Reporting in during these hazy, smokey (a little less so today, hooray) days of summer …
A late May, 2017 update …
1. Our working group Zero Waste Sooke is hosting its first Repair Cafe this Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. downstairs at the Sooke Community Hall. Bring your malfunctioning items to volunteer fixers at the wood, small appliance, small engine and fabric/clothing work stations. Also on the day’s agenda: A bike repair clinic, 3D printer demo, kombucha-making session and, for the kids, safe and easy bat-house building workshops. Bring a plain t-shirt and have it silk-screened with co-organizer Bernie Klassen’s “DIY Or Die” logo. Full details on the ZWS website and Facebook event pages. Free or by small donation. (This event is operating under license with the Repair Cafe Foundation. Thanks to the District of Sooke for funding support.
Transition Sooke is honoured to present a first-time visit to Sooke by Starhawk, the renowned author, activist and permaculture designer who was again recently cited as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People by Watkins Mind Body Spirit – Magazine.
We’ll welcome her to the Sooke Community Hall on Monday, May 8 for a talk that will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at $15 each are available through Eventbrite. (Note: We’ve relocated the evening from the Sooke Harbour House to ensure that all who wish to attend can do so.)
The night’s theme as Starhawk describes it: “In challenging times, people seek structure and belonging. How do we build a movement that offers both while also leading toward a world of justice, balance and liberation?” She will address this critical question by showing how we can respond to the urgent challenges of our day in sane, sustainable, compassionate fashion.
Starhawk brings social justice, care of the earth and spirituality to a vision of how our societies can function for the benefit of all. She is the author of thirteen books on such topics as Goddess religion, earth-based spirituality, group dynamics and social permaculture, among them The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, and the novels The Fifth Sacred Thing and its follow-up City of Refuge.
Through her organization Earth Activist Training (EAT), Starhawk directs courses in permaculture and regenerative design grounded in earth-based spirituality and with a focus on organizing and activism. She’s making time for a Sooke getaway in the midst of an O.U.R. Ecovillage permaculture design certificate course she is leading over the next fortnight at Shawnigan Lake.
We’ve joined with the Sooke Chamber of Commerce, the Sooke Region Tourism Association and the Sooke Region Museum to present a series of pre-election events in Sooke ahead of the provincial general election on May 9.
Following a Government 101 info session last week, the series continues this Thursday morning (7 to 9 a.m.) downstairs at the Community Hall as an Elections BC representative discusses the hows, whys and wheres of making your vote count. A complimentary breakfast will be served by Sooke Women in Business.
The Langford-Juan de Fuca riding‘s one Sooke all-candidates debate is set for 7 p.m. on Tues., April 25 at the Prestige Hotel. Advance questions in writing can be submitted online here. Rotarian (and former owner of Otter Point’s Malahat Farm) David Stocks will again be in town to reprise his role as the debate MC. Questions are also welcome from the floor over the course of the two-hour debate.
Our working group Zero Waste Sooke is organizing a community spring clean of roadsides, ditches, green spaces and playgrounds on the morning and early afternoon of Earth Day 2017 — Saturday, April 22. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer for an hour or more as part a neighbourhood litter-busting team. Gloves and bags will be supplied.
This is a family friendly event and kids can get busy with special litter scavenger hunts created in the spirit of this year’s Earth Day theme, namely “Earth Play,” a call for everyone to unplug and enjoy outdoor activities. A fantastic way to show that, as individuals and as a community, we care about our home and native environment. H/T to the District of Sooke and the CRD for funding support.
Learn more at the ZWS Facebook page.
* Volunteers and neighbourhood captains in the Sooke region are wanted for a Zero Waste Sooke street clean-up on Earth Day ~ Saturday, April 22. Gloves and bags will be supplied, and local pick-up spots will be arranged. Please let us know via email if you can help! PS Our thanks to Mayor Tait and councillors Berger, Logins and Reay for approving a ZWS community grant request last week that will partially cover our costs for the clean-up as well as two Sooke Repair Cafes this year and a summer workshop by the Victoria Compost Education Centre.
* After 13 years in print, the Rural Observer has gone digital in style starting with this month’s edition. Editor Terri Alcock invites her Sooke region readers to subscribe online and receive interactive e-book versions. Annual ($20) or lifetime ($100) memberships with the Juan de Fuca Rural Publication Society will help keep the new issues flowing. An essential read and service for all who care about this region’s rural character and natural beauty.
* Juan de Fuca Forest Watch meets again on Tuesday (March 28), 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ed Macgregor Park bandshell. “Lots to discuss, including timely reports of local forestry operations, proposed campaigns and more,” notes Darren Alexander. “Please consider bringing a guest or two. Pitch in $5 and we’ll order pizza.”
* Awareness Film Night and Sooke Region Food CHI present the 7th annual Farm and Film Gala on Wednesday, April 12th. Doors at EMCS open at 6:30 for “stocking up, browsing and noshing in the theatre foyer,” says AFN’s Jo Phillips. The feature presentation Seed:The Untold Story will start at 7:45 and the evening will conclude with gift basket draws at 9:20.
* All are welcome to local food potlucks every Sunday evening hosted by Everything Edible Landscaping‘s Jonathan Francoeur and friends at 6411 Sooke Road. “Bring some food or come ready to learn what you can make for next time,” says Jonathan. “Dine and dash, or stay and socialize.”
* Site C campaigners Janet and Steve Gray from Kairos Canada invite participants to one or more of their ‘No Site C Banner Waves’ in the Greater Victoria region. “We only go out in nice weather. Hope to see you soon!” Learn more here.
* Lights on: Instant BC Hydro rebates at Sooke Home Hardware and elsewhere for select LED bulbs, lighting fixtures and controls until April 13.
* Save the Date: Creatively United for the Planet Festival, April 22 at the Royal BC Museum
* Bookmark these pages for ongoing coverage of the BC Election on May 9 (just 47 days from now)
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Finally, some highlights from our Facebook page, offered for those immune to the debatable charms of social media …
– Staying sane in (confirmation bias) insane times
– More evidence of why former federal Environment Minister David Anderson told a Sooke audience last week that global warming is the defining issue of our day
– Good neighbours: Companion planting guide (shared from the Sooke Food CHI FB page)
– The art of public engagement: A set of storyboards from the recent Local BC Government Leadership Academy