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Paul Nison is giving a talk in L.A. on September 19th at 8 PM Tickets $20.00 To RSVP call (516)[masked] Always Entertaining and Educational, Paul is a crowd favorite of the raw vegan community for his standout talks and his ability to capture an audience with humor while delivering informative and critical information everyone should know about Why Raw Foods are the Best and Healthiest Way to Eat! You DON'T want to miss this Exciting Event! Paul is a raw food chef, educator, author, husband and father, who has been eating a raw food diet since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis many years ago. Today he is 100% cured of this so-called “incurable disease” and still eats a mostly raw food diet. Paul is the author of 8 books. He has been featured on The Food Network and in several magazines and newspapers around the world. He travels the world giving lectures on raw food nutrition and raw food prep classes to show people how easy and fun a raw life can be. Paul will have all his books available for sale after his talk and he'll be more than happy to autograph them for you. Tickets $20.00 To RSVP call (516)[masked]
• This meetup is host-less. If you want to become the host, please email our group's organizers (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/suggestion/). • Date is set! But need location & time, please email our group's organizers (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/suggestion/) for suggestions. Come celebrate together 'The 80/10/10 (811) Lifestyle', every year, on exactly the 8th day of the 11th month, with a Fruitluck!
• To ensure you have an excellent experience, please read everything below. • We pick at Greater LA's only public u-pick organic cherry farm. They announce their opening day 1-2 days in advance, open only for 1-3 weekends. This year may be May 21-22, 28-29, Jun 4-5. • This meetup has yet to assign a host and the listed date & time is close, but not exact. The host and exact date & time will be announced on this page, late-May 2017. If you want to become the host, please contact (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/suggestion/) our group's organizers • By RSVPing "Yes", attending this or other Fruitluck meetups you respectfully agree to the Fruitluck Meetup Group's guidelines (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/about/), liability release (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/pages/LIABILITY_RELEASE/) & media release (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/pages/MEDIA_RELEASE/). • Also posted on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/744478902258672/). Join us for the day on a scenic drive to pick and enjoy one of nature's sweet treats at an ORGANIC cherry farm- Copeland's Cherry Ranch! We'll pick'em together, then eat'em together! Families & friends welcome! Copland's welcomes dogs, but due to roaming ducks they must be friendly obedient & leashed. If you can't join us, Copeland's will usually be open everyday 8a-5p from about June 1 til they're gone, usually within 2wks, but before you leave home, call for updates the day of. If any member wants to host their own meetup for their own trip, please contact (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/suggestion/) our group's organizers for help. If lost, call Event Host X[masked], not liable for bad reception or missed calls. WEATHER Forecast (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxdetail5/93551), Historical Avg 88/56 F | 31/13 C, but plan on it being sunny, hot, dry & windy! Dress & hydrate accordingly! ITINERARY • 9:15a - Optional (but highly encouraged) Meetup* in Noho for Carpool** • 9:45a - Carpool Departs sharply to Copeland's • 11:00a - Arrive at Copeland's & Pick*** • 1:00p - Picnic at Copeland's with lots of tables under shady trees: outside food welcome • 2:00p - Depart for Noho Carpool Location • 3:00p - Arrive at Noho Carpool * We'll decide at Carpool Location which cars to take. You may instead meetup at an alt-carpool location and/or directly at Copeland's. ** Before arriving at Carpool Location use bathroom & top-off gas tank. *** You're encouraged to taste a cherry or two before you decide what varieties to pick, but NO GRAZING, let's support these AFFORDABLE SMALL FAMILY ORGANIC farms by paying what we pick before we eat. CARPOOL LOCATION For those arriving without a car or guaranteed ride, I have faith there'll be enough rides for those who need them, but I can't make any guarantees. If you want to hedge your bets, I recommend asking for a ride by posting in the conversation below and to this link (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17iFaNwqK2If6p5RXhdn34YRGpfowgntiwil-BhRnDls/edit?usp=sharing) (anyone who has that link can view & edit. No sign-in required. By using link you release all organizers from liability). Meetup In front of Ground-level Elevator Doors at: Metro Red Line NoHo Station + Park & Ride 5373 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo, CA 91601 (Free Car & Bike Parking for transit riders. Cars enter on Cumpston or Fair.) Take Public Transit to Carpool Location, it's a Hub for: • Metro: Red & Orange Line; Bus Lines 152, 154, 156, 162, 183, 224, 353, 656 • Burbank Bus: Noho Media District, Noho Airport Area • LADOT Commuter Express: 549 • Santa Clarita Transit: 757 ALT-CARPOOL LOCATION You may create multiple carpool meetup locations by posting below. Find any SoCal Park & Ride Lot here (http://www.go511.com/carpool_and_vanpool/park_and_ride/lots.aspx). CHERRY LOCATION Copeland's Cherry Ranch 9611 Leona Ave, Leona Valley, CA[masked] [masked] website (http://copelandscherryranch.com/) | facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Copelands-Cherry-Ranch/107479849301949) | yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/copelands-cherry-ranch-leona-valley) Free & ample parking on Ave. Mom and pop owners are extremely friendly, helpful & gracious! If you can't attend, please go support another time. BRING • $10 cash per person for carpool passengers to pay directly to their driver • Cash or credit card for $4.25/lb cherries. (Whole Foods $8.99!) • Closed-toe shoes: Ranch request due to weeds & debris • NO ladders: trees are perfect size for picking, from toddlers on up BRING (Optional) • Whole fresh ripe raw preferably organic, heirloom and/or exotic fruits & shoots to share. NO Durian (this one time) so the odor doesn't offed the other patrons on this private property. • Mess kit: plate/bowl, utensils, napkin, cup • Hat • Sunglasses • Camera • Water • Sunscreen or protective clothing • Cooler: keep your cherries cold on the long drive home • Scissors: to keep stem on cherry, otherwise when picking cherry, leave stem on tree to prevent damage to spurs, which are the short twiggy branches that grow out of the tree's older branches and produce next year's crop FARMS PROVIDE • Buckets • Paper bags • Water & pre-picked cherries for sale CHERRY VARIETIES Lots of Bing & Utah Giant, some Rainier, a few Tieton & Benton on ~470 trees, and sun-dried cherries on the tree, which are smaller, crunchier, sweeter & more flavorful than fresh ones in stores, it's Cherry Heaven! The region we're visiting has over 20 cherry u-pick places, but we're only visiting the 1 of the 2 that are organic, because out of the 48 most popular fresh produce items available in the US, grown conventionally, cherries rank 18 (1 being worst) for highest concentration of pesticide residue! Don't let the competing orchards mislead you with the words: pesticide free, no spray, beyond organic, sustainable, natural, healthy. They're unregulated unenforceable words that require you to trust them wholeheartedly without recourse. "Organic" is the only word legally protected against fraud and abuse, with 3rd party verification. Organic is the only word that punitively prohibits a grower from using sewage sludge, bioengineering (GMOs), ionizing radiation, and most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and must do so for at least three years prior to harvest! Organic food is better for your family’s health and the planet. Buying organic is a direct investment in the future of our food system, so it’s a choice you can feel good about. Please only buy from these organic orchards. This group and it's events are primarily about gathering together to eat and discuss eating whole fresh ripe raw fruits and vegetables. Having this time together without any other food distractions is very important to respect. For this reason, we request participants not bring or consume any foods other than whole fresh ripe raw fruits and vegetables for the entire event from carpool pickup to drop off. If you feel you can't respect this request, please don't break it publicly. If you've never experienced eating nothing but all raw unprocessed natural plant foods for a few hours, please give yourself the gift of opportunity. The date may change because cherry season is very fickle and short, due to weather and crowds, in addition there's only one road in and out, which government agencies can close-off without notice due to wildfires (it's fire season), like they did in 2013. If there's another date change, you'll be notified thru Meetup. Regardless, on the morning of the event, before the meetup start time, you'll receive a final confirmation notice the same way. We wish it was less last minute and complicated, but this is the best solution we have for things out of our control. This event's itinerary times are unchanged, but due to many factors the date may change. We know one date won't work for everyone, but we can't please everyone, and you have the freedom to go solo or organize an event on another day that's better for you. For example, the orchard may open the 4th or 5th wknd in May, and the 1st Sat of Jun is the annual "Leona Valley Cherry Parade & Festival" (Parade 9:15-12, Fest 10-5), but there'll be heavy traffic, crowds and sporadic road closures severing access to the orchards in question. Elizabeth Lake Rd will be closed from 9:15 until the end of the parade. We believe that should be around noon. So, plan your trip around the road closure.
• This meetup has yet to assign a host and the listed date & time is close, but not exact. The host and exact date & time will be announced on this page, late-June. If you want to become the host, please email our group's organizers (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/suggestion/). • To ensure you have an optimal experience, please read everything below. • By RSVPing "Yes" or attending this or another Fruitluck meetup you respectfully agree to the Fruitluck Meetup Group's guidelines (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/about/), liability release (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/pages/LIABILITY_RELEASE/) & media release (http://www.meetup.com/Fruitluck/pages/MEDIA_RELEASE/). One weekend a year the ranch opens its orchard section to the public, generally 7a-1p the 1st Sat & Sun after the 4th of July weekend, where ripe Valencia Oranges* and White Grapefruit** can be picked by hand. Our group will only be there one day, 9a-1p, and we'll have the fruitluck around 11a. The ranch is open til sunset (8:06p), but the orchard section closes at 1p * Valencia orange season is April to September/October, whereas Navel is October/November to May. ** White is more tart & larger than the Pink (sweeter) & Red (sweetest) grapefruits. WEATHER Historical Avg 86/60 F, sunny, no rain, no wind. BRING - Whole fresh ripe raw preferably organic, heirloom and/or exotic fruits & shoots to share - Mess kit: plate/bowl, utensils, napkin, cup - Grocery bags & medium size boxes - Cash - Fees paid to Ranch: $3 per Filled Grocery Bag, unlimited purchases $6 per Filled Medium-size Box, unlimited purchases $1 for Fruit Picker Rental or bring your own for free BRING (optional, but encouraged) - Fruit picker or rent one for $1 - Hat - Sunglasses - Sunscreen or protective clothing - Water - Still/Video Camera RANCH INFO Orcutt Ranch, formerly called Rancho Sombra del Roble, was the vacation and retirement estate of William Warren Orcutt and his wife Mary Logan Orcutt. The adobe residence, as well as the estate’s garden, ranch structures, oak trees, and citrus orchard have historic significance because of the distinction of its owner W.W. Orcutt, pioneer of the oil production industry in California and discoverer of the prehistoric fossils at La Brea Tar Pits. http://www.laparks.org/dos/horticulture/orcutt/orcutt_fruit.htm[masked] or[masked] Open Daily Sunrise-Sunset Office Hours Tu-F 9-3, Sa 9-1