and community involvement. Win a free home energy consultation from Donn Davy, Home Performance Analyst and Green Points Rater. Co-Sponsors: Marin Interfaith Council, Sustainable Marin, Sustainable Novato and Sustainable San Rafael. Location: Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato. Time: 7:15pm - 9:15pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-457-7656, peterscarney@comcast.net , http://www.unityinmarin.org/specialEvents.php .

Monday, June 4, 2007
Workshop: "Materials and Methods of Alternative Construction" — This intensive workshop will cover a range of new and old construction materials. We will spend the first design a building and then travel to Canyon de Chelly to construct our design. We will also explore the spectacular canyons of this national park. The program is designed for the general public, students, builders, and architects. There are no prerequisites. Location: ECOSA Institute, Prescott, AZ. Cost: $1500 + lodging ($400 single, $325 double). Info: 928-541 - 1002, info@ecosainstitute.org , http://www.ecosainstitute.org/workshop.html .

Monday, June 4, 2007
Discussion: Local Power and Community Choice — Mainstreet Moms Soup & Solutions community climate series announces: Going Local: An Evening of Film, Talk, Soup & Action dedicated to Marin's Community Choice Energy. Location: Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-519-2456, zena12@earthlink.net .

Monday, June 4, 2007
Report from West Africa — Former child soldier, journalist and political leader Chernoh Alpha M. Bah will present a "report from the frontlines of the African liberation struggle." Bah will report on the roles of foreign governments and corporations in the conflict and present his organization's program for the nationalization of mining industries and democratization of the country. Location: Faith United Presbyterian Church, 430 49th St., Webster, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-625-1106, uhurureparations@yahoo.com , http://burningspearuhuru.com/tours/chernoh-tour2007/biography.html .

Monday, June 4, 2007
Introductory Meeting: Berkeley Biodiesel Collective — We hold monthly introductory presentations on the first Monday of (almost) every month. These presentations are for those who had no contact with the collective, are new to Biodiesel or know about biodiesel but are new to the area. We talk about biodiesel emissions, homebrewing, types of vehicles and commercial availability. Then we will talk about what our coop does, its history and vision. And, of course we will talk about how to get involved with the BBC or other regional groups. We will try to answer any questions about biofuels and the local biofuels scene. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 510-594-4000 ext. 777, berkeleybiodiesel@yahoo.com , http://www.berkeleybiodiesel.org/index.htm .

Monday, June 4, 2007 - Friday, June 29, 2007
Artist Reception: "ReArt: The Art of Re-Use" — Market Street Gallery and San Francisco SCRAP (Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts) present works created by local artists and made entirely from recycled materials. Special opening on June 8, 6pm-9pm. Location: Market Street Gallery, 1554 Market Street, (@ Van Ness), SF. Cost: Free. Info: 415-290-1441 , http://www.marketstreetgallery.com/ .

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Volunteer: Eco-Oakland Field Trip: Lion Creek — The Eco-Oakland Program leads field trips to Lion Creek, near Merritt College in Oakland. Help East Oakland elementary school students with mapping activities, habitat restoration, and aquatic invertebrate assessment. Info: 510-635-5533, adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Book Event: "The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook" — Author Greg Pahl examines renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, water, biomass and biofuels, and geothermal), and presents ways that individuals and communities can work toward sustainable energy. Such cooperative initiatives are common in Europe because they successfully bring people together to create collective energy security for a neighborhood or town while strengthening local economies. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 223, http://www.ecologycenter.org/calendar/ .

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Green Building Rebates & Resources — South Bay Green Remodelers Guild meeting: Get up to speed on the latest rebates, federal tax credits, and other incentives to save your clients money and reward them for implementing water and energy efficiency measures. You'll also receive in-depth resource sheets your clients will thank you for. Speaker: Katy Hollbacher, Build It Green. Pay by cash or check at the door. Dinner provided. Pre-registration is required by 6/1/07. RSVP by email or phone. Location: Harrell Remodeling, 1954 Old Middlefield Way, (cross street Rengsdorf), Mountain View. Time: 5pm - 7pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 112, GRG@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/guild/ .

