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MINERAL FUSION comes to Whole Foods SF

April 24, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Garden /Plants, Health and Beauty No Comments →



WHAT:     Whole Foods Market at Franklin will be hosting a Mineral Fusion Road Show for the first time ever in San Francisco, while offering customers 40% off of all Mineral Fusion Products including skin, hair, body, nail care and cosmetics. Enjoy complimentary makeup applications from passionate and experienced makeup artists in the natural cosmetics industry while exploring all that Mineral Fusion has to offer.        \

This is your chance to try out products, learn about the differences in this natural cosmetic and skin care line!  –the editor

WHO:     Based in Denver, CO., Mineral Fusion™ launched in 2006, and has since then become the leading natural cosmetics and personal care brand. Its innovative collection of antioxidant-enhanced, mineral-rich cosmetics, hair care, body care, skincare, and most recently, nail-care products are infused with active ingredients that deliver wide-ranging benefits of minerals to revitalize, nourish and protect.  All of the products within the Mineral Fusion portfolio are safe for all skin types, eco-friendly and free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances, 100% Vegetarian, and most are 100% Vegan.

WHEN:      Thursday, April 24th – Sunday, May 11th

WHERE:           Whole Foods Market – Franklin
                               1765 California Street (Near Van Ness Ave)
                               San Francisco, CA  94109

Bay Area’s 12th annual Going Native Garden Tour this weekend, Sat-Sun, April 26-27, 2014

April 23, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Garden /Plants No Comments →

Looking for ideas on making your garden water-wise this drought year? How about
low maintenance, and attractive to humans and birds and butterflies as well?
Get plenty of ideas by going on the Bay Area’s 12th annual Going Native  Garden Tour this weekend, Sat-Sun, April 26-27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a  2-day free, self-guided tour of home gardens landscaped with California native plants.
  • On Saturday, April 26, gardens from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and north will be open.
  • On Sunday, April 27, gardens in Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, and San Jose will be open.
This free self-guided tour is open to all. Registration is required; to register visit
Registration closes at 3pm on Sun, April 27. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted at Tour gardens. Garden addresses will be made available by email to registrants only. For more information, visit
I’ve gathered a small group together and carpooled from one garden to the next, this is really fun, informative and it is a great way to explore when you have a co-pilot to find the next garden!   There are two days and two areas to choose from!– the editor
The tour offers a variety of gardens for viewing – from townhome lots to 1-acre plots, from newly planted gardens to established ones, designed by professionals  to completely “do-it-yourself”. You won’t have to go far to see one: the gardens
are located throughout the Santa Clara Valley and the Peninsula. Visit as  many gardens as you like – for inspiration and ideas and for pictures (with the owner’s permission).
  • Native plants will be available for purchase at select gardens.
  • Many gardens will feature talks on native plant gardening.
What’s special about California native plants? They are adapted to our soil and  climate and are easy to care for. Many of our native plants are naturally water-wise and drought tolerant. They support a wide variety of  wildlife that has co-evolved with them, and their distinctive look and elegant  beauty gives your garden a sense of place that is uniquely Californian.
For all these reasons, the California legislature has declared the third week of April to be  California Native Plant Week. This drought year is a perfect time to  replace or reduce the lawn and introduce native plants to your garden.  Learn how at select gardens with talks/demonstrations.

Environmental Discussion at Stanford Today

April 22, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Global Understanding No Comments →

Earth Day talk by Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will speak about her experience in these roles. Though tickets are free, seating is limited. See website for tickets. April 22, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.


Greeneroo saltues You and your Environmental Volunteerism, Caring about our Planet, Eating whole foods, and whatever else you are doing.

Wonderful Ayurveda Event Saturday April 26

April 20, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food, Health and Beauty No Comments →


Dr. Rucha is a long time practitioner of Ayurveda and yoga, she has insightful messages to share that will help us de-stress, and learn more about the time-honored techniques of Ayurveda.  ** Contact information, and for more information!

Attend the Food Revolution Summit, Read the Real Food Action Guide

April 17, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food, Garden /Plants, Health and Beauty No Comments →

Shared by Claire – THANKS – from the wonderful and informative group: Feminine Power.

Food Revolution Summit

This morning as the sun was shining in through my window onto the breakfast table in our home in Santa Cruz, California, I read a few facts that hit a little close to home for me . . .

I used to joke with my husband Craig that the only thing all experts agree is safe for you to eat is organic Kale.

Inevitably, the day came when a new round of research showed that even the king of all superfoods can be bad for you in too large a dose . . . or if you eat too much of it raw.

2013 TO 2014 233

“Et tu, dear kale?!” was all I could say as I sipped my morning green juice!

