August, 2010:

Thanks to everyone who came to the Renfrew Ravine Cleanup!

In more ways than one the Ravine Cleanup on August 14th should be considered a success. In the blistering heat 15 individuals gave up their day to provide stewardship to the ravine, pull out garbage and to help tend to one of the native plant gardens. In total there was three massive piles of plant material that were removed; most of which was highly invasive such as Japanese Knotweed, English Holly and Ivy, and Himilayan Blackberries.

In other ways there are indicators of long term success at revitalization. 14 years ago in 1996 when the first ravine cleanup took place nearly three dumpster were filled with debris that had been dumped into the ravine over the years. On the 14th we pulled out only about 6 garbage bags worth. This fact alone is significant but the change has only taken place because of the dedication of hundreds upon hundreds of individual volunteers over the last decade and a half. Less garbage means that we can focus more attention on invasive species pulls and spend more time planting native plant species.

Thanks to everyone who came out and we hope to see you all again next time!

Final Reminder for Renfrew Ravine Cleanup!

The Summer Ravine Cleanup is this Saturday the 14th!

I hope to see many people there. There hasn’t been a cleanup for a while so unfortunately we are almost assured to find plenty of ‘interesting’ stuff down in the ravine.

What: Summer 2010 Renfrew Ravine Cleanup
Where: Meet at the Mosaic Bench near 22nd Ave and Boyd Diversion
When: Saturday August 14th 10am-2pm
Who: Everyone! Students, families, neighbours.

World Peace Day in Steveston – check out the photos

World Peace Day - musicians played on the beach and Fish Out Of Water danced as we prepared the prayer boats and candles for the water

Still Moon had a wonderful day in Steveston yesterday. We spent the afternoon folding origami boats and cranes and talking with people about World Peace Day, Hiroshima 66 years ago, prayers for world peace and prayers for world water peace. Our first family of many many families was Japanese and they really appreciated the opportunity for their children, and they helped us remember how to fold cranes. Cranes are traditional to fold  as a prayer for healing. Ground Zero in Hiroshima is a beautiful park and all the trees are laden with clusters of 1,000 cranes that have been folded as prayers for peace and that no one else will ever suffer the horrors of a nuclear bomb. We also added folding origami boats as prayer for World Water Peace.

Still Moon origami booth at Gulf of Georgia Cannery

folding origami with Crecien

Fish Out of Water dance in front of the Cannery

parading with prayer boats and 1,000 cranes

Crystal and Clara dance past the fish truck

Lighting the candles in the boats .... or trying to ... the breeze was very capricious

origami prayer boat floating on the water

Shepherding a prayer boat

boats drifting into the reeds

Prayer boats in the reeds