Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Special Event: AfrikaDey Festival!

Come celebrate AfrikaDey!

Sept. 1&2:

The Croatian Cultural Centre.
3250 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC

Music! Food! Market!
Cultural events, children’s corner and World Poetry!

Contact: Phone: 778-865-2767

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Literary: The Bone Cage

Support Olympic-class Canadian literature! NeWest Press and the People's Coop Bookstore invite you to a personal reading from Angie Abdou's latest novel, The Bone Cage, what Quill & Quire describes as "memorable for its fresh perspective on the lives of athletes and the obstacles they must overcome."

Wednesday, August 29th
7:30 PM
The People's Coop Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive
Entry is free!

About the book
Digger, an 85-kilo wrestler, and Sadie, a 26-year-old speed swimmer, stand on the verge of realizing every athlete's dream -- winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Both athletes are nearing the end of their athletic careers, and are forced to confront the question: what happens to athletes when their bodies are too worn to compete? The blossoming relationship between Digger and Sadie is tested in the intense months leading up to the Olympics, which, as both of them are painfully aware, will be the realization or the end of a life's dream.

About the author
After completing a BA in English at the University of Regina, Abdou moved to London, ON, for graduate work in English at the University of Western Ontario. She briefly lived in Calgary before moving to Fernie, where she now teaches at the College of the Rockies. She currently lives with her husband, Marty, her son, Oliver, and her dog, Brock.

Abdou has been speed swimming since the age of four and currently competes at the Masters level. Her first book Anything Boys Can Do -- a collection of short stories -- was published in 2006. Abdou has also contributed to many magazines and periodicals, including Other Voices, The Harpweaver, The Windsor Review, Spring and Grain Magazine.

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The Childbearing Years

When you start telling people that you are expecting a child, you will quickly find that there are a sea of recommendations for preparatory reading on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. When I work with a new doula or prenatal massage client, I like to give them this list of books; it's short, the books are engaging and I consider them to be an excellent foundation.

All of these books are usually available at the People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, 604-253-6442 . If they don't have one in, it is likely already on it's way. Support our small booksellers!

May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

A truly wonderful book that will inspire you to embrace the experience. Gaskin is an internationally-respected midwife (the only midwife to have an obstetrical manoeuvre named after her, "The Gaskin Manoeuvre") who has attended thousands of births.

The first section of the book is dedicated to the stories of women who have had their babies with Gaskin. They describe their experiences in their own words with some commentary by the author. The births that are detailed in these stories are extremely varied and yet they are not just a rare sampling of successful outcomes as you can see when you look at her records spanning over 30 years of practice (in all that time her C-section rate has remained below 3%).

The second section focuses on the clinical aspects of natural childbirth with solid and well-presented information on the realities of current medical practise around birth.

As one reviewer said: "she once again relies on her story-telling techniques for getting across her central message: If you're surrounded by people who believe you can do it and who support your own belief that you can do it, then guess what? You can do it."

Birthing From Within by Pam England, Rob Horowitz

This a wonderful book that focuses on what each individual woman and her partner can do to prepare for their own birth as well as for the post-partum period and beyond. It has a holistic approach, meaning that it addresses not just the need for clinical-type knowledge (i.e. stages of labour, cervical dilation, Braxton-Hicks contractions etc.) but also the couple's need to explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of the radical changes that they are going through. England makes good use of creative exercises such as drawing and sculpting to encourage parents-to-be to dig deep into their unearthed feelings (positive and negative) about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Birthing From Within provides accurate, evidence-based information on the various options available to women, and yet it is non-judgemental in terms of individual choices. Following the exercises in this book will help couples work through their "issues" and prepare for the best birth possible for them.

The Breastfeeding Café : Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing

by Barbara L. Behrmann

Another book that mixes storytelling with information, it is a wonderful companion to have at your fingertips as you negotiate the challenges and joys of breastfeeding. The stories are brief and engaging and cover a very wide range of women's experiences.

Not Recommended!

What to Expect When You're Expecting

This book is a wonder of marketing. Amongst birth professionals it is commonly called "What to Be Afraid of When You're Expecting" due to the way that it focuses heavily on the possibility of complications. As one reviewer wrote:

This might be good material if you are still planning and have nothing to fear. Or not.

In my case, the idea of pregnancy was a little scary at first, so I bought this book in order to be as well informed as I could... the results were: a whole week crying in desperation and fear that all those awful things could happen to me at once, and the urge to make a bonfire out of the whole book.

Another thing that gave me shivers was the authors' obsession with the nearly demonic effects of eating refined sugar. It seems that all problems in pregnancy are caused by sugar... It's amazing to think how millions of women throughout the decades have had so many kids and are still alive, in spite of the sinful sugar consumption.

Luckily, I have understanding people around me who eased off my mind from the horrors of pregnancy. Now I am prepared to enjoy every stage of this awesome part of my life. With another book, of course.

If you find that the things that you are reading are making you feel stressed, take a break and check in with you body, with your partner, or with a friend to try to figure out what it is about the book that is making you feel anxious. While reading and getting prepared for your birth are excellent endeavours, don't forget to take time to relax and enjoy yourself as well.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Special Event: Illuminares Tonight!

Public Dreams Society invites you to our 19th annual Illuminares Lantern Procession lighting up Trout Lake and John Hendry Park. The date for 2007 is TONIGHT!

The theme this year is "Drive of Dreams", in honor of the forces that guide us to the magical places in our lives. The theme is a play on words inspired by the neighborhood, celebrating Victoria Dr., Commercial Dr. and all the dreamers that live around and come out to John Hendry Park for Illuminares Lantern Procession.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Eye On the Drive: G and D Food Market

A place in the heart
Adrienne Tanner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, July 26, 2007

For 18 years 'Ada's Place' has been a popular neighbourhood stop for kids and adults to drop in for a Popsicle or a carton of milk and, not least, for Ada Keung's friendship and compassion.
Kids who stole from the store were banished, but only temporarily.
Ada believes in second chances and most of the kids were allowed back in once they apologized.
Almost all did. Being excluded from Ada's Place was a bit like being expelled from a desirable clique at school.
"When we were growing up, Ada's was the corner store to go to. The most popular," says Cassidy Penner, 23, who grew up on Commercial at Third Avenue.
As the children grew up, Ada tracked their lives, applauding their successes, commiserating with them when they failed.

Read the full story here...


Music: Natalie and Larry

Thinking of venturing off the Drive? Why not check out local songsters Natalie and Larry, as they belt it out with guests at the Ian McKay Gallery

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

City Strike Effects Iluminares Festival

Illuminares lantern festival at Trout Lake: The traditional closing fireworks at the lantern festival Saturday have been cancelled but Illuminares itself will go ahead from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., July 28, at Trout Lake Park in east Vancouver. Organizer Public Dreams says it will be facing increased costs and asks participants to contribute to the brightly-dressed Donation Jesters at the event. Public Dreams has relocated lantern-building workshops from Trout Lake Community Centre to Il Mercato mall at Commercial Drive and 1st Avenue. The workshops are at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Advance registration not required. For more information: or 604-879-8611

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jacket Lost Last Commercial Drive Car-Free Day


Jacket is blue MEC and has some reflective sticker crap on the back that my aunt put there so I wouldn't be hit by cars. Breast pocket is full of driftwood bits and rocks. To remind me of the beach and my burden. (haha)

The camera is in the pocket -- digital in a black case. May be carrying some incriminating footage on the memory card.
Last seen somewhere around the dance stage, the info booth or the green room.
Bearer of items will be rewarded with my gelato cupon.

Thanks, all! Andrea
778 549 7874

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Drive Days Pics

Commercial Drive's second Car-Free Day was a big success despite the rain. (I danced in it!)
Here are some pics from the event.

Found them on "The Livable Blog".

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Learn How To Belly Dance

at Hastings Dance Studio
828 E Hastings Street

Instructor: Venus

Tuesdays Jul 24 to Aug 21
NO CLASS AUG 14 as the studio is unavailable

Beginner 1
7:00 - 8:15pm
Price: 4 WEEKS $40 ($42 online)

Beginner 2 - technique & Repertory 1
8:30 - 9:45pm. Instructor: Venus
Price: 4 WEEKS $40 ($42 online)

Please register online or let me know ASAP if you plan to attend these classes.

Register online:

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Community Notice: Vancouver Artists' Collective Association

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Visual Art: Helen Broadfoot at Britannia

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Visual Art: R. Michael Fisher at Brittannia

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News: TransLink to vote on study into Millenium Line extension

Wednesday, July 18 - 07:55:00 AM

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Another transit line could also be extended through Vancouver. TransLink will vote this week on whether to approve a $1 million study into running the Millenium Line from Commercial Drive to central Broadway, and eventually out to UBC. Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan supports the idea. If the expansion is completed, it should be done by 2009.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Special Event: Vancouver Poetry Slam


































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Special Event: Call Out From Carmen of Commercial Drive Day

This is just a reminder that the FINAL ORIENTATION MEETING for all Drive Fest Vols is Wednesday July 18, from 7-9pm. It's in the room below the Britannia Library, down the Napier Greenway.

The Festival is THUS SUNDAY (July 22) -- so if you haven't decided yet whether you can volunteer...this is the moment to commit! It's REALLY FUN, you get presents and great food all day, lotsa lovin and 10,000 frequent-flyer karma points. And you get to help set the course for our urban paradise. This is powerful stuff. You'll want to tell your grandkids you were in on the revolution.

We strongly encourage you to come to the orientation on Wednesday -- especially if you're a first-timer (or want a refresher, or to check out our funky crew, get your choice of stylin' t-shirts for $10, find out about the volunteer adoration party, or thrill to more barricade haiku).

If you don't have a confirmed barricade shift yet, or have not yet chosen a duty, you can sign up at that time.

If you can't make it to the orientation, fear not! Just let us know, and we will fill you in on the details.

