Pi Day

Pi Day celebrates the mathematical constant π (Pi) on March 14. The date itself represents 3.14 (month.day), the first three digits of Pi.

Coincidentally, Albert Einstein was born on March 14 (1879).

But what is Pi, really? It is defined as “the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter”. (Wikipedia). Read some fun facts from the CBC to learn what you might not know about the number that never ends.

People make Pi Day fun, primarily by eating pie (be it fruit or pizza) and by throwing pies. There are also competitions on who can recite Pi to the highest number of decimal places!

If you’re a bit traditional, here’s a Pi Day Apple Pie recipe from Family Fun Canada.

The Pie Junkie and Bakery, https://www.facebook.com/piejunkieyyc/photos/a.1739472692775604/3899948746727977

If you’re not much of a baker yourself and you happen to live in Calgary, AB, you can celebrate Pi Day with Pi pies! The Pie Junkie and Bakery delivers or you can pick up from one of their 3 locations. See their website for all options: https://piejunkie.ca/

Check your local bakery, they may be creating something Pi-like, too!

Blaze Pizza, https://www.facebook.com/BlazePizza

Participating Blaze Pizza locations in Alberta, BC and Ontario are offering rewards members an 11-inch Simple Pie or 11-inch 1-Top Pepperoni Pizza for $3.14. The reward can be used online or in-restaurant .

If you have a family and want to introduce some Pi concepts to kids, choose one of these 9 Activities to Celebrate Pi Day from Canadian Family.

Got a geeky sense of humour? Here are some Pi Jokes from Reader’s Digest Canada.

And finally, listen to this cute and clever Pi Song which makes it (potentially) easier to remember the 100 digits of Pi!

Creative Aging Awareness Day

Creative Aging Awareness Day was held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) in Kelowna, BC on Friday June 20, 2014. Its mission was “A day-long celebration of your creative life to examine the role that creative expression can play in promoting engagement, healing and wellness for all ages.”

On the approach, I saw HeART Fit painters. HeART Fit is a free drop-in session of Spontaneous Process Painting every Tuesday at the RCA.

It was very busy inside with musical entertainment and creative arts filling the main floor.

The exhibits continued through to the back hall.

There was a weaving demonstration by the Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists.

Glass and metal artist Fay Wolfenden had a display of hand-made glass beads, jewellery and mosaics.

Lucie Parent demonstrated her Funky Fabric Sculptures made using Paverpol. She is a Certified Paverpol Instructor.

The Okanagan Quilter’s Guild seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Their display of Fibre Art Journals were especially intriguing.

Jill promoted Learning in Retirement programs.

There was information about the Sing for Your Life Foundation.

It was a busy and well-attended event with many inspiring creative organizations to follow up on!

Kelowna MapleFest 2014

The Centre culturel francophone de l’Okanagan (CCFO) is a non-profit organization that promotes French language and culture appreciation in the Okanagan. It celebrated the 35th annual MapleFest in front of the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna on Saturday March 29, 2014.

There were elaborate chalk drawings on the sidewalks.

While maple flavours dominated, poutine was ever-popular.

Walking trees and other characters fascinated spectators of all ages.

All kinds of costumed characters pranced the grounds.

The Trips played some toe-tapping bluegrass tunes.

Ziggy created the most elaborate and artistic balloon animals.

A drumming group formed with djembes and hand percussion instruments.

Three times world champion hoop dancer, Alex Wells (Lil’Wat Nation) performed with students.

Chloé Gravel and Danielle sang well known songs in both French and English.

There was exercise-dancing and a couple of Mounties that joined in on the fun!

In the evening, Jann Arden performs at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Sunday brunch at the Laurel Packing House completes the festival activities.