Category Archives: Magic Zone

IMG_4697 2018 Recap: Summer in the Gardens

August 12th, 2018

"I want to be kind and protect all of the creatures in the garden! I love creatures!" -- a student who affectionately referred to all insects in the garden as "creatures" and who may, one day, be an entomologist. Fun in the Sun CommunityGrows had a wonderful summer! We enjoyed working with youth from partner programs including the … Continue reading 2018 Recap: Summer in the Gardens

Tags: , , , , Buchanan YMCA, Hawyard Rec Connect, Magic Zone, Partners, The Village Project, Uncategorized, Up on Top, Western Addition Beacon, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club

IMG_0383 After School with Ella Hill

May 25th, 2017

On Friday May 12, 2017 the afternoon garden program at Ella Hill Hutch got into full swing. Led by CommunityGrows Garden Programs Manager Adrian Almquist, the youth read stories and played some games about fruits and vegetables. Then out to the garden to water and check out how things were growing. Visitors from the Episcopal … Continue reading After School with Ella Hill

Tags: , , , , After-School Program, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, Environmental Education, Magic Zone

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

5.13.16-KP-BBQ_IMG_6728 End of School BBQ

May 15th, 2016

On Friday afternoon May 13, 2016 from 4-6 PM students and CommunityGrows partners came out for a great BBQ in Koshland Garden. Teachers from John Muir Elementary School joined parents from Rosa Parks Elementary School, along with Magic Zone and Western Addition Beacon kids for hot dogs, salads, chips, watermelon and cookies to celebrate the … Continue reading End of School BBQ

Tags: , , After-School Program, BBQ, John Muir Elementary School, Koshland Garden, Magic Zone, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Western Addition Beacon

IMG_5305 Buchanan Mall-Mayor’s Day of Service

January 10th, 2016

On a rainy Saturday, January 9, 2016, CommunityGrows joined Buchanan Mall partners, Green Streets, Citizen Film and Mo’Magic to clean, green, serve and beautify San Francisco. Many volunteers throughout the City came to Ella Hill Hutch at 9:00 AM, donned yellow rain gear, and helped plant a tree in the front of Ella Hill Hutch … Continue reading Buchanan Mall-Mayor’s Day of Service

Tags: , Buchanan Mall, CitizenFilm, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, Green Streets, Magic Zone, Uncategorized

12.12.15-Wreath_IMG_5282 Wreath and Card Making Fun

December 13th, 2015

On Saturday afternoon, December 12, 2015 CommunityGrows hosted our 13th annual Wreath and Card Making event. Held at the Hayes Valley South Community Room, it attracted many residents, families and youth from the community. The BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) helped out getting everyone started with frames, boughs, and trinkets. There was … Continue reading Wreath and Card Making Fun

Tags: , BEETS, Magic Zone, Wreath Making

3.11.15-Gamble-MagicZone_IMG_1686 MagicZone and Decomposers!

March 14th, 2015

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 our after-school youth from MagicZone came to Koshland Park for a lesson in decomposers. A decomposer is part of the food chain. When something dies, like a plant or an animal, a decomposer breaks down dead plants and animals. Decomposers turn dead material into good fertilized soil. Worms are decomposers. … Continue reading MagicZone and Decomposers!

Tags: , After-School Program, BEETS, Koshland Garden, Magic Zone

10.22.14-MagicZone-KP_IMG_8821 Magic Zone in Koshland Garden

October 29th, 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Magic Zone youth joined us for their weekly afternoon class in Koshland Garden. After settling in our garden circle and doing a short quiet meditation, Janine Gee, one of our long standing volunteers at CommunityGrows read a story entitled Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell. Angie Lemus, … Continue reading Magic Zone in Koshland Garden

Tags: , Koshland Garden, Magic Zone

Feeding the Birds

December 9th, 2013

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 the afterschool Magic Zone youth came to Koshland Garden with Chaniel Williams, Program Lead for K-2 and Maurice Scott, Program Assistant, to make pine-cone bird feeders. Adrian Almquist, CommunityGrows Garden Educator lead the class, with assistance by volunteer, Janine Gee. They were also joined by another potential volunteer, Derek Richardson, … Continue reading Feeding the Birds

Tags: , After-School Program, Koshland Garden, Magic Zone

Oh! What Big Eyes You Have!

July 23rd, 2013

The Magic Zone kids (from our partner Mo’Magic’s summer program) came to get a lesson offered by CommunityGrows in bug identification on Monday, July 22, 2013 in Koshland Garden. They started out by listing all the bugs they’ve seen in Koshland Garden—those that fly, those that crawl and those that wiggle. Then the fun began. … Continue reading Oh! What Big Eyes You Have!

Tags: , Koshland Garden, Magic Zone, Partners, Summer Science