Backyard Photowalk

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 — 3:07pm PDT
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When I was young I remember waking up summer mornings, sun blazing through my East-facing window and warming the foot of my bed. My cat would hop across my sheet-covered legs to sprawl then bask in the rays. She would lay there until either her movements or the heat forced me to get up and toss on my freshly cut shorts, recycled from last school year’s jeans. Morning birds would sing, the garbage truck would roar, and my cereal would snap, crackle and pop.

Backyard Flower

The day’s activities were unknown but there were a few staple selections from which to choose. Badminton (if the net was still up), Frisbee (if it wasn’t on the roof), kiddie pool (if no beetles had found their way in), or one of the many yard games my siblings and I had invented (or adapted from summer camp play). All involved many hours in the backyard or on the front lawn; grass between the toes, honeysuckle patches, and avoiding any “gifts” the neighbour’s dog may have left us.

Free Subway Breakfast, Customer Appreciation

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 — 1:41pm PDT
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Subway is offering up a free breakfast combo as a part of a customer appreciation campaign tomorrow, August 19th.

Free Subway Breakfast

The offer is valid 7:00am until 10:00am for a ham & cheese egg muffin melt and a coffee.

This is available only at participating restaurants in BC so you may want to call ahead to your local Subway today to confirm before you line up in the morning. No other purchases are necessary in order to get in on this offer.

Update 2011 Participating Subways in Canada are offering a FREE Breakfast Day on May 31, 2011 between 7:00am–10:00am. Receive a free ham & cheese egg muffin melt and a coffee (size not specified).

Grease in Vancouver: Pre-Sale Code

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 — 10:11am PDT
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Grease is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, hot on the heals of Disney’s The Lion King (that broke box-office records for Vancouver and Canada during its run). Grease was Time Magazine’s 2007 pick for “#1 musical of the year” and will be rockin’ its way across the country in this new production, direct from Broadway.

Grease! Coming to VancouverTake a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins, and T-birds. “Bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy fall in love all over again to the tune of your favorite songs: “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together” as well as additional songs from the hit movie: “Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”

Grease will run October 26th until the 31st, and I’m sure will inspire many Halloween costumes (and sing-alongs). This production will be appropriate for all ages and families.

Tickets go on sale Monday August 23rd at 10:00am however I have a special pre-sale code for readers. If you would like to skip the line and scoop up your tickets today, follow this link to Ticketmaster and enter the pre-sale code: THUNDER when you are selecting your tickets. This code will only be valid until Sunday August 22nd at 10:00pm, the day before the general sale.

Crazy Sustainable Commute 2010

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 — 10:00am PDT
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The Crazy Sustainable Commute is for fun as well as promoting alternatives to driving to get from A to B. On August 27th commuters are being asked to find their way to work in a unique and creative way. Suggestions include canoeing, stilt walking, rollerblading, skateboarding, kayak, pogo stick, etc.

“The goal is to inject enthusiasm and obtain exposure to sustainable transportation. We want to get people to rethink the way they get to work!” You can sign up online for the Crazy Sustainable Commute and there will be an after-party at 5:00pm that day in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Follow @CrazySustCommut or the tag #CSCVan2010 on Twitter for updates and participant info.

BrazilFest 2010 on Granville

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 — 8:50am PDT
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BrazilFest comes to Granville this Saturday from 10:00am until 8:00pm on the stretch between Robson and Georgia that is pedestrian-only.


There will be guitar and full band shows, samba dancing, a soccer performance, capoeira, ballet, an art exhibit from Beth Maia, and more. The festival is entirely free and open to the public.

The goal of BrazilFest is not only to celebrate Brazilian culture through a full-day street party but to also raise awareness and funds for the community of Citrolandia, Brazil. You can read more about the campaign, sponsorship or volunteering at BrazilFest via the Vila Isabel Charitable Society.

Ever since Granville Street re-opened it’s become more of a hub than ever for entertaining crowds, watching global sporting events, or learning to salsa or swing dance. The pedestrian-only thoroughfare, at least for a few more weeks, has been hosting everything from busker showcases to an upcoming tennis tournament. Check out RediscoverGranville to learn more.

Presidents’ Cup Lacrosse 2010, Win Tickets

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 — 11:16am PDT
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The 2010 Presidents’ Cup, Canada’s premier Senior B box lacrosse tournament, is currently taking place in Burnaby.

Lacrosse is big in these parts (the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame is in New Westminster) and although we no longer have the Vancouver Ravens in the National Lacrosse League, there are still local teams playing top-notch lacrosse.

The Burnaby Burrards and Tri-City Bandits will be representing BC in the tournament this week at the Bill Copeland Arena. Games are Monday to Friday with the bronze and gold medal matches on Saturday.

I have a four-pack of tickets to the bronze medal game (3:00pm) as well as another 4-pack for the gold medal game (7:00pm).

If you would like to check out the Presidents’ Cup medal games on Saturday, leave a lacrosse-related comment on this post to enter the draw. A winner for each 4-pack of tickets will be selected tomorrow morning at 9:00am.

Update My first winner is Tom! The second winner is Lori. Have fun at the games!