According to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (“CANFAR”): “A quarter of Canadians with HIV are not aware of their infection and young adults (aged 15-29) account for approximately 26 per cent of all people diagnosed with HIV in Canada. Since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, people around the world have shown their commitment to finding a cure by ‘going red’ and wearing a red ribbon.”
Local events for World AIDS Day include a free breakfast at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation starting at 8:00am and the fourth annual Voices of Hope concert hosted by CBC’s Bill Richardson. The concert takes place at Christ Church Cathedral (Georgia and Burrard) at 7:00pm and admission is by donation.
Also, all four Whole Foods locations in Vancouver will be donating 5% of their net sales to AIDS Vancouver Grocery on December 1st.
BC Place Stadium in Vancouver (and the CN Tower in Toronto) will glow with red lights from 5:00pm on Thursday in honor of World AIDS Day.
The Vancouver Giants have been having a pretty good season so far, sitting at the top of the BC Division with a record of 17-9-1. While they’re on a road trip through the prairies right now, they’ll be returning home to the Pacific Coliseum for the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, December 9th.
Bring a new, unwrapped plush bear to the game (or purchase one on the concourse) and when the giants score their first goal of the night, toss them on the ice. It’s quite the spectacle — and celebration. All of the teddy bears will be donated to local children’s charities in time for Christmas including the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, The Province Empty Stocking Fund, and Lower Mainland Christmas Bureaus.
If you would like to catch this Giants game against the Portland Winterhawks I have two tickets up for grabs. I will also supply the winner with a teddy bear to toss on the ice. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at 10:00am on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
Update The winner is Carly!
Update The Giants have put together this Teddy Bear Toss video.
If it reaches 50,000 views by December 25, 2011, the Giants and White Spot will donate $10,000 to The Province Empty Stocking Fund and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is returning to the stage in Vancouver from February 8-12, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The hit Broadway musical is a classic love story filled with witty characters, dazzling costumes, and creative sets. Not to mention it includes numbers from the Disney animated film such as “Be Our Guest”.
I took my niece to this production when The Arts Club did it back in 2008. She was eight at the time and really enjoyed the show, giggling at Cogsworth and Lumiere’s interactions the most.
I highly encourage all to consider theatre and the arts when planing your gift-giving this season. Your friends and loved ones will have a great night on the town in Vancouver and cherish the time spent together.
The Vancouver Christmas tree, that usually stands in front of the art gallery, will be at Jack Poole Plaza this year. The kick-off event and lighting of the tree will be December 9, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Photo credit: Tripleman – From the Miss604 Flickr Pool
The lighting ceremony is free to attend and will feature a 50-foot tree, a performance from Aliqua, the Vancouver’s Children’s Choir, Christmas soloists and special guest appearances by the BC Lions, along with the Felions,and Bro Jake from Rock 101.
The Rio Theatre on Broadway (at Commercial) is screening favourite holiday films at midnight, every Friday in December.
December 2: Die Hard
December 9: Home Alone
December 16: The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 23: A Christmas Story
December 30: Goodfellas
Friday midnight screenings are $8. Those in costume for midnight screenings get $1 off admission so be on the lookout for Ralphie’s giant bunny suit or Jack Skellington.
Tonight you can also catch A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D at 7:00pm and 9:15pm for just $5.
The Rio has been in the news lately pushing for a change to the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Act that prohibits movie theatres from getting a liquor license. Last week Vancouver–West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert announced his support of this move as well.
Follow @RioTheatre on Twitter for special event announcements and news from the theatre.
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Online since 1997, Rebecca also started podcasting RadioZoom in 2005, co-founded sixty4media, a WordPress website development firm, in 2008, and co-authored the book, Blogging to Drive Business in 2010.
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