Books for me! – a purpose for your kid’s old books

Let’s start the back to school time on a good note. A good friend just told me about this literacy foundation that is worthy of sharing with you. When was the last time that you went through your kid’s library? Fingers crossed was a while ago and this will encourage you to clean it up. Have you heard of ‘Books for me!’? “Books for Me! is a non-profit Society and a registered charity based in Vancouver. For many families, buying children’s books just isn’t possible. Books for Me! provides children from these families an opportunity to build their own libraries for free. Our program comes to life as children choose their own book to take home and keep.”

To find out more about ‘Books for me!’ check out their website http://booksformevancouver.org/.

Have a good 2013-2014 school year everyone!

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Vancouver agenda: this weekend

Last weekend I received lots of texts and emails saying what a great idea it was to post about the Point Grey Fiesta. I decided to make this a more frequent thing, this way I can make your and my life easier and more fun. You still don’t know what you are doing this weekend? Haven’t made your mind yet? Looking for something different and the whole family can enjoy? Vancouver is offering lots of fun things. Take a look!

  • Farmers Markets

It’s the season for Farmers Market lovers to be super happy. There is one in each corner of the city – Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, Main Street Station, Granville Island, Trout Lake, East Vancouver, West End, UBC… Ok! I think I covered most of the city. Burnaby, North Shore, Richmond… obviously all have their markets too. Most of these farmers markets run from now to October.

  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2013

Who doesn’t like Jazz? The festival began last weekend on the 21st and goes on until Monday, July 1st taking place in 35 venues around Metro Vancouver. It offers free and paid shows. Check out this video http://youtu.be/SWhIQhi1XKw – it will make you want to go – and the website www.coastaljazz.ca for more info.

  • Vancouver International Busker Festival

Watching street performances is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s an event that takes place over 3 days from June 29-July 1 on Granville Street between Smithe and Pender. It’s totally free, but tipping the performers is a nice gesture. The performances are presented by the world’s finest street entertainers (comedians, daredevils, acrobats and musicians). For more information go to http://www.vancouverbuskerfest.com .

  • Food Cart Festival Vancouver 2013

Do you love Food Cart? So don’t miss out this event that takes place every Sunday from June 23-September 22. The annual gathering of over 20 of Vancouver’s top Food Carts is complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and lots more. Oh and it’s 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $2. Children 13 and under get in free.

  • Steveston Salmon Festival

Steveston Salmon Festival is another event to fit in your weekend schedule – it is a long weekend after all. They are celebrating Canada day with lots of kids activities, performances and food. It starts bright and early at 6:30am with Pancake Breakfast and the festival goes on until Sunset.

  • Canada Day at Granville Island

Granville Island was definitely not going to miss out on the festivities. Their celebration includes a Parade, a Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast, an official Canada Day Ceremony, live jazz, performers, and a South Asian cultural fair.

  • Canada Day – Canada Place and Burrard Inlet.

It’s a day to celebrate with a festival, parade and fireworks. It mainly takes place at the Burrard inlet. The complete guide ( http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/06/canada-day-at-canada-place-2013/
) will make you and your family want to attend it. I think we will be there.

I must say that I have not attended any of these events previously, but I do plan to go. So I can share with you if it’s worth it or not for next year. Now, the forecast is for beautiful weather. Fingers crossed it’s right! I don’t remember the last time we had a warm July 1st. Do you?