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Village Surrey Bulletin – March 27, 2016

The original posting of this bulletin, with graphics, can be viewed here.


Hello Neighbour,

Spring is in the air and we’re expanding our roots and branches!

While there’s a lot going on “at home,” the next few months also offer some opportunity to expand our connections to other related projects regionally, nationally and internationally!

On the national level, we will be hosting a webinar update on “Transition Emerging,” an academic research project “…examining the emergence of the Transition movement across Canada, the conditions that enable it to thrive (or hinder its development), and what can be learned from their efforts to build convivial, equitable, resilient, sustainable, lower-carbon communities of the future.” This will be a chance to connect with Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins.

Also on the national level, we are also excited about becoming an official signatory to the David Suzuki Blue Dot Movement, supporting the right to a healthy environment for all Canadians. If you have any ideas for supporting the local Surrey Blue Dot Movement, let us know!

On an international level, we are forming a “sister” relationship with another “Surrey” transition town in England! Check out Transition Farnham in Surrey, England. Would you like to be our liaison with our sister village?

We’ve got some unique opportunities coming up at home, prompting a discussion of the pros and cons of registering Village Surrey as a non-profit society. If you have any ideas or expertise on the process of registering as a non-profit, or would like to be part of the conversation, please let us know.

Also at home, be sure to check out Linda’ blog on “Produce No Waste,” and some of the great coverage in the Vancouver Sun  that Grant got about he community garden situation in Burnaby and Surrey.

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

April 1 – Pay with a Poem

Pay with a poem and get a free coffee, tea or pop during the month of April, 2016 at the Newton Espresso Café! Newton Espresso Café is located at 7330—137 Street in Newton. Visit the Facebook page for hours of operation. All poems must be original. Poems can be on any theme. Suggested themes are “Coffee & Cafés.” We invite you to also submit your poems to be included in the next Cedar Bark ‘Zine on the theme of “Coffee & Cafés.” This “Pay with a Poem” initiative is presented by Newton Espresso, Friends of the Grove, and the Cedar Bark Poets in celebration of National Poetry Month!

April 1 – Sullivan Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group (Friday Group)

The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to meditate, build community and deepen relationships.  Contact Connie for information on the Friday group.

April 2 – Fermentation 102

You just finished that delicious apple pie, or cut a pineapple for snack and have no idea what to do with the scraps? What about an overload of berries from your trip to the forest or the nearest farm? Somebody gave you a caseload of plums, peaches or oranges and you have no clue what to do with it all? Or you are just tired of paying dozens of $$$ for nicely made salad dressings, herb-infused vinegars and specialty vinegars? Details here.

April 9 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets on the second Saturday of the month, 6-8pm. The Rec Centre is under renovations, so this month they’ll be meeting at the Newton Espresso Café, 7330—137 Street. See here for details of confirm with Katheren if you’re not sure.

April 19 – Transition Movement in Canada Webinar

We’ll be hosting a Surrey site for the “Transition Emerging” webinar on April 19, 9am PST. Stay tuned for details. More information here.  “A 3-year study on the emergence of Transition Initiatives in Canada is coming to a close and we want to share what we’ve been learning in this webinar and offer a space for live discussion. This is about your experience of working with(in) the Transition movement. Whether you are a Transition Initiative co-founder, member, community partner, or curious citizen, you will come away with fresh insights gained by research with nearly 100 Transition Initiatives across the country!”

April 20 – From “My Story” to “Our Story”

Can we transform our Surrey neighbourhoods by simply getting better at telling our stories? We believe we can. Virginia Gillespie, local Writer and Arts convener says,”​​It works on a simple premise. By revealing ourselves through stories, we connect in unanticipated ways and open a new creative field of possibility full of imagination and potential.” ​Come and join Virginia to explore how stories​ change ourselves and the neighbourhoods we live in. The event takes place Wednesday, April 20, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library. More info here.

April 30 – “100 in 1 Day” Workshop

Yes, “100 in 1 Day” is coming back to Surrey this year! This workshop will be for anyone wanting to lead an intervention in their neighbourhood on June 4. Stay tuned for details.

May 1 – Friends of The Grove Cocktail and Fundraiser

The Friends of The grove and their amazing community partners invite you to a Friends of the Grove Cocktail Party and Fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 5-8pm at the Old Surrey Restaurant, 13483 72 Avenue in Surrey! There will be wine tasting, canapés, coffee and tea. Display will include Friends of the Grove, local artists, and history of Newton by the City of Surrey Archives. Dress is business casual.Tickets are $28.47 and can be purchased online here. All proceeds go to Friends of The Grove. More details here.

May 3 – Tour of A Rocha

Come and learn about A Rocha and meet some of the people behind the project. Time and details to be confirmed. Contact us for more information.

May 13 – First Nations Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The Sweat Lodge is a First Peoples’ ceremony used to connect with and honour the Earth. This ceremony takes place at Cwenengitel Aboriginal Society in North Surrey and lasts 2-3 hours. Participants will be exposed to heat, steam and smoke and should be physically fit. Registration is limited. Contact us for details and to register.

May 15 – Surrey Earth Walk

The Surrey Earth Walk is a self-supported walk across Surrey that celebrates the people and projects that are making our community more sustainable. This event is a collaboration between Village Surrey and the Surrey Blue Dot Movement. We are still in the process of planning the route and stops along the way. This page will be updated at information becomes available.

If you have any suggestions for the route, would like to help organize, or would like to be a partner organization please contact us at info@villagesurrey.ca.

May 18 – EcoVillage Information Evening

Ecovillage information evening! Come and explore the possibilities for creating an intentional community in Surrey. There will be a short video introducing ecovillages, several guest speakers, and the opportunity to ask questions about Land Trusts, natural buildings and more!The event takes place Wednesday, May 18, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

May 21 – Fruit Vinegars from Scratch

Come and learn how you can create amazing fruit vinegars from scratch, preserve the “mother of vinegar” and surprise your family and friends with all types of fruit and herb-infused vinegars with a small investment. When: Saturday May 21 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Where: South Surrey “Sources” Food Bank Kitchen. Cost: $25/person. Details here.

June 4 – 100 in 1 Day

100 in 1 Day” in Surrey! Stay tuned for details.

April 21 – Food Action Coalition Meeting

The next meeting of the Food Action Coalition is April 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Sources Food Bank, 2343-156 Street. Contact Deirdre for details.

June 4 – Workshop on Making a Solar Distiller

Sharon will be presenting a workshop on how to make a solar distiller on Saturday, June 4 1-4pm at 32121 Hillcrest Avenue, Mission: “Introductory workshop for beginners! Use the sun to purify water on-site without electricity or filters or water pressure. Covers: how a solar still works, distiller materials and safety, design & planning to build.” See here for more information and to register.

June 11 – Pickling 101

One of the safest and less energy consuming ways to preserve food is pickling: while most people are familiar with pickled cucumbers, you can pickle almost any vegetable or fruit: join us to learn the basics on pickling different vegetables and fruits and come home with delicious pickled zucchini and many recipes about how to pickle apples, pears, peaches, plums and much more! When: Saturday June 11 from 10 AM to 1 PM Where: Sources Women’s Place in South Surrey. Cost: $30/person. Details here.

June 15 – Community Shift gathering

This “Community Shift” event is sponsored by the Surrey Pipe-Up Network. Stay tuned for details.

June 25 – Canning 101

Learn the basics of canning, how to preserve fruits, sauces and low risk foods. You’ll bring home your own fruit jam and will learn troubleshooting and how to can many more recipes. If you have already attended our Fermentation 101, 102, Pickling and Fruit Vinegar workshops this is your next step towards food security and a future without food waste! When: Saturday June 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Where: Sources Women’s Place in South Surrey. Cost: $30/person. Details here.

July 9 – Cheese-making 101

Making cheese is easy and fun…even without cultures, rennet and all the waiting…come and learn how to make ricotta, queso fresco and mozzarella in less than one hour and with only a few ingredients! We will also explore vegetarian cheeses and you’ll receive other recipes and samples! You’ll bring home your own sample from the cheeses you create… When: Saturday July 09 from 10 AM to 1 PM Where: South Surrey “Sources” Food Bank Kitchen. Cost: $30/person. Details here.

Village Square

Can You Dig It

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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. Visit the Roots Eco-Village website here

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.

