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15th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, September 30 by June Lam

With fall fast approaching, Still Moon Arts Society has been preparing for the 15th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, held this year on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is a signature festival that celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance, while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The festival will highlight art, music, environmental stewardship and community participation. This year’s theme, Migrations, allows attendees to reflect on the global movements that occur every day, from the smallest of salmon fry to the largest of humans. Birds journey across land and sea to discover new places and build their nests; salmon and fish swim across vast oceans to spawn new life and continue the survival of their species and others; humans flow within and across boundaries to pursue new opportunities, reunite with loved ones or find safety. With the current issues in our world, these systems of movement have played a significant role in people’s identity and relationships. As you yourself move through the festival and experience the installations of this year’s event, we invite you to discover your own stories and how you relate to this year’s theme. Festival goers get ready at Slocan Park for the Twilight Lantern Walk. Photo by Ben Rosen-Purcell

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MOON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Harvest Fair: 4–6:45 pm Slocan Park The event gets under way with the Harvest Fair, which will feature live music, food and a booths from local organizations, artisans and non-profit groups. Another featured activity is the Harvest Fair, a home-grown harvest competition, which features entries by local gardeners of some of Renfrew-Collingwood’s best fruits, vegetables and flowers. Enter for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Twilight Lantern Walk: 6:45 pm The Twilight Lantern Walk begins with a moonlit parade from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park. Festival goers light their own lanterns and walk the trails along the ravine, accompanied by live music as darkness falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession will be invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by various art installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park. Lantern Festival: 7:15–8:30 pm Renfrew Park At nightfall, time slows down as participants absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music and the shimmering stream. Just outside of the stream, you’ll find musicians playing at the main stage, a Tea Garden full of delicious treats for you to enjoy, and a finale spectacle featuring dancing, stilting, fire spinning and fireworks. Leading up to the big day, there will be multiple lantern workshops throughout the month. Don’t have a lantern for the parade? For a small cost, varying between $10 and $25, come out to Slocan Hall (2750 E. 29th Avenue) to make one: Sept. 16: Advanced Lanterns (12–4 pm) - no instructor present Sept. 18, 19, 20: Bamboo Lanterns (4–7 pm) Sept. 21, 22: Globe Lanterns (4–7 pm) Sept. 23: Advanced Lanterns (12–4 pm) - no instructor present Sept. 25, 26: Globe Lanterns (4–7 pm) Sept. 27, 28: Glass Jar Lanterns (4–7 pm) For more information, visit or our Facebook page, @stillmoonarts. June Lam is the communications coordinator at Still Moon Arts Society. She graduated from the Leadership Program at Windermere Secondary and is currently attending the University of BC. She is also an avid volunteer and has been involved in the Renfrew-Collingwood community throughout her high school career.



September 2017

Moving past work-life balance by Stephen Elliott-Buckley I love your life plan! It’s informed by greatness, inspired by passion and based on your best assessment of how life could roll out. But, of course, it never follows a straight line, like many people think it will. This image, right, has been whipping around social media for a while, from this unknown author “ Julia.” There is so much going on in it! 1. We presume that life is linear. 2. We presume that things go up, because up is better. But hey, why not a circle, which can be more sustainable. 3. We presume a steadily flowing path. 4. These presumptions are pretty common sense, but rarely play out. But the graph on the right is right in so many ways: 1. On the surface, it looks very ornate and even flowery. This reflects that a straight line growth path in life may be pretty boring. 2. It is not efficient. And that’s great. 3. It curves back on itself quite a bit. And that’s the reality of growth, since we often need to learn lessons and achieve success through multiple trials. 4. It also suggests completely bailing on certain paths and re-directing in other directions. 5. The best part is that right at the beginning, there’s a pretty massive failure. But, there was a pretty healthy recovery almost immediately! Like life, eh?

and become a researcher, professor, a Path Consultant and—you guessed it—organizational design consultant. Full circle. Does this kind of path sound familiar? And as someone who has either attended or taught in K-12 and university for 40 years, January 1 means little to me. Labour Day is the start of my new year. September is my exciting month! Even in years when I wasn’t teaching or attending school, I would have trouble sleeping on that Labour Day Monday night, electrified with anticipation of the coming semester. So when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve never been compelled to use January as a petri dish for the new me, or a new version of me in all my work, family, friend, life relationships. So, let’s ignore the New Year’s Resolution

thing and think about optimizing our work-lifevocation-volunteering balance. And not just in January, but going forward, every month. Let’s embrace that curvy life plan! Stephen Elliott-Buckley is an executive coach for innovators and indispensables and an organizational design consultant helping companies and non-profits enrich employee and stakeholder engagement. A trainer and teacher since 1986, he is also a professor at Simon Fraser University, a poet and regular in Section F at Nat Bailey Stadium.

So where to go from here? New Year’s Resolutions may be a trap. Labour Day may be the more natural “start” of the year for you too, like me. Expecting life to flow in some kind of “order” may be a bit of an illusion. And working on just work-life balance isn’t enough. It’s important to integrate work-life-vocation-volunteering balance. It’s important to balance our work and integrate it into the key elements of our life. But since our broader vocation is likely much wider and deeper than our paid work, we need to find ways to satisfy our broader “work” interests without having to quit our job randomly. Further, people feel rich connections to communities by volunteering: giving to activities out of our over-abundance. Optimizing all four–work, life, broader vocation and volunteering–allows us to have a much richer and thicker line of life flow. And the goal isn’t to turn the graph on the right into the linear illusion on the left, but to make the curvy graph less stressful and traumatic. I started university studying commerce and organizational design before I had a vocational crisis, let my inner poet flower and became a high school English teacher. But since then, I’ve left teaching

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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

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The Venetian Ghetto: A Virtual Reconstruction: 1516–2017 A visual arts project at the Italian Cultural Centre, August to October 2017

by Angela Clarke

On July 25 the Italian Cultural Centre Museum (Il Museo) unveiled a new exhibition focusing on the history of the Jewish community in Venice from 1516 to 2017. The Venetian Ghetto: A Virtual Reconstruction: 1516–2017 is just one aspect of a three-part project ongoing this summer dealing with Venice and the legacy of the Jewish community in this historic city. It takes place at the same time is an art show Stories from the Stones of Venice curated by Linda Lando at the Zack Gallery at the Jewish Centre of Greater Vancouver. This art show consists of paintings of Venice and the Jewish Ghetto by two female Jewish artists, Rachel Singel and Iza Radinsky. The third component to this project features two plays performed this summer during Bard on the Beach, Vancouver’s annual Shakespeare festival. These plays are Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1605) and a new play, Shylock, written by Mark Leiren-Young. The former play focuses on the discriminatory attitudes which affected life in the Jewish community in 16th century Venice; and the latter play is a contemporary reaction to Shakespeare’s play and its uncomfortable themes.

and decorative and religious objects of material culture pertaining to life in the Jewish Ghetto circa 1516 to 1797. Other supporting materials consist of four virtual reconstructions of the synagogues, the cemetery, the architecture and the developments in the Venetian Jewish community after the advent of Napoléon in the late 1700s. One of the four digital installations is interactive enabling visitors to learn more about the growth, housing and social structures of this community.

strictions. Such adaptations affected the manner in which the Jewish community built their houses. They even affected the rituals required for the burial of their dead. For example, in order to remain consistent with the landowning restrictions the Jewish community built their houses upward, spreading their family and business life over many high but narrow floors. As well, the exhibition installations detail the alternate and circuitous routes required for Jewish boats taking the deceased to the cemetery. Jewish funeral corteges were frequently subject to disrespectful taunting en route and therefore diverse pathways had to be devised to maintain a solemn respect for the departed. These and many other adaptations shaped the growth and development of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice prior to the 1800s. The exhibition also demonstrates the freedoms brought about by Napoleon’s presence in Venice.

The exhibition ultimately tells the story of a community that adapted and thrived while cultural and religious restrictions were imposed upon them. In 1516 Doge Lorenzo Loredan, the chief magistrate of Venice, decreed that the Jewish community must be enclosed and confined to the district of the old Iron foundry referred to as the Ghetto in Venetian dialect. He placed a curfew on the community and added The Venetian Ghetto: A Virtual Reconstruction: 1516–2017 was first further restrictions on land ownership. The Doge also declared that members mounted in the Doges Palace in Venice between June and November of the Jewish community should wear a red hat as they conducted their daily 2016, created in honour of the Fifth business in the city to ensure they did This exhibition runs until OctoCentenary of the Jewish Ghetto in ber 30, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm Venice. The exhibition in Venice was not mingle with the larger Christian (Tuesday to Saturday). Admission extremely well received with reviews community undetected. is free. in the New York Times and Travel Maps and diagrams in this exhibition and Leisure Magazine. Angela Clarke is the director and demonstrated the nature and variety curator of Il Museo at the Italian Culof the cultural and social adaptaThe Italian Cultural Centre exhibit consists of 38 text panels and images tions made by the Jewish community tural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street at featuring historic maps, art, diagrams enabling them to work within these re- Grandview Highway, Vancouver. This three-part project is the culmination of partnerships with the Museum Association of Venice (MUVE), the Jewish Community in Venice, the Jewish Community of Greater Vancouver, and the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2017, as well as the Italian Cultural Centre.


Stories from the Stones of Venice The Art of Rachel Singel and Iza Radinsky Review by Meghan Kinnarny The current exhibition Stories from the Stones of Venice at the Zack Gallery located in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver features the artwork of Rachel Singel and Iza Radinsky. Each artist offers unique insight into the city of Venice and the historic Jewish Ghetto. Both artists impart different perspectives on the “city within a city,” as coined by Rachel Singel in her artistic statement. Through the work of these two artists and the mediums they employ, the pervasive view that Venice is purely a pretty picture, as Napoleon put it “the drawing room of Europe,” is greatly contested. The Zack Gallery exhibition is a compact glimpse behind the walls of Venice. Iza Radinsky’s oil-oncanvas paintings at the forefront of the gallery welcomes exhibit-goers with a rich, colourful brushwork, and glossy renditions of the architecture laden in Venice’s narrow streets. Using subtle cracked textures and industrial patterns, Radinsky conveys the beauty of Venice, and its rich history that has been built up over and over again – a city within a city. “Walking in Venice is like the most wonderful dream,” she says, and she definitely achieves this sense in her paintings. I was affected by Rachel Singel’s stark contrasts to Iza’s rich colours and subtle designs. Singel uses black ink and mulberry, flax and wax paper to frame structures unique to the Venetian Ghetto. Her printmaking vividly demonstrates the violent contrasts inherent in the buildings, etching onto paper the “emotions and soul of the city deep within” it. Her eerie imagery imparts a slightly sinister undertone. In the absence of colour, the viewer is better able to focus on fine details and lines, offering a raw and impressive perspective of the Venetian Ghetto. The works of these two artists together offer a perspective of a city in contrast, with images that are well known to travellers, such as gondoliers and canals, and the lesser-known Venice with its complex history, cultural tensions and its constant adaptation to its watery terrain. The Stories from the Stones of Venice exhibit is showcased in the Zack Gallery, at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver) , until September 3, from 8:30 to 10:30 pm (Monday to Thursday), 8:30 to Shabbat Closing (Friday), and 9 am to 9 pm (Sunday) with free admission.


September 2017

Easter Seals Camps making a difference by Mohini Takhar

“Camp is the best place on earth” is the famous phrase of Easter Seals BC/Yukon. Easter Seals provides accessible camps for children and more recently opened them up for young adults as well. These camps are extraordinary as they are designed for people with disabilities. They are located in Squamish, Winfield and Shawnigan. I have been going to Squamish for the past four years. One word to sum up my experience is “magical.” And yes, I am talking about the version with fairy dust and wishes. You can be your own superhero if you want. At Easter Seals campsites, anything is possible. At these campsites, children are able to face their fears and try things they have never done before. There is this activity called The Big Swing, but it essentially is ziplining. The first time I tried ziplining, I was probably thrilled but also terrified! The strangest thing is that it was the best feeling I’ve ever felt. That’s what this camp gives you. It will give you the opportunity to surprise yourself in wonderful ways. That’s the great thing about the camp. You can let go and be yourself, probably in ways you didn’t even know about. You kind of discover yourself and find the things you love. Being yourself. It’s a bigger and more complicated topic for people with disabilities. My 24-year-old friend Emily Anderson says, “Camp gives me a sense of belonging, a place where I can just be me and not worry about not fitting into either the abledbodied or disabled worlds.” Anderson uses a mixture of a crutch and a wheelchair to get around. She says, “When I was little, I didn’t want to

go to camp, but by the end of the week, I didn’t want to leave.” Once you go to one of these camps, you’re in it forever. Easter Seals makes summer camp possible for people who need minimal and maximum support. Those who require minimal support wouldn’t need a support worker to assist them at camp as there are more than enough camp counsellors to help. This makes it possible for children with disabilities to experience summer camp like anyone else would. The impact Easter Seals has on children and now adults is astonishing. Children have been going since they were six years old. Regardless if you’re in a wheelchair or not, you have the ability to be whoever you would like to be without limitations. It’s an amazing outlet that children can come back to every year. Throughout the years, I’ve become fierce and more confident. You have the opportunity to have random dance parties with some good friends and dance like nobody is watching. You tend to become a completely different person here, which is an amazing experience. Easter Seals BC/Yukon relies on community support and special events so campers can have this one-of-a-kind experience. If you would like to send a kid to camp, please consider signing up for their upcoming event Woman2Warrior on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Swangard Stadium. Woman2Warrior is an untimed, five-kilometre run through grass, trail and track, featuring top-secret obstacles designed to test strength, agility, determination and endurance. To register check out Mohini Takhar graduated from Windermere Secondary and currently studies at Douglas College. In her spare time, she enjoys working with children and reading. She has spoken at events on behalf of the Centre for Child Development and is the 2016 recipient of the BC Council for Exceptional Children Yes I Can! award in the category of selfadvocacy.


September 2017


Collingwood Corner: Check out Nostalgic Vancouver Facebook

by Loretta Houben

It’s such fun to see old photos like this one, showing the Derksen family near their home in Collingwood, on 45th Avenue. It was taken in front of an accumulator tank, which was situated at a relatively high point in the neighbourhood to aid in maintaining water pressure in the area. This tank was replaced by a below-ground reservoir in Central Park, but I don’t know the exact date. The one in the photo was one or two blocks west of Boundary Road on the north side of the street. I read about this interesting subject on the Nostalgic Vancouver Facebook page, which is quite entertaining when it comes to information and memories from people who once lived in the Collingwood area of Vancouver. If you have any old photos to share we’d love to see them! Simply send them to the Dave and Mary Derksen with their children Danny on the left and baby Gary, on 45th Avenue near Boundary Road, editor rccnews-editorial@cnh. 1951. Submitted by Gary Derksen with a brief description. Il Museo Ghetto Renfrew Ad-Press 11/07/17



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The dark of the matinee: Cinematheques of downtown Vancouver by John Mendoza It is a vibrant scene at the Vancouver International Film Centre in downtown Vancouver. Upon entering, one cannot help but notice the large two-storey atrium, allowing the gentle light of an late summer evening to pour through the tall windows. To the right of the lobby is the concession, scent of fresh popcorn in the air. Because the movie is not rated, the screening is limited to adults only, and some adult moviegoers order a glass of wine. Entering the theatre, most of the comfy seats are now occupied. But after climbing the stairs, there’s more seating options available in the balcony. Settling back into the chair in the front row, the timing couldn’t be better as the lights dim, and the screen flickers to life with sound and moving images. While single-screen movie theatres are in decline in most areas (including Renfrew-Collingwood, which lost its own), downtown Vancouver is fortunate to have two of them. The catch is that they aren’t conventional movie theatres – they are cinematheques. Downtown Vancouver has two cinematheques: the Pacific Cinematheque at 1131 Howe Street and the Vancouver International Film Centre at 1181 Seymour Street. These two cinematheques are very different from commercial movie theatres. The most obvious difference is the need for a patron to purchase an annual membership. It’s $3 for a membership at the Pacific Cinematheque and $2 for a membership at the Vancouver International Film Festival Centre. The memberships are a requirement of provincial law; only a film society member is allowed to view an unrated film.

However, once a membership is purchased for a particular cinematheque, it’s valid for the year, and if a film goer wants to attend another film, one simply shows the valid membership at the door. Another difference that distinguishes cinematheques like the Vancouver International Film Centre and the Pacific Cinematheque is the wide array of different film programming offered throughout the year. Cinematheques will often screen those films sometimes overlooked by commercial theatres, such as documentaries and foreign films. Sometimes cinematheques will run programs according to a particular criterion. For example, in August, Pacific Cinematheque usually runs a program dedicated to the genre of film noir, and in January of this year, the Vancouver International Film Centre hosted a program of classic and contemporary Italian cinema. Cinematheques are keen to be involved in the community, too. Many years ago, a Vancouver International Film Centre screening of Endless Summer, a landmark documentary about surfing from the 1960s, also hosted the Vancouver chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a charity “dedicated to the protecting and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches” where volunteers raised money and provided information about the state of the world’s aquatic environments.

Finally, going to a cinematheque often contains some of the graces that still make viewing a movie in a theatre attractive. Whether it’s the unusual seasonings for their concession popcorn at the Pacific Cinematheque or the comfortable seating at the Vancouver International Film Centre, cinematheques offer a viable alternative to the sometimes predictable fare at the commercial movie theatre. How to get there using transit: Skytrain westbound from Joyce Collingwood to Granville Station; transfer to a bus travelling south on Granville Street; disembark at intersection of Granville and Davie Street; both cinematheques are within a one to two block radius of that intersection. For more information on Vancouver International Film Centre, go to www.viff. org. The Vancouver International Film Festival, VIFF 2017, runs September 28 to October 13. For more information on Pacific Cinematheque, go to

Join the Collingwood Heritage Committee by Paul Reid Are you a local heritage buff? Or a resident with stories and photos to share? We are encouraging one and all, old or young, to come out and join us at our monthly Collingwood heritage committee meetings. We are blessed to live in a community with such a wonderfully rich history. Check out these cool photos of CollingJoyce Street: Then and Now. The photo on the left was taken in September of 1911. On the right, we can wood from over 100 years ago. If you have some old photos, bring them to one of our see the development that has taken place over 100 years. Remarkably, the first building on the right side meetings and maybe we can help you to do of the street is still standing today. a ‘Then and Now’ like these to the right. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 4th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Staff Lounge at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. We are also looking for anyone who may have curator/archival skills, as well as people who may have connections with community groups: ie. Filipino, Chinese, Italian, etc. who would like to share their community photos and stories.

