Fall is here and brings with it blustery rain and wind, but we won’t let it dampen our spirits! There are still lots of community events happening all over town. Here’s a list of the ones we’re participating in for the month of October.
Thursday, October 5th
Eat Well, Do Good Foodraiser – Nature’s Path. Come put your compassion into action at our annual Eat Well Do Good Foodraiser. Kick off the Thanksgiving season with a pop up organic café and marketplace courtesy of Nature’s Path. Join us for this unique opportunity to give back to the community and enjoy delicious organic food, Ethical Bean Coffee and other products in support of the Vancouver Food Bank. It runs from 7am – 3pm in the North Plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery. For a full schedule of events visit their website.
Sunday, October 5th
From Farms to Forks 5 – Growing Chefs! A Harvest Kitchen Party that pairs some of the city’s best chefs and bartenders with some of B.C.’s finest growers and producers. Hosted in the teaching kitchens of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, guests wander from kitchen to kitchen to watch the chefs in action, meet the growers, and enjoy delicious tasting plates. Participating restaurants include: Burdock and Co, C Restaurant, Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events, Cinara, Les Faux Bourgeois, Provence, Homer Street Café, Tableau Bar Bistro, West, and more! Wine pairings provided by Constellations Canada. From Farms to Forks is Growing Chefs’ biggest fundraising event of the year, and you can bid on an Ethical Bean Coffee gift basket at the silent auction. To learn more visit the Growing Chefs! website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @GrowingChefsBC.
Wednesday, October 8th
6th Annual Evening of Art at Heritage Hall – Shanti Uganda Society. Nsaasi Village located in Western Uganda, in the Luweero District of Uganda, is a rural community in Uganda with limited access to electricity. The solar powered Birth House, the only health facility in the village, helps to save the lives of mothers and infants who do not have access to much needed health care. The Birth House provides mother-centered care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It also delivers education and community programs for women, including: prenatal education classes, Community Garden Program, Teen Girls Program and a Women’s Income Generating Group – a collective of HIV positive women who produce bags and jewelry which are sold throughout North America. Bid on one of two Ethical Bean Coffee gift packs at the auction. For more information visit their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @ShantiUganda.
Saturday, October 11th
Wisdom of the Mayan Elders – Project Somos – The Ethical Bean Coffee Cafe at 1315 Kootenay Street in Vancouver will be hosting this workshop about the importance of the Mayan Calendar in the world today. Discover your birth nawal (sign) in the Mayan calendar and how this ancient Tradition can bring equilibrium in Humanity, Nature and Spirituality. The workshop will include presentations of energetic implications of the Mayan calendar as it pertains to specific birthdays of the participants and their transformational possibilities. An overview of the Mayan structure of the relationship of humans to Nature and the Divine. Kaqchikel Mayan Elders will also lead a Mayan invocation ceremony to conclude our time together. A suggested donation of $100 is requested. All proceeds to Project Somos. Every participant will receive a hand-carved wooden Nawal necklace of their Mayan birth sign and an explanation of its significance. Click here for more information about this event.
Monday, October 13th
Granville Island Turkey Trot 10km Run, Walk, or Stroll – Greater Vancouver Food Bank – Ethical Bean Coffee will be served at The Turkey Trot this year. This is not your average run. The goal is to make the run an EXPERIENCE. The goal is to raise the level of organization, volunteer involvement, accurate and timely information, gourmet food, and level of excitement so that the Turkey Trot is a run to remember for the ages! WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE TURKEY TROT? It supports the Greater Vancouver Food Bank with cash and food donations, and is considered one of the most organized, scenic, flat and friendly events in Vancouver. Includes amazing post-race celebration with band & catered food. Limited to 2,000 runners. Moms and Dads can push junior in the Tot Trot (strollers welcome). Complimentary bike valet service for all registered runners. For more details or to register for this event visit their website, or their Facebook page.
Tuesday – Sunday, October 16th – 26th
Sechelt Arts Festival – The District of Sechelt. The 11th anniversary edition of the Sechelt Arts Festival will be presented by the District of Sechelt in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. Our coffee will be served at this year’s Festival, which will celebrate the amazing talents that abound on the Sunshine Coast, continuing to push artistic boundaries and expand existing programs. For more information and a calendar of events, visit their website or Facebook page.
Saturday, October 18th
Burlap to Black Tie 100 Mile Banquet Fundraiser – Earthwise Farm. – The Earthwise Society is devoted to promoting sustainability through education and community initiatives. Based in South Delta’s Boundary Bay, Earthwise Society operates the Earthwise Garden and Earthwise Farm. The Society’s Hundred Mile Banquet celebrates the wide diversity of food and wine produced in our local region, and hopes to raise $15,000 in order to support Earthwise programs that directly impact and contribute significantly to cultivating sustainability in our local community. Bid on an Ethical Bean Coffee gift pack to help support these great programs. For more information, visit their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @EarthwiseBC.
Saturday, October 18th
The Black & White Masquerade for the 5th Annual Journey of Hope Gala Dinner & Silent Auction – The University of British Columbia. Bid on a beautiful gift basket filled with Ethical Bean Coffee, the funds will benefit research for Morquio B, an extremely rare genetic disorder characterized by a number of physical changes that become evident as a child grows: the improper formation of the bones, the loosening of the ligaments and tendons, shortened stature and often, the eventual necessity for hip replacement, ankle fusion and critically, spinal disc fusion, especially in the neck region. For more information on Morquio B visit their website or Facebook page. To buy tickets click here.
Saturday, October 18th
15th Annual Prairie Fairies Fowl Supper silent auction – The Fillmore Family Foundation – A registered non-profit society, providing funding to non-profit agencies that deliver programs and services in the areas of nutrition, housing, health and education.” The Fillmore Family Foundation relies on the generosity of event participants, volunteers and sponsors to create grass-roots events to generate the funds necessary to support the foundation beneficiaries. To learn more visit their website or Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
Thursday, October 23rd
2014 Life Without Limits Fundraising Gala – The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC) – The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia was started in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted to assist their children living with cerebral palsy to reach their maximum potential within society. Their fundraising goal is $50,000 in which will be put towards continuing to meet the growing and evolving needs of individuals and families living with CP, as well as to improve and expand the children and youth programs and services. The CPABC hopes to develop employment readiness and life-skills training programs to assists those living with CP, creating meaningful opportunities that contribute to social well-being, personal development and independence, and job opportunities for people living with CP. To buy tickets click here, or to learn more about the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, visit their website or Facebook page.
Saturday October 25th
Vancouver Changecamp 2014 – Vancouver Changecamp is a chance to connect and share ideas with change makers in the city. It addresses the need for renewed relationships among citizens and government. We seek to create connections, knowledge, tools and policies to drive transparency, civic engagement and democratic empowerment. This “Unconference” is being held at The Hive and Ethical Bean Coffee will be served during the coffee breaks. To learn more or to register visit the website or Facebook page.
Monday October 27 – Friday October 31st.
Bike to Work Week – HUB: Your Cycling Connection – Want to get fit, save money and have fun? Join thousands across Metro Vancouver and sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week (Oct 27 – Nov 2) to track your commutes and win prizes.
Each spring and fall, Bike to Work Week encourages both new and experienced riders to try cycling the daily commute. Throughout the week, you can stop by celebration stations on popular bike paths for free bike repairs, snacks, drinks (including Ethical Bean Coffee, of course), maps and information – and be entered to win new bikes, cycling gear and other great prizes.
Shifting towards more sustainable and healthy behaviours isn’t easy, but it helps when your co-workers are supporting and motivating you. Log your commutes, win prizes and be part of making Metro Vancouver a better place to live, work and play. This year, you can also help make Metro Van cycling even better by fundraising with your team!
New or returning to cycling? No worries! Learn everything you need to know for a safe and convenient bike commute by hosting a HUB Workplace Cycling Workshop at your office or signing up for an upcoming HUB Streetwise Cycling Course!