Magical Events in October

THU OCT 22 ~ Last Thurs Night Summer Potluck in Micheltorena Garden! 7PM

bring fun finger foods, something delicious to bake in the oven & a good friend 🙂

* we hear this potluck may have some special guests ~ please also bring musical instruments & cheer!

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SAT OCT 24 ~ Native Wildflower Seed-Bomb Making event in Micheltorena Elementary Garden in Silver Lake 10AM
with a talk by Theodore Payne on Native Plants at NOON
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SAT OCT 24 ~ Starhawk in town for “Stories For The New Era” workshop & Spiral Dance Ritual with Reclaiming LA 2PM-9PM at Fais Do Do in West LA.  “Hard to believe it’s that time of year already–when the veil is thin between the worlds, and we honor the ancestors! Come join us…” https://www.facebook.com/events/1615716085353150/  Grateful for Gaia Grove to share the opening music ~ 2PM Sat Oct 24 at Fais Do Do featuring Amy Clarke, Rene Collins, Devon Rachelle & more, then Starhawk workshop at 2:30PM … get tix in advance! http://bit.ly/1K6vh7K 
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LA: Nature Hike to Monrovia Falls (Monrovia Canyon Park)

So grateful for the recent rainstorm in LA ~ made a hike to Monrovia Falls in Monrovia Canyon Park to gather fresh rainwater from the waterfall…gathering a group to go again for the full moon, email gaiagrove@gmail.com to get involved…

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Keys of Tarot & Astrology 101 ~ 4-week class in Silver Lake

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KEYS of TAROT & ASTROLOGY 101 For all levels OF EXPERIENCE MONDAYS, 10aM-NOON  *  feb 23-mar 16, 2015 Silver lake for beginners to advanced, this intimate 4-week group class series facilitated by delphinia (www.delphiniasgarden.com) in a beautiful private garden setting in silver lake covers essential core principles, basic readings, keys to unlocking amazing interpretations, individual spread & natal chart exploration, lore, mystery & magic. all will leave feeling more empowered to read both for themselves and for others

Please bring notebook, pen, mug for tea, & your own deck for exploration

MONDAYs – FEB 23, MAR 2, MAR 9, & MAR 16

9:30AM garden open for meditation

10-11AM * keys of tarot (4 weeks) * $200

11AM-12noon * astrology 101 (4 weeks) * $200

$333 for both classes

Class limited to 7 participants – 1 work/study space available Rsvp before feb 22 to: gaiagrove@gmail.com

Delphinia, also known as Amy Clarke, is a gifted musician, composer, performer, priestess, artist & intuitive who has played music since age 3, read tarot cards since age 10, & studied the cycles of the moon, planets, & the stars since age 18. She co-founded an eclectic women’s spirituality circle (which is still active) in Washington, DC, a mixed teaching circle in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn backyard, & now owns a magical garden/event space for all in Silver Lake, Los Angeles where she lives playing & co-creating music, growing community & imagining special events.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Sun MAR 22, 2015 * 2nd Annual GAIA GROVE / UNIFY “WE LOVE WATER” healing ritual, song circle & potluck

10AM – 1PM, ALL AGES – SILVER LAKE

GATHER, EGG DECORATING, & SEED PLANTING AT 10AM

SONG CIRCLE at 11AM, & POTLUCK/WHITE RABBIT at NOON ~ FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

$10-30 suggested energy exchange donation per family, no one turned away for lack of funds 🙂

RVSP for address to gaiagrove@gmail.com

Gaia Grove ~ Silver Lake, CA

GAIA GROVE, Silver Lake, CA: In addition to the art, music, magic and more that already is offered in this lovely space via musician/mystic Amy Clarke (oracle readings, astrology, circles, classes, lessons, etc) this beautiful private garden located in Silver Lake at the border of Echo Park in Los Angeles, CA is also available for rental, film/TV shoots, classes, writing, events, and other creative imaginings. Please contact gaiagrove @ gmail.com with inquiries! IMG_6023IMG_6857 IMG_7003 IMG_7083 Magic happens here ~ In addition to the garden, two lovely pianos are available for playing, writing, recording from both outside the house next to the garden and inside the house in the sunny music room, along with space to seat up to 30 indoors and 50 outdoors comfortably. photo(81) Link to outdoor piano pic:  http://instagram.com/p/jhddvQK0mb/?modal=true 

Starhawk in LA ~ Climate Change Workshop, Winter’s Dream & Spiral Dance ~ Sun Dec, 7, 2014

Starhawk2014Friends of Gaia Grove ~ so excited to partner with longtime inspiration, empowering author (The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing,The Earth Path & more), founder of Reclaiming, & global justice activist Starhawk on Sun, Dec 7 for a “Climate Justice ~ Visionary Action” workshop & Winter Solstice community ritual! Advance tickets on sale NOW: http://starhawkLA2014.eventbrite.com/ ~ event takes place from 12PM til 7PM at Fais Do Do in West LA ~ get your tickets today! Since 2000, have learned/worked/made magic with her in DC, New York, & here in LA ~ Star Hawk is a source of tremendous wisdom, magic & healing ~ highly recommend this event!