Left: In this photo taken in 1913, from Kingsway, one can see the two buildings on Joyce Street that are still standing today, pictured above. Will they be saved?


September 2017


The Seniors Connection

Killarney Community Centre day trips

Trip to Peace Arch Park. Thanks for the Killarney Community Centre picnic. Fun, I walked practically the whole park perimeter, discovered cacti and a wedding. Jul. 17, 2017

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Beautiful Galiano Island despite murky sky and air quality. Aug. 9, 2017. This is a white-shelled beach.

September bus trips out of Killarney Community Centre

A long day trip to Vancouver Island. Wonderful day. Boarded adventure bus at 6:45 am at Killarney Community Centre. Off to Hatley Castle, Fort Rodd and Fisgard Lighthouse. Jul. 31, 2017

SENIORS’ ACTIVITIES FOR SEPTEMBER September 11th // Birthdays and Bingo

from 1:15 – 3pm Multipurpose Room Join us for FREE cake and a celebration of the September birthdays and play Bingo! There is no cost for this program but please bring $2 or a small prize worth $2.

September 18th // World Cafe

Seniors on the Move A new free program that offers door-to-door

transportation service to Non- medical social outings & returning you to your own front door! It is a regional transportation model, designed to improve transportation options for seniors to connect them with friends, community and society.

Walking Club

from 1:15 – 3pm Multipurpose Room Join our casual conversation circle to talk about current topics and events from around the world! It is a great chance to make friends while developing your intercultural communication skills. FREE Activity.

Every Monday and Wednesday 10:30am-12 FREE! Our walking club explores local parks and areas. Please meet with Walking Club Group at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (front desk area).

September 21st // Karaoke

Coffee Social

from 1:15-3pm (Third Thursday of every month) Multipurpose Room All are welcome! Join us and sign along or listen. Music in different languages. FREE Activity.

September 25th // Transit Training Workshop

from 1:15 – 3pm (The workshop may end earlier) Multipurpose Room In this workshop, we will cover: -Translink services -Different & alternative modes of transportation -How to effectively use the compass system -Security, safety & etiquette tips -How to get information & help *Chance to win a free compass card!

Every Thursday 10:15-11:15am Childminding Room Come socialize, chat, laugh and listen at our coffee social. Cost is $1. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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6260 Killarney Street 604-718-8200 For more info visit https://killarneycentre. ca/programs/senior/bus-trips/ Saturday, Sept 9, 2017, 8:15am to 4:45pm BC Vintage Truck Museum, Fraser Valley Heritage Rail the Olive Garden Register online: The BC Vintage Truck Museum is a rare truck collection from 1914 to 1955. Learn about the history of B.C. through the unique stories of these trucks which helped shape the development of our province. The original 1881 Surrey Town Hall is also part of this museum. After the Truck Museum the group will have lunch at the only Olive Garden in B.C. then visit the original BC Electric Railway Route through Surrey in an original Interurban car and have a barn tour of the restoration process of the Interurban cars. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 7:30am to 7:30pm Royal BC Museum (Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada Exhibit) and Victoria Harbour Register online: Search/bus-trip-royal-bc-museum/117211 Celebrate the achievements of one of Canada’s greatest heroes: Terry Fox. This young man from Port Coquitlam, B.C., set out to run across Canada in what he called a Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. In summer 1980 Terry began his 143-day, 5,300 kilometre journey, starting in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sadly, Terry’s cancer returned and he was forced to finish his run in Thunder Bay, Ont. After the museum we visit Victoria Harbour.

Dear Neighbours, Fall Sitting of the Legislature September is here and that means it’s back to school -- and for us in government -back to the Legislature for its first sitting. On Sept 8th, 2017, the Legislature will reconvene and the new government will outline its priorities for the year. Expect a range of legislation to help improve the lives of everyday British Columbians, from tackling the housing crisis for renters and aspiring home-owners, to increasing the minimum wage, and eliminating MSP fees. As your new Minister of Health, my priorities are to enable British Columbians to live healthier and longer lives and ensure they get the best care possible when they do get sick. I want to focus on our seniors, to improve the quality of care they receive at home and under supervision, and make sure that everyone can afford the prescriptions they need. We will work hard to reduce wait-times at hospitals, as evidenced by our plan to build two new hospitals across the province, and I am excited to visit hospitals across the province over my tenure. Doctors, nurses, and health care professionals are the backbone of our health care system and deserve so much credit for the hard work and long hours they put in everyday. I’m looking forward to working together with every one of them to build new and meaningful relationships in the months and years to come. Join me at the Moon Festival, Sept 30th! On Saturday, September 30th, the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival will take place at Slocan Park, next to the 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station. I am delighted to be participating as a judge in the Harvest Fair again this year. Bring your veggies! The Moon Festival is a wonderful combination of Asian and western harvest celebrations, and also an excellent opportunity to reflect on the Renfrew Ravine’s place in our environment. Our office will have a table up for the duration and we look forward to seeing you there!



September 2017

Renfrew-Collingwood grocery Banana Grove celebrates 25 years

August 2017, new and long-time customers came out in droves to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Banana Grove, a grocery store at 22nd Avenue and Slocan Street. Bob Ling has worked there for 23 years and he and his wife Anna took over the store 11 years ago. In addition to the deals tucked neatly in every nook and cranny of the store, there is a full-service deli (make sure you get a number, it’s always busy) and a wide selection of fresh produce and quality meats. Photos by Julie Cheng E

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Recreation Programs: Fall 2017

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. Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 3) with parent participationIn 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 19-November 21, 3:40-4:25 pm. $55/10 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 19-November 21, 4:30-5:15 pm. $55/10 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 4-6 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. Mondays, September 18-December 4, 4:00-5:00 pm. $75/ 10 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on October 9th and Nov 13th Little People’s Art (Ages 2-5) 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 20-November 29, 10:30 to 11:30 am $55/10 classes. (Pre-registration required)

