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 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

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

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