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Breakfast & Blooms At Olive & Wild

24 Apr

IMG_1932We were recently invited to one of our favourite stores, Olive & Wild, 4391 Main Street. If you are unfamiliar with this store, it features a beautiful selection of items for home décor. This weekend, they hosted a workshop titled Breakfast & Blooms with the talented Jacquie Moysir of Il Fioraio Florist. It was a floral workshop in which Jacquie led a group of 8 to create a beautiful arrangement they could take home with them.  The  morning started with a greeting from Shamus the store mascot followed by coffee, baked goodies and fruit. Once everyone had their hit of caffeine, the workshop got underway with Jacquie giving tips on how to keep flowers fresh. Then the creative got under way. While the group looked on Jacquie created a beautiful arrangement with all the flowers she brought for the workshop along with instructions. After that everyone got busy and created their own arrangement under Jacquie’s watchful eye.  This is fun and creative way to spend a Sunday morning.  Note, after class attendees can shop and receive a 15% discount on any purchase in Olive & Wild. We’ve included a sampling of photos from the event.  The next scheduled Breakfast & Blooms is Sunday, July 15th at Olive & Wild. To register, visit Il Fioraio Florist.


A Play About Pipelines – Bears Comes To The Cultch May 8 – 12, 2018

23 Apr

BearsA very timely and much anticipated production comes to The Cultch, Bears.  This is billed as ‘Comically drak. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines.”  This multi-disciplinary dark comedy is about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. The Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton presents this production which is written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie.  Bears gives a voice to the voiceless animals and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by industrial expansion. At the same time, the production strives to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canada’s First Nations peoples. This is an Indigenous-led play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, with an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.  Bears is only on for a short run from May 8 – 12, 2018.  Tickets can be purchased online at The Cultch.

Make It! Vancouver At The PNE Forum April 20 – 22, 2018

18 Apr

MakeIt!This weekend one of the biggest shows featuring handmade goods happens at the PNE Forum.  Make It! Vancouver will be featuring 180 makers including a number of new makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. Whether you are looking for something for yourself, your kids, the house or your 4 legged friend, there is an amazing selection of items. Purchasing items at Make It! means you are supporting entrepreneurs who are building their own micro economy. All this goes a long way to supporting our local economy.   If that isn’t enough, there will be a beer garden along with food trucks.  Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or you can buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Events In East Vancouver April 21 & 22, 2018

17 Apr

EarthDay2018It’s Earth Day this weekend and we should celebrate this lovely planet we call home and do everything we can for it. We’ve set out below a number of events celebrating Earth Day:

Commercial Drive – Earth Day Parade & Festival, Saturday, April 21st 

The 8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival takes place this Saturday, April 21st in East Vancouver. You are invited to come out to this family-friendly event. This year’s parade kicks off at 1:00 pm from Commercial and Broadway and continues to Grandview Park where the festival portion will continue from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm. There will be a host of activities for all ages.  For those that get hungry, there will be a few food trucks on hand, with of course some great coffee shops and other eateries close by on The Drive.

Everett Crowley Park Earth Day Celebration – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments. The Vancouver Public Library will also be on hand with books on natural history.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign. This is a business that is committed to environmentally sustainable practices which initiative we applaud.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds from ice cream sales going to RAVEN Trust. A representative from RAVEN Trust will be on hand to answer questions. Local musicians will be on hand throughout the day to provide entertainment outdoors.   If that isn’t action packed enough, six classrooms from four East Van schools will be showcasing environmental-themed art pieces on their walls over the course of the weekend. Stop by and support this great initiative.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust, an organization which helps indigenous communities fight for environmental protection by offsetting their legal costs. To learn more about the organization, visit RAVEN Trust.

Movie ‘Directly Affected’ Earth Day Screening – Rio Theatre April 22nd

Zack Embree’s, Director, of the compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Five years ago Zack Embree set out on a mission to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process.

