Past Events

 

Save the Baby Tortoise!

Stop the Destruction of California Wildlands!

Bring Solar Power & Jobs To Oakland!

Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 noon

BrightSource Energy, Inc.

corner of 20th & Harrison Streets, Oakland

BrightSource Inc wants to turn one of California’s last undisturbed wildlife habitats, the beautiful Ivanpah Valley, into a utility-scale industrial solar plant over 5 miles square.

Hundreds of baby tortoises would be ground to a pulp beneath the wheels of heavy equipment.

Meanwhile, a national movement is developing an alternative to the big corporate central-station power model. It's called Community Solar and it's embodied in many local solar initiatives from coast to coast.

For more information contact:

Dave McMullen, mcmalakai@sbcglobal.net, 510-540-7162

Bob Ellis, bobellisds@earthlink.net, 510-525-8742

 

 

DESERT SURVIVORS Groundhog Day Party

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 5:00pm to ???                  

Steve and Marta Perry's humble abode

1323 Lexington Way

Livermore, CA  94550

 

For Questions, Call Steve Perry at (925) 443-8894

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We hope you'll join us for the first DS party of the New Year!  If you do, please remember to bring: 

 

·         $2 for group expenses

·         A potluck dish to share with eight

·         Your own drinks

·         Photos, slides, and tall tales to share with other members.

If your LAST NAME begins with:       

·         A-G, please bring salad, appetizers or bread for 8 people

·         H-R, please bring a main course for 8

·         S-Z, please bring dessert for 8

 

Potluck Dinner begins at 6:00.

 

Directions:

 

1.             From the Bay Area, take Interstate 580 East toward Livermore

2.             Take the Airway Blvd exit. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Airway Blvd - go 0.9 mi.

4.             Turn right on Kittyhawk - Kittyhawk turns into Isabel. Travel 2.6 mi.

5.             Turn left on Concannon - go 1.4 mi.

6.             Turn right on Holmes - go 0.3 mil

7.             Turn left on Lexington Way - go 0.2 mi

8.             Arrive at 1323 Lexington Way - on your right


Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Memorial Service for John Wilkinson

John's memorial will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, January 9, 2011, at the San Jose Friends Meeting, 1041 Morse St., San Jose CA, phone (408) 246-0524. Directions may be found at http://sanjosefriends.org/directions.html. There will be a short reception afterwards. This is very much a "Do it yourself" memorial. People are encouraged to bring snacks for the reception. The organizers also request notification of who will be attending. Please contact Bill Kirkpatrick 408-497-2957.

 

 

DESERT SURVIVORS

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Berkeley Main Library, Central Community Meeting Room, Third Floor

2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

(cross street: Shattuck Avenue)

How to get there:

The Berkeley Main Library (also called the Central Library) is located one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, and there are numerous A/C Transit bus lines that run up and down Shattuck Avenue. There are also several public parking garages in the area. Street parking can be difficult. Another option is to park at the North Berkeley BART parking lot and take BART to the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Agenda:

Please note:

Two pre-AGM planning meetings have been scheduled and are open to any and all who wish to attend. The first planning meeting will be on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 2043 Berryman Street, Berkeley, CA 94709. Ph. 510-528-3360. The second planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 1327 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702. Ph. 510-540-7162. Both meetings will begin at 7:30 pm.

See WHAT YOU CAN DO for additional information on the PreAGM planning meetings.

Additional Information:

For additional information, please contact Dave Halligan (hallidave@yahoo.com)

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Whether and how Desert Survivors continues beyond September 25, 2010 will be determined by YOU, your willingness to participate, and your dedication to the cause of Desert Survivors.

Attend the two planning workshops to discuss the future of Desert Survivors . Two workshops will be held prior to the AGM. Your participation and active involvement is crucial if DS is to survive. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss and lay the groundwork for:

And attend the AGM ! And come prepared! The AGM will adjourn promptly at 5:00 pm.

POTLUCK AFTER THE MEETING

Dave McMullen’s House

1327 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702

Ph: 510-540-7162

Last name begins with A-G: Bring Beverage

Last name begins with H-P: Bring Salad or Appetizers or Side Dish

Last name begins with Q-Z: Bring a Main Course

 

Getting to Dave McMullen’s house from the Main Library:

Head south on Shattuck Avenue. Turn right onto Haste St. heading towards the Bay.  Turn left at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  Turn right on Dwight Avenue .  Turn left onto Sacramento Ave.  Make a right onto Carleton Street. 

For those without cars, we will facilitate carpools to get everyone to Dave’s. For those who prefer walking, it’s about a 15 to 20 minute walk. Yahoo Map.

 

 


 

Special Emergency Board Meeting

The Board of Directors met on July 19, 2010, in emergency session to adopt a transition plan for Desert Survivors following Steve Tabor’s sudden and unexpected July 15, 2010 resignation from the Board.  Steve did not provide the reason(s) for his resignation, but he has indicated that he will be cooperating in transferring both his executive and clerical/administrative duties to new volunteers.  Steve also stated that he will lead his trips currently listed in the summer schedule but will not lead any DS trips this fall.


In response to Steve’s letter, the Board took the following actions:

· Accepted Steve Tabor’s resignation. 

· Adopted a transition plan to keep DS functioning on a day-to-day basis until the 2010 Annual General Meeting (AGM).  In this regard, the designated Vice President, Dave Halligan, as set forth in the By-Laws as amended will assume the executive functions of the currently vacant president’s position until a new president is elected at the 2010 AGM.