As I approach turning 40 this year, I’ve realized I can no longer take my health for granted.

It is hard to keep up on the newest information – which makes this Summit so important. — the editor

There’s a lot of great information out there about how eating the right foods can prevent and in some cases even reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, memory loss, fatigue, and many forms of cancer. Take a look:  Related Program – UC TV.

However, it’s often challenging to know who to trust and where to get started.

If everyone had the right information it would be a lot easier to take care of ourselves and it might even start a revolution—a  food revolution!

My good friend Ocean Robbins, who lives just up the road from me here in Santa Cruz, has made it his mission in life to give you the most up-to-date facts about the power of food (both the good and the bad) from experts like these:

  • Well-known doctors Dean Ornish, Mark Hyman andT. Colin Campbell
  • Food-safety activists Amy Goodman, Ken Cook, andVani Hari
  • Celebrities Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone,and Dr. Jane Goodall (who are all very serious about food and health, and seriously know what they’re talking about!)

You’ll also instantly receive The Real Food Action Guide,which reveals all the recent food-based medical break-throughs and the results of the latest research.

Find Out All the Latest Facts at The Food Revolution Summit and Get your copy of The Real Food Action Guide here

If your and your family’s health are important to you, don’t miss this powerful online event.

You deserve to know the truth!

P.S. Again, there’s no charge to attend this online Food Revolution Summit event and get your copy of The Real Food Action Guide:

Find Out All the Details About this Health-Changing Event!

April 27 -Tahitian dancing and live drumming & music!

April 15, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Green Art No Comments →

From my wonderful friend Julie:
My Polynesian dance group Manuia is having a recital show and I’d love if you guys could make it! It’ll be a great show of Tahitian dancing and live drumming & music! There will be some food and shopping vendors as well. Tix are $15. A fantastic show! Feel free to bring friends or kids, it’ll be a great show for the family too.  Please come out and support this group!
April 27th, 12-4pm
College of San Mateo Theatre
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La Nebbia Merlot April 19

April 12, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Recycling No Comments →

Recycle your wine bottles the Fun way!!!  Fill them with wine at La Nebbia. $5.50 a bottle to fill (if you bring your clean empties).

There is a nice picnic area, so bring snacks, drink wine and relax. On Hwy 92 in Half Moon Bay.

2014 Bottling Schedule – 9 to 4pm

February 8th 2011 Zinfandel, Amador County
April 12th 2012 Chardonnay, California
April 19th 2011 Merlot, Fair Play
June 7th Red Wine
September 20th Red Wine
November 8th White Wine
November 15th
Red Wine
December 13th
Red Wine
• Wine will be announced 2-3 weeks prior to the event and posted to this page. You may also join our e-newsletter and we will email you a reminder.

Bottle and Cork Pricing

With your own CLEAN bottles…

  • $5.50   per 750ml bottle
  • $10.50   per 1.5L    bottle
  • $20.00 per 3L       bottle
  • $22.00 per 4L       bottle
  • Bulk gallons $22.00

Maker Faire gets some White House Love!

April 11, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Green Art, Recycling No Comments →

Now the Maker Movement is gaining significantly more traction as it has been embraced by the executive branch of the federal government with the announcement that the White House will host a Maker Faire later in 2014. This Faire is intended to highlight the role that Making can play in (1) inspiring more young people to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and (2) fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the manufacturing sector.

Check out the  Maker magazine or visit the Maker Faire blog post.

Jeremy writes about the Maker Movement.

It’s always fun to go to the Faire — there are several, check for the San Mateo County Maker Faire – so much innovation and it’s different each year. A little like Burning Man meets Star Trek.  Now … can you even think of not going?

Maker Faire 2013

Press the President Announces Photo Contest and Tips for Americans to “Go Green” This April

April 11, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Events, Garden /Plants, Recycling No Comments →

Clean-up Your Carbon Footprint this April, Not Just Your Closet

Washington D.C. (April 10, 2014) – For many Americans, April signifies the arrival of spring and new beginnings. This April, Press the President, an online collaborative blog, is challenging Americans to start a new beginning by “going green” and share their actions with our readers. With Earth Day taking place on April 22nd and Arbor Day taking place on April 25th, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the environment. Below are some tips from the editorial staff at Press the President on how you can go green this April:

  • Writing Online – American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, so what better way to celebrate the environment than by writing online? Press the President allows you to engage in debates and express your opinion in an open political forum. And the best part is, not a single sheet of paper goes to waste on our articles!
  • Have a Vegetarian Day – Press the President recently interviewed Congressman Jim Moran about animal rights. One way to help animals, and the globe, is go “vegetarian” once a week. Did you know that it requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef? By eliminating meat from your diet once a week, you are saving the environment and helping animals. On the days that you do eat meat, try to buy local grass-fed produce to help lower the carbon footprint even more.  Greeneroo has some great Veggie recipes!
  • Rock Your Own Coffee Cup – There is no doubt America is a caffeinated nation and many of us depend on our coffee. But we can still have our coffee from restaurants and save the plastic and paper wasted containing it every day. Many coffee stores now offer discounts if you bring your own cup as well.
  • Gift It, Don’t Throw It – How many times have you heard the expression ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?’ This spring, make that a reality by donating your clothes, electronics, and other items to a charity instead of tossing them. Or get those items to a recycling bin. Live in an apartment? Organize a drive with other members in your building so that you make fewer trips to the shelter and save gas as well. Greeneroo talks about recycling Construction materials!
  • Urban Gardening:  Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t add some green to your everyday life. First Lady Michelle Obama brought urban gardening to the White House, and so have many city residents who have started community gardens to create a more sustainable lifestyle. Also consider teaching children about the importance of learning where your food comes from. Ah, gardening, if you don’t know how, learn at your local school!


2013 TO 2014 233Back to YOU!  What can you do to make a difference?  This is a fun contest, easy and thought provoking too! I think I will enter my picture of my “big ol’ Kale plant”, it was easy to grow and fun to harvest for sandwiches and salads! – the editor




In addition to all these tips for living a greener lifestyle, Press the President wants you to share your story on our website and social media outlets. We are hosting a photo competition throughout the month of April because we want to see (and the President to hear and see) how you and your community are going green. To submit a picture, either tweet @PTP_US with the hashtag #GoGreen, post on our Facebook wall, or email All of the photos will be posted on Press the President’s Facebook and the winning photo will be shared with the media. At the end of the campaign, the editorial staff at Press the President will select the photo the best represents the idea of going green and will donate $500.00 to the winner’s charity of choice in their name. You can read the full contest guidelines here:

About Press the President:

Press the President is a worldwide forum for unfiltered debate about U.S. issues that affect the globe. The site’s founders have created a space where writers can express their opinions freely. Americans are often criticized as not having enough of a political voice. Press the President provides a platform for people who want to make their voices heard from the White House to Main Street. Online visitors can share their views at or visit our Facebook page at join in our weekly debates. 

Open Space District WANTS YOU!

April 09, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Global 3D view, Hike No Comments →

Carnivore Research Project

Preserve Outreach Booths

Outdoor Activity Docent

We have some fantastic new volunteer opportunities for this spring!  Please review the information below and let us know as quickly as possible if you are interested in participating.  Many thanks and have a great spring.

Carnivore Research Project

We recently received notice of Santa Cruz Puma Project’s (SCPP) new Conservation Scat’ research project. Justine Smith, a PhD student with SCPP, is the lead on a new project aimed at understanding how smaller carnivores (such as coyotes, bobcats, and foxes) interact with each other in a fragmented landscape.  Justine is primarily interested in analyzing changes in carnivore diet, so she needs extensive collections of carnivore scat.  The purpose of the research is to investigate the impact of humans on animal communities as a whole in order to have a more holistic approach to conservation.

Justine would like our help gathering carnivore scat on selected District preserves, and we would like to find out if some of you would be interested in participating.  Justine will provide training and work directly with small groups of volunteers preparing the trails (clearing existing scat) and returning to collect samples.  Her goal is to schedule and coordinate late April – August project dates, but the specifics will not be finalized until we determine how many volunteers are interested. This will determine the number of trails we monitor.
If you are interested in participating, please CLICK HERE and complete the short survey.  You can also contact Justine directly with any questions you have about the research project.

Preserve Outreach Booths

We have a lot of important news and information to share with the public. Of special concern to our neighbors and visitors is information about the link between a common rodenticide and the decline in the bobcat population at our open space preserves and even county and state parks. We’ll provide information about the connection and pest control alternatives. We’ll also get the word out about other new doings at the district: the Vision Plan, new brochures for multilingual audiences and upcoming activities.

To review the dates/locations and sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Outdoor Activity Docent

Cross-train for MROSD – become an OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DOCENT !! Increase and share your love of Open Space by taking on an new role or encouraging friends to become an Outdoor Activity Docent! We still have a few spots left in our 2014 Training Program beginning on April 10.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity, CLICK HERE.

These programs are very well run, interesting, and you get to be outside with other nature-lovers! Just Do It! You’ll really be glad you joined this group. With almost 70,000 acres of open space, you’ll see beautiful vistas and enjoy people!  --the editor

Paul McKowan, Volunteer Programs Manager
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District | (650) 691-1200