February '97 Earth-Friendly Events

Nature Outings
Recycling Events
Special Events
Hands-On for Kids
Networking Meetings


Nature Outings

Various Times
San Diego Audubon

offers amazing birding trips monthly. For info call 280-7710.

Bird Walks

The Chula Vista Nature Center offers free weekly bird walks at the San Elijo Lagoon, Sweetwater Marsh, San Diego Bay in Imperial Beach. Please call the Nature Center at 422-2481 for dates and directions. Rain cancels.

Wednesdays12 pm
Interpretive Walks in Balboa Park

Covering history and botanical treasures. Meet at the Balboa Park Visitor Center in the Plaza de Panama. No reservations required. Info: 239-0512

Sat & Sun
Free Guided Walks

Hike with SD Museum Canyoneers and learn about plants and animals in the natural areas of San Diego. Areas vary weekly. Call 232-3821 ext.203 for schedule.

Nature & Wildlife Walks

Free walks at 9:30am every Saturday and Sunday and 11am every Saturday at Mission Trails Regional Park. Call 668-3275 for area and themes.

Bird/Nature Walk

The Tijuana River Estuary Reserve offers bird walks on the 1st & 4th Saturdays of the month from 8-9am, and nature walks on the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays from 9-11am. Call the Center at 575-3613 for locations.

Plant Walks in Balboa Park

1st Sat: History; 2nd Sat: Palms; 3rd: Tree Walk; 4th: Desert Walk 5th: Seasonal Color; Meet at Botanical Building. Rain cancels; no reservations required. Info: 235-1121.

Free Kayak Lessons

Every Saturday morning by Mission Bay Paddle-sports. Call for info & reservations: 488-5599.

Sunday Stroll at Silver Strand State Park

Free walk featuring the history and natural history of south San Diego Bay. Good opportunity to see migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. Call 422-2481 for reservations and directions.

Desert Plant Walk

Join local Botanist Larry Hendrickson at the entrance of Aqua Caliente Park, 39555 Great Southern Stage Rt. , S-2. Find plants in bloom, learn about the hardy desert plants and why conservation of desert areas is so important. Bring water, wear study shoes. Call for reservations 565-3600.

Nature Walk

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is hosting a free nature walk at the Lagoon. The walk will feature migratory waterbirds and native plants. For more info and directions call 436-3944. Rain Cancels.

Bird Walk

The Friends of Famosa Slough leads a free, easy walk with good views of shore birds, migrating ducks and tidal wetland habitat. Beginners are especially invited. Bring binoculars if you have them, rain cancels. Famosa Slough is at Famosa Blvd and W. Pt. Loma Blvd., between Nimitz and Sports Area. 224-4591.

Bird Walk at Sweetwater Marsh

Free at the Marsh in Chula Vista. Call 422-2481 for RSVP and directions. Rain cancels.

22Saturday9 am
Spring Flower Walk

Join botanist Larry Hendrickson at the entrance of Aqual Caliente Park, 39555 Great Southern Stage Rt. S-2. Call for reservations: 565-3600

22Saturday10 am - 1 pm
Canyoneer Hikes

Join the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers and learn appreciation of the plants and animals in the natural areas of the city. Walks are free and open to the general public. Call 232-3821.

Walk on the Wildside

at Sweetwater Marsh with the Chula Vista Nature Center. You will see soaring hawks and fall migrants. Reservations required: 422-2481. Free.



Copper Canyon Slide Show & Tarahumara Indian Dancers

First American tour of wilderness guide/photographer Richad D. Fisher's journey into the depths of Mexico's most extraordinary canyon. Donations will go directly to the Tarahumara children. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., Hillcrest.

Feb 14 - May 2610am - 4:30pm
Pintores de Tigua...

Indigenous Arts of Ecuador is a retrospective of painting from a remote farming community. Museum of Man, Balboa Park 239-2001.

