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Buscycle – Group Bicycle Pedal Power

August 15, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Energy Saving, Events, Recycling No Comments →

Saluting Pedal Power!
There is a “Ride your Bike to Work” day and gas prices help us “convert” from our cars to bikes everyday! Pedaling can be a mere method or it can be an experience.
Take a look at the BUSCYCLE for inspiration! I have gotten to be part of the pedal team, lumbering along at a top speed of 5mph or maybe slower, it was GREAT. Highly recommended. You can see it at Palo Alto Music events during the summer.
Take a look at their gallery:

Party bike – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you love this kind of silliness and innovation, its a mash-up that needs your energy (volunteer) and your donations (send a check).

Here are pictures of a Buscycle in Boston. Not the same as the Berkeley buscycle but still loads of fun!

This buscycle is made of mostly recycled and repurposed parts. Most of the group cycles start out that way, because that is the path of most quirky adventures or “invention on a dare!   The motorized car-like lazyboy was just such a project!


Lazyboy!! >

The Conference Bike

It’s no joke: the ConferenceBike is a revolutionary way to bring people together. The CoBi-7 is pedaled by 7 riders sitting in a circle. One person steers while the other 6 pedal (or not) as the bike moves effortlessly along. More than 300 CoBies are now being enjoyed by a wide variety of groups in 18 countries. It is a tour bike in Berlin, Baltimore and San Francisco; a tool for corporate team-building in Copenhagen and San Diego, a way for blind people to bike in Dublin and Florida. Googlers use this for moving team meetings.  Looks hilarious.  It sorta fits with their multi-colored bikes that are available to get from one part of the campus to the other.

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And in San Francisco:  SF BIKE COALITION  they have events, maps and news on the latest trends and difficulties of biking in and around SF.

Love the Place you’re IN! Add MUSIC to your Vacation

August 05, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

Not meant to be a great philosophical discussion – – like “What place are You in?” but rather to mention that when we travel, you can ABSORB the place you are in. I do this with music. You can Google “live music” for any city and come up with a list. You’ll be surrounded by happy locals. Rather than chasing all over the world, to mark off each country, try to make the MOST of your travels. Immerse yourself, learn the culture, don’t merely check it off your list of countries!  It is a part of conservation, to really get to know, to understand, to see an area.

If you are in Hawaii, a favorite vacation spot in the summer, I have loved going to the music places that are everywhere.

In Oahu, try this list of places

Oahu is a hot spot for live music. You can find some of the best local artists performing throughout Oahu, from fine resorts to local bars and restaurants.

You’ll discover music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends. Listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at the Moana Surfrider and other Waikiki hotels. Tiki’s Grill & Bar and Duke’s Canoe Club feature contemporary Hawaiian music. Or listen to jazz at the Lewers Lounge in the Halekulani Hotel —Esquire magazine once named this one of the best bars in America.

Beyond Waikiki you’ll find other music venues. Just a few minutes away in the Ala Moana Center — Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping mall — the Mai Tai Bar features popular island music in a lively hot spot. Downtown Chinatown’s urban setting is home to stylish bars and restaurants featuring jazz, rock, acoustic and DJs. For national artists, check the schedule of the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena and Concert Hall or the Pipeline Cafe, both popular venues for touring bands and renowned artists. From Hawaiian music at a local bar to sell-out arena shows, Oahu has a variety of live music spots to discover.

…. but also search out the clubs that do Blues Jams or have “pick up” music sessions. There is joy in walking into a more spontaneous group, working out amazing music that will only be heard once… by you the audience.


There are JAMS all over the SF Bay Area peninsula and south bay.  A few to look up? Try “Biscuit and Blues”, The Little Fox  theatre in Redwood City for Wednesday Blues Jam, the Saloon in Woodside for a lazy Sunday music and dancing, or the ever present music festivals:  Jazz on the Plaz, Redwood City Courthouse, Union Square in SF, there are more in Belmont (Twin Pines), San Carlos (Brittan Park), Palo Alto in Mitchell Park,  really-they are all over.  Shoreline Ampitheatre rounds out the music experience with grass seating and 4-pack tickets. Free or Affordable. Take some time, the music is a special attraction of this area.

San Francisco BAY AREA Blues Jams are all over.

Relax! make the most of your vacation.

