Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope present "A Fierce Green Fire" in Palo Alto 3/27/15 7:15p

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope
A Fierce Green Fire
March 27, 2015 - Film starts promptly at 7:30pm - discussion to follow

As many people and organizations explore how to “step things up” – to get more active in working for climate and environmental justice – March Fourth Friday will take a look at where we’ve come from.

A Fierce Green Fire explores fifty years of grassroots and global environmental activism – from conservation to climate change. The film premiered at Sundance in 2012 and has won acclaim at festivals around the world. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film explores major fights and accomplishments of the environmental movement, and offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, working to bring our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

Inspired by the book of the same name, A Fierce Green Fire brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

Friday March 27, 2015
7:15p for social time – Film starts promptly at 7:30p – discussion to follow
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Fireside Room
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA
All ages welcome
$5 recommended donation – no one turned away for lack of funds
All ages welcome

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Share Faire! Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room and Patio, Sunday, 3/15/15 11a - 1p

It's the Spring Share Faire!

Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room and Patio, Sunday, March 15, 2015  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA

Bring stuff to share - garden produce, books, clothes, crafts, toys, etc., AND learn new skills.

Plus fun activities for kids!

We're excited to be holding our first Share Faire at Lucie Stern Community Center.  The Fireside Room will give us some wonderful indoor space (and a place to hide from the rain, if only!).  The Patio will allow us to spread out, holding many skill shares and sharing lots of goods, as usual.

We've had quite a few teachers approach us, some who've shared skills before and who have new things to offer, others who are first timers.  You'll want to spend a little time visiting them all.  And there's certainly room for a couple more:  if you have a skill to share, let us know and we'll see if we can fit you in.  Send an e-mail to Peter Ruddock at PeterRuddock@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Confirmed skill shares so far:

Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution, will stir up a little Patio Revolution.  She will lead a Conversation Circle about Conversation and Community!
Tom Kabat will help with bike maintenance, chain oil and adjustment etc.  Bring any parts you want to install (e.g. new brake cable, brake pads, inner-tube etc.)  Experienced bike fixer / ergonomic adjuster available to work with you.
Emily  Rosen CMT, will facilitate massage, working with people in pairs. Sooooothe and connect.. Partner up with a friend and learn some great techniques for 10 minute seated massage.    We could all use some TLC!
Amanda Kovattana will demo simple shoe making skills using readily available hand tools and instructions. As a student shoe maker in her second year, she will speak to her successes and failures and show shoe samples of both.
Nick Turner of deep nature gardens will offer pre-sprouted "eco-packs" - small pots containing a variety of interesting plants, many of them not available in nurseries, and he will demonstrate how to create them using planting mix, a pot, and the special "eco-mix" seed mixture. People can make up an eco-pack of their own and take it home for sprouting. There will also be eco-mix in small bottles, useful for boosting the diversity of any nature garden, plus more cool stuff as available.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) will be providing some give-a-ways and sharing information about their programs that benefit the community. NHN has a Backyard Program for Gardeners-Beekeepers-Coopsters.
Come see their backyard garden program display, receive seeds and more.
Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Growing Cities" film screening at the Sunnyvale Public Library on Wed. 2/25/2015 6-9p

Films of Vision and Hope comes to the Sunnyvale Public Library. You are invited to join us at the library for the screening of "Growing Cities" on Wednesday 2/25/2015 from 6 - 9p.

This film follows filmmakers on a road trip to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food. They discover gardens in vacant lots, on rooftops, and in backyards. They also show how these local gardens are producing food as well as stronger more vibrant communities. Here is the link to view the trailer of the film  http://www.growingcitiesmovie.com/the-film

After the film, we be hosting a lively discussion with local farmers and gardeners to explore the issues brought up in the film.

