In an update to an item that appeared in the last issue’s Ear to the Ground, the Army Corps of Engineers has just released their Public Notice on the Gateway Valley Project in Orinda and announced a public hearing on the issue for October 22, 2001. Now is the crucial time for supporters of the preservation of Gateway Valley to make their voices heard. The valley is a critical link in the East Bay hills greenbelt and a corridor for threatened species. Local preservationists are working hard to stave off a planned golf course and luxury home development. The text of the public notice (20 pages) can be viewed at http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/regulatory/25907s.pdf. For more information on the campaign to preserve the valley, contact Greenbelt Guardians, P.O. Box 14, Canyon, Ca., 94516, or visit www.savegateway.org.
Winter is a wonderful time to create botanical art from seasonal subjects. This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw