Take the Drive Less Challenge! Get your bike a free tune-up.

Take the 2011 Drive Less Challenge! April 22 – May 5th, 2011

The Drive Less Challenge is a fun way to try alternatives to driving your car to work, school, shopping and other local places. Walking, biking and taking transit instead of driving are great ways to live healthy and reduce car traffic, the largest source of CO2 emissions in the Bay Area!

Sign up at drivelesschallenge.com to use a game-like trip log, share your stories, and to join the Transition Palo Alto group. You can join and also form your own additional groups – friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others – to compete for fun and for prize gift certificates from local shops.

The Drive Less Challenge is an innovative, grassroots movement that encourages people to use alternatives to solo driving as a way to live healthier, do more local shopping, and reduce car traffic and CO2 emissions. To volunteer or sponsor please contact drivelesschallenge at gmail dot com

See you out there walking, biking, on the bus or train!

If you do any biking (or want to), get your bike a free tune-up at Mike’s Bikes! More info …

Free Maintenance Clinics

Mike’s Bikes is here to teach you how to fix, maintain, and improve your bike – every Wednesday night, for free! All you need to bring is your bike and your questions. Our expert mechanics will provide you with hands-on instruction on just about anything you want to know.

Wednesdays at 6pm
Mike’s Bikes
3001 El Camino Real @ Olive Ave.

Learning how to fix your own bike will not only save you money, but will also empower you to tune and troubleshoot your bike out on the road or trail.

Every Wednesday night, we’ll provide participant-determined, hands-on instruction on common maintenance topics such as:

  • Fix a flat
  • Tune your shifters, derailleurs, and brakes
  • Fix a broken chain
  • Install accessories
  • Adjust your bike to better fit your body
  • Swap out worn components

And more (participant-determined)

Building Backyard Gardens

On Saturday, May 14th, volunteers and community members in East Palo Alto will come together to deliver and install up to ten backyard gardens for eager beginning gardeners. Many of these gardeners have completed a twelve week course of cooking, nutrition, and gardening with Collective Roots, and are excited to launch new lifestyles full of healthier, more environmentally sustainable, home-grown food.

Come help install raised beds and plant spring gardens to make these new lifestyles a reality!

To register for this event, or if you have any questions, please e-mail:  nicole at collectiveroots dot org.


The second-ever Transition Palo Alto Craft Swap took place in Palo Alto this time, upstairs at the lovely Opal’z store, filled with the fragrance of essential oils and soap. We arrived, arms full, and set up on the U-shaped tables. People arrived early, helped sort things into the categories. We found that there were lots of things that didn’t fit into the regular categories, and lots of things that already looked interesting.

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Craft Swap March 27, 2011 1-3pm

Are you a crafter or artist with pack-rat tendencies? Now is the time to come clean, and clean up!

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, so help reduce waste and share with your neighbors at the 2nd ever Craft Swap.

Join the fun at:

Opal’z of Palo Alto

719 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303


Sunday, March 27

For details about what to bring and how it works, click here. Let us know what you’re bringing by emailing rani at b a c r a f t s w a p (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m.

Bring your friends! Share or post our flyer:

Craft swap March 27 1-3pm

TPA Newsletter for Feb 26

Coming Events

FREE GROUP WORKSHOPS: “Conversation, Community, and Calling” – March 1

For details, see the latest Transition Palo Alto Newsletter — now posted on the website:

The newsletter is published about every two weeks. Click on the “Events” tab to see back issues .
(also at https://transitionpaloalto.org/events-2/

Join the Transition Palo Alto Yahoo group to get on the mailing list for the newsletter:

New calendar for Transition events

JUST ADDED – Events Calendar courtesy of Yahoo groups

See what Transition-related activities are coming to our area for 2011


After you’ve clicked one of the links, you are prompted to log on to Yahoo to access the calendar.

Anyone can see the calendar. Members of Transition Palo Alto Yahoo group can add events.

You can access these links by clicking on the Events tab on these pages.

We’re got plans in the works for a Newsletter too.

Free Film Series: Livable Cities

Films of Vision and Hope

We’ll look at what went wrong with our cities, how sprawl replaced neighborhoods, and what can be done to bring back community and sustainability to our cities and towns.

January 21 – End of Suburbia We’ll set the stage with this influential film, which shows how the American dream of suburbia has become unsustainable and gives an inkling of what might replace it.  

January 28 – Save our Land, Save our Towns  Small town newsman Tom Hylton explores  why America’s towns have declined and what we can do to revive them.
“Development and zoning issues normally make the eyes glaze…Tom Hylton makes them downright fascinating.” Philadelphia Daily News

February 4 – Community by Design   Learn about the key role that design plays in community from some leading progressive thinkers on the subject.

February 11 – Portland: Quest for the Livable City   Portlanders enjoy a thriving downtown, plus national recognition for alternative transportation, emissions reductions, and overall sustainability, thanks to a regional land use process established thirty years ago. Learn about the challenges of maintaining this land use vision and its implications for equity and fairness.

February 25 –  A Convenient Truth  In this inspirational film, you’ll learn why cities around the world look to Curitiba, Brazil as the model for creative and enlightened urban planning. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.

March 4 – Join us for our third 100 mile potluck. Connect with others and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Films of Vision and Hope focuses on hopeful and positive solutions to environmental
problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.

Where:  World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto  (behind JJ&F Market)
When:  Fridays 7:00 – 9:30 PM (7 PM cookies, 7:30 PM film) 

 Sponsored by Acterra, Common Ground, Mountain View Cohousing Community, Silicon Valley Action Network, Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, World Centric, and more

The No Impact Experiment

Join Transition Palo Alto and many others in The No Impact Experiment!  It’s a one-week exploration of how to reduce our negative impacts on our environment, beginning January 2nd (in partnership with YES! Magazine).

We’ll learn a few things about living a happier life, and maybe change a few habits in the bargain.

This is not a test.  There is no scoring, there are no judgments.  It’s a chance to experiment with small changes in our lives, as part of the big cultural shift we are undertaking to live in balance on our planet.  We might learn whether less environmental degradation brings with it more happiness!

Try it!  Register on the No Impact Project website.  (Visit How It Works to preview step-by-step instructions, or Reflections on a one-week carbon cleanse to read someone else’s experience, or read the How-To Manual.)

You’re then welcome to use the Leave a Comment link on this blog post to share your experience during the experiment.  (Suggestion:  Bookmark this post as a favorite so you can return easily in the future.)

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Holiday garden, cookie and craft exchange – Dec 11

Saturday December 11th 2:00 – 3:30pm FREE !
World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Join us for the holiday community free exchange of garden bounty & Holiday creations. Bring Holiday cookies and decorations to swap & your homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, and holiday greenery to trade!
Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together for swapping and sharing locally grown, fresh produce. Our first Garden Swap was held August 21, with people coming together to share produce, chat and get to know one another. Four other events followed where home gardeners met for a free exchange of garden bounty. Here is one guest’s rave review: 

“What a great event, like a free farmers’ market – grapes and raspberries and oranges and two types of apples, sage and oregano and rosemary and thyme, sorrel and a plethora of tomatoes, seeds to save and plant, and some beautiful flowers. Thank you!” – Rani

Saturday, December 11, we will expand the concept to exchange homemade holiday creations, as well as all great late fall produce, such as persimmons, lemons, and oranges.  Bring cookies and other sweets, crafts, decorations, & greenery to exchange for the handmade goodies of your neighbors.  Expecting that some of the cookies will be eaten on site, we will provide apple cider to quench your thirst.

Come for the food, come for the community.  Hope to see you there.

Our Palo Alto exchange is supported by a coalition of community ecological organizations and neighborhood groups including: Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Assn, Common Ground, Palo Alto Community Gardens, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto & World Centric.

You can print out this PDF of the event announcement to hand out to friends and co-workers.

(Information courtesy of Jan Butts)