MLK Day 2014…a day of service

On January 20, 2014, volunteers from Kaiser Permanente and, in some instances their family members, once again gathered to spend MLK Day in an area community facility performing needed improvements and maintenance. This year they took on projects at the Novato Youth Center (NYC) including landscape mulching, planter maintenance, cleaning, computer maintenance, and bookcase construction.

Petaluma’s Rebuilding Together (RTP), in a long standing partnership with Kaiser for Martin Luther King Workdays, coordinated logistics.

Kaiser Volunteers 2014

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To view all the photographs go to>> Kaiser MLK Photo Gallery 2014

As a tease to check out the gallery, I offer this quote from Ally Oxenhandler, the principal at NYC:

What an amazing experience.  Your team couldn’t have been any lovelier to work with.  And the results……..well……..nothing will ever top it!  We will enjoy them every single minute of every single day for the next many, many years.  Thank you for selecting us.  Sometimes, wonderful things happen!  It was a pleasure to work with all of you. The best MLK Day of my life.”

…and this small collage to further encourage you to check out ALL the photos in the gallery linked above…

(Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos)

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St. James…Garden Harvest

The St. James Community Garden continues to thrive.  I happened to catch a few scenes from the workday last Sunday, September 12. The produce goes to the many food banks and volunteer kitchens.  On Sunday, some of the produce was also available for sale to raise money for the garden. 

But enough words.  I’ll let the photos tell the story.

The next three photos are “multi-motion capture” photos attempting to create the illusion of movement by combining several photos into one frame…

Sometimes the motion illusion can be a little spooky…

 Returning to more tradtional photo formats…

For a related “still life” photo, go to The Gardener’s Boots…

A Neighborhood Story

In Molly shows the way… I discussed an upcoming event for residents on our street.  The idea for the “potluck block party” came about because two neighbors met during a successful rescue of a dog who broke out of her collar…Molly.

Originally scheduled for October 3, it was rescheduled to October 4.  As it turns out, it was a fortunate change in date as the weather on Sunday was much nicer than the day before.

Permit in hand from the Department of Public Works and street barricades provided by the City, we started setting up wondering if anyone would come…

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They did! There are 16 occupied homes on our street and thirty-five people from 12 of the homes were able to attend. They brought tables, umbrellas and, of course, great food.  For a few hours, the street was converted into a large outdoor restaurant with people eating, talking, and getting to know each other.

I will have much more to say about this in future posts after I have a chance to sort through the photos and gather my thoughts. I will, however, allow you to see my “million dollar” photo from the day…

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