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FEB 17, 2014 — Don Larson is advocating building a new park at the foot of Cambie Street. The population density is increasing in the Marpole area, particularly at Cambie Street and South West Marine Drive where 6 new towers are being built. Marpole is under parked and Don says that new residents will need passive parks and walkways along the river to preserve their sanity. Don Larson says that the money should come from CAC's (Community Amenity Contributions) and money that Translink sets aside for parks in the area.
JAN 30, 2014 — The Marpole Business Association is very pleased to present the sixth annual Chinese Lion Dance Tour of Marpole. This event will be held in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Horse on Thursday, February 6th, beginning at 11 AM on Granville Street between 63rd & 71st Avenues. [READ MORE]
JAN 30, 2014 — The Fifth Annual Marpole Cares Campaign was a huge success, thanks to our members support and the community's generosity. Two vanloads of food, toys and other goods were collected and delivered to the temporary offices of the Marpole Oakridge Family Place for packaging by the fantastic volunteers of the VOLT program at Langara College. Hampers were delivered to 20 local families (helping 75 individuals), by Cornerstone Community Church, just in time for Christmas. [READ MORE]
JAN 30, 2014 —This year's Christmas in Marpole Village event marked another successful holiday season along Granville St. Annual favorites, the caroling Fandango Quartet, were warmly received everywhere they went. This year, they were joined by the Santa's Brass Trio in bringing music to the neighbourhood. [READ MORE]
JAN 30, 2014 — A musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was held at St. Augustine's in Marpole in December 2013. The script portrayed Scrooge as a landlord and developer in Marpole, evicting families from their homes on Christmas Eve to make way for "affordable housing" and included a quote by Industry Minister James Moore regarding the federal government's role regarding child poverty in Canada. The characters reflected the diversity of the Marpole neighbourhood: young and old, rich and poor and from a variety of backgrounds. The gap between rich and poor, particularly in housing, has been a source of much controversy in Marpole in recent months as the City debates rezoning to allow denser development to take place.
JAN 30, 2014 — During November and December 2013, the City of Vancouver's Marpole planning team hosted a number of events to share the revisions made to the draft Marpole Community Plan, and to give the community opportunities to learn more, ask the planners questions, and share their feedback and concerns. Find out what they heard and view the presentation from the Dialogue Sessions. [PDF]
JAN 15, 2014 — Marpole Place experienced a significant flood in December and continues to be closed for repairs. A pipe burst and leaked water from the 3rd to the 2nd to the 1st floor. They report that they now have a new temporary location to house their office and continue providing community programs. The temporary location is St. Augustine's Marpole located at 8680 Hudson Street in Vancouver (just down the street from Marpole Place). Many thanks to Reverend Andrew Halladay and the members of St. Augustine's Marpole for their generosity and support! Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
JAN 14, 2014 — Santa Claus made a special appearance in Marpole on Saturday, December 21st! There was holiday caroling and music along Granville Street all Saturdays in December. [DETAILS] [CHRISTMAS POSTER] [MARPOLE CARES POSTER]
DEC 23, 2013 — Metro Theatre is holding a food drive for the duration of its pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Local firefighters came by Friday evening to make a mid-drive pick-up. Much to the delight of the young (and young-at-heart) audience members, the pantomime cast members interacted with the four firefighters from Vancouver Fire Hall No. 22. Metro Theatre had donated seats to two performances to kids in the Strathcona neighbourhood, and Friday night was the second of these two performances. Lynch Bus Lines generously offered bus transportation at half-price; and a grant from TELUS paid for the remaining cost. You can drop off non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank at the theatre until January 4, 2014. [READ MORE]
DEC 20, 2013 — New this year for Christmas in Marpole Village is Santa's Brass, a jovial trio playing seasonal tunes. Here is a photo from their performance on Saturday December 14, 2013. They perform again on Saturday December 21, 2013 at businesses along Granville in Marpole.
DEC 12, 2013 — Marpole Safeway's grand opening takes place on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:00am and the celebration will continue all weekend and includes a number of specials and gift card giveaways. The opening of the Marpole Safeway marks the first phase of an incredible redevelopment for this vibrant community. The arched glulam beams once synonymous with Safeway across the Lower Mainland have been incorporated into the new design acknowledging the visual history of the original Safeway. Consumers can easily identify locally grown, harvested and processed foods. There are premium, locally grown and Canadian products in every department. 65% of the bakery product has been made from scratch in store. The store includes a private pharmacy consultation area, european style deli; sushi bar; authentic Asian products in every department and every aisle; full service meat department; fresh sustainable seafood products and a Starbucks. Download the Marpole Safeway magazine. [READ MORE]
DEC 05, 2013 — The chART: public art marpole project continues to showcase new and exciting public art concepts around the neighbourhood. The latest project transformed a disposal bin into a mobile community hub. Complete with umbrellas, plants, tables and benches, the Park-a-Park was 'parked' at Churchill High School, Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, and the Marpole Bank of Montreal branch on Granville St. [READ MORE].
DEC 05, 2013 — Keeping food waste out of the garbage will become mandatory for all Metro Vancouver residents, businesses and institutions during 2015. Metro Vancouver staff will continue to work with food and restaurant industry representatives and Business Improvement Associations to determine how best to implement regulations to remove food and food waste from the garbage. [READ MORE].
NOV 28, 2013 — Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item until December 13th, at seven locations in Marpole: the Marpole Branch Library, the Royal Bank, TD Bank, VanCity, BMO, Scotiabank, and Marpole Neighbourhood House. You can also drop off your item to the Bank of Montreal branch in Oakridge Mall. All donated items will be collected and distributed to local families, through Marpole-Oakridge Family Place and the Cornerstone Community Church. Thank you for your support.
NOV 28, 2013 — Metro Theatre has been producing family-friendly pantomimes for nearly 30 years. Pantomimes are an English theatre tradition that combines kid-friendly fairy tales with over-the-top characters and silly song-and-dance numbers – perfect entertainment for the whole family. They get very close to selling out most shows each year. Jack and the Beanstalk's opening night is already sold out so get your tickets early. The show runs December 13, 2013 to January 4, 2014. Returning cast members include Trent Gluckler as Demon Distastely and Roger Kettyls as the Dame. The theatre will be collecting food for the Vancouver Food Bank starting December 1, 2013 through the run of the show. [READ MORE]
NOV 26, 2013 — The re-opening of the new Marpole Safeway is now just over two weeks away. Safeway has been advertising that it will open its new, larger Marpole store on Friday, December 13, 2013. The company is also looking to hire new staff for the store. The developer has been working with Musqueam Nation artists on several art pieces that will add interest and attraction to the site and area. The entire development project is scheduled to be completed in 2015. [READ MORE]
NOV 26, 2013 — The tenth annual Great Marpole Trick-or-Treat proved very popular again this year with merchants and children alike. In spite of cool weather, the desire for treats was overwhelming, and made for a street full of costumed children going door-to-door to participating merchants displaying the now well-known orange pumpkin decal. Thanks to those merchants who posted the pumpkin decal and participated in this very popular community event! Special thanks to Ashley Guindon and Jill Banting of chART marpole project for their assistance.
NOV 18, 2013 — Marpole Place Neighbourhood House will be hosting a festive tea on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 11am to 3pm with homemade cookies, soup and sandwiches, hot apple cider, baked goods, face painting and a colouring station for kids. There will be tables of hand made goods great for unique holiday gifts crafted with care. Raffle and 50-50 draw prizes include gift cards from Cravings Restaurant, White Spot, Hudson Hair Designs, Hollywood Nails, Art Knapp Plantland and Ragnar. Free admission to the craft fair. Holly Tea menu is $7. [READ MORE]
NOV 01, 2013 — The hilarious Moon Over Buffalo runs November 2-30, 2013 at Metro Theatre (1370 SW Marine Drive). Metro Theatre has produced more than 475 shows, including nearly 50 musicals, over the past 50 years and seats over 300. Tickets available through Eventbrite. [READ MORE]
