Month: August 2018

Award-winning textile artist celebrates trees in presentation at Little Red Church

Award-winning textile artist celebrates trees in presentation at Little Red Church

You are invited to a special presentation about trees on September 17. “Call of the Heartwood: My Creative Journey with Trees” is a talk and slide show presented by award-winning textile artist Lorraine Roy of Dundas, Ontario.

Roy is a horticulturalist by training (she holds a BSc in Agriculture) and an artist by profession. Her profound love for trees and deep respect for the environment shows itself over and over again in her textile art pieces which have been displayed across the country.

Introducing Our New Chief Editor!

We are so excited to have Catherine Hedrich lead the editorial direction of Tide Change and build upon its community foundation of collaborative support. As a new resident of the Comox Valley, her outsider’s perspective will undoubtedly bring fresh and useful insights, while setting the stage for the development of a sustainable and interactive communication platform for our community enterprise, beginning with her new column, Community Conversations.

Fall webworms vs Tent Caterpillars

“We have been getting a lot of inquiries about the nests that we are seeing in many of our trees right now, with concerns that these are tent caterpillar nests.

Our Parks staff have informed us that these nests are actually from an insect called fall webworms.”
City of Courtenay

Your Values, Your Choice, Your Guide to the Referendum

Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox this fall? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused?

Here’s your opportunity to clear up all the buzz around this electoral reform referendum.

Your Values, Your Choice, Your Guide to the Referendum

Your Values, Your Choice, Your Guide to the Referendum

Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox this fall? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused?

Here’s your opportunity to clear up all the buzz around this electoral reform referendum.

The Trickle-Up Effect

The Trickle-Up Effect

As a child of the sixties, I remember the significant role regular people played, who mobilized at the grassroots, in changing the course of history. Think Canadian efforts in the Peace Movement, the Women’s Movement, and the Environmental Movement.

Some big names and well-known faces are associated with each movement, but, we now think of as movements would have been nothing but blips on the historical screen without the discontent, the righteous indignation and the lay-their-freedom-on-the-line action of the nameless and faceless many.

Cumberland Launch of the Ride Island Campaign

Cumberland Launch of the Ride Island Campaign

The Vancouver Island Mountain Bike Tourism Consortium (VIMBTC) in partnership with the Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MBTA) recently launched the Ride Island campaign designed to inspire mountain bikers to explore the trail networks of the central region of Vancouver Island.

CVAG ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT

CVAG ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT

The Comox Valley Art Gallery now is accepting applications for the Youth Media Project, a program that provides wages and hands-on training in video production.

The application deadline is Sept 5. Nine applicants will be accepted for a program that will run from Sept 17 to Dec 14.

A new, fun, and potentially lucrative way to support the arts in the valley

A new, fun, and potentially lucrative way to support the arts in the valley

Get a $10 ticket in Comox Valley Arts new BIG 50/50 draw! Only 3000 tickets available, so the odds are great, and if all the tickets sell, the winner will take home $15,000 just in time for the holidays. Tickets are available online throughout BC (open to BC residents purchasing in BC only), or by email. Draw date is November 20, 2018.

Linda’s List for Aug. 9: Sow spinach and greens; pests and problems

Linda’s List for Aug. 9: Sow spinach and greens; pests and problems

Yesterday should have been “Spinach Day” in my garden, but it is far too hot to attempt to sow anything right now. I have had good results sowing spinach as late as the middle of August so will wait to until it cools down in a couple of days to plant seeds. The forecast for Saturday is for cooler weather, with a small chance of the ever-receding mirage of rain showers in some places. Gardeners along the outer coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca, where summers are cool and foggy should sow spinach right now to give it time to grow to a good size before winter.

Local Farmers provide quality food to those in need through LUSH Valley Farm Gleaning project

Local Farmers provide quality food to those in need through LUSH Valley Farm Gleaning project

“LUSH Valley’s Farm Gleaning project provides volunteer labour on the farm when I need it most in exchange for the produce that I can’t sell, says Mariette Sluyter of Whitaker Farm and Merville Organics, “We love knowing that the produce is going to feed people that otherwise may not have access to high quality local produce and it’s great to connect with those who also care about food waste in our community. The whole experience is enriching to so many people, including us as farmers”

Interested in Running for Office this Fall?

Interested in Running for Office this Fall?

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in partnership with the Village of Cumberland, Town of Comox and City of Courtenay, are hosting a free information session about becoming a candidate for office as a Mayor, Councillor or Electoral Area Director in support of this October’s local government elections.

Denman Island Studio Tour August 18-19

Denman Island Studio Tour August 18-19

In late August, the Denman Island Studio Tour is a familiar and beloved local arts event. This year, 17 venues across the island will be featuring everything from painting and sculpture to jewelry, photography, and fibre arts.

In recent years, a number of new studios have joined the tour, creating a new cultural landscape for visitors to explore. Newcomer Inne Uitto’s mixed media paintings explore themes of travel and history; her surfaces are richly textured and evoke the Italian Frescoes and weathered statues that inspire her. David Scruton’s works are a reflection of history, too, albeit from an entirely different perspective. Impeccable reproductions of 17th and 18th century fine furniture in his woodworking studio, alongside equally elegant modern and utilitarian pieces.