Tag Archives: Rosa Parks Senior Center

Neighborhood Love Day!

This Valentine’s Day, CommunityGrows joined the February festivities with a Neighborhood Love Day celebration! Hosted by the BEETS, students from partner programs and people from the community were invited to take part in some carnival themed games for the Hallmark holiday!


The teens worked as a group to plan the games in advance and create homemade decorations, ran the stations during the event, and took care of set-up and clean-up. They did a great job! Some of the favorite stations were the basketball competition, the scavenger hunt, musical chairs, card making station, and the Jeopardy game on the history of chocolate. The kids had a blast!


“I had one kid say that this is best field trip ever… another kid told me all the facts she learned about chocolate from the jeopardy game” – Anna, Garden Programs Manager and Rosa Parks educator.


A huge shout-out to the BEETS teens and Citizen Film for supporting and making this event possible, and to the Rosa Parks Senior Center for allowing us to use their space during the rain!  Thank you also to the neighbors and partner organizations who celebrated with us!

Happy Neighborhood Love Day! 

Cooking at Rosa Parks Senior Center

On Thursday, May 11th CommunityGrows Seed-to-Mouth cooking instructor Crystal Leon led a cooking demonstration at Rosa Parks Senior Center in Buchanan Mall. SFW-Cooking-demo_051117JPG SFW-Cystal-Health-cooking_051117This was in partnership with CitizenFilms and took place during the lunch hour. IMG_0359Crystal made zucchini pasta with pesto sauce. Everyone marveled at the machine to crank out the zucchini into long strands for “pasta”. IMG_0366The event was well received and everyone enjoyed hanging out under the tent chatting about the beautiful Buchanan Mall. A wonderful afternoon. Here is the recipe!SFW-Guiltless-pasta_051117

Kale Pesto Zucchini Pasta

3 zucchini (use spiralizer to cut to resemble spaghetti)
1 1/2 cups of kale (packed)
1 cup fresh basil leaves (packed)
¾ cup freshly grated parmesan
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon of crushed chillis
pepper to taste

1. Combine kale, basil, olive oil, cheese, garlic, pepper and seeds in a food processor/blender and process until smooth.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the Zucchini and toss to coat in oil.
3. Add a few tablespoons of kale pesto and toss with the zucchini. Once the Zucchini begins to take on color, transfer to a platter.
4. Top with cheese, herbs/bread crumbs. Serve warm. Enjoy!

*From the Seed to Mouth Cooking Class*
A program of CommunityGrows

Buchanan Mall with Rosa Parks Senior Center

4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6592On Thursday, April 28, 2016 CommunityGrows joined Citizen Films, Green Streets, the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point Career Center, Bayview Senior Services, the Recreation and Park Department, and other neighborhood partners for an afternoon on Buchanan Mall at the Rosa Parks Senior Center. There was planting of edibles led by Jay Jordan, our CommunityGrows Garden Educator,4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6602and cooking demonstrations, led by Crystal Jones, our Seed-to-Mouth Cooking Coordinator. Jay worked with volunteers to harvest vegetables and fruit, and taught them how to re-plant starts.
Crystal made a spring vegetable stir fry and and a veggie loaded three bean chili. 4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6617There were many dignitaries that joined the Buchanan Mall festivities and seniors from the neighborhood, including Board of Supervisors’ President, London Breed and her legislative aide Iris Wong; 4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6633Cathy Davis, Executive Director of the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services; Vallie Brown of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Tamara Walker from Citizen Films; and Derick Brown, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6606 Sophie Constantinou, Director of Citizen Films talked about the history of Buchanan Mall with Liz Ozol, Program Officer, Arts Education Community Investment of the SF Arts Commission. 4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6652It was a beautiful afternoon to get out and see Buchanan Mall, meet neighbors and enjoy healthy food. More events like this are planned for the future.4.28.16-RPSrCntr-BM_IMG_6631 For more photos from the afternoon, check out our Flickr Photostream here.