October Fourth Friday – People Power Solar Coop

Friday October 25, 7:30-9:30pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, donations appreciated
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Crystal Huang of People Power Solar Cooperative is our partner for October Fourth Friday to talk about how communities are being activated through energy ownership.

We’ll start with a few engaging short videos to kick-start a discussion around energy.

As we’re reminded every time there’s a blackout, energy helps us get things done and is crucial for our survival. If energy is that important, should it be a commodity that companies sell to us? How can we control our own energy sources to survive and thrive?

Communities, neighborhoods, groups – large and small – need to control energy and decide that energy is for everyone. When we actively participate and collectively decide, that’s energy democracy.

Learn how cooperative energy ownership can

  • Enable half of California to build wealth from solar ownership.
  • Encourage people to involve their neighbors, building more resilient communities.
  • Open the door for people to take collective climate action.

Unlike most energy workshops that focus on the technology, the evening will focus on the organizing, financial, and legal aspects of energy ownership.

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Inner Transition – October 21

Inner Transition  – Group Continuing this Month

For Third Monday, on October 21, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:30p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.

Adyashanti – Embracing Our Totality

“Waking up,” reflects Adyashanti, “is a fundamental alteration in the way we perceive ourselves—in who and what we take ourselves to be.” And this shift can make all the difference in how we bring our truest beliefs into action. Join Adyashanti to explore:

  • Moving from “goodness” to “wholeness”—why we need to question our abstract, utopian visions and stay focused on helping others in our actions
  • How vulnerability and undiluted clarity help us embrace our shadow dimensions, such as rage and despair
  • Bringing our higher “soul values”—including truth and love—to the real-world problems that surround us

To RSVP or ask any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria (varmigo@earthlink.net).

Scare Faire and Costume Swap October 20th

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Oooh, another Scare Faire is coming your way, full of spooky goodness – on Sunday, October 20th, 1-3pm at the Museum of American Heritage

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 decorations) right at 1pm, get a number, and start choosing costumes at 1:20!

Bring your old costumes at 1:00.  We’ll give you a sequential number.  At 1:20, we’ll call numbers, starting with 1, to let people in to look for new costumes.  Every few minutes we’ll let in people with the next few numbers. When all of the numbers are exhausted, we’ll open the room to share the remaining costumes with whomever is the

While you’re waiting, check out our Scare Faire – a traditional Transition Palo Alto Share Faire with some Halloween twists.  Learn a skill, find something in need of a home, 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.

You’ll be under the spell of our Series on Eating your values as well:

  • Peter Ruddock will share thoughts on Eating Transition Values
  • Kim Acker will demonstrate how to cook from the Farmer’s Market (and Cooking your values!)
  • Diane Ruddle will teach us how to save and use up our food and scraps (without Wasting your values!)

If your ghostly appetite is still not appeased by all that food talk, you can also:

  • Bedevil yourself, having your face painted by Nimita
  • Exorcise your laptop or computer, thanks to Bart Anderson‘s technology expertise
  • Materialize a Halloween craft, in the expert hands of Hamsa Rajaram

As always, we’ll have goods to share, including garden, clothing, household, books and more. So scare up your own to bring!

And we’ll share each other’s good company while building a BOOtiful, 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, please sign up at https://bit.ly/scarefairevol

Free, donations appreciated. RSVP here. 

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

Inner Transition – October 21st

Session 9: Engage Adyashanti

Sounds True – Waking up in the World

For Third Monday, on October 21, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:00p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.. We’ll continue this month with Session 9: Engage

Adyashanti

Embracing Our Totality

“Waking up,” reflects Adyashanti, “is a fundamental alteration in the way we perceive ourselves—in who and what we take ourselves to be.” And this shift can make all the difference in how we bring our truest beliefs into action. Join Adyashanti to explore:

  • Moving from “goodness” to “wholeness”—why we need to question our abstract, utopian visions and stay focused on helping others in our actions
  • How vulnerability and undiluted clarity help us embrace our shadow dimensions, such as rage and despair
  • Bringing our higher “soul values”—including truth and love—to the real-world problems that surround us

To RSVP or ask any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria varmigo at earth link dot net.

6:30pm Monday, October 21. 6:30pm potluck, 7pm viewing, 8:15 discussion. Check email for details.

Inner Transition – September 16th

Session 8: Engage Joanna Macy

Sounds True – Waking up in the World

For Third Monday, on September 16, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:00p Discussion. Location TBD in Sunnyvale or Los Altos. We’ll continue this month with Session 8: Engage

Joanna Macy, PhD

We Belong: Hope, Choice, and Our Relationship with the Earth
In this interview, Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with leading eco-philosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. They discuss the need for hope in times of chaos and dissolution, as well as how hope is something we do rather than just feel. They consider apathy as a refusal to face the inevitability of suffering and why the state of the environment can be especially heartbreaking. Finally, Tami and Joanna talk about our relationship with the earth as a natural birthright—one that is actually the source of all our energy and joy. Highlights include:

  • The earth as not just alive, but an extension of our bodies
  • “The Great Turning”—which way will we go?
  • Hope versus optimism, and choosing to participate in our own evolution

To RSVP or ask any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria varmigo at earth link dot net.

6:30pm Monday, September 16. 6:30pm potluck, 7pm viewing, 8:15 discussion. Check email for details.

Power to Heal – Sept Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – film and discussion

Friday September 27, 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

Power to Heal shows both the destructive legacy of racism in American health care and the potential for collective action to redress these wrongs. We should be inspired by Medicare’s role in desegregating our nation’s hospitals, and should insist on further reform…to address the systemic racism that plagues patients of color to this day.” Dr. Claudia Fegan, National Coordinator, Physicians for a National Health Program

As we as a society continue to struggle with persistent, systemic racism and the urgent need for universal, affordable healthcare, Fourth Friday will take a close look at a little known, but remarkable connection between the two issues.

More about the film…

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Power to Heal recounts a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. 

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies. 

Using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supplies, and linens. Power to Heal illustrates how Movement leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and worked with the federal government to achieve a greater measure of justice and fairness for African-Americans. 

After the film, we hope you stay to reflect together on the film and the lessons it might have for the continuing struggles for social justice and equal access to healthcare.

Sharing at the Craft Faire

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It had been five years since we last had a Crafts-only swap – and we were back at Opal’z Soap and Scents, but in a new location. A hot, sunny Saturday midday brought out bags and boxes of everyone’s craft discards, but also lots was taken home to be newly repurposed.

There was such a range of things – papers, potpourri items, soap-making, candle-making, fabrics, containers, bottles, stickers, kits for kids, paints and colors, small supplies, and a few things that would need some creativity to be repurposed!

We had a steady trickle of people come in, and TPA is also the owner of a new tent canopy for events.

Thanks to our dedicated few volunteers (notably Kenneth Meng and Barbara Weinstein), and our demoers Suzanne Fouche, who showed lace-making and kumihimo, Amanda Kovattana, who displayed and discussed various types of shoes she had made, and William Mutch who showed different types of bracelet weaving, plus the several kind people who dropped off some fruit from their gardens, we had a lively event filled with community and crafty kindness.

Thank you also to Annie of Opal’z, Zero Waste Palo Alto, and everyone who came to share and participate!

Eating your values

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Our very own Peter Ruddock will be participating in a panel hosted by Kim Acker on Thursday, August 15th, 7pm entitled “Eating Your Values” at the Los Altos Library. A second panel will be held the following week as well on the Future of Food.

https://www.losaltoshistory.org/events/eating-your-values-panel-discussion/

https://www.losaltoshistory.org/events/food-for-the-future-panel-discussion/