ALIBRARY is a little free lending library that has been up and running on Cardero Street at the intersection with the alley between Nelson and Comox Streets since the beginning of September 2013. So, if you need a book or if you have a book/CD/DVD/etc that you'd like to share, please do check it out.
A group of neighbourhoods on the West side of New Westminster from different backgrounds and ages, gathered together to enjoy a multigenerational bowling game.
Together they all walk through their neighbourhood area down 12th Street, guided by a well known historian- Mary Wilson - that happened to live in the neighbourhood. During their walk she was telling interesting stories of how that street had been transformed over the years. The participants all observed and learned about each of the sidewalk mosaics and quotations en route.
Coinciding with Vancouver Pride week, the A-maze-ing Laughter sculptures at English Bay were yarn-bombed with colourful neon and enjoyed by thousands of passerby. A great success, the project garnered some local media attention. Here's what Craig Takeuchi from the Georgia Straight had to say:
Dear Neighbourhood Small Grants and The Vancouver Foundation,
I was a recipient of a $400.00 grant to help host a BBQ for the tenants of Maclean Park Housing. We completed our event on Thursday August 8th, 2013. We hosted approximately 280 tenants from 4pm to 7pm. There was a fabulous mix of children, adults and seniors. I have attached a few pictures for you to see.
The planters at Admiral Seymour Elementary School were rebuilt and replanted with the aid of a Greenest City Grant as well as help from other donors.
A hugely successful block party was held on June 30 on the block of Woodland Avenue between Graveley Street and 1st Avenue. Approximately 70 people attended the party throughout the afternoon.
The local fire department came and presented a fantastic demo. A DJ spun tunes, a potluck was held and a plaque was given to an elderly resident who has lived in the same house since 1955. There was also a kids' pool, hoola hoops, hockey, badminton and squirt guns. Loads of fun was had by all. Plans for next year's party are already in the works!
On Friday, July 19, 2013 Creative Playtime at Gordon Neighbourhood House hosted a brunch for community elders. The event drew 54 people and brought community elders together with children 0-5 years old from Creative Playtime as well as their parents.
"Our grant of $500 was all used up in just under 2.5 hours. We managed to raise an additional $146 and used this up by the end of the day. All-in-all, I would say that we collected well over 60,000 butts. Having had to augment the initial grant, due to the success of the event, I would say that we have made a very solid case for the government to look into implementing a deposit system on butts."
These workshops were offered at Gordon Neighbourhood House on two Wednesday evenings in June 2013.
Participants felt lighter and energized after leaving the class. Grant recipient, Brenda Basco Hopkins, hopes to offer her classes on a more regular basis at Gordon Neighbourhood House or the West End Community Centre.