GrapeJuice Wine Auction Goes Virtual for 2020

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Now in its 13th year the GrapeJuice Wine Auction presented by RBC is committed to continuing its support of Big Sisters by going virtual for a live streamed evening to celebrate the power of mentorship. 

GrapeJuice - Vikaash Prasad Photography
GrapeJuice – Vikaash Prasad Photography

GrapeJuice Wine Auction

Where: Broadcasted live online from Weissach (1757 West 2nd, Vancouver)
When: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Tickets: Available online now for $30, or choose a charcuterie and wine package from $135 to enjoy during the virtual event

Guests will enjoy a virtual tasting with Mission Hill Family Estates Lead Sommelier and Select Fine Wine Ambassador followed by a short program with founding partners Sarah and Cameron McNeil and Cheryl McNak with live entertainment by Mark Woodyard. 

Connection matters now more than ever. With social distancing practices enforcing closure of schools and temporary holds of in person meet ups for Big Sisters matches, isolation is a real risk on the mental health of the already at-risk youth Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland serves.

“Trauma falls hardest on our youth” said Hanne Madsen, Executive Director for Big Sisters BCLM. “This pandemic will have a long lasting impact on their mental, physical and economic health. The connection our youth have with their Big Sister is more important now than ever before to mitigate the risk factors and help them navigate this new normal.  With over 135 girls on our waitlist, we are striving to ensure that we can help all of them reach their potential.  GrapeJuice has been a huge part of making our programs possible over the years and while we have had to adjust its format we still are hoping to celebrate it’s million dollar year this year.” 

More event info is available online and follow Big Sisters BCLM on Facebook and Twitter for more information. 

Megaphone’s Voices of the Street Available Now

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Megaphone Magazine has launched its 10th annual special literary edition — Voices of the Street — showcasing the literary talents of marginalized writers in Vancouver and Victoria.

Voices of the Street Available Now

Megaphone vendor selling outdoor

Megaphone is a non-profit organization that publishes an award-winning monthly magazine sold by 175 low-income vendors in Vancouver and Victoria. Vendors buy each magazine for 75 cents and sell it for $2, keeping the profit. By selling Megaphone, people experiencing poverty, homelessness or health challenges can earn income through meaningful, dignified work.

Megaphone also publishes an annual literary anthology, Voices of the Street. Many of the writers whose work is featured in the book are introduced to writing in Megaphone’s various writing workshops, including weekly sessions at Onsite, a residential treatment program run by the Portland Hotel Society.

Voices of the Street 2020

“Decide to survive. Be willing to thrive.
Let our beauty & vision keep us
It is a paradox that the weakest among us
must work harder to overcome.
But there are so many examples of ones
who have gone before, that we can’t hide
our eyes. When all of us grow, then diversity
can thrive.”
— James Witwicki

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Megaphone has temporarily ceased street sales of its publications in order to protect its customers and vendors. As a result, for the time being, Megaphone is releasing its 10th edition of Voices of the Street online in digital format.

The theme of the 2020 Voices of the Street  is “Envision” with 36 literary works focusing on the sense of sight and everything associated with that, including clarity, blindness, reflections and hindsight. 

Voices of the Street, while providing a platform for those least likely to be heard — people striving to survive in the midst of poverty, homelessness, and physical and mental illness — also unearths startling talents,” says Megaphone managing editor Paula Carlson.

Megaphone supporters can now purchase this special literary anthology online, along with a copy of the latest Megaphone magazine, for $12. Readers can direct the funds to their usual vendor or Megaphone will distribute the income among all its active vendors. 

Since shifting its sales model online, Megaphone has put more than $12,000 into the pockets of its team of vendors, helping them purchase essentials such as healthy groceries and COVID-19 cleaning supplies.

“In any other year, the launch of Voices would be an opportunity to gather with our supporters, celebrate the 36 unique contributions, and hear writers speak life into their poetry,” says Julia Aoki, executive director of Megaphone. “We may have shut down street sales and events for the time being, but this beautiful compilation is still available, and 100% of proceeds will be distributed to vendors to create a bridge to better times.” 

Customers can purchase the special edition as well as Megaphone magazine online here now. Supporters are also encouraged to donate to Megaphone’s emergency fund to help sustain the organization’s essential operations such as magazine production and daily vendor support. 

Win a Delivery of Uno Gelato

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After closing in March due to COVID-19, Uno Gelato began offering free delivery of their farm-to-cone gelato and vegan sorbetto. To celebrate their three main locations re-opening in Kitsilano, False Creek and at the Vancouver Convention Centre, I am pleased to offer up a four pint delivery of Uno Gelato to a lucky Miss604 reader!

Savour Uno Gelato

Uno Gelato

Now available are scoops in a cone or cup, or pints of freshly made farm-to-cone gelato and sorbetto. The flagship Kitsilano shop is also offering Italian inspired hot beverages such as affogato (one scoop of gelato and one-shot of espresso). As of May 22nd, the new daily hours are: Kitsilano & Vancouver Convention Centre 1:00pm to 9:00pm and at False Creek 9:00am to 9:00pm.

Flavour Offerings

Lavazza Espresso
Mint Chocolate Chip
New Fashioned Chocolate
Salted Caramel
Tahitian Vanilla

Vegan Sorbetto:
Mango Tango
Midnight Chocolate
Passion Fruit
Yuzu Lemon

Delivery Schedule

The products are made fresh in small batches, thus orders placed by end of day Monday will be delivered that same week. Orders made on Tuesdays or afterwards will be delivered the following week. Delivery days:

  • Wednesday – Richmond, Vancouver
  • Thursday – Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Surrey
  • Friday – Coquitlam, North Shore, Port Moody

For more information, follow Uno Gelato on Facebook.

