Posted by Michael Lepore on May 21, 2013 | No Comments
On May 11th, Royal LePage offices in more than 120 communities across Canada took part in the National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable Garage Sale benefitting the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Every dollar raised by the Garage Sale supports local women’s shelters, as well as violence prevention programs.
Our local offices held the sale once again at the parking lot of Salmon’s Transfer, a major contributor to the cause by providing pick up of donations and storage on-site. A huge debt of gratitude goes to all who donated their time, and enthusiasm to such a great cause.
I am excited to announce that the money raised through the Garage Sale surpassed the amount from last year! Thanks to all who came out and shopped, who donated, and who volunteered to sort, price and sell!
Posted by Michael Lepore on May 3, 2013 | No Comments
Richmond’s ‘Doors Open’ event takes place this weekend. 49 venues will offer free admission on Saturday and Sunday (May 4th and 5th) between 10 am and 4 pm.
This is the sixth year that Richmond has hosted this program, with participation including Heritage Sites and Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Art Studios, and Places of Worship.
A special ceremony opening the new home of the Steveston Tram will take place on Friday from 7-9:30pm at No 1 Rd and Moncton Street.
With the sun expected to shine all weekend, get out and enjoy some free venues in Richmond but remember to take a hat and some sunscreen!
Posted by Michael Lepore on October 31, 2012 | No Comments
At the live auction and other events held at the Royal LePage National Sales Conference in Vancouver last month, an incredible $100,000 was raised for the very valuable Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. The fundraising at the Conference was an incredible success due to the generous donations, bids and contributions provided by the Royal LePage agents and other professionals attending the conference.
As Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to support women’s shelters and violence prevention programs, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation helps 30,000 women and children each year. Events such as auctions, garage sales and local fundraisers have provided the organization more than $14 million in total.
The Shelter Foundation is my charity of choice. I make a donation with each home I sell. If you’d like to make your own donation, or learn more about this vital and very necessary organization, please contact Michael Lepore.
Posted by Michael Lepore on October 25, 2012 | No Comments
It’s time for jack o’ lanterns and trick or treating in and around MetroVancouver this weekend to the 31st.
I will be in Richmond this weekend with my wife and one year old daughter, as the Steveston Merchants Association host the Steveston Trick or Treat from 3-5 pm. Come join us for some fun and community participation. See how many Scarecrows you see in the store windows, as part of the Annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl. Check out all the fantastic sights and sounds of Steveston Village.
There is plenty more to do this weekend, let’s hope the weather cooperates!
This weekend in Burnaby, take the kids to the Burnaby Village Museum in costume, for trick or treating and unlimited carousel rides. 6-9 pm. Or, take a walk around mysterious Deer Lake Park.
Fright Nights at the PNE – A Vancouver Tradition! Playland becomes a thrill fest with a number of ‘gravely’ serious haunted houses, themed rides and actors roaming the venue. Be brave and have some fun! Don’t get ‘spooked’!
Hallowe’en Ghost Train in Stanley Park. The miniature railway is transformed into a family-friendly Hallowe’en themed train ride and seasonal displays. Free Parking! Train ticket includes Haunted Castle, crafts, pumpkin carving, a costume contest, or face painting by donation. Check the link for times and dates. There are some afternoon rides for the wee ones.
I also may check out the fireworks on Hallowe’en night here in Richmond. Check the City Events page for fireworks start times at South Arm Community Park, Hugh Boyd Community Park and McLean Neighbourhood Park. Minoru Park is hosting a Fireworks Festival, with fire jugglers, music, clowns and of course, fireworks, running from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Have a safe yet spine-chilling Hallowe’en!
Posted by Michael Lepore on June 29, 2012 | No Comments
I’ll be at the Salmon Festival in Steveston – hope to see you there!
Posted by Michael Lepore on May 18, 2012 | No Comments
If you are sticking around Vancouver, Richmond or other areas of MetroVancouver this weekend, you won’t be bored!
May 19th, outdoor pools and concessions are officially open and park rangers and beach lifeguards are on duty. The heated seaside outdoor pools at New Brighton Park, Second Beach in Stanley Park, and Kitsilano Beach Park. Lifeguards begin their summer duties at designated beaches from Spanish Bank West and stretching all the way around English Bay to Third Beach in Stanley Park. Trout Lake is the only freshwater, lifeguarded beach in Vancouver and is located in John Hendry Park.
On Sunday come to the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza opening! Official ceremony to celebrate the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation’s new outdoor public and community performance space. May 20 from noon – 4pm. Official ceremony 1:00 pm. Located at Davie St. and Pacific Blvd in Vancouver’s Yaletown.
A lower mainland tradition, the 66th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 123rd Annual Country Fair! One of the largest rodeos in Canada and the largest running fair in BC for the May long weekend, this extravaganza features the Fraser Valley’s largest midway and loads of family entertainment. May 18-21.
Take in a Night Market. Choose from Vancouver’s Chinatown at 100 and 200 Keefer Street, or Richmond’s Night Market , located at No 3 Rd and River Road, just a block from the Bridgeport Canada Line Station. Beginning May 18th.
There’s plenty to see and do all over the lower mainland this weekend. Check out more activities on the Find Family Fun in Vancouver website.
Posted by Michael Lepore on May 10, 2012 | 1 Comment
The next time you are looking for good quality food fast, you should check out one of Vancouver’s many street cart food vendors. The streets are buzzing with the announcement of the winners of the 12 new stationary spots that will hit Vancouver beginning May 1. These 12 new carts will bring the total number of food carts in Vancouver up to 103.
