Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections meets Monday

A general meeting with Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections at Lake Trail School in the library this Monday, will include an update on the Community Programs schedule.

There will also be updates about the Community Garden, Neighbourhood Safety Initiative, plans to participate in Earth Day at Simms Park and the 30-day local food challenge event being hosted by Our Big Earth Media Co. as well as filing bylaws to become a non-profit society.

Input is needed on plans for the second annual Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections Celebration Day and What does a Community School Do? workshop. A short presentation about Community Building projects in Portland Oregon will provide some inspiration and there will be home-made goodies and tea.

On April 18 from 12:30-3, there will be a blessing and groundbreaking with a small work party for the Lake Trail Community Demonstration Garden — a student- and interested community-member activity. There will be cake and refreshments.

On April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Community School Workshop with Ann Garside from the Ministry of Education’s cross-sectoral strategic initiatives branch. This is by invitation only.

The inaugural spring session of Community Programs includes

Courtenay Recreation piloting fitness programs with Yoga/Pilates and Circuit training, a Women’s Creative Writing course (ages 16+), Gathering Girls program (ages 12-16), Nest Box building workshop with the Morrison Streamkeepers.

There will be other programs in partnership with the Central Vancouver Island Boys and Girls Club (Boys Mentoring and Parenting without Power Struggles), after-school drop in with the City of Courtenay LINC, and programs by the John Howard Society of the North Island.

For more information, contact project co-ordinator Samantha Garstang at laketrailvision@gmail.com or leave a message at 250-334-3168. You can also check www.laketrailconnect.ca or join  Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections. on Facebook.

— Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections