Mar 24 Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Of the Sea, with filmmaker

The new documentary, Of The Sea, brings a local Santa Cruz angle to the challenges and opportunities of a fishing industry hoping to balance jobs and environmental sustainability. “The industry isn’t dying, it’s changing,” according to filmmaker Mischa Hedges, who will lead a Q&A session following the South Bay Premiere of the film at our March Fourth Friday.

Mischa adds, “Our main goal for the film is to reconnect people who eat seafood with the places and people who catch it, and hopefully get some conversations started about local seafood.”

Don’t miss this delicious opportunity to dive in and learn about our local fisheries and how dedicated folks are working to help them thrive, and to find out how you can help support them.

Co-sponsored by Slow Food South Bay

Friday March 24, 7:30-9:30pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto,
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

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Citrus fun!

It was non-stop marmalade at the Fun with Citrus party. Many thanks to all who helped cut, squish, stir, and pour! And special thanks to chief chef Peter Ruddock for making it all happen.

Did you know that the processed citrus pith (the white part inside the peel) makes a lovely lotion?

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Videos of Resistance and Hope

It was a first for February Fourth Friday — an evening of short videos on the themes of resistance and hope. A handful of people responded to our crowdsourcing request for videos, and we included their suggestions, plus more.

Although the videos are available on the net, attendees enjoyed seeing them together as  window into that’s happening now and the creative and impassioned ways that people are responding.

Thanks to all for suggesting videos, to Eitan Fenson for compiling them for the evening, and to Rani Jaykumar for creating this YouTube playlist of all that we saw. Enjoy!

Peter Ruddock also send this article with some surprising background about the Lumber 84 ad.

And some pix…

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Hearth and Soul


The new Hearth and Soul met Feb 21, for meditation, a sharing circle, and expressions of gratitude.

The goal is to create a place where people can express ourselves and support each other in these challenging times. The group will evolve along with the interests and energy of the participants.

The current plan is to meet once per month on the 3rd Monday, 7-9pm. Venues will vary, so please check your Transition Palo Alto email (sign up for the emailing list if you haven’t at!forum/transition-palo-alto). You can also join the new Hearth and Soul google group, which we’ll use to share ideas and resources (!forum/tpa_soul).


Phoenix garden – rising from the soil

— submitted by Kris Jensen

In 2006 two permaculture students created the outline of what would become the Phoenix Garden on a barren and degraded seven-acre site at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center (YSC). Under the patient leadership of Toni DeMarco, one of those students and a therapist at the YSC, the Garden finally began to take shape last year when we planted 100 fruit trees that created the foundation of a food forest that will be there for generations to come. The overarching goal of the Phoenix Garden is to transform the site into a resilient and regenerative permaculture oasis serving youth and families participating in court-ordered probation department programs, the foster care system, and families in need of mental health services.

You can be a part of this incredible project by volunteering at one of our regular workdays. In partnership with San Mateo County, the Silicon Valley Permaculture Guild manages a volunteer workday every third Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM where we get our hands dirty building out this vision based in the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and sharing in our excess.

If this piques your interest and would like to join us, please contact Kris Jensen ( and look for announcements from Transition Palo Alto for an upcoming TPA workday. The garden is located at the San Mateo County Youth Services Center, 222 Paul Scannell Drive in San Mateo.

Feb Fourth Friday – Short Videos of Resistance and Hope

It’s all hands on deck to make our voices heard, to stay resilient and hopeful as these times call on all to resist the steamroller that’s attempting to turn the clock back on environmental protection, economic and social justice, and human rights.

With your help, we’ve gathered some short videos to make us laugh, think, and get inspired and energized.

Come to Fourth Friday to see some videos together – so much better than watching them alone!

We’ll explore about living in these ‘interesting’ times, and on what resistance and resilience mean to all of us.


Friday February 24, 7:30-9:30pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto,
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto