Friday, May 22, 2015

Free Bagel Day at Rosemary Rocksalt
Friday, 7AM – 8PM
1669 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
2515 Main St, Vancouver
Get a free bagel at any of Rosemary Rocksalt's two locations.

Friends of VPL Book Sale
May 21, 22, 23 from 10am – 5pm
Central Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
Bargains galore! gently used books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl May 21, 22, 23 from 10am – 5pm Everything half price on Saturday. Central Library, 350 West Georgia.

Ladner May Days
Friday 3pm - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 6pm (Midway open til 10pm) Sunday 10am - 6pm
Memorial Park, Ladner 
Held in Memorial Park just steps from historic Ladner Village, the Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896) is one of British Columbia's largest free family fairs. Featuring live bands, free entertainment, carnival rides and a beer garden for the adults, the Ladner May Days Fair offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dig In! Garden Festival
Saturday, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Trout Lake Farmers Market, Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Learn what to grow and how to grow it from farmers who have been cultivating the land for over 20 years, find hard-to-get varieties of shrubs, trees, veggie starts and hanging baskets and check out our live on-site demos!

Friends of VPL Book Sale
May 21, 22, 23 from 10am – 5pm
Central Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
Bargains galore! gently used books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl May 21, 22, 23 from 10am – 5pm Everything half price on Saturday. Central Library, 350 West Georgia.

Happy Hoopla: Family Festival - $14
Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
Join us for a day of happy delights! Kids come FREE* to this day of music, activities and entertainment inspired by Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Enjoy performances by ventriloquist Kelly Haines, explore the interactive exhibition, get your face-painted, and try your hand at making your own Happy buttons. Plus, enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches from the MeltCity truck, treats from Johnny Pops, music from CBC, and enter to win prizes!  Admission includes admission to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show: Adult $14 | Seniors & Students $11 | Children & Youth Free* | MOV Members Free! Get Tickets: https://happyhoopla.eventbrite.ca

Ladner May Days
Friday 3pm - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 6pm (Midway open til 10pm) Sunday 10am - 6pm
Memorial Park, Ladner 
Held in Memorial Park just steps from historic Ladner Village, the Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896) is one of British Columbia's largest free family fairs. Featuring live bands, free entertainment, carnival rides and a beer garden for the adults, the Ladner May Days Fair offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities.

Still Creek Works Yard Grand Opening
Saturday, 10:30am to 2:30pm
4840 Still Creek Drive (beside Costco, across the street from the City's Eco-Centre), Burnaby
Please join Mayor Corrigan, Burnaby city councilors and city staff to celebrate the grand opening of the new Still Creek Works Yard, being held during National Public Works Week (NPWW). Face painters, hands-on equipment displays, tours of the Eco-Centre and new Works Yard, live music and refreshments. Official opening ceremonies will take place at 11:30am.

Halibut Festival at Fresh St. Market
Saturday, 11am - 3pm
1650 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
15930 Fraser Hwy, Fleetwood, Surrey
A BOUNTIFUL CATCH OF FRESH BC HALIBUT is arriving soon with 10 tonnes of halibut on its way to Fresh St. Markets in West Vancouver and Surrey during our annual Halibut Festival. Halibut burgers + drink for $5. Food sampling, prizes, complimentary wine tasting and fun for the whole family.

Community Farmstead Day
Saturday, 11am-3pm
Roedde House, 1415 Barclay Street Vancouver, BC
Come visit Roedde House on Saturday May 23rd for a day of demonstrations. Learn about some "throwback" activities of years past - including some fun, sustainable and educational things you could do in your own home! Artisans, vendors, and historians demonstrating everyday tasks from the era such as butter churning, vintage photography, weaving, and urban chicken farming! Free Admission - Donations Welcome!

The East Side Flea - $2
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
1882 Adanac St. (@Victoria) Commercial Drive, Vancouver
* cool vintage clothing & collectables * household goods * vinyl records * rarities & memorabilia * posters, paper goods & art * small furniture * handcrafted & vintage jewelry * succulents & plants * natural locally-made body care * quality handmade items * local small businesses

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2015
Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, 11am - 5pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
VanCAF is a weekend of fun, comics, and illustration as this year we DOUBLE our number of guests! Featuring over 250 artists, writers, and publishers from the comic industry, VanCAF is the perfect way to spend your weekend, be you a die-hard comics fan or a fresh face looking for a good read. The weekend is jam-packed with great events, including live drawing, art tutorials, discussion panels, and even an improv event!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friends of VPL Book Sale
May 21, 22, 23 from 10am – 5pm
Central Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
Bargains galore! gently used books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl May 21, 22, 23 from 10am – 5pm Everything half price on Saturday. Central Library, 350 West Georgia.

Ladner May Days
Friday 3pm - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 6pm (Midway open til 10pm) Sunday 10am - 6pm
Memorial Park, Ladner 
Held in Memorial Park just steps from historic Ladner Village, the Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896) is one of British Columbia's largest free family fairs. Featuring live bands, free entertainment, carnival rides and a beer garden for the adults, the Ladner May Days Fair offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities.

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2015

Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, 11am - 5pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
VanCAF is a weekend of fun, comics, and illustration as this year we DOUBLE our number of guests! Featuring over 250 artists, writers, and publishers from the comic industry, VanCAF is the perfect way to spend your weekend, be you a die-hard comics fan or a fresh face looking for a good read. The weekend is jam-packed with great events, including live drawing, art tutorials, discussion panels, and even an improv event!


Reoccurring Events

International Summer Night Market
May 8 - Sept 27, 2015 
Fri, Sat 6pm - 11pm, 
Sun 6pm - 10pm
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond BC 
8th annual International Summer Night Market. Open every weekend on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from May to September.  iSNM presents multiple types of attractions suitable for all ages. There are over 100 merchandise booths, over 60 food and beverage vendors, kid’s play zone, and a main center stage for nightly entertainment. Free admission.

Richmond Night Market - $2.75
May 15 - Oct 12, 2015 
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM  
Sun & Stat Holidays  7PM - 11PM 
8351 River Road, Richmond BC 
Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2.75 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). Free admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.

Farmers Markets

Vancouver Farmers Market - Trout Lake
Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm May 9 to Oct 24, 2015
Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Opening day! Join us bright and early to ring in the market and enjoy sweet treats from two of our longest-standing vendors, Blackberry Hill and Small Pleasures! Speeches start at 8:45am

Kitsilano Farmers Market  
Every Sunday, 10am – 2pm from May 10 to Oct 25, 2015
Riley Park, East 30th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Opening day! Shop for organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts while being entertained by local musicians. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.


Calling all superheroes (and supervillians)! On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, Marvel fans are invited to attend the largest gathering of Marvel costumed characters Vancouver has ever seen to celebrate the Vancouver Premiere of Marvel Universe LIVE!,

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 starting at 5:00pm

WHERE: Pacific Coliseum Plaza - 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver BC, V5K 3N7

The first 300 people to arrived in costume will receive a ticket to opening night performance of Marvel Universe LIVE! in Vancouver. Prizes will also be given out for best costumes and there will be other chances to win cool prizes like VIP tickets to the show and Marvel swag!

During the event, fans will have the opportunity to meet the Marvel Universe LIVE! performers and have their pictures taken at the Marvel Super Hero Selfie Station.

See you there!



Press Release:

Vancouver Marvel Fans Assemble for the Ultimate Marvel Costume Contest to Celebrate the Vancouver Premiere of Marvel Universe LIVE!

WHAT: The Pacific Coliseum Plaza will be packed full with some of Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes – and most treacherous Super Villains – for the largest gathering of Marvel costumed characters Vancouver has ever seen on Wednesday, June 10th.  The special event marks the B.C. premiere of the all-new action stunt spectacular Marvel Universe LIVE! playing in Victoria and Vancouver.

The first 300 people to arrive dressed in full Marvel character costume will receive one free ticket to the opening night performance of Marvel Universe LIVE! in Vancouver. Marvel fans will also have the chance to meet Marvel Universe LIVE! performers, take pictures at the Marvel Super Hero Selfie Station, and test their skills at Super Hero-themed challenges.

