Renfrew-Collingwood Community News September 2015

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13th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, September 26 Presented by Still Moon Arts Society & Renfrew Park Community Association

4:00pm Harvest Fair Slocan Park

Fall is fast approaching and so is this year’s Moon Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at both Slocan and Renfrew parks! For those of you who just can’t wait, Still Moon Arts has organized a series of activities leading up to the festivities. This is your opportunity to get involved! On Tuesday, September 8, learn how to make moon cakes with Jessica Yue at Collingwood Neighbourhood House from 4-5 pm. Please reserve a spot by emailing The workshop costs $5.

7:00pm Twilight Lantern Walk from Slocan Park

Local artist Yoko Tomita will be teaching lantern workshops at the Slocan Field House from 4-8 pm on the following days: • Bamboo and Wire Frame Lanterns: September 14-18 • Globe Lantern: September 21-23 • Glass Jar Lanterns on September 23-24

7:30pm Lanterns, Performances Renfrew Park

The cost of these workshops is between $10 and $25. No reservations are required. For more information, check out our website!

8:30pm Finale Spectacle on Renfrew Field

Due to the drought and dryness this year, we are also on the lookout for glass jar donations to minimize fire hazards within the ravine. We are looking for short jars, no longer than the length of your hand, with rims wide enough to fit a tea candle. If you have any such jars to spare, we would love to have them! Jars can be dropped off at the lantern workshops in Slocan Park Field House.

Saturday September 26 2015 Special thanks to our sponsors and partners:

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For more info on Moon Festival workshops and events go to

For the avid gardeners, don’t forget to bring your best vegetation to the Harvest Fair portion of the Moon Festival at Slocan Park. Categories include: • Most sizeable sunflower • Most bountiful flower bouquet • Most gorgeous green bouquet • Most creative fall display • Tastiest homemade jam/jelly • Most alluring Asian vegetable • Most cumbersome cabbage • Tubbiest tomato • Heaviest zucchini • Sexiest squash • Beefiest bean • Craziest carrot Please visit the website at for regular updates, or like them on Facebook, where they’ll be posting up-to-date details on all their activities, including a series of free preview concerts featuring musicians from the Moon Festival line-up!


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The Japanese knotweed threatens the biodiversity of Renfrew Ravine. Photos by Henry Lau Once considered an ornamental plant, the Japanese knotweed is now more known as a “terrorist among weeds” in gardeners’ circles, and can be found locally throughout Renfrew Ravine. The Japanese knotweed, or Fallopia japonica, originates from the sides of Japan’s volcanoes and was first brought to Britain in the 1800s because of its pleasant look and ease of growth. Since then, it has been brought to several parts of the world, including six provinces in Canada. Although innocent-looking, this invasive species poses a great threat towards the biodiversity of Renfrew Ravine. How it looks The Japanese knotweed has several distinct characteristics that you can use to identify it. This knotweed has a similar appearance to bamboo, because of its bamboo-like stem that can extend up to 10-feet high. However, Japanese knotweed is actually part of the same family as buckwheat, hence the membranelike coat along the stalk. The stems are reddish-brown, hollow and highly fibrous. The leathery leaves are heart-shaped and can grow up to six inches long. There are several different knotweeds in B.C., but the Japanese variety will have a unique zigzag placement of the leaves. In the late summer and early autumn, knotweeds have clusters of white flowers that can also grow up to six inches in length. Beneath the ground, the Japanese knotweed has an extensive rhizome network that can spread up to 65 feet in length and 10 feet in depth. Where it grows Japanese knotweed thrives in various locations, but it does prefer well-lit and moist areas,

such as roadsides and wetlands, and especially well in riparian settings (which border streams), not unlike the Renfrew Ravine. In the winter, the plant dies down, but maintains its presence underground, and by early summer, stems can already be up to 10 feet in height. The rhizomes also propagate into new plants quite a ways away from the original plant, which makes it terribly invasive. Currently in Renfrew Ravine, the knotweed can be found in various locations, of note being along the corridor from 29th Avenue to 22nd Avenue. Why it’s invasive In Japan, this variety of knotweed has a natural predator that maintains the plant population; however, that insect is specific to Japan. The knotweed poses several problems because of its extremely proliferative growth and spread. As many people who have tried to remove the plant have discovered, it only takes a few millimetres of the rhizome to propagate into a whole new plant. Often, fragments are transferred during construction work or when fragments are broken off and sent downstream. Its rapid growth allows it to outcompete for resources with native plants (such as salmonberry and Oregon grape) and even other invasives (Himalayan blackberry and English ivy), thus hampering the restoration effort of the ravine extending back to the 1990s. The Japanese knotweed harms the whole ecosystem by replacing plants that provide homes for the local wildlife, as well eliminating all the other benefits native plants bring, including nutrient cycling, water purification

RENFREW COLLINGWOOD COMMUNITY NEWS and ground stabilization. In the coming years, the problems of the knotweed could very well extend beyond the riparian area of the ravine, as very little stops this plant. Several reports from Britain have placed blame on the knotweed for lowering property values. The knotweed is being held responsible for road and drainage damage because it can easily penetrate up to four inches of concrete. In addition, the tall growth of the knotweed blocks visibility and access to areas where it grows. Because of these issues, the Japanese knotweed poses not only ecological problems, but also significant economic repercussions. Pesticide Currently, the only proven way of eliminating Japanese knotweed is the application of glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup, on the leaves or injected into the stem. The glyphosate gets taken up by the plant and prevents the rhizome from absorbing nutrients. However, even this process takes several seasons to exterminate the plant. This is the route many invasive species specialists go with, and, if done properly, will not affect the local flora.


