“There is no power for change like a community discovering what it cares about.”
Margaret Wheatley & Deborah Frieze
A Paradiddle, a Party and a Promise to Close Our First Series of Pop-Up Cafes
On Monday, March 13th, we will be celebrating the end of a successful 8-week experiment during which we welcomed the neighbourhood at our Pop-Up Cafe on the premises of Cafe Zephyr.
The Day’s Events
During our stay, we have held activities that foster Inner Transition. Among these, a few nonviolent communication workshops were led by Incredible Edibles team leader and human geographer Jane Barr. On March 13, an introductory workshop in the Work That Reconnects (WTR) has been scheduled. WTR is an open-source body of work that has grown out of the teachings and experiential methods of eco-philosopher and scholar Joanna Macy. For more information, click here .
We are dedicated to using challenging times to create a more resilient, closer-knit community that enjoys a better quality of life. To motivate change and help us better respond to the neighbourhood’s needs, artist and visionary Sonya Girard will lead a hands-on workshop to produce a collage that reflects participants’ vision of the ideal community. For more information, click here.
As of 7 p.m., get ready for an hour of interactive fun and music making. Aldo Mazza, percussionist and owner of NDG’s KoSA Music, will lead a pre-party celebration. Come experience the uplifting power of drums played in a group setting. The cost is $20 and you need to register by March 11th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, click here.
The drumming session will be followed by a party with music and dancing. The event is open to all TNDG members, NDG residents and anyone who is curious about Transition or wants to celebrate the mission and values of the organization. Please bring finger foods, party snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks to share!
“As weeks progressed, people dropped in and chatted, took part in activities and told us about the skills and knowledge they want to share with the community,” says Kathryn Aitken, our fabulous main coordinator. “In fact, we have had so many good propositions that we will be extending our stay, though only during the evenings. We already have activities scheduled into May!”
Transition NDG’s Pop-Up Evenings will continue at Cafe Zephyr every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A complete schedule of activities will be made available in the next few weeks.
Nature in the City Conference Series:
Choosing Between Endangered Species and Urban Development
On March 1st, our Nature in the City Series features a presentation by ornithologist and consultant Joël Coutu on the birds of the Montreal Technoparc wetlands.
Located in the Saint-Laurent borough, just 10 minutes away from Trudeau International Airport, this large industrial area is home to a great number of wetland bird species. Its diverse habitats provide appropriate nesting grounds and food for more than 100 native bird species and 80 species of nesting birds, which makes it the best spot on the Island to see the largest number of species.
Environmentalists often contest the development of transport infrastructure and residential neighbourhoods in order to protect delicate habitats and the species that depend on them. Mr. Coutu will be speaking on the current efforts to preserve this unique site, which is being threatened by the Caisse de Dépôt’s electric train project and the development of the Hubert Reeves Eco-Campus.
Come join us on March 1st at 7:30 p.m. at Coopérative La Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke West, Montreal. A visit to the Technoparc follows on March 5th at 9 a.m.
We’re drumming up a party for our final Pop-Up Café!
On March 13th, we will be closing our first Pop-Up Cafe series with an event that highlights collaborating, sharing, learning together and supporting local business, all values inherent to the Transition movement.
From 7 to 8 p.m., Aldo Mazza, percussionist and owner of NDG’s KoSA Music, brings his drumming party to Cafe Zephyr for an hour of interactive fun and music making. Participants will learn a little about the instruments and pick up a few simple rhythms before experiencing the uplifting power of drums played in a group setting.
Come celebrate with us and discover this wonderful local business during this one of a kind event.
Cost is $20 (2 spaces available at reduced rates). Spaces are limited, so make sure you register early by sending an email to email@example.com.
The drumming event will be followed by an open house party with music and dancing.
Transition NDG’s Pop-Up Cafés are held at Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke West every Monday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. up to (and including) March 13th.
Transition NDG Hightlights Radical Resthomes at 5th Pop-Up Cafe
February 15, 2017–Janet Torge, founder of Radical Resthomes, will be speaking on trends in senior living at Transition NDG’s fifth Pop-Up Café next Monday, February 20th at 3 p.m.
Torge’s focus on the issue began some 30 years ago, when older friends put her in charge of their housing. “Most of us know what we don’t want … but what we do want is pretty fuzzy,” she says. “Radical Resthomes offers people a means to explore these issues through discussion and debate. This helps them clarify what type of self-directed housing model fits their lifestyle.”
Ms Torge advocates self-directed projects in which people decide together where and how they will live. Claims of being “alternative” and “innovative” don’t cut it for her. She says truly self-directed Radical Resthomes are run by residents who undertake to look after each other, have outside resources called in if extra help is required (rather than sending people out to institutions) and ensure that whenever possible people die in their own beds.
If you or a loved one have reached the stage of planning housing for your later years and want to take into account personal needs, values and quality of life, consider attending Janet Torge’s talk on Radical Resthomes at Transition NDG’s fifth Pop-Up Café. We will be happy to see you there!
Transition NDG’s Sonya Girard on Global News Morning talking about our Pop-Up Cafes