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Backyard Composting Workshop August 8th

By Community Events, Gardening Tips, Organic, Soil, Sustainability

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 12.29.59 PMThe Lafayette Community Garden is pleased to host a composting workshop with the Central Contra Costa Waste Authority. Come to this FREE lecture-style workshop covering the basics of backyard composting, including, hot/cold composting, mulching, grasscycling and Vermicomposting (worms!), with plenty of time for Q&A and troubleshooting.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 | 3:00–4:30PM

Lafayette Community Garden and outdoor Learning Center
3942 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA

Reservations for the workshop is required! For questions, or to register by phone, call (925) 906-1801 x306.

TONIGHT: Just Eat It @ the Lafayette Library

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Come for the final installation of Sustainable Lafayette‘s summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center on Tuesday, July 28th from 6:30p to 8:30PM in the Community Hall. Free snacks, cookies, coffee, and refreshments will be served. $10 donation requested.  $5 for students.

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We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Questions? kimoveraa@sustainablelafayette.org

Tonight at the Library: Food Patriots

By Community Events, Health, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Locavore, Sustainability

Learn a little about what community gardens like the Lafayette Community Garden do and and see how small changes in our habits help us and our environment.

Tonight, Sustainable Lafayette will be showing the documentary Food Patriots as part of its summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. This award-winning film run from 6:30p to 8:30p in the Community Hall.

Free snacks, cookies, coffee, and refreshments will be served.  $10 donation requested.  $5 for students.

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Hey Kids! Three Big Events Just for You July 6–11

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You think Fourth of July Fireworks are a big deal. Well, we have three exciting events for you:

Monday, July 6 | 9:00–10:00AM

Join us for Bombastic! when we make seed balls for you to “bomb” and beautify areas that might need a little color. Guerrilla tactics were never so appealing.

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Feel good about doing something for someone who would really appreciate some help. Come Pay It Forward with us and our partner, Give Together and plant a container garden to help ease the transition for families at SHELTER, Inc.

Saturday, July 11 | 1:00–2:00PM

Explore the sounds of the garden with the Lafayette Library during Music in the Garden. Stories, crafts and music all on offer at our favorite setting.

Sustainable Lafayette’s Summer Film Series

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Film series

For the fifth year in a row, Sustainable Lafayette will be hosting a summer film series at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center featuring three recently released documentaries. These award-winning films will be shown on weekday evenings in June and July.  See movie descriptions and event info below. All movies will run from 6:30p to 8:30p in the Community Hall.

Free snacks, cookies, coffee, and refreshments will be served at each movie and special guest speakers will be included when possible.  $10 donation requested.  $5 for students.

For more information, visit Sustainable Lafayette.

Doc Hale Update

By News, Outdoor Learning Center

Keep up with our amazing naturalist and friend of the garden, Doc “Jim” Hale by checking out his web site. Periodically it will have updates with news and the latest on Jim’s condition. The site also has a link  to a fundraising effort set up by some of his friends to help with his ongoing medical expenses.  

I hope you will consider sending the link below to any of your friends who also know Jim: 

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-jim-doc-hale-fight-cancer-and-a-nerve-disease/342422

James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

OUR SECRET GARDEN: An Earth-Friendly Series for Kids

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Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center invites you to join us for another great series!

OUR SECRET GARDEN III

Beginning June 29, 2015
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00–10:00AM

One…two…three! It’s Year Three! Our Secret Garden is in its third year celebrating our Earth and her sustainable young stewards.

Starting on June 29, Lafayette Community Garden’s Eli Chan and Tracy Randolph will host an hour of stories, crafts and exploration for children of all ages. Kids and caregivers will unearth gifts from Mother Nature and learn traditions from generations past.

Each class builds upon the next “big idea” and sheds light on the impact we have on the world around us. So, come, steer the future in the direction you want! Be responsible and plant seeds of thought for a sustainable community! Make a positive impact and feed this into the greater ecosystem!

Monday, June 29: Upcycle!
Wednesday, July 1: Tell Us a Story
Monday, July 6: Pay It Forward
(in collaboration with Give Together)
Wednesday, July 8: Bombastic!
Monday, July 13: Snug as a Bug
Wednesday, July 15: Busy Little Bees
Monday, July 20: Art Surrounds Us
Wednesday, July 22: Magic in our Midst

Classes suitable for kids age 4–8. Younger and older siblings are also welcome.

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NEW THIS YEAR!

Kids who attend 5 of the 8 classes will be invited to have a special snack time with “the Girls,” the chickens of Lafayette Community Garden on Friday, July 31, 9:00–10:00AM. Joining us will be guest storyteller, Miss Ginny, beloved children’s librarian from the Lafayette Library.

Reserve your child’s spot now!

Classes at the Lafayette Community Garden, unless specified, are free. However,
a $5 donation to support our education programs is appreciated.

BEE in the Know at the Markham Nature Park and Aboretum | June 13th

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California Bees & Flowers: A Selective Love Affair | 10–11:30AM | FREE

Did you know: there are 1,600 native bee species in California alone (nearly 40% of the total diversity in the U.S.!). Intended as an introduction, this talk will cover native bee ecology, bee-plant relationships, and the implications they have on habitat gardening.  You will go home equipped to start encouraging native bees at home.

The presenter, Sara Leon Guerrero, has been a research assistant for Dr. Gordon Frankie in the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab since 2012. She is project manager for the Lab’s Farming for Native Bees project. Find out more about Sara and the Urban Bee Lab atwww.helpabee.org.

Honey Bee Demonstration | 11:30AM–12:15PM | Members FREE/Others $5 donation

Have you noticed that the park now has bee hives?  Even if you haven’t, this is your chance to come meet Vashek, the person who is providing and tending the hives, and the hive inhabitants.  Vashek will give a brief talk on the importance — and dangers facing — honey bees and then walk us out to watch him handle/check on the hives.

For more information about these or other offerings, visit The Markham.

Thank You, Lafayette Community Foundation!

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A big thank you to the Lafayette Community Foundation, who awarded us a $2,000 grant to put in our ADA parking space!

Lafayette Community Foundation

Lafayette Community Foundation

The Lafayette Community Foundation is a group of Lafayette citizens who seek to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the beautiful City of Lafayette. Board members represent multiple generations and come from many walks of life, but their mutual love of Lafayette brought them together.

Mother’s Day Weekend: Make and Take a Wind Chime Home With or For Mom

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Personalize a wind chime. Collaborate with Mom or celebrate her with some music from the heart..

Wind chimes made to order.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day weekend making musical wind chimes in the garden! Come alone or bring your mother, grandmother, aunt, friend or children!

Wind chimes can be made with an exciting mixture of elements. Google “wind chime images” for many fun and creative ideas. Bring recycled items like old keys and jewelry, drillable kitchen utensils, silverware, and garden knick-knacks. Use your imagination! Susan Dannenfelser, local artist, will have filament, string, drills, other fasteners and materials for you to use.

All ages welcome!

(Adult supervision required for children 10 years & younger)

Register today!