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Gordon Neighbourhood House
December 3 2018

Crafternoons was a free arts and crafts series on Sunday afternoons, held at the Gordon Neighbourhood House. As part of the Young Ideas initiative at Gordon Neighbourhood House, we aimed to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for artists of all levels and ages to connect and share skills—while creating something unique they can take home.

Workshops included: life drawing, floral crowns, planter pot painting, collaging, pumpkin carving, pillow cover making, and snowglobe mason jars.

Gordon Neighbourhood House
December 2 2018

We were able to provide the community with 25 brand new terrariums, full with stones, soil, moss, and succulents, bring greenery into the indoors of the West End. What was even more apparent was how energized everyone was, of all ages, to get together and bond over crafting, gardening and getting to know each other. I'm proud to say this year had a more diverse crowd, in terms of age, then last year and was also bigger.

Gordon Neighborhood House
December 2 2018

'Free Reiki Morning' event was held on October 14, 2018 with the help of Small Neighborhood Grant in Westend. Reiki is a Japanese self care practice to promote a sense of deep calm and tranquility. Posters were posted along the Davie and Denman Street, in the shops and and also at coffee shops and well-being related businesses, as well as Gordon Neighborhood House and WorkBC City Center locations. 5 Westend residents attended the event, and were given a free introduction about Reiki and its origin. Afterwards a Reiki experience through guided meditation was given.

Jim Deva Plaza
December 2 2018

A pop-up umbrella fashion show held on November 17, 2018 at Jim Deva Plaza in Vancouver's West End.

A runway show of custom umbrella designs with a jury panel and lots of fun. Created by the West End community.

2033 Beach Avenue
December 1 2018

"Eating & Meeting Party" was our NSG project with the intention of connecting residents of the building through a party, eating delicious food, and exchanging ideas about our building and our community.

I have lived in my building for about seven years and have met many of the residents briefly, just saying Hi and Bye. This project was a perfect ground for many of us to have the time and opportunity to get to know each other. The residents were coming from different backgrounds so we could celebrate diversity and strengthens the sense of belonging.

2033 Beach Avenue
December 1 2018

"No to Plastic Bags!" was a project intending to encourage the community to eliminate the usage of plastic bags.

240 Sandringham Ave
November 30 2018

A little free library for our neighborhood to use - young and old.

I'm not a craftsmen by any stretch and my woodworking tools are rather primitive, but with a little bit of patience and some help from my friends we accomplished it. And the books even stay dry!

Amicae Housing Co-Op
November 30 2018

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.

West End
November 30 2018

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.

Corner of comox/Broughton
November 30 2018

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.

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