Archive for August, 2011

Litter-picker wants to give back to his community

Gary Barnier is single-handedly cleaning streets of downtown and Old City Quarter

Lise Billingsley, The Daily News

Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gary Barnier is working to make Nanaimo’s streets cleaner and in the process he is carving a place for himself in a society that seldom embraces the poor.

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Here are four more fabulous photos taken at the August 7 Mad Hatters Tea Party. Thank you Pam for sending these to us.

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There were only four of us, but we had a fun time firing up the new cob oven at Chris and Micheal’s on Sunday.  Rosie provided a couple of pizzas (not those in photo) including a delicious thin crusted Sicilian  one.  It doesn’t take all that  long to get the oven hot enough and in the meantime you can sit around and chat and have a drink – remember this is a Slow Food movement!  Chris did a batch of her wonderful cookies for desert. Can’t wait try baking bread.  We will have to do another community firing and hopefully more folks will show up.

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Darrell Bellaart, Daily News, Published: Friday, August 19, 2011

Soil contamination from an old dry-cleaning plant set back completion and drove up costs for a major renovation underway at Port Place Shopping Centre.

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Derek Spalding, Daily News,Published: Friday, August 19, 2011

Owners of Port Place Shopping Centre have nearly completed the first phase of a massive redevelopment, which could take at least 10 years to fully complete. The project remains the largest development in Nanaimo currently under construction and will go a long way in the ongoing revitalization of the downtown. It is one of many mixed-use developments in the city.


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If you get some time, head over to Pawson Park in the Old City Quarter to see the  wonderful artwork created by South Ender Yvonne VanderKooi.  (It’s at Macleary and Franklyn Streets).

It’s all part of a bit of community resurgence for our neighbouring community (which even has its first Art Bin…:)

Lise Billingsley, The Daily News, Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011

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The South End Cob Co-op continues! FREE work parties this August!

Announcing your next opportunities to get involved, learn and work with cob in the South End. As many of you know we started our first South End Cob project off with an oven and now we have the two attached benches to finish off! Please join us this August during the following dates to get an intro to basic foundations and cob mixes.

These work parties are much less formal than our previous Mudgirls workshop – feel welcome to drop in and out during the open time slots whenever you can make it and get a very quick intro and task to work on at whatever stage of the building we are at. T

hese work party times are also a perfect opportunity for those of you who are curious about the South End Cop Co-op and haven’t yet signed up – Join us!

August 11th, Thursday 11 – 3pm
August 17th, Wednesday 6 – 9pm

August 20th, Saturday 2 – 5pm

August 21st, Sunday 5 pm on! *Celebratory Cob firing – bring something to bake in the oven!

If you’re interested in coming by and haven’t yet been to the site please email clauren1@gmail.com to get directions!
Please Bring:
  • water bottle,
  • sunhat,
  • weather appropriate clothing,
  • closed toed shoes,
  • garden or leather gloves,
  • and snacks if you (or your children) will require snacks while you are working
Be Prepared:
  • You will get dirty!
  • Be respectful of gardens, pathways and animals at all times.
  • This is an all ages event – everyone welcome!
  • Parents/guardians are completely responsible for and expected to look after younger ones safety.
For more information on our South End Cob Co-op, click here.

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Nope, we’re not talking about the Port Theatre.  If you like attending unique events in a smaller venue, then you may want to check out Centre Stage.

Centre Stage facility enjoys impressive transformation

Theatre at 25 Victoria Rd. facility has been renovated after taxpayers’ purchase

And upcoming…..

Sept 8 – 11
Fringetastic Theatre Festival
“4 days, 8 companies, 30+ performances.”

Fringetastic has now released its 2011 Festival Lineup on its website, complete with shows, showtimes, and venues!

Fringetastic Theatre Festival, presented by Pacific Coast Stage Company, brings eight companies from Nanaimo, Vancouver and even Mexico to downtown Nanaimo September 8, 9, 10 & 11.
Inspired by Frank Ney, who brought international attention to Nanaimo for the International Bathtub Races, the Fringetastic Theatre Festival will showcase international talents by local and distant performers. With Frank Ney as the vision that inspires us to make the festival as open and accessible as possible, after purchasing a festival membership, no performance tickets will be over $11, with many shows offering discounts for Artists, Volunteers, Students and Seniors.  Feel like seeing all eight shows? Get a Multi-Pass, & check in with our outdoor box-office, Ticket Central (at Diana Krall Plaza September 8 – 11) to register for a discounted pass to 8 shows (if you’re flying solo), or 4 shows with a friend. Mix and match as you please and enjoy the entire buffet of theatre!
Volunteers Needed
Nanaimo Centre Stage is looking for volunteers for Front of House/Concession shifts during the Fringetastic Theatre Festival and for the 2011 Fall Season. This is a great opportunity to contribute and get involved in the performing arts community and catch some of the great shows appearing at Nanaimo Centre Stage free-of-charge. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please send an email to artsnan@island.net with the subject line: VOLUNTEER

August 24
Sushi & Sake at Acme Restaurant: An NCS Fundraiser
Doors Open 5:30pm
Centre for the Arts Nanaimo invites you to a dinner of Sushi & Sake at Acme Restaurant. The evening will include a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and are available online by clicking the link below:


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Mad Hatters Tea Party – “Come as you aren’t!” is the slogan of this years crazy-fest. The organizers are ready for this Sunday 2-4 PM, though more volunteers would be nice. Not connected with the Tea Party is the possibility of another Tea Wagon painting party at a later date TBA.

SE Cob Coop Update – There will be three more cob building opportunities – Thurs. Aug 11 11AM-3PM, Wed Aug 17, 6-9PM, Sat Aug 20, 2-5PM. There will be an oven firing party Sunday Aug 21 after 5PM to celebrate the finished construction of the first cob oven. Bring something to bake. More info or to reserve a spot, – clauren1@gmail.com

Whats Up in the South End Blog – Douglas will be points person for the Executive to get materials cogent to SECA in the blog, though more discussion is needed. Board members encouraged to send material to Larry or Barbara

YPN Garden – What is our role in garden, other than supporting the idea? Should we have any other role? Hopefully people using the plots will take responsibility for it once the Young Professionals of Nanaimo leave.

Number One Mine Kiosk – Charles mentioned the possible installation of a sculpture at the site. Sydney said that a local artist has ideas on how to create some coal mining themes. One possibility may use the Buckerfield’s timber that we had originally wished to use for the bulletin board. We could also make people aware of and honour the miner’s cottages. A plaque or symbol to be placed on each miner’s cottage. Possibility of seed money for such projects.

Halliburton Traffic Light – Pat told us of her efforts to get a traffic light at the dangerous Haliburton, Old Highway, Victoria Road corner. A good way to get the Neighborhood Plan rolling. The Highway’s Ministry is talking of two years to install the light which is too long. Pat has talked to truck and taxi drivers as well as MLA Doug Routley who is on line with us. Needs to be more than a simple light but also a controlled pedestrian crossing.

Other Events and Happenings – August 6th is Hiroshima Day. Please show up after dark at the lagoon in Mafeo-Sutton Park for the floating lanterns. There will also be music. Pacific Gardens – the first baby born, Thursday morning, a six and a half pound girl. Congratulations to the parents! Women’s names for lanes. Almost none of the streets are named for women. “How about naming the lanes after important Nanaimo women?”, asks Pat. She has three suggested names but would like more.

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