The first-ever Robson Summer Fest takes place this afternoon from noon to 4 p.m.

There are lots of in-store promotions, street events, and even benches along Bute for people's relaxation.

The Double Dutch Show from Japan (see photo) is also on the street to make people feel a little happier.

Douglas College has become the only Canadian postsecondary institution to make a list of the top sales schools in North America.

According to a Douglas College news release, the Ohio-based Sales Education Foundation restricts the list to schools that offer three sales-specific courses and sales internships to students.

Douglas College offers three such courses as well as sales internships to those seeking a diploma in marketing.

More than 20,000 full-time and part-time students attend Douglas College campuses in New Westminster and Coquitlam.

One of its most famous graduates is businessman Frank Giustra, a mining entrepreneur and founder of Lionsgate Films.

The Woodward's Building has experienced more than its share of ups and downs over the years.

Once the retail centre of Vancouver, it lapsed into decline after Pacific Centre opened in 1971.

The chain bearing the Woodward family name went broke in the early 1990s, leaving the flagship building vacant for several years.

But now, it's come alive again with London Drugs, a Nester's food market, and a new SFU campus.

There are those Downtown Eastside activists who chafe about the revived Woodward's block, in part because it's encouraged other developers to descend on the area.

Others in the arts community welcome the programming at SFU Woodward's, saying it's been a welcome addition when other venues are disappearing across the city.

You know, it's a lot like the Georgia Straight office—just with subtitles and a panda.

Want to "join tens of thousands of happy naked cyclists in the greatest celebration of human powered happiness the world has ever seen"?

Then get thee to Sunset Beach on Saturday (June 14) at noon. Oh, make sure to bring your bike. And leave those clothes at home.

Okay, the last part is optional. The dress code for the World Naked Bike Ride is "bare as you dare".

Here are some tips for naked bike riding from organizers:

The headline certainly caught readers' attention: "Lawmen may have flushed out urinal thieves".

Writing on the Al.com blog, Carol Robinson reported that police had arrested two men suspected in numerous thefts from urinals in and around Birmingham, Alabama.

The men, who haven't been identified, reportedly stole flush valves and supply lines to urinals in numerous restaurants, including McDonald's, Arby's, Church's, and Burger King.

The metal wasn't made of copper, so it wasn't of much value to scrap dealers.

But the thefts might have created a lot of lucrative work for local plumbers.

I learned some new things last night during my visit to one of the region's most popular evening markets.

For example, it's possible to get Halal Chinese food in the Lower Mainland.

Also, colourful posters of Hindu gods such as Ganesh and Laxmi are made in Guangdong Province in Southern China.

Since 2008, the International Summer Night Market has been taking place in Richmond, featuring a vast array of food vendors, kids' play areas, mini-golf, and lots of quirky, inexpensive items, including the aforementioned posters, clocks, games, toys, and clothing.

Did you know that Kitsilano's Temple of Lululemon is completely surrounded by separated bike lanes?

As everyone who lives on the west side of Vancouver knows all too well, East Van is a dangerous place. So, dangerous, in fact, that it’s marked with a giant glowing tombstone-like cross that serves as a warning: enter at your own fucking peril.

On June 5 at 8 p.m., the Fictionals Comedy Co. presents Throne and Games at the Rio Theatre.

Inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones and the book series it is based on, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, this evening of comedy will feature new characters and a twist on the familiar themes of family and dynastic challenges. 

Fans can also show off their Game of Thrones cosplay and have their picture taken with the Iron Throne and stake their claim to the crown.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the video below.

Laughter is coming.

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