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What’s On East Van: June 23, 2017

23 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.

Strathcona Street Party – June 24, 2017

The Vancouver Mural Festival and the Strathcona BIA have joined forces to create a street party to kick off summer. It will take place on Cordova Street where you can watch 9 large scale murals come to life. The Strathcona Street Party also features a beer garden, live music and family fun from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Eastside Pride – June 24, 2017

Pride Season kicks off in East Vancouver this Saturday in Grandview Park. There are a host of activities planned from Noon – 6:00 pm. This is a family friendly all ages event.

Farmers Market  – June 24 & 25, 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, June 24th. 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 first of the season at 30th Street & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm which will feature 30 local farms and producers. On Sunday, June 25th  Vancouver Farmers Market hosts the Mount Pleasant Market from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

 Intro to Tools: Folding Beach Chair – June 25, 2017

There is a great ‘do-it-yourself’ spot that hosts workshops every now and again called Vancouver Tool Library, 3448 Commercial Street (just down the way from the Commercial Street Café).  They are hosting an Intro to Tools Workshop this Sunday, June 25th.  In this class you will learn to use a table saw, drill and other power tools with the aim of making a folding chair. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.  There are 2 classes one morning session at 10:00 am and an afternoon session at 2:00 pm. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Pricing Artwork – June 27, 2017

If you are in artist in East Vancouver and needing a little assistance with the business side of things, you may wish to check out this workshop Pricing Artwork happening Thursday, June 27th.  The Eastside Culture Crawl Society is hosting the event and bringing in artist, Annie Briard, who brings a depth of knowledge to the subject matter.  We hear there are a few spots open. Classes are a very reasonable $20 and take place at 716 East Hastings Street just steps away from The Heatley.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Looking for fun and games? Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend.  Rio Theatre is hosting the Affordable Summer Concert Series with R&B Allstars June 24th.  If it’s local comedy you are after, be sure to check out the Little Mountain Gallery this Saturday. They are hosting a fundraiser for their space at 8:00 pm. If it’s live music you are after, Falconetti’s has the Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio on Friday, June 23rd. Plus, the International Jazz Festival is now on and continues to July 2nd with great talent at Tangent Café and Pat’s Pub. If you love piano and storytelling, you may wish to check out Declan O’Donovan who hails from the East. He brings you his new album Broken Sky and a guest home town boy Adam Farnsworth at the Wise Hall Friday, June 23rd.

Image: June Hunter  

Learn Something New – Workshops Galore In 2017 In East Van

6 Jan

learningabckrissszkurlatowskiWe are big fans of trying and learning something new. With the New Year, we tend not to make resolutions but instead sign up for a class or workshop. We also start each year with a list of new places to check out whether it be a new coffee shop, brewery or restaurant. In recent months, we’ve learned to make the perfect pie crust with the French sisters at The Pie Shoppe, we also learnt how to make some great new appetizers from Caren McSherry at Gourmet Warehouse and most recently learnt how to make chocolate at The Soap  Dispensary of all places.  We recently featured some DIY classes by The Wood Shop which are now sold out until March, so lots of you are looking for things to do/make yourselves.  With that in mind, we’ve set out a variety of workshops/classes coming up this New Year in case you wish to take a stab at trying something new, or just brushing up on something you haven’t done in a while. There’s lots going on close to home. Here’s some of what we found in and around East Vancouver:

The Uncommon Cafe

The great group at The Uncommon Café in Strathcona regularly has a great line up of classes whether cooking or baking. Their upcoming demonstration cooking classes will help you brush up on your cooking skills whilst enjoy a glass of wine. You do get to try everything that was made. Their next classes include:

Jan. 18: Stock, Soup & Stew – Learn To Do From Scratch
Feb. 5: Eclairs & Cream Puff – Choux Pastry Basics
Feb. 8: Chocolate Lover’s Ultimate Cooking Class
Feb. 14:Valentine’s Couple Cooking Demo & Dinner

Homestead Junction

Homestead Junction continually offers an array of classes all year long. Their aim is to bring self-sufficiency into the mainstream. So whether it’s making your own soap, yogurt, bread or foraging in the woods, they will have interesting classes at reasonable prices.  Some of their upcoming classes include:

Jan. 10: Veggie Based Soaps 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Jan. 22: No-Knead Sourdough – Tartine Style 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Feb. 1: Sea Salt Soaps 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Feb. 9: Salve Making 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Mar. 4: Plant Foraging Walk 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Pie Shoppe

The French sisters know how to make the perfect pie crust and they are offering more workshops this January to teach you how to do the same. These are fun informal hands on classes where you can bring your questions. Their new location on Powell Street is a great bright space to work in and they have some great classes lined up including

