Power To Play Vancouver Challenges Teams

Next Thursday, September 20th , Power To Be hosts their annual fundraiser, Power To Play Vancouver, an incredible team-building event  in Stanley Park.  Power To Play Vancouver also promotes businesses interested in building community. Corporate teams of four will compete in a fun, action packed 10km race through Stanley Park, combining running, obstacle courses and mental challenges, with the goal of raising funds to support Power To Be’s programs, and putting their team name on the Power To Play Championship Shoe.

Since 1998, Power To Be has been helping people living with a disability or a barrier access nature. The idea grew into a community, connecting participants to adventures and supporters to opportunities, collectively redefining the definition of ability.

From their 78 acre hub at Prospect Lake, and other locations around Victoria and Metro Vancouver, the non-profit organization empowers people to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature. Power To Be believes Everyone Belongs in Nature, and finances shouldn’t prevent anyone from accessing nature, and works to remove cognitive, physical and social barriers to the outdoors, supporting participants to explore who they are and what they are capable of achieving. With programs ranging from hiking, kayaking, to snowshoeing, bouldering and surfing or paddleboarding the sky is really the limit for what Power To Be participants can experience. Whole families can participate and share the experiences in multi-day ‘wilderness school’ adventures too.

Power To Play Vancouver Championship Shoe

As you might imagine, events like Power To Play Vancouver requires a lot of helping hands to go off without a hitch, volunteers are needed for this and other events. Donations to the Power To Play teams will directly help support Power To Be’s amazing programs.  If volunteering or a monetary donation aren’t a possibility, you can still show you support by coming out and cheer on the teams from noon – 3:30pm, starting at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, on September 20, 2018.

Reset Retreat Reboots Your Soul, June 9 – 15, 2018

Liberation Yoga is a collective of yoga teachers, artists, bodyworkers, culinary artisans and mental health professionals with a goal to create a sacred space and healing experience for those at a crossroads in life.  Anyone in crisis, not only those who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse but also those who know they need a change but are unsure of exactly what it might be.

Liberation Yoga works together to create a unique opportunity, Reset Retreat, where, through beautiful surroundings, nurturing food, art, movement, nature and the power of the group, the collective gives the participants the love and support they need.

Reset Retreat is a five-day yoga based retreat, for people in crisis that is 100% free to participants. Through twice daily yoga practices (asana, meditation, pranayama, etc…), group discussions, healthy nourishment through excellent and healing food, therapy, art, exploration of the outdoors, writing, bodywork (massage, chiropractic, T.R.E.) and community the hope is to connect individuals to themselves and a broader community of likeminded individuals to help them have a new prospective – a reset.

The retreat is 100% financed through donations, in order to provide the services free to participants, as those who most need the healing are often the least likely to be able to afford it.  Limited applications are now being accepted for participation in the courses. Last year’s Reset Retreat was able to provide accommodation and service for 20 participants. This year’s Reset Retreat, scheduled June 9 – 15, 2018 in Kamloops BC. To aid their fundraising, a gofundme page is also taking public donations, at gofundme.com/liberationinthislifetimeorg 

Dining Out For Life 2018 Tonight

What’s for dinner? Why not eat out tonight and do good while dining out.
Today, Thursday March 22, 2018 Dining Out For Life from Fraser Valley to Whistler and all across Metro Vancouver helps support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From Bravo Restaurant in Chilliwack, El Santo in New Westminster, to Bowen Island Pizza in North Vancouver, The Reef Restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver to HY’s Steakhouse, or Avalanche Pizza in Whistler,  plus dozens of restaurants are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser. Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you.

You can give just by eating, dine out at one of the participating restaurants, and the restaurant in turn donates 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful.  The proceeds of Dining Our For Life go towards providing A Loving Spoonful’s free programs and services like delivering meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Chef Dinner, Family Pantry Program, Snack Packs and more.

Mother’s Day of Giving to support BC Women’s Hospital

Sunday is Mother’s Day, celebrate your Mother with Brunch or Dinner while supporting a great cause. If you haven’t already booked, check out some of the great Vancouver restaurants that are giving back to BC Women’s Hospital this Mother’s Day of Giving, May 14th.

Make a reservation now at any of the following restaurants to celebrate your mom, and the other women and children aided by BC Women’s Hospital.

Ask for Luigi
Bauhaus Restaurant
Bella Gelateria
Go Fish
H2 Rotisserie + Bar
Juice Truck
La Buca
La Mezcaleria
La Taqueria
Les Faux Bourgeois
Los Cuervos
Merchants Oyster Bar
Pizzeria Bufala
Pizzeria Farina
The Sardine Can

Each of the restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds from the day, Sunday May 14th to BC Women’s Hospital to help continue its great work in helping BC mothers and newborns get their start in life.

One Week until Dining Out For Life 2017

Next Thursday, March 30th, 2017, do good by dining out. Dining out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the annual Dining Out For Life from White Rock to Vancouver helps support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

It’s easy as ABC,  book a table on March 30th at places like Ask For Luigi, Burgoo,  Charlie’s Italian or any of the dozens of restaurants from White Rock to Whistler and places in between. Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you.

You can give just by eating, dine out at one of the participating restaurants in your area who in turn donate 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful.  The proceeds of Dining Our For Life go towards providing A Loving Spoonful’s free programs and services like delivering meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, nutrition and meal planning, Family Pantry Program, Snack Packs and more.


Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express 2016 Tour

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express are currently on the road for their annual charitable tor around Alberta and BC.

CaribooExpress2016-11-17-at-10-25-13-pmIn its 10 year history, the roadshow has raised over $500,000 to support local charities; like local food banks, Habitat for Humanity, Inner City Kids programs, and The Potluck Cafe here in Vancouver, the event that started it all.

The 2016 tour wraps up on November 26th at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.  The Cariboo Express line-up includes a regular cast of Barney Bentall, Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Matt Masters, and the Gold Rush Allstars. To make each show a unique local experience, unannounced special guests often pop-up onstage.

The Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express roadshow is back in our neck of the woods this week as it makes its way closer to the Vancouver finale

Catch the roadshow onstage at the following locations; 

Edward Milne Community Theatre.
Benefitting the Sooke Food Bank

Charlie White Theatre
Benefitting the Sidney Lions Food Bank

Fulford Hall.
Benefitting the Salt Spring Island Community Services Society Food Bank

NOVEMBER 24: Kelowna, BC
Delta Grand Okanagan
Benefitting the BC Farmers Nutrition Coupon Program

The Vogue Theatre
Presented by & Benefitting The Potluck Café Society

Tickets are on sale now and available from the venues.

Picks of the Week – September 21, 2016

Like a blink of an eye, Summer is over and the Fall is upon us, let’s see what the Picks of the Week have to offer;

tastingplate_PortMoody_Food: Tonight, Tasting Plates takes a journey to Port Moody to explore the flavours of that community.

Trap: Aussie rockers The Temper Trap hit the stage at the Commodore Ballroom Wednesday night.

Bard: This is the last few days of the 2016 season of  Bard On The Beach before it closes on September 24th.

Folk: Friday night, British folk singer Laura Marling plays The Imperial

Symphony: The classic video game comes to life at The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddess with a live symphony playing the games soundtrack at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Friday

Kicks: As the end of the MLS Season draws near, Whitecaps FC return to BC Place to host Colorado Rapids

Echo: New Wave icons, Echo & the Bunnymen bring their sound to Commodore Ballroom

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season gets underway with a farcical whodunit, Baskerville, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 9th.

Walk: Sunday afternoon the AIDS Walk to Thrive brings activity, awareness and community spirit along the 5.5km walk from Roundhouse Community Centre to Malkin Bowl

Lunch: Sunday the 9th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum supporting AIDS Vancouver takes place at Four Seasons Vancouver