Kids

Ssshhh…Our Secret Garden II begins Monday, June 30

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Hey kids! The Lafayette Community Garden will be hosting its second Our Secret Garden series.

Beginning June 30, Eli Chan will offer children a chance to get personal about ecology. On Monday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 10am, kids (and their caregivers) will head outside and connect with nature through stories, physical activity and garden-related crafts. They will be armed with the tools to make good food and lifestyle choices. Caregivers will learn how to nurture our next generation to be enthusiastic about their bodies, the environment and our community.

Together, we will become caring human beings who are part of an interconnected natural world. Join us in the garden and get ready to dig deeper than before!

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Lafayette Library and LCG Presents: It’s a Bug’s World! This Saturday at Noon

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Calling all kids! Bring your parents on Saturday, June 28 from noon until 1:00pm for a hunt for hidden bugs at the Lafayette Community Garden! How many can you “spot”?

Join the Lafayette Children’s librarians a few buggy stories and learn what insects can do for and to our gardens. We will explore the world of bugs, their homes and preferred foods. Here’s your chance to dig in dirt, collect insects, inspect them, and release friendly ladybugs to help keep those pesky aphids under control.

Go ahead! Ask your parents to register you for this exciting opportunity.

Workshop Alert for Saturday, June 21: Small Enchanted Worlds

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Come to the Lafayette Community Garden to learn how you can add a little whimsy to your yard at our SMALL ENCHANTED WORLDS: DRAGON, GNOME AND FAIRY GARDENS workshop. On June 21 from 2:00 to 5:00pm, artist Suja Pritchard will guide you in making an “enchanted world” container garden for visiting dragons, gnomes, and fairies, with a house, path and fence!

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

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All Hail Doc Hale!

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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