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It is not recommended to dig out the plant, as this might cause the plant to spread, but it is a possibility. Removing the plant generally takes a few years of consistent management to ensure the knotweed does not re-establish and eventually starves itself out. Any removed materials needs to either be burned or sent to a special disposal site, since it may propagate if sent to a regular landfill. Natural pest Currently in the U.K., trials are also being done with the controlled release of psyllids, similar to aphids, in various sites. These insects have had positive results in quelling the spread of Japanese knotweed and are highly specific to the plants, so pose little risk to other native plants. However, the introduction of a non-native species should always be carefully analyzed, hence the strenuous trial conditions. With this biological approach, ecologists recognize that the knotweed will most likely not be eradicated, but this intervention will slow down the spread of the knotweed. Another approach has been to actually eat the knotweed. From

mid-April to early May, before the plant gets too fibrous, the young shoots and unfurled leaves are edible and taste like rhubarb with a hint of lemon. Several people have come up with recipes to include knotweed in soups, jams and pies. The Japanese knotweed is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, zinc and phosphorus. Protect the ravine At Renfrew Ravine, a prudent approach is Close-up of Japanese Knotweed leaves. being taken to ensure the plant does not spread any further, while also researching materials, and maintaining healthy the best way to deal with it. native plant communities. Prevention is the best approach to dealing with the Japanese You can also take part in Still Moon knotweed problem. This can be Arts Society’s weekly Stewardship done by noting any knotweeds and Tuesday events, where neighbours contacting knowledgeable sources can help keep the Renfrew Ravine in terms of removing it (such as healthy. To join in, meet at 9:30 am the Invasive Species Council of every Tuesday at the Labyrinth at BC—Call ISCBC at 1-888-93327th Avenue (between Nootka and 3722 and they can link you with Atlin streets) beside the ravine. your regional committee; see Henry Lau is a summer student at Still more at:, Moon Arts Society doing work in the not purchasing or growing it, Renfrew Ravine. preventing spread of its plant

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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: Robert Allen, Ricardo Cerna, Angela Clarke, Norman Hill, Loretta Houben, Liz Kendler, Henry Lau, Suzanne Liddle, Paul Reid, Carmen Rosen, Stroke Recovery Assoc., Vancouver Northeast WorkBC, Siling Zhang

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The hummingbird teaches us how we can move better in our lives

Free Birdhouse Building Workshop

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Saturdays, October 3, 10 & 24 1:00–3:00 pm Slocan Park Field House, 2750 E. 29th Ave. Space is limited; please register


Photo by Carmen Rosen

To register email Robert Allen at with “Birdhouses” in the subject line and state the # of family members, including # of children. The workshop is free but there are only 15 spaces. This is an opportunity for parents to work together with their children (there’s no child minding), to learn to build and decorate a birdhouse.

This tiny bird enjoys the act of living, always looks for the rich nectar of life, showing its beauty and colour. The hummingbird also knows how to defend, set healthy limits for its life, is small but not helpless. The amazing hummingbird teaches us that we can move in all directions. It tells us how we have to move in life, for to be truly natural, powerful, resilient, sentient, maternal, friendly, interdependent, and interconnected with all existence humans. When you have an opportunity to watch this very tiny bird you will realize that the hummingbird teaches us to have more dynamism, more insight, more compassion and more balance in our lives.

Participants will also hear from a local bird expert and learn about B.C. bird species at risk and habitat restoration (in which their birdhouse will play a role). The completed work may be taken home or will be installed in a local park. This project is funded by the Vancouver Foundation through a Neighbourhood Small Grant.

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Unspoken Intersections: A curated video evening by artist Julianna Saragosa Vivo Media Centre by Angela Clarke, PhD On August 22, 2015, the Berlinbased artist Juliana Saragosa curated an evening of video art entitled Unspoken Intersections. This event explored, through a series of short films, the challenges inherent in cross-cultural communication and language. In addition, it drew attention to the manner in which alternative communities, such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities, create their own language to express themselves within their unique cultural group. Through her carefully chosen series of short films, Saragosa reveals that language is puzzling in both its capacity and inadequacy. It has the power to bring people together in mutual understanding, but it can also illuminate the innate conflict and immense differences among cultural groups and the individuals that populate them. Saragosa’s video series placed into dramatic focus the problematic limits of human communication, especially for those who are outsiders struggling with both

display at Il Centro’s museum entitled Three Italian Canadian Queers Chat in East Vancouver. Through this interactive video Saragosa explores the challenges Saragosa’s curated evening at Vivo Courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre inherent in Media Arts is the first in a series coming to of events launched by the Italian maturity in an immigrant family Saragosa’s work offers important Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The insight into the effects of Italian Cultural Centre (Il Centro) is where the values of spirituality, immigration over the long a partner in a worldwide European sexuality and marriage are clearly defined and often pre-determined. term and within the extended Union-funded project entitled She also expresses how one’s family dynamic. In particular, Performigrations: People are the cultural identity, such as being she highlights that cultural territory. This project examines Italian, can be embraced and movement does not just affect the impact and social change personally important, but at the the first generation but its immigrants bring to their new same time, a sense of isolation reverberations can be felt for country, but also conversely, how pervades. This alienation arises many generations after. This the new country impacts the lives of when issues of identity such as impact is especially powerful as the immigrants. life goals as well as spirituality the children, grandchildren and and sexuality don’t fulfill parental even great-grandchildren mature In addition to the curated event at into adulthood and form their own Vivo Media Arts, Julianna Saragosa expectations. identities. This identity formation has created a video installation on often comes as a reaction to dominant family members who continue to enshrine the traditional values of the old country. Some of these values Saragosa reveals can be readily embraced and become an immense source of pride, such as Italian food and art traditions, but others such as religious dogma have an alienating effect on the young. language acquisition and also the daunting isolation that comes from entering new social spheres. Within these splintered groups and microcosmic cultures modes of expression are often idiomatic, requiring a deep and intimate fluency in the culture that gave rise to it. Language, Saragosa expresses, has the ability to alienate and confuse as much as it has the power to express compassion and understanding.

These themes of immigration, cultural adaptation and their enduring impact on the succeeding generations will be more fully explored in a series of events at the Italian Cultural Centre including an exhibition launched August 25, a conference between August 28 and 29 and a performance piece in collaboration with Collingwood Neighbourhood house on September 13. For more information please call the Italian Cultural Centre 604430-3337. Angela Clarke, PhD, is the curator at Il Museo, the museum at the Italian Cultural Centre, located at 3075 Slocan Street on Grandview Highway.



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The Vancouver Society of Storytelling is pleased to present a FREE weekly community storytelling drop-in. Every Wednesday evening 6-9 pm Slocan Park Fieldhouse, just west of the 29th Avenue Skytrain station

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Moon Festival Lantern Workshops

The Moon Festival would not be the same without beautiful lanterns to light the way. To get you involved in creating these lanterns, drop by these following workshops! Slocan Park Fieldhouse (next to the 29th Ave. Skytrain station) 4-8 pm September 8-11 - Youth lantern workshops September 14-18 - Bamboo and wire frame lanterns September 21-23 - Globe lanterns September 23-24 - Glass Jar lanterns

will be comprised of youth aged 13-18 living in the Collingwood neighbourhood, will plan and host activities, workshops, and events to boost youth involvement with the neighbourhood house and the community. For more info contact Valerie Wong, project leader, vswong@ or 604-435-0323

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Recreation Programs: Fall 2015

Collingwood Neighbourhood House offers a range of recreation programs and activities for all ages. Activities include music, dance and the arts, as well as other physical and social activities. We strive to provide a good balance of activities for people of all ability levels and interests in our neighbourhood. Most of our recreation programs take place at our main site at 5288 Joyce Street; some, however, are located at satellite facilities in the community. Integration, fairness, cooperation and mutual respect are some of the values central to our recreation programs, while having fun!

