SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

ORPHAN THANKSGIVING | Feeling down about the sad can of soup that’s starting to look like it might be your ThanksgivingDinner this year? Don’t. It doesn’t have to be like this! On Saturday, October 11th, our good friends at Here There are hosting Orphan Thanksgiving, a semi-secret dinner party dedicated to celebrating the ones who always get left behind. Dinner will be a big help-yourself-style spread of the Thanksgiving classics. Think roasted turkey, porchetta, autumnal roasted vegetables, sweet potato mash with candied nuts, gratin of blue russian potato and cauliflower, shaved apple and fennel salad, brioche stuffing, and two types of pie. There will also be a cash bar selling holiday cocktails and a stereo playing solid gold jams. It’s all going down in a fun, cozy, dinner party environment where all you’ll need to worry about is what you’re thankful for…
October 11 | 7pm | Undisclosed Location | $40 | DETAILS

CONNECT | The Sustenance Festival is a series of fantastic food-elated events held by the Vancouver Parks Board. They’re designed to connect local communities to the concept of food security. For Sustenance 2014, you can learn about wild and edible mushroom identification, take pickling and canning classes, attend gardening talks, sit in on cheese-making and gluten free baking workshops, dance a Harvest Dance, taste tea – the works. The theme for this year’s festival is “Making Connections and Building Relationships”, so expect to get social.  Events go down at community centres all over the city.
Now – October 19 | City of Vancouver Community & Recreation Centres | DETAILS

GIG | Angus and Julia Stone take the stage at the Vogue this Friday. The brother-sister folk duo are swinging in to town from Australia. Fingers crossed that Angus throws in a track or two from his recent solo album, Broken Brights. Tickets are going quickly, so you might need to try Craigslist.
Fri, Oct 10 | doors 7pm, show 8pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St) | DETAILS

KIDS | Racoons, owls, coyotes, bats, oh my! Racoons, owls, coyotes, bats – discover the critters who live in Stanley Park at night on a candle lit walk with Stanley Park Ecology Society peeps. This kid-friendly program departs from the Stanley Park Miniature Train park each half hour, 6:30-8:30pm on Thursdays and 6:30-9pm, Fri-Sun. Lanterns provided!
Now through October 31 | Various times, various days | DETAILS

LUNCH | Gastown’s much-loved L’Abattoir restaurant is now open for lunch, and there was much rejoicing. Chef Lee Cooper has put together a day time menu that offers two or three course tastings as well as a la carte choices. We recently sat at the bar for a mid-afternoon serving of pasta stuffed with squash, sage, mushrooms – a perfect excuse to skip out of work. Oh, and they do cocktails, like, really really good cocktails.
Lunch is available from Monday to Friday (11:30am – 2:30pm) | DETAILS

COOK | The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, is coming up (October 17-16). You can get into the spirit by taking a South Asian cooking class at The Roundhouse in Yaletown. Expect to learn about traditional cooking techniques and where to source ingredients in Vancouver. Chipati, roti, lentils and stews – build up your dossier of comfort food recipes for the winter ahead!
Sat, Oct 11 | 2-4pm | Roundhouse Community Centre (183 Roundhouse Mews) DETAILS

OKTOBERFEST | Skip the cologne-soaked versions for authenticity’s sake and guzzle some German pints in celebration of Oktoberfest at The Alpen Club this weekend. They’ve always done it right. From classic German Schlager Songs to Bavarian Buffet and lounge, it’s just the real deal. The club’s slogan says it best: “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.” Jawohl!
Oct 10 + 11 | 7:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $30/$80 | DETAILS

FASHION | Lauren and Lyndsey of local clothing company Hey Jude launch their Fall/Winter 2014 pop-up this week. Veterans of the vintage pop-up scene in Vancouver, this pair owns the intersection of classic and contemporary, structured and bohemian. Expect to see silk and wool, rich tones, and monochromatic neutrals. This season of design-inspired vintage will include items for both men and women. The juiciest pieces always fly off the hangers first, so consider hitting the shop on opening night (Thursday, Oct, 8) for a shop + social (6-9pm).
Now – December 22 | 11-7pm Daily | 196 Kingsway (@ 10th Ave) | DETAILS

OCEAN | The Marine Biology team at Nature Vancouver have arranged for a few representatives from The Plastic Oceans Foundation to give a talk about the plague of plastics in our oceans on Wednesday night. We all know it’s a serious problem, but sometimes sitting down to listen to experts tell you just how serious it is can be the kick in the pants that jumpstarts some extra action. Get involved. Keep your beaches and the oceans clean!
Thurs, Oct 9 | 7:30pm | Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 W. 49) | DETAILS

