The 2014 Hope in Shadows calendar launched this week with an exhibition at Carnegie Community Centre.
The cover photo of this year’s calendar was taken by Downtown Eastside resident Rose Jack, whose portrait of her five children was chosen out of the 5,000 images submitted for the 2014 Hope In Shadows contest. Jack was one of 200 residents of the neighbourhood to enter the contest.
The goal of the project, coordinated by Pivot Legal Society, continues to be a quest to find photographs that best capture the spirit of the Downtown Eastside as seen through the eyes of the people who live there. One calendar is then given to each of a team of 20 vendors, who use the profit from that sale to purchase two more. The calendars are sold to the public for $20 each.
For the first time, a second photo contest was held in North Vancouver where 100 residents from diverse communities, including members of the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish nations, took 1,000 photos. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the project, which provides participants with disposable cameras. For more information and to find out how to purchase a calendar, visit hopeinshadows.com.
This year’s Vancouver Sustenance Festival has been organized to help explain the meaning of catch phrases such as “sustainability” and “green living” through a series of interactive discussions, presentations and workshops. From Oct. 8 to 22, the festival will offer dozens of events, offering information on everything from backyard chickens to canning and preserving, to bike maintenance and seed saving. Food is always a strong component of the festival and this year is no exception. Besides potluck dinners, participants can learn how to eat green, cook with kale and bake cob pizza and bread. There are events taking place across the city so check out sustenancefestival.ca for the complete schedule.
Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Kids Up Front 19th Hole dinner Oct. 24 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, described as “Vancouver’s most fun fundraiser.”
The goal of Kids Up Front is to help children and youth from low-income families, or who live with a disability or have suffered abuse, enjoy events they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend, such as Canucks, Giants or Lions game, the theatre, movies or theme parks. The non-profit group fills empty seats with kids across Canada and in Vancouver has provided more than 260 opportunities since 2004. For more information about the 19th Hole dinner visit kidsupfrontvancouver.com. While you’re there make sure to check out the images of the handmade, thank-you cards created by some of the kids who’ve attended events courtesy of Kids Up Front.
A play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron will be performed at the Arts Club Theatre Oct. 20, with all proceeds going to Big Sisters. Love, Loss and What I Wore stars Nicola Cavendish, Patti Allan, Jennifer Clement, Janet Gigliotti, Jenny Mitchell, Veena Sood and Susan Mendelson. The play is a series of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects — mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses and why women only wear black. Show time is at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets, visit vancouvertix.com/onstage.htm.
A Toronto-based initiative that matches new immigrants with Canadian families for Thanksgiving dinner is spreading across the country to Vancouver. Share Thanksgiving has been described as a “turkey-based matchmaking service” connecting new immigrants with host families.
Newcomers and host families can each sign up online and are then paired and connect to share a Thanksgiving meal.
For more information visit ShareThanksgiving.ca.
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