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

Finger paint


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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Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

Find nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

Find vintage nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

In September, more babies are born than in any other month of the year. Must have something to do with that wintery, romantic December month… Whether you are expecting next month or next year, or have a friend of family member who is, Kitsilano is the perfect place to shop for all that mom and baby require. Here’s our round up:

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

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Harvest Haus Oktoberfest is Coming to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, Oct. 2-5


Prepare to essen well and raise your beer stein with a rousing prost. Vancouver has a new way to celebrate Oktoberfest at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, which hosts annual the German-style Christmas Market. Harvest Haus Oktoberfest takes place there October 2-5, 2014.

Harvest Haus, presented by The Social Concierge and Wet Ape Productions, intends to bring the feeling of an old world European harvest festivals to Vancouver, making our West Coast city into a “mini Münich.”

It’s the first time this event has taken place, and we’re all interested in exactly what kind of harvest bounty is on offer. Here’s what we know. There will be German-themed noshes including pretzels, spätzle, brezen, bratwürst, schnitzel and sauerkraut prepared with locally harvested ingredients. There will also be a traditional Swiss-style chocolatier tempting the crowds with his delights.

When it comes to suds, here’s the pour list: Read more…

Vancouver Zombie Walk Returns September 6, 2014


We harp on about the zombie apocalypse fairly often on, but this time, it’s for real. Vancouver Zombie Walk 2014 takes place September 6 this year from 4 to 6pm.  Thousands of Vancouverites in gory zombie garb infest the streets, creeping their way from Vancouver Art Gallery up Robson towards Denman Street. At Denman the horde will make a left and continue to English Bay. The infestation ends at the laughing men statues.

If you plan on participating, here are the guidelines. Read more…

Kitsilano Store Opening: Movement Global

Billy Would earrings

Billy Would earrings

Movement Global, an eco-friendly women’s clothing store, has just opened in a cute little spot nestled into West 4th at Arbutus. Originally from Bowen Island, the brand has expanded now to include this city location.

The shop itself is all white walls and distressed wood, with shelves overflowing with tops, and accessories hanging from twigs and branches. The design reflects the philosophy of the brand: simplicity and sustainability.

All clothes are made from sustainable fibers, predominantly bamboo (or “vegetable cashmere” as it is commonly referred to). The designs are simple but cutting edge, with reversible pieces, modern shapes, and flattering cuts. Chiefly active wear, the line is filled with basic T-shirts, hooded jackets, and fitted leggings in dark neutrals and rich plums, teals, and corals. Jewelry also makes an appearance; chunky earrings and necklaces made of reclaimed wood (courtesy of Billy Would designs) pop up around the shop. Read more…