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Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Thursday, September 29

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Whether you want an evening of holiday indulgence or need inspiration for your Thanksgiving Dinner,  Whole Foods’ annual Taste of Thanksgiving event is a must. This Thursday, September 29, from 5-8pm, The Whole Foods on West 4th will be serving up Thanksgiving classics and vegetarian and vegan options. Read more…

A royal Sunday in Kitsilano

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The shiny, happy royals spent some time in Kitsilano this weekend. As reported by CBC News, the royal tour of Vancouver wrapped up at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base where Prince William and Kate boarded a hovercraft for their journey back to Victoria. Read more…

Cool event alert: Bike the Night takes place in Kitsilano Sept. 16

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Looking for cool Friday evening plans? Bike the Night kicks off Friday evening at Granville Park (corner of Pine and 15th) and follows a 10-kilometre route through Kitsilano. It ends in Connaught Park (near 10th and Vine).

Organized by HUB Cycling, the event is part fitness and part research. Cyclists will get the chance to familiarize themselves with the future of the Arbutus Greenway. It also involves a pre-party with perks like snacks and bike repair as well as an after party at a Kits pub.

“It’s family-friendly and kids under 12 are free — all you need is to be able to ride a bike in a fairly straight line,” Laura Jane, HUB’s director of corporate engagement and events told Vancouver Courier. Read more…

September is Star Trek Month at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

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To kick off their SciFi Fall, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre presents: Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration.

On, September 8, come out to support your favourite Star Trek captain at the Geeks versus Nerds Vancouver debate and after watch the Trekkie documentary with fellow fans. Then, Star Trek month continues with a Star Trek family weekend and a movie double bill. Read more…

Free fun: Gorgeous one-day hikes around Vancouver

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Why the heck are any of us living in Vancouver in the first place if we’re not going on hikes on at least a semi-regular basis?

You may not be athletically-inclined, and that’s fair, or you may hate bugs and dirt, and that’s okay, but the appeal of the hike is that it can be as intense or as laid-back as you choose. BC is overflowing with trails of all varieties that are sure to offer your Goldilocks experience – not too much and not too little, but just the right amount of outdoors-y intensity for you. Read more…

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…

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!

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.