3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this weekend. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Kidsbooks Kitsilano moving to a new location

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Our special neighbourhood children’s bookstore Kidsbooks is moving locations. Not to worry though, they’re just heading four blocks east from Balaclava Street and West Broadway  to Trafalgar and Broadway. The move is a result of planned building demolition for their current space. The new space will be larger and feature free underground parking. The move is set to take place “in early 2016.”

More about Kidsbooks: Kidsbooks first opened on West 4th Avenue in 1983 during a recession. It moved to West Broadway in 1987. In 1995 they  opened a second location at Edgemont Village in North Van. Kidsbooks is known for being the first store in Canada to sell J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series in 1998. Of course they had the window displays to match. It’s also Vancouver’s favourite children’s bookstore.

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80,000 party at public Vancouver NYE 2016 fiesta

Photo by: Jenn Chan Photography

Photo by: Jenn Chan Photography

80,000 Vancouverites partied at Canada Place and Coal Harbour for Vancouver NYE 2016. It’s the first public NYE celebration Vancouver has hosted since 1992, and residents were very enthusiastic.

The event was the largest free New Year’s Eve event in Canada, beating Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square attendance of 30,000 and Montreal’s Old Port attendance of 72,000.

The organizers hope to turn Vancouver NYE 2017 into an international event.

7 ways to save money in 2016

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After Christmas shopping and Christmas travel, you may feel stressed when you look at your bank account. It’s normal. Most New Year’s resolutions are about money and health. Before you panic, get proactive and make a plan to save money in 2016. Read more…

Kitsilano Coast Guard Base to reopen as soon as possible

Image: Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press

Image: Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press

Liberal authorities are holding to their promises to reopen Kitsilano Coast Guard Base. The closure handled by the conservative government in 2013 was controversial, to say the least. After a series of protests, the station remained closed. There was additional salt in the wound and a chorus of “I told you so’s” with the oil spill in 2015. Read more…

6 Healthy Habits for 2016

Vancouver in December 2015. Image credit: Lisa Voormeij

Vancouver in December 2015. Image credit: Lisa Voormeij

It’s a new year and that means it’s a good time to form, renew, and update some healthy habits in your life. Here’s our list of 6 healthy habits for 2016. They are simple, effective, and most importantly, sustainable.

6 Healthy Habits for 2016

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Robson Square Ice Rink is Open New Year’s Day January 1

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Looking for fun on New Year’s Day? If you have kids or simply avoided a party-hard scenario, get out of doors and take advantage of free ice skating at Robson Square before the opportunity is over in February. The Robson Square Ice Rink is open January 1 from 9am to 11pm. Skate rental is $4. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.

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Freeze Your Bum Off at Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2016

Image: Image: Mark Klotz / Flickr

Image: Image: Mark Klotz / Flickr

Once again, hundreds of brave or foolhardy Vancouverites will strip down and plunge into the icy waters of English Bay for the annual Polar Bear Swim on January 1, 2016. Registration opens at 12:0pm at English Bay Bathhouse (1700 Beach Avenue). Swimmers dive in at 2:30pm. Basically, if you’re out late partying, you can still make the event.

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim dates back to 1920 when 10 brave souls first made a mad winter swim. These days, over 2,000 folks are likely to participate. There are some basic guidelines. Wear a swimsuit. No dogs. No booze.

Free Public Transit in Vancouver on NYE 2016

Image: Julius Reque

Image: Julius Reque

It’s near impossible to snag a taxi on NYE in Vancouver. Now you don’t need to worry about it. Vancouver NYE transit will be easy and cheap. Translink is offering free, extended service starting on New Year’s Eve and continuing to New Year’s Day. The free period runs from 5pm on Dec. 31, 2015, and goes to 5am on Jan. 1, 2016. Read more…

Free Vancouver NYE Party Downtown on December 31

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There’s a free New Year’s party in Vancouver this year. It’s the first public New Year’s event since 1992, so we’re reporting on it, even though you’ll have to leave Kitsilano to attend. The NYE Vancouver party starts at 6pm December 31, at Canada Place Way, near the Coal Harbour waterfront, between Howe and Burrard.

There will be family-friendly live entertainment from Vancouver performers and food trucks until midnight. Other perks: special sponsor exhibitions,  live on-site broadcasts, and a midnight countdown with spectacular fireworks over Coal Harbour. For folks with young children, they’re even runni gan early countdown with a short fireworks performance. Families with children can celebrate Early Eve at the 102.7 The Peak Stage, which includes a 3-minute burst of fireworks from the offshore barge in the middle of Coal Harbour beginning at 9pm.

Read more here: www.nyevan.com