Wednesday, June 6, 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, June 6, 2007
Panel Discussion: "2007 Farm (and Food) Bill" — A farmer, a chef, and food and farm advocates will discuss the 2007 Farm (and Food) Bill's impacts on farms, consumers, and the health of our nation. Reception with light refreshments starts at 6:30pm; program at 7pm. Sponsored by Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), California Coalition on Food and Farming, and San Francisco Food Systems. Located in the Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-291-3276 x106, julie@cuesa.org , http://www.cuesa.org/events/calendar/#jun06 .

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Workshop: "Healthy Homes" — Improve the health of your home and community, and protect your children and pets. Explore less toxic alternatives to commonly used house cleaning and home pest control products. Everyone will leave with recipes and supplies to make easy low-toxic cleaning kits. Location: El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser, El Cerrito. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-665-3430, andrea@thewatershedproject.org , www.thewatershedproject.org .

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Update on Solar Rebates & Resources — East Bay Green Remodelers Guild meeting: What is a solar PV system? We will cover products and systems that are currently available for solar pv systems and the pros, cons and other considerations in making choices. Solar thermal and solar hot water systems will also be covered including cost of installation and choosing a system. What are the costs and how can rebates offset those costs? The current rebate landscape will be discussed, including California's Solar Initiative and economic variation by city. What is the process for design & construction? Design considerations, feasibility, maintenance and warranty will be covered. Speakers include: Gary Gerber, Sunlight & Power; Brian Sullivan, Solar City; Peitsa Hirvonen, SESCO Electric. Pay by cash or check at the door. Dinner provided. Pre-registration is required by 6/4/07. RSVP by email or phone. Location: Truitt & White, 1817 Second Street, Conference Room, Berkeley. Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 112, GRG@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/guild/ .

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Talk: An Evening of Dialogue with Susan Williams — An evening of dialogue with Susan Williams, coordinator of the Highlander Center's Education Team and lead staff person on its Across Race and Nation project. Learn about 75 years of Highlander's work for social and economic justice in Appalachia and the South, from its earliest efforts to build both a progressive labor movement and Civil Rights movement in the South to recent training of environmental justice and immigrant rights activists. Location: City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan, SF. Time: 6:30pm. Info: 510-642-6371, andreabuffa@berkeley.edu .

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Film Double Feature: "Sustainable Futures" and "The Living Land" — The film "Sustainable Futures" takes the viewer to several communities where sustainability is a high priority. French farmers and Canadians share their insights. In Texas activists are teaching farm workers about the dangers of pesticides. In Chicago, Friends of the River are finding that citizens are eager to help clean up the river and its banks. In Mexico, educators and activists are creating sustainable communities. Canadians and Americans work together to restore and regenerate a stream. In "The Living Land", three organic food growers and a famous chef (Alice Waters) change common agricultural and consuming practices to protect and restore the earth and our food. Before and after films, everyone is welcome to the Humanist Tea House. Wheelchair accessible from 411 -- 28th Street. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations accepted. Info: http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Talk and Film on Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles — Karen Steele, the coordinator of the Sea Turtle Restoration Network, will give a talk and show the DVD, "Last Journey for the Leatherback." The leatherback turtle is an endangered species whose population has declined by 95 percent since 1980. The leatherback swims 6,000 miles from Indonesia to the California coast each summer to forage in this area. The federal government established The Leatherback Conservation Area to protect the leatherback from commercial fishing. Along with other marine animals, such as the dolphin, the leatherback is sometimes caught by fishing fleets. Now, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council is attempting to have the conservation measure modified, so commercial fishing fleets can resume fishing, on what they say will be a limited bases. We can't allow this! We are working to keep the protections in place. Come join us. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org , www.seaturtles.org .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Summit: "Residential Green Building" — Learn about the latest Green building technologies and practices. Conference sessions specific to residential development include: sustainable rating systems, green building financing, and green building products and practices. Detailed registration information available soon. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Location: San Josι City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara St., City Hall Rotunda, San Josι. Time: 7:30am - 2pm. Cost: $100. Info: 408-535-8550, GreenWorkshop@sanjoseca.gov .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Class: "Green with Style" — This workshop will teach participants to integrate green strategies and materials into their interior finish projects and create healthy, attractive, and resource-efficient spaces. Invited speakers are experts in their fields. Topics include: comparison of green and conventional materials, benefits and drawbacks of specific materials, durability, maintenance, and installation info, health considerations, costs, and availability. Register online. Location: Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Conference: "Voices for Change: Advocacy Solutions for Healthy Communities" — California Pan-Ethnic Health Network presents this statewide conference on policy and advocacy tools that offer a holistic approach to building healthy communities in California, especially for low-income communities and communities of color. Registration opening soon. Check for times. Location: The California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda St., Los Angeles. Info: 510-832-1160, http://www.cpehn.org .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Workshop: "Bay-Friendly Landscaping" — This workshop is for professionals involved in the development, design, and construction of landscapes in Alameda County. A panel of experts will highlight Bay-Friendly Landscape principles and practices, share practical details from two Bay-Friendly Landscape projects and focus on the use of bioswales in Alameda County. Attendees will also learn about other trainings, technical assistance and grants. Pre-registration required. Register online. Location: StopWaste.org, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland. Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-891-6500, http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=648 .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Workshop: "How to Make and Use Biodiesel" — In this class you'll learn everything you need to run a vehicle on 100% biodiesel, including the whole process from testing the fuel, brewing the biodiesel, washing it, filtering it, and putting it in your vehicle. You'll also learn: how to make fuel from fresh cooking oil or restaurant waste oil; how a biodiesel processor works; how to maintain your biodiesel vehicle. Level: beginner. Register online. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: http://www.solarliving.org/workshops/ .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Gala: "Build Green Now!" — Gala fundraiser to promote environmentally sound building practices in San Francisco, and to celebrate the San Francisco Waldorf High School campus, the first LEED Certified school in the Bay Area. With guest speaker Organic Architect -- Eric Corey Freed. Purchase tickets online. Location: Vanguard Properties, 2501 Mission Street, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $100. Info: 415-817-2526, sfwhs@schwartz-pr.com , www.waldorfbuildgreen.org .

