BC Youth Week 2010

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

BC Youth Week is back the first week of May celebrating the enthusiasm, skills, and accomplishments of the youth in our province. There are dozens of activities and events scheduled across BC including several in Metro Vancouver.

VSBC 2010 Youth Week Poster at the Plaza

  • Create a team and join the Amazing Youth Race 2010 in Coquitlam at Town Centre Park on Friday April 30th. Challenging clues to solve, prizes, rain or shine, BBQ included.
  • As part of BC Youth Week, May 1 – 7, 2010 – the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition, in conjunction with the City of Vancouver and Douglas Park, Riley Park, and the Roundhouse Community Centres is putting on a youth-focused, family-friendly skateboard event Saturday, May 1st at the downtown Skate Plaza. Follow the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition on Twitter or Facebook.
  • A Road Hockey Rumble in the Abbotsfrod Canadian Tire Parking lot.
  • And there’s a just plain ol’ fun Popsicle giveaway in North Vancouver on May 4th for Tsleil-Waututh School Students and Windsor Secondary Students.
  • More skateboarding at Skate Jam in Langley May 4th.
  • Youth can sign up for a free photography workshop at the North Vancouver Library May 4th to 7th.
  • The youth of North Vancouver present CityFest 2010 on Saturday, May 8th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the parking lot and skate park at Centennial Theatre. This includes a skateboard competition, a youth art display, dance and drama performances, a live band showcase, a free photo booth and a free BBQ.
  • There are many more events in other communities, including some on Vancouver Island, so if you have a youth in your life you can probably find something they’re interested in checking out. You can follow BC Youth Week on Twitter or Facebook for news and updates.

    Canadian Video Game Awards

    Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The first annual Canadian Video Game Awards will be held in Vancouver May 5th. While there have been other iterations of a video game awards ceremony in the past, this generation has teamed up with DigiBC to celebrate the best in Canadian gaming.


    Photo credit: mtsofan on Flickr

    Categories include: Game of the Year, Best Console, Best Handheld Game, Best Downloadable Game, Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, Best Writing, In-Game Cinematic, Most Promising Game. The Downloadable Games category includes those for iPhones and iPod touches.

    The nominated games and finalists all needed to be works completed in Canada by December 31st, 2009. Nominations have now ended and the finalists have been announced. The public has the chance to vote for their favourite in the Game of the Year category.

    Tickets for the awards ceremony at the Vancouver Convention Centre May 5th are currently on sale for $35. The Canadian Videogame Awards will take place the evening before the second annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) Canada so GDC pass-holders will get a discount on admission to the event.

    You can follow the awards on Twitter or Facebook for more information.

    Vancouver Wellness Show Giveaway

    Comments 75 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The 18th annual Wellness Show will take place under the sails at the Vancouver Convention Centre April 30th until May 2nd.

    The show will feature cooking workshops and sessions with some of the city’s most well-known chefs (such as Karen Barnaby from The Fish House in Stanley Park) and Hidekazu Tojo (of the world-famous Tojo’s). There will also be living well seminars, and a special series on women & well-being. There are also dozens and dozens of exhibitors to check out, from Steve Nash Fitness World to the Relax The Back Store.

    General admission is $12.50, seniors & students are $10.00, kids $5.00 and children under 5 years old are free. You can purchase a 3-day pass for $27.00.

    The organizers have graciously offered up the goody bag of all goody bags for me to give away to a reader including two tickets to the Wellness Show.

    Wellness Show Prize Pack

    The prize pack includes Honey Laundry soap, a dental care kit, lotion, chicken stock, yoga gear, a Spoonk Rider portable acupressure mat (valued at $75). In total I have about $250 worth of treats, gift certificates and swag.

    If you would like to win this prize pack, including two tickets to the Wellness Show, please leave a comment on this post or post the following update on Twitter:

    I entered to win a prize pack & tickets to @TheWellnessShow from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/1Cixy

    I will draw the winner at 2:00pm on Tuesday April 27th. I will need to personally deliver this so that you can get it in time for the Wellness Show so please make sure you supply a valid email address so I can contact you for details should you win.

    Update The winner is Leona Wong (comment entry), congratulations and have fun at the show!

    Vancouver Flag & Coat of Arms

    Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The history of Vancouver’s flag (and thus its coat of arms) was suggested by a reader the other day so I have dug up some research about our city’s icons.

    Coat of Arms
    Vancouver’s first Coat of Arms was drawn up by alderman Lauchlan Hamilton (as in Hamilton Street) and assumed in 1886. However, as it was deemed pretty “unofficial” by Coat of Arms standards, a new one was designed by James Blomfield. Bloomfield is also known for his stained glass work that hangs in New Westminster’s Holy Trinity Church as well as Gabriola, the mansion most recently known as the home of the Macaroni Grill. His Coat of Arms was used by Vancouver from 1903 and variations appeared after 1928. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

    Art in the City 2010

    Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The West End Community Centre once again presents Art in the City, April 30th until May 2nd.

    This is the 5th annual showcase of local drawings, paintings, and photography. Admission is free and pieces from over 50 artists will be on sale.

    You can also enter to win this year’s featured work, “Cardero” by Tom Antil as seen on the promotional poster for the event and in this post.

    Things kick off on the 30th with a private gala party and then public are invited to check out the exhibition May 1st from 10:00am until 6:00pm and May 2nd from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

    The West End Community Centre is located at 870 Denman Street and are on Twitter @WestEndCC.