WATCH | This is the last week of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Screenings continue through Friday and there are still some great films to catch. Narrow things down by browsing by series (organizers have classified films into a number of series such as Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. For a little more direction – have a look at Scout’s  ”Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Now through Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

GOODS | Maenam Chef Angus An Heads To Okanagan For Special Collaborative Dinner

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

The GOODS from Maenam

Vancouver, BC | The Okanagan’s Miradoro restaurant (Best Winery Restaurant, 2014 Vancouver Magazine Awards) welcomes Maenam’s Chef Angus An (Best Thai, 2014 Vancouver Magazine Awards) on Friday, October 10th for City Lights Meet Country Nights, an exceptional five-course dinner. Chef An’s spice-laced sensibility meets Chef Jeff Van Geest’s refined Italian fare in this unprecedented collaborative menu paired with wines from Tinhorn Creek’s premier Oldfield Series. Guests enjoy this spectacular meal surrounded by vineyards at the award-winning restaurant in the Okanagan valley, as part of Tinhorn Creek’s 20 Events for 20 Years anniversary celebration. Menu and details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Irish Heather” Getting Ready For Long Table Thanksgiving Dinners

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | The ever-popular Long Table Series is back with two special dinners for Thanksgiving weekend. The Irish Heather brings together those who share a common love for food and create a comfortable, affordable dine out hosting up to 50 people at their 40-foot long table, for a satisfying and social dining experience.

The kitchen will be dishing up Thanksgiving Pot Pie made with a delicious stew of dark and white meat and vegetables. It’s served with a layer of stuffing and cranberry sauce on top, plus mashed potatoes with gravy on the side and a select beer. At $18, it remains one of the most delectable, fun, and affordable full meals in the city.

The Thanksgiving LTS dinners will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 13 at 7pm on the Irish Heather’s long table. To reserve, e-mail reso [at] irishheather.com. Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria To Launch New “Happy Hours” Special Today

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | nicli-antica-pizzeria.ca

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 | www.niclipizzeria.ca

The GOODS from Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Vancouver, BC | A happy result of the recent modernizing of BC’s liquor laws has been the introduction of ‘Happy Hour’ throughout the province’s beverage and dining establishments. Bill McCaig, owner of Nicli Antica Pizzeria is very happy to announce that as of Monday, October 6th, Nicli Pizzeria will be offering a “Happy Hours” special daily from 3pm to 5pm.

Enjoy 50% off the price of a classic Margherita Pizza (regular $13) and 50% off tap beer. Tap beers currently available include Italian favourite Peroni Nastro Azzurro ($7), plus local craft brews Phillips Blue Buck ($6), Driftwood Fat Tug IPA ($6) and Parallel 49 Old Boy ($6). On-tap offerings are subject to change.

“It’s a great way to unwind late in the afternoon and we look forward to celebrating the ‘Ora Felice’ with our patrons.” says McCaig. Learn more after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Vancouver Aquarium Set To Host Annual “Toast To The Coast” On October 17

The Ocean Wise symbol is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice | oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | Against a mesmerizing aquatic backdrop of the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium, guests will enjoy delicious Ocean Wise restaurants, top B.C. wineries, and a jaw-dropping silent auction at Vancouver Aquarium’s annual fundraising event, Toast to the Coast, presented by CIBC. One of Vancouver’s best food and wine events, Toast to the Coast takes place on October 17 and supports vital aquatic conservation, research and education programs.

Enchanted guests will gather at 7:30 p.m. for this much-anticipated celebration of superb food, delicious wines and fascinating undersea life. A hit with young professionals, businesses, and organizations, the event, now in its ninth year, always sells out. In 2013, Toast to the Coast raised more than $100,000 for the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs, supporting important initiatives such as Ocean Wise, its national, award-winning, sustainable seafood program.

Guests will savour mouth-watering bites from 14 Ocean Wise restaurants, including Fable Kitchen, the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s RawBar, Minami, River Café, The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Winery, and Forage, among others. Complementing these bites will be sweet seductions from Soirette Macarons and Tea, Belle Geletaria, and Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie, as well as sumptuous wines from some of B.C.’s best wineries. Additionally, Secret Location will be serving up an elegant VIP reception before the main event.

