Rally to Save Pine Free Clinic in Kitsilano

Image: Straight.com/HEYMAN

Image: Straight.com/HEYMAN

The fight to save Pine Free Clinic Kitsilano is underway. There have been two rallies thus far on May 20 and May 24. People from as far away as Langley and Surrey descended on a Kitsilano medical clinic  to urge the province to re-consider shifting its services to a larger centralized location. Vancouver Coastal Health has announced the services at Pine as well as four other Vancouver clinics will be consolidated into Raven Song.

At least everyone who spoke during the hour-and-a-half rally at the Pine Free Clinic shared a memory or story about the facility which has been around for decades.

Even Park Board commissioner Constance Barnes recounted hitchhiking to the clinic from Port Moody as a teenager.

Everyone at the rally, which was hosted by NDP MLA’s David Eby and George Heyman, had the same message. Read more…

5 Best Ice Cream Shops in Kitsilano

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The sun is defying the weatherman’s predictions and it looks like summer might be here to stay (knock on wood). With the beach at the bottom of the hill, there is one refreshing treat that is a staple for our outdoor warm-weather adventures. Ice cream seems to be a new trend in our city, and Kits has a few great places to find the frozen dessert in all its manifestations. Read more…

Art Shines for Love: A Fundraiser for Kits House Friday, May 23

I think most people would agree that Vancouver is a pretty culturally diverse city. And that the Westside is no exception.

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Art Shines for Love Fundraiser May 23rd

A group of community organizations* have teamed up to celebrate the cultural diversity of our Westside communities and to raise funds for the 7th & Vine redevelopment of the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.

The Art Shines for Love fundraiser will take place this Friday, May 23, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm in the Auditorium of Lord Byng Secondary School at 3939 West 16th Ave. Read more…

Khatsahlano Summer Festival Lineup Announced

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Get ready for another rockin’ summer. Vancouver’s biggest free music and arts  street festival, Khatsahlano, has just released their 2014 event line-up. In case you’re new to our fair neighbourhood, Khatsahlano  festival takes place in Kitsilano on West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald every summer. Last year, over 118,000 folks showed up in Kits. We expect 2014 to be bigger and better still. Did we mention that it’s free? Yes. But it’s worth repeating. Read more…

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Revamp Nears Completion

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Kitsilano Neighourhood House at the corner of West Seventh and Vine is at the home stretch of a two-year reconstruction job. According to the Courier, “the heart of Kitsilano is ready to beat again.”

Kits House has had a long history as the centre of the Kitsilano community with roots dating back to 1894 , and has been at its present location since the early 1970s. Environmental activist group Greenpeace held one of its first meetings at the hall, and it has long played host to live folk music and community plays and productions. The facility’s relevance waned in the past decade, which is part of why a revitalization was needed. Read more…

Vancouver Food Cart Fest Returns June 22, 2014

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Food cart fanatics, this one is for you. Start dreaming about crispy ling cod fish tacos with sweet shredded cabbage and spicy salsa fresca, mojito-flavoured popsicles, and fresh-pressed pineapple coconut blueberry juice. You can find all of these summery pleasures in one place at the Vancouver Food Cart Fest starting June 22.

Over of 20 of Vancouver’s best food trucks and food carts will gather every Sunday from noon to 5pm at 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is on the Seawall and a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station, the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock, and major bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue.

In addition to the waterfront nosh, you’ll also find a community market, live music and DJs, kids activities and more. But Vancouver has been ranked as one of North America’s top 5 street food cities, so it’s definitely okay to treat the meal as the main event.

Here’s the full list of participating Vancouver food carts: Read more…

Kitsilano Pool Opens May 17

Pools-Kitsilano-PoolSummer in Vancouver unofficially starts with the opening of outdoor pools and beaches. The fun kicks off this Victoria Day/May Long Weekend, the first weekend of 2014 when the lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty. The heated seaside pools at Kitsilano Beach Park, Second Beach in Stanley Park, and New Brighton Park open Saturday, May 17. Swimmers often line up to be the first to make a splash. The outdoor pools operate until the Labour Day weekend, with out pool, Kitsilano Pool, typically open until mid-September. Read more…

Fun Activities to Try This May Long Weekend

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Thank my mother-in-law for this beach-worthy weather we’re having. She’s visiting this week from just-defrosted muddy Maine, US. Having regularly traveled to Vancouver over the last decade or so, she has never seen a drop of rain fall from our skies. Honestly.

She leaves on Friday, thus our usual weather will commence afterwards. So here are some ideas for what to do this May Long Weekend, with an umbrella in hand.

Fun Activities to Try This May Long Weekend

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Fireworks Alert! Honda Celebration of Light Competitors and Dates Announced

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In case our posts on ice cream tacos and patios didn’t evoke enough sunny summer for you, here’s the clincher. Honda Celebration of Light has announced  the competing countries and dates for our annual summer waterfront pyrotechnics showdown.

Vancouver’s beaches and skies will shine bright for the 24th annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival Saturday, July 26, Wednesday, July 30 and Saturday, August 2.  Once again Vancouver will dominate on the international stage during the largest and most prestigious event of the summer, featuring fireworks performances by teams from the United States, France and Japan. This is the world’s largest offshore fireworks showdown. Thousands of spectators will gather on Kitsilano Beach, Sunset Beach and English Bay to view the spectacle. Read more…