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Kids ride free on buses for iWALK, October 3–7, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-28 at 10.05.17 AMFACT! The majority of school-aged children and youth in our country are not getting enough physical activity to meet the current Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.

“Children and youth aged 5 to 17 spent an average of 8 hours and 27 minutes, or nearly two-thirds of their waking hours, being sedentary each day.”

Directly measured physical activity of children and youth (2012, 2013)
Statistics Canada

That is why it’s so important to encourage active transportation from a young age!logo

iWALK (International Walk to School Week) is one week out of a month-long, global event that celebrates active transportation, gets kids AND parents out of cars and introduces communities to safe routes for kids to take to school.

To support this fantastic initiative, TransLink is offering free bus travel for students in kindergarten through to grade 12 on any and all bus routes from October 3 to October 7.

Free travel will not include SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express this year.

Put your walking shoes on and get trip ready with our Trip Planner, use Next Bus or reach out to our Customer Information team on Twitter or by phone at 604-953-3333.

Please note: Regular fares apply to adults accompanying children and youth on buses.

Talk to your school or visit the iWALK website for more information.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Take the “T” to the PNE!

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Get your runners out for the 2016 donut dash, go prehistoric at the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit or fly through the air as an Angry Bird on the new zip line because The Fair at the PNE is back and we have your added transit to get you to the fun!

Additional bus service includes:

  • #16 PNE Special from 29th Avenue Station – stopping at Renfew SkyTrain Station
  • #210 PNE Special from Phibbs exchange in North Vancouver
  • The West Vancouver Blue Bus Special from Horsehoe Bay

For the PNE free days on Tuesday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 30 there will be extra shuttles from 29th Avenue Station to PNE.

Remember! The Fair at the PNE is closed on August 22 and August 29.

Know before you go! Head to our Trip Planner to map out your route to the PNE grounds!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Know before you go! Weekend events August 13-14, 2016

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Lots to do around the region this weekend and that means some changes and reroutes for our buses.

Take a look!

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

The City of Vancouver will be hosting their annual Chinatown Festival this weekend!

The celebrations are on Columbia between Pender & Keefer.

The following detours will apply on Saturday and Sunday:

  • 50 False Creek: From temporary terminus at Cambie & Pender via Pender, Main, Powell, then regular route.
  • 50 Waterfront: Regular route to a temporary terminus at Cambie & Pender.
  • C23 Davie: Regular route to Quebec & National then continue Quebec-Expo Blvd, then regular route.
  • C23 Main St Stn: Regular route to Abbott & Keefer, then continue Abbott, Pender, Main, National, then regular route.

Royal City Pride Parade

Pride celebrations continue this weekend in New Westminster!

The Royal City Pride Parade is on Saturday August 13 on Columbia Street between 4th St and 6th St.

The following detours will apply from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m.:

  • 106 Metrotown: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then Carnarvon, 6th St, regular route.
  • 106 New West: Regular route to 6th St & Carnarvon, then Carnarvon, 8th St, Columbia into New West Stn.
  • C9 Lougheed: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then 8th St, Royal, McBride, Columbia, regular route.
  • C9 New West: Regular route to Columbia & McBride, then McBride, Royal, 8th St, Columbia, regular route.
  • C3 Victoria Hill: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then via Carnarvon, 4th St, regular route.
  • C3 Quayside: Regular route to 4th St & Carnarvon, then Carnarvon, 8th St, Columbia, regular route.
  • C4 New West Stn: Regular route to 4th St & Carnarvon, then Carnarvon, 8th St, Columbia, regular route.
  • C4 Uptown: Regular route to Carnarvon & 8th St, then via Carnarvon, 4th St, regular route.

Sea Wheeze Lululemon Half Marathon

They’ll huff and puff and run themselves around town!

There are numerous changes to routes in Vancouver affected by the half marathon from first bus times until 11:30 a.m.

Visit the alerts page for full listings.

Slide the City North Vancouver

Slip slide away in this annual event on Lonsdale Avenue.

There will be many reroutes and temporary bus stop changes across the weekend in the area.

Head to translink.ca/alerts for details.

Don’t forget! You can use Trip Planner to map out your transit trip!

