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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

CNPS-SCV-NEWS: April / May Chapter Volunteer Opportunities

April 09, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

BTW – CNPS is the California Native Plants Society. It’s a great Bay Area group with loads of events, really nice people and a chance to learn more about the plants in our area.
Note from Toni:
Our chapter will be participating in a couple of Earth Day / Spring events later this month and next month, and we are looking for some volunteers to help staff our information tables. These events are great opportunities to get involved with our chapter, learn a little about native plants, and get involved with your local community. You do not need to have any previous experience, or knowledge of plants.  All you need is enthusiasm for native plants, and a desire to engage with the general public.   If you would like to help staff our table for any of these events, or if you have any questions, please respond to this e-mail.
Toni Gregorio-Bunch
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 Thursday, April 17th – Mission College Eco-Fair, Santa Clara – 10:30 – 1:30
 Tuesday, April 22nd – San Jose State Earth Day, San Jose –  10:30 – 3:00
 Saturday, May 10th – Skyline Open Space Preserve Family Wing Ding Fest, 10 – 3

Good Turn Day for Post 105

April 08, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food No Comments →

Volunteer Service on Memorial Day

We need volunteers to help server refreshments on two early days: 

  • Saturday May 24 at 7am
  • Monday Many 26 7amGOOD TURN DAY_FLYER_2014

This is event is Sponsored by the American Legion to honor the  service and recognition of our Active Duty and Veteran Service people. The American Legion sponsors several community events every year to honor our Veterans and also has BINGO each week.

To Volunteer please call Romie Bassetto 650-207-0426

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

March 30, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Yoga No Comments →

The Asian Art Museum’s fantastic exhibit continues through May 25, 2014. There are so many featured events, you should look at the web site to get the details. The special treat for all of us, is each Thursday Evening the museum is open until 9pm AND

  • Thursday April 3 6pm – Ann Dyer will bring in the power of sound
  • Thursday May 1 6pm – Mark Morford, an SF Chronicle columnist and yoga teacher, leads a yoga class
  • Regular entrance fee is $12, for Thursday nights it is $10. A few Sundays are free (sponsored by Target)
  • Yoga classes are also happening on First Sundays…. get there EARLY, bring your mat!!


The Asian Art museum is in the San Francisco Civic Center – easy to reach by BART and MUNI.  It is a beautiful building – it is a piece of art as well!

MROSD Nature Center

March 28, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Hike No Comments →

We wait for the Nature Center opening! It is so much fun to visit this place. You might come with a school class or on your own.

Right now, the staff and volunteers are doing a Spring Cleaning at the Nature Center. The students that come during the week will enjoy all the updates and special touches that the staff has added to the nature center.

Field Trip

Families love to enjoy the Nature center on the week-ends. There are so many interactive exhibits, and there is always a docent on hand to answer questions.
Come enjoy the pond, picnic area and nature center. This area is full of birds, history, and nice walks and vistas.

In the Nature Center, you’ll get to meet TWIX, a gopher snake that has become a friend to many grade-schoolers on the field trips.

Check out details (where, directions etc.) and the video link “Days of Discovery” about Spaces & Species”  on the Daniels Nature Center webpage:

Season Opening Weekend Celebration

Saturday & Sunday, April 5 & 6
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Snacks and a lively day await you and your family! Take a pond prowl and investigate what lurks beneath the waters of Alpine Pond, visit with our resident snake Twix and explore the natural habitats of the surrounding area.

  Other MROSD Open Space District News : Acquisition of INE RANCH

EcoCenter–Environmental Education Gets a New Lease On Life in SF

March 26, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Global Understanding No Comments →

SAN FRANCSICO, CA – March 25, 2014 - In a joint effort to increase and expand environmental education in southeast San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay became the new leaseholder of the EcoCenter in Bayview Hunters Point.

