Thousands of American children are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes each year. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as "adult onset" diabetes since people who developed the disease were generally aged 40 and older. Not anymore. With childhood obesity on the rise, so too is Type 2 diabetes, which leads to increased risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, bone deformities, and more.
How can we help our children avoid this unfortunate fate? We can teach them how to eat more healthfully. That's exactly what the folks at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City are doing. They are dedicated to teaching children and their families (primarily low-income kids) how to raise fruit and vegetables and then how to prepare them in the kitchen and turn them into delicious and nutritious fresh meals.
Please help Olivewood continue their noble work by attending their 2nd annual fundraising weekend event this October 1st and 2nd called Heart of the Harvest.
Festivities will begin Saturday, October 1st at 6pm with A Moonlit Soiree, an intimate, multi-course dinner prepared by San Diego’s top chefs and served under the stars. There will also be a garden-themed art show with 10 participating artists. Tickets are $200 per person; adults only.
The second event, A Day of Play: Art of the Harvest, will take place on Sunday, October 2nd from 11am to 4pm. It will be a lively outdoor family day with garden tours, games, swimming, arts and crafts, and food demonstrations with local growers and chefs. Student student art work will also be for sale. Tickets are $15 for adults with FREE ADMISSION for CHILDREN under 12.
Tickets may be purchased online at olivewoodgardens.org/heartoftheharvest.
Many thanks to the talented chefs, designers, artists, and community members who have generously donated their time and talents to the Heart of the Harvest:
Moonlit Soiree Chefs (list anticipated to grow!)
Chad White: Sea Rocket Bistro
Catherine Humphus: Bo Beau
Daniel Manrique: The Red Door
Hanis Cavin: Carnitas’ Snack Shack
Ricardo Heredia: Alchemy
Joe Magnanelli: Cucina Urbana
Craig Jimenez: Craft and Commerce
Sam Burman and Aldo Negrete: Quality Social
Anthony Sinsay: Harney Sushi
Chris Powell: Bali Hai
Rachel Caygill and Scott Caygill: Banker's Hill
A Day of Play
Zach Negin and James Magnetta : Sono Trading Co (OWG Burgers)
Lisa Altmann: Viva Pops
Table Designers List
Thomas Bui Lifestyle
LaVonne of Adorations
Wedding Elegance by Nahid
Amy Vargas of First Comes Love
Frankie of Hartworks Floral
Wyn Austin Events
Bradley of Fun with Jack
Ana of Floral Works and Events
Dawn of Embellishment
Arturo of ArtQuest Floral and Fine Gifts
Pablo Aztlan Acevedo
John Baldessari, signed exhibition poster
Helen Shafer Garcia
Cassandra C. Greene
(Note: a preview of the artwork may be seen at www.olivewoodgardens.org)
Activities for Sunday's A Day of Play include:
Paint pots and plant succulents
Self-guided garden scavenger hunt
Garden Art - Harvest Themes (sketching, drawing, painting, oil pastels, and sun prints)
Singalong with Pablo & Friends
Eat This, Not That!
Swimming in the Pool