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Festival of Giving at Common Ground Meditation Center

Poster for Common Ground's 3rd Annual Festival of Giving

submitted by Nancy Crotti

Common Ground Meditation Center is holding its third annual Festival of Giving, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 7 at the center, 2700 East 26th St. in the Seward neighborhood.

This family-friendly event will include performances by local musicians Larry Long, Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, Dean McGraw, Marc Anderson and Alex Goldfarb. Ann Carter will lead simple folk dancing with music by Linda Brietag and friends. Spoken-word artists Louis Alemayehu and Kevin Freidberg will also perform, accompanied by Fernando Silva on the flute. Sawatdee, Birchwood Cafe and Peace Coffee and others will provide food and drink for purchase. Admission is free.

Nonprofit organizations that fight hunger and homelessness, assist neighborhood youth and promote public health will have information for visitors and will gratefully accept donations. The festival raised $10,000 for community organizations during each of the past two years’ festivals, according to Mark Nunberg, the center’s guiding teacher.

Participating nonprofits include:

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

Juxtaposition Arts

St. Stephen’s Human Services

WellShare International

Buddhist Global Relief

Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

“Once a year, Common Ground invites the wider community to gather around the joy of giving. We bring together great music, activities for children, delicious food and a chance for people to make connections with these wonderful organizations that will be on site,” Nunberg said. “If you want, you can have a conversation and get to know about the important work these nonprofits are doing to make this world a better place. It has been a real joy to be at this event the past two years.”

For more information, email festivalofgiving@commongroundmeditation.org or call Common Ground at 612-722-8260.

100 Garage Sales in Seward May 17 & 18! And a bake sale!

Engraving of a street sale from 1800s

The Seward Neighborhood Garage Sale days are this coming weekend — Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18. The Sale days are organized by Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG).

SNG will also have its own garage sale at 2901 E. 22nd St. If you would like to donate items to the SNG sale, drop them off at 2901 E. 22nd St. on Thursday evening (May 16) or Friday morning at the start of the sale.

And there is a bake sale with the garage sale. Donations for the bake sale can be dropped off at the sale on Friday or Saturday at 2901 E. 22nd St. Stop by for a treat!

Email kerry@sng.org if you have any questions.

Seward Neighborhood Garage Sales are almost here! Register yours today.

sent in by Kerry Cashman, Seward Neighborhood Group Community Organizer

Believe it or not it is time to register for the Seward Garage Sale Days. The Seward garage sales are scheduled for May 17th and 18th with May 19th a rain date. I know you sold everything you possibly could last year or the year before but I am sure some of you may have collected a few extra items over the last year(s).

Are you planning to host a Garage Sale? If so, it is time to register. You can either register online or via a paper form, and you can also either pay online or mail/drop a check in to our office.

Garage sale registration form

If you decide not to host a Garage Sale feel free to donate items to the SNG garage sale. We will be holding a fundraising sale at 2901 E. 22nd St. including a bake sale, water and soda sales. Please stop by to chat with neighbors, browse or pick up a baked treat.

We will be accepting donations May 5th and 12th from 10am – 12PM at the alley garage of 2536 Seabury Ave. We would love your gently used items. We have decided not to accept electronics, DVD’s or magazines and non-fiction books. The only clothes we are accepting are baby and toddler items. Large items can be dropped off at the sale either Thursday May 16th or Friday May 17th.

Seward Neighborhood Group seeking neighborhood chicken farmers.

Photo of an orpington chicken

Seward Neighborhood Group is hosting a Garden Tour and Tea party on June 15th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

We are looking for 2 or 3 Seward Chicken farmers to participate in the tour. You would need to be willing to open your yard to Gardeners and answer questions. The tour is from 1 – 5PM on Saturday June 15th and we would ask that someone be present in the yard the entire tour.

If you are interested email me at kerry@sng.org.