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June 2016

COMMUNITY NEWS Collingwood Days Rain Out


Festival lands on Rainiest Day of the Year

by Paul Reid

The weather report said that twice as much rain fell between midnight and noon on Saturday, May 28th than the previous three months combined! Unfortunately for Collingwood Days 2016, that just happened to be the day of the festival. If you recall, it was easily the worst downpour since the beginning of the year and beyond. The show did go on. People set up; the bouncy castle was bouncing; the dog show was showing; bravely, the musicians took to the waterlogged stage. Reminscent of the Titanic, they continued to play as the Collingwood Days ship sank into the puddles. The rain was just too much. Coming in from every direction, even those with umbrellas were getting soaked. Two hours after it began, the plug was pulled and for the first time in 13 years, the Collingwood Days Festival was officially rained out.

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Family fun on June 17, 7 pm at Gaston Park by Bliss Zuniga-Rodgers


Food, fun and a free movie – what a dynamic combination to kick off summer! On Friday, June 17 starting around 7 pm all are invited to gather at Gaston Park (Euclid Avenue near Joyce Street) and bring a picnic for yourself, your friend or your family and meet your neighbours. Dinner will be followed by games for the kids and then, once the sun sets, a free movie complete with free popcorn. The event was sparked in part by Victor Toh, who is the chair of the Collingwood Neighbourhood School Parent Advisory Council. He wants his son to go to school in the kind of a neighbourhood where people stop to talk to each other. At a recent idea jam, Victor Toh, Collingwood Neighbourhood School viceprincipal Joel Levine and Collingwood Neighbourhood House executive director Jennifer Gray-Grant were discussing ways to increase community connectedness. The idea of a picnic in the park evolved into a picnic, games and movie night, which they hoped would draw even more people to take part. “We’re pulling our school’s annual movie night from the school into the park,” Toh said. That way, they can help build connections between different facets of the community such as parents and students, community members and organizations, and the school and the wider community. The Collingwood Community Policing Centre (CCPC) joined the group to offer one of its movie-in-a-park nights to coincide with the picnic. Collingwood Housing Co-op joined as a partner and then the Collingwood Branch of the Vancouver Public Library offered to do a pop-up library at the event.

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Toh and a friend received a Neighbourhood Small Grant to cover the cost of posters to advertise the event, water bottles for attendees and prizes for the games for the children. The CCPC will provide the free popcorn. Toh and a friend have also organized music while RenfrewCollingwood INTERactive will run the games. Toh said they have made new community connections. “It’s about helping kids and families.”

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Photo courtesy of Collingwood Community Policing Centre Toh would like the neighbourhood where his son goes to school to be seen as a place beyond just a series of houses and apartments. “I want people to know they’re in a neighbourhood where everyone helps support each other and is a part of something.” There are other benefits as well, according to CCPC’s Partap Sahota. “The stronger the community and the more people that get involved, the less crime there is. Getting to know your neighbours is the best form of crime prevention.” The CCPC looks beyond the stereotypes of the role of police, to the role of friendly neighbours in building safe communities. When neighbours know each other, they will look out for each other, for example, by checking up on their houses when they are away. Joel Levine of Collingwood Community School hopes that events like this one will connect his students to their neighbourhood so that they take more ownership and initiative towards improving it. He’s also glad to have an opportunity to plan a fun, family event. All are invited to join the fun at Gaston Park on Friday, June 17 starting at 7 pm. Just bring a picnic, a blanket or chairs and a something to keep you warm as the sun goes down and the familyoriented movie starts.


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RC Heritage Committee COMMUNITY NEWS 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: Angela Clarke, Bliss Zuniga-Rodgers, Cari Chan, Collingwood Community Policing Centre, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Norman Hill, Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Still Moon Arts, Suzanne Liddle, Taya Lawton

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: Jun 10 The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

Above is a photo of Collingwood Elementary before the old school house (on the left) was moved to its present location, now containing Green Thumb Theatre (pictured below). In the space right between the two schools pictured above is where Come together right now the RC Herigage Committee had with Freshslice Pizza their booth set up for Collingwood Days 2016. Despite the rains, a Pick-Up Special good time was had. Any extra large pizza with three toppings: Only $9.99 *Pick Up Only *Redeemable with coupon *Grandview and Commercial locations

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Nootka Stream Murals – Art by the community, for the community There’s a new addition to the Lost Streams Murals at Nootka Elementary School. A team of community artists, including Carmen Rosen, Yoko Tomita and Suzo Hickey, guided hundreds of kindergarten to Grade 7 students, teachers and parents as they painted a stream along the Nootka playground. The Nootka Parent Advisory Committee had invited the artists to highlight the lost stream that once flowed across the school grounds.

Local artists and students create Lost Stream Murals at Nootka Elementary, depicting the stream that once Lost Streams Murals is flowed across the school grounds. Photo Still Moon Arts via a project of Still Moon Arts Society. For the past Instagram 15 years, Still Moon Arts has been dedicated to the restoration of Still Creek that flows through Renfrew Ravine. For the past few years, in celebration of chum salmon returning to spawn in Still Creek, Still Moon has collected stories and hopes for the ravine and the stream. The resulting collection of stories has been showcased by street murals, with the first street mural painted on Ravine Street, located at the south side of Slocan Park. You can find more about Still Moon Arts Society’s Street Murals Project at http://stillmoon.org/projects/streetmurals/

Wild Salmon Caravan - A celebration of salmon set for June 11, 2016! Still Moon Arts is excited be a partner in the second annual Wild Salmon Caravan and they are taking along a group of youth to build important connections between the arts, indigenous/non-ondigenous communities, and healthy land and water systems! The Wild Salmon Caravan travels to hosting communities over a six-day journey from the headwaters of the Fraser River to the Salish Seas. Following the journey from June 6-11, the caravan ends in Vancouver with a large celebration on Saturday, June 11. See detailed itineraries for travel and events from Mount Robson to Vancouver Island at https://wildsalmoncaravan. wordpress.com/working-group/ and follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wildsalmoncaravan/. If you can’t join in on the journey, come to the parade and festival in Vancouver on Saturday, June 11. The travellers will arrive at Creekside Park Near Science World around 11 am and parade to Crab Park following welcoming, speakers, singing and drumming.

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June 2016

Get Involved Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan release The Draft Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan will be posted online at vancouver.ca/joycestation, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Staff will be available outside the Collingwood Neighbourhood House to share the Draft Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and the 3-D model illustrating future change and to answer questions. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 3– 6 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street) Council presentation Staff will be presenting the Draft JoyceCollingwood Station Precinct Plan to Council. The public may attend the presentation at the regular council meeting but public comments will not be received until the following day (June 15). The presentation may also be viewed online at vancouver.ca/councilvideo.


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The public will have the opportunity to speak to council about the Draft JoyceCollingwood Station Precinct Plan. More details on signing up to speak will be sent when the meeting agenda is posted.

To apply: Complete the Summer 2016 Volunteer Application Form. You can download it and fill it out electronically, or print it out and complete it by hand. Please return completed forms to the community centre office or via email (Renfrew.volunteers@vancouver. ca<mailto:Renfrew.volunteers@vancouver. ca>).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue) Third Floor, Council Chamber

Deadline for applications: Friday. June 10, 2016 Successful applicants will be contacted by phone or email and must be available for a mandatory training session on Wed. June 29, 2016 – 3-7 pm.

Summer Volunteer Call Out This is your chance to apply to volunteer for Renfrew Park Community this summer. Summer programs will run from July to August. The community centre is looking for youth volunteers for day camps, leadership camp, park playgrounds, outdoor / sports programs and more.

Check out our Renfrew Park CC Summer 2016 Recreation Guide <http://www.renfrewcc. com/pdf/rpcc-summer2016-final-lowres. pdf> for full program descriptions and other activities available.

Youth Celebrate Canada Day – July 1 Friday, July 1, 1-5 pm Renfrew Park (2929 E 22nd Ave) This annual event is held at Renfrew Park Community Centre every July 1st for the past 20 years, organized by Windermere Youth Volunteers. Come celebrate Canada with arts, crafts, games, food, entertainment and more. Used appliance collection - Trout Lake Farmers Market Did you take advantage of ElectroRecycle’s small appliance collection last year at Kitsilano and the Winter Markets? The recycling junkies are back this season as official sponsors of Trout Lake and Kitsilano Markets! The first Saturday of each month from May-October at Trout Lake, ElectroCycle and their partners at the Trout Lake Youth Council will be collecting your old, broken and unwanted appliances for FREE! Find out what you can recycle on their website www.electrorecycle.ca/recycle/

