Archive | August, 2013

Strathcona Community Garage Sale, Saturday, August 31st

30 Aug

StrathconaGarageSaleLooking for some unique finds?  Well this Saturday, you are in luck. Make your way down to MacLean Park in Strathcona to buy, sell or trade at the annual Strathcona Garage Sale.   You can expect to find vintage clothing, jewellery, collectibles,  furniture, vinyl, books, bikes, pottery, art and novelty items and much more.    The garage sale will take place on Hawks Avenue, focusing on the 700 and 800 blocks.  It will also extend westward along the park side of the 700-block of East Georgia Street.  For those not familiar with the area, residents recommend a stop at the Wilder Snail at 799 Keefer Street for a coffee before or after your shop.   Everyone is welcome.  Event gets under way at 10:00 a.m. and goes till 5:00 p.m.

les amis du FROMAGE Presents Wine and Cheese 101 on October 23, 2013

29 Aug


On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, les amis du FROMAGE, 843 East Hastings Street, will be presenting a Cheese & Wine 101 session.  They will introduce you to the cheese basics including milk types, textures, flavours and how to care for and serve fine cheeses. Then they will teach you how to pair wine with cheese and most importantly find what suits your personal taste.    The session begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $55.  And if you think you can wait to buy your ticket as the event is not until  October and a long ways away, you are mistaken!  These sessions sell out and last word was there were only 8 spots left.    To purchase your tickets, visit their website at les amis du FROMAGE.

New Exhibit Opening At The Cultch Gallery, August 28th

27 Aug

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The Cultch Gallery, 1895 Venables Street,  invites you to the opening of a new exhibit this Wednesday, August 28th.   They will be presenting the works of Jon Shaw and Dante J. Comoglio.  Jon Shaw’s exhibit titled “Street, Signs and Alleyways” are paintings created with very modern illustrative techniques, grungy yet colourful, traditional yet very contemporary. Dante Comoglio’s exhibit is titled “Yes-No and Horizons”.  The Yes-No project offers a series of interactive yes-no switches to the audience, creating a very personal relationship with the viewer, while Horizons is a photo-based series that explores the duality of the horizon, a subject of interest in Comoglio’s art.    The opening reception takes places this Wednesday, August 28th between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.   The exhibit will run until September 28, 2013 and is available for viewing Monday to Friday from Noon – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from Noon – 4:00 p.m.



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Improv Comedy Workshop, Saturday, September 7th

26 Aug

So have you ever wanted to learn a little improv? Practice thinking on your feet?  Well on Saturday, September 7th, you have that chance.  Instant Theatre Company is holding a one day class in which you have the opportunity to learn the improvisational skills of play, spontaneity, character and story.   The workshop will be held at the Instant Shop, 650 East Broadway from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at a cost of $59.00 or early bird registration is $39.00. Instant Theatre Company has been offering workshops, doing shows and custom events since 1994 and are regulars at Havana Theatre’s Comedy Nights.  Note, no improv experience necessary for this class.  If you can’t make the class on September 7th, there is another on September 14th. 

Top 10 Things To Do In East Van This Weekend

23 Aug


Looking for some fun things to do in East Van this weekend?
Here’s our Top 10 List:
1.  The Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival, Trout Lake,
Sat. Noon – 5:00 p.m.
2.  Sunday School, Vancouver Urban Winery, Sun. 7:00 p.m.
3.  Artful Sundays, Britannia Community Centre, Sun. Noon – 5:00 p.m.
4.  Earnest Ice Cream, Opening Weekend, Sat. & Sun. Noon – 10:00 p.m.
5.  Friday Night Live, Hastings Racecourse, Fri. 7:00 p.m.
6.  PNE, Fri, Sat. & Sun. 11:00 a.m. – Late
7.  UP1 Caramels Pop Up Shop, Barefoot Contessa, Sat. & Sun. 11:00 – 6 p.m.
8.  Farmers Markets:
–  Trout Lake Farmers Market, Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. AND
–  Fraser River District Farmers Market, Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  AND
–  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
9.  The East Van Yoga Project, Mount Pleasant Park, Sun. 4:00 p.m. FREE
10. Munchkin Matinee “Hoodwinked”, River District, Sun 4:00 p.m. FREE
Get out and enjoy all the great things East Van has to offer!

