BC Hydro Power Smart Candlelight Dinner

October 20th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Restaurants dim the lights, serve up deals for Candlelight Dinner

In the mood for romance? How about a candlelight dinner with a great message?

BC Hydro Power Smart’s most delicious initiative of the year – the Candlelight Dinner – is back on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

OfftoberOver 64 restaurants in seven communities across BC – including 34 in Vancouver – will be turning down the lights and serving dinner by candlelight as a way to showcase their commitment to energy conservation.

Power Smart works with local community and business associations each year to recruit restaurants and bring the Candlelight Dinner to select cities and communities. Now in its sixth year, the event aims to raise awareness of the simple things you can do every day in your home and at work to conserve energy.

Free appys and desserts, 2-for-1 entrees available

Participating restaurants will be extending exclusive offers or discounts for the event, which may include a complimentary appetizer, 2-for-1 entrees, free dessert or a featured menu item.

See a full list of participating restaurants. Reservations are recommended. Contact the restaurant directly to book your spot.

Find more deals and fun in Offtober

Follow @PowerSmartBC on Twitter for great energy-saving tips, deals and the opportunity to win daily prizes throughout the month we’re calling Offtober.

Spread the word and share your photos from the event using hashtag #pscandlelight.

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This post is sponsored by BC Hydro Power Smart

SPARK Animation 2014: Win Tickets

October 20th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Calling all animation students, artists, industry members, and enthusiasts! The Spark Computer Graphics Society presents SPARK Animation 2014, a conference and film festival celebrating creativity, inspiration and innovation in animation around the world.

SparkAnimation-2014

What: SPARK Animation 2014 October 22 – 26 at the Vancity Theatre
Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour in Vancouver
When: October 22nd to October 26th, 2014

Win Tickets

Miss604 is proud to sponsor “Mothers of a Medium” featuring 16 titles from around the world. This showcase is a mix of classic and computer animation and includes 3 films by Canadian directors as well as titles from Iran, Brazil and The State of Palestine. Mothers of a Medium takes place Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:00pm at the Vancity Theatre featuring:

Beluga · 2:07 · United States
Bus Story · 10:51 · Canada
Under the Bed · 2:58 · United States
Food · 3:32 · China
No Fish Where to Go · 12:28 · Canada
The Tree · 5:05 · Iran
Black Tape · 3:00 · Palestine, State of
Guida · 11:18 · Brazil
Man On the Chair · 6:55 · France
Marcescent · 5:25 · Taiwan
This Too Shall Pass · 3:55 · Italy
Humanexus · 10:25 · United States
Indigo · 9:00 · Canada
Fat & Skinny · 8:41 · Poland
Gerascophobia · 4:15 · United Kingdom
The Elephant & the Bicycle · 9:00 · France

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Mothers of a Medium, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tix to #MothersOfAMedium at @SparkCGS #SPARK2014 from @Miss604

For more information about SPARK Animation films, conference events, and the job fair, follow along on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter with the tag #SPARK2014. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

SS Sicamous in Penticton

October 19th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The mission of my trip to the Okanagan in early October was to taste, sip, and experience a bounty from the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and its members but along the way I discovered a few more points of interest worth exploring the next time you’re in the area. One of said attractions is the SS Sicamous, parked at 1099 Lakeshore Drive West in Penticton, which is the largest surviving stern wheeler in British Columbia:

S.S. Sicamous

SS Sicamous in Penticton

100 years ago, before there were any highways in the region, the SS Sicamous transported passengers and cargo to remote communities along Okanagan Lake. It was originally assembled in Vernon after arriving on the Canadian Pacific Railway on 18 separate rail cars and it first set sail in 1914.


1932: SS Sicamous at the dock. Archives# CVA 447-2686. Photo by Walter E. Frost

The luxurious vessel would depart from Penticton before the crack of dawn, sailing the length of the lake and making 14 regular stops before reaching its northern terminus at Okanagan Landing (Vernon). Stops were also made if signal fires were lit along the lake and the boat could pull up almost anywhere nose-first, then back out with the power of its paddlewheel.

