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Summer Savour At River District July 21st With The Boom Booms & Grooveport

17 Jul

TheBoomBoomsRiver District and Wesgroup Properties present Summer Savour at the River District Town Centre.  You are invited to attend some summer fun down by the river in SE Vancouver. Summer Savour happens for 4 Saturdays during the course of the summer and will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, activities for the kids, giveaways, a photobooth and much more.  Saturday July 21st kicks off the first of this series which will feature a performance by young up and coming band Grooveport at 4:00 pm and then East Van’s very own Boom Booms take the stage at 7:00 pm.   Everything Wine will be on hand with wine and cheese samples for Saturday’s kick off event. The following event happens on Saturday, August 11th and is a more family friendly event with The Paw Patrol, balloon animals, face and mural painting, but Starbucks will be on hand with iced coffee samples. The next event follows on Saturday, August 25th and will feature live music by Dr. Strangelove. There will be free sliders and craft beer samples on hand provided by Romer’s Burger Bar. Last up is Saturday, September 8th and it will be a Block Party Finale which includes the opportunity to win $500.  The party kicks off at 4:00 pm each event, save for the finale which kicks off at 2:00 pm.

Intro To Wine Tasting At Everything Wine June 28, 2018

25 Jun

IntroToWineTastingHave you checked out the still relatively new Everything Wine store in SE Vancouver?  If you haven’t, you are missing out.  Everyone we’ve introduced the store to gets excited.  It’s unique in that, unlike its other stores, this Everything Wine location carries more than wine.  It’s quite a large store that carries beer, wine and spirits and yes, has a cooler section for those hot days. They also have a selection of rotating wines at their Tasting Bar which is open every day from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. All the staff we’ve encountered are very knowledgeable which leads us to their upcoming Intro To Wine Tasting happening this Thursday, June 28th.  We recently attended a Sparkling Wine Workshop taught by Kris Pazma.  We have to say it was fun, educational and delish.  Kris is hosting another class this Thursday at the Vancouver location from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  In this workshop Intro to Wine Tasting, Kris will help you how to describe the aromas of the grapes you like so when you go into a liquor store to buy wine, you will leave with something you’ll definitely like. Cost of the workshop is $25.00. To register, call 604.416.1672 to reserve your spot.  Last we heard, there were only a few spots left.

Vancouver’s Zero Waste Centre = No Excuses

10 Apr

ZeroWasteWe recently stopped by Vancouver’s new Zero Waste Centre located in SE Vancouver at 8588 Yukon Street just off Marine Drive near Cambie. This facility takes a long list of recyclable items for free. It’s well organized with lots of signage as well as attendants to point you in the right direction or answer any questions. We had been carrying around some used LED light bulbs we had hoped to recycle, which it turned out the Zero Waste Centre did not take, but with lightening speed the attendant pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket with a map and address of the South Van Bottle Depot two blocks over which did take the bulbs. So if the Zero Waste Centre doesn’t take something, we’d venture a guess they would be able to tell you who would take it.  Generally speaking it’s handy to have a vehicle to attend at this location if you have a number of larger items, but if you have a few small items that you can carry, this location is not far from the Cambie and Marine Skytrain Station and bus loop. As big fans of recycling and repurposing, we are pleased to see this new addition to the City’s Waste Management Services. Check out below the long list of items, they do take at the Zero Waste facility:

Materials accepted for free recycling

​Bicycles and accessories
​Books
​Cardboard (flattened)
Cell phones
​Clothing and textiles
​Cooking oil (maximum 10L per day per resident)
​Electronics
​Fire extinguishers (maximum 2 per day per resident)
​Foam packaging (no foam peanuts)
​Glass bottles and jars
Household batteries
​Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)
​Lead acid car and truck batteries
​Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)
​Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)
​Plastic bags and overwrap (not Ziploc bags though)
​Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)
​Power tools
​Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
​Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
​Scrap metal
​Small appliances
​Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
​Thermostats

There are a number of items that are NOT accepted which include:

Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
Broken televisions and computer monitors
Flammable liquids
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
Medications
Paint and empty paint cans
Pesticides
Tires
Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

If you wish to know what to do with the items, they don’t accept, check out the City’s Waste Wizard.

Smaller Artisan Markets Happening This Weekend In East Van

29 Nov

There are many smaller artisan markets happening around East Vancouver this year. we’ve set out a few lesser known markets. So if you don’t like big crowds when you do your holiday shopping, why not check out some of the smaller markets packed with local talent.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – December 2, 2017 11 – 4 

The 2nd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happens on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver this Saturday, December 2nd. This is a smaller intimate market with 16 vendors within a cozy atmosphere. Admission is free, event runs from 11:00 am 4:00 pm at 2010 East Kent Avenue at the foot of Victoria Drive.  Some of the items on hand include handmade leather goods, crocheted jewellery made from reclaimed Argentium silver, beautiful handmade blankets, linen pillows, knitted hats and candles to keep you warm this winter, floral creations and ornaments to help decorate your home over the holidays. For the foodie in your life you will find, local honey, artisan chocolates as well as baked goods.  For the animal lover, you will find something for both cat and dog lovers.  As this is a big pet community, they are holding a raffle with gift basket to help raise funds for the Vancouver BC SPCA. To see what else is in store, you can check them out on Eventbrite.

East Side Best Side Holiday Pop Up Market  – December 3, 2017 11 – 5

Dumplings! Need we say more?  Well maybe just a little more. A group of East Vancouver artisans who create soaps, syrups, canned goods, artwork along with some vintage items will be hosting The East Side Best Side Holiday Pop Up Market this Sunday, December 3rd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You are invited to stop by and do a bit of shopping, have a boozy holiday drink or snack on some dumplings.  Admission is $2 with proceeds to benefit the Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation.

Art Sale & Tasting – DiOliva Tasting Bar 12 – 4 

This Sunday, a great little spot in Hastings Sunrise, Di Oliva Tasting Bar, 2632 East Hastings Street (at Slocan) is hosting an Art Sale with tastings of some of their delectable offerings which include fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  You are invited to pop by and check out some art by makers living and working in the Hastings Sunrise community. Event happens 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Photos: Threaded Needle Design, DIG Leather & First Growth Reclaimed

Halloween Drive-In Movies At River District

18 Oct

HalloweenPumpkinsHalloween Drive-In Movies are happening this October on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. Wesgroup Properties and Fresh Air Cinema are again hosting double feature films leading up to Halloween on October 21st and October 28th. The cost is $20 per carload for one movie, $30 for two movies. 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 after 7:00 pm.  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.  Note, movies are subject to change. Therefore, please visit River District to confirm what’s playing. Also, if you visit them online to purchase your tickets, save $5 using the code RIVERDISTRICT.

October 28, 2017

Casper 7:00 pm
The Shining – 9:30 pm   

October 29, 2017
(Rescheduled from October 21st Due To Weather)

E.T. – 7:00 pm
Friday The 13th – Part 3 in 3D 9:30 pm

 

Drive-In Movies Back At River District

4 Sep

DriveInMovieDrive-In Movies are back at River District on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. Wesgroup Properties and Fresh Air Cinema are hosting double feature films starting Saturday, September 9th and running weekly until  September 30th. The cost is $20 per carload for one movie, $30 for two movies. 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 dusk (approx. 7:45 pm).  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. Therefore, please visit River District to confirm what’s playing:

September 16, 2017

Wonder Woman – 7:30 pm
Transformers: The Last Knight – 10:00 pm

September 23, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming – 7:15 pm
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – 9:45 pm  

September 30, 2017

Despicable Me 3 – 7:15 pm
War for the Planet of the Apes – 9:20 pm

October 7, 2017

CARS 3 – 7:00 pm
Baby Driver – 9:15 pm  

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Killarney Shopping Centre – The Last Outpost?

7 Aug

Depending on how you view the history of Canada, it was explored and settled or it was conquered and occupied. Either way the pattern of Westward expansion seemed to involve a commercial enterprise, usually the Hudson’s Bay, plonking down an anchor store somewhere. Then a fort was built around it and they started trading. I believe that the shopping centre of the post war expansion was the distant offspring of the old trading outposts. Basically, build a ring of retail around a parking lot and then let the people come.

There are not many of these old style wide open centres left. Oh, you can still find them in places like Campbell River and Quesnel, but for the most part on the Lower Mainland theyʼve been eaten up by the mall. Still there are a few holdouts left and one in particular that comes to mind is the Killarney Shopping Centre.

Located at East 49th and Elliott this commercial outpost is oddly frozen in time. Sure it has a bank and a Starbucks, but in the condo clearcut thatʼs slowly migrating from the West Side to East Van, it really doesnʼt look much different from when it was built in 1962. It is mostly single story and has a gas station. Remember those? They used to have them in downtown Vancouver.

The main draw though, for the Killarney Shopping Centre is the Killarney Market. It is one of those near extinct commercial entities that still exist sporadically in East Van; an independent grocery. The market was originally a Safeway, then an IGA and now it is a 24 year old independent run by two brothers, John and Tito Chiang. Walking the aisles it has that small town old store feel, though it has a diverse stock of ethnic KillarneyMarketBublefoodstuffs you probably wouldnʼt find in Quesnel. Killarney Market also gained some publicity by being in the Michael Buble video for “Havenʼt Met You Yet “ Though mentioning this kind of makes me cringe. When it comes to guys in a suit jacket singing, my taste lies more toward Nick Cave than Mr. Bubbly.

One other curiosity of the Killarney Shopping Centre is its home to Wally’s Burgers. For those unaware of the significance, Wally Burgers was located on Kingsway for 46 years. It was a small greasy burger joint of the 1950ʼs movie variety. It was also a kind of right of passage, a stop over for those traveling West for a night in town. A place to put some padding down before the boozing. It was also a stopover for those traveling East heading home. A place to absorb the boozing or maybe lay down some padding for the impending hangover.

Wally’s closed on Kingsway in 2008 and then in 2010 some enterprising folk rebooted the whole thing and now have three locations. How does it compare? Well, unless youʼre either half-pissed or hungover itʼd be pretty hard to tell. Nostalgia aside, the thing I find most curious about Killarney Shopping Centre is how long can this uniquely dated shopping centre, this aging commercial outpost last? The most recent property assessment was for over 39 million up by 10 million over the previous year. At some point an income trust or dark lord developer is going to decide to cash it in.

By Contributing Writer Al Tee

Photo Credit: Killarney Market & Wally’s Burgers

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