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Watch the Solar Eclipse at the Space Centre in Vancouver


Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 — 10:01am PDT
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Vancouver’s HR MacMillan Space Centre is hosting a community celebration for the the biggest astronomical event of 2017, the solar eclipse.

What makes this eclipse even more special is that this is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse crossed the entire continental USA and here in Vancouver, we will be able to observe a 86% totality!


Image Credit: Hinode/XRT

Watch the Solar Eclipse at the Vancouver Space Centre

Where: Monday, August 21, 2017 8:45am to 12:00pm
When: HR MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver)
Admission: Admission, including solar glasses, is by donation. Regular rates apply to shows and activities in the main building. RSVP and get reminders on Facebook »

From 8:45am to 12:00pm the Space Centre will have a selection of solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections, and solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

Join the event on the grass outside of the Gordon Southam Observatory for this once in a lifetime event. During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities.

Admission, including solar glasses, is by donation. Regular rates apply to shows and activities in the main building.

Start of eclipse: 9:10
Maximum: 10:21
End of eclipse: 11:37

Follow the Space Centre on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Our Cityride Vancouver


Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 — 9:42am PDT
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Join Vancouver’s biggest mass-participation, non-competitive bike ride this weekend! Our Cityride is for participants of all ages and abilities, and is focused around a fun and festive atmosphere.

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Our Cityride Vancouver

Where: David Lam Park, Yaletown (1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver)
When: August 19, 2017 festival 3:00 to 9:00pm, ride 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Register: Ride registration is $20 and youth under 18 register for free.

Founded by five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks and former elite cyclist Mark Ernsting, Our Cityride celebrates the spirit of local communities and aims to cater to people of all ages and abilities.

The Festival

The festival is open to all and it’s free to attend. There will be a Kid Zone, entertainment stage, beer garden, international expo and free bike valet service.

Registered riders will be entered to win some great prizes including a trip for 4 in business class on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines including hotel, a NORCO bike, Canucks and Whitecaps tickets plus other exciting prizes.

Charity partners are the Canucks Autism Network and Heart & Stroke.

The Ride

The 17km ride through Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and into the West End is expected to attract thousands of participants.

For the safety of those involved there will be strategic road closures and delays to traffic for a few hours during the event between 4:00pm to 7:30pm. All roads that affect residences and businesses will have a plan in place to help minimize all inconveniences.

Road Closures
Homer St (Pacific to Beach) to 9am to Midnight (Resident access maintained)
Drake St (Pacific to Marinaside) 9:00am to Midnight

Pacific Blvd (Homer to Drake) Noon to 9:00pm
Pacific Blvd (Hornby to Homer) 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Pacific Blvd (Drake to Davie) 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Davie Street (Pacific to Marinaside) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Marinaside Cres (Davie to Nelson) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Pacific Blvd (Nelson to Carrall) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Keefer (Carrall to Quebec) 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Columbia (Keefer to Alexander) 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Water St (Alexander to W Cordova) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Cordova West Bound (Water to Thurlow) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
Thurlow (W Cordova to W Pender) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Pender West Bound (Thurlow to W Georgia) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Georgia Single Lane Closure (W Pender to Denman) 4:45pm to 6:45pm

Pipeline Rd West Bound 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Park Dr Single Lane Closure (Pipeline to Park Ln) 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Beach Ave (Park to Denman) 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Beach Ave East Bound Single Lane Closure (Denman to Broughton) 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Beach Ave (Broughton to Granville) 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Follow Our Cityride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information.

Photos from Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam


Monday, August 14th, 2017 — 2:19pm PDT
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On Saturday, the City of Coquitlam hosted the 2nd annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival at Town Centre Park. The event had craft corners, face painting, food trucks, beer vendors, artisans, and a performance lineup on two stages that sure drew a crowd. As an official media partner — and enthusiasts of fun events — John and I were on site to take in the festivities, and to meet my VIP contest winner who got a meet and greet with headliner Bif Naked!

Here are some of the great photos John took throughout the day:

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017 - Coquitlam, B.C.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017 - Coquitlam, B.C.

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Metropolis Tasty Treats: Gift Card Giveaway


Friday, August 11th, 2017 — 9:10am PDT
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Shopping at Metropolis at Metrotown is about to get a whole lot sweeter! From August 11th to 20th, Metropolis at Metrotown is hosting Metropolis Tasty Treats, a mouth-watering and whimsical exhibit featuring larger-than-life food art displays, sampling from sweet and salty snack retailers, and daily contest giveaways.

Metropolis Tasty Treats

When: Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 20, 2017
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby)

During the 10-day exhibit, shoppers can snap endless selfies in front of the jumbo displays such as an 8-foot donut and a lollipop tree that sprouts out from a cupcake. 22,000 candy jawbreakers will be on display and for sale in our 7-foot gumball machine for 25 cents each, with all monies donated to the Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

Shoppers can also guess how many hundreds of jellybeans are in the display case for a chance to win a grand prize $1,000 shopping spree. There are also random contests for prize giveaways on Metropolis’ Facebook and Instagram.

Enter to Win

Be sure to head over to Metropolis Tasty Treats by August 20th, especially so you can window shop in case you win my giveaway! I have a $250 gift card up for grabs, thanks to Metropolis at Metrotown.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Follow Metropolis at Metrotown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about their shops, services, and special events.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This contest is sponsored by Metropolist at Metrotown

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, August 10th, 2017 — 12:24pm PDT
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One of the busiest weekends of the summer is upon us! There are over 40 events happening on Saturday alone, including three that I am very excited to support: The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Coquitlam (Saturday), the Richmond Maritime Festival (Saturday & Sunday), and Movies Under the Stars in Surrey (Saturday). For all of these events and more fun with friends and family, browse the event list below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, August 11, 2017
Fridays on Front, New Westminster
Kids Can Paint – Kids Paint Night
Music at the Cannery
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Point Grey Cinema Movie at Trimble Park – SING!
Lynn Valley Concert Series
South Granville Summer Book Sale & BBQ
Summer Concert Series Coquitlam
Abbotsford Air Show
Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival
Story Story Lie: All Stars
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
World Indigenous Basketball Challenge
Vagabond Players Present: Love’s Labour’s Lost
13: The Musical
Vines Eco-Arts Festival
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Vancouver Mural Festival
Harmony Arts Festival
CBC Musical Nooner Concert Series
Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts
Vancouver Bach Festival

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