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Gifting An Experience This Holiday Season

19 Dec

GiftsUnderTreeWe are big fans of gifting experiences which is not only fun but creates lasting memories for the recipient.  There are many options locally here whether it’s brewery tours, gourmet tours, dining and dancing, cooking classes and more.  We have set out below a few of our favourites.  We have included links which take you directly to each site to make gift giving that much easier.

Vancouver Brewery Tour – East Van Brewery Tour

Vancouver Brewery Tours does great brewery tours in and around East Vancouver and is a perfect gift for the beer lover.  Vancouver Brewery Tours has  regularly scheduled brewery tours which run approximately 3 hours.

Off The Eaten Track – Culinary Tours

Off The Eaten Track offers a number of culinary tours including Railtown Urban Eats Tour and Olympic Village Tour. Tours all begin at the Waterfront Station and times vary but are approximately 2 ½ hours for each.

Little Italy Food Tour – Taste Vancouver Food Tours

Commercial Drive is host to many delish food spots and Taste Vancouver Food Tours offers regularly culinary tours on The Drive Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. It starts at Fratelli’s Bakery and hits 8 spots. Cost is $79 per person and they are currently offering 15% off gift certificates.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing. Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes. The regularly host tastings, but heads up, these classes do sell out quick. Alternatively, what about a gift certificate to use in store. Trying a variety of cheeses is certainly a delish experience and can get costly, so a gift card to this spot would be welcome in our Christmas stocking.

The Cultch, The York, Firehall Arts Centre – Live Theatre

There is some amazing live theatre that happens in East Van.  Some productions are on now into the New Year at The Cultch, The York and the Firehall Arts Centre. Gift Certificate for an evening out makes a great gift.

Terminal City Glass – Glassblowing Workshop

Have a friend on the artistic side, or someone that wants to get in touch with their creative side? What about a gift certificate to a glassblowing workshop at Terminal City Glass? Terminal City Glass offers a host of classes including a Make A Heart Glassblowing Workshop February 1st that looks pretty cool.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Do you know someone that loves cooking, or wants to learn how to make easy meals.   Gourmet Warehouse offers a wide variety of demonstration cooking classes for all skill levels and you get to eat what was made after class then shop in store with a discount.  In the New Year, they are offering Healthy Choices on January 16th or learn how to make a Mexican Fiesta at Home on January 23rd although we have our eye on hands on class Crazy For Chocolate Class on February 5th. To purchase tickets, call the store at T: 604.253.3022 or visit Gourmet Warehouse online.

Park Board Gift Card – City of Vancouver

Are you buying a gift for a family? What about a Park Board Gift Card.  Right now a $50 purchase gets you an additional $10 which the recipient can use at any local community centre to swim, skate, do yoga, play golf, take a cooking class, enroll kids in swimming lessons and much more.

These are just a few ideas, but there are many more. Know someone interested in yoga? Why not a gift certificate to a local yoga studio. For something on the artistic side, Collage Collage offers a wide range of craft making workshops for all big kids and wee ones as does 4 Cats on Main Street. The ideas are limitless and the memories are forever.

Draw Down Is Coming Saturday, June 15th

12 Jun


Draw Down is coming to Vancouver on Saturday, June 15th. This is a city-wide one day celebration of drawing.  Bring your creativity and come out and draw!  There will be over 35 FREE drawing workshops all around Vancouver. Many of them taking place in East Vancouver. Here’s a sampling of what you will find:

Uncontrolled Abstract Mail Art Postcards,
Mystery Faces Plus Let Us Draw You!

At Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier Street, Classes start at 1:00 p.m.

Conducting three different workshops.

Exploring Water and Creating a School of Fish
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway,  12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that under the paved roads there are streams flowing today.  Mount Pleasant community invites first-time ad experienced drawers to connect water through drawing on wooden-shaped fish swimming up Mt Pleasant trees. Attendees will work with social artist in residence, Melanie Schambach, and members of the St. George Rainway project.

Creature Comforts
Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Artist, Yoko Tomita, will lead an engaging drawing workshop and let you draw out your inner creature. No experience necessary, but bring your sense of humour.

Make Your Mark!
Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Come explore mark making and drawing techniques using surprising and unconventional tools with artist Stephanie Mayson.  Stamp, scratch, and draw your way into creating your very own bright beautiful mono print!

Collaborative Strathcona Dragon Drawing
Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This Draw Down integrates with a basketball fundraiser. Drop by the gym at Strathcona Community Centre to help create collaborative dragon drawings. Each imaginary dragon begins with a a gestural mark that mimics the swishes and bounces of the basketball shoot out. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Bird Calls
Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cindy Mochizuki leads a workshop in a collective sumi-ink drawing workshop called ‘Bird Calls.’ Participants will work on a large canvas collectively and will create marks and doodles in response to the recordings of ‘bird calls’ collected from the neighbouring Hastings Park Bird Sanctuary.

Drawing the Bass Line
Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 The lobby of Trout Lake Community Centre will resonate with the sounds of composer/double bassist, Mark Haney, while paper trails and endless lines entice you to explore and create. Bring your inner improvisor and let inspiration pull your hand across the paper. Connecting sound and drawing with the most complex instrument on Earth: the human mind.

Creatures! Collaborative Drawing
Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar Street, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You’re invited to drop by the lobby at Thunderbird to help create collaborative creature drawings. Each imaginary creature begins with a random brush mark, and depends on contributions from at least three different people.

Comic Jam
Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

What happens when everyone draws only one panel in a larger comic story? Colin Upton, Shane Green, Nic Frey and Mindy Fraser of Cloudscape Comics introduce you to the wonderful world of Comic Jams.

Comic Jam
Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Add your drawing to a continuous cartoon tale started by others for you. Follow the plot or veer in a whole new direction. Take your time or enter into the “speed zone” to get ideas on paper fast! Fun is the name of the game when you work with artist and illustrator Andy Mori.

Paper City
Collage Collage, 621 Kingsway, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Guest artist, Liz Toohey-Wiese, will be there to guide artists into creating a mini-Vancouver diorama made entirely out of paper. Mountains, trees, buildings, cars, buses, people, you name it! Collage Collage provides all the art materials and creative support you need to be a part of this installation, you provide the imagination and ideas. Suitable for everyone who is 5 years old and up.

For a full listing of events, visit Draw Down and get out and play!

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