Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Join 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.

Jan. 24 (Sat.), 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Remove invasives in El Cerrito's beautiful Hillside Natural Area

Join us at on the high road in El Cerrito's beautiful Hillside Natural Area, removing re-sprouting broom and other invasives in one of the gorgeous meadows where we removed big broom last year. Wide choice of light or heavy tasks -- we may even do some planting. Great views! Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company provided. Afterwards, those who want can take a short hike to the new Madera Property, linking the two parts of the Hillside Natural Area. (Acquisition is not yet complete, so this is a slight change from earlier plans. But soon!)

Meet at the west end of King Court. To get there, from Moeser Lane below Arlington, take King or Shevlin north. Just past where they intersect, turn west, downhill, on one-block King Court. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Information: f5creeks@gmail.com.

Feb. 10 (Tues.), 7 PM - 9 PM. Bay Currents talk: Greening Wine

For California’s almost 4000 wineries and 6000 wine-grape growers, sustainability involves low water use, healthy streams, diverse wildlife and native plants, soil rich in nutrients and free of toxics, fair treatment of workers, vibrant local communities, and more. Hear how some growers and vintners are embracing sustainability – from controlling weeds with sheep to restoring miles of wetlands and stream banks. Napa-area food writer Janet Fletcher, author of Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California, is joined by Allison Jordan, executive director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

Join us in the beautiful St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington at Curtis, Albany (one block north of Solano).  Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin at 7:30 PM. Free! Full spring schedule here.

Feb. 17 (Tues.), King Tides shoreline walk and trash pickup

For the last of winter's high daytime tides -- a look at a future of rising sea levels -- join us at a special Weed Warriors session collecting trash that the high tide floats up along the shoreline north of Point Isabel. East Bay Regional Park District will lead. We'll talk about the fascinating history of this area and the likely effects of rising sea levels due to global warming (handout here). If you like, bring a camera to contribute to the California King Tides Photo Initiative, documenting changing conditions.  Check back for details, but  we'll probably start about 11 AM at the north end of Rydin Road.

Feb. 19 (Thursday), 9-11 AM: Walk for Ages 50+: Alameda Birds and History

Our monthly free walk for ages 50+, co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center, explores a bayside bird sanctuary in Alameda as well as the island's elegant past. This level walk ends with an optional lunch at one of Park Street's many ethnic eateries. Meet at Park Street and Shoreline Drive, on the water side -- map here (AC Transit 20 or 21). No RSVP needed. Information: f5creeks@gmail.com.

Feb. 26 (Thursday), 10 AM - noon: Walk to map invasives

Join us in a new, small-group program of easy, beautiful walks mapping invasives in the East Bay Regional Parks, with initial focus on Tilden. Those with Android phones particularly welcome. If interested, please email f5creeks@gmail.com for more information and this month's location.

Feb. 28 (Sat.), 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help an urban oasis: Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill

Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park (map here) to remove invasives and trash along Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill, with light and heavy tasks for all. Trash pick-up, too! Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company provided. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Information: f5creeks@gmail.com.

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

For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.