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  • Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County: The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County are dedicated to the mission of electing LGBT and Pro-Equality Democrats in California and throughout the country.

    The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County typically meet on the last Sunday of the month:

    Local 50 Union Hall
    527 S Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92805

    Click here to join.


    Orange County Biodiesel Cooperative: Working together to increase availability of biodiesel in the Orange County region. Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own economy. Go to their website to sign up for more info.

    And here are some other biodiesel stations in/near Orange County, CA:

    Extreme Biodiesel: 1560 N Maple St, Corona, CA 92880, 888-998-7223. Offers B99.9 (nearly 100% biodiesel, good for newer diesel engines, some old engines not ok). MEMBERSHIP REQD

    Nickey Petroleum: 925 S Lakeview Ave, Placentia,, CA 92870, 714-547-4123. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine), B99 (ok for newer diesel engines). CALL AHEAD

    Socal Biofuel: 1006 E South St, Anaheim, CA 92805, 888-888-4121. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel enginns, some old engines not ok). Open 8-4:30 M-F


    I found this amazing round up of events in Orange County, California, thanks to Orange County Democracy
    for America
    :

    Oct 1 Thursday 6-8pm, Santa Ana: Charles M. Treviño & special guest speakers cordially invite you to a fundraiser and special presentation Water Issues and Southern California Offices of Cordoba Corporation, 2677 N, Main Street, Suite 240, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    RSVP by Friday, Sep 25: Misha Houser (714)317.8122 or misha_houser@earthlink.net

    Oct 2 Friday 6:30-9pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series: Iron Ladies of Liberia The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange present films that raise awareness and encourage conversation about the dynamic, ever-changing, systemic and critical needs of our world.
    St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 South Batavia St, Orange 92868. sistersofstjosephorange.org/calendar.php?ID=248 6:30 - 7:00 Gathering and Refreshments 7:00 - 8:00 Film Showing 8:00 - 9:00 Discussion Justice@csjorange.org

    Oct 3 Saturday 7:30am-4:30pm, San Clemente to Long Beach: 13th Annual Ancestor Walk 13th Annual Pilgrimage of the Tongva and Acjachemen People As we carry prayers to honor the spirits of our ancestors Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 2009 The walk begins at Panhe to Puvungna at CSULB We will be joined by the California Bear Dancers and Musicians; Jon sherman, Gary lemos & Sarah Thomson and Robert Leon Carpooling is encouraged. Pot Luck prepared dishes appreciated. For more information: Jimi Castillo (951) 625-3344 or Rhonda Robles (562) 633-99014

    Oct 3 Saturday 8:30-11:30am, Irvine: Walk For Unity It's that time of the year again and this year's Walk For Unity is proudly dedicated to the brave men and women of Iran and their courageous stance for freedom, human rights, and justice! It would be a pleasure having you there! Peace--Sunny
    Host: Humanity Unites & Iran Supporters Network Bill Barber Park--4 Civic Center Plaza To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=115989163212&mid=f29f1cG23a1b811G2539094G7

    Oct 3 Saturday 9am-2pm, Santa Ana: Volunteers Needed for Citizenship Workshop! Please join the Human Rights Campaign as we partner in a historic campaign to build strategic alliances with the Latino/a community! This is a great opportunity for civic engagement and to expand HRC's community and visibility. We need volunteers to assist Latino/a legal permanent residents - individuals and families - in completing their applications to become US citizens
    Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Pilar. 1622 W 6th St. Santa Ana, CA 92703
    Spanish fluency is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers are required to attend a training session on a date TBD. Please RSVP to Carin Jacobs at carinjacobs@msn.com by Friday, September 25 to receive more information about the training and indicate: 1) Your name, email address, and cell phone number 2) Your t-shirt size 3) Your fluency in Spanish (helpful for providing interested applicants with information, but not required) oclbps.hrc.org

    Oct 3 Saturday 10am-6pm, Irvine: Irvine Global Village Festival Bill Barber Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza More than 50 cultures will share their music, food, art and religion cityofirvine.org/globalvillage

    Oct 3-4 Saturday 11pm-Sunday 5pm, Laguna Beach: Second Annual one earth | one dream EcoFest at the famed Lumberyard Mall, 384 Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach.
    For more information, call 949.497.5690, or visit 1e1d.org. The goal of one earth | one dream EcoFest is to increase awareness of our impact on the planet while exploring what each of us can do to sustain our only home. one earth | one dream EcoFest does this by connecting the arts, innovation and entertainment with the environment.
    Event proceeds benefit Endangered Planet Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the survival of the Earth through the arts, education, dialog, the dissemination of knowledge and the recognition that innovation can provide many of the answers which will lead to a sustainable future. For more information, visit endangeredplanet.org.

