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1.  Vogue Optical Superwalk for Parkinson’s

The Vogue Optical Superwalk for Parkinson’s will take place on Saturday, September 12 at Robert Cotton Memorial Park, Stratford. Registration is at 1:00 and the walk will take place at 2:00 pm. Auction item includes an autographed shirt by well-known hockey player Brad Richards. Refreshments will be served. For information or pledge sheets, contact Mauareen Larkin at 569-5039, or

2.  Pen & Inkling Festival

The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) turns twenty this year and we are celebrating with the Pen & Inkling Festival on the weekend of September 18 – 20, 2009.

This three-day, three-county event will celebrate Island writers through the Island Literary Awards ceremony, an armchair conversation, “A Life in Poetry,” between John Smith and David Helwig, a book launch of Brent MacLaine’s Athena Becomes a Swallow, workshops, special guest readings, open mic events (including readings by newcomers in their first language), a songwriters circle by young musicians, zen writing, writing games, book sales, other happenings, and a big, birthday party!

We will also launch “The Figure in the Landscape” calendar, designed by graphic artist Deborah Vail-Waring. It features words by Island writers, and images of Island writers photographed by well-known photographer John Sylvester.

The birthday bash on Saturday the 19th will include a dance with live music courtesy of The Count and the Cuban Cocktail and The Blueprints, and, of course, libations! It will start at 7:00 p.m. with an hour-long armchair discussion between John Smith, Professor Emeritus of English at UPEI, and current PEI Poet Laureate, David Helwig—a special conversation that should not be missed. Add this to the rest of the three-day, fabulous line-up of offerings—all of them open to the general public, and free or by donation—and the Pen & Inkling Festival is the literary happening of the year!

Without the generous support of our sponsors, and the Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, this festival would not be possible.

Go to or contact Pen & Inkling Festival Coordinator Laurel Smyth, at:

3. Girl Guides of Canada Registration

2010 marks Guiding’s 100th anniversary. Since 1910, we’ve been a trailblazing organization advocating for girls and women.  We offer opportunities for fun, friendship and adventure, teach valuable leadership skills and encourage community involvement.  All Guiding members are empowered to reach their full potential, be independent, involved, confident and caring in their home communities and in the world at large.

Join us this year for our 100th Anniversary Celebration!  Registrations are taking place in communities across PEI over the next two weeks.

* Vernon River (Sparks only): St. Andrews United Church, Sept. 16, 6:15-7:15pm

* Tracadie: Tracadie Community Centre, Sept. 23, 6:30-7pm

* Stratford: Stratford Town Hall, Sept. 17, 6:30-8pm

* Sherwood: Cornwall Community Centre, Sept. 17, 6:30-8pm
* Spring Park: Spring Park United Church, Sept. 14, 6:30-8pm

* Cornwall: Cornwall United Church, Sept. 24, 6:30-8pm

* Kensington: Mt. Zion Lodge, Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30pm

* Summerside: St. Eleanor’s Community Centre, Sept. 17, 6-8pm

For other locations yet to be determined, or to get more information, please call us at   1-800-565-8111   or visit our website at

4.  Last Sat our Bonshaw Community Yard Sale raised over $100 for Farmers helping Farmers!

& we’ve decided to continue to this Saturday, September 12th at the
Bonshaw Community Centre from 7:30am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Table
rentals and proceeds from some of the vendors will again be donated
to FHF to support their programs in Africa. For more information,
please contact Marion at 675-4093.

The Prince Edward Island Co-operative Council’s Annual General Meeting(3 PM) and awards dinner(5:30PM) is coming up on September 18th at the Dutch  Inn/Howard Johnsons and you are invited to help us celebrate 100 years of the Co-operative Movement in Canada.

This year’s AGM is featuring a couple of very interesting people you
won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet.

The first speaker will be John Harvie, the CEO of Co-op Atlantic. Harvie
has over 27 years of experience with co-operatives both regionally and
internationally. He will be speaking about the history of Atlantic
Canadian Co-operatives.

Also as guest speaker, at the awards dinner, is Jeff Moore. He is the CEO
of Just US Coffee. He flew to Mexico while it was in the middle of a civil
war because he wanted to learn more about Fair Trade. Moore put up his
house as security to finance a minimum shipment of 10 tons of coffee
without having a single customer. He will be speaking about how Just Us!
Coffee Roasters Co-operative has grown to be one of the largest
wholesalers of fair trade coffee in Canada.

Also the first ever Prince Edward Island Co-operator of the year award
will be given out during the meeting to honor an Islander who has shown
outstanding efforts to the cause of the co-operative movement within
the Province.

Tickets are being sold at most Credit Unions on PEI and also at our
office at 6 Alexandra court. You can call the office at  902-56… or
email us at


Town hall discussion

Friday, September 18, 2009
9 AM – 11 AM
Confederation Centre, Studio 2

If you are an artist and 60 or over, please participate in this action-oriented research project about artists in all disciplines.

The group of Canadian arts organizations listed on this letterhead (see below) is looking for ways to do more to support Canada’s senior artists (that is, those who are 65 and over).

We need your help! Please assist us by participating in this first-ever assessment of the situation and needs of senior artists in Canada.

We invite artists 60 and over to participate in a “town hall” discussion about their needs and interests in areas such as artistic activity, health care, housing, retirement, financial issues, community connections and social networks.

The arts organizations will use this information while working to improve current services or establish new services for artists in Canada. Your input will help us design services that best meet artists’ needs and interests.

