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Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens brightens up those dark winter evenings!

One of the more impressive displays of Christmas lights has been strung up around the VanDusen Botanical Gardens for the Festival of Lights. Over a million lights have been placed to bring joy and wonder to the gardens with activities the whole family can enjoy.

A break in the stormy weather that rolled over Metro Vancouver during the last week offered somewhat dry, yet windy opportunity to make my first visit to the Festival of Lights. Although I’ve been in VanDusen before, seeing it transformed with the brilliant displays after dark is just that more magical. Of course, I had my camera with me and many of the pictures I took are available on Gallery.

The Festival of Lights runs until December 31st, 2015. Tickets can be purchased in person or in advance online through the VanDusen Botanical Gardens web site. Tickets purchased are also good for Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lights ring the pond and fountain A water wheel at work bathed in blue lights Cleverly recycled plastic bottles make beautiful tulip lamps
Lighting the way You're a mean one, Mr Grinch... Floating disco balls reflect the light in a unique decoration

Boruto: Naruto the Movie returns to US theatres this December

An encore performance of Boruto: Naruto the Movie has been announced. Viz Media and Eleven Arts, with Fathom Events, are bringing the popular animated feature film back to theatres for two days only: Sunday, December 13th and Monday, December 14th, 2015.

Tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 4th. No Canadian dates or locations were mentioned.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie premiered in both Canada and the United States on Saturday, October 10th, 2015.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump

Remembrance Day 2015 Ceremonies

On Wednesday, November 11th, communities around Metro Vancouver will be holding ceremonies to honour the men and women who serve and have given their lives for Canada.

The Veterans Affairs Canada Calendar of Events web site has a searchable listing of additional events and memorials recognizing the sacrifices Canadians have made.

  • Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 9:45 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Parade starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • New Westminster – Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue). Starts at 10:30 am PST.
  • Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am PST.
  • Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84th Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am PST.
  • Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am PST.
  • Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road). Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am PST.
  • Coquitlam – A Remembrance Day service will be held at the Como Lake Middle School Auditorium (1121 King Albert Avenue) beginning at 9:30 am PST, followed by a parade from the Como Lake Middle School to the Cenotaph at 10:00 am PST and concluding with services at the Cenotaph in Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Avenue).
  • North Vancouver – The JP Fells Pipe Band will march from the Armories on 15th and Forbes Avenue at 9:30 am PST towards the Cenotaph at Victoria Park (100 East Keith Road) for the ceremony starting 10:30 am PST.
  • White Rock – A parade will start at 9:30 am PST leading to the wreath-laying ceremony at the White Rock Cenotaph (15322 Buena Vista Avenue).

BC Ferries to discount vehicle fares on select Nov/Dec sailings

BC Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay arrives at the Horseshoe Bay terminal.

BC Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay arrives at the Horseshoe Bay terminal.

BC Ferries has announced a new promotion that will cut 50% off the cost of standard vehicles travelling all routes on select off-peak sailings. Cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, campers and vans under 20 feet (6.09 meters) are eligible for the half-price fare.

For routes between Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands, the discounted vehicle fare takes effect only on Monday to Thursday, and Saturdays from November 16th through December 19th, 2015. Northern routes including the Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii, Discovery Coast, and between Skidegate and Alliford Bay, the discounted fare will be available on all sailings November 15th through December 20th, 2015.

For a list of sailings that qualify, frequently asked questions and terms, visit the BC Ferries web site.

BC Ferries held a similar promotion for 50% off passenger fares on its routes. While the discount for major routes between Vancouver and islands ended on October 15th, 2015, travellers on the northern routes can still take advantage of the price reduction until October 31st, 2015.

Source: BC Ferries

Naruto volume 72

Naruto volume 72

Naruto volume 72

This is it, the final chapters of the Naruto manga. Peace has returned at last to the shinobi world… or has it? Kaguya is defeated, but Sasuke isn’t satisfied. He wants to bring the world under his influence and impose his ideals. However, Naruto won’t let his old team mate have his way, especially after all they’ve been through. Will Naruto persuade Sasuke from following through with his scheme?

The last volume of Naruto, number 72, will be available for purchase on October 6th, 2015.

TransLink moving to one zone fares for all bus travel

On October 5th, 2015 all TransLink buses and HandyDART vehicles across Metro Vancouver will change to a one zone fare. Any bus rides that cross fare zone boundaries (e.g. Burnaby into Vancouver) will only be the cost of a one zone ticket; two and three-zone fares will not be required to ride a bus anymore. This includes fares purchased from machines at a station or on a bus, FareSavers, monthly passes and Compass cards.

