A LITTLE PEACE IN THE LANEWAY

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A LITTLE PEACE IN THE LANEWAY
18th June, 2015

The Winter Magic Festival is on Saturday 20th June.

Once a year, on Winter Magic Day, Katoomba Street is uncharacteristically bursting at the seams with tens of thousands of people. It’s a great day to get out, to brashly banish the winter blues, to come together with visitors from near and far and marvel at the parade, costumes and stalls galore.

And at some point during any Winter Magic we all need an oasis of calm, somewhere to relax and recharge before rejoining the throng. Around the Co-op we’re creating that little place of peace, where you and yours can come and chill out in Ha’penny Lane. We’ll be selling hot spiced Logan Brae juice outside the shop along with sweet treats to eat – locally made bliss balls and other winter apple treats from Addiction Foods. All proceeds of these treats will go to help Winter Magic Sustainability and Earth Recovery .

Nourshmii will be here from 10am until 3pm with –
Moroccan chickpea stew with pumpkin and apricots served on turmeric rice with a green olive and preserved lemon yogurt dollop.

We’ve invited our treasured regular buskers and a few very special guests to our peaceful chillout space.

Including –

Zeb Olsen & Nick Strike- with their improvised guitar soundscapes and others.

Check us out on Facebook for details!

Come along and share your messages of peace on our recycled card and hang them up in the laneway in an installation of our communities words of peace.

Many thanks Amy Bell-Daisychain for the art work and our community of yarn bombers for your contributions to this event!

 

AIR BEE & BEE….
5th September, 2014

Have you ever seen a reed bee, resin bee, leafcutter bee, masked bee or blue banded bee? They’re just some of native bees out there in all our gardens. Most native bees are quite a bit smaller than the honey bee we’re more familiar with. There are over 1500 species of Australian native bees, 200 of those in the mountains. Most are semi social or solitary, and what’s perhaps more surprising is that there’s really not a whole lot of research out there about them, including big gaps in our knowledge about their distribution.

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COMMUNITY DINNER AND TALK – A TALE OF TWO STEVES
13th June, 2014

Come share a meal and join us in conversation with Farm and Community Development Manager Steve Fleischmann from Mamre House and local gardening guru Steve Alton to talk about how we can grow more food in the mountains.

SMOOTHIE MAKING AT THE CO-OP
19th November, 2013

This wednesday, 10 to 12 Emily Yates: Naturopath, will be in the Co-op:-

 

This week she’ll be talking about and making wholefood smoothies – the simple way to increase your nutrients through smoothies for the whole family!

 

Emily is a Naturopath, Healer and Mama who was born and bred in the Blue Mountains. She is passionate about digestive, reproductive, child and family health  and has been deeply inspired by Kay Ridgeway.

 

She practiced in Sydney for 7 years and now works from her home in Leura.

 

For more information on Emily here is her website –

emilyroseyates.com

 

 

THE ANCIENT ART OF CLOTHES SWAPPING
22nd September, 2013

For some people a change of season is a good time to clear out the wardrobe of all the things they don’t wear, that don’t fit or just plain don’t suit them. As the saying goes ‘one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure’, and what better way to share the treasure, save the planet and have an excuse for a tea party than to organise a clothes swap? Get together with a few of your friends or acquaintances that you suspect might have amazing hand-me-downs and let the swapping begin!

For me, swapping clothes for the past eight years or so has created opportunities to connect with a circle of cherished friends, meeting new ones as the circle grows, and a time for sharing or storytelling. Our clothes have stories, some more than we wish: the jumper your grandmother made you but you never wore, the shirt from an ex-lover you can’t bear to wear again, the dress you can’t believe you ever wore. As our clothes move on, these stories move with them and take on a new life.

Clothes Swapping Guidelines (optional – this is how we do it!)

