Join Variety BC for One Night in Havana

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 — 9:14am PDT
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Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC invites you to spend One Night in Havana this spring at an enchanting new gala. Two-time JUNO Award winner, and four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba and his band will be performing while you step into the old world glamour, where colours, music and culture will whisk you away for the evening.

Join Variety BC for One Night in Havana

One Night in Havana

when: Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:00pm to 11:30pm
Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver (1133 W Hastings St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online now for $250 ($225 for Variety BC members). VIP tickets are $500 and they include pre-Gala reception along with complimentary drinks, salsa lessons, a professional photo and a VIP pass for auction items.

In addition to his Latin Grammy and JUNO wins, Alex Cuba has also earned three Grammy nominations including just last month where he was up for “Best Latin Pop Album” for his latest release, Lo Único Constante.

“The evening is going to transport you to Havana and will be just mind-blowing,” said Jill Sinclair, “One Night in Havana” Committee Chair, Radio Host, Author and Business Coach. “We’re calling it the un-gala Gala as guests are encouraged to dress up in their chicest Cuban attire.”

Produced by The Social Concierge, the event will begin at 6:00 pm and will be hosted by Global BC’s Paul Haysom and Sonia Sunger, the popular news anchor team from Global News Morning. The evening will also include salsa dancers, rum carts, dominos, a multi-course dinner and both a live and a silent auction.

About Variety BC

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Funding from Variety helps to cover costs for medical care and services, mobility equipment, specialized therapies and developmental programs not covered by private or public health plans.

For more information, follow Variety BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC

Dining Out for Life 2018

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 — 8:57am PDT
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The 24th annual Dining Out for Life (“DOFL”) fundraiser will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Dining Out for Life

Dining Out for Life

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, DOFL’s restaurant partners will donate 25% of their food sales in support of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and co-existing illnesses.

Over the past 24 years, DOFL has raised over $3.5 million, with all proceeds directly benefiting the programs and services provided free-of-charge by registered not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful. These include:

  • An average of 100,000 meals per year delivered to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver.
  • A Loving Spoonful Wellness Program, including nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • A Loving Spoonful is often the main point of contact for services to our clients, who are often affected by multiple and co-existing illnesses such as cancer, Hep C, heart disease and mental illness

A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver. A Loving Spoonful is the constant support of over 250 adults and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Greater Vancouver area

From Burgoo and Cactus Club, to Maenam, Pourhouse, and Wildebeest – there are over 50 restaurant options. By patronizing a partner restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, March 22, 2018, you’ll be supporting people in need right here at home.

Follow Dining Out for Life on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the tag #VanDOFL for more information.

The Killers, Florence + the Machine at SKOOKUM Festival in Stanley Park

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 — 5:31pm PDT
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SKOOKUM is a new festival experience from the producers of Squamish Valley Music Festival that will take to Stanley Park September 7-9, 2018. The Killers along with Florence + the Machine have just been announced as headliners of an impressive roster of rock and contemporary talent scheduled for the weekend.

SKOOKUM Festival in Stanley Park

Skookum Lineup

The Killers, Florence + the Machine
Metric, Arkells, The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, Blue Rodeo, Mother Mother, Chromeo, Bahamas, Stereophonics, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cold War Kids, Greta Van Fleet, Dear Rouge, Buffy Sainte Marie, Matt Mays, Current Swell, Black Pistol Fire, Whitehorse, Matt Anderson, The Zolas, Hey Ocean!, Midnight Shine, Delhi 2 Dublin, Barney Bentall, The Julian Taylor Band, Crystal Shawanda, The Matinée, Belle Game, Little Destroyer, The Boom Booms featuring Ta’Kaiya Blaney, William Prince, Shred Kelly, Kelly Derrickson, Murray Porter, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Mob Bounce, daysormay, Bitterly Divine, The Carnival Band and Zynth & Co.


Passes go on sale to the general public at 10:00am on Friday, March 16, 2018.

