Saint John: Don’t be human; be realWritten by Kc Saint John | | SYLT@toledofreepress.com
It’s happening again, a great opportunity for fun with the whole family, The 2011 All Species Ball. This is a costume masquerade ball, where patrons dress up in there favorite ‘non human’ costume and dance and feast all night long. This year’s event will be taking place this Saturday, February 26th, 2011 in the Fountain Room of the Civic Center Promenade at the Erie Street Market this Saturday from 7 Pm till 11. Tickets are only $10 presale and can be purchased by calling 419-536-5566; 419 260-4615 or you can contact me, kc saint john, directly at 419 481 0102 and I have a number of tickets available. If you wait till the night of the event –price will raise to $15 or $25 per couple. What excited me, are kids are free – so here is another chance for you to get out and do something with the Family with out putting a dent in the pocket book. Whether you are coming with adults or with your kids, this event is going to be the largest of its kind yet.
The reason this event is so important is what the profits go to help support. Toledo Grows which is the community garden outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden with has a partnership with the Toledo Metroparks. Toledo grows is highly involved in the community supporting over 80 community gardens. Toledo Grows is responsible for the distribution of tens of thousands of free seeds and plants and employees over 100 area youth with the CITE program where the participants earn a earn a stipend, build a work history and learn new skills while serving their communities. This allows youth to connect with mentors, other youth and their community. Toledo grows works through United Way to provide after-school and summer camp activities for youth centers and schools. Also, Toledo grows is proud to work with the Boys & Girls Club Catholic Club YTC Frederick Douglass Padua Center Start Something Scott High School Firm Foundations and others; and has recently added a youth leadership program with a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation. Over the past 3 years, Toledo Grows has built numerous urban chicken coops and have added small livestock to four community gardens. So supporting this event – supports education and programs in the community. Donations are always accepted even if you are unable to make this awesome event.But I do suggest you make it because there will be plenty of music, grazing and a cash bar, but remember – you have to dress up as your favorite animal or non human species. www.toledogarden.org.
Toledo grows is not the only team for people looking to better their environment. With large corporations like Monsantos destroying life as we know it, many local activists are doing what they can in their community to combat the damage genetically modified foods are doing to the human race. (if you have yet to hear of Monsantos – you need to educate yourself – get on the web and type in Monsanto and you will begin to see what may be the demise of food as we know it, natural and pure. We would need this whole publication and more to print the damage that the creator of anthrax is doing to our food system world wide.) Well I am going to assume you are aware of their evil master plan, so I want to let you know how you can step out of there trap. By buying and supporting local.