Yearly Archives: 2016

12-3-16-wreath_img_9084 Wreaths and Cards Start the Holidays!

December 11th, 2016

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, CommunityGrows held its thirteenth annual Wreath and Card Making event in the Western Addition. This event, which took place at Hayes Valley South Community Room, is a chance for us to thank all our partners and friends for supporting us this year, and helping us cultivate healthy youth by growing … Continue reading Wreaths and Cards Start the Holidays!

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12-1-16-momagic_img_9008 Tools for dealing with the winter blues and SAD

December 11th, 2016

At the most recent Mo’Magic meeting on December 1, 2016, CommunityGrows co-led a presentation from the Health and Wellness Committee on how to deal with the holiday blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that is brought on by the shorter winter days and onslaught of holiday stress, family pressures, and loneliness this time of year. … Continue reading Tools for dealing with the winter blues and SAD

Tags: , , , Mo'Magic, Westside Community Services

11-18-20-16-growingpower_20161118_145448 Growing Power-Milwaukee

December 11th, 2016

On November 18, 2016 three of our staff members flew to Milwaukee to present at the Growing Power Conference hosted by Will Allen. The theme of the conference was “Let’s Scale It Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best Practices in Growing, Distribution and Community Building.” This post shares some their reflections. Crystal Jones, Cha’Shay Woldridge … Continue reading Growing Power-Milwaukee

Tags: , , , CommunityGrows Organization, Conferences, Professional Development, Will Allen-Growing Power

11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8909 Thanksgiving at John Muir Elementary

November 20th, 2016

On a rainy Saturday, November 19th, 2016 many organizations in the Western Addition came together to offer Thanksgiving to residents and families. The lunch included a program with youth from Handful Players, the Western Addition Beacon, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Hayward Reconnect, and the Buchanan YMCA, as well as the SGI Chorus. Safeway, Bi-Rite … Continue reading Thanksgiving at John Muir Elementary

Tags: , , , , BEETS, Bi-Rite Grocery, Buchanan YMCA, Handful Players, John Muir Elementary School, Magic Zone, Thanksgiving, Western Addition Beacon

11-16-16-joey-the-cat_img_8535 Joey the Cat Fundraiser

November 20th, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CommunityGrows Advisory Board hosted an evening of fun and games at Joey-the-Cat in the Mission District of San Francisco. Thanks to our sponsors Avila and Associates and Kaiser-Permanente, we enjoyed a great night of skeeball, pinball, hoops, ping-pong, air-ball, and Wack-a-Mole and raised money to support CommunityGrows. We munched on … Continue reading Joey the Cat Fundraiser

Tags: , , , , Advisory Board, Avila & Associates, CommunityGrows Organization, Fundraiser, Kaiser-Permanente

11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8416 Workday with Avila & Associates and FUF

November 9th, 2016

On Saturday November 5, 2016 CommunityGrows held a workday in Koshland Garden to celebrate our partnership with Avila & Associates, and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF). Avila and Associates provides provides civil engineering, environmental services, and water resources engineering services to public agencies at the federal, state and local level; private property owners; civil … Continue reading Workday with Avila & Associates and FUF

Tags: , , , , , , Avila & Associates, BEETS, Friends of the Urban Forest, Koshland Garden, Koshland Park, Koshland Park, Volunteers, Workdays

10-29-16-cityslicker-youth-summit_img_8210 Youth Summit at City Slicker Farms in Oakland

November 9th, 2016

On Saturday, October 29, 2016 CommunityGrows hosted the second Bay Area Youth Summit for organizations working on issues of environmental justice at City Slicker Farms. Groups included Literacy for Environmental Justice and Nature’s Voices, as well as the CommunityGrows BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens). After the great rain the few days before, … Continue reading Youth Summit at City Slicker Farms in Oakland

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10-29-16-puc-rp_cac_img_8163 PUC Tours Rosa Parks Watershed Project

November 8th, 2016

On a beautiful rainy Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Public Utilities Commission lead a green infrastructure walking tour to see water catchment sites in the Western Addition neighborhood. Their first stop was Rosa Parks Elementary School, where Kat Sawyer from Touch-the-Sky and Barbara Wenger, CommunityGrows Executive Director greeted them. Kat … Continue reading PUC Tours Rosa Parks Watershed Project

Tags: , , Public Utilities Commission, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary School

10-22-16-beets-ropescourse_img_7928 BEETS Climbing to New Heights!

October 23rd, 2016

On Saturday October 22, 2016 our new cohort of BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) spent the day at Ft Miley/Lands End in San Francisco doing a ropes course from 9-4 PM. The event was hosted by the Pacific Leadership Institute of the Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Department of San Francisco State University. … Continue reading BEETS Climbing to New Heights!

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10-20-16-jmes-saladday_img_7893 John Muir Loves Salads!

October 23rd, 2016

Another great Salad Day at John Muir School, thanks to Kaiser-Permanente and Gus’ Market on Harrison Street. We were honored to get organic greens, fuji apples, carrots, cucumbers and peppers. What a treat! Here are some photos from the day. Enjoy! For more photos see our Flickr Photostream here.

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