A few weeks ago I got a call from the Sequoia Park Zoo, asking about bamboo. I had apparently let them know that I had some and they were interested in getting some for the little red pandas. Who could say no?
When I bought my place back in ’93 I planted five black bamboos in the far corner. I got them from a place called Bamboo and Maples that used to be sort of inside the nursery that used to exist where the Safeway is now. I used to love going there. It was like an arboretum and I miss it dearly. Then they moved over to Hubbard Lane but didn’t last long. The fellow who sold me the bamboos even planted them for me! They were only 4 or 5 feet then; now they’re 12 feet or more. They are a lovely addition that turned a boring corner into a tropical paradise if it were ever warm enough to sit on the bench and relax out there. It never is.
Anyway, the young people from the Zoo do a great job of harvesting the bamboo and it always looks better after they’ve been there. The last time they came, they said the incessant rains had created a bamboo emergency. If you want to do your part to make sure those cute little devils have enough food and if you have bamboo in your yard, give the Zoo a call at 441 4263. They can use the help.
Mike McGuire’s party last week at the Zoo was a fantastic event. Lots of old friends and Danniel, the giant Holstein, was on hand along with a skunk, a charming black goat and a donkey with incredible lungs. It was a beautiful evening in a beautiful setting and I don’t understand why more groups and /or companies don’t use this wonderful facility.
Tomorrow, Saturday May 9, you have two painless opportunities to do something good for the community. Take that plastic bag that was left for you earlier this week, or any other bag, fill it with food for those in need, and set it out for your letter carrier to pick up tomorrow. Save gas! Save hassle! Help someone!
This is a huge undertaking. Last year’s NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) food drive netted 43,409 pounds of food, which amounted to a third of all food donations received by Food for People last year. Food for People helped 12,000 people in Humboldt County last year, half of whom were children. 10% of our population needs help to have regular meals. You all know the statistics. They translate into hungry seniors and kids, among others.
Those of you who have the pleasure of knowing me know that I never give a party without setting out a can for FFP donations. One of my neighbors used to bring over all her expired food. She’s passed away now but when I think of her, that’s the first thing that comes to mind, that she was chintzy with the food drive. Don’t be that guy! Fill up those bags! (I use Grocery Outlet) and give till it hurts. Then to reward yourself cruise by the Zoo and enjoy the Brew at the Zoo from 4-8pm. Another great weekend in Humboldt!