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Modo Community Calendar: April 2013

Mar 30 – Learn to Grow Awesome Organic Tomatoes, Vancouver
Ever wanted to learn how to grow great tasting tomatoes from seed! This is the workshop for you. After a thorough education, you’ll take home two tomato plants and a package of organic heirloom tomato seeds. Hosted by the Homesteader’s Emporium and presented/facilitated by James Sztyler, an organic urban gardener in Kitsilano. Cost is $35. Register 

Apr 3 – Bring Your Boomers Election Forum: Real Talk on Climate Change, Vancouver

Gen Why Media’s Bring Your Boomers events go beyond traditional panels or debates by presenting an engaging mix of intelligent conversation, media, storytelling and music to provide a culturally-driven entry point to discuss social transformation. The next in the serires focuses on the 2013 BC Provincial Election, bringing together young voters with political candidates for a frank conversation about how to address the challenge of climate change in BC, followed by a Q&A and audience discussion, with performances by Au4. Tickets

Apr 47 – AD/JUST: Exhibition / Launch of Artists’ Books, Vancouver – FREE
Modo Community Partner Project Space presents AD/JUST, a three-day installation and pair of artists’ books by Baltimore artists Jackie Riccio and Zack Ingram. The project explores readjustment and assimilation after moving to a new environment. Each artist will also produce a book that extends the project’s inquiry into our personal relationships with space and geographic location. Project Space is a bookshop, publisher and project space in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and host of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair. Details

Apr 6 – At The Table long table dinner, Vancouver

As part of Modo Community Partner CityStudio’s Engagement Expo, April 5-6, Modo members are invited to connect, nourish and engage with CityStudio students, City of Vancouver staff and your neighbours. All are welcome at this long-table vegetarian meal and dialogue. Tickets

Check out our picks for the two-day Engagement Expo on Modo’s blog!

Apr 6 – Modo at the Winter Farmers Market, Vancouver – FREE

As part of Modo’s continuing sponsorship of the Vancouver Farmers Markets, we’ll be at the Winter Market at Nat Bailey Stadium sharing about carsharing with potential new members, while also exploring Vancouver’s sharing economy with Modo Community Partners: The Vancouver Tool Library, TradeSchool Vancouver and The Sharing Project. 

Apr 6 – Motown Meltdown Tri-Cities, Coquitlam
Dance to the sweet sounds of Motown with some of the most seasoned session musicians in Canada, at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. Inspired by the critically acclaimed film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, more than 25 hot-shot Canadian vocalists, backed by a scorching 12-piece band will heat up the dance floor! Presented by Modo Community Partner Shooting Stars Foundation. Details and tickets  

*** CONTEST: Enter to win 2 tickets by emailing with the correct answer to the question “Which artist performing in town Motown Meltdown Tri-Cities was was first heard in the early 1970s with the quirky Pied Pumkin playing fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, flute and sax? (Hint: Find the answer here.)  

Apr 10 – Future of Wind Energy in BC, Vancouver
The BC Sustainable Energy Association: Vancouver Chapter presents this town hall speaker event, with presentations by experts on wind energy, energy policy and sustainability issues discussing the future of wind energy in BC. Participating organizations include Canadian Wind Energy Association, Pembina and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The evening concludes with a moderated discussion between all those present, led by CBC Reporter Duncan McCue. Tickets 

Apr 10 – Deadline for City Commons Site Applications

City Commons is the Vancouver Tool Library’s latest initiative! Scheduled for July 2013, City Commons will be a multi-day, citywide placemaking event that will encourage community members to transform 10 underutilized private and public spaces into common places that foster neighbourliness. Form a group and submit a site application to get your project started.Details

*** BONUS: If your project is selected for City Commons, Modo will donate $50 carsharing credit! Email confirmation of your project’s acceptance to

