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SRA News, 11 September 2011

Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Lots of events coming up in the neighbourhood this fall. Here are some details and some other news for you:

-- trade your backyard produce to Les Amis du Fromage (I’m very late with this news item; my apologies)

-- Avenir School Grand Opening Tea Party, September 15

-- Strathcona Harvest Festival, September 18

-- This is Strathcona Festival, September 25

-- Fall events at Chapel Arts, 308 Dunlevy Street

-- Events at Radha Eatery, 728 Main Street

-- 8th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival, October 26 to November 6


See you around the neighbourhood.









(Thanks to Joe Chaput for this info, and my apologies for taking so long to send it out)


Les Amis du Fromage is looking to trade for fruit that people are harvesting in their back yards of  strathcona. We’ll trade backyard fruit for a Gift certificate at les amis or au petit Chavignol. They can contact me for more details at



Joe Chaput

les amis du FROMAGE / Au Petit Chavignol

Members - Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France






Musi-Gala-Tea A Grand Opening Party


(Thanks to Nora Holtby for this info)


Sept 15 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Suite 207 - 877 Hastings Street


Free. Limited Seating.

For reservations please call 604 339 3478 or email


Just a wee bit of musical fun, and of course - Tea.


Also we would like families to know that we have a few bursaries available for students.

If there is a student who would benefit from an integrated, enriched and individualized curriculum please make an appointment with Martin Hamm at 604 339 3478.








The 4th Annual fun-filled afternoon for all ages

The Harvest Festival is a multi cultural, all ages, free community celebration where everyone can join in the festivities, sing and dance to the music of local talent, play some good old fashioned games, enjoy feasting and spend a fun filled afternoon with old acquaintances while having the chance to make some new ones. Having a sense of community in this big city is just as important for those who have lived here for years, as it is for any one who has just arrived in this neighbourhood or this country. The Strathcona Harvest Festival is assisted, supported and organized by several families, friends, local businesses & organizations and in this way many people of all ages, backgrounds and interests are contributing to the building and celebration of our diverse community.

A Free Community Event at McLean Park, near Hawks & Keefer








Join Us September 25th in MacLean Park as Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood celebrates the City's 125th Birthday!

From its prehistory as a Coast Salish camp to millworker cabins to the thriving multicultural crucible that helped forge our city today. Celebrate Vancouver's first neighbourhood and the City's 125th year.

* Heritage Scavenger Hunt *
Explore our historic neighbourhood with an interactive DIY heritage tour! We supply the map and clues, you supply the curiosity.Along the route you'll be competing for prizes and other goodies!
— Starts at 11:00 in MacLean Park

* Live Entertainment *
As eclectic as the neighbourhood itself! Our live stage features everything from hip hop to prohibition-era reefer jazz, bluegrass to funk, taiko drumming, lion dancing and more!
— 1:00 - 6:00pm in MacLean Park

* Multicultural Homecoming *
Wander from booth to booth and explore the heritage and histories of the diverse range of Vancouverites who've called Strathcona their neighbourhood over the last 125 years. As a working class immigrant neighbourhood from it’s very inception, Strathcona has been home to First Nations and Chinese, black and white, queer and straight, Italian, Jewish, Japanese, Scandinavian, Russian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Yugoslav, Newfoundlanders, French Canadians and many more. That wide ranging ethnic diversity of the neighbourhood earned local Strathcona Elementary School the nickname “The League of Nations” during the early part of the last century.
— 12:00 - 6:00pm in MacLean Park

* KID ZONE * Pony-rides, magic, face-painting and lots more for kids of all ages * prizes * food * and more! view full details on our website







Repent your summertime sins and Seek Salvation at the Chapel!

Autumn is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to start planning your "winter time celebrations" at the Chapel. Chapel Arts is the perfect downtown venue to escape the cold and celebrate the season with friends, families, and co-workers.

We offer the best rental rates in town and are now taking office party bookings for Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza (New Years Eve is already booked!) and any other occasions which need to be celebrated.


***Book your party before October 1st and receive an early bird discount of 10% off our regular rental rate when you present this email.


Our centrally located two level 8000 square foot facility has a capacity for nearly 250 people and is extremely versatile for all your party needs. We are a full service establishment with a professional staff to serve your needs. Whether it’s a family birthday party for 30 or an elegant wedding for 150, we can provide the staff for the level of service you require. We also offer full event planning and catering services.


For further rental and booking information please check out our website or contact:

Ross MacMillan

Business Development and Community Relations

Chapel Arts and Wiens Studios

T: 604 807-3839



Chapel Arts: an Original Vancouver Venue since 1908







728 Main Street


RADHA is open for:







(The 8th Annual!)


Wednesday 26 October to Sunday 6 November, 2011


Over 80 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside


To celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and promote the spirit of our home community, the 2011 Festival theme is: “Telling Our Story, Building Our Community” with a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside.

Grab your friends, neighbours, the whole family, and come to the closing night community dance Sunday November 6, 7:30pm at the Ukrainian Hall.

Presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre, the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, and a host of community partners.

For further information: