Sunday, May 5, 2013

May 2013 - event list (first edition, please send other event info ASAP so we can help spread the word!)

Upcoming events related to sustainability (see below for additional details about each event):
1) Jane Jacobs Walk in Orillia (Sun May 5th @ 2pm)
2) World Fair Trade Day in Collingwood (Sat May 11th @ 11am – 4pm)
3) Transition Orillia "Sustainable Community Conversation" (Tues May 14th @ 7pm)
4) Food Revolution Day in Barrie (Fri May 17th @ 10am – 4:30pm)
5) SHARE Film Night in Midland - "Power of Community" (Thurs May 30th @ 6:45pm)
6) Carden Nature Festival in Carden (Fri May 31 – Sun Jun 2)

1) Jane Jacobs Walk (Sun May 5th at 2:00pm)
Meeting in the Parlour at St. Paul’s United Church, 62 Peter Street North, Orillia ON

Join us for the second annual Jane Jacobs Walk in Orillia!! A walking tour of the neighbourhood will begin in the Parlour of St Paul’s United Church; Northeast corner of Coldwater Road and Peter Street in Orillia.  We will be one of over 500 cities around the world celebrating the life and work of Jane Jacobs.   She was a defender of neighbourhoods, a keen observer of the world around her, with a firm conviction that community mattered.  Explore what is active and healthy about Orillia, what is working, and what needs improvement. The basic route will be: Coldwater, West, Brant, and Matchedash, with brief detours along the way.  Walk, wheel, or even drive there; dress for the weather, bring any refreshment you might need, and wear comfortable shoes.  Come out and: walk  observe  connect !
 You can find more details at this link.

2) World Fair Trade Day in Collingwood (Sat May 11th @ 11am – 4pm)
Collingwood Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood ON

On Saturday May 11 Collingwood joins a global movement to support Fair Trade! Come out to the Fair Trade Headquarters located in front of Town Hall where you can: - Sample Fair Trade Creemore Coffee - Ride in the Gyroscope provided by Elephant Thoughts - Speak to one of our Fair Trade Ambassadors to learn more about fair trade in our town - Visit an exhibit featuring a wide range of products offered by local businesses that support fair trade and ethical consumerism - pick up a passport and map for a chance to win prizes!! Elephant Thoughts is also hosting a special Mother/Daughter bead workshop at 9:30am and 10:45am. Learn about recycled glass beads and make a unique bracelet in this interactive workshop! RSVP: karen [at] bigvillage [dot] ca
3) Transition Orillia "Sustainable Community Conversation" (Tues May 14th @ 7pm)
Brewery Bay/Private Function Room "Down by the Bay", 117/121 Mississaga St E, Orillia ON

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 month will have a particular focus on Community Gardening, Tower Gardens & local renewable energy projects (including potential for an “energy co-operative”). There will be lots of opportunity to discuss other projects and ideas as well.

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!  For more info email us at transition [dot] orillia [at] gmail [dot] com

4) Food Revolution Day in Barrie (Fri May 17 @ 10am – 4:30pm)
Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier Street, Barrie ON

We are celebrating a Global initiative started by Chef Jamie Oliver of the U.K. There are over 66 countries partaking in FOOD REVOLUTION DAY to educate people on REAL FOOD. From this beginning, Food Revolution is now a global movement, and it allows those of us who love real food to come together, share, experience, and teach each other. It is about connecting within our communities – schools, restaurants, and local businesses- and reaching out to support and inspire one another. We know that by bringing this supremely important cause here, we can help make some incredible and seriously positive, life-altering changes for our community. Join us here, and follow along or better still, get involved! More volunteers are always welcome! Everyone has something essential to contribute, and we can’t wait to see Barrie come together!
We, Katherine & Kathryn, are your local Food Revolution Ambassadors. We give our time to help further this mission. Real food is our passion, and we are inspired by Jamie Oliver and his drive and determination to make these changes globally. We hope that our passion and desire for change can be an inspiration to you!
~ Cook On!
Food Revolution Barrie Team

5) SHARE Film Night in Midland (Thurs May 30th @ 6:45pm)
Midland Public Library, Assembly Room (downstairs)
Hosted by S.H.A.R.E.  & Karma Marketplace
Film Screening: “The Power of Community”

'When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.' 
Bring your own mug! Admission by donation -- Please RSVP to Susan at s.hirst [at] rogers [dot] com

6) Carden Nature Festival (Fri May 31 – Sun June 2)
Location: Carden (near town of Kirkfield)

Join us for a smorgasbord of environmental delights; close to 100 nature-related events, all within a short drive from the GTA. Carden is located between Orillia and Lindsay, near the town of Kirkfield. Nominal cost for a wide variety of field trips, workshops, and presentations, all lead by expert guides. Birding, alvar plants, reptiles, insects, night skies, and more. There’s also a fun children’s nature program! The Carden Nature Festival showcases the uncommon beauty of the Carden Plain, an expanse of limestone plains, known as an alvar; a globally-rare landform. It’s also an Important Birding Area; home to many at risk grassland birds.
For more info visit this link or call the Couchiching Conservancy at 705-326-1620

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