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Back to School Tips

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YAY! It’s time for the kids to head back to school for another great year of classes, knowledge, friendships and sports. After a long (very long if you live in BC) summer of relaxation, fun, plenty of sunshine and unstructured days, it can be quite difficult to transition back into the routine of busy school days.

We have 5 simple tips that will help you make that back to school transitions smoothly:

1. Get your kids to sleep “on time”

This might be the most difficult one. The kids are now used to stay up late and get up late (specially if your kids are teenagers), so you need to get them back to a regular schedule at least a week before school start.

The first two days might be the more challenging, so perhaps start by getting them to go to bed each day only half an hour earlier until you reach their ideal bed time.

The part about waking them early is a key part. Their bodies will want to go to bed early if they have woken up early as well. So get that alarm clock going.

A very important part of kids getting a good night sleep is to make sure they learn to monitor their electronic devices. Some families have a rule to leave all devices out of the rooms at night to charge. Another option is for the devices to be turned off, it all depends on the maturity (or sneakiness) of your kids. Eventually, they will have to deal with this on their own, so they will need to be responsible for their own actions. Reward them for good behavior and lead by example!

2. Be ready for the morning

Mornings are usually hectic and even more when you don’t have things ready. “Be prepared”. Make sure the kids have their outfits picked out the night before, all paperwork ready in their backpacks by the front door and that they know what lunch will be. Even better if they have things prepared the night before.

3. Give them enough time

Even though there is always the possibility of getting an extra 5 to 10 minutes of rest, don’t fall into this tramp. It’s never fun to start a day rushed and stressed out. Wake them up with enough leeway time in case something happens that makes a task take longer.

Once everyone is settle back into the routine, you can adjust wake-up time to allow a little more sleep.

4. Have a list

Yes I know, it sounds tedious, but you can always check the list and make sure things are on track. An easily visible list also puts the responsibility on the kids, and  ultimately, that’s what we are trying to achieve… You can go farther and set times for each task, but starting with a list of tasks is always a good idea.

Make sure they check the list before heading out… Then they will know they haven’t forgotten anything and will appreciate having a great start of their day.

Here is an example:

7:10 Take a shower
Get dressed
Brush hair
Eat breakfast
Put dishes away
Get luch ready
Put lunch in backpack
brush teeth
Get backpacks and gear
8:15 Be out the door

5. Label School Supplies

It will get them excited about starting school and assure their belongings are not lost within the first week. If you are using markers, please beware, they will fade overtime.

Don’t forget to label clothing articles as well, specially jackets & hoodies. Permanent market works great on this. Make sure you only use their first or last name (not both) and have an adult phone number attached to it (not their own numbers). Safety is important and you can never be too careful!

Finally, make sure you are supportive and wish them a great First day of school (Copious amounts of hugs and kisses are always a good idea… Even when they are teenagers)

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North Van Events August 2014

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Coming Up in September … Music in the Park

Monday, September 1  12:00 – 5:00pm  FREE
What better way to end the summer than spending the day outside listening to great music, visiting local artists at work and soaking up those last rays of summer sun, while taking in the majestic views of the North Shore mountains and the pristine Capilano Reservoir? Take the family and friends, your lawn chairs and pack a picnic lunch (or grab some great fresh, local treats from the food vendors). There will be free activities for the kids from 1:00-4:00pm and free artist demonstrations in many mediums from 12:00-5:00pm by a selection of talented local artists – they will also have artwork for sale.
Where: Cleveland Dam  Capilano Road
Visit the website for more information. Learn More

27th Annual Squamish Nation Youth Powwow

Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31   $5
Friday 7:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm & 7:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm
Everyone is invited to attend the Squamish Nation Powwow. This aboriginal dance competition is a fun event for the whole family. There will be aboriginal arts & crafts and a traditional salmon BBQ.
Where: Capilano Reserve Park  100 Mathias Road  West Vancouver  604-986-7414

