Events Calendar

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 at 03:00 PM

    Fridays for Future

    Hosted by Council of Canadians, London, Ontario, Fossil Free London, Extinction Rebellion Ontario, and Lisa Birtch Carriere Green Party. See the full event information here.

    Our strike has grown! We are striking in front of London City Hall and outside the MP office every Friday from 3-5.


    Student climate strikes are gaining attention and momentum worldwide. Come see what all the fuss is about.

    In solidarity with and inspired by Greta Thunberg, we have decided to spend whatever portion of our Fridays that we can at our local MP's offices striking for Climate.

    In her words, “Even if there is no hope we have to do something. Not having hope is not an excuse for not doing anything. Of course we need hope but the one thing we need more than hope is action because once we start to act hope is everywhere.”

    Don't worry if you don't have any signs -we have some & will make more - we just need people there!

    As Greta says in her call to action;

    "Whoever you are, wherever you are, we need you now to stand outside your parliament or local government office to let them know that we demand climate action.

    Addressing world leaders as the climate conference kicked off, Thunberg said, "We have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not. The people will rise to the challenge."


    If you don't know what I'm talking about - here is a link to her call to action
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/12/whoever-you-are-wherever-you-are-we-need-you-15-year-old-greta-thunberg-calls-global

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  • Sunday, September 08, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Argyle Arena in London, ON, Canada

    Big Bike Giveaway 2019

    How it works

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    BIG  BIKE GIVEAWAY 2019
    our annual event will be held on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8 at the ARGYLE ARENA - LONDON  1948 Wavell Street

    * arrive early to avoid disappointment * limited quantities available

    REGISTRATION OPENS at 9am and the giveaway starts at 10am.

    Find out more here: https://bigbikegiveaway.ca/

    WE ARE STILL CONFIRMING OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS ATTENDING THE 2019 EVENT

     

    HERE ARE OUR 2018 PARTNERS 

    MEC will provide bike tire checks and seat adjustments.

    Squeaky Wheel Co-op will provide resource for bike repair and education.

    CAN-Bike will provide helmet fitting.

    Old East Village Riding Group hosts weekly 11am ride - all ages & abilities

    London Public Library will provide children's activities.

    Fanshawe Paramedics will provide first-aid services.

    English to Arabic language interpretation available.

    Everyone will be sized to fit a bike at registration.

    Wristbands will be issued based on sizes available.

    Bands get you into the bike area but do not guarantee you a bike.

    Children under 3 feet high will start receiving their free bikes at 9am.

    General giveaway will commence at 10am.

    Your wristband number will be announced by speaker.

    You must attend the bike area immediately after number is called.

    The London Arts Council will host a bike thread art activity for all.

    London City & Fanshawe Police Fnds. will provide security.

    Helmets on Kids program will provide brain injury and health education.

    London Transit will provide education for bikes on buses.

    Bike Registry Service will be available to register your bike.

    JACK 102.3 will provide music.

     

    WHO CAN HAVE A FREE BIKE?

    Londoners come to the event and get sized up for a free bike that fits them. The concept is simple, first-come-first-serve and there is only one bike issued to each person. The person must be in attendance to receive a bike as they are fitted to the bike before they leave. Big Bike Giveaway takes it to the next level by reserving the first lot of bikes for people currently working with charitable organizations and have been deemed in-major-need of community support.

     

    RULES
    1. First-come-first-serve
    2. The bike must fit you to receive a free bike
    3. One bike per person 

     

    EVENT CONSIDERATIONS
    1. Arrive to the event early to line up as it is busy and we see over a thousand people in need at this event.

    2. Registration opens at 9am and you must line up to register, sign a liability and photo/video waiver and get a wristband. 
    3. At registration you will be sized for a bike. The person needing a bike must be in attendance. (Example, a caregiver cannot get a bike for their child, their child must be there to be fitted).

    4. You'll receive a wristband to get into the bike area. The wristband gets you into the bike area but does not guarantee you a bike.

    5. Once you have a wristband, you are welcome to roam the park. Please stay close to the central speaker system. Starting at 10am wristband numbers will be called out and you must attend the bike area immediately or your number will be given to another person in need.

    6. You will go into the bike area and pick from a variety of bikes sized for you. If the bike fits you it is yours for free.

    7. After you get your bike you can have MEC check your tires and seat height for safety. You can also visit the helmet area and our partners (CAN-Bike & Helmets on Kids) will give you a helmet (limited quantities available) and fit you for it.

    8. Family activities in the park are free, including the OEV Ride at 11am.

    9. Food and beverage will be available at a cost (all funds to charity, Boyle Activity Council & Forest City Velodrome).

    10. We appreciate any monetary donations you make to Big Bike Giveaway. This helps us continue our free program. There will be volunteers in the park available to accept cash/coin donations.

    11. We encourage you to bring a folding chair and umbrella if needed as it can be a long wait to get through the line.

    12. Washrooms are available outside the centre (north end of the park).

    13. First-aid is available in the west parking lot by Fanshawe Paramedics.

    14. Want to learn to put your bike on a LTC bus? London Transit will be at the east side of the park to show everyone how to do this.

    15. Bike Registry Service will be available  for you to register your new bike in a North American database. The cost is $5 and funds go administration and donations to Big Bike Giveaway.

     

    *MOST IMPORTANTLY please treat our volunteer staff will kindness and gratitude. We have over 100 volunteers, sponsors and partners that donate their time and money to make this free event happen each year. We facilitate an inclusive, barrier-free environment which fosters only positivity and appreciation. All those not respecting the positive concept will be asked to leave by security.

     

    DONATIONS WELCOME

    Big Bike Giveaway first repairs used bikes and this can be expensive. Donations from the community are appreciated. All funds received go to purchasing parts to repair the bikes (tires, chains, tubes, brakes etc.)

    We appreciate cash donations at the event, but for those who want to make an online donation, please visit
    https://www.gofundme.com/xbkkn6x

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  • Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Hawk Cliff Woods in Union, ON, Canada

    Passport to Nature: Monarch Migration

    Hosted by the Thames Talbot Land Trust

    Each September, armed with an insect net and a Wildlife Tagging License, Bruce Parker tags over 200 Monarch butterflies as part of an ongoing study by the Entomology Department of the University of Kansas.  Bruce has tagged over 3000 Monarchs since 1998. He is a member of Monarch Watch, Monarch Health, and Nature London.  His presentation will focus on the biology, tagging, and migration of the species.  Afterwards, we will look for butterflies in the nearby meadow.

    Registration is required, available on Eventbrite

    View the Passport here

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  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Five Points Forest in Putnam, ON, Canada

    Passport to Nature: Knitting in Nature

    Hosted by the Thames Talbot Land Trust

    Knitting is now widely recognized as a therapeutic and relaxing activity. What better way to make it even more soothing than by taking it outside! Bring a folding chair, your current project and join fellow knitting and crochet enthusiasts for two hours of crafting surrounded by beautiful scenery. Work on your creations while basking in the music of bird song and breathing in the fresh air around you. Meet new friends and get inspired. All knitting and crochet levels welcome.

    Registration is required, available on Eventbrite

    View the Passport here

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  • Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Tanager Tract in West Elgin, ON, Canada

    Passport to Nature: Tree Identification

    Hosted by the Thames Talbot Land Trust

    Why do we have so many kinds of trees? Join Donald Craig, a professional forester with over 40 years of experience in southern Ontario woodlands, for an interpretive hike through the Tanager Tract. Donald will identify trees in this significant Carolinian woodland, point out which ones are healthy or struggling and explain why they are growing where they are.

    Registration is required, available on Eventbrite

    View the Passport here 

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