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Explore: Upcycled crafting, lantern making, mountain biking

Free events this weekend: Upcycled crafting workshop, Saturday; lantern making workshop, Sunday; and mountain biking lessons, Sunday.
SUPPLY Victoria executive director Ashley Howe shows off some art supplies at the SUPPLY Victoria Creative Reuse Centre this week. SUPPLY is launching a monthly series called Scrappy Last Saturdays, a free upcycled crafting workshop for children ages 7-12. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Treat your school-aged children (ages 7-12) to a morning of upcycled crafting at Scrappy Last Saturdays, where children learn art-making using repurposed supplies, at the SUPPLY Victoria Creative Reuse Centre on Saturday.

The monthly event, which takes place on the last Saturday of the month, provides under-resourced families who care about the environment an avenue to teach their children more sustainable and affordable art alternatives.

Each workshop tackles a specific waste problem — with a hands-on creative reuse activity using upcycled materials.

The event is hosted by SUPPLY Victoria, a nonprofit which collects traditional art, office and school supplies destined for the landfill to be used as a more affordable and sustainable alternative to new art supplies.

The workshops are subsidized through Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood grants.

There are 24 tickets available for free (or by donation) as well as four drop-in spots available on a first come, first served basis. By donation tickets can only be purchased one at a time. The event runs 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at SUPPLY Victoria Creative Reuse Centre, 750 Fairfield Rd.

Guardians must be present for the entirety of the workshop.

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Learn how to make a paper lantern at free workshop on Sunday

Illuminate your path towards personal growth at Lantern Making Art Jam: Let Your Inner Light Shine, a lantern-making workshop at the Quadra Village Community Centre, Sunday.

This B.C. Culture Days event includes activities that celebrate diversity through creative expression with a focus on accessibility, inclusion and resilience.

The session will be led by Ann K Chou, a visual technologist-artist and B.C. Culture Days ambassador, who will demonstrate the meditative strokes of Chinese ink painting with Sumi-e paper.

The workshop is meant to express triumphs over obstacles and envision a future of freedom. The event welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities.

Live transcription services are available, and American Sign Language translation is available upon request. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fidgeting or sensory tools.

This event was made possible with support by the Quadra Village Community Centre and Pandora Arts Collectives Society.

The workshop is free to join for individuals over the age of 10. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. It runs 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 (which coincides with a full moon night) in the Community Room of the Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. There will be short breaks and refreshments.

At the conclusion of the workshop participants can gather for a photo opportunity and short procession with the lanterns to the nearest park at 7 p.m.

For more information and to register, go to

Free mountain bike lessons for kids at the Cecelia Ravine Mountain Bike Fun Day

Sign your kids up for free mountain bike lessons, including a meet-and-greet with professional mountain biker Henry Sherry, and take part in an all-ages bike safety rodeo at the Cecelia Ravine Mountain Bike Fun Day, at Cecelia Ravine Park on Sunday.

The event, sponsored by the Burnside Gorge Community Association, Nolan Riding, Fort Street Bikes and Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grant program, features multiple one-hour free coached mountain biking sessions for ages six to 12.

Prior experience in mountain biking is not a requirement. Having a mountain bike is not even a requirement, as loaner bikes will be available on site courtesy of the Free Wheelin’ Youth Lending Program.

Complimentary equipment checks will be conducted before each class, with Fort Street Bikes providing skilled bicycle mechanics to assist participants throughout the event.

In addition to the biking sessions provided by Nolan Riding, there will be a drop-in all-ages bike safety rodeo.

Beverages and snacks will be provided to participants.

The event is free to join and runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. Registration is required for the one-hour free coached mountain biking sessions, which take place at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. at Cecelia Ravine Park, 3150 Napier Ln.

Bring your own bicycle and arrive 10 minutes early to complete the sign-in process.

Free parking available on Burnside Road East, Cecelia Road, Napier Lane and the Burnside Gorge Community Association.

For more information, or to register for the bike sessions, go to Eventbrite.

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