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A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun

Inside: Dunbar Theatre Harmonious Music Studio Southlands Insurance Brokers

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Publisher PALLA MEDIA Carolynne Palla

A Guide to Local Shopping and Fun

Inside Photographer Sandra Steier


Message from DVBA Executive Director


Southlands Insurance Brokers


Harmonious Music Studio




Dunbar Theatre


Sue Dvorak: Graduation


Dunbar Directory



Editor & Contributor Janet Morris-Reade

Writer & Copy Editor Sarah Gordon

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A Message from DVBA Janet Morris-Reade, Execitive Director of the Dunbar Village Business Association Spring has sprung in Dunbar and with it comes the start of Little League, renewed interest in the outdoors, and of course, gardening season. A couple of the events that I look forward to every year are the Dunbar Residents’ Association Salmonberry Days, running throughout the month of May, and the Community Centre Association’s Salmonberry Festival on May 25th. The Dunbar Village Business Association is proud to be a part of both of these traditions through sponsorship and participation; the paper hat lady will be back again this year - prepare to create something marvelous. Watch for a visit from our neighbourhood mascot, Digger, at the festival too!

springtime rite of passage - graduation. Also, you’ll read about our iconic Dunbar Theatre and its upcoming celebration on May 1st. Did you know it is the only operating movie house in Vancouver from the 1930s? Come dressed as a film star and pay homage to the golden age of cinema. This is truly something to celebrate! Look for profiles of neighbourhood business people, too. Meet Jon Little and Bill Wallace of Southlands Insurance Brokers. A love of the community is evident in everything they do. You’ll also meet Melisa Chui of Harmonious Music Studio. Her passion for music is reflected in the faces of her happy students and parents. Spring is also a time of transition. The DVBA board of directors is searching for a new executive director to run the business association. After nearly five years, I will be moving to Victoria with my family and although I am sad to leave this wonderful community, it creates a great opportunity for someone who loves Dunbar to take on the new role. The job description is posted on our website at executive-director-posting.

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Jon Little and Bill Wallace enjoy helping people. As co-owners of Southlands Insurance Brokers, they are committed to providing their clients with the personal service they deserve. The motto from Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café CBC Radio program comes to mind, “We may not be big but we’re small!” After talking to Little it seems their company philosophy is cut from a similar cloth. He says, “We are right where we want to be. We are not seeking to expand or become a big business.” Their mission is to remain small and continue to offer insurance services to people in this neighbourhood. That is not to say that they do not have customers from further afield. Indeed people have stayed loyal to their favourite insurance brokers long after they move from the Dunbar area; in fact one of their customers lives in Haida Gwaii. The business partners have deep roots in the


community as they grew up and attended school in Dunbar, and have worked here for many years (Wallace is in his 26th year at the insurance agency). Southlands Insurance likes to give back by sponsoring local schools, sports teams and events. Most of the time it is a two-man show with Jon Little and Bill Wallace running the office without the aid of an administrative assistant. Ken Campbell also works at the office part time. You may recognize Campbell’s name from his previous business, Mardon Campbell Insurance. Campbell was formerly the sole owner of Southlands Insurance until Bill Wallace and Phill Little (Jon Little’s father) bought the business in 1992. Jon Little came on board in 1998. Today Jon Little and Bill Wallace are the face of the company. They answer the phone when you call. When you need to renew your insurance they are on the front line and at your service. | April 15 - June 14, 2014

