Hope in Shadows Calendar 2015

November 24th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 2015 Hope in Shadows calendar is now for sale and you can scoop one up from your local vendor, located on a bustling street corner in Vancouver.

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There are a few layers to the Hope in Shadows project, starting with the photographs that go in the calendars. Hope in Shadows, based in the Downtown Eastside, grew out of the work of a group of Pivot Legal Society volunteers who began working with the Downtown Eastside community in 2000 and in 2003, Pivot hosted the first Hope in Shadows photography contest in 2003.

“Single-use film cameras were distributed to people in the neighbourhood. Participants took pictures of their friends, their families, and the places in the community that mattered most to them. The top photos became the first Hope in Shadows calendar. From the very first year, the community was eager to get involved with the project, and since then Hope in Shadows contest participants have captured over 30,000 images of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Winning photos are chosen by a panel of artists from inside and outside of the community, and through a community vote. Contest winners and photo subjects are invited to share the stories behind the captivating images, and a selection of winning images is featured in the annual calendar.”

Hope in Shadows 2010
In 2010, Catherine sold me a calendar outside Waterfront Station.

The Hope in Shadows calendar is then sold through our vendor program, which provides opportunities for residents to earn an income, gain and practice skills, and act as ambassadors for their community. Every season, Hope in Shadows works with over 200 low-income people who sign up to sell the calendar. Vendors earn $10 dollars for each $20 calendar sold. Since the first calendar was published in 2003, vendors have sold over 75,000 copies.

I spoke with Project Director Paul Ryan a few years ago and he told me that selling calendars is a stepping stone for a lot of people. “It helps them gain self-esteem and build confidence. It’s a way that they can feel good about earning money again.” Some of the vendors use the program to compliment a low-income for their household as well, especially with the holidays around the corner.

A full list of vendor locations is available online including high traffic areas in Downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, and a few spots in Victoria, BC. You can also purchase a calendar online. Follow Hope in Shadows on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

8 Vintage Vancouver Cake Photos

November 24th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is a deep appreciation for delicious delicacies, decadent treats, and comforting home-cooked fare in Vancouver, from sashimi and Canadian caviar to vegan ice cream, donuts and gooey cheeseburgers. One sweet indulgence is cake, of all shapes and sizes, that our talented local pâtisseries and bakeries serve up for special occasions and everyday delights. Here are a few foodie-worthy photos of cakes that have been devoured throughout Vancouver history:

8 Vintage Vancouver Cake Photos


1932: Burrard Bridge cake. Archives# CVA 99-2723. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.


1937: Premier Pattullo cutting his birthday cake. Archives# CVA 371-1768.

1946: Margaret McNeil and Vancouver Diamond Jubilee cake. McNeil was the first caucasian child born in the City of Vancouver when it was incorporated. Her birthday cakes were always grand, and shared with the city. Archives# LP 129.


1945: Margaret McNeil’s birthday cake. Archives# LP 180.


1947: Vancouver Board of Trade 60th Anniversary cake presented by the Hotel Vancouver. Archives# Port P1814.03.


1950: Dal Richards 10th anniversary at Hotel Vancouver Panorama Roof. VPL# 81255. Studio: Artray. & 1966: New Westminster centennial cake. VPL# 44556. Studio: Province Newspaper.


1947: Famous Players 25 year cake. Archives# CVA 1184-1904. Photographer: Jack Lindsay.

View more photos from the archives…»

Black Friday in Metro Vancouver

November 22nd, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Take our turkey-fuelled Boxing Day deals, amp them up, drive up the discounts, offer them before Christmas, and you have the shopping phenomenon south of the border known as Black Friday. The day after American Thanksgiving is all about deep discounts and deals at retailers of all sizes and you can now find this holiday shopping experience at several local shopping centres around Metro Vancouver.

