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What’s On East Van: September 14th Edition

14 Sep

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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.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Various Venues Until 16th 

The Vancouver Fringe Festival continues this weekend at various venues in the City including The Cultch, The Havana Theatre in Havana Restaurant and Your Open Closet on Commercial Drive to name a few.  Reminder, Havana Theatre IS OPEN for the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The Theatre has a separate entrance on Commercial Drive and Fringe Volunteers are out front to help you find your way.  To see the full line up, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

11th Annual Accordion Noir Festival – Wise Hall Sept. 14th – 16th

Lots of live music and dancing this weekend at the Wise Hall, not like there isn’t usually, but the 11th Annual Noir Festival happens Friday to Sunday at the Wise Hall. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.

James Johnstone East End History Walk – September 15th

If you want to learn about the fascinating history of East Vancouver James Johnstone is your man. He has a wealth of knowledge of about the many faces and places of East Van from days long ago. This Saturday James will be hosting a walking history tour that starts at The Heatley, 696 East Hastings St. in Strathcona at 10:00 am. Cost is $20. We believe this is his last tour for the season.

Free Drive-In Movie – River District – September 15th

River District is hosting free drive-in movies this Saturday, September 15th.  The double feature this weekend will feature Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom at 7:15 pm and Jurassic Park 1 at 9:30 pm. Gates open at 6:30 pm.  This event is first come first serve as to space.

Westward Music Festival – Rio Theatre – September 15th

Westward Music Festival presents Jordan Klassen & Special Guests Luca Fogale and Abraham at the Rio Theatre this Saturday. Tickets are $15 and available via Westward FesWestward Fest. Note, the Festival also takes place Friday night at the Rio with a different line up of talent.

First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall – Sept. 15th & 16th

First Pick Handmade happens at the Heritage Hall this weekend at which you will find 30 Canadian fashion and accessory designers. Whether it’s to browse or shop, stop by and see what our Canadian designers are working on.  First Pick Handmade happens 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3.00.

Meet & Greet The Candidates – Commercial Street Café Sept. 15th & 16th 

This weekend Commercial Street Café, 3599 Commercial Street, continues their series hosting meet and greets for those running for Mayor of Vancouver. This Saturday, come chat with Hector Bremner from 10:00 am to Noon. On Sunday, Ken Sim will be hand also from 10:00 am to Noon.

Free Movie ‘Maudie’ – Britannia Community Centre – September 16th

Britannia Community Centre is hosting another free movie Sunday night 6:00 pm. This week they are featuring Maudie along with free popcorn.

West Side Story Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre – September 16th

As part of the world-wide celebration the legendary composer, Leonard Bernstein, the Rio Theatre is hosting a celebratory Sing-A-Long screening of his restored masterpiece West Side Story this Sunday at 6:00 pm. This is an all ages show. 

Free Yoga – Eastside Fitness – September 17th

Did you know Eastside Fitness at 5788 Fraser Street hosts free yoga every Monday from 8:15 – 9:15 am between now and December.  Want more information or to register, visit Eastside Fitness.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for live music this weekend? Café Deux Soleils has live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights and this week Natasha D’Agastino takes the stage from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. If you are looking for jazz in the afternoon, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday from 3-7 pm, no cover.

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.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Free Drive-In Movies At River District September 15th – October 13th

10 Sep

DriveInMovieDrive-In Movies are back at River District on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. Wesgroup Properties and River District are hosting double feature films starting Saturday, September 15th that will be running weekly until October 27th and guess what, they are FREE! The Drive-In is located at 3650 E. Kent Avenue South which is located 1/2 a block south of Marine Way at Boundary Road.  Gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie gets under way at 7:15 pm with the second show getting under way at 9:30 pm (approximate times).  River District will provide you with the FM station for audio, so you need a working FM station to partake. This event is first come first serve, so best to arrive early to claim your spot. We’ve set out the schedule below as we know it today.  Note, these are subject to change without notice. Therefore, please visit River District to confirm what’s playing.  To get your FREE ticket, visit PICATIC.

September 15, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic Park 1

September 22, 2018

Ant Man & The Wasp
Solo: A Star Wars Movie

September 29, 2018

Incredibles 2
Deadpool 2

October 6, 2018 + Remaining Dates 

To Be Announced

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Emergency Preparedness – Just Do It!

26 Jan

EmergencyKitRecently Vancouver Fire & Rescue sent out a tweet which summarized some recent events which we will now quote:

“We’ve had numerous “warning” events: ’15 windstorm, ’15 earthquake, wildfires, port fire, and the recent tsunami and railyard fire.  Have you started building a Grab-n-Go bag and 72-hr Preparedness Kit? Don’t wait for the next event, start TODAY.” 

