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Who Is Watering The City’s Boulevard Trees?

11 Jul

We are living through an unprecedented heat wave which should be no surprise to anyone on the WestCoast. We have not seen any rain in going on 6 weeks now. The trees in our City are important for so many reasons such as mitigating climate change, providing shade to keep us cool, the abundant urban wildlife and the list goes on. In my neighbourhood, each summer when we have a stretch of summer weather without rain, I make a point of watering some of the area’s boulevard trees. Two things happen when I do this, one people say thank you. Two, others get inspired to do the same. I personally would have liked to have seen some communication from the City of Vancouver to encourage Vancouver residents to water boulevard trees they were physically able to or within reach of their home by hose or watering can, but that hasn’t happened. With climate change and its affects being top of mind for so many with forest fires raging in our province, I think preserving the abundant tree canopy in the City where we can is important for human life and urban wildlife.

So with that, I encourage you to adopt a tree(s) on your street and water where you can. If you wish to read more on this, CBC has done a recent feature “Vancouver trees dry out as heat wave continues to take its toll.” And if you wish to read further on the disparity of tree cover between the East Side and the West Side, we invite you to check out this piece by Christopher Cheung in the Tyee Vancouver Shade Inequality. We’ve copied in a great image from Christopher’s piece from Urban Forest Strategy, 2018 update, City of Vancouver which highlights the importance of trees in our urban landscape.

Britannia Plaza Outdoor Market This Summer

8 Jul

The Britannia Plaza Market outside of the Britannia Community Centre and Britannia Library is back this summer. For the months of July and August, you can stop by on Thursdays between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to pick up some fresh produce, bread, eggs and baked goods. We hear Fractal Farms will be a regular staple on hand for Thursday’s market. On Saturdays, stop by between Noon and 4:00 pm to check out a variety of offerings from local artists and makers. The markets we understand will be held weekly throughout the summer months. We invite you to stop by and support your local artists, makers and growers.

ILiveInEastVan Black Canvas Messenger Tote On Sale

3 Jul

Looking for something cool to sling over your shoulder when you head out for a bike ride or to the beach? If so, our Limited Edition Black Canvas Messenger Tote is on sale this week. They are hand screened locally by the good folks at Hive Printing. The bag itself is 12 1/2 inches in width and 16″ inches in height with a depth of 3″ inches. The handle is longer at 40″ inches, so perfect for slinging over your shoulder if heading out for a bike ride or just walking about town. To purchase, visit us online at Etsy, or message us directly for a local pick up to skip shipping charges at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Artists, Musicians & Performers Wanted For Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

3 Jul

The Still Moon Arts Society is planning the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. This is an amazing community event that celebrates the full moon, Autumnal Equinox as well as Renfrew-Collingwood’s diverse community and natural environment through interdisciplinary arts events. They are now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for their Harvest Fair and installation artists for their Streamside Lantern Installation. They are on the hunt for performers with a variety of backgrounds including visible minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers, BIPOC, and LGBTQAI2s+ folks. Diversity of artists is very important to them. Artists will be paid industry-standard rates for their work ranging from $200-$500 depending on work provided. To learn more, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society. Deadline to apply is July 18th.

Photo Credit: Still Moon Arts Society

Pandora Park Summer Market June 30

20 Jun

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and Vines Art Festival invite you to the Pandora Park Summer Market happening Wednesday, June 30th. You can find fresh produce, local art as well as some creative workshops. The market happens in the southeast corner of Pandora Park, 2325 Franklin Street, between 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Conversation On Non-Market Housing For Britannia Renewal This June

18 Jun

If you live in Grandview-Woodlands, you are invited to join the conversation on non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. The Britannia Renewal Master Plan identifies the addition of non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. This is your opportunity to provide your thoughts and any concerns during this online forum. They are looking to have a diverse range of voices and perspectives from the community. In order to achieve that, they are hosting 3 Zoom events on different dates and times. We’ve set out the dates and times below. Registration is optional, but if you wish to register, visit Eventbrite for the date that you wish to participate.

Saturday, June 19
10:00 – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 22
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 24
6:30 – 8:30 pm

To learn more about the Britannia Renewal, visit Shape Our City – Britannia Renewal.

Movies Are Back At The Rio Theatre As Of June 15

14 Jun

It’s been a long haul for the Rio Theatre that pivoted to a sports bar during the pandemic. As of June 15th, they are back to showing movies and are kicking things off Tuesday evening with an early showing of Cinema Paradiso. Heads up though, don’t go running to grab your tickets for that showing, it is already sold out. Tuesday’s 9:30 pm feature is The Big Lebowski which is also sold out. As you might imagine, there’s a little bit of a pent up demand and a lot of community support. The movie line up continues this week with Anthony Hopkins in The Father and Frances McDormand in Nomadland. If you are craving to see a movie in person, this is for you. Note, there are still COVID precautions and limited seating, so if there is a movie you wish to see, we suggest booking in advance. To purchase your tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Cheese Making Workshop: Mozzarella, Burrata & Bocconcini June 18, 2021

8 Jun

If you are craving an in person event, the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a Cheese Making Workshop on Friday, June 18th. The focus of this workshop will be on making mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini. The class is led by Paula Maddison who is based on Gabriola Island and has extensive experience in cheesemaking. Paula will teach you the lost art of cheesemaking and show you some of the secrets in making these Italian cheeses in this demonstration class. The workshop will be held in one of the halls at the Italian Cultural Centre and only a limited number of tickets will be available to ensure it is a socially distanced event. Tickets are $110 for this 2 hour class and available directly from the Italian Cultural Centre.

Still Moon Arts Society Looking For Youth Emerging Artists

6 Jun

The Still Moon Arts Society is looking for youth artists between the ages of 16-24 that are looking to deepen their artistic development. Still Moon Arts Society is currently recruiting for their Emerging Artist Program, SMOLT (translation Still Moon Opportunities for Luminary Development). This is a pilot project program that runs from July 12th to August 22nd for artists in Renfrew-Collingwood. The program will provide youth with mentorship, resources and studio space to create works of luminary art to showcase during the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Festival. For more information and on how to register, visit Still Moon Arts Society. Applications close at 9:00 pm on June 20th. Have questions? Contact the Moon Festival Production Manager, Madelyn Read at madelyn@stillmoonarts.ca.

Sunrise Park Yoga July 6 – August 31, 2021

4 Jun

If you live in Hastings-Sunrise, Renfrew-Collingwood or Grandview Woodlands, you are invited to participate in free yoga in Sunrise Park. Sessions happen every Tuesday at 7:00 pm beginning July 6th and continue until August 31st. All levels are invited to participate. Note, they will be following all Public Health Orders which includes a Covid screening prior to attendance, so best to arrive a bit early. If you wish to learn more, you can check out their Facebook page at Sunrise Park Yoga or email them directly at sunriseparkyoga@gmail.com.

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