October 23, 2014

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.

San Francisco Dinner—”Panama adventures”

-1Thursday, October 16
Social hour 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, program 8 pm
City Forest Lodge, 254 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Franicsco

Allan and Helen Ridley were lured to Panama by an article that told of exceptional birdwatching opportunities, with mild temperatures and good roads. They followed an itinerary suggested by Caligo Ventures Birding and Nature Tours. Their route provided excellent birding, natural history viewing, and a window into the Panama Canal development, current operation and expansion, as well as the lavish development of Panama City as an international financial hub and shopping destination. Join us as the Ridleys share their stories and photos for a view into modern Panama.

Allan Ridley, MS, taught biology and ornithology at Urban High; Helen McKenna Ridley, MS, taught biology and was principal of Raoul Wallenberg High School. They have traveled widely, and have led international birding and natural history tours. They lead a bird walk in the S.F. Botanical Gardens in G.G. Park on the first Sunday of every month.

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

Jean-Marie Campbell
2000 California St., #12
San Francisco, CA 94109

Checks must be received by Friday, October 10, 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 Jean-Marie between 4 and 9 pm at (415) 290-7771 or jeanmarierentals@gmail.com.

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.

Green Friday—”A resilient response: the Transition movement”

8864942_origFri., Oct. 10, Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Doors open at 7 pm, program from 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Marissa Mommaerts will discuss the international grassroots response to the ecological and economic instability caused by climate change. Learn how communities in California, across the U.S., and around the world are taking action to transition away from fossil fuels while building resilience and responding to the great challenges of our time.

Marissa Mommaerts is Communications and Operations Manager for Transition U.S., the U.S. hub of the international Transition movement. Transition U.S. is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition initiatives across the nation. Mommaerts is also a community organizer with Transition Sebastopol and the Sebastopol Village Building Convergence.

East Bay Dinner—”California’s first organic farmers”

Archaeological excavation

Archaeological excavation

Thu., Oct. 23, social hour at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, program at 8 pm, Berkeley Yacht Club

Join Kent Lightfoot for a program on indigenous landscape-management practices in California. This lecture and slideshow will discuss the results of some recent archaeological work examining how native Californians employed prescribed burning to enhance the diversity, productivity, and sustainability of plants and animals they used for food, raw materials, and medicines, The program will highlight work that Kent is doing in Año Nuevo State Park with the California Parks and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Kent Lightfoot is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is author of several books on native Californians.

The cost of dinner and the program is $27 per person, including tax and tip. Please send your check, payable to “Sierra Club,” with guest names and a telephone number, to:

Jane Barrett170 Vincente Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510)845-8055

Attendance is limited to 115 attendees, so reserve early! Reservation deadline is October 13. There is no admittance for the program only.

Mount Diablo Group—“Trek Through Tanzania”

Red Colobus Monkey, Photo by Al Greening.

Red Colobus Monkey, Photo by Al Greening.

Wed., Nov. 12, 7 pm
Ygnacio Valley Library
2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek

Join us at our next general meeting for an African adventure. Al and Marie Greening will be our guides on a photographic safari through Tanzania. Our armchair sojourn takes us to Arusha National Park, Ndarakwei camp near Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Lake Victoria, Zanzibar, and Dar Es Salaam. The people, scenery, and wide variety of animals and birds in Tanzania are spectacularly colorful and eminently photogenic. Don’t miss this fascinating presentation!

Al and Marie Greening have traveled to over 50 countries and all seven continents.  Al has made many photo presentations to Sierra Club groups and has an exhibit of panoramic photographs at Clair Tappaan Lodge. He is also a docent at the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and leads photo walks at the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods.

This program is open to all with no reservations necessary. If you have questions, contact Ken Lavin at ken_lavin at hotmail.com or (925)852-8778.

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week with a test drive!

National-Drive-Electric-Week001Sunday, September 21, 8 am – 3 pm, Marin County Civic Center parking lot, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

As part of National Drive Electric Week, the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA) is hosting an event in Marin County to raise awareness of the widespread availability and benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. Electric vehicles from nearly every electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer will be on display and many will be available for test drives. EV drivers will be on hand to share their experience, and information on charging stations, solar charging, are EV car-sharing will be available.

The celebration will be held alongside the Sunday Marin Farmers Market and will include food and family-fun activities. Anyone interested in learning about or sharing the economic advantages, environmental benefits, and fun of driving electric is invited to participate in this celebration.

Learn more about these and other National Drive Electric Week events at https://driveelectricweek.org.

An armchair tour of Mount Diablo

group in elephant rock1Wednesday, September 12, 7 pm, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek

While we wait for the weather to cool off on our favorite mountain, come enjoy an armchair tour of Mount Diablo with Ken Lavin. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the mountain’s geology; is Mount Diablo a volcano? What made the wind caves? What are fossilized seashells doing high up on a mountain? This presentation will take us on a journey through the geologic history of Mount Diablo, including anecdotes about the adventures (and misadventures) of Diablo’s famous geologists, including Clarence King, who married an ex-slave and led a secret double life!

Ken Lavin is a Sierra Club hike leader. He is outings coordinator for Greenbelt Alliance, a teacher with Diablo Nature Adventures, and a Mount Diablo Interpretive Association volunteer. According to the San Francisco Chronicle “Ken is such a familiar figure on Mount Diablo, even the snakes seem to know him.”

Everyone is welcome and no reservations are necessary. For information, contact Ken Lavin at (925) 852-8778 or ken_lavin at hotmail.com.

Green Fridays presents “FRESH” film screening

Still from "FRESH" courtesy of Specialty Studios/Ripple Effect.

Still from “FRESH” courtesy of Specialty Studios/Ripple Effect.

On September 12, Green Fridays will present a screening of “FRESH”, a critically-acclaimed documentary about the good food movement. “FRESH” celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each of the characters profiled in “FRESH” has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.  Among several main characters, “FRESH” features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Green Fridays is a monthly series featuring informative speakers and discussions about the important environmental issues of our time. Join us on the second Friday of every month at the Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. Snacks and drinks begin at 7 pm; presentation is 7:30 – 9 pm. $3 suggested donation. All are welcome!

San Francisco Dinner—”Touring the Great National Parks of the West”

Yellowstone River Canyon; Photo by Gary Crabbe.

Yellowstone River Canyon; Photo by Gary Crabbe.

Thursday, September 18, 6 pm
City Forest Lodge, 254 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco

Join us for a breathtaking tour of some of the great National Parks of the western United States, as captured by professional landscape and travel photographer, Gary Crabbe. This will be a special chance to see some of the grand and more intimate scenes that draw millions of visitors to our parks from across the globe every year. For those who travel to exotic locations, Gary’s stunning photos will remind us of the magnificent and varied beauty that lies in our own backyard.

Social hour begins at 6 pm; dinner at 7 pm; and the program at 8 pm. Arrive early for street parking (no sidewalk parking please). Parking is available next door at the Forest Hill Christian Church lot for $1.50 per car.

To reserve your spot, send a check for $18 (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, September 12. 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. With questions, contact Gerry between the hours of 4 and 9 pm at (415) 474-4440 or gsouzis at hotmail.com.