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SRA News, 18 September 2010

 Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Here is news of some interesting events in and around the neighbourhood:

 

-- the "Vancouver Special" Tour on Sept. 25

-- Cooking Classes and Urban Retreats at Radha

-- workshops on urban farming at Strathcona Community Centre

 

 

 

 

VANCOUVER SPECIAL

Second Annual Self guided Tour 

Saturday, September 25th 2010, 12-5 pm tix $25

 

This is a one-day, self-guided tour of 4 privately owned, inspiring interpretations of the unique Vancouver Special. Visitors use a numbered brochure to make their way from house to house in any order they prefer. The brochure contains a description of the social history, interior design and architectural features of each participating home.

 

All four houses are in the East Side of Vancouver, close enough to ride a bicycle to get around from house to house. It is a self-guided tour – your ticket is an informational brochure/passport with the addresses and backgrounders on each house.

 

Tickets at www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

 

 

COOKING CLASSES AND URBAN RETREATS

At Radha Yoga Studio and Eatery, 728 Main Street

Cooking Classes
Come learn the secrets of the Radha chefs!

  • Sundays, 11:30 – 2:30
  • $50/class, pre-register with a $25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Call 604-605-0011 or contact radhaevents@gmail.com

September 26 – Food Preservation: Fermenting Foods 
October 3 – Indian Cooking: A Vegan Feast 
October 17 – Cooking with Whole Grains 
October 24 – Alternative Baking 
November 7 – Fermented Beverages 
November 21 – Seasonal Soups 
November 28 – Lentils and Beans .
December 5 – Hors d’Oeuvres & Canapés 

Urban Retreats
Renew, focus and clarify through retreats that offer reflection and spiritual practice—a path to self-knowledge.

  • Saturdays, 11:30 – 1pm at Radha
  • $20/session; add $12 for optional lunch
  • Call to register with $10 deposit: 604-605-0011
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal.

 

October 9 – Yoga, Healing & Reflection
October 23 – Interpreting Your Dreams: Applying Them to Your “Real Life”
October 30 – Study the Gita: Bring Balance into Your Life
November 13 – Sacred Dance 

See our www.radhavancouver.org for retreat and cooking class descriptions.

 

 

Cultivating Food, Cultivating Community - Fall Workshop Series at Strathcona
Community Centre

Please call 604-713-1838 to register

 

On Sunday, Sept 19th at the Harvest Festival

Apartment and Container Gardening workshop with Robin Wheeler

10-11:30 am

Registration # 45502.401

Suggested $5 donation, no one turned away.

We will cover the problems of tiny gardens and will address some cures. We
will talk about the best plants for small gardens and how to get the biggest,
healthiest harvest possible.

Food Preservation Basics workshop with Robin Wheeler

11:45 am -1:15 pm

Registration # 45502.401

Suggested $5 donation, no one turned away.

We will go over the Top 10 food saving techniques and their pros and cons.
We'll talk about seasonal availability and how to take advantage of sales by
preserving, plus what supplies we should have on hand at all times to be
ready for any disaster.

 

On Sunday, September 26th

CANNING 101 Presented by the Environmental Youth Alliance

1-4pm, FREE

Registration #45560.401

Come learn a simple way to preserve local fruit! The workshop will focus on
how to safely preserve food using proper canning and freezing methods.
Participants will be able to take home preserves of locally harvested fruit.
Specific fruit used in the workshop will be dependent on what is currently
being harvested. All food and materials are included in the cost of the
workshop.

 

On Sun, October 3rd

CANNING 201 Presented by the Environmental Youth Alliance

1-4pm; FREE

Registration #45561.401

Come learn more ways to preserve local fruit and vegetables! The workshop
will focus on how to safely preserve food using proper canning and pickling
methods. Participants will be able to take home preserves of locally
harvested fruit and/or vegetables. Specific foods used in the workshop will
be dependent on what is currently being harvested. All food and materials are
included in the cost of the workshop.

 

On Sunday, October 10th

CANNING 101 Presented by the Environmental Youth Alliance

1-4pm; FREE

Registration #45562.401

Come learn a simple way to preserve local fruit! The workshop will focus on
how to safely preserve food using proper canning and freezing methods.
Participants will be able to take home preserves of locally harvested fruit.
Specific fruit used in the workshop will be dependent on what is currently
being harvested. All food and materials are included in the cost of the
workshop.

