Winter 2013 Dates Updated

We are now starting on the 9th

Winter 2013

  • January 9th to March 13th
  • Wednesdays 10:30am- 1:30pm


Home-Learners Acting Workshops with Alison Kelly

Home-Learners Acting Workshops with Alison Kelly – for youngunz!

 Home-Learners Acting Workshops with Alison Kelly

When: Monday’s 10 am – 1 pm, for 6 weeks each.

Who’s it for:  ages 11-18

Where: At the Purple Thistle Centre (location below)


Session one:  October 1- November 5

Session two:  November 12  – December 17

How much: $ 100.00* for each 6 week session

Session One: Acting Exploration: $100.00

In this dynamic and collaborative 6 week class, the participants will use theatre games and exercises, improvs and written work (self generated as well as existing material) to explore the process of acting. This will be a fun and physical class with the emphasis on team work and collective creation. The week will culminate in a demonstration of some of the work. This class is open to all skill levels. Please dress in clothing that can get dirty.

Session Two: Clown and Mask: $100.00

In this 6 week session we will explore mask and clown work. Participants will make their own mask and learn how to “present it”.  Using physical exercises, observation and written work (self generated as well as existing material) the group will explore ways of creating and building clown and mask characters.  This will be a fun and intense six weeks of collaborative creation, culminating in a showcase of the work. The class is open to all levels of experience. Please dress in clothing that can get dirty or bring an old tee shirt for the mask making.

sign-up for one, or for both!

to sign-up email Sylvia:

* bursaries available. please email carla.


Alison Kelly:

Alison has been teaching theatre skills to ages 6 to 76 for the past 25 years. She is also an actor, a writer and a street performer of larger than life comedy characters.  She is one of the creators of the award winning, internationally acclaimed shows Mom’s The Word, Mom’s The Word: Unhinged and Mom’s The Word: Remixed. Alison is a graduate of Studio 58 where she is currently on faculty.


Purple Thistle Centre:  260-975 Vernon Drive

NBTS Picnic date changed

Because of several conflicts the date of the vancouver NBTS Picnic has been been changed from September 7th to Monday September 10th.  Same place same time

Not Back to School Picnic (Vancouver) 2012

Everyone welcome!

This is a great time to meet other homelearning vancouverites. Pack a lunch and bring an outdoor game to share.

When:  DATE CHANGED from Friday September 7th  to MONDAY SEPT.1OTH

Time: 11:00 am to whenever

Where: Jericho Beach Park

West 4th Avenue (@ Wallace Street)

We meet under one of the willow trees in the big grassy area right off 4th Ave. Buses stop just by the park.

Fall 2012 Schedule

The co-opertive will be starting up again this September

Fall 2012

  • September 5th –  December 19th
  • Wednesdays
  • 10:30am- 1:30pm

I will be sending out a doodle before September for people to sign up to open and bring a simple activity. This worked out really great last year. Email me if you would like to be included on the sign up list.

for more information go here


Paper Dying & Friendship Bracelets

Drop-In Time Change & Dates

The Co-op is running every Wednesday from now until MAY 30th

The Time  is now 10:30- 1:30


Our View at Burrardview

Fall Activities 2010

Last Fall we organized an opening schedule. The family who opened brought a simple activity with them. This worked out surprisingly well.

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Annual Lower Mainland “Not Back to School” Picnic

Queens Park, New Westminster
Tuesday Sept 6th 2011
 * Location: Queens Park, New Westminster – meet at the covered
picnic area near the children’s playground – LOOK FOR THE hs-ca QUILT
 * When: 11-ish a.m. The first day of school, which is September 6th this year.
 * Bring:
– food for your family,
– sun screen,
– rain gear,
– well labelled park toys,
– musical instruments,
– enthusiasm,
– willingness to meet new homeschoolers,
– anything else you can think of.
 * Directions: Queen’s park is located near the Arenex Complex in
New West and is easy to find from Vancouver, Surrey/Langley and most
places in the Lower Mainland. If coming from Surrey, take the Patullo
Bridge and just go straight (McBride). You will see the park on your
left. From Vancouver, take Canada Way to 10th Avenue in New West, turn left
at the highschool and follow 10th around to McBride. The park will be on
your right.
* Google Map link:
  This is a very casual event. People start gathering around 11
and stay until they feel like going home. It can be very reassuring,
especially for first-time homelearners, to have something special to
do when all the neighbourhood kids troop back to school. If you are a new
homeschooler, come out and meet some experienced folks. If you have been
at this for awhile, come and share your experience with a newbie. Last
year we made masking tape name tags and indicated a new homeschooler
with a colour-coded N so that the rest of us would make a point of
welcoming the new folks.
For information contact Melissa at
Part of the fun is meeting people from other areas.
See you at the Picnic!

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