Vic has been running summer birding workshops through Irvine Valley College and is preparing to leave on the big finale trip of the summer to the eastern Sierras. I'm going as an extra volunteer driver for one of the college vans on this four-day trip, but I have no time to think about that now.
I've been swamped with planning for the new Huntington Beach Community Garden. After our "making stone soup" column on that topic a couple of weeks ago, the garden group received a rush of new memberships. The spaces are now all reserved. The garden committee is hoping to open up a few more spots but must wait until Southern California Edison reviews the plot plans.
The most exciting thing to me is how our community has responded to the garden group's request for help. One man called Annette Parsons with an offer of free equipment use. He has a "ditch witch" that will dig trenches for the irrigation lines. Another man called, saying that he will try to get two ship-to-shore containers from the longshoreman workers' union in Long Beach. And several people bought bricks in the garden group's "Buy a Brick" fundraising campaign.