OCT 31, 2013 — Dress up in your best Halloween costume, spot the orange pumpkin decal and trick-or-treat at participating local Marpole merchants along Granville Street from 4pm-5pm! [DETAILS] [POSTER] [PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS]
OCT 22, 2013 — The Southlands Farm Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week now through Oct 31. Take the kids to see the horses, pet the lambs and pick a pumpkin from the Old Apple Orchard ($5 per pumpkin). The pumpkin patch is open from 9am to 6pm at 6767 Balaclava at West 51st. [READ MORE]
Photograph by: Dan Toulgoet
OCT 22, 2013 — Milltown Bar and Grill will feature two patios, a full selection of appetizers and mains, a brick pizza oven, take-out picnic baskets for moorage customers and provide full-service and casual dining to both tenants and the public. [READ MORE]
OCT 17, 2013 — The Sobeys grocery store chain has reached a deal to buy more than 200 Safeway stores in Western Canada for $5.8 billion. Sobeys is Canada's second-largest grocery store chain after Loblaws. Canada Safeway is the Canadian subsidiary of California-based Safeway Inc. Sobeys has not yet decided whether it will brand the new network of stores under the Safeway or Sobeys banner or keep the two brands independent. [READ MORE]
200 people came out tonight! 6 chicken outs! Good opening night everyone!— Dunbar Haunted House (@theDunbarHaunt) October 16, 2013
OCT 15, 2013 — Council approved Mayor Gregor Robertson's motion amending a staff report's recommendations regarding the Grandview-Woodland, Marpole, and the Downtown Eastside area plans on Sep 27, 2013. Robertson tried to defuse tensions in Marpole, where some residents complained of being blind-sided by city hall. Robertson's amendment called for part of Marpole — bounded by West 59th and West 69th avenues and Heather and Cambie streets — to keep its existing zoning. [READ MORE]
OCT 12, 2013 — Park-a-Park is installed at the BMO bank at 66th and Granville in Marpole! Park-a-Park is a pilot initiative to transform a disposal bin into a mobile community hub. Since July 2013, the park has been dropped at various locations including Commercial Drive, Yaletown, and Granville Island. For more information, see: parkapark.com.
OCT 09, 2013 — The new 2013-2014 Board of Directors was elected at the September 30, 2013 Marpole Business Association (MBA) Annual General Meeting. Please feel free to contact any of them should you have any questions or concerns about the Association and its activities. For contact details see marpoleonline.com/mba.
OCT 09, 2013 — The Yard Cafe on Granville in Marpole presents Marpoloke on Wednesday evenings. Marpole-oki is hosted by Hez, "licenced karaoke therapist". For details visit their Facebook page.
OCT 09, 2013 — Stained glass windows destined for a Cineplex at Marine Gateway in Marpole couldn't be saved because they didn't fit the new theatre's design, said the Ridge's former owner. "I look at places like Seattle where in one block you can find a building from the '40s, '50s, '70s, '80s, and say, 2010, and they make it work," said David Chapman. "Look at Montreal. Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities because they save part of their history, even if it means they're going to modify it." Donald Luxton, president of the board of Heritage Vancouver, says the city needs to pay more attention to preserving heritage and cultural space. [READ MORE]
OCT 02, 2013 — Cecilia Point is breathing a sigh of relief following news of a deal reached between the Musqueam Indian Band and Century Group. The First Nation and developer announced the successful sale of a two-acre portion of land known as the Marpole Midden on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Musqueam band councillor Wade Grant told the Straight that a meeting will be held in the coming weeks to gather input from community members on ways to preserve the site, including the possibility of turning the area into a park. [READ MORE]
SEP 26, 2013 — At 7:30 pm on October 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2013, Opera Mariposa will present an all-new production of Donizetti's comic opera Don Pasquale at Marpole United Church (1296 West 67th Avenue, Vancouver). The new staging transposes the nineteenth-century work to modern times, and the show will feature a cast and crew of talented and award-winning young artists from across the Lower Mainland. Tickets $22 ($18 students/seniors) at the door, at operamariposa.com or at 1-800-838-3006 (through Brown Paper Tickets).
SEP 26, 2013 — Vancouver, BC -- Marpole's first marina, accessible to the public from Bentley Street, welcomed its first tenants in September 2013.
SEP 08, 2013 —Vancouver, BC -- What do a river otter and coyote have in common? Both native species are depicted in the newest VIVA Vancouver mural in the city. Located in Marpole on West 66th Avenue, just between Granville St. and the commercial lane, the colorful 'fractal-style' mural brings together the natural elements that exist and surround the Marpole community in southwest Vancouver: the Fraser River, the Coast mountains, and the animals that dwell within. [READ MORE]
SEP 08, 2013 —Two months after the City of Vancouver backed down from a "thin streets" proposal to densify Marpole, hundreds of residents rallied in a community hall Sunday against the city's planning process. Organizers said that at least 1,500 households in the south Vancouver area snapped up "Stop Marpole Rezoning" lawn signs and signed a petition. "The city planners just don't want to listen to us," said resident Jesse Johl. "This community will not be the same after they rezone it." [READ MORE]
Marpole Densification Battle
SEP 08, 2013 — Marpole residents are preparing for a battle with city hall over-densification in the Vancouver neighborhood. For details see: liveablevancouver.com
SEP 08, 2013 —On September 6, 1974, wellwishers turned out at the Hotel Vancouver for a 70th birthday bash for senator Arthur Laing. He received a lot of presents that night, but the greatest tribute came from then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau announced that the Hudson Street Bridge connecting Vancouver with Laing's birthplace of Sea Island would be renamed for the veteran Liberal politician. Laing joked that he was "most thankful" that his name had not been attached to any of the previous bridges in the Marpole area. It was to be Lang's last birthday. He died less than six months later. [READ MORE]
AUG 12, 2013 — The 3rd annual Connecting Marpole Day community street festival was held Saturday, August 10th, 2013 from 11am-3pm on Hudson Street between 67th and 70th. Connecting Marpole Day was presented by Marpole Place Neighbourhood House and was followed by Marvels of Marpole Bicycle Tour.
Photo by Bubbles Make Him Smile
AUG 12, 2013 — See the new promotional video of Granville at 70th by Westbank. In addition to a new deluxe Safeway, the project will include: The Granville Club with gym facilities and saunas, an outdoor yoga pavilion, indoor/outdoor entertainment lounge with barbecue facilities, rooftop groves and gardens, and a putting green.
Connecting Marpole Day returns to Hudson Street on Saturday followed by Marvels of Marpole Bicycle Tour
AUG 03, 2013 — Join Marpole Place Neighbourhood House and The Marpole Arts Collective on Saturday, August 10, 2013 as they celebrate our multicultural, intergenerational and artistic diversity in the community! Local musicians and other entertainers will perform throughout the afternoon, there will be garden tours, a huge BBQ, lots of activities for the kids, and bike valet service. Bikes will be lubed, adjusted or inflated as necessary to make your bike purr for the Marvels of Marpole Bicycle Tour which leaves at 3:15 pm. Details: marpoleday.com
JUL 22, 2013 — The Westside Mobile Food Market is a joint effort of The South Granville Seniors Centre and The Westside Food Collaborative. This one year pilot project will assist seniors and other vulnerable people living on Vancouver's Westside in "food deserts" - zones with few or no grocery stores or produce stands. Every Thursday from July 18th until the end of September 2013, the mobile market will stop at Marpole Place Neighbourhood House (1305 W. 70th Ave, The Old Firehall @ Hudson Street) from 2pm–4pm. [READ MORE]
JUL 18, 2013 — On Feb. 28, 1958, rail car #1225 of the B.C. Electric Rail left Steveston and pulled into the Marpole station at 1:30 a.m. An era, and a piece of the Fraser Valley's history, ended with that trip. The Interurban — the beloved web of track and tram cars that connected Vancouver to Chilliwack and points in between — had made its last run. But a group of volunteers, backed by a consortium that includes the City of Surrey, BC Hydro and Southern Rail of BC, have brought a working portion of the old Interurban back. [READ MORE]
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City to Vote on Marpole Plan
Date: Wed April 2, 2014
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MMHS Spring Fundraiser
Author, Harold Kalman, Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide is the guest speaker.
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: St. Augustine's Parish Hall
Address 8680 Hudson Street
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Marpole Community Plan
Dates: Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:30–5:30pm; Wed Feb 19, 2014 6-8 pm; Thu Feb 20, 2014 1–3pm; Thu Feb 20, 2014 6–8pm; Fri Feb 21, 2014 1–3pm; Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:30-3:30pm
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Chinese Lion Dance Tour
Date: February 6, 2014
Time: 11 AM
Location: along Granville Street in Marpole
Broadway runaway hit Deathtrap Comes to The Metro Theatre
Dates: Jan 11 to Feb 8, 2014
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Address: 1370 SW Marine Dr (next to the Arthur Laing Bridge in Marpole)
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What I Did Last Summer (Feb 22-Mar 22)
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