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New trail system opens up the wonders of Renfrew Ravine by Julie Cheng “Have you come across the coyotes yet?” the walker asked me one morning. It’s a completely different world down here, deep in Renfrew Ravine. The peace of the forest surrounds you; the sounds of the birds and rushing water soothe you. Then there are the coyotes. I’d taken the steel stairs and timber steps leading from the Boyd Diversion entranceway near 22nd Avenue, past newly planted native plants and down to a boardwalk that winds its way alongside its creek, Still Creek. The walkways are part of a park renewal that’s been years in the making. In fall 2018, the Vancouver Park Board finally completed the construction of the new trails around Renfrew Community Park and Renfrew Ravine Park. Renfrew Ravine Park is located between the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station and East 22nd Avenue. It’s the only park in Vancouver with a creek in a natural ravine. It’s never been culverted over, like many other Vancouver creeks, apparently because it was too far east and too steep.

The boardwalk runs along Still Creek. Photo by Julie Cheng

Members of the Still Moon Arts Society, a local arts and environmental organization that coproduces the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, have long envisioned a trail system around the ravine and were key in getting these trails done. Still Moon Arts has also been instrumental in the return of chum salmon to Still Creek. This Coyotes spotted near Renfrew Ravine. Photo courtesy of Bernie Yakowich

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happened for the first time after 80 years, in 2012. Since then, salmon have been seen spawning behind the Canadian Tire on Grandview Highway in late October or early November. Access to nature has been linked to enhanced mood and well-being and lowered stress and depression. So it’s wonderful that residents young and old are discovering the wonders found in this urban forest, at the creek’s edge. Just beware the coyotes.

New trails around Renfrew Community Park and Renfrew Ravine Park were completed in October 2018. Photos by Julie Cheng

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Family Literacy Week, January 20 to 27, 2019 by Janice Bexson Last year, we celebrated Family Literacy Day on January 27. But, hurrah – there is now one full week of celebrating literacy. This year, Family Literacy Week is on January 20 to 27, and what a wonderful development it is to have seven days of literacy! Literacy is the key foundation upon which many of our other skills are developed. These skills expand our knowledge, imagination and creativity, and develop our reading and writing abilities, leading to improved communication skills. This year, Family Literacy Week’s theme is Let’s Make It. Making things together is a natural way of socially connecting, boosting creative, motor and problem-solving skills, and increasing language, vocabulary and comprehension. Families who play and create together also naturally build self-esteem and confidence while they connect and share an activity. Fun and laughter are the added bonuses! We know that parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers, so spending just 15 minutes a day to engage in a family literacy activity is an investment in a love of life-long learning, plus learning together as a family means more positive and quality time spent together. Parents and caregivers can foster family literacy by: • giving access to a variety of books and games, which encourage alphabet knowledge and reading • exposing children to seeing adults reading books, magazines and online articles at home every day • singing rhymes and songs aloud • creating unique family songs together • speaking to each other in the family language(s) • regularly engaging in informative conversations, just for the love of expressing language and vocabulary What does Family Literacy Week mean to you? You can make this week one of fun and creativity by participating in the wide variety

of activities. Inspiration can be found by looking on Decoda Literacy Solutions website, under Family Literacy Week (https:// You can also find ongoing literacy activities in Renfrew-Collingwood’s neighbourhood, so be sure to visit one of the local public libraries for books and literacy resources. In addition, Collingwood Neighbourhood House hosts several literacy initiatives, including a weekly literacy group and reading circle, a one-one tutoring project, two family literacy programs (Family Place and Families Branching out) and a book exchange kiosk. For more information, contact Hopefully this week will be one of creativity and discovery for you. But please don’t stop here; continue spending family time participating in literacy activities, even if you are only able to spend one or two hours per month engaged in a planned family literacy activity. Enjoy! Janice Bexson is the literacy outreach coordinator at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Did you know? Family Literacy Day (now Family Literacy Week) was originally created in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada, to promote the importance of literacy for everyone. ABC Life Literacy Canada states that “taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.”



