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Bike Extravaganza, Saturday, July 13th, 10am-5pm

An All Day Event Of All Things Bicycle! West Santa Rosa. Meet professional racers;  Talk to bike builders;  See vintage bikes, race bikes, mountain bikes, electric assist bikes, recumbent bikes, art bikes… All ages welcome. Free to all. Community Bikes presents all aspects of bikes from racing bikes to art bikes to maintenance and education! Something for everyone! Come join us for exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, film, bike-art, frame builders, and celebration of bike culture! FREE to the public ~ all ages.… Read More »

Biking The World Up Close – With Kameel Nasr

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 3pm, free Community Bikes, 4009 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa Come meet a world-class long-distance bicyclist and author of:  Bicycle Touring International: The Complete Book On Adventure Cycling Cycling The Mediterranean: Bicycle Tours In Spain, France, Italy, Greece And Beyond The World Up Close: A Cyclist’s Adventures On Five Continents Community Bikes is proud to present Kameel Nasr giving a talk on his world travels. Kameel has cycled in over 75 countries in his two times bicycling… Read More »

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Welcomes New ED

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition welcomes new Executive Director, Gary Helfrich (snipped from www.bikesonoma.org) Gary has been involved with bicycles since crashing into the garage in 1961 after his grandfather launched him down the driveway shouting, “training wheels are for sissies!” Despite this early setback, he became involved in the bicycle industry as an adult, spending nearly 25 years as a framebuilder and industry consultant. Gary began as a welder at Fat City Cycles and later founded Merlin Metalworks. After leaving… Read More »

Ride Your Bike To Work Day

(snipped from the Bike To Work Day’s website) The San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th annual Bike To Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month. “Energizer Stations” are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning… Read More »

Prescription Refills – Another Urgent But Avoidable Trip

If you don’t call in refills at least a few days in advance, you may have to make a special trip, possibly preceded by an urgent call to the doctor for authorization. If you are out of town, run out on a weekend and/or the doctor is unavailable, you may also have to go through an awkward process to just get a few days worth – possibly at a high cost.

My friend Maureen generally avoids this problem – by planning ahead and taking full advantage of the systems available.
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Urgent Errands That Can’t Wait?

Today is my birthday and one of my presents to myself is to work to get this blog to become more interactive. I see it as a great opportunity for individuals and local groups to share green practices as well as events. Today, I’d like to hear your ideas and experiences on altering urgent errands to minimize their eco-impact. There are at least two kinds of urgent errands – occasional and regular. The first are easy to identify and avoid… Read More »

Event: Kid’s Bike Parade, Sebastopol, May 2, 12-1pm

Celebrating Sebastopol’s Car-Free Day in Sebastopol’s Town Plaza! All kid powered zero emission vehicles welcome – including skates, skate boards, scooters and wagons! Kids 4-10 should be escorted by an adult. Older children can join their siblings or take part in Section Two. Pets in baskets and/or on leashes welcome. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated entry. For additional information send a note to carlite@sonic.net. Organized by Car-Lite, LITE Initiatives, Transition Sebastopol and the Sebastopol Farmers Market! Our… Read More »

Event: Sebastopol’s Car-Free Day Celebration, Sunday, May 2, 10 am-1pm

Our goal is to get 1,000 people to downtown Sebastopol without their cars!!! We encourage you to wear green or orange and/or wear a “Car-Free today!” note or sign. Participants will receive raffle tickets for Farmers Market discount coupons, free Community Bike classes or shop time and more! Be sure to check in at the Car-Free Table! LITE/Car-Lite, Transition Sebastopol and the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market invite you, your family and friends to visit the Market and take part in the following car-lite activities:… Read More »

Events: Earth Week – continued

For more information on each of the events listed below, please visit www.srcity.org/earthday. Thursday, April 22th 1. The Creek Stewardship Program, along with the Sonoma County Water Agency and Movement Oasis, will host a creek walk and clean up along Piner Creek from 3:30p.m. – 4:45p.m. Saturday, April 24th 1. The Creek Stewardship Program will host its annual Earth Day along the Greenway Creek clean-up from 9:00a.m. to noon. 2. City of Santa Rosa will host its Annual Spring Clean at… Read More »