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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, June 21st, 2018 — 8:39am PDT
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Indigenous Peoples’ Day is June 21st but this weekend many local venues are celebrating with special events. The Vancouver Canadians have also started their baseball season, and the legendary Greek Day on Broadway takes place on Sunday. Check out these events and other things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, June 22, 2018
Vancouver Canadians Game Day
Vancouver Magic Circle: Magic for Kids!
Playland Adults-Only Night
The Cinematheque Presents Good Luck
LOUDlunch PICNIC
Dance to the Beat of Greece
The Ring Master Presents: The Red Notebook
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival
Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival
Luxury Home & Design Show
Strawberry Tea at Historic Stewart Farm
The Arts Club Presents: Mamma Mia!

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Win a Theatre Under the Stars Fairytale Prize Package


Friday, June 22nd, 2018 — 9:12am PDT
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Vancouver’s legendary Theatre Under the Stars (“TUTS”) presents its 2018 summer season featuring performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street. Fairytale wishes and show-biz dreams will come true this summer at Stanley Park’s scenic Malkin Bowl, running July 4th to August 18th, 2018.

Theatre Under the Stars

Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park (610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver)
When: Shows alternate nights July 4 to August 18, 2018
All shows at 8:00pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7:00pm.

TUTS will once again offer a two-show subscription pack – allowing audiences to secure their seats to both productions for one great price. On sale now through May 5th, subscriptions are $70 for adults, $50 for children & youth, and include Premium tickets to both productions, souvenir programmes, and exchange insurance for both nights.

Theatre Under the Stars Cinderella
Laura Cowan and Mallory James Photo by Lindsay Elliott Photography

Fairytale Prize Package

I get to feel a bit like a Fairy Godmother as TUTS has partnered with Miss604 to offer up an incredibly magical Fairytale Prize Package for a lucky reader and their family that includes:

  • 2 premium costumes from Just Imagine Fun Clothing
    (2 gift certificates for $50 each)
  • 2 hair services at Melonhead Children’s Hair Care
    (2 gift certificates for $40 each) Options include:
    Party Hair: Must have children’s hair washed and dried prior to arrival so they are ready for thermal tools (curling irons, straighteners) and pinning. Glitter included!
    or Wash, Cut, and Dry: Includes a wash, cut, and blow dry styling. Glitter and colour included!
  • Dinner at Stanley’s Bar and Grill at the Stanley Park Pavilion (gift certificate for $100)
  • A magical meeting with Cinderella at Malkin Bowl
  • 4 tickets to see Theatre Under the Stars’ presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a magical musical of dreams come true and happily ever after. The timeless enchantment of the fairy tale classic is given fresh life by the creators of The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Oklahoma!. Brimming with wit and warmth, the TONY Award®- winning musical promises to transport the hearts of children and adults alike with Fairy Godmothers, glass slippers, and the triumph of true love.

Here’s how you can enter to win!

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  • Click below to get another entry by posting on Twitter:
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TUTS Cinderella
Mallory James and Tré Cotten. Photo by Lindsay Elliott Photography

Follow #TUTS2018 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Give a Canuck Place Best Day Ever


Friday, June 22nd, 2018 — 8:46am PDT
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Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is giving kids and their families the chance to have their Best Day Ever. Since 1995, Canuck Place has been a place of comfort and compassion where children could experience the simple joy of being a child, and families could cherish each moment together.

Hear from families, volunteers, and supporters as they share their best days, large and small:

An Understanding Hug

Since their daughter, Florence, passed away at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Jason and Michaela Evanow have been receiving bereavement support from the Canuck Place counselling team, including attending bereavement group sessions, where they can connect with other families who can truly understand, because sometimes a Best Day Ever is simply an Understanding Hug.

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“Canuck Place gave us the opportunity to feel comfortable in a home-like environment and let Florence be with her mama and daddy under the same roof.”

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A Day Without Pain

The children who receive care at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice have complex medical needs. Many have overlapping conditions, and minor bugs or typical childhood ailments can have unpredictable repercussions to their health. When this happens, simply getting back to a stable, pain-free baseline is a Best Day Ever.

For Kerena and Heston, a Day without Pain is their Best Day Ever. “I would like to thank those who have donated towards pain and symptom management at Canuck Place,” says Kerena. “Your support allows Canuck Place to offer life rings to families like ours who feel like we are drowning with nowhere to turn.”

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Adaptive Adventures

Canuck Place Jayda

“A Best Day Ever is experiencing life through her eyes,” Jayda’s dad Paul says. “Taking in each special moment, and enjoying the time together, allowing Jayda to be worry-free, pain-free, not having to worry about anything.”

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Whether it’s an Adaptive Adventure, a Day without Pain, or an Understanding Hug, you can make a Best Day Ever possible at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Donate today.

Follow Canuck Place Children’s Hospice on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Big Sisters Celebrates 15 Years of the Life-Changing Study Buddy Campaign


Thursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:25am PDT
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It’s no secret that pressures for girls to be perfect are at an all-time high. Not to mention that 50% of kids in the Lower Mainland are being bullied. Add to that, struggles with achievement at school, and it’s nearly impossible to build confidence on their own.

Whether it’s bullying, low achievement, high pressure for better grades, or isolation, there’s no question that school is a challenge for many kids.

Big Sisters Celebrates 15 Years of the Life-Changing Study Buddy Campaign
Refer a Little Study Buddy Now

With a Big Sister at their side, girls don’t have to face these challenges alone. Having a Big Sister transforms what a Little Sister believes about herself—the core of her identity. By trying new things, engaging in new relationships, and questioning perspectives, each Little Sister learns to find her own voice and beliefs in a world that is continually trying to tell her who she is and how she should act.

And, research proves it. 96 percent of adults who had a mentor as a child say they’re happy and 92 percent feel confident.

For some kids that confidence comes from having fun in the community with an adult who is there just for them. For other kids confidence comes from improving academically, socially, and emotionally at school where they spend upwards of 40 hours per week.

The Big Sisters program is built on the foundation of regular outings based on common interests to build a trusted relationship. It’s not about homework.

So, how does Big Sisters reach those girls who need a boost in confidence in their school work?

15 years ago, visionaries at Big Sisters recognized this gap as an opportunity to fill a significant need for emotional, social, AND academic support.

Enter the Study Buddy program, a weekly one-to-one mentoring relationship that focuses on school work. Little Sisters in this program not only improve their academics but also report a higher level of self-esteem.

By leveraging the Big Sisters mentoring model, the Study Buddy program provides at-risk girls with positive role models who build long-term, empowering relationships. And, yeah, they work on homework too.

Do you know a female, transgender, or non-binary child aged seven to 17 who could use a caring adult to help them with their homework?

Please refer her/them to the program. Big Sisters envisions a world where every child who needs a mentor, has mentor.

Big Sisters Celebrates 15 Years of the Life-Changing Study Buddy Campaign

Follow Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Miss604 is the proud Blog Sponsor of Big Sisters BC Lower Mainland.

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival


Thursday, June 21st, 2018 — 8:48am PDT
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Every year, the waters of False Creek are brought to life by dragon boating teams from across the world. The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival marks one of the largest community festivals in Vancouver, offering three days of races, food, music and beautiful scenery to boot. From June 22 to 24, more than 200 teams will be participating in a series of races.

In order to help visitors enjoy one of the most festive and cultural events in Vancouver, they’ve created a list of the top 5 things you didn’t know about the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival.

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

The Inception: The festival was founded in 1989, a mere three years after Hong Kong donated and shipped nine traditional teak boats to Vancouver to celebrate Expo 86. This year officially marks the 30-year anniversary of the festival and promises to be the largest yet – with an estimated 6,000 competitors converging on the event from ten countries.

The East Meets The West: Even though the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is backdropped by BC.’s magnificent mountains, the roots of the festival comes from overseas – China, to be exact. More than 2,000 years ago, in the valleys of southern China, dragon boating was used as a fertility rite during the Summer Solstice to ensure plentiful crops and to avert misfortune.

As legend has it, Qu Yuan, a poet and court official during a period of Chinese unification was despaired at the discord in his country and threw himself into a river. Local villagers paddled into the river to save him and beat drums to scare away the fish. This became tradition during the summer solstice and brightly coloured boats with beating drums will traverse on False Creek during the festival.

To bridge the gap between the East and West, traditional Canadian canoes have been incorporated into the festivities.

International Pull: Every year, the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival attracts attendees and participants from all corners of the world. Besides Canada, there are teams from Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, China and seven U.S. states. While there are mixed teams – such as those combining Americans and Canadians – most teams from abroad consist of paddlers from a single nation. These teams are at the festival to represent their country and experience one of Canada’s greatest cities at the same time.

Let’s Talk About the Real Issues: Besides the local and family-fun appeal, the festival also has multiple teams that focus on a variety of charities or local issues. One of the most prominent and long-standing charity boat teams is Abreast In a Boat, which is made up of breast cancer survivors and has been a part of the festival since 1996.

Another main focus of the festival is youth participation. While there are youth teams and even a youth regatta, there is a concerted effort by the festival organizers to ensure that children and young adults not only attend the event, but also have the opportunity to compete and be employed by the festival too. This was made possible by an investment of over $400,000 by the Canadian Dragon Boat Festival Society in 2017.

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

It’s Free! The best part of the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival and all its related activities is that it is all free for attendees: whether watching the races or enjoying the musical entertainment and local culture! Each day of the festival is themed – ‘All Access Friday’ is focused on raising money to ensure everyone can participate in sport; ‘International Saturday’ features world-class dragon boat races every 11 minutes for 11 hours; and ‘Championship Sunday’ is just what it sounds like – championship race after championship race.

For more information, follow the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

5 Reasons to Attend Richmond Canada Day


Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 11:55am PDT
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The annual Richmond Canada Day in Steveston will feature a free, full-day street party throughout Steveston Village alongside the much beloved Steveston Salmon Festival on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Here are 5 features you won’t want to miss:

5 Reasons to Attend Richmond Canada Day

Richmond Canada Day

Concerts

The Canada Day Street Party will feature 50 diverse performances on eight stages, including Main Stage performances by Big Sugar, Terra Lightfoot and Vince Vaccaro.

Salmon Festival

The Steveston Salmon Festival is known as Canada’s biggest little birthday party! The festival is famous for its salmon barbecue where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. An annual tradition since 1945, the Salmon Festival also features a huge Canada Day Parade through historic Steveston Village.

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