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Friday, June 24, 2011

Report Cards and Registration

Hi class,

I told you that I would post the date and time that you get your
report card.

You receive your report card on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.

Come to class at 12:00 as usual to pick up your report card. You can then talk with me to
get advice, or to get some help making decisions. Your report cards are valid for one year from Tuesday's date. Please Note: the marks on the report card are Final. They will not be changed. rks are valid for one year from Tuesday. Please Note: the marks on the report card are FINAL. They will NOT be changed. If you want to have a [potluck lunch on Tuesday, let me know, either by email or by posting in the comment box below in the blog. Just click on comment box and an empty box will come up. You know my email address, but I I will give it to you again. atomick1@gmail.com

Summer Course Registration:

After they have received their report cards, those who want to can immediately go upstairs too the registration office and register for the summer course. Students can immediately register for the summer course, which begins July 5th. The summer session does not include any four skill classes.These classes only for people taking listening and speaking classes, or reading and writing classes. Students taking the summer course cannot register for the summer course until the end of August, when they will have received their marks from the summer course.

Fall Course Registration
Students who do NOT plan to take a summer course CAN register for the fall course tomorrow. These classes fill up extremely quickly, so I would strongly recommend that you register now rather than wait until later in July. The class you want may be full.

Last words: I will continue to post on the blog during the summer, so check back and see what I have to say.

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Canada Day is Friday, July 1, 2011.

Spending Canada Day in Vancouver?

These top events are the way to spend it.

1. Canada Day at Granville Island

Image Courtesy of Granville Island

What: Granville Island's huge Canada Day celebration includes a Parade, a Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast, an official Canada Day Ceremony, live jazz, performers, False Creek Ferry Ballet, and MELA!, a South Asian cultural extravaganza of song, traditional dance, Bollywood fashions, mouth-watering food, and more.
When: 8am - Midnight
Where: Granville Island

2. Canada Day at Canada Place - Street Festival & Parade

Image Courtesy of Canada Place Corporation

What: Canada Place hosts Downtown Vancouver's biggest Canada Day celebration with a street festival, live music concerts on four stages, and an annual Canada Day Parade. It also co-produces the Burrard Inlet Fireworks that are Number 5 on this list.
When: Street Festival: 10am - 6pm; Parade starts at 7pm
Where: Street Festival at Canada Place; Parade starts at the corner of Georgia Street & Broughton Street.

3. 2011 Surrey Canada Day

Image Courtesy of City of Surrey

What: OK, this one is not actually in Vancouver....But it has to go on this list because Surrey's Canada Day celebration is both the biggest Canada Day event in western Canada and one of the biggest outdoor concerts in B.C. And it's all FREE! The Fruiticana Fireworks Spectacular follows the concert.
When: 10am - 10:30pm
Where: Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey

4. Canada Day at the Steveston Salmon Festival

Image Courtesy of Steveston Community Society / Steveston Salmon Festival

What: Steveston, Richmond's historic fishing village, attracts over 70,000 visitors to its joint Canada Day and Steveston Salmon Festival. The festival includes a parade, craft shows, cultural events, and Steveston's famous salmon barbecue, where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
When: 6:30am - 5pm
Where: Steveston Village, Richmond

5. Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show

Image Courtesy of Canada Place Corporation

What: Cap off your Canada Day celebrations with this pyrotechnic extravaganza! Happening in Burrard Inlet, the 5th annual Fireworks Show will be visible from Downtown, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Vancouver's west side.
When: 10:30pm - 11pm
Where: Vancouver Downtown and West Side

Here are a few more Canada Activities Around the lower mailand that ddn't get mentionned.

Canada Day on Robson Mainstage features funk band Soulstream and Brazilian music and dance ensemble Ache Brasil, with street performers and family-friendly activities, showgirls and giveaways. Robson, betw. Burrard and Jervis, July 1, 12-6 pm, free, 604-669-8132.

Crab Park Canada Day Festival Features music on the beach by Blackberry Wood, Stingin' Hornets and Top Drawers. Crab Park, foot of Main, free, 1-4 pm, myspace.com/bandcouver.

North Shore Parade Begins with pancake breakfast, 8 am at Grand Boulevard Park at 14th Street with proceeds going to a local charity. Parade begin 10 am, proceeds to Lonsdale, and ends at Mahon Park; northshoreparade.org

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration Highlights include music and dance performances, roaming entertainers, craft activities and food, including French cuisine. Waterfront Park, 200-block of W. Esplanade, N Van, 12:30-4:30 pm, free, 604-983-6575.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Celebrates Canada Day Features free cake, flags, children's activities and two-for-one admission for B.C. residents. Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano, N Van, 11 am-4 pm; cake cutting, 2 pm, 604-985-7474.