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Japanese Conversation Group (Online)

Are you curious about the Japanese language and culture? Join our weekly Japanese Conversation Group. We meet every Monday from 1pm–2pm on Zoom (online only). All levels welcomed. Host: Aki Oda.

Connecting the Climate Crisis and Social Justice

St. Hilda’s Green Forum speaker series hosts a presentation with Alice Pawley: “Connecting the Climate Crisis and Social Justice: In Search of a Moral Infrastructure for Engineers.” This free event is offered both in-person and online via Zoom.
Engineers play an outsized part in designing and controlling how we live our lives. They are at work on our buildings, food and water supply and systems, often in ways that seem beyond the understanding of ordinary folk. Pawley, award-winning Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University, argues that we educate engineers without a moral infrastructure for sufficiently thinking about the most important questions of the day, including climate change and matters of social justice, and suggests a way forward that involves us all.

Author Reading & Workshop: Janis Harper

Jonas and the Mountain: a Metaphysical Love Story:” An eastern mystic, a western psychic, and a broken man who falls in love with them both at a holy mountain in India. More than an unusual love story, Jonas is a quest for the deepest truth, an excursion into the nature of reality. After her reading, Janis will offer an (optional) creative exercise based on her book.
A Nanaimo-based writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former adjunct English professor turned expressive arts therapist, Janis’ passions for the arts, metaphysics, spirituality, and philosophy come together in her novel.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live via Zoom from the library’s website.

Readers’ Open Mic

Do you love to read aloud with expression, or listen to someone reading? Here’s your chance to read aloud for all to enjoy (5 minutes max), every third Wed of the month. You’re encouraged to pick a piece that resonates with the monthly theme.
To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, May’s theme is “Asia in the Old & New Worlds.” Read or perform your favourite passage or poem by any writer of any Asian heritage, or about any Asian culture.

Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register 604.886.2130 or

Author Reading: Nadia Serry

Local author Nadia Serry reads from her new book, Contemplations into Awareness, which follows her memoir, Learning to Trust in Safaga, in her series Reflections of a Wondering Mystic. Her latest book explores creating connections with our natural world to gain wisdom and inner strength.
Nadia Serry has worked in teaching, counselling, wellness, and diversity facilitation. She comes from a Sufi lineage, and has practiced Sufism for over 20 years. She brings mindfulness and contemplation into aspects of our daily life.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live via Zoom from the Library’s website.

Feds propose a Tax-Free Home Savings Account for first time homeowners.

At your request, we are repeating our…Rent-Then-Homeownership Webinar for first time homeowners.
The timely announcement by the Federal Government would allow you to save up to $40,000 in a tax free account, similar to a RRSP, and withdraw the funds to purchase your home, tax free!
This opportunity fits perfectly with our plan of a Rent-then-Homeownership program in the Coastal Village.
Join us for an hour to explore this opportunity.

One Straw Speaker Series: Nutrient Dense Garden Ingredients

We will deep dive into 6 common locally grown foods that are jam packed with nutrition and learn about the health benefits each ingredient provides. We will also review how you can prepare each ingredient throughout the season to reap the rewards of their nutritional benefits in your diet.

Presenter: Andrea Reierson (she/her), BSc in Applied Human Nutrition Dietetics & Self-taught gardener

Sign up here.

Virtual Artist Talk: Staking Ground: Amber Friedman and Erin Cobham

Show runs to May 9th. An invitation to step into a space with artifacts from a way of living that circles around community, connection, ritual, respect, and love. These works of art embody a liminal space that celebrates a return to a simple life, a magical life, and a mystical way of being.

Like a wish on the wind, ‘Staking Ground’ whispers that a post-apocalyptic world can be beautiful, and that beauty itself is a worthy endeavour.

Rent-then-Homeownership. How does it work?

What if…
you could occupy the home that you will ultimately own in TCV, building ownership that will allow you to take over the title of your home in 5-10 years?
…without any down payment?

Rent-then-Homeownership is a proven strategy for achieving homeownership over time.
Interactive Webinar. Tuesday, Mar. 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (Zoom)

Our new neighbourhood will have a huge community house and community gardens.

The Coastal Village, a community-based neighbourhood, will be built in downtown Sechelt, a half block from the ocean. Our values are based on the cohousing lifestyle, where neighbours are friends and where the community has the atmosphere of a connected village. Membership process will be outlined. If participating in our forming community appeals, and you want to join, you will be part of creating our community agreements and finalizing decisions about design aspects such as our Community House amenities, edible community gardens and our environmentally sensitive features. We will share some and the development timeline. The session will be interactive.

Sat. March 12 join us for a site walk, 10 AM and visit to One Straw Society’s Annual Seedy Saturday to talk with gardening experts.

Peer 2 Peer Mentoring Series: #1 – Marleen Vermeulen, painting

Join us on ZOOM for a 1 hour LIVE artist demo/talk about the process and the practice of art making. Our first host Marleen Vermeulen will share stories & bits of business advice that will benefit artists living and working on the Sunshine Coast, no matter the medium you work in. Join us for an educational and fun evening and an opportunity to network with other artists! This is FREE for all Coast Cultural Alliance (CCA) members. Not a member yet? No problem, join us for $45 a year:
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Generously sponsored by The Painted Lady Framing and Art Supplies

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