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

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
7/14/2007	 	Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
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
8/4/2007	 	Container Gardening for Renters or Those with Limited Space
8/5/2007	 	Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour -- 10am
8/5/2007	 	Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour -- 1pm
8/9/2007	 	Introduction to Urban Permaculture
8/11/2007	 	Introduction to Permaculture
8/18/2007	 	Watershed Poetry Festival
8/25/2007	 	Jazzy Tomatoes at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market
10/30/2007	Fall Fruit 'n' Fright at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market
11/3/2007	 	Introduction to Permaculture Design

 ALL EVENTS
Through 7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: Restoration Parties at Arastradero Preserve
Through 7/29/2007	 	Classes: "Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University"
Through 7/31/2007	 	Film Festival: LaborFest
Through 8/18/2007	 	Course: Civil Rights Movement w/SF Freedom School
Through 8/24/2007	 	Volunteer: "Alameda Creek Alliance 10th Anniversary"
Through 8/24/2007	 	Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute
Through 8/25/2007	 	Planning for the Centennial of Berkeley's Parks Celebration
Through 8/26/2007	 	Art Exhibit: "Yosemite: Art of an American Icon"
Through 8/29/2007	 	Film Fest: "Eco-Amok! An Inconvenient Film Fest"
Through 8/31/2007	 	Exhibit: Los Hilos de la vida/The Threads of Life
Through 8/31/2007	 	Summer Day Camp: "This Land is Your Land"
Through 10/1/2007	 	Deadline: Call for Papers: Ecocity World Summit 2008
Through 10/7/2007	 	Exhibit: "The Edge: Where California Culture, Critters, and Environment Collide"
Through 11/25/2007	 	Farallon Islands Nature Cruises 2007
7/13/2007	 	Film: "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox"
7/13/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Sonoma"
7/13/2007	 	Films: "The Hungry Miles" and "Film Work"
7/13/2007	 	The SLO Experience and A New Vision for Center Street
7/13/2007	 	Green Building Tour: "SF Federal Building"
7/13/2007	 	EcoTourism: Green Ibiza Tour
7/13/2007	 	Youth Voices Rising!
7/13/2007	 	Volunteer: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Nursery
7/14/2007	 	Volunteer: San Pablo Creek Stewardship and Restoration Work Day
7/14/2007	 	Workshop: Generate Clean Power with Wind
7/14/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo -- West Oakland
7/14/2007	 	Theater: " SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'"
7/14/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/14/2007	 	Art Reception: Tree Show III
7/14/2007	 	Volunteer: Restore Salmon Habitat
7/14/2007	 	Benefit Concert for Bay Localize: Dana Lyons
7/14/2007	 	Volunteer: Quail Habitat Restoration
7/14/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in Oakland"
7/14/2007	 	Class: "Fabulous Succulents for our Bay Area Gardens"
7/14/2007	 	Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/14/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: Burgers & Backyard Bites
7/14/2007	 	Volunteer: Eureka Valley Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest
7/14/2007	 	Volunteer: Berryland on the Richmond Greenway
7/15/2007	 	Film: Up the Ridge
7/15/2007	 	Double Feature: "Renaissance 2010" and "Class Dismissed"
7/15/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bernal Hilltop Native Grassland Restoration"
7/15/2007	 	Film: Bullet Proof Vest
7/15/2007	 	Film: What's Going on UP There?
7/15/2007	 	Community Labyrinth Peace Walk
7/15/2007	 	Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: Bernal Heights
7/15/2007	 	Film: The Recyclergy (documentary short)
7/16/2007	 	Sing-along Circle at the Oak Grove
7/16/2007	 	Lecture: Rooftop Landscaping
7/17/2007	 	Reading and Discussion: "You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression"
7/17/2007	 	Author Discussion: The Country in the City
7/17/2007	 	Lecture: New Guardians for the Golden Gate
7/17/2007	 	Lecture: New Guardians for the Golden Gate
7/17/2007	 	Cooking Class: "Summertime Salads -- Grains & Legumes"
7/17/2007	 	(TV) POV Documentary: "The Chances of the World Changing"
7/17/2007	 	The Pit Stop: Peaches & Barbecue at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market
7/17/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/18/2007	 	Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "Frogs"
7/18/2007	 	Workshop: "Smart Energy Management in Agriculture"
7/18/2007	 	Ecotourism: Journey to Secoya Territory, Ecuador
7/18/2007	 	Meeting: Sustainable Living Roadshow
7/18/2007	 	Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: Embarcadero
7/18/2007	 	Reading and Discussion: "You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression"
7/18/2007	 	Family Activity: Learning about Trees
7/18/2007	 	Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Palo Alto"
7/18/2007	 	Reading and Discussion: "From Us To Them: The Trillion Dollar Income Shift"
7/19/2007	 	Fundraiser for Children of Mexico
7/19/2007	 	Benefit Film: Sharks: Stewards of the Reef
7/19/2007	 	San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: "9 Star Hotel"
7/19/2007	 	Films: "Point of Return" & "Escape from Affluenza"
7/19/2007	 	Theater: " SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'"
7/19/2007	 	Art Exhibit: Mo' MAGIC Youth Art Show
7/19/2007	 	Phone Seminar: PV Market Trends
7/19/2007	 	Symposium: "Green Homes and Sustainable Communities 2007"
7/19/2007	 	Transportation Commission Workshop: Climate Protection Strategies in the Transportation Sector
7/20/2007	 	Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibit
7/20/2007	 	Double Feature: International Labor Film Festival
7/20/2007	 	Music that Cooks: Benefit Concert to Feed the Homeless
7/21/2007	 	Workshop: Introduction to Alameda County Bioregional Ecology
7/21/2007	 	Permaculture Site Tour
7/21/2007	 	Volunteer: Lower Haight Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
7/21/2007	 	Commemorate July 26: Health Care Is a Human Right!
7/21/2007	 	Volunteer: Weeding Work Party on Cerrito Creek
7/21/2007	 	Community Meeting: Citywide Solar Project in Berkeley and Rockridge
7/21/2007	 	Workshop: How to Build a Straw Bale Home
7/21/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/21/2007	 	Volunteer: "Marin Islands Kayak and Restoration"
7/21/2007	 	Theater: " SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'"
7/21/2007	 	San Francisco General Strike Walk
7/21/2007	 	Workshop: Cob Construction and Earthen Plastering
7/21/2007	 	Benefit: Honoring Indian People and Traditions of Marin
7/22/2007	 	Poetry Festival: Bay Area Baby Beats
7/22/2007	 	Panel Discussion: "Housing Struggles: Workers, Unions, and the Bay Area Crisis"
7/22/2007	 	Sudden Oak Death Tour
7/22/2007	 	Coastal Harvest Tour
7/22/2007	 	EcoHouse Workshop: Local Medicinal Herbs and Your Health
7/22/2007	 	Theater: "SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'"
7/22/2007	 	Class: Slow Food: Oaxacan Cooking Party
7/22/2007	 	Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: McLaren Park
7/22/2007	 	Workshop: How to Inspect a House
7/23/2007	 	Sing-along Circle at the Oak Grove
7/23/2007	 	FOCUS Environment Forum
7/23/2007	 	Registration Deadline: Democracy School
7/23/2007	 	Workshop: Zero Waste and Climate Protection: Making the Connection
7/23/2007	 	Exhibit: "Shaped by Water"
7/23/2007	 	Green City Gallery
7/23/2007	 	FOCUS Economy Forum
7/24/2007	 	Educators Academy: Crafts, Critters, Stories, and Songs
7/24/2007	 	Workshop: Ecological Living and Land Restoration in Tlaxcala, Mexico
7/24/2007	 	Meeting: Bay Area Transportation Planning
7/24/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/24/2007	 	Presentation: Prevent Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft
7/24/2007	 	Salmon River Dives and Spring-run Chinook Symposium
7/25/2007	 	Financing Wind Power: The Future of Energy
7/25/2007	 	Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "Phase IV"
7/25/2007	 	Presentation: Prevent Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft
7/25/2007	 	Meeting: Gray Panthers with Guest Keith Carson
7/25/2007	 	Cooking Class: "Pizza, Pizza!"
7/25/2007	 	Farm to Institution Event
7/26/2007	 	Conservation Speaker Series: The Kibale Community Fuel Wood Project
7/26/2007	 	FOCUS Equity Forum
7/26/2007	 	Reading: "Golden Gulag : Prison, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California"
7/27/2007	 	Workshop: Intro to Grid-Tied PV
7/27/2007	 	Workshop: Strategic Planning without a Consultant
7/27/2007	 	Free Compost for Berkeley Residents
7/28/2007	 	"The Living New Deal: Excavating the Public Landscape of the Great Depression"
7/28/2007	 	Workshop: Biodiesel Reactor Mechanics and System Tricks
7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in San Rafael"
7/28/2007	 	Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk
7/28/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/28/2007	 	"Computer Recycling and Summer Celebration"
7/28/2007	 	Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party
7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bair Island Canoe and Restoration"
7/28/2007	 	McNears Beach Full Moon Kayak
7/28/2007	 	Opening: Children's Reading Garden
7/28/2007	 	Strategic Planning Retreat: Tri-Valley CAREs
7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: Richmond Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
7/28/2007	 	Greenbelt Outing: Greenway Getaway in Contra Costa County
7/28/2007	 	Workshop for Educators: "Getting Started Garden Design"
7/28/2007	 	Edible Landscaping Tour
7/28/2007	 	"Computer Recycling and Summer Celebration"
7/29/2007	 	Concert: "Radical Protest Music and Theatre"
7/29/2007	 	Workshop: Biodiesel Reactor Mechanics and System Tricks
7/29/2007	 	(TV) POV Documentary: "Prison Town, USA"
7/29/2007	 	Cohousing Slideshow: Wolf Creek Commons

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample, for free, all at one table, the whole sumptuous range of peach varieties at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Plus a comprehensive sampling of other stone fruits that are in season: nectarines, plums, pluots, and apricots. Convenient public transportation-1 block from "Berkeley" BART station, garage parking on Center St. half a block away, wheelchair access. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Pit Stop: Peaches & Barbecue at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Peach Cobbler, Sizzling Market Meats and Fish, and BBQ Veggie Treats! Presenting: Highland Hills Farm meats and Fatted Calf Charcuterie sausage prepared by Chef Cookie of Sweetie Pie & Poppy's and Berkeley Youth Alternatives; Tempeh and peaches grilled by Chef Bryant Terry; Fabulous peach cobbler by Frog Hollow Farm served with organic ice cream by Three Twins Ice Cream. Also featuring: Live music by Lili DuBois, Lindell Reeves, and This Old Band; Book signing with the authors of GRUB: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen featuring essays by Anna Lappé and menus, musical playlists, and cooking tips from chef 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 .

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Container Gardening for Renters or Those with Limited Space — This low-cost workshop will be for people without much garden space. It will include strategies on growing in various vessels with information on compost, soils, compost teas, seasonal planting, and more. Taught by Christopher Shein, of Merritt College and Wildheart Gardens. PLEASE CALL TO PRE-REGISTER. Location: t. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

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 be sure to RSVP. 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 - Noon. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. 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 be sure to RSVP. 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: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Introduction to Urban Permaculture — Hear and see local permaculture designers from the Ecological Division of Merritt College's Landscape Horticulture Department discuss what's possible in a city. Come see what's been incubating at this little 7 acre gem in the Oakland Hills. Christopher Shein will talk about the large food forest and garden built by students and the Permaculture Design Certificate program. Other classes offered include Natural Building taught by Kevin and Marisha Farnsworth; Growing Mushrooms with Ken Litchfield; and Cycles of Change with Grey Kolevzon, and more. Some of these amazing teachers will be on hand to present a quick overview of their class and what motivates them to live their passions for urban sustainability. Find out where and how to plug-in to the local permaculture scene! Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: No charge.. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Introduction to Permaculture — Come find out about using permaculture principles in your garden in this introductory class - great for beginners and intermediate permaculture designers. We'll cover the philosophy, ethics, and principles of permaculture. With a working permaculture garden tour. The class is taught by Christopher Shein. Christopher runs Wildheart Gardens, an edible & native permaculture nursery, design and landscaping business in Oakland. He teaches at Merritt College, and helps run other urban agriculture projects. PLEASE CALL TO PRE-REGISTER. Location: . Time: 10 am - 1 pm. Cost: $10 EC members, $15 general, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Watershed Poetry Festival — Join former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Poetry Flash, the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market, and Ecocity Builders at the twelfth annual Watershed Poetry Festival. Since 1996, thousands have gathered together with environmental and literary groups to celebrate writers, nature, and community. Along with Robert Hass, this year's featured writers include poets Michael McClure and Sandra Alcosser and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit. Also performing will be poet and eco-educator Chris Olander, poet and naturalist Maya Khosla, and youth poets from California Poets in the Schools and River of Words. Music is provided by Smooth Toad with G.P. Skratz, Andy Dinsmore, and Bob Ernst. Eco updates will be provided by Kirk Lumpkin from the Ecology Center and Kirstin Miller from Ecocity Builders. Location: MLK/Civic Center Park, MLK Jr. Way and Center St., Berkeley. Info: 510-526-9105, http://www.poetryflash.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/ .

Saturday, November 3, 2007
Introduction to Permaculture Design — Take some time during the rainy season to design your backyard, school or community garden. This workshop will cover ecological landscape design basics and will be held indoors at the Ecology Center. We'll include a slideshow to illustrate design concepts. The class is taught by Christopher Shein. Christopher runs Wildheart Gardens, an edible & native permaculture nursery, design and landscaping business in Oakland. He teaches at Merritt College, and helps run other urban agriculture projects. PLEASE CALL TO PRE-REGISTER. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 10 am - 1 pm. Cost: $10 EC members, $15 others, no one turned away. Info: Beck, 510-548-2220 x233, erc@ecologycenter.org .

 ALL EVENTS

Through 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 .

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 Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Film Festival: LaborFest — LaborFest's 13th annual labor culture festival in honor of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike. Films screen at venues throughout the Bay Area. Info: http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Through Saturday, August 18, 2007
Course: Civil Rights Movement w/SF Freedom School — Study the Civil Rights Movement as a case study of how social movements happen, with veterans of that struggle, activities and films. All ages welcome. Pot luck lunch. Course runs for seven consecutive Saturdays through 8/18/07. Register via email. Location: San Francisco Freedom School, 152 Church Street (at Market), SF. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-703-0465, kathyemery@educationanddemocracy.org , http://educationanddemocracy.org/ED_SFFS.html .

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 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 .

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, August 26, 2007
Art Exhibit: "Yosemite: Art of an American Icon" — Organized by the Museum of the American West, Autry National Center, in Los Angeles, the exhibition looks at Yosemite's changing visual identity and cultural role as a national and international destination, and the response by artists to its transition from an ideal of wilderness to a commercial and often congested venue. Location: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., @ 10th St., Oakland. Cost: Free with museum admission. Info: 510-238-4740, ewhipple@museumca.org , http://www.museumca.org/ .

Through Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Film Fest: "Eco-Amok! An Inconvenient Film Fest" — The inconvenient truth is this: cinema has seen it coming for years. How else to account for the black-and-white bestiary that brought us ants the size of SUVs and buffed-up behemoths rising from the ocean floor? Or the more colorful contributions, like a grizzled bear as big as a phone booth, militarized piranhas with excited incisors, or a man-plant with its roots in horror? These are the queer consequences of messing with Mother Nature. From the fearsome fifties right up to the carbon-coughing present, cinema has ogled the aftereffects of ecological abuse and genetic jerry-rigging. Eco-Amok! takes on this prescient patch of filmdom to relish the monstrosities, as well as considering the causes for consternation. Whether the anxiety arises from rogue radiation, environmental spoliation, or genomic manipulation, a movie can be found to match the menace. There are rarities like Saul Bass's Phase IV, an acute account of ants with larger-than-life intelligence; Jack Cardiff's The Mutations, in which a crazed botanist tries to meld folks and foliage; Michael Lehmann's Meet the Applegates, a tale of terrorist roaches that want to inherit the earth, even if it's radioactive; and Rene Daalder's harrowing Habitat, a greenhouse with effects, in which CGI meets horticultural hell. Eco-Amok! conjures both Gore and gore, the timely message and the giddy mayhem. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Info: 510-642-1124, bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ecoamok .

Through Friday, August 31, 2007
Exhibit: Los Hilos de la vida/The Threads of Life — Works by a Latina cooperative quilt group in northern California that has been making pictorial quilts for the last two years. With scenes of family life, border crossings, life in Mexico, and dreams and reverence for the natural and spiritual worlds, the quilts cature the essence of the artists' stories. Opening party July 7, 3pm-5pm. Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org .

Through 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/ .

Through Monday, October 1, 2007
Deadline: Call for Papers: Ecocity World Summit 2008 — The Ecocity World Summit will address the ecological city, town and village from the perspectives of people, nature, sustainable development, economies and technologies, and incentives and support structures. The Call for Papers for the Academic and Talent Scouting Sessions is open. Those interested should submit their Abstract through the Ecocity World Summit Website. Location: SF. Info: kirstin@ecocityworldsummit.org , http://www.ecocityworldsummit.org/papers.htm .

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 .

Through Sunday, November 25, 2007
Farallon Islands Nature Cruises 2007 — The Oceanic Society conducts all-day nature cruises to the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge each Saturday and Sunday from May to November. The refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the eastern Pacific south of Alaska; a quarter of a million birds nest there in the spring and summer. Most trips encounter marine mammals from sea lions and seals to humpback and blue whales. Reservations required; trips go rain or shine. Location: Oceanic Society Expeditions, Ft Mason Center #E-230, SF. Time: 8am - 4pm. Cost: $95; call for group rates. Info: 415-474-3385, http://www.oceanic-society.org .

Friday, July 13, 2007 - Monday, July 16, 2007
Film: "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" — Dr. Emanuel Bronner was a master soapmaker, self-proclaimed rabbi, and, allegedly, Albert Einstein's nephew. The film traces the complicated family legacy behind the counterculture's favorite cleaning product. Friday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:15pm and 9:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, 4pm, 7:15pm and 9:15pm. Location: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., SF. Cost: $8.50 ($6.50 for 2pm shows). Info: 415-668-3994, http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com .

Friday, July 13, 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, July 13, 2007
Films: "The Hungry Miles" and "Film Work" — Documentary double feature -- Australian Films about class struggle. The first film, "The Hungry Miles", shows the real lives and struggles of the Australian dockers. The second film is "Film Work". The Waterside Workers Federation of Australia supported a film unit that produced ten documentaries for several militant unions between 1953 and 1958. In 1981, John Hughes made the documentary "Film Work", that looks at sequences from four of these films in conversation with WWF members raising issues pertinent to current problems of film and labor history, politics and social change. Before and after the films, everyone's invited to indulge 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 .

Friday, July 13, 2007
The SLO Experience and A New Vision for Center Street — A day of discussion, information, and sharing ideas about how to design, implement and nurture successful public spaces. The day's meetings include a public workshop, lunch, a tour of Center Street, a special economic roundtable and an evening discussion with dinner. RSVP via phone or email. Location: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley. Time: 9am - 9:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-4508, kirstin@ecocitybuilders.org , http://www.ecocitybuilders.org/calendar.html .

Friday, July 13, 2007
Green Building Tour: "SF Federal Building" — San Francisco Department of the Environment is sponsoring a series of Green Building Tours. Join us in learning about the different aspects of green building: architectural features, construction techniques, lessons learned, and meet the professionals who are involved in the design, construction, and maintenance phases of each project. The newly opened Federal Building is a state-of-the-art 18-story tower located in downtown SF. The LEED certification for this building will be determined next year. Green features include: natural ventilation using a sophisticated window system; computerized lighting controls using sensors that detect light and motion; perforated metal sunscreens provide shading; 50% slag-concrete mix; flexible floor plans. Space is limited. Registration required before 4pm, 7/11/07. Register online. Location: SF. Time: noon - 1pm. Cost: $10. Info: 415-355-3718, Christy.tao@sfgov.org , http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=137638 .

Friday, July 13, 2007
EcoTourism: Green Ibiza Tour — The tour will focus on visits to Ibiza's stunning natural beauty spots and places of cultural interest, together with ecological and environmental education, holistic and well-being activities (yoga, pilates), drumming workshops, and other musical events. There will also be a Spanish language workshop and Pranic healing sessions. Cost: 365 Euros for four nights in tents -- see website for other options. Info: http://www.webroot-es.com/lv/greenibiza_May07.htm .

Friday, July 13, 2007
Youth Voices Rising! — A night of inspirational performances by youth from the Art in Action Youth Leadership Program. Featuring original, hip-hop theater to "Silence the Violence", with singing, dancing, poetry, digital story-telling, and a profound message for the future. Special guests: Kaylah Marin, Dancers Without Borders, Rashidi Omari from Company of Prophets and more! Veggie feast by Bryant Terry, co-author of "Grub". Location: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., at 9th Street, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $10-20 sliding scale. Info: 415-517-0123, alli@riseup.net , http://www.counterpulse.org/calendar.shtml .

Friday, July 13, 2007
Volunteer: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Nursery — Help us grow native wetland plants in our native plant nursery at this beautiful site in the North Bay. Activities include plant propagation, transplanting and watering. No experience necessary, all ages welcome. Gloves, tools and all instruction are provided. RSVP online. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/site/apps/cd/event.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=474651 .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Volunteer: San Pablo Creek Stewardship and Restoration Work Day — Help the San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society (SPAWNERS) restore the banks of San Pablo Creek behind the El Sobrante Library. Newcomers welcome! Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 9:30am - noon. Cost: free. Info: 510-665-3538, julianna@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.spawners.org .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Workshop: Generate Clean Power with Wind — Wind energy is a clean, renewable source of electric power that qualifies for a 50% rebate in California and other states. Topics covered include: how to assess wind resource potential and determine optimal system size; how to select & install towers & turbines; wind plants and governing techniques; wind speed ratings; storage systems, including net metering, line-ties, and batteries; components, including controllers, inverters, and wiring. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $120. Info: 707-744-2017, http://solarliving.org/workshops/ .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Nutrition Education/Food Demo -- West Oakland — The African-American 5 a Day Campaign @ Healthy Oakland will be hosting a series of nutrition education activities throughout the summer in West Oakland. On Saturdays, beginning July 14th, we'll be on-site @ the Mo Better Foods' Farmers Market, providing nutrition education and activities. Near West Oakland BART Station. Location: Mandela Farmers' Market, 1357 5th St, @ Mandela Pkwy, Oakland. Time: noon - 3pm. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Saturday, July 14, 2007 - Sunday, July 15, 2007
Theater: " SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'" — "Making a Killing" follows two army newspaper reporters assigned to write a puff piece on the construction of an American funded hospital in Iraq. But as the facts unravel, it soon becomes clear that there's corruption, death, music and mayhem lurking behind this benevolent seeming humanitarian project. Location: Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, a block from Cedar & Chestnut, Berkeley. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Nutrition Education/Food Demo — The African-American 5 a Day Campaign @ Healthy Oakland will be hosting a series of nutrition education activities throughout the summer, including food demonstrations at neighborhood retail corner stores on how to prepare simple, quick and nutritious family meals. Location: Sana Market & Liquors, 3710 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Art Reception: Tree Show III — Tree Show III is a group exhibition featuring arbor-inspired pieces by painters, illustrators, and other creators from street art, indie comics, printmaking, design, and crafty art backgrounds. This year's Tree Show will also be a fundraiser for San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit organization that plants over 1,500 trees a year to keep SF communities green. Exhibit runs 7/14/07 through 8/8/07. Location: Giant Robot SF, 618 Shrader Street, SF. Time: 6:30pm - 10pm. Info: 415-876-4773, www.gr-sf.com .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Volunteer: Restore Salmon Habitat — Help restore streamside habitat for endangered Coho Salmon by removing invasive plants and planting natives along Lagunitas Creek. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothes; bring gloves (if you have them - we can provide some) and plenty of water. Lunch will be provided. Located along Lagunitas Creek between Lagunitas and Olema. Location: 9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Tocaloma. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 415-488-0370 x112, heidi@spawnusa.org , http://www.spawnusa.org/ .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Benefit Concert for Bay Localize: Dana Lyons — Bay Localize is an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to regional self-reliance, ecological sustainability and social justice. Known for his irreverent and eclectic songs, including cult hits "Cows With Guns" and "RV," Dana Lyons has been called a modern-day Pete Seeger and the "minstrel of the environmental movement". Green City Gallery is a showcase of appropriate technologies, regenerative design and green urban living in downtown Berkeley. Location: Green City Gallery, 1950 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 7:30. Cost: $8-10 sliding scale. Info: http://www.baylocalize.org/ .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Volunteer: Quail Habitat Restoration — Save the Quail habitat restoration workdays at the Presidio. Meet at the Natural Resources Field Office. Location: Natural Resources Field Office, 1539 Pershing Dr., SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-635-5533, adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org , http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/ .

Saturday, July 14, 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, July 14, 2007
Class: "Fabulous Succulents for our Bay Area Gardens" — Discover the fascinating world of succulents - how to care for these easy-care plants, and how to add interest to your landscape. Come early to enjoy coffee, tea, and pastries, and to wander through the garden. Location: Magic Gardens (Berkeley), 729 Heinz Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: free. Info: http://www.magicgardens.com/classes.htm .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Peach Tasting at the Berkeley Farmers' Market — An opportunity to sample, for free, all at one table, the whole sumptuous range of peach varieties at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Plus a comprehensive sampling of other stone fruits that are in season: nectarines, plums, pluots, and apricots. Convenient public transportation-1 block from "Berkeley" BART station, garage parking on Center St. half a block away, wheelchair access. Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Vegetarian Cooking Class: Burgers & Backyard Bites — This Compassionate Cooks' Vegetarian Cooking Class features mostly local, in-season, organic ingredients. Learn to prepare five delicious, nutritious dishes, including Falafel Burgers, Cashew Nut Burgers, Classic Caesar Salad, Spicy Sweet Potato Salad, Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust. Fees include demonstration, food samples, copies of recipes, coupons for restaurants and local groceries, resources and more. Pre-register online. Location: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., at Castro, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $45 + $5 materials. Info: 510-531-COOK, http://www.compassionatecooks.com .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Volunteer: Eureka Valley Tree Care with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help care for trees. Meeting location: TBA. Rain cancels. RSVP by phone. Location: SF. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 102, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Volunteer: Berryland on the Richmond Greenway — Join the 5% Local Coalition on Foodshed Development Day and help break ground on Berryland. Today, Berryland is a dusty patch of brown grass. A couple of years from now, it will showcase more than 30 varieties of edible berry bushes. Berryland will help develop a love of fresh produce among neighborhood children and be a free source of berry starts for backyard and community gardeners in Richmond. Donations of wine barrels, other planters or berry bushes welcome. Potluck brunch. Location: Richmond Greenway, between 6th & 7th Streets, (near Lincoln Elementary), Richmond. Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. Info: 510-691-5051, park@urbantilth .

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Film: Up the Ridge — Starting on the opening day of Wallens Ridge State Prison, this feature documentary offers an in-depth look at the US prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts. Explore competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict. Preceded by the film "Wally". Part of the SF Frozen Film Fest. Location: Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., at Valencia, SF. Time: 9:50pm. Cost: $9.50, $8.50 student/member. Info: 415-846-1375, info@frozenfilmfestival.com , http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com/index.html .

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Double Feature: "Renaissance 2010" and "Class Dismissed" — "Renaissance 2010: On The Front Lines" is a video documentary showing the threat to public education stemming from school privatization. This presentation features teachers from charter and traditional schools, educational experts, and community leaders affected by Renaissance 2010. "Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class" navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows. Discussion follows with videographers from both films. Event organized by the International Working Class Film & Video Festival. Location: ILWU Local 6 Hall, 255 Ninth Street, near Howard, SF. Time: 1pm. Cost: donation. Info: 415-642-8066, http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Sunday, July 15, 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, July 15, 2007
Film: Bullet Proof Vest — This documentary short features residents of Richmond, CA, who are fed up with the gun violence decimating the city's young male population. Residents took over the four most dangerous parks, camping in 'Tent Cities' in a desperate stand for peace. Followed by shorts Facing the Habit and Immortali. Part of the SF Frozen Film Festival. Location: Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., at Valencia, SF. Time: 8:00pm. Cost: $9.50, $8.50 student/member. Info: 415-846-1375, info@frozenfilmfestival.com , http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com/index.html .

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Film: What's Going on UP There? — From scientists and environmentalists--even a college student in Kuwait who wants to be the first Muslim woman in space--to Hollywood filmmakers, entrepreneurs, psychiatrists, historians, lawyers and preschoolers, this documentary offers conversations with professionals and ordinary citizens on all sides of the space debate. Followed by the film "Uncommon Knowledge". Part of the SF Frozen Film Fest. Location: Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., at Valencia, SF. Time: 3:50pm. Cost: $9.50, $8.50 student/member. Info: 415-846-1375, info@frozenfilmfestival.com , http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com/index.html .

Sunday, July 15, 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, July 15, 2007
Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: Bernal Heights — Be prepared to have fun & see lots of trees with Mike Boss, a member of the Urban Forest Council & general manager of the San Francisco landscaping company Rock and Rose + Birkmyer. Mike's fast-paced tree tours are peppered with fun facts, garden advice & general commentary. For those with extra time, Mike will end the tour at his personal edible-meadow garden at the top of the hill. There may even be some homemade Meyer Lemonade waiting! The walking is vigorous & good walking shoes are highly recommended. Meeting site: Outside Moonlight Café at 634 Cortland Ave, cross street Bennington St. MUNI: 14, 24. Location: SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 x 108, nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/ .

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Film: The Recyclergy (documentary short) — In this short film, SF Bay Area recycling pioneers share their insightfully hilarious thoughts and stories on garbage collection, treasure hunting, Jack Benny, and the products we buy. Preceded by "Heart of a Soul Surfer". Part of the SF Frozen Film Fest. Location: Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., at Valencia, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: $9.50, $8.50 student/member. Info: 415-846-1375, info@frozenfilmfestival.com , http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com/index.html .

Monday, July 16, 2007
Sing-along Circle at the Oak Grove — Bring food, songs, and friends to the threatened sacred Oak Grove on Piedmont north of Bancroft and south of the Greek Theatre. Location: Memorial Oak Grove, East side of UC campus just off of Gayley Road, Berkeley. Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-658-9178.

Monday, July 16, 2007
Lecture: Rooftop Landscaping — Horticulturalist and landscape designer Glen Patterson will share his expertise in the art of transforming an ordinary rooftop into a unique garden setting with the inclusion of many unusual and exotic trees, shrubs, perennials and rock garden plants. Located in the County Fair Building. Location: Strybing Arboretum / Botanical Gardens, 9th Ave @ Lincoln Way , SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: $5, members free. Info: 415-661-1316, http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/ .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Reading and Discussion: "You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression" — Matthew Rothschild has been the editor of The Progressive since 1993 and is the host of Progressive Radio. His new book contains more than 80 accounts about ordinary people across the country whose rights have been violated as a result of the amping-up of national security politics. These stories show just how un-free—and un-American—the United States has become. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-282-9246, http://www.mtbs.com/index.html .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Author Discussion: The Country in the City — Author Richard Walker explains how the Bay Area is "more greensward than asphalt jungle" and has come to embody the soul of the national environmental movement. Hear about the obstacles overcome to preserve our beautiful wetlands and foothills by some of the history-making activist "elders" involved in these efforts. A wine and cheese reception will precede the author talk, which will conclude with a book signing. RSVP by phone or email. Location: Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Blvd., Palo Alto. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: $10, $5 members. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 306, ellenw@acterra.org , http://www.acterra.org/calendar/index.html .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Lecture: New Guardians for the Golden Gate — Bay Area residents enjoy the largest national park of any American urban area. Though seemingly immune to development, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was at one time under threat and was only preserved through the efforts of community advocates who fought for the protection of these 80,000 acres. Meet in the Sequoia Boardroom. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8, free for members.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Lecture: New Guardians for the Golden Gate — Bay Area residents enjoy the largest national park of any American urban area. Though seemingly immune to development, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was at one time under threat and was only preserved through the efforts of community advocates who fought for the protection of these 80,000 acres. Meet in the Sequoia Boardroom. Location: California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. Time: 2pm. Cost: $8, free for members.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Cooking Class: "Summertime Salads -- Grains & Legumes" — 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. This class is especially good for beginning cooks. RSVP required. Location: Oakland. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $60. Info: 510-914-1142, daramerin@gmail.com , www.thesagetable.com .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
(TV) POV Documentary: "The Chances of the World Changing" — A decade ago, after an epiphany at a New York restaurant, Richard Ogust began dedicating his time and resources to rescuing endangered turtles — confiscating hundreds bound for Southeast Asian food markets. When the filmmakers catch up with the 50-year-old writer, he is sharing his Manhattan loft with 1,200 turtles, including five species extinct in the wild. "The Chances of the World Changing" documents two years in the life of a man who finds himself struggling to save hundreds of lives, including his own. Check local PBS listings to verify schedule. Location: t. Time: 10pm. Info: http://www.pbs.org/pov .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Pit Stop: Peaches & Barbecue at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market — Peach Cobbler, Sizzling Market Meats and Fish, and BBQ Veggie Treats! Presenting: Highland Hills Farm meats and Fatted Calf Charcuterie sausage prepared by Chef Cookie of Sweetie Pie & Poppy's and Berkeley Youth Alternatives; Tempeh and peaches grilled by Chef Bryant Terry; Fabulous peach cobbler by Frog Hollow Farm served with organic ice cream by Three Twins Ice Cream. Also featuring: Live music by Lili DuBois, Lindell Reeves, and This Old Band; Book signing with the authors of GRUB: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen featuring essays by Anna Lappé and menus, musical playlists, and cooking tips from chef 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 .

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Nutrition Education/Food Demo — The African-American 5 a Day Campaign @ Healthy Oakland will be hosting a series of nutrition education activities throughout the summer, including food demonstrations at neighborhood retail corner stores on how to prepare simple, quick and nutritious family meals. Location: San Pablo Liquor & Grocery, 2363 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "Frogs" — Amphibians of the Everglades unite against wealthy patriarch Ray Milland and his family of plantation-dwellers in this slimy critique of American excess. Directed by George McCowan. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 510-642-1124, bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Workshop: "Smart Energy Management in Agriculture" — A training program for farmers, dairies, ranchers, and wineries. How to save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Get updates on incentives/financing. Meet energy consultants. Fee covers lunch, materials, and farm tour. Required pre-registration by phone or email. Location: Livingston. Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $40. Info: 831-763-2111 x4, energy@eco-farm.org , http://www.eco-farm.org/energy/sanjoaquin.html .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Ecotourism: Journey to Secoya Territory, Ecuador — Join an intercultural wilderness journey to Secoya Territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon organized by Sentient Experientials. Participants will be guests of botanical gardeners cultivating more than 100 plant species in a moist tropical rain forest. Cost: $2,000. Info: 510-235-4313, sentient@experientials.org , http://www.guariadeosa.com/events/secoya2007.html .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Meeting: Sustainable Living Roadshow — The Sustainable Living Roadshow is comprised of educators, activists and entertainers who tour throughout the US in a fleet of non-petroleum based renewable fuel vehicles producing educational zero waste events at university campuses and community gatherings. Learn how to get involved. If you are driving, please leave your valuables at home or in the trunk. Closest BART is West Oakland. Location: Gamelan X Warehouse, 2509 Myrtle Street, Oakland. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-978-9636, http://www.sustainablelivingroadshow.org/ .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: Embarcadero — Embarcadero & Design Improvements of Ferry Park, led by Martha Ketterer, a landscape architect with the SF Department of Public Works. Tree tours involve 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. Meet at the Villaincourt Fountain in the Justin Herman Plaza, at the end of Market St. Near MUNI: 2, 7, 12, 14, 21, 71, F. RSVP via email or phone. Location: SF. Time: 11:45am - 12:45pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 108, nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/ .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Reading and Discussion: "You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression" — Matthew Rothschild has been the editor of The Progressive since 1993 and is the host of Progressive Radio. His new book contains more than 80 accounts about ordinary people across the country whose rights have been violated as a result of the amping-up of national security politics. These stories show just how un-free—and un-American—the United States has become. Location: Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., @ Vine, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-486-0698, http://www.blackoakbooks.com/ .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Family Activity: Learning about Trees — Nature's Services and Learning about Trees. Ever wonder why trees are so important? Or why are people increasingly concerned about stopping the spread of non-native plants? Bring your family to learn about these questions at an afternoon with hands-on stewardship activities related to caring for our natural world. RSVP via email. Location: Pearson Arastradero Preserve, 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 311, kristi@proactive-teams.com , http://www.acterra.org/calendar/index.html .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Volunteer: "Native Nursery in Palo Alto" — Save The Bay grows native wetland plants from locally collected seed in our nursery located at the Palo Alto Baylands. Volunteers help with plant propagation and transplanting, watering, and other maintenance associated with growing native wetland plants. Part of ongoing wetland restoration with our site partner, the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. RSVP. Location: Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, End of Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Reading and Discussion: "From Us To Them: The Trillion Dollar Income Shift" — The growing disparity of wealth and real decline in living standards of working people in the US is a story that is generally covered up by the corporate controlled mainstream media. In this book, Rasmus critically looks at the massive and historic shift in income in the US. A LaborFest event. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-282-9246, http://www.mtbs.com/index.html .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Fundraiser for Children of Mexico — A Latin troubadour, photography and refreshments featured in children's benefit at Mexican Consulate. Project Luz seeks funds to teach photojournalism to rural youth and shed light on immigration issues through their eyes. Location: Mexican Consulate, 532 Folsom Street, SF. Time: 6pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $15 donation. Info: 510-845-3501, taylorcom@sbcglobal.net , http://www.myspace.com/project_luz .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Benefit Film: Sharks: Stewards of the Reef — Receive a 15% discount on sporting goods while supporting the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. Enjoy a shopping party, free beer and snacks from 5-8pm, and a 6:45pm screening of the film "Sharks: Stewards of the Reef". Location: Sports Basement, 610 Mason St., The Presidio, SF. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Info: 415-561-6625 ext. 315, sbeck@farallones.org , http://sharkstewards.com/screenings.htm .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: "9 Star Hotel" — "9 Star Hotel" is an intimate look inside the lives of Palestinian construction workers who cross illegally into Israel in search of a livelihood. Director Ido Haar gains extraordinary access to a small band of workers who build luxury apartments by day but at night avoid arrest by scurrying into clandestine makeshift huts. Their determination to scratch out a living sheds poignant new light on the interdependence of two separated societies. Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., at Market, SF. Time: 8pm. Cost: $11/$9.50 students and seniors. Info: 925-275-9490, http://www.sfjff.org .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Films: "Point of Return" & "Escape from Affluenza" — Urban Alliance for Sustainability's Green Movie Night provides a casual space for you to meet others in the local sustainability movement and encourages lively, open discussion. This event's double feature includes a short film produced by the Northern California Recycling Association, "Point of Return" is about the choices local communities are making about how and where real recycling is going to happen. Find out what happens when you put your paper, glass, cans and plastics out on the curb! Also showing, "Escape from Affluenza" offers solutions to the problem of "affluenza" — an epidemic of stress, waste, overconsumption, and environmental decay. Doors open at 6pm. Discussion follows films. Location: Little Roxie Theater, 3125 16th Street, SF. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $8, $4 for seniors + New College students. Info: 415-820-1456, http://www.uas.coop/node/633 .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Theater: " SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'" — "Making a Killing" follows two army newspaper reporters assigned to write a puff piece on the construction of an American funded hospital in Iraq. But as the facts unravel, it soon becomes clear that there's corruption, death, music and mayhem lurking behind this benevolent seeming humanitarian project. Location: Montclair Ball Field, 6300 Moraga Avenue, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Art Exhibit: Mo' MAGIC Youth Art Show — Works of art will be displayed from various Summer youth programs throughout the Western Addition. Art work from the Trash Mash-Up will also be featured. Location: African and African-American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., SF. Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Info: Sheryl.Davis@sfgov.org , http://trashmashup.googlepages.com/ .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Phone Seminar: PV Market Trends — Travis Bradford of the Prometheus Group and Larry Sherwood of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council will present data on US PV demand trends. Online registration required. Location: t. Time: 11am. Cost: Free. Info: http://pvmarketseminar.eventbrite.com/ .

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - Friday, July 20, 2007
Symposium: "Green Homes and Sustainable Communities 2007" — Affordable housing and community development symposium, featuring information on green development, financing, tax incentives, and public policy. Location: Fairmont Hotel, SF, 950 Mason St., @ California, SF. Cost: $649 (see website for discounts and options). Info: 800-473-3293, info@ipedinc.net , http://www.ipedinc.net .

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Transportation Commission Workshop: Climate Protection Strategies in the Transportation Sector — Motor vehicles account for nearly 50 percent of our community's greenhouse gas emissions. Come learn more and share your ideas about how to increase the number of people who choose alternative modes of transportation in Berkeley. 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: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-981-7081, coatfield@ci.berkeley.ca.us , http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/sustainable/MeasureG/events.html .

Friday, July 20, 2007 - Saturday, August 25, 2007
Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibit — An exhibit of work from the California Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Location: Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. Info: 650-355-1894, http://www.sanchezartcenter.org/Calendar.htm .

Friday, July 20, 2007
Double Feature: International Labor Film Festival — "THE SCAVENGERS " Hundreds of people who have been pushed out of their Kurdish village in 1994 are still in a battle for survival. Their job is to collect paper for recycling from the garbage in the center of Ankara. In 2001, a group of these workers started to video record their daily lives. Also showing, "CENTRAL BAKERY" This film portrays one night in the life of a bakerman, Omar Dridi. He was born in Algeria and arrived in France after the Algerian war there. He talks about his life, his work, his dream, and the new generation. Before and after the films, everyone's invited to indulge in our Humanist Tea House. Location: Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. & 411 28th St., Between Telegraph & Broadway, below Pill Hill, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5 donations accepted. Info: humanisthall@yahoo.com , http://www.humanisthall.net/ .

Friday, July 20, 2007
Music that Cooks: Benefit Concert to Feed the Homeless — Monthly acoustic benefit concert featuring host David Serotkin and other Bay Area performers. Proceeds help fund the church's Friday Night Dinner program, which offers a hot meal to anyone seeking one. Location: College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Avenue, Rockridge, Oakland. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $5-10 donation, kids under 12 free. Info: http://collect.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.showDetails&Band_Show_ID=14946536&friendid=63040176 .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Workshop: Introduction to Alameda County Bioregional Ecology — This field immersion workshop in Sausal Creek Restoration Area, providing a wholistic ecological approach to understanding Northern California's climate, weather, soil, landforms, watersheds, and native wildlife. Emphasis is on observation of natural characteristics, discussing interrelationships, and practicing hands-on learning techniques and restoration. Meet at Sausal Creek restoration area in Dimond Park at 8:30am and join Friends of Sausal Creek for restoration activities. Bring a bag lunch, good walking or hiking shoes, and work gloves (optional). Limited scholarships and work exchanges available. Register via email or phone. Location: Dimond Park, Oakland. Time: 8:30am - 5pm. Cost: $35-50 sliding scale. Info: 415-285-6556, outreach.planetdrum@gmail.com , www.planetdrum.org .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Permaculture Site Tour — The site tour will focus on the permaculture aspects of Occidental Arts and Ecology's gardens, wildlands and structures, featuring organic and bio-intensive gardens and heirloom seedsaving program, watershed and wildland restoration work, and natural building methods. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 9am - Noon. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org/calendar .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Volunteer: Lower Haight Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Meeting location: TBA. RSVP by phone. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 110, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Commemorate July 26: Health Care Is a Human Right! — On July 26, 1953, a group of rebels led by Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada garrison and launched the Cuban Revolution, teaching Cubans and the world that health care is a human right. Features film and speakers, including KPFA's Emiliano Echeverria, who went with Michael Moore to Cuba for the filming of "Sicko." Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 8pm. Cost: $10/$8 students (none turned away for lack of funds). Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Volunteer: Weeding Work Party on Cerrito Creek — To mark Invasive Weed Awareness Week, we'll be removing thornless blackberries and cape ivy on the south bank. Come see our progress - this reach was formerly a dumping ground with the creek entirely hidden by blackberries. Meet at Adams Street (one block west of San Pablo, on the Albany/El Cerrito border, just north of Carlson). Location: Cerrito Creek, El Cerrito. Time: 10am. Info: 510-848-9358, F5Creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org/index3.html .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Community Meeting: Citywide Solar Project in Berkeley and Rockridge — This is an informational meeting for homeowners and business people in Rockridge and Berkeley about a potential large scale solar project. Solar City has completed several large scale projects in bay area cities, involving several hundred homes and businesses. They will present their plan at the meeting. Location: Live Oak Park Recreation Center, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. Time: 10am. Info: gagemail@comcast.net , http://www.solarcity.com/Default.aspx?tabid=219 .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Workshop: How to Build a Straw Bale Home — Workshop covers: design for straw bale homes; basic strawbale construction methods; foundation systems; framing for windows and doors; roofing materials and roof-bearing assemblies; interior details; building to code. You will help build a small load-bearing structure, including foundation and roofing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240. Info: 707-744-2017, http://solarliving.org/default.asp .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Nutrition Education/Food Demo — The African-American 5 a Day Campaign @ Healthy Oakland will be hosting a series of nutrition education activities throughout the summer, including food demonstrations at neighborhood retail corner stores on how to prepare simple, quick and nutritious family meals. Location: San Pablo Liquor & Grocery, 2363 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Saturday, July 21, 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 .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Theater: " SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'" — "Making a Killing" follows two army newspaper reporters assigned to write a puff piece on the construction of an American funded hospital in Iraq. But as the facts unravel, it soon becomes clear that there's corruption, death, music and mayhem lurking behind this benevolent seeming humanitarian project. Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Third St., SF. Time: 1:30. Cost: free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
San Francisco General Strike Walk — This walk and history talk will look at the causes of the 1934 general strike and why it was successful. How was the strike organized and why are the issues in that strike still relevant to working people today? Also you will walk by the key historical sites in this important US labor struggle. Join ILWU Local 10 longshoreman Jack Heyman and labor historian Louis Prisco. Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 10:30am. Cost: free. Info: 415-642-8066, http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Workshop: Cob Construction and Earthen Plastering — Course will be hands-on learning combined with discussion and lectures about various cob formulas, recipes, techniques and applications. Projects will include the construction of a cob garden wall and bench. Cob is a mixture of clay, straw, sand and water. Cob uses natural materials and has exceptional thermal mass, strength and structural qualities. Bring a dish to share, camping gear, appropriate clothes, shoes and/or boots for work related activities, gloves, notebooks, camera, musical instruments, songs, etc. Location: Mendocino Ecological Learning Center, 4651 Bear Canyon Road, Willits. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: Free -- donations accepted. Info: 707-456-0779, inquiry@melc.us , http://www.melc.us/index.html .

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Benefit: Honoring Indian People and Traditions of Marin — Blessing by Joanne Campbell and presentations by Betty Goerke, Malcolm Margolin, and Greg Sarris. Tickets available at Point Reyes Books, 11315 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station. A benefit for Heyday Institute's California Indian Publishing Program and the West Marin Miwok Education Fund. Location: Toby's Feed Barn, 11250 Highway 1, Pt. Reyes Station. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $15-$25. Info: 415-663-1542.

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Poetry Festival: Bay Area Baby Beats — The Baby Beats movement focuses on the poets, writers, and artists who came to the fore soon after the original Beat Generation who started the ball rolling in the mid-1950's, and on those who continued the tradition through subsequent decades. At this event, Sterling Bunnell, Marsha Campbell, Joie Cook, Deirdre Evans and Chris Trian, H.D.Moe, and Mark Schwartz will read, and Dale Jensen will mc and do a short reading also. Sponsors are Beatitude Books and the Last Word Reading Series. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Time: 4pm - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-3402.

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Panel Discussion: "Housing Struggles: Workers, Unions, and the Bay Area Crisis" — A panel discussion with labor and housing rights activists on the housing crisis, one of the most pressing issues for workers in the Bay Area and beyond, and how unions and other organizations play a part in this battle. Location: ILWU Local 6 Hall, 255 Ninth Street, near Howard, SF. Time: 7pm - ?. Cost: free. Info: 415-642-8066, http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Sudden Oak Death Tour — The recent appearance of Sudden Oak Death is devastating the beautiful wildlands of northern California. Brock Dolman, the co-director of the Wildlands Program at OAEC, will lead this tour through the backcountry of OAEC, explain the cause of Sudden Oak Death, show how it is affecting woodlands, and discuss experimental techniques to improve the health of trees and wildlands. Sturdy shoes, sunblock, and water bottles recommended. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 9am - Noon. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 707-874-1557 ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org/calendar .

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Coastal Harvest Tour — Explore two coastal harvests in one day! Visit Far West Fungi's indoor farm in Moss Landing to see the process of growing organic gourmet mushrooms. Then walk the fields of Yerena Farms with Apolinar Yerena and hear about how he tends his 17 acres of organic strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, and blackberries near Castroville. Fee includes lunch made with farmers' market ingredients. No minimum age, but not recommended for children under 12. Bring: Water, sun protection, walking shoes, clothes that can get dusty. Meet in front of the Ferry Building. Reserve tickets online. Location: Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, SF. Time: 8:45am - 6pm. Cost: $25. Info: 415-291-3276 ext. 106, www.cuesa.org .

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, July 22, 2007
Theater: "SF Mime Troupe's 'Making a Killing'" — "Making a Killing" follows two army newspaper reporters assigned to write a puff piece on the construction of an American funded hospital in Iraq. But as the facts unravel, it soon becomes clear that there's corruption, death, music and mayhem lurking behind this benevolent seeming humanitarian project. Location: Mosswood Park, MacArthur & Broadway, Oakland. Time: 1:30. Cost: free. Info: 415-285-1717, info@sfmt.org , http://www.sfmt.org .

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Class: Slow Food: Oaxacan Cooking Party — Join together to cook an authentic meal of regional Mexican food from Oaxaca. Class lead by Rebecca Sibrack. Edible Explorations is a cultural cooking education service offering classes and parties that encourage cultural and environmental understanding through food. Class fee includes four-course gourmet meal. RSVP via phone or email. Location: Oakland. Time: 1pm - 5pm. Cost: $40-60 sliding scale. Info: 510- 292-7002, rebecca@edibleexplorations.com , http://www.edibleexplorations.com/ .

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Tour: McLaren Park — Led by Tony Wolcott. Tree tours involve 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. Meet at the top of Mansell Street where the side road goes into McLaren Park; parking lot available. This is Mansell Street on the east side of the park, near University St. Near MUNI: 29 RSVP via email or phone. Location: SF. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 108, nancy@fuf.net , http://www.fuf.net/ .

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Workshop: How to Inspect a House — Homeowners, prospective buyers and property sellers learn how to get the most out of a home inspection from a certified ASHI professional. The house may look fine, but reduce surprises - your greatest protection against making a mistake is to be well informed. Is it safe, sound and sanitary? Find out how to protect your equity/investment with preventative maintenance. Field trip to property in afternoon. Location: Building Education Center, 812 Page St., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 5pm. Cost: $85. Info: 510-525-7610, http://www.bldgeductr.org/seminars.html .

Monday, July 23, 2007
Sing-along Circle at the Oak Grove — Bring food, songs, and friends to the threatened sacred Oak Grove on Piedmont north of Bancroft and south of the Greek Theatre. Location: Memorial Oak Grove, East side of UC campus just off of Gayley Road, Berkeley. Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-658-9178.

Monday, July 23, 2007
FOCUS Environment Forum — FOCUS is a planning effort that encourages Bay Area urban growth near transit and in existing communities to preserve the natural environment and enhance quality of life. It is an initiative of four regional agencies: the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with congestion management agencies and local governments. Location: Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium, Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, 101 8th St., across from Lake Merritt BART, Oakland. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-464-7926, FOCUS@abag.ca.gov , http://www.bayareavision.org/focus/focusingvision.html .

Monday, July 23, 2007
Registration Deadline: Democracy School — Global Exchange is bringing the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, created by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), to SF! This weekend-long training takes place 9/7/07 through 9/9/07 and teaches a new way of looking at our role as citizens and confronting the power and rights used by corporations to deny the rights of people and the earth. Register by email or phone. Location: SF. Cost: $300. Info: 415-575-5540, shannon@globalexchange.org , http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/corpaccount/democracyschool.html .

Monday, July 23, 2007
Workshop: Zero Waste and Climate Protection: Making the Connection — Berkeley's Zero Waste Commission is hosting a public forum to obtain input from Berkeley residents and business owners about what strategies we should be implementing in our community to reach our zero waste and climate protection goals. Would you like to see more residents and businesses compost their food waste? Would you like to minimize product packaging? Do you want to help to educate your neighbors about recycling and reuse? This event is an opportunity to help design Berkeley's waste mitigation strategies and climate action plan; to share your own efforts to reduce waste at home or in your business; or to just listen to the discussion and ask questions. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: 510-981-7081, coatfield@ci.berkeley.ca.us , http://www.cityofberkeley.info/sustainable/ .

Monday, July 23, 2007 - Friday, August 31, 2007
Exhibit: "Shaped by Water" — Exhibit of landscapes by Jane Norling. Artist's reception 8/2, 11:30am-1:30pm. Location: EBMUD Main Administration Building, 375 11th St, Second Floor Lobby, Oakland. Time: M-F, 8am - 4pm. Info: 510-287-0138.

Monday, July 23, 2007 - Friday, August 31, 2007
Green City Gallery — A venue celebrating the emerging field of ecologically responsible design. Bay Localize and DIG Coop are collaborating to open this space, which will host workshops, and other social and educational events, as well as exhibits from organizations, businesses and artists who are engaged in the development of urban ecology and local 'green' economy. Location: Green City Gallery, 1950 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 10pm. Info: 510-834-0420, info@digcity.coop , http://digcity.coop/greencitygallery/ .

Monday, July 23, 2007
FOCUS Economy Forum — FOCUS is a regional planning effort that encourages future Bay Area urban growth near transit and in existing communities to preserve the natural environment and enhance quality of life. It is an initiative of four regional agencies: the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with congestion management agencies and local governments in the SF Bay Area. Location: Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium, Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, 101 8th St., across from Lake Merritt BART, Oakland. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-464-7926, FOCUS@abag.ca.gov , http://www.bayareavision.org/focus/focusingvision.html .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Educators Academy: Crafts, Critters, Stories, and Songs — Naturalist Linda Yemoto presents inexpensive and easy ways for educators to liven up lessons in natural history. Learn the basics of amphibian, reptile, mammal, and insect biology while creating crafts, learning stories, and singing simple songs. Ideal for preschool to 3rd grade teachers. Contact to discuss earning academic credit for this course. Location: Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: $45 ($51 nonresident). Info: 510-636-1684, htttp://www.ebparks.org .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Workshop: Ecological Living and Land Restoration in Tlaxcala, Mexico — This intensive workshop will cover: sustainable agriculture; erosion control; land restoration; sewage treatment systems; responsible consumption; alternative education; and more. Cost includes tuition, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, lodging, and field trips. Discount for families and friends together; children under 12 pay half price and are encouraged to participate. Cost: $1,200. Info: 707-744-2017, http://solarliving.org/workshops/ .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Meeting: Bay Area Transportation Planning — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are reviewing the Bay Area's transportation planning process carried out by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and its partner agencies. To provide the public with an opportunity to comment, the two agencies are sponsoring a public meeting. Location: Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 Eighth St., across from Lake Merritt BART, Oakland. Time: 5pm - 8pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-817-5757, info@mtc.ca.gov , http://www.mtc.ca.gov/ .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Nutrition Education/Food Demo — The African-American 5 a Day Campaign @ Healthy Oakland will be hosting a series of nutrition education activities throughout the summer, including food demonstrations at neighborhood retail corner stores on how to prepare simple, quick and nutritious family meals. Location: Millennium Market, 1741 Market Street, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Presentation: Prevent Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft — Seniors are among the most targeted groups by scam artists, and the abuse is on the rise. The best way to combat consumer fraud is to become an educated consumer. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, in collaboration with the Elder Financial Protection Network and the California Department of Corporations' Seniors Against Investment Fraud Program, is hosting a series of presentations in to help seniors protect themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims of fraud. This presentation in English and Spanish. RSVP by phone. Location: San Pablo Senior Center, 1943 Church Lane, San Pablo. Time: 1pm - 2:30pm. Info: 510-215-3096, http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a14/ .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - Friday, July 27, 2007
Salmon River Dives and Spring-run Chinook Symposium — Salmonid Restoration Federation is proud to join with the Salmon River Restoration Council in offering the 2nd Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium in concert with the Salmon River Spring Chinook Dives. Includes training and dives, workshops, field tours and presentations on challenges and tools specific to Spring-run Chinook restoration in California, including fish identification, snorkel surveys, fish habitat improvement and fish passage barrier removal projects. Fisheries biologist, Peter Moyle, will offer a presentation on Spring-run Chinook recovery efforts. Stay Saturday July 28 for the Jammin' for the Salmon benefit concert. Register via phone or email. Info: 707-923-7501, srf@calsalmon.org .

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - Friday, July 27, 2007
Financing Wind Power: The Future of Energy — This three-day seminar explores the landscape of tax, energy, and environmental policy that shapes opportunities for financing and developing wind power. Payment must be received by July 16 to ensure registration. Location: Santa Fe, NM. Cost: $795 general/$545 nonprofit. Info: 202-331-9230, info@ipedinc.net , http://ipedinc.net .

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "Phase IV" — Intelligent ants plot to make the world their picnic ground. Directed by Saul Bass. Response by Vincent Resh, Professor of Entomology at UC Berkeley. Location: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditch, Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $8. Info: 510-642-1124, bampfa@berkeley.edu , http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ .

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Presentation: Prevent Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft — Seniors are among the most targeted groups by scam artists, and the abuse is on the rise. The best way to combat consumer fraud is to become an educated consumer. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, in collaboration with the Elder Financial Protection Network and the California Department of Corporations' Seniors Against Investment Fraud Program, is hosting a series of presentations in to help seniors protect themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims of fraud. This presentation in English and Farsi. Refreshments and door prizes! RSVP by phone. Location: Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. Info: 510-848-0264, http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a14/ .

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Meeting: Gray Panthers with Guest Keith Carson — This meeting of the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers is on the topic of "The Political Scene: State and County Priorities", with Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Time: 1:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-548-9696, GrayPanthersBerk@aol.com , http://graypanthers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=10 .

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Cooking Class: "Pizza, Pizza!" — 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, July 25, 2007
Farm to Institution Event — CAFF hosts this event, designed to foster collaboration, direct marketing and alternative distribution opportunities for institutional cafeterias and local farmers who are interested in launching or expanding seasonal and sustainable local food networks. Lunch will be prepared by Bon Appetit and will feature local produce. Meet in the Bon Appetit Cafeteria. Register online. Location: Holy Names College, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Time: Noon - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-832-4625, aliza@caff.org , https://www.sporg.com/registration?link_type=reg_info&form_id=87879 .

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Conservation Speaker Series: The Kibale Community Fuel Wood Project — The project strives to protect Kibale National Park in western Uganda from encroachment while assisting local citizens to obtain firewood. Project directors Rebecca Goldstone and Michael Stern show how their approach -- from traveling movie shows to innovative cookstoves -- is helping both wildlife and humans. In the Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Reception: 6:30am, presentation: 7pm. Location: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, in Knowland Park, Oakland. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $10 - $20 suggested minimum donation. Info: 510-632-9525, http://www.oaklandzoo.org .

Thursday, July 26, 2007
FOCUS Equity Forum — FOCUS is a regional planning effort that encourages future Bay Area urban growth near transit and in existing communities to preserve the natural environment and enhance quality of life. It is an initiative of four regional agencies: the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with congestion management agencies and local governments in the SF Bay Area. Location: Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium, Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, 101 8th St., across from Lake Merritt BART, Oakland. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-464-7926, FOCUS@abag.ca.gov , http://www.bayareavision.org/focus/focusingvision.html .

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Reading: "Golden Gulag : Prison, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California" — Author Ruthie Gilmore reads from her new book, which examines the roots of the drive to build more prisons in California and the forces that are driving this. Both political parties are now fully engaged in pushing billions more for criminalization of large parts of the population. With more money being spent on prisons than education in California, the need to understand this insidious development is vital for the future of our society. Location: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., at 20th St., SF. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-282-9246, http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Friday, July 27, 2007
Workshop: Intro to Grid-Tied PV — If you want to build your own grid-tied PV system, or want to know if grid-tied solar makes sense for you before you talk to a contractor, this 2-day workshop is for you. This course is also an introduction to grid-tied solar for contractors and solar career seekers who have little background in the specifics of grid-tied PV or electricity. The format for this class will be primarily lecture. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $240. Info: 707-744-2017, http://solarliving.org/default.asp .

