Evening walk explores Cerrito Ck. and Albany Hill Thurs., Apr. 22

Friends of Five Creeks and Transition Albany invite you to enjoy Cerrito Creek and Albany Hill on a spring evening, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Meet at 6 PM at Peet’s Coffee, San Pablo and Carlson, El Cerrito; wear long pants and sleeves (poison oak) and sturdy hiking shoes with good traction; bring sticks if you use them. This two-hour exploration of rare urban wilderness with fascinating history will cross the creek on stepping stones and gain 300′ elevation on moderately steep, narrow dirty trails — with refreshments at the top! Information at www.fivecreeks.org, f5creeks@aol.com, 510 848 9358.

Jan. 4 talk on Toxic Legacy: Mercury in SF Bay

Invisible but deadly, mercury threatens San Francisco Bay wildlife, complicates restoration, and is the major reason that people must avoid eating Bay fish. But what to do is a conundrum. San Francisco Estuary Institute ecologist Kat Ridolfi speaks on sources of mercury, current research, and choices that can reduce contamination, 7 PM Monday, Jan. 4, at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin (at Masonic).
Free; refreshments; all welcome! Information at f5creeks@aol.com, 510 848 9358, www.fivecreeks.org.

Community-based Habitat Restoration Workshop in Oakland

You are invited to attend a workshop for Digging In: A Guide to Community Based Habitat Restoration

Thursday, September 24, 8:30am-4:30pm
Martin Luther King Junior Regional Shoreline Center, Oakland

The Coastal Commission is hosting this workshop in partnership with Save The Bay. Speakers include Darcie Collins, PhD of Save The Bay; Susan Schwartz of Friends of Five Creeks, and Myla Ablog of Literacy for Environmental Justice. Participants will receive a copy of Digging In and lunch will be provided. A tour of the Martin Luther King Shoreline restoration area and nursery led by Save the Bay staff will conclude the workshop. Space is limited.

For more information, email coast4u@coastal.ca.gov or call (800) COAST-4U.

To reserve a space, mail a $30 check (scholarships available), payable to “Tides Center/Marine Educ. Project”, along with your name, affiliation, and email address to:

California Coastal Commission
Public Education Program – Digging In
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105

For more information and an event flyer, please visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/UNBweb/diggingin.html.

Sat., May 30: Remove invasives at Schoolhouse Creek mouth

Join Friends of Five Creeks volunteers in Eastshore State Park from 10 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, May 30, as improve both habitat and human enjoyment by whacking a welter of invasives weeds. Light and heavy tasks for all — from big clumps of fire-prone Pampas grass to little feathery tumbleweeds. We supply gloves, tools, and snacks. Dress for sun or wind.

Follow signs from the small parking area off West Frontage Road between University and Gilman (Internet maps W. Frontage Rd. and Virginia, Berkeley, though there is no Virginia there). By car, best to park at Sea Breeze Deli, 598 University, and walk 5 minutes north on the Bay Trail. AC Transit 9 also stops at Sea Breeze. The site is a lovely stroll or bike ride via the Bay Bridge and/or Pedestrian/Bicycle trail from Aquatic Park.

Information at www.fivecreeks.org, f5creeks@aol.com, 510 848 9358.