to Feb 11th. Oddments is a series of prints and photographs in the Eve Smart Gallery investigating the ways in which nature has been tamed and commodified to accommodate the needs of the human world. It is a response to our habit of defining objects according to values that derive from their immediate usefulness. Organic and inorganic remains are scanned to create photographs or used in combination with synthetic and organic inks to make prints, giving new life and meaning to objects that we normally discard once they are no longer seen as useful. Lemon seeds, onion skins, fish bones, and pine needles that normally become invisible once used for their conventional purposes become works of art that remind us of our connection to the natural world around us.
Featuring activist Maude Barlow ’s crusade to have water declared a human right, protected from privatization, this award-winning documentary explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably our most precious natural resource.
Written, directed, and produced by award-winning local filmmaker Liz Marshall, who will be in attendance for the screening, Q&A and discussion following. (2010, 80 minutes)
FREE but space is limited (in person only); register online or call the Library at 604-886-2130.
RASC National Past President Charles Ennis shows you what you can see in the sky from our Sunshine Coast, what stands in the way of that observing (and how to fix it), and where to go to get started. Learn how best to view the exciting Geminid meteor shower in mid-December! If weather permits, Charles and his fellow astronomers will set up their telescopes on the Library’s deck for everyone to try.
Presented in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).
FREE but space is limited; registration is recommended. Register online or contact the Library.
Did you know…you can borrow the Library’s Telescope?
ONLINE ONLY EVENT: REGISTER online to attend this live-streamed event
Fire has changed communities across BC this year. After the most devastating wildfire season in recorded history, many are wondering how these fires got so big, what we can learn from our current responses, and whether we are prepared for an ever warming future.
John Vaillant’s book Fire Weather has become a de-facto guide on the new dangers posed by these fires supercharged by a warming planet. He’ll discuss his findings on the Fort McMurray fire of 2016, to help us understand what’s at stake for our cities, towns, and ecosystems.
Moderated by Fatima Syed, climate reporter at The Narwhal.
John Vaillant is the author of three bestselling, award-winning nonfiction books: The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and Fire Weather.
to Nov 26. Beginning at the source of the Columbia River in southeastern BC and ending 3.5 months later in the ocean at Astoria, Oregon, this photographic series in the Main Gallery documents the artist’s solo kayaking adventure paddling down the 2000 winding kilometers of the Columbia River. Photographic installations create the sense of being in, on, and under water. The artist’s hand built kayak, as well as video clips, photographs, and prints, offer the viewer a tiny window into the artist’s experience on this journey. In this exhibition and through her solo kayaking adventure the artist explores how we can find moments of awe, vulnerability, and connection to the natural world in the altered landscapes that surround us.
Featuring presentations on Pacific salmon biology and ecology, our work, and food trucks!
Every year in BC, people and properties are threatened by wildfires, often in the urban interface zone where homes, cabins and subdivisions are built into the forest landscape. Learn how to reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and community, and how to get a free fire prevention assessment of your home.
Presented by David McIlwraith, FireSmart Coordinator, Sunshine Coast Regional District.
For more resources, visit www.scrd.ca/firesmart
FREE but space is limited; register online or contact the Library. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.
Our plate is our most powerful weapon in fighting climate change. In Food for Change, investigative journalist Benoît Bringer searches the globe for women and men who are inventing a new dietary model — one which respects both humankind and nature. This documentary gives us hope, showing us how we can each be a force for change.
Director: Benoît Bringer. With the participation of Jane Goodall, Alain Ducasse and Johan Rockström. (2020)
FREE but space is limited (in person only). Register below.
Metta Grove is a cinematic visionary art concert with roots in guided meditation and psychedelic experience.
Featuring stunning visuals of animated art by Simon Haiduk with an uplifting soundtrack, this visionary experience will enliven your senses, leaving you calm and clear. A unique and unforgettable event not to be missed.
see more info and tickets at: mettagrove.net
The 8th Annual Sechelt Electric Vehicle Association! Located in the heart of Sechelt at Ocean and Cowrie. Lots of EVs on display, educational community booths, kids area with bouncy castle. Looking to get into an EV…come chat with our member hosts who are EV enthusiasts, get up close looks at many EV models and MORE!
