Awesome Deals on Winter Gear at MEC Snowfest November 22

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Grouse and Cypress opened Saturday, November 15. If the only thing stopping you from heading up to ski/snowboard our Vancouver resorts is a lack of gear, MEC SnowFest this Saturday, November 22 is for you. SnowFest is the place to find great deals on used snowsports gear. So much so that people (and we mean people who really know how to camp) sleep outside in the cold to be the firs through the door at 9am. Vancouverites bring in used gear for consignment and MEC sells them at really affordable prices. You’ll find skis, ski boots, snowboards, split-boards and snowboard boots. This years event will feature a DJ, complimentary coffee, cheap gear, and lots of clinics from knowledgeable athletes on stuff like skiing wild, snowshoe technique and snowboard repair.

SnowFest runs from 9am to 2pm Saturday, November 22. The good stuff tends to go fast so if you can’t make it or miss out, you’ll also score good deals on gently used ski gear and used snowboard gear in the Vancouver classifieds

MEC, 130 W. Broadway, Mec.ca

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Out-of-Towners

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The Christmas Wreath from Chocolate Arts

Canada Post deadlines for gifts to be mailed are getting closer and closer… Stop procrastinating and take a look at what we have sorted out for you – the perfect gifts for mailing to relatives (and friends too), and all are available in our Kitsilano neighbourhood. Pick them up this weekend and have them ready to send on Monday.

Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Out-of-Towners

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Deck the Halls! Where to Buy Christmas Greenery in Kitsilano

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It’s past the tipping point in November and we’re already thinking about gussying up the house for Christmas. We’re also on the lookout for pretty host/hostess gifts for all the holiday parties. Our search for Christmas greenery and blooms for led us to Kitsilano florist Celsia tucked just off West Fourth at Arbutus. We’ve already covered them for our round-up of best florists in Kitsilano. Now they’re at the top of our list for festive Christmas arrangements.

Their square wreaths, snow white orchids and succulent planters satisfy our design-minded friends. The voluptuous scarlet bloom bouquets and centrepieces are perfect for folks who appreciate simple, vibrant beauty.

Celsia Floral, 1930 Arbutus St, www.celsiafloral.com

Cool Thing We Want: BC Craft Beer Advent Calendar

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You know what they say, Christmas is the hop-hoppiest season of all. The craft-beer-themed gift we want to give and receive? A BC craft beer advent calendar. The original Beer Advent Calendar (known as the Snowcase) was first put out by Philips Brewery and featured 24 different brews. The case is available at various BC Liquor Stores.

We’re even more stoked about the Mystery Gift beer advent calendar colloaboration by hotshots Parallel 49 and Central City Brewers. It’s an assortment of 22 mystery craft beers from the breweries, plus two special collaboration beers.

“We did a sort of black forest cake beer. So it’s kind of a strong porter and we put cherries and cocoa nibs to get the chocolate flavor,” said Parallel 49 brewmaster Graham With.

Gary Lohin of Central City Brewers created a Belgian double style for the boozy present box.
“It’s a classic style and it uses a yeast that the monks use in Belgium and I also added rum soaked raisins in the beer, being the holiday time I thought that kind of fit, Christmas pudding style too,” he told CTV News.

The craft beer advent calendar sells for $74.95 a case and is available in government liquor stores across B.C. and parts of Alberta.

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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Hopefully the sun stays shining during the weekend open houses. It always makes for a more enjoyable day, and makes every place you’ll see look a little better. LiveKitsilano‘s clients always appreciate when they get the the heads up to wear shoes that are easy to get on or off when visiting a slew of open houses in one day, so consider that the next time you get out to look at some Kitsilano Real Estate. Read more…

13 Places to Shop for Winter Gear in Kitsilano

Koko Monk's Brunette Bangle hot chocolate with curry and coconut. Photo Credit: Koko Monk

Koko Monk’s Brunette Bangle hot chocolate with curry and coconut. Photo Credit: Koko Monk

Winter is sneaking up on us fast, and while the sky may be a glorious blue, the chill is definitely in the air. Our local resorts for winter sports are preparing to open for the season over the next few weeks, so here’s where to find your winter gear in Kitsilano.

13 Shops in Kitsilano for Winter Gear

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Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is Throwing a Heck of a Party to Celebrate their Rebuild Nov. 14-16

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After 3 years and nearly $20 million, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is celebrating the completion of a their restoration project with a housewarming party this weekend Nov. 14 to 16.

As reported by The Courier, the celebration kicks off Nov. 14 with the Kits House Review featuring a Musqueam blessing with Debra Sparrow, Musqueam hip hop with Christie Lee, storytellers, Zach Grey of the Zolas and “his old dad John” (as John Maclachlan Gray, composer, performer and playwright likes to be billed), and Barbara Jackson and Friends.

VIP guests include Bill Duncan, the first executive director of Kits House, and Kico Gonzalez-Risso, who ran the Kitsilano Theatre Company and coordinated many cultural events in the community, including the annual Kitsilano Folk Festival. Mary Bennett, celebration planner at Kits House, describes the event as a “Kitsilano-style love-in.” Tickets are $30/$15.

Other weekend events include free site tours — Nov. 14 from 6 to 7:30pm, Nov. 15 from 10am to 3pm and Nov. 16 from noon to 5pm — and an open house Saturday from 10am to 3pm offering storytelling circles, performances, workshops, presentations and a youth evening of art featuring a speed-painting workshop. Read more…

Rain or Shine Ice Cream Turns One

Ginger with caramelized pear. Image: Rain or Shine

Ginger with caramelized pear. Image: Rain or Shine

West 4th Avenue biz Rain or Shine just turned one. So we thought we’d give them the birthday gift of reminding readers that ice cream tastes delicious in the rain too. Rain or Shine is still rolling out those irresistible, limited-edition, seasonal flavours. Get a head start on your hibernation layers with better-than-cookie-dough brown butter snickerdoodle and sophisticated, peppery ginger with caramelized pear. For our vegan friends, there’s also a really lovely spiced apple sorbet. Don’t forget: ice cream is an ideal accessory for pie, crisps, cobblers, crumbles, waffles and more.  Or just go get a cone. Happy licking, folks.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream, 102-1926 West 4th Avenue, www.rainorshineicecream.com

Where to Gather for Remembrance Day in Vancouver

Image: Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Image: Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS

In recognition of Remembrance Day, honouring the contributions and sacrifices that Canada’s Veterans have made, the City of Vancouver will host the following events on November 11, 2014.

Where to Gather for Remembrance Day in Vancouver

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Get Ready for Set Rate Taxi Fares for Travel from YVR

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You can skip watching the meter on your next ride home from YVR. And if your visiting friends or in-laws want to know how much it’s going to cost to grab at taxi at YVR (in addition to why you didn’t just pick them up) you can tell them. Starting November 6, taxi companies operating out of YVR implemented guaranteed zone fares to destinations in Richmond and Vancouver. All other destinations throughout Metro Vancouver, including inbound trips to YVR, will maintain the metered system. Read more…