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A night of revelry and fundraising merriment for Britannia Garden/Tanzania Girls School

In Stories on May 21, 2015 by sioso

GWFC leads efforts all year long in the Grandview Woodland area to increase student awareness and interest in gardening and food growing. Please join us at our annual fundraiser to support this effort!

The fundraiser will feature some very special food storytellers (w/ “Mama Says”- Siobhan B.), a full dinner, an open bar and a fantastic silent auction.

100% of the funds raised will go toward paying for gardening materials and tools, seeds, plants, as well as teaching programs that support youth and children learning of food growing and healthy eating issues. Proceeds will also go to support the Eastside Family Center Little Sprouts garden program, and the Sega Girls School in Tanzania!
tickets $25 (include dinner), available at the door, through eventbright.ca or by calling to purchase 604-718-5895

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Another Round of SWAPORAMA at Hastings Farmer Market

In Stories on April 16, 2015 by sioso

Mama says Put a Hat On will be at this Sunday’s, April 19th, food swap at Hastings Park Farmers Market at the PNE (2901 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC V5K Canada) with new Put a Hat On collection additions of ‘Food/& Non-food’ homemade items. Softy Sugar Scrub, Aromatherapy oils: Minty ‘Headache Helper’ and Citrusy ‘Energy Lift’ (retail $10ea) and INTRODUCING Caribbean Sorrel; Vita-Drink (retail $5ea).  Adinkra bookmarks & Mandala Wishmark message cards available. Contact me for pre-orders.

Paypal and E-transfer payments available.

What’s a food swap??? – http://foodswapnetwork.com/what-is-a-food-swap/

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-food-swap-at-the-hastings-park-farmers-market-registration-16477622011

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February is Black History Month – let’s celebrate

In Black History Month,community,cultural event,Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on February 5, 2015 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

ONE SHOW ONLY- this Saturday February 28th at 2:00pm, 2520 Ontario St Vancouver Come see Siobhan of ‘Mama says’ storytelling one of the Legendary Aesop’s Tales- The Story of The Wind and The Sun. Food Bank Fundraiser admission by non-perishable donations.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a bottle as a present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of Sorrel.

The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

click here–FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Family Day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday and Lunar New Year (2015 Ram).

Some things around town: BHM Collection at Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver BHM details, Black Dot Collective events, and films at VIFF BHM films

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5v1_SYXsGg

Black Pioneers of BC

A Storytelling Moment- BC Blacks in History; one story at a time

2015 featured Canada Post stamp set is Nelson Mandela.

“An icon of tolerance and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela was the first living person to receive honourary Canadian citizenship in 2001. The first president of South Africa to be elected in a free vote by persons of every race, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.”

In 2014  Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Halifax’s Africville. Dismantled in the 60s to make way for new construction, these small but vibrant neighbourhoods are gone but not forgotten.

Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, “a vibrant destination…”

     

The stamp features images of Fielding Spotts, a cooper by trade and the first Baptist in Western Canada, and Nora Hendrix, cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House and grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix:http://cbc.ca/1.2516741

2013 Stamp:

2013 BHM stamp- Joe Fortes, Vancouver BC

  • Mark the proud tradition of Black History Month with a stamp featuring early Vancouver’s beloved lifeguard, Joe Fortes.
  • With period images of the watery playground at English Bay and photos of Joe swimming and interacting with the community, this OFDC depicts a man who carved a niche for himself in his adopted home.



some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders ready 2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Tis the season for holiday SWAPORAMAS

In Stories on December 1, 2014 by sioso

Mama says was at the recent food swap with new collection additions ‘non-food’ homemade items. Eat U Up- sugar scrub, Wisdom Knot bracelets, Aromatherapy oils: Minty ‘Headache Helper’ and Citrusy ‘Energy Lift’ (available for each $10). each giftable items comes with a customised Adinkra message card. contact me for orders. Paypal available and E-transfer invoicing available.

What’s a food swap??? – http://foodswapnetwork.com/what-is-a-food-swap/

food swap http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winter-food-swap-at-the-hastings-park-farmers-market-registration-14003708469?aff=eorg

food swap network

tis the season of many office and family SWAPORAMAS Here is a fun way to branch out to more than that first circle. Check it out- and start swapping.

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A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES- 20th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival

In Stories on June 12, 2014 by sioso

I’m performing at the OPENING on Friday June 13th, 8pm — oooh Friadaay the 13th…

definitely be afraid, Afraid to miss it!!

Storytelling festival line-up

 

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Happy International Women’s Day

In Stories on March 8, 2014 by sioso Tagged: , , , ,

 

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8.

Women Tree

Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed.

We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change.

There is global momentum for championing women’s equality.
Give a woman a hug today. Celebrate their achievements specially on this Day.