With prizes being given out for the best costumes, there’s also the chance to win VIP tickets to the show and super cool Marvel swag!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10th starting at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Pacific Coliseum Plaza – 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver BC, V5K 3N7

ABOUT: Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favourite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and more), plus menacing Super Villains, come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest to save the universe!

Marvel Universe LIVE! will debut in Victoria, playing June 11th – 14th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, followed by the Vancouver performances at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE from June 18th – 21st.


It's spot prawn season! The Spot Prawn Festival took place this past Sunday May 17th, 2015 at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf. This annual festival put on by the Chef's Table Society of British Columbia is in its 9th year; it marks the start of the BC spot prawn season and promotes the local and sustainable seafood. The harvest season usually starts in May and lasts around 6 - 8 weeks during which we can get these delectable crustaceans live.



Demos were held hourly to show off different ways to prepare spot prawns. Chef Sean Blancard from The Beach House Restaurant made an Aburi sushi tower with live spot prawns.
Looks so delicious!











The main event of the festival was the Spot Prawn Boil, where for $17.50, we can enjoy a plate of 3 BC spot prawn, five sides (pickles cucumbers, remoulade, southwestern tomato & avocado salad, roasted vegetables & lentil salad, and herb grits), Terra bread, and sample pours from our sponsors: Salt Spring coffee, R&B brewery, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery.



Delicious!

People were also able to buy spot prawns fresh off the boat at $17 per pound. There were bags of prawns everywhere. Make sure to eat them as soon as possible! Nothing is worse than a dying spot prawn. They release an enzyme that makes their flesh all soft and mushy.

It's only the start of spot prawn season! Lot of restaurants will be serving up their own spot prawn creations and you'll also be able to buy them from the Fishermen's Wharf or your local markets to cook yourself. I'm a fan of just steaming them to enjoy the natural taste of the spot prawn. YUM!




Friday, May 15th, 2014

Bao Down POP-UP lunch
Friday, 10:30am-2:30pm.
INVITRO Restaurant, 2211 Manitoba st. Vancouver
Bao Down is having a pop up at INVITRO, serving their Baos during lunch!

Richmond Night Market - $2.75
May 15 - Oct 12, 2015 
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM  
Sun & Stat Holidays  7PM - 11PM 
8351 River Road, Richmond BC 
Richmond Night Market Weekend! Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2.75 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). FREE admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.

Saturday, May 16th, 2014

Red Bull Tour Bus Vancouver
Saturday, 3:00PM
Gastown, Corner of Alexander and Water St. Vancouver
Free outdoor concert. The Red Bull Tour Bus is amped to be hitting the road with Dine Alone Records on a cross Canada tour in celebration of their 10th Anniversary. The ’67 GM transit bus that transforms into a ground shaking sound stage will host some of Dine Alone’s best musical acts for select free performances from coast to coast. RSVP on website.

Richmond Night Market - $2.75
May 15 - Oct 12, 2015 
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM  
Sun & Stat Holidays  7PM - 11PM 
8351 River Road, Richmond BC 
Richmond Night Market Weekend! Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2.75 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). FREE admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.

Sunday, May 17th, 2014

Spot Prawn Festival
11am - 3pm
False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, Granville Island
The festival’s feature event is the Spot Prawn Boil. Enjoy a plate of fresh-off-the-boat BC spot prawns ($17.50). This is a free family event with cooking demos and kids’ activities. The festival kicks off the BC Spot Prawn season, which continues on for 6-8 weeks. Get your catch starting at noon on Festival day, and between noon and 2 pm for the remainder of the spot prawn season, at the False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (cash only).

Baker's Market
11am - 3pm, May 17, 24, June 7, 14.
Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver BC
Get your fill of sweet & savoury baked goodies from local bakers and artisans. Inspired by traditional farmers markets in Vancouver, this market is even better since it is indoors with lots of free parking too. You'll find talented budding, professional or home bakers selling fresh artisanal breads, soft German pretzels, butter croissants, chocolate croissants, cupcakes, yummy cookies, hand made chocolates, brownies, Belgian Liege waffles,vegan cupcakes, mini bundt cakes, muffins, gluten-free baked goods and much more!

Movie Night at the Park at Graze
Sunday 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Graze 3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 4E4
LABYRINTH!! Watch the original on the big screen before the sequel comes out later this year. 1986, starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and a bunch of freakish Henson puppets. Every seat in the house boasts a great view of the live entertainment as well as the 35-foot double-wide projection wall that serves to bring some of the outdoors, indoors. Free movie, free popcorn, drink specials all night, great food.

Richmond Night Market - $2.75
May 15 - Oct 12, 2015 
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM  
Sun & Stat Holidays  7PM - 11PM 
8351 River Road, Richmond BC 
Richmond Night Market Weekend! Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2.75 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). FREE admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.


Monday, May 18th, 2015

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Monday, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby BC V5G 3T6
Special entertainment all day long including: Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers, a parade, the TraiNgang and 15th Field Regiment Band. After the parade, be presented to Queen Victoria by her ladies-in-waiting during the Queen's Levee and enjoy a birthday cupcake.




Reoccurring Events

International Summer Night Market
May 8 - Sept 27, 2015 
Fri, Sat 6pm - 11pm, 
Sun 6pm - 10pm
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond BC 
8th annual International Summer Night Market. Open every weekend on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from May to September.  iSNM presents multiple types of attractions suitable for all ages. There are over 100 merchandise booths, over 60 food and beverage vendors, kid’s play zone, and a main center stage for nightly entertainment. Free admission.

Richmond Night Market - $2.75
May 15 - Oct 12, 2015 
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM  
Sun & Stat Holidays  7PM - 11PM 
8351 River Road, Richmond BC 
Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2.75 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). Free admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.

Farmers Markets

Vancouver Farmers Market - Trout Lake
Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm May 9 to Oct 24, 2015
Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Opening day! Join us bright and early to ring in the market and enjoy sweet treats from two of our longest-standing vendors, Blackberry Hill and Small Pleasures! Speeches start at 8:45am

Kitsilano Farmers Market  
Every Sunday, 10am – 2pm from May 10 to Oct 25, 2015
Riley Park, East 30th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Opening day! Shop for organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts while being entertained by local musicians. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.


The Tenors gave a live performance at Chapters Robson on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. They were there to promote their new CD Under One Sky. It was also the last event that Chapters Robson will have at this location as they are closing down this location. The rep reassured us that they are in the process of finding another home along Robson.


The Tenors also contributed to the book A Letter to My Mom. Some of their moms were also in attendance! A good crowd gathered to see their performance and the meet and greet afterwards. With Mother's Day the next day, I decided to score some brownie points with my dear aunt who is a fan of their music and get a CD for her.

The Tenors opened with A New Day's Begun.



They came down from the stage during their cover of B├ęsame Mucho to dance with some people in the audience.

 After their performance, they signed CDs and took pictures with fans.



Oops. I forgot to post this earlier! For those just joining my blog, I post a yearly update on the Magnolia tree that I bought at VanDusen Garden's annual plant sale. This is the fifth year I've had it. Time sure flies!

It is now taller than me! My dad moved it this year so I'm not sure how it will be doing next year. I hope it is still ok! This is one thing I miss about living in an apartment. I have to place to plant beautiful trees like magnolias.



Even the insides of the blossoms are beautiful. They also give out a nice gingery scent.

On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Tourism Richmond, the Steveston Historical Society and Canada Post celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Steveston post office. Right now the post office resides in the Steveston Museum and it wasn't always located there. In fact, it has changed venues a total of 12 times since it was open on May 1, 1890!

The post office settled in 1979 at its existing home in the Steveston Museum, which was once a bank. Visitors can see the bank vault is still there and still in use!











Festivities were held in the grassy area next to the museum.


Cupcakes and cake for celebration!



There was also a Stamp Design Competition held leading up to the anniversary celebration. They received a lot of entries and the above were the finalists. The top three were the winners and were presented prizes at the event.