BAS to Host “Resiliency Fair” 12/2/17
A celebration of abundance during challenging times
Thousands lost their homes in the recent North County fires; some lost their lives. Though most residents of Berkeley were not directly affected by the conflagration, this community was impacted nonetheless. Poor air quality forced people indoors and caused the cancellation and/or postponement of major civic events planned for the second weekend of October, specifically: the 25th anniversary Indigenous Peoples Day Powwow & Indian Market (cancelled), Harvest Festival 2017 (cancelled), Celebrando Comunidad en la Placita (postponed until spring 2018), and Sunday Streets (cancelled).
The air has now cleared. Sensing the poignancy of the moment, a diverse array of community groups is combining resources to bring the community together to celebrate abundance during these challenging times.
On Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Resiliency Fair 2017 will be held in the Berkeley Adult School Multi-Purpose Room. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
This year’s Resiliency Fair will feature among other features: a bilingual Health Fair, Emergency and Evacuation Training, a Seed Swap, a Crop Swap, as well as a home-gardening exhibition and made-it-at-home Food Contest. It will also feature a series of 15-minute courses, where visitors can drop in and learn about meditation, acupressure, Tai Chi, Moving Qi, and Feldenkrais. Other 15-minute courses include: Duct Tape First Aid, and Pimp My Bug Out Bag.
Participating organization include: Multicultural Institute, Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Youth Alternative, Berkeley Community Gardening Collective, Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network, Berkeley Fire Department, Berkeley Adult School, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Recreation Division, and Berkeley Times. And the list continues to grow.
“Resiliency is what adult education is all about. At Berkeley Adult School, we help people form themselves so that they can cope with whatever crazy changes are happening in the world,” stated Adult School Principal Tom Reid.
More specifics and a schedule of events will be announced in coming weeks. To learn more about the Resiliency Fair, or to request an exhibition table, contact Berkeley Adult School, (510) 644-6130, BASinfo@berkeley.net.