May 2015 Community Events


Spring is well under way and it’s the season for BBQs, marathons and more. We’re hoping to see you out at some of these wonderful events around the Lower Mainland. Come out, drink coffee, have fun!

Saturday, May 2nd
A Fair Trade Mother’s Day Pop-Up Sale
– Shanti Uganda – Come to a Fair Trade Pop-Up sale happening from 10am – 6pm at 436 Columbia Street in Vancouver. Show your support for Fairtrade and vote with your dollar. Sale includes ethically sourced gifts for Mom and features over 50% off select jewelry and bags. Featuring products from Seed and Straw, ShantiUganda, Fable Naturals, the Marigold Collective, and more. Ethical Bean Coffee will be served throughout the day! For more information please visit Shanti Unganda’s website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @ShantiUganda.

Tuesday, May 5th
AIDS Vancouver & UBC Students / Ethical Bean Coffee Giveaway
Aids Vancouver – If you are downtown near Granville & Georgia May 5th from 7-10 am or May 23rd from 9-11 am, please join us for a cup of coffee and say hi! UBC students and Ethical bean Coffee will be starting your day off right for a generous donation to AIDS Vancouver. For more information on this organization, established in 1983 as the first AIDS service in Canada, please visit their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @AIDSVancouver.

Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd – 3rd
BMO Vancouver Marathon BMO – Ethical Bean Coffee is pleased to be fueling what has been named a Top 10 Destination Marathon by and one of the world’s most “exotic” marathons by CNN Travel, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a 42.2 kilometre (26.2 miles) adventure past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s bustling Seawall. With the whole city behind you, you’re bound to reach your goal! Discover one of the world’s “most livable cities” by foot and witness the community support that has encapsulated the event since its inception in 1972. To register for this event, please visit their website, follow them on Twitter @BMOVanMarathon or visit their Facebook page.

Thursday, May 7th
Dish ‘n’ DazzleBC Hospitality Foundation – Our mission is to offer financial assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits and insurances, to individuals within the hospitality community in their times financial need. As well, we are committed to supporting the industry’s next generation by providing scholarships to selected students enrolled in hospitality, culinary and wine programmes in BC. The BCHF and Wines of Argentina present a spectacular evening that will feature more than 80 premium Argentinean wines, bites prepared by a selection of Vancouver’s most celebrated restaurants and chefs and a Silent Auction filled with hospitality industry offerings, including a giftpack from Ethical Bean Coffee. There will also be live music by Les Is More and a signature-cocktail competition.
Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the B.C. Hospitality Foundation’s initiatives in providing assistance to those in the hospitality industry facing a financial crisis due to a medical condition, as well as providing scholarship funds for the next generation of hospitality leaders. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event visit their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @BCHospitality.

Thursday, May 14th
Definitely Not a Gala! – CLICK – CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids) is a community-based, non-profit foundation that was initiated to help inner city children and youth in Vancouver. CLICK supports kids programs that make a difference! We believe many individuals, groups and corporations want to help inner city children – and we want to act as a conduit for that support. CLICK is a dynamic fundraising conduit. When you make a donation, CLICK directs the funds to a wide range of programs that enhance the lives of inner city children. Because CLICK makes donations to registered charities twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall – funds continually flow to qualified programs.

CLICK has directed donations to programs and services that include:

* meal programs
* safe and enriching after school programs
* family literacy
* sports for inner city teenagers
* music and theatre programs
* speech pathology
* a golf skills program

Attend CLICK’s Definitely Not a Gala! Reception and Silent Auction. Enjoy a glass of wine and delicious appies, bid on a wide array of fabulous silent auction items and take in one of the best views of our city! For more information visit their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @CLICK4Kids.

Sunday, May 17th
Church of the Good Shepard – The members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, are a family called and united by God’s love to do the mission of Jesus Christ. As a community of disciples, we dedicate ourselves to maintaining close ties with the larger church, all believers and the wider community. Empowered by the Spirit, we put love into action by caring for the needs of the sick, the poor and the alienated. We commit ourselves to developing and nurturing faith formation among all parishioners through common worship, education, service and fellowship.

Thursday, May 21st
Chief Maquinna Year End BBQ Chief Maquinna School – Families come out and enjoy an evening of BBQ and games, including a silent auction (that will include an Ethical Bean Coffee giftpacks), dunk tank and loony toss. The children play in the playground as well as free play in the school grounds while the parents eat and mingle.

Sunday, May 24th
Woman2Warrior – Easter Seals – Woman2Warrior is a non-timed run covering about 5km of trails, track, and grass. The course features obstacles to test your strength, agility, balance, and sense of adventure.  You may enter as an individual or as a team, but each person must raise a minimum $300 to participate. There will be awards & prizes for the top overall fundraisers and finishers, and Ethical Bean coffee will be on site to provide coffee to racers and the onlookers. Recruit the support of friends, family and coworkers to help you reach your fundraising goal. By participating in Woman2Warrior you’ll be helping to send over 800 kids and young adults with disabilities throughout BC for a week long camping experience at one of three Easter Seals accessible camps. Easter Seals camps give children and young adults abilities. Campers are encouraged to try new things, take risks in a safe and supportive environment, but most importantly HAVE FUN! For more information please visit their Facebook page, Youtube channel or follow them on Twitter.

Sunday, May 24th
The 7th annual SOS Children’s Village Run and Walk – SOS Children’s Village BC – The 7th annual SOS Children’s Village Run and Walk is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Join us at Richmond Olympic Oval on Sunday May 24th, 2015 to support SOS Children’s Village BC. Collect pledges and participate in the 2K, 5K or 10K Walk/Run to help make a difference for over 9,000 BC children and youth in foster care.

Did you know that?
Only 25% of youth in foster care graduate from high school
Up to 40% become involved in the youth justice system
Over 50% of the homeless are in or from the social welfare system

Our province’s children are the future and there’s a community obligation to give them the love and support that every child needs to grow into a healthy adult.
If you have any inquiries please contact us at, visit their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @SOSBCVillage.

Monday – Friday, May 25th – 29th
Bike to Work WeekHUB – HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) is a charitable organization, originally established in 1998 as a non-profit to address cycling issues in Metro Vancouver. Since then, we’ve grown a lot! We’ve educated thousands of children and adults and motivated thousands more. Everyone who logs at least one bike trip in BC during Bike to Work Week this spring will be entered to win a Prague to Budapest Cycling Trip for 2 provided by Exodus Travels! This prize package includes economy class round-trip airfare from the nearest international airport, hotel accommodations, a local leader and planned routes and itineraries with support vehicles to follow. Don’t forget to stop by the FREE Bike to Work Week BBQ at Creekside Park on Friday, May 29th from 4pm-7pm. Ethical Bean Coffee will be providing coffee to participants on these following dates:

May 25th – Dunsmuir & Richards 7am – 9:30am – Terminal & Quebec 4pm – 6pm
May 26th – Burrard & Cornwall 7am – 9:30am – 10th & Ontario 4pm – 6pm
May 27th – Lions Gate Hospital Hope Centre 6:30am – 9am – Olympic Village 4pm – 6pm
May 28th – Burrard & Cornwall 7am – 9:30am – Pacific Centre 4pm – 6pm
May 29th – Smithe & Expo 7am – 9:30am – BBQ at Creekside Park 4pm – 7pm

Register here, follow them on Twitter @WeAreHub or visit their Facebook page.

Thursday, May 28th
Mardi Gras GalaPICS Fundraiser for Long Term Care Home – Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is a non-profit organization operating since 1987. As a community services society, we provide various programs and services including Employment Programs, Settlement Services, Language Services, Social Programs, Health, Human Rights Programs and Housing Services. Our services assist new immigrants, seniors, women and youth. We work diligently to provide responsive programs that address various issues within our community by promoting harmony and intercultural intercultural understanding for the purpose of building a more inclusive and mutually respectful society. There is a staff of over 150 throughout the Vancouver and Surrey offices; currently there are 50 active volunteers with the organization. For more information on this event, please visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @PICSSociety.

Friday, May 29th
Shop Day  Engineers Without Borders – We imagine a world without Extreme Poverty. A world where every decision maker in Toronto, from the local citizen to the politician, considers the full impact that their decisions will have on the poorest people in our global community. Specifically, we envision a community of compassionate professionals who are actively contributing to the systemic reduction of extreme poverty by:

Empowering, Educating and Engaging the Toronto Community with opportunities/resources about the root causes and effects of global poverty in African Communities;
Creating an environment of positive change that encourages sharing of knowledge, critical discussions and exploration of ideas addressing relevant global issues;
Continually challenging, improving and innovating the traditional approaches to poverty elimination; and
Providing support to, and collaborating with Local Organizations that seek to improve the lives of people in rural Africa.

Find out more about Engineers Without Borders on their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @ewbtoronto.

Saturday, May 30th
Natural Wellness Career & Jobs Fair
 – Health Action Network Society – HANS is excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual Natural Wellness Career & Jobs Fair! For everyone interested in learning what new career opportunities are out there in the natural wellness field– uniting with the colleges and employers that offer them.
Come down and be sure to ask lots of questions!
For more information please on this event please visit their Event Page, join their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @JoinHANS.

Sunday, May 31st

VegExpoChoices Markets – VEG EXPO is a Vegan & Vegetarian inspired event taking place on Sunday May 31st, 2015 at 999 Canada Place. Bringing it back to basics of how you should look at food. Discover the benefits of a plant-based diet, sample and discover new products and services you can implement into your lifestyle and to meet others that share the same passion. This year’s topic of discussion is Green Sustainable Living, reducing our ‘FOODPRINT’ by supporting local products and businesses. VEG EXPO will be a day for the entire family to enjoy with an interactive kid zone, cooking demonstrations with local celebrated chefs, information on locally sourced foods and products, green car zone, take a break in our ‘vegetation lounge’, get inspired by a natural vegan fitness showcase, plus enjoy free samples and giveaways and much, much more. Visit their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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