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Friday, July 17- Sunday, July 19, 2015, 9am – 5pm, Cash or Check only
In our parking lot: 4009/4019 Sebastopol Rd Santa Rosa, CA 95407
A huge selection of used bicycles will be available in a variety of conditions at deeply discounted prices.
Volunteers needed!
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Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10am – 2pm, Sebastopol Farm Market/Town Plaza
Clothing only!

In collaboration with Sebastopol Farm Market
A fun, ecological way to get new-to-you items and
give away unwanted quality goods!
$10 donation or volunteer for 30 minutes
We need help with Promotions, Monitoring, Clean-up & Hauling!
Volunteers please send a note to:
Click here to download JULY SWAP FLYER

Would you like help organizing a swap in your community? LITE has green guides willing to advise Send a note to or via facebook: LITE Clothing Swaps

PAST EVENT SAMPLER - 2013 - 2015
Spring 2015 Sebastopol
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Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:30 – 3:30pm
Location on RSVP:
Small reuseables welcome!

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10am – 2pm, Sebastopol Farm Market/Town Plaza
Clothing only!

Holiday Giftaway and Clothing Swap - A Great Way To Give and Get Gifts!
LITE Initiatives, in cooperation with Sebastopol Grange #306 and Transition Sebastopol presents
The 3rd annual LITE/Grange/Transition Holiday GiftAway and Clothing Swap
Sunday, November 23, 2015 from 1-3pm
Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Rd. (Hwy. 12).

This is a community event. Each adult and teen must volunteer for 30 minutes and/or chip in $5.
Young people under 15 are free. For more info, visit these pages:

Facebook - LITE Clothing Swaps

Thanks to Sebastopol Grange and Transition Sebastopol for collorborating! and

Clothing Swaps/Free Sales at Sebastopol Farm Market
September 28, 2014, 10am-1pm
June 22, 2014, 10am-1pm
It's Summmer! Let's celebrate by cleaning our closets and giving away unwanted items we don't need anymore - men, women and children's clothing, accessories and jewelry... Please leave other reusables at home - too much work to manage at the Plaza.

The swap - or free sale if you will, will be held at the Sebastopol Farm Market on Sunday, June 22 from 10am - 1 pm in the Town Plaza.

As usual many hands make light work; a half an hour of volunteering is requested or a donation of $10:
Box collection, Set-up, Monitoring, Clean-up, Hauling. Volunteers get
first crack at the good stuff!!! Please send a note to Newbies are free.

If you are on Facebook, please like and RSVP at "LITE Clothing Swaps". Also, please post photos of a few choice items you are bringing!

Be sure to carpool and bring friends! Have kids? Bring someone along to share child tending responsibilities since this is a busy public place.

For details on how to prepare for a swap, select the swap options in the menu on the left!

Waste Less Food Meet-Ups at Share Exchange in Santa Rosa
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Zero Waste Sonoma County is now holding monthly meet-ups in collaboration with the Share Exchange in Santa Rosa. Our goal is to encourage local groups and individuals working on wasting less to get to know each other better, and lay the foundation for establishing Sonoma as a Zero Waste County. The current series is on Wasting Less Food – at restaurants, grocery stores and businesses as well as at home. The focus is on buying less, consuming less, discarding less and reusing as much as possible.

The upcoming meeting is Wednesday, May 14 from 6-8pm. After quick introductions, the panelists will present for up to 10 minutes each, then dialog with the moderator for 30 minutes. Then there may be a few short research presentations followed by a whole group discussion.

Panelists include:
Jude Frates, Sustainability Consultant
Jude will brief us on Oliver’s Market’s three-store food discard reduction program as well as discuss other businesses’ food discard successes and challenges.

Annie Sherman, Sonoma County Green Business Program
The first green business program, this is a free service offered by Sonoma County that distinguishes small to medium sized businesses that protect, preserve and sustain our environment.

Tim Page, FEED Sonoma
Founded in 1979, FEED Sonoma’s mission is to create a vibrant sustainable food system through maximizing the ability of farmers to sell their food. This also means wasting as little as possible!

