Volunteer season is starting to ramp up around here. I volunteer with four different agencies, contributing regular blog content to two of them, being decidedly more hands on with the other two. The hands on work is seasonal and is now beginning in earnest.
I have been serving on the communications committee for the annual fundraising book sale for Calgary Reads, an early literacy initiative, for a few years now, and I am really pumped about some new developments this year. At the risk of sounding all mysterious, since I can't divulge details at this point, the signs are pointing toward some really creative partnerships, resulting in an absolutely fabulous multidisciplinary aspect to this year's sale. Stay posted for cool coolness.
I can talk about the Books As Art aspect that is being added to the sales pitch this year, encouraging people to think about what they can do with used books in addition to reading them. Despite the radically lowered expectations for my results, I would love to try my hand at something like this.
Regular visitors will know that I have been volunteering with my homies, the Calgary Folk Festival, for several years. It's kinda like my Christmas and the record tent is my stocking.
This year I am super stoked about being asked to judge the Calgary Folk Fest's Untapped Newcomer Songwriting Contest. If you've got a song burning in your soul, you too can enter, for a chance to win big money and godlike status. Deadline for entry is March 16; bribe station is now open.
Or if, like me, you are more of a music lover than a music maker, you can come down to the Ship and Anchor on Sunday, April 29 to watch the finalists and to see me sweat my way through the judging. I'll even buy you a beer.