So have you started yet?  We are fairly organized and have kits in various spots including the closet at home, a bag in the car, one at the office and after attending an Emergency Preparedness Workshop offered by the City, we now have a ‘Grab N Go Bag’.  Are these kits perfect?  Absolutely not, but they are a start? Yes.  Once you start, items can easily be added.

There are so many simple things anyone can do to prepare for an emergency such as keeping a pair of walking shoes in the car.  After that, add a first aid kit and a blanket. At work, again keep some walking shoes handy along with a change of clothes. The Grab N’ Go should have some essentials like medications, cash and your insurance papers.   We found keeping a typed list of the items in each bag printed out made updating and replacing items easier.   There are many other considerations such as for your pets, communication plans for members of your family, becoming familiar with disaster routes in the City.

If you haven’t already started a kit, we recommend some simple steps to get things started including buying and setting aside a bag, add a blanket and some water. Next grocery run, pick up some bottled water, add some food. While putting your kit together, keep your kids and pets in mind.  We find adding things as you go is more manageable cost wise and time wise.   What we highly recommend is taking the 1 hour and 1 ½ hours to attend a free workshop offered by the City of Vancouver.  These workshops have valuable information on things you may never have considered.  Workshops are geared to families, seniors and are even provided in different languages.   So whether an emergency is an earthquake, flood, fire, or something else, you are somewhat prepared. As the Nike slogan said so well “Just Do It!”

On that note, we are setting out some links for the City of Vancouver one of which shows you how to Build Your Own Emergency Kit.  If you wish to get your pet prepared for an emergency, visit Pet Emergency Preparedness. Become familiar with the City’s Disaster Route Map. Did you know 41st Avenue and Boundary Road are 2 main routes?   If you live in a condominium with a number of units, we understand that the City will come to you to present to a group of residents.  Contact them directly for further information. Either way, if you haven’t already, get started on a plan.

To sign up for one of the free workshops, visit City of Vancouver.  If you are interested in volunteering in the event of an emergency, the City needs people to do that in all areas of the City. To learn more visit, How You Can Help In An Emergency.

Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride February 25th

8 Feb

crowroostrideSo crows are an ever present part of life in East Van. Do you ever wonder where they go at dusk? On Saturday, February 25th, the Still Moon Arts Society invites you to ride along with them and the crows for the annual Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride.  They will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway towards Burnaby which is approximately 5 km round trip. To ensure safety, organizers ask that you have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home.  This is a free family friendly event. Everyone is welcome. Come ride with the crows! NOTE: This is a rescheduled date from the February 18th proposed date, but due to rain was rescheduled to February 25th. Let’s hope for better weather this weekend.  The ride gets underway at approximately 4:45 pm at Renfrew Skytrain Station.

Holiday Décor Workshop At Britannia Community Centre December 10th

5 Dec

holidaystarpaivirytlvaaraWant to make some holiday memories? How about creating your own holiday decorations? This Saturday, December 10th, you are invited to create your own personal holiday décor at the Britannia Community Centre. This is a free event open to all ages from Noon to 4:00 pm and will be held in the Al Mattison Lounge.  There will be a number of local artists on hand to teach you everything you need to know. All you need to do is show up. The materials will be supplied. This is one of the many great community events offered at Britannia Community Centre.

Free Yoga Is Back At Dude Chilling Park

27 Jun

YogaFrom the hearts of Karma teachers, daily free yoga classes are back at Dude Chilling Park.  Classes run 7 days a week at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm in Dude Chilling Park also known as Guelph Park, 2390 Brunswick Street.  If you want to participate, simply bring:

 

Water bottle
Yoga mat
Towel or blanket

Everyone is welcome to attend. All levels are encouraged. For more information on yoga in Dude Chilling Park and any changes to the schedule due to weather, visit their Facebook page for more details. Note, for those that didn’t make it out for yoga in the summer months, this is no longer available in 2016, but will be back next year. Namaste.

Photo Credit: Gabriella Fabbri

Free Family Day Fun At Western Front Saturday June 18th

1 Jun

FamilyDayWesternFrontLooking for some free family fun? Well you are in luck. On Saturday, June 18th the Western Front is hosting their first ever Family Day.  Established in 1973, Western Front is one of Canada’s leading non-profit centres for contemporary art and new music, producing and presenting visual art exhibitions, new music concerts and media art residencies. Their upcoming Family Day event will feature musical performances, curated screenings as well as hands-on art and music activities for all ages. You are invited to explore their facility and get those creative juices flowing which can be through drawing scores for guest musicians that will be on hand, or hat-making, cookie-decorating or a host of other activities they will have lined up.   The Western Front’s youth music program will showcase some of their compositions from the past year which we hear will feature everyday sounds interpreted through looping, beatbox, storytelling, hip hop, electronics, video triggers and of all things, cornstarch!   The Western Front is located at 303 East 8th Avenue and the fun begins at 12:00 pm and goes till 5:00 pm and again, it’s all free.

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