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Community Calendar – August 2013

On through Aug 11 – Velopalooza, Vancouver – FREE

Velopalooza promotes fun bike rides and events in and around Vancouver, culminating in a big annual festival with all manner of bike fun, organized by people just like you for the whole community. Anyone can add a ride or a bike-related event to the Velopalooza calendar. Check out this year’s Calendar for details on the 60+ rides such as the Moustaches and Brewery Tour, Urban Herbs & Edibles Ride, Singles Ride and more, and learn how to plan and execute your own themed ride using the adorable, illustrated Ride Guide

Aug 1  First Thursday, Vancouver  FREE

You know how other cities have nights when all the galleries are open late and throngs of people drift through, meeting other art lovers, sipping wine and loving life? Well, folks, a cohort of Mount Pleasant galleries are doing something similar for Vancouver, on the first Thursday of every night. It’s still early days for the monthly event, but it’s sure to grow. Details

Aug 3–4 – Powell Street Festival, Vancouver  FREE

The largest Japanese Canadian festival in Canada and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver returns with traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, plus historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts and displays. As part of a commitment to reducing environmental impact, the festival continues its sixth year of the Zero Waste Challenge and offers a Free Bike Valet. Details

Aug 3–5 – VIVA Vancouver on Granville Street, Vancouver – FREE

With the length of Granville shut down all downtown, VIVA Vancouver presents a flurry of activities for all ages to enjoy. Shop at the Portobello Market on the 800 block both days from 11–6pm, with artwork, jewellery, fashion, accessories and more from Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists and producers. Try Hula Hooping on Saturday on the 600 block, Swing Dancing on Sunday on the 700 block, the Brazilian martial art AXE Capoeira on Monday on the 700 block, and lots more! Details on the City of Vancouver events calendar and on VIVA Vancouver’s Facebook page

Aug 4 – Pride Parade, Vancouver – FREE

Modo is a proud sponsor of the annual Pride Parade, when more than 700,000 spectators take in the city’s largest and most colourful festival. The fifth largest Pride Parade in the world, with spectators and participants outnumbering residents! Fun game: count the number of Modo vehicles you see in the parade! Details

*** Walk with us in the parade and get a nifty collectors’ edition rainbow Modo t-shirt! Email events coordinator Tommy Laflamme!

Aug 8 & 10  Worm Composting Workshop, Vancouver

Want to compost, but don’t have a backyard? Try worm composting. Upcoming workshops through City Farmer and the City of Vancouver are August 8 and 10. Phone 604-736-2250 to register.

Aug 9  Modo Member Night, Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver  FREE

Join us for our first-ever Modo Member Night at the Chinatown Night Market on Friday, August 9, 6:30-11pm. We’ll be taking over the parking lot just west of the Keefer (near Keefer and Columbia), transforming it into a comfortable shared space for enjoying the market, the programmed music, each other and some fun activities. Details

Aug 10 – HUB Bike Rodeo, VIVA Vancouver – FREE

VIVA Vancouver’s festivities continue with HUB Bike Rodeo, an interactive cycling event fun for the whole family. Kids can bring their own bikes (or use one of our loaners) to decorate and try out our cycling skills obstacle course. Adults can learn more about biking in the city including separated lanes, bike boxes and rules of the road. 11-4pm on the 800 block of Granville Street. Details

Aug 1011  24-Hour Drawing Party, Vancouver – FREE 

The 24-hr Drawing Party is a free collaborative neighbourhood drawing event, where community members are invited to draw, paint, doodle, share ideas and meet other community members. It is open to all, including Chinatown residents, seniors, young families and members of the general public. Held at Project Space (222 East Georgia Street), the drawing party starts at noon Saturday, August 10 and ends at noon on Sunday. Details athttp://awesomedrawingparty.tumblr.com or awesomedrawingparty@gmail.com.

Aug 15–25 – Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver

Modo Community Partner the Vancouver Queer Film Festival marks 25 years of celebrating queer lives this year, with more than 70 films from 20 countries. Vancouver’s second largest film festival invites audiences to watch films that showcase queer stories – from Hollywood to Bollywood, from drama to documentary, and from indie cinema to big-budget offerings – and join unforgettable parties, community discussions, as well as a PechaKucha powered discussion called “Who Are We, Cinema?” Website

*** CONTEST: Win a Super Pass to the festival (which gives you unlimited access to the films, front-of-line privileges, tickets to the Opening Gala and includes your membership) PLUS a ticket for a friend to the screening of Camp Beaverton, presented by Modo! To enter, share one reason you’re proud to be a Modo member via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or another social network, take a screenshot and email it to marketing@modo.coop with the subject “Contest: Proud Modo Member  VQFF”. The winner will be drawn at random on August 12. ***

Aug 16  Summer Field Trip, Vancouver Trade School  BARTER

Head to Jericho Park from 6-9pm for Modo Community Partner Trade School Vancouver’s big summer social. There will be nine classes, food, drinks and possibly a sandcastle-building competition! Classes will be officially announced on August 1, and registration will open at the same time. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the classes that will be offered: Vibrant Movement, Volleyball Basics, Introductory Spinning Poi, Foraging, and more! Sign up for the newsletter by visiting the website: tradeschool.coop/Vancouver

Through Aug 17  Kitsilano Showboat, Vancouver  FREE
Kitsilano Showboat offers fabulous free entertainment every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 7pm, until August 17, 2013. Visit the stage by Kits Pool music, dancing and more. A Vancouver tradition since 1935. Website / Facebook

Aug 17  Pride Festival in the Park, New Westminster  FREE

With a full weekend of events, the Royal City Pride Society is celebrating Pride in a big way, promoting equality by uniting people in a celebratory atmosphere where all are welcome and fostering a sense of community for all GLBTQI people. Come say hey to Modo member-volunteers at our booth at the Pride Festival in the Park on Saturday! Details

Aug 22 – Shooting Stars Foundation presents TAPPED IN, Vancouver

Modo Community Partner the Shooting Starts Foundation presents this blind craft beer tasting event to benefit local AIDS and HIV support organizations. Sample craft beer “blind”, allowing your tastebuds to guide your tastes rather than a label. The last hour the covers come off and all will be revealed. Tickets are all inclusive at $35 per person. The Shooting Stars Foundation has produced quality theatre and special events for more than 20 years, to date granting close to $1.8 million to federally registered Direct Service HIV/AIDS organizations in BC. Details

Aug 23–24 – Writers’ Exchange Story Collaboration, Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver – FREE

Visit Modo Community Partner the Writers’ Exchange booth at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market to co-author a story the length of the whole market! Add a couple sentences to the collaborative tale, and chat with the Writers’ Exchange crew about how you can become a volunteer-mentor, donate or get the whole family involved in fun, free literacy programs for inner-city kids. Website

Aug 24  Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival, Vancouver

This annual festival raises public awareness regarding on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community, with multi-cultural readings in various languages, dancers, an original theatrical performance, musical performances, panel discussions, open mics and a children’s area with puppet shows, music, storytellers, face painting and craft tables, plus info booths. Joe Rosenblatt and Heather Haley kick things off; a performance by Barbara Adler and Fang closes the day of festivities. Free workshops will throughout the day. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early. Website

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