October '97 Earth-Friendly Events

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Nature Outings


Wildlife /Pets

Recycling Events

Lectures/Special Events

Hands On For Kids




Health & Diet

Nature Outings

All month

Hikes & Presentations & Much More

throughout the County. For a schedule of events, call SD County Parks. Info: (619) 694-3004.

Saturdays 10am
Plant Walks in Balboa Park

1st Sat: History; 2nd Sat: Palms; 3rd Sat: Trees; 4th Sat: Desert Walk; 5th: Seasonal color; Meet at Botanical Bldg. Rain cancels; no reservations required. Host: Balboa Park. Info: (619) 235-1121.

Sat & Sun9:30am
Nature & Wildlife Walks

Free walks, call for area and themes. Host: Mission Trails Regional Park. Info: (619) 668-3275.

Sat & Sun
Free Guided Nature Walks

hosted by Canyoneers, volunteers for the San Diego Natural History Museum with special training to teach an appreciation of plants and animals in our County. Info: (619) 232-3821x203 www.sdnhm.org

Nature & Wildlife Walks

Free walks, call for area and themes. Host: Mission Trails Regional Park. Info: (619) 668-3275.

Sunday Stroll at Silver Strand State Park

Free walk featuring the history and natural history of south SD Bay. Good opportunity to see migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619) 422-2481.

Bird Walks at Tijuana Estuary

All ages welcome. Call for RSVP and locations. Host: Tijuana Estuary. Info: (619) 575-3613.

Free Bird Walk

as Sweetwater Marsh. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619) 422-2481. Rain cancels.

Interpretive Walks in Balboa Park

Covering history and botanical treasures. Meet at the Visitor Center off Plaza de Panama. Host: Balboa Park Visitor's Center. Info: (619) 239-0512.

Call for dates
San Diego Audubon

offers amazing birding trips. Info: (619) 280-7710.

Blue Sky Canyon Outings

walks and events. Host: Blue Sky Ecological Preserve, Poway. Info: 486-7238.

Canyon Hikes & Tours

12020 Black Mountain Rd. Host: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Info: (619)484-3219.

4Saturday 8am
Bird Walk

at Lopez Canyon in Sorrento Valley. Rain cancels. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619) 422-2481.

11,18 Saturday9 - 11am
Nature Walks at Tijuana Estuary

All ages welcome. Call for RSVP and locations. Host: Tijuana Estuary. Info: (619) 575-3613.

11Saturday 9am
Free Nature Walk

Led by Conservancy docents, the walk will feature migratory birds and the native plants they depend on. Rain cancels. Host: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Reservations & directions: (760) 436-3944.

Bird Walk

at Sweetwater March in Chula Vista. Call for RSVP & directions (619) 422-4282. Rain cancels.

Famosa Slough Bird Walk

Beginning and experienced bird watchers are invited to join a free bird walk. This is an easy walk with good views of a variety of shorebirds and migrating ducks and typical tidal wetland habitat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Rain cancels. Meet at the kiosk as the intersection of West Pt. Loma Blvd. and Famosa Blvd. Host: Friends of Famosa Slough. Info: (619) 224-4591.

19Sunday9 - 11:30am
Cool Stroll

along Lake Sutherland. Take Hwy 78 thru Ramona. Turn left on Sutherland Dam Rd. to the staging area by the dam. Call 235-5440x5 for RSVP. www.sandag.cog.ca.us/sandieguito

Walk on the Wildside

at Rice Canyon, Chula Vista. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619) 422-2481.

Migratory Shorebirds

Talk followed by field trip to the San Diego River from the Tecolote Nature Center, 5180 Tecolote Rd. For beginning and occasional birders. Info: (619) 581-9961.

