Where: Prestige Hotel, Sooke
When: April 13 from 11:30-12:30
Paint your message on a placard
Wear green as a sign that natural is where it’s at on Vancouver Island
Bring a GE-free seed and a friend
What have you got to lose….clean local food!
Let everyone know and show up!
Take a look at our Event Facebook page!
Sunday, April 7: Transition Town Café, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Reading Room Café. Transition Sooke founder Michael Tacon will host our monthly mixer on what’s forecast to be a wet weekend – come in from the rain for great conversation and java! (Note: If you’re from Shirley or Otter Point, your time will likely be best spent at the OPSRRA Annual General Meeting, 2 p.m. onwards at the Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department.)
Monday, April 8: District of Sooke Council meeting, 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall. Public input is sought on the town’s Corporate Strategic Plan for 2013/14, the latest draft of which can be read here + Please come out and support Jo Phillips as she asks council (during the early stages of the meeting, i.e. you can make some noise, then get home early) to endorse GE Watch Comox Valley’s campaign to “ban the import, export and growing of plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA on Vancouver Island.”
Wednesday, April 10: Awareness Film Night screens Salmon Confidential in the EMCS Theatre, 7 p.m. Special guest: Wild salmon crusader Alexandra Morton … Also that night: Mayor’s Public Advisory Panel on Community Health & Social Issues, 7 p.m. @ the Prestige (all welcome, chaired by Nicky Logins, director of the Sooke Family Resource Society).
Weekend of April 13/14: Rally in support of GE Watch Comox Valley’s campaign to ban GMOs on Vancouver Island as the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities holds its AGM at the Prestige. Stay tuned for details on day and hour.
Thursday, April 18: Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Economic Development, 7 p.m. at the Prestige, chaired by Royal Roads University’s Steve Grundy, all welcome. Learn more about the upcoming Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Sooke (May 26-28), the Mayor’s “Promote Sooke” task force & more.
Thursday, April 25: Sooke Transition Townies are warmly invited to participate in an essential “Open Space” priority setting and planning session at the Reading Room, 7 p.m. Help shape the future of your local Transition Town and participate in a lively “dotmocracy” process led by core team members Andrew Moore and Michael Tacon … also that same night @ the Prestige, 7 p.m., the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Arts & Beautification chaired by Brenda Parkinson. It will likely focus on spirited plans for an educational arts centre in the former Mulligans Bar & Grill at the edge of John Philips Memorial Park.
Saturday, April 27: Expect a few early-bird vendors to be setting up tables at the Sooke Country Market, which doesn’t open officially until the second Saturday in May.
And while you’ve got the daytimer out …
Saturday, May 4: Sooke Rotary Club’s 23rd annual Auction & Spring Fair at Seaparc Arena, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. + Sooke District Lioness Club‘s annual 32km Galloping Goose Walk in support of Camp Shawnigan.
Sunday, June 2: The 5th annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour, a fundraiser for the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sunday, August 18: The return of Sooke Food CHI’s delightful Farm Tour
PS For more, regularly check out the Sooke Voice News events board – the definitive article when it comes to what’s happening here in town week in, week out. [Oh, and as Britt Santowski points out, the one in the Sooke News Mirror is pretty fantastic too! ]
To register for the March/April/May/June dialogue sessions (details in the link and pasted below): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PRWBVCB
Village Building Dialogue Sessions:
Exploring Possibilities for Creating Sustainable,
Affordable Housing Communities in Greater Victoria
The purpose of this series is to help generate community readiness for creation of sustainable, affordable housing communities in the Capital Region. These facilitated dialogues will bring together the expertise of featured resource people and the creativity of diverse participants.
Upcoming dates, topics and resource people:
Thursday, March 21st – Strategizing to Attract Land and Capital, with Gene Miller, Linda Ross, William Ross & Veronica Doyle
Thursday, April 4th- Developing Co-ops and Co-housing, with Marty Frost, Joy Emmanuel, Margaret Critchlow and Bill McKechnie
Thursday, May 2nd – Designing Living Buildings, with Ann and Gord Baird
Thursday, June 6th - Conserving Water and Using “Waste”, with Anita Wolfe; Ann and Gord Baird
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (doors at 6:45)
Location: Garry Oak Room (1335 Thurlow, off Moss St)
Cost: by donation (suggested $5 – $20) – refreshments provided
Facilitator: James Pratt (for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Participants: people interested in learning about, and potentially co-creating, sustainable and affordable housing in this region!
Potentially busy month ahead for Sookies of all ages interested in new possibilities and radical-shift thinking about themselves and the community at large. Here’s a countdown of what’s ahead on the calendar.
1. Awareness Film Night, Wed. Feb. 13 @ EMCS, 7 p.m. A festival of short films of interest to Transition Town disciples followed by three presentations: Frederique Philip on her downtown beautification campaign (which she calls “boatification” for good reason); Susan Nelson & Vivi Curutchet on the Village Farm Ecovillage; and Margaret Critchlow on the Harbourside, the senior cohousing project set for Ralph Hull’s Sooke Ocean Resort
2. Harbourside Information Session, Sat. Feb. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. @ Sooke Ocean Resort, 6669 Horne Rd. Find out more about the senior cohousing and the RRU course. Free Admission but please RSVP to email@example.com
3. Video & Dessert Night @ the Little Vienna, Sat. Feb. 16, 7 to 9 p.m. The JDF Cycling Coalition’s Stephen Hindrichs presents his second night of short films and friendly conversation at Sooke’s favorite bakery/bistro. Free admission + coffee, tea and sweet treats at a special price.
4. The Power of Hope @ EMCS, Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17. The celebrated Pacific Northwest youth empowerment organization returns to Sooke for the first time in a decade with a special weekend arts and leadership camp titled “Positivity: Creativity, Diversity & Community Building” (exactly what Transition Town’s all about, in other words). Know any teenagers aged 14+ who might be interested? Point them to the EMCS Society registration page.
5. Sierra Club of Victoria film screening, Wed. Feb. 20, 7 p.m. @ Sooke Community Hall (2037 Shields Rd.). “White Water Black Gold” is about three hikers who follow an imaginary drop of water from the Columbia icelands through the Alberta tarsands focusing on the effects the tarsands is having on our water supply. There is no charge for the event and the club is trying to arrange for the director David Lavallee to be present, at least for the film’s introduction.
6. Seedy Saturday, Sat. Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Sooke Community Hall. Sooke Region Food CHI Society’s annual seed sale and exchange promoting biodiversity, heritage plants and education. Drop by and say hello to Transition Town core-team member Sofie Hagens at our table.
7. Transition Town Cafe, Sunday, March 3 @ the Reading Room Cafe. Another monthly chance to share ideas, plot practical actions and enjoy lively dialogue with local Transition Townies.
8. Royal Road University presents “Aging Well in Community,” two Saturdays, March 9 and 16 @ Sooke Ocean Resort: Learn how to “get your head out of the sand and enjoy the second half of life.” Led by Transition Town’s Andrew Moore and Margaret Critchlow and limited to 20 participants, so please register early. PS This is the first-ever RRU course offered in Sooke, and the start of many to come, it’s to be hoped!