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

Prestons Restaurant + Lounge

Bring your single friends to Prestons 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. Prestons Restaurant + Lounge 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:

Variety Show of Hearts Telethon Live Concert with 54-40 and More, by Donation!
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:

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RT to enter to win @SpartanCanada #SpartanRace registration this summer from @Miss604

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

5 Ways to Get Involved with Variety’s 50th Show of Hearts Telethon

February 9th, 2016 @ 4:55pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Variety BC presents the 50th Show of Hearts Telethon this weekend, broadcasting from the telethon theatre at the Hard Rock and live from a brand new concert setup downtown at The Centre. A lot has changed over the last 50 years, since the first telethon in 1966 at the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, but the goal remains the same.


Funds raised at the telethon help Variety step in where health care ends and provide direct help to children in BC with special needs. Variety believes children with special needs are champions, and with support, can achieve remarkable victories every day.


You will be able to watch the 50th Show of Hearts Telethon on Global BC on Saturday, February 13th & Sunday, February 14th, 2016. There will also be live streaming the event online, which starts at 6:55pm on Saturday until 1:00am. The show will start again on Sunday at 9:10am until 5:30pm.


I am proud to sponsor the Social Lounge, live at the Hard Rock Theatre and at The Centre in Vancouver. My team on site will share photos and updates from the show and let you know how you can contribute throughout the weekend. Follow the tag #SOH50 and tweets from Scott Graham, John Biehler, John Bollwitt, Marc Smith, Ariane Colenbrander, Leeann Froese, and Christina Pocock.

Here are some updates you can copy/paste:

Tune into the @VarietyBC Show of Hearts Telethon Feb 13-14 on @GlobalBC #SOH50
Text “KIDS” to 45678 to make a one-time donation of $20 to @VarietyBC #SOH50
Get tix by donation for the live @VarietyBC Show of Hearts Telethon concert #SOH50


Tickets are now available by donation for two live concert shows at The Centre (777 Homer St) in Downtown Vancouver, where live musical performances will take place Saturday, February 13th & Sunday, February 14th. Erin Cebula from ET Canada will be hosting and acts include 54-40, Charlie Storwick, Aaron Pritchett, Five Alarm Funk, Vancouver TheatreSports League, Jim Byrnes, Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich, Colleen Rennison and Chilliwack.


You can always donate online to Variety and this weekend you can text “KIDS” to 45678 to make a one-time donation of $20.


Finally, help up spread the word about the 50th Show of Hearts Telethon this year. Follow Variety on Twitter and on Facebook, share and like their posts, post your own updates on Twitter using tag #SOH50 and let everyone know they can tune into Global for all of the inspirational stories and entertainment this weekend.

Miss604 is the proud sponsor of the Social Lounge
at Variety’s 50th Show of Hearts Telethon

Variety’s funding support is directed towards covering the costs of life-saving medication, equipment and emergency travel and accommodation expenses for families whose children are receiving treatment at out-of-community hospitals, life-changing support in the form of mobility equipment, specialized therapies and communication devices that give children the chance to learn, grow and thrive and life-enriching experiences, such as the opportunity to attend special schools, summer camps and other therapeutic programs. Variety supports families and also organizations that provide the tools and training to help children achieve their full potential.