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2nd Annual Food, Clothing & Shelter Fest
Saturday, May 14 at the Land Trust, 12:00 noon-11:00 pm
It has been three years since the release of Ebrima Ba’s film Food, Clothing & Shelter, which won first place at the 2013 Urban Media Makers Film Festival in the Documentary Film category. The 40-minute film highlights the lack of food security in Atlanta and around the world, focusing on homegrown, do-it-yourself solutions.
“At that time, I had no intention to follow up with another film,” Ebrima says. “I thought after all those years of hard work, my job was done. My conscience told me, you did great, producing an award-winning film. But what are you going to do now? Run somewhere and sell the film, or are you going to follow through with another film? I decided to follow through.”
Ebrima’s sequel, Food, Clothing & Shelter: The Ripple Effect, makes its debut on Saturday, May 14 at the 2nd annual Food, Clothing & Shelter Fest, hosted by the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. The Fest begins at noon, featuring food, music, and agriculture, with speakers, farmers, local artists, great local bands and DJs, just like last year. At 8:30 pm, when the sky grows dark enough, festival-goers will enjoy projected photography of Atlanta from street journalist Brent Walker, author of The Hidden South. The premiere showing of The Ripple Effect will be the festival’s grand finale.
Ebrima is a native African who was amazed to find that many people in the U.S. go hungry because they do not know how to grow food. “Any community of people that depends or relies on handouts or aid from others will lose its self-worth and dignity,” Ebrima says. In addition to educating people about the issue, he has also founded an urban farm in Stone Mountain.
“The Ripple Effect is based on the Dogon Creation story, how the art of agriculture and other life civilizing skills were brought forth by our ancestors from the heavens,” the filmmaker explains. “In Atlanta we are creating holistic environmental sustainability as the cultural norm, in the form of urban farms, and it has become a ‘ripple effect’ with more and more urban farms in Atlanta.”
For more information about the two films, the festival, and the farm, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday April 16, 2:00-11:00 pm
by Frani Green
Greetings beautiful people! We are excited to bring to you our Spring 2016 Peace and Love Festival, benefiting the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, our oasis in our awesome city! We have some wonderful new artists for the Artist’s Market, face painting, food and drinks, a raffle and a bake sale, and of course some great music to keep you entertained and moving and grooving to some awesome tunes! This is a family event, all ages welcome. (We’ll have fresh sand on the sandpile.) Suggested donation: adults $10, teens $1, kids under 12 free. Please keep your critters at home.
My Imaginary Band
We continue to bring our kid/teen bands out as they have grown along with us. (Others TBD.)
This band met as a result of Ladies’ Rock Camp in 2015 and were members of the She She R’s, who performed last year. Whiskey Pigs plays a variety of cover music, mostly ‘70s and ‘80s classic rock.
Ted Pettus/Cledus Jeremiah Jones
Insightful Americana, somewhere between John Prine and Dr. John . . . so fun!
Tony Levitas and Friends
Tony Levitas is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He is a native Atlantan and has been in the music business over 30 years, penning dozens of songs. He has been in a number of bands, most notably as lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter for Arms Akimbo, who had several records out and a video which appeared on MTV. Tony writes passionate songs about life, love, loss, yearning and hope.
Blending traditional and modern elements of West African tribal drumming, the Sensua Players perform with a passionate and spiritual intention.
Lefty Williams Band
Lefty Williams has established a reputation as a great rock guitarist and songwriter. His songs have real depth and power. They are more than just catchy pop numbers, speaking to the heart about life and the experiences we all share. With the release of All In, and a new relationship with Tree Leaf Music, his audience continues to grow. This is Lefty’s first time playing for us, we are so honored!
Please respect our Land Trust. Tread lightly. Use recycling and trash containers. Mind your children. Cigarette smoking in only designated areas.
Respect our neighbors. Everything we do at the Land Trust depends on their tolerance and good will. Take MARTA, carpool, walk, ride your bike. If you drive, park at Clifton Sanctuary, 369 Connecticut Ave. Do not park on side streets. Keep your voices down when leaving.
Invite all your friends! Bring cash! Have as much fun as possible! Can’t wait to see you all there! Love on your heads!
Whether the sleepy groundhog sees her shadow or not, we’re going to dance through the long dark nights of winter into spring! And what better excuse than the birthday of Bob Marley, first superstar of the Third World, reggae pioneer and prophet of Oneness of Heart? Join us to celebrate the Birth of Baba Bob on Friday, Feb. 5, from 7:00 till 11:00 pm, at the First Existential Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Drive. Bill Fleming and the Ex-P.A.N.D. Band will open the show at 7:30 with an hourlong acoustic set, followed by a rollicking electric set by the Natti Love Joys at 9:00. Food and drink will be served, and poet Stephen Wing will contribute a poem or two. Proceeds benefit the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. Spread the word!
LOVE YOUR SHIITAKES! Mushroom-Growing Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 21, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
with instructor Juan Burgos
($10 donation, $20 per inoculated logs)
Learn everything you need to know to grow Shiitake Mushrooms! All tools and materials provided. Take home an inoculated log for $20.
Like any house plant, Shiitake Mushrooms grow better if you talk to them, sing to them, or play music for them. Participants are encouraged to bring a small hand drum for this purpose.
About the instructor: For the past 3 years, Juan Burgos worked at Coldwater Gardens, a 350-acre organic farm and resort in Milton, Florida. His primary responsibility there was mushroom cultivation. He re-located to Atlanta this year.
For more information, contact Juan at 850-417-4396.
at the Land Trust
featuring a leaf mountain, music, poetry, storytelling,
and S’Mores for all!
ENCHANTED GARDEN TEA TIME
4:15 – 5:30 pm
To register and for more info click here.
4:15 – 5:30 pm
To register and for more info click here.
4:15 – 5:30 pm
To register and for more info click here.
The Lake Claire Community Land Trust presents
PEACE & LOVE HARVEST FEST 2015
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2:00 – 11:00 pm
Adults – $10 donation, teens – $1, kids under 12 – free
Greetings neighbors and friends! The time is almost here for the Peace & Love Harvest Fest, our bi-annual fundraiser for the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. It’s happening on Saturday, Sept. 26 (note new date). We are excited to bring you a full day of music, art, food, friendship, community and FUN! We will be dancing and playing from 2:00-11:00 pm, so come on out and be part of your neighborhood and help raise money to maintain our beautiful oasis in the city.
The musical line-up is not yet complete, but as always it begins with our teen bands, who have been playing for us now from their junior high days and now into high school. They have grown not only physically, but artistically and musically and we are so proud of them.
Fuiste – This teenage trio just released their debut EP with their high-energy blend of progressive & experimental rock/jazz originals. Its members are now Grady High seniors. (Other teen bands are still tentative.)
My Imaginary Band – A crockpot of Alternative Rock. Imagine if you got out your musical blender and mixed together Cake, The Decemberists, Flogging Molly, Old97s, Radiohead, White Stripes, and the Jam. Put all that together and you get this cool but quirky band playing songs you know by heart and many you never ever knew existed. Its members are parents of some of our teen performers at past festivals.
She She R – This brand new all-female band emerged out of Ladies Rock Camp of Atlanta. They are making their DEBUT appearance, covering music from the band CCR (Credence Clearwater Revival). They are practicing hard and are very excited to be a part of our musical lineup.
Swami Gone Bananas – Atlanta native, artist, and musician Mike “Swami” Schulman was a radio personality in the early ‘90s. He called himself “Swami Gone Bananas” then, and the name was born. A fine artist in the ‘60s style, he began working for the Grateful Dead in 1992. Swami always said that the Dead were the best cover band ever, so after Jerry Garcia died, he put together a band to ‘cover’ them. The band has gone full circle since then, writing their own songs, becoming one of the South’s fine nightclub acts, and playing festivals all over the Southeast.
You’ll also be treated to a hula dance performance by the Aloha Kitties, and some powerful drumming by the Sensua Players. We are so lucky to have all these talented and amazing musicians and performers to be part of our cause!
Besides the music, we’ll have food and drinks, an Artists’ Market, a Bake Sale, face painting, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes. If you bring your own re-usable plate and utensils, you will receive $1.00 off on your meal. Bakers, we would love your donation of deliciousness for our Bake Sale table! Please include all ingredients on a small card. And please, everyone, use the marked recycling containers.
This event is held in the Lake Claire neighborhood, so we ask that you treat nearby neighbors with respect. Walk, bike, carpool, or take MARTA if you can. If you drive, please do not park on side streets. Event parking is available at Clifton Sanctuary, 369 Connecticut Ave., a short walk away. Walk quietly to and from your car. Please leave your critters at home.
Your donation helps to maintain and beautify the Land Trust. Cash is preferred, but will take cards at the ticket booth. Food and drinks are cash only. There is a money machine close by at the Candler Park Market or over at the Edgewood Shopping Center.
We can’t wait to dance with all of you! Please invite all your friends and family!
The All Together Now Family Fun Series presents . . .
THE MAGIC COMPOST BUCKET
An Interactive Comedy Puppet Show About
Our Environment & Growing Food
on the Land Trust stage
Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Join Miss Ladybug, Farmer Greenthumbs, and Ms. Ellen Feather for a laugh-out-loud good time! Participants will be entertained and invited to play and create while learning and laughing about the cycle of decomposition. The lines of puppet, people, actors and audience are blurred through improv, props, food, music, and stories.
Farmer Greenthumbs is an accomplished entertainer and musician. He teaches music and gardening, and hosts birthday parties with Ladybug Events Ellen Feather is an accomplished musician and actress. She weaves her many talents into her work as a professional Montessori teacher.
