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June 2013


Mayor launches new program to improve civic engagement EYE CARE CENTRE

Engagement at a Neighbourhood Level

On May 22 at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Mayor Gregor Robertson launched the City of Vancouver’s Quick Starts program designed to engage citizens in community life—with each other and the city. Quick Starts is the first report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Civic Engagement. Members of the task force from our neighbourhood include Jennifer Gray-Grant, the executive director of Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Waldo Brino, a former CNH board member, and Peter Greenwell, the local coordinator of homeless programs.

1. Bring City Hall to the Community 2. Participatory Budgeting for Neighbourhoods 3. Declare a City-wide Neighbourhood Block Party Day Engagement at a Neighbourhood Level 4. Neighbourhood Councillor Liaisons 1. Bring City Hall to the Community

2. Participatory Budgeting for Neighbourhoods

3. Declare a City-wide Neighbourhood Block Party Day Improve Civic Education 4. Neighbourhood Councillor Liaisons

5. Open the Doors to City Hall Improve Education 6. City Civic Hall 101 5. Open the Doors to City Hall

7. Make it Easy to Register to Vote

6. City Hall 101

7. it Easy Register to Vote 8. Make City Hallto Storytelling 8. City Hall Storytelling

Improve the Development Process Improve the Development Process 9. Earlier Public Involvement in Major Rezoning Proposals

9. Earlier Public Involvement in Major Rezoning Proposals

10. Enhanced Notice of Planning Changes

11. Public Signs and Notices 10.Rethink Enhanced Notice of Planning


11. Rethink Signs and Notices Social MediaPublic for Civic Engagement 12. Bring 3-1-1 Online 13. Crowdsourced Venue List Social Media for Civic Engagement 14. Create and Promote an Engaged City Listserv 15. and3-1-1 PromoteOnline an Online Engagement Panel 12.Create Bring 16. Create and Promote an Engaged City Twitter Handle

13. Crowdsourced Venue List

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Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force Quick Starts 15. Create and Promote an Online Engagement Panel

16. Create and Promote an Engaged City Twitter Handle

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Charity run for Prostate Cancer Society

Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force Quick Starts

This Father’s Day, Im Mei Kwok from Duke Street Early Learning and Care Centre will run to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Society.

father who watches over me every day from where he is now.” This will be her third year participating in the run.

“My dad passed away three years ago from the disease and since then every Father’s Day, I run for him and others who suffer from the same illness,” Im Mei explains. “It’s a way for me to honour my beloved

If you’re interested in donating, please visit Im Mei’s personal fundraising web page at http:// aisingPage?ID=1852&AID=2252&P ID=354487

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TEDxRenfrewCollingwood seeks ideas worth spreading First TEDx coming to our neighbourhood October 2013 and inspire the audience under the theme, “From Far to Here.”

Do you have an idea worth spreading? We want to hear it! We’re looking for the innovative, the risky, the ambitious, the diligent, the unique, but most of all the passionate -- to speak at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood. Do you have what it takes? “TEDx provides a great opportunity and platform for discovering and sharing the wealth of experience, wisdom & great ideas that exist in Renfrew-Collingwood. It is also an opportunity to invite some interesting people into the community, to share their knowledge with us.” said Niki Dun, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood curator. The first TEDxRenfrewCollingwood is a day-long event for thinking, discussing, and playing. We are looking for people with new ideas and stories to stimulate

The opportunity to speak is open to anyone from anywhere -- including non-English speakers. “To be truly representative of our community and our city, language shouldn’t be a barrier to participating. Great ideas do come in languages other than English,” says Dun. Speakers will get up to 18 minutes onstage to present the talk of their lives. All TEDx presentations will be recorded and shared with the world via TED’s YouTube channel, connecting Renfrew-Collingwood to the global community and to people living miles—or even continents— away. The ideas we share on the TEDx stage will keep on living and spreading. Organized by a group of dedicated people in the local community, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood will happen on October 19th, 2013, at Windermere Secondary School. To nominate a speaker or to apply to speak yourself, please send an email to speakers@ Let’s showcase what RenfrewCollingwood has got!

About TEDx In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience. Our event is called TEDxRenfrewCollingwood, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxRenfrewCollingwood, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a fourday conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those worldchanging ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place on the West Coast, with simulcast nearby; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED. com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping worldchanging innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at TEDTalks, and on Facebook at facebook. com/TED. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit registration


June 2013



Still Creek Lost and Found Walking Tours

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: Julie Cheng, Collingwood Community Policing Centre, Michael Douglas & City of Vancouver, Robert Edwards, Beth Grayer, Jason Hsieh, Janet Lee & Timothy Shay, Paul Reid, Wenhuan Ren, Kathy Romses, Carmen Rosen, Agnes Xi, Helen Xu

We want to hear from you! Yes, You! Send comments, community events, press releases by regular post, fax or e-mail. Suggestions for improving the paper are welcome. We welcome appropriate, unsolicited editorial submissions if accompanied by the author’s real name, address and telephone number. The author should retain the original as we cannot return submissions without prior agreement nor does submission guarantee publication. We reserve the right to make editorial changes.

Next submission deadline: June 10 The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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Dear Dad, You know, Dad, you are the world who really knows me.

Dozens of residents came out to take a historical walking tour along the Still Creek hidden under the streets of the Collingwood neighbourhood. Photo by Carmen Rosen May 20, more than 25 people enjoyed their Victoria Day holiday by taking a neighbourhood tour with historian Bruce Macdonald as part of the Still Creek Lost and Found Walking Tours. “The walking tour was very successful,” Carmen Rosen, artistic director of Still Moon Arts Society, which organized the tour, was pleased to report. It was a great way to finish up the long weekend.

They discovered that Collingwood Lake was likely created by beaver dams so that the lake was very shallow and almost a mile long between Earles and Boundary Road and Vanness and Kingsway. An old-timer, Don, who grew up in the neighbourhood, added a lot of colourful detail to Bruce’s stories.

