Archive | July, 2016

Rescue Me: A Sweet Miniature Schnauzer Cross Looking For His Forever Home

12 Jul

MikeyWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA.Today we would like to introduce you to Mikey. He is a 7 year old miniature Schnauzer Cross who came to the Vancouver SPCA through a cruelty investigation.  This sweet boy lived with untreated skin allergies and infections for long periods of time. Therefore, he is a bit leery of being touched and petted in certain areas. He is a bit fearful of new situations and may not do well being left alone for long periods of time. Therefore, he will need some experienced guardians.  Having said this, once you’ve earned his trust, he is a very affectionate boy and we hear he has quite the zest for life.  We understand Mikey is an amazing little walker and loves going for long walks.  His friends at the Vancouver BC SPCA think he will flourish in the right home and is currently living with other dogs in foster and enjoying their company.  The Vancouver BC SPCA does feel a quiet adult home is best for Mikey.  Can you give this sweet boy a chance at a loving caring home?  If so his friends at the Vancouver BC SPCA would love to hear from you.  As Mikey is in foster, the Vancouver BC SPCA would be more than happy to arrange a meeting. You can reach them by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at As always, we welcome all shares that will help this boy find his forever home.


The Story Story Lie Show At Cafe Deux Soleils July 27th

11 Jul

StoryStoryLieAre you good at reading people? Do you think you can spot a liar a mile away? Well now you can find out, in a rather fun way. A new monthly show is coming to Café Deux Soleils on July 27th called The Story Story Lie Show. This event is being billed as part storytelling and part game show. You will hear four stories and one lie. If you can spot the liar, you will win a prize.  Storytellers include Dylan Rhymer, Sara Bynoe, Jesse Daniel, Megan Phillips and Alex Biron. The evening will be hosted by Jo Dworschak. The show gets under way at 8:00 pm and cover is a very reasonable $5. Come out and see if you can spot the liar.

Queen Alexandra Elementary Garden Project

7 Jul

KidsInTheGarden.pngSo we’ve recently learnt about a great new project which is a collaboration between Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Queen Alexandra Elementary School at Broadway and Clark Drive.  The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House received financial grants from Evergreen Learning Grounds and Neighbourhood Small Grants to allow them to co-ordinate a garden and workshops at Queen Alexandra Elementary School.  On May 26, 2016, they kicked off the Queen Alexandra Garden Project.   They will be hosting garden work parties every Thursday between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm until October. This project has several goals. Outside of creating the garden itself, they also wish to create a Garden Committee consisting of teachers, parents, school staff, community individuals and organizations.  Most importantly, their aim is to create a community among the volunteers giving them the opportunity to make connections while at the same time learning to grow food. I have a personal soft spot for this particular project as Queen Alexandra is my alma mater and some of my best experiences in the school system were at this school which also fueled and nurtured the imagination and creativity you see here today.  So if you are able to provide some support whether it’s time, knowledge or skills in building a shed or an irrigation system, you are invited to contact Joey Liu at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House at If you wish to learn to grow food, make new friends, learn about native plants in your community, check out the weekly workshops on Thursdays at Queen Alexandra Elementary School between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Is Back For 2016

6 Jul


The Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting tonight. If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you are missing out.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center, 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. We had the opportunity to take in a few of the concerts last year and we have to say, it was a pretty perfect way to spend an evening.  Bring a blanket, your friends, or the dog or both and a picnic and you are set.  For parents with small children, there is a playground where kids can play while you, at the same time, can take in the concert.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  Note, any rained our concerts will be held in the Grandview Room. By the way, dancing is encouraged, so don’t be shy. Others certainly aren’t. If you are lucky, you will see a few couples showing off their exceptional dancing skills which we witnessed last year which added to the evening.  We encourage you to check out this popular fun free event.

July 6
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

July 13
A blend of their traditional tunes will be a big hit with all-ages audiences.

July 20
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 27
Travel back in time to the early jazz era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles.

August 3
Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers.

August 10
Original music of songs and poetry in a magical combination of Latin, Reggae & Rhumba.

August 17
A musical adventure that explores China and beyond. Silk Road Music delivers virtuosity and imagination.

August 24
A musician/vocalist performing a variety of music in multiple languages.


Photo Credit: Deanna Knight

Summer Fun With Drive-In Movies

5 Jul


Looking for fun things to do this summer? Well we have one thing to add to your list of summer fun. Wesgroup & Fresh Air Cinema are bringing back the River District Drive-In movies every weekend this summer. Starting Saturday, July 9th and every Saturday to August 6th, load up the car for $20 (up to 8 people) and see a great line up of movies including:

July 9th • Office Space
July 16th •Monty Python & The Holy Grail
July 23rd •Aladdin
July 30th •Grease
August 6th •Top Gun

If you are looking for FREE family fun, then you are in luck. Starting Sunday, August 7th and every Sunday in August, River District will be showing the following family movies, yes for free:

August 7th • The Jungle Book
August 14th • Zootopia
August 21st • Frozen
August 28th • Angry Birds Movie

The Drive-In is located at 3650 E. Kent Avenue South which is located just west of Boundary Way and before Kinross Street in SE Vancouver. Gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie gets under way at dusk (approx. 8:00 pm).  River District will provide you with the FM station for audio, so a working radio/FM station will round out your experience.  We understand there is space for 250 cars, but these events are first come first served. So if you are keen, best to arrive early. For more information, visit River District which includes a map of the location for those not familiar with the area.

Taste of East Van – An Outdoor Long Table Dinner July 21st

4 Jul

LongTableDinner.pngThe Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a delicious outdoor long table dinner on Thursday, July 21st called The Taste of East Van. This evening is a collaboration with Slow Food Vancouver and will showcase local, organic and sustainable produce and cuisine. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about local growers and producers. The evening runs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available online or by calling the Italian Cultural Centre between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 604.430.3337.

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre


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