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What’s happening at your local library Collingwood Branch Library, 2985 Kingsway, 604-665-3953 SUMMER FUN! CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Summer Reading Club for children Make the library part of your family fun this summer. Starting Friday, June 17 and running all summer long, school-age children can join the “Book a Trip” Summer Reading club. Members receive a free reading log to start their reading journey and there will be stickers and prizes awarded throughout the summer. Program highlights: Summer Reading Club Launch event Saturday, June 25, 2:30 pm Castle Siege Challenge Friday, July 8 2 pm Electric Bugs Friday, July 22 , 2 pm (Ages 8-12. Registration required) Paper Minecraft Travel Tales Friday, August 5, 2 pm Around the World in 80 Frames Friday, August 19, 2, pm (Ages 8-12. Registration required) Summer Reading Club Celebration Saturday, September 17, 2:30 pm MORE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Lego Block Party – drop in. Drop in to express your creativity with Lego! A program for children aged 6-12 yrs. Lego provided. Saturday mornings July 2 and August 27, 10:30 am Family Storytime – Drop in. Stories, rhymes and songs for the whole family Thursday mornings, July 7 –August 11, 10:30 – 11 am Babytime – Drop in. Songs, rhymes, lap play and books for baby Thursday mornings, July 7 –August 11, 11:30-12 pm

Renfrew Branch Library, 2969 E. 22nd Avenue at Nootka, 604-257-8705 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Storytimes (Drop-in)

ADULT PROGRAMS 100in1Day: Love Letters to Your Community Saturday, June 4, 10:00am – 4:00 pm 100in1Day is an annual festival focused on small actions that can inspire civic engagement. As part of 100in1Day, the Collingwood Branch Library will be hosting Love Letters to Your Community: “I love Collingwood because…” Tell us how you feel about your community, Collingwood - love letter style. You can write your love notes on paper shapes (hearts, leaves, fruit) to be shared with the community on our beautiful tree display behind the service desk at the Collingwood Library. Visit 100in1Day Vancouver’s website for information about other events around the city: https:// vancouver.100in1day.ca/


June 2016

Babytime (0-18 months) - Wednesdays until June 15, 11:15 am Toddler Storytime (18 months to 3 years) - Wednesdays until to June 15, 10:15 am Family Storytime (all ages) - Saturdays until to June 11, 11:15 am Daycare & Preschool Storytime – Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 am Summer Reading Club 2016: Book a Trip! This year’s theme, Book a Trip, is all about travel, exploration and adventure! Kids can sign-up for free at their nearest VPL branch starting June 17 until the end of the summer. Once registered, club members can attend free events and earn a 2016 Summer Reading Club medal by reading for at least 15 minutes a day for 50 days. Summer Reading Club Launch Event at Renfrew Branch Friday, June 24, 3:30-4:30pm | Drop-in Come register for your Summer Reading Club package and take part in a fun craft.

One-to-One Resume Clinic June 14, July 12, 1:00 – 3:00pm, June 28, July 26, 6:30 – 8:30pm – Registration required Bring a copy of your resume and even a copy of a job posting! A career advisor from the MOSAIC - WorkBC Employment Services Centre, Vancouver Northeast, will provide feedback on your resume and job searching tips. Registration is required for your 15-minute appointment. For more information and to register, contact the Collingwood Branch at 604665-3953.

Lego Mondays Every Monday, 3:30pm | Drop-in Come express your creativity with Lego and make new friends. Lego provided. For ages 6-12.

One-to-One Computer Training Every week. Want to learn how to use a computer? How to send an email? Or maybe you would like to learn more about VPL’s online collections, eBooks? Please call the library at 604-665-3953 and book a 45 minutes private lesson.

ESL Conversation Circle Saturday, June 4 and 18, 2:00-3:00 pm Enjoy meeting new people while practising English in a supportive environment. Most suitable for intermediate and advanced speakers. Call or visit library to register. Free.

