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SRA News, 7 August 2011

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

-- summer means more break-ins, so take precautions

-- the Avenir School Society presents a musical tea event on August 16

-- free classes in pet first aid will be offered August 20 and 29

-- Chapel Arts presents a number of events this month

-- the Strathcona Harvest Festival is coming up in September

-- support needed for Strathcona Community Centre’s food programs for children


Details below.


See you around the neighbourhood.









Police attending the site of a break-in on the 700-block of Keefer Street on August 6 said this was only the latest of a number of break-and-enters across from Maclean Park this summer. Homes across the street from parks can be especially vulnerable, because potential thieves can sit in the park and see you when you go out.


’Tis the season – most of us know that burglaries increase around here in the warm months.


And most of us know what to do to minimize their risks of being targeted: close and lock windows and doors when you’re out (and, sometimes, even when you’re home); don’t leave tempting prizes like laptops or small electronics visible through your windows; don’t leave your garden or other tools outside where they can be picked up and used as pry tools to open your windows. Many property crimes are crimes of opportunity.


Please phone 911 if you see suspicious behaviour near your home or in the park. Even someone carrying a loaded hockey or gym bag down the lane may be hauling the fruits of a smash-and-grab. It’s a shame we have to be paranoid sometimes, but a bit of paranoia is justified in some circumstances.







(Thanks to Norah Holtby for this info)



August 16, 2011


This is your chance to find out what this exciting new school is all about. Just a wee bit of musical fun for the whole family, and of course - TEA.


Suite 207 - 877 Hastings Street East, in the heart of historic Strathcona


Please RSVP: 604 339 3478 or 604 360 5174

Select from two sessions. 11am-2pm or 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Admission is free.


For families with imaginative kids in grade 5 - 9

Find out more about us at: AvenirSchool.ca








Learn the skills required to provide first aid to an injured pet!

Free Saint John’s Ambulance PET FIRST AID instruction


SATURDAY AUGUST 20 / 9:30AM - 4:30PM




- or -


MONDAY AUGUST 29 / 9:30AM - 4:30PM





Limited Class Size - Please Sign Up in Advance : petfirstaid@neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca


Made possible with a grant from the 

Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants.

Snacks & Refreshments provided, please arrange your own lunch







Thursday Night Art Bar and Artist Social
Join us at the Chapel each Thursday Night from 7pm - 11pm to sample local urban art work from some of Vancouver's hippest emerging artists.

304 Dunlevy Avenue



Call for Artists

Chapel Arts is seeking submissions of original thought provoking art work from passionate Vancouver artists to display their work in our rotating community gallery at 304 Dunlevy Avenue, open every Thursday night from 7-11pm.

Chapel Arts is also seeking proposals from Artists and Arts organizations for “themed” Arts events, performances, and art related fundraisers. Priority will be given to work and/or events which contain a community element and are both engaging and inspiring for consumers of Art.

To submit work or an idea for a show, email a ONE PAGE cover letter/proposal/resume along with a maximum of  2 photographs (1MB max for each) of Art work to: Ross MacMillan – Community Relations Manager, Chapel Arts -  Email: rossmacmillan@shaw.ca.

For more information on Chapel Arts and Wiens Studios, please visit: www.chapelarts.com.

If nothing else, believe in Art!
Thank you for your continued support!
Chapel Arts 







(Thanks to Francesca for this information)


The 4th Annual Strathcona Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday,

September 18th in Maclean Park from 12 – 4pm.


We are currently looking for donations for our amazing raffle.  If anyone

has a local business and would like to donate a product or service we would

love your support.  So far we have commitments from Three Bags Full,

Spartacus Books, Bioetheque Spa, The Wilder Snail, Benny’s Market and

Monkey 100 Studios.


The proceeds from the raffle and pie sales totalled $1000 last year.  This

money was used to purchase equipment for the Strathcona Community Centre

Food Security Programmes and provide Food Safe training for the staff who

work so hard to feed our community’s children in need. For more information

on these programs, please see the attached document.


If you are interested in supporting our raffle please contact me at



Stay tuned for more festival details.  www.strathconaevents.ca We hope to

see you all in September!



PS - Don’t forget to practice your pie making skills this summer as we

will be holding another Pie Contest. Last year the post-contest pie sales

were a delicious success.







(Thanks to Milisa Gardy for this information)


In Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods like Strathcona, access to nutritious meals is of the utmost importance. Our postal code has the lowest mean income in all of Canada. Low-income families pay up to 40 % more of their income for shelter and food as compared to other families. Many find it impossible to acquire safe shelter and food security at the same time, and in efforts to maintain shelter, funding for healthy food is not possible.


Food security is a key focus at the Strathcona Community Centre. The Centre runs 17 food-related programs for infants, children, youth, seniors, and families with the help of countless volunteers, dedicated workers, and charitable donators. These programs are crucial resources for residents, providing thousands of nutritious meals a year. For example, the seniorsʼ luncheons have been running weekly for over 20 years, serving over 100 Strathcona seniors each week. The Breakfast Program, which has been running for 15 years, serves a healthy morning meal to over 120 children and families every weekday all year long.


There is a special focus on children because while good nutrition is vital throughout all stages of life, it is of particular importance during periods of rapid growth – such as during childhood. Without adequate nutrition, physical growth can be delayed or interrupted. In addition, improper or inadequate nutrition can affect school and extracurricular performance, concentration and many other aspects of cognitive development. The Strathcona Community Centre has recently relaunched Weekend Food Programs with the pilot Backpack Program. 


This past winter, 220 hungry neighbourhood children received bags filled with snacks, meals, fresh produce and dairy every Friday after school, free of charge and filled with love.


For more information about SCC Food Security Programs:



Our goal: May all be fed.


For more information, please contact: Milisa Gardy - SCC Food Security Coordinator milisa@strathconaevents.ca Strathcona Community Centre