Come on out for the West Side Family Place Annual Fundraiser October 23

wsfp-fundraiserCome out and enjoy a comedy improv evening at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League in support of West Side Family Place on October 23.

West Side Family Place will hold its 9th Annual Fall Frenzy Gala to raise funds for its early childhood learning programs and family support services. The evening will be filled with laughter, canapés, drinks, fundraising raffle, live and silent auction, and a hilarious show by the talented improv performers of Vancouver Theatre Sports League. Tickets are still available, cost $40 and can be purchased directly from Family Place, westsidefamilyplace.com/fall_frenzy/

Why get involved? West Side Family Place is the only dedicated family resource center on Vancouver’s west side helping families meet new friends, gain a sense of community and get support so they can raise happy, healthy children. Located in the heart of Kitsilano at McDonald and 11th Avenue, more than 20,000 adults and young children visit each year to take part in programs, education events, and the busy Drop-In program every week day.

West Side Family Place,  2819 West 11th Avenue, 604 738 2818, Westsidefamilyplace.com

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving in Vancouver More Meaningful

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Thanksgiving 2014 falls on Monday, October 13. As much fun as it is to stockpile ingredients for the feast, it’s not all about the bird.

Feeling blah about tweaking recipes and exalting the family’s wannabe chef? Here are 5 ways to imbue Thanksgiving with a little more meaning.

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Uber Ride-Sharing App Pushing to Get Back on Vancouver Roads

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The popular ride-sharing app Uber was driven out of Vancouver in 2012 by the provincial Transportation Board. The regulator requested the company apply for a limousine licence, which requires consumers to spend a minimum of $75 per trip. But now, there are rumours the ride share service that’s gaining popularity around the world may be making a Vancouver comeback.

We’ve used it in cities including LA, DC and Chicago and are not displeased to hear that the San Francisco-based company has been tweeting its intentions to return to our fair town. Read more…

Free Admission to Science World This Weekend, Sept. 27-28

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If the rather hefty admission price ($15.25-$25.50) has stopped you from visiting Science World, now’s the time to head on over. It’s the kick-off weekend for Around the Dome Science Festival, a a month-long science festival that celebrates all of the amazing science and technology here in our community.

The science festival is being launched with a family-friendly Community Science Celebration that’s FREE for everyone. Thanks to support from Genome British Columbia and BC Hydro, admission to Science World at TELUS World of Science for the Community Science Celebration this coming Saturday and Sunday (September 27 and 28) is FREE! During the Community Science Celebration, local businesses, organisations and innovators will be profiled, so that we can share and experience the innovation in science and technology that exists right in our own backyard. Read more…

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

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Pacific Spirit Park trail

This weekend, venture out west. To West Point Grey to be exact. With its eastern boundary beginning at Alma Street, the West Point Grey (or Point Grey for short) neighbourhood is a pleasant stroll or short drive/ride away for many Kits residents. Here’s our guide on what to see, eat, and buy in this affluent, well-established section of Vancouver.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

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Why You May Want to Abandon Kits Beach Playground for this Amazing New $1 Million Playground in Richmond

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In 2010, the Kitsilano Beach playground was the new cool kid of Vancouver play spaces. A legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, it’s the city’s largest fully accessible playground and the rotating climber and saucer swings are super fun. A couple thousand illegal cigarette butts later, plus overcrowding, and proximity to the young adult meat market, and many neighbourhood moms are willing to make the trek to another neighbourhood.

Where are they heading? The new $1 million playground Terra Nova in Richmond is the one to visit.

Designed by Vancouver’s Hapa Collaborative, this magical wonderland is the result of over decade of planning. The play landscape is inspired by the environment of the parkland on a middle arm of the Fraser River. The design includes an jaw-dropping spiral slide, a treehouse, meadow maze, zip line, and a “log jam” climbing structure that is meant to be like the classic West coast experience of walking on logs. Read more…

Fall Fashion Trends and Where to Find Them in Kitsilano

Acne sweater. Image: Gravity Pope

Acne sweater. Image: Gravity Pope

Fashion on 4th, hosted this past Thursday by Sarah Bancroft at Bimini Public House, introduced us to a horde of fall fashion trends, and, even better, told us exactly where we could find them on West 4th.

A few common themes were rich, bold colours – blue-black as the new go-to neutral and ox blood (or merlot, as I prefer to call it) as the favoured vibrant hue – as well as statement outerwear, military details, and skinny jeans (they’re not going anywhere for a while). A couple styling trends I will definitely indulge in include running shoes with skirts (ideal!), the collegiate look (skinny sweats and bomber jackets, again – ideal), and 80′s-style baggy tops over tight bottoms (do I have to say it again?).

All of these trending looks are ideal because they bring comfort to the forefront, which is exactly what we all need at this time of the year. With a couple choice accessories and lots of bold colour, comfort can also be stylish.

Here are a few of my favourite picks from spots along West 4th, so that you can feel cozy and chic all at once. Read more…

Proposal to Change Vanier Park Draws Fire from Kits Residents

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Kits residents galvanize to action when there’s a proposed change to their parks and the new plan for Vanier Park, pushed forward by Bard on the Beach (BOTB), is no different.

BOTB wants to remove part of Vanier Park’s lawn and replace it with a hard surface such as pavement or gravel. They have good reasons. But still. The response from Kits seems appropriate. Folks want to know: exactly how much of an impact should commercial enterprises be allowed to have on public parks?

Here’s the scoop, as reported by Business in Vancouver. We’ve also included how to impact the outcome on Vanier by filling out the surveyRead more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The fall real estate market is in full swing, so you’ll see lots of Open Houses this weekend. Take a look at out top choices for a condo, townhouse and house in Kits; follow the link to LiveKitsilano.com to see a full list of every open house.

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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