Windermere high school students — Taking care of community Random Act of Kindness Project to fill the hallways with hearts Windermere students are out to spread kindness and compassion in Renfrew-Collingwood. Two students from Windermere’s Innovative Business Strategies 12 class took on the challenge of creating a compassion project within the Windermere Family of Schools (secondary and elementary schools). Jason Chong and Michael Luu, grade 12 students, developed the Windermere Random Act of Kindness Project (WRAK) where students and staff perform acts of kindness anonymously, share the act by documenting (photo, video or written description) it and send it to windermereRAK@gmail.com. Once the act of kindness is completed, the person can challenge up to three other people to perform their own acts of kindness, then follow the same process. This initiative is similar to the ALS challenge that took place last spring. The acts of kindness will also be displayed on hearts in the hallways at Windermere and the goal is to fill the hallway walls with the hearts. The ultimate goal is to spread the idea of kindness and compassion throughout the community. Leadership 10 students collecting donations for the Morning Star Program. Grade 11 student Robin Horner supported the Movember campaign in an unusual way.
The Leadership 10 class supported Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Morning Star Program by collecting gently used clothing, food and other personal care items from Windermere’s Family of Schools (elementary schools that feed into Windermere) to be dropped off before Winter Break. The Morning Star Program supports individuals who are homeless and provides them with a breakfast and a shower every Saturday morning.
Students learn new ideas about food literacy during the Climate Change Conference. See story page 3. Photo by Samantha Chow
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Windermere Student Council organized the Movember campaign to draw attention to health issues that affect men, like prostate cancer. This year, a showcase on November 27 saw students volunteering to have their legs waxed. One grade 11 student, Robin Horner, shaved her head for the cause. The campaign has so far collected $250.
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Windermere Gingerbread House Champions Every year, dedicated students with an interest in the culinary arts dedicate their time and energy to the massive undertaking of producing a gingerbread creation. This year was no exception. Under the guidance of Chef Vito Salterio, a team of students worked every day after school for over a month to create a replica of “Whoville” from Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The team of gingerbread makers represented Windermere at the Hyatt Regency’s Annual
Gingerbread Lane Competition on December 4th, 2014. This highly competitive event hosted teams of secondary school students from all over the Lower Mainland, as well as both amateur and professional competitors. In the end, Windermere’s name was announced for ... 1st place! Congratulations to Alejandra Arreguin, Chi Dinh, Andy Johnson, Candice Koo, Evalyn Kovacs, Lily Lee, Michelle Phan, and Angela Wu. We are so proud of all your hard work! Please see photos on the Windermere website.
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Local youth tackle climate change FRACKTURED â€“ Windermere Climate
Change Conference 2014 The Grade 11 Leadership class at Windermere Secondary School recently organized the sixth annual Climate Change Conference (C3). Hosted by Windermere, this for-youth, by-youth conference strives to connect secondary school students across the district who are passionate about making a difference in their schools. This year, the theme was FRACKTURED, with keynote speakers talking about fracking in BC. C3 has attracted upwards of 250 students from all across the Lower Mainland. The conference coincided with the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Peru and marked the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan. Students explored and became engaged in topics of climate justice in the one-day event. The day started bright and early on November 28 with keen attendees arriving half an hour before the conference officially started at 9 am. The conference commenced in the auditorium for the opening speeches and a keynote panel. This year, the keynote lineup consisted of Sean Devlin, Aliya Dossa and Caleb Behn. Sean is a stand-up comedian, filmmaker and activist. Aliya is one of the Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists in Canada, the co-founder of Youth 4 Tap and an economics student at UBC. Caleb is an Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne-Za/Cree First Nations from Northeastern BC, who is a lawyer in environmental law and sustainability. He spoke about fracking projects and oil in Northeastern BC. Students learned about climate justice in the morning. Different workshops presented different angles to climate change, whether it came in the form of its health impacts, economics, censorship, corporate media and propaganda, impact on First Nations communities,
or the follow-up on how climate change affected Typhoon Haiyan. Afternoon workshops were more hands-on and interactive, a time for students to apply what they have learned in the morning. A zerowaste lunch was featured in between morning and afternoon workshops, where itâ€™s become a tradition for students to bring their own utensils, bowls and mugs! Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer, MP Don Davies and Janet Fraser (now a school trustee) were among the special guests who attended C3 to see the type of action youth took on that day. The closing ceremony featured shorter speeches from Lynne Quarmby, Robin Horner and Emma Jackson, Kate Hodgson, and Rianne Mac and Felicia Tsui. SFU professor Lynne Quarmby made headlines for her arrest for civil disobedience against Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain and spoke out about climate change and science. Robin Horner and Emma Jackson, two Grade 10 girls, shared their experience crossing the police line on Burnaby Mountain. Kate Hodgson is the director of Kids for Climate Action and spoke about their cause, and Rianne and Felicia, two Grade 11 Leadership students, spoke about
Brendan Chan ran a workshop about beginning and expanding food initiatives. Photo by Samantha Chow the next action project: Earth Day. The turnout was fantastic and the day ran smoothly. Youth took home the tools to make meaningful, sustainable differences in their schools and communities.
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What are these RC INTERactive signs up around the neighbourhood? Take part in scavenger hunts, walking clubs and more to get active Three groups of UBC kinesiology students worked with RC INTERactive this fall on three different projects. Have you seen some new signs around the neighbourhood – on a flower box, on the doorway to the library, at the Vanness community garden, on a bike rack – encouraging spontaneous activity and a little exercise as you are out and about? With the help of the students, RC INTERactive created a scavenger hunt with one hub around Collingwood and another around Renfrew and 22nd Avenue. You can take part in this scavenger hunt by picking up a map at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Collingwood Community Policing Centre or Renfrew Park Community Centre. Get some exercise, learn some interesting facts about places in the community and maybe win a prize as well! Another group of UBC students created signage that is posted around our community facilities. You’ll see them in the neighbourood house and in the community centre as well as in some outside spaces. These signs will help us all to be more active! The third group of UBC students spent time walking and talking with two of the walking clubs in the community, chatting about what they like about their club. Do we want more walking clubs in
Renfrew-Collingwood? Would you like to be part of a walking club but can’t come to the ones during the weekdays? Maybe you’re willing to be a leader of a new group (there’s training available if you answered yes). You can contact Collingwood Neighbourhood House Renfrew-Collingwood INTERactive to learn more at 604-435-0323.
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RC INTERactive looks forward to working with Everyone is Welcome! Pick up your Treasure Map today! more UBC students this at coming year. It’s a true The Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Collingwood Community Policing Centre or Renfrew-Park Community Centre knowledge exchange as we learn more about | Questions? Visit www.renfrewcc.com OR www.cnh.bc.ca | physical activity from them and they learn about working with communities from us.
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Eighty year old local hero Eddie Tang recognized as Everyday Political Citizen
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Late 2014, Renfrew-Collingwood resident Eddie Tang was shortlisted as an Everyday Political Citizen of 2014 as part of Samara Canada’s initiative to celebrate the unsung heroes of Canadian democracy. He was one of 12 exceptional Canadians to be recognized after a jury of 16 judges across Canada, including CBC personality Rick Mercer, NHL defenceman Grant Clitsome, Edmonton city councillor Michael Walker and former mayor of Iqaluit Madeleine Redfern, selected a shortlist from nearly 350 nominations. Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway, originally nominated Eddie Tang for the Everyday Political Citizen initiative. Carol Anne Lee was the juror who chose Eddie Tang to be shortlisted, saying, “I appreciate his devotion at 80 years of age to make our community a better place at a stage in life when most people have long since retired. I feel fortunate to have such a devoted volunteer and community builder in my community.” Carol Anne Lee is a native of Vancouver with longstanding family ties to the city’s Chinatown and CEO and co-founder of Linacare Cosmetherapy. In his nomination, MP Don Davies calls Eddie Tang “one of the most dedicated and longstanding community builders in Vancouver” noting that he has been volunteering for 35 years. “He has devoted countless hours to make our community a better place for everyone— especially new Canadians and Chinese seniors.” Don Davies goes on to list Eddie’s many contributions in the community. He is a driving force in the Renfrew
Everyday Political Citizen nominee Eddie Tang with MP Don Davies. Chinese Seniors Association and the Lam Young Tong Association. In 2007 Eddie worked to raise $70,000 in funds to help the Vancouver Park Board build the community shelter at Slocan Park. Before it was built the local seniors had to exercise in the rain. Eddie also looked after the trees in the park while the Slocan Hall Fieldhouse was being rebuilt after a fire six years ago. He is currently working to get a covered space built at Queen Elizabeth Park for folks who want to do Tai Chi or other exercise there. He translates for those who are learning English, organizes social get-togethers to help integrate newcomers and always keeps an eye out for those in need.
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society is seeking loving and dedicated foster parents who are willing to share their homes and provide foster care for Aboriginal babies, children, and youth in the Greater Vancouver area. We invite Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal applicants. Information Sessions are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:45pm in our office at 3284 East Broadway, Vancouver. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-216-7447.
Throughout all, Eddie is a quiet and humble person who is hard-working, cheerful and positive. He is a model of good citizenship. On December 3 the judges selected two top Everyday Political Citizens of the Year: Tim Halman and Nessa Deans. While Eddie Tang was not chosen, he will be considered our very own Everyday Political Citizen of the Year for RenfrewCollingwood. Congratulations Mr. Eddie Tang!
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Get Involved Have a New Year’s resolution to learn together Renfrew-Collingwood: Learning Series on Connections and Engagement
The Collingwood Neighbourhood House is hosting a neighbourhood learning series that shares ways to deepen and broaden our connections with the diverse people in our neighbourhood. It’s an opportunity to learn from each other, hear from people using different techniques and get to know people doing similar work in Renfrew-Collingwood. The learning series is free and open to people who are Renfrew-Collingwood workers (paid and volunteer) and neighbours interested in meeting and strengthening connections with their neighbours. The same learning activity will happen twice in every month – one day time and one evening time to fit different schedules. Please share this opportunity with neighbourhood co-workers, volunteers and residents. • The first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2 • The second Thursday of the month from 3:00-5:00 pm at Renfrew Park Community Centre: January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18 The first learning event will be held on January 6 and January 15 and will focus on Asset Based Community Development. Many of you may know of this work through reading books and hearing John McKnight speak. Joe Erpenbeck, an instructor with the ABCD Institute from Northwestern University, will lead the workshop. Here is a link to their work http://www.abcdinstitute.org/ If you are interested in attending, please register on the Doodle poll link http:// doodle.com/nupa22k4f96mbdi7. Pick the one session best suited to your schedule as the same material will be covered.
Still Moon is looking for a new home
For the past couple of years, members of the Art House in the Field (ArHF) collective, including Still Moon Arts Society, have enjoyed a wonderful residency in the field house of Slocan Park. That residency finishes in January 2015. “We have appreciated it immensely and wish to thank the Parks Board for the use of its field house,” says Carmen Rosen, artistic director of Still Moon. Sill Moon is now looking for a new space in the community to continue their work. If you have any suggestions please contact them through on their website or email email@example.com.
Green Thumb Theatre wants your stories In honour of Green Thumb Theatre’s 40th season, they’re looking for parents or teachers who saw Green Thumb shows when they were in school and now have school-age children seeing our plays. The plan is to create an archive of community memories to chronicle the impact Green Thumb has had on the lives of BC youth (that’s four million audience members and counting).
One year from now Green Thumb will celebrate 40 years of bringing professional theatre to every corner of the province, from Fort Nelson to Bella Coola, Port Alberni to Revelstoke. If you remember seeing one of our shows as a kid, they’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment at www.greenthumb.bc.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-254-4055 and tell your story.
2015 Winter Market
There is one winter markets open for your local food pleasure! Winter Market at Nat Bailey Stadium - Sat, 10 am – 2 pm, until April 25
Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street at Euclid Phone: 604-435-0323
We are closed on Jan 1, New Year’s day Sundays Badminton (Ages 19+), 10:15 am - 12:15 pm Zumba, 12:45 - 1:45 pm Traditional Wushu, 5:00 - 6:30 pm Mondays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in, 9:15 - 10:15 am Seniors’ T’ai Chi (24 Form), 10:30 - 11:30 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Seniors’ T’ai Chi (48 Form), 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Zumba, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Seniors’ Wellness Group, 1:15 - 3:30 pm (A variety of activities and trips. Times vary. Pick-up schedule at reception.) Basketball, 4:00 - 5:30 pm Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 5 1/2 and up), 5:00 - 6:00 pm Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Volleyball (drop-in) , 8:30 - 10:15 pm Tuesdays Parent & Tots, 10:00 - 11:45 am Jazzercise, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Zumba Gold, 2:15 - 3:15 pm Hatha Yoga, 6:45 - 8:15 pm Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance, (Ages 2 1/2 -3 1/2), 3:40 - 4:25 pm (Ages 4 - 5), 4:30 - 5:15 pm Zumba Kids (Ages 3 - 7), 3:45 - 4:30 pm Children Gymnastics, (Ages 5 -7), 4:15 - 5:15 pm (Ages 7 - 10), 5:15 - 6:45 pm French with Fun, 4:15 - 5:15 pm Children Soccer (Ages 9 - 12), 5:30 - 6:30 pm Family Dance, 5:30 - 6:15 pm Zumba Toning, 7:15 - 8:15 pm Drop-in Basketball (15 - 20 years old), 8:30 - 10:15 pm Wednesdays Chinese Classical Dance (Adults & Seniors) , 9:30 11:00 am Rhythmic Gymnastic (Ages 3 1/2 - 5), 9:45 - 10:45 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Seniors’ Strength & Stretch , 11:00 am - 12:00 noon 32 Form T’ai Chi Sword (Session 1), 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Zumba, 12:05 - 1:05 pm 7:15 - 8:15 pm 32 Form T’ai Chi Sword (Session 2), 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Gentle Chair Yoga, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Floor Hockey, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 4:50 - 5:50 pm Children Gymnastic (Ages 11+), 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Drop-in Soccer, 8:30 - 10:15 pm Thursdays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop in, 9:15 - 10:15 am Parents and Tots, 10:00 - 11:45 am Seniors’ Coffee Social, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon Jazzercise, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Children Soccer (Ages 6 - 8), 3:45 - 4:45 pm Chinese Classical Dance for Children, 4:30 - 5:30 pm Zumba Adults, 5:15 - 6:15 pm Hatha Yoga, 6:45 - 8:15 pm Drop-in Badminton (Adult), 6:45 - 8:30 pm Drop-in Soccer (Adult), 8:30 - 10:00 pm Fridays Zumba Toning, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Bo Jan Cho Exercise, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ T’ai Chi (24 Form), 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ T’ai Chi (48 Form), 10:45 - 11:45 am Seniors’ Strength and Stretch, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Chinese Classical Dance (Adults & Seniors) 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm Zumba Gold, 12:40 - 1:40 pm Zumba Kids, 3:45 - 4:30 pm Creative Writing for Teens (Ages 8 - 11), 5:45 - 7:45 pm Zumba, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Saturdays Fun with Math, (Grades 2 - 3), 9:30 - 10:30 am (Grades 4 - 5), 10:30 - 11:30 am (Grades 6 - 7), 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Jazzercise, 10:00 - 11:00 am Hatha Yoga and Meditation, 10:00 - 11:15 am Arts and Crafts for Children, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Clay Adventure (Ages 2 1/2 - 5), 10:00 - 11:00 am (Ages 6+), 11:00 am - 12:00 noon Zumba, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Baton Class, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Piano Class (Ages 8 - 9), 12:30 - 1:15 pm (Ages 5 - 7), 10:30 - 11:15 am & 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Children Gymnastics (Ages 5 - 7), 9:15 - 10:15 am (Ages 7 - 10, intermediate and beginners), 10:15 - 11:45 am Senior Drop-in Badminton, 2:30 - 4:15 pm
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Recreation Programs: Winter 2015 Collingwood Neighbourhood House offers a range of recreation programs and activities for all ages. Activities include music, dance and the arts, as well as other physical and social activities. We strive to provide a good balance of activities for people of all ability levels and interests in our neighbourhood. Most of our recreation programs take place at our main site at 5288 Joyce Street; some, however, are located at satellite facilities in the community. Integration, fairness, cooperation and mutual respect are some of the values central to our recreation programs, while having fun!
Please read the following program descriptions which include start dates, times, cost and registration information. Participants in the many drop-in recreation programs at CNH pay the drop-in fee at the front desk. For some programs participants must register before the program begins; in those cases it’s a good idea to sign up early as many popular programs fill quickly. Most preregistered programs run for 12 weeks, three times each year (fall, winter, and spring) or as special summer programs. Recreation participants are required to purchase a very modestly priced annual CNH membership to participate in programs. For more information call 604-435-0323.
Preschool Recreation Programs Parent and Tot Activities (Ages 2-5) Games, music and play start us off on a journey of exploration and adventure! Gymnastics games and physical play activities will help children develop social and motor skills. Adult participation is required. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 am-11:45 am; $2.50 drop-in fee or $25/11 classes pass. Program is ongoing. Clay Adventures (Ages 2 ½- 5) Explore clay through various techniques of hand building like coiling, stamping, texturing and slab work. Make special gifts and learn the process of pottery making and glazing. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28; 10:00-11:00 am; $60/10 classes for children; Parent participation optional. Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 2½- 3½) with parent participation In this lively and fun class, parents and young children interact and explore creative movement together. We will explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments. Boys and girls will develop age-appropriate physical movement skills, stimulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. Creative movement for young children helps wire the brain and sets the foundation for success in preschool and beyond. Tuesdays, January 20 to March 24; 3:40-4:25pm; $50/10 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 4-5) Creative dance is a playful and fun way for young boys and girls to develop their physical movement skills, stimulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. We will explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Tuesdays, January 20 to March 24; 4:30-5:15 pm; $50/10 Sessions. (Preregistration is required). Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 3 ½-5 Boys and Girls) Children develop hand-eye coordination using rhythmic equipment such as skipping ropes, hoops, ribbons and balls to learn routines to music while they have fun and make new friends. Wednesday, January 21 to March 11; 9:4510:45 am; $45/8 classes. (Pre-registration is required).