After 22 years in service it was retired and tied up to rest at Okanagan Landing Ship Yards. In the 1950s it was home to the Penticton Museum and throughout the decades it fell in and out of condition, underwent renovations, repairs, and modifications.

S.S. Sicamous S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

Today the ship is operated by the SS Sicamous Marine Heritage Society, with help from the City of Penticton, and it is one of the last surviving vessels from its era of travel throughout the distant corners of the British Empire.

S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

On board you’ll find displays, a miniature Kettle Valley railway, and event rental space throughout. In fact they already have 14 weddings booked for 2015. The museum is filled stories about travel through the inland waterways of BC and the rooms are beautifully restored. Not only that but the outer decks provide lovely views of the lake and the Penticton waterfront.

S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

The SS Sicamous is open Thursdays through to Sundays, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and closes occasionally for private events and weddings. Family admission is $18, and children 6 and under are free. Check the website for accurate/applicable rates and hours, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter for the latest visitor info.

Looking Down: Manhole Cover Art in Vancouver

October 17th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week I was on a trip to the Okanagan where I snapped colourful landscape photos of views and vineyards as far as the eye could see. To my surprise, none has garnered as much attention as a photo of a manhole cover I took upon my return to Vancouver. Locals, as I have come to learn over the years, appreciate three things that made this photo a success: Coast Salish art, autumn in Vancouver, and finding art in unexpected places.

There are thousands of these creatively designed cast-iron covers all across the city and thanks to the Ironclad Art project, new contributions are added to the mix.

The particular cover that I captured was designed by master carver Susan Point, who has created a variety of public and fine art works including several at Vancouver International Airport such as Cedar Connection and the Salish Welcome posts in the international arrivals area.

This photo was taken in Coal Harbour but there is another manhole cover at First and Commercial designed by Susan Point and her daughter Kelly Cannell, and another similar cover in the Olympic Village. You can view a full gallery of these designs and others submitted to the Ironclad Art project online.

Sometimes we’re so busy looking up in Vancouver, at the mountains, rain clouds, and construction cranes building up our City of Glass that we tend to miss some of the beauty that’s right under our feet.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

October 16th, 2014 @ 6:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In between Thanksgiving and Halloween, Vancouver has plenty of activities for young and old, both indoors and out. There are free movies to enjoy, the last taste of Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club, tours, fundraisers, films, and the Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo along with everything else listed below:

Autumn Colours
Photo credit: Carol Nixon on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Diwali Fest Vancouver
Contrasting Landscapes: Artists’ Reception at East Van Studios
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Slide Rule to Sci-Fi Exhibit
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Vancouver Aquarium Toast to the Coast
Science World’s Geodesic Ball
Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Krav Maga Force: Weekend Seminar
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fort Langley: Grave Tales
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Gilles Jobin (Switzerland)
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker
Our Town

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Free Movie Day at Cineplex (Select Films)
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
TEDxVancouver
In Person: Veronica Roth & Tahereh Mafi at Chapters Metrotown
Search & Rescue Denim Co. Fall/Winter Release Party
Queen’s Park Pumpkin Patch in New Westminster
Pokémon Autumn Regional Championship
Home Movie Day Vancouver
Seniors Festival in New Westminster
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Tri-City Women’s Heart and Soul Conference
Vancouver Aquatics Centre’s 40th Birthday Celebration
Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
Boban and Marko Markovic Orkestra
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap
UBC Apple Festival
Fort Langley: Grave Tales
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Krav Maga Force: Weekend Seminar
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Gilles Jobin (Switzerland)
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker
Our Town

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
Coquitlam: Salmon Come Home
Cinema Sunday Presents My Fair Lady at The Cinematheque
SFU: Young Innovators Crawl
The Walking Dead Pinball Launch Party
RIPE 2014: Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Dinner Celebration
Port Moody Arts Family Friendly Opening Reception
Vancouver Academy of Music: VAMSO Concerto Extravaganza
Cannery Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap
UBC Apple Festival
Fort Langley: Grave Tales
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Krav Maga Force: Weekend Seminar
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

Triple O’s and KidSport Team Up for BC Kids

October 16th, 2014 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This fall you can support KidSport, getting children active in organized sports, when you visit participating Triple O’s locations. Until October 24th, donations made at any of the 32 participating Triple O’s locations will support registration fees for children in BC.

