Monday, July 27, 2015

"Urban Roots" film screening at Sunnyvale Public Library on Tues. 8/18/15 6-9p

Films of Vision and Hope comes to Sunnyvale! You are invited to join us for a free screening of the film "Urban Roots" at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive, Sunnyvale, CA, on Tuesday evening 8/18/15 from 6-9p.
Synopsis - follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. A timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.
Brought to you by Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale and Transition Silicon Valley. Here is a link to the trailer:http://www.treemedia.com/#!urban-roots/c1cnz 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope "Racing to Zero" 6/26/2015 7:15p in Palo Alto

June - Fourth Friday Films of Vision and Hope
"Racing to Zero"

At the past couple of Fourth Fridays, we've looked at the problem of food waste, and seen what we can do to start reducing it. This month, let's look at reducing waste overall.
Racing To Zero is a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge.

Three years ago the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020. Racing to Zero tracks San Francisco’s waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.

Friday June 26, 2015
Meet and greet, 7:15p, film starts promptly at 7:30p, plan to stay for discussion after the film!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Fireside Room
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA

All ages welcome

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TPA Share Faire! Palo Alto, Sunday, 6/21/15 11a -1p

Transition Palo Alto Share Faire

Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA, in the Patio

Sunday, June 21, 2015
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


It's just over a week until we Share.  Are you ready?  We have a record number of teachers and community groups sharing their skills and projects with you this time.  And, of course, people will be bringing many interesting things to share as well.  It's going to be lots of fun.

In order to get you ready, we thought that we'd share a recent blog post with you.  A couple of months ago, a writer for Shareable magazine approached us to contribute to their article on Share Fests.  You can read about that and our response to the writer here.  Enjoy!

If you would like to volunteer - to help set-up, manage, greet or clean-up - there is room for a few more people.  You can sign up for a spot here.
Here are the confirmed teachers/skill-sharers and community groups so far (additions since the last e-mail in green):
Bart Anderson - Learning to have good conversations has been a revelation to many of us in Transition. Come join us as we get to know each other, share our discoveries and worries and just have a good time.
Kathy Bibby - If you haven't experienced essential oils as a natural way to relax and take the edge off being stressed, dragging or sleep-deprived, I'll be sharing a unique and wonderful hand rub with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils." Kath yis a Certified Aroma Touch Technique practitioner.
Amanda Kovattana will once again share her shoemaking skills. This time with an emphasis on making and designing sandals.
Marianne Mueller - All about lawns: clinic for reimagining your lawn (make it a low-water landscape)
Herb Moore will show us some examples of simple instruments you can make from household objects.
William Mutch will teach us knife sharpening.
Peggy Prendergast will teach core strength training.
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!
Diane Ruddle - Come see the power and versatility of solar cooking. We will demonstrate several types including: a SolSource parabolic cooker, a Global Sun Oven and a solar hotdog cooker made from a Pringles can.
Instructor chef Joni Sare will teach culinary life skills. You will learn how to properly hold and use a knife, as well as specific techniques. You'll be using a knife like a pro in as little as 5 minutes. Joni will also share efficiency tips, how to select/store produce, and more.
Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL) will have a book table.
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 Bounty Program for Gardeners-Beekeepers-Coopsters. Come see their backyard garden program display, receive seeds and more. NHN will have an actual Bee Colony and Beekeeper on hand for Q&A.
Zero Waste Palo Alto will share information about the new residential food scraps composting collection program starting July 1.
Make sure to follow us via your favorite social media.  We send e-mail, post on Facebook, have a Transition Palo Alto web-site, a Meetup group, a Twitter feed and more.  And tell others to join us - feel free to post the attached flyer to your favorite hangout.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"In Organic We Trust" film screening on Weds. 6/3/15 6-9p in Sunnyvale

You are invited to join us for a free screening of the film "In Organic We Trust" at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive, Sunnyvale, CA, on Wednesday evening 6/3/15 from 6-9p.
Synopsis - We can no longer stomach our food system. It's killing more and more Americans and costing billions in health care. But is organic really better for us or just a marketing scam?
When corporations went into the business and "organic" became a brand, everything changed. The philosophy and the label grew apart. Can gummy bears or bananas flown halfway across the world truly be organic?
This film looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmer's markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat.
Brought to you by Charles Street Gardens, Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale and Transition Silicon Valley.
Here is the link to the trailer: http://www.inorganicwetrust.org/

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May Fourth Friday, Shop Your Kitchen Potluck, 5/22/15 7-9p in Palo Alto

May 22, 2015 - Fourth Friday
Shop your kitchen potluck!

We're continuing our look at food waste with a fun "anti-food waste" evening.

Bring a potluck dish to share - with this extra twist:

Try to use as much as you can from your own kitchen. Or, ask your favorite vendors at your grocer's, farmer's market, or bakery for good food that might not be quite "perfect" - like day-old bread or produce with small blemishes.
Got a can of garbonzo beans? Make hummus!
Got a cabbage in the fridge? Make cole slaw!
Got some rice in your cupboard and some veggies in your fridge? Mix it up and get creative!
This is a "do your best" event. If you need to go out and buy something or get some
new ingredients, that's OK too. Don't let that stop you from coming!

We'll brainstorm about ideas to reduce waste, including anything that you've been doing over the past month.

PLUS we'll show some short videos to get you inspired to take more action.

Friday May 22, 2015
7:00-9:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Fireside Room
505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA

All ages welcome
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Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, and Zero Waste Palo Alto.

Monday, April 27, 2015

"King Corn" film screening at Sunnyvale Public Library, Sat. 5/9/15 3-6p

Films of Vision and Hope comes to the Sunnyvale Public Library. You are invited to join us at the library for the screening of "King Corn" on Saturday 5/9/2015 from 3 - 6p.

This film follows filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the East Coast who move to the heartland to learn were their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat - and how we farm.
Here is a link to the trailer:
http://www.kingcorn.net/

After the film, we will be hosting a lively discussion 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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope "Just Eat It" on 4/24/15 7:15p in Palo Alto

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope
Just Eat It
A food waste movie


Winner of numerous awards, including Audience Choice at the 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival.
“Hugely entertaining… will leave audiences gobsmacked.” - Variety

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant (remember them from the Clean Bin Project film?) dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food – you’ll see what happens.

After the film, join the discussion and hear Maybo Auyeung from Zero Waste Palo Alto share what’s happening locally.

Friday April 24, 2015
7:30pm (come at 7:15pm for social time)
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

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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, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, and Zero Waste Palo Alto.

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