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COMMUNITY DIALOG ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS

(Event Sponsored by Diverse Housing Working Group)
November 18 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director of Everyone Home, has a unique perspective on the most effective ways to help people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their homes. She will be present to take part in the conversation.
As the City and Planning and Zoning Commission work on final details of Albany’s next Housing Element (official housing plan) for 2015-2023, DHWG is bringing together concerned community members to support the policies and programs in the housing element will be able to meet the needs of such special needs populations. We will also be talking about meeting the needs of seniors and those living with disabilities.
You can watch a 15-minute video of Elaine presenting about the efficacy (or not) of emergency shelters to the league of Women Voters here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYl2gpmuG3

Posted in , , , , , on November 10, 2014

Ayurvedic Cooking Class

October 10 @ 5:00 pm - Event Details

Treat yourself to the gift of improved well being!

Promote healtScreen shot 2014-10-06 at 8.59.15 PMh by learning how to make simple yet delicious Indian Khicharies and chutneys.

Join Meera for this informative, fun and practical mini self-help workshop.

This class is a wonderful introduction to learning about the qualities and energies of spices and lentils and how they work synergistically in your body, how they affect your doshas – the underlying energetic system that supports health and well being.

This class is highly recommended for people planning on doing an Ayurvedic cleanse (Pancha Karma) and it is also perfect for someone with no experience in Ayurvedic/Indian cooking.

The class is held in a private home and class size is small, so please register early. Also looking for sponsors to host cooking class in Berkeley/Oakland area.

To register call: 510-559-9779 or email meerachat[at]hotmail.com, www.ayurvedicwellnesscenter.com

 

Posted in , , on October 6, 2014

First Tuesday Potluck & Gift Circle

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - Event Details

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On OCTOBER 7 our potluck invites special guest, Alexa Hauser of the Diverse Housing Working Group to tell us about how that group is going about ensuring more options for affordable housing in Albany.

So here’s how it goes: Make a dish that you like (enough for three people) and bring it at 7:00 pm. After we’ve eaten, we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then more often than not, match them! Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice of a gift circle in as much depth as you want: http://communityspirituality.wordpress.com/gift-circle/

What comes out all this? Stronger community bonds, needs met, gifts accepted, hearts opened, lives bettered. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome, and from those who can afford it, a $5 donation helps us pay for use of the hall and kitchen. We end at 9:00 pm or thereabouts.

So come to the lovely St Albans Parish Hall, on Washington Street at Curtis on the Albany-Berkeley border, every first Tuesday of the month. Through the summer we start at 7 pm. In the winter months (November – March) we start earlier at 6:30 pm

Upcoming dates: Tuesday May 6,  Tuesday September 2, Tuesday October 7, Tuesday November 4 (6:30 pm start) and Tuesday December 2 (6:30 pm start)

Posted in , , on September 23, 2014

Symphony of the Soil

June 28 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

SOS_poster_2mb-202x300“Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil.

“By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource.

“The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.

“Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.”

With just the right mixture of right and left brain stuff, this is a great opportunity to become more familiar with the element we all take for granted, yet which is immensely complex and amazing.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Environmental Quality Commission of El Cerrito and co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and Transition Albany. The event is free, so be sure and get there well ahead to guarantee a seat…

Here’s a link to the trailer.

Deborah Koons-Garcia, film director, writer and producer, will be there to talk afterwards. Doors open at 9:50 am and we need to be out of there by 12:20 pm.Bio-Soil-Deborah-Koons-Garcia

Posted in , , , , on June 11, 2014

Gill Tract Farm Open Day

June 15 @ 10:00 am - Event Details
COME ONE ! COME ALL !

The Gill Tract Community Farm is having a meeting for ALL volunteers and community members, this Sunday, June 15th, at 10am.  Enter through the gate at
Jackson St. & Ohlone Ave.

On the Agenda:
  • how do we ensure sufficient staffing on a regular basis to keep the farm operating smoothly throughout the summer(year)
  • people’s input on which crops to plant for the next season (around mid August)
  • how different groups can work co-operatively and collectively on the farm.

We hope to see you there!

feeling out of the loop? Check out some pictures and great reporting from Indybay.org and photographer Kelly Johnson:

Also, have you seen this petition yet?  You can add your name to urge the UC Berkeley administration, the UC Regents, and President Napolitano to halt the current development plan for the Gill Tract and negotiate with the community for an alternative development plan!  

Regular open hours are:
3:30pm-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
10am-4pm on Sundays  (with a two hour meeting at the start)
Updates and more can be found on 
gilltractfarm.wordpress.com

There is a farm stand at the Jackson Street gate with produce for free or a voluntary donation, every Thursday…

Posted in , , , , , on June 11, 2014

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