Yearly Archives: 2011

UPDATE on the Transition Library

Transition Albany has been offered a space within the Albany Arts Gallery at Masonic and Solano, and we will soon be making our growing library of books and DVDs available for loan from there. This is a fantastic opportunity, and we thank Miles Williams, co-owner of the space, for his generosity. More details about how that will work will be following shortly, but in the meantime, if you have books or DVDs you have found inspiring and would be willing to loan them to the public, please get in touch  at transitionalbanyca (at)


Posted in Resources on December 19, 2011

Monthly Potlucks with Purpose

We invite you to join engaged neighbors from surrounding communities – over delicious food – to network, eat, have fun, and exchange ideas and inspiration at our First Tuesday of the Month Potluck with Purpose.

The idea is for local people from El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley and beyond, who identify with Permaculture, or their local Transition town, or Neighborhood Preparedness, or a Church group, or Zeitgeist, or simply as a neighbor, to share their vision for and commitment to creating a localized, positive future.

Each month we may have a different focus for discussion, but the evening always includes great food (bring something you love to make, preferably from local sources), drink (the church is OK with alcohol in moderation, but if that’s your choice, please bring a non-alcoholic drink as well), good company, sharing (there’s a “free table” where you can offer items that someone else might find more useful than you), celebrations, announcements and a Transition Library (details here).

This all happens at St Albans Parish Hall, on Washington Street at Curtis, right on the Albany/North Berkeley border. St Albans Church is very active in the community and gives us the space at a reduced rent, which we cover with donations ($3-5 per person). They provide real flatware and silverware and have an active recycling program so we can keep our waste to a minimum.

The potluck starts at 6:30 pm through the winter months and 7:00 pm from May through October to avoid conflicting with Albany’s Garden Swap, and finishes around 8:30 (9:00) pm. Families are very welcome although we are still developing facilities for children and request your help with bringing a quiet activity that will entertain your child(ren).

Please contact Transition Albany (transitionalbanyca [at] if you have an idea for a particular focus or would like to be in on the planning of one of these events. Live music is always welcome, as is any help with involving the children.

Dates for this year are  (all Tuesdays) March 5, April 2, May 7 (we start at 7 pm in the summer), June 4, July 2, August 6, (we are taking a summer break). September 3, October 1, November 5 (back to the winter starting time of 6:30 pm), and December 3.

Our numbers grow every month and we would love to see you at the next Potluck with Purpose!









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Posted in Local Activities on December 19, 2011

The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged

Community Acupuncture – the Calmest Revolution Ever Staged

How a small group of loud-mouthed, over-educated, under-employed activists and a massive group of ordinary, average-income people revolutionized healthcare services by using large empty rooms, old recliner chairs and two-cent needles. 

When: Sunday January 22, 2012,  2 – 4 pm

Where: Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue (at Masonic)

Fee: Donation, no one turned away, all proceeds benefit Transition Albany

Transition Albany teams with Sarana Community Acupuncture to co-host the Bay Area premiere of “Community Acupuncture: the Calmest Revolution Ever Staged”, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Brian Lindstrom. Lindstrom is best known for his cinema-verite documentary, “Finding Normal”, which chronicles the lives of three people in recovery from chemical dependency.

“Community Acupuncture: the Calmest Revolution Ever Staged” is the story of how a small group of loud-mouthed, over-educated, under-employed activists and a massive group of ordinary, average-income people revolutionized healthcare services by using large empty rooms, old recliner chairs and two-cent needles.  This short but poignant film tells the story of how Community Acupuncture is changing the lives of people with limited finances. It follows six diverse community acupuncture patients and shows the impact of affordable acupuncture on their lives and communities.

Community acupuncture is a social justice movement that provides affordable and accessible acupuncture to people of ordinary incomes and creates sustainable living wage jobs for acupuncture practitioners while building community. In 2002, two Portland acupuncturists, Skip Van Meter and Lisa Rohleder, opened Working Class Acupuncture (WCA) with the intention of making acupuncture affordable and accessible. They wanted to treat their friends and neighbors, so they redesigned the conventional acupuncture business model, treating patients in a communal setting in used recliners, and charging a sliding scale of $15-35 per treatment.

Today, Working Class Acupuncture has 3 locations and is the busiest acupuncture practice in Oregon.  Additionally, over 200 community acupuncture clinics across North America have replicated WCA�s practice model and offer affordable care to their communities. Most recently People�s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), a multi-stakeholder cooperative, was founded by the leaders of community acupuncture movement with the mission to create a stable and sustainable economic foundation for the delivery of affordable acupuncture, and the broad vision to build social capital via creating jobs and providing needed services in an affordable manner.

After the film, Tatyana Ryevzina and Pam Chang, co-owners of Albany-based Sarana Community Acupuncture, will lead a Q&A session / discussion about sustainable healthcare.

For more information about Sarana Community Acupuncture, visit, 968 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA 94706, 510.526.5056.

For more information about the community acupuncture movement, visit


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Posted in Health and Healing on December 8, 2011

Pat Foreman, Chicken Whisperer

On Sunday December 4th, 1:30 -4 pm at Albany Library Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany

Patricia Foreman, Chicken Whisperer!

Pat is the author of “City Chicks, Keeping micro-flocks of chickens as garden helpers, compost creators, bio-recyclers and local food suppliers”, her latest book. She has also co-authored “Chicken Tractor,” exploring the potential of keeping chickens through the lens of permaculture, and “Backyard Market Gardening.”

She is a Master Gardener with a degree in Animal Science and is co-host of the internationally broadcast Chicken Whisperer Backyard Poultry and Sustainable Lifestyles Talk Show.

Pat raised poultry for over 25 years, including a small-scale, vertically-integrated farm that kept breeder flock, incubated eggs, brooded chicks (free-range organic layers, broilers and turkeys).  She continues to keep a family flock of heritage birds to help with the kitchen garden, build soil fertility, and supply eggs. Her flock is constantly teaching her new ways to employ poultry and she finds the charm of chickens continually entertaining.

She promises to persuade one of our chickens to sit on her shoulder while she talks about the finer points of chicken raising – understanding chicken psychology, catching and handling chickens safely, and even some chicken tricks – and answers questions. This is a free event, though donations will never be turned away! Copies of her book, City Chicks, will be available for sale.

At an event on the previous Friday (12/2, 7 – 9 pm) at the Berkeley Ecology Center, she will talk about how to use backyard flocks to create hyper-fertile soils that produce nutritious food from your garden while diverting biomass from the waste stream.

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Posted in Economy, Food and Agriculture on November 14, 2011

The first Transition podcast!

The first Transition podcast! A visit to the Tres Hombres, tasting a revolution in shipping.

Posted in Economy, Food and Agriculture on October 22, 2011