It's the most wonderful time of year - when Globe Studios opens its doors for its Art Show and Open House! The studios will be open to the public on November 29th from 4-9 pm and November 30th from 11-4 pm. If you have been before, I'm sure you already have this on your calendar, and if you haven't yet attended, you'll want to do so this year! It's a great opportunity to chat with many of the artists about their work, and pick up something unique for that 'hard-to-buy-for' individual...or for yourself! #365ofgoodWR
If you're interested in learning more about diversity and equity through a lens of religion, this workshop may be for you! Join in the conversation about what inclusiveness means and how we show it. Learn how to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organizations and communities, and take deeper dives to explore what religious inclusion means and how to welcome and support diversity of faith. The workshop is offered on Nov. 22nd starting at 8:30am at Cambridge City Hall. It is free but you're asked to register which you can do here. #365ofgoodWR
It's National Housing Day on Nov. 21st and you're invited to celebrate local achievements and recognize the work being done in the community to achieve homes for all.
8:30 to 9 a.m. - Informal networking
9 to 11 a.m. - Formal celebrations (includes awards and updates from Housing Services and ALL IN 2020)
11 a.m. - Reception
the event is held at Knox Presbyterian Church. Tickets are free but you're encouraged to register here.
I have appreciated the numerous opportunities we have had in the Region to learn more about the lives of those who have experienced incarceration. Thanks to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, Community Justice initiatives, and Green Light Arts (Guarded Girls), for providing some of these learning opportunities. Here's another discussion night (on Nov. 21st at 5pm) on the same theme: (from the event listing) "Strip searching is a 'routine' practice in women's prisons across Canada - strip searching occurs after visits with children/family, attending religious services in the community, participating in work releases, etc. It happens everyday, but we rarely hear from the people who are being strip searched about how this practice impacts them...
Join us for a panel discussion with people who used to be incarcerated as they share their experiences of being strip searched while in prison. Senator Kim Pate, former ED of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies will also be speaking.
Popcorn will be for sale at the event by a woman who used to be in prison who started her own business: Cons & Kernels - "popcorn so good, it's criminal" - $6.75 a bag.
**Sensitive topics are going to be discussed throughout the evening**"
Open Ears Festival Fall Fundraiser happens Thursday November 21st starting at 7pm and is a friendly, casual, intimate concert experience featuring KW's own, Pam Patel and Jason White. The event is hosted by Cafe Pyrus and all proceeds from this fundraising event will support the ongoing work of Open Ears Festival to present the highest calibre artists, music and sound installations. Tickets are a choose your price style from $10-$50. Find more details here. #365ofgoodWR
Each Winter, the Working Centre offers a Diploma in Local Democracy class. I was a part of the 2018 class and found it a really informative and rewarding experience. The next, and eleventh, Diploma in Local Democracy class is beginning on January 8th, 2020 at the Working Centre. You can contact the Working Centre for more details. Or you can attend the 2019 graduation ceremony on Nov. 27th to learn more about the class and chat with this year's participants. See details in the poster below. #365ofgoodWR
Here's an interesting workshop on Nov. 23rd from the folks at Reep on the Good Green Death Project: (from their website)"We can’t escape the fact that we are mortal beings. If you’re dissatisfied, like we are, that the only options currently available in Ontario are environmentally harmful burial and cremation practices, then this workshop is for you. Welcome to the Good Green Death Project!
This workshop will be facilitated by Susan Koswan, Instigator of the Good Green Death Project, specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options." #365ofgoodWR
Holiday season is nearing and these colder temperatures prove it! One of my favourite things about this time of year (because it's not the blustery winds or shovelling snow!) is seeing so many folks rallying together to support our community in various ways. If you've been following the #365ofgoodWR project at all, you'll know there's no shortage of that happening throughout the entire year actually. I'll continue to share some of those things over the next month, highlighting opportunities to get involved, such as this one - the Community Angel project through the Mill-Courtland Community Centre. They are in particular need of items for older children, ages 12-18 (such as movie passes, teen packs from Shoppers, etc). Donations can be dropped off at the front desk at Mill-Courtland during business hours, until Dec. 13th.
Guitars For Kids is a local non-profit that accepts donated guitars which are then donated to youth in the community that could really use them. Their 5th annual fundraiser is coming up on Nov. 17th with a performance by the Vat Blues band. as well as other local performers, and is hosted by Randolph J Johnston. There will also be a live art painting of guitars. This year's event will take place at Rhythm and Brews in Cambridge, from 1:00-4:00pm. #365ofgoodWR
Tomorrow, Nov. 13th, is #WorldKindnessDay and some folks are pulling out their best zip-up sweaters to also make it #CardiganDay in honour of one of my favourite childhood icons, Mister Rogers.
You can learn more about World Kindness Day and some of the simple gestures you can do to create kindness in your community, here. Learn a little more about Fred Rogers, along with some of his best quotations, here. So pull out your favourite cardigan to wear tomorrow and help us all become better neighbours :) #365ofgoodWR