Calling All Vegan Cupcakers
Are you Oakland's ultimate sweetheart? Submitt your vegan cupcake recipes to Rock Paper Scissors Collective's 6th anual Vegan Cupcake Bake-off and we'll let the public be the judge. To enter, submit original recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bake-off will be held on September 13th from 1-4 pm at Rock Paper Scissors Collective located at 2278 Telegraph Ave in Oakland
Wine Wednesday at Grand Hyatt SF
Every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. until August 27th, guests and visitors alike are welcomed to mingle with some of the best Northern California winemakers and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco!
Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Central California Coast: 6-month Spring/Summer Classroom & Field Study Program
The Central California coast (between Mendocino & Monterey Counties) is a region of much geographic, climatic, and floristic diversity. Traveling east from the Pacific Ocean to the rugged 7,000’+ peaks of the Inner Coast Ranges one can witness a great variety of different plant communities, including: coastal strand, coastal scrub, salt/freshwater marshes, coastal prairie, redwood forest, mixed evergreen forest, riparian woodland, chaparral, valley grassland, oak woodland, subalpine forest, and others. Similarly, a north-south exploration of the region reveals a dramatic botanical transition as well, with moisture dependent northern species giving way to the more drought tolerant species to the south. With that said it is no wonder the central coast is home to literally THOUSANDS of noteworthy edible/medicinal plants! Join us on this journey of discovery as we follow the plants through the spring/summer seasons while learning about their many historical and contemporary uses. Class will meet one weekend per month for a total of 6 months. The May and July classes will be extended to 2.5 day sessions (Friday afternoon-Sunday evening) and will take place in both the North-Central Coast and South-Central Coast regions (details listed below). This interdisciplinary foundational course will engage the student on 3 levels: 1. Interactive Classroom Lecture 2. Hands-On Workshops 3. Field Study In addition, the program will be structured around two main themes: Seasonal Plant Study & Bioregional Field Exploration. Meaning, we will focus our attention on the most distinctive plant communities found throughout our region while following the peak bloom season of each particular area. The goal of which is to give the student a solid background on the identification and use of the primary edible/medicinal plants found growing around the central coast. Because the bulk of the course will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area, this will be our main area of focus. Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling. We will visit other regions of the central coast during two three 3-day camping trips. This comprehensive, full immersion botanical intensive should prove to be insightful and rewarding for anyone interested in knowing more about the unique flora of our region. 3 Tiers of the program: The course is generalist by design, and holds as its central premise that a contextual approach to understanding both edible and medicinal plants will be the most useful for the student in the long run. The 3 tiers of the program will include the following class subjects and activities: I. Interactive Classroom Lecture • Beginning/intermediate botany concepts • California plant family recognition strategies • Materia medica (medicinal plant uses) • Edible plant uses • Sampling of a variety of edible/medicinal plant preparations • Plant toxicology (poisonous plant study) • Regional ethnobotany • Rare & endangered plants of California II. Hands-On Workshops • Herbal pharmacy (teas/oils/salves/tinctures) • Medicinal plant harvesting and processing methods (along with legal/ethical guidelines) • Seasonal edible plant harvest/preparation III. Field Study • 2 camping trips described above • 3 day-long herb walks through a variety of unique plant habitats found across the central coast region (these in addition to the many walks that will occur during our 2 camping trips) • Field taxonomy/plant ID instruction • California plant communities (including intertidal zone) • Natural history of California Extended Field Trips: South Coast Ranges: May, 2014 Monterey County - Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness The Ventana Wilderness region marks the transition zone in the California Coast Ranges where the moisture dependent northern floristic elements are replaced by those better adapted to the warmer and more arid conditions that are present. Some of the plants we’re likely to come across on our daily treks include: Foothill Yucca, Hummingbird Sage, Western Peony, Silk Tassel, Sugar Pine, Wooly Blue Curls, Indian Warrior, and various species of Yerba Santa. North Coast Ranges: July, 2014 Lake County - Mendocino National Forest, Snow Mountain Wilderness Nestled within an unusually rugged, inaccessible, and little known wilderness area, Snow Mountain (7,000’+) is one of the tallest peaks found in the California Coast Ranges. The region’s unique montane flora is reminiscent of both NW California and the Sierras and includes such useful plants as: Blue Elderberry, Arnica, Bleeding Heart, Corn Lily, Fireweed, Red Root, Milkweed, Chokecherry…just to name a few. Click on the following link to view pictures of some representative plants and landscapes of the Central CA coast: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.298652153805.144251.83336233805&type=1&l=1ad710237b Course Schedule Class will meet one weekend per month for a total of 6 months. The May and July classes will be extended to 2.5 day sessions (Friday afternoon-Sunday evening). A total of 90 class hours. Regular Sessions Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 10am-6pm Extended Sessions Friday: 3pm-7pm Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: 9am-5pm Session Dates Session 1: April 12-13 Session 2: May 9-11 (Extended Session) Session 3: June 7-8 Session 4: July 11-13 (Extended Session) Session 5: August 9-10 Session 6: September 6-7 Course Fees $935 Early Bird Discount (before March 7th deadline) $995 Full tuition (after March 7th deadline) Tuition fees include basic course materials. Meals are not included. Pre-registration is necessary to hold your space. We recommend that you register as early as possible, as many classes fill up in advance. Refund Policy Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course begins will be refunded, excluding a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given after that date. To register, or for additional information, contact: Tellur Fenner Email (preferred): email@example.com Website: www.bluewindbmc.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bluewindbmc Phone: 510-290-6841 Camping Info We’ll be car-camping mainly at primitive campsites, so typically no running water, showers, flush toilets, picnic tables, OR fees :) No serious backpacking gear is necessary. What to bring: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad Clothes (for hot/cold weather) Hiking Boots Rain Gear Hat/Sunscreen Daypack Food/Snacks Camp Stove Camp Chair Swimming Suit Flashlight Water Bottles (4 quarts) Firewood Notebook/Camera And most importantly...a sense of adventure! Course Materials (not included in tuition fee) Required Texts "Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West" by Michael Moore *"Nature's Garden: Edible Wild Plants" by Samuel Thayer "Marin Flora" Revised Edition (2007) by John Howell *"Botany in a Day" 6th Edition by Thomas Elpel Total book cost: approximately $75 *(Note: we will purchase Nature's Garden and Botany in a Day as a class at a bulk discount) Required materials -Hand-lens (for plant ID) Cost: $10-35
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