Monthly Archives: September 2010

Discover Inspiring Urban Solutions

Transition Albany presents a showing and discussion of A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2007), a film by Giovanni Vaz del Belle, produced by Maria Terezinha Vaz.

Sunday, October 3, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room

No charge; donations accepted to cover screening fee. Questions? 510-528-2261

Since the early ’70s, Curitiba’s visionary leadership in

  • transportation
  • public parks
  • recycling
  • and affordable housing

has made this quaint mid-sized city in Southern Brazil, one of the most livable in the world.

A speaker and discussion follow the film.

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2010

Fun Urban Farming-Related Events in October

This fall, Albany reads Farm City, The Education of an Urban Farmer by local author Novella Carpenter.

Unpretentious, eye-opening, accessible, funny, and set in urban Oakland, this book was on Oprah’s list of 25 books to read this summer, and was also chosen by Albany Reads: “What if everyone in Albany read the same book?”

October 13, Wednesday, 7-8 pm, Albany Library

Rosalie Gonzales leads a book discussion

October 17, Sunday, 2-3 pm, Albany Community Center

Meet the author herself, Novella Carpenter

October 20, Wednesday, 7-8 pm, Albany Library

Urban Farming tips from Albany’s Urban Forester, Tony Wolcott.

Albany Reads is co-sponsored by Alameda County Library, Friends of Albany Library, Albany YMCA, City of Albany and Albany Unified School District. For details, contact Ronnie Davis 526-3729 ext. 16 or email

October 31, Sunday, 1:30-4 pm, Albany Community Center with Transition Albany

Watch and discuss the film Mad City Chickens

Mad City Chickens delivers plenty of laughs, with egg-laying hens strutting around backyard coops, and even a moment of shock-horror with the appearance of a King Kong-sized bird, but “the best part of having chickens is the connections they foster among neighbors,” says chicken keeper, Pam Karstens of Madison, WI

The film starts at 2 pm, but we plan to have some real chickens to visit from 1:30 pm, weather permitting. Bring the family!

The event is free, but Transition Albany would be happy to accept donations to cover the screening fee. We will try to have available information about keeping chickens and classes on the same.

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2010