Author: Adrienne Coling

B.C. Day weekend events: Davie Street party, Afro-Brazilian Carnaval and Vancouver Pride Parade

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Pride 2015 – Courtesy of Ian Spence

Party time! Excellent!

Pride weekend is upon us and lots of events (Pride-related and more) are taking place this weekend, in and around Vancouver’s West End and downtown.

This means that some buses and Community Shuttles have been detoured or rerouted in that area.

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In the heart of the Davie Street Village, dance the night away on July 29 at the annual Davie Street Party happening between Burrard and Jervis.

Affected routes:

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (July 30) – 5 Robson/Downtown, 6 Davie/Downtown, C23 Davie, C23 Main.

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Can’t get to Rio for the 2016 Olympics? Don’t worry, you can get a taste of Brazil right here in Metro Vancouver!

The 6th Annual Afro-Brazilian Carnaval is this Saturday, July 30th.

Come out to the Granville Strip between Drake and Hastings to experience a samba parade, a live percussion band, capoeira demonstrations and more!

Affected routes:

6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. – 4 UBC, 4 Powell/Downtown, 7 Dunbar, 7 Nanaimo, 14 Hastings/Downtown, 14 UBC, 16 29 Ave Stn. 16 Arbutus, 10 Downtown, 10 Granville, 17 Downtown, 20 Downtown, 50 Waterfront, 50 S. False Creek.

6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – 6 Davie and 6 Downtown.

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Everybody say love!

The Vancouver Pride Society will be holding the annual Pride Parade on Sunday, July 31!

The parade will run on Robson between Nicola & Gilford then proceed via Denman, Beach and Pacific to Thurlow.

Affected routes:

6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. –5 Robson/Downtown, 6 Davie/Downtown, C21 Beach, C21 Yaletown, C23 Davie, C23 Main,

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 240 15 Street, 240 Vancouver, 246 Vancouver and 246 Highland.

Remember! There is extra service for the last night of the Honda Celebration of Light!

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Hey, many of us get a day off on Monday. We should probably do something super fun with it!

If you’re south of the Fraser, check out the annual Holi Colour Festival.

Between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. head to Lakshmi Narayan Mandir at 8321 140 St in Surrey.

You will experience an explosion of colours – seriously, wear some old clothes – along with music, vendors, food, kids activities and lots of fun!

Celebrate BC Day in Burnaby!

From 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Village Museum, enjoy local artisans, food vendors, carousel rides and even a circus school!

What other events and activities do you have planned for this long weekend? Comment below and let us know!

Know before you go! For full detours and maps, visit translink.ca/alerts.
Help us plan your transit trip by using Trip Planner.
Have questions on the go? Tweet @TransLink or call us at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Added service for the Honda Celebration of Light!

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Canada’s fireworks show – August 1, 2015 (Courtesy of GoToVan)

Summer means festivals, getting outdoors more and fireworks!

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Here are the dates for these sparkling displays:

Saturday, July 23 – Netherlands

Wednesday, July 27 – Australia

Saturday July 30 – U.S. A. (DISNEY!!)

All shows begin at 10 p.m.

To make sure everyone can get to and from these spectacular events, TransLink has added more service for all three nights to accommodate the fireworks at English Bay.

Added service

West Vancouver Transit

West Vancouver Transit will operate additional service go to and from Downtown Vancouver before and after each event. There will be additional 255 Service to Lynn Valley from Dundarave.

SkyTrain Expo/Millennium/Canada Lines will run additional trains beginning mid-afternoon, at near-peak service levels lasting well past the end of the events.

Expo Line: Last train will leave Waterfront for King George at 1:16am, with connections to the Millennium Line at Commercial-Broadway.

Millennium Line: Last train to Lougheed will leave Waterfront Station at 1:11am

Canada Line: Last train will leave Waterfront for Richmond-Brighouse at 1:15am

West Coast Express: WCE will offer a special train on July 30 only, leaving Mission City at 7 p.m., arriving at Waterfront Station at 8:15pm The return train departs Waterfront Station at midnight, arriving back at Mission City approximately 1:15am.

SeaBus will provide extra and extended service for each of the Celebration of Light events.

