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Pumpkin Patches in Surrey

October 3rd, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Pumpkins are a hot commodity at this time of year, either for baking in pies and cooking up delicious treats, or using as centrepieces, decorations, and of course carving Jack O’Lanterns. Last year I wrote a Guide to Pumpkins in Metro Vancouver for Tourism Vancouver so this year I’m going to focus on specific locations, starting with pumpkin patches in Surrey.

201310 Rondriso Farms Pumpkin Patch
Rondriso Farm photo credit Ken Chow on Flickr

Pumpkin Patches in Surrey

Rondriso Farm
Location: 8390 172nd St, Surrey
Hours: Pumpkin patch is now open with hay wagon rides down to the patch from 10:00am to 6:00pm on weekends, holidays and professional days. Open 3:00pm to 6:00pm on weekdays for the last two weeks of October. Visitors can also see the cows and calves in the barn.
Details: Pre-picked pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and hay bales available for sale at the farm stand along with winter vegetables.

Boze Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Location: 64th and 156th St, Surrey
Hours: Open until October 13, 2014. Thursdays and Fridays 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Saturdays 12:00pm to 8:00pm, Sundays and holiday Mondays 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Details: Admission fees apply for the corn maze. Orange or white, small, medium, large and very large pumpkins available for purchase.

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch
Location: 18507 20th Ave, Surrey
Hours: Open every weekend in October, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Open late until 9:00pm on Saturday, October 18th and Saturday, October 25th for spooky nighttime fun.
Details: Admission is $4 per person and it includes hayride, petting zoo admission, and mini maze. Cash only for admission and for pumpkin purchases. Pumpkins are sold by size, $1 and up.

Art Knapp Plantland
Location: 4391 King George Blvd, Surrey
Hours: Open daily in October from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Seasonal train rides and mini golf run 9:00am to 4:00pm daily. Train rides take you to the pumpkin patch.

Port Kells Nurseries Pumpkin Patch
Location: 18730 88th Ave, Surrey
Hours: Open daily in October from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Free admission, includes hayride, access to the chicken coop, haunted house, hay maze, and goat palace. Pumpkins available for purchase, and snacks are available for purchase in The Pumpkin Cafe. 80 pumpkin varieties, from ornamental gourds to carving pumpkins and some best for pumpkin pie. Every attempt is made to make the patch “mud free” and all paths are topped with woodchips for stroller and wheelchair access. Wagons are available for transporting the pumpkins and cloth bags are recommended for carrying pumpkins.

Find more pumpkin patch listings and useful info in the Miss604 archives and stay tuned for the next series of pumpkin patch listings by city.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

October 3rd, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

October is here, the weather has cooled, and leaves are abandoning their sturdy branches for the busy sidewalks below. The Vancouver International Film Festival is a great option for entertainment this weekend, several farmers markets are open until mid-October, there are Oktoberfest festivities to enjoy, concerts, plays, a book fair and a Run for the Cure. Here are a few more options for activities and fun this weekend around Metro Vancouver:

3 deer near the Cypress Mountain lookout - September 30, 2014
Photo credit: Patrick King on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, October 3, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Jane’s Blond at Kennedy’s Pub
Opening Reception: Boobies & Wieners: Another Immature Look at the Nude
Weekly Late Night at La Mezcaleria
Fraser Valley Food Show
Artists for Conservation: Grouse Mountain
Vancouver Opera: Carmen
Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus
Savour, Lonsdale Quay Market’s Food and Beverage Festival
Our Town

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Dallas
Doors Open Vancouver
Vancouver Book Fair at Robson Square
Wait for Me Daddy: Memorial Unveiling in New Westminster
Bobs & Lolo at Capilano Mall
Chef Michael Smith in Abbotsford
Surrey: Rethinking the Roots of Nature and Art
Burnaby City Hall Farmers Market
Cellar Jazz: Larry Fuller Trio
Beta5 Chocolates’ Anniversary
Marpole Walking Tour: Transportation Theme
Paws for Hope: Creating a No-Kill Community
Vancouver Electronic Ensemble Performance – Vancouver New Music Festival
13th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night
PumpkinFest at Park Royal
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Artists for Conservation: Grouse Mountain
Fraser Valley Food Show
Vancouver Opera: Carmen
Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus
Savour, Lonsdale Quay Market’s Food and Beverage Festival
Our Town