    Oct 3 Saturday noon-2pm, Orange: The United Nations Association-Orange County Chapter invites you to have lunch with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez at Chapman University in Orange. Following lunch, the Congresswoman will speak on "The United States, the United Nations, and the Importance of International Education." Advance tickets ($18) to cover the cost of lunch and a small donation to UNA-USA/OC may be reserved by sending a check by 9/18 to UNA-OC, PO Box 16067, Irvine, CA 92625. Tickets will not be available at the door. For further information see the UNA-USA/OC website at una-oc.org.

    Oct 4 (1st Sunday) 8am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Arlington West Memorial vfpoc.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=2029
    Please consider helping, or at least visiting, as we again setup our memorial on the sands of Huntington Beach to give thanks to and to honor those who have served our country and particularly those that made the ultimate sacrifice.We must continue to remind the public of this ongoing conflicts and their costs to our nation and its families, and also to continue to talk to, support and help the many Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Veterans, family members and concerned others that come by.
    Volunteers are needed and guests are always very much welcome. As usual we will be at 6th Street (north of pier and of Main Street) Huntington Beach on the beach. Display should be up from 8 to about 5PM. Please come visit and, if you can, PLEASE come to help with setup and/or breakdown. In addition to the moving display and great people and the beach itself, we will have a good selection of peace supplies for small (or large) donations. We often have many great people visiting and great conversations going on.

    Volunteers: We usually need the most help and transport in the morning, though both morning and evening are critical. We meetup at the storage unit, Mini-U-Stor, at 7611 Talbert Ave. HB (that's n/west of Beach Blvd. between Beach and Gothard) at 7AM. We can use some additional transport help and lots of helping hands. We get to the beach around/after 7:30 and start the setup of the field of crosses and other items. Depending upon number of helpers this can take 40 minutes or over two hours. Take down goes much quicker than setup (at least for the beach portion). We are back to our regular schedule for breakdown, so should start breakdown about 5PM and hopefully have everything back in the storage unit by 6:30. Evening transport help going back to storage is also an area of need.
    Hope to see you there, Wage Peace, Ken Arnold VFP Chapter 110, Orange County, CA

    Oct 7 (1st Wednesday) 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America - Orange County General Meeting - Climate Change Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 S Coast Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Featuring! Bob Seibert, Sierra Club Climate Change - the current situation with our warming planet Special Announcements. . . Steve Carpenter, Rebuilding Together The group's goals and how DFA-OC can support it in the Spring. Lynda Hernandez, Harvest Club How we can build community support for feeding the hungry More agenda items and to be announced
    If you have any questions, please contact Susan Kopicki at sckopicki@yahoo.com

    Oct 10 (2nd Saturday) 6:30-8:30pm, Irvine: ReclaimDemocracy.org Orange County: Screening of "Flow: For the Love of Water" (The film that will change the way you think about water.) ReclaimDemocracyOC.org Irvine Ranch Water District Headquarter, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA

    Oct 13 Tuesday 6:30pm, Newport Beach: Movie - Dwindling Drops in the Sand 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach. a documentary filmed by Sama Wareh - one of our very own Nature Camp teachers! Travel with Sama on a journey to investigate Syria's water crisis - and gain insight into global water issues that are affecting us right here in California. The documentary begins with an intro to Syria, its history, why Sama is there, and the dangers involved in filming the documentary. Learn about the causes of the water crisis, why it is so significant, and what positive steps folks are taking to remedy the problem. Bring friends and family to enjoy awesome cinematography, adventure, and Sama's famous humor and wit! The documentary is intended for all audiences. For more information, visit www.warehart.com. Organic popcorn will be served! Bring your own re-useable bowl and beverage container. Call 949-645-8489 to RSVP. Suggested donation: $5. Space is limited.

