Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vote for Ms. Morris!

A few hours after I wrote my Vote for Jeremy and Pete post, I realize there is another vote you can take part in. Fabulous local elementary school teacher, Melanie Morris, is on the short-list for a Me-to-We honour for a teacher who has made a difference. Daughter P would absolutely agree. (As would I.) Ms Morris embodies the idea of a holistic education that includes the family and community. You can read more about Mel (and the contest) here. And if you'd like to vote, please do so here.

Clayoquot Days at Stubbs Island

Today is the last day to get over to Stubbs Island to wander through the beautiful gardens, forest trails, sand spit, and just to hang out on the lawn with a picnic or for a game of volleyball or croquet. Just in case you can't make it, here are a few pictures from yesterday. (For photos of the veggie gardens and greenhouse, go here.)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Clayoquot Days!

Oooh, it's our favourite weekend of the year. It's the weekend of the open house over on Stubbs Island, where the village of Clayoquot once sat. The gardens are fabulous, so I'll be taking lots of snaps and getting green with envy. We'll probably be there most of the weekend, other than from 10-2 tomorrow when the first Tofino Village Green Market takes place. Well, actually my family will probably be over there becuase I need to be glued to my desk. Perhaps when I need a breather...

Boats leave the Whiskey Dock (bottom of 1st Street) at 12 each day. Everyone is voted off the island by 6. Bring a picnic, but leave your dogs at home.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vote for Pete and Jeremy!

Sorry for the quiet around here. I've been away (missing ALL of the action last week!) and now have my head down for a bit. For now, check out this news clip about local surfer, Pete Devries, and local photographer/videographer, Jeremy Koreski, — both who grew up here — who are trying to place in a competition that will boost them both to the next level in their careers. To watch and vote, go here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tofino Box Parade

Thank you, Jackie, for capturing this on film. I had to miss it (again) this year.

Too funny. The event is an annual celebration of a local woman's birthday. It started small and (obviously) is growing every year. The Box Parade ends with the traditional trashing of the costumes.

You can see more of Jackie's videos here.

Tofino's Big Week

Forget The Big Year, Tofino is gearing up for a Big Week (and a half or so). And, sadly, I am going to miss every one of these fabulous local events. Boo. Thank you to all of the volunteers who've been putting these events together. What a week of activity that will show Tofino at its very best.

Here is a round-up:

May 7-9, 2010 13th Tofino Shorebird Festival
Celebrate the annual arrival of migrating shorebirds with several interpretive programs — birding walks, children's programs, boating excursions and more. Most events are by donation. Check out the schedule here for complete details.

May 7 and 8, 2010 Annual Local Amusement for the Amusement of Locals Variety Show
A celebration of local talent as well as our ability to have fun as a community. Every time I leave this event I know why I live here and why I love it. Thank you Spencer and Judy for putting this annual (right? right?) event on.

May 9-14, 2010 12th International Congress of Ethnobiology
More than 350 scientists, academics, journalists, indigenous scholars and community activities from 50 different countries will be coming to town for this, our first big international conference. The congress will focus on the complex relationships between people and their environments. There are many, many event open to the public. Ooh, I am really bummed to be missing this one. For more information go to this site.

May 10-14, 2010 Tofino Indigenous Film Festival
This festival overlaps the Ethnobiology Congress. Some of the films are made by indigenous people and some with indigenous people but all highlight biocultural diversity issues in indigenous communities around the world. The theme for the festival is sacred spaces and evnrionmental conservation. Note that there are only 30 tickets available per show for people not registered in the conference, so snap up your tickets quickly. They're available at Mermaid Tales in Tofino. For more information, check out the schedule.

And then, of course, there is The Big Year, which will be filmed in town that week.

Good luck, everyone, It's going to be a busy one!