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  1. JANUARY

    Book Club Meeting
    Friday, January 24th
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Newport Beach

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    The January bookclub meeting will be on January 24th in Newport Beach. The book is The Last Chinese Chef  by Nicole Mones. RSVP to Diana Tierney at diana.tierney3@gmail.com.


    Central OC Food Swap -- Mid-Winter Edition!
    Sunday, January 26th
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: The Village, 1505 E. 17th St., Santa Ana 92705

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    A Food Swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. What better way to diversify your pantry and network with like-minded friends and neighbors?

    We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something you made, grew, or foraged yourself. We will also consider other homemade non-comestibles (soaps, beauty products, etc) on a case-by-case basis.

    Bring an assortment of your homemade edible specialties, think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, you name it!) to exchange for other handcrafted delights.No money exchanges hands. 

    Cost: Free

    NOTE: You must sign up prior to the event. You may use this link to put yourself on the list.

    Eventbrite - Central OC Food Swap -- Mid-Winter Edition!


    You will also find additional details about the event, including downloadable forms, when you sign up.


  2. FEBRUARY

    Orange County Tet Festival
    February 7 - February 9
    Time: All day
    Location: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    The Lunar Year of the Horse begins on January 31st , but preparations and festivities start weeks earlier in Little Saigon in the heart of California's suburban Orange County, home to the largest Vietnamese enclave in the U.S. 

    The Tet Festival, a celebration of the beginning of the luna new year, here in Orange County is recognized as the world’s largest Tet Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. There will be two Tet Festivals this year one on subsequent weekends in two different locations. In addition to the festivals, there is also a flower market, firecracker show, and parade. See below for more information about each below. 

    Flower Market: Jan. 10-Jan. 29, Asian Garden Mall, 9200 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, Calif., http://www.asiangardenmall.com/, 714-842-8018

    Firecracker show:Jan. 31, Asian Garden Mall, 9200 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, Calif., http://www.asiangardenmall.com/, 714-842-8018.

    Tet Parade: Feb. 1, Bolsa Ave. between Magnolia St. and Bushard St., Westminster, http://littlesaigontetparade.org/, 714-892-2628.

    Tet Festival: Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, Calif. http://www.vncsctetfestival.org/, 800-404-6616. 

    Tet Festival: Feb. 7-Feb. 9, OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif. http://www.tetfestival.org/, 714-890-1418.


    Book Club Meeting
    Friday, February 21st
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Mission Viejo

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    The February bookclub meeting will be on February 21st in Mission Viejo. The book is Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl. RSVP to Diana Tierney at diana.tierney3@gmail.com.


  3. MARCH

    Author and Organic Gardener Pat Welsh presents Growing Great Veggies, the Organic Way
    Saturday, March 8th
    Time: 10 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Tankersley Hall, Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    Pat Welsh's Southern California Organic GardeningWell known author, and expert on Southern California year round gardening, Pat Welsh,  will be speaking on Growing Great Veggies, the Organic Way.

    Pat is the author of Pat Welsh’s Southern California Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide which currently is number #4 under Gardening & Landscape Design  - Western Region on Amazon.

    The talk will focus on gardening in the spring and summer and will be followed by a question and answer session. After which, Pat will be selling and signing her latest books.

    Pat is an Emmy-award winning garden-writer and author of many books including Pat Welsh’s Southern California Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide. She has written countless articles and columns and hosted over 500 television segments and videos. She is an Emmy-award winning garden writer and was the first Garden Editor of San Diego Home/Garden Magazine.  She also hosted two garden videos for Better Home and Gardens and instructed many in demonstrations on HGTV. 

    Cost:

    Slow Food OC and Laguna Presbyterian Church Members $18
    Non-members $20
    At the Door members and non-members $25

    Purchase Tickets:

    http://patwelsh.eventbrite.com

    Eventbrite - Author Pat Welsh Speaking on Growing Great Veggies, the Organic Way

     


    Free Public Showing of the Movie Fresh - Creating a Sustainable Food System
    Saturday, March 15th
    Time: 3 PM
    Location: Orange Public Library & History Center, 407 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    The Orange Public Library Foundation is hosting a free screening of the film documentary FRESH, which will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable food and is inviting all interested in sustainability to attend.

    FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

    Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

    "FRESH began as a grassroots effort for a grassroots movement, and it’s been tremendously exciting to see the movie spread like wildfire. Within a month of our launch in April 2009, we received over 20,000 visitors and hundreds of screenings were organized. Today, FRESH is a community of over 100,000 advocates for healthier, more sustainable food, a film that’s used all over the world as a platform to raise awareness and connect people to solutions in their community. But that’s not good enough.We want to make fresh food on every plate the norm, not the exception. We want to reach 1 million people: gardeners, doctors, politicians, teachers, eaters. Not just because that would be a nice boost to our ego, but because we believe that FRESH can truly help get us to a tipping point, when sustainable food will no longer be just a niche market."

