Wow, what a day!
A big note of thanks to everyone who contributed to AMG/the Grove’s Bike Rodeo. With the addition of the kindergarten kids ( who demanded inclusion!) we made a memorable day for 475 kids.
Cycling can be a game changer. It connects kids to our wonderful city, exposes them to wider horizons, builds self- reliance & self- esteem and gets kids away from their computer screens to experience the world directly. Exercise and staying healthy becomes a natural part of the cyclist lifestyle. As our dependence on fossil fuels for transport create more & more problems for our planet, embracing low impact technologies like cycling becomes more and more part of the solution. It was especially gratifying that we also managed to recycle 22 bicycles within our school.
Our Bike Rodeo Day was an example of how much our school community can accomplish if we all pull together as one team. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors: Central Commerce Collegiate, Chocosol,
Curbside Cycle, The Toronto Police 14 Division, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Bateman’s Bicycle Company, Norco, Queen and Gladstone FreshCo and Councillor Ana Baillao.
Thank you everyone for helping out!
— The Bike Rodeo Organizing Committee
They came. They laughed. They grooved.
The Monkey Bunch – dubbed the Rolling Stones of the pre-school set — is a Juno-nominated music group for people who love music and want their kids to love it too. Like the Grove Community School, the band imparts a strong social message in its concerts, and tries to empower small people to make positive changes in their world.
Grove parent Michelle Polak revved up the crowd with her hilarious introduction to the Monkey Bunch. By the time the band got to the stage, the crowd was already going bananas!
Between jokes about “Poopy Diapers” (certain audience members creating them as she spoke) and sleep deprivation, this high-energy concert had kids dancing, rushing the stage, and yelling for their favourite tunes. Shoshana, Maury and the bunch raised the roof, leading into a lively DJ dance party for the whole family.
All the proceeds from this Bullfrog-powered event went to support the curriculum at The Grove Community School, and its unique approach to education through the lens of arts justice, environmentalism, and community activism. Thanks so much to Nav Sangha for generously donating the concert venue, the Great Hall, for our Earth Day Groove.
The Grove Community School fundraising committee (Wanda Ely, Nancy Tong, Lisa Choi, and Khadijah Carland) is grateful to the Monkey Bunch, Michelle Polak, West End Food Coop, Front Door Organics, the school’s environment committee and all the people who came out on April 21 for helping to make this day such a success!
Show runs: Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd
Opening on: Sunday, June 3rd, 11am — 3pm
The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/280009082092622/
Each child is welcome to take their original piece home with them after the show is over on Sunday. We’ll bring the remaining pieces back to the school where they will be available for pick up in the Grove office. We are suggesting $40 or pay what you can for the original works. A box will be set up at the show and the Grove office for cash to be deposited anonymously.
8″ x 10″ prints, taken by a professional photographer, of each child’s original work will also be on sale at the show for $20 each. There is more than one print of each piece so feel free to choose a few!
The Gladstone’s Melody Bar, next to the Art Bar, hosts a wonderful family friendly brunch with live music during the hours of our opening!
Come out and support our children’s creative learning through the Art Program at The Grove. Last year’s show provided us with funds to buy the cameras used for this year’s artwork. Let’s keep building this important and unique piece of our children’s education.
See you all there!
Art Show Team
Sunday May 27, 4 to 7 pm
The Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St W
Live music by Julian Taylor
DJ’ing by Duane Crichton
Hosted by Bruno Louza
Silent auction, raffles & Hors d’oeuvres
Come out and enjoy a fabulous afternoon in support of The Grove Community School.
Tickets are available at the door at $10 per person and include delicious hors d’oeuvres by The Drake. Proceeds are all in support of The Grove Community School and its programs. A portion of The Grove fundraising goes toward their commitment to subsidy programming.
Please visit our facebook page frequently for updates on all our AMAZING donations: http://www.facebook.com/events/212615028855564/
Schedule (map below)
09:00-09:30 gathering & forming groups in auditorium
09:50-10:15 walk to park
10:15-10:45 snack & playground
11:10-11:30 station 1
12:20-12:40 station 2
12:45-13:05 station 3
13:10-13:30 station 4
13:35-13:55 station 5
14:30-15:00 walk home
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