March


Saturday,  March 1, 2014   (9:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Native Plant Sale
City: Brisbane
Description:  The Mission Blue Nursery grows only San Bruno Mountain native plants. Please join us in cultivating and celebrating these plants! Proceeds from our sales support our stewardship of locally rare and endangered species. Cash or check, and we now accept credit cards! PLEASE bring your own carryout boxes. For more information, call the San Bruno Mountain Watch office at 415-467-6631.

Cost: Free to attend
Location: The Mission Blue Nursery is located off of Bayshore Blvd in Brisbane behind the Brisbane Fire Department (3445 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane CA 94005). Follow the signs on Bayshore. You can find all information about San Bruno Mountain Watch, including directions to the Mission Blue Nursery and details about the plant sale at: www.mountainwatch.org  
Contact: ken McIntire, Lawrence Fernandez, 415-467-6631, sanbruno*mountainwatch.org
Presented by: San Bruno Mountain Watch
Websiteshttp://www.mountainwatch.org/sbmw-plant-availability/, http://www.mountainwatch.org
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Saturday,  March 1, 2014   (10:00 am - 1:30 pm)
Canyon Wildflower Hike
City: Brisbane
Description:  Hike through two beautiful canyons and learn about what makes this mountain special. Learn about San Bruno Mountain Watch's grassroots efforts over decades to preserve this treasure. You'll visit an Ohlone shellmound, learn common wildflowers and plants and perhaps glimpse a Mission Blue butterfly.

This hike is led at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for discussion. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather and wear long pants.

Bring water and a snack or lunch. Dress for varied weather.

Cost: Free to attend
Location: 44 Visitacion Avenue Suite 206, Brisbane, CA 94005  (map)
Contact: Ken McIntire Lawrence Fernandez, 415-467-6631, sanbruno*mountainwatch.org
Presented by: San Bruno Mountain Watch
Websiteshttp://www.mountainwatch.org
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Saturday,  March 1, 2014   (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Bountiful Blueberries Class
City: Palo Alto
Description:  And other small fruits. You will learn how to select, plant, and maintain different types of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and other small fruits for the home garden. Nancy will cover her favorite delectables such as blueberries, Chilean guavas, mulberries, lemon guava, raspberries and blackberries. Included in the instruction will be special soil preparations, best varieties for the Peninsula and South Bay, and trellising techniques for raspberries and blackberries.

Cost: $31.00
Location: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 near VTA bus 22 and Cal Ave Caltrain  (map)
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/bountiful-blueberries-tickets-9150596681, http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/
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Saturday,  March 1, 2014   (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
Expert Panel: Bay Delta Conservation Plan
City: San Jose, CA
Description:  Join the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County to hear the points-of-view about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan from a expert panel. Understand the elements of the plan, the controversial water conveyance tunnels, how it will be implemented, how much it will cost and who will pay and whether or not it is the right solution to the Delta puzzle.

Cost: Free
Location: Martin Luther King Library, Main Meeting Room, 150 E. San Fernando St.  
Contact: Cathy Lazarus, cathyrlazarus*gmail.com
Presented by: Sierra Club of California, Water&Power Law Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, Santa Clara County Water District
Websiteshttp://stagetwo.lwvlamv.info/league-news/understanding-the-bay-delta-conservation-plan/, http://www.sclaraco.ca.lwvnet.org/calendar.html
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Saturday,  March 1, 2014   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
15th Annual BASIL Seed Exchange
City: Berkeley
Description:  Potluck supper, hoe down music, home-grown garden seeds, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! Come learn about seed saving classes and the Library. BASIL is a project of the Ecology Center.

Cost: food and seeds to share or $10 donation.
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94702  
Contact: Carrie Bennett, (510) 548-2220 ext. 239, basil*ecologycenter.org
Presented by: BASIL and Ecology Center
Websiteshttp://www.ecologycenter.org, http://www.ecologycenter.org/basil
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Sunday,  March 2, 2014   (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Drought Strategies Tour: Greywater, Rain Catchment & More
City: Berkeley
Description:  Turn your home and yard into a water saving site with greywater systems, rainwater catchment, earthworks and appropriate landscaping. Join us for a tour and presentation at the EcoHouse about water wise strategies. We will discuss the principles and process of safely irrigating with greywater, laundry to landscape, design and application and much more. Return home with ideas for your own site!

Cost: $15 general, $10 EC members, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Location: EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, Ca, 94702  
Contact: Jahan Khalighi, 510-548-2220 ext.226, jahan*ecologycenter.org
Presented by: Ecology Center
Websiteshttp://www.ecologycenter.org
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Thursday,  March 6, 2014   (9:00 am - 1:30 pm)
Multiple Dates: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
Share Your Love of Science & Nature: Teaching Docents
City: San Jose
Description:  Environmental Volunteers has been training people to lead natural science education activities with schools for over 40 years. We are currently looking for Teaching Docents-

Teaching EV - Availability is weekdays (M - Fri, 1.5 - 2 hours between 8am - 3pm at least once a month)

Teaching EV's work together to provide whole curricular units to K - 6th grade classrooms using innovative hands-on learning activities, and also guide students on field trips at local open space areas.

Training is required to volunteer. Each training course has a fee to cover the cost of professional presenters, however we have scholarships available.

Cost: $75 or apply for scholarship
Location: 4020 Moorpark Avenue #105, San Jose, CA  
Contact: Environmental Volunteers, 4082442449
Presented by: Environmental Volunteers
Websiteshttp://www.evols.org, http://www.EVols.org
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Thursday,  March 6, 2014   (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Drought-Proof Your Landscape with Greywater
City: Berkeley
Description:  Find out if a greywater system is a good match for your home and landscape in our informative evening slideshow presentation “Drought-Proof Your Landscape with Greywater." Greywater is water from sinks, showers, and washing machines. Learn about: Common types of systems, plant friendly soaps/products, how much water you may save, system costs, codes and regulations and much more.

Cost: $5 to $15 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave (near Dwight), Berkeley, CA, 94702  
Contact: Laura Allen, (510) 548-2220 ext. 239, info*greywateraction.org
Presented by: Greywater Action and the Ecology Center
Websiteshttp://www.ecologycenter.org
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Thursday,  March 6, 2014   (7:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
David Tomb - Informal Talk on Endangered Birds Exhibition
City: San Francisco
Description:  Join artist David Tomb for an informal walk through and discussion of his art exhibition, Endangered Birds of the Philippines. Along with his work, Tomb's talk will focus on conservation of the Great Philippine Eagle and other endangered birds.

Tomb's colorful paper assemblages convey the complex space and mysterious jungle terrain of the island of Mindanao. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in periodicals including the New York Times.

He is a co-founder of Jeepney Projects. Together, through projects such as this, they bring attention to the challenges birds face in order to survive and share a sustainable future with a growing Filipino population.

Cost: Free
Location: SF Public Library - Environmental Center, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco  
Contact: Julie Blankenship, julie*jeepneyprojects.org
Presented by: Jeepney Projects
Websiteshttp://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1016068801, http://www.jeepneyprojects.org
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Friday,  March 7, 2014   (9:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Rebels with a Cause: Marin Documentary Film
City: Novato
Description:  Rebels with a Cause is a the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores - the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner.

*Come hear how their efforts changed our local landscape here in Marin County.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE had its World Premiere at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary - Active Cinema.

Filmmaker will be in attendance for Q&A post film.

Cost: $10 donation at the door.
Location: Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato  
Contact: Joshua Holmes, 415-475-5000, admin*unityinmarin.org
Presented by: Unity In Marin
Websiteshttp://unityinmarin.org/events/documentary-film-rebels-with-a-cause/, http://www.unityinmarin.org
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Saturday,  March 8, 2014   (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Intergenerational Hike
City: Brisbane
Description:  Ginny Anderson will lead this hike for parents and "children" of all ages. Share the mountain with your adult children or your parents. Enjoy panoramic vistas and learn about the mountain from Ginny's unique perspective.

This easy hike is on the Saddle Trail of San Bruno Mountain - a wide, well-maintained fire road.

Bring water and a snack or lunch. Dress for varied weather.

