Should We Ban Weddings and Baby Showers?

Pamela Chan/ If you’re looking to get married in British Columbia, there is a wide range of options for wedding locations and vendors.  Depending on what your budget is, you could go for a natural and simple affair or really splash out. The same can be said when you start a family.  You can find [...]

Milk Carton Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses built around milk cartons are a favourite activity in elementary school. If you want to make a house that doesn’t require pre-baking the parts, this is project isn’t intimidating.

St. Nicholas Day in Greater Vancouver

In a few days St. Nicholas will be visiting locations in the Lower Mainland. If you’re looking to start a new tradition during the Christmas and holiday season, this is one that you won’t want to miss.

What is the Sound of All of Us?

Connect BC is a new group page on Facebook where British Columbians can connect and share information about events and opportunities focussed on CULTURE, strengthening COMMUNITIES and CONNECTING to Nature. This group page is an extension of the local, Canadian and international information that is shared on the page on Facebook.

Mid Autumn Moon Festival in Coquitlam

This past Saturday shoppers and visitors took part in a Mid Autumn Moon Festival at the Henderson Shopping Mall. The event was well attended by a predominantly Chinese-Canadian crowd.  If you don’t normally visit this mall, you should add the event to your To Do list next year.  Children had their faces painted; received a [...]

Illuminares Lantern Festival: 25th Anniversary

Imagine a world where magical experiences collect and replenish. (Public Dreams Society) Pamela Chan, In the 1990s, before widespread Internet usage kicked in, it took some effort to keep up-to-date on what was happening around Vancouver.  If you liked to attend cultural events and festivals, you would probably pick up a copy of the [...]

Celebrating Boy's Day Festival

Pamela Chan, It might seem surprising that a family in British Columbia would celebrate a Japanese children’s holiday when neither of the parents are Japanese.   Like the Girl’s Day Festival in March, this festival is a fun celebration that is hard to resist. Boy’s Festival (Tango no Sekku) and Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) [...]

Make a Valentine's Day Wreath

After the Christmas decorations come down, it’s hard to not miss the red, green and gold colours that were in the house. Fortunately Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner. We have a large, cut paper heart from Denmark that we use for decorating at Christmas time. Since it is heart-shaped, [...]

Bringing the Outdoors Inside at Christmas

Poinsettia arrangements at Amsterdam Greenhouses & Garden Centre, Pitt Meadows. (Click on image to enlarge.) If you have spent time waiting for a loved one to emerge from a big box store lately, you might have noticed many shoppers exiting with large quantities of generic Christmas balls and baubles that were undoubtedly made in a [...]

St. Nicholas Day in Metro Vancouver

On December 1st, 2012, your family can visit St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas) at the Amsterdam Greenhouse and Garden Center in Pitt Meadows. It’s a fun way to experience a European tradition at Christmas time. If you’re thinking “Pitt Meadows! Out there?”, don’t worry.  It’s not far from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody by way of [...]

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