In one corner of the field, kids jumped frantically on the giant yellow bouncy castle while in another corner, crowds enjoyed the entertainment and info booths under the festive white tents. A red fire truck parked beside the gym as music blasted from the covered area.
On May 3, families with strollers and umbrellas flocked to Nootka’s Spring Carnival and Auction event to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. Proceeds from the carnival will cover the Nootka Parent Advisory Council’s budget and the rest will go towards a new playground.
“It was a huge success,” said Hollie Brooks, carnival organizer and volunteer on Nootka PAC’s fundraising committee. “We raised around $15,000 for the playground.”
Continue reading my article in the June issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood community newspaper on page 8.
Clickety clack. Clickety clack.
The tempo of keys slamming into fresh ink ribbons rarely falters in this little stationery store as The Regional Assembly of Text hosts its monthly letter-writing event.
Since 2005, the owners, Brandy Fedoruk and Rebecca Ann Dolen, have been running this event on the first Thursday of every month.
A line of typewriters greets people as they enter the store. Each machine inspires a deluge of words and pulls out the inner genius writer. Some people write letters to oversea penpals or create zines with silly poetry.
Reviews by Yelp members said this place encourages them to write a letter.
Where: The Regional Assembly of Text, 3934 Main Street (near King Edward and Main Street)
When: Thursday, March 7, 2013 (or the first Thursday of every month)
Cost: free (materials provided)
Regional Assembly of Text opened a second location in Victoria, B.C. this month. There is no indication on their website whether the new location will host a monthly letter-writing event.
If you can’t make it to this event at the Vancouver location this month, you can come by next month. Or if you’re simply craving the sound of a typewriter going, you can bring it home to you with the Noisy Typer.