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By WEBIA on August 23, 2010 - 2:58pm

Sep 11 2010 - 11:00am
Sep 11 2010 - 8:00pm

A carnival like atmosphere will see music, dance, food, circus, and heritage themed attractions highlighting the much anticipated Davie Day Street Festival. Four blocks of Davie Street from Burrard to Broughton Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic all day on Saturday, September 11th.

This exciting family day, named after former Premier Davie, will centre around our kick-off this year for the upcoming birthday - Vancouver 125. An impressive heritage zone will feature old-fashioned lollipops, a photographer taking turn-of-the-century pictures, The Sylvia Hotel, and lots to see and do including animals and blacksmith demonstrations in an authentic historical setting.

In the KidZone there will be circus demonstrations, and you can climb aboard an ambulance, or the fun SS Discovery. Our Doggy Zone will round out the attractions with a guest artist, Eric Ginsburg from New York City, who will create whimsical and waggish portraits of man's best friend.

Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

By jsquire on July 16, 2010 - 10:20am

Aug 14 2010 - 12:00pm
Aug 14 2010 - 4:00pm

Strong, bold and a bit nutty, the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is all set to go at Whistler Blackcomb Mountain this summer. Canadian cheese rolling is a gentler version of the whacky UK tradition. On August 14th, contestants will run after a giant 11- pound wheel of Canadian cheese made by Natural Pastures of British Columbia. Last year’s event was such a success that Dairy Farmers of Canada is bringing back the crazy kookiness of Cheese Rolling for Canadian families
to enjoy. Cheese-loving, adventurous Canadians will race down Blackcomb Mountain from noon to 4:00 p.m. after the coveted wheel of BC cheese in hopes of winning the title of Cheese Rolling Champion. Both the male and female winners get to keep the cheese wheel and a one-year Whistler Blackcomb ski pass.

For more information visit:

Dinner & a Movie - Free Outdoor movie series

By WEBIA on June 16, 2010 - 1:40pm

Jul 7 2010 - 9:00pm
Jul 29 2010 - 11:00pm

For the second year running, the West End BIA will be hosting the outdoor “Dinner & a Movie” series at Ceperley Meadow (near Second Beach in Stanley Park) throughout July 2010. The free movies will start at dusk, but it is recommended to be there as early as possible to ensure a good spot in front of the giant inflatable screen.

This community event gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy their movie favorites in a natural setting under the twinkling canopy of the stars. It’s pure summer fun to lay on a blanket or sit in a comfy lawn chair and laugh, cheer or ‘oooh’ at the following family friendly movies:

Showing Details
Wednesday, July 7: Mamma Mia! (2008)
Wednesday, July 14: The Goonies
Thursday, July 22: Monsters vs. Aliens
Thursday, July 29: Karate Kid (Original)

Visitors are encouraged to dine-in or grab take-aways from one of the fantastic West End restaurants before the movie starts and should keep an eye out for dinner specials! The pleasant surroundings make a great open air picnic environment.

In the event of rain the events will likely be rescheduled for another night.

Gold Sponsor: Wok Box
Silver Sponsors: Cobs Bread, Denman Place Mall
Bronze Sponsor: Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park
Media Sponsors: The Peak, The Georgia Straight

TD Canada Trust presents Davie Day 2009

By WEBIA on August 24, 2009 - 3:59pm

Sep 12 2009 - 11:00am
Sep 12 2009 - 8:00pm

TD Canada Trust presents the 6th annual Davie Day, a celebration of the history, culture, creativity, beauty and fun of Vancouver’s West End. This community festival sees Davie Street closed to traffic between Burrard and Broughton, making room for two performance stages, roaming entertainers, exhibitors and more. A lineup of local and international talent keeps the party going with song, dance and cultural acts that excite and inspire. Face painters, balloon artists and an interactive kid zone entertain little celebrants. A Green Zone engages environmentalists young and old with activities that make a difference. Food kiosks, extended patios, street vendors, artisans and local merchants offer a taste of the West End’s flavours and finds. A heritage zone offers a peek into the history of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Visit for more information.

World Poetry Reads at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden May 16, 11:am-12: pm!

By worldpoetry on May 11, 2009 - 10:22pm

Subject: World Poetry Reads 11 am-12 pm May 16th at Dr. Sun Yat Sun Gardens. Come and enjoy this special day! Bring friends and family.
Importance: High
World Poetry reads on May 16, 2009: explorASIAN Friends & Family Day explorASIAN celebrates Asian Heritage Month with a day of family friendly activities and international arts & craft making demonstrations. This community event includes live music concerts, dance performances, and interactive sessions on Asian arts and crafts. Meet some of the local Asian Canadian arts, culture, and community groups. Admission to the Garden is by donation. All proceeds go to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Join us for a day of fun, laughter, and amazement!

World Poetry Featured Poets read 11 am-12 pm.

· Addena Sumter Freitag

· Alan Hill

· Kagan Goh

· Robin Susanto

· Bong Ja Ahn

· World Poetry Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea.

Bring your family and friends!

Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Venue: Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Getting to the Garden

Is Your Kiddo North America's Cutest Kid? Help a worthy charity.

By Jane Eaton Hamilton on January 21, 2009 - 11:04am

Jan 22 2009 - 11:57am
Feb 13 2009 - 11:57am

Help the important charity Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

For the next two weeks, Jane Photo, Area Coordinator for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a US-based charity that provides remembrance photography to grieving families, is participating in an international model search sponsored by Sandy Puc', the photographer who began Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Bring your kid/s in to see Jane and have their photographs made, and Jane will upload the cutest image from your session to the contest. Everyone around the world can vote for the cutest, and here's the best part: each vote costs $1 US, and every penny is donated to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. The winning child receives a session book from Jane Photo, a $5K savings bond, and other great prizes.

Sitting fee: only $99

Kids: between 18 months-14 years

Timing: must be completed by Feb 13

Contact: Jane Photo

you can vote at:

2008 BC SPCA Biscuit Fund Benefit Concert!

By SaraLynn on September 12, 2008 - 11:24am

Nov 2 2008 - 3:00pm
Nov 2 2008 - 4:30pm

Steeljack Music Group presents the 2008 BC SPCA Biscuit Fund Benefit Concert!

November 2, 2008 at 3pm
James Cowan Theatre at Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby

Doors open at 2pm. Concert begins at 3pm.

Presented by Steel Jack Music Group, this live-music and multi-media event features recording artist Sara Lynn. Treat yourself to a great afternoon out by joining us for this exciting all ages show and you'll also be treating animals in need of medical care to a second chance at finding a new loving home.

Tickets are $16 and all ticket proceeds will go towards the BC SPCA Biscuit Fund.


To order tickets over the phone call 604-647-1329.

Please note that all tickets are general seating only. For more information on the Artist visit

Outsourcing women’s wombs: Surrogacy in the third world

By samanthaorwell on July 10, 2008 - 1:43pm

I’m watching Oprah right now. I try not to make it a habit but I only have access to channel 9 and I like to watch TV when I prepare my lunch.

The topic is surrogacy. She is interviewing this white American couple who has been trying for three years to get pregnant. Oprah asks them the standard questions about the “alternatives”. White woman explains how she has tried and tried and it was getting expensive, they were getting demoralized blahblah. And she says, “we both come from big families [her and her husband] and we always expected we would have our own big family as well. We considered surrogacy but it was so expensive in the states….” Note that she does not address Oprah’s suggestion of adoption [another ideology-stricken episode where an adopted child “isn’t really your own].

( a woman I’d like to say that I would adopt, but I feel like we have to address why we feel that way and recognize that there is a social construction of what makes you a parent to a child)

Anyhow, so this white woman goes to India for her surrogacy. The price differential is significant. It costs about $80 000 in the united states compared to $12 000 (6000 of which is given to the Indian woman carrying the child).

The 2008 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause…Walk for the Animals!

By BCSPCA on May 22, 2008 - 2:26pm

Sep 14 2008 - 10:00am
Sep 14 2008 - 3:00pm

The 2008 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause…Walk for the Animals!

September 14, 2008, at 10am
Vanier Park, Kitsilano, Vancouver

The walk site opens at 10am, with the walk beginning at noon. Come rain or shine!

Tons of animal related fun!
- MC – Global TV’s Randene Neill
- Community Tent featuring local animal rescue and animal welfare groups;
- Food vendors, giveaways and treats for your animal companions, professional animal photography, agility demonstrations, and much more!

Join us today and help us raise $850,000 for animals in need! Best of all, the money you raise stays in your local community!

Register starting June 1st at and start campaigning!
Be a voice for all animals and win great prizes including a trip to Maui for two!

Paws for a Cause is the largest fundraising campaign in support of animals in BC, with walks happening in 37 communities province-wide. Visit to sniff out the walk nearest you!

BC Eurofest in Burnaby - May 31, 2008

By neynej on May 22, 2008 - 1:52pm

May 31 2008 - 10:00am
May 31 2008 - 11:59pm

Eurofest BC – all day family fun!
Where: Scandinavian Community Centre,
6540 Thomas St, Burnaby, BC

A truly unique Canadian celebration of European cultures thriving in British Columbia. With over 30 countries showcased, the European Festival offers 15 hours of continuous family fun and entertainment!
Highlights include: Folk dancers, singers & musicians in authentic costume performing non-stop throughout the day; children’s tent with face-painting & balloon-twisting and crafts; cultural displays, European marketplace, European food tent, beer garden and a finalé with live dance band, The S-Bahn!

Admission is $7, and children under 12 - FREE! Tickets available at gate. Gates open at 10 a.m.

General Inquiries – Phone: 1-866-749-9208 or email:
Presented by the Eurofest B.C. Society: a not-for-profit volunteer organization.

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