·Set a date for the 2010 AGM of Saturday, September 25, 2010.  We are planning on a start time of 2:00 pm, and we are currently looking for a venue in the East Bay that can accommodate us.  Once we have a venue lined-up, we will let you know.

· Set dates for two pre-AGM planning meetings, open to any and all who wish to attend.  The first planning meeting will be on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 2043 Berryman Street, Berkeley, CA  94709.  Ph.  510-528-3360.  The second planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 1327 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA  94702. Ph. 510-540-7162.  Both meetings will begin at 7:30 pm.

· Accepted the 4th quarter financial report from the Managing Director.  Our finances are in proper order and we have a reasonably positive bank balance that should carry us through to the AGM.

· Determined that there will be two more mailings before the AGM.  One mailing will include the Fall 2010 Trip Schedule and include the required notice of the AGM.  There will be a separate mailing of The Survivor.

Over the years, Steve Tabor’s role in Desert Survivors became more and more central to the functioning of the organization.  His departure under any circumstances would have a left a gap difficult to fill, but under the current circumstances it is not an overstatement to say that his resignation places Desert Survivors in an existential crises. The current Board is willing to serve through the AGM, but the current Board is also looking for virtually a whole new slate of Board members to take on the duties of running the organization.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Attend the two planning meetings to discuss the future of Desert Survivors.  Two meetings will be held prior to the AGM.   Your participation and active involvement is crucial if DS is to survive.  The purpose of the planning meetings is to discuss and lay the groundwork for:

· Identifying new and vibrant candidates for the Board who are willing to get involved to continue the work of Desert Survivors. 

· Re-defining the activities of Desert Survivors to align with the willingness and capabilities of a new Board to implement these activities.  For example, do we continue publishing The Survivor?  Do we continue our trips program?

· Develop alternatives to the continued existence of Desert Survivors as in independent organization.  For example, should we approach another desert conservation non-profit and ask to be absorbed into that organization?   Should Desert Survivors be dissolved?

Attend the AGM.  Whether and how Desert Survivors continues beyond September 25, 2010 will be determined by YOU, your willingness to participate, and your dedication to the cause of Desert Survivors. 

 

Respectfully Submitted on behalf of the Board:

By Dave Halligan

Board Members in attendance:  Dave Halligan, Loretta Bauer, Paul Brickett, Elena Gogoleva, Neal Cassidy. 

Voting Members in attendance:  Bob Ellis, Karen Rusiniak, Lynne Buckner, Dave “Malakai” McMullen, Bruce Loeb, Gerry Goss, Judy Kendall, and Stacy Robinson

 

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Summer Potluck Picnic

Saturday July 10, 2010

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deb & Steve Slotsky’s House

34 Meadowpark Court, Orinda, CA

[Contra Costa County]

This year we’ll have our Summer Picnic at a different place. Deb and Steve Slotsky have opened their beautiful suburban property to us for the day. That means the patio, the swimming pool (!), and the barbeque. We’ll meet at 11:00 am to get the barbecue going, and lounge and sit and talk and swim the afternoon away. In late afternoon we’ll hop the fence onto a trail that surrounds Lafayette Reservoir for a classic hike to finish the day. It’ll be a welcome change from former venues. Join us for the festivities. Bring food and drinks to share (see below), plus a portable chair ‘cause there’s bound to be a crowd.

WE WILL BRING : hot briquettes, picnic supplies, ice & cooler

YOU BRING : $2.00 for group expenses, food to barbeque, plus a potluck item to share with eight. Also hiking boots, walking stick, sunglasses, sun hat and water bottle for the hike, and a swimsuit and towel for the pool.

LAST NAME begins with: A-G, bring a SALAD or APPETIZERS

H-P, bring a MAIN COURSE

Q-Z, bring a BEVERAGE

ACTIVITIES :

** Eat and drink

** Lie and brag about past and future trips

** Meet new friends

** Swim in the pool

** Hike around the reservoir in the afternoon

Note : Come early to participate in Bob Lyon’s Beginner Backpack Seminar. The seminar will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. See the reverse for details.

Questions? Call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

DIRECTIONS to Deb & Steve Slotsky’s house:

Approach Orinda from Highway 24 east of the East Bay Hills and west of the town of Lafayette. Get off the freeway at the Orinda Exit. Drive south then southeast on Pablo Moraga Way. In about a mile and one-half, take a left (northeast) onto Glorietta Boulevard. Bypass Rheem Boulevard (at one-half mile) and continue northeast (straight) another one-half mile to Meadowpark Court, a right turn. Look for Number 34. We’ll have signs at the house to guide you.

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ANNOUNCING :

Saturday, July 10 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Bob Lyon’s Beginner Backpack Seminar

Deb & Steve Slotsky’s House

34 Meadowpark Court, Orinda CA

[Contra Costa County]

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This introductory class is a good refresher emphasizing lightweight, inexpensive backpacking. We’ll show how to get your pack weight down to ten (10) pounds. Equipment topics include backpacks, tents, tarps, sleeping bags, clothes, shoes and accessories. We’ll demonstrate how to start a fire without matches, pitch a tarp, and load and adjust your pack. Learn how to carry just what you need with minimum impact on the environment, your back, and your wallet. Limit: 12.

Contact Bob Lyon to reserve a space: (415) 586-6855

To be followed by the Pescadero Creek Backpack, July 17-18

in San Mateo County. Limit: 10.

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DESERT SURVIVORS

Earth Day Party

Join your fellow Desert Survivors at our 2010 Earth Day Party! We’ll enjoy plenty of good cheer and conversation. Meet your fellow members, talk about trips and experiences, find out about new destinations, meet new hiking buddies. We’ll also have the latest information on desert issues we’re concerned about. We’ll have slideshows and laptop presentations illustrating desert trips, so bring your slides or your laptop, plus photos, etc.

If you’re in the Bay Area and are out on a Spring wildflower hike, stop by afterward at Rich Spelker’s studio in San Francisco. This party ends our Spring hiking season and begins our Summer in the high desert. Our new Summer Trip Schedule will be ready, with new desert trips. Join us for a good show.

Rich Spelker’s studio

1890 Bryant Street #308, San Francisco

[Inner Mission District]

Saturday April 24, 2010

Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM

Announcements, issues reports at 7:30 PM

Slides & videos at 8:00 PM [BRING YOURS!]

Socializing, etc. ‘til our host ushers us out the door ...

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-H, bring a DESSERT

I-R, bringSALAD or APPETIZERS

S-Z, bring aMAIN DISH FOR 8

Everybody: bring DRINKS to share (your choice)

Everybody: bring a $2.00 donation to pay for paper plates, utensils,

this mailing, etc.

Note : This year’s Earth Day Party will follow the local Earth Day Fair in Berkeley on Saturday morning and afternoon. We’re looking for volunteers at the fair --- to staff our table, talk to visitors about trips and issues, and explain the desert’s unique beauty to the uninformed. It’s a great way to teach about the desert. If you want to help, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706. The fair runs all day, 11 am to 5 pm.

For more information, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

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DIRECTIONS to Rich Spelker’s studio:

1890 Bryant Street #308, San Francisco

Rich’s studio is in the Inner Mission part of San Francisco, near Division Street and Franklin Square. If you are driving from the East Bay, approach the location on Interstate-80 from the Bay Bridge. Get off at the Ninth Street Exit. Bear right on the exit ramp. At the light, go southwest on Harrison Street. Drive two blocks on Harrison and take a left on 10 th Street (one-way left). Drive two blocks on 10 th to Division Street and continue straight ahead (south) onto Potrero Avenue. Drive four blocks and take a right onto 17 th Street. Take a right and drive two blocks to Bryant Street (Franklin Square will be on your right). Go left and look for Number 1890, the old Best Foods Mayonnaise Building. The studio is #308.

Coming from the south, approach from the Route 101 Freeway. Get off at the Vermont Street Exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (north) and go down the hill one block to 17 th Street. Go left (west, under the freeway) and drive five blocks to Bryant Street (Franklin Square will be on your right). Go left and look for Number 1890, the old Best Foods Mayonnaise Building. The studio is #308.

Within San Francisco, use a street map to Locate 17 th Street and Franklin Square, then proceed as above.

Our doorperson will be there to let you in between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

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HELP DESERT SURVIVORS

at the EARTH DAY FAIR in BERKELEY!!

SATURDAY APRIL 24, 2010

Once again this year Desert Survivors will be staffing a table at the Berkeley Earth Day Fair in the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on MLK Way. We’ll be meeting the public, talking to folks who are interested in the desert and in desert hiking. It’s a great way to meet new people, generate new members, and show your love and enthusiasm for the desert. You may help for all or part of the day.

Look for the DS table with our displays and banner. We’ll have Seymour the Snake there, too — just in case we have enough members to take him around the park to thrill the kids and scare the adults. Wear your Desert Survivors hat and tee-shirt to “show your colors”. We’ll go to the Earth Day Party in San Francisco when we’re through.

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on MLK Way, Berkeley

If you can come, please call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

Thank you, and see you on Earth Day!

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DESERT SURVIVORS

ROUTE-FINDING DAY

Oak Grove Picnic Area

BRIONES REGIONAL PARK

Contra Costa County, California

[directions given when you sign up]

Saturday May 15, 2010

JOIN YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS

FOR A DAY OF ROUTE-FINDING TRAINING

USING MAP & COMPASS AND GPS

We’ll gather in a San Francisco Bay location to learn how to find our way in the back-country using topographic maps, compass and Global Positioning System (GPS). Experienced Desert Survivors trip leaders will lead classes in the morning (map & compass) and afternoon (GPS) at picnic tables under spreading live oaks. After each session, we’ll test our skills on hikes in the hills.

The Seminar will be held the Oak Grove Picnic Areaat Briones Regional Park in Contra Costa County. START EARLY! IT’S ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE EAST BAY HILLS. We’ll meet at the Picnic Area at 9:00 AM (sharp!) and begin promptly, following the schedule below. Bring whatever you'll need for the sessions: maps, compass, GPS, pencil, notebook, First Aid kit, water bottle, hiking boots, sun protection, questions, answers & plenty of enthusiasm. Also a potluck lunch & drinks to share, plus a $5 donation for the site, and $5 in cash (per car) for the parking attendant.

[Need a ride to the site? Call the phone number below.]

SCHEDULE: ( 15-minute break between sessions.)

9:00 Welcome & introductions

9:15 Instruction in map and compass

10:30 Hike in the hills of Briones using topo maps & compass

12:45 Potluck Lunch

1:45 Instruction in the basics of global positioning

3:00-5:00 Orienteering with map & GPS on Briones Trails

[a longer hike afterward is optional]

CALL EARLY! WE ARE LIMITED TO 40 participants!

You MUST call Steve Tabor to sign up: (510) 769-1706.

 

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DESERT SURVIVORS ANNUAL MEETING
AND DESERT CONFERENCE

( SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA)

Saturday October 24, 2009

Save the date!

 

The Desert Survivors' annual membership meeting is the one time each year when members gather to elect directors and do business. This year we'll do more. Presentations on environmental topics and issues will occupy early afternoon. In the evening will be the traditional potluck meal, plus entertainment. We are going back to a Bay Area format for the meeting this year to focus more on the group's desert protection work and other responsibilities. All members are invited.

This event is being planned now. Put the date on your calendar. Watch this space for details in September.

For information, call: Steve Tabor (510) 769-1706

 

Route-Finding Day

Oak Grove Picnic Area

BRIONES REGIONAL PARK
Contra Costa County, California
[directions given when you sign up]

Saturday October 3, 2009

JOIN YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS
FOR A DAY OF ROUTE-FINDING TRAINING
USING MAP & COMPASS AND GPS

We’ll gather in a San Francisco Bay location to learn how to find our way in the back-country using topographic maps, compass and Global Positioning System (GPS). Experienced Desert Survivors trip leaders will lead classes in the morning (map & compass) and afternoon (GPS) at picnic tables under spreading live oaks. After each session, we’ll test our skills on hikes in the hills.

The Seminar will be held the Oak Grove Picnic Area at Briones Regional Park in Contra Costa County. START EARLY! IT’S ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE EAST BAY HILLS. We’ll meet at the Picnic Area at 9:00 AM (sharp!) and begin promptly, following the schedule below. Bring whatever you'll need for the sessions: maps, compass, GPS, pencil, notebook, First Aid kit, water bottle, hiking boots, sun protection, questions, answers & plenty of enthusiasm. Also a potluck lunch & drinks to share, plus a $5 donation for the site, and $5 in cash (per car) for the parking attendant.
[Need a ride to the site? Call the phone number below.]

SCHEDULE: (15-minute break between sessions.)

9:00 Welcome & introductions
9:15 Instruction in map and compass
10:30 Hike into the hills of Briones using topo maps & compass
12:45 Potluck Lunch
1:45 Instruction in the basics of global positioning
3:00-5:00 Orienteering with map & GPS on Briones Trails
[a longer hike afterward is optional]

CALL EARLY! WE ARE LIMITED TO 25 participants!
You MUST call Steve Tabor to sign up: (510) 769-1706.

 

DESERT SURVIVORS

ANNUAL FALL GATHERING

September 18-20, 2009
in the BLACK ROCK DESERT NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA

This year we’ll celebrate our Fall Gathering in the Black Rock Desert. We’ll join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on National Public Lands Day . This event will have a different focus than our last three at Benton. One of the days we’ll regain the original thrust of Desert Survivors by joining with other groups, helping the BLM with service projects in the desert. But the rest of the weekend we’ll do other things: workshops, potlucks, hikes, campfires, and, of course, hot springs.

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We’ll meet on Friday afternoon, September 18, then drive to the north end of the Black Rock playa to set up a camp next to the main BLM camp at Twelve-Mile Access. We’ll have a potluck and campfire there on Friday evening and night.

On Saturday, we’ll join the BLM in one or more of several service projects around the playa. About a dozen other groups will be sending 50-75 volunteers to help out. Members can join the BLM in just the morning session, or work the whole day. On Saturday evening we’ll again do a potluck, then a campfire. We’ll also have the opportunity to mix with the other groups and the BLM operatives at their camp. It will be a joyous occasion to cross-pollinate in this way.

On Sunday we’ll have workshops in the morning. In the afternoon we’ll do hikes to two different places in the area, then head for home. Various hot springs around the Black Rock will be open all weekend for your pleasure: Trego, Black Rock Hot, Soldier Meadow. The playa should be dry and firm, allowing us to visit its features. Weather should be at its best.

Join us for this joyous and worthwhile weekend. We’ll be saying “goodbye” to our summer program in the north and “hello” to our hikes in the south. See the schedule on the back.

Please RSVP so we’ll know you’re coming. Call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706, or e-mail <president@desert-survivors.org>

Schedule

Friday, Sept. 18

4:00 pm Gather at the Gerlach Post Office, convoy to the camp
[We will post a map at the BLM Visitors Trailer outside town for all those arriving later.]
6:00 pm Potluck Meal
8:00 pm Campfire Circle

Saturday, Sept. 19

8:00 am Arrive at the BLM camp adjacent, join with other volunteers on service projects
[just the morning or all day long]
1:00 pm Stay with the service project all day, or
[Optional] gather at our camp to go on a hike in the afternoon.
6:00 pm Potluck Meal
8:00 pm Campfire Circle [also visit BLM camp]

Sunday, Sept. 20

8:00 am Workshop on Wilderness monitoring Steve Tabor
10:00 am Workshop on Desert Protection issues John Moody
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 pm 1. Hike to Petrified Canyon (Calico Mtns.) Steve Tabor
2. Hike [destination to be announced] Bob Lyon
5:00 pm Break camp, leave for home

Bring:

All meals (some to share at the potluck), all water, hiking gear, rain gear, warm clothing, sun clothing, tent, sleeping bag, libations, whatever you’d bring on a carcamp, and work gloves, boots, old clothes, ibuprofen, whatever you’d bring on a service project (the BLM will provide all the tools).

 

DESERT SURVIVORS TECHNICAL SEMINAR

LAUREL NOOK GROUP AREA
MT DIABLO STATE PARK
[call for directions]

Sunday July 26, 2009

JOIN OUR TRIP LEADERS FOR A DAY OF WORKSHOPS
ON ORGANIZING AND LEADING TRIPS!
[your own and/or Desert Survivors]

LEARN:

*** How to plan a trip, where to go, what to take
*** When First Aid is needed, where to get training
*** How to read a topographic map and orient yourself
*** How YOU may be come a DESERT SURVIVORS TRIP LEADER!

