Twestival Global Vancouver 2010

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This is the third time I have organized Twestival in Vancouver and each experience has been an adventure and a challenge. Since 2007 I have been using my site to raise awareness and funds for causes, from the annual Blogathon or through events I have hosted, to collecting food donations for these causes.

Photo credit: Tris Hussey

In 2009 Amanda Rose (@Amanda on Twitter) thought of combining Twitter with a live event that would support a cause. She took it big time – she took it global. Suddenly Twestival Global was born and in February of 2009 about 200 cities around the world were supporting Charity:Water with live events on the same night. Over $250,000 was raised by people coming together through Twitter. Later that year, in September, cities were able to select their own causes and here in Vancouver, the BC Childrens Hospital topped a public poll and because our fundraising cause for Twestival Local.

The Global Twestival team has done amazing things to organize WordPress blogs for every participating city, online ticketing systems, branding, and helping with global sponsors and partnerships.

Although I was pretty much alone in my previous Twestival efforts in Vancouver (and we raised about $4,000 and $3,000 for the cause each time) I am absolutely thrilled to have a fantastic team this time. I put the call out on Twitter and several people have stepped up to help. Even though it’s still stressful to coordinate an event for 250 people, I have fewer headaches and I’ve had so much help.

I knew Marc Smith from Amuse Consulting was a good event planner but we wouldn’t be having Twestival Vancouver at the CBC broadcast centre without him, nor would we have logistics in place, a food sponsor, and all the small but very important details that go into getting an event off the ground.

Melissa, Azita, Kim, and Sonia all contacted me through Twitter and we met one morning a few weeks ago to get this event underway. We were late to the game, due to a bit of a big event happening in Vancouver in February, but these ladies jumped right on their tasks. Gathering sponsorships, finding prizes, booking entertainment and being a great support system. Kirsten joined us a bit later but she’s already put together some great content about the cause to share at the event and secured the HootSuite Owl for an appearance. We also have a team of on-site volunteers that will help with registration, raffle tickets, silent auction and more.

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Thanks to this team I am pleased to give the following update about Twestival Vancouver 2010.

Twestival Vancouver 2010
When: March 25th, 2010 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: CBC Vancouver – the new Audience Lounge (700 Hamilton at Georgia)
What: A fundraising party to support Concern Worldwide
Who: Everyone in Vancouver that uses Twitter

ING Direct, London Drugs, Amuse Consulting, Poppytalk

CBC Vancouver, Amuse Consulting, Hester Creek, Road 13, Tinhorn Creek, MichiSushi, Steaz, Nordica Photography

We have a list of raffle prizes available from sponsors listed on Vancouver Twestival’s website in the sidebar. Raffle tickets will be on sale for these items. We also have thousands in silent auction prizes on which you can bid from LodenHotel, Nordica Photography, Pete Quily, Bocci Lights, Simone Richmond, Indicee, Masey, London Drugs, School of Mix, Doritos Viralocity, Vancouver Opera.

Flight Centre has also sponsored Twestivals in Canada, offering up a $200 travel voucher to all host cities.

Swag Bags
All attendees will get goodies handed out at the event. The HootSuite Owl will have some to hand out and we’ll also have bags from London Drugs that contain Twestival buttons, made by Six Cent Press, and passes to the UBC Botanical Gardens.

Smart Pics Photobooth, Rob Cottingham (Comedy), Mojave, and live DJs Patrick Lok & Jeremy Lim.

Your $20 admission ticket goes directly to Concern Worldwide. With this admission we will supply you with a wine ticket, a swag bag, entertainment, wine, food, and hopefully a really great time. Tickets are currently on sale and we must sell these in advance so our venue has a list of participants ahead of time.

The Twestival Global team was also pleased to announce a sponsorship from Entrepreneurs Foundation & Austin Ventures Challenge Grant. For every dollar raised, this foundation will match it 100% up to $100,000. That means your $20 ticket = $40 for Concern Worldwide, thanks to them.

This isn’t an event purely for those in technology or social media – it’s for anyone and everyone who uses Twitter. It’s to show what a powerful communication tool it can be and that it can have a positive impact on the world and our communities. We hope you’ll join us by either purchasing a ticket, placing a donation, coming to hang out with us, or simply posting a link on Twitter. Thank you for your support.

World Theatre Day 2010

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

World Theatre Day is March 27th, 2010 and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance is preparing special deal and performances to take part this global campaign.

Although we missed a panel yesterday hosted by stage and screen actor Jackson Davies (The Producers, The Foursome, The Beachcombers) there are still quite a few chances to check out some theatre in Vancouver leading up to WTD on Saturday.