28Sunday9 - 11am
Trek with a Twist

3.5 miles of auxiliary trails @ Bernardo Bay. Call (760) 235-5440x5 for RSVP & directions. www.sandag.cog.ca.us/sandieguito

31Last Friday5:15pm
Critical Mass Bike Ride

Part fun ride, part political protest through Ocean and Mission Beach. Bring signs, costumes and friends to the Green Store, 4827 Voltaire St. Info: (619) 226-7325; email:sdefenvirolink.org.



until Jan 510am-4:30pm
A Galaxy of Gorgeous Gourds

will be on display at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, featuring more than 75 carved cucurbits of South America telling the history and uses of gourds dating from 2500 B.C. to the present. Info: (619) 239-2001.


Critter Chit Chat

Nature Center staff and volunteers chat about the biology and natural history of their birds, reptiles, mammals, fish or invertebrates. Free with Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Pt. Dr. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619) 422-2481.

Raptor Rap

Nature Center staff and volunteers rap with visitors and meet the hawks and owls used in educational programs. Free with Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Pt. Dr. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619) 422-2481.

Saturdays10am - 2pm

10/4: Petco, 13375 Poway Rd, Poway; 10/11: Pet People, 5664 Mission Ctr. Rd, S.D. 10/18: Kate Sessions Park (N. Pacific Beach), Soledad Rd. 10/25: Pet People, 8011 University, La Mesa. Host: Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals. Info: Penny Adams (619)466-9137.

Nov 1Saturday2 - 6pm
Last Chance for Animals

founder Chris DeRose will speak on stopping pet theft, "Class B" animal dealers, and vivisection. Vegan appetizer buffet included. O.B. Women's Club, 2160 Bacon. $10 donation. Info: (619) 583-9LCA.

Nov 2Sunday10:30am-3pm
Adapt-a-pet in the Park

Adopt abandoned animals from the Friends of County Animal Shelter. All pets are spayed or neutered, have shots and microchips. Balboa Park, near the House of Pacific Relations. Info: (619) 685-3536.

Call for dates
Free Spay/Neuter for Homeless Cats

One clinic per month in various areas throughout SD county for wild and unowned cats. To help homeless cats, please use this opportunity. Humane traps are available to borrow. Also, volunteers are needed. Host: Feral Cat Coalition. Info: (619) 497-1599.


Recycling Events

Recycle Today!
Recycling in San Diego?

For info on recycling locations and events, call the City's Recycling Hotline: 800-237-2583

18Saturday9am - 1pm
Auto Product Recycling Event

at U.S. Postal Services, 2535 Midway Dr between Rosecrans & Pacific Hwy. Open to City of San Diego residents to recycle auto waste including used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and auto batteries. Limit 10 gallons. Info: (619) 235-2105.

Nov 1Saturday9am - 1pm
Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Balboa Park parking lot @ Park Blvd & President's Way. Common HHW include paint, pool chemicals, solvents, drain opener, cleaners... any product labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive. Free to City of S.D. residents. Limit 5 gal or 50 lbs. Info: (619) 235-2111.


Lectures/Special Events

10Friday6 - 8pm
Midway Atoll Wildlife Refuge

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week at this special presentation about Midway Atoll. Chula Vista Nature Center. RSVP: (619) 422-2481.

11/12Sat/Sun10am - 1pm
Labyrinth Building

will take place at the Great Balboa Park Landfill Exposition, south of Morley Field. Join conceptual artist Cindy Zimmerman in this natural building art-sculpture project as part of InSite '97. Info: (619) 515-4989; email:cindyzacusd.edu.

Agitate, Negotiate, Litigate?

Free town hall forum on the status of Habitat Conservation Planning in our region. Hosted by Sierra Club: (619) 299-1743.

Practical Energy Conservation

and demonstration of solar cooker. U.S. International University Green Hall. Info: (619) 455-6336. www.tbi.acusd.edu/comm/scan

18/19Sat/Sun9am - 3:30pm
Annual Plant Sale

at Quail Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, (760) 436-3036.

19Sunday8am - 3pm
Last Chance Rummage Sale

Please donate items and/or volunteer for this benefit for Last Chance for Animals. Info: (760) 943-7428 or (619) 488-5838. Leucadia Roadside Park. Take Leucaida Blvd. west off of I-5. Go until you run into it.

19Sunday12:30 - 2pm
Backyard Birds

Jean Meagher of the Audubon Society will introduce you to the birds which can be seen in San Diego and show how to invite them into your back yard. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St. San Diego.

Home Solar Systems

First seminar of series at U.S. International University Green Hall. Info: (619) 565-2603. Fees range from $25-$75. www.tbi.acusd.edu/comm/scan

25Saturday10am - 2pm
Annual Native Plant Sale!

of the Calif. Native Plant Society at Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Closing time depends on supplies. Info: (619) 685-7321.

25Saturday9am - 3pm
Free Vehicle Inspection

for National Car Care Month. Regular maintenance including tune-ups, clean filters, proper tire inflation and stopping system leaks can extend the life of your car, reduce emissions and improve air quality. Auto Club Grossmont, 8765 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. Info: (619) 694-3332.

25Saturday10am - 2pm

at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. Enjoy some "batty" activities and visiting with real bats. Make a bat T-shirt. $5 or bring your own blank. Info: (619) 575-3613.

26SundayNoon - 5pm
San Diego Wildlife Day

at the Project Wildlife Care Facility on Custer St. (from Morena Blvd, turn on Sherman, and then left on Custer.) Admission is free. This celebration of native wildlife will feature tours of the Care Facility, live entertainment and refreshments. Visitors will be treated to a bake sale, silent auction, multi-prize drawing and a selection of wildlife-friendly products. Many other local organizations will provide information on the range of animal issues. Info: (619) 579-5083.

31Friday5:30 - 7:30pm
Halloween Open House

at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. Chilling thrills for free. Story telling, hot cider and surprises. Show off your costumes. Info: (619) 575-3613.


REPORT polluting vehicles by calling 800-28-SMOKE; Cell phones call #SMOG for free. Report the date, time, location and license number.

Call for dates
Celebrate Population Awareness Week

Call San Diego Zero Population Growth for info: (619)270-7066.


Hands-on for Kids

25Saturday1 - 4pm
Kids Peacefest

Nonviolent games; arts & crafts; music. In a time of concern about increased violence in society and its depiction in the media, the Peace Resource Center is sponsoring a free, entertaining afternoon for children. First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Pl. S.D. Info: (619) 265-0730; email: prcsandiegoigc.apc.org.

25Saturday overnight
Halloween Horrors

on this special Nature Night celebrating the ancient festival of Halloween at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Hike, scavenger hunt, dinner and breakfast. Space limited. Call for reservations and fee info. (619) 422-2481.

Sundays1pm - 2pm
Make-it, Take-it Workshops

Do a different Nature Craft every Saturday & Sunday using recycled materials. Fee 50¢. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619) 422-2481.

Thursdays 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Junior Ranger Programs

Free weekly activities for K-6th grades including hands-on learning, bird watching, nature walks, art projects, stories and games. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. Host: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. (619) 575-3613.



First Friday12pm - 2pm
Environmental Committee of the Tijuana-San Diego Region

Forum for environmentally concerned groups and individuals from both sides of the border to address issues of common interest, form binational coalitions, and participate in educational events. Affiliated with the United Nations Associations and the S.D. - Tijuana Sister Cities Society. Meets first Friday of each month alternately in San Diego and Tijuana. The San Diego meetings are usually held at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor's Center; Tijuana meetings are usually held at the new Red Cross (Cruz Roja) offices in the eastern Rio Tijuana area. email: kaarekaol.com for Carpools and Info: Kaare Kjos (619) 285-1725.

Nov 6First Thursdays6:30pm
Sustainability Networking

For all those interested in practical applications of sustainability in our bioregion. Attend monthly meetings on 1st Thurs. at U.S. International University Green Hall.: Skip Fralick (619)565-2603. www.tbi.acusd.edu/comm/scan

Sierra Club Orientation

Individuals interested in outdoors and conservation activities are invited to learn about the many programs of the Sierra Club including Sierra Singles (299-TREE) and Younger Sierrans (singles ages 21-39 call 544-6124). Second Wednesday of the month, Tierra Santa Rec. Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Host: SD Sierra Club. Info: 299-1744.

