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Archive of Major Events 2011 Sixth Annual Christmas Craft Fair - Dec 3rd, 10 am to 4 pm
The Craft Fair at the Commons is always a festive event, and guaranteed to put you into the holiday mood. This is a great opportunity to support many of our Gabriolan crafts people. Rent a table for $20. Donations of crafts or gifts would be greatly appreciated for the Commons Fundraising table.
If you have any items looking for a home under someone's Christmas tree or wish to rent a table, or are able to volunteer to set up on the 2nd or 3rd, please contact Stef Marrie at 247-7174 or smarrie745@gmail.com.

Annual Fall Fair, Sept 18th


Vision and Voices - Imagine the Commons Future - June 10th to 12th

Celebrate Spring with a Soundwalk, Sat, Mar 19th, 4 pm
We are surrounded by a unique soundscape; a sonic signature that is particular to a place and time. Soundwalks are walking meditations where one focuses complete attention to sound. They are one of the most engaging ways we can immerse ourselves in a soundscape.
Join us this Saturday, March 19th, 4 pm, at the Commons (we'll meet in the parking lot), as we celebrate Spring with a soundwalk. It will last about an hour, and it's free! Wear good shoes and comfy clothes.
For more information please contact Leah Hokanson at info[at]luluperformingarts.ca.

Seedy Saturday - Spring Fair at the Commons, Mar 5th, 11 am to 3 pm
Seeds Our annual Spring Fair at the Commons will include a variety of events, demonstrations and games for children. Some of the events include: a seed exchange and sale; master gardeners answering your garden queries; and Sonia Baker demonstrating composting.



2010 Winter Solstice Celebration - Dec 17th, 5:30 pm at the Commons
This event will include a vegetarian picnic. Bring your own food (GMO free please) and include your recipe. You are also encouraged to bring a musical instrument, a song or a poem.

Victor Anthony's Annual Commons Benefit Concert


CommonSounds: Fall Equinox Soundwalk Each season is ushered in by a unique soundscape; a sonic signature that is particular to a place and time. Hildegard Westerkamp, noted Vancouver sound artist and ecologist, writes: "I hear the soundscape as a language with which places and societies express themselves." Soundwalks are walking meditations where one focuses complete attention to sound. They are one of the most engaging ways we can immerse ourselves in a soundscape.

Join us Saturday, September 25th, at 8 am (led by Jean McLaren), and again at 5 pm (led by Leah Hokanson) at the Commons, as we explore our seasonal soundscapes with the third of a series of soundwalks called CommonSounds. Each soundwalk will begin at the cob wall and last about an hour. And it's free! Wear good shoes and comfy clothes. Future soundwalks will take place around the Winter Solstice, and the Spring Equinox.

CommonSounds is a collaboration between the Commons and Lulu Performing Arts. For more information, or if you are interested in leading a soundwalk, please contact Leah Hokanson at info[at]luluperformingarts.ca. And, please join us for dinner at Robert's Place after the 5 pm soundwalk (RSVP to Leah, info[at]luluperformingarts.ca).

Bicycle Maintenance Workshop at The Commons
Bike RepairThe Commons and the Gabriola Green Bikes Program (GGBP) are pleased to announce the first in a series of basic bicycle maintenance workshops. Thanks to a generous donation from Hank Sirlin, a GGBP representative has recently completed a one week intensive course at United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon and will be leading the workshops. The first will take place on Saturday Sep 4th at The Commons, from 10 am until noon. It will focus on tire and chain maintenance with subsequent events dedicated to brakes, gears and other components. The workshops will be offered at no cost although donations to GGBP will be gratefully accepted. Enrollment is limited to ten people but there will be a repeat session if there is sufficient community interest. To reserve a spot, please call 247-0083. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own bikes.

And speaking of gratitude, the Green Bikes Program would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals who have kindly donated bicycles.

2010 Agricultural Fall Fair at The Commons on Sunday, Sep 12th from noon to 3 pm -- Growlies and scarecrows, rabbits and roosters; the breathtakingly beautiful, the largest, the smallest, the funniest! There'll be cotton candy and apple juicing, miniature goats and sheep, with fleece to felt, spinners and weavers and activist quilters, all ready to show the wonders of their art. You'll find Master gardeners to give you advice and clowns to make you laugh. The food, delicious! The music, entrancing. Fun for all ...

