On OCTOBER 7 our potluck invites special guest, Alexa Hauser of the Diverse Housing Working Group to tell us about how that group is going about ensuring more options for affordable housing in Albany.
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, we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then more often than not, match them! Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice of a gift circle in as much depth as you want: http://communityspirituality.wordpress.com/gift-circle/
What comes out all this? 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. Through 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 September 2, Tuesday October 7, Tuesday November 4 (6:30 pm start) and Tuesday December 2 (6:30 pm start)
Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive? Here’s a link to the trailer of this inspiring film that focuses on how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the midst of this catastrophe.
Tagged with: Bill McKibben
, Heart and Soul
, Joanna Macy
, Local Energy
, local food
, Richard Heinberg
, Transition Albany
Posted in Community Building
, Food and Agriculture
, Health and Healing
, Social Justice
The crops are abundant at the Gill Tract Farm and they are available to all in a number of ways.
If you can volunteer some time during the week to help with the never-ending cycle of planting, weeding and watering, you can take home whatever you can use. Just weigh it before you take it away so that we can keep track of how much food we are growing!
Regular volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 7 pm, and Sunday from 10-4 pm (first two hours on Sunday are taken up by the weekly meeting).
If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can drop by the farm stand every Thursday afternoon and pick up whatever you need. The food is free, but you may leave a donation if you wish.
There is now a farm website: http://gilltractfarm.wordpress.com/ with news of special events.
You can sign up on that website to stay informed of what’s happening…
This project is an innovative and developing collaboration between College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, members of Occupy the Farm, the Gill Tract Farm Coalition, and community groups such as Albany Farm Alliance, Transition Albany & Transition Berkeley. Please come and join the fun! The Gill Tract Farm can be accessed either from the Jackson Street gate (cars OK) or from San Pablo Avenue (bikes and pedestrians only).
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006) is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide.
The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.
Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.
Here’s the trailer
We offer it in the spirit of showing people what’s possible when we think outside the box.
St Albans Church is kindly sponsoring the film and the event is free of charge. Bring snacks to share if you would like!