Join Still Moon Arts for a Father’s Day celebration at Slocan Park on Sunday, June 16. You can also stay up to date with Still Moon Arts events The walkers met at Joyce Skytrain and activities by signing up for their station and followed Still Creek where newsletter at See more it has been lost under the streets of the activities on the Events Calendar, Collingwood neighbourhood. page 7.

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You are the only one who deeply understands me. Every day I come back from school, you give me a big smile and a lovely hug. Every night when I go to bed, you give me a night kiss and wish me a great dream. Every morning when I wake up, you are always ready to take me to school. I can say, Dad, you are my star, guiding me in the right direction. Thank you for all the things you do for me. Love Agnes Agnes Xi is a grade 7 student who takes the Creative Writing for Pre-teens class on Friday evenings at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House.


Eating Out in RC:

June 2013


by Paul Reid

El Sol de Acapulco

Acapulco-style Mexican Food Pupusas Latin American-style breakfast 2269 Kingsway Phone: 604-428-2880 Open Tuesday-Sunday Spicy options Vegetarian options

Greetings food fans. How is everyone this June 2013? How many of you made it to Collingwood Days for an Indian Taco? Speaking of tacos, we journey to Mexico this time around, and in particular that city famous for its food, Acapulco. Welcome to El Sol Acapulco Café. Yes folks, now you can experience the authentic taste of Acapulcon cuisine by travelling slightly west of the Renfrew-Collingwood community border (Nanaimo), into friendly Kensington-Cedar Cottage territory, to 2269 Kingsway. If you hit the old Canadian Tire, you’ve gone too far. North side. Lots of underground parking. OK, so now you’re there, relaxing in the clean, wonderful, Acupulcon-inspired dining area of El Sol. You have been greeted by one of the gracious hosts, perhaps owner Miguel or brother Manuel or Miguel’s wife Erica. Although she’s likely in the back working over a hot grill to bring us our muchloved Mexican and Salvadorian favourites. So you’re seated now and your host brings you tortilla chips and salsa—on the house, and you look threw the menu and your mouth is watering.

indicates. Had we known this, I believe we may have gone that way, but that’s OK because the Sopa (soup) Azteca was completely delicious. We shared a large ($7) of this tomatoand-chicken-based soup with fried tortilla strips, cheese, fresh avocado and lime. Next up was our three tacos. Made of soft corn tortilla, these tacos come with a variety of meats, and/or vegatariano (with sautéed eggplant or mushroom). We went with Suaderero (tender slow-cooked beef); Tinga (juicy chipotle stewed chicken); and Cochinita Pibil (slow-roasted pork). All three of these super-delicious morsels can be had for a mere six dollars—nearly half the price you’d pay downtown and more, yes more, delectable!

We weren’t done yet though—I had to have some of one of my favourites—those Pupusas—El Salvador’s national dish. These consist of a hand-made, stuffed corn tortilla cooked golden on a griddle and served with Curtido (Salvadoreanstyle coleslaw) and salsa de tomate (savoury tomato sauce). Your choice of fillings include Revueltas (beans, If you’re like me, your accomplice cheese, pork); Frijoles (home-style will be from Mexico and she’ll refried beans); Chicharron (savoury know exactly what to do and say ground pork rinds) or Queso (mozand order. Now a word to the wise: zarella-feta blend of cheese, loroco, apparently, the amazingly deligreen pepper and zucchini). Pupusas cious Pozole soup is not just for are delicious and like pizza, you can Thursdays anymore, as the menu eat it with your hands—a steal at $2.50 each. To wash it all down we each had one of the specialty beverages—Horchata (ground almonds, rice, cinnamon, sugar and milk. Really delicious. Other specialtry drinks include Tamarindo and Naranjada (a blend of fresh-squeezed juices).

It is Erica who hails from Acapulco and studied cooking at home and at university. It is the brothers, from El Salvador, who bring us the Salvadorian influence in—like those Pupusas we now know and love—or for breakfast, the El Salvadoreno (two eggs scrambled with tomatada (tomato sauce), homestyle refried beans, fried plantains, home-style cream and two hand-made Salvadorean-style corn tortillas). The El Sol features a complete line of breakfasts. My accomplice and I thought that the food at El Sol Acapulco Café was excellent and I do look forward to getting back there soon. I also hope that you will take some time to try El Sol for yourself: for the excellent food and to meet the really nice Linares family. Bon appetit or, in this case, buen provecho.

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Events Calendar Get involved in Renfrew-Collingwood Still Moon Arts events Thursday, June 13. Artsicle. Artist Carmen Rosen will talk about her work 7:00-9:00 pm Slocan Hall Sunday, June 16. Reflecting Still Creek Garden Meet, Greet and Eat. 10:00am1:00pm. Meet at Slocan Park to celebrate Father’s Day. Bring family and friends to meet your neighbours, explore our diverse cultures, the history of Still Creek, and learn about our community gardens. Histories, gongs, live music, and a procession through local garden sites, and then join the community potluck and eat to live music. Kids’ craft activities, tree plantings and a bee-keeping demonstration. Wednesday, June 19. Still Moon Arts AGM, 7:00 pm, Slocan Hall. Live music, guest speaker Thursday. June 20. Summer Solstice. Music at Slocan Hall 7:00-9:30 pm and Solstice Labyrinth Walk 9:30-10:00 pm

Renfrew Collingwood Food Sign up for Summer Security Activities Reading Clubs at Norquay Community Learning your local Orchard 2732 Horley St. library Wednesday drop-in, 3:00-5:00 pm, June 5, 12, 19, 26 Sunday drop-in, 1:00-3:00 pm, June 2, 9, 23

Collingwood Branch, 2985 Kingsway at Rupert St., 604-665-3953

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Rooftop Garden 5288 Joyce St. Wednesday drop-in, 5:00-7:00 pm, June 5, 12, 19

Adult Summer Reading Club Registration begins Friday, June 14. Read throughout the summer and submit book reviews for a chance to win weekly prizes.

