Growing Food, Growing Health Community Dinner!

It’s Friday and the weekend is ahead of you. With so many possibilities for two days full of fun, relaxing, productive time off work, there is a familiar the-world-is-my-oyster excitement. I usually have grand plans to organize the garage or clean the windows or host a dinner party for friends. And then Monday comes quicker than anticipated and all anyone could REALLY ask for is clean laundry and an extra hour of sleep. Sound familiar?

Well, here’s the solution (for next weekend, at least). We’re not going to do your laundry, but we are going to provide your dinner, entertainment, an opportunity to support our project, and inspirational teenage voices to ignite a fire under your love of gardening. You will socialize with friends while “shopping” at our silent auction. You will enjoy delicious dinner and dessert while jamming to live music from The Wheatbenders. And BEST of all, you will hear from our Student Gardeners about their experiences in the Growing Food, Growing Health Project and the significance of their participation. So, please join us get the most well-rounded weekend experience you could ask for!

Growing Food, Growing Health Community Dinner Saturday, February 23, 5:30-7:00pm in the West Middle School Cafeteria Entrance and parking on North Side of West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Rd. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10, Free for children under 5. Tickets Available at the Customer Service Desk at The Merc or at the door the night of the Dinner.

I barely mentioned it, but this Silent Auction is no joke, folks! We have amazing contributions from Mother Earth News, Wink Eyewear, Southwind Health Collective, Cottin’s Hardware, Images Salon, Amazing Skin and Beauty, The Merc Co-op, Liberty Hall, Waxman Candles, and many, many more. I’m talking a work-of-art, hand-knit bunny rabbit, Parks and Rec passes, local body care products, handmade apron and vanilla set, gift cards, registration for a baby sing and sign class, and two donations of wills by area lawyers Boog Highberger and Ron Schneider. There will be something for everyone. Or, in my eyes, EVERYTHING is there for EVERYONE.

The food is not to be missed, either! You'll enjoy a choice of Chicken, Barley, Kale Soup made by Eudora High School Culinary students under the guidance of Chef Rick Martin; or Hearty Lentil Spinach Soup (vegetarian) prepared by the devoted staff and volunteers of GFGH; all organic Green Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette; a selection of bread from our friends at Farm to Market, served with local butter. All this followed by a spectacular dessert bar with contributions from Wheatfields, Tellers, 715, Culinaria, Ancient Grains, Chef Paige Vandegrift, Chef Nancy Stark, the Merc Bakery, and many more area chefs and bakers, served with Fair Trade Organic Coffee, a selection of Fair Trade Teas and local milk.

Even if my promise to solve your weekend troubles wasn’t totally convincing, we still hope that you choose to spend some of that precious time with us. We would love to enjoy this special celebration with you and your friends and family. Spread the word!

Happy Friday!

Tagged: School Gardens, West Middle School, The Merc

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