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2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence

October 8 - Event Details

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The 2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence, at the beautiful Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, is a dynamic and engaging weekend designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.

Whether you are a permaculture designer, community organizer, or simply excited to learn about new ways of living in thriving resilience with people and the planet, we hope you’ll take advantage of the early bird pricing and join hundreds of other like-minded people for this life-changing weekend.

Keep reading for a taste of why you should come, and to find out about the many ticket options and work-trade opportunities: (more…)

Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2015

Evening Walk on Albany Hill

August 12 @ 5:25 pm - Event Details
Join Friends of Albany Hill for a leisurely mid-August evening walk on Albany Hill, looking at plants and animals and picking up trash. 
Meet at the meadow on the south side of Cerrito Creek near the benches.
Afterwards grab a bite to eat at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito. 
Directions:
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. Accessibility: Pierce St is the only wheelchair accessible entrance and the fire road along the south side of creek is level and relatively smooth up to the benches where we meet.
 
 
Posted in , , , , , on August 11, 2015

Fruit Tree Care and Summer Pruning Class in the Edible Landscape

(Event Sponsored by Albany Community Foundation & Transition Albany)
July 12 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Tony Wolcott, the retiring City of Albany Arborist and active supporter of the Edible Landscape Project, will pass on to us a small portion of his wisdom about fruit trees.  P1050779We’ll learn about tree pruning and other care and we’ll get the trees in the ELP pruned for the summer.

Main topics:
• What do we try to accomplish with summer vs. winter pruning of fruit trees?
• How does one plant a fruit tree; what is the soil preparation?  When/why go with bare root vs. root ball with soil?  When should one cut back a tree that is being planted?  How much?
• How do you espalier?  Why?  When?
• What about fertilizing and/or planting other plants nearby to enrich the soil for trees?
• What are pruning principles to keep fruit within reach from the ground or a short ladder?
• What are tips to keep fruit trees healthy in public places?
• How can fruit trees be supported in a drought?
• What else do we need to know to have thriving and productive fruit trees?
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Home

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany and ACRAT)
May 31 @ 2:00 am - Event Details

HOmeIn the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been carbon offset.

Posted in , , , , , , , on May 28, 2015

Every Drop Counts – May 17th 4 – 6 pm

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - Event Details

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On Sunday May 17th, the Albany Carbon Reduction Action Team (ACRAT) will kick off a citywide conservation effort with a special event focused on water, Every Drop Counts. We would be absolutely delighted to have you join us.

The program is scheduled for 4 – 6 pm on the new patio at Sam’s Log Cabin, 945 San Pablo Avenue in Albany. It features a dynamic climate action keynote speaker, Trathen Heckman, founder of Petaluma’s very successful Daily Acts, EBMUD representatives, and a variety of water conservation resources. Equally important, it all takes place in a lovely setting with great food!

Resource stations and subject matter experts will be available to provide details on low water landscaping, water conservation tips, greywater systems and rainwater catchment, EBMUD incentive and rebate information, along with conservation items.

We’re hopeful that our guests will walk away inspired and equipped with the tools necessary to begin enhancing their water conservation efforts immediately and that events such as these will seed a greater sense of community and shared action.

Please spread the word among your Albany friends and acquaintances. It’s time for us all to get engaged in water conservation…!

 

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