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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2014

April 4th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is now open for 2014, running from April 1st until April 30th in Washington State around La Conner and Mount Vernon.

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Our photos from Tulip Town, 2011

You can drive to various tulip, daffodil and iris fields and events or do a cycling tour. There are dozens of locations for activities with Tulip Town (15002 Bradshaw Road) and RoozenGaarde (15867 Beaver Marsh Road) being hubs.

Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde will be open from 9:00am to 7:00pm daily through the end of April. Right now the early spring blooming tulips, daffodils, and other bulbs are coloring the garden at 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd. in Mount Vernon.

Tulip Town is opening early this spring, ready to greet visitors starting at 9:00am through the end of April. The growers at Tulip Town report they have early varieties blooming to greet visitors at 15002 Bradshaw Rd. in Mount Vernon.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Our photos from Tulip Town, 2011

Tulip Festival Info

There are several special events throughout the month, art shows, and even local museums, breweries, and wineries join in the fun with specials. Mount Vernon and La Conner are about 100km south of Vancouver and 90km north of Seattle just off the I-5.

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Our photos from Tulip Town, 2011

Follow the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information and stop on by later this month to see all of the beautiful tulips in bloom.

Tulips of the Valley Festival Agassiz 2014

April 4th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Tulips of the Valley Festival in Agassiz is a Fraser Valley spectacle that many wait all year to enjoy. Millions of colourful flowers spot the landscape, with the impressive snow-capped Mount Cheam looking on.

Agassiz, BC

Tulips of the Valley Festival

The Tulips of the Valley Festival begins Thursday, April 17, 2014 and will only last about two weeks, until all of the blooms are gone.

Hours
Wednesdays through Fridays 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am to 5:00pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Easter Weekend 10:00am to 5:00pm, Friday April 18th through Monday April 21st

Location
3971 Lougheed Highway, Agassiz, BC
This year the fields are a 1km walk from the parking area. For safety reasons, everyone (including bus tours) needs to be dropped off at the parking area. Very limited handicap parking available. If you are unable to walk that distance than it would be best to visit on weekdays as handicap parking will more likely be available. To put this in perspective, it would be like walking from Davie to Georgia downtown — it’s not that far! Plus, the beauty of the festival is absolutely worth it.

Admission
Adults $3; seniors $2.50; kids 12 and under are free. Groups of 10+ are $2.50 per adult.

Parking rates do apply. All proceeds for parking are going to the Seabird Travel Club allowing families the opportunity to travel when otherwise unable. Cars $5; small buses $10; large buses $15.

40 Acres of Tulips

Fresh Cut Tulips
Located at 1694 Tranmer Road in Agassiz, the tulip stand is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Interested in checking out two tulip festivals this season? Read more about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival as well. It’s just over the border and we have enjoyed visiting both of these events every year.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

April 4th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

You may get a bit soggy if you head out and snap photos this weekend but if you leave the house be sure to reference the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival neighbourhood map. Inside and away from the rain you can enjoy the Vancouver South African Film Festival, the magic of Camilo, roller derby, Major League Soccer, and more around the city.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Photo credit: Karen Lee Colangelo on Flickr

Friday, April 4, 2014
Blue Jays Home Opener Viewing Party
Camilo the Magician on Tour at Granville Island
Carousel Theatre Presents: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan
Landsdowne Carnival, Richmond

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Vancouver South African Film Festival
Canadian Tire Home, Auto, and Outdoor Show
Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
Pillowfight at the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Squamish Women’s Used Clothing Sale
Enchanted Garden Spring Pottery Sale at Trout Lake Community Centre
Verses Festival of Words
Spring Showers Artisan Fair
Fleetwood Family Fun Run
Start Your Garden with Heritage Seeds
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado at BC Place
Downtown Bus Service Open House: West End Community Centre
Camilo the Magician on Tour at Granville Island
Terminal City Rollergirls Season Opener
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Plein-Air Blossom Painting
Dinner Party YVR
Jazz at the Pat
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Proud
Galloway’s Burnaby: Top Detox Superfoods
Carousel Theatre Presents: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan
Landsdowne Carnival, Richmond

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Vancouver South African Film Festival
Brockton Point’s Secrets: a Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
Dialogue on Dramaturgy
Vancouver Foodster Culinary Scavenger Hunt
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Days at VanDusen
Galloway’s Burnaby: Fabulous Flax with Chef Alana Peckham
Galloway’s Richmond: Cleansing Spring Soups with Andrea Potter
Enchanted Garden Spring Pottery Sale at Trout Lake Community Centre
Verses Festival of Words
Carousel Theatre Presents: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan
Landsdowne Carnival, Richmond
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Proud

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.

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day

April 3rd, 2014 @ 8:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

During the month of April I will be featuring a Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day, sourced from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and/or the #Photos604 tag on Instagram. You can barely walk a full block in the city without encountering a photographer capturing this pink blooms — or stopping yourself — so it’s the perfect time to start this series. Enjoy!

Blossoms and Rabbits
Photo credit: Winson Tang on Flickr

The ultimate springtime snap: bunnies and cherry blossoms! This precisely-timed scene was captured in Richmond’s Minoru Park.

View more photography posts on Miss604 along with the Vancouver Photos of the Week.

The Hound of the Baskervilles on Granville Island

April 3rd, 2014 @ 6:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Bad Dog Productions presents its highly successful Western Canadian exclusive production of The Hound of the Baskervilles in Vancouver at Studio 1398 on Granville Island from Tuesday, April 22nd through to Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles on Granville Island

Directed by Langley-based, multi award-winning director, Ellie King, this imaginative and hysterical spoof of the classic Sherlock Holmes story is a challenging, yet highly entertaining piece of theatre filled with lightning fast changes of character, scenery, and costume.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous detective stories ever told. The noble Baskerville family is threatened by a curse: “a great, black beast larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon” terrorizes and kills any family member who comes to live at the Baskerville estate. Into this atmosphere of lonely moors, ancient secrets, deadly threats, and ghostly apparitions comes the supremely rational Sherlock Holmes – a man described by his friend Watson as “the most perfect reasoning and observing machine the world has ever seen.” Piece by piece, Holmes and Watson solve the mystery and find the culprit.

I attended the premiere in Surrey last fall along with members of BC’s Sherlock Holmes Society who called the production a “wonderfully hilarious spoof.”

Tickets and Show Details

Tickets for The Hound of the Baskervilles are available online, by phone at 1-800-838-3996, or in person (one hour prior to curtain only) at Studio 1398, which is located on Granville Island at 1398 Cartwright Street.

April 22nd to April 24th at 8:00pm
Preview performances: $15
Student Rush tickets: $10 (with a valid student ID)

April 25th, 26th, 30th and May 1st to 3rd at 8:00pm / April 26th and May 3rd at 3:00pm
Adult admission: $25
Over 60 & under 14: $20
Student Rush tickets: $10 (with a valid student ID)
School Matinees April 30 and May 1 at 1:00pm*
School/group booking: $10 (one complimentary ticket per 10 purchased)
*can only be booked through hound1398@gmail.com

Contest

If you would like to check out The Hound of the Baskervilles, I have a pair of tickets to give away for its run on Granville Island. 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 Friday, April 11th, 2014. Follow the production on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Update The winner is Annie mike gismondi!

Surrey Party for the Planet: Dear Rouge

April 3rd, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Drew and Danielle McTaggart of Dear Rouge have come a long way since I met them in a West End coffee shop back in 2012. They’ve since won the Peak Performance Project, played festivals around BC, toured across Canada, and hosted successful charity fundraising events. As they’ll also be on stage at Surrey’s Party for the Planet on April 26th, I caught up with Danielle on the road last week as they arrived in Toronto after a cross country road trip.

“As you grow, your home community is really fun to play in because you keep building from where you started — it feels great to play local shows,” Danielle told me over the phone. They’ll have plenty of friends and family at the Party for the Planet show since they’re known – by me at least – as never failing to have a hearty cheering section at their concerts.

Surrey Canada Day 2012
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

One reason for the outstanding local support for the band definitely stems from their work in the community. They recently hosted their second annual fundraising concert for The Centre for Child Development in Surrey, raising over $15,000. “It was just really cool to see the support of people that wanted to help out The Centre. It was a really great event and it was exciting to see people being so generous.”

After the tour, and their homecoming, Dear Rouge will be focusing on their first full length album later this year. “We are going to be around finishing our album up so that we can get that out. We have about nine songs done right now and we are still debating whether we should write a few more songs or whether we should take song of the songs from our EPs,” said Danielle.

The previously-released “Head’s Up Watch Out” EP was used for their (winning) Peak Performance Project submission and they have also released “Kids Wanna Know” with the single “Thinking About You” which had steady radio airplay in Vancouver. They have been playing new songs at their shows, which also haven’t been recorded, so the album should be full of great material.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival 2012
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The group is now heading back across Canada, playing in Saskatoon on April 3rd, Calgary on April 4th, Golden on April 5th, Kelowna on April 9th, with a hometown show in Vancouver on April 10th before crossing over to Victoria to play Lucky Bar on April 12th.

Dear Rouge will join other Main Stage performers Said the Whale, Andrew Allen, Jordan Klassen, and Jeremy Fisher at Party for the Planet on April 26th in Downtown Surrey. This is a free family festival that will also host Dora the Explorer, Bobs & Lolo, Rockin Robin, Mike Battie, Harrison Lee, Mad Science, and more!

Miss604.com is a proud media partner of Surrey’s Party for the Planet

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2014: Tickets On Sale Now

April 3rd, 2014 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tickets are now on sale for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards ceremony taking place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Westin Bayshore.

YWCA women of distinction awards 2011

I have had the pleasure of being the Social Media Sponsor of this event for the last five years and on top of the recognition of remarkable women in our community, and support for the fantastic work of the YWCA, it is truly a really fun and inspirational event to attend. Here’s all you need to know:

Where: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm General Reception; 6:30pm Awards Dinner

Book your tickets online today or by calling (604) 895-5768. Early bird tickets are on sale until May 4th for $195 per person (this includes the awards ceremony and dinner). Starting May 5th tickets will be $225 per person. Be sure to book soon as this event is known to sell out the largest ballroom at the Bayshore!

New this year you can book a Distinguished Partner Table that includes 10 seats/tickets, VIP registration, name signage on table, name listed in the program and sponsor signage, and more.

2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information along with the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards @YWvanWODA on Twitter.

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.