Children’s Recreation Programs at CNH Chinese Classical Dance (Ages 6-14) This dance provides excellent exercise for children of all ages. As well, it allows expansion of knowledge about Chinese culture and arts. Thursdays, January 22 to April 9; 4:30-5:30 pm; $54/12 classes. Children’s Floor Hockey (Ages 6-8 and 9-12) Canada’s favorite game is coming to Collingwood Neighbourhood House! Learn, work on your skills, and play lots of games in a friendly and safe environment. Its great exercise and lots of fun! Equipment provided. Wednesdays, January 21 to April 8; $60/12 sessions; preregistration is required. Ages 9-12, 3:45-4:45 pm Ages 6-8, 4:50-5:50 pm Piano Classes (Ages 5-7 and 8-9) This is a fun class for beginner music students learning piano and theory. This class focuses on the basics of proper touch, hand technique and reading notes. Along with playing piano, listening to music also plays an important factor in the early musicianship training. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course will be the book used in this class, which features colorful pictures and useful material for beginning music students. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28; $106/10 classes; pre-registration is required. Ages 5-7, 10:30-11:15 am or 11:30-12:15 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 8-9, 12:30-1:15 pm. (beginner and intermediate) Children’s Gymnastics Education Gym sense provides and excellent gymnastics program where children can have fun learning how to use their bodies. The safe and supportive atmosphere helps children learn the skills needed to enjoy gymnastics. Classes are working in a can Gym badge system with children progressing at their own pace. Pre-registration is required. Tuesdays, January 20 to March 24 Ages 5–7, 4:15-5:15 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 7-10, 5:15-6:45 pm (intermediate and advanced) $70/10 classes. Wednesdays, January 21 to March 25 Ages 11 and over, 5:00-7:00 pm (all levels) $70 /10 classes. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28 Ages 5-7, 9:15-10:15 am (beginners and intermediate) Ages 7-10, 10:15-11:45 am (intermediate and advanced) $70/10 classes.
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Recreation Programs: Winter 2015 Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 5 ½ and up) Enjoy the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, music and self expressions through the use of ribbons, balls, hoops and ropes, within choreographed routines. Mondays, January 19 to March 16; 5:00-6:00 am; $60/8 classes. No class on February 9. Pre-registration is required.
Arts and Crafts for Children (Ages 5-9) Children will learn a variety of visual art media, methods and contents in a free-flowing, fun environment where children can discover, experience and share the joy of the creative process. Techniques will include painting, collage, casting, relief and using recycled materials to create forms. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28; 10am-12 noon; $65/10 classes or $6.75/drop-in (includes supplies).
Children’s Soccer Girls and boys will be introduced to basic soccer skills including dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. Fun, skill development and teamwork will be emphasized in this program. Tuesdays, January 20 to April 7 Ages 9-12, 5:30 – 6:30pm $60/12 classes. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays, January 22 to March 26 Ages 6-8, 3:45-4:45 pm $50/10 classes. Pre-registration is required. Children’s Basketball (Ages 9-12) Make new friends practicing and learning basketball skills. Fun, skills development and learning positive values such as teamwork, cooperation and respect will be central to this program. Wednesdays, January 19 to March 30; 4:00-5:30 pm; $50/10 classes; pre-registration required; No class on February 9.
Family Dance (All ages) You and your family can have fun, connect, laugh and play together through dance. A variety of music in many styles will set the mood and give everyone a chance to move and groove. Tuesdays, January 20 to March 24; 5:306:15pm; $5 drop-in fees for families. Wushu (Ages 6-17) Wushu is a modern combination of Chinese martial arts based on the Northern and Southern Chinese form of kung-fu. Sundays, January 26 to March 29; 5:00-6:30pm; $45/10 classes. Clay Adventures (Ages 6 and up) Explore clay through various techniques of hand building like coiling, stamping, texturing and slab work. Make special gifts and learn the process of pottery making and glazing. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28; 11:00-12:00pm; $60/10 classes for children; $80/10 classes for adults. Fun with Math (grades 2-7) Children can have fun while they practice math, with the aim of becoming more comfortable with mathematics and numbers. Children can take what they learn about mathematics and apply it to their wider lives, with greater ease and confidence. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28. Grade 2-3, 9:30-10:30 am Grade 4-5, 10:30-11:30 am Grade 6-7, 11:30-12:30pm $60/10 classes.
Creative Writing for Pre-Teens (Ages 8-11) This class is tailored for children who want to explore creative writing in an encouraging environment. Participants are encouraged to participate in several writing projects including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and letters. There are weekly homework assignments. Fridays, 5:45-7:45 pm, $80/8 Sessions. Winter classes Fridays Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, Cost: $60/ 6 sessions; Spring classes Mar. 27 to May. 8, Cost: $ 60/ 6 session; May 22 to May. 8, Cost: $ 40/ 4 classes Baton (Ages 7-12) Baton is a combination of dance, gymnastics and twirling a baton. Learn how to twirl a baton and learn different skills. With baton twirling you work on hand eye coordination and coordination all while having fun. Saturdays, January 24 to March 28, 11:45-12:30 pm; $45/10 classes plus $40 for the baton. Pre-registration is required. Zumba Kids (Ages 3-7) Classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and music kids will love. ZumbAtomic increases the participant’s focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. This class is for anyone! No experience necessary. Tuesdays, January 20 to March 24; 3:45-4:30 pm; $40/10 Sessions. .
Adult Recreation Activities at CNH Our recreation activity pass is available at a cost of $55/12 sessions. The pass can be used for the following activities: Volleyball, Badminton, Soccer, Jazzercise, Yoga, Zumba, Women’s Badminton Club, Hatha Yoga and Pilates. A single drop-in fee for these activities is $5.25 You save $11 by purchasing one pass. Hatha Yoga Slow your life down and join us for a relaxing yoga class. Increased strength, balance, stamina and body awareness are some benefits you can attain from Hatha Yoga. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:15am drop-in: $5.25. Meditation Learn how to meditate using the power of soul. With simple body postures, creative visualization, music and chanting, participants will develop a healthier, happier way of being. Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00pm drop-in: $5.25. Traditional Wushu (New) Improve your flexibility, balance, strength, stamina, agility, confidence and self -defense by participating in this traditional wushu class inspired by basic Wushu, Baguazhang, XingYi Quan, Shaolinchuan, Chaquan, Straight sword, Staff and Gonfu fan practices. Sundays, 5:00 – 6:30pm; pre-registration required $60/10 sessions. Starts January 25, 2015. Zumba A typical Zumba class lasts about an hour and incorporates several dance styles, including cumbia, bachata, meringue, salsa, raggaeton, mambo, and belly dance. The Latin music includes both fast and slow rhythms, allowing for a great cardio workout as well as body sculpting exercises. Zumba classes are for ALL ages – no experience necessary. Most songs are pre-choreographed, so the more classes you attend the easier it gets! Mondays, 12:05-1:05pm; Wednesdays, 12:05-1:05 pm & 7:15-8:15 pm; Thursdays, 5:15-6:15; Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm; Saturdays, 11:15-12:15 pm; Sundays, 12:45-1:45pm; $5.25 drop-in. No classes on February 9.
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Recreation Programs: Winter 2015 Zumba Toning Participants learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. It combines targeted body- sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with latin-infused zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15; Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30am drop-in: $5.25. Jazzercise Jazzercise is the number one dance/fitness program in the world. Using a follow-the-leader style, the instructor gives you the option of doing exercises that are no impact, low impact and high impact techniques; $5.25 drop-in; No class on February 9. Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 noon-1:00 pm Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 am
Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Soccer (Pre-registration required to ensure a spot) This recreational soccer program is a great way to stay in shape and meet new friends in your community. The program promises to be popular so register early to ensure your spot. People of all skill levels welcome and local residents are given sign-up priority when pre-registering. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8:30-10:00 pm. $48.50/12 sessions or $4.50 drop-in. Program on going. Drop-in Basketball Nights (Ages 15 and up) Show your talents! Come play and connect with the local basketball community in a safe and welcoming environment. People of all skill levels are welcome. Tuesdays; 8:30-10:15pm; $2.50 drop-in; Program is on going. Men’s and Women’s Drop-in Volleyball. Join us in a social game of volleyball where you can bump, set and spike to your heart’s content. Players of all skill levels welcome. Mondays; 8:30-10:15. $4.50 drop-in or $48.50/12 sessions. No session on February 9. Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Badminton Collingwood Neighbourhood’s favourite, badminton will help sharpen your reflexes and develop your racquet skills. The gym can be divided into four courts, so we’ll be playing doubles throughout the program. People of all skill levels are welcome and local residents are given sign-up priority when they preregister. Thursdays; 6:45-8:30 pm. Sundays; 10:15-12:15 pm; $4.50 drop-in; program is on going.
Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH Zumba Gold Combines catchy Latin tunes with choreography for an aerobic workout that feels like a dance party. It is accessible for beginners, seniors or others needing modification in their exercise routines. Tuesdays, 2:15- 3:15pm and Fridays 12:40-1:40pm; $2.50 drop-in.
Seniors Drop-in Badminton Bring your own racket. No instruction provided. We recommend you come early to claim your spot. Saturdays, 2:30-4:15pm; $3.50 drop-in. Program on going. Gentle Chair Yoga Enjoy safe, slow moving exercises for increased joint range of motion, relaxation and improved stamina and muscular strength. Suitable for people with all forms of arthritis and various levels of ability. Wednesdays, 1:45 pm-2:45 pm; $2.50 per session or use your fitness pass. Program on going. Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in Relax, renew and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation. Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am-10:00 am; $2.50 Note: No class February 9. 24 Forms Tai Chi for Seniors Integrate mind, body and qi (energy) – keep blood and energy circulation smooth in the entire body to prevent disease. Mondays, 10:30 am-11:30 am; $2.50. Note: No class on February 9, April 6 and May 18. Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am; $2.50. Note: No class on April 3. 32 Form Tai Chi Sword Tai Chi Sword is a weaponry form of Tai Chi Chuan, in which the sword is considered an extension of the body. The integration helps to direct body energy through the sword and bring about movements that are smooth and graceful. Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:15pm; 12:30-1:30pm; $3.00 drop in. Participants must buy their own swords. Prerequisite: 24-Form Tai Chi, 48-Form Tai Chi or experience in other styles of Tai Chi Chuan. 48 Forms Tai Chi For Seniors Build upon our knowledge from 24 form Tai Chi (or previous experience) to further enhance your skill and promote overall health and fitness through a combination of graceful and harmonious movements and breathing techniques. Mondays, 11:45-12:45 am; Fridays, 10:30-11:30; $3.00 drop-in Note: No class on February 9, April 3, April 6 and May 18. Seniors Strength and Stretch Improve your muscle strength and endurance using light resistance equipment. These exercises may be done seated, standing or floor positions. Wednesdays, 11:00 – 12:00 noon and Fridays, 11:30 – 12:30 pm; $2.50 drop-in per session or use your fitness pass. Note: No class on April 3 and May 1. Chinese Classical Dance for Adults and Seniors These dance are a good way to exercise and maintain an energetic lifestyle as well as learn new skills and Chinese culture. These dances fit all ages. Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 am. Session 1: January 7 to March 25 Session 2: April 1 to June 17 Fridays, 12:00-1:30 pm Session 1: January 9 to March 27 Session 2: April 10 to July 3 (No class on April 3 and May 1) $54/12 classes; $5.25 Drop-in Seniors; $6 Drop-in adults. Walking Club Get some exercise and meet new people. Dress for the weather and bring an umbrella. See the schedule which is available at the front desk. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Meet in CNH lobby. FREE. No program on February 9, April 6 and May 18.
Erika Marinovic at the entrance to her new kitchen for Bernie’s Bureks and Restaurant. Erika Marinovic is the owner of Bernie’s Bureks and Restaurant that opened just two weeks ago beneath the Kingsway Continental at Kingsway and Tyne (the former Jaguar’s Restaurant). Previously, they were located in the Edmonds area of Burnaby, under the name Bernie’s Balkan Kitchen where Erika has been steadily building a clientele of happy regulars. Who is Bernie everyone asks? The name has been passed down from the last three owners. “I didn’t want to change the name because I didn’t want to stab myself in the back by confusing the current customers.” Luckily for Erika, or probably because she planned it this way, her food is so specialized and famous by now, that her customers will definitely continue to find her. (During our interview, this happened a few times – “We found you” they would say, grinning from ear to ear.) So what’s all the fuss and what’s a burek? Bernie’s bureks are home-made filo pastry pies made entirely from scratch, including the filo pastry. The fresh filo pasty is what really separates Bernie’s bureks from others. Currently available in cheese, beef, potato, spinach, sour cherry, and apple, they are sold by the slice, or by the pie. You can have them on location in restaurant, or take them with you fresh, or frozen. People will buy several pies to cook at home as they want them. Bernies also sells the bureks wholesale to various retail outlets and restaurants. Bernie’s bureks are becoming famous across the country, something Erika attributes largely to the European truck drivers, by whom her delicious large hearty portions are renowned. Some will call in an order from a province or two away to let her know they’re coming. Then they’ll load up on bureks and take some for the road, and the word spreads across Canada and down through the States. Also famous are her half-pound burgers that sell for under nine bucks and take up an entire plate, so big
CBIA UPDATES Happy New Year from the Board and Staff of the Collingwood Business Improvement Association we look forward to this very exciting new year with lots of changes to occur. From new banners and lighting to new planters. If you are a business in the Collingwood BIA and would like to participate on the board of directors or on a committee call our office.
