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

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
6/16/2007	 	Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - CLASS IS FULL
6/19/2007	 	Sustainability Programs that Reach Beyond the Choir
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"
6/27/2007	 	Berkeley-Ukraine Partnership for the Environment
6/28/2007	 	Postcards from Italia: Food, Land, and Culture
6/29/2007	 	Cultural Evening with the Indigenous Permaculture Program
6/30/2007	 	Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building
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
7/22/2007	 	EcoHouse Workshop: Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health
8/5/2007	 	Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour
8/25/2007	 	Jazzy Tomatoes at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market
10/30/2007	Fall Fruit 'n' Fright at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market

 ALL EVENTS
Through 6/15/2007	 	Volunteer: "Scrub Canoes with Save the Bay"
Through 6/21/2007	 	Seeking Eco-Artists & Innovators
Through 6/29/2007	 	Artist Reception: "ReArt: The Art of Re-Use"
Through 7/29/2007	 	Classes: "Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University"
Through 8/24/2007	 	Volunteer: "Alameda Creek Alliance 10th Anniversary"
Through 8/25/2007	 	Planning for the Centennial of Berkeley's Parks Celebration
Through 10/7/2007	 	Exhibit: "The Edge: Where California Culture, Critters, and Environment Collide"
6/15/2007	 	Deadline: "Catalyst Grant Proposals"
6/15/2007	 	Workshop: "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible"
6/15/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Sonoma"
6/15/2007	 	Film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
6/15/2007	 	Submission Deadline: "Oakland Neighborhood Project Grants"
6/16/2007	 	Class: "Remodeling: One Green Room at a Time"
6/16/2007	 	Seminar: "Solar Electricity For Your Home"
6/16/2007	 	Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - CLASS IS FULL
6/16/2007	 	Potluck & Presentation with Permaculture Designer Geoff Lawton
6/16/2007	 	Volunteer: Crissy Field Cleanup Day
6/16/2007	 	Free E-Waste Recycling in Burlingame
6/16/2007	 	Benefit: Save the Wild Mustangs!
6/16/2007	 	Volunteer Opp: Friends Of Temescal Creek Water Quality Testing
6/16/2007	 	Class: "Bike Safety Part 2: On-Road Instruction"
6/16/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Simple, Healthful Japanese Cuisine"
6/16/2007	 	Workshop: "Knitting with yarn SCRAPs"
6/16/2007	 	Course: "Permaculture Design Certification Intensive"
6/16/2007	 	Workshop: "Hands-on Biodiesel Homebrewing"
6/17/2007	 	Workshop: "Find Your Dream Job in Solar"
6/17/2007	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
6/17/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration"
6/17/2007	 	Bay Area Vegetarians: Sundaes and Advocacy
6/17/2007	 	Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: Parnassus Heights
6/17/2007	 	Lecture and Discussion: "Global Warming and Nuclear Power"
6/17/2007	 	Potluck & Presentation with Permaculture Designer Geoff Lawton
6/18/2007	 	Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute
6/18/2007	 	Meeting: "Pittsburg City Council's Final Vote"
6/18/2007	 	Summer Day Camp: "This Land is Your Land"
6/19/2007	 	Sustainability Programs that Reach Beyond the Choir
6/19/2007	 	Workshop: "Compost: Green Waste to Gardener's Gold, for Educators"
6/19/2007	 	Rally for Affordable Housing in Oakland
6/20/2007	 	Film: "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future"
6/20/2007	 	Workshop: "Biodiesel Fundamentals"
6/20/2007	 	Camping Trip: "Bay Area Adventure for Teens"
6/20/2007	 	East Bay Green Drinks
6/20/2007	 	Volunteer Orientation: Golden Gate Audubon
6/20/2007	 	Children of Prisoners: A Discussion on Activism
6/20/2007	 	Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: USF Campus
6/20/2007	 	Camping Trip: "North Coast Quest for Teens"
6/20/2007	 	Meeting and Potluck: East Bay Peak Oil
6/21/2007	 	Film & Discussion: "Sugar Slaves"
6/21/2007	 	Panel Discussion: "A New Social Contract: Stewardship of the Earth -- The Community Solutions"
6/21/2007	 	Volunteer: Weed Watchers
6/21/2007	 	Book Event: John Perkins at Cody's
6/21/2007	 	Green Movie Night: "The Next Industrial Revolution"
6/21/2007	 	China Eco Expo
6/21/2007	 	Summer Solstice Gathering
6/21/2007	 	Workshop: "Kids in Gardens"
6/21/2007	 	Class: "Green with Style"
6/21/2007	 	Film & Discussion on World Refugee Day
6/22/2007	 	Benefit: "Save the Oaks"
6/23/2007	 	Volunteer: "Noe Valley Basin Expansion with Friends of the Urban Forest"
6/23/2007	 	Volunteer: "Eureka ValleyTree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest"
6/23/2007	 	Workshop: "Backyard Chickens"
6/23/2007	 	Workshop: "Backyard Chickens"
6/23/2007	 	Oak Grove Tree-Sit Summer Festival
6/23/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands at Eden Landing"
6/23/2007	 	Summer Solstice Celebration
6/23/2007	 	Gathering: "17th Annual Basketweavers' Gathering"
6/23/2007	 	Volunteer: Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve
6/23/2007	 	Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale"
6/23/2007	 	Native Plant Gardening for the East Bay
6/24/2007	 	EcoHouse Event: "Chickens and Ducks in Your Garden"
6/24/2007	 	Hike: "Botanical Explorations"
6/25/2007	 	New College Summer Open House
6/27/2007	 	People's March and Hearing Against Pollution
6/27/2007	 	Cooking Class: "Summertime Salads -- Some Classics"
6/27/2007	 	Workshop: "More Than Your Standard Garden"
6/27/2007	 	Project BUILD Kickoff
6/27/2007	 	Film: "The Global Gardener"
6/27/2007	 	Information Session: Sustainable Building Advisor Program
6/27/2007	 	Energy Commission Workshop: Increasing Energy Efficiency and Renewables in our Homes and Businesses
6/27/2007	 	Berkeley-Ukraine Partnership for the Environment
6/28/2007	 	Lecture: "Garden Flowers for Attracting Native Bees"
6/28/2007	 	Postcards from Italia: Food, Land, and Culture
6/28/2007	 	Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration"
6/29/2007	 	Cultural Evening with the Indigenous Permaculture Program
6/29/2007	 	0 to 100 Watts in 4 Days: Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter
6/29/2007	 	Workshop: Facilitation of Small Groups: Making Working Together Easier
6/29/2007	 	Free Compost for Berkeley Residents
6/30/2007	 	Class: "Big Bamboo Construction"
6/30/2007	 	Deadline: Applications for the "Waste Reduction Awards Program"
6/30/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bair Island Canoe and Restoration"
6/30/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Oakland"
6/30/2007	 	Workshop: "Advanced Biodiesel Production"
6/30/2007	 	Drip Irrigation: Do-it-yourself, Save Water
6/30/2007	 	Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building
6/30/2007	 	Volunteer Opp: "Habitat restoration and planting at Lands End"
6/30/2007	 	Volunteer: Corona Heights Park Habitat Restoration Party
6/30/2007	 	Volunteer Opp: Inner Sunset Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
6/30/2007	 	Workshop: Healthy Pest & Disease Controls
6/30/2007	 	Community Art Event: Trash Mash-up
6/30/2007	 	Camping Trip: "North Coast Quest for Teens"
6/30/2007	 	Application Deadline: "Be the Change Environmental Leadership Program"
6/30/2007	 	Urban Alliance for Sustainability Playshop
7/1/2007	 	Deadline: "Artists and Innovators for Burning Man's Green Man Pavilion"
7/1/2007	 	EcoHouse Tour
7/1/2007	 	Book Club: "Bay Area Vegetarians"

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - CLASS IS FULL — 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 Countywide Clean Water Program PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Location: t. 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
Sustainability Programs that Reach Beyond the Choir — Join us for a presentation of the Low Carbon Diet Program and the Green Team Project. Susan Silber, Sustainable Living Programs Coordinator with Acterra, and environmental consultant Bruce Riordan will discuss ways for individuals to get involved with two exciting grassroots projects that reach "beyond the choir" and empower us all 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 or neighbors to work colleagues and community groups -- to educate themselves and others about ways to adopt environmentally-friendly habits and behavior. It is the team process, accountability and workbooks that create a fun, nonjudgmental and educational atmosphere to support behavior and lifestyle changes. Learn about how and why these programs work, and how they can be a powerful method for involving the mainstream in the sustainability movement. We will be forming teams at the meeting, or find out how you can form a team and empower your own "Circle of Influence." The programs are designed for all levels -- from those who don't know what a CFL lightbulb is, to those who have have given up their cars and have composting toilets! 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: $20-50 sliding scale. Info: 510-841-3493, bach@headwaterspreserve.org , http://www.saveoaks.com/SaveOaks/Main.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 Countywide Clean Water Program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Location: t. 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 .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Berkeley-Ukraine Partnership for the Environment — Ukrainian grassroots environmental activists visiting Berkeley in June will have a roundtable discussion with Berkeley's Center for Safe Energy Co-Founder Francis Macy, and John Stufflebean, Director of the Enviornmental Services Department for the City of San Jose on key environmental issues in Ukraine and ways in which we're working in partnership to address the globe's most pressing environmental challenges. Macy is a Russian specialist who has made over fifty working visits to the USSR and successor states since 1961. He has hosted many environmental leaders from Ukraine over the last twenty years. He received the Nuclear Free Future Life-Time Achievement Award for "building bridges between the Russian and American peace and environmental movements." Stufflebean worked in Ukraine with USAID in 2001, and has hosted Ukrainian delegates in the U.S. where he worked on collaborative efforts in city management and the environment. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@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.

Friday, June 29, 2007
Cultural Evening with the Indigenous Permaculture Program — Come join the Indigenous Permaculture Program for a presentation of our work in El Salvador and on the Pine Ridge Reservation and learn how indigenous people throughout the continent are stewarding the land for sustainable communities. The IPP has just returned from El Salvador after a one week immersion training to advance rural community development. We'll show slides of the community's appropriate technology stoves, rainwater catchment system, compost toilets, and tree reforestation project, as well as show slides from our most recent trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Plus, there'll be Aztec Dance, Native Drum, and native healthy food. All donations benefit the IPP's work. The Indigenous Permaculture Project links people in the Bay Area with Indigenous communities and traditional environmental knowledge. If you can't make the event but would like to make a donation, please contact us at the Ecology Center. All proceeds will help fund the work. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Donation of $10-$35 sliding scale suggested. No one will be turned away.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, June 30, 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 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 Countywide Clean Water Program. Class size limited to 15. CALL TO PRE-REGISTER AND FOR LOCATION. Location: t. 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, July 22, 2007
EcoHouse Workshop: Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health — Learn the benefits of herbs and their use in western herbal medicine from a practicing Bay Area herbalist. Take an herb walk around the local community gardens and leave with a cutting of an easy to grow herb and tincture. We will discuss the use of herbs in health care, their growth habits, their distribution throughout the wild, and the practice methods through which medicine is extracted from them. Bring small pots and hand shovels and leave with an easy to grow medicinal herb. Taught by Joshua Muscat, Western Herbalist. Near North Berkeley BART. RSVP via phone or email by 5:00 on 7/20/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one refused for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

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 25, 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 Friday, June 15, 2007
Volunteer: "Scrub Canoes with Save the Bay" — Join Save The Bay education staff at our season cleanup and get the chance to win a free canoe or kayak trip, not to mention free lunch! Local non-profit Save The Bay leads canoe field trips on San Francisco Bay for about 5,000 youth and adults each year, teaching about the ecology and importance of the bay. After a busy spring season, we need you to help us: scrub down canoes, organize education materials, and help make minor repairs on our equipment. Save The Bay educators will provide all instruction, tools and guidance for the cleanup. No experience necessary, but volunteers should be able to lift heavy objects and do physical work. RSVP required. Register by phone or email. You will then be emailed directions and any additional information. Please indicate what time you can volunteer. Location: Nelson's Marina, Ferry Point & West Oriskany Ave, Alameda. Time: 8:45am - 5pm. Info: 510-452-9261 ext. 119, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/site/pp.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=474297 .

Through Thursday, June 21, 2007
Seeking Eco-Artists & Innovators — The Green City Gallery seeks innovative green technologies and eco-artists for curated exhibit in downtown Berkeley. Are you a natural builder with an expertise in cob building? Submit an artistic photo of your project! Do you have an appropriate technology design that hasn't hit the market yet? Submit a photo and design statement. A collaboration between DIG Coop Inc. and Bay Localize. Contact via email ASAP. Anticipated Gallery opening date is June 21. Location: Berkeley. Info: ingrid@baylocalize.org .

Through 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/ .

Through 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 .

Through Friday, August 24, 2007
Volunteer: "Alameda Creek Alliance 10th Anniversary" — The Alameda Creek Alliance will celebrate our 10th anniversary in August with a dinner and silent auction fundraiser. Celebrate a decade of organizing and advocating for restoring Alameda Creek and its fisheries. This event will feature food, wine, live music, local celebrity speakers and a silent auction. There are a number of ways you can help: donate an item or activity for our silent auction (environmental, outdoor adventure and flyfishing themed items or activities are especially welcome), ask your business or friends or family to donate an item or activity for the auction, purchase tickets for an event or a gift certificate for an item for the auction, volunteer to help set up at the event, volunteer to help run the silent auction. If you are interested in helping, please contact Diana Brumbaugh via phone or email. Info: 510-794-4252, alamedavolunteer@yahoo.com , www.alamedacreek.org .

