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Ecology Center Events
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Community of Repair Fix-It Clinic
"Folks who know how to fix things, getting together to help folks who don't, bringing broken things back to life." Fixit Clinic is a do-it-together, hands-on, STEM-based fix-n-learn, community-based exploration and discovery workshop for all ages.
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Cost: Free
Info: https://www.cultureofrepair.org/community-repair-events


Sunday, March 22, 2020
Cooking With Food Scraps #1 – “Intercepting the Food Waste Cycle”

After her highly acclaimed “Simple Culinary Delights from Food Scraps” class, Stop Waste Environmental Educator, Chef Helga Alessio, returns with a 4-part cooking series that will explore the many ways that you can intercept the Food Waste cycle right in your own kitchen.

This first class of the 2020 series, Chef Helga will share her expertise about utilizing the 40% of food waste that comes from households! With less than perfect ingredients sourced from our Farmers' Market vendors and local grocers, you will prepare and enjoy a meal while gaining a deeper understanding of food waste and how it contributes to Global Warming on earth!

Menu (subject to change)

• Cauliflower and Mushroom Casserole

• Millet Salad with Broccoli in a L

emony Dressing

• Poached Orange Pear with Almond Cream

Register for this class at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cooking-with-food-scraps-series-1-tickets-88971627533

 

Cooking With Food Scraps is a 4 part series. You can sign up for any or all of the classes in this series .

March 22 "Intercepting the Food Waste Cycle"

June 21 "The No Waste Kitchen"

Sept 27 "Is Dinner Hiding in Your Fridge?"

Nov. 15 "A Thanksgiving Dinner Stop Waste Plan"


Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 15
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cooking-with-food-scraps-series-1-tickets-88971627533


Sunday, March 22, 2020
Hands On Beeswax Wrap – Upcycle a Cotton Shirt!

Steer away from disposable plastic wraps with a reusable, safe alternative: a beeswax cloth food wrap. This class adds a “twist” by using the sleeves from old cotton dress shirts to make “food sleeves” for bread, cheese, sandwiches or whatever leftovers lends itself to a tube shaped food wrap.

In this class you will learn about how plastics in the kitchen contribute a significant amount to plastics in our environment that will stay in our landfills and oceans for centuries.


Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 25
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-beeswax-wraps-from-an-old-cotton-shirt-tickets-88971505167


Friday, March 27, 2020
21st Annual B.A.S.I.L. Bay Area Seed Swap Celebration
Join us for the 21st Anniversary of the Annual Seed Exchange hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL). In its 21st year, this swap features speakers, a potluck dinner, and hundreds of seeds to share. Seeds from all around the Bay Area will be available to swap-- take home a whole new garden! Come experience one of our most popular, fun, and knowledge- filled events! All are welcome. Bring seeds and a potluck dish and get in free! Or a suggested donation of $5-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Interested in volunteering at the swap, or helping us sort seeds on March 28? We would love to have your help! Email denaya@ecologycenter.org Can't attend but would still like to support? Simply go to ecologycenter.org/donate to get involved and/or become a member! Donations of $25 or more make you an Ecology Center member! Co-sponsored by Indigenous Permaculture Project and Richmond Grows, Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and Transition Berkeley
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: Free
Info: 5105282220 ext. 233, basil@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/21st-annual-bay-area-seed-swap-tickets-93198086987


Saturday, April 4, 2020
Turkey Wing Cornbroom Workshop

Brooms are essential to one’s home, whether it’s a cabin or a castle.

Learn the art of broom making using ethically sourced broomcorn and handcrafted with regards to environmental sustainability! Broomcorn lasts longer and sweeps better because each fiber is covered with hair-like follicles that trap and hold dirt particles. It is weather resistant and wears very well, making it the premium broom fiber. It is environmentally friendly because it grows in dry areas using only rain water.

In this class, artist Jessica Hahn-Taylor will show you how to create your own Turkey Wing Style Hearth Broom made with natural, undyed, and unprocessed broomcorn with a minimum of tools. Turkey Wing Style brooms are practical and beautiful. You can use them like you would any broom to clean your spaces, or you can hang it as a decoration.

At the end of each class you will take home a fully functional broom with a new knowledge of the history and lore of the broom - including its introduction into the United States by Ben Franklin! No prior experience is needed.

