Join us at World Community’s 27th Annual Film Festival

World Community (est. 1990 in the Comox Valley) is a community of advocates working to foster a greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at both the local and global levels. The organisation’s flagship event is BC’s longest running social justice documentary Film Festival.  The film festival screens current documentary films featuring the major emerging human development issues in our changing world.  The festival runs Friday & Saturday Feb. 2 – 3, 2018 in Courtenay, BC Pod Creative has a long standing relationship with World Community and is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s film festival.  We will have a table at the bazaar and would love it if you stopped by and said hi.  We will be sharing our table with Tide Change. Pod Creative Tide Change.ca is a website designed to serve the people of the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, B.C. by regularly delivering current, relevant, hyper-local content. People are overwhelmed with news from around the world and local stories and events are easily overlooked. That’s where Tide Change comes in.  Their primary focus is the Comox Valley and surrounding areas.  News is updated regularly, highlighting local events and local interest stories. Tide Change was a project of World Community Development Education Society known locally as World Community.  The society provided seed money in 2008 to help initiate Tide Change and continued to subsidize the project until 2017, when it was handed over to the team at Pod Creative. (Read the full story.) Become a Member of Tide Change at World Community’s 27th Film Festival Friday & Saturday Feb. 2 –...

Youth Media Project call for Applications

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Youth Media Project Participants MAKE VIDEOS & GET PAID! Youth Media Project is a program for community action through media involving 9 participants between the ages of 16 – 30. In this 13-week program, youth receive training in video production, gain employability skills, and work with a network of community partners to create videos through work placements – highlighting community resources, and presenting ideas for community change. The project welcomes all youth, including immigrant youth, Aboriginal youth, street- involved youth and others who face barriers to employment. TO APPLY YOU MUST BE: -Interested in art & video -Between the ages of 16 and 30 -Not attending school full-time -Legally entitled to work in Canada -Not on EI -Experiencing barriers to employment   PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE -Full-time minimum wage employment (13 Weeks) -Experience in video production, design & web development -Consultations in career development Application Deadline: January 5th, 2018 Info Session: Dec 4th @ 5:30pm @ Comox Valley Art Gallery (snacks provided) Apply Now! Application Submission: 1. A letter of application describing your reasons for applying, your work and school experience and how this project is important to your future 2. Suggested: support material such as a resume, art work (photographs, writing, videos, etc.) Email your application to: krista.cvagymp@gmail.com Or drop off your application to: COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY 580 Duncan Ave. Courtenay, BC. V9N 2M7 T: 250-338-6211 Questions? Call 250-338-6211. Space is limited – apply today! PROGRAM RUNS Jan 15th – April 13th, 2018 This project is funded and supported by: Wachiay Friendship Centre, Creative Employment Access Centre and Imagine Comox Valley This is a full-time 13-week...

Where the Heart Is: Benefit for Supportive Housing December 14th

The Comox Valley is warmly invited to be part of a special benefit night dedicated to supportive housing efforts in the Comox Valley on Thursday December 14th at the Waverley Hotel.   Join Elevate the Arts and a host of musicians, friends and neighbours for a night of music, compassion, kindness, joy, knowledge building and connection! 100% of funds raised go to Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness and the Comox Valley Transition Society.   Did you know there is currently NO publicly funded supportive housing in the Comox Valley for those dealing with mental health, disability, addiction, recovery, or the formerly homeless to live with dignity in our community? Join us in raising our voices, raising funds, and focusing our advocacy for change. The closest thing we have to supportive housing in the Comox Valley (housing with staff support) is managed by community organizations with bare bone budgets who rely on donations and goodwill from local property owners. This is a massive load for local non profits to carry alone and they need our support.   ‘Where the Heart Is’ will feature non stop music from 7:00-12:30. Admission by donation. $2 from every Philips or Hoyne Beer goes to the pot. Performers confirmed for the special community event include PK Tessmann, Henri Fabergé, Chad Pabianek, The Wits, Helen Austin, Amy Muloin, Tereza Tomek, Reesa Schorno, Jilli Martini with Farley & Kat, Kevin Jay Flesher, Anela Kahiamoe, Emily Cars and Perseverance Creek. Stay tuned for other special surprises to come!   Cash donations of any size are requested at the door. In-kind donations for special draw baskets can be delivered to Rare Bird Books or Tarbells Deli in Cumberland up until end of day December 13th. Larger items ($200 + value) for Online Silent...

Expanded Elevate Bazaar this Weekend!

For the sixth year in a row, lovers of art, crafts and the curious will gather in the dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay for the annual Elevate Winter Bazaar!

This Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th, 40 carefully selected creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre art and craft will descend on Downtown Courtenay. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from inspired local artisans.

A NEW special Friday evening event features the sounds of DJ Selector Sproutsonic, delicious elixirs, a card-making cavern and a unique night-time craft fair shopping opportunity! The Elevate Bazaar runs Friday Dec 8th from 5-9 pm.

Pod Creative at Atmosphere Gathering

Pod Creative is very excited about Atmosphere Gathering , a three day music festival held in the heart of Cumberland, BC. We be enjoying the great music, workshops and games that this family friendly event offers.  Michael will also be playing late night dance music as part of the Silent Disco. The Silent Disco is a after-hours dance party held under the big top Friday and Saturday nights from 1 am until late.  Three DJs play tunes across three channels that are broadcast out to special headphones.  Dancers can choose and jump between channels to experience their own unique experience. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online. Listen to EM.ASH’s (Michael) set from last year’s silent...

Climate Change, Nature’s Services and Thinking Like a Watershed – March 14th, 7pm, @Filberg

The Comox Valley Land Trust and Conservation Partnership invites you to join them for a FREE community presentation on Tuesday ​evening ​March 14th at 7 pm sharp, (doors open at 6.30 pm) at the Florence Filberg Centre in Downtown Courtenay called Climate Change, Nature’s Services and Thinking Like a Watershed. Climate change and rising sea levels, storm surges, intense winter ​storms and long dry summers all have a serious impact on our community. However, there are important actions that local government and conservation organizations can take to help mitigate these impacts. When our community “Thinks Like a Watershed”, we have the opportunity make land use and infrastructure decisions that can help address these challenges and build resilience and adaptability for the future. In this engaging and timely community presentation, ecologists, climatologists, hydrologists​, first nations​ and policy leaders will discuss the incredible value of the services that nature provides, free of charge, from the top of the glacier to the bottom of the ocean. Join us on Tuesday March 14th to learn more about “Thinking Like a Watershed” and be part of action that helps to maintain and improve both our quality of life and th​e​ health of the natural environment.​ For a complete list of presenters please visit: www.cvlandtrust.ca Note! This ​exciting ​event is part of a 2 day Eco-Asset Symposium that will introduce ​the community to the concept of ecological services and eco-asset management and outline how to integrate an eco-asset management approach into local government planning to mitigate the impacts of Climate Change.​ The Symposium is presented by the CV Land Trust and Conservation Partnership in partnership with Project Watershed, the Partnerships for Water Sustainability in BC, Comox Valley Regional District, City of...

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