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Who Is Watering The City’s Boulevard Trees?

11 Jul

We are living through an unprecedented heat wave which should be no surprise to anyone on the WestCoast. We have not seen any rain in going on 6 weeks now. The trees in our City are important for so many reasons such as mitigating climate change, providing shade to keep us cool, the abundant urban wildlife and the list goes on. In my neighbourhood, each summer when we have a stretch of summer weather without rain, I make a point of watering some of the area’s boulevard trees. Two things happen when I do this, one people say thank you. Two, others get inspired to do the same. I personally would have liked to have seen some communication from the City of Vancouver to encourage Vancouver residents to water boulevard trees they were physically able to or within reach of their home by hose or watering can, but that hasn’t happened. With climate change and its affects being top of mind for so many with forest fires raging in our province, I think preserving the abundant tree canopy in the City where we can is important for human life and urban wildlife.

So with that, I encourage you to adopt a tree(s) on your street and water where you can. If you wish to read more on this, CBC has done a recent feature “Vancouver trees dry out as heat wave continues to take its toll.” And if you wish to read further on the disparity of tree cover between the East Side and the West Side, we invite you to check out this piece by Christopher Cheung in the Tyee Vancouver Shade Inequality. We’ve copied in a great image from Christopher’s piece from Urban Forest Strategy, 2018 update, City of Vancouver which highlights the importance of trees in our urban landscape.

Britannia Plaza Outdoor Market This Summer

8 Jul

The Britannia Plaza Market outside of the Britannia Community Centre and Britannia Library is back this summer. For the months of July and August, you can stop by on Thursdays between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to pick up some fresh produce, bread, eggs and baked goods. We hear Fractal Farms will be a regular staple on hand for Thursday’s market. On Saturdays, stop by between Noon and 4:00 pm to check out a variety of offerings from local artists and makers. The markets we understand will be held weekly throughout the summer months. We invite you to stop by and support your local artists, makers and growers.

ILiveInEastVan Black Canvas Messenger Tote On Sale

3 Jul

Looking for something cool to sling over your shoulder when you head out for a bike ride or to the beach? If so, our Limited Edition Black Canvas Messenger Tote is on sale this week. They are hand screened locally by the good folks at Hive Printing. The bag itself is 12 1/2 inches in width and 16″ inches in height with a depth of 3″ inches. The handle is longer at 40″ inches, so perfect for slinging over your shoulder if heading out for a bike ride or just walking about town. To purchase, visit us online at Etsy, or message us directly for a local pick up to skip shipping charges at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Noche Flamenca Comes To Havana Theatre

28 Jun

If you have not experienced flamenco dance, you are truly missing out on an amazing experience. The music, the raw emotion, the dance, the storytelling, it’s like being transported to another world. If you wish to check it out, you are in luck as you don’t have to travel far. This July you can catch Noche Flamenca at Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. The show will feature the most established Flamenco artists in the city who are continuing the legacy of Vancouver’s Flamenco scene that began at the legendary Kino almost 30 years ago. You are invited to come experience the rhythm, passion and power of this Spanish music and dance tradition. There are several upcoming shows with the first one kicking things off on July 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve your table and tickets, visit Havana Theatre.

Looking For Friends: Something Like The Antiques Roadshow – June 26

19 Jun

Well if you are in need of some laughs, some good company and some new friends, check out Something Like The Antiques Roadshow on June 26th at Havana Theatre. Hosts Jake and Carson are doing their own Covid safe interactive improv show that is their take on the Antique Roadshow. They will be evaluating your items on stage so feel free to bring something fun. This is an all ages event that kicks off Friday, June 26th at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

Conversation On Non-Market Housing For Britannia Renewal This June

18 Jun

If you live in Grandview-Woodlands, you are invited to join the conversation on non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. The Britannia Renewal Master Plan identifies the addition of non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. This is your opportunity to provide your thoughts and any concerns during this online forum. They are looking to have a diverse range of voices and perspectives from the community. In order to achieve that, they are hosting 3 Zoom events on different dates and times. We’ve set out the dates and times below. Registration is optional, but if you wish to register, visit Eventbrite for the date that you wish to participate.

Saturday, June 19
10:00 – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 22
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 24
6:30 – 8:30 pm

To learn more about the Britannia Renewal, visit Shape Our City – Britannia Renewal.

Movies Are Back At The Rio Theatre As Of June 15

14 Jun

It’s been a long haul for the Rio Theatre that pivoted to a sports bar during the pandemic. As of June 15th, they are back to showing movies and are kicking things off Tuesday evening with an early showing of Cinema Paradiso. Heads up though, don’t go running to grab your tickets for that showing, it is already sold out. Tuesday’s 9:30 pm feature is The Big Lebowski which is also sold out. As you might imagine, there’s a little bit of a pent up demand and a lot of community support. The movie line up continues this week with Anthony Hopkins in The Father and Frances McDormand in Nomadland. If you are craving to see a movie in person, this is for you. Note, there are still COVID precautions and limited seating, so if there is a movie you wish to see, we suggest booking in advance. To purchase your tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Havana Theatre Hosts Funday In The Neighbourhood: A Night At The Museum June 17

12 Jun

It’s back baby! Live theatre that is at Havana Theatre located within Havana Vancouver, 1212 Commercial Drive. This is a great spot that features a variety of live performances including comedy, dance, drag, trivia and live podcasting. On June 17th they are officially back with an in person performance. The first performance in their line up is Fundays in the Neighbourhood: A Night at the Museum!

What is Funday in the Neighbourhood? If you ever wanted to see a show described as “Mr. Rogers after dark”? then this is the show for you. The show features local actor and comedian John Hannah who explores the ins, outs, peoples, places, vibes, moods and talents from around our neighbourhood, hint Commercial Drive. The show is co-hosted by a skeleton puppet named Slappy and musical director Julien Amar. Each performance is a little different and could feature a musical guest, a game show, epic music videos, stand up comedy, an introduction to bird watching, or even improv. Havana Theatre invites you to come on down and put a little FUN in your day. And honestly after the last year and a half, I think we could all use a little more fun. Tickets are $10 for a table for 2 and available through Showpass.

Cheese Making Workshop: Mozzarella, Burrata & Bocconcini June 18, 2021

8 Jun

If you are craving an in person event, the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a Cheese Making Workshop on Friday, June 18th. The focus of this workshop will be on making mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini. The class is led by Paula Maddison who is based on Gabriola Island and has extensive experience in cheesemaking. Paula will teach you the lost art of cheesemaking and show you some of the secrets in making these Italian cheeses in this demonstration class. The workshop will be held in one of the halls at the Italian Cultural Centre and only a limited number of tickets will be available to ensure it is a socially distanced event. Tickets are $110 for this 2 hour class and available directly from the Italian Cultural Centre.

Eye Spy Creates Drone Images Over PNE/Hastings Park

28 May

It’s Friday and if all goes well, one day soon we will be able to attend the PNE in person and enjoy live events again. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, we’d like to share this cool drone aerial video taken over PNE/Hastings Park by Eye Spy. They invite you to try and Find The Hidden Objects which truth be told we found a bit hard to see. But we will say the aerial view, along with the relaxing music, provides for a moment to just enjoy the view and forget about everything else going on in the world.

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