Archive for July 11th, 2011

Picnic ReviewWe all felt it was another great success. A big thanks to everyone who participated. Some suggestions were made for next year; The Silent Auction should be near the Art Tent so that parents of children can participate. Some sort of traffic control needed for all the trucks and coming and going during the set up period in the morning.

Our Nanaimo. Jeremy of Nanaimo Centre Stage proposed a project for 2012 called “Our Nanaimo” and would like people from the S. End to get involved. It involves a collection of theatre pieces based on actual peoples experiences living in Nanaimo. The idea is to have audio tours of the city and listen to the play through ear phones while walking about. One major goal is to have work shops where people can create their own audio tours, thus creating an informal and approachable history of Nanaimo. The long term vision is to have an archive of these plays and tours. Aarame, who manages Centre Stage then spoke of how valuable it was as a community resource. It has been open since 2008 and the City owns the building. Rooms and the theatre are available for rent to the public. The biggest space seats about 140 people.There will be a circus taking place at Centre Stage July 30 and later a Fringe Theatre Festival. For information go to www.nanaimocentrestage.org

YNP Community Garden, Andre Sullivan of YPN told us of how pleased he was of the support of S. End residents. There are now 15 beds with vegetables planted and growing. This food will be donated to the Food Bank. Ten to fifteen new beds will be opened up for residents and five people have already signed up. Plots are $30 a year which includes water, fertilizer, and soil. There will soon be picnic benches and art bins on site.

Tea Wagon, Next step is to do design now that base coat is done. Shaw TV filmed the painting and it will be shown July 18

Bulletin Board. We now have a community bulletin board at the corner of Irwin and Milton. This was built and installed by the City. Pat Squire mentioned that he still has the timbers from the old Buckerfields site that were to be used for our original bulletin board design. It was suggested that we can still do our own bulletin board elsewhere and erect it on private property.

Cob Coop, Chris said the first project was a huge success. There were 6-8 people participating each of the three days. The first cob oven has been built and she will let people know when the firing will happen.

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There’s still time to plant a garden this summer!  And there are some beds still available at the South End Community Garden!

For the cost of only $30, you can rent one of these beds until Feb 2012.  (in other words it will pay for itself many times over, especially if you like winter vegetables…:)

Contact the YPN to find out how:

gardens  [at]  ypnanaimo.com

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