Canada Day Celebrations!

Sooke Community Choir celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Confederation at the Sooke Flats at 11:20 am and at Ships' Point stage in Victoria at 2:50 pm on Saturday, July 1st. If you look closely, you will see three Harboursiders, Jennifer, Susan, and Marg A at top right.
Happy Father's Day at Harbourside

Margaret and Kitty organized a very successful Fathers' Day Brunch featuring waffles, fruit and cream as part of our ongoing series of regular Sunday Brunches. Each week, a basic menu of homemade granola, muesli, and yogurt is offered alongside fresh fruit, homemade jams and various breads. A main dish varies from Sunday to Sunday as volunteers take turns making their specialty. 
Donja's Soiree
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Yes, it was an absolute treat to be entertained last night with Donja's vocals and Karel's piano stylings.

It was performed so well that I had to ask Donja if she had a professional background in jazz stylings. She did not, which made it all the more unique." (Ralph)

(Donja pictured here on the right  with her vocal teacher.)
Many ways to celebrate birthdays!
A recent gathering of the Book Group was held at Rene's hilltop home to discuss the book she had chosen for us to read, Michael Elcock's "A Perfectly Beautiful Place". We celebrated the book and Rene's birthday in her 'perfectly beautiful place' with a homemade cake by Jane T.
Here we have two Harboursiders with June birthdays, Arlene and Margaret, blowing out the candles on a sumptuous chocolate cake prepared by Jennifer. Jean has initiated a monthly birthday dinner celebration before the Thursday film night. Thank you Jean!
Celebrating Canda's 150th

Ekoos Choir, to which several Harboursiders belong, treated us all to a free concert recently to celebrate Candada's 150th anniversary of Confederation with a repertoire of songs especially selected for the occasion. It was a wonderful early launch to Canada Day celebrations. 
A Progressive Dinner in Building 6 happened to coincide with Arlene's birthday. But the highlight of the evening was Gail's story of how to recognize a thirsty kangaroo
Smelling the Roses
It all started with Susan's proposed stroll through the Nootka roses on Lot 4. They were just at their peak and their sweet aroma as we walked along the paths Susan had cut for us was overwhelming. Ellen was inspired to gather rose petals to make rose petal panna cotta topped with strawberry/rhubarb/rosemary puree. (pictured above)
Making Your Own 'Abeego' Cloth

Ellen and Warren made their own abeego cloth recently with the very attractive and useful results pictured above. She writes......
"Beeswax-impregnated cotton, made more flexible with just the right amount of jojoba oil, is an easy way to make food covers that allow us to reduce our use of plastic wrap. It is cheaper than buying the pre-made 'abeego', and it makes the kitchen smell wonderful while you do it. These covers are good for all food except meat, and can be washed in cool soapy water and reused over and over.
We used a recipe we found on-line, and cloth that had been waiting around for a cause. In 2 hours of grating, measuring, mixing, heating, pinking, and hanging in the CH downstairs kitchen, we had a colourful array of food covers." 
A great shot of Shirley, Susan, Jack and John heading out for a sail on the Savory.
Lowell Hinrichs, our guest this past month for the Speakers' Series, gave a well-documented account of the building of his uniquely designed Chapel by the Salish Sea (pictured above). It's difficult to imagine the resourcefulness necessary to take on the task of building such an intricate structure in a remote location. (Arlene)
Here's Jack at the helm of SV Savory  
Thanks to John B for a lovely sail (Susan)
Recognize this dashing young man?  (1974)
Busby Berkeley yoga with Anthea!
Make your own Ice Cream Sundaes!

Laughter filled the Common House on June 9th as Harboursiders crowded in to enjoy the Ice Cream Social brought to us by Jennifer and Kate. Jennifer served their homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream into soup bowls, which we then topped with an assortment of homemade fudge syrup, caramel topping, whipped cream, shaved coconut, candies, cherries, raisins, and so much more! The sun shone, tables filled, talk echoed through the hall. Thank you so much Jennifer, we'll miss you and hope that you'll be back to visit often! (Jane)
What do these Harboursiders have in common?

Karla- Mark- Rene- Margaret - Susan

The answer: they all were born in 1947

To celebrate 7 decades of adventurous lives (350 years total) there will be a party in the Common House on June 30 at 7pm with live music by
Fast Forward.

Bring appies and drinks.

Make your own Oatmeal Pancakes
(by popular request)

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup oatmeal**
1 T white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 T vegetable oil
1 egg
**I use old fashioned oatmeal and mix in a blender to break it down.

Suggestions for toppings:
Rhubarb compote and yogurt OR
dare to try John's taste sensation
rhubarb, yogurt and peanut butter!!
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