California’s Oak Woodlands: Tantalizing Tidbits about “Boring” Birds

Saturday Sep 24 2016   7:00 PM
Watsonville Civic Plaza  275 Main St, Watsonville, CA  map

Kate Marianchild doesn’t chase rare birds—she chases fascinating information about the so-called ordinary birds of California’s oak woodlands. If you think you already know everything worth knowing about oak titmice, acorn woodpeckers, or western bluebirds, you might be in for a surprise. Have you heard the lowdown on the birds that engage in simulated sex rituals every night? Do you know which baby birds buzz like bees to scare away predators? Or who defends oak mistletoe berries from other birds? Are you aware that one species relies on poison oak berries for seven months of the year—and collects spider webs with its tail? If you would like to know more about the marvelous survival strategies, behaviors, and social structures of various birds found in California’s signature ecosystem, you will adore this talk.

This event is part of the Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival. For the line-up of field trips and speakers, or for registration, go to http://montereybaybirding.org/.

Sea Forager at Point Reyes National Seashore

Saturday Sep 24 2016   7:00 PM
Red Barn  1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two! Free and open to the public.
More info at http://ptreyesbooks.com/events/kirk-lombard?mc_cid=00a7eb3aae&mc_eid=0cf95d0de6

Wild Suburbia Launch Party at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Saturday Sep 24 2016   10:00 AM
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden  1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA  map

Join us for a special celebration of the release of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants with author Barbara Eisenstein at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. RSVP required; to register, please go to https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/Book-Launch-Barbara-Eisenstein-Wild-Suburbia-Learning-to-Garden-with-Native-Plants

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors at Barnes & Noble, Montclair Place

Saturday Sep 24 2016   6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Montclair Place  5183 N Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair, CA  map

Author Beth Pratt-Bergstrom will discuss the evolving dynamic between humans and animals in California and sign copies of her book, When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors. Free and open to the public.

Walking Tour of the Trees and Buildings of Olvera Street

Saturday Sep 24 2016   11:00 AM
Union Station Info Kiosk  800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA  map

What tree is this_ Come find out.

Which tree is this? Come find out!

From 11am to 3pm, LAtitudes contributor Charles Hood and cartographer David Deis will co-lead a walking tour of Olvera Street focusing on urban trees and city birds. Meet at the info kiosk in Union Station.

Open to public; contact Charles Hood at chood@avc.edu for details.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival: Exploring a Coast Live Oak Woodland with Kate Marianchild

Sunday Sep 25 2016   9:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve  , Watsonville, CA  map

Oak woodlands rank among the top three habitat types in North America for bird richness. Coast live oaks are the third most common kind of oak in California, and they are surprisingly popular with birds, as well as with insects and mammals. In this walk with Secrets of the Oak Woodlands author Kate Marianchild, we will hope to see and discuss intimate details of the behavior, anatomy, social structure, and ecosystem interactions of some of the various animal species, including (but not limited to): acorn woodpeckers, Hutton’s vireos, bushtits, oak titmice, wrentits, scrub-jays, and western fence lizards. We will see lace lichen, California buckeye, poison oak, toyon, and a Pajaro manzanita, along with woodrat tree houses. Did you know that woodrats help songbirds survive?

This event is part of the Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival. To learn more about the festival and register for it, go to: http://montereybaybirding.org/.

The Sea Forager at Four-Eyed Frog Books

Sunday Sep 25 2016   4:00 PM
Four-Eyed Frog Books  39138 Ocean Dr, Gualala, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California CoastKirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two! Free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.foureyedfrog.com/event/kirk-lombard-introduces-sea-foragers-guide-northern-california-coast

Sierra Starlight at REI Berkeley

Tuesday Sep 27 2016   7:00 PM
REI Berkeley  1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Join award-winning astrophotographer Tony Rowell as he shares and discusses images from his book Sierra Starlight. Accompanying the photos are short stories that include technical info, camera settings, location info, and the adventure and challenges of capturing the images such as stormy weather, carrying heavy packs of camera gear at high elevations, staying up all night to film celestial events, and on the spot repairs to camera gear in remote locations. Register at www.rei.com/events/sierra-starlight/berkeley/152148

Sea Forager at Broadway Books

Wednesday Sep 28 2016   7:00 PM
Broadway Books  1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

Free and open to the public; more information here.

