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  • Sep 12 Regular Monthly Meeting

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  • Oct 10 Regular Monthly Meeting

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  • Nov 14 Regular Monthly Meeting

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  • Dec 12 Regular Monthly Meeting

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Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) is a non-profit educational service organization affiliated with California Garden Clubs, Inc. serving the Tri-Valley Area: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol.

LAVGC Vision: Gardening for fun and purpose while working together to share knowledge and promote environmental responsibility.

LAVGC Mission: Encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; Promote better horticultural practices; Promote civic beauty; Promote conservation of natural resources.

LAVGC Brochure.

LAVGC offers special interest groups and workshops on a variety of related subjects.

Different special interest groups include Edible Gardening, Floral Design, Garden Tours and Seed Sharing.

Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

LAVGC meets the second Thursday of September through June at Alisal Elementary School in Pleasanton.

LAVGC Speakers: past and future

Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. TIME CHANGE!

Celebrate our Club's 35th Anniversary

Come help celebrate the Club's 35th Anniversary. Fabulous food will be available. A wonderful presentation is planned. Check back in late August for updates.

We are on summer break during July and August so we can attend to our gardens. Check the Calendar Events to the left for scheduled summer Club activities. Check back in late August for updates.


Visitors Are Welcome!

Please join us at the monthly meeting or contact us at the Membership link below. Please take a moment to fill out the Membership Application Form for Membership Year July, 2019 through June, 2020. New members joining after Jan. 31 of the Membership Year will owe one-half of the regular dues. New members joining at or after the April Spring Plant Sale will pay dues for the following Membership Year and be complimented for the remainder of the existing Membership Year (May/June).

For more information about membership or dues, please email Wanda Finn.

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Members Only section

Check out the Members Only section. Click on the 'Members Only' menu selection on any page, enter the Id and password. The Members Only section contains the club Yearbook, speaker video links, club forms, newsletter archives, meeting minutes and more. Members may email the Co-Presidents to obtain the Id and password.


Thanks, thanks and more thanks

Thanks to all who participate in the club workshops, work parties and providing meeting refreshments. > > More

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Talks on Video

If you missed our meeting speakers' informative talk, you can see the video of the talk on the club website Members Only section. Most of our recent club meeting talks are on view there.

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Your MEMBERSHIP DUES Are Due For LAVGC 2019/2020 Membership Year

Our Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30. Dues are $25.00 per Membership Year for an individual or $35.00 for two members at the same address. Dues are payable May 1 and delinquent August 1. To insure inclusion in the Annual Club Yearbook, pay by July 30.

All members need to fill out a new form so we are sure we have your current information for the Yearbook as well as a current signed, insurance required, hold harmless form.

Please fill out the Membership Application Form and turn it in at the June meeting with your dues, or mail to Wanda Finn, Membership Chairman, 4400 Mines Road, Livermore, CA 94550. Your completed application insures that we have your most current and correct information in our Annual Club Yearbook.

For more information about membership or dues, please contact Wanda Finn. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Wanda's phone number.

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Congratulations to 2019/20 LAVGC Elected Officers

At the May meeting the following members were elected to serve as the Executive Board for 2019/20. We are pleased to know we have a dynamic and experienced Board for the coming year.

2019/20 LAVGC Elected Officers:

  • President - Jeri Stark
  • VP Meetings and Organization - Karen Abbruscato
  • VP Community Service - Gail Bachman
  • VP Special Interests - Lois Barber
  • Corresponding Secretary - Nora Kvale
  • Recording Secretary - Beth Clark
  • Treasurer - Norma Foss

A hearty thank you to each for their willingness to serve.

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Alameda County Fair Volunteer Opportunities

The Alameda County Fair will run from June 14 to July 7, 2019 and we need volunteers. Our club makes $6 an hour, any shift and no matter where you work. Plus you get free goodies, free tickets and parking to the fair. This is a great way to see the Fair and raise money for the garden club. Please sign up for a shift or two at Alameda County Fair. Choose the Red fair info button on the left side of the page.

For more information, please contact Ron Volpa, ACF volunteer coordinator. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Ron's additional contact information.

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Eden Garden's 10th anniversary celebration

Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:30 pm. Location: Knot barn, adjacent to Eden Garden on the Crosswinds Church property, 1660 Freisman Road, Livermore.

Pleasanton if you are using GPS! Although it is actually in Livermore!

It is hard to believe but the Eden Garden has been in existence for 10 years! We started out in January 2009 and harvested our first, small crop of tomatoes that summer. We have come a long way...not only in all the food we have been able to provide but in the community that has been created. It has turned out to be much more than just a garden when we consider all the amazing people that have grown into our Eden Garden community family. On Sunday June 2 at 12:30 P.M. we'll be gathering at the Knot barn, adjacent to Eden Garden on the Crosswinds property in Livermore. We hope that you can join us for some food, fun, music, and garden giveaways to celebrate 10 years of providing organic produce to those in need.

An RSVP would be appreciated.

For more information or questions, email Barbara Stott, Karen Abbuscato or Beth Clark.

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Eden Garden's Stop Waste Food Challenge

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Location: Eden Garden on the Crosswinds Church property, 1660 Freisman Road, Livermore.

Pleasanton if you are using GPS! Although it is actually in Livermore!

At Eden Garden we've all been working hard to provide healthy organic produce to families in need. This year we will be going a step further to educate our volunteers and community members about another aspect of growing food: how to reduce food waste and the resources used to produce it. The Alameda County StopWaste organization has awarded Eden Garden a $10,000 grant for implementing our new program about stopping food waste. Funds from that grant will also be used to purchase supplies to run our garden, purchase new equipment, and make other improvements.

To fulfill the requirements of the grant, we need your help. We need at least 20 people to participate in the Stop Food Waste Challenge. This challenge starts with a meeting at the Crosswinds Church Farm Theater on June 4th from 1:00 to 3:00, with a speaker from the StopWaste organization. Thereafter, participants of the Challenge will conduct a quick refrigerator audit to look for possible areas of food waste in their homes. Then, for just one week, participants will use simple food saving tools (such as shopping lists and produce storage information) and keep a journal of their experiences. The Challenge concludes with another refrigerator audit to assess any improvement. In September, participants will be invited to share their experiences with the greater community at a culminating event. Even if you are not able to participate in the Challenge, we invite you to come on June 4 to learn ways to reduce food waste.

An RSVP would be appreciated.

For more information or questions, email Barbara Stott, Karen Abbuscato or Beth Clark.

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LAVGC Annual Tomato Tasting - our 22nd year!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

This is our 22nd annual tasting! A fun time to compare tomato types and dishes. Bring your home grown, market bought, or just come and taste. All are welcome! Details to be sent out closer to the event. Fun prizes! For further information or questions,email Kim Billingsley or Michelle Tallon. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

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2020 Plant Sale (or alternative)

At the May 1 meeting of the Board, we discussed the future of our Plant Sale. The Board took no action, but the consensus was that we should convene a group of interested members to continue the discussion and make recommendations about whether to continue to hold plant sales pretty much like in the recent past, modify the scope of the plant sale, find alternative fund-raising activities, find members to lead the plant sale or its alternative, and so on.

There will be a sign-up at the June meeting for members who would like to participate in this discussion. We encourage people who have previously been involved in the plant sale to participate, but all interested members are invited. Date and location of the meeting will be announced later. If you can't be at the June meeting but would like to participate, please email Jeri Stark. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Alameda County Master Gardeners Garden Talks

Second Saturdays, Mar - Nov, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Click to see the 2019 ACMG Garden Talks schedule.

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