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 or sign up here to be notified of locations. No obligation and no RSVP needed -- just show up when you can!

Thurs., July 20, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+ -- Edible, useful, and medicinal plants along Cerrito Creek 

Walkers age 50+: Join F5C President Susan Schwartz as we stroll Cerrito Creek looking for edible, useful, and medicinal plants. We'll enjoy some "wild" snacks, and talk about what nature meant for people in the past and what it can mean today. Meet at the north end of Cornell Ave./ south edge of El Cerrito Plaza parking lot (400 Cornell Ave., Albany on Internet maps).  Easy, level walk of under two miles, but we do cross the creek on stepping stones and scramble up a steep bank. (Walkers can turn back or take another route.) Wear sturdy shoes with good traction. Bring water and sticks if you use them. AC Transit 72 or El Cerrito Plaza BART. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center; free, no RSVP needed. Info:

Sat., July 22, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Bash invasive French broom near Tilden Park's century-old carousel -- free merry-go-round ride for all volunteers! 

We have transformed this popular area by removing big,  fire-prone French broom, but seedlings keep coming back, especially after last winter's rains. Help us consolidate our progress at this light-duty work party, ending with free merry-go-round rides for volunteers! Snacks, water, and gloves provided. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Because of the possibility of poison oak, this event is not suitable for very young children. Meet at Buckeye Picnic Area. From Central Park Drive, turn onto Lake Anza Road and take the first left downhill. Map here, or Tilden map at Easy by AC Transit 67. No RSVP needed -- just show up! Questions? Email

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.

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 bu 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.

Sat., Sept. 16: Coastal Cleanup and the new -- and future? -- Codornices trail

For Coastal Cleanup Day, join us along Codornices Creek, our area's only trout stream, along the Albany-Berkeley border down to the railroad tracks. Discover the new trail from San Pablo down to 10th Street! We'll remove trash and invasives. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Tools, gloves, bags, and water provided. Details on meeting place and exact hours to come.

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

Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (3499 Santa Clara on Internet maps). We'll remove trash and invasives. Wear shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Tools, gloves, bags, and water provided. Lunch and t-shirt for all volunteers!

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

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