Saturday, February 23, 2013


Ryder Lake News

The Ties That Bind

Busy year ahead for Ryder Lake community

Released by Peter Whitlock, Ryder Lake Farmer's Institute


t looks like its going to be another exciting year coming up for the Ryder Lake community. On Friday, Peter Whitlock, president of the Ryder Lake Farmer's Institute, released a list of community events planned for the upcoming year.

• April 13 - Name that Tune Music Trivia Contest - fund raiser for Ryder Lake Hall (Sold out - with waiting list)
• April 20 - Food Matters Chilliwack - Plant a Row - Grow a Row (PARGAR) seed distribution - 1 to 4 Salvation Army Thrift Store Parking Lot 45746 Yale
• April 27 - Pitch-In - neighbourhood cleanup day 10 to noon - meet at Map Sign on Elk View
• May 21 - Garden Clean up at Ryder Lake Hall 10 to noon
• June 8 - Ryder Lake Ramble - 10 to 5
• June 9 - Ryder Lake Ramble - Noon to 5
• June 9 - Pot Luck Dinner - Ryder Lake Hall 6 to 9
• August 10 - Annual Flea market at Ryder Lake Hall 9 to 3
• September 21 - Family Car Rally - Taste of Ryder Lake pot luck barbeque dinner (more details pending)
• September 28 - Chilliwack GOGOs Name That Tune Fund Raiser
• October 19 - Octoberfest
• December 7 - Christmas Craft Fair - Ryder Lake Hall 9 to 3
• December 14 - Breakfast With Santa - Ryder Lake Hall 11 to 2

The April 13th Name That Tune fund raiser for the Ryder Lake Hall has Silent Auction component. If anyone has items that think would be good for a Silent Auction, please contact me. The funds raised at this event all go to maintaining the Ryder Lake Hall. We will be spending some of the funds on hand over the next couple of months to add a covered deck off the kitchen and a covered portico over the front door of the Ryder Lake Hall.

Starting May, Food Matters Chilliwack will be launching their 2013 Gleaning Season. Anyone wishing to participate in this very worthwhile volunteer program either individually or as a family please make sure I have your email address and your request to receive notices of pending gleans. Ron Patterson and I will be helping co-ordinate the gleaning teams this year.

Hopefully over the next few week we can start getting our gardens in shape for the Ramble. Remember the Annual Plant Sale at the Hall during Ramble weekend. Those plants you thin out or get rid of are what we are looking for. If you don’t have pots or dirt, you can call for pick-up or drop plants off in plastic bags in the next couple of months and we will pot them up for the sale. As usual we are looking for 1 gallon and larger plastic pots for this purpose. These also can be collected or dropped by our barn. We have quite a few plants left over from last year and several hundred cuttings from last fall growing for this year’s sale. Lots of black currants and weigela so far.

Also over the next few weeks we will be working on venues for the Ramble. If you are interesting in getting involved, please contact me and if you have any recommendations for new venues, let me know. I will be putting together the volunteer lists for the Ramble weekend as well. We are already getting calls from garden clubs wanting the details of the 2013 Ramble.

Lastly we always on the look out for canning jars - 250ml and 500ml in preparation for the gleaning season coming up soon.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and we look forward to seeing you at the many events happening in our community this year.

For more information, visit e-mail here or in Skype at whitlockfamilyassoc



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