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Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111

Habitot News

New Website Launches in February

Habitot's in-house graphic designers Kat Klakus and Samantha Spangler, along with executive director, Gina Moreland, have been burning the midnight oil for months to completely revamp Habitot's website, which dated from 2004. Shortbird Studios has completed the complicated programming for the new site. Take a look later this month (remember to refresh your browser) and tell us what you think!

Themes Set for 2012 Summer Camp

Space StatilonThe dates and themes are set for Habitot's annual summer camp program for children 2.9 to 5 years. Week-long, drop-off camps help young children experience a preschool-type setting with twelve other children in a safe and familiar setting. Art, cooking, music, science, dress-up and free play with experienced teachers in our Classroom Annex.

Curbside pickup and drop-offs available program. Daily, 9am -1pm plus two weeks of afternoon camps in August, too!

To register, contact Lydia at habitotvsc@gmail.com or 510-647-1111 x 14.

June 18: Beaches & Sunshine
June 25: Back to the Farm
July 2: NO camps this week
July 9: Cars, Boats, Planes & Trains
July 16: Kid's Cafe
July 23: Space Station
July 30: Castles & Dragons (formerly known as Fairytale Camp)
August 6: Cars, Boats, Planes & Trains
August 13: Circus Parade
August 20: AM Young Scientists; PM Construction Zone
August 27: AM Construction Zone; PM Young Scientists

Annual Campaign for Habitot 2011 Succeeds

fundraising thermometerMore than $23,000 has been raised from 66 donors during Habitot's fall, 2011 annual fundraising campaign, including matching gifts. These funds will go a long way toward replacing the Alameda County First 5 grant we had for four years to support family engagement programs for the most vulnerable families - teen parents, homeless families, special needs children and others. Thanks to a new grant from the Trio Foundation, we also will be helping 80 formerly incarcerated moms and their children reunify and engage through play at Habitot in 2012 as well.

Donations are still needed to fully fund this program - we're grateful for your support.

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Volunteer Profile: Cisca Wardow

Interviewed by Lauren Levin, Development Manager

We know volunteer Cisca Wardow as a super-talented textile artist and designer - this month, you'll find her adorable felt animals and people on the felt board in Habitot's Infant-Toddler Garden. We asked her a few questions about her sewing background, work process, and inspiration!

Can you tell us a little about your sewing?

I have always liked sewing since I was a little girl; my mom taught me the basic sewing skills. I loved playing with Barbies and used to make clothing for them. I also liked making simple bags. Prior to working in New York, I went to school in University of Wisconsin to study Apparel and Textile Design, which deepened my sewing skills. I also love crochet which I am currently still trying to improvise. Besides my love for fabric, I also love doing graphics and prints. I enjoyed helping my friends with their kid's birthday party, baby shower, and bridal shower invites. I found this passion later on throughout the years of my professional work in New York.

Can you tell us a little about the process of making the felt pieces for the Infant-Toddler Garden?

Gina gave me a box of felt fabric squares, along with some templates for the figure (cow, chicken, horsie, cowgirl). I cut out of the felt, using those templates. At first I thought about glueing the pieces (part of the animals such as eyes, legs, tails) together, but I thought that maybe if I instead sewed them, the thread itself could be decorative. So I started sewing all of them, some with contrast color threads. I had so much fun, I started making new templates for different animals such as butterfly, bird, and duck. And who can help a cowgirl with her animal farm? A cowboy of course!

Anything else you'd like to share with our audience about you and your family?

Growing up in a textile oriented family led me to my love for fabric and prints. I was born in Indonesia and my parents (who still live there) own a Batik business. Batik is a traditional Indonesian fabric which has unique patterns: mostly figures of flowers, animal sor people. I do owe my parents so much for sending me to school abroad, which enable me to learn, not only about what I love to do, but also about different cultures. I am positively hoping to continue learning more and improve myself to be a better person.

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