SPES Saturday: The Birds of Winter: Just One More Reason to Love Stanley Park

September 13th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Guest Author

StanleyParkEcologyThis post has been contributed by Don Enright, Volunteer and Past President with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”). I have been following SPES since I moved into the West End almost a decade ago and I have been a member for two years. I wanted to offer the team an opportunity to share their news, events, and work so I have created “SPES Saturday” where they contribute and share stories with my audience once a month.

The Birds of Winter: Just One More Reason to Love Stanley Park

As Vancouverites, we’re accustomed to being the envy of Canada as winter approaches. One might even accuse us of being a bit smug about it. Six inches of snow in Calgary and it’s only September? “Oh, what a shame,” we say, sipping cocktails by the bay. “We can’t wait for December when the lawns green up again.”

Varied thrush
Varied thrush. Photo by Don Enright.

One of the least-known perks of the Vancouver winter? We’re probably the only place in Canada (along with Vancouver Island) where the bird watching is actually better in winter than in summer. Our mild temperatures and rich coastal habitats are like a magnet to seabirds and songbirds, who flock here by the thousands to take refuge from the nasty Canadian winter. And Stanley Park is one of the best places in the region to witness it all.

Lost Lagoon is a good place to start your winter birdwatching. Great blue herons poke patiently along the shore, as hundreds of ducks—scaups, ring-necked ducks and American wigeons, among others—take advantage of the open fresh water. The ducks are quite tame, and can be a lot of fun to photograph. But do resist the urge to feed them; they’re far healthier when left to make out their own natural diet.

Great blue heron
Great blue heron. Photo by Don Enright.

Make your way to the concrete bridge on the western edge of the lagoon, and you’ll see an amazing variety of songbirds taking shelter in the salmonberry bushes. A favourite among birdwatchers is the golden-crowned sparrow, with its plaintive “oh dear meeee” song. Chestnut-backed chickadees, spotted towhees and white-crowned sparrows complete the picture, all of them keeping a nervous eye out for the Cooper’s hawks that patrol from the Nature House all the way over to Cathedral Trail.

Golden-crowned sparrow, Lost Lagoon
Golden-crowned sparrow, Lost Lagoon. Photo by Don Enright.

Speaking of Cathedral Trail, a lucky and patient observer might spot the barred owls that nest in the area in late winter. Their booming “who cooks for youuuu” call echoes through the quiet rainforest, particularly in late afternoon as they begin to stir for the night’s hunt.

Barred owl
Barred owl. Photo by Don Enright.

Of all our winter birds, the Anna’s hummingbird just might be the coolest, in more ways than one. Yes, there is a hummingbird that spends the long dark stormy winter right here in Vancouver. How does it survive? It goes into torpor. Its body temperature and heartbeat plummet at night—it’s sort of a mini-hibernation that lasts until the sun rises again in the morning. The Anna’s was originally a bird of the American southwest, but started expanding its range in the last fifty years as more people started planting winter gardens and hanging nectar feeders. Look for this little dynamo near the Nature House at Lost Lagoon, near the Stanley Park Pavilion, and around the Park Board offices.

Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird. Photo by Don Enright.

One of the real spectacles of late fall and early winter are the huge flocks of ducks that feed on clams and mussels in the sea bays around Stanley Park. As you walk or cycle around the seawall, look for these tremendous rafts of ducks, busily diving like thousands of little synchronized swimmers. The black ones with the white mullet hairdos are surf scoters; the fancy black and white ones are Barrow’s goldeneyes. The waters of English Bay and Burrard Inlet have recently been designated Important Bird Areas in recognition of their role in the winter survival of these birds.

Surf scoters, English Bay
Surf scoters, English Bay. Photo by Don Enright.

And as you’re watching the ducks, keep your eyes peeled for the graceful, long-necked western grebe. These beauties used to winter here by the thousands, but have all but disappeared in the last ten years or so. Nobody is quite sure why they have declined here, or what is required to bring their numbers back.

Western grebe
Western grebe. Photo by Don Enright.

Monitoring our winter birds, and raising the alarm when their numbers drop, is the work of the Stanley Park Ecology Society and its tireless volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved, or just learning a bit more about the rich and beautiful bird life of Stanley Park, stop by our Nature House or drop us an email.

Staying connected with the wild things of Stanley Park is just one more way to enjoy the beauty of life in Vancouver, even during the long wet winter.

