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Escape: If you're in need of a summer vacation but can't slip away for a long weekend, consider heading toward Ladner/Delta for a day trip to Westham Island. There's something so relaxing about the sound of wooden slats under your tires (be they car or bike) as you cross the Westham Island Bridge. On the other side are soft roads lined by long grass and foxgloves, u-pick berry farms and roadside egg and vegetable stands. Don't miss the on-site ice cream stand at Emma Lea's – amazing milkshakes and sundaes made with fresh fruit. Westham Island Herb Farm is a great place for peas, potatoes, preserves (and promising little tomato plants). Fit in a walk at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. You'll feel like you've escaped on a country vacation, because you have! www.westhamislandherb.ca
Art: Chinatown's Positive Negative Gallery is showing Take Me To Anywhere, an exhibition of new works by Montreal-based artist Jaynus O'Donnell. Ms. O'Donnell employs a mix of painting and collage in her exploration of the relationships between nature, people and place. Some works are bold and geometric, some gentle and colourful. This is the artist's first solo exhibition in Vancouver, so get out there and show her some solid Vancouver support-for-the-arts love. The show opens on Thursday and runs until July 27. Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m., Positive Negative Gallery (436 Columbia St.) positivenegativegallery.com
Space: Science World and TRIUMF (Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics) have joined forces to present Unveiling the Universe: Mysteries of the Quantum Universe on Friday night. The talk with theoretical physicist Hitoshi Murayama, director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, will (as Science World explains) outline "… what we know and (mostly) don't know about anti-matter, neutrinos, and (the still-elusive) dark matter, and will explain how these enigmas fit into our understanding of the universe." This lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, and will be webcast. Tickets are free, but registration is required. Friday, July 12, 7 p.m., TELUS World of Science (1455 Quebec St.) scienceworld.bc.ca
Envision: Upcycled Urbanism is a project that the Museum of Vancouver organized (with the help of the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the Vancouver Public Space Network, Maker Faire Vancouver and Spacing Magazine) to engage designers, artists, makers and creators to reimagine Vancouver's public spaces. In the spring, citizen design teams began to brainstorm and design. Now it's time to build. Watch from the sidelines or help these teams erect their creations at an outdoor exhibit this weekend. Expect to see massive living room furniture, a humongous game zone and other large-scale structures that will transform the strip of Granville Street between Georgia and Robson streets into a cultural creativity lab. Saturday, July 13, 700 Block of Granville Street (between Georgia & Robson) museumofvancouver.ca
Cottonwood: Poke about the the Cottonwood Community Gardens this Sunday during the annual open house. The City of Vancouver's plan to remove the Dunsmuir and Georgia Viaducts could result in the demise of this beautiful garden, so get out and see what is at risk. There will be a plant sale, always valuable gardening tips and demos from clever gardeners as well as bees, live music and good food. A stroll through a community garden is always a good idea. Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Malkin Street and Raymur Avenue (Strathcona Park) cottonwoodgarden.com