Archive for September, 2011

Dunbar Village Harvest Festival – Road Closures

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

The 3rd Annual Dunbar Village Harvest Festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 24th, 2011, from 11:00am – 3:00pm. There will be street festival locations along Dunbar in the commercial business areas: north (W17th to W19th), and central (W26th to W30th). This family-style street festival will feature merchant promotions, live music, children’s entertainment, Community Produce Market and an assortment of street performers and craft vendors.Due to your close proximity to Dunbar Street, the Harvest Festival committee would like to make you aware of the event timeline and location and how it might affect you. Approval for the event has been granted by the City of Vancouver as well as various street closures.

1) Restricted Access Areas:  In order to provide the necessary pedestrian-friendly safety zone for our event, access to side streets in your area may be restricted. We have made every effort to close only the streets we need – there will be no street closures in the south festival area due to the current sewer construction:

North: W 18th from Dunbar to the lanes west & east. Central: W 27 th from Dunbar to the lane east & west.
W 28 th from Dunbar to the lane east.
W 29 th from Dunbar to the lanes east & west.
W 30th from Dunbar to the lanes east & west.

2) Event Operating Hours:  Entertainment and activities will be taking place on Saturday, September 24th from 11:00am-3:00pm. Live (family appropriate) music will be played from 11:00am – 3:00pm in 45-50 minute intervals with 10-15 minute breaks between sets. There will be one stage in the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot and one entertainment tent on the east side of Dunbar at W 18th next to the Community Produce Market.

3) Parking for the Public:  There will be limited parking available to the public. We will arrange to have free bus service to shuttle event patrons during festival hours. We have also focused our marketing on the neighbourhood, so we expect few festival goers to be driving to the festival.

4) Litter:  We have made arrangements to deliver event brochures to Dunbar households and to post on-site information signs to avoid creating more litter in the neighbourhood. Also, we have arranged for volunteers to pick up litter during and after the event.

The Dunbar Village Harvest Festival Committee and the City of Vancouver would like to make you aware of this event and invite you to this community celebration! Again, we hope that these activities do not inconvenience you in any way.  If you require further information, please contact Janet Morris-Reade at 604-692-2885 or For general information, please visit our website at You may also obtain information by calling the City of Vancouver.

Southlands Country Fair

Friday, September 9th, 2011

This year’s Southlands Country Fair is on Sunday, September 11th from 10:00-4:00.  There will be pony rides, a petting farm, horse entertainment, farmers market, vendor booths, horse information booths, live music, food fairs, a book sale, midway games, the hay pile, bouncy horses, colouring contests, face painting and much more!

The Bake Sale is back!! All bake sale items will be entered in the Baking Competition which will be judged by a celebrity judge and awards will be presented during the welcome ceremony.

They are now accepting books and DVD’s for the book sale. Just drop them off in the riding club’s foyer. They are NOT running a thrift sale this year so please no thrift items.

If you would like any more information please contact Pippa Emrick at or 604-351-5522. Cristina Barbata at or 604-351-5222


The University Women’s Club of Vancouver

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

New members welcome!  The University Women’s Club of Vancouver promotes education and opportunities for women; sharing ideas, interests and fun at the Clubhouse Hycroft.

Members are women who have sought and achieved a university education and women who value education; they are graduates of more than 100 universities worldwide.

PROMOTE EDUCATION by providing educational opportunities such as speakers and workshops, a library, and the company of stimulating women to facilitate lifelong learning, and also provide educational opportunities for others with the many scholarships and bursaries.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN to share their education with the community by ongoing advocacy furthering the status of women and human rights, mentoring and networking, and providing educational events.

SHARING IDEAS, INTERESTS, AND FUN in the comfort of the members’ lounge, in interest groups and committees, and social and cultural events.

CLUBHOUSE HYCROFT, the stately building in the heart of Shaughnessy for which they are stewards, provides an amazing setting to meet, to learn, and to socialize.


An Active Member is a woman who holds a degree or the equivalent from a university with Canadian or international accreditation anywhere in the world.  An Associate Member is a woman who does not have a degree but supports the values and goals of the Club.  Other categories of membership include: Non-resident, Student, Consular, Honorary, Temporary and Dual. Please enquire at the office for more details.

There is a One Time Entrance Fee of $400 (+$48 tax) for new members and Annual Dues, paid by all members, that may be paid annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly, with pro-rating for new members joining part way through the year. Members under 30 years of age enjoy 50% annual dues.

If you are interested in joining the University Women’s Club of Vancouver and require more information, please contact the office at 604-733-7531 or email to be put in touch with a Membership Representative.

Applications for membership can be downloaded, completed and submitted with a proof of qualifications, and full payment of the entrance fee and annual dues.


Interested women are invited to attend an interactive reception and presentation to learn more about membersip in University Women’s Club of Vancouver and how Club members support and advocate  education for women and girls, act as stewards of one of BC’s finest heritage buildings, and enjoy activities, programs and events. These Open Houses are a welcoming and informative introduction to our Club and Hycroft. Presented at no charge by Club members, they include a short presentation, a tour of the House, and refreshments. Your friends and partners are welcome also.

You are invited to register in the office for Open House scheduled on Sunday 2 October, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm


Enrichment & Lifelong Learning
•Meet interesting women of all ages and backgrounds from around the world
•Workshops, conferences, lectures and guest speaker engagements are held regularly at the Club, covering an array of topics of interest to members.

Fellowship & Friendship
•Relax in the comfort of Hycroft between appointments.
•Social activities are held throughout the year, giving members a chance to meet and mingle with one another, and host guests.
•In-house catering can provide meals and snacks, by arrangement, for members and guests.

