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Dear readers,

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

Check out our online EcoDirectory:  http://www.ecologycenter.org/ecodirectory/ . Do you have questions? The EcoDirectory provides resources and referrals for common environmental concerns.

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

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS
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
8/31/2007	 	Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building
9/2/2007	 	EcoHouse Tour - 10am
9/2/2007	 	EcoHouse Tour - 1pm
9/21/2007	 	Berkeley Sustainability Summit
10/30/2007	Fall Fruit 'n' Fright at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market
11/3/2007	 	Introduction to Permaculture Design

 ALL EVENTS
Through 7/27/2007	 	Financing Wind Power: The Future of Energy
Through 7/27/2007	 	Salmon River Dives and Spring-run Chinook Symposium
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	 	Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute
Through 8/24/2007	 	Volunteer: "Alameda Creek Alliance 10th Anniversary"
Through 8/25/2007	 	Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibit
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	 	Summer Day Camp: "This Land is Your Land"
Through 8/31/2007	 	Green City Gallery
Through 8/31/2007	 	Exhibit: Los Hilos de la vida/The Threads of Life
Through 8/31/2007	 	Exhibit: "Shaped by Water"
Through 9/30/2007	 	Volunteer in an Eco-City: Bahia de Caraquez, Equador
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
7/26/2007	 	Reading: "Golden Gulag : Prison, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California"
7/26/2007	 	Conservation Speaker Series: The Kibale Community Fuel Wood Project
7/26/2007	 	FOCUS Equity Forum
7/27/2007	 	Benefit Concert: Labor Choruses
7/27/2007	 	Workshop: Strategic Planning without a Consultant
7/27/2007	 	Free Compost for Berkeley Residents
7/27/2007	 	Workshop: Intro to Grid-Tied PV
7/28/2007	 	McNears Beach Full Moon Kayak
7/28/2007	 	Green Energy Event in Richmond
7/28/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/28/2007	 	"Computer Recycling and Summer Celebration"
7/28/2007	 	"Computer Recycling and Summer Celebration"
7/28/2007	 	Really Really Free Market
7/28/2007	 	Benefit Exhibit: "Temporary Autonomous Museum" for the SF Tenant Union
7/28/2007	 	E-Waste Recycling Event
7/28/2007	 	Grand Opening: Green Building Exchange
7/28/2007	 	Benefit Screening: "The U.S. vs John Lennon"
7/28/2007	 	Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk
7/28/2007	 	"The Living New Deal: Excavating the Public Landscape of the Great Depression"
7/28/2007	 	Greenbelt Outing: Greenway Getaway in Contra Costa County
7/28/2007	 	Edible Landscaping Tour
7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: "Restore Wetlands in San Rafael"
7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: Richmond Tree Planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
7/28/2007	 	Opening: Children's Reading Garden
7/28/2007	 	Workshop: Biodiesel Reactor Mechanics and System Tricks
7/28/2007	 	Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Work Party
7/28/2007	 	Strategic Planning Retreat: Tri-Valley CAREs
7/28/2007	 	Volunteer: "Bair Island Canoe and Restoration"
7/28/2007	 	Workshop for Educators: "Getting Started Garden Design"
7/29/2007	 	Cohousing Slideshow: Wolf Creek Commons
7/29/2007	 	Workshop: Biodiesel Reactor Mechanics and System Tricks
7/29/2007	 	Concert: "Radical Protest Music and Theatre"
7/30/2007	 	Sing-along Circle at the Oak Grove
7/31/2007	 	Panel: " San Francisco Stand Up! Defending Our Right To The City"
7/31/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
7/31/2007	 	City Council Meeting: Support Richmond's Shoreline
8/1/2007	 	Meet the Rangers & Film: "The Thin Green Line"
8/1/2007	 	Submission Deadline: Coastal Stewardship Stories
8/1/2007	 	Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "Prophecy"
8/1/2007	 	A Celebration of Oceans with Sylvia Earle
8/1/2007	 	Brown Bag Lunch: "Prefab Green: Building Your Green ... House in the Bay Area"
8/1/2007	 	Info Session: Homeowner & Renter Tax Assistance
8/1/2007	 	Biodiesel Community Conference Los Angeles
8/1/2007	 	Workshop for Educators: "Getting Started Garden Design"
8/1/2007	 	Talk: "Richmond Shoreline and Its Resources"
8/2/2007	 	Info Session: Homeowner & Renter Tax Assistance
8/2/2007	 	Fresh Water in the 21st Century
8/2/2007	 	Film: "Iraq for Sale"
8/2/2007	 	Application Deadline: Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
8/2/2007	 	San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: "9 Star Hotel"
8/2/2007	 	Training: Protect Fish from Water-Main Breaks
8/3/2007	 	0 to 100 Watts in 4 Days: Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter
8/3/2007	 	Thirteen Ways to Stop Global Warming
8/3/2007	 	Application Deadline: "Hosts sought for 2008 Bay-Friendly Garden Tour"
8/3/2007	 	Twilight Tour: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
8/4/2007	 	Advanced Certified Green Building Professional Training
8/4/2007	 	Save the Bay: Improve Wetland Habitat at MLK Jr. Shoreline Park
8/4/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
8/4/2007	 	Workshop: "Urban Composting"
8/4/2007	 	Container Gardening for Renters or Those with Limited Space
8/4/2007	 	Back Country Restoration Tour
8/5/2007	 	Green Home EXPO
8/5/2007	 	Medicine Disposal & Mercury Thermometer Exchange
8/5/2007	 	Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour - 10am
8/5/2007	 	Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour - 1pm
8/5/2007	 	Workshop: "Refineries 101"
8/5/2007	 	Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony
8/6/2007	 	Book Discussion: "Water Wars"
8/6/2007	 	Workshop: PV Design & Installation Boot Camp for Beginners -- SOLD OUT
8/6/2007	 	Commemorate Victims of Nuclear Bombs
8/6/2007	 	Workshop: "Watershed Teaching Tools for Educators"
8/6/2007	 	Dams and Global Warming
8/6/2007	 	Talk: Hormone Disrupters in the Bay
8/6/2007	 	Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum
8/7/2007	 	Maximum Wine, Minimum Water
8/7/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
8/8/2007	 	Twilight Tour: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
8/8/2007	 	How Essential is Water to Good Health?
8/8/2007	 	Rally for True Universal Healthcare
8/8/2007	 	Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "The Mutations"
8/9/2007	 	Sustainable Communities Salon: Energy and Water
8/9/2007	 	Benefit Screening: "War Made Easy"
8/9/2007	 	Rally against Chevron's Richmond Refinery Expansion
8/9/2007	 	Colonial History and India's Water Woes
8/9/2007	 	Introduction to Urban Permaculture
8/11/2007	 	Volunteer: San Pablo Creek Stewardship and Restoration Work Day
8/11/2007	 	Introduction to Permaculture
8/11/2007	 	Save the Bay: Remove Nonnative Plants at Eden Landing
8/11/2007	 	Potluck Social for Wolf Creek Commons Cohousing
8/11/2007	 	Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
8/11/2007	 	Workshop: "Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees"
8/11/2007	 	Nutrition Education/Food Demo
8/11/2007	 	Kids' Workshop: "Bobcats and Mountain Lions on the Prowl"
8/11/2007	 	Festival: "Scene on the Strait"
8/11/2007	 	Vegetarian Cooking Class: Mediterranean Menu
8/11/2007	 	Volunteer: Quail Habitat Restoration
8/11/2007	 	Apartment Farming

