It’s been an eventful (and blazing hot) weekend here at PTF.

Master soap maker, John Mikrut, hosted a soap making workshop on Sunday afternoon. Even with the scorching temps we had a great turnout – thanks everyone for showing up and bringing some great munchies for the potluck table! (We’d especially like to thank Pat who brought the wonderful cheese platter, crackers, lemonade and sandwiches! Yum! And thanks to JB who let us borrow her fan to help combat the heat!)

Mr. Mikrut put on an excellent and thorough presentation (one would never guess this was his first time teaching a workshop like this). The first “cold-process” batch he made was pure and simple Castile Soap consisting of just olive oil, water and lye.

To watch the step by step process in real time was quite a learning and eye-opening experience… Why eye-opening? Making soap is really simple! You can create luxurious, natural soaps in less than 1/2 hour. He made it look so effortless!

There was such positive feedback we hope to have Mr. Mikrut back again. Thanks John, thanks everyone!


The mercury’s risen once again, bringing recording breaking heat again. What’s up with this, the weather goes up and down like a yo-yo?

On Saturday, we brought along a friend and visited our old hiking haunts in the local mountains. Having a car, we were able to travel up the steep, winding road to Millard Canyon and hike to a local treasure: Dawn Mine — the most storied gold prospect in the front range. Gold was discovered here in 1895, and the ore-bearing veins were worked on and off with varying degrees of success into the early 1950s.

Even though we left our destination at noon during the hottest part of the day, the hiking trail in the canyon was completely in shade and we were quite comfortable and briefly forgot for the time being how hot it was back in the city.

One sad observation we made was the usually flowing and beautiful Millard Falls and stream was completely dry and running dangerously low in places. The north side of the canyons, which are usually lush with ferns and lichen, are now all crispy and brown. What a scary sight to see in SoCal, especially in April! Looking around at nature’s signs you can see that something is not right.


You are invited to a screening of The End of SuburbiaOil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream

Sunday May 9th, 6:30 PM

Suggested donation $2

“The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects asthe planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuelsbegins to outstrip supply.” – Come see thisdocumentary on oil depletion and the fate of industrial society. This willbe a potluck followed by the film and discussion.

6:30 PM – Potluck and Social gathering

7:45 PM – Start of screening

9:10 PM – Discussion

Sponsored byPath to FreedomandPeak Oil Action.

PleaseRSVP! Bring friends, family – hope to see everyone there!

Weather Report: HOT.

Post a comment