Must Drink Now: Seasonal Pumpkin Beers at Darby’s Liquor Store

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Darby’s Liquir Store has a shelf full of pumpkin craft beers. Act fast, before they’re gone and pumpkin season passes you by.

  • Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
  • Parallel 49 Beer Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
  • Parallel 49 Beer Schadenfreude Pumpkin
  • Russell Brewing Pumpkin Jack
  • Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
  • Phillips Crooked-er Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Darby’s has expanded their liquor delivery service. You can get your pumpkin beer delivered  7 days a week from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. Call 604-731-8750.

Vancouver’s Jericho Lands Finally Sold in a Package Deal for $307 Million

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The federal government sold one of the last large undeveloped land plots on Vancouver’s Westside after nearly two decades of speculation. A group including the Canada Lands Company and three local First Nations have reached an agreement to take ownership of the Jericho Lands (marked above) and two other properties in the Lower Mainland. The sale of properties in West Point Grey, West Vancouver and South Cambie is valued at $307 million.

As reported by BC Business, the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation, will split ownership 50/50 with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Along with the Jericho Lands, the site of a Department of Defence installation (still home to around 100 military personnel and their families), the consortium will acquire a former Department of Fisheries and Oceans waterfront site in West Vancouver, valued at $11 million, and a former public works owned-property just south of Children’s Hospital. Read more…

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District

Arthur Erickson's Waterfall Building in The Armoury District

Arthur Erickson’s Waterfall Building in The Armoury District

Last week we explored the West Point Grey neighbourhood with its wonderful parks, museums, and family-friendly cafes. This week, head the opposite direction, east, to The Armoury District just across Burrard Street. This esthetically cool and tiny neighbourhood has only recently become official, though many of the chic businesses there have been established for decades. Home to fine furniture, luxury car, and modern design showrooms, art galleries, and indulgent food shops, The Armoury District can easily be strolled through in an afternoon. Here are our recommendations on what you should see, eat, and buy:

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District

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3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The Kitsilano real estate market is picking up speed with new listings hitting the market and lots of eager Buyers snapping up the great properties.

Here is a nice selection of units that are offering an Open House this weekend, along with a link to every Open House in Kitsilano. Take a stroll through the neighbourhood to view these properties, and don’t hesitate to contact the LiveKitsilano Team with any questions! We know this neighbourhood.

To view a list of every open house in Kitsilano: http://livekitsilano.com/open-houses/

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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Tips for Recycling and Selling Used Cell Phones in Kitsilano

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Image: ALT1040 from Blogosfer

Kitsilano has four cell phone shops on West 4th alone. Just about every month, a new “it” phone comes out and appears in their windows winking with shiny, revolutionary features.

Whether we’re Android or Apple fans, we all upgrade our hardware. Some of us upgrade frequently because we’re tech geeks and we know the specs and must have the new toy. Others of us upgrade with our contract, before really mastering the features on our old phones. Either way, most of us have a drawer of dusty old phones and chargers we keep for “backup,” — a.k.a. we don’t know how to get rid of them.

You have two options for getting rid of old phones: recycling used cell phones and selling used cell phones. If you’re recycling, use BC’s Recyclepedia for a list of locations in Kitsilano where you can drop off your used cell phone. If you’re selling your used cell phone, here are some tips for doing so.

Tips for Selling Used Cell Phones in Kitsilano

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Best Cafes & Coffee Shops for a Study Spot in Kits

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Week five of the semester means that classes are in full swing and student stress levels are on a steady incline. One crucial component of student life is finding your go-to study spot where you can get into your zone. Kitsilano is definitely the hot spot for UBC and SFU students in Vancouver, and we have a huge range of cafes, coffee shops, and the like that are perfect for studying.

Here are a few of my favourite neighbourhood nooks and crannies to hole up in with my books. Read more…

Come on out for the West Side Family Place Annual Fundraiser October 23

wsfp-fundraiserCome out and enjoy a comedy improv evening at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League in support of West Side Family Place on October 23.

West Side Family Place will hold its 9th Annual Fall Frenzy Gala to raise funds for its early childhood learning programs and family support services. The evening will be filled with laughter, canapés, drinks, fundraising raffle, live and silent auction, and a hilarious show by the talented improv performers of Vancouver Theatre Sports League. Tickets are still available, cost $40 and can be purchased directly from Family Place, westsidefamilyplace.com/fall_frenzy/

Why get involved? West Side Family Place is the only dedicated family resource center on Vancouver’s west side helping families meet new friends, gain a sense of community and get support so they can raise happy, healthy children. Located in the heart of Kitsilano at McDonald and 11th Avenue, more than 20,000 adults and young children visit each year to take part in programs, education events, and the busy Drop-In program every week day.

West Side Family Place,  2819 West 11th Avenue, 604 738 2818, Westsidefamilyplace.com

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving in Vancouver More Meaningful

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Thanksgiving 2014 falls on Monday, October 13. As much fun as it is to stockpile ingredients for the feast, it’s not all about the bird.

Feeling blah about tweaking recipes and exalting the family’s wannabe chef? Here are 5 ways to imbue Thanksgiving with a little more meaning.

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Uber Ride-Sharing App Pushing to Get Back on Vancouver Roads

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The popular ride-sharing app Uber was driven out of Vancouver in 2012 by the provincial Transportation Board. The regulator requested the company apply for a limousine licence, which requires consumers to spend a minimum of $75 per trip. But now, there are rumours the ride share service that’s gaining popularity around the world may be making a Vancouver comeback.

We’ve used it in cities including LA, DC and Chicago and are not displeased to hear that the San Francisco-based company has been tweeting its intentions to return to our fair town. Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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Now that it’s fall, you might need an excuse to get outside, so why not view some open houses in Kitsilano. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy a walk through the neighbourhood.  There are lots of open houses this weekend. Take a look at a full list here: http://livekitsilano.com/open-houses/. And here are three of our favourites below: Read more…