This is a troubled era for our country's natural resources, so the Marin Environmental Film Festival comes along at just the right time. The three-day cinematic event (with an opening night party on April 1 and screenings on April 3 and 4) explores such headaches as toxic air and clear-cut forests, but rather than be a total downer, it suggests a few possible solutions.
We're particularly attracted to Sunday's “Biodiversity on the Menu” program (starting at 1:40 p.m.), which features a look at the current foodie cause célèbre (Slow Food Revolution) and is followed by a sustainable-food tasting party. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday (and continue with screenings at 11 a.m., 1:20 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday; 11:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday) at the Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), S.F. Admission is $5.75-25; call 454-1222 or visit www.marinenvironmentalfilmfestival.org.
— Joyce Slaton
Gavin Newsom may wrestle over how to house San Francisco's homeless, but he doesn't seem too concerned about another itinerant Bay Area population — pets. Each year, thousands of animals paw their way through local shelters, so we're glad the Tour for Life adoption expo gives them the chance at a good home. Pet lovers (and potential owners) can learn about animal care, take in a performing dog show, and choose a new family member from among the hopeful adoptees-to-be. The furry fete begins at 11 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart, S.F. Admission is free; call 554-3000 or visit www.tourforlife.com.
— Jack Karp
Convert muck to mulch
To my way of thinking, composting is almost like magic. It seems sort of miraculous that you can take a pile of old, nasty coffee grounds, potato skins, mango pits, and eggshells and transform it from smelly garbage into fertilizer, which can, in turn, be used to help create more food. This mystical metamorphosis is so much like my long-running fantasy of the never-emptying candy dish or the regenerating plate of spicy tuna rolls that I can't help getting a little excited. Luckily, the good people at the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council agree with me, and at their Earth-nurturing “Spring Composting” class, you too can discover the ins and outs of making your own crop food. Listen and learn starting at 10 a.m. at Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue & Lawton, S.F. Admission is free; call 731-5627.
— Joyce Slaton