Chocolate Challenge is Back At Gourmet Warehouse

20 Aug


Are you a culinary student, home cook or just plain chocolate lover? Do you have a delicious original chocolate recipe?  If so, the Gourmet Warehouse wants to hear from you.  You have the opportunity to enter one of two categories: student or home cook in which you could win up to $1,000 in prizes in each category.

Judging your chocolate decadence will be Rob Feenie, Food Concept Architect for Cactus Restaurants, Thomas Haas, Pastry Chef and Chocolatier and owner of Thomas Haas Chocolates and Greg Hook, Cacao Barry Brand Ambassador and owner of Chocolate Arts.

Deadline for entries has been extended to September 25, 2013. The Grand Finale Event will be held on October 10, 2013 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 East Hastings Street. The events of the evening will be hosted by the lovely Jill Krop. Tickets for this event are $50.  Note the event is a fundraiser for one of my favourite programs, The Strathcona Backpack Program.  Having attended last year’s Chocolate Challenge, this a great event with lots of delectable treats on hand plus you get to rub elbows and chat with local foodie celebrities.  What’s not to like? 

If you have an original recipe worth submitting, visit Gourmet Warehouse’s website for the submission form and complete details. 

Photo Credit: Nadia Jasmine

Sunday School Returns To Vancouver Urban Winery

19 Aug


Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue, brings back Sunday School starting this Sunday, August 25th and will be hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook.  The focus is to demystify wine while at the same time being educational and fun. This Sunday’s class will focus on French wines with their “Better Know A Country: France!”.  On September 8th, they continue their classes with “BC vs. The World (The ReMatch)” and lastly on September 22nd, they are doing “He Said/She Said: Sommelier Smackdown”.  All classes run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and are $40 per class or $100 for all 3 classes.  To reserve your spot, visit Eventbrite.   Everyone is encouraged to come early and meet their hosts and tour the winery. Cheers!

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Top 10 Things To Do In East Van This Weekend

16 Aug


Looking for some fun things to do in East Vancouver this weekend?
Here’s our Top 10 List:
1.  Connect The Plots, Strathcona Community Garden, Aug. 16 – 18, 7:00 p.m. 
2.  Latin Summer Fest, Trout Lake, Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
3.  Artful Sundays, Britannia Community Centre, Sun. Noon – 5:00 p.m. 
4.  Eastside Flea, Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.  Free Movie and Outdoor Fest, Slocan Park, Fri. Noon – 4:00 p.m.
6.  PNE Opens, Sat. 11:00 a.m.
7.  East Van Wine Academy, German Riesling Tour at Bestie, Sun. 6:00 p.m.
8.  Farmers Markets: Trout Lake Farmers Market, Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. AND Fraser River District Farmers Market, Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
9.  The East Van Yoga Project, Mount Pleasant Park, Sun. 4:00 p.m. FREE 
10. Free Friday Flick, Speed Racer, River District, Fri. 4:00 p.m.
Get out and enjoy all the great things East Van has to offer!

Rescue Me: Brandy Looking For Her Forever Home

16 Aug


Brandy is a goofy 5 year old female pitbull mix who loves other dogs and is great with people. She is house broken, loves to walk, swim and play and is easy to walk. She is also a big fan of snuggles, belly rubs and playing with toys.  She needs a home that can offer physical and mental stimulation and would be best suited to a home without cats and with older children.   Brandy has watched many dogs come into the Vancouver SPCA and be adopted while she sits and waits for her  forever guardians to arrive.  The SPCA cannot believe this affectionate love bug is still in their care.   If you are interested in giving Brandy her forever home, or even a foster home while she waits for her forever home, the Vancouver SPCA would love to hear from you. To learn more about Brandy, contact the Vancouver SPCA at T: 604.879.7721 or by email at

As always, we are grateful to those willing to share this information with others so Brandy can find her forever home.

UPDATE: Brandy has found her forever home. She’s a very happy girl.

Latin Summer Fest: Sunday, August 18th at Trout Lake

15 Aug

Latin Summer Fest will be held at Trout Lake (Victoria & 15th Avenue) this Sunday, August 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  There is a great line up of live entertainment starting at Noon which will go into the early evening with the last performance by Adonis Puentes at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a market and food pavilions, an outdoor stage with flamenco dancing, mask and rhythm workshops as well as a children’s activity area.    This is a family friendly outdoor event.  Come and enjoy all the colourful spirit of the Latin culture. To see a full line up of all the live entertainment, visit their website at Latin Summer Fest.

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