It's a long weekend! Finally the sun is out and we have time off to go find fun stuff to do. The Cookie Jar has hunted down a few happenings in the area whether you're itching to take in some rays, putter around the house, or hit the border to do some shopping.
1. It's a Long Weekend: Stuff About Town or Beyond
The Granville Island water park ( near the False Creek Community Center, Vancouver) opens today from 10 am to 6 pm! Grab a picnic lunch, slap on a hat and bring the sunscreen. It's completely free and a nice way to spend a sunny Saturday.
Vancouver Children's Festival at Vanier Park is still going strong and well worth checking out. It's open from 11 am-5 pm today and Sunday, with lots still happening on the grounds and at the free bandshell stage.
Filberg Lodge in Comox is hosting Brushworks show and sale on Monday from 12