MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

MEC Race Series 2015

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To many people, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is just a great place to stock up on freeze-dried food and top-of-the-line tents. To others, it’s a great place to meet new people, learn new skills, and get a great workout.

Hold up, isn’t it just an outdoor store? Yes, to the unassuming eye. But, over the years MEC has moved beyond being “just a store” by offering a wide variety of courses, events, and meet-ups for their members. Not only is it a good way to workout for free, but it’s a great opportunity for people with similar interests to get together and learn more about surviving in an avalanche (or waxing their skis).

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MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

Win Special Access to Rare Artifacts and Incredible Theatre

The Culture in Vancouver campaign gives a lucky few access to some of our city’s most iconic venues. The next experience offers winners an opportunity to explore both past and present.

A private tour of the Museum of Anthropology will provide a unique glimpse into cultures around the world. Only a small portion of the Museum’s 535,000 archaeological objects are on display, but our winners will go behind-the-scenes to see  some of these priceless relics and artifacts first-hand. Continue reading:
Win Special Access to Rare Artifacts and Incredible Theatre

You Are Not Your Minivan

Admit it: life’s getting a little stale. You wear a path between home and the office, and eat the same tuna sandwich every day. With winter approaching, your hibernation instincts have taken over. This has reduced your social activities to curling up on the couch and watching Jersey Shore.

Many of us stop challenging ourselves out of plain fear. There are the big ones—like death and taxes—and common phobias like spiders and clowns. But some of us are as anxious about harmless things like public speaking, love handles, and telling a joke that bombs.

Well, dear friend, we believe there’s more to you than brown bag lunches, reality TV, and your La-Z-Boy. In fact, we’re even going to afford you a chance to prove to your friends that you are more… much, much more… than your minivan. Continue reading:
You Are Not Your Minivan

Win One of Five Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Experiences!

Ever wondered what treasures lie in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s private vaults, or how a burlesque performer perfects the peel-and-reveal? Vancouver is full of incredible arts and culture, and now’s your chance to discover it! Watch the video to learn more about the Culture in Vancouver sweepstakes and the amazing experiences to be had. Then enter the Sweepstakes for your chance to win!

Sinatra Vandalizes the Orpheum… and Other Showbiz Secrets

Frank Sinatra

Originally a vaudeville house, the luscious Orpheum Theatre has lured in showgoers since the twenties. Here, they’ve heard great music, witnessed unbelievable magic, and marvelled at the contortions of pretzel-like acrobats. Along the way, the Orpheum has also been the setting for some rather interesting stories: from the sink damaged by Frank Sinatra when he was practicing his golf swing indoors, to the room used to hold exotic “trained beasts” such as elephants. Continue reading:
Sinatra Vandalizes the Orpheum… and Other Showbiz Secrets

Get Access To Vancouver’s Spectacular Private Parts

Culture In Vancouver

It’s not all that surprising that people think of mountains, ocean, and rainforest, when our fair city is mentioned. Unfortunately, this sometimes overshadows the incredible arts and culture we have to offer. To help remedy this, we’re giving Culture in Vancouver a little extra love this fall. First up, is a comprehensive Events Calendar that lists dozens of great events happening here every day. Continue reading:
Get Access To Vancouver’s Spectacular Private Parts

Weird Free Stuff: Free Haircuts at Renfrew Community Centre

Shave and a hair cut. 2 bits

The Vancouver Park Board offers literally hundreds of free or low-cost classes and services at 24 community centres scattered throughout the Lower Mainland.  You can learn everything from traditional chinese painting to first aid, gymnastics and even ballroom dancing.

But I’ve never seen an offering quite like this one.

Through November 21, anyone who wants can get a free haircut at the Renfrew Park Community Centre, located at 22nd Avenue and Renfrew Street.  According to the description in the community centre’s fall newsletter, hair cuts will be provided by “experienced hair cutting students under supervision of professional stylist, Kit Chew.”

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Weird Free Stuff: Free Haircuts at Renfrew Community Centre