SPECtrum Newsletter - June 2016
Summer is back, gardens are growing, outdoor events are happening and... volunteers are needed! Yes, things are so active at SPEC that we need more hands on deck to continue doing what we do. On June 23 we launch the awaited SPEC Elders Circle, and that same evening, together with Kits House, we open the first Westside Community Food Market of the year. There is opportunity to get involved right away! But that is not all, we will be very active at Car Free Day (Did you know that Car Free Day was founded by SPEC back in the '90s?) on Sunday, June 19 at the Main Street location, and we need volunteers to help us at the SPEC booth and waste stations. Go Solar tours are starting soon and students will be celebrating at their School Gardens harvests parties next week. Enjoy this month's SPECtrum and connect with us if you can give a hand (more information on volunteer opportunities below).

Thank you!
SPEC ED Oliver
Westside Community Food Market is back!
For the 6th year in a row, SPEC and Kits House have partnered to bring local and sustainably grown food to the community. Starts June 23, and runs every Thursday from 3 to 7PM at the corner of Vine and 7th Ave in Kitsilano. Come and enjoy good food and support your local farmers. Check out last year’s 3 minute video of the market.
School Gardens Program: Harvest Time!

It has been a fruitful, and veggieful, year at the school gardens!

Thanks to the School Gardens Program, we have seen that the best way to get kids excited about eating vegetables is to have them grow them! This year, with the support of our generous donors, 12 schools across Vancouver were able to take part. Students, from kindergarten to grade 12, got into the garden to ...continue on SPEC blog
An "Intern"ational Perspective on Earth Day with SPEC
As an intern at SPEC, I´ve received so much information about everything environmental. And there is something important I would like to share with you. Monsters are real. ...continue on SPEC Blog 
SPEC at Car Free Day
▪ Sat & Sun, June 18 – 19: Volunteer Opportunity: Lead a Green Team and help make this a zero waste event. Locations include West End and Main Street. 
Sign up online, and email SPEC member Eyal directly to make sure you are working with him and other SPEC volunteers:  
▪ Sunday, June 19, noon to 7p.m. Main street locationVolunteer Opportunity: Zero Waste Committee Outreach: Participate and share your passion with others during the festival. To get involved e-mail us at

▪ Hanging out in Kitsilano? Join the block parties on Sat and Sun: More info here: Car Free Day 
Fun Learning Opportunities!
Sat, June 119am to 5pm Open Source Circular Economy Day 
LOCATION: The HiVE, #210 - 128 W Hastings St, Vancouver

▪ Mondays, 12 – 1 PM Talkin’ Trash on Co-op Radio 100.5 FM:
Monday, June 13: Céline Lopez and Iain McCartney on cigarette butts and zero waste
Monday, June 27: Angie Nicolás on reuse
Missed the live broadcast? Catch the past shows here
Episode 1: Introduction to Talkin’ Trash: Emily McGill and Anastasia Koutalianos
Episode 2: Philosophy of Waste: Daniel Rotman
The SPEC Elders Circle - Reclaiming Elder Wisdom

The SPEC Elders Circle is a new initiative within SPEC that’s rooted in the belief that elders and society have much to gain by...continue on SPEC Blog

Our Thank-Yous 
▪ To TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their grant to support environmental education at our summer food market.

▪ A big thank you to our individual donors for making our Spring Fundraising Campaign a success, in which $9,500 was raised and matched by a dedicated SPEC supporter.  There is still time to help us reach $10,000, give today!
Upcoming Events and Activities
Thurs, June 23, 3 – 7 PM 
Westside Community Food Market Launch 
Starting June 23, every Thursday, enjoy local and sustainable produce, baked goods, live music, and other yummy goodies.
Vendors and volunteer opportunities available: e-mail
Location: corner of 7th and Vine in Kitsilano

Thurs, June 23, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
SPEC Elders Circle: Reclaiming Elder Wisdom, Launch event
    Take in inspirational presentations
    Share your ideas for reclaiming elder wisdom
    Identify topics of interest for future salons and activities

Light supper provided! 

Volunteer opportunities available: e-mail
Location: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House: corner of 7th and Vine, Kitsilano

More information at
All elders and those who care about elders’ issues are welcome. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Taxi vouchers are available.

RSVP here to help with planning: email or call 604-736-7732.
Come and check out what are teams are working on
▪ Energy & Transportation:
6 PM – 7:30 PM, Wed, June 15: Kits House
6 PM – 7 PM, Wed, July 20: Kits House

▪ Food & Environment:
   5:30 PM – 7 PM, Tuesday, June 14: Kits House
   5:30 PM – 7 PM, Tuesday, July 12: Kits House

▪ Zero Waste:
   6:30 PM – 8 PM, Wed, July 13: 1055 West Broadway, 2nd Floor Boardroom
Thank You 
Photo/image credits: www.thefrogblog (Thank-Yous). Other images and photos from SPEC.
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