Registration Please read the following program descriptions which include start dates, times, cost and registration information. Participants in the many drop-in recreation programs at CNH pay the drop-in fee at the front desk. For some programs participants must register before the program begins; in those cases it’s a good idea to sign up early as many popular programs fill quickly. Most pre-registered programs run for 12 weeks, three times each year (fall, winter, and spring) or as special summer programs. Recreation participants are required to purchase a very modestly priced annual CNH membership to participate in programs. For more information call 604-435-0323.

Preschool Recreation Programs Parent and Tot Activities (Ages 2-5) Games, music and play start us off on a journey of exploration and adventure! Gymnastics games and physical play activities will help children develop social and motor skills. Adult participation is required. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:45 am. $2.50 drop-in fee or $25/11 classes pass. Program is ongoing. Clay Adventures (Ages 2 ½ - 5) Explore clay through various techniques of hand building like coiling, stamping, texturing and slab work. Make special gifts and learn the process of pottery making and glazing. For our adult pottery-hand & wheel program, you can make mugs, bowls, plates and much more. Saturdays, September 26-November 28, 10:00-11:00 am. Parent participation is optional. Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 2½- 3½) with parent participation In this lively and fun class, parents and young children interact and explore creative movement together. We will explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments. Boys and girls will develop age-appropriate physical movement skills, simulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. Creative movement for young children helps wire the brain and sets the foundation for success in preschool and beyond. Tuesdays, September 22 -November 24, 3:40-4:25 pm. $50/10 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 4-5) Creative dance is a playful and fun way for young boys and girls to develop their physical movement skills, stimulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. We will explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Tuesdays, September 22-November 24, 4:30-5:15 pm. $50/10 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required).

Ages 7-10: 5:15-6:45 pm (intermediate and advanced) $70/10 classes. Wednesdays, September 23-December 2 Ages 11 and over: 5:00-7:00 pm (all levels) $70 /10 classes. Saturdays, September 26-November 28 Ages 5-7: 9:15-10:15 am (beginners and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 10:15-11:45 am (intermediate and advanced) $70/10 classes. No class on November 11 Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 5 ½ and up) Enjoy the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, music and self expressions through the use of ribbons, balls, hoops and ropes, within choreographed routines. Mondays, September 21-November 23, 5:00-6:00 pm. $60/8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on October 12 and October 19 Arts and Crafts for Children (Ages 5-9) Children will learn a variety of visual art media, methods and contents in a freeflowing, fun environment where children can discover, experience and share the joy of the creative process. Techniques will include painting, collage, casting, relief and using recycled materials to create forms. Saturdays, September 26-November 28, 10:00-12:00 noon. $65/10 classes or $6.75/drop-in (includes supplies). Children’s Soccer Girls and boys will be introduced to basic soccer skills including dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. Fun, skill development and teamwork will be emphasized in this program.

Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 3 ½-5 Boys and Girls) Children develop hand-eye coordination using rhythmic equipment such as skipping ropes, hoops, ribbons and balls to learn routines to music while they have fun and make new friends. Wednesday, September 23-November 18, 9:45-10:45 am. $45/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration is required).

Tuesdays, September 22-December 15 Ages 9-12: 5:30 – 6:30 pm $60/12 classes. (Pre-registration is required).

Little People’s Art (Ages 2-5) (New) Art makes the world a beautiful place by adding colors, shapes, and patterns. This class gives little kids opportunities to create expressions of their learning in any way they like. All materials are provided. To protect children’s clothing please bring an apron. Wednesdays, September 22-November 25, 10:30-11:30 $60/10 classes. (Pre-registration required).

No class on October 3

Children’s Recreation Programs at CNH Chinese Classical Dance (Ages 6-14) This dance provides excellent exercise for children of all ages. As well, it allows expansion of knowledge towards Chinese culture and arts. This program is designed to focus on basic techniques and forms. Thursdays, September 24-December 10, 4:00-5:00 pm. $54/ 12 classes. (Pre-registration is required) Children’s Floor Hockey (Ages 6-8 and 9-12) Canada’s favorite game is coming to Collingwood Neighbourhood House! Learn, work on your skills, and play lots of games in a friendly and safe environment. Its great exercise and lots of fun! Equipment provided. Wednesdays, September 23-December 2. $60/12 sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Ages 9-12: 3:45-4:45 pm Ages 6-8: 4:50-5:50 pm No class on November 11 Piano Classes (Ages 5-7 and 8-9) This is a fun class for beginner music students learning piano and theory. This class focuses on the basics of proper touch, hand technique and reading notes. Along with playing piano, listening to music also plays an important factor in the early musicianship training. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course will be the book used in this class, which features colorful pictures and useful material for beginning music students. Saturdays, September 26-November 28. $106/10 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Ages 5-7: 10:30-11:15 am or 11:30-12:15 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 8-9: 12:30-1:15 pm. (beginner and intermediate) Children’s Gymnastics Education Gym sense provides and excellent gymnastics program where children can have fun learning how to use their bodies. The safe and supportive atmosphere helps children learn the skills needed to enjoy gymnastics. Classes are working in a can Gym badge system with children progressing at their own pace. Pre-registration is required. Tuesdays, September 22-November 24 Ages 5–7: 4:15-5:15 pm (beginner and intermediate)

Thursdays, September 24-November 26 Ages 6-8: 3:45-4:45 pm $50/10 classes. (Pre-registration is required).

