Upcoming Events Environmental Events (Oct 10-20, 2013)

Upcoming Environmental Action Events!

 

East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) Planting

Where: 1286 Runnymede St, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Date: October 19, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Details: Come plant 160 trees! When you sign up, let us know if you will come for the morning shift,8:00am-1:00pm or afternoon shift, 11:00am-4:00pm, or stay the whole day! Lunch will be provided. This will be a big day, so bring your amazing spirits and tree enthusiasm! 30 Planting leaders needed. http://www.canopy.org/pages/get-involved/volunteer-signup.php
World Water Monitoring Challenge, Sunnyvale  • An Acterra Event
Where: West Valley Elementary School, 1635 Bellville Way, Sunnyvale  (map)
When: Saturday,  October 19, 2013   (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
City: Sunnyvale
Description:  Volunteers are invited to come help us determine the quality of water in Stevens Creek with monitoring activities which are easy and fun to carry out. Even the youngest volunteers will enjoy performing tests with our color-changing indicator kits. Participants will also have the opportunity to do a bit of biomonitoring by looking at which aquatic bugs live in this part of the creek – finding too many pollution tolerant bugs could mean a pollution problem. Monitoring results will be shared with communities around the world which are holding their own World Water Monitoring Challenge events.
Preregistration required: http://sunnyvalewater.eventbrite.com/
Cost: Free
Contact: Joanne McFarlin, joannem*acterra.org
Presented by: Acterra, City of Sunnyvale
Websites:  http://sunnyvalewater.eventbrite.com/http://acterra.org
Using the Master Charts
Where: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 near VTA bus 22 and Cal Ave Caltrain  (map)
When: Saturday,  October 12, 2013   (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
City: Palo Alto
Description:  The Master Charts in How to Grow More Vegetables contain a lot of valuable information to help you get started if you are a beginning gardener, as well as help you use your garden space more efficiently to produce more food for yourself. Learn how to use the Master Charts to make the best use of your garden area, plan what you want to grow, and decide when you need to do it. You will need the 8th edition of How to Grow More Vegetables, a calculator, and a pencil.
Cost: $31
Contact: Common Ground Staff, 650-493-6072, info*commongroundinpaloalto.org
Presented by: Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Websites:  http://usingmastercharts2013.eventbrite.com/#http://commongroundinpaloalto.org/index.htm
Bike Palo Alto
WhenSunday,  October 13, 2013   (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Where: El Carmelo School, Bryant Street and Loma Verde Avenue, Palo Alto  (map)
Description:  The Fourth Annual Bike Palo Alto hopes to encourage Palo Alto residents to lower their carbon footprint and ride bikes more often for local shopping trips and getting around the city. Volunteers are welcome – email bikepaloalto@gmail.com.
Cost: Free
Contact: Lisa Altieri, bikepaloalto*gmail.com
Presented by: City of Palo Alto
Websites:  http://www.pagreenteams.org/bikepaloalto
Creek to Peak Hike
Where: Meet in Alum Rock Park – 16240 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95127  (map)
When: Saturday,  October 19, 2013   (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
City: San Jose
Description:  The watershed is not just the creek; it is the entire pathway of the water from the top of the hills to the base. Come take a challenging 6-mile hike with us from the creek all the way up to the top of the Boccardo Trail. This hike has over 1400 feet elevation gain. You will see beautiful views and feel like you accomplished something when you are finished! Bring $6 for parking inside Alum Rock Park. Meet at the innermost parking lot near the Youth Science Institute.
Cost: Free
Contact: Teri Rogoway, (408) 224-7476, trogoway*openspaceauthority.org
Presented by: Open Space Authority
Websites:  http://www.openspaceauthority.org/activities/thingstodo.htmlhttp://www.openspaceauthority.org/
World Water Monitoring Challenge, Sunnyvale  • An Acterra Event
When: Saturday,  October 19, 2013   (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
City: Sunnyvale
Description:  Volunteers are invited to come help us determine the quality of water in Stevens Creek with monitoring activities which are easy and fun to carry out. Even the youngest volunteers will enjoy performing tests with our color-changing indicator kits. Participants will also have the opportunity to do a bit of biomonitoring by looking at which aquatic bugs live in this part of the creek – finding too many pollution tolerant bugs could mean a pollution problem. Monitoring results will be shared with communities around the world which are holding their own World Water Monitoring Challenge events.
Preregistration required: http://sunnyvalewater.eventbrite.com/
Cost: Free
Location: West Valley Elementary School, 1635 Bellville Way, Sunnyvale  (map)
Contact: Joanne McFarlin, joannem*acterra.org
Presented by: Acterra, City of Sunnyvale
Websites:  http://sunnyvalewater.eventbrite.com/http://acterra.org
Film Screening: Hot Water
When: Sunday,  October 20, 2013   (1:00 pm – 2:10 pm)
City: Palo Alto
Description:  When you were growing up, how many people did you know who had cancer? How many do you know today? Filmmakers go to South Dakota following a story about uranium contamination only to discover that the problem flows much farther and runs deeper than they could have imagined. Three years and thousands of miles later, Hot Water tells of those impacted by uranium mining, atomic testing, nuclear energy and the contamination that runs through our air, soil and even more dramatically, our water.
Cost: $10 adults; students & Seniors FREE
Location: Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Downtown Palo Alto, CA 94301
Contact: Ali Williams, 650-648-3829, ali*unaff.org
Presented by: United Nations Association Film Festival
Websites:  http://www.unaff.org
Film Screening: A Fierce Green Fire
When: Sunday,  October 20, 2013   (2:30 pm – 4:10 pm)
City: Palo Alto
Description:  A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the twentieth century and one of the keys to the twenty-first. It 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.
Cost: $10 adults; students & Seniors FREE
Location: Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Downtown Palo Alto, CA 94301
Contact: Ali Williams, 650-648-3829, ali*unaff.org
Presented by: United Nations Association Film Festival
Websites:  http://www.unaff.org

*Personal Note: I would HIGHLY recommend going to watch “A Fierce Green Fire.” It is an incredible movie!
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