Spring Cleaning: 4 Places to Donate Your Used Goods in Kitsilano

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It’s spring time, and that means it’s time to clear out and, of course, donate some of our unneeded clothing and household items before you take out your warm weather clothing household accessories. While it can be tempting to simply dump your old clothing, appliances, and other stuff, remember that there are many charities right in our backyards who need for donations. Read more…

6 Great Wildlife Parks in and around Vancouver

Meet this guy and others at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Image credit: Gvzoo.com

Meet this big guy and others at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Image credit: Gvzoo.com

Sure, we’ve got plenty of wild animals roaming around in our backyards and parks, if you count crafty raccoons, dare-devil squirrels, and super speedy hummingbirds as “wild”. And of course, you could go out about an hours drive any direction from Kitsilano to look for deer, eagles, and even bears. What’s more convenient and fun though is visiting one of these great menageries in and around Vancouver.

They are not just fun for families; try taking your date to one of them too! In addition, springtime is perfect for viewing wildlife, as the weather is mild, the tourist crowds are still manageable, and little ducklings, eaglets, and cubs are being welcomed into the world.

6 Great Wildlife Parks in and Around Vancouver

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Plan Ahead: Kitsilano Events and Festivals in Summer 2015

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Image: Phanie & Corey for lindsaysdiet.com

Kitsilano is worthwhile all year round, but there’s no doubt that our beachfront neighbourhood, called Vancouver’s Venice Beach, truly shines in summer.

Put these dates in your calendar. There are some great events and parties happening in Kits in kicking off in May and running through August.

From Vancouver’s biggest free live music festival, Khatsahlano, to a heck of a lot of good Greek food and vigorous dancing at Greek Day on Broadway, here are the best things to do in Kitsilano this summer. The list is in chronological order.

Check these listings for more summer community events and festival tickets.

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Cool Thing We Want: “Where Chefs Eat” Guide from Wanderlust Travel Store

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Image: Phaidon

Kitsilano is lucky. Wanderlust, one of Canada’s larges travel stores, has held out on West 4th Avenue since 1989. In addition to handy travel accessories, maps and good advice, they have a fascinating book selection. We’re currently coveting Where Chefs Eat ($26.95), an insiders guide created by 600 chefs in 70 countries that contains details on 3,200 restaurants. René Redzepi, David Chang, Jason Atherton, Read more…

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Patio

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Image: Mymodernmet,com

The stretch of sunny days no doubt has you thinking about patio season. Is your patio ready? Do you have the furniture, barbecue and picnic gear you need?

Here are 6 fun and useful additions to your patio life. Read more…

Bard on the Beach Tickets On Sale for Summer 2015

Bard-on-the-BeachBard on the Beach, Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival, is back in Vanier Park June 4-September 26.  For 26 years, Vancouver patrons of the arts have turned up enthusiastically for this culture fest celebrating the genius of William Shakespeare with natural beauty of Vancouver as the backdrop. Tickets for Bard on the Beach went on sale April 8. Now is the time to book if you want the good seats.

Here are the highlights for the 2015 season, including details on the incredibly popular Canada Day Bard-B-Q and fireworks. Read more…

What To Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

Watch the amazing Camilo The Magician this weekend. Image credit: Camilothemagician.com

Watch the amazing Camilo The Magician this weekend. Image credit: Camilothemagician.com

There are some great local Kitsilano events happening this weekend that include getting a free tree, some good karma beach time, and a dose of healthy cheerleading. Plus there’s a magic show on Granville Island which should not be missed. Here’s our list with the details.

What to do in Kitsilano this Weekend

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Just Announced: Lindi Ortega Is Coming to Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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Image: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

In case you needed extra incentive to score early bird tickets to Vancouver Folk Music Festival which has been going down at Jericho beach every summer for the last couple of decades, here it is. Lindi Ortega is performing.

Who’s that? A sultry siren of the Nashville stage who wears signature red cowboy boots and whose voice is like the naughty offspring of Johnny Cash and Emmylou, with good ole Dolly Parton as godmother. Read more…

Branches & Knots Japanese Fashion Retailer Commits to a Permanent Home on West Broadway

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Image: Branches & Knots

Branches & Knots Trading Co., a fashion retailer and wholesaler specializing in Japanese-made goods, has transitioned from pop-up to permanent location at 3128 West Broadway. This little gem has super chic and practical Wild Bird Society of Japan rain boots, handcrafted JHA watches, sculptural outerwear and all sorts of other good design. Stop by and say hello to owners Naomi and Junko, plus Coco – the store pup.

3128 West Broadway, 778-379-1855, branchesandknots.com

Mayor Robertson Supports Reopening of Kitsilano Coast Guard

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Following the toxic bunker fuel spill in English Bay, Mayor Robertson is calling for the Kits Coast guard Base to be reopened. The base closed in 2013, despite protests.

As reported by CKNW:

“I don’t think that closure was warranted. I think we need to have a Coast Guard Base with the equipment to deal with a situation like this right here on False Creek. People in Vancouver are still very concerned about losing that Coast Guard Base, and want to be sure we have all of the resources necessary to respond to an oil spill.” Read more…