What: Always a sumptuous affair, the WSCG benefit features an international buffet of dishes contributed by local restaurants, and signature dishes from garden cooks. Live classical chamber music is featured at the event and a wine bar. This is the only event with an entrance fee, planned annually to help support the garden and the free events throughout the year. Tickets are $60 non-members and $30 for members at the entrance.

When: Thursday,June 15, 6 p.m.

Where: West Side Community Garden,123 West 89th Street

Why should you come to this benefit? Walk through the wrought iron gate on West ggth Street between Amsterdam and Columbus and discover a hidden gem on the Upper West Side that is free and open to the public throughout the year, all day long. This verdant, bright garden invites all to come in and take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sandwiched between two apartment buildings and spanning the width of a block, it acts as a passageway to 90th Street, this lush oasis is maintained by volunteers, community members who value sharing green space and gardening for pleasure. There are free events throughout the summer and opportunities for families, individuals, and groups to come an experience this special place through an outdoor concert, movie, barbeque or just by volunteering on a weekend.

This year’s benefit honors two local non-profits that play important roles in building and supporting diverse, healthy ecosystems for New Yorkers to enjoy.

Wild Bird Fund

Wild Bird Fund’s mission is twofold: to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to native and migrant wildlife so that they can be released back into the wild, and to educate New Yorkers-particularly children, the stewards of our future-about the rich diversity and environmental needs of the city’s precious wildlife. All migratory, native, and non-native birds are treated, as well as wild mammals, reptiles and abandoned domestic fowl. WBF is the only wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in New York City-and the only hope for thousands of caring New Yorkers who come to us, wild bird in hand.

NVCBEEKEEPING.ORG

nycbeekeeping.org, a flagship project of USAGDEV, works closely

with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to bring responsible urban beekeeping back to rooftops and community gardens city wide. By quietly providing comprehensive infrastructure, training, public education and STEM connected learning, they have helped reintroduce beekeeping here in New York. The organization welcomes all Beelovers and BeeKeepers interested in the art and science of beekeeping, bee forage and habitat for honey bees and other kinds of bees, and of course

honey. Reintroducing beekeeping in New York City is the perfect example of a real world, low cost initiative that has a disproportionately high impact for our ecological communities.

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