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We’ve Got to Talk about this! – Greywater!

November 24, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Discover earth, Events, Garden /Plants No Comments →

Water News, Water Workshops

The Good: The Carmel River is running freely again for first time in 95 years after the San Clement Dam was removed this week, opening up the river for spawning Steelhead. And restoring California’s meadows could help combat climate change and increase the water supply.
The Bad: All the recent recent storms and snow in the Sierra’s have had no effect on California’s long-term water supply deficit, according to the US Drought Monitor. The drought is still extreme! And as California’s wait for rain, salmon struggle for survival in the warm and shallow rivers.

And the Ugly
: Happy (belated) World Toilet Day!  Some are calling this toilet “grossly awesome” due to it’s poop eating worms, others think it’s just plain awesome. What about you?

Upcoming Workshops

Los Angeles Area

  • Free workshops sponsored by California American Water!
    • LA County (Rosemead Community Center)
      • 1) Introduction to Greywater. November 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. More info here
      • 2) Laundry-to-Landscape Design & Installation Workshop, December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. More info here
    • Ventura County (In Thousand Oaks)
      • 1) Introduction to Greywater: Drought-Proof Your Landscape. December 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. More info here
      • 2) Laundry-to-Landscape Design & Installation Workshop. December 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. More info here
  • The Low Down on Pee and Poo: Composting toilets and urine reuse at the Los Angeles EcoVillage (117 Bimini Place LA, 9004) December 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Cost: $5 – $15 More info here
  • Save Your Water! (LA Natural History Museum). Learn about rainwater capture and greywater reuse, plus help build a greywater system at the museum. More info here
  • 3 day greywater class in Malibu. January 11th-13th. Hosted by COWA. More info here

On-line classes
Last two webinars of the 2015 series. More info and registration here

  • 12/2 Gravity-Flow, Branched Drain Systems and Greywater Irrigation in Arid Climates
  • 12/16 Southern CA Fruit Trees 101- How to Irrigate Your Home Orchard with Greywater

SF Bay Area

  • (Fairfax) Hands-on greywater workshop. December 5 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. More info and registration link here
  • (Oakland) Hands-on greywater install workshop. 10th January 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. More info and registration link here.
  • (Oakland Tool Lending Library) Laundry to Landscape workshop. January 16th, 1-3:30pm.  Free workshop.

Free Film- Open Sesame Screening

November 21, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

Open Sesame Film Screening
Monday, November 23, 6 p.m.
Sunnyvale Public Library Program Room

Sunnyvale Public Library and the Sustainable Community Gardens bring you this event!

This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS.

Visit the Open Sesame website for more information about the film.

Oh, and want seeds? We have them for free! Check out our Seed Library in the Patent/Business area.

Blue Star Moms

November 19, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food No Comments →

Blue Star Moms is an amazing group.

Blue Star Moms, Chapter 101 in Danville, CA  website

San Mateo, CA  Blue Star Moms website

There are local groups in many communities, just google “blue star moms”.  Their volunteer work is simple: pack boxes of snacks, magazines, books, toiletries and useful items for our troops. They need flashlights, flushable wipes, soap, body lotion, chapstick, etc. Local business donate items that are needed. Families donate, local folks donate. During the Holidays local school kids write letters and draw pictures. The boxes are a strong link to US to families, communities and a spirited reminder “We Remember them!”

These boxes are not full of fancy stuff, no toys, phones, electronics, bling…. they need the basics. The boxes are full of hugs too.

Wreaths Across America

Honor and remember the fallen by laying holiday wreaths. All across the country, organizations and individuals are laying wreaths on the gravesites of our fallen heroes. This will occur on December 12th. The wreaths are provided through donations.
Support us by purchasing a wreath and join us at the cemetery to lay them at the gravesites

When: Saturday, December 12th @ 9:00 am
Where: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno
1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno
Why: To honor and remember the fallen by laying holiday wreaths


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to serve those who serve. We support our Veterans who are recovering from wars of today and yesterday and send a piece of home to as many troops as possible deployed in combat zones. Our care packages are filled with everything from clean socks to beef jerky! They ask for it and we send it!

Green & Gold Conference

October 18, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Energy Saving, Events, Green Building No Comments →

Wanted to let you know about the Green & Gold Conference set
for November 12 in San Francisco.

Organizer Julie Mathern has designed a gathering to attract entrepreneurs — just before Green Festival! — who are working on sustainable office design, green food and beverage solutions, solar energy, water desalination and funding opportunities for these efforts and ideas.

Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards

July 23, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

This year’s shortlist for the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards is finally out!
If you’re curious about who made it (from more than 300!), the full list is available here:
The winners will be announced at a glamorous awards dinner ceremony in central London
on the 25th of September
The competition is tough, and the list of nominees is very interesting. The categories also make it easy to analyze: Business Strategy Communications Excellence Value Chain Sustainability Internal Engagement Lifetime Achievement Award  Take a look! – the editor


Ethical Corporation’s mission is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. We believe this is not only how to guarantee a future for all, but makes good business sense. We serve CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places.

We provide business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year. Our customers are also NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and consultancies. We publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and research reports. Our conferences are widely recognised as the best in the field.