Children’s Basketball (Ages 9-12) Make new friends practicing and learning basketball skills. Fun, skills development and learning positive values such as teamwork, cooperation and respect will be central to this program. Mondays, September 21-December 7, 4:00-5:30 pm. $50/10 classes. (Pre-registration required). No class on October 12 and October 19 Wushu (Ages 6-17) Wushu is a modern combination of Chinese martial arts based on the Northern and Southern Chinese form of kung-fu. This class is designed to work on conditioning, flexibility, and basic techniques. Sundays, September 20-November 22, 5:00-6:30 pm. $45/10 classes. (Pre-registration required) Clay Adventures (Ages 6 and up) Explore clay through various techniques of hand building like coiling, stamping, texturing and slab work. Make special gifts and learn the process of pottery making and glazing. For our adult pottery-hand & wheel program, you can make mugs, bowls, plates and much more. Ages 6 and up: Saturdays, September 26-November 28, 11:00-12:00 noon. Parents can register with their children. $60 for 10 sessions (Children) $80 for 10 sessions (Adults) Creative Writing for Pre-Teens (Ages 8-11) This class is tailored for children who want to explore creative writing in an encouraging environment. Participants are encouraged to participate in several writing projects including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and letters. There are weekly homework assignments. Fridays, 5:45-7:45 pm. $80/8 Sessions. Please call CNH for dates. Baton (Ages 7-12) Baton is a combination of dance, gymnastics and twirling a baton. Learn how to twirl a baton and learn different skill. With baton twirling you work on hand eye coordination and coordination all while having fun. Saturdays, September 26-November 28, 11:45-12:30 pm. $45/10 classes plus $40 for the baton. (Pre-registration is required).

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Recreation Programs: Fall 2015 Zumba Kids Junior (Ages 3-7) Classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and music kids will love. ZumbAtomic increasing the participant’s focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. This class is for anyone! No experience necessary. Tuesdays, September 22-November 24, 3:45-4:30 pm. $40/10 Sessions.

Adult Recreation Activities at CNH Our recreation activity pass is available at a cost of $55/12 sessions. The pass can be used for the following activities: Volleyball, Badminton, Soccer, Jazzercise, Yoga, Zumba, Women’s Badminton Club, Hatha Yoga and Pilates. A single drop-in fee for these activities is $5.25 You save $11 by purchasing one pass. Hatha Yoga Slow your life down and join us for a relaxing yoga class. Increased strength, balance, stamina and body awareness are some benefits you can attain from Hatha Yoga. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:15 am. Drop-in: $5.25. Meditation Learn how to meditate using the power of soul. With simple body postures, creative visualization, music and chanting, participants will develop a healthier, happier way of being. Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Drop-in: $5.25. Traditional Wushu (New) Starting October 11-December 13 Improve your flexibility, balance, strength, stamina, agility, confidence and self-defense by participating in this traditional Wushu class inspired by basic Wushu, Baguazhang, XingYi Quan, Shaolinchuan, Chaquan, Straight sword, Staff and Gonfu fan practices. Sundays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm. $60/10 sessions (Pre-registration required) Zumba A typical Zumba lasts about an hour and incorporates several dance styles, including cumbia, bachata, meringue, salsa, raggaeton, mambo, and belly dance. The Latin music includes both fast and slow rhythms, allowing for a great cardio workout as well as body sculpting exercises. Zumba classes are for ALL ages – no experience necessary. Most songs are pre-choreographed, so the more classes you attend the easier it gets! Wednesdays, 12:05-1:05 pm & 7:15-8:15 pm Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 pm Fridays, 6:00-7:00 pm Saturdays, 11:15-12:15 pm Sundays, 12:45-1:45 pm. Drop-in: $5.25. No class on October 16 and November 11 Zumba Steps With Zumba steps we combine the awesome toning and strengthening power of Step aerobics, with the fun fitness party that only Zumba brings to the dance-floor. Participants learn to new ways to increase cardio and calorie burning, while adding moves that define and sculpt your core and legs. Mondays, 12:05-1:05pm No class on October 12, 19 Zumba Toning Participants learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. It combines targeted body- sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm. Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am. Drop-in: $5.25. No class on October 16 and November 3 Jazzercise Jazzercise is the number one dance/fitness programs in the world. Using a follow-the-leader style, the instructor gives you the option of doing exercises no impact, low impact and high impact techniques. Drop-in:$5.25 Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 noon-1:00 pm. Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 am No class on October 12 and October 19 Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Soccer (Pre-registration required to ensure a spot) This recreational soccer program is a great way to stay in shape and meet new friends in your community. The program promises to be popular so register early to ensure your spot. People of all skill levels welcome and local residents are given sign-up priority when pre-registering. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10:15 pm. $48.50/12 sessions or $4.50 drop-in. Program on-going. No class on November 3 Men’s and Women’s Drop-in Volleyball. Join us in a social game of volleyball where you can bump, set and spike to your heart’s content. Players of all skill levels welcome. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30-10:15 pm. $4.50 drop-in or $48.50/12 sessions. Program is on-going No class on October 12, 19 and November 11 Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Badminton Collingwood Neigbourhood’s favourite, badminton will help sharpen your reflexes and develop your racquet skills. The gym can be divided into four courts, so we’ll be playing doubles throughout the program. People of all skill levels are welcome and local residents are given sign-up priority when they pre-register. Thursdays, 6:45-8:30 pm. Sundays, 10:15-12:15 pm. Drop-in: $4.50. Program is on-going.

Belly Dance (New) FREE class on September 22, 2015 Body and mind is the perfect combination to describe belly dance as an art of body movement along with music. These classes focus upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form. Explore various movement techniques such as percussive movements, shimmies, figure 8’s and vibrations. Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm Drop-in $5.25 or $51.50/ 12 sessions

Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH Zumba Gold Combines catchy Latin tunes with choreography for an aerobic workout that feels like dance party. It is accessible for beginners, seniors or others needing modification in their exercise routines. Tuesdays, 2:15- 3:15pm and Fridays 12:40-1:40pm; $3.00 drop-in. Program ongoing. No class Oct 16 and Dec 11 Seniors Drop-in Badminton Bring your own racket. No instruction provided. We recommend you come early to claim your spot. Saturdays, 2:30-4:15pm; $3.50 drop-in. Program on going. Gentle Chair Yoga Enjoy safe, slow moving exercises for increased joint range of motion, relaxation and improved stamina and muscular strength. Suitable for people with al forms of arthritis and various levels of ability. Wednesdays, 1:45 pm-2:45 pm; $3.00 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program on going. No class on Nov 11 Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in Relax, renew and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation. Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am-10:00 am; $3.00 drop-in. Program ongoing. Note: No class Sept 7, Oct 12. 24 Forms Tai Chi for Seniors Integrate mind, body and qi (energy) – keep blood and energy circulation smooth in the entire body to prevent disease. Mondays, 10:30 am-11:30 am, and Fridays 9:30am-10:30am. Drop-in $3.00. Program ongoing. Note: No class on Sept 7, Oct 12, Oct 16, and Dec 11. 32 Form Tai Chi Sword Tai Chi Sword is a weaponry form of Tai Chi Chuan, in which the sword is considered an extension of the body. The integration helps to direct body energy through the sword and bring about movements that are smooth and graceful. Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:15pm; 12:30-1:30pm; $3.50 drop in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. Participants must buy their own swords. Prerequisite: 24-Form Tai Chi, 48-Form Tai Chi or experience in other styles of Tai Chi Chuan. Note: No class on Nov 11 48 Forms Tai Chi For Seniors Build upon our knowledge from 24 form Tai Chi (or previous experience) to further enhance your skill and promote overall health and fitness through a combination of graceful and harmonious movements and breathing techniques. Mondays, 11:45-12:45 pm; Fridays, 10:30-11:30; $3.50 drop-in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. Note: No class on Sept 7, Oct 12, Oct 16, and Dec 11. Seniors Strength and Stretch Improve your muscle strength and endurance using light resistance equipment. These exercises may be done seated, standing or floor positions. Wednesdays, 11:00 – 12:00 noon and Fridays, 11:30 – 12:30 pm; $3.00 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program ongoing. Note: No class on Oct 16, Nov 11, Dec 11. Chinese Classical Dance For Adults and Seniors These dance are a good way to exercise and maintain an energetic lifestyle as well as to learn new skills and Chinese culture. These dances fit all ages. Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 am. Session 1: June 24 to September 16 Session 2: September 23 to December 16 Fridays, 12:00-1:30 pm Session 1: July 10 to September 25 Session 2: October 2 to December 18 $54/12 classes; $5.25 Drop-in Seniors; $6 Drop-in adults. Walking Club Get some exercise and meet new people. Dress for the weather and bring an umbrella. See the schedule which is available at the front desk. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Meet in CNH lobby. FREE. No program on Sept 7, Oct 12, Nov 11


Short-term training helps job seekers to find work in their field Morgan needed assistance breaking into the employment field of mental health. She went to school and trained in psychology and counselling but had not been able to find work in her desired field. She also wanted assistance with job searching, resume and cover letter writing and interviewing. To put her goals into action, Morgan sought help from a case manager at the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Employment Services Centre. She completed two weeks of workshops, the most helpful of which, she said, were resume/cover letter writing and mock interviewing. She also used the computer lab for printing resumes and cover letters, as well as job search.

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Free Mandarin/Cantonese support group for stroke survivors The Stroke Recovery Association of BC is excited to announce a new Chinese language stroke recovery program in Collingwood area. 哥靈活華人腦中風復康小組 卑詩省腦中風復康協會(SRABC)是一個非牟利 社會服務機構。自 1979年開始,本會一直為離開醫院的腦中風復 康人士提供相關的資訊 和活動項目。 卑詩省腦中風復康協會於二零一五年九月開設哥靈活腦中風復康華人 小組,提供一個妥善環境讓腦中風復康者及其家人、朋友和照顧者可 以得到鼓勵和支持。 本會提供了一系列活動項目幫助腦中風復康人士在離開醫院後從新融 入社會。

Morgan also received assistance in completing jobrelated short-term orientation and certificate (STOC) training, a requirement for jobs in her desired field: a crisis intervention workshop and a first aid/CPR course. STOC training provides basic entry-level certification through short-term courses that are normally no more than one to three days long, based on approximately five to six hours per day of participation.

The program offers these activities: 1. Physical exercises 2. Communication and memory exercises 3. Social interaction and recreation 4. Support from fellow stroke survivors 5. Caregiver support 6. Stroke education 7. Help finding other health and community resources 8. Lunch and socialization (Bring your own lunch)

Eligible STOC training courses include: • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) • Emergency First Aid • Super Host • Serving It Right • Food Safe • Basic Computer Training • Other essential short-term industry or occupational entry requirement certificate training

Meeting location: 聚會地點: Strive Centre #100 – 5055 Joyce Street Vancouver (below the Joyce Skytrain Station)

Morgan has since found employment with two B.C. employers—a non-profit mental health organization and a non-profit homeless outreach/tenancy organization. This information has been brought to you by the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Employment Services Centre. For more information on STOC training and other helpful job-search tips contact 604-708-9300 or visit

活動內容包括: 1. 活動體能練習 2. 溝通和記憶能力練習 3. 社交康樂活動 4. 病友互助分享 5. 照顧者支援 6. 復康專題教育 7. 社區資源信息 8. 自備午饍

Meeting times: Mondays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 聚會時間: 逢週一 (上午10:00 - 下午1:00) Cost: Free


Who can attend? • Programs are for stroke survivors living in the community and their caregivers. • Stroke survivors must be capable of participating meaningfully in the program. • Stroke survivors must be independent in feeding, mobility, toileting and personal hygiene or have a caregiver accompany them who can provide the necessary assistance. • We do not have the resources to accommodate people who have significant behavioural problems such as aggressive/challenging behaviour, sexual inappropriateness or destructive tendencies. 參加對象: • 腦中風復康人士及他們的照顧者 • 腦中風復康人士必須清晰明白參與本小組活動的意義。 • 腦中風復康人士必須具備自我基本治理能力(如: 前往洗手間、自行 餵食、個人衛生等)或必須有陪伴復康人士參與的照顧者協助。 • 本會沒有足夠的資源來支援有顯著行為問題的復康者(如:攻擊 性、挑釁性的行為、性不當行為、毀滅傾向等)。 If you have any questions regarding the above please contact the program coordinator Larissa Lau. Phone: 778-628-2328 Email: 分會協調主任:劉小姐 電話:604-628-2328 電子郵件 如對以上內容有任何疑問,請聯絡活動統籌主任。

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The response for IcePik Shavery’s snow cream has been overwhelming since opening in April of this year. Here is another reason why Collingwood is the coolest place outside of California, and that is IcePik Shavery. It was in Los Angeles that partners in business, Brittaney Lee and Dave Le, came across snow cream, a yet little-known dessert sensation from Taiwan that is reportedly the new rage in the U.S. This is a new dessert that is lighter than ice cream with a fluffy snow-like texture. “Our snow cream is made with the freshest high-grade ingredients, frozen at the most ideal temperature to ensure the best texture is obtained when shaved into your bowl. You will get to experience a dessert like no other and be able to customize your bowl with a variety of fresh toppings and drizzles.” The snow cream begins with a special machine from Taiwan that spins blocks of the frozen cream, shaving off thin ribbons into your bowl. You can choose from black sesame, green tea, mango, taro and vanilla as well as seasonal flavours such as almond, coconut, honeydew, mint and strawberry. You then have a wide choice of toppings: fruit, such as mango, blueberries, lychee and strawberries; traditional toppings such as mochi (a short-grained, sweet, glutinous rice cake), rice cakes, honey boba, pearls and/or jelly. For those with more western tastes, there are Skor bits, crushed Oreos, Graham cracker, almond slices and cheesecake squares. You are then invited to top it all off with caramel, chocolate, strawberry and/or condensed milk drizzles. To find out just how heavenly smooth, rich and tasty the resulting snow cream is, you’ll just have to visit IcePik Shavery.