Looking forward to making eye contact with all you superheroes shortly!

-The Drive Fest Crew

p.s. we are still looking for a loan of a PICKUP TRUCK from Sat. night through Monday morning...if anyone has a line on such a thing we would be utterly thrilled..

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Still spaces left in Theatre Terrific Summer Fringe Camp 2007

Theatre Terrific’s Fringe Camp begins soon - on Tuesday, July 24, and spaces are quickly filling up! We welcome all disabilities, all challenges as well as able people, and will be looking to create a bright star in the Fringe season. We create a safe and nurturing environment in which to explore. Come one and all.

The Fringe Camp is the hallmark of Theatre Terrific’s theatre class program. Through movement, voice, communication, characterization and trust building exercises, students develop their own power and creativity as an actor. They also contribute their ideas on a theme, which becomes an original script for full production at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Artistic Director Susanna Uchatius will be assisted by Jan Derbyshire (a wonderful theatre and improv artist), by Joel DeStephano (the man of music), Sean Allan (of the Broadway boards) and Jethelo Cabilete (stage manager par excellence). The creation process will encompass six weeks (meeting twice a week), with one full week of rehearsal, followed by nine performances.

Jump on board and take a ride to the wild land of Fringe!

Fringe Camp Schedule: July 24 – Sept. 4, 2007

Fringe Performances: Sept. 6 – 16

Location: Vancouver Japanese United Church

4010 Victoria Dr at 23rd Ave

Fringe fee: $275

Requirements to register in the Fringe Camp are to be 18 years or older, have a commitment to attend all classes, rehearsals and performances, and a willingness to work in ensemble.

Call now to register, Cathy McDonald, at 604-222-4020.

Theatre Terrific is seeking volunteers:

  • Newsletter mail-out, from time to time at TT office in West Point Grey
  • Postering and pamphlet team before and during Fringe Festival
  • Ushering and box office for TT’s Fringe show

Anyone interested in helping in these areas, please call Cathy at 604 222-4020. Benefits to volunteering are free admission to TT’s Fringe show.

Theatre Terrific Society

604 222-4020

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Special Event: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party - Sunday July 15th at 1-4pm on the east side of Trout Lake.

The fantastic characters of Lewis Carroll’s beloved 'Alice in Wonderland' come alive with an all-ages cast of more than forty community players at our 14th annual community festival, offering old-fashioned participatory fun for all.

Come as your favourite character, bring a family picnic and join Alice as she meets Humpty Dumpty, has tea with the Mad Hatter, plays croquet with the Queen of Hearts, and dances the Lobster Quadrille to the fabulous sounds of 'Toot-A-Lute' and eccentric duo 'Maria in the Shower'.

More info:

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Fine Art Camps



D'Hercy Dance Company is proud to invite you to do Dance, Drama and Visual Art in its


D'Hercy Dance Co. is pleased to offer an exciting fun filled five day Fine Arts Integrational Camps for children aged 4 - 16 years. Children will be divided into 3 age groups and be schooled for 50 minutes once each day in dance, drama, and visual arts, with 10 minute breaks, for the three hour camps; for six hour camps this will happen twice each day. The age groupings will be determined by the concentration of registrants, but generally will be grouped as 4 - 6 year olds, 7 - 10 year olds and 11 - 16 year olds. Friends and siblings are allowed to cross age groupings. Camp times, dates, instructors, mediums and age groupings may vary. Places and times are on page 3-6, Instructors, pages 7-9. Registration information is on page 10.

Themes and ideas emerge from the children which are then shaped into a story line and dance narrative to create a show on the final day, complete with props and sets made by the children and complimented by costumes supplied by D'Hercy Dance Co and co-created with dancers. The show is in the last hour on the last day.


The 4 - 6 year olds will do a Ballet/Jazz/Creative movement class, fundamentally based on Laban Effort-Shape Principles. The 7 - 10 year olds will do a Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop influenced class and the 11 - 15 year olds will do a Jazz/Hip Hop Plus class that includes rhythmic forms of dance of their choice, as well as the Jazz and Hip Hop. All levels will do some creation of movement.


The children will create their own play based on what develops out of improvisational games and exercises designed to support individual expression and group cooperation. The children's interests are what drives the forms and approaches used by the instructors. Children are thoroughly coached on line delivery and the relationship of performer to audience while being supported in performance by thematic choices that are relevant to their interests.


The children will be schooled in colour theory, texture and prop designing. Their creations can range from masks, props, and musical instruments to possibly costumes and back drops. They will also be encouraged to be involved in as much of the design and the staging of the play as possible. Some camps are creating a video component of the visual art.

