Updates from Community Services Unlimited Inc.(Serving the People Body and Soul)

January 2012 Events/Activities

:: Jan 26th – Outreach for new Village Market Place Produce Stand at Magnolia Place – 9am to 12noon

:: Jan 28th – Bike Workshop – Second in a Series, Leading up to EDSLA NFHR 2012, Attend All and you Could Win a Bike and/or Bike Helmet – 9am to 11.30am
                         Attendees of this workshop will receive free tire levers and patch kits
:: Jan 30th – Earth Day South LA and Normandie Health Run Walk – Organizing Meeting – 5pm to 6.30pm
:: Feb 11th – Garden Gateway Workshop Series – Build a Garden Bed, (then take one home, must rsvp) & Creative Ways to Use Grapefruit – 9am to 12noon
:: Feb 11th – Launch of new Village Market Place Produce Stand, Downtown LA Bag Pick Up Site and Produce Incentive Program – 9.30am to 12.30pm

:: Jan 26th – Outreach for new Village Market Place Produce Stand at Magnolia Place – 9am to 12noon

Please join CSU and Magnolia Place staff and volunteers as we walk the neighborhood around Magnolia Place to publicize the launch of the new VMP produce stand. Participants will be door knocking and talking to local business owners and will be prepped for these activities in an initial check in and role play.
Please arrive promptly at 9am and meet in the lobby at 1910 Magnolia Avenue, Los Angeles 90007 
To RSVP please email Denise@csuinc.org or or to connect with the outreach team on the day call Denise at 323 627 4782
In partnership with the Children’s Bureau, the Children’s Nature Institute and other organizations based at Magnolia Place
:: Jan 28th  Bike Workshop – Second in a Series, Leading up to EDSLA NFHR 2012, Attend All and you Could Win a Bike and/or Bike Helmet! 9am to 11.30am

Preventative Maintenance and Safety Check

We are pleased to announce in partnership with CICLE and other bike organizations in LA, a series of bike workshops, designed to work together to teach everything one needs to know to be an informed and safe cyclist. 
Don’t get slowed down by a flat tire. Come learn how to quickly and safely repair those pesky flats. This is the 2nd in a series of 5 workshops: those who attend 3 out of 5 will have the chance to win a bike and/or a bike helmet.
Attendees of this workshop will receive a free tire lever and patch kit, so don’t wait, sign up now for these free workshops!
Where: Normandie Avenue Elementary School, 4505 South Raymond Avenue
RSVP: Neelam@csuinc.org or call 323 299 7075

In partnership with Normandie Ave. Elementary and CICLE; Cyclists Initiating Change Through LIVE Exchange, check out www.cicle.org for more information.

:: Jan 30th – Earth Day South LA and Normandie Health Run Walk – Organizing Meeting – 5pm to 6.30pm
Mark your calendars – Earth Day South LA teams up with the Normandie Family Health Run/Walk, for the best EVER South LA Celebration of Mother EarthApril 14th 2012
We invite any organizations interested to consider partnering with us for this event and also welcome inquiries from artists, performers, chefs and service providers! Please email Neelam@csuinc.org  We invite all those interested in getting stuck in and doing some work to make this great event the best yet to come along to the third organizing meeting on Jan 30th. At this gathering we will be finalizing the theme and deciding on a new lay out for this years event, so come and get involved and make this neighborhood gathering the best yet!
Where: Normandie Avenue Elementary School, 4505 South Raymond Avenue, Room #68 (one of the bungalows in the back of the school)
In partnership with Normandie Ave Elementary School
:: Jan 14th Garden Gateway Workshop Series Build a Raised Garden Bed, (then take one home, must rsvp) & Creative Ways to Use Grapefruit – 9am to 12noon

The Garden Gateway to Community Health
This month’s workshop will focus on the benefits of growing food in a raised garden bed. Participants will then build one together and those who have rsvp’d will take home materials and instructions to build one in their own home garden. Together we will also build healthy soil for our new raised bed from everday throw away items and prepare it for a spring planting. You may also have noticed that it is Citrus season here in LA, and while many of us have been enjoying the delicious oranges and tangerines of this fruit variety, for the most part we tend to stay away from grapefruits. Come and learn how you can incorporate these nutritious and inexpensive fruits into easy, everyday recipes.

