Harvest 6

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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Reception at 6:30; program at 7:30 p.m.
The California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco (map)

Gather with us to rejoice in the work of the Heyday communityand to lay the foundation for the future of the Berkeley Roundhouse.

Revel in reflections on twenty-five years of our News from Native California magazine with Heyday founder, Malcolm Margolin.

Welcome Heyday’s first Berkeley Roundhouse Director, Lindsie Bear.

Marvel as Deborah Miranda reads from her ground- breaking new book, Bad Indians.

Enjoy scrumptious food and libations, soulful music, and a live auction with TV host Doug McConnell. (See below for auction items!)

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased below, at heydayharvest2012.eventbrite.com, or by calling (510) 549-3564, ext. 316.

Please reserve by November 1.


  • Pine Nut and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Nopalito Salsa with Tortilla Chips
  • Garlic and Mushroom Bread Pudding with Chia
  • Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Shallot Aioli
  • Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Chutney
  • Biscuits and Corn Muffins with Huckleberry Preserves
  • Vegetable Empanadas
  • Chicken Meatballs
  • Desserts:  Caramel Nut and Sunflower Seed Squares, Chocolate Dipped Cream Puffs, Mexican Wedding Cookies, and Brownies



Bid on wonderful experiences inspired by your favorite Heyday books with auctioneer Doug McConnell!

Nature Drawing and Picnic with Laura Cunningham in Tilden

Explore and learn to interpret the natural landscape of the past on a one-on-one workshop out in the field with illustrator naturalist Laura Cunningham. This 2.5 hour class in the East Bay’s Tilden Park will focus on how to find clues to decipher the past, learning to recognize important plant and animal species, and the reasons for the diversity of species in the various habitats found around the Bay Area. Participants will engage in hands on sketching and painting instruction, with Laura demonstrating techniques for both the artistic and scientific mind. Plein air art methods, classical oil painting landscape methods, and techniques of the Hudson River School of American artists will be explored. Participants are requested to bring their own art materials and a list will be provided; the workshop is open to 1-5 people. Workshop schedule is limited to dates in 2013 when Laura is visiting (she lives in Beatty, Nevada!) to be coordinated between the winner and the instructor. A picnic lunch from Gregoire will be provided.

Laura Cunningham, author of A State of Change, is an artist-naturalist who has worked in the field of wildlife biology. Trained in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley, and in natural science illustration at UC Santa Cruz, Cunningham has brought her unique skills to a diverse set of scientific projects: working with the United States Geological Survey Biological Resource Division analyzing amphibian declines in the Sierra Nevada and amassing species inventories in Death Valley National Park; the California Department of Fish and Game restoring habitats of pupfish, tui chub, trout, Steelhead, monitoring Tule elk in the Owens Valley, and studying mountain lion predation; with California State University, Dominguez Hills, Cunningham worked in conservation biology and genetic studies involving Desert tortoises, Panamint alligator lizards, and Mojave fringe-toed lizards. Currently, Cunningham is studying the historical ecology of the California deserts and Nevada Great Basin, and is working on paintings depicting Ice Age life.


A Picnic with a Pika: Gaylor Lakes Hike in Yosemite

What animal is the size of a hamster, belongs to the rabbit family, and lives at elevations of over 8,000 feet? Hikers who frequent the mountains of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada frequently hear the cheerful chirping of the American pika, often referred to as rock rabbits, boulder bunnies, or whistling hares. These intrepid (and adorable) animals make their homes in the rocky terrain at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet in California.

The National Wildlife Federation’s California Director and longtime Yosemite area resident, Beth Pratt, will take you on a hike to Gaylor Lakes to observe one of her favorite animals, a critter that not only possesses irresistible cuteness, but also manages to survive in a pretty extreme alpine environment. Pikas do not hibernate, but collect various grasses and other vegetation, place the food into the sun to dry, and then stash it into a “haystack” for winter consumption.
Sadly, the cheerful chirping of the pika may someday disappear from the high country as the effects of climate change have already reduced their numbers in some areas. Rising temperatures have diminished the small islands of habitat for the cold-loving pikas (who can perish from overheating) and if temperatures continue to increase, the species may be threatened to the point of extinction.

