Spring Gillard

Doors Wide Open

It was one of those great fall days today when I could open the doors wide and let a fresh perspective blow into my life. I was even inspired to clean. Coincidentally, a friend sent me this cool event this morning called Doors Open Vancouver coming up on Saturday, October 4. You can get an […]

Back to School

As soon as the weather shifts, I get that back to school feeling and begin to crave routine. I am moving out of carefree summer mode into my winter schedule. I’ll spend more time at the gym than on the bike now and I’m already back to weekly yoga. As for entertainment, the Vancouver Film […]

Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery

I’m discovering beautiful buildings and learning about many groups working for change on the downtown eastside. This gorgeous building belongs to the Vancouver Native Housing Society. The Society transformed the old Pender Hotel into an Aboriginal artist live/work studio complex that includes a large production space and a Fair Trade art gallery at street level. […]

Grousing About Grouse

My Dad was in town for his 83rd birthday last weekend. He is always treating us and not one to let us celebrate him. But this birthday was different. He had been wanting to have dinner at Grouse Mountain for a long time, and we finally had our chance. The weather was picture perfect.

When […]

Beach Furniture

This wonderful beach furniture was created by Hugo Franca of Brazil. It’s part of the Vancouver Biennale, a public art exhibition that takes place every two years and includes sculpture, media and performance works by established and emerging artists from around the world. The functional sculptures are located at Spanish Banks. See some great pictures […]

Citizen Scientists

The David Suzuki Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with monitoring the radioactivity in the water on our BC coastline. We aren’t hearing about this potential in the news too much, but it is still a grave concern. Details below. Photo: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

Become a citizen scientist and test the (Fukushima) […]

Quelling the Violence Within

This thought for the day comes from Eknath Easwaran, Sept 7th entry. He describes the only real route to peace.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. – Martin Luther King

All of us can play an important part […]

Park It


Love this annual event that transforms parking spaces into parklets. The one day happening takes place all over the world. This local temporary park initiative is put on by the Vancouver Public Space Network (VSPN). Details below.

Park(ing) Day is an annual celebration that takes place around the globe. It invites […]

Make Change

The United Way is sponsoring an innovative changemaker training program for non-profit groups. Deadline to apply is October 10th. Info below.

Are you a changemaker and want to help strengthen your organization’s capacity to advance social change? Organizations applying to attend this training program must be from the non-profit sector, active in the areas of […]

Apple Ganza

Spotted this nice local apple festival in the Grandview Woodlands newsletter this week. There’s a wonderful line-up of fall events, this one included. If you live near Callister Park, go pick some apples next weekend.