To register: http://bit.ly/TurkeyWingCornbroom

Materials fee: $10 due on day of class

This class is offered as a series of 2 workshops – sign up for one or both!

  • April 4, 2020 - Turkey Wing Style Hearth Broom
  • May 2, 2020 - Plaited Altar Duster Broom
 
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 25
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turkey-wing-corn-broom-workshop-tickets-92740983779


Sunday, April 26, 2020
How to use Social Media to Drive Environmental Change – Why Zero Waste?

In this first  of a three workshop series, Jessica Jane Robinson will elaborate on her 5-minute presentation,  “Why Zero Waste,” that she shared at the United Nations 68th Civil Society Conference on August 28th, 2019.

As the former Vice President and Board Director of the Northern California Recycling Association since 2013, Ms. Robinson will cover issues of climate change, the trashing of the planet, current environmental disasters, and how zero waste practices can be a robust tool the community can leverage to make a difference today. Jessica will share social media and branding tools she has leveraged to make a difference within the City of Alameda, Bay Area and beyond. Afterward, the workshop will have a group discussion to talk about local issues that impact the world.

Jessica Jane Robinson works with businesses, community organizations, school districts, and individuals on engagement projects that help achieve zero waste and climate protection goals. She is a former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Climate Leader and her rank by the organization is in the top 50 and top 1% for presenting 110 times to over 27,000 audience members from 2012-2019.

A series of 3 workshops. Register for one, two or all three!

  • April 26, 2020 - Why Zero Waste?
  • May 3, 2020 - Zero Waste, Climate Change, and United Nation Sustainable Development Goals
  • May 10, 2020 - Become an Influencer of Change


Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 25
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-social-media-to-drive-environmental-change-why-zero-waste-tickets-92998431813


Saturday, May 2, 2020
Plaited Altar Duster Corn Broom Workshop

Brooms are essential to one’s home, whether it’s a cabin or a castle.

Learn the art of broom making using ethically sourced broomcorn and handcrafted with regards to environmental sustainability!

Broomcorn lasts longer and sweeps better because each fiber is covered with hair-like follicles that trap and hold dirt particles. It is weather resistant and wears very well, making it the premium broom fiber. It is environmentally friendly because it grows in dry areas using only rain water.

In this class, artist Jessica Hahn-Taylor will show you how to create your own Plaited Altar Duster Corn Broom made with natural, undyed, and unprocessed broomcorn, with a minimum of tools. Alter Duster brooms are practical and beautiful. You can use them like you would any broom to clean your spaces, or you can hang it as a decoration.

At the end of each class you will take home a fully functional broom with a new knowledge of the history and lore of the broom - including its introduction into the United States by Ben Franklin! No prior experience is needed.

Materials fee: $10 due on day of class

This class is offered as a series of 3 workshops. Remaining classes:

  • May 2, 2020 - Plaited Altar Duster Broom
  • June 6, 2020 - Full length Cobweb Style Broom

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 25
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plaited-altar-duster-corn-broom-workshop-tickets-92975649671


Sunday, May 3, 2020
How to use Social Media to Drive Environmental Change – Climate Change

In the second of her three workshop series, Jessica Jane Robinson will share, in-depth, the second part of her United Nations 68th Civil Society Conference presentation, “Why Zero Waste,” that she presented on August 28th, 2019. She will explain how she has leveraged 9 out of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development goals to address the global emergency of climate change.

Afterward, the workshop will learn how to quantify personal sustainable daily actions and create personal environmental goals on Jessica’s free non-profit carbon calculator website.

As the former Vice President and Board Director of the Northern California Recycling Association since 2013, Ms. Robinson will cover issues of climate change, the trashing of the planet, current environmental disasters, and how zero waste practices can be a robust tool community can leverage to make a difference today. Jessica will share social media and branding tools she has leveraged to make a difference within the City of Alameda, Bay Area and beyond.

Jessica Jane Robinson works with businesses, community organizations, school districts, and individuals on engagement projects that help achieve zero waste and climate protection goals. She is a former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Climate Leader and her rank by the organization is in the top 50 and top 1% for presenting 110 times to over 27,000 audience members from 2012-2019.

