November 24, 2014

Meet us at the Chapter holiday open house!

IMG_1881Friday, December 5, 6-9 pm, Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Join your fellow Sierra Club members and Chapter staff and leadership at our annual holiday party. The Sierra Club will be joining several other organizations in our building to celebrate the season and all the work we do.  Those sharing in the fun include the Ecology Center, League of Women Voters, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and SEEDS Community Resolution Center.

There will be food, beverages, live music, a free raffle, and, of course, lively conversation.

To make this event a success, we need your help! To volunteer or donate food, please contact Joanne Drabek at joanne1892@gmail.com or (510)530-5216.

San Francisco Dinner—“Nellie’s World Cup fútbol tour”

Thursday, January 15, social hour 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, program 8 pm.

Nellie and Ben en route, photo by Ben Oude Kamphuis

Nellie and Ben en route, photo by Ben Oude Kamphuis

New temporary location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 321 Taraval St., San Francisco, between Funston and 14th Ave.  Take Muni L or 28. Street parking, or limited parking at the church lot at the white parking  guards, one half block east on Taraval, for $1.50 per car, payable at the church check-in.

In January 2014, Ben Oude Kamphuis set out from San Francisco in his ’55 converted Chevy pick-up,“Nellie,” to drive to the World Cup in São Paulo, Brazil. Join Ben and Nellie on their 15,000 mile journey to the World Cup, stopping at cities, towns, and schools along the way to bring smiles and goodwill to their handicapped friends.

Ben grew up on farmland in the Netherlands, and first began working with disabled children in Holland. For the past 21 years, Ben has been working for the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation, where he established an organic therapeutic garden for the disabled.

To reserve your place, send a check for $20 (note new price) made out to “Sierra Club, S.F. Bay Chapter” to:

Gerry Souzis
1801 California St., #405
San Francisco, CA 94109

Checks must be received by Friday, January 9. Please indicate the program date, number of guests, your phone number, and if you are a vegetarian. Non-members are welcome. Bring your own wine or soft drinks. Glasses and ice are available.

Questions?  Contact Gerry between 4 and 9 pm at (415)474-4440 or gsouzis@hotmail.com. No morning calls please.

 

 

Mount Diablo Group—“Alaskan Adventure”

Wednesday, January 14, 7 pm, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

public house decorated with native artJoin us at our next meeting for an Alaska adventure as seen through the eyes and lens of botanist, photographer, and author Yulan Tong. Yulan’s presentation will feature photos of the Inland Passage, Denali, Katmai, Glacier Bay National Park, and more.

For Yulan, Alaska is a land of surprises and contradictions. She witnessed native peoples building traditional totems, yet traveling around by airplane. She saw fishermen sending their catches to both rustic smoke houses and modern canneries. Yulan was impressed by the contrast of small, slow-growing trees in a land of fast-growing giant cabbages. She’ll tell us of her canoe trip that required a quick detour because of fighting bears.

On retiring after 30 years as a chemist, Yulan Tong took up nature photography, with a special interest in wildflowers. She has published a book of California wildflowers, “Lilies of the Field.” She also contributed photos for the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association botanical guide “Mount Diablo Wildflowers.”

Everyone is welcome and no reservations are necessary. If you have questions, contact Ken Lavin at ken_lavin@hotmail.com or (925)852-8778.

Celebrate the holidays at the Bay Chapter’s open house!

Friday, December 5, 6-9 pm, Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Please join your fellow Sierra Club members and Chapter staff and leadership at our annual holiday party.

Celebrants at last year's holiday party

Celebrants at last year’s holiday party

The Sierra Club will be joining several other organizations in our building to celebrate the season and all the work we do.  Those sharing in the fun include the Ecology Center, League of Women Voters, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and SEEDS Community Resolution Center.

There will be food, beverages, live music, a free raffle, and of course, lively conversation.

To make this event a success, we need your help! To volunteer or donate food, please contact Joanne Drabek at joanne1892@gmail.com or (510)530-5216.

