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Vancouver Rain Videos

October 28th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is beauty in the rain, and it’s a large part of why Vancouverites tolerate it for so long throughout the year. It washes away days of dirt, leaves, and debris, and it keeps our natural surroundings lush and green. It clears the air, fills our reservoirs and mountain streams, and gives us excellent excuses for purchasing the latest gumboots and Gore-Tex.

Sunset In The Rain
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

I searched Vimeo for Vancouver rain videos and I found these great gems:

Vancouver Rain from Jordan Megahy on Vimeo.

And one for after the storm:

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Win Tickets to Vancouver Archives Screenings

October 27th, 2014 @ 3:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The City of Vancouver Archives will present their fifth annual screening of “Vancouver – A Progressive City!” at the Vancity Theatre this November. This popular screening, complete with a wide range of newsreel footage, home movies, industrial and promotional films, will focus on Vancouver from the 1930s-1960s.


1946. Airline stewardess passing the “Vancouver, City of Destiny” film to a man at the airport. Archives# CVA 1184-2349. Photographer: Jack Lindsay

Local historian Michael Kluckner will provide historical commentary with emphasis on Vancouver’s workforce, celebrations, and the city’s commerce, heritage and culture.

Some of this year’s archival highlights will include the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge, early milk delivery service, the Grey Cup and Shriners parades, and television spots reporting on the community. The screening will also feature a special cameo appearance of Vancouver’s first city archivist, Major J.S. Matthews.

Another screening, “Vintage Vancouver“, will be hosted by Michael Kluckner on November 2nd. Kluckner will guide the audience on a moving image journey into Vancouver’s past with musical accompaniment by jazz pianist Wayne Stewart. Highlights include home movies, park board films, experimental films, and on-the-fly documentaries.

To accommodate the demand for these screenings, three showtimes are available:

Film: Vancouver – A Progressive City!
Screening Time: 2:30pm on November 2, 2014
Location: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Speaker: Michael Kluckner

Film: Vancouver – A Progressive City!
Screening Time: 2:30pm on November 30, 2014
Location: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Speaker: Michael Kluckner

Film: Vintage Vancouver
Screening Time: 7:30pm on November 2, 2014
Location: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Speaker: Michael Kluckner and Wayne Stewart on piano

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to each of the three screenings available thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming which screening you would be able to attend (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tix to a @VanArchives film screening from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/DqJ5Z

I will draw one winner at random for each screening. Each winner will receive two tickets to that screening. The draw will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00am. Follow the City of Vancouver Archives on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this event and many others.

Don’t Feed the Ducks in Stanley Park

October 27th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s date night in the West End. You enjoy a lovely meal at a neighbourhood bistro, you hold hands walking down towards Lost Lagoon, the setting sun casts a beam of light across the water illuminating weeping willow trees, and then… the birds start to swarm. Seagulls, swans, ducks, Canadian Geese and an American Coot.

It will be tempting to take a photo to post to Instagram, and that’s just fine. But be sure to resist the urge to feed any creature you see in Stanley Park.

Ducks eat a mix of aquatic plants and insects to stay healthy and anything aside from that can be severely detrimental.

This summer the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) launched #QuackSnacks, an event with the purpose of educating park visitors about this practice. SPES asserts: “Feeding ducks is so unhealthy that organizations including the US National Parks Service and the BC SPCA consider it indirect animal cruelty.”

The way I see it, we are a culture concerned with eating local, natural and organic so why do we impose the exact opposite on our feathered friends in the park? A commenter on the #QuackSnacks event added that as long as bread and seed mix is handed out, [ducks] will not move on to forage for their natural foods.

So be a good neighbour to the creatures in our city’s crown jewel. Visit, enjoy, play, photograph, and soak up its natural beauty. But please, don’t feed the ducks in Stanley Park.

A photo posted by Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) on

For more information check out the Stanley Park Ecology Society online and read about the The Birds of Winter in Stanley Park.

