The South Side Initiative Community Gardens group will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday October 13, at 7:30 P.M. in room 101, Maginnes Hall. Please join us as we finalize plans and strategize publicity for the three public meetings we’ll use to gauge community interest in beginning and maintaining public gardens.

Your involvement is crucial to the success of this project, and we hope to see you there!

Please join us at 7:30 Tuesday evening for a meeting of the South Side Initiative Community Gardens group. We’ll be meeting at 7:30 p.m. in room 105, Maginnes Hall, on the Lehigh University campus. Directions to the building may be found here.

Green thumbs not required–all are welcome!

This afternoon, please join us at the Banana Factory (25 West 3rd Street) for “Green the Block,” a neighborhood celebration to honor the September 11 National Day of Service. 4-6 P.M.

Meet at the Maze Garden (corner of 3rd and New Streets) and head out with friends and neighbors to pick up litter in the local area. 6-9 P.M.: Come to the Banana Factory to enjoy a DJ, open mic, and plenty of food at our celebratory “Green the Block” barbeque! This event is sponsored by Lehigh’s South Side Initiative (SSI), All Eyes Management LLC, and the Hip Hop Caucus. Please spread the word and turn out!

To allow more people to attend tonight’s important meeting of the South Bethlehem Historical Society, which will deal with the future of the Steel site, we have rescheduled our Community Gardens meeting until Tuesday September 15th, at 7:30 p.m. in Maginnes Hall (room to be announced).
Remember that today September 8, from 5-7 p.m. is a work session at the Maze Garden — all are welcome!

Please join us,

September 8, 2009

Please join us tonight for a meeting of the South Side Initiative Community Gardens group. We’ll be meeting at 7:30 p.m. in room 103, Maginnes Hall, on the Lehigh University campus. Directions to the building may be found here.

Green thumbs not required–all are welcome!

And a reminder from Kim Carrell-Smith that tonight a free tour of the beautiful Wilbur Mansion)attached to the Masonic Lodge and next to the Sayre Mansion Inn) is being offered as part of the annual meeting of the South Bethlehem Historical Society. “It is beautiful inside and has a gorgeous Tiffany window that faces Wyandotte St (378). This is your chance to see the great window with light streaming in –wonderful!” The tour begins at 6 p.m., and the annual meeting at 7. The flier for this event is attached to this email.

We hope to see you at or more of tonight’s events!

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Rising From The Ashes!
The MAZE Garden First Friday Event:

I’m sure you have heard about the fire Sunday on Bethlehem’s South Side. Two buildings on the corner of Third and New Street, a restaurant and apartment, were burned and then razed.

What you may not be aware of is that beside that now vacant lot is the MAZE Garden, a community garden that offers a gathering place for community residents and produces food for donation to area food pantries.

Fortunately the garden sustained only minimal damage from the fire and demolition but the future of the site is now in question!
Please join us for First Friday, September 4th, to support the MAZE and promote community gardening throughout Bethlehem.

We will have DJ ARM spinning music, food provided by our garden volunteers and information from local community organizations. The South Side Initiative is proposing sites and seeking input from residents on the location and design for a new community garden and The Hip-Hop Caucus is promoting the upcoming Green the Block community clean up and celebration on 9/11.

The MAZE Garden needs you!
Come see what we are doing for the community in the wake of a tragic event.
Let’s put down roots and celebrate our survival!

Join us on First Friday (September 4th) at 6:00 in the MAZE Garden on the corner of Third and New Street.

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Please read this *Monthly Review* article, forwarded by Breena Holland, about the transformation of another PA steel town–one that has an urban farm in its city center.

“Braddock, Pennsylvania: Out of the Furnace and Into the Fire” by Jim Straub: