Tomorrow night (December 12), Fairchild Television will sponsor the annual Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The event has been running since 1995 and generates a great deal of attention in Chinese-language media outlets in Vancouver.
You can learn more about this year's finalists below.
The Abbotsford Police Department has released its holiday greeting card for this year, and it pokes fun at last year's card.
In 2012, the APD received some criticism for its card featuring a heavily armed chief Bob Rich.
However, the APD says its cards, which are sent to some criminals, are about "offering positive options to people".
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So there I was on the westbound Broadway bus near Granville Street a few weeks ago, just past morning rush hour, when some flashing lights caught my eye.
It looked like a routine police traffic stop, except the vehicle with the emergency lights was a nondescript silver compact (I didn’t see the make or model name) instead of the usual totally makeable ghost car.
This little car was a bit scruffy, actually, with the cop lights tucked into the inside upper back window, which would probably make them invisible when not activated.
Organized by Navy Pier and event-design firm Ivan Carlson, the reportedly kid-friendly celebration featured 95 trees decorated with themes like Disney characters, monochromatic-colour schemes, well-known modern artists like Jackson Pollack and Roy Lichtenstein, and toys and puzzles.
Tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Vancouver will have its own Rockefeller Center moment at Jack Poole Plaza.
That's because Amacon is holding its annual tree-lighting celebration.
Prizes include two return trips to Victoria on Harbour Air and a one-year membership at Trevor Linden's Club16 fitness studio.
Best of all, it's free.
Right about now, students at postsecondary schools across Metro Vancouver are looking a little paler and having trouble sleeping. One institution, Simon Fraser University, is letting the dogs out in order to help its students de-stress.
Jennifer Perutka, marketing and communications coordinator for SFU Health and Counselling Services, explains in a news release: "Health and Counselling Services tends to see more students during this time as stress levels rise, and it’s important to tend to student needs beyond our clinic and counselling services." The puppies are from the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and are being trained to be service dogs.
You might know a coworker who receives a monthly food subscription box, like those offered by Vancouver's Snackbox. Well, people living south of the border can subscribe to a new service that's decidely crappier.
Every month, San Francisco-based PoopBuddy sends subscribers a set of themed "eco-chic" dog waste bags. For US$8 to US$10 a month, you get at least 80 bags plus a couple of "surprises" (treats or accessories). On its website, PoopBuddy says one of its goals is to raise awareness of the importance of picking up dog poop:
Every year, it seems the holiday season is upon us just that much earlier. But with such a stellar lineup of concerts, plays, craft markets, and tried-and-true classic activities, there’s no reason not to break out the eggnog.
Charles Manson unveiled his newest look this week. The so-called mastermind behind the Tate-LaBianca killings made the news when Rolling Stone revealed his relationship with a 25-year-old woman named Star. She was attracted to California Corcoran State Prison’s most infamous inmate thanks to his environmentalist beliefs.
Interesting as that is, I’m more taken with Manson’s latest hairdo. I’ve been following the evolution of Charlie’s lid for decades; an interest that I share with filmmaker John Waters. His 2004 retrospective at New York’s New Museum for Contemporary Art included a series of photographs called "Manson Copies", in which he juxtaposed Manson with movie stars like Richard Gere and Brad Pitt.
Judging by this crop of events, someone over at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) decided to rename this month Nerdvember.
Tomorrow (November 20) local comedy group the Fictionals presents the special one-year-anniversary edition of Improv Against Humanity, a comedy show based on the hit game Cards Against Humanity, in which players compete to see who can come up with the most outrageous, politically incorrect response to a previously selected question.