Archive | July, 2014

The Cultch Gallery’s 2014/2015 Launch Party August 6th

30 Jul

SnacksAndScapes_landscape-300x225You are invited to the Cultch Gallery’s 2014/2015 Launch Party for the debut of ‘Snacks and Scapes’ a 3D exhibition by local artist, Nathaniel Ferguson. We hear that his installation includes “works that demonstrate contemporary motifs of culture while exploring and questioning the various dependencies within society”.  As well, The Cultch will announce the names of the 21 artists selected for this year’s season and reveal a glimpse of each exhibition.  This is a free event that everyone is welcome to attend. The event takes place at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 6th.

Summer Festival In Robson Park Thursday July 31st

29 Jul


Pacific Immigrant Resources Society along with many other sponsors will be hosting Literacy In The Park this Thursday, July 31st.   The event will take place in Robson Park, 2910 Saint George, between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a family friendly event featuring puppets, face painting, a jumping castle, arts and crafts, free books, performances and much more.

Il Centro – Italian Cultural Centre Hosts Night Market Starting August 15th

28 Jul


Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre invites you to their Italian Night Market starting Friday, August 15th at the Italian Cultural Centre located at  3075 Slocan Street (at Grandview Highway) in East Vancouver.  The Night Market will run every 3rd Friday of the month from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm until Friday, November 21st. Specifically: August 15th, September 19th, October 17 and Friday, November 21st.

The first of it’s kind in Vancouver, the market aims to bring together the tastes of Italy with produce grown locally.  You can expect to find fresh fruit, vegetables, handmade products by local artisans as well as food prepared by Il Centro’s Chef. Also on hand, will be live Italian music featuring mandolin and accordion as well as activities for the kids.

Have you always wanted to learn a bit of Italian? If so, the first 50 shoppers on Friday, August 15th will receive a coupon for a 10% discount on Italian Language Classes offered at Il Centro.

Special Summer Series At New Brighton Park July 27th

26 Jul

SpecialSummerSeries2014You are invited to a Special Summer Series hosted by Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative this Sunday, July 27th from 1 – 9 pm. The event will be held at New Brighton Park located at 3201 New Brighton Road (at North Windermere Street). The aim of organizers is make this a special event which brings together sunshine, the outdoors and music. On hand you will find a Beer Garden, but wine will be available as well. Music on hand for Sunday’s show includes:

Bendy & Hristo (Victoria)
Mr. Moe (Victoria)
Todd-Rod Skimmins aka Noble Nobel
A Family Affair + more to be announced

Entrance fee for Special Summer Series is $15. If you arrive before 4:00 pm, it’s $10 and those under 12 free.   For this willing to volunteer at the event, they are happy to offer free admission. Contact the organizers directly for further details.

7th Annual MacDonald Park Block Party Saturday July 26th

24 Jul


You’re invited to the 7th Annual Macdonald Park Block Party in the South Hill area. This is a free, fun, family event which will feature a community potluck, bike parade and bike decorating, hula hoops galore, kids’ obstacle course, street hockey, face painting, and a well-loved drum circle. You are invited to bring your friends and food to share. Everyone is welcome. The event takes place this Saturday, July 26th from 11:00am to 3:00 pm at MacDonald Park which is located between Fraser and Main Street along the 45th Avenue Bikeway.  The organizers are also looking for help cleaning up after the party. If you’re interested in getting involved, you are asked to email them at

Barks & Parks In Strathcona Park Thursday July 24th

23 Jul


The Strathcona Residents Association, with special thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, will be hosting a community art project Barks & Parks this Thursday, July 24th in Strathcona Park. Barks & Parks is designed to celebrate the dog culture and park stewardship in Strathcona Park.  Local residents will be collecting photos of neighbourhood dogs, printing them on waterproof material and attaching them to a park fence to create some fun and interest in the park.  There will be an on-site photo shoot from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Northeast Corner of Strathcona Park (Venables and Raymur). If you wish to participate, come on down with your furry friend.  But should you not be able to make it Thursday evening, you can still join in the fun. You are invited to send a photo of your dog by August 15th (preferably a close-up face shot, portrait orientation) to

Rescue Me:  Benny – Labrador Retriever Looking For His Forever Home

21 Jul

BennySPCAwithToyIn our next installment of Rescue Me where we feature pets looking for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA, we introduce you to Benny.  He is a wonderful 7 year old Labrador Retriever with a beautiful flaxen coat.  Benny came to the Vancouver SPCA through a call to the cruelty line as neighbours had noticed he had been tethered on a back deck for weeks.  They believe the guardian eventually returned to check on him and bring food and water. When it was apparent he had been abandoned, Vancouver SPCA officers brought Benny to the Vancouver Shelter.   His friends at the Vancouver SPCA believe he was kept in the yard often, but not all the time as he is alert and very aware of people. Although initially nervous with staff, he has shown to be a smart and playful boy who loves his balls, toys and sticks.   He knows several commands including sit, paw, high-five and sit pretty.  His idea of heaven = belly rubs. Benny has shown to be a sweet boy, but will require a quieter adult only home with people that are savvy and experienced with dog behaviour.    If you can provide a forever home for Benny, or know someone who can, the Vancouver SPCA would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact them by stopping by the Vancouver SPCA Shelter, 1205 East 7th Avenue, or by Telephone: 604.879.7721 or Email: As always, we thank you in advance for sharing this information to help Benny find his forever home.

Artful Sundays Return to Britannia Community Centre August 10th

19 Jul


Artful Sundays return to the Britannia Community Centre this summer. This  is an outdoor visual arts market that begins Sunday, August 10th and will run every consecutive Sunday until August 31st.  This event features local artists, live music, special events, artist demonstrations, workshops and more. Sara Chandler, the Sidewalk Cellist, will be on hand to provide some live music. The event will be held in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 p.m. Special events lined up for Artful Sundays include:

August 10
Vancouver Cooperative Radio: Books and Records Fundraiser

August 17
Pom Pom Making Workshop with Helen Spaxman

August 24
Stitching With Purpose: Workshop with Laura Bucci

August 31
Mixed Media Woven Baskets: Magpie’s Nest Community Art Space

Come out and support the local artists, musicians and workshops.

Many Hands Fruit Share In South Hill This Summer

16 Jul


Do you have fruit trees or grape vines on your property and need a hand picking the fruit? Will you be away this summer and don’t want to see your fruit go to waste? Or maybe you’re interested in picking and eating local produce. Many Hands Fruit Share has the equipment, all they need are willing workers and tree owners. This program connects local residents with fruit to spare and neighbours who care. All fruit will be divided between the property owner/renter and the volunteer pickers. Many Hands Fruit Share will be picking fruit now through September. If you’d like to be involved, contact

Photo Credit: Zsuzsanna Kilian

Free Matinee Movie Mondays At River District Until August 25th

14 Jul


Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained over the summer months?  River District has a FREE movie option for you and your family.   They are offering a matinee movie at 2:00 pm every Monday during the summer until August 25th. You are invited to come down and get comfortable.  Whether that be your favourite pillow, a sleeping bag or an air mattress, that’s entirely up to you.  River District will provide the movie and the popcorn.  It’s a great little spot along the Fraser River.  There is also a playground for younger children outside for before or after the movie. River District is located at E. Kent Avenue & Elliott Street.   The line up of movies for this summer include:

July 14th – Shark Tale

July 21st – Babe

July 28th – Surf’s Up

August 11th – Diary of a Wimpy Kid

August 18th – Charlotte’s Web

August 25th – Matilda


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