You can enjoy a multi sensory 360º immersive journey, with more than 10 replicas of Da Vinci’s incredible machines as well as visual experiences in virtual reality at the Da Vinci Experience in Tsawwassen.
Da Vinci Experience in Tsawwassen
When: On now & extended through October, 2021 Where: Tsawwassen Mills (5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta) Tickets: Available online now
Curated by the director of the Leonardian Museum in Vinci, Dr. Roberta Barsanti, The Da Vinci Experience offers viewers a video-mapping narrative, focused on the life and the works of Leonardo. Hosted by Sensea Immersive, and produced by Crossmedia Group of Florence, it has been previously staged internationally, but this is the first time it will be accessible in Canada or the US.
This is much more than a visual walk-through – it is a sensory journey, complete with replicas of the unique inventions and machines he created, reproduced based on the artist’s original drawings. The 4,000 sq. ft Immersive Experience room will have 360 degree projections that show the incredible detail and expertise of Da Vinci’s original works, and a Virtual Reality experience inside his studio. Follow Sensea Canada on Facebook for the latest ticket news and info.
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After several months of careful renovations, on Friday, July 16th London Drugs will be celebrating with a grand re-opening of its Robson location in Downtown Vancouver (1187 Robson Street). First opened in November 1984, London Drugs Robson Street has welcomed West End residents and tourists to its aisles for decades and continues to attract shoppers to this iconic shopping destination.
London Drugs Robson Re-Opening
On July 16 when the store opens at 8:00am, the first three customers in line will be given gift cards. Customers can expect special offers and give-away opportunities at the store throughout the weekend.
To commemorate this event and its history in the West End, London Drugs will donate $5,000 to A Loving Spoonful, another Vancouver fixture and important charity that has been servicing residents of Vancouver since 1989.
Customers and patients will find a new, refreshing open concept design including an updated cosmetics department and tech experience department. The pharmacy consultations are available, and customers are able to receive vaccines from a London Drugs Certified Injection Pharmacist.
“London Drugs is thrilled to be able to celebrate its newly renovated London Drugs with an in-person event on one of the most iconic streets in Vancouver, Robson Street,” said Sean Kim, London Drugs store manager. “The West End and Robson Street community has been incredible to work with throughout this time as we have continued to work with all health and safety protocols in place. Having serviced this community for decades, customers can continue to expect the same services from London Drugs in a refreshed and bright environment. Being a local, Canadian company means we are committed to the communities we serve and are pleased to give a donation to Vancouver’s A Loving Spoonful.”
As part of its continued Local Central commitment, London Drugs will be hosting a live entertainment zone in front of the store at 1187 Robson Street with local performers.
Live Music Lineup
Friday, July 16th from 10:00am to 6:00pm Sean Dillion of Groove & Tonic will be entertaining customers. On Saturday, July 17th from noon to 2:00pm and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Roan Shankaruk will be performing in the entertainment zone. Stephen Spender will perform Sunday, July 18 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and will return the following weekend, July 23rd to July 25th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tourism Abbotsford’s Sun & Soil Concert Series returns for its second year, showcasing a diverse mix of genres and local musicians. Enjoy live music in beautiful bucolic settings on select Friday evenings throughout the summer.
Abbotsford’s Sun & Soil Concert Series
Abbotsford’s Sun & Soil Concert Series unites farm-fresh food, diverse music, and beautiful country views. Tickets are available online now for $65/person, sold in packages for two or four people, and include local wine, beer, or cider, and charcuterie and picnic boxes with ingredients sourced from local farms. Concert attendees are invited to bring a picnic blanket but chairs will also be provided.
Friday, July 23, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, with orchard views Musical Artist: Nelson Padilla
Friday, August 6, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Eco Dairy with views of Mt. Baker Musical Artist: K.C. Roces
Friday, August 13, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Maan Farms with views of Mt. Baker Musical Artist: Chelsea Amber
Friday, August 20, 2021 from from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Mt. Lehman Winery with views of the vineyard Musical Artist: Ryan McAllister
Friday, August 27, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Ripples Winery and New Wave Distilling, in the gardens Musical Artist: Kyler Pierce
Although gathering sizes for outdoor events have been greatly increased as of July 1st, attendance for each concert will be limited to under 70 people to maintain an intimate experience.
More events not to miss: August 6-8 the Abbotsford International Airshow returns and then there’s the Taste of Abby running September 17-25. Plans include launching with a food and entertainment night festival and ending with a long table dinner. Details will be announced throughout the summer. Follow Tourism Abbotsford on Facebook for more info and updates.
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Homelessness and LGBTQ2S+ Youth
“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential” – Harvey Milk.
Covenant House Vancouver strives to be a safe and inclusive space for all youth
Covenant House Vancouver strives to ensure all young people can achieve their potential and provide a safe space for all to do so regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Covenant House takes a trauma-informed, resilience-focused approach to accompanying the youth in their care. CHV program staff participate in specialized training to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and awareness to create a welcoming space for LGBTQ2S+ youth.
Did you know?
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, gender non-binary and two-spirited youth are overrepresented in the homeless community. Covenant House strongly believes all youth deserve unconditional love, absolute respect and to be supported relentlessly.
25-40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ2S+
Family rejection is the most common cause of LGBTQ2S+ youth homelessness
LGBTQ2S+ youth are much more likely to struggle with mental health concerns, including suicide
This summer, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has given the green light to enjoying a drink with friends or family in select parks across the city, with the new Alcohol in Parks Pilot.
Drinking in Vancouver Parks
From July 12 to October 11, 2021, drinking alcohol will be permitted between the hours of 11:00am and 9:00pm, within designated sites at the following 22 Vancouver parks:
Memorial West Park
David Lam Park
New Brighton Park
Fraser River Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
Harbour Green Park
John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park
Kitsilano Beach Park / Hadden Park
Locarno Beach Park
Maple Grove Park
Memorial South Park
Until the pilot ends, alcohol can only be legally consumed in these parks, within the permitted sites and times, as indicated on on-site signage. Each site was selected based on the following set of criteria:
Equitable city-wide access
Proximity to public washrooms and waste disposal facilities
To eliminate overlap with essential park spaces
The Stanley Park location, for one, is conveniently located near the Stanley Park Brewery (which has a great take-out window with food and beer options).
The pilot also marks an opportunity for staff to test and monitor the impacts of permitting alcohol consumption in parks, seek feedback from users, and provide continued support to local businesses and communities, following lengthy COVID-19 restrictions. While the pilot is in effect, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will work with Park Rangers, Park Operations teams, local police, and the regional health authority to ensure each site is safe, properly managed, and well-maintained.
Alcohol can also be consumed at select public plazas across the city including Cambie St and 17th Ave; 800 Robson St (Robson Square); Fraser St and 27th Ave; Granville St and 13th Ave; Granville St and 14th Ave; Maple St and 4th Ave.
The city urges all those who imbibe to do so responsibly, be respectful of other park users, and dispose of waste correctly.