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Yes,there is a warrior in the heart of every woman. If you are interested in challenging yourself and others then you might be interested in registering for the 2015 Woman2Warrior, a women's only charity obstacle adventure race benefiting Easter Seals Camps in B.C.on May 24th.

Woman2Warrior is a non-timed run covering about 5km of trails, track and grass.  The couse features obstacles to test your strength, agility, balance and sense of adventure.  You may enter as an individual or as a team, but each person must raise $300 to participate.

There will be awards and prizes for the top overall fundraisers and finishers.  Recruit the support of friends, family and co-workers and have fun!!

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Fresh off hosting Canada's biggest 10K run, Vancouver is gearing up for one of the world's most exotic marathons.  This Sunday, thousands of runners  will converge on the city for the BMO Vancouver Marathon along Pacific coastal forest, beaches, leafy residential neighourhoods and mountain vistas.

Last year, this scenic course was named a top 10 marathon worth travelling  to for by Forbes. CNN travel listed it as one of the worlds's most exotic marathons, up there with the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan and the Australian Outback Marathon.

The course starts at Vancouver's highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park, before winding through the residential West Side. After passing through UBC, racers will curl down to Spanish Banks and run by the sandy beaches of Kitsilano.  Finally, they cross the Burrard Street Bridge and circle 1000 acre Stanley Park on the way to the finish line at Coal Harbour.

Even if your not running, on race day the downtown finish line is transformed into a family-friendly street festival, with food sampling, live entertainment and more.

Registration for the marathon is $149 today rising to $159 on Thursday.  18+ only for the main race.

Photo credit: Christopher Porter | Flickr

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Do our homes really cost that much more than they did 30 years ago? Check out this Vlog to hear about some interesting stats.  Enjoy!

 


 

 

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Once again, BC.s biggest outdoor event that is free to watch is back for its 25th year and this year is going to be huge.

The details for 2015 Vancouver Fireworks Celebration of Light was just announced and this year Canada is coming back to enter the competition.  In addition to fireworks there will be live performances, an Urban Adventure seawall challange, and 2 new areas for  prime viewing.

According to the Vancouver  Province Newspaper, this Celebration of Light is truly an international event, with over 85 fireworks shows over the last quarter-century, 17 different countries from every continent except Antarctica competing.

Spain has won more competitions than any other nation, with  6 titles followed by Canada with 4.  This celebration is the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, which attracts approximately 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening of the event.

This year also marks the return of the free SHOREFEST concert series, the Keg Lounge and the YVR Obervation Deck and new this year will be a licensed, ticketed lounge at English Bay Inukshuk and a family friendly, licensed bistro in the Sunset Beach Park that wll not require tickets for admission.

Click Celebration of Light for more details including times and tickets for the observation area.

Vancouver fireworks schedule 2015

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Many of us claim that we need very little sleep to survive an active day.  These claims are likely more than just big talk.

President Obama claims to only need about 4-5 hours of sleep a night.  Martha Stewart works well on about 4 hours a night.  Ceo of Pepsi, Indra Nooyi requires just over 4 hours.

So, what's their secret - Is not needing much sleep the secret to their success or is it just that they have longer work hours to accomplish more.  Can you work crazy long hours and still have a life?  Maybe we need  to train ourselves to try and survive on just 4-5 hours.  I don't know - without a nap I would likely hit the wall at 9pm.  Does napping count?  Who's actually more productive with less sleep?

The good news?  If you require 8 hours of sleep, plenty of people have found ways to be just as successful and still sleep almost as much as the average Canadian which is about 8.5 hours of sleep on an average day.  How many hours do you require to be successful?

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So we heard all the news about how Vancouver may look like a great place to live, but it's not.  And B.C. as a whole is one of the unhappiest parts of Canada, where not a single city in our beautiful province cracks the top 10.   Toronto is actually a happier city then Vancouver.  Who comes up with these stats?   They say that if you want to be happy, move to Quebec-anywhere in Quebec.  Vancouverites rated their life satisfaction at 7.8 out of 10.  Nobody asked me.  How about you?  And since when is 7.8 out of 10 so bad.

Well I might have a solution to our problem. (if it really is a problem).  According to a new study in  Psychological Science it is said that people show more signs of happiness when they sniff sweat generated by people in a neutral emotional state. It goes on to say that 'being exposed to sweat produced under happiness induces a simulacrum of happiness in receivers, and induces a contagion of the emotional state - whatever that means.  So when somebody is happy, they will infuse others in their vincinity with happiness.  Well if that's the case, then gather round. Let's make Vancouver the happiest city on earth!!!

People in Metro Vancouver less happy than most Canadians, survey finds

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It's actually happening!  Adults and children alike can rejoice at the news that th City of North Vancouver will be getting a giant water slide for one day only this summer.

On August 22th Lonsdale Avenue will be emptied of cars and filled with a giant stretch of slippery slide to revive the Car Free Day street festival in Lower Lonsdale.

The slide will not only be steep and fast, but it will be crazy long - a whopping 1000 feet of non-stop action. 

Of course, riding the slide won't be free, if you want to take a turn a single will cost you $20 if you pre-purchase your ticket. Participants must be at least 5 years old and 117 cm tall, and everyone who slides must have an inflatable tube for safety issues.

Early bird tickets for the ride have already sold out, so it's probably a good idea to reserve yourself a chance to slde on the Slide the City website.  Should be fun!!

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Are you ready to solve a murder mystery on the streets of downtown Vancouver? 

There is a new tour where guests get a chance to collect clues, track down suspects, decode secret messages and track down a fictional killer - all while getting to know one the of city's iconic neighoburhoods.

Crime in Downtown, it the first tour company offering from the revamped Vancouver Mysteries, now run by Forbidden Vancouver. It's a bit like the board game Clue, but played out on a real-life scale.  

Groups have 2 hours to scour the city on foot and use their collective brainpower to identify the killer, the murder weapon and the motive.  All teams are given a score and ranked on the Vancouver Mysteries Website.  Along the way they get an in-depth, self-guided tour of some of the city's best known sites.  Game designers from Forbidden Vancouver spent months researching, writing and planning the mystery, and there's no shortage of historical detail and intrigue.Tours are $25 per person and can be booked online

Image sourced from Vancouver Mysteries

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The Olympic Village will soon by home to Vancouver's newest theartre. The Arts Club, Vanoucouver's largest theatre company has announced plans to open a new venue called the West Frist State in Olympic Village this November.

The theatre, in one of the city's fastest growing neighbourhoods wil have flexible seating arrangements and seats can be arranged into any of four configurations in as little as four hours. 

Plans to kick off programming at the West First Stage as part of its 2015-2016 season will be with the play Peter and the Starcatcher, which will open on November 26th to December 27th.

A rendering of the Arts Club's new West First Stage  

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Did you know that the order in which you eat your Easter Bunny could actually say something about your personality.

If you believe in all that stuff (as of course I do)  check the list and see if the way you eat your eater bunny says something about you.


Ears First:

If you’re the kind of person who nibbles on the ears first, you’re a practical organized and traditional person who values security and you’re extremely loyal.  You might be a little impatient at times but everyone loves you!

 

Tail First:

If you start with the chocolate tail, you’re the type that usually takes the road less traveled. But don’t think it’s because you’re an innovator, because you usually don’t like people knowing just what you’re up to.  You’re a bit cautious and maybe a little sneaky!

 

Biting or Snapping Off Rabbit Head:

You’re restless, independent and always on the go, and being a go-getter, you like to get the job done.  You also have a sparkling personality and make friends easily.

 

Smelling It First:

If you tend to smell the chocolate rabbit before taking a bite, more than likely you’re a bit cautious.  You also tend to have high standards and you’re a very detail oriented person.  You’re also polite, very well mannered and you hold back, because you don’t want others to see that you’re also a bit odd!

 

Smashing the Bunny:

You’d think anyone who’d smash a chocolate bunny to bits would rate right up there with a serial killer, but in fact, you’re just filled with lots of ambition and enthusiasm.  You’re “just do it” attitude is how you live your life.  You’re also a bit unpredictable, and keep others around you always guessing.

 

Go In Feet First:

If you eat the chocolate bunny paws first, it’s not so much because you’re trying to gain some “rabbit foot” luck, but rather you’re a caring and nurturing type of person, who also needs constant assurance that you are loved back.  Your insecurity causes you to fear being taken for granted or taken advantage of, thus clinging, or in the case of eating the feet first, “hobbling” things so they won’t get away.

 

Breaking Bunny In Half:

Breaking the chocolate bunny in half is pretty much how you live life, “half full” being a bit skeptical or pessimistic about things.  However you have a purpose in life, of making others feel like they have it better.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, you like being a pessimist, and some find your pessimism a bit humorous.

 

I honestly can't remember the way I ate my last chocolate bunny but I would like to say that I start by 'smelling it 1st'

All in the spirit of good fun - Have a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter, Passover or whatever you choose to celebrate.  Enjoy!

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Starting today  you can ride the Easter Train, visit the Easter Bunny, go on an Easter egg hunt, join in games and craft workshops and get your face painted.  So hop on for a fun day at Stanley Park.  The event runs rain or shine until Apirl 6th from 10 am to 5 pm.  The last egg hunt each day is 4:30pm and on rainy days the egg hunt is indoors and the train is covered. This is a popular event so buy your tickets early to avoid sold out ride.  Have fun!!

The Easter Bunny greets riders on the Stanley Park Easter Train

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