Real Food Real Stories with Nikiko Masumoto

Wednesday Sep 28 2016   6:00 PM
Institute for the Future  201 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA  map

Fourth-Generation Farmer Nikiko Masumoto Shares Her Unique Perspective

Hear How a Young Farmer Combines Her Farming and Artistic Expression to Cultivate Richness in the Central Valley

Real Food Real Stories (RFRS) and Changing Season coauthor Nikiko Masumoto of Masumoto Family Farm are collaborating with Palo Alto’s Institute for the Future (IFTF) for an evening of live storytelling.

Join us for an intimate journey into the life of a young UC Berkeley grad and her decision to return to her roots. Recently featured on KQED, Nikiko will share how she has been able to incorporate her unique perspective growing up on a farm into her work as an agrarian artist, along with her passion for creative expression.

An Institute for the Future 2016 Fellow, Nikiko and RFRS have joined forces with IFTF’s Food Futures Lab and Future for Good program to transform their gallery space into an indoor “picnic,” featuring live storytelling and a thoughtfully-curated, light meal prepared by local chefs.

Seats are $10-50 sliding scale, include a light meal and a donation-based bar with beer and wine, and are available here.

Sea Forager at Northtown Books

Friday Sep 30 2016   7:00 PM
Northtown Books  957 H St., Arcata, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

Free and open to the public; more information here.

The Artwork of the Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy at the Albany Library

Friday Sep 30 2016  
Albany Library  1247 Marin Ave., Albany, CA  map

On view now through September 30! Original illustrations by author-illustrator Elisa Kleven from her new book The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy are now on display at the Albany Library. Free and open to the public.

Sea Forager at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle’s

Saturday Oct 01 2016   6:30 PM
Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's  Corner of Main & Kasten St, Mendocino, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

Free and open to the public; more information here.

Wild Suburbia Book Signing at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Saturday Oct 01 2016   10:00 AM
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden  1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will sign copies of her book at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden fall plant sale. Free and open to the public.

Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy at Books Inc. Berkeley

Sunday Oct 02 2016   12:00 PM
Books Inc. Berkeley  1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Author-illustrator Elisa Kleven will read from and sign copies of her book The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy during storytime at Books Inc. in Berkeley. Free and open to the public; for more information visit Books Inc.

Running Wild Launch Party at Books Inc. Berkeley

Monday Oct 03 2016   7:00 PM
Books Inc. Berkeley  1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Professional photographer Elaine Miller Bond joins Books Inc. in Berkeley for a launch party celebrating her adorable new board book, Running Wild. How do you like to move? Do you like to swim like a sea lion, prance like a deer, slither like a snake, or crawl like a turtle? In this board book, photographs of wild animals go hand-in-hand with text that encourages youngsters to skip, dash, dive, and run through the natural world.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit Books Inc.

10th Annual Heyday Harvest Dinner

Thursday Oct 06 2016   6:00 PM
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Reception and Seated Dinner Welcoming Steve Wasserman, Heyday’s New Publisher and Executive Director

With Special Guests T. C. Boyle, Malcolm Margolin, and Benjamin Madley

Heyday Lifetime Achievement Award: T. C. Boyle For his novels and short stories which reveal the drama of California with insight and irony. Past awards include the Pen/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year (World’s End) and the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (T. C. Boyle Stories).

Heyday History Award: Benjamin Madley Author of An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1845-1873 (Yale University Press)

Sedge Thomson, “West Coast Live” radio host, Master of Ceremonies

Enjoy a seated dinner, wine bar, hors d’oeuvres, live auction, and book sale.

Purchase tickets through Eventbrite. For information about sponsorship please contact Leslie Bisno, Heyday Director of Development at leslie@heydaybooks.com.

King Sequoia at the Giant Forest Museum: Morning Talk

Saturday Oct 08 2016   11:00 AM
Giant Forest Museum  Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA  map

Former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California and sign copies of his book, King Sequoia. Free and open to the public.

Game Changers at Great Valley Bookfest

Saturday Oct 08 2016   10:00 AM
Great Valley Bookfest  800 Lifestyle St., Manteca, CA  map

Steve Swatt and Jeff Raimundo will represent their award-winning book, Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California, at the Great Valley Bookfest.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Great Valley Bookfest website.

King Sequoia at the Giant Forest Museum: Afternoon Talk

Saturday Oct 08 2016   1:30 PM
Giant Forest Museum  Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA  map

King Sequoia author (and former chief naturalist of the National Park Service) William C. Tweed will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California. Note: Tweed will sign books before the talk begins, from approximately 11:30 to 1:30. Please arrive early to get your copy signed by the author!

Free and open to the public.

California’s Wild Edge at Humboldt State

Saturday Oct 08 2016  
HSU Reese Bullen Gallery  Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA  map

On view now through October 8! Capturing the beauty of the California coast through exquisite woodcut prints and prose, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History is a new traveling exhibition appearing at HSU’s Reese Bullen Gallery. The exhibition features artist Tom Killion’s Japanese-style woodcut prints, which vividly portray the coast’s ever-changing moods and diverse formations. From Southern California to Humboldt County, Killion’s work colorfully captures the meeting of land and sea.

To accompany the exhibit, an artist talk by Tom Killion with poetry readings by Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 5:30pm in the Authors Hall, located on the second floor of the HSU Library. A reception will follow in the Reese Bullen Gallery.

The gallery is open Monday through Wednesday from 12 to 5pm, Thursday 12 to 7pm, Friday 12 to 5pm, and Saturday 10 to 2pm, with free admission to exhibits and events. For more information about the gallery, please contact the gallery office at (707) 826-5814 or rbg@humboldt.edu. For parking information, please visit humboldt.edu/parking.

King Sequoia Launch Party

Sunday Oct 09 2016   12:00 PM
Three Rivers Historical Society and Museum  42268 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA  map

Join former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed to celebrate the launch of his new book, King Sequoia, which explores the surprising history of America’s relationship with the giant sequoia trees of California. Free and open to the public.

Litquake: Eat, Drink, and Be Literary with Kirk Lombard

Sunday Oct 09 2016   11:00 AM
The Chapel  777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA  map

Litquake’s Eat, Drink, and Be Literary celebrates a range of ideas in food and writing. Throughout the day, nationally acclaimed chefs and food writers debate and explore the latest developments in food culture, sustainability, culinary trends, and the fundamental relationship between people and food. Attendees can interact with chefs, food media, culinary organizations, TV hosts, gluten-free experts, sea foragers, artisanal craft distillers, and a seven-time champion at the Grilled Cheese Invitational. An exhibition hall features food and beverage tastings from the Bay Area’s most innovative producers, including Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, Broadside Wines, Sudwerk Brewing Co., and much more. Book sales and signings ongoing.

$30 early bird (available until 9/21), $35 advance, or $40 at the door. Ticket link here.

Sponsored in part by:
ChefsFeed, Guittard Chocolate Company, Friends of the San Francisco Library, Moleskine, Runa Tea, Save Me San Francisco Wine Co., Semifreddi’s, Shakespeare Vodka, Sudwerk Brewing Co.

SCHEDULE

11:00 am — Doors open

11:30 am–12:15 pm  New Vegetarian: Seeking Satiety in a Meat-Free Universe, moderated by Tara Duggan (San Francisco Chronicle), with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Miyoko Schinner, and Jason Wrobel

12:30 pm–1:00 pm — Welcome Address,
Rich Maggiotto (ChefsFeed)

1:15 pm–2:00 pm — The Truth about Gluten: Redefining Our Daily Loaf, moderated by Irvin Lin with Sophie Egan, Stanley Ginsberg, Alice Medrich, and Alanna Taylor-Tobin

2:15 pm–3:00 pm — Culinary Memoirs: Why We Write about Food, moderated by Margo True (Sunset Magazine), with Georgeanne Brennan, Jessica Fector, Dana Macy, and Alex Prud’homme

3:15 pm–3:45 pm — Ryan Scott

4:00 pm–4:45 pm — Beyond Sustainability: Connecting with the Food We Eat More Deeply, moderated by Anne Schukat (The Economist) with Novella Carpenter, Anya Fernald, Sarah Henry, and Michelle McKenzie

Featured author stations throughout the day:

Capra PressDistilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits
Martin and Rebecca CateSmuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Frances DinkelspielTangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California

Charity Ferreira, Mon Cher Éclair:And Other Beautiful Pastries, Including Cream Puffs, Profiteroles, and Gougeres

Heidi GibsonGrilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between
Kirk LombardThe Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast
Carolyn PhilipsDim Sum Field Guide and All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China

For more information, visit Litquake’s website.