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The mission of this non-profit publication is to provide the residents, businesses and organizations of Renfrew/Collingwood with a medium for community communication. Paul Reid: staff writer and layout coordinator Lisa Symons: sales and distribution coordinator Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator

Contributors: Amber Webber, Ann Wong, Bernie Yakowich, Cecilia Federizon, Janice Brexson, Julie Cheng, John Mendoza, Nicole Fredrickson, Shadia Serrano, Tony Wanless, Wendy Hsu

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Urban Explorer: Spend a day at the museums of the University of British Columbia by John Mendoza

Now that a new year is upon us, a quick trip to the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Point Grey is the perfect opportunity to chase away those postholiday blues. For those who have not been to the UBC campus since the days of B-lot parking and the 1970s architecture of Sedgewick Library, casual visitors will be surprised to discover a beautiful, modern campus with enough amenities to make the transit trip from East Vancouver worthwhile. One immediate attraction that’s highly recommended to see is the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on Main Mall. Although the museum has an admission charge, there’s much to draw the curious. The clear star of the show is Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton on display, suspended from the ceiling.

newest version of the student union building. Weekday visitors will find a busy scene, with university students studying, relaxing, socializing or eating using the many public seating areas, and a choice of several restaurants available for dining. In contrast, the scene during the weekend is one of serenity; the one available eatery opened during weekends, Pie R Squared, serves a reliable, inexpensive slice of pizza and other light fare.

For those with a bit of stamina, the Museum of Anthropology The interior of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the (admission charge required) is about University of British Columbia with the famous blue a 15to 20minute whale skeleton on display. Photos by John Mendoza However, the skeleton is a mere enwalk away from the try point for the variety of attractions AMS Nest. While the First Nations col- Helpful strategies on display. The storage areas for the museum’s plant and animal collections lections is quite prominent, visitors are • Reserve your visit to the Beaty are also the exhibition areas. For those encouraged to explore the other exhibi- Biodiversity Museum for the weekend as there are more attractions to looking to engage more meaningfully in tions concerned with world arts and culture, especially in the multiverse see. Don’t miss the Discovery Lab a natural history museum, try the whale galleries. This permanent exhibition tucked away in the back corner of flipper puzzle, the interactive activity includes display drawers meant for the museum, where museum visitors tables with various plant and animal can handle both animal and plant specimens for visitors to handle or even visitors to open and examine. In one random encounter, I opened a drawer specimens. Don’t forget to wash your the theatre showing similarly themed and discovered the first of several hands before and after the experience. films throughout drawers that features artifacts from the day. ancient Egypt. • Information about the campus can be picked up at the Robert H. Lee Should you need nourishment during A visit to the University of British Alumni Centre, next to the AMS Nest. a day trip to the UBC campus, a recColumbia to explore these museums If you were a former student, look up ommended stop is the AMS Nest, the and other amenities is a reminder that your name on the interactive screens while these places were once elitist and in the lobby! far removed from everyday life, these • Make sure to catch Marking the places are now striving to be connected Infinite, the exhibition of aboriginal to all. women artists from Australia, on until March 31, 2019, at the Museum of A visit to the UBC campus is a remind- Anthropology. er that everyone has the opportunity to learn (as a visitor or as a student), and • Need to shop? Avoid the shopping through learning we realize the potenmall, and patronize the gift shops at tial of education to transform ourselves the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and and our lives. To see this beautiful cam- the Museum of Anthropology, with pus is to also recognize the power to proceeds going back to help each change and improve as time goes on. respective institution. Another recommended stop is the UBC bookstore, Directions for UBC-themed souvenirs, gifts and, • No. 41 UBC bus from Joyce/Collingof course, books. wood Skytrain Station; on weekdays, The Great Hall of the Museum of take the No. 43 express bus to UBC John Mendoza is a long-time resident of Anthropology at the University of from Joyce Station for a faster trip with Collingwood and contributor to the British Columbia will receive a seislimited stops RCC News. mic upgrade.



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The Seniors Connection Outdoor gathering place opens for local seniors on East 22nd Avenue by Amber Webber December 4, 2018, marked the opening of a new public gathering place for seniors and residents on East 22nd Avenue at Renfrew, outside the Three Links Care Centre. The Seniors Pod, as it has become known in the neighbourhood, is an open and accessible gathering place for seniors in our RenfrewCollingwood community. With adjustable bench armrests and foldable table, the space caters to seniors using wheelchairs or walkers, and includes a display board to keep local seniors up-to-date on community activities.

Three Links Care Centre, Three Links Manor and RCSS. Robert and the volunteers were recognized at the official opening along with other local project supporters including the Renfrew Park Community Centre, Renfrew Library and neighbourhood businesses that actively engaged their time and services in helping adorn and design the Pods, and even feed the project participants.

RCSS’s community seniors liaison Cassandra Ly was also recognized for her significant leadership in developing the project. Speaking prior to the Under the leadership of the Renfrew-Collin- official ribbon-cutting, Cassandra said, The Seniors Pod is a new gathering place for seniors in the Renfrewgwood Seniors Society (RCSS), construction “The final product of the Senior Pod of the Seniors Pod started in April thanks Project exceeded our expectations. The Collingwood community. Photo courtesy of Three Links Care Society to the financial support of the Three Links project has been very well-received and mission to the community is other projects in 2019 that Care Society and Vancouver Park Board’s supports our ongoing work to create a a key element of our strategic benefit seniors in collaboraNeighbourhood Matching Fund. senior-friendly block for all to access plan. We are excited to initiate tion with our local partners.” Construction and design of the new strucand enjoy.” ture also benefitted significantly from the contribution of community carpenter Robert Three Links CEO Allen, his friend Angus, and three students David Hurford also from Windermere Secondary. Their involve- recognized RCSS’s ment and feedback were instrumental for leadership and the project’s successful completion. looked forward to supporting more As an added feature, bird houses in the trees community projJANUARY 2019 BIRTHDAYS AND BINGO along the street surrounding the Seniors ects in the neighMONDAY JAN 7th WORLD CAFÉ  WITH BILL Pod are being planned. These bird houses bourhood over the 1:30 - 3:00pm MONDAY are extra special because they are assembled coming year. “ExJoin us for FREE cake for everyone and a JAN.14th and painted by Windermere Secondary tending our care celebration of the January birthdays then stay 1:30 - 3:00pm students, residents and volunteers from the and quality of life for Bingo!   A casual conversation circle to share


your opinions about news and events from around the world. FRAUD PREVENTION SEMINAR MONDAY JAN. 21st 1:30 - 3:00pm Speakers from Vancity Corporate Security Department and Collingwood Community Policing Center will be here giving tips to guard your financial information, recognize different scams and protect yourself against mail and online fraud. Space Limited. Please RSVP by Thursday, January 17, 2018. Call 604-435-0323, or email: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Friendly Visitor for seniors Are you interested in improving the social and emotional wellbeing of isolated seniors in our community by having a nice chat, playing a game or making tea with them? Can you visit seniors on a weekly or bi weekly basis in their home? Please contact Jenny Shen Seniors Program Coordinator at 604-435-0323 Ext. 227 or by email

COFFEE SOCIAL Every Thursdays 10:15 am A casual conversation circle. Cost:$1 (Free on the first Thursday of the month) HAIRCUT FOR SENIORS TUESDAY JAN. 22nd 2:00 - 6:00pm (Multipurpose Room A) You can sign up at the front desk to save your spot with our hairstylist, Lina! Cost: by donation only (Suggestion $2) KARAOKE THURSDAY JAN. 17th 1:30 - 3:00pm Sing, listen, enjoy! All are welcome. Music in many different languages. Free activity. COMMUNITY LUNCH (Starts on Tuesday Jan. 8) Every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm These three-course lunches are inexpensive and delicious. Menus are different each week; reflecting the changing seasons and diverse food traditions.


January 2019

Fresh year, fresh start to financial fitness by Ann Wong

Emergency funds If you do not have three to six The new year has arrived and many months amount of expenses saved people are thinking about new year’s in your emergency fund, this is the resolutions. Fitness is often big on the time to do so. Every month, save radar to improve their health. 10% of your gross income (before taxes) and move it to a savings acAnother area is financial fitness. count. This is especially so, as the bills from December purchases arrive on the Most people will not spend this January statements. Here are some money if they do not see it in their tips on how to get your finances in account. Consider it as a “me tax.” order for 2019: Instead of income tax to the government, think of it as it future tax to Bill payments yourself. Pay off the credit card bills before the due date. If you cannot pay the full Tax savings amount, transfer the full amount to If you have earned income from the lowest interest rate credit card. a job, or if you are self-employed rom there, at least make the miniand pay yourself a salary, set aside mum payment. some money on a regular basis to Next, make the largest payment you pay yourself first. Allocate a fixed can afford the day after each payday amount to be deposited into your so that you pay off the bills as fast as registered retirement savings plan possible. (RRSP) so that you bring your income down to the next tax bracket. Keep your entertainment expense You will be surprised at how much low. Instead of going out, invite you will save in taxes and also see friends to your place or visit them your RRSP grow in value. Keep at their place and have some board in mind the deadline for the 2018 game nights or movie nights in. RRSP contribution is March 1, 2019. Potluck meals are always interesting showcasing our culinary skills. You Another investment idea is to concan have great fun on a lean budget. tribute to your tax free savings


account (TFSA). This year, the new maximum is $6,000. Although the contribution is not tax deductible, the TFSA will allow your investment to grow tax sheltered and when you withdraw the funds, they will not be taxable. If you are not sure what is the best strategy for you, consult a financial professional. A Certified Financial Planner has completed rigorous education and years of work experience can customize steps to help you achieve your goals. This is the time to have a fresh start to your financial fitness. Ann Wong has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Send her an email if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to get a pulse on your current financial health. ann_wong@

Perspectives: An Anti-racism Arts Festival by Cecilia Federizon This year, Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is lucky to collaborate with the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation (CCMF) to hold the annual Anti-Racism Arts Festival in Vancouver. A team of dedicated youth community leaders, Chitha Manoranjan, Kaitlyn Fung, Emily Chan, Crecien Bencio and myself, have been working diligently with CCMF to put together this event. CCMF is a Calgary Non-Profit organization run by volunteers who strive to improve race relations in Canada by creating cultural understanding through multicultural education, technology and arts.

hosted their Anti-Racism Arts Festival in cities across Canada such as Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. This February 2019, CNH and CCMF will host the fourth annual youth-organized Perspectives: An Anti-Racism Arts Festival in Vancouver’s RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood. Renfrew-Collingwood is rich with diversity. From recognizing the cultural, creative, social and human assets in Renfrew-Collingwood, we hope that the Perspectives festival will inspire, teach and feature local artists to use creativity as a catalyst for change.

Perspectives will feature a 48-hour film challenge on February 15 to 17, In 2015, CCMF looked for a way to 2019. At the film challenge, participatengage Canadians in conversations ing teams of youth will create a short about racism. As a difficult topic, film with the guidance local filmmakCCMF thought of holding an arts ers and professional mentors. The festival, having the arts play a major finished shorts will be screened on the role to spark discussions on ongoing March 22, 2019 event, taking place racial issues in Canada. during the week of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial DisEvery year since then, CCMF has crimination.

In addition to the screening, a variety of artistic expressions will be featured such as a poetry jam, community art and dialogues to encourage engagement on concepts, stories and strategies to combat racism locally. Our goal is to create an accessible, enjoyable and educational experience to the community. By concentrating on art as a tool to understand and engage with anti-racism, we hope to provide Renfrew-Collingwood with creative outlets for self-expression and challenge racism in personal ways. We strive to create an inclusive safe environment through art while igniting our local creatives and supporting our racialized artists in the neighbourhood. Watch for more information to come on volunteer opportunities for the events and how you can participate in Perspectives: An Anti-Racism Arts Festival.

