1stsaturdays-part 2

1st Saturdays kicks off in West Oakland at Lowell Park on November 2nd

For Immediate Release:
1st Saturdays kicks off in West Oakland at Lowell Park
Subject: 1st Saturdays Monthly Volunteer Day, followed by, 1st Saturday’s Community Fair Farmers Market
Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
8:00 -11am – volunteer at urban farm
11:00 -3:00 p.m. – participate at Community Fair/ Farmers Market

Contact: David N. Roach, The Familyhood Connection Inc
510-776-4178 healthyeconomics@gmail.com healthyeconomics.org

What: Instead of hosting just one event and hoping the community of West Oakland residents benefit from various programs in West Oakland, several organizations, have joined the monthly volunteer efforts of 1st Saturdays.com to present two different events at the same location -Lowell Park in West Oakland on November 2nd, 2013.

Overview of day

8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Lowell Park (12th street /Filbert side /next to the basketball courts) The Oakland Parks and Recreation in partnership with City Girl Farms, Mo’ Better Food, Curme, Keep Oakland Beautiful and Urban Releaf to name a few, are seeking volunteers and community residents to give a hand and input in the design of The Lowell Park Farm/ market.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A collaboration of organizations including (but not limited to): The West Oakland Family Resource Center, OUSD Family Resource Center and East Bay Agency for Children, The City – County Neighborhood, West Oakland Middle School Health Center, Life Long Medical Care, Oakland’s Park and Recreation and Mo’ Better Food are planning to present the 1st Saturday’s Community Fair Farmers Market celebration at Lowell Park in West Oakland, November 2nd, 2013 and every first Saturday there after.
A few special activities during the day are : YMCA presents Zumba from 12pm-2pm
Basketball tournament from 1pm-3 pm,. There will be a skills challenge (including knockout, three-point contests, and dribble courses) beforehand. Both events will have prizes.

When: November 2nd and every 1st Saturday

Time: Build Urban Farm/ Market – 8:00 a.m. – 11: 00 a.m.
Time: Community Fair / Farmers Market – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

About the participating Organizations: 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Offers a wide variety of recreational programming for all ages—we especially encourage youth to make safe and healthy choices that deter criminal behavior in East, West and Central Oakland– with something for everyone!

City Girl Farms is an urban agriculture private enterprise. We cultivate organic heirloom vegetables and raise dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and honey bees on farms in the inner-city.

CURME is an urban gardening project, dedicated to facilitating the creation of an agricultural economy independent of the agribusiness commodities market, serving individuals, families, schools and organizations, training them to grow their own food and medicine in a way that restores the health of the land, the water, the people and the community.

The Familyhood Connection Inc aka Mo’ Better Food presents 1stSaturdays.com as the official monthly volunteer day to advance communities towards building Healthy Economics.

Urban Releaf is an urban forestry non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in Oakland, California to address the needs of communities that have little to no greenery or tree canopy.

About the participating Organizations: 11 a.m. – 3:0 p.m.
The West Oakland Family Resource Center provides families a place where they can safely access information through variety of activities. Free cooking classes, health education classes, legal services workshops, and free resources such as food and clothing are a few of the things the West Oakland Family Resource Center has to offer the community.
OUSD Central Family Resource Center and East Bay Agency for Children will provide screening for enrollment in social service programs including Medi-Cal and Food Stamps, and can make families an appointment to get signed up.

The City-County Neighborhood Initiative is pleased to help facilitate this and other efforts to build community and help Oakland residents develop tools to lead safe, healthy lives.

West Oakland Middle School Health Center dentists and physicians will take a look at your family’s teeth, answer your questions about dental health, and connect you to the dental services you may need so that everyone in your family has a healthy smile.

LifeLong Medical Care, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties, will offer education on and screenings for Medi-Cal, HealthPAC, Covered California and CalFresh.

Alameda County Public Health Nursing works to promote and maintain wellness among Alameda County residents through offering a variety of services at homes, clinics, schools, and community centers. The Alameda County Public Health Nurses will be providing blood pressure checks and health education at this event.

Chef Robert Dorsey works with the Junior Chefs Society to create meaningful job opportunities for youth in the culinary industry. Today, he will be teaching lessons on how to cook easy, healthy meals with fresh local vegetables.

The Familyhood Connection Inc aka Mo’ Better Food presents 1stSaturdays.com as the official monthly volunteer day to advance communities towards building Healthy Economics.

The mission of the Oakland Lacrosse Club is to use lacrosse to enrich the lives of Oakland youth by using the sport to promote physical and mental growth, increase opportunities, and highlight positive images and connections in the Oakland community.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle modification program that helps people reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes by helping them learn about eating healthier, increasing physical activity and other behavior changes.

The West Coast Chess Alliance will facilitate chess instruction and will also facilitate a chess tournament.

Students from Hoover Elementary School will utilize knowledge from their gardening class to lead a workshop on growing kale trimmings. They will also be giving away potted plants for people to grow in their homes.