White Spot Christmas Lunch for Charity

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 — 11:05am PST
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For more than a decade White Spot employees at the Richmond Centre and Kingsway locations have given up their Christmas mornings and afternoons to remain open and dedicate their workday to two great causes.

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Photo credit: Derek K Miller on Flickr

White Spot Richmond Centre – Unit 1902 – 6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C.
White Spot Kingsway and Knight – 1467 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C.

December 25, 2010 from 11:00am until 3:00pm

Give mom or dad a break at lunchtime and stop by for a pirate pack with your family on Christmas Day. Net proceeds from your meal will go directly to the Richmond General Hospital Foundation and Variety – The Children’s Charity. All staff, servers, and management will also generously donate their tips.

New Year’s Eve Events in Vancouver: Pubs & Clubs

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 — 10:11am PST
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While the end of 2010 is still over a week away, many are already making plans for how they will ring in the new year. I will have a few event guides available but thought I would start with the big ticket items first. The following events include live music, multi-course meals, champagne, and entertainment for the 19+ crowd.

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Photo credit: viking_79 on Flickr

This Week in Vancouver History

Monday, December 20th, 2010 — 1:00pm PST
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While researching this week’s history post it dawned on me that I could profile significant events that happened each day this week in Vancouver’s past. Here’s a glimpse at what was taking place in our city at this time of year, throughout the last century.

December 20, 1911
Frank and Lester Patrick opened the Denman Arena (where Devonian Harbour Park is today in Coal Harbour). At that time it was the largest indoor artificial ice rink in the world. It was also the home of the Vancouver Millionaires, who won our city’s first (and only) Stanley Cup.

1929 – Denman Arena from the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. Archives Item# CVA 99-2080

December 21, 1894
Construction began on St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In the years to follow, it would become a continental leader in healthcare. It was the first hospital to have its own x-ray machine in 1906 and is a renowned for its work in the areas of heart disease, kidney disease, nutritional disorders, HIV/AIDS and the care of the disadvantaged.

1898 – St Paul’s on Burrard. Archives Item #Bu N426

December 22, 1956
A French adventurer completed a swim of the Fraser River from Prince George to New Westminster’s Pattullo Bridge on this December day. A fellow named Fin Donnelly would do the same thing in 1995.

December 23, 1860
English-born Captain George Henry Richards began a survey of the BC coast and Burrard Inlet. Richards Street downtown is named after him.

December 24, 1951
Yvonne de Carlo visited her home town of Vancouver after being dubbed the “most beautiful woman in the world” that year. Aside from her silver screen roles, she was also Lily Munster in the classic TV series.

December 25, 1932
Greater Vancouverites listen to the first Christmas radio message from the sovereign as George V speaks from Sandringham.

Every date listed here was researched, found, and compiled by Chuck Davis. Although we lost Chuck late in 2010, you can help his work live on by visiting the Vancouver History website. The hopes are that his book, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver will be released in 2011, for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2010

Monday, December 20th, 2010 — 11:20am PST
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The 17th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival returns to six Vancouver neighbourhoods tomorrow as we sail into a new season.

On Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm you can join an event on the East Side at homes on Parker & Lakewood or the Britannia Community Centre, in Yaletown at the Roundhouse Community Centre, on Granville Island at the False Creek Community Centre, in South East False Creek at the Creekside Community Centre, and in Chinatown at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Each gathering will have a lantern procession, activities (such as crafts and lantern making), storytelling, and musical entertainment.

I heard last week that the events were still in need of volunteers so contact the Secret Lantern Society today if you can help out tomorrow at any one of these neighbourhood locations.

Capilano Mall Gift Cards

Monday, December 20th, 2010 — 10:28am PST
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I’ve been branching out with my Christmas shopping this year and enjoying retail experiences from downtown to Richmond. Another option for picking up gifts this week is Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Anchored by Sears, Walmart, and Visions Electronics, it also has specialty stores, brand names, and a popular food court for shoppers and local office workers alike.

To promote their extended holiday shopping hours, photos with Santa, the indoor Christmas train, and their $1,000 shopping spree contest, they have offered up $25 each for two of their stores, Toys R Us and Active Baby.

Here’s how you can enter to win $50 in gift cards from Capilano Mall:

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    The gift cards can be used for Christmas shopping or as gifts themselves. Capilano Mall has ample parking and is accessible by several North Shore buses that go along Marine Drive. I will draw one winner tomorrow morning, December 21st, at 9:00am.

    Update The winner is Bons!

    Cranberries Spa on Robson

    Monday, December 20th, 2010 — 9:25am PST
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    My good friend Keira recently turned the big “3-0” and to celebrate I joined her for a brunch followed by a manicure and pedicure at Cranberries Spa on Robson. Truth be told, I first heard about Spa on Twitter so I was curious to see what the experience would be like.

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    In the last year alone I’ve probably had four pedicures and each is always different. Some focus on massage and relaxation, while others are quick and to the point (making your nails sparkle and feet smooth as silk). Cranberries is a combination of two. While it looks like a typical nail bar decked out in pink with lustrous nail polish shades lining its glass shelves, it was an upbeat and friendly environment. Sitting on the bench it was a social atmosphere as we chatted with our nail techs while Christmas music played over the soundsystem.

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    Feet were soaked, scrubbed and filed then the polish I selected was applied with care. After the pedicure, we sat down for manicures as we looked out at the Library on Robson Street.

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    People watching, chit-chatting, sipping a peppermint mocha, and having a good time while being filed and polished again. In and out within about 90 minutes, it became clear that Cranberries is the place to go when you are on-the-go but still want care, quality, and attention to details. There’s no wonder why it’s been Keira’s favourite nail bar for quite a while now.

    Disclosure: I paid full price (about $90) for my treatments. Keira’s were complimentary.