    This screening is free to the public and sponsored through the generous support of The Joe MacPherson Foundation.

    More information about the movie can be found at http://www.freshthemovie.com/


    Central OC Food Swap
    Sunday, March 16th
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: The Village, 1505 E. 17th St., Santa Ana 92705

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    A Food Swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. What better way to diversify your pantry and network with like-minded friends and neighbors?

    We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something you made, grew, or foraged yourself. We will also consider other homemade non-comestibles (soaps, beauty products, etc) on a case-by-case basis.

    Bring an assortment of your homemade edible specialties, think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, you name it!) to exchange for other handcrafted delights.No money exchanges hands. 

    Cost: Free

    NOTE: You must sign up prior to the event. You may use this link to put yourself on the list.

    Eventbrite - Central OC Food Swap -- Mid-Winter Edition!


    You will also find additional details about the event, including downloadable forms, when you sign up.


    Wings of Life Event
    Wednesday, March 26th
    Time: 6-9PM
    Location: Frida Theatre, 305-100 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    Our friends at The Harvest Club of Orange County invite you to enjoy a Celebration of Pollination on March 26th from 6-9pm at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana.   This event includes a private screening of the Disneynature film “Wings of Life” as well as Q&A with the Emmy nominated cinematographer and director, Louie Schwartzberg, and local bee experts, the Backyard Bees.  Don’t miss out! 

     

    For tickets and information visit, http://bit.ly/1dEludR.

     

    Proceeds support The Harvest Club, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the hungry in OC. 


    Book Club Meeting
    Friday, March 28th
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Corona del Mar

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    The March bookclub meeting will be on March 28th in Coron del Mar. The book is Tomorrow there will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer. RSVP to Diana Tierney at diana.tierney3@gmail.com


    Learn to Build a Cob Chicken Coop
    Saturday & Sunday, March 29th & 30th
    Time: 10-12 noon + lunch
    Location: eastern OC

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    Come join Pete Fust, who has taught cob building for 20 years in New Mexico and California, as he leads a class in building a chicken coop in Modjeska Canyon. 

    "Cob is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water, some kind of fibrous or organic material (straw) and earth. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movements." (Wikipedia)

    We will be making our coop out of cob, which has been used all over the world.  There are many different names for this building method, and the Anasazi used this material and method.  Archaelogists refer to it as coursed adobe. In layperson's terms what we will be doing is very similar to building a coil pot.

    Pete will have already prepared the foundation before you come. We will work in a small group of at most 12 people to build one course (layer)  of cob for the coop each day.  So, there is no need to come both days. After finishing, we will join together to share a potluck lunch in beautiful Modjeska Canyon. 

    Appropriate clothing includes anything you were planning to give away and haven't gotten around to yet. You may want to bring rubber gloves or old gloves. Also, remember to bring bare feet or rubber boots to mix the cob with.

    This class will help fund our SFOC micgrogrant program; the cost will be $5/members and $10/non-members per day.

     Eventbrite - Learn to Build a Cob Chicken Coop


  4. APRIL

    Taste the Ark of Taste - SOLD OUT!!!!
    Saturday, April 12th
    Time: 5 PM - 7 PM
    Location: Annaliese School 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, CA

    Members and Non-members Welcome


       

    Slow Food Orange County and SEEDS Arts and Education Inc. are co-sponsoring a Tasting Event using foods from the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  Enjoy an evening in the garden at Annaliese School where chefs from throughout Orange County will be preparing tastes of dishes highlighting heirloom and heritage foods from the Ark of Taste.  Kids age 5 and older are welcome and will enjoy a special cooking activity.  Proceeds from this  event will support future Ark of Taste Garden projects.  http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste-in-the-us

    Cost:
    Adults $45 for a Slow Food member or Friend of SEEDS; $50 for a non-member
    Children (5 thru 12) $20 for a child of a Slow Food member or Friend of SEEDS; $25 for other

    To see a list of chefs, food items, and other event information, and to purchase tickets, click on link:
    Eventbrite - Taste the Ark of Taste


    Green Scene, Fullerton Arboretum
    Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th
    Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    Location: Fullerton Arboretum

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    Fullerton Arboretum's annual weekend-long outdoor garden event is the spring event to find bulbs, succulents, organic vegetables, varietal plants, garden accessories and garden products. Stop by the SFOC table and say hello!


    Book Club Meeting
    Friday, April 25th
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Laguna Beach

    Members and Non-members Welcome


    The April book club meeting will be in Laguna Beach. The book by Madhur Jaffrey is Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India.

    RSVP to Diana Tierney at diana.tierney3@gmail.com


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