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A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun!

Free April 15 - June 14, 2013

Publisher PALLA MEDIA Carolynne Palla

A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun!


Photographer Sandra Steier


Message from DVBA President


Dunbar Little League


Alta Vista Animal Hospital


Preschools in Dunbar




La Notte Ristorante


Dunbar Directory



Editor & Contributor Janet Morris-Reade

Writer & Copy Editor Sarah Gordon

Cover: Dunbar Little League players Wesley Koroluk and Jackson Richards. Photo by Sandra Steier. Location is Memorial Park.

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Let Dunbar Life promote your business! Dunbar Life Magazine is published 5 times per year: February 15 ~ April 15 ~ June 15 ~ September 1 ~ November 15 Distribution is 12,000 copies Published by PALLA MEDIA Mailing address 11839 Dunford Rd, Richmond, BC, V7E 3M6 Dunbar Life is produced in partnership with the Dunbar Village Business Association to promote local shopping, dining, services and events. Dunbar borders are between W 16th Avenue in the north to

W 41st Avenue in the south, and UBC Endowment Lands in the west to Mackenzie Street to the east. Go online to for a full and up-to-date directory and calendar.

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A Message from the President Beth McKercher, Dunbar Village Business Association

Spring is an exceptionally busy time in Dunbar and a great time to get involved in the community. The month of May brings the Dunbar Residents Association’s Salmonberry Days activities ending with the Dunbar Community Centre Association’s Salmonberry Days Festival on May 26th. Unfortunately the Salmonberry Days calendar was not available at press time, but I encourage you to look for it online at Spring also marks the restart of our “I Dig Dunbar” project, where people from the community design and sometimes plant gardens for us to all enjoy. Look for details and photos of the latest planting adventure on pages 30 and 31 of the magazine. We will have a few planting days throughout the season and look for ingenious and possibly, artistic, ways to supply our planting areas with water through the hot (hopefully) summer months. Gardens will be replanted and expanded in central Dunbar, but also look for gardens in North and South Dunbar, as more volunteers from the community and business community get involved. In this issue you’ll meet Dr. Parveen Munjal of Alta Vista Animal Hospital and find out what happens in his business beyond the kittens in the window, which are a huge neighbourhood attraction for both young and old. You’ll also meet the new owners Marina Sedlic, Ana Jukcic and Angie Jozic of La Notte Restaurante, who after working at the restaurant for years, bought the business from long-time owner Franc Petan, carrying on a Dunbar tradition for all to enjoy. We are delighted to have owner of Journey to Learning, Nicole Wong Koroluk, write about her observations of another long-time tradition, Dunbar Little League. It’s an organization that has an enduring relationship with many of our businesses that have sponsored teams over the years. Thanks to our Little Leaguers, Wesley and Jackson, for posing for the front cover. Apparently fun was had by all at the photo shoot! Another integral part of our community is the numerous preschools in the area. Hilary Feldman writes about the benefits of preschool, parent participation, and unexpected relationships that last a lifetime. Yes, spring is always a busy time here in Dunbar Village with lots of dedicated volunteers creating a community of which we can all be proud. Get Meet Digger, our mascot, who has out, enjoy the gardens and see what’s new in your been immortalized in an illustration you’ll see popping up around the favourite businesses. neighbourhood.

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Dunbar Little League by Nicole Wong Koroluk

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The crack of the bat, the smell of the leather glove and the welcoming sun on your face. Baseball season is here again. I have fond memories of playing for Dunbar Little League (DLL) as a child where I spent many hours at the park with family and friends. We ate Dickie Dee Ice Cream, dads coached, and I played right field frequently. Not much has changed since then but those memories never prepared me for my experience as a DLL parent. This, my friend, is a whole new ball game. To most, Dunbar Little League represents community, friendships, sportsmanship and a rite of childhood passage. DLL is all those things and more to the parents and the players. The journey usually starts with Blastball, a lighthearted introduction to the game where players have a blast and parents are just happy to be out of the house. Then you work your way up to T-Ball and things start to make sense, players are eager, and parents are happy to see the baseball “light” of inspiration click on.

special’ entertainment, you become part of the whole production. As with most children’s organized sports, parent volunteers are essential, but no one can prepare a parent for his or her first day working a concession shift. The math alone is terrifying. But nothing says bonding like burgers grilled for the love of the game and the kids playing it. Dunbar Little League means many things to many people. Here are my Top 10 highlights and observations: • It is a true neighbourhood game. The catchment is so small that kids often play against their neighbours, classmates, friends, and sometimes even against their own brother or sister. • The season is short but intense. • Games played at the same location means not having to drive all over the Lower Mainland. • The promise of sunshine and the relief of rain cancellations.

Next is the big leap into Minor B, where it is all about the pitching machine and the shock of players when they actually can strike out. Up to this point, three strikes and you’re out was just a dark rumour whispered in the dug out.

• Concession - feeding a family of five for only $25, trying the Umpire Burger and liking it, 50-cent candy bags buy you an hour of peace, eating more hot dogs and hamburgers in an eight week span than you normally do in a whole year.

Minor A is the ultimate separation of fact from fiction. There is a pitcher on the mound and he or she is actually trying to strike you out. The kids at bat are making contact and the fielders are making plays. It is amazing to watch the transformation. Players develop, parents become more invested and before you know it, we are playing the game of baseball.

• Working at the concession - grill masters who bring their own aprons, parents having a hard time with math, cooking more for the community in a couple of hours than you can for your own family during the season. Getting to know the parents on your team and enjoying a good laugh.

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• Dunbar stadium seating discussions with fellow parents include dreams of custom seat cushions and heated wind protection.

• Later bed times and homework gone by the wayside in exchange for less screen time and great sleeps. Note: pace your candy bag accordingly.

• Siblings being dragged to their brother or sister’s game only to realize they are having a 2-3 hour playdate with the neighbourhood kids. Throw in a hot dog and a candy bag or two for dinner, and this becomes the highlight of their week!

Dunbar Little League is a treasured neighbourhood institution that has stood the test of time. This positive imprint in our neighbourhood would not be possible if it wasn’t for the dedication of our DLL families, volunteers, sponsors and support from our community. Hope to see you at the diamond!

Dunbar Little League is one of the first leagues in Canada and started in 1958. The league is known and respected throughout Canada for its spirit of fair play and offering boys and girls, regardless of their level of skill, the opportunity to play baseball,

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Where is Sheldon? Each week during Salmonberry Days, Dunbar’s favourite puppet will be photographed in a different neighbourhood location. Correctly identify a location and you will be entered into a draw for a prize. For Adults: There is a Salmonberry Days display with the best books by local and world class authors on gardening, nature, sustainable living and more. For Everyone: Enter the Ode to the Salmonberry poetry contest! Write an original poem singing the praises of this lovely, juicy, salmon-coloured berry. All poems will be posted in the library. Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

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Alta Vista Animal Hospital: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Veterinarian by Sarah Gordon

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If your dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, guinea pig or pet rat is in need of medical attention, you want to entrust your furry friend to a clinic that is dedicated to providing both quality and caring veterinary medicine. Dr. Parveen Munjal is deeply aware that Dunbar pet owners love their animals very much, as does he and his staff. The clinic has a reputation for being friendly, reliable and is always available for its clients. Dr. Munjal has been the full time veterinarian/ owner of Alta Vista Animal Hospital since 2008. He attributes the success of his business to the neighbourhood. Many customers, who the clinic considers friends, live in the area and drop in to say hello to Dr. Munjal and his staff. They also like to bring in their new pets for introductions, and their


dogs are always happy to pop in for a cookie pit stop. An animal hospital is not complete without a couple of cat greeters. Dr. Munjal describes Jaguar, one of the clinic cats, as an old grumpy man. Recently the clinic took on a young cat called Sherlock. Dr. Munjal says, “Sherlock is extremely curious, gets into a lot of trouble and annoys Jaguar every day; yet everyone who comes into the clinic is won over by Sherlock’s sweet nature and funny ways.” Alta Vista Animal Hospital offer very personal service as Dr. Munjal is familiar with all of the cases, and he enjoys taking the extra time and interest in his patients. While Dr. Munjal is the primary veterinarian, he has | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

the assistance of locum doctors Dr. Abass and Dr. Aulakh, surgical specialist Dr. Kahlon, and ultrasonographer Dr. Casey. There are also ten veterinary assistants who help him during the week working on alternate shifts. Far from his homeland, Dr. Munjal is originally from Malout, a small city in the Indian state of Punjab. He studied at Punjab Agricultural University followed by further education at Oklahoma State University. He worked as a veterinarian in India for ten years and moved to North America in 2004. His first veterinary posting in Vancouver was at the Killarney Animal Hospital where he worked alongside Dr. Mangat, a former classmate in India. Dr. Mangat encouraged Dr. Munjal to relocate to Vancouver, a sentiment that was echoed by friends in other parts of the country who told him great things about Canada. Dr. Munjal’s days are busy, and include everything from taking appointments to dispensing medicine, diagnosing medical problems, providing advice, performing surgeries, giving aftercare, administering medications and making house calls.

The clinic works closely with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association and the Action for Animals in Distress Society. As big supporters of Alta Vista Animal Hospital, they suggest bringing your newly adopted kitten or cat to Dr. Munjal’s practice for treatments. Alta Vista Animal Hospital carries a wide range of flea products and parasite control, as well as prescription and maintenance foods for cats and dogs. Basic grooming services such as bathing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, brushing and lion cuts in cats are available to keep Fluffy or Fido looking her best. If you are going away on vacation, Alta Vista offers day boarding and long term boarding for dogs and cats at very reasonable rates. In addition, the clinic has an in-house vet pharmacy and performs many laboratory procedures on the premises for your convenience. Open for appointments and emergencies seven days a week, the worry of getting your pet to the vet is eased considerably. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013


When asked about clinic stories with happy endings Dr. Munjal says, “One example was when a cat came in with kidney failure and was old and uncooperative. When we explained the management of kidney failure to the owners they wanted to euthanize it. We kept the cat in the clinic to stabilize her, and one of the staff volunteered to foster her. The cat is still alive today, two years after she was given the death sentence.” Dr. Munjal lives in East Vancouver with his “beautiful wife” Seema, his daughter Vrinda and his son Vazul. He truly appreciates the friendly, family oriented Dunbar neighbourhood, which he finds to be very close knit. With lovely restaurants, the