Friday, July 27, 2007
Workshop: Strategic Planning without a Consultant — Participants will learn the essential components of strategic planning and explore what level of in-house direction would work for their organizations. Topics include planning to plan, taking stock (including organizational guidance, lessons learned and organizational and environmental assessment), strategic plan development (including timeframes, mission assessment, values and vision, strategy development, goal setting and indicators, organizational integration, action plans, follow-through and evaluation mechanisms), adoption, roll-out and planning evaluation. Planning worksheets and other tools are included. Workshop led by Skip Spitzer, principal of Root Action Consulting. Open lunch hour, with optional brown bag discussion. Lunch not included, but location is near dine-in and take-out options. Location: Women's Building, 3543 18th St., between Valencia & Guerrero, SF. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $190. Info: 831-423-8670, consulting@rootaction.org , http://consulting.rootaction.org/workshops.html .

Friday, July 27, 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, July 28, 2007
"The Living New Deal: Excavating the Public Landscape of the Great Depression" — For the past quarter century, the New Deal's ideological enemies have systematically rolled back and erased the memory of its epochal accomplishments without understanding how it profited them and continues to do so. Dr. Gray Brechin will discuss the Living New Deal Project -- a statewide collaborative effort to document and map the physical legacy of the New Deal in California and to honor the surviving veterans. Location: ILWU Local 6 Hall, 255 Ninth Street, near Howard, SF. Time: 3pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-642-8066, http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Workshop: Biodiesel Reactor Mechanics and System Tricks — One-day class for advanced beginners in homebrew biodiesel. Class is geared to people who already know how to make biodiesel, either in a lab-scale or for those who already homebrew full-size batches but would like to compare notes with me on how I manage my system. You may take this class after attending a regular homebrewing class taught by someone else, as well as if you have learned how to make biodiesel on your own. Register online. Location: Oakland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $70. Info: classregistration@girlmark.com , http://www.girlmark.com/tour/ .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in San Rafael" — Join Save The Bay and the Marin County Open Space District in our efforts to restore the wetlands and upland habitat at Santa Venetia Marsh on Gallinas Creek in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. We will continue planting native plants until the winter rains subside. Later in the spring and early summer we will focus on removing non-native plants like fennel, mustard, pepperweed, and thistle. Volunteers will also help with site monitoring, continuing shoreline clean-up, and seed collection. RSVP. Location: San Rafael. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk — This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland's "work holiday" that began with spontaneous solidarity with striking female department store clerks and grew to 100,000 workers shutting down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. The 1946 shutdown was the last general strike to occur in the United States. There will be a reception after the walk at the Niebyl-Proctor Library at 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz), in Oakland. Led by Karin Hart of Laney College Labor Studies (510-464-3210) and Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society (415-751-1572). Location: Latham Square, Intersection of Telegraph and Broadway, Oakland. Time: 10:30am. Cost: Free. Info: 415-642-8066, http://www.laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Nutrition Education/Food Demo — The African-American 5 a Day Campaign @ Healthy Oakland will be hosting a series of nutrition education activities throughout the summer, including food demonstrations at neighborhood retail corner stores on how to prepare simple, quick and nutritious family meals. Location: Millennium Market, 1741 Market Street, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
"Computer Recycling and Summer Celebration" — Got a box full of ancient computer equipment (or a big old console TV)? Bring your relics to Elephant Pharm. We'll have recycling pros on hand to help keep bad stuff out of landfills. Small fee for recycling hard drive. Location: Elephant Pharmacy - San Rafael, 909 Grand Ave., San Rafael. Time: 10am - 2am. Cost: free. Info: 510-549-9200, http://www.elephantpharm.com .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party — Join the Friends of Corona Heights Habitat Restoration and the Gay and Lesbian Sierrans for the last monthly work party of the season. Work targets 15 invasive non-natives that threaten native plants. Meet on the north side of the Randall Museum. Tools, gloves, and kneeling mats provided. Location: Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: free. Info: 415-552-3542.

Saturday, July 28, 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: 11am - 4:30pm. Cost: $35. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
McNears Beach Full Moon Kayak — Join us for a hearty paddle and picnic dinner. Watch the full moon rise over the Bay on our paddle back. All kayak equipment and instruction is provided. No experience necessary but participants should be in good physical shape. Directions and more info will be provided upon RSVP. Minimum age: 16. Location: San Rafael. Time: 5:30pm - 10pm. Cost: $65. Info: 510-452-9261, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://www.savesfbay.org/bayevents .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Opening: Children's Reading Garden — Join volunteers to celebrate the Children's Reading Garden, a space adjacent to the El Sobrante Public Library. Learn about the project, including plans to complete native plantings and an arbor beginning this fall in collaboration with the San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society (SPAWNERS). Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 10am. Cost: free. Info: 510-665-3538, donaldbastin@comcast.net , http://www.spawners.org .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Strategic Planning Retreat: Tri-Valley CAREs — Staff, members, and volunteers are invited to this annual retreat to renew Tri-Valley CAREs's commitment to stopping the development of new nuclear weapons in the US and promoting the elimination of nuclear weapons globally, in solidarity with concerned neighbors of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Bring a dish to contribute to a potluck lunch (drinks will be provided). RSVP: space limited. Location: United Christian Church, 1886 College Avenue, at "M" St., Livermore. Time: 9:45am - 4pm. Info: 925-443-7148, http://www.trivalleycares.org .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Volunteer: Richmond Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest — We need volunteers to help plant trees. Meeting location: TBA. RSVP by phone. Location: SF. Time: 9am - noon. Info: 415-561-6890 ext. 100, http://www.fuf.net/calendar_news/index.html .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Greenbelt Outing: Greenway Getaway in Contra Costa County — This six-mile walk will explore the Ohlone Greenway in El Cerrito. Visit a restored creek, view public art, and hike the Hillside Nature Area. A BART ride brings participants back to the beginning. Reservations (required) and directions to the event are available online or by phone. Location: El Cerrito. Time: 9am - 12:30pm. Cost: free. Info: 415-255-3233, http://www.greenbelt.org .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Workshop for Educators: "Getting Started Garden Design" — We'll help you design and build a green school garden from the ground up. Learn how to obtain and use recycled building materials in your garden and how to set up your own drip irrigation system. Includes course reader Location: Youth Science Institute, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga. Time: 9:30am - 1pm. Cost: $25 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Edible Landscaping Tour — Enjoy this self-guided and bicycle-friendly tour in and around Palo Alto. Learn what motivates your neighbors to grow their own food! Discover how folks weave edible plants into both garden beds and the landscape! Meet the gardeners and get inspired by the special features of their gardens! Maps and garden descriptions given at check in. Check in time: 10:30am -- 3:00pm at Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Register online or by phone. Location: Palo Alto. Time: 11am - 4pm. Cost: $35. Info: 650-493-6072, http://www.conexions.org/wordpress/?page_id=156 .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
"Computer Recycling and Summer Celebration" — Elephant Pharmacy and Computer Recycling Center present the Summer is Easy! Event in the new Elephant parking lot. Bring any ancient computer equipment (or even a big old console TV). We'll have recycling pros on hand to help keep bad stuff out of landfills! Small fee for recycling hard drives. Location: Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 11am. Cost: free. Info: 415-462-6000, http://www.elephantpharm.com .

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Concert: "Radical Protest Music and Theatre" — Folk This! and Friends an eclectic mix of protest songs from the 18th to the 21st centuries. With singer/songwriters Carol Denney and Robert Temple. Theatre artist Steven Low will be presenting excerpts from the Yellow Fever Express. Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Time: 7:30pm. Cost: $10 gen. $5 students, seniors, low income. Info: 510-849-2568, http://www.lapena.org/ .

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Workshop: Biodiesel Reactor Mechanics and System Tricks — One-day class for advanced beginners in homebrew biodiesel. Class is geared to people who already know how to make biodiesel, either in a lab-scale or for those who already homebrew full-size batches but would like to compare notes with me on how I manage my system. You may take this class after attending a regular homebrewing class taught by someone else, as well as if you have learned how to make biodiesel on your own. Register online. Location: Oakland. Time: 9am - 5pm. Cost: $70. Info: classregistration@girlmark.com , http://www.girlmark.com/tour/ .

Sunday, July 29, 2007
(TV) POV Documentary: "Prison Town, USA" — "Prison Town, USA" tells the story of Susanville, one California town that tries to resucitate its economy by building a correctional facility -- with unforseen consequences. Weaving the stories of a laid-off mill worker turned guard, a struggling dairy owner, and an inmate's family stranded in Susanville, the film illuminates the legacy of an industry that is transforming rural America. Check local PBS listings to verify schedule. Location: t. Time: 10pm. Info: http://www.pbs.org/pov .

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Cohousing Slideshow: Wolf Creek Commons — Learn about cohousing concepts and specifically about the Wolf Creek Commons cohousing forming in Grass Valley. RSVP by phone. Location: McCamant & Durrett Office, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 113, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-849-2063, http://www.wolfcreekcommons.net/index.html .

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