November '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.

Free Kayak Lessons

Every Saturday morning. Host: Mission Bay Paddle Sports. Info & reservations: (619) 488-5599.

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. 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 & SunVarious times
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

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.

8,15Saturday9am - 11am
Nature Walks at Tijuana Estuary

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

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 Marsh in Chula Vista. Call for RSVP & directions (619)422-4282.

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.

Walk on the Wildside

at Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619) 422-2481.

29Sunday9am - 11am
Walk Off the Turkey!

Bring Thanksgiving friends for popular hike @ Bernardo Bay. Call (760) 235-5440x5 for RSVP & directions. guito.



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.

Nov 15 - Jan 49:30am-4:30pm
Cats! Wild to Mild

is a roaring good time at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Admission fees & info: (619) 232-3821.


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

Call for locations throughout San Diego County. Host: Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals. Info: Penny Adams (619) 466-9137.

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

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.

8Saturday9am - 1pm
Auto Product Recycling Event

At Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Rd (@Mira Mesa Blvd.). 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.


Lectures/Special Events

6Thursday8am - 4:30pm
Affordable Housing & Community Economic Development

One day housing conference with 15 workshops & 3 general sessions. Host: Nonprofit Federation for Housing & Community Development $95/$6 Marina Village. Info: (619) 239-6693.

8/9Saturday9am - 4pm/9am - 2pm
Plant Sale

by the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club. Vons Market, 11986 Bernardo Plaza Dr, Rancho Bernardo. Natives, exotics, bulbs, seeds house plants and more.

9 Sunday5:30pm - 8:30pm
1997 Peacemakers Awards

Recognizing the link between peace and social justice, this year's awards are being given to people in our community working for the hungry, the homeless, the poor. Peace Resource Center 17th Anniversary. Donation: $15 +/-. First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego. Directions/Info: (619) 265-0730.

Wildlife Run & Walk

to benefit Project Wildlife. 5K fun run or walk. Entry Info: (619) 579-5083.

Strawbale Building Design

Seminar on practical sustainability applications at U.S. International University Green Hall. Info: (619)565-2603. Fees range from $25-$75.

42 years of Wilderness Basics

presented by Bob Feuge at the Sierra Club's monthly program at the Otto Center, south of the San Diego Zoo entrance, Introduction to the Club begins at 6:30pm. Free. 24-hour info: (619) 299-1744 x1040.

22/23Sat/Suncall for times
Taste of Borrego

& other tours and events to observe the 30th birthday of the Anza-Borrego Foundation. Includes a rare guided tour of the Carrizo Impact Area closed to the public. Info: (760) 767-0446.

28Last Friday5:15pm
Fur Free Friday - Buy Nothing Day

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Remind gift-buyers that compassion is the fashion. Check the Last Chance for Animals hotline: (619) 583-9LCA


Hands-on for Kids

A Day on the Nile

festival at the Children's Discovery Center at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Fees from $15. Info: (619) 239-2001.

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.

Thursdays3:15pm - 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: for Carpools and Info: Kaare Kjos (619) 285-1725.

Nov 6/Dec 4First 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.

Call for dates
Population Counts

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

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 on this and other vegetarian-oriented events: (619) 220-2174.

20 Thursday6:45pm
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.

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). Third Thursday of the month, Tierra Santa Rec. Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Host: SD Sierra Club. Info: (619) 299-1744.

29Last 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.



Nov 6 & Dec 2Thurs/Tues 7pm
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.

28Last 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;


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 the Sierra Club Political Committee and the Earth Day Network. Call for an interview. You need to be smart, assertive and committed. Positions may be funded with any luck and a lot of hard work. (619) 272-7423.

Saturdays7:30am - 3pm
Straw Bale Work Parties

Learn about stuccoing straw bale walls by helping stucco a straw bale 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.

8Saturday9am - Noon
Work Party

Help Friends of Famosa Slough plant native plant, remove invasive plants and clean up this wetland preserve. Bring gloves and tools if you have them. Wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. Refreshments provided. Meet at the corner of Famosa & West Pt. Loma Blvd.. Info: (619) 224-4591.

13Thursday5:30pm - 7:30pm
New Volunteer Orientation

at the Tijuana Estuary Reserve. Help educate children, the general public or work in our award- winning native plant garden. Free natural history training. Directions & Info: (619) 575-3613.

27Thanksgiving DinnerNoon - 3pm
Volunteers for Thanksgiving

Help needed to set up, serve and take down dinner to those with HIV, AIDS, their care-givers and friends at the Unitarian Church at 4190 Front St. Info: (619) 624-9081.


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.

Mama's Kitchen

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


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.

Seabreeze Organic Farm

locally grown produce is available at the following Farmer's Markets:
Tuesdays 2:30-6pm Coronado at Ferry Landing
Weds.: 4-6pm Ocean Beach Farmer's Market
along the 4900 block of Newport Blvd.
Thurs 2:30-6pm: Mission Valley Center
Fridays 3-6pm: Encinitas Blvd. & Hwy 101
Saturdays: Pacific Beach 8am-noon, the Promenade at Mission Blvd & Pacific Beach Dr, Del Mar 1-4pm, 10th St. & Hwy 101.

Every Day
REPORT polluting vehicles

by calling 1-800-28-SMOKE; Cell phones call #SMOG for free. Report the date, time, location and license number.

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.

Health Lecture

Famed Irish author/lecturer Dr. William Fullerton, with expertise in nutrition, detoxification, healing and biochemistry, will give a free talk on current health topics every Tuesday at 7pm in the Ocean Building at 603 N. Hwy. 101, Suite A, Solana Beach. Info: (619) 794-0298.

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 non-profit 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 at 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.

11Tuesday7pm - 9pm
Free Radiant Health

lecture on "Do I have candida Albicans overgrowth?" At the California Naturopathic College 1011 Camino Del Mar, #204, Del Mar. Info: (619) 259-8716.

18Tuesday7pm - 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.