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IMC 2010 Keynote with Guy Kawasaki, Win Tickets

September 16th, 2010 @ 1:10pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The annual Internet Marketing Conference is happening in Vancouver next week featuring keynote speaker, Guy Kawasaki. I liveblogged several sessions at the IMC in 2008 and found that they were a great group of people who recognized the importance of social media in today’s marketing landscape.

Gulltaggen 2010
Photo credit: nrkbeta on Flickr

The two-day conference at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown will feature a keynote from silicon valley venture capitalist and author Guy Kawasaki.

He is the founder of Alltop.com, where you can find feeds from the top sites in the world listed in practically any category imaginable. Kawasaki is also a legend in the marketing world for being the man behind Apple’s 1984 Macintosh campaign.

His keynote will be based on his new book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

I have a ticket to give away for Guy Kawasaki’s keynote at 9:00am on September 23rd. This ticket for Day 3 of the Internet Marketing Conference is worth $595.

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 tix to the #imcyvr @GuyKawasaki keynote from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/2Fpwx

    The Internet Marketing Conference takes place in 10 cities around the globe and the Vancouver event will feature many local business owners and marketing professionals who will share advice, stories, and lessons to be learned. The winner of the ticket to the keynote will be welcome to stay for the rest of the day’s sessions as well as coffee breaks and lunch.

    I will draw one winner (at random, from all entries received) tomorrow at 5:00pm since the event is happening next week.

    Update The winner is Jane, congratulations!

    Sports Day at the Richmond Olympic Oval This Weekend

    September 16th, 2010 @ 11:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Sports Day in Canada is this Saturday, September 18th and across the nation everyone is invited to participate in a community sporting event. The Canadian Paralympic Committee will be setting up shop at the Richmond Olympic Oval from 11:00am until 2:00pm in case you would like to come and try out some paralympic sports.

    Bronze Medal Sledge Hockey 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games
    Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

    Public can see what it’s like to play goalball, try various para-athletics, wheelchair basketball, and many other sports alongside Canada’s Paralympians at this free event. Paralympic athletes Alison Kabush, Andrea Holmes, Bo Hedges, Chris Daw, Darryl Neighbour, Lauren Woolstencroft, Lou Gibson, Marni Abbott-Peter, Richard Peter, and Sarah Hunter will be there to sign autographs and give demos.

    I covered a few events at the Paralympics last March including many of the womens’ downhill events. The athleticism and dedication these Paralympians display is inspirational and quite simply, amazing.

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    Photo credit: Glotman Simpson

    The Richmond Olympic Oval is located at 6111 River Road in Richmond, BC. It would also be a great opportunity to check out this beautiful venue if you haven’t done so already.

    Metro Vancouver Park Series: Renfrew Ravine

    September 16th, 2010 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Wanting to add a few parks to my series this fall, I sent out a Tweet yesterday asking for some recommendations. @JDLaidlaw responded, “@Miss604 Have you ever been out to Renfrew Ravine? Pretty awesome and they have a lantern festival coming up!” Having never ever heard of the Renfrew Ravine, I thought it would be worth researching and profiling today.

    How to Get There
    While technically not a “park” (and not recognized on the Parks Board website) the Renfrew Ravine is classified as a greenway, by the City of Vancouver.

    The ravine is located between East 22nd and East 29th Avenues, along the Boyd Diversion and Renfrew Street. Just across 22nd Avenue to the North, you’ll find the Renfrew Community Centre and the 5 hectare Renfrew Park. You can get to the Southern entrance to the ravine greenway via 29th Avenue SkyTrain station.

    Features
    The ravine follows Still Creek and features a few open park spaces with seating, lookouts, foliage, and interpretive signage. The creek is one of very few still left in Vancouver.

    Garden and Plaque Explaining Renfrew Ravine Labyrinth
    Photo credit: sillygwailo on Flickr
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    Photo credit: josiejose on Flickr
    East Van Pictorial May 2009
    Photo credit: JosieJose on Flickr

    Events
    The Renfrew Ravine is the home of the Moon Festival’s Lantern Walk next week, on September 25th. The festival will have a harvest fair at Slocan Park (to the South of the Ravine, across 29th avenue) and a lantern procession will make its way through the ravine from 7:00pm – 7:30pm, ending up at Renfrew Park.

    Renfre Ravine Moonfest 2009 from stillmoon on Vimeo.

    Leading up to this free public event you can get attend lantern workshops at the Renfrew Community Centre in the evenings until September 24th.

    Should you have a recommendation for a Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley park feature, please feel free to contact me.

    Magique Fall Fashion Affair, Win Tickets

    September 16th, 2010 @ 9:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Although the Lower Mainland’s evergreens do not transform into multicoloured groves like they do back East, autumn in this region is still pretty beautiful. It’s a time to dust off the rain boots and pull all your soft sweaters from summer storage as you head out for a walk around Stanley Park with a piping hot beverage, leaves crunching beneath your feet. Speaking of boots and sweaters, it’s also a new season of fashion in stores and on the streets.

    Autumn in the Park

    On October 2nd Magique Fashions (a local boutique and wardrobe consultant service) will be hosting a fashion show benefiting the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. Hosted by Urban Rush’s Fiona Forbes, the fashion show and reception will take place at Coyote Creek Golf Course in Surrey. Items from Sarah Pacini, Michael Kors, Elisa Cavaletti will be hitting the runway along with the hottest names in premier denim.

    On top of the fashion show itself, there will be entertainment provided by young singing sensation Cole Armour along with tasty canapes and a custom cocktail for participants to sip.

    Tickets are available online for $80 and admission also includes a signature charm designed by local jewelry designer Karyn Chopik, exclusively for this event. In addition, ticket holders will receive 15% of their next purchase at Magique Fashions, located at 124-1959 152 Street, Surrey.

    If you would like to attend this event, I have two tickets to give away (value $160). Please leave a comment on this post either about fashion or the fall season in order to be entered to win. I will draw one winner, who will be able to bring a guest, on September 24th.

    Update The winner of the tickets is Sherrie, have fun!

    Stella Artois Canadian Draught Master 2010

    September 15th, 2010 @ 2:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This Friday Stella Artois is hosting a competition to find their next Canadian Draught Master. 16 beer enthusiasts will get their chance to pour that perfect pint of Stella and the winner will earn a spot at the national championships. The event takes place at Doolins on Granville at 7:00pm and I just happen to be one of the judges in search of the perfect pour.

    Stella Artois challenges Vancouverites to pour the perfect pint at B.C. regional Draught Master Competition
    2009 Draught Master in Vancouver Photo credit: tequila partners

    In order to qualify as a judge, I will be getting an education in the 9-step ritual Stella pouring process. This includes: the preparation, the chill, the unveiling, the liquid alchemy, the crown, the beheading, the judgment, the cleansing, and the bestowal. The process doesn’t happen on its own as it includes the use of that classic Stella Artois chalice, angles, temperatures, and the signature foam cutter.

    Stella 9-Step home pouring kit Stella 9-Step home pouring kit

    To share in this Belgian beer goodness, I have a two 9-Step Home Pouring Kits to give away that include 4 chalices, a foam cutter, and a bottle opener. 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 Stella home pouring kit from @miss604 http://ow.ly/2ES91

    I will draw two winners at 12:00pm this Friday and they will be able to pick up their kits at Doolins that night (or we can arrange delivery next week).

    Update My two winners are Troy and @AliEvolution on Twitter. Congratulations!

    Fine print: Must be 19 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary.

    Timeraiser Vancouver 2010: Agency Preview

    September 15th, 2010 @ 11:29am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Timeraiser Vancouver is just over a week away and the momentum has been building. The event pairs non-profit organizations with volunteers who pledge their time at a giant one-night event at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. Here’s a quick preview of some of the participating organizations that are looking for volunteers.

    Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
    Canadian Cancer Society
    Canadian Hemochroamtosis Society
    Canadian Mental Health Association
    Canadian Paraplegic Association (BC)
    Canucks Autism Network
    Compassionate Eye Foundation
    Evergreen
    First United Church
    Immigrant Services Society of BC
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    North Shore ConneXions Society
    Out On Screen
    Pacific Parklands Foundation
    Peace it Together Society
    Scouts Canada, Pacific Coast Council
    Sustainability Television
    Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
    The Canadian Youth Business Foundation
    Theatre Terrific Society
    TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre
    Urban Native Youth Association
    West End Seniors’ Network
    Women Against Violence Against Women



    Each one of these agencies and organizations is looking for volunteers in a variety of capacities. For example, the Canadian Cancer Society is looking for an Event Manager, and Women Against Violence Against Women is looking for IT and administrative support. Participants find the agency that they would like to support and then they bit on pieces of artwork from local artists in a silent auction. The winning bidder gets the artwork and the volunteer experience.


    360 video of last year’s Timeraiser by Gus Fosarolli on Flickr

    View the full agency listings on the Timeraiser site and click “Show Agency Details” to read up on each. Should any of these be of interest, make sure you attend the event next week. Tickets for Timeraiser are $20 online.

    Just a reminder, my WestJet contest is in full swing until September 22nd. I have to send a HUGE “Thank You” to the Timeraiser organizers for choosing to partner with me for this giveaway. Not only is it a fantastic prize (2 round trip tickets to anywhere WestJet flies) but the event supports so many local causes. The winner’s name will be revealed on the contest post, on Twitter, and at the Timeraiser event September 23rd.

    Follow Timeraiser Vancouver on Facebook or Twitter for news and updates.

    Music Therapy Ride 2010

    September 15th, 2010 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last week I was a guest speaker at the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver. I had a great discussion with the business students (that ranged from managers, concert promoters and band members) at this school of rock and I also learned a bit about the Music Therapy Ride.

    For nine years now the Music Therapy Ride, which is a motorcycle convoy from the Lower Mainland to Whistler, has raised over $350,000 for local causes. The funds then go toward music therapy programs and this year, the ride committee is aiming to build a recording studio at BC Childrens’ Hospital, as a part of the Band Wagon Legacy Project.

    Music Therapy is the skillful and creative use of music to improve health, well-being and quality of life. Qualified therapists help people of all ages and abilities to help people reach their fullest potential through music. Music has helped an inspiring young woman, Megan McNeil, express herself and promote a cause that she holds dear.


    Will to Survive, written & performed by Megan McNeil, produced by Garth Richardson of Nimbus.

    You can register now for the 2010 Music Therapy Ride, which will depart from the River Rock Casino on September 18th at 9:30am.

    Motorcycles, passengers, and cars are welcome although there is limited space for cars. Participants are also given a special group rate if they would like to stay overnight at the Fairmont in Whistler.

    You can read more about the ride (and celebrity guests Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk) on the Music Therapy Ride site or follow on Twitter @MTRBC.