Around ten people are invited to the swap. The venue can be swapped between homes to share it around. An invitation goes out and the date and time are booked in. We allow around three hours for the swap (time for lots of tea, chat and food). Once an invitation is received we reply and then gather the clothes we wish to swap. Naturally we all bring along a plate of food to share! After about half an hour chat time we sit in a circle with our bags of clothes to swap. One person shows their wares at a time. At this point people can express interest in the items – if only one person wants item they get it! If more than one person wants the item it goes in the ‘fight pile.’ If no one wants the item it goes in a bag for charity or is saved for a future swap. Once everyone has swapped their stuff we move on to the fight pile. This is the time when we pull out our ‘blue steel’ (for those familiar with the film Zoolander), strut our best poses and facial expressions to win the desired item. Don’t forget to help the host to clean up! Then just enjoy seeing your friends wearing all your old clothes and looking fabulous!

AMANDA QUINN

THE BAGLADY IS BACK FROM IRELAND WITH A MESSAGE: ASAP.
3rd September, 2013

Long term member Shirley Lewis is a passionate Co-op supporter and wants to spread her own message to our community about sustainable living.

Q:   WHAT DOES ASAP MEAN?

A:   As SUSTAINABLY As Possible…..

Shirley Lewis aka the Baglady has been Living ASAP for 15 years now: 10 of those years in Northern Ireland where she campaigned passionately against plastic bags, packaging, litter, and all forms of waste and for a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.

By midsummer 2011, Baglady Productions had signed thousands of schoolchildren, teachers, parents, and over half the N.Ireland Assembly , to Pledge ASAP:  Give up/cut down one thing, take up/do more of one thing, and to Live ASAP

Now back in Australia, veteran Food Co-opper Shirley is taking a look at: How ASAP can a Baglady live in different communities? Wherever we are, whoever we are, we urgently need to find whatever ways we can, to reduce our impact on our stunning planet home, and return to respect for everyone and everything.

For more Information on Shirley and the projects that she is working on- Listen to

The GLObal TV SHOw/the GLO online on Radio Blue Mountains, 89.1 FM, Monday 10-11am. and also-www.bagladyproductions.org

facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/TheGlObalTvShOw

SHIRLEY LEWIS

ARE YOU LOOKNG TO BUY FRESH LOCALLY PRODUCED MILK?
6th August, 2013

A fresh food enthusiast, Laura Taylor, is considering setting up a dairy cow share herd in the Katoomba area, enabling people to buy shares in cows for access to fresh, local milk. Laura is currently seeking expressions of interest to find out how much local demand there is for this project.

Each cow is ‘divided’ into 100 shares, with each share selling for (approx) $15. Each share then attracts an (approx) $2.50 weekly boarding fee for care of the cow, and the owner of each share is entitled to 1/100th of the milk produced by that cow each week (expected to be 1-1.5L per week).

If you would be interested in purchasing shares, or for more information about the herd, please contact Laura at hopesclimbshareherd@hotmail.com.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS RENEWABE ENERGY CO-OPERATIVE.
2nd August, 2013

The long awaited official launch of the Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-operative is finally upon us.

So mark Saturday 10th August 2-4pm in your calendar, and head to Lawson Public School Hall to join in the information forum and discussion – chaired by local resident & retired Federal Court judge, Mr Murray Wilcox, a long time advocate on environmental & social justice issues.

Members of BMRenew will give examples of community-owned renewable energy projects in Australia and overseas, explain the environmental, economic & social benefits of generating local renewable energy and outline progress on technology investigations and project planning to date.
A special guest speaker from a similar energy co-operative will share their
community’s experience of building resilience through local renewable
energy projects.

All Blue Mountains residents and businesses will be invited to register their interest in BMRenew’s proposals for local SOLAR PV projects.

Please RSVP by Thurs 8 August to info@bmrenew.org or
phone  0418 292 672 .
Afternoon tea will be provided.

MEMBER’S FILM NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDGE CINEMA KATOOMBA
26th November, 2012

Join us for a screening of the award winning film

BAG IT

WEDNESDAY 5th DECEMBER

EDGE CINEMA 7PM

Tickets $10 – available at the Co-op for members

or $12.50 at the door

Talk with filmaker and enviromnetalist Tim Silverwood afterwards

Click here for more information on the Bag It movie

CO-OP AGM Sat Nov 17th
16th November, 2012

We know there is a bit of stiff competition this weekend but if there is any room in your day:

Please join us for the

Co-op AGM

followed by tea and cakes afterwards

2.00-4.00pm

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