Interested in sharing music, art, or more at the event as a Gaia Grove co-creator? gaiagrove@gmail.com

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS INSPIRING, EMPOWERING COMMUNITY EVENT TODAY!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/starhawk-2014-climate-workshop-winters-dream-ritual-tickets-13340013339

RSVP to FB event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1481537718763632/

RELATED LINKS:

www.starhawk.org

www.reclaimingla.org

www.gaiagrove.org

http://amyclarke.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/the-ocean-is-the-beginning-of-the-earth-a-new-way/

Gaia Grove lounge at last year’s Climate Justice/Winter’s Dream/Spiral Dance event in LA

https://gaiagrove.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/sat-dec-14-2013-in-los-angeles-starhawk-winters-dream-workshop-ritual-spiral-dance/

http://crosspollinatela.com/

Gaia Grove music/arts lounge at past Cross Pollinate events:

http://crosspollinateblog.wordpress.com/music-dinner-social/

Make Music LA: Sunset Triangle Plaza Acoustic Concert, Silver Lake

On Friday June 21, 2013, community came together for a Summer Solstice celebration of Make Music LA, part of the international Fete de la Musique started in France, celebrated in over 100 countries, and for the first time ever in 2013, the National Day of Music in the United States.  It was a beautiful day of making music outdoors all day long throughout Los Angeles with a unique concert hosted by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee in Sunset Triangle Plaza at Edgecliffe, Griffith Park Blvd,  & Sunset Blvd, the location of the regular Silver Lake Farmer’s Market and a quintessential neighborhood gathering place – also affectionately known by residents as “Polka Dot Plaza” the “Town Triangle” & the “Triangle Square”.

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This sustainability-minded, lo-fi & grassroots concert produced with neighbor, community & volunteer assistance lasted about 5 hours from 4PM until just after sundown, and was 100% acoustic and unplugged – no mics, no cables, no amps, no power, no electricity at all.  Mostly all instruments from congas, drums, shakers, tambourines, guitars, banjos, accordions, and yes, even a real piano (in a tip of the hat to the Laurel & Hardy silent film classic “The Music Box” also filmed in Silver Lake many years ago), were rolled, pushed in wheelbarrows, or walked into the plaza by local musicians and volunteers or were carried in on foot by neighbors and community members, as nearly all of the acts featured were locally based in Silver Lake.

The event honored the mission of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council – honoring diversity, innovation, and harmony – and included everything from middle & high school musicians, solo Native American/folk & R&B singer-songwriters, alt-folk, country, jazz, and pop duos, an Afro-Latin percussion ensemble & master teaching session, folk rock/Americana, fusion, alternative/world & funk rock bands etc, all performing alongside children & adults, with everyone joining in ~ from novice musicians to old pros.  As the sun set in the west over this joyful Plaza gathering, even little children joined major name acts & musicians on stage in spontaneous co-creation, and the entire event closed with an all-inclusive community music jam featuring neighbors & community gathered around the piano, using voice, guitars, bass, congas, accordion, banjo, drums, and much more in an inspired celebration of the day.

The photojournal below (with media by Gaia Grove) documents as much of the event as possible, and audio/video of the event will be shared soon.

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The Wurlitzer piano at the start of the day in the Plaza, after being wheeled down Sunset Blvd ~

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Silver Lake R&B Singer-Songwriter (& X-Factor Contendee) David Laboriel

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Young & talented Sophia (Wolf Country) serenading us at the start of the day

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Maltman stage lineup at the start of the day, with a wild-card slot for a local artist

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Folk/Native American singer/songwriter Ben Gould drawing a crowd to his blanket ~

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“A Song For The Dead” by local musician/poet Ned Casual of Downtown Train framed inside Mornings Nights Cafe

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Master Teacher Angel Luis Figueora of Paws Music with his Afro/Latin Percussion Ensemble of students teaching the crowd

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Local funk/rock band @Stonefeather walking into the plaza with all of their gear for the show

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Silver Lake locals Poppa’s Kitchen – Folk Rock/Americana w/Stephen Feldman & Bob Romanus (Johnny Damone of Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

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Edgecliffe stage lineup (although acts eventually migrated closer down to the plaza to be near the fountain)

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SLNC Vice-Chair, Film Director & skilled multi-instrumentalist Charles Herman-Wurmfeld playing banjo in the sun

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Following a summery set by folk/jazz duo The Singer & The Songwriter ( in foreground, R), the Pasadena band Earthbound performed center plaza

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Kids playing at the piano & drums watching the art-biker entertain with his acrobatic antics

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Co-Producer Charles Renn of the Hive Salon & Co-Chair of Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Stage Manager Howie Goldklang of the Establishment & Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce & Flor Cruz, Co-Chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Outreach Committee