Winter Carnival 2014
Thank you to all who came out and joined us in lighting up the community Christmas tree on November 29th. There was even snow on the ground! Hot cocoa was served, photos with Santa, balloon artist, magic show by Zany Zack, music performed by the St. Mary’s Children’s Choir and the superb trio of carollers graced the Winter Carnival’s - Mosaic stage. The evening ended with Charlie Brown’s Christmas thanks to the Collingwood Community Policing Centre. Please see our thank you ad in this issue on page 16. Mark your calendars for this November 28, 2015.
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that only her giant custom-made buns can handle. “Lots of people can’t even finish it. The construction workers do they also love our big hearty portions. The type that stick to your ribs and lets you know you had something.” With over 40 years experience in the restaurant industry, Erika is comfortable cooking foods from a wide variety of European countries: Greek, Spanish, Italian – she cooks it all. Largely self taught, Erika of course learned a lot from her mother and knows recipes that have been passed down through the ages. Erika moved from Yugoslavia to Brandon, Manitoba, Canada when she was ten years old. They lived briefly in Winnipeg and Nelson before coming to Vancouver where Erika did her schooling, graduating from Burnaby North and attended Douglas College. She never did pursue her journalism degree, but rather spent the next four decades in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “The bug bit.” Erika owned a deli in Delta near 92nd and Scott Rd in the 80’s. She then opened Mermaids Dining Lounge on the Surrey side of Scott Road and 96th, a restaurant she ran for years before working for Minerva’s Restaurant in Kerrisdale. “After I bought Bernie’s in 2004, everything seemed to fall into place as I fell back into my own culture.” Currently, of course, Erika is completely focused on Bernie’s and is working the long hard hours needed to keep moving forward. “Often I don’t get home until midnight, many a time I’ve fallen asleep in the easy chair from sheer exhaustion, the alarm would wake me at five and I would do it all again.” Nice Work Erika! 1) City of Vancouver www.vancouver.ca 2) Metro Vancouver www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/businessess/ OrganicsBan/Pages/index.aspx
February 28, 2015 11:30 – 2PM Collingwood Celebrates the Year of the Goat
Sign up your business to have a lion dance team come by to bless your business. This has been a Collingwood BIA tradition for over 10 years. Two lions will stroll along Kingsway, one beginning at Boundary Road and the other at Rupert. The Two lions meet in the middle around Wessex Street for a dual, which is very entertaining. The Jr. BIA team will be out handing out lucky envelopes. To sign your business up contact the CBIA office at 604.639.4403 or email email@example.com If you’d like your business featured in the Who’s Who please contact us. Contact us through:
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Networking works When it comes to finding a job today they say it is not “what you know” but “who you know.” Networking has become a vital part of a successful job seekers’ strategy. But what if you do not have an extensive network? Youth looking for their first job after completing their studies are in connection with few working adults with the exception of their instructors. Newcomers to Canada looking for their first Canadian job rarely know people other than their immediate family. A stay-at-home parent who spent the past several years raising children often have limited social networks consisting of only other parents. By connecting to a local WorkBC Employment Services Centre in Vancouver you can begin to grow your network. WorkBC Centres offer staffed resource centres and group job-search workshops where you can meet other job seekers. At a WorkBC Centre you will meet job-search professionals who can help you build your network. They can introduce you to employers who are looking to hire, inform you of upcoming job fairs and provide group networking opportunities. Recently, the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Centre held an evening networking event attended by 25 current and past job seekers. Event participants were able to network with other job seekers and speak with those, who just a few months ago, were also looking for work. No surprise, many of those now working credited their success to networking and the doors that were opened by those they met. One past job seeker spoke of being new to Canada with few contacts to reach out to for help in his job search. With the encouragement of his case manager and the knowledge he gained from a networking workshop, he was able to slowly expand his network. After several months of networking, an opportunity was presented to
him by one of his contacts that lead him to his current job at UBC. Here are some tips for job seekers to get started on expanding your network. Think outside the box - Don’t limit yourself to just friends, family and neighbours; be open to connecting with people from all walks of life, occupations and The Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Centre recently held a professions. They may networking event attended by current and past job seekers. have valuable contacts and information that you communicate and make connections. connections you might not otherwise have access Treat every contact with respect make should to. Start by networking informally and good manners, and you will be be mutually with people you’re familiar with surprised at the response. beneficial for you and the person and once you feel comfortable you’re connecting with. move on to more formal events and Networking is also a great tool for settings. This job search tip has been brought to career exploration, researching you by the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Be prepared - Networking requires occupations and finding out about companies you may want to work for. Centre. For more job search tips and work. Keep track of the people information about their services please Use your networking skills to seek in your network along with their contact 604-708-9300 or visit advice, information and referrals contact information and notes www.employmentworks.ca rather than just asking for a job—the specific to information about referrals they’ve provided you with—keep this list up-to-date. Think about how you want to approach new contacts. Prepare and practice your self-introduction (“elevator pitch”) so that when you are presented with an opportunity, you can present yourself easily and with confidence. Do a bit of research before you attend an event so that you’re well prepared—you never know who you might meet! Follow up - After you meet with a contact, it is very important that you follow up with the person and as appropriate send a thank you note. Tell your contact how much he or she helped you, and refer to the helpful information, or specific advice they provided you with. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and saying thank you can go a long way. Keep in touch with your contacts on a regular basis so that they think of you when a job opportunity comes up. If you do get a job due to their connection or referral, remember to say thank you again. Return the favour - Help others out as well. Networking is not just a one way street. It takes two to
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Seniors Christmas Luncheon at Renfrew Park Community Centre
The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Happy New Year! I’d like to wish you all a happy 2015! My thanks go to everyone who came to our holiday open house in December. We had a packed house and it was a pleasure to see all of you come by. Please feel free to stop by my office any time though the year. I am always happy to help with any problems or difficulty you may be having with the provincial government or to hear your ideas for making our province a better place to live. Vietnamese Caseworker I am pleased to welcome back Que Tran Hoang to our office. Ms Hoang was away from the office last year to take care of her newly born second child. Welcome back, Que Tran! Renfrew House
One hundred seniors were treated to great company, food and songs at the Renfrew Park Community Centre Seniors Christmas Luncheon on December 10. Twenty-five kindergarten children came from St. Jude’s Catholic School to sing for the seniors. They were simply wonderful! The children even made snowflake ornaments that they handed out to the seniors.