Children’s Recreation Programs at CNH Kids Hip-Hop Class (Ages 9-12) (New) Time to bust a move! Come join in on the fun and learn basic Hip Hop. Breakdance and Party Grooves to get down to your favorite music. A great way to exercise and keep the party alive! Thursdays, September 21-December 7, 4:30pm-5:20pm $50/11 classes. No class on October 26th Kids Hip-Hop Class (Ages 7-8) (New) Time to bust a move! Come join in on the fun and learn basic Hip Hop. Breakdance and Party Grooves to get down to your favorite music. A great way to exercise and keep the party alive! Thursdays, January 19-March 9, 3:40pm-4:25pm $50/11 classes. No class on October 26th 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 20-November 29. $66/11 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Ages 9-12: 3:45-4:45 pm Ages 6-8: 4:50-5:50 pm 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 16-November 25 $106/10 Sessions. (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) No class on November 11th 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 19-November 28 Ages 5–7: 4:15-5:15 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 5:15-6:45 pm (intermediate and advanced) $77/11 classes. Wednesdays, September 20-November 29 Ages 7-10: 4:00-5:00 pm Ages 11 and over: 5:00-7:00 pm (all levels) $77/11 classes. Saturdays, September 16-December 2. Ages 5-7: 9:15-10:15 am (beginners and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 10:15-11:45 am (intermediate and advanced) $77/11 classes. No class on November 11 $17.00 annual insurance fee must be paid directly to the gymnastics instructor Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 7-12) 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 18-December 4 5:00-6:00 pm. $75/10 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on October 9th and November 13th Arts and Crafts for Children (Ages 6-9) Children will learn a variety of visual art media, methods and contents in a free-flowing, 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 16-December 2, 10:00-12:00 noon. $72/ 11 classes or $6.75/drop-in (includes supplies). No class on November 11th Children’ 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. Tuesdays, September 19-December 5 Ages 9-12: 5:30 – 6:30 pm $55/11 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Thursdays, September 21-December 7 Ages 6-8: 3:45-4:45 pm $55/11 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 18-December 4, 4:00-5:15 pm. $50/10 classes. (Pre-registration required). No class on October 9th and November 13th 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 17-November 26, 5:00-6:30 pm. $45/ 10 classes. (Pre-registration required) No class Nov. 12 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, nonfiction, poetry, and letters. There are weekly homework assignments. Fridays, 6:00-8:00 pm. To be announced. $60/6 Sessions.

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Recreation Programs: Fall 2017 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 16-December 2, 11:45-12:30 pm. $49.50/11 classes plus $40 for the baton. (Pre-registration is required). No class on November 11th

Adult Recreation Activities at CNH Our adult recreation pass is available at a cost of $45/12 sessions starting April 1, 2016; this pass can be used for the following activities: Volleyball, Badminton, and Soccer.

Our fitness recreation pass is available for $54/12 sessions starting April 1, 2016; this pass can be used for the following activities: Jazzercise, Yoga, Zumba, Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Pilates. A single drop-in fee for these activities is $5.50; you will save $12.00 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: $5.50. 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: $5.50. 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, 5:30-6:30 pm Fridays, 6:00-7:00 pm Saturdays, 11:15-12:15 pm Sundays, 12:45-1:45 pm. Drop-in: $5.50. 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. Drop-in: $5.50 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: $5.50. 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:$5.50 Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 noon-1:00 pm. Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 am 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. $45/12 sessions or $4.50 drop-in. Program on-going. Start day Sept 12 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 $45/12 sessions. Program is on-going 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. Program ongoing Thursdays, 6:45-8:30 pm. Sundays, 10:15-12:15 pm. Drop-in: $4.50. Program is on-going.

Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH Qigong (NEW) Baduanjin Qigong, this gentle program uses calisthenics, stretching and breathing exercises to increase circulation of vital energy (Qi) to maintain good health and fight decease. This exercise is particularly suitable for those who find Taichi complicated and physically demanding. Tuesdays from 9:30am-10:30 am. $3.75 drop-in or senior discount passes $37.00 Starting date: Sept 5th to Nov 21st Karaoke Come to sing, come to listen, come to dance and have fun! We have access to a wide variety of music in different languages. Every third Thursday of the month, 1:30pm-3:00pm. FREE Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners This program is meant for seniors who are interested in the art of Chinese calligraphy. It contains a brief history of Chinese calligraphy and introduces the basic elements of the standard Chinese calligraphy script known as “Kaishu”, with step by step instructions for each of the 8 basic strokes. Practicing Chinese calligraphy can help with emotional stability, stress relief, concentration, and cognition. Thursdays 2:00pm-3:30pm, $60/10 classes. Pre-registration is required. Aug 3rd – Oct 5th and Oct 12th – Dec 14th Maximum 14 participants. No class Oct 26th 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; Thursdays, 1:15-2:15 pm; Fridays 12:40-1:40pm $3.25 drop-in Program ongoing. No class Oct 26th and Dec 8th 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 ongoing. No class Nov 11th 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; $3.25 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program ongoing. Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in Relax, renew and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation. Mondays and Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am. Second Thursday of the month 8:45am-9:45am. $3.25 drop-in. Program ongoing. No class July 3rd, Aug 7th, Sept 4th, Oct 9th, Oct 26th, Nov 13th 24 Forms Simplified 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 $3.25. Program ongoing. No class July 3rd, Aug 7th, Sept 4th, Oct 9th, Nov 13th, Dec 8th 32 Form Tai Chi Sword Tai Chi Sword 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 and 12:30-1:30pm; $3.75 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. 42/48 Forms Tai Chi For Seniors 42 Tai Chi condensed version of the 48 Form Tai Chi embracing four major styles namely Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun as the official competition routine for international tournaments. This form enhances body balance, relaxation, concentration, and nurturing good health. 42 Tai Chi: Mondays, 11:45am-12:45 pm 48 Tai Chi: Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am $3.75 drop-in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. No class July 3rd, Aug 7th, Sept 4th, Oct 9th, Nov 13th, Dec 8th 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 11:00am – 12:00pm and Fridays 11:30am – 12:30pm; $3.25 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program ongoing. No class Dec 8th Chinese Classical Dance for Adults and Seniors These dances 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, 9:30am-11:00am. Fridays, 12:00-1:30 pm. $5.25 drop-in. No class Dec 8th 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 walk on July 3rd, Aug 7th, Sept 4th, Oct 9th, Nov 13th, Monday Fun-Day Group (Seniors’ Wellness Group) This group meets weekly for a variety of activities. Please ask reception for current schedule. Join the group for “Birthdays & Bingo” on the first Monday of every month. Bring small price or $2.00 Mondays 1:15-3:00pm. Cost $2.00, unless otherwise noted. No program on public holidays


September 2017

Get Involved Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute seeks urban agriculture volunteers Are you eager to get your hands dirty and learn more about sustainable and organic growing practices? The local food security institute is currently looking for more volunteers for the Rooftop Garden at Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Norquay Orchard. Come join the team at the Rooftop Garden and the Norquay Orchard! Volunteers will be able to take home produce and have many garden workshop opportunities. Contact Irene Mella at to apply. For more volunteer opportunities with Collingwood Neighbourhood House, visit volunteering/.