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Co-Producer of the event, Co-Chair of Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Gaia Grove founder & Alt/World Singer/Songwriter/Pianist/Percussionist Amy Clarke performing with her friend Dave Greene, Percussionist for Joe Walsh & Drum Tech for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Amy joined during her set by budding young drummers Charlotte (R) & Amy’s own daughter Ella Mira Rose (L) on congas

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@AmyClarke w/Dave Greene

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A few highlights from BKM Photography’s Media Set below –

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Amy Clarke & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld singing “Spirit of the Wind”

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@Stonefeather playing a fun, stripped-down acoustic set before the all-inclusive Community Music Jam

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For more images, please visit fabulous local Silver Lake photographer Brittany Kalag Margulieux of BKM-Photography‘s Make Music L.A. – Silver Lake album on Facebook.

Huge hugs, deep gratitude & thank yous to (to name a few) the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Sunset Triangle Plaza, the 2nd Annual Make Music Los Angeles, Dorsay Dujon, Genelle Le Vin, Kevin Bannerman, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Silver Lake Neighborhood Assembly, Mornings & Nights Cafe, Gaia Grove, Jody and everyone who helped move the piano, Micheltorena Elementary School, Micheltorena Elementary Garden, Make Music Silver Lake (http://www.makemusicsilverlake.org – coming soon…) countless volunteers, community members and friends.  We look forward to music all year long and the 3rd Annual Make Music Los Angeles scheduled to take place on SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2014.

KEEP MAKING MUSIC!

May 4th Garden Compost Mini Parade (with Maypole!) & Big Parade LA

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for a wonderfully fun “mini” parade in the Micheltorena Community Garden on Sat May 4, 2013!  Special thanks to gardeners Amy Clarke & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld for co-creating event, spreading the word, and collaborating with other gardeners, the neighborhood council, the media & community. To open the day, Leonardo Chalupowicz gave a fabulous compost workshop, Frances Tran gave a good talk about the chickens, we honored the local farmers market & farmers with decorated buckets of compost from the community garden, spoken word artists Rich Ferguson & Nance Broderzen shared beautiful pieces about the garden and all that is growing, we all created a maypole together and then carried it with us in our parade to the farmers market and back again, where we then did a dance with chant and singing led by Amy Clarke on drum (along with volunteers from Benjamin Allen’s Groov3 Dance Workshop) around the maypole, and then we shared food and drink in the garden together.  The maypole was then celebrated with the school kids from Micheltorena Elementary on May 8th, planted much deeper in the garden along with some magic climbing beans to reach the top of the pole & their wishes and hopes for the garden, the school, and the community.  The maypole now will live in the garden all year; please come by and visit and make a wish on our community & school garden maypole!

Local photographer Brittany Margulieux’s (of BKM Photography http://bkm-photography.com/) fabulous photojournal documenting the event on FB: http://on.fb.me/15Pfdcshttp://bit.ly/175qrJQ

(or if not on FB, a few images are sampled below & on Google+ ~ http://bit.ly/175qrJQ

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@amyclarke playing the drum in the garden before leading the parade

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Dancing around the maypole while @amyclarke drums & sings, & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld celebrating with bells

Not only did Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms gift us with her beautiful flowers as we paraded through the farmer’s market, but Tutti Frutti Farms sent us this lovely thank you note with a picture of where in their acres of fields they added our garden-gifted compost – completing the cycle from field to farmer’s market to garden to compost back to market and the to field!

Greetings,

This is Joy from Tutti Frutti Farms at the Silverlake Market. I attached the photos I showed you of where I placed the compost you gifted us. It will be part of the next crop to be planted there soon. Even though the compost seems so small in comparison to the large field on the farm, it still feels good to bring the cycle back. Many thanks for the thoughtful gift! I also attached a few shots from your parade in front of our booth I thought you might like.

I found your Garden’s facebook page. I think your garden is so amazing and beautful! Thanks for sharing and always collecting the compost. I do not like wasting so it feels wonderful to know the cycle keeps flowing.
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Here is the Tutti Frutti Farms facebook link and the website for a little history if you want to see where the produce/compost comes from.
https://www.facebook.com/tuttifruttifarms
http://tuttifruttifarms.com/
Cheers!  Joy

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Join us again to celebrate the BIG Parade LA (http://www.bigparadela.com) the weekend of May 18 & 19, 2013, with a warm community potluck welcome reception in the Micheltorena Elementary Garden on Saturday eve, May 18th, 2013 from 6-8PM ~ please bring a delicious dish to share and a fun friend and join for any portion of the Big Parade Saturday or Sunday (the main Silver Lake loop) ~ route schedule, maps, and timetables are listed here: http://bigparadela.tumblr.com/post/23119323761/2013-details

Follow the Big Parade LA on twitter ~ @bigparadela #bigparadela

Also, Alysia Gray Painter wrote a great piece for NBCLA on the Big Parade. Here it is:
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/the-scene/On-Foot-in-LA-with-New-Friends-The-Big-Parade-207531801.html