They do it all, by choice. When the time comes to renew or make a claim, they have first hand knowledge of your insurance package. This is what makes the business unique. Clients receive personal service from owners who truly care versus dealing with an operator at a call centre who does not know you. Little points out buying insurance from Southlands Insurance cuts through the red tape. Clients reach the correct person immediately. The busy brokers handle a wide variety of policies including car, house, travel, contractor, business, recreational and rental insurance. They have some dedicated clients who have conducted business with them for as long as Little can remember. He finds it very flattering to see generations of a family come through their office. He says young adults often turn to their parents for advice about important decisions like insurance, and he appreciates their loyalty. Little says insurance is something that needs to be reassessed whenever you make a major life change. This is the time to ask ‘How is this going to affect my insurance?’ Some examples of situations that will alter your policy include a new driver in your household, starting a business, acquiring something of value (for | April 15 - June 14, 2014

example art work or jewellery), moving to a new home, or undergoing a renovation. He reiterates that you need to let your broker know whenever anything significant occurs so they can modify your coverage. He says there is too much at stake to not make alterations to your policy. He points out that modifications will usually result in a nominal rate change. Most problems arise when people do not read contracts. For example, no company will pay for damages caused by water that comes in through a cracked foundation. Spend the time reading your contract to educate yourself and avoid unpleasant surprises. If you don’t understand the contract, ask your broker. Take the time to understand what you are buying. Insurance brokers are there to answer your questions and allow you to feel secure in your decisions. It is reassuring to know that help is close by to help protect your assets and assist you if you need to make a claim. Southlands Insurance has an old-fashioned feeling with its attentive service. Jon Little and Bill Wallace would have it no other way. Southlands Insurance Brokers 5540 Dunbar St Vancouver BC V6N 1W6 Telephone 604-266-5433 7

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Melisa Chui believes in making music a healthy habit for children. She says, “Music and piano should be fun. Music is meant to be enjoyed and shared and not be a chore.” Originally from Hong Kong, she moved to Vancouver at the beginning of high school. After graduating from Prince of Wales Secondary School Chui attended U.B.C. where she earned a degree in Statistics.

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Subsequently, she attained an Early Childhood Education degree and spent some time spent working at preschools. She ventured into business when she discovered the Music for Young Children (MYC) program and realized that she could merge her two interests, music and teaching.

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a rigorous curriculum that is recognized by the Chief Examiner Emeritus of the Royal Conservatory of Music as a superior introduction to music. In addition to being fun, MYC classes offer young people a wonderful chance to build their confidence at an early age. Parents will be delighted to learn that children who take piano lessons are able to learn complex math problems earlier than those who have had no musical training. In September 2011 after receiving MYC training and licensing Chui opened her Dunbar Street studio. As the owner and sole instructor of Harmonious Music Studio, she offers two types of learning experiences for budding piano players, the MYC program which is taught in a group setting, as well as private piano lessons. When you enter Harmonious Music Studio you will notice the grand piano, which Chui instructs from, and five keyboards for her students use. Empty space in the centre of the room is set aside for the movement component of the lesson, as well as a space to sit and hear stories about composers such as Beethoven. A number of chairs line the wall where parents watch their children, that is, when they aren’t actively involved. All group lessons involve parent participation to learn and experience alongside your child. The one-hour lessons can accommodate between 3 to 6 students. Half hour private lessons are also available for children ages 6 and up. Parents attend these lessons until their children are old enough to stay on their own. It’s never too late to learn the piano. If you are an adult who is interested in tickling the ivories, Chui will happily instruct you. In fact, she has had a few of her student’s parents sign up. Two recitals are held each year to give students a chance to perform. One is held at Harmonious Music Studio and the other takes place at St. Helen’s Anglican Church. All ages participate on an individual basis and as a group. Chui is always impressed by her students’ self-assurance, which they gain from performing in a group at the studio. Chui began piano lessons at age 6 and | April 15 - June 14, 2014

worked her way up to Grade 10 level. She is grateful that her parents encouraged her and today her hobbies revolve around music, from playing the piano, to dabbling with the violin and guitar. She appreciates all types of music (classical, pop, jazz) and likes to attend concerts. She feels the Dunbar area is the perfect community to have established her business. Chui indicates that most of her clients come from the neighbourhood, which she finds very family oriented. When she takes a break from teaching, Chui enjoys travelling with her husband. Some of their top cosmopolitan destinations include London, Paris, New York, and her personal favourite city, Tokyo, as she adores Japanese food and culture. Chui feels fortunate to have found her calling. She says, “I am glad to share my love of music with young children in a fun and nurturing environment.” Harmonious Music Studio 3271 Dunbar St Vancouver BC V6S 2B8 Telephone 604-767-0136 15