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The Best Way to Learn and Play by Hilary Feldman

Families in the neighbourhood have plenty of choice when it comes to finding a preschool. Dunbar Village has four parent participation preschools offering programs for toddlers and preschoolers. Most of these schools have educated children, brought families together, and built community for at least 50 years, with Tom Thumb Preschool nearing its 70th anniversary. Parent participation preschools share a common philosophy: young children learn through play. In fact, according to authorities across North America and Europe, play-based learning is the best educational approach for young children. Scientific studies show that children develop exploration, imagination, problem-solving, logic, and language skills through play. These children also go on to have greater social, emotional, and academic success. Parents concerned about "kindergarten readiness” can be assured that their children will have the necessary skills to navigate full-day kindergarten. Each preschool has its own special character and community. At Crown Preschool, holidays offer valuable opportunities. Every October, children and their dads (or grandpas) create memories together by carving pumpkins, singing songs, and reading stories. The program incorporates cooking, from apple crumbles and potato latkes to “Stone Soup.” After reading the classic story about creating soup out of nothing, each child brings a vegetable and the class makes and eats soup. 20

At Little People Preschool, every day brings new questions and discoveries. The flexible child-centred approach creates countless teachable moments. The children learn through doing and discovering. One day it might be making pasta, another day could find the class working with wood or on a field trip. Along with open play and a brand-new playground, Tom Thumb Preschool uses an emergent curriculum guided by the children’s interests. Children are free to explore their interests through in-depth projects, which have included anything from gardening and flowers to puppets and trains. Dunbar Memorial Preschool offers a large open-concept space incorporating a reading corner, science table, dress-up, and other preschool favourites. From lively circle-time discussions to music and movement, the emphasis is on children learning to express themselves. One common question concerns the parent participation component. Parents work together with teachers to create positive, supportive, and enriched educational environments for children. In practical terms, this means helping in the classroom once a month. It’s a precious opportunity to see your child learning and interacting at school. The higher adult-child ratio also provides enhanced learning opportunities, enabling programs like science, cooking, clay art, and field trips. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

In parent participation preschools, the whole family is involved and supported. While children learn social skills, their parents develop lasting relationships and families build community. Parents also enrich their skills through parent education topics such as first aid, building self-esteem in children, anger management, child development, and much more. As the mother of two preschool alumni, Kyle comments, “My children got to build relationships with other children and families. Little did I know that I would also learn so much from the preschool and being involved. The parent education proved valuable, teaching me important lessons about my own children and my parenting style.” Her experiences also taught her how small businesses operate and how non-profit organizations stay viable and successful. Increasingly, parent participation is considered a key component of education. The BC Ministry of Education states “Teachers and parents are considered partners in the child’s education. They consult and collaborate to create for the child a climate of respect, success, and joy necessary for lifelong learning.” Preschool is the first school environment and lays the foundation for a positive educational experience. Kyle says, “Families that join parent participation preschools are committed to making their

child’s experience at preschool the best it can be.” Preschool is also a great place for parents to learn techniques for supporting their children’s learning. John, a dad of two, remarks, “It’s community building in the sense that you’re not only involved in your kid’s education but also in the system that educates your child.” Building relationships and growing community are integral parts of the parent participation approach. It might involve supporting another family, such as when a new baby arrives or an emergency arises. It could be cooperating through fundraising. Or helping an outside cause, like the group of parents from Tom Thumb Preschool who support the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Family Dinner program. Together they plan, prepare, and serve a meal to the children and families in residence. This simple act is a powerful way to support families under stress. The parent participation approach clearly resonates for many families. These preschools have been part of the Dunbar community for decades, leaving a lasting legacy. Some parents attended these preschools themselves. Children graduate and go on to attend local schools, with their parents becoming involved as volunteers in school PACs, local sports organizations, Guiding and Scouting, and many other community groups. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013




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Call now for your free estimate 778-323-1502 “The Garden Pro’s to Call from Spring through Fall” Keeping Your Lawn Clean and Green: 6 Best Lawn Improvement Practices 1. Aeration and De-thatching: Early Spring

Lawn compaction impedes air, water and nutrient access to turf roots. Lawn aeration reduces soil compaction by punching holes in the soil with a coring machine. Thatch is a build-up of debris in the area between the soil surface and the blades of grass. De-thatching rakes up the top layer of unwanted thatch in the lawn.

2. Liming: Spring (When Rainfall Decreases) Lime is used on lawns to get a desirable pH, (6.0 7.0). Lime conditions the soil and will improve the growth of turf by reducing nutrient loss.

3. Moss Control: Spring

Great success is achieved using lawn sand for moss control. Expect to see moss turn black and die almost immediately.

4. Regular Fertilizing Program: Spring (When The Weather Warms Up)

Fertilizers provide nutrients for healthy colour, root and foliage growth. A fertilizer high in Phosphorus is used in spring to help turf establish strong roots. Nitrogen is used once it warms up to make grass grow lush green blades. Potassium is used in 26

fall to help withstand stress, disease and winter temperatures. A fertilized lawn is stronger and better, by being more resistant to weeds and disease.

5. Proper Mowing Practices:

Properly mowed lawns are more tolerant of heat and drought. Only 1/3 of the grass height should be removed at one time. Healthy lawns are kept at a height of 2” - 3”. If cut too short, part of the root system can die back, causing weeds to overtake the lawn.

