Peralta in Bloom! Spring Festival

Friday, May 3, 2013

Peralta Elementary School invites members of the community to join us in our annual Peralta in Bloom Spring Festival, a full-flung celebration on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

As the flowers in our school gardens grow and bloom,  the small North Oakland school opens its campus to celebrate the achievements of our student body at this Blue-Ribbon school.

Peralta in Bloom recognizes the tremendous achievements of our elementary school students and celebrates the artistic opportunities we provide to our kids.

Open to the entire community free of charge, the event features music, facepainting, 10 carnival games and more. In addition to live music, the last two hours feature a rollicking cake walk presided over by a master of ceremonies. Many kids will go home with wonderful cakes – prepared and donated by school parents – to continue the afternoon feast and sweets.

Peralta's active parents have maintained the school's strong focus on the arts throughout its curriculum. Our festival features arts activities for all ages, emphasizing art-making as this year's theme.

As well as visiting a station for recycle art, a spin-art table, and many crafts, kids will have a chance to silkscreen their own shi r ts, bags, aprons, or sweatshirts in the kindergarten courtyard, and to use spray-art and vinyl art. An added attraction will be a pottery station. A local kiln will fire the created pieces.

Among the many garden games offered, attendees will find stations to decorate pots for plants to encourage kids to plant tomato starts or flowers for their families. Right next door, a henna-art station, and, nearby, a paint-the-drum event, asking kids to decorate a drum to be raffled off at day's end. At another raffle opportunity, the festival offers the chance to win art educator Ellen Oppenheimer's most recent quilt, designed by Peralta kids, and a basket raffle of items donated by community businesses and theaters.

A tasty activity in the garden is a special masa-making station, using vegetables grown in our garden, combining tactile fun and delicious eating. In the meantime, those whose appetite strikes will find a rich variety of sweet fare and fresh barbeque.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Festival "Peralta in Bloom," Saturday, May 18 from noon until 4 p.m. at Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd Street, near Dana Street and Alcatraz Avenue.

While admission is free, the event is a fundraiser; proceeds support the school's many programs, such as arts and sports.