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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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Putting Permaculture Into Practice in the Edible Landscape, Session 2

February 22, 2014 11:00 am - Event Details

Building on session 1′s introduction of both the Permaculture Design Principles and their application across our lives and the Edible Landscape Gardens in Memorial Park, we will have the pleasure of local Physical Therapist and Master Gardener Gail Durkin’s company as she educates us about body mechanics in the garden.  Learning how to take care of our bodies while in the garden, or anywhere else for that matter, is a great example of the Permaculture Design Principle, Apply self-regulation and Accept Feedback and the Permaculture Ethic: People Care

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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.

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Garden Design Charrette in Memorial Park

(Event Sponsored by Friends of Albany Parks & Transition Albany)
February 15, 2014 11:00 am - Event Details

Help design possibilities for the expanded Eastside Garden (formerly called the ELP)

Saturday, February 15 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Permaculture Image from Green World Trust

Permaculture Image from Green World Trust

WORK PARTY AGENDA

  • Revisit and reconsider our mission and vision
    • We will validate and/or modify our mission and vision in light of the additional space that we will integrate with the rest of the edible garden.  Delia will lead this process.
  • Explore the use of feng shui while observing and feeling the new space in relation to that area and the broader environment all around
    • We will lay out the shape of the edges and movement through the space under the guidance of Alisa Rose.
  • Explore the use of Permaculture while observing the new space in relation to that area and the broader environment all around
    • We will work in small groups to design elements of the garden using collage, drawing, writing, what you will.  Alexa will facilitate this process.

After Saturday, a small group of volunteers will take our ideas and put together plans for moving our project forward.  (more…)

Posted in , , on February 13, 2014