Waterloo is vibrant
Welcome to the 14th edition of Neighbours helping Neighbours, a weekly newsletter from the neighbourhoods team, with a focus on good news stories, important community updates and an ever growing list of support resources.

We hope the content in these enewsletter has been helpful over the past three months. Beginning in July we will be shifting to bi-weekly distribution.

ICYMI, the City of Waterloo is recruiting Block Connectors. Learn more in Bill Jackson's article or visit our website.

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Midtown Waterloo distance driveway party!
Neighbours from Moore Avenue in Midtown Waterloo participated in a distanced driveway party on June 14. They enjoyed dinner outside in their own driveways with chalk art, conversation and delicious cupcakes from black entrepreneur Cecelia Johnston, owner of Ce Food Experience.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21, 2020
June is National Indigenous History Month. The Government of Canada invites all Canadians to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by reading a digital copy of one the books from the #IndigenousReads reading list  or by exploring a virtual exhibit at your favourite museum.
Waterloo Fire Rescue on Google Classroom!
Looking for educational and fun activities for your children while they are at home? Sign up for the Waterloo Fire Rescue's Fire & Life Safety Public Education Google Classroom. Code: ckoh3rf 
June 22-28 is National Pollinator Week
Over 75% of all flowering plants on earth need pollinators to produce their seeds. Our best-known pollinator may be the honeybee—but did you know that there are over 900 species of bees in Canada? Other pollinators include butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, beetles and hummingbirds.

Learn some great tips about our native pollinators through Bee City Canada. Take the Pollinator Pledge below to show your support of native pollinators and creating pollinator habitat in Waterloo! Lets make our mark on the map!

Get involved with the City’s Pollinator Working Group community stewardship activities or as a Working Group member!
This invasive plant could be growing in your backyard
If you’ve ever hiked beside a body of water, you may have spotted Giant hogweed , an invasive non-native perennial that grows to an enormous size and produces large umbrella-shaped clusters of white flowers. Easily mistaken for Cow or Wild parsnip, Angelica, Queen Anne’s Lace or even elderberry bushes, its distinguishing features are its reddish-purple blotched stems with prickly-bristles. Leaves are spiked with a jagged appearance and it flowers mid-June to August.

Giant hogweed is designated a provincially noxious weed. Vi sit the  Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website  for tips on identifying and carefully removing Giant hogweed if you find it on your private property.

The City of Waterloo manages giant hogweed on municipal lands. To report Giant Hogweed in a City of Waterloo park, send a photo (close up), details and its location on a map to environment@waterloo.ca .

To learn more about Giant hogweed, watch this video by The Weather Network or visit Ontario Invasive Plant Council
Rainbow Story Festival June 22 to 30
Let's celebrate PRIDE! Waterloo Public Library is proud to present, in partnership with the City of Waterloo and the LGBTQ2S+ community, the Rainbow Story Festival. From June 22 to 30, Waterloo City Councillors will be reading PRIDE-themed children’s picture books. After each storytime, we'll be making a craft too.

Registration is required for each program. Registrants will receive a link to join the fun 24 hours before the program.

Register for Monday, June 22 - 2:30pm with Councillor Angela Veith
Stella Brings the Family  by Miriam Baker Schiffer

Register for Tuesday, June 23 - 9:30am with Councillor Jen Vasic

Register for Wednesday, June 24 - 3:00pm with Councillor Royce Bodaly
Prince and Knight  by Daniel Haack 

Register for Thursday, June 25 - 10:30am with Councillor Sandra Hanmer
I Love My Purse  by Belle DeMont

Register for Friday, June 26 - 10:30am with Councillor Diane Freeman
When Aidan Became A Brother  by Kyle Lukoff

Register for Monday, June 29 - 10:30am with Councillor Tenille Bonoguore
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress  by Christine Baldacchino

Register for Tuesday, June 30 - 2:30pm  with Councillor Jeff Henry
Sparkle Boy  by Lesléa Newman
Check out the KW Urban Harvester
KW Urban Harvester  is issuing this challenge to Kitchener-Waterloo through their Grow-a-Row program this growing season: to see if together we can grow 10,000 pounds of produce so as to make fresh healthy food more available to the community! 

At home gardening tips from the Waterloo Horticultural Society
Nothing says summer like a fresh tomato sandwich! Growing your own tomatoes is easy and satisfying. Tomatoes are a warm season crop, requiring 6-8 hours of full sun a day but preferring 8-10 hours. They like weed free soil, well drained and high in organic matter.

Since vegetable plants are 75-90% water, they require 2.5 cm of water per week. If required, it is best to water in the morning and long soaking watering is preferable to frequent short watering. There are two types of tomato plants. Determinate which are compact plants that grow, set fruit and then decline. Indeterminate varieties will continue growing until frost kills them. You may grow your tomatoes in a garden bed, raised bed/garden box or container.

You will save room and decrease the need to prune your plants if you stake, trellis or cage your plants. Tomato cages can be purchased inexpensively and can be used year to year. It is best to put the cage on while the plant is small. Ripe tomatoes may be eaten fresh or preserved. Check recipes for small batch preserves and you can save your excess tomatoes as they become available and enjoy them throughout the winter.

Stay tuned for the at home gardening tips in next week's edition!
Waterloo Region Seniors Continue to Contribute to and Enrich our Community
June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario. The four Age Friendly Committees of Waterloo Region have joined together to highlight the contributions and community involvement of several older adults from the Region in The Celebration Interview Project.

Working with Digital Legacy Productions, The Celebration Interview Project features seven in-depth interviews with members of the older adult community in Waterloo Region, and are available now for readers to enjoy at the  Legacy Storytelling website

The individual stories reflect these older adults’ commitment to and involvement in the community, the skills and talents that they bring to the work that they do, and the energy and enthusiasm that sustains them and invigorates their volunteer activities.

We invite you to read the stories in   The Celebration Interview Project  and then encourage you to pursue further information from the individuals themselves.

Coordinated COVID-19 Response Newsletter - June 12, 2020
These weekly newsletters keep everyone informed about
the coordinated response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. The Region, area municipalities and local community partners are meeting regularly to make sure pandemic response efforts
are coordinated and aligned.

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