Screening on 6/6 of Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

June 04, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Discover earth, Events, Ocean No Comments →

Recology is very proud to host a screening of “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” produced by REDFORD CENTER AND Kontent Films based in San Francisco. Writer/director Mark Decena will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

5:30-6:00: Refreshments/light snacks

6:00-6:15: Introduction/comments by Mark Decena of Kontent Films

6:00-7:00: Documentary Film –  Watershed, executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford

7:00-7:15     Q & A

Location: 900 7th St. San Francisco (a few blocks from the train station), parking is available  in the lot.   DIRECTIONS 

Recology always has enjoyable, informative events, get on their email list for advanced notices.

This film is inspiring, beautifully filmed with loads of details and information. The speakers represent many different viewpoints of how the conservation of water affects them and their communities. You’ll be surprised by some of the adaptions and enjoy the passion of these stories. Very well done! Enjoy watching this great film by Mark Decena.  – the editor

In this documentary film, restoration workers, fisherman and ranchers discuss the future of the most diverted river in the world — the Colorado River. Man’s impact on this critical resource has come at a cost: the river runs dry in parts it hasn’t before, and huge populations are dependent on its water. The story of the Colorado River is in many ways the story of water in the West. And the challenges continue as we struggle with droughts and increased demand for this most precious resource.

What to do: Tickets to this event are free. Please join us. To reserve your tickets, follow the EventBrite instructions.

Together we can help protect the environment.

Recology. Waste Zero.

Baker Beach in SF: Monthly Beach Cleanup

June 04, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Ocean No Comments →

Join the  Surfrider Foundation and green team members from Wells Fargo, Autodesk and happy local San Francisco beach-lovers for a beach cleanup at San Francisco’s Baker Beach.  It’s a monthly event, take a look at their calendar. Baker Beach is near the Presidio, with awesome views of the Golden Gate bridge. Bring a group, carpool, have a great outing and do some good!

The next great event:

World Ocean Day – San Francisco Bay Area
Wed, June 8, 12am – Thu, June 9, 12am

This cleanup is a monthly event, schools come out, moms and kids, folks with dogs all hoist a bucket and walk the beach and dunes picking up trash, keep plastics from being consumed by sea animals and showing we all care about our ocean.

More about Autodesk: they have a great free museum!

More about  San Francisco Surfrider

The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation consists of over 1,200 members throughout the Bay Area. We are surfers, windsurfers, dog walkers, environmentalists, fishermen and more. Many members of Surfrider are organized into sub-committees; many are involved with other organizations; and many act on their own when they find the time.

Our chapter consists entirely of volunteers looking to make a difference. We are an organized group, and together with other non-profit, government and private organizations, we can and do effect change in our local area.

Learn more at

San Francisco 2016 Film Night in the Park series

June 01, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

Thanks to the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, local donations and corporate donations too, the  2016 Film Night in the Park series continues.


Films are free of charge and projected on a giant outdoor screen. All shows begin at 8 pm or dusk and anyone who presents a Wells Fargo debit card at the concession booth will receive free popcorn.




Mark your calendars for the following movie showings:

  • Saturday, June 11  Pitch Perfect (2012) at Dolores Park
  • Saturday, July 23  Finding Nemo (2003) at Union Square
  • Saturday, August 13  The Goonies (1985) at Dolores Park
  • Saturday, August 27  Lost in Translation (2003) at Washington Square Park
  • Saturday, Sept. 10  The Devil Wears Prada (2006) at Union Square
  • Saturday, Sept. 10  The Devil Wears Prada (2006) at Union Square
  • Saturday, Sept. 24  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) at Dolores Park

Arrive early, spread out a blanket, and picnic while enjoying a movie at one of San Francisco’s beautiful parks. Please avoid bringing chairs.

For more information visit Film Nights San Francisco’s website here.

Autodesk Shows off GREAT Design

May 25, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Events, Global 3D view, Green Building No Comments →

This museum is one of my favorites! It has wonderful exhibits that take you on a local tour of great design, innovation, quirky imaginations and offers a wonderful view into design.

Autodesk Gallery is near the Embarcadero in SF and very interesting, especially for a geeky field trip! location: 1 Market St (One Market Plaza) 2nd floor.

There is truly something for everyone: legos, architecture, 3-D printing, art around the world, and fun. They also have a monthly evening event with food, drinks, interesting guest speakers, crafts, and fun (cost about $30).  There is a theme, you’ll find like-minded curious people in attendance!

Make sure to schedule a visit for the museum, whether you try the daytime free, come as you are choice … OR … the have a fun adult night out in the beautiful city, you’ll be glad you came.

Pepcom – Coming to SF today!

May 19, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Energy Saving, Events No Comments →

For Analysts and Press – this is always a great time to learn more about several newsworthy companies and their mobile / energy / security devices.