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Graduation The season of graduations is soon upon us. Bright young faces lean together, caps askew, while parents stand beaming nearby. Pomp and ceremony ensues, some fitting, some not. Speeches delivered, processions marched, and tears shed. School graduations mark the end of one stage, the beginning of another. At elementary schools now, even the completion of grade 7 brings some form of grad celebration. Though “grade 7 grad” is not really about achievement (I mean, ‘getting grade 7’ was always part of the plan), the occasion does mark the end of a childhood era and the significant passage onto high school. So wearing a pretty dress for the girls and maybe a shirt with buttons for the boys to reminisce over a cute slide show and be applauded at a special school assembly is fitting for the occasion. Beyond that though we run the risk of taking things a bit too far. Limousine rentals to commemorate the lofty achievement of finishing grammar school beg the question what then will suffice in grade 12? Grade 7 parents should skip planning gala affairs and set the kids free for a water-fight at Dunbar or Chaldecott Park or organize a beach gathering for everyone with pizza delivered. The age-old parent tactic of keeping the bar low now will only make high school graduation five years later all the sweeter. And high school graduation comes soon enough. Throughout grade 12, senior students are constantly reminded “what an exciting year it is” for them, which is true but they can also be overwhelmed by how stressful it is at the same time. The grade 12 school year becomes consumed with keeping up both studies and a social life, completing applications to and meeting deadlines for chosen schools, colleges, or universities, grad activities, possibly wrestling over “gap year” pros and cons, updating resumes, looking for a summer job and of course repeatedly answering the question “so what are you going to do next, like, with the rest of your life?” The panorama looms large before them, as it is meant to at 18 years old, posing 26

by Sue Dvorak both excitement and apprehension. Female grads alleviate this real stress with the created drama of the search for the everelusive perfect grad dress. Nowadays the search is made more painfully public with the posting of grad dress photos on-line, of the shopping and the purchase, on grad Facebook pages. This whole process makes one understand how the toga came to be. The young men have fewer concerns in the clothing regard except for knowing that the cardboard in the collar of a new dress shirt is meant to be removed (true story) and that the tacking stitches holding down the flaps of a new jacket are meant to be snipped (true story). But even the boys have to deal with some perplexing cultural norms along the way, like my son’s friend who asked why on earth his grad date kept reminding him of the colour of her dress. “Like, is that supposed to mean something to me?” he asked with honest curiosity. Enlightened about the persistent old-world expectation that he give her a matching corsage or that maybe his tie might coordinate, he looked as if he’d just been informed about mating rituals of iguanas. My friend’s husband asked if his graduating daughter and her friends looked pretty, answered with a glazed expression, “I’m not sure. They all looked the same.” Often the dresses do appear too elaborate, faces too made up and hair too stiff. If being noticed is the goal, then plain and natural might capture the most attention. Still, youth is wasted on the young and they all look beautiful and happy on their graduation day. Actually, the only real risk for the evening is that of the kids’ safety, which schools, parents and most students are very aware of. Many a school administrator and parent breathes a sigh of relief when the morning after grad festivities dawns with everyone safe and sound. What devastation when a tragedy occurs. The “Dry Grad” fun nights planned by many schools may not be as ‘cool’ to some but they offer a huge advantage of, besides not harming oneself in a drunken stupor, providing members of the grad class from all | April 15 - June 14, 2014