All of these forms are integrated into the final presentation in the last hour of the last day. Children are encouraged to participate in all levels of the show production.



located @ 22nd and Renfrew - 2929 East 22nd Ave
Tel: (604) 257-8388
July 16th to 20th
- $135.00/week

Who: Children, Ages: 4-6 years, 7-10 years and 11 - 16 years.
What: Dance, Drama and Visual Art.
Where: Renfrew Community Centre,
2929 East 22nd Avenue.
When: July 16th to 20th 9:30 to 3:30 Monday to Thursday and Friday 10 - 5pm How Much: $135.00. TO REGISTER: CALL 257-8388 or go online ONLINE REGISTRATION PATHWAY: programs...renfrew community centre...performing arts.gen

Fine Arts Integrational Summer Camp
The St. James Cottage Hospice
in the Community Room
650 North Penticton Street
between McGill and Wall Street located in Burrardview Park just past Harbourview Daycare

August 6th to 10th(5 DAYS)
4 - 12 year olds/1:00pm to 5:00pm
Dance, Drama & Visual Art
$120.00/5 DAYS
CALL 267-2197 OR 765-4890 TO REGISTER
and follow the instructions on the registration form at the back of this brochure.

Fine Arts Integrational Summer Camp
Capital Hill Hall
@ 321 South Howard Street
10 am to 3 pm
4 - 16 year olds
$120.00/5days, @ 5 hours/day
CALL 267-2197 OR 983-9338 TO REGISTER
and follow the instructions on the registration form at the back of this brochure.
Riley Park Community Centre
50 East 30th Avenue
July 9th to13th
$150.00/5 days @ 6 hours each day
9:30 - 3:30
5-7 years and 8 - 12 years.
Children are schooled in dance and visual arts in two groups rotated between two teachers, three hours/day for five days. A play is also created. The classes are 50 minutes with 10 minute breaks. Bring a snack and water bottle for your child. DANCE Children learn different forms of dance from a base of laban effort shape work. The 5 -7¹s study jazz, ballet, and hip hop. The older kids study jazz, hip hop, and modern. Children focus on their interest. Students are schooled in dance creation as well. VISUAL ARTS The children will be schooled in colour theory and texture in drawing, collage and painting. There will be some prop designing. Children's creations can range from masks, props, musical instruments to possibly costumes and backdrops. Children will be encouraged to be involved in as much of the design and the staging of the play-dance -extravaganza as possible. DRAMA Children create and act out a story that combines their dances and visual arts creations. There is a show on the last day combining all of the above. The emphasis is on Visual Arts and Dance in this camp.

register...riley park community RILEY PARK COMMUNITY
CENTRE IS LOCATED AT 50 East 30th Avenue, one block East of Nat Bailey Stadium. THE FRONT DESK CAN BE REACHED AT 257-8545


August 20th to 24th
Monday to Friday
4.0 hours/5 days - $120.00; 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Registration Deadline, July 26th.

D'Hercy Dance Co. is pleased to offer an exciting fun filled five day Fine Arts Camp for children aged 4 - 16 years. Children will be divided into 3 age groups and be schooled for 50 minutes each day in dance, drama, and visual arts, with 10 minute breaks. The age groupings will be determined by the concentration of registrants, but generally will be grouped as 4 - 6 year olds, 7 - 10 year olds and 11 - 16 year olds. Friends and siblings are allowed to cross age groupings. The camp will go from 2:30 until 6:00 Monday to Friday.

TO REGISTER FILL OUT A REGISTRATION FORM AND LEAVE YOUR CHEQUE AT THE COMMONS BLOCK by July 26th at UBC FAMILY HOUSING or Call 604-267-2197, and follow the directions on the registration form at the end of this brochure. FILL THE CHEQUE OUT TO D¹HERCY DANCE COMPANY ADDRESS OF THE COMMONS BLOCK IS 2707 Tennis Crescent, Call 822-3172 for directions.

JULY 23rd to 27th€€€ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (3 HOUR CAMP)
AUGUST 20TH TO 24TH€€€ 10:00 am TO 4:00 pm (6 HOUR CAMP)
801 West 22nd Avenue @ 22ND AND HEATHER
3 hours/ 5 days - $113.50€€€€€ 6 hours/5 days - $150.00
Who: Children, Ages: 4-6 years, 7-10 years and 11 - 15 years.
What: Dance, Drama and Visual Art.
Where: 801 West 22nd Avenue.
When: JULY 23 to 27 € 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; August 20 - 24 € 10 am to 4pm. How much: $113.50/5 days @ 3 hours/day; 150.00/5days @ 6 hours/day TO REGISTER, CALL 257-8130 DOUGLAS PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE IS LOCATED AT 801 West 22nd Avenue between Oak and Cambie @ HEATHER STREET. ONLINE REGISTRATION PATHWAY: programs...douglas park community centre...performing arts...PERFORMING ARTS INTEGRATIONAL CAMP

Fine Arts Summer Camp
@ Coal Harbour Community Centre
at the foot of Jervis and West Cordova
JULY 3 - 6
4 - 12 year olds €€€ 9:30am - 12:30pm
Dance, Drama & Visual Art
$104.00/4 SESSIONS @ 3 hours per day

Who: Children, Ages: 5 - 8 years.
What: Dance, Drama and Visual Art.
Where: Coal Harbour Community Centre.
When: July 3-6 from 9:30am -12:30pm
How Much: $104.00/4 sessions.

