Welcome to the 35th edition of Neighbours helping Neighbours, a bi-weekly newsletter from the neighbourhoods team, with a focus on good news stories, important community updates and an ever growing list of support resources.

If you have ideas for resources to share or shareable stories of kindness, please send them to: neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca

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yellow background with street sign neighbourhoods logo that says strong and connected. Text says it’s time for the chalk challenge! April 19-26 .
Join the Chalk Challenge!
Neighbours from Foxhunt had a great idea: a community chalk challenge! From April 19-26, we encourage you to challenge yourself and/or your neighbours to decorate the spaces where you live.

Share photos of your creations and/or creations you've seen when you are outside that week by tagging @citywaterloo on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Yellow background with text that reads spotted, neighbourhood kindness and great neighbourhoods start with you.
Neighbour shout-outs!
The City of Waterloo wants to recognize people who do something great, big or small, in their neighbourhood. Nominations are accepted year-round and every nominee will receive a thank you package.

How can you get involved?

  • Submit a quick and easy nomination to describe your kind neighbour’s contributions
  • Help spread the word about this new program
  • Be a caring and kind neighbour!

Spotted: Neighbourhood Kindness!
Pauline shares: For the 25 years that I have been Jon's neighbour, he has cleared the snow from my sidewalk with his snowblower, after every snowfall. In 25 years, I have only cleared the sidewalk a few times. I am eternally grateful for his faithful kindness.
A person standing on their porch with a copy of the cookbook.
A picture of the front of the Covid Cuisine cookbook.
Two smiling people holding copies of the cookbook.
Sharing COVID Cuisine
The Beechwood West 1 Homes Association recently published a community cookbook called COVID Cuisine! It features recipes submitted by neighbours, allowing us to share meals even when we can’t get together.

The production of the cookbook was supported by a City of Waterloo pandemic mini grant, and all profit goes to the United Way Waterloo Region Communities in the excellent work they do providing support to people in need within the larger community.

Pictured above: Petri receiving a copy of the cookbook, COVID Cuisine Cookbook cover, Tracey & Katie with the finished product.
Person wearing a mask doing cartwheels on the grass in a park.
Flip through our digital guide and see what's happening in our community this spring: waterloo.ca/programguide
Registration is online at waterloo.ca/activewaterloo beginning March 24.

Fee assistance is available for application: waterloo.ca/feeassistance
What’s inside?
  • Drop-in search tips for both desktop and mobile
  • NEW! School’s out and summer camps
  • NEW! Youth Leadership 3
  • Virtual adult fitness classes
  • Staying Healthy and Well series, WOW seniors and Friday Flicks
  • Show me the City walking tour
  • Spring/summer environmental volunteering
The City of Waterloo closely monitors Public Health and Provincial updates and will alter protocols and practices as necessary.

We encourage readers to check advertiser websites for most up to date information.
City of Waterloo Museum Spring Break 2021, Registration is now open
Pop Up Museum presents Spring Break!
The City of Waterloo Museum is excited to announce our family Spring Break line up!

We’re offering FREE live virtual programming fun on April 12, 14 and 16. We’ve invited Waterloo giraffe zoologist Anne Dagg, local watercolour artist Candice Leyland, Waterloo Fire Rescue, The Grand River Metis Council and EnviroSTEM for some amazing sessions. Interested in more information and how to register? Visit City of Waterloo Museum Website for details.
Neighbourhoods Grow-a-Row Competition!
KW Urban Harvester is looking for people to help with its Grow-a-Row program! This program helps people grow food on their lawns or community gardens, whether to help themselves or their community. This year we have a goal of growing 10,000 pounds of total produce for the community! Sign up now to get ready!

We are a program of our umbrella organization LSPIRG, the Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group. Follow LSPIRG Waterloo on Facebook and @laurierstudentsPIRG on Instagram to stay up to date!
Here's to a great season of gardening!
The KW Urban Harvester Team
#KWUrbanHarvester #GrowARow #VictoryGardens #ResilienceGardening
Multicultural Calendar:
  • April 1 ~ Holy Thursday (Western). Falling on the Thursday before Easter, Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. (Christian) Jeudi saint (Occidental).
  • April 2 ~ World Autism Awareness Day. A day created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.
  • April 2 ~ Good Friday (Western). A Christian holiday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. (Christian)
  • April 4 ~ Easter (Western). One of the holiest days in the Christian (Western) calendar, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from death, three days after his crucifixion. (Christian)
  • April 5 ~ Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in some countries. Easter Monday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the second day of Bright Week. (Christian)
  • April 6 ~ International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. An international day which recognizes the power of sport to strengthen social ties, promote sustainable development, peace, solidarity, and respect. It is especially important in the current climate of pandemic to remind people to be active whilst experiencing containment measures.
  • April 7 ~ World Health Day. A global observance day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.
  • April 12 – May 11 ~ Ramadan. In Islam, Ramadan is the holy month whereby Muslims fast during daylight hours. It is a period that aims to cleanse one’s body and soul from impurities and re-focus oneself to the worship of God. (Islam)
  • April 13-14 Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda in Sri Lanka, is a Sri Lankan holiday that celebrates the traditional New Year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated not only the Sinhalese people, but by most Sri Lankans.
  • April 14 ~ International Day of Pink. Celebrated every second Wednesday of April, this is a day when people around the world are encouraged to put on a pink shirt and stand in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to continue fighting for equality and acceptance.
  • April 14 ~ Vaisakhi. Also known as Baisakhi this is a harvest festival which is celebrated in the Punjab region of South Asia on the first day of Vaisakh on the Punjab calendar. Which is around April 13th or 14th on the Gregorian calendar. It not only marks the beginning of the New Year but is also a day that honors the Sikh faith and traditions. (Sikh)

Source: Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion
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