 ECOLOGY CENTER EVENTS

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. Pre-register by phone. Location: 1526 Fairview St, (near Sacramento St), Berkeley. 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 - 10am — 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., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), 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 - 1pm — 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., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), 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. Pre-register by phone. Location: , 1526 Fairview St, (near Sacramento St), Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. 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. Time: Noon - 4pm. Cost: Free. 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/ .

Friday, August 31, 2007
Application Deadline: Office Space Available in Ecology Center Building — The Ecology Center has office space to lease. It is cubicle-style office space in a light, airy, open office in the same building the Ecology Center occupies. Space fits two desks. The building is located in West Berkeley, in the area referred to as the "Left Bank." Other tenants that share the space include small environmental nonprofits and projects. Please contact Amy Kiser for more information. Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley. Info: amy@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org .

Sunday, September 2, 2007
EcoHouse Tour - 10am — Tour the Ecology Center's environmentally friendly demonstration home and garden. Get a comprehensive vision of many of the simple improvements anyone can make to their urban home. Tour includes: solar panels, on-demand water heater, water saving fixtures, natural and recycled building materials, Berkeley's first city-permitted wetland / graywater system, water catchment strategies, ducks in the city, a living roof garden, organic permaculture gardening, native drought tolerant plants, mushroom cultivation, and more. RSVP by 8/31/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), Berkeley. Time: 10am - Noon. Cost: $10 sliding scale, no one refused for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org , http://ecologycenter.org/ .

Sunday, September 2, 2007
EcoHouse Tour - 1pm — Tour the Ecology Center's environmentally friendly demonstration home and garden. Get a comprehensive vision of many of the simple improvements anyone can make to their urban home. Tour includes: solar panels, on-demand water heater, water saving fixtures, natural and recycled building materials, Berkeley's first city-permitted wetland / graywater system, water catchment strategies, ducks in the city, a living roof garden, organic permaculture gardening, native drought tolerant plants, mushroom cultivation, and more. RSVP by 8/31/07. Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $10 sliding scale, no one refused for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org , http://ecologycenter.org/ .

