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Small is beautiful! Neighbourhood Small Grants projects are back for another year by Sheri Parke

The purpose of the unique Neighbourhood Small Grants program is to help build community and strengthen connections right where people live.

Use your imagination and come up with an idea that you think would improve your neighbourhood in a fun and friendly way. Apply for a $50 to $500 grant to help fund your idea, meet new neighbours, learn more about each other and do something fun and interesting together. It’s easy to apply. Just use the online application form (www. neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca) to tell us what you want to do to enhance your neighbourhood socially, physically or culturally. Projects that were approved last year include neighbourhood clean-ups, vegetarian cooking classes, organic garden planting, knitting clubs, bicycle repair workshop, block parties, cultural celebrations, birdhouse-making projects, neighbours breakfast social and outdoor movie night. Sounds like fun, right? This year our themes are (1) intergenerational fun, (2) Indigenous acknowledgement and learnings and (3) multicultural activities. A resident advisory committee reviews applications and then decides which ones will receive funding. Please visit the website to learn about application guidelines.

Online applications are now open. Application deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018. Apply online: www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca Paper application forms are available at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9 Do you have questions? Email sparke01@shaw.ca. Neighbours Dickson and Jackie held bike repair workshops last summer with funding from Neighbourhood Small Grants. See story page 2. Photos by Marina Dodis

Sheri Parke is the coordinator of the local Neighbourhood Small Grants.


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Free bike repair day in Joyce-Collingwood August 2017 on a Friday afternoon, there they were! Braving the heat wave that day, folks lined up to talk to workshop hosts Dickson and Jackie, who joined forces with two super-talented mechanics from Our Community Bikes, a responsible, locally minded bike shop in East Vancouver. These bike enthusiasts listened to various bicycle issues and taught their neighbours some simple repairs like patching flat tubes, adjusting brakes and gears, and lubricating chains! Dickson and Jackie, who are neighbours, applied for a Neighbourhood Small Grant last March. When their application was approved they went to work on their plan: to teach, do repairs and meet friendly folks in the neighbourhood! They brought their own tools, skills and knowledge. The grant funds were used to purchase the bike repair necessities as well as provide yummy snacks for those lining up. They were able to send folks away with a small flat

repair kit and safety front and rear flashing lights, also purchased with grant funds. Sweet! This workshop was very enthusiastically received by neighbours. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response feedback Jackie and Dickson are hoping to hold another event. They express their thanks to Neighbourhood Small Grants for supporting their project, and giving them the experience of holding it has really encouraged them to try and make it a recurring event. “We loved getting to meet our bicycle-riding neighbours and look forward to waving as we pass them on the Greenway!”

Have an idea and want to bring people together in your neighbourhood? 有个想法并希望能把您的街坊邻居聚集在一起? kI quhfzy kol koeI iKafl hY aqy afpxy aFZ-guaFZ ivc lokF nUM joVnf cfhuMdy ho?

Apply for a grant and bring your project to life! 申请小额资助,将您的项目带到生活之中! grFt leI aplfeI kro aqy afpxy pRojYkt nUM sfkfr kro! Deadline April 9, 2018 Neighbourhood Small Grants support people who want to make their communities better places to live. We even have Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants to support projects that focus on making neighbourhoods greener. We give grants from $50 to $500 to projects that focus on building and strengthening relationships between neighbours. Projects range from clothing swaps to multicultural cooking classes. Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants can include anything from community gardens to waste reduction workshops. Apply online or visit the website to find a local community partner in your neighbourhood.

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Cathy Folkard:

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March 2018 by Akberet Beyene to watch TV way past midnight and before going to bed she had the habit of walking to her computer room to see the photos of her siblings, children and her big blessed family. Then the light would go dark and she would go to bed. When Cathy’s living room light went off I knew that it was late for me as well, and I hurried into bed.

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, we’re revisiting past stories that have particularly inspired us. At the RCC News, we believe that every voice matters. Over the years, it has been a privilege to publish your stories. Your stories don’t have to be perfectly written, they just have to be heartfelt. This story from the November 2015 issue of the RCC News is especially heartfelt. It is about love, family and belonging, and it brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. We first read about the special relationship here in the December 2012 issue, “Newcomer finds family through Renfrew-Collingwood seniors program.”

Julie Cheng, Editor

It’s been a little more than a year since Cathy Folkard, the Queen of Malta Place, left us for her final journey. It was on October 16th, 2014. On this first anniversary of her passing I find myself walking in sweet memories of our many Thursdays together.

Cathy was very proud and even in her old age she always tried to take care of herself without bothering anyone. She was extremely organized: every week there were plans, marked in her calendar. She looked forward to the days she would spend with her group at the senior’s centre, playing bingo and doing other activities. I remember the days when she joyfully reported that she had won a game.