Children are schooled in dance and visual arts in two groups rotated between two teachers, three hours/day for five days. The classes are 50 minutes with 10 minute breaks and change over time. Monday and Wednesday, Visual Art and Dance, Tuesday and Thursday, Drama and Staging, Friday, all three combined into a show. Bring a snack and water bottle for your child.

CALL : 604 - 718 - 8222

ONLINE REGISTRATION PATHWAY: programs...find activities and register...WEcoal harbour community centre...creative arts.gen

FOR D'Hercy Dance Co Classes:
Michelle Hersey can be reached @ 604-267-2197 or 604-765-4890 or emailed at

FOR UBC , THE COTTAGE HOSPICE and the Capitol Hill Hall, Call/Email to inform intent to register at the above numbers at least one week (earlier is better as these camps tend to fill up early) before the camp starts and mail a cheque with a registration form. Registration forms can be obtained in this brochure and previous news letters at UBC or at the front desks of the Community Centres. Please use the below registration only for mailing. DO NOT USE FOR REGISTERING AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRES.
FOR COMMUNITY CENTRES Many community centres have online registration.
D'Hercy Dance Co
#109 - 2211 Wall Street,
Vancouver, B.C.
V5L 1G4
Or leave your cheque (for UBC only) at the front desk of the Acadia/Fairview commons block at 2707 Tennis Crescent, three blocks South of the UBC hospital on the East side of Westbrook Mall, following Fairview Crescent.

NAME OF DANCER: _______________________________________________

NAME OF PARENT: ________________________________________________

TELEPHONE NUMBER: ______________________________________

email: ___________________________________________________________

address: _________________________________________________________

class, day and time: ________________________________________________

AGE OF DANCER: _______ COMMENTS (partial attendance, special education
notes, etc.):


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Workshop: The Secrets of Laughter

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Special Even: The Super Dot Party!

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On The Tube: Fearless TV #5

The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network Film and Video
(DTES-CAN-FV) cluster is pleased to present Fearless TV #5 for broadcast premiere in Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley on $haw cable 4, the community channel:

Wednesday, July 11 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, June 14 @ 3:00am (early morning)

This show:

1. Paul Ryan (CAN-FV) with Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, president of the Downtown Eastside Resdidents' Association (DERA) discuss service and comforting the afflicted. A member of the order of Franciscan Sisters of Attonement, Sister Elizabeth is a well-known advocate for more affordable housing and relief of poverty in the DTES.

2. Suzi Bekkattla, a filmmaker and First Nations Support Worker,
offered this engaging short film (11min.) of a media project with
elementary students from Hastings Community School. Videography by Trey Huston and edited by Jim Norman.

3. Fearless Festival (45min.): Taped on location in Pigeon Park. Sharon Kravitz of the organising committee, Jamie of the Pigeon Park committee, Sam George with traditional welcome, Michelle Richards and Nightlife and Genetics. We are hoping to broadcast the whole festival on over the summer. Stay tuned.

Fearless TV is the result of the perseverance and hard work of volunteers of the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network Film and Video cluster (CAN-FV). Fearless TV #5 is a one hour show going out to 670,000 cable boxes. Its broadcast shows what can be done in a few months by a group of dedicated people with minimal resources. The first meeting took place February 14 this year and we have used primarily community television resources available to everyone if they can access it.

Thanks to Gallery Gachet, ACCESS Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, Chinese Canadian National Council
(CCNC) Pan-Asian Network, Carnegie Community Centre, Downtown Eastside Residents' Association (DERA), National Anti-Racism Council of Canada
(NARCC) and Status Through Action Towards Unity and Solidarity
(STATUS) Coalition.

Please make copies off the air. In time, we will be putting the shows online. There's much interesting times in store for Fearless TV over the next year. New volunteer intake workshop to be announce in a month.

Fearless TV - shamelessly promoting our friends, neighbours and community. If you are fearless, this is your TV!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Special Event: Artful Sundays at Brit

Now in its 3rd year, Artful Sundays is an outdoor, multimedia, visul arts market, through the Britannia Community Centre in Napier Square (Napier at Commercial Drive). It runs for 6 Sundays, July 29-Sept 2, noon-5pm There are about 10 artists set up each week.
They also feature artist demonstrations and workshops, live music, "The Art Of Tea", etc etc. Tents, tables and chairs are provided. Artist fee is $20.00 and they also sponsor a few nonprofit groups. Some Highlights for this year are:

Aug 26 Vancouver Cooperative Radio Books and Records Fundraiser, noon-5pm

Sept 2, 2pm "Speaking Words Of Wisdom, a spoken word/poetry performance (they are still looking for a few participants for this, if you know of any spoken word performers please pass on my contact info)

And Much More!
Artful Sundays is a great community event happening in the heart of Commercial Drive.


Katherine Polgrain
Coordinator Artful Sundays


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Special Event: Commercial Drive Car-Free Days is Coming Again

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Special Event - Summer Dreams of the Downtown Eastside

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Great Deal on Massage at Heart Quest Holistic

Book a 60 or 90 minute Deep Flow Massage during the month of July and SAVE $30!!

(That makes a 60 minute treatment only $40
a 90 minute treatment only $60!!)

Deep Flow is an intuitive integration of several massage and bodywork techniques, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reflexology, Joint Release, Shiatsu and Reiki. This full body massage is tailored to your individual needs to bring balance to mind, body and spirit. This massage includes aromatherapy.

Make an appointment today!
I'm available Wed-Sunday

Mary Daws
Massage Therapist
Reiki Master & Teacher
Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

Heart Quest Holistic Wellness Centre
#204-2250 Commercial Drive
mary at

*This offer is only valid for your first massage with me.
*If you've already had a massage with me, please tell your friends about the special! For every client you refer to me you will receive $10 off your next session! :)

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The Childbearing Year

Strategies for coping with your changing body:

Swollen extremities?

You probably know that raising your swollen limbs so they are above the heart level can be helpful. Another method to reduce the swelling is to take a cool or cold shower or to just soak your hands or feet in cold water. You can also combine these strategies by using a towel to fasten an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables to your hands or feet while also keeping them above heart level. Make sure to have the ice pack wrapped in another towel first so that it is not directly in contact with your skin, and apply it for no more than 20 minutes at a time.

Sore lower back?

Try sitting in a chair with a firm seat and full back support while your partner sits on the floor in front of you and leans back into your knees, or sits facing you and presses your knees back with her/his hands. This will help to relieve the pressure on your sacroiliac joint.

Alternatively, you can try the all-fours position on the floor while your partner presses on your sacrum. For this move it is imperative that your partner knows where the sacrum is before proceeding or you can be injured. It is important to note that this move should never hurt. Check with your Massage Practitioner, Physician or other healthcare professional for guidance if you are unsure and always proceed slowly, stopping if you experience any pain.

Sleeping problems?

Sleeping on your side doesn’t come easily for some. Making sure that you have enough support can go a long way to getting a good night’s rest. Use a variety of pillows to bolster yourself: a small wedge-shaped pillow fits nicely behind your back and a second one can support your belly. You can also use a folded towel for this purpose.

A long “huggy” pillow is good for ensuring that your spine remains in alignment by raising and supporting your top leg and arm (you hug it and hold it between your knees). Finally, get someone to help you to assess if the pillow you are using for your head is the right height to keep your head and neck in line with your spine. Perhaps that same person would be willing to give you a very light massage, just running their hands lightly over your skin to help you to relax and drift off.


Any breastfeeding woman who experiences engorgement knows that it can be uncomfortable and even painful. And while some measure of engorgement is usually considered normal (and even an essential result of the body’s need to increase production as your baby grows), it is also important to know that moderate to severe engorgement should be taken seriously as it can predispose the breast to mastitis. If you think that you are experiencing unusual engorgement, you should consult your lactation consultant, midwife, community nurse or doctor without delay.

La Leche League International counsels women that, “Mothers experience less severe forms of engorgement with early frequent feedings, self-demand feedings, unlimited sucking times, and with babies who demonstrate correct suckling techniques.”[i] They also recommend a self-massage technique called, “alternate breast massage” which is done during the pauses that occur while the baby is latched and feeding, and is a combination of breast massage and breast compressions (which are well-demonstrated on video on the website of Dr. Jack Newman - There are other home remedies that are often very effective including hot and cold therapies, chilled or room-temperature cabbage leaves in your bra, and hand expressing or pumping to comfort. I will be addressing engorgement in greater detail in a later article.

[i] Walker, Marsha. "Breastfeeding and Engorgement". La Leche League. June 24, 2007 .

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Picture of the Day by Peter Valentine

Going for a drink on the Drive

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Friday, July 06, 2007

The Illuminares Lantern Procession Needs You!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Be a part of one of East Van's longest running traditions. With 20,000 patrons, hundreds of performers, and countless lanterns, the event doesn't happen on its own. We need your creative spirit and helping hands on our incredible crew of volunteers to help create the magic we do!

Help sought:

· Pre-event lantern building Team

· Event Production Crew

· Site Decorating Crew

· Hospitality (food and drink management)

· People Liaison (info booth, check-in, donation rovers)

· The Perimeters of the Party Barricading Team

Volunteers are the life of this event, and deserve to be well celebrated. In addistion to ensuring that you'll be well fed and watered during the event, There will be a Public-Dreams style Illuminares After-Party held Wednesday, August 1 st.

Let us know how you can help by emailing or calling us 604.879.8611 x 103.

Come meet the team and sign up in person! Wednesday, July 11 at the Trout Lake Community Centre between 6-8pm.

Eagerly and appreciatively yours,

Andrea Curtis, Volunteer Coordinator

Ari Lazer, Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

Public Dreams Society

141 – 2050 Scotia Street

Vancouver, BC V5T 4T1

Office 604.879.8611, Fax 604.879.8614

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sign on for Car-Free Commercial Drive Day #2 (Sunday July 22)

Come play in the street, East Van Style – again!

Join the Drive Fest Superhero Crew! Another chance to experience the sweetest volunteer gig in town, at the wildest and most subversive event in the City. A 2-hr shift gets you a flouro-yellow superhero cape to wear (if you are a barricadista), excellent lunch, treats & coddling in the swank Green Room, special gifts and prizes, a stylish t-shirt for cheap, the chance to work/play with our stellar crew, and an invite to the excellent Volunteer Adoration Afterparty (August 16 at the WISE Hal)l. Plus you get to tell cars where to go, and help create our urban paradise – the City of the future.

We need 200+ volunteers to turn this fantasy into reality, so please sign up NOW!


Our most urgent need is for 130 friendly Barricadistas to hold up the perimeters of the party. Simply choose your shift and e-mail your preferences (1st, 2nd and 3rd choices) to Mark at

Shifts are: 9:40am to 12, 11:45 to 2, 1:45 to 4, 3:45 to 6, or 5:45 to 8pm.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

* Help with Business or Vendor Liason (a great way to get to know the Drive or independent/crafter business communities).
* Spend a couple of hours doing some postering or flyer distribution.
* Do you have a car, van, truck or industrial bike trailer at your disposal? Get some carbon credits! Pickup/chore runners needed.

* Volunteer Support: 3-hr shifts available in our sumptuous Green Room, or helping to source and procure donations for volunteers.
* Info People: Staff the Info Tent or T-shirt booth, hand out flyers, etc. - great for hardcore Drive residents who know the scene.
* Donation Fairies & Fools: Wow the crowds and help raise funds to keep the party rollin. Roving performers, donation fairies, face painters, clowns, etc.
* Set-Up, Tear-down and Greeners: The festival emerges, as if from thin air and then disappears without a trace...suitable for featherweights or bench-lifters...
* Photographers and Videographers: record the event from as many perspectives as possible (pref. with digital media).
* Helpers At Large: "whatever you need me to do"...we will slot you in. If you have specific skills, resources or contacts to offer, please let us know.

Send an e-mail to Andrea at to take on any of the above chores, with your name and contact info. Let us know what you'd like to do (if you have a preference), and any special interests, abilities, needs, or physical limitations you might have.

There will be two orientatiion sessions where you can pick up your t-shirt, check out the crew, and get all the necessary scoop. These are on:
Saturday July 14 from 2 to 4pm, and Wednesday July 18 from 7 to 9 pm. You don't need to attend both! Please choose one session, and if possible let us know which one. If you can't make it to either session PLEASE tell us, and we will make sure you don't miss anything.

If you haven't experienced it yet, check out to see videos and photos and find out what all the fuss is about. We are so grateful to you for rocking this fun revolution.

-The Car-Free Commercial Drive Crew


Found Wisdom

Many of you may have noticed that Turk's Coffee is getting a bit of a face lift. I was standing surveying the progress with a couple of the shop's regulars when i noticed this little bit of wisdom hidden in one of the old door frames. Cool, huh?

By the way, owner Brian Turko and Milano Coffee (Turk's parent company) were great supporters of the recent Fearless Fest, held in Pigeon Park last Sunday. Their contribution made it possible for the festival to hire musical wizard Michael Louw for the day, and not to mention give the volunteers a proper caffeine jolt Sunday morning.

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Scenes From Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival June 17 2007

And a reminder that it happens yet again on July 22. 2007!

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

!Anti-Canada Day 2007!

On July 1st 2007, the third annual Indigenous anti-canada day event was held in Coast Salish Territories (vancouver, B.C.). A rail line in the native neighbourhood of Commercial Drive was blockaded as part of Indigenous People's ongoing resistance to the occupation of our territories by the state of Canada and capitalist corporations. This was one of many actions across the continent.
just say no to canada
just say no to canada

On July 1st 2007, over 200 Indigenous women, children, Elders and men (and non-native supporters) took the streets and the train tracks on a march and blockade to mark their resistance to Canada as an oppressive force against their people. The march began at Grandview Park and proceeded down Commercial Drive to Venables Street where the CN rail lines were occupied and blocked for over an hour.

During the blockade a Canadian flag was burned on the tracks by an Indigenous person, and several other Canadian souvenir flags that had been painted with the words "No Justice on Stolen Native Land" were burned by about 40 Indigenous people at the action.

Read the rest of the story here...

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Morning Glory Transforms Into Aphrodite's Temple At Night!

This Tuesday, July 3rd, Renee Boje officially opened the doors to her new aphrodisiac lounge, Aphrodite's Temple.

Not only is the Temple a fun place to pick up items like aphrodisiac juices, pleasure treats, blissful elyxirs, relaxing smoking blends, dreaming herbs, erotic massage oils, tantric lover packages, enchanting books and more, but the location may be a pleasant surprise, too!

In a creative move, Bojee has partnered with another new kid on the block, Morning Glory Tea House, located at 1340 Commercial Drive.

Morning Glory Tea House is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm and

Aphrodite's Temple is open in the evenings, Tuesday - Saturday from 5pm

to 1am. Music gets going around 9pm.

Every night they have tantalizing entertainment and offer a variety of sultry live music, dj's, belly dancing and spoken word.

This Week's Line Up:

Wednesday, July 4th: Live Reefer Jazz Band, "The Tall Brothers" sharing

songs from their new cd

Thursday, July 5th: Sultry Music w/ Dj's Nova, Ariel & more * Visuals by Kinotropy * Healing Massages by Venus

Friday, July 6th: Sexy Tunes with Dj's Nova & Ariel * Visuals by surprise special guests

Saturday, July 7th: 777 Party - Dancefloor in full effect! Music with

Dj's Echopilot, Ariel & more

* Visuals by surprise special guests

The company also sets up luscious pleasure booths at parties and events.

Aphrodite’s online shop is:

Special Event: An Evening with Carole Pope

July 7th, 2007 at 8:00pm

Fresh from her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Toronto, catch Carole Pope the transgressive iconic Canadian songwriter, performer and writer, as she connects, conspires and slips out from under her celebrity skin. Pope will perform songs from her recent gem of a recording, "Transcend" as well as songs from her years with Rough Trade. She will also preview material from her new album. Join Pope for an evening of music and spoken word, accompanied by some of Vancouver's most cutting edge musicians.
Tickets: Adults $23 (plus applicable service charges)

Vancouver East Cultural Centre

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Special Events: Theatre In the Raw Festival of One Acts



F Place: The Beaumont Studios ~ 316 West 5th Ave. @ Alberta St. in Vancouver

Doors open at 7pm. ~ Shows start at 7:30 sharp ~ July 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th, 2007

Tickets: $10 and under ~ please call (604) 708-5448

Produced by Vancouver’s

Theatre In the Raw

This July (4th-8th) at the Beaumont Studios, Theatre In the Raw is proud to present 5 great nights

(3 original shows a night!) of fresh new theatre. We will be showcasing the winner of Theatre In the Raw’s 2005 One-Act Play Writing Contest; a one-act from the 2005 Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival; a one-act originating from the Downtown Eastside Carnegie Theatre Workshop; an original radio play from our current Mythical Voices for Our Time project, and a revived one-act from UBC’s Brave New Play Rites 1994 one-act play presentation.

The production of shows include Dean Hoover’s Obsessions, Paul Manuel Kane’s Duet In the Park, Jay “Long Haul” Hamburger’s A Hot Box, Bill Pollett’s The Toe Cutter, and Patrick Foley’s Philomena (there is a synopsis of each play provided below). Theatre In the Raw now in its 13th year has been producing provocative, informative and socially relevant grassroots theatre in BC since its humble beginnings in 1994 at a Commercial Drive coffee house/ cafe. It is a theatre that has produced hundreds of original one-acts, numerous radio dramas as well as performed in over fifty different venues in and around BC.

Live radio broadcasts of The Toe Cutter (June 28 @ 9pm); Duet In the Park (July 1 @ 5pm) and Obsessions (July 1 @ 5:30pm) were heard over Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio, CFRO 102.7 FM on the dial, also at the Radio Station Café, corner of Columbia & East Hastings Streets.

All tickets at the Beaumont Studios to any of the theatrical evenings are $10 & under.

For a complete schedule, please check out our website or call our box office: 604-708-5448 for further information.

About the plays:

Obessions ~ by Dean Hoover. Four obsessed urban characters grapple with cosmetic procedures that will change their lives. Boy meets girl and thinks girl perfect until he finds out that girl has a mind of her own and wants the shape of things the way she wants it. The sparks then do fly!

Duet In the Park ~ by Paul Manuel Kane. Friendships and escapes develop in the strangest of green places. A young woman recently from the Deep South of USA is waiting for a bus at a park in New York City where buses do not arrive at or leave from. She meets a stranger in the park who shows concern and also wants to move on.

A Hot Box ~ by Jay “Long Haul” Hamburger. A one-act in tasty delivery and a bit of protest. The story of a woman in the arts attempting to get some work completed when the door knocks from an unexpected visitor. With her ear to the ground for environmental matters, she manages to carry the Green movement onward and upward.

The Toe Cutter ~ by Bill Pollett. A family battles with a deep secret that won’t go away. A tragic incident occurs to a family of girls, the memory of which will not go away without a chilling battle that leaves a mark on a small quiet Saskatchewan town.

Philomena ~ by Patrick Foley. A young runaway girl Philomena meets an elderly man in a local Vancouver Park. They talk, getting to know each other, when two rough street characters try to entice the girl to go down the wrong road with her life. A surprise, warm ending helps save the day with this dramatic, poetic piece of theatre.

~ for further information and box office reservations please call: (604) 708-5448

June 25th, 2007 ~ Theatre In the Raw

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