Afternoon at the Movies Fridays, 3:30pm | Drop-in Come out on Friday afternoons for family friendly movies! The Best of National Film • June 3 Board short films for Kids • June 10 The Peanuts Movie • June 17 Snoopy Come Home ADULT PROGRAMS

One-to-One Computer Training Need help with your computer? Setting up an email account? Want to learn how to borrow eBooks on your smartphone or tablet? Call 604-257-8705 to book a 45-minute one-to-one session.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House

5288 Joyce Street Phone: 604-435-0323 We are closed on Jul 1, Canada Day Sundays Badminton (Ages 19+), 10:15 am - 12:15 pm Zumba, 12:45 - 1:45 pm Wushu (Children), 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 (42 Form), 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Zumba Steps, 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 Children Gymnastics, (Ages 5 -7), 4:15 - 5:15 pm (Ages 7 - 10), 5:15 - 6:45 pm Children Soccer (Ages 9 - 12), 5:30 - 6:30 pm Zumba Toning, 7:15 - 8:15 pm Men’s and Women’s Soccer (drop-in), 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 Little People’s Art (Ages 2 - 5), 10:30 - 11:30 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 Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, 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 Zumba Gold, 1:15 - 2:15 pm Chinese Calligraphy, 2:00 - 3:30 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 Creative Writing for Teens (Ages 8 - 11), 5:45 - 7:45 pm Zumba, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Saturdays Jazzercise, 10:00 - 11:00 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 Guitar Class for Beginners (Ages 9 - 12), 10:15 - 11:15 am Zumba, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Tots and Music (Ages 2 - 5), 11:30 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



June 2016

Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday at Youth Celebrate Canada Day – July 1! On Friday, July 1 at Renfrew Park Community Centre, Youth Celebrate Canada Day will once again host a spectacular celebration to commemorate Canada’s birthday. This youth-organized event features fabulous performers of all cultures. There will be many exciting activities to do at the event, so bring your family and friends for a fun and lively time filled with entertainment! From arts and craft to food stands to games, there are many ways for people from all ages to participate in the event. The fun festivities will start at 1:00 pm and will continue throughout the afternoon at Renfrew Park (at East 22nd Avenue and Renfrew), so come join along with everyone to celebrate Canada Day!

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Meet at the entrance of Nanaimo Skytrain Station (2450 East 24th Avenue) The office of Don Davies, MP, is organizing a local cleanup for the City of Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keep Vancouver Spectacular event this June. They are looking for volunteers who want to join Don Davies for a few hours to help keep our community tidy. To RSVP, call or email Chelsea at the community office at 604-775-6263 or don.davies.cla@parl.bc.ca.

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Romeo e Giulietta: Shakespeare in Italian In Celebration of Italian Heritage Month at Il Centro June is Italian Heritage month and Il Cento has a full month of scheduled events in honour of the Italian contribution to the cultural life of Vancouver. These events include wine tastings, jazz and opera concerts, soccer with the Whitecaps, Il Mercato (the Italian market), and Italian movies in the park. One new addition to this annual event is a bilingual production of Romeo e Giulietta produced and performed by the Cultural Centre’s new theatre group the Il Centro Players. The artistic director in charge of production is Nicole Riglietti. Riglietti comes to Il Centro with extensive experience in theatre, film and television. While she plays the title role of Giulietta in this performance, her artistic goals have always been in the area of theatre production. in future theatrical performances, she aims to devote herself entirely to directing. Riglietti, who herself is of Italian heritage, believed that any theatre organization associated with Il Centro should produce a bilingual (Italian and English) productions. She felt that it was fitting for the very romantic and well-known Romeo e Giulietta by Shakespeare to be their first production since it has always been one of her favourite plays from childhood.

During a recent trip to Italy Riglietti discovered an excellent Italian translation of this play, and this confirmed her decision to make this production a bilingual one. In addition, after immersing herself in the Italian text, she found that the Italian dialogue could be seamlessly introduced into the staging without losing context and continuity in the plot. There is nothing that will be lost in translation for audiences when half the play is spoken in Italian. The bilingualism of the text works well, and is culturally significant, on many levels. First, Romeo e Giulietta is Shakespeare’s bestknown Italian play. There are 13 plays that Shakespeare located in Italy. In fact, scholars have argued that Shakespeare himself had an indepth knowledge of Italian history and culture. So many social and historical realities found within his Italian plays are entirely accurate. Therefore, it has been argued that Shakespeare must have had a firsthand knowledge of Italian historical events and geography. The most significant of Shakespeare’s insights found in Romeo e Giulietta is the role of Friar Lawrence as peacekeeper between the warring families. In Renaissance Italy monks in the Franciscan Order tried desperately to maintain the peace in the politically fractured

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city states of Northern Italy. As well, the original story of Romeo e Giulietta was written in Italian in 1531 by the Venetian author Luigi Da Porto. Shakespeare must have had a familiarity with Da Porto’s work. The other decision to make the production bilingual resides in the nature of the play’s cast. Everyone who contributes to the Il Centro players has an immigrant background. Many troupe members, like Nicole herself, are second- and thirdgeneration Italian Canadians, in other words the children and grandchildren of Italian immigrants. Each one of them grew up speaking Italian or a dialect of it in their homes.