With nearly 55,000 additional square footage of living aquatic space to explore, guests at Toast to the Coast will have even more opportunities to be sea-star-struck by 50,000 beguiling aquatic creatures at the Aquarium, while music wafts through subtly-lit galleries. Over the course of the evening, guests will have an opportunity to bid on coveted silent auction items and experiences. Read more

GOODS | “Dockside” Sharpening Knives For A Special Thanksgiving Feast This Weekend

Dockside Restaurant is located at 1253 Johnston St. in Vancouver BC | 604-685-7070 | docksidebrewing.com

The GOODS from Dockside

Vancouver, BC | Thanksgiving traditionally means gathering together around a turkey feast with friends and family, but it doesn’t have to mean cooking that feast. This year, Dockside’s culinary team is again offering a made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner so that guests can enjoy all the celebration without any of the preparation.

The three-course Thanksgiving menu is built around fresh local turkey, and includes seasonal flavours like Squash & Lobster Bisque, Glazed Yams, Apricot Stuffing and a Pumpkin Tart. The dinner can be enjoyed as a table d’hôte with available wine pairings (for an additional charge) or a là carte.

This special menu will be served at dinner daily from Saturday, October 11 until Monday, October 13. Call 604-685-7070 or click here to reserve. Full menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Once-In-A-Lifetime Tasting Of The Mythic 1982 Bordeaux Set For October 30th

House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard | housewine.ca

House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard | housewine.ca

The GOODS from House Wine

Vancouver, BC | We have organized a monumental tasting of Bordeaux’ legendary 1982 vintage, including the region’s most renowned châteaux. To highlight the wines appropriately, the team at Hawksworth will be serving a multi-course gourmet dinner in their elegant York Room. All of the proceeds from the 1982 Bordeaux dinner will go towards the LAST Project. One of our dear clients has introduced us to a breakthrough cancer research project, developed by B.C. scientists, that could revolutionize the treatment of cancer. The project is identified as the Lactic Acid Suppression Theory Project, or LAST Project (visit our website for more information). From a rare magnum of Petrus to a bottle from Château Latour, this is a once in a lifetime chance to try all the top wines from this iconic vintage at over 30 years of age (the total value of wine being served represents well over $60,000). It will be a remarkable evening for a truly worthy cause. Details after the jump… Read more

HONOUR BOUND | Head Out To The New “Hastings Park Winter Market” On Sundays

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The Hastings Park Winter Market, located at the PNE Fairgrounds, launched today! The new market will run every Sunday from 10am to 2pm until November 30th as part of a 9 week trial run, so get out there and check it! It’ll feature many of the regular summer vendors offering a broad selection of winter produce, seafood, meats, and dairy, plus lots of artisanal prepared foods. Bonus: food trucks!

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Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent our city extremely well or are inherently awesome in one way or another.

GOODS | Chef Faizal Kassam Set To Plate A Halloween-Themed Tasting Menu At “Cibo”

Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

The GOODS from Cibo Trattoria

Vancouver, BC | It’s no trick — Vancouver’s Cibo Trattoria is offering its patrons an offal treat this October with a two-night, Halloween-inspired menu custom designed by Executive Chef Faizal Kassam.

On Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 — the two days known across the world as “Devil’s Night” and Halloween, respectively — Kassam will prepare a devilishly delectable five-course tasting menu that serves up clever nods to the feast of All Hallows’ Day, traditionally celebrated the day after Halloween. From Roasted Bone Marrow to Grilled Ox Heart and Agnolotti of Blood Pudding, to Grilled Calves Liver and Blood Orange Panna Cotta, Kassam’s menu is alternately sinister and sumptuous.

In addition to à la carte options, the special five-course tasting menu — listed below — will be offered for $69 per person, or $99 per person including wine pairings hand-selected by General Manager and Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk. Details and menu after the jump. Read more

GOODS | 5 Cool Pop-Ups Scheduled For October At @thisopenspace In Chinatown

A full-service pop-up production agency in Chinatown | 434 Columbia St. | 778.839.2828 | thisopenspace.ca

A full-service pop-up production agency in Chinatown | 434 Columbia St. | 778.839.2828 | thisopenspace.ca

The GOODS from THISOPENSPACE

Vancouver, BC | It’s the first full month of fall; we’ve put away the air conditioner and brought out the raincoats. It’s also the season for taking in art and one stop on your gallery hop should include the solo exhibition debuts of two artists at our flagship storefront.