The final workshop of the series is coming up soon. Don't forget to register!:

  • May 10, 2020 - Become an Influencer of Change
 
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 25
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-social-media-to-drive-environmental-change-climate-change-tickets-93000512035


Sunday, May 10, 2020
How to use Social Media to Drive Environmental Change -Become an Influencer of Change
 

In the last of her three workshop series, Jessica Jane Robinson will discuss how social media leveraged can create change. She will work with you to develop an environmental “call to action” in support of the Ecology Center’s Plastic Free July that the group can take on to influence behavioral change and track on her free non-profit carbon calculator.

As the former Vice President and Board Director of the Northern California Recycling Association since 2013, Jessica will share in-depth tools and techniques she leverages to be an influence among communities utilizing media as a tool. She will help the group pilot a social media campaign that can lead the group to support the Ecology Center’s Plastic Free July campaign.

Jessica Jane Robinson works with businesses, community organizations, school districts, and individuals on engagement projects that help achieve zero waste and climate protection goals. She is a former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Climate Leader and her rank by the organization is in the top 50 and top 1% for presenting 110 times to over 27,000 audience members from 2012-2019.

 
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 10 – 25
Info: 9254219574, cynthia@ecologycenter.org, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-social-media-to-drive-environmental-change-become-an-influencer-tickets-93001133895




Community Events
Monday, February 24, 2020
What the 2030 Climate Deadline Really Means

Time: 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Cost: 20
Info: http://www.climateone.org/events/what-2030-climate-deadline-really-means?utm_source=Climate+One+Newsletter+-+Nonmembers&utm_campaign=ea68884c99-Weekly_01_08_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e50a597f4c-ea68884c99-308691777&mc_cid=ea68884c99&mc_eid=59c4a1779f


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Essentials of Urban Farming: A 4-week Series
Dreaming of growing your own fruits and veggies? Learn the essentials from Urban Adamah's proven farm leadership. This 4 week course is designed to give you the skills you need to grow food at home. Classes meet every Wednesday in February at Urban Adamah.   $100 if you sign up for all four classes. Or $30 at the door for individual classes. Series topics include: Methods of Organic Farming (Feb 5) What does it mean to grow your garden organically? Which practices ensure the best health for your crops? How do I know if what I am doing is right? In this class we explore the methods used in organic gardening and farming and how to apply them to your backyard or personal project. This is a great class to explore the basics of organic agriculture and learn the in's and out's of how to do your organic garden right.  Fertility Management: Understanding Your Soil & Compost (Feb 12) Getting to know your soil type and developing a long-term fertility plan is a critical practice in organic agriculture. In this class we will explore soil types, amendments, fertility management and best practices for optimizing tilth. We will also explore the tenets of composting as well as systems for designing and maintaining productive, fertile piles. Propagation & Irrigation (Feb 19) The farm & garden begin in the greenhouse and end in the field. In this class we cover proper greenhouse management, backyard cold frame design, choosing when and which vegetables to start inside, and how to choose materials. The second half of the class will be focused on assessing moisture in the field, understanding irrigation systems, and creating watering schedules. Crop Rotation & Backyard Garden Design (Feb 26) Rotating crops according to what nutrients they use and offer the soil is an important practice in caring for your soil. This class will help you create a crop plan for seasonal rotation and successive harvests. It is equally important to consider how to best use your space. We will discuss decisions about building raised beds, in-ground cultivation and establishing perennial zones. Bring pictures of your space and some ideas about how you want to use it!
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Urban Adamah Farm, 1151 Sixth St, Berkeley, CA, 94710
Cost: 30 – 100
Info: 5106491595 x 106, tessa@urbanadamah.org, https://urban-adamah.secure.force.com/WebEvent?eid=essentials-of-urban-farming-a-4-week-series-20202


Thursday, February 27, 2020
Down and Dirty Low-Waste Solutions for Design Businesses
We're having a down-and-dirty conversation about low-waste solutions for the design industry.  On Thursday, February 27th, join us for an honest and solution-driven panel with Fireclay Tile, Recology San Francisco, Scrap SF, and the Good Future Design Alliance.  This event kicks off our GFDA #designtoreduce series.
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Fireclay Tile, 901 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Cost: 20
Info: hello@thegfda.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/down-and-dirty-low-waste-solutions-for-design-businesses-tickets-94225054675


Saturday, February 29, 2020
Home Landscaping in a Changing Climate: Fire Smart, Water Wise, Biodiverse
Includes lunch from Panera Bread, and a wine & cheese reception from 4-6 pm As the climate warms and the weather gets less predictable, Bay Area home gardeners find themselves facing contradictory directives from public agencies that are each trying to address one part of the looming problem. It seems as though we may be facing a lot of hard choices. Or can we find a way to work with nature to have home landscapes that are resilient to fire and drought, yet still thrive and offer beauty and habitat both for us and other creatures? Marin Art and Garden Center are putting on this symposium because they believe we can have it all. Taking an integrated and diversified approach simplifies maintenance, produces healthier living spaces and creates natural resilience to temperature swings. Come hear a gathering of experts tell of methods to manage water, enrich soil, and build fire-wise landscapes with thriving plants that encourage biodiversity. Go home reenergized, full of nature-affirming ideas you can apply to your own land. Renewal can happen anywhere. Why not start with your favorite place?
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA, 94957
Cost: 75
Info: https://magc.org/events/home-landscaping-in-a-changing-climate-fire-smart-water-wise-biodiverse/


Saturday, February 29, 2020
Monarchs: How We Can Help
Learn about monarchs, causes for their decline and how our local efforts can support their populations to flourish again on the West coast.  Special guests, Mia Monroe, volunteer with The Xerces Society, Oakland's Pollinator Posse, and Bob Pacelli, who is featured in a short film, "Butterfly Town USA," about his work to protect the Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, CA.  Find out how you can get involved in plans to make Berkeley more monarch and pollinator friendly!
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Berkeley Public Library, West Branch, 1125 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: Free
Info: (510) 859-7140, info@transitionberkeley.org, https://www.transitionberkeley.org/


Saturday, February 29, 2020
How to Split Your Beehive
Learn how to work with the bees as they expand in the spring by making successful splits. Splitting your hive is the number one thing you can do to reduce the varroa mite population. It also enables you to have 2-3 hives so you have more flexibility in helping out a weak hive. We will cover how bees make new queens, the timeline of queen mating, and how to make a basic split. This class will go into more details of making splits and nucs, including specific splits that work well, what can go wrong and how to fix it, and which months/timing works best. We will go into detail on a specific split that reduces varroa mites on both sides of the split. In order to make certain splits, you will need to be able to spot your queen, so we will go over tips for learning how to see your queen and how to find her.
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Cost: 55
Info: 5106655509, biofueloasis@gmail.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-split-your-beehive-tickets-85374935731


Sunday, March 1, 2020
Raise Your Own Chickens / Workshop

Lafayette resident, Papa John Kiefer, with 50 years experience raising poultry, will, again, offer this popular workshop. Topics will include raising young chicks, laying hen maintenance, and ‘sustainable’ coop construction.

Having fresh organic eggs available improves our health, reconnects us with our environment, is a gift to our children, and offers the chickens a natural, safe living environment.

Workshop is FREE.

Reservations are required. Contact: chickenspapajohn@gmail.com


Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Residential Home, Lafayette, CA
Cost: Free
Info: chickenspapajohn@gmail.com, https://www.chickenspapajohn.com


Sunday, March 1, 2020
How to Split Your Beehive: Three Part Series on Sundays
This is a 3-Part series from 6-8pm on these three Sundays: Feb. 23rd, March 1st, & March 8th. Splits are complicated. The material will sink in deeper over the three Sundays. We will also have added time to go into questions about your individual hives. Learn how to work with the bees as they expand in the spring by making successful splits. Splitting your hive is the number one thing you can do to reduce the varroa mite population. It also enables you to have 2-3 hives so you have more flexibility in helping out a weak hive. We will cover how bees make new queens, the timeline of queen mating, and how to make a basic split. This class will go into more details of making splits and nucs, including specific splits that work well, what can go wrong and how to fix it, and which months/timing works best. We will go into detail on a specific split that reduces varroa mites on both sides of the split. In order to make certain splits, you will need to be able to spot your queen, so we will go over tips for learning how to see your queen and how to find her. This series is for beginners who haven't made a split yet - we'll cover simple splits to start out with. This class is also aimed at beekeepers who have split before and who need tips, tricks, and advice.
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: East Bay Residential Home, Berkeley or Oakland, CA
Cost: 95
Info: 5106655509, biofueloasis@gmail.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-3-part-series-how-to-split-your-beehive-tickets-85376024989


Monday, March 2, 2020
Where Does Our Water Come From? w. Nina Gordon-Kirsch
Do you ever wonder where the water in your tap comes from? Or where it goes after you flush? Or how is it that we can have drinking water wherever we go in California, even in deserts like Los Angeles or saltwater bound peninsulas like San Francisco?  Nina invites you to hop on her raft as she guides the boat into the complexities of California's water systems. We will touch on the bigger picture of state-wide CA water, and then hone in on local Bay Area water sources. Come with lots of questions and being OK with no answer. And don't forget your towel! ;)  About the Speaker: Nina is a Berkeley native, outdoor enthusiast, and self-proclaimed Water Warrior. She works part time doing water quality monitoring, part time installing residential greywater systems, and full time educating folks on where their water comes from. Next year she'll be following the call of the Waters and backpacking her way from Oakland to the Headwaters of where EBMUD sources our East Bay tap water from.
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Urban Adamah Farm, 1151 Sixth St, Berkeley, CA, 94710
Cost: 5
Info: 510.649.1595 x 106, tessa@urbanadamah.org, https://urban-adamah.secure.force.com/WebEvent?eid=where-does-our-water-come-from-w-nina-gordon-kirsch-202032


Saturday, March 7, 2020
Hive Inspection
Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive! We will cover all the tools and how to use them correctly. We will go into a hive and show what everything looks like: eggs, larvae, capped worker/drone brood, and uncapped & capped honey. You'll learn how to assess if your hive is the right size for the amount of bees and if you have a fertile, laying queen. Perhaps most important, you will learn what not to do, as it riles the bees, and instead how to keep them calm and mellow. Rainy or cold weather will postpone this class.   If you are a new beekeeper, we recommend you take this class along with the Intro to Backyard Beekeeping and the Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt classes
Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Backyard hive in Berkeley/North Oakland, CA
Cost: 35
Info: 510-665-5509, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hive-inspection-class-beekeeping-tickets-85377439219, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hive-inspection-class-beekeeping-tickets-85377439219


Saturday, March 7, 2020
Community of Repair Fix-It Clinic
"Folks who know how to fix things, getting together to help folks who don't, bringing broken things back to life." Fixit Clinic is a do-it-together, hands-on, STEM-based fix-n-learn, community-based exploration and discovery workshop for all ages.
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Cost: Free
Info: https://www.cultureofrepair.org/community-repair-events


Saturday, March 7, 2020
Honeybee Behavior

Pets like dogs and cats are mammals like humans and easier for us to understand. The gap between honeybee behavior and humans is much greater. We tend to anthropomorphize bees which leads to them constantly surprising us, as they are insects, not humans. Learn about honeybee biology and behavior so you can better anticipate what they are doing in their hive. We will cover things like how bee orient/navigate, how/why the hive "decides" to swarm or make a new queen, and what a bee does when it's sick or going to die. We will directly relate these to beekeeping in the Bay Area climate and how you can better manage your hive with this knowledge.


Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Cost: 40
Info: 5106655509, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/honeybee-behavior-or-why-do-my-bees-do-what-they-do-tickets-85668347333


Sunday, March 8, 2020
Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
Honeybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on hot days, the smell of honey, wafting through the air within ten feet of the hive. They increase pollination in your yard and therefore increase your yields from fruit trees and vegetables. You may also harvest honey from the hive. Learn what you need to know to feel ready to have a Langstroth backyard beehive‚ how to get bees, what equipment you need, where to put the hive, what the bees need, and what you need to learn/do to keep your bees healthy. There will be local honey to try! We recommend that if you do get bees, that you also take two more classes: Hive Inspection and Year Round Varroa Mite Management.
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Cost: 40
Info: 5106655509, biofueloasis@gmail.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-backyard-beekeeping-tickets-85374115277


Sunday, March 8, 2020
How to Split Your Beehive: Three Part Series on Sundays
This is a 3-Part series from 6-8pm on these three Sundays: Feb. 23rd, March 1st, & March 8th. Splits are complicated. The material will sink in deeper over the three Sundays. We will also have added time to go into questions about your individual hives. Learn how to work with the bees as they expand in the spring by making successful splits. Splitting your hive is the number one thing you can do to reduce the varroa mite population. It also enables you to have 2-3 hives so you have more flexibility in helping out a weak hive. We will cover how bees make new queens, the timeline of queen mating, and how to make a basic split. This class will go into more details of making splits and nucs, including specific splits that work well, what can go wrong and how to fix it, and which months/timing works best. We will go into detail on a specific split that reduces varroa mites on both sides of the split. In order to make certain splits, you will need to be able to spot your queen, so we will go over tips for learning how to see your queen and how to find her. This series is for beginners who haven't made a split yet - we'll cover simple splits to start out with. This class is also aimed at beekeepers who have split before and who need tips, tricks, and advice.
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: East Bay Residential Home, Berkeley or Oakland, CA
Cost: 95
Info: 5106655509, biofueloasis@gmail.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-3-part-series-how-to-split-your-beehive-tickets-85376024989


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Vegetable Preservation Class, Alameda County
Pressure canning opens up a fabulous world of shelf-stable broth, soups, meats, and vegetables to fill your pantry. If you are curious (or nervous) about pressure canning, come and learn why certain foods must be pressure canned, how pressure canners work, the multiple safety features on today’s pressure canners, and the complete pressure canning process. UCCE Master Food Preservers will conduct several live demonstrations. Multiple styles of pressure canners will be shown and discussed to give you a strong understanding of what’s available. Canning scraps to help reduce food waste and stretch your food budget will also be discussed.
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Alameda County Environmental Health, 1131 Harbor Bay Pkwy, Alameda, CA, 94502
Cost: 15
Info: 530-621-5528, rkcleveland@ucanr.edu, http://ucanr.edu/vegetables-mar11


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Less Traffic, Better Places: What Will It Take?
Transportation expert Patrick Siegman will discuss how shifting away from a car-centric society can improve the environment, local economies, equity and more.
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Sunnyvale Council Chamber, 456 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
Cost: Free
Info: 408-7307720, green@sunnyvale.ca.gov, http://www.betterplaces.eventbrite.com/


Thursday, March 12, 2020
Vegetable Preservation Class, Contra Costa County
Pressure canning opens up a fabulous world of shelf-stable broth, soups, meats, and vegetables to fill your pantry. If you are curious (or nervous) about pressure canning, come and learn why certain foods must be pressure canned, how pressure canners work, the multiple safety features on today’s pressure canners, and the complete pressure canning process. UCCE Master Food Preservers will conduct several live demonstrations. Multiple styles of pressure canners will be shown and discussed to give you a strong understanding of what’s available. Canning scraps to help reduce food waste and stretch your food budget will also be discussed.
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Contra Costa Farm Bureau, 5554 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA, 94521
Cost: 15
Info: 530-621-5528, rkcleveland@ucanr.edu, http://ucanr.edu/vegetables-mar12


Saturday, March 14, 2020
8th Annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence
The mission of Zero Waste Youth USA is to empower the next generation to create a zero waste future. Inspired by our peers in Brazil, Sweden, and the Philippines, the Annual Zero Waste Youth USA Convergence is dedicated to high school students, college students & young professionals to learn and collaborate for a zero waste future. Our focus this year is "All Hand On Deck". Hear from inspiring students, young professionals, and community leaders on critical zero waste issues and solutions. The conference will be packed with keynote speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, raffles, and more! *Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. Please Bring Your Own Essentials (BYOE) - reusable cup, plate/bowl, utensils, and handkerchief. Our goal is to have true Zero Waste event!
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Laney College, 900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA, 94607
Cost: 10 – 15
Info: info@zerowasteyouthusa.org, https://zwyc2020.bpt.me/


Saturday, March 14, 2020
Year Round Varroa Mite Management: Keeping Your Beehive Healthy
Learn what to do each season to keep mite levels low and your bees thriving. It is each beekeeper's responsibility to keep their mites low, as it means lower mite & virus levels for all the surrounding hives (mites/viruses transfer easily between hives). The instructor will demonstrate detection and preventative measures, so you will be prepared to do it in your own hive in the next couple months. We will cover the sugar roll test, organic treatment methods like drone comb frames, oxalic & formic acid treatment, and broodless periods/splitting your hive. Taking care of mites will allow your bees to overwinter smoothly and live multiple years. Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 14 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the BioFuel Oasis. After her hives died in 2010/2011 from varroa mites, she has been tracking and managing mite levels and successfully overwintering hives multiple years.

Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Cost: 35
Info: 5106655509, biofueloasis@gmail.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/year-round-varroa-mite-virus-management-keeping-your-hive-healthy-tickets-85374349979


Sunday, March 15, 2020
Raise Your Own Chickens / Workshop

Lafayette resident, Papa John Kiefer, with 50 years experience raising poultry, will, again, offer this popular workshop. Topics will include raising young chicks, laying hen maintenance, and ‘sustainable’ coop construction.

Having fresh organic eggs available improves our health, reconnects us with our environment, is a gift to our children, and offers the chickens a natural, safe living environment.

Workshop is FREE.

Reservations are required. Contact: chickenspapajohn@gmail.com


Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Residential Home, Lafayette, CA
Cost: Free
Info: chickenspapajohn@gmail.com, https://www.chickenspapajohn.com


Sunday, March 15, 2020
Interactive Farm Tour & Volunteer Work Party
Interactive Farm Tour, 1:00 - 2:00 PM  Urban farms are full of life and magic: fish poop feeding plants, bees powering plant pollination, food scraps decomposing into rich compost, goats, chickens, and more! And all working together to grow over 100 different types of fruits and vegetables.  How does it all work? Discover our urban farming secrets through an interactive farm tour at Urban Adamah's new 2 acre campus in Northwest Berkeley. Farm tours are open to all. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Then stick around for a volunteer work party!  Volunteer Work Party, 2:00 - 5:00 PM  Work parties are open to small groups and individuals ages 12 and up. Children ages 12-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Work may include any number of farm activities such as weeding, planting, harvesting, shaping beds, mulching, watering, or animal care. We'll break for a veggie potluck snack at 3:30 pm, feel free to bring a treat to share!  If you would like to bring a group of more than 7 people to the volunteer work party, please email our Farm Coordinator, Nir at nir@urbanadamah.org to make sure we can accommodate your group.
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: , CA
Cost: Free
Info: 510.649.1595 x 106, tessa@urbanadamah.org, https://urban-adamah.secure.force.com/WebEvent?eid=interactive-farm-tour-volunteer-work-party-2020315


Sunday, March 15, 2020
Mead Making
Make mead that is drinkable in one month! Traditional meads take a year (or more) to age and be drinkable, but meads can be made much faster. This process allows you to experiment with small batches, get results quickly, and repeat with a big batch of a particularly tasty recipe or honey. You will learn about yeast, what equipment you need, how to prepare must (unfermented mead), what flavors work well together, fermentation, sanitation, and bottling. You will learn how to use a hydrometer. There will be a tasting of some of Jim's meads along the way. We will then make batches of mead in class to take home to ferment! Be warned that making meads faster requires a more complicated recipe than traditional mead and more cooking science understanding, but this class is still accessible for beginners. The quick, reliable results are well worth the effort.
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Cost: 75
Info: 5106655509, biofueloasis@gmail.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mead-making-tickets-89345251051


Monday, March 16, 2020
Introduction To Zero Waste Class presented by Zero Waste USA
Interested in learning how Zero Waste has become a key component of community and business sustainability efforts across the US and the globe? Want to know more about the connection between Zero Waste and climate change, social justice and green jobs as well as the benefits to businesses pursuing Zero Waste? Curious about Zero Waste planning and infrastructure as well as community and business certification? This lively interactive class is for you!   Students with a proven grasp of the subject may take the exam in lieu of taking Class 1. Prerequisite: None.
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 125
Info: registration@zerowasteusa.org, https://zerowasteusa.org/training/upcoming/


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Persian New Year Festival of Fire – Chaharshanbeh Souri
The Persian Center will be hosting its 21st annual Chaharshanbeh Souri at the 2000 block of Durant Avenue in Berkeley.  Jump over bonfires to celebrate the change of seasons and to welcome spring.  Enjoy Persian food, music, dancing, and children's activities on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 6-10 PM, at the Persian Center, 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley.  Rain or shine. Free.
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Persian Center, 2029 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Cost: Free
Info: 5103346523, Lisa@AnotherBullwinkelShow.com, www.AnotherBullwinkelShow.com


Friday, March 20, 2020
Zero Waste Principles and Tools presented by Zero Waste USA

Ready to go deeper? This course covers the Zero Waste International Alliance Global Principles, Eight Steps to Becoming a Zero Waste Community and the Zero Waste USA Assessment Tools. Also showcased are contracting and procurement best practices with mini-case studies and the USEPA's web resource Managing and Transforming Waste Streams, which enables users to explore 100 policy and program options plus 250 examples with links to ordinances, contract language and program websites.  Prerequisite: Zero Waste USA's Introduction to Zero Waste Class ‚Äì attendance and exam. Students with a proven grasp of the subject may take the exam in lieu of taking the Intro class. Appropriate for businesses, practitioners and advocates. Prepwork: Approximately 4 hours reading plus project prep work. Recommended Reading: Available on registration.


Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702
Cost: 125
Info: registration@zerowasteusa.org, https://zerowasteusa.org/training/upcoming/


Friday, March 20, 2020
Fixing Our Children’s Food Environment
Please join the Berkeley Food Institute in welcoming Bettina Elias Siegel to discuss her new book Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World. What are the roles of parents and non-parents in ensuring that all of our community's children have access to safe, affordable, and nourishing food? How have some junk food companies sought to leverage every possible opportunity to sell their products to impressionable young future customers— and what can we do to push back? How can research and practice inform public policy on children's food issues? We will explore these and other questions in a lively interactive forum where your questions and ideas are welcome. BFI's faculty director Kristine Madsen will serve as discussant. Join us for a book signing and reception with Bettina Elias Siegel after the event. The event is co-sponsored by Berkeley Food Institute (BFI), the UCANR Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), and Be Well at Work Faculty and Staff Health Programs.
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Tamalpais Room, The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Cost: Free
Info: foodinstitute@berkeley.edu, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fixing-our-childrens-food-environment-tickets-93133744537


Saturday, April 4, 2020
Carpentry 101: Build Raised Garden Beds
Join instructor Matt Zimbalist in an emersive 1-day workshop on building raised garden beds.  Matt will teach basic carpentry skills that will help you with projects around your home and garden.  This is a hands-on course with attendees working collaboratively to build raised beds.  Attendees will gain an understanding of material selection, the safe use of power tools, building sequencing and layout.  Participants will use tools available for free from the Tool Lending Library.    This class is appropriate for adults and teens accompanied by an adult.  Please RSVP.  Traditional Craftworks' founder, Matt Zimbalist, comes from a background of traditional timber framing, fine furniture making, and building eco farms. Matt is drawn to the romance and tradition of artisan building. By working carefully to select high quality, ecologically-sourced materials, Matt's commitment to fine craftsmanship allows him to design and build beautiful, eco-friendly, and durable projects. They are made to last and age naturally into their surroundings.
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Berkeley Public Library, South Branch, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA, 94703
Cost: Free
Info: 5109816260, dberinghele@cityofberkeley.info, https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/carpentry-101-build-raised-garden-beds-thp-south


Sunday, April 19, 2020
Our Communities and Climate Change
Part of the "Community Voices to Empower Change" series. In conversation with environmental justice activist Ratha Lai, author and scholar Julie Sze will discuss how the immigrant and refugee communities are impacted by urban and rural pollution and how communities mobilize for change and justice. Topics include the Standing Rock Sioux struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, environmental racism in Flint, Michigan and California's Central Valley.   After the discussion, learn herbal home remedies and tea-making from UC Berkeley's Multicultural Community Center Garden and Wellness Workshop!   Julie Sze is Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Davis. She has authored and edited two other books and numerous articles on environmental justice and inequality, culture and environment, and urban and community health and activism. Ratha Lai has worked for 10 years as an environmental justice activist with the Greenlining Institute, Greenlining Action, Sierra Club Bay Chapter, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Richmond Our Power Coalition, and the Solidarity to Solutions Week of Action in 2018. He is currently Executive Director of Critical Impact Consulting and a devoted father to his 4 year old daughter.   This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org. Co-presented by Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Eastwind Books Multicultural Services, and UC Berkeley Multicultural Center Garden and Wellness Committee.
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA, 94607
Cost: 3 – 5
Info: 5106370455, info@oacc.cc, https://oacc.cc/event/our-communities-and-climate-change/