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Pizza Fundraiser for Growing Center

Flatbread Pizza Benefit to support the Somerville Community Growing Center! The Growing Center is having a community benefit at Flatbread Pizza on Tuesday October 10th from 4:30pm to 9:30 pm. Please help make this a successful event by dining on pizza and inviting your friends! 🍕 and 🎳 are one of the best ways to help raise funds for our community garden space! A portion of the proceeds from each pizza sold between 4:30pm and 9:30pm will be donated to the Growing Center. This includes takeout (great for families!), bowling alley, and restaurant purchases. Reservations: Available for parties of 10 or more. Reservations are a good idea if you are planning to bowl. Call Flatbreads at 61

Benefit Yard Sale

Saturday, October 14th | 10am - 3pm: Need to clean out your closets? Donations are greatly appreciated! If you have items in *saleable* condition that you would like to donate, we will be open for drop-off: dates and times to be announced the week before the sale. If you don't have donations but want to come by to make some purchases please consider coming by! All proceeds to support the Growing Center. There will be something for everyone! Below are items we are seeking for the Benefit Yard Sale: -clothing, accessories and jewelry -household (household goods, small furniture, antiques, collectibles, tools, books), -farm and garden (houseplants, tools) -toys & games (no stuffed animals

Annual Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 8th |2:30pm - 4:30pm: Come celebrate the growing Center’s 23rd season! Celebrate the harvests of the season with pumpkin decorating, games, sauerkraut demonstration, music and more. Free fun for the whole family. Donations accepted. Watch our website for details. **Sauerkraut Demonstrations** Make your own sauerkraut! Bring a mason jar and spices, we'll supply the knowledge and cabbage! The journey from cabbage to kraut is surprinsgly simple. A natural process called lactofermentation transforms just two ingredients - cabbage and salt - into a probiotic, long-lasting, tangy product in history's oldest form of food preservation. Enjoy this informal talk by Sharon Spivak,

A Gathering of the Fairies

Sunday, October 1st | 2pm - 4pm: A garden celebration for fairies and their friends: build a fairy house, create a fairy wand, listen to a fairy story, and search the garden for signs of fairies. Everyone is invited to come dressed up as a fairy or their favorite magical being. A fairy fun time is guaranteed for all! Before the event, find time to go outside and collect natural materials such as feathers, stones, shells, twigs, bark, pods, pinecones and other plant material and bring them with you so you can build a fairy house as your very own gift to the fairies. A limited supply of materials will also available be available at the event. Donations are encouraged to support the Growing

Somerville Reads Family Picnic and Book Chat

Sunday, September 24th | 12noon - 1:30pm: Join Lilly and Alison from the Somerville Public Library for an all ages picnic and book discussion of "El Deafo" by CeCe Bell. Bring a blanket and your favorite snacks!This program is offered as part of the 2017 Somerville Reads campaign. Somerville Reads is a citywide reading initiative that encourages all Somerville residents to read and discuss the same book to promote literacy and community engagement. The month-long initiative begins September 18 and will continue with citywide programming through October 15. Throughout the initiative, the Somerville Public Library will host various inter-generational programs including discussions, workshops,

Second Chances Public Clothing Drive

Wednesday, September 27th | 4:00pm - 7:00pm: Second Chances reuses and recycles clothing, shoes, and accessories so that homeless and lower-income people feel confident and valued as they take their first steps toward brighter futures and, as a community, we can minimize the amount of apparel going into local landfills.Did you know that the average American generates 80 pounds of textile waste each year? That's four or five large garbage bags full!Please help people in need in our community and protect our planet by donating your un-needed clothing, shoes, and accessories to Second Chances. Details: http://www.secondchances.org/clothingDrives/GrowingCenter2017.html What to donate: Women’s, m

Urban Ag Talk: Native Plants and Pollinators

Saturday, September 23rd | 11:00am - 12:30pm: Native bees are some of our most important pollinators. Non-native honeybees receive all the press (and make all the honey), but there are 4000 species of native bees that help pollinate crops and wildflowers too. Urban environments host a surprising number of bee species, probably due to the diversity of plants grown in window boxes, parks, and community gardens. In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn all about pollination in urban environments from the perspective of both plants and bees. For the first half, we’ll focus on native bee diversity, biology, and their decline and conservation. Later, you’ll learn how these bees interact with

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22 Vinal Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 76

Somervillle, MA 02143

 

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