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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Introduction to the World of Mushrooms

with Bill Hanson
Monday, February 4, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
$5 donation requested

Bill Hanson Gualala Arts will present a lecture by Bill Hanson on what mushrooms are, how you find and identify them and how you cook with them on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Mushrooms, the fruiting body of fungus, are nearly as diverse as the families of the plant world. We think rose clubs, garden clubs and orchid societies are normal things. So too in the fungus world, special studies in single species are sorted down to exacting sciences. Most recently a member of the Agaric family was found to actually eat radiation. When the plant dies away, the radiation is gone. There is another study that shows definitive evidence of a mushroom that consumes petroleum and leaves no trace once it dries up.

Tall Mushroom Amanita Mushroom Fly Agaric Champignon Mushroom

Bill has given wild mushroom cooking demonstrations for travel and 'outdoor' writer groups. Reviews were in the San Jose Mercury News, Sunset and in a special section of the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has been featured in a national food magazine. Bill also participated in last year's Showcase of Wine and Food at the Fred Mac Murray ranch.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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