the different cliques, walks of life, and distinct groups one night to celebrate all together, to experience some sharing in the event as a mixed group, somewhat similar to real life itself. But even the formal graduation ceremony can be fraught with complications of ongoing “grade 12 activities.” One of our grad’s had his specific course registration time for first-year university assigned at exactly 45 minutes before he was meant to process, cap and gown, with his graduating classmates. There he was, frantically entering a series of prepared trial course selection timetables into the on-line registration system not many moments before shaking hands on stage with the school principal, an apt preparation for the real pressures of university life. University graduation is another thing altogether. The pomp and ceremony is much less important to the student finishing an undergraduate degree. After successfully grinding their way through four years of endless reading, days-long labs, essay writing and rewriting, late-night study sessions, and | April 15 - June 14, 2014

countless midterm and final exams, the prize is the completion of the degree, not the ceremony. If you ask a university grad about his or her upcoming graduation ceremony date you will get “I think it’s in May” tossed over a backpack-slung shoulder. Our soon-tobe undergraduate graduate saw the offered portrait sitting as a fabulous opportunity to get a portrait of herself, cap and gown, along with the family dog, posed together in front of a very regal fake library backdrop, signifying I’m not sure what. Though excited and satisfied to be done, university grads are less starry-eyed about graduation and what it represents; they are more tempered by the reality of entering the work force, competing for spots and carving a way. Whatever kind of graduation you find yourself a part of, enjoy the sweet “people part” of it all: the marking of the passage of time, the achievement, the beauty and promise of youth. Give your grad a kiss and a gentle push. Go Graduates.


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Bigsby The Bakehouse 4894 Mackenzie St 604-267-2253 Butter Baked Goods & Cafe 4907 Mackenzie St 604-221-4333 Celtic Treasure Chest 5639 Dunbar St 604-261-3688 Dunbar DQ/Orange Julius 3380 Dunbar St 604-733-2884 Dunbar Produce 4355 Dunbar St 604-228-8615

BC Liquor Store 3453 Dunbar St 604-224-4412

Family Farm Market 3526 W 41st Ave

The Heights Market 4889 Mackenzie Ave 604-638-0651

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

Tryphe Specialty Foods 4495 Dunbar St 604-879-7439

IHUA Bakery 3522 W 41st Ave 604-261-0189


FOOD | DRINK Grocery | Specialty

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

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

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

Stong’s Market 4560 Dunbar St 604-266-1401


Pacific Spirits Liquor Store 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 Blaq Sheep Coffee House & Breakfast Bistro 5601 Dunbar St 604-261-8188 Brick Oven Pizzeria 4269 Dunbar St 604-228-1822 Butter Tea House 4321 Dunbar St 604-221-4337

Cheshire Cheese Inn 4585 Dunbar St 604-224-2521 Cosy Inn Cafe 4455 Dunbar St 604-224-3133 Crepe & Cafe 3500 W 41st Ave 604-568-3123 Domino’s Pizza 3480 Dunbar St 604-733-0188 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Dream Sushi 4385 Dunbar St 604-221-7874 Dunbar Pizza & Grill 3348 Dunbar St 604-732-4999 Handi Cuisine of India 4432 Dunbar St 604-738-3186 Jethro’s Fine Grub 3420 Dunbar St 604-569-3441



Kokopelli Cafe 4593 Dunbar St 604-228-0818

FOOD | DRINK Restaurants | Cafes ... con’t Riya’s Pizza 4464 Dunbar St 604-558-4466

Sushi Inn 4414 Dunbar St 604-739-3818

Kuma Japanese 3446 Dunbar St 604-739-0170

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

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

La Notte Ristorante

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

Tim Hortons 3463 Dunbar St 604-222-3130

Starbucks Coffee 4467 Dunbar St 604-222-8069

Wild Sushi 4288 Dunbar St 604-568-9668

(ad p. 9) 3307 Dunbar St 604-222-4033

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

Chevron Canada 5505 Dunbar St 604-261-4048

Subway 4490 Dunbar St 604-263-4023

SERVICES Automotive

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

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

Beauty | Hair | Spa Arnold’s Coiffures Ltd 5628 Dunbar St 604-261-7434

Clippers Edge 4535 Dunbar St 604-224-0500

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

Duet Salon & Spa 3231 Dunbar St 604-222-8715

Cabello Spa & Salon 3518 W 41st Ave 604-267-4247 Care Well Esthetics 4311 Dunbar St 778-999-8908 Classy Hair Design 3434 Dunbar St 604-738-8221 30

Dunbar Barbers 4264 Dunbar St 604-738-3165 Electrolysis by Natalie 3309 Dunbar St 604-518-6625 George’s Hair Styling 4196 Dunbar St 604-738-4603

Great Clips 4484 Dunbar St 604-732-5123 Hair Place Kiji’s 4311 Dunbar St 604-742-0299 Hair Zone 3378 Dunbar St 604-788-8233 J’aime Les Cheveux 3591 W 26th Ave 604-714-1118 Kari’s Hair & Esthetics 3593 W 26th Ave 604-736-6700 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Kleanse Spa Bar 3593 W 26th Ave 778-928-5901

Rose Nails & Spa 3383 Dunbar St 604-221-2200

Lavender’s Beauty Spa 1-3618 W 16th Ave 604-221-1166

Skinetics Skin Care & Spa 4263 Dunbar St 604-266-7878

Touch of Beauty 3291 Dunbar St 604-221-0010

Pampered by Kadie 4238 Dunbar St 604-809-5395

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

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

Peymana Esthetics 3368 Dunbar St 604-739-3733

Top Barber Cut 5631 Dunbar St 604-696-0581

Top Cut Barbers 4238 Dunbar St 604-739-0744


SERVICES Beauty | Hair | Spa ... con’t

Churches Dunbar Heights United Church (ad p. 12)

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

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

Knox United Church

3525 W 24th Ave 604-731-6420

(ad p. 19) 5600 Balaclava St 604-261-3747

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

St Philip’s Anglican Church (ad p. 3)

3737 W 27th Ave 604-224-3238

Dunbar Heights Baptist 3996 W 17th Ave 604-224-1031

Dentists 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

New Name! Dunbar Family Dental (ad p. 5) 4210 Dunbar St 604-733-1616

New Name!

Dentists on Dunbar 3335 Dunbar St 604-224-5611 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Dr George Porteous 5-3615 W 19th Ave 604-224-3115 Dunbar Dental Centre 215-3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-2220 Southlands Dental Group 3579 W 41st Ave 604-266-6232



SERVICES 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

Dunbar Dry Cleaning 4410 Dunbar St 604-736-5808

Money’s Dry Cleaning 4389 Dunbar St 604-224-5112 Pressed 4 Time Dry Cleaning 3594 W 41st Ave 604-261-0440 Yim’s Alterations 3378 Dunbar St 604-737-8822

Education & Performing Arts - Private 4Cats Arts Studio 4293 Dunbar St 604-569-2426

Acting UP! Musical Theatre (ad p. 12)

604-263-9977 Cheryl Rafter Highland Dancing 3525 W 24th Ave 604-325-4002 Creative Minds 5351 Camosun St 604-263-4711 Crofton House School 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

Elite Montessori Academy (ad p. 25)

5520 Dunbar St 604-655-2045


Harmonious Music Studio (ad p. 12, article p. 14)

3271 Dunbar St 604-767-0136 Immaculate Conception 3745 W 28th Ave 604-224-5012

Journey To Learning

(ad p. 5) 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

Monkey See Monkey Do (ad p. 9) 3525 W 24th Ave 778-371-4659 Montessori Ivy School 3641 W 29th Ave 604-221-9300

Opus Academy 5635 Dunbar St 604-267-3749

New! Oxford Learning

(ad p. 18) 306-2083 Alma St 604-563-2000 St George’s School Jr Boys: 3851 W 29th Ave Sr Boys: 4175 W 29th Ave 604-224-1304

Sunflower Academy

(ad p. 13) 4397 W 12th Ave 604-222-1114

Teachers’ Tutoring Service (ad p. 13)


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

Westside Kumon Math & Reading Centre (ad p. 19) 3584 W 16th Ave 604-222-0182 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Acadia Road Elementary 4102 W 16th Ave 604-713-5950

Kerrisdale Elementary 5555 Carnarvon St 604-713-5446

Queen Elizabeth Annex 4275 Crown St 604-713-5482

Carnarvon Elementary 3400 Balaclava St 604-713-5396

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

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

Jules Quesnel Elementary 3050 Crown St 604-713-4577

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

Southlands Elementary 5351 Camosun St 604-713-5414


SERVICES Education - Public Schools (School District #39)

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

Financial BMO Bank of Montreal 4395 Dunbar St 604-665-7093 CIBC 4306 Dunbar St 604-665-7697 Don Nybo & Co. Chartered Accountants 6-3615 W 19th Ave 604-228-1166

Edward Jones, Abbie Green (ad p. 18)

3560 W 41st Ave 604-731-6117 H & R Block 4220 Dunbar St 604-713-1500 RBC Royal Bank 4205 Dunbar St 604-665-5972

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

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

Elements Academy 4465 Dunbar St 604-568-3441

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

Body Function 4345 Dunbar St 604-565-6630

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

Third Eye Martial Arts 4256 Dunbar St 604-669-8707

Crossfit Empower 3321 Dunbar St 778-873-4427

Spire Wellness & Yoga

Vibes Fitness

(ad p. 11) 2885 W 33rd Ave 604-569-0963 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

(ad p. 3) 5628 Dunbar St 604-428-8423 33


SERVICES Health | Medical Alex Musial MD Inc. 4298 Dunbar St 604-731-3612

Gail Olive Masage Therapy 4-3615 W 19th Ave 604-224-5856

Chaldecott Medical Clinic 4186 Dunbar St 604-739-9881

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

Dr Brian Harris Inc. 3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-5015 Dunbar Eyecare Optometry 2-3554 W 41st Ave 604-263-8874

Dunbar Physio

(ad p. 13) 205-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-3303 Dunbar Spinal Decompression 4168 Dunbar St 604-742-0702 Envision Counselling 202-3641 W 29th Ave 604-222-1120

Image Optometry 4250 Dunbar St 604-293-3937 Life Chiropractic 4168 Dunbar St 604-742-0702

Pacific Eye Doctors 4292 Dunbar St 604-739-2022 Skinworks 3568-3578 W 41st Ave 604-737-7100 dermatology 604-733-9711 plastic surgery Southland Medical Group 110-3540 W 41st Ave 604-261-5340

Southland’s Physiotherapy 3579 W 41st Ave 604-263-8110 Life Labs 112-3540 W 41st Ave 604-264-9815

Massage Therapy on Dunbar (ad p. 9)

StudioHealth Chiroworks (ad p. 11)

5733 Collingwood St 604-269-3798

Tessa Cherniavsky Massage 4192 Dunbar St Therapy Clinic 604-733-3376 203A-3540 W 41st Ave 604-266-2757 Mark Finch & Associates 202-3641 W 29th Ave 604-222-9505

Insurance Buntain Insurance 4295 Dunbar St 604-736-8855

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

Southlands Insurance (ad p. 25, article p. 6-7) 5540 Dunbar St 604-266-5433

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

Amherst Veterinary Hospital (ad p. 16)

260-2083 Alma St 604-221-7771

Barktholomews Pet Edibles 4883 Mackenzie St 604-568-3600

Artistic Styling Salon for Pets 4188 Dunbar St 604-739-6822 34 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

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

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

Pets Beautiful 5620 Dunbar St 604-261-5310

Specialty Andrew Wilkinson MLA 5640 Dunbar St 604-664-0748

Higher Ground Gardens

Browns Restaurant Group 207A-3540 W 41st Ave 604-630-0885

Jason Liu Realty 5737 Collingwood St 604-558-0666

Design by Fire

Martin Brothers Funeral Services 3398 Dunbar St 778-330-7799

(ad p. 24) 604-831-9206 Digital Photo Station 4485 Dunbar St 604-222-3513 Driving Miss Daisy 604-723-7247

Dunbar Painting

(ad p. 5) 604-788-3382

(ad p. 10) 778-323-1502

Molly Maid -Meg Roberts

(ad p. 16) 604-734-7260 Natural Balance Premium Home Builders 3288 Dunbar St 778-330-7607


SERVICES Pets ... con’t

Reid Brothers Plumbing & Heating (ad p. 13) 1636 W 75th Ave 604-263-0323

RE/MAX Select Realty

Karel Palla & Darryl Sjerven

(ad on back cover) 604-329-1430

Sage Construction

(ad p. 17) 3349 Dunbar St 604-569-2692

Sandra Steier Photography

(ad p. 28) 604-277-7437

Dunbar Plumbing

(ad p. 17) 604-312-2686

SHOP - RETAIL Clothing | Accessories Chloe Angus Design 4273 Dunbar St 604-224-2456

Dragon & Phoenix 3510 W 41st Ave 604-261-1317 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Hospice Opportunity Boutique 4255 Dunbar St 604-733-1412



SHOP - RETAIL Clothing | Accessories ... con’t MacGillycuddy’s 4881 Mackenzie St 604-263-5313 Olinda’s 4305 Dunbar St 604-228-0022

The Carrington Shoppe 3434 W 55th Ave 604-266-5725

Twist Fashions

(ad p. 11) 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

Pure Integrative Pharmacy 4198 Dunbar St 604-732-3010

Shoppers Drug Mart 4326 Dunbar St 604-732-8555

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

Dunbar Lumber 3637 W 16th Ave 604-224-0434

Golden Rug Co. 3211 Dunbar St 604-224-3222

Blight’s Home Hardware 3322 Dunbar St 604-738-3312

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

Hob Too Thrift Shop 3470 Dunbar St 604-737-7304

Carson Books 4275 Dunbar St 604-222-8787

Dunbar Vacuum Ltd 3468 Dunbar St 604-733-8713

Kerrisdale Equipment Ltd 4522 Dunbar St 604-224-3255

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

Korean Red Ginseng

Southlands Nursery 6550 Balaclava St 604-261-6411


Cheap Skates 3644 West 16th Ave 604-222-1125 Dunbar Decor 3350 Dunbar St 778-322-2070 Dunbar Greetings 3456 Dunbar St 604-731-3322 36


Enmark Jewellers Ltd 4315 Dunbar St 604-224-3513 Germaine’s Antiques 4268 Dunbar St 604-306-8364

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

(ad p. 18) 2070 W 41st Ave 604-620-9066 Lawrence Books 3591 W 41st Ave 604-261-3812 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Omega Custom Framing 4290 Dunbar St 604-732-6778 Splash Toy Shop 4243 Dunbar St 604-228-8697

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

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

Studio Gallery 33 4850 Mackenzie St 604-838-8670

Upscale Garage Sale 3422 Dunbar St 604-733-0787


SHOP - RETAIL Specialty ... con’t

Sports & Activities Dunbar Lawn Bowling Club

(ad p. 3, photo on cover) 3850 W 31st Ave 604 228 8428 Dunbar Little League Vancouver United FC (Dunbar Soccer Association) Scouts Canada 25th Dunbar Point Grey 31st St Philip’s

Shamrock Equestrian Centre 3320 W 55th Ave 604-649-4586 Southlands Heritage Farm 6767 Balaclava St 604-261-1295 Southlands Riding Club 7025 Macdonald St 604-263-4817

UBC Thunderbirds West Point Grey District Girl Guides West Side Warriors Football

Vancouver Community Baseball

Community Resources Artists in Our Midst City of Vancouver 453 W 12th Ave Phone 3-1-1 Dunbar Community Centre 4747 Dunbar St 604-222-6060 Dunbar Community Patrol 604-222-9824

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

Dunbar Village Business Association (ads p. 4, 12, 18, 24, 39) 604-635-1836 | April 15 - June 14, 2014

Vancouver Hospice Society 3470 Dunbar St 604-737-7305

Movie Theatre Dunbar Theatre (article p. 22-23) 4555 Dunbar St 604-222-2991



April 15 - June 14, 2014 Apr 18

Good Friday

Apr 18

Performance of Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of Dr. Greg Caisley, Music Minister and Director of DHUC. Approximately 60 musicians will take part. Dunbar Heights United Church. 7pm.

Apr 21

Easter Monday

Apr 22

Dunbar Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness, 7pm at Dunbar Community Centre

Apr 26

Crown Preschool Open House & Registration, 10am in St Philip’s Church

Apr 27

Vancouver Sun Run

Apr 28

Non-Instructional Day School District 39

May 1

Dunbar Theatre Celebration at 7pm (see p. 22)

May 3

St George’s School Annual Fair 10am-4pm at 3851 W 29th Ave

May 4

BMO Vancouver Marathon

May 4

Dunbar in Bloom Tour #1. Map at Blight’s Home Hardware $2.

May 4

Dunbar Lawn Bowling opening day

May 4

Stong’s Annual Plant Sale

May 10

Dunbar Lawn Bowling Open House 1:30-3pm

May 10

A Growing Affair Plant Sale 10am-4pm at UBC Botannical Garden Centre

May 11

Mother’s Day

May 17-19 Stong’s Little League Tournament May 19

Victoria Day

May 24

A Farm in the City at Southlands Heritage Farm 12-3pm. Enjoy an afternoon on a working farm in Southlands. Spring market, pony rides, scavenger hunt, pizza made in a cob oven. Meet the bees, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks on a guided tour of the farm.

May 25

Salmonberry Days Family Festival 11am-3pm behind Dunbar Community Centre (see ad p. 39)

May 26

Bike to Work Week (through June 1)

May 27

Dunbar Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness 7-8pm at Dunbar Community Centre

May 30

Lord Byng Symphony 7:30pm at 3939 W 16th Ave. Tickets $5/$10

May 31

Dunbar in Bloom Tour #2. Map at Blight’s Home Hardware $2.

May 31

Blenheim Bazaar, The World’s Longest Yard Sale, 10am-2pm. See houses with yellow balloons on Blenheim between W 16th and SW Marine Dr.

June 15

Father’s Day

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Salmonberry Days Family Festival

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Salmonberry Days Family Festival Back by popular demand! The Dunbar Community Centre Association is once again hosting Salmonberry Days Family Festival on Sunday, May 25, 2014 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) on the grounds of West Memorial Park, behind Dunbar Community Centre. Last year, over 1500 people attended and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better, and sunshine is guaranteed! Children’s rides, stage entertainment, a live Jambalaya band, The Nylon Zoo, face painting, balloon animals, preschool games, arts and crafts and much more guarantee a day of family fun. In addition, there is a community fair with information/activity booths manned by Dunbar community groups including the library, the Dunbar Residents’ Association, Dunbar Village Business Association, Madame Bee Speaker and local businesses. Dunbar Lawn Bowling Club

invites everyone to come and try out a new sport! The VPD Mounted Squad will be there. Who doesn’t love horses at an event? Food trucks will be on site and the Dunbar Community Centre Association will be serving free coffee! Visit with your Board of Directors [as your child gets his face painted] for the latest news on the Centres’ Lobby improvements and programmes. While you are there, fill out a free raffle ticket for a hanging floral basket. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that! The Dunbar Village Business Association, Dunbar Residents’ Association and the Vancouver Park Board partners with the Dunbar CCA in this fabulous day for our community. See you there with the kids. by Dunbar Community Centre Association

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