Reach out to someone that has inspired you, and also be an inspiration to someone.

(http://femalepreneurlounge.com/happy-international-womens-day-2013/)

International Women’s Day

 

Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’ to you

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

 

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

 

 

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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In Black History Month,children's programs,Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on February 7, 2014 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a delicious treat!

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious chocolate surprise and a discount coupon from STEAM TEA HOUSE (aka Nolan the tea-guy). The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

AND…did you know that —FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Some events around town: 3 events via Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver BHM details, Black Dot Collective events, and at VIFF BHM films

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5v1_SYXsGg

Black Pioneers of BC

A Storytelling Moment- BC Blacks in History; one story at a time

2014 unveiling by Canada Post: Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Halifax’s Africville. Dismantled in the 60s to make way for new construction, these small but vibrant neighbourhoods are gone but not forgotten.

Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, “a vibrant destination…”

Hogan’s Alley- Vancouver BC

The stamp features images of Fielding Spotts, a cooper by trade and the first Baptist in Western Canada, and Nora Hendrix, cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House and grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix:http://cbc.ca/1.2516741

2013 Stamp:

2013 BHM stamp- Joe Fortes, Vancouver BC

  • Mark the proud tradition of Black History Month with a stamp featuring early Vancouver’s beloved lifeguard, Joe Fortes.
  • With period images of the watery playground at English Bay and photos of Joe swimming and interacting with the community, this OFDC depicts a man who carved a niche for himself in his adopted home.


some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History: Reviving Black Strathcona, and via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama storytelling at various community events so contact us at  putahaton@gmail.com  listings as there may be some near YOU.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Hear ye hear ye- calling you to book a MAKE YOUR MARK; mancala & adinkra games and story workshop. This fun ALL AGES activity can be build to fit at 1-4 hour event in/out classrooms, community celebrations, festivals, and parties. It’s a great time to get competitive in the style of an ancient culture with a game so old it’s now new again.

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW, custom, orders ready in 2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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December… HOLIDAY chillin´; country-style (whatever your Country: whatever your Culture)

In advent conspiracy,children's programs,Christmas,Get Hats,Holidays,Latest News,Mandela,quotes,The Multi-Slouch on December 23, 2013 by sioso

Let’s NOT get caught up in crazy consumerism for the Holidays. In fact this lovely Mandela quote reminds and inspires well beyond holiday spirit into the core of WHAT is valuable…

“If our expectations – if our fondest prayers and dreams – are not realised, then we should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela Washington DC, USA, 22 September 1998 #LivingTheLegacy

Mama puts forth a triple challenge: THIS HOLIDAY (check this video out) and

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

[AC] 2012 Promo – Basic from Advent Conspiracy on Vimeo.

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

ONLINE browsing and purchasing via Paypal or person-to-person visit. Home parties with a few choice friends and relatives.

 HOLIDAY CONTEST:

WIN an ORIGINAL Mama says; Put A Hat On! creation …

story pouches with Adinkra designs

SUBMIT a Story or Poem on what the Holidays mean for you.

Details: Write up to 500 words. Deadline January 15, 2014 email submission to: putahaton@gmail.com

Mama says:Put A hat On! will be awarded to two lucky winners.

Highlights for Mama in 2013…newly published, along side many talented Canadian voices.

The Great Black North  anthology will launch across Canada in February, 2013 for Black History Month.

Introduction by George Elliott Clarke
Preface by Karina Vernon

Edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron
The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.
UP NEXT for Mama in 2014…
Children’s art and story programs via registration. contact me for location and pricing. putahaton@gmail.com

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Make Your Mark; Mancala & Adinkra games workshop

In Stories on November 3, 2013 by sioso

mancala yellow

Join us on Saturday November 16th for an activity filled workshop of gaming and stories with Mama says, Scruffmouth, DG and Jrae. This event is not suitable for infant/toddler/preschool attendees.

Make Your Mark poster

200px-JugantAUnJocDeMancala

The Akan, then later Asante, people (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire) created the adinkra symbols which incorporate their philosophies, folk-tales and culture. They represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes. 

children play.mancala

ALSO later in Community on Saturday Nov 16th–

ComCele_event_mc

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July 26 Gathering of Surrey Muse- featuring moi

In Latest News,Stories on July 24, 2013 by sioso Tagged:

July 26 Gathering of Surrey Muse.

Surrey Muse July 26 event

Come out and enjoy

all the wonderful artists and performers:

FEATURED AUTHOR- Siobhan of Mama says Put A Hat On!

Featured Poet Kat Norris

Featured Performer Daksh Kubba

Open Mic Opener Helga parekh

eBook Launching Author Fauzia Rafique

Host Randeep Purewall

this is a FREE event

6pm at the Surrey Public Library.

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