The Seminar will be held at Laurel Nook Group Area in Mt. Diablo State Park. We’ll meet at the Group Area at 9:00 AM (sharp!) and begin promptly, following the schedule below. Bring whatever you'll need for the sessions: maps, compass, pencil, notebook, First Aid kit, water bottle, hiking boots, sun protection, trip ideas, questions, answers & plenty of enthusiasm. Also bring food for the potluck lunch and drinks to share, plus a $5 donation for the site and $5 for the Park entrance fee.

SCHEDULE: (15-minute break between sessions.)

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome & introductions
9:45 Hiking skills, supplies & planning - Steve Tabor
11:00 Wilderness First Aid (& prevention!) - Steve Tabor
12:00 Potluck Lunch
1:00 Maps & orienteering, demonstration - Bob Lyon
2:30 Questions & answers
3:30 Hiking on a Mt. Diablo loop trail, plus practical orienteering with map & compass

CALL EARLY! WE ARE LIMITED TO 40 participants and 10 staff!
You MUST call Steve Tabor to sign up: (510) 769-1706.

PARK RULES: NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

 

Summer Potluck Picnic

Saturday, June 20, 2009
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Big Leaf Picnic Area
Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills

Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM
Announcements, issues reports at 7:30 PM
Slides & videos at 8:00 PM [BRING YOURS!]
Socializing, etc. ‘til our host ushers us out the door ...

WE WILL BRING: hot briquettes, picnic supplies, ice & cooler, the badminton set

YOU BRING: $2 for group expenses, food to barbeque, plus a potluck item to share with eight:

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-G, bring salad, appetizers or bread
H-R, bring a main course
S-Z, bring beverages
[Yes! someone is bound to bring a dessert!]

ALSO:
*** bring hiking boots/walking shoes plus sun protection/wind protection gear & water for the hike at 3:30 p.m.
*** bring friends & family members
*** bring your map of Berkeley --- these hill venues are tough to find!

ACTIVITIES:

SCHMOOZING & VISITING:
** lie and brag about your favorite trips
** meet new friends
** make plans for future trips

ACTIVE GAMES:
** bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
** we'll have the badminton set on hand --- quite popular last year!
** if you have other ideas for games, bring them and your equipment!

OPTIONAL HIKE AT 3:30 PM:
** we'll hike an easy trail in the hills nearby
** weather could be sunny & hot — or foggy & windy

NOTE: Come early to participate in Bob Lyon’s “Beginner Backpacking Seminar”. The Seminar will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. See the reverse side for details.

Questions? Call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706

DIRECTIONS:
To reach the Big Leaf Picnic Area Tilden Park from the north, west or south, approach Berkeley (and Albany) from the Interstate-80 freeway. Get off at the Buchanan Street Exit. Go east on Buchanan Street and bear right at the fire station at San Pablo. You will now be on Marin Avenue. Follow Marin as it winds in an eastward direction through Albany and North Berkeley to Marin Circle (with its fountain in the center). Go right around the circle to the narrow cut opposite, which is still Marin. Drive up the very steep hill to the fourth street on your left, which is Spruce Street. Go north on Spruce around a last bend to a complex intersection where several roads come together (this is about 0.8 mile). Go straight, but immediately after the intersection (30 feet), turn left down a steep road named Canon Drive (watch for traffic coming in from the right on Wildcat Canyon Road, which you must cross). Drive down Canon about 0.4 mile to an intersection where you bear right and stop at a stop sign. Big Leaf Picnic Area is directly across the road and the picnic tables are just below the parking area.

To reach Tilden Park from the east, the shortest way by mileage (though not necessarily by time) is via Highway 24 to the Fish Ranch Road Exit. Once there drive north up Fish Ranch to Grizzly Peak Blvd., where you will turn right. Continue on the winding narrow Grizzly Peak Blvd. for several miles, passing numerous intersections. You’ll pass intersections at Park Drive, Centennial Drive and Shasta Road before you get to Marin Avenue. From Marin it is 0.7 mile to the intersection with Wildcat Canyon Road and Canon Drive described above. Drive down the hill on Canon in a northeast direction to Big Leaf.

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ANNOUNCING:

Saturday, June 20 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Bob Lyon’s Beginner Backpack Seminar

at the Big Leaf Picnic Area, Tilden Park, Berkeley
(preceding the Desert Survivors Annual Summer Picnic)

Although intended as an introductory class it’s a good refresher in case you haven’t been out for a while. This year’s class will emphasize lightweight, inexpensive packing and includes my book. Equipment topics include backpacks, tents, tarps, sleeping bags, clothes, shoes, and accessories. We’ll demonstrate how to start a fire without matches, pitch a tarp, and load and adjust your pack. Learn to carry just what you need with minimum impact on the environment, your back, and your wallet. Limit 12.

To be followed by the Pescadero Ck Beginner Backpack (E), July 11-12 in San Mateo County. Limit 10.

Contact Leader: Bob Lyon (415) 586-6855

 

Route-Finding Day

Oak Grove Picnic Area

BRIONES REGIONAL PARK
Contra Costa County, California
[directions given when you sign up]

Saturday May 16, 2009

JOIN YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS
FOR A DAY OF ROUTE-FINDING TRAINING
USING MAP & COMPASS AND GPS

We’ll gather in a San Francisco Bay location to learn how to find our way in the back-country using topographic maps, compass and Global Positioning System (GPS). Experienced Desert Survivors trip leaders will lead classes in the morning (map & compass) and afternoon (GPS) at picnic tables under spreading live oaks. After each session, we’ll test our skills on hikes in the hills.

The Seminar will be held the Oak Grove Picnic Area at Briones Regional Park in Contra Costa County. START EARLY! IT’S ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE EAST BAY HILLS. We’ll meet at the Picnic Area at 9:00 AM (sharp!) and begin promptly, following the schedule below. Bring whatever you'll need for the sessions: maps, compass, GPS, pencil, notebook, First Aid kit, water bottle, hiking boots, sun protection, questions, answers & plenty of enthusiasm. Also a potluck lunch & drinks to share, plus a $5 donation for the site, and $5 in cash (per car) for the parking attendant.
[Need a ride to the site? Call the phone number below.]

SCHEDULE: (15-minute break between sessions.)

9:00 Welcome & introductions
9:15 Instruction in map and compass
10:30 Hike into the hills of Briones using topo maps & compass
12:45 Potluck Lunch
1:45 Instruction in the basics of global positioning
3:00-5:00 Orienteering with map & GPS on Briones Trails
[a longer hike afterward is optional]

CALL EARLY! WE ARE LIMITED TO 40 participants!
You MUST call Steve Tabor to sign up: (510) 769-1706.

 

Earth Day Party

Note the changed location below (no longer at Roanoke !!!)

Join your fellow Desert Survivors at our 2009 Earth Day Party ! We'll enjoy plenty of good cheer and conversation. Meet your fellow members, talk about trips and experiences, find out about new destinations, meet new hiking buddies. We'll also have the latest information on desert issues we're concerned about. We'll have slideshows and laptop presentations illustrating desert trips, so bring your slides or your laptop, plus photos, etc.

If you're in the Bay Area and are out on a Spring wildflower hike, stop by afterward at Rich Spelker's studio in San Francisco . This party ends our Spring hiking season and begins our Summer in the high desert. Our new Summer Trip Schedule will be ready, with new desert trips. Join us for a good show.

Saturday April 25th, 2009
Rich Spelker’s Studio
1890 Bryant Street #308, San Francisco
[Inner Mission District]

Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM
Announcements, issues reports at 7:30 PM
Slides & videos at 8:00 PM [BRING YOURS!]
Socializing, etc. ‘til our host ushers us out the door ...

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-H, bring a DESSERT
I-R, bring a SALAD or APPETIZERS
R-Z, bring a MAIN DISH FOR 8

Everybody: bring DRINKS to share (your choice)
Everybody: bring a $2.00 donation to pay for paper plates, utensils, and this mailing, etc.

Note : This year's Earth Day Party will follow the local Earth Day Fair in Berkeley on Saturday morning and afternoon . We're looking for volunteers at the fair --- to staff our table, talk to visitors about trips and issues, and explain the desert's unique beauty to the uninformed. It's a great way to teach about the desert. If you want to help, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706. The fair runs all day, 11 am to 5 pm.

For more information, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

DIRECTIONS to Rich Spelker’s studio:
1890 Bryant Street #308, San Francisco

Rich’s studio is in the Inner Mission part of San Francisco, near Division Street and Franklin Square. If you are driving from the East Bay, approach the location on Interstate-80 from the Bay Bridge. Get off at the Ninth Street Exit. Bear right on the exit ramp. At the light, go southwest on Harrison Street. Drive two blocks on Harrison and take a left on 10th Street (one-way left). Drive two blocks on 10th to Division Street and continue straight ahead (south) onto Potrero Avenue. Drive four blocks and take a right onto 17th Street. Take a right and drive two blocks to Bryant Street (Franklin Square will be on your right). Go left and look for Number 1890, the old Best Foods Mayonnaise Building. The studio is #308.

Coming from the south, approach from the Route 101 Freeway. Get off at the Vermont Street Exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (north) and go down the hill one block to 17th Street. Go left (west, under the freeway) and drive five blocks to Bryant Street (Franklin Square will be on your right). Go left and look for Number 1890, the old Best Foods Mayonnaise Building. The studio is #308.

Within San Francisco, use a street map to Locate 17th Street and Franklin Square, then proceed as above.

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HELP DESERT SURVIVORS at the EARTH DAY FAIR in BERKELEY!!

SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2009

Once again this year Desert Survivors will be staffing a table at the Berkeley Earth Day Fair in the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on MLK Way. We’ll be meeting the public, talking to folks who are interested in the desert and in desert hiking. It’s a great way to meet new people, generate new members, and show your love and enthusiasm for the desert. You may help for all or part of the day.

Look for the DS table with our displays and banner. We’ll have Seymour the Snake there, too — just in case we have enough members to take him around the park to thrill the kids and scare the adults. Wear your Desert Survivors hat and tee-shirt to “show your colors”. We’ll go to the Earth Day Party in San Francisco when we’re through.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2009

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on MLK Way, Berkeley

If you can come, please call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

Thank you, and see you on Earth Day!

 

Groundhog Day Party

Gather for a potluck dinner, slides, and conversation on this winter night as the desert turns toward Spring. Meet your fellow Survivors and plan trips for the future. Our Spring 2009 Trip Schedule will be ready, loaded with new trips for a new hiking season. Join your fellow members at our annual Farewell-to-Winter/Hello-to-Spring celebration.

Saturday January 31, 2009
in Oakland, California [CALL FOR DIRECTIONS]

Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM
Announcements, issues reports, etc. at 7:30 PM
Slides at 8:00 PM [BRING YOURS!]
Socializing, etc. until 10:00 PM or thereabouts

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-J, bring a MAIN DISH FOR 8
K-P, bring a DESSERT
Q-Z, bring a SALAD or APPETIZERS

Everybody: bring DRINKS to share (your choice)
Everybody: bring a $2.00 donation to pay for paper plates, utensils, and our website

For more information, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

 

 

September 19 - 21, 2008
ANSWER THE CALL…
At the Desert Survivors annual weekend retreat at
BENTON HOT SPRINGS

(Early bird? Additional sites are reserved for Thursday the 18th.)

If you’ve been there, you know.

Benton Hot Springs - East of Mono Lake - has remarkable geological features, stunning views, and gorgeous terrain to entice you into the hills and canyons. Above all, the setting is perfect for enjoying the camaraderie of fellow Survivors. (Guests are welcome too for this event…one non-member each.)

The $35 per person weekend is a bargain! It includes your campsite and tub AND these fun activities: hiking, wildlife talks, book exchange, art projects, yoga, music, a desert fashion show and soaking in the outdoor hot tubs under the stars.

SIGN UP NOW: Send a check payable to “Desert Survivors” to Steve Tabor at Desert Survivors, P.O. Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991. Include your e-mail address, how many will attend, your home address and phone number. COMPLETE details will be sent to you when they become finalized. [There is also Bed & Breakfast lodging at Benton Hot Springs (760) 933-2287.]

 

October 4, 2008
Route-Finding Day
Join your fellow members for a day of Route-Finding Training
using map, compass and GPS at
Oak Grove Picnic Area
BRIONES REGIONAL PARK

This Fall we’ll gather in a San Francisco Bay location to learn how to find our way in the back-country using topographic maps, compass and Global Positioning System (GPS). Experienced Desert Survivors trip leaders will lead classes in the morning (map & compass) and afternoon (GPS) at picnic tables under spreading live oaks. After each class, we’ll test our skills on hikes in the hills.

The Seminar will be held the Oak Grove Picnic Area at Briones Regional Park in Contra Costa County. START EARLY! IT’S ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE EAST BAY HILLS. We’ll meet at the Picnic Area at 9:00 AM (sharp!) and begin promptly, following the schedule below. Bring whatever you'll need for the sessions: maps, compass, GPS, pencil, notebook, First Aid kit, water bottle, hiking boots, sun protection, questions, answers & plenty of enthusiasm. Also a potluck lunch & drinks to share, plus a $5 donation for the site, and $5 in cash (per car) for the parking attendant.
[Need a ride to the site? Call the phone number below.]

SCHEDULE: (15-minute break between sessions.)

9:00 am
Welcome & introductions
9:15 am
Instruction in map and compass
10:30 am
Hike into the hills of Briones using topo maps & compass
12:45 am
Potluck Lunch
1:45 pm
Instruction in the basics of global positioning
3 - 5:00 pm
Orienteering with map & GPS on Briones Trails
  [a longer hike afterward is optional]

 

CALL EARLY! WE ARE LIMITED TO 40 participants !

You MUST call Steve Tabor to sign up: (510) 769-1706.

 

August 16th, 2008
Desert Survivors Technical Seminar

Join our trip leaders for a day of workshops on organizing and leading trips!
[Your own and/or Desert Survivors]

Laurel Nook Group Area, Mt Diable State Park
PARK RULES: NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
To sign up & get directions, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

LEARN:

The Seminar will be held at Laurel Nook Group Area in Mt. Diablo State Park. We’ll meet at the Group Area at 9:00 AM (sharp!) and begin promptly, following the schedule below. Bring whatever you'll need for the sessions: maps, compass, pencil, notebook, First Aid kit, water bottle, hiking boots, sun protection, trip ideas, questions, answers & plenty of enthusiasm. Also bring food for the potluck lunch and drinks to share, plus a $5 donation for the site and $5 to pay the Park entrance fee.

SCHEDULE: (15-minute break between sessions.)
9:00
Registration  
9:30
Welcome & introductions  
9:45
Hiking skills, supplies & planning Steve Tabor
11:00
Wilderness First Aid (& prevention!) Fred Parkinson
12:00
Potluck Lunch  
1:00
Maps & orienteering, demonstration Bob Lyon
2:30
Questions & answers  
3:30
Hiking on a Mt. Diablo loop trail, plus practical orienteering with map & compass.  

 

CALL EARLY! WE ARE LIMITED TO 40 participants AND 10 staff!
You MUST call Steve Tabor to sign up: (510) 769-1706.

 

July 26st, 2008
Desert Survivors Summer Potluck Picnic & Beginner Backpack Seminar

Lake View Picnic Area
Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills

WE WILL BRING: hot briquettes, picnic supplies, ice & cooler, the badminton set

YOU BRING: $2 for group expenses, food to barbeque, plus a potluck item to share with eight:

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-H, bring a MAIN COURSE
I-O, bring BEVERAGES
R-Z, bring a SALAD, APPETIZERS or BREAD

ALSO:

ACTIVITIES:

ACTIVE GAMES:

  • bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
  • we'll have the badminton set on hand --- quite popular last year!
  • if you have other ideas for games, bring them and your equipment!

SCHMOOZING & VISITING:

  • lie and brag about your favorite trips
  • meet new friends
  • make plans for future trips

OPTIONAL HIKE AT 4:00 PM:

  • we'll hike an easy trail in the hills nearby
  • weather could be sunny & hot — or foggy & windy

NOTE: Come early to participate in Bob Lyon’s “Beginner Backpacking Seminar”. The Seminar will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. See below for details.

DIRECTIONS:

To reach Tilden Park from the south or east, take Highway 24 to Fish Ranch Road. Drive north to Grizzly Peak Blvd., where you will turn right. Pass by Lomas Contados Road, then turn right again on South Park Drive where you'll enter the south end of the park. Follow this to a "tee" intersection, adjacent to the Botanical Garden, where you'll bear right again. Follow the contour to the Lake View Picnic Area, which is located where the road takes a wide swing to the right.

To reach Tilden Park from the north or west, locate the University of California campus in Berkeley. Get on Oxford Street, which runs along the Bay side of the campus. Oxford runs into Spruce Street, which will lead you up into the hills. After a bend to the right, you'll come to an complex intersection where several roads come together. Take the one in the middle, Wildcat Canyon Road, and follow it along the contour in a southeasterly direction to the "tee" mentioned above, near the Botanical Garden. Follow the road around the bend to the left and look for the Lake View Picnic Area on your left where the road takes a wide swing to the right.

July 26st, 2008 - 9am - Noon
Bob Lyon's Beginner Backpack Seminar

at the Lakeview Picnic Area, Tilden Park, Berkeley
(preceding the Desert Survivors Annual Summer Picnic)

Come before the Summer Picnic to learn basics of selecting and fitting backpacks, tents, and boots; and how to select a campsite, stay dry and comfortable, cope with emergencies, and be environmentally responsible hikers. Limit 12. Contact Leader: Bob Lyon (415) 674-6885 robtlyon@sbcglobal.net.

 

June 21st, 2008
Desert Survivors Summer Solstice Party!

Beginning a new annual tradition, we'll share a BBQ and potluck meal, horse-shoes, drinks, stories, slides and videos, as well as music bring your instruments. Also, on this longest day of the year and first full day of summer, we will celebrate the sun with an offering: Bring a simple sun-inspired gift to exchange costumes and hats are encouraged! Party with new and old members, until the tequila worm speaks to you!!!

Kenneth Logan's House: 1004 - 61st Street, Oakland, CA
For more information & directions, call Kenneth Logan at (510) 420-1442.

Potluck Dinner & BBQ at 6:00 PM
Gift exchange at 8:30 PM
Slides & videos 9:00-9:30 PM [BRING YOURS!]
Socializing, music etc. until 11:00 PM or after...

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-G, bring a DESSERT
H-M, bring SALAD or APPETIZERS
N-Z, bring a MAIN DISH FOR 8

Everybody: bring DRINKS to share (your choice)
Everybody: bring grillables, as the BBQ pit will be aflame
Everybody: bring a $2.00 donation to pay for paper plates, utensils, this mailing, etc.
Everybody: bring a simple Sun-inspired gift to exchange, as well as wearing something Sun-inspired – and don’t forget your inner child

April 19th, 2008
Desert Survivors Earth Day Fair & Party!

Join your fellow Desert Survivors at our 2008 Earth Day Party! We’ll enjoy plenty of good cheer and conversation. Meet your fellow members, talk about trips and experiences, find out about new destinations, meet new hiking buddies. We’ll also have the latest information on desert issues we’re concerned about. We’ll have slideshows and laptop presentations illustrating desert trips, so bring your slides or your laptop, plus photos, etc.

If you’re in the Bay Area and are out on a Spring wildflower hike, stop by afterward at our Earth Day Party in Berkeley. This party ends our Spring hiking season and begins our Summer in the high desert. Our new Summer Trip Schedule will be ready, introducing desert trips to come. Join us for a good show.

793 Vincente Avenue, Berkeley [north of Solano Avenue]
For more directions, call Judy Kendall at (510) 612-1124

Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM
Announcements, issues reports at 7:30 PM
Slides & videos at 8:00 PM [BRING YOURS!]
Socializing, etc. ‘til our hostess ushers us out the door ...

LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH:

A-H, bring a SALAD or APPETIZERS
I-R, bring MAIN DISH FOR 8
S-Z, bring a DESSERT

Everybody: bring DRINKS to share (your choice)
Everybody: bring a $2.00 donation to pay for paper plates, utensils, this mailing, etc.

Note: This year’s Earth Day Party will follow the local Earth Day Fair in Berkeley on Saturday morning and afternoon. We’re looking for volunteers at the fair --- to staff our table, talk to visitors about trips and issues, and explain the desert’s unique beauty to the uninformed. It’s a great way to teach about the desert. If you want to help, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706. The fair runs all day, 11 am to 5 pm.

For more information, call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

HELP DESERT SURVIVORS at the EARTH DAY FAIR in BERKELEY!!

SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2008

Once again this year Desert Survivors will be staffing a table at the Berkeley Earth Day Fair in the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on MLK Way. We’ll be meeting the public, talking to folks who are interested in the desert and in desert hiking. It’s a great way to meet new people, generate new members, and show your love and enthusiasm for the desert. You may help for all or part of the day.

Look for the DS table with our displays and banner. We’ll have Seymour the Snake there, too — just in case we have enough members to take him around the park to thrill the kids and scare the adults. Wear your Desert Survivors hat and tee-shirt to “show your colors”. We’ll go to the Earth Day Party in Berkeley when we’re through.

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2008

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on MLK Way, Berkeley

If you can come, please call Steve Tabor at (510) 769-1706.

Thank you, and see you on Earth Day!