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Book Event: "Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground" — Join graywater activists and editors Laura Allen, July Oskar Cole, Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, and contributing writers to learn about this new anthology, both a radical history of water and Do It Yourself guide to sustainable technologies. Books will be available for sale. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, laura.oakland@gmail.com , http://www.mtbs.com/events.html .

Friday, June 8, 2007
Green Building Tour: "WRNS Studio" — San Francisco Department of the Environment is sponsoring a series of Green Building Tours. WRNS Studio (Warner, Ruffo, Nunes, Shiles) is a 35 person architecture firm. Green features of the studio include: design of office provides daylight and views to the outside for 96% of the space; low VOC paints, sealants and adhesives; motion sensors and daylight harvesting system for energy efficiency; 80% reuse of furniture; FSC certified wood. Register online by 2pm, 6/7/07. Location: SF. Time: noon - 1pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-355-3718, Christy.tao@sfgov.org , http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=136112 .

Friday, June 8, 2007 - Sunday, June 10, 2007
29th Annual Health and Harmony Festival — Music, arts, ecology, healthful living. See website for performers and speakers. Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. Cost: $32 per day / $32 Harmony After Dark late night shows. Weekend packages from $80-$149. $37 per day at the gate.. Info: 707-861-2035, http://www.harmonyfestival.com .

Friday, June 8, 2007
Workshop: "Biodiesel Intensive: From the Processor to the Pump" — Find out how you can make your own biodiesel for use in your community, support local biodiesel co-ops, or start a small business in biodiesel distribution or retail. This workshop will offer hands-on building of biodiesel processors. Other topics covered include: fuel procurement and quality testing; hands-on equipment building, maintenance and plumbing; taxes, permits,& zoning; procuring a supply of vegetable oil; developing your market; and the U.S. biodiesel industry. Level: advanced. Register online. Location: Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $360. Info: http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?pid=1539&catID=13,0 .

Friday, June 8, 2007
Conference: "Healthy Living Leadership Summit" — Join community organizations, businesses, faith-based groups, and government leaders for the launch of the Soda Free Summer campaign. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30am, lunch is served at noon. Register by May 25. Location: Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro. Time: 8:30am - 1pm. Info: 510-595-6454, mark.woo@acgov.org .