    Oct 13 Tuesday 6:30pm, Newport Beach: Environmental Nature Center Green Building Tour 1601 16th Street Newport Beach, CA 92663 Join us for a tour of the ENC's new "Green Building" - the first Platinum LEED Building in Orange County! The tour will begin with a short presentation describing the green building techniques that went into development of the ENC's new building and the reasons behind the incorporation of each green feature. Participants will learn about ways to make their homes and businesses more environmentally friendly and how they can incorporate renewable energy. Enjoy a "behind the scenes" tour of the ENC's new green building - inside and out - to see the sustainable features and materials. Call 949-645-8489 to RSVP. Suggested donation: $5. Space is limited. meetup.com/goinggreenorangecounty/calendar/10988302

    Oct 14 (2nd Wednesday) 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club Regular meeting; note different room - Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2; Henry Vandermeir, DPOC Political Director guest speaker lw-dems.org

    Oct 17 Saturday 1-6pm, Long Beach: 25th Latin American Encuentro Empire vs. Democracy: From Guatemala to Honduras, U.U. Church of Long Beach, 5450 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90615
    Speakers: Michael Parenti - Award-winning author and lecturer considered one of the nation' leading progressive political analysts; Breny Mendoza - CA State Univ Northridge topic - Hondurans Work from Inisde to Reverse Coup; Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda - Latino Studies, UCLA - The New Transnationalism Community Organization and Development. Registration beings at 12:30pm. Suggested donation is $20 with pre-registration and $25 at the door. Snacks provided. Display tables available. Students with ID free; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please bring your old eyeglasses for Nicaragua. For more information call Lucia Munoz at 714/915-3805. uusca.org/unit.htm

    Oct 21 Tuesday 6:30pm, Newport Beach: Movie - Dwindling Drops in the Sand 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach. a documentary filmed by Sama Wareh - one of our very own Nature Camp teachers! Travel with Sama on a journey to investigate Syria's water crisis - and gain insight into global water issues that are affecting us right here in California. The documentary begins with an intro to Syria, its history, why Sama is there, and the dangers involved in filming the documentary. Learn about the causes of the water crisis, why it is so significant, and what positive steps folks are taking to remedy the problem. Bring friends and family to enjoy awesome cinematography, adventure, and Sama's famous humor and wit! The documentary is intended for all audiences. For more information, visit www.warehart.com. Organic popcorn will be served! Bring your own re-useable bowl and beverage container. Call 949-645-8489 to RSVP. Suggested donation: $5. Space is limited.

    Oct 24 Saturday 9am-3:30pm, Orange: United Nations Day/International Day of Climate Action Run, Walk, Bike, or Carpool (in your alternative fuel vehicle) to the Outdoor Education Center (located adjacent to Irvine Regional Park) 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA For more information, to download the printable registration form, or to register on-line, please visit the registration website at WWW.OCICE.ORG Enter the 5K Walk, hosted by the UNA-USA, Orange County Chapter. Join in the hike, beginning at Irvine Regional Park, hosted by the Sierra Club Join an OC bike club on a ride (from various locations throughout OC) to the Outdoor Education Center Participate in the tree planting at the Outdoor Education Center Participate in the aerial photo of the number - 350 that will be uploaded to the 350.org website Houses of Worship - Ring your bells 350 times! Play on the Zip Line Guest Speakers include: OC Clergy who have signed the Creation Protection Agreement Local Politicians that are working to reduce their cities CO2 emissions Keynote address: Chris Prelitz, sustainable architecture, author, and activist Eco-Friendly exhibits-
    This rally is a coordinated effort by the following organizations: www.350.org www.earthresource.org www.ocice.org http://www.una-oc.org/ www.outdooreducationcenter.org www.sierraclub.com

    Oct 24 Saturday 5pm, Huntington Beach: Joe Shaw for Huntington Beach City Council fundraiser Hosted by HB Councilwoman Jill Hardy, Former HB Mayors Connie Boardman and Debbie Cook, Coast Community College District Trustee Lorraine Prinsky At the home of Debbie Cook. Time to be announced. Joe Shaw 714-858-0599 Joe Shaw for Huntington Beach City Council 2010

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