Apr 11 – #EastVanLove Volume 8, Vancouver 

For the eighth edition of its popular EastVanLove event series, the East Vancouver-based grassroots group East of Main is collaborating with Heritage Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver to bring a history-themed tweetup. Featuring a collage of both adverse and uplifting stories that expose the honest authenticity of East Vancouver’s heritage as an inclusive, culturally rich community with a vibrant past. Details

Apr 12-19 – R2R Film Festival, Vancouver

Modo Community Partner Reel2Reel presents another year of intelligent, passionate and provocative films for children and youth. Watch documentaries, animation and live action films from around the world, plus interactive installations, Q&As, hands-on filmmaking workshops, and a Youth Media Conference and Showcase. Sure to delight, move and amaze audiences of all ages! Tickets

Apr 14 – Intro to Tools Workshop (Planter boxes redux), Vancouver

Planter box-building workshops are back by popular demand at the Vancouver Tool Library this spring! After this workshop, participants will leave with the confidence to name and use basic power tools necessary for everyday projects and a planter box for all your urban gardening needs. Instructor Brent Firkser will go over safety with tools, designing and planning a project, and the execution of said plan. Register online or at the VTL shop (3448 Commercial St).  

April 18May 17 – Green Month at Science World, Vancouver
Science World presents a month-long series of events and activities that’ll inspire you to be eco-conscious. Learn about the full month of programming online. (Note: April 20 is Vancity Members’ Day!) 

Apr 20 – Earth Day Parade and Celebration, Vancouver – FREE

Join Windermere High School’s Youth for Climate Justice Now for the annual Earth Day celebration on Commercial Drive! As years past, all are invited to march (in costume or not) in the annual parade from Broadway to Grandview Park, where there’ll be speakers, musicians, possibly some juggling by a local leader or two, and all the good things that come with gathering together as a community to address the things that matter most today. This event is family friendly, and youth from the across the Lower Mainland are welcome and encouraged to come. Details 

Apr 2428 – Projecting Change Film Festival, Vancouver
A forum for film and dialogue that sparks curiosity, inspires conversation, and develops ambassadors for change within our communities, the festival features award-winning documentaries from around the globe, followed by a dynamic speaker or panel discussion. The unique festival format is a platform for audience engagement, with all proceeds donated back to local initiatives. Celebrating its sixth year, the festival explores themes such as environmental and social sustainability, empowerment, identity, and global culture. Schedule and tickets

*** CONTEST: Win two tickets to a screening of your choice! Email a selfie (a.k.a. self-portrait) with Modo in the background and a caption about your most frequent Modo trips. (Prize excludes opening and closing nights, and Saturday workshops.)

Apr 27 – Fully Hands-on Cheese Workshop, Vancouver
Learn all about cheese making, ingredients, milk selection and other tips at the Homesteader’s Emporium. Make several styles of cheese by hand in this 5-hour workshop led by instructor Debra Amrein-Boyes, the head cheese maker at Farmhouse Cheeses (Agassiz, BC). Cost is $65+HST. Register 

Apr 28 – Bike the Blossoms, Vancouver – FREE
Join Velopalooza and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for a fun, free guided bike ride. The ride will tour the blossom cherry trees in Vancouver and include a talk by Parks Board Arborist, Bill Stephen. Stay tuned to for more details. Find other Cherry Blossom Festival programming here.

May 4 – Intro to Woodworking with Hand Tools Workshop, Vancouver
Instructor Geof Vincent (the Vancouver Tool Library’s very own Shop Manager!) will introduce participants to the basic tools needed for working wood by hand – planes, chisels/gouges and saws – and demonstrate their proper use. Marking and measuring with scribes, knives, compasses, gauges and squares will also be covered in tandem with a brief lesson in wood grain. Register online or at the VTL shop at 3448 Commercial Street. 

May 11 – 18th Annual Stone Soup Festival, Vancouver – FREE

Britannia Community Centre hosts the 18th Annual Stone Soup Festival, a celebration of food, art, environment and community, including a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and more! Details

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