House Happenings

Here's a weekly update on what's happening in and around the Community House.

October 15 - October 21, 2018

posted 15 Oct 2018, 10:34 by Metchosin Community House   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 10:34 ]




                         For the week of October 15 – October 21, 2018                              


                                                  *** UP AND COMING SPECIAL EVENTS ***


LUNCH GROUP – Thursday - October 25, 12pm – 1:30pm. Pearson students from the MCA Monday and Friday programs will join the group on this date.


FILM NIGHT – October 26, 7pm. Becoming A Woman In Zanskar, (86 Minutes). Becoming a woman (something I haven’t considered myself... yet),  for Zanskar young girls means getting married to someone they most likely don’t know, arranged by their fathers in exchange for a goat, bushels of barely, seed stock, corn flour, a bit of some money. It appears marriage is somewhat of a commodity in Ladakh, Northern India as in many countries. 

The film director, Jean-Michel Corillion follows two best girlfriends, each to go in her own direction: one to get married, and the other to enter the monastery. The director shows some intimate family moments and relationship dynamics.  We follow the fascinating marriage ritual where the fiancé must kidnap his bride by horseback, with a company of his family and relatives from their neighbouring village, deep in winter, an auspicious Buddhist calendar date. The bride’s family and relatives have prepared hundreds of loaves of bread and barley liquor for the festival that ensues. The groom has 24 hours to escape from the party and ride back to his snow-bound home. 

We also closely follow the other girlfriend. Having chosen a life dedicated to Buddha, a life away from men, she endures family criticism and escapes to Dharmsala on a horrendous voyage by foot along the Zanskar River mid winter in the company of friends.


GUEST SPEAKER SERIES – Thursday November 15, 7pm. REACH OUT FOR MARS: From Da Vinci to Elon Musk, Dr. Parvez Kumar. For years Elon Musk has been talking about colonizing Mars. But now, with the advances he has made in developing large rockets and other technologies required for such a mission, he is getting closer to fulfilling his dream. While Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary in his times, Elon Musk is a visionary for our times. While Da Vinci was dreaming of reaching for the skies, Musk is dreaming about reaching for the Planets.


FILM NIGHT – November 30, 7pm. Human Flow - 140 minutes. Humanflow writes, “More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.





Knitting Café – Knitting Café – from 7pm –9pm.  The afternoon group will continue on the 2nd and fourth Tuesdays monthly.  Regular dates are the first and third Mondays for the evening sessions and second and fourth Tuesdays monthly for the afternoon knitters. The evening group will meet 7-9 pm, on the 1st and 3rd Mondays monthly. Knitters of all levels are welcome. For More info call Laura Farquharson 250-478-1197.



Art Group Gathering – Every Tuesday from 9:30am – 12pm. Come and join this creative group of individuals and let your artistic side show. All are welcome.  For more info call Arlene at 250-391-7905.


Creative Rug Hooking – Thursday, October 18, 10:30am – 1:30pm. "CREATIVE RUG HOOKING - First and third Thursdays, monthly, 10:30am - 1:30pm, led by Sheila Stewart, certified Instructor of Traditional Rug Hooking. Beginners are welcome, but should contact Sheila (250-595-6406, email: ) to discuss needed supplies.  Experienced rug hookers are invited to bring their own projects. Bring a bag lunch, tea and coffee available. No fees but donation jar available to cover refreshment costs."


GUEST SPEAKER SERIES – Thursday, October 18, 7pm. Special Venue. Cofounders Memory Mdyetseni from Malawi and Christie Johnson from Pearson College, are hosting an evening of stories and slides at the Max Bell theatre 650 Pearson College Dr. on Thursday October 18th at 7pm. Memory and Christie started this dream back in 2005 and through their hard work and dedication, APU has emerged as an outstanding successful secondary school for girls in Malawi.

The comprehensive residential program allows the students to concentrate on their four years of studies, to make lives better for themselves, and their families.

The secondary school is becoming self-sustaining through substantial private student fees, supporting the local scholarship program for more than one third of the student population. APU is able to charge fees in excess of costs because of its excellent facilities and excellent national academic performance.

 After only twelve years, APU has grown from a single class of 80 girls learning without desks, sleeping on the floor, cooking over a fire, and bathing with water pumped from a borehole well, to a school of 400 students and 640 alumni, running water, electricity, 22 buildings, and national exam pass-rates equal to the best schools in the country.  See you at the event.


Parents and Tots – Friday, 9:30am – 11:30am. Fun for the little ones. Moms, Dads, caregivers and their young children are invited to join us Friday mornings for our community Parent & Tot program. Designed for babies and toddlers the program is action packed and parent participation is always welcome. We look forward to seeing you and your little ones. 



4H Club – 7:30am – 4pm





This memo is a heads-up for all community-minded folks who the MCA would love to include as new members.  Consider joining. Be active in our community. For more information please call 478-5155. All memberships run July 31 – July 31.

The Metchosin Community House has a drop box at the House for any food donations of non-perishable items for the food bank. Please bring and drop off your donations to the House Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm.


Art on the Walls – September. Doug Gilbert in collaboration with the Metchosin School Museum Society has compiled and organized a show of 18 historic photographs of Metchosin dating back to the early 1900’s. They are hanging on the Community House walls for all to come and enjoy. Viewing times are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm. The Art on the Walls program offers the House as a wonderful venue for artists to show and display their works. For more information, please call the MCH at 250-478-5155.


The Art On The Walls program offers the House as a wonderful venue for artists to show and display their works. For more information please call the MCH at 250-478-5155. The community house likes to support the local artists by displaying artwork on the walls while the house is being used for community programs. Your art will be seen by very diverse groups of people throughout the month while the house is open. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and many programs are held in the afternoon. Many private and public functions occur on the weekends as well.  This allows for good exposure for your art but please remember that the venue is a community house and not an art gallery. We keep the commission and fees low for this reason. Don’t expect too many sales.

You can hang your show for up to a month and there is no charge for renting the space but the community house takes a 15% commission from any sales. This is payable at the end of the show, during the take down.

The house is well designed for presenting your art work. The lighting is good and there is a picture rail for hanging your art.

Artwork must be properly framed and wired, ready for hanging or it will not be accepted.

There is space for up to 45 small pictures/ 22 medium / or 12 large.

Artist’s Reception. You are welcome to have an Artist’s Reception which can be booked through the office Mon –Thursday 9a.m. to 1p.m. at 250-478-5155.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Metchosin Community House has many fun events throughout the year that always rely on the volunteer support of our members, to which we are very grateful. We always place a callout for volunteers at times of our largest fundraisers, but there are always other ways to become involved throughout the year that gives people the chance to be active and have fun in this wonderful community and creates the opportunity to meet some new friends as well. If you would like to become more involved in your community and lend a hand give us a call, we’d love to hear from you. 478-5155.





If you haven’t already take a look at our website by going to  and check out our online calendar of events. You might find it handy for booking your next event at the House. To book the House or for more info please call 250-478-5155.




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