Special this year:
- display by local companies promoting the responsible use of water
- invitation to all Gabriolans to take part in the writing of the first Management Plan for the Gabriola Commons (at 3 pm)

An entry form for the agricultural competition can be downloaded by clicking here or picked up at Raven Feed, Lockwood Garden, Wheelbarrow Nursery, or Wild Rose Garden Centre.


2009 CommonSounds: A Suite of Seasonal Soundwalks at The Commons. Each season is ushered in by a unique soundscape; a sonic signature that is particular to a place and time. Hildegard Westerkamp, noted Vancouver sound artist and ecologist, writes: "I hear the soundscape as a language with which places and societies express themselves." Soundwalks are walking meditations where one focuses complete attention to sound. They are one of the most engaging ways we can immerse ourselves in a soundscape.
Join us Sunday, March 21st, at 9 am (led by Andreas Kahre), and again at 7 pm (led by Leah Hokanson) at the Commons, as we explore our seasonal soundscapes with the first of a series of soundwalks called CommonSounds. Each soundwalk will begin at the cobwall and last about an hour. And it is free! Wear good shoes and comfy clothes. Future soundwalks will take place around the Summer Solstice, the Fall Equinox, and the Winter Solstice.
CommonSounds is collaboration between the The Commons and Lulu Performing Arts. For more information, or if you are interested in leading a soundwalk, please contact Leah Hokanson at info[at]luluperformingarts.ca.

Commons Community Dinners - a fundraiser to help pay down the mortgage. Join us for a delicious meal, an opportunity to share ideas, to give feedback to The Commons, and to help us raise money in a new and different way. Hosts and diners to connect sometime in February or subsequent months. Hosts can arrange their own diners or have their offer advertized. Send all questions, offers and reservations to Heide, 250-247-7384 or heidebrown[at]shaw.ca.
For potential hosts:
  1. Choose the date for your dinner party.
  2. Choose the 4-course menu you would like to provide.
  3. Choose the number of guests you would like to have.
  4. Choose the location of your party; your home or The Commons (no cost). If you choose The Commons, please call Roger at 9116, to ensure the date chosen is available, and to make a reservation.
  5. Please try to find guests for your dinner party. This would help as we're not advertizing this event in the papers. If you are unable to fill your table, please let us know, and we will work together to fill your available spaces.
  6. Let Heide know about your choices.
  7. If you choose to be reimbursed for any portion of the meal cost, please take that cost from the diners' donations.
For potential diners:
  1. Choose the Dinner Party you'd like to attend. Suggested donation to the Commons for this memorable experience is $30 per person.
  2. Contact Heide to make your reservation.
  3. Bring your own beverage.
  4. Enjoy the meal and company.

Trades & Services Fair, Saturday, Feb 27th, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm; co-sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce and The Gabriola Commons.
If you work at a trade on Gabriola, this is for you. What will it cost you? -two hours you donate of your time, to be sold in a Silent Auction as a fund raiser for The Commons. What do you get? -a table at The Commons to display/advertise what you do and to talk to potential customers. Gabriolans will come in to bid on the cornucopia of donated trades and services hours and to learn what these trades and services have to offer on Gabriola.
Is your work classified as a trade? That's not something that is "set in stone". If you think of yourself as a tradesperson, then you probably are one. This would cover all construction work, wood and metal work, stone and brick work, garden/yard work, sewing or quilting, and so on. You can help us define the term while we organize this event.
If you would like to reserve a table for this event, or wish to help or participate in any way, please call Heide at 250-247-7384 or email heidebrown[at]shaw.ca.

The annual Christmas Craft Fair will be held at the Commons on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition to the usual tables, there will also be a sale of fixed price items donated to the Commons.
For information, to reserve a table, to donate an item to the Commons, or to help, call Heide or Raymond at 250-247-7384 or send an email to rtremb100[at]shaw.ca.

The Winter Solstice Celebration will be held at the Commons on Sunday, Dec 20th.
All events are indoors except possible bonfire.
4:30 pm: circle dancing and chanting
5:30 pm: potluck supper
6:00 pm: music and merriment (bring your musical instruments)
evening: bonfire outside depending on interest and the weather