TIER 1: CA$289 + service charges & fees. Available in limited quantity.
TIER 2: CA$319 + service charges & fees.

VIP TIER 1: CA$599.00 + service charges & fees. Available in limited quantity.
VIP TIER 2: CA$699.00 + service charges & fees.

Virgin Presale:
Wednesday, March 14 2018 10:00am to Thursday, March 15 2018 10:00pm
Front of the Line by American Express Invites Presale:
Thursday, March 15 2018 10:00am to 10:00pm
Other Presales:
Thursday, March 15 2018 10:00am to 10:00pm

About Skookum

Located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Stanley Park’s Brockton Field Complex will be home to this brand new three-day Skookum that will celebrate diversity and creativity and showcase some of the very best in music, food and art.

Organizers are planning massive collaborative murals, interactive installations, innovative sculptures and communal art activities. Highlighting Vancouver’s favourite restaurants the food options will be accompanied by award-winning local craft breweries, winemakers, and mixologists. Enjoy a curated picnic basket, a restaurant pop-up, or one of the event’s long table dinners.

For more information, follow SKOOKUM on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the tag #SkookumFestival.

Win a Spring Fling Getaway to Salt Spring Island from Made on Salt Spring

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 — 10:37am PDT
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The Made on Salt Spring market is bringing some of the world famous Salt Spring Saturday market goodness right into Vancouver on March 23 to March 25. This is your chance to shop over 40 of local vendors, makers, artisans, artists, and more.

Made on Salt Spring

Made on Salt Spring

When: Friday, March 23: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, March 24: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, March 25: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Heritage Hall (3102 Main St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Admission is $5 for adults, and free for kids under 12 years. The first 25 people through the door each day will take home goodie bags filled with samples and coupons from island vendors, with 10 additional bags up for grabs throughout the day.

We adore Salt Spring so much, and have visited in the spring for our anniversary, the summer for wine tastings and hikes, and in the winter for their holiday festivities. It’s full of natural beauty, and creative people who make it such an interesting place to visit. With that said, I am thrilled to sponsor Made on Salt Spring and present this amazing offer…

Ruckle Provincial Park

Win a Spring Fling Getaway to Salt Spring Island

Find yourself on beautiful Salt Spring Island for your own personal, Spring Fling! You and a guest will be treated to a two-night stay on “Canada’s Coolest Island” (Washington Post), courtesy of Made on Salt Spring and Miss 604!

Spring Fling Getaway Prize

  • BC Ferries – round trip sailing Vancouver to Salt Spring, car and two adults
  • The Cottages resort – enjoy a 2-night stay at your home away from home
  • Salt Spring Car Rental – two scooter rentals for getting around the island
  • Tree House Cafe – look for the tree, feast on dinner for two
  • Two tickets to Made on Salt Spring – featuring the makers, creators and artisans of Salt Spring Island
Cottages on Salt Spring
Cottages on Salt Spring

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Made on Salt Spring on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more information.

Contest Rules: The Spring Fling contest is based on availability, and expires on November 30, 2018. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

10 Free Spring Break Activities in Vancouver

Monday, March 12th, 2018 — 2:04pm PDT
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Spring Break is almost here and what’s better than exploring, discovering, and enjoying some local attractions while school’s out? Enjoying them at no cost! Here are some recommended activities that will roll out a ton of fun, while not breaking the bank.

10 Free Spring Break Activities in Vancouver

Free Spring Break Activities in Vancouver

Parks Canada: Did you hear? It was announced at the start of this year that admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada will be provided free of charge for youth 17 and under. In Metro Vancouver, we have two Parks Canada attractions that are now free:

1) Spring Break at Fort Langley National Historic Site
March 17 to April 2, 2018
Learn more about the ecology of the river and its important connections with the Stó:lō people through Fort Langley’s Feature Presentation. Discover fishing tools and techniques used by the First Nations people during our hands on Historic Treasures program. Pack a barrel full of salmon in the Salmon Run Activity! Weekends only: Tag along on one of our NEW daytime walking tours through the town of Fort Langley.

2) Spring Break at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
March 16 to March 29, 2018
Learn about Canada’s west coast fishing history with the whole family through the Cannery’s interactive exhibits. Kids 6-11 years old can pick up a Parks Canada Xplorer activity booklet filled with fun activities to help explore the spacious 55,000 square foot historic cannery. For little ones 5 and under, find fishy-themed toys, games, and dress-up inside the Cannery Kids’ Corner.

Anniversary Weekend in Richmond, B.C.

The next two attractions are both run by the Vancouver Park Board and have free admission (up to two free child admissions with the purchase of a regular price adult, senior, or youth admission) from March 1 to March 29, 2018:

3) VanDusen Botanical Garden
March 1 to March 29, 2018
Explore this 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world. Spot and photograph local wildlife, find your way through an Elizabethan hedge maze, unwind in a serene setting, dine on the patios of Truffles Cafe or Shaughnessy Restaurant, or browse the garden-themed gift shop.

4) Bloedel Conservatory
March 1 to March 29, 2018
Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu in QE Park Bloedel Conservatory

5) Steveston Interurban Tram
March 17 to April 2, 2018
For 55 years, iconic interurban tram cars transported people throughout the Lower Mainland, from Steveston to the Fraser Valley. One of these tram cars, the 106-year old Interurban 1220, is now housed in a beautiful light-filled building on the corner on No.1 Road and Moncton Street. Get hands on with our new mobile discovery corner and make sure you pick up a special spring break Steveston History Hunters scavenger hunt that will also have you exploring the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre.

One of my favourite local attractions, that combines seasonal events with local heritage is the Burnaby Village Museum:

6) Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum
March 19 to March 29, 2018 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Learn about lead type at the printshop, talk to the teacher in the one-room schoolhouse, watch a silent black & white movie, chat to the clerk at the General Store, explore the restored Interurban tram, hear and smell coffee grinding in the General Store. Free admission, always! And carousel rides are only $2.65 each.

Burnaby Village Museum

Head up Highway 99 along beautiful Howe Sound and stop in at this attraction (free for up to three children, 12 and under accompanied by at least one adult) to enjoy fun activities and outdoor adventure:

7) Spring Break at the Sea to Sky Gondola
March 17 to March 30, 2018
The Sea to Sky Gondola’s forested trails are the perfect backdrop for unstructured play time in nature, and the summit’s viewing platform’s iconic views are the perfect place to break out the selfie stick for some candid family photos. Families can also discover mountain peaks and Howe Sound vistas from various scenic viewpoints and check out the 100-metre-long Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge before warming up with a hot chocolate and a snack in the lodge.

8) Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Check out free drop-in programs at regional parks like the Enchanted Forest at Aldergrove Regional Park on March 29th, Follow Their Footsteps: Animal Signs at Kanaka Creek on March 18th, and Super Animal at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on March 20th. Don’t miss the Surrey Nature Centre’s Spring Fling on March 21st with guided walks, story times, face painting, and nature-themed crafts.

There’s a lot to do outdoors but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, then there are still some indoor options:

9) Story Time & Craft at HighStreet in Abbotsford
March 13, 20, 27, 2018
Every Tuesday inside the Marshalls Lobby on the Podium Level from 9:30am to 10:30am

10) Vancouver Art Gallery
March 19 to March 23, 2018
Kids 12 & under will receive free admission to the Gallery as part of an extension of their Weekly Family Programs. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and regular admission rates do still apply to the children’s parent or guardian. Admission includes access to all of the exhibitions as well as the Weekly Family Programs.

And an honourable mention to $2.99 movies at Cineplex Theatres showing Cineplex Family Favourites at 18 BC movie theatres March 12 – March 16, 2018. They also offer $2.99 admission to Cineplex Family Favourites at 11:00am on Saturday mornings. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting WE Charity.

Update Join Variety BC for a FREE screening of Sgt. Stubby – An Unlikely Hero on March 28th at the Scotiabank Theatre on Burrard. RSVP here »