Ethical Corporation, Registered under FC Business Intelligence in England and Wales – company registered number 4388971 7-9 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX, UK

2015 National Balloon Classic in Iowa

July 22, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

This looks so wonderful, and it is a favorite event of the locals.   NINE Days of Music, fun, flight! Wow. 

Fun Family Entertainment

2015 National Balloon Classic  

July 24-August 1

Join us during an incredible 9-day event! Live bands/entertainment nightly, Kids Land activities, fabulous food offerings, Nite Glow Extravaganza, Fireworks, and of course spectacular hot air balloons from all over the country including Special Shapes!

Check out this fantastic music video of

The Nadas performing at the National Balloon Classic


Come Join Us   

Join us during an incredible 9-day event! Live bands/entertainment nightly, Kids Land activities, fabulous food offerings, Nite Glow Extravaganza, Fireworks, and of course spectacular hot air balloons from all over the country including Special Shapes!

Check out this fantastic music video of  The Nadas performing at the National Balloon Classic

General Admission (includes parking)

Morning admission                                                       FREE

Evening admission (Ages 6 and over)                          $5

Children (Ages 5 and under)                                        FREE


Spectator Parking and Morning gates open at 5:00 a.m.

Spectator Parking evening Parking opens at 4:00 p.m.

Evening Gates open at 4:30 p.m.


Desserts and Essential Oils

July 12, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Essential Oils, Events, Health and Beauty No Comments →

Make some great, healthy changes. You can change with good oils – switch to Olive Oil in your baking. YES- baking!

Take a look at this video that discusses Converting your Desserts !  (41 mins)

Add essential oils, olive oil, get rid of the fake stuff, add flavor to your creations. “Olive Oil Queen” Micki Sannar talks about loving healthy food, and making great tasting food.  Not only being cool, but cooking cool by paying attention to “smoke point” (look at the video of Chef Ramsey) and increasing the smoke point of essential oils by blending oils.  You DON’T want to ruin the health benefits of such great oils by having them smoke. Staying cooler & paying attention to heat….. yes…. This will allow us to keep the therapeutic benefits.

p.s. the smoke point of Olive Oil is 325- 375 degrees. 

related posts:  How to find good olive oil. EASY! It absorbs into your skin! Harvest date, dark bottle, reputable source…..

Hike San Bruno Mountain — Sat July 11

July 01, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Garden /Plants, Global 3D view, Hike No Comments →

There is lots to do up here! Yes it is windy, but if you come prepared, you’ll love the views of the Bay and SF, the hikes (there are 4) and the ranger talks / walks. There is a wide variety of scenery, and a fairly level walk around the mountain from the parking lot.   This mountain is quite amazing, it is the largest open space district in San Mateo County. The park itself is shared by the county and state.


  1. TAKE A HIKE program Comes to San Bruno Mountain on JULY 11 at 9AM
  2. San Bruno Mountain Watch
  3. BA HIKER – 4 trails on San Bruno Mountain  –Summit, Bog Loop, Saddle Loop and all around.
  4. STATE PARK Information
  5. Read about the endangered species, that calls Twin Peaks and San Bruno Mountain – HOME!
  6. EVENT:   Mission Blue-Berry Pancake Breakfast & Native Plant Sale, Aug9

Adults are $10 and children (12 and under) are $5.
Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Sunday, August 9th
9am to 2pm
Mission Blue Nursery
near 3401 Bayshore Blvd

Our Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery will also be open for plant sales! Plants and pancakes – that’s good!

Fashion for a Cause: Kids and Art event this SUNDAY

June 25, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Green Art, Health and Beauty No Comments →


We hope you are doing well. I’m not sure if I have shared already this with you… 3 fashion designers are launching their line as a benefit to Kids & Art at the Bay Club in Redwood Shores this Sunday June 28 from 5-9pm. Want to pass on the 50% off promo code I have received for this weekends benefit event: Promo Code: FashionForACause

CLICK THE LINK: You can purchase tickets here     We hope you can come out to this Fashion Show – it will be great! We hope you can be there and please do feel free to share the code.


Celebrate life, talent, and fashion while helping a wonderful cause!

Learn more about Kids & Art:

Kids & Art fashion workshop video:

Thanks for your contribution, our organization depends on your generosity,

— Purvi Shah

Founder | Executive Director | Children with cancer making a difference Kids & Art Foundation is a 501(c)3 California non profit organization

Wunderlich Park and Huddart Park

June 24, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

You know you want to . .. . . join us!

These two amazing San Mateo county parks are beloved by one and all. There is so much to do, hike, events, gather for art shows, and other clubs. There is one group that goes all out to provide and watch over these parks, The Friends! The Friends has enriching and fun opportunities for volunteers. Some jobs are seasonal. All training is provided.

Carriage Museum Docent
One Saturday/month
10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Folger Stable School Group Docent
Wednesdays or Fridays 10 a.m.-noon

Huddart Park Nature Hike Docent
Tues. or Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

One meeting/month + committee work
650.851.2660 or e-mail

Board Member
Give us a call!

Give! Without giving a cent

The Friends is now on the lists of both AmazonSmile and eScrip, two companies that give to the organizations of your choice based on your purchases. So without spending an extra penny, you can help the Friends help our parks. Sign up via the company websites and help us sweep that free money off the table. And like us on Facebook for the most up-to-the minute news.


And they have a GREAT Newsletter. Sign up and find out more!