Monday, 18 January 2010
FREE Admissions/Events During Olympics
The Vancouver Art Gallery is FREE during the Olympics – February 12-28th
To find out about the exhibitions, go to:
of course if you can make a small donation, its always appreciated!
Also skating at Robson Square Ice Rink is free admission during this time ($3 to rent skates)
And lots of free music & concerts and other events…
For full list and info,
Go to 2010 Olympic Games Free Attractions at citycuacus.com or click on direct link below
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Dear Friends of the Robson Reading Series:
Just a quick reminder that the Robson Reading Series will be hosting two of Canada's funniest authors, Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young, on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the UBC Bookstore/Library Robson Square.
If you can't make it that night, Ian Ferguson, will also be giving a reading at 2 p.m., on Thursday, January 14 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the Point Grey UBC Campus (1961 East Mall).
The idea for these fun-filled January readings was inspired by the work of Dr. Cliff Arnall, a British researcher who created a formula for calculating the most depressing day of the year.
Taking into account a number of factorsincluding weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions, low motivational levels, and feeling of a need to take actionArnall deduced that the most depressing day of the year falls on a Monday near the end of January, a day now known as "Blue Monday."
While the quality of Arnell's research is dubious and his mathematical formula nonsensical, we at the Robson Reading Series will latch onto any excuse to have a good time. And we couldn't think of anyone better suited to make people laugh the January doldrums away than by hosting authors Ian Ferguson and Mark-Leiren Young.
Both Ferguson and Leiren-Young have been awarded Canada's highest literary humour award, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour; Ferguson for his book Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts, and Leiren-Young for his memoir Never Shoot A Stampede Queen.
( And in case quality Canadian humour isn't reason enough to attend the event, as is noted in the best-selling book How to be Canadian, a tongue-in-cheek guide Ian Ferguson co-authored with his brother Will Ferguson: "Let's face it, Canadian writers are a breed apart. God-like, good-looking, sophisticated, smooth and reputedly well endowed: Is there anyone alive who does not envy the status and glory that is the Canadian author?")
Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young will be reading at the UBC Bookstore/Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street) on January 14, 2010 at 7 p.m. Admission is free!
The Robson Reading Series is funded by the UBC Bookstore, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. In addition, we receive financial support from the Canada Council through the Writers Union of Canada, and promotional support from Geist Magazine.
Poet and social commentator Billeh Nickerson and Journey-Prize winning short-story writer Craig Boyko, January 28, 2010, at 7 p.m.
UBC Bookstore @ Robson Square
From: The Antigonish Review <email@example.com>
Subject: Poetry/Fiction Contest reminder
The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests —
9th Annual GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST
5th Annual SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE
$2,400 in Prizes!
Deadlines : Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2010
Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2010
Guidelines : Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be t yped, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize : Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.
First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize : $200 & publication
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest : Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.
First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize : $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication
Entry Fee : Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2010. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review.
Mail submissions to: The Antigonish Review Contest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca , Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <www.antigonishreview.com>.
ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2010 . List of winners will be available at our web site: www.antigonishreview.com.
We acknowledge the support of: St. Francis Xavier University; The Canada Council, The Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage; and the Publications Assistance Program and the Canada Magazine Fund of the Government of Canada.
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
202-2250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9 Tel. 604-873-0103 Fax 604-873-3095
WINTER WRITER'S RETREAT ON DENMAN ISLAND, FEBRUARY 2010
- Ivan Coyote. Memoir Writing, 4 days February 9 to 12. Cost: $300.00.
- Matt Rader. Poetry Writing, weekend February 13 & 14. Cost: $150.00.
- Heidi Greco. Editing & Manuscript Preparation, 4 days February 17 to 20. Cost $300.00
- Application Form (see attached or obtain form at reception)
- Two Letters of Reference (2) not from family members
- Have personal experience receiving mental health services
- Role model to people recovering from serious mental illness
- Good interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to be empathetic, supportive and patient
- Able to learn and work in a classroom setting for 3-4 hrs/class
- Adequate writing and reading skills
- Present in a professional manner
- Work cooperatively and collaboratively with mental health staff
- Like working with a variety of people and have an appreciation of each individual's unique value
- Willing to work with a culturally diverse population
- Related experience is an asset, though not required
- Complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC)
- CRC cost is $55, reimbursed to those who have been short-listed after interviews and upon submission of receipt
Boy InterruptedWednesday, January 20, 2010 - 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry
Every parent's worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note "only to be forgotten." In this, her "Mother's Lament," Dana takes us back through 15 years of home movies and photographs to paint a portrait of a child who was different — and even obsessed with death — from a very early age; the "darkest of souls," she calls him. Home movies of Evan at seven show him demonstrating how he might hang himself from his bunk bed. His first suicide attempt, at age 11, landed him in a treatment facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — an echo of another family tragedy, the suicide of an uncle, years earlier. For Evan, medication and therapy seemed to be helping; as he moved into adolescence, things seem to be going well for the first time in years. The blow, when it comes, is devastating. "Mournful, pained and beautifully put together" (John Anderson, Variety). "Deeply absorbing . . . Boy Interrupted is hard to reckon with, but even harder to shake off" (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). Colour, 92 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer and Dr. Jana Davidson.
Ms. Davies is a Child & Youth Suicide Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health and has been working in the realm of crisis and suicide intervention for more than 15 years. With a passion for suicide intervention and the belief that is possible to help keep people alive, she provides suicide consultation and education to community agencies within Vancouver; and numerous First Nation communities.
Ms. Platzer, a "survivor" of her son's untimely death, is the executive director and founder of The Josh Platzer Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate British Columbia youth and those around them about prevention and awareness of suicide.
Jana Davidson, MD, FRCP(C) is a child psychiatrist actively involved in clinical care, education and research. Dr Davidson is a Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UBC; Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Programs at BC Children's Hospital and Program Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry, UBC.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.
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