Nicole Riglietti is the artistic director of the Italian Cultural Centre’s new theatre group the Il Centro Players and she also plays the title role in Romeo e Giulietta. Photo courtesy of Il Museo

For these young people Italian is often spoken interchangeably with English in their daily lives. Therefore, a bilingual theatre matches the cultural reality of the actors participating in it and the larger community it serves.

As Nicole Riglietti describes it, “being Italian-Canadian means to be both Italian and Canadian.” It is our hope in future productions to continue to acknowledge this cultural duality. Romeo e Giulietta is the perfect introduction to this concept: while it might be an English play fundamentally, it

still represents a deep, rich and longstanding Italian tradition. This perfectly represents the cultural life at Il Centro, all of us live in contemporary Vancouver, but within each one of us there resides a significant Italian historic tradition informing and shaping our cultural expression.

See Romeo e Giulietta at Il Centro June 3 and 4, 2016 at 7 pm.

Community Reads

Discover books that have been recommended by your neighbours in the Renfrew-Collingwood community. Booklist by Taya Lawton Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein Foster teen Molly is performing community service work for elderly widow Vivian. As they go through Vivian’s cluttered attic, they discover that their lives have much in common. When Vivian was a girl, she was taken to a new life on an orphan train. These trains carried children to adoptive families from the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the Great Depression. Kline illuminates a largely hidden chapter of American history, while portraying the coming-of-age of two resilient young women.

All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe When his fiancée disappears, Jun Kurisaka turns to his uncle, homicide inspector Shunsuke Honmawho, for help in locating the real Shoko Sekine, and determining the identity of the woman who had so lightly stepped out of her shoes and vanished without a trace. The horror in this beautifully fashioned tale of stolen identity lies not in the cold-blooded crimes but in the motive - a desperate hunger for consumer goods.

Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black and mixed-race children were gathered up and brought to settlements where they were to be disciplined to forget their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. The three sisters, Molly, Gracie, and Daisy quickly plan an escape from the Moore River Native Settlement with its harsh life. The girls head for the nearby rabbit-proof fence that stretches over 1,000 miles through the desert in search of their home.


The Seniors Connection Monday Fun Group activities


June 2016

by Suzanne Liddle

Do you have an idea for an activity that you’d like to see for seniors at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)? We’d love to hear from you! Every Monday afternoon the Monday Fun day group gets together for activities, games and workshops that are focused on health and wellness, interculturalism, creativity and fun! The program is open to everyone and costs $2.50 with Monday Fun Group at Deep Cove last summer. Photo courtesy of Collingwood snacks provided. Neighbourhood House The first Monday of every month is free on Monday, June 27. This trip bingo and birthday cake! Join the is open to everyone; sign up at celebration and get to know some CNH reception to secure your new friends. Monthly bulletins are place. Transportation costs $6. available at reception and posted The bus leaves CNH at 10:30 am Did you know that you might on the seniors board in CNH. be eligible for savings on your and will return by 2 pm. energy bills? The Energy This month there will be two Conservation Assistance The next trip will be on July 11 workshops on how to prevent Program (ECAP) from when the group will travel to seniors from falling down on BC Hydro and Fortis BC Squamish for the day! Join a June 13 and 20. Nick Chapman, provides free home energy drive on the stunning Sea to Sky a kinesiology student at Simon assessments and no-cost highway and stop at Shannon Fraser University, has put together installation of energy-saving Falls for a walk before popping a fall prevention exercise program products for households that into town. for seniors. He focuses on specific live in a house, townhouse or muscle groups to build physical mobile home, and meet the If you’d like to give feedback resistance to protect injuries. Nick income requirement. or contribute to planning for came to do a workshop in April and seniors activities please come it was so popular that he is doing This program is available to along to the next seniors two more sessions—so don’t miss lower income seniors and advisory group meeting on June out! families, whether you are 2 at 1:15 pm. connected with Better at The summer months will be packed Home or not. Take advantage Each Thursday morning from with activities and trips for seniors of the program by calling 10:30 to 11:30 am, Collingwood to get to know one another and Fortis BC (1-877-446-8855) seniors get together to socialize explore our beautiful city together. or calling CNH for more and chat over refreshments The group has already enjoyed information (604-435-0323). at their weekly coffee social. trips to Steveston and Reifel Bird By upgrading your home you This group is always happy to Sanctuary in Delta. can save some money and be welcome new members. kind to the planet! This month the group will keep it local and check out Granville Island

Better at Home and BC Hydro

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours,

A great send off to Eileen Zheng! A big thanks to everyone who came out May 17th to send off Eileen Zheng on her way across Canada. Eileen is a remarkable young VancouverKingsway constituent who is raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Transplant Association by biking across the country. Eight years ago Eileen’s mother was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, but declined to take Eileen’s kidney out of fear for the changes it may bring to Eileen’s life. Eileen was a student at Windermere Secondary at the time. Today, a mere year after their successful transplant surgeries, Eileen and her mother are stepping out to share their life-changing story of recovery. There are more than 4,500 people are on the wait list for organ transplants in Canada. Despite the rising need, there are not enough Canadians have made plans to donate. Eileen’s incredible journey began in Victoria on May 16th and will end in St. John’s, Newfoundland! If you would like to donate to her important cause, please visit www.giftfromwithin.ca Philippine Independence Day Taas Noo Kahit Kanino, Ang Pilipino Ay Ako! I would like to congratulate Filipino Canadians in my community on the Anniversary of the National Declaration of Philippine. There will be a local celebration at: South Memorial Park (5955 Ross St, Vancouver) Saturday, June 4th, from 10am – 5pm. Enjoy some of the Philippine’s finest cuisine and great entertainment right in your backyard. I look forward to seeing you there! Congratulations to High School Graduates My congratulations go out to all graduating students from Gladstone and Windermere high schools. This is an exciting time for all of you and your families and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. I am proud each year to sponsor scholarships for graduating students at each school and look forward to attending this year’s graduation ceremonies. Walk to Cure Diabetes, at Stanley Park On June 12, 2016 morning, join me for this annual fundraiser in support of research focused on curing, and better treatment and prevention on T1 Diabetes. The walk is 5 km and starts at Lumbermen’s Arch in Stanley Park. I hope to see many other VancouverKingsway constituents walking alongside me! To register for the walk, go to www.jdrf.ca.


June 2016

Read On! Eating Out


A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners Read On!


has a web page. You can:

Do you like to cook at home or go out to eat? Many people like to go out to eat. When you go to a restaurant, do you like to try new foods? What are your favourite kinds of restaurants?

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Many of my students have told me that they would like to try new restaurants, but they are scared. They don’t know what to order. They don’t know how to read the menu or talk to the waiter/waitress. They say it is easier just to go to a restaurant where they speak the same language. Do you feel this way? In Vancouver there are so many kinds of restaurants. There is food from all over the world. If you try something new, you might love it! Below are some ideas to help you in a new restaurant. I hope they will help you.

In the Restaurant


• The host (man) or hostess (woman) will usually be in the front. He or she will ask you how many people you are with and bring you to your table. The host/ess will give you a menu (a list of food). • In very small restaurants, there may not be a host/hostess. • The waiter (man) or waitress (woman) will take your order (ask you what you want to eat). They usually first ask if you want anything to drink. This person is also called a server. • If you don’t know what you want, you can ask, “What do you recommend?” The server will tell you what he/she thinks is good. You can also ask, “Do you have any specials?” • If you don’t understand something on the menu, ask your server. Just say, “Could you tell me what this is, please?” • After you get your food the server will often ask, “Is everything okay?” or “How is everything?” • When you want to pay, ask your server for the bill. It is also called the cheque. You can say, “Can we get the bill, please?” • Giving a tip (extra money for the server) of 15% is normal. You can give 20% for very good service. • Fast food restaurants do not have a host or hostess. You order at the front and find your own seat. Fast food means food that is made quickly and can be taken to go (take to eat somewhere else). They don’t usually use real plates or utensils (fork, spoon, knife).