10Friday6:30 - 9pm
Exotic Birds

Meet some very nice birds at the Project Wildlife general meeting. Tecolote Canyon Nature Center (Take Tecolote Rd east off of I-5). Info: (619) 579-5083.

Surfrider Foundation

San Diego Chapter meetings are held every 3rd Thursday at Forum Hall above Wells Fargo at UTC, La Jolla Village Dr. & Genesee : (619) 792-9940.

18Saturday11am - 3pm
Raw Foods Support Group

Monthly pot luck; Santa Clara Rec Center in Mission Beach; bring RAW/LIVE and Organic plant foods and reusable tableware. Info: (619) 220-2174.

21Tuesday7 - 9pm
Habitat Plans in North County

will be discussed by Buena Vista Audubon President at the North County Sierra Club monthly meeting. Free. Aviara Oaks Elementary School, 6900 Ambrosia Ln, La Costa. Info: (619) 436-7853.

25Last Saturday3pm
Clairemont Organic Gardening Club

Learn, share and garden on the last Saturday of each month. Host: Laurie Cohen. Call for location (619) 270-1490.

New Pagan Spiritual Circle

forming in Vista. Explore a contemporary spirituality based on the ancient earth-centered cultures combined with new thinking about natural science. Info: (760) 630-4262. $5 adult donation + bring a pot luck dish and drink to share.



Nov 6Thursday7pm
Sierra Club Political Committee

Get involved in working for effective environmental protection. Meet at SC offices, 3820 Ray St., (SE of 30th & University, North Park); More info call Carolyn (619) 272-7423.

22WednesdayCall for time
County Hearing

on Habitat Conservation Planning. To confirm the date/time of the hearing, call the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, at (619) 531-5600.

28TuesdayCall for time
Zoning Code Update

Maybe more than any other document, the ZCU will determine the future development in the City of SD. It will determine the processes for community participation and appeals. The City is proposing to reduce wetlands protections and reduce community involvement. Get involved! Californians for Quality of Life. : (619) 496-3361.


Call for info
San Diego Earth Day

Make a difference with people and the environment. Help with projects at our Pacific Beach office or from home. Projects include Community Restoration teams. Info: Kari (619) 272-7370.

Seeking Assistants

Carolyn Chase is seeking a personal assistant or two to help with a number of projects including this newspaper, Californians for Quality of Life political action committee, and the Earth Day Network. Call for an interview. You need to be smart and fearless. Positions may be funded with any luck and a lot of hard work. (619) 272-7423.

Saturdays 7:30am - 3pm
Straw Bale Work Parties

Learn about stuccoing straw bale walls by helping stucco a SB community center building at a Habitat for Humanity community in Tecate Mexico. Call to confirm. Host: Habitat for Humanity. Info: Skip Fralick (619) 565-2603.

11Saturday9am - Noon
Clean up Nesting Sight

for the endangered California least tern. Help remove debris, weeds and clean up this sight at the C Street fill area of the Sweetwater National Wildife Refuge. Bring gloves and tools if you have them. Wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. Refreshments provided. Info:(619) 224-4591.

23Thursday5:50 - 7:30pm
Volunteer Orientation

for the Tijuana River National Estuary. Help educate the public or work in our award-winning native plant garden. Free natural history training. You can become involved with any level of time commitment. Info: (619) 575-3613.

Call for dates
Get Dirty! Make New Friends!

SD Park & Rec Dept. invites you to explore your WILD side by volunteering in the Tri-Canyon area. Marian Bear Park and Rose Canyon contain many endangered species and are natural wildlife corridors. Friendly people and amateur gardeners are needed to become docents, lead nature hikes and be part of the newly formed "Task Force for Habitat Restoration." New groups are forming now! Host: Tri-Canyon Volunteer Program. Info: Jeannette De Angelis (619) 581-9961.

San Diego County Parks

Volunteers provided 36% of total staff hours for County Parks in 1994/95. Become a live-in, docent, historic, recreation or patrol volunteer. Info: (619) 694-3044.