New door-to-door transportation for seniors

The Collingwood Seniors Program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House has started a new service for seniors through Seniors on the Move. The focus of this service is connecting seniors to social activities. Volunteer drivers provide personalized door-to-door transportation services to seniors. To refer senior clients or volunteer drivers, or to find more information, contact the seniors program coordinator at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 604-435-0323, extension 227.

Wednesday, Sept. 13. Free at 3 fundraiser to benefit diabetes Lace up your shoes and leave the office behind to help fight diabetes! This event encourages British Columbians to get active while raising vital funds for diabetes. Every three minutes another Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes. A healthy and active lifestyle may help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, Diabetes Canada is encouraging B.C.’s workforce to leave work at 3 pm to get active while helping to put an end to diabetes by participating in Free at 3. Today 1.5 million British Columbians are living with diabetes or prediabetes—a figure projected to increase if we don’t act now. Regular physical activity not only helps prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes; it improves sleep quality, decreases stress and improves mental health. “Yoga, an office boot camp, a walk on your lunch break—it all counts! Get your organization on board and start planning your Free at 3 activities and let’s put an end to diabetes!” says Sheila Kern, regional director for British Columbia and Yukon with Diabetes Canada. For more information or to register, visit

SEPTEMBER CULTURAL ACTIVITIES August 1 to October 7 Artist Pop-Up Studio on Joyce St. Still Moon Arts Society is running 5050 Joyce Pop-Up Studio at 5050 Joyce St. from now until October 7. The space is prioritized for local community arts and culture initiatives. It’s a brilliant space that will present many opportunities! So if you or someone you know is interested in space for your project/workshop/event, you can sign up via the online booking system or email Emily Chan at Saturday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 Social Culture Club Collingwood Neighbourhood House Share your skills in sewing, knitting and craft making 10 am–12 pm Free. Drop-in


Sunday, Sept. 10 Annual Pig Roast Royal Canadian Legion Branch 179 Grandview-Collingwood 2205 Commercial Drive 3 pm By donation Proceeds of this event go to the Poppy Fund. Tuesday, Sept. 12 Community Conversation Café Collingwood Library 2985 Kingsway at Rupert Meet up with neighbours and make new friends. Topic this month: “What am I here for? What’s my purpose?” 7–8:30 pm Free. Everyone welcome! Friday, Sept. 22 First Coffee House First Lutheran Church 5745 Wales Street Are you a closet singer, dancer, poet, story teller, ukulele player?! Or an experienced performer wanting to try out new material? This is the place for you! A low-key, supportive space to share your passion and join your community for a fun evening of diverse talents! FOURTH FRIDAY of every month 7–9 pm Entrance and refreshments, by donation. For further info call Shannon at 778-328-1874 or email Every Tuesday and Thursday in September Collingwood Summer Market Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Gently used clothing and household goods for sale. Everything under $5! 11 am–2 pm


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Programs at Collingwood Neighbourhood House: 5288 Joyce Street at Euclid; Phone: 604-435-0323 We are closed on September 4, Labour Day

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

Sundays Badminton (Ages 19+), 10:15 am - 12:15 pm Zumba, 12:45 - 1:45 pm Wushu (Children), 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Wednesdays Chinese Classical Dance (Adults & Seniors) , 9:30 Mondays - 11:00 am Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in, 9:00 - 10:00 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (24 Form), 10:30 - 11:30 am Little People’s Art (Ages 2 - 5), 10:30 - 11:30 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Seniors’ Strength & Stretch , 11:00 am - 12:00 Seniors’ Tai Chi (42 Form), 11:45 am - 12:45 pm noon Zumba Steps, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm 32 Form Tai Chi Sword , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm & Seniors’ Wellness Group, 1:15 - 3:00 pm 12:30 - 1:30 PM (A variety of activities and trips. Times vary. Zumba, 12:05 - 1:05 pm Pick-up schedule at reception.) 7:15 - 8:15 pm Basketball, 4:00 - 5:15 pm Gentle Chair Yoga, 1:45 - 2:45 pm Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 4 - 5), 4:00 - 5:00 pm Floor Hockey, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 4:50 - 5:50 pm (Ages 5 1/2 and up), 5:00 - Children Gymnastic (Ages 7 - 10) 4:00 - 5:00 pm 6:00 pm (Ages 11+), 5:00 - 7:00 pm Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Volleyball (drop-in) , 8:30 - 10:15 pm Men’s and Women’s Basketball, 8:30 - 10:15 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

Thursdays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop in, 9:00 - 10:00 am NOTE: Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 8:45 - 9:45 am 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 - 8), 3:40 - 4:25 pm (Ages 9 - 12), 4:30 - 5:20 pm Zumba Adults, 5:15 - 6:15 pm Hatha Yoga, 6:45 - 8:15 pm Drop-in Badminton (Adult), 6:45 - 8:30 pm Drop-in Soccer (Adult), 8:30 - 10:00 pm Fridays Zumba Toning, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Bo Jan Cho Exercise, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ 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 Zumba, 6:00 - 7:00 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 Children Gymnastics, (Ages 5 - 7), 9:15 - 10:15 am (Ages 7 - 10, intermediate and beginners), 10:15 11:45 am Senior Drop-in Badminton, 2:30 - 4:15 pm

