Eastside Culture Crawl – 2010

Today begins the Annual Eastside Cultural Crawl where artists from the Eastside open up their doors and studios to the public and showcase their many works. Started in 1997 and with only 45 artists in the Eastside. This year marks their 14th year and during the 3 days event over 400 artists will open up their doors to their studios and home. Artists include painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers to name a few.

I had the pleasure of attending this event in the past and was always blown away by some of the talented artists we have in our city. Some of them are struggling, so to have this type of event and being able to show publicly their work is truly amazing. The people are always well behaved and some artists even will offer you a drink or two while you visit. This is a perfect opportunity to talk with them and purchase art. You might even ask them to commission work for you directly.

So get out there and enjoy some great art from our fantastic Vancouver artists!

Happy Earth Day 2009

Today marks the day the Environmental Movement began back in 1970. Canada joined the movement in 1990 for the International Earth Day. Now Earth Day has evolved into Earth Week to help accommodate all the events that are taking place.  You can find out what is happening in your region by going to the Earth Day Canada website and clicking on your province [link].

Each year Russ and I try to do our part. I have to admit it isn’t an easy process for us as we are still stuck in our old ways, but we have started bringing our own bags to the grocery stores, we try to recycle as much as we can (though we should really start reducing more). I have stopped buying bottle water as much as possible and have my own bottle at work.  These are small steps, and by no means the only steps we are taking. As we get used to doing it more and more, we’ll probably start building on our reduction of waste and reusing what we can.

We all live on this wonderful planet and we must help it as much as we can.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

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Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

If you want to take a quick get away outside of the city this weekend, you might want to head over to Fort Langley for their 13th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday October 11th.

The festival kicks off at 8:30am with a pancake breakfast with a full list of entertainment through out the day until 5pm.

There is also a free shuttle bus service to Fort Wine Co. for their Cranberry Harvest Demonstrations and Farm Tours.

If the weather holds up Russ and I might head over for a few hours and check things out.

September PR and Teckie Events In Vancouver

Now that summer seems to have gone past (if this weather is any indication), we begin to look forward to the Fall which brings us a few events throughout Vancouver for both the PR Professional and the Teckie Professional.  The following is just  a short list of some of the events coming up in September.

The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) of Vancouver has 2 events coming up.  The first is the Stretching Out Summer – Season Kick Off Social being held on September 9th at George Ultra Lounge in Yaletown at 5pm. I’m actually excited about attending this and checking out venue. This event is free of charge.

Secondly on September 25th at 7:30am CPRS has their Speaker Series Breakfast (sponsored by my employer, Marketwire and Cision).  This breakfast will have Cathy Allen speak about Public Relations in American Politics. The event will be held at the Metropolitan Hotel.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Vancouver will be holding their Annual September Kick-Off: Fall into Autumn with Professional Communicators being held on September 23rd at Steamworks Brewing Company in Gastown beginning at 5:30pm.

I always enjoy the IABC Events, so I’m looking forward to attending this one and running into some familiar faces.

For the Teckies a few more events are happening this month.

Launch Party Vancouver 5 is coming September 18th and will be held at Unwine’d.  For all those not familiar with Launch Party,

Launch Party Vancouver is a lively mixer for the city’s brightest entrepreneurs, tech junkies, and bloggers, who are doing it, have done it or want to make their ideas happen here. The goal of the event is to connect BC’s growing community of Internet and new media leaders with investors and other trailblazers across Canada and abroad.

You can register for the event via Eventbrite.

Of course we can’t forget BarCamp which will held September 27-28 most likely being held on Granville Island.  Based on their Wikipedia site;

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

Currently the event is “sold out”, and you can register for their waiting list.  I’m currently on their waiting list, though I have been told I should be able to get into the event.  You can find out more on their wiki site. I’m excited about participating in the WordCamp and Photo sessions.

Of course there will be the usual Third Tuesday Vancouver and Vancouver Blogger Meetup scheduled in September as well.  This is looking like a busy month and I’m sure just the start of things for the remaining of the year.

Third Tuesday on a Wednesday

Last night was a fairly informal Third Tuesday, as it was held on a Wednesday night and we had no speaker, yet as always it managed to bring out a lot of people.  Since it was held at Steamworks in Gastown, we had a cap of 35 people.  I’m sure if we didn’t have a cap, more would have attended.

It was great to see the usual faces, Tanya, Monica, Colleen, Arieanna & Ianvi, Tris, John & his wife, David to name a few, a few faces were missing, Raul, Rebecca. I also got to meet some new people and chat with people face to face that I’ve only chatted with online.  I also got to meet Joesph Thornley who started Third Tuesday and was in town for the meet up.

I have to say the change of format was refreshing.  It allowed for more interaction and networking than the usual events.  Granted the set up of the tables prevented from seeing others in the group as I had my back to 2/3 of the group. All in all, hats off to Tanya on organizing a great event as usual.  I’m looking forward to more in the coming months and proud to be a part of such a great group of people!