Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

Raleigh Neighborhood Recognition Awards

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The Raleigh Citizens Adviosry Council (RCAC) hosts an annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards ceremony. This year, the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the McKimmon Center on Gorman Street. The evening will begin with a reception starting at 6 pm, followed by an awards ceremony at 7 pm.  The reception includes live jazz music. Friends, family, and neighbors are encouraged to share in the occasion.

During the past meetings of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), we selected and voted on (more…)

Win Big By Donating to NeighborWoods

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The NeighborWoods Street Tree Program has been plugging away since 2003 and this year we’re celebrating the delivery of our 10,000th tree!  You can have the honor of making THE donation that purchases the 10,000th tree.  Any citizen who makes a donation of $25 or more between now and October 1st will be entered into a drawing.  One lucky winner will be eligible to participate in the tree planting with Mayor Meeker at Nash Square, dedicate a plaque with their name, receive an REI gift card and bike tune- up, enjoy a Whole Foods gift card, and win a gift certificate to the Busy Bee Cafe!

To enter to win please send your donation of $25 or more to (more…)

SWCAC Recap June 2010

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

There were about 20 folks who attended the monthly South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting on June 14, 2010. We had a variety of topics and speakers attend the meeting to provide updates. Before we adjourned, we decided that we would trade our July meeting for a community meal. We will grill some hamburgers and hot dogs at the pavilion at Carolina Pines and ask that folks attending bring a side dish. More information to come in the July newsletter.

Officer Upchurch provided updates from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD). Top items included 63 animals calls and several residential break-ins. Officer Upchurch reminded us to lock the doors and windows to your home. (more…)

SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Community money

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At the May 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), one of our main topics was budget. The context is things we need money for in our neighborhoods. One thing we’ve learned in SWCAC is that if you don’t ask the City Council for it, you’ll never get it.

The most recent example is the neighborhood park we’re trying to establish at the corner of Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. (more…)

SWCAC May 2010: Budget, Community Gardens, and more

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

At last night’s South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), we had a great collaborative session on several different topics including building a CAC website, budget requests, and community gardens. Vice-Chair Anthony McLeod and Second Vice Chair Mary Belle Pate help to foster the group conversation and generate ideas. (more…)

Dig-In Review, Community Gardens Not Allowed

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The Dig-In workshop conducted by the Advocates for Health in Action was a lot of fun and informative. The opening session was given by Advocates for Health in Action, explaining why they wanted to inform Raleigh on community gardens. During the presentation, one of the most interesting items was one that I have seen before in other presentations about health. It shows the percentage of obese adults in the United States from the 1980s until now.

North Carolina and the Southern states remain among the highest in obesity rates in the country, but the others are not far behind us. Though the reasons for this vary, lack of activity and a change in diet to include more convenience foods are a few of the suspects that community gardens can aid in changing. Access to fresh vegetables that are inexpensive can help all of us eat more green! And as a bonus, gardening is exercise. A group I volunteer with is sponsoring a NC Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, and we hope to see kids all over North Carolina outside gardening with their parents. I think our Lineberry Alliance community garden is worth pursuing. So, why don’t we get started? (more…)

Community Gardens Anyone?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

There may be a great opportunity to build a community garden at the future park on Lineberry & Sierra Drive. If someone in the community has interests, it would be great for you to attend the event mentioned below and report back to the neighborhood on if a community garden is a viable option for the park.

This City of Raleigh announces Advocates for Health in Action’s Community Garden Summit on April 17th.

For more information, (more…)