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

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

Special Hours of Operation Labour Day Weekend Pool Sat Sep 2 Sun Sep 3 Mon Sep 4

8:30am-4pm 1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm

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9:30am-4pm Closed 1pm-5pm 10:30am-5:30pm 1pm-5pm Closed

Closed early for Staff Training Pool Fitness Ctr Centre Area Fri, Sep 1




Workshops Birthday Party Volunteer Training (13-18yrs)

If you want to be a birthday party leader one day at Renfrew Park Community Centre, attending this training and volunteering at birthday parties will give you the much needed experience! 129801 Th Sep 14 3:30pm-5:30pm Free

Renfrew Draw Down (All Ages)

Join us for our FREE, all ages drawing workshop to celebrate nature and the Renfrew Ravine. Come to create art in a safe and creative environment to take home or put on display! 130601 Sa Sep 23 11:00am-2:00pm Free

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Saturday, Sept 2nd from 2:00pm–4:00pm

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

Program Highlights Music and Movement (2-4yrs) Miriam Davidson Children explore basic musical concepts, singing songs, playing and having fun. 128454 Fr Sep 15-Dec 1 10:00-10:45am $66/12 sess FUNdamentals - Gymnastics

Jump Gymnastics Inc

Baby FUNdamentals (6-12mon) Parent participation required. 125674 We Sep 13-Dec 6 9:30-10:15am

$130/13 sess

Toddler FUNdamentals (1-1.5yrs) Parent participation required. No session Oct 28, Nov 11 125678 Sa Sep 16-Dec 2 11:00-11:45am $100/10 sess FUNdamentals 1 (2-3yrs) Parent participation required. 125675 We Sep 13-Dec 6 10:45-11:30am

$130/13 sess

No session Oct 28, Nov 11. 125679 Sa Sep 16-Dec 2 12:45-1:30pm

$100/10 sess

FUNdamentals 2 (4-6yrs) 125676 We Sep 13-Dec 6 11:30am-12:15pm $130/13 sess 125680 125677


No session Oct 28, Nov 11 Sep 16-Dec 2 1:30-2:15pm $100/10 sess


No session Oct 28, Nov 11 Sep 16-Dec 2 2:30-3:15pm $100/10 sess

Youth Open Gym & Games Area & Youth Social Fr

Sep 7-Dec 15 4:00-9:55pm

Finish Strong Basketball Development (9-15yrs)

David Knight

For more information about Finish Strong Basketball, please email Th Sep 14-Nov 30 9-12yrs 128386 4:30pm-5:30pm $108/12 sess 13-15yrs 128385 5:30pm-6:30pm $108/12 sess

Youth Council (13-18yrs) Paula Parman Join the Renfrew Youth Council and help shape the vision of youth involvement in the community. If you have completed the Pre Teen Leadership program consider registering in Youth Council! 126530 Th Sep 21-Dec 7 5:15-6:45pm Free with OneCard Portrait Drawing for Beginners (55+yrs) Ricardo Rivas Drawing a portrait of yourself or of someone you know is the most difficult of all subjects to draw. A simple step by step drawing guide to assist the budding artist to learn to draw portraits. 121466 Tu Sep 19-Oct 17 1:00-2:30pm

$20/5 sess

Special Events Sunshine Coast/ Smuggler Cove (55+yrs) 120466


Sep 14


Enjoy Tour & Travel $113.33/person

Autumn Luncheon (55+yrs) Niclas Galdamez 119439 We Sep 20 12:00pm-2:30pm $8.57/person


September 2017


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


CNH’s Indigenous youth C.R.E.W. canoe club participates in Pulling Together Canoe Journey by Norman Hill CNH’s Indigenous youth C.R.E.W. (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Work) canoe club recently participated in the annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey, an event which brings together members of First Nations and members of Canada’s police and other public service agencies. On this year’s journey, participants travelled from the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver. As always, the CNH Indigenous youth participants had a great time.

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

Sept lunch menu Tuesday, September 5 Creamy squash soup Chicken wings with potato cake Salad Strawberry almond cake

The scene on the beach at the Gathering of Canoes event. Photo by Doug Clement

Near the end of the journey, the participants arrived in twenty canoes at Vanier Park for the Gathering of Canoes event, at which Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh chiefs gave the nearly 350 paddlers permission to come ashore in a traditional ceremony.

CNH’s Indigenous Youth C.R.E.W. Program Coordinator Jillian Hildebrand said, “We had a blast on this year’s canoe journey. Along the way, we experienced some very challenging waters, were greeted by a black bear and met some amazing new people we hope to connect with again. We want to thank the four host nations of Sechelt, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish for the warm welcome and amazing opportunity to visit and connect with their communities, land and waters. We also want to thank all the organizers of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey for coordinating such an amazing event.” The history of relations between Canada’s First Nations and its police and public service agencies has not always been good. That’s what makes the Pulling Together Canoe Journey so special; it’s an event that brings the two communities

Verna Kate Smith, one of the C.R.E.W. paddlers and a program leader. Photo by Doug Clement

together in a positive way. Participants from both groups travel together on the eight to ten day canoe journeys on British Columbia’s waterways. The goal is reconciliation by learning and understanding each other’s cultures. As it turns out, a canoe is the perfect vehicle for reconciliation between the two sides, because in a canoe the paddlers must all learn to “pull together” to progress through the journey. CNH would like to offer our sincere thanks to Wendy Au, Assistant City Manager at the City of Vancouver, who was very supportive of the Collingwood Indigenous youth C.R.E.W.’s participation in the 2017 Pulling Together Canoe Journey. We’d also like to thank Doug Clement, who took some of the photos. For more information on CNH’s Indigenous youth C.R.E.W program, visit http://www. youth-activities/ To learn more about the Pulling Together Canoe Journey, go to https://

CNH Director of Youth Services Vive Wong (left) and Assistant City Manager of Vancouver Wendy Au (right), in front of one of the two CNH canoes that participated in the journey.