Green Friday—“Population and food security in the Sahel”

Friday, January 9, doors open at 7 pm, program 7:30-9:30 pm, Bay Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Zai-Judy_Saye_KopanicOur January speaker is Alisha Graves, MPH, of the OASIS Initiative, whose presentation is titled “Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Population and Food Security in the Sahel.” Over the next 30 to 40 years in the Sahel region of Africa, between 100 and 200 million people are likely to be without sustainable food supplies. Graves’ presentation will discuss the challenge of population growth, the region’s natural resources, and the implications for food security, with a focus on Niger. The second half of the talk will highlight what can be done to slow population growth in a human-rights framework.

Alisha Graves is the co-founder of the OASIS Initiative and leads strategy, development and advocacy efforts for the project. She completed her MPH in International Maternal and Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2006. She worked for six years as Senior Program Manager for a non-profit organization to improve access to misoprostol, a generic, essential medicine. In this role, she worked on policy initiatives, drug registration, and operations research across seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Refreshments will be served. $3 donation requested. Green Friday programs feature informative speakers and discussions about the most important environmental issues of our time. All are welcome, Sierra Club members as well as non-members.

Note: there is no Green Friday meeting in December; instead people are encouraged to attend the Sierra Club holiday party on December 5 at the Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo, from 6-9 pm.

East Bay Dinner—”From the Mountains to the Valleys, and More: Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent”

Thursday, January 22, no-host cocktails/social hour at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, program at 8 pm, Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley Marina.

mtns SVL#2_2In 1995, Susanna Van Leuven went to Glacier National Park in Montana and quickly fell in love with it.  For the next five years she went back, each time going farther and farther into the interior to see, and photograph, these wide expanses of mountains and valleys that took her breath away.

Join us in sharing the wonders of this great park with Stuart and Susanna Van Leuven: from Upper Two Medicine to Goat Haunt, from Angel Pond to Polebridge to Bowman Lake, to the shores of a hidden pond where Susanna woke to see a moose grazing on water lilies. Stuart and Susanna also canoed the North Fork of the Flathead River where the stones under the water looked like jewels but the road to the put-in point destroyed cars with great regularity.

Stuart and Susanna Van Leuven have been backpacking in Switzerland, England, and Glacier Park, where Susanna, after five years of going there alone, took her sweetheart to see what she knew was the prettiest park in the States. Stuart joined her in a trip to Granite Park Chalet where, on July 4th, they had to hike through snow to get there, and they both almost got blown off the mountain walking up to the Switftcurrent Lookout.

Cost of dinner and program is $27, including tax and tip. For a reservation, please send your check, payable to “Sierra Club,” with your name, telephone number, and the names of your guests, to:

Jane Barrett
170 Vicente Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
510 845-8055

Attendance is limited to the first 115 reservations received. Reserve early, as these programs do fill up. Reservation deadline is January 12. There is no admittance for program only.

East Bay Dinner—“Touring the Great National Parks of the West”

Thursday, December 4, no-host cocktails/social hour at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, program at 8 pm, Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley Marina.

Photo by Gary Crabbe

Photo by Gary Crabbe

Join us for a breathtaking tour of some of the great national parks in the western United States. Our guide and speaker is professional landscape and travel photographer, Gary Crabbe. This will be a chance to see some of the grand landscapes and intimate scenes in these parks. And Gary will also show us some of the more intimate scenes. Gary’s photos will remind us that we live close to some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.

Gary began taking pictures while in college. After graduation, a twist of fate led Gary to the studio of renowned photographer Galen Rowell, where he managed the 400,000- image library and Stock Department of Mountain Light Photography for nine years. In 1999, he turned to his own photography when he opted to become a stay-at-home dad following the birth of his first child.