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours, Happy New Year! I want to wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019! A sincere thanks to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House on December 15th. We had a packed house and it was great to catch up with our friends and neighbours. Making Prescription Medications More Affordable in BC As Minister of Health, I am pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, the BC Government is eliminating PharmaCare deductibles for working families with the lowest income in the province. Families may comprise of an individual, a couple, one parent with children, or parents with children. This means that families earning less than $45,000 will benefit from lower deductible and family maximum. The biggest impact will be felt by families with net annual incomes between $15,000 and $30,000. They will have no deductible. For more information on the revised Fair PharmaCare program, please visit https://news. . If you have any questions about Fair PharmaCare or any other BC government programs, please contact my office at (604) 660-0314 or . My staff will be happy to assist you. Seeking Nominations for the BC Community Achievement Awards! Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to your community through a unique achievement or outstanding service – either as a volunteer or in the course of their work? Nominate them for a BC Community Achievement Awards! Awards will be presented for significant service in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors’ leadership. If you’d like to nominate a member of our community, visit http://www.bcachievement. com/community/info.php and nominations close on January 15th, 2019. Office Hours Our regular office hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm and open by appointments on Fridays. If you cannot make these regular hours, contact us and we’ll arrange a special appointment that fits your schedule! Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway

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Every new year begins with a period of dreaming that our lives will be different.

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We will stop bad behaviours. We will be better people. However, after a short time, these plans have almost completely faded away. Why? Because changing a habit is difficult.

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Habits, good or bad, are simply patterns of behaviour that have been built over time by repetition. For instance, we often eat at the same time every day. We create habits to be short-cuts for our busy brains. When triggered, they help us perform repeated actions without our having to think about them and so save energy.

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On December 6, St. Mary’s Parish hosted a dinner at Collingwood Neighbourhood House to celebrate the Inaugural ONE CHALLENGE. More Fehintola Okunubi, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Hon. Adrian than 80 people Dix, MLA, Fr Guy Rivard, Mildred Moy, Archbishop J. Miattended, in- chael Miller and Nicole Fredrickson at the inaugural ONE cluding Arch- CHALLENGE dinner. Photo by Wendy Hsu bishop Michael Miller, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, Rev. Guy Rivard, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, Sr. Nancy Brown and Evelyn Vollet, antitrafficking committee of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. ONE CHALLENGE is a one-year program run by the Catholic Street Missionaries to enable young adults to experience what it’s like to be street missionaries. Since September, three young people have joined the ONE CHALLENGE program, committing one year of their lives to mission work. Left: Chef Barry Londry and the kitchen crew preparing a sumptuous dinner for the ONE CHALLENGE celebration. Photo by Nicole Fredrickson



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MP Don Davies recognizes local food security group in Parliament

Watch the one-minute clip on Facebook: www.facebook. com/DonDaviesNDP/videos/2269162303370610/ Find more info and get involved with the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute at

Don Davies (MP, Vancouver Kingsway, NDP) statement in the House of Commons Mr. Speaker, last week I had the opportunity to visit the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, a vibrant organization operating in Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Vancouver Kingsway. Led by Mik Turje, Kaitlyn Fung and Najia Elacal, this impressive program champions the importance of healthy and culturally appropriate food for everyone. It fosters understanding of urban agriculture, sustainable growing, native plants and indigenous knowledge. It utilizes local resources for greater independence and social health. It brings local concerns to the decision-makers who make food policy. Folks at the RC Food Security Institute believe that food is a human right, and that this means much more than meeting basic



November 22, 2018, MP Don Davies recognized Mik Turje, Kaitlyn Fung and Najia Elacel and the work of the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute in the House of Commons. Davies spoke of the RCFSI’s important work in Renfrew-Collingwood and made the point that the federal government should be funding this work. Congratulations Mik, Kaitlyn and Najia.

nutritional requirements. They understand that bringing people together to address hunger reduces isolation, builds community and strengthens our nation. I saw this in action first-hand. I would like to recognize their outstanding work, and urge Parliament to provide

federal resources for them and every organization working to ensure that every Canadian has access to affordable, healthy and abundant food.

