‘Alex Fest 2022: Reconnecting from the Heart’ held Saturday, May 28, at Alex House in Crescent Beach, marked a welcome return to in-person events. (Crescent Beach Photography Club photo)

‘Alex Fest 2022: Reconnecting from the Heart’ held Saturday, May 28, at Alex House in Crescent Beach, marked a welcome return to in-person events. (Crescent Beach Photography Club photo)

ALEX HOUSE: Neighbourhood Fun Nights set to make post-pandemic return

Deadline for Neighbourhood Small Grants has been extended to June 30

It’s been a long two years without the opportunity to gather in person, especially for those who live alone and/or without adequate support in the community. Here at Alex House, we began our emergence on May 28 with the successful relaunch of Alex Fest, with its theme, Reconnecting from the Heart.

The spirit of community will continue to grow over the summer as Neighbourhood Fun Nights (NFNs) return to Camp Alex at Crescent Beach. Join us in our Centennial Plaza for a low-cost dinner, live music, kids’ activities on the lawn, and more. The cost is just $12/adults and $8/kids 13 and under (more if you can, less if you can’t).

This is a great opportunity to connect with neighbours of all generations and backgrounds, and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the village.

If possible, please register at www.alexhouse.net, so our cook and catering volunteers have an idea of how many to expect. And, if you’re a young musician looking for a gig, please apply to perform at one of our summer NFNs (an honorarium is paid) by contacting me at communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

• The spring deadline to apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant (NSG) has been extended into summer, closing June 30, 2022.

Funding of up to $500 is available for folks living in South Surrey, White Rock, or Cloverdale to obtain funding for initiatives that bring people together, and create valuable events and improvements in their local community.

So far this year, grants have been approved for a diverse group of projects including Yoga Kids in Nature, the Ocean Park Seed Library, and an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Other notable recently approved projects include Wee Care Quilts by the Peace Arch Quilters, who provide comfort quilts for youth in need, and the South Surrey White Rock Repair Café, which hosts instructional workshops to teach people how to maintain and repair household items.

Local organizers and volunteer groups may qualify for up to $500 in funding per project, with some additional funding available for projects that demonstrate an exceptional contribution in terms of community involvement, social equity, and environmental sustainability.

Even if a project isn’t immediately eligible, members of the NSG volunteer committee will work with project leaders to help them qualify for funding and get their projects off the ground.

Find out more and apply at www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca

Neil Fernyhough is Community Programmer at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. He writes monthly.

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