Cathy was one of the first women that I met through the Better at Home seniors program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. When I first walked into Cathy’s house, I Then there was the day her cane had no idea how fortunate I was to went missing and she didn’t want meet this wonderful woman. to report it as she believed that whoever took it must have done so It was November 2011. I was a new because he or she needed it, maybe refugee, having arrived in Canada they couldn’t afford to buy one for only a few months earlier. From the themselves. This is exactly why she very first day that I stepped into her was such a great woman. Cathy was home I was embraced by a motherly always so generous, full of love and love which I had missed since I left compassion. my family. To me it felt like I now had a Canadian mom, and I felt so Later on I was fortunate to find a very honoured. From the very first small apartment very close to my time we met, Cathy went out of her dear Cathy’s house. This enabled way to make me feel at home. Her me to spend more time with her, children accepted me and invited besides our regular Thursdays. She me into their beautiful big family, would invite me for breakfast on encouraging me on my quest to Sundays and I remember many start a new life in my new country. lunches and dinners together. It was with her and her daughter MarThursday was my day with Cathy nie that I got to experience wonderand every week I looked forward to ful sights around Vancouver like this day, because it felt like I was Horseshoe Bay. going home to my family’s house. Every moment I spent with her was It might sound odd, but one of the a joy. I will never forget the amazmost difficult and painful things for ing stories she told me about how me in dealing with her departure she came to raise her wonderful has to do with the light in her living family and the way she lovingly room. I could see it clearly from my remembered her late husband. I window. Cathy used to stay up very admired her devotion to her family. late before going to bed. She loved

Her light was more than just a light for me, it almost had a spiritual meaning, like a beacon in the night, which had led me to a safe place. Whenever I walk by Cathy’s home or look outside towards her old home, I still look for the light in her window, and I miss it so much. This past year our neighbourhood has been very different without Cathy. I miss seeing the familiar cars of her family, always dropping by to visit regardless of snow, rain or heat. She was never left alone. Cathy had a long and happy life. I have a picture of Cathy in my kitchen. In it she has that big wonderful smile, so contagious that I smile back automatically, without thinking, every time I see it.

I want her to know how loved she was and is – by so many. And I want to thank her for her beloved family, who continue to care for me like she did. I feel so blessed and proud to be part of this family. We miss Cathy each and every day; she is always with us and in our hearts, be it when visiting with Marnie or gathering for happy times. I can always hear her voice and how she said the words, “Bye love,” when it was time to part. I will never forget Cathy, the Queen of Malta Place. Rest in peace Cathy Bella. Bye love.


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The Connections and Resilience Lab 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: Akberet Beyene, Ariel Seah, Crecien Bencio, Kaitlyn Fung, Kathy Romses, Lisa Gibson, Marina Dodis, Norman Hill, Sheri Parke, Soren Elsay, Timothy Lau, Tony Wanless, Bryden Fergusson

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.

The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News does not necessarily support the views of its contributors.

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

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Contact the RCCNews Phone: 604-435-0323 extension 261 Fax: 604-451-1191 Editorial: rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca Advertising: Phone Lisa Symons at 604.435.0323 email: rccnews-sales@cnh.bc.ca Renfrew/Collingwood Community News Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9

by Crecien Bencio Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), in collaboration with many other neighbourhood partners in Renfrew-Collingwood (RC), has been focused on connecting community members for more than 20 years, particularly among individuals and groups who are isolated. More recently, CNH and neighbourhood partners have explored the question of “how might we increase resilience, connectedness and belonging in a neighbourhood with growing diversity and increasing densification?” Throughout 2017 and 2018, neighbourhood partners are participating in the Connections and Resilience Lab to explore this question. The Connections and Resilience Lab is a place where City of Vancouver staff, neighbours and neighbourhood partners can respond to some of the most complex social challenges that RC is facing by collaborating and deeply understanding complex challenges from the points of view of the people most affected by them. The lab is also a place to test innovative responses to create solutions and learning.

In January 2018, lab participants developed three convening questions to address how to increase resilience, connectedness and belonging in RC. 1. Leadership + Neighbours Helping Neighbours: How might we identify and create leadership opportunities for neighbours so that they can reach out and help other neighbours in the community? 2. Systems Tools: How might we make our systems (development permit processes, funding, economic and political systems) more inclusive of the neighbourhood values and The Connections and Resilience Lab in action. connections? Photo by Lisa Gibson 3. Place, Space + Connecting through the Arts: How might we create opportunities for connec-

tion through the universal languages of nature and art for diverse community members? Neighbourhood partners continue to meet throughout 2018 and use artsbased practices to develop concrete ideas and activities that will be tested in the community to deepen connections and resilience. Keep reading the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News to hear updates and upcoming projects in RC by this initiative. For more information about the Connections and Resilience lab, contact Crecien Bencio at cbencio@cnh.bc.ca or at 604-412-3702.

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Local youth Maggie Fong wins City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence by Crecien Bencio Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, Still Moon Arts Society and Windermere Secondary School congratulate Maggie Wong for winning the 2018 City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence in Greenest City Leadership – Youth category for her volunteer work in food justice, food security and environmentalism in Renfrew-Collingwood. “Growing up in a lower-income family, my parents always taught me to be grateful and to give what I can,” Maggie Fong says. “With these values, I developed a strong passion for volunteering at a young age.” When Maggie learned more about climate change and food security in Grade 8, she wanted to create change but at first didn’t know where to start. She decided to start in her comfort zone of volunteering by working daily in her school’s organic garden. “I quickly fell in love with growing and providing sustainable food in and for the community,” she says. “Through gardening, I was able to meet amazing people and share my passion for food and the environment through various opportunities. “With a group of youth at the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, I hosted panels from 2014 to 2017 at the BC Food Systems Network Gathering, aimed towards including youth in the food movement. We published a book together called Renfrew-Collingwood Food Stories, which I later presented at the 2017 Vancouver Food Summit. Despite the nerves I felt, it also felt very humbling. It amazed me where my passion for volunteering and the garden has led me. I joined the Co-op club at my school after wanting to learn for about sustainability in economics, and together we created a business plan

