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Bee Virus Spread by Humans

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varroa mites on honeybees (Prof S. Martin, University of Salford)

Varroa mites on honeybees (Prof Stephen Martin, University of Salford)

In a recent Washington Post article, Darryl Fears reports that “the global spread of a virus that deforms the wings of honeybees and kills them in droves was caused by humans.” and it’s been happening for centuries.

While Asian honeybees that were traded in the former Soviet Union had learned to fight the mite that deformed their wings, their European cousins were less successful at fending off the pests.

Add the increased human trade of bees to the mix and it became a global pandemic.

How to Raise Your Own Chickens

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How to Raise Your Own Chickens | SUN, FEB 14 & 28, 2016 | 1:00–3:30PM

IMG_5063Lafayette resident, “Papa John” Kiefer, will again be offering
workshops that will include raising young chicks, laying hen maintenance, and sustainable coop construction.

There will be two FREE workshops offered and these will be held in Lafayette from 1:00PM to 3:30PM.

  • Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016

Reservations are required | Contact: jhkiefer@comcast.net

Harvest Fest | October 18

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The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center invites you to

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our 4th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration | Sunday, October 18      

Please join us from 11AM to 3PM at the garden to share in the celebration!

Garden Tours | Games | Displays Refreshments

Music | Raffle | Native American Dwelling and Artifacts

Scarecrow and Apple Doll Making

FREE ADMISSION

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

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.

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.