Fate of the Olympic Countdown Clock

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Olympic and Paralympic Countdown Clock in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery was a symbol of the Olympic Games for many. It ticked away the months, days, hours, minutes and seconds of anticipation for what became the largest global party this city has ever seen.

Photo credit: Robert Scales on Flickr

At first it was an eyesore for some, then it soon became something so much more. It was vandalized, it was a shadow cast on a homeless man in need of shade, it was a meeting point, a melting pot of emotion, and a celebration site. Now that the Games are over, the fate of the clock is uncertain.

The Omega-owned sculpture at the northwest side of the Vancouver Art Gallery site could be moved or it could stay put… …“The city has been in discussions with Omega, VANOC and the province of B.C. on the options for the clock. No decision has been made on what to do with the clock, but the partners are now finalizing an agreement and we expect a decision to be made shortly,” according to a prepared statement from Mayor Gregor Robertson’s executive assistant, Kevin Quinlan. [Bob Mackin for 24 Hours Vancouver]

This has many wondering what will become of the clock and even News1130 was doing a listener poll this morning. I re-tweeted their inquiry on Twitter and here are some suggestions that I received:

  • From @mojaveband: will it fit around flava flav’s neck?
  • From @250joules: Suggest the clock go to the Vancouver museum along with the protest pictures – the good and the bad… it’s all history.
  • From @KimAnami: Turn it into a World Cup TV screen and scoreboard.
  • From @WhistlerFacts: Auction! Give the money 2 the people.
  • From @joebonka: It should be set to countdown to December 21, 2012 of course!
  • Countdown Clock

    I like the idea of it being added to the Museum of Vancouver however I would like to see it benefit citizens somehow. I also like the idea of it living on in some capacity around town. The final decision is yet to be made and I expect a few ideas will also be officially tossed around in the near future.

    Vancouver to New York 2

    Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I’ve been to New York twice before but each time has been for no longer than 3 days. Months ago I booked a trip with Keira who has been planning her visit to the Big Apple since I met her, and even long before that. She had studied the MTA subway maps, memorized streets and neighbourhoods, and I knew we would hit the ground running.

    In six days we hit SOHO, the West Village, the Meat Packing District, the Lower Eastside, Chinatown, Little Italy, Staten Island, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown, TriBeCa, Central Park, the Financial District, the Upper East and Upper West sides (some documented in Part One of this post series).

    On our last day alone we went for brunch in the West Village, then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, got ice cream in DUMBO, and took the subway back to the Upper West Side. Here are just a few more photos taken to document our experience.

    Staten Island Ferry

    Staten Island Ferry

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    Bike to Work Week 2010

    Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Bike to Work and School Week in Vancouver is coming up May 31st – June 6th.

    You can either hop on your bike or sign up with the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition to track your commute or sign up with a team.

    You can also register your workplace and become a team leader. Schools are also encouraged to participate.

    On the Bike to Work Week site you can also learn how to be a bike-friendly workplace and for the first year they are hosting the Bike to Work Week Awards and reception.

    With a slightly brighter weather forecast on the horizon it’s the perfect opportunity to re-shape your commute and pedal to work.

    More resources including trip-planning guides and safety tips are available online from the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition or find them on Twitter @MetroVanCycle.

    EPIC Sustainable Living Expo 2010

    Comments 36 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo, which usually lives up to its massive name, takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sun at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.

    Mike Holmes
    Mike Holmes at EPIC 2008

    There are well over 100 exhibitors showcasing techniques, services and wares that span from soda pop to yoga and everything in between. A large part of the expo is also the staged presentations and entertainment.

    The EPICurean Stage features cooking demonstrations while the Main Stage hosts Global TV’s Dr. Art Hister, an eco-comedy show, home energy presentations and more. You may even find out what makes some beers organic.

    Tickets are $10 with multi-day tickets going for $18. I also have two 4-packs of tickets to give away.

    Here’s how to enter to win passes good any day at EPIC:

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  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Enter to win tickets to EPIC Expo from @Miss604 & @EPICinfo http://ow.ly/1QUSj

    I will draw a winner tomorrow, Friday May 28th by 12:00pm. EPIC’s hours of operation are Friday May 28th from 1:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday May 29th from 11:00am – 7:00pm, and Sunday May 30th from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

    Update The ticket winners are Ari and Angie – have fun!

    June 2010 Events in Vancouver

    Comments 12 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Even though the weather isn’t quite cooperating, Vancouver’s social calendar is heating up toward the end of the month. The following community events, presented in Link Fest form, have been either researched or submitted via my contact form.

