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Volunteers Needed for BC Seniors Games

August 7th, 2014 @ 11:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BC Seniors Games are coming to Langley September 9th to September 13th, 2014 and over 800 volunteers are still needed to help make this event a success.

bcseniorsgamesVolunteers are needed for: Sports Set Up & Management; Lost & Found; Traffic Control; Security; Medical Services; Hosting & Medal Presentation; Results Centre; and Participant Accreditation. This could be a unique team-building opportunity for your company and the chance to give back to the community.

“Volunteers can take part from as little as half a day to the full week event,” says President Milt Kruger. “From directing participants along race-routes to helping at the awards podium, there is something for everybody and for all age groups.”

The BC Seniors Games will host participants from around the province who will compete in events such as archery, badminton, darts, equestrian, tennis, swimming, track & field, ice hockey, slo-pitch, golf, floor curling, ice curling, and more.

To register as a volunteer for the BC Seniors Games in Langley simply call (604) 533-8065, email volunteer@bcsg2014.com, or visit in person at 101-20560 Fraser Highway, Langley (Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm).

Pirate Pak Day 2014 at White Spot

August 7th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Pirate Pak Day is an extremely popular annual restaurant fundraising tradition in Vancouver as it allows adults to feel like a kid again, kids to get an awesome treat they love, and it supports a great local cause for kids.

Coming up Wednesday, August 13, 2014 when you visit your local White Spot they will donate $2 from ever Pirate Pak sold to Zajac Ranch for Children, an established BC charity that provides a once-in-a-lifetime summer camp experience to kids and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities.

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The Pirate Pak is a legendary favourite that has been enjoyed by millions. It was first created by Nat Bailey in 1968 to provide an exclusive dining experience for kids age 10 and under. It includes a complete meal from drink to entrée to dessert, and even comes with a chocolate gold coin – all served in the legendary Pirate Pak boat.

Pirate Pak Day 2014 at White Spot

Pirate Pak combo meals are traditionally on the kids menu but on this very special day, everyone can order a Pirate Pak to support the cause — and enjoy it in the signature paper boat!

Adult Pirate Pak options

  • Legendary Burger
  • BC Chicken Burger
  • Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger
  • Provolone Veggie Burger

Legendary Burgers are proudly made with 100% fresh Canadian beef, specially baked artisan buns and premium toppings, and the BC Chicken Burgers feature fresh BC chicken breasts. Each choice is served in the nostalgic Pirate Pak boat, filled with mouth-watering treasure: fresh-cut ‘endless’ fries, creamy coleslaw, a soft drink, premium rich ice cream and a chocolate ‘gold’ coin.

Pirate Pak Facts

  • Exactly 845,789 Pirate Paks were sold last year.
  • Since 1968, more than 23 million Pirate Paks have been sold.
  • With the option of substituting salad, juice, feature sundaes and shakes for classic favourites, there are more than 675 different Kids Pirate Pak combinations – including vegetarian options.

Since 2008, White Spot has raised $268,386 for Zajac Ranch, providing more than 100 children and young adults the opportunity to create summertime memories and empower them to experience traditional camp activities – an opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. You can donate directly to Zajac Ranch online and visit your local White Spot on August 14th to show your support. You can also donate $10 directly by texting ZAJAC to 20222.

Enter to Win

To spread the word about Pirate Pak Day this year, White Spot has offered up a $25 gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming your favourite White Spot menu item (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Support #PiratePakDay Aug 13 + RT to enter to win a $25 @White_Spot gift card from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/A4wlF

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 3:00pm on Pirate Pak Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Follow White Spot on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on their latest menu offerings and promotions.

Update The winner is Brooklyn!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

August 6th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The fireworks are over and the air is cooler but summer is far from over. Hundreds of thousands of people have packed local beaches and streets for events recently, including photographers of all levels who have captured this past week in photos and shared their images with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram. Enjoy this week’s photo roundup:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

A quiet day at the beach
Photo credit: Rosey-Noelle on Flickr

Vancouver
Photo credit: David Evanochko on Flickr

IMG_6904 Happy Pride Weekend!
Photo credit: Gemy & Philip on Flickr

A Leap of Faith
Photo credit: Rosey-Noelle on Flickr

Vancouver Shipyards
Photo credit: David Evanochko on Flickr

ALL TOGETHER NOW Gastown Steam Clock
Photo credit: m3th0s & Philip on Flickr

Double Ropes Caravan In the Hall of the Mountain King, Vancouver
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead & jean-philippe castonguay on Flickr

This raises the bar
Photo credit: Norm Lee on Flickr

Ironman Whistler 2014
Photo credit: Patrick Hui on Flickr

Howe Sound
Photo credit: Jose B. G. Santos on Flickr

Golden Hour IMG_6583
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Just Hanging Out
Photo credit: Rosey-Noelle on Flickr

Sunset Celebration - Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Gary Point Park Richmond, Vancouver
Photo credit: flickr.xyz on Flickr

The Moon Over Black Tusk
Photo credit: Shaadi Faris on Flickr

World as it is
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

Red Sky
Photo credit: Brigitte Mueller on Flickr

Sunset over False Creek IMG_6629
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

All The Colors Of Vancouver
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

The Drop Zone for Easter Seals 2014

August 5th, 2014 @ 9:16am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a Vancouver bucket list item that you might not have even considered before. Sign up for The Drop Zone for Easter Seals and you can rappel down a 20-storey office tower in downtown Vancouver — all for a great cause!

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That time I did The Drop Zone. Photo by Keira-Anne on Flickr

Register now to start your fundraising for Easter Seals and if you reach $1,000 or more, you can participate in The Drop Zone taking place Monday, September 8, 2014. The money raised will benefit Easter Seals House in Vancouver as well as summer camps for children with disabilities in Shawnigan, Winfield and Squamish.

Since 2005, nearly 6,000 superheroes have joined the exclusive Superhero Club for Easter Seals, raising more than $10 million dollars for Canadians with disabilities. Be part of a formidable group of heroes and continue this amazing fundraising trend in 2014. By doing so you will make a big difference for families living with disabilities.

Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities by providing programs and support in these areas: Active Living; Family & Community Support; Assistive Devices Programs.

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That time I did The Drop Zone. Photos by Nordica Photography.

Easter Seals Drop Zone 2010

I participated in The Drop Zone back in 2010 and I’m gearing up to do it again in 2014. You can support my campaign here and find out more about The Drop Zone by following Easter Seals on Twitter and Facebook.

Japan Vancouver Fireworks Photos

August 3rd, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light fireworks in Vancouver finished up for another year last night in English Bay. Thanks to those who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram, I have another wonderful collection of images to share that give you just a sample of what summer fireworks nights are like in Vancouver – see you again in 2015!

ShoreFest ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC, on Flickr

Japan Vancouver Fireworks Photos

Celebration Of Light
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Celebration of Lights
Photo credit: Claude Martin on Flickr

Celebration of Light ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

West End Fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Celebration Of Light
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2014
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

Honda Celebration of Light 2014
Photo credit: Don Janus on Flickr

Vancouver
Photo credit: David Evanochko on Flickr

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Photo credit: Hammond Photography & Hammond Photography on Flickr

FW (1 sur 1)
Photo credit: Claude Martin on Flickr

After the Fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Fireworks focus wankery
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Opening blasts - France
Photo credit: Jamjam on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

Win a Trip to France!

The Honda Celebration of Light is also hosting a photo contest with KLM, here are the details: Upload your best picture of the fireworks at the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light in the Entries section of this website. When voting opens, get your friends (and friends of friends) to vote for your picture. They can vote once a day for one week. Once voting has closed, a panel of industry experts will decide who gets to go on the trip.

Win Tickets to Beck at Deer Lake Park

August 1st, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Beck will be playing Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on August 19th as part of Live Nation’s Concerts in the Park outdoor music series.

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Photo courtesy of Live Nation

Beck is currently touring in support of his critically-acclaimed twelfth studio album, Morning Phase and reviews of this tour so far are pouring in, like this one from New York in June: “Beck was absolutely awesome. This is, by far, my favourite show of the year, and very possibly ever! Beck and his amazing band played with excellence and enthusiasm. The crowd fed off their energy resulting in an unforgettable evening. Beck’s music spans two decades of creative genius and, if possible just keeps on getting better. The evening was a showcase of this. I’m thrilled to have been there.

Beck at Deer Lake Park

Doors open at 5:30pm and Jenny Lewis will open for Beck when the show starts at 7:00pm. The show is general admission/all ages and tickets are available online, by phone 1-855-985-5000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets for $59.50 (plus FMF & service charges).

Win Tickets

If you would like to see Beck live in concert at this beautiful outdoor venue, I have a pair of tickets for the show to give away thanks to Live Nation. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Beck song (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to see @beck at Deer Lake Park from @LiveNationWest + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zQi86

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, August 8, 2014. Follow Live Nation on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Vancouver concert event information.

Update The winner is @justinecrawfish!

Things to do in Vancouver BC Day Long Weekend

August 1st, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The big August event list just went up yesterday but this glorious weekend ahead of us warrants its own posting. A long weekend, sunshine, and plenty to do around Metro Vancouver. Have a great BC Day everyone!

Summer Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver BC Day Long Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Symphony at Jack Poole Plaza
White Rock Sea Festival
Free CBC Musical Nooners Concert
Nettle’s Tale Launch Party
Chicks Ahoy! Women’s Pride Cruise #flygirlpride2014
Free Concert: Music at the Cannery
Surrey Night Market
Take Off Fridays at YVR
Feel Good Fridays at Lougheed
Richmond Night Market
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Honda Celebration of Light: Japan
Vancouver Street Dance Festival
Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons at The Commodore
38th Annual Powell Street Festival
Free Outdoor Movie in Holland Park, Surrey
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
White Rock Sea Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Pride Parade and Festival
Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Big Gay Sing
Chicas-Post Parade Outdoor Party @Sheraton Gardens #flygirlpride2014
Pride Hershe Bar-Where The Girls Are! #flygirlpride2014
Graze Garden Series: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Steveston Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
White Rock Sea Festival
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Monday, August 4, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Old Money: a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Araxi Longtable Dinner at Bard on the Beach
Come Home to Squamish: 50th Anniversary Community Picnic
Free Dancing in Stanley Park: Royal Scottish Country Dance
BC Day Caribbean Festival & Concert
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

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.

Related: 8 Vancouver Apps for Summer, Stanley Park Picnic Ideas, Where to Camp in Washington State, Where to Camp Around Metro Vancouver.

August Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre

August 1st, 2014 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Rio Theatre has a nice selection for their late night movies series this August including a marathon of Indiana Jones. These 19+ screenings can be complimented with a beverage from the theatre’s full service bar as you enjoy a night out with friends. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door for $8 or $6 if you come in costume.

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Rio Theatre Friday Late Night Movies

Friday, August 1, 2014
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
Only visionary director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) could manage to make Hunter S. Thompson’s seminally gonzo classic, a psychedelic fever dream of epic proportions about a (very) drug-fueled Vegas road trip, into one of the most memorable movies of the 1990s. Featuring standout performances from Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro,Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, and many more.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
Famed archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) returns for more death-defying adventures in the third instalment of one of the best-loved movie franchises of all time. Nazis! A quest for the Holy Grail! And Sean Connery!

But wait…. There’s More! We’re also screening Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7:00pm and The Temple of Doom at 9:30pm as part of a much-requested marathon. All Indiana. All night Long.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
Though only a moderate box-office success upon its initial release, director Terry Zwigoff’s (Crumb) comedy, based on Daniel Clowe’s (who also wrote the screenplay) comic book of the same name, has since acquired a truly cult status. The story follows two highly intelligent, fairly precocious, and somewhat cynical best friends (Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson) who plan to move in together following high school graduation. As a gag, the girls respond to a man’s (Steve Buscemi) newspaper ad for a date… Then life get complicated. Also starring Brad Renfro.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
In addition to director Spike Lee casting himself in the lead as beleaguered pizza deliveryman Mookie, he also wrote the groundbreaking script (which garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay), which still stands as a hot-button catalyst for conversation about racial tensions in urban America. On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. With Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, Giancarlo Esposito.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Jumanji (Joe Johnston, 1995)
When two kids (Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce) find and play a magical board game, they release a man (Robin Williams) trapped for decades in it, and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Also starring Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, and David Alan Grier. Are you game?

The Rio Theatre is an independent art and movie house located at 1660 West Broadway, at Commercial Drive, and is easily accessible by transit. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more film screenings, comedy showcases, and special event information.

Miss604 is a media partner of the Rio’s Late Night Movie series.