It starts with Jason Cusator’s large format abstract paintings and then Rudolf Sokolovski’s life-size bronze and wood sculptures. Later in the month, online women’s fashion retailer HART Republic comes to us all the way from Halifax for one week. There’s also a very first health care pop-up and finally a one-day fashion show meets vogue ball performance to wrap up this month’s calendar.

For a full list of what’s ahead including more pop-ups being held around town, check us out on the new thisopenspace.ca. Read more

GOODS | Chinatown’s “Bestie” Gets Set To Celebrate Oktoberfest With Special Platters

Bestie is located at 105 East Pender Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown | 604-620-1175 | bestie.ca

Bestie is located at 105 East Pender Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown | 604-620-1175 | bestie.ca

The GOODS from Bestie

Vancouver, BC | In 1810 that sly dog Crown Prince Ludwig got hitched to a spicy dame by the name of Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (who almost married Napoleon). The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the big ol’ party they threw on the front lawn of the the city gates to celebrate. In the 204 years since, Munich’s Oktoberfest has become arguably the world’s most impressive festival that celebrates both drinking and Bavarian agriculture.

From now until Sunday we’re continuing the tradition of celebrating the harvest season by serving up Oktoberfest platters each evening starting at 5pm. Each platter includes a giant bratwurst, braised red cabbage, fancy potato salad, soft pretzel, mustard gravy, and a 24 oz. stein of Coal Harbour Brewing’s Munich Lager for $20 plus tax.

As usual, no tickets or reservations required. Just come on down to Pender Street and say “I want a giant sausage in my mouth.” We’ll do the rest. Read more

HEADS UP | Chef Annabelle Choi Readying Secret Orphan Thanksgiving Pop-Up Dinner

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On Saturday, October 11th, our good friends at Here There are hosting Orphan Thanksgiving, a secret dinner party dedicated to celebrating the ones left behind.

Whether your family is out of town or just not that into celebrating the holidays, Here There recognizes that the temporarily orphaned need to eat on Thanksgiving. So join them Saturday, October 11th for a fun-filled night of good food, music and plenty of drunk uncle speeches.

Dinner will be a big, help yourself-style spread of the Thanksgiving classics. Think roasted turkey, porchetta, autumnal roasted vegetables, sweet potato mash with candied nuts, gratin of blue russian potato and cauliflower, shaved apple and fennel salad, brioche stuffing, and two types of pie. The cooking is being done by chef Annabelle Choi, formerly the head baker at Matchstick Coffee (also toiled at famed San Francisco bakeries Craftsman & Wolves and Tartine).

While Choi is dishing out the Thanksgiving classics, there will be a cash bar pouring holiday cocktails and a stereo playing solid gold jams. It’s all going down in a fun, cozy, dinner party environment where all you’ll need to worry about is what you’re thankful for… Read more

GOODS | “Beta5 Chocolates” To Celebrate 3rd Birthday On Saturday With Sweet Bash

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

The GOODS from Beta5

Vancouver, BC | To celebrate our third birthday this Saturday, Oct. 4th, we’re serving up a smorgasbord of birthday-themed treats, including chocolate birthday candles filled with a Tahitian vanilla bean ganache, chocolate-peanut butter balloon lollipops, devil’s food cake chocolate bars, and slices of our cream puff birthday cake between 10am and 5pm. We’re also welcoming back our line of desserts to-go (fine-dining desserts elegantly assembled into glass jars); plus we’re introducing three new cream puff flavours.

If the menu has you drooling, then perhaps our giveaways might just send you into a sweet-treat coma. We’ve got loot bags for the first 50 customers, we’re giving away three 3-month Chocolate Union memberships*, and there are 10 golden chocolate bars hidden amongst our stock of devil’s food cake bars. The lucky individuals who purchase the hidden golden bars will win tasty BETA5 prizes.

Check out our #beta5birthday hashtag on Instagram and Twitter (@beta5chocolates) to take a peek behind the scenes as we work like crazy to handcraft our birthday menu. On the big day, our customers can use our selfie station and the #beta5chocolates hashtag to tag their own photos from our birthday bash for a chance to win a 3-month Chocolate Union membership. It’s an old-fashioned birthday party with a social media twist. Read more

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

GIG | Chan Marshall (aka “Cat Power”) is bringing her unique and bluesy, soulful, folkish, punk and sometimes electronica sound to the Vogue Theatre this Thursday night.
Thu, Oct 2 | 9:30 pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) | $38.50 | DETAILS 

