Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Help care for nature in the city with Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work. Email f5creeks@gmail.com or sign up here to be notified of locations. No obligation and no RSVP needed -- just show up when you can!

Thurs., Jan. 19: Strawberry Creek campus stroll for ages 50+, 9-11 AM.

F5C Vice President Shirley Jowell leads an easy stroll along Strawberry Creek on the UC Berkeley campus. Discover restored natural areas, hidden glades, and historic buildings. Meet at the globe sculpture on the east side of Oxford near Center. Heavy rain cancels. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center. Free, no RSVP needed. Info: sjowell@sbcglobal.net.

Sat., Jan. 21: Cerrito Creek history walk, noon - 2 PM

Susan Schwartz of Friends of Five Creeks and David Weinstein of El Cerrito Historical Society lead an easy stroll along Cerrito Creek, exploring nature and fascinating history -- Native Americans, dynamite, gambling, and more! This walk celebrates the City of El Cerrito's Centennial. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, S. end of Santa Clara Ave. (3488 Santa Clara on Internet maps). Free!

Thurs., Jan. 26: Enjoy nature, map invasives, 10 AM - noon

Join a small group enjoying natives and mapping invasives in Tilden Regional Park, using CalFlora's cell-phone apps and contributing to a statewide database. We'll be mostly on Seaview Trail in Tilden Regional Park (no mud). To join in this citizen-science effort, email f5creeks@gmail.com. We'll send instructions and directions. Free!

Sat., Feb. 11: Help plant natives on beautiful Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill, 10 AM - 12:30 PM.

With welcome rains, this is a great time to help resilient and beautiful native plants get established on Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill, where F5C volunteers have been removing invasives for 15 years. Learn about the history of this fascinating urban oasis! If there's time, we'll also pick up any trash and remove spring weeds. Tools, gloves, water, and snacks provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and dress in layers, prepared for changing weather. All ages welcome -- there's a climbing structure for the very young. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Avenue (3488 Santa Clara on Internet maps). We work in a drizzle, but heavy rain moves to Sat., Feb. 18. 

Groups of 10 or more please RSVP. Otherwise, jut show up! Questions? Email f5creeks@gmail.com.

Tues., Feb 14: Free Bay Currents talk, "Love Letter to Mt. Diablo"

Seth Adams, longtime land-conservation director for Save Mount Diablo, tells first hand the fascinating story of "Re-assembling the Diablo Wild Lands" -- one of the Bay Area's most significant conservation efforts. Championing this landmark and its many ecosystems, Save Mount Diablo has expanded protected lands from 6,800 acres to a network of over 110,000 acres of open space. Breathtaking images will bring to life the mountain's importance and its rich natural and cultural history.

Bay Currents talks are second or third Tuesdays at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis). Talks are free, but seating is limited. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Download full spring schedule here. Sign up for notification here.

Thurs., Feb. 16, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+ explores nature's return to Lake Merritt

Enjoy wintering waterbirds and gems of restored urban nature along Lake Merritt on an easy, level walk led by Ranger Bob Flasher. Meet at the Oakland Museum entryway, 100 Oak St. (one block from Lake Merritt BART). Optional lunch at the museum follows. Info: rangerdude333@hotmail.com. Free, no RSVP needed. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center. 

We host many volunteer work parties for youth, company, religious, and other groups, on their schedule. Contact us for information.

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