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SRA news, 16 May 2010

 Hello, Strathcona friends and neighbours. Here's some news for you:


-- a letter from SRA Chair to Mayor and Council regarding traffic on Prior Street
-- an attached survey from the Vancouver Public Library regarding the planned new branch
-- Strathcona Community Centre Annual General Meeting
-- a message from neighbour Nora Kelly regarding a new production by City Opera Vancouver
-- a reminder about the community centre's booth at the Hawks Avenue Yard Sale
-- neighbour Savannah Walling nominated for Women of Distinction award
-- Gallery Atsui presents
Make sure you check out the SRA's website ( for news of many more neighbourhood events.
See you around the neighbourhood.
Strathcona Residents Association

601 Keefer Street
VancouverBCV6A 3V8

Web: Twitter: @strathconares



11 May 2010


Attn: Mayor & Council


Re: Petition to the City from the Strathcona Residents Association

     Requesting the rerouting of truck traffic off Prior & Venables


I am writing to you in my capacity as Chair of the Strathcona Residents Association to officially advise you that at our meeting onMay 5th, 2010 we passed a motion to relay to the City that we request:


Prior and Venables between Main Street and Clark Drive be downgraded from a truck route to local collector street, and that the city provide an alternative truck route from Main Street, via National-Thornton-Malkin-Raymur-Parker.


We would also like to advise you that the SRA voted to support and endorse the City’s plan for a bridge connecting Malkin to 
Clark Drive


It is our earnest hope that the City will respond positively to this request for traffic calming through our community. 



James C. Johnstone

Chair, Strathcona Residents Association


The library is surveying Strathcona residents to find out what services, programs, and collections we would like to see at the new Strathcona/DTES branch, which will be located in the 700-block of East Hastings. Attached to this newsletter is (hopefully) the survey form. Please fill it out and return it by mail, by hand to the library branch at Strathcona School, or by email to (cc'ing Diana Guinn
The Strathcona Community Centre Association's Annual General Meeting will be May 26th at 6:00pm.  All members are encouraged to attend. (Everyone who takes programs at the centre is a member.)  This is the association's opportunity to update you on its work and your opportunity to let it know what still needs to be done. 
Also:  we currently have 3 openings on the board.  Please think of offering your services; we could really use more community input.  If you are interested in joining, get in touch with Patsy Badir (  She would be pleased to answer any questions.
Dear Strathcona friends and neighbours,  
I'm writing to invite you to City Opera Vancouver's new production, which opens in just a few weeks. It's a double bill, both halves based on the iconic Japanese Noh drama, Sumidagawa, about a madwoman searching for her stolen child. Denise Fujiwara, a mesmerizing dancer, will perform a Butoh dance version of the story, and Britten's opera, which transports the story to medieval England, will follow.  Britten's inspired response to Japanese music, amazing innovative projections from Robert Gardiner, and the introduction to Vancouver audiences of tenor Isaiah Bell - playing the Madwoman - will make this a very special production. There will be only four performances - please buy your tickets soon. 
Looking forward to seeing you at the theatre - and please forward this message to friends you think will be interested.
Nora Kelly
City Opera Vancouver


Two Great Traditions.  One Great Story.

May 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 – May 30 at 2:30

Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC – $40.00 general – $26.00 student ID


Sikora’s Classical Records



Strathcona Community Centre will have its own booth at this year’s Hawks Avenue Yard Sale on June 13. In order to raise money for community centre programs, the SCC is looking for donations of quality items to sell that day. To donate your items, contact Roberta Robertson at 604.253.5606 or, and arrange to drop them off at her home on Heatley Avenue.

Congratulations to Savannah Walling, Strathcona/Downtown Eastside resident and Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre on her nomination for the YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture and Design Category.
The nomination describes Savannah this way: "Committed to strengthening community through collaborative and artistic practices, Savannah has been a driving force in local and provincial performing arts. As Artistic Director for Vancouver Moving Theatre, she’s created over 45 productions, performed at 40 international festivals and co-created productions for and with the Downtown Eastside playing to critical acclaim, sold out houses and standing ovations.
"A resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 35 years, Savannah works tirelessly and voluntarily contributes thousands of hours to her community through services she provides as an artist, artistic director, writer, lecturer and community organizer. Recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award and Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Community Arts, Savannah is regarded as a visionary with an immensely creative and maverick imagination."


Each nominee selects a program area to support. You can vote for Savannah’s choice of reducing child poverty at Simply scroll down the page and vote for Savannah. You can vote every day one time per day.


Please note – this is not a vote for Savannah to receive the Women in Distinction Award. This award is selected by an advisory.
Gallery Atsui presents: Funny Business featuring works by: Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Tonel, Paul Kajander, and Dina Del Bucchia. Guest curated by Old Friends.
Funny Business takes the comedic as a starting point for bringing together artworks that are alternately anxiety-ridden and humourous, or perhaps both. The exhibition features Vancouver-based artists and performers whose work conveys a lightness of tone and a capacity for satire while maintaining a rigorous or thoughtful nature in their practices. Among the ideas that will be considered is the notion of stand-up comedy as an experience frequently mediated by props or forms of armour that alleviate the tension and self-consciousness that often accompanies such performances.
Come celebrate the final show in Gallery Atsui's 2009/10 season.
Gallery Atsui
602 East Hastings (at Princess)