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July 1 at legion won’t be ‘Canada Day as usual’

Roberts Creek Legion is reopening their outdoor drink service on Canada Day, Thursday July 1! Although this is a thrilling announcement, it is not “Canada Day as usual.
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Roberts Creek Legion is reopening their outdoor drink service on Canada Day, Thursday July 1! Although this is a thrilling announcement, it is not “Canada Day as usual.” The day will be a dedication to the children who died – as well as those that survived – the residential school system. As the legion executives put it, “A day envisioned as a celebration of our possible future as opposed to a celebration of our colonial past.” All donations will go to the missing children’s fund and performers have graciously donated their efforts.

The little legion will be opening at 4 p.m. with live music on the outdoor stage, as well as a barbecue. This outdoor event will have COVID precautions in place for everyone’s safety.

The #219 has partnered with the Roberts Creek Scouts and installed a returnable recycling drop-off area in the Legion parking lot; donations of returnable empties are greatly appreciated. There is a callout for volunteers for Canada Day, as well as throughout the summer season. If you would like to help, please contact them via email at info@robertscreeklegion.ca or message on facebook.com/robertscreeklegion.

With the return of music, I want to put my two cents in… Live performance is a wondrous thing. Real human being, getting up in front of strangers and friends, and after many, sometimes hundreds, of hours of practice to perfect the action, entertaining us for little more than the love of it. We have taken these things for granted but the last year should make us look at it in a different light. No longer should we blow off the chance to see that show, and to complain about a $20 ticket price for a local act is absurd – they deserve a chance to show their craft without taking a loss.

As both a consumer and a producer of this thing called music that decorates our time, I hope our post-COVID life brings a new appreciation for the arts we have in such abundance here.

This September a new youth organization is coming to the Coast, the Salal 4-H group. With objectives of knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development, 4-H clubs use programs based in agriculture, the environment, outdoor living and even small engines, to help build our youth into well-rounded adults. These programs are open to 9-21-year-olds and, by way of the Cloverbuds program, for 6-8-year-olds as well. There is a need for adult leaders to guide the different programs and Karen asked specifically for those identifying as males to consider giving their time. The 6 p.m. meetings will be on the second Monday of each month. Get more info by emailing karengaze@gmail.com

Unfortunately, the painting of the Mandala is put off for another year. Rob, Pamela et al are looking forward to the 2022 season and a great new rebuild. In their words: “Our cherished event is sure to bring more creativity, love, joy and human beings than ever! Thanks for your understanding and patience. We miss you and love you all “

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