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March 2017

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Repair Café Fairfield

Saturday March 11, 10am – 1pm, 1330 Fairfield Rd. Repair Café Fairfield is a neighbourhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. Residents of Fairfield and surrounding areas can bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of voluntary repairers. Stuff you can get fixed includes: small electrical appliances, mobile phones & tablets, toys, furniture, textiles, ceramics, bicycles, hearing aids and more!

Next Community Dinner

Sunday March 12th,  6pm, 1335 Thurlow Rd (Garry Oak Room) The FGCA is hosting monthly community dinners highlighting the diversity that makes our neighbourhoods thrive. These FREE, all ages dinners feature guest speakers, performers, arts and crafts, intergenerational dialogue, children’s story time, delicious meals and more! Our March dinner will honor International Women’s Day. Because of the popularity of the event, we will hand out tickets at the door beginning at 5:45pm for 80 people. Anyone not receiving a ticket is welcome to stay but we will only have capacity to serve 80.

Spring recreation classes ~ time to sign up

New classes include Bike Maintenance 101, Paint Night with Shanna Hamilton, Edible Science, cheesemaking for ages 10-14, Kids Art Studio & Painting classes. Along with our usual offerings of tai chi, qi gong, yoga, drumming, cheese workshops, zumba and sportball for kids!

Spring Break Camps ~ registration is underway

Ages 3-5 & 6-9 ~ we have half day Sportball Multi Sport camps

Ages 5-12 ~ we have all day camp, week 1: Art Adventures, week 2: Wild Wonders of Nature

Ages 10-17 ~ Puppets for Peace Youth Camp will provide youth with an interdisciplinary exploration of peacebuilding and non-violence through art, outdoor education and workshops.

Out of School Care ~ registration for September 2017

For families new to our programs, registration for before and/or after school care  for children who attend either Margaret Jenkins or Sir James Douglas will occur Saturday, April 8th 2017 from 9:00am – 1:00pm at Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd. See the above link for more information & registration forms. Registration will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Pick up the new Observer newspaper

We want to hear from you for the May edition of the Fairfield Gonzales Observer newspaper. Neighbourhood news, fictional stories, poems, recipes, photos, art, people… we welcome your ideas. The Observer has a long history in the Fairfield Gonzales neighbourhood. It is a source for community building and a celebration of neighbourhood connections. Contact us with your contribution ideas:

Clothing Swap

Saturday February 25th & Saturday March 25th 10am – 1pm, 1330 Fairfield Rd. Come to The Place once a month for a clothing swap. Shop for free! We have clothes for all ages. Bring along your beloved but outgrown items to exchange for new duds, or come empty handed & fill up a bag!

Knit Along with the FGCA

FGCA Out of School Care kids are knitting this month to support refugees living in camps. We are looking for donations in order to purchase the necessary supplies as well as donations of time or knitted goods. Please see the link above for more info or click here to donate

Fairfield Food Forest Work Bees

It’s time to start planning for Spring at the Food Forest! The Fairfield Food Forest is located in Porter Park, near the intersection of Kipling and Thurlow.  Please bring your water bottle and gloves (if you have them). We’ll provide a snack, tools and have extra gloves on hand.

March 11th (Saturday) 2-4pm Site clean up, mulch top up, weeding

March 26th (Sunday) 2-5pm Site prep for shed, refresh signage, modify cages as needed, weeding.

Community Wide Yard Sale

Saturday May 27, 2017. Sales all around Fairfield Gonzales neighbourhood. Soon we will share information on how to register your sale, a map of the sales & volunteer opportunities.

Calendar at The Place

FGCA Board Meeting – Monday March 6th, 6:30 -9pm

Community Dinner – Sunday March 12th, 6pm, Garry Oak Room 1335 Thurlow Rd.

Community Association Land Use Commitee (CALUC) meeting – Monday March 20th, 7pm

Clothing Swap – Saturday March 25th, 10am – 1pm

Office Hours

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