Events in February and March

Events  – Transition Palo Alto – February 24

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Jan 26 – Films of Vision and Hope presents “The Last Crop”

Films of Vision and Hope Presents

The Last Crop

Join Transition Silicon Valley and World Centric for a special showing of a new film about agriculture in the Bay Area.

Filmmaker Chuck Schultz will be present for a showing of his film, The Last Crop. This is his story of farmers Jeff and Annie Main, their Good Humus Farm and how they are planning to preserve it as a working, organic farm for future generations. After the film, Chuck will lead a discussion about issues farmers encounter in staying on the land and what we can help them do about them.

THURSDAY, January 26, 2012
6:30 Meet and Greet
7:00 – 9:00 Film and Discussion
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto CA 94306

“Sustainability is the big new catch phrase but what does that mean? Does it mean that we take care of our soil? Does it mean we take care of our water sources and our air? The true issue to me is sustaining farmers” – Annie Main, Good Humus Farm

Suggested Donation to help defray travel and film costs: $5.00 – $10.00

Trailer for film
Film website

Showing of “In Transition” Sunday October 23

In Transition 1.0 – movie and discussion

From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience

‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.

Following the 50 minute film, Debbie Mytels of Acterra will describe the local Transition/Resilience movement and will lead a discussion about how to get involved locally.

Sunday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church
505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto

Free and open to all. Contributions will be requested. Wheelchair accessible.

Co-Sponsored By
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

and

Action Council, Unitarian Universalist Church

United Nations Association Film Festival

The theme for this year’s United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is EDUCATION IS A HUMAN RIGHT. The 14th annual festival runs October 21-30,  2011 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Stanford University.  The festival series has celebrated the power of documentary films in dealing with human rights, environmental themes, women’s issues, population, homelessness, racism, children, health, universal education, war, and peace. Transition Palo Alto is happy to partner with UNAFF.

By offering the very popular programs “UNAFF and Kids” and “UNAFF in Schools” and several panel discussions, UNAFF hopes to broaden the audience and initiate a meaningful community dialogue.

E-mail: info@unaff.org

Phone: (650) 724-5544

Free Film Series – Food Connections!

August 26 – Ingredients

See how people around the country are working to revitalize the connection between the food we produce and the food we eat. From farms to urban food deserts to the kitchens of celebrated chefs, we’ll learn about the movement to put good food back on the table.

September 2 – Rebecca’s Wild Farm

Wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking shows how she transformed her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy 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.

Concerned about the environment and climate change? Looking for ways to make a positive, sustainable change for people and the planet?  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 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, Slow Food South Bay, and World Centric

Rethinking Cities: Film and Discussion Series

A look at how sprawl replaced traditional neighborhoods and what can be done to bring back community and sustainability to our cities and towns.  Group discussion follows (each evening).
 
Films start at 7 PM (Friday evenings), Laurel Room,  Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 East Remington.  Doors open at 6:45.  FREE. 

May 6–Save Our Land,  Save Our Towns. (One hour) 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

May  13–Creating Places We Want to Live

  • Portland: A Sense of Place. (Design e2) (30 minutes) 2008 Thanks to a  progressive public transportation portfolio that includes train, streetcar, bus and aerial tram, Portland has become one of the most livable cities in the US.
  • Community by Design. (26  minutes) 1997 Learn about the key role that design plays in building community, from some leading progressive thinkers on the subject.

May 20–Welcoming Pedestrians and Cyclists to the City (selected from Streetfilms)

  • Copenhagen’s Car-Free Streets and Slow Speed Zones. (5:08)  2010
  • An Alfresco Talk with Jan Gehl. (9:48) 2008
  • Moving Beyond the Automobile:  Bicycling.  (3:36) 2011
  • Ciclovia Bogota.   (9:41) 2007
  • San Jose Hosts Inaugural Via Velo.  (4:25) 2010

June 3–Developing Sustainable Transportation:  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Bicycle Infrastructure

  • Curitiba’s BRT Inspired BRT Around the World.  (Streetfilms)  (8:03) 2009
  • Guangzhou, China’s Winning the Future with BRT. (Streetfilms) (5:18)  2011
  • BRT:  LA’s Orange Line:  Bus Rapid Transit (Plus Bike Path). (Streetfilms) (4:56) 2009
  • Bike Sharing Paris:  Velo Liberte.  (Design e2) (30 minutes) 2008 The public-private Velib bike initiative encourages Parisians to forgo cars for bikes and public transportation, fostering a unique popular culture in the city.
  • Cycling Copenhagen Through North American Eyes. (Streetfilms) (10:45) 2010

This film and discussion series is co-sponsored by Sunnyvale Cool, Transition Silicon Valley, and Sierra Club (Loma Prieta Chapter).  Made possible in part by a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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