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Senseless Vandalism Breaks The Spirit of Children In South Hill

19 Aug

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A story came to our attention recently we wanted to share.  East Vancouver has many great pockets of community minded folk. There are so many residents that give of their time to build a better community and make people feel a part of their community and instill pride in what they call home.  Our hats go off to these individuals, as there time and effort is appreciated.  Recently, we received a note from a community organizer in South Hill that gave us pause.  On Canada Day, South Hill Neighbours hosted a great community event at MacDonald Park that included a potluck dinner and had the neighbourhood kids paint bright wooden bee cutouts to hang on the tennis court fence of the park.  The aim was to remind everyone of the great work these flying pollinators do in the local parks.

But after Canada Day, something strange, sad and unexpected happened. July 7th ALL the bees and a pathway information sign that was posted was not only removed but ripped to shreds and thrown in the garbage. To add insult to injury, someone left a sidewalk chalk message in the tennis court entry saying “bees suck!” Neighbours sadly pulled the bees from the garbage and remounted them.

Then later in July neighbours noticed that someone had been removing several bees at a time and again throwing them in the garbage. One mother retrieved 11 bees from the park garbage bin, but couldn’t account for 12 missing bees, since the garbage had been emptied.  We learnt there was a young girl in tears looking for her missing bee that she had painted and a number of other kids were equally as upset. This painting project brought neighbourhood children so much joy and pride in being able to share their work for others to see. It was heartbreaking for South Hill residents to see their community efforts destroyed. For the idiots that participated in this senseless vandalism not once but repeatedly, you made young children cry! Who does this and why? 

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What’s On East Van: June 28th Edition

28 Jun

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

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – The Imperial – This Weekend 

The Vancouver Jazz Festival continues this weekend at The Imperial, 319 Main Street. It’s the last weekend, but you can still catch some amazing talent until July 1st. If you wish to see the full list of performances, visit TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Ocean.net – Havana Theatre – June 28th & 29th

One room, one ocean, four humans and the fate of the world balanced on a raft. Let’s hope everyone knows how to float. The Promethean Theatre Company brings an original piece of theatre to the stage at the Havana Theatre.  Tickets are $16 and $12 for students.

7th Annual Burlesque Long Form – Rio Theatre – June 29th

Looking to be entertained this long weekend? Five of Vancouver’s burlesque performers take the stage with a special guest from Seattle to bring you an evening of burlesque long firm this Saturday night.  You can expect some outlandish props and narratives. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Show gets under way at 9:00 pm.  For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Vocal Workshop With Coco Love Alcorn – Wise Hall – June 29th 

Love to sing? Need a bit of practice/work?  You are invited to come sing with Coco Love Alcorn this Saturday afternoon at the Wise Hall.  For 2 hours, she will teach you songs, lead improvisation exercises and show you how to do some fun songwriting. Workshop starts at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Family Gardening – River District Neighbourhood Centre – June 30th

Want to learn about gardening and making healthy family meals? River District Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a free workshop this Sunday, June 30th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Registration is requested. For more info, visit River District.

Dano-Korean Festival – Trout Lake Community Centre – June 30th

The 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar is Dano and this Sunday, Trout Lake Community Centre hosts a Dano-Korean Festival from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a free event featuring dumming, dancing, taekwondo and more.

Movie ‘The Shining’ Remastered Edition – Rio Theatre – June 30th

A 40th Anniversary remastered edition of The Shining is showing on Sunday night at The Rio Theatre. This a classic movie best seen on the big screen.  Doors open 9:00 pm and movie kicks off at 9:30 pm. For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Canada Day Celebration – Grandview Park – July 1st

Lots of free family fun at Grandview Park July 1st between Noon and 3:00 pm to celebrate Canada Day. The celebration features aboriginal performances, live bands, games and activities for the kid, a giant inflatable slide, community booths, carnival games and much more.

Canada Day Celebration – Sunset Community Centre – July 1st

Sunset Community Centre is hosting a free family friendly Canada Day celebrations between Noon and 4:00 pm that includes a photo booth, dance performances, kids activities and of course birthday cake!

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 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

What’s On East Van: July 1st Long Weekend Edition

29 Jun

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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.

Adult Nights – Playland – June 29th

Playland Nights continues this Friday Night for the 2nd of 6 evening events for the 19+ crowd.  There will be beverages, alcoholic and non, midway games, rides, DJs spinning tunes with a definite party theme. New this year is also a burlesque show and the opportunity to test your lumber Jack/Jill skills with axe-throwing which we understand there’s an extra charge to participate in.   Tickets are $31 in advance or $34 at the gate.

FIFA – The World Cup

FIFA World Cup Soccer continues with a few big games this weekend. Saturday June 30th, France vs. Argentina starts at 10 a.m. followed by Uruguay vs. Portugal at 2 p.m.  Sunday, July 1st kicks off with Spain vs. Russia at 10 a.m. followed by Croatia vs. Denmark at 2 p.m.  Monday, July 2nd Brazil vs. Mexico kick off at 10 a.m. followed by Belgium vs. Japan at 2 p.m. Lots of spots in East Van which we expect will be featuring the games we expect including many of the local breweries as well The Libra Room, Portuguese Club, Boteco Brasil on Nanaimo Street, Joe’s Café, The Vancouver Alpen Club and St. Augustine’s to name a few.