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Your Collingwood Branch #48 Update


June 2016


by Paul Reid

Here in the forefront at the corner of Kingsway and Battison is the original Collingwood Branch Legion Hall, dating all the way back to the 1920s. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 1950s. Photo Courtesy of Ken Green of Carleton Rescue Had it not been rained out, this booth at Collingwood Days is where we would have been asking local people to become members. It’s not too late! If you sign up now, the membership for a half year is half price. You would be joining Collingwood Branch #48 and greatly aiding Collingwood’s oldest local organization to stay alive. Phone 604.496.4903 for more information.

RENFREW PARK COMMUNITY COMPLEX 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y3 604 257-8388 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: www.vancouver.ca/renfrewrec

Jointly operated by Renfrew Park Community Association and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Spring Registration is ongoing, register early so you don’t miss out. For our full listing of programs check out our website or drop by and pick up a brochure. GST excluded. Registration has now started. Register early so you don’t miss out.

Special Hours of Operation due to staff training. Fri

June 24


Fitness Ctr

Centre Area




Spring Program Highlights

Special Event Highlights Vaudeville Luncheon (55+yrs)



Jun 29



Surrey Heritage Train, White Rock Thrift Store (55+yrs) 50166


Jun 4

8:00am-5:15pm $94.28/person

Senior Week Dance (55+yrs)

This is a jointly sponsored event with Thunderbird CC and Renfrew Park CC. Dance will be held at Thunderbird Community Centre (2311 Cassiar Street) 40154 Thu Jun 9 1:00-3:00pm


Artistic Showcase (55+yrs) Come out and enjoy an afternoon of Art Displays and Story of Life readings. This is your chance to socialize and ask questions from the various participants that took part in these artistic programs that are held at Renfrew Park CC. Light refreshments will be served. 53795 Wed Jun 22 4:30-6:00pm Free

Volunteer Training (14-18yrs) This training is mandatory for people wanting to volunteer in Renfrew Park Community Centre programs. If youth are looking to volunteer for summer programs, this training is a must. This training provides hands-on experience, enhances your skill in problem solving, conflict resolution, and how to lead activities and games. 57208 Wed Jun 29 3:00-7:00pm Free NEPP—Earthquake Preparedness Workshop (18+yrs)

Circus—Intro to Circus Arts (7-12yrs)

Circus West Join us for an introduction to CircusWest’s ever popular circus program. Youth will learn introductory to intermediate circus skills with a focus on fun, fitness and fundamentals. Students will learn basics of acrobatics, partner acro-balance, unicycle, and juggling. As well, students focus on group act development, clowning skills and basic theatre/presentation skills. Join the Circus! 56311 Tue Jun 7-14 5:00-6:15pm $44/2 sess

Red Cross Babysitting Training (11+yrs) First Aid Hero So you want to be a babysitter or, your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. 51372 Sun Jul 3 10:30am-5:30pm $60/person



Jun 8



Summer Fitness Programs

Abs and Toning (19+yrs) Alicia Meek A quick, all-levels, toning workout for your Abs and Butt. We use a variety of different moves to tone, tighten, and strengthen. Bare feet and a Yoga mat is all you need. $3.33+tax/drop-in if space. No session Aug 1. 63262 Mon Jul 4-Aug 29 8:05pm-8:35pm $22/9 sess Boot Camp (19+yrs) Alicia Meek Bootcamp is a group workout that combines both cardio and strength/resistance training to tone and tighten from head-to-toe. Although physically demanding, participants of all fitness levels work together to achieve the results they deserve using well-researched methods like calisthenics and plyometrics. 63335 Thu Jul 7-Aug 25 7:05pm-8:05pm $60/8 sess


June 2016


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


CNH Summer Recreation Camps offer both fun and challenge Are you looking for a fun, educational summer camp for your child? CNH’s Recreation Day Camp Program offers a variety of sports and interactive activities that are safe, fun, and affordable. Visit CNH’s front desk to register your child, but act soon as space is limited. For more information, visit http://www.cnh. bc.ca/programs/children-programs/ or call 604-435-0323. Our staff can help you in a variety of languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese. All camps run Monday to Friday, except holidays. There is no camp on August 3 due to BC Day.

Arts and Crafts Summer Camp (Ages 6 to 8), July 11 to 15 Times: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Cost: $115 Children will focus on fun projects using a variety of art supplies, while learning and strengthening various creative skills. They will also spend some time outdoors. Children should bring a lunch, a change of clothes, a hat and sunscreen!

Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. 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.”

