"Young climate strikers are calling on everyone: parents, workers, and all concerned humans to join massive climate strikes and a week of climate justice actions from September 20 to the 27th this year.
People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” because the climate crisis is an emergency. We will join young people everywhere demanding an end to planet-destroying policies, and insist on emergency action to avoid climate breakdown." Inspired by youth activist Greta Thurnberg, climate strikes are happening throughout the world this next week. Find out what actions are being taken locally to support this global movement. #365ofgoodWR
With the Global Climate Strike just around the corner, I have a few posts coming up that highlight workshops, events and actions with which you can become involved. The first is a workshop and panel discussion that explores the role faith communities can have in addressing climate change. It's entitled: "What Does Climate Change Ask of You? The Leadership Role of Faith Communities in Response to Climate Change" It's hosted by St. Mary's Church (56 Duke St. W) and is happening on Sept 26th from 3-9pm. If you can't attend the entire event, you're welcome to attend what fits in your schedule.
"At this event, faith leaders and community members can learn and share on the following topics:
IMPACT Theatre Festival is just around the corner, and already some of their shows are sold out. This festival makes an appearance every other year, and this will be the festival's sixth year and the 10th anniversary of IMPACT. Are you ready for "world-class local, national, and international performers to gather in downtown Kitchener for theatre that moves and speaks in new ways?" Then get Sept 24th-29th, 2019 in your calendar to attend IMPACT 19!
More about the festival:
"The lineup features theatre that is socially and politically relevant, addressing topics of migration, colonization, and family while holding up a mirror to our own instinctual human nature. This year’s festival presents raw and unflinching personal narratives, and for the first time, will offer a street festival component in partnership with sister organization Neruda Arts.
Productions from Tunisia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Iran, as well as theatre and dance from Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Barrie, Six Nations of the Grand River, and locally born and bred work will be featured at IMPACT 19.
The festival will bring 100 artists, 100 industry professionals, 100 volunteers, and several thousand theatre–goers from across Canada to downtown Kitchener in an environment of collaboration and cultural exchange."
It seems there's an awful lot in my calendar for October 2nd, but I do hope to make it out to this event that considers "How Public Art Evolves Public Space?". "Powerful objects, ideas or installations can transform the ways we use and view common spaces. As Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the City of Kitchener prepare to acquire an outdoor sculpture by Canadian artist Kim Adams, a trio of local artists join Adams for a panel discussion about their experiences bringing creative acts to shared spaces." And it's quite a terrific line-up of artists including Ernest Daetwyler (the artist behind the Luggage project in Victoria Park and the "Past, Present, Future" spheres installation at Queen and Weber); local artist and community-builder extraordinaire Laura McBride, and CAFKA's own Gordon Hatt. Read more about the panelists below. #365ofgoodWR
Kim Adams - one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors, having produced a highly original body of work in sculpture and installation since the late 1970s.
Ernest Daetwyler - a sculptor and visual artist whose multidisciplinary projects, exhibitions and public interventions appear in Canada and internationally.
Laura McBride - a Kitchener-based artist for more than a decade, her experience as a visual artist, photographer and event planner has evolved into her role as a local placemaker, storyteller and community advocate with a focus on touchable art.
Gordon Hatt - developed a programming philosophy of audience development through the presentation of advanced contemporary art, a philosophy he brought to CAFKA, where he has acted as Executive Director since 2008.
Toasty Toes will soon be collecting clean, dry socks for those needing them in our community. Please contribute if you can as socks are the most requested, yet least donated, item at local shelters.
Individuals wishing to donate can drop socks off at their local YMCA or Libro Credit Union branch, from Oct 10-Nov 10. Or, make it fun and invite others to join you! If anyone wants to host a workplace, school, team, or group collection - they can email ToastyToesWR@gmail.com for more information. #365ofgoodWR
It's common for those of us who live near certain amenities, to sometimes forget how wonderful those amenities are. We often visit other cities as tourists but forget to spend time in our neighbourhoods with the great things they may offer. One such great amenity that we have in Waterloo Region is Rockway Gardens. I've shared just a few pictures I have of this beautiful space. I love seeing groups offer programming to encourage people to spend time in this space. With that in mind, take a look at this fun scavenger hunt happening on Sept 22nd. Please bring a canned donation for the Food Bank to attend this event. If it interests you, register today. #365ofgoodWR
Children's Scavenger Hunt At Rockways Gardens
Date:September 22, 2019
Time:2 sessions: 1-2pm and 2-3pm
Location:7 Floral Cr, Kitchener ON
"The scavenger hunt will be geared to observation and discovery of things related to plants and gardening in and around Rockway Gardens. This activity is a great way to spend quality time with your family while discovering beautiful Rockway Gardens, a picture-perfect feature in the heart of our community for over 80 years. Don’t Forget to Bring Your Camera! Children and parents will be provided with a choice of scavenger hunt list and crayon."
We're fortunate to have a number of folks willing to organize and lead bike rides in our region! Yesterday some Kitchener Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee members led a bike ride in the new protected bike lanes around Belmont and Queen. This Monday, there's another opportunity to go for a ride. This one is led by the City of Kitchener's Active Transportation Planning Project Manager, Darren Kropf. And Darren has been busy drafting Kitchener's Complete Streets policy which I'm very excited about!
Here's some details about Monday's bike ride:
Monday, Sept. 16th at 5:30pm
Meet and end at Catalyst 137
The ride is approximately 12km with stops along the way.
If you need a bike, let Darren know when you register.
"A transformative shift in thinking is underway when it comes to designing and building streets. Hear – and experience for yourself – how concepts like “all ages and abilities” and “complete streets” are changing Kitchener’s streetscapes, with the ultimate goal of making walking and cycling a safe, comfortable and convenient choice for getting around. All ages and comfort levels are welcome on this leisurely bike ride with lots of stops and conversation along the way. Bikes can be provided through Drop Mobility, a bike share provider operating in Waterloo Region."
Belmont Bestival is back and Saturday's weather looks perfect for it! Belmont Village is already a pretty great place to spend some time in, but Bestival gives you even more reason to do so! And this year, the festival spans 2 days and includes a Friday evening bike ride along the new protected bike lanes on Belmont and Queen. Find out all of the great fun happening at Bestival this year in the link. #365ofgoodWR
This looks like a pretty awesome event, happening Saturday Sept. 14th. I mean, there's magic, music, face painting, and pizza from Breadheads! Plus, you can get a close up look at Steph Boutari's colourful mural. Thanks to Deutschmann Law for hosting this community building event in our city. See more details in the attached image. #365ofgoodWR
"The Immigrant Business Expo is coming to Waterloo Region for the first time on Sept 21. Organized by New Horizons Media Inc, in collaboration with the Immigration Partnership, it is a great opportunity for immigrants to enhance their understanding of business in Canada and to display their products. It also brings together exhibitors, workshops, subject matter experts and enthusiastic immigrants on a platform of learning, interaction and fun." This free event takes place at Kitchener City Hall on Sept. 21st from 9:30am - 2:30pm. The expo includes a panel discussion, a marketplace, business workshops and clinics. Find out more details in the link. #365ofgoodWR