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Photo credit: James Butler on Flickr

Black Friday in Metro Vancouver

Metropolis at Metrotown
Starting at 7:00am on Friday, November 28th, Metropolis at Metrotown will be offering amazing deals and promotions to shoppers throughout the weekend with over 125 participating retailers. Door crasher specials will be available until 10:00am and early bird shoppers can enter to win gift card prizes starting at 7:30am via the touchscreen kiosks located at Customer Service and Atrium Court. Customers can access the mall through the entrance closest to Customer Service Ground Level, near Target, which will open at 5:00am. All other mall entrances will open at 6:00am.

Coquitlam Centre
List of retailer deals and specials on the Real Deals page (coming soon). Coquitlam Centre is giving away $5,000 in gift cards in their Get spotted on Black Friday promotion. Open Friday, November 28, 2014 from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

Guildford Town Centre
Starting Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:00am, enter to win a $25,000 shopping spree. List of retailer deals and specials available in this PDF.

London Drugs
check out flyer deals starting Friday, November 28, 2014 and special same-day shipping service for online purchases made by residents in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond and Surrey. Customers can also order online and pick up in-store at any of London Drugs 78 locations in Western Canada within two hours of ordering.

Shop West 4th
In association with Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Association, look for merchant deals and discounts appearing on the Shop West 4th website on Thursday, November 27th for Friday, November 28th.

Pacific Centre and Richmond Centre
Open 7:00am to 9:00pm on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 with retailers offering a wide variety of sales and promotions like in-mall “fashion spotting” on Black Friday rewarding shoppers with gift cards just for being stylish.

Win Tickets to the Vancouver Giants Teddy Bear Toss Game

November 21st, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Giants embody hockey with heart, especially with their annual Teddy Bear Toss which supports the CKNW Orphans Fund and The Province Empty Stocking Fund.

Vancouver Giants Teddy Bear Toss

vancouver giants logoOn Saturday, December 6th, as Vancouver takes on Saskatoon, fans are encourage to bring a new, unwrapped stuffed animal to the game and will throw them to the ice when the Giants score their first goal. Stuffed animals will also be available for purchase in the concourse.

Tickets for the game are available now starting at under $20! Purchase online, by phone 604-4-GIANTS (604-444-2687), or at the Pacific Coliseum box office. The Giants also have great ticket packages available for families.

If you would like to attend Teddy Bear Toss night, I have two ticket four packs to give away. Bring your friends, bring the family, have a great night out with hockey in support of two great local causes. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to the @WHLGiants #TeddyBearToss game from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/EH4uV

I will draw two winners, who will each get a four pack of tickets, on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:00pm. Follow the Vancouver Giants on Twitter and Facebook for more information about games, team news, and community events.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

November 20th, 2014 @ 7:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Before American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the Grey Cup Festival, and the cracking open of advent calendar windows (or beer boxes) we have a very full second-to-last weekend in November to enjoy. Here’s what you can get up to in Vancouver this weekend before the holiday rush begins.

The Winter Sun
Photo credit: Conrad Olson 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, November 21, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Adoptive Families Association of BC Gala
Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 at Heritage Hall
Artist Talk: Shimabuku
Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
West Coast Christmas Show and Marketplace, Abbotsford
The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes, Langley
Handmade for Littles Pop-up Shop
Christmas at Hycroft
18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
Pacific Theatre: Subway Stations of the Cross
The Arts Club: Avenue Q
The Cultch: Broken Sex Doll
Studio 58/Langara College Presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Movies: Crime Fest at the VIFF Vancity Theatre
Hopscotch – Whisky, Beer, Spirits Festival

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair
Artisan Holiday Show
21st Annual Art For Life Art Auction & Gala
Edmonds Festival of Lights
Theatre Replacement: Jet Set Art Auction Fundraiser
Tasting Plates Coffee Crawl
An Afternoon with Miss Vickie
Burnaby Art Gallery: Art Sale and Fundraiser
Median Charity Craft Fair
Refresh Winter Market
Bakers’ Market, Moberly Arts and Culture Centre
The Original 007 James Bond Tribute Party: “Die Another Day”
CandyTown in Yaletown
MEC Snowfest Vancouver
Vancouver Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry | 9th Annual Fundraiser for Potluck Café Society
Vancouver Jewish Book Festival
Vancouver Christmas Market Opens
Handmade for Littles Pop-up Shop
Christmas at Hycroft
The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes, Langley
Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]
West Coast Christmas Show and Marketplace, Abbotsford
18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
Pacific Theatre: Subway Stations of the Cross
The Arts Club: Avenue Q
The Cultch: Broken Sex Doll
Studio 58/Langara College Presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Movies: Crime Fest at the VIFF Vancity Theatre
Hopscotch – Whisky, Beer, Spirits Festival

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Canuck Place Pose with a Purpose
Panago Random Act of Pizza
Blim Market
Fluid Framers Filmmaker Series: Ben Russell
Salvation Army Fill the Kettle – Celebrity Kettle Kick-Off
Random Acts of Romance and Lucille’s Ball Double Screening at the Rio
River District Craft Fair
Britannia Library Film Screening: Death in Venice
Handmade for Littles Pop-up Shop
Christmas at Hycroft
The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes, Langley
Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]
West Coast Christmas Show and Marketplace, Abbotsford
18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
Vancouver Jewish Book Festival
Vancouver Christmas Market
The Arts Club: Avenue Q
Studio 58/Langara College Presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Movies: Crime Fest at the VIFF Vancity Theatre
Hopscotch – Whisky, Beer, Spirits Festival

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.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train 2014

November 20th, 2014 @ 2:43pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train returns for its 17th season from November 27th until January 4th. Enjoy a dazzling light display, music, snacks, entertainment, and visits with Santa in the heart of Stanley Park.

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Photo credit: Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Stanley Park Christmas Train Hours

Thursday, November 27, 2014 until Thursday, December 18, 2014
Open daily from 3:00pm until 10:00pm and from 10:00am to 11:00pm Fridays to Sundays

Friday, December 19, 2014 until Friday, December 26, 2014
Open daily from 10:00am to 11:00pm, closed on Christmas Day

Saturday, December 27, 2014 until Sunday, January 4, 2015
Open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm

Stanley Park Christmas Train Admission

Admission to the site is by donation and tickets for the train can be purchased in advance via Ticketleader online or by phone (604) 252-3700. Same day tickets will be available starting November 27th at the on-site Miniature Railway Box Office in Stanley Park from 12:00pm (10:00am for Matinees). Train tickets are $11.00 (Adults 18–64); $8.00 (child and youth 3-17); $8.00 (seniors 65+) and free for children 2 and under. Tickets are $6.00 for matinées (all ages).

Monies raised through donations in the front gate bins go directly to the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life supporting and life enriching services to the people in BC. More than 3,800 professional fire fighters around the province dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors. They increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety through its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs.

The Burn Fund encourages visitors to show their generosity by bringing food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Food bins will be on-site at the entrance gate.

Follow the Bright Nights in Stanley Park Christmas Train on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Best Buy Robotic Toy Giveaway

November 20th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Best Buy is home to toys for all ages, whether you like to play music or video games, take or print photos, or accessorize your gadgets and gear. Best Buy online also has a toy section, filled with everything from remote control cars, learning toys, and robotics to DVD board games and building blocks.

BestBuy

For ages 1 to 100, Best Buy carries a vast selection of toys and gadgets for kids of all ages. You’ll find a great assortment of toys from VTech, LeapFrog, Parrot, Protocol, Hexbug, LEGO, Mattel, Hasbro and Traxxas.

Today’s remote controlled vehicles go beyond cars and ATVs – which are all still very cool – but more advanced vehicles now include a selection of helicopters and quadricopters that are designed to fly just like the real thing. Many models let you fly indoors or out, and can even be easily piloted by just about anyone with opposable thumbs.

Find a wide assortment of comic book, video game, and movie themed collectibles to add to your shelf or pick up a DVD edition board game and you’ll discover a more interactive experience than traditional board games that are just as much fun.

Best Buy Robotic Toy Giveaway

To promote their toy department, both online and in store, Best Buy has offered up two toys for me to give away: The WowWee Mip 2 Robot and Zoomer Boomer Dino.

