All Together Now by Ladybug Events presents Herban Adventures, Awaken the Senses!

Join Miss Ladybug and local herbalist Dara Suchke on Sunday, June 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Land Trust for a wonderful workshop for families to explore herbalism!  We will awaken the senses with hands-on fun and education.  Learn about how plants can nourish and heal us in this all ages experience. Expect to taste, smell, create, and enjoy the wonders of nature and the Lake Claire Community Land Trust.  All are welcome!  $5 suggested donation.
At April’s All Together Now event, “Everyday Earth Day,” participants listened to Matt Donald’s music heard poet Stephen Wing explain why planet Earth is so special, and joined a yoga circle with Safia Khan Icgoren. Then we split up and took a walk around the Land Trust, looking and listening, and came back with our observations. Each person in the circle contributed a single word to compose the following group poem:

Everyday Earth Day (4-24-16 at the Land Trust)
Spiral Green

Trees Free

Encircled Yellow

Rooted Bumblebee

Singing Birds Soft

Breeze Wiggle-Blooms

Magical Duck Love

All Together Now is brought to you by the Land Trust Family Project and Ladybug Events. Please consider Miss Ladybug when you plan your next birthday party or family fun event. Check her out at

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Land Trust Hosts Community Composting Course in June

Terra Nova Compost is proud to host Atlanta’s first Community Compost Advocate Training Program. The six-day course will be held at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust on June 11-12, June 18-19, and June 25-26. Class starts at 8:30am and ends at 5pm each day.
The course has six components: 1. The Art & Science of Composting, 2. Bin Design & Bin Build, 3. Vermiculture, 4. Soil Science, Soil Health & Climate Change, 5. Field Trip to Local Compost Sites, and 6. Community Engagement, Social Justice, Compost Entrepreneurship, & Participant-led Compost Workshop.
The course is limited to twenty participants. We are looking for community leaders and future leaders who may already be involved in local agriculture projects and want to deepen their knowledge of composting, vermiculture, soil health and soil-building. After three consecutive weekends of in-class training and field trips, all participants will be required to perform 32 hours of volunteer service hours on a compost-specific project. All service projects must be approved by Terra Nova Compost in advance. Service hours must be completed by November 30, 2016.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 29th at 5pm. A phone interview may be required. All accepted and wait-listed participants will be contacted by Friday, May 6th and will have until Friday, May 13th to confirm their attendance.
The course is free and open to residents of Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton and Gwinnett Counties.
This program is made possible by a Food Well Alliance Local Food Grant and is in partnership with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
For more information, please email
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Food, Clothing and Shelter Fest

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

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Peace & Love SpringFest 2016!

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.)

Whiskey Pigs

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.

Sensua Players

Blending traditional and modern elements of West African tribal drumming, the Sensua Players perform with a passionate and spiritual intention.

9:30-11:00 pm
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!

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One Love! Bob Marley Celebration Feb. 5

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!

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Love Your Shiitakes! workshop, Sat. Nov. 21

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.

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All Together Now: Have S’More! Nov. 15

Sunday, Nov. 15, 4:00–6:00 pm 
at the Land Trust
featuring a leaf mountain, music, poetry, storytelling,
and S’Mores for all!
($5 donation)

All Together Now is a series of family FUN programs inviting all ages to celebrate the jewel that is our Lake Claire Community Land Trust.  

This is our 5th event of 2015 and we are providing s’mores for all! Come jump in a leaf mountain, listen to short whimsical poems and stories, and shake your tails as we enjoy yummy treats and a family fun atmosphere. 

In addition to the s’mores and entertainment provided, we will have a vegan bake sale featuring special treats made by local children at the SoulShine School in Kirkwood!

Open Mic is from 5:00–6:00 pm and sign-up begins at 4:00. Featured performers are Ted Pettus, Christy Foelsch, Jed Brody, Andrea Zoppo, Farmer Greenthumbs, Matt Donald and YOU! <3

BAGS OF LEAVES NEEDED – Please drop off in cul-de-sac just to left of fire hydrant. The more the better! No sticks please. Thanks!
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Lil’ Bugs Afternoon Out: Learning with Miss Ladybug

Lil Bugs
Ladybug Events and Homestead Atlanta have teamed up at the Land Trust to bring you family fun enrichment that will spark and nurture the seeds of stewardship in your child’s heart and mind. Join Miss Ladybug and friends on the first and third Tuesdays of October and November for enchanting gardening, homesteading and nature exploration! All ages welcome. Children under 4 must be accompanied. 

Tuesday, October 6
4:15 – 5:30 pm
As we sip on homemade iced tea, we will learn about easy to grow herbs, how to dry them, and make yummy teas to share with our friends and families. Each participant will take home 3 re-usable tea bags full of goodness and the knowledge to make more tea at home.  All ages welcome. Children under 4 must be accompanied.
To register and for more info click here.

Tuesday, October 20
4:15 – 5:30 pm
Miss Ladybug’s favorite thing to do is dressing up with nature and decorating the home for October 31!  Let’s gather in the garden to create costume accessories using local chicken (and emu) feathers, paint jack-o-lanterns on rocks, and drink spiced apple cider! Expect a little face painting, take-home art and fun wear!
To register and for more info click here.

Tuesday, November 3
Join the very faery Miss Ladybug and friends for a magical adventure of art, poetry and discovery! We will catch faery shadows to take home, preserve beautiful fall leaves, and build a winter faerie village for our friends.  
4:15 – 5:30 pm
To register and for more info click here.

Tuesday, November 17
Seeds are amazing source of energy for birds and people!  As it becomes colder let’s think about our feathered friends and make them yummy treats.  We will create bird feeders to take home and after we will make delicious energy balls with roasted sunflowers seeds and local honey to eat.
4:15 – 5:30 pm
To register and for more info click here.
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Peace & Love Harvest Fest, Sept. 26


The Lake Claire Community Land Trust presents
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!

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All Together Now: The Magic Compost Bucket, Sept. 20

The All Together Now Family Fun Series presents . . .

An Interactive Comedy Puppet Show About
Our Environment & Growing Food

on the Land Trust stage
Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
$5 donation

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,, or the Land Trust’s, 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

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