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October 2017

 Neighbour Savour VIII Community Potluck 

Tuesday, October 24 6-9pm

Heritage Hall (15th and Main) 

- food, music and fun!

- family-friendly, free event for all! 

 

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Sun Oct 1

noon-3pm VV Info table and seed library at Strathcona Community Garden Harvest Celebration (Strathcona Community Garden; we'll also have tables at our Fieldhouse and at Cottonwood Community Garden)

1-3:30pm Intro to Japanese Fall Vegetables (West End Community Centre)

Wed Oct 4

6:30-8pm Wild Herbal and Mineral Vinegars (Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre)

Sat Oct 7

10am-12:30pm Aberthau Garden Harvest Party (Aberthau Garden, Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre)

Tue Oct 10

7-8:30pm Intro to Seed Saving (West End Community Centre)

Wed Oct 11

6:30-8pm Seed Savers Club (Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre)

Thu Oct 12

6-9pm Introduction to Canning (Marpole Oakridge Community Centre)

Sat Oct 14

9:30-11:30am Healthy Soil for a Great Garden! (Strathcona Community Centre)

10am-12:30pm Aberthau Garden Harvest Party (Aberthau Garden, Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre

Sun Oct 15 

1-2:30pm West End Community Potluck and West End Harvest Mocktail Party (West End Community Centre)

2:30-3:30pm West End Urban Garden Club (West End Community Centre)

Mon Oct 16

1-2:30pm Green Streets Garden Prepping for Winter

Wed Oct 18

6:30-8pm Making Beeswax Salves w/ Lori Snyder (Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre)

6:30-8:30pm Permaculture Vancouver! Monthly Potluck and Workshop (Strathcona Park Field House)

Thu Oct 19

6-7pm Kits Free Plastic Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)

6:30-9:30pm Introduction to Canning (Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre)

Fri Oct 20

4-6pm Spice Up Your Garden with Garlic! + short Seed Saving class (Queen Alexandra Garden) 

Sat Oct 21

9-10:30am Seed Savers Club (West End Community Centre)

1:30-3pm Seed Savers Club (Strathcona Community Centre)

 Mon Oct 23

7-8:30pm Making Beeswax Salves w/Lori Snyder (West End Community Centre)

Tue Oct 24 

6-9pm Neighbour Savour VIII Community Potluck (Heritage Hall)

- food, music and fun!

- family-friendly, free event for all! 

 Wed Oct 25

6:30-8:30pm Intro to Making Sauerkraut (Sunset Community Centre)

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 Neighbour Savour VIII Community Potluck 

Tuesday, October 24 6-9pm

Heritage Hall (15th and Main) 

- food, music and fun!

- family-friendly, free event for all! 

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Sept 2017

Mon Sept 11-Sun Sept 24

VV Strathcona Park Field House display at Field Guides exhibition (Roundhouse Community Centre)

Thu Sept 14

6-7pm Kits Village Free Plastic Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)

Sat Sept 16

9:30am-3pm Aberthau Garden Harvest Celebration! (Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre)  In the garden, behind the mansion, near Marine. FREE

  ---  9:30-10:30 Gardening

  --- 10:30-noon Spice Up Your Garden with Garlic! hands-on workshop

  --- 10:30-2:30 Aberthau Garden Community Seed Sharing Library: Free seeds

  --- 10:30-2:30 Kids, take a picture with WeBee!

  --- 11-1 Storytelling & Music (Brian Jones & Nathan the Piper)

  --- 11-3 Harvest Straw Art display

  ---  noon-12:30 Seed Saving presentation

  --- 12:30-1:30 Community Potluck w/C150 Birthday Cake

  --- 1-3 Aberthau artists-in residence LocoMotoArt will be present to talk about                  their bean patch garden project and their other activties. LMA

                 studio tour from 1:30-2:30.

  --- 1-3 Rogue Folk Club Music Jam 

  --- 1:30-2:30 Milk Kefir sampling (or as long as samples last)

  --- 1:30-2:30 Permaculture Garden Tours

Wed Sept 20

6:30-8:30pm Permaculture Vancouver! Monthly Potluck and Workshop - this month: Tour of Cottonwood Community Garden (6:30) and Potluck (7:30) (Strathcona Park Field House)

 

West End Food Festival (Sept 21-26)

VV and WENFN events at WEFF

Thu Sep 21 

6:30-8pm Spice up your Garden with Garlic (The Lauren)

                                                      Sat Sept 23

10-11:30am Intro to Fermenting (Gordon Neighbourhood House)

4-5:30pm Seed Savers Club (Gordon Neighbourhood House)

Sun Sept 24

10:30am-12pm Making Beeswax Salves w/ Lori Snyder (Gordon Neighbourhood House)

1pm-2:30pm West End Community Potluck and Workshop (West End Community Centre)

2:30-3:30pm West End Urban Garden Club (West End Community Centre)

Mon Sept 25

6:30-9:30pm Introduction to Home Canning (Friends for Life)

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Fri Sept 22

12:30-2:30pm Milk and Water Kefir (VV Strathcona Park Field House)

3:30-5:30pm Making Sauerkraut (Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House)

Sat Sept 23

1-3pm Making Kimchi (Marpole Oakridge Community Centre)

September

 Sat Sept 30

10am-noon How to Make a Success of Your Raised Bed Vegetable Garden(Fraserlands/Riverview Community Garden)

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Jul 2017

July 18-31 Westside Food Festival

Thanks to all our funders, community partners,  and participants for making this a successful festival. Watch for the 2nd annual Westside Food Fest in July 2018.

Over 40 free activities and workshops in a dozen plus locations around the Westside

register/info: Eventbrite or info@villagevancouver.ca

Tue July 18

3:30-6pm Gardening @ Kits Village Collaborative Garden @Billy Bishop Legion Hall

6-7pm Garden Potluck @ KVCG Billy Bishop Legion Hall

Wed July 19

6:30-8:30pm Westside Food Collaborative Community Potluck (Kits Neighbourhood House) 

Thu July 20

An afternoon at the Community Market 

Kits Neighbourhood House

3-7pm Westside Community Market 

3-7pm VV info booth/Seed Library @WCM

6-6:20pm Incubator Food Market Tour 

Fri July 21 

2-3:30pm Seed Library @Kits Village Collaborative Garden (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

Sat July 22

A Day in the Garden: Food, Fun, Music, Harvest Art & Birthday Cake  

Aberthau Mansion/West Point Grey Community Centre

 9-10am Gardening @Aberthau Garden Permaculture Project 

10-11:30am Native Edibles Talk & Walk 

11:30-1pm Community Potluck w/C150 Birthday Cake 

Free Seeds and Beeswax Salves

Harvest Straw Art 

Take a picture w/WeBee

1-3pm Rogue Folk Club Music Jam

4:30-5:30pm Village Vancouver/Transition Towns Info Session  (Kits VPL) 

 

Sun July 23

 1-3pm Raw Rah Rah: Simple Recipes from the Garden (Kits VPL patio)

Mon July 24 

6:30-8pm Soil Probiotics: Grow Your Own Microbes to Boost Plant Health &Yields (Kits VPL)

Tue Jul 25

3:30-6pm Gardening @ Kits Village Collaborative Garden @ Billy Bishop Legion Hall

6-7pm Garden Potluck KVCG @Billy Bishop Legion Hall

7:30-9pm Wild Herbal and Mineral Vinegars (Kits Community Centre)

Wed Jul 26 

6:30-8:30pm Making Sauerkraut (Aberthau Mansion)

Thu July 27

An afternoon at the Community Market 

Kits Neighbourhood House

3-7pm Westside Community Market 

3-7pm VV info booth/Seed Library

5:30-7:30pm Zero Waste 101: The Basics 

6-6:20pm Incubator Food Market Tour 

6-7pm Making Kombucha 

6:30-8pm Intro to Seed Saving (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)

Fri Jul 28

10-11:30 am Making Beeswax Salves w/Lori Snyder (Jewish Community Centre) 

4-5:30pm VV Bicycle Pannier Seed Library at the Arbutus Corrider (Kits) (TBC)

6:30-8:30pm Urban Ag Walking Tour (False Creek South)

Sat Jul 29 

9-11:30am Gardening @Aberthau Garden Permaculture Project* 

11:30-12:30pm Garden Potluck*

*Garden is located behind Aberthau Mansion, near Marine

10:30am-12pm VV Bicycle Pannier Seed Library at the Arbutus Corrider (Kerrisdale) (TBC)

An afternoon at the Library: Lots more than Books!

@Kits VPL 

1-2:30pm Container and Windowsill Gardening 

3-4:30pm Seed Savers Club

4:30-5:30pm McBride Park Community Garden Info Session 

8-11pm Village Vancouver goes to Celebration of  Light (Kits Point) 

Sun July 30

10-11:30am Fall & Winter Gardening (False Creek South) Charleson Community Garden 

10am-12pm Exploring Permaculture Principles - Solving World Problems from the Garden (Kerrisdale)

1-2pm Kits Village Recycling Depot (Kits Point)

1-3pm Raw Rah Rah: Simple Recipes from the Garden (Kits VPL)

2:30-5:30pm Intro to Vertical Gardening (KVCG @ Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

5:30-7pm Garden Potluck @ KVCG Billy Bishop Legion Hall

5:30-7pm Kits Seed Libraries Seed Packet Party (KVCG @ Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

Mon Jul 31

3-4:30pm Healthy Soil for a Great Garden  (Kits VPL)

7:30-9pm  Intro to Seed Saving (MLA David Eby's Office)

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TODAY - Last day of the Festival!

Monday Jul 31

3-4:30pm Healthy Soil for a Great Garden  (Kits VPL)

7:30-9pm  Intro to Seed Saving (MLA David Eby's Office)

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Sunday July 30

10-11:30am Fall & Winter Gardening (False Creek South) Charleson Community Garden 

10am-12pm Exploring Permaculture Principles - Solving World Problems from the Garden (Kerrisdale)

1-2pm Kits Village Recycling Depot (Kits Point)

1-3pm Raw Rah Rah: Simple Recipes from the Garden (Kits VPL)

2:30-5:30pm Intro to Vertical Gardening (KVCG @ Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

5:30-7pm Garden Potluck @ KVCG Billy Bishop Legion Hall

5:30-7pm Kits Seed Libraries Seed Packet Party (KVCG @ Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

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TODAY

Saturday, July 29

9-11:30am Gardening @Aberthau Garden Permaculture Project* 

11:30-12:30pm Garden Potluck*

*Garden is located behind Aberthau Mansion, near Marine

An afternoon at the Library: Lots more than Books!

@Kits VPL

1-2:30pm Container and Windowsill Gardening 

3-4:30pm Seed Savers Club

4:30-5:30pm McBride Park Community Garden Info Session 

8-11pm Village Vancouver goes to Celebration of  Light (Kits Point) 

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TODAY

Thursday, July 27

An afternoon at the Community Market 

Kits Neighbourhood House

3-7pm Westside Community Market 

3-7pm VV info booth/Seed Library

5:30-7:30pm Zero Waste 101: The Basics 

6-6:20pm Incubator Food Market Tour 

6-7pm Making Kombucha 

AND

6:30-8pm Intro to Seed Saving (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)

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THIS AFTERNOON:

Tue Jul 25

3:30-6pm Gardening @ Kits Village Collaborative Garden @ Billy Bishop Legion Hall

6-7pm Garden Potluck KVCG @Billy Bishop Legion Hall

TONIGHT:

Tue Jul 25

7:30-9pm Wild Herbal and Mineral Vinegars (Kits Community Centre)

 

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July 2017

Three Canada Summer Jobs Employment Opportunities w/Village Vancouver

Thanks to everyone who applied. The positions have now been filled.

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Tue July 18 WE Community Potluck & Garden Club (West End)

Wed July 19 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Monthly Meetup (Cedar Cottage)

Sat July 22 Native Edibles Talk & Walk (Strathcona)

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Three Canada Summer Jobs Employment Opportunities w/Village Vancouver

--Administrative and Programming Assistant

--Promotion & Outreach Assistant

--Assistant Seed Librarian & Community Gardener

30 hours/week each. July 16th-August 26th, 2017 @ our Field House office in Strathcona Park. 

In accordance with Canada Summer Jobs guidelines, applicants must:

  • be registered full-time students during the preceding academic year and have intentions to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year

  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have official refugee protection stats, and be legally entitled to work in Canada

  • be between the ages of 15 and 30 

Deadline for Applications: 9 am Thursday, July 13th, 2017. Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest in this position and your eligibility for employment, and a resume, including three references and their contact information, by email to ross@villagevancouver.ca. 

For more details: Village Vancouver Employment Opportunities 

(http://www.villagevancouver.ca/page/summer-job-opportunities-with-village-vancouver)

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Sat Jul 8 VV tabling @Khatsahlano (David Eby booth) (Kits)

Sat Jul 8 Seed Savers Club (West End)

Tue Jul 11 Intro to Vertical Gardening (West End)

Thu July 13 Kits Recycling Depot (Kits)

June 2017

Sat Jun 3 VV/Marpole Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network booth @Marpole Community Day (Marpole)

Sun Jun 4 Introduction to Growing Japanese Herbs (West End)

Sat June 10 Seed Packet Party (Pt. Grey)

Seed Packet Parties June 10th (Pt. Grey) and 11th (Strathcona) 

Sun Jun 11 Introduction to Organic Gardening CANCELLED (Strathcona)

Sun Jun 11 Community Potluck and Garden Club (West End)

Sun Jun 11 Seed Packet Party (Strathcona)

Mon Jun 12 Early Summer Gardening (Pt. Grey)

Tue Jun 13 Intro to Canning (Strathcona)

Wed Jun 14 Native Edibles (Pt. Grey)

Thu Jun 15 Recycling Depot (Kits)

Sat Jun 17 VV booth Fiesta Festival (Pt. Grey)

Sat Jun 17 VV/West End Neighbourhood Food Network booth WE Car Free Day (West End)

Sun Jun 18 Demonstration Sustainable Village & Music Tent @Main St. Car Free Day (13th & Main, Mt. Pleasant)

Wed Jun 21 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Meetup (potluck and Native Edibles workshop & walk) (Strathcona)

Wed Jun 21 Native Edibles workshop & walk (Strathcona)

Sat Jun 24 VV/West End Neighbourhood Food Network booth Strawberry Festival (West End)

Mon Jun 26 Native Edibles workshop & walk (Mt. Pleasant)

Wed Jun 28 Intro to Canning (Pt. Grey)

May 2017

Sat May 6 Seed Savers Club (West End)

Sun May 7 Community Potluck (Growing Great Tomatoes) & Garden Club (Permaculture) (West End)

Mon May 8 Making Beeswax Salves w/Lori Snyder (Strathcona)

Tue May 9 Early Summer Gardening (Strathcona)

Wed May 10 Milk and Water Kefir (Pt. Grey)

Sat May 13 Early Summer Gardening (Pt. Grey)

Wed May 17 Introduction to Fermenting (West End)

Wed May 17 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Potluck and Pressure Cooking workshop (Strathcona)

Thu May 18 Recycling Depot (Kits)

 

Tue May 23 Fermented Giardiniera (Strathcona)

Sun May 28 Native Edibles Workshop and Walk (West End) 

Sun May 28 Permaculture Activation Day (Oakridge and Strathcona) To be rescheduled

Apr 2017

Sun Apr 2 "DIY" Accesories for Miniature Gardens (West End)

Fri-Sun April 7-9 VV @Homestead Junction Market

Sun Apr 9 Community Potluck & Garden Club (West End)

Tue Apr 11 Mason Jar Salads (Strathcona)

Thu Apr 13 Recycling Depot (Kits)

Thu Apr 13 Introduction to Native Pollinators (Strathcona)

Tue Apr 18 Water Kefir (Strathcona)

Wed Apr 19 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Potluck and Making Chocolate workshop (Strathcona)

Thu Apr 20 East Van Chi (Strathcona)

EARTH DAY WEEKEND

Sat Apr 22 Organic Gardening Open House (Kits)

Sun Apr 23 Healthy Soil for a Great Garden (West End)

Sun Apr 23 Learn to Make Quiche (Strathcona)

Sun Apr 23 Gardening and Permaculture Opportunities Info Session (Strathcona)

Tue Apr 25 Seed Savers Club (Strathcona)

Wed Apr 26 Seed Savers Club (Pt. Grey)

Wed Apr 26 Making Sauerkraut (Pt. Grey)

Thu Apr 27 Late Spring Gardening (Oakridge)

 

Sat Apr 29 Aberthau Garden Open House (Pt. Grey)

 

Mar 2017

Upcoming events:

Wed Mar 1 Kits Village Collaborative Garden work party (Kits)

Wed Mar 1 Spicy Sauerkraut (Pt. Grey)

Sat Mar 4 Permaculture Garden work party (Pt. Grey)

Sun Mar 5 Permaculture Garden work party (Strathcona)

Sun Mar 5 Organic Gardening Intensive (part 2) (West End)

Mon Mar 6 Green Streets Garden work party (Kits)

Tue Mar 7 Intro to Organic Gardening (Oakridge)

Wed Mar 8 Kits Village Collaborative Garden work party (Kits)

 Thu Mar 9 Seed Libraries Organizing Team meeting (Kits or Strathcona)

Thu Mar 9 Intro to Organic Gardening (West End)

Sat Mar 11 Seed Savers Club (West End)

Tue Mar 14 Wild Herbal and Mineral Vinegars (Strathcona)

Wed Mar 15 Kits Village Collaborative Garden work party (Kits)

Wed Mar 15 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Potluck & workshop (Strathcona)

Thu Mar 16 Intro to Organic Gardening (West End)

Thu Mar 16 Recycling Depot (Kits)

Sat Mar 18 Permaculture Garden work party (Pt. Grey)

Sat Mar 18 Vancouver: Evening of Permaculture (Oakridge)

Sun Mar 19 Permaculture Garden work party (Strathcona)

Sun Mar 19 Community Potluck & Garden Club (West End)

Mon Mar 20 Green Streets Garden work party (Kits)

Tue Mar 21 Seed Savers Club (Strathcona)

Wed Mar 22 Kits Village Collaborative Garden work party (Kits)

Sat Mar 25 Introduction to Native Pollinators (Pt. Grey)

Sun Mar 26 DIY Creative Garden Markers (West End)

Sun Mar 26 Kits Village Potluck & Neighbourhood Small Grants Info Session (Kits)

Tue Mar 28 Learn to Make Kimchi (Strathcona)

Wed Mar 29 Making Beeswax Salves w/Lori Snyder (Pt. Grey)

Thu Mar 30 - Sat Apr 1 Just Film Festival (Downtown)

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Village Vancouver, Amnesty International and CoDev Canada present the 16th annual

Just Film Festival

30 March - 1 April

Vancity Theatre

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Feb 2017

Upcoming events:

Fri Jan 13 Kits Village Collaborative Garden Indoor Starters Planting Discussion (Kits) 

Sun Jan 15 Community Potluck & Garden Club (West End)

Wed Jan 18 Kits Village Collaborative Garden Garden Prep Planning (Kits)

Wed Jan 18 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Potluck & workshop (Strathcona)

Thu Jan 19 Recycling Depot (Kits)

Sun Jan 22  "Bee Mine" Valentine Papermaking  (West End)

Tues Jan 24 Intro to Native Pollinators (Strathcona)

Thu Jan 26 Kits Village Collaborative Garden Garden Prep Planning (Kits)

Sat Feb 4 Seed Savers Club (West End)

Tue Feb 7 Seed Savers Club (Strathcona)

Wed Feb 8 Spicy Sauerkraut (Pt. Grey)

Sat Feb 11 Seed Savers Club (Pt. Grey)

Sat Feb 11 Curtido: Central American Fermented Cabbage (Strathcona)

Sun Feb 12 Organic Gardening Intensive part one (pt. two Mar 5) (West End)

 Wed Feb 15 Kits Village Collaborative Garden work party (Kits)

Wed Feb 15 Mason Jar Salads (Pt. Grey)

Thu Feb 16 Recycling Depot (Kits)

Thu Feb 16 Intro to Organic Gardening (West End)

Sat Feb 18 Permaculture Garden work party (Pt. Grey)

Sun Feb 19 Permaculture Garden work party (Strathcona)

Sun Feb 19 Community Potluck & Garden Club (West End)

Mon Feb 20 Green Streets Garden work party (Kits)

Tue Feb 21 Intro to Organic Gardening (Pt. Grey)

Wed Feb 22 Kits Village Collaborative Garden work party (Kits)

Wed Feb 22 East Van Village/Permaculture Vancouver Potluck & workshop (Strathcona)

Sun Feb 26 Building Native Bee Houses (West End)

Tue Feb 28 Intro to Organic Gardening (Strathcona)

Jan 2017

Happy Holidays from

Village Vancouver

Best wishes for a peaceful, just and resilient 2017

 

Oct 2016

Free Seed Saving workshops Sunday and Monday  

Sept 2016

Free VV Beginning & Advanced Seed Saving workshops this weekend (Sept 23-25) in

*FREE Village Vancouver Beginning & Advanced Seed Saving Workshops this weekend in Kits, Kerrisdale & Mt. Pleasant; Seed Library/Seed Savers Club Launch in Strathcona

 Kits, Kerrisdale & Mt. Pleasant; Seed Library/Seed Savers Club launch in Strathcona

June 2016

Village Vancouver

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Administrative and Programming Assistant

Village Vancouver is seeking an energetic and organized individual with a passion for community development to assist with administrative and program duties associated with the day to day business and longer term community andenvironmental goals of this dynamic non-profit society. Please see our website at www.villagevancouver.ca for more information.

