Transition encouraged

Individuals and organizations are coming together Saturday for the public launch of Vernon in Transition

Vernon is launching into transition.

Individuals and organizations are coming together Saturday for the public launch of Vernon in Transition to think about the question: “How can we work together to become a more resilient, lower-energy community?”

An Open Space session kicks off activities at 2 p.m.  at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Dr.

“This activity is designed to harness the creative power and capacities of large groups of people,” said Phyllis Beardsley, on behalf of Vernon in Transition.

During the Open Space session, there will be an artist-led, children and young people’s workshop, which will create musical instruments and costumes from waste items (an activity called upcycling).

Following this, there will be a celebration at 6 p.m., with a dinner featuring Vernon’s local harvest.

“A variety show displaying the talents of local musicians, dancers and storytellers will conclude the evening. Children and young people are welcome at the entire event,” said Beardsley.

Vernon in Transition is the organizing group behind events like Repair Café and Handmade Holiday.

“We are part of an informal, global transition network. Our purpose is to encourage and support Greater Vernon becoming a more resilient, low-energy community with a healthy, vibrant, local culture and economy,” said Beardsley.

“If you have an idea for a resilient, low energy Vernon, bring it to the Open Space.”

The hope is to draw people together who work on community issues in diverse ways, whether through business, the arts, government or through advocacy groups.

“Forming meaningful connections, both to each other, as well as to the place we live in, is essential in these changing times,” said Beardsley.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to VernonInTransition@gmail.com. An optional donation at the door on a sliding scale of $0-$30 is suggested.