Food and Cooking Workshops Free. Childminding available. ***REGISTRATION REQUIRED*** Call 604-435-0323

Children’s Programs

Canning 101: Canning fruit in syrup. Thursday, June 6, 2:00-5:00 pm. Collingwood Neighbourhood House Canning 101: Jam with less/no sugar. Wednesday, June 12, 5:00-8:00 pm. The Warehouse, 2650 Slocan Street International Pickles: Recipes from North Africa. Thursday, June 20, 2:005:00 pm, Collingwood Neighbourhood House Community Kitchen: Cooking together for fun. Wednesday, June 26, 5:00-8:00 pm, Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Swap Meet for Graham Bruce Elementary School. Saturday, June 8, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. 3633 Tanner Street, at the basketball courts on Moscrop between Boundary and Joyce. The parent committee at Graham Bruce Elementary continues to fundraise for a new playground. TheVancouver School Board has advised them that their current playground is too old and must be removed. Help them reach their goal to raise $15,000. For more information and to book a table contact Dave at or 604-451-3399.


June 2013

Summer Reading Club Registration begins Friday, June 14! Visit the library and pick up your FREE summer reading club package. Weekly contests and surprise guests throughout the summer.

Renfrew Park Community Centre

2929 East 22 Avenue at Renfrew Phone: 604.257.8388 ext. 3 Web page:

Fri June 7 Eye Glasses Dr. Manbir Radhawa 55+yrs 11:00am-12:00pm Free Sat. June 8 Chance to Entertain 55+yrs Come and celebrate Seniors Week by attending this event. This chance to show case your musical, dance and singing talents. If you would like to take part in performing at this event, please contact Cheryl Palidda @ (604) 2578390. There will be light refreshments available. 1:30-3:30pm Free Wed. June 12 Junebug Luncheon 55+yrs 12:00-2:30pm $9/person

Lego Storytime Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, June 29, 2:00-3:00PM

Sat. June 15 Vancouver Draw Down All Ages Vancouver, let’s draw! Come down to Renfrew Park Community Centre and challenge your preconceptions Storytime followed by playtime about drawing and reconnect with with Lego! Kids of all ages the creative pleasure of making your welcome with parent or caregiver mark. Artist is Donna Cowan. For present. Lego and Duplo for more info and workshop listings go to: http://www.vancouverdrawdown. smaller hands provided. Please com. call 604-665-3953 to register. 11:00am-1:00pm Free Renfrew Branch, 2969 East 22nd Avenue at Nootka, 604-257-8705

Up, Up and Away with Reading! Summer Reading Club is coming soon to the Renfrew Library. Registration begins on June 14th. Pick up your reading record and join us for our special programs. Call the branch at 604-257-8706 or visit our website . Come fly with us! Special events include: Awesome Paper Airplane Launch, Friday, June 21st at 3:30 pm Cinemazo: Friday, July 12 @ 11:00 am Joseph the Magician: Friday, Aug. 16th @ 11:00 am

Mon. June 17 Hope Tunnels and Carvings Tour 55+yrs 9:00am-6:00pm $79/person Fri. June 14 Forensic Science 55+yrs 11:00am-12:00pm Free Fri. June 21 Wildlife Habits & Habitats 55+yrs 11:00am-12:00pm Free Sat. June 22 Dance into Summer 55+yrs This is a great time to celebrate the upcoming Summer. There will be a Live Band, light refreshments and door prizes. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 1:15-3:45pm $8/person Fri June 28 Sing Into Summer 55+yrs 11:00am-12:00pm Free

Gladstone students take 3rd place at world championships

Team 2M came in third at the world championships. Another won the Engineering Division. For the first time, Gladstone teams also won the Engineering Division Create award and the Science Division Teamwork award. Find out more about their achievements and the Gladstone robotics program at

The Gladstone robotics teams, who call themselves Robosavages, capped a spectacular year by taking top honours at the 2013 robotics world championships.

Renfrew / Collingwood


Photo by Helen Xu

The Gladstone high school robotics teams proudly represented their school, province and country at the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championships in California April 17 to 22—and they did us proud.


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House Summer is just around the corner! We are definitely excited and hope you are too! In July and August our Recreation Day Camp Program is thrilled to offer you a variety of sports and interactive activities packed with exciting field trips, fun in the sun and much more. Come down and register for a summer of adventure and excitement. Please sign up soon as space is limited.

Arts and Crafts Camp

Ages 6 to 8. July 8 to 12, 9:30am – 3:00pm. Cost: $105 full day Join us in developing fun projects each day using a variety of arts supplies, learning and istrenghtening various creative skills. Most of our time together will involve working in creative projects, we will also spend some time outdoors..

Clay and Art Adventure Camp Ages 5 to 7. July 22 to 26. 9:30 – 10:30am. Cost: $55 Ages 9 to 12. July 22 to 26. 10:45am – 12:00pm. Cost: $55 Explore clay and art. Mess around with painting, drawing, clay and collage while strengthening social interaction through creative play.

Guitar Camp, Begginer and Intermediate Ages 9 to 12. July 2 to 5. 9:30 – 10:30am. Cost: $44 Ages 13 to 15. July 2 to 5. 10:30 – 11:30am. Cost: $44 Ages 9 to 12. July 8 to 12. 9:30 – 10:30am. Cost: $55 Ages 13 to 15. July 8 to 12. 10:30 – 11:30am. Cost: $55

Summer Creative Dance Camp

Ages 4 to 6. July 15 to 19. 9:00 – 11:30am. Cost: $55 Girls and boys are invited to explore creative dance and ballet using inspiration from arts and nature. They will discover fun themes through movement, arts and games. Children will be encouraged to express themselves in creating unique dances together. Caregivers are invited to watch 20 minutes performance on the last day of camp.

The group will experience the guitar through fun-easy activities involving its structure, technique and some cool songs! Guitars are provided by Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Piano Camp Age 5 to 7. July 22 to 26. 9:30 – 10:30am. Cost: $55 per week Age 8 to 9 years old 10:30 – 11:30am. Cost: $55 per week Age 5 to 7. July 29 to Aug 2. 9:30 – 10:30am. Cost: $55 per week Age 8 to 9. July 29 to Aug 2. 10:30 – 11:30am. Cost: $55 per week This is a fun class for beginner music students learning piano and theory, it focuses on the basics of proper touch, hand technique and reading notes. 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.

Gymnastics Camp Ages 9 to 12. July 2 to 5. 9:00am – 3:00pm OR 9:00am – 12:00pm. Cost $80 full day, $40 half day.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Ages 6 to 8. July 8 to 12. 9:00am – 3:00pm OR 9:00am – 12:00pm. Ages 6 to 8. July 15 to 19. 9:00am – 3:00pm OR 9:00am – 12:00 pm. $105 full day $55 half day.

Everyone is welcome to immerse into the world of rhythm, graceful motion and beauty. Camp practices will focus on flexibility and general physical fitness. We will be going outside after lunch to do exciting activities, weather permitting.

This camp run by Gym Sense Gymnastics Education will create an atmosphere of fun and excitement that encourages participants to safely learn new gymnastics skills and techniques. This program will educate, challenge and entertain young children. Weather permitting, we will go outside to do exciting field trips.

Ages 6 to12. July 22 to 26 and July 29 to Aug 2, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Cost: $105 per week.

Summer Camps in August, Ages 6 to 12, August 6 to 30, 9:30am – 3:00pm. Monday to Friday except holidays. $80 for week 1. No camp on August 5 due to BC Day. $105 for weeks 2, 3 and 4. Each week we will be playing a specific sport in the morning and then going on field trips in the afternoon.

Week #1: August 6 to 9 Soccer Extravaganza $80

BC Day No Session

Collingwood Park

Hillcrest Pool

Bowling @ Grandview Lanes

Science World

Week #2: August 12 to 16 Collingwood Park Basketball Rush $105

Hillcrest Pool

Bowling at Grandview Lanes

Renfrew Park

Deer Lake

Week #3: August 19 to 23 Collingwood Park Floor Hockey in Canada $105 Week #4: August 26 to 30 Collingwood Park Volleyball Time $105

Hillcrest Pool

Bowling at Grandview Lanes

Central Park Playground

Science World

Hillcrest Pool

Bowling at Grandview Lanes

Renfrew Park

Deer Lake

Please have the following each day: water bottle, nutritious lunch and snacks, running shoes, sunscreen, hat, lots of energy and positive attitude



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How to plant a tree And help grow an urban forest “Planting a tree is not hard,” says tree expert David Tracey. “Nature does it all the time.”

What to watch for

Welcoming our questions throughout the hands-on lesson, Tracey gave We just have to do what nature does. easy-to-understand instructions with good humour and contagious enthusiasm. Still, the dozen neighbours who’d come out to Slocan Park this chilly morning, with rain clouds overhead, David Tracey is the executive director of TreeCity, a certified arborist and learned many new tree-planting the author of Guerrilla Gardening: A tips, like the proper posture to dig Manualfesto and Urban Agriculture: and an easy way to check how well Ideas and Designs for the New Food your soil drains. Revolution. Most of us were picking up a The biggest problem is people plant tree we’d ordered through the too deep, he notes. Treekeepers program, which “helps Vancouver residents plant You need to plant above the graft and tend the urban forest in the line, he says, pointing to the bottom world’s greenest city.” By becoming of the trunk where it bulges. If there a treekeeper, we have our tree is soil covering the graft line, roots monitored by volunteer citizen will sprout from the rootstock tree, foresters. not the tree you want. It’s most important to check the roots. Make sure the roots have not wound around the inside of the pot, called girdling. Girdled roots can continue to grow in a circle and choke the tree of air and water. Steps to plant a tree

Loosely tying the tree to stakes lets it wave in the wind and strengthens its roots. Photos Michael Douglas/City of Vancouver

1. Choose a location that gets lots of sun, has well-draining soil and has lots of space for the tree to grow 2. Dig a hole three times the width of the pot that the tree comes in. Rough up the edges of the hole so that roots can reach into them 3. Check the roots for girdling 4. Make sure the hole is not too deep. An easy way to do this is to place the shovel handle horizontally across the hole. Sit the tree in the hole so that the graft line is level with the shovel handle. If too deep, add more soil then line up the tree again

Local literacy activities Recipes needed for cookbook Do you have a family recipe for special comfort food or popular potluck dish? Recipes are being collected for the Potluck Cookbook by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Literacy Outreach project. Selected recipes will be tested by Collingwood seniors for inclusion in the cookbook. Children from the Collingwood School BUDDY Program will create food poems and illustrations. Put a favourite recipe in an envelope to “Timothy Shay, LOC, Recipe Book” and leave it at the CNH front desk.

Join the Reading Circle every Friday Beginning on Friday, June 7, and each Friday morning after, members of the community are invited to attend a half-hour reading circle from 10:00 to 10:30 am, Room B, upstairs, at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The first book we will read aloud is the beloved Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. All welcome. Come and read aloud or just enjoy listening.

by Julie Cheng

5. Tamp down the soil to make sure the tree doesn’t settle. Check again that the tree is not too deep 6. Cover the roots with soil 7. Water well 8. Hammer in one or two stakes and loosely attach the tree to them with soft ties that will not cut into the trunk 9. Until the tree is established, water twice a week and more often in hot weather 10. Enjoy your tree for years to come

Add mulch around the tree to protect it and keep moisture in and weeds down.

Near the end of our lesson, a light rain started. Perfect. Us neighbours happily carried our prized tree home and couldn’t wait to get planting. Julie Cheng is a registered treekeeper of a young plum tree, an accidental gardener and a compulsive moss puller who starts her day picking slugs off her peas and lettuce. In her spare time, she pulls invasive plants out of the Renfrew Ravine and edits the RenfrewCollingwood Community News.

