SECA Challenges Rest of Nanaimo’s Neighbourhood Associations
Plant-Out in Maffeo-Sutton Park Wednesday June 3 5:00 – 9:00 PM
The City received a Trees For Tomorrow grant from the Provincial Government for Maffeo-Sutton Park. Part of the grant’s parameters included community/volunteer help, and they have invited Neighbourhood Groups and Associations to come out to help. Basically what we will be doing is showing up wearing shoes (not sandals) to plant 1200 shrubs and place topsoil.
Noooowwww…..it’s not REALLY a competition….BUT…we ALL know that NO-ONE – NO-ONE is better at work parties than we South Enders!! So we’ve issued a challenge to the rest of the community associations in Nanaimo…the neighbourhood that plants the MOST shrubs (and does it well) wins a coveted SECA Art Bin…!
The city really deserves our help…they’ve bent over backward for us.
So if you are up for the challenge, want an up-close look at the changes, say “thanks” to the city, and — most importantly – prove that –as Pam James says — “for a bad ‘hood, we’re pretty good!” send us an e-mail: southendcommunityassociation [at] gmail.com
No need to turn up for the whole thing, just a 90 minute shift would be great. Just let us know when you can make it and we’ll get it organized.
Our ONE complication is the SECA Monthly meeting that begins @ 7 PM. But we’ll work with that and around that as best we can.
Next SECA Meeting Wed June 3 @ 7 PM
Princess Royal Centre
Corner of Irwin and Farquhar
Planting volunteers are excused from getting dressed up for the meeting and the round at the pub after (not that anyone dresses up anyway…ha ha!)
Food Skills for Families on a Smart Budget
Fridays May 22 – June 26 11:00am – 2:00 pm
REGISTER: Call Nanaimo Foodshare (250)753-9393
**A call to all who enjoy food and want to eat and cook healthily**
Stretching your food budget is not always easy. Come and learn how to cook simple meals common to Canada while learning healthy cooking/eating skills that can also assist in meeting your budget. You’ll meet new friends and see others you already know while having fun cooking together!
Food Skills for Families on a Smart Budget provides you with a unique opportunity to:
· gain hands-on cooking experience, each week you’ll learn while cooking
· try out and adapt simple recipes to take home
· learn about nutrition, making healthy food choices, safe food handling and storage, meal planning, healthy snacks, shopping and much more
· have fun and share in the enjoyment of the food and making new friends
· learn how to find and prepare healthy foods that meet your cultural, social and financial needs.
FREE: six sessions, 3 hours each
#1 – Introduction to Healthy Eating
#2 – Eating For Good Health
#3 – Meat Alternatives, Milk Alternatives and Healthy Fats
#4 – Planning Healthy Meals, Snacks and Beverages
#5 – Supermarket Tour
#6 – Celebrating Canadian Classics
WHERE: NANAIMO FOODSHARE 271 Pine Street Nanaimo
Friday June 5 is HUNGER AWARENESS DAY IN NANAIMO
The threat of hunger is all too real for hundreds of men, women and children in Nanaimo. You can show that you care, that you can make a difference. Here’s how:
1. Attend the Info Picnic
11:00 Am to 1:00 PM Friday June 5
Bowen Park (picnic shelter near the volleyball courts)
Join Us for lunch – 11-1pm at Bowen Park, near the volley ball courts- Bring your lunch and something to share with others.
Come and meet the many organizations providing services to people in distress or working directly to keep hunger at bay, including:
- The Salvation Army (will be providing coffee)
- The 7-10 Club
- Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre
- Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre
- Nanaimo Family Life Association
2. Buy a Hunger Awareness Day Lunch Bag
Loaves & Fishes Food Bank will also be distributing Hunger Awareness Day Lunch Bags before the event. For a suggested donation of $5, a Hunger Awareness Day lunch bag will show your support for those in need.
Then on Friday June 5th use that bag to pack your lunch to work or better still join Loaves & Fishes Food Bank and friends in Bowen Park for a lunch time celebration of caring and sharing.
Bags available from Loaves & Fishes Food Bank -250-754-8347 order a bunch and take them to your workplace, your church, wherever there are people who care.
For more information call JoAnne Dundas at Loaves & Fishes -754-8347
More Trees on Haliburton? Maybe!
From Chris Sholberg at the City of Nanaimo:
A Trees for Tomorrow grant application has been submitted to the Province for the Haliburton Street tree planting project, and we are currently waiting on whether the application is successful or not. If successful, we will be in touch to coordinate timing and other details – likely this would be a Fall, 2009 project.