King Sequoia and Wild Suburbia at the South Pasadena Public Library

Monday Oct 10 2016   7:00 PM
South Pasadena Public Library Community Room  1100 Oxley St, South Pasadena, CA  map

In this special double bill, join authors Barbara Eisenstein (Wild Suburbia) and William C. Tweed (King Sequoia) for an evening of lively botanical and arboreal discussion. Free and open to the public.

King Sequoia at the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society

Tuesday Oct 11 2016   7:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Hall, Legion Wing  1745 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA  map

Former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California and sign copies of his book, King Sequoia. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society’s website.

King Sequoia at Bill Lane Center for the American West

Thursday Oct 13 2016   12:00 PM
Bill Lane Center for the American West  Room: Shriram 262, 443 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA  map

Former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California and sign copies of his new book King Sequoia. Free and open to the public.

King Sequoia at Sierra College

Friday Oct 14 2016   7:30 PM
Sierra College Dietrich Theatre  5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA  map

Former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California and sign copies of his new book King Sequoia at Sierra College. Free and open to the public.

Sea Forager at Omnivore Books

Saturday Oct 15 2016   3:00 PM
Omnivore Books  3885A Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

Free and open to the public; more information here.

Wild Suburbia at Tree of Life Nursery

Saturday Oct 15 2016   9:30 AM
Tree of Life Nursery  33201 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book. Free and open to the public.

King Sequoia at Calaveras Big Trees Association

Saturday Oct 15 2016   10:00 AM
Calaveras Big Trees Association  1170 CA-4 , Arnold, CA  map

Former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California and sign copies of his new book King Sequoia. Free and open to the public.

Wherever There’s a Fight at San Leandro Public Library

Sunday Oct 16 2016  
San Leandro Public Library  300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, CA   map

On view through October 16! This exhibit based on Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi’s book Wherever There’s a Fight follows the sweeping story of the fight for freedom and equality in California, from the heady days of the Gold Rush to the precarious post-9/11 present. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of physical violence, social repression, economic hardship, and political stonewalling. It connects the experiences of early Chinese immigrants subjected to discriminatory laws to the struggles against prejudice of people of color, people with disabilities, workers, and LGBT people. The authors give special focus to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the infamous Korematsu case, which was foreshadowed by a century of civil liberties violations and still reverberates in more recent times. The book and the exhibit paint vivid portraits of these people, bringing to light their often hidden stories. Free and open to the public.

Game Changers at Sacramento Public Library (Central Branch)

Sunday Oct 16 2016   1:00 PM
Sacramento Public Library (Central Branch)  828 I Street, Sacramento, CA  map

Author Steve Swatt will present on his CHS Book Award winning book, Game Changers, which examines California’s history through the prism of twelve elections that forever changed the state. Free and open to the public.

King Sequoia at Save the Redwoods

Monday Oct 17 2016   6:30 PM
Save the Redwoods League  111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA  map

Former park ranger and chief naturalist of the National Park Service William C. Tweed (King Sequoia) will discuss the surprising history of America’s relationship with the Big Trees of California with Save the Redwoods League president and CEO, Sam Hodder.

Open to the public, but RSVP required; register online here.

Sierra Stories at the Canyon View Community Center, Auburn

Wednesday Oct 19 2016   6:00 PM
Canyon View Community Center  471 Maidu Dr, Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Auburn Recreation District at the Canyon View Community Center.

Open to the public. Admission donation. For more information, visit http://www.auburnrec.com/.

Flavors of Home Foraging Talk at the Ecology Center Store

Thursday Oct 20 2016   7:00 PM
Ecology Center Store  2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA  map

Margit Roos-Collins, author of The Flavors of Home, will discuss foraging tips and warnings, read a few of her favorite plant descriptions, and sign copies of her book at the Ecology Center Store. Free and open to the public.

