Flowers for mom take on a whole new meaning this year when an Olympic-level talent leads a special workshop on flower arranging for women in recovery.
June Strandberg, one of two women to design bouquets for medalists at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, is sharing her expertise on May 9 for the female students of Welcome Home Addiction Recovery Academy.
Welcome Home is a residential recovery program that also teaches life skills.
"June's passion is for helping broken women," said Rikki Fryatt, Welcome Home's director of female programs.
"She says flowers have proven to be magical and that the first arrangement is like a miracle. When women don't think they can do anything and come to her with no self-respect and no self-confidence, she helps them create something beautiful that they didn't believe they could do. When customers come in, they will know these Mother's Day bouquets were made with love by our students."
The bouquets, completed under Strandberg's supervision, will be sold to the public from May 10 to 12 at PricePro, at 6911 King George Blvd., a retail store that offers everything from groceries to furniture to clothing. It is operated by Welcome Home.
RUN INN DELTA HELPS HOSPICE
The Run Inn Delta is busy giving back to the community these days.
First, Run Inn Delta hosted its second annual fashion show fundraiser on April 14, which raised $1,000 for the Delta Hospice Society. The event brought together Ladner and Tsawwassen's fashion community featuring the latest trends in athletic and yoga wear, from the Run Inn and Open Space Yoga, while balancing the night out with day to evening looks from Urban Rack, Lucky Surf & Skate and the latest in footwear from Fusion Shoes.
Next up, The Run Inn is sponsoring the Surrey International World Music Marathon, a rock and roll themed marathon and half marathon happening this September. For information on the event and how to register, call 604-943-4661 or see www.runinn.com.
STAPLES SETS UP SEAQUAM
Seaquam Secondary school is getting a $25,000 computer lab, courtesy of Staples Canada. The school was one of 20 selected because of its environmental initiatives.
The Staples Canada Eco Computer Lab Contest will see more than $500,000 worth of computer equipment go to the chosen schools. Winning schools demonstrated innovative environmental initiatives, such as planting gardens, community clean ups and waste-less lunches.
DINGO BAR OPENS SATURDAY
This Saturday marks the opening of Canada's very first "Dingo Bar" at Anie's Beach Mart in White Rock.
Shop owners Peter and Anica Wolf are putting their own Aussie twist on the fourlegged watering hole at their convenience store, at 1117 Vidal Street. As part of the fun, there are 50 free edible "dingo toothbrushes" for dog owners who bring their pets by for a free drink at the new dingo bar.
The ribbon cutting takes place at 11 a.m.
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