Free Meeting Space at Beta Collective

The Beta Collective Coworking Spaceis a unique and collaborative workspace in the heart of Whalley that’s designed to be an affordable launchpad for local entrepreneurs, non-profits, and startups looking to grow beyond their home office. We currently have a small meeting room that’s available to groups of 4-6 people that we’d love to extend to friends of Village Surrey free of charge (Monday-Friday, based on availability). If anyone is interested, please contact Jason at 778-552-8828 or jason@betacollective.ca.

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.

Village Surrey “Ideas and Opinions

Our interactive Facebook “Village Surrey Ideas and Opinions” page is a place for you to share your ideas and opinion with others! For you first post, why introduce yourself and share what you are interested in?

Village Surrey Bulletin – February 26, 2016

The original version of this post can be viewed here.


Dear Neighbour,

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing…”

Local blogger Laila Yuile begins one of her recent blogs with this quote by Arundhati Roy.

What does this quote mean to you? Do you believe that another world is possible? A world where we are kinder to each other and to our planet? Do you believe that “…she is on her way?” Can you “…hear her breathing…”?

The blog continues with Laila’s reflections on Naimi Klein’s movie “This Changes Everything,” the movie that we will be screening on March 16 at City Centre Library. The screening will be followed by a community dialogue facilitated by Robert and Ursula.

This movie may touch on issues that make you angry or fearful about the challenges that face our civilization and ecosystems. It will also suggest ways that a new world might be possible, and if we use our time together wisely and open ourselves up to each others’ hopes and aspirations, we just might be able to “…hear her breathing.”

It is still early in the year, but check out all the people and projects that deserve recognition:

Congratulations to the Surrey Blue Dot Movement for hosting a successful gathering last month! You can read more here. Congratulations to the Cedar Bark Poets for hosting a wonderful evening of creativity and community with Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renee Siklikar. You can read more here. Congratulations to the Peoples Food Security Bureau on receiving a $5000 grant from the City to move forward with the PLOT project! Congratulations to the Cloverdale Provinceton neighbourhood for the great progress with their Little Free Library! We hear they are going to be in the news soon! Congratulations to the artists behind the “I Grieve” project. Your work continues to turn heads and foster accountability. Read Mona’s “Surrey Beat” blog here (thanks for mentioning Village Surrey!). Congratulations to Silvia for putting together an amazing line-up of food preservation workshops. Scroll down for details. Congratulations to Sharon for begin invited to do a workshop Mission on June 4. You can read her latest blog on earth tubes here. Congratulations to Leejoo and the Local Development Club at Fraser Heights for starting up a school garden! You can see pictures below.

That’s a lot to celebrate!

If you think any of these amazing people should be nominated for the “Surrey Leader Awards,” please let us know and we’ll help out with the nomination process. If you prefer, you can submit nominations directly here. Remember last year when Linda received the “Environmental Leader” award?

If you are thinking about starting up a project in your neighbourhood, please let us know if you need any support! Village Surrey is a network of people that want to support you and see you succeed with your ideas and projects.

The “Community Leaders Igniting Change” program is running again April to June, so that is something you might consider too! You will find details and registration information here.

We’ve got some great events coming up for Environmental Extravaganza. Between May 13-18, we’ll be working with some awesome community partners to co-host a First Nations Sweat Lodge Ceremony, Surrey Earth Walk and EcoVillage Information Night. Route planning has begun for the Surrey Earth Walk, so let us know quickly if that is something you want to be involved in.

Our facilitator for the April 20 Community Shift event has had to cancel due to a death in the family. We will need to find a replacement workshop quickly, so if you have any ideas please let us know quickly!

We’re going to have an information table at the upcoming March 15 “Honey, Hives and Poetry” event. If any of your projects are related to honey, hives or poetry, let us know and we’ll help promote it!

The next few months offer an amazing array of opportunities for you to strengthen your neighbourhood and heal your planet. Shhhhh… can you here her breathing?

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

 March 2 – Seed Saving Information Table at City Centre Library

Lifecycles and Surrey Libraries are hosting a Seed Saving information table in the atrium of the Surrey City Centre Library on March 2 from 1-7pm. Drop by to learn about ways to get involved in seed saving in North Surrey.

March 4 – Sullivan Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group (Friday Group)

 The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to meditate, build community and deepen relationships.  Contact Connie for information on the Friday group.

 March 5 – International Womens’ Day

 Ursula invites all women to join her for Surrey’s International Women’s Day Celebration 12:30-4:00pm at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School. Ursula has been one of the driving forces behind this event for many of the 22 years that it has been running.

 March 15 – Honey, Hives and Poetry

 Celebrate our bees with local writers and beekeepers! Poetry readings by Heidi Greco, local poet, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar, award winning poet, creative writing instructor, and Surrey’s first ever Poet Laureate. Readings by Dr. Mark Winston, renowned bee scientist and SFU professor, author of “Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive”, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award (2015) for non-fiction. Presentation and honey tasting with the Surrey Beekeepers Association. The event takes place Tuesday, March 15 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30pm) at City Centre Library,10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC, room 120. This event is sponsored by the City of Surrey and the SFU Centre for Dialogue. More details here.
March 16 – Screening of “This Changes Everything”

This Changes Everything” presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. The film builds to its most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The screening will be following by a community dialogue session. The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

March 19 – Fermentation 101

Do you already know how to make sauerkraut and are looking to explore a bit further? What happens when we ferment different vegetables or…fruits? Come and join me at the Sources/South Surrey Food Bank Kitchen on Saturday, April 2 from 10 AM to 1 PM and learn how to ferment almost anything from herbs and veggies to fruits, make a delicious fermented apple butter to use as salad dressing, in sandwiches or with toast, yogurt or kefir… and learn how to troubleshoot and utilize fermented food and many more ideas and recipes… Cost: $30/person. Details here.

April 2 – Fermentation 102

You just finished that delicious apple pie, or cut a pineapple for snack and have no idea what to do with the scraps? What about an overload of berries from your trip to the forest or the nearest farm? Somebody gave you a caseload of plums, peaches or oranges and you have no clue what to do with it all? Or you are just tired of paying dozens of $$$ for nicely made salad dressings, herb-infused vinegars and specialty vinegars? Details here.

April 20 – Community Shift event

We’ve had to postpone the previous scheduled conversation about the social justice public art project. Do you have an idea for a topic? Would you like to host?

 May 13 – First Nations Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The Sweat Lodge is a First Peoples’ ceremony used to connect with and honour the Earth. This ceremony takes place at Cwenengitel Aboriginal Society in North Surrey and lasts 2-3 hours. Participants will be exposed to heat, steam and smoke and should be physically fit. Registration is limited. Contact us for details and to register.

 May 15 – Surrey Earth Walk

The Surrey Earth Walk is a self-supported walk across Surrey that celebrates the people and projects that are making our community more sustainable. This event is a collaboration between Village Surrey and the Surrey Blue Dot Movement. We are still in the process of planning the route and stops along the way. This page will be updated at information becomes available.

If you have any suggestions for the route, would like to help organize, or would like to be a partner organization please contact us at info@villagesurrey.ca.

May 18 – EcoVillage Information Evening

Ecovillage information evening! Come and explore the possibilities for creating an intentional community in Surrey. There will be a short video introducing ecovillages, several guest speakers, and the opportunity to ask questions about Land Trusts, natural buildings and more!The event takes place Wednesday, May 18, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

May 21 – Fruit Vinegars from Scratch

Come and learn how you can create amazing fruit vinegars from scratch, preserve the “mother of vinegar” and surprise your family and friends with all types of fruit and herb-infused vinegars with a small investment. When: Saturday May 21 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Where: South Surrey “Sources” Food Bank Kitchen. Cost: $25/person. Details here.

June 11 – Pickling 101

One of the safest and less energy consuming ways to preserve food is pickling: while most people are familiar with pickled cucumbers, you can pickle almost any vegetable or fruit: join us to learn the basics on pickling different vegetables and fruits and come home with delicious pickled zucchini and many recipes about how to pickle apples, pears, peaches, plums and much more! When: Saturday June 11 from 10 AM to 1 PM Where: Sources Women’s Place in South Surrey. Cost: $30/person. Details here.

June 25 – Canning 101

Learn the basics of canning, how to preserve fruits, sauces and low risk foods. You’ll bring home your own fruit jam and will learn troubleshooting and how to can many more recipes. If you have already attended our Fermentation 101, 102, Pickling and Fruit Vinegar workshops this is your next step towards food security and a future without food waste! When: Saturday June 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Where: Sources Women’s Place in South Surrey. Cost: $30/person. Details here.
July 9 – Cheese-making 101

Making cheese is easy and fun…even without cultures, rennet and all the waiting…come and learn how to make ricotta, queso fresco and mozzarella in less than one hour and with only a few ingredients! We will also explore vegetarian cheeses and you’ll receive other recipes and samples! You’ll bring home your own sample from the cheeses you create… When: Saturday July 09 from 10 AM to 1 PM Where: South Surrey “Sources” Food Bank Kitchen. Cost: $30/person. Details here.

Village Square

 Can You Dig It

 Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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. Visit the Roots Eco-Village website here.

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.

 Free Meeting Space at Beta Collective

 The Beta Collective Coworking Spaceis a unique and collaborative workspace in the heart of Whalley that’s designed to be an affordable launchpad for local entrepreneurs, non-profits, and startups looking to grow beyond their home office. We currently have a small meeting room that’s available to groups of 4-6 people that we’d love to extend to friends of Village Surrey free of charge (Monday-Friday, based on availability). If anyone is interested, please contact Jason at 778-552-8828 or jason@betacollective.ca.

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.

Village Surrey “Ideas and Opinions”

Our interactive Facebook “Village Surrey Ideas and Opinions” page is a place for you to share your ideas and opinion with others! For you first post, why introduce yourself and share what you are interested in?

Village Surrey Bulletin – January 10, 2016

Hello Neighbour,

This year promises to bring a bumper crop of Blue Dots and Little Free Libraries!

Funders, builders and community groups are coming together on January 20 to “plant” as many Little Free Libraries in Surrey as we can! If you are even remotely interested in how the Little Free Library initiative might strengthen your neighbourhood, we encourage you to drop by see how things unfold.

The Friends of the Grove have received a grant to install one in The Grove and planning is already underway for that project. Drop by their planning session on January 23 if you live in the Newton neighbourhood!

Congratulations to the Surrey Blue Dot team for a very successful advocacy campaign to have the City of Surrey sign the David Suzuki Blue Dot Declaration!

The City of Surrey just posted the Corporate Report that suggests that Council will approve the motion, but we still need a good show of community support at Monday’s Council meeting! The Blue Dot conversation is first on the agenda Monday, January 11 at 7:00pm, so come on out and wear blue to show your support!

On February 17, the Surrey Blue Dot Team will be hosting the “Community Shift” gathering at City Centre Library, so this will be a great opportunity to explore next steps and ensure that we maintain the momentum.

A few reading recommendations…

Check out the first in a ten-part series about Sharon’s recently published book on Earth Tubes: “Earth Tubes Q&A; Part 1.” David explores how to be “antifragile” in 2016 in “Wishing You an Antifragile New Year.” In case you missed it, the Encyclopedia House made it in the lists of top news items for 2015 in both the Now Newspaper and Surrey Leader!

The Peoples Food Security Bureau is floating the idea of a “…social practice land art project to include a productive food garden in Newton.  The aim is to activate a presently-unused urban grass field to engage the wider community in an exploration of food security, environmental stewardship, and sustainability.” It will be a lot of work, but if you’re not put off by hard work, we’d like to hear from you ASAP!

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

January 11 – Surrey Blue Dot

A message from our Surrey Blue Dot friends:  “Join us the evening of January 11 for the City of Surrey’s council meeting, when Mayor & council will discuss Surrey’s Blue Dot declaration. We want Surrey to join the 100+ other municipalities from across Canada that have joined the Blue Dot movement, so we need you there in person on January 11 to show your support! The meeting starts at 7pm and the Blue Dot conversation is first on the agenda. Wear blue to show your support! Contact Surrey Blue Dot team lead Ellen Niemer for details.

January 15 – Sullivan Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group (Friday Group)

The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to meditate, build community and deepen relationships.  Contact Connie for information on the Friday group.

January 20 – Curious about Little Free Libraries?

Come and learn about “Little Free Libraries” and how you can bring one to your Surrey neighbourhood! This workshop is designed for neighbourhood groups interested in stewarding a “Little Free Library” in their neighbourhood. A representative of Surrey Libraries will give an overview of the Little Free Library program, the City of Surrey Neighbourhood Team will be on hand to talk about funding options, members of the Rotary Club will be on hand to share their experience, and we’ll have other construction and funding resources on hand too! There will be lots of time to connect with others and find the resources and support you need. We’ll also be giving away a pre-build Little Free Library like the one pictured above! The workshop takes place Wednesday, January 20, 6:00-8:30 at Surrey City Centre Library. See here for details.

January 28 & 29 – Screening of “Seeds” Documentary

Saving enough seed to plant next year’s crop was a basic, unquestioned ritual for Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. So why on earth would a huge multinational company like Monsanto sue him for that? This drama blends raw documentary text with multi-media staging to tell the riveting story of their 4 year legal battle, laying all the cards on the table. Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) stars as the wily farmer who fought back against the infamous biotech corporation. Find out what really happened, as SEEDS presents the evidence – and leaves the judgement up to you. SEEDS, a Porte Parole production, is written by Annabel Soutar and is at the Surrey Arts Centre on January 28 and 29, 2016. Performances are at 8pm. Tickets prices range from $25 for anyone under 35, to $40 for seniors, to $45 for adults. For groups of 10 or more, price is $35 per ticket. Tickets  at 604-501-5566.

February 7 – Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage

If the idea of getting out of your car to meet your diverse neighbours is appealing to you, then you may want to consider this event! The Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, February 7. The 16.3km route starts at the Thien Ton Buddhist Temple (17192 – 96 Avenue) at 9:30am. Lunch is provided at the Laxmi Narayana Hindu Mandir (8321 – 140 Street) between 12:30-1:30pm. The Pilgrimage concludes with dinner provided by Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara (7050 – 120 Street). Rest, water and washroom stops are available along the route at Northwood United Church, Canadian Singh Sabha Gurdwara and Surrey Jamea Muslim Masjid. The purpose of the event is to bring people from diverse backgrounds and worldviews together to affirm our collective commitment to building peace and understanding in our community. Please visit the event listing for complete and up-to-date information.

February 9 – ecoDAYS at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus

ecoDAYS at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus is a day for students and community groups to share information, build connections and find ways to support each other in making our communities more sustainable and healthier. Are you involved in sustainability, healthy living, community engagement work? Are you interested in engaging KPU students in the work that you do? Contact Mairi Lester at sustainability@kusa.ca for information on hosting a booth or activity during Sustainable KSA’s ecoDAYS event.  Do you know someone who does this work in Langley or Richmond? We also host a similar event on our other campuses and are always looking for organizations to get involved.

 

February 13 – Cedar Bark Poets Hosts Surrey’s Poet Laureate

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that fills The Grove with creative verse! The group meets on the second Saturday of the month, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. This month, the group will be hosting Surrey’s Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar. If you think that poetry can play a role in building community, this will be a good gathering for you to be at! See here for details.

February 17 – Surrey Blue Dot host Community Shift Event

Come and learn about the Surrey Blue Dot Movement! More than 100 communities have already passed Blue Dot declarations. Come find out where the City of Surrey stands on your right to a healthy environment. We are pleased to have the Surrey Blue Dot team hosting this month’s Community Shift event! The event takes place Wednesday, February 17, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

March 8 – Surrey School District “IGNITE” event

A message from our friends in the Surrey School District: “The power of our youth is an under-utilized resource for change. We believe, as educators, that information and knowledge is the first step towards positive, constructive activism. We are reaching out to our community on a local and global scale to join us in brining awareness of issues and opportunities for student involvement.” If you and your organization are interested in being a part of this year’s event on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, please let us know!

March 16 – Screening of “This Changes Everything”

This Changes Everything” presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. The film builds to its most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The screening will be following by a community dialogue session. The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

April 20 – Public Art Dialogue

Would you like to see more public art in Surrey that explore themes of justice, equality and other “Transition” themes? Start gathering your ideas! The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

May 18 – EcoVillage

Interested in Ecovillages? Get an update on where the Surrey Ecovillage project is at. The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

Village Square

Can You Dig It

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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. Visit the Roots Eco-Village website here.

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.

Free Meeting Space at Beta Collective

The Beta Collective Coworking Spaceis a unique and collaborative workspace in the heart of Whalley that’s designed to be an affordable launchpad for local entrepreneurs, non-profits, and startups looking to grow beyond their home office. We currently have a small meeting room that’s available to groups of 4-6 people that we’d love to extend to friends of Village Surrey free of charge (Monday-Friday, based on availability). If anyone is interested, please contact Jason at 778-552-8828 or jason@betacollective.ca.

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.

Village Surrey “Ideas and Opinions”

Our interactive Facebook “Village Surrey Ideas and Opinions” page is a place for you to share your ideas and opinion with others! For you first post, why introduce yourself and share what you are interested in?

Village Surrey Bulletin – December 21, 2015

Hello Neighbour,

Here are a few gifts for you to unwrap!

Our friends at the Beta Collective Coworking Space have offered free meeting space to friends and members of Village Surrey in the coming year. Unwrap this gift by letting Jason know that you are interested!

Virginia’s “Quest for Place” workshop in Newton last week went very well and she’s offering to host this workshop in other neighbourhoods. Let us know if you’d like to unwrap this gift in your neighbourhood!

Leejoo has gifted us with an additional “Village Surrey Ideas and Opinions” Facebook group! You can unwrap this gift by heading over and making your first post. Why not tell us a bit about yourself and your interests!

We’ve had a few community groups and high schools offer build Little Free Libraries next year! We can’t get this one under your tree before Christmas, but you can unwrap this gift on January 20!

The Vancouver Foundation features the “Surrey Skill Share Fair” in this video! A wonderful gift for everyone that contributed their time and talents to this event.

The Friends of the Grove offer you the gift of song and humour with this cheerful version of “Twelve Days of Christmas” for all of you friendly neighbours out there!

Our Village bloggers gift you with their insights and playfulness! You can read the final two parts of Rick’s series about his adventure on Galiano Island learning about Food Forestry in Part 2 and Part 3. David sees the Paris Climate Summit though Piglet’s eyes in “Piglet, Paris, and the Pile of Snow.”

The Small Rituals Café Society is still looking for someone to give their coffee shop to. Learn more here and listen to Ryde’s interview on CBC here. (Would a coffee shop even fit under your tree?)

You can see pictures above of the Surrey Blue Dot “yarnbombing” event at City Hall last week. Great work by all involved!

A heads up for next year…

The City of Surrey Environmental Extravaganza runs from April 16 to June 8, 2016. In the past, we’ve always offered a number of successful programs during this time. One of the advantages of integrating with this City-wide initiative is that the City helps out with promotions! If you have an idea for an event that you would like to run, let us know how we can help. The deadline is February 15.

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

 January 2 – Sullivan Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group (Friday Group)

 The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to meditate, build community and deepen relationships.  Contact Connie for information on the Friday group.

 January 11 – Surrey Blue Dot

A message from our Surrey Blue Dot friends:  “Join us the evening of January 11 for the City of Surrey’s council meeting, when Mayor & council will discuss Surrey’s Blue Dot declaration. We want Surrey to join the 100+ other municipalities from across Canada that have joined the Blue Dot movement, so we need you there in person on January 11 to show your support! Exact start time TBD. If you’re interested in helping out, or have questions, please contact Surrey Blue Dot team lead, Ellen Niemer.”

 January 20 – Curious about Little Free Libraries?

Come and learn about “Little Free Libraries” and how you can bring one to your Surrey neighbourhood! This workshop is designed for neighbourhood groups interested in stewarding a “Little Free Library” in their neighbourhood. A representative of Surrey Libraries will give an overview of the Little Free Library program, the City of Surrey Neighbourhood Team will be on hand to talk about funding options, members of the Rotary Club will be on hand to share their experience, and we’ll have other construction and funding resources on hand too! There will be lots of time to connect with others and find the resources and support you need. We’ll also be giving away a pre-build Little Free Library like the one pictured above! The workshop takes place Wednesday, January 20, 6:00-8:30 at Surrey City Centre Library. See here for details.

January 28 & 29 – Screening of “Seeds” Documentary

Saving enough seed to plant next year’s crop was a basic, unquestioned ritual for Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. So why on earth would a huge multinational company like Monsanto sue him for that? This drama blends raw documentary text with multi-media staging to tell the riveting story of their 4 year legal battle, laying all the cards on the table. Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) stars as the wily farmer who fought back against the infamous biotech corporation. Find out what really happened, as SEEDS presents the evidence – and leaves the judgement up to you. SEEDS, a Porte Parole production, is written by Annabel Soutar and is at the Surrey Arts Centre on January 28 and 29, 2016. Performances are at 8pm. Tickets prices range from $25 for anyone under 35, to $40 for seniors, to $45 for adults. For groups of 10 or more, price is $35 per ticket. Tickets  at 604-501-5566.

February 9 – ecoDAYS at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus

ecoDAYS at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus is a day for students and community groups to share information, build connections and find ways to support each other in making our communities more sustainable and healthier. Are you involved in sustainability, healthy living, community engagement work? Are you interested in engaging KPU students in the work that you do? Contact Mairi Lester at sustainability@kusa.ca for information on hosting a booth or activity during Sustainable KSA’s ecoDAYS event.  Do you know someone who does this work in Langley or Richmond? We also host a similar event on our other campuses and are always looking for organizations to get involved.

March 8 – Surrey School District “IGNITE” event

A message from our friends in the Surrey School District: “The power of our youth is an under-utilized resource for change. We believe, as educators, that information and knowledge is the first step towards positive, constructive activism. We are reaching out to our community on a local and global scale to join us in brining awareness of issues and opportunities for student involvement.” If you and your organization are interested in being a part of this year’s event on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, please let us know!

February 17 – Surrey Blue Dot host Community Shift Event

We are pleased to have the Surrey Blue Dot team hosting this month’s Community Shift event! The event takes place Wednesday, February 17, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library. Stay tuned for details.

March 16 – Screening of “This Changes Everything”

This Changes Everything” presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. The film builds to its most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The screening will be following by a community dialogue session. The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

April 20 – Public Art Dialogue

Would you like to see more public art in Surrey that explore themes of justice, equality and other “Transition” themes? Start gathering your ideas! The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

May 18 – EcoVillage

Interested in Ecovillages? Get an update on where the Surrey Ecovillage project is at. The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

Village Square

 Can You Dig It

 Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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. Visit the Roots Eco-Village website here.

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.

Free Meeting Space at Beta Collective

The Beta Collective Coworking Spaceis a unique and collaborative workspace in the heart of Whalley that’s designed to be an affordable launchpad for local entrepreneurs, non-profits, and startups looking to grow beyond their home office. We currently have a small meeting room that’s available to groups of 4-6 people that we’d love to extend to friends of Village Surrey free of charge (Monday-Friday, based on availability). If anyone is interested, please contact Jason at 778-552-8828 or jason@betacollective.ca.

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.

Village Surrey Bulletin – December 12, 2015

Hello Neighbour,

There’s a bit of a library theme this month!

The Rotary Club donated a pre-built Little Free Library, and when we put out the call to see who might be interested, eight of you expressed an interest in bringing one to your neighbourhood! Too much community engagement, what a great problem to have!

In an attempt to be systematic and support as many neighbourhood-based Little Free Libraries, we’ll be hosting a workshop on January 20 to bring neighbourhood groups, builders and funders together to connect the dots. We are confident that we’ll be able to find a way to support anyone who is interested.

The Encyclopedia House project has wrapped up in The Grove. See here for some video of the Dance Party and the Zen Garden that is there now!

We’ve had some great blog submissions recently. Many thanks to Rick Ketcheson for his blog on “What I learned on Galliano Island – Part 1” Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3 to follow! Thanks to Sharon Buydens for her blog on “Best Emergency Water Purification Methods,” Silvia Di Blasio for a summary of her ideas for “Upcoming Workshops 2016,” and David Dalley for his summary of Surrey Climate March “Footsteps Ahead, Footsteps Behind.”

Interested in writing? There are a few options for sharing a bit about yourself and the issues that interest you.

We welcome blog submissions on topics related to sustainability and community resiliency. Just let us know and we’ll offer whatever support you need.

You can also be part of the “Sustainability Practitioner Profile” chain!

SFU student Alex Sirbu recently interviewed and submitted a profile on David (you can read it here.) David will be interviewing and posting a profile about local high-school student leader Leejoo.  Perhaps one of you would like to be interviewed by Leejoo? Let us know if you would like to write a “Sustainability Practitioner Profile” or be featured in one!

A heads up for next year…

The City of Surrey Environmental Extravaganza runs from April 16 to June 8, 2016. In the past, we’ve always offered a number of successful programs during this time. One of the advantages of integrating with this City-wide initiative is that the City helps out with promotions! If you have an idea for an event that you would like to run, let us know how we can help. The deadline is February 15.