BC Beer Awards 2014

October 27th, 2014 @ 8:23am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Saturday, October 25th, 55 awards were handed out in 21 categories for the BC Beer Awards. The fifth annual event included a consumer tasting event at the craft beer festival as well as the BC Beer Awards ceremony.

Alpine beer
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

BC Beer Awards

If you’re looking to drink local beer, the list of winners is a great place to start. Here are just a few of the breweries that were honoured this year:

Light Lager
1st: Turning Point Brewing Company
Stanley Park Noble Pilsner

Pilsner
1st: Steamworks Brewery
Steamworks Pilsner

Special Lager
1st: Tree Brewing Co.
Captivator Doppelbock

Hybrids
1st: Steamworks Brewpub
Steamworks Brewpub Kolsch

UK Ales
1st: Tin Whistle Brewing Co.
Stag Apple Scotch Ale

North American Ales
1st: Main St. Brewing Co.
Main Street Sessional IPA

Browns and Porters
1st: Yellow Dog Brewing Co.
Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter

Vegetable / Spice Beer
1st: Parallel 49 Brewing Co.
Lost Souls

Strong
1st: Steamworks Brewery
Steamworks Blitzen

Fruit and Sours
1st: Driftwood Brewing Company
Bird Of Prey- Flanders Red

North American IPA
1st: High Mountain Brewing Co.
5 Rings IPA

Imperial IPA
1st: Brassneck Brewery
One Trick Pony

Best of Show (of 465 entries)
Yellow Dog Brewing Co.
Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter

The Dan Small Homebrew Award
1st: Matt Anderson & Family
Anderson Estate IPA – Fresh Hopped

All of the winners and runners up can be found online. October is Craft Beer Month in BC, with events through to October 31st.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

October 24th, 2014 @ 1:41pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Leaves and branches litter the streets after a blustery and rainy night, and sunshine predictably pokes through the clouds in the afternoon. It’s late October in Vancouver and mother nature is putting on a show as we get our boots muddy and plan seasonal activities with friends and family. With just a week to go before Halloween, here is this week’s selection of photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram. Enjoy!

RCMP Memorial
Photo credit: Jerry Meaden on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

October 24th, 2014 @ 8:09am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend Vancouver Whitecaps FC hope to clinch a playoff spot, zombies will dance in Surrey, the West Coast Women’s Show will entertain in Abbotsford, and local attractions will host Halloween-themed events. Rain or shine you can check out some Halloween Walking Tours, Watch Halloween Movies, visit Haunted Houses, and take your pick at the pumpkin patch.

Autumn Colours in Vancouver
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, October 24, 2014
West Coast Women’s Show
2nd Annual Zombie Walk/Flashmob in Downtown Maple Ridge
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
Rio Grind Film Festival
Chinatown Haunted House
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Burnaby Village Museum: Haunted Village
Vancouver Writers’ Festival
Dances for a Small Stage
Evil Dead: The Musical
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Thrill The World Surrey
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Colorado
Halloween in the Forest, Surrey
Beyond the Magic: National Chemistry Week at UBC
Speed Coaching
Sea to Sky Gondola Trick-Or-Treating on the Panorama Trail
Vancouver Pride Presents: The Haunting at the Commodore
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery
BC SPCA Richmond A Fetching Affair
Vancouver Halloween Dog Parade
Vancouver Shogi Club
BC Beer Awards
Burnaby Halloween Howler
Cloverdale Halloween Costume Parade
Haunted Farm – Stewart Farm Surrey
Historic Halloween at Britannia Shipyards in Richmond
ArtStarts: Painting Magnificent Coastal Forests with Sandi Henrich
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Spook-tacular Hallowe’en Fun at Cambie Community Centre in Richmond
Burnaby Art on the Spot Zombie Attack!
Saturday Afternoon Dance Party
Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Laneway House Tour
36th Annual Rock & Gem Show Port Moody
Stanley Park Noir
TEDx Renfrew Collingwood
Image Process: A Fundraiser for the Western Front Archive
The Chan Centre Presents: Diego El Cigala
Family Fright at the Fort: Fort Langley
Rio Grind Film Festival
West Coast Women’s Show
Chinatown Haunted House
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Burnaby Village Museum: Haunted Village
Vancouver Writers’ Festival
Dances for a Small Stage
Evil Dead: The Musical
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Vancouver Half Marathon
Family Fright at the Fort: Fort Langley
Tea Sparrow’s First Annual Tea-Off
Surrey Art Gallery Family Day
Rio Grind Film Festival
West Coast Women’s Show
Chinatown Haunted House
Burnaby Village Museum: Haunted Village
Vancouver Writers’ Festival
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland

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.

Dress For Success Vancouver Success Luncheon

October 23rd, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Dress for Success will host the Success Luncheon on October 29th to celebrate and inspire business leaders in our community. Featured panelists include Nancy MacKay, Founder & CEO of MacKay CEO Forums; Jill Schnarr, VP, Community Investment & Engagement, TELUS; and Donna Wilson, SVP, People, LifeLabs. Dress for Success Vancouver client, Deepika Gupta will also share her story of personal and professional growth, adversity, and success.

dfs-luncheon

Success Luncheon

What: Dress For Success Vancouver Success Luncheon
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel (300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
Tickets: Purchase online for $100 with group/table option available
About: This signature event will be emceed by Fiona Forbes, Host & Producer, Shaw TV and Moderated by Laurie Schultz, CEO, ACL Services. All proceeds will go towards Dress for Success Vancouver’s programs committed to empowering women into the workforce.

About Dress for Success Vancouver

I first heard about Dress for Success over 5 years ago and I recently made it to their downtown Vancouver headquarters to learn more about their important work in the community. Volunteers streamed in and out of the space as Christina Florencio, Marketing and Sponsorship Manager, gave me a tour. Christina also filled me in our the three core services that Dress for Success provides.

Visiting Dress for Success Vancouver

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I was aware of the dressing service that provides a professional attire for disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce but there are two other key components to Dress for Success.

There is the Career Centre that provides clients with career guidance, technology skills and support in their job searches. Career Center staff members work one-on-one with clients and the program also has the support of volunteers who come from varied professional backgrounds including job developers, career specialists and human resources executives.

The Professional Women’s Group program is then an 18 month program that provides education, mentoring and professional guidance.

Visiting Dress for Success Vancouver

How You Can Support Dress for Success

There are several ways to support Dress for Success on top of online donations:

  • Planned giving: Support one women or specific programs for clients by sponsoring an interview suiting, job preparation, or the Professional Women’s Group. Use the gift tool to plan your contribution throughout the year.
  • Item donations: The organization is currently in need of specific types of item donations (and wish list items) such as handbags (appropriate for work), plus size interview attire (18 and up), small size interview attire (size 00-2), outerwear, and new makeup.
  • Special events: Attend events like the Success Luncheon on October 29th or Shop for a Cause November 14th and November 15th.

For more information about Dress for Success Vancouver, follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their blog.

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery

October 23rd, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver’s only cemetery, is as old as the city itself. Made up of 106 acres along Fraser St between 21st Ave and 43rd Ave, it is home to several specialized tours and events throughout the year.

Fog in the Cemetery
Photo credit: John Allison on Flickr

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery

The 10th annual Night for All Souls is Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The Celebration Hall will be open for tea until 9:00pm and there will be personal memorial making and evening programming throughout the entire memorial week until Sunday, November 2, 2014. Mountain View’s All Souls events are free and include talks, presentations, crafts, and music that explore various traditions and rituals.

Walking Tours

Mountain View is the final final resting place of almost 150,000 people, including Vancouver mayors; first responders who died while on active duty; WWI and WWII veterans; Freemasons, Knights of Pythias, and Odd Fellows members; and victims of disasters such as the SS Sophia, Lakeview Tram, and Rogers Pass.

Walking tours are held rain or shine for $10 cash per person. Scheduled tours are promoted on Twitter and this page. For self-guided tours you can download PDF maps online for Self Guided Walk; Interesting Citizens: Vancouver’s Mayors; and Interesting Citizens: Princess Sophia Sinking.