Treekeepers is a partnership between TreeCity, the Environmental Youth Alliance, the Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Foundation that supports Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Digging with the proper posture will save your


To see the video How to Plant a Tree by Treekeepers featuring David Tracey, go to



June 2013

The Seniors Connection Janet Lee

Helping seniors live well in Renfrew-Collingwood

“Don’t be afraid to give it your all”

by Janet Lee and Timothy Shay This month the Collingwood Neighbourhood House legacy interviews continue with Janet Lee, an active community member and participant. If you attend Tai chi, jazzercize, zoomba, the Seniors Advisory Committee or the Towers Conversation Group you’ll meet Janet. Born Lai Sieling, in Nanking, China, during 1936, Janet Lee’s childhood was disrupted by the brutal Sino Japanese War (Second World War). She recalls escaping as child, carried in a basket, to her grandfather’s Hainan Island home. She witnessed many hardships of war when the island was occupied by the Japanese military. Her family lived in the ruins of their buildings. Her father was absent, being of high military rank and closely associated with Chiang Kai Shek and the Chinese war effort. Janet moved to Hong Kong at 10. She immigrated to Canada and learned English. Awarded a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Queens University, she worked at the Montreal Hospital. Janet married and raised her family of one boy and three girls in western Canada. She shares an important life highlight with this story: “When my husband passed away in 1990 I was heartbroken but determined to regain my strength and take care of my family.” “In 1992, I met a lady named Jane Cherry and we talked. Since then, Jane has been a great source of strength to me. She told me she did Dragon Boat paddling as a sport. This piqued my interest. She invited me to Granville Island to meet the club. “I met many paddlers. They were all encouraging. I joined the “The Grand Dragons” club right away. All 70 members are aged 50-plus. We are part of the False Creek Racing Canoe Club (FCRCC) with a membership of 13,000 people. “Besides practising twice weekly,

there were many social activities such as lunches, dinners, and out of town races. Our club is divided into three teams: A, B and C, according to each person’s paddling-time ability. I really wanted to be on Team A. But I knew I had to try to improve my physical condition. So I hired a personal trainer and worked out for one hour, two times per week with the result being that I made it onto the A Team. “From May to late September we travelled to Victoria, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Seattle and San Francisco, among others, to race. We never came home without a medal. My drawer is full of medals. “The most memorable race was the 2005 World Championship in Berlin, Germany. I was 69 years old. The call was announced to all Dragon Boat Clubs. With the coach’s approval, team members were chosen from across Canada, most from Ontario and BC. I was in the age 50-plus group. We left for Berlin on July 26th, 2005. The race site was one of the former Summer Olympic sites. Impressed, excited and very proud, I thought, ‘I must give my very best.’ “There were 26 countries in total joining this event so we worked to make sure we were ready. “Between August 4th and 6th we participated in 10 races of varying lengths. On the third day we came in first in all three 1000m races. At home we seldom raced that far during our practices. “We were so full of joy that any aches and pains we felt during the race were all gone. The awards ceremony and the moment we received our trophy are moments I will never forget. On stage, the Canadian flag was raised and we sang our national anthem, Oh Canada. It

was so emotional I felt as if there was electricity going all through my body. “This confirms the old saying that ‘if there is something you want bad enough, try hard, follow your heart, try and try again. You will succeed.’ For me, it means don’t be afraid to give it your all.” Timothy Shay is the Renfrew-Collingwood Literacy Outreach Coordinator based Janet Lee’s drawer is full of medals from dragon out of Collingwood Neighbourhood House. boat racing.

‘Better at Home’* has arrived at Collingwood Neighbourhood House *Formerly called Community Action for Seniors’ Independence (CASI). Affordable Services for Seniors in Renfrew-Collingwood: o Walking Club – Meet people and get some exercise! Meet in the lobby at Collingwood Neighbourhood House on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30am. Please call ahead or check the bulletin board for this month’s schedule. Free! o Seniors Shuttle Service – To/from doctor’s appointments and errands in the community. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Our bus is wheelchair and scooter accessible. o Light Housekeeping and Yardwork – Get some help around your home with basic household chores like vacuuming, washing the floors, windows, and tidying up the yard. Call to register and discuss affordable rates: 604-435-0375 Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce St., Vancouver

Allan and Christina Li Owners

Something Special

Ladies Clothing Boutique Something Special has been outfitting the women of Collingwood now for 22 years.

#101 3317 Kingsway Phone: 604.431.1838 Something Special is now celebrating it’s 22nd year here in Collingwood. Located just east of Joyce, at Kingsway, across from London Drugs, this ladies’ clothing boutique has something special for every woman and girl. Started by Allan and Christina Li in 1991, Something Special emerged after the success of their online business selling costume jewellery. The Lis decided that they should open a store and Something Special was born. Now, in addition to the costume jewellery, the Lis have expanded the business to offer the full range of woman’s fashion and fashion accessories. Something Special has a large inventory of the latest in fashions from around the world, and continually bring in new pieces that they think their customers will love. And judging by their success, which has grown over these 22 years by word of mouth alone, the Lis obviously have discerning tastes. Dresses, skirts, blouses, dainty under things, camisoles, pants, shirts, tops, socks—every clothing piece a woman needs and desires is here at Something Special. There are also kid’s ware items for all your girl’s needs. Then there are all of the clothing accessories and what got things started in the first place, and excellent selection of costume jewellery.

This is also the place to find the perfect gift for someone—Something Special carries a variety of novelties and gifts. We could also tell you about their wide selection of hand bags and a whole lot more, but ladies, may we suggest you check out Something Special for yourself. When not busy with the store, Allan Li enjoys relaxing at home. He also enjoys taking off on his motorcycle and going for a long ride. Mrs. Li loves going for long rides with Allan too, but no longer on the motorcycle, preferring the car these days. “I love going for long drives with Allan and checking out the local sites, going to festivals…” The Li’s migrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong in the 80’s. “We were searching for the best education as we could for our children,” says Mrs. Li. They were certainly successful there, as their two daughters both got their degree from UBC and SFU a few years ago, with the younger daughter now working as a professional CGA. Well done Li’s and congratulations on 22 years of successful business here in Collingwood.

CBIA UPDATES l THANK YOU for Helping Us Celebrate Collingwood Days 10th Anniversary on May 25th

-Bring a chair or blanket -Time: Around 9:00pm Weather Permitting

We thank our partners The Collingwood Community Policing Centre and The Collingwood Neighbourhood House. We also thank our sponsors HERITAGE CANADA, CITY OF VANCOUVER, VANCITY, G&F FINANCIAL, GREEN THUMB THEATRE, STILL MOON ARTS SOCIETY, Vancouver School Board, Safeway, Panago Pizza.


Go to to see photos or you can post photos from your visit at Collingwood Days on our Facebook page or Twitter. Facebook and follow us on Twitter


l COLLINGWOOD FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – The Collingwood BIA is partnering with the Collingwood Community Policing Centre in the first International Film Festival in the Park.

-Location: Aberdeen Park 3525 Foster Avenue @ Aberdeen Street

June 21, 2013 June 28, 2013 July 05, 2013 July 19, 2013

Chinese Bollywood Filipino Vietnamese

Movie titles to be confirmed. Call the CCPC office 604.717.2935 for more information. Titles will be posted on our Facebook wall. l COLLINGWOOD CELEBRATES CANADA DAY 2013 – The Collingwood BIA will be hosting a cake cutting ceremony to wish Canada a Happy Birthday. The ceremony will take place in the Safeway parking lot (Tyne and Kingsway) between 11 am – 1pm. Drop by for cake, coffee, and pick up your Canada flag. l New Businesses: Welcome to Collingwood - Star Anise Fine Chinese Cuisine 3502 Kingsway 604.559.8488

*This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Business Improvement Association


Read On!

A news page for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

National Aboriginal Day is June 21st Aboriginal Day Aboriginal Day is June 21st. It is also the solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Aboriginal Day celebrates the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. Non-Aboriginal people are invited to join the celebration and learn about Aboriginal cultures and traditions.

Aboriginal Day Activities in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish Territories: 9am Pancake Breakfast at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 Hastings) 11am Friendship Walk to Trout Lake 12pm Entertainment at Trout Lake, including music and dancing, activities for children, an Arts and Crafts Fair, and a Resource Fair.

Local Aboriginal Artist Nicole Austin is a Dakelh woman from the Carrier First Nation who has lived in East Vancouver for over 20 years. Nicole participates in National Aboriginal Day every year. For her the day is an opportunity to see friends and family. Also, she explains, “It’s about celebrating being Aboriginal. It’s about celebrating in public, as before we weren’t able to. It’s about showing pride we’re still here.” Nicole designs and makes jewelry, and she brings it to sell at the Trout Lake National Aboriginal Day celebrations. Her beautifully hand-crafted jewelry is made from a variety of materials, including crystal, abalone shell, mussel shell, brass, and turquoise. Everyone is Invited Nicole said, “This is a great event for anyone to attend! It’s really worth it to go. It’s free and it’s for sharing our Aboriginal cultures. People are very open. It’s an open community. No one gets turned away from our events.”


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 Print worksheets Visit: RenfrewCollingwood

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Free ELSA English Classes!

You can see Nicole Austin’s jewelry at SpottedFawnDesignsJewellery You can find out more about National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Trout Lake at

CNH has level 3 and 4 classes in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Classes are Monday to Friday, 9-12 or 12:303. There is free childminding for children 18 months to 5 years old. Classes are free for all permanent residents, convention refugees and people with some work and study permits. To register or for more information, call 604-451-8321 and leave a message.

The good neighbour by Robert Edwards I would like to start by asking each and every one of us what is the good neighbour and how far is the neighbourhood? Is it your next-door neighbour? Or is the person across the street or maybe as close as across the hallway or across the world? For me, trying to be a good neighbour is wherever I am, with whoever I am with and, furthermore, whereever I am in the world. Like so many of us, I enjoy the Collingwood neighbourhood; it’s got everything. Well, almost everything that we need in a small community in the greater Vancouver area. We also have the good fortune of having a good neighbourhood and even in the greater Vancouver area this is not always the case. But I’m not necessarily referring to our neighbourhood or even a neighbourhood in Canada. I’m pleased to share my happiness and success in going to another neighbourhood in Cambodia. I will be going with an organization called the Developing World Connections. We will help a community build viaducts, water irrigation wells and, maybe, homes and schools. I feel that I’m going to be a good neighbour and the address is in Cambodia. Further to my delight I’m going to have the privilege of meeting (at my expense I might add) three of my sponsored children from World Vision. I will be able to see firsthand where my small monthly contribution turns into a hope for others, a future for children in a dream that I have just shared with them. I will also share and meet their family and their communities. I sincerely hope that some of you will read this and share some of these feelings with our neighbour across the hallway or across the street. I also hope that many of you will share my larger concept of the neighbourhood by helping a neighbour wherever they are in the world and their children and families.

This could be your ad. For more information Contact Lisa Phone: 604-435-0323 extension 261

or Email:



June 2013


Collingwood Neighbourhood House


Free help for Chinese-speaking and all immigrants. Do you need help finding free English classes, renting a new home, filling out official government papers or finding community resources?

Helen knows what it’s like to immigrate to Canada. She immigrated to Canada from Mainland China. She has a degree in sociology from Beijing University and taught at Shanghai University.

carte or “to go.”

Tue. 4 Jun Black bean soup, Roast beef melt (veggie option), Salad, Lemon cookies Thur. 6 Jun BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes, Salad, Chocolate cookies at settlement organizations and at South Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

meet with Helen.

Immigrants (or their friends or family) could call Helen at 604-412-3705 Now she is excited to be working (direct) or 604-435-0323. Helen’s to help newcomers to Canada and e-mail is Helen’s hours to Renfrew-Collingwood. Please are Monday to Friday, 9 to 4 pm and feel free to drop by CNH at 5288 she welcomes you to call or drop by Joyce Street in Vancouver (a for help. Please feel free to share this In Canada she earned a degree in couple of blocks south of the Joyce- information with immigrants you know Social Work at UBC while volunteering Collingwood SkyTrain station) to who may appreciate this free service.