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

December 12 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets on the second Saturday of the month, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

December 14 – Quest for Place: Does Art Matter in Newton? (Newton residents only)

Join us to glean insights, perceptions and symbols of cultural issues through the people who know their place best. Area and topic specific, we will exchange information and work with maps in a process facilitated by Virginia Gillespie. A Quest For Place is a cultural initiative by Virginia Gillespie, writer, arts advocate and animateur who has worked in community outreach, projects and events for professional theatre, international arts festivals, First Nations, municipal and provincial government, and internationally in Europe, the US and Mexico. AgentC Projects is a small group of people who are interested in presenting amazing contemporary works in new and interesting places. And we love the idea of creating opportunities for curators — strong voices, great places. The workshop takes place Monday December 14, 7 – 9 pm at the Newton AgentC Gallery, #108 -137 Street, Surrey, (at 72A Ave, behind Save On Foods). See here for more details. RSVP to vgplayroom@gmail.com.

December 14 – Surrey Blue Dot: Gathering at City Hall

Meet us for a group photo, hot chocolate and yarn bombing at City Hall Plaza prior to the City Council Meeting. We will extend this invite to councillors, so let’s show the city that we want them to pass a Blue Dot declaration ASAP! Please wear blue for the group photo. This event takes place December 14, tentatively 4-6pm, City Hall Plaza. More information here.

January 2 – Sullivan Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group (Friday Group)

The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to meditate, build community and deepen relationships.  Contact Connie for information on the Friday group.

January 20 – Curious about Little Free Libraries?

Come and learn about “Little Free Libraries” and how you can bring one to your Surrey neighbourhood! This workshop is designed for neighbourhood groups interested in stewarding a “Little Free Library” in their neighbourhood. A representative of Surrey Libraries will give an overview of the Little Free Library program, the City of Surrey Neighbourhood Team will be on hand to talk about funding options, members of the Rotary Club will be on hand to share their experience, and we’ll have other construction and funding resources on hand too! There will be lots of time to connect with others and find the resources and support you need. We’ll also be giving away a pre-build Little Free Library like the one pictured above! The workshop takes place Wednesday, January 20, 6:00-8:30 at Surrey City Centre Library. See here for details

January 28 & 29 – Screening of “Seeds” Documentary

Saving enough seed to plant next year’s crop was a basic, unquestioned ritual for Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. So why on earth would a huge multinational company like Monsanto sue him for that? This drama blends raw documentary text with multi-media staging to tell the riveting story of their 4 year legal battle, laying all the cards on the table. Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) stars as the wily farmer who fought back against the infamous biotech corporation. Find out what really happened, as SEEDS presents the evidence – and leaves the judgement up to you. SEEDS, a Porte Parole production, is written by Annabel Soutar and is at the Surrey Arts Centre on January 28 and 29, 2016. Performances are at 8pm. Tickets prices range from $25 for anyone under 35, to $40 for seniors, to $45 for adults. For groups of 10 or more, price is $35 per ticket. Tickets  at 604-501-5566.

March 16 – Screening of “This Changes Everything”

This Changes Everything” presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. The film builds to its most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The screening will be following by a community dialogue session. The event takes place Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30pm at Surrey City Centre Library.

Village Square

Can You Dig It

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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. Visit the Roots Eco-Village website here.

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.

Village Surrey Bulletin – November 19, 2015

Hello Neighbour,

As a Transition group, the core of our work is what we do in our yards, our streets and our public spaces. Yes, we use social media, blog, host dialogues and whole range of other important activities, but peel back the layers and it is what we do in our neighbourhoods and with our neighbours that counts.

This past week was hard. Mass murders in Paris, Beirut, Nigeria and Baghdad have left us reeling. Some are angry, some are afraid, and some are just numb from the sheer scale of the horror. There is no wrong way to feel about what we all just witnessed, but there are positive ways to react.

Around the world, Transition groups are working to re-build trust in their communities or address pressing needs such as refugees.

Here in Surrey, a broad coalition of grassroot groups is taking to the streets for an Interfaith Pilgrimage tomorrow. “Interfaith” is inclusive of all religious, spiritual and secular worldviews such as atheism, humanism or secularism. It includes you. You can read more about the Pilgrimage below.

Peace begins and ends in our streets, and it is up to us, as a community, to decide what stories are told in our streets and about our streets. If peace is something you want to Transition towards, this is an event that you can be a part of.

On a lighter note, Saturday’s workshop on “Building with Cob” will explore some hands-on ways that we, as a community can come together to create beauty and function in our neighbourhoods. Details below.

Let’s celebrate! Last night’s “Power of Just Doing Stuff” gathering at City Centre Library was evidence that there are a lot of people already doing some amazing “stuff” in Surrey! At more than 50 people, we’ll have to look at a bigger room for our next gathering!

After some large group activities, we broke up in to smaller groups based our interests and projects. Some of the small group themes included poverty, food and gardening, peace, environmental education and a many others.

The Transition movement is a do-ocracy. People that do stuff get to decide what the organization is, where its going, and what shape it takes. It’s the people who are doing stuff and driving the projects on the ground who decide what is happening and what they need in order to support them. We always frame Transition as an experiment and anyone who ever gets involved is helping to shape where it goes and what it becomes.

Last night was Transition in action, and those who were there last night shaped the direction of Transition in Surrey. If you weren’t able to bet there, we will find a way to share the news about the work that you are doing! Let us know.

Hey, we’re still looking for a topic for our January 20, 2016 Community Shift event at City Centre Library. Any ideas for kicking off a New Year of Transition and transformation?

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

 

November 20 – Interfaith Pilgrimage

 

“When we are confronted with deep loss, fear often emerges in our thoughts. Walking together is a tangible, bodily demonstration of unity that reminds us to let go of fear and to move forward in love” says organizer Scott Reynolds. An Interfaith Pilgrimage takes place this Friday, November 20 to honour those who lost their lives in the recent attacks in Paris and Beirut and to foster friendship and understanding between people of different backgrounds and worldviews in Surrey.   The event has been getting some great media coverage on The Now Newspaper, The Surrey Leader, CKNW’s “Simi Sara Show, CBC’s Early Edition and Spice Radio’s “Gup Shup with Shushma. You can find more details about the event here.

 

November 21 – Building with Cob

 

Building with “cob” is a fun and creative community process that produces a one-of-a-kind work of art! Join us as we learn about cob building and explore the possibilities of doing a cob build in Newton. This is also an opportunity for people from other Surrey neighbourhoods to learn about what might be involved in building a cob structure in their neighbourhood. This workshop will be lead by Clare Kenny of the Mud Girls Natural Building Collective. The workshop will take place in Multipurpose Room 1 at the Newton Recreation Centre, 13730 – 72nd Avenue. The workshop is free. Refreshments will be provided.

 

November 24 – Surrey Social innovation Summit

 

“The inaugural Surrey Social Innovation Summit on November 24, 2015 is the first in a series of annual meetings aimed at engaging the community, with all of its talent, resources, energy and creativity, to foster and grow a progressive city. A city that is ready, willing and able to tackle the issues and opportunities that will influence its future and that of its citizens. As one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a thousand new residents each and every month, Surrey recognizes that breaking down old silos between government, citizens, not-for-profits, academia and business is key to finding practical and sustainable solutions to many of the issues facing modern cities and local neighbourhoods.” More info here.

 

November 28 – Artist Talk at “consumer her demand” Exhibit

 

“Using recognizable artifacts and images, the sociopolitical gestures of three artists demand pause and consideration.” The exhibit explores themes of consumerism, colonization and inequality. The artist talk takes place November 28, 2pm. The gallery is located at #108 -137 Street, Surrey (at 72A Ave, behind Save On Foods). The exhibit runs until December 18. More information here.

 

December 5 – Room to Draw and Christmas Decorations!

 

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. We will also have supplies for making homemade Christmas decorations at this event! Contact Parm for details.

 

December 6 – Caroling in The Grove

 

Drop by The Grove for some neighbourhood carol singing on December 6, 3-5pm! Bring decorations to put up in The Grove. More details to come.

 

December 12 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse!  The group meets on the second Saturday of the month, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

January 28 & 29 – Screening of “Seeds” Documentary

 

Saving enough seed to plant next year’s crop was a basic, unquestioned ritual for Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. So why on earth would a huge multinational company like Monsanto sue him for that? This drama blends raw documentary text with multi-media staging to tell the riveting story of their 4 year legal battle, laying all the cards on the table. Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) stars as the wily farmer who fought back against the infamous biotech corporation. Find out what really happened, as SEEDS presents the evidence – and leaves the judgement up to you. SEEDS, a Porte Parole production, is written by Annabel Soutar and is at the Surrey Arts Centre on January 28 and 29, 2016. Performances are at 8pm. Tickets prices range from $25 for anyone under 35, to $40 for seniors, to $45 for adults. For groups of 10 or more, price is $35 per ticket. Tickets  at 604-501-5566.

 

Village Square

 

 

Can You Dig It

 

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

 

“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.

 

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.

A message from caroling coordinator Katheren:

 

“We at Friends of The Grove are holding a Caroling event in Grove Dec 6th..3-5 pm. Music Therapists for Peace are providing music… yay! We have Cash Money supplying tents/hot chocolate and some prizes… gathering local business/neighbors prizes now toward event. I am wondering if you would like to do anything this year to support the neighborhood gathering. We are looking for art supplies to …make hand made decorations Dec 5th 6-8 pm inside Newton Rec Centre..maybe you have some art stuff laying around?(All Welcome) Maybe you want to hand out -..candy canes/socks/mittens etc..(we are asking neighbors to bake and bring cookies to share but can always use a guarenteed supply)etc…We are open to ideas .Please let me know .Email me at cedarbark@friendsofthegrove.ca  if you can support this fun free community event.!! p.s…last year knitted hats were coveted by so many..so I sure hope we recieve some this year again..!!”

 

Collecting Red Dresses

 

We’re collecting red dresses for an installation art project highlighting the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. We need them by November 6! Let us know if you have any red dresses to donate.

 

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.

 

Village Surrey Bulletin – November 15, 2015

Hello Neighbour,

“In the end, poverty, putridity and pestilence; work, wealth and worry; health, happiness and hell, all simmer down into village problems.”  – Martin H. Fischer

The events of this week have prompted many of us to acknowledge again the brokenness in our world and reaffirm our commitment to acting locally and on the ground, strengthening the neighbourhoods in which we live.

The Friends of The Grove have started a temporary memorial in the Grove for those lost in Paris and Beirut. All are welcome to drop by and place flowers, cards or other objects of meaning. Perhaps there is an opportunity for you, too, to do something that brings your neighbours together in the wake of this tragedy?

The Friends of The Grove also wrapped their Community tea Party Series and hosted a community-led Remembrance Day Art event that brought people together in the Newton neighbourhood. See below for a message from Katheren looking for help with the upcoming community-led “Caroling in The Grove”.

Looking ahead to this week, we’ve got some amazing energy coming together for “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” workshop on Wednesday! Artists and activists, bloggers and builders… this is a gathering you won’t want to miss! You are welcome to come and just observe, but we hope that you will bring a story or idea to share! Katheren and Paul are preparing food and tea will be served.

As Rob Hopkins says, Transition is about people “…rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it.”

Speaking of getting together, how would you like to win a coffee shop? Write an essay about why you would like the own the Small Rituals Café and you just might become the new owner!

Looking for something to do with your hands? Come and put in a good word for a potential cob building project in Newton! We’ll be meeting on November 21 to learn more, see who is interested, and talk about next steps.

Two new blogs: Linda offers some insights into permaculture in her blog “Defining Culture” and David reflects on his experience at two community meetings in “Public Safety, Rat Park and the Challenge of Adaptive Thinking.”  Remember, if you’ve got an idea or experience you would like to share, the Village Surrey blog is a platform for you to do so.

OWL Broadcasting has launched their crowdfunding campaign for “The Secret of Change” documentary filmed in part right here in Surrey! If you were involved in this documentary or want to support the spread of the Transition movement, please consider contributing to this worth project. You can view the trailer for the documentary here.

Hey, we’re still looking for a topic for our January 20, 2016 Community Shift event at City Centre Library. Any ideas for kicking off a New Year of Transition and transformation?

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

 

November 17 – Neighbourhood Open house and more at Chuck Bailey

 

What is your vision for the neighbourhood and what do you want to do about it? Meet your neighbours, eat some free food, and take part in fun activities for young and old! We want to talk about what strengths and assets you see in your neighbourhood. What can we do to make the area vibrant and great place for people. This is the first conversation to take place in a long term project, get involved now! If you live or work in the North Surrey/Whalley area – you’re invited! Drop by between 5 and 7! Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

 

November 18 – Community Shift “The Power of Just Doing Stuff”

 

This workshop takes place the City Centre Library, November 18, 6:00-8:30pm. Based on the popular book by Rob Hopkins, this workshop will engage and connect people who have discovered the “power of just doing stuff.” Transition is about getting out and just getting started. It is also about staying connected, inspiring others and being inspired by others. This workshop is designed for those who want to share their projects and ideas, as well those who just want to come and learn about what is happening in Surrey. More details here.

 

November 21 – Building with Cob

 

Building with “cob” is a fun and creative community process that produces a one-of-a-kind work of art! Join us as we learn about cob building and explore the possibilities of doing a cob build in Newton. This is also an opportunity for people from other Surrey neighbourhoods to learn about what might be involved in building a cob structure in their neighbourhood. This workshop will be lead by Clare Kenny of the Mud Girls Natural Building Collective. The workshop will take place in Multipurpose Room 1 at the Newton Recreation Centre, 13730 – 72nd Avenue. The workshop is free. Refreshments will be provided.

 

November 24 – Surrey Social innovation Summit

 

“The inaugural Surrey Social Innovation Summit on November 24, 2015 is the first in a series of annual meetings aimed at engaging the community, with all of its talent, resources, energy and creativity, to foster and grow a progressive city. A city that is ready, willing and able to tackle the issues and opportunities that will influence its future and that of its citizens. As one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a thousand new residents each and every month, Surrey recognizes that breaking down old silos between government, citizens, not-for-profits, academia and business is key to finding practical and sustainable solutions to many of the issues facing modern cities and local neighbourhoods.” More info here.

 

November 28 – Artist Talk at “consumer her demand” Exhibit

 

“Using recognizable artifacts and images, the sociopolitical gestures of three artists demand pause and consideration.” The exhibit explores themes of consumerism, colonization and inequality. The artist talk takes place November 28, 2pm. The gallery is located at #108 -137 Street, Surrey (at 72A Ave, behind Save On Foods). The exhibit runs until December 18. More information here.

 

December 5 – Room to Draw and Christmas Decorations!

 

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. We will also have supplies for making homemade Christmas decorations at this event! Contact Parm for details.

 

December 6 – Caroling in The Grove

 

Drop by The Grove for some neighbourhood carol singing on December 6, 3-5pm! Bring decorations to put up in The Grove. More details to come.

 

December 12 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse!  The group meets on the second Saturday of the month, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

January 28 & 29 – Screening of “Seeds” Documentary

 

Saving enough seed to plant next year’s crop was a basic, unquestioned ritual for Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. So why on earth would a huge multinational company like Monsanto sue him for that? This drama blends raw documentary text with multi-media staging to tell the riveting story of their 4 year legal battle, laying all the cards on the table. Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) stars as the wily farmer who fought back against the infamous biotech corporation. Find out what really happened, as SEEDS presents the evidence – and leaves the judgement up to you. SEEDS, a Porte Parole production, is written by Annabel Soutar and is at the Surrey Arts Centre on January 28 and 29, 2016. Performances are at 8pm. Tickets prices range from $25 for anyone under 35, to $40 for seniors, to $45 for adults. For groups of 10 or more, price is $35 per ticket. Tickets  at 604-501-5566.

 

Village Square

 

 

Can You Dig It

 

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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.

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.

A message from caroling coordinator Katheren:

“We at Friends of The Grove are holding a Caroling event in Grove Dec 6th..3-5 pm. Music Therapists for Peace are providing music… yay! We have Cash Money supplying tents/hot chocolate and some prizes… gathering local business/neighbors prizes now toward event. I am wondering if you would like to do anything this year to support the neighborhood gathering. We are looking for art supplies to …make hand made decorations Dec 5th 6-8 pm inside Newton Rec Centre..maybe you have some art stuff laying around?(All Welcome) Maybe you want to hand out -..candy canes/socks/mittens etc..(we are asking neighbors to bake and bring cookies to share but can always use a guarenteed supply)etc…We are open to ideas .Please let me know .Email me at cedarbark@friendsofthegrove.ca  if you can support this fun free community event.!! p.s…last year knitted hats were coveted by so many..so I sure hope we recieve some this year again..!!”

 

Collecting Red Dresses

We’re collecting red dresses for an installation art project highlighting the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. We need them by November 6! Let us know if you have any red dresses to donate.

