Monday, May 19, 2014

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

ARISE

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. 
http://www.specialtystudios.com/page.asp?s=specialtystudios&content_id=33696


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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Community Resilience Challenge Event at Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale 5/17/14 1-4p


It's May and time for the Transition US Community Resilience Challenge.
We held a brainstorming session last month at to plan what we can do locally this month. The answer: Self watering planter workshop!
You are all invited to attend the Self-Watering Planter workshop at Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale.

A self-watering planter (SWP) is a planter that draws water on an as-needed basis from a storage reservoir.
SWPs have oodles of benefits:
  •   Reduce water loss by evaporation or over spray.
  •   Take the guesswork out of watering and reduce accidental over or under watering.

  •   Keep containers from drying out too quickly in hot weather.
  •   Let you go away over a long weekend without coming
    home to wilted greens.
  •   Provide a stable, consistent planting environment.
Why make your own?
Fruits and vegetables need plenty of water during their growing cycle. You can buy SWPs with big reservoirs, but they’re very expensive and often available only by catalog. Cheaper SWPs are available, but the reservoirs are too small (a mature cherry tomato plant in a container in full sun can drink up to seven cups of water a day). The bigger your reservoir, the longer you can leave your planter between watering, which anyone with a busy schedule can appreciate. By making your own SWP, you control the reservoir size.
As a bonus, once you learn how it works, you'll be able to retrofit any appropriate container to be self-watering.
When/where: Sat May 17, 2014 1-4pm
Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale, 1065 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA
$30 includes all supplies required to create your very own self-watering planter
You MUST register and pay in advance to be able to have the provided supplies. Don't wait to sign up
we have supplies for a max of 15 people. To register and pay, go to http://fullcirclesunnyvale.org/workshop-registration/
If you want to learn, but not make the planter or get the supplies, you can just show up.

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