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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.

 

2. Volunteers are wanted for a pair of local community garden projects …
i) CASA Garden, 6672 Wadams Way, on Sunday, May 28 starting at 10 a.m. Family friendly garden renovation and clean-up organized by the Sooke Region Communities Health Network‘s Christine Bossi. Learn easy techniques for your own food gardens: Permaculture, spiral and keyhole gardens, hugelkultur, raised-bed making and stone painting. More info by email or phone 250.858.3458.
ii) Sooke Baptist Church’s Grace Gardens project needs four volunteers to join the team installing perimeter fencing this Saturday, May 27. If you can help, please contact Bernie Dovell via email. With generous community support and much hard work, the garden (which is growing food exclusively for needy families in the region) is almost complete. A fundraiser is planned for June 10 with the official opening on July 9.
3. The Transition Sooke Multi-Belief initiative met for a second time late last month. A mission statement is being prepared and the group will focus at the outset on creating local awareness of the Charter of Compassion, launched in 2008 by a team led by Karen Armstrong and signed by the likes of the Dalai Lama, Isabelle Allende, Desmond Tutu, Robert Thurman, Peter Gabriel and Queen Noor of Jordan. One objective is to work towards official recognition for Sooke as a Charter of Compassion Community, of which there are currently 88 around the world.
TS social media highlights … 
 
* Video of our May 10 Starhawk presentation filmed by Pasifik.ca‘s Pedro and Linda. A wonderful, hugely inspiring evening! Sincere thanks to our organizers and the 200+ who attended. Recommended reading: The Empowerment Manual.
* BC election analysis from Fair Vote Canada: “Under a Proportional system the seat count would be: Liberals 37, NDP 35, Greens 15 (not including minor parties receiving less than 3 percent of the votes.”)
* Update: Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Park (thanks for the share to Zoe Blunt via Walbran Central) + Rosemary Jorna’s take on what she calls a “travesty” (agreed)
* Focus Magazine’s Leslie Campbell captures the complexities of the CRD’s Regional Growth Strategy
* First North American Rewilding Conference set for Portland, Oct. 20-27
May edition of the Rural Observer with articles on West Wind Harbour Cohousing, the Team Sooke/JDF refugee sponsorship project, the Habitat Acquisition Trust and BBQ tips from Nature’s Chef Tom Kral.
* Richard Feynman’s Ode to a Flower (via Brainpickings)
* Designing Regenerative Cultures, an excerpt from Daniel Christian Wahl‘s book of the same name (thanks to Frederique Philip)
* Echo: Yes, it’s a wonderful world! (always worth a reshare on holiday weekends as fine as this one)
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