Posts Tagged ‘Event’

Dunbar Little League

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Champion of Dunbar Village.

You can almost hear the aluminum bat ping, smell the burgers on the grill and feel the teams’ collective energy as David Berrington enthusiastically describes his involvement with Dunbar Little League (DLL).

David-Berrington-DLL-Dunbar-LifeDavid is president of DLL’s board and he’s a huge fan of the organization. This season DLL celebrates its sixtieth season, making it Vancouver’s second oldest Little League. Although the season is short, three months in total from April to June, in addition to tournament season (mid-June to the end of July), DLL is a true community anchor.

Volunteers are fully responsible for running DLL and there is no problem getting people out to lend a hand. David says, “This is not drop and go, this is drop and participate.”

“We have the strongest volunteer base of any league we interact with. We measure our success by our community spirit.” David Berrington

An example of community spirit is the pre-season field preparation workday; approximately 150 people turn out every year without fail. They come equipped with hoes, shovels and rakes to weed, put up fences, and spread “red gold” which is what David jokingly says they call the expensive dirt.

He mentions that season openers draw as many as 500 kids and 1,000 family members. He adds, “No other Dunbar events have a turn out like this.” Closing day also draws huge crowds. An annual parade kicks off the day, beginning at West King Edward Avenue and processes, complete with police escorts, along Dunbar Street to Memorial Park. With as many as 700 kids, coaches and parents joining in, by the time they reach the park the numbers double in size with the awaiting crowd.

Community celebrations are at the heart of DLL. Perhaps it is because, as David acknowledges, “Baseball has a rich tradition of history and ceremony” that they place value on commemorating special occasions. On Mother’s Day the concession stand is off limits – no mothers are allowed to volunteer. Instead, mothers and grandmothers are showered with adoration in the form of a cooked breakfast made by the dads.

Another notable occasion is the annual coaches game. This one night tournament is an opportunity for everyone to come out and watch the coaches play. A volunteer who happens to be a restaurateur, came up with the idea of offering a special menu of meatball sandwiches and crab rolls at the concession stand, which met with great approval. As many as 300 people have come out to cheer on the coaches; kids act as umpires and get an opportunity to make announcements. Pancake day for the Majors players is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the senior players prior to the playoffs. They hold fun competitions and players receive a commemorative pin in appreciation of their time spent with DLL.

Players and their families are guaranteed to be neighbours due to set boundaries within the Dunbar area.

Only accepting registrations from Dunbar kids creates instant connections with one another at Memorial Park and Balaclava Park, which are the home parks to the 500 DLL players who range in age from 4 to 12.

Beginning at age 4 children can sign up for T-ball where they will get their first taste of being a Little Leaguer. At age 7 they progress to Minor B division (the only level that plays at Balaclava Park), at age 9 they advance to Minor A and finally at age 11 through 12 they reach Majors division at Memorial Park’s big diamond.

All teams are co-ed and it’s never too late to learn to play baseball. David notes that while registration has already taken place for the older divisions, T-ball registration is underway during the month of February.

“The concession turns a small profit every year. It’s not about making a profit, it’s about the community feeling.” David Berrington

The concession is open to everyone; residents will often stroll by and make a purchase. For $5 you can purchase a burger and drink. Popcorn, hot dogs, Caesar salad wraps and slushies are all very popular but the top seller by far is the candy bags priced at a mere 50 cents. Over the course of a season DLL sells over 6,000 bags. Groups of volunteers meet twice a season to bag the candy.

With 50 DLL teams in total there are plenty of opportunities for local businesses to get involved as sponsors. David mentions there is a waiting list to sponsor the Majors level. Businesses benefit from exposure to local residents but it is also a philanthropic investment in the neighbourhood that drives many to get involved.

How did David get involved? Although he did not play baseball as a child he made a point of introducing his two sons to a variety of sports. They became hooked and have worked their way up through DLL. His oldest son has now moved on to Bantam Triple A with Vancouver Community Baseball. His youngest son is completing his final year in DLL’s Majors division.

DLL logo sqDavid admits that as a human resources consultant his strength is managing and leading people. He has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for DLL. With one final year as president he admits, “I’ll miss it terribly. The involvement I have is special.” He will remain for an additional year as past president, but will always be involved in some capacity. “I don’t own the league. I have been a caretaker for a few years. You always hope to leave an organization in a better place when you move on,” he says.

Regarding the sixtieth anniversary season DLL plans to host an alumni game and hold a party in June which all former coaches and players are invited to attend. Information and details will be forthcoming on DLL’s website at

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

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

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

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.