Saturday Summer Sessions

Saturday, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 3:00pm – 10:00pm FREE
Free concert series which takes place on Saturdays, and features free outdoor evening concerts as well as afternoon fun for the family. Activities include free interactive art for kids, face painters, and ‘Painters at the Pier’. Each week you will find a variety of food trucks, local artisan vendors and a beer garden for those 19 years and older. Take the family, take a chair and get ready to have some summer fun on the waterfront in North Vancouver.
Where: Shipbuilder’s Square Foot of Lonsdale Avenue

Shipyards Night Market

Fridays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Stop by Shipbuilders’ Square for the Shipyards Night Market on Friday nights for great food, art, music, entertainment, and shopping. The festivities in the square kick off at 5pm on Friday nights. On the Shipbuilders’ Stage there is live music until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC. The Friday Night Market also includes a Beer and Wine Garden.
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Alfresco Market

Thursday, August 7, 14, 21, 28 12:00 – 6:00pm  FREE
The Civic Plaza Alfresco Market begins July 31st and continues each Thursday throughout the summer. Stop by for fresh farm produce, artisan breads and pastries, craft beer and wine, locally made specialty foods and live entertainment. Buy fresh and shop local – it’s all right here.
Where: Civic Plaza  141 W 14th Street  Visit the website for more information.

Deep Cove Daze

Sunday, August 24   12:00 – 7:00pm  FREE
Every August since 1998, the Musart Cultural Society has produced the Deep Cove Daze Community Festival at Panorama Park in beautiful Deep Cove. The festival includes a main stage with bands and entertainment, a kid’s stage, an artisan village featuring all types of arts and crafts, a midway of rides for kids, food fair, sponsor booths, and a beer garden.
Where: Panorama Park  Panorama Drive
Visit the website for more information. Learn More

Norgate Open Market

Saturday, August 23  9:00am – 1:00pm  FREE
Stop by the 1st ever Open Market at the Norgate Community School. Local vendors will be selling everything from crafts, household goods and local produce. All proceeds from the event will go towards Novaco Daycare which sadly burned down last Christmas. If any vendors are interested in renting a space, please call 604-817-9273.
Where: Norgate Community School  1295 Sowden Street (the market will be in the playground which is on Redwood Street)

Hot Summer Nights with NVC Fire Department

Friday, August 22  6:30 – 8:00pm  FREE
Beat the heat with your North Vancouver City Fire Department. Their truck will be at Semisch Park and the whole family can have fun seeing the fire truck, meeting the firefighters, checking out equipment, getting safety advice and enjoying some activities that may include a spritz or two of water. You might want to take a change of clothes for the kids!
Where: Semisch Park  West 2nd between Chesterfield Avenue & Mahon Avenue

Concerts in Edgemont

Fridays, August 1, 8 , 15, 22 |  7-9pm
Enjoy live music, dancing, iced beverages, ice cream, frozen yogurt and delicious food from local eateries. Bands are selected to bring vibrant, diverse and fun music to each evening. You will find something to suit every music taste!
August 1     Killarney Band     Celtic Party
August 8     Mazacote     Latin Dance
August 15     Tiller’s Folly     Roots
August 22     Terminal Station     Blues/Rock
Where: Edgemont Village – 3100 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver

Live in Lynn Valley Village Concerts

Fridays, August 1, 8 & 15  |  7-9pm
The popular Live in Lynn Valley concert series returns this summer!
Aug 1    Smith & Jones   -  Country
Aug 8    Souled Out   -  R&B
Aug 15     Robyn & Ryleigh  -   Country
Aug 22     Hot Lucy  -   Rock Hits
Where: Lynn Valley Village, North Vancouver (Lynn Valley Road & Mountain Hwy)

Concerts in the Cove

Fridays, August 1, 8 & 15  |  7-9pm
Concerts in the Cove is a free, outdoor concert series held in Deep Cove’s scenic Panorama Park. The concerts take place on Friday evenings. These concerts are family-friendly, so bring your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy the music with family and friends.
August 1     The Bobcats     Classic Rock
August 8    Steel Toe Boots    Country
August 15     Pernell Reichert Band     Alternative/Folk
Where: Panorama Park – North Vancouver, BC

Hiking Skills Essentials Workshop

Sunday, August 10  10:00am – 3:00pm  $15
This workshop is for new hikers who would like to explore more challenging trails and routes in the North Shore mountains. Hike the Cedars Mill and Headwaters trails with experts from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, AdventureSmart and Metro Vancouver to learn how to explore safely in the wilder areas of our local regional parks. This workshop is for ages 16 years & up, free weatherproof topographical map included. Register online, course number 5927.
Meet at BC Mills House, Lynn Headwaters Park  604-224-5739  Visit the website for more information.

Pickle Fest

Saturday, August 16  10:00am – 1:00pm  FREE
Do you love pickles? The staff at Loutet Farm do and it’s the perfect time of year to get your pickle on. Learn different techniques, purchase pickling supplies and share your favourite recipes.
Where: Loutet Farm  East 14th Avenue & Rufus Avenue  604-987-8138 ext. 231

Cates Park Concert

Aug 2, 9, 16 & 23rd. 4-7pm
The Cates Park Concerts are free outdoor concerts, held each summer in picturesque Cates Park, North Vancouver. The series showcases local bands, featuring talented young artists performing on outdoor stage from 4-7pm on Saturdays.
August 2
4pm – Coldwater Road
5pm – Winsome Kind
6pm – The Brothers
August 9
4pm – China Syndrome
5pm – The Spheres
6pm – Chatterton Eve
August 16
4pm – Goodwood Atoms
5pm – Tea Petrovic
6pm – CC
August 23
4pm – Luca Fogale, Alexandria Maillot, oh alexandra
5pm – Amy Dreyer, Liam Sturgess, Colby Ramsay
6pm – Kaylee Johnston, John Lyon, Chris Ronald

Where: Cates Park/ Whey-ah-Wichen – 4100 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver

Summer Civic Plaza Craft Fair

August 23th 2014   11:00am-4:00pm
Looking for a place to get unique, handmade products? If so, be sure to visit one of the Summer Craft fairs at Civic plaza in North Vancouver. Craft fairs are an excellent way to meet the people who make each item. you learn about the process and the materials they use. Items for sale include hand-crafted jewellery and metal work, purses, original artwork, home décor and more.
Where: Civic Plaza (14th & Lonsdale) – 120 14th St W, North Vancouver, BC

Family Movies at the Plaza

August 8 & 22nd. – Sunset
Join the North Vancouver City Library for an outdoor screening of Up! Chairs and blankets welcome. Popcorn and beverages available for purchase. This is an all-ages, family friendly event.
Friday, August 8th     8:40pm   -  Nut Job
Friday, August 22nd     8:24pm   -  Frozen
Where: Civic Plaza in front of the Library 120 West 14th Street 604-998-3450 .

Youth Learn to Fish

August 3, 10 & 17 -  10am-12pm
Suited to children ages 5 to 15. Suggested donation $5/youth. No registration required.
These fun, hands-on lessons are perfect for youth and their families. Learn about fish identification, conservation, handling, tackle, rod rigging, and enjoy an hour of fishing. All equipment provided.
Where: Rice Lake – Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver.
More info @ http://www.gofishbc.com/

Harmony Arts Festival

Friday, August 1 to Sunday, August 10  11:00am – 10:00pm  FREE
West Vancouver waterfront transforms into a celebration of music, art, food and culture during the Harmony Arts Festival.
Where: West Vancouver  from 14th Street to 17th Street along the waterfront

