Vigil against violence
Whitehorse’s annual Take Back the Night event is this evening, starting at 7 p.m. at the Riverdale Super A parking lot. Women and children only. Organized by the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre.
Fruit that doesn’t freeze
Tonight, the Yukon Agriculture Association hosts a talk aimed at anyone who wants to grow fruit in Whitehorse. It’s from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Hotel’s meeting room.
No, not that weed
Saturday, organic gardener Rachel Grace launches a spirited defence of weeds at the Alpine Bakery, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. While many see weeds as a nuisance, Grace argues they play important roles in the ecosystem.
Burning down the house
The Yukon chapter of the Crime Writers of Canada will discuss the finer points of arson at their mystery lounge event at Well-Read Books on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. And who better to teach them but Yukon Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Marcuson and David Milne of Yukon Wildland Fire Management? If you live in the communities and can’t make it, the event will later be uploaded to www.blogtalkradio.com/yukonwriter.
Video and fur
Four new shows just opened at the Yukon Arts Centre galleries. Douglas Drake’s Now on Home Video stresses image overload through loops of short video clips sampled from scavenged VHS tapes.
Kelly Richardson’s Twilight Avenger video installation is equal parts sci-fi myth and forest fable, while Kerri Reid’s The End of the World is an installation that raises notions of visible consumption and of recycling.
In the community gallery, Belinda Harrow’s The Trade examines North American history in the 16th century, through fashion, religion, science and economics, which together reshaped the environment and dramatically changed the life of animals in North America.
Collage and colour
Amber Church’s show She is at Baked Cafe until October 2. The show is comprised of a series of brightly coloured, mixed media pieces celebrating the joy and strength of women. The pieces are mixtures of acrylic, collage and found elements, and pen and ink with extensive layering. One piece, featuring a poet, even incorporates magnetic poetry pieces that can be moved around in the finished product; others pull in old playing cards, maps, and even a copy of a handbill from the Moulin Rouge hiding in the backgrounds for the audience to discover.
Get your ping pong on
Saturday, Table Tennis Yukon hosts a girls-only tournament as part of Sports Day in Canada. It’s at Whitehorse Elementary School from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5 to enter. For information, call Kevin Murphy at 668-2918 or Edna Knight at 633-3179.
Whitehorse’s Terry Fox Run is this Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Registration at noon. Run one or two loops of the Millennium Trail. Or walk, rollerblade, bike, skateboard, longboard or rollerskate. Dogs and wheelchairs also welcome.
Kevin Barr will provide music before and after the run. And a barbecue will follow, with proceeds going to cancer research. Last year the run raised a record $10,000 and attracted more than 300 people.
The federal government will match every dollar donated to African famine relief until September 16.
A bank account has been set up at Whitehorse’s Bank of Montreal and donating is as simple as going up to the teller, telling them you’d like to donate to the “Africa Fund” and giving them your address if you wish to get a tax receipt.
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