Today, you should… help build a garden trellis shaped like a giant spider web


Everyone loves a good community project and if you don’t, well, maybe you should. Doing something useful, for a purpose other than yourself, gives you those warm fuzzy feelings. Promise.

Community garden Gladys Avenue Urban Farm, located in the Zaferia District on the north side of Anaheim street, invites locals every Tuesday into their garden for an event dubbed, “Educational Tuesdays.” Run by urban chef and organic cooking class instructor, Ollie Cigliano, she utilizes the space to teach children and adults the 101 course on how to start and keep your garden thriving as well as all the tips and helpful tricks to make your organically-grown heirloom tomatoes blue ribbon worthy.

Today, lend a hand—or hammer—and partake in building a massive, spider-web shaped trellis. The trellis will be used decoratively on-site to support various climbing, shrub-like plants. Plus, it’ll look way cool.

Another great thing: If garden architecture really isn’t your thing, you could also spend a couple hours helping prep the farm for Cigliano’s Health-ish Halloween event. It’s a kids cooking class where children as young as five can learn how to make Halloween-themed dinner treats (think pumpkin soup served in a pumpkin bowl and goblin green gelato). The class will run Saturday, Oct. 26 and costs $45. You can book your reservation, here.

Give us a moment’s pause: That warm fuzzy feeling could also be the flu.

Arrive at Gladys Avenue Urban Farm at 1336 Gladys Ave., by 3 p.m. to help with the trellis construction. Events at Gladys are always free, but RSVP is required. Gladys Urban Ave Farm is owned and operated by the MAYE Center, for more information visit

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Cheantay Jensen is an editorial intern who covers art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post.