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                  E-Newsletter September 2013
           
Hello there,

Welcome to the Gordon Neighbourhood House Newsletter!


Gordon Neighbourhood House has served as a community hub in Vancouver’s West End since 1942. We have a history of working alongside our friends and neighbours to facilitate connection, engagement and seizing opportunities for community development. The Newsletter is a mechanism we have created for you to stay updated on news, events and activities connected to Gordon Neighbourhood House. We thank you for your continued interest and support of our work in the community.
West End Food Festival

Gordon Neighbourhood House is partnering with the West End Neighbourhood Food Network to host the first annual West End Food Festival!
 
The goal of the Festival is to facilitate connection, dialogue and friendship over the celebration of food. The West End Food Festival includes a planting workshop for families, a chance to sample food from an array of West-end chefs, a tour of our local community gardens a community potluck, a panel on food insecurity, live music and so much more.
 
Look out for our the event schedule, and come on out to meet your neighbours and enjoy some great food at the Festival. 
 
When: Friday, October 4th – Monday, October 7th, 
Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street

Details can be found on Facebook: "WEST END FOOD FESTIVAL" 
The GNH Suppermobile

The Suppermobile Gordon Neighbourhood House wants to take you out for dinner! 

Granted, you’re going to have to select and prepare it yourself, but if you’re looking for low-cost, healthy food at home, some new recipe ideas, and some nutritional information, this is the program for you.  Every Saturday morning, we load up the Suppermobile with 15 participants, and drive you to sources of low-cost, healthy food.  Until October, we’re going to be heading to Farmer’s Markets around the city, armed with coupon books, good for $15 dollars of free groceries.  After that, we’re going to be heading to Quest Food Exchange, a low-cost supermarket in the east end, then returning to Gordon House. 

To sign up, please talk to us at the front desk, or email 
andrew@gordonhouse.org See you there!
New Bus Campaign

We're almost there but we still need your help. If you're interested in making a contribution you can do so by using our website or by bringing a cheque in to the neighbourhood house. Together we can get an almost 20 year old school bus off of the road and bring a new one to GNH. Thank you to all of our friends, neighbours and local businesses who have already made contributions. 

Welcome to Sam Mickelson

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Sam Mickelson. Sam has been working at Gordon Neighbourhood House since May 2013 coordinating the Clean Team and the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program. Sam has always been passionate about finding out why things work the way that they do and learning about peoples’ stories. His work at Gordon Neighbourhood House has provided him with the opportunity to give these passions full room to grow and every day at Gordon House Sam finds himself amazed by the things he learns about other people and himself. Sam is also an ardent Toronto Blue Jays fan (that makes two diehard Jays fans on the Gordon House team!) and a dedicated yogi, cyclist, and foodie.  If you don’t know Sam yet, please say hello next time you’re at Gordon House. He looks forward to meeting you!
GNH Clean Team Facilitator
Neighbourhood Small Grants Program Facilitator
Passionate Baseball Fan, Yogi, Cyclist and Foodie
Emergency Child Care First Aid Training Session

When: Wednesday, October 9th and 16th, 2013
6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM (participants must attend both sessions to get certificate)

Where: GORDON NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver, BC
COST: $75 ($100 value)

To register, please contact Jessy at 604-683-2554 or email jessy@gordonhouse.org

Space is limited, so sign up soon!
Volunteer High Tea

In appreciation of the amazing contribution made by our dedicated volunteers, Gordon Neibourhood House is hosting High Tea for our volunteers.

Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House
         
When: October 1, 2013 - 2pm
 
PLEASE RSVP to welcome@gordonhouse.org or at the front desk by September 23, 2013.
 
 
Out of School Care Program
(After-school)


Out of School Care is a licensed program for children ages 5-10 who attend Lord Roberts Annex and Lord Roberts (Main) School. We pick up children from school and engage them in a variety of activities from outdoor play to arts and crafts, science and cooking!

Weekly outrips to museums, swimming pools and playgrounds are also included.
 
The monthly fees are:
$290 for 5 days
$250 for 4 days
$210 for 3 days
$150 for 2 days
$90 for 1 day

Subsidies are available.
 
