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Hakone Matsuri Festival – Sunday May 21

Hakone Gardens festival URL   | Visitor Information

Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: 408.741.4994

Hakone Matsuri Festival – May 21st, 2017

The Hakone Estate and Gardens are a cultural treasure, and located in Saratoga, CA.
Japanese cultural presentations include:  
  • Japanese music
  • Martial Arts
  • Japanese food
  • luxury Japanese wedding kimonos (uchikake gowns)
  • kids’ corner – which includes: Origami, Shuji (calligraphy) and Soroban (abacus)
  • Japanese tea ceremony
What’s new this year?  These beautiful luxury Japanese wedding kimonos (uchikake gowns) are available for purchase at a discounted price.  Price starts at $1,500 and up. (The estimate market value is $2,000 and up.)
 
Some confirmed performance: Tsugaru Shamisen, Aikido, Japanese Calligraphy, Shorinji Kenpo.
Japanese cultural activities for kids: Origami, Shuji(calligraphy), Soroban(abacus)
 
  • Date: Sunday May 21st, 2017
  • Time: 11am – 4pm
    Advance Admission ticket: only $5. Children aged 4 years old and younger, and Hakone members are free. Hakone members still need to get tickets. Tickets are $10 at the event.
  • Shuttle: 10am – 5pm (The first shuttle departs West Valley College at 10am. The last shuttle departs Hakone at 5pm.)
     
    The gardens are beautiful and the various events, food and demonstrations are not to be missed!
    Check the Hakone Facebook page for updates.

NOTE: You may not park or walk into the gardens on this festival day, you may take the shuttle from Parking Lot 5 at West Valley College.  Hakone will be closed for vehicle access and walk-in access for safety reasons.

  

CUESA Volunteer Orientation at the FERRY PLAZA

CUESA Volunteer Orientation, San Francisco Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Extended!… more Bees! The exhibition is extended now through June 2017.

Odell Hussey Photography

Buzz on in to OMCA’s Gallery of California Natural Sciences for the can’t-miss, family-friendly exhibition, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact. Immerse yourself in the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most exciting creatures we know, with exciting activities in the gallery:

  • Touch on topics of Bay Area beekeeping and the diversity of bee species by trying on a beekeeper suit and examining real bee specimens under a giant microscope.
  • Put on your research cap to contribute to citizen science projects at home, like counting bees in your backyard or hunting “ZomBees.”
  • Discover the similarities and differences between bees and humans while you crawl through a person-sized honeycomb.
  • Check out a beautiful handcrafted bee hotel installed in the OMCA Garden and plan your own bee-friendly garden.
  • Explore the causes of bee population decline, learn about the significance of bees to California’s economy and ecosystems, and discover how your own actions can help bees to survive in a changing world.

Bring the whole family to see Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact, and take a closer look at one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment.

A Garden of Inspiration – a lovely book

Contemplating beauty or hearing an inspiring thought as you read aloud, is part of what makes this book of quotes and thoughts so grand!  There are so many quotes in five chapters focusing on Joy in the Garden, Gifts, Beauty, Garden Wit and the changing seasons. You’ll love it and it is perfect for EARTH DAY, or if you are a one of the people (like me) that insists on EARTH YEAR… you will love it.  I have found a favorite quote or a new quote on every page.  Here are a few of the hundreds of quotes  (88 pages)  in this book:

There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.  — Ruth Stout

The earth is absolutely honest; it gives back what is put into it plus interest on the time, money and effort invested. Treat soil handsomely and it will give you a rich return.  — Patience Strong

Anything which grows is always more beautiful to look at than anything which is built. — Lin Yu Tang.


Enjoy Earth Day

Earth Day 2017
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Earth Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 — earth day started on April 22, 1970.

Dear Readers, There are no ads in Greeneroo blog posts. Why? I hope that we can share information, rather than pushing you to BUY something. I do like to let you know about really cool books, but I’d really rather have you go outside and have some fun!


Happy Earth Day!!  — the editor

Some activities:

Enjoy a meatless meal! Why? Pasture and alfalfa – the food for cattle to graze on are two of the highest water using plants. Save water, eat a veggie meal.

Plant a Tree! Why? Trees help keep soil in place, they provide homes for many animals and birds, they produce air for us to breath and they provide shade in the summer. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, remove harmful particulates in the air – wow!

Take a Walk! Why? Discover your neighborhood and meet your neighbors.  You’ll learn more about the history of the area, and what other people near you like to do. I often share mint from my garden with people that pass by.

