Category: Community

Garden Builds Community for All Ages

Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections had spent the past 4 years building and nourishing the Community Garden that covers the front lawn of Lake Trail Middle school in the heart of Courtenay.  This summer, programs for all ages will bring the garden to life and share the bounty.  “We are extremely lucky to have Elaine Codling, a certified Permaculturalist, work as our Garden Coordinator.”  says LTNC Community Coordinator Tina Willard-Stepan. “It means we can offer very high calibre workshops and information sessions, and that our garden is always in really phenomenal shape.”  And with the help of a “Gardens in...

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Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre Opens June 30

The winter snowpack in Paradise Meadows has gone and flowers are blooming in the subalpine. Strathcona Wilderness Institute is happy to announce that it will be opening the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows on June 30th for the summer season, with normal operating hours of 9am-4pm.

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Linda’s List for June 20: Winter planting is here, heat again, late blight

I still feel like we are caught somewhere in endless spring, but believe it or not, some important planting windows for winter harvests are upon us.

Winter broccoli and winter cauliflower: Sow seeds from now until the end of June, either directly in the garden or in seed flats or pots. Given the rampaging slugs, pillbugs, birds and root rot diseases still plaguing us during all this wet weather, I have opted to sow mine in seedling trays and will keep them in the kitchen until they germinate (no need for bottom heat at this point).

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Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer Festival at Merville Hall – July 2nd

The Big Yellow Merville hall is gearing up for the first Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer festival on Sunday, July 2nd, in celebration of 150 years of the Canadian confederation. Vendors are being lined up and the hall will be welcoming visitors to sit in comfort, listen to jazz music, view artwork and sample innovative food pairings from local sources here in the Comox Valley, Land of Plenty. From 1pm to 6pm there will be representatives from Valley vineyards and breweries as well as an in house chef who will conjure up some exciting offerings for the hungry...

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Affordable housing grows from innovative partners coming together

A creative partnership is being credited for 34 affordable homes soon to be built in Courtenay. The development permit for 810 Braidwood was approved by Courtenay City Council on Monday June 12, 2017. “Affordable housing is in demand and it’s not an easy process. We’ve found innovative ways to create partnerships and that’s why we’re moving forward today,” said Kevin Albers, M’akola Housing Society CEO. “We are one step closer to building this housing that is urgently needed.”

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SummerNight Markets now open for vendors

Comox Valley Arts – in collaboration with Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association – are bringing back night time fun to downtown Courtenay!
From July 7 thru September 1, every Friday night on Duncan Avenue you’ll find a new and eclectic mix of street sellers, buskers, free seminars and other fun surprises!
Registration is now open for vendors of all sorts! Arts & crafts, artisan foods, local independent resellers, fair trade imports… pretty much anything that’s legal to sell! We welcome non-local vendors too! Our goal is to offer an eclectic and surprising experience to visitors and locals alike, with shopping, food, learning and fun all rolled into one!

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Critical need for blood donations in June

National Blood Donor Week is typically a time to celebrate donors across the country. This year, however, Canadian Blood Services is focused on a critical need for blood donations and is urging Canadians to make an appointment right away to donate before July 1.
“Patients across the country need more donors to step forward for life-giving blood donations,” says Mark Donnison, vice president, donor relations. “We recently called on Canadians to fill more than 150,000 donation appointments by Canada’s 150th birthday to ensure that there is enough blood to meet patient needs throughout the summer. As of today, we’re not on track to meet that target, so we are pleading with Canadians to book an appointment to donate and replenish supplies before July 1.”

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Building Upgrades at the Cumberland Museum and Archives

Exciting changes are underway at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. The museum received a British Columbia / Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant. In partnership with the Village of Cumberland, the Everyone Welcome Project will bring much needed building upgrades and accessibility improvements.

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A caravan of pilgrims is heading to the Peace River- ARE YOU IN?

The 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace is planned for Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

If you’ve never been to this North East part of BC or want to return and Paddle for the Peace one more time, here’s an idea to consider…

Why not fill up your car with passengers and join us on a special pilgrimage to the spectacular Peace River Valley and Fort St John area of our province?

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Community Calendar

Jun
27
Tue
People’s Choice Award Members’ Show
Jun 27 – Jul 22 all day

The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its 39th summer season with its 12th Members People’s Choice Awards Show and Sale. The show runs from June 27 to July 22. The gallery is open from 10:00 to 4:00 Tuesday to Saturday and is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox.

After looking at the beautiful art that will be on display for sale the public and membership is welcome to vote on their favorite piece The Members show will showcase a variety of painting, fabric art and sculpture representing many fine artists in the Comox Valley. The winner will receive gift certificates from Whyte’s framing and Benjamin Moore Paints.. As well the second

and third place winners will receive gift certificates from Benjamin Moore Paints. The winners will be drawn on Saturday July 15 and announced in the paper and on our web-site.

Please come to our Reception which will be held on Saturday July 8 from 1 to 4. and talk with the many artists represented and sample some tasty treats.

Also please visit our web-site at www.pearlellisgallery.com

Jun
28
Wed
Birth of a Family – Aboriginal History Month Film
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As Canadians prepare to celebrate Canada Day, many Indigenous Canadians, whose ancestors have been here for centuries, reflect upon the negative impacts of colonization during the past 150 years. Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 28th at the K’omoks Band Hall for a free film screening of Birth of a Family about the infamous“ Sixties Scoop” of Indigenous children.

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care.

As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape. Tragically, for a myriad of reasons, these reunions don’t always go as well as the one shared in the film.

Filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, also scooped in the 1960s, talks about witnessing the siblings as they hugged one another when they first met at the Calgary airport. “ It was a victory, a thumbing of the nose to the Canadian and provincial governments that decided to extend the residential school system to a more pervasive policy of permanently removing children from their families, which intended that children would never go home, never know their Indigenous history, culture, and language…”

World Community is pleased to join with The Immigrant Welcome Society and the Comox Valley Transition Society to co-sponsor this free informative event.

A panel discussion will follow the film. Everyone is welcome to attend. See the film trailer at www.worldcommunity.ca
FMI: (250) 897-0511

Jul
2
Sun
Paradise Meadows in Bloom.
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A guided tour around the Meadows loops identifying the subalpine flowers in bloom. It will be a leisurely 2+ hours walk, dogs on leash with permission. Meet at the Wilderness Centre, Paradise Meadows.

FMI and to register, email Alison: strathconawilderness@gmail.com.

Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer Festival
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Big Yellow Merville hall is gearing up for the first Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer festival on Sunday, July 2nd, in celebration of 150 years of the Canadian confederation. Vendors are being lined up and the hall will be welcoming visitors to sit in comfort, listen to jazz music, view artwork and sample innovative food pairings from local sources here in the Comox Valley, Land of Plenty. From 1pm to 6pm there will be representatives from Valley vineyards and breweries as well as an in house chef who will conjure up some exciting offerings for the hungry palate. Local farmers and artisans will also be setting up their colourful tents so that you can do all your weekly grocery and gift shopping in one place.

With the help of the community, the worker bee board members are upgrading the hall and grounds and are on the way to creating a heritage tourist site that will recount Merville’s past and encourage, through community demonstration garden plots, sustainable living for the future. The main hall interior has just received a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the help of Anne Davies who wished to make it a more presentable space for her husband’s recent celebration of life. Other community members have gathered at the 102 year old church and manse on the site to gleefully strip them out and reroof the buildings with durable metal. These historic buildings will help to give the site a sense of “antiquity” and even the main hall will be celebrating its 65th anniversary next year. Whoa! Another gumboot senior in Merville!

The July 2nd Wine & Cheese, Chocolate & Beer festival is the first of its kind in the Valley and is sure to become an annual tradition, so set aside some time on Sunday afternoon to attend. Bring your appetite, a lawn chair and some doubloons to spend on local fare in country air. For vendor information, visit the Merville hall website (http://mervillehall.ca) or call Dawn at 250-941-2064.

Jul
9
Sun
Courtenay-Comox NDP Annual General Meeting
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meeting: Starts at 1:30 pm
Key note address: Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA report
For more information please call Rick Dobson, President at 250-336-8944 or email dobsonccf@shaw.ca

Jul
18
Tue
CYMC Musical Theatre Presents: Catch Me If You Can
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 22 @ 9:30 pm

Catch Me If You Can is a fast, rollicking musical based on the hit film and the incredible true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., one of the world’s most famous and charming con artists.

Performances from July 18th-22nd @ 7:30pm-9:30pm with a Matinee on the 22nd @ 2:00pm.
Ticket prices are 27$ regular and 25$ for Matinee.
For all ages.

Jul
21
Fri
WORKSHOP INDIGO meets ECOPRINT
Jul 21 – Jul 23 all day

WORKSHOP IDIGO MEETS ECOPRINT WITH PIA BEST-REININGHAUS, FROM GERMANY
You will learn to dye with indigo crystals and contact print with leaves.

July 21- 23, 2017 in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC

For More Information contact Genoa Daniel genoa55@gmail.com or Norma Janes norma.janes@shaw.ca

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