In compliance with Canada Summer Jobs guidelines, applicants must:

- be registered full-time students during the preceding academic year and have

intentions to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year

- be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have official refugee

protection stats, and be legally entitled to work in Canada

- be between the ages of 15 and 30

Qualifications:

- Interest in community development

- Knowledge of office procedures

- Possess general computer skills, including the ability to update social media

and websites

- Excellent communication skills (written and oral)

- Ability to work with other organizations and people in a collaborative manner

- Experience working with people from diverse cultures and economic

backgrounds

- Familiarity with the Strathcona neighbourhood an asset

- Ability to occasionally lift moderate to heavy items a plus

Projects & tasks may include:

- staffing the office and light maintenance

- promoting Village Vancouver programs and projects

- facilitating community outreach

- assisting in preparing the yearly report

- producing the monthly newsletter

- participating with grant writing

- developing MOUs with partners

- website development and maintenance

- helping with events such as workshops and other Village Vancouver activities

- helping to maintain seed libraries

- helping build raised beds

- participating in our Demonstration Sustainable Village on Car Free Day,

Sunday, June 19th, 2016.

Rate of Pay: $14.00 per hour + 4% in lieu of vacation

Job Duration: 6 weeks at 30hr/wk between June 13th - July 22nd 2016

Location: Field House office in Strathcona Park.

Deadline for Applications: Please submit a cover letter indicating

your interest in this position and your eligibility for employment, and a resume,

including three references and their contact information, by email to

ross@villagevancouver.ca by 9 am on June 2nd.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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April 2016

Organic Gardening Open House

Saturday, April 16 1-4 pm

Kits Library

Organic-Gardening

Join Societe Le Village, Village Vancouver, Kits Community Centre Collaborative Garden, Westside Food Collaborative, and Kits Vancouver Public Library at this family-friendly event for a fun filled afternoon of interactive and informative gardening related activities.

Help plant the patio garden. Make and take a starter. Learn how to save seeds and take some seeds home. Explore Community Gardening opportunities.

Meet on the patio of the library.

Part of the Wild About Vancouver Festival

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March 31 Food Forest Workshop with reGenerate Design from Calgary

March 2016

TONIGHT at VPL!

Vancouver 2032: A Better World is Possible

w/ author Guy Dauncey

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This week in Village:

 *Learn to Make Quiche

Activities in Kits, Kerrisdale, Strathcona, and the West End

Kits Village Recycling Depot (Mar 17)

Wild Edible "Weeds" Walk (Mar 19)

Learn to Make Quiche (Mar 20 FREE workshop)

West End Community Potluck (Mar 20)

Kimchi (Mar 22)

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This week in Village:

 *Learn to Make Quiche

Balcony, Container, and Small Space Gardening (Mar 8)

Green Veggie Fermenting (Mar 9 FREE workshop)

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This week in Village:

*Learn to Make Quiche

Intro to Organic Gardening,

Milk and Water Kefir Basics

*West End Community Potluck, workshop, NSG info, and Seed & Plant Swap

February 2016

This week in Village:

*Learn to Make Quiche

Quiche, Recycling Depot, West End Community Potluck, Intro to Organic Gardening

*West End Community Potluck, workshop, NSG info, and Seed & Plant Swap

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Village Vancouver, CoDev Canada, Amnesty International, Langara College, World Community, and VIFF Vancity Theatre present the

15th Annual

Just Film Festival

February 11-13

Vancity Theatre

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January  2016

 Happy Holidays from Village Vancouver

Best wishes for a peaceful, just and resilient 2016

 

December 2015

*7th Slow Food, Slow Everything Day with Village (celebrating Terra Madre Day)

7th Slow Food, Slow Everything Day with Village (celebrating Terra Madre Day)

November 2015

Help Support Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks

 Nourish your Neighbourhood

This month, put your money where your neighbourhood is! Participating businesses will be offering specials and raising money for the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFN), which Village Vancouver actively participates in.  Visit the VNFNs website to find out more and support these businesses through the month of October. Havana Restaurant will continue in November. Together, we can all be nourished. vancouverfoodnetworks.com

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October 2015

Neighbour Savour VI

Village Vancouver's 6th annual community potluck for 300

Wednesday, October 21st 6-9 pm

Heritage Hall 15th and Main

Tasty food, community info tables, Emily Carr collaborative design project, native medicinal display, seed library, and live local music- Silken Michelle, Enrico Renz, Ross Christopher Fairbairn,

& Glenn Chatten 

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Over 20 ways you can help

September 2015

Running for VV Board of Directors at November AGM - Society membership deadline Tuesday, August 25

Hi all,

We hope you're enjoying the summer.

2015 has been a great year for Village Vancouver. We're starting to make plans for our 2015 AGM, which will be held on Monday, November 23, and all indications are that 2016 promises to be even better!

With this in mind, we'd like to remind you that, in accordance with our bylaws, if you're considering running for a position on the board at the AGM and aren't a member of Village Vancouver Transition Society, you'll need to apply for membership in the Society no later than Tuesday, August 25.

You can apply by clicking on Join VV Transition Society

or http://www.villagevancouver.ca/page/become-a-member-of-the-village-vancouver-transition-society

on the VV website and filling out the application. Please note that being a member of the website is different from being a member of the Society, and that you need to be a member in good standing of VV Transition Society (applying no later than Tuesday, August 25, 2015) in order to be eligible to run at the November 23, 2015 AGM.

If you have any questions, please contact us at agm.vvts@gmail.com.

We look forward to your participation.

Cheers,
Ross

Ross Moster, President
Village Vancouver Transition Society

on behalf of your VV Board of Directors (Ann, Emmanuel, Hendrik, Kathy, Laura Lee, Louise, Ross, and Stephanie)

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Click here for our June Newsletter!

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July 2015

In partnership with Vancouver Public Library

2 New Seed Sharing Library Launches (& plant swaps) this week!

Wednesday, July 22 Mt Pleasant Seed Library

Saturday, July 25 Kits Seed Library

Over 40 people attended our two seed library launches last week. Thanks to everyone who participated, and be sure to stop by the Kits or Mt. Pleasant branches to pick up some seeds!

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June 2015

Main Street Car Free Day

6th Annual Village Vancouver Demo Sustainable Transition Village

Sunday, June 21st noon to 7 pm -- intersection of 13th & Main and between 12th and 13th

New this year: VV Music Stage

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Village Vancouver is pleased to be a Community Partner for

100 in 1 Day

Saturday, June 6th

Join us at any of our 11 activities on the 6th and 7th around Vancouver & Burnaby!

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Click here for our May Newsletter!

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 May 2015

VV Volunteer Sunday

May 10th 10am-8:30pm

join us at any of several Village activities!

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May 2nd Permaculture Blitz (educational garden work party) at Aberthau Mansion

Everyone welcome! Details and RSVP here

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May 1-3 Weekend is Jane's Walk Weekend, in celebration

of Jane Jacobs and community-based 

urbanism and planning.  Check out dozens of free walks and talks about everything that makes our city great--and not--and how we are all making it better:  

http://janeswalk.org/canada/vancouver/

See Events for a few specific Walks, but check them all out here.

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Click here for our April Newsletter!

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April 2015

April 18 Permaculture Blitz (educational garden work party) at Aberthau Mansion

Everyone welcome - More details & RSVP here (currently 24 registered; room for one more person)

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Welcome in Spring

with our March Newsletter!

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 Permaculture and other Gardening Opportunities in Village Vancouver

3 Garden work parties April 11 &12

in Kits and Strathcona

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Neighbourhood Small Grants/Greenest City Neighbourood Small Grants

February 26 - March 31

Extended deadlines:

West Side -- April 14th 

West End/Downtown Peninsula and Richmond --

April 16th

Click here for more info

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Sad News:

CPR demolishes hundreds of gardens in Maple, Pine, Cypress, and Fir Community Gardens

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March 2015

Village Vancouver, CoDev Canada, Amnesty International, World Community & Langara College Continuing Studies

present the

14th Annual Just Film Festival

35+ social & environmental justice films over 4 days that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here & around the planet.

Ticket information & more details at www.just film.org.

...

Volunteer at the Festival!

At Village's table: volunteer@villagevancouver.ca

Other volunteering: click here

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Hot off the Press -

Our February Newsletter

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Village is looking for additional Board members

application deadline: March 15

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Permaculture and other Gardening Opportunities in Village Vancouver

Sunday, Feb 8th at Strathcona Community Centre

Work parties on Feb 14,15, 21

Work parties continue on Feb 28 and Mar 1 in StrathconaKits, & Kits Point

Coming up in March and April -- Permaculture blitzes in Pt. Grey and Kits

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West End Food Scrap Drop Spots

3x/week: Tuesday, Feb 3 -- Saturday, Feb 28

and

Kits Village Recycling Depot

next Depot Thursday, Mar 19th

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February 2015

Two easy ways you can help reduce waste...

West End Food Scrap Drop Spots

3x/week: Tuesday, Feb 3 -- Saturday, Feb 28

and

Kits Village Recycling Depot

next Recycling Depot Thursday, Feb 19th

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Village is looking for additional Board members

application deadline: February 22nd

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Click here for our January Newsletter

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January 2015

 

Our December Newsletter 

featuring The Year in Review: 2014

Enjoy!

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Tis  the season for Zero Waste...

Kits Village Recycling Depot

next Recycling Depot Thursday, Feb 19th

 

and

West End Food Scrap Drop Spots

Drop Spots resume Saturday, Jan 3rd

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'Tis  the season for Zero Waste...

Kits Village Recycling Depot

Thursday, Dec 18th

next Recycling Depot Thursday, Jan 15th

and

West End Food Scrap Drop Spots

Tuesday, Dec 16th, Saturday, Dec 20th, and Saturday, Dec 27th

Drop Spots resume Saturday, Jan 3rd

Happy Holidays from Village!

