I pedaled up to the Chico's Saturday Farmer's Market manager's booth to announce the arrival of the Peace Panel Project and request permission to set up under the old magnolia tree. After more than a year of approvals I was surprised to be informed that the Peace Panel Project was now too political for that (southwest) location, on the inside of the sidewalk, and would I please set up on the outside of the side walk on the north east corner. The Farmer's Market did not want to appear to be taking sides with anything political. I have always thought of Peace Panel Project as merely statements of fact and an expression of values rather than anything partisan or one sided politically. What do you think?
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Endangered Species Faire was great this year! Chico Tree Advocates shared a booth with the Chico Peace & Justice Center and the Peace Panel Project. We got some new volunteer sign ups, sold books and raffle tickets, met a lot of new people and old friends; Not too hot, a little breeze, some great music, Queen Bee MC, the Parade of Species, good food under the big trees of One Mile made for a nice day.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
It was a pleasant day, after the rain, cool, partly cloudy. The air was fresh. I got to the Market earlier than normal, about 8 am. I wanted to beat the band that took my spot last weekend. And I did it, but before I could finish setting up, here they came. They set up behind me and just a bit north. And boy, was I glad they did. They, "The Upstairs Neighbors" were sooo good. They drew a crowd that was a benefit to our exhibit and made the day more enjoyable.
Scott Murphy and Charles set up our table top exhibit at the entrance to the mezzanine of the Sierra Nevada Brewery "Big Room" on Earth Day Movie night. We were well received and got our message of "FREE TREES" out to the attendees. And the house was packed. It was a good night!
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We set up on the Butte College, Oroville Campus, green about 8 am. The decision on the Panel arrangement was differed to Chuck's original idea of alternating directions. We enjoyed hearing educational presentations from Lucas Ross-Merz of the Sacramento River Preservation Trust and Aramenta Hawkins of the Chico Peace & Justice Center. We sold a few books and introduced many students to Nonviolent Communication, Ruses for War, Project Censored and the Better World Shopping Guide. It was a good day.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
What a wonderful day! We set up on the northeast corner (opposite from our usual) to the charming sounds of Brenda's Harp music. Our front four Peace Panels were Chico Tree Advocates, Fear is a Faulty Habit, Courage is the Most Important Virtue and Support Your Local Peace Group. Lin Jensen, our local Zen Master admired our Panels and delighted us with words of wisdom. Former City Councilmen stopped by and expressed their appreciation and we got a new Chico Tree Advocate Volunteer to sign up. It was a good day.
Friday, April 17, 2015
You could have seen us. Doug, Diane, Caroline and I in front of the old Post Office April 15th reminding all those last minute taxpayers where their tax money goes. Diane and Caroline confronted Postal patrons at the entrance and Doug and I were on the corner of Broadway and 5th Street holding up these 3 Peace Panels, in a pretty stiff breeze, to the approval of many passers-by.