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SRA News 6 February 2011

 Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Here are a few news items for you:


-- the newly formed Strathcona Kids Food Project meets February 9; you’re warmly invited

-- Public meeting to oppose giant new casino February 9

-- Public hearing on the casino proposal at City Hall February 17

-- Downtown Eastside Blues and All That Jazz February 18 to 20, Firehall Theatre

-- February special events at Radha Yoga and Eatery

-- City giving out grants for 125th anniversary projects


Details below.








NEXT MEETING: The planning group will meet at the Strathcona Community Centre on Wednesday, February 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 to do more planning. Anyone interested in helping out is warmly invited to attend.


Since 1998 the Strathcona Community Centre Association has supplied breakfast and food programs for kids in need. Since 2009, however, funding for these programs has been cut in half, and the community centre is accumulating a huge debt. Therefore, needed programs such as kids' summer day-camps can’t be funded.


Strathcona Food Programs provide 76,000 meals a year and are underfunded by $100,000.


A group of concerned Strathcona residents is stepping in to fill this need. 


Goals of the Food Fund Project


·         Design and implement systems and a budget that is sustainable

·         Partner with corporations and individuals to move the project forward.

·         Build an educational website which outlines the progress and programs we deliver; Allowing people to volunteer and donate.  

·         Highlights on the players, partners and contributors. The kids.

·         Have community buy in.

·         Have the Food Fund fully Funded

·         Connect communities with a common purpose




To bring communities together in the common purpose of enriching the lives of kids, while nourishing their minds and bodies.




Create a sustainable budget that meets the need of the  Strathcona Community Centre Food programs, which feeds 76,000 meals a year to kids.


Funding Goal


Raise $100,000 per year







A public hearing regarding the proposal to build a giant casino beside BC Place will be held at City Hall on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. People opposed to the casino can sign up to speak at the hearing by calling the City Clerk's Office at 604.873.7276 or e-mailing mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca.


For those interested in learning more about the proposed casino and the reasons for opposition to it, a public meeting organized by the Vancouver Not Vegas! coalition happens on Wednesday, February 9, at 7:00, at the Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 East Pender Street.






A musical tribute to the historic east end black community


Presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with the Firehall Arts Centre and the Centre of Integration for African Immigrants


February 18-20, 2011

Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday matinee at 2pm


Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)

Tickets: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors

Box Office: 604.689.0926 or purchase tickets online at http://www.firehallartscentre.ca/boxoffice.html


Come and hear two of Vancouver’s finest gospel and blues singers in East End Blues and All That Jazz.  This Black History Month celebration of the life and times of the Downtown Eastside’s historic black neighbourhood is a tribute to the contributions that African-Canadians have made, and continue to make, to the cultural and social fabric of our city.


Join us on a musical tour: walk down memory lane to the Fountain Chapel – heart and soul of the historic community; jive at the legendary Harlem Nocturne; drop in to fine eateries such as Vie’s Chicken and Steak House and the Country Club; and reflect on the elusive Hogan’s Alley – bulldozed by the installation of the Georgia Viaduct in the early 1970’s.


The Gibson Family were the proprietors of the Country Club, while Thelma, Len and Chic Gibson danced and sang in just about every club in the East End, from the Smilin’ Buddha and the Mandarin Gardens to the Harlem Nocturne.


Singers Candus Churchill and Tom Pickett, pianist/musical director Bill Costin and bass player Timothy Stacey are sharing the stage with Master of Ceremonies, the well known East End/Strathcona raised actor Chic Gibson, and his sister, guest singer Thelma Gibson


For more info: 









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Cooking Classes

Come learn the secrets of the Radha chefs!

February 6 – Power Plants and Protein Combining

February 13 – Valentine’s Class: Heart and Soul Food

February 20 – Indian Cooking

February 27 – Flatbreads


Urban Retreats

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

February 5 – The Kundalini System: Access Inner Wisdom

February 12 – Healing through Yoga



February 3, 6-10pm - YOGINI TAROT EXHIBITION - Created by artist Katarina Kurilic Pavlovic (Sri Saraswati), this collection combines the Ancient Traditional Esoteric System of India and the Esoteric Occult Tarot System of the west.  It runs the month of February. Opening night will feature a performance of sitar by James Hamilton.

February 12, 6-10pm - VALENTINE'S DINNER - Radha invites you and your loved one(s) to celebrate Valentine's Day with us on Saturday.  We will offer a special menu and live music for the occasion.  Stay tuned for details.

February 16, 7-10pm - THE RIO SAMAYA BAND - With original songs in a magical combination of Latin, Reggae and Rumba with guitar, bombo, charango,

quena and accordion, the Rio Samaya Band is a musical caravan full of treasures and surprises. Free!







The City is awarding grants to community organizations for projects to commemorate 125 years since Vancouver’s incorporation as a city. Deadline for application is February 25. Check out this City web page for more info: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/gasp/grants/125small.htm.


Here’s an excerpt from that web page’s explanation of the rationale for the grants: 


“The 125th Anniversary Grants Program has been established to support the growing excitement, pride and enthusiasm for Vancouver's upcoming 125th anniversary in 2011.  This program is a time-limited opportunity for not-for-profit organizations to undertake activities that celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.


“The 125th Anniversary Grants Program is intended to foster awareness and understanding of Vancouver’s identities, first nations’ heritage and cultural diversity. This program will support community-focused activities that enrich our society through civic engagement and celebration through art, culture and heritage.”