Archive for August, 2011

West Point Grey District Girl Guides

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Monday September 12, 2011 – West Point Grey District Girl Guides Registration event 5:30-7:30pm at St Philip’s Church (3636 W. 37th Ave).  For full details on a Unit of Sparks (Gr K-1), Brownies (Gr 2-3), Guides (Gr 4-6), Pathfinders (Gr 7-9) or Rangers (Gr 10-12) near you, please go to or contact  Join anytime during the year – we’re always open.  Adult volunteer opportunities also available!

October 1 – Girl Guide Chocolaty Mint Cookie sales begin! Only $4 per box. Look for us on Dunbar St. and W10th Ave or selling door-to-door in your neighbourhood.  All proceeds benefit Spark, Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger girls directly in their programs and camps.

April 1 –  Girl Guide Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich Cookie sales begin! Only $4 per box. Look for us on Dunbar St. and W10th Ave or selling door-to-door in your neighbourhood.  All proceeds benefit Spark, Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger girls directly in their programs and camps.


Harvest Festival

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Saturday, September 24th, 2011 llam – 3pm along Dunbar from W16th to W30th.  Mark your calendars & be there for the Dunbar Village Harvest Festival – our 3rd year!

We’ve pulled out all the stops to make this year’s event the fun, family-friendly entertainment that our community loveswith something to see and do for all ages.

We are delighted that our URBAN FARMERS will be back again this year with a community produce market as well as interesting information and treats. Learn about chickens, growing things, and other ways you can subsist on your own plot of Dunbar paradise.

There’ll be lots of LIVE MUSIC at the Shoppers Drug Mart Stage: bring you’re little wigglers to see popular children’s entertainers BOBS & LOLO and for the older folks, we’ve got renouned ABBA tribute artists ABBACADABRA. If you feel the need to stretch things out,join us for Vancouver’s biggest TWISTER game ever for all ages.

Playing at the North Stage (at W18th) will be the Rogue Messengers and 5 On A String Bluegrass Band. Stroll the street and visit the many COMMUNITY DISPLAYS and craft vendors. Get a balloon animal, try your hand at becoming a DUNBAR DINGER or get the family together for a free professional photo at the HARVEST FEST PHOTO STATION. There will also be a dunk tank, inflatable bouncers, face painting, duck pond, and lots of interesting things to see and do.

EATING is easy with many great Dunbar restaurants to choose from, but we are also introducing the neighbourhood to the FOOD TRUCK revolution with Roaming Dragon & Coma Food Trucks. There will be a hot dog BBQ, ice cream, popcorn & other treats. Harvest Festival is a great way to celebrate everything that is great about living in Dunbar and the Dunbar Village Business Association is delighted to give back to our community by presenting this fabulous event!

Dunbar Village Harvest Festival

Dunbar Soccer Association

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The face of youth community soccer has recently changed in Vancouver, and especially on the westside of the city.  A new club, Vancouver United FC, has formed combining the three local clubs that had been in existence for over 50 years – the Dunbar Soccer Association, Kerrisdale Soccer Association, and Point Grey Soccer Association.  The new club represents over 3700 players from the ages of 5 to 17 years old.  It is the largest youth soccer club in Vancouver and one of the largest soccer clubs in western Canada.

Why this change when the three existing clubs have been in their respective neighbourhoods for over 50 years?  For the past number of years the clubs were already integrated in many ways, including sharing the same technical directors, undertaking joint player assessments and team formations, coordinating referee assignments, and developing and sharing local playing fields.  With the new Club we are looking to more cost effectively and seamlessly deliver youth community soccer by optimizing the resources and volunteers available to us.  We want to keep soccer an exciting, enjoyable, rewarding and reasonably priced opportunity for our players and families in Vancouver – especially on the westside of the city.  Some of the new Club’s directions include an enhanced player, team and coach development program, pursuing ample playing turf fields and facilities for our teams, providing greater sponsorship opportunities to support reasonable registration fees while providing increased services and benefits to our players and families, sponsoring higher competitive youth teams in the club, and providing an opportunity for adult teams to be part of the club.

