Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Fourth Friday - New Films of Vision and Hope Series Finding Meaning in an Uncertain World

Fall Fourth Friday - New Films of Vision and Hope Series
Finding Meaning in an Uncertain World

A special film series is coming up for fall Fourth Friday. What does it mean to be human in today’s uncertain world - to survive, live among others, and find meaning and happiness?

Surviving Progress
Friday September 26, 2014 7-9PM   NOTE time change just for this month

Human advancement is awe-inspiring and double-edged, but we’re running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our 50,000 year old primate brains. With rich imagery and an immersive soundtrack, this film launches us on a journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers. It leaves us with a challenge: prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.

And later in the series...

One Day on Earth
Friday October 24, 2014 7:30-9:30pm
It’s the first film made in every country of the world on the same day: 10/10/10. You’ll be fascinated by this window into the daily lives, joys, sorrows, and hopes of humanity, filmed by a diverse group of volunteer filmmakers around the world. Experience how the world is interconnected, enormous, perilous, and wonderful.

Friday November 21, 2014  7:30-9:30pm
Note date change just for this month
What makes you happy? Work? Money? Kids and family? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? To answer these questions and more, “Happy” goes from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa.

Holiday Potluck
December - Date and time to be announced
Come to share fun, food, and reflections on the file series and holiday season.
Fireside room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Transition Palo Alto Fall Sharing Expo at Common Ground 9/21/14 1-3p

Transition Palo Alto Fall Sharing Expo
at Common Ground Organic Garden Supply & Education Center
Sunday, September 21, 2014  1:00 to 3:00 PM
559 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Mark your calendars.  The Fall Sharing Expo is taking shape.  Besides goods (garden and food, books, clothes and toys), to share, we'll have a number of Skill-Share demonstrations.  Given the drought, our theme will be Water Saving Tips this time.  Confirmed demonstrators include:

William Mutch - Permaculture Cafe, saving water in the drought
Willi Paul - Water cycle coloring, for kids and those who want to express their inner child
Herb Moore - Scrapophony
Rani Jayakumar - Henna decoration
Rani Jayakumar and Anna Ravenscroft - Grain Grinding
Wendy Hediger - City of Palo Alto's Zero Waste program
Palo Alto Library
Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Have a skill that you'd like to share?  Especially regarding water saving?  Let us know.  There might be some room this time, there certainly will be some room at future Sharing Expos!

Familiar with Transition values and want to help out?  We'd like to staff an information table with greeters.  Sign new people in.  Talk a little about Transition.  Tell them how and why we share.  Let me know if you'd like to take a shift.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Accelerating the Transition to Clean Renewable Energy 7/23/14 in Sunnyvale

Community Choice:  Accelerating the Transition to Clean, Renewable Energy--Progress and Threats

Wednesday, July  23, 2014
7-8:30 PM
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum
570 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA

What can a city do to accelerate the switch to clean and renewable energy? Many see Community Choice, which allows local control over electricity purchases, as an effective way of hastening the switch. Marin and Sonoma Counties are already providing their residents and businesses cleaner, greener and less-expensive electricity than the for-profit utility through Community Choice. Sunnyvale and Mountain View are jointly studying this model for electricity acquisition. However, a bill currently moving through the California legislature would change established State law to make adopting Community Choice virtually impossible.

Ann Hancock, Executive Director of Sonoma County's Climate Protection Campaign, will discuss the experience of Marin and Sonoma Counties with Community Choice and the current legislative threat to this model.  Melody Tovar, Regulatory Programs Division Manager in Sunnyvale's Environmental Services Department, will provide an update on the City of Sunnyvale-led investigation Community Choice.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fourth Friday Film - Gaining Ground - July 25, 2014 7:30p in Palo Alto

July Fourth Friday - "Gaining Ground"

Film and discussion, plus special guest - producer Mark Lipman

In the midst of the economic meltdown, Gaining Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. Over the course of two years, you'll see a new generation of leaders working to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs and opportunities for young people to one of the city’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. More info about the film:

July 25, 2014 come at 7:15p for social time, film starts at 7:30p, discussion to follow
Recommended donation: $5-$10 to cover film costs and venue
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCPA)
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer Sharing Expo June 15, 2014 1-3p in Palo Alto

The Summer Sharing Expo is coming to Common Ground! Join us to share garden produce, goods, skills, and more on the afternoon of June 15th from 1-3pm in Palo Alto.

We will be having live music and fresh sun tea. Come see us cook in the solar ovens or make your own with the kids. Discuss permaculture in the salon, share your story on video, and learn ways to save water at home and in the garden. Learn more about composting and gardening, and how to reuse salvage fabrics and materials. Ride your bike or walk over after the farmer's market nearby, there's sure to be more!

As usual we will also be sharing garden produce, arts and crafts supplies, books, clothing, and toys, all in good condition. It's all fun, a great way to meet neighbors and help our planet, and free.

Come join us!

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Common Ground
559 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA

More information at

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Slow Money Farm Fest at Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale 6/7/14

Slow Money Farm Fest: Meet the makers of local food

Get invested in your local food system! On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Slow Money Northern California, a network of investors, farmers and entrepreneurs dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital into local food systems, is hosting a Farm Fest at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale. Come celebrate the power of "locavesting," meet local food entrepreneurs and learn how to support sustainable food systems.

Sign up now. Space is limited and pre-registration ($25) is required

Monday, May 19, 2014

May Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope - "Arise" - 5/23/14 7:15-9:30p in Palo Alto


Please join us for an inspirational film, narrated by Darryl Hannah, about how women around the globe are leading the way to a sustainable future by rebuilding their families, their neighborhoods and their communities.

The film shows how they are replanting trees in Kenya, conserving biodiversity in India, preserving sacred Native lands, protecting the rainforest in Ecuador, building more sustainable local communities, transforming food through urban agriculture, creating safe outdoor places to play, training women to build and install solar lights, and organizing to combat climate change.

May 23, 2014 come at 7:15p for social time, film starts at 7:30p, discussion to follow
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCPA)
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Click for more info about the film.

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

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