Metropolis at Metrotown Hot Seats at Rogers Arena

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 — 1:03pm PDT
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The following was contributed by guest author Jennifer Miles for

Last night we had the privilege to watch the Canucks game from the Metropolis at Metrotown suite at Rogers Arena. Upon arriving at the suite we were greeted by our host, Mary. It’s been years since I’ve been to a home game and was really excited to see how great our view from the suite was.

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After getting a cold beverage and a plate of munchies that were provided in the suite we took our seats to take in the start of the game. Luckily the game itself was a pretty exciting one and from our vantage point we were really able to view the game and plays with a bird’s eye view.

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Midway through the game some hot food arrived and we munched on yummy sliders, breaded prawns and wings while we took in the second period. We were explained that Metropolis would be offering up the same experience to contest winners through out the season.

Keep up to date on chances to win tickets to the suite by following Metropolis at Metrotown on Twitter, following the tag #MetropolisHotSeats on Twitter, viewing fan photos on Facebook, or checking for updates the website.

A guest post by Jennifer Miles

Jennifer Miles

Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.

Playland at Pacific Theatre, Win Tickets and Dinner

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 — 11:58am PDT
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Pacific Theatre presents Playland on their mainstage at 12th and Hemlock from November 5th until the 27th.

Directed by recent Jessie Award winner Anthony F. Ingram, Playland stars Michael Kopsa and Tom Pickett. It is “a powerful and explosive exploration of guilt, condemnation, and the possibility for redemption during apartheid in South Africa, Playland is intensely dark, yet optimistic.”

I have two tickets to give away to the performance Saturday November 6th at 8:00pm as well as a $50 gift card for Sweeney’s in Yaletown. My winner and their guest will be able to enjoy Sweeney’s new fall menu before taking in the show.

Here’s how you can enter to win a night at Pacific Theatre:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win tickets to @PacificTheatre & dinner @SweeneysYT from @Miss604

    I will draw one winner on October 29th at 12:00pm.

    You can keep up to date on Pacific Theatre’s productions by following them on Facebook or Twitter. Follow @SweeneysYT for the latest news from Sweeney’s.

    The Good Drive 2010

    Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 — 9:06am PDT
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    I was recently approached by a team project management students from SFU about their initiative, The Good Drive, and have since signed on as an event sponsor.

    The Good DriveThe Good Drive is a one-day event to collect household goods donated by individuals and families from across the Lower Mainland. These goods will then go directly to local charitable organization Gather and Give. They support low income families and those living below the poverty line.

    Sunday, November 7th, 2010 from 10:00am until 4:00pm

    Parking lot at Gilmore Ave and Hastings Street

    Get Involved
    Basics such as a pots and pans, hand towels, kettles, blenders, mugs, shower curtains, toques, socks, and bus tickets can go a long way.

    This may be the perfect opportunity to get rid of that mixer you received as a wedding gift (and have never used) and reduce the clutter in your home. Someone could benefit from having your cookbooks as well if you’ve gone digital with your culinary creation references.

    You can view a full list of acceptable donation items (compiled by Gather and Give) on The Good Drive website.

    You may follow The Good Drive on Facebook or Twitter for event information and updates.

    Archives Photos of the Day: Bridges

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 — 1:01pm PDT
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    Today’s collection of archives photos come from museums and archives around Metro Vancouver. One theme throughout the various communities in our region is that they have bridges; crossing the inlet or an arm of the Fraser.

    Date: 1904
    Description: Opening day celebrations on the first Fraser River Bridge (now the Fraser Railway Bridge).
    New Westminster Heritage Accession Number: 117
    Photo source: New Westminster Museum

    Date: 1920
    Description: Second Narrows Bridge (before the next Second Narrows which became the Ironworkers Memorial)
    Vancouver Archives Item Number: CVA 99-1335
    Photo source: Stuart Thomson

    Date: 1923
    Description: Construction progress photograph looking north across False Creek showing a dredge on the east side of the Connaught Bridge (site of the current Cambie Bridge).
    Vancouver Archives Item Number: CVA 371-278
    Photo source: WJ Moore

    Date: 1937
    Description: William M. Mott, owner of Mott Electric Co. posing with cable on the deck of the Pattullo Bridge prior to its opening.
    New Westminster Heritage Accession Number: 3109
    Photo source: Stride Studios

    Date: 1965
    Description: The Port Mann Bridge upon completion.
    Surrey Archives Number: 203.23

    Should you have a theme you would like me to cover for either the Then and Now, Archives Photo of the Day, or general history segments, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment with a suggestion.

    Vancouver Haunted Houses: In the House Festival’s To Hell and Back

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 — 11:44am PDT
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    Darkness covers miry early mornings in Vancouver as Fall has finally arrived with force. Firecrackers snap in the distance as jack-o-lanterns begin to take up real estate in windows and on the front porches of the West End. Halloween is just around the corner and aside from trolley tours and Fright Nights now is the time to check out a few of the Haunted Houses setup around town.

    What To Hell and Back: The Phantasmagoric Adventures of Hellen Beck

    When October 30th and 31st with the hour-long tours leaving every 30 minutes between 6:30pm and 10:00pm.

    Where I read that the address of the haunted hour will remain a mystery until your register however I just spotted 2495 Wall Street on the event’s website. Organizers ask that you arrive about 15 minutes ahead of your tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any part of the display. Light snacks will be provided.

    Info No age limit was given on the website however with student pricing my guess would be at least 14 years and older for this haunted house tour.

    Presented by the In The House Festival, tickets are available for $35 or $30 for students online.

    Read about more Haunted Houses in Metro Vancouver: Barclay Manor, Scare Affair, To Hell and Back, Dungeon of Doom.

    PowerSmart Month: Week 4 – Wrap Up

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 — 10:07am PDT
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    October is PowerSmart Month and I have partnered with BC Hydro over the last few weeks to bring you contests, rebate offers from local retailers, energy-saving tips, and event info. This week I’ll recap some of the events of the past month and promote the grand prize once again.

    PowerSmart Deal of the Week
    From October 21st until the 31st you can get $6 off select Energy Star specialty CFL bulbs at Rona.

    PowerSmart Tip of the Week
    Over the last month new tips and suggestions for being Power Smart have been posted and contributed. For week one I mentioned draft-proofing your home and got some great feedback in the comments. Week two was about recycling electronics through local outlets or manufacturers. Finally, week three talked about saving energy by turning off your lights, getting a timer, or using energy-efficient lightbulbs.

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    Photo credit: .martin on Flickr

    The Candlelight Conservation Dinner last Thursday also saw dozens of local restaurants switch the candle-only lighting in their dining rooms, which not only saved power but created intimate settings. You can try having your own candle-lit dinner at home these days as they would be perfect for adding ambiance or romance to your meal on a cold and rainy Vancouver evening.

    PowerSmart Month Grand Prize
    The Grand Prize is still available until I do the draw November 1st. This includes a Samsung 3D-Ready TV, Samsung 3D-Capable Blu-ray Player, a 3D Starter Kit (two pairs of 3D glasses & Monsters vs. Aliens 3D Blu-ray, and Geek Squad advanced setup install from Best Buy. To enter to win this grand prize, fill out the contest entry form below.

    PowerSmart Contest of the Week
    I have one more $100 Best Buy gift card available for Best Buy that you can enter to win by commenting or re-tweeting this post.

    RT to enter to win $100 for Best Buy from @PowerSmartBC & @Miss604

    I will draw the winner of this final weekly prize on Friday, October 29th at 12:00pm. Thanks to everyone for supporting this campaign over the last few weeks and for providing such great feedback.

    Update The Week 4 winner is Danny, congratulations!