 

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.

 

Village Surrey Bulletin – November 3, 2015

The original edition of this bulletin can be viewed here.

Hello Neighbour,

Wondering what people are going to be talking about at the upcoming “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” event? Here’s a few we know about so far:

  • Mobile gardens in shopping carts
  • Meet a “Bassist for change”
  • Children’s program to explore what a just and unified society looks like.
  • A local co-operative linking yards, people, plants and community.
  • Building community through hip hop and street dancing
  • Feeding your family using aquaponics
  • A family that plants flowers in cracks in pavement
  • Making remembrance lanterns
  • Organizing a “Jane’s Walk”
  • “Land Art” project
  • Building with cob
  • Inclusive community meditation
  • Surrey’s “Blue Dot” group

These are just a few of the people “doing stuff” and transforming our neighbourhoods! We invite you to just come and listen or to share a few words about what you are doing in your neighbourhood. As Rob Hopkins says, Transition is about people “…rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it.”

There are other ways to share too. Our Facebook page is place where you can share your ideas and projects, and we welcome guest blog articles for the Village Surrey website! Sharing our ideas and projects is one way that we can strengthen the transition movement here in Surrey.

We’ve had some great blog posts over the past two weeks by our regular contributors and a few guest contributors. A point of note: all of our bloggers are locally sourced! Reading though these you will get a sense of the great energy and ideas we have right here in Surrey:

Building Skills,” “Simple Solar Water Distillers,” “Loving and Caring for Creation,” “Climate Change Conference and the Leap Manifesto,”

This past week we partnered with the Dr. Ambedkar and Chetna Association for their annual awards night “celebrating and recognizing champions leading & transforming communities for equality & social justice.” You can read a summary here.

Local journalist Amy Reid from the Now Newspaper was awarded the Tara Singh Hayer award, in large part because of the support that she has offered over the years to member of Village Surrey and our various projects and partners. Village Surrey members Leejoo and Eddy also impressed the crowd with their hip hop dancing! Congratulations to all on this wonderful event.

The “I Grieve” project got some great coverage on CBC’s Early Edition and submissions have been rolling in! You can check out the coverage here and learn more about the project here. There project is now up to 35 submissions! Scroll down for some pictures of recent submissions, including one from a group of 18 neighbours and 4 dogs!

A few announcements from our various friends and partners…

OWL Broadcasting is starting their crowdfunding campaign for “The Secret of Change” documentary filmed in part right here in Surrey! Help spread the word about the transition movement! You can view the trailer for the documentary here.

The Friends of The Grove community “Tea Party” series is learning about the “Books Behind Bars” program and a community based approach to addressing “Public Drinking in The Grove.”

The Surrey White Rock Food action Coalition has launched their “Sharing Backyards” program.

A Rocha is engaged in a Community Champions Contest through BC Hydro and have been shortlisted to win $10,000. Why not watch their video and vote for them!

Rick just returned from a “Food Forest” workshop on Galiano Island. Tammas and Kate are looking for support for their mobile food garden project.  Janine’s friends started a “Repair Café” in Saanich and she’s wondering if anyone is interested in starting one here.

Some gardens are being put to bed for winter, and some gardens are just getting going! Maybe you have a story to share about your garden?

Hey, we’re still looking for a topic for our January 20, 2016 Community Shift event at City Centre Library. Any ideas for kicking off a New Year of Transition and transformation?

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

November 5 – Leading and Learning: Innovative Tools for Advancing Sustainability in Surrey

On Thursday, November 5, the City of Surrey is hosting an evening panel event at SFU Surrey: “Leading and Learning: Innovative Tools for Advancing Sustainability in Surrey” with keynote speaker Chris Ragan, Chair of the Eco-Fiscal Commission and panel speakers Maureen Cureton (VanCity), Councillor Bruce Hayne (City of Surrey), Ariel Zhang (Surrey youth) and moderated by Shauna Sylvester of the SFU Centre for Dialogue.  For more information here, registration here.

November 5 –Tea Party at the Encyclopedia House: “Books Behind Bars”

Drop by the Encyclopedia House for a Tea Party on the theme of “Books Behind Bars” on Thursday, November 5, 4-6pm. Our facilitator will be Daniella Smith, a student form Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She will be talking about the “Books Behind Bars” project that she is involved in. We thought this unique book-related project was a good fit for the encyclopedia House Tea Party series! If it is raining we will be inside the lobby of the Newton Recreation Centre. You are welcome to bring your favorite tea to share, but we will have lots on hand for everyone. The tea will be warm, and the conversation will be lively! See you there.

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. Contact Parm for details.

November 7 – THRIVE! Surrey in 2030

“Think like a city planner, take part in a unique city-building simulation, and experience what it feels like to live in the Surrey of 2030. Apply now to be one of 100 selected residents to build a vision for a city where everyone can thrive. How are we going to ensure there are places to live and work for old and new Surrey residents? How do we build community health and safety? How are we going to provide access to clean air and water for everyone? These are some of the questions that the Residents’ Lab will tackle.” More info here.

November 12 – Tea Party “Addressing Public Drinking in The Grove”

Drop by the Encyclopedia House for a Tea Party on the topic of “Addressing Public Drinking in The Grove” Thursday, November 12, 4-6pm. Things have been getting better with the enforcement model that is currently in place, but “Moving Forward,” a local coalition of counselors and outreach professionals is interested in approaching this issue from a different perspective. Come and hear what they have to say! It may be raining or cold, so we will likely be inside the lobby of the Newton Recreation Centre. You are welcome to bring your favorite tea to share, but we will have lots on hand for everyone. The tea will be hot, and the conversation will be lively! See you there.

November 14 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets every second Saturday, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

November 18 – Community Shift “The Power of Just Doing Stuff”

This workshop takes place the City Centre Library, November 18, 6:00-8:30pm. Based on the popular book by Rob Hopkins, this workshop will engage and connect people who have discovered the “power of just doing stuff.” Transition is about getting out and just getting started. It is also about staying connected, inspiring others and being inspired by others. This workshop is designed for those who want to share their projects and ideas, as well those who just want to come and learn about what is happening in Surrey. More details here.

November 21 – Building with Cob

Save the date: November 21, 6-8pm at the Newton Recreation Centre. We might be having someone form the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective coming to teach us about how to build using cob and to explore to possibility of doing a build in Newton. Details to come!

November 28 – Artist Talk at “consumer her demand” Exhibit

“Using recognizable artifacts and images, the sociopolitical gestures of three artists demand pause and consideration.” The exhibit explores themes of consumerism, colonization and inequality. The artist talk takes place November 28, 2pm. The gallery is located at #108 -137 Street, Surrey (at 72A Ave, behind Save On Foods). The exhibit runs until December 18. More information here.

December 5 – Room to Draw and Christmas Decorations!

Grab your sketchpads and join us for a free, all ages life-drawing classes at the Newton Recreation Centre 6-8pm. We will also have supplies for making homemade Christmas decorations at this event! Contact Parm for details.

January 28 & 29 – Screening of “Seeds” Documentary

Saving enough seed to plant next year’s crop was a basic, unquestioned ritual for Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. So why on earth would a huge multinational company like Monsanto sue him for that? This drama blends raw documentary text with multi-media staging to tell the riveting story of their 4 year legal battle, laying all the cards on the table. Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) stars as the wily farmer who fought back against the infamous biotech corporation. Find out what really happened, as SEEDS presents the evidence – and leaves the judgement up to you. SEEDS, a Porte Parole production, is written by Annabel Soutar and is at the Surrey Arts Centre on January 28 and 29, 2016. Performances are at 8pm. Tickets prices range from $25 for anyone under 35, to $40 for seniors, to $45 for adults. For groups of 10 or more, price is $35 per ticket. Tickets  at 604-501-5566.

Village Square

 

Can You Dig It

 

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

“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.

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.

 

Village Surrey Bulletin – October 6, 2015

The original post can be viewed here.

Hello Neighbour,

Tea Party at the “Encyclopedia House” this Thursday, 4-6pm! See here for details or scroll down. We’ll be talking about food security, gardens, art and what it means to be a healthy community. Bring tea to share if you like!

This will also be a chance to learn about the Peoples’ Food Security Bureau and to learn about some fun food and garden-related art projects that are in the works.

Have you got an idea for a conversation that our community needs to be having? It is up to someone just like you to get it started! Let us know how we can help.

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the launch of the “Encyclopedia House” this past Friday. Scroll down to see pictures.

