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Woman2Warrior 2015: Win a Warrior Prep Pack

May 14th, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Woman2Warrior is Vancouver’s only all-women’s charity obstacle adventure race and it’s coming to Swangard Stadium on Sunday, May 24th. Benefiting Easter Seals Camps in British Columbia, this non-timed run covers about 5km of trails, track, and grass. The course features obstacles to test your strength, agility, balance, and sense of adventure.

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By participating in Woman2Warrior you’ll help send over 800 kids and young adults with disabilities throughout BC for a week long camping experience at one of three Easter Seals accessible camps. Easter Seals camps give children and young adults abilities. Campers are encouraged to try new things, take risks in a safe and supportive environment, but most importantly have fun.

You may enter Woman2Warrior as an individual or as a team, and each person must raise a minimum $300 to participate. You’ll be able to challenge yourself, have an adventurous day out with friends, co-workers, or family, and there will be prizes available for top fundraisers and finishers.

If you would like to sign up, use code MISS604WARRIOR for 50% your registration fee.

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Win a Warrior Prep Pack

Woman2Warrior has offered up a Warrior Prep Pack (valued at over $300) for one lucky Miss604 reader. The prize includes:

  • $50 gift card to Subway
  • $50 gift card to Nesters
  • One box of Clif Bars
  • One 6-pack of Formula 4 Water
  • One Luna Bars t-shirt
  • One copy of IMPACT Magazine
  • Free team registration for Woman2Warrior (4 participants)

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 @woman2warriorbc Warrior Prep Pack ($300 value) from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/MXWp0

I will draw one winner from all entries at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Follow Woman2Warrior on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Update The winner is Jason! (comment May 17, 2015 at 10:32 PM)

Archive Photo of the Day: Hot Dog Concession at the PNE

May 14th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Concession stands and food carts have come a long way at Playland and the PNE but you can always rely on the availability of the classic footlong hot dog.

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1953 – Vancouver Archives #CVA 180-7211.

Earlier this spring, the Pacific National Exhibition announced the passing of the ‘King of the Midway,’ legendary pitchman and carny, Jack Hunter. “Jack was a beloved member of the extended PNE family for 73 years, most well known as the colourful owner of the Foot Long Hot Dog booth, a popular concession at the annual Fair at the PNE. Jack got his start at the Fair in 1941, leading ponies in a pony ring when he was only 11 years old. Since then, he has done everything from working rides to selling his famous hotdogs.”

Jack took over a hotdog stand in 1957 and the rest is history. Just last year he passed over the reins of his Foot Long Hotdog booth to his son Jason.

What to Pack for a Summer Music Festival

May 13th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Presented by Pemberton Music Festival
PembertonAdFestival season is upon us and while you get excited to see our favourite artists on stage in unbelievable venues and settings, you also have to be prepared for several days of bone-shaking music, unpredictable weather, and inevitable portable toilet lineups. Here are a few of my recommendations to get you through multi-day extravaganzas of summer fun so that you can focus on having the time of your life.

1. Battery Pack

No matter how hard you’ll try to disconnect, you know you’re going to be using your phone while you’re at a festival for looking up the lineup on an app, locating friend, taking pictures, and showing the outside world just how much fun you’re having. Portable battery chargers come in all shapes and sizes (good ones range in price from $20 to $50), some are packed with AA batteries and others are rechargeable. You can plug in almost any mobile phone via USB and have hours (sometime days) of extra power at your finger tips. Pemberton Music Festival has charging stations, to top up our phone or to refill your portable battery back on the fly.

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Photo credit: Rob Loud via Keri Coles for Pemberton Music Festival on Flickr

2. Hand Sanitizer

Readily available outside (or inside) portable toilets, you’ll want to give your hands a wipe quite often at a festival where the main food source come from a truck parked in a field and you’re most likely sitting in dirt. It’s a basic step, but every bit helps to make sure you stay healthy to enjoy the rest of the ‘fest.

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Photo credit: Rob Loud via Keri Coles for Pemberton Music Festival on Flickr

3. Ear Plugs

I know it sounds like I’m aging myself but as someone who has attended 100+ concerts and festivals over the years, I can tell you that it’s worth protecting your hearing AND that you do not miss out on sound quality if you have the proper hearing protection. If you can feel the bass vibrating the hairs on your arm, just imagine what it’s doing to your ear drums. Quality ear plugs run at about $15-$20 from your local drug store and provide hearing protection without taking away from the live sound experience of the show. Sometimes they even make the sound better!

Above & Beyond
Photo credit: Jorge Alvarez via Keri Coles for Pemberton Music Festival on Flickr

4. Key Pieces of Clothing

The rain won’t stop you from having a great time at a festival, it often encourages even more dancing and jubilation in the summer heat, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. A top layer that you can remove (and sit on if need be) and a hat are at the top of my list, then sensible shoes so that you can skip across the grounds from one stage to the other with ease.

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Photo credit: Keri Coles for Pemberton Music Festival on Flickr

5. Water Bottles

Bring your empty, re-usable bottle to the festival grounds and fill it up throughout the day at water stations. Staying hydrated is key when you’re outdoors all day having fun (and perhaps enjoying some adult beverages in designated area) and many festivals, like Pemberton Music Festival, have free filling stations so there’s no excuse not to have delicious, refreshing water by your side throughout the day and night.

Whatever you decide to bring with you, be sure to read the list of what NOT to pack (aka banned items) which is usually readily available on your favourite festival’s FAQ section.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/3

This post is sponsored by Pemberton Music Festival, taking place July 16-19, 2015 in beautiful Pemberton, BC

Real Canadian Superstore Spring Giveaway

May 13th, 2015 @ 10:40am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the time of year when casual social conversations revolve around digging, planting, watering, and awaiting growth from seeds. Spring garden fever has hit Real Canadian Superstore and President’s Choice want to help you develop your green thumb with an edible garden kit, that tastes as good as it looks:

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PC® Goji Berry
Considered both a fruit and an herb, sweet Goji berries are full of antioxidants. They’re usually sold dried but the shiny red berries are also wonderful fresh, adding a pop of colour to both your garden and your meals.

PC® Mint Strawberry Herb
It’s unbelievable how much this herb tastes like fresh strawberries and refreshing mint! A creative culinary touch for garnishing summer beverages and desserts.

PC® San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
Developed in Italy and considered by some to be the ultimate plum tomato. A garden must if you make your own pasta sauces, and the perfect pairing to a ricotta crostini.

You can enter to win all of these plants in a quick giveaway starting today, and ending tomorrow so that you can get these into your hands, and into your garden, as soon as possible. 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 an @PresChoice edible garden kit from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/MUysM

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Must be a resident of Greater Vancouver to enter/win. Visit your local Real Canadian Superstore in Vancouver and North Vancouver for more information about edible gardens this season.

Update The winner is Amanda!

Archive Photo of the Day: Mount Pleasant Streetcar

May 13th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mount Pleasant, waiting for the street car, 1908. Timms Photographic Co.

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Photograph shows Westminster Avenue (Main Street) between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #Dist P144.