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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Summer Solstice in Silver Lake

Greetings friends, neighbors, & family,

We are warming up for the Summer ~ some great community events in Silver Lake this weekend!
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Saturday 6/20 at Micheltorena Community Garden is our Barrel Cob Oven Build!
https://www.facebook.com/events/598692343606003/
A full day of mud, food and fun! We’ll have a potluck lunch and be led by Sir Cobalot (Miguel Elliott) to construct the wonderful new addition to our community garden, & we already have over 200 cob bricks made from a few weeks ago ready to build 🙂 Bread, pizza and pies made with delicious garden herbs, greens & vegetables all summer long!

Micheltorena Garden, Sunset & Micheltorena, 10am-5pm, FREE
please bring clothes that can get muddy and potluck food to add to the fun
and Sunday 6/21 in Sunset Triangle Plaza is the 3rd Annual Make Music Silver Lake free concert (part of Make Music LA & global festival Fete De La Musique)!
 
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The concert will be in the morning this year, to welcome Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and to kick off the all-day festival Make Music Los Angeles! (Part of global festival Fete De La Musique) ~ exact moment of Solstice is actually around 9:30AM this Sunday morning!

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Morning concert begins at 9AM in the Plaza with classical music/vocals, instrumental music, and soundscapes welcoming both the sun and the musical day, with piano, harp, tabla, violin, frame drum, guitar, other percussion, and a variety of eclectic musicians coming together to collaborate, including Indian classical vocalist Kamini Natarajan, world singer/pianist/percussionist Amy Clarke, improvised musical co-creation via Gaia Grove, soulful blues songwriter Renee Dawson, funk/rock/soul band Ian Thomas McCulloch & Dave Rundell (Stonefeather), ukelele diva Brit Rodriguez, power pop band Joyeur, singer-guitarist Mooney Starr, eclectic vocal loop-pedaling of Alan Ishii, and other special guest artists all joining us around the piano & congas in the Plaza.  At Noon, when the morning concert concludes, the Bijan Taghavi Jazz Trio will play an extended set until 2pm…
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Sunset Triangle Plaza, Sunset Blvd & Griffith Park Blvd
at piano in front of Mornings Nights & Pine & Crane, 9am-2pm, FREE
please bring instruments if you have them & blankets to spread out in the Plaza picnic style…
Thanks to Sunset Triangle Plaza, Genelle Le Vin & the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Arts & Culture Committee, Make Music Los Angeles, Gaia Grove, Fête de la Musique, yummy.com, Pine & Crane, Mornings Nights, Nina Sorkin & more!

www.gaiagrove.org
www.makemusicla.org
www.silverlakenc.org

See you soon in Silver Lake, and remember ~ next Thurs 6/25 is the kickoff of The Silver Lake Picture show in the Plaza (running biweekly through the summer) and also the Thurs night Micheltorena Community Garden Potluck! (every Thursday night – including tonight…)

LOVE,
Amy
twitter:  @amyclarke @scorpfaery @gaiagrove
instagram: @scorpfaery & @gaiagrove

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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Imageripping recycled fabric to make the maypole, decorating the compost buckets for farmers

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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