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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:

March Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope Mar 27 - A Fierce Green Fire film and discussion. Scroll down for details. UUCPA Fireside room

Spring Share Faire Mar 15 11-1pm Bring your garden produce, clothes, books and toys in good condition, and take what you need. Demos on massage, bike repair, gardening, neighbors helping neighbors, and more. It’s the perfect place to visit, share, and learn. Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside roomScroll down for more info.
if you’d like to share a skill, please contact Peter Ruddock at PeterRuddock@yahoo.com.

Craft Night March 17. Downtown North, Palo Alto. Please RSVP by phone or to pltredux@gmail.com for address. Tuesday March 17th, 2015  6:30PM – 9:30PM

Garden Shares 
Sunday March 22 11am-12, Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale
Sunday, April 11 11am-12, Palo Alto Community Garden

Transition Cafes – Most Fridays, 6-8pm, Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View. Check your email each week (by Thursday) for the topic and details.

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Best Share Faire Ever

What a fabulous Share Faire March 15 at Lucie Stern Community Center. Beautiful day in the courtyard, with kids corner, knife skills, shoe making, bike repair, gardening, biochar, conversation circle, and more – plus oodles of stuff to share.

March Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – A Fierce Green Fire

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As many people and organizations explore how to “step things up” – to get more active in working for climate and environmental justice – March Fourth Friday will take a look at where we’ve come from.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet explores fifty years of grassroots and global environmental activism – from conservation to climate change. The film premiered at Sundance in 2012 and has won acclaim at festivals around the world. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film explores major fights and accomplishments of the environmental movement, and offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, working to bring our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

Inspired by the book of the same name, A Fierce Green Fire brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

Friday March 27
7:15 for social time – Film starts promptly at 7:30 – discussion to follow
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Fireside Room
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA
All ages welcome
$5 recommended donation – no one turned away for lack of funds

Spring Share Faire Is Coming

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It’s the Spring Share Faire!

Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room and Patio, Sunday, March 15,  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Bring stuff to share – garden produce, books, clothes, crafts, toys, etc., AND learn new skills.

Plus fun activities for kids!

We’re excited to be holding our first Share Faire at Lucie Stern Community Center.  The Fireside Room will give us some wonderful indoor space (and a place to hide from the rain, if only!).  The Patio will allow us to spread out, holding many skill shares and sharing lots of goods, as usual.

We’ve had quite a few teachers approach us, some who’ve shared skills before and who have new things to offer, others who are first timers.  You’ll want to spend a little time visiting them all.  And there’s certainly room for a couple more:  if you have a skill to share, let us know and we’ll see if we can fit you in.  Send an e-mail to Peter Ruddock at PeterRuddock@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Confirmed skill shares so far:

  • Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution, will stir up a little Patio Revolution.  She will lead a Conversation Circle about Conversation and Community!
  • Tom Kabat will help with bike maintenance, chain oil and adjustment etc.  Bring any parts you want to install (e.g. new brake cable, brake pads, inner-tube etc.)  Experienced bike fixer / ergonomic adjuster available to work with you.
  • Emily  Rosen CMT, will facilitate massage, working with people in pairs. Sooooothe and connect.. Partner up with a friend and learn some great techniques for 10 minute seated massage.    We could all use some TLC! 
  • Amanda Kovattana will demo simple shoe making skills using readily available hand tools and instructions. As a student shoe maker in her second year, she will speak to her successes and failures and show shoe samples of both.
  • Nick Turner of deep nature gardens will offer pre-sprouted “eco-packs” – small pots containing a variety of interesting plants, many of them not available in nurseries, and he will demonstrate how to create them using planting mix, a pot, and the special “eco-mix” seed mixture. People can make up an eco-pack of their own and take it home for sprouting. There will also be eco-mix in small bottles, useful for boosting the diversity of any nature garden, plus more cool stuff as available.
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) will be providing some give-a-ways and sharing information about their programs that benefit the community. NHN has a Backyard Program for Gardeners-Beekeepers-Coopsters.
    Come see their backyard garden program display, receive seeds and more.

Frackivists Unite

Transitioners from the South Bay joined thousands of other people from around California at the Anti-Fracking march and rally in Oakland February 7.  The weather cooperated, with just enough rain to put smiles on drought-weary faces,  but not too much to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.

The event could have been entitled “Jerry Brown, listen up!” It was a personal message to the governor, who has positioned himself as a leader on climate policy, but has so far resisted efforts to ban the practice of hydraulic fracking in California. Major concerns about the process include contamination of groundwater from the chemicals involved and the amount of water involved in the extraction process.

Here are some pix from the march. And there are plenty of ways to get involved. Check out the Sierra Club and 350.org.

Pix from the march:

Feb 4th Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Innovative Urban Solutions from Curitiba Brazil

This month we’re delighted to bring back one of our all time favorite Films of Vision and Hope. A Convenient Truth shows how creative and forward-looking urban leaders in Curitiba, Brazil transformed their city, fashioning innovative solutions from major problems. And the work in Curitiba continues to influence urban planners around the world. It’s a good time to take a new look at the film, because one of the major innovations it highlights is bus rapid transit (BRT),  which is now a hot topic on the Peninsula. Learn what Curtiba did to make a difference, including why dedicated BRT buses and lanes are so important for increasing ridership and better serving the community. We’ll also hear from folks active in pushing for BRT locally.

Don’t miss it!

Friday February 27
7:30pm (come at 7:15 for social time)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Fireside Room
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA 

All ages welcome
$5 recommended donation – no one turned away for lack of funds


Crafting kicks off for the year

Craft nights for 2015 kicked off on January 27. Plenty of visiting, plus painting and collages made from old magazines and other almost-discarded stuff. Craft nights will be held roughly once a month – check your Transition Palo Alto email for details.

Telling our stories – State of the Union story circles

When have you felt true belonging—or the opposite—in this country or in your community? Have you had an experience that showed you something new or important about the state of our union? Is there a time you stood together with people in your community? These questions were answered with tears and laughter at the State of the Union story circle hosted by Fools Mission and Transition Palo Alto on Sunday Jan 25 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City.

The group included both recent immigrants and native born Americans. Each person shared a brief personal story that reflected on one of the questions. A common thread among the immigrants was coming to this country for a better life for themselves and their children. One woman spoke of her young daughter, recently diagnosed with diabetes, and how it is much easier for her to care for her daughter in the US. Another young woman spoke of her struggles to get an education in Mexico, and how blessed she feels to be in this country, where she has a better chance of getting an education. Others spoke of the violence in Ferguson and elsewhere, and the need for each of us to examine our own complicated feeling and actions.

More than 150 events nationwide contributed stories to a diverse group of 20 poets at the USDAC, who integrated them into a collective poem that went out on a live webcast on February 1. Check out this Fools Mission page with a link to the performance, as well as to the stories that were submitted: http://www.foolsmission.org/story-circles-peoples-state-of-the-union/

A second story circle was held on January 28 in Los Altos, with young people emerging as a common theme. One person expressed sorrow about the recent suicide of a Gunn high school student. Another spoke of his work as a teacher and the joys of connecting with groups of middle school and high school students. And another, a former English teacher, spoke about the memoirs that her students wrote and how moving they could be.

The stories circles were sponsored by the US Department of Art and Culture, an independent organization that promotes art and culture as a way to promote social change. For more information, go to http://peoplesstateoftheunion.usdac.us/.