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December 2014

6th Slow Food, Slow Everything Day w/Village Vancouver

Saturday, Dec 6th

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Conversations in the Village

Join us for a conversation about how Emily Carr University engages with Village Vancouver and view several creative new Seed Libraries.

Monday, Dec 1st

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November 2014

It's Election time! Please VOTE!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 is General Voting Day for local elections throughout British Columbia.

For more information:

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Village Vancouver is pleased to support the

 BC Seeds Gathering

November 14th-16th

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond

Details/Registration Info here

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A quick open note to all members of the Village Vancouver Website about email spam.

We don't and won't allow it.  We never have. We also never release any member email addresses.  Every member of this website has complete control of exactly what email messages are received from the site, such as announcements of our monthly newsletter, local Village announcements, invitations to events, comments on a blog post, or what have you.  On your unique member Email Settings page (linked from this text), if you decide to, you can toggle off any or all emails from this site.  The final button at the bottom of that settings page shuts off all emails from the Village Vancouver site entirely, including your friends on the site, your local Village coordinators, and Village Vancouver as a whole.  (Remember to press SAVE.)  You have total control over your inbox.  Use it wisely, and please stay in touch.

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Arbutus Corridor Gardens/Green Space Petition

As you may be aware, gardens representing over 10% of community garden plots in Vancouver are under threat of removal by CP Rail. For further information and/or if you'd like to help support the Arbutus Corridor gardens and green space by signing the online petition: http://cypresscommunitygarden.ca/arbutus-corridor/.

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October 2014

Neighbour Savour V - Village Vancouver's 5th annual community potluck for 300

Monday, October 6th 6 to 9 pm

Heritage Hall 15th and Main

Tasty food, community info tables, kids activities, pay-it-forward gift exchange, seed library, and live local music --

Leah Barley, Just Duets, Tim Mar, and 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee Chris Ronald

RSVP here

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6th Annual

Sustenance Festival 2014:

Making Connections, Building Relationships

A city-wide, food-inspired festival

October 5th -19th

Village Vancouver is pleased to be a Community Sponsor and once again offer a dozen plus events, activities, and workshops, in partnership with various Community Centres, Neighbourhood Houses, Neighbourhood Food Networks, other community groups, and the Vancouver Public Library. Over 60 events in all, at close to 30 different locations around town.

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June 2014

May the reading begin!The May Village Vancouver Newsletter and Upcoming Events is here! 

Click here to see what spring brings!

VV Demo Sustainable Village @ Main St. Car Free Day Fest Sunday, June 15th

Imagining Your Ideal Neighbourhood: Cultivating Community Resilience

30 tents and open space at and around the intersection of 13th and Main chock full of  Village Vancouver community projects and activities and other community groups

***Volunteers needed!!! See below***

 Bee village, Chicken village, Bat Houses, Seed library (get free or swap, donate seeds), Solar panels, gardening and native edibles advice, free tomato and arugula plants, Permaculture, Community Arts, Placemaking, Sharing Economy, alternative transportation, ecovillage, organic home delivery, bike maintenance, bike trailers, asset mapping, waste projects and materials repurposing, games, farmers field school, DIY, Homesteading, Food Networks, Megaphone, Emergency Preparedness, member projects, library, hospitality suite, sauerkraut making demo, imagining your ideal neighbourhood visioning posters, FUN  AND CELEBRATION and much more!

Just Say Hello!, Kits Space Project, Homesteaders Emporium, SPEC, The HUB,  MODO, SPUD, Blessed Bee, Madame Beespeaker, Daily Eggs, Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House,  Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op, PosAbilities, Can You Dig It!, Building Caring Communities, Cottonwood Community Garden,  O.U.R. Ecovillage, Sundog Clothesline Co., others TBA.

Beekeepers - join us at our beekeeping village and connect with other VV beekeepers.

 Chicken folk - join us at our backyard chicken village and connect with other VV chicken keepers.

Have a project you'd like to display/promote at the Village? Contact ross@villagevancouver.ca

***Volunteers needed for transportation, setup, tabling, and breakdown. Contact volunteer@villagevancouver.ca

We're also looking to borrow a few more tents. Contact carfreedaystuffweneed@villagevancouver.ca

See you there!

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Big Thanks to everyone who helped make our  100 in 1 day Permaculture Blitz a success, and to everyone who participated in one of the 83 "interventions" across the city on 100 in 1 Day!

Village Vancouver is pleased to be a Community Partner for

 June 7,  Vancouver will host 100 in 1 Day


Create an intervention that will make Vancouver a better place. 

What if hundreds of people united, each putting in place the changes they wish to see in their city, all on the same day? This citizen-driven festival will unite people across the city to make Vancouver a better place by creating acts of urban change.
                                                                                              

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May  2014

We ain't foolin'!The April Village Vancouver Newsletter and Upcoming Events is ready for your eyes! 

Click here to let them feast on this latest oeuvre!

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April 2014

If you missed Richard Heinberg's talk at UBC (presented by VV in partnership with UBC Sustainability), here's a link to the video by Villager Justin Ritchie (The Extraenvironmentalist).

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March 2014

This weekend!

Just Film Festival Friday, Feb 28 - Sunday, Mar 2

Village Vancouver, CoDevelopment Canada, Amnesty International, and Langara College are teaming up to bring you the 13th annual Just Film Festival (formerly known as the World Community Film Festival) .

Featuring 40+ social and environmental justice films over 3 days that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the planet.

Ticket information and more details on the event post or

www.justfilm.org

February 2014

Richard Heinberg Returns to Vancouver!

 Tuesday, Feb 25 6:30-8:30 pm

 CIRS Main Lecture Hall, UBC

 2260 W Mall @Stores Road

Register here or on Eventbrite

 

 

January 2014

2013: Fourth Warmest year on Record

Climate change? Australia had an especially hot 2013.  We in Vancouver have been basking in the sun more recently, but the bigger picture is defining what Anthropocene really means.  Yes, WE are changing the world...and not for the better.  Can't blame this on El Nino either.  Read more here.

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December 2013

Join us for

5th Slow Food, Slow Everything Day this Sunday, Dec 8

...there's room for a few more folks and then we're going to cap it

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The November edition of the Village Vancouver Newsletter and Calendar of Events is now ready for you! Click here to check it out!

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AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND - Voting has now ended.  We received over 2700 votes, almost 500 more than last  year, but the competition was intense and we ended up 16th out of 417 entries. (The top 10 advanced.)

Thanks for your support!

Here's a local project* worth supporting in the semi-  finals from Dec 2-11 

Youth4Tap Windermere 

The top 10 advance to the finals and they're currently in 10th place by less than 10 votes, and have been fluctuating between 10th and 11th. (When we 1st posted this, they were about 325 votes behind, so it looks like our votes may be helping them.)

*the only local project left in the "small" category

 

 

November 2013

 

The principles of Transition are at the core of an article in the Tyee here or here.  Our thanks to Christine Boyle, Seth Klein, and The Tyee for writings of such moral clarity in difficult times.

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AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND - Voting has now ended. Final results will be announced in a couple days. Thanks for your support!

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Nov 24, 2013

Spend 5 seconds to help get Village Vancouver to the Semi-Finals and win a $50,000 grant!

We've moved up 5 spots yesterday and are now in 16th! With a strong turnout between now & the end of voting Monday morning at 9 am, we can reach the top 10 and advance to the Semi-finals.

VOTE HERE.

You can also choose to register on the Aviva site thru facebook. It's fast, you don't have to give Aviva a password, etc. And we have a facebook event page - please invite your friends to vote!

Thanks for your support!

-- Ann, Dana, Hendrik, Laura Lee, Randy, Ross and Sharon

   VV Board of Directors

Here's the plan:

1Establish a Demonstration Transition Neighbourhood.

2. Identify, nurture and measure replicable components of a resilient, sustainable community, focusing on food and how neighbours can deepen contacts with each another.

3. Create an asset map to identify key projects and areas where gaps exist.

4. Identify, encourage and incubate new projects.

5. Develop toolkits and resources for enabling sustainable communities in Vancouver and present these toolkits and resources to other neighbourhoods to help them incubate and build capacity through their own initiatives. 

VOTE HERE.

You can also choose to register on the Aviva site thru facebook. It's super fast, you don't have to give Aviva a password, etc. We've also set up a facebook event page - please invite your friends to vote!

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  Nov 12 --
Dear Villagers,
 
As you know, Village Vancouver has done a lot with very little over the past five years to build stronger communities in our region and to catalyse projects that bring us closer to the more sustainable, resilient, connected and livable world that we all need so urgently to build together.
 
To take our efforts to the next level, we need more resources. With the 2013 Aviva Community Fund grant competition, we have the opportunity to obtain those resources. 
 
Please VOTE once a day for the next 14 days from Nov 12 - 25
It only takes about a second to vote.
 

With enough votes, you can help propel Village Vancouver into the Aviva grant semi-finals to win $50,000 to build a neighbourhood transition toolkit that will drastically accelerate our journey to a more positive and resilient future for the Vancouver region!

The top 10 vote getters advance. Last year we got off to a very late start, and still finished 14th out of 564 entries in the up to $50,000 category.
This year we're starting much earlier and need your support to advance.

 

Here's the plan:

1. Establish a Demonstration Transition Neighbourhood project in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano, currently home to many vibrant neighbourhood-based sustainability projects.

2. Identify, nurture and measure replicable components of a resilient, sustainable community, focusing on food and how neighbours can deepen contacts with each another.

3. Create an asset map to identify key projects and their contributions to the objectives of reduced ecological footprint and increased resilience, and areas where gaps exist.

4. Identify, encourage and incubate new projects that help fill the gaps, while helping projects link to one another.

5. Develop toolkits and resources for enabling sustainable communities in Vancouver and present these toolkits and resources to other neighbourhoods to help them incubate and build capacity through their own initiatives.

 

We can do this! All you need to do is vote for Village Vancouver's entry to the Aviva Community Fund here:http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19115You can vote once per day until November 25th, and every vote brings us closer to this goal. Ask your friends to vote for us too!

 

There are thousands of members of the Village Vancouver community. If each of us votes even once or twice (but hopefully much more than that!), we have a great shot at winning $50,000 for Transition in Vancouver!
 
If you don't wish to receive brief daily reminders to vote for the next 14 days, you can opt to not receive emails from us by going to your page on the website and temporarily changing your settings (But remember to vote everyday and to change them back after voting ends.)  

 

Deepen your support by becoming a contributing member of Village Vancouver!