Beth Pratt is NWF’s California Director and loves frogs, pika, wolves and wandering in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. She has worked in environmental leadership roles for almost twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Before joining NWF in 2011, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Prior to her role in Yellowstone, for nine years she served as Vice President/CFO for the non-profit Yosemite Association. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with her four dogs, two cats, three western toads, and the many frogs who frequent her backyard frog pond. Beth writes about wildlife, climate change, weather, and her frog pond on her blogs, www.bethpratt.com and blog.nwf.org/blog/author/prattb.


San Francisco Architecture Walk and Lunch with John King

Buildings in cities are remarkable things: they provide not only shelter but touchstones of reference and recall, a language that shapes our sense of place as well as the skyline. John King’s book Cityscapes is a look at fifty of San Francisco’s most distinctive buildings, but his walking tour will explore something else: the spaces between and on top. Expect to visit hidden plazas amid office buildings, rooftop terraces on office towers, atmospheric alleyways and other spaces that lace the downtown landscape. It will be San Francisco like you haven’t seen it before, and the stories you hear are likely to be as entertaining as the spaces you see. Your tour will include lunch from a classic San Francisco eatery.

John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic. He joined the paper in 1992 and has been in his current post since 2001. His writing on architecture and urban design has been honored by groups including the California Preservation Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the California chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2002 and 2003. He is author of Cityscapes.



Tree Walk in Golden Gate Park with Matt Ritter

What tree is that? Whether native or cultivated, our local trees muffle noise, create wildlife habitats, mitigate pollution, conserve energy, and make urban living healthier and more peaceful. Join Dr. Matt Ritter, author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us, for a two-hour walk in your choice of either Golden Gate Park or your own Bay Area neighborhood. Dr. Ritter’s insights provide the stories behind the trees that shade our parks, grace our yards, and line our streets. Not only will he teach you how to identify and look at a tree, his work enhances our understanding of the positive impact of trees on our society, culture, and environment. A café or picnic lunch will be provided.

“Ritter’s work is great motivation for those of us who are intellectually adventurous within the playground that Mother Nature has given us.” —Jamie Durie, host of America’s longest running gardening program, “Victory Garden”

Matt Ritter has a Ph.D. and is a botany professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is also Director of the Plant Conservatory there. In addition, Ritter holds a fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is a Visiting Scholar at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, and is the Chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee.


Two Nights at the Requa Inn

The Requa Inn is a beautifully refurbished 1914 hotel nestled at the mouth of the Klamath River, less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean and in the middle of Redwood National and State Parks. The river views, hiking, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, history, and exquisite food make the it one of the truly spectacular places in California. Since time immemorial the Yurok people have had a village at Rek-woi, making Requa one of the longest, continuously inhabited places in California. The Yurok innkeepers, Janet & Marty Wortman, are dedicated to the history of the area and the Native peoples there and have generously donated a two-day stay at their majestic property to support Heyday.


Civil Liberties Walking Tour of San Francisco

San Francisco is rich in civil rights history – but you may have walked past certain street corners many times and not realized that battles were fought there for labor rights, lesbian and gay equality, freedom of expression, disability rights and more.

Join Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, coauthors of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California on a walking tour that uncovers San Francisco’s hidden history.  Cross the streetcar tracks where Charlotte Brown defied race segregation on public transportation — a century before Rosa Parks. Discover the site of the Yick Wo Laundry whose owner brought a successful case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1886 challenging discrimination. See the Votes for Women Club where working girls organized their victorious campaign for suffrage in 1911.

We will start our tour at the Rincon Annex murals of Anton Refregier depicting the history of California – and learn how those murals were almost destroyed during the McCarthy period. And as we walk through San Francisco we’ll follow that artist’s call to “respect the power, vitality and labor of those who came before us.” Lunch will be provided.

Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. She is a coauthor ofDevelopment Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco ChronicleThe Nation,Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals. She is married to journalist Rene CiriaCruz and they have one son.

Stan Yogi managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years. He is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California’s Great Central Valley andAsian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco ChronicleMELUSLos Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Oakland.