How are we doing this?  The new identity of the Club started at a brand visioning workshop last April.  Based on the feedback at the workshop the Club is developing a new brand, including new vision and mission, uniforms, club colours, logo and website.  These club elements are being developed and will be implemented in the fall as they are established.  An interim Board of Directors was created from the membership of the previously existing three club’s Boards.  This Board will be in place until the first Annual General Meeting next spring. So have we forgotten our past?  One important concern to many during the conversations leading up to the creation of the new club centred on the loss of our past.  The previous club boards respected this concern and ways are being considered to maintain the legacy of the original clubs.  For example, at the House level for players from the ages of 5 to 9, there will be little difference to the format that has existed for years.  There will be three Houses – Dunbar, Kerrisdale and Point Grey – that will still represent their communities under the general umbrella of the new Club.

More information about the new Club will be posted on our website as it becomes available (  This is an amazing period of change and transition so not all of the pieces of the puzzle are in place at this time – but we are moving forward and it is exciting.

by Peter Delaney, Vancouver United FC President

2011-2012 Board of Directors

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Introducing the 2011-2012 Board of Directors of the Dunbar Village Business Association:

(from left to right)
Katherine Blanco, Stongs Market
Janet Morris-Reade, Executive Director DVBA
Paul Coker, Innova Kitchens and Baths
Beth McKercher, Splash Toy Shop & Peekaboo Baby Boutique
Stephanie Brooks, Pacific Eye Doctors
Jesse Tupper, Prime Strength & Conditioning
Chloe Angus, Chloe Angus Design
Joe Krapiec, Property owner of 3448 Dunbar St
Susanna Lam, Scotiabank
Jeffrey Ho, Blight’s Home Hardware
Mark Wright, Village Wines

Not shown: Jessica Hotz, Kokopelli Cafe
Steve Stojkovic, Marketplace IGA

2011-2012 Board of Directors


UBC Fall Programs

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

UBC CAMPS FALL PROGRAMS ARE NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! There is a great selection of programs for everyone this fall.
Running for  eight to ten week sessions UBC Camps offers Soccer, Multi-sports, Bike Hike, Track and Field, Nature Studio and Uniquely
You. UBC Camps also will take care of your child’s Pro-D Days,offering one day camps from 9am to 5pm. Check out the website at for more details.

UBC Camps
6066 Thunderbird Boulevard

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

tel 604-822-6121

10th Annual Southlands Country Fair

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Sunday, September 11th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“The whole family can enjoy a day in the country without leaving the city”.  Pony rides, petting farm, games, horse entertainment, book/thrift sale, musicians, food fair, farmers market and much more!

The day runs rain or shine ( if it rains most activities are under cover)

Entry is by donation, some activities cost a small fee, while many others are free.

For more information visit our website

Moving of Lord Kitchener Schoolhouse

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The old 1914 wood frame schoolhouse at Lord Kitchener Elementary (King Edward & Collingwood) will be moved from its original site to a new foundation. The building has already been raised and placed on wheels. The first stage of the move begins at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

There will be two days to see movement of the building – it won’t occur quickly. It will first move to the west and then move south over the new foundations.

Tuesday – 7:30 – 10:00 am – set up of moving equipment 10:00 onwards, movement of the building westwards.

Wednesday – the building will move south and will be jacked up over the existing new foundations. The frame building will hover over the new foundation for a week while additional foundations are installed, then it will be dropped into place.

All of the above are  approximate times and are based on ideal circumstances with no challenges or obstacles!

by Lord Kitchener PAC

Dunbar Painting

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Dunbar Painting Inc is owned and operated by Coby Cohodas, who has been a resident of Dunbar area for 26 years.  During the course of his Bachelors of Arts at the University of British Columbia, Coby has been spending summers painting exteriors of houses, and winters doing part time interior work. After 4 summers of exterior painting, working for residential and commercial painting companies, Coby has decided to take his skills of the trade, and people management, and start his own business. His experience with customer relationships and managing crews, coupled with his work ethic have allowed for Coby to enter the painting business with positive feedback.

After a few years in operation, Coby continues to take Dunbar Painting through new challenges by researching new methods, materials, products and solutions. Frequenting forums, blogs, and groups, Coby’s Dunbar Painting attempts to stay on the cusp of services and products available for Vancouver residents. Through discussions with past clients, and testimonials, several key features of Coby’s personal customer relations have become apparent: flexibility, reliability, honesty, and communication.  The latter involves keeping clients updated on the progress of their job both when it will start, and daily updates.

Dunbar Painting operates in Vancouver BC, primarily on the Westside.  Residential exterior painting and interior painting are the primary focus of Dunbar Painting, having completed many in the Dunbar, Point Grey, Southlands, and Kerrisdale areas.  Dunbar Painting offers free quotes on the surface preparation and application of various products: paints, wood stains, epoxy coatings, melamine coatings, and varnishes. IF there are any substrates or issues with your home that Coby or another representative of the company can’t immediately identify, a specialist will be called in, usually a sales rep from a paint store, to assess the situation and recommend the preparation and application of products. Dunbar Painting also offers specialty surface preparation service such as clear coat sealers, XIM Peel Bond and Trim Magic, which go beyond the usual careful attention paid to the surface prior to painting.  Dunbar Painting will also offer quotations on basic carpentry repairs or installations when painting your house. Installing new baseboards, fascias, deck spindles etc. Ask for more details

Coby Cohodas

Harmonious Music Studio

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Harmonious Music Studio is located in Dunbar Village, Vancouver Westside, providing private and group piano lessons for young children.

For beginner students, they offer the Music for Young Children program. It is a parent-participation program in a small group setting (3-6 students in a class). They meet once a week for an hour and do a variety of musical activities – keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, ear -training, sight reading, music theory and composition.

For students who have some prior music knowledge, they provide private lessons that accommodate your child’s level and interest.

Now accepting registration for lessons starting in September 2011. Call or email now to secure a spot!

604-767-0136  Melisa Chui

3271 Dunbar Street, Vancouver BC (near West 16th Ave)

Crown Preschool

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Crown Preschool began in 1948 and has operated from St. Philip’s Church in the Dunbar area since 1965. Crown follows a philosophy that views play as a child’s natural response to life. Through play the child has opportunities to explore, experiment and to learn about him/herself and the world around him/her. The varied nature of play activities assists the child’s development in all areas. Play is the work of the child and is one of the most effective kinds of learning known.

At Crown, parents, children and teachers all contribute to and participate in a creative learning environment for growth. They aim to provide quality play, offering a variety of activities and experiences to meet the physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs of the child and to foster a positive attitude towards school. They will work together to offer your child:  Freedom within limits, material with which to create, space in which to grow, love for self-preservation.

Parent Participation Preschools are founded on the principle of learning through play. Current research shows that young children learn best through play-based environments. Play provides essential opportunities for children to explore, experiment and learn about the world around them. Their well crafted programs provide both free play and directed play activities to foster creativity, socialization, critical thinking and problem solving.

Being a parent participation preschool means parents and teachers contribute to and participate in a creative learning environment for growth.

At Crown Preschool they provide play-based programs for children two, three, and four years of age. An adult-child ratio of 1 to 6 or less is maintained. Class sizes are limited to 15 for the 2 and 3 Year Old Classes, and 18 for the 4 Year Old Class. Children must turn 2, 3, or 4 by Dec 31st of the corresponding school year.

The two qualified teachers offer a dynamic program within a safe, supportive atmosphere. The teachers take great care in creating a flexible program which addresses the needs and curiousities of the children as a group and as individuals.

Together, the duty parents and teachers provide a well balanced program that celebrates the value of play. The exploration centres, singing & story activities, gym and outdoor playground engage children in a variety of styles of learning through play.

Crown Preschool
3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6S 1R2
(at St. Philip’s Church in Dunbar)
tel. 604.228.1316