Vancouver’s 12 New Stationary Food Carts
The Burger Bus: Organic all-beef burgers. Located at Davie and Seymour
Mogu: Japanese-inspired street food. Located at Howe and Dunsmuir
Pig on the Street: British sandwiches featuring bacon. Located at 700 Howe Street
Guanaco Truck: Salvadoran cuisine including tamales and pupusas. Located at Georgia and Seymour
Rimfoodbaht: Authentic Thai cuisine. Located at Hamilton and Robson
Le Tigre: Chinese dim sum with a twist. Located at Alberni and Bute.
Soho Road Naan Kebab: Meat and Vegetable curries. Located at Smithe and Howe
Slingers: Italian North American cuisine. Located at West Hastings and Thurlow
Feastro: The Following Bistro: Organic Meat Sandwiches. Located at Canada Place Way and Thurlow
Kaboom Box: Seafood po’boys. Located at Georgia and Thurlow
Perodie Perogy: Delicious and unique perogies. Located at 700 Homer Street
Ze Bite: Featuring french cuisine including Boeuf Bourguignon. Located at W. Cordova and Burrard.
In addition to the 12 new carts, Vancouver features some fantastic food offerings at carts throughout the city.
If you are looking for Tacos you may want to try Off The Wagon located at 700 Howe St. or Tacofino located at 500 Burrard St. If you like Greek food you should try Nu Greek located at 600 Granville St. If you have a craving for BBQ you may want to try Re-Up BBQ located at 700 Hornby and also at 800 Robson.
There are so many options within Vancouver so if you are wondering what to eat, where to get it and when the food trucks are available view a list of all Vancouver Street Food Vendors or download the free app!
Posted by Michael Lepore on May 3, 2012 | No Comments
Richmond Summer Markets and Events
1) The summer Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market opens May 20 and runs June 3, June 17, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16 and September 30.
The Steveston Farmer’s Market offers an array of wonderful fresh produce, amazing artistry and a variety of entertainers. It’s fun for the entire family.
The summer market takes place at the corner of Third Avenue and Moncton Street. The market is currently accepting applications from non-profit groups interested in applying for a fundraising food both, as well as summer market vendors. To apply to be a vendor visit www.sfam.ca.
2) The Richmond Night Market returns for 2012 with a brand new waterfront location located at 8351 River Road in Richmond. The Night Market runs May 18 to Oct. 8 on Friday and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The market boasts great food, great deals, a fantastic atmosphere and fun for the whole family. There will be a variety of vendors including crafts, merchandise, food and desserts plus carnival rides and a children’s amusement zone. For more information visit richmondnightmarket.com, follow them on Twitter @Rmdnightmarket or visit their Facebook Page
3) The 67th annual Steveston Salmon Festival takes place July 1 and everyone is invited to celebrate Canada’s biggest little birthday party. This year’s theme is Me to We – The Power of Youth! With a pancake breakfast, kids bike parade, a Canada Day Parade, Japanese cultural displays, an art show, children’s festival, carnival rides, a salmon barbeque, road hockey, a youth rock fest and a great entertainment line-up this is an event not to be missed.
Posted by Michael Lepore on April 26, 2012 | No Comments
With spring in full swing, there are a number of charity walks hitting the streets of Vancouver, Richmond and the Lower Mainland. Whether you want to lace up your shoes and walk, come down to an event to cheer on participants or find a way to donate to the causes, we have compiled a list of some of the local Walks that you may wish to support.
Scotia Bank MS Walk – Richmond
Sunday April 29
Garry Point Park
Check-in Time: 8 a.m.
Start Time: 10 a.m.
The Scotia Bank MS Walk has a short route (2 km) and a long route (4 km) to choose from. Participants will walk on a beautiful tour around the kite field and will enjoy gorgeous views of the Strait of Georgia. For more information or to register visit: Scotia Bank MS Walk
Scotia Bank MS Walk – Vancouver
Sunday April 29
Ceperley Park in Stanley Park
Check-in Time: 8 a.m.
Start Time: 10 a.m.
With a choice of a 1 km, 3 km or 5 km route there really is something for every walker at this year’s Scotiabank MS Walk. For more information or to register visit: Scotia Bank MS Walk
Strides For Change – Mother’s Against Drunk Driving
June 9, 2012
Central Park, Burnaby
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walk, bike, roller blade, ride in your wheelchair or even ride a unicicyle for MADD Metro Vancouver’s 5 km Strides For Change Walk. In addition to the fundraising walk that will raise money and awareness for MADD programs, there will be entertainment, a bbq, a kids zone and more. For more information or to register visit Strides For Change.
Walk to Fight Arthritis
June 10, 2012
Athletes Village Plaza, Vancouver’s
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Start-up Time: 10 a.m.
This walk is a great opportunity to raise funds to fight arthritis. Whether you battle arthritis or know somebody who does you can walk, raise money, help a great cause and perhaps win a great prize, too. For more information or to register visit: Walk To Fight Arthritis.
Posted by Michael Lepore on April 10, 2012 | No Comments
Mark your calendar for the final Winter Farmers and Artisans Markets in Steveston. Come and join in the neighbourhood spirit Sunday April 15th from 10 am to 3 pm. Located inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site at 12138 Fourth Avenue, you will find local arts and crafts, fresh, organic produce, and live entertainment. Ready to eat food and refreshments, along with children’s booths and activities add to the choices available. Visiting the market is a great way to spend a Sunday and also take in the sights and sounds of Steveston Historic Village in Richmond.