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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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?