Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dec. 23rd, Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link].
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Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

Interview with...
Bob & Linda of the "Christmas Town" holiday display!
A nationally-recognized festive display of whimsical lights and brevity, with Santa Claus, cartoon characters, a miniature merry-go-round (as a display item), and more! It was created over fifteen years as a tribute for their eldest daughter, who passed away in a plane crash over Arkansas.
They recently converted their display to include LED lights, which has saved them a bit of money in electricity costs. They ask that you bring your children before the end of the holidays, and to consider making a donation at their box on the premises on the corner of Belmont st. and Old Glen Cove rd., off of the Glen Cove exit on Freeway 780!
Photo by Rochelle Newson Shropshire: 
Photo by Susan George:

Community News
Providing links to articles, and to backed-up pages and newsletters at Archive.today

Newsletter for December, 2014 [https://archive.today/Lnqxb]

What is Participatory Budgeting? from PBP on Vimeo.

New Solar Power Technology!
If you'd like to see these projects be developed further, visit the links and call the telephone number listed at the end of the article! Let them know you support the development of Solar Power!
* "New Technique Could Harvest More of the Sun's Energy" (2014-11-26) [http://www.caltech.edu/news/new-technique-could-harvest-more-suns-energy-44923] [https://archive.today/SguzS]
Artist impression of the plasmo-electric effect as an ultra-sensitive needle measures the voltage that is generated while the nanospheres are illuminated.

* "New technique offers spray-on solar power" (2014-12-05) [http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/new-technique-offers-spray-on-solar-power/] [https://archive.today/V8pyi]

"A Sustainable Ocean Harvest Connecting with Larry Knowles, proprietor of Rising Tide Sea Vegetables" (2014-12-18) [http://baynature.org/articles/tide/] [https://web.archive.org/web/20141220192941/http://baynature.org/articles/tide/]

"S.F.’s apparel industry finds new fit in city" (2014-12-22) [http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-s-apparel-industry-finds-new-fit-in-city-5974473.php] [https://archive.today/SrK8c], [begin excerpt]: Apparel manufacturing, once a signature San Francisco industry until international trade deals and cheap labor largely drove it abroad in the 1980s and 1990s, is quietly — and perhaps surprisingly — resurging alongside the tech boom in one of the most expensive cities in the country in which to live and do business. The apparel manufacturing industry hit bottom here in 2010, when it employed 1,574 workers, down from 6,445 in 2001, according to figures from the state Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since then, the numbers have inched up, with 1,623 people employed in textile and apparel manufacturing in San Francisco in 2013, the most recent figures available. The apparel industry growing in the city now has a different profile than the heyday of Esprit and the others of the 1980s. It’s not about large volume on the cheap. It’s about quality over quantity, said Janet Lees, a senior director at SFMade, a local manufacturing advocacy group. “It’s small batch, high quality, limited edition, customizable,” Lees said. “You can’t compete on low price points. That’s not what’s being manufactured in San Francisco. It’s really artisanal manufacturing.” [end excerpt]

Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) [theselc.org]
Annual Report for 2014, & What's Next for 2015
We got a lot of things done at SELC this year, and below is our 2014 Annual Report to give you some highlights of the many ways we've helped create more just and resilient local economies across the country. We think we can do more, and we ask that you consider becoming a SELC community member [theselc.org/become-a-member]! Let's people-power the movement for more just and resilient economies together! (Click the image below to view an interactive PDF!) [web.archive.org/web/20141220193301/http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/theselc/mailings/93/attachments/original/FINALAR!.pdf?1418933573]

And that's not all! In 2015, we plan to:
* Legalize Seed Libraries across the country [legalizeseeds.org];
* Introduce the “Sustainable Economies Securities Act” in CA to remove barriers to small-scale community investment in projects that build climate resilience;
* Build an international network of attorneys focusing on creating sustainable economies;
* Introduce city laws to prioritize worker cooperative development;
* Publish a policy report on equitable short-term rental regulation;
* Work with the Agrarian Trust [agrariantrust.org] to create new legal mechanisms for ensuring farmland remains for farming; and
* A lot more! (click to see our vision for the world in 2025!) [shareable.net/blog/selc-celebrates-victories-and-launches-seed-library-campaign] [peeep.us/e18301a6]

Wonderments of the East Bay
Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin
Celebrating eighty years of wonder at the East Bay Regional Parks
The East Bay Regional Parks abound in wonderments: animals, plants, sounds, geological formations, histories, and languages that stimulate our curiosity and expand our capacity for awe. In exquisite, lyrical essays, Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin—with help from their friends—revel in these wonderments.
Vernal pools burst into bloom in springtime, transforming cracked earth into wetlands crowded with wildflowers and fairy shrimp.
Marsh wrens trill reedy tunes from their 200-song repertoire.
Stretches of rock wall span the hills, perplexing any who endeavor to explain their purpose.
A volcano lies toppled just a few miles from the core of downtown Oakland.
And more…
$15.00, Paperback, with flaps, 5 x 7, 128 pages, with over 150 full-color photographs ISBN: 978-1-59714-296-0

FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Explore how the plants and animals of Suisun Marsh prepare for the New Year by joining a free guided walk at Rush Ranch on Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Solano Land Trust volunteer Gayle Vaughan will lead the walk with the theme “Holiday Exploration of the Marsh.”  Hikers should expect to walk alongside the marsh for two miles on mostly level but rugged and slippery dirt trails. Kids and adults of all ages who are able to walk this distance are encouraged to participate. For important details, including meeting location and directions, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. To RSVP and for additional questions, call Vaughan at 707-745-8322.
Photo: Rush Ranch by Tom Muehleisen

Visit local treasures in Solano County
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Local residents and visitors can dedicate the first month of the year to health and well-being through several outdoor adventure opportunities with Solano Land Trust. Participants can hike while viewing local waterways replenished by winter rains and hillsides that have turned green. For important details, including each event’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 x200. January opportunities include:
** Thurs. Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Reflect and Re-energize Hike: Reflect on the symbolism of one year ending and another beginning, observe seasonal changes of the landscape and re-energize on this hike through the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo. Free.
** Thurs. Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
New Year’s Day Hike: Enjoy great views of oak woodlands while getting in shape on this hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. Free.
** Sat. Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King-Swett Ranches
Nature Hike: Explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and get a workout. Free.
** Wed. Jan. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant native shrubs and trees at a restoration site. Free.
** Thurs. Jan. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant native shrubs and trees at a restoration site. Free.
** Sat. Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Hike for Exercise and the Views: Hike through beautiful California oaks on this winter morning. Participants can get exercise on the hills, appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys and listen to the music of the birds and squirrels. Free.
** Sat. Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. Free parking pass for the day.
** Sat. Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Workshop and Hike: Attend an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, and a book review, followed by a hike. $10 per person.
** Sat. Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Get the Rush: Go back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action. Visitors can try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake. Participants also can visit Little Bear’s table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted. Free.
** Mon. Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Enjoy the holiday with a hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. Participants can see views of oak woodlands while getting in shape. Free.
** Mon. Jan. 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Flooded with Science and Seawater, a guided nature walk along the edge of Suisun Marsh during the King Tide: Pause on Martin Luther King Day to learn about science while walking on the edge of Rush Ranch’s wild wetland. Participants will learn about Rush Ranch’s tidal marsh, scientific research occurring there and what King Tides can teach us about sea level rise. Free.
** Thurs. Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant acorns and other seeds of native tree species along the banks of Lynch Creek. Free.
** Sat. Jan. 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bees, Bees, Bees! Why are bees so vital? How can we attract them and help them prosper?: Learn about California's native bees, their importance as crop pollinators and how to foster growth of bee populations on farms and in gardens.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.

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