CNH director wins provincial childcare award Sharon Gregson, Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) Director of Child and Family Development Services, has won the 2013 Gayle Davies Award from the Early Childhood Educators of BC. The award recognizes excellence in early childhood care and education. From the plaque: “Peace, Power, Friendship and Vision qualities for excellence in caring”

very strategic approaches. She honestly cares deeply about the care every child receives. The RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood, as well as our city and province have benefitted from her work.”

“Sharon is so passionate about high quality, affordable child care,” CNH Executive Director Jennifer GrayGrant said. “She comes to the issue with a keen focus, sharp mind and

Right: CNH Child and Family Services Director Sharon Gregson (right) with Gayle Davies, the woman for whom the childcare award is named.

• Piano Camp • Arts and Crafts Camp • Clay and Art Adventure Camp • Guitar Camp (beginner and intermediate) • Gymnastics Camp • Rhythmic Gymnastics Camp • Summer Creative Dance Camp

This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thur. 13 Jun White fish pie or vegetable pie, Salad, Vanilla pudding Tue. 18 Jun Spinach and lemon soup, Crab cakes, Salad, Seasonal fruit salad Thur. 20 Jun Roast lamb with dried fruit on quinoa, Salad, Coconut cake

Thur. 27 Jun Chicken penne with spinach cream sauce, Salad, Raspberry tart

CNH offers infant, toddler, 3-5-yearold and school-age child care as well as pre-school.

The camps include:

Tue. 11 Jun Mushroom and barley soup, Breaded chicken nuggets (veggie option), Salad, Bran and strawberry muffin

Tue. 25 Jun Minestrone soup, Tuna melt, Salad, Jello

SPACE FOR RENT Hosting a party, meeting, dance class or sports event?

2013 CNH summer camps announced Collingwood Neighbourhood House has announced its summer camps set to take place this July and August. There are a variety of very affordable camps offering everything from sports and field trips to arts and gymnastics.

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

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) offers a free service where staff can help immigrants get settled in Canada. Staff speak a variety of different languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Spanish and others. Helen Su, who just started working at CNH speaks Mandarin, English and basic Cantonese. She is eager to help immigrants get settled in Canada.


• August Camps with trips to parks, pools, bowling lanes, and Science World For more information or to register (space is limited) please call CNH at 604-435-0323 or look for more details on the ad on page 9 of this newspaper.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House offers affordable multi-purpose rooms, a gym and a kitchen to cater for 10 to 300 people. We are conveniently located within your neighbourhood near the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station. For more more information, please call Teresa Ha at 604.435.0323


June 2013


Collingwood International Film Festival 高岭活社区国际电影节

Summer movies in the park 夏日公园电影展演

The Collingwood Community Policing Centre is hosting the 1st Annual Collingwood International Film Festival in Aberdeen Park this summer. This is a family event for people of all ages to come and celebrate the cultural diversity of our neighbourhood, our Collingwood businesses and an opportunity to meet your neighbours. Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets. 高岭活社区治安中心今年夏天将在阿伯丁公园 (Aberdeen Park) 举办第一届高 岭活社区国际电影节。带上全家老少一起来参与这项活动,感受我们社会的多元文 化气息,了解高岭活的商铺,还有机会结识你的邻居。请自备折叠椅和毯子。

星期五 7月19日 –越南电影 注:电影将在日落后 (约晚上9点) 开始放映,如 果天气情况良好。 Movie titles will be announced June 1st. Please check the Collingwood CPC’s or the Collingwood Business Improvement Association’s Facebook page for the movie titles. Questions? Please contact the Collingwood CPC at 604-717-2935 or chris@

Where: Aberdeen Park – 3525 Foster Avenue 地点:阿伯丁公园 (Aberdeen Park – 3525 Foster Avenue)

电影名称会在6月1日公布。届时请在高岭活社区治安中心(Collingwood CPC)或 者高岭活商业促进协会(Collingwood Business Improvement Association)的脸书 (Facebook)页面查找电影名称的相关信息。 如有问题,请致电604-717-2935到高岭活社区治安中心或者发电子邮件到chris@

When: Friday, June 21st – Chinese Movie Friday, June 28th – Indian Movie Friday, July 5th – Filipino Movie Friday, July 19th - Vietnamese Movie

Crime Prevention Tip Knowing your neighbours is one of your most inexpensive and more effective forms of crime prevention. The Collingwood International Film Festival is a great way to meet one another and learn about the services in our neighbourhood.

Time: Movies will start at sunset at about 9:00 pm Weather permitting


时间: 星期五 6月21日 –中国电影 星期五 6月28日 –印度电影 星期五 7月5日 –菲律宾电影

认识您的邻居可以方便有效预防罪案。高岭活社区国际电影节将为您提供结识邻居的机会, 同时您也可以了解到更多本社区的活动及服务。

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Chance to Entertain



Junebug Luncheon



3 Easy ways to Register 1. Click 2. Come In 3. Call

Register online Pay by MasterCard or Visa To register in person drop in to our centre at 2929 East 22nd Avenue Pay by cash, cheque, credit card or debit 604 257-8388, ext 3 To register by phone Pay by MasterCard or Visa

Renfrew Pool Annual Maintenance Closure Dates

Mon-Fri Sat & Sun

June 3-28 June 9-30


Jun 8

Jun 12



Vancouver Draw Down

Vancouver, let’s draw! Come down to Renfrew Park Community Centre and challenge your preconceptions about drawing and reconnect with the creative pleasure of making your mark. Artist is Donna Cowan. For more info and workshop listings go to: Sat Jun 15 11:00am-1:00pm

Hope Tunnels and Carvings Tour Mon

Jun 17


Dance into Summer

June 3 to July 1, 2013 Reopens Tue, July 2nd

Fitness Centre Hours of Operation



Jun 22




All Ages

Alice Shiu, Henrietta Lam

Mon–Fri 9:00–11:30am Jul2–Aug 23 $62.50week Mon–Fri 12:30–3:00pm Jul2–Aug 23 $62.50week

Art Attack Camp

9:00-3:00pm 9:00-3:00pm

Aug 12-16 Jul 22-26

Drama, Visual Arts & Science Camp

6-8yrs Mon-Fri 9-12yrs Tue-Fri

9:00-3:00pm 9:00-3:00pm

MusicArt Ad'Lib Camp






 4-10yrs

Sun, June 16 12:00-2:00pm

Summer Preschool Day Camp


6-8yrs Mon-Fri 9-12yrs Mon-Fri

One Day Crafts in our Lobby!

