Happy 2011 - Ring in the NEW!


Happy 2011 - Ring in the NEW!


"The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings." Dave Weinbaum

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's." Henry Moore

‘When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.’ Tuli Kupferberg

Happy New Year to you all! I gathered these quotes because they really encapsulated all that I have been thinking about in this New Year. Everybody does a "Best Of.." list or a stream of resolutions, only to be broken, with un-needed drama attached. I think that there is a fair amount to be gleaned from simply trying something new and therein experience life in a new way. It's a great way to break old habits by creating new ones and the only way to discover new things about yourself and the world around you. So, in the spirit of new beginnings, here are a few ideas to get you into a NEW frame of mind and being for the year ahead.....








January 1 to February 28, 2011
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink.  Lace up your skates and kick off the festive season with FREE SKATING at the Robson Square Ice Rink. Skating is free. Skate rentals available for $3. Helmet rentals available for $2. Robson Square Ice Rink Hotline: 604-646-3554. 

Theme Nights: Throw on that costume and join us Thursday nights for fantastic music and skating and The Robson Square Ice Rink! Every Thursday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • Jan 13 – Disco
  • Jan 20 – Country
  • Jan 27 – 80s
  • Feb 3 – Super Hero
  • Feb 10 – 50s
  • Feb 17 – Glee
  • Feb 24 – 90s

Okay - you are just imaging how you would look in that Batman costume... - or that poodle skirt?!


January 8, 9, 15, 16, 29, 30, 2011  Eagle Point Tour

  Did you know that the Harrison River has one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in North America in a one square mile radius?  Yes they are right here in your backyard.  With over 2000 eagles feeding on the spawning salmon in the area, it truly is a sight to see. The best way to view the eagles is on board an ATV. BC Power Sports can take you up to 2200 feet above sea level to soar with the eagles.  They will mesmerize you as they effortlessly hang in the wind above, it is truly breathtaking!  Take pictures and enjoy the sights on this exclusive BC Power Sports Eagle Point tour. http://bcpowersports.com

This just sounds amazing! Remember that only the full grown Bald Eagles have the pure white heads; the young ones are all brown. Then there are the beautiful Golden Eagles - very big and very golden brown. They are often mistaken for juvenile Bald Eagles, but are actually more closely related to Hawks than Ea









January 13, 2011 Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against Women

 Every minute of every day, a Canadian woman or child is sexually assaulted. Half of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. There is an epidemic of violence against women in Canada and the world. For many women physical and sexual assault, or the threat of such violence, is a daily reality. Please join us for readings from Walk Myself Home (Caitlin Press), an anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and oral interviews on the subject of violence against women including contributions by Kate Braid, Yasuko Thahn and Susan Musgrave. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Caitlin Press).  Vancouver Public Library,Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca 

January 16, 2011   21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET

Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more. Croatian Cultural Centre, www.21cpromotions.com/flea_market/index.html
Wow - I know several people who would like to know about these events! Pass it on....




January 24 to February 6, 2011  Dine Out Vancouver 

Dine Out Vancouver is a city-wide celebration of food & BC wine. Virtually every type of restaurant in the city gets involved, giving you the chance to taste Vancouver's hot restaurant digs, new hit eateries and neighbourhood favourites, all for a reasonable prix-fixe price. We hope you're hungry! Indulge in your love of food and BC VQA wine at over 200 restaurants with 3-course meals at $18, $28 or $38. Participating restaurants and their menus will be listed on www.tourismvancouver.com

Did this a few years ago and had a great time. It's an excellent excuse for trying a new restaurant - pushing your own personal envelope in the food arena!


Ongoing until March 31, 2011The Golden Age of Steam Ship TravelMaritime Museum Vancouver

This exhibit is focused on the Wallace and Madeleine Chung donation of important early 20th century steamship ephemera and artifacts. The exhibition will draw upon more than 600 posters, ship models, and over 4,000 archival items. Collection includes pamphlets, reports, deck plans, promotional brochures, clippings, books and photographs. http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/









 When is the last time you were at the Maritime Museum? This is a real gem of a museum, too often over looked. The St. Roche, in it's full glory, is the centre piece of the building - it was actually built around this amazing boat. It was an RCMP vessel built in 1928 and spent 20 years as a floating Police Detachment in Canada's Arctic. I could tour the boat time and again - so will the kids. Not to mention the collection of all things sea-worthy in the other half of the museum - a real delight.






Ongoing until March 31, 2011  Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market

 Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese and seafood, preserves, baking and bread. Plan to grab lunch from our on-site Creperie or sausage vendor. Warm up with a hot coffee on a cold winter day and start shopping. We'll also have select craft vendors selling high quality craft items for gifts and treats for yourself. Don't forget your reusable bags and parking in the area is limited so walk, bike or take transit if you can.  Saturdays, 4610 Ontario St, Nat Bailey Stadium Parking Lot,  http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/ 






Well, I sure hope that this humble collection of new things to do by yourself or with your pals or family offers enough diversity to really step outside your comfort zone. Share this with your friends as a way of putting out your hand in friendship and in the name of new discoveries!


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