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Surrey Skill Share Fair 2015

Surrey Skill Share Fair 2015

The second annual Surrey Skill Share Fair takes place on Saturday, October 3th, 10 am to 4 pm at the Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way. The Fair is open to the public and admission is free.


The Surrey Skill Share Fair is a great way to learn about interesting people and projects in our community. Workshops being presented at this year’s Fair include:


  • How to make a solar oven
  • Laughter yoga
  • Empowering young children to be creative
  • How to sew a bag with 1920’s handcrank sewing machine
  • Simple and easy magic tricks including making your own props
  • How to do oil painting
  • How do aquaponic agriculture
  • Mind management through meditation (adult and children classes)
  • How to make health potions
  • Artistic hand lettering
  • Using Linux free and open Software
  • How to use a “circle process” to build vommunity
  • Cutting and weaving t-shirts to make cool corsets
  • A Capella singing
  • Top ten plants to have in any garden space
  • How to do sheet mulching
  • Edible and medicinal plant walk at the Nature Centre
  • How to Hold a Free Market
  • How to download eBooks and eAudiobooks for free
  • How to make simple flowers from discarded books
  • Hip hop, popping and street dancing
  • Recipes for Blackberry Apple Syrup and Spiced Blackberry Preserve
  • Cat/ Dog Grooming and Maintenance


“Surrey has an abundance of interesting, skillful people and gatherings like this prove it!” says organizer Peter Leblanc. “We have people come out to just listen and learn. They like the tone of the event and then the next year we see them signing up to teach something. It is inspiring to see people grow like that.”


“A lot of us have interests or skills that we’d like to share with others, but we may not be comfortable doing formal classes or presentations” says organizer Janine van Rhyn. “We keep this event informal so that people can teach and learn in whatever way is most enjoyable for them.”


The Skill Share Fair is supported through the Oak Avenue Hub’s Neighbourhood Small Grant Program and in partnership with the Village Surrey Transition Initiative and the Surrey Nature Centre. The Skill Share Fair is organized and run by volunteers.


The event is also being filmed by the Vancouver Foundation to be included in a documentary about community self-direction, impact, diversity, and belonging.

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