    Day 28 Out Take
    Photo credit: ng.kelven on Flickr

    Tuesday June 1, 2010

  • Book launch for Show & Tell – Unlocking the Secrets of New Home Buying
  • Wednesday June 2, 2010

  • UNICEF’s 3rd Unite with Art Auction
  • A Very Productive Party, a fashion photo shoot, hosted by Albach Studios
  • Grand opening of Philanthropy by The Latest SCOOP, a pop-up store dedicated to giving back to the local community
  • Pipedream Theatre Project presents the musical, NINE (until June 6)
  • Amarcord Ristorante in Yaletown hosts Giving on the Edge in support of Big Brothers 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • City of Vancouver Archives & Heritage Vancouver Art Exhibition: Edifice by Graham Winter (until August 26)
  • Thursday June 3, 2010

  • Wine Down with Delta Hotels, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
  • Hot Gay DJ competition on Davie
  • Friday June 4, 2010

  • Family Fun Night at Wix Brown Elementary School in South Langley 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • In the House Festival (until June 6)
  • Circle Craft Gallery presents “A Twisted Exchange” (until June 29)
  • Hazelgrove Elementary Fun Fair 2010 raising funds for a playground
  • Urban Nights: Wine & Cheese Fundraiser at Heritage Hall on Main Street
  • International Special Events Society Signature Event “Secrets of the Orient
  • Sunday June 5, 2010

  • CEFA Langley hosts a Carnival Open House 10:00am – 1:00pm (more open houses throughout the month)
  • BC Lung Association’s The Rush: Race & Urban Scavenger Hunt
  • Burnaby Heights Hats off Day
  • Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life at Eric Hamber Secondary
  • Vancouver Pasty School grand opening celebration
  • BC Children’s Hospital ChildRun
  • Monday June 6, 2010

  • Burnaby Hospital Foundation: Rhythm of Life: The Run and Walk for Everyone
  • 11th Annual Round Bowen (Island) Challenge
  • A Day at the Races with BOB
  • Tuesday June 8, 2010

  • Ceili’s Comedy Central, comedy event at 8:00pm
  • How to Speak with Confidence and Power – Vancouver Business & Marketing Meetup Group
  • Wednesday June 9, 2010

  • Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation team fundraiser at Pop Opera
  • Thursday June 10, 2010

  • Small Business BC’s Successful You awards gala
  • Friday June 11, 2010

  • Animalopolis Opening Party at Ayden Gallery, artwork by Kristian Adam
  • Swingin’ for a Good Cause with the Inland Refugee Society
  • South Africa: Then and Now series at the Vancity Theatre
  • Lions Gate Quilters Guild – Album of Quilts 9:00am – 7:00pm (and June 12 9:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Vancouve Storytelling Festival (until June 13)
  • Saturday June 12, 2010

  • WordCamp Vancouver
  • The “Summer Festival”, SAFA’s Sawan Mela returns to Stanley Park (until June 13th)
  • Newton Community Festival
  • Sunday June 13, 2010

  • TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
  • 8th Annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion event
  • Wednesday June 16, 2010

  • Goldfish Summer Splash, summer fashions and cocktails
  • Surrey Farmers Market
  • Thursday June 17, 2010

  • The Hangout: A Fundraising Event to Benefit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
  • Cocktails for Cause, a fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers
  • Friday June 18, 2010

  • Salt Spring Island’s premier art event ArtSpring (until June 20th)
  • BC Teen Challenge Day of Golf
  • Arab Latin Fiesta
  • Burnaby Hospital Foundation: The Slice – An Evening of Fun with Friends
  • Saturday June 19, 2010

  • All About You Productions hosts the 3rd annual Wish Upon a Star Charity Gala
  • Kidtopia Early Learning’s Swap Meet
  • The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation
  • desiFEST
  • 12th Annual Whalley Community Festival
  • Folk/Alt-Country singer-songwriter Wendy Norman – CD Release Party
  • Sunday June 20, 2010

  • Vancouver’s First Cupcake Challenge
  • Leave Out Violence (LOVE) BC presents it’s third annual LOVE Out Loud Youth Festival in partnership with Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street
  • Vancouver Canucks Official NHL Awards Tweetup
  • Culture: Unplugged – presented by the League of Kickass Business People
  • Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver
  • Thursday June 24, 2010

  • Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford from Urban Rush host The Curve Ball, lingerie fashion show for curvy women
  • Friday June 25, 2010

  • PINK in the City fundraiser
  • Canadian Flowers for Food presents an Art Gala Night
  • Saturday June 26, 2010

  • BC Highland Games
  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama, clothing + craft supply swap
  • The Glass Slipper, GOT Cabaret Society’s benefit event
  • The Cheaper Show with 200 artists, 400 pieces of art, all priced at $200
  • Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
  • Sunday June 27, 2010

  • Food Fight! The Battle for Brunch, benefiting Variety
  • Tuesday June 29, 2010

  • Tuca Body Art Ball
  • To have your Metro Vancouver event listed please feel free to contact me. To be listed, I simply need you to supply the name of the event, the date, and a link to a website with more information.