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July 2020 issue of RCC News is here

Stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay well and safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • RISE Community Health Centre has risen
  • Building an anti-racist future
  • Pop-up market by Fresh Roots and Italian Cultural Centre
  • Meal delivery for seniors
  • Collingwood Corner: On COVID craziness

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the August 2020 issue is July 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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Easy bike ride follows Still Creek to Burnaby Lake

Burnaby Lake is a haven for birds. These goslings stay close to their mom and dad. Photos by Bryden Fergusson

BY JULIE CHENG

In these COVID-19 times, many people are choosing to ride their bikes to get from point A to B. It’s a great way to maintain physical distancing and get some exercise, sunshine and vitamin D at the same time.

If you’re looking for a safe ride, take one of the bike paths under the SkyTrain lines, which are well marked and have crossing lights at busy streets.

Central Valley Greenway from Renfrew/Rupert SkyTrain station to Burnaby Lake

This route gives you views of Still Creek and takes about 1.5 hours roundtrip from Renfrew Station.

1. Pick up the Central Valley Greenway from the Renfrew or the Rupert SkyTrain station.

2. Head east, safely cross busy Boundary Road at the crossing light.

3. The greenway takes you behind Home Depot. After the Home Depot parking lot, turn right at Gilmore.

4. Cross Gilmore at Still Creek Avenue, heading for Dick’s Lumber.

Pick up the trail at Gilmore and Still Creek Avenue next to Dick’s Lumber.

Looking northwest behind Dick’s Lumber to the towers of Brentwood.

5. Follow the Central Valley Greenway, past the Toyota dealership on your left, Costco across the street on your right and the Burnaby Eco-centre (recycling centre) on your left. Be careful of the trucks leaving the driveways along this industrial stretch.

6. Cross Douglas Road and turn right where you can pick up the greenway next to Still Creek.

Sights along the way include the remains of a beaver dam in a small tributary that runs into Still Creek. Photo by Julie Cheng

7. Continue past the overpass near the Sperling SkyTrain station. The trails of Burnaby Lake are now 5 minutes away.

South of Sperling SkyTrain station heading east towards Burnaby Lake, now just 5 minutes away.

Enjoy a peaceful ride in the shade of trees.


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Flower arrangement workshop makes gifts for seniors

The Ava Maria Garden workshop turned out to be an opportunity for community members to connect with each other. One participant brought children who assisted and enjoyed Valentine cookies. Photos by Deanna Cheng

BY DEANNA CHENG

Jane Wong led a group of participants on February 8, 2020 to create artistic flower arrangements with preserved roses, preserved hydrangea and moss. The workshop was held at St. Mary’s Elementary School and is an initiative of Ava Maria Garden, a charity based in Hong Kong.

The former florist said the event had two purposes. First, for each participant to take home a personal gift of flowers to brighten her home. “These are good as gifts for those who don’t want to take care of it, like watering and changing the soil.”

She added, “If there’s dust on the flowers, just blow it gently with a fan or a paintbrush. You could even use a makeup brush.”

Jane Wong used to run her own business in the wedding industry for over five years, back in Hong Kong. She arrived in Vancouver this past summer and was looking for ways to get to know the community.

Preserved flowers are different from live ones, Wong said. The ones used in the workshop are treated with a machine and chemicals and they will last from one to three years with minimal upkeep.

Over time, the colour will fade but the blooms will retain their shape, she said. More thought and consideration is put into the arrangement of preserved flowers because recipients will have to look at them for a long time.

“Layering the flowers in your arrangement will make it look more natural like a garden,” Wong said. “Nothing is straight and even in nature.”

Workshop participant Vee Caylin was interested in the event because she had never worked with preserved flowers before. She works in the event industry and only interacts with live flowers. It was also her first time creating a flower arrangement around a miniature statue.

The second purpose of the workshop was to create extra flower arrangements as gifts for seniors at Courtyard Terrace Seniors Community. Wong said the ones for the seniors will be created with silk flowers because they will require minimal care and they wouldn’t aggravate any allergies.

The next flower workshop Wong is hosting will be for Mother’s Day. For those interested, she can be reached at jane@avamariagarden.org.

Deanna Cheng is a freelance journalist and copy editor. Her work has been published in New Canadian Media and Vancouver Courier. She has also been a resident for the last 15 years. Contact: dmwcheng7@gmail.com.

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