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Toronto Raptor vs Sacramento Kings at Rogers Arena
CIBC Run for the Cure
Diwali Fest Vancouver
Vancouver Book Fair at Robson Square
36th Annual Motorcycle Toy Run
Kidstuff Swapmeet in Burnaby
Grand Opening of ZHOOSH Fitness Garage + Fundraiser for Parkinson Society BC
Fall Fair at Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Water’s Edge Day – Celebrating Vancouver’s Waterfront
Great Expectations Fashion Show at Hycroft
Communication Convergence
Cannery Farmers Market
PumpkinFest at Park Royal
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Hastings Park Winter Market
Artists for Conservation: Grouse Mountain
Fraser Valley Food Show
Vancouver Opera: Carmen
Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus
Savour, Lonsdale Quay Market’s Food and Beverage Festival
Our Town

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.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Wrap Up

October 3rd, 2014 @ 8:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 10th annual Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala took place Saturday, September 27th at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. The black tie reception and dinner brought together community supporters, families, businesses, and friends in support of an amazing cause. As the Social Media Sponsor, I had the pleasure to attend the event and while following the program in person, I shared messages and photos from attendees using the tag #GOTGala on Twitter and Instagram.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Wrap Up

365 days a year, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) cares for 560 children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. One night a year, the Gift of Time Gala provides a fundraising boost through a live auction, silent auction, raffle, and various other generous donations. The event itself is very special and on Saturday, the first thing my sister and I saw when we entered the Westin Bayshore lobby were inspirational posters on easels, immediately setting the tone of the evening:

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Life’s journey is who you are with and how you are with them. Hope. Light Love.

After registering and picking up an auction card, guests were served cocktails, provided with a TELUS photobooth opportunity, and the chance to browse sparkling jewels provided by Cavalier Jewellers before entering the main reception area. Once through the white curtains, silent auction items were laid out by category (for example technology, spa experiences, kids items, etc.) and ready for bids. Resident CPCH PADS dog Poppy Poppy, was also making the rounds, posing with guests and volunteers.

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Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

When it was time to enter the grand ballroom the doors opened and I gasped as I walked through to the space and was hit with a dreamy landscape. Simon Cooksley’s red event design was stunning with red Murano glass chandeliers, floral arrangements bursting with dahlias and roses, red candelabras, silver chairs, and sparkling accents.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

This is the now. The moment you are in. Live it well with a loving heart.

The evening’s program kicked off with a performance from the MEI Screaming’ Eagles Marching Band and then the evening’s emcee, Global BC’s Chris Gailus, took over on stage.

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The program alternated between dinner courses, performances including Alyssa Gutierrez and Affinity Dance, live auctions by Trevor Moravec of Ritchie Bros. Nebraska, silent auction updates and trips to the wine cellar to bid on tens of thousands of dollars worth of old and new world wines.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala

The evening’s speakers always provide insight, including Jill Schnarr, VP of Community Affairs at TELUS, who announced that over two decades, TELUS has given over $2.5 million over in support to Canuck Place. On Saturday, TELUS matched a $77,000 gift for a live auction item to fund medicine and minor equipment.

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Every year a courageous family heads up on stage to tell their story and share their Canuck Place experience. This year it was the brave parents of Sam Treschow, who would have been 24 years old the following day. Jill and Michael Treschow started on the Canuck Place program when Sam was 7 years old. The Kelowna pair said that, “Canuck Place was a haven for our worst kind of fears. Not a haven from them, but for them.” They shared the full story of their journey with Sam at Canuck Place. “There’s a certain kind of gift in knowing life will be short – you want to pack in life and savour it.” What they loved most about Canuck Place was that their whole family was taken care of by the whole staff.

Other speakers included CPCH’s Medical Director, Dr. Hal Siden who said, “We never give up on providing comfort for the kids on our program.”

To say the evening is moving is an understatement. You can’t help but feel deep sorrow when families speak but then at the same time you get lifted up so high with so much love and hope that it is palpable.

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As the evening came to a close, before the dance floor opened up, the live auction ramped up. Bids for experiences like a private dinner for 40 with Chef David Hawksworth or a suite at the 5 Seconds of Summer concert went for upwards of $16,000. By the end of the night, over $1 million was raised for Canuck Place.

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Donations help fund respite care, medical care, pain and symptom management, meals, recreation therapy, education, art, counselling, music and play therapy for children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. With these generous gifts, Canuck Place can provide care for newborns, children, and teens with respite days which is a large part of what they do. There are currently over 560 kids and families in the Canuck Place program.

You can support Canuck Place at any time through online donations, volunteer opportunities, or a wealth of other avenues. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about their organization, their work with BC families (including a second provincial location, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice – Dave Lede House Abbotsford) and ways that you can get involved.

Win Tickets to TEDxVancouver

October 2nd, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

TEDxVancouver, an independently organized TED-style event, returns this year to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with a diverse lineup of local speakers on October 18th. The theme for this year’s event is TILT: “TILT is about exploring and conquering these illusions in order to unleash potential. Attendees can expect an inspiring, thought-provoking program designed to awaken curiosity and shift perspectives.”

TEDxVancouver 2012
Photo by Maurice Li via TEDxVancouver on Flickr

What TEDxVancouver
When Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
Tickets Available online now for $116.39 (including taxes and fees, and lunch)

TEDxVancouver Speakers

Confirmed speakers so far include:
Jeff Mudgett, author of Bloodstains; Dr. Terry Pearson, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at UBC; Coleen Christie, CTV News anchor; Chip Wilson, founder and former chairman of Lululemon; Peter Gregson, award winning cellist; Dr. Jennifer Gardy, Senior Scientist and Nature of Things guest host; Jessica O’Reilly Sexologist, author, TV host; Jay DeMerit retired Whitecaps FC captain, entrepreneur; Treana Peake, designer and founder of Obakki; Victor Chan, writer and co-founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education; Charles Montgomery, author and urban experimentalist.

TEDxVancouver 2012
Photo by Rishad Daroowala via TEDxVancouver on Flickr

Win Tickets to TEDxVancouver

If you would like to attend this inspirational day of stories, networking, and experiences I have a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of TEDxVancouver. Here’s how you can enter to win your way in:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to @TEDxVancouver from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/CdwQU

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. View previous TEDxVancouver videos online and follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is Jennifer Breakspear!

Strike A Chord: A Benefit For Music Heals

October 2nd, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Music Heals, the charitable foundation formed to fundraise for music therapy and related services across Canada, is hosting a special gala evening of memorable entertainment, food, drinks, dancing, and of course music on October 23rd. Strike A Chord: A Benefit For Music Heals will directly benefit music therapy programs in our community.


What: Strike A Chord: A Benefit For Music Heals
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 7:00pm to 2:00am
Where: The Imperial, 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online for $150 (+ fee)
Featuring: The Matinee, Kutapira, Chin Injeti, Omar Khan, The Boom Booms, DJ’s Sincerely Hana and Rico Uno, and a special guest appearance by Serena Ryder.

Music Heals’ mission is to support a wide range of music therapy services to communities across Canada by providing ongoing funding for those agencies that develop and use music therapy.

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development. — Canadian Association for Music Therapy.

Current Music Heals programs include: The “Bandwagon” which is the world’s first mobile recording studio, designed specifically to assist Music Therapists working with patients at their bedside; and the iPod Pharmacy. Follow Music Heals on Twitter and Facebook for more information and get your ticket today for Strike a Chord.

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

October 2nd, 2014 @ 8:12am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The highly-anticipated Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the heart of the Village of Fort Langley.

Cranberry Bog in Langley

Presented by the Fort Langley BIA, this free festival will have a pancake breakfast, food trucks, entertainment, kids’ play areas, unique vendors, participation from local shops and studios, nearly 100 vendors, and of course the freshest of cranberries.

The Fort itself will also have 50% off admission (Saturday only) with cranberry-themed programming all the way through Sunday and Monday that long weekend.

Discover the history of cranberry use by First Nations people in British Columbia, and how the Hudson’s Bay Company exported these treasured fruits in the 1850s. A cranberry treasure hunt will take place throughout the weekend, you can watch a barrel-making demonstration, make cranberry bannock at 11:00am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm, play cranberry-related games and more.

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There will also be participation from The Fort Wine Co. who was generous enough to let Marc Smith and I stroll through their flooded cranberry bogs last year. It was definitely a Vancouverite’s “bucket list” experience!

Marc Smith and The Fort Wine Co's Toby Bowman head out into the cranberry bogs

Cranberry Bog in Langley

Cranberry Bog in Langley

Cranberry Bog in Langley

About BC Cranberries

I researched cranberries around the region for a piece I wrote for Tourism Vancouver last year and found all kinds of interesting facts:

  • The cranberry is one of only three commercially-grown fruits that are native to North America.
  • Traditionally, cranberries were hot trading commodities at Fort Langley (aka the Birthplace of BC) as local First Nations used them for food, dyes, and medicine. They would trade cranberries for HBC blankets, beads, and other items. In fact in 1858, cranberries were actually worth more than salmon.
  • Of all the cranberries harvested in Canada every year, about 60% are grown for Massachusetts-based Ocean Spray, to which most BC cranberry growers belong as a cooperative — as a result 90% of BC cranberries are shipped to the USA.
  • Approximately 50% of BC’s crop is used to make sweetened dried cranberries, 40% is made into juice, 9% is sold whole frozen and 1% is sold fresh, according to the Government of BC.

Read more…»

October Events in Metro Vancouver

October 1st, 2014 @ 11:38am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

October is one of the busiest months in Vancouver thanks to fundraising galas, Halloween, haunted tours, and cultural festivals.

A few long-running events this month include: Diwali Fest, the Zombie Syndrome, the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour, the Chinatown Haunted House, Stanley Park Ecology Society’s Creatures of the Night, and the Bear Creek Park Train will have the Pumpkin Express earlier in the day followed by the Haunted Forest Scream Train in the evenings.

Photo credit: Lisa Nixon on Flickr

As always, should you have an event you would like to include on the event list, please feel free to send details my way.

October Events in Metro Vancouver

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Jump to: Monday, October 20th to Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, October 27th to Friday, October 31st, 2014

Multi-Day Events

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

New Express Service from SPUD

October 1st, 2014 @ 8:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

SPUD, your local online grocery and organic produce delivery service, is expanding delivery options for its customers in Vancouver, offering a new Express service.

New SPUD Express service means Metro Vancouver shoppers can choose their own delivery day, increasing options for those seeking a convenient way to have local, certified organic and natural grocery products delivered right to their door.


Choose fresh produce, dairy, bakery, meat and seafood, deli, beverages, ready to eat snacks, health and beauty, and home products line cleaning materials. SPUD orders are fully customizable based on your individual needs.

There are no contracts, and no minimum order size. You are free to order however much you want, as often you like. You can create a standing order and receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of your staple grocery items, save your lists online containing grocery items you’ve ordered before, or sign up for Fresh Harvest Boxes to get fresh in-season fruits and vegetables weekly or bi-weekly.

SPUD delivers to your house, apartment, or office between 9:00am and 9:00pm each day. You don’t have to be home to receive your bin, and you can make changes to your order up until 3:00pm on the day before your delivery day.

SPUD Express joins SPUD’s Free Weekly Delivery option, rolled out mid-September, giving shoppers the option to choose their own delivery day and get as many orders as they like for a small fee. Whatever service customers choose, SPUD continues to offer the lowest minimum order in the city.

To take advantage of the flexibility of SPUD Express, shoppers simply click the button to ‘Change Delivery Date’ at the online Checkout and choose the day they would like their ordered delivered. SPUD Express is currently available for shoppers in most of the Metro Vancouver region, as well as in Calgary.

Special Offer

If you would like to give SPUD a try, I have a promo code that you can use to receive $30 off your first order of $60 or more. Simply enter code MISS604 at checkout to take advantage of this offer. Follow SPUD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to learn more.

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