Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Russians came...and helped out!

On Sunday, Quesada Gardens hosted over fifty Stanford students and Russian student delegates who were in the country to attend a conference at the University. After a brief orientation to community-building in Bayview, the students got their hands dirty in the Quesada Garden, Latona Community Garden, and Bridgeview Teaching & Learning Garden. Spring weeds were the only losers!

The day was Большое удовольствие (that's “big fun” for those with rusty Russian).

"I can't believe those guys got the three stumps we've been wrestling with out of the ground!" - James

"Bayview is the most whimsical neighborhood in San Francisco." - Jacob

"Some of us don't understand the concept of American community service, and why people do this for free." - Anda (Russian delegation organizer)
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head, which Literacy for Environmental Justice says is the Bay Area’s first environmental justice education center, officially opened as part of “People’s Earth Day” environmental justice celebration.

The event included live entertainment with Jaye and Friends, food, interactive tours, raffle prizes, bird tours led by SF Nature, and the unveiling of a signature heron sculpture designed and created by metal artist Daniel Macchiarini.

Footprints congratulates everyone at LEJ for this achievement.

On the same big Bayview day, the Bayview Opera House hosted kid-friendly activities that promoted health and creative expression. “Rock Extinction,” the sculpture garden created by Mexican artist, Porfirio Vazquez was on display.

Organizers at the City’s Sunday Streets program closed parts of Third Street on Sunday to make walking, jogging, skating or biking between activities safe and fun.

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