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!

F5C's hard-working volunteers are mostly taking a break in August

Some Weed Warriors Tuesday session will continue. No 50+ walk, no general work party. Weed Warriors will work Aug. 1, 8, and 29.

Tues., Sept. 12: Free Bay Currents talks resume with "Ospreys -- Hooray!"

Tony Brake of the San Franciso Bay Osprey Coalition brings good news and spectacular photos of how, after more than a century, these graceful but fierce fish hawks are raising families along the Bay. 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., Sept. 14, 9-11 AM (Note: Second Thursday due to Rosh Hashanah): Walk for ages 50+ --  The beauty of biodiversity.

Walkers age 50+: Join Ranger Bob Flasher exploring varied and beautiful forest and chaparral communities along Tilden Park's Grizzly Peak Trail, on an easy out-and-back walk of just over 2 miles. Meet at 9 AM at the large parking area on the south side of Golf Course Drive, just east of Grizzly Peak and Centennial Drive. Map at www.ebparks.org or  here. Info: rangerdude333@hotmail.com. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. Info: f5creeks@gmail.com.

Sat., Sept. 16, 10 AM - 1 PM: Coastal Cleanup and the new -- and future -- Codornices trail

For Coastal Cleanup Day, join us along Codornices Creek as we remove trash and invasives along our area's only trout stream, along the Albany-Berkeley border down to the railroad tracks. All ages welcome! Discover the new trail from San Pablo down to 10th Street -- talk about completing the trail to the west! Wear clothes that can get dirty and shoes with good traction -- water sandals and boots OK. Tools, gloves, bags, and water provided -- plus free lunch for all volunteers, courtesy of co-sponsoring Belmont Village Senior Housing! Meet at the Belmont Village courtyard, just west of San Pablo on the creekside trail, south of 1100 San Pablo (just south of where Dartmouth St. reaches San Pablo, but on the west side of the street). Easy by AC Transit 72, 18, or 52. Map here.  Groups of five or more please RSVP to f5creeks@gmail.com. Otherwise, just show up!

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.

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

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