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SRA News, 29 October 2010

Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Some news for you:


--- SRA meeting Wednesday, November 3

-- Support the Heart of the City Festival

-- Pub Night at Strathcona Community Centre, November 6

-- Vote online to support First United’s storage program

-- Radha Eatery events

-- Pivot Legal Society’s AGM, November 10

-- Headlines Theatre presents events around Strathcona

-- Local artist Ewan McNeil to exhibit work at Teck Gallery

-- Suggested name for new library branch


Details below.






Come to the Strathcona Community Centre at 7:15 on Wednesday, November 3, for the monthly meeting of the Strathcona Residents Association. The following items will be on the agenda:

-- Presentation on the Georgia Viaduct

-- Short presentation by Wade Compton - Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project  

-- Report from the Zoning Committee

-- Vote on financial support for the SCC Food Security Program’s Espresso Machine

-- Report from the Traffic Safety Committee

-- Report from the Community Safety Committee

-- Update on Filming in Strathcona








Vancouver Moving Theatre and its community partners have just launched the Seven Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 27 – Nov 7).  Visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.


However, recent and severe provincial cutbacks mean Vancouver Moving Theatre has lost significant funding, making it a challenge to produce its award-winning projects.


Your support is needed to help produce projects and programs with and for the residents of the Downtown Eastside.


In addition to attending and enjoying upcoming Festival events, you can contribute to the success of the Heart of the City Festival by making a charitable tax-deductible donation to Vancouver Moving Theatre via the “Canada Helps” donation button at www.vancouvermovingtheatre.com  or www.heartofthecityfestival.com. Any contribution will help and is very much appreciated. 







Pub Social Night (19 years +)

Come on down as old meets new at our Friends of Strathcona Social event from 6-10 pm. Music provided by Mark Wardrop and Company. Highlights include a silent auction, 50/50 draw, raffle prizes, great food and adult beverages.
Date: Saturday, November 6th
Time: 6:00-10:00 pm
Tickets: $20.00 (available at the door or in advance from the community centre)






As you may have read lately, First United Church is providing a storage facility service for homeless people in the Downtown Eastside.  The storage means that people can safely leave their belongings to attend counseling, receive medical treatment, maybe seek job opportunities, etc. ..... even to have a shower & clean up!  By all accounts, the service is a huge success and is making a real difference in 200 homeless people's lives.


Unfortunately, government funding has been cut. To continue this program, First United is trying to win the support of Pepsi Refresh Project for a $25,000 grant.  You can help them secure a grant by going online and voting at www.refresheverything.ca/firstunitedchurch.  Voting ends October 31.








EATERY – Wednesday, October 6 is the debut of our new autumn harvest menu!  Dinner at Radha is a feast of beautiful vegan food made from local and organic ingredients.  Come and taste the flavours of the season.  Open Wed-Sat, 6-10 pm.  We are licensed.


FLAMENCO FOR THE PEOPLE – Barrio Flamenco performs on Tuesday, November 2, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Suggested donation $0 to $20. Proceeds donated to Enterprising Women Making Art. A part of the Heart of the City Festival.


HATHA YOGA – Learn to respect your body as a spiritual tool and discover its intelligence as you stretch, strengthen, open and relax. Open to all levels. $13.50/class, 30-day pass $60, 90-day $150, 10-day punch card $120; or pay-as-you-can.


SATSANG – Join us to chant, meditate, sing kirtan and renew. Kirtan begins at 7pm and continues throughout the satsang.  Together we send out positive vibrations to the neighbourhood, to friends and family and to the world.  Support world peace

and your own inner peace.  All are welcome!  Sundays, 7:30-8:30pm.


HIDDEN LANGUAGE HATHA YOGA – Stretch your mind as well as your body. Uncover the symbolic depth of the poses and gain insights into your life. Please bring a journal. $13.50/class or pay-as-you-can. Included in passes. Saturdays, 9:30-11am and Thursdays, 4:30-5:45pm.


