Monthly Archives: November 2017

Holiday Wreathmaking with local materials

December 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - Event Details

Join us the first Sunday in December for festive, hands-on, all ages wreathmaking!  Make a wreath, garland, bouquet, runner, or other festive decoration of your choice to celebrate the holidays , the solstice, or new year. Local foraged materials,wire, twine and scissors are provided, along with light refreshments. Bring the whole family, while you are at the library…or out and about. Holiday fun!

This event is co-sponsored with the UC Gill Tract Community Farm.

***Sustainably foraging for the wreathmaking materials at the farm on the morning of Saturday, December 2; all are welcome to join.. Check this website for more details.

 

Posted in , , , on November 21, 2017

French film “Tomorrow” screening

November 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - Event Details

Join us this Thanksgiving weekend for the French film phenomenom “Tomorrow”!  Maybe you have some down time to take in this wonderful film, or are looking for activitites with your family and loved ones.  A short discussion and informal panel of Transition practiioners follows the film. We will be discussing questions such as: How does the transition movement fit into the climate movement in Albany? and Is Tomorrow, showcaser of our future solutions, possibly the best film made to date about the Transition movement? Come share your views and find out. Light refreshments will be served.

Tomorrow” has been a phenomenom in France. 1.5 million people rush to the cinemas to the important documentary. It has been shown in communities, schools, at the United Nations, the European Parliament, in board rooms and local governments. It also won “Best Documentary” at the Cesar Awars (the French Oscars). A recent European study “Generation What?” found that the major concern of people between 18 and 34 years old is now ecology, rather than employment, a shift attributed largely to the film.
The film tells the story of its co-producers/co-directors, Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent. Cyril Dion is a French activist, author and journalist, who has led an NGO for seven years. In 2012, he discovered a study that was the most alarming yet: “Approaching a state shift in the Earth biosphere” published in “Nature”. It said that humankind could disappear be-tween 2040 and 2100 if we don’t drastically change our way of life. He shared his concerns with his friend, actress and filmmaker Melanie Laurent, who for several years has been involved in his NGO Colibris and Greenpeace. Cyril has two children, Melanie had just had a baby, and they don’t see how they remain idle faced with this information. With a small film crew, the pair then set off on a road trip around the world in search of solutions.

The film is arranged in chapters: democracy, education, economy and agriculture
– Democracy: while we have limited individual power in the current democratic system, each of us can still oppose or propose laws. By working hand-in-hand with elected leaders, we can mobilize and come together to represent a critical mass….

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Posted in , , , , , on November 21, 2017

Potluck with a Purpose: Emergency Preparedness workshop!

On Friday, December 8, 2017, join us for a potluck and some transition talk, followed by a 75 minute workshop to help you get prepared!

“Community Resilience = Emergency Preparedness”
Workshop presenter: Lesley Moore (and invited guests)

How resilient is your community? How ready are you for the natural and man-made disasters and disruptions that inevitably accompany climate change? Did you know that our work in permaculture, homesteading, and building resilient community is also disaster preparedness work? Join this vibrant discussion about these overlapping fields, and explore ways of leveraging ‘crisis consciousness’ to enhance your efforts to build truly resilient community. Learn how to assemble your own “go bag,” receive great practical resilience and emergency-prep tips that could save lives, and share your wisdom and experience in this interactive workshop.
Is your community ready for anything? Join this workshop to explore the dynamic intersection between transition, permaculture, and emergency preparedness. Let’s get resilient!

Friday, November 8, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm

St. Alban’s Church, 1501 Washington Ave. Albany, CA 94706-1856

Lesley Moore is a writer, educator, organizer, and artist with fund and organizational development expertise who seeks to apply permaculture principles to its own sustainability and adoption. She works with individuals, groups and organizations to design, structure and resource regenerative right thrivelihoods and use of the flow of philanthropy and other community resources. She is the former Development Director of the Watershed Project, a member of the Gill Tract Farm, and an advisory board member of the Cob Research Institute. She has an MBA and Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and a background in dance and theatre. She earned her PDC in 2014 from the San Francisco Urban Permaculture Institute and is based in the SF Bay Area. Lesley is a certified volunteer emergency CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) responder.

 

Posted in Community Building, Resources on November 10, 2017