7:30am-7:00pm Closed

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Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Come join us for free games and crafts!


Tue-Fri Mon-Fri 8-11yrs Mon-Fri Mon-Fri

9:00-3:00pm 9:00-3:00pm 9:00-3:00pm 9:00-3:00pm

Cali Boyle

$100/week $100/week Cali Boyle

Jul 15-19 Aug 6-9

$100/week $80/4 days

Jul 2-5 Aug 19-23 Jul 8-12 Aug 26-30

$180/4 days $100/week $100/week $100/week

Iris Lam

Environmental Wonders Camp

Held at Falaise Hall - Falaise & Worthington Dr. Thursday program runs until 3:00pm 6-10yrs Mon-Fri 9:00-2:00pm Jul 2-Aug 23

Reader’s Theatre Camp 8-12yrs Mon-Fri

9:00am-3:00pm Jul 29-Aug 2

Summer Adventures Daycamp 6-12yrs Mon-Fri

Summer Chill

10-13yrs Mon-Fri

9:00am-3:00pm Jul 2-Aug 30 10:00-3:00pm

Jul 2-Aug 23

$88/week Cali Boyle

$95/week $105/week




June 2013

Keeping food safe

by Kathy Romses, Registered Dietitian, Evergreen Community Health Centre

Warm days offer lots of opportunities for fun outdoor picnics with family members and friends. Keeping food safe outside can be more challenging on warm days because food bacteria enjoy the heat and grow quickly.

3. Cold food – Anything that you would normally keep in your fridge at home needs to be kept in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Put raw meat, poultry, and seafood in a leak proof container or re-sealable plastic bag. Meat, poultry and seafood can be packed while still frozen to stay cold longer. Place in a separate cooler or at the bottom, Take extra care with perishable foods to keep juices from dripping onto other like meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, foods. The temperature inside the cooler dairy products and dishes made with should be at or below 4°C (40°F). these foods. Keep perishable foods out of the “Danger Zone”—from 4°C to 60°C 4. Hot food – Wrap food and use an insulated container to keep hot food at or (40°F to 140°F)—by following these above 60°C (140° F). steps to keep food safe. 5. Clean hands – Wash your hands before touching or eating foods. If water isn’t 1. Digital thermometer – Use a digital available, use hand sanitizer. thermometer to check the temperature 6. Cook – Cook to a safe temperature: of food. a. steaks, fish fillets and eggs to a minimum 2. Separate – Keep perishable foods of 63°C (145°F). separate from foods that will not be b. mechanically tenderized cuts of beef, pork cooked, e.g., breads, salads, fruits and and ground fish or meat to 71°C (160°F). vegetables.

c. poultry, field dressed wild game, and stuffed meats to 74°C (165°F). 7. Serve – Use a clean plate and utensils for serving. Do not use the same plate that was used for raw meats, poultry or seafood. 8. When in doubt, throw it out! – Contaminated or unsafe foods may not look or smell bad. If food has been in the “Danger Zone” for more than 2 hours or 1 hour on hot days, throw it out.

Food Safety Course If you are interested in learning more about food safety, take the online Ministry of Health course, “Caring About Food Safety”, available at The course includes six sections on: • Why learn about food safety? • Buying food • Storing food • Preparing food • Cooking food • Cleaning up The course is available in French, Traditional Chinese and Punjabi.

Thank you for

celebrating with us!

June is strawberry season Local strawberries are expected to be available in early to mid June this year. Visit the Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association website at http:// for recipes and to find farms growing strawberries.

Balsamic Glazed BC Strawberries and Chevre Salad Makes 6 servings

Thank you

to our generous sponsors:

Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School

urban village church

Presented by

these community partners:

Business Improvement Association

Thank you also to Active Copy, Creative Design (Signs), Hugo Shoe Repair, Joyce Bakery, London Drugs, Alex Match, Max’s Restaurant, Piano Gallery, The UPS Store, Desi Junction Bistro, Mr. Cool Ice

Cream, Bioules Freestyle Productions, PartyWorks Interactive, Paws Squad Canine Club, The Canoe Club, The Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights, Rowe Events & Show Services, Wildcoast Produc tions & Events, the Junior BIA and all the many performers and volunteers for being a part of the event.

Visit us online for photos:


See you next year for the 11th Anniversary Celebration!

8 cups (2 L) salad greens 1/4 cup (50 ml) balsamic vinegar 2 cups (500 ml) sliced strawberries 1/4 cup (50 ml) olive oil 1 large garlic clove, chopped fine 1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt 1/4 tsp (1 ml) freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup (125 ml) chevre, crumbled (goat cheese) In large bowl, toss salad greens. Strawberries: In small saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring vinegar to a boil. Boil uncovered until slightly thickened, 1-3 minutes. In small bowl, drizzle vinegar over strawberries and toss gently. Set aside. Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Any excess vinegar from strawberries, drain off and whisk into dressing. To assemble: Add enough dressing to salad to coat lightly. Arrange a nest of salad onto six salad plates; arrange glazed strawberries over salad. Sprinkle chevre over each salad. Source: Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association

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June 2013 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, arts & culture, history, people a...

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June 2013 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, arts & culture, history, people a...

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