6. Top Dressing and Over-seeding: Spring or Early Fall

Lawns that lack a basic level of nutrients are best served by a top dressing of nutrient-rich organic matter. For lawns that require new growth it is ideal to over-seed with the correct grass seed mix. The three best types for Vancouver are Perennial Ryegrass, Fescues and Kentucky Bluegrass. The ideal lawn has a combination of all 3 types. Shady lawns perform better with a higher percentage of Fine Fescue in the seed blend. Jessica Salvador is a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. Higher Ground Gardens is a family-run business she owns with her husband Christian Kessner, a certified landscape technician. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

Join our class of Little Learners at DUNBAR MEMORIAL PRESCHOOL Creative, compelling, play-based educational programs for children ages 2-4 years

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KNOX UNITED CHURCH 5600 Balaclava St (at W 41st Ave)

Faith encountered...questions encouraged... doubts celebrated. “We are open to the unexpected as The Spirit of God moves among us.” Join us as we explore the mystery and wonder of life, discovering who we are called to be in God’s incredible universe.

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Sunday services 10:00 a.m. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013


La Notte Ristorante: Dunbar’s West Side Gem by Sarah Gordon

photos by Sandra Steier

After our fair share of grey skies and rain this past winter, you may be fantasizing about packing your suitcase and heading to a warmer climate. In my dream I am vacationing at a Tuscan villa, sitting in the sunshine on a patio overlooking vineyards, sipping a full-bodied Chianti, and dining on home cooked Italian cuisine lovingly prepared by a local chef.

comfort food.” La Notte has been keeping its patrons well nourished since 1988.

Despair not. While this dream is not attainable for all of us, Dunbar’s La Notte Ristorante Italiano is yours to enjoy year round, and comes complete with a Tuscan atmosphere. La Notte is known for its wide variety of pasta entrees and their ever-popular Osso Buco (offered every Friday night), as well as the perennial favourite Tortellini di Notte. Marina Sedlic says, “The Insalata Alla Cesare (Caesar salad) has a cult following, people travel across the city for it.”

Ana Jukcic, also known as “Chef Mama” develops the recipes. Sedlic’s father steps in for maintenance duties. They are a very close team at La Notte, and if you haven’t already gathered, it is a fun atmosphere, lacking in pretence, where customers feel like they are part of the family.

Pesto, pizza, sauces, bread and virtually everything else served at the restaurant is made in house. They use the highest quality and freshest ingredients available and source out local options wherever possible. Sedlic says, “Nothing cures a bad day like a plate of the ladies' is quintessential


Sedlic is one of the three owners of La Notte in addition to her mother, Ana Jukcic, and her aunt Angie Jozic. Her mother’s best friend, Ana Bezjak, is affectionately known to customers as “Miss Piggy”, and has been a chef with the restaurant since it opened.

Sedlic is charming and vivacious. Her first job as a preteen was preparing salads and other dishes at La Notte. She would also sing at the restaurant when the original baby grand piano was on site. Today she oversees the front end of the business while her mother and aunt cook in the kitchen with Miss Piggy. While the family has a very long history with the restaurant, it was 2011 when they purchased the business from the previous owner. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

The menu is always evolving and Sedlic is pleased to report that La Notte has received Ocean Wise certification. This means the restaurant has been recognized for their commitment to serve sustainable, oceanfriendly seafood. The kitchen is happy to accommodate special diets and allergies, with gluten-free options available. While La Notte is intimate enough for a cozy table for two with candlelight, it is also equally welcoming to family gatherings. If you happen to visit on a Friday or Saturday night you can enjoy the added bonus of live music. Their customer loyalty is noteworthy. Sedlic reports that some patrons have moved to other locations including Whistler and Kelowna yet return to La Notte when they are in town. Their tremendously supportive local customers come from across Vancouver. Sedlic is enthusiastically smitten with the Dunbar area. She finds the community to be very involved, where both residents and business owners take an interest in their neighbourhood, and notes, “Dunbar cares.” This translates into the care that goes into small touches such as the flowers in

people’s gardens, the personal approach that merchants take when serving their customers, and the active role that the Dunbar Village Business Association has taken in uniting the community through special events and encouraging people to support their local shops and services. When asked why Sedlic and her family are so passionate about Italian food she says, “Ultimately it is the ‘experience’ as much as the food. These days we are so connected with cell phones and email and social media but I believe that as a culture we are growing increasingly disconnected. Everyone is always in a rush, but it’s impossible to rush through a plate of spaghetti.” She concludes, “Friends and families sit down at our tables, break bread together and linger over rustic home cooked meals and reconnect. It is like a small celebration of sorts that is very beautiful in its simplicity.” While I continue to dream of jetting off to Tuscany, I will be booking a table at La Notte for a little taste of Italy, close to home. | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013 3307 Dunbar Street 604-222-4033 29

Digging Dunbar

Sunday, April 7th

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make Dunbar more beautiful

Diane from Skinetics and her husband

Olinda from Olinda’s 30 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

Getting ready!

A Supervisor

Beth from Splash Toy Shop

Students from Lord Kitchener Elementary

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Bigsby The Bakehouse 4894 Mackenzie St 604-267-2253

Celtic Treasure Chest IHUA Bakery 5639 Dunbar St 3522 W 41st Ave 604-261-3688 604-261-0189

Butter Baked Goods & Cafe 4907 Mackenzie St 604-221-4333

Dunbar DQ/Orange Julius 3380 Dunbar St 604-733-2884

Tryphe Specialty Foods


FOOD | DRINK Bakery | Deli | Specialty

(ad p. 11)

4495 Dunbar St 604-879-7439

Grocery | Market | Convenience Dunbar Produce 4355 Dunbar St 604-228-8615 Family Farm Market 3526 W 41st Ave

Mac’s Convenience Store 4449 Dunbar St 604-736-7528

The Heights Market 4889 Mackenzie Ave 604-638-0651

Stong’s Market

Weigh to Go Bulk Foods 3534 W 41st Ave 604-266-6206

(ad p. 19)

IGA MarketPlace 3535 W 41st Ave 604-261-2423

4560 Dunbar St 604-266-1401

Windsor Meat Co. 4889 Mackenzie St 604-638-2470

Liquor BC Liquor Store 3453 Dunbar St 604-224-4412

Pacific Spirits Wine Cellar 4474 Dunbar St 604-738-1299

Village VQA Wines 3536 W 41st Ave 604-269-9433

Dunbar Liquor Boutique 5460 Dunbar St 604-267-2337

Restaurants | Cafes Beantown Coffee House 4231 Dunbar St 604-222-8455

Cosy Cafe 4455 Dunbar St 604-224-3133

Dunbar Pizza & Grill 3348 Dunbar St 604-732-4999

Blaq Sheep Coffee House & Bistro 5601 Dunbar St 604-261-8188

Crepe & Cafe 3500 W 41st Ave 604-568-3123

Dunbar Sushi 3626 W 16th Ave 604-568-5959

Brick Oven Pizzeria 4269 Dunbar St 604-228-1822

Domino’s Pizza 3480 Dunbar St 604-733-0188

Cheshire Cheese Inn 4585 Dunbar St 604-224-2521

Dream Sushi 4385 Dunbar St 604-221-7874

Handi Cuisine of India 4432 Dunbar St 604-738-3186 Jethro’s Fine Grub 3420 Dunbar St 604-569-3441 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013


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FOOD | DRINK Restaurants | Cafes ... con’t Kokopelli Cafe 4593 Dunbar St 604-228-0818

Riya’s Pizza 4464 Dunbar St 604-558-4466

Sushi Inn Japanese Restaurant 4414 Dunbar St 604-739-3818

Kuma Japanese 3446 Dunbar St 604-739-0170

Simon’s Kitchen 4418 Dunbar St 604-734-1135

La Notte Ristorante Italiano

Spice Islands Indonesian 3592 W 41st Ave 604-266-7355

The Dunbar Public House 4497 Dunbar St 604-222-9922

(article p. 28-29)

3307 Dunbar St 604-222-4033

Mexi-Cali Diner 4424 Dunbar St 604-731-6517 Moki’s Pizza 5530 Dunbar St 604-263-4440

Starbucks Coffee 4467 Dunbar St 604-222-8069 Subway 4490 Dunbar St 604-263-4023

Tim Hortons 3463 Dunbar St 604-222-3130 Wild Sushi 4288 Dunbar St 604-568-9668

SERVICES Automotive Chevron Canada 5505 Dunbar St 604-261-4048

McDermott’s Body Shop 4508 Dunbar St 604-261-9212

Shell Canada 3596 W 41st Ave 604-263-9330

Children 4Cats Arts Studio 4293 Dunbar St 604-569-2426

Acting UP! Musical Theatre

Harmonious Music Studio (ad p. 18)

3271 Dunbar St 604-767-0136

(ad p. 18)


Scouts Canada 25th Dunbar Point Grey 31st St Philip’s West Point Grey District Girl Guides

Churches Dunbar Heights United 3525 W 24th Ave 604-731-6420 34

Dunbar Evangelical Lutheran 3491 W 31st Ave 604-266-6818

Dunbar Heights Baptist 3996 W 17th Ave 604-224-1031 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 3778 W 28th Ave 604-224-5678

Knox United Church

St Philip’s Anglican Church

5600 Balaclava St 604-261-3747

3737 W 27th Ave 604-224-3238

(ad p. 27)

(ad p. 10)


SERVICES Churches ... con’t

Marineview Chapel 4000 W 41st Ave 604-261-1444


New Location! Arbutus Westside Orthodontics (ad p. 11) 3619 W18th Ave 604-736-5705 Dr Alex K H Chan 203-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-2860

Dr David S. Book Inc. 3335 Dunbar St 604-224-5611

Dunbar Dental Centre

Dr Pamela Davidson 3335 Dunbar St 604-224-5611

Southlands Dental Group 3579 W 41st Ave 604-266-6232

Dr George Porteous 5-3615 W 19th Ave 604-224-3115

Dr Daisy Tang (ad p. 24)

(ad p. 10)

215-3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-2220

Vancouver Dental Implants 3335 Dunbar St 604-224-5611

4210 Dunbar St 604-733-1616

Dry Cleaning | Alterations | Shoe Repair Busy Bee Cleaners 3556 W 41st Ave 604-263-2215 Dunbar 1 Hour Dry Cleaners 4479 Dunbar St 604-224-3818

Gold Star Shoe Rebuilders 3308 Dunbar St 604-734-7477 Mai’s Dry Cleaners 3336 Dunbar St 604-739-6638

Money’s Dry Cleaning 4389 Dunbar St 604-224-5112 Pressed 4 Time Dry Cleaning 3594 W 41st Ave 604-261-0440

Dunbar Dry Cleaning 4410 Dunbar St 604-736-5808

Education - Independent Creative Minds Early Learning 5351 Camosun St 604-263-4711 Crofton House School (girls) 3200 W 41st Ave 604-263-3255

Crown Preschool 3737 W 27th Ave 604-228-1316 Dunbar Memorial Preschool 4747 Dunbar St 604-222-6065

New! Opening Soon Elite Montessori Academy (ad p. 3)

5520 Dunbar St 604-655-2045 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013


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SERVICES Education - Independent ... con’t Immaculate Conception 3745 W 28th Ave 604-224-5012

Monkey See Monkey Do 3525 W 24th Ave 778-371-4659

Journey To Learning

Montessori Ivy School 3641 W 29th Ave 604-221-9300

(ad p. 4)

4428 Dunbar St 604-734-7374 Little House Tutoring 4895 Mackenzie St 604-266-1023 Little People’s Preschool 5600 Balaclava St 604-261-2219 Marineview Preschool 4000 W 41st Ave 604-261-2613

Opus Academy 5635 Dunbar St 604-267-3749

Pacific Rim Montessori Academy (ad p. 27)

1819 Larch St 604-726-8428 St George’s School Jr Boys: 3851 W 29th Ave Sr Boys: 4175 W 29th Ave 604-224-1304

Sunflower Academy (ad p. 17)

4397 W 12th Ave 604-222-1114

Teachers’ Tutoring Service (ad p. 18)

604-730-3410 Tom Thumb Preschool 3737 W 27th Ave 604-222-2550

New! Westside Kumon Math & Reading Centre (ad p. 5) 3584 W 16th Ave 604-222-0182

Education - Public Schools (School District #39) Acadia Road Elementary 4102 W 16th Ave 604-713-5950

Kerrisdale Elementary 5555 Carnarvon St 604-713-5446

Queen Elizabeth Elementary 4102 W 16th Ave 604-713-5408

Carnarvon Elementary 3400 Balaclava St 604-713-5396

Lord Byng High School 3939 W 16th Ave 604-713-8171

Southlands Elementary 5351 Camosun St 604-713-5414

Jules Quesnel Elementary 3050 Crown St 604-713-4577

Lord Kitchener Elementary 3455 West King Edward Ave 604-713-5454

Kerrisdale Annex Elementary 3250 W 43rd Ave 604-713-5488

Queen Elizabeth Annex 4275 Crown St 604-713-5482

Eye Care | Optical Dunbar Eyecare Optometry 2-3554 W 41st Ave 604-263-8874 36

Image Optometry 4250 Dunbar St 604-293-3937

Pacific Eye Doctors 4292 Dunbar St 604-739-2022 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

Financial BMO Bank of Montreal 4395 Dunbar St 604-665-7093 CIBC 4306 Dunbar St 604-665-7697

Edward Jones, Abbie Green (ad p. 5) 3560 W 41st Ave 604-731-6117 H & R Block 4220 Dunbar St 604-713-1500

ScotiaBank 5659 Dunbar St 604-668-3707



TD Canada Trust 4200 Dunbar St 604-654-6888 Vancity Credit Union 4445 Dunbar St 604-877-7000

Don Nybo & Co. Chartered Accountants 6-3615 W 19th Ave 604-228-1166

RBC Royal Bank 4205 Dunbar St 604-665-5972

30 Minute Hit 3516 W 41st Ave 604-569-3233

Elements Academy 4465 Dunbar St 604-568-3441

Sanga Yoga Studio 3458 Dunbar St 604-733-7264

Body Function 4345 Dunbar St 604-565-6630

One World Karate 5600 Balaclava St 1-866-200-1880

Spire Wellness & Yoga 2885 W 33rd Ave 604-569-0963


Prime Strength + Conditioning 3636 W 16th Ave 604-568-5220

The Dailey Method 3584 W 41st Ave 604-266-9191


Crossfit Empower 3321 Dunbar St 778-873-4427

Hair Salons | Barbers | Spas Arnold’s Coiffures Ltd 5628 Dunbar St 604-261-7434

Care Well Esthetics 4311 Dunbar St 778-999-8908

George’s Hair Styling 4196 Dunbar St 604-738-4603

Duet 3231 Dunbar St 604-222-8715

Classy Hair Design 3434 Dunbar St 604-738-8221

Blink Beauty Bar 3562 W 41st Ave 604-261-8144

Clippers Edge 4535 Dunbar St 604-224-0500

Great Clips 4484 Dunbar St 604-732-5123

Cabello Spa & Salon 3518 W 41st Ave 604-267-4247

Dunbar Barber Shop 4264 Dunbar St 604-738-3165 Electrolysis by Natalie 3309 Dunbar St 604-518-6625

Hair Place 4311 Dunbar St 604-742-0299 Hair Zone 3378 Dunbar St 604-788-8233 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013