Sunnyvale Public Library, Public Room, 665 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
Partners: Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale, Transition Silicon Valley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TSV Open Meeting and Potluck on Monday 1/26/2015 in Los Altos at 6p

Happy New Year! Our thoughts are to start social with wine, appetizers and posters  that cover:

Our past
- History if TSV, our founding mission, values and evolution

- What are current  community needs to achieve sustainability?
- What existing organizations, efforts are working to fill gaps?
- What are gaps that are not being addressed?

- What role can  TSV play to shore up community sustainability?
- How should TSV show up and align with other efforts?

You are all invited to write ideas on posters and share your thoughts.

We can the convene a discussion around past, present and tomorrow to invite ideas. We are asking the question, who might be interested and will join us with this next phase.

Please RSVP to Victoria Armigo at varmigo@earthlink.net

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope "Worse than Poop" 1/23/2015 7:15p in Palo Alto

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope
Worse than Poop
e2 Transport- London, the Price of Traffic

As the Peninsula grapples with how to address traffic congestion and rising carbon emissions from transportation, these two short films shed light on the problems posed by car traffic in an increasingly congested urban world. From an animated universe in which cars ‘poop out’ their CO2, to the mega-city of London where planners challenge the notion that cities should be designed for cars - these films will provide a fun and inspiring way to look at our traffic problems, and consider some radical solutions. Discussion to follow.

Worse Than Poop! (starring UUCPA’s very own Professor Elliot), with filmmaker Vanessa Warheit


e2 transport - London: the Price of Traffic

Friday January 23, 2015
7:30pm (come at 7:15pm for social time)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA
Fireside Room

All ages welcome
$5 recommended donation - no one turned away for lack of funds


Films of Vision and Hope focuses on positive solutions to  environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.
Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Transition Palo Alto Share Faire 12/14/14 1-3p in Palo Alto

Transition Palo Alto Share Faire

Location:  Cubberley Community Center - Room H-6
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Sunday, December 14, 2014
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Holiday Share Faire is coming together.  Are you ready to join us?

We've got a new home, at Cubberley Community Center.  We'll be in Room H-6 and some adjacent space outside.  This means that rain will NOT cancel, just shrink us a little bit.  We won't be able to have a solar oven demonstration in the rain, but we should be able to do most everything else inside.

The address is 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.  Cubberley is a big place.  We're at the end near Piazza's, not far from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, which will be holding a book sale at the same time.

We've got a number of great Skill Shares and activities confirmed and will consider adding a few more, including:
Hatha Yoga - Patricia Becker
Growing succulents - Stephanie Erskine
Solar Oven Demonstration - Diane Ruddle
Wreath Making, using plant material from your yard - Marianne Mueller
Water Saving Tips (some flow restrictors will be available) - Margaret Okuzumi
William Mutch will lead the kids in reading stories.  Herb Moore will be there with some music.  Nick Turner will be there with garden tips and advice.  Willi Paul is helping us create an exhibit to tell the story of Transition.

And we'll have space set up to share garden produce, food, books, toys, clothes, holiday decorations and more.

Let us know if you would like to help.  Demonstrations are welcome.  Set-up, clean-up, greeters are very welcome.  Answer this e-mail and we'll find somewhere to fit you in.

You won't want to miss this.  Mark your calendars.  And get ready to Share!

Films of Vision & Hope Holiday Potluck & "Forest Man" Film 12/19/14 7pm in Palo Alto

THIRD Friday/Films of Vision and Hope
Holiday Potluck and Film

Friday December 19, 2014 First Congregational Church Palo Alto

Celebrate the holiday season! It's the annual (not Fourth) THIRD Friday holiday potluck.

Bring food/drink to share - and your holiday spirit!

We'll enjoy good company, reflect on the year, and watch "Forest Man," a beautiful and moving short film about a man who has been planting a forest that is now larger than Central Park, one tree at a time.

December 19, 2014 7:00 - 9:30pm

Please note the different location
First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Rd. Palo Alto

Films of Vision and Hope focuses on positive solutions to  environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.
Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.

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