About the Guest Author:

This post has been contributed by Don Enright, Volunteer and Past President with the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

September 11th, 2014 @ 3:41pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mid-September is here already as farmers markets segue into fall fairs and theatres fill with film and stage productions. There’s the Autumn Shift Festival, Sustainable Seafood Festival, Moon Festival, Robson Community Fair, and more this weekend. You can also catch this week’s Friday Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre: Stand by Me.

Have Fun @ Granville Island
Photo credit: Ann Hung 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, September 12, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: September Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
The 7th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show: Crossing Boundaries
The Labyrinth: A Spectacular Burlesque Adventure ReMOUNT
Celebrate the Successful Completion of Chef Ned Bell’s Ride Across Canada
Richmond Night Market
International Night Market
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Vancouver Fringe Festival: TigerMilk Collective’s Greenland
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Junk! The Musical
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Vancouver Fringe Festival: The Chariot Cities
Vancouver Fringe Festival: “Mom?” A Comedy of Mourners
Vancouver Fringe Festival: The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Ludwig and Lohengrin
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Orange is the New Blank

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Music Therapy Ride
Vancouver Eastside 10K
Robson Community Fair
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Vancouver Shogi Club
The Colour Run Vancouver
Willy Wonka’s Circus at Brentwood
BrazilFest, North Vancouver
Metro Vancouver Parks: Spiders Unravelled
TreeFest, Coquitlam
Fleetwood Ball Hockey Tournament
Fiona Malena Flamenco Ensemble
Vancouver Art Attack: Paint Your Art Out
Salif Keita at The Vogue
Neil Hamburger w/ Major Entertainer Mike H.
Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
36th Annual Old Fashioned Fall Fair
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
International Night Market
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Vancouver Fringe Festival: The Hatter – Written and performed by Andrew Wade
Vancouver Fringe Festival: TigerMilk Collective’s Greenland
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Junk! The Musical
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Vancouver Fringe Festival: “Mom?” A Comedy of Mourners
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Dirty Old Woman
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Ludwig and Lohengrin
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Orange is the New Blank
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Muse
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Paleoncology

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Terry Fox Run
Vancouver Tweed Ride
Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival
Family Fun Day at the Farm
BBQ Off the Bypass in Langley
VOKRA Walk for the Kitties
Fresh St. Surrey: Grilled Cheese Competition 11am-3pm
Scotiabank Passions Gala for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
BrazilFest, North Vancouver
5th Annual Autumn Shift Festival in Mount Pleasant
Heritage Vancouver: A Soldier’s Journey – From Home Front to Front Line
36th Annual Old Fashioned Fall Fair
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
International Night Market
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Junk! The Musical
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Vancouver Fringe Festival: The Chariot Cities
Vancouver Fringe Festival: “Mom?” A Comedy of Mourners
Vancouver Fringe Festival: The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Dirty Old Woman
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Muse

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.

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Ticket Passports Now on Sale

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

Canada is hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Vancouver will play a big role with matches — including the final — hosted at BC Place. Ticket passports are now on sale for multiple games at each of the host cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, and Moncton.

Ticket Sales Timeline

  • September 10, 2014 to December 5, 2014: Stadium Passports and Stadium Half Passports on sale.
  • December 6, 2014 to Early 2015: Stadium Passports and Stadium Half Passports on sale with seat selection. Official tournament draw takes place December 6, 2014.
  • Early 2015 to Late Spring 2015: Individual tickets go on sale with exclusive pre-sale windows.
  • Late Spring to July 2015: Individual tickets on sale with online purchase options and venue ticket window purchase options.

Ticket Passports

Stadium Passports and Stadium Half Passports: Fan can purchase passports for host stadiums that will earn them access to all or half of the games at a particular venue, while also granting first-come, first-serve access tickets to the final in Vancouver at time of purchase. Stadium Passports are available for each venue and Stadium Half Passports will only be available for Vancouver (BC Place), Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium), and Montreal (Olympic Stadium).

FIFAWWCGroups and Clubs: For ticket orders of 11 or more, groups and clubs will be given access to discounts as well as cash-back incentives, and the chance to be involved in the tournament’s youth program.

The first match day in Vancouver, at BC Place, is June 8th and Vancouver will host the final match on July 5th with plenty of action in between. Purchasing a Stadium Passport for Vancouver means you get 6 tickets for 8 matches, starting at $185. Stadium Half Passes give you 3 tickets for 4 matches, starting at $80.

For more information follow the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the Canadian Women’s National Team on Twitter and Facebook as they gear up for this epic tournament.

BC Culture Days Events

September 11th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Culture Days is an annual, national, three day celebration where Canadians are encouraged to participate in free and interactive activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion. Here in BC, there are 449 events and activities listed on the Culture Days calendar between September 26th and 28th and a provincial launch event will take place in Surrey.


Featured BC Culture Days Events

What: BC Culture Days Provincial Launch​ ​
When: Thursday, September 25, 2015 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Surrey City Hall, Centre Stage, 13450 104th Ave
Details: Presented in partnership with the City of Surrey, Surrey Arts Centre, and Surrey Libraries. Everyone is invited to join in this free public community celebration featuring:

  • Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach as emcee
  • Performances by Country singer Lisa Brokop, Spirit of the West’s John Mann, Surrey City Orchestra, Praise Team (hip hop dance troupe), and Heritage Re-enactors
  • A cultural forecast by CTV’s Marke Driesschen and speakers Sal Ferreras, Provost and Vice President Academic at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Lucille Pacey, President and CEO of Arts Umbrella
  • Evelyn Roth’s inflatable salmon installation & storytelling, a poetry reading by Rawle Iam James, 2014 BC Culture Days Ambassador, onsite sketching by Elizabeth Hollick and painting activities presented by the South Surrey/ White Rock Society
  • Enjoy lunch from food trucks and more


What: Arts and Culture Youth Party
When: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: AYC Youth Centre at MRC and AYC Youth Centre at ARC, 2499 McMillan Road
Details: Youth ages 12 to 18 can join the Abbotsford Youth Commission in creating art installations for their youth centres. Free food and free fun.


What: Culture Days Street Festival at 312 Bernard Ave
When: Friday, September 26 (6:00pm to 11:00pm); Saturday, September 27 (11:00am to 10:00pm), Sunday, September 28 (11:00am to 5:00pm)

What: Book Drop to Book Shelf: A Backroom Tour of the Library
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:30pm
Where: Prince George Public Library, 888 Canada Games Way
Details: Ever wondered where your books go when you drop them off through the slot in the wall? How do new books get ‘library ready’? Learn about these and other library mysteries in our special Culture Days Back Room Tour with a behind-the-scenes look at the library’s inner workings. All ages are welcome.


What: Life Drawing
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Richmond Cultural Arts Centre, #180 7700 Minoru Gate
Details: Richmond Artists Guild will have a display of some of their work and also have a model posing. Members will be painting and drawing and the public is invited to watch or to try their hand and join in. All ages are welcome.


What: Introductory Workshop to Contemporary Dance and Group Improv
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Moberly Arts Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St
Details: You will learn and apply improvisation principles and present a brief group choreography. Open to all ages and all levels of experience with dance.

There are hundreds of events to choose from around the Vancouver area which also include a Camera Obscura Workshop, the 20th Annual Word Vancouver Festival, Photo Exhibition: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and Canada, Granville Island Culture Days, and an Etsy: Made in Canada Fair at Robson Square.

Follow national Culture Days updates on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Win a $50 Doolin’s Gift Certificate

September 10th, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Doolin’s Irish Pub on the corner of Granville and Nelson has become our second home on Whitecaps match days (due to it being the official base of the Southsiders supporter club) but John and I recently enjoyed a different Doolin’s experience when we stopped by after work for a flight of local brews and some dinner.

The friendly neigbhbourhood pub, situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s entertainment district, is known for its sporting event screenings, live music, casks nights, and beer pairing dinners. On match days, we usually enjoy the specialty menu that is offered so during our date night we sampled a wider range of offerings.

First things first, we each ordered a flight of beer ($11.50) which consists of 4 x 6oz samples of any beer they have on tap, including plenty of local options like Russell, Granville Island, Stanley Park, and brewed-for-Doolin’s features. It was a great start to the night in our cozy, wood-paneled nook near the fireplace.

doolinsgcWe decided to split an appetizer and go for something a bit different. After consulting with our server, who said it was a good choice, we ordered the Duck Bites ($8) which are chipotle and ginger marinated duck morcels topped with spicy pickled jalepenos, wrapped in bacon and topped with a sweet sesame soy glaze. There were only a few pieces of duck on the plate but they were devoured quickly and the accompanying salad was a bright and fresh contrast to the rich, tender bites.

