The Amicae Housing Co-Op community held a bee-friendly planting event in July of 2018. Dozens of bee-friendly perennial flowers and pots were set up in the community courtyard along with soil and tools ready for planting. Neighbours planted a variety of flowers in pots to feed the local bee population and took them back to their patios and balconies. Neighbours who were not able to attend or were unable to participate were treated to plants delivered to their doors.
We received the grant in late spring/early summer. It was a bit too late for most gardeners who already bought seedlings and seeded their plots with herbs and vegetables.
After consulting with the Mole Hill gardeners, we decided to use portion of the grant money to purchase small gardening tools (garden trowels, sheers, cultivators, watering hose, twine, etc).
The rest of the grant was spent on garlic bulbs which are to be planted in fall; we distributed these garlic bulbs among the gardeners with planting instructions.
We hosted 2 community barbecue and meet & greet. July and August.
We provided majority of the food and barbecue manpower. We let people know that if they wanted to bring a side dish or something special to barbecue? That would be fine. Or if they wanted a beverage other than what we were providing they would be welcome to do so.
The events started at 5 and went till 8pm. (Knowing that there would be families with small children)
We had several returning neighbors who attended our barbecues in 2016 and were very happy to see us hosting again this year.
Through the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) and the Greenest City NSG, the Downtown Intercultural Gardeners Society (DIGS) has been able to acquire the necessary equipment to build two beehives for the DIGS/St. Paul’s Observational Beehive Project that will be located on the roof of the Providence Building at St. Paul’s Hospital. DIGS is an intergenerational, multiethnic group of predominantly downtown Vancouver residents who have operated a community garden on the rooftop of St. Paul's Hospital over the past seven years.
The grant funded the construction, installation of six garden boxes. Two are for two senior tenants who had trouble accessing our community gardens. Two were given to children at the daycare, who do not qualify for a plot in our community garden, and two are community herb-sharing gardens for anyone to use. The grant also funded a small bench beside the herb gardens, which has proved popular as a resting spot.
So much fun! We had a great turn out! Lots of neighbours came and made their own pinatas, ate pizza, drank coffees and met lovely folks :) It was a beautiful October day and we crafted outside!
We had snacks and fruits and coffees donated from local businesses- too cool!
Such a wonderful way to celebrate our community!
I created pinata likenesses of folks from our community to be displayed at local coffee institution Melriches on Davie at Bute! The show was up for a month and I held a pinata workshop to bring together neighbours and strangers to craft and get to know each other. The show was a huge success and was featured on CBC Arts! I feel so proud of our community and grateful for a chance to share my craft with folks :) Thank you!
I am partnering with WE Arts (West End Arts Society), Babylon Buttons and the Women's March to create buttons that encourage dialogue around women's rights. Originaly I hoped to be a regular interactive event at the West End Summer Art Market but some personal events got in the way of that. There will be several booths set up at the 2019 Women's March where people can create their buttons.
We had about 2 dozen folks join us at the meet up event.
We partnered with Mary's on Davie, a local restaurant who supported the events that we host at the Jim Deva Plaza, to host the event and build connections with the local business' as well.
Every Monday evening we have a drop-in table tennis event where anyone can come and learn to play table tennis. During the rest of the week we have various people playing their own organized games.
As the theatre is used quite often in the wider community, people are aware that a table tennis table and equipment is available so it has made an appearance at parties hosted in the theatre, and recreational time during event set up and events.