Calendar/Compendium for October 17, 2016

A little bit of everything. Take what you like and leave the rest….

Featuring REGULAR EVENTS, a CALENDAR, & a COMPENDIUM of interesting links. Please forgive funky formatting

REGULAR EVENTS

GILL TRACT FARM
At San Pablo and Marin Avenues, Albany
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN MARKET STAND Sundays 3 – 6 pm
OPEN HOURS for volunteers to help with planting, weeding, harvesting etc. etc.
Mondays/Wednesdays 11 – 2 pm
Tuesdays/Thursdays 3 – 6 pm
Sundays 12 – 5 pm

EDIBLE LANDSCAPE MEMORIAL PARK
1325 Portland Avenue, Albany, at Carmel Avenue
Have you seen this amazingly lush and beautiful foodscape lately? Check it out! It’s a hit with the little ones….
Sundays  at 9 am and Wednesdays at 4 pm, join volunteers who do maintenance as necessary
Next work Party: October 23 10 – noon.

Participants will receive a sample of Cathy’s Delicious Sunchoke Relish and learn how to make their own.
Contact me to get on the list for future notices…

DIVERSE HOUSING WORKING GROUP
This coalition of concerned individuals and local groups is working to ensure housing remains affordable to all in Albany. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm, Church on the Corner (upstairs) at 1319 Solano Avenue, Albany.
We are able to provide free showers for all one day a week thanks to generous support from Albany Aquatic Center, Albany Community Foundation, Solano Cleaning Center, Dr Bronners and donations from our member groups. Showers are on Thursdays 1:30 pm, last shower 2:30 pm, and each requires help from at least three volunteers, including a trained anchor. All volunteers need to have taken the Berkeley Mental Health Training or equivalent. If you would like to help please contact dhwg@sonic.net.
Other activities include keeping the City honest when it comes to decisions about providing affordable housing, whether through making it easier to create a second unit, attracting low income housing developers or considering alternatives such as Tiny Houses and Shared Housing (see below Nov 17)… and working to support Measure A1 (affordable housing) – (see below Oct 22).
We also support Measure N1 (changing outdated parking requirements).

 

CALENDAR

Friends of Five Creeks, Bay Currents
Tuesday October 18  7 for 7:30 pm
Talk: FUTURE SHORELINES

St. Alban’s Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano). 
Fresh ideas from around the world on dealing with rising sea levels, with UC Berkeley’s Dr. Kristina Hill. Dr. Hill heads the Climate Readiness Institute project on Strategies for Adapting to Long Term Sea-Level Rise in the Bay Area.
Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Free as always — but seating is limited.

 

El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7 pm to 9 pm
Talk: RESIDENTIAL SOLAR SIMPLIFIED

Council Chambers, El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
At this free solar workshop for homeowners, learn how rooftop solar can add up for you! Local solar consultant Doug McKenzie returns to El Cerrito to lead an in-depth workshop covering the step-by-step of home installation including financing, tax credits, choosing a contractor, net-metering and more.

 

Rooted in Resilience
October 21 – 23
LIVING THE NEXT ECONOMY

Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland
All details at this link:

Friends of Albany Hill
Friday October 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
ALBANY HILL WORK PARTY   

Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.
The rains have softened the soil. Join us for an evening planting session, Friday Oct 21, 5:30-6:30 pm. Enjoy nature on the hill as we plant a couple of sticky monkeyflowers propagated from seed collected on Albany Hill.
Gloves and tools provided. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com


The Diverse Housing Working Group

Saturday October 22, 10 – 2 PM
HELP THE CAMPAIGN FOR YES ON A1
www.affordablealameda.com
The Yes on A1 (www.affordablealameda.com) (click on the name of the bond for more information) has asked the Diverse Housing Working Meeting location: Church on the Corner’s “Connecting Room” on the ground floor (enter through the front door on Solano) at 1319 Solano/corner of Pomona
Join a team of walkers to do one of two things:  knock on doors and talk to people about A1 or simply dropping campaign materials for A1 at houses on a specified route (each individual can choose what s/he wants to do).
Time Includes orientation session, walking, and returning to report in.
Will you be part of the team?  We are striving for 25 walkers, so please consider joining in and bringing friends, family, and neighbors, too.  This is a simple, concrete thing you can do to increase the likelihood that Albany will receive about $2.6 in seed money for affordable housing projects, and the county will have lots more for each city and for innovative projects throughout the county.
It would be super helpful to know who/how many are coming, so please RSVP to mailto:alexahhh@sonic.net
In unity for more affordable housing in Albany and Alameda County,

Urban Adamah, Jewish Community Farm
Sunday October 23, 1- 4 pm
NEW FARM GRAND OPENING PARTY
: Eat, Pray, Lulav, Family Sukkot Festival
Urban Adamah,1151 Fifth Street, Berkeley
Spend the afternoon with us on the farm. Enjoy everything you’ve come to love about our family farm days: time with the goats, nature-based Jewish crafts, holiday-themed face painting, lulav shaking, sukkot story telling, and so much more.
Don’t miss our featured performances!

1:30-2:20 pm – Banana Slug String Band
3:00-3:50 pm – Melita & Isaac Zones
3:50-4:00 pm – Water Drawing Ceremony & Closing

Admission $10/$15 More details here: http://urbanadamah.org/events/eat-pray-lulav-5777/
For directions to our new farm click here.

San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) & Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)
Tuesday October 18, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
STATE OF HOUSING IN CALIFORNIA
: SPUR Forum (SF)
SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., San Francisco, CA (map)
Price: $10.00 /per person (free for SPUR members)
This summer, Governor Brown stirred up controversy by proposing a process to streamline approvals of multifamily housing across the state.
Join our friends at SPUR to hear from Ben Metcalf, the new head of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) about what’s happening with housing at the state level and what impacts it may have across California.
About the organizers: We are SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems our cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.
Advance tix: http://www.spur.org/events/2016-10-18/state-housing-policy-state

Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid with support from the Diverse Housing Working Group
Thursday November 17, 7 pm
SHARED HOUSING WORKSHOP

City Council Chambers, 1000 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
This event will explore a range of possible options to both increase both Albany’s housing stock and resident’s personal housing flexibility.
Panel discussion on Shared Housing (confirmed to date)
•    Loni Gray, ZOdwellings, expert on redesigning a house to better accommodate a variety of unrelated people comfortably sharing space
•    Lily Pad Housing a leader in developing accessory dwelling units
•    HIP Housing a leader in providing creative affordable housing solutions in San Mateo County, has shared videos of their program
•    Mary Doleman, community member who has experience sharing her home

AlDOG, EBRPD, Friends of Albany Parks, TA,GGF and Zach Pine
Sunday November 20, 10 – 3 pm
ALBANY BEACH CLEANUP

Free parking for beach cleaners in GGF parking lot at the bottom of Buchanan Street
Let’s keep our piece of the shoreline clean of dangerous garbage – supplies will be provided.
And enjoy a free Sand Globe Workshop with Zach Pine, Environmental Artist (Earth in Your Hands)

350.org
Friday October 21, 12 pm (SF) and 7 pm (San Rafael)
BILL McKIBBEN IN THE BAY AREA

12  pm: Climate One, Marines Memorial, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
McKIBBEN AND TAMMINEN: Disruptive Climate and Politics
Click here for more info and tickets (Enter “350” at check out for a discount)
7 pm: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, San Rafael, CA 94901
BILL McKIBBEN & BAY AREA MILLENIALS: Reclaiming our Climate Future
Click here for more info ($10 suggested donation)

Bill will talk on a number of themes, including the two pieces he just wrote for the New Republic, A World at War and Recalculating the Climate Math. They lay out just how serious the stakes are right now with climate change – and what we can do about it.
Also if you are going to this year’s Bioneers Conference in Marin be sure to catch Bill there. The conference is from Oct 21-23rd in San RafaelClick here for more information about Bioneers

Transition US
Thursday December 8, 2016, 5 pm  ~ SAVE THE DATE!
“THE END BEGINNING IS NEAR!” TRANSITION GALA & DANCE PARTY

Sebastopol Grange #306, 6000 Sebastopol Rd (Hwy 12), Sebastopol
This is the Transition US annual fundraiser gala. Join us for an evening of celebration, featuring a catered organic dinner, no-host bar, live music and It’s-the-End-of-the-World-as-we-Know-it Dance Party!
More info coming soon. For now, please mark your calendars and tell a friend

COMPENDIUM

CONCERNED ABOUT THE TENOR OF POLITICS THESE DAYS?
Charles Eisenstein writes: The Lid is Off (and it’s a good thing, really…)

WORLD’S FIRST STUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF CORAL REEFS (Two minute video)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-13/world-first-study-investigates-coral’s-effect-on/7930450
Thanks to Susan Livingston


GOOD NEWS ABOUT COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY

October 4th marked a victory for our communities and our Clean Power to the People efforts. The Board of Supervisors voted to approve establishing a Community Choice energy program with a commitment to maximizing community benefits and including community input in the governance of the program.
The County approved a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) agreement, the foundation document for establishing the Community Choice program.
Some groundbreaking achievements formalized in the JPA agreement include:

  • Establishing a Community Advisory Committee, with the chair of the Committee sitting on the JPA Board as a non-voting member
  • Committing to community benefit goals, including quantifiable economic benefits to the region, including jobs and community ownership of renewable resources
  • Developing, within 8 months of agency formation, a business plan for achieving local renewable energy development, union and family-supporting jobs, and other community benefits
  • Committing to take steps to minimize impacts to workers displaced by the transition to a clean energy economy

The County will now enter Phase 2 of establishing a Community Choice program. This means reaching out to the thirteen cities in Alameda County to join the Joint Powers Authority and forming the agency in January 2017.  And it means initiating the business planning called for by the Unity Proposal. Learn more from this short video: Rooted in Resilience.

WHAT IF NATURE, LIKE HUMANS, HAD THE RIGHTS OF A PERSON? (Guardian newspaper article)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/12/nature-corporations-people-zuni-environment-mount-taylor


GLOW IN THE DARK BIKE PATH IN POLAND
(pictures)
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/10/a-mesmerizing-glow-in-the-dark-bike-path-unveiled-in-poland/


After October 30th, 2016, watch out for BEFORE THE FLOOD – Leonardo diCaprio’s new documentary about climate change

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. John O’Donahue ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it. Wendell Berry

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.

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