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The Napier Greenway: The City of Vancouver is Renaming Without Consultation

3 Jul

So, every once in a while, we happen across things that make us shake our heads. What we are about to share is one of those things.  For the last few years we have featured the East Van Garden Tour, which is a fundraiser for Britannia Neighbours who do an amazing job of beautifying and maintaining what we all know as the Napier Greenway. For those who don’t know it, this space is located off Commercial Drive at the entrance to Britannia Community Centre.  This is a great community space created in 2001 by the City and Britannia Neighbours (a group of community volunteers), under the City’s Green Streets Program and which has been lovingly tended to by Britannia Neighbours for the last 18 years.   We have to say we were rather surprised when we stumbled across a letter from Britannia Neighbours to the City of Vancouver about the renaming of this space to Margaret Mitchell Plaza.

For those who may not know the name, Margaret Mitchell was a Vancouver resident, social worker, and activist who was elected to the House of Commons four times to serve the riding of Vancouver East. She was the longest serving female MP when she left in 1993 after 14 years in which she boldly advanced women’s rights.  This is without a doubt someone who is worthy of recognition.

Now, getting back to the Napier Greenway, Britannia Neighbours is a group of local volunteers who started working with the City of Vancouver in 2000 to create the Napier Greenway and has, since its completion in 2001, maintained it.  They have weekly work parties, they rake and weed and prune and plant new plants and move old ones, they clean up graffiti on benches, and do other repairs as needed. They also hire someone from the nearby Kettle Friendship Society to pick up litter daily and hire someone else to water all summer.   This greenway is a gathering space that regularly hosts free community events such as Artful Sundays, the Stone Soup Festival, and activities during Car Free Day and Italian Day.  The Napier Greenway was created and is regularly invigorated by the community that surrounds and cares for it.  With no disrespect to Margaret Mitchell, the renaming of it dismisses and disrespects the hard work this community and its volunteers have put and continue to put into this space.NapierGreenway7

We have learned that there is actually a Naming Committee at the City of Vancouver which makes recommendations about places that need new names; the previous Council, however, made this decision without consulting either Britannia Neighbours or its own Naming Committee. During an in-camera meeting, the previous Council agreed, by a majority vote, without any consultation whatsoever, to rename the Napier Greenway Margaret Mitchell Plaza. The initiative for the new name we understand was led by then Vision Councillor, Andrea Reimer. The ‘without consultation’ is the part that really gets under our skin whether this issue or others that affect the communities they represent. Elected officials serve residents of the City, that includes ALL of us, those that may not have such a public face, but serve their communities tirelessly and don’t get the public recognition they deserve.

The Napier Greenway is a space residents and volunteers are proud of and we feel they have the right to maintain the name.

Margaret Mitchell was a tireless advocate for some of the poorest areas in Vancouver, so we think it is fitting that Vancouver’s second temporary modular housing facility at 2132 Ash Street was named Margaret Mitchell Place. This space creates housing for 52 members, teaches life skills, has health teams and support, and employment programs, as well as a community garden.  We think this new housing facility is a fitting tribute to Margaret Mitchell and is reflective of the work she undertook. The Napier Greenway was created and has been maintained for 18 years by Britannia Neighbours, who may be nameless and faceless, but who are worthy of recognition. All they wish to do is retain the name they created for this community gathering space, Napier Greenway.  We hope the current City Council rights this wrong.

 

24th Annual Stone Soup Festival May 11th In The Napier Greenway

30 Apr

Stone Soup Festival 2019The 24th Annual Stone Soup Festival happens Saturday, May 11th from Noon to 5:00 pm.  This annual festival brings community together in celebration of local food, artists, community groups and entertainment with a focus on food sustainability, food justice and the environment. There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, food vendors, art and some local vendors including ILiveInEastVan. We’ll be on hand with a selection of our reusable nylon and canvas totes as well as a few Art Of East Van designs featuring artist Kat McPhee.  Also on hand will be BagItUpByKate who makes organic cotton resusable produce bags, linen bread bags and for those days you need to destress, relaxation eye bags. Kate is on a mission to replace people’s use of plastic bags, one bag a time. And of course, there will be free soup!  The Stone Soup Festival takes place in the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre Noon – 5:00 pm. Stop by and say hello. We’d love to see you.

 

What’s On East Van: February February 8th Edition

8 Feb

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.  Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Piano Karaoke with Eddie Lam – Café Deux Soleils – February 8th

Feeling brave? Have a song you’d like to sing to piano music, you may wish to check out Piano Karaoke this Friday night at Café Deux Soleils. Fun gets under way at 9:00 pm. Costs is $5 or by donation.

June Hunter Valentine’s Studio Sale – February 9th and 10th

East Van Artist and Crow Whisperer, June Hunter is hosting a Valentine’s Studio Sale this weekend. If you are looking for something for your Valentine, or maybe a birthday gift, June will have an array of beautiful items perfect for gift giving. June’s studio is located in the Hastings Sunrise area at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale happens Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Heart Garland Workshop – Britannia Community Centre – February 9th

Looking to make something personal for someone this Valentine’s, Britannia Community Centre is hosting a Heart Garland Workshop this Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This is a free workshop facilitated by East Van artist Paula Luther.  All materials are supplied.

Snowed In Comedy Tour – Rio Theatre – February 9th

If it’s laughs you are looking for, this is the spot to be Saturday night with the Snowed In Comedy Tour. Evening features comedians Dan Quinn, Paul Myrehaug, Pete Zedlacher, Erica Sigurdson.

Backyard Composting – Trout Lake Community Centre – February 10th

If you wish to learn about composting organic matter in your backyard, Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting a workshop from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Cost is $20. To register, visit City of Vancouver.

Free Family Concert w/ Will’s Jams – Firehall No. 1 – February 10th

There will be a free family concert at the Firehall No. 1 in Strathcona with music by Will’s Jams at 2:00 pm.  Donations will be collected for the Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

Valentine’s Party/Dance – Alpen Club – February 10th    

If you love ballroom dancing and want to kick off Valentine’s a little early, you may wish to check out the Valentine’s Dance Party at The Alpen Club (Victoria & 33rd Avenue) this Sunday night. Admission is $12 and includes 1 hour group lesson, dance party to follow. Doors open at 6:30 pm and goes till 11:00 pm.

Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell – Firehall Arts Centre  

Last weekend to catch the music of  Canadian icon, Joni Mitchell with Circle Game at the Firehall Arts Centre. For tickets information, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Much Ado About Nothing – The Cultch 

Much Ado About Nothing Set in a mesmerizing theatrical world evoking Colonial North Africa, this serious and sublimely ridiculous story of soldiers in love and women confined by tradition—is a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty, and redemption. The all female cast is part of The Cultch’s Femme Series.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Upcoming All Candidates Meetings Parks Board – East Van Votes

24 Sep

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Green and community spaces are important components in our City for the physical well being and mental health of all residents.  Thus, why we encourage you to attend one of the upcoming all candidate meetings being held at our local community centres. You are invited to stop by and chat with those running for Parks Board who represent you, your wishes and concerns.  Have your say as to what’s important to you in your community. We’ve set out below some of the upcoming sessions we are aware of.  We’ve included a poster created by Britannia Community Centre which features some other upcoming sessions with school board candidates as well as mayoral and council candidates for those interested in attending those sessions.

Saturday, September 29th– 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 7:00 pm
Trout Lake Community 3360 Victoria Drive

Friday, October 12, 2018 – 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street 


Be engaged, get out and vote.

Early voting starts October 10th.

What’s On East Van: August 24th Edition

24 Aug

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.  Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Serate in Piazza – Italian Cultural Centre – August 24th

You are invited to come listen to live music and dance at the outdoor piazza at the Italian Cultural Centre this Friday night.  There will also be food and refreshments available for purchase, should you wish, but the music is free. Fun kicks off at 7:00 pm.

Family Night – Grandview Park – August 24th

The Commercial Drive BIA and the Vancouver Park Board Rangers are hosting a Family Night in Grandview Park this Friday from 5:00 – 9:30 pm.  This event features a film, a Kids Zone with balloon twisting, face painter and caricature artist.  It’s a free event. Everyone is welcome to stop by.

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Looking for a fun night out of dinner and dancing?  Federico’s Supper Club is the place to be Friday night with their Motown Dance Party. Dinner reservations start from 5:30 pm. Music kicks off a little later. To reserve your spot, visit Federicos’s Supper Club.

Tremors 2018 – Italian Cultural Centre – August 24th & 25th

This is your last weekend to catch 3 contemporary Canadian plays by emerging artists.  The productions take place at the Italian Cultural Centre. They include Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung. The performances are Pay What You Decide. For more information on times and tickets, visit Tremors 2018.

Won’t You Be My Neighbour – Rio Theatre – August 24th & 25th

The documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour’  takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.  One of his aims was to bring up a generation of good neighbours.  Did he succeed? This is one film that’s on our list and will be showing at the Rio Theatre Friday at 3:15 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm.

Tiny House Design Weekend  – Britannia Community Centre – August 25 & 26

If you are interested in tiny homes, designing and or building them, then you may wish to check out The Tiny House Design Weekend happening at the Britannia Community Centre.  The cost is $349 for the 2 days and coverages a wide range of topics and is geared to all skill levels from those just researching the idea to custom builders. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Summer Savour Festival – River District – August 25th

River District is hosting it’s 3rd in a series of 4 summer fun events, Summer Savour Festival. This Saturday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, there will be live music by the Myles Bigalow Trio, Dr. Strangelove to name two. Romer’s Burger Bar will be on hand with free slider samples as well as beer samples. There will be a small marketplace and some food trucks on hand.

Saturday Morning Brunch With Cartoons – Storm Crow Tavern – August 25th

Really how often can you have brunch and watch Saturday morning cartoons while out at a restaurant? Stop by Storm Crow Tavern from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to have brunch and watch Adventure Time.

Artful Sunday – Napier Greenway – August 26th

Artful Sundays happens again this Sunday in the Napier Greenway by the Britannia Community Centre. This outdoor visual art market features local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more. Stop by between Noon – 5:00 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

The Rickshaw Theatre is hosting a BC Wildfire Benefit Concert to help those affected by wildfires this Friday, August 24th. Tickets are $12. Looking to take in some comedy, East Van Improv League is at Havana Theatre Sunday night at 7:30 pm and Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery is Monday night at Havana Theatre 9 pm. If you are looking to keep the kids entertained, big or small, Playland is now open daily from 10 am – 7 pm. Three Farmer Markets happening this weekend – Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market in Dude Chilling Park from 10 am – 2 pm.  Note, for the tomato lovers, there’s a Tomato Festival at Trout Lake this Saturday where there will be 100+ varieties. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Artful Sundays Happen In The Napier Greenway August 12th to September 2nd

1 Aug

Artful Sundays 2018 PosterArtful Sundays return to the Britannia Community Centre this summer.  If you aren’t familiar with this event, it is weekly outdoor visual art market which happens over 4 Sundays in the Napier Greenway.  The first event kicks off Sunday, August 12th from Noon to 5:00 pm and for the next 3 Sundays following. Each Artful Sunday brings a variety of local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more. We see Clara Shandler, the Sidewalk Cellist will be on hand as will Wonky Clay Pots. Lots to do and see and it’s free to wander and take in the art that surrounds us.  The event takes place in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 pm each Sunday from August 12th to September 2nd.

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