Friday, September 21, 2007
Berkeley Sustainability Summit — The Ecology Center will be hosting the Second Annual Berkeley Sustainability Summit-a whirlwind of short presentations on Berkeley sustainability projects, structured networking, and an all-organic catered lunch and treats. Mark your calendars! Tickets will be available online 8/15/07. Location: Krutch Theater, Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley, 2601 Warring Street at Parker Street, Berkeley. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: $25. Info: 510-548-2220 x222, amy@ecologycenter.org , http://www.ecologycenter.org/ .

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 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 .

Through 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 .

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

Through Saturday, August 25, 2007
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 .

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
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 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/ .

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
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.

Through Sunday, September 30, 2007
Volunteer in an Eco-City: Bahia de Caraquez, Equador — Planet Drum Foundation seeks volunteers for its Ecological City projects, through 9/2007. Work with a revegetation project, planting and maintaining native plants to reduce erosion and create habitats for birds and other animals. Join neighborhood efforts to learn and use ecological practices. Help in renewable energy development. Assist bioregional environmental education groups for children and adults. A background in environmental education and activities, Spanish language speaking ability, and cooperative living experience are desirable. However, willing hands and a desire to help restore our damaged biosphere are most important. Benefits include free accommodation in a large shared apartment, extraordinary beach and wilderness recreational activities, and opportunities to improve Spanish skills as well as experience tropical Ecuadorian culture. Please email a description of your qualifications and interests to Clay Plager-Unger, Field Projects Manager. Info: planetdrumecuador@yahoo.com , http://www.planetdrum.org/ .

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 .

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 .

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 .

Friday, July 27, 2007
Benefit Concert: Labor Choruses — Support the San Francisco Day Laborers' program and their struggle for human rights. This benefit with songs performed by Coro Obrero with Francisco Herrera will help immigrant workers. The concert includes the Labor Heritage Rockin' Solidarity Chorus performing songs and narrative from their new performance piece We Are All Immigrants. Also performing will be the San Francisco Day Laborer's Chorus. Location: SEIU Local 87 Hall, 240 Golden Gate Ave., SF. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Info: http://laborfest.net/2007schedule.htm#31 .

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.

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 .

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
Green Energy Event in Richmond — Rosie Goes Green! Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin celebrates green energy with City officials speaking on building green technology (solar, etc.) into historic Atchison Village. Funding explored. The AV auditorium (by flagpole). Curry St. (& Collins) at west end of McDonald Ave. Give-aways, food, music. Location: Richmond. Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm. Info: 510-215-5530.

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 - 2pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-549-9200, http://www.elephantpharm.com .

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 .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Really Really Free Market — A community market and celebration where nothing is bought or sold. No money, no barter, no trade. Everything is free. Really. Bring gifts, entertainment and friends. Leave your wallet at home. The last Saturday of every month. Location: Dolores Park, between 19th & 20th, SF. Time: noon - dusk. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.reallyreallyfree.org .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Benefit Exhibit: "Temporary Autonomous Museum" for the SF Tenant Union — An exhibition and community event in the flat of two artists who have faced housing rights issues in the past and are now leaving San Francisco. The walls will be curated with art by over 65 emerging and established Bay Area artists. Food and music. The artwork will be rotated and will be sold at prices ranging from $25-$500. All proceeds benefit the San Francisco Tenant Union. Location: The Temporary Autonomous Museum(s), 3917 22nd Street, at Castro, SF. Time: noon - 6pm. Info: info@tamuseums.org , http://www.tamuseums.org/ .

Saturday, July 28, 2007 - Sunday, July 29, 2007
E-Waste Recycling Event — Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Accepted: televisions, monitors, computer systems, copy machines, fax machines, printers, MP3 players, scanners, video game consoles, video, games, cellular phones (batteries can be included), household phones, stereo equipment, miscellaneous wiring, CD's (players and discs), DVD's (players and discs), computer components ( i.e. keyboards, mice, internet devices, etc.) To save time, download the State E-Waste verification form from website and fill it out before you visit this event. Located in the IKEA parking lot. Location: IKEA, 4400 Shellmound St, Emeryville. Time: 9am - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 888-832-9839, info@unwaste.com , http://www.unwaste.com/index.php .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Grand Opening: Green Building Exchange — Green Building Exchange, a year-round center dedicated to vendors who adhere to environmentally friendly building practices, is celebrating its Grand Opening. Tour the 55,000 square foot marketplace. In addition to learning about everything from solar panels to bamboo flooring, energy saving coil bulbs, and water-saving irrigation systems, Green Building Exchange will feature organic wine, nibbles and presentations by experts in the green building industry. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 10am - 3pm. Info: info@greenbuildingexchange.com , http://www.greenbuildingexchange.com .

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Benefit Screening: "The U.S. vs John Lennon" — This 96 minute film covers John Lennon's evolution from Beatle, outspoken artist and activist to iconic inspiration for peace. It is also a history of the Vietnam era and how Lennon was targeted as a national threat. Donations support the Hal Carlstad Memorial, portable, wireless sound system. Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley. Time: 7pm. Cost: Donations accepted. Info: 510-528-5403.

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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: "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
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/ .

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 .

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
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/ .

Monday, July 30, 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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Panel: " San Francisco Stand Up! Defending Our Right To The City" — Less than 10% of the people living in SF can afford to buy an average priced home at $760,000. Join local organizers and neighborhood leaders for part two of this panel series delving deep into causes and conditions fueling the fires of gentrification and displacement in San Francisco and the Bay. 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 31, 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: S & A Market, 600 14th Street, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
City Council Meeting: Support Richmond's Shoreline — Speak up for Richmond's Shoreline! Please come to a Richmond City Council meeting to support keeping Richmond's remaining shoreline as open space! Location: Richmond City Council Chambers, 1401 Marina Way South, Richmond. Time: 7pm. Info: 510-848-0800 x304, mike.daley@sierraclub.org , http://sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/chapter/chapter_home.asp .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Meet the Rangers & Film: "The Thin Green Line" — Celebrate the Bay Area's first World Ranger Day and Meet the Rangers! Event by the Hyde Street Pier showcases agencies that employ rangers, plus partner associations, trusts, and conservancies that use volunteers for conservation work. Rangers will demonstrate equipment they use, including various vehicles, boats, and hi-tech gear, as well as hands-on activities for kids. Also featured is the film "The Thin Green Line", which documents the committed and passionate fight to protect our planet. Film shown at noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. Location: San Francisco Maritime National Park Visitors Center, 499 Jefferson St., SF. Time: 11am - 6pm. Cost: Free, donations appreciated. Info: 415-383-0484, events@greenplanetfilms.org , http://greenplanetfilms.org/filmnight .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Submission Deadline: Coastal Stewardship Stories — The California Coastal Commission is inviting the public to submit personal stories of coastal stewardship for posting on our website, in conjunction with our Coastal Stewardship Pledge. If you have taken part in something (small or large) to care for our coast and ocean, please share your story and/or pictures in order to inspire others to take action in their daily lives. Make your submission by email or by postal mail to: Coastal Steward Stories, California Coastal Commission, 45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94105. Location: t. Info: coast4u@coastal.ca.gov , http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/pendx.html .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "Prophecy" — Industrial pollution generates some mean mutations among the fauna of the Maine woods. Directed by John Frankenheimer. 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, August 1, 2007
A Celebration of Oceans with Sylvia Earle — Celebrate the kickoff of The Commonwealth Club's Cool, Clear Water series and meet Earle, a champion of the oceans and an iconic environmental figure. Learn about the outlook for the world's oceans, hear plans to make the Aquarium of the Bay one of the leading salt water aquariums in the world, and help us honor the late Jean Auer. Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception at 5:15pm, program at 6pm. Reserve tickets online. Location: Aquarium of the Bay, Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39, SF. Time: 5:15pm. Cost: $30, $15 for Club/Bay Institute members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Brown Bag Lunch: "Prefab Green: Building Your Green ... House in the Bay Area" — Michelle Kaufmann will explain the process of creating a prefabricated home from concept to completion, and will provide a visual presentation of the green building elements and price-competitive features that have stimulated a growing market for such homes. Location: San Francisco Dept. of Environment, 11 Grove St., SF. Time: noon - 1pm. Info: 415-355-3703, http://www.sfenvironment.org .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Info Session: Homeowner & Renter Tax Assistance — Attention all Homeowners and Renters: If you are 62 years or older, or under 62 and blind, or under 62 and disabled, you could qualify for up to $472 by filing a Homeowner or Renters Assistance Claim Form. The office of Assemblywoman Hancock and tax board volunteers will assist in filling out and submitting HRA tax forms. Not all qualify-if you are unsure of eligibility, please call for verification. RSVP by phone. Location: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, @ Ashby Ave., Berkeley. Time: 11am - 2pm. Info: 510-559-1406, http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a14/ .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Biodiesel Community Conference Los Angeles — Conference is open to the general public and offers action-based discussions on biodiesel basics, legislation, local distribution, school bus and other fleet usage, biodiesel education, and more. Conference aims to empower and educate the public, local businesses and community leaders to make biodiesel a viable fuel option for Southern CA. RSVP online. Location: Mt. Olive Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Info: 626-975-1433, crissiann@gmail.com , http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=RPOJJMHHFRVGPATDMHFR&unknownUser=true .

Wednesday, August 1, 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, how to set up your own drip irrigation system, and how to make and use compost. Includes course reader. Location: Richmond Field Station, 1301 S 46th St., Richmond. Time: 9am - 3:30pm. Cost: $30 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org/ .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Talk: "Richmond Shoreline and Its Resources" — Rich Walkling, a restoration planner with the Natural Heritage Institute in San Francisco, presents a talk on the North Richmond shoreline and how the San Pablo and Wildcat Creeks have shaped it over the centuries. A screening of the documentary Rheem Creek and Breuner Marsh: A Promised Land follows. Location: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: free. Info: 510-665-3538, julianna@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.spawners.org .

