Monday, April 8, 2013

Updated list of April events

We've had a few additions to the "event list" for April, so we are posting an update as well as a reminder that our monthly Transition Orillia event takes place TOMORROW night!
See #1 on the list for more details!


Upcoming events related to sustainability (see below for additional details about each event):
1) Transition Orillia "Sustainable Community Conversation" (Tues April 9 @ 7pm)
2) Seedy Saturday in Orillia (Sat April 13 @ 9am-12:30pm)
3) Bellies to Bambinos Expo in Gravenhurst (Sat April 13 @ 10am – 4pm)
4) Green Living Show in Toronto (Fri Apr 12 - Sun Apr 14)
5) Transition Barrie Meet-Up (Wed April 17 @ 7-9pm)
6) Earth Day - Rain Barrel Event (April 10 - April 21)
7) Earth Day - Orillia Trail Clean Up (Sun April 21 @ 8:30am)
8) Film Screening in Midland: “Switch: To a cleaner energy future” (Thurs Apr 25 @ 6:45pm)
9) Resilience Collaborative’s 2nd Annual EcoFair “Aboriginals and the Environment” in Orillia (Fri April 26 @ 10:30am – 1:30pm)


1) Transition Orillia "Sustainable Community Conversation" (Tues April 9th @ 7pm)
Brewery Bay Food Co/Private Function Room "Down by the Bay", 117/121 Mississaga St E, Orillia.

Transition Orillia (the grassroots group formerly known as Transition Town Orillia) is hosting conversations around sustainability on the second Tuesday of every month, from 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. at Brewery Bay (in the Private Function Room called “Down by the Bay” 121 Mississaga St. E.). The idea is simple. Everyone interested in actively working toward sustainability is welcome.

This coming Tuesday (April 9) will have a particular focus on local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives. Join us to find out how you can access local organic produce, as well as participate in one of many local Community Gardens.

There will be lots of opportunity to discuss other projects and ideas as well. Last month included conversations on the idea of developing an alternative economy project locally, and brought people together who are interested in supporting a Zero Waste Conference in Orillia in 2014, among other things. Those conversations will also be ongoing.

The evenings offer the opportunity for people with common goals to meet, collaborate, and interconnect in new dynamic conversations. Individuals already working on projects or with organizations related to sustainability may find new synergies, a venue to communicate or new volunteers.

Sustainable community conversations provide a creative, comfortable space for individuals to work together on ideas, projects, and events, to share practical knowledge and skills. Come join us!

2) Seedy Saturday (Sat April 13th @ 9-12:30)
Orillia Farmers Market, 50 Andrew St. South, Orillia
A free for all seed sharing event! Invite Friends! Bee there!  *ORILLIA SEED LIBRARY* We are establishing the Orillia Seed Library this spring and need volunteers to make this a reality! Email us at this address to learn more! Or visit our event page on Facebook.

3) Bellies to Bambinos Expo in Gravenhurst (Sat April 13th @ 10am – 4pm)
Location: Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, Centennial Drive & Church Street, Gravenhurst
Visit this link for more details

4) Green Living Show in Toronto (Fri Apr 12 - Sun Apr 14)
Location: Direct Energy Centre, Toronto
Visit this link for more details
5) Transition Barrie Meet-Up - Peach Trees in Barrie!  (Wed April 17th @ 7-9pm)
Location: 89 Dunlop St East, Lower Level, Barrie
Come and find out about amazing fruit and nut trees for your sustainable, edible garden. These trees and bushes are adapted to grow in our climate and are surprisingly resistant to insects and disease. Many are suitable for small properties. We are planning to put in an order this spring. You can be involved.
Visit this link for more details
6) Earth Day - Rain Barrel Event (CORRECTED DATE: Pick up on Saturday May 4th, 12:00-3:00pm)
at Simcoe Community Services, 4 King Street in Orillia (corner of West and King Streets).

Did you know that by using a Rain Barrel to collect rain water will shrink your water bill, protect the earth’s precious resources and is better for the plants in your garden?

For the second year in a row Simcoe Community Services Foundation is selling rain barrels as a fundraiser to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. Last year we raised $3,000 and this year our goal is to double that!

This year’s event coincides with National Youth Week during May 1st -7th which is dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation in their community. One way in which young people learn to successfully bridge the developmental gap between childhood and adulthood is through the activities in which they participate
during their leisure time. Come out and meet some of our extraordinary youth!

Rain barrels are $60 each. Quantities are limited. Visit
to pre-order yours online today! For more information, please contact Lisa Spinks-Smith at (705)797-5276 or at this email address

7) Earth Day - Orillia Trail Clean Up (CORRECTED DATE: Sat April 20 @ 8:30am)

Meet on James Street at the entrance to the trail, behind Pizza Hut.

Visit this link for more details

8) Film Screening in Midland: “Switch: To a cleaner energy future” (Thurs Apr 25 @ 6:45pm)
Location: Midland Public Library, Assembly Room (downstairs)
Hosted by S.H.A.R.E.
What does the future of energy really hold? Join energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out. Dr. Tinker explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic. Switch is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum – fossil and renewable, academic and environmental.   
Admission is by donation. Coffee, tea, and treats will be available. Please RSVP to s.hirst [at] rogers [dot] com
9) Resilience Collaborative’s 2nd Annual EcoFair “Aboriginals and the Environment” (Fri April 26th @ 10:30 am – 1:30pm)
Location: Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, 500 University Avenue, Orillia
This event will include three major aspects:

  • a keynote presentation by Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Nexun Chair of Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Center, and associate professor of social work at the University of Toronto. She will speak about her life work in building bridges of understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal as a means to benefit both cultures;
  • an interactive environmental tradeshow of local environmental stakeholders involving the active participation of both secondary and postsecondary students; and
  • a series of short workshops/presentations throughout the morning by various environmental speakers/educators for secondary students.

The keynote presentation and the tradeshow are both open to the public.

At this time, the organizers are also looking for organizations to set-up information booths at the tradeshow portion of the event.  Students and staff from schools across the SCDSB will have the opportunity to view each of the booths in the tradeshow and learn what your organization has to offer.   
This event is being organized by member agencies of the Resilience Collaborative which consists of a partnership involving the Barrie Community Health Centre, Canadian Index of Wellbeing, County of Simcoe, Lakehead University, Ontario Association of Community Health Centres and the Simcoe County District School Board.
If you require additional information and/or wish to attend this exciting event, please do not hesitate to contact Kayla at atkkalalian [at] scdsb [dot] on [dot] ca

If you know of any other upcoming events in the Orillia area, please send details to us at this address

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