Our community: New playground mats made from recycled tires, poinsettias raise funds for VGH Kid Kave – Times Colonist | CarTailz

A Greater Victoria school and Nanaimo park are two of the recent recipients of rubberized surfacing made from recycled automobile tires supplied by Tire Stewardship BC

A Greater Victoria school and Nanaimo park are two of the recent recipients of rubberized surfacing made from recycled automobile tires supplied by Tire Stewardship BC

The non-slip mat, installed on an extension of Campus View Elementary School’s playground, is made up of 281 tires. The Campus View Elementary Parents Advisory Committee received a $9,000 grant from the group for resurfacing costs.

The new surface at a playground at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo was made from more than 1,700 recycled tires.

The City of Nanaimo received a $30,000 grant for this project from Tire Stewardship BC, which awarded 13 grants across BC this year to help fund the installation of rubber flooring for common areas.

The group is funded by upfront disposal or environmental fees paid for every new tire sold in BC – typically around $5, but more for larger tires.

Rosemary Sutton, chief executive of the group, said that the rubberized surfaces installed in playgrounds for pouring on site are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and make children’s playgrounds safer. This year, the initiative repurposed nearly 15,000 discarded tires for use on playgrounds, sidewalks, parks and public gathering places. The nonprofit organization has awarded more than $5.8 million in grants since 2009.

Since the program’s inception in 1991, it has recycled more than 100 million tires through Delta-based Western Rubber Products, which turns them into fine rubber granules – called crumb rubber – used to make playground surfaces, athletic tracks, horse mats, etc Additive for rubberized asphalt and landscape mulch.

• Visit tsbc.ca for more information.

>>> Concert to strengthen community life

Singer-songwriter Ivan Hartle will perform at The Concert for Hope Help Home, a fundraiser for Community Living Victoria, at McPherson Playhouse on November 18th.

The Vancouver-based artist plays elements of blues, soul, jazz and folk, both with a band and solo. Tickets start at $31.25. The concert begins at 8pm at the McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square.

Community Living Victoria supports people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

• For more information, see ­communitylivingvictoria.ca.

>>> Poinsettias support Kid Kave Zimmer at VGH

The deadline for purchasing a poinsettia from Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary is fast approaching.

This year, proceeds from the group’s annual “Poinsettias for Patients” campaign will go towards establishing a special waiting room called “Kid Kave” in the ER.

The group also offers an ER Santa option, allowing the public to purchase a poinsettia as a seasonal gift for emergency responders and hospital security personnel. The long-lived plants have been supplied by Hilltop Greenhouses for ten years.

Plants of various sizes range from $9 to $45. Order online or in the gift shop in the lobby of Victoria General Hospital. Closing date for orders is mid-November with collection or delivery at the end of the month.

For more information or to order, visit shop.vgha.ca or call 250-598-3385.

The City of Victoria is seeking members of the public to serve on its Renters’ Advisory Committee, the External Grant Review Committee and the Greater Victoria Public Library Board.

The Renters’ Advisory Committee is seeking five members of the public for a two-year term. Applicants should have a professional and/or diverse background as a tenant or work in the field of tenant representation.

The External Grant Review Committee is looking to fill two one-year positions on the committee. Prospective candidates should not be affiliated with organizations applying for the city’s annual scholarship plan.

The Board of the Greater Victoria Public Library recruits one citizen who is appointed to the Board for a one-year term.

The application deadline for all three positions is November 18th. Successful applicants will be contacted in December. For more information or to apply, visit victoria.ca/committees.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church has partnered with Ballet Victoria to host a community event, Building Community Together, on November 19 at the church’s Kirk Hal.

The event includes a tea lunch and ballet performance, as well as a book and canned food market.

There are two sessions, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The entrance to Kirk Hall is at 680 Courtney St. There is an outdoor passenger egress area and parking nearby at the Broughton Street car park, 735 Broughton St.

Tickets cost $15. Advance reservations are required by calling the St. Andrew’s Church office at 778-587-1227. Leave a message and the church manager will call you back. Visit standrewsvictoria.ca/building-community-together for more information.

Saanich has launched a pilot project called the Neighbor to Neighbor Resilience Initiative to help groups develop neighborhood projects.

The project, which launched on October 28, invites residents to take part in interactive workshops on emergency preparedness, climate protection and conservation.

Upon completion of the workshops, groups may apply for a $500 grant to complete a community project of their choice that addresses climate change, emergency preparedness, and stewardship at the neighborhood level.

The project accommodates three types of groups: residents of single-family homes or other ground-oriented buildings within a three-block radius; occupants of a purpose built rental building; and residents of a stratum, cooperative, or other building with common property.

There must be at least four households per group application.

Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis to ensure they meet eligibility criteria and to fill each of the desired apartment categories. The results of the pilot project will be used to modify and improve the program for later recordings.

For more information or to apply, visit saanich.ca/n2n.

The Cordova Bay United Church is hosting a fundraiser in support of Ukrainian relief efforts in Victoria on Sunday, November 6, An Afternoon of Music.

The music evening will include performances by Toshiko Tampo’s piano studio.

Admission is by donation. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the church, 813 Claremont Ave.

Online donations are accepted at cbunated.ca.

The Peers Victoria Resources Society hosts Peers Steps on the Gas, a cabaret-style performance and dinner, with proceeds going towards the purchase of a new night duty vehicle.

The event will take place on November 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kwench, 2031 Store St.

Peers Victoria’s night truck, Victoria’s only mobile service available seven nights a week, brings support, food, harm reduction, clothing and other supplies to clients.

Outreach workers serve an average of 18 people per night, with 25 percent of services provided to homeless people and 38 percent to indigenous people.

The fundraiser includes Vivian Vanderpuss (RuPaul’s Drag Race), a comedy starring Julya van der Sloot, music by Chai, Neo Soul Artist, Burlesque with Ginger Kittens, Lil’ Jam Jam, Dollipop and Champagne Sparkles (Cheesecake Burlesque), students of PoleCoven, Dinner by Alison Bigg and dessert by Jennifer Smart and Bunny’s Kitchen.

Peers has also started a silent auction that will end at 9:00 p.m. on the evening of the event.

For tickets starting at $43.45 go to eventbrite.

parrais@timescolonist.com

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