Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Join Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon, followed by coffee and chat. Meet at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work, followed by coffee. Email f5creeks@gmail.com to be notified of locations.

August: No walk, no work party -- summer break!

Sept. 7 (Sunday), 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Remove broom and cape ivy near Tilden Park's Lake Anza and historic carousel.

Celebrate and consolidate our progress in beautiful Tilden Park! We'll pull re-sprouting French broom in areas where we cleared the big bushes (reducing fire danger) and start in on a huge infestation of smothering cape ivy -- we can take this on because we've cleared several small patches. Tools, gloves, great snacks and good company provided -- we'll even treat volunteers to a ride on the 100-year-old merry-go-round. Bring swimsuits and enjoy nearby Lake Anza after you work!

Meet at Acacia Picnic Area on Lake Anza Road. To get there, turn onto Lake Anza Road from Central Park Drive at the carousel. Pass Acacia Picnic Area on your left, park in the overflow lot for Lake Anza, and walk the short distance back. (There is no cell service in Tilden, so don't count on your car's GPS. Maps can be found at kiosks throughout the park.) AC Transit 67 stops at the carousel. Poison oak is always a possibility, so wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction.  Information: F5Creeks@gmail.com.

Sept. 9 (Tuesday), 7 PM - 9 PM. Bay Currents talk: The Coming Revolution in Urban Water, with Prof. David Sedlak.

Our free Bay Currents talks on nature and the environment, with an emphasis on positive solution, move to a new night -- second Tuesdays -- and a new, larger venue: The beautiful parish hall at St. Albans Church, 1501 Washington at Curtis, Albany (one block north of Solano).  Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin at 7:30 PM.

For our first fall talk, Professor David Sedlak, author of the new book "Water 4.0," outlines the three revolutions that brought us this undervalued wonder, and the re-invention needed to give the Bay Area -- and civilization -- safe, drought-proof water systems friendly to nature and vibrant urban life.

Dynamic and engaging, Professor Sedlak directs UC Berkeley's Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering, co-directs the Berkeley Water Center, and is deputy director of the National Science Foundation’s research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).

Join us at the Solano Stroll Sept. 14!

Sept. 20: Coastal Cleanup on Cerrito Creek, joint with El Cerrito Green Teams. Details TBA.

Sept. 25 (Thurs.), 9-11 AM:  The Ever-Changing Albany Bulb -- Walk for Ages 50+

Walkers age 50+: Meet at 9 AM at the "big bird" sculpture at the west end of Buchanan (10-minute walk from AC Transit 25) for an easy exploration of the debris-built Albany Bulb peninsula with Ranger Bob Flasher. Discover the latest changes in art and nature! Bring water and sun protection.  Information: rangerdude333@hotmail.com. 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.

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