The Britannia Mine Museum is launching their Terralab Learning Space and will be introducing special educational programming for families and bubble groups during Spring Break as part of their year of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art & Math) focus.
Britannia Mine Museum Spring Break
When: Every day, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Where: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach (10 mins south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky)
Safety Protocols: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limited capacity, it is highly recommended that you book online in advance. You can view all Safety Protocols online here, which include mandatory masks on site and more.
Terralab STEAM Learning Space
From March 13th to April 1st at 11:00am and 1:45pm every day, the Museum will host short interpreter-led STEAM “Mini Mud Monsters” sessions in the Terralab space, where families or bubble groups can learn about microorganisms in our freshwater ecosystems.
From streams to creeks, to rivers and wetlands, participants will see how these organisms, known as benthic macroinvertebrates or benthos, look like up close and learn just how they help us understand human impacts, including heavy metals and mining. Known as bioindicators to scientists and those who monitor the freshwater environments, benthos range in their tolerance to pollution and can help to better understand the health of an aquatic environment.
The Terralab and its inaugural school program was developed in conjunction with researchers, Professor Neil Banerjee and Dr. Lisa Van Loon of Western University. Their research explores the synchrotron analysis of Britannia rockweed, in which its metal uptake is mapped as an example of a potential indicator species.
As part of its Spring Break activities, the Museum has also set up a self-guided “Designed to Fly” activity in the Machine Shop, exploring how aerial tramways were stars of the show in the earlier years of the Britannia Mine. Aerial tramways are like ski lifts or zip-lines for rocks. You can visit the Machine shop to design and test a rock carrier using a mini zip-line, exercising their creative brains to predict, test and evaluate ideas.
There is also a “Natural Miners” permanent exhibit in the Terralab, that explores the concept that both humans and plants are ʻnatural minersʼ, pulling metals from the earth. Examples spotlight different aspect of Canadian research, including fascinating innovations in mineral exploration such as detecting the chemical element bromine in snow cover as a way to indicate a potential mineral deposit below ground.
All Spring Break activities at the Museum are designed to be COVID-safe, organized in small bubble groups, with enhanced sanitation procedures in place, and are included with regular Museum admissions.
This weekend you can take part in a virtual games night, for a great cause! Make-A-Wish® Canada and Honda Canada Foundation have partnered for the first-ever Make-A-Wish Play for Wishes.
Make-A-Wish Play for Wishes
When: Friday, March 5 to Saturday, March 7, 2021 How to Play:Register online
Honda Canada Foundation is matching up to $25,000 of funds raised, doubling the impact for #PlayForWishes! Featuring wish kid Xander and television sportscaster Kate Beirness as ambassadors, Play for Wishes is a virtual games night event to help raise funds that will grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
Registered participants can enjoy the many games provided, like bingo, trivia, or they can play their favourite board games, video games or team challenges. Participants get to choose how and when to have fun with friends and family, in the safety of their homes, all while making a difference in the lives of wish children who need the hope of a wish during a difficult time.
“Over the past ten years, Honda Canada Foundation has raised close to $1.4 million to support our mission,” says Sheila Rees, Make-A-Wish Canada’s Vice President of Development. “The national virtual Play for Wishes is just another incredible initiative of how Honda Canada Foundation is committed to ensuring that life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses continue, especially during these extraordinary times.”
In 2019, the organization granted over 1,600 life changing wishes. But as we all know, 2020 was different and as a result of COVID-19, more than 4,000 wishes were delayed. While Make-A-Wish Canada’s ability to grant wishes that involve travel and gatherings has been impacted, the life-changing work continues. Make-A-Wish Canada remains focused on their mission and continues to grant memorable wishes while keeping wish families safe.
For a child fighting a critical illness, every day of waiting for a wish is one too many. By participating in Play for Wishes, you can help give a kid a piece of their childhood back.
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted over 35,000 wishes across the country, over 1,000 last year alone.
Debra Sparrow Mask Giveaway at McArthurGlen for International Women’s Day
Where:McArthurGlen (1000-7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmond)
McArthurGlen will be gifting a one-of-a-kind limited edition mask, designed by Debra Sparrow, to shoppers at the centre while quantities last. Visit Guest Services at the main entrance to get yours.
