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Earth Week!

This is the week to celebrate the health of the earth, environment, and all the people & creatures (like Shmokey the cat) who live on it!

Earth Day is 'officially' April 22nd, but is actually celebrated throughout April as well as on the Vernal Equinox -- the first day of Spring in March.

No matter which day it is, it's always a mighty fine time to think about your contribution to the conservation -- or pollution -- of the planet.

To see how angelic or evil you are, why not check out your ecological footprint? 15 quick and painless questions.

More enjoyable yet, plan that last minute Earth Dinner. All you have to do is invite some friends over, or twist a friend's arm to host it for you! Potluck is where it's at. Want more planning tips? No worries.

Events Galore

Environmental Education Council of Marin and Worldwise Quarterly Mixer
Tue, 4/19/05, 5:00pm-7:00pm; Free
Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Dr. in San Rafael
A great place to network and connect. No reservations necessary, just show up! For questions, contact or call 415-485-4908.

Eating for Health: A Family Plan by Dr. Bauman, Ph.D.
Wed, 4/20/05, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Marin Primary School, 20 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur
Presented by EECOM's Marin Food Systems Project. Dr. Bauman, Ph.D., is the director of Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, with campuses in Berkeley, Penngrove, and Santa Cruz, California. He has been a groundbreaking leader and author in the field of whole food nutrition for the past 30 years. He developed the Eating for Health nutrition model, which is an effective way to promote optimal health, prevent disease, manage chronic illness and help people discover the joys of eating well. The event includes a talk, discussion, refreshments and a visit to the school garden. Please RSVP to Marin Food Systems Project Coordinator, 415-485-4908.

Commonwealth Club: A TASTY REVOLUTION: Changing the World One Plate at a Time
Thu, 4/21/05
Club Office, 595 Market St, 2nd floor in SF;
$8 for Members, $15 for Non-members
There is a group of activist chefs and restaurateurs striving to make the world a better place for their employees, suppliers and clients. Whether by paying a better wage and treating their staff with respect, supporting producers who are raising food in sustainable ways, or ensuring food safety as well as superb taste and quality, these food visionaries are setting the trends that others are emulating. Traci Des Jardins, Jardiniere, Mijita, Acme Chophouse; Mark Pastore, Incanto; Lori Regis, Boulette's Larder; Arnold Wong, bacar, EOS; Larry Bain, Jardiniere, Acme Chophouse, Mijita – moderator.

Mind Your Planet: Earth Day Dinner
Fri-Sun, 4/22/05-4/24/05
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF;
$45/person - 3 course prix fixe menu (in addition to regular menu)
Celebrate Earth Day the Vegan Way, including the featured special "Kiss the Earth" cocktail. Please mention your interest in this special menu when making your reservation.

Marin Environmental Film Festival
Fri-Sun, 4/22/05-4/24/05
Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St. in San Rafael
25 films covering everything environmental, including oil drilling in Alaska, energy, food systems, ecosystem integrity/habitat restoration, environmental heroes, sustainable business, and environmental art. Special film programs for youth and teens, and much, much more! Join us in support and celebration of our vital Bay Area food system. Opening Night 'Earth Day Groove' Gala reception with Wake the Dead, guest filmmakers and speakers. Sunday afternoon 'Amazing Graze: An Organic Food Tasting Event' featuring delicious organic and artisan foods.

Earth Day Film, Food & Discussion: the Future of Food
Fri, 4/22/05, 6:15pm
2727 College Ave. in Berkeley; $10-20 sliding scale
A benefit for the Community School of the East Bay Scholarship Fund. “The Future of Food” is a film about how genetically modified foods are quietly taking over farmlands and flooding our grocery stores. A lively panel discussion will follow with authors Mollie Katzen, of the Moosewood Cookbook, and Michael Pollan, of Botany of Desire, UC Berkeley Environmental Scientist Ignacio Chapela, and award-winning filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia. Info: 510-923-0505.

Meet the Farmer: Bill Crepps of Everything Under the Sun
Sat, 4/23/05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program. Get the lowdown straight from the producer!

Earth Day at the Berkeley Farmer's Market!
Sat, 4/23/05, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Berkeley Farmer's Market, Center Street at MLK Jr Way; Free
Special booths and entertainment. For more information contact Kirk at (510) 548-2220 ext. 227.

Organic Gardening 101: Part I and II
Sat, 4/23/05, 10:00am-1:00pm (Part I); 1:30pm-4:30pm (Part II)
Crissy Field Ctr., 603 Mason Street at Halleck in SF;
$15 per person* ($25 for Part I & 2)
Here’s your chance to begin building an organic garden with some succulent vegetables and herbs. In this class, we’ll cover the basics, learning where to get the best supplies and how to compost, build a worm bin, create a planting calendar, propagate plants, and transplant. Take home seeds, starter plants, and many great ideas!

Shop with the Chef: Chris Cosentino of Incanto Restaurant
Sat, 4/23/05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program. See and taste the seasonal produce local chefs are buying and cooking!

Earth Day Celebration and Concert in Emeryville's Temescal Creek Park
Sat, 4/23/05, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Temescal Creek Park, 47th Street, Corner of Adeline & 47th St. in Emeryville; Free
Celebrate Earth Day at this street carnival with presentations on composting, worm bins, organic gardening, and electric cars. Green vendors from all over the Bay Area will offer their wares. For kids, there will be environmental games, face painting, climbs on fire engines, trips through bounce houses, magic science shows, and more! Enjoy food and treats from community fund raising booths, zydeco, jazz and other music.

Earth Day Decadent Dinner Benefit
Sat, 4/23/05, 7:00pm-10:30pm
826 Lincoln Ave. in Palo Alto; $40 - $100 sliding scale.
Enjoy a locally grown, seasonal-organic, vegetarian, sustainable down-home dinner, highlighting the foods of spring and our local farmers who grew them. Volunteers needed - get in free! RSVP by April 15. Benefits Acterra. Info: 650-962-9876 ext. 346,

Marin Earth Day
Sun, 4/24/05, 10:00am-5:00pm
College of Marin, 835 College Ave. in Kentfield
An exciting day of hands on activities and interactive workshops/education for children, youth, and families, promoting the next generation of environmental solutions. Info about the full line-up of workshops, speakers, and performers -- plus info about sponsoring, exhibiting, and volunteering -- on our website. Rain or shine.

Storrs Winery Winemaker Dinner at Millennium
Tue, 4/26/05, 7pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; 5 course prix fixe $70/person
Chef Eric Tucker will present a menu designed to showcase this vineyard's amazing wines with produce foraged from the neighboring farms of Mariquita, Ella Bella, and Dirty Girl in support of our Central California loyalty. Please join us in the very intimate setting of our private Wine Room and meet representatives from Storrs Winery and our local farmers while they discuss their unique organic farming and winemaking methods. Space is extremely limited, so call to reserve your spot today: 415.345.3900 x 11

Feed the Fire!

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