 

On Saturday, October 23rd

Building Food Resiliency in the Community with Ross Moster

1-4 pm; FREE

Registration # 45503.401

Getting together with others in our community to grow, share, celebrate and
engage in other neighbour-generated activities around local food is not only
fun, but can lead to satisfying and productive connections which can help
free up our time, lower our carbon footprint, save us money, and make our
blocks, neighbourhoods, and communities safer, healthier, and more
sustainable.

Learn what Village Vancouver and others are doing to help neighbours network
around food and food security and share what you are doing! This will be a
highly interactive event - we will explore how we can collaborate in all
possible ways to increase grassroots activity around food sustainability in
Strathcona.

 

On Saturday, October 30th

Seed Saving in the City workshop

10 am -1pm

Registration #45504.401

Fee: $30, no one turned away

We will be discussing seed saving basics, the politics of seeds, how to build
a seed collective and learn to select for good traits. We'll learn about
isolation distances, small business creation, hear stories, and work together
to create the base for a local seed chapter. Facilitated by: Maria Hunter,
Dragonfly Seeds; Mojave Kaplan,Planting Seeds Project; Robin Wheeler, Edible
Landscapes www.bcseeds.org

Keeping Chickens in Strathcona

Many people have begun to keep backyard chickens, and many others are
thinking about getting them. With the recent passage of the Vancouver Bylaw
legalizing the keeping of backyard chickens, and so much interest in
chickens, it is important for everyone’s sake (chicken owners, neighbours,
and chickens alike) that chicken owners know how to take care of them
properly.

 

On Wednesday, November 3rd

Backyard Chickens 101 workshop

7-9 pm

Registration #45505.401

$10 suggested donation

Learn about the basics of proper care and keeping of small urban flocks of
hens, and meet neighbours who share your interest. This interactive session
will help participants discover the ease of caring for small flocks.

 

On Tuesday, November 9th

Creating a Coop Co-op with Ross Moster

7-9 pm; FREE

Registration #45506.401

Learn about Village Vancouver's city wide Chicken Coop Co-op group and meet
other neighbours with interests around chickens, and begin to explore how you
can support one other around chicken keeping (e.g., acting as resources for
each another, sharing information, organizing bulk feed buying, etc.). We
will start a coop co-op in Strathcona.

 

On Tuesday, November 23rd

Mad City Chickens: Coming to a Backyard Near You! Film screening

with Q&A session to follow.

7-9 pm; by donation

Registration #45507.401

Mad City Chickens (79 min. film) is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical
look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken
experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that
decides to take the poultry plunge-- and even a mad scientist and giant hen
taking to the streets -- it's a humourous and heartfelt trip through the
world of backyard chickendom.

 

On Sunday, November 14th

Garden Planning and Preparation with Grant Watson

2-5pm

Registration #45508.401

$35 suggested fee; no one turned away

This course will get you started in thinking about how to start a food
garden, and taking the first important step of getting the beds ready for
planting. A sound garden plan that takes all the key factors into
consideration has a better chance of producing and winning your enthusiasm.
We’ll do a hands-on activity as well.

Planning includes: goal setting, location, layout, coldframes/greenhouses,
and

ordering seeds. Preparation includes: sheet mulching, tilling/digging, cover
crops/green manures, starting seedlings, irrigation, planting perennials and
beneficial.

 

On Sunday, December 5th

Healthy Food on a Budget with Robin Wheeler

1:30 -3 pm

Registration #45509.401

Suggested donation $15-20.

It gets harder and harder to stretch a food dollar, especially when we want
to keep our nutrient level high. In this class we'll look at micro growing,
gleaning, nutrient dense foods, bulk buying and other tricks for getting the
most value for our dollar.

Concepts in Year Round Gardening with Robin Wheeler

3:15- 5:15 pm

Registration #45510.401

Suggested donation $25-30.

The Whys and Wherefores of food cycles - why we want them, how to get them.
We will plan round the calendar food supplies, both in the larder and stored
in the garden.

For more information and other Strathcona Community Centre programs, please see: www.strathconacc.com