October 10, 2014

Another great block party--thanks for coming out!


Took a little while to get to this, but thanks everyone who came out way back on that lovely, warm summer evening on September 6th to attend our 14th annual block party BBQ.

Here are a few photos to remind us of that evening.

Thanks very much to Alain, our chef and co-organizer, and to everyone who brought food to sample.

Thanks also to the City of Vancouver and Park Board for providing us with our permit and barricades.

Lastly, thanks very much to the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grants program for providing funding for our food stuffs.

We hope to see you all next summer! In the meantime, be sure to sign up for our email bulletins or join our Mountain View Facebook group to keep in touch with things happening in our community.

If you're on Twitter, please follow @VanMountainView.

Posted by Mike Klassen at 11:55 AM | Permalink

August 26, 2014

Come to Mountain View's 14th Annual Community BBQ Sept. 6th!


Our 14th Annual community BBQ for local residents is happening on September 6th! Bring a chair. Bring the kids. Bring an appetite for barbecue and picnic fare!

This is a fun and relaxed event where you can get to know your neighbour better, and let the kids play.

Time: arrive any time after 4:30. The event officially ends after 7pm but most likely will continue until 8.


Location: on the boulevard at the northeast corner of East 28th and Prince Albert. 800-block East 28th Avenue will be closed to traffic during this time.

We have a poster that we hang where we can. If you want to post it near your house (or in a building lobby) click on the thumbnail image to open a PDF copy.

Please contribute a dish if you would like. Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and coleslaw as well as juice boxes will be provided. Bring a lawn chair if you want to sit.

Posted by Mike Klassen at 1:48 PM | Permalink

August 4, 2014

SAVE the DATE! Mountain View 14th Annual BBQ Sept 6th


Our annual end-of-summer barbecue is back! Save the date—Saturday, September 6th, starting around 5pm. Same central location – details to be confirmed later.

Posted by Mike Klassen at 11:47 AM | Permalink

May 23, 2014

Visit the McBride Annex Spring Fair May 24th 11-3!


McBride Annex Spring Fair is a great annual local community event. Lots of fun for families.


Saturday, May 24th from 11am to 3pm
Located at McBride Annex, 4750 St. Catherines Street (29th and St Catherines)

The annual McBride Annex School Spring Fair is a fun and exciting carnival with games for kids of all ages, delicious food, Bouncy Castle, giant slingshot, silent auction, face painting, music, prizes and fun…Don’t miss out!

Come celebrate the day at this family-friendly fun event. Rain or shine, we’ll see you there. Admission is Free.

Tickets for food, games and silent auction will be available for purchase at the Fair.

More info here.

Posted by Mike Klassen at 1:17 PM | Permalink

August 1, 2013

Country Lane's 10th birthday a great success!

Chalk up another successful event held by the Mountain View Neighbourhood Group, who have been coordinating community gatherings for over a decade now. The 13th community BBQ held on Sunday, June 14th had special meaning for the neighbourhood, as it was to mark the 10th anniversary of a unique piece of Vancouver's public realm – the Country Lane (south lane at 700-block east 27th).

To make this event as meaningful as possible, it was important to ensure that key individuals were in attendance. These included local community advocates Sharole Tylor, Jackie Larson, Jeannie Kamins (all of whom were involved in spearheading the Country Lane), Lilli Wong and former Vancouver city planner Sandy James. Sandy was the Lane's most vocal proponent at city hall.

It was also suggested that we invite members of Vancouver city council to mark the occasion. Councillors Elizabeth Ball and George Affleck attended, as did MP Don Davies and a representative of the office of MLA Mable Elmore. The Country Lane was built following its approval by city council in July 2002, then led by Mayor Philip Owen.

Philip Owen was also proposed as a guest, and to the delight of organizers he agreed to join the festivities. He arrived with his grandson, who enjoyed the BBQ food and the company of other children in attendance.

The biggest challenge facing the event was trying to make sure everyone possible could attend this public event. Once we had commitments from many people, the next challenge was getting the community to know the event was happening, and where. Posters were circulated all over the neighbourhood, each featuring a small map where the Country Lane was.

We also used social media – our website, email lists, and Facebook group helped to raise awareness. Using Twitter had an additional bonus. A reporter for the National Post saw a 'tweet' about the event and, intrigued by the Country Lane concept, persuaded his editor to run a page 3 story about the Lane, along with a photo of organizer Mike Klassen and Sandy James. It helped to give organizers the boost they needed to generate interest in the July 14th event.

Mike contributed his semi-regular “community correspondent” column to the Vancouver Courier newspaper discussing the Country Lane and forthcoming event, which helped to give it a final bit of profile. On July 14th just before noon, community members began to straggle in for the food and good company. Neighbour Robert Major took on BBQ duties and roasted all the beef, turkey and vegetarian weiners. Several also brought their own dishes, and two 'soccer tents' were provided additional shade from the sun.

The images show what a great event it was – many members of this diverse community gathered, young and old.

Thanks to everyone who joined us that day, and especially to Sandy James and Philip Owen for your leadership and foresight to create a great public space like Mountain View's Country Lane. Many thanks also go out to the Vancouver Foundation and their Neighbourhood Small Grants program, which provided us with a grant to cover the event costs.

Posted by Mike Klassen at 11:29 PM | Permalink

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