Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party. Trail mix, cookies, apples, and fresh-cut pieces of banana were laid out on colorful bowls on a table, but nothing smelled more fresh than the two 4-foot piles of compost and wood mulch laid out on the road in front of the church.

StopWaste, a public agency dedicated to reducing waste in Alameda County, hosted the lawn party to revitalize the Memorial Tabernacle’s community garden, using this hands-on project to educate volunteers on how to convert a water-thirsty lawn into a fruitful garden.

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Community events and activities for the weekend of February 1-2 2014. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments! Friday, January 31  Open Studio 10 am – 1 pm mocha 1625 Clay St., Oakland, CA, 94612 Create, explore, and discover in our new drop-in studio space! Friday Nights @ OMCA 5 –…

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Community events and activities for the weekend of September 20-22, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments! Friday, September 20 Close Quarter Combat Instructor Course – Self Defense & Fitness Training 8 am  Pitts Martial Arts Academy, 468 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland Instructor Peter Sciarra will be in…

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Community events and activities for the weekend of Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments! Friday, April 12 Friday nights @ OMCA 5:00 pm 1000 Oak Street, Oakland Off the Grid, a traveling food truck party, comes to the Oakland Museum…

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