Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Sharing Expo on Sunday 12/09/12 11:00a-12:30p at Common Ground in Palo Alto


Holiday Sharing Expo
Neighbors Sharing Food, Crafts, Skills, and Goods
Sunday, December 9 11am - 12:30pm FREE !
Common Ground Organic Garden Supply & Education Center
www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
559 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Hop on your bikes with your friends and family for a multiple skill and goods sharing event, just in time for the holidays.

Join us to share your garden and kitchen bounty, your extra arts and crafts supplies, beloved (or neglected) books, old clothing, children's toys, and holiday decor.

Bring what you have to share; take home something you don’t. We’ll also share stories, make music, and make sure your bike is safe. We'll have demos on kitchen skills and craft techniques on the half-hour, too. Bring your bikes, bike supplies, homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, paints, markers, books, shirts, skirts, pants, fabric, yarn, paper, sheet music, patterns, books, garden tools, craft tools, toys, kits, seeds and more. Be sure to bring a bag to take home the bounty, so you'll have enough for gifts!

Local Garden Share - Bring extra bounty from the garden (produce, fruit, herbs, eggs, honey, flowers, plants in pots), things made in the kitchen from the things from the garden, seeds, seedlings, tools, utensils, books, magazines. Anything garden and food-related is welcome.

Craft Share - Bring your arts and crafts supplies and tools, holiday decorations, and even artistic creations to share. We'll have demos on some fun crafts and gifts you can make for the holidays.

Bicycle workshop - Let's work together to do minor maintenance and make minor adjustments to improve your bike for efficiency, safety and comfort, with Tom Kabat. He’ll help you with: Tire pressure, Oiling squeaky chains, Seat ergonomics, Adjusting bar position for good wristernomics, Adjusting gears, brakes and headsets. He can also coach you through fixing a flat tire!

Book share - Turn in your old beloved books in readable condition (no pages missing please) and take home a new good read. Any extras will be donated to the library.

Clothes share - Bring something that no longer fits but still looks good (free of stains and tears) and find something that you need to complete your wardrobe. All ages' clothing welcome.

Toy share - Kids bored of the same old toys? Trade them in for something new-to-them, and get the next generation involved in sharing and keeping things out of the landfill. Bring toys in playable condition, no sharp or broken parts. Extras will be donated to a local children's shelter.

Transition Tales - we'll continue with Transition Tales, by Willi Paul, as you share stories about your experiences with Transition and in the community.

Music - come and make music with us!

Throughout the Bay Area, neighbors are coming together for sharing locally grown, fresh produce, as well as arts and crafts supplies, and other household items.

Our Palo Alto sharing event is supported by a coalition of community ecological organizations and neighborhood groups including: Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Assn, Common Ground, City of Palo Alto Community Gardens, Deborah's Palm, Midtown Green Team, Opalz, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and Transition Silicon Valley.

The Common Ground store is open during the event, so plan to stop in to get any supplies you need to continue your garden bounty or more.  Also, the event is located only 3 blocks from the California Ave Farmers’ Market, which is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

You will have time to shop or have lunch at the market before or after the event.

Please note: This is an outdoor event. In case of rain, event will be cancelled.
More information will be posted at http://transitionpaloalto.org

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