A-Maize-ing Corn Mazes in Greater Vancouver for 2014

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If you’re looking for a fun day trip close to home, it’s time to hop into the car and head out to the outskirts of town for an afternoon of getting lost and having fun.

Corn mazes are a great, Fall tradition that have been around for years — confusing and scaring children and adults alike. And no, you can’t eat your way out! These mazes are amazing works of art, and while you can’t appreciate the full design from the ground, these complex mazes can challenge your navigational skills as you make your way through kilometres of corn.

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A-Maize-ing Corn Mazes in Greater Vancouver for 2014

A Guide to shopping for Babies and Toddlers in Vancouver

Photo credit: Parade

Photo credit: Parade Organics

Baby showers have been known to cause panic amongst their attendees. Questions careen through your head when the invitation plops into your inbox. What do I get the prospective parents-to-be? What do babies need in their first few months? What about when they are toddlers?

Luckily, the Vancouver baby and toddler shopping scene is pretty sweet in Vancouver. The city has wide selection of high end to budget-friendly baby shopping options and a tonne of really great companies who design and produce baby clothes and toys locally. Never mind both nice and helpful staff.

I would say people who work in kids and baby shops are by far some of the nicest people in retail because: A) they genuinely like kids, B) they talk to people like me day in, day out and C) they’re often parents or proud aunties/uncles or grandparents themselves.

For your bambino shopping pleasure, I’ve compiled a list of Vancouver’s baby and toddler stores and grouped them by neighbourhood. I hope you’ll find this quick guide easy to use and inclusive. Continue reading:
A Guide to shopping for Babies and Toddlers in Vancouver

A free festival of reading and writing at WORD Vancouver 2014

Word Vancouver 2013 Festival

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As more and more people focus on the LOL and TTYL txt kind of life, it’s refreshing to have a festival based entirely on the beauty of the written word. What some may say to be a dying art, comes alive once again during Word Vancouver–Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading.

Through writing workshops, free readings, and panel discussions, the written word is pulled to the centre stage throughout the Word Festival. Held during the last week of September, starting on September 24th, the festival takes place at various venues throughout the city including at bookshops and the Vancouver Public Library.

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A free festival of reading and writing at WORD Vancouver 2014

Metro Vancouver events as part of BC Culture Days

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Photo: Glenna Turnbull Photography.

Next weekend, Sept. 26-28, Canada is throwing a party – an arts and culture party. Across the country, arts organizations, artists and groups will be inviting the public to open houses, putting on (free) performances and holding workshops. Everyone’s invited.

There are hundreds of events scheduled in the province and over 50 in Vancouver.  Here is a sampling of what you’ll find happening over the weekend:

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Metro Vancouver events as part of BC Culture Days

Shift into Autumn on Main Street this Sunday

Autumn Shift Festival Vancouver 2014

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The last summer street festival of the year (*tear*) will be happening this Sunday, September 14, 2014 on Main Street from noon to 6pm during the fifth annual Autumn Shift Festival.

This family-friendly event will be celebrating the changing of the seasons (even though summer technically doesn’t end until the 22nd!) with vendors, food, talented musicians, and a variety of performances across 3 stages.

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Shift into Autumn on Main Street this Sunday