Full Calendar of activities here: http://harmonyarts.ca/calendar/

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North Van Events July 2014

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Saturday Summer Sessions

Saturday, July 5 to August 30  3:00pm – 10:00pm  FREE
Free concert series which takes place on Saturdays, and features free outdoor evening concerts as well as afternoon fun for the family. Activities include free interactive art for kids, face painters, and ‘Painters at the Pier’. Each week you will find a variety of food trucks, local artisan vendors and a beer garden for those 19 years and older. Take the family, take a chair and get ready to have some summer fun on the waterfront in North Vancouver.
Where: Shipbuilder’s Square  Foot of Lonsdale Avenue

Paddlesport Race

July 8, 15, 22, 29th 6-8pm
The races are open to paddlers and skiers of all abilities, and the races are 30 to 60 minutes in length depending on your ability. There is a short course and long course. Don’t let the word race scare you away. There is a wide range of skill levels participating, and they are all about FUN! Race entry fee: $5
Where: Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre – 2156 Banbury Rd., North Vancouver

Shipyards Night Market

July 4,11, 18, 25, 31st 5-10pm
Stop by Shipbuilders’ Square for the Shipyards Night Market on Friday nights for great food, art, music, entertainment, and shopping. The festivities in the square kick off at 5pm on Friday nights. On the Shipbuilders’ Stage there is live music until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC. The Friday Night Market also includes a Beer and Wine Garden.
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Concerts in Edgemont

July 4,11, 18, 25, 31st 7-9pm
Enjoy live music, dancing, iced beverages, ice cream, frozen yogurt and delicious food from local eateries. Bands are selected to bring vibrant, diverse and fun music to each evening. You will find something to suit every music taste!
Where: Edgemont Village – 3100 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver

Live in Lynn Valley Village Concerts

July 4, 11, 18, 25, 31st 7-9pm
The popular Live in Lynn Valley concert series returns this summer!
July 11     Rosco
July 18    River and the Road
July 25     Day Trippers -  Beatles Tribute
Where: Lynn Valley Village, North Vancouver (Lynn Valley Road & Mountain Hwy)

Concerts in the Cove

July 11, 18, 25th 7-9pm
Concerts in the Cove is a free, outdoor concert series held in Deep Cove’s scenic Panorama Park. The concerts take place on Friday evenings. These concerts are family-friendly, so bring your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy the music with family and friends.
July 11     Day Trippers  -  Beatles Tribute
July 18     Mostly Marley
July 25     Just a Season
Where: Panorama Park – North Vancouver, BC

Russian Choir Visits the North Shore

Friday, July 11  7:30pm  $15 / $5
The excellent Russian choir, the Academic Students’ Choir from Ural Federal University, performs following their participation in the International Choral Kathaumixw competitions.
Where: St. Andrew’s United Church  1044 St. Georges Avenue  604-985-0408

Family Movie on the Plaza

Friday, July 11 Sunset   FREE
Join the North Vancouver City Library for an outdoor screening of Up! Chairs and blankets welcome. Popcorn and beverages available for purchase. This is an all-ages, family friendly event.
Friday, July 11th: Up Movie begins at Sunset (9:16pm)
Friday, July 25th: Despicable Me 2 Movie begins at Sunset (9:01pm)
Where: Civic Plaza  in front of the Library  120 West 14th Street  604-998-3450  .

Summer Civic Plaza Craft Fair

July 12 & 26th 11am-4pm
Looking for a place to get unique, handmade products? If so, be sure to visit one of the Summer Craft fairs at Civic plaza in North Vancouver. Craft fairs are an excellent way to meet the people who make each item. you learn about the process and the materials they use. Items for sale include hand-crafted jewellery and metal work, purses, original artwork, home décor and more.
Where: Civic Plaza (14th & Lonsdale) – 120 14th St W, North Vancouver, BC

Youth Learn to Fish

July 6, 13, 20, 27th 10am-12pm
Suited to children ages 5 to 15. Suggested donation $5/youth. No registration required.
These fun, hands-on lessons are perfect for youth and their families. Learn about fish identification, conservation, handling, tackle, rod rigging, and enjoy an hour of fishing. All equipment provided.
Where: Rice Lake – Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver.

