From Kerrisdale CC to the False Creek Grandragons

The False Creek Grandragons in September 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

The False Creek Grandragons in September 2013. Kerrisdalers raise their hands. Photo: Katja De Bock

Are you over 55 and looking for a great workout? The False Creek Grandragons dragon boat team trains twice weekly between February and November and takes part in half a dozen competitions each season. Read all about it in my blog post for the Kerrisdale Playbook (kccplaybook.org).

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Photo realist painter Ann Goldberg exhibits at Winsor Gallery

from left: Katja De Bock, Keiko Honda, Ann Goldberg. Photo: Noriko Nasu-Tidball

from left: Katja De Bock, Keiko Honda, Ann Goldberg. Photo: Noriko Nasu-Tidball

Ann Goldberg, a photo-realist painter from Edmonton who now lives on the University Endowment Lands, is exhibiting her work at Winsor Gallery. The show Eden premiered on June 13 and will be open until July 13.

I was lucky to meet Goldberg and interview her for Kerrisdale Playbook, a blog for the Kerrisdale community curated by Keiko Honda.

Katja De Bock

Artists-in-residence salon series brings cohousing idea to Dunbar-Southlands

Keiko Honda is a community builder in Dunbar-Southlands and Kerrisdale.

Keiko Honda is a community builder in Dunbar-Southlands and Kerrisdale.

I met Keiko Honda in the shower room of Kerrisdale pool last year. The elegant young woman was supervising her daughter Maya, who just finished swimming lessons. I, on the other hand, was undressed and wet, showering off the chlorine, after having enjoyed half an hour of lapses in the pool. Our eyes met, but we only smiled at each other.

Our shower meetings went on for several months, but I never had the opportunity to speak to her. Keiko and Maya had already left the dressing room long before my kids and I were ready. Continue reading

Prepare for The Big One with Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness workshops

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Desmond Rodenbour will be carrying dozens of extra chairs into a Kerrisdale community centre room, because evermore people show up for his emergency workshops.

Although a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit Haida Gwaii over the last weekend of February, Daniel Stevens, Vancouver’s director of emergency management said his presentation of the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program at the Park Board on Monday, Feb. 25 was incidental. Continue reading

ParkBoard meets with community centre associations and Vancouverites

The Vancouver Park Board is meeting with the community centre associations and Vancouverites at a public meeting in the Westend Community Centre tonight.

On the agenda: the Park Board’s new proposal from Feb. 4, 2013.

Kerridale Community Centre

Kerrisdale Community Centre

The 30-page presentation states that 27 per cent of Vancouver’s population falls below the Low Income Cut‐Off (LICO).

High-income communities such as Dunbar still have an 18 per cent of its population below the LICO. Kerrisdale is named as a middle-income community with 22 18 per cent of its population below the LICO. According to the proposal, Marpole serves a low income community with 40 per cent of its population below the LICO. Continue reading

Hundreds attend Kerrisdale Community Centre open house

Local programs and seniors lunches will not be cut, said Park Board general manager Malcolm Bromley to a full house at Kerrisdale Community Centre on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people filled the auditorium at a public meetin on Jan. 29, 2013. Photo by Katja De Bock

Hundreds of people filled the auditorium at a public meeting on Jan. 29, 2013. Photo by Katja De Bock

Hundreds of people came to the centre’s auditorium. Two overflow rooms were needed as people kept coming, many of them seniors.

The open house was organized by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society to discuss a new partnership agreement with the Vancouver Park Board. If approved, the agreement would centralize financial operations and harmonize fees in all 24 centres. Continue reading