in Collingwood. The response was so amazing that they ran out of supplies and through word of mouth, business has been booming ever since. “This community has been very welcoming and receptive to us.” Now successful entrepreneurs, Brittaney and Dave still maintain their day jobs. Brittaney is a technical recruiter, matching people with jobs in the IT industry; Dave, coincidently, happens to be an IT guy. When not working day or night, both enjoy sports and working out and staying in shape, which is important when you are around such deliciousness so often. They also both consider themselves foodies, recognizing Collingwood as full of good restaurants. Dave and Brittaney invite the community to “visit us in our Vancouver store to experience our IcePik Snow Cream! Our Ice Team is waiting to shave a fresh bowl for you!” Also, don’t forget that you can follow IcePik Shavery on Instagram to learn about their secret menu and monthly feature flavours. Fun!

Right: Vanilla and Black Sesame Snow Cream with cheesecake squares, strawberries, and plenty of drizzles.

After learning just how popular this snow cream was in Los Angeles, Brittaney and Dave learned from Dave’s cousin more about the business and she put them in touch with the right suppliers. In April of this year, IcePik Shavery opened its doors



2015 Collingwood BIA – Annual General Meeting – September 15th 5:30 – 7:00p.m.


All Collingwood businesses and invited to join us in Review, Network and Celebrate the Collingwood BIA’s past year. Thank you for all your support in helping us keep Collingwood, Safe, Clean and most of all Welcoming to all our guests. Come out and network with fellow Collingwood merchants and special guests. Enjoy light refreshments. The meeting will be held at the Green Thumb Theatre at 5522 McKinnon Street (beside Carleton Elementary School). RSVP by September 9th call 604.639.4403 or email Be a part of the Collingwood BIA board of directors, call us for nomination forms or you’ll find one in the AGM package that was hand delivered in August. Get Involved! l

Collingwood International Film Festival 2015

Thank you to everyone for coming out to the 3rd Annual Collingwood International Film Festival. We look forward to seeing everyone out next year. CIFF is brought to you be the partnership between: The Collingwood BIA and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre.

Cool In Collingwood #coolcoll

“Cool In Collingwood” social media campaign. During August and until September 15th visit one of the participating businesses to post your picture on Instagram with the “Cool In Collingwood” frame. (picture above) Participating businesses: IcePik Sharvery Inc. Unit #1 - 3377 Kingsway Milk & Sugar Café #101- 3365 Kingsway Starbucks #190 – 3665 Kingsway Abantu Beauty 3596 Kingsway Bubble Tea World Kingsway Unit #2 – 3377 Kingsway Check our Instagram shopcollingwood for more participating businesses. l Shop the Neighbourhhood with Yellow Pages – Saturday November 28th, 2015 Sign up your business at Create a deal for the this National Shop the Neighbourhood day. Go to their website for more information.


Winter Carnival and Community Tree Lighting

November 28th – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m - Music, Magic & Movie l

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Scooting Seniors by Loretta Houben When Constable Brown finished her talk, we each had a chance to drive a scooter around traffic pylons set up on the court. I tried it out and it was fun! A scooter Did you know that if you drive is a comfortable way a scooter you can get a ticket for to get around if you disobeying traffic signs? You should travel at the same speed as a have mobility issues. After we each had a pedestrian, which is 16 kilometres an hour. If you wish to use the public turn, laughing a lot and enjoying ourselves, we bus system with a scooter, you should buy one that has three wheels were treated to a lovely lunch in the shade, with All scooters adhere to the same rules as it’s easier to navigate on and off of the road as pedestrians. Scooters the bus. ice cream for dessert. don’t need a license and they travel on the sidewalk. When there isn’t If you are interested An extended health plan will cover a sidewalk, scooters travel on the the cost of a scooter. An occupational in getting more Loretta Houben zips around on a scooter for left-hand side of the roadway facing therapist will do an assessment to information about the first time. traffic. see if you qualify. Scooters range in mobility scooters, price from $1,500 to $3,500 and are please contact Loretta Houben coordinates the seniors A scooter driver will obey all traffic not as expensive as they once were a the Collingwood Community connection page for the RenfrewPolicing Centre at 604-717-2935 signals intended for pedestrians and few years ago. Collingwood Community News. or , or should make themselves visible by dropping by 5160 Joyce Street. attaching a safety flag and wearing It was a hot day in June on the basketball court near Collingwood Neighbourhood House, but 20 people were out, sitting in a covered area with free water bottles and lemonade in hand. They were carefully listening to Constable Heather Brown from the Collingwood Community Policing Centre as she explained how to use a motorized mobility scooter, which can enhance the lifestyle of a person with mobility problems.

a safety vest. Scooting Seniors is funded by the federal government’s New Horizon program for seniors and holds events like this one to teach scooter safety.


Local Olympic multi gold-medal winner

Collingwood Neighbourhood House ● September 2015

We are located on 5288 Joyce St. in Vancouver. Please call us at 604-435-0323 if you have any questions or want to find out more about our many seniors recreation and social programs.