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Winter energy efficiency tips at home • Lower your thermostat by 2º C and save up to 4% on your heating bill • Program your thermostat, decrease temperature at night and when you leave for work and save up to 10% on your next bill. • Ensure your furnace, and any other heating source are in good working condition. Check if they need maintenance. Replace air filters. Install a furnace filter alarm, a properly maintained furnace reduces energy consumption and could save you up to 5% on heating costs. • Test and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. • Open the drapes or blinds on sunny days. Remember to close the drapes or blinds when the sun sets. • Don’t crank up the heat. The house will warm up at the same rate, regardless of the temperature setting. ~Collingwood Neighbourhood House Green Team

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Special Events Lunar New Year Festival (All Ages) Come join and celebrate the Year of the Pig with us! It will be a great chance to experience the traditional folk customs. There will be cultural displays, balloon animals, crafts, lion dance, and food. Please register early there are limited number seats. 190587 Sat Jan 26 12:30pm-3:00pm $5/person Registration has already started so register early so you don’t miss out.

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Fashion Illustration - Beginner (7-14yrs) Niki Chung For those with little or no experience. Students will begin to explore basic skills for fashion illustration and design. Please note there is a $10 fee for supplies (sketch book etc.) per season. 197044 Fri Jan 18-Mar 8 6:00-7:15pm $96/8 sess Fashion Illustration - Int/Adv (10-17yrs) Niki Chung In this class, students will begin to participate with hands on projects to hone in on skills from paper to a three-dimensional form. Please note there is a $10 fee for supplies (sketch book etc.) per season. 197045 Fri Jan 18-Mar 8 7:20-9:05pm $128/8 sess

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Whether you're a runner or a walker of any ability level, The Sun Run InTraining clinic can help you reach your fitness goal in a safe and supportive environment. 193857 Sat Jan 12-Apr 6 9:00-11:00am $150/13 sess Sara Baghbannezhad Shishvan Flow Yoga (19+yrs) Flow yoga is the synchronization of movement with breath. It incorporates energetic movement through a series of yoga postures with a sense of fluid physical motion. $6.19+tax/drop-in if space. 190532 Mon Jan 14-Feb 11 5:30-6:30pm $27.50/5 sess

190534 Thu Jan 17-Feb 14 11:30am-12:30pm $27.50/5 sess Hula For Health (55+yrs) Marji Wallace The exercises and gentle moves to relaxing music of hula can improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, even while seated. $2.38+tax/drop-in if space. 190547 Thu Jan 31-Mar 7 10-11am $12/6 sess

Workshops Red Cross Babysitting Training (11+yrs) First Aid Hero Covered in this course: Exploring the Business of Babysitting; Creating Safe Environments; Safely Caring for ages 0-12; First Aid Skills. 192059 Sun Mar 17 10:30am-5:30pm $60/person Heads Up for Healthier Brains (55+yrs) Alzheimer Society Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. 190503 Fri Jan 18 11:00am-12:00pm Free


January 2019


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Joyce Location: 5288 Joyce St. ; Tel: 604-435-0323 / New Annex Location: 3690 Vanness Ave. ; Tel: 604-428-9142 / Visit:

The new HIIT training called STRONG BY Zumba has arrived at CNH By Shadia Serrano After the worldwide success of the discipline Zumba Fitness, the brand has created a program that moves away from the dances moves with Latin rhythms that millions of people already practice around the world. A new high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that achieves short-term results. STRONG BY Zumba, a new highintensity interval training -HIITthat achieves short-term results by combining intervals of strength and cardio exercises that go with every beat of the music. In other words, the real revolution of this HIIT class is the MUSIC, which has been created using reverse-engineering: producing it to sync every beat or sound with each movement — something that had never been done before in the fitness world. Some of the rhythms that you can find in a STRONG class are techno, house, dubstep, hip-hop and other genres of fusion that seek maximum motivation and concentration of the participants.

How does it work? The class lasts 50 minutes and consists of four quadrants. In the first three sections, legs and arms muscles work are combined with cardio, and the last quadrant is for abdominal muscles. With the philosophy of “push your limits”, the results come faster than with other disciplines, as the quadrants are renewed frequently and prevent the body from getting used to a type of routine. Without any external weight, only with your own body, STRONG by Zumba helps to increase resistance, tone, define muscle and burn calories.

How and where to practice it? Silvia Hernandez, STRONG By Zumba Instructor.

Although it is a high-intensity training, anyone can start practicing it, since it is

COMMUNITY LUNCH Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.” *Joyce location

January lunch menu Tuesday 8th Minestrone soup Roasted beef sandwich /veggie option Salad Strawberry pudding Thursday 10th Chicken cacciatore on rice /veggie option Salad Lemon Tart

a program of short time progress, it is possible to improve the physical form.

Even though STRONG is a new discipline; it has arrived to CNH with the opening of our New Annex location. Instructor and personal trainer Silvia Hernandez, is the person in charge of making our CNH participants STRONGER. Silvia has more than eight years of experience in the fitness industry and became a STRONG BY Zumba instructor when the program launched in 2016. She also teaches other formats such as Bellyfit, Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Barre, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, and strength training It is clear that STRONG By Zumba will be the funniest and most effective option for the ‘’Beachbody ‘’ New Year’s resolution. Join Silvia at the CNH Annex location every Monday, 6:00-7:00 pm Drop-in: $5.75 (No class on Statutory holidays)

Other winter recreation clasess for children and adults:

CNH will be offering also new programs such us: -Boys and Girls Creative Dance, Tuesdays - 3:454:25 pm (Annex) -Boys and Girls Pre-Ballet, Tuesdays - 4:30-5:10 pm. (Annex) -Adult Community Choir, Wednesdays - 5:30-6:45 pm. (Annex) -Teatro Raices Latinas (Theater in Spanish) Tuesdays - 7:00-9:00 pm

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Tuesday 15th Cream of cauliflower soup Tuna melt/veggie meal Salad Peach cupcake Thursday 17th Beef stroganoff on noodles /veggie option Salad Date bar Tuesday 22nd Roasted tomato barley soup Meat or veggie chilli Salad Coconut and oat muffin Thursday 24th Baked salmon with roasted veggie Quinoa salad Vanilla Cheesecake Tuesday 29th Carrot soup Turkey Enchiladas Salad Walnut cookies Thursday 31st Meat /veggie lasagna Salad and garlic bread Chocolate chip cookies



January 2019


Ñ Welcome to the New Year 2019! The Collingwood BIA is very excited to show off its brand new look. The banners on the streets, newsletters and the website will all reflect our refreshed brand. The Collingwood neighbourhood has and will remain a major transportation hub in the lower mainland. There are over 300 businesses along Kingsway between Boundary Road and Rupert Street. The board and staff are excited to begin 2019 and have plans from many street enhancement projects along with continuing our current programs.

Upcoming Events FEBRUARY 16 Chinese New Year Lion Dance MAY 25 Collingwood Days Festival


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On Saturday, February 16 , there will be two lion dance teams bringing good fortune for the Year of the Pig along Kingsway. The Lions dance begins at 11:30am, one lion starting at Boundary Road and the second lion will starts at Rupert Street then they will head down Joyce Street to finish at approximately 1:00pm. To participate in the annual Chinese New Year Lion Dance email or call the Collingwood BIA office to sign up.

Help us keep Collingwood safe and clean. Contact us when you see areas that need attention. Thank you. SMALL BUSINESS TIPS FROM ELLA Small business loans available up to $100,000 apply online at Or cantact Ella Cheng @

Join the Board We are always looking for new board members. Criteria to be a board member: own a commercial property; business tenant over 6 months; passion to make the Collingwood commercial area grow to help make a healthy neighbourhood. @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood @shopcollingwood #300 Ð 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC T: 604.639.4403 E:


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