Desert Messenger

May 4, 2011

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P��� 12 ���.D�����M��������.��� Earth Day activities bring students out to Celia’s Rainbow Gardens By Joanne Winer I was so pleased to have students from the Quartzsite Elementary School and the Scholars’ Academy and Little Preschool make a visit to Celia’s Rainbow Gardens this week for Earth Day activities. The Scholars’ students came out on Tuesday, over 100 students and several teachers came and after we talked a bit in the amphitheater about what the Gardens was all about, the kids spread out over the Gardens and started raking weeds and picking up trash- -12 bags full were c o l l e c t e d - - w e concentrated on the Veterans’ area fi rst and then went all over. They were then given some talk about the desert plants by Dana Anderson and Dennis Wilskey from the Town Parks Dept. (they are also Master Gardeners), and given a tour of the gardens to learn and ask questions. On Wednesday, we were treated to some very inquiring minds of the Little Scholars’ Preschool class. These little kids asked some pretty good questions and made some pretty interesting observations-- we planted some little cacti around the fountain, then took a tour of the gardens before they went over to the playground for lunch and fun. The term “out of the mouths of babes” comes to mind!! On Thursday morning, K-3 classes from the Quartzsite Elementary School started out at the Gardens with a tour of the trails and talks about all the things they saw along the way--their observations boggled the mind!! Many of these students had M�� 4, 2011 been to the Gardens before, which made me very happy to know that it is a place where they spend some time learning about the desert and its wonders. After our tour, they went over to the football fi eld where they had an activity planned with one of the instructors from AWC. This was a very special time for me, having the schools bring the kids out to learn about the gardens and the desert. It is something that I have always hoped would be part of their education of this area. Thanks to the AZ Centennial Committee, especially Monica Timberlake and Rain Golden-Bear, for setting this up and making it happen. We really hope to make a difference in the way kids learn about their environment and show them how to respect the desert as well as spend time in it. We are planning to make this an annual event, and some of the teachers even want to come out with the kids more often to help with other projects--how great is that??? Thanks to all the students and teachers who made it such a special time for us!!! Alternative Therapies “SIZZLIN” SUMMER SPECIAL!! Refer 3 and You are FREE! * • Reiki • Hypnosis • Ear Candling with Barbara • Massage with Barbara or Lois • We do Hot Rock, Sweedish, or Deep Tissue massage • We also do massage and ear candling for dogs * MIX OR MATCH----Refer 3 people to Barbara, or 3 people to Lois, and YOUR treatment is FREE!!! 255 N. CENTRAL BLVD. PALM PLAZA #8, QUARTZSITE Barbara 928-927-5858 Lois 928-273-8348

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