Fares for SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express are not affected by this and remain unchanged. Bus travel that includes connections to SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express will require additional fare based on zones travelled.

  • Taking the bus only?
    One zone fare needed, regardless of the day or time.
  • Taking SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express only?
    One, two or three zone fare needed based on zones being crossed from start of service through to 6:30 PM on weekdays. On weekdays after 6:30 pm and all day Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays, only a one zone fare is needed.
  • Taking the bus and transferring to SkyTrain or SeaBus?
    One, two or three zone fare needed for SkyTrain and SeaBus travel based on zones being crossed from start of service through to 6:30 PM on weekdays. On weekdays after 6:30 pm and all day Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays, only a one zone fare is needed.

TransLink operates on a multi-zone fare structure where fares are sold based on distance travelled. Fares purchased in a station or on a bus have a 90 minute travel time (excluding the DayPass and Monthly Pass).

TransLink Fare Zone Map

A current map of TransLink’s fare zones. Source: TransLink.

Further information including fare prices and some commonly asked questions can be found on the TransLink web site.

Attack on Titan movies coming to Canadian theatres

The live-action film Attack on Titan films are coming to Cineplex theatres across Canada this October. The movies are screening at select Cineplex locations for two days only with Attack on Titan – Part 1 on Monday, October 5th and Attack on Titan – Part 2 on Thursday, October 22nd.

Attack on Titan – Part 1 opened in Japan on August 1st, with Part 2 scheduled for September 19th. A special showing of Part 1 was held at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California on July 14th. American theatres will be showing the first film on September 30th, October 1st, and 7th with the second film on October 20th, 22nd, and 27th according to the US web site.

Much of the human population has been decimated by roving groups of the giant human-like titans that devour men, women and children indiscriminately. Forced to live behind massive stone walls to protect against these attacks, what’s left of the humans try to return to normal life. All that changes upon the arrival of the colossal titan whom damages a portion of the wall allowing the other titans to enter and feast upon the frightened mortals. Relying on the military to protect the civilization, Eren Jaeger and his friends fight to stop the giants before they take away all that’s precious to them.

Toho Co. Ltd. produced the films and distributed them in Japan; FUNimation acquired the distribution rights for North America.

Attack on Titan – Part 1 and Part 2 are based on Hajime Isayama’s popular manga which has also been turned into an anime series.

Apple Festival returns to the UBC Botanical Gardens October 2015

Salish Apples

Bags of Salish apples for sale at the Apple Festival.

If you love apples (the edible kind, not the technology company), then the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Gardens is for you. Between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th, you can purchase bags of the crisp fruit, trees, and other apple-related treats.

But these aren’t just your regular Granny Smiths. Over 70 different varieties will be available, with some in limited quantities. While a list of cultivars for this year won’t be posted until October, some of the ones served up last year included Ambrosia, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Grimes Golden, and Salish.

There will be a tasting tent to sample an array of some 60 different apples; there’s a separate $5.00 admission to enter. Other free events include educational demonstrations, a food and craft fair, live music and children-friendly activities.

Admission is $4, or free for those aged 12 and under, and gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but there will be shuttle buses running to and from the West Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Fiesta Mexicana 2015 photos

The Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown was packed Sunday afternoon for the annual Fiesta Mexicana. As part of the month-long MexicoFest, Fiesta Mexicana gives an opportunity to explore Mexican culture through food, music, crafts and performances from both local and international groups.

Joaquin Ernesto González performs on stage. Live lucha libre! Nahualli Folklore Society spices things up with a traditional dance

Weren’t able to make it out to Fiesta Mexicana? Take a trip to Mexico without having to leave your house through the pictures on Gallery!

Vancouver Zombie Walk 2015

The undead have risen and are walking, no that’s not right, stumbling, through downtown Vancouver! In a creepy yet funny fashion, many in ghoulish make-up, blood-stained clothing, and fake human extremities staggered along Robson Street to Denman Street Saturday afternoon for the Vancouver Zombie Walk.

Even those stuck in traffic were caught off guard by the re-animated corpses; many pulled out cameras to take pictures or even joined in the carnage!

A blood-soaked zombie has sighted me! Even Springtrap from Five Nights at Freddy's couldn't pass this up! If you don't like spiders, I'm sorry!

Of course, you can always view the zombies from a safe distance through Gallery!

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