It was good to see a lot of Waters families at the ribbon cutting for the Horner Park Natural Area. Both the The Horner Park Jazz Band and the Bullfrogs Community Choir performed, and many political leaders thanked each other for a job well done. At the end a group of Native Americans in regalia led a procession through the flower bedecked prairie, along the long pathway from Montrose to Irving Park, finally finishing off in the oak savanna area where an effigy mound will be built. If you have not taken this walk yet, please do. At times you are completely out of sight of the modern city, surrounded by a soft and fragrant Nature.
A full week of activities ahead!
Tomorrow, Monday September 17, 1st Grade will do its leaf collection of 11 species of Waters School Trees. We will do all three Rooms after lunch. Look for exact times later today or in the morning. Help is greatly appreciated to keep these little ones safe (off the streets), away from dog droppings, and to help them write the names of each tree.
On Wednesday, September 19, Room 309, 7th Grade will take the CTA to Montrose Point and the Corinthian Yacht Club to begin their year long study of Lake Michigan and dune ecology. We leave at 9:00 and should be back by 1:30.
On Thursday, September 20, the 8th Grades will come out to the garden. First class goes from 8:30 - 9:30. The second class comes out from 11:30 - 12:00, then breaks for lunch and recess, and returns from 12:45 - 1:15. Come out and witness these hardworking young people care for our gardens.
On Friday, September 21, Room 311, 7th Grade repeats the trip to Montrose Point. We leave at 9:00 on the CTA, and return around 1:30.
Saturday, September 22, is Fall Garden Day, from 10:00 until 2:00.
We will start out with some garden work activities, from 10:00 until 12:00.
At noon we will gather together for a participatory first public reading of "The Fight Between Quiet and Noise", a picture book for ages 3-90+, by yours truly, Pete Leki. The book will be for sale at the event and a portion of the proceeds will go to fund the Ecology Program.
After the reading, we will enjoy food together. If you would like to bring something to share, please do. We will need lots of help to keep the quesadillas coming, and the whole kitchen and clean up on track. Please let us know if you can help.
Yikes! More! On Sunday, September 23, Riverbank Neighbors will host a celebration of the Autumnal Equinox from 4:00 until 7:00 at "The Farm" 2549 West Hutchinson. It is pot luck, with a grill going, song sharing, and and our talking circle, where everyone shares their news. Join us to mark this turning of the seasons, the beginnings of Fall.
Thanks to all,