Of course, voting is not the only way that you can help. You can also make a huge difference by becoming a contributing member of Village Vancouver Transition Society. Even if only a small percentage of our community members become dues-paying members of the Society, we can very quickly raise the funds that will allow us to engage in change-catalysing projects without depending exclusively on grants. Will you make a difference by becoming a member today?

 

Thanks for all you do in the world, and remember, vote for your very own Village Vancouver, every day for the next 14 days if you can!

 

Cheers,
Ross Moster, Convenor
Village Vancouver
 

 

 

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND

Nov 23, 2013

Vote EVERYDAY for Village Vancouver to help us win a $50,000 grant!

Spend less than 10 seconds over the next 2 days to get Village Vancouver to the Semi-Finals

Today, Sunday, and Sunday between 9pm & the end of voting Monday at 9am.

We figure it will take 850 votes today and tomorrow and about 600 votes Sunday night/Monday morning to get to the Semi-finals.

VOTE HERE.

Here's the plan:

1Establish a Demonstration Transition Neighbourhood.

2. Identify, nurture and measure replicable components of a resilient, sustainable community, focusing on food and how neighbours can deepen contacts with each another.

3. Create an asset map to identify key projects and areas where gaps exist.

4. Identify, encourage and incubate new projects.

5. Develop toolkits and resources for enabling sustainable communities in Vancouver and present these toolkits and resources to other neighbourhoods to help them incubate and build capacity through their own initiatives. 

VOTE HERE.

You can also choose to register on the Aviva site thru facebook. It's super fast, you don't have to give Aviva a password, etc.
We've also set up a facebook event page - please invite your friends to vote!

Thanks for your support!

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AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND

Nov 23, 2013

Vote EVERYDAY for Village Vancouver to help us win a $50,000 grant!

Spend less than 10 seconds over the next 2 days to get Village Vancouver to the Semi-Finals

Today, Sunday, and Sunday between 9pm & the end of voting Monday at 9am.

We figure it will take 850 votes today and tomorrow and about 600 votes Sunday night/Monday morning to get to the Semi-finals.

VOTE HERE.

Here's the plan:

1Establish a Demonstration Transition Neighbourhood.

2. Identify, nurture and measure replicable components of a resilient, sustainable community, focusing on food and how neighbours can deepen contacts with each another.

3. Create an asset map to identify key projects and areas where gaps exist.

4. Identify, encourage and incubate new projects.

5. Develop toolkits and resources for enabling sustainable communities in Vancouver and present these toolkits and resources to other neighbourhoods to help them incubate and build capacity through their own initiatives. 

VOTE HERE.

You can also choose to register on the Aviva site thru facebook. It's super fast, you don't have to give Aviva a password, etc.
We've also set up a facebook event page - please invite your friends to vote!

Thanks for your support!

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AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND

Nov 22, 2013

Vote for Village Vancouver to help us win a $50,000 grant!

Spend less than 15 seconds over the next 3 days to get Village Vancouver to the Semi-Finals

VOTE HERE.

Here's the plan:

1Establish a Demonstration Transition Neighbourhood.

2. Identify, nurture and measure replicable components of a resilient, sustainable community, focusing on food and how neighbours can deepen contacts with each another.

3. Create an asset map to identify key projects and areas where gaps exist.

4. Identify, encourage and incubate new projects.

5. Develop toolkits and resources for enabling sustainable communities in Vancouver and present these toolkits and resources to other neighbourhoods to help them incubate and build capacity through their own initiatives. 

VOTE HERE.

You can also choose to register on the Aviva site thru facebook. It's super fast, you don't have to give Aviva a password, etc.
We've also set up a facebook event page - please invite your friends to vote!

Thanks for your support!

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Vote for Village Vancouver to help us win a $50,000 grant!

You can vote once per day* thru Nov 25

(*9 pm to 9 pm Pacific time) 

DAY 12 UPDATE: Your vote could help put us in the Top 10 TODAY with only a few days to go!

VOTE HERE.

Thanks to your ongoing support, we keep moving up...but we still have a ways to go before we reach the Top 10 and advance to the semi-finals.

Haven't started voting yet? Last year, hundreds of Village supporters didn't vote until the last day or two -- every vote helps, but unfortunately this huge wave of support came just a little too late to get us over the top.

Let's not come up short this year -  please don't wait until the last minute! Vote today and everyday, until  voting ends at 9 am on Nov 25.

Hi all,

BIG THANKS to everyone who's voted for Village Vancouver's Kitsilano Demonstration Transition Village proposal .Yesterday was our best day and we've moved up to 21st (out of over 400 entries.)                                                                                                                                                                                      

We've set up a facebook event page - please invite your friends to vote.
The Top 10 vote getters in our category (up to $50,000) will advance to the semi-finals.
Your vote really makes a difference...

If everyone in the Village Vancouver community voted today, not only will we advance into the top10, but we'd be in 1st place.

http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19115

Voting only takes a few seconds. Please vote now.

Thanks for your support!

Cheers,

Ross

Village Vancouver Convenor on behalf of the VV Board of Directors (Ann, Dana, Hendrik, Laura Lee, Randy, Ross and Sharon) 

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Seed Library Box Building

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Three noteworthy events this Thursday evening, Nov 7:

In Kits Village:

VV Drop-in "Spaghetti" Nights are back! August thru November - several more coming up 

Drop-in "Spaghetti" Night Community-wide Celebration Potluck

In Main Street Village:

Park Board Open House for New Riley Park Plan

In Strathcona Village:

Basic Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness

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October 2013

 

Click here to read our October newsletter and calendar of events - your guide to all the coolest happenings in Vancouver this month! Our November newsletter will be out in a day or two.

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From Here to There 4: Cultivating a Lighter Footprint @ the Museum of Vancouver

Thanks to everyone who attended, presenters Jennie Moore, Tara Moreau, Ross Moster, and Ann Pacey, Green Man moderator Randy Shore, all the volunteers and breakout session hosts, Bonita Magee and Brenda Racanelli from Sustenance, Adrian Sinclair and Hanna Cho from the Museum of Vancouver, Jil Weaving from Parks, the Vancouver Food Policy Council, Eternal Abundance and Thai Super Food for the great food, Sun Dog Clothesline Co. for the very appropriate door prize, the FED-AP Working Group, Living the New Economy, and everyone else who helped make this a successful event.

Notes from the presentations and visioning sessions will be posted soon.

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Lots going on this week at

Sustenance Festival of Art, Culture, Food and Sustainability – An Incubator for Sustainable Living

Oct 8-22

Village is hosting the opening (Neighbour Savour 4) and closing night (From Here to There 4: Cultivating a Lighter Footprint) events and there's lots of other great activities going on in between!

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Village is pleased to be a partner in

Living the New Economy

October 15-20, 2013 

While you are signing up for any or all of the weeklong Living the New Economy Confluence on Granville Island that runs from October 15 to 20, read the Grist Magazine's feature on seven co-ops that are changing the way we look at everything from housing to healthcare (click here).  

 

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Nicole Foss is back! This Friday evening at Langara College. Find more information here.

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Biomimicrist Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, and Transition Town co-founder Rob Hopkins, and others from the Oct 5&6 "Where We Go From Here" Conference in New York can be seen here at this link. The speaker schedule is at the far bottom of the page. Check it out for inspiration!

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September 2013

 Village Vancouver is pleased to be a Sponsor of

CONNECTED LOCAL ECONOMIES IN VANCOUVER

More details here.

Register on Event Brite. (Less than 10 spaces left.)

VV Drop-in "Spaghetti" Nights are back! August thru November - next one Sept 26

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 Foodshed Vancouver: Agricultural Planning for Food System Resilience

Sunday, Sept 8 from 2:30-5 pm

The Summer Edition of the Village Vancouver Newsletter and Calendar of Events is ready!

Click here to enjoy it!

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Lots of fun Earthwalks thru Sept 21!   

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 August 2013 

Lots of fun Earthwalks this month! A walk RoundAbout Kits this Sunday

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Sunday night (July 28th) at Queen Elizabeth Park LocoMotoArt 9-11pm

Great evening! 400 people attended.

    Next LocoMotoArt is at Tatlow Park in Kits Sunday, Aug 18 9-10pm (TONIGHT)

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Kits Village August plastic recycling depot is at the Westside Community Food (pocket) Market on Thursday, Aug 15 from 3-6:30 pm.

July's depot was quite successful and will continue at the market thru September.

 Next market: Thursday, Sept 19.

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Toby Hemenway Needs Your Ideas

"Calling all permaculturists who live in a city, suburb, or town: I’m writing a book on urban permaculture, to be published by Chelsea Green, and I’m looking for case studies, innovations, and inspirations for the book. It’s got chapters on home and community-style gardens, energy, water, shelter and building, community, livelihood and economics, and designing for disaster/first responders. I want to tell the stories of people and organizations who have applied permaculture design in any of those areas to solve the challenges of living in towns. If you have a cool urban gardening technique, a way of working with your personal or community’s energy or water needs, a permaculture design for a building in a town, a business or livelihood that’s designed along permaculture principles, have been involved in a permaculture disaster-relief or aid project for an urban area, I’d like to hear from you with an eye toward including your project or technique in the book. Anything from a unique urban graywater setup to a guild of businesses and non-profits. I’m also looking for photos and drawings of same. You can write me at this address."

-- Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

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July 2013

 

Kits Village July plastic recycling depot is at the Westside Community Food (Pocket) Market Today (Thursday the 18th)

The depot was quite successful and will continue at the market throughout the summer. The next depot is on Thursday, August 15 from 3-6 pm.

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Scenes from Folk Fest -

Check out Village tarp runner Derek Irland (in the yellow shirt - and sandals of course) leading the pack in this photo essay in the Tyee

Thanks Derek for getting us a great location all three days.

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Catch the Village in the Media Coop in an article by Kerry Hall!  Click here.

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 Cottonwood Community Garden Open House Today (Sunday) from 10-3

All welcome!

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Village Vancouver at Khatsahlano Today (Saturday)!

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6th Annual Village Vancouver Transition School at Langara College Sustainable Communities Summer School

July 6-12

Over a dozen offerings including Composting, Permaculture, Gardening,  Beekeeping, Neighbourhood Food Networks, Village Building, Community Currencies, Transition Towns, Ecological Economics, Setting the Context for Social Change, A History of the Future of Food, a screening of In Transition 2.0 and Building the Bridge, as part of 25 plus Summer School workshops and activities.

More Details here or here.

