Wednesday Morning Link Fest: Readers’ Choice

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have an exciting project on the horizon and deadlines are coming up fast, which means that I can’t get to many events until June. However, the very least I can do is give some shout outs along with links to interesting sites in my weekly Link Fest. A large portion of these are user-submitted (as is the image from the Miss604 group on Flickr) so I’d like to thank everyone for sending in these suggestions.

Downtown Vancouver – Photo credit: tripleman on Flickr / website
  • Yellowknife Online is a new blog that recently popped on my radar – everything you want to know about life in the capital of the Northwest Territories, they host Tweetups #yzftweetup and keep a directory of local Tweeps online.
  • Art School Reviews is a website created by local art school grads in order to share their personal experiences about the schools they attended in Metro Vancouver (from SFU to VFS etc.) this includes program reviews and a 2009 tuition guide.
  • No Strings Attached is a choral event that takes place under the tents at Bard on the Beach for 3 consecutive Mondays in June including choreography, costuming, comedy.
  • In Abbotsford this weekend there is a wine tasting and silent auction, proceeds going towards the Abbotsford Hospital.
  • I recently missed a BC Healthy Living Alliance event but have been reading up about their tips for living well in at home or at play. You can find them on Twitter @BCHealthyLiving.
  • desiFEST is coming up this summer and to get warmed up they are holding a contest for a chance to win lunch for 4 at Rangoli Restaurant and tickets to the VIP event on July 23.
  • Attention movie buffs:, a local site that covers all things film, covering all aspects of the Cannes Film Festival and will be running a contest to give away official merchandise. Stay tuned to their official Cannes portal, their Twitter @movieset, or search Twitter using the tag Cannes09.
  • The winner of the Where is the Square competition for Metro Vancouver will be announced Wednesday, May 27th by the Vancouver Public Spaces Network.
  • London Drugs is hosting the Epson Print Academy this weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Learn how to take your fabulous photos and print them in a way that does them justice.
  • The Golden Spike Days are coming up in Port Moody this summer and the festival is now on Twitter @Golden Spike Days.
  • 1-800GotJunk is sponsoring the Yard Sale for the Cure, happening across the country (and in Vancouver) May 30th. Yard Sale for the Cure is a nation-wide non-profit that benefits breast cancer research and treatment. The local event will be 9:00am – 2:00pm located near the corner Hastings & Renfrew at 2910 Pender Street.
  • EAT! Vancouver is happening this weekend at BC Place.
  • The BCSPCA is having an open house in Vancouver this weekend. Everyone and their dogs are invited to stop by the shelter at 1205 East 7th Ave. (11:00am – 3:00pm) for food, fun, face-painting, and other activities. Pancakes or flapjacks for fido will be served until 1:00pm. This event is part of Adoption Challenge Month.
  • I love scavenger hunts – check out this one on Sunday at Robson Square downtown.
  • Also if you stop by the Art Gallery today at noon with a 6/49 lotto ticket for tonight’s est $49 million draw, the BCLC will be there to hand you another ticket to double your chances at winning (must be 19 or older and come with a valid ticket already).

    Stanley Park Pitch and Putt

    Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Being a golfer over the last dozen years or so I love the driving range and hitting up the big courses however there’s just something relaxing about heading out to the local pitch and putt. Your skill level doesn’t need to be up to par (nor does your wallet need to be stuffed) in order to get out and enjoy one of the many private or city-run courses around the Metro Vancouver area.

    The scene

    The other weekend we walked over to Stanley Park to partake in a little par three action with our good friends and while it’s not as scenic as the Ambleside course, no one can complain about the lack of natural beauty when you have Herons soaring above your head.

    Stanley Park Pitch & Putt

    The afternoon is meant for leisurely enjoyment of the outdoors and the game so we don’t being along scorecards, especially when we’re with DaveO. The lineups at the first few tees can get quite backed up (we waited about 30 minutes) but it soon disperses as groups move on down the course.


    You can easily take transit to the Stanley Park pitch and putt (designed and built in 1932) – either the #5 Robson/#6 Davie (disembarking at Denman and walking down), any Georgia Street bus (westbound, getting off before the causeway) or taking the #19 Metrotown/Stanley Park and walking over (though the last two options would be a bit more of a hike from the stops).

    City views

    One item I should note about the Stanley Park course is that the holes are very short, 40 to only a few that reach the maximum 100 yards, so you don’t need to bring much fire-power with you at all. Also, if you plan on going more than a dozen times this year (to any course in Vancouver) I would suggest investing in a punch card.

