Dates announced for the 25th annual UBC Apple Festival

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The UBC Apple Festival returns for its 25th anniversary October 15-16. This is one of our favourite fall Vancouver family-friendly events. The party celebrates one of BC’s most prolific fruits and has all the cozy traditions you need to let go of summer and welcome cool weather, from apple cider to heaps of apple pie.

Around 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilos) of apples will be sold to thousands of hungry attendees. Over 60 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically. Varieties of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing root stock are also for sale, perfect for the home garden or patio.

Activities also include learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties. Kids can engage in a number of activities in the children’s area, ranging from face painting and games to storytelling. A variety of talented entertainers keep the family amused, including family-friendly shows on the Main Stage.

One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the Apple Tasting tent. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano real estate porn.
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3 exciting concept restaurants opening in Kits

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Three exciting new concept restaurants are opening soon – some this week –  in Kits. These include Japanese-French fusion spot Mak N Ming, which will replace Thai Star restaurant at 1629 Yew Street, Cacao at 1898 West 1st Avenue, and Chi Restaurant Bar bringing Vietnamese cuisine to 1935 West 4th Ave.

Chi restaurant has yet to put menus on their website, but they open August 25, so readers can scout for themselves. Chef Le Chi won runner up on Masterchef Vietnam, so we expect good things. We know the least about Cacao. It’s opening this fall and the menu will be “wild, seasonal, and local with a Latin twist.” Mak N Ming is by chefs Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng both formerly of PiDGiN in Gastown. The space is 850 square feet and will seat 30. There will be a seasonal chef’s menu as well as a selection of a la carte choices.

Drop by and let us know what you think.

3 open houses in Kits this week

kitsilano real estate

Image: Livekitsilano.com

Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano real estate porn.
Read more…

Kits writer launches blog on joyfully living the low-income life

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I am a born-and-raised Vancouverite who has lived in Kitsilano for the past several years, and who has been contributing to Kitsilano.ca since 2014. I love Kits, and I love keeping my eyes and ears open so that I can keep you in the loop about the next big thing and all the little things going on in our neighbourhood. Recently, I have launched a new project on low-income living that speaks primarily to you, my fellow Kits residents.

Everybody living in Vancouver appreciates the irony of our oft-cited claim to be the most liveable city in the world. All young Vancouverites, perhaps especially those of us trying to stake ourselves in Kitsilano, have experienced the trials and tribulations of this city’s, and particularly this neighbourhood’s, high cost of living. Read more…

Annual Kitsilano Community Centre Picnic in the Park takes place August 14

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There’s no better way to celebrate summer and deepen your roots in the Kitsilano community than to participate in the annual Kitsilano Community Centre Picnic in the Park. The picnic takes place Sunday, August 14 from 11m to 4pm in Connaught Park.

The festivities include carnival games and rides ($5 wrist band gives access to all), BBQ, arts and crafts activities, roving entertainers, sack races, community booths and much more. Come run, jump and play!

The event culminates with a free outdoor movie screening of Inside Out. Hope to see you all there!

3 open houses in Kits this week

Image: Livekitsilano.com

Image: Livekitsilano.com

Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano real estate porn.
Read more…

5 ideas for cheap summer fun

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Maybe you already spent your vacation budget, or maybe you decided on a staycation this year. You’re looking for an inexpensive way to max out the short, sweet end of summer. Here are five ideas for cheap summer fun. Read more…

Free outdoor movie screening in Kitsilano’s Connaught Park: Sunday, Aug. 14

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Spent your summer holiday budget and looking for free fun in Kitsilano? You’re in luck. The West Broadway BIA is hosting a free outdoor movie night in Connaught Park on Sunday, August 14 from 6pm to 10pm. The showing of family-friendly flick “Inside Out” starts at 8pm. Pre-show fun starts at 6pm, featuring a fun movie-themed photo booth, local merchant prizes, W. Broadway dinner & a movie specials, concession stand and more. The movie follows Kits Community Centre’s annual Picnic in the Park so it will be a fun-filled day.