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Building the Bridge to a Future Where People and Nature Flourish: 4th Annual Sustainability and Equality Event

at Langara College on Saturday July 6

Check out more here.

Part of the Sustainable Communities Summer School and Village Vancouver Transition School July 6-12. More details here.

 

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June 2013

CarFree Day this Sunday the 16th!

There is no better place to be than CarFree Vancouver Day this Fathers' Day, June 16th.  On Commercial Drive (Venables to North Grandview), Denman Street (Robson to Davie) downtown, all over Kitsilano (block parties Saturday and Sunday), and Main Street (from Broadway to 30th Ave--20+ blocks!), the streets will come alive with literally hundreds of thousands of engaged and happy people.

The Village will be not just on Main Street at the intersection of 13th Avenue, BUT WE WILL BE THE INTERSECTION!  Our close to 20 tent Demonstration Sustainable Transition Village will include our extensive library, music, movies, chicken coops, bees, solar panels, homesteading resources, seed libraries, neighbourhood food networks, gardening, permaculture, emergency preparedness, a plastic-free zero waste kitchen display, visioning, kid-oriented carpentry and painting activities, refreshments, community groups like SPEC, False Creek Watershed Society, Cottonwood Community Garden, and Vancouver Urban Farmers Society, Homesteaders Emporium, and  SO MUCH MORE. In other words, imagine your ideal neighbourhood!

Read an article here about the festival, featuring Village Founder Ross Moster, and watch a short movie here to see how it is organized and view what it looked like on its first year on Main Street.

Be there, be part of the largest CarFree Day exhibitor, and enjoy the spirit of safe, open streets, Transition-style!

If you would like to volunteer to help with setup (10 am-noon), at a Village info table (between noon and 7 pm), or with breakdown, or have tables, chairs or tents we can borrow (currently looking for 3-6 more tents) OR if you would like to promote/display a community project, group, or activity you're involved in, please contact volunteer@villagevancouver.ca(If the link isn't working properly, just cut and paste.) 

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Announcing the June edition of the Village Vancouver Newsletter and Calendar of Events!

In this month's newsletter:

  • The world stands up to Monsanto
  • Join Village Vancouver at Car Free Day!
  • From Here to There: Stories of Food, Energy and Transitioning to Sustainable Communities.
  • Transition School at Langara College
  • Earthwalks back by popular demand
  • Permaculture guru Toby Hemenway comes to Vancouver
  • Woodland Community Garden breaks ground
  • Film Fundraiser for Woodland Community Garden
  • Commercial Drive workshop and potluck: Backyard Chickens
  • Kits Eco-Àrts events
  • Learn to sew at Carnegie Community Centre
  • Permaculture course at UBC Farm
  • The most important tar sands case you've never heard of
  • And more!

 

From Here to There 3: Stories of Food, Energy, and Transitioning to Resilient Communities

June 19th at MOV

Details here.

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May 2013

  350?!  Just passed 400!

This week the carbon dioxide level in our atmosphere passed 400 parts per million (ppm).  The movement 350.org was set up to reinforce a broad scientific understanding that 350 ppm was the absolute ceiling level of carbon, a relative "safe zone" in James Hansen's words, beyond which human life on earth would be increasingly untenable.  So, now we've hit 400, and among other things we've now lost most of our arctic ice.  According to Grist magazine, US carbon emissions have fallen 13% over the past 7 years--evidence that there may be hope?!--but global emissions are still 58% over 1990 levels (the Kyoto ceiling). 

So what does 400 really mean?  The number itself is irrelevant; the important message is that it is still rising, and we still have a lot of work to do.  Read more here.

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Announcing the May edition of the Village Vancouver Newsletter and Calendar of Events!

In this month's newsletter:

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 To find previous News Blasts and Special Announcements,
 go to this page.

VV Community Potluck

  Monday, May 27

6 to 8 pm

Bidwell Room

West End Community Centre

970 Denman

Share some good food and conversation w/your neighbours. Bring something yummy to share. (And a cup, bowl, spoon, etc. if you can.)

Free. Everyone welcome. (You don't have to live in the West End.)

RSVP here or to Ross at ross@villagevancouver.ca or to WE Community Centre (45809.204)

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April 2013

The Sharing Project - Crowdfunding!

Over the past week, The Sharing Project has gained a ton of major media support.  From front page of the National Post, to Global TV's 6pm newsthe Tyee, and an interview on CKNW and CBC, Village member Chris Diplock and colleagues are presenting a viable economic model for creating a city that consumes less and connects more. 

You can help this alternative economy become even more viable by joining the crowdsourcing of this project through indiegogo.  Contributors receive perks from Modo, the Vancouver Tool Library, The Hive and more.

Please check out The Sharing Project campaign & share with your networks: http://igg.me/at/thesharingproject.

The project only has until Tuesday April 16th, when the campaign ends, and any amount helps!  Check out a little more about this project on the Village site here.

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2013 Neighbourhood Small Grants

 General (Community) NSG's

Green NSG's

Neighbourhood Small grants are easy to apply for and a great way to  help get your neighbourhood project off the ground!

New this year: a) The grant areas have been expanded --everyone who lives in Vancouver is now eligible to apply, and b) both grants are now for up to $1,000.

Deadline for applying is March 31st.

This grant cycle is now closed, but some neighbourhoods may offer a 2nd round.

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The New Economy Summit at UBC:

Redefining Prosperity/Rethinking Our Economy 

April 4-6

Presenters (including a number of VVers):

Herb Barbolet, Michael Barkusky,  Paula Barrios, Morris Berman, Jordan Bober, Randy Chatterjee, Michelle Colussi, Matt Dickson, Darren Fleet, Patrick Francios, Derek Gent, Tom Green, Andrea Harris, John Helliwell, George Hoberg,  Barbara Joughin, David Korten, Michael Lewis, Michael Linton, Donnie MacLurcan, Tara Moreau, Ross Moster, Ann Pacey, Ellie Perkins, William Rees, John Restakis, Benjamin Richardson, Conrad Schmidt, Juliet Schor (via skype), Christie Stephenson, Kate Storey, James Tansey, Vanessa Timmer, Elizabeth Ü, and Bob Williams.

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March 2013

The March edition of the Village Vancouver Newsletter and Calendar of Events is ready! Read all about it!

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Village Vancouver March Meet-up & Potluck

Sunday, March 17 from 1pm to 4pm

West End Community Centre, Bidwell Room

Details here.

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February 2013

Last chance to register for Free Seed Saving Workshops

Beginning and Advanced

Sunday, February 24 from 9-10:30 am and 11am-12:30pm in Kits
RSVP here

or to Ross at ross@villagevancouver.ca

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Fifty neighbours attended the Kits House Community potluck gathering last week to celebrate the dozen plus Dropin "Spahgetti" nights held over the last several months, and a splendid time was had by all!

Next "spaghetti" night Sunday, Feb 10.

January 2013

Commercial Drive Monthly Potlucks and Workshops Start Thurs, Jan 24th

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SCRIPT FROM THIS PORTION OBAMA's SPEECH (underlining added): We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries — we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared. 

The January edition of the Village Vancouver Newsletter and Calendar of Events is ready! Read all about it!

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December 2012

"Save for a Rainy Day!"

Oops, I guess that message doesn't work much around these parts. In fact, it doesn't work much anywhere else across Canada!

Indebtedness in "our home and native land" continues to rise rapidly, reaching new and unprecedented levels, and even beyond what our spendthrift southern neighbour toyed with in 2008...and we know where that got them!

According to the Financial Post, we on average each owe almost 165% of what we earn each year.  Yes, and this is before taxes.  That's an AVERAGE.  Many have much more debt.

How is this sustainable, for individuals, or for the economy as a whole?  Banks love it...well, as long as everyone pays up, and the economy grows fast enough to cover both principle and interest payments...but debt can weave a nasty web around everything we do.  Debt cuts off choice and options.  It becomes a trap.  Some liken it to one big Ponzi scheme.

Please avoid it as best you can, and celebrate the holidays by thanking those you love with your love, and nothing necessarily more.

Happy Solstice!  The days will soon get longer, and the rain maybe a bit less...wet.

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November 2012

Watch an Urban Garden Sharing music video, made locally.
What could be more entertaining!

Aviva Community Fund Voting Results

Hi everyone,

A brief note to let you know how we did in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

As you may have already heard, we came close - over 2200 votes and a 14th place finish out of 564 entries. We finished very strongly, but couldn't quite reach the 10th place finish we needed to move into the semi-finals.

We'd like to thank all of you for your fantastic support.Without it, we wouldn't have done nearly as well as we did.

Even though we didn't move on, it's a very healthy sign for Village Vancouver that we were able to garner such a high level of enthusiasm for our Kits Village demonstration proposal. We continue to run primarily on people power, and this year has seen an amazing array of activities (over 250!) and new projects emerging in Village -- and 2013 promises more of the same. Getting involved does make a difference!

Once again, thanks for all you do!

Be well, celebrate, and persevere.
-- Ross and the rest of Village's Board of Directors -- Ann, Beth, Dana, Diane, Jacquie, Jason, Jordan, Randy, and Thomas

P.S. And thanks for tolerating all our emails during the voting!

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 Read about a revolution in urban agriculture of scale taking place in Chicago.

 

 

 

Vote for Village Vancouver to help us win a $50,000 grant!

The competition ends 9 am Monday morning the 26th. We're getting close, but need everyone's vote!

If  enough of us Vote for Village today (Sunday) before 9 pm and then again between 9 pm tonight and 9 am Monday,  we'll make the semi-finals.

We're movin' up - from 66th to 14th (out of 564 projects) in the last week in the small grant category, thanks to your support. Help us crack the top 10 and move into the semi-finals.

Village Vancouver has done a lot with very little over the past few years to build stronger communities in our region and to catalyse projects that bring us closer to the more sustainable, resilient, connected and livable world that we all need so urgently to build together.To take our efforts to the next level, we need more resources. And now, with the Aviva Community Fund grant competition, we have the opportunity to obtain those resources. Please VOTE once a day for the next 2 days from November 25 - 26th. And please invite your networks to vote.Your can also invite your friends on facebook to Vote for Kitsilano Demonstration Transition Village.

Each day runs from 9 pm to 9 pm Pacific Time. You still have time to vote today. (And you can vote again after 9 pm.)  Please note that voting ends at   9 am Monday the 26th.

With enough votes, you can help propel Village Vancouver into the Aviva grant semi-finals to win $50,000 to build a neighbourhood transition toolkit that will drastically accelerate our journey to a more positive and resilient future for the Vancouver region!

There are thousands of members of the Village Vancouver community. If each of us casts at least one vote, we have a great shot at winning $50,000 for Transition in Vancouver!

Deepen your support by becoming a contributing member of Village Vancouver!

Of course, voting is not the only way that you can help. You can also make a huge difference by becoming a contributing member of Village Vancouver Transition Society. Even if only a small percentage of our community members become dues-paying members of the Society, we can very quickly raise the funds that will allow us to engage in change-catalysing projects without depending exclusively on grants. Will you make a difference by becoming a member today?

Thanks for all you do in the world, and remember, vote for your very own Village Vancouver by clicking here, every day for the next 2 days if you can!

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Thank you to all who attended

Neighbour Savour 2012 !

Well over 250 people ate scrumptious food, listened to great local music, danced, made crafts, visited the community tables, and met their neighbours. It's an event that's hard to beat, especially when we came away with just 4 litres of compost, some recyclables, and just ONE LITRE of actual waste that will need to make its way to the dump.  After feeding 300 or so people, that ain't so bad at all! 

Now, if you think you left something behind, check out the pictures of a few found items here.

And a big round of applause for all of the volunteerswho helped make it happen, including some amazing local students from UBC Land and Food who kept at it all night  (We just hope they took a few minutes off to sample the great food.)

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This week: Free talks by authors Jerry Thompson and Chris Philpott

 Wed, Nov 7

Get prepared for Cascadia's Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America

7pm to 9pm at St. James Community Square

W 10th ave and Trutch St.

 

Village presents an evening with Jerry Thompson, author of "Cascadia's Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America". There will be a lecture and panel discussion around neighborhood earthquake preparation.

Learn about the geology of the Cascadia's Fault and how an organized community response can help assist emergency responders, preserve property and save lives!

For more information please contact: KitsEarthquakePrep@gmail.com

 

   Thurs, Nov 8

                                 Green Spirituality

                                    7pm to 9pm at UBC, Student                                       Union Building, Room 215

Village presents a talk by Chris Philpott, author of Green Spirituality, from Transition Town Leamington Spa in England

Green Spirituality wants to alert people of this planet to the perils that            face us all, and to show that, if we are prepared to heed the teachings              of ancient and modern spiritual wisdom, we can still face the future          positively. The presentation will be a combination of detailed                information about global environmental problems and world poverty,              along with solutions to those problems rooted in the spiritual                  teachings of different traditions.

For more info see event post or www.greenspirituality.org

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October 2012:

 

Earth Walks

Three local non-profit groups – Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Village Vancouver, and the False Creek Watershed Society  have teamed up to create a series of 10 “Earth Walks”.

NEXT WALK: Oct 14. Connecting with the Land. Last walk of the season. Click here for details.

We live in the city of Vancouver with almost a million residents. We are blessed to be surrounded by mountains, forests, oceans and rivers. But how well do we know the nature in our own backyard? The natural world is present everywhere – from the gardens of Kitsilano to the Lost Streams of False Creek to the Mighty Fraser River and even at the local shopping centre!

Please join us for this exciting series of free walks this summer and fall. The leaders are amazingly knowledgeable in their specialty. So come along to listen to their words, connect with the land and ask lots of questions!

Earth Walks Vancouver - Summer/Fall 2012:

Please register for the event(s) of your choice online here: http://www.falsecreekwatershed.org/events.html. We will add more information as it becomes available.

Past walks:

1) July 21 “Bee Walk” through Kitsilano with Mary Bennett. From bee-friendly gardens to hives to eco-art; how bees fare in the big city. 1:00 – 3:00

2) July 29: “Who ever heard of a nature walk in a shopping centre?” Oakridge Mall with Celia Brauer. Come check out the fact that Mother Nature is everywhere. 10:30 – 12:30

3) August 11: “A Place of Many Bridges"- a walk through history on the Fraser River’s North Arm -with Terry Slack . Listen to tales about the Fraser River on the skytrain bridge over the North Arm – some history, some discussion about the fish and how a river works and what this riverbank will look like in the future 10:30 – 12:30

4) August 18: “St. George’s Street Rainway – bringing a creek back to a city street” with Greta Borick Cunningham. A walk along the historic creek which will one day be daylighted and the new painted mural

5) “Paradise in the City” - Strathcona and Cottonwood garden. How community and nature come together to produce paradise. Leader and date TBA

6) Sept 9: “A Lost Stream Walk - Gibson’s Creek” with Dan Fass. A walk along an old stream bed to talk about how the city evolved and changed over time.

7) Sept 15: “Fish in the City - Fisherman’s wharf to Granville Island market” with Louise Towell. Fish from the sea, fish from False Creek, fish from the ocean. What is the history, where our fish come from, how they are faring in the deep ocean? And how the Stream of Dreams teaches children about fish and watersheds. 10:00 – 12:00

8) Sept 23: “How the Forest Works” with Terry Taylor. Forest ecology and how the forest does our work for us – in Pacific Spirit Park. 10:00- 12:00

9) October 7: “Economics in Place and Time” with Michael Barkusky. A walk on the false creek seawall from Leg-in-boot square to Granville Island to look at the history of False Creek and how the natural capital of the water and shoreline has changed over the last 150 years. 1:00 – 3:00

UPCOMING:

10) October 14: “Connecting with the Land” with Pamela Zevit. A walk along Wreck Beach – one of the last close-to-wild beaches in Vancouver – including discussions about how we connect to the land in our fast-paced techno-industrial urban society and meditations to help forge stronger links. 10:00 -12:00

 

July 2012:

Village Vancouver AGM

Join us for the first ever Village Vancouver AGM! Tuesday, July 17

We welcome you to join us on at our inaugural Village Vancouver Transition Society AGM, 1st ever election for the Board of Directors and Mini-demo Village - Seed Library (bring seeds to swap!) and more.
 
Tuesday, July 17th in the Employee (Staff) Lounge at Langara College. 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2Z6. (See directions below)

6 pm    Potluck
6:45     AGM
8:15     Visioning Session 

Click here to RSVP!

 
Village Vancouver turned four in May 2012, and recently opened up invitations for interested parties to become Society members.
 
The worldwide Transition Movement, of which we're a proud member, has spread like wildfire, and currently includes over 950 initiatives in more than 30 countries, from Brazilian favelas to Italian villages to city and region-wide hubs.
Focusing on inspiring positive actions that build resilient and sustainable communities, we've evolved into one of the largest and most active Transition initiatives on the planet, with thousands of members and upwards of 250-300 activities a year.
As the official Transition Hub for metropolitan Vancouver, we've accomplished a lot in just a few years, including:
  • Growing with local and international Transition Movements
  • Holding workshops, gatherings and playing a leading role in helping thousands acquire new skills in events such as Transition School (now in its 5th year) at Langara College's Sustainable Communities Summer School
  • Widespread recognition as a leader in the sustainable food movement including Neighbourhood Food Networks, Beekeeping, Seed Saving, Gardening and Backyard Chicken Networks
  • Initiating work on FED-AP - a Food Community Resiliency Plan, promoting urban farming and agriculture, community gardens and coming together to celebrate food and build community
  • Working to create vibrant local economies including a community currency, greater community connectivity and self-reliance, more energy reduction and less dependence on fossil fuels
  • Developing neighbourhood emergency preparedness, in coordination with city emergency services, to reach deeper into the community to build resiliency and strengthening our ability to respond to disaster.
We'll be discussing where we've been, where we're at, and where we're going. All members in good standing are eligible to vote, and members can run for the Board. There are 10 positions to be filled. For a list of current members of the board, click here.
Village runs on people power and we look forward to your participation -- and to having some fun!
Please contact Village Vancouver Transition Society President Ross Moster for more information at 604.742.9881 or ross@villagevancouver.ca.
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Directions to Lounge
The staff lounge is located in the southeast corner of the A Building. From the main entrance off of 49th Avenue, head down the main foyer to the cafeteria. A door to the employee lounge is located in the southeast corner of the main cafeteria.

http://www.langara.bc.ca/campus-facilities/campus-maps/pdf/campusmap20100805.pdf

A few more volunteers needed for our Demo Community Village at Khatsalano Music + Art Festival this Saturday the 21st
 
We're doing a smallish community village (3 or 4 tents) at the Khatsalano street fest on Saturday - chickens, seed library (free seeds, bring seeds to swap, donate)  community currency, emergency prep, beekeeping info, displays, library, hospitality booth, etc. - and need help with setting up (around 9:30-11am), tabling (noon-8pm), and breaking down (8-8:45pm).

On 4th, just west of Trafalgar, next to the Westside Community Food Market,  in the Kits Neighbourhood House area.

Please contact Ross at ross@villagevancouver.ca if you can help for a couple/few hours.

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July newsletter now available! Click here!

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Langara College Sustainable Communities Summer School/Village Vancouver 5th Annual Transition School

July 7-13, 2012

Over 40 different workshops, including 15 VV Transition School offerings on Re-Skilling, Community Building and the "Big Picture". Register for one or several!

Sat-Sun July 7-8

Sustainability and Power: How The 99% Can Change The World

Monday, July 9

Setting the Context for Change: Exploring the Pathways to Ecological Sustainability  - Kathryn Cholette

Composting Made Easy - Grant Watson

Balcony and Container Gardening - Grant Watson

Tuesday, July 10

Introduction to Transition - Ross Moster and Ann Pacey

How to Build a Village in a City - Ross Moster

Wednesday, July 11

Food Systems Dialogue - Herb Barbolet w/Eleanor Boyle, Thomas Moore, Ann Pacey, and Ross Moster

Everything (almost) you need to know about community currencies - Jordan Bober and Michael Linton

How to Start a Collaborative Community Garden - Rob Miksza

Thursday, July 12

Bees in the City: An Introduction to Backyard Bee Keeping - Brian Campbell

Building Resilient Neighbourhood Food Networks - Ross Moster

Prepared or Not Prepared: Are you Ready - Ann Pacey

Friday, July 13

Co-ops Work! - Melanie Conn and Marty Frost

Introduction to Permaculture Design - Sara Dent and Delvin Solkinson

Radical Democratic Practices - Amy Li

 

Workshop fees vary, please check the workshop descriptions. (Some are FREE, and low income and student discounts are available for the other workshops.)

 

For specific Course Descriptions, Costs, and Registration info:

Community and Cultural Development
http://tinyurl.com/community-culturaldevelopment

Communication and Facilitation
http://tinyurl.com/communication-facilitation

Social Ecology
http://tinyurl.com/socialecology

 

For General Info on different ways to register, click here.