FREE TO ATTEND.
EV owners wanting to show their EVs contact email@example.com
Come Shell-Ebrate The End Of Summer With Us and help raise money for our beloved community aquarium!
From 6pm-8pm on August 25th there will be carnival games, prizes to win, crafts, a 50-50 draw and more in front of Gibsons Public Market! Game tickets will be available for purchase and all proceeds go towards helping the aquarium run.
Starting at 8pm you can find a spot in the parking lot to watch movie stars next to sea stars. We will have snacks and canned drinks for sale before and during the first 30 mins of the movie. Bring your own chair, blankets, and cushions so you can be nice and comfy for our screening of the loveable animated film: Extinct!
Spaces are limited for the movie, so make sure to book a (FREE) ticket on our website!
Sept 15-17. This blissful weekend retreat includes a 1.5 hour social with an informative presentation on the Friday night followed by a group meditation in the Dharma Room. Saturday includes a 6 hour guided deep forest bathing experience plus lunch, a personal forest sound bath and a gift. Saturday night includes a group meditation in the Dharma Room. Sunday includes a 3 hour guided forest bathing experience, followed by a a silent lunch, and ending with a refreshing swim or dip in Trout Lake. All meals from Friday’s dinner through to Sunday’s lunch will be plant based and included along with two nights shared accommodation at the Self-Realization Sevalight Centre (a coffee, alcohol and drug free space). Private accommodation available at an extra cost.
Limited to 5 female participants
Join the Marine Education Centre team for our Summer Community Seine Net events! Kindly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union.
Every Wednesday during the Summer the team will be at Armours Beach from 10am-11am for some intertidal exploration and seine netting fun!
See what amazing creatures we will discover in the shallow waters around our Coast.
These events are free (donations welcome) and open to everyone.
We cannot wait to see you all there for community fun and learning.
Join educator and plant geek Philippa Joly, the author of A Kid’s Guide to Plants of the Pacific Northwest, for a morning of fun nature connection games. Learn which plants are safe to nibble, who eats who in the Salish Sea food chain, and how to stay safe and win in plant tag!
Space is limited. Call 604-885-3260 or email the library to register. Ages 6-10.
Saturday July 22, 10:30am-12:00pm on the Library Lawn.
Join educator and clinical herbalist Philippa Joly, the author of A Kid’s Guide to Plants of the Pacific Northwest, for a session of herbal first aid education for adults. We will explore what an herbal first aid kit might contain and discuss which local plants can be safely used to treat ailments. Limited space. Registration required. FREE.
Saturday July 22, 2023, 1:00-3:00pm on the Library Lawn or in the Community Room.
Join ELF for a hike in the headwaters of Leek Creek, part of the Elphinstone Water Protection Forest above the community of Roberts Creek, where you will experience the beauty of the native forest, walk under the mature fir, cedar and hemlock trees that support a plethora of medicinal plants. It’s a magical place!
Meet at the powerlines on the B&K Rd (Largo on maps), 1 km north of Hwy 101 in Roberts Creek. Ride sharing available from there. No costs.
Lead Artist: Julie Andreyev
Pre-Registration Required, Max 10 participants
What can listening and sound tell us about trees and forests? This is a multidimensional workshop—on-site in a local forest—exploring sound and listening, and interspecies communication using visualization methods and field recording technologies. Participants will be introduced to techniques in expanding their hearing sense and how this can strengthen their connection to the natural world. The workshop will include knowledge about biophony and the role it plays in forest and human health.
Expect to spend 3 hours in the forest. Please bring water and (optional) snack. Please bring paper and a pencil or pen. Dress for the weather and wear trail shoes.
Environmental Information and Inspiration: Uplifting Conscious Living
Learn and be inspired by three local Toastmaster speakers:
– Richard Fortier (Water Conservation options)
– Lily Liu (Recycling stone waste into creative projects)
– Andrew Fentiman (Meditation for conscious living)
Facilitated by Loretta Macklam with introductions by Johanna Rzepa.
FREE. Space is limited. Please register online or contact the Library. Also accessible on Zoom.