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Kitsilano Youth Fight Losing Pine Free Health Clinic

Image: Yelp

Image: Yelp

Kitsilano residents are protesting the closure of Pine Free Clinic, a longtime walk-in youth clinic at 1985 West Fourth Avenue. An online petition demanding that Vancouver Coastal Health provide more information about the closure of Pine Free Youth Clinic has 397 signatures on Change.org thus far.

The petition reads: “If the Pine Free is terminated, our community, and specifically our youths, will experience an increase in drug abuse, suicide, STI’s, depression, eating disorders, and pregnancy.”

As reported by the Courier, Bryan LaRochelle started the petition when he found out from people working at Pine Free that Vancouver Coastal Health plans to close the clinic down. Operating for more than 40 years, the clinic is well known to youth as a safe place to go for questions about sexual and mental health. UBC students, in particular, use it for STD and pregnancy testing. Staff are known to be supportive an non-judgmental. You may have seen the line up at Pine Free walking by, it often extends out the door and onto the sidewalk. Read more…

Kitsilano Rental Sale Sets Record Price

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In the pre-kids days, before space needs overtook atmosphere in our property rankings, my husband and I always kept an eye out for the apartment rentals in Kitsilano with ocean views. Our best was an ancient-but-scenic two bedroom in an eight-unit apartment building on the beach side of Cornwall. We had a view of the water from every room in the house, floor-to-ceiling in the living room. Moving was tough, although necessary. I learned what homesick meant when I had coffee on the couch in our next place and didn’t see the reassuring grey-blue of English Bay.  When we saw the recent BIV post about an old eight-unit apartment building on Cornwall setting a record price per suite, we wondered if it was ours. The building sold this month for $5,025,000 total, or $628,125 per apartment door.

Want to Play Table Tennis in Kits? Join the Kitsilano Ping Pong Social Club

ping_pong_paddlesA ping pong table is an invaluable workspace. It’s great for wrapping presents, laying out photos, having lunch, folding laundry and so much more. For those who have friends who play table tennis, a ping pong table is also the obsession-worthy epicentre of the ping pong club world. You know, where all the sweaty, high-speed action happens.

Apparently, Kitsilano has a lot of individuals who are into table tennis. They’ve gone and started the Kitsilano Ping Pong Social Club which takes place every Thursday night at the Billy Bishop Legion (upper level) in Kits. All you have to do to participate is book a table.

Warning: this sport is addictive. Why? Because in a world of anxiety-ridden folks, there’s something abut the speed of the tiny ball and the clack of the paddles that allows you to shut out the constant, tiny nagging voice and enter The Zone. Or so I hear.

Email kitspingpong@gmail.com for more deets.

Heritage Vancouver Names Hollywood Theatre #1 Endangered Site for 2014

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The Heritage Vancouver Society has released its annual list of top 10 endangered sites in the city. Our very own Hollywood Theatre is top on the list:

“The Art Deco Hollywood Theatre is a precious community landmark built in 1935-36, and one of our last intact neighborhood theatres. The current owner has not expressed interest in retaining the interior of this significant theatre and has not found a buyer who would maintain its public assembly use. The only proposal so far would retain the facade, make significant changes to the interior and end the building’s use as a cultural community space.” — Heritage Vancouver Society

What happens next? Well, Kits residents are known for civic action. We’ll leave that in your capable hands.

5 Cool Things to Do in Vancouver in Spring

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Balmy breezes. Blossoms. More sun. Warm weather is on its way back, along with your desire to get outdoors and explore Vancouver. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up five cool things to do in Vancouver in spring. Go play outside! Read more…

Icebreaker Launches Yoga Collection for Women

image006If you’re bored with Lululemon or simply looking for yoga wear made from better textiles, Icebreaker‘s new yoga collection should pique your interest. The merino specialist (located at 2089 W 4th Ave.)  is launching its first yoga-inspired garments for Spring/Summer 2014.

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Image: Icebreaker

Wool is ideal for fitness, as our lumberjack B.C. residents of yore can attest to, because  it breathes to prevent overheating, resists odour and feels pretty nice, even when you’re sweating.

The line includes merino wool tops, leggings and hoodies for women. These aren’t cable knits. We’re talking light, soft and airy. If you’re thinking the way I am, you’re also going to want to wear them on your next jog.

Icebreaker, 2089 W 4th Ave., 778-329-2710, Icebreaker.com

Food Porn: Lucky’s Tiramisu Doughnut

Image: Tiramisu bismarck at Lucky's

Image: Tiramisu bismarck at Lucky’s

This post is about the tiramisu bismarck at Lucky’s Doughnuts. We’d rather be having the tiramisu doughnut for breakfast right now than our usual porridge. Why? Because it’s a light-as-air yeast doughnut topped with fluffy mascarpone and dusted with cocoa powder; it might ascend were it not anchored down by the sinfully pleasurable goop known as coffee pastry cream. In contrast, our porridge is grey gruel – tedious, fibrous fuel – sweetened only by mouth-puckering out-of-season berries.

But how to justify buying one on a Tuesday, not even a weekend splurge day? Maybe if we bought a box of them, we could give them to a friend or colleague who would surely invite us to share one over a coffee. Better still, we could organize our next interview at Lucky’s and order one … to share, of course. OR: we could write a very short blog post about the tiramisu bismarck. Because if we did that, everyone at Kitsilano.ca would have to try one. It would be a blogger duty.

Nomnomnomnom.

Lucky’s Doughnuts, 2198 West 4th Avenue, 604.420.4901, Luckysdoughnuts.com

Studying for Exams? Where to Pull an All-Nighter in Kitsilano

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It’s that time of year again for Vancouver university students. During exams, real estate for your bum and books is hard to come by, especially in the wee hours of the night when you really, really need to be anywhere except your apartment. Kitsilano has a few cafes and restaurants that are open 24/7. Here’s where to geek it up at 3am. Read more…

Rain or Shine’s Awesome New Flavour Pairs Craft Beer + Ice Cream

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Image: Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Rain or Shine, Kitsilano’s small-batch ice cream shop which has caused a 10%* rise in foot traffic on West 4th, has a new seasonal ice cream flavour made with White IPA from Powell Street Craft Brewery. We were already fans of the suds. Now we have another reason to eat ice cream. Get it while it’s … cold.

102-1926 West 4th Avenue, (604) 428-7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

*denotes inexact figure