Scout Magazine’s Essential Events

Courtesy of Scout Magazine’s SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That you Should 
Do Between Now and Next Week (Posted September 14/16)

DINE | There are great chefs across Canada, but for a single dinner option that doesn’t involve a two week long road trip or a plane ticket with multiple stopovers, consider scoring yourself a seat at this Saturday’s Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition Final. Not only will the event feature eight young chefs from across the country battling it out in a ‘black box’ challenge to win the $10,000 prize and the title of Young Chef of the Year, but the accompanying reception will also showcase dishes created by the chef judges, among them Lee Cooper (L’Abattoir), Jackie Ellis (Beaucoup Bakery & Café), Scott Jaeger (The Pear Tree), Normand Laprise (Toqué! in Montreal), Justin Leboe (Model Milk and Pigeonhole in Calgary), Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants in Toronto), and David Hawksworth (Hawksworth and Nightingale).
Sat, Sept. 17 | 6pm | Vancouver Community College (250 W Pender St.) | $80 | DETAILS

CITY |  Participate in the Northeast False Creek Planning Launch Party this Thursday by contributing your two cents to the dialogue. Stop in at the Plaza of Nations, chat with other community members and planners and share your vision. Or just listen to other peoples’ ideas and weigh in where/when you feel inspired. This is an interactive open house event that encourages sharing. From COV: “During our outreach last year on the future of the viaducts, we heard initial ideas, concerns, and opportunities for the future of the area. We now have the opportunity to create a vibrant, inviting waterfront events district with a beautiful destination park.” Live music, food trucks, pop-up bar and family friendly activities sweeten the deal. If you can’t make it, you can share your thoughts online here.
Thu, Sept. 15 | 5:30-9pm | Plaza of Nations (777 Pacific Blvd.) | Free | DETAILS

SCORE | Outfit yourself with a solid assortment of Autumn reads at the Friends of The Vancouver Public Library book sale this weekend. Thousands of discarded and gently used books go on sale starting Thursday, all of them going for less than $2.50 each. Pro tip: Saturday sees all books drop to half price. Half of less than $2.50 is pretty darn cheap for words and ideas that you can read and store in your brain, wouldn’t you say?
Sept. 15-17 | 10am–5pm | VPL, Main Branch (350 Georgia St.) | Free | DETAILS

BEER | Looking for an excuse to pack up and head out of town for the weekend? Whistler is holding a beer festival, which is as fine a reason as one could possibly need. Think four days, 60 breweries, and a kegful of beer-centric events (talks, tours, tastings and dinners). There are still tickets available to the weekend’s main outdoor tastings. We went last year and can vouch for the venue and vibe, it’s pretty great to wander around in the fresh mountain air tasting great beer and talking to the people who make it. There are also lots of fantastic events and ancillary attractions to check out. Hustle over to the website and get sorted now.
Sept. 15-18 | Various times, locations and prices | DETAILS

MUSIC | Hop the ferry across the Strait as Rifflandia spreads across Victoria this weekend and it’s gonna be good times. This year the three day music festival includes performances by De La Soul, Wolf Parade, Band of Skulls and Michael Franti, plus a hefty number of smaller gigs such as Youngblood, Strange Things, and Khari Wendell McClelland. A weekend away with good music and good vibes is a fine way to head in to the first official week of Fall!
Sept. 15-18 | Various times and locations in Victoria | $15-$295 | DETAILS

CULTURE | The Vancouver Fringe Festival is on with close to 800 ‘alternative theatre’ performances at venues all around the city. From short and funny to long and heavy, expect to find actors, writers, poets and performers telling stories in that old school analog way: on a stage and in front of an audience. Get into it! Tickets are still available and a little performance goes a long way.
Now through Sept. 18 | Various times and locations | $19 | DETAILS

MOON VIEWING | Celebrate the mid-Autumn moon at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens on Friday. The Festival honours the full harvest moon which is a symbol peace, prosperity and togetherness — all good things to celebrate! Expect traditional Chinese music performances, storytelling, Chinese games, mountaintop moon-viewing, mooncakes and tea. Take some time to wander the soft dark pathways of the garden, watch martial arts demonstrations, and appreciate the grace involved in traditional calligraphy.
Fri, Sept. 16 | 5:30-10pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens (578 Carrall St.) | DETAILS

LANTERNS | This Saturday is the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. As night falls in the park a procession of lanterns begins to follow forested ravine pathways. Wander to take in light installations, learn about salmon, rivers and ravines, enjoy roaming performers and live music, and make sure to stop for some tea and mooncakes in the Renfrew Field Tea Garden. This is one of our favourite Vancouver events! Always beautiful. Always overflowing with good vibes.
Sat, Sept. 17 | Renfrew Community Centre (2929 E. 22 Ave.) | DETAILS

ENGAGE | The UBC Farm is holding it’s very first farm open house this weekend and with it comes the opportunity to kick around the place, ask questions, and basically connect with researchers, farmers, volunteers, community members and nature. There is a jam-packed schedule of events running through the day featuring everything from lectures, discussions and tours to children’s activities, demonstrations and live music. This event goes on rain or shine. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in dirt and tall grass. Leave feeling a little more engaged, informed and inspired.
Sat, Sept 17 | 9am-6pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive) | Free | DETAILS

NATURE | Get to know the Stanley Park on a more intimate level this weekend. Take a leisurely morning walk around Lost Lagoon and then stick around for the Home is Where the Habitat Is lecture and walk. From the Stanley Park Ecology Society: “Stanley Park is an island of forest on the edge of a city, surrounded by ocean, and isolated from other woods. Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society during National Forest Week to learn how the park provides habitat for many different animals. From nest cavities in a trunk to burrows underground, thousands of animals call this unique park their home.” Wear sensible footwear and come out a more informed city dweller. The SPES Nature House is located on the southeast shore of Lost Lagoon under the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street.
Sun, Sept. 18 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Stanley Park Ecology Society – Nature House | $12.50 | DETAILS

 

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