Mentoring & Networking
•Members come from varied backgrounds, ages and stages.  We are entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, public servants, professionals in other fields, and volunteers. No matter what stage your career or life is at, you are bound to meet someone who will inspire and support your endeavours.

•Members carry out our mandate through the advocacy work they do in the community – at home and nationally.  You may find others who inspire you to get involved or you may feel good about belonging to an organization that stands for something.

Committee Activities & Interest Groups
•A wide range of Committees and Interest Groups to engage our members.  See full list of Committees and Interest Groups.

Newsletter and Updates
•Members are kept up to date with what’s happening at Hycroft through our Club newsletter Hycroft Happenings.
•Weekly updates are sent by email.

•Small library of current fiction, history, and works on women’s issues exclusively for the use of members.

•Members with a parking decal may park at no charge.

Hycroft Amenities

Members have access to Hycroft during all open hours, food services, and special rates on house and room rentals.
•Members’ Lounge: The wood paneled Oak Room is the designated Members’ Lounge and is available for members to read the daily newspapers, newsletters from other CFUW clubs, or simply to chat and make friends with other members. If you prefer, find a quiet spot in one of the other rooms or on the terrace or in the gardens.  Hycroft is your home away from home in the city.
•Food and Beverage Service: Coffee and Tea are always available to members at no charge in the Oak Room and in the upper hallway.  An honour bar is in the Oak Room for beverages and snacks signed to accounts.  Meals are regularly scheduled and advertised in Hycroft Happenings and posted on the daily board for your convenience and pleasure.  Personalized lunches, dinners and snacks are available to members and their guests by arrangement.
•Members Rates for Rentals: Members enjoy a generously discounted schedule of rental rates when booking Hycroft for personal or business use ~ consider Hycroft for weddings, meetings, parties and special family or business events at member rates.

Tom Thumb Parent Participation Preschool

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Tom Thumb Parent Participation Preschool is a special place for children and their parents to discover the importance of play, the fun of learning and the joy of being part of a community of families.

Established in 1945, Tom Thumb Preschool has a long history of providing quality care for young children in Dunbar and the surrounding community.

Registration Info

Spaces in the 2011-2012 Programs

We currently have spaces available in our upcoming (2011-2012) three and four year old programs. For more information, please email

Dunbar Physio

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

It is Vancouver’s good fortune that Peter Curtain, owner of Dunbar Physio, chose to leave Melbourne, Australia in 1989 and relocate to our fair city. He concurs that his homeland is beautiful but there is no finer place to end up than Vancouver. Trained as a physiotherapist, Curtain began working at the five-year-old Dunbar Physio upon his arrival. In 1992, he had the opportunity to purchase the business and under his management, he has created a Dunbar success story.

Dunbar Physio offers a wide range of physiotherapy services including manual physiotherapy, acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation, and rehabilitive exercise therapy. Curtain points out that the use of needle treatment is a huge advancement since his arrival in 1989, where previously physio treatment would have largely been manipulation based. Since Curtain assumed ownership, the staff has increased from one physiotherapist to a staff of nine. Dunbar Physio has always been at the same location; however, in 2004 it doubled in size when the clinic expanded to a vacant space next door. Year after year Dunbar Physio has experienced steady growth.

Dunbar Physio is an eight-bed clinic with a rehabilitation gym and cervical and lumber traction. Clients range from youth to seniors and come from across Vancouver’s Westside, with a strong and loyal clientele from the Dunbar area. Clients include recreational and elite athletes, business professionals and manual labourer, computer programmers and avid gardeners. Dunbar Physio treats the fit to the not so fit, acute and chronic ailments, spinal, muscular, and joint injuries.

Curtain works at the clinic five days a week. He spends half of his time conducting treatments, and the remainder of this time is spent tending to business management. Patient care is their number one priority and delivering a quality product. Curtain and his staff believe that all clients are special; and they strive to make every one who walks in the door feel that way, from the moment you arrive at the front desk, where your experience begins, through to the treatment room, it is all about personal service. Curtain’s team of physiotherapists includes Laura Andrews, Heather Baxter, Jim Bowie, Nicholas Britnell,Lesley Brennan, Lindsay McLeod, Renata Reid, and Mary Sew. This September they welcome a new phsio addition, Jonathan Coelho.

The highest form of recognition for Curtain and his team is the constant stream of referrals they receive from satisfied, happy clients. Physicians and their professional contacts, including shoe stores and pilates studios, are other avenues through which clients learn about Dunbar Physio.

Curtain lives in the Dunbar area with his wife and two young children. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys racing. He recently completed the Trans Alp race in Europe, a six-day race through Germany and Italy. Curtain also races locally and enjoys the Tuesday night criteriums at UBC. Being a busy business owner leaves little free time beyond work, family life and his passion for cycling. His favourite thing about Dunbar is the sense of community. Curtain enjoys living and working in a friendly neighbourhood where you can stop and say hello to friends, and clients at the grocery store or on the street.

The clinic has been an active supporter of community events. Currently they sponsor Vancouver Community Baseball in Chaldecott Park. In addition, they offer work experience with a number of local private and public secondary schools.

Dunbar Physio believes in the importance of being accessible for their client’s busy schedules. Open six days a week, with impressive hours of operation (7am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays) clients do not have to wait long to see one of the expert physiotherapists. Appointments and assessments are usually available within two days.

Curtain is very humble and gives accolades to all his staff, yet it is because of people like Curtain, business owners who make a long-term investment in the place they work and live, that Dunbar is such a vibrant and sought after community to call home.

Dunbar Physio

205-3540 W 41st Ave, Vancouver BC V6N 3E6

Telephone: 604-266-3303