All Together Now is brought to you by Ladybug Events in collaboration with the Lake Claire Community Land Trust Family Project. Our last event on July 19 was about herbalism for the whole family, featuring Dara Suchke and Cara Langston. It was lovely learning about the healing plants that grow in our neighborhood, sipping refreshing teas, and making bug repellent. We’ll close the year on Nov. 15 with a giant leaf pile, music, storytelling and more, featuring local poets and artists – and s’mores for all! (Note that this event has changed back to its original date.)
In the spirit of the All Together Now series, Ladybug Events is happy and excited to bring together children, local community educators and artists to celebrate our jewel, the Land Trust, and spread awareness about our responsibility as stewards of our Earth.
If you would like more of these type of programs let us know on our website, Ladybugeventsllc.com, or the Land Trust’s, LCCLT.org. And next time you are planning a celebration, would like a custom class about homesteading (etc.), or need an entertainer for a birthday party or other special occasions, contact LadybugEventsLLC.com.
Sat. Aug. 29, 5:00-11:00 pm at the Land Trust
by Stephen Wing (as published in the Lake Claire Clarion, Aug. 2015)
As a board member of both Nuclear Watch South (NWS) and the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, I’m proud to invite my neighbors to NWS’s 4th annual No Nukes Y’all JAMboree fundraiser at the Land Trust starting Saturday, August 29. Your $10 donation and purchase of food and drink will power NWS through another year of exposing and opposing the dangers of nuclear technology around the Southeast.
August is a big month for Nuclear Watch South, as it is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. A delegation of Atlantans will observe the occasion in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the Hiroshima bomb was constructed, on Saturday, August 8. Closer to home, on the evening of Sunday, August 9, NWS will host the annual commemoration of Nagasaki Day in the Rose Garden at the Carter Center – remembering a tragedy, but also drawing deep sustenance and hope for a non-nuclear world through song, dance, poetry and prayer in a powerful circle of sharing. All are welcome.
For the entire month of August, Nuclear Watch South will be the featured “Be the Change Partner” at Sevananda Natural Foods. Stop in and round up your purchase amount to support that clean and peaceful future we are all working towards!
And to finish the month in style, we party! Copious Jones headlines the JAMboree with its original hometown rock ‘n ’ roll sound. Other musical offerings include the Ex-P.A.N.D. Band, featuring neighbor Bill Fleming, the vivacious Aviva and her Flying Penguins, and that special brand of comedy, politics and music, The Pacha Mamas. Once again our famous homemade burritos will be on the menu, along with donated ones from Decatur’s Raging Burrito and other yummy selections. Walking neighbors are especially welcome.
Founded in Atlanta in 1977, Nuclear Watch South is a grassroots organization confronting the disproportionate role of the southeastern U.S. in nuclear energy and weapons production (and pollution). Since last year’s JAMboree, the group has continued its campaign to shut down construction of two additional reactors at Plant Vogtle, located in a poor black community on the Savannah River in Burke County near Augusta.
Because no bank is foolish enough to risk financing a nuclear power plant, the Georgia Assembly committed your money to the project through legalizing “CWIP” – Construction Work in Progress, an escalating tax on every Georgia Power electricity bill. You have effectively been captured as an investor without your consent, insulating Georgia Power from risking its own money. If and when the reactors go online, Georgia Power and its shareholders will reap the guaranteed profit. NWS’s petition calls out this un-democratic and anti-capitalist enterprise has gathered 1,000s of signatures. You can add your name at www.nonukesyall.org.
Nuclear Watch South is also intervening to stop Plant Vogtle before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to cancel the reactors under construction. In June, NWS Coordinator Glenn Carroll testified before the PSC as an expert witness, proving with Georgia Power’s own data that the new reactors are unneeded. The company’s annual report data, filed with the federal Securities & Exchange Commission, show that Georgia Power’s current market demand uses only 58% of its capacity, far below the national average, and that sales have remained flat for a decade despite the company’s forecast of rising demand.
Of course there are myriad environmental reasons for not going further down the nuclear path. Besides the unacceptable risk of nuclear meltdown the additional reactors would use as much water as the entire city of Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta every day and add to the unsolved problem of nuclear waste, which remains deadly for thousands of years into the future.
Nuclear power plants are famous for going over budget and falling behind schedule. The Vogtle expansion is no exception. Not quite one quarter complete, it has cost almost $6 billion so far, including $2 billion in cost overruns, and is projected to wind up costing $12 billion more. Construction delays have put it three years behind. For comparison with those numbers, Ms. Carroll challenged Georgia Power and the PSC to research what the cost of cancellation would be. Under Georgia law, the PSC may cancel the project if it is not in the best interests of Georgia Power’s customers, which it clearly is not.
We hope you will help us, and it’s really easy!!! Come on over to the Land Trust and party with us! While you’re there, you can sign the petition and sign up to get involved. Or just eat another burrito and enjoy dancing to the music at the fabled Land Trust.