Top 10 Sporting Event Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts

Of all public spectator events this is the one time you’re invited to be boisterous and loud but still there are ways to make it fun to have fun!

1. DO arrive early…the beer line-ups are long and you don’t want to miss the start of the game.
2. DON’T arrive drunk. It’s great to have a few pre-drinks but remember it takes a while to settle into your system. Timing is everything.
3. DO wear your team’s colours and cheer them on!
4. DON’T disgrace your team’s colours/jerseys by committing a felony when wearing them.  I’m sure they they can do without you being branded as a “TeamX Fan” when you’re arrested.
5. DO engage in a some light hearted ‘trash-talk’ with rival fans.
6. DON’T turn the trash-talk into an all out brawl…a la European soccer hooligans
7. DO sit in the non-alcohol seats if you bring your kids and are looking for a ‘family’ experience.
8. DON’T throw things onto the field of play (except for special occasions…hattricks etc) it just delays the game.
9. DO streak if you really feel the need and if you’re willing to be publicly ridiculed and ejected from the venue. See #2
10. DON’T commentate or coach from your seat. We can all see what’s happening, if we wanted a play-by-play we’d have stayed home.

Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011: March 26, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

First conceived in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund and the Sydney Morning Herald, as a way to highlight the need for action on climate change, Earth Hour saw 2.2 million residence of Sydney Australia turn off non-essential lights for one hour.  Other cities and countries adopted Earth Hour in 2008 and now in it’s 5th Year, the goal is for more than one billion people to participate by simply flicking a switch.

Earth Hour 2011 takes place March 26th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time.  It’s easy to take part, save energy and maybe be a bit romantic at the same time.  Flick off your non-essential lights and electronics, light a candle and enjoy the company of the ones you’re with playing a board game, telling ghost stories or it’s the perfect opportunity for an intimate candlelit supper.
If you don’t feel like staying home, many local restaurants and hotels are taking part and offering Earth Hour specials. Check out Pan Pacific Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Yew Restaurant at Four Seasons Vancouver for just a few of the special promotions happening this year.

Top Vancouver Attractions for Spring Break

As Spring is upon us and students are out on Spring Break, parents are probably seeking out family activities to occupy and entertain the little ones.

While a trip to Disneyland might be on everyone child’s wishlist there is still plenty of fun to be had locally to make everyone happy. Leave the hustle and bustle of the work week behind and see the city from a different perspective by being a tourist in your own town for a day!

Here’s a few of the more popular attractions in Vancouver:

Grouse Mountain: “The Peak of Vancouver” is a year-round playground for the whole family. This year’s heavy snowfall means it’s still ‘winter’ on the mountain, head up for

Grouse Mountain Super Skyride

snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, skating or skip all those and just head straight for the Chalet and the many restaurant and lounge options.

Capilano Suspension Bridge: Since 1889 Cap Bridge has been ‘wowing’ visitors as they cross the bridge 70m above the Capilano River. The TreeTops Adventures carry the adventure on throughout the forest and gardens.

Vancouver Aquarium: Canada’s largest aquarium houses a

Vancouver Aquarium Dolphins

vast array of flora and fauna within the heart of Stanley Park. Beluga Whales and Dolphin shows draw large crowds but perhaps the Otter habitat is the most popular destination within the aquarium.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden:  The first garden of its kind outside of China, these Vancouver Gardens are a beautiful oasis on the edge of Chinatown. Splendid colours abound as the trees and greenery start to bloom, contrasting with the dark, stark stone laid throughout the gardens.

New & Old Worlds side by side at Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens

Granville Island Public Market: The stunning arrays of colours, wafting aromas and hustle and bustle of the Public Market make every trip a sensory overload. Fresh produce, baked goods and tasty savouries, sit alongside unique merchants and artisans.

Science World at Telus World Of Science: It’s all hands on at Science World! Rotating exhibits make sure children young and old will find something new and interesting with every visit.

Stanley Park: Sitting on the edge of downtown Vancouver this 1000acre oasis is one of the world’s largest urban parks (New York’s Central Park is 843acres). With beaches, gardens, forests, attractions, sports, eateries all within the park there’s something to entertain every family member.

Colours come alive at Springtime in Stanley Park

 

Dining Out For Life 2011

http://www.diningoutforlife.com/vancouverDuring a long week it’s always nice to take a break and go out for dinner, this week it’s even better because you can ‘give’ while you get grub!

Go out Thursday March 24, 2011 and participate in Dining Out For Life, an annual fundraising event to benefit people living with HIV/AIDS.

Visit one of the participating restaurants restaurants from the Fraser Valley to Whistler and 25% of the meal revenue will be supporting A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life. As an added bonus, buy a bottle of Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and they will also donate another $1 for every bottle sold on the day.

Visit a Vancouver Island participating restaurant and presenting sponsor Stella Artois will donate $1 from every sale, in addition to the 25% restaurant revenue, to support Aids Vancouver Island 

It’s a great way to give back and help while doing something you will probably do anyway this week!

Enjoy your meal!

Whitecaps FC – MLS Kickoff!

It seems even mother nature is a Whitecaps FC fan! The sun and 22,000 fans came out to Empire Field on a bright Saturday afternoon to witness the debut of MLS soccer in Vancouver.

Kick off Celebrations

The storied Vancouver Whitecaps franchise has moved into the ‘big leagues’ and from the showing they displayed, they deserve to be there! Granted it was a match against Canadian rivals Toronto FC, who are perpetual bottom dwellers in the MLS table, but the enthusiasm and skills of the Vancouver side overcame the experienced eastern team.
An ocean of white erupted as designated player Eric Hassli opened the Whitecaps account with a lovely goal in the first half and three more Vancouver goals followed (along with two Toronto ones, but we’ll gloss over those)

All eyes on the ball!

After the first goal broke the ice, the crowd really let lose, the casual fans being carried away by the spirited die-hards who’ve been longing for Whitecaps FC to take its rightful  place among the top tier.  When local boy, Terry Dunfield scored the volume rose even higher as Whitecaps drums were pounded and scarves where thrust into the sky.

The organization did a brilliant job of encouraging but also allowing the spirit and enthusiasm for the team grow organically.  With a countdown to the big match ad campaign nudging this home opener to the top of city’s conscientiousness the rest happened on it’s own.  At game day the crowds were early and ready for the action and the team didn’t disappoint, with a kick off celebration that included new BC Premier Christie Clark and NBA (and part-owner) Steve Nash beating the drums to welcome the players onto the pitch. A multi-cultural drum line was in the upper levels of the stands to help ‘drum’ up support but even without them I think this opening match would have ‘beat’ any other sporting event in the city for atmosphere. Mascot Winger was always a huge part of generating the cheers and noise around the games at Swangard Stadium but here in the large venue it’s harder for a little bird to make his rounds. It didn’t matter, the crowd shouted their own cheers (and jeers to the TFC fans) without any prompting from the winged mascot. With each goal the joy grew and grew until the closing whistle and it spilled out into the street around Empire Field and the party moved on.

Scarves Up!!

A solid season ticket base, an enthusiastic supporters club in the Southsiders leading the cheers, and a talent team on and off the pitch all combine to elevate the team to a major force of spirit.  The word of mouth from this display of Whitecaps fever will definitely spread through the city ensuring all games will have this amazing feeling (hopefully mother nature feels the same way and keeps us dry)

Top 10 Theatre (musical/play) Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts

In our continuing series of Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts we come to Theatre, although similar to going to the movies Theatre does have it’s own etiquette so everyone enjoys the show.

1. DO arrive on time, you may not be allowed to enter the auditorium if you’re late.
2. DON’T need to be overdressed, no need to get out your Sunday finest, just dress comfortably, casually and appropriately.
3. DO switch off your mobile phone or at least put it on silent.
4. DON’T not talk or whisper during the performance, it not only disrupts the audience but can distract the performers.
5. DO bring cough drops and tissues so you can preemptively stifle a cough or tickle in your throat or a sneeze.
6. DON’T bring snacks or beverages into the auditorium, you’ll have a chance to nibble and sip during the intermission.
7. DO applaud, laugh and exclaim as appropriate but do not go overboard, the patrons are here to see the performance onstage not the one you’re putting on.
8. DON’T sing along at a musical, save it for karaoke or Sing-Along-Sound of Music. Buy a soundtrack and sing along to your hearts content in the car on the way home.
9. DO bring your child (it’s never to early to expose them to the arts) if the production is appropriate and you think your child can sit quietly and still for over 2 hours.
10. DON’T feel obliged to participate in a standing ovation. Applaud the end of songs, scenes and finale but standing can be reserved for those moments you’re moved by a once in a lifetime performance.

CelticFest Vancouver

Coinciding with Saint Patrick’s Day the annual celebration of Celtic heritage, CelticFest Vancouver brings Celts from all country’s, not just Ireland, to downtown Vancouver. With a wide range of ticketed and free events on offer throughout the downtown core from March 16 – 20, 2011 CelticFest is Western Canada’s largest Celtic Festival.
Dozens of concerts, dances, pub & restaurant specials happen all over the city most of them are free to the public. Check out the schedule to find something nearby and of interest to you!  The Celtic Village & Street Market runs Saturday and Sunday on Granville Street with entertainment, food and vendors sharing the Celtic experience.
The Highlight of the weekend is the CelticFest Parade on Sunday March 20th.  Running from Howe & Drake Streets north to Georgia, ending at Granville & Georgia near the Celtic Village.
Even if there isn’t any Celt in you, head out and get your jig on!