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #48 – Hopeful of “miracle” by Paul Reid If you have been following our coverage of Collingwood Branch #48, you would know that in the November issue of the RCC News we discovered that the branch was close to extinction and that it would take “a miracle for the branch to survive,” said one Branch #48 member. Homeless, with a scattered membership, and no plan, it seemed inevitable that the branch would lose its charter that was set to dissolve by December 31, 2014. Then in our December issue, you would have read about the meeting that was put together by Jennifer Gray-Grant, the executive director of Collingwood Neighbourhood House, which brought together Branch #48 members with those of the community and other local organizations to tour the former Jaguar’s Pub (the possible ideal location for the branch) and to brainstorm on ways that the community might work with the Legion.
From that meeting, two things became evident. Yes, the former Jaguar’s Pub could be the ideal location for Branch #48, as well as for other community functions. Although the space does need time to be renovated, this would allow for a possible redesign that could see the space become one that could be a multi-functioning one to suit the Branch #48 and others. This would also give the branch time to get their act together potentially to stop their dissolution at the end of this year. This is where we left off. Since then, following a great showing of support from local residents and organizations, the Branch #48 was successful in making some headway. The existing members met with the BC Yukon Legion Command and were given two weeks to submit the foundation for a business plan that focuses on objectives and membership projections. “With that requirement fulfilled we will have the year to flesh out the details of returning to being a successful non-profit organization – and work with all concerned
parties to fulfill the objective of returning to Collingwood to be an integral part of its community,” according to Bill Ritchie (Branch #48) in a letter to Jennifer Gray-Grant. The branch was able to send their business plan to BC/Yukon Command. Bill further says, “Once we receive word, probably in the New Year, we will proceed from there. Hopefully that will entail a membership drive in the Collingwood community midJanuary and we will set up an information/sign-up table then.” So there we have it folks. The miracle is taking place as we speak. Please stay tuned to see how you can become a member and to further help the Legion to make it to their promised land – the old Jag’s Pub. In the meantime, please visit the article on www. renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews. com, “Sign up to sustain Collingwood Legion Branch #48,” (http:// renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews. com/2014/11/29/sign-up-to-sustaincollingwood-legion-branch-48/)
Thank you for such a great meeting in December on Renfrew House. A turnout of 90 people so close to Christmas is a strong showing of community interest. In particular, I want to express my appreciation to those who volunteered to represent residents further to our proposed Community Agreement. Overall, we had four meetings subsequent to the Renfrew House Open House with close to 300 people in attendance. Given the strong supporting vote in principle in favour of the Community Agreement, understanding people’s ongoing concerns, here are the next steps. 1) We will finalize the agreement with the suggestion made last night for signature; 2) We will get together over the holiday with the volunteers of the Renfrew Heights Residents Committee; 3) We will have a meeting in early January of the Renfrew Heights Residents Committee, Coast Mental Health, Providence Health Care, the Collingwood Community Policing Office and other signatories, the first of the regular meetings set out in the agreement. 4) We will keep all of you up-dated on progress and new information as it become available. Further to last night’s meeting, the Community Care and Assisted Living Act is the most significant regulatory body which licenses and monitors licensed facilities. Thank you again for your involvement in the community. We will stay in touch. If you know of others who would like to be on the email list, please let me know by return email. Apply for a Legislative Internship! The BC Legislative Internship Program is an educational opportunity for Canadian university graduates to work in British Columbia’s parliamentary system, from January to June with a remuneration of $22,920.00 for 6 months. BC residents are eligible to apply if they have received their first Bachelor’s Degree from a Canadian university with two years prior to the start of the 2015 program. Apply online at www.leg.bc.ca/bclip before January 31, 2015.
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Replacing stress with a sense of calm By Norman Hill People’s lives are busy and stressful. Many work long hours in competitive environments. And particularly around this time of the year many face financial or relationship pressures. Right in our neighbourhood there is a solution to all that stress. In January Collingwood Neighbourhood House will offer meditation classes for adults. Local meditation teacher Cara McDowell will be teaching participants how to meditate effectively in order to develop a healthier and happier way of being. “This class is useful for anyone who wants to boost stamina, vitality, or immunity,” she said. For people who want to experience a calm, peaceful mind. For people who want to transform relationships, finances, any aspect of life.”
The meditation class is non-denominational, so it is compatible with any spiritual belief system. Cara will teach participants a variety of meditation techniques, such as how to use their minds to focus energy, how to use simple body postures to support their practice, and how to use music and chanting to sharpen the mind’s focus and attract positive energy. Cara is an experienced meditation teacher who has been studying meditation for nine years under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Hudoba. She has many satisfied participants who are thrilled with her meditation classes. “Nothing has been as impactful in such a short period of time as the meditation techniques used in class with Cara,” participant Duncan said. “I have found peace,
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clarity, and joy in my practice.” Aislyn explained, “Cara’s class was an excellent introduction to meditation for me. The class had such a welcoming environment for everyone from beginners to the very wellpractised.” Brenda added: “With our crazy lifestyle, it’s calming.” Cara’s class will run Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm starting on January 22. Drop in is $5.25 per class.