The Grove: A Spatial Narrative” is still at the Surrey Art Gallery. Give yourself a full hour to hear the whole soundtrack. The exhibition runs until December 15 and is free (or by donation!).

See you in The Grove!

 

October 8 – Encyclopedia House Party

 

Drop by the Encyclopedia House for a neighbourhood Tea Party Thursday, October 8, 4-6pm. If it is  raining we’ll be in the lobby of the Newton Recreation Centre.We’ll have some local music and a chance to meet the Peoples’ Food Security Bureau, a local arts initiative looking at doing some projects in the neigbourhood. You are welcome to bring your favorite tea to share, but we will have lots on hand for everyone. The tea will be warm, and the conversation will be lively! See you there.

 

October 10 – Planning Meeting

 

Got an idea to share? Looking to help? This is your chance to get connected! The meeting will be 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre. Details to come.

 

October 16 – Homelessness Awareness March Visits the Grove

 

Sources presents the 10th Annual Homelessness Awareness March at Sources Newton Resource Centre (13771 72A Avenue) on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 10:30am-1:30pm. The March will stop at the Encyclopedia House in The Grove. We hope you can join us to Help Raise Awareness, Take Action and Find a Solution for homelessness in our community!

 

October 17 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets every second Saturday, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

October 24 – Calligraphy and Lettering Class

 

Join Nelson for a community-led workshop on calligraphy and lettering. The workshop will be for all ages and levels of experience. The focus will be on having fun! Participants will receive some instruction and time to practice.

 

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.

 

November 14 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets every second Saturday, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

November 21 – EMPTY!

 

Hey, we don’t have anything booked for this time slot yet! Maybe you have an idea?

 

November 28 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets every second Saturday, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

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.

 

December 12 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets every second Saturday, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

Village Surrey Bulletin – October 1, 2015

View the original bulletin here.

Hello Neighbour,

Tomorrow we celebrate the launch of the “Encyclopedia House,” and on Saturday we get together for the 2015 Surrey Skill Share Fair!

The “Encyclopedia House” is finished! You can see pictures here. We hope you can join us for the “Encyclopedia House” launch this Friday, October 2 at 12:00 noon.

We’ve got an AMAZING roster of displays, workshops and presentations at the Surrey Skill Share Fair on Saturday! A HUGE thank you to all of you who have stepped forward to offer your time and expertise. All of the presenters and organizers are volunteering their time, so this is truly a “by the people, for the people” event.

Here are a few of the “Transition” related workshops. You can see the full schedule here.

Circle Process

Learn the basics of Circle Process as a means for community conversation, transformation and connection.

Solar Ovens

Learn how to make a small model solar oven made from simple cardboard and aluminum tape, foil and glue, and plastic.

Health Benefits of Kitchen Herbs

Learn how normal kitchen herbs can have positive health effects.

Handcrank Sewing machine

Learn how to make a simple little bag with shoulder strap with an old 1920’s handcrank sewing machine

Aromatic and Medicinal Plants

Learn about aromatic plants that can be grown locally and pick up seeds and sources for some of these aromatic/ medicinal plants.

How to Hold a Free Market

Learn how to How to hold a Free Market. There will be a Free Market on site for you to visit as well.

Blackberry Recipes

Learn how to make Blackberry Apple Syrup and the Spiced Blackberry Preserve and chat about blackberry topics such as nutrition.

Making Shelters

Using ropes, knots and tarps to build shelters for camping, picnics, or survival.

Top 10 Plants for Your Garden

A short talk on ‘top ten plants’ to have in any garden space

Sheet Mulching

Sheet mulching for new garden space, small demo where observers can help

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Go on a short ten minute walk around the Nature Centre identifying edible/medicinal plants

Meditation (Adults)

The workshop will offer tools to help cope with the day to day stresses of life

 

We are excited to have “The Place Next Door” food truck on site for the day.

We are also proud to have the Vancouver Foundation filming at the event. They will be for a documentary on successful community-led event events that build healthier communities. They may ask you for an interview, so give some thought to why you think a Skill Share Fair is a good idea for our community.

Bring a friend! If you can’t make it maybe you could “share” the word by telling a friend about it!

The “The Grove: A Spatial Narrative” exhibit is still on at the Surrey Art Gallery until December 15. This collaborative sound piece offers some touching insights into the people and experiences that have transformed The Grove in Newton. It takes an hour to listen to the whole piece, so give yourself some time!

See you in the Village!

 

Village Social Scene

 

October 2 – Encyclopedia House Launch

 

Please join us for the launch of the “Encyclopedia House” in The Grove on Friday, October 2 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm! Take pictures, meet the artists and learn about some of the ways that this art installation will be promoting curiosity, increasing interest, encouraging thought, and enlivening public discourse in our community. You are invited to bring ideas about what kind of conversations or initiatives you think this art installation might help to promote. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas!

 

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.

 

October 8 – Encyclopedia House Party

 

Please join us for an “Encyclopedia House” party in The Grove on Thursday, October 8, form 4:00-6:00pm! There will be food, music, friendly people and lots of opportunities for you to share your ideas about this art installation and how it might help us create a better community together. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas!

 

October 16 – Homelessness Awareness March Visits the Grove

 

Sources presents the 10th Annual Homelessness Awareness March at Sources Newton Resource Centre (13771 72A Avenue) on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 10:30am-1:30pm. The March will stop at the Encyclopedia House in The Grove. We hope you can join us to Help Raise Awareness, Take Action and Find a Solution for homelessness in our community!

 

October 17 – City of Surrey Fruit and Nut Trees

 

“The City of Surrey, in partnership with Can You Dig It, will be planting 100 fruit and nut trees/shrubs across the City’s community gardens as part of our TD Green Streets Grant project. We are hosting a kick-off event on Oct.17, 2015 from 1-4pm at Lionel Courchene Community Garden, located off 156th Street at 99th Avenue.” See here from more information.

 

October 17 – From Our Common Home – Interfaith Climate Change Conference

 

“Our way of life, based for the last two hundred years on extracting resources from the earth and burning fossil fuels for a market-based economy, has produced a polluted planet and climate change that is devastating and will become irreversible and catastrophic within a few decades. Our only way to save our common home is to come together to act in our common interest.” This interfaith conference on climate change takes place at the Simon Fraser University Downtown Campus in Vancouver. David will be speaking on behalf of Village Surrey and the Chetna Association. Details and a draft agenda can be accessed here.

 

October 17/18 – Basic Beekeeping Course – Fall Edition

 

This course by the Honeybee Centre will give you the knowledge to begin keeping bees. It is suitable for anyone interested beginning beekeeping, whether it’s 2 hives in your own back yard, or a 50 hive semi commercial beekeeping operation. The three day course is classroom based, and covers all the biology and management activities you can expect to encounter in a basic beekeeping operation. This fall session of basic beekeeping will ready beekeepers for the spring season.  There will be a focus on preparing and buying equipment and livestock in the spring. Graduates of the course can attend the Winter Management & Field Day course for free. This one day course in the summer will give a hands on review of what was learned in the classroom, and refresh students on the steps to take in the Fall for a successful Winter! The course takes place Saturday and Sunday,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Cost is  $199 per person  ($149 for second family member). See here from more details.

 

October 17 – Cedar Bark Poets Gathering

 

The “Cedar Bark Poets” is a community-led poetry group that has been filling The Grove with creative verse! The group meets every second Saturday, 6-8pm in the Newton Recreation Centre to share and discuss poetry. We gather outside in The Grove if the weather is nice. All are welcome. Bring poems and ideas if you like or just come to listen.

 

October 21 – Volunteering and Beyond

 

Village Surrey will have a booth at the “Volunteering and Beyond” hosted by Youth Transforming Society on the evening of October 21. This is a great opportunity to connect with youth. Let us know if you would like to help out at the booth!

 

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.

 

November 18 – Community Shift “The Power of Just Doing Stuff”

 

Based on the popular book by Rob Hopkins, this workshop will engage and connect people who have discovered the “power of just doing stuff.” Transition is about getting out and just getting started. It is also about staying connected, inspiring others and being inspired by others. This workshop is designed for those who want to share their projects and ideas, as well those who just want to come and learn about what is happening in Surrey. More details to come.

 

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

 

 

Can You Dig It

 

Can You Dig It” supports communities to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences can learn, share, grow, and contribute to the betterment of their community. They do some great work in Surrey! Check out their website for some great resources. Maybe they can help you with your next project?

 

“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.