Enter to Win

I am giving away a four pint delivery to one lucky reader (value $50). Will they pick Mango Tango, Midnight Chocolate, Passion Fruit and Salted Caramel? Or how about Lavazza Espresso and Yuzu Lemon? Or maybe just 4 pints of Tahitian Vanilla? The winner will get to pick! Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Follow Uno Gelato & Miss604 on Instagram (1 entry)
  • Leave a comment on this Facebook post (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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The winner must be in the available delivery area (Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Surrey, Coquitlam, North Shore or Port Moody).

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020. UDPATE The winner is Sara C.!

Win Take-Out from the Vancouver Alpen Club

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I’ve been spending much more time with John these past few months, however we haven’t really had a date night since the beginning of the year. One of our favourite nights out together every year is at the Vancouver Alpen Club for the best Oktoberfest celebration in the city. While they are closed for events right now the restaurant, Deutsches Haus, is still serving up delicious, authentic German meals for take-out and delivery.

John & me at the Vancouver Alpen Club for Oktoberfest 2018
John & me at the Vancouver Alpen Club for Oktoberfest 2018

Take-Out from the Vancouver Alpen Club

You can order from Skip the Dishes, Door Dash or Uber Eats, or simply call and place a take-out order.

How about a sausage platter with Thuringer bratwurst, Bavarian smokie, weisswurst, Bavarian smokie, and meatloaf? Or how about their Currywurst with Bratwurst sausage served with curry ketchup and french fries.

Looking for shnitzel? They’ve got my favourite, Jagerschnitzel, served breaded or unbreaded with hunter-style with mushroom gravy, homemade spaetzle, and red cabbage. Or select Vienna or Chicken, starting off with an oven-fresh pretzel or some goulash.

Alpen Poutine has fries topped with signature creamy mushroom sauce and melted cheese, and the Cheese Spatzle (vegetarian) has their traditional egg noodles covered in melted Swiss cheese, served with fried onions and mixed green salad.

They also have a kids menu, dessert, and beverage options. Follow the Vancouver Alpen Club on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Enter to Win

Host your own mini Oktoberfest now, from home! I am giving away a Feast for Two from the Vancouver Alpen Club that includes: 1/2 oven roasted pork hock, 2 schnitzel, 2 Bavarian meatloaf, and assorted sausages. Served with spatzle, red cabbage and sauerkraut.

Deutsches Haus (Alpen Club) Feast for Two
Deutsches Haus (at Alpen Club) Feast for Two

Here are three ways you can enter to win:

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The winner must be able to pick up their meal from the Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver). Must be claimed/ordered by August 31, 2020.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, May 29, 2020. UPDATE: The winner is Caroline Phillips!

Sea to Sky Gondola Will Be Opening in Two Phases

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After reopening six months an act of criminal vandalism last August, and then closing again due to the pandemic, the Sea to Sky Gondola will be opening again in two phases starting May 22, 2020.

Sea to Sky Gondola Will Be Opening in Two Phases

Sea to Sky Gondola Miss604Bollwitt_Snow

Sea to Sky Gondola annual passholders and their guests only will be invited to visit starting May 22nd. This will allow our loyal passholders and locals to reconnect with nature safely in our own backyard while experiencing our new operating procedures. Passholders can bring their ‘‘bubble” of up to 4 guests with them. In this first phase no other ticket products will be sold.

In the second phase, they will be opening their online ticket store for pre-purchased tickets. To avoid unnecessary physical contact at the ticket windows, non-passholders will be required to purchase tickets online prior to arrival at the gondola. This will allow guests to proceed directly to the gondola from the parking lot. In this phase, they will be carefully monitoring capacity and guests may be required to wait in their car prior to loading the gondola or be asked to visit later in the day.

Sea to Sky Gondola Bridge

Hours of Operation

In the first phase (for passholders) hours will be 10:00am to 6:00pm with the last download at 7:00pm. Hours are subject to change. When planning a trip to the gondola, consider that their quietest times to visit are weekdays, overcast/cooler weather days and weekends prior to 10:30am or after 3:00pm.

For hikers, the Sea to Summit Trail is currently closed as the lower part of the trail travels through trails in Stawamus Provincial Park. They recommend hiking the trails from the summit including Shannon Basin Loop, Al’s Habrich Ridge and Sparky’s Spin.

Update: Phase 2 Opening

After reopening exclusively to passholders last Friday, May 22, 2020, the Sea to Sky Gondola is now offering online ticket sales to non-passholders.

As of May 28, 2020, the Sea to Sky Gondola will be opening to the public with new COVID-19 safety protocols and reduced capacity. Prior to visiting and entering the parking lot, guests must purchase a ticket online. The online transaction supports British Columbia’s new COVID-19 protocols limiting unnecessary physical contact on-site.

As part of the new COVID-19 operating procedures, Sea to Sky Gondola staff will carefully monitor capacity. Guests will be required to show proof of online ticket or pass purchase upon entering the parking lot. Guests may also be required to wait in their car prior to loading the gondola or be asked to visit later in the day.

One-way, directional signage on some trails including the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge as well as posted capacities for viewing platforms will allow guests to physically distance themselves from those not in their “bubble”. Food and beverage services will be limited to grab and go items at the base and the summit. Outdoor spaced seating will be available in the Backyard and on the Summit Lodge patio, however, the Summit Lodge will be closed except for access to washrooms and some limited retail.