Green Grow 

School Gardens? You betcha

2/5, 2/12

Once upon a time, school gardens and gardening by children were thought to be the province only of fresh-food crusaders like Alice Waters. It was assumed that in postrural America, school-age kids were interested only in stuffing Big Macs and Skittles into their gobs when the lunch bell rang. But times have changed. The Watershed Project knows better. The two-day workshop Kids in Gardens is the painless way to sustainability. K-12 educators are coached on how to gather the tools needed to start a school garden, plant-propagation techniques, pest control without harmful chemicals, soil improvement, waste treatment, water conservations, how to coexist with wildlife, etc. -- everything teachers and kids will need to start "green gardening." The workshops take place on consecutive Saturdays, February 5 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Happy Valley School in Lafayette and Orion Academy in Moraga. Preregistration online ($25) recommended: www.thewatershedproject.org -- Kelly Vance

TUE 2/8

Wild Smiles

Your X-cellent adventures

Digital photography is well established as the best way for casual travelers to capture the moment while on the move, but how about for extreme-sports nuts who can't wait to kayak down wild rivers and base-jump off cliffs while snapping pix of their buddies doing the same? Jonathan Chester to the rescue. World-adventure honcho, author, and photojournalist Chester has covered everything from the first descent of the Tekeze River in Ethiopia to the first ascent of Mount Everest by a blind mountaineer. He has photographed wildlife in the Antarctic and the Galapagos. Chester's latest book, Extreme Digital Photography, is the basis for a free talk he gives Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Berkeley REI, 1338 San Pablo Avenue. Learn how to shoot photos in extreme conditions, and how to store and share images on the rugged trail. Info: 510-527-4140 or ExtremeImages.com -- Kelly Vance

2/4-2/6

Young Blood

Attention baseball fans: Getting anxious waiting for the Oakland A's season to start? You don't have to wait until April to watch a young, iffy team take the field and try to become respectable despite the loss of numerous key players. Just come out to a Cal baseball game. Even though the Golden Bears lost ten players to graduation and signings, head coach David Esquer is hoping for a strong showing from his young squad, especially junior shortstop Allen Craig (career .285 BA) and junior right-handed pitcher Adam Gold (6-7, 4.47 ERA in 2004). Cal begins a three-game series Friday afternoon (2 p.m.) against UC Irvine at UCB's Evans Diamond, the first series in its 52-game season. CalBears.com -- Kelly Vance

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