Welcome to Transition!

We’re part of a world-wide grassroots movement to build local resilience and connections close to home. Since 2010, we’ve been mounting creative and thoughtful responses to the challenges of resource depletion, climate change, and economic instability. Help us unleash the power and creative genius of people and communities to create a vibrant future for generations to come.

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Coming up:

  • Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Fourth Friday of each month. Program for January TBD. Check this space in early-mid January!

  • Garden and produce shares:
  • Second Sunday of each month. Location TBD
    Fourth Sunday of each month, 11am-12, Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA (map) No Fourth Sunday Garden Share this month (December). Full Circle Farm will be closed for the holidays. See you in January.
  • 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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Ringing in the holidays

The rainy night was a good one for being inside to celebrate and reflect. Folks enjoyed good food and company, took turns telling what the holiday spirit means to them, and watched and discussed the film Forest Man.

Pix from the Share Faire

So much to enjoy at the Dec 14 holiday Share Faire at Cubberley Community Center…

Wreath making, low flow water attachments, biochar, solar cooking, massage, yoga, music, gardening, succulents, baked goods, and oodles of stuff to share.

Holiday Share Faire coming to Cubberley Sunday December 14!

We were saddened by the closure of Common Ground, a place where we once shared stories and goods and ducked inside to say hi or buy a little something. Alas, no more, but we have a temporary home for our sharing expos – along with a new name.

The Holiday Share Faire will be at Cubberley Community Center this year, in room H6, on the side of the Charleston Shopping Center (Piazza’s) and in the back near the Friends of the Palo Alto Library booksale, right next door to the Cubberley Artists’ Open Studios. It will be a busy afternoon, starting at 1pm.

Food and beverages will be outside, along with fun demos like solar ovens and music. Massage, yoga, garden tips, succulents, wreath-making, kids’ area, storytime, and more are on the offering from local experts who will guide you through.

If you bring or need goods, stations will hold books, clothes, crafts, garden produce, toys, and holiday decorations as well. The whole family is welcome, and we recommend taking public transportation (bus 32, 35, 88, 104) or biking to this accessible place. Rain will not cancel the indoor and covered portions.

More information about this event and others, and sponsors at transitionpaloalto.org/sharing-expos

Join us and share with us – just look up, there might be mistletoe on the door!

THIRD Friday Dec 19 – Holiday Potluck and Film

Friday December 19, First Congregational Church Palo Alto

Celebrate the holiday season! It’s the annual Fourth THIRD Friday holiday potluck.

Bring food/drink to share – and your holiday spirit!

We’ll enjoy good company, reflect on the year, and watch “Forest Man,” a beautiful and moving short film about a man who has been planting a forest that is now larger than Central Park, one tree at a time.

December 19 7:00 – 9:30pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Rd. Palo Alto

holiday party

This changes everything

Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything,” argues that the challenge of climate change illuminates the failures of uncontrolled free-market capitalism and that climate activism can be a “galvanizing force for humanity…,”  leading us to a more resilient and humane economy.

Transitioners and others have started gathering to discuss the book and its implications. It will be an ongoing discussion. If you’d like to learn more, send email to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com, or join the tpa_chat online discussion group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/tpa_chat/info.


Squish Squash – Celebrating the season

It was the third annual Transition Squash party, with delicious varieties of squash to cook, eat, and enjoy. We plan to do it again next year, so look for the invitation next November!

THIRD Friday, Films of Vision and Hope – “Happy” film and discussion

Continuing our Films of Vision and Hope series on Finding Meaning in an Uncertain World



What makes you happy? Work? Money? Kids and family? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? To answer these questions and more, “Happy” goes from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa.


   Discussion after the film.

   When:  November 21, 7:30 pm (come at 7:15 for social time)

Fireside room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306