45 things that made Vancouver Awesome this week

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Take a break from the news cycle and help us celebrate the things we covered this week that are making Vancouver Awesome with a capital “A.”

April 14-20, 2018

1. On this week’s episode of the V.I.A. Podcast, we talk to veteran podcaster Joseph Planta.

2. CHERRY BLOSSOM MANIA: This Instagram account shows people doing weird stuff to get cherry blossom photos in Vancouver.

3. Watch a video shot from space showing a float plane landing in Coal Harbour.

4. Visit 17 craft breweries on this one-day DIY East Van beer tour.

5. UBC professor says sex robots could improve marriage.

6. Our new housing column: Living Situation: ‘Hel’ on traveling, cutting expenses and hula hooping.

Photos EVBL

7. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to love these new Vancouver neighbourhood tees.

8. Vancouver’s first certified forest therapy guide launches walk series.

9. Our interview with “SeaSawSeat” artist Germaine Koh on social isolation and public art.

10. 18 demolished Vancouver buildings brought back to life by illustrator.

11. You can get all-you-can-eat dim sum for under $40 at this Vancouver restaurant.

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1886 Restaurant/Facebook

12. BC SPCA rescues 45 neglected Havanese dogs from breeder.

13. East Van Baseball League announces Home Run Derby & Craft Beer Garden.

14.Lobster Grilled Cheese and more are on Holy Crab’s new lunch menu.

15. OWL rescues 12th poisoned bird, urges hunters to go lead-free.

Outdoor Movies BC/Facebook

16. Fresh Air Cinema: Free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer.

17. Vancouver Design Week returns this May with a week of programs.

18. This new late night bar menu stars cocktails and pie.

19. These are the BEST restaurants in Vancouver, according to Van Mag.

20. More from our first person series: I’m autistic and I’m proud of it.

Chinese Sauerkraut Fish at Too Two restaurant (Photo by Rae Kung/Courtesy Chinese Restaurant Awards)

21. 10th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards celebrate a decade of dining.

22. Rio Theatre crowdfunding campaign makes history.

23. 14 essential places for afternoon tea in Vancouver.

24. This alternative high school has taken their students to Mt. Kilimanjaro (VIDEO).

25. Growing City: The Evolution of Vancouver Gardens.

26. This Week in History: Garden receives official opening.

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The front of Hycroft Mansion on 1489 MacRae Avenue, 1927. Vancouver Archives Item: Bu P688

27. 5 things you didn’t know about Hycroft Manor.

28. Remembering the last ride on Vancouver’s Oak St. streetcar line, 1952.

29. No sermons, no RSVPs, no guilt: In praise of Vancouver’s ‘Church of Friends.’

30. 500 Coffees #93: Mario Canseco.

31. The Sockeye Mother author and illustrator attend Vancouver book launch.

May the 4th Be With You/Shutterstock

32. This family-friendly Star Wars event is a great way to celebrate May 4th in Vancouver.

33. Try axe throwing for free at an open house this Monday.

34. Legendary Canucks goalie Richard Brodeur is an artist now and is showing work in town this weekend.

35. Pepino’s: Savio Volpe crew have taken over former Nick’s Spaghetti House.

36. Lauryn Hill will perform Miseducation album on Vancouver tour stop.

37. Vancouver city council approves sale of liquor in grocery stores.

38. This Instagram account has the best BC Ferries memes.

The Growler

39. 10 craft beers that perfectly capture springtime freshness.

40. Prado Cafe opening Surrey location soon.

41. UBC receives letters written by Japanese-Canadian youth during WWII.

42. 12 local record stores that vinyl aficionados will adore.

43. Bike share program rolls into East Vancouver.

From upper left corner: photo of Yosh Nakamura (July 1942); postcard from Setsuko Fuji to Joan Gillis (May 17, 1943); letter from Yosh Nakamura to Joan Gillis (July 25 1942); photo of young woman, Setsuko Fuji; and photo of Yosh Nakamura, Jackie Takahashi and friend on a tractor. Photo UBC

44. Soup cooks life lessons for students.

45. Spring is in the air — and so is the smell of mini doughnuts. Playland time is almost here!

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom