Anyone who’s a fan of functional spaces, linear planes and basic materials — in particular wood — won’t want to miss the 2014 Mid-Century Modern House Tour presented by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.
This definitive West Coast Modern architectural style is based on a deliberate relationship to the outdoors and natural landscape. According to the foundation, the design embraces our unique climate, works with the West Coast’s challenging natural landscape and showcases local materials.
On Sept. 20, the foundation is offering a self-guided tour from 1 to 5 p.m. showcasing five examples of this regional style, including an opportunity to visit a home by Duncan McNab with landscaping by internationally-renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. This home sits atop a massive natural rock Oberlander had to fight to retain because it protrudes three feet onto city property.
Every ticket includes an invitation to the post-tour reception at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, designed by CBK Van Norman & Associates, where University of B.C. associate-professor Sherry McKay will give a short talk on the history of modernism in Vancouver. The reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets will only be sold until Sept. 19 by visiting vancouverheritagefoundation.org or calling 604-264-9642.
Men aged 55 and older have an opportunity to join a recreational curling league based out of Hillcrest Centre, adjacent to Nat Bailey Stadium.
The Vancouver Men’s Curling League is looking for members who want to get healthy and stay active while making new friends. Learn the basics of delivery, sweeping and scoring while having fun. Games take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. and the 45-game season runs Oct. 1 to April 10. The league also offers free curling instruction before or after games. To join, contact John Reid at 604-224-1127 or visit vancurl.com/leagues/senior-men. There is also a women’s league.
A Spanish reading circle takes place at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library, Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This free session, conducted in Spanish, is an opportunity to discuss books in a friendly setting with others in the same language. The library is located at 350 West Georgia St. and the session takes place in the Morris J. Wosk board room on level seven. For a complete list of events, visit vpl.ca/events.
Canadian Women Voters Congress is hosting a forum Friday, Oct. 3, at SFU Harbour Centre called “Let Us In: A Forum on Sexism in Politics.”
Taking part in the discussion is activist and politician Trish Kelly, who recently withdrew from seeking a Vision Vancouver nomination for park board after an old performance art video discussing masturbation was spread via social media.
Joining Kelly will be former park board commissioner Lyndsay Poaps, curator of engagement at the Museum of Vancouver Hanna Cho, and trans filmmaker and activist Gwen Haworth. The presenters will discuss from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the barriers women face when considering a career in politics.
Tickets are free but pre-registration is required. To registers search for “Let Us In: A Forum on Sexism in Politics” at eventbrite com.
From Sept. 13 to 20, Earle’s Restaurants in B.C. will donate all sales from the Santé Fe Salad in support of the Breakfast Club of Canada.
According to the non-profit organization, the number of children across the province arriving at school hungry is increasing and it’s estimated nearly one in seven is at risk. That number almost doubles, to one in four children, in First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities. The Breakfast Club of Canada ensures children receive a nutritious meal at school in an atmosphere created to also feed their self-esteem. Thanks to the club, almost 130,000 students across Canada daily have access to a healthy breakfast. For more information visit breakfastclubcanada.org or earls.ca.