Near the end of my morning trek to get breakfast, I stopped to watch some seagulls and crows attending to their morning buffet at an overflowing restaurant Dumpster in the 1400 block of the lane on the south side of West Broadway.

The birds weren’t trying to make a mess and I had to say they were surprisingly well-mannered in the way they patiently sat on the overhead wires waiting their turn. There was more than enough to go around.

On the trail of a messy Dumpster diver

Birds were hardly to blame for the mess in the five previous blocks of alley I had traveled through from Oak Street. Each block was fairly strewn with garbage from Dumpsters and various plastic recyclables pulled from Container blue bins.

On the weekend, I spotted two young men playing a piano behind the False Creek Community Centre.

I was confused about how it ended up there until today, when I learned about the Pianos on the Street program.

The president of Pacey's Pianos, Sean Pacey, has been placing these instruments all over the Lower Mainland over the past three weeks.

Pianos have appeared at Surrey Central Station, the River Market in New Westminster, Lonsdale Quay, and, of course, the former Olympic Village.

Today, he took a piano up the Grouse Mountain gondola to enable people to tickle the keyboards on the summit.

Pianos on the Street is offering a $400 prize to people who upload a winning video.

B.C.’s premier has issued a statement in support of Israel as it continues its offensive against Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

In a July 27 statement posted on the website of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Christy Clark states that “Israel has a right to defend itself”.

Here is the statement presented in its entirety:

The current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of great concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights.

The organizers of the Hacked: Festival had planned to celebrate "disruptive innovation" at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from August 11 to 14.

But they've "encountered a serious financial speed bump", so the inaugural fest has been postponed until sometime in 2015.

In a statement on the fest's website, the organizers say:

July 26 was no ordinary day at the races at Hastings Racecourse.

The sixth annual Deighton Cup brought music, cocktails, cigars, luxury cars, and lots of stylish people to the horse races.

Take a gander with Andrew Chin's photos.

The Celebration of Light kicked off on July 26 with Team USA.

According to Vancouver police, upwards of 250,000 people headed to local beaches to watch the fireworks.

Team France is up next on July 30, followed by Japan on August 2.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Christmas when the drug store starts playing "Jingle Bells" on November 1, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here.

Yes, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8 to 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big event—headlined by Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Arcade Fire—we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing the open-air party, and getting them to answer some important questions.

It was a real treat earlier in the week, to see a Steller’s jay for the first time and be able to post photographs of the bright blue-plumed bird.

I love to blog about all the urban critters I see in Vancouver, whether they scamper, run, push a shopping cart, ride a bike, or fly.

My friend Murray, who lives in Fairview up near 16th Avenue, wasn’t so impressed with that Steller’s jay post. He says he sees those jays a lot. He says one of them is in the habit of flying into his apartment through the open patio door on his balcony. He says that once it came into his apartment and buried a peanut in one of his planters! He says.

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed the Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships national finals at the Commodore. Jon Hollachuk was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. The Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships national finals at the Commodore Ballroom on July 26, 2014. Thanks Jon.

The first night of the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light was a relatively smooth one for the Vancouver Police Department.

Not surprisingly, there were hundreds of police interactions involving liquor, but a lot less than there were the previous year.

According to VPD statistics, on the July 26 fireworks night there were 239 liquor pour outs, 48 liquor seizures, and one arrest for intoxication in public.

That’s way down from the same evening last year.

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