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SERVICES Hair Salons | Barbers | Spas ... con’t

J’aime Les Cheveux 3591 W 26th Ave 604-714-1118

Kari’s Hair & Esthetics 3593 W 26th Ave 604-736-6700 Kiji’s Hair Place 3350 Dunbar St 604-742-0299 Lavender’s Beauty Spa 1-3618 W 16th Ave 604-221-1166

Abundance Oriental Medicine 3368 Dunbar St 778-997-4628 Chaldecott Medical Assn 4186 Dunbar St 604-739-9881

Classic LifeCare (ad p. 18)

604-263-3621 Dr Brian Harris Inc. 3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-5015

Dunbar Physio (ad p. 24)

205-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-3303

Pampered by Kadie 4238 Dunbar St 604-809-5395

The Shop Hair & Esthetics 4446 Dunbar St 604-736-7467

Peymana Esthetics 3368 Dunbar St 604-739-3733

Top Barber Cut 5631 Dunbar St 604-696-0581

Rose Nails & Spa 3383 Dunbar St 604-221-2200 Skinetics Skin Care & Spa 4263 Dunbar St 604-266-7878

Health | Medical

Envision Counselling 202-3641 W 29th Ave 604-222-1120

Head and Heart Counselling 3309 Dunbar St 604-787-4008

Alex Musial MD Inc. 4298 Dunbar St 604-731-3612

Mark Finch & Associates (ad p. 24)

202-3641 W 29th Ave 604-222-9505


Life Labs 112-3540 W 41st Ave 604-264-9815

(ad p. 5)

3568-3578 W 41st Ave 604-737-7100 dermatology 604-733-9711 plastic surgery

Massage Therapy on Dunbar (ad p. 5)



Vida Beautilities Hair & Esthetic Salon 4260 Dunbar St 604-732-3523

Life Chiropractic & Massage 4168 Dunbar St 604-742-0702

Dunbar Spinal Decompression 4192 Dunbar St 4168 Dunbar St 604-733-3376 604-742-0702

Buntain Insurance 4295 Dunbar St 604-736-8855

Top Cut Barbers 4238 Dunbar St 604-739-0744

Rand & Fowler Insurance 4860 Mackenzie St 604-266-2357

Southland’s Physiotherapy 3579 W 41st Ave 604-263-8110

StudioHealth - ChiroWorks (ad p. 18)

5733 Collingwood St 604-269-3798

Southlands Insurance (ad p. 3)

5540 Dunbar St 604-266-5433 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

Alta Vista Animal Hospital 4543 Dunbar St 604-221-5858

Barktholomews Pet Edibles 4883 Mackenzie St 604-568-3600

Artistic Styling Salon for Pets 4188 Dunbar St 604-739-6822

Bosley’s Pet Food 3502 W 41st Ave 604-266-2667

(article p. 14-16)

K & K Pet Foods 4595 Dunbar St 604-224-2513

Pets Beautiful



(ad p. 24)

5620 Dunbar St 604-261-5310

Specialty Alpha Electric & Appliance

Dunbar Painting



(ad p. 18)

New! Bin Bros Recycling & Disposal (ad p. 12)

604-787-7416 Colin Hansen MLA 5640 Dunbar St 604-664-0748

Design by Fire (ad p. 24)

604.831-9206 Digital Photo Station 4485 Dunbar St 604-222-3513

Driving Miss Daisy (ad p. 18)


Reid Brothers Plumbing & Heating

(ad p. 13)

(ad p. 7)

1636 W 75th Ave 604-263-0323

Dunbar Plumbing (ad p. 13)


RE/MAX Select Realty

Higher Ground Gardens

(ad on back cover)

Karel Palla & Darryl Sjerven 604-329-1430

(ad p. 26)


Sage Construction

Jason Liu Realty 5737 Collingwood St 604-558-0666

(ad p. 7)

John James Pressure Washing

Sandra Steier Photography


3349 Dunbar St 604-569-2692 (ad p. 32)

(ad p. 18)


Molly Maid, Meg Roberts

Warline Painting

(ad p. 11)

(ad p. 25)



Odenza Homes Ltd 4345 Dunbar St 604-221-7002

SHOP - RETAIL Children Lavan Baby 4229 Dunbar St 604-221-0882

MacGillycuddy’s 4881 Mackenzie St 604-263-5313

Splash Toy Shop 4243 Dunbar St 604-228-8697 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013


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SHOP - RETAIL Clothing | Accessories Chloe Angus Design 4273 Dunbar St 604-224-2456 Dragon & Phoenix 3510 W 41st Ave 604-261-1317

Olindas 4305 Dunbar St 604-228-0022

The HOB Thrift Shop 4255 Dunbar St 604-733-1412

Still Fabulous Thrift Store

Twist Fashions Inc.

(ad p. 10)

110-3479 Dunbar St 604-566-9136

(ad p. 4)

2952 West 4th Ave 604-732-0199

Floral | Nurseries Christina’s Flower Shop 5615 Dunbar St 604-263-3011

KJM Country Gardens 7226 Blenheim St 604-266-1397

Gardenia Florist 5636 Dunbar St 604-269-9234

Quince Fine Florals 4870 Mackenzie St 604-263-0202

Southlands Nursery 6550 Balaclava St 604-261-6411

Pharmacy Pure Integrative Pharmacy 4198 Dunbar St 604-732-3010

Shoppers Drug Mart 4326 Dunbar St 604-732-8555

Southland Pharmacy 3554 West 41st Ave 604- 266-2882

Specialty All Nations Stamp & Coin 5630 Dunbar St 604-684-4613

Blight’s Home Hardware (ad p. 4)

3322 Dunbar St 604-738-3312

Dunbar Cycles 4219 Dunbar St 604-224-2116

Dunbar Vacuum Ltd 3468 Dunbar St 604-733-8713

Dunbar Greetings 3456 Dunbar St 604-731-3322


Dunbar Lumber 3637 W 16th Ave

Carson Books 4275 Dunbar St 604-222-8787 Cheap Skates 3644 West 16th Ave 604-222-1125 40

Educational Book Supply 3548 W 41st Ave 604-677-8147


Enmark Jewellers Ltd 4315 Dunbar St 604-224-3513

Dunbar Paint Centre 3601 W 16th Ave 604-224-0421

Germaine’s Antiques 4268 Dunbar St 604-306-8364 | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013

Specialty ... con’t Golden Rug Co.

Lawrence Books 3591 W 41st Ave 604-261-3812

Stationery 2000 3552 W 41st Ave 604-261-2001

Hob Too Thrift Shop 3470 Dunbar St

Omega Custom Framing & Gallery 4290 Dunbar St 604-732-6778

Toorak Tile & Design 3496 Dunbar St 604-739-5966

Kerrisdale Equipment Ltd 4522 Dunbar St 604-224-3255

Restoration House Studios 3444 Dunbar St 604-644-8735

(ad p. 17)

3211 Dunbar St 604-224-3222



Upscale Garage Sale 3422 Dunbar St 604-733-0787

Sports & Activities Dunbar Lawn Bowling Club (ad p. 27)

3850 W 31 St 604 228 8428

Dunbar Little League (article p. 8-9)

Vancouver United FC (Dunbar Soccer Association) Shamrock Equestrian Centre 3320 W 55th Ave 604-649-4586 Southlands Riding Club 7025 Macdonald St 604-263-4817

UBC Thunderbirds West Side Warriors Football

Movie Theatre Dunbar Theatre 4555 Dunbar St 604-222-2991

Community Resources Artists in Our Midst City of Vancouver 453 West 12th Ave Phone 3-1-1 Dunbar Community Centre 4747 Dunbar St 604-222-6060 Dunbar Community Garden Dunbar St at W 40th Ave

Dunbar Community Patrol 604-222-9824

Dunbar Village Business Association

Dunbar Public Library


(ad p. 10)

4515 Dunbar St 604-665-3968 Dunbar Residents’ Association 604-222-9824

(ads p. 6, 30, 31, 43)

Southlands Heritage Farm 6767 Balaclava St 604-261-1295 Vancouver Hospice Society 3470 Dunbar St 604-737-7305

Find a complete and easy to read directory online at | DunbarLife Magazine | April 15 - June 14, 2013



April 15 - June 14, 2013 Apr 17

Dunbar Heights United Church Thrift Sale, 9:30am-1pm

Apr 19

Crofton House School - no classes

Apr 19

School District 39 Non-Instructional Day

Apr 21

The Vancouver Sun Run

Apr 22

Earth Day

Apr 22-23

St George’s School - no classes (term break)

Apr 23

Dunbar Garden Club Meeting, 7:30pm at Dunbar Community Centre

Apr 24

Dunbar Community Association Annual General Meeting for members at 8pm

Apr 25

Jeans Day in support of BC Children’s Hospital

Apr 26-27

Knox United Church Thrift Sale, Friday 5-830pm, Saturday 10am-1pm

Apr 27

Dunbar Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Apr 27

St Philip’s Rummage Sale, 9am-12pm

Apr 30

Personal Income Tax for 2012 filing deadline

Apr 30

Vancouver-Quilchena Candidates Meeting

Apr 29

Dunbar Lawn Bowling Season starts


Salmonberry Days

May 1-7

BC Youth Week

May 4

St George’s School Spring Fair

May 5

Dunbar Lawn Bowling, Open House, 1pm (see ad p. 27)

May 5

Stong’s Market - Annual Garden Sale 7am-3pm

May 5

Vancouver Marathon

May 10

School District 39 Non-Instructional Day

May 11

A Growing Affair & Spring Plant Sale, 10am-4pm at 6804 Marine Dr

May 12

Mother’s Day

May 14

BC Provincial General Election

May 20

Victoria Day statutory holiday

May 21

Advertising deadline for summer issue of Dunbar Life magazine

May 26

Salmonberry Days Community Fair 11am-3pm at West Memorial Park

May 27-Jun 2 Bike to Work Week May 28

Dunbar Garden Club Meeting, 7:30pm at Dunbar Community Centre

June 1

Dunbar Little League Pancake Breakfast

June 6

St George’s Senior School last day of classes

June 14

St George’s Graduation

June 15

Dunbar Little League closing day

June 15

Dunbar Life magazine summer issue comes out

June 16

Father’s Day

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Dunbar Life - April 15, 2013  

A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun

Dunbar Life - April 15, 2013  

A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun