BPFP Membership meeting 7:00- 9:00 pm

Everyone is invited to the Berkeley Partners for Parks membership meeting on March 20, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

We’ll start with a brief introduction to BPFP, followed by short presentations from several Adopt A Park groups, detailing their work. Our special guest speaker, Tom Guarino, will give a presentation of the activities of Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation.

At the end, we’ll have time to socialize and meet the Board members of BPFP.

The meeting will be held in the City of Berkeley “Green Room” at the Corporation Yard, Allston Way at Strawberry Creek Park (2 blocks west of Sacramento on Allston).

Whale watching with the Farallones Marine Sancturay Association, Sunday March 19

The FMSA invite you to witness the annual coastal migration of gray whales amid the stunning backdrop of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Spend the day in some of the most productive waters on the planet and surround yourself with seabirds, whales and other marine mammals. Our experienced professional naturalist, Carol Keiper, will lead us in this exciting journey of whale exploration.

Sunday, March 19, 2006
Leaving from SF Marina on the Marina Green

$85 per person
$78 with FMSA membership discount

Call 415.561.6625 x 310
or email kmclaughlin@farallones.org
to reserve your spot or for more information

Trip departure is weather dependent.

Minimum age for participation is 10 years old.

See other FMSA trips at farallones.org/news

BPFP AGENDA for Board Meeting 13 February 2006

Location: Live Oak Park Community Center

  • 1. Approve Minutes of previous meeting
  • 2. Treasurer’s report, fundraising report (John C.,Shelagh)
  • 3.Discuss/modify/approve short-term and long-term goals that we received at the January meeting (John S.)
  • 4.Update on current status of Website (Lisa? Lee?)
  • –How should Adopt-a-Park groups use this site?
    a: if it is their only Website?
    b: if they have their own separate Website elsewhere?
  • –How do we communicate this to the groups?
  • 5. Membership meeting on Monday March 20
    –what time to start and end??
    –Review and confirm evening program
    –Tom Guarino, President of the Board of Friends of Oakland Parks will speak for 15-20 minutes
    –invite sub-groups (how many? which?) to report on their current status
    –when to send postcard? (Susan)
    –do we have a good mailing list to use for labels (John C,Shelagh,Susan)
  • 6.Yolanda Huang (Parks Commission member) presents Parks budget issues for BPFP Board follow-up/action
  • 7.May public meeting to highlight Berkeley Parks Centennial
    –is Monday May 15 the date (3rd Monday)??
    –any update from the planning committee (John S, Lisa, Jacque)?
    –is Berk Historical Society interested in co-sponsoring? (Lisa)
    –speaker?? Galen Cranz, Parks historian? Gray Brechin? (John S)
  • 8.Other updates –
    — SFROW Master/Action Plan for Bancroft to Ashby?
    — BPFP management of Mini grants (John S).
  • 9. Follow-up actions

Nov 2: 1st Wednesday Walks

Tilden Nature Area
Leader: Emma Morris – emmakathrynmorris@ yahoo .com
Meet at 10:00 am at the front entrance to the Environmental Education Center next to the Little Farm. A stroller-friendly, easy walk, no hills. Rain cancels.