  •  BlackBerry will be showcasing PRIV, its latest smartphone, powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, among other well-known portfolio favorites. Cedar Electronics Escort, Inc., Cobra Electronics, and WASPcam, held by Cedar Electronics, are showcasing their most advanced radar detection systems, dual channel Drive HD™ Dash Cams and the latest ultra-compact Cobra JumPack™ XL portable power solutions as well as the newly acquired WASPcam™ and Adventure HD™ action and sport camera systems.
  • EchoStar® will be showing SAGE™ by Hughes™, a fully integrated, self-monitored security and home automation solution.
  • Energous  will be showing the Miniature WattUp® transmitter, the only pocketable wire-free charging solution for wearables and IoT devices.
  • Kingston Technology  will display its latest range of gaming, mobile, and high-density, high-speed memory cards to ensure you get into the action and keep going wherever you are.
  • KODAK PIXPRO  Digital Cameras and Devices will be showing its latest cutting-edge 360° camera, the SP360 4K VR Camera, designed to take your creative vision and passions for 360° interactive video to the next level.
  • Lenovo is excited to be showing off all of our most current consumer and enterprise products, stop by and check us out. Metromile Metromile, an innovative pay-per-mile car insurance provider, will be showing its newly re-designed Metromile app including features like car location, street sweeping alerts, billing and car health. Moshi will be presenting accessories for the discerning business professional, including Avanti, the company’s flagship on-ear headphones, and its IonBank portable battery series.

and more….

May 2 Raptor Center Open House

May 03, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

THIS  Saturday at UC Davis!

Special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors out on the glove.

Local artist and CRC volunteer Diana Munoz will lead a sketching class from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the trailer where presentations are held. Munoz will provide suggestions on how to draw raptor shapes and provide tips on capturing feather and facial details. Kids of all ages are welcome to bring a sketch book, pencils and join the fun.

EARTH DAY – What Green Deed will YOU do?

April 22, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Garden /Plants, Global Understanding No Comments →

Earth Day (April 22) inspires us to be better greener global citizens! Let’s conserve water and energy, let’s get healthier by walking, hiking and biking. Let’s plant some native drought tolerant trees and smile at whatever the weather brings.  We can buy quality, skip the junk, make things last rather than throw out. We can make GREEN style the best style. We could encourage our work groups to TELECOMMUTE, to have phone conversations instead of drive to appointments and jump on planes! We could learn to be incredible trainers and collaborators by using SKYPE… we could learn and lead together while not in the same office.

 We can love our earth.    gogreen lightbulb

We can volunteer to plant, cleanup, recycle, and donate money to the causes we love…. like the  National Parks Foundation in support of its 100th anniversary.    


Volunteer for Earth Day!

April 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Canopy’s Earth Day Tree Care Service Day – 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94303 Earth Day Tree Servicing in Palo Alto

This is a wonderful organization. It is a fun group activity too, you’ll look fondly at the trees you have planted for years to come!

April 23, 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM Earth Day Beach Clean-Up in San Mateo Coyote Point Park, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA, 94401

Beach Clean Up in San Mateo

Coastal Cleanup Days a water pollution prevention program

Earth Day at ReThink Waste in San Carlos  333 Shoreway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070

6 months of THINK PINK at SF Ferry Plaza

April 07, 2016 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

“Think Pink Thursdays” At Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant


If you love rosé wine, you won’t want to miss this! Beginning on Thursday, April 7th and running for SIX MONTHS, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants are hosting “Think Pink Thursday.” Let the rosé flow, have a great time, not only with your friends, but with those around you, and do a little good for local charities at the same time.

Here’s how it works: Come in any Thursday between 4pm to 8pm and grab a bottle of rosé from the huge array in the fridge to enjoy. Take a seat at their new community tables, or anywhere at the bar, and let them know how many glasses you’d like. Feel free to share a taste with your neighbor and get the communal party started. Help create a lively Thursday with conversation and pink wine flowing with new and old friends.

In lieu of their standard $9 corkage fee, FPWM will institute a $5 fee for all rosé purchased in the bar on Thursdays which will be donated to local charities. They were inspired by their friends at IfOnly, with whom they are partnering, and are each contributing $2.50 from the sale of every bottle to BAYS (Bay Area Young Survivors – of Cancer) and Tipping Point Community, respectively.

 FERRY PLAZA Wine Merchants — they will plan your event! Plan your group event with us and enjoy great wine and food pairings!