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BC Home and Garden Show

February 11th, 2016 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BC Home and Garden Show is happening February 17th to 21st at BC Place, where you can get real advice, real inspiration and hear from real experts to make your dreams for your home a reality.

BC Home and Garden Show 2016

HomeandGardenShowThe show features Bryan Baeumler, star of HGTV’s House of Bryan, joined by landscape designer Carson Arthur, star of HGTV’s brand-new series Home to Win, lifestyle expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, and Vancouver’s top gardeners and design experts, covering everything from home decor to renovations, curb appeal and more.

Shop and consult more than 425 exhibitors and local vendors, all under one roof. Don’t miss the always-popular Ask a Designer booth, where you’ll have direct access to the city’s best designers, offering up free, 10-minute drop-in consultations. Be sure to pay a visit to the Westcoast Smart Home presented by Trinity Post & Panel Inc., where you’ll find a stunning 810-square-foot vacation home featuring chic, cost-effective construction that’s made for left coast living.


BC Hydro Main Stage; The Cooking Stage; Battle of the Brewmasters; BC Hydro Power in Style; Westcoast Smart Home; The Balanced Home; Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Planted; #SewAndShow; M(art)ket; Portobello West; Ask a Designer; FLOFORM Lounge; Feature Gardens: Water Wise; Toyota Test Drives; The Vancouver Sun Gardeners’ School; Barkitecture; and more including celebrities, experts, makers, artists, and special guests.

Check out the Main Stage Schedule, Cooking Stage Schedule, and Garden Stage Schedule. Enter to win a ultimate garden makeover, and thousands in prizes from show exhibitors and sponsors.


Wednesday, February 17, 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday, February 18, noon to 9:00pm
Friday, February 19, noon to 9:00pm
Saturday, February 20, 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, February 21, 10:00am to 6:00pm


Adult (13+) Box Office, $16
Adult (13+) Online, $13
Senior (60+) Box Office, $13
Senior (60+) Online, $10
Seniors before 6pm (Thur/Fri only) $6
Children 12 & under, FREE

Enter to Win

I have a painting by Vancouver contemporary abstract artist Donna Giraud (valued at over $250) to give away along with two tickets to the BC Home and Garden Show at BC Place.

Enter to win this Donna Giraud piece!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming something/someone you’ll see at the BC Home and Garden Show (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $250+ @VanHomeShows @donnagiraud prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Ye9MH #BCHGS16

Follow the BC Home and Garden Show on Twitter and Facebook for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Valentine’s Day for Singles in Vancouver

February 11th, 2016 @ 10:36am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

ValentinesDaySinglesVancouverDo you love to be social but find yourself without a partner this Valentine’s Day? There are a series of events, shows, and dinners around town that will entertain you this weekend:

Valentine’s Day for Singles in Vancouver


Bring your single friends to Preston’s on Saturday, February 13th from 3:00pm to close for an extended happy hour. Chef Shelley Robinson has selected some delectable finger food options from the happy hour menu for you to enjoy along with spirited beverages. Preston’s is located in the Coast Coal Harbour at 1177 W Pender St, Vancouver.

Cafe Medina

Popular brunch spot Cafe Medina invites you to celebrate “Anti-Valentine’s Day” with a communal, all-inclusive feast for singles, couples, friends, family and groups alike. Beginning at 6:30pm on Sunday, February 14th, a special dinner service will include a five-course gourmet menu by Medina Chefs Deniz Tarakcioglu and Adam Perrier, a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and live music courtesy of “TV Show Band” jazz trio. Tickets are $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Cafe Medina is located at 780 Richards St, Vancouver.

Say Hi to a Stranger

Fresh Friendships, presented by Say Hi to a Stranger, is a loosely structured event on February 13th at 11:00am. There you can meet and chat with new people, spread a little joy and learn more about the #SayHiToAStranger campaign and values. Enjoy ZEND snacks and beverages in a space that prides itself on its welcoming, open atmosphere and 100% organic menu.

Other Events

Looking for more Valentine’s Day events for singles? You can try An Affair to Remember at Studio Records on Granville, and dance the night away with friends. There’s also the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre for Singletons at Lana Lou’s.

If you want to do something that doesn’t involve red hearts, pink cards, and chocolates at all, check out these other events this weekend:

Second Sunday Concert Series: Heart Strings with Cordei Duo
Vancouver Cantata Singers: Liebeslieder
Dance Extravaganza 2016, Surrey
Year of the Monkey Temple Fair Celebration of the Chinese New Year
Rogers Hometown Hockey, New Westminster
Hastings Park Farmers Market
Vancouver Wellness Show
Gateway Theatre Presents: Closer Than Ever
Vagabond Players: Over the River and Through the Woods
Pacific Theatre Presents: Common Grace

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Valentine’s Day at Robson Square Ice Rink

February 11th, 2016 @ 9:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Meet someone else who is working on their moves at the rink, or skate hand-in-hand with your sweetheart to the sweet pop tunes that echo throughout the plaza. Robson Square ice rink is a great (and inexpensive) Vancouver date night in the winter and this Valentine’s Day you can amp up your affection and commitment with vow renewals and weddings.

