There are 500 Green Streets gardens allocated to volunteer gardeners and 250 still available. What are Green Street gardens? Green Streets gardens are planted by volunteers in busy areas including traffic circles and corner bulges. Why would you want one? You like gardening. You think your neighbourhood has an eyesore in need of beautification. The City pays for the initial planting.
How do you get a Green Streets location in Kitsilano? Watch for the signs – yellow is taken; green is available.
If you see a sign on a garden near you saying it’s available, don’t hesitate. Green Streets coordinator, Sara Orchard, tells me that plots in Kits get snapped up quickly. There’s only one available right now, and I won’t even tell you where because she’s had people express interest. Of course, you can always offer to help a volunteer gardener – that’s how I met Kim Peterson, a neighbour only 3 blocks away.
Kitsilano Farmers Market is open for the 2013 season every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at 2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue in the parking lot of Kitsilano Community Centre. Head on over for a leisurely browse and access to Vancouver’s local producers. As usual, you can get your hands on meat, fish, cheese, fruit, veg, plants and other sundries ranging from soap to granola. Perhaps you’ll even find inspiration for a Victoria Day Long Weekend brunch.
I have found myself at Terra Breads three times this week to pick up one of their new granola bars. At $2 and 200 calories, they are the perfect size for a little afternoon snack. Terra recently included the granola bars in their product line up – they are a natural addition given their wildly successful granola. The bars really are delicious. The have a great consistency and are not too sweet. Nonetheless, given my recent kick on them, I decided to make my own.
Easy Homemade Granola Bars (recipe from Carpeseason.com; originally from Smitten Kitchen )
This easy granola bar recipe makes perfect salty-sweet chewy granola bars that are not too sweet. You can use any combination of dried fruit or nuts that you like. They come together quickly and can even be frozen. Makes an 8X8 pan.
After hearing a CBC interview last week proclaiming the long-term dangers of Nature Deficit Disorder, I panicked, packed up a picnic lunch and forced the family to traipse around Pacific Spirit National Park so we could be one with nature. The highlight of the visit for my daughters was the concrete reservoir which made me realize we needed some remedial nature classes. So I’m reigning in my ambitions and starting with a local park within hailing distance of our apartment complex.
Looking for the perfect park in Kits? There’s an App for that.
Kitsilano is blessed with beautiful parks. So the issue is not finding a lovely spot to hang out, rather finding a park with all the amenities we want. So I was delighted when I stumbled upon the Vancouver Parks app to help me choose where to take the girls to play. Read more ›
Whether or not the forecast cooperates, Kitsilano Pool opens this weekend on Saturday, May 18. After months of gulls doing laps in goopy green waters, the beachfront beauty is back to top summer form. So perhaps it’s time to look at season pass rates and trade in rain boots for flip flops.
“Kits Pool” is the longest pool in Canada. It’s the only salt-water pool in Vancouver. For those who are visiting Kits, it’s located along the beach at Cornwall and Vine. There’s a cafe and a waterslide. Thanks to the pristine waters and jumbo-sized tanning chairs, the pool often boasts more visitors than the nearby beach. There’s also a kids’ area with a water fountain.
What are you doing tonight? Do this instead. The Khatsahlano! Music & Arts Festival Launch Party is free and there’s going to be awesome live music. Head over to Zulu Records (1972 West 4th) on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30pm for the Khatsahlano! Launch Party featuring the hot, hot announcement of the 2013 line-up. You’ll also get see/hear special performances by Village and Gal Gracen.
So go. Then tell us what you think about the 2013 Khatsahlano! line-up.
Here’s a reminder of the good times at the 2012 festival:
Walking past the West 4th Lululemon happens daily in my life, so I finally put two and two together and checked out their weekly No Excuses, Run! club. The most important thing you need to know about the lulu run club? This is not your ordinary run club (and that’s a wonderful thing).
You know that feeling at 5pm when you’ve had a looong workday, and the bus is crowded, and the thought of going for a run is a just ridiculous and too much to handle? When you’re lacking energy, or drive, or desire, this is the place to be. Lisa, our fearless leader and West4th Run Ambassador, captured our attention (and hearts!) with her pleasant demeanor and energetic talk. Read more ›
Crowds flocked to the Kitsilano Farmers Market on opening day yesterday. The Kits pool opens this Saturday, May 18.
Two telltale signs that summer is around the corner in Vancouver.
With the warmer weather and an increase in outdoor activity across the city, comes a spike in this site’s traffic as everyone searches for more information on their favorite local summer past-time. Whether it is Bard on the Beach, Honda’s Celebration of Light, the Kitsilano Showboat, or the Khatsahlano! Music Festival, Kitsilano.ca is a favorite destination to learn more about these events. Read more ›
There’s a bunch of news and happenings around our community these days relating to cycling. Here are a few items:
Traffic circle removal
Last week, the Georgia Straight ran an article about how the City was going to remove the traffic circle at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Pine Streeet. This traffic circle was identified in the ICBC collision data as being one of the most dangerous for cyclists. In fact, in the seven years prior to the traffic circle being installed, there were zero reported bike/motorist collisions, but in the seven years following there were 17 reported collisions. Read more ›