Pumpkin Ale is Here! Find It on Tap at Darby’s in Kitsilano

Image: Steamworks

Image: Steamworks

Pie-spiced and malted with the colour of an autumn sunset, 6.5% alc./vol., and mellow pumpkin-mash finish, Steamwork’s seasonal Pumpkin Ale is now available in Kits. You can find it on tap at Darby’s. They’ve got 30 taps going at all times, so you’ll have no trouble finding another tasty seasonal craft brew to try next.

Darby’s, 2001 Macdonald Street,Pub 604-731-0617 or Liquor Store 604-731-8750, http://www.darbyspub.ca

Fancy a Bike Ride? Vancouver Tweed Ride Rolls through Vancouver Sunday, September 14

Image: Vancouver Tweed Ride

Image: Vancouver Tweed Ride

In a city where yoga pants pass as street wear, it can be difficult to find opportunities to dress up. Here’s your chance. The Vancouver Tweed Ride, a fancy bicycle ride where riders dress in traditional British Cycling attire, particularly tweed, rolls into town Sunday, September 14.

If you’re keen to participate in this fashionable cycling event, head to the The Vancouver Club in the heart of city on the day of. Registration opens at 9:30 am. It’s $40 to participate. Registration will get you: A Rider Kit (includes Happy Water bottled water, JJ Bean Promo Card, boxed tea from Murchies and more!), morning and midway point refreshments and entrance to the after party. You can also register to participate online here: http://vancouvertweedride.com/register/.

The actual Tweed Ride will start at 11am September 14.

The purpose of the Vancouver Tweed Ride? recreate the spirit of a bygone era, promote biking in urban areas and raise money and awareness for a local non-profit.

There will be prizes for best vintage bike, best tweed outfit, etc.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro Welcomes New Executive Chef Ryan Murphy

Image: Oakwood

Image: Oakwood

Kitsilano’s Oakwood Canadian Bistro welcomes Ryan Murphy as the new executive chef. The Halifax native has spent years traversing the globe in pursuit of his culinary passions. Murphy gained extensive experience working in international kitchens including Vue de Monde in Melbourne, Australia; Restaurant Fifty Three in Singapore; and Restaurant Frantzen in Stockholm, Sweden; and numerous well-renowned eateries around Vancouver.

With this changing of the guard, previous Oakwood executive chef Mike Robbins will leave behind this vibrant dining destination. “The Oakwood team wishes Mike Robbins all the best as he moves on to new culinary ventures,” says Oakwood’s Mike Shea. Read more…

RISE to the Challenge! Come up with an Idea to Fix Rising Sea Levels in Vancouver and Win $35,000


As part of its annual Community Summit, Simon Fraser University’s Public Square is hosting RISE, an ideas competition calling for BC residents to come up with solutions to Metro Vancouver’s rising sea level issues. Online registration for the competition, which is open to the public and offers a grand prize of $35,000, begins today September 8.

BC Ministry of Environment reports are predicting the ocean surrounding Vancouver could rise by one meter by 2100, putting local ecosystems, housing, transportation and infrastructure at risk and causing significant economic losses. The RISE competition is asking teams to come up with high-level ideas and designs to address the challenges of this sea level rise in Metro Vancouver.

You don’t have to be experts, all you need is an ability to understand the issues, come up with some innovative ideas, submit them by October 6 and present them to the judges on October 19 2014.  What issues you focus on and how you tackle them is up to you. Read more…

Call For Kits Community Feedback: Bard on the Beach Wants Your Opinion on Enhancing Vanier Park


Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival gave us the heads up about an upcoming public consultation that takes place September 14, 9am-12pm in the Bard tents in Vanier Park. The goal of this open house? Bard’s wants your input in order to identify and implement community-accepted enhancements to Vanier Park.  They’re in the planning stages with Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

The meeting will explore ways in which the Festival can enhance Vanier Park for the community’s benefit while minimizing the impact that setting up and taking down the Festival site has on the Park. They are proposing to add an all-season surface and tree-lined pathways at the Festival site (beside the Vancouver Archives) to improve the year-round usability of, and accessibility to, the park. Read more…

Vancouver Brewery Tours Offer Behind the Scenes Access to Vancouver’s Burgeoning Craft Beer Scene

Image: Olivia Kelava

Image: Olivia Kelava

Labour Day seemed to bring summer to an abrupt halt with sudden gray skies and a brisk drop in temperature. It’s always tough to say good-bye to sunny Vancouver and the abundance of outdoor activities that our city offers. But over the long weekend, I discovered an indoor activity unique to Vancity that definitely brightened up a gloomy day. Vancouver Brewery Tours offers a trip around town to the best craft breweries, with behind-the-scenes access, VIP treatment, lots of insider info, and lots and lots of beer. What better way to spend a rainy autumn day?

The tour begins in Gastown and once everybody has gathered and loaded into the van, the tour guide will drive off to one of nine craft breweries that the company has partnered with for the first stop of the day.

On my tour, I got to visit Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver, Storm Brewing on Commercial Drive, and finally Steamworks Brewery in Burnaby. Each tour matches up contrasting breweries so that guests can get a good sense of the burgeoning yet eclectic craft beer scene in Vancouver. Read more…

5 Fun and Educational Classes for Kids in Kitsilano

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The official public school year has started in Kitsilano (even with no-one actually attending school due to the continuing BC teacher’s strike). With that, a host of fun and educational classes are available starting this week for kids of all ages.

We’ve compiled a list here that is mostly aimed towards preschoolers or younger, though there are some options for older kids that may have some “free” time on their hands right now. Check the accompanying website links for further choices.

5 Fun and Educational Classes for Kids in Vancouver

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Aid Worker from Kits Evades Ebola but Remains in Region

Ebola outbreak map

Ebola outbreak map

Kitsilano resident Anne Catherine Bajard figured the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus would be under control when she arrived June 1, in LIberia to start her job as country director for IBIS, a Denmark-based international development agency.

She was wrong.

“We thought it was controlled,” Bajard told the Vancouver Sun, explaining that the current outbreak had escalated fairly quickly from rural to urban. “What we didn’t know was that this was hitting major centres with large quantities of people. In a city you can’t control it.” Read more…

Composting for All! Vancouver to Ban Food Scraps from Landfills

Image:  Panphage | Wikimedia Commons

Image: Panphage | Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is about to get even greener. Vancouver city council recently mandated that all food scraps and green waste will have to be recycled as of January 2015.

As reported by the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver began food scraps recycling two years ago for single-family dwellings and some city-serviced, multi-unit buildings, but that only accounts for a third of all organic waste in the city.

In July, city council agreed to include privately-serviced multi-unit residential buildings, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and other commercial and industrial waste generators in a plan to divert all compostable materials from the city’s landfill and transfer stations.

Why do it? Vancouver is on a mission to reduce waste at landfills by 50 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2008 levels). Food scraps and compostable material going into the landfill create methane gas. Methane is far, far more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, which comes from composting. Want to know more about why food scraps don’t create methane when they’re composted? Here’s the science behind it. Read more…

6 Fun Things to Do in Vancouver Labour Day Long Weekend

The Fair at PNE

The Fair at PNE

Sticking around in Vancouver over the the Labour Day Long Weekend? Us too. You’re in good company. Here are 6 fun ways to use up the last moments of summer.

6 Fun Things to Do in Vancouver Labour Day Long Weekend

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