The Centre Of Attention

Valentine’s Day at Robson Square Ice Rink

The rink is hosting five officiants who will be providing complimentary vow renewals and wedding ceremonies from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, on Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14, 2016).

There will be five separate ceremony arches complete with floral arrangements. In the evening the rink will be filled with romantic music, a perfect way to begin or cap off a special valentine’s day with the one you love.

The ceremonies are first come, first served, and conducted by Popup Weddings BC. Register upon arrival for vow renewals and weddings on Valentine’s Day at Robson Square.

Robson Square Info

Skating at the rink will be open 9:00am to 9:00pm on Valentine’s Day
Fee: No fee to skate at Robson Square!
Rentals: Skates $4.00; ice cleats: $2.00; helmet included with skate rental

The The Robson Square ice rink will remain open until the end of February, 2016. Tag your photos with #robsonsquare on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share the fun. Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street between Robson and Georgia, Howe and Hornby.

6 Reasons to Become a Stanley Park Ecology Society Member

February 10th, 2016 @ 1:59pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We all love Stanley Park: The Seawall, the trails, the history, Bright Nights and Halloween Ghost Trains, and of course the nature that’s right on Downtown Vancouver’s doorstep. For just $20 a year you can become a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) and contribute to the conservation of our city’s crown jewel.


6. Last year, through member support, SPES was able to engage over 5,135 elementary students in nature programs; conduct 78 wildlife habitat surveys; and remove over 361 cubic meters (220 wheelbarrows) of invasive species from the park. Your membership contributes to these programs!

5. Your membership comes with a card, good for a complimentary Discovery Walk in the Park, and you’ll receive discounts on Discovery Walks, programs, and special events throughout the year.

4. Members get free preview nights for Halloween Ghost Train, Bright Nights Christmas Train, and Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park.

3. Card-carrying SPES members can also enjoy 20% off food at the Prospect Point Cafe and Stanley’s Bar and Grill.

2. Individual members get 20% off to the Vancouver Aquarium for individual membership, and a SPES Family Membership holders get 20% admission for 6 family members (2 adults and 4 children under 19).

1. You’ll be supporting an independent non-profit charity that, every year, connects thousands of people with nature through school and public programs while their conservation team engages community volunteers in habitat restoration and wildlife monitoring. SPES advises the Vancouver Park Board and provides baseline information on conservation issues within the Park, including ecosystem integrity, Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Species at Risk.

Individual Membership is $20 for the year, Family Membership is $40, and youth/seniors/volunteer membership is $15. Follow the Stanley Park Ecology Society on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Miss604 has been a proud blogging partner of SPES since 2013

Challenge Your Valentine in the Spartan Race

February 10th, 2016 @ 10:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Spartan Race is returning to Vancouver this summer as a sprint, with thousands of participants conquering a muddy 5km trail with outrageous obstacles designed to test resilience, strength, stamina, and ability to laugh in the face of adversity.


Challenge Your Valentine in the Spartan Race

The race, happening on Saturday, June 4, 2016, is for all fitness levels. Run, jump, and climb your way to a personal victory of tackling a challenging course in a beautiful setting on Mount Seymour.

Race against the best in the Elite Heat, try the new Competitive Heat, or try for your personal best in the Open Heat (for weekend warriors, novice athletes and first-timers). There is also a Junior Race for ages 5-10 and Youth Races for ages 11 to 13.

Valentine’s Day Discount Code

spartanrace-valentines2Sweat Together, Stay Together! Whether you’re married, in a relationship or celebrating with your pals, Valentine’s Day is a great time to spread the love around! That’s why the Spartan Race team has put together a great deal to bring loved ones across Western Canada together to take on their epic mud filled obstacle course.

Register 2 people for the price of $100 in the upcoming Vancouver Spartan Race 5km & Sprint on June 4th. Use code VALENTINESDAY this week for a savings of $40.

Challenge Your Valentine in the Spartan Race

You can also enter to win 2 Open Individual or Open Team entries into the June 4th Vancouver Spartan Race Sprint. Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @SpartanCanada #SpartanRace registration this summer from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/YaTVq

I will draw one winner at 12:00pm on Monday, February 15, 2016. Follow Spartan Race Canada on Facebook and Twitter for more information.