Through Saturday, August 25, 2007
Planning for the Centennial of Berkeley's Parks Celebration — Activists and affiliates of Berkeley Partners for Parks are requested to participate in the Centennial of Berkeley's Parks Celebration (8/25/07 through 10/7/07) by including their paths, creek, community garden, and/or park in this to-be-defined calendar of events. BPFP and the City of Berkeley are co-sponsoring a month+ of grassroots events in Berkeley's public outdoor places! The Centennial will kick-off with a city-wide fair to honor 100 years of our first City Park -- San Pablo Park, to be hosted by the San Pablo Park Neighborhood Council. We invite other groups and individuals to plan and schedule their own events and coordinate their activities with us. BPFP will create a calendar and promote the activities widely. Location: t. Info: 510-849-1969, jsteere@igc.org .

Through 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 .

Friday, June 15, 2007
Deadline: "Catalyst Grant Proposals" — The Catalyst funds will be available for qualified applicants requesting less than $10,000. A qualified grassroots organization is defined as one that is all or largely volunteer driven; has few full-time staff persons or equivalent; has an annual budget, including projects, of less than $150,000; and has not received significant foundation support. Grassroots organizations must identify a significant community need, develop a clear plan for translating that need into action, and demonstrate an ability to account for the expenditure of funds. A program of The Stewardship Council, which protects and enhances watershed lands and uses, and invests in efforts to improve the lives of young Californians through connections with the outdoors. Complete RFP and application online. Info: 650-286-5150, http://www.stewardshipcouncil.org/youth_investment/guidelines_and_application.php?v=0#ca .

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
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
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
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 .

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
Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening - CLASS IS FULL — 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 Countywide Clean Water Program PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Location: t. 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
Potluck & Presentation with Permaculture Designer Geoff Lawton — With Australian Permaculture Designer Geoff Lawton, Director of the Permaculture Research Institute and Co-Founder of Permaculture Across Borders. Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects internationally, including greening the Dead Sea Valley where his water gathering strategies desalinated desert soil producing dates, figs and pomegranates in six months. Potluck Dinner 5:30-7:30, Permaculture Power Point Presentation and Q & A Session 7:30-9:30. Located in the "Rec Room", just inside the front door of the Botanical Garden Building. RSVP via email. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $10-25 suggested donation, and food to share. Info: kat@urbanpermacultureguild.org , http://sfbotanicalgarden.org/visiting/page2.html .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Volunteer: Crissy Field Cleanup Day — Bring dogs, friends, and family to this monthly event and help keep Crissy Field clean of litter and dog waste. Cleanup areas include the east and central beaches and the promenade area. Volunteers meet the third Saturday of the month at the East Beach parking lot picnic tables. E-mail Crissy Field Dogs for more information and to confirm event, as it is occasionally rescheduled. Bring gloves; trash bags are provided. Location: Crissy Field, SF. Time: 9am. Info: crissyfielddogs@sbcglobal.net , http://www.crissyfield.org/calendar/index.asp?event=676 .

Saturday, June 16, 2007 - Sunday, June 17, 2007
Free E-Waste Recycling in Burlingame — The City of Burlingame and Universal Waste Management, Inc. are hosting a free electronics waste recycling opportunity for all California residents and businesses to properly dispose of and recycle unwanted electronics. Please note that household appliances and other household wastes will not be accepted at this event. For a list of e-wastes that will be accepted, please visit website. Location: City of Burlingame Municipal Parking Lot O (400 Block of California Avenue, between Burlingame Avenue and Oak Grove). Location: Burlingame. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-558-7200, http://www.unwaste.com .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Benefit: Save the Wild Mustangs! — 2nd Annual Save the Wild Mustangs! Benefit presented by Kitty Rose in support of the wild horse rescue center, Lifesavers, Inc., in Lancaster, CA. Live music by Kitty Rose, Judea Eden, Dreamboat Where are You?, Shelley Doty X-Tet, Makena. Raffle of wild mustang merchandise including silver buckle from Lifesavers, Inc.. Presentation of information on horse rescue and related issues throughout the day. Location: El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF. Time: 3pm - 7pm. Info: http://www.elriosf.com .

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Volunteer Opp: Friends Of Temescal Creek Water Quality Testing — Time for the June Friends Of Temescal Creek water quality testing. We will be meeting at the inlet to Lake Temescal. Call if you need further information. Location: Oakland. Time: 9am. Info: 510-652-9981, jharg@sbcglobal.net , http://temescalcreek.org/ .

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
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
Workshop: "Knitting with yarn SCRAPs" — Adventures in Knitting: Wrist Warmers, Turkish Socks and Beyond. New to knitting? Learn how and make a pair of cozy wrist warmers. Know the basics? Learn the simple techniques for making Turkish socks: thick, durable socks that double as slippers. These projects are perfect for the recycled fibers at SCRAP and will get you thinking about the creative possibilities of knitting materials available beyond the yarn store. Bring your own yarn, or get materials at SCRAP. Knitting needles will be available in class for a small fee, or bring your own. Two Saturdays: June 16 & 23. RSVP by phone. Location: SCRAP, 801 Toland St., entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby, SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Cost: $30 plus $15.00 for materials. Info: 415-647-1746, scrap@scrap-sf.org , www.scrap-sf.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
Workshop: "Hands-on Biodiesel Homebrewing" — Class is designed to give you the hands on experience you need to begin making your own high quality fuel, and combines lab, practical, theory, and Q&A. Topics Include: demo & practice; basic chemistry of making biodiesel; oil quality testing - free fatty acid titration and quantitative water test; calculations for methanol and catalyst use; fuel quality testing for conversion, washing techniques; separating fuel from glycerol and water; processor operation; avoiding & breaking emulsion; processor design & building; tips; basic safety guidelines. Taught by Andrew Morris. Includes lunch. Limit 6 participants. Second person from the same household price. Register via email. Location: Oakland. Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $90. Info: morris1524@yahoo.com .

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
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.org .

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
Bay Area Vegetarians: Sundaes and Advocacy — Please join your fellow veg*n advocates at the newest Bay Area Veg Letter Writing Party, Sundaes and Advocacy. Purchase a fabulous vegan sundae (optional) and let your voice count. There will be a variety of issues each month. You can choose the issues that are most important to you. New ideas are always welcome! Please bring the names of your State & Federal legislators. If you don't know who they are, you can find them at http://votesmart. org. Pens, paper and envelopes will be provided, but feel free to personalize it and bring your own. RSVP online. Host: Dana. RSVP online. Location: MaggieMudd, 903 Cortland Avenue, SF. Time: 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm?EID=1582 .

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: Parnassus Heights — Tour one of San Francisco's delightful tree-lined neighborhoods with Mike Sullivan, a resident of Parnassus Heights & author of The Trees of San Francisco. While geographically small, this neighborhood has a surprising variety of tree species. Mike will also weave in bits of local architecture, history & miscellany during the tour. Tour involves walking a lot & sometimes going up & down hills, so please wear appropriate shoes. Please bring water & a camera (for all the beautiful trees!) & know that some tree tour terrain may prevent the passage of wheeled mobility devices. Meeting site: Bottom of the Farnsworth Stairs (corner of Willard Street & Farnsworth Lane - just uphill from Parnassus Ave). MUNI: 6, 43, 71, N. RSVP via email or phone. Location: SF. Time: 2pm - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 x 108, nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/ .

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
Potluck & Presentation with Permaculture Designer Geoff Lawton — With Australian Permaculture Designer Geoff Lawton, Director of the Permaculture Research Institute and Co-Founder of Permaculture Across Borders. Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects internationally including greening the Dead Sea Valley where his water gathering strategies desalinated desert soil producing dates, figs and pomegranates in six months. Potluck Dinner 5:30-6:30, Permaculture Power Point Presentation and Q & A Session 6:30-8:30. Located in the "Auditorium", just inside the front door of the Botanical Garden Building. RSVP via email. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $10-25 suggested donation, and food to share. Info: kat@urbanpermacultureguild.org , http://sfbotanicalgarden.org/visiting/page2.html .

Monday, June 18, 2007 - Friday, August 24, 2007
Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute — Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute combines marine and coastal ecology themes with hands-on educational activities and games, providing exciting opportunities for discovery in the great outdoors. By promoting environmental stewardship, Coastal Camp empowers kids to become responsible earth citizens. Coastal Camp is located at Rodeo Beach on the Headlands Institute Campus. Location: Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands. Info: 415-332-6961, http://www.yni.org/hi/summer/index.php .

Monday, June 18, 2007
Meeting: "Pittsburg City Council's Final Vote" — Pittsburg, a small East Bay city nestled south of the Delta and north of the foothills of Mount Diablo, is continuing on its fast-tracked plan to sprawl outward into the hills. The rapidly growing city has already approved hundreds of houses that have not yet been built. The city's draft hillside ordinance would allow up to 1,600 more houses on these landslide-prone hills. Act now to stop the city from paving over these iconic hills. Location: Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: saveourhills@comcast.net , http://www.saveourhills.org/index.html .

Monday, June 18, 2007 - Friday, August 31, 2007
Summer Day Camp: "This Land is Your Land" — For children ages 5-12. Two camp locations: one at Roberts Regional Park in Oakland and one at Tilden Park in Berkeley. This Land is Your Land Day Camp blends the exciting science and nature studies developed by Sarah Shaffer with art, music, hiking, swimming, and outdoor games. Counselor In Training (CIT) program for campers ages 11-15. Weekly sessions from June 18 through August 31. Theme for June 18-22: Go Green! Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $285/wk. Info: 510-581-3739, http://www.sarahscience.com/ .

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sustainability Programs that Reach Beyond the Choir — Join us for a presentation of the Low Carbon Diet Program and the Green Team Project. Susan Silber, Sustainable Living Programs Coordinator with Acterra, and environmental consultant Bruce Riordan will discuss ways for individuals to get involved with two exciting grassroots projects that reach "beyond the choir" and empower us all 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 or neighbors to work colleagues and community groups -- to educate themselves and others about ways to adopt environmentally-friendly habits and behavior. It is the team process, accountability and workbooks that create a fun, nonjudgmental and educational atmosphere to support behavior and lifestyle changes. Learn about how and why these programs work, and how they can be a powerful method for involving the mainstream in the sustainability movement. We will be forming teams at the meeting, or find out how you can form a team and empower your own "Circle of Influence." The programs are designed for all levels -- from those who don't know what a CFL lightbulb is, to those who have have given up their cars and have composting toilets! 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 .

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Workshop: "Compost: Green Waste to Gardener's Gold, for Educators" — Turn your school garden's green waste into rich compost guaranteed to solve your soil problems. Learn the basics of starting and maintaining a compost bin. Includes a course reader and a composting bin for schools in Alameda County. Register online. Location: Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Avenue, Albany. Time: 10am - 12:30pm. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Rally for Affordable Housing in Oakland — Rally for a people's housing plan for all of Oakland's residents. Sponsored by the Oakland People's Housing Coalition: ACORN, Alameda County Central Labor Council, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, East Bay Community Law Center, East Bay Housing Organizations, Green Party, Just Cause Oakland, Oakland Tenants Union, Oakland Community Organizations, Public Advocates, SEIU 1021, and Urban Strategies Council. Location: Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Time: 5:30pm. Info: 510-434-3110, OaklandPHC@Gmail.com .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Film: "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future" — This documentary illuminates the emergence of ecological design in the twentieth century. Beginning with the work of Buckminster Fuller, from the 1920s through the 1960s, continuing through the counter-culture, and ending on the doorstep of the twenty-first century, the film follows the evolution of ecological design from the early visions of a few independent thinkers to the powerful movement it has become today. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to visit our Humanist Tea House. Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible on 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 .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Workshop: "Biodiesel Fundamentals" — Learn how to make any diesel car run on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) or Biodiesel. Class covers biodiesel fundamentals with a focus on using WVO as a fuel. See a Mercedes-Benz 240D running on free (Sushi) Waste Vegetable Oil! Taught by Bill Michell. Register online. Location: TechShop, 120 Independence Drive, Menlo Park. Time: 7:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $20. Info: http://techshop.ws/take_classes.html?a=1&i=957339 .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Camping Trip: "Bay Area Adventure for Teens" — Backpack through Point Reyes National Seashore, head out for an afternoon removing non-native plant species with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, then set out for a 2-day kayak on Tomales Bay. Great for beginning campers. Ages 12-14. Cost: $810. Info: 707-876-3071, http://www.goadventure.org .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
East Bay Green Drinks — A monthly gathering of people interested in sustainability, including green business, architecture, design, building, organics, clean energy and other topics. Triple Rock Brewery is taking $2 off pitchers for the group! Located at Hearst, two blocks north of University Ave, near the downtown Berkeley Bart station. Location: Triple Rock Brewery, 1920 Shattuck Avenue, at Hearst Street, Berkeley. Time: 5:30pm - 8pm.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Volunteer Orientation: Golden Gate Audubon — Volunteer Orientation Night. Meet at the Golden Gate Audubon headquarters, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite G, Berkeley. Location: Golden Gate Audubon , 2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite G, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-843-7295, mmartin@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Children of Prisoners: A Discussion on Activism — Five activists who work in different arenas share their experience and suggest ways that you, too, can make a difference in the lives of children of incarcerated parents. Join Cassie Pierson, from Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; Yolanda Robinson, from the offices of City Attorney Jeff Adachi; Sophia Sanchez, from the Center for Young Women's Development; Tara Regan, from Centerforce; and Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, early childhood consultant and author for this informative and inspiring discussion. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Info: 415-282-9246, http://www.mtbs.com/index.html .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: USF Campus — Tour the award winning University of San Francisco campus & discover the hidden gems that bring peace to this bustling urban campus. Featuring the university's signature tree, the Leylandii Cypress, among others, this tour is a great opportunity to see a wide variety of trees that successfully green San Francisco. Tour involves walking a lot & sometimes going up & down hills, so please wear appropriate shoes. Please bring water & a camera (for all the beautiful trees!) & know that some tree tour terrain may prevent the passage of wheeled mobility devices. Led by Robert McNeill, the Lead Gardener at the USF for 5 years. This year, he & his crew are seeking their second "excellence in grounds maintenance" award from the Professional Grounds Management Awards. Meeting site: St. Ignatius Church at the corner of Fulton St & Parker Ave. MUNI: 5, 21, 31, 33. RSVP via email or phone. Location: SF. Time: noon - 1:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 x 108, nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/ .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Camping Trip: "North Coast Quest for Teens" — Backpack along the rugged Lost Coast in Humboldt County's Kings Range National Conservation Area, then raft the class II and III areas of the Trinity River. Ages 14-16. Cost: $945. Info: 707-876-3071, http://www.goadventure.org .

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Meeting and Potluck: East Bay Peak Oil — East Bay Peak Oil meets on the third Wednesday of each month to exchange information and resources on lifestyle changes for energy conservation. 7pm: potluck. 7:30pm: meeting. Location: Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave., near Rockridge BART, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Info: ebpo@sfbayoil.org , http://www.sfbayoil.org/ebpo/index.html .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Film & Discussion: "Sugar Slaves" — An evening with Brazilian filmmaker and human rights activist Maria Luisa Mendona. Mendona will speak on the polemical context of ethanol production in Brazil and show her latest film, Sugar Slaves, a 25-minute documentary about the violations of basic rights of sugarcane workers and the environmental impacts of extensive sugarcane monoculture. Co-sponsored by Amazon Watch, Brazil Strategy Network, The Center for Political Education, Food First, Friends of the MST, Global Exchange, International Rivers Network, and Rainforest Action Network. Located in the Global Exchange Conference Room, Second Floor. Location: Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St. #303, 16th St. & Mission St., SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: $5-10 donation requested, no one turned away. Info: 415-255-7296 ext. 253, speakers@globalexchange.org , http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/bayarea.php .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Panel Discussion: "A New Social Contract: Stewardship of the Earth -- The Community Solutions" — A forum with panelists Ellen Bicheler, Stephen Fuller-Rowell, Veronica Jacobi, Daniel Solnit, Craig Litwin and Portia Sinnott. The focus of the New Social Contract will shift to addressing issues of environmental protection and sustainability, with break-out sessions to follow. Location: New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St., @ Wilson, Santa Rosa. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 707-575-8902, dbaker@newcollege.edu , http://www.newcollege.edu/northbay .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Volunteer: Weed Watchers — Weed Watchers go on weed scouting hikes in spectacular locations throughout the Golden Gate National Parks to identify weeds as they first invade. Discovering weeds before they become well-established is critical to reducing damage to ecosystem integrity, preventing the loss of habitat for rare plants and animals, and preventing costly natural resource management. Join staff and other volunteers to identify the priority weeds of the park, use digital cameras and GPS units to record sightings, and go on excursions to look for the weeds. The hikes vary in length and difficulty, but last approximately 3 hours. The focus of the walks are identification, not weed removal, so the outings are perfect for families, retirees, and those who just want to learn more about the plants of the park. No experience necessary. Training will be provided. Adults, families, and youth welcome. Chaperones, please be present at drop off for youth under the age of 18. Fulfills community service requirements. Tools and snacks will be provided. Bring the appropriate waiver forms (see website). Please wear clothes that can get dirty, long pants and long sleeves, close-toed shoes, layers for changing weather, and rain gear if necessary. Also, bring water, lunch, and sunscreen. Location: Varies throughout San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties. Time: 9:30am - 2pm. Info: 415-331-5023, espeith@parksconservancy , http://www.crissyfield.org/calendar/index.asp?event=642 .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Book Event: John Perkins at Cody's — JOHN PERKINS, author of Confessions of An Economic Hit Man, zeroes in on hot spots around the world such as Venezuela, Tibet, Iraq, Israel, Vietnam and others and exposes the network of events in each of these countries that have contributed to the creation of the American Empire and international corruption in "The Secret History of The American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption". Perkins reveals a secret history, including the current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy, how the "defeats" in Vietnam and Iraq benefited big business, the role of Israel as it relates to the US in the Middle East, US blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon and Venezuela, corporations supporting sweatshop conditions in their world countries, and how NGOs help keep Africa poor. "You will not find doom and gloom in these pages," Perkins says. "I am optimistic. I know that, although serious, our problems are man-made. We can solve them. By exploring the dark recesses of our past we can develop a light for examining - and changing - the future." A former economic hit man, Perkins is a founder and board member of Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to creating a stable, sustainable, and peaceful world. Location: Cody's Books (West Berkeley), 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-559-9500, melissa@codysbooks.com , http://www.codysbooks.com/calendar/jun07Calendar.jsp;jsessionid=2E9BAFDA1BA54A086097F2F711D7D797 .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Green Movie Night: "The Next Industrial Revolution" — Urban Alliance for Sustainability's Green Movie Night provides a casual space to meet others in the local sustainability movement and encourages lively, open discussion. Movie Description: While some environmental observers predict doomsday scenarios in which a rapidly increasing human population is forced to compete for ever scarcer natural resources, Bill McDonough sees a more exciting and hopeful future. In his vision, humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes. Co-hosted by Ann Bartz, BALLE. Afterwards, conversation continues down the block at Elixir (www.elixirsf.com), a Green-Certified business offering Green Movie Night attendees $1 off any organic beer, wine or mixed drink with your ticket stub. Doors open at 6pm, speakers and film start at 6:30pm. Location: Little Roxie Theater, 3125 16th Street, SF. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $8, $4 seniors & New College students. Info: http://www.uas.coop/node/573 .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
China Eco Expo — Held every 2 years since 1986, CIEPEC is the largest, most influential event of its kind in China, with 270,000 Sq. Ft. of exhibit space and a projected attendance of 60,000. Location: China Exhibition Center, Beijing. Info: 818-906 - 2700, info@ecoexpo.com , http://www.ecoexpo.com .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Summer Solstice Gathering — Gatherings include a magnificent sunset, a short astronomy workshop, your thoughts about the meaning of the season, and the virtues of Cesar Chavez. Led by Tory Brady, Exploratorium Teacher Institute. Location: Interim Solar Calendar on west side of park. www.ecologycenter.org/chavez Location: Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Time: 7:45pm - 8:45pm. Cost: Free. Info: www.solarcalendar.org .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Workshop: "Kids in Gardens" — Get a jumpstart on creating and sustaining an educational garden for your school. Learn the skills you need to propagate plants, improve your soil, reduce waste and pesticide use, conserve water, and create wildlife habitat. Includes resource binder, composting bins and more. Register online. Location: Cleveland Elementary School, 745 Cleveland St, Oakland. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: $30 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Thursday, June 21, 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: Municipal Service Center, Santa Rosa, 69 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $20. Info: 510-845-0472, info@BuildItGreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/registration/index.cfm?fuseaction=moreinfo .

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Film & Discussion on World Refugee Day — Amnesty International USA and Asylum Access present: a talk and movie screening of "Chasing Freedom" about refugees seeking asylum in the US. Almost every year, the U.S. government attempts to reform and increase the harshness of immigration legislation. Refugees and asylum seekers are always a part of this debate because any change to immigration law affects their ability to gain access to U.S. borders to make claims for protection, avoid prolonged detention, and receive a fair hearing. Asylum Access envisions a world where refugees are seen as people with rights, not just needs. To make these rights a reality, Asylum Access provides on-the-ground legal counsel and representation for refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and advocates for refugee rights worldwide. Event co-sponsored by United Nations Association-East Bay Chapter, and Global Exchange. Location: Studio Rasa, 933 Parker, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Info: 310-351-8931, e_rahmanov@yahoo.com , www.amnestyusa.org/refugee .

