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Welfare challenge

None of B.C.'s 85 MLAs has agreed to take the MLA Welfare Challenge. Raise the Rates, a coalition of more than 20 organizations from around the province that are concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in B.C.

Light up your life

The Illuminares Lantern Festival 2011 is looming and lantern-making workshops are running now until July 30, the day of the spectacle that happens this year at Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour and Canada Place.

Book sale

A big book sale will be held Friday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Granville Seniors Centre (1420 West 12th Avenue at Hemlock). The event promises a large selection of books, all at $2 or less.

Food spotting

The City of Vancouver's food cart program now has 97 carts in operation and a free iTunes app to track vendors. It's been one year since the city expanded its street food program.

Livable Laneways

Paths to Plazas laneway night markets continue in Mount Pleasant July 23 and 30. Sixty Blim market vendors will sell their wares in the lane just beyond the historic Lee Building at Main and Broadway, July 23.

Community Calendar

Hopefully the only rain the city will enjoy during Pride Week is of the male kind. Despite the cool, damp weather weve been suffering, Pride has a tradition of heating things up, so fingers crossed.

Yarn swap

Knitting enthusiasts can join the local fibre community through Vancouver's first knitting events company, the recently launched Knit Social Event Co., at an upcoming Yarn Swap from 10: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 13.

Lots of swimmers

When Dennis Forsman and his three-and-a-half-year-old son, Everett, arrived for a swim at the Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest July 14, they had no idea of the significance of their timing.

World karaoke

A recording contract and $10,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs at the Canadian finals of the Karaoke World Championships July 21 at the Edgewater Casino on False Creek (750 Pacific Boulevard). $10. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Scouts head to Sweden for World Scout Jamboree

Scouts head to Sweden for World Scout Jamboree

Event will welcome 38,000 boys and girls from 150 different countries