Newsletter – September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011


Film series Films of Vision and Hope: Free Film Series – Food Connections! World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct. Time: Fridays 7:30 – 9:30 PM

* September 2 – Rebecca’s Wild Farm: Wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking shows how she transformed her family’s farm in Devon into a lowenergy farm for the future, discovering that nature holds the key.

* September 9 – Establishing a Food Forest: Back by popular demand! In this fascinating film, famed permaculturist Geoff Lawton shows how to turn even the most unpromising ecosystems into thriving, productive food forests.

* September 16 – Locavore: Today, the average conventionally grown vegetable travels more than 1500 miles and is over-processed, stale, and without nutrition. Learn how the Locavore movement is changing all of that.

* September 23 – 100 Mile Potluck: It’s harvest season, and the autumnal equinox! Come to share food, conversation, and ideas.
TRANSITION POTLUCK – September 5, Sunnyvale, 5pm

Come to share the bounty of the season! Bring a dish with local, seasonal ingredients, if you can (tomatoes, eggplant, squash, seasonal fruit, local meats, or other). We’ll share where our ingredients came from and how the dishes were prepared. We’ll also talk about what’s happening with Transition-related activities for the coming year, including a new series of monthly potlucks that will focus on different themes. Friends and family of all ages are welcome!

Victoria Armigo’s house, 776 Henderson Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Tel 408 296-6605
RSVP (if you can) to,, or
QUAKEVILLE 2011 – September 10-11, Briones and Rinconada Parks

Quakeville 2011: IT’s BACK…if you missed last year’s Quakeville event, here’s your opportunity to participate. demos and a camp-out. The Weekly did a complete article, see
Link to flyer at For more, or to camp in Rinconada Park contact, Annette at
10 YEARS AND COUNTING – September 11 – October 7

Sept 11 – Oct 7, 2011 will mark the ten year anniversary of our nation continuously at war. 10 Years + Counting invites artists and others to take this historic moment as inspiration and use the power of creativity to illustrate the costs of war and imagine a more peaceful world. For visit or start an event in your area:

In July Rob joined us to discuss what was new in the Transition Movement. Join this follow up conversation where we expect to go deeper into what he is now referring to as the “ingredients” of Transition. September 12, 8am-9:15am online/by phone. Register online at:
TALK: MOVE TO AMEND – First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, September 12, 7-9pm

David Cobb is an organizer and rousing speaker for Move to Amend (and a former Green Party Presidential Candidate). Come see him speak about corporate personhood and how to end it. There will be a lengthy Q & A. Free and open to the public.

7-9pm, First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 North California Avenue @ Bryant, Palo Alto, CA 94301

The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. Founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, The Climate Reality Project is 24 hours of real truth about climate change, at various locations around the world. For more information and to watch the video:
GRAN FONDO – September 17

Includes 3 events: Echelon challenge to walk, run, or bike multiple short laps for charity, Echelon Gran Fondo to cycle 60, 80, or 95 miles, and A Taste of Palo Alto – a taste of 15 fine Palo Alto restaurants. Taste of Palo Alto and festival free with each entry. Fundraising not required.
$25 public/$15 children
COASTAL CLEANUP DAY – September 17, 9am-noon

California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways, one of the largest volunteer events in the world. Participate at
RESKILLING EXPO – September 24, Santa Cruz

A day-long symposium of workshops offered to the public free-of-charge and designed to impart skills that will increase food security, conserve water and build community resilience. More info at

Saturday, September 24, Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 9am-5pm.


The City of Palo Alto is participating in the World Wide Day of Play, an annual event designed to encourage kids and parents to turn off the TV and play, especially out of doors. This would be a good time for neighborhood activities, group parties and exploring our open unique and glorious spaces. The new City of Palo Alto Community Services Department Fall 2011 brochure is now on line.

MOVING PLANET – September 24’s Bay Area “Moving Planet” Event is a global day of action. Learn more or join in on Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels, which promises to be the largest people-moving movement ever.

TALK: CLIMATE ADAPTATION – September 27, Avenidas, 5:30pm

Topic: “Climate Adaptation and Resilience” Speaker: Ann Clarke, Chief, Environmental Mgmt. Div., NASA Ames Research Center Informed

Decisions: Prostate Cancer Group. Facilitated by Dr. Leon Kaseff
The group provides a forum for open discussion with expertise provided by local medical professionals. Open to the public. Meets the 4th Tuesday in Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, & Nov. Free and open to the public. Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 5:30 PM


Learn gardening in various classes Saturdays.
September 3: YOGA FOR GARDENERS with Patricia Becker Saturday from 10:30 – 12:30. FEE: $31.
September 10: START YOUR FALL GARDEN with Drew Harwell from 10:30 – 1:00. FEE: $35
September 17: INTRODUCTION TO GROW BIOINTENSIVE 10:30-12:30 FEE: $31, COMPOSTING 1:30-3:30 $31
September 24: TOP TEN HERBS TO GROW 10:30-12:30 FEE: $42

For more information, call Common Ground Staff at 650-493-6072 or email or visit Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto

Master Gardeners courses

Learn various techniques for your gardens with free classes. September 3 – Gardening in Containers. September 27 – All about Lawns. 10-11am, followed by Open Garden. For more information, call UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County at 408-282-3105 or email or visit Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Sept. 10th – University South Join Canopy at their upcoming Arborist-led Tree Walks. They gather every month on the second Saturday from 10AM to Noon. To request a brochure: or call 964-6110 x2.


October 9 – Halloween Costume and Garden Share, Bike Palo Alto
October 11 – Stanford Food Summit
October 21-30 – United Nations Association Film Festival (Education is a Human Right)
October – October 2011 in Washington, DC
TBA – Ladies’ clothing swap

Tuesdays – Reskilling Book Group, Conversation, Community and Calling
Wednesdays – Book group 2 continuing discussion, Reskilling group, Sustainable Meditation and Action Group (through September 21)
Fridays – Film series
2nd Sunday – Garden share at Common Ground
4th Sunday – Garden share at Full Circle Farm

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I live in a small condominium in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2004-2009, I was the main editor for the Energy Bulletin website ( In previous lives I was a technical writer for Hewlett-Packard, a high school teacher and a newspaper reporter and editor.

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