5 Ways to Get Started on a Garden in Kitsilano

Take a worm-composting class at Kitsilano's City Farmer. Image Credit: Cityfarmer.info

Take a worm-composting class at Kitsilano’s City Farmer. Image Credit: Cityfarmer.info

Now that half of our neighbourhood community gardens have been torn up by CP Rail, it’s time to rebuild. Perhaps a more secure place to do so is in your own garden at home, whether you have outdoor space or not. A garden doesn’t have to be big, or outside for that matter. Here are 5 ways to get started on your garden this month.

5 Ways to Get Started on a Garden in Kitsilano

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AnnaLena Restaurant To Open Friday in the Old Kits Daily Kitchen Spot; Menu Available for Preview

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 10.52.31 PMWe were recently added to the AnnaLena PR list, most likely because we got some intel wrong in our last post on the restaurant opening. As we said before, AnnaLena is the new 65-seat restaurant venture by former Oakwood Chef Mike Robbins. But they didn’t open Tuesday which was a detail we re-shared from Scout; the press release says doors will be open this Friday, March 13.

The release gave more info on the food Robbins is going for. You can check out the full dinner menu below. Read more…

5 Cool Classes for Adults in Kits Neighbourhood

Image: Jeff Kubina

Image: Jeff Kubina

We’ve been incredibly lucky to have mild temperatures and beautiful weather for the last few weeks. But as we all know, this false summer tends to die out early, leaving us to pine away and count the days until warm weather and sunshine are here to stay.

Luckily, classes and activities in Kitsilano are ramping up. From cooking to karate lessons, beat the rain blues by mastering a new skill. Here are just a few of the new activities and hobbies for you to try out in Kitsilano. Read more…

Everything You Need to Know about Vancouver CelticFest 2015

Image: Craig Nagy

Image: Craig Nagy

CelticFest Vancouver, March 6-17, promises to be a rich celebration of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture. Visitors can enjoy music, dance, family fun, food and a parade during the 12-day, fun-filled festival.  With so much going on you’re biggest problem will be deciding what to attend. To help you choose we’ve picked out some highlights we think you’ll enjoy. Read more…

6 Free Spring Break Events in Vancouver

Kokoro Dance at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Image Credit: Vidf.ca

Kokoro Dance at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Image Credit: Vidf.ca

Spring break starts next Monday, March 9 and is until Friday, March 20, and Vancouver is always buzzing with events during this time. We’ve given you some great Spring Break kids camp ideas here. Below we have some free Spring Break events listed for you as well, some in Kitsilano and some close by.

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The $34-billion Canadian Industry Nobody Ever Measured

Image: Lauren Jong

Image: Lauren Jong

On average most of us granted a second life to 76 things last year. In Kitsilano, where we have a lot of young families and students as well as a neighbourhood tendency toward eco-awareness, the results are higher. Smart phones, baby gear, cars, textbooks, and more were all bought and sold second-hand. Read more…

CP Rail Tears Up Maple and Cypress Community Gardens in Kitsilano

Image: Cypress Community Garden

Image: Cypress Community Garden

Kits gardeners cried watching CP Rail shred the half their garden plots that lies on railroad property at Maple and Cypress community gardens. CP did the same to the neighbouring Pine Street Community Garden last week, leading to the posting of “CPR has no heart” signs at all three gardens, as reported by Georgia Straight. We reported on this gloomy possibility in July and sadly it’s come true. Photos here.

Former Oakwood Chef Mike Robbins To Open AnnaLena in Kitsilano in a Week

Image:  ?? Michele M. F.

Image: ?? Michele M. F.

Here’s some good Kitsilano restaurant scoop. Former Oakwood Chef Mike Robbins is soon ready to open AnnaLena restaurant in the old Kits Daily Kitchen spot at 1809 West First Avenue. He’s partnered with Jeff Parr also formerly of Oakwood and now at Chambar. The food will be modern Canadian, which obviously he’s proven he can do well. Read more…

Awesome Spring Break Camps for Vancouver Kids

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Kids aged 3-8 will have a blast at a YogaButtons Spring Break Camp

Vancouver Spring Break 2015 runs from Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 2o. With a kindergartner I have a new appreciation for Spring Break. I can’t wait for the break from routine and slower pace of the day. Spring Break is also a good time for kids to try something new. Whether they want to get physical, learn a skill, or just get out and meet new friends, I hope you find the perfect Kitsilano or Greater Vancouver Spring Break Camp in the following list.   Read more…

Kitsilano Businesses Win Big at Westender ‘Best of the City’ Awards

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Image: @shopwest4th

Westender just published their 18th Best of the City Readers’ Choice Awards. Kitsilano businesses scooped up many awards. In citywide bests, Drexoll Games won for best Games, Gravity Pope won best for Shoes, Lazy Gourmet won for Caterer, and West 4th Ave itself got third best shopping street in Vancouver after Robson and Main.

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