Quirky Berkeley at the Hillside Club

Thursday Oct 20 2016   7:00 PM
Hillside Club  2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA  map

Tom Dalzell, Berkeley’s premier “arbiter of the eccentric” (New York Times), will discuss the city’s unique and vibrant public art scene and sign copies of his book, Quirky Berkeley, at the annual meeting of the Berkeley Path Wanderers’ Association. Free and open to the public.

Sierra Stories at Sierra Renaissance Society

Friday Oct 21 2016   1:00 PM
The Community Room, El Dorado Center Room C-102, Folsom Lake College  6699 Campus Dr, Placerville, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Sierra Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sierra Renaissance Society in Placerville.

Open to the public. For more information, visit http://srsedc.com/.

Sea Forager at Book Passage

Saturday Oct 22 2016   4:00 PM
Book Passage  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California CoastKirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

For more information, visit Book Passage’s website.

Wild Suburbia at CNPS, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter

Saturday Oct 22 2016   12:00 PM
Sepulveda Garden Center  16633 W Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book at the fall plant sale of the California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains chapter. Free and open to the public.

Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy at the Albany Library

Saturday Oct 22 2016   2:00 PM
Albany Library  1247 Marin Ave, Albany, CA  map

Join author-illustrator Elisa Kleven for a reading of her newest picture book, The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy, and a related craft activity. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Albany Library’s events calendar.

A Taster’s Guide to the Landscape with Margit Roos-Collins

Wednesday Oct 26 2016   7:30 PM
Garden Room, Orinda Public Library  24 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA  map

Learn about edible native and introduced plants from Margit Roos-Collins, the author of the newly reissued local foraging classic, The Flavors of Home: A Guide to Wild Edible Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area. Margit will share some favorite native nibbles, weeds worth harvesting, and good plants to harvest with children. She will also bring a selection of edible plants from Native Here Nursery, all of them attractive and low-water garden additions.

Tasting plants in the wild bonds people to their environment with an intimacy and intensity unmatched by most outdoor activities. Land managers both understand this and struggle to protect plants from the ravages of commercially-motivated harvesting. We’ll hear about some of the challenges associated with foraging and tips for keeping it safe, legal, and sustainable.

Alice Book Launch at the California Historical Society

Thursday Oct 27 2016   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Join Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus, and representatives from the Sex Workers Outreach Project at the California Historical Society in San Francisco to celebrate the release of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast ProstituteAn hourlong presentation on Alice Smith, the history of prostitution, and sex worker’s rights movements in San Francisco will be followed by an hour long Q & A session with the authors and SWOP representatives.

In partnership with CHS and SWOP

Flavors of Home Foraging Talk in Richmond

Saturday Oct 29 2016   11:00 AM
Annie's Annuals and Perennials  740 Market Ave., Richmond, CA  map

Margit Roos-Collins, author of Flavors of Home, will discuss foraging tips and warnings, read a few of her favorite plant descriptions, and sign copies of her book.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit anniesannuals.com.

Wild Suburbia at Chino Basin Landscape & Water Conservation Festival

Saturday Oct 29 2016   11:30 AM
Chino Basin Water Conservation District  4594 San Bernardino Street , Montclair, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book at the Landscape & Water Conservation Festival. Free books will be raffled at the event. Free and open to the public.

Wild Suburbia at CNPS, San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Saturday Nov 05 2016   9:00 AM
California Native Plant Society, San Gabriel Mountains Chapter   1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book. Free and open to the public.

Cultural Exchange with the Seri Tribe at Tree of Life Nursery

Saturday Nov 05 2016   9:30 AM
Tree of Life Nursery  33201 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA  map

Tree of Life Nursery is honored to host a group of artisans from the indigenous Seri (Comcáac) tribe. Hailing from the arid coast of Sonora, Mexico, the Seri are famous for their amazing basketry, beautiful necklaces of shell, bead and bone, and elegant ironwood carvings. This special event will begin with a cultural exchange, as the Acjachemen people welcome the Seri to their ancestral land, followed by a traditional Seri dance and ceremonial songs. These Seri artisans will have their finest items available for sale, and in the spirit of “fair trade,” 100 percent of the sale proceeds will stay with the artisans. For more info, go to www.californianativeplants.com

Quirky Berkeley at Book Passage

Monday Nov 07 2016   6:00 PM
Book Passage  1 Ferry Plaza Bldg. #42, San Francisco, CA  map

Tom Dalzell, Berkeley’s premier “arbiter of the eccentric” (New York Times), will discuss the city’s unique and vibrant public art scene and sign copies of his book, Quirky Berkeley, at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

Naturalist Night with Kirk Lombard at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Thursday Nov 10 2016   7:00 PM
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History  1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for children; museum members receive 50% off admission. More information here.

Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy PJ Party at Diesel, a Bookstore in Larkspur

Friday Nov 11 2016   6:00 PM
Diesel, a Bookstore in Larkspur  2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA  map

Break out your coziest footie pajamas and join author-illustrator Elisa Kleven, as she reads from and signs copies of her book The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy at Diesel, a Bookstore in Larkspur. This retelling of the classic folktale leads readers on a chase through iconic San Francisco neighborhoods including the Mission, Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Free and open to the public.

Community Day at the California Historical Society

Saturday Nov 12 2016   11:00 AM
California Historical Society  678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Community Days at California Historical Society are free, all-day events that aim to engage the public in key themes connected to its exhibitions Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew and Sensational Portrayals of the Modoc War, 1872–73. Join us for pop-up talks, music, crafts, food, and A Is for Acorn show and tell with artist Lyn Risling (Karuk/Yurok/Hupa). Special tabling guests include News from Native California and StoryCorps. Free and open to the public; register here.

 

BART Launch Party

Saturday Nov 12 2016   7:00 PM
A Great Good Place for Books  6120 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA  map

Celebrate the launch of the first-ever history book about the Bay Area Rapid Transit System! Longtime agency spokesman Michael C. Healy will read from his new book, BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System.

California Studies Dinner Seminar: Alice

Thursday Nov 17 2016   7:00 PM
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Director's Room  2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will present their book, Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostituteat the November 17 California Studies Dinner Seminar. This series of dinners provides a forum for discussion of California politics, economy, and society that meets once a month on the Berkeley campus. It brings together scholars, students, and specialists from around the Bay Area to hear speakers talk about new books, research, and ideas of note concerning California. The series has been going strong for twenty years (with a predecessor going back thirty years!), and is the finest intellectual forum on California history, geography, and public affairs in Northern California.

To reserve your space, RSVP to Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-8140. For more information, visit the California Studies Dinner Seminars website.

Sea Forager at the Henry Miller Library

Saturday Nov 19 2016   4:00 PM
Henry Miller Library  Highway 1, Big Sur, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two! Free and open to the public; please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-chat-with-kirk-lombard-about-sea-foraging-on-the-california-coast-tickets-26454028712

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors at Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera

Saturday Nov 19 2016   4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera  313 Corte Madera Ave, Corte Madera, CA  map

Author Beth Pratt-Bergstrom will discuss the evolving dynamic between humans and animals in California and sign copies of her book, When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors. Free and open to the public.

Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy at The Reading Bug

Sunday Nov 20 2016   11:00 AM
The Reading Bug   785 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA  map

Join author-illustrator Elisa Kleven as she reads her newest picture book, The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy, and leads a craft activity during storytime at The Reading Bug in San Carlos. Free and open to the public.

Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy at Book Passage

Saturday Nov 26 2016   11:00 AM
Book Passage, San Francisco  1 Ferry Plaza Bldg. #42, San Francisco, CA  map

Join author-illustrator Elisa Kleven for a reading of her newest picture book, The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy, and a related craft activity. Free and open to the public.

Alice at the San Francisco Public Library

Tuesday Nov 29 2016   6:30 PM
San Francisco Public Library, Latino Room  100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will discuss their new book Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, with a book sale to follow. Free and open to the public.

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands at REI Berkeley

Wednesday Nov 30 2016   7:00 PM
REI Berkeley  1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

In this illustrated lecture, Kate Marianchild will lead you on a romp through California’s oak woodlands, our state’s most diverse and widespread terrestrial ecosystem. Combining up-to-the-minute science with humor and fascinating stories, Kate explores the intimate lives and interconnections of California’s oak woodlands, from manzanita, mistletoe, and lace lichen to acorn woodpeckers, newts, and woodrats. Home to more species than any other terrestrial ecosystems in the state, our endangered oak woodlands are California’s foremost reservoirs of life. Copies of Kate’s book, Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, will be available for sale.

Free and open to the public; register online here.

Wild Suburbia at Tilden Park

Saturday Dec 03 2016   10:30 AM
Regional Parks Botanical Garden  Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book. Free and open to the public.

Sea Forager at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Sunday Dec 04 2016   3:00 PM
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History  165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA  map

Embark on a coastal adventure with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him, you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

$5 general admission; free for Museum members. More information here.

Wild Suburbia at The Huntington Library

Thursday Dec 08 2016   2:30 PM
The Huntington Library  1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book. Free and open to the public.

Sierra Stories at the Orchard Creek Book Group

Thursday Dec 15 2016   11:45 AM
Orchard Creek Lodge  965 Orchard Creek Ln, Lincoln, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Orchard Creek Book Group.

Open to the public. Reservations required. For more information, visit http://lhocbookgroup.blogspot.com/.

Wild Suburbia at the San Clemente Garden Club

Wednesday Jan 04 2017   1:30 PM
St. Andrew's By-the-Sea Methodist Church  2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book. Free and open to the public.

Wild Suburbia at CNPS, San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Thursday Jan 26 2017   7:30 PM
California Native Plant Society, San Gabriel Mountains Chapter  1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA  map

Looking to transform your traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her book. Free and open to the public.

California Studies Dinner Seminar: BART

Tuesday Mar 21 2017   7:00 PM
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Director's Room  2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Michael C. Healy will present his book, BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Systemat the March 21 California Studies Dinner Seminar. This series of dinners provides a forum for discussion of California politics, economy, and society that meets once a month on the Berkeley campus. It brings together scholars, students, and specialists from around the Bay Area to hear speakers talk about new books, research, and ideas of note concerning California. The series has been going strong for twenty years (with a predecessor going back thirty years!), and is the finest intellectual forum on California history, geography, and public affairs in Northern California.

To reserve your space, RSVP to Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-8140. For more information, visit the California Studies Dinner Seminars website.

Gold Rush Stories at the South Lake Tahoe Library

Saturday Apr 29 2017   3:00 PM
South Lake Tahoe Library  1000 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library at the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.eldoradolibrary.org/tahoe.htm.

Gold Rush Stories in Grass Valley

Monday May 08 2017   12:00 PM
Casa Las Katrinas restaurant  10100 Alta Sierra Dr, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Retired Public Employees of California, Nevada County Chapter 078 (RPEA).

Open to the public; lunch reservations are required. For more information, contact Kitty Vaars at kittyvaars@bellsouth.net.

Gold Rush Stories Launch in Rocklin

Friday May 12 2017   7:00 PM
Sierra College Natural History Museum, Sewell Hall  5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sierra College Natural History Museum Lecture Series.  This event is the official Sierra College book launch for Gold Rush Stories.

Open to the public with admission donation; for more information, visit www.sierracollege.edu/about-us/beyond-the-classroom/nat-hist-museum/.

Gold Rush Stories in Nevada City

Thursday May 18 2017   7:00 PM
Madelyn Helling Library  980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Nevada County Historical Society in Nevada City.
Free and open to the public; for more information, visit www.nevadacountyhistory.org/.

Gold Rush Stories at the Avid Reader

Friday Jun 09 2017   7:30 PM
The Avid Reader Bookstore  617 Second St, Davis, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book at the Avid Reader Bookstore in Davis.

Free and open to the public; for more information, visit www.avidreaderbooks.com.

Gold Rush Stories in Truckee

Thursday Jun 29 2017   6:00 PM
Sierra Bible Church  11460 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the SBC Trailblazers in Truckee.

Open to the public; for more information, visit www.sbctruckee.com/trailblazers.

Gold Rush Stories in Chicago Park/Peardale

Wednesday Jul 05 2017   12:00 PM
Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Station Community Room  15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Chicago Park Garden Club in Peardale-Chicago Park.

Free and open to the public; for more information, visit http://californiagardenclubs.com/ChicagoParkGardenClub.