Maggie Fong accepts her award with Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillor Adrienne Carr. Photo by Kaitlyn Fung for an eco-friendly and ethical soap scrub co-op through these projects I will be able to provide others the opportunities I’ve been given.” called Zero, which won first place in a school competition. Organizations in the neighbourhood are deeply thankful for Maggie’s hard work to lift up and “Nearing the end of my high school career, I want to give all that I have gained back to oth- amplify the voices of youth in challenging spaces. ers. This year I will be leading the Windermere Youth like Maggie play an important role in advocating for anti-oppression, justice and systems Organic Garden and on the organizing team change. We wish her the best to continue this cofor the annual Windermere’s Climate Change Conference and Earth Day Parade. I hope that leadership work in the neighbourhood and beyond.

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The Seniors Connection

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

Spectacular scenes from Whistler day trip

Dear Neighbours, Each year I am proud to host the Seniors’ Health and Wellness Fair with Renfrew Park Community Centre, and I am pleased to invite all seniors and their families to attend the 13th annual fair. There will be over 25 exhibitors providing information on health-related issues such as heart and stroke, arthritis, diabetes and more. There will be lots of entertainment, and all participants receive a free, healthy lunch. When: Wednesday, April 4 from 10am-2pm Where: Renfrew Park Community Center, 2929 East 22nd Ave. Vancouver Please register with Renfrew Park Community Centre by calling 604-257-8388 ext. 1. Space is limited to 350 registrants.

Mountain scenes from an incredible Killarney Community Centre day trip to Whistler in fall 2017. Penny Lim took the highest chair lift to view Black Tusk, whose chimney she climbed some decades earlier. Photos by Penny Lim

March 2018 day trips from Killarney Community Centre Vancouver Island: Roost Vineyard Bistro and Farm Bakery Monday, March 12, 2018 7:30 am to 7:30 pm For ages 55 and up Price: $123 to $139.38 depending on age The Roost Vineyard Bistro and Farm Bakery is owned and operated by Dallas and Sarah Bohl. In the 90s, Sarah’s family dreamed of building a bakery where people could sit and enjoy this beautiful piece of Vancouver Island, while nibbling on yummy baked goods made from produce grown on their farm. A tour of the farm followed with lunch at the Bistro. Following the farm the tour makes its way down to Victoria Harbour.

Britannia Mines and the West Coast Rail Thursday, March 29, 2018 8 am to 5 pm Price: $72.12 For ages 55 and up Less than a hundred years ago, Britannia Mines was the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, it’s a National Historic Site and a bustling, award-winning museum. Ride the underground train and re-live what it was like to be a worker at the mine. After the mines the group heads up to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Guided by Simon Yan.

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BIRTHDAYS AND BINGO MONDAY MAR. 5TH 1:15 - 3:00pm Join us for FREE cake for everyone and a celebration of the February birthdays then stay for Bingo! KARAOKE THURSDAY MAR. 15TH 1:30 - 3:30pm Sing, listen, enjoy! All are welcome. Music in many different languages. Free activity. SIX WEEK WORKSHOPS: CHRONIC CONDITIONS SELF-MANAGEMENT MONDAYS MAR. 19TH, MAR. 26TH, APR. 9TH, 16TH, 23RD, & 30TH 1:15 - 3:00pm To provide help to people with chronic conditions to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. Participants will learn about: healthy eating, pain and fatigue management, managing medications, among other practical skills. Free activity

Walk with us! 跟我們走! The Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home Walking Club leaves Collingwood Neighbourhood House every Monday and Wednesday at 10.30am Mondays: Local walk followed by coffee Wednesdays: Further walk exploring Vancouver’s many parks.

免費參與!每星期一及星期三上午 10:30 在 本中心 (5288 Joyce St.) 集合。 星期一我 們會在附近散步,然後返回中心喝茶聊天。

WORLD CAFÉ MONDAY MAR. 12TH 1:15 - 3:00pm A casual conversation circle to share your opinions about news and events from around the world. Cost:$2.50

HAIRCUT FOR SENIORS MAR. 14TH AND MAR. 28TH 3:00 - 5:45 pm (Program Room A) You can sign up at the front desk to save your spot with our hairstylist, Lina! Cost: by donation only COMMUNITY LUNCH Every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm These three-course lunches are inexpensive and delicious. Menus are different each week; they reflect the changing seasons and diverse food traditions.