Meet the Artists

Carol Thomason (Nature Forms) and Annette Lotuso Paquet (New Works) at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 7917 Girard Ave. Exhibition runs 2/3-16th, 11:30am-4:30pm daily.


Spay Day USA!

The Coalition for Pet Population Control will mail a $20 check to cat or dog owners who send in a vet receipt verifying their pets were spayed or neutered between Feb.1 -28, 1997, until their fund of $8,000 runs out. There is no limit on the number of pets-per-houshold. Receipts must be sent to 14781 Pomerado Rd, #193, Poway CA 92064 by 3/7/97.

Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Adopt A Dog

2/1. Petco, 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd.; 2/8. Petco, 10410 Friars Rd.; 2/15. Pet Supply, 2749 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. 2/22. Pet People. 8011 University Ave., La Mesa. Sponsored by the Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals. Info: Penny Adams . 466-9137.

Raptor Rap

Chula Vista Nature Center staff and volunteers rap with visitors and meet the hawks and owls used in Center educational programs. Free with Nature Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481.

Sundays 1pm
Critter Chit Chat

Chula Vista Nature Center staff and volunteers will chat about the biology and natural history of their birds, reptiles, mammals, fish or invertebrates. A children's activity will accompany the presentation. Free with Nature Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481.

Winter Raptor Watch

See eagles, falcons, hawks and more with Iron Mountain Conservancy, starting from Dos Picos County Park. Bring warm coat, binoculars. Free. For directions and info call Fred: 789-8136.

8-10Sat - Mon
Baja Whale Encounter!

This special trip takes you Magdalena Bay, Baja California to see gray whales. No where else in the world are there as many of this species in such a concentrated area. 2-4 night packages, contact Pelican Travel 1-800-6PELICAN.

Status of Birds of Prey in the West

See article for complete event description!!!

March 2Sunday10:30am - 3pm
Adopt-a-Pet in the Park

from Friends of the County Animal Shelter. All animals are spayed/neutered, have shots and are microchipped. Please help by providing a loving home. Find them near the Home of Pacific Relations, across from the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.


Recycling Events

Call to schedule pick-up!
Refrigerator Round-Up

is ending February 15th! Call 1-800-684-4032 for program info and to schedule a free pick-up and recycling of an operating secondary refrigerator.

22 Saturday9am - 1pm
Auto Product Recycling

Open to City of San Diego residents wishing to recycle auto waste including used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, and auto batteries only. No business waste. 235-2105 for more info. Recycle at Montgomergy High School 3250 Palm Ave @ Hawaii.


Special Events +

Thursdays6-30 - 9pm
Book Signings

2/8 "Transforming Life's Obstacles into Spiritual Lessons" by Joan Brady. 2/13. Edward Taub. M.D., spokesperson for the AMA, "Seven Steps to Self-Healing." 2/20 Ira Strongin, M.D., on Ayurvedic Healing, a 5000 year old system of health. 2/27 Brian Miller, D.C., and Light Miller, N.D., on an introduction to the art and science of using scent and aroma for healing. At Whole Foods Market, 8825 La Jolla Dr., La Jolla. Registration 551-7102.

Whole Steps to Health

2/8. 11am. "Boosting Immunity", with Dr. Steven Schecter. Learn how to stay healthy using foods, herbs and vitamins, as he signs his new book. 2/15. 11 am Patricia Cordray will be speaking on "Menopause, the Natural Transition: Bone Health and Hormone Balancing." 2/22. 12 pm. Dr. David Klein will talk on "General Stretching for Neck and Back Pain." At Whole Foods Market at 8825 La Jolla Dr. Info: Diane Lee 642-6700.

Sundays1pm - 2:15pm
Well Being Open House

Free introductory lecture and tours at the Chopra Center for Well Being - a place which embodies the essence of healing. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Call 551-7788.

5Wednesday8 pm
Poetry Reading

The Umojo Club of USIU (United States International University) will host 4 events in celebration of Black History Month on their campus at 10455 Pomerado Rd., 1 mile east of I-15. 2/16. Jazz Coffee Night featuring the Daniel Jackson Trio. Free. 2/19, Malcolm X, the movie. Free. 8 pm. Call 635-4735 for more info.