Cost: Free
Location: 555 Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, Brisbane, CA 94005 Meet at the parking lot ($6 parking fee) at the main entrance to San Bruno Mountain State & County Park  
Contact: Ken McIntire, 415-467-6631, sanbruno*mountainwatch.org
Presented by: San Bruno Mountain Watch
Websiteshttp://www.mountainwatch.org
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Saturday,  March 8, 2014   (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Organic Matter: Mother Nature’s Secret Ingredient Class
City: Palo Alto
Description:  The subsidence of the San Joaquin Valley—the “largest human alteration of the Earth’s surface,” according to the United States Geological Survey—has been caused in large part by the loss of organic matter from the soil. Organic matter, that complex synthesis of all that has lived and does live in the soil, is a precious and finite resource that is crucial to healthy microbial life in the soil, effective nutrient retention and cycling, water capture and retention, and many other life processes in the soil. We will learn about protecting and replenishing this precious resource in our backyards and in agricultural soils.

Cost: $31.00
Location: Common Ground Garden 687 Arastradero road  
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/organic-matter-mother-natures-secret-ingredient-tickets-9150949737, http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/
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Wednesday,  March 12, 2014   (3:30 pm - 5:30 pm)
Multiple Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
Junior Naturalist Youth Afterschool Program
City: Palo Alto
Description:  The Environmental Volunteers invites 3rd - 5th grade students to join us for 5 lively sessions of natural science exploration and engagement with the environment. Each day focuses on a different subject: students meet live birds, fish, and sharks, and will learn about and even help restore the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands. $85 includes t-shirt, merit pins, daily snacks, and 5 sessions. Scholarships available for families in financial need, ask for more information. Contact Eric@EVols.org or call (650)493-8000 x345. Applications available at www.EVols.org

Cost: $85
Location: Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter  (map)
Contact: Eric McKee, (650)493-8000 ext.345, eric*evols.org
Presented by: Environmental Volunteers and Acterra
Websiteshttp://www.EVols.org
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Friday,  March 14, 2014   (6:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
Multiple Dates: March 15, 2014 (morning.afternoon)
FILM AND GATHERING: GRIEFWALKER - VILLAGE MAKING
City: Berkeley, CA
Description:  Join us for two exciting events with Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW Spiritual activist, teacher, author, storyteller, ceremonialist and farmer.

GRIEFWALKER March 14 7:00 to 10:00pm (doors open 6:30pm) $20 General Admission $10 for people over 60 or under 25 years old or students with ID.

VILLAGEMAKING March 15 Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm (doors open 9:00am) $150 (includes lunch) $125 for people over 60 or under 25 years old or students with ID.

CEUs available

Cost: FILM: $20 Gral / $10 people over 60 / under 25 yrs old or students with ID; Gathering:$150 (includes lunch)
Location: First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd, Kensington, CA 94707  
Contact: Brian Lukas, villagemaking*gmail.com
Presented by: Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
Websiteshttp://childtherapyinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-03-14_15_Berkeley_GW_screening_1day__nrdr6.pdf, http://www.orphanwisdom.com
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Saturday,  March 15, 2014   (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Multiple Dates: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Educator Workshop: From Forest to Bay (PLT & PWET)
City: Saratoga/Palo Alto
Description:  Educators and teachers are invited to this professional development opportunity, designed to help build foundations, skills, and curriculum that will teach students about watershed science. There are two workshop days, the first will certify educators in Project Learning Tree, and the second will certify participants in Project Water Education for Teachers. We will study forest education at Walden West, and water education in the Palo Alto Baylands. Cost is $20 for one, or $30 for both workshops, which includes a curriculum and activity guide, and lunch. CEU's are available as well. Contact Eric@EVols.org or (650)493-8000 ext. 345

Cost: $20 for one, or $30 for both
Location: Abby Sobrato Science & Sustainability Center at Walden West, Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter  
Contact: Eric McKee, (650)493-8000 ext.345, eric*evols.org
Presented by: Environmental Volunteers, Project Learning Tree, Project WET Foundation, and Abby Sobrato Science and Sustainability Ctr
Websiteshttp://www.EVols.org
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Saturday,  March 15, 2014   (10:00 am - 1:30 pm)
Canyon Wildflower Hike
City: Brisbane
Description:  Hike through two beautiful canyons and learn about what makes this mountain special. Learn about San Bruno Mountain Watch's grassroots efforts over decades to preserve this treasure. You'll visit an Ohlone shellmound, learn common wildflowers and plants and perhaps glimpse a Mission Blue butterfly.

This hike is led at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for discussion. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather and wear long pants.

Bring water and a snack or lunch. Dress for varied weather.

Cost: Free to attend
Location: 44 Visitacion Avenue Suite 206, Brisbane, CA 94005  
Contact: Ken McIntire, Genevieve Stewart, 415-467-6631, sanbruno*mountainwatch.org
Presented by: San Bruno Mountain Watch
Websiteshttp://www.mountainwatch.org
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Saturday,  March 15, 2014   (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
One Man’s Trash Will Grow My Food: Compost for the Home Gardener
City: Palo Alto
Description:  Composting is the ultimate form of recycling, converting spent and unused plant materials into a rich amendment for the soil. Rich compost will support a whole new generation of plant growth next season and contributes resources that will remain in the soil for thousands of years! In this class, we will focus on building a compost pile that most efficiently converts the nutrients and soil organic matter in the starting materials into nutrients and organic matter in your soil. We will also look at compromises and alternative techniques that are appropriate in specific situations.

Cost: $31.00
Location: Common Ground Garden 687 Arastradero road  
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-mans-trash-will-grow-my-food-compost-for-the-home-gardener-tickets-9150977821, http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/
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Saturday,  March 15, 2014   (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Growing Great Tomatoes Class
City: Palo Alto
Description:  Learn which tomatoes have really great flavor and reliable production and are able to hold up under regular garden conditions. You will learn excellent trellising methods, soil preparation, what NOT to do, and how to avoid the brown crispy foliage blues so a bountiful harvest will be yours until frost. Tomatoes featured are the result of Nancy’s twenty-five years of hands-on tomato research.

Cost: $31.00
Location: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 near VTA bus 22 and Cal Ave Caltrain  (map)
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-great-tomatoes-tickets-9226973125
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Saturday,  March 15, 2014   (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Don't Frack California
City: Sacramento, CA
Description:  Our plan is to get as many voices as we can to Sacramento to make it loud and clear to Governor Brown and his administration that Californians want an end to fracking in our state. We’ll be hearing from voices from all over the state who are witnessing fracking in their own communities and organizing against it. Our goal, is to show the overwhelming number of Californians who will take the long trek to Sacramento to make it clear that climate leader’s don’t frack.

We are chartering buses from across the Bay Area to the event, including San Francisco, Marin, East Oakland, Downtown Oakland, North Oakland, San Jose, and Richmond.

Cost: Event is Free, chartered bus tickets are $20/$25
Location: The Capitol Lawn, Between 10th and 16th and L and N Sts., Sacramento, California  
Contact: Tia Lebherz, 510 922 0416, tlebherz*fwwatch.org
Presented by: Don't Frack California
Websiteshttp://dontfrackcalifornia.org, http://www.dontfrackcaifornia.org
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Sunday,  March 16, 2014   (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Hike to Search for Twain's Frog and Beautiful Serpent
City: Pacifica
Description:  You are invited to join the Wild Equity Institute for a leisurely stroll through Mori Point in search of the two of the most imperiled species on the San Francisco Peninsula: the San Francisco Garter Snake and the California Red-legged Frog. Learn about the ongoing habitat restoration at Mori Point and the efforts being taken to save the snakes and the frogs from extinction.

Be sure to pack your binoculars because Mori Point is wonderful place to see birds and other wildlife. This is a great outing for kids too!

Please RSVP at http://wildequity.org/events/3458

Cost: Free
Location: Mori Point Entrance Gate, At the intersection of Bradford Way and Mori Point Road, Pacifica  (map)
Contact: Amy, 415-349-5787, info*wildequity.org
Presented by: Wild Equity Instititute
Websiteshttp://wildequity.org/events/3458, http://wildequity.org/
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Wednesday,  March 19, 2014   (9:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Multiple Dates: Course begins March 19, 6:30-9:30pm, please see website for all dates
Urban Permaculture Design Course in SF
City: San Francisco
Description:  Register now for the Spring 2014 session of the Urban PDC in San Francisco. The course begins on March 19th, 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, registration*upisf.com
Presented by: Urban Permaculture Institute
Websiteshttp://www.upisf.com
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Thursday,  March 20, 2014   (6:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Equinox: Vote Solar's annual celebration and fundraiser
City: San Francisco
Description:  Vote Solar’s annual Equinox party and fundraiser is set for March 20th: VIP reception begins at 6 pm and the general party goes from 7-11 pm. This year the good times will be had at San Francisco's historic Old Mint -- a perfect place for a celebration of solar’s pioneering spirit.

Festivities will include Solar Champion Awards, hearty 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: VIP Award Reception: $200, General Admission: $100
Location: San Francisco's historic Old Mint, Mint Plaza, 5th and Mission (1 block from Powell St. BART)  (map)
Contact: Rosalind Jackson, rosalind*votesolar.org
Presented by: Vote Solar
Websiteshttp://votesolar.org/equinox2014/, http://www.votesolar.org
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Thursday,  March 20, 2014   (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
Free Movie Night + Discussion with Film Director: San Francisco - Still Wild at Heart
City: San Francisco
Description:  Please join the Wild Equity Institute for a wonderful film and an informative discussion with the film's director, Melissa Peabody. Award winning documentary, San Francisco—Still Wild At Heart, explores the arrival of coyotes in urban communities. This film has been described as "uplifting, lyrical, moving" and "an absolute treasure of a film." Beginning in San Francisco, the film follows the story of the coyote across the nation to New York City. Light refreshments will be available. Please RSVP at http://wildequity.org/events/3457

Cost: Free
Location: Wild Equity Institute, 474 Valencia Street, Suite 295, San Francisco (Two blocks from 16th and Mission BART Station)  (map)
Contact: Amy, 415-349-5787, info*wildequity.org
Presented by: Wild Equity Institute
Websiteshttp://wildequity.org/events/3457, http://wildequity.org/
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Thursday,  March 20, 2014   (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Evolving Sunnyvale: A Presentation by Erik Calloway, Principal, Freedman, Tung + Sasaki
City: Sunnyvale
Description:  How have our city's population, building types and land use and transportation practices evolved over the last century? How did global, national, state and regional forces turn Sunnyvale in to the City we see around us today? How are current trends changing the way we live and what we need from our city? And how might Sunnyvale prepare for the future?

Cost: Free
Location: Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA  
Contact: Wendee Crofoot, 408-372-6305
Presented by: Erik Calloway, Principal, Freedman, Tung + Sasaki
Websiteshttp://Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Friends of Caltrain, Sunnyvale Cool
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Thursday,  March 20, 2014   (9:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Avian Malaria in a Changing World
City: San Francisco
Description:  Golden Gate Audubon features Ravinder N.M. Sehgal
The effects of deforestation and climate change on health are diverse and becoming increasingly apparent. Ravinder Sehgal presents research on the impact of human-induced change on the prevalence and diversity of avian malaria in birds from the tropics to the Arctic. Research shows that habitat degradation leads to altered patterns of malaria prevalence and disruptions in parasite diversity. Models using a multidisciplinary approach have been developed to help predict how deforestation and climate change will impact the spread of avian diseases.

Ravinder Sehgal, PhD strives to make an impact in conservation biology.

Cost: Free for members or $5 donation for non members.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco  
Contact: Golden Gate Audubon Society, 510-843-2222, ggas*goldengateaudubon.org
Presented by: Golden Gate Audubon Society
Websiteshttp://www.goldengateaudubon.org
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Saturday,  March 22, 2014   (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Expedition Elfin Butterfly Hike
City: Brisbane
Description:  Join Liam O'Brien, lepidopterist, in search of the San Bruno Elfin, one of three endangered butterflies on San Bruno Mountain and also one of its most elusive. The group will spend time at the summit and then walk west along the Ridge Trail. Bring water and snack or lunch. Dress for varied weather.

Limited to 20 participants - you MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE on the online sign up page or contact us at sanbruno@mountainwatch.org or call us at 415-467-6631.

Cost: Free to attend
Location: 44 Visitacion Avenue Suite 206, Brisbane CA 94005  
Contact: Ken McIntire, 415-467-6631, sanbruno*mountainwatch.org
Presented by: San Bruno Mountain Watch
Websiteshttp://www.mountainwatch.org
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Saturday,  March 22, 2014   (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
It Takes a Village to Raise a Radish: Companion Planting & Rotation Class
City: Palo Alto
Description:  Plants grow better together! Scientists have shown that richer plant diversity can significantly increase the productivity of natural ecosystems. By taking a closer look at the special talents and needs of plants as well as their structural differences and growing patterns, we can design gardens full of interwoven, supportive plant relationships. Sweet alyssum repels aphids from brassicas. Beans replenish the soil for bigger, higher-yielding eggplants. In this class, we will talk about companion planting, individual plant and family relationships, inter-planting, and crop rotation for effective nutrient management and disease control.

Cost: $31.00
Location: Common Ground Garden 687 Arastradero road  
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-radish-companion-planting-rotation-tickets-9227065401, http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/page/2/
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Saturday,  March 22, 2014   (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
A Generous Inheritance: Growing to Seed
City: Palo Alto
Description:  In the last twenty years, we have witnessed a devastating loss of genetic diversity in food crops and the disappearance of many plant varieties specifically adapted to local growing regions. Yet we can all play a part in stopping and reversing this discouraging trend by learning how to save seeds! This class will discuss common crops, their plant families and reproduction cycles, out-crossing and self-crossing crops, testing seed viability and storing seeds for maximum lifespan and vigor. We will also introduce basic methods for planning and planting for seed saving as well as techniques for gathering and processing seeds from common garden plants.

Cost: $31.00
Location: Common Ground Garden 687 Arastradero road  
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-generous-inheritance-growing-to-seed-tickets-9227189773, http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/page/2/
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Thursday,  March 27, 2014   (6:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Multiple Dates: Opening reception March 27th, 6-8pm and SFBC Sewer Ride reception March 29th 4-6pm; on display March 27-May 27
Beneath The Surface
City: San Francisco
Description:  Beneath The Surface is Reclaimed Room's newest environmental exhibition coupled with a special event by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Sewer Ride.

Deep below the urban facade lie strange and wonderful artifacts that tell stories of what we are all made of. The exhibition will feature artworks from six eclectic artists, all of whom approach the theme from a different perspective.

Tom Kabat Clint Imboden Miles Epstein Soumyaa Behrens Bruce Barton Tim Armstrong

The SFBC Sewer Ride revives a very popular route. This year's adventurous and moderately challenging tour will start at the Daly City BART station and ends just north of India Basin, at the Reclaimed Room.

Cost: Free
Location: Reclaimed Room at Building REsources, 701 Amador Street, San Francisco  
Contact: Soumyaa Behrens, 415-285-7814, reclaimedroom*gmail.com
Presented by: Reclaimed Room
Websiteshttp://reclaimedroom.com/exhibit-beneath-the-surface/, http://reclaimedroom.com
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Thursday,  March 27, 2014   (6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)
Energy Upgrade CA Workshop (San Mateo County)
City: Burlingame
Description:  FREE Homeowner Workshop! Learn how you can qualify for rebates and incentives of up to $4,500 for making your home more energy efficient and comfortable while saving money on energy bills. Light snacks will be served. Please RSVP at http://www.energyupgrade-smc.eventbrite.com.

Cost: Free
Location: Burlingame Main Library, Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010 (Enter at rear on Donnelly near Parking Garage.)  (map)
Contact: Library Staff, 6505587444 ext. 2
Presented by: CEC-Burlingame (Acterra Fiduciary), City of Burlingam, Bay Area Regional Energy Network & County of San Mateo
Websiteshttp://www.energyupgrade-smc.evenbrite.com, http://https://sites.google.com/site/burlingamecec/cover-page
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Friday,  March 28, 2014   (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Multiple Dates: Saturday, March 29, 2014
BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Parks & Biodiversity Festival
City: San Francisco
Description:  Join National Geographic, the National Park Service, the Parks Conservancy, and The Presidio Trust for BioBlitz 2014 in the Golden Gate National Parks. BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which scientist-led inventory teams work together to find, identify, and document as many species and organisms as possible in an area.

A free Biodiversity Festival at East Beach will feature hands-on science and nature exhibits from local conservation organizations, photography workshops, food, art, entertainment, and more. All BioBlitz activities are free and open to the public. Participants must register to be part of an inventory team, public registration opens in late February.

Cost: Free
Location: 1199 East Beach, Crissy Field, San Francisco  
Contact: National Geographic, bioblitz*ngs.org
Presented by: National Geographic, the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and The Presidio Trust
Websiteshttp://www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz
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Saturday,  March 29, 2014   (2:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Plastics 360 2014: Impacts & Possibilities Conference
City: Lafayette
Description:  Join us for a comprehensive review of research on plastic in the oceans, plastic toxicity, the costs of disposability, and ways that we each can shift to more life-sustaining materials. Local leaders in health, conservation, and resource recovery will describe issues and solutions to the plague of plastic pollution.

Speakers Rebecca Braslau, chemistry professor, UC Santa Cruz Joe Mueller, biologist & instructor, College of Marin Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, marine biologist, author of the forthcoming Blue Mind. Chris Pincetich, PhD, marine biologist Beth Terry, author, www.myplasticfreelife.com

Light refreshments provided. More information: info@greensangha.org

Cost: $35 by 3/26, $45 door, $25 Green Sangha mbrs & students w current ID
Location: Lafayette Public Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette  
Contact: Stuart Moody, 510-532-6574, info*greensangha.org
Presented by: Green Sangha
Websiteshttp://gsplasticsconference.brownpapertickets.com/, http://www.greensangha.org
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Saturday,  March 29, 2014   (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
“Mow no Mo’!” or “How to remove your lawn” workshop
City: Lafayette
Description:  Are 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? 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.

What past participants said: “This was a fabulous workshop." “Hands-on is a great way to learn!”

Cost: $30
Location: The address of the home garden we'll be working at will be e-mailed in the confirmation letter a week before the event.  
Contact: Kathy Kramer, (510) 236-95578, mnk*mikehere.com
Presented by: Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Websiteshttp://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/select-tours, http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/
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Saturday,  March 29, 2014   (10:00 am - 1:30 pm)
San Bruno Mountain Ecology Hike
City: Brisbane
Description:  Joe Cannon, Stewardship Director for SBMW, leads this interesting hike focusing on the ecology of San Bruno Mountain, as seen through the eyes of an experienced restoration ecologist.

Limited to 15 participants - you MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE at the online hike sign up page or contact us at sanbruno@mountainwatch.org or call the office at 415-467-6631.

Bring water and snack/lunch. Dress for varied weather. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing.

Cost: Free
Location: 44 Visitacion Avenue Suite 206, Brisbane, CA  
Contact: Ken McIntire, 415-467-6631, sanbruno*mountainwatch.org
Presented by: San Bruno Mountain Watch
Websiteshttp://www.mountainwatch.org
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Saturday,  March 29, 2014   (10:30 pm - 12:30 pm)
Salad Lover’s Dream Class
City: Palo Alto
Description:  Imagine growing your own luscious lettuces, crunchy carrots, beautiful beets, crispy radishes and all kinds of other fixings for the salad of your dreams. Join local organic gardening guru Jody Main as she leads a class on basic veggie gardening skills – soil preparation, easy planting, harvesting and more. In addition to boning up your skill set, you will plant a ‘take home’ salad garden, with seed, seedlings and cuttings from Jody’s garden, to grow and transplant into your home garden beds or containers. For the perfect salad dressing, and a special treat, she will offer a tasting of her friend May’s Cloud9 Orchard extra virgin olive oil ... offered at Common Ground.

Cost: $35.00
Location: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 near VTA bus 22 and Cal Ave Caltrain  (map)
Contact: Common Ground Staff, (650) 493-6072
Presented by: Common Ground Gsrden Supply and Education Center
Websiteshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/salad-lovers-dream-tickets-9227498697, http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/page/2/
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