Events and Deals

  • Art by Actors paintings will be on display at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre until April 17th.
  • Two for One Tickets

  • March 24th: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Tiny Apocalypse
  • Discounts

  • March 27th: Ruby Slippers Theatre Company discount to their matinee performance of The Russian Play & Mexico City
  • Pay-What-You-Can Tickets

  • March 24th: Three Hours Too Soon Productions presents The Anger of Ernest and Ernestine at The Havana Theatre
  • March 27th: Playhouse Theatre Company presents The Love List
  • March 27th: Presentation House Theatre presents a matinee performance of Queen Lear
  • April 1st: The Cultch presents At Nightfall
  • There will also be several flash mob performances around Vancouver from March 21st until March 27th. You can view a full World Theatre Day lineup for Vancouver online.

    The World Theatre Day Wrap Party will be held March 28th at the WISE Hall. The program includes reading the International WTD message (written by Dame Judi Dench), encore performances and videos of our flash mob events, and video conferencing with other WTD parties world-wide. Admission will be by donation.

    Daffodil Day in BC

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    The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver have declared April 9th as Daffodil Day, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

    The Vancouver Team wearing their pins – photo: Canadian Cancer Society on Flickr

    It may look like a daffodil pin but it’s actually a badge of courage. The Canadian Cancer Society is distributing daffodil pins as well as live flowers in 2010 in association with the inaugural Daffodil Day.

    The entire month of April in BC and Vancouver is Daffodil Month but on the 9th people are encouraged to wear daffodil pins to show their support. Pins can be purchased by donation at the following locations across the province:

    ABC Restaurants, Blockbuster, Buy Low Foods/Nesters Markets, Chevron Town Pantry/Van Houtte Coffee, Flight Center, Java Hut, Johnston Meier Insurance, Kirmac, Life Labs, Liquidation World, Macs Convenience Stores, Prospera Credit Union, Wireless Wave.

    Events across BC and the Yukon can be found listed online. You can follow @DaffodilDayCCS on Twitter or Facebook for news and updates leading up to April 9th, 2010.

    Earth Hour Vancouver

    Comments 37 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Earth Hour is happening Saturday March 27, 2010 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, whichever timezone you are in. During this time, individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary items that are plugged in, starting with the lights. The difference made in this single hour, around the globe, is measurable and a sign that many do care about climate change.

    In support of spreading awareness about climate change, many communities get together to host Earth Hour events and you can share your support using their social media toolkit. Even the NBA’s Steve Nash is getting in on the action on BC Hydro’s Earth Hour site.

    Earth Hour Events in BC

  • City of Surrey – Live entertainment at Central City plaza
  • Victoria – Earth Hour bike ride
  • Whistler – Village-wide Earth Hour power down
  • Sechelt – Meet at Seaside Centre and celebrate on Civic Square
  • Restaurants in Vancouver will have special Earth Hour deals or events such as Miku and Elixir
  • Follow Earth Hour Canada (a WWF initiative) on Twitter or Facebook for updates. You can also tag your tweets #EarthHour leading up to the event.

    Canadian Tire, who sponsored a contest with me during the Olympics, approached me to give away two Earth Hour power-saving kits to my readers.

    The prize pack includes:

  • Blue Planet Energy Meter
  • Indoor Timer
  • Eco-Bright Metal LED Garden Lights (6 pack)
  • Programmable Outdoor Timer
  • Programmable Power Bar
  • 8 outlet space save saver plug
  • Safety Eco CFL bulb
  • Approximate value $175.00
  • To enter to win this prize pack (I have two to give away), please leave a comment noting how you’ll participate in Earth Hour this year.

    You may also re-tweet to enter to win by copying & pasting the following text:

  • Enter to win an #EarthHour prize pack from Canadian Tire & @Miss604
  • I’ll draw the winner Wednesday so that Canadian Tire can ship out the prizes in time for Earth Hour on Saturday.

    Update March 24, 2010 I have just drawn the winners and they are Jeremy (comment entry) and @maracreighton (Twitter entry). Congratulations!

    Fraser Valley Parks: Chilliwack Lake

    Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Although Chilliwack Lake is in the “604” area code, it isn’t in Metro Vancouver. As such, it is the first entry for my Fraser Valley parks profile series.

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    Metrics: Park size is a whopping 9,258 hectares with 146 campsites and 40kms of trails including a leg of the Trans Canada Trail.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    How to Get There: About 150 km outside of Vancouver, the lake is about a 30 minute drive off the main road in Chilliwack, winding along the river. You’ll pass fisherman every few minutes parked or camped along the side of the road, fixing fishing line or cooking up a catch on an open campfire.

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Features: The beach stretches out on the North end covered in fine white sand as an old-growth forest covers the mountains that flank the sides of the crystal-clear lake. The campground has a playground and several open spaces while the lake is fit for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or boating.

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    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Notes: The setting is absolutely gorgeous and although Cultus Lake has its merits as a summertime playground, this destination about 40km away is far more secluded and pristine.

    Reservations for the season at BC Parks open up April 1st with most Provincial Parks beginning their camping season during the May long weekend.

    Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

    You may view all of my photos from today’s walk around Chilliwack Lake in this set on Flickr.