March


Saturday,  March 7, 2015   (12:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Headlands Art Adventure
City: Sausalito
Description:  Come to Point Bonita YMCA for a Marin Headlands adventure in art! We will look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration then create our own momentary nature art. Working individually or collectively, we'll gather natural objects around the Headlands or on the beach to create amazing sculptures. Open up your creative mind and enter into the art of nature!

Join us after the free workshop for an optional, delicious lunch in the Marin Headlands! Eat great food & enjoy amazing ocean views for only $10/adult & $5/child.

Cost: Free
Location: Point Bonita YMCA, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito  
Contact: Ame Cruz, 415-331-9622, pointbonita*ymcasf.net
Presented by: Point Bonita YMCA
Websiteshttp://www.ymcasf.org/ptbonita/
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Saturday,  March 7, 2015   (4:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Multiple Dates: March 7-8, 10am to 4pm
Hummingbird Days at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
City: Santa Cruz
Description:  Join the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for Hummingbird Days, the central coast's premier family-oriented outdoor event celebrating nature's vibrant aerial acrobats the Allen's Hummingbird.

* Guided tours for adults and children along the Hummingbird Trail
* An amazing array of crafts and interactive activities for kids
* Classes on photographing Hummingbirds
* Photography Slide shows including award winning photographer Dan Suzio
* Unique souvenirs, plants, books, birdfeeders, gifts and more for sale
* Sophie Webb Bird Illustration Workshop (register on Arboretum website)
* Delectable food and beverages available throughout the day

See a detailed schedule on event website.

Cost: $10; Free for Arboretum members, UCSC students, and children under 17
Location: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, 122 Arboretum Road, Santa Cruz  
Contact: Jessica Fisk Bailey, 831-502-2998, arboretum*ucsc.edu
Presented by: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Websiteshttp://arboretum.ucsc.edu/events/hummingbird-days/, http://arboretum.ucsc.edu
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Saturday,  March 7, 2015   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
16th Annual Bay Area Seed Swap & Celebration
City: Berkeley
Description:  Join us for a fun and festive Annual Seed Exchange hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL). Come learn about seed libraries, swap home-grown garden seeds, share a potluck supper, enjoy music and the company of fantastic local gardeners and earth stewards.

Cost: Free if you bring food and seeds to share OR $10 donation.
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702  
Contact: Jahan Khalighi, (415) 246-2703, 1steadypulse*gmail.com
Presented by: Ecology Center & BASIL
Websiteshttp://www.ecologycenter.org, http://www.ecologycenter.org/events/16th-annual-bay-area-seed-swap-celebration/
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Sunday,  March 8, 2015   (3:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Desire Trails
City: Sausalito
Description:  Desire paths are well-trodden trails created by foot traffic, where the ground becomes imprinted evidence of a place that wants to be discovered, and the people who seek it out. Grab your walking stick for this edition of Desire Trails, and embark on Headlands anew with an artist, writer, or civic leader whose poetic turns on the land will shift your interpretation of this beloved and complex locale. See, touch, hear, and converse alongside fellow amblers, and reconvene in the Mess Hall to swap stories of your steps and enjoy a post-trek meal.

Looking for a family-friendly hike? Register for Elaine Elinson's walk.
All other hikes are for participants 18 years or older.

Cost: $35 | $25 Members; Ticket price includes meal.
Location: Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito  
Contact: Headlands Center for the Arts, 415-331-2787, info*headlands.org
Presented by: Headlands Center for the Arts
Websiteshttp://www.headlands.org/
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Monday,  March 9, 2015   (9:00 am - 1:30 pm)
Become a Nature Volunteer!
City: San Jose
Description:  Inspire kids to love science and nature! In the classroom, the Environmental Volunteers work with small groups of children and involve them in hands-on, discovery-based learning. On field trips, we explore local ecosystems as we reinforce concepts introduced in the classroom. Last year over 11,000 local school children were taught, but hundreds more were refused. You can be the one to say ‘yes’ to kids on our waiting list! How can you become an Environmental Volunteer? Requirements are simple; all you need is a love of children, nature, and learning!

Cost: $75 or Free
Location: 4020 Moorpark Ave., Suite 105, San Jose, CA 95117  (map)
Contact: Adriana Rodriguez, 408-244-2449 x102, adriana*evols.org
Presented by: Environmental Volunteers
Websiteshttp://EVols.org
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Tuesday,  March 10, 2015   (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
March Mixer & Film Screening of Valley Uprising
City: San Francisco
Description:  Join San Francisco Green Film Festival for our March Mixer & Film Screening of Valley Uprising.

If you were amazed by Yosemite Valley climbers, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson's, quest to be the first to free climb Dawn Wall, you'll be stunned by the history and counterculture that went before them in this special presentation of the highly-anticipated, feature-length film Valley Uprising.

Cost: $15 General Admission, $14 Students/Seniors/Disabled
Location: Ninth Street Independent Film Center,, 145 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103  (map)
Contact: San Francisco Green Film Festival, (415)767-1977, info*greenfilmfest.org
Presented by: San Francisco Green Film Festival
Websiteshttp://www.greenfilmfest.org/2015_valleyuprising, http://www.greenfilmfest.org/
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Thursday,  March 12, 2015   (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
Talk: The Electron Economy
City: Los Altos Hills
Description:  "Building the Electron Economy" is an integrated path to decarbonizing our energy infrastructure, using a systems approach of eleven interconnected technologies. It's a plan and a path to achieve an environmentally and economically sustainable energy system, with achievable milestones. Join Professor Robert Cormia, of Foothill College, to learn how we can live very comfortably in a low carbon electric world.

Cost: free but please pre-register to reserve a seat
Location: Foothill College - Hearthside Lounge,, 12345 El Monte Rd., Building 2300  (map)
Contact: Mei-Ling Shek, meilingshek*yahoo.com
Presented by: Foothill College & EcoGreen Group of Silicon Valley
Websiteshttp://svctss20150312.eventbrite.com/
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Saturday,  March 14, 2015   (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Gardening with Nature in Mind
City: Walnut Creek
Description:  Judy Adler’s suburban garden - part farm, part classroom, part nursery, and part nature preserve, features happy chickens, a rainwater harvesting system, a pond, and many California native and/or pollinator-friendly plants.

Contemplating incorporating chickens in your garden? Tour Judy’s coop and get the scoop on space, light, predator protection, nest boxes, and more.

Curious about pond construction and management, or installing a rain harvesting system? This is the tour for you!

Interested in incorporating native plants with edibles and Mediterranean plants, or how to save seeds? The garden contains more than 400 plant species, including 35 fruit trees, canes, and vines.

Cost: $35
Location: The address of this private garden is e-mailed in the confirmation letter a week before the event.  
Contact: Kathy Kramer, (510) 236-9558, kathy*kathykramerconsulting.net
Presented by: Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Websiteshttp://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/spring-2015-workshops, http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net
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Saturday,  March 14, 2015   (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Multiple Dates: April 11, 2015
Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park
City: Menlo Park
Description:  Bedwell Bayfront Park: close-up looks at bayside birds for all with curiosity, not-yet-birders as well as birders. Wintering ducks are flying north, while residents and incoming migrants are starting to sing and prepare for spring. Bring your questions and enjoy looking at some of the birds at Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park’s largest and only open space park. Experienced birders will be available to show close-up views of different birds – winter visitors, migrating birds stopping to rest and refuel, or year-round residents. Bring binoculars or look through our scope. Families welcome. Meet along the entrance road. Heavy rain cancels.

Cost: Free
Location: Bedwell Bayfront Park: end of Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway  (map)
Contact: Chris, 650-839-1523, friendsofbayfrontpark*gmail.com
Presented by: Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park
Websiteshttp://www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org/
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Saturday,  March 14, 2015   (11:30 am - 11:30 am)
Replace your Front Lawn with Kim Raftery
City: Palo Alto
Description:  Learn how to replace or shrink your front lawn with a beautiful, inviting garden of flowering & edible plants that provide seasonal interest as well as drought tolerance. Kim will discuss alternatives to having a conventional lawn in your front yard, including ways to remove a lawn that has invasive weeds growing in it, how to layout your new front yard garden with paths, low fences, planting beds, "no mow" meadows, boulders, seating areas & lighting. She will explain the SCV Water District's landscape rebate program which gives participants money for removing at least 100 square feet of turf grass and replacing it with drought tolerant plants & efficient irrigation in the converted area.

Cost: $25 members / $35 non-members (join today!).
Location: Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto  
Contact: Gamble Garden, 650-329-1356 x201, admin*gamblegarden.org
Presented by: Gamble Garden
Websiteshttp://www.gamblegarden.org/event/replace-your-front-lawn-with-kim-raftery/, http://www.gamblegarden.org
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Wednesday,  March 18, 2015   (9:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Urban Permaculture Design Course in SF
City: San Francisco
Description:  Register now for the Spring 2015 session of the Urban PDC in San Francisco. The course begins on March 18th, please see our website for all the dates.

This training offers the opportunity to develop professional skills and provides valuable education to enhance your current career or prepare you for your next venture or vocation. It is one of the few permaculture design trainings that match the schedule and tuition to the busy lives of urban professionals and full-time students.

Through a mix of classroom discussion time, small group work and hands-on activities, we will explore methods of designing and establishing regenerative communities and economies.

http://www.upisf.com

Cost: $850 with work trade available.
Location: Matter Of Trust Eco-Center, 3338 17th Street @ Mission & Valencia, San Francisco  
Contact: David Cody, 415-260-6570, david*upisf.com
Presented by: Urban Permaculture Institute
Websiteshttp://www.upisf.com
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Thursday,  March 19, 2015   (6:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Equinox: Vote Solar's annual party and fundraiser
City: San Francisco
Description:  Vote Solar’s annual Equinox party and fundraiser is set for March 19th: VIP reception begins at 6 pm and the general party goes from 7-11 pm. This year the good times will be had at The Village - a chic new space in San Francisco.

https://equinox2015.splashthat.com/

Festivities will include Solar Champion Awards, seasonal fare, drinks, music, dancing and more.

The funds raised at Equinox directly support Vote Solar’s work to bring solar into the mainstream. Equinox is a great way to support our growth and advance the solar cause—and all you have to do is enjoy a great party.

Cost: $200 for VIP Reception, $100 for General Admission
Location: The Village, 969 Market St., San Francisco, CA  (map)
Contact: Ashley Malyszka, 415-817-5063, ashley*votesolar.org
Presented by: Vote Solar
Websiteshttp://https://equinox2015.splashthat.com/
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Thursday,  March 19, 2015   (9:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Conservation of California Grassland Birds
City: Berkeley
Description:  California's Mediterranean grasslands are a biodiversity hotspot, despite their domination by non-native grasses. Through science-based management of these habitats, we can help save birds at risk of extinction. Learn how grazing practices affect birds such as the Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Western Meadowlark, and Grasshopper Sparrow, and examples of positive grasslands management.

Lawrence D. Ford is Principal of LDFord Rangeland Conservation Science and Research Assoc. in environmental studies at U.C. Santa Cruz. Michele Hammond is Staff Research Associate of the Range Ecology Lab in Environmental Science Policy and Mgmt. Dept. at U.C. Berkeley

Cost: $5 or free for members.
Location: Northbrae Community Church, 941 the Alameda, Berkeley  
Contact: Golden Gate Audubon Society, 510-843-2222, ggas*goldengateaudubon.org
Presented by: Golden Gate Audubon Society
Websiteshttp://www.goldengateaudubon.org/education/speaker-series/, http://www.goldengateaudubon.org
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Saturday,  March 21, 2015   (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
“Mow no Mo’!” or “How to remove your lawn (and get paid for it, too!) sheet mulching workshop”
City: Oakland
Description:  re you tired of mowing and edging your lawn, or for paying to have that done for you? Wouldn’t it be great to save money on your water bill? Wish you could quit with the herbicides? Would you like to have a beautiful, water-conserving garden that attracts wildlife? If so, “Mow no Mo!” is the workshop for you.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to remove your lawn, select native plants, and design a water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife. Most importantly, you’ll have the hands-on experience of sheet-mulching a lawn, and you’ll depart confident that you can do this at home.

Cost: $30
Location: The address of this private garden is e-mailed in the confirmation letter a week before the event.  
Contact: Kathy Kramer, (510) 236-9558, kathy*kathykramerconsulting.net
Presented by: Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Websiteshttp://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/spring-2015-workshops, http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net
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