A Guide to Sunday, April 22 at the Sooke Community Hall
–by the coordinators of Planet Earth Party
With the regional clean-up behind them and the main event approaching fast, Sooke’s Planet Earth Party team is pulling together the many colourful threads involved in this Sunday’s Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration at the Sooke Community Hall.
Doors at the Community Hall, 2037 Sheilds Rd. in downtown Sooke, open at 10 a.m. The Exhibition, the Repair Cafe, PEP Talks, clothing exchange, EV displays, and tiny home tours will continue until 3 p.m. Musical entertainment (starting at 11 am) and food trucks will continue during a break while the hall is prepared for the up-cycled fashion show and sock hop dance from 4:30 to 8 pm.
Admission is by one-time, pay-what-you-can donation at the door. Net proceeds will be dedicated in large part to a legacy program that will provide zero-waste essentials — rainwater collection barrels, high-efficiency composting systems, recycling bin systems — to as many public institutions in the Sooke region as funding allows.
The PEP team is working towards a genuine zero-waste event as evidenced to date by its hand-painted recycled street signage and bare minimum of printed materials. Attendees are invited to bring water bottles and reusable cups, and to walk, ride a bike or carshare to the Community Hall on Sunday.
Organizers still need more helping hands in a variety of capacities before and on event day. Explore the options on the volunteer request form.
Exhibition (upstairs in the Community Hall, 10 am to 3 pm)
Visit with and learn more about more than 40 earth-friendly exhibitors, organizations, entrepeneurs, community groups and more.
Sooke Repair Cafe (downstairs in the Community Hall, 10 am to 3 pm)
The third (first anniversary) Repair Cafe hosted by Zero Waste Sooke. Bang the Repair Cafe gong and drop a donation into the tip jar with successful repairs. Fixing options: soldering, wood repairs, sewing/mending, bike tune-ups, knitted goods, electro-mechanical, appliances and general repairs.
Planet Earth Party (upstairs in the Community Hall 4:30 to 8 pm)
An all-ages celebration! DJ Ron Larson will play kid-friendly dance music early on before switching to more adult tunes as the night progresses. An upcycled fashion show and an awards presentation are also part of the evening.
Clothing Exchange (downstairs in the Community Hall, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm)
Drop by the Community Hall on Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am with unwanted clothing and accessories suitable for adults and teenagers (limit 10 items per person). “We’re looking for cool, fresh, fun stuff,” says coordinator Lisa Yakimovich. Each item will be tagged and, in return, donors receive tickets for use in the swap between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Outdoors (10 am to 4:30 pm)
Enjoy fine local music, dine out in style from food trucks, and enjoy both under our big tents in the Community Hall’s parking lot. Food Trucks: Buddhabox, Indecent Risotto, Greek on the Street, Mai Mai’s Bistro, Tastes of India in Sooke. Entertainers: Starting at 11 a.m. in order of appearance ~ Bob Menzies, Ed Fury Band, Eric & Linda James and Gord Phillips. Open mic starts at 3 pm approx. (Thanks to entertainment coordinator Peter Jonassen from the Sooke Music Festival.)
- Victoria EV Club: Check out a Tesla Model X and Model S, a Nissan LEAF and a Hyundai IONIQ. Sign up for a joyride in a 2014 LEAF. Learn about deluxe Van Isle daytrips offered by Tesla Tours.
- Micro Home: Step inside “Cathedral Grove,” a micro-retreat space (125 sq. foot) built in Sooke by Forest Adam and intended to be an artist’s studio or Airbnb rental property.
PEP Talk (every half hour, 10:30 am to 2:30 p.m. downstairs in the Community Hall)
In order of appearance: Author Guy Dauncey, Project HOWL’s Finn and Chloe Unger, Wild Wise Sooke’s Peter Pauwels & Debbie Read, Homes With Love’s Forest Adam, Viridian Energy’s Steve Unger, kombucha expert Melanie Fast, T’Sou-ke Nation Solar City’s Andrew Moore, zero-waste giftwrap expert Wendy O’Connor, and Jenny Ambrose from Victoria’s The Makehouse.
Engaging activities for the young and youth-at-heart! Orca Art Paint-In with Save Our Coast – Sooke’s Deb Wood and friends. Arts and crafts with the SFRS Community Thrift Store’s Bev Lewis. Sooke Children’s Garden Club table with Anne Boquist. Introducing a child’s-sized wooden recycling truck built by Mel Hull.
Raffle & Silent Auction
Purchase tickets ($2 each) for a magnificent red cedar bowl created by Sooke’s Phoebe Dunbar (value: $500). And bid on a silent auction that will include gift certificates to Sooke region dining spots and a deluxe roadtrip (value: $300) with Tesla Tours. (All proceeds to PEP Sooke Region Legacy Fund.)
Hartland Landfill Tour (Sat. April 28, 9 am to 1 pm)
Curious to explore the chain-of-life of your trash and recycling at its regional end point? Our team is organizing a bus tour to the Hartland Landfill on Sat. April 28 (departing Sooke at 9 am, returning at 1 pm). The tour will be led by the Capital Regional District’s Elaine Stuart, who’ll join us on Sunday. $10 per adult; no charge for those 18 and under.
Planet Earth Party: A Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration is co-presented by Transition Sooke and its working group Zero Waste Sooke in cooperation with the Sooke Fall Fair Association and Creatively United for the Planet.
Sincere thanks to our sponsors: The District of Sooke (foundational funding), the Capital Regional District, HiWay Productions, Home Hardware Sooke, Interactive Construction, Pacific Mobile Depots, Phoebewood, the Rotary Club of Sooke, Speed Source Fitness, Sooke Disposal Limited, VanCity Credit Union, Viridian Energy Cooperative and Wittich Environmental Services.
And to our supporters: Amber Academy of the Arts, BC Transit, Go with the Flow Technologies, SEAPARC, Sooke News Mirror, Sooke PocketNews and Westshore Voice News.