The American Institute of Architects Pasadena and Foothill Chapters (AIA-PF) is partnering with the Pasadena Community Gardens (PCG) to present the inaugural “Tweet Treats…and All That Jazz,” a birdhouse-making competition, followed by a day at the gardens with music, food, an auction of the birdhouses, and family activities.
Children up to the age of 12, teens, families, professional architects, adults, and seniors—regardless of skill level—are welcome to build the birdhouse of their imagination and submit the work of art to a jury. Subsequently, the pieces may be offered for auction, the proceeds benefiting PCG’s community education programs “intended to promote health and well-being, and continue developing the garden by planting water-wise and drought-resistant California natives and succulents.” Proceeds will also be directed to the AIA-PF’s young architects scholarship fund.
“AIA architects helped design our community garden,” says PCG Board President Ron Garretson, and he continues, the garden “enables our more than 100 members to grow healthy, pesticide-free vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers.”
All area residents are allowed to compete and the final judging will take place at the garden on October 4th. The Pasadena Fire Department will be grilling up hot dogs; fruit and cookies will be offered thanks to Whole Foods/Arroyo; a raffle and PCG “wish list tree” will be on site; and “cool and garden-friendly jazz” will serenade and entertain.
Judged categories will include:
Children (up to age 12)
Teens (13 to 17 years old)
Adult team (2 or more)
Sustainable (100% recycled materials)
AIA states that the goals of the birdhouse competition are to “encourage construction of function and aesthetically pleasing birdhouses, encourage the use of environmentally sensitive materials, demonstrate ways to attract wildlife by creating unique backyard habitats, inspire creativity, encourage artistic and hand-crafted approaches to birdhouse design, and help support students and the community.”
Our question: It has to be functional and aesthetically pleasing? Yes, yes it does. (Well then, we’d better get started.)
Some years past, when our HP teenage consultant was just a wee one, we bought a plain, simple birdhouse, then chose several colors of paint (her faves being purple and blue, at the time), and we spent the afternoon painting the little house with shutters around the open “windows” and with ivy climbing the sides and flowers growing along the edges of the house. Our girl painted a cat peeking out from the doorway and a bird already perched on the roof. It was a fun and lovely way to spend an afternoon, and we loved the smile on her face as she presented it to her grandparents who so kindly hung it from a branch of their jacaranda tree that stands right near the sidewalk. It’s still there, all these years later.
All birdhouses must be at the Pasadena Community Gardens for the public viewing and judging on October 4th, no later than 9 a.m.
“Tweet Treats…and All That Jazz”
Saturday, Oct. 4th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pasadena Community Gardens
721 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena 91105
Cost: $25 registration; find form here
For complete details, visit AIAPF
Or email Zelda Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call 626.796.7601
Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 1st. Checks should be made out to AIA-PF and mailed to: AIA Pasadena & Foothill, 555 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Photo, top right: “Birdhouse 030“. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Birdhouse_030.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Birdhouse_030.jpg