soup-clipart-webOur monthly Transition/Co-Housing potluck usually includes a gift circle.

What is a gift circle? Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice in as much depth as you want:

So here’s how it goes: Make a dish that you like (enough for three people) and bring it at 7:00 pm. After we’ve eaten, at about 7:45 pm, we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then match them.

What ensues? Stronger community bonds, needs met, gifts accepted, hearts opened, lives bettered. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome, and from those who can afford it, a $5 donation helps us pay for use of the hall and kitchen. We end at 9:00 pm or thereabouts.

So come to the lovely St Albans Parish Hall, on Washington Street at Curtis on the Albany-Berkeley border, every first Tuesday of the month. In the summer we start at 7 pm. In the winter months (November – March) we start earlier at 6:30 pm

Upcoming dates: Tuesday May 6, Tuesday June 3, PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE FUTURE OF THESE POTLUCKS – WHICH IS IN DOUBT. If you would like to be one of the people to ensure they happen every month, please contact Catherine at 510-528-2261l. Thanks. (Tuesday July 1, Tuesday August 5, Tuesday September 2, Tuesday October 7, Tuesday November 4 (6:30 pm start) and Tuesday December 2 (6:30 pm start))


A Brit who came to the US in 1988 and found California and the Transition movement to be a perfect fit. Now my life is replete with a dear husband, a small but productive permaculture backyard, a loving family and a very full calendar of work I love.

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Food and Agriculture, Local Activities, Social Justice on May 3, 2014
  1. Bob Flasher says:

    Just found out about Transition Albany. Sounds inspiring. I’m leading a garden walk (through the Albany Senior Center) on May 22, 9-11:00. We meet at 8th St where it enters UC Village and plan to visit three gardens: Community Garden, Oceanview Garden and Albany Farm Alliance at Gill Tract. My problem is that I haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone who can let us into these gardens and give a very brief tour and explanation of how community gardens help create community. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Gerhard says:

    Bob, Definitely seems like a worthwhile tour. Hope someone can help you find the people you need to contact to get into the gardens. Transition Albany seems like a good place to start in your quest. Hope to be able to attend if we’re in town.