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Three years ago on March 1st, Centre Communidée opened in its full-time location! Thanks to everyone who has helped make the centre possible so far
Here are some the the things we have done together in the past year:
Activities: music, singing, orchestra, arts & crafts, building club, cooking, chess club, Magic cards, book club, yoga, French tutoring, history of Montreal, LARP-ing, advertising secrets, snow play, origami, story time, if the world was a village, art+, social issues, Brain Awareness Week, gardening, ecology, basketball, tennis, Minecraft, computer programming, the story of stuff, Japanese Culture Centre, minerals, climate change, intro to Lego Mindstorms, DIY body butter, junior youth group, drama, adult sewing club, pottery, drawing techniques, aikido, and piano lessons.
Field trips: Château Ramesay, Sucrerie de la montagne, Centre d’histoire de Montreal, medieval archery, Geordie: Head à Tête, McGill telescope, Planetarium, Biosphere, Sports Day at UdeM, canoeing on the Lachine Canal, St-Sauveur waterpark, organic farm, apple picking, Wilder Homestead, horseback riding, Japanese drumming, Capelton Mines, Megabloks factory, Battle of the Chateauguay, Musée des Beaux Arts: Picasso & Civilizations, Grands Ballets: Nutcracker, Christmas carolling, Radio Canada, OSM: How the gimquat got her song, tour of La Maison Symphonique, skating, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, downhill skiing, Redpath: minerals, and a trip to Quebec City with an activity on the Planes of Abraham.
Events: the Not-Back-To-School picnic and raffle, Wii Day, spaghetti dinner, movie night & sleepover, community garage sale, chess tournament, and parties to celebrate spring, year-end, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s day.
We also ran several awesome summer camps and opened Atelier Communidée!
Many volunteers work very hard to make all of this happen and pay the rent. If you want to support the centre through a donation, you can use PayPal – or you can mail a cheque to: Centre Communidée, 137 St-Ferdinand #153, Montreal QC, H4C 2S6. Thanks!
Here’s to another great year
Atelier Communidée is on track to open in early February as a child-friendly space for pottery, sewing and woodworking!
Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped build the wall over the holidays. We now have a pottery kiln and two wheels, three industrial sewing machines (as well as some smaller plastic ones for children to use), as well as basic tools for woodworking.
Atelier Communidée will provide a safe space for families to explore the world in a hands on way, fostering curiosity about the world around us, encouraging creative problem solving, and helping to build confidence and feed a willingness to experiment and learn.
On Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, access to the workshop will be included in Communidée fees for the homeschooling community.
For evenings and weekends, we’ll have drop in times for $10 per person or $15 per family, as well as various workshops being offered (prices vary depending on the workshop).
Families can also buy an evening and weekend membership to the Atelier for $50 per month ($30 for full members of Communidée).
For those requiring storage of their projects and tools, lockers and shelves can be rented for $10 per month.
If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Sonya.
Centre Communidée is getting ready to expand into a fourth room which we will set up as a family-friendly workshop! We plan to build a space for woodworking, pottery, sewing, electronics and other building projects – opening in February 2014! Follow our progress on our Facebook page.
If you have a handy skill to share, we are looking for people to lead building workshops, or just to lend a helping hand. If you are interested in participating or want to know more, please contact email@example.com.
As with our current community centre, we hope to find most of the stuff we need second-hand (cheaply or free). Please let us know if you can donate or purchase any of the items on our Wish List below: