EVENTS for March

Events  – Transition Palo Alto – March 7

Palo Alto Weekly article on Transtion Palo Alto and the Craft Swap (March 2)

Group buys:
Slow Money book by Woody Tasch is available at a discount from Peter Ruddock

Group Facilitation cards should be available in a week for about $21

From previous bulk buys, we have a few copies of “Transition Companion,” “Local Food,” and “Local Housing”.(all from Transition)


Questions?  See the TPA website  and calendar

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– Bart and Marina


March  9 – Friday  – Transition potluck dinner

Living beneath your means.  At our next 100 mile potluck, we’ll share good food and hear stories about what folks are doing to get the most out of life while living within tight budgets. Bring a dish to share, if possible, with some local ingredients – that’s where the 100 mile comes in!

7-9 pm
World Centric
2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto CA 94306

March 10-11  weekend  – Low Carbon Diet for families – STARTING THIS WEEKEND!

Open to all families with children
Four sessions in March
Exact dates to be determined
Location: Rani’s house in Midtown Palo Alto.
Contact Rani or if interested.

Using David Gershon’s book Low Carbon Diet, a “30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds”, you will learn how to significantly reduce your annual household CO2 output, while having fun sharing ideas with others.

March 11 – Sunday – Garden and produce share (Palo Alto)

Join us to share garden bounty. Bring what you have to share; take home something you don’t.  Think of it as a “free” backyard farmers’ market. Bring your homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, and flowers!

11 am- noon
Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto

March 13 – Tuesday afternoon – Global Spirit Hikes Planning Meeting

Are you a global spirit?  Do you feel a deep connection with peoples of the world?

We are organizing a series of ‘global spirit hikes’ with Transition Palo Alto in which you can connect with fellow globally-oriented community members, ideally through a walk with a group particularly affected by a global issue.  Just as Transition is focused on local resilience, this focus is on building local multicultural partnerships/resilience in support of positive global partnerships.  A secondary hope is that it will cultivate our ‘global spirits’ in ways that encourage positive global participation as a complement to our local work.

For instance, we could invite people from island nations to walk with us as we discuss climate change, families from Michuachan, Mexico to be in solidarity with them and the horrible violence befalling their communities, or with Syrian-Americans whose relatives are under siege by Assad.   The goal is to help us stay connected in positive and heartfelt ways with the world and how we want to participate, and to strengthen community.
This effort was initiated by an initiative I have started called Globalicious, a series of efforts to encourage heartfelt participation in the world among people in the Bay Area.

Planning meeting:

March 13th, Le Boulanger
301 Main St  Los Altos
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm (it’s ok to come late)
We will carpool together to Community Conversation and Calling after the meeting for those who are interested.

– Mary Jane Marcus, Conversation Group, TPA; founder Globalicious

March 18 – Sunday – Craft swap (Palo Alto)

The craft swap continues, a chance to share your arts and crafts supplies, get some new-to-you goodies, and get to know other people in the area while keeping stuff out of the landfill!

1 – 2 pm
719 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto
(at the corner of Middlefield and Colorado, behind 711 Colorado),

Wonderful article on the Craft Swap in the March 2 issue of the Palo Alto Weekly (page 53 in the paper copy):

March 20 – Tuesday Evenings – Mindful Interactions (10-week class)

Would you enjoy: being heard to your satisfaction, communicating without blame or judgment, deepening your important relationships, handling conflict with more confidence, transforming anger into energy for positive change, having a greater sense of inclusions and connection in your life?

If so, join us for Mindful Interactions!  This is a 10 week introductory class that meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm  starting March 20.  We will explore the basics of nonviolent communication, founded by Marshall Rosenberg.  If you already have NVC experience, you may want to join us for the NVC practice group that meets Monday evenings 7:00-9:00 starting March 19.

Please contact Bob Niederman, 650-857-0772, or to find out more information!

Suggested by Karen S. of Transition PA

March 21 – Wednesday – Talk – The Causes of Climate Change: Separating Fact from Fiction

Nobel Prize winning climate scientist, Dr. Benjamin Santer, will discuss the true causes of climate change. Dr. Santer’s early research on the climatic effects of combined changes in greenhouse gases (GHGs) and sulfate aerosols contributed to the historic “discernible human influence” conclusion of the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Wednesday, March 21
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Main Hall
505 East Charleston Road
Cost: Free

For more information about this event and to register, please email or call 650-494-0541. This event is co-sponsored by Acterra.

March 23-25 – Economics of Happiness conference – Berkeley

David Brower Center, Berkeley

Three day conference with many well known presenters, such as Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Annie Leonard (“The Story of Stuff”), Richard Heinberg (“The Party’s Over”), Rob Hopkins (remote),


March through April – “Creating a Sustainable Enterprise” class

Acterra is teaming up with UC Santa Cruz Extension/Silicon Valley to offer a certificate program in Executive Leadership: “Creating a Sustainable Enterprise.”

Starting from the premise that successful executives in the 21st Century need to know how to operate in an era of resource limits, this course will integrate traditional themes about leadership training with a thorough understanding of the principles of sustainability (people, planet and prosperity).

The course starts Thursday, March 29 and run weekly until June 7, 2012.
Classes meet in Santa Clara at the UCSC Extension building from 1:00 until 8:00 pm, dinner included.

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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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