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By Diane Sieker
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ACIL 'Spring Garden Crafts in the Park' brings creativity to community

 

Last updated 4/23/2018 at 2:12am

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The little ones get helping hands from the older children at the Spring Garden Craft event presented by the Anza Civic Improvement League at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Minor Park Saturday, April 7.

The weather was perfect for the Spring Garden Craft event presented by the Anza Civic Improvement League at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Minor Park Saturday, April 7.

Children of all ages were on hand to create birdhouses, garden stakes or decorate a special flower pot, with the guidance of knowledgeable adult volunteers.

The wooden birdhouses were assembled from kits, painted and decorated by each child. A packet of wild bird seed was included to sweeten the deal for our feathered friends. The garden stakes were also crafted from a pre-cut kit and included a packet of vegetable seeds. Clay flower pots were customized by each participant and filled with potting soil and seeds.

"The children had a great time," Dawn Gillam said. "The ACIL will be doing this again for Earth Day in the park on May 19."

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The children make beautiful crafts at the Spring Garden Craft event presented by the Anza Civic Improvement League at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Minor Park Saturday, April 7.

Special guest entomologist Dr. Gordon Pratt spoke to the gathering about his study of monarch butterflies. He explained how they migrate from the United States down to Mexico every year. He also talked about hummingbirds, blue birds and all kinds of insects. Pratt is from the University of California Riverside and has been collecting and studying butterflies since he was a child.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 319 assembled and painted birdhouses and garden stakes in order to earn their merit badges in woodcraft.

Free popcorn, creativity and fun education were the highlights of the event. All crafts items were supplied by the ACIL free of charge.

To learn more about upcoming ACIL events, visit them at https://www.facebook.com/AnzaCivicImprovementLeague or at www.anzacivic.org.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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