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Earth Day SF

April 19, 2014 10:00 am - Event Details

Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 10.38.07 PMWELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO’S Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration and 1 pm Rally for Climate Sanity

On April 19th, up to 10,000 people from the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond, will converge at U.N. Plaza/ Civic Center to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco 2014. The event will feature three stages of Multi-Cultural Music and Performance, Renowned Keynote Speakers, Interactive D.I.Y. Workshops, Green-Economy and Businesses Info, Representatives from Indigenous Community Leaders, Civic Agencies,  Youth Empowerment Groups, Green Tech Info,  Fashion Industry Leaders, Religious Leaders, and Prominent ‘Eco-Green’ Political Officials.

The public is promised a fantastic day with exposure to various informative & interactive learning experiences, such as Green Jobs Info, Cutting-Edge Eco-Fashion Shows & Eco Artist Grove, Organic Food Cooking Demos, a Huge Green Kids Zone & Eco-Carnival.

Join Musicians and Performers, Educators and Mentors, Artists and Artisans, Crafts People, Civic and Community Leaders, Ceremonialists, Workshop Leaders, Youth Activists and Social Justice Non-Profit Organizations, in this powerful full-on day of green sustainability solutions.  This year’s festival focuses on activating the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions and integrate these sustainable practices into everyday life. Designed to empower the people of the Bay Area Community, and beyond, to start individually and collectively addressing the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face.

Earth Day San Francisco is a partner and fiscally sponsored by The Park Trust Alliance and will host the following amazing array of activities:

  • Internationally Recognized Speakers: BILL MCKIBBEN [best-selling author and environmentalist], Leila Salazar-Lopez  [Amazon Watch], Kevin Danaher [Green Festivals Director], Dr. Margaret Lowman [Director Chief of Sciences and Sustainability at Cal Academy of Sciences] and many more, who will grace our stage and engage the public in stimulating and educational discussion
  • Organic Food & Beer Court: Healthy Food and Organic Beer served throughout the day
  • Green D.I.Y. Zone: This hands-on ‘Do It Yourself’ Section will feature classes in converting your car to electric power, building a solar oven, building your own bike, and many other family fun activities.
  • Permaculture Zone: Presenting an exciting array of ongoing creations and workshops with Permaculturist, Living Mandala’s Jay Ma, Gray Water/Rainwater Demos, Cob Hut Creation, Earth Mandala, Worm Farm Workshop, Urban Gardening, Common Vision Tree Grafting Intro, and a Vertical Garden Installation.
  • Clean Energy Zone: Electric Car Showcase, Bio-Diesel and Demos on Wind, Water and Solar-Driven Energy (as well as a few Eco-Art Cars).
  • Eco-Exhibitors: More than 80 Earth-Friendly Products, Green-Fashion, and Handmade Crafts
  • Earth-Friendly Fashion: throughout the day & Eco-Fashion Shows: Top Earth-Friendly Designers and Youth Fashion Groups on display
  • Youth in Action Zone: Leaders from Green Youth-in-Action Groups, such as “Teen-Turn Green,” “Challenge Day,” Generation Wake Up and many others, speak out on Cutting-Edge Environmental Topics
  • Sustainable Chef Showcase: All Day Cooking Demos !! 
JOIN Thousands IN A ‘CALL TO ACTION’ !!! Our Climate Action Rally leaves from Justin Herman Plaza and joins the Earth Day Festival at 1 PM. Let your voice be heard on April 19th 2014 at U.N. Plaza. Transition Albany will join other Transition Initiatives to make our presence felt and we may even have a mini float! Contact us at TransitionAlbanyCA at gmail dot org to be involved.
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Spring Planting Celebration at the Gill Tract Farm

(Event Sponsored by Gill Tract Farm Coaltion)
April 26, 2014 11:00 am - Event Details

gill tract 2The community and UC Berkeley have been collaborating for months to open this area to community farming, and a small group has  been preparing the soil for this special day when a lot of planting will happen. If you would like to be more involved, contact Vanessa below, and come to this celebration!

Come celebrate with us on our big spring planting event! Invite all of your friends, family, neighbors, and communities! Mark your calendars for 11am-3pm at the Gill Tract for a fun family celebration of the spring and earth day, and planting the land.

We will need some dedicated members of the soil and planting team, and other community members with experience in gardening, to lead volunteers!

10 Volunteers- Come for set up at 9am, event begins at 11am. Lead groups of students and community members in planting our spring starts, model respectful stewardship of the land, and encourage commitment to caring for these plants and joining this community process.

Main contact: Vanessa Raditz, vraditz@gmail.com

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ARISE

April 29, 2014 7:00 pm - Event Details

Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 10.20.31 PMA week after Earth Day, 2014, join us for a major screening of the 2012 documentary Arise, described by Huffington Post as “transformative,” and by the New York Times as a “genuinely felt letter to the world.” While many films about the state of the planet leave one feeling depressed, the film makers have made this an experience that will uplift you and inspire action!

Transition Albany and Transition Berkeley are screening Arise for one night only as a benefit for our local heroes, Planting Justice.
Tickets can be purchased from the Albany Twin Theater box office (and online) for $10 ($8 for seniors and students) after April 15th.
Narrated by Daryl Hannah, Arise captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth. The film does a beautiful job of covering food justice issues round the world and weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the earth.
Written, directed and produced by Lori Joyce with Candace Orlando, Arise has won numerous film awards, and Executive Producer Molly Stone will be present at our screening to answer questions after the film.
Please come, bring friends, and get inspired by the film’s vital message about the power of women (and all Earth’s citizens) to lead far-reaching environmental change.
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Make Your Own Miso

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
March 30, 2014 2:00 pm - Event Details

misoJoin Us!

And Learn how to make your own miso! This class is part of the free portion of Transition Albany Health Group’s Fermentation Series, where we focus on DIY fermented foods.

There is a world of difference between commercially prepared ‘fermented’ foods and the ones you make at home. Fermented foods the old fashioned way are so beneficial to overall health that they are often referred to as ‘probiotics’. They increase overall nutrition, promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, aid digestion, support immune function, a good source of B vitamins, digestive enzymes, etc.

Miso is one of these ‘probiotic’ foods.   (more…)

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DIY Milk Kefir

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
March 15, 2014 2:00 pm - Event Details

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The first of Transition Albany Health Group’s Fermentation Series, this class will show you how to make your own milk kefir.  Yes, yes, you can learn to do this watching videos on the web. That’s how I did it.  But what you will skip are the numerous hours of doubt whether you ruined the whole batch and had to dump the whole concoction only to find out later it was all good. Yup. Did that. Even had to dump a whole batch of kefir grains because I thought I killed them all.  Nothing like seeing it with your own eyes!  This is your chance to learn all about making your own milk kefir without the anxious moments. That’s priceless!

Why make milk kefir?

It is quite well known that we humans living in this modern world are woefully lacking in beneficial gut bacteria.  And it is also well known that if your gut is not well, illness follows. So milk kefir is chock full of good bacteria. You know. Probiotics. Immune booster probiotics.  Some claim that milk kefir has up to 50 times more probiotics than yogurt. There are those who claim that they hardly (more…)

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