Cates Park Concert

July 12, 19, 26tth 4-7pm
The Cates Park Concerts are free outdoor concerts, held each summer in picturesque Cates Park, North Vancouver. The series showcases local bands, featuring talented young artists performing on outdoor stage from 4-7pm on Saturdays.
July 13th: The Written Years, Laurelle & Alexander, and Old Man Canyon
July 20th: Brocken Spectre , Danny Echo, and The Oceanographers
July 27th: No Show.
Where: Cates Park/ Whey-ah-Wichen – 4100 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver

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Canada Day Activities in the North Shore

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Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 a.m

Why not start the day with the Lions Club’s pancake breakfast on Grand Boulevard from 7:30 a.m. until quantities last.

North Shore Canada Day Parade – 10am

Stake out your spot early along the North Shore Canada Day Parade route. The parade starts at 10 am sharp,  and there will be lots of colourful floats, cultural groups and lots of goodies for the kids.

The parade begins at Grand Boulevard & 13th heading west toward Lonsdale. Then continues up Lonsdale, west on 17th Street and ends at Mahon Park, where you can get an up close look at the floats.

North Shore Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 12-4pm
Waterfront Park, North Vancouver

The Rotary Club of Lions Gate will be hosting the North Vancouver Canada Day celebrations at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. This is a free family-oriented event with a variety of activities, games and entertainment for all ages! From live multicultural performances to interactive crafts and activities, there is something for the whole family. there will also be some of Vancouver’s BEST food trucks. The celebrations are going green this year, so be sure to bring your own water bottle as there will be an on-site water wagon.

Canada Day Craft Market & Activities

Waterfront Park, North Vancouver

The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is hosting free art activities for kids, with artist/instructor Maureen Coles. Children will learn printmaking with a Canada theme, and create their very own print flags. There will also be an artisan craft market along the picturesque seawall.

Canada Day at Lynn Valley Village

 July 1, 2014 * 12-4pm
Lynn Valley Village, North Vancouver

Stop by Lynn Valley Village to celebrate Canada Day with fun day for the whole family. Entertainment will be provided by Steele Productions. There will be a vendor market on site and more!

  • Kids Acitivities – Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, Bouncy Castle, Face painting and more.
  • Bouncy Castle -sponsored by VanPet
  • Great Canadian Attire contest- sponsored by Delanys Coffee House “Dress to impress to be entered to win a Delany’s Gift Basket”.
  • Browns will be hosting an Outdoor BBQ
  • Farmers Market and More!

West Vancouver – Canada Day

July 1, 2014  * 4:30-10:30pm
John Lawson Park, West Vancouver

There will be Canada Day Celebrations at John Lawson Park in West Vancouver. Pack your own a picnic, or try something from the community barbecue while enjoying live entertainment! Performers take the stage from 4:30-10:30 p.m. with firework show starting at 10:30 p.m.

Events include:

4:30–5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Ernie’s
6:00–6:50 p.m. West Vancouver Youth Band
6:50–7 p.m. Colour Party, singing of O Canada
7–8:30 p.m. SideOne first set
9–10:30 p.m. SideOne second set
10:30 p.m. FIREWORKS FINALE!

Fireworks – North & West Vancouver

The Canada Day fireworks show will begin 10:30 p.m. There will be two simultaneous fireworks shows, one off the shores of West Vancouver and one in the waterway between Canada Place and North Vancouver. The 25-minute spectacular display is viewable from multiple locations along the inlet including; West Vancouver (Ambleside and Dundarave), North Vancouver, Coal Harbour and Stanley Park. Music for the fireworks whos will be simulcast on Classic Rock 101.

Street Closures & Parking

General vehicle access along the waterfront may be restricted by road closures. Please consider public transit, cycling or walking. Local traffic accessing Ambleside and Dundarave will be asked to provide proof of residency. Additional Blue Bus service will be provided after the event.

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Summer Camps for Teenagers

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Summer is fast approaching and believe me, having your teenager at home 24/7 won’t be good for anyone.  More than at any other age, they need to keep active and engaged and although it is more difficult to get them interested on joining a summer camp, this handy list will help you encourage them to join in the fun.

This list has been put together based in our own experience and that of the parents around us with kids 12-16 years old and it is not necessarily on a hierarchical order. Here are the first 6 out of 18 Summer Camps for Teenagers we recommend:

1. Hollyburn Yatch Club Sailing Camps

http://kidscampscanada.com/camp-directory/806/hollyburn-sailing-club/

With lesson for kids all ages, we find this camp particularly suited for teenagers who have any affinity to water. The instructors are young adults which make it easier for the kids to relate to them and they become role models for them.

The most amazing part of this camp is the location. Located in the beautiful Ambleside Beach, lunch Breaks and non-sailing days become a gathering of friends right by the ocean where they will enjoy games and breaks in a very relaxed atmosphere. The kids work hard at leaning to sail while having a perfect balance within having a fun and being safe in the water.

2. Serious Fun Summer Camps

https://ce.capilanou.ca/product-category/north-shore/summer-camps/

The Serious Fun Summer Camps at Capilano University are designed to stimulate curious minds. They have Half to Full Day Camps for Teenagers that allow them to explore a wide range of themes, from Computer animation, computer Programing, to acting, cooking or playing string instruments.You will sure find the right fit for your teenager in these Camps.

3 Capilano Blues Summer Sports Camps

http://www.capilanou.ca/athletics-stage/blues-sports-camps/

Blues Sports Camps offer community sports programs for elementary and high school students. Our programs aim to develop sport in our community by providing high quality instruction from University coaches and athletes in a safe and inclusive environment.

Capilano Blues offers Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee & Soccer.

Both sets of camps offer hot-lunch and supervision options: https://ce.capilanou.ca/product-category/north-shore/summer-camps/lunch-zone/

4. Flow Mountain Biking Camps

http://flow-mountain-bike-camps/

Combining exciting adventure with the great outdoors, this program offers kids the opportunity to discover the fun of mountain biking and trail riding in a safe environment. Focus on teaching trail riding skills in a fun and progressive manner allows riders of all levels to ride with confidence and flow. Levels cater to those just discovering mountain biking to those looking to work on advanced skills like drops, skinnies and log rides.

Mountain Biking, we have discover, offer teenagers an amazing community, role modeled by incredible people that engage youth in a world of kind, tough mental ability, going beyond the physicality of the sport. It’s a great Sport for teenagers to get hooked in.

http://kidscampscanada.com/camp-directory/1044/flow-mountain-bike-camps/

5. Grouse Mountain Youth Summer Camps

https://grousemountain.com/camps/youth-13-16

For kids 13 to 16, Grouse Mountain is offering 2 youth-oriented programs – Mountain Venture and Art in the Alpine. The Venture program is designed especially for youth who are interested in learning wilderness survival skills. Art in the Alpine will give your teen the chance to be creative with a variety of media while engaging with the nature and the outdoors.

Living in the North Shore, surviving skills are paramount to the enjoyment of the great outdoors we are lucky to call home.

6.  UBC Sign Language Camp for High School Students

http://signlaanguageatUBC

This camp is designed for high school students ages 15-18 & will only be accepting 16 students!

Improve your signing skills and get a taste of UBC campus life this summer in this new program designed to get you using Sign Language in real-life situations. The immersion approach is used to teach beginner level vocabulary and grammar. This course is suitable for those with no previous exposure to American Sign Language (ASL). By the end of the week you should be able to engage in simple conversations.

Next six Camps will be posted next Week! Stay Tuned and Register on our site to get more exiting news about camps and activities in Vancouver!