Archive for December, 2011

Christmas at Dunbar Heights United Church

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Everyone is warmly invited to celebrate a joyous Christmas with your neighbours at Dunbar Heights United Church.

First, this SUNDAY Dec. 18, 2011 they are having a good old-fashioned Christmas Carol Sing-along! Come and enjoy all your old favourites. 7 pm with refreshments afterwards.

Then, on WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 you’re invited to carol in the neighbourhood. Meet at the church at 7 pm to grab your hot chocolate and a song sheet and they’ll bring the Christmas cheer through the neighbourhood…maybe they will knock at your door?!

Of course, they have lots of opportunities to experience the mystery of the Christmas story on CHRISTMAS EVE, with services at:

4 pm: a short telling of the story for the Very Young

7 pm: Family Service

11 pm: Candlelight Carols and Communion

Join in!

Dunbar Heights United Church

3525 West 24th Ave (at Collingwood)

twitter: @DHUChurch



Shop Dunbar This Holiday Season

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

This holiday season, think outside the mall. If you choose to shop, make your gifts more meaningful by finding items that are truly representative of Dunbar, not something that can be found on any shelf, in any town. Dunbar is home to a number of locally owned restaurants and specialty shops. Yet, many of these independently owned establishments face the threat of being run out of business by corporate chains and the escalation of hyper-competitive online shopping. Keeping your favorite mom-and-pop shops around requires a conscious effort and faithful commitment to choosing to buy locally.

There are so many reasons why shopping locally is the most economically beneficial choice for the community. Independent retail shops carry handmade items crafted by local or regional artisans, just as many independent restaurants focused on sustainability incorporate locally grown and seasonal produce into their menus’ recipes. Because these business owners recognize the importance of purchasing goods and services from other independently operated businesses, they are much more efficient at circulating money back into the local economy than chain stores which seldom, if ever, utilize locally sourced items. Building inventory through local purchasing also reduces our environmental impact, since less transportation is involved.

Small, independently owned businesses are adaptable when it comes to utilizing available rental space in their towns, and require comparatively lower infrastructure costs than nationally owned stores which typically demand uniform facilities. Whereas chains’ profits go back to corporate headquarters out of town, almost everything spent at locally owned businesses is guaranteed to stay within the community. Because business owners are more focused on their own interests than on national trends, a community of locally owned businesses is able to offer a very wide array of products and niche outlets. Preserving this diversity in an increasingly homogenized world is essential in promoting community growth and prosperity, as it brings in tourists seeking destinations with distinctive character and entrepreneurs looking to settle in an area friendly towards new start-ups and innovation.

Truly recognizing and caring about the needs of their community, locally owned businesses donate to local nonprofit organizations much more frequently than their big-box adversaries. They’re also more flexible when it comes to strengthening the community through joining local organizations. One of the greatest aspects of shopping locally is that you often get an opportunity to establish connections with the owners themselves.

Dunbar is a community in Vancouver located on the west side of Vancouver.  The boundaries are between 16th Avenue in the north to 41st Avenue in the south, and UBC Endowment Lands in the west to Mackenzie Street in the east.

photos by Clayton Perry

Dunbar Memorial Preschool

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Become a Dunbar Star today! Spaces are still available for the 2011/2012 school year. Dunbar Memorial Preschool is looking for new families in all classes (2, 3, and 4 year-olds). Enroll today!

Open house is on Sunday, January 8, 2012, from 10 AM to 12 PM in the preschool (in the lower level of the Dunbar Community Centre). Registration will be on the following Tuesday (January 10) and Wednesday (January 11), from 7 to 9 PM in the community centre lobby.

Dunbar Memorial Preschool has been making play the cornerstone of children’s early learning for over 50 years. They believe that play is an essential part of a child’s development and growth. At Dunbar Memorial Preschool, they offer creative, compelling, play-based programs that teach life skills and impart knowledge that empowers children to fully embrace school and their social environment. With learning through play as their mantra, a subtle, multi-faceted learning approach emphasizes insight through socialization, free play, group activities, and arts-and-crafts in an open and collaborative environment.

The facilities enable play-based learning in a safe, respectful, and inviting space. Family involvement is an integral part of our learning philosophy and represented in their core values. Led by talented team of teachers, parent participation is a formula for success that has garnered Dunbar Memorial Preschool an impressive league of loyal families.

Dunbar Community Centre, (lower level)
4747 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6S 2H2
Phone: 604.222.6065