It had to happen: too many brilliant days of sunshine meant the autumn rains were delayed. But it's still an exciting time of year, and we have a few more events sure to excite all locals.
1 Get droppingoff your empties on Sunday, Oct. 21 for a bottle and penny drive for the Small Animal Rescue Society. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. at 6893 Hastings St. and volunteers are accepting returnables, pennies and Canadian Tire money. All money goes towards medical fund for spays and neuters, surgeries and medications. For more info, email info@smal lanimalrescue.org or go to www.smallanimalrescue. org.
2 Get celebrating on Saturday, Oct. 20 for the Forever Edmonds Capsule Countdown, running from 10: 30 a.m. to noon at the Edmonds Community Centre. This free family-friendly event celebrates the rich heritage of the Edmonds community.
See the contributions for the time capsule before they're sealed away and placed in the new Edmonds Community Centre.
3 Get appreciating Alternate Visions in its last weekend at the Deer Lake Art Gallery.
Alternate Visions: Figurative Studies & Inner Landscapes, is an exhibit featuring paintings by Ron Straight and pastels by Alan Cheung. The gallery is at 6584 Deer Lake Ave. For more information call 604-298-7322 or visit www. burnabyartscouncil.org.
4 Get educated for the final two days of a three-day provincial gathering hosted in Burnaby. Together for Kids and Communities: A Common Vision is the theme of the 2012 conference for the Association for Community Education in B.C. which will continue on Oct. 19 and 20.
The event features a keynote presentation by well-known community developer Jim Diers, from the University of Washington, entitled "Neighbour Power: Building Strong Communities."
Others speaking at the conference include Molly McCloskey, managing director of the ASCD's (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Whole Child initiative, and Abe Fernandez, deputy director of the National Centre for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society, New York. For more information and to register, see www.sd41. bc.ca.
5 Get learning at a professional development opportunity for educators and educational researchers, with a keynote by David Osher from the American Institute of Research on Oct. 19. The B.C. Cooperative Learning Association, along with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, is hosting the Social Emotional Learning: What Do We Know, What Do We Do? conference at the Michael J. Fox Theatre at Burnaby South Secondary. Sessions include a close-up look at mindfulness-based approaches, restorative practices, classroom climate and cooperative learning.
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