To find out more please contact Eveliina Vare at eveliina@gordonhouse.org as space is limited.
 
Cookin' with Andy

It’s tomato season, and you may well be trying to find something to do with the fruits of your hard work this summer.  Here’s a favourite of ours at Gordon Neighbourhood House:

Ingredients
1 kg ripe tomatoes, cut in quarters (Or, 1 large can/mason jar full of them)
1 onion, cut in chunks
2 cloves garlic, peeled
100g butter
50g grated parmesan cheese (optional, but if you’re going to use it, please don’t use the stuff in the green canister.  If it doesn’t have to be refrigerated, it’s not cheese)
Fresh or dried herbs—I use thyme and basil; rosemary and sage will also work well.
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions 
In a medium pot, melt ¼ of the butter.  Fry the onions and garlic. After a couple minutes add in your herbs, and continue frying until the onions brown.  Add the tomatoes, and continue frying for 5 minutes.  Add cold water to cover the vegetables, and simmer for 20 minutes.  Puree everything (I use an immersion blender, but a regular one will work, too) and return to the pot. If the soup is thinner than you want, simmer it until it’s thick enough.  If it’s too thick, add water. Stir in the butter, and serve.

GNH Seeds to Supper

Seeds to Supper, Saturdays, 4 - 7 PM

A great gathering time for families with young children to share a meal and fun art and music activities.  Free!

We're currently looking for volunteers. If you're interested please get n touch with us.
 
Seeds to Supper is also looking for the following donations:

* plastic children's plates, cups and cutlery
* musicians who would care to come and play for us (any type of music that might grab the attention of little children).  10 or 15 minutes from approximately 6:00 to 6:15 pm.  Free meal included!
 
Cheers and see you soon!
 
Joy and Barbara

joy@gordonhouse.org
  • GNH and Whole Foods Market (Robson) $10 Meal Fundraising Event
  • A fundraising event that Whole Foods Market (Robson) is hosting in support of Gordon Neighbourhood House. 

WhereWhole Foods Market (Robson) at 1675 Robson Street 
When: Wednesday September 25th 5-8pm

Please feel free to share the details with your friends and neighbours. 100% of the proceeds go to Gordon Neighbourhood House.

Reflexology Sessions 

Starting on Monday, September 16, we will be offering reflexology sessions in the Elders Lounge.In reflexology, the therapist works on areas of the hands or feet that correspond to different areas of the body. It has been known as ‘zone therapy’ in the past. Light to medium pressure is applied, along with movement along all parts of the feet or hands. Some could say this is massage with a twist! This therapy is great for relieving stress and tension. A session lasts one hour and is perfect to get you relaxed for the rest of your day. 

Claire Guibord has been practicing reflexology for family and friends since 1993.Sessions can be either hand OR foot reflexology. It is wise not to combine both and you can switch after a minimum of four sessions. If you choose foot reflexology, please be sure to arrive with easily removed socks (or remove hose prior to arriving for your session).She will be here on Mondays and Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For details or to book your appointment see us at the front desk or call 604-683-2554. 
What Gordon Neighbourhood House
Means to Me
Gordon Neighbourhood House’s (GNH) slogan, “Together we grow”, is a simple description for a very diverse community resource. Our family has enjoyed years of fun and connection there.  We’ve grown through Creative Playtime, Preteen Girls, Family Place (now Seeds to Supper), Camp Sasamat and the Neighbourhood Small Grant Program. There is a renewed energy at Gordon Neighbourhood House and we have been even more excited about the future of our Neighbourood House. Thanks to the current staff and volunteers at Gordon Neighbourhood House we now have an amazing new website, colour scheme and logo; a far-reaching program base, two urban farms, an e-newsletter, a shipshape thrift store, free professional counselling services, etc.  And if you like homemade croutons on your salad, you can even enjoy a high quality, nutritious lunch (Tuesdays-Thursdays), served up by some awesome volunteers. Together we grow indeed!

 - Barbara Shaw
A Proud Member of GNH 
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