Village Surrey Bulletin – July 16, 2015

You can view the original version of this bulletin here.

Hello Neighbour,

Last night’s filming for “The Secret of Change” was one of our most diverse and youthful gatherings at the library! Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, and a warm welcome to the new folks receiving this newsletter for the first time. Scroll down to see a few pictures.

You can think of a Transition Initiative like a boat. A boat is most likely to be identified by what is visible above the surface of the water – the cabin, the riggings, and various markings. But what makes a boat function well is how sturdy and watertight the hull is below the surface of the water.

In the same way, a Transition Initiative might be recognized for the various projects that are visible in the community – gardens, events, community spaces. But what makes a Transition Initiative work is what happens below the surface.

Last night we saw what makes Transition Initiatives work. We heard courage and hopefulness, humor and playfulness, trust and interconnectedness. Woven throughout was a restlessness to just get started doing the important work that needs to be done and a confidence that we have all that we need to do so.

Chris and Zoe will be filming in Surrey for the next few days. Outlined below is a rough schedule and we invite you to attend whatever events interest you. If you are not able to make it to any of the listed events, please let us know and we will make every attempt to schedule a separate time to meet with you and hear what you have to say!

After their stay here, Chris and Zoe will be visiting other Transition Initiatives in the Lower Mainland, and eventually making their way down the West Coast to San Diego. You can follow their journey on Chris’s vlog here, and Zoe’s blog here. You can learn about their recent visit with Vernon in Transition here.

See you in the Village!

“Secret of Change” Filming Schedule

Thursday, July 16

Today we will be touring Surrey and filming various locations and people that came up in last night’s dialogue. If you would like us to stop by and interview you or film a project that is important to you, let us know quickly!

Friday, July 17

We will be visiting Zaklan Heritage farm in the morning and spending the evening with the Contemplative Group. The contemplative groups take place in private homes, so please contact us for times and location if you would like to attend.

Saturday, July 18

We will be filming outside in The Grove beside the Newton Recreation Centre, 13730 – 72nd Avenue. Set-up will start at 10am. Between 1:00-3:00pm we will be doing some activities to invite your input and ideas. We will have a wall mural going up, a solar cooker demonstration, some live backyard chickens and a community-led drawing class! In addition, we will be putting on the finishing touches on the “I Have a Dream” installation and celebrating the Newton Free Food Garden, Youth for a Change art installation, and the Piano in The Grove. If you have anything that showcases the work that you are doing or represents your vision for a healthier, more resilient community, bring it!

Sunday, July 19

Chris and Zoe head out to visit the Golden Ears Transition Initiative in Maple Ridge. We might have room for taking some last minute footage in the morning…

Village Social Scene

July 20 – Deadline for Submissions to Surrey Libraries Maker Showcase

Deadline for proposals to September 26 Maker Showcase. Surrey Libraries Maker Showcase is aimed at bringing together the Surrey community of Makers, Doers, and Creatives to network, showcase projects and talents, and to foster and grow the Maker community in the City of Surrey. Entries are welcome from individuals and groups such as hobby clubs, community organizations, and school groups. Exhibits and workshops are welcome. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. The following are just some examples of maker projects: Radios, Robotics, Electronics, Bicycles, E-Textiles, Student projects, Arduino projects, Raspberry Pi, Interactive art projects, Home Energy Monitoring, Textile Arts and Crafts, 3D Printers and CNC Mills, Sustainability and Green Tech, Vintage Computers and Game Systems, Music Performances and Participation, Unusual Tools or Machines, How to Fix Things or Take Them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.), Puppets, Kites and other Whimsical Creations.

July 24 – Sullivan Contemplative Group

The Sullivan Contemplative Group meets weekly on Friday evenings. The gathering is a place for people from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to build community and deepen relationships. The evening begins with 20 minutes of shared silence followed by informal conversation on a range of themes including spirituality, environmental issues, social justice, personal experience, etc. See here for more details. Contact Connie for more information on the Sullivan group.

July 25 – Food Fermentation

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

August 1 – Room to Draw

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. Come hone your clothed figure-drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials. Future workshops planned for September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Contact Parm for details.

August 15 – Pickling

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

August 15 – Room to Draw in The Grove!

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, outside drawing session in The Grove, 1-3pm. Come hone your drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials.

August 29 – Canning (fruits and marmalades)

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

August 25 – Deadline for workshop Proposals for Surrey Skill Share Fair

The Surrey Skills Share Fair is a fun festival about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. You can see pictures from last year’s Fair here. If you have a skill to share or something to teach, please submit your proposals by today!

September 5 – Room to Draw

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. Come hone your clothed figure-drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials. Future workshops planned for September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Contact Parm for details.

September 12 – Canning (tomato sauce)

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

September 19 – “Room to Draw” on the Farm!

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, outside drawing session at Zaklan Heritage Farm, 13278 – 84 Avenue from 1-3pm. Come hone your drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials.

September 19 – Community Shift Gathering

Join us at City Centre Library for this month’s Community Shift Gathering. More details to come.

September 26 – Surrey Libraries Maker Showcase

Surrey Libraries Maker Showcase is aimed at bringing together the Surrey community of Makers, Doers, and Creatives to network, showcase projects and talents, and to foster and grow the Maker community in the City of Surrey. The event takes place at Surrey Libraries City Centre Library, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

October 3 – 2015 Surrey Skill Share Fair

The Surrey Skills Share Fair is a fun festival about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. The goal of the Surrey Skill Share Fair is to help revive old skills, showcase some new ones, and provide a place where all of us can come and learn from each other! You can see pictures from last year’s Fair here. The Fair takes place Sunday, October 3, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Surrey Nature Centre.

October 3 – Room to Draw

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. Come hone your clothed figure-drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials. Future workshops planned for September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Contact Parm for details.

November 7 – Room to Draw

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. Come hone your clothed figure-drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials. Future workshops planned for September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Contact Parm for details.

December 5 – Room to Draw

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. Come hone your clothed figure-drawing skills or learn them in the company of others on their own creative journey. Teaching is available to students looking to learn from a trained art-educator. BYO sketchpads and drawing materials. Future workshops planned for September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Contact Parm for details.

Village Square

“I Grieve” project

The “I Grieve” project is an interactive public art project exploring grief, habitat destruction and climate change in Surrey, BC. At its basic level, this project offers a way for individuals to grieve the destruction of local ecosystems in a way that is meaningful for them. At a larger level, this project opens up possibilities to explore the role and potential of collective grieving as a means of raising awareness and sparking emotional responses to the issues of habitat destruction and climate change in our community. This project is not a protest, nor is it means for blaming, finger-pointing or assigning guilt. This project does not aim to create or amplify “us vs. them” divisions in our community. Participation in this project is open to everyone, without fear of judgment or blame. We are all affected by the destruction of local habitat and climate change, and we are all entitled to express our grief. Learn more about how you can participate in this project here.

EcoVillage Conversation

Interested in a Surrey EcoVillage? Let Henry or Linda know that you are interested in joining the conversation.

Surrey Seed Library Seed Exchanges

The Surrey Seed Library is launching this year in the Surrey Libraries Ocean Park Branch. The seed library is a way for gardeners to sign out, share and trade seed year round. We are currently looking for volunteers to help run the seed library, as well as for gardeners to grow and save our seed. All of the following events will take place at the Ocean Park Branch – 12854 – 17th Avenue. For more information, please watch this video or contact Project Coordinator Matthew Kemshaw. Seed Exchanges take place on the first Saturday of Every Month Beginning March 7 from 10:00-2:00.

Trade School Coop

Trade School Coop Surrey is coming! “Trade School Coop” is an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter. It works like this: 1) Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, bread, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something like finding an apartment. 2) Students sign up for classes by agreeing to bring a barter item for the teacher.Trade School is for people who value hands-on knowledge, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange. The project is based on the belief that everyone has something to offer. What skills do you have to share? What skills would you like to learn?

City of Surrey Neighbourhood Toolkit

The Neighbourhood Toolkit is a collection of grants, services, inspiration, and others supports that you can use to make a positive impact in your community. The Neighbourhood Event Equipment program offers a free loan of tables, chairs, and a portable sound system to support community events. The Neighbourhood Team supports skill building opportunities for community groups through workshops and mentorship.   If your community group or organization is looking for skill building or inspiration, we can offer a range of workshops including: asset mapping, placemaking idea generation, and a mentorship program to new community groups.  The goal of the program is to build your capacity and help you to connect to available resources and networks.  For more information about the workshops or to inquire about what getting involved looks like, contact the Neighbourhood Team.

Village Surrey Website

The Village Surrey website is a source of Transition resources and connections. Would you like to contribute to the “Village Blog?” Send us your ideas! Please let us know if you have any ideas or offerings for the website.

 

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