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Quadra Village Day 2011

April 14, 2011

Quadra Village Day Poster 2011 final

I’ve been involved in the Quadra Village Day planning committee since shortly after moving to my new neighbourhood. What a dynamic group of individuals representing the community, business, the city and local not for profits.

In these times of budgetary restraint, it’s wonderful to see a community pull together to produce an entirely FREE family friendly event.

Join us on Kings Road (between Quadra and Dowler) Saturday May 7th from 9:30 am to 1pm for breakfast, community displays, activities for kids and teens, music and dance demonstrations.

More information on our website.

The musicians performing include:

Mike Edel, Paul Black, and Coco Jafro

There will be dance performances by:

Chinese Seniors Dance Troupe, the Sons of Norway Folk Dancers, the UVic Cuban Salsa Club and the Vic City Breakers & Friends.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors and media partners.

Quadra Village Day May 8th “Building & Celebrating Our Thriving Community”

April 19, 2010

Poster Quadra Village Day May 8th 2010

I’ve been involved in the Quadra Village Day planning committee since shortly after moving to my new neighbourhood. What a dynamic group of individuals representing the community, business, the city and local not for profits.

In these times of budgetary restraint, it’s wonderful to see a community pull together to produce an entirely FREE family friendly event.

Join us on Kings Road (between Quadra and Dowler) Saturday May 8th from 9:30 am to 1pm for breakfast, community displays, activities for kids and teens, music and dance demonstrations.

More information on our website.

The groups performing include:

9:30 am Ross Rossborough

10:15 am Chinese Seniors Dance Troupe

10:30 am Coco Jafro

11:15 am Sons of Norway Folk Dancers

11:30 am Dj Murge and guests

12:30 pm Acres of Lion

With grateful thanks to our sponsors and media partners.

Solo

June 13, 2008

Every day I take my small dog for a walk in the neighbourhood – sometimes up the hill to the Garry Oak meadow, sometimes past the temple and around.

Yesterday two young girls called out, telling me how pretty she was. A long conversation ensued about the appropriate way to pet a dog, the new baby, soon to be born, whether they were any help to their mom, had they been up the hill to the meadow, their names.

As we walked away I reflected and questioned, had I no dog to call out to, would they have called out to me.

Many times I know the name of the dogs here before those of their owners. We share common concerns about bylaw enforcement & green space but bit by bit we share our lives.

Dog create community in a way that no other animal does. I am reminded of a sign that our neighbour posted on her lawn to tell everyone that her beloved pet, known to all, a celebrity, had died. Soon the lawn was filled with flowers, cards and small gifts. We wept.

And yet, it is harder and harder to own a dog, and keep a dog in this increasingly single society where they often provide the only companionship.

So, I walk, and as I walk, I learn my neighbourhood and am “the familiar stranger” to many.