“Transition Tales 2” (Video) – Holiday Sharing Expo, Transition Palo Alto 12/9/12

Neighbors Sharing Food, Crafts, Skills, and Goods

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Sunday, December  9, 2012

11am  – 12:30pm FREE !

Common Ground Organic Garden Supply & Education Center commongroundinpaloalto.org

559 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Hop on your bikes with your friends and family for a multiple skill and goods sharing event, just in time for the holidays. At this special holiday event, we’ll have a regifting exchange, share holiday decor, and have a few holiday-themed demos as well. So join us to share your garden and kitchen bounty, your extra arts and crafts supplies, beloved (or neglected) books, old clothing, children’s toys, gifts, and holiday decor. Bring what you have to share; take home something new-to-you. We’ll also share stories, make music, and make sure your bike is safe. We’ll have demos on kitchen skills and craft techniques on the half-hour, too. Bring your bikes, bike supplies, homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, paints, markers, books, shirts, skirts, pants, fabric, yarn, paper, sheet music, patterns, books, garden tools, craft tools, toys, kits, seeds, unwanted gifts, and more. Be sure to bring a bag to take home the bounty, so you’ll have enough for gifts!

Local Garden Share – Bring extra bounty from the garden (produce, fruit, herbs, eggs, honey, flowers, plants in pots), things made in the kitchen from the things from the garden, seeds, seedlings, tools, utensils, books, magazines. Anything garden and food-related is welcome.

Craft Share – Bring your arts and crafts supplies and tools, holiday decorations, and even artistic creations to share. Share with other crafters to find new uses for fabric, yarn, sewing supplies, paper craft supplies, paint and pens, glues, sketchbooks, pretty boxes, holiday decorating supplies, wreaths, candle and soap-making kits, jewelry, and much more. We’ll have demos on some fun crafts and gifts you can make for the holidays, and Fabmo will be on hand. Extra materials will be donated to SCRAP.

Bicycle workshop – Let’s work together to do minor maintenance and make minor adjustments to improve your bike for efficiency, safety and comfort, with Tom Kabat. He’ll help you with: Tire pressure, Oiling squeaky chains, Seat ergonomics, Adjusting bar position for good wristernomics, Adjusting gears, brakes and headsets. He can also coach you through fixing a flat tire!

Book share – Turn in your old beloved books in readable condition (no pages missing please) and take home a new good read. Bring fiction, nonfiction, kids’ books, travel guides, biographies, audiobooks, how-to guides, and more. Any extras will be donated to the library.

Clothes share – Bring something that no longer fits but still looks good (free of stains and tears) and find something that you need to complete your wardrobe. Skirts, pants, winter gear, dresses, suits, socks, bathing suits, shirts, coats, baby clothes, children’s clothes, hats, and more. All ages’ clothing welcome.

Toy share – Kids bored of the same old toys? Need a good gift for small hands? Trade in a toy for something new-to-them, and get the next generation involved in sharing and keeping things out of the landfill. Bring toys in playable condition, no sharp or broken parts, please. Extras will be donated to a local children’s shelter.

Transition Tales – We’ll continue with more Transition Tales videos, by Willi Paul, as you share stories about your experiences with Transition and your traditions in the community for the holiday season.

Re-Gifting exchange – Got some gifts collecting dust? Bring them to our regifting exchange for someone else’s holiday gifting. You might find a few stocking stuffers or treasures for yourself band your loved ones, as well.

Music – come and make music with us! Bring any instrument and join a jam session.

Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together for sharing locally grown, fresh produce, as well as arts and crafts supplies, and other household items. Our Palo Alto sharing event is supported by a coalition of community ecological organizations and neighborhood groups including: Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Assn, Common Ground, City of Palo Alto Community Gardens, Deborah’s Palm, FabMo, Midtown Green Team, Opalz, SCRAP, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and Transition Silicon Valley.

The Common Ground store is open during the event, so plan to stop in to get any supplies you need to continue your garden bounty or more. Also, the event is located only 3 blocks from the California Ave Farmers’ Market, which is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You will have time to shop or have a meal at the market before or after the event.

Please note: This is an outdoor event. In case of rain, event will be cancelled.

More information about Craft swaps and Garden shares and other information at http://transitionpaloalto.org