Archive for March, 2012

Stories, Games and Salmonberries at the Dunbar Branch Library

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Join the Dunbar Branch Library (4515 Dunbar Street) in May, for events, activities and contests for the whole family celebrating our great neighbourhood, local culture and our environment.

Dunbar kids –  try your skill at  the toughest “search and find” game in town!  Dunbar is once again hosting “find the Salmonberry” contest, May 1-31.

Listen to some great stories! For young children and babies, our Storytimes throughout the month of May will highlight nature and the great

Love your neighbourhood?  Wear your pride in Dunbar!
Back by popular demand, Dunbar is hosting a button-making workshop for kids, ages 8-14,  at 2pm on Saturday, May 26.

Everyone is welcome to drop in and take home some new reads on Dunbar and beyond.  For more information on all May events at Dunbar
Branch, please call: 604-665-3968.

Artists In Our Midst Invites You To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary of Art and Community!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

FREE Roundhouse Exhibit and Birthday Party on May 16, 2012:
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver) ONE DAY ONLY!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012  10am to 10pm
Artists’ Reception:      7pm to 10pm
Birthday Cake Bash:   7:30 pm

FREE Open Studios Walk on MAY 19-20-21, 2012:
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 19-20-21, 10am to 6pm
See participating artists and map on our website:

What We Do, Who We Are, Why it matters:

Artists in Our Midst welcomes our 20th anniversary by inviting the public to join us for two popular art events this spring. An exhibit and sale of visual art at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 16 highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, and photography that features more than 50 artists. Our Open Studio Walk on May 19-20-21 invites you to enjoy the diverse creative talents in our community by visiting artists in their studio settings. Explore the stories behind the art and artists. Design your own tour using the map and artist information at  Join us in celebrating the power of the visual arts as a community-based resource!

Artists in Our Midst is a dynamic group of artists dedicated to bringing public awareness to art created in our community and to promoting visual art in Vancouver. In 1993 artists on Vancouver’s West Side opened their studios to the public, starting a vital dialogue that has continued for 20 years. We have built lasting relationships between the public and artists outside the more formal museum and gallery settings. Our mandate is to promote art education and to provide opportunities for community members to enjoy and enrich their lives with visual art.  We achieve these goals by giving free public art talks and exhibits, by our volunteer art residencies and artists programs at Lord Byng Mini School for the Arts, and by including their emerging artists in our main exhibition. We are supported by merchants who showcase our art, by local donors, and by the diverse communities coming to our events.
Artists in Our Midst is proud of its contribution to Vancouver’s lively art scene. We look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary with you this year!

To book an interview or for more information, please contact:
Pnina Granirer, co-founder:       604-224-6795
Marion Landry, artist/member:  604-219-6055

Young Farmers Camps 2012 – Southlands Country Farm

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Southlands Country Farm is offering three different Young Farmers camps this year divided loosely by maturity and experience.

Young Farmers I:  for ages 6-9 this camp is an ideal fun introduction to the farm. You will do a little bit of everything and get comfortable in the farm environment.
Young Farmers II: for ages 10-12 this camp provides an introduction to general farm life and more responsibility and hands on work.

Farmhands new!
Farmhands is a farming and food course designed for youth who have already spent a summer at the farm or those who wish a more advanced, skills-based experience. Ages 9+. This course is also a training program for youth who want to work at Southlands Farm, or on other urban farms in Vancouver! Campers will receive a certificate upon completion of this program.

$195 per camp. Ask about deals for full day registrations.

Full Day Option For a full day experience campers can register for the PonyMeadows horse riding summer camp from 9am till 12, and YoungFarmers summer camp from 1 till 4 pm (or viseversa!). Both camps are located on the same property. A fee of $25 will be charged for lunch time supervision from 12 till 1pm.

More Details
The camp runs from 9am to noon or from 1pm to 4pm during the summer weeks and is managed and instructed by passionate and enthusiastic staff with training in agroecology, education, or the sciences. Instructors have first aid certificates and criminal record background checks. They try to keep a low ratio of instructors to campers  so they can maintain a safe environment and cater to different interests and learning styles. (They try for a 5:1 ratio)

More About the Camp
An understanding of “Where does my food come from, and how is it grown?” will be the outcome of this fun and educational program for children ages 6 to 12.

Campers will discover the wonder of life on the farm while learning basic skills such as: caring for hens, goats, horses, honey bees, ducks and other mysterious farm fauna, germinating seeds and growing, harvesting and preparing seasonal foods. Campers will also take part in farm fun  activities, wild-crafting, and hands-on science experiments.

Because the season is always changing, the activities in each camp will vary.
Words of Caution
•Campers will be in contact with many animals and plants.
•Campers will be cooking and eating foods in an outdoor wood-fired oven.
•Campers may have the option of seeing a working honey bee hive close up.

•Campers will probably get dirty and come home tired!

Southlands Farm

6767 Balaclava Street on W 51st. Avenue, Vancouver

604 261 1295


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