Here & Now: BACI celebrating six decades of service

Want to learn more about a local group helping people with disabilities? The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion is hosting an open house on Thursday, Oct. 6 and members of the public are invited. The association, known as BACI for short, has been operating in the city for 60 years. The group was started by local parents who wanted more for their children with disabilities. The open house will have food, entertainment, refreshments and auctions items. There will be building tours and information available on the organization’s work. BACI offers a variety of development, employment and housing services for people with disabilities, whether they’re infants or adults. BACI is at 2702 Norland Ave. RSVP by Sept. 23 by emailing or call 604-299-7851.

Rhythm of Life

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Have you signed up for the annual Rhythm of Life fundraiser yet? The yearly run around Burnaby Lake is set for Sunday, Sept. 11, and money raised helps the Burnaby Hospital’s healthy heart programs. There are two route lengths: five kilometres or 10, and participants can run or walk. There’s also a one-kilometre option for children and seniors. After the race, organizers will hold a barbecue with live music. To register, visit

An ode to the farmer

Did you know that Sept. 12 to 18 is Farmers’ Appreciation Week? That’s right, it’s time to show some love for those farmers toiling away in the fields so we can put fresh produce on the table. And what better way to express one’s appreciation than through prose? The B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets is holding a poetry contest, and the grand prize is a $150 gift certificate for your local farmers’ market. Regional runners up will receive $50 gift cards. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Sept. 18. Enter the contest at

Green donation

Kudos to Vancity’s North Road branch for donating $150 to the Stoney Creek Environment Committee, one of Burnaby’s streamkeeping groups. The money will help pay for native plants to replace the invasive species that volunteers pull up along the creek, which is home to Burnaby’s most prolific salmon run.

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