9am to 12noon: EXPO Center/CSU Urban Farm, corner of King and Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Ave), 3980 S. Bill Robertson Lane., LA, CA 90037, next door to the senior center, enter from Bill Robertson Lane
In partnership with the EXPO Center, USC Neighborhood Outreach and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

:: Feb 11th – Launch of new Village Market Place Produce Stand, Downtown LA Bag Pick Up Site and Produce Incentive Program

We are pleased to announce three important additions to our Village Market Place social enterprise:

Magnolia Place Family Center Produce Stand – 1910 Magnolia Avenue, Los Angeles 90007 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
This new addition to our family of produce stands has been envisioned in partnership with the Children’s Bureau, the Children’s Nature Institute and other organizations based at Magnolia Place and will launch on February 16th. The stand will be open every Thursday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and will also be a Produce Bag pick-up location

Produce Incentive Program Starts February 16th – Sign Up Now
This new program being launched in partnership with Hunger Action LA seeks to transition benefit recipients into regular purchase of fresh local produce by incentivizing participation over 8 weeks. Look out for fliers detailing the program or contact DyaneP1@csuinc.org.
Downtown LA, Produce Bag Pick Up Site – Operating Now So Get Your Veggies On!
In response to requests from downtown residents we now have a new location for evening pick up of Produce Bags between 7pm and 8.30pm at Grand Avenue and 3rd Street. Sign up now to get your Produce Bag from downtown LA.

Shop or Pick-up; be part of CSU’a award winning social enterprise, The Village Market Place!

Now 2 local options for shopping or picking up your bags
Option 1:
Produce Stand @ St John’s Clinic, on Hoover at 58th Street – Every Thursday from 9am to 12noon
Option 2:
Produce Stand @ CSU/EXPO Mini Urban Farm (or next door at the senior center if raining) – Every Thursday 3 – 6pm
Also Option 3: for shopping closer to the east side
Produce Stand @ LA County USC Medical Center, 1,200 North State Street, LA 90033 – Every Thursday 2pm to 5pm
The Original Bag: A selection of the best local, seasonal fruits and vegetables packed and ready for your enjoyment.
The Diabetic Friendly Bag: This bag will emphasize items like nopales that are good for diabetics and will not contain fruits and vegetables diabetics are advised not to consume, such as potatoes and oranges.
The Snack Friendly Bag: This bag is especially designed for those too busy to cook, but who want to get their fruits and veggies and will contain only items that can be washed and consumed with no cooking.
Both of these new bag options have the same pricing structure as our original Produce Bag (go to http://www.csuinc.org/programs/villagemarketplace.html for details), will contain the same amounts of produce and come with the weekly Produce Newsheet.

Check out: http://www.csuinc.org/ for more details

Get Your Veggies on the Run! Sign up for CSU’s Produce Bag Program – Now Better Than Ever
Subscribe for CSU’s Farm Fresh Produce Bag program and each week receive a bag filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables from CSU’s urban mini-farms and local farmers. The bag also includes a news sheet with easy recipes using items in your bag! We grow and shop – You Stop – & Pick up your pre-paid bag at the EXPO farm stand on Thursday evenings! Subscribers get first pick of seasonal and limited items before they hit the farm stand and help CSU by paying in advance.  Fresh, Local, Beyond Organic good for you, the earth and the community.
Learn more and sign up @ http://www.csuinc.org/programs/villagemarketplace.htm

Updates for CSU Produce Bag Program – even more reasons to subscribe
We’ve lowered the online processing fee by 50% making it even more convenient and affordable to renew your produce bag subscription online.
NEW WAY TO PAY! You can now sign up for recurring monthly payments billed directly to your credit or debit card. When you sign up your card will automatically be billed every month for your produce bag subscription without you having to do a thing! This allows you to conveniently subscribe for more than 4 weeks, while still paying for 1month at a time.
4 weeks & beyond:  Want to pay upfront for more than 4 weeks? You still can! Select the bag size you want and click “add to cart”.  You can then change the quantity of your subscriptions during check out (1 = 4 weeks, 2 = 8 weeks, 3 = 12 weeks, etc.).

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