Postings Related To: Economy

Resilience Circle, Round Two

February 21, 2014 7:00 pm - Event Details

Please feel free to come to a meeting of like-minded folks at 7 pm on Friday evening (2/21) to figure out the best way to move forward with an ongoing support group in which we hope to

  1. weave community connections
  2. help each other create practical resilience in our personal lives as well as in our neighborhoods, and
  3. have more fun without electronics!

We’ll start by sharing things to eat, and get to know one another. People who live in Albany west of San Pablo Avenue are particularly warmly invited, but if you come from further away we’d love you to join us anyway, with the idea that at some point you’ll be inspired to start something similar in your own neighborhood.

Posted in , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2014

Potluck with Purpose & Gift Circle

February 4, 2014 6:30 pm - Event Details

In February, Marilyn Sterling will lead a fun variation on the Gift Circle regarding the gifts of service we can offer each other.

As always we start with delicious food and company, so bring a dish or drink and come on over to enjoy conversation and inspiration from others who value living more lightly on the earth. The Gift Circle begins around 7:30 pm. $5 helps pay for the venue…

The church provides plates, utensils and even a (rather old and funky) oven for warming things, as well as a gas stove.

In March we have a special treat led by Loni Gray: The Dream Pond. Please go here to read what you need to do to prepare for it. The more people who come in March the more powerful the exercise, so please tell your friends and join us.

Posted in , , , , on January 30, 2014

DREAM POND Potluck with Purpose 3/4/14

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany)
March 4, 2014 6:30 pm - Event Details

New to our Dream Catcher Project? 

Dream_Pond_Series_by_schladyWe sometimes dismiss the things that are most special to us personally as less important, as we go about the “busy-ness” of our lives. But please do not make light of your dreams! What you do for yourself amplifies into an energy that fills our community. In the big picture, we all need each other to be doing the thing that most lights our fire. So do this simply because YOU deserve the gift. Here are the instructions to prepare for tonight – START NOW! (more…)

Posted in , , , , , , on January 30, 2014

Community-Wide Briefing and Dialogue re Housing in Albany

(Event Sponsored by Diverse Housing Working Group)
January 28, 2014 7:15 pm - Event Details

The Diverse Housing Working Group invites all Albany residents to participate in a conversation about future policies for housing in our City.  This community-wide briefing will take place on Tuesday, January 28 at St. Albans Church, 1501 Washington Avenue in Albany. The evening will begin with refreshments at 7:15, followed by educational sessions on the Housing Element and the State’s feedback to the City’s submission of the 2007 – 2014 Housing Element.  This is an opportunity to learn, to voice your opinion on this topic that is so critical to the future of Albany, and to explore future opportunities for shaping the City’s policy.

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Posted in , , , , on January 18, 2014

Water is precious

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Jerry-Brown-declares-statewide-drought-asks-5152625.php

water drop

EBMUD tells us our household of three used 33 gallons a day last period. I understand that’s less than normal so I’m going to share how we manage it. Please comment with your own water-saving tricks.

Showers

When we run the shower, we put in the bathplug to collect every drop, then scoop it into a 5-gallon bucket from which we flush the toilet. (If we had a shower stall, we would get a tub to stand in to catch most of the water) And what used to be a daily routine has now become a luxury, as we now shower briefly only about twice or three times a week, or when we “need” it. Leonard uses about 2 gallons for his showers. I’m closer to 5. Then four times a year we might take a bath and let all the water wash through the sewer – aaahhhh! (more…)

Posted in Economy, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Resources on January 17, 2014