Friday, June 8, 2007
Slideshow & Talk: "Ecuador--Another Venezuela?" — Members of Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas will report on and share photos from their recent visit to Ecuador. They attended the "No Military Bases" Conference in Quito and participated in a Women's Day march and protest in Manta, a coastal community that is home to a U.S. military base. President Correa has committed to not renewing the U.S. lease on the base when it expires in 2009. Location: First United Methodist Church of San Rafael, 9 Ross Valley Dr, San Rafael. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5-10 donation requested, no one turned away. Info: 415-924-3227, mitf@igc.org , www.mitfamericas.org .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Class: "House as a System" — Your home is a system and all of its parts interact. Homeowners depend on heating, cooling, plumbing, water heating, and electrical systems, but most know little about them. This workshop covers how these systems work, how you should operate and test them, and improvements you can make. Save money on utility bills, improve indoor air quality, and conserve resources while raising your home's comfort and performance. Register online. Location: Environmental Technology Center, Sonoma State U., 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Class: "Permaculture Design Certification Course" — Learn how to design from within nature to create sustainable living systems. Beginning with observation and leveraging the resilience and diversity of natural ecosystems, permaculture offers a new way to design practical systems for the provision of food, medicine, energy and shelter in a truly sustainable fashion. Takes place over 6 weekends, with optional workdays and study groups. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Cost: $950. Info: 415-661 -1316 ext. 354, http://www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.org .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in San Rafael" — Join Save The Bay and the Marin County Open Space District in our efforts to restore the wetlands and upland habitat at Santa Venetia Marsh on Gallinas Creek in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. 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: San Rafael. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, June 9, 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, 6/9 - 6/10, and 6/16 - 6/24. Cost: $425. Info: http://www.friendsoftheriver.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FORBecomeAGuide .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Volunteer: "Russian 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: The Chameleon, Leavenworth at Pacific. 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, June 9, 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: Oakland Public Library, Eastmont Branch, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Eastmont Town Center, Suite 211, Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-567-8280, http://www.aclppp.org .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Temescal Street Fair — Lots of food and entertainment, including art making with Studio One and the East Bay Depot. Location: Telegraph Ave btwn 48th & 51st, Oakland. Time: noon - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-654-6346 ext. 2, http://www.temescalmerchants.com/TEMESCAL_STREET_FAIR_2007.pdf .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Volunteer: Quail Habitat Restoration — Save the Quail habitat restoration workdays at the Presidio. Meet at the Natural Resources Field Office. Location: Natural Resources Field Office, 1539 Pershing Dr., SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-635-5533, adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Volunteer: Eco-Oakland Field Trip: Alcatraz Island — Help lead an Eco-Oakland family field trip to Alcatraz Island. Info: 510-635-5533, adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Work Party: "Cerrito Creek" — During National River Clean-Up Week, we'll hunt for litter along Cerrito Creek - and save good stuff for a "litter man" parade costume. We'll also continue curbing the invasives that were choking out biodiversity and increasing flood danger. Meet at Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Street, El Cerrito. From Central, between San Pablo and I-880, turn south on Santa Clara toward Albany Hill. The street ends at the park. By bus, take AC Transit 72 to San Pablo and Carlson and walk west 1/2 block on Carlson. At Tulip Flooring, jog south on the Adams Street stub and follow the creekside walkway west to the park. It's also a short walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART. Location: El Cerrito. Time: 10am. Info: krishnafeldman@earthlink.net , http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Workshop: City Chickens — Learn how to legally keep chickens in San Francisco. Covers chicken coop design, raising chickens from eggs, care and feeding, and egg production. Preregister by phone. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Workshop: " Biodiesel Homebrewing/Equipment Building" — Learn how to make your own clean burning diesel fuel alternative from any natural oil or fat, and how to test it for quality in this comprehensive, hands-on workshop. Class focuses on chemistry and quality control. We'll be doing a lot of 'lab' work making test batches. The class will cover basic equipment design, but we won't build any equipment during this class. Workshop to be held at a farm in Winters, just north of Davis. Taught by Maria 'girl Mark' Alovert. We suggest you visit http://biodieselcommunity.org for background info prior to this fast-paced class. Register online. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $75. Info: http://www.girlmark.com/tour .