Movies In The Park – McLean Park – June 29th

The Summer Movie Nights are back which are hosted by the Collingwood Community Policing Centre. You are invited to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McLean Park.  This is a free event and everyone is invited to attend. Everyone is invited! Movie kicks off at dusk with popcorn of course.  Note, we do expect if it rains, the event will be postponed to a future date.

Canada Day Celebration – Grandview Park – July 1st

You are invited to a Canada Day celebration at Grandview Park this Sunday, July 1st. There will be a host of family friendly activities from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm including live music by the Kara Kata Afrobeat Band, The Drive Street Band & The Carnival Band as well as salsa dancing, Kung Fu demonstration Kick Stand offering bike tune ups.

Canada Day Celebration – Hastings Park – July 1st

You are invited down to Hastings Park, 3096 East Hastings Street for a host of family friendly activities including arts and crafts, carnival games, balloon twisting, face painting, live performances and of course cake.  Fun happens between 11:00 am – 2 pm.

Canada Day Celebration – Sunset Park – July 1st 

Sunset Community Association will be hosting a Canada Day Celebration at Sunset Park at Main and 53rd Avenue from Noon to 4:00 pm. There will be free carnival rides, BBQ and live entertainment.   

Grease Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre June 29th & June 30th

You’ve got the chills and they’re multiplying. Do you know the words? If so, head down to the Rio Theatre for a 40th anniversary Sing-A-Long to the movie Grease. The original of course. Singing encouraged so is dressing up.  Fun happens at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Until July 1st

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is on now until July 1st.  Tangent Café will be playing host to live music this weekend. To see the full line up, check out the Festival Guide.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

The Rio Theatre is showing a couple of documentaries this Canada Day, July 1st. First up is The Tragically Hip ‘Long Time Running’ at 6:00 pm followed by Talking Heads ‘Stop Making Sense’ at 8:30 pm. Also, the Wise Hall is hosting an East Van Canada Party which kicks off at 8:35 pm. Three farmer markets are 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 is back at Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

What’s On East Van: June 30, 2017

30 Jun

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out 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.

Canada Day – July 1, 2017

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday and there are a few events happening in East Van if you wish to celebrate close to home. The Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting a free celebration at Grandview Park that begins at Noon with live music and activities for the kids such as face painting, balloons, inflatable slide and ends with singing O’Canada at 3:00 pm and, of course, birthday cake.  Sunset Community Sunset Centre also be hosting Canada Day Celebrations from Noon – 4:00 pm with lots of activities, music and a BBQ.   Renfrew Park Community Centre and Kensington Community Centre will also be hosting family friendly activities from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Farmers Market  – July 1 & 2, 2017

This weekend you have the opportunity to check out 4 farmer markets.  First up, is the largest hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market at Trout Lake from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 1st. Also on Saturday, you will find River District Farmers Market on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver just below SE Marine Drive at Kerr Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Also on Saturday, Riley Park hosts a farmers market at 30th Street & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm which will feature 30 local farms and producers. On Sunday, July 2nd Vancouver Farmers Market hosts the Mount Pleasant Market from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Dali + Hopper – July 4 – 9, 2017

Dali & Hopper is an original play about a group of young adults who deal with love and self-acceptance through the role their subconscious plays in their reality. The show runs at The Cultch and tickets are $20.25.

Workshop: Frozen Desserts Without A Machine July 5, 2017

The Uncommon Café hosts a great workshop on Wednesday, July 5th in which you will learn how to make some delish frozen desserts, no ice cream maker required.  You will need a blender and mixer mind you.  Class takes place in Railtown, cost is $59.99. Use the code SAVE20 to save 20%. To register, visit Tartine & Maple.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Looking for fun and games? Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend. If you are looking to get out of the heat this weekend, the Rio Theatre is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sunday, July 2nd at 11:00 pm. Great weather weekend to check out some local art, the new murals in Strathcona would make a great wander with a stop at brewery nearby, but we also hear visual artist, Amanda Cassidy will be showcasing her art at the Wise Hall on Sunday, July 2nd from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.   Plus, the International Jazz Festival to July 2nd with great talent at Tangent Café and Pat’s Pub.

Whatever you get up to have a great Canada Day long weekend.  Red Canada 150 Logo

 

Image: June Hunter

Happy Canada Day Eh!

1 Jul
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Lots of festivities happening in and around Vancouver for Canada Day including Granville Island, Canada Place and Steveston for the bigger events. If you are looking for something in East Vancouver, here are a few options:
Britannia Community Centre, will be holding a Canada Day celebration at Victoria Park, located on Victoria Drive between Grant and Kitchener, from Noon to 3:00 p.m.They will be featuring live entertainment, games, arts and crafts, face painting and, of course, cake!
Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, is hosting a Canada Day party from Noon to 4:00 p.m. They will have carnival games, a barbecue, community displays and inflatables. They will also be collecting non-perishable food for the Vancouver Food Bank.
Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, is hosting a Canada Day celebration from Noon to 3:00 p.m.  They will have live entertainment, a bouncy castle, community information tables and kid-friendly activities. Hot dogs and drinks will be available to purchase, but there will also be free cake.
Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, will be hosting a Canada Day event this afternoon. They will also be selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $10 per dozen to raise funds for youth programs.
PNE Grounds, the Hastings Race Track, is hosting its annual Canada Day party with a first post at 1:50 p.m. Real Housewives of Vancouver, Mary Zilba and Robin Richmond Reichman, will be performing and presenting. The Family Zone will be open from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and several of the City’s popular food trucks will be on hand. There is even a chance to win a barbecue grill.
Don’t forget to sing Happy Birthday Canada!
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