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SRA meeting June 1, and other news

Hi, Strathcona friends and neighbours. This newsletter includes the following items:

-- agenda for June 1 SRA meeting

-- problem drinking in Maclean Park

-- Hawks Avenue Yard Sale June 12

-- “Great Beginnings” grants

-- Mariachi Festival June 17

-- Yippies in Love June 23 to July 3







Wednesday, June 1st at 7:15pm

Strathcona Community Centre

601 Keefer (at Princess)



-- Vancouver 125 Grant: This is Strathcona Festival

-- Doc-side Clinic Vote

-- Special Presentation: Come celebrate a people’s history of Vancouver’s first neighbourhood



with co-editors Daphne Marlatt & Carole Itter


Carole and Daphne will reminisce and share their stories about how this groundbreaking collection of East End aural histories came about, and be available to sign copies of the book. People’s Co-op Bookstore will be on hand to to sell copies at the meeting.







(Thanks to a resident belonging to BlockWatch for this information, submitted May 22)


Yesterday, the drinking in Maclean Park, the square at E. Georgia and Hawks, began around 9 AM and continued, in rotating shifts, throughout the day. I finally called the police, non-emergency line, at 2:30. Two plainclothes officers arrived about 45 minutes later and began an hour-long procedure of dispersal that finally involved four more officers, a car, and the paddy wagon. They received one call, other than mine, and that from someone who had been threatened while passing by.


There is nothing benign about this activity. It routinely escalates into disruptive and sometimes violent behaviour. It should be stopped as soon as it begins. Worse, these were very young people, certainly not adults, mid-teens. Children, really.


Dozens and dozens of people walked by, many with their own children, saw what was happening, and shrugged it off.  It's not for shrugging. It won't stop unless a clear message is delivered that it's not acceptable. If we do nothing, the clear message is that it IS acceptable. And it's not.


It takes just a few minutes to call the police non-emergency line, 604 717 3321. They do come, sometimes sooner, sometimes later, and I have been very impressed with the calm and courteous way they deal with the offenders. Most usually, they're just moved along.


The park is for everyone, but there are parameters of behavior that need to be observed. Swearing, shouting, breaking bottles, threatening passersby, intimidating the elderly – all the byproducts of public drinking by groups – are transgressive. I call every time I see a bottle come out. I would encourage others to do the same.







(Thanks to Roberta Robertson for this info)


You can give “gently used” items to Roberta Robertson or Phyllis Burk. They will sell them at the yard sale and donate the proceeds to the Strathcona Community Centre.







(Thanks to Roberta Robertson for this info)


The Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver, in conjunction with the Carnegie / Strathcona / RayCam Neighbourhood Small Grants are pleased to announce funding for grants under the "Great Beginnings Program" for safety and security in our community.  We have lively and dynamic social spaces within our local area and in order for these to continue to grow, we are again putting out the call for your ideas that will enhance and improve the community.


What does "safety and security" mean to you?    food / health & fitness / street and alley cleanup / financial & retirement planning / money management / composting & recycling / work / play / cyclist & pedestrian safety / block watch


Visit to apply for grants up to $500.00.


Application forms also available at RayCam / Carnegie / Strathcona Community Centres


Deadline June 30, 2011 ~ project must be completed by December 15, 2011







(Thanks to Laura Crema for this info)


It’s back!! - the second annual Mariachi Fiesta in Strathcona's Russian Hall.

"Los Dorados", Vancouver's premier Mariachi band will play a benefit concert on Friday, June 17th at the Russian Hall (Keefer and Campbell). Like last year, it is a show to raise money for the band's trip to the International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. They are a really fun band who are generating quite a following in town. Last year everybody had a great time and this year is sure to be better!

There will also be beer and tequila for sale and catered Mexican food.

We're expecting to sell out again, so the sooner you buy your tickets, the better. For tickets or more information you can e-mail at or call me at 604-255-7321 or La Casa del Artista at 604-338-4064. Advance tickets are only $15. And like last year, kids are welcome for a small
donation at the door.

Hope to see you there! We're trying to get as many people from Strathcona as possible to come - but please spread the word around town and bring your friends!






By Bob Sarti
Music by Bill Sample
Directed by Jay Hamburger
A new musical produced by Theatre In the Raw.


It’s a play, it’s a musical, it’s a gas, man.

And it runs from June 23 to July 3 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.


Yippies In Love is an insider view of the turbulent counter-culture days of Vancouver in the 1960s and '70s, when the modern mass movement for social justice was emerging.


The play deals with an important issue for all activists: how to find the right balance between being an advocate for social change, raising a family and living out meaningful ideals amidst political turbulence deeply affecting peoples' lives.


To reserve your tickets, call The Cultch at (604) 251-1363; email them at, check out their website at; or visit in person at 1895 Venables.


Tickets prices are $22 adults and $16 for students/seniors.

All seats are general admission in The Cultch’s VanCity Culture Lab.


There are two matinee performances – on Sundays, June 26 and July 3.

 A panel discussion by veteran Vancouver Yippies will follow the June 26 matinee performance.


For more information:

youtube: yippies in love