An Evening with Branch Out Theatre

Wednesday November 22, 7pm in the Community Room 

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 The Board of Directors, along with performers from Branch Out Theatre, are hosting a fun and interactive performance to acquaint members with the newly-created Member Liaison position. The aim of this volunteer position is to provide support to members when trying to resolve issues or complaints.

This dramatic performance will demonstrate, through various scenarios, the role of the Member Liaison, and how they may assist members. Audience members will also have an opportunity to give feedback and suggestions towards the development of this role.

Snacks and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.

DFC Games Nights!

 DFC Games Nights!

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We will be hosting three Games Nights this November! All members are welcome to join in, test your luck and enjoy time with friends and neighbours. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 7PM – 9PM
Game: Left, Right & Centre
FRIDAY NOVEMER 10, 7pm—9pm
Game: Rummoli
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 7pm – 9pm
Game: Scrabble

Recycling Program & October Pick up Schedule

Taking out recycling can be a burden! Let us help you out by picking it up and taking it out for you!

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We want to make recycling easier for all members, be good to our planet and save on surging garbage costs! To do this, we have assembled a team of member volunteers who are willing to pick up recycling from your unit. It is beyond easy to take advantage of;

1) leave recycling in front of your unit on specified pick up dates / times in a clear plastic bag

2) Repeat on another pick up date. That’s it! We will even provide the clear plastic bags if you need them in advance.

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  • Thursday October 12, between 6pm – 8pm
  • Saturday October 14, between 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday October 17, between 10am – 12pm
  • Saturday October  21, between 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday October 24, between 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday October 26, between 6pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday October 31, between 10am – 12pm 

Pick up dates for November will be posted in each floor and sent via email before the end of this month.

This is open to all members regardless of age or ability! No need to sign up. For more info, please contact

Ryan Hayward

416 920 7340 x204

rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com

 

 

Creative Writing Group

Tuesday November 28, 1pm – 3pm in the Community Room 

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 DFC will be hosting its next Expressive Writing Group on Tuesday November 28 with the ever amazing Honey Novick. All members are welcome to attend. No experience or background in writing is required! Just be willing share your thoughts and be creative!

We’ll use a different approach to self-expression
We’ll talk and write and share what’s important to us
Each voice is important, each story a tale to tell
We’ll create a safe and fun atmosphere

For more information please contact
Ryan Hayward 416 920 7340 x204
rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com

All Abuzz about a Honey of Workshop

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Last night our professional bee keepers
 brought down 2 frames from our roof top apiary accommodation to the community room for us to work on.
We set about taking turns at de-capping the combs:  that is lifting off the top portion of the cells to allow the honey to be spun out.  It is a delicate job.  We used an uncapping fork with small teeth.  (In the larger industry they might use a hot knife.)  You don’t want to dig too deep.  The comb underneath should be kept intact, as much as possible.  It will be returned to the hive where our busy little worker bees will tidy it up and refill it, rather than having to build whole new combs on the frame.  This saves time and energy for our hive.
 
Once de-cap-itated the frames were moved to the extractor and we each had our turn at working the crank handle and spinning the honey free of the wax comb.  Centrifugal force caused it to run down the sides of the extractor where it was filtered to catch errant pieces of wax.  Each frame had to be spun twice to remove all the golden goodness from both sides.  Two frames roughly 1 ft X 2.5 ft each produced a surprising amount of honey, possibly, forgiving my metric math, 2 kg or 4 lbs +/-.  
It was filtered again before each individual small bottle (maybe 4 oz?) was filled from a spout and capped for future enjoyment.  Each hive produces a unique flavour of honey.  There are the standard flavours, of course, clover and buckwheat.  But here we seem to have a unique Cabbagetown flavour.  Our 8th floor rooftop hive had definite hints of pepper!  David, with the small ground level hive used for our demos, reports mint overtones to his honey.
I’m not sure what they do with the wax from the de-cap-itating but I gathered a good measure in a plastic glass.  This morning I found a lovely little puddle of even more honey in the bottom of the glass.  Someone recommended adding the comb wax to hot cereals like oatmeal.  Those bees work so hard making the stuff there have to be microscopic nutrients in there.
We have 10 more frames to harvest, which the professionals, Alvéole will do for us. 
Ryan and Alvéole estimate that we may see 13 kg of honey from our hive.  That’s 28 lbs.
The honey will be sold in the Bleecker lobby later this fall.  Ryan thought we could put the funds towards installing another hive in the courtyard!
Now that is one sweet plan to get buzzed about.

 

DFC Helping Hands Program Needs You!

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What is the Helping Hands Program? 

The aim of the program is to pair senior co-op members (or co-op members experiencing some mobility challenges) with other members who can help with basic errands or chores. Some examples of the kinds of support might be:

o   Picking up groceries / supplies

o   Picking up prescriptions

o   Assisting with light household projects (i.e. moving some furniture etc)

o   Accompanying individual to important appointments

o   What volunteers can’t do: Banking, Laundry, Personal Care, Routine House Cleaning

How does it work? 

o   Once you are confirmed to be taking part in the program you will contact me directly with some specific help / assistance that you might need and when you need it (advance planning is key).

o   I will then reach out to co-op members that have offered their help and see who is available to assist. Once an effective match is made, I will put the two members in touch with each other.

Right now we would like to hear from members who might need some support AND members who can provide some support. If you would like to take part in this program or would like to get more information, please feel free to contact me directly.

Ryan Hayward

Community Projects Coordinator

Diane Frankling Housing Co-op

416 920 7340 x204 / rhayward@dianefranklingco-op.com