Saturday, June 30, 2012

Grandview Heritage Walking Tour, July 7th

Date: July 7th
Time: 9:45-noon
Starts at: Pender and Victoria Drive

Michael Kluckner -- Grandview resident, author, heritage expert, artist, current member of the Vancouver Heritage Commission, first president of Heritage Vancouver -- will lead an entertaining and informative walking tour of "his" Grandview on Saturday, July 7th.
We'll look at and hear the stories of century-old builders' houses and the mansions of some well-to-do real-estate speculators, surviving and converted corner stores, the Franciscan monastery, apartment buildings, and some current heritage revitalization projects. 

Cost: $10 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Grandview Heritage Group.

Tour will begin (and end) at the corner of Pender and Victoria Drive. Assemble at 9:45 a.m. (Note that there's ample parking nearby.)
You can sign up ahead of time at so we know you're coming, or you can just show up the day of the tour with $10 in your hand!

Here's hoping for splendid weather!
Forward to anyone you think would be interested!!



Grandview Heritage Group

Twitter: GVHeritage

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Ann and I are going to Figaro's to pick up a few flats of impatiens this a.m., and (even though it's Italian Day on the Drive) we are going to plant them this afternoon in the Greenway!
Please please please come if you can! Many hands make light work! I was alone last Sunday doing the clean-up until Ann arrived at 4:00. We need you!! Paul and Pat are both away this weekend. Bring trowel and kneeling pad.

Monday, June 04, 2012


June 17th, Father's Day, is the East Van Garden Tour, our one-and-only Britannia Neighbours' fund-raising event for the year. With the substantial funds we raise from that, we are able to buy plants and tools, to pay someone to water the Napier Greenway all summer, and to pay someone from The Kettle to pick up litter in the Greenway for an hour each day, two days per week, all year! 
The Tour is a big volunteer effort, and we could use your help either on the day of the tour or before!
See Ann's message below.

Also, please PLEASE come out to the Greenway on Sunday, June 10th, 3:00-5:00, to help me plant TWELVE flats of impatiens, which I'm picking up at Figaro's on the 9th!! 

Cheers and thanks,

Begin forwarded message:

From: Ann Daskal <>
Date: June 4, 2012 5:42:33 PM PDT
To: Penny Street <>
Subject: East Van Garden Tour update and request

Hi all,
Garden tour plans are going well. As it is coming up soon (less than 2 weeks away!), we were wondering if anyone was available to do a bit of postering/flyering in The Drive area (shop windows would be great), also other areas such as Hastings and Wall Street (where the tour will be centred) or even on your block.
You can contact me if you are interested and we can arrange poster/flyer pick up

Also, there may be opportunities to be a four-hour "garden sitter" during the event. You get to see the rest of the gardens for free, in exchange.
Ann (Daskal) (604-255-1595)

p.s.: attached is an e-poster, if you want to help put out the word that way.

Fwd: Commercial Drive History Walk, June 9th

Historian Jak King will conduct a two-hour guided walk along Commercial Drive from Venables Street to Second Avenue this Saturday.  He will identify and discuss many of the heritage buildings along the route and relate stories of the people and businesses that occupied them. Meet up on the southeast corner of Venables & Commercial at 9:45am Saturday 9th June 2012, rain or shine. Please register by email to $10 contribution to the Grandview Heritage Group at the meet-up.

Penny Street
Grandview Heritage Group
Twitter: GVHeritage

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Work party in the Greenway today, 3-5

Hi gardeners,
We'll clean up the edges in anticipation of TWELVE FLATS of impatiens that Pat and I ordered from Figaro's a couple of days ago. The plants will be available on June 9th and we'll plant them next Sunday, June 10th (also Italian Day on the Drive), also from 3-5.
So today we tidy up and pull weeds, and next Sunday, we plant!
Please come if you can and no need to RSVP.

PS - Also, don't forget our once-a-year fund-raiser, the East Vancouver Garden Tour, June 17th, Father's Day! Sign up for it through Britannia Community Centre... For more info, read our Garden Tour blog at