Vancouver Story Slam Invitational At The Wise Hall April 25th With Our Writer Al Tee

16 Apr


FestivalOfWordsVancouver Story Slam is Canada’s longest-running live monthly storytelling competition. On April 25th, you are invited to a special invitational edition of Vancouver Story Slam as part of Verses Festival of Words happening April 18th to 29th.  The Vancouver Story Slam Invitational takes place at the Wise Hall. It features ten storytellers including our contributing writer Al Tee who will be taking the stage to share original short stories for cash and prizes. 50 audience members will receive voting ballots to select the night’s winning storytellers.  In December, the 2017 Story Slam Championship Final sold out the 420-seat Rio, so you may wish to get your tickets sooner vs. later.  You can find them at Brown Paper Tickets. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event gets under way at 6:45 pm. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.   This is a 19+ event with no minors, cash bar will be available.

Al Tee
Alix Born
Crystal Smith
Dallas Yellowfly
Don Simpson
Emily Kelsall
Jaz Scuff
Nyla Carpentier
TJ Dawe

Vancouver Story Slam is produced by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross.

Bakery Pop Up At Les Amis Du Fromage’s East Van Location April 28, 2018

11 Apr

LoavesOfBreadIn case you hadn’t heard the news, les amis du fromage’s East Van location at 843 East Hastings Street is hosting bakery pop up shops.  We hear their first one was a great success and sold out in no time. No surprise to us. Amazing bread and les amis du fromage’s selection of cheeses make for a winning combination.  Your next opportunity to check out their Bakery Pop Up is Saturday, April 28th. This one features guest bakers Two Bald Bakers who will be selling handmade loaves of bread made with ancient grains from Noon to 5:00 pm. Noam Dagan and Mendi Yuda have created a seed to loaf bakery that uses only 100% traceable grains that they mill. Note, all their breads are vegan a swell.  Stop by Saturday, April 28th to support these local bakers.

Now if you are a baker yourself and have people salivating over your baked goods, you may be interested in hosting a pop up shop yourself at les amis du fromage.  If so, contact les amis du formage directly. They’d love to hear from you.

Vancouver’s Zero Waste Centre = No Excuses

10 Apr

ZeroWasteWe recently stopped by Vancouver’s new Zero Waste Centre located in SE Vancouver at 8588 Yukon Street just off Marine Drive near Cambie. This facility takes a long list of recyclable items for free. It’s well organized with lots of signage as well as attendants to point you in the right direction or answer any questions. We had been carrying around some used LED light bulbs we had hoped to recycle, which it turned out the Zero Waste Centre did not take, but with lightening speed the attendant pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket with a map and address of the South Van Bottle Depot two blocks over which did take the bulbs. So if the Zero Waste Centre doesn’t take something, we’d venture a guess they would be able to tell you who would take it.  Generally speaking it’s handy to have a vehicle to attend at this location if you have a number of larger items, but if you have a few small items that you can carry, this location is not far from the Cambie and Marine Skytrain Station and bus loop. As big fans of recycling and repurposing, we are pleased to see this new addition to the City’s Waste Management Services. Check out below the long list of items, they do take at the Zero Waste facility:

Materials accepted for free recycling

​Bicycles and accessories
​Cardboard (flattened)
Cell phones
​Clothing and textiles
​Cooking oil (maximum 10L per day per resident)
​Fire extinguishers (maximum 2 per day per resident)
​Foam packaging (no foam peanuts)
​Glass bottles and jars
Household batteries
​Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)
​Lead acid car and truck batteries
​Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)
​Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)
​Plastic bags and overwrap (not Ziploc bags though)
​Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)
​Power tools
​Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
​Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
​Scrap metal
​Small appliances
​Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

There are a number of items that are NOT accepted which include:

Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
Broken televisions and computer monitors
Flammable liquids
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
Paint and empty paint cans
Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

If you wish to know what to do with the items, they don’t accept, check out the City’s Waste Wizard.

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