Next weekend is the premiere of the Kitchener Waterloo Film Festival which showcases "shorts and feature films from an equal balance of local, national, and international filmmakers". There are some wonderful local productions being shown at the film festival including Finding John Lingwood and Kitchener Sync. You can see more about the line-up and schedule on their Facebook page. Read more about how the festival came to be in this article from Martin De Groot. #365ofgoodWR
It's Food Revolution Day at the Kitchener Market today! It's the 6th year for this fun food event. Head to the market today between 10am-12pm for free cooking demonstrations, face painting, arts and crafts, and a variety of vendors featuring information and products that support healthy lifestyle choices. Of course, while there, you can pick up all the fresh, local fruits and vegetables you need for the week, including my favourite of the season - asparagus! #365ofgoodWR
FREE Event Activities Include:
Kids In The Kitchen w/Kitchener Market’s Chef
Source For Sports Colouring Area
Colour Paradise Greenhouses Planting
Artshine-Arts4all Arts and Crafts
Facepaint by Bre Creative
Early On Activities
Info from Nutrition for Learning
Gary’s Lens Photo Booth
University of Waterloo’s Infant Development Lab
Meet City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic
Someone recently asked me why I have so many arts-based posts in the #365ofgoodWR project. I believe there are a wide variety of reasons to include 'the arts' in a project that highlights good things happening in the community, but a couple come to mind immediately.
First, the arts encourage exploration and discussion of important and pressing issues in our society. This can lead to real and positive changes. For example, this week I attended Guarded Girls through Green Light Arts, a play that explores the experience and role of incarceration in our communities. The play was powerful and thought provoking and I'm sure sparked some important conversations among attendees. In addition, Green Light Arts sold popcorn from the newly established Cons and Kernels. This supports a new business as well as brings awareness to the challenges formerly incarcerated people face in gaining employment.
I also believe arts are therapeutic. This article in the Record shows one way the arts are being used to support children born of India's sex trade workers. Also, one of my favourite local artists Pamela Rojas offers art classes through Reception House for newly arrived families and children. Both of these projects offer an opportunity to explore, reflect upon, and work through their experiences.
These are only a few examples of why arts has been, and will continue to be, highlighted often in the #365ofgoodWR project. Why do you think arts are an important part of our community? Comment below!
Today's post is short and sweet but one that I am excited about - the Kitchener Market will be having a (scaled down) mid-week evening market for four weeks this summer! That sounds like #365ofgoodWR to me (well, at least 4 weeks of good WR anyway!) Head over to the market on June 26th, July 3rd, 10th, and 17th between 4-8pm. There will be vendors selling fruit, veggies, bread, cheese, and more. You may even want to pick up your supper from one of the food hall vendors while you're there. Find out more about the mid-week market in this Record article.
We are now at city resolution #11 from Brent Toderian. It states: "Do everything you can to ensure that immigrants, and especially refugees, feel welcomed, supported, and valued in your community. Your family was very likely at some point in their shoes, and they will make your city better."
If you are not already connected to newcomers in our community, there are a number of local organizations that can help with that! First off, take some time to learn more about some common experiences of newcomers to better understand current conditions, patterns, and stories. I recommend subscribing to the Immigration Waterloo Weekly which provides updates on a variety of events, statistics, and news articles relating to newcomers. You can subscribe to that here.
You'll also want to connect with the KW Multicultural Centre. For many in our community, this organization is well-known for it's annual Multicultural Festival in Victoria Park. And of course that is returning this year, on June 22nd and 23rd. However, KWMC also offers a myriad of services including settlement and refugee services, career planning workshops, and English language support.
Reception House is another organization supporting newcomers in our community. They also offer various services such as a refugee health clinic, youth programs, art with Pamela, and resettlement assistance. Many of these organizations have several ways you can become involved, whether it's through a donation of time, money, or needed items. If you are able to contribute you some way, please connect with the organization directly.
This is only a small sample of organizations supporting our newcomer population. There are many more (and I hope to highlight more of them soon). Perhaps you'll follow today's city resolution and find a way to connect and support newcomers in your neighbourhood. #365ofgoodWR
Kitchener Public Library has assembled a great panel for the Queer in KW variety show on June 13th at 6:30pm. Tickets are free but limited to just 2 per person. There will be a discussion on what it means to be queer in KW, followed by some great entertainment. Panelists include BJ Rye (Associate Professor, Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies, UW), Tee Kundu (illustrator and artist), and Suzie Taka (Rainbow Reels producer). Performances by Eve Nyandwi. Register today so you don't miss out on this great line-up! #365ofgoodWR
The Hike for Hospice, in support of Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice, is coming up on June 2nd. This can be a great way to honour the memory of a loved one as well as support the work of this great organization. Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice offers palliative care in a home-like setting right in our region. They strive for "Making Moments Matter" and offer comfort, care, and grief and bereavement supports. Find out more about what they offer here. Learn more about the Hike for Hospice and how to register here. #365ofgoodWR
For many people, the May long weekend is the 'start of the summer'. However, for me for the last several years, that start to summer is signalled by HAPP - the Hohner Ave Porch Party. Hohner Ave closes the street to vehicles and opens it up to some pretty great community building fun! There is art, music, food, and music again :) This little street overflows with fun at the end of each May. If you haven't yet attended, I encourage you to head over to the Central Frederick neighbourhood next Saturday afternoon and discover it for yourself. #365ofgoodWR
Cycling Into The Future is a not-for-profit cycling education organization that trains grade 5 and 6 students in the Region of Waterloo. They have trained over 4,000 students in schools across the region. On June 2nd they are hosting Cycling Into The Summer to provide an opportunity to learn more about, and support, the work being done by this organization. Join in for kids activities, folk music, refreshments, and you can even test out the "silly bikes". #365ofgoodWR