Sunday, June 10, 2007
Make Your Own Liquid Gold Fertilizer — Learn how to turn weeds, kitchen scraps and natural byproducts into plant fertilizers. Save money and resources by safely recycling nutrients back into your garden. We will briefly cover blackwater and graywater systems, urine as a fertilizer, liquid manure, compost tea, duck pond-ponics, vermicomposting, and other means of generating fertilizers at home. Bring 2 liter plastic bottles, old hoses/ bicycle tubes, cardboard or newspaper, large containers or 5 gallon buckets w/ lids, misc. tools. Leave with plans or a system of your own. Taught by Babak Jacinto Tondre. Near North Berkeley BART. RSVP by phone or email by 5pm 6/8/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Sunday, June 10, 2007
Benefit: Great Gorilla Run — A 7k charity fun run to benefit the last mountain gorillas in Central Africa. Runners fund raise up until the event, then wear full gorilla costumes to run with their peers. Proceeds go to the Gorilla Organization to support saving these gorillas through sustainable development of local communities. Location: Golden Gate Park, Bandshell, (across from de Young Museum), SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-265-1231, margaret@gorillas.org , www.greatgorillarun.org .

Monday, June 11, 2007
Solidarity Tour: "Voices of Iraqi Workers" — An opportunity for people in the US to dialogue directly with Iraqi workers and labor leaders about current attempts to control Iraq's oil, women's issues under the occupation, and the role of unions in creating a non-sectarian, progressive Iraq. With Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President of Electrical Utility Workers Union, General Federation of Iraqi Workers and Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary, Southern Oil Company Union, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions. Location: King Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-527-1222 , mlprophet@earthlink.net , http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/ .

Monday, June 11, 2007 - Thursday, June 14, 2007
Course: "Advanced Permaculture Training with Geoff Lawton" — Since 1985, Geoff Lawton has worked consulting, designing, teaching and implementing permaculture projects in seventeen countries around the world. This training will cover professional consultancy, Earth works in detail, establishing international permaculture aid projects, and local permaculture groups. Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Certificate or current enrollment in a Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Location: Regenerative Design Institute, 480 Mesa Rd., Bolinas. Cost: $500 ($450 if paid in full by 5/1). Info: 415-868-9681, http://www.regenerativedesign.org/ .

Monday, June 11, 2007
Cal State East Bay SBDC Economic Summit 2007 — Presented by Cal State East Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The session, entitled "Entrepreneurship and Sustainability" will focus on how organizations can improve competitive positioning, reduce costs, and increase profits while becoming more environmentally and socially responsible. Location: de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF. Time: 12:30pm - 8pm. Cost: $75 at the door, $50 in advance. Info: 415-438-9825, schaney@peppercom.com , http://www.economicsummit2007.org .

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Affordable Housing: GreenPoint Rated & LEED — Green Affordable Housing Coalition Brownbag: GreenPoint Rated and LEED for Homes: Working Together for a Greener California. Affordable housing professionals are invited to this session on two complementary green rating programs for residential projects in California. Attendees will learn how GreenPoint Rated and LEED for Homes offer complementary opportunities to the California residential building industry by providing a local support infrastructure, combined with national recognition. Lunch is included. Presenters: Bruce Mast, Build It Green, and Mark Berman, Davis Energy Group. Register online. Location: San Francisco HUD Office, 600 Harrison Street, 3rd Floor, SF. Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472 x603, http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Meeting: "Envisioning Our Coastal Future" — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) are holding a series of nationwide meetings designed to solicit innovative ideas that will shape legislation being submitted to Congress later this year. NOAA and CSO will present a joint initiative, Envisioning the Future of Coastal Management, followed by facilitated comment sessions. Register by online by 6/5/07. Lunch will be provided. Location: Lone Mountain Conference Center, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, SF. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 617-385-5028, vikram.bapat@resource-plus.com , http://colamedia.com/cm/ .

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Build it Green Mixer & Home Tour Awards — Celebrate the recent Marin/Sonoma Green Home Tour and network with Build It Green members, green building professionals, and green building enthusiasts throughout the North Bay. Awards for green building excellence will be presented. Hors d'oeuvres and one free drink provided. Discount for members. Register online or by phone. Location: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $20 at the door ($15 if paid by 6/7/07). Info: 888-404-7336 x101, http://www.builditgreen.org/ .

