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!

Sat., Sept. 23, 9 AM - 1 PM: Join Friends of Albany Parks, Friends of Albany Hill, El Cerrito Green Teams, and F5C sprucing up Cerrito Creek, on the Albany-El Cerrito border.

All ages welcome as we remove trash and invasives -- there's even a play structure for the very young. Wear clothes that can get dirty and shoes with good traction -- water sandals and boots OK for water, but for work on hill (your choice), wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Tools, gloves, bags, and water provided. Free lunch, courtesy of City of Albany, and t-shirts from Friends of Albany Hill for all volunteers! Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (3499 Santa Clara on Internet maps; easy by AC Transit 72 or 80, short walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART). Co-sponsored by City of Albany, Friends of Albany Hill, El Cerrito Green Teams, and Friends of Five Creeks. Groups of five or more please RSVP to friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com or f5creeks@gmail.com. Otherwise, just show up!

Thurs., Sept. 28, 10 AM - noon: Join a small group mapping invasives with CalFlora's cell-phone app. 

Learn about natives and invasives as we explore beautiful trails on easy walks. This month, we'll resume Tilden mapping with an easy downhill on Memory Trail, with car shuttle back up. Email f5creeks@gmail.com to learn more and get on the list to be notified of locations each month.

Tues., Oct. 10: Free Bay Currents talk: David Loeb on "Bringing You Bay Nature"

David Loeb co-founded the wonderful Bay Nature magazine and served for 17 years as editor and later publisher. Recently retired, he reflects on the joys and challenges of publishing a local nature magazine and the importance of understanding the natural world where we livee. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 - 9 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington Ave. (one block north of Solano), Albany. Free, but seating is limited. Fall schedule of Bay Currents talks here.

Thurs., Oct 19, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+ --  Greening Emeryville

Walkers age 50+: Join F5C's Susan Schwartz and Sheryl Drinkwater and special guest Peter Schultze-Allen (our November Bay Currents speaker) exploring how little Emeryville, once known for heavy industry and gambling, is moving toward becoming a dense, walkable "city of the future," with urban gardens and trails, public art, free transit, re-purposed "brownfields" sites, and innovative pollution treatments. This is an easy, level, one-way walk with return on free Emery Go-Round, followed by optional lunch at a local restaurant. Meet at 9 AM at 65th and the Emery Greenway, between Hollis and Vallejo (AC Transit 72 or 59, or park where you can and take the free Emery Go-Round shuttle on Hollis to 65th, walk east. See emerygoround.com.) Info: f5creeks@gmail.com. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. Info: f5creeks@gmail.com.

Thurs., Oct. 26, 10 AM - noon: Join a small group mapping invasives with CalFlora's cell-phone app. 

Learn about natives and invasives as we explore beautiful trails on easy walks.  Email f5creeks@gmail.com to learn more and get on the list to be notified of locations each month.

Sat., Oct. 28, 10 AM - 1 PM: Remove invasive French broom in newly restored Eastshore State Park

Oct. 28 is Berkeley Project Day and also national "Make a Difference Day" celebrating volunteering. Join F5C volunteers and UC Berkeley students as we venture into the newly restored Eastshore State Park south of University Avenue -- an area still closed to the public to give natives a chance to get established in the former big dirt piles there. We will remove invasive, fire-prone French broom near the edge of Brickyard Cove, an important migrating and wintering rest for shorebirds. Wear clothes that can get dirty and shoes with good traction -- long pants and long sleeves strongly recommended. Tools, gloves, bags, water, and snacks provided. 

Meet at the west touchdown of the pedestrian-bicycle trail over I-80 -- map here. By car, park near the south edge of the Sea Breeze Deli parking lot, 598 University (just west of the freeway). Easy by walk or bike ride on the Bay Trail or pedestrian-bicycle bridge over I-80, or by AC Transit 81 or 51B. (From 51B, get off at Berkeley Amtrak, walk south one block and then west, crossing the railroad tracks and skirting the north end of Aquatic Park to cross the pedestrian-bicycle bridge. See map.) No RSVP needed -- just show up! Info: F5creeks@gmail.com.

Tues., Nov. 14: Greening the Gray 

This year's hurricanes have vividly shown the dangers of our cities' vast sheets of impermeable roofs, streets, and parking lots. Here in the Bay Area, paved-over cities are being slowly converted to green spongy habitats. How do rain gardens, trees, and soils benefit water, wildlife, and people? Hear about the history and potential from Peter Schuleze-Allen, who brought"low impact development" to Emeryville's legacy of heavy industry and pollution. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 - 9 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington Ave. (one block north of Solano), Albany. Free, but seating is limited. Fall schedule of Bay Currents talks here.

Thurs., Nov. 16, 9-11 AM: Monarchs and more on Albany Hill

Walkers age 50+: Margot Cunningham, co-president of Friends of Albany Hill, introduces you to the standalone hill's refuge for migrating monarch butterflies and other treasures, plus fascinating human and natural history. Easy walk along the hill's summit is followed optional hike downhill to Cerrito Creek and back up (< 1 mile, 340 ft. elevation change). Meet at the top of Taft Street, Albany. Info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. 

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

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