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SCHOOL’S OUT: Join us for some summer reading fun June 16–20

By Kids, Outdoor Learning Center

Bring a brown bag lunch and come to the MUNCH-A-LUNCH READ ALOUD under the oak trees at the Lafayette Community Garden.

During this relaxed hour, we will embark on a journey to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation. From 12:15–1:30PM Monday through Friday, Lynn De Jonghe will be reading Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson. This Newbury Award winning classic asks what will happen to the animals of a country hillside when new folks move into the abandoned house nearby. Will they be hunters? Gardeners? Will they be willing to share their food?

This FREE event for all ages of young at heart will feature homemade cookies and afternoon sun tea. (Children ages 5 to 11 should be accompanied by an adult, but readers of all ages are welcome.)

Register here.

Join us this Saturday for some “Cluck, Cluck, Cluck” Chicken Fun!

By Community Events, Kids

Eggs are an age-old symbol of springtime and renewal.

Join us at the Lafayette Community Garden April 5, 2014  from 11:30am to 12:30pm for an “EGGstravaganza!”

Stop by the garden to listen to Lafayette Library children’s librarian Ann Miller tell stories of chickens and eggs. Stay for egg decorating and crafts. See how many eggs you can find on an egg hunt around the garden. Visit our hen house for some old-fashioned “cluck, cluck, cluck” Chicken Fun!

Sign up here.

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

This is a collaboration between the Lafayette Library and the Lafayette Community Garden.

Drums!

By Kids, Outdoor Learning Center

This week the Garden has played host to campers who are learning to “meet nature through Miwok eyes.”  And today, there were Drums!

All Hail Doc Hale!

By Community Events, History, Kids, Outdoor Learning Center

Wow, check out Sophie Braccini’s great article in the new issue of Lamorinda Weekly.

Longtime wildlife biologist, naturalist, and ethnobiologist James ‘Doc’ Hale understands the Lafayette area, its natural beauty, the wildlife that lives there, and the history of the Native Americans who once built villages along its creek and tributaries. He will discuss these Native Americans, and the edible plants they used for sustenance and medication, on July 13 at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center.

“The phrase that’s carved in our garden’s gate is Rachel Carson’s ‘In Nature Nothing Exists Alone,'” says Lafayette Community Garden’s Beth Ferree. “Gardening is only one of the components of what we are about; the other two are education and preservation.” Hale’s class is part of the garden’s mission to promote a better appreciation and use of our land.

Read more here.

Jim Hale

I’ts “Bugs Week” at the Library

By Community Events, Kids, Outdoor Learning Center

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!!! It’s Bug Week at the Lafayette Library!

Designed for: Kids (5-11), All Ages, Young Children (0-5)

It’s Bug Week! Lots of fun activities all week! Storytimes & crafts! Bug visitors and a chance to go find your own beautiful bugs! Stop by the Lafayette Library & Learning Center for more details!!

On Saturday March 23, from 12-1 PM kids can come to the Garden and Dig around in the Worm Bins!

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Plant A Flower Day

By Community Events, Kids, Outdoor Learning Center

In honor of “Plant a Flower Day” the Lafayette Library and Learning Center came to the Lafayette Community Garden last Saturday for a joyous event of stories, crafts, and planting. Fifteen children and ten adults came to hear children’s librarian, Ginny Golden, read three books about sunflowers and their life cycles. After the stories Ginny showed children how to make brown paper planting baskets complete with sunflower planting markers. After filling their baskets with garden soil, the children planted sunflower seeds to take home. Gardeners Martha Harris, Janet Thomas and Lynn De Jonghe felt privileged to assist with the project, and the entire garden community helped to ready the education site. A delightful time was had by all.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of the event.
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Pant a flower day at the Garden

Pant a flower day at the Garden

Coccinella septempunctata!

By Blog, Gardening Tips, Kids, Outdoor Learning Center

From out friends over at The Community Gardens website:

Many people are fond of ladybugs because of their colorful, spotted appearance. But farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops. Ladybugs lay hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. When they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed. By the end of its three-to-six-week life, a ladybug may eat some 5,000 aphids.

Read more.  Kids look here.

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