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Goldstream News Gazette

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Souper Bowls cook up support for urban youth Travis Paterson Black Press

Lizzy Segal is a teacher on call for SD61. When she’s not teaching, she uses her off days to create clay sculptures in the Cedar Hill Rec. Centre ceramics studio. Segal is one of the many artists to donate a piece to the 2018 Souper Bowls of Hope event, which supports the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES). It’s the 20th edition of the Souper Bowls fundraiser on April 5. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. guests, or Community Souper Heroes, can enjoy a bowl of soup and entertainment at the Victoria Conference Centre. As always, guests choose one of the hundreds of handmade creations to take home. This year’s event focuses on supporting two YES programs

Michele Davis inspects two of the hand made bowls that artists have donated to the 2018 Souper Bowls fundraiser, April 5 at the Vicoria Convention Centre. (TRAVIS PATERSON/NEWS STAFF)

that help Victoria’s vulnerable youth (ages 13 to 21) learn about healthy eating habits. You(th)

Can Cook and You(th) Can Garden are the two programs, each providing hands-on knowl-

edge and experience in the area of healthy cooking, food security and maintaining access to fresh produce throughout the year. “The community kitchen and garden programs have been incredibly important in developing youths’ self-esteem as well as giving them tools to be successful as they transition into adulthood,” said Souper Bowls event chair, Michele Davis. “The program staff are seeing youth show up week after week with a sense of excitement and they leave feeling proud and accomplished.” With 400 attendees at last year’s Souper Bowls event, it takes a while to collect the number of bowls needed. “In addition to local artists contributing bowls we also get quite a few from the Family Day arts demonstration in the Cedar

Hill ceramics studio,” said Davis. On Family Day, staff and artists demonstrate the throwing wheel and each of those creations turns into a bowl for Souper Bowls. And the public can contribute too, experienced or not, by paying $9 to create a piece at the ceramic studio Fired Up. Entertainment by the Vic High School R&B Band is a highlight of the event, as are the raffles and silent and live auctions that include a WestJet ‘Gift of Flight’ package for two people and five Capital Iron gift certificates worth $500 each. Tickets to Souper Bowls of Hope 2018 are $50 per person and can be purchased online. For more information visit editor@goldstream

The arts: A key component of healthy communities Centre or “Arise” our upcoming Fundraising event at Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club, both of which promise to engage, educate and entertain. For more information go to

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As the West Shore continues of our upcoming events is also created, as well as enjoy other to grow, so too does the need greatly appreciated. forms of artistic expression along for spaces, programs and initiaWith the West Shore’s need for the pathways,” she said. “I believe tives that showcase viable spaces where art this will become a signature event the arts. can be enjoyed on the on the West Shore of which the As various studrise, Laura Davis, West community can take pride in.” From live art installations, to ies suggest, there is Shore Art Council presa positive link beident had this to say in the most recent Ken Lavigne tween community reflecting on last year’s tenor performance, growart engagement and Light Up The Hills ing communities seeking to a community’s overevent. reach maturation harmo“It was amazing how niously need spaces where all health. According to the Creative City engaged all ages were these wonders can be rouNetwork of Canin making the lanterns. tinely showcased and enada, an arts based Some families worked joyed. Chris Moir non-profit, an area’s on them for several As William Shakespeare perceived quality of hours. The festival al- once said, “The object of life is directly related lowed the community art is to give life shape.” So, to the level of engageto come together and let’s give shape to the spacshare what they had es where art lives, breathes, ment with various art forms. Research has also shown that the arts Institute on Aging Self-Managementh Columbia bring attention to & Lifelong Health Britis important community issues in order to ARE YOU LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN? educate and inspire the public in new and unique ways. FREE 6 SESSIONS / 2.5 HOURS A WEEK WORKSHOP As a result, healthy, vibrant communities Chronic Pain are those who make room for and exist in Self-Management harmony with the varApril 4th - May 9th 1:30pm to 4:00pm ious art forms. HELD AT THE So how can one enGREATER VICTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY courage the growth of JUAN DE FUCA BRANCH their local art scene? 1759 ISLAND HWY, VICTORIA Becoming involved Learn techniques to better manage your pain. with the arts is one Set goals and problem solve. way to broaden your Communicate more effectively with your family, friends and your health care team. horizons and engage Deal with stress and difficult emotions. with various culturTake action and live a healthier life. al activities in order to improve personRegister online or phone ASAP - space is limited al engagement and • 1-866-902-3767 (toll free) overall quality of life. Petitioning local politicians for art-based spaces, programs and initiatives is another. Self-Management BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Volunteering at any

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Goldstream News Gazette, March 23, 2018  

March 23, 2018 edition of the Goldstream News Gazette

Goldstream News Gazette, March 23, 2018  

March 23, 2018 edition of the Goldstream News Gazette