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Halfmoon Happenings: Busting broom and riding rods this weekend

Community Association’s Rods & Trails event is May 22
Scotch Broom on Vancouver Island
The Broom Busters are getting ready to begin their “busting” of the highly invasive scotch broom in some areas in Halfmoon Bay.

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week although the weather was unseasonably cold and wet earlier in the week. 

Currently, at the Halfmoon Bay Elementary Community School, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, a dedicated small group of volunteer “grandparents” from the community serve breakfast to the children of the school. This is part of the school’s “breakfast program,” which includes a variety of food options. These amazing volunteers plan, shop, prep, cook and serve healthy items hoping to help the children start their day in a positive manner and with a full tummy. At this time, there is a new kitchen being installed at the school which will help this program expand to serving breakfast five days per week! Marie Knight, one of the awesome volunteers and Wendy White, school co-ordinator shared that, “What we really need are more volunteers! If you are able to volunteer at least one hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., your help would be greatly appreciated!” If you are interested, please contact Wendy at [email protected]. Thank-you to all the volunteers for all that you do to make this amazing program such a success and most importantly, helping the children in the community! 

The Broom Busters are getting ready to begin their “busting” of scotch broom in some areas in Halfmoon Bay. Volunteers will be working in the Welcome Woods area as well as along Redrooffs Road. These volunteers work very hard to help Halfmoon Bay residents combat this invasive plant and are always looking for new recruits. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please send an email to [email protected]. The forest industry views scotch broom as a major reason for the decline of pacific northwest species and BC Hydro views it as a serious fire hazard under power lines. Fire risk is quite high during our hot dry summers, when the oily dried out broom plants may become excellent fuel, so removing the plants is essential for keeping our properties, buildings and surrounding forests safe. During the next few weeks, if you remove broom on your property, leave your harvest (broom only please!) in a pile on the roadside and a volunteer will pick it up. Halfmoon Bay Fire Chief Ryan Daley has arranged a site suitable to burn the collected broom later in the fall. 

The Halfmoon Bay Community Association’s Rods & Trails event is this Sunday, May 22, so hopefully the weather cooperates for all to enjoy a wonderful time! Visit Connor Park at 8108 Northwood Road to view some pre-1990 vehicles or participate in the trail races. The Show ‘n’ Shine runs from noon until 4 p.m. and the trail races begin at 12:30 p.m. for the two-kilometre race and 1:30 p.m. for the eight-kilometre race. Check out their awesome website at for all of the details as there are many fun things planned! Parking is limited to the surrounding streets, so it is suggested to come early. Please also respect private property and do not block driveways or walkways. Should be a super fun event and the HBCA volunteers look forward to seeing you there!

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