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Community Garden is Community Growing

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Wegrowfood, had a community potluck and drum circle at Alexandria Bounty Community Garden today. I had just recently joined the Alexandria Bounty Community Garden Facebook group after learning about it from Pepper Patch Community Garden Facebook group. I mentioned that i would bring my jembe and some beet flavored potato chips. i didn’t know what to expect, it would be my first time to Alexandria Bounty and I was getting there by myself. Being a wayfarer, I revel in these happenings. With faith in community – I knew I be looked after.

As I arrived, my friends, Sonya and Daniel were arriving too. (Synchronicity is like a game for me these days.) I got acquainted with most everybody and everybody was caring and down to earth. Melody, who I conversed with on Alexandria Bounty’s Facebook page, got me a chair. Daniel helped me by getting a plate filled with food for me. As I sat eating, I noticed a golden retriever. She felt like an old soul. I wanted to pet her and say “Hi”.

During the drum circle, this dog (Izzy)  interrupted my playing to be petted. When I stopped petting her to play with the drum circle, he tuck his head under my left forearm or put his paw up to my left hand or lick me. Melody told her to lay down. I still gave her a few gentle scratches on her forehead.

The night ended with, walking with Daniel and holding Sonya’s hand to the sidewalk, so I got there safely. I waited for the 401 Simcoe DRT to head downtown.

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Departing the 401 at Centre St. and King St., I decided to go to Coffee Culture. I wasn’t sure if I was going to order anything, I just wanted a place to chill and collect my thoughts. There was a stack of Oshawa This Week papers. I grabed one and sat down. The front page headline got me excited about community and education: “DURHAM HIGH SCHOOLS SOON TO BECOME A ‘HUB’ OF ACTIVITY IN EVENINGS, WEEKENDS.” I took out my pink hilighter because I knew this was gonna be good.

Through partnerships with DDSB, like YMCA, Abilities Centre, Girls Inc., and Durham Region Health Department, a “youth hub” is going to be built into schools this year: Henry Street High School, Ajax High School, Brock High School and G.I. Roberts C.V.I.

These projects, is about kids hanging out at school in evenings, taking part in community partner activities, connecting community and being a “positive social development.”

“A DDSB official say some elements might include: comfy couches; music and sound equipment, cellphone charging stations, WiFi; snacks, a microwave, sink and coffee maker; video game systes, board games; computers; and ping pong or azir hockey tables.”

I feel this was what The Vault and 3V Co-op Marketplace strived to be, but more gear to entrepreneurial artists and community animators. And I feel stronger than ever that this kinda business model for the arts community, to have a hub – a living space, can root itself into downtown and transform it through community and education.

I would meet my friend Chrissy at Coffee Culture. It was a random happening. I told her about what I read. She had to go and meet someone for business. I checked my smartphone for Facebook updates and learnt my buddy Carmen was performing open mic at Gravity Lounge.

It was like 8:30pm, open mic starts at 10pm, so had some time to move on from Coffee Culture and do something else till it was 10pm.

I went to 15 Sports and Grill. I thought I would order a coke, watch Blue Jays game and than pop into Gravity Lounge to show my support for my friends performing at open mic. Instead I was given a Tedley tea with a small cup of cream and container of packages of sugars on the side. Lol.

I stayed till Jays game was over. It was 9:45pm. I got to Gravity Lounge at 9:50pm. I saw Carmen, gave her a hug, wished her a good show, told her to say “Hi” to Paul for me, and that I had to go home to rest. Friday, I got a Knowledge Cafe with Brian at Brew Wizards for noonish and than a date with 3 friends to Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) at Regent Theatre. And, I need to shave and shower. Lol.

Okay, I’m going to go shave and shower (at least try too), and than its “Bed Time for Pedro.”.

Goodnight.

Culture Meet up at Berry Hill Food Company and Other Happenings

Sunday September, 17, 2017 – I attended 3rd Culture Meet-up of the year at Berry Hill Food Company, 82 King Street West, Oshawa, hosted by the Cultural Leadership Council!

It was a fun atmosphere. I knew most the attendees. We all work in the arts, culture or heritage sector. We wore name tags. That was great because I had a hard time hearing. We were all there to socialize, network, “to know how you can get involved and become more connected with the many cultural organizations Oshawa has to offer.” It was a great opportunity to learn more about the cultural scene in Oshawa.

Annual Cultural Summit 2017

The Cultural Summit is an event organized by the City of Oshawa. The aim of the Cultural Summit is to provide an update on the City’s activities as well as to provide a learning exchange opportunity for cultural workers and supporters in the community.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Resource Centre.

Please stay tuned for more information.

Hand outs from Culture Meetup, Culture Days and Opend Doors Oshawa

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I left at 3pmish. I took my wild berry smooches and lemon danish I ordered at Berry Hill and headed out to find a nice nature spot to eat and meditate; yet, I saw a commotion on King St., between Centre St. and Simcoe St. I saw that that part was blocked and patrol by security. I walked over to where the Michael Star build is, a crew member approached me, said this was a live film set and had to leave. I said I just like to take a picture and leave. I was allowed and I left without complaint.

I drank my wild berry smoothie, ate the lemon danish at the tables behind the Michael Star building than walked to Brew Wizards to study, work on my tablet and draft a “founders profile” for eoii.org.

At Brew Wizards, i ordered a medium double roost coffee, 2 cream, 1 raw sugar cube, and apple turnover.

Around 6pm, I left, went to Cocoa & Joe for open mic. my friend Shannon performed some songs on her uke. I request jewel – who could save your soul. it was great to hear. I ordered an avocado sandwich. i did karaoke: conway twitty – hello darlin’, crowded house – don’t dream it’s over and james blunt – you’re beautiful. sometime later, new friends showed up, randell and kate, and randell performed some tunes on his acoustic guitar.

i left around 8:40pm, I thought I may do karaoke. My buddy Mike decided to stay home. When I walked over to Gravity Lounge, I had second thoughts…I decided I would buy chinese food from family wok and go home.

I got to Family Wok, ordered a C2: sweet and sour chicken balls, general toa chicken and ask for veggie fried rice with sweet and sour sauce on it. Oh, and i get a spring roll, can of ginger ale and fortune cookie. i was told 5minutes. i left to sit outside infront of UOIT building Faculty of Education (11 Simcoe St. N).

As I was walking, an acquaintance bumped my right shoulder from behind, it startled me for a moment. he shook my hand, I don’t know his name. he asked to use my phone, but my phone was left at home. And that was actually an inconvenience, but i had my tablet.

So, after that I sat on the bench facing uoit building. alittle after, two friends came out of 15 Simcoe Sportbar & Grill and sat on a cement block apart of uoit building’s facade. they waved and smiled at me. i soon got up and walked over. we made little hearted conversation. i mention i was waiting on chinese food and had to leave. i ask them to watch for the Go Bus eastbound on King St. for me. They said okay.

when i got through the first door at Family Wok, an employee just mopped, and i was noway entering. i told him i would wait here for my order. i was soon give my order and left.

as i approached my friends, i ask them did they see the go bus, they said nope. we than wished each other a good night and i hurried to the Go Bus stop on King St. and Simcoe St.

The bus soon came. I ask for a request stop and the bus driver knew my request drop-off destination. And I’m home now. ready to eat, Peace.