SENIORS ON THE MOVE Need a Ride? FREE service for seniors 75+, with low income, and whit language and/or disability barriers. Helping seniors meet their transportation needs CALL 604-435-0323 Ext. 227 Ask for Jenny Shen

Community Office News New Constituency Assistant I’m pleased to welcome my new part-time Constituency Assistant, Samein Shamsher! Sam has been working with my office to help our neighbours, and I am delighted to have him officially on board. We’re open later! My community office is open later on Mondays and Wednesdays to better serve our neighbours. We are now open: Monday – 9am to 6pm Tuesday – 9am to 4pm Wednesday – 9am to 6pm Thursday – 9am to 4pm Friday – Open for appointments only Looking for volunteers to assist us at the office Our little community office does big things, with thanks to dedicated volunteers who lend their time and talents. We are looking for volunteers to help us at the office and at community events (like the Seniors’ Health & Wellness fair). If you’d like to join our team of volunteers and want to learn more, please contact us at 604-660-0314 or email Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca Apply Now for a Neighbourhood Small Grants! Have a great idea for your community? Bring your idea to life by applying for the Neighbourhood Small Grants, hosted again this year by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The NSG helps increase the amount of community events happening in our neighbourhood. Residents or small groups of residents are encouraged to apply for a grant from $50 to $500 to improve their neighbourhood socially, culturally, and physically! Past ideas included soccer workshops, baklava baking classes, Canada Day picnics, block parties, photo expeditions, and flower painting. Apply online at www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants. ca or pick up a form at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce St. Application deadline is April 9. Sincerely, Adrian


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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners Read On!

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We’re in that wonderful time when winter ends and spring arrives.

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Soon, there will be no more looking out the window every morning to see what kind of day it will be. It could be cold and dark – as it has been for the past three months. Or it might turn sunny, tantalizing you with a hint that better, drier, warmer weather is coming. Mother nature has trouble making up her mind early in this month.

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So you can be fooled. In early March, it could be just like February – cold and wet and dark when you wake up, and then later warmer and hinting at better weather to come. But on March 20, that will start to go away. Sure, old-man winter might still hang

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around desperately for a while hoping to beat nature and hang on. But that’s not likely. Every day for the next three months it will begin to get warmer and brighter in the Northern Hemisphere, in which Vancouver is situated.The sun will rise a few minutes earlier every day and and fall into night a little later. Plants will sprout, winds will soften. In Renfrew-Collingwood it might be a little different than in the rest of B.C. because we are in Vancouver, which is next to the Pacific Ocean. Our spring usually comes a bit earlier than the March 20 date because our coastal climate means the ocean has a strong influence over our weather. On the coast, in early March we can be swathed in raincoat and boots and warm hats for a few days and then suddenly it’s spring. The coats and umbrellas are thrown off, the joggers are out in only shorts and light shirts, the flowers start popping their heads out of the ground and the birds are singing. We’re lucky that way. In much of Canada, winter still holds everyone in its grip for a few more weeks. East of Vancouver and in eastern B.C., Canadians still shudder through the worst of that season. The Prairie provinces often have to endure bitter cold, although it can be broken in Alberta by the odd warm current that wends like a train through the Rocky Mountains; the Great Lakes area is still shuddering in a deep freeze; in Quebec, the song “Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver” (My country is not a country, it is winter) is still true; and in Easterrn Canada’s Maritime provinces, howling winds from the Atlantic Ocean have most people still wearing winter gear. Spring, by the way, isn’t only enjoyed by current residents of the West Coast. Its gradual delivery of delight from misery has been known for centuries by First Nations who lived here in closer harmony with nature. They learned long ago how to cope with the changing nature of early spring, venturing out of their dwellings when the light and warmth arrived and then retreatring back to their warming fires when the cold and dark and rain made a return engagement. But today, we live in cities, in artificial environments fueled by electricity, and so are often removed from the full effects of nature. As a result, we

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aren’t able to change our feeling so easily. That’s why spring is so important. It is the time of renewal, of approaching freedom from darkness, from enclosure, from sameness and boredom. It’s also why, for centuries, people have celebrated spring with various festivals like the Lunar New Year, celebrated this year on February. The festival is always an anticipation of the joys of spring.


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Local MLA addresses resident concerns about homeless housing February 25, 2018, our local MLA and B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix met with a group of residents to discuss the temporary modular housing for people experiencing homelessness that is proposed for 4410 Kaslo Street across from the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station. Adrian Dix listened intently to resident concerns and suggested a few next steps to take. Late February or early March, the city’s director of planning will determine whether a development permit will be issued. Once approved, it takes about three months for construction to be completed. For more information on the project visit https://renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews. com/2018/01/03/city-plans-housing-forhomeless-residents-at-4410-kaslo/. Photo by Bryden Fergusson E

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Nutrition Month 2018 — Unlock the Potential of Food by Ariel Seah, Timothy Lau and Kathy Romses

We all have one thing in common – food is part of our everyday lives. What roles does food have for you? Every year, Dietitians of Canada organizes Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme, Unlock the Potential of Food, looks at how food can help us in many different ways: • Fuel: A balanced diet provides energy for us to grow, learn, play and work. Almost half of all Canadians say that eating a balanced diet is hard for them because they are so busy. Visit the Nutrition Month website www.NutritionMonth2018.ca for some healthy and easy to prepare meal and snack ideas!

Source: nutritionmonth2018.ca

• Discover: Eating habits start at a young age. Use team work to plan, shop, cook and learn together with your children – it’s fun and rewarding! • Prevent: What we eat can affect our health. Eating healthy can help prevent us from getting sick. Unsure of how to do this? A dietitian can help! • Heal: Food not only prevents sickness, but can also help you get and feel better when you are sick. • Bring us together: Dietitians want to remind you of the power of coming together during meals. It gets us eating better and also allows us to share and create memories with our loved ones. Join Canadians this Nutrition Month and Unlock the Potential of Food!

