Unwind at Uncorked!

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Uncorked Wine Festival
Save The Bay supporters sip wine and pose with their favorite Bay creature at Uncorked 2011. (Photo by Greg Keidan)

Does a day of sampling exceptional regional wines, tasting delicious local food, and enjoying live musical entertainment by San Francisco Bay sound good to you? This spring, celebrate our beautiful bay by spending an afternoon with Save The Bay at the seventh annual Uncorked! Wine Festival in historic Ghirardelli Square. Proceeds from the event will support our mission to protect, restore, and celebrate the San Francisco Bay.

Throughout the day, guests can win Save The Bay memorabilia and other fabulous prizes. Drawing prizes include Ghirardelli Square merchant gift certificates, a REI backpack, California Academy of Science tickets, San Francisco Giants box tickets plus an autographed baseball, and much more! And stop by our photo booth to get your picture taken with a Bay Creature.

What: Uncorked! Wine Festival
Where: Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
When: Saturday May 19th, 2012, 1-6pm

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Can’t swing the ticket price? Volunteer with us and get a free ticket!

We hope to see you there!


Deskside with David: 50 Years of Making Waves

All year, Save The Bay has been celebrating our 50th Anniversary, the organization’s dynamic founders, remarkable accomplishments, and ambitious goals for the future. More than 500 people celebrated last month at our sold-out gala event “Splash, 50 Years of Making Waves,” re-dedicating all of us to protect and restore the Bay.

Participating in these anniversary activities has underscored just how much the story of the Bay’s transformation is truly our own story as Bay Area residents. We have made this history — we all share ownership of the Bay and its rescue from destruction. We all feel deep pride in what we have accomplished together as a community.

As Senator Dianne Feinstein emphasized, the three heroic women whose courage and tenacity started the Save The Bay movement gave us all the opportunity and privilege of being part of it. We’ve stopped rampant Bay fill and pollution, created public access to the shoreline, and restored thousands of acres of vital wetlands, preserving a great natural treasure for everyone.

The Bay still gives the Bay Area its identity – makes this the place people want to live and work. And the Bay we brought back to life will soon host the world’s premier sailing race, the America’s Cup.

Well, we’re not done, yet. The Bay still faces threats from pollution, inappropriate development and climate change, so we are rededicating ourselves to protecting and restoring the Bay, as Ron Blatman’s film shows.

When I am asked, “Isn’t the Bay already saved?” My response is what our co-founder Kay Kerr always said: “The Bay is never saved. It is, instead, always in the process of being saved. That is why our successors will be involved far into the future.”

With our help, the Bay has triumphed over a great deal of adversity, yet it still faces serious threats and challenges. To overcome these threats, San Francisco Bay needs an even larger, informed and engaged community of residents fighting for it – day after day. That’s what we need to ensure our grassroots effort will continue to be effective for generations to come. The Bay needs all of us, and we are the Bay’s greatest asset.


Guest Post: “Designers, Make It Work!”

San Jose’s plastic bag ban goes into effect on January 1, 2012, and we are partnering with our friends in the city to help you prepare. William Sudduth works on Marketing and Public Outreach for the City of San José – Environmental Services. He is counting down, too…

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 12 reusable shopping bags crafted from my favorite vintage tees. Well, not really! My true love would never take my classic t-shirts and make them into reusable shopping bags. But this year, we both agreed on giving Christmas gifts that we could put our heart and soul into. Most importantly, we wanted the gifts to be safe for the environment, stylish and something our families and friends could use over and over. Our choice of what to give was clear and simple: personalized reusable shopping bags crafted from organic t-shirts.

These gifts will come at a perfect time for our friends and families in San Jose. As of January 1st, all retail businesses and grocery stores will stop offering their customers single-use carryout bags, and customers will have to pay a minimum price of 10 cents for each paper bag — unless they bring their own bag.

We’ve given out a few of our reusable bag gifts so that they can be used on December 15th, which marks the fifth annual “A Day Without a Bag.” On this day, shoppers pledge to give up using disposable bags and replace them with reusable ones for 24 hours.  Save The Bay will be celebrating in style with a runway fashion show at the Oakridge Mall in San Jose. Local celebrities, such as councilmembers, the mayor, and surprise guests will serve as models to walk the runway with fashionable reusable bags — maybe even a vintage tee reusable bag. I am sure it be will a merry event to educate about the environmental hazards of plastic bags and prepare San Jose shoppers for the ordinance that starts January 1, 2012.

