Maple Ridge Society to Host Free Family Block Party – Maple Ridge News

Re-emergence is the theme of a free family block party organized by the CEED Center.

Organizers invite the public to the party, which will be a celebration as the country and province emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We invite our neighbors to a fun family celebration that helps us ignore a few dark years and rejoice in the promise of spring and renewal,” explained Gerry Pinel, Vice President of the CEED Center Society, established in 1984 under the Fraser Information Society, and is dedicated to community education on environment and development. The company’s mandate is to connect people and share sustainability information.

There will be a Museum on the Move exhibit from the Maple Ridge Museum about Japanese Canadian settlers who once made up about 30% of the region’s population.

Organizations such as Climate Hub and Golden Ears Transition Initiative (GETI) will be present at the event to talk about climate solutions.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare will hand out popcorn and wildflowers.

CEED center director Steve Ranta will be the master of ceremonies – in addition to the music director with his keyboard skills.

Other musicians will also perform live on the Community Garden Stage, including: Bruce Coughlan of Tiller’s Folly; soul, rhythm and blues artist Connie Ballendine; Gerald Charlie, best known as a blues master; and harmonizing the sounds of Kat and Tony.

The Low Barrier Choir can also make a guest appearance, mixing social messages and catchy melodies.

Each act will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

“We hope people will dance with us,” Ranta said.

The Play Makers Club will be hosting a seed planting table for the kids. The community literacy committee will set up a story walk where the pages of a children’s story will be placed on posts along a path.

The Butterfly Rangers will show people how to increase habitat for butterflies and pollinators.

“We also hope to set up a giant chalk checkerboard and vision board on which families can paint their ideas for the community,” said Christian Cowley, Executive Director of the CEED Centre.

There will be a healing tent hosted by CEED Center Director, Carol Waters. A free tea station hosted by volunteers will have tables and chairs for people to gather and chat. And there will be a gardening tips table to share information and bond.

The Bike Hub will also have a booth at the event with local safe cycling infrastructure advocate Jackie Chow checking out e-bikes from a new local bike shop specializing in made-in-Canada e-mobility solutions.

“Many people have been deeply affected psychologically by the pandemic. We want this event to help shake that gloom and highlight better prospects ahead,” Waters noted.

The family block party takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the CEED Center neighborhood house and Beckett Park on 223rd Street.

More information about the event can be found on the company’s blog at

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