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Thursday, February 11, 2010

105. V-Day Philanthropy: The Love Pick

Find love in the orange grove...
If you have a heart for philanthropy, take your sweetheart on a fruit-picking trip! Food Forward organizes volunteering events on various days, mostly Sundays, but check their blog online for updates and details. The mission is to donate freshly-picked oranges to local food pantries. I've personally volunteered at the LA Food Bank where we packaged canned foods into boxes for families, but this event sounds much more entertaining.
Love At First Orange.
Originally uploaded by orangebabe_

The event details (time and location) vary because it depends on the property who is donating their fruit from their backyards. As for Valentine's, the theme this year is the "Love Pick". Meet at 10:30 AM at Franklin Canyon Orange Grove (near Coldwater Canyon). Due to the limited number of volunteer spots, you must RSVP via email at Carl@FoodForward.org. Since the orange picking ends at 12:30 PM, pack a picnic beforehand and enjoy lunch at the orange grove. Since you'll be working under the sun, make sure to bring bottles of water, sunblock and sunglasses. This is definitely a casual date idea, so wear jeans, a hat and comfortable clothes.

If you can't make it this Sunday, check Food Forward's blog and Twitter for a list of upcoming volunteer events. Besides the free events, they do hold special paid events. For a mere $20 on Saturday, March 6th, join a field trip for a huge orange pick and BBQ. Take the Juice Fruit Express bus to Bakersfield for this all-day event, which includes, not only the bus ride, but also food, drinks and refreshments for the day. Click HERE for more info.

Approximate cost of creative date idea = Free.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = Priceless + Good Karma.
Kiss & Tell Date Idea by @TheLAScene
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