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UBC Botanical Garden’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Celebrate UBC Botanical Garden’s 100th anniversary at National Garden Days Family Weekend! UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest university botanic garden established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first provincial botanist. The Garden has since become a favourite destination for families, tourists and garden-lovers alike, as well as a leader in the fields of conservation, education, sustainability, research and community outreach.

UBC Botanical Garden signTo commemorate UBC Botanical Garden’s centennial birthday, the Garden has partnered with Garden Days, a national event hosted by the Canadian Garden Council. The three-day celebration is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy their own garden, get inspired at their local garden centre or visit their favourite garden attraction. At UBC Botanical Garden, families are invited to tour the Garden, enjoy a biodiversity nature hunt and have a birthday cupcake. Join the birds, bees and butterflies to celebrate nature and the great outdoors!

• Biodiversity Nature Hunt: explore the garden and look for special plants, flowers and more
• Bring a lunch and enjoy a family picnic on the Contemporary Lawn
• 2-for-1 admission all weekend long*
• Free drop-in tours at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
• Cupcakes served at 12:00 pm
• Learn about birds, bees and butterflies from our experts! Take part in crafts and fun activities from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
* Free admission applies to the equal or lesser value admission. Not to be used in conjunction with any other coupon or special offer.

Details for event listings:
National Garden Days: 100th Anniversary Family Weekend Friday June 17, 2016 through to Sunday June 19, 2016
A fun family event featuring drop-in tours, nature hunt and cupcakes. Visitors are invited to bring a lunch and celebrate with a picnic on the Contemporary Lawn.
Come enjoy nature with your family along with the birds, bees and butterflies. Activity schedule varies. Please check our website for details.

UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Traffic Advisory: Please note there will be partial closures of SW Marine Drive on Saturday, June 18. There will be access to the Garden via the northbound lanes of SW Marine Drive. Traffic coming southbound from NW Marine Drive will be rerouted.

UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN is Canada’s oldest university botanic garden, established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first Provincial botanist. The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia. Over the past nine decades, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world. The UBC Centre for Plant Research is the research arm of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. World- class research in topics including plant adaptation, evolution, genomics, plant physiology and biotic interactions, phytochemistry, plant biotechnology and plant breeding contribute to the University of British Columbia’s reputation as one of the leading research institutions in North America

Polo Tournament at Southlands Riding Club

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

One of the world’s most exciting spectator sports returns to Vancouver when the Southlands Riding Club hosts the first polo tournament to be played in Vancouver for over 20 years on 17 August 2014. Teams will be made up of different level handicap players from around BC.

PoloGirlsHorsesThe oldest team sport in the world, polo is a perfect mix of style and excitement with the spectacular field action complemented by cool sideline picnics. While there will be limited food available on site, spectators are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch and blanket.

It’s a perfect family day out or a special occasion for couples or friends. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available with covered seating and catered high tea luncheon as well as a glass of sparkling wine for the traditional half-time divot stomp.

Polo has been played in Vancouver since 1913 and in the 1960s the Southlands Riding Club was actually the Southlands Riding and Polo Club, with games played on Sundays for a small admission fee. Southlands Riding Club celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2013 and is home to several hundred members enjoying a wide array of equestrian disciplines at all levels from novice to Grand Prix.

The gates open at 12.30 for the game starting throw in at 2pm. Fancy dress is appropriate and a best-dressed awards will be given to the lady, man, couple, child, dog and picnic setup that most catches the judges’ eye.

Admission is $5 and entrance is free for kids aged 14 and under. Limited VIP tickets are on sale for $50 and can be purchased by calling 604-263-4817.

The heart of Vancouver’s equestrian community, Southlands Riding Club can be found at 7025 Macdonald Street, just a 20-minute drive from downtown.

Dunbar Theatre

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Coming Soon to the Dunbar Theatre…

Dunbar Theatre, Dunbar LifeIn 1935 there were approximately 26 movie theatres operating in Vancouver, and the Dunbar Theatre was one of them. It is remarkable that ‘the show could go on’ despite the Great Depression, but that is the power of cinema. It offered audiences the opportunity to sit for two hours and enter another world, and that was obviously just what was needed during such an unstable period in history.

It reminds me of Mia Farrow’s character Cecilia in Woody Allen’s masterpiece, The Purple Rose of Cairo. Set in New Jersey in the 1930s, Cecilia, a small town waitress who works at a diner, seeks refuge from her bleak life by escaping to The Jewel theatre to watch glamorous stories unfold on the big screen, and in the process she becomes part of the cinematographic experience.

When movie theatres sprang onto the scene it was a special event to go out to watch a film. People dressed up for the occasion to watch the latest magic coming out of Hollywood studios. The transition from silent movies to ‘talkies’ had taken place only ten years earlier. This was an amazing and captivating new technology.

Today the Dunbar is the only remaining cinema in the city from this era showing films. While this is a sad fact, it is also reason to celebrate this enduring community anchor, which continues to delight moviegoers.

To pay homage to the Dunbar’s longevity a special event has been organized on Thursday May 1 (7:00 p.m.) with a screening of Casablanca, one of the best loved films of all time. Released in 1943, when the Dunbar was in its infancy, this Hollywood classic is a fitting choice for the occasion. Starring Humphrey Bogart in his first romantic leading role, and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca won three Academy Awards that year, including Best Picture.

This is a night to revisit the glamour of old Hollywood. Come dressed as a screen star from the golden age of cinema. From the glamorous and debonair, think Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Richard Burton, Clark Gable, to the outrageous, Groucho Marx, Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, let your imagination run wild. Or outfit yourself as your favourite movie character. Perhaps you would like to unleash your inner Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Dorothy/Wizard of Oz, Lawrence of Arabia, or Cleopatra? This is your chance to shine, and possibly win a door prize for best costume too!

An entertaining musical live preshow filled with song, dance and comedy awaits featuring performers Susan Skemp, Phil Moriarity, and Brent Chapman.

Dunbar Theatre 1937, Dunbar LifeSkemp is one of the key organizers of this special evening at the Dunbar Theatre. She feels that she was born in the wrong era, and would give anything to go back to the day of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. She has worked closely with Dunbar Theatre owner Ken Charko, to create this event, and focus the spotlight on this neighbourhood icon. It is indeed something to celebrate in this age of Netflix and mega theatres.

Families are welcome to attend this celebration, and with ticket prices set at $5 for children and $8 for adults; it is an extremely affordable night out on the town.

To the Dunbar Theatre… “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Keep playing films that make us swoon, cheer, laugh, cry, bite our nails, and thrill us as we sit in the dark, surrounded by the energy of others, as we absorb the magic of film, while munching on the best popcorn in town.

Dunbar Theatre
4555 Dunbar St
Vancouver BC V6S 2G7
Telephone 604-222-2991

Salmonberry Days 2013 in Dunbar

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The Dunbar Salmonberry Days committee has been working on organizing volunteers and getting events together since nearly the first day of this year.

The calendar can be viewed here:

Dunbar in Bloom open gardens days on May 5 and May 25, 2013. A map of the open gardens can be purchased for $2 from the following stores.

  • Blight’s Home Hardware – 3322 Dunbar
  • Pacific Spirits Wine Cellar – 4474 Dunbar
  • Weigh-to-Go Bulk Foods – 3534 West 41st
  • The Natural Gardener – 4376 West 10th
  • KJM Nursery – 7226 Blenheim

Salmonberry Days’ most popular event is Dunbar’s Night Sky which will happen on Friday May 17th from 9pm to midnight… weather allowing! if the weather is against us, the event will be delayed 24 hours until Saturday night May 18th.Check this site for updated details for all events!


Indulge yourself at the Salon of Self Care

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

A fundraising event.  An evening of information and exploration with delights for all of the senses!

InspireHealth and The Dailey Method are excited to present an evening designed just for you – the Salon of Self Care. This promises to be a great mom’s night out where you can grab a friend or two and share in an evening where you will learn about self-empowerment in health through learning about nutrition, exercise and stress reduction, while feasting on organic tapas! Learn how to incorporate simple ideas into your every day life that will help improve your health and that of your family.

Join in salon dialogues surrounding exercise, healthy nutrition and cancer prevention throughout the evening with a host of speakers including The Dailey Method Founder, Jill Dailey McIntosh and Dr Janice Wright of InspireHealth. Learn easy, new techniques for stress reduction, feast on a delicious, organic, tapas menu and enjoy good company.

And don’t forget your socks for the sock showdown – bring your fanciest and win a prize for the most unique!

This magical event will take place on Thursday, October 18th at the Dailey Method Studio – 3584 West 41st Ave, Dunbar Village, Vancouver, BC.

Events will commence at 6pm and wrap up at 9pm. Set some time aside for yourself and drop by between these times to enjoy this special evening.

Funds raised from this event will be donated to InspireHealth.

Tickets for this evening event are $30. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, so get yours now to avoid disappointment!

You can purchase tickets for this event from the following locations:

InspireHealth: Suite 200 – 1330 West 8th Ave, Vancouver (604 734 7125)

The Dailey Method: 3584 West 41st Ave, Dunbar Village, Vancouver (604 266 9191)

About InspireHealth
Cancer care is all that we do. Our goal is simple – to provide the best care possible for people living with a diagnosis of cancer, and we work together with you, your family doctor and oncologist. We are a physician-led non-profit, and no referral is required. Our doctors are trained as family doctors and have extensive training in nutrition, stress reduction and emotional counseling, decision making, exercise, immune system support, vitamins and supplements and personal coaching.”

Treasured Bulb Sale

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The Treasured Bulb Sale will offer a wide range of bulbs for sale, from garden favourites to specialty bulbs, as well as an expanded selection of garlic. Beginners as well as collectors will find quite a few gems. Some sources for bulbs include: Private Gardens, Lohbrunner Alpine Garden at UBC Botanical Garden, and some specialty growers. The Shop in the Garden will also open with lots of accessories and tools for bulb planting, and your favourite commercial collections.

To make this a fun event and to play up the event’s theme that bulbs are “buried treasure” they are offering free entry to the Botanical Garden for those that arrive in costume. (Entry to the sale, which is located in the garden’s entrance area, is free for all, but regular admission applies for those that would like to enter the garden, except those in costume).

The event will also feature a children’s area with a treasure chest full of nodding onion bulbs (allium cerium) for children to reach into and select a bulb to pot up. There will also be face painting, pirate hat crafts and stickers for little buccaneers.

Tours on the Greenheart Canopy Walkway will also be offered at a special discount on the event day for those that would like to “walk the plank.”

Planting Demonstrations-plenty of advice available
Tea and Goodies by Donation
Bus C-20, Ample free Parking at the Garden, Bike racks

Saturday, September 15, 2012
11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. free admission
UBC Botanical Garden,  6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
For more information: or 604-822-4529

UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival

Monday, August 6th, 2012
A family-friendly celebration of apples! Sample uncommon apple  varieties, including organic and heritage, and purchase bagged apples and trees. The festival includes crafts, food, demonstrations, and children’s activities. This year’s apple festival will be hosting the official naming ceremony for the very popular SPA 493 apple! Please join them on Saturday, October 13th at  1:00 p.m. on the great lawn to be one of the first to find out this apple’s official new name.
Festival highlights:
• Over 60 varieties of apples to taste in the  tasting test for just $5
• Over 39,000 pounds of bagged apples for sale including over 70 varieties of heritage, organic and  conventional apples.
• A wide selection of apple trees for sale. Last year there were over 100 varieties!
• Many savory and sweet food vendors including apple pie, hot apple cider and apple juice for sale
• Children’s activity area including story time, crafts and puppet shows
• BC Fruit Tester’s  display of over 200 varieties of apples. Bring apples from your home tree for identification!
• Apple themed activities like the Choices Market Longest peel contest
• Discounts on  Greenheart Canopy Walkway tours
How to get there: Transit: Take bus C-20 from the UBC Bus Loop; Driving: Free shuttle from West Parkade; Cycling: Bicycle parking on site
This event is fundraiser for UBC Botanical Garden  hosted by the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden volunteer group. Funds raised support important research, conservation, education and community outreach.
October 13 and 14, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information contact: 604-822-4529   No dogs please
Admission: $4 cash includes free entry to UBC Botanical Garden
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive (16th Avenue)

BMO Marathon – Road Closure Advisory

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Sunday, May 6th – Road closures to cause delays for ALL traffic – including transit and emergency vehicles.

The BMO Marathon will cause traffic delays throughout much of Vancouver including; access to Vancouver International Airport, downtown core, West End, Coal Harbour, Chinatown, Yaletown, Riley Park, South Cambie, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Kitsilano, Pt Grey, False Creek, Burrard and Cambie Bridges on Sunday May 6th. Full road closures and traffic disruptions can be expected from 6:30am until 4pm. A detailed list of closure points and times is outlined on the attached Schedule of Events and Closures.

For further information contact the City of Vancouver Special Events Office at 604-257-8850 or see the BMO Marathon web-site at




(5/5) 8:00 to (5/6) 18:00 – Thurlow from Pender to Cordova closed – Finish Area
00:01 to 18:00 – Hastings St. from Burrard to Thurlow closed – Finish Chute
00:01 to 12:00 – Midlothian Ave from 29th to Ontario closed – Start Area/ Chute
07:00 – ½ Marathon Start
08:00 – Full Marathon starts
11:00 – ½ Marathon Rolling Course Closure
13:00 – Midlothian Ave re-opened
16:00 – Marathon Rolling Course Closure
16:00 – Finish Line closed
18:00 – Thurlow re-opened to vehicular traffic


May 5th 08:00 to 18:00 May 6th Thurlow from Pender to Cordova closed – all-traffic
Midnight-17:00 Hastings St. from Burrard to Thurlow closed – all lanes local traffic only until 7:00am Sunday
06:00-16:00 Pender from Burrard to Georgia St – westbound lanes closed
07:30-16:00 Denman from Georgia to Seawall – closed – local access via Bayshore Drive
07:00-10:30 Stanley Park Roads – Closed (causeway open)
07:00-10:30 Beach from Stanley Park to Denman – closed
07:00-14:00 Beach from Denman to Burrard – eastbound lanes closed
09:00-14:00 Pacific St from Jervis to Burrard – eastbound lanes closed
07:00-9:30 Beach from Jervis to Granville – eastbound lanes closed
07:00–9:30 Granville from Beach to Pacific – closed – local access via westbound Beach to Howe
06:45-9:00 Pacific St from Burrard to Seymour – eastbound lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Pacific Blvd from Seymour to Nelson – westbound lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Homer from Pender to Robson – all lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Robson from Homer to Hamilton – all lanes closed
09:00-14:00 Burrard Street Bridge – Pacific to Cornwall – (one southbound travel lane open)
06:00-8:30 Cambie Bridge (northbound) – from W2nd to Pacific–westbound lanes closed
06:00-8:30 Cambie Bridge exit ramp to Pacific Boulevard
06:45-9:00 Pacific Blvd from Nelson to Quebec – all lanes closed


06:45-9:00 Hamilton from Robson to Smithe – all lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Mainland from Smithe to Davie – all lanes
06:45-9:00 Helmcken from Mainland to Homer – all lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Davie St from Homer to Pacific – all lanes closed


06:45-09:00 Quebec/ Columbia from National to Pender – southbound lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Pender from Columbia to Homer – eastbound lanes closed
06:45-9:00 Union from Quebec to Expo – closed


00:01-13:00 Midlothian Ave from 29th to Ontario closed – Start Area/Chute
00:01-13:00 33rd & Main St Local Access to Hillcrest Community Center
05:00-9:00 West of Main St from 33rd to 25th (King Edward) – Local Neighborhood Access Only
05:00-9:00 South of King Edward from Cambie to Main St – Local Neighborhood Access Only
05:00-9:00 North of 41st From Cambie to Main St – Local Neighborhood Access Only

09:00-14:00 Cornwall Street from Chestnut to Cypress – (one westbound lane closed)
08:45-13:45 Cornwall from Arbutus to MacDonald – westbound lanes closed (partial full closure)
08:45-13:30 Arbutus from 4th to Ogden (via McNicoll & Maple), Ogden from Maple to Chestnut,
08:30-13:00 Chestnut to Cornwal – lanes closed
08:30-12:45 Point Grey Road from MacDonald to Highbury – closed
08:30-12:45 Highbury St from Point Grey to 4th – closed
08:30-12:45 W4th Avenue from Alma Street to Marine Drive – 2 north lanes (parking & 1 westbound Eastbound lanes & 1 westbound open)
08:30-12:45 Discovery from NW Marine Dr to Jericho Sailing Center – closed
08:30-12:45 Belmont Ave from NW Marine Dr to Discovery – closed
08:15-12:45 NW Marine Dr from Chancellor to 4th Ave

Artists In Our Midst Invites You To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary of Art and Community!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

FREE Roundhouse Exhibit and Birthday Party on May 16, 2012:
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver) ONE DAY ONLY!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012  10am to 10pm
Artists’ Reception:      7pm to 10pm
Birthday Cake Bash:   7:30 pm

FREE Open Studios Walk on MAY 19-20-21, 2012:
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 19-20-21, 10am to 6pm
See participating artists and map on our website:

What We Do, Who We Are, Why it matters:

Artists in Our Midst welcomes our 20th anniversary by inviting the public to join us for two popular art events this spring. An exhibit and sale of visual art at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 16 highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, and photography that features more than 50 artists. Our Open Studio Walk on May 19-20-21 invites you to enjoy the diverse creative talents in our community by visiting artists in their studio settings. Explore the stories behind the art and artists. Design your own tour using the map and artist information at  Join us in celebrating the power of the visual arts as a community-based resource!

Artists in Our Midst is a dynamic group of artists dedicated to bringing public awareness to art created in our community and to promoting visual art in Vancouver. In 1993 artists on Vancouver’s West Side opened their studios to the public, starting a vital dialogue that has continued for 20 years. We have built lasting relationships between the public and artists outside the more formal museum and gallery settings. Our mandate is to promote art education and to provide opportunities for community members to enjoy and enrich their lives with visual art.  We achieve these goals by giving free public art talks and exhibits, by our volunteer art residencies and artists programs at Lord Byng Mini School for the Arts, and by including their emerging artists in our main exhibition. We are supported by merchants who showcase our art, by local donors, and by the diverse communities coming to our events.
Artists in Our Midst is proud of its contribution to Vancouver’s lively art scene. We look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary with you this year!

To book an interview or for more information, please contact:
Pnina Granirer, co-founder:       604-224-6795
Marion Landry, artist/member:  604-219-6055

Southlands Country Fair

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ~ Rain or Shine! (most events under cover in case of rain).  Gates close at 4:00 p.m.

What is the Southlands Country Fair?
It’s a community event that focuses on horses and a rural lifestyle within the city of Vancouver. It was created to showcase the unique equestrian neighbourhood of Southlands, and to give all residents of Vancouver the opportunity to enjoy a day in the country, without leaving the city.

Who comes to the Country Fair?
Several thousand people attend the Country Fair every year. At the Fair, you’ll meet families with kids as well as lots of other people seeking an old-fashioned country experience within the city.

What can you do at the Country Fair?
There are activities for all ages, all day long. Shopping, learning, petting animals, riding ponies, playing games, and watching horses and riders perform…you will be entertained from the moment you enter the gates. Specific attractions include:
•Horse Entertainment throughout the day featuring Southlands riders demonstrating all the exciting things horses can do
•Pony Rides and Hay Rides
•a Farm Yard Fun area for the kids full of old-fashioned, country-themed activities
•the Country Lane Market for those who love to shop for local arts and crafts
•Silent Auction
•Book Sale and Bake Sale
•the Macdonald Street Farm full of animals for the kids to meet
•lots of great food and a pleasant picnic area
•day-long musical entertainment featuring local artists

Will there still be things to do if it rains?
YES, a majority of the events will be moved indoors or undercover.

What does it cost to come to the Country Fair?
Entry to the Fair grounds is by donation. We suggest $5…but it is up to you. Once inside the grounds, there are plenty of FREE activities for children and adults.

Some activities, such as the pony rides, games and amusements, and the petting farm require a small fee of $1-3.

What is done with the money raised by the Country Fair?
Partial proceeds are used to fund the Southlands Country Fair Summer Riding Program, which enables underprivileged children to take a series of riding lessons with local riding schools and Southlands Riding Club instructors. Other money raised at the Fair is donated to two local charities that run programs for disabled riders: Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities and Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society. The remainder of funds raised are used to support the Southlands Riding Club, a non-profit society established in 1943 as a recreational and training facility for junior and amateur equestrian athletes.

Do you still have a question or comment? Contact Country Fair Coordinators Pippa or Crissy.

Pippa Emrick Coordinator 604-351-5522 or

Crissy Barbata Coordinator 604-351-5222 or

Southlands Riding Club
7025 Macdonald Street
Vancouver,  V6N 1G2