Merry Kitsmas! Santa Visits West Broadway December 19

Image: Shop West Broadway

Image: Shop West Broadway

Santa is coming to visit Kits. Find him at West Broadway Saturday, December 19 from 1 to 3pm. Go say, “Merry Kitsmas,” and check out the festive Christmas paintings on West Broadway storefront windows while you’re at it. Santa, elves, reindeer… The merchants have gone all out.

Kitsilano Gift Guide: Toys You and the Kids Will Love

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Kitsilano’s toy stores are packed with popular toys and games so you’re sure to find a great gift that you know the kids will love.  But, if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, we’ve found some really cool kids’ gifts, which will challenge their abilities and fire their imaginations. Read more…

Winter Art Show Open House at David Eby’s Office December 17

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Photograph (c) Lynn Copeland, Snowy Tree 18” x 24”

 

MLA David Eby walked through the new winter-themed art show in his community office and quipped, “When we walk into the office in the morning we’ll really feel it before the heat gets turned on.”

Gracious as always, he quickly added his thanks and remarked on how the theme of the current show works well to bring several artists’ work together in the space.  Everyone is invited to see the art show at the annual holiday open house December 17, 4pm – 7pm. Read more…

Kitsilano Gift Guide: 3 Easy DIY Edible Gifts-in-a-Jar

Chex Party Mix. Image credit: Wikipedia.org

Chex Party Mix. Image credit: Wikipedia.org

Who doesn’t appreciate the effort of a hand-crafted edible gift, especially if it’s made by the gift-giver? So, for Christmas this year, here are 3 easy gift ideas for you to make at home. No need to be a skilled baker. Most of your ingredients can be sourced at Whole Foods on West 4th or Greens on West Broadway, or have them delivered via SPUD. Glass jars can be found at Gandy’s Home Hardware and The Kitchen Corner, both on West 4th.

3 Easy DIY Edible Gifts-in-a-Jar

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3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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It’s the holidays. Time to splurge, or ask somebody else to. Why not throw down for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this weekend. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

The Spirit of Giving: How to Help Syrian Refugees in Vancouver

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Yesterday, a Syrian man who has been waiting five years for his sons to join him in Canada was finally reunited with them on Thursday in BC.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve expressed any feelings of happiness,” said Mamon Alhomsi. “The Syrian dictatorship had wronged us for many years.”

As many as 400 Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in B.C. by the end of the month, and another 1,500 are expected by the end of February. How can you help Syrian refugees in Vancouver? Details after the jump.

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Cool Thing We Want: B.C. Craft Beer Advent Calendar

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Image: Darby’s

The countdown to Christmas is well underway, but that doesn’t stop us from being enthused about the local craft beer advent calendars we just discovered at Kitsilano liquor stores like Darby’s.

Victoria-based brewer Phillip’s has come out with a great craft beer advent calendar called “Snowcase.” 24 days. 24 different Phillips beers. 1 special box. Go pick one up. So you’ll have to catch up on a few beers in one night. Cheers to that.