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Info Session: Homeowner & Renter Tax Assistance — Attention all Homeowners and Renters: If you are 62 years or older, or under 62 and blind, or under 62 and disabled, you could qualify for up to $472 by filing a Homeowner or Renters Assistance Claim Form. The office of Assemblywoman Hancock and tax board volunteers will assist in filling out and submitting HRA tax forms. Not all qualify-if you are unsure of eligibility, please call for verification. RSVP by phone. Location: Center for Independent Living, 2539 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley. Time: 10am - 2pm. Info: 510-559-1406, http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a14/ .

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Fresh Water in the 21st Century — Fresh water has been described as "the oil of the 21st century." Come hear Peter Gleick, one of the world's leading experts on freshwater, share with us what's in store for this precious resource, including his ideas for moving to sustainable management and use of water. Master photographer Gil Garcetti will display some of his striking images of the human dimensions of the water crisis in West Africa. Wine, refreshments, and photography viewing at 5:30pm. Remarks by Garcetti at 6pm, remarks by Gleick at 6:15pm. Discussion to follow. Buy tickets online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $8, free for members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Film: "Iraq for Sale" — Director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows, and children who have been changed by the profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. The film uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. Location: Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St. #303, 16th St. & Mission St., SF. Time: 7pm. Info: http://iraqforsale.org/about.php .

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Application Deadline: Bay-Friendly Garden Tour — Now organizing the 5th annual tour, slated for 4/27/08. If you are interested in having your garden considered, please register online. Location: t. Info: 510-891-6500, jnader@stopwaste.org , http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=8 .

Thursday, August 2, 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: Aquarius Twin Movie Theater, Palo Alto. Time: 6:15pm. Cost: $11/$9.50 students and seniors. Info: 925-275-9490, http://www.sfjff.org .

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Training: Protect Fish from Water-Main Breaks — The Codornices Creek Watershed Council and EBMUD offer training to residents of north Berkeley and south Albany (the Codornices watershed) to form a "Chloramine Response Team" to place treatment tablets to keep chloramines from harming fish and wildlife in the event of a water-main break. Pre-registration required. RSVP via phone or email. Location: EBMUD Maintenance Center Admin. Bldg., 1100 21st St, (between Adeline & Chestnut), Oakland. Time: 6pm - 8:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-759-1689, pamboyle@gmail.com .

Friday, August 3, 2007 - Monday, August 6, 2007
0 to 100 Watts in 4 Days: Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter — A workshop sponsored by Free Radio Berkeley to teach you how to build a 40 watt FM broadcast transmitter (and related items such as antennas) and set up a low power community radio station capable of covering a broadcast radius up to 10 miles. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will learn how to solder, identify electronic components, assemble a 40 watt transmitter from a kit of parts, build and tune an antenna, properly setup and test broadcast equipment, and more. Location: Free Radio Berkeley Workshop, 2311 Adeline, Unit P, Oakland. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: $200-$250 sliding scale. Info: 510-625-0314, xmtrman@pacbell.net , http://www.freeradio.org/ .

Friday, August 3, 2007
Thirteen Ways to Stop Global Warming — How can we promote sustainability through our own gardens? Landscape designer Alrie Middlebrook creates native plant gardens with sustainability in mind, using less water and fossil fuels while taking advantage of California's natural beauty. Middlebrook will share her insights on native gardens and their impact on our community and environment. Reserve tickets online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 11:30am. Cost: $8, free for members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Friday, August 3, 2007
Application Deadline: "Hosts sought for 2008 Bay-Friendly Garden Tour" — The Bay-Friendly Gardening Program is looking for residential gardens located in Alameda County to feature on the 5Th annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour. Plant enthusiasts, wildlife gardeners, urban food growers, and other natural gardeners are encouraged to apply. Host gardeners receive a t-shirt, tote bag, compost bin, Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide, Bay-Friendly Garden registration sign and other garden gifts in appreciation of participation. The tour will be held Sunday, April 27, 2008. Apply online. Info: 510-444-SOIL, jnader@stopwaste.org , http://recycle.stopwaste.org/gardentour/bfgt-host-application.asp .

Friday, August 3, 2007
Twilight Tour: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon — The Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon are earthquake sag ponds with fascinating geology and wildlife, right next to the Fremont BART Station. Families can see Tule Ponds under the light of the setting sun. Listen to the story of the Wetland in the City and take a guided tour of the ponds in the evening. With careful and quiet viewing you could even get a look at some of the animals that come out in the night. Bring binoculars to see all the creatures. This walk is not for little ones that require a stroller. Tours are limited to 25 people. Registration by phone or email required. Location: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, 1999 Walnut Ave, Fremont. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-790-6284, york@msnucleus.org , http://www.msnucleus.org/watersheds/tule/events.html .