Plant a seed! Why? You’ll learn more about how plants germinate (sprout) and grow. You’ll be responsible for watering and caring for your plant.  You’ll learn about how seeds really look different from one type of plant to the next.

Turn off your lights, Computer, TV, Washer, Dryer and think about walking/ biking rather than driving! Why? Trying out new methods of doing something are the first step of making a healthy habit. Use less energy, turn off the lights and other devices when you aren’t using them.

Don’t buy anything on Earth day! Why? We tend to buy what we want rather than what we need. This leads to throwing so much stuff away. Millions of pounds of clothing are tossed in the trash each year, by people who “bought it … but didn’t need it”!

Type “parks in California” in your computer browser (substitute your STATE for California or write in your Zip code)  Why?  You’ll get a list of parks. Get outside and have some fun! You’ll feel better and you may meet some friends that live near you.  Now that you have a list of places close enough to walk to and enjoy! I used the zip code and found 5 parks that are great and I can walk to each one!

Go to a Farmer’s market. Why? These open air markets are so much fun. You can taste things you have never tried, make friends with a farmer and buy local fruits, vegetables, nuts other stuff that is tasty and fresh. Remember to bring a reusable bag to put your purchases in.

For each of the suggestions, there are many more reasons to try out the activity. Can you think of other reasons to try something new or go outdoors and play?  I bet you can.

Some links to enjoy:

  • www.filoli.org  – beautiful estate and garden in Woodside, CA
  • parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain – San Bruno mountain is often ignored, commuters say they drive past it all the time. But they don’t stop. It has great hikes, picnic tables, views of SF and flowers to enjoy.
  • birding.sequoia-audubon.org – the audobon society has bird watching information and events everywhere!
  • www.discovery.com/…/1-top-10-most-amazing-hikes-in-north-america – take a hike, learn more!  The Sierra Club has many hikes.

SPRING EQUINOX FARM TOUR! March 18

FarmFresh DATE & TIME Saturday, March 18  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Capay Organic Farm 23808 State Highway 16, Capay CA

You can come see where it Happens! Head to the farm in Capay! Get to know your farmer, harvest your own fruits and veggies, ride the tractor-tram, picnic near the fields and participate in our fun farm activities!

  • Farm Talk with your Farmer–Get to know your farmer! Meet us at the lower event site at noon. Thaddeus and Brendan will share tidbits about Farm Fresh To You, organic produce and sustainable agriculture. Get your questions answered!
  • Kids’ Activities — We will have tractor-tram rides every 15 minutes touring you around the farm. The Esparto/Capay 4-H Club will have a mini petting zoo set up and we will also have a face painting booth!
  • Organic Market Stand — Our Farm Fresh To You Market Stand will be selling seasonal, organic produce as well as fun Farm Fresh To You swag! Pick up a canvas tote featuring one of our favorite fruits/vegetables and load it with seasonal produce.
  • Tasty Treats  — Tacos 911 will have authentic, Mexican tacos available for purchase. Luciano’s Scoop will be selling their artisan gelato, The Rustic Puff will be selling their homemade marshmallows, and Pachamama Coffee will be serving up hot coffee and cold brew. We will also have Township Valley Farms selling their homemade pesto, and Capay Valley Ranches offering premium olive oils.

FARM TOUR ADMISSION:

$5 per adult | Children 12 and under FREE!

No RSVP necessary for Farm Tours. Just come out and have fun!


For more information please visit us at
WWW.FARMFRESHTOYOU.COM

 

Staying Well, Working Happy and Farm Fresh to You

freeman-farmers-marketWe talk about wellness often at work. We are heading into flu season and many people in our group are feeling crummy. I often share the “news of the day” and no surprise, it is about eating well, living well and enjoying each day.

I have many types of suggestions: exercise, yoga, drinking water, getting more sleep, taking a walk…. but by far the best, most fun, and easiest healthy change is TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU EAT!

Companies can brace themselves for many sick days, lost productivity and teams that are worn out and low energy… OR they can get involved in encouraging healthy choices.

Look what FARM FRESH TO YOU does:

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See the Monarchs!

This hike is short and sweet! (its really just an excuse to see the Monarchs!) 

The trail is approximately 0.75 miles and flat. You can walk the area and take a look at the beautiful butterflies! There are rangers, and nature  guides to help you learn about the Monarch lifecycle.