KidSport BC is Triple O’s charity of choice and over the past four years they’ve helped raise nearly $93,000, so all kids can play! Funds raised October 6th to October 24th will help kids with financial barriers experience the benefits of sport participation by covering the registration fees for a sport season of their choice.

  • KidSport believes that ALL children should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sport.
  • Since 1993 KidSport Canada has given half a million kids the chance to play sports through KidSport grants.
  • Last year in BC, 6700 kids played a season of sport thanks to KidSport assistance.
  • For approximately every $200 raised, one child in a local BC community gets a chance to play sports for the year.
  • Each KidSport chapter across the Province gives back to kids in their local communities.
  • All of the money raised at our participating Triple O’s restaurants will go back to KidSport BC and kids in their local communities!

On the very last day of the campaign, Friday, October 24, 2014, Triple O’s will celebrate “KidSport Day” by donating $1 from every combo sold back to KidSport. You can also donate online anytime.

To promote this partnership and support KidSport, Triple O’s has also offered up a $50 gift card for a lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with a sport or playtime activity that you loved as a child (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $50 @tripleos gift card from @miss604 http://ow.ly/CT5Fn + support @KidSportBC #SoAllKidsCanPlay

Follow Triple O’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about this campaign. I will draw one gift card winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/3

This contest is sponsored by Triple O's to promote the KidSport campaign.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

October 16th, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Trading off the bright summer sunshine for a multicoloured display of fallen autumn leaves, local photographers of all kinds have captured the vibrancy of the season through their images. Here is this week’s selection of photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram. Enjoy!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

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Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

3 Places to Watch Halloween Movies in Vancouver

October 16th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Dust dances in the beam of light streaming from the projector. Your hand trembles as it reaches for another piece of popcorn that may or may not make it to your mouth as you pause with fear. You start whispering to the characters on screen, warning them of the danger they are about to put themselves in. The music picks up, goes silent, and here come the screams! The thrill of a scary movie is most welcome at this time of year and if you’re looking for a hair-raising good time, check out these 3 places to watch Halloween movies in Vancouver:

film
Photo credit: Marta Wlusek on Flickr

Rio Theatre

Location: Rio Theatre at 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30pm. All ages welcome in the balcony. Tickets $8 in advance or in costume, or $10 at the door. Bar service for those 19+. Audience participation is highly encouraged. $2 prop bags will be sold in the lobby prior to the show.

Night of the Living Dead on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30pm. Presented by The Gentlemen Hecklers. Tickets $6 in advance or $9 at the door. 19+ only with bar service. Join the Gentlemen Hecklers for a special Halloween edition of the show, when they are going to take you through one of cinema’s greatest, goretastic, zombies-want-to-eat-you classics. with their live, hilarious commentary.

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:00pm. All ages. Tickets $6 advance or in costume, or $8 at the door. Bar service for those 19+. All ages welcome in the balcony. Costumes highly encouraged.

The Cinematheque

Location: The Cinematheque at 1131 Howe St, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

The Wicker Man on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm; Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:30pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:15pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Nosferatu the Vampyre on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:20pm; Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:30pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 4:15pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 8:20pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Eraserhead on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:15pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:30pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 6:30pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Vancity Theatre

Location: Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 catch Faith Healer + clip talk: The Canadian Horror Picture Show at 6:30pm; Canadian Horror Show clip talk with Ernest Mathijs at 7:20pm; and Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed at 9:00pm.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 get your tickets for Nightbreed – The Director’s Cut at 6:30pm; Prom Night (1980) at 9:15pm; and Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II at 10:50pm.