For dinner I stuck with pub fare and ordered the Cork County Chicken Pot Pie ($12.50), made with Rossdown free-run chicken from Abbotsford, carrots, celery, and peas in a creamy stew topped with flaky pastry. It was served with house-made mash potatoes and seasonal vegetables. When I poked my fork into the pastry it was “steaming like a locomotive,” as John put it. The pastry was very light and buttery, not too dense, and baked to a golden brown. Once the piping hot filling cooled a bit, I enjoyed the large, tender chunks of chicken in the rich stew. The only drawback was that I did not finish my potato and could have gone for one fluffy, buttery mound instead of two. Those with a heartier appetite will enjoy this helping, however.

John opted for the Wild Salmon ($17) which came topped with garlic herb butter, seasonal vegetables and rice pilaf. This is a simple dish but sometimes — served elsewhere — it can go terribly wrong without the right care and attention to fresh and local ingredients. John thoroughly enjoyed his light meal and in this case it was just right, from the glistening pink salmon to the tender pilaf.

After getting our fill of vegetables at the pub we couldn’t resist dessert. John hemmed and hawed about the third course but once I serenaded him with a chorus of “peanut butter chocolate ice cream” he was hooked. The Brownies and Ice Cream ($6) features a warm, house-made brownie with velvety peanut butter chocolate ice cream. Normally we wouldn’t mix a flight of beer and ice cream but it perfectly rounded out the entire dining experience.

Finally, another thing we like at Doolin’s is the friendly staff. No matter how jam-packed the pub might get, like on a Whitecaps match day, everyone is always helpful, courteous, and prompt.

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Doolin’s

Now that I have shared our after work/dinner date experience, I have the chance to offer a reader their own with a $50 gift certificate from Doolin’s.

They have new menu items like Cajun Chicken Salad, Wonton Prawns, Fried Pickles, Short Rid Flatbread, Wild Salmon Sandwich, and a Fried Chicken Sandwich as well as wine on tap.

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 a $50 @Doolins gc from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Blzfq

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Doolin’s is located at 654 Nelson St at Granville in downtown Vancouver. Follow on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/1

This is not a paid post. Views are my own. While this dinner date was courtesy of Doolin's, we are there many times a month on our own dime.

Vancouver History Photo Prints

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

Yesterday I posted my latest (and probably my only) home decor tip on Instagram by sharing a Vancouver history photo that I downloaded and printed from the Vancouver Archives. It was a hit there so I thought I would share the tip here as well.

The Big Idea

The other day I set out to spruce up the bright white walls in our apartment which currently host a rotating gallery of my sister-in-law’s art, art by Grant Wood, sketches and graphics made by friends, heirloom maps, and in the office I have a few Miss604 awards and certificates on display. There was just something missing and it felt like Vancouver itself needed more representation inside our home, but in a unique way.

Vancouver History Photo Prints

Four years ago I began featuring daily and weekly Vancouver History Photos in the “Archives Photo” section of Miss604, which was populated by finds from the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Public Library Archives. I’ve featured photographers and themes like taxis, beaches, maps, cats, moustaches, street fashions, aerials and many more in over 200 posts. I had never thought of pulling some of my favourite snapshots from these collections before but it seemed like the perfect fit for my home art project. It’s so incredibly simple too, here’s the process:

  1. Search the Vancouver Archives online for your desired image. Type in keywords and be sure to check on the copyright of the photo you have selected, this is clearly noted on the photo description page. Look for “Copyright Status: Public Domain” or if it belongs to the City of Vancouver. This means you are free to download and use the work, and the Vancouver Archives also encourages this.

    If your search is outside of this scope, you can purchase copies of a digital record via the archives. Just stop by in person (at 1150 Chestnut Street), make a phone call (604-736-8561), or inquire online.

  2. Click on the image to get the largest resolution possible, then download that file to your computer.
  3. For printing, I used the London Drugs Photo Lab. There are a number of printing styles and options to choose from — including canvas gallery wraps — but I simply selected a glossy, no border, 11×14 print for pick-up. Within an hour, and $11.99 (plus tax) later, I had my print. All it needs now is a frame.

The Vancouver Archives has always been a fantastic resource and it feels good to have taken my little photo searches from the online realm right into my home.

Getting Started

To get you started, I searched around to find a few Public Domain (usable) photos that you can click, download, and print just like I did.

1948: Archives# LP 153.2. Copyright: Public Domain. Click Here for Full Photo.

1947: Archives# Air P34. Copyright: Public Domain. Click Here for Full Photo.

1903: Carnegie Library. Archives# Bu P116.3. Copyright: Public Domain. Click Here for Full Photo.

1917: Archives# CVA 677-155. Photographer: F. Gowan. Copyright: Public Domain. Click Here for Full Photo.

1946: Hastings. Archives# CVA 586-4394. Photographer: Coltman. Copyright: Public Domain. Click Here for Full Photo.

1936: Hastings. Archives# Str P57. Leonard Frank Photo. Copyright: Public Domain. Click Here for Full Photo.

1969: Archives# CVA 780-220. Rights Holder: City of Vancouver. Click Here for Full Photo.

1966: Downtown Vancouver. Archives# CVA 780-4. Rights Holder: City of Vancouver. Clic Here for Full Photo.

The City of Vancouver Archives were founded by Major J.S. Matthews in 1933. Today, you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about their collections, the reading room, and special events.

Full Circle Fashion and Art Fundraiser for OVCARE

September 9th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver designer Malene Grotrian is hosting her 2nd annual Full Circle Fashion and Art Fundraiser for OVCARE, BC’s Ovarian Cancer Research Team, on September 16th.


The Full Circle Fashion and Art Event is presented by Malene Grotrian Design and hosted at Autoform showroom, this glamorous and fun fashion and art event features a cocktail reception with delicious canapés and wines, special guests from the OVCARE Team, live music and entertainment by DJ Leanne, a special silent auction of original art and luxury items, and exciting luxury raffle prizes. To highlight this special evening, the Malene Grotrian Fall/Winter 2014 Collection will be exclusively launched with a couture runway show. This fabulous night out brings together friends, valued partners, and over 200 guests to raise funds in support of Ovarian Cancer Research.

What: Full Circle Fashion and Art Fundraiser for OVCARE
When: Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Autoform Showroom, 1885 Clark St Vancouver
Tickets: Purchase online via Malene Grotrian

There are two ticket options. Regular tickets ($60) include admission to the standing area for the fashion show, delicious libations and canapes, complimentary valet parking, and access to the luxury raffle and silent auction. VIP tickets ($100) include all of the regular ticket perks plus reserved fashion show seating and a unique gift bag (valued at over $300.

Malene Grotrian

The very first time I went to a designer’s studio, where they picked out a red carpet look for me and made me feel like a million bucks, was when I visited Malene Grotrian in 2011. Since that time I have followed her career, kept an eye on her look book, and done a follow up interview as she’s always poured herself into projects for causes she cares about. Be sure to follow Malene on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about her events, collections, and services.

About the OVCARE Research Team

The OVCARE Research Team is proudly supported by The UBC Faculty of Medicine, The BC Cancer Foundation and The VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. The purpose of our Full Circle Fashion and Art Event is to raise funds and local awareness in support of OVCARE and their ongoing commitment to research in Ovarian cancer, the most serious of all gynecologic cancers. In British Columbia, we have the best outcomes (survival rates) for Ovarian cancer in the world. But the sad fact remains: Ovarian cancer has a 75% mortality rate. Research is the only hope we have of saving the lives of women who are suffering with this disease.

Dr. Dianne Miller (Chair of BC’s provincial gynecologic tumor group) and the OVCARE Team have been at the forefront of Ovarian cancer research in their efforts to develop better diagnostic tools and improved treatment protocols for the disease and ultimately, to find a cure. OVCARE is leading the world with their BC policy in Ovarian cancer prevention, which has recently gained international support.

Oktoberfest in Vancouver: Vancouver Alpen Club

September 9th, 2014 @ 9:43am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Alpen Club has been at the heart of the local German community since 1935 and the building on the corner of Victoria Drive and 33rd Avenue has been its home for the last 60 years. Heading into fall, they have posted their schedule for Oktoberfest, which will be celebrated throughout the first three weeks of October.

Oktoberfest-VancouverAlpenClubWhat: Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive
When: Fridays and Saturdays
October 3rd to October 18th, 2014

Tickets: Starting at $30 per person (includes entrance fee, no reservations) or $80 (VIP includes entrance fee, reserved table, access to Bavaria Lounge, table service, buffet, and a souvenir). Doors are at 7:30pm each night. Must be 19+.

The event will feature entertainment from The Continentals and DJ Mike Holzhaus, providing the best of Ohhmpah pah, classic German Schlager Songs and today’s hits. The kitchen will serve Bavarian cuisine and a special menu throughout the month as well and German beer will be flowing.

Tickets are available in the office for pickup or via telephone (604-874-3811 ext. 5). Ticket sale hours are between 2:00pm and 6:00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

For more information, visit the Vancouver Alpen Club online or in person, and follow on Twitter and Facebook.