A drum circle under the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park at the 2011 GETIFest in Maple Ridge.

A drum circle under the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park at the 2011 GETIFest in Maple Ridge.

Explore the future at GETIFest in Maple Ridge

Fourth annual event takes place Saturday Sept. 20 in Memorial Peace Park

Celebrate a resilient, sustainable, community at the fourth GETIFest Saturday in Maple Ridge.

Presented by The Golden Ears Transition Initiative, this year’s event will explores the future, imagining what Maple Ridge could look like 20 years from now.

Displays and activities will highlight urban development, the past and future of transportation, vibrant local business, sustainable agriculture, and healthy environments.

“The Golden Ears Transition Initiative works towards building a healthy, resilient and self-sufficient community,” said Gerry Pinel, one of the founding members of GETI.

“ We’re an umbrella group that connects up many local initiatives that are active in the areas of local agriculture, the environment, food security, alternative transportation, arts and culture. GETIFest enables us to showcase these initiatives to the Maple Ridge community, and to start conversations and actions that will help make our future community a reality.”

Earlier this year, GETI team up with Cinema Politica Ridge Meadows to host a youth film festival with a theme that looked 20 years into the future.

In addition to the GETIFest displays, activities and entertainment, the Artisan Village will showcase work by local artisans, and the Haney Farmers’ Market will be on site with its local growers, bakers and makers.

Pinel expect between three and four thousand visitors to visit downtown Maple Ridge for the festival.

GETI is a coalition of members who are engaged in diverse activities including local agriculture, pro-cycling initiatives, community gardens, alternative cinema, neighborhood organizations, environmental action, health, wellbeing and much more. GETI is part of a global grassroots movement, supporting citizen action toward reducing oil dependence and building community resilience and ecological sustainability.

There are currently 475 official Transition Initiatives in 43 countries, including 27 in Canada.

GETIFest takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Maple Ridge.