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- Fourth Friday – Mar 28. Details TBD
- Sharing Expo – Sunday March 16, Common Ground, Palo Alto. Come join us to share garden produce, arts and crafts supplies, books, toys, and clothes. Click for more info
Garden and product shares:
Second Sunday of each month. 11am-12, Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto (map
Fourth Sunday of each month, 11am-12, Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA (map
- Transition Cafes are also happening almost every week. For info, sign up for the Transition Palo Alto mailing list, and you’ll get the weekly notices. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transitionpaloalto/ to sign up.
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It was a standing ovation for filmmaker Casey Beck, subject Austin Blair, and their beautiful film, The Organic life. A personal look at Austin’s life as an organic farmer, the film shone with humor, music, and the ups and downs of life as a farmer. Following the film, Casey and Austin answered questions about the making of the film, and the rewards and challenges of surviving and thriving as a local farmer.
If you missed the film on Friday – there’s good news! Starting in April, the film will be available through iTunes or DVD purchase. For more info about the film and (in April) how to order, go to The Organic Life. The site also has a link to donate to support the film.
The Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist church held a preach-in and eco fair Feb 9, part of a national activity by Interfaith Light and Power to educate people about climate change. In her sermon, minister Amy Zucker Morgenstern emphasized the importance of maintaining hope and doing whatever each of us can to be engaged. A very “Transition” message!
Transition shared a table at the fair with Sven Thesen and his chickens. Link to photos from the event
Cutting through the romance and hype, what is it really like to be an organic farmer? Meet filmmaker Casey Beck for a special showing of ”This Organic Life,” followed by discussion and questions.
It’s a story that’s filled with sweat, blisters, sun, and rain as well as a compelling passion for life, food, and the earth, which seems unique to farmers. The film questions the financial future of these young people. However, as it shows one such farmer’s 21st-century approach, it demonstrates that this can be a viable and fulfilling profession. In this way, The Organic Life is a look at sustainable farming-not merely how the farm itself is viable, but also how the farm sustains its keepers. Click for more info about the film
When: Feb 28, come at 7:15 for social time, film starts at 7:30
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCPA)
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto
Recommended donation: $5-$10 (please contribute what you can)
In January, Governor Brown declared a drought emergency as California is facing severe water shortages in this driest year in recorded state history. Click to read the governor’s proclamation.
Many agencies and organizations are working to help individuals and communities reduce their water usage. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has just updated its program for replacing lawns with water-saving native and Mediterranean plants. See more: http://www.valleywater.org/Programs/LandscapeRebateProgram.aspx
UC Cooperative Extension has published a guide to Keeping Plantings Alive under Drought or Water Restrictions. Keeping Plants Alive Under Drought.
Who are we? What do we believe? What’s important to us? How do we want to live our lives?
Exploring these questions is what Transition Cafes are all about. Each week, organizer William Mutch proposes a topic to discuss and folks come to share their ideas and experiences. Topics run the gamut – relationships, books, climate change, housing, ancestors, eldership, mentorship, role of the fool in society, life, death, and much more. William has an uncanny knack for zeroing in on topics that matter.
Some cafe regulars show up almost every week, while others come when they can, or drop in when there’s a topic of special interest to them. Last week’s topic, “Home,” hit home, so to speak, with regulars and newcomers, who shared what home means to them, where they feel at home, and the yearning for a feeling of home when you don’t have one.
Transition Cafes are held every Friday (except the fourth friday of the month) at 5:45 to 7:45 pm at Red Rock Cafe in Mountain View. If you’re on the Transition Palo Alto mailing list, you’ll get the weekly announcement emails. Drop in anytime!
The holidays may be over, but you’ll enjoy this look at the intersection of commercialism and immigration in America and its impact on holiday consumerism.
Films of Vision and Hope – Xmas without China
Film and discussion
When: Friday Jan 24, 7:30 pm (come at 7:15 for social time)
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto
Xmas without China follows Tom Xia on an intimate, humorous journey to get to know his neighbors. Tom has spent his life in between Chinese and American culture, constantly negotiating between his home life and everything else in the California suburbs where he’s grown up since emigrating from mainland China at age eight. With deep ties to his extended family back home and increasing pride in China’s huge steps forward in the new millennium, Tom is incensed by how China is so misunderstood, particularly in American media.
Devising a plan to put American fears of China in context, Tom challenges his neighbors to go through the Christmas season without any Chinese products. Taking on the consumer mission-impossible, the Joneses discover that they’re giving up not just their toys, plates, lamps, and clothes, but the beloved hair dryer, coffeemaker, X-Box, and most of their Christmas decorations.
Tom’s family and friends wrestle with our American drive to consume cheap products from China and find common ground as Tom celebrates his first Christmas around their tree. –From http://www.xmaswithoutchina.com
Pix from the Holiday Sharing Expo in December.