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.
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Hundreds of people blanketed the hill by Sunset Beach last week to watch the Sakura Illumination. They held up cameras, smartphones and small children.
Lanterns hung from the trees and glowed through the pink cherry blossoms as the orange skies behind faded. Chatter and laughter grew as the music started.
LED and patterned video lights zigzagged off the trees and the bodies of two performers.
“It’s light-based art,” Ward said. “The modern world is so technology-driven. This art engages people with the technology.”
He said the lanterns changed colour based on the illumination being played. Everything was synchronized and connected, including the people.
A toddler in a green jacket bobbed at the edge of the circle, creeping closer and closer. He and his sibling chased the light for a bit before they were pulled back.
The Kingsway Continental, formerly the Ramada Inn, is scheduled to open in fall 2013. The City purchased it in November 2012 to turn into non-market housing. A coalition of local service providers is collecting donations for welcoming kits for incoming residents.
BY DEANNA CHENG
Renfrew-Collingwood is gearing up to welcome the Kingsway Continental and its new tenants moving in from the Old Continental this fall. From an open house and community meetings, the City of Vancouver worked with a group of Renfrew-Collingwood service providers, identifying needs and concerns for a smooth transition.
Once the Ramada Inn, located at 3484 Kingsway at Tyne, the building will also house local residents requiring affordable housing as well as, temporarily, residents of BC Housing buildings undergoing renovations.
The committee working with the City includes Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, the Collingwood Business Improvement Association, the Evergreen Community Health Centre and…
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Update from third open house
by Deanna Cheng
Most residents are satisfied with the City of Vancouver’s master plan to improve Renfrew Community Park but with the Renfrew Ravine, many of them do not want extra paths going into the ravine itself.
That’s what the two dozen or so people who showed up on May 13 to the Slocan Park field house learned. They came to this third open house to review the updated plans and fill out feedback forms. A couple of them had ridden their bicycles through the light drizzle.
According to Ben Mulhall, landscape architect for Catherine Berris Associates, some people at the second open house held early March were against a path on the west side in fear of break-ins and the invasion of privacy. “It was about 50-50, for and against,” he said. “To compromise, we made the pathway only halfway through, ending it at…
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Update: The Collingwood Cinemas closed down April 30, 2013.
A cultural meeting place
BY DEANNA CHENG
With their passion for movies and entertainment, it is no surprise this husband-and-wife duo took over the old Raja theatre. Naz and Mike Jamshedian love to draw groups of people together.
They met 18 years ago through a mutual friend and have been together for 17 years. Now they have the Collingwood Cinemas (3215 Kingsway ) and an active, sporty 10-year-old son.
With 18 years of experience in the theatre industry, their dream was to have their own venture. This came true in 2010 when they opened up Denman Cinemas in Vancouver’s West End. Unfortunately, the landlord pulled the rug out from underneath them and they lost the theatre in October 2012.
However, they remained positive and persevered. In November, they took over and created Collingwood Cinemas.
This warm couple are enthusiastic about building community. They want a place where you walk in…
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Residents have their say at a Park Board open house
BY DEANNA CHENG
The City of Vancouver worked with local residents last month on developing a master plan to improve the Renfrew Ravine and the community park.
On November 15, about 30 people showed up to the open house and workshop at Firehall No. 15. They reviewed panels that stated the goal of the master plan is to increase recreational opportunities while preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat.
A few suggestions were to update the playground, create a community garden and more gathering/event spaces, and improve trail connections and accessibility to those trails.
The workshop was designed to gather community feedback and to figure out which amenities to put in and which ones to remove, said Ben Mulhall, landscape designer at Catherine Berris Associates.
The Park Board was pleased with the number of community members who attended and participated in the…
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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.