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: $20-50 sliding scale. Info: 510-841-3493, bach@headwaterspreserve.org , http://www.saveoaks.com/SaveOaks/Main.html .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Volunteer: "Noe Valley Basin Expansion with Friends of the Urban Forest" — Breakfast / lunch is provided. RSVP by phone. Meeting location TBA. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Volunteer: "Eureka ValleyTree 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: Queen Malika's Crepes, 4416 18th nr Eureka. 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 23, 2007
Workshop: "Backyard Chickens" — Learn everything you need to know to raise happy hens, including: hen house and yard set-up, nesting boxes, water, feed, local suppliers, caring for your hens and favorite crops to grow for your chickens. Learn how easy it is to raise chickens and how great a role they play in creating a healthy organic vegetable garden. Garden snack included! Meet at Common Ground, then car pool to instructor's garden and hen house. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $36. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/upcomingclasses.htm .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Workshop: "Backyard Chickens" — Learn everything you need to know to raise happy hens, including: hen house and yard set-up, nesting boxes, water, feed, local suppliers, caring for your hens and favorite crops to grow for your chickens. Learn how easy it is to raise chickens and how great a role they play in creating a healthy organic vegetable garden. Garden snack included! Meet at Common Ground, then car pool to instructor's garden and hen house. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Cost: $36. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/upcomingclasses.htm .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Oak Grove Tree-Sit Summer Festival — Music, Food, Art, Healing Arts, Solstice Ritual, Acrobalance, Face-painting, Drum Circle -- fun for kids and adults! Celebrate six months living in and defending this sacred, majestic grove. Bring creative ideas and cool things to share. The oak grove is on Piedmont Avenue, just north of Bancroft Avenue and the International House. Location: Memorial Oak Grove, East side of UC campus just off of Gayley Road, Berkeley. Time: 2pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-938-2109, www.saveoaks.com .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands at Eden Landing" — Join Save The Bay, California Department of Fish and Game, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to return these retired salt ponds back into wetland habitat. 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: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Summer Solstice Celebration — Everyone is invited to the garden to enjoy the bounty of summer, the beauty of the garden and the community that makes the garden possible. This celebration is a potluck barbecue, so please bring a drink, dessert, salad or a dish to share plus your own plate and utensils. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue @ Lawton Street, SF. Time: 5pm - sunset. Cost: $5-$10 donation. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Gathering: "17th Annual Basketweavers' Gathering" — The California Indian Basketweavers Association presents this gathering and demonstration of Indian basketweaving. Learn traditional weaving techniques, purchase wares, view demonstrations of other Indian cultural arts. Open to the public June 23 and 24. Register in advance for free admission. Call the Association for information and directions. Cost: Free. Info: 530-668-1332.

Saturday, June 23, 2007 - Saturday, July 28, 2007
Volunteer: Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve — The Arastradero Preserve Stewardship Project has been engaging the community in habitat restoration for nine years. Volunteer for Saturday restoration parties on June 23, July 14, and July 28. RSVP by phone. Please let us know when you'll be volunteering. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes (no open-toed shoes please), rubber boots for the mud, and bring sunscreen, hat, and water. We will provide tools, gloves, water, and healthy snacks. Location: Pearson-Arastradero Parking Lot, 1530 Arastradero Road , Palo Alto. Time: 9am - 1pm. Info: 650-962 - 9876 ext. 311, sheril@acterra.org , http://www.arastradero.org .

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Seminar: "Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale" — Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. The methods are gaining building code approval in many communities. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $85. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

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 Countywide Clean Water Program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call to register and for location. Location: t. 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 .

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Hike: "Botanical Explorations" — Learn more about local California native plants and create a plant field book to take home. Join Acterra for a leisurely hike along the riparian and grassland trails on Arastradero Preserve. Search for and identify common plants that grow in the Preserve, learn the medicinal and food uses of these plants, and discover how wild animals use plants. Collect plants, seeds and fruits from selected species. Back at the Gateway Stewardship Facility to create personal plant field books and enjoy a light lunch. Seeds and fruits collected will be used by Acterra's Native Plant Nursery for propagating native plants for habitat restoration. Wear or bring: long pants, sturdy shoes (no open-toed shoes, please), sunscreen, hat and water. Light lunch and drinks provided. Meet at the new Gateway Stewardship Facility next to the Arastradero Preserve parking lot on Arastradero Road just north of Page Mill Road. Register online by 6/22/07. Location: Pearson-Arastradero Parking Lot, 1530 Arastradero Road , Palo Alto. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $10, free for ages 5 and under. Info: 650-962-9876, http://www.acterra.org/arastradero/ .

Monday, June 25, 2007
New College Summer Open House — Offering Bachelor and Master of Arts Programs in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community; Activism and Social Change; MBA in Sustainable Enterprise; and more. At The Cultural Center, 766 Valencia. Refreshments served. RSVP via email. Location: New College of California, 766 & 777 Valencia St., SF. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: jpomeroy@newcollege.edu , www.newcollege.edu .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
People's March and Hearing Against Pollution — No rocket fuel in the drinking water! Join Dolores Huerta (Co-Founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers) in demanding justice in getting rocket fuel out of drinking water. Did you know: Perchlorate (a main ingredient in rocket fuel) contaminates the drinking water supply of Rialto and Colton; perchlorate at low concentrations affects the thyroid gland which controls growth, metabolism and the mental development of children; while polluters delay clean up, residents of Rialto are paying a surcharge on their water bills for the clean up. Polluters should pay to reimburse residents' expenses. Join together in demanding a refund now! Clean up now! March begins at 5pm (Stater Bros. Parking Lot Acacia/Foothill). Hearing at 6pm, San Bernardino County Auditorium, 850 East Foothill Avenue, Rialto, CA. Location: Rialto. Time: 5pm. Info: 951-360-8451, http://www.ccaej.org/2006/upcoming.html .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Cooking Class: "Summertime Salads -- Some Classics" — Cooking is done with the highest quality ingredients possible, adhering to the idea of SOUL food: Seasonal, Organic, Unrefined and Local. As much as possible is purchased at local farmer's markets in the East Bay. Class is vegetarian. RSVP required. Location: Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $60. Info: 510-914-1142, daramerin@gmail.com , www.thesagetable.com .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Workshop: "More Than Your Standard Garden" — Your school garden can be an outdoor classroom for science, math, or language arts. Learn how to develop standards-based lesson plans and link existing activities to California Content Standards. Register online. Location: Franklin Elementary School, 915 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, andrea@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Project BUILD Kickoff — Come to James Kenney for the Kick-Off to Project BUILD's (Berkeley United in Literacy Development) literacy tutoring for the summer at all Recreation Centers. Free book giveaway and a presentation by city officials. Free lunch provided for children registered in Summer Fun Camp Program. Location: James Kenney Recreation Center, 1718 8th Street, Berkeley. Time: 11am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/recreation/jameskenney.html .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Film: "The Global Gardener" — Australian naturalist, Bill Mollison, has traveled to over 70 countries developing integrated, self-sufficient communities. He coined the word "permaculture" to signify sustainable agriculture as well as permanent culture, weaving microclimates, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management and human needs into connected, productive communities. Bill Mollison has proved that even in the most difficult conditions permaculture empowers people to turn wastelands into food forests. Venue is wheelchair accessible on 28th Street. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to visit in the Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donation accepted. Info: http://www.HumanistHall.net .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Information Session: Sustainable Building Advisor Program — The Sustainable Building Advisor Program is a nine-month certification course designed to provide participants with the knowledge, tools and strategies to implement green building projects. The unit topics focus on practical, forward-thinking ways to design, develop and construct buildings that are resource efficient, environmentally responsible, cost effective, and healthy for all occupants. RSVP via phone or email. Location: Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., between 4th & 5th, SF. Time: 6pm - 7:30pm. Info: 415-437-3490, jboring@newcollege.edu , http://www.newcollege.edu/sba/?CFID=3189167&CFTOKEN=95609905&jsessionid=60303d80860c42e3e286 .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Energy Commission Workshop: Increasing Energy Efficiency and Renewables in our Homes and Businesses — It's cheaper to save energy than it is to buy it. This workshop will explore cost-effective ways to reduce Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency and investing in renewable sources of energy locally. Last November, 81% of Berkeley residents voted for Measure G. The Measure targets an 80% reduction in Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and directs the city to develop an emissions reduction action plan in partnership with the community. In the coming months, there are numerous opportunities to get involved in the effort to implement Measure G. Attend this workshop and lend your voice to Berkeley's climate protection movement. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-981-7081, coatfield@ci.berkeley.ca.us , http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/sustainable/MeasureG/events.html .

