YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2013: Nominations Open

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 — 1:35pm PDT
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Nominations are now open for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in Vancouver. This is the 30th anniversary of the awards which celebrate women in various fields who have inspired, educated, and paved the way for future generations.

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YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2011
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Since 1984, the awards have paid tribute to 374 outstanding women and organizations. You can nominate a deserving woman in any of the following categories: Arts, Culture & Design; Business & the Professions; Community Building; Education, Training & Development; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Sustainability; Health, Wellness & Active Living; Non-Profit & Public Service; Technology and Science Research; and Young Woman of Distinction.

The nomination period ends Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:00pm. The 30th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards ceremony will take place on May 28th, 2013 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. There is a reception, gala dinner, silent auction, and awards ceremony.

Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Miss604 is a proud social media sponsor of this event for the 4th year.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Wedding Shows 2013: Vancouver, Abbotsford, Langley, Richmond, Victoria, Sunshine Coast

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 — 9:44am PDT
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Two lovely ladies in my life are engaged to be married to the men that make their lives complete. Being involved with both ceremonies, I have had wedding on the brain for the last few weeks and have put together a list of upcoming bridal shows that will help brides to be plan their special days:

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Photo credit: CogitoErgoShoot on Flickr


It’s My Wedding Show
Location: TRADEX (1190 Cornell St, next to Abbotsford Airport)
Dates: Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2013
Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm each day
Admission: $16* advance or $18* at the door.
Notes: Meet Monte Durham (from Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta) by purchasing the Meet and Greet package for $36 in advance or $40 at the door.


Cinderella Bridal Show
Location: Princess and the Pea B&B (21628 48 Ave)
Dates: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Times: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission: Free, no ticket required, no pre-registration required. Arrive anytime.
Notes: Brides can enter to win a $3,000 honeymoon package and every bride receives a free printed invitation set for their wedding. There will also be a Bridal Swap Meet at the same time and location.

Fraser Valley Wedding Show
Location: Coast Hotel & Convention Centre, Cascades Casino
Dates: Monday, March 4, 2013
Times: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission: General admission is $5* at the door, $1 from every ticket sale will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Kids 12 and under are free.
Notes: Over 40 wedding specialists, complimentary gift bags and bridal tea, cake-off decorating contest, interactive fashion show, vendor seminars, prizes, and more.


A Wedding Affair
Location: River Rock Casino Resort’s Whistler Ballroom (8811 River Road)
Dates: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Times: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission: Complimentary admission for pre-registered brides. All non registered brides and guests will be charged $10* cash at the door. Online registration closes Friday, February 22, 2013.
Notes: Includes an interactive show to showcase some fashion and exhibitors, and a grand prize draw for $5,000.

Modern Brides Wedding Expo
Location: Radisson Vancouver Airport (8181 Cambie Road)
Dates: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Times: 11:00am to 6:0pm
Admission: Advance tickets are $15* each and $20* each at the door.
Notes: Over 70 exhibitors, bridal seminars, fashion show and a grand prize draw valued at $2,000. First 300 registered brides receive a complimentary Bridal Planning Guide.

Sunshine Coast

Inspirations: Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair
Location: Sechelt Seniors Centre (5604 Trail Ave)
Dates: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Times: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission: Not posted.
Notes: The largest bridal fair on the Sunshine Coast. Includes a food, fashion, and a grand prize showcase draw valued at $2,000.


Indie I Do: Vancouver’s Sassiest Bridal Show
Location: Heritage Hall (3102 Main St)
Dates: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Times: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: Advance tickets are $15* each (or 4 for $50*) and $20* each at the door.
Notes: Over 30 local vendors, swag bags for the first 30 couples through the doors, roaming fashion shows & entertainment.

Engage, The Bridal Show
Location: Vancouver Club (915 West Hastings)
Dates: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Times: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission: Tickets are $35* per person and available online in advance.
Notes: Features include a floral gallery, cake gallery, a fashion show, wine tastings, signature cocktail tastings, live music, mini spa and beauty room, prizes, and more.

Original Bridal Swap
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown)
Dates: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Times: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission: Buy advance tickets and get early bird access at 10:30am. Tickets are $12*.
Notes: Past brides can register a table to make their “something old” into “something new” for brides-to-be.


Canada’s Bridal Exhibition
Location: Pearkes Recreation Centre (3100 Tillicum Road, Saanich)
Dates: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission: Admission is $15* at the door. Advance tickets are available online or at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods Locations.
Notes: Vancouver Island’s largest bridal trade show. It will also move to the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay the following Sunday, January 20, 2013.

*Ticket prices may or may not include taxes and service fees. Be sure to follow each link and check out the fair websites for full event information. If you have a bridal show to add, just leave a note in the comments.

Vancouver Icons: Canoe Bridge

Monday, January 7th, 2013 — 2:52pm PDT
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Aside from The Birds or the Salt Building, Canoe Bridge is probably one of the most photographed landmarks in the Village on False Creek making it today’s Vancouver Icon photo feature:

Canoe Bridge
2008 – Photo credit: Demelo Photography on Flickr

Olympic LegacyPhoto credit: P Squared Pics on Flickr

Vancouver 2010 Aftermath: Seawall Re-Opened to Public at Olympic Village
Photo credit: susan gittins on Flickr

The bridge narrowly pre-dates the rest of the Olympic Village buildings. Surrounded by such great scenery, its unique shape and placement makes it a popular subject for photographers.

The Canoe Bridge itself is 40-meter long and it spans across a section of the waterfront saving people from walking around. The bridge also serves to shelter the Tidal Amphitheatre, a stepped foreshore formed by granite blocks that leads directly to the sea. The Canoe Bridge was designed to mimic the ribs of a canoe or kayak. A tribute to the non-motorized boating experience that is an integral part of the people of the north.

Many have complimented its wavy or aerodynamic design. The undulating form is actually very inviting and quickly became a favorite spot for many joggers, pedestrians and cyclists. The floor of the Canoe Bridge is made up of mesh-iron grid to maximize daylight for the marine habitat below. [Vancouver21]

The bridge was also featured in Dwell Magazine last year and has become a favourite route for those traversing the Sea Wall around Vancouver.

False Creek
Photo credit: Sduffy05 on Flickr

False Creek Village Photowalk Off in the Distance
Photo credit: Miss604 & Matzuda on Flickr

Canoe Bridge, Mount Pleasant (Olympic Village) Vancouver
Photo credit: Cam in Van on Flickr

Canoe Bridge Bridging
Photo credit: Chris Maki & kennymatic on Flickr

Canoe Bridge Runner
Photo credit: Mark Faviell on Flickr

2015 - Vancouver - Canoe Bridge
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

Village Ghost
Photo credit: kenmcall on Flickr

Canoe Bridge - Explored!
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

False Creek, Canoe Bridge
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Purple Reign

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Moe’s Home Collection Giveaway

Monday, January 7th, 2013 — 11:43am PDT
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A new year means new styles, designs, and perhaps a new look for your home. Moe’s Home Collection (1728 Glen Drive in Vancouver) is currently hosting its annual sale with 10% to 80% off everything in the store. They are a Western Canadian home decor retailer that sells conversational pieces sourced from around the world. Their pieces are bold, contemporary, and sometimes a bit exotic.

Images courtesy of Moe’s Home Collection

You’ve probably noticed their 35,000 square foot flagship store on your way in and out of downtown and they would love to have you in to shop around. Moe’s Home Collection is offering up a $200 gift card for one lucky Miss604 reader to help rejuvinate their living space. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Moe’s Home Collection on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook for more information about their products and services. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Update The winner is Laura Grady!

Surrey Public Library Events for Families This Month

Monday, January 7th, 2013 — 10:11am PDT
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Browsing the City of Surrey event listings I found my way to the Surrey Public Library‘s website and began to look around. Easily 20 minutes had passed and I hadn’t even made it through all of the event categories listed on the sidebar. From games nights to crafts and cookies, Surrey Public Libraries offer a wide variety of free activities for all ages. Here are just a few that caught my eye for this month:

Surrey Central Library
City Centre Library – Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Family Games Nights

A staple of any get-together in my family has always been board games, card games, drawing games, acting games — well, you get the picture. Although they bring out a competitive streak and elevate the volume of the entire household, they are great for a challenge, for bonding in teams, and for simply having some good clean fun. It’s also a great literacy activity which is why Surrey Libraries are hosting Family Games Nights this month. Games will vary from location to location but you can drop into one of the following events:

City Centre Library on Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Cloverdale Library on Tuesday, January 22nd from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Guildford Library on Friday, January 25th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Newton Library on Saturday, January 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Port Kells Library on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Strawberry Hill Library on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Play at the mall on Saturday, January 26th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Guildford Town Centre.

Registration is required for Ocean Park Library call 604-502-6449) on Monday, January 21st from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and at Fleetwood Library (call 604-598-7347) on Thursday, January 24th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.


Daddy Storytime for men with children, Pyjama Storytime for comfy reading, and general storytime hours for nine branches are all listed online. Listings include family storytime (all ages), baby storytime (birth to 12 months, 13-30 months), and ages 3-5.

Terrific Tuesdays

On top of Wonderful Wednesdays, Fab Fridays, and Saturday Specials there’s Terrific Tuesdays at Cloverdale Library. Crafts, games, activities, and snacks for those ages 6 to 12 years old. Every Tuesday will have a new drop-in theme starting with 3D Snowflakes on January 8th, Cereal Box Weaving on January 15th, Crazy Science Fun on January 22nd, Window Painting on January 29th, and more through February.

Family Lego Club

Who doesn’t love Lego? It was a staple of our household growing up and it still tops my nephews’ Christmas lists. Family Lego Club is a monthly drop-in program after school and before dinner time. For 2013 you can stop by City Centre Library on Fridays (January 18 and onward) from 3:15pm to 4:15pm, Guildford Library on Wednesdays (January 16 and onward) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, and Port Kells Library on Thursdays (January 23 and onward) from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

What I love about these events is that they get you out of the house so you can be creative as a family or give youth a bit of independence. Best of all, they’re all free. Follow Surrey Libraries on Twitter and Facebook for more information about these programs and more throughout the year and check out their Book Blog.

Monster Jam Vancouver 2013

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 — 9:04am PDT
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The world’s largest monster trucks will pack BC Place on Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! January 26th. The Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour will return to Vancouver with Canuck themed monster truck Northern Nightmare, driven by World Freestyle Champion and Kelowna-resident Cam McQueen, and legendary powerhouse Grave Digger.

Monster Jam 2012
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Other fan-favourite trucks include Captain’s Curse, Time Flys, Detour, Titan, Maniac, Double Trouble, Captain USA and Western Renegade. It will also be the 10th Anniversary of Max-D (highlighted by newly redesigned tricked-out “Decade of Destruction” truck body). Enjoy the speed, destruction, races, freestyle competition, pit party, photo opportunities and autograph signings.

Monster Jam 2012 Monster Jam 2012
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Monster Jam will be at BC Place Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7:00pm with a Pit Party (Pit Pass required, available for purchase for $10) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Tickets are on sale now for advance purchase prices of $25 to $35 (adults) or $15 (kids 2-12). Purchase online or by calling Ticketmaster (855) 985-5000. Prices go up $5 if purchased at the door.

If you would like to win your way in, I have a family pack (4 tickets) to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Truck line-up is subject to change.

Update The winner is Carlie!