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Monitor Notes: EcoFest, Bike Out the Vote, Spooktacular Redwoods, Food and Climate


Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


In Case You Missed It:
Challenging Climate Change

Facing a challenge is often easier when you’re not doing it alone.  Whether it’s dieting, dealing with substance abuse, or building homes for Habitat for Humanity, a group brings support — and maybe some friendly competition — to make the process more enjoyable and celebrate reaching milestones and goals.

Cue the Climate Challenges underway in Bay Area communities, which let participants see how their efforts, and those of others, really do add up to significant steps toward resilience and sustainability.

Read more from Leslie Stewart at the Bay Area Monitor.


EcoFest in Walnut Creek
Saturday October 22nd, 11am

Walnut Creek is kicking off Sustainability Week with EcoFest on Saturday at Civic Park. The EcoFest offers interactive learning for all ages on a variety of topics from gardening, to electric bicycles to home electrification. The Electric Vehicle Expo presents multiple makes and models and info about rebates and discounts. Ask the experts your questions on appliance electrification, solar panels, battery storage and rebate programs.

Find out more information here, and registration is encouraged.

Photo by Klaus-Dieter Naujok


Bike Out the Vote
Saturday, October 22nd, 11am

On Saturday, October 22, members of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville will take off on their second Bike Out the Vote! bicycle caravan. Attendees, including both cyclists and walkers, will gather at Albany Memorial Park on Portland behind Albany High at 10:30am. Signs and other voting swag will be distributed before the ride.

The “bikavan” will leave the Park at 11am and proceed down a predetermined route (more route info here) until concluding the ride at Doyle Hollis park around noon.

To joinor ask questions, email Margo Schueler at [email protected].


Ranger Talk: Spooktacular Redwoods
Sunday, October 23rd, 12pm 

On Sunday, the Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve will be hosting talks with Ranger Lund about the seasonally-appropriate spookiness of redwood forests, their creepy-crawly inhabitants, and the nearby ghost town of Purissima. Stop by anytime during a two-hour window starting at noon.

Head to the preserve parking lot on Skyline Blvd, then look for a ranger truck and activity table at the edge of the lot. Link to google maps. 

Photo by mnlamberson


Food Choices and Climate Change
Thursday, October 27th, 11:30am

Hidden Acterra and San Jose State University have partnered to put together a panel discussion about food, and how what we choose to eat (and waste) affects climate change. After the panel discussion, they will host a partial screening of the film “Just Eat It,” about food waste and food rescue. A free lunch will be provided for attendees. 

The in-person event will be held at the San Jose State Union Theater. Register here. If you’d like to read more about food choices and climate change, consider this digital pamphlet from Acterra.


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