10-14Mon - Fri
Sustainable Soil Fertility

Learn about the key properties of soils at the Center for Living inharmony,Valley Center. $650. Info: 749-9634

6,20 7pm
Free Healing Circle

Meditation, healing and fellowship; La Jolla Health and Massage Group, 725 Girard Ave, Ste. 32, 454-8855.

11Tuesdays6pm - 9pm
A Taste of Magic

Free two-hour intro lecture on the Magic of Healing at the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla. Open to all those interested in the teachings of Dr. Deepak Chopra. 551-7788.

19Wednesday10am - 3pm
Sustainable Energy Town Hall Meeting

Connect with experts via satellite feed to KPBS studios;then discuss local steps needed.More info: call the Energy Office at 594-3280.

22Saturday10am - 4pm
Open House

in celebration of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's 10th anniversary and the Chinese New Year. Free massage demos and group treatments. 7445 Mission Valley Rd. 574-6909

28Friday8:30pm - 11 pm
"African Diaspora: A World United Through a People."

Umoja Club of U.S.I.U., in celebration of Black History Month, presents a cultural night, featuring Rites of Passage African Drummers, an African-American storyteller, the Pilgrim Adult Gospel Choir, and Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts Performers at the University's Scripps Ranch campus, at 10455 Pomerado Rd., 1 mile east of I-15. Refreshments will be served. Admission: $7. Call 635-4735.

Hands-On for Kids

Essay Contest

High school students grades 9-12 are invited to submit an essay on the topic: "What Can We Do to End Racism and Violence and Build a Peaceful Community?" For entry info contact:Peace ResourceCenter:265-0730.Entries due by 2/26.

Thursdays3:15pm - 4:45pm
Junior Ranger Programs

The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center offers FREE weekly activities for K-6th grade including hands-on learning, bird watching, nature walks, art projects, stories and games. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. Info: 575-3613.

Sat & Sun1pm - 2pm
Make-it, Take-it Workshops

The Chula Vista Nature Center offers a different Nature Craft activity every Saturday and Sunday. Activities use recycled materials. $0.50 fee for materials. Info: 422-2481

Bilingual Story Hour

The Chula Vista Nature Center offers a free bilingual story hour for children and their parents. Nature stories will be told in English and Spanish and nature activities appropriate to the story will be available. Info: 422-2481


Call for dates
Sierra Club for Singles

New social section for singles 21-39 who enjoy hiking, camping, parties, dancing, movies, conservation and cultural activities. Call 299-1744 x2070.

Recovery, Inc.

sponsors free self-help groups for anxiety, depression, panics, phobias, obsessions, compulsions, anger, and other nervous symptoms. Call 275-0364 for meetings schedule and info.

Nicotine Anonymous

has 12-steip meetings throughout the metro and North County areas for those who have a desire to stop using nicotine. Call 781-5070.

SOS: Secular Organizations for Sobriety

Support organization for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction who are uncomfortable with spiritual content of 12-step programs. At La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. Brian Biernacki 729-6324.

Call for times
California Resource Recovery Association

holds monthly meetings discussing regional waste and resource recovery issues. In the Sycamore roon at the County Building, 9621 Ridgehaven Ct.

Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation

has its Board Meeting the 1st Monday of each month. Public welcome. Aviara Info Center, Black Rail Ct. off of Alga Rd, Carlsbad.

Sierra Club Orientation

Individuals interested in hikes and other social activities are invited to an orientation each 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Tierrasanta Rec. Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Call 299-TREE for directions or more info.

203rd Thursday6:45pm
San Diego Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter meetings are held every 3rd Thursday at the Forum Hall above Wells Fargo at UTC, La Jolla. Info-line: 792-9940.

Sustainability Networking

For all those interested in practical applications of sustainability in our bioregion, attend monthly meetings (each 4th Thursday) at U.S. International University Green Hall. For information call Skip Fralick, 565-2603.


Various Times
San Diego Earth Day

Earth lovers are needed to help with Pacific Beach office tasks and other fun projects. Also, we need someone to create/maintain our World Wide Web site on the SDET site. Call 272-7370.

San Diego County Parks

Volunteers provided 36% of total staff hours for San Diego County Parks in 1994/95. For information on volunteering, call 694-3044.


Helping Our Wildlife is a non-profit organization seeking volunteers to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned, injured or displaced wildlife. Please call 789-5033.

Project Wildlife

Needs volunteers for San Diego's annual baby season. Volunteers are needed to care for baby birds and mammals in their own homes. Rescue/Transport and telephone volunteers are in demand too. Please call S.D. Humane Society @ 579-5083.

Peace Resource Center

is a nonprofit clearinghouse for peace, social justice and environmental activities. We need volunteers for mailings, street fairs and other outreach. Call Gary Cagle at 265-0730.

Wild Animal Park/Ellen Scripps Garden

Help maintain this wonderful garden of flowers, herbs, tropical plants and trees. Garden is an educational project demonstrating xeriscaping and other environmentally responsible landscaping methods. Flexible schedule. Info: Betty Pharris 283-6000.

The National Cat Protection Society

Cat lovers are needed to help with general care, grooming and TLC. Two hours per week time commitment. At 9031 Birch St., Spring Valley. Contact Gail at 469-8771, Tues-Sat 12pm-5pm.

Saturdays 8:30am - Noon
Tree Plantings

Help the Planet - Plant a tree! Join the fun for a greener San Diego and other areas. Bring a shovel and gloves if you have them. Presented by People for Trees. Call 234-TREE (8733) for dates, locations and directions.

8Saturday9am ­ Noon
Work party!

Help the Friends of Famosa Slough with removing invasive plants, weeding native gardens and cleaning up this wetland preserve. Bring gloves and tools if you have them and wear work clothes. 2nd Saturdays, odd numbered months. Refreshments provided. Meet at the corner of Famosa and W. Pt. Loma Blvds. 224-4591.

It's Your Tern!

Help SD Audubon with removing invasive plants at a nesting site for endangered California least terns at Mariner's Pt. in Mission Bay. Bring work gloves and weeding tools if you have them and wear old clothes. Call 224-4591 for more info.

19Wednesday7:30pm - 9pm
Volunteer for Earth Day '97!

Find out about EarthFair '97 in April and how to help or create other projects to make a difference. See the cool Earth Day slide show. La Jolla YMCA, 8355 Cliffridge Ave.,(off La Jolla Scenic Ct). Info: 496-6666

25Tuesday7- 8:30 pm
It's Your Tern!

Come and see the cool Earth Day slide show and learn about all the opportunities to become involved in the 8th annual Earthfair in Balboa Park in April. Pacific Beach Christian Church, 1074 Loring Street. Info: 496-6666


12Wednesday7pm - 9pm
Zero Population Growth

will hold a special forum on strategies and methods to get our message acorss to the public and political leaders. Thomas Paine Coffee House, 4247 Park Blvd. 270-7066.

Naval Training Reuse Plan

Were you invited aboard? At the Hotel CIrcle Inn and Suites, 2201 Hotel CIrcle South, Mission Valley, this meeting will discuss possibilities for inclusive uses of the NTC property to benefit the community. More info:531-0773.

18Saturday6:30pm - 8:30pm
C-QUAL Happy Hour

Come to a party for the citizen's political action committee: Californians for Quality of Life. $5 for members, $10 non-members. Includes some food and drink. Meet others helping to make a difference in this town and learn how you can help. Questions or RSVP? Call C-QUAL voicemail at 496-3361. Party will be at Callahan's in the Mira Mesa Mall NW corner of Camino Ruiz and Mira Mesa Blvd..

Public Hearing - County B-S

See article for background. Call 496-3361 for updated info.