As of March 1, Aquarium of the Bay joined forces with City College of San Francisco, the A. Philip Randolph Institute of San Francisco and the Port of San Francisco, and has already begun adding to the EcoCenter’s repertoire of community engagement and environmental education. “Our partnership with Aquarium of the Bay, City College of San Francisco, and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute has created an extraordinary blend of talents to manage and operate educational programs at the EcoCenter,” said Monique Moyer, Port Executive Director. “This unique partnership demonstrates a collaborative approach to enhancing environmental education and social justice programs for students, community organizations, and the public throughout San Francisco.”

The EcoCenter is one of the greenest buildings in San Francisco–it is a landmark in sustainable development and a model environmental education facility serving youth and families in southeast San Francisco. Its mission to engage and educate the public about the connections between healthy ecosystems and healthy urban life is a vision that Aquarium of the Bay shares, and is committed to maintaining. “We are so excited to expand our outreach programs to Bayview Hunters Point and to collaborate with such amazing partners on this new venture,” said Carrie Chen, Director of Education and Conservation at Aquarium of the Bay. “With our combined passion for the Bay and expertise in environmental education, we have the opportunity to create something truly amazing for the community of southeast San Francisco.”

With a mission to protect, restore, and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay from the Sierra to the sea, Aquarium of the Bay was a natural fit for the EcoCenter, whose sustainability is literally through the roof. The EcoCenter boasts a variety of impressive features, including an “off-the-grid” solar energy system, a living roof, rainwater harvesting system, an on-site wastewater treatment system with indoor constructed wetland, permeable pavements, sustainable building materials, and other resource efficient design features. The EcoCenter is the first building in Bayview Hunters Point to be certified LEED Platinum-the highest certification possible-and is the only net-zero energy building in San Francisco.

The Southeast Sector is historically known for a heavily industrialized past and continues to recover after years of blight and neglect. In a community with such a rich history, the EcoCenter will be a refreshing location where youth and young adults from the immediate neighborhood will have an opportunity to gain new experiences, explore natural habitats, and access enrichment activities that will make lasting life impressions. The A. Philip Randolph Institute will lead community engagement efforts, leveraging years of experience in building relationships in the Southeast Sector. “This is an opportunity to inspire young people to become aware of their environment, get involved in preserving their city, and become leaders of the community for the future San Francisco,” said Jacqueline Flin, Executive Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute of San Francisco.

Over the past two years, Peggy Lopipero-Langmo of City College of San Francisco has used the EcoCenter as a living classroom where students were involved in day-to-day operations, maintenance, monitoring, and research, as well as the conduct of tours and programming for K-12 students through working professionals. The Port of San Francisco has also provided environmental education and volunteer programs for K-12 schools and other groups through a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s Youth Stewardship Program. The Port and Recreation and Parks Department will continue these programs in conjunction with City College and Aquarium of the Bay. Aquarium of the Bay will grow capacity of the EcoCenter, adding curriculum for K-12 school groups and additional opportunities for the public, school children and volunteers to get involved. “The EcoCenter is an ideal setting for students to acquire work experience in sustainable development and environmental science,” said Lopipero-Langmo. “With Aquarium of the Bay at the helm, we will finally see the EcoCenter’s vision realized.”

About EcoCenter

The EcoCenter is a living classroom that demonstrates how we can better use the Earth’s resources in order to foster healthy people, ecosystems, and economies in our local communities and beyond. The EcoCenter is located in southeast San Francisco within Heron’s Head Park, a formerly underutilized area of fill in the Bay, which the Port developed as a park and wetland habitat in 1998. Today, Heron’s Head Park is comprised of eight acres of wetlands, 14 public park areas, and is a model for waterfront redevelopment, wetlands restoration, and habitat protection through community involvement. With many of the center’s programs inspired by the features of the building, educational topics include environmental science and natural resource conservation, principles of environmental justice and sustainability, ecology of Heron’s Head Park, green building technologies, sustainable building design implemented by the EcoCenter itself, and more. To learn more visit

About Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, with a combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed-from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous PIER 39, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to approximately 20,000 animals found in the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information about Aquarium of the Bay is available at