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Rally: "Oakland Green Job Corps" — Oakland City Council is considering creation of the nation's first "Green Jobs Corps," a job-training and placement program for employment in the "clean and green" economy. The Oakland Apollo Alliance will hold a rally to encourage the Council to invest in the Green Jobs Corps. Co-sponsored by the Oakland Apollo Alliance and Urban Habitat. RSVP online. Location: Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Time: 9:15am - 10am. Info: http://www.ellabakercenter.org/page.php?pageid=77&contentid=235 .

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Film: "The Next Industrial Revolution" — This film inspires viewers to reconsider relationships to the environment, reinvent businesses and institutions to work with nature, and promote sustainable relationships with the Earth. Showcases the philosophy and work of Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to visit the Humanist Tea House. Wheelchair accessible from 411 -- 28th Street. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donation accepted. Info: http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Conference: Bay Area Open Space Council — The Ninth Annual Open Space Conference will feature noted speakers and panel presentations on parks, trails, natural habitats and agricultural lands in the Bay Area and beyond. Sample healthy, locally grown foods from the Bay Area during the lunch and reception. Get updates about the Uplands Habitat Goals Project and hear the latest on Green Vision 2025. Pre-registration required. Register online. Location: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, The Presidio, SF. Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $75. Info: 510-834-8399, Elizabeth@openspacecouncil.org , http://openspacecouncil.org/confReg .

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Palo Alto" — Save The Bay grows native wetland plants from locally collected seed in our nursery located at the Palo Alto Baylands. Volunteers help with plant propagation and transplanting, watering, and other maintenance associated with growing native wetland plants. Part of ongoing wetland restoration with our site partner, the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. RSVP. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Speaker: "Freedom next time": An Evening with John Pilger — Pilger will discuss his new book, Freedom Next Time (Nation Books) and show his film Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror. This film, set in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Washington, looks at President Bush's "war on terror" and the "liberation" of countries where bloodshed and repression continue. Followed by discussion and a book signing. Location: YBCA Theater, 700 Howard St., at 3rd Street, SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $15 ($5 students). Info: 415-978-2787, pilgersf@gmail.com , http://www.johnpilger.com/ .

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Building Ecology Forum: "Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Green Building" — California's T-24 2005 building code presents new challenges for multifamily projects! Come see what some Bay Area Multifamily Housing projects are pursing in order to exceed the current energy code by at least 15%. Heather Larson, project manager of the California Multifamily New Homes (CMFNH) program sponsored by PG&E, will present case studies and analysis of qualifying highrise and lowrise projects, in Climate Zone 3, with and without Air Conditioning. The California Multifamily New Homes Program offers cash incentives and technical design assistance towards exceeding the code by at least 15%. Achieving this threshold opens the door to additional opportunities including ENERGY STAR¨ marketing benefits, the New Solar Homes Partnership and Green building certification. Tenaya Asan of Build it Green will cover the GreenPoint Rated program, a third-party rating system providing an evaluation of green practices within the multifamily project. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $5-10 sliding scale, no one turned away.

Thursday, June 14, 2007
SF Green Remodelers Guild Meeting — San Francisco Green Remodelers Guild meeting: OVE Framing. Speaker TBA. Pay by cash or check at the door. Dinner provided. Pre-registration is required by 6/11/07. RSVP by email or phone. Location: San Francisco Dept. of Environment, 11 Grove St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Cost: $15. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 112, GRG@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/guild/ .

Friday, June 15, 2007
Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Sonoma" — Volunteers help with plant propagation, transplanting, watering, and other maintenance associated with growing native wetland plants. The nursery is managed by the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, with support from other groups. Restoration takes place along Tolay Creek and other wetland sites in the Refuge. RSVP. Location: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Friday, June 15, 2007
Workshop: "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible" — How can we build just, equitable and inclusive communities? You are invited to explore the possibilities for unwrapping and transforming the unconscious aspects of bias, privilege and racism that are destructive to every level of society. We will work with the documentary film "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible", a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. A limited number of student rates and scholarships are available. $50 non-refundable deposit required. Registration limited to 50 participants per workshop. Location: Samuel Merritt Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland. Cost: $250. Info: 510-632-5156, worldtrust@earthlink.net , http://world-trust.org/index.html .

Friday, June 15, 2007
Film: "An Inconvenient Truth" — Part of the Conscientious Projector Film Series. Followed by discussion and action! Sponsored by BFUU's Social Justice Committee. Donations accepted. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-841-4824, www.bfuu.org .

Friday, June 15, 2007
Submission Deadline: "Oakland Neighborhood Project Grants" — The Oakland Redevelopment Agency is pleased to announce the 2007 cycle of the Neighborhood Project Initiative Program (NPI) in the City of Oakland 's Broadway/MacArthur/San Pablo Redevelopment Project Area. The NPI program funds small-scale, physical improvements that benefit the community. The NPI program grant awards are intended to support the blight reduction and beautification efforts of existing community and merchant organizations. The grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Location: Oakland. Info: http://www.business2oakland.com/npi .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - Learn How to Grow Your Own Food — Do you have a big backyard and want to grow some food? Do you have a small balcony and want to grow some herbs? Come learn to start growing foods and culinary herbs for your kitchen. We will cover the basics of starting a garden, including selecting and starting your seeds, building good soil, watering plants, and managing bugs and blights. Taught by Herman Yee, an avid gardener who has worked in many community garden projects in the East Bay. He has practiced Biointensive and French Intensive Gardening and is excited to share his love of gardening with others. Bring sunscreen, hat, and sun protection if needed. Sponsored by the Alameda County Cleanwater Program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Time: 10 am - 1 pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, June 16, 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, June 16, 2007
Class: "Bike Safety Part 2: On-Road Instruction" — The class provides an opportunity to put into practice what was learned in the Day 1 Street Skills class, including emergency maneuvers and riding in various traffic conditions, to test your knowledge of vehicular cycling skills. Bicycle required. Location: Perforce Software, 2319 Clement St., Alameda. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-7433, dcampbel@lmi.net , http://www.ebbc.org/ .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Course: "Permaculture Design Certification Intensive" — We will explore natural systems and apply permaculture principles, integrating homes and gardens, energy and water systems, bird language, and tracking. Activities will deepen our intimacy with the natural world. The course includes tidepooling, milking goats, mushroom cultivation, chi gung, cheesemaking and creating community in a budding spring fed permaculture farm. Bonus: music and singing around the camp fire. With Penny Livingston-Stark and Brock Dolman, and guest instructors Geoff Lawton, Starhawk, James Stark, Jon Young and others. Location: Commonweal Garden, Bolinas. Cost: $1350 paid by 6/1. Info: 415-868 9681, info@regenerativedesign.org , http://regenerativedesign.org/courses-events/permaculture .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Simple, Healthful Japanese Cuisine" — The class features mostly local, in-season, organic ingredients. We will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Three-Bean Chili, Polenta & Pine Nut-Stuffed Red Peppers, Spicy Seitan Tostadas, Ensalada de Frijoles, Chile Cornbread Muffins. We feature uncomplicated recipes, debunk myths regarding plant-based eating, and have a lot of fun. Fees include demonstration, food samples, copies of recipes, coupons for restaurants and local groceries, resources and more. Register online. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., at Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $45 + $5 food / materials fee. Info: 510-531-2665, colleen@compassionatecooks.com , http://www.compassionatecooks.com/reg.htm .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Class: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time" — Learn a comprehensive approach to remodeling that creates comfort and value through a building that's healthier, more energy-efficient, resource conserving, and affordable. This workshop focuses on foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, flooring, heating, and finishes. Register online. Location: Environmental Technology Center, Sonoma State U., 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming and Nuclear Power" — The case for and against nuclear power in a carbon-constrained world. 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 .

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Workshop: "Find Your Dream Job in Solar" — Gain exposure to solar-related career and entrepreneurship opportunities in a range of areas, including: sales, marketing, and installation; research & development; government or third-party policy work; education; and non-profits. Participants will receive a detailed resource guide. Networking and questions encouraged. Taught by Liz Merry. Register online. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, jamie.eldrett@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/store/product.asp?pid=1532&catID=13,0 .

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration" — Meet at the foot of road leading to phone company microwave tower near southwest road closure off Bernal Heights Blvd. Bring your own clippers/tools if possible. Location: SF. Time: 11 am. Cost: free. Info: 415-282-5066, bpandrp@peoplepc.com .

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk — Everyone welcome. Location: Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave., between Derby St. and Stuart St., Berkeley. Time: 3pm. Info: 510-526-7377, info@eastbaylabyrinthproject.or .

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Carrie Bennett
Ecology Center

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