Costume Swap and Scare Faire

It’s that time of year, with a brand new Costume Swap and Scare Faire, back in person, completely outdoors, at the Museum of American Heritage on Sunday, October 17th at 1-3pm. Bring your costumes and your mask!

Old costumes lurking? Send them packing to possess a new home in our Costume Swap. Bring your adult and child costumes in good condition (as well as Halloween and Holiday decorations) right at 1pm, and we’ll let everyone start choosing costumes at 1:20!

While you’re waiting, check out our Scare Faire – a traditional Transition Palo Alto Share Faire with some Halloween twists.  Learn a skill, meet your neighbors, have some fun.

We’ll once again haunt the bewitching Museum of American Heritage with our Halloween and Holiday Scare Faire, a chance to get to know your ghastly neighbors, scare, and share.

Join us in a Scary Story Circle, check out some fabrics from Fabmo, and more.

We won’t have goods this time, but do scare up some costumes and decorations, or just come and enjoy the fun.

This event is free. No need to RSVP. We’ll share each other’s good company while building a BOOtiful, resilient community.

Please plan to join us, and bring your neighbors, family and friends. 

Want to learn more about our Sharing Events? More info here. 

July Picnic!

Sunday July 18, start 11:30am
Mitchell Park (meet at the bowl area)
600 E Meadow, Palo Alto
Bring your own food, drink, and chair or blanket

Everyone had a great time at our May picnic, so we thought it would be fun to gather again under the trees at Mitchell Park. All are welcome! Bring your own food, drink, and chair – and maybe even a frisbee or ball if you’d like to get some exercise. We’ll try the bowl area again, but look out for any TPA signs, in case we need to relocate to another area of the park.

Small Simple Sharing

Our first Virtual Share Faire of the year was on June 19th, a Saturday afternoon, with a small group but plenty of great ideas! Here are some of the things that were shared:

  • my daughter and I shared some activities we have done during the pandemic
  • Peter gave us a small tour of his garden and setup, and described his experiences with Oya Farms and Eating with the Seasons
  • Dona shared about making friends with the animals and plants in her life
  • Michal showed her beautiful wine bags that she is making instead of her usual jewelry
  • William and Charlotte shared adventures in gathering and making with acorns as well as working the land and other crafts
  • Corina talked about some of the challenges of the pandemic and ways she has been coping
  • Barbara described her fabric crafts including quilting and pillow-making

We also were able to share some ideas and concerns about opening up and doing more and meeting others as time goes on, sharing our common worries and excitement as well.

Thank you to all who joined us, and we hope to see everyone else in person for the Halloween Share Faire in October!

Perfect Picnic and Hangout

It’s been well over a year since TPA hosted an in-person gathering, and it turned out to be a perfect day to reconnect under the trees at Mitchell Park. To keep things simple, everyone brought their own food, drink, and chair. That way we could concentrate on hanging out with no muss or fuss. In case you missed the fun, put July 18th on your calendar for a summertime TPA picnic.

Fourth Friday Apr 23 – The Connectivity Project

For Earth Month

The Connectivity Project – films and conversation
Friday, April 23, 2021, 7pm-9:00pm
Please RSVP to for the Zoom link.

Do you ever wonder, “Does what I do make a difference in the world?” The answer is YES, it does! Science and indigenous traditions all acknowledge the interconnected nature of our existence. As everything in this life is connected, every action we take has the potential to reverberate through the world as we know it. 

By exploring the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world, the CONNECTIVITY PROJECT series highlights how different cultures and traditions from around the world, and even science, embrace the importance of interconnectedness. As we follow inspiring individuals who are making a difference in the lives around them, we see these connections exhibited all around us.

We’ll show the three short Connectivity Project films and take some time after each one to explore questions and what our own contributions can be.  See the trailer…

The films: 
 examines how different cultures and faiths from around the world have a common, time-honored awareness of an interconnected way of being. 

Plants Have Wings looks into the amazing realm of plants and their pollinators. The film follows the story of an inspired bicyclist who is a champion supporting threatened Monarch butterflies.

Speaking Out! shows how activism is combined with interconnectedness. Inspired by the work of Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs, an indigenous high school student learns to speak out and advocate for the right to clean air for her family, school, and community in North Portland, Ore.

Tribal Justice – Feb Fourth Friday / Films of Vision and Hope

Friday Feb 26, 7-9pm
For the Zoom link, please RSVP to

This month we’re continuing our series on criminal justice reform with Tribal Justice, which highlights an underreported but effective criminal justice reform movement in America: the efforts of tribal courts to create alternative systems of justice.

NOTE: We apologize for the audio issues some attendees experienced at last month’s film.
We plan to do more testing this time to identify any problems in advance

More than 300 tribal courts are spread across this country. In California, two formidable women lead the way. Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe on the north coast, and Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe in the southern desert, are creating innovative systems that focus on restoring rather than punishing offenders. Their efforts are helping keep tribal members out of prison, preventing children from being taken from their communities, and stopping the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues their young people.

Abby is a fierce, lean, white-haired elder who has dedicated her life to humane justice. Claudette represents a new generation of Native American lawyers who are revisioning justice. The film introduces Abby and Claudette, then then follows several cases both in and out of their courts. Taos Proctor is facing a third strike conviction when we meet him in Abby’s court in 2013. While on parole from San Quentin, he was arrested with methamphetamine, a third felony. We follow Taos, a boisterous bear of a man, over two years as Abby and her staff help him complete court programs and rebuild his life.

A thousand miles south, Claudette invokes the Indian Child Welfare Act to reunite a nine-year-old boy with his family. Meanwhile her teenage nephew, Isaac, faces two felony charges for breaking into cars. Because his case is in state court rather than tribal court, he becomes a classic case of the school-to-prison pipeline.

This film will help you understand tribal courts and their role in the survival of Indian people. The filmmakers also hope it will inspire those working in the mainstream legal field to consider new ways of implementing problem-solving and restorative justice, reducing incarceration rates and enabling offenders to make reparations and rebuild their lives. See the trailer…

‘Like Any Other Kid’ – Jan Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope

Friday Jan 22, 7-9:30 pm
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This month Fourth Friday/Film of Vision and Hope starts a new film series on transforming the criminal justice system. This month the series will start with Like Any Other Kid, which provides a rare glimpse into the use of non-punitive, therapeutic programs to change behavior and help youth re-enter their communities.

Special guest Paul Bocanegra will lead a discussion following the film. At age 17, Paul was sentenced to life without parole for involvement in a gang related crime. He served 25 years in adult institutions including 12 in solitary confinement. Released just a few years ago, Paul is now a member of the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice Commission as well as a drug and alcohol counselor and a co-founder of the ReEvolution Group non-profit. Paul will share his remarkable story and his passion for reforming the juvenile justice system.

Like Any Other Kid follows the intimate relationships between incarcerated youth and staff in three unique facilities across the country over the course of three years. Based on the Missouri approach, where love and structure — instead of punishment — are used, these programs guide and teach youth how to take responsibility for themselves.

Through scenes of conflict, vulnerability, reflection, commitment, and joy, the film highlights both the challenges and the promise of humane approaches to working with troubled youth. As the youth transform before our eyes. Like Any Other Kid shows us the great potential of these youth if we let them be just that: like any other kid. See the Trailer…

Third Friday – Virtual Holiday Gathering

Friday December 18, 2020
Please RSVP to for the Zoom link

Time to gather together (virtually) to celebrate our wonderful community and mark the end of the year. It’s been quite a ride this year, between the COVID pandemic, wildfires, economic upheaval, and political turmoil.

Though we can’t gather in person, we can Zoom in for a virtual potluck and celebration!

Bring a candle if you have one to help set the mood.

Come with your own ‘shop-your-kitchen’ dinner so we can dine together virtually.

Bring your favorite holiday beverage (tea, hot chocolate, eggnog, wine) so we can toast to the accomplishment of making it through the year!

Many lives have been lost this year, human and non-human. Is there someone you would like to acknowledge? Bring a photo or something that reminds you of the person or animal, or a memory to share.

And let’s reflect together: How have things been for you this year? What have you learned and how have you grown? What do you want to carry into the new year?

See you on the 18th!

Third Friday – Nov 20: The Third Harmony

Friday November 20, 2020
Watch and discussion party
Please download and take a look at these questions before we see the film.
For the Zoom link, text stepup to 31996

For Third Friday this month, join TPA and Rita Guess from Step Up and Do Something! for a close look at nonviolence and how it works.

The Third Harmony explores the important role that nonviolence plays in the wider struggle to develop a “new story” of human nature. Contrary to the “old story”, scarcity, competition and violence are not inevitable. Rather the universe is conscious and purposeful; we are spiritual beings, and cooperation and collaboration are our natural way of interacting.

The film points out what each of us can do to facilitate the fulfillment of Mahatma Gandhi’s promise that nonviolence could “oversweep the world” and allow us each to find personal fulfillment in the process.

Halloween Scare Faire

Our first Virtual Halloween Scare Faire was on Sunday, October 25th – and our full lineup was ghastly fun. Thank you to everyone who came and shared their Halloween spirit, showed off costumes, and made it a scarily good time!

We started with some Laughing Yoga with Chris Selberg – including some Bollywood dance moves, lots of fun, with plenty of benefits in times of difficulty. Try it yourself:

Razia Mianoor shared a tour of her Farm and the intricate details and difficulties of growing your own farm. Check out her slides here.

Barbara Weinstein gathered us all together to jointly create a creepy Halloween story (read more here)

They threatened us with a great wind,

It was a terrible feeling and everyone was afraid

The wind was howling
An owl perched on a branch overlooking a grave
And the trees where rustling

It was the middle of the day, but dark as night
The shutters creaked
Sam and Mordred the zombie monsters
In the rafters of the attic
The bat wiggled out of Roy’s beard

It's a wild and scary place, full of unknown creatures
The bat began to scare everyone
It felt all squirmy
But a wolf came. 
And discovered that the bat is ticklish
The zombies adopted the bat as a pet

William Mutch demonstrated a simple sodas recipe made with overripe peaches, and ways to turn it into fruit butter, melomels, and more. Look for more recipes from – Pascal Baudar – The Wildcrafting Brewer, or Sandor Katz – Wild Fermentation

Bart Anderson gave us a primer on Bicycling during the pandemic, how to get your own bike, routes and more. Read his story here.

Peter Ruddock talked to us about COVID Risks. Here is his description:
During Sunday’s Share Farie, I showed a video and displayed a chart covering Covid Risk issues that people asked to have.  Here are the resources, with a little bit of context.
The video appeared in spring 2020 from Vox.  It has aged well.  The video talks about 3 variables that you should consider in evaluating risk:  distance, duration and ventilation.  I suggested adding a 4th variable:  activity type.  As a rule, the greater the distance between people, the shorter the time with people, the better the ventilation and the less strenuous the activity the lower the risk of infection.  Of course, wearing a mask lowers the risk even more.
The chart is one of many which ranks activities and venues by risk and it is not the original source.  It should be used with caution, as activities and venues can vary quite a bit depending upon behavior, specifically the 4 variable mentioned above.  For example, a walk on an empty beach is a very different thing that a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
I offer these as personal insights, having no particular credentials to back me up, so please take them in that spirit.  Double check them against other sources.  Do keep yourself well.
– Peter

Hope you have a safe, happy, and fairE Halloween.