    No penalty

    If you’re looking for more pitch and putt courses in Vancouver, check out the guide I made last year and feel free to suggest more of your favourites (mine being the soggy, rugged, marshy Riverside Par 3 in Surrey where I first learned to swing a club). As for those Blue Herons, you can adopt-a-nest to help preserve their colony near Stanley Park.

    Twitter Tees and Geeky Clothing

    Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    About a year ago I wrote about t-shirts designed with the geek girl in mind and I’ve always been a fan of techno-savvy tops (although in an early post from 2005 I did feature HTML underwear). Today a trending topic on Twitter is “Twitter Tees” as it appears Threadless has come up with these amusing styles for the Twitter-minded.


    I still like the cheeky “Show Me Your Tweets” shirt I got from 6S Marketing, I enjoy the “Robots – No Follow” shirt I got for John and we have a few favourites that will never go out of style like “There’s No Place Like“.

    So with these Twitter Tees selling like hot cakes today, I’ll ask… what’s your favourite geeky t-shirt? The one with the audio meter that lights up? The wifi detector? The molecular structure of caffeine? “I Know H.T.M.L“? User-made coffee mugs? If you have a photo of yourself wearing any of the above (or something similar) add it to the Miss604 Flickr group and I’ll post them on this entry. Feel free to share your source for the tees as well (online and off).

    Paws 4 Peace with the Canadian Red Cross

    Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The seventh annual Paws 4 Peace walk will take place June 7th at Second Beach in Stanley Park. This initiative by the Canadian Red Cross is to raise awareness of the work done by their Humanitarian Issues Working Group.


    Every day around the world, many people lose their life and limbs to explosive remnants of war such as landmines and cluster bombs. Millions of people living in over 80 countries must think twice about where they walk, as they fear the deadly legacies in the ground. People who survive these life-changing accidents must live with their injuries for the rest of their lives. Paws 4 Peace will raise awareness on this crucial issue while raising crucial funds to help the survivors of landmine and cluster bomb accidents. [Read more…]

    The walk is 3km around Lost Lagoon and as the name of the event suggests, dogs are very welcome. Participants are encouraged to register and raise funds for their walk or anyone has the option of simply donating to the cause. Friends, family, and children are also welcome on the walk and there will be refreshments, music, displays about the cause, arts & crafts, and “ask the trainer” services for dog owners.

    Paws 4 Peace will serve to educate, inform, and help those who need the humanitarian support offered by the Canadian Red Cross.

    Vancouver History Tidbits: Pauline Johnson’s Legends of Vancouver

    Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    It’s been a few years now since I discovered the work of Pauline Johnson and I’ve been enchanted by her writing ever-since.

    Pauline Johnson

    Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) was the child of a Mohawk chief and an Englishwoman and as a writer and poet, she traveled across North America and England giving readings of her work and performing on stage. She retired to Vancouver and continued to write for the Province basing her articles on stories shared by her friend Chief Joe Capilano of the Squamish people of North Vancouver.

    Important woman in Vancouver history

    In 1911, to support Johnson who was terminally ill and not wealthy by any means, a group of friends organized the publication of her stories under the title Legends of Vancouver [source: wiki]. Pauline included “a 100-word foreword telling of her debt to Chief Joe Capilano, his role in the Legends, and mentioning that most of them were being told in English for the first time.” [VancouverHistory] In 1913 she died of breast cancer at the old Bute Street Hospital in Vancouver.

    I would highly recommend looking up some of the stories and poetry she wrote and documented based on local lore. You’ll find things like The Two Sisters (the story of the lions), Siwash Rock, The Isle of the Dead Men (Deadman’s Island in Stanley Park), The Lost Island, The Great Grey Archway, Deer Lake’s Lost River, and one the personally chills me, The Lure in Stanley Park. Legends of Vancouver is available at local book stores (call ahead to any Book Warehouse location to check), the library, and you can also find a few of the stories online.

    Lost Lagoon – Photo credit: Danielle Bauer on Flickr

    Her tales of a Vancouver not many know or perhaps have heard nowadays combined with her international career not only make her a pioneer in this city, but in so many other realms. She was even commemorated on a postage stamp in 1961 — being the first aboriginal-Canadian, first woman (other than the Queen), and author to ever be honored in this manner. Johnson was also credited with giving Lost Lagoon its name since before it became land-locked in 1916 it disappeared at low tide.

    At the entrance to the Sequoia Grill parking lot

    The Pauline Johnson memorial in Stanley Park, which was built in 1922, is just off the road between The Teahouse and Third Beach. It’s overgrown and the fountain no longer flows but next time you’re in the park, stop on by to tribute this legend.