MONDAY FUN‐ DAY GROUP: 星期一健康组织 Monday September 07, 1:15‐3pm: CLOSED FOR STATUTORY HOLIDAY Monday September 14th, 10:15am to 2:30pm: Birthday Cake + Bingo ‐ Start off with FREE cake for everyone and a celebration for the August birthdays then stay for Bingo! Tell us if your Birthday is in August. Coffee and cake will be served. There is no cost for this program, but please bring a small prize or $2.00 for bingo. Everyone gets a chance to win! Monday September 21st, 1:15 – 3pm: Brain Transplants….Not an Option! Debby Parsant from Parc Living Retirement describes how we can grow our brain cells through mental activities, how physical activity affects our brains and talks about how our bodies change as we age. Cost is $2.50. Tea/ Coffee and light snack provided. Monday September 28th, 1:15‐3pm: Would you like to boost your confidence? Come to a Self Esteem workshop! Join Karen Caguioa as she talks about ways to improve your self esteem and feel good. Cost is $2.50. Tea/ Coffee and light snack provided. Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home Seniors Volunteer Opportunities: If you are motivated to help maintain and increase seniors’ quality of life, we are currently recruiting volunteers for the Better at Home program. For only few hours a month you can make a difference. Friendly Visitor Volunteers offer quality time with seniors to chat over tea, play board games or read together. Senior’s Shuttle Support Volunteers help seniors go for shopping, doctor visits, and other appointments on CNH designated shuttle and Volunteer Drivers help seniors who struggle to take public transit to get to their appointments and shopping needs. Find a suitable position and join our neighbourhood volunteers to help communities and gain valuable experiences. For more info, please call Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home on 604‐435‐0375.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House participant Annabelle Davis (centre) returned early August from the Special Olympics Summer Games in Los Angeles, where she won three gold medals in 10-pin bowling! She won the singles medal, doubles medal and team medal. Congratulations, Annabelle, for such a great achievement! Annabelle is joined here by her partner Ken McLean and CNH seniors’ programs co-coordinator Suzanne Liddle. Photo by Aurelia Schmor


The Seniors Connection

Cesare Stefanon gets to know neighbours through volunteering

Cesare continued volunteering after the other 11 had moved to other neighbourhoods or passed away. He recruited his wife and children to keep the bingo program going. “It became a family affair,” he says. “We used

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” —Truman Capote

to fight over who got to crank the bingo machine.” Thirty-two years later, Cesare has become a fixture at Three Links, still helping seniors play bingo twice a week. He has become Volunteer Cesare Stefanon was at Three Links to a mentor to celebrate Anna Livadaru’s 100th birthday in May. new volunteer Photo by Liz Kendler recruits, showing them how to push wonder how a person of a certain wheelchairs and oversee a age can take care of her own bingo table of eight bingo cards card and help the others. There was without missing a beat. one resident, Petra, who was 104, and she was still helping the others Cesare says it’s the people at her table.” at Three Links who have kept him coming back for so “Even the ones who cannot many years. “Every week, I communicate properly, you don’t look forward to coming and say, ‘Why bother?’ You respect the seeing them,” he says. “It’s so person for who she is.” funny sometimes, because the The seniors look forward to seeing residents whose minds are still him, too, and he has made many good, they help the others. You lasting friendships. Anna Livardaru is one of those friends, and Cesare was at Three Links to celebrate her 100th birthday in May.

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society is seeking loving and dedicated foster parents who are willing to share their homes and provide foster care for Aboriginal babies, children, and youth in the Greater Vancouver area. We invite Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal applicants. Information Sessions are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:45pm in our office at 3284 East Broadway, Vancouver. For more information, please email or call 604-216-7447.

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” —Chinese Proverb

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” —Mickey Rooney

by Liz Kendler

Cesare moved to RenfrewCollingwood in 1977, 10 years after emigrating from Italy. In 1983, he extended his neighbourliness to the residents of Three Links Care Centre by becoming a volunteer. When he started, he was part of a group of 12 church members who saw a need for activities for seniors in the evening.

Inspirational Quotes

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” —Gen George Patton

Long-time Three Links volunteer has run the seniors bingo program for 32 years Cesare Stefanon loves getting to know his neighbours. His wife sometimes asks him, “Why do you talk to everybody?” but when she wants to know who’s who in the neighbourhood, it’s Cesare she asks. He likes that it’s a quiet neighbourhood filled with friendly people, and he thinks it’s a shame when people don’t know who lives on their block.


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Cesare also keeps volunteering because he wants to keep the spirit of caring for elders alive. “I want to be a part of this so that when I get old, maybe someone will take care of me,” says Cesare. “The staff always joke with me and say, ‘We have a room for you,’ but I say, ‘No thanks, not yet.’” If getting to know your neighbours through community service sounds right up your alley, contact Liz Kendler, the Three Links volunteer coordinator, at 778-452-6508 or For more information, visit

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” —Kahlil Gibran “If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.” —Benjamin Franklin “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” —Mark Twain “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” —Hellen Keller “To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.” —W Somerset Maugham Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. —Milton Berle There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. —Edith Wharton Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. —Walt Whitman Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. —Buddha Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. —Napoleon Hill


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House


Construction has started on CNH’s new annex by Norman Hill

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.”

On August 10, the digging started on the building that will house Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s (CNH) new annex. The annex will be located on the main floor of a new condominium tower to be located on Vanness Avenue between Boundary Road and Ormidale Ave. Its construction is a response to Renfrew-Collingwood’s growing population and the neighbourhood’s need for more multipurpose space. CNH’s Joyce Street building will remain as CNH’s main site. “CNH is thrilled to see the start of construction on our new annex, as it marks a big step forward in the community’s efforts to bring more multipurpose space to RenfrewCollingwood! We look forward to working with members of the Renfrew-Collingwood community to create programs and activities that many people can enjoy,” CNH Board of Directors President Julie Linkletter said. The annex will include 10,250 square feet of space providing residents more opportunities for programs, services and initiatives. The City of Vancouver will own the space and lease it to CNH for a small, annual amount.

September lunch menu Tuesday, September 1 Fish or veggie taco Roasted corn and tomato salad Black bean soup Chocolate avocado pudding

There will also be a 900-square-foot, commercial-grade kitchen, an approximately 700-square-foot multipurpose arts room, a children’s room, office space, a staff break room, and 51 parking spaces.

The new annex is scheduled to open sometime in 2018. In the meantime, to share news of the annex, we’ve created a ‘CNH Designed by GBL Architects and built by Wall Financial Corp., New Annex’ page and a ‘CNH Annex Blog’, both of which can be the annex will be built to LEED Gold standard, which means it found under the ‘About Us’ section of our website ( is designed to include water savings, energy efficient fixtures, We will also be sharing blog posts on social media, so anyone interested can ‘like’ us on Facebook (Collingwood Neighbourhood sustainable materials and a high-quality indoor environment, and that it will be built using sustainable construction practices. House (Official)) or follow us on Twitter (@collingwoodnh) to get regular updates on the progress of the annex. The annex will include a large multipurpose space with a Over the next few years, CNH will be busy fundraising, planning, sprung floor (like in a gymnasium or dance studio), and will have a sound system and some theatrical lighting. This space and preparing for the opening of the new annex. People who are interested in finding out how they can support CNH in completing could be used for dance or fitness classes, meetings, movie the annex can contact CNH Executive Director Jennifer Gray-Grant nights, family dances, celebrations, theatrical or musical performances, arts shows and receptions. at

New recreation programs CNH has several new recreation programs starting this fall, including a ‘Little People’s Art’ class and a ‘Belly Dance’ class.

Little People’s Art Class If you want your young child (ages 2 – 5) to explore their creative side and learn some basic art techniques, consider enrolling them in this class. The philosophy behind this class is that “art makes the world a beautiful place” and the approach followed is to “give kids opportunities to create original expressions of their learning in any way they like”. Children will learn about art materials and techniques and about colours and shapes. All materials will be provided, but parents are asked to bring an apron to protect their children’s clothing. Instructor Olga Kouts has broad experience in design, experience in teaching pre-school and primary school children creative art, and an Early Childhood Art Educator diploma. She loves art and craft projects and enjoys doing them with her little students! Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., September 23 – December

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2. $60 / 10 classes. No class November 11. Preregistration is required. Parent participation is optional.

Belly Dance class Some people may feel shy about joining a belly dance class, but everyone is welcome to join this class and no experience is necessary. And while belly dancing may seem like an exotic form of Middle-Eastern entertainment, dancers enjoy several real benefits. For starters, belly dance is a low impact form of exercise; it helps improve posture and muscle tone. And during class, participants require relaxation and concentration to learn new movements, so they achieve a kind of ‘dance meditation’. Also, the lively melodies and flowing movements of belly dance help to calm the mind and ensure that participants have a lot of fun. Instructor Monica Chavarriaga studied belly dance for 2 years at COMFAMA, an organization in Medellin, Colombia that promotes culture and education. She did belly dance presentations at theatres in Medellin and also taught private classes to office workers to help them exercise and relax after work. Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Drop-in $5.25 or $51.50 / 12 classes. FREE class on September 22.

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Thursday, September 3 Shepherd’s pie with brussels sprout bechamel sauce Kale and yellow bean salad Apple crumble Tuesday, September 8 Shredded beef or eggplant sandwich Green salad Cream of mushroom soup Peach cupcake Thursday, September 10 Beef or tofu stir-fry with rice Cold noodle salad Coconut jelly Tuesday, September 15 Tuna salad wrap Quinoa salad Roasted red pepper soup Chocolate bananas in puff pastry Thursday, September 17 Roast beef or vegetarian “sausage” Grilled peppers and red onions Potato salad Ice cream with chocolate ganache Tuesday, September 22 Chicken Caesar salad with garlic bread Minestrone soup Grilled glazed pears Thursday, September 24 Baked mac and cheese (optional ham) Green bean salad Cranberry strudel Tuesday, September 29 BLT with cheese (bacon or mushroom) Salad Cream of zucchini soup Pumpkin and pistachio tart **All the meals will have a vegetarian option.**

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September 2015


Are you Vancouver Kingsway or Vancouver South? New election boundaries

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Don Davies Vancouver Kingsway

I want to work for the things that matter to Kingsway families, like affordable housing, a sustainable economy, a better immigration system, $15 a day child care and retirement security.

Some election districts have changed for this year’s federal election on Monday, October 19. If you voted in Vancouver Kingsway or Vancouver South in the last election, you may be voting in a new electoral district this time. See the map and double check your district by typing your postal code under My voter information on this Elections Canada webpage: Source: Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Let’s take the next step together.

Campaign Office - 3006 Kingsway, Vancouver

604-428-3888 @DonDavies

Paid for and authorized by the official agent of the candidate.

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Fitness Centre Centre Area 7:30am-7pm 9am-10pm

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Licensed Preschool—Sep 2015-Jun 2016 (3-5yrs)

The licensed preschool runs from September 2015 tp June 2016. For information phone (604) 257-8391 or pick up an information pamphlet at the Centre office. Register now, spaces are filling up quickly. Tue/Thu $100/month 8:30-11:00am or 12:00-2:30pm Mon/Wed/Fri $150/month 8:30-11:00am or 12:00-2:30pm

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Hip Hop (7-12yrs)

Linda Phan   7-10yrs Mon 4:00-5:00pm Sep 21-Nov 30 $70/10 sess 10-12yrs Mon 5:00-6:00pm Sep 21-Nov 30 $70/10 sess

Women's Safety Workshop (18+yrs)

Van Police Dept. This workshop is a presentation about personal safety as well as hands on experience under the direction of VPD police women. It is fun and informative! Wear comfortable gym clothing. Thu 6:00-8:00pm Sep 10 Free


Afternoon at the Movies (55+yrs) Lunch and a movie. “The Devil Wear Prada” Tue 12:00-3:00pm Sep 15 Harrison Lake Cruise (55+yrs) Tue


Sep 15

$4.76/person $132.38/person

Fall Tour (55+yrs)

Come and join us on a tour to Thompson Creek Farm and Kilby Historic Site. Please bring a bagged lunch. Tour includes transportation and entrance fee to Kilby Historic Site. Thu 10:00am-3:00pm Sep 25 $19.05/person

Autumn Luncheon (55+yrs)

There will be a full lunch served, entertainment and door prizes. Pre registration required. Menu: Roast Pork and gravy, Roasted Root Vegetables, Autumn Vegetable Succotash, Pumpkin tarts. Wed 12:00-2:30pm Sep 30 $8.57/person

Moon Festival (All Ages) For more information go to Sat 4:00-8:45pm Sep 15

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Saturday, September 19, 2015 3:00pm–5:00pm Come and join in the fun! *Regular admission rates apply



September 2015


Second Annual Classic Car Show at Historic 2400 Motel by Paul Reid This past August 11th, the 2400 Motel hosted their 2nd Annual Classic Car Show. It was a beautiful sunny evening and a great turn out! Not only was the event a great opportunity to view the incredible vintage cars and motorcycles on display, it was a chance to raise money for the Vancouver Food Bank. All donations were greatly appreciated! The vehicles were brought in courtesy of the Vintage Car Club of Canada (Vancouver Chapter). A huge thank you also goes to our local sponsors: Midas Muffler, Bestway Meats, Subway, Canadian Tire, Fountain Tire, Harvey’s Furniture and Dulux Paint. The 2400 Motel, Collingwood’s own nostalgic drive-in motor court, provided a great backdrop to view these classic beauties.

If you missed the 2400 Classic Car Show this time around, be on the lookout for the third annual next summer.


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