KUNDALINI – The Kundalini System is a pathway leading to your highest ideals. In this series, learn how to use more of your mind, with a focus on the intuitive aspects. Mondays, 7-9pm.  We will also offer YOUNG ADULT KUNDALINI on Tuesdays, 7-9pm. $15/class


DREAM YOGA – Dreams can be your most trustworthy doorway to inner knowing. Join us in this series to explore the meaning of the symbols in any dream of your choice. Participate in spiritual practices and learn about a method for understanding your dreams that is both practical and mystical. Tuesdays, 7-9pm, $15/class.


URBAN RETREATS – This fall we are pleased to present a series of retreats that offer reflection, spiritual practice and paths to self-knowledge. Saturdays, 11:30am-1pm. See our website for details.


COOKING CLASSES – Fall is a great time to warm up your kitchen by cooking nourishing foods for yourself and your loved ones. Gather new inspiration and skills from the Radha chefs. Class topics include Indian cuisine, whole grains, alternative baking, seasonal soups, fermented beverages and more! Sundays, 11:30am-2:30pm, $50/class. See our website for details.


URBAN MEANINGS – Introductions to Tangible Creativity in Your Community – This fall Radha offers a unique series of interactive workshops for soul sustenance and inspiration in the city. Topics include conscious dining, sacred activism, preserving food traditions and more. Saturdays, 1-4pm. See our website for details.


Radha Yoga & Eatery

728 Main Street






Pivot Legal Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 10 and we want you there! There will be updates on all of Pivot's campaigns, a financial overview of the legal society, and elections to fill current board vacancies.

If you are a member of Pivot Legal Society (or would like to be - membership is free!) come out to support Pivot's work in the DTES and beyond.
Where: W2 at Storyeum entrance on Cordova near Abbott
When: November 10, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Who: All members and interested members of the public are welcome

Cost: This event is free but seats are limited so please register here.

Once the meeting is adjourned, the real fun starts as Harem of Men featuring Pivot Lawyer Doug King and Pivot alumni David Eby's band Ladner the stage.

If you are interested in running for the Pivot Legal Society Board - please send an email to getinvolved@pivotlegal.org by Wednesday November 3.







Us and Them (the inquiry) 

Presented by Headlines Theatre

A series of 21 various venues across Metro Vancouver

Oct 22 – Nov 28, 7.30 pm


Who are ‘we’ and who are ‘they’? Fun, moving and gutsy – Us and Them (the inquiry) is a theatrical performance that invites audiences to participate, and explore how we are woven together.


Events around Strathcona (All events at 7.30pm):


Sat. Nov 6, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (DTESNH), 573 E. Hastings (@ Princess)

       Hosted by DTESNH


Wed. Nov 10, Calabash Bistro, 428 Carrall

       Hosted by Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective & Foundation Radio


Sat. Nov 13, Interurban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings

       Hosted by Heart of the city Festival & PHS Community services Society


*Admission by donation 

RSVP recommended at 604-871-0508 or rsvp@headlinestheatre.com






Peripheral Topographics


Strathcona artist Ewan McNeil will be presenting an exhibit of his latest work at the Teck Gallery, SFU Downtown, 515 West Hastings, starting on November 5, 2010 and continuing until February 18, 2011.  McNeil’s work comments on the process of globalization by turning paintings of B.C. places and spaces into foreboding film noir images.


Opening reception will be Thursday, November 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the gallery.







In response to the good news that the City is moving forward with plans to build our long awaited East End branch library, SRA Chair, James Johnstone wrote a personal note suggesting to the Library Board and to City Council  that it would be fitting that the new East End branch be named in honour and memory of Mary Lee Chan, the driving force behind the founding of SPOTA, whose vision, tenacity, organizing skills and activism saved Strathcona and large swathes of Chinatown from being obliterated in the 1960s.