 

 The park is open to the public and has a viewing area.  I loved this last year – it was surreal, a foggy wet raining morning…and then as the sun peeked out, the trees started to vibrate then the sky was ORANGE/BLACK with Butterflies — so very startling and thrilling.
November is the month when the Monarch butterfly has returned to the California coast, and one of the largest concentrations of these amber-colored beauties is in the eucalyptus trees next to the Nature Center at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. They’ve journeyed 1,500 miles from the Rocky Mountains in search of mild temperatures, and from now through March you can see them resting on their leafy coastal thrones. Commonly spotted in eucalyptus trees, the butterflies flit and flutter among the branches in warmer weather (55 degrees or higher); when the temperatures dip, they move into huddles so thick the trees look more like shingled roofs. We will walk a few minutes down the Monarch Boardwalk into the forest to the grand “Monarch Resting Area,” on a wooden platform. It’s a winged wonderland.
You’ll want to go to the Nature Center! There is a naturalist-led discussion at 11 am, and again in the afternoon. The morning session is better because the Monarchs are still clustered in the trees, you’ll visit the Milkweed garden, and the observation area. There are special telescopes for close-up viewing the clusters.  You’ll also learn why Monarchs are so amazing, how far they migrate, what they need to survive, counting butterflies, how to tell F from M and (sadly) that the numbers of Monarchs are declining and why.
ADDRESS: [Map]  [Website]
2531 W. Cliff Driver
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

FROM SANTA CLARA  AREA:

  • Take Hwy CA-17 South.2. Slight right onto CA-1 N (signs for CA-9/Half Moon Bay/Boulder Creek).
  • Slight right onto Mission St (signs for California 1 N/Half Moon Bay)
  • Turn left onto Swift St.
  • Take the 2nd right onto Delaware Ave. Take the 1st left onto Swanton Blvd.
  • Turn right onto W Cliff Dr. Natural Bridges State Beach will be on the left. You’ll be driving along the coastline.

New Leadership for Filoli – Welcome Kara Newport

“On behalf of the Filoli Center Governing Board, I am delighted to announce the hire of Kara Newport as our new Executive Director,” said Donna Colson, Filoli’s Governing Board President. “Kara is a visionary leader with over two decades of experience in the non–profit sector including most recently serving ten years as the Executive Director of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to her horticulture experience, Kara brings to us a significant development and member services background having worked at The Franklin Institute, The Philadelphia Zoo, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.”

I am so excited to welcome Kara, who is a lover of gardens.  I know she will enjoy this incredibly beautiful and magical garden, historic house and learning experience… that we call Filoli!  — the editor

filoli 3 “Kara presently serves, and will continue to serve, as Treasurer for the American Public Garden Association. She has chaired many of their important committees including Finance, Benchmarking, and National Conference Program Selection. She is a regular presenter and contributor to the organization focusing on key industry topics such as garden tourism, horticulture trends, event planning, and design,” said Colson.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as the new Executive Director of Filoli; it is truly a national treasure. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the talented team of staff, volunteers and Board members.” —Kara Newport

FilFiloli Rosesoli Mission Statement

Filoli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment.

Tips for Conserving Water

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There are many ways that water is wasted besides watering your thirsty lawn!

  • Use reusable water bottles or hydration backpack – this reduces water used in producing disposable bottles and shipping containers to new locations.
  • Watch your Power Use! Creating Electricity uses water. In fact, the energy sector is the single largest consumer of water in the United States, using 201 billion gallons a day to generate electricity. Save two resources at once by being energy efficient.
  • Turn faucets off all the way. A steady drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day. And report any leaks as soon as you notice them in bathrooms, kitchens, gyms or any other locations. Learn how to change washers in the faucets, it is easy to do and you’ll be able to take care of leaking faucets right away.
  • Working out? Make sure to check on your gym AND home have  low volume shower heads.
  • Post-workout showers: turn off the water while shaving, shampooing or lathering up.
  • Don’t waste food, buy less, buy just what you need, Meat and veggies, fruits and nuts all take a large amount of water to produce. Let your lettuce rot in the frig is like throwing 50 gallons of water on the street!
  • Divert your grey water to the garden. Grey water comes from washing, bathing, rinsing food it may have soap… but it works really well on plants and your garden. We use it all the time in our garden, collecting wash water from clothes that are washed with bio-degradable soap is super EASY! Our kale doesn’t mind a bit of soap, its thirsty all the time, so we use grey water from our washer to water it. It looks like it needs another drink!
  • Since ALFALFA &  PASTURE for animals is a primary water user in the drought-ridden state of CA, you could eat less meat / dairy – this is a health benefit in many ways… OR… you could buy beef from other areas (like TX) that have more water.
  • Take a look at which crops use the most water  (Holy Kaw INFOGRAPHIC) (i.e., Almonds is one of the thirstiest)  and switch to other foods.