June lunch menu Thursday, June 2 Beef stew / veggie stew Salad Chocolate cake Tuesday, June 7 Potato Soup Chicken Salad Sandwich / Veggie Option Salad Vanilla Ice Cream

Piano Camp (Ages 5-7, 8-9), July 18 to 22 Times: Ages 5 - 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am; Ages 8 - 9, 10:30 - 11:30 am Cost: $55 This is a fun class for beginner piano students. It focuses on the basics of proper touch, hand technique and reading notes. The class is taught by Herbert Kwan, who has a Bachelor of Music degree from U.B.C. and an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Herbert has over 20 years of classical music training. He is also an active performer in the Vancouver Asian pop scene as well as a musical composer and arranger. Herbert is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.


Summer Creative Dance Camp (Ages 4 to 6), July 18 to 22 Time: 9:00 -11:30 am 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 a 20 minute performance on the last day of camp. The Camp is taught by Marcia F. W. Jones, BSc., MSc. Marcia is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and Developmental Movement Educator and founder of Inner Dancer - Creative Movement and Dance. She specializes in using movement to enhance early childhood development. Marcia is also a Certified 5Rhythms® Teacher. Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Camp (Ages 6-12), July 25 to July 29 Times: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Cost: $115 Everyone is welcome to immerse themselves in a world of rhythm, graceful motion and beauty. The Camp will focus on flexibility and general physical fitness. Children will be going outside after lunch to do exciting activities, weather permitting.

This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Gymnastics Camp in July (Ages 6 to 12), July 4 to 22 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (full day) OR 9:00 am - 12 pm (half day) Cost: full day, $115 per week; half day, $65 per week This camp run by Gym Sense Gymnastics Education will create an atmosphere of fun and excitement that encourages children to safely learn new gymnastics skills and techniques. It will educate, challenge and entertain young children. Weather permitting, children will go outside for exciting field trips. Gymnastics Camp in August (Ages 6 -12), August 2 - 26 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm Cost: Week 1, $52/week; Weeks 2 - 4, $65/week

Thursday, June 9 Baked Salmon with Quinoa Salad Chocolate Chip Cookies Tuesday, June 14 Carrot Soup Tuna Melt Sandwich / Veggie Option Salad Pear Cupcake Thursday, June 16 Pierogies with Italian or Veggie Sausages Salad Fruit Salad Tuesday, June 21 Cream of Broccoli Soup Smoked Salmon Macaroni and Cheese Salad Brownie

This camp offers part day gymnastics training, following the same methods as the July Camp.

Thursday, June 23 Roasted Chicken / Vegetables with Mashed Potatoes Salad Coconut Macaroon

August Sports Camp (Ages 6-12), August 2 - 26 Time: 9: 30 - 11:30 am Cost: Week 1: $52/week; Week 2 - 4: $65/week

Tuesday, June 28 Vegetable Soup Egg salad sandwich Salad Almond Tart

A fun class for anyone who loves to play soccer and hockey. Kids learn how to play the beautiful game one week and Canada’s most loved sport the next (soccer in weeks 1 and 3; floor hockey in weeks 2 and 4).

Thursday, June 30 Meat or Veggie Lasagna Garlic Bread and Salad Lemon Cake


June 2016


Check out the new Collingwood Business Improvement Association website!

Visit Collingwood BIAĂ&#x2022;s new website www.shopcollingwood.ca to view the Collingwood business directory, participate in polls, stay up to date on community news & events and much more!


Collingwood BIA - New Website

Please check out our new website format. We will have our newsletter, polls, contest information on it, so check often. A list of all our businesses, events and community activities will be listed. l

Canada Day July 1 - Collingwood Celebrates Canada with Cake

Join us between 11a.m. and 1p.m. at the Safeway parking lot for cake and music. Pick up a Canada flag, pins and tattoos. l

Collingwood International Film Festival - 4th Annual July 5 - July 22 - Aug. 5 - Aug. 22 -

Philippines Gaston Park Collingwood Park Spain India Gaston Park China Collingwood Park

Collingwood international film festival PHILIPPINES SPAIN

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august 5

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july 8

july 22

gaston park

collingwood park gaston park

free outdoor movies & popcorn

movie at dusk

collingwood park weather permitting

Summer Social Media Contest July & August 2016

Follow us on social media for more information on some fun summer Collingwood promotions. brought to you by:

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