Now that the holidays are over, are you feeling a little flabby and out of shape? Has the winter weather got you feeling down? Do you want to get some exercise but also have fun doing it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out the Men’s and Women’s Drop-in Volleyball program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH). It could be perfect for your New Year’s resolution. Our drop-in volleyball program offers: • an indoor activity for cold, wet winter evenings • three bright, full indoor courts • a fantastic workout • a recreational focus that emphasizes fun • a great opportunity to make friends and meet people who share your interests • welcoming staff • a transit friendly location only two blocks from Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station • affordable rates ($4.50 per drop-in or $4.04 with a 12-class, $48.50 drop-in pass)
CNH’s drop-in volleyball runs on Monday evenings, from 8:30 – 10:15 pm, January 12 to April 20. Male and female players of all skill levels welcome. January 12 class is FREE. This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Please note that seniors are served at 12 noon; others are served at 12:10 pm. Full meal prices are $6.25 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”
January Lunch menu
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A fitness program this convenient, affordable and effective provides an easy way to make and keep that New Year’s resolution to get active and have fun.
Thurs. 8 Roast chicken OR vegetable patty Mashed potatoes Salad; Coconut cookie Tues. 13 Lentil soup Tuna melt OR grilled cheese sandwich Salad; Berry mousse Thurs. 15 Pot roast (beef) OR vegetable stew with brown rice Salad; Ginger pudding Tues. 20 Squash soup Open face chicken sandwich with brie and shaved apple (or vegetarian version) Salad; Vanilla cake Thurs. 22 Meat OR vegetarian sausages with perogies Salad; Cheesecake Tues. 27 Borscht (beet soup)Roast beef OR roasted vegetable sandwich Salad; Apple layer cake Thurs. 29 Curried prawns on fettuccini Garlic bread Salad; Chocolate pudding
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Winter Reads: Exceptional Lives from Renfrew Branch Library 2969 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver BC 604-257-8705 BookList by Sarah Green, Vancouver Public Library
Bowie: The biography by Wendy Leigh Discover the man behind the myth in this new biography of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time--David Bowie--the iconic superstar of rock, fashion, art, design, and the quintessential sexual liberator-- living legend. No w, “New York Times” bestselling author Wendy Leigh reveals the real man behind the mythology.
Susan Sontag: A Biography by Daniel Schreiber Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was one of America’s first celebrity intellectuals. In the first biography to be published since her death, Daniel Schreiber portrays a glamorous woman full of contradictions and inner conflicts, whose life mirrored the cultural upheavals of her time. Tesla: The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah by Nigel Cawthorne Despite being incredibly popular during his time, Nikola Tesla today remains largely overlooked among lists of the greatest inventors and scientists of the modern era. Nikola Tesla was the ultimate mad scientist. Like many other geniuses throughout history, Tesla was wildly eccentric. He was prone to nervous breakdowns, reported receiving odd visions in the middle of the night, spoke to pigeons and occasionally thought he was receiving electromagnetic signals from Mars.
Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity by David M. Friedman Oscar Wilde was hired to go to America to promote a Gilbert and Sullivan work by presenting lectures on interior decorating. But Wilde had his own business plan. He would go to promote himself. And he did, travelling some 15,000 miles and visiting 150 American cities as he created a template for fame creation that still works today. Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey The author presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.
The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane by Richard Etulain Everyone knows the name Calamity Jane. Scores of dime novels and movie and TV Westerns have portrayed this original Wild West woman as an adventuresome, gun-toting hellion. This lively, concise and well-researched biography traces the real person from the Missouri farm where she was born in 1856 through the development of her notorious persona as a Wild West heroine.
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Preschool Open House Tuesday, April 21, 4:00-8:00pm
This is the time to come and check out our preschool facility and speak to our ECE certified teachers. Bring your child, and your questions. Activities will be set up for children. Vacancy information will be available on Apr 21st.
Preschool Registration Friday, May 1st
Priority registration is given to siblings and those currently in the program. Forms will be handed out on the day of registration at 6:00am. If you have Been accepted into the class, an appointed time will be issued for you to return for the orientation, Make payments and return completed forms.
Creative Dance (3-5 yrs)
Does your child love to dance? Bring them to my class where their creativity can blossom. We will learn new moves, fun dances and make new friends, all while building confidence, honing our motor control skills and learning to work together. No session on Feb 9. Mon 2:30-3:15pm Jan 19 – Mar 16 $48/8 sessions
Musical Theatre Style Singing (5-12yrs)
Bring your little singer to Musical Theatre Style singing where we will learn songs from all around the world, practice our interval training and have fun all while building confidence and making new friends. We will focus on one main song complete with fun moves to show our parents at the end of the term. Tue Jan 20 – Mar 18 $72/9 sessions 5-7 yrs 3:30-4:30pm 8-12 yrs 4:30-5:30pm
Violin Beginner - Group (7-10yrs) Fri
Jan 9-Feb 6
Violin Beginner+ - Group (7-10yrs)
Jan 9-Feb 6
Hatha Yoga (19+yrs)
Hatha Flow Yoga (19+yrs) Wed
Kady Tishyadhigama $35/5 sess
Kady Tishyadhigama $35/5 sess
Girls Can Too! (7-12yrs)
Jeffrey Au-Yeung PLAY SPORTS!! Have you ever wanted to try a sport but was afraid to? Come out to learn and play a variety of sports, from volleyball to basketball to soccer in a fun and friendly environment. Did I mention it’s girls only? $3.50/ drop-in if space. No session Feb 9 Mon 4:30-5:30pm Jan 12-Mar 2 $21/7 sess
Hockey Hat Tricks (8-12yrs)
Pilates - Matwork - All Levels (19+yrs)
Michael Walters Come out for fun, recreational games of ball hockey. All skill levels are welcome. $3.50/drop-in if space with permission of instructor. Thu 6:45-7:45pm Jan 15-Mar 5 $24/8 sess
Jan 12-Mar 2
Tracey Clark $87.50/7 sess
Jan 15-Feb 12 Jan 17-Feb 14
Hisae McMichael $46.25/5 sess $46.25/5 sess
Jan 14-Feb 11
Ana Yu $40/5 sess
Espirito Santo Mauricio Jan 13-Feb 10 $40/5sess
Yaletown Afternoon Tea & Heritage Church (55+yrs) Mon
Robbie Burns Luncheon (55+yrs) Wed
—Pre-registration required Belly Fit Flow Trial (19+yrs) Thu
Belly Dance Trial (19+yrs)
Harp Intro—Private Lessons (14+yrs)
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January 2015 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, r...
Published on Jan 3, 2015
January 2015 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, r...