Monthly Archives: November 2010

December Holiday Events

Sunday, December 5, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, Albany Library, Edith Stone Room

Transition Albany presents a showing of the outrageous film What Would Jesus Buy? and a discussion of worthwhile alternatives to the holiday shopping frenzy.

Follow the adventures of “Reverend Billy” and his dancing, singing “Stop Shopping Gospel Choir” in this hilarious documentary with a serious message. How do you save people from crappy gifts and eternal debt? By caroling with the choir as they joyfully belt out lyrics like these: “Squeeze our fat in Gap Apparel/Fa la la la la, la la la la…”

Full of surprises, like a credit card “exorcism” and a makeshift confessional for people to confess their shopping “sins,” this eco-­minded documentary is a timely reminder that there’s more to the holidays than buying more stuff.

Following the movie, we’ll talk about creative, worthwhile alternatives to frenzied shopping, alternatives that even include supporting local stores on Solano Avenue!


Monday, December 20, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Alternative Carols with the Richmond Rivets

Starting with a potluck at 624 31st Street, Richmond

Bring a potluck dish, warm clothes, a holiday spirit and friends and bring joy and a fresh perspective to the neighborhood with alternative carols!

Click here for a flyer of our Rev Billy event on December 5th and caroling with the Richmond Rivets on December 20th.

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Posted in Local Activities on November 22, 2010

Local Foods Potluck with a Permaculture Twist

Imagine a world where every piece of soil is fertile and productive with food-bearing trees, bushes and plants, and people delight in the abundance that is evident wherever they go. It’s possible, and it’s a lot less work than you think. Growing more food where we live has to be one of the easiest and most productive ways of increasing our community’s resilience, so we’re having a special event, on Saturday, November 20th from 5 to 8 pm at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue at Solano.

Bring your favorite dish – vegetarian preferred – featuring local produce (grown by you or on a farm within a 100-mile radius) and enter your recipe to win a copy of Gaia’s Garden. Come at 5 pm to ensure your place, as we expect this event to be well-attended!

At 5:45 pm we’ll start showing The Growing Edge, a brand new film on urban permaculture by Starhawk and Donna Read of Belili Productions, and spend some time together afterwards discussing how the information it offers could change the way we garden.
There’ll be a chance to sign up with our Garden Exchange group, where people with gardens they can’t work themselves offer them to people who don’t have growing space of their own but are willing to put in the effort. Together we can make it happen!

You’ll leave with a happy stomach, plenty of earth-friendly alternatives to popular chemical “aids” for removing pests or increasing yield, and hopefully a new way of seeing that will have you and your neighbors inspired to produce even more, year round, with less effort, less water, and at less expense.

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Posted in Local Activities on November 9, 2010