Recipe by Ariel Seah and Timothy Law

Visit the website www.NutritionMonth2018.ca to find more resources, recipes, phone apps and ways to be involved during Nutrition Month.

Want dietitian services added as part of your insurance plan? Visit www.dietitians.ca/employeehealth to find out what you can do!

Income tax service at CNH It’s tax time again and you know what that means. The Collingwood Neighbourhood House is once again running its community income tax clinics for low-income households. Trained volunteers will be on hand to help you prepare your tax return. Drop by the neighbourhood house at 5288 Joyce Street or call 604-435-0323 to book an appointment. The clinics run from through March until the end of April 2018. Evenings from 6-8:30 pm: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays Daytime from 10 am-3:30 pm: Saturdays For more information on the tax clinics, visit https://renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews.com/2018/02/25/seniors-and-income-tax-filing-in-b-c/

Ariel Seah and Timothy Lau are dietetic interns from the University of British Columbia. Kathy Romses is a public health dietitian with Vancouver Coastal Health.

Visit www.cookspiration.com for some recipe ideas!


RENFREW COLLINGWOOD COMMUNITY NEWS

MARCH 2018 CULTURAL EVENTS IN RENFREW-COLLINGWOOD Saturday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 30 Social Culture Club 10 am to noon Collingwood Neighbourhood House Join neighbours in sharing or learning, knitting, crocheting and sewing skills. Please bring your own materials. Refreshments are provided. Free event. Contact Yoko at ytomita@cnh.bc.ca Friday, March 30 Community Coffee House & Open Mic First Lutheran Church, 5745 Wales Street (entry via 42nd Avenue) 7 to 9 pm Check out local musical talent in your community and meet up with friends and neighbours! Refreshments and entrance by donation. First Lutheran Church in partnership with Collingwood Neighbourhood House Every Tuesday in March Still Moon Arts Society Youth Arts Club Art House in the Field at Slocan Park 2750 E. 29th Ave. at Slocan Street 3:30 to 5:30 pm Still Moon Arts is hosting a Youth Arts Club every Tuesday in March for youth under 25! Come learn, practice, and play with a variety of artistic techniques – no experience necessary! Materials, instruction and snacks provided by donation: $1-$5 per session. Tuesday, March 6 &13 – Learn to Sew Tuesday, March 20 & 27 – Needle Felting Email Bea Miller at b.bea.miller@gmail.com for more information or to RSVP. Venus Renfrew Ad-P1-Press

January 23 to April 5 Venus Rising: Paintings and Drawings Il Museo Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Entrance is free See page 8

V R January 23–April 5, 2018 Professional artist group Anna Dubois • Sandrine Pelissier O 7:00PM Tuesday, January 23

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Spring Break at your local library Collingwood Branch Library 2985 Kingsway 604-665-3953

Renfrew Branch Library 2969 E. 22nd Ave. at Nootka 604-257-8705 SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids Kids, it is time to start writing and thinking creatively! Fun writing activities will have you writing stories and poetry in no time. These programs are appropriate for both advanced writers and beginners. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 3-7. Tuesday, March 13, 3:30–4:30 pm) Electric Bugs For your next backyard adventure, build your own battery-powered bug. Connect the circuits and watch it glow! Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 4-7. Tuesday, March 20, 10:30–11:30 am) Paper Minecraft Create your own modern Three Little Pigs by cutting and gluing a paper mine craft story. Will the creeper help the wolf? It’s up to you! For Grades K-7. Thursday, March 29, 2–3 pm Afternoon at the Movies Join us on Friday afternoons for family friendly movies! Fridays, 3:30 pm | Drop-in March 2: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs March 9: The Emperor’s New Groove March 16: Bolt March 23: Hop

Resume & Interview Skills Workshop Join experienced Employment Specialists to create an exceptional resume that highlights what you’re good at and helps you land that job! Learn about resume and cover letter strategies as well as tips and tricks for job interviews. In partnership with South Vancouver Youth Center and Milieu Family Services. For ages 13-18 Thursday, March 22 or 23, 1:30–3 pm) Triple R Book Club A teen-led book club for students in grades 5, 6 and 7. Read your favourite books and discuss them with your friends. Registration ongoing. Thursdays, March 1, 8, 22, 4–5 pm

Spring Break: Not Your Average Bookmarks! Awesome books deserve awesome bookmarks! Never lose your place again with these fun, easy to make bookmarks. Drop in. For Grades K-7. Tuesday, March 27 at 10:30 am Spring Break: Lego Block Party Drop in for some Lego guilding fun at this block party! Meet new friends and break out the bricks for a building bonanza at the library. Drop in. For Grades K-7. Wednesdays, March 7, 21, 28 at 3:30pm Easter Egg Hunt Hunt for eggs and solve their clues to win a prize! Drop in. For Grades K-7. Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm

“Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

TEENS PROGRAMS Careers for your Future This career panel will feature presentations by guest speakers from different industries highlighting a variety of career options. Bring your questions! In partnership with South Vancouver Youth Center and Milieu Family Services. For ages 13-18 Tuesday, March 20 & 21, 12:30–2:30 pm)

Spring Break: Heroes and Boss Baddies: Build Your Own Video Game Learn how to plot, storyboard and build your own video game. In this hands-on program, you’ll design one level of a video game and bring your creations to life using library iPads and the Bloxels app. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 3-7. Friday, March 23 at 2 pm

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Spring tips to get your lawn and garden going The long-awaited end to winter is finally upon us and with it comes a fresh start for your lawn and garden. Whether you loved your garden and lawn last year or would rather forget that aspect of 2017, spring is the ideal time to set yourself up for a successful green season. While the warming weather might seem like enough to get your lawn and garden going, there are a handful of things you can do to set yourself up for a satisfying year in your own personal greenspace. 1. Topdress your lawn and garden Topdressing is the act of adding fresh (preferably richly composted) soil to both your lawn and garden. The best part of topdressing is how easy it is to do. For your lawn, simply apply a thin, roughly half-inch layer evenly on top of your grass. Once applied, simply let it slowly consolidate into the existing soil layer. It may be visually jarring when you first see your nice green lawn coated in composted soil, but fear not, the new soil will integrate itself into the existing material in a matter of weeks, and your lawn will thank you for it. In your garden, apply the fresh soil by digging down four to six inches into your existing garden bed and blend your old soil with the new, composted material. For both the lawn and garden, the topsoil will give a much-needed nutrient boost after the long winter. 2. Aerate your lawn Filed into the landscaping category of “short-term hit in exchange for

by Soren Elsay

long-term gain,” aerating your lawn will do wonders for your grass later in the season. While there are a number of techniques for aerating a lawn, the basic premise is the same: puncturing holes in the ground in order to improve circulation amongst the roots. By breaking up the ground, these holes allow nutrients from both the air and from moisture to penetrate your lawn with more ease. The most common machine used for this procedure is an aerator, which resembles a snowblower but instead of spitting snow, pulls out four-to-six-inch plugs of lawn and leaves them behind. If you don’t want to rent an aerator, or are looking for a new workout fad, pitchforks have been known to work as well, though at a much less efficient pace. If you are planning on topdressing your lawn as well, make sure to aerate first before laying on the topsoil layer. The aeration will allow for quicker and easier absorption of the new soil. 3. Plant new or transplant Although Vancouver has the reputation as a wet city, the rainfall that we receive in the non-winter months is actually significantly less than your garden needs. That is why the spring is ideal for both planting new items as well as transplanting existing ones to another spot in your garden. Once the summer rolls around, keeping the ground moist enough for a freshly installed plant to thrive is very tough, so take advantage of still-wet conditions before it’s too late. When it comes to transplanting, always make sure to fill the new hole fully with water and then let it drain before putting the plant in the ground. This will ensure that the roots will remain hydrated while they are disturbed and at their most vulnerable. Continued watering after a transplant is also key to ensure a smooth transition. Left: A thin layer of new topsoil will integrate itself in weeks, and your lawn will thank you for it.

Aerating with a pitchfork or a manual aerating tool makes for a good workout. Photos by Julie Cheng Soren Elsay is a Vancouver-based professional landscaper. He is an aspiring writer with a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia.

Lawn and garden tips for healthy streams When urban development covers the land with buildings, concrete and asphalt, less rain soaks into the soil. The water stays on the surface and runs off quickly into streams, ditches and storm drains, which also empty into streams. The result is “urban runoff.” 1. Instead of week killers and other pesticides, consider hand-pulling weeds and using insecticidal soap. 2. Encourage insect-eating birds and friendly insects. Useful insects are spiders, ladybugs and lacewings that eat pest insects. Attract birds with tree cover, food during the winter and protection from cats. 3. Dispose of unused paint and chemicals correctly. Never dump into household toilets and sinks or outside ditches, storm drains or streams. Follow guidelines for disposal or recycling from the B.C. Ministry of Environment at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/wastemanagement/recycling/product-stewardship/paints-solvents-pesticidesgasoline or call the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253.

Source: Home Tips for Healthy Streams by Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street at Euclid Phone: 604-435-0323 We are closed on Mar 30, Good Friday & April 2nd, Easter Monday

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Gentle Chair Yoga, 1:45 - 2:45 pm Floor Hockey, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 4:50 - 5:50 pm Children Gymnastic (Ages 7 - 10) 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Ages 11+), 5:00 - 7:00 pm Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Men’s and Women’s Basketball, 8:30 - 10:15 pm Thursdays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop in, 9:00 - 10:00 am NOTE: Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 8:45 - 9:45 am

Sundays Badminton (Ages 19+), 10:15 am - 12:15 pm Wushu (Children), 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Parents and Tots, 10:00 - 11:45 am Seniors’ Coffee Social, 10:15 - 11:30 am Jazzercise, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Zumba Gold, 1:15 - 2:15 pm Karaoke, every 3rd Thursday of the month, 1:30 - 3:00 pm Chinese Calligraphy, 2:00 - 3:30 pm Children Soccer (Ages 6 - 8), 3:45 - 4:45 pm What’s Cooking with Kids, 3:45 - 5:15 pm Kids Hip Hop, (Ages 7 - 9), 4:00 - 5:00 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