MiPThe perfect companion for gadget enthusiasts and allergy-plagued pet lovers alike, the WowWee MiP Robot offers fun and intuitive interaction controlled by your smartphone and GestureSense technology. MiP plays games, dances, battles, balances and more – with an immersive personality and impressive response time, you’ll be a MiPster at first swipe. MiP might only hit your ankles height-wise, but he’s a little powerhouse of high-tech, kid-savvy fun. And best of all? This is one little robot that can actually bring you a sandwich too. Suitable for ages 8+

BoomerBoomer is a ferocious but cuddly Zoomer Dino. Take home your very own Jurassic friend with this tame robot dinosaur. Featuring interactive abilities, this zooming dino can spin, chomp, and roar as he roams around your home. Boomer can be cute and friendly, but watch out for his chompers, especially when you pull his tail. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Here’s how you can enter to win these two toys:

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RT to enter to win a @BBYCanadaDeals robotic toy giveaway from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/ECStC

I will draw two winners (one for each prize) at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Follow Best Buy Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more gift ideas this holiday season.

3 Reasons to Attend the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

November 19th, 2014 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival takes place Saturday, November 22nd at the new Surrey City Hall Plaza. It’s a highlight of the holiday season and although I could name many more, here are 3 big reasons to attend this free family festival this year:

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Photo via Surrey Tree Lighting Festival on Facebook

The Lineup

Surrey City Hall and Central City will each host two stages. At Surrey City Hall you’ll find:

Outdoor Main Stage:
2:00pm PraiseTEAM
3:15pm Bobs & LoLo
4:15pm Fred Penner
5:00pm VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir
6:10pm Olivia Penalva
5:30pm The Tourist Company
6:15pm Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:00pm Alyssa Reid
Indoor Snowflake Stage:
12:00pm Top Line Vocal Collective
1:00pm Rockin Robin Show
2:00pm Kwantlen Glee Club
3:00pm Lavrova Dance School
3:30pm Santa Claus the Panto
4:00pm Olivia Penalva
5:00pm Bobs & LoLo
5:30pm Queen Elsa and Anna


Have your picture with Santa at the shopping centre before making your way to the festival outside between 11:30am and 4:00pm. At Central City Mall:

Indoor Winterland Stage near Winners:
Face painting, balloon twists, holiday arts and crafts, Christmas carols, and more!

11:00am Princess Margaret Choir
12noon Kwantlen Glee Club
1:00pm Soundscape A Cappella Chorus
2:00pm Top Line Vocal Collective
3:00pm Soundscape A Cappella Chorus
4:00pm VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir

Outdoor Stage at Central City Plaza you’ll find:
11:00am Kwantlen Glee Club
11:30am Santa Claus The Panto
12noon Soundscape A Cappella Chorus
12:30pm Princess Margaret Choir
1:00pm Top Line Vocal Collective
1:45pm VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir
2:30pm Robyn & Ryleigh
3:15pm The Fab Fourever
4:15pm Stag Lighting Ceremony
4:25pm Santa March


The Activities

There is always so much fun to be had at the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival! From Central City Mall over to Surrey City Hall (inside and outside) your family can enjoy: Photos with Santa, a Miniature Christmas Train, the Storytime Igloo, a Giant Snowglobe, shopping at the Christmas Market, Storyville at the Library (next to City Hall), delicious and festive fare from Food Vendors, Ice Carving Demos, the Road Hockey Zone, the Shooting Star Ferris Wheel, Holiday Trolley Rides, a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, and Ornament Making with Surrey Nature Centre.

The Causes

The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival supports three local causes: The Surrey Food Bank, The Surrey Christmas Bureau, and the Surrey Fire Fighters Association Toy Drive. Bring a non-perishable food item donation, cash, or a new unwrapped toy to donate to these causes at the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. The Surrey Fire Fighters are gathering unwrapped toys for their Adopt-a-Family event and they’ll event help you drop off your toys if you don’t want to get out of the car. Learn more …»

You can also enter to win a Meet and Greet with Alyssa Reid or a Meet and Greet with Elsa and Anna! See full contest details here and follow the Surrey Events team on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival