Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hope For The Flowers- Butterfly Celebration & Pot Luck

July 18th (rain date July, 19th)

11 AM - 5:30 PM

Clowning Around & Children Activities, begins at 11 AM

Open Mic Performance, 12:30 - 5 PM

Bring a picnic lunch and come join Sue Albert (Organizer), Central Jersey Cultural Art Expression- Open Mic, and partners at the Roberto Clemente Park Children Garden on Academy Street in Trenton for a celebration of butterflies and a Pot Luck Picnic to honor Joe Bird. Joe was a local Trenton area community activist who devoted his life quietly and without fanfare to the preservation of open lands, the well-being of children and acts of kindness.

Joe's old friend, Ange Chianese (a.k.a. Garbanzo, the Human Bean, pictured above) will help everyone clown around to honor the creative, magical, gentle and playful spirit of his old friend.

This event will feature music, movement, magic and art to raise awareness about the 'No Child Left Inside' network that advocates the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of outdoor play in nature.

Joe Bird worked behind the scenes to help preserve Wild Spaces similar to the park in Trenton. His modesty and the scope of his good works was not fully revealed until many who knew and loved him gathered to mourn his untimely death in 1997. The butterfly garden at Roberto Clemente Park was planted in his honor in 2007 to inspire children to connect with nature and learn from his example.

The benches (above) were installed by students from Isles Youth Build School on a day that also drew student volunteers from TCNJ to plant flowers and bushes that attract butterflies.

The students at Isle Youth Build, are also the same students that Chef E, organizer of Cultural Art Expression- Open Mic work with on a weekly basis. She teaches them life skill training for employment, nutrition, and basic culinary training. Chef E's students will be baking butterfly cookies for this event.

If you would like to help or donate in any way to help make this event a better way of serving the inner city youth of tomorrow, please contact Chef E at

Join us for some good ole family fun, music and poetry....

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