 

For further info:Sarah St. John @ 604.323.5193 at Langara.

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June 2012:

Kits Village Permaculture PET Day Blitz

(creating a new medicinal garden)
Sunday, June 24 - 8:30am to 3:30 pm
Around 25 Villagers participated

Thanks everyone
from the organizing team (Ross, Jane, Justin, and Nick)
DSCN1268
 Photo by Malin Hansen

 

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Car Free Village

Sunday, June 17

 75+ Villagers helped make this Village Vancouver's most successful Community Village ever for the thousand plus people who visited us.

BIG THANKS EVERYONE

from your Main St. Car Free Fest Community Village organizing  team (Ross, Jason, Randy and Raimey)Village Vancouver at Main Street Car Free Day 2012

 Photo by Dana Wilson

Pictures are beginning to be posted here in our new Car Free Day 2012 Album!

More pictures here.

 

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Kits Village Permaculture PET Day Blitz
(creating a new medicinal garden)
Sunday, June 24 - 8:30am to 3:30 pm
 

Join us for a community "barnraising" in transforming a property using Permaculture design principles. Last year close to 25 people participated in converting a Kits front lawn near the beach into a Village Vancouver Permaculture food forest. This will be our 2nd Kits Village project.
June's Kits Blitz garden party will be held at a home near 5th and Arbutus, and and we'll be working on a front yard and a blvd. and focusing on medicinal plants and flowers. VVer Nick Grabovac will facilitate. Nick is a Permaculture Designer and founder of Vancouver Permaculture Meetup.
Please RSVP on Event post. Everyone welcome - it's fun, it's educational, and we feed you!
Supported by a Green Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation.
(By the way, we're always looking for more locations in Kits Village and elsewhere to create more Permaculture gardens.)

Update: Currently, over 20 people have confirmed - what a great response! If you're planning on participating, please RSVP right away, so our hosts know how much food to prepare.

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Building Net Zero Energy Urban Homes
Check out this article from the New York Times on that city's small-scale efforts by local developers to renovate existing buildings into zero carbon homes.  Can anyone do this?  New York real estate is even more expensive than here--and salaries are more than double--but the greenest of green buildings in fact cost barely 15% more than traditional construction and provide a wealth of new green jobs.

 

May 2012:
Green Neighbourhood Small Grant Program

Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver have announced a new Green Neighbourhood Small Grant program. Up to $1,000 per grant. Every resident of Vancouver is eligible.

Deadline for applying: May 25.

For further information, click here.

Also currently available:

Community Neighbourhood Small Grants (up to $500)

North Shore  (June 8, 4 pm deadline, online or paper)

 

April 2012 Click here for April Newsletter

Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver have announced a new Green Neighbourhood Small Grant program. Up to $1,000 per grant. Every resident of Vancouver is eligible. Deadline for applying: May 25. For further information:  http://www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/greenest-city/small-grants ---------------
Neighbourhood Small Grants

Apply soon for up to $500 through your local participating Neighbourhood House or Community Centre.

It's easy to apply!

Come up with a good idea, and we, your community, will help you make it happen and happen better than you could ever imagine.

If you need help writing a grant--really just a paragraph--just give us a hollerFor more information, refer to the Vancouver Foundation NSG page here.

(See links for neighbourhood boundaries and see if you're eligible.) Carnegie, Ray Cam and Strathcona Community Centres (May 18 deadline, online or paper application)

West End  (May 25 deadline, online application) Surrey - Whalley neighbourhood  (May 25 deadline, online application) North Shore  (June 8, 4 pm deadline, online or paper application)

South Burnaby, also check here Mount Pleasant and Riley Park (March 31 deadline; online application) Kiwassa, Frog Hollow, and Cedar Cottage (March 31 deadline for a different grant: "Community  Small Grant" $500-1500. paper application.) NSG grant info: http://communityconnection.wordpress.com/  (April 30 deadline; online application.) South Vancouver and Collingwood (April 30 deadline; online application) Carnegie, Ray Cam and Strathcona Community Centres (May 18 deadline, online or paper application) Kitsilano/Arbutus Ridge/Point Grey/and parts of Dunbar and Fairview neighbourhoods (April 24 4pm deadline, paper application)

---------------- Need help visualizing the magnitude of the Tar Sands?  Check out this well-researched and visually powerful analysis by Barry Saxifrage (PDF download), as published in the Vancouver Observer.

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The Neighbourhood Small Grants are coming out!

Apply soon for up to $500 through your local participating Neighbourhood House or Community Centre.

It's easy to apply!

(See links for neighbourhood boundaries and see if you're eligible.)

Mount Pleasant and Riley Park (March 31 deadline; online application)

Kiwassa, Frog Hollow, and Cedar Cottage (March 31 deadline for a different grant: "Community  Small Grant" $500-1500. paper application.) NSG grant info: http://communityconnection.wordpress.com/  (April 30 deadline; online application.)

South Vancouver and Collingwood (April 30 deadline; online application)

Carnegie, Ray Cam and Strathcona Community Centres (May 18 deadline, online or paper application)

Kitsilano/Arbutus Ridge/Point Grey/and parts of Dunbar and Fairview neighbourhoods (April 24 4pm deadline, paper application)

 West End(May 25 deadline, online application)

North Shore

South Burnaby, also check here

Surrey - Whalley neighbourhood  (May 25 deadline, online application)

Come up with a good idea, and we, your community, will help you make it happen and happen better than you could ever imagine.

If you need help writing a grant--really just a paragraph--just give us a hollerFor more information, refer to the Vancouver Foundation NSG page here.

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March 2012

Watch Sacred Economics, a new short film by Ian MacKenzie, just released online here:

http://sacred-economics.com/film/

After the film premiers (March 1, 9 am PST), live conversation with Charles Eisenstein and Ian MacKenzie hosted by Village member Justin Ritchie

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Robin Wheeler North Vancouver memorial/Roberts Creek Celebration of Robin's Life information

Times and dates for the memorial in North Vancouver (Monday, Feb 27) and Celebration of Robin's Life in Roberts Creek (Sunday, March 4) have been announced.

You can share your thoughts about Robin here.

 

February 2012 Click here for February Newsletter

........... Sad news. Our great friend and ally, Robin Wheeler, passed away Monday afternoon, February 20th, after battling pancreatic cancer for the past year. A kind, wise, patient and loving soul, Robin was the author of Gardening for the Faint of Heart and Food Security for the Faint of Heart, founder of the Sustainable Living Arts School and One Straw Society, and taught several dozen workshops for Village over the past 3 years. She touched hundreds (and likely thousands) of us in gentle and nurturing ways and will be sorely missed. Please feel free to share your thoughts here...

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Join Village this month in Transitioning to Resiliency

TONIGHT:

From Here to There (Part Two): Food, Energy and...

From Here to There (Part 2): Food, Energy, & Transitioning to Resilient Communities Feb 28

Join Village this month in Transitioning to Resiliency

Next up:

Transportation Transformation: Sustainable Transportation for Your Community Feb 18

 

 VV February Meetup Feb 19

 

"The Power of Circles" Teleseminar Launch featuring  Joanna Macy, Vicki Robin, Juanita Brown, Christina Baldwin, & Maureen Jack-LaCroix Feb 21

 

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip movie screening w/Producer Mark Dixon Feb 26


From Here to There (Part 2): Food, Energy, & Transitioning to Resilient Co

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Thanks to the over 250 people who came out to hear Richard talk about the issues we're facing and his vision of a resilient future. (Including lots of Transition Towns!) We'll be posting material from his talk later in the month.

 

 

 

 

Richard Heinberg Opens Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Friday February 10th  5 – 7 pm
Theatre 5 (Room A130) Langara College

 

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And thanks to everyone who attended the Food & Farming Program and The Econmics of Happiness! The theatres were packed for almost all of the films.


Village is also very pleased to be sponsoring the Food/Farming Program on Saturday at the Film Festival along with Slow Food Vancouver, and the screening of The Economics of Happiness on Sunday.

 

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More Resiliency coming up this month:

 

De-mystifying De-materialization panel: the Why, What, and How Behind Reducing Energy and Materials in our Economy --

Bill Rees, Vanessa Timmer, Ross Moster  at SCARP

(SCARP Symposium is now sold out)

Feb 10

 

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Richard Heinberg Opens Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Friday February 10th  5 – 7 pm
Theatre 5 (Room A130) Langara College

Richard Heinberg is one of the world’s most effective exponents of the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels and towards a post-growth economy. Author of 10 books, including 2010′s The End of Growth, his wry, unflinching approach addresses challenges such as climate change, peak oil, economic instability, and food insecurity. He exposes the tenuousness of our current way of life, while exploring governmental responses and promising grassroots models in community resilience, including the Transition Town Movement and the Occupy Movement. Heinberg offers a radical vision for a truly sustainable future.

Admission to the World Community Film Festival opening lecture is by donation and the event is sponsored by Village Vancouver, Langara Continuing Studies and Vancouver Peak Oil. Register thru Langara 604.323.5322 (CRN 50966) or RSVP here.

For more information go to:
www.codevfilmfest.org or Village Vancouver-Richard Heinberg

 

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Village is also very pleased to be sponsoring the Food/Farming Program on Saturday at the Film Festival along with Slow Food Vancouver, and the screening of The Economics of Happiness on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday (Food/Farming)

 

in Theatre 2

 

 La Via Campesina

12:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

The Chocolate Farmer

 

12:20 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Saving the Seed

 

1:15 pm

 

Permaculture:The Growing Edge


 1:35 pm

A Chemical Reaction


2:30 pm

 

Urban Roots

4:30 pm

     

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

in Theatre 3

 

 

 

 

The Economics of Happiness

 

1:15 pm



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Nicole Foss (aka "Stoneleigh") at Langara College -    

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We're pleased to have welcomed Nicole Foss, aka Stoneleigh of The Automatic Earth, back to Vancouver on February 2 to talk about the future of our economy.  She packed a lecture hall at Langara College last year to provide key insights on our economic future, not all of which were particularly welcome but nevertheless came to pass.

Now, after the Occupy Movement launched last fall, she presented a new, more upbeat tone and theme in The Storm Surge of Decentralization.  This is the 99%'s reaction to what we now know about the Ponzi schemes embedded in our modern financial systems, and changes have already begun.  You may download her presentation slides here, one of which--what to make sure you begin to stock up--is copied below.  We are working on providing short teaser video clips from the evening, and will soon have DVDs available to sell or show at Village events.

Note, the term "Protection" means 'Community,' people looking out for you and ready to come to your aid.

Nicole Foss is a

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