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Hot Holiday Toys 2014

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Looking for some last minute gift ideas for kids? We’ve rounded up some of the most popular ones this season!

Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart StagesTM Chair

Ages: 12 months +
Price: $54.99


Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart StagesTM ChairThis “magic” ABC seat knows when baby sits, activating songs and phrases when baby stands. Press the light-up remote or flip book pages to hear numbers, shapes and more.

Lift the cushion to reveal more fun surprises. The chair includes Smart Stages™ technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages™ gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child!

Three levels of play offer fun songs, phrases & sounds for your little one’s age & stage. Features 50+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Fisher-Price® Little People® City Skyway

Ages: 16 months +
Price: $49.99


Fisher-Price® Little People® City SkywayStanding over 3 feet tall, this play set ramps up the zipping, zooming racing fun! Your little racer sends a vehicle down the ramp at the top, then waits for the surprise finish as the car comes out at the bottom in one of three spots.

Will it speed out one of the two side exits or jump off the middle ramp? It’s different every time! The creative play is revved up even more with a realistic crane, stop sign, gas pump and parking meter. Your little one will enjoy hours of non-stop action!

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Fisher-Price® Thomas & FriendsTM TrackMasterTM Avalanche Escape Set

Ages: 3 +
Price: $69.99


Thomas must navigate a risky mountaintop track in this playset that stands one foot tall and over 5 feet long. After charging up a steep incline, he’ll need to use his momentum to soar across a huge gap in the tracks! As Thomas careens down the mountain, he’ll also power through a rickety bridge with collapsing guardrails before he enters a spooky cave where he’ll discover a fossil!

Fisher-Price® Thomas & FriendsTM TrackMasterTM Avalanche Escape Set

Thomas isn’t home-free just yet, because there’s a monster of a surprise lurking in the scrap yard! Featuring a motorized Thomas engine and an auto-reset function that enables continuous play, the Avalanche Escape Set delivers a nail-biting adventure that will test the speed and bravery of the No. 1 blue engine! Inspired by the Tale of the Brave DVD.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Sears, Loblaws, Amazon

Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse – The Amaze Chase™ Glam Camper!™

Ages: 3 +
Price: $119.99


Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse is pretty fab – and with the camper that is filled with so many glam features, Barbie and her friends can take that fab life on the road! The camper cab detaches to transform into a pool, perfect for a pool party on the go. The kitchen has a lemonade dispenser, and the grill flips over to become a table for indoor or outdoor dining.
Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse - The Amaze Chase™ Glam Camper!™

A full bathroom and plenty of beds for all the girls to travel in comfort. The camper features everything a doll could need for first-class glamping- even a chandelier. For even more story telling fun, watch The Amaze Chase™ webisode of Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse. Dolls not included.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

2014 Holiday Barbie™ Doll

Ages: 6 +
Price: $49.99


2014 Holiday Barbie™ DollBarbie® doll has been commemorating the holidays with a unique look for 25 years. This year she sparks the festivities up in a gorgeous gown that celebrates the season with the most glamour yet. A rich red gown with gold accents is a modern look in classic holiday colors.

Golden accessories shine, making this doll an absolutely stunning gift for the young and young at heart. Girls will love celebrating with the Holiday Barbie™ doll and starting their own Barbie® tradition. The gorgeous doll will be available only during the 2014 holiday season.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Catacombs

Ages: 6 +
Price: $139.99


Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ CatacombsExplore the creepy cool catacombs seen in the movie Monster High™ Freaky Fusion™ with this set that provides the ultimate place to display your collection of Monster High® dolls (sold separately).

With three levels and multiple play spaces, the set can display more than 15 dolls, and features clawesome transformative features and secret surprises. Monster-rific moments include a secret door that leads to the lab, a pool that flips to reveal a spooktacular party scene, and a table that spins the center column to reveal eerie eyes, and much more!

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Sears, Amazon

Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Hybrid Dolls

Ages: 6 +
Price: $34.99


Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Hybrid DollsMonster High® has an entirely new class of monsters – hybrids! These ghouls are the frightful children of two completely different, completely creepy cool creatures! Meet Sirena Von Boo™, who’s a little bit Ghost with a dash of Mermaid; Avea Trotter™, part Harpy and part Centaur; and Bonita Femur™, a monster mix of Skeleton and Moth.

These new ghouls at school offer not only double the freaky flaws but also double the dropdead gore-geous details! Each sold separately.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Hot Wheels® Color Shifters® Flame Fighter Set

Ages: 4 +
Price: $34.99


The Hot Wheels® Color Shifters® Flame Fighters skyscraper has erupted into a raging inferno and trapped all the cars! Flames are everywhere and only the bravest firefighters can put it out.

Hot Wheels® Color Shifters® Flame Fighter Set

Launch the Color Shifters® car into action to set the other cars loose. Will they take a dunk in the cooling tank and be safe -or will they be plunged into the “burning” tank instead? Colour-changing transformation, excitement and mayhem meet in this high-thrills play set. Includes one Color Shifters® vehicle. Not for use with some Hot Wheels® vehicles.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Hot Wheels® Super Loop Chase RaceTM

Ages: 4 +
Price: $59.99


Hot Wheels® Super Loop Chase RaceTMGet ready for the fastest chase on a huge loop! Thisnew boosted track set launches cars at top speed for gravity defying action! See your wheels brave and try to make it up and around a spectacular 3-foot tall loop.

Send multiple cars racing at once for a thrilling highspeed chase. This floor based boosted set is a must have for racing fans who love huge crashes and bigwins. Connect more sets to keep the race going! Requires 4 D batteries. Includes 3M Command Strips to secure the track to the wall for support.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Sears, Amazon

BOOMcoTM Stealth AmbushTM Blaster

Ages: 6 +
Price: $39.99


Join the BOOMco™ revolution in action play that features incredibly unique blasters, targets, rounds, and darts! When fully loaded, the Stealth Ambush™ Blaster houses 17 Smart Stick™ darts!

BOOMcoTM Stealth AmbushTM Blaster

It slam fires when boys pull back on the rear handle, with each dart soaring up to 70 feet! With the push of a button, a secret chamber pops open on the top of the blaster housing additional darts which will unload with the next pull of the slam fire handle. Simultaneously, the wings of the blaster fly open like an eagle revealing more darts for speedy reload. You’ll be unstoppable in battle! Blaster comes with 17 Smart Stick™ darts, an 8 dart clip, and a 9-inch sticky backed Smart Stick™ target.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.

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Internationally awarded youth led Surrey based organization puts on successful online conference in-spite of COVID

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Pre-COVID Spark group photo

SPARK Foundation Canada has hosted their, first of many, fully virtual conference Leaders Today! SPARK foundation is a non-profit organization made up of 16-23 year old leaders empowering the next generation through in person, and online life education: workshops, camps and community programs. They also work towards accomplishing the United Nations sustainable development goals: Quality Education, Sustainable Cities & Communities, Climate Action and Peace Justice and Strong Institutions!

The live event took place on Sunday November 15, with guest speakers Anjali Dhaliwal and Abhay Sachal. The audience hailed from all over the lower mainland ranging from students as young as 13 to 21.

Sarah Cheng, Volunteer Engagement Lead & Srusti Subash, Marketing Lead along with the efforts of Rochelle Prasad, CEO/ Co-Founder of SPARK Foundation, have meticulously organised this conference for youth in High School and University. It centered around an idea to inspire youth to engage in their communities amidst the pandemic despite the restrictions imposed on traditional volunteering opportunities.

Anjali Dhaliwal, CEO of Youth Helping Youth, was the first speaker introducing the importance of personal branding. She spoke intimately of personal experiences that led to her growth and success encouraging the conference attendees to explore new things and find their passion.

Abhay Sachal, spoke about his journey to the Arctic that incited the urge to create an international organization advocating for climate justice where he became Co-Founder of Break The Divide. Through various activities connecting with their audience, both speakers were exceptional in delivering their thoughts and empowering those watching.

The conference ran for 2 and a half hours with a fun activity midway through where participants were placed in breakout sessions and given the prompt: if your team owned a cookie shop, what would they name it? This activity brought about a variety of responses developed from imaginative or analytical points of view.

When the audience was asked what they thought of the event, responses were overwhelmingly positive. Viewers spoke on how the conference impacted them where they’ve realised “Climate change has inequitable impacts on marginalized and minority communities. Leadership requires truly genuine passion for building a better community, nation, and world because we want to make everything better than how we found it.”

Aside from this conference, SPARK Foundation has provided youth across Canada volunteering opportunities through their General Ambassador Program which focuses on media and marketing, a skill set that has become extremely important to this generation.

SPARK Foundation has also contributed to their communities by organizing several Covid Relief Projects by delivering over 300 care packages of essential items to low income families and over 200 meals to essential workers in Surrey, BC.

For future events or more information visit www.sparkfoundation.ca

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2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival Shifts to Digital Platform

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Out On Screen Announces Interim Executive Director, Festival Dates, Gala Films, & Creative Design Tickets on Sale July 13 at queerfilmfestival.ca

(Vancouver, B.C.) – Out On Screen is proud to present a virtual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) this summer from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 23, 2020. Announced today, VQFF and Out On Screen as a whole will be guided by the leadership of new Interim Executive Director, Brandon Yan. Brandon has served as Out On Screen’s Deputy Executive Director and was previously the Director of Education for Out In Schools.

“I am more than delighted to continue to be of service to Out On Screen and the communities I so deeply care about,” says Yan. “In times like these, the importance of art and storytelling is even more apparent. We must remain committed to being a platform to uplift and celebrate the LGBT2Q+ stories at the margins.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival has adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema along with workshops, artist Q&As, panels, parties and – most importantly – the feeling of gathering with friends and kin.

Out On Screen is working hard to ensure this year’s Festival is accessible and safe for community members who are immunocompromised or part of another vulnerable sector. Tickets for VQFF 2020 will be available to the public on July 13 at www.queerfilmfestival.ca. Tickets range in price from $10 to $14 with a special COVID19 access pricing ranging from $2-$5.

Curated by Artistic Director, Anoushka Ratnarajah, the theme of this year’s Festival is “Still Here”. “VQFF is on this August, and will feature films and interdisciplinary programming from queer filmmakers and artists whose work shows the many ways we fight for the fullness of our lives, for what and who we love, and for our shared futures,” says Ratnarajah. “Our theme this year is ‘Still Here’, because our survival is an inevitable miracle. Nothing can stop us from taking root; we will always reach for the light and sky.”

Illuminating and celebrating LGBTQ2+ lives in all their dimensions and complexity, VQFF is Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. Welcoming its presenting sponsor RBC once again, this year’s Festival will open on August 13th with a soon to be announced Opening Gala film and a virtual celebration of our local queer community.

The Festival’s Centrepiece Gala film is Lingua Franca, an ambitious feature film that follows a trans Filipina migrant as she navigates being undocumented in a Trump-era America. The film is written, directed by and stars trans actress Isabel Sandoval, who will join audiences virtually to discuss the film in a digital Q&A.

VQFF will once again feature a variety of youth focused programming, including a Youth Gala screening of the inspirational documentary Changing The Game, which follows three boundary-breaking young trans athletes changing the face of sports in their communities and across the United States.

The Festival will continue to celebrate B.C.’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers with Festival favourite, The Coast is Queer – an evening dedicated to local talent. Finally, this year’s VQFF will close with the heartwarming queer Muslim romantic comedy, Breaking Fast, directed by Mike Mosallam.

The 2020 VQFF program will be available online at www.queerfilmfestival.ca on July 13, 2020.

For more information, please visit the following platforms:

Website: www.queerfilmfestival.ca
Instagram: www.instagram.com/queerfilmfest
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VancouverQFF
Twitter: www.twitter.com/queerfilmfest (#VQFF2020)

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3 Way to Celebrate Father’s Day this weekend!

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OPTION 1

Why not crack a cold one & fire up the grill with dad, and serve up a feast with Stanley Park Brewing’s do-it-yourself BBQ Kit? They’ll prep all the ingredients and you’ll do all the cookin’. And they’ve partnered with Filson to add a little something to keep your dad’s beer cold on Father’s Day. Receive one insulated stainless-steel can cooler with your kit. *While supplies last.

Order your Father’s Day BBQ Kit here: https://stanleyparkbrewstore.com/products/fathers-day-bbq-kit-with-filson-gift. Kits are available for 2, 4, and 6 people. Depending on the size of kit, you will receive a mix of the following at different quantities: lemon and herb marinated chicken, 8oz steaks, burgers with all the fixings (6 person kit only), Sunsetter baked beans, child lime roasted corn, sweet potato salad, coleslaw, and homemade cornbread.

Finish off your order by adding on a 6-pack of your choice. Our recommended beer pairing would be Stanley Park Brewing’s new Waypoint Hazy Pale Ale!

Note: All orders must be placed by 3pm on Wednesday, June 17th. Packages are available for pick-up at Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub on Saturday, June 20th or Sunday, June 21st.

OPTION 2

Looking to take Dad out to celebrate? The Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub will be having a special dine-in only Father’s Day Feast Menu for $38 per person. You can also add a pint of flight of your choice for only $5.75 (happy hour pricing)! The menu includes: Pretzel with spicy mustard and Noble Pilsner beer cheese, half a pound of Chicken Wings, Halibut n Chips with coleslaw, and a Cheesecake by The Cheesecake Factory Bakery for dessert.

OPTION 3

Want to give Dad some TLC?

Filson and Fortknight Barbers, two Gastown staples, have teamed up to help you give dad a gift he’s going to love. We all need a little TLC as we re-enter the world after our little time-out and what better way than with a stylish professional haircut and a brand new Button up shirt. On top of that a very special gift from Stanley Park Brewing.

Here’s how it works:

01. Dad books a time for a haircut with Fortknight Barbers. Capacity is limited due to safety protocols, so please book this appointment first. Fortknight Barbers | 46 Alexander St | 604-620-7930

02. Call Filson to schedule a private shopping time either before or after your cut. They have set up the space in the back of the store just for private shopping and a sanitized fitting room will be reserved for you. Filson | 47 Water St |604-689-1836

03. Your shirt, along with any other purchases, will be steamed for sanitization and packaged along with your special gift of a 6-pack of Waypoint Hazy Pale Ale from Stanley Park Brewing. You can either take it with you from Filson, or they will deliver it to you at Fortknight once you’ve been all cleaned up.

This package is $140 including all taxes and is available for purchase through either the Filson or Fortknight Barbers locations. They will provide you with a certificate at time of purchase that will need to be presented at each establishment to redeem. While the Filson location will be open only for curbside pickup prior to Father’s Day, you can call ahead and pay for it and then they will hand you the certificate at the front door when you arrive, or they can mail it to you if you prefer.

This package is a great way to treat yourself, a friend, a dad or any guy you know that just needs a little pampering. Quantities are limited, so please order today.

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The Punjabi Market Goes Virtual for its 50th Anniversary

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  • May 31st, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Vancouver’s Punjabi Market
  • The Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective presents “PM50” on May 31st
  • “PM50” will be a virtual celebration, streamed on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram
  • The Punjabi Market Regeneration is a registered nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize the Punjabi Market in Vancouver thus facilitating opportunities for cultural belonging and also economic success for business owners

Vancouver, B.C.​ – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Punjabi Market, The ​Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective​ presents “PM50”, taking place virtually on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube on Sunday, May 31st, 2020. Hosted by Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Amrit Gill, the livestream will feature an interview with the Market’s first shop owner, Mr. Sucha Singh Claire, and performances by Shaan-e-Punjab, Nachiye, and Amarjeet and Baljit Singh.

The Punjabi Market runs along Main Street, from 49th to 51st, and is the oldest “Little India” in North America. In 1983, the Punjabi Market became home to the world’s first set of street signs written in Punjabi script outside of India. Michael Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara opined that “[the] Punjabi Market is an important part of the historical and cultural history of both the city of Vancouver and of my riding, Vancouver-Langara.

Since the first store opened in 1971, the Punjabi Market has been considered a place to support cultural identity as is demonstrated every year by the sheer number of upwards of 100,000 attendees at the annual Vaisakhi Parade through the Punjabi Market.”

The 50th Anniversary celebration will include an online shopping portal that aims to support business owners with recovery following the economic impact of the pandemic. In addition, the celebration includes a piece of public art by PMRC Creative Director, Jag Nagra, that will be unveiled closer to the date of the celebration. The event is a collaboration between the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective, South Asian Arts Society, Indian Summer Arts Society, 5X Festival, Daily Hive, Westcoast Foundation, and the City of Vancouver.

PM50 Details

Date: ​May 31st, 2020
Time: 7:10 – 7:40 PM
Location: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube

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City of Surrey to host virtual Canada Day Celebration

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Surrey, B.C. – The City of Surrey has announced Surrey Canada Day will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the kid’s and senior’s segment, and regular programming from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live.

“While the safety of our community is the top priority during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to celebrate this great country of ours,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey will have its annual Canada Day celebration, but this year we will be coming together virtually.

Hosted by a true Canadian icon, Hayley Wickenheiser, and featuring nationally recognized musical artists from BC such as Colin James, Bif Naked and 54-40, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will be an opportunity to safely celebrate and show our national pride on Canada’s birthday.”

Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a series of segments including, musical entertainment, virtual tours, indigenous and cultural acts, a “Family Hour” for kids and seniors, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute, and a virtual firework finale to end the night.

The livestream will feature musical performances by local Surrey artists and Canadian groups including Colin James, 54-40, Bif Naked, Toque, Said the Whale, and Madeline Merlo.

The broadcast will pay tribute to those affected by COVID-19 and honour the courageous local frontline health care workers and essential service providers. Additionally, Virtual Surrey Canada Day is working alongside corporate sponsors to raise $10,000 for the Surrey Food Bank to support the City’s vulnerable population.

“Although it will look a bit different this year, Coast Capital is delighted to support Virtual Surrey Canada Day.” said Maureen Young, Director, Community Leadership, Coast Capital Savings. “In this unique time, it is absolutely essential that we find innovative ways to continue to nurture a strong relationship with our friends, families and our wider community.

This virtual celebration offers us all a chance to come together in a new way to celebrate our diversity and our pride in our nation while still focusing on keeping everyone safe and healthy.”

The City recognizes the impact the current pandemic and physical distancing measures may have during the summer event season. Residents are encouraged to continue to connect with each other online to limit the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. The City of Surrey is working closely with the Fraser Health Authority, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor and to respond to the current COVID-19 situation.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

For more information, visit surrey.ca/canadaday

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