November 30, 2013
The Ecology Center is partnering with One Warm Coat to host a winter coat drive this holiday season. In the spirit of reuse and giving, bring your gently worn coats to the Ecology Center November 29th – December 24th, and put them in our coat bin. We’ll be donating our collected coats to local organization Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS). They serve homeless members of our community.
Please drop off clean and gently used coats and jackets at the Ecology Center during our open hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm.
Please note two days will have special holiday hours: We will be open one Monday, December 23, 11am-6pm; and Tuesday, December 24th, 11am-4pm.
December 7, 2013
Got stuff? Never throw anything away? Join JB, of DRAGA design, for a fun-filled, easy-going workshop where you can turn your piles of “stuff” into gifts and useful items you can use everyday.
Learn to make:
- Dolls and other toys
- Greeting cards
- Shopping bags
- Draft excluders
- Eye pillows
Bring materials you have on hands such as:
- old (clean) socks
- discarded sweaters
- sheets and towels you no longer use
- calendars and magazines, wrapping paper
Things you’ll need to bring:
- any of the above
- heavy thread, or yarn, sewing needles
- strong scissors
- beeswax candle or block
- stuffing material
Pre-payment insures a spot. Workshop size is limited and registration is required. Register online.
December 8, 2013
Current Ecology Center members are invited to come shop our Store with a special discount of 20% off purchases, free giveaways, cider and treats. This once-a-year sale is our way of saying thanks to our members, who support all of our work to build a sustainable, healthy and just future.
This year, we’re expanding appreciation by also offering a Farmers’ Market prepared food walking tour the day of the Sale. Members are invited to join our staff visiting West Berkeley neighborhood vendors, tasting as we go. We’ll visit Cultured Pickle Shop, Morell’s Bread and then we’ll head back to the Ecology Center Store for dessert with confectioner Coracao Chocolates.
The sale and tour are both free for Ecology Center Members. The sale runs at our Store from 11AM – 6PM.
Not a member, but interested in participating in this Sale and tour? Joining is easy with a yearly membership donation. Go to ecologycenter.org/donate to process your donation.
The tour meets at the Ecology Center Store at 11:45, and runs from 12 PM to 3 PM. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, destinations are a short 15 minute walk from each other. RSVP for the tour by Friday, 12/6/13 to email@example.com, or call (510) 548-2220 x235.
December 13, 2013
Our second-annual building wide open house will bring festivities to our halls! Join the Ecology Center and our neighbors in celebrating the season with food, drinks, live music and a free raffle. Bring your friends or meet new ones from the Sierra Club, Golden Gate Audubon, Yoga Room and more.
December 15, 2013
Spend a relaxed, jolly afternoon with art instructor, urban farmer, and former museum specialist Ellen Evangeliste. We’ll be making with wrapping paper, ornaments, and more with recycled and reused materials. Decorate your tree and wrap your presents with homemade flair! All ages welcome.
December 19, 2013
Kick back with the Ecology Center, the Sierra Club, the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, and Transition Berkeley for this imagination-stretching documentary. There will be snacks and a discussion after the film.
About the Film:
Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.
Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.