Jan. 15: The Apple Pie 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Jan. 17: Gluten Free Pie Crust 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Jan. 24: Pastry Fundamentals 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store

If you prefer working with yarn, Baaad Anna’s in the Hastings Sunrise area regularly has a great line of classes on knitting, crocheting, spinning, felting and weaving.  They, of course, also have a great selection of supplies and a wealth of knowledge to share. Some of their upcoming classes include:

Jan. 9: Beginner Knitting
Jan. 10: Beginner Knitting
Jan. 14: Intro to Loom Weaving 9:00 – 11:00 am
Jan. 15: Intro to Crocheting 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Instant Theatre

Interested in learning stand-up, improv or sketch comedy? You may wish to check out Instant Theatre on East Broadway. They regularly offer classes throughout the year and we are quite sure they offer you opportunity to test out your newly acquired skills.

Some other great spots for classes include Tiny Finery if you are interested in jewellery making, Vancouver Tool Library offers classes periodically for the do-it-yourself home projects, The Soap Dispensary has a variety of classes as does Bird On A Wire Creations if you are looking to be crafty.  Note, some of these have not yet posted their offerings for 2017, but do check back with them further into the New Year.

You Can Be A Maker With Vancouver Tool Library In East Van

1 Jun

VancouverToolLibraryToday we’d like to introduce you to another exhibitor at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. This one hails from the heart of East Vancouver.  The Vancouver Tool Library is a cooperative tool lending library located at 3448 Commercial Street. This a membership driven co-operative that lends a wide variety of tools for home repair, gardening, and bicycle maintenance much like your local library. They also offer affordable workshops on tool related skills and projects including a monthly Introduction to Tools Workshop.   This is an organization that is committed to building vibrant spaces that reflect a commitment to sustainability and at the same time create a community resource that will reduce the costs of improving and greening the places in which we live, work, and play.

Vancouver Tool Library will be participating in this year’s Mini Maker Faire at the PNE Forum on June 6th & 7th. They will be holding workshops over the course of the weekend making none other than holders for growlers. Which we think is rather fitting in that A) East Vancouver is now affectionately being called ‘Yeast Van’ for the number of craft breweries located in a small area and 2) Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival will be taking place outdoor on the PNE Fair Grounds the very same weekend.  Perfect fit we think.

Various members/volunteers from the Vancouver Tool Library will be on hand as well to answer questions about their co-operative, tools they have available and yes new members are always welcome. Feel free to ask one of their members for more information when attending the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. We certainly will be. As an added bonus, for those that sign up to be a member during the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, you will have the opportunity to win 1 of 6 2L growlers from Strange Fellows Brewing. Your newly made growler holder will hold two 2L growlers.  Pretty good incentive to sign up we think.  If you can’t attend the Mini Maker Faire but wish to learn more about becoming a member, you can email them directly at info@vancouvertoollibrary.com.

18th Annual Holiday Market Croatian Cultural Centre December 14th

9 Dec

THolidayMarkethe Vancouver Farmers Market presents the 18th Annual Holiday Market which is a seasonal celebration of food and art.   The event takes place at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive (at 15th Avenue) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, December 14th.   You will find over 75 vendors offering everything from delicious food items such as cheese, fresh bread, olive oil, chocolates jams, coffee and honey as well as handmade jewellery, delectable desserts including homemade pies plus home accessories and lots of items perfect for gift giving this Christmas or edible eats for entertaining over the holidays.

Also, on hand will be Vancouver Tool Library. Stop by and learn more about this interesting cooperative tool lending library in East Vancouver.  Or stop by and visit Old Country Pierogi which is a local family business that operates a fully self-contained food cart offering pierogies (regular and gluten free ) with various fillings, potato pancakes, hunter’s stew, red borscht soup and cabbage rolls.  Note, the outdoor winter market at Nat Bailey Stadium runs as usual from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Anyone who attends both markets is eligible to get a ballot stamped at each market for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Edible: A Celebration of Local Food.

Street Mural Painting in Mount Pleasant Saturday, July 13th

12 Jul

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You are invited to gather at Vancouver’s smallest park to splash a little colour on the road at 10th Avenue and St. George intersection in Mount Pleasant.   The event is being hosted by Vancouver Tool Library as part of the City Commons initiative and is supported by the Neighbourhood Small Grants Project and funded by the Vancouver Foundation.  Join site hosts Emily Payne and Alicia MacLean for a pancake breakfast at 11:00 a.m. and from Noon – 5:00 p.m. you paint.   A neighbourhood potluck and other fun activities are scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  Come out and join the fun!

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