Trail Patrol for San Dieguito River Park

Patrols will work two, four-hour assignments per month in the Lake Hodges area and will provide visitors with info about trails, points of interest, natural and cultural history, and park rules. Apply by called Colleen McCahon (619) 235-5440.

Mama's Kitchen

delivers meals to those homebound with AIDS. Driver desperately needed especially South Bay, East County and Central San Diego. Info:(619) 233-6262.

Superior Court

downtown needs volunteers for its Children's Waiting Room. Spend 3.5 hours/week with children who otherwise may be left in the crowded hallways. Info: Julie Myres (619) 531-3489.


Helping Our Wildlife is a nonprofit organization seeking volunteers to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned, injured or displaced wildlife. Info: (760) 789-5033.

Project Wildlife

Needs volunteers to care for baby birds and mammals in their own homes. Rescue, transport and telephone volunteers are also needed. Info: (619) 579-5083.

San Diego Animal Advocates

is looking for dependable, motivated volunteers for non-violent activities promoting compassion for all living animals. Info: (619) 943-0330.

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. Tues.-Sat. Noon-5pm. Info: Gail (619) 469-8771.

People for Trees - Tree Plantings

Help the Planet - Plant a Tree! Join the fun for a greener SD and other areas. Call for dates, times and locations. (619) 234-TREE (8733).

Library Literacy Services

Needs dedicated persons to tutor adults in reading and writing. You can change someone's life with only a few hours of your time. We provide training, materials and tutoring space. Info: (619) 336-4280.


Wednesdays4 - 8pm
Ocean Beach Farmer's Market

along the 4900 block of Newport Blvd.

SOS: Secular Organizations for Sobriety

Support for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of 12-step programs. At La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. Directions: Brian Biernacki (619) 729-6324.

Call for dates

Nicotine Anonymous

has 12-step meetings throughout the metro and North County areas for those who have a desire to stop using nicotine. Info: (760) 781-5070.

Recovery, Inc.

sponsors free, self-help groups for anxiety, depression, panics, phobias, obsessions, compulsions, anger and other nervous symptoms. Info: (619) 275-0364.


Home Outreach for Persons with Environmental Illness is a new self-help network which offers encouragement, information and hope to chemically sensitive persons. Info & directions: Lois Fritz (619) 445-0919.

Food Addictions

Support groups for adults & teens who eat compulsively, fail at dieting, or struggle with weight. 1st session free. $25/month. (760) 634-5757.

Jews & T'ai Chi?

Free intro classes and vegetarian pot luck with JANFIG (Jewish & New-Age Friendship Interest Group). Info: (619) 621-0657.


Spiritual Counseling

Mended Lives, Inc. is a nonprofit group offering counseling for individuals/families ling with major illness, terminal illness and untimely loss. (760) 632-8348.

Yoga Hotline

The Yoga Teacher's Association of San Diego has a free hotline to assist in your search for the perfect teacher, class and location for your needs. Exciting energetic yoga; gentle yoga; yoga therapy. (619) 521-YOGA.

Organic Planet Farms

in Fallbrook has started a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Members pick up a weekly supply of locally grown, fresh-picked, seasonal, organic produce. Info: (760) 731-1238.

Health Food @ Wholesale

Join others in a home-based Food Buying Club located in Vista/Oceanside. You can get health foods, supplements, natural remedies, pet products at a fraction of the cost. Monthly. No minimum order required. Info: (760) 630-4262.

Free Healing Circle

Meets monthly on 1st and 3rd Sundays for meditation, healing and fellowship. Host: La Jolla Health & Massage Group. Directions: Mikel Wade (619) 454-8855

7Tuesday7pm - 9pm
Open House

for the California Naturopathic College Meet Director Dr. Bettina Yelman, N.D. as well as other instructors and students. CNC, 1011 Camino Del Mar, #204, Del Mar. Info: (619) 259-8716.

14Tuesday7 - 9pm
Free Radiant Health

lecture on Anti-aging Nutrients and Lifestyle Choices for longevity. At the California Naturopathic College 1011 Camino Del Mar, #204, Del Mar. Info: (619) 259-8716.