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Senseless Vandalism Breaks The Spirit of Children In South Hill

19 Aug


A story came to our attention recently we wanted to share.  East Vancouver has many great pockets of community minded folk. There are so many residents that give of their time to build a better community and make people feel a part of their community and instill pride in what they call home.  Our hats go off to these individuals, as there time and effort is appreciated.  Recently, we received a note from a community organizer in South Hill that gave us pause.  On Canada Day, South Hill Neighbours hosted a great community event at MacDonald Park that included a potluck dinner and had the neighbourhood kids paint bright wooden bee cutouts to hang on the tennis court fence of the park.  The aim was to remind everyone of the great work these flying pollinators do in the local parks.

But after Canada Day, something strange, sad and unexpected happened. July 7th ALL the bees and a pathway information sign that was posted was not only removed but ripped to shreds and thrown in the garbage. To add insult to injury, someone left a sidewalk chalk message in the tennis court entry saying “bees suck!” Neighbours sadly pulled the bees from the garbage and remounted them.

Then later in July neighbours noticed that someone had been removing several bees at a time and again throwing them in the garbage. One mother retrieved 11 bees from the park garbage bin, but couldn’t account for 12 missing bees, since the garbage had been emptied.  We learnt there was a young girl in tears looking for her missing bee that she had painted and a number of other kids were equally as upset. This painting project brought neighbourhood children so much joy and pride in being able to share their work for others to see. It was heartbreaking for South Hill residents to see their community efforts destroyed. For the idiots that participated in this senseless vandalism not once but repeatedly, you made young children cry! Who does this and why? 



3rd Annual South Hill Community Dance January 31

14 Jan

CommunityDanceYou are invited to the 3rd Annual South Hill Community Dance being held at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre on January 31st.   This is a family affair for all ages presented by South Hill Neighbours.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  As expected, there will be dancing which will be led by several different dance teachers. You will travel around the globe learning dances from various cultures.  The aim is to get you up on the dance floor to move, laugh and, of course, dance. You don’t need a partner, just show up and join in. There will be food and light refreshments on hand. The Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre is located at Prince Albert and 60th Avenue in SE Vancouver. The event runs from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Come out and join the fun.

Lantern Making In South Hill Saturday October 18th For All Souls Night

14 Oct

LostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hangingSouth Hill Neighbours is hosting a lantern making workshop on Saturday, October 18th at Mountain View Cemetery Celebration Hall from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. You are invited to come and craft your own lantern. Supplies will be provided, but you are asked to bring your creativity with you.  Last year they saw beautiful carved turnip lanterns (pictured below), wax paper window lanterns and tissue paper globe lanterns.  Adults and teens can design their own more complex shimmering orbs of beauty while small children can work on simpler versions.  All ages are welcome.  South Hill Neighbours will be creating these lanterns in preparation for a lantern procession to All Souls Night which takes place on October 25th.  Everyone is invited to come out and participate.  If you plan to participate in the All Souls Night, participants are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones they have lost so they can incorporate their photos into the lantern so that it becomes a creative memorial to honour that person.  This community event is organized by South Hill Neighbours and funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grant Project which is brought to you by the Vancouver Foundation. If you would like more information about this event, please email southhill.neighbours@gmail.com. LostSoulsSouthHillturnip lanterns

Photo credit: South Hill Neighbours



Learn How To Take Care Of Your Bike August 23 – South Hill

8 Aug

BikeWorkshopSouth Hill Neighbours present a workshop to help you look after your bike. If you live in the South Hill area, you are invited to a summer morning workshop to learn basic bike operation and maintenance.  Tim Welsh will lead the workshop and is a local bike fan and knows all about making a bike run right.  Tim will offer a 2 1/2 hour workshop showing basic tuning and maintenance, operation, and mechanical diagnosis of your bike.  Up to 20 South Hill residents and their bikes can participate.  The workshop starts at 9:30 am and goes till Noon. There will be morning refreshments, cycle maps and bike take-aways such as tubes, tools and lights.  To book your spot, contact: southhill.neighbours@gmail.com.


7th Annual MacDonald Park Block Party Saturday July 26th

24 Jul


You’re invited to the 7th Annual Macdonald Park Block Party in the South Hill area. This is a free, fun, family event which will feature a community potluck, bike parade and bike decorating, hula hoops galore, kids’ obstacle course, street hockey, face painting, and a well-loved drum circle. You are invited to bring your friends and food to share. Everyone is welcome. The event takes place this Saturday, July 26th from 11:00am to 3:00 pm at MacDonald Park which is located between Fraser and Main Street along the 45th Avenue Bikeway.  The organizers are also looking for help cleaning up after the party. If you’re interested in getting involved, you are asked to email them at southhill.neighbours@gmail.com.

Many Hands Fruit Share In South Hill This Summer

16 Jul


Do you have fruit trees or grape vines on your property and need a hand picking the fruit? Will you be away this summer and don’t want to see your fruit go to waste? Or maybe you’re interested in picking and eating local produce. Many Hands Fruit Share has the equipment, all they need are willing workers and tree owners. This program connects local residents with fruit to spare and neighbours who care. All fruit will be divided between the property owner/renter and the volunteer pickers. Many Hands Fruit Share will be picking fruit now through September. If you’d like to be involved, contact southhill.neighbours@gmail.com.

Photo Credit: Zsuzsanna Kilian

Community Dance Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre February 1st

27 Jan


South Hill Neighbours invite you to a Community Dance at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre February 1st from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, if you don’t know it, is a great little community hall located in SE Vancouver at Prince Albert Street & 60th. It has been recently renovated and will soon see the return of the Baker’s Market. This is a great facility that hosts live theatre, dance groups, culinary artists, painters, orchestras and more.  Outdoors they are growing herbs and are starting a food garden with native edible plants in the Spring.

This weekend though it is all about the dance. You, your family, neighbours and friends are invited to come out and dance. Or if you aren’t that great at dancing, come out and learn to dance. Dancing will be led by Basil Houtman who we’ve learnt has experience leading community dances.   He will be sure to get everyone up dancing.  No dance partner required, just show up and get ready to have some fun. This is a free event that gets under this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

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