  • July 23, 27 and 30: We’re extending our 15-minute service until 12 a.m., and then every 30 minutes until the last sailing at 1:22 a.m. from the South Terminal.

Some downtown and West End buses are also re-routing during these times. Full details can be found online here.

Station access

Before, during and after the events, transit stations will be open, but some will have modified access to ensure customer comfort and safety.

Waterfront Station: After 10:30 p.m., Expo and Millennium line customers who do not require an elevator may only access the station from the Howe Street entrance, north of Cordova. All Canada Line and SeaBus customers, and Expo and Millennium line customers who need an elevator, can access Waterfront Station through the Cordova Street entrance. The Canada Line Granville and Hastings entrance will remain fully accessible for Canada Line customers.

Granville Station: Customers can enter the station from Dunsmuir Street only after 10:30 p.m. until crowds have cleared. Also, there will be no access to Expo and Millennium trains heading towards Waterfront Station after this time.

Burrard Station: Bikes cannot be locked at the station entrance from 9 p.m. and should be removed by 10:30 p.m. onwards, until the expected crowds have cleared. Customers will not be able to access Expo and Millennium trains towards Waterfront Station after 10:30 p.m.

**Passengers will not be permitted to board SkyTrain
with bikes after the events until crowds are clear**

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Transit Tip!

Don’t wait in line at Compass vending machines after the fireworks!

You can buy your two Compass Tickets (save one for later that night) and top up your Compass Card beforehand to breeze through the crowds after the events!

For up-to-date transit service information including bus re-routes during special events, sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts,
follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Boundary Bay Airshow flies into Delta this weekend

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What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird… it’s  a plane… it’s… oh, yep! It’s definitely a plane!

Many, many planes will be making neck-tilting appearances at the Boundary Bay Airshow this Saturday, July 23!

Some of those include a Lockheed P-38L Lightning, a Nakajima KI-43 Oscar and a Harvard Mk 4 and Mk IIb and more!

Due to this high-flying fun, various road closures will take effect from 10:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in areas surrounding the Boundary Bay Airport in Delta.

Closures and bus detours

  • Street closures will occur on 64th Street at 36th Avenue for eastbound traffic to 72nd Street, allowing only local traffic. Visitors to the Kings Links Golf Course will also be permitted to proceed. Traffic control personnel will be stationed at this closure.
  • 72nd Street at the 3900 Block will be closed for north bound traffic. Barricades will also be placed at this location not allowing traffic to proceed beyond this point. Traffic control personnel will also be stationed at this closure.
  • Closures will also occur at 72nd Street at Churchill Street with traffic only allowed to proceed eastbound on Churchill Street from this point to the event.
  • 80th Street will not be affected by any closures as this is an access route to the event.

Bus service on route 76 will be detoured from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For up-to-date transit service information visit translink.ca/alerts, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Oh, Canada! Celebrating Canada Day across Metro Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Colin Knowles

Photo courtesy of Colin Knowles

It may not be Canada’s Sesquicentennial (Yep, that’s what it’s called – I looked it up!) for another year but there are still so many great Canada Day events all around the region!

TransLink will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule with additional service to help you get to and from your Canada Day celebrations.

Please be advised that due to events across the region, many buses are being detoured or re-routed on July 1, 2016.

Take a look at just a few events you can experience on our nation’s birthday!

Granville Island Canada Day

This celebration includes a parade, a special ceremony with cake, live performances and the free water park for the kids!

Time: 8 a.m. – Midnight
Place: Granville Island, Vancouver

Canada Day at Canada Place

This is the nation’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa! There will be live music and entertainment, a circus show, food carts, activities for the kids and a Canada Day parade!

Time: Waterfront Party: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Parade starts at 7 p.m.
Place: Canada Place – Parade starts at Georgia Street & Broughton Street.

Steveston Salmon Festival

Salmon. ALL OF THE SALMON! Also, all of the people! This annual festival takes place in this historic fishing village bringing thousands of people to enjoy over 1,200 pounds of salmon, grilled over open fire pits!

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Steveston Village, Richmond

Surrey’s Canada Day celebration

This day of celebrations South of the Fraser boasts one of the biggest outdoor concerts in B.C. Food trucks, a games land, sports world, activity tents for all ages (including seniors!), lots of live music and performances.

Time: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Place: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey

Coal Harbour fireworks

End all of your Canada Day adventures with a spectacular fireworks show at Coal Harbour. The fireworks show will be visible from northwest-side Downtown (Coal Harbour, parts of Stanley Park), West Vancouver (the seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).

Time: 10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Place: Coal Harbour, Vancouver

There are lots more activities to do around the region including celebrations in White Rock, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Langley and more!

Remember!

You can skip the lines and crowds after your event by using your Compass Card or by purchasing an extra return ticket before your event.

Tickets are good for 90 minutes from the time they’re first tapped. Plus! You only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones on holidays!

Please be sure to use our Trip Planner and head to translink.ca/alerts and translink.ca/holidayservice to help you on your way to Canada Day fun!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Know before you go! Weekend events June 24-26, 2016

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Lots to do this weekend around the region!

Metro Vancouver festival season has begun!

This means events and community festivals are happening all over our fair region.

Due to some closures of streets for these events, there are some detours and re-routes for affected areas.

This weekend has a lot going on, take a look!

Vancouver Jazz FestivalJune 24 – 26

Closures: On Robson between Hornby and Howe and partially on Howe.
Routes: 005 service re-routed all day, all three days and all routes servicing Howe street after 9 p.m. are rerouted onto Richards southbound through downtown.

Greek Day –  June 26

Closures: Broadway between MacDonald and Waterloo is closed.
Routes: 009/014 re-routed, 099 re-routed.

Scotia Bank Half MarathonJune 26

Closures: The race will start at Thunderbird Stadium then via Wesbrook Mall, 16th to Sasamat then back to Marine Drive., 4th, Highbury, Pt. Grey, Cornwall, Burrard Bridge, Pacific, Beach to Stanley Park.
Routes: 002/022 MacDonald, 041 UBC, 041 Joyce, 84UBC, C19 Alma, C19 UBC, C21 Yaletown, C21 Beach, C23 Davie, C23 Main, C18 West Mall, and C20 Marine Drive

Like the title says, know before you go! Check out translink.ca/alerts for more details on detours and Trip Planner to map out your transit trip!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Go car free this weekend!

Courtesy of Car Free Day Vancouver

Courtesy of Car Free Day Vancouver

It’s time for the 12th annual Car Free Day Vancouver!

This festival celebrates neighbourhoods and reconnects communities while nurturing and expanding car-free spaces.

That means large chunks of the West End, Main Street and Commercial Drive will be pedestrian only this weekend impacting bus service to these areas.

Weekend detours:

Effective June 18 from 9am until 8:30pm

5 Robson/6 Downtown Regular route to Robson and Denman then via Denman, Georgia, Burrard, Davie then regular route (as 6 Downtown).
6 Davie/5 Downtown Regular route to Davie & Burrard then via Burrard, Georgia, Denman, Robson then regular route (as 5 Downtown).
C21 Beach Regular route to Beach & Davie then via Davie, Cardero, Pendrell, Bidwell, Davie to Temporary Terminus at Bidwell.
C21 Yaletown From Temporary Terminus continue on Davie then via Denman then regular route.
C23 Davie Regular route to Davie & Cardero then via Cardero, Pendrell, Bidwell, Davie to temporary terminus at Bidwell.


Effective June 19 from 8am until 10pm

3 Main Regular route to Main & Kingsway then via, Kingsway, Fraser, 33 Ave, Main, regular route.
3 Downtown Regular route to Main & 33 Ave, then via 33 Ave, Fraser, Kingsway, Main, regular route.


Effective June 19 from 8am until 8:30pm

20 Victoria Regular route to Commercial & Venables, then via Venables, Clark, Broadway, Commercial, regular route.
20 Downtown Regular route to Commercial & Broadway, then via Broadway, Clark, Venables, Commercial, regular route.

You can find more car-free fun at carfreevancouver.org.

Know before you go! Sign up for Transit Alerts and use our handy dandy Trip Planner.

Author: Adrienne Coling

New Pattullo Bridge consultations – get involved!

It's time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

It’s time to start talking about connecting to the NEW Pattullo Bridge

Hello Buzzer readers!

Just a quick reminder that starting this Monday, June 13, 2016 TransLink is reaching out to you, the public, for your input on the Pattullo Bridge replacement.

There are both public open houses as well as small group meetings you can attend to learn more and have your voice heard!

Public open houses

These are drop-in sessions and no RSVP or registration is required.

Community Date Time Location
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 5 to 8 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Saturday, June 18 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 5 to 8 p.m. Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Surrey Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bridgeview Elementary School
12834 115A Avenue Surrey

Small group meetings

If you’d like to attend one of our small group meetings, please register by emailing pattulloreplacement@translink.ca because space is limited!

Community Date Time Location
New Westminster Tuesday, June 14 1 to 3 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Wednesday, June 15 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Thursday, June 16 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. TransLink Head Office
400-287 Nelson’s Court, New Westminster
Surrey Monday, June 20 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Surrey City Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey
Surrey Tuesday, June 21 1 to 3 p.m. Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
New Westminster Wednesday, June 22 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall
318 Keary Street, New Westminster

You can also find these events listed in our calendar.

For more information on the replacement project and informations sessions, visit translink.ca/pattulloreplacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Trans Canada Trail run across the Golden Ears Bridge this weekend

Race day route along the Trans Canada Trail

Race day route along the Trans Canada Trail

‘Tis the season for runs, races and cycling events and this Sunday is no exception!

On Sunday, May 15 between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm, The MEC Langley run Two will follow the Trans Canada Trail across the Golden Ears Bridge, finishing in Fort Langley.

This event includes a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon.

The half marathon starts in Pitt Meadows and goes over the Golden Ears Bridge and finishes in Fort Langley. The full marathon will start in Fort Langley and head to Pitt Meadows and back. While the 5K and 10K will be an out and back on the Fort to Fort portion of the Trans Canada Trail starting and finishing in Fort Langley.

The runners will be crossing the bridge from approximately 8:30 am. to 10:30 am on the West sidewalk. Be sure to keep that in mind if you’re driving, biking or walking in the area.

You can see the route with detailed instructions here.

For start times, places, aid stations and registration information,
visit the MEC event page.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

Where can you find 31,000 litres of water, 13,000 bananas, over 90,000 spectators and 4,000 volunteers?

At the 45th annual BMO Vancouver Marathon and it’s happening this Sunday!

Runners from around the world will lace up and descend on our fair region on May 1 for this award-winning race.

Not up for the 42 kilometre trek? Not to worry!

There are races for everyone! You can participate in the marquee marathon, a fast half marathon, a relay, an 8 km run, a kids run or a 2.5 km walk.

The big news on the transit front is that the Vancouver International Marathon Society is offering free, single-use Compass Tickets to all runners.

There will also be free TravelSmart Bus Shuttles available in five locations for registered Marathon and Half Marathon runners.

You can find more information and register for the shuttle here.

Canada Line is one of the most convenient ways to get to the race with peak service levels in effect until 8:15am — meaning trains will be running every 6-7 minutes.

Remember! Different races have different starting points and times.

Check out this handy-dandy chart to help you get to the starting line!

Let transit help you get to the starting line

Let transit help you get to the starting line

*Relay Exchange Zones are located near Imperial Drive and W 16th, NW Marine and 4th Ave, plus Chestnut and Cornwall.

Get those pompoms and bullhorns out because the day isn’t just for the runners!

If you come out and cheer for the thousands of runners as they race toward the downtown Finish Line Street Festival, YOU could win prizes!

Know before you go!

The following bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon: 2, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C19, C20, C21, and C23.

SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service; there is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

More race details as well as road closure information can be found online at bmovanmarathon.ca/travelsmart.
For transit information and detours, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TransLink’s family of companies and unions raise over $275,000 for a second year in a row

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Photo: (Left to right) David Black (MoveUP – COPE local 378), Kathy Pereira (CMBC), Brenda Aynsley (United Way), Cathy McLay (TransLink) and Kevin Desmond (TransLink).

Thanks again to the hard work and dedication of employees in the TransLink family, for the second year in a row, our donation to United Way of the Lower Mainland exceeded $275,000!

“I am extremely proud of the commitment employees across the TransLink enterprise display to our United Way campaigns each year. We have been strong supporters of United Way for many years because they have the ability to help the people who live in the communities we serve,” said Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, Translink.

Employees from TransLink, B.C. Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company, Transit Police, MoveUP (COPE local 378), CUPE 4500, CUPE 7000, Unifor 111, and Unifor 2200 contributed their time and generously donated to support United Way’s programs and services.

“United Way works with over 150 community partners and builds strong relationships with government and social services to deliver programs, help people understand issues and create change. These are initiatives our union and members support,” added David Black, President, MoveUP (COPE local 378).

For more information on how contributions to United Way are helping make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, visit United Way of the Lower Mainland online.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blooms for the 10th year

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Join other cherry blossom enthusiasts online using the hashtag #VCBF10

Cherry blossoms are blooming all around the region and that means two things: 1) spring is definitely on its way and 2) the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is nearly here!

This year, the festival is celebrating its tenth season and will run from March 24 until April 17, 2016.

The festival always has so many fun events for all ages and this year is no exception!

Submit your cherry blossom-themed lines in the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic form for the Haiku Invitational.

Entering will get you the chance to be recognized as top winning poem, win the Sakura Aware or honourable mention in your category!

The inspiration for this year’s poems is celebrations and the contest runs until June 1.

Here are some tips from the organizers to help you get started:

Be clear. The best haiku present clear images that everyone can understand. Of course, deeper meanings may take many readings to fathom, but you’ll make a great start by focusing on sensory images – things you can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste.

Be suggestive. A haiku should hint at some sort of emotion or point of view rather than naming or analyzing it. Usually a haiku will have two parts, and deeper meanings or emotions often arise out of the unstated relationship between the two parts.

Practise. No poet has ever written a top-notch haiku without writing dozens of forgettable ones first. Keep a notebook where you can jot down haiku as the inspiration hits and then review them at your leisure.

You can take a look at last year’s winner, here.

A new experience for this year’s festival is the Blossom Barge where 40 beautiful, blooming cherry trees will be pulled by a tugboat up False Creek for everyone to enjoy.

Exciting performances will be happening at the moorings and it’s free to go!

Here is the Blossom Barge schedule:

April 16, 2016
10:40 am Blossom Barge parades from Science World to Granville Island
12:00 pm -2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring Tetsu Taiku & Tzo’kam collaboration, Kutapira and Langley Ukulele Ensemble.

April 17, 2016
12:00 pm-2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
3:00 pm Blossom Barge parades from Granville Island to Science World
5:25 pm Blossom Barge passes by Canada Place Viewing Station

*Unfortunately, there will be no audiences allowed
on the actual voyage of the barge due to safety regulations*

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Cherry Jam Downtown Concert 2015

The big “to-do” each year is the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert at Burrard SkyTrain station sponsored, in part, by TransLink.

On March 24 from 12-1:30 pm in the indoor concourse, you can catch Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko and more!

With so much happening this year, be sure to head to vcbf.ca for more event listings and further details.

Looking for blossoms? Visit the festival’s interactive map on where the blossoms are blooming!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Vancouver CelticFest is back!

12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 10

12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 13

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

**Fun fact, an appropriate response to that greeting would be, “And the rest of the day to you!”**

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CelticFest runs from March 10-17

March is here and that means spring is… springing, flowers are blooming and St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching!

CelticFest is back again this year with many lively, Irish-inspired events to celebrate from March 10 to March 17.

In fact, this is Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration!

Some of the celebrations include a Celtic village and street market on Granville street March 12 and 13, Celtic musical performances and, of course, the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on March 13 will follow the same route as in 2015, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.

Because of the route, some buses will be re-routed on the day of the parade.

Affected routes include:

004–POWELL/DOWNTOWN/UBC, 005–ROBSON/DOWNTOWN, 006–DAVIE/DOWNTOWN, 007–NANAIMO STN/DUNBAR, 010–GRANVILLE/DOWNTOWN, 014–HASTINGS/UBC, 016–29TH AVENUE STN/ARBUTUS, 020–VICTORIA/DOWNTOWN and 050–WATERFRONT STN/FALSE CREEK SOUTH.

Bus reroutes

Street closures on parade day

Know before you go!

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Author: Adrienne Coling