This is the latest activity in the centre’s wider initiative to support the local community during this unprecedented time, following last summer’s Made in Vancouver market – which featured female-run artisan businesses Sisters Sage, Hooray Truffles and Seven Eye Designs – and the centre’s ongoing partnership with Chali-Rosso’s female-run gallery.
About the Mask’s Artwork
Debra Sparrow’s inspiration for the pattern on the face mask was its representation of the Musqueam peoples who have thrived on this land since the beginning of time.
The patterns reflect the textiles used for wearing, for gifting, and most importantly, ceremony. The swirl designers were traditionally carved into mountain goat horn bracelets and jewelry adorning regalia.
Sparrow is also well known for using traditional Indigenous designs in a contemporary form, notably in her design of the logo for the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
McArthurGlen Vancouver is home to over 80 of the most sought-after designer brands, ranging from Burberry, Tory Burch and Michael Kors to Adidas, Nike and Calvin Klein. This vibrant outdoor shopping destination offers fashion-loving customers year-round savings up to 70% less.
Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the centre and face masks or face coverings are mandatory.
CelticFest Vancouver, the City’s annual celebration of all things Celtic Culture, celebrates its 16th annual festival with a special virtual edition. Enjoy a range of entertaining and educational events, classes, and concerts for all ages.
CelticFest Vancouver 2021
When: March 11 to March 20, 2021 Where: Online Tickets: Free!
As Western Canada’s largest annual Celtic festival, year after year the event has delivered a rich cultural celebration of the Celtic nations’ kinship and community, and this year’s virtual festival will be no different.
The festival will showcase a range of events including an online family day with art, music, storytelling and Irish language, a virtual game show, baking and cocktail classes, a live concert and online traditional session as well as a Puc and Kick Fada competition between local Gaelic sporting clubs.
Sarah Elliott Gannon, founder of Loved & Kneaded bakery in North Vancouver will be hosting an online baking class where she’ll reveal the secret behind the infamous Irish Soda Bread. Michael Viens, lead singer of Blackthorn Celtic band, will perform several times throughout the Festival.
Hearts Beat: Indigenous and Irish Drumming is a collaboration between UBC and the Carnegie Community Centre. It’s a celebration of the shared traditions of Indigenous and Irish drumming, dancing and storytelling. The session will feature Indigenous drummer Sam McKay and Bodhran player Blake Williams as they share songs and exchange stories of the drums.
In addition to the online programming, there will be limited seating live music events at Donnellan’s Irish Bar and Shamrock Bar & Grill.
“We’re excited to bring the CelticFest back for another year. Last year was disappointing for everyone when we were cancelled days before due to COVID-19, but we’ve dusted ourselves off and will bring the festival back to our audience despite the ongoing pandemic,” shares Harry Cussen, Chairman of the CelticFest Vancouver Board.
“It looks a bit different this year, but the virtual festival has a great line up of local Celtic talent including, storytellers, bakers and musicians. The additional benefit of going virtual is that it allows us to reach a much wider audience across British Columbia and beyond, and we’re thrilled that this year’s festival will be inclusive of so many more people”.
Join CelticFest Vancouver for a wide range of all-ages entertainment including Vancouver’s top trad musicians in a St Patrick’s Day concert. The festival promises to be 10 days of fun, laughter and all-round entertainment, free of charge and from the comfort of your home.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC revealed the club’s new 2021 Hoop jersey this morning, carrying on the iconic design that first emerged during the ‘Caps 1979 North American Soccer League (NASL) Soccer Bowl championship season.
“Tradition is very important,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC chief executive officer and sporting director. “Our community is the heart of our club, and they have identified strongly with the Hoop throughout our history as the longest running professional soccer club in Canada and the United States. We are all looking forward to new memories in this edition when we start our season next month.”
The 2021 Hoop jersey features a blue hoop cut and sewn on to the front of the jersey. Additional details include hoops around the sleeves, “The Village of Vancouver” on the back of the neck, jock tag with the Village logo, and a round neck as opposed to the collar from the previous Hoop kit.
Jerseys will also have two-colour cresting, inspired by the blue names and red numbers from the early 80s Hoop jerseys.
Fans can purchase the jersey now at the Official Store in Gastown, or arrange curbside pick-up.