To cover meeting costs, $5 will be requested on check-in. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. You are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner and perhaps a dessert dish to share.

The first two meet-ups - 2/12 and 3/26, went very well; we averaged 25 people both times. Each panelist did a great job and the discussions that followed were even better. The enthusiasm was palatable and it is clear this series has potential to really make a difference.

For more info visit Zero Waste Sonoma County on Facebook or send us a note a zwsonoma at

Also check out NRDC’s Food Waste work including “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”, and ”The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America”,

Future topics include clothing, textiles and general reuse and repair. ZWSC is also planning an early Summer or Fall one-day Zero Waste event hosted by LITE, the Sonoma County Local Task Force on Integrated Waste Management (LTF) and the SCCC (Sonoma County Conservation Council). More on that at the meet-up.

Please RSVP on Facebook or to lite at if you are not on Facebook.

Tuesday, 12/10/13, Science Buzz Cafe, Coffee Catz
The resident bike expert at LITE Initiatives' Community Bikes, Michael Teller will again entertain us with the amazing contributions of bicycle technology. Last time he addressed early bicycle history and the impacts bikes made on early 1900 personal transport and
inventions. This time he will address related topics such as the development of our interstate roadways, wheel chairs, brakes, transmissions, gearing systems and tires and more.

LITE Initiatives, in cooperation with Sebastopol Grange #306 and Transition Sebastopol presents the 2nd annual LITE/Grange/Transition Holiday GiftAway and Clothing Swap on Sunday, November 24, from 1-3pm at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Rd. (Hwy. 12). LITE ED and Zero Waste Advocate Portia Sinnott will also be giving a free Introduction to Zero Waste Communities presentation at the GiftAway at 2pm.

This is a community event. Each adult and teen must volunteer for 30 minutes and/or chip in $5. Young people under 18 are free. For more info, visit these pages:

Facebook - 2013 Holiday GiftAway and Clothing Swap
Facebook - LITE Clothing Swaps

Thanks to Sebastopol Grange and Transition Sebastopol for collorborating! and

Tuesday, 10/22/13, Science /Buzz Cafe, Coffee Catz
Presentation by Portia Sinnott, Zero Waste Sonoma County/LITE
Can redefining our discards as resources rather than waste really help reduce our climate impacts? What do consumers and science buffs need to know to take part and make a contribution? According to Portia, there is no doubt about it, Zero Waste has gone mainstream. Scores of forward thinking jurisdictions and companies around the globe are using it as a key organizing strategy. They must think it is possible, but is it practical? What are the pros and cons and how do we get there?

BIKE EXTRAVAGANZA, Saturday, July 13th, 10am-5pm
An all day event of all things Bicycle

Meet professional racers
Talk to bike builders
See Vintage Bikes, Race Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Electric Assist Bikes, Recumbent Bikes, Art Bikes...

Free to all. Flyer posted below.

Sale continues Sunday, July 14th, 10am-5pm

Visit us on Facebook:
Community Bikes SR and Community Bikes Santa Rosa

Community Bikes presents an extravaganza showcasing all aspects of bikes from racing bikes to art bikes to maintenance and education! Something for everyone! Come join us for exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, film, bike-art, frame builders, and celebration of bike culture! FREE to the public ~ all ages.

Located conveniently at Community Bikes near Joe Rododa Trail and Highway 12 at 4009 Sebastopol Rd. We are halfway between downtown Sebastopol and downtown Santa Rosa. For more information please contact Gabrielle Albright

The next Sebastopol swap is in August! An all ages event, we need help reaching out to he back to school crowd! For additional information or to volunteer contact Gabrielle Albright at gabrielle_lite@sonic.

Get To Know Your Bike Class, now by appt; invite your friends! Taught by Shop Manager Michael Teller and core volunteers. Open to all ages and types. Designed for folks new to bike maintenance/repair as well as those needing a refresher. Bring your bike or learn on one of ours! Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Free; donations of parts as well as $$ welcome. Call 707 579-5811 to reserve a spot.

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