What: Day Without a Bag Green Fashion Show

Where: Westfield Oakridge, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose

When: THIS Thursday December 15, 2011 at 12pm

RSVP on Facebook

William Sudduth, City of San Jose – Environmental Services

Visit Save The Bay’s special San Jose Bag Ban Countdown site to learn more about the upcoming ban and sign the pledge.

Celebrating the good times

by Adrien Andre, Development Manager

Originally posted on October 28, 2008

There was a lot to celebrate this October 16 when Save The Bay’s staff and Board, along with supporters of Save The Bay’s Greening The Bay campaign gathered in a donated flat with sweeping Bay views at the swanky Infinity Towers in San Francisco.

We were treated to an early evening of classic Bay Area Indian summer weather, inspired Bay-themed cocktails (like the “Marshtini!”) and inspiring Bay-minded company. In line with our mission and ideals for environmental sustainability, we indulged in the local delicacies of our bounteous state with organic hors d’oeuvres garnished with pickleweed grown in our own nursery and spectacular wine donated by Napa winemakers at St. Supery.

We expressed our sincere gratitude for the support of the Greening The Bay Advocates who are making possible the work outlined in our Greening The Bay report–a vision and long-term plan for restoring the 100,000 acres of thriving Bay wetlands needed to sustain a healthy Bay ecosystem. In coming together to thank these dedicated Save The Bay members and supporters, we enjoyed an evening in the company of a group with a strong shared passion for the Bay. We also honored Save The Bay’s ongoing legacy of local residents and institutions coming together to speak out for our natural treasure.

In speaking to the crowd, our Executive Director, David Lewis, remarked that it is significant that in a year when the Governor set a record for vetoing bills, he signed Assembly Bill 2954 to establish the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, which can generate funds for Bay wetland restoration. With the accomplishment of the Greening report’s first major recommendation, we celebrated a huge step toward realizing our vision for the Bay. We celebrated the support of California State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber who endorsed our Bill. And we celebrated our ability to take part in the state legislative process to benefit the Bay, in the face of many people telling us this step was just too big to attempt successfully.

In all, we acknowledged Save The Bay’s diverse community of supporters and the exciting work we are undertaking together for the health of the Bay. In these times when communities tend to be many and fragmented and the future of the environment can feel tenuous and challenging to secure, the opportunity to come together and share the company and mutual values of others for the benefit of our local environment, while toasting to the success of major concrete wins for our Bay, may be the greatest reason of all for celebration.

Save The Bay does Coastal Cleanup Day

by Jocelyn Gretz, Community Programs Manager

Originally posted on September 26, 2008

Photo by Adrienne Miller

Last weekend Save The Bay hosted five Coastal Cleanup Day events in four counties ringing the Bay. Coyote Creek and the Guadalupe River in San Jose, Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park in Oakland and Mission Creek in San Francisco all got a little TLC from over 300 Save The Bay volunteers.

Coastal Cleanup Day started in Oregon in 1985 and California–with its sweeping coastline–was quick to join the following year, taking the lead ever since. Last year over 60,000 Californians volunteered out of an international total of 378,000! I suppose we could thank our long coastline and large population, but I think it might have more to do with the quality people of our state and their love for our aquatic resources.

I led 75 volunteers at Mission Creek in cleaning up trash from Giants fans, homeless encampments and runoff washed down from the watershed. We found plenty of the usual items like cigarette butts, needles and plastic bags, as well as unusual items like suitcases, car parts and electronic boards. I had to run around to keep up with the demand for bags and garbage bins, and not until the end of the three hours was actually able to pick up some trash myself. Our county coordinators at Literacy for Environmental Justice helped keep us stocked and indicated that all of their sites were maxing out on supplies–a good indicator that this year was much bigger than last year.

Our volunteers varied in ages, with high school students to octogenarians cleaning up their neighborhood waterways. Many groups like Building With Books, The Eden United Church of Christ, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, UC Berkeley’s Circle K Community Service club, and even employees from the Hard Rock Café joined our Bay-wide cleanups!

In total, we had 319 volunteers contributing 957 hours of service to the Bay collecting 11,000 pounds of trash and over 1,000 pounds of recycling. Statewide preliminary results indicate that 60,000 volunteers collected 635,000 pounds of trash and over 100,000 pounds of recycling. Thanks to all who showed up for the event! We’re looking forward to another successful Coastal Cleanup Day event next year!

In the meantime, Save The Bay hosts monthly cleanup and restoration events at several sites around the Bay. And we are just about to start our winter planting season! Sign up to volunteer today!