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Berkeley-Ukraine Partnership for the Environment — Ukrainian grassroots environmental activists visiting Berkeley in June will have a roundtable discussion with Berkeley's Center for Safe Energy Co-Founder Francis Macy, and John Stufflebean, Director of the Enviornmental Services Department for the City of San Jose on key environmental issues in Ukraine and ways in which we're working in partnership to address the globe's most pressing environmental challenges. Macy is a Russian specialist who has made over fifty working visits to the USSR and successor states since 1961. He has hosted many environmental leaders from Ukraine over the last twenty years. He received the Nuclear Free Future Life-Time Achievement Award for "building bridges between the Russian and American peace and environmental movements." Stufflebean worked in Ukraine with USAID in 2001, and has hosted Ukrainian delegates in the U.S. where he worked on collaborative efforts in city management and the environment. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Lecture: "Garden Flowers for Attracting Native Bees" — Learn about the importance of California's native bee population and how to select flowering plants that will attract native bees to your garden. UC Berkeley entomologist Gordon Frankie will provide a list of bee-friendly plants and offer a guide for building an urban garden in which native bees will flourish. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: free (donations encouraged). Info: 415-554-9600, http://www.randallmuseum.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.

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration" — Learn about and actively participate in the restoration of a local National Wildlife Refuge that is off-limits to the public.Volunteers help restore the islands' native vegetation by planting native plants and removing non-natives. Directions and more info will be provided upon RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $65. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Friday, June 29, 2007
Cultural Evening with the Indigenous Permaculture Program — Come join the Indigenous Permaculture Program for a presentation of our work in El Salvador and on the Pine Ridge Reservation and learn how indigenous people throughout the continent are stewarding the land for sustainable communities. The IPP has just returned from El Salvador after a one week immersion training to advance rural community development. We'll show slides of the community's appropriate technology stoves, rainwater catchment system, compost toilets, and tree reforestation project, as well as show slides from our most recent trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Plus, there'll be Aztec Dance, Native Drum, and native healthy food. All donations benefit the IPP's work. The Indigenous Permaculture Project links people in the Bay Area with Indigenous communities and traditional environmental knowledge. If you can't make the event but would like to make a donation, please contact us at the Ecology Center. All proceeds will help fund the work. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Donation of $10-$35 sliding scale suggested. No one will be turned away.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Friday, June 29, 2007 - Monday, July 2, 2007
0 to 100 Watts in 4 Days: Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter — A workshop sponsored by Free Radio Berkeley to teach you how to build a 40 watt FM broadcast transmitter (and related items such as antennas) and set up a low power community radio station capable of covering a broadcast radius up to 10 miles. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will learn how to solder, identify electronic components, assemble a 40 watt transmitter from a kit of parts, build and tune an antenna, properly setup and test broadcast equipment, and more. Location: Free Radio Berkeley Workshop, 2311 Adeline, Unit P, Oakland. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: $200-$250 sliding scale. Info: 510-625-0314, xmtrman@pacbell.net , http://www.freeradio.org/ .

Friday, June 29, 2007
Workshop: Facilitation of Small Groups: Making Working Together Easier — Meetings are a decisive part of working together to change the world. Good facilitation makes working together effective and positive, improving focus, clarity, decision-making, ownership, implementation, use of time, satisfaction and much, much more. Participants will learn techniques for preparing for and leading inclusive yet efficient group meetings. After the workshop, you'll be ready to apply new insights in beginning or continuing your service as facilitator. Topics include the facilitator's role, setting agendas (and other preparation), balancing process direction, creating inclusive and productive participation space, making things engaging and fun, dealing with difficult member dynamics, decision-making concepts and techniques, orientation to advanced topics and elective topics, such as consensus process and teleconference facilitation. Bring your specific facilitation issues. Role plays abound in this highly participatory session! Cost includes copy of presenter's text: Essential Facilitation in Non-profit and Grassroots Groups and Teams. Open lunch hour, with optional brown bag discussion. Location is near dine-in and take-out options. Lunch not included. Needs-based discounts available. Register online. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $95. Info: 831-423-8670, consulting@rootaction.org , http://consulting.rootaction.org/workshops.html#facilitation .

Friday, June 29, 2007
Free Compost for Berkeley Residents — Weather permitting. First priority is given to Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley Community Gardens. Tractor operator on site between 8:45am-11:45am. General public (self-serve), 11:45am-2:45pm. Please complete sign-in log before loading compost. Location: Berkeley Marina Maintenance Yard, 201 University Ave, Next to Adventure Playground, Berkeley. Time: 8:45am - 2:45pm. Info: 510-644-6566.

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Class: "Big Bamboo Construction" — Get your hands on bamboo and learn about joinery, especially concrete-reinforced bolted joinery, tools, and structural strategies. Recommended for people with some previous construction experience. Instructors: Marisha Farnsworth and Kevin Rowell run the design/build company, The Natural Builders, specializing in ecological construction in strawbale, bamboo, and earth. Register via email. Location: Grandma Mary's Organic Farm, 100 Behrens Street, El Cerrito. Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Cost: $75 (10% discount two weeks in advance). Info: 510-527-9271, west@kleiwerks.org , http://www.kleiwerks.org .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Deadline: Applications for the "Waste Reduction Awards Program" — WRAP provides an opportunity for California businesses and private nonprofit organizations to gain recognition for their outstanding efforts to reduce waste. The Waste Reduction Awards Program is administered by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Award winners receive authorization to use the WRAP winner logo with their products, advertising, and business Web sites to publicize waste reduction efforts. Location: t. Info: 916-341-6604, http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/WRAP/ .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Volunteer: "Bair Island Canoe and Restoration" — This canoe and restoration trip will explore Redwood City's Bair Island, a unique bay gem with a history that includes use as a salt pond, a cattle grazing farm and now protected as part of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. This spring and summer we will be removing non-native invasive plants to make room for our native wetland plantings in the fall and winter. Directions and more info will be provided upon RSVP. Location: Redwood City. Time: noon - 5:30pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, June 30, 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 30, 2007
Workshop: "Advanced Biodiesel Production" — Class covers: quality control, analysis of real-world problems with offspec biodiesel, acid-base biodiesel process, advanced topics in dewatering, testing for soap, methanol recovery and equipment design, testing recovered methanol for purity, waterless washing with Amberlite and Magnesol, larger-scale equipment design (for co-ops or small farms), treating wash water and glycerine for disposal, testing wash water and glycerine, real-world test results related to biodegradability, in-depth disposal/sidestreams discussion, burning glycerine safely for energy, hydronic applications for biodiesel and wash water heating, advanced discussion of safety and disaster prevention scenarios for larger-scale processor systems, discussion of regulatory topics for non-commercial producers larger than homebrew, solar heating options, discussion/demonstration of several options in washing, including drawbacks and advantages, greywater systems for wash water recycling, and discussion of the scientific process, how to set up experiments properly, and common pitfalls in experiments. Must have prior experience homebrewing biodiesel, attended a previous biodiesel homebrew class, or made test batches at home prior to the class. Register online. Location: Berkeley. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: classregistration@girlmark.com , www.girlmark.com/tour .

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 Countywide Clean Water Program. Class size limited to 15. CALL TO PRE-REGISTER AND FOR LOCATION. Location: t. 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 .

Saturday, June 30, 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 30, 2007
Volunteer Opp: "Habitat restoration and planting at Lands End" — Habitat restoration and planting at East Wash, Lands End. Meet at the Lands End parking lot at Pt. Lobos Avenue and Merrie Way, just above the Sutro Baths and the Cliff House, San Francisco. RSVP to both Caroline Christman (ccristman@parksconservancy.org) and Michael Martin (mmartin@goldengateaudubon.org). Location: SF. Time: 1pm - 4pm. Info: 510-843-7295, mmartin@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Volunteer: Corona Heights Park Habitat Restoration Party — Join habitat restoration volunteers to keep the hill at Corona Heights Park healthy for birds, insects, and other native wildlife. Enjoy a spectacular view of the City while you help remove invasive weeds, maintain trails, and learn about our San Francisco ecosystem. Meet at the Randall Museum at 10:00am; Please call ahead, (415) 554-9600 x16, to sign up. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 10am - 12pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-554-9600 x16.

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Volunteer Opp: Inner Sunset 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 30, 2007
Workshop: Healthy Pest & Disease Controls — Join us for an informative workshop on healthier ways to manage pests and diseases in your summer garden. Find out about some of the more obscure beneficial insects that are an integral part in keeping a balance in your yard and how to invite them to stay. Free samples of organic products will be given to each participant. Taught by Annie Joseph. Register by phone. Location: Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto. Time: 10:30am - noon. Cost: $21. Info: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Community Art Event: Trash Mash-up — Trash Mash-Up, a community art project, will be culminating on 6/30/2007 with a Mash-Up Bash, a public performance pageant consisting of music, movement, and "Maskostumes" -- original masks and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world, created from disposable materials, collected before they enter the waste stream. Location: Raymond Kimbell Playground, Steiner St. and Geary Blvd, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-752-5537, trashmashup@gmail.com , http://trashmashup.googlepages.com/ .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Camping Trip: "North Coast Quest for Teens" — Backpack along the rugged Lost Coast in Humboldt County's Kings Range National Conservation Area, then raft the class II and III areas of the Trinity River. Ages 14-16. Cost: $945. Info: 707-876-3071, http://www.goadventure.org .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Application Deadline: "Be the Change Environmental Leadership Program" — Be the Change is a year-long Environmental Leadership training program, offering monthly seminars, workshops, projects, and field trips. "Be the Change" participants are generally mid-career adults who have demonstrated competence and promise as leaders, and who are ready to take their work to the next level. The ideal candidate is a person who has an environmental consciousness - and who is eager to take further steps toward making that awareness a reality. Applications for next year's class, which starts in September 2007 and goes through June 2008, are now being accepted. Up to 30 participants will be selected after a personal interview. Tuition for the year is $1600. Scholarship assistance may be available upon request. Location: t. Info: 650-962-9876 x345, kayo@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/leadership/index.html .

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Urban Alliance for Sustainability Playshop — Join the Urban Alliance for Sustainability for a day of "restoring the civic ecosystem". Beginning with an introduction to cob building. Materials, methods, design, and structure discussed, and hands-on building. We will study the first layer of existing cob bench in the park and plan to complete it. When the work is done we will break for a local, organic, vegetarian lunch. Closing with a discussion on how we can affect the built environment to create community spaces and cultivate a sense of place. RSVP via email. Location: Brooks Park Community Garden, Ramsell St. at Shields St., SF. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: $15-20 donation, no one turned away. Info: Playshop@uas.coop , http://www.uas.coop/node/578 .

Sunday, July 1, 2007
Deadline: "Artists and Innovators for Burning Man's Green Man Pavilion" — In 2007, we will expand the pavilion that surrounds the Burning Man (http://www.burningman.com/ ) into a 30,000 square foot exhibition space that combines art, earth sciences and technology. Our goal is to create a visually rich, interactive space featuring breakthrough ideas and proven environmental technologies, all against the backdrop of the world's largest participant-created event. Location: t. Info: 510-290-8883, Tomas@BurningMan.com , http://www.burningman.com/environment/pavilion_invitation.html .

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 .

Sunday, July 1, 2007
Book Club: "Bay Area Vegetarians" — Bay Area Vegetarians' Food For Thought Book Club meets bimonthly to discuss nonfiction books on vegetarianism, animal rights, and nutrition. Everyone welcome (both veg & non-veg), especially aspiring and new veg*ns. We are a supportive, low-key, and friendly group. All food and drink consumed during book discussions are vegan (optional all-you-can-eat vegan and macrobiotic buffet for $13.50). The next selection is "Free the Animals: The Story of the Animal Liberation Front" by Ingrid Newkirk. Near MacArthur BART. RSVP online. Location: Manzanita Restaurant, 4001 Linden Street, Emeryville. Time: 11:30am. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.php?EID=1582#1582 .


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 Carrie Bennett
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