His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, Victoria’s Secret, The North Face, Sunset, L.L. Bean, Subaru, and The Nature Conservancy. He has seven books to his credit, including the award-winning The California Coast. Other titles include Our San Francisco, Yosemite & the Eastern Sierra, Backroads of the California Wine Country, Backroads of the California Coast, and Greetings from California. His latest book is Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North, which won the highly distinguished 2013 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award as Best Regional Title by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Gary’s photographic prints & murals are included in both private and corporate collections. He has also conducted highly praised shows and workshops for groups like R.E.I., the Sierra Club, the Photographic Society of America, local camera clubs, and at Point Reyes National Seashore. Gary also offers a variety of other services, including consulting, photo-editing and research, public presentations and lectures, along with custom private and group photo workshops.

To see Gary’s work, visit his website at http://enlightphoto.com.

Cost of dinner and program is $27, including tax and tip. For a reservation, please send your check, payable to “Sierra Club,” with your name, your telephone number, and the names of your guests, to:

Jane Barrett
170 Vicente Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510)845-8055

Attendance is limited to the first 115 reservations received. Reserve early, as these programs do fill up. Reservation deadline is November 24. There is no admittance for program only.

 

Green Fridays welcomes the Climate Reality Project

Friday, November 14
Doors open at 7 pm; the program runs from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Bay Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

climaterealityThis month, Raines Cohen of the Climate Reality Project will present an overview of his organization, a non-profit focused on climate-change education and countering climate-change denial campaigns worldwide.

The Climate Reality Project believes that the solutions to climate change are right in front of us: we can create a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future by making a global shift from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energies. The Project works to raise awareness and bring people together to demand change.

Green Fridays is a monthly series featuring informative speakers and discussions about the important environmental issues of our time. Refreshments are served. There is a $3 suggested donation.

History Speaks: John Muir and his legacy for wilderness

JOMUoverviewLGThursday, November 13, 6 pm
California Historical Society
678 Mission St., San Franicsco

Even a century after his death, John Muir’s life continues to be an inspiration for wilderness and environmental protection. To learn about Muir is to understand how one person who cares about the environment can make a difference for public values and policy. Join the California Historical Society (CHS) and the Sierra Club at a special event exploring John Muir’s life and legacy. Doug McConnell of Bay Area Backroads will open the event and set the stage for a lecture by renowned John Muir scholar Harold Wood.

The event is part of the Sierra Club’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and also marks the centennial year of John Muir’s passing.

Harold Wood is a long-time John Muir scholar and wilderness activist, chair of the Sierra Club John Muir Education Team, and webmaster of the Sierra Club John Muir Exhibit website.

Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Sierra Club and CHS members. Purchase tickets online here.

San Francisco Dinner: “Tanzania: Its wildlife, people, and the land they inhabit”

Thursday, November 20
Social hour 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, program 8 pm
City Forest Lodge, 254 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco

Al and Marie Greening traveled toTanzania in 2008, and were captivated by the people, topography and the wide variety of birds and animals. They visited Arusha National Park, Ndarakwei camp near Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Lake Victoria, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. Join us for Al and Marie’s presentation of their stunning photos that will give us the inside story of their safari in Tanzania.

Al and Marie have traveled to over 50 countries and all seven continents. Al is a regular presenter at Sierra Club groups, and has an exhibit of panoramic photos at Claire Tappaan Lodge. He is a docent at Point Bonita Lighthouse and leads photo walks in the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods.

Send a check for $18.00 (note new price) made out to “Sierra Club, S.F. Bay Chapter” to:

Gerry Souzis
1801 California St., Apt. 405
San Francisco, CA 94109

Checks must be received by Friday, November 14, 2014. Please send a separate check for each program, and indicate the program date, number of guests and your phone number. Non-members are welcome. Bring your own wine or soft drinks. Glasses and ice are available. Let us know if you are a vegetarian.

Questions? Contact Gerry between 4 and 9 pm at (415) 474-4440 or gsouzis@hotmail.com. No morning calls please.

Come early for street parking (no sidewalk parking please). Parking is available next door at the Forest Hill Christian Church lot, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd. for $1.50 per car, payable at the Lodge check-in. Also accessible via Muni K, L, M, or 43.