Mondays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in, 9:00 - 10:00 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (24 Form), 10:30 - 11:30 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (42 Form), 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Zumba Steps, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Seniors’ Wellness Group, 1:15 - 3:00 pm (A variety of activities and trips. Times vary. Pick-up schedule at reception.) Basketball, 4:00 - 5:15 pm Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 4 - 5), 4:00 - 5:00 pm (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

Fridays Zumba Toning, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Bo Jan Cho Exercise, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (24 Form), 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (48 Form), 10:30 - 11:30 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

Tuesdays Seniors Qigong , 9:30 - 10:30 am 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 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 Tai Chi Sword , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm 42 Form Tai Chi Sword, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Zumba, 12:05 - 1:05 pm; 7:15 - 8:15 pm

Saturdays Jazzercise, 10:00 - 11:00 am Arts and Crafts for Children, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Zumba, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Baton Class, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Piano Class, (Ages 8 - 9), 12:30 - 1:15 pm (Ages 5 - 7), 10:30 - 11:15 am & 11:30 am - 12:15 pm (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 - 4:00 pm Gymnastics Spring Camp (9:00 am - 3 pm) Week 1: Mar 19 - 23 Full day: $115, Half day: $65

RENFREW PARK COMMUNITY COMPLEX 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y3

604 257-8388 Centre: ext 1 Pool: ext 2 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: www.vancouver.ca/renfrewrec or www.renfrewcc.com

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

Spring Break & Easter Weekend Hours of Operation Pool Sat

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2018 Spring Centre Programs

Registration Starts On-line and in person registration Register by phone (604 257-8388)

Tue, March 6 Wed, March 7

Winter Program Highlight Hatha Yoga (19+yrs)

Hisae McMichael For people who have done some/little Yoga and are looking for a moderate yoga class. $10.48+tax/Adults, $9.52+tax/Seniors drop-in if space, with permission of instructor. 138791 Sat 9:15-10:30am Mar 3-31 Adult—$43.75/5 sess Senior—$40/5 sess

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Spring Break Highlights

Special Events

Badminton Camp (6-18yrs)

Seed Swap (19+yrs) Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security

Shuttle I

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$75/5 sess

Mon-Thu 9:00-10:15am

Mar 26-29

$60/4 sess

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Mar 19-23

$75/5 sess

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Mar 26-29

$60/4 sess

11:40am-12:55pm Mar 19-23

$75/5 sess

142506 Mon-Thu 11:40am-12:55pm Mar 26-29

$60/4 sess

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142502 Mon-Fri Shuttle III/IV 142504 Mon-Fri

Red Cross Babysitting Training (11+yrs) Exploring the Business of Babysitting; Creating Safe Environments; Safely Caring for ages 0-12; First Aid Skills. Please bring a bag lunch (no nuts please), yoga mat, medium sized doll or stuffed animal, plenty of water and snacks. 139228 Sun

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Mar 25

First Aid Hero

Come drop-in to the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute's Seed Swap to find out what you can put in your garden. If you have some seeds of your own to swap, feel free to bring them or come by to pick up a few free packets to get you started! 142477 Tue 3:00-5:00pm Mar 6 Free

St. Patrick's Day Luncheon (55+yrs)

Menu: Irish Stew, Colcannon -is a traditional Irish Dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Irish Coffee Cake. 136498 Wed 12:00-2:30pm

Mar 21

$8.57/person

Easter Eggstravaganza (All Ages)

$60/person

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool Saturday, March 24th 2:00pm–4:00pm

Come before your egg hunt and stay after your egg hunt time. There will be face painting, crafts, games and our famous egg hunt. Come and enjoy the entire event. Children less than 8yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults may attend this event for free. There will be a concession that will be run by our Youth Council. Tickets are limited, so buy them early.

There will be 4 egg hunts and you must register for your specific time.

Come and join in the fun! *Regular admission rates apply

Swim Registration starts Tuesday, March 20th

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Neighbourhood residents gather to learn more about the new CNH Annex by Norman Hill

Neighbourhood residents recently gathered at an Annex Community Information Session to learn more about CNH’s new Annex, which is being built on Vanness Ave., just a short walk from the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station (see map).

Thursday, March 1 Cabbage roll Salad Orange cranberry cake

At the Information Session, Community Annex Coordinator Emily Chan presented an overview of the site and each room’s amenities, a timeline for completion and opening of the Annex, and an explanation of the commu- studio time, and cultural activities. It could also be nity partnership possibilities for the Annex. She said that rented out to community arts organizations or local the Annex will be targeted for arts and culture initiatives. artists. The Annex will have a 900-square-foot commercialgrade kitchen. This could be used for expanded food security programming, cooking classes, hotlunch preparation for CNH’s childcare programs, and catering for CNH programming in the large multipurpose room. Other possibilities include rentals to local entrepreneurs starting small food-related businesses.

The Annex will include an approximately 2,700-squarefoot multipurpose space with a sprung floor (like in a gymnasium or dance studio). This could be used to host dance classes, large events, and performances. There will be an approximately 700-square-foot multipurpose arts room that could host art workshops, artist

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

March lunch menu

The Annex is being constructed to provide more multipurpose space for the neighbourhood’s growing population. When the Annex opens, CNH’s main location on Joyce Street will remain open and programs will be run out of both locations.

