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Hollyleaf Cherry ( Prunus ilicifolia subsp. ilicifolia), also known by its Spanish name "Islay," is one of the stars of the Fall harvest season and one that we will explore in the workshop on October 7 with Dr. James Adams.
October 2017 Newsletter
Lanny's Coming Events
Dr.Jim shows off a wild buckwheat apple cake at last year's Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop
The return of Dr. James Adams
Please join me and special guest Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for our annual Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past five years.

This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants and will include an easy morning walk and an afternoon kitchen session.

Read more and sign up at this link.
Studying plants on Horn Canyon Trail in 2015. Photo by Rondia Kaufer.
Ojai Herb Walk in Horn Canyon on Sunday, October 29
We’ll enjoy the last Sunday of Daylight Savings Time on Horn Canyon Trail in the east end of the Ojai Valley observing and discussing nature and native plants.This will be an easy walk with very gradual elevation gain on sometimes uneven terrain.

Read more and sign up at this link.
Photo by James Wapotich
Navigating Wilderness class starts October 28
Hiking columnist and backpacking instructor James Wapotich is offering an immersive trails workshop starting in late October. This four-Saturday class combines route finding and trail navigation skills with getting to know more about the plants and animals of our region, and takes place on our local trails.

I will lead a day focused on edible and medicinal plants on Saturday, November 4, and Mike Kresky, who is an accomplished naturalist and tracker, and co-author of the field guide Animal Tracks and Scat of California, will lead a day on animal tracks and tracking.

Read more and sign up at this link.
Edible and Medicinal Native Plants Seminar
Join me at Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura for a free seminar on edible and medicinal plants for Southern California gardens. Most of the plants to be discussed are drought-tolerant. All will be available to purchase that day. This is the time of year to plant natives.

Visit this link for more information.
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"My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr."

On October 15, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host me and guitarist Roger House for the multimedia presentation “My Summer Working for Martin Luther King Jr.” and a celebration of National Multicultural Diversity Day.

I will share the experiences I had in the Voting Rights Movement, including meeting and volunteering for Dr. King in the South in 1965-66. The presentation centers around a slideshow of approximately 200 slides, many of which have music embedded to represent the “soundtrack” of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

I also sing, rap, and play guitar and harmonica to add more musical flavor to the program as I share my story, including witnessing the incredible courage of the African-American people of the South who stood up for their rights at great personal risk. For this special presentation, I will be joined by Roger House, guitarist of the Jackie Lomax Band.

Read more and find out how to sign up at this link.

QR Guides in the Herb Walks Store
This year, I added more Quick Reference field guides to my online bookstore. In addition to Raptors of Western North America, shown above, I also have Birds, Wildflowers, and Butterflies of Southern California. All four of them consist of six laminated fold-out panels.

See these and all my other titles at this link.
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