Family Focused Neighbourhood Parties at MERA

Family-focused neighbourhood parties are a new initiative at MERA intended to introduce MERA’s neighbours and young families to each other and to all the fun things that can happen at MERA. Each event features a choice of craft activities led by experienced crafters introducing their media, as well as games, a chance to chat, music and a shared meal. A Perth and District Community Foundation grant covers the cost of food and craft supplies so that the events are free. These parties are being held every second month from February to December of 2018 (i.e. February/ April/ June/ August/ October/ December). MERA hosted successful Halloween and Christmas parties in 2017 which indicated that the community is receptive to this sort of activity. We hope that future events will continue to draw together the young and young at heart.

Party dates and details will be posted on MERA’s Facebook event page and Website event calendar– please reply to the event page invitation or e-mail MERA so we can look forward to seeing you at our next party!!

If you are interested in being part of the organizing team, hosting a craft activity table, leading games, or dropping off cookies please contact Jan Griffiths via email or at 613-278-1656.

Wondering why we’re focusing on families? Read on…

There are several new families and a sudden wealth of children in McDonald’s Corners and Elphin so that intentionally reaching out to them by adding family-focused (and inexpensive or free) activities to our current slate of workshops and events seems timely. We believe that participating in MERA’s community and community arts activities is good for people, individually, as families, and collectively.

The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate an intergenerational exchange of skills and promote enthusiasm for both creating objects and building friendships together. Our selfish goal is to encourage new art enthusiasts in our community and new leaders and members for MERA. Most importantly we hope that a chance to try out a variety of media will broaden the children’s artistic palette, the chance to experiment with various media together will turn kitchen tables into craft centres all over our community, and the chance to spend time together will build connections across our generations.

So neighbour, bring yourself, your friends and your family to the party and see what is happening at MERA!