PEROGIES | Nothing says Fall like extra carbs, right? Hustle over to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral off Main St. and load your plate up with old-school Ukrainian perogies handmade by church volunteers. A “regular dinner” consisting of 6 perogies, 2 cabbage rolls, sauerkraut or salad and Ukrainian sausage costs just $12. The vegetarian version comes with 6 perigees, 3 cabbage rolls and sauerkraut. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, borscht served with rye bread is only $4.50.
Fri, Oct 3 | 5-8pm | Holy Trinity Ukrainian Cathedral (154 E 10) | $3.50 – $15 | DETAILS

DRAMA | Why not make your way out to UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre for a spot of Shakespeare this weekend? The UBC Department of Theatre & Film presents the Twelfth Night. Cross-dressing, unrequited love, mischief, and director Stephen Heatley’s adaptation to modern day New Orleans during Mardi-Gras guarantees a fine night out.
Now to Oct. 11 | 7:30pm | Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd., UBC) $24.50 | DETAILS

INDULGE | Stuff your face with artisanal breads, scones, cookies and cakes at the Bakers’ Market this weekend. Expect all manner of treats from macaroons and madeleines to cupcakes, fresh bread, and pies – we’re guessing there will be a respectable amount of pumpkin flavoured items and even a few hints of gingerbread on the scene. Lots of gluten-free and vegan options…the whole shebang. Remember to take your own containers and bags!
Sat, Oct 4 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert) | DETAILS

BOOKS | The Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair sets up shop at UBC Robson Square this weekend. Peruse rare antiquarian books, collectible ephemera, old maps and unique prints – all with that awesome ‘old book’ smell. Expect shelves and tables full of beautifully bound, meticulously cared for and clearly respected books. If you’re a book wonk, this is also a fine place for conversation with knowledgeable dealers.
Oct 4 + 5 | Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 11am-4pm | UBC Robson Sq, 800 Robson | $8 | DETAILS

OKTOBERFEST | The best thing about October? Better than pumpkin pie and falling leaves and the beginning of hockey season? Beer. In You’re entitled and encouraged – even expected – to guzzle German pints is celebration of Oktoberfest. If you’re looking for somewhere to get in to the spirit, The Alpen Club does it right. From ‘Ohhmpah pah, classic German Schlager Songs’ to Bavarian Buffet and lounge, the club’s slogan says it best: “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.”
Oct 4 & 5 | Doors at 7:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $30/$80 | DETAILS

EAT | Love good street food? Good news: The Hawker’s Market goes down this Saturday night and, as always, street food will be the main draw of the evening. In addition to a fine line-up of vendors cooking up fantastic food there will also be drinks (your ticket comes with a 33 Acres Beer), music (loud and performed by BESTiE), and a large crowd of cool people looking to have a good time. Tickets are 10 beans when you grab them in advance and $15 at the door.
Sat, Oct 4 | 4pm-late | 188 Kingsway | $10/15 (includes a beer) | DETAILS

WATCH | The Vancouver International Film Festival is on and it’s big. How big? Over 350 films big. That’s almost overwhelming, right?  Narrow things down by browsing by series (films are classified into a number of series such as 3D, Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. Still, 350 films? That’s a lot to take in. Have a look at Scout’s  ”Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Now – Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

WATER’S EDGE | The Georgia Strait Alliance is an organization focused on protecting and raising awareness about the marine environment in and around the whole Strait of Georgia. In an effort to put Vancouverites in touch with the beauty and importance of the shoreline, the Alliance is hosting a city wide day of free activities that, on the water or off. Expect boat tours, canoe and kayaking, water themed art workshops, free admission to the Maritime Museum – you can even slip your hand into a Vancouver Aquarium’s mobile touch tank to feel the slimy skin of a sea cucumber. For a full list of events visit www.georgiastrait.org.
Sun, Oct 5 | 10am–5pm | Various times and locations | FREE | DETAILS

NATURE | Put those Youtube videos of rabid bats out of your head! They’re good to have in the city. They eat bugs (like mosquitos and crop killing insects), help to pollinate and disperse seeds, and they produce an amazing poop called guano that is great for your garden. Yay, bats! Head to UBC Farm this weekend for a bit of bat love. The South Coast Bat Action Team will be on site to teach you how to build a bat house and they feed you tons of information that will dispel the creepy blood-sucking stereotype. This workshop is kid-friendly and super cool.
Fri, Oct 3 (2-5pm) + Oct 4 (5-8pm) | UBC Farm (6182 South Campus Rd) | DETAILS

late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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