Canada Day in Surrey 2009

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last few years I’ve been able to form great partnerships with the City of Surrey and I’m pleased to announce that Miss604.com is a sponsor of their 2009 Canada Day celebration.

Surrey holds the largest Canada Day event in the west and for this year they have another all-star lineup of performers, events, and day-long activities for the whole family. It’s a free event taking place July 1st at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre from 10:00am until 11:00pm with evening fireworks. Artists on tap this year include headliners 54-40 and Bif Naked.

John and I have remarked before that Surrey’s events are always safe, fun, organized and very well-executed — they’re pretty much our favourite major events to cover and I’m proud to be involved. I’ll have more information over the next few weeks along with coverage and a preview of the returning Fusion Festival, later in July.

An evening at Grouse Mountain

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I often say that one of the reasons why I love this city is that quick getaways are but minutes away. Last night after work I hopped the Sea Bus, then a bus, and within 45 minutes I was staring down at the entire region from over 3,000ft.

Grouse Mountain - Gondola

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain - Zipline

Grouse Mountain‘s activities such as the interpretive sessions at the Grizzly Bear habitat, the Lumberjack Show, and the Birds in Motion demonstration were already over by the time I arrived but there was still much to see.

Grouse Mountain

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Views

I decided to hop on the Peak Chair (that runs until 8pm) and get up to the very top of the mountain.

Grouse Mountain - Peak Chair

Grouse Mountain - Peak Chair

Grouse Mountain - Peak Chair

Grouse Mountain - Peak Chair

Grouse Mountain - Peak Chair

I came back down and met up with John and Trevor for dinner at Altitudes Bistro after they completed the Grouse Grind. The drinks were tasty and the Ocean Wise Ahi Tuna that I enjoyed was superb.

Altitudes

Altitudes

Salmon Burger @ Altitudes

Tuna @ Altitudes

Altitudes

Heading for home

We descended on the gondola as the sun was setting behind the Lions and I wondered why I don’t make these quick escapes more often.

You can view the rest of my photos in this Flickr set.

Friday Link Fest: Weekend Warmup

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The weekend is here and with so many events happening throughout the month I’ve decided to focus only on those taking place over the next few days.

Qila and Calf @ The Vancouver Aquarium

  • The Vancouver Aquarium is prepared to welcome a new baby beluga calf to the world as Aurora is on 24-hour delivery watch. You might even be able to catch it all on webcam. Her daughter Qila gave birth to Tiqa last June.
  • The Kitsilano Farmers Market kicks off its 2009 season this weekend.
  • There is a Beach BBQ Tweetup on Saturday at Spanish Banks.
  • There’s another Tweetup with Michael Pollan this weekend at the UBC Farm.
  • Latincouver is launching Saturday June 6th and tickets are still available for the celebration (@latincouver on Twitter)
  • Hats off Day, where local merchants take their ‘hats off’ for the community is Saturday on Hastings in Burnaby. There will be a street party, activities for the family, and a parade.
  • Collingwood Days 2009 begin with a parade (at Joyce & Kingsway) this Saturday.
  • Saturday is also the 9th annual Vancouver landfill open house. It’s a free event where you can get a guided tour the landfill and learn about how the system works.
  • This Sunday, June 7th, is National Cancer Survivor Day.
  • The HSBC Childrun for the BC Childrens Hospital is also Sunday June 7th at 9:00am.
  • This isn’t happening until next Friday but it’s worth mentioning that Megaphone Magazine is hosting an anniversary event. I had the pleasure of contributing to one of their recent issues and discovering the brilliance of their publication. The celebration will take place at the Interurban Gallery on E. Hastings.
  • Last but not least, June will be a big month for Miss604 contests and the first, which will have a Father’s Day theme, is set to be announced on Tuesday morning.

    Enterprising Moms and Chicks Who Click

    Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I have the fortunate opportunity to participate in two upcoming conferences, both of which are geared for entrepreneurial women.

    The first is the Enterprising Moms Network Conference on June 13th at the River Rock. It will run 11:00am until 5:00pm and sixty4media will have a swag table setup as well. My talk will be at 3:15pm and will be about social media basics specifically used for business. Other speakers that day include travel guru Claire Newell, Rita Kim of the Business Development Back of Canada, Fiona Walsh and many more. The Enterprising Moms Network is a community of business-minded working mothers who meetup regularly for workshops and events. Chapters span from Prince George, to White Rock, and down through Seattle. Proceeds from the conference on June 13th will go to Ronald McDonald House.

    cwc09

    My next speaking engagement will be at the Chicks Who Click. It has been held in Kansas City, San Jose, Dallas, Raleigh, and now in Vancouver on June 27th at the Listel Hotel on Robson. Megan Cole, Monica Hamburg, Victoria Revay, Maura Rodgers, Erica Hargreave and Gillian Shaw are all my esteemed co-presenters throughout the day. I’ll be on a panel with Gillian and Erica talking about privacy and transparency online. There will be a tweetup the night before and you can follow all Chicks Who Click updates on the conference blog or Twitter by searching the tag: #CWC09.

    Chip's Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile – Update

    Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Photo credit: UrbanMixer

    The Chip’s Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile is only a few weeks away and things are heating up for this fun run. Way back in February you were asked to save the date for this special event that benefits the BC Childrens’ Hospital and as we get closer to the starting line on June 20th, here’s a refresher.

    The run consists of several mini-runs called “waves” that each have a theme. You could participate in the superhero run, the Canucks fan wave, the high heel wave, or the underwear dash. They have also added the “couch potato” wave wherein you register for the race, pay the fee, get a bib, but you just get to hang out in the beer garden and near the concert stage all day… genius.

    Speaking of concerts, Daniel Wesley, A Current Swell, Armchair Cynics, and Run GMC are all set to perform.

    There are also prizes for several of the waves including two tickets for a WestJet flight, $1500 to spend at Pacific Centre or Aerosmith tickets to be won during the rockstar wave. Registration is still open until midnight on June 19th for individuals or corporate teams.