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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!

SRO Outdoor Learning Season Opener

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Dudley Braun

The 2015 Outdoor Learning Programming kicked off the year on Sunday with more than 50 members and visitors.  The opening program from our own Dudley Braun offered the basics in constructing raised beds from Redwood.  The follow on program from perennial favorite, Lori Caldwell, offered tips on getting your garden ready for planting.  If you would like to attend one of our Outdoor Learning Events, check out the “Events List” just to the right of this post and check back often for new listings.

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Lori Caldwell