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Advanced Certified Green Building Professional Training — This day-long class will expand on the basic Certified Green Building Professional Class and provides 8 CEU credits towards recertification, including Energy/Building Science, Materials/ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and Site/Landscaping/Water. All participants receive a resource binder that includes all course presentation materials. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Register online. Location: StopWaste.org, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland. Cost: $245, $195 for Build It Green members. Info: 510-845-0472 ext. 603, training@builditgreen.org , http://www.builditgreen.org/guild/index.cfm?fuseaction=become_pro#trainingdates .

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Save the Bay: Improve Wetland Habitat at MLK Jr. Shoreline Park — Lend a hand along the Oakland shoreline. Volunteers will help remove non-native plants like bull and Russian thistle and pick up trash. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Time: 9am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://savesfbay.org .

Saturday, August 4, 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: S & A Market, 600 14th Street, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Workshop: "Urban Composting" — This fun, hands-on class teaches methods for backyard and worm composting for home and community gardens. Come learn what you can do to improve your garden and prevent organic waste from ending up in the landfill! Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 11am - noon. Cost: Free. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.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. Pre-register by phone. Location: 1526 Fairview St, (near Sacramento St), Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Back Country Restoration Tour — An opportunity to learn how a small landowner can restore woods and brushlands to a more native state. Location: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Rd., Occidental. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: 707-874-1557, ext. 201, oaec@oaec.org , http://www.oaec.org .

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Green Home EXPO — Find out what free services and programs Berkeley has for you to help you save energy and money, get informed about climate change, and help you reduce your global carbon footprint. Guest speakers and information on local programs for free ways to save energy, free water-efficient equipment, low-cost attic insulation, storm water control, and other information on resource conservation. Meet vendors offering the latest in solar and renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, sustainable building materials, non-toxic products and information on sustainable living. Also accepting a wide range of Universal Waste products for drop-off -- see website for specifics. Located at 205 University Avenue. Location: Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Time: Noon - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-981-5435, http://www.cityofberkeley.info/sustainable/ghe/ghe2006.main.htm .

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Medicine Disposal & Mercury Thermometer Exchange — The Teleosis Institute is hosting a Medicine Disposal & Mercury Thermometer Exchange at the Green Home EXPO. The Teleosis Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating sustainable practices and ideology into the field of medicine. Bring your unused and expired medicines for environmentally sound disposal. Protect wildlife in rivers, lakes, and streams. Prevent contamination of our waterways and landfills. See website for a list of accepted materials. Location: Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Time: Noon - 5pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-558-7285, http://www.teleosis.org/event-greenexpo.php .

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Home Graywater Systems & EcoHouse/ Graywater Tour - 10am — 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., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), 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 - 1pm — 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., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), Berkeley. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. Info: 510-548-2220 ext. 242, ecohouse@ecologycenter.org .

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Workshop: "Refineries 101" — This workshop explores how refineries work and how they pollute the environment. It specifically addresses Chevron's refinery expansion plans in Richmond and our efforts to advocate for ourselves and our community in advance of the Richmond Planning Commission's Aug. 9 vote on whether to approve Chevron's latest environmental impact report. Location: Atchison Village Community Center, Collins & Curry Streets, (where W. MacDonald meets Richmond Pkwy), Richmond. Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Info: 510-302-0430 ext 24, http://www.cbecal.org/ .

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony — A beautiful and moving family-friendly event. Sixth annual Japanese-style commemoration of the anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Decorate lantern shades to be floated, candle-lit, on the lagoon at dusk. Hear Japanese flute and drum music, messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and more. Meet at west end of Addison St. (near University Ave. & I-580). Location: Aquatic Park, Berkeley. Time: 6:30pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-595-4626, http://www.progressiveportal.org/lanterns/ .


Monday, August 6, 2007
Book Discussion: "Water Wars" — Diane Raines Ward's book on the politics of water outlines the history of water use in human civilization and argues for a new approach. Join fellow bookworms for a rousing discussion that will change the way you think about water. Please note -- author will NOT be present. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: Free. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Monday, August 6, 2007
Workshop: PV Design & Installation Boot Camp for Beginners -- SOLD OUT — Workshop is for those seeking employment in the PV market, as well as for handy homeowners who want an immersion in the concepts and nuts & bolts of grid-tied PV. Culminates in a tour of solar-powered homes in the Hopland area. Students will learn: Basics of electricity and PV; Energy efficiency; Equipment selection and system components; Overview of financial payback; Safety; Site analysis; System sizing; Pole, ground, and roof-mounting; Hands-on training and practice wiring and mounting arrays. Students will receive a course manual and other resource materials, all of which are included in the tuition fee. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Register online. Location: Real Goods Solar Living Center, 13771 S. Highway 101, Hopland. Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Cost: $695. Info: jamie.eldrett@solarliving.org , http://www.solarliving.org/workshops/ .

Monday, August 6, 2007
Commemorate Victims of Nuclear Bombs — Rally and direct action at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory, to commemorate the victims of nuclear bombs, from Hiroshima to the present. Location: Westgate & Vasco Road, Livermore. Time: 7:30am. Info: http://www.august6.org/ .

Monday, August 6, 2007
Workshop: "Watershed Teaching Tools for Educators" — This week-long training gives you all the tools you need to begin a program at your school. Comprehensive environmental training includes information and activities about watersheds and creek ecology of the San Francisco Bay, creating and maintaining a school garden and much more. Includes resource binders, plants and seeds, and more. Register online. Location: Richmond Field Station, 1301 S 46th St., Richmond. Time: 9:30am - 3pm. Cost: $75 (scholarships available). Info: 510-665-3430, workshops@thewatershedproject.org , http://www.thewatershedproject.org .

Monday, August 6, 2007
Dams and Global Warming — Big dams are promoted as key tools to slow global warming and adapt to its impact, but they might cause more problems than they solve. Rotting vegetation in tropical reservoirs can emit more greenhouse gases than even fossil fuels. Patrick McCully maintains that in an era of climatic uncertainty, dams face greater risks of catastrophic breach due to floods and failure to meet irrigation and energy-production goals due to drought. Reserve tickets online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $8, free for members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Monday, August 6, 2007
Talk: Hormone Disrupters in the Bay — Chemicals that disrupt hormones are reaching the SF Bay through common products and sewage. This meeting of Friends of Five Creeks features key experts on this topic: Jennifer Jackson of EBMUD and Rebecca Sutton of Environmental Working Group. The talk will cover not only their recent research, but also what we can do to reduce exposure. Location: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin, Albany. Time: 7pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-848-9358, f5creeks@aol.com , http://www.fivecreeks.org/ .

Monday, August 6, 2007
Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum — FountainBlue has gathered a panel of companies and associations who are incubating clean energy companies, or generating clean energy technologies ready for commercialization and connection with the Silicon Valley's clean energy entrepreneurs in attendance. Location: DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, 2000 University, East Palo Alto. Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm. Cost: $18-25 pre-registered, $30 at door. Info: 650-996-3987, info@FountainBlue.biz , http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=122872 .

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Maximum Wine, Minimum Water — Learn how a woman from urban New Jersey is spearheading sustainable water use at one of Napa Valley's most innovative wineries. Remi Cohen is the winegrower and vineyard operations manager at Merryvale Vineyards, a member of the Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group. Samples from the winery will be available for tasting. Reserve tickets online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $8, free for members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Tuesday, August 7, 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: Bay Area Liquor & Market, 3148 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Time: 1pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Twilight Tour: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon — The Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon are earthquake sag ponds with fascinating geology and wildlife, right next to the Fremont BART Station. Families can see Tule Ponds under the light of the setting sun. Listen to the story of the Wetland in the City and take a guided tour of the ponds in the evening. With careful and quiet viewing you could even get a look at some of the animals that come out in the night. Bring binoculars to see all the creatures. This walk is not for little ones that require a stroller. Tours are limited to 25 people. Registration by phone or email required. Location: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, 1999 Walnut Ave, Fremont. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-790-6284, york@msnucleus.org , http://www.msnucleus.org/watersheds/tule/events.html .

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
How Essential is Water to Good Health? — Do you really need to drink all that water? Come find out from an authority about the role that water plays in maintaining optimal health. Reserve tickets online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $8, free for members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Rally for True Universal Healthcare — This event is San Francisco's Day as part of the California 365 City Campaign for Universal Healthcare. We will give away OneCareNow's DVD on removing insurance companies from California's healthcare. Location: Blue Shield Offices, 50 Beale Street, SF. Time: noon. Info: http://graypantherssf.igc.org/calendar.htm#08_08 .

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Film Fest: Eco-Amok! presents "The Mutations" — Mad professor Donald Pleasance attempts a genetic merger between plants and animals. Directed by Jack Cardiff. 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/ .

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Sustainable Communities Salon: Energy and Water — Salon begins with presentations by each of the following speakers: Prof. Tad Patzek on Human Energy Needs, Ron Swenson on Solar Energy, and Prof. Ray Seed on People and Water. Presentations followed by moderated discussion. Snacks provided. Location: Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City. Time: 6pm - 8pm. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Info: lucas@greencenturyinstitute.org , http://www.greencenturyinstitute.org/ .

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Benefit Screening: "War Made Easy" — "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" is a new documentary film based on the book by Norman Solomon, and narrated by Sean Penn. The movie uses fast-paced editing of historical footage to expose a 50-year pattern of deception that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Solomon and filmmaker Loretta Alper will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A session. Free popcorn. Location: Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Time: 7pm. Cost: $12. Info: http://radioproject.org/events/index.html .

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Rally against Chevron's Richmond Refinery Expansion — Chevron seeks to expand its Richmond refining operations to process dirtier grades of crude oil -- part of a broader push by oil companies to expand refining in the Bay Area. Join community speakers for a 6:30 rally, then attend the Richmond Planning Commission's 7:00 meeting to tell them what you think about this project. Location: Richmond City Council Chambers, 1401 Marina Way South, Richmond. Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm. Info: 510-302-0430 ext 24, jessica@cbecal.org , http://www.cbecal.org/ .

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Colonial History and India's Water Woes — Contaminated water causes more than 80 percent of disease and one-third of all deaths in the developing world. Frustrated by what she observed while an engineer in India, Meena Palaniappan examines the history that led to these conditions. Reserve tickets online. Location: Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. 2nd floor, SF. Time: 5:30pm. Cost: $8, free for members. Info: 415-597-6700, club@commonwealthclub.org , http://www.commonwealthclub.org/water/ .

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
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, 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. Pre-register by phone. Location: , 1526 Fairview St, (near Sacramento St), Berkeley. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: $10 EC members, $15 general, no one turned away for lack of funds. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Save the Bay: Remove Nonnative Plants at Eden Landing — Help Save the Bay restore these inactive salt ponds to tidal wetland habitat. We will remove invasive weeds and pick up trash to make way for winter planting projects. Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, Hayward. Time: 9am - Noon. Cost: Free. Info: 510-452-9261 x119, bayevents@savesfbay.org , http://savesfbay.org .

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Potluck Social for Wolf Creek Commons Cohousing — Spend some time at an existing cohousing project that was finished by the same architects who will be building Wolf Creek Commons in Grass Valley. Bring a dish to share. RSVP by phone. Location: Sacramento Street Cohousing, 2220 Sacramento St, @ Bancroft, Berkeley. Time: 2pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-849-2063, http://www.wolfcreekcommons.net/index.html .

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon — The Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon are earthquake sag ponds with fascinating geology and wildlife, right next to the Fremont BART Station. They are used for youth environmental education, but normally closed to the public. However, on this day they will be open for family fun, with a focus on the geologic history of the area. See how organisms developed over the last 600 million years! Parking available in front of the visitor center or at the Fremont BART Station. Location: Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, 1999 Walnut Ave, Fremont. Time: 10am - 6pm. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.msnucleus.org/watersheds/tule/events.html .

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Workshop: "Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees" — Fruit trees greatly benefit from specific Summer and Winter pruning techniques. Summer pruning helps ripen and color this year's fruit while setting up strong branches for next year's growth. Join Orchard Keepers, ecological tree care specialists, for this summer workshop. Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave., @ Lawton St., SF. Time: 10am - noon. Cost: $10. Info: 415-731-5627, info@gardenfortheenvironment.org , http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org .

Saturday, August 11, 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: Bay Area Liquor & Market, 3148 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Time: 10am - 1pm. Cost: Free. Info: 510-444-7144, lajpr@aol.com .

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Kids' Workshop: "Bobcats and Mountain Lions on the Prowl" — Children will learn about wildcats and have fun with attention-grabbing classroom time, a hike on the trails, and creative hands-on activities when they return. During the program parents can enjoy a tranquil visit to the Filoli Center house and gardens. Location: Filoli Center, 86 Cañada Rd, Woodside. Time: 9:30am - Noon. Cost: $25 ($20 members). Info: 650-364-8300 x508, classes@filoli.org , http://www.filoli.org/ .

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - Sunday, August 12, 2007
Festival: "Scene on the Strait" — The largest outdoor art and environmental festival in CA! Proceeds from the sale of paintings at this juried art show support the work of CREEC in preserving and protecting the Carquinez Strait. The nonprofit organization provides environmental education and work experience for at-risk teenagers who plant native oak trees and raise Monarch butterflies for release. The artists paint on site while art and nature enthusiasts stroll around listening to a jazz trio and eating great food on the historic Martinez waterfront. Location: Martinez. Cost: Free. Info: 510-787-9772, http://www.creecyouth.org/blog/ .

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Vegetarian Cooking Class: Mediterranean Menu — This Compassionate Cooks' Vegetarian Cooking Class features mostly local, in-season, organic ingredients. we will demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes that hail from the Mediterranean regions in Europe, a climate and cuisine parallel to those of the San Francisco Bay Area, including Stuffed Peppers With Arborio Rice & Basil, Eggplant & Caramelized Onion "Lasagna," Fava Bean Hummus, Portabello Panini With Lemon-Basil Pesto, Zucchini Bread. 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, August 11, 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, August 11, 2007
Apartment Farming — Discover the variety of crops you can grow in your indoor space or apartment complex with Sai Duhamel of Crops of the World. Location: UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. Time: 10am - 12pm. Cost: $10/$8 members. Info: 510-643-2755 x03, http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu .

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