Explore Creativity and Imagination at the Children’s Arts Festival

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Looking for something to do with the kids on Family Day? Richmond’s annual festival of creativity and imagination is back on Monday, February 10th. The Children’s Arts Festival offers kids the chance to explore their artistry and let their imagination run wild. With Creativity Classes, Imagination Stations, Special Events, and live performances, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

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Explore Creativity and Imagination at the Children’s Arts Festival

LunarFest 2014 Lights Up Vancouver for Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year festivities continue on during the week with the CIBC LunarFest. From February 7th to 9th, LunarFest 2014 will light up the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza with a lantern festival, lion dancers, cultural and art demonstrations and workshops, and a dumpling festival.

LunarFest began in Vancouver in 2009 as a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy Event. The annual event is now the premiere festival of contemporary Asian arts and culture, and even expanded to Toronto in 2012. In addition to celebrating the Lunar New Year, LunarFest is an event that brings Canadians together to share in the diversity of Canada and create new forms of artistic expression. Every year, LunarFest brings together Canadian and international presenters in artistic collaboration. The goal of LunarFest is to bring together soul, art, and life on one stage.

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LunarFest 2014 Lights Up Vancouver for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Temple Fair

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On Sunday, February 2nd, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Chinatown presents the Year of the Horse Temple Fair, a special event to celebrate Chinese New Year. The festival is based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people meet to entertain, trade, celebrate, and pray for success in the New Year. The event is described as “re-nao” (热闹), or “hot and noisy”, which refers to the hustle and bustle of the crowds on the street as people greet one another to wish each other prosperity, good fortune, and good health for the upcoming year. The Chinese New Year is one of the most lively and colourful times at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, and the Year of the Horse Temple Fair is the perfect time to visit the Garden.

The Year of the Horse is the seventh year in the twelve-year Chinese zodiac calendar system. Each year has a corresponding animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. According to the zodiac, the corresponding animal gives those born that year certain characteristics. Those born in the Year of the Horse are said to be active, animated, and communicative, with a straightforward and positive outlook on life.

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Temple Fair

Six spots to have an ultra-relaxing Prenatal Massage in Vancouver

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Photo credit: Lindsay Janes

A friend once gave me advice that’s stuck in my head for the last seven plus months. She said, ‘A relaxed, happy mama makes for a happy pregnancy and hopefully a happy baby.”

So when my partner and I found out we were expecting a visit from the stork this March, I took that little nugget of maternal wisdom and found my happy place: on the massage table.

Massage is my go-to stress buster either before or after a crazy week of: work, exercise or travel. When I became pregnant I continued accessing massage services to circumvent the sometimes not-so-sweet physical side effects (hello itchy belly, nausea and Playland wooden roller coaster-esque mood swings).

Besides feeling fantastic, prenatal massage can reduce swelling in ankles and feet, lessen lower back aches and pains, ease calf cramps and increase blood and lymph flow to help toxins exit your lymphatic system. Probably the best part of massage, for me, is the release of endorphins – our body’s natural pain killers and relaxants.  My prenatal massage glow can last for a few hours or even up to a couple of days after.

The first prenatal treatment in my third month of pregnancy was so glorious, I vowed to have at least one for every month this little person was growing inside of me. Now I’d like to be a bit evangelical and spread the gospel about the awesome pregnancy massage spots right here in and around Vancouver.  Continue reading:
Six spots to have an ultra-relaxing Prenatal Massage in Vancouver

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2014

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Gung hay fat choi! Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and with it comes Vancouver’s annual Chinese New Year Parade. Come down to Chinatown on Sunday, February 2nd to celebrate and watch the parade.

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2014