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O Tannenbaum! German-Style Vancouver Christmas Market Opens November 22

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The German-style Vancouver Christmas Market opens this Saturday, November 22 in Queen Elizabeth Plaza. We go every year to get into the holiday spirit (Gemütlichkeit) with warm glühwein, smoked ham hock and a gingerbread decorating session with the small folk.

The village consists of about 50 rustic wooden huts surrounding a soaring Tannenbaum festooned with thousands of lights. The vendors have every kind of German (and international) Christmas treat you can imagine ranging from stollen, marzipan, black forest ham and schnitzel to poutine, crepes, maple candy and borscht. If you’re shopping for gifts or decor, there’s a good selection of glass ornaments, wooden toys, and Christmas stars. Read more…

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

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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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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…

Don’t Miss the Toybox’s Grand Re-Opening Saturday, November 8

toyboxlogoOh how I’ve missed the Toybox toy store during its close and relocation. I loved the fabulous selection of toys and games and knowledgeable and friendly staff which always made us feel welcome, no matter how long we lingered at the train table.  Well I’m delighted to report the wait is over, and the Toybox is re-opening, this Saturday, November 8, in their new location at 2933 West Broadway. Read more…

Meet CBC’s Bob McDonald at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Tuesday, October 28

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Join CBC Quirks & Quarks’ Bob McDonald, at the HR MacMillan Space Centre for a planetarium adventure and the launch of his new book, Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure.  One of Canada’s leading science journalists, McDonald will take you on an astonishing journey into the stars and the lives of three celebrated Canadian Astronauts.

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Vancouver Halloween Events for Kids

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Halloween is such a thrilling time of year, so it seems a shame to limit all the fun to just one night. Luckily there’s no shortage of spooktastic events in and around Vancouver for families to enjoy before Halloween, and even, in a few cases, after.

5 Fabulous Family Halloween Events

1. Pick a pumpkin at Richmond Country Farm, Open 7 Days a Week

Throw on your wellies and take a drive to Richmond Country Farms to see the farm animals, take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, be serenaded by the Country Pumpkins band and dance with Polly Pumpkin, Strawberry Shortcake and Korny Corn. Check the website before you go. Read more…

Go Stalk Cool Authors at Vancouver Writers Festival on Granville Island Oct. 21-26

vancouver-writers-fest-2014-logoIf your perfect fall past time is curling up with a good book and a warm drink, this is the October event for you.  Every year, swarms of scribes and their devoted following descend on Granville Island to celebrate the written word. Vancouver Writers Fest takes place October 21-26 this year, and there are so many good events to choose from.

This year, one of the themes of the Vancouver Writers Fest is that of discovery. Every year festival-goers attend an event to see one author, and leave having discovered someone new. The  2014 Festival, however, may be unprecedented in terms of the number of international authors you’ve not yet heard of but are bound to become entranced with.

Stand outs include Karl Ove Knausgaard, an acclaimed novelist in his native Norway, was unknown to English-speaking readers until his Min Kamp (My Struggle) books, a series of six autobiographical novels, began appearing in translation. Now his work is reviewed widely, he has been compared to Proust, and British novelist Zadie Smith is quoted as saying she needs his next book “like crack.” Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The weekend is almost upon us. Check out these featured open houses in Kitsilano, or review the full list of homes for sale in Kits. The LiveKitsilano Real Estate Team is happy to help guide you on your next purchase or sale – if you want to know anything about a condo, townhouse or house for sale in Kitsilano, or would like to schedule an appointment to view, don’t hesitate to contact them.

Search all homes for sale with Open Houses this weekend here: http://livekitsilano.com/open-houses/

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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