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Garden Reopens with Two New Classes on March 15th

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It has been a wonderful break, but we’re all itching for the Lafayette Community Garden to reopen. Members will be kicking off the season on Saturday, March 14, 2015 and the garden gates will swing wide open on Sunday, March 15, 2015  to welcome the community to two new and exciting classes:

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Building of the first beds in 2012

From 1:00 – 1:30PM, joinDudley Braun and the Construction Team from the Community Garden for our first class of the season: BUILDING RAISED BEDS.Dudley and crew have had three years of practice and have now perfected the art of building raised beds. They will show you what they have learned and send you home with a simple handout so you can build one of your own.

Following this informative session, you can then get your garden ready for a new season of growing at Prepping Your Edible Garden For Spring from 1:30PM to 3:00PM. Bay Friendly Landscape Professional, Master Composter and Garden Educator Lori Caldwell will teach you the basics of preparing a productive, healthy vegetable garden. Topics will include: healthy soil building, seeds versus starts, crop rotation, transitioning from a fall garden or starting from scratch, plant choice by season and non-toxic pest control. This is a great class for beginning and intermediate gardeners.

Sign up for these classes and put it on your calendar!

Sip of Soup and “Soup Opera” Performance Featured in the Contra Costa Times

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Have a read about the Sip of Soup event at the Lafayette Library tomorrow (Wednesday, January 14) in Lou Fancher’s article, “Lafayette: Garden gets exposure through ‘Soup Opera’” in the Contra Costa Times. Says Fancher:

“Soup Opera” …will feature Senior Library Manager Vickie Sciacca (narrator), the library’s Orlando Guzman (soup eater), garden director Janet Thomas (chef), piano teacher Xiomara Di Maio (United States president), Lafayette police Chief Eric Christensen (chief of police) and Stanley Middle School music teacher Bob Athayde (waiter).

Join us on Wednesday, 12:00-1:30PM at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (open space), 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA for a not-to-be-missed performance of “A Soup Opera” and a Sip of Soup.

For more information, call 925-385-2280 or go to www.lafayettelib.org/calendar.

It’s Nearly Bedtime!

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What a great way to end the season! We had a great turnout at our Third Annual Harvest Festival. The garden was abuzz with energy.

Papa John gave an interesting talk about the sustainability of raising chickens. Susan Dannenfelser helped kids young and old bring life into apple dolls. Karol Dondero allowed our noses to guide us in making sachets and tea/herb bags. Peggy Magilen brought us back to the time of Miwoks. Doc Hale captivated an audience with a riveting talk about the indigenous peoples who inhabited the East Bay and his study of mountain lions.

We now have a have few more weeks until we close for the season. Until then, we’ll be busy tucking everything in for the winter, so it’s all ready for bed.

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.

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.

Make a Little Music on Saturday, May 17

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Come to the garden Saturday, May 17 for a fun day of making music!

Wind chimes can be made with an exciting mixture of elements. We’ll have fasteners, adhesives, and basic materials, like filament, string, drills, glues, and bamboo. But to make your wind chime uniquely yours, bring items like old keys, bottle caps, earrings, beads, flatware, (smooth) sea glass, and industrial hardware. Just use your imagination!

You’ll have time to make one for yourself and possibly one for the garden. Search the web for inspiration for your music maker!

Join instructor Susan Dannenfelser, local sculptor and garden member, at the Lafayette Community Garden from 2:00PM to 5:00PM to discover your inner artist.

For more inspiration, visit Susan Dannenfelser at www.dannenbeck.com.

Kids 10 and under, please bring your own adult.

Sign up here.