Feathered Fun in the Park

Lessons from the Spring/Summer Share Faire in Mitchell Park June 9:

The secret to happiness is — chickens
When life hands you lemons, preserve them
You can improve your improv
The shocking truth about electricity
It helps to keep a sharp edge
Lace is lovely

Thanks to everyone who shared their skills, ideas, stuff, and company!

 

 

 

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Dolores – June Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope

June 22 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
All ages welcome! FREE, Donations appreciated.

“Exuberantly inspiring… makes you want to march and dance.” — San Francisco Chronicle

dolores

What makes a consummate activist? What does it take to be someone who dedicates their life and liberty to advancing social, economic, and environmental justice?

This month we’ll take a close look at Dolores Huerta, one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. See the trailer…

Co-sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, the Green Sanctuary Committee of UUPCA, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, and Fools Mission.

Spring Share Faire June 10

Mitchell Park Bowl
3700 East Meadow Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94303 [MAP]
Sunday, June 10, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Don’t miss the Transition Palo Alto Spring/Summer Share Faire this Sunday afternoon. We’ve got an awesome batch of skillshares lined up:
Improv Techniques with Roy
Cockadoodle Do’s and Don’ts with Victoria
Tool Care with William
Science Experiments with Hamsa
Lace making with Suzanne
Food prep with Diane

We’ll also share goods – garden and clothing, books and household items, toys and more.  And we’ll share each other’s good company while building a stronger community.

Please plan to join us.  If you’d like to volunteer as a greeter, for set-up or clean-up, or for whatever, send email to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com.
2018 spring share faire flyer

Trash Dance – May Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope

“Inspired and inspiring…Not to be missed!” – Paste Magazine

We all know what a problem waste is, and previous Fourth Friday films have focused on how to reduce it. But what about all the people who work tirelessly to pick up, process, and dispose of our waste? They’re mostly invisible to us, yet they perform an essential service that most of us would never want to do.

Trash Dance introduces us to some of these people, adding an amazing and inspiring twist. Choreographer Allison Orr rides along with Austin, Texas sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands.

May 25 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
All ages welcome! FREE, Donations appreciated.

trash dance

Thanks to Zero Waste Palo Alto for providing the film and for being a great TPA partner!

When the World is Mad….

“When the word is mad, only the mad are sane.” Akira Kurosawa

This thought came to mind as I watched ‘The Reluctant Radical’ with the Fourth Friday audience April 27. When Ken Ward, a former mainstream environmentalist realizes that business-as-usual actions aren’t waking the powers that be up to the severity of the climate threat, he starts steps in up with creative and often quixotic acts of civil disobedience. These culminated in a major action with other activists that temporarily shut down all the major oil pipelines entering the US from Canada in 2016.

The film encouraged participants to think about who is sane and who is crazy in our mad world, what kinds of actions might make a difference, and the personal and moral choices that we all face. The film also illustrated the power of social connections and mutual support among activists, as Ken evolved from a lone crusader to part of the larger group that together planned and executed the major pipeline action.

Filmmaker Ralph King introduced a second short film, ‘Arrestable’, which profiles a group of 350.org activists preparing to engage in civil disobedience to encourage banks in Seattle to divest from fossil fuels.  Arrestable brings the planning and decisions about engaging in civil disobedience closer to what some of us might actually do. In the film, activists are trained on what to do and what to expect, and each decides whether to risk arrest or remain in a supporting role.

Much food for thought and action!

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April Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – ‘The Reluctant Radical’ and ‘Arrestable’

April 27, 7:15-9:30pm NOTE TIME CHANGE
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
All ages welcome! FREE, Donations appreciated.

April Fourth Friday will take a close look at direct climate action — how activists are putting themselves on the line and turning up the heat to fight climate change.

  • THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is a documentary about climate activist Ken Ward, who turned to civil disobedience after working within environmental organizations for many years. (Scroll down for more about the film and for a link to the trailer.)
  • ARRESTABLE is a short video that follows activists in Seattle as they prepare for civil disobedience to urge local banks to stop funding fossil fuel companies.

We’re pleased to welcome the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and 350 Silicon Valley as co-sponsors. We’ll include some time to discuss the films and share experiences and ideas about stepping up the climate fight.

reluctant radical

More about THE RELUCTANT RADICAL:
The film follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken became increasingly alarmed by the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization. He now embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances.

The film follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying our world.

Director Lindsey Grayzel, co-producer Deia Schlosberg and cinematographer Carl Davis were three of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on October 11, 2016. Their charges have been dropped, and they have joined forces to tell Ken’s story through this film. See the trailer

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, 350 Silicon Valley, and the Green Sanctuary Committee of UUCPA.

 

 

Waste Not – and Enjoy!

It was a delicious and informative evening at the March Fourth Friday ‘Shop your Kitchen’ potluck. Participants raided their refrigerators, freezers, cupboards, and gardens to create tasty treats, from casseroles to pie to soup to nuts.

The group talked about creative recipe ideas, how to preserve produce, how to make better use of your fridge, and how your nose is better than any expiration date label.

We also showed some short videos about food waste. Some amazing facts: 40% of food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten. At the same time, about 1/8 of all Americans suffer from food insecurity.  Food waste is the biggest low-hanging fruit (so to speak) that we could tackle for an impact on climate change.  If food waste were a country, it would be #3 in climate emissions. And it’s a problem that everyone can help solve.

Special thank yous to Herb for lovely background music, and Debbie, Lawrence, and William for super KP duty!

Here are the video links:

The Life of Strawberries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WREXBUZBrS8&feature=youtu.be

Three meals from one zucchini
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2MkLWbe7B0

Creative ideas about tackling the food waste problem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RlxySFrkIM

Look and See

February Fourth Friday attendees were treated to LOOK & SEE, a lovingly filmed portrait of farmer and poet Wendell Berry and the lives of his family and neighbors in Henry County, Kentucky.  Through Berry’s poetry, the reflections of others, and evocative photography and cinematography, the film captures a deep love of the land, sense of place, and values of land stewardship and hard work — and the heartbreak of loss as these treasured values are undercut by industrialized agriculture.

TPA was delighted to co-host the film with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), which has been working to protect open space in and around the peninsula for more than 40 years. Thanks to POST, UUCPA for providing their main hall, and to all who helped with the event!

As an additional treat, check out this recent Yes! Magazine article about Wendell Berry’s wife, Tanya, who was interviewed in the film.

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