We cannot design services without the input and suggestions of as many senior artists as possible! Whether or not you are unable to attend the session, we also invite you to complete a survey of the needs and interests of senior artists, available at (as of September 16th).

The research is being conducted by Hill Strategies Research on behalf of the Senior Artists Research Project. You can contact Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies at or   1-877-445-5494  .

Thanks! And please spread the word to other artists you know.



1. Representatives of Mexican Organic Markets,  September 16-19

From September 16 – 19, representatives of the Mexican Network of Organic Markets  – an organization that links organic, producer-operated markets across Mexico – will visit P.E.I.

The purposes of the network are to increase the availability of locally grown, organic produce to local Mexican consumers, and to increase the Mexican public’s awareness of organic products and their benefits to human health and the environment. The network promotes participatory organic certification, which is a system of peer evaluation that eliminates the need for a third party inspector and focuses on allowing producers to educate each other in sustainable farming practices.

Santiago Martinez Bringas is one of the visitors.  He comes from the Mexican state of Baja California del Sur, which is in the far west of the country, and is the Coordinator of the Organic Market in San Jose de los Cabos.  The other confirmed delegate, Juan Moran, is a coordinator of the Organic Market of Tlaxcala.

Two public events are planned for their visit:

On Thursday evening, September 17th at 5:00 p.m., you are invited to an organic pot-luck meal at St Paul’s Church Hall, 203 Richmond Street in Charlottetown.  This will be an opportunity to chat with our guests  informally over a meal.  Bring your favourite dish!

On Friday morning, September 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., you are invited to Murphy’s Community Centre, Room 205 to hear a presentation about the Mexican Network of Organic Markets and to share your experiences and ideas about food security, organic production, marketing etc.

Email Cooper Institute for more information (but because we are on holidays still, you might not hear from us until after Labour Day . . . enjoy the last week of summer!)

2.  The Institute of Island Studies is pleased to present


you are invited to attend the launch
Emyvale Recreation Centre, Rte 235 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Reading, book signing, light refreshments,
entertainment, cash bar

and book signings by the author
SUMMERSIDE – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince St., Summerside

CHARLOTTETOWN – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent St., Charlottetown

3. Call for Creative People to Build an Action for October 24th

Attention all artists, musicians, organizers, interpretive dancers, activists, quiche-eaters, tree-huggers, locavores, and all around lovely people,

On Saturday, October 24th, millions of people around the world will use creative actions to show the world’s leaders that we want stronger targets on global emissions cuts.  There will be children in Bangladesh planting trees, banners hung from the statues on Easter Island, hipsters shaving their ironic mustaches in Brooklyn, everything you can and can’t imagine.

The event is called the International Day of Climate Action, and we want PEI to be a part of it.  We are looking for people with great ideas, influence, and/or enthusiasm to help us create and promote an action that will get as many people out as possible.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Aaron Lewis or myself at  (902… or / AND come to our planning meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 5:30pm at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St, Charlottetown.

Yours truly, Becky Thomas and Aaron Lewis

4.  Local Food Plus Update

Hi All,

Again, our apologies for a form letter but the response to Local Food Plus has been too overwhelming to write to each of you individually.

If you are not a farmer, please forward this email to someone you know who can benefit from the LFP program. To those of you who responded with a request to sign up for LFP certification, thank you. We are thrilled to have you joining us.

We are writing to remind you to get your LFP application and worksheets filled out and mailed to LFP this week!

In order to take advantage of the free offer from WWF for free membership/certification you need to get your forms completed and mailed in soon.

Contact us for the forms or if you need assistance filling in the information. (  902-367-0390   or   902-969-3111  ).

Once you send your information to LFP, send us an email so we can confirm that the information was received.

If you are still unsure about LFP and the benefits it offers, check out these articles and comments:

For more info:  contact (  902-367-0390   )

5.  Upcoming Lunch and Learn Events for PEIBWA

The Importance of Business Image – Charlottetown

Presenter: Margaret Gallant, Fresh Image 360

Branding products and services is part of marketing.  Branding ourselves in terms of our business image also goes a long way.  How the world sees us (image) can actually assist in selling our products and services.  When business people are perceived to have it all together, this translates to their customers and can result in increased sales.  Join us for this entertaining and informative presentation to learn more about styling rules for business.

Location:       Provinces Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:            Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Time:            12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at   (902) 892-6040  .  Registration deadline:  Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm.


An Introduction to Building your Personal and Business Brand – Summerside

Presenter: Corey Poirier, Island Business News

In today’s competitive business landscape, determining and defining your personal and business brand can sometimes be the difference between success and failure. Participants will learn:

* How to truly stand-out from your competitors
* How to have customers coming to you first
* How to build and/or become brand that people will pay a premium for
* How large global companies build brands and how you can incorporate this information into your brand building approach
* How your customer service, marketing, sales process, interaction with customers, communication and leadership skills all impact the brand your customers, co-workers and staff see and experience

Location:       Loyalist Country Inn, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time:            12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at   (902) 436-0386  .  Registration deadline:  Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm


Women’s Network now has a toll free number    1-888-363-7373    .  This line is generously provided to us by Aliant for us to operate a referral service for women who are having trouble finding and accessing the programs and services they need in PEI.  We can help find the appropriate contact information and provide some direction on what to expect from different service providers.  Please note that this line is not a crisis line.

For further information or questions specifically relating to these notices, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.


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