There were many opportunities for participants to share their thoughts and feedback, including an exercise in which people looked at priorities for the Annex and were able to vote for their favourites and add comments. People were very interested in the space as an arts and culture hub and had lots of questions about what kinds of arts and cultural activities will be offered.

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There will be a children’s room with a play space, seating area, small kitchen and a washroom. The children’s room could be used for child-minding of children whose parents are attending Annex programs. The space could also be rented out for children’s birthday parties. The Annex will include a shared office space and a couple of enclosed offices, a staff break room, and fifty-one parking spaces. As well, there will be an outside plaza that could be used for programming or community engagement. Anyone interested in learning more about the Annex can view the PowerPoint presentation from the Information Session at http://www.cnh.bc.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2018/02/Annex-Open-House-Powerpoint.pdf People with questions or suggestions should contact Emily Chan at echan@cnh.bc.ca

Make Spring Break special: send your child to CNH’s Gymnastics Spring Camp Does your child enjoy gymnastics? Send them to Gymnastics Spring Camp during Spring Break! Choose the schedule that works for your child: Week 1, Week 2 or both; full day or half day program. Prices are per week. For more information on CNH’s Gymnastics program, visit http://www.cnh.bc.ca/programs/children-programs/ This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Tuesday, March 6 Cream of broccoli soup Cauliflower and smoked salmon frittata Salad Carrot cake Thursday, March 8 Chicken cacciatore / veggie option on rice Salad Pecan tart Tuesday, March 13 Roasted squash soup Turkey or veggie enchiladas Salad Shortbread cookies Thursday, March 15 Beef or veggie stew with bread Salad Chocolate walnut tart Tuesday, March 20 Vegetable soup Chicken / veggie burger Salad Vanilla cup cake Thursday, March 22 Baked lemon white fish with brown rice and roasted potatoes Salad Chocolate zucchini cake Tuesday, March 27 Carrot soup Spinach or chicken pie Salad Marble brownie Thursday, March 29 Meat or veggie lasagna Salad Garlic bread Apple bran muffin


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Collingwood BUSINESS

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IMPROVEMENT

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FRESH NEW LOOK FOR WHOÕS WHO IN COLLINGWOOD Updates Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Celebrations 2018 Thank you to all the businesses who took part in this yearsÕ Lunar New Year Celebrations on February 24th. The Hon Sing Athletic Club provided two lions to parade along Kingsway and Joyce Street. Happy New Year - Year of the Dog. Renewal of the Collingwood BIA 2018-2025 The membership had approved of another seven year mandate to renew the Collingwood BIA until 2025. City Council has approved as well. We look forward to building the Collingwood business area to be vibrant, clean and safe place to work and live. @shopcollingwood

@shopcollingwoodvancouver

FEATURES OF THE MONTH: RESTAURANTS Chinese: Bei Jiang Restaurant 604.725.7887 Chef Pin 778.588.1360 Chilli Pepper House 604.431.8633 Chuan Xiang Ju BBQ 604.620.9050 Congee Noodle King 604.435.6670 African: Jambo Grill + Good Morning Paan 604.433.5060 Filipino: MaxÕs Restaurant 604.435.3505 Japanese: Kingsway Sushi 604.433.6388 Hida Takayama Ramen 604.433.1303

DragonÕs Crepe 604.565.8088

Happy Tree House BBQ 778.383.9575

Dumpling House 778.588.1227

Honolulu Cafe 604.438.8632

Efendi Uyghur Restaurant 604.428.8638

Fortune Lamb Dining 604.430.8818 Hyoga Japanese Cuisine 604.438.0066

Master Six Hot Pot 604.432.9198 Vietnamese:

Join the Board We are always looking for new board members. Criteria to be a board member: own a commercial property; business tenant over 6 months; passion to make the Collingwood commercial area grow to help make a healthy neighbourhood.

WangÕs Shanghai Cuisine 604.428.6818 YangÕs Chinese Noodle Restaurant 604.558.3048

Old XianÕs Food 778.379.5822

Happy Day Cafe

Korean: Chosun Korean Restaurant 604.434.1222

Sing Kee Restaurant 604.438.1010

JooJak Restaurant 604.563.8816 LiÕs China Grill 604.568.1832

Friends BBQ 604.249.8456

Sushi Aji 604.434.6319

Peaceful Restaurant 604.428.1168 Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant 604.451.8738

604.307.6868

Dharma Garden Veggie Deli 778.800.9714 Gold Train Express Restaurant 604.433.7577 Love for Pho 604.568.8884 Others: Lotus Seed Vegetarian 604.431.7789

Reviews ÒLotus Seed is a neighbourhood gem! The South American Burrito is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful.Ó - Philip Hemming

The CaptainÕs Boil 604.565.3999 Tim Hortons 604.438.1897 Seahorse Fish & Chips 604.433.7807 Starbucks 604.431.7535 Subway 604.439.9192

Upcoming Events April 22-25: BIABC Conference Kelowna April 28: Keep Vancouver Spectacular May 22-27: Collingwood Days Events May 26: Collingwood Days Festival (Gaston Park)


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