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Use it or lose it: Shop for local groceries on Solano Avenue!


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Alphonso  has been behind the till  at Albany Fresh Produce (on Solano at Evelyn) for six months and has made every effort to stock the kinds of foods his patrons say they’ll buy. But he needs more customers if he is to stay open. It’s becoming urgent for him to prove to the owners that we want a grocery store on Solano.

Let’s all step up and support the store with our purchasing dollars. The prices are less than you’d pay for the same stuff at EC or Berkeley Natural Grocery, and at least half the store is full of high quality items. For us, shopping at Albany Fresh Produce uses less energy, and we build a relationship with a local business that can only get better with time.

Here is a list of items I found there the other day, looking for items I would be happy to buy: (more…)

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Food and Agriculture, Resources on June 24, 2014

A Convenient Truth

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Screen shot 2014-06-13 at 1.48.39 PMA 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQTTG3NcYY

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!

Posted in , , , , , , , on June 13, 2014

Fix-It Clinic

(Event Sponsored by St Albans Church)
June 21 @ 1:00 pm - Event Details

Bring your broken electronics, appliances, tools toys, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!

What to bring:
1) Your non-working thing (carry-in only, no oversize items)
2) Any tools you already own that might be helpful
3) Any knowledge or advance research you’ve done on the issue
4) Boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts

Fix your stuff, make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!

Posted in , , , , on June 4, 2014

TIME BANK ORIENTATION

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Time Banks are a powerful solution to disintegrating communities and shaky economies, whether national or personal. Come and learn how you can join an East Bay-focussed Time Bank that supports everyone getting their needs met and gives dignity to every kind of service, no matter whether it is valued by the current economy or not. A meal at Potala costs about $12 and is delicious, cooked with love, and gluten-, sugar- and animal-product-free. If you haven’t yet experienced this local treasure, you’re in for a treat! If you’d like to come and not eat, that’s fine too.

Posted in , , , on June 2, 2014

Making Low-Water Planters

June 22 @ 11:00 am - Event Details

Screen shot 2014-05-27 at 1.07.39 PMA morning hands-on workshop with Saundra Leigh and Catherine Sutton. Bring a waterproof container you would like to use as a planter, or better yet, two identical ones that can sit inside one another, and we will share the required materials and expertise so that you can go home with a complete planter.

Low-water “wick” planters use a lot less water than top-watered containers, provide a better growing medium for plant roots that like constant water (tomatoes not recommended), considerably reduce evaporation from the surface, are impervious to gophers, and are moveable. In other words they can be even better in some ways than planting in the ground… and they are a great way to get children excited about growing things.

RSVP required! We need to know by June 20 if you intend to come. The class is free. Location (on Madison 900 block in Albany) revealed to those who let us know they’re coming by June 20. RSVP and questions to catherine (at) sonic.net. Thank you!

Posted in , , , , , on May 27, 2014

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