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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.

Scroll down for our recent activities blog.

Coming up:

April Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope April 24 – Just Eat It – award winning film about food waste – plus what’s happening locally. Scroll down for detailsUUCPA Fireside room

Monthly Craft Night. Once a month on Tuesday evening. Check your email for details of the next one.

Garden Shares
Second Sunday of each month 11am-12, Palo Alto Community Garden
Fourth Sunday of each month11am-12, Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale

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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Meetup Group/Facebook group

April Craft Night – Out of this world!

Submitted by Trina Lynn

April’s Craft Night was ‘out of this world!’

While a few of us assembled Aliens & UFOs from recyclables in  preparation for the city’s ‘No Space to Alienate’ Kid’s Parade & May Fete event, others got serious with the sewing machines & cutting table and made some much needed pant & clothing adjustments. 

Herb provided a lovely soundtrack to a knife sharpener, an embroiderer and a coloring project & some of us talked business (aka as community building in these circles). 

All this was captured in a series of much anticipated ‘Black & White’ pics by our most wonderful Barbara Weinstein who made the coolest UFO of the night and offered these ‘Noir’ photos. 

No one is banned (inside joke*), in fact all are welcome at May’s Craft Night event.  Look out for the invitation early next month for details on the location and where to RSVP (*or just to be let in on the joke).

And Herb’s mood guitar.

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April Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Just Eat It

Winner of numerous awards, including Audience Choice at the 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival.
“Hugely entertaining… will leave audiences gobsmacked.” – Variety

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant (remember them from the Clean Bin Project film?) dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food – you’ll see what happens.

After the film, join the discussion and hear Maybo Auyeung from Zero Waste Palo Alto share what’s happening locally.

Just eat it Jen Grant 

Friday April 24
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

Films of Vision and Hope focuses on positive solutions to  environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference. Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, and Zero Waste Palo Alto.

High notes at Craft Night

Submitted by Trina Lynn
A report on last month’s TPA Craft Night and invitation to the next 
(April 14 Tuesday evening)

Last month’s Craft Night was a pretty low-key event, but whenever we heard Herb testing out the beautiful wind chime he was constructing from old or miss-cut keys, I swear he hit a high note (For more on this check out Scrapophony.net).

Emily tried out a cool project: re-purpose an old sock for a sling/sleeve bottle cozy.  William darned again (I need to ask him to show me how to do this someday) while Diana and I cut die-cuts for collage from old magazines.

Marie & Jose crafted too but mostly I think they came for the conversation. But then again we all did. And it was a lovely evening. :)

Join us again on Tuesday, April 14th.
Trina & Emily will host craft night
From 6PM to 9:30 PM
Kids are always welcome

Look for our invitation or e-mail pltredux@gmail.com for further details
Bring your own projects or find something here to work on
We’re not sure if we have a theme or a demo yet this month but Spring is here.

Whatever we do let’s be colourful!

Book Group 6 – Shades of Gray (Water)

What’s involved in setting up gray water systems and what are the options? At the Book Group 6 meeting April 1, Sharif Rosales-Webb of Greywater greenlandscapes gave an introduction to grey water systems. He explained the differences between branching systems, which take gray water from the kitchen and bathroom and distribute it in multiple places around a garden, versus laundry-to-landscape systems, which take water from a washing machine and distribute it with the help of the washing machine pump. Whatever the option, gray water systems give new life to water that would otherwise head directly to the waste treatment plant.

With the dire drought situation in California and the statewide call for reductions of 25% in water usage in mind, book group members brainstormed about other actions to take.  At an upcoming meeting, the group will make flyers to give neighbors who are wasting water in landscaping a gentle reminder to plug their leaks and cut back on irrigation.

Other ideas are welcome! To learn more about Book Group 6 meetings and activities, send email to barbara@ontrk.com.

March Fourth Friday – Green Fire

An overflow crowd came to March Fourth Friday to see A Fierce Green Fire, a historical look at the modern environment movement from the early 20th century to today. Gathering in small groups after the film, people expressed conflicting emotions: awe and appreciation of the accomplishments of dedicated and passionate activists, despair at the current magnitude of the climate (and other) problems, and optimism that so many people are now involved in fighting for change. To paraphrase a quote from the film, “We’re not a movement, it’s larger than that. It’s the planet’s immune response to the disease that has infected it.”

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.