Register now for CNH’s fall Recreation programs As children head back to school in September, it’s a great time to get them involved in a regular recreation program that will complement their studies. September is also a good time for adults to join a recreation program so they can develop a good physical fitness routine that will keep them active through our usually wet fall weather (note that the adults drop-in sports programs, such as volleyball and soccer, will re-open in the second week of September). CNH has a wide range of recreation programs for people of all ages—check out the options in the Recreation insert in this paper or visit CNH’s website at for all the details. This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thursday, September 7 Beef stir fry / Tofu with chow mein Salad Ginger pudding Tuesday, September 12 Borscht soup Roast beef / vegetable sandwich Salad Oat muffin Thursday, September 14 Butter chicken / veggie option on rice Salad Walnut cookies Tuesday, September 19 Roasted pepper soup Chili with corn bread Salad Almond cookies Thursday, September 21 Pasta with prawns in creamy sauce Salad Pineapple upside down cake Tuesday, September 26 Black bean soup Salmon / veggie burger Salad Vanilla cup cake Thursday, September 28 Meat or veggie loaf with potatoes Salad Chocolate cookies



September 2017

The Collingwood Business Improvement Association’s Clean Street Team, which has worked so hard over the years to keep Kingsway between Boundary and Rupert Street clean, are members of Mission Possible (MP). MP provides training and transitional work opportunities for those in recovery from addiction and mental health crisis. Having started with graffiti removal in 2010, Mission Possible has grown to include landscaping, building and property cleaning and more. Today, MP Maintenance has grown into an award-winning social enterprise with a fleet of maintenance vehicles and over a half-million in sales revenue. They have also given over 100 people a renewed sense of dignity and purpose. “Our seasoned supervisors deliver quality services while training and mentoring our program participants,” says Mission Possible CEO Brian Postlewait. Indeed, we have proven that, given the right opportunity, in the right place, at the right time, people will make remarkable contributions to our community. “Now we are

building a continuum of support to provide opportunities to more people who are ready, willing and able. All they need is a hand up.” Angela Evans of the CBIA says, “The members of the Collingwood BIA are very happy to have the Clean Street Teams out four to five times a week, keeping the streets clean and making the BIA area a pleasant experience. We appreciate all the team players and give a huge thank you to the Coast Foundation Society and Mission Possible.” The Clean Street Team has found the people of Collingwood to be friendly. “They say hello and are very nice. It’s nice when people compliment us. Angela at the CBIA is also very nice.” Pet peeves among the team include people who steal flowers out of the planter boxes, or use them as garbage bins. Another thing that would help the team to keep the community beautiful is if each business would try to keep the area in front of their store clean.

CBIA UPDATES l 2017 Annual General Meeting – September 27th @ 5:30p.m. to 7p.m. at Green Thumb Theatre All property and business owners, business operators are invited to join us in networking, reviewing and celebrating the Collingwood BIA’s past year, and to hear about the future plans. The CBIA is in the renewal process and will be pursuing another seven year mandate to continue the programs and initiatives. New street furniture, new branding, improving our street safety and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and future leaders. It’s an opportunity to meet the CBIA staff and board and fellow members. Annual General Meeting packages will be mailed or hand delivered to all businesses between Boundary and Rupert along Kingsway including Tyne, Harold and one block of Joyce Street. Call or email to reserve your seat 604.639.4403 or l 10 New Planter Boxes in Collingwood As you walk along Kingsway you may have noticed a few more planter boxes. We added 10 more in August to add to the 20 that are have lined Kingsway for the past ten years. We would like to thank the business who have adopted a box to help water and tend to the flowers. Please continue and contact the CBIA if you have any issues. l Collingwood International Film Fest 2017 The CBIA and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre would like to thank everyone for coming out the movies in the park. It’s wonderful to see the families out and enjoying the parks and then watching a fun family movie with a theme of different countries. See you all next year.

Business Crime Prevention Tips Booklet The Vancouver Police Foundation helped fund a Business Crime Prevention booklet this year. The Collingwood Guardians are handing them out to the business while they are patrolling the area. If you would like one call our office and we will have one delivered to you immediately. It’s a very useful handbook with great tips to help make your business safer for you and your employees. Turn Down the Heat 2017 This year’s dates are for the week of November 4th to 10th. We will be asking businesses to collect warm clothing (coats, hats, mittens, blankets, sweater etc.) all clothing items will be donated to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Homeless Committee. Sign up your business as a drop off centre for your customers, contact the CBIA office 604.639.4403. Join the Board Do you have great ideas and want to help shape the Collingwood BIA’s future please come to a meeting and join the board or a committee. Every little help goes a long way. Contact Angela at


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Guacamole for justice

September 2017


by Emma Warner Chee

On August 23rd, the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute partnered with the Migrant Workers Dignity Association to offer a workshop called Guacamole: A Cooking Lesson for Justice. The Migrant Workers Dignity Association is a non-profit that supports migrant workers in learning and advocating for their rights, as well as in educating the public about the injustices faced by migrant Making the guacamole. Photo courtesy of the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute workers. Through an interactive, theatrical cooking lesson, participants made guacamole and learned about the injustices facing temporary farmer workers who grow our food, such as having to work long hours without overtime pay, being unable to access medical care and working in unsafe conditions. After the workshop, workers answered questions from participants and share some of their personal experiences. The Food Security Institute aims to provide space for critical conversations about food systems. Join the institute on Thursday, September 21 for a screening of Min Sook Lee’s 2016 film Migrant Dreams (distributed by Cinema Politica), a documentary that explores the experiences of seasonal agricultural workers in Canada. A facilitated discussion will follow the film. Please see the blog or pick up an activity schedule from Collingwood Neighbourhood House for more information about this and other great events!

Logan the goat chews up Renfrew Ravine invasive plants On a Sunday morning in August in the Renfrew Ravine, about 20 enthusiastic volunteers turned out -plus one goat. They were all there to pull, dig or munch invasive Himalayan blackberry and morning glory as part of Evergreen’s Uncover Your CreeksRenfrew Ravine program. Still Moon Arts Society invited Logan the goat (with professional goat herder Natasha) as a pilot project to see how goats can help keep invasive plant species at bay in parks. One-year-old Logan was the star of the show. He is gentle with kids, worked hard and ate constantly. Evergreen is always looking for more volunteers! Photo by Bryden Fergusson Next date: Sunday, September 24, 2017; 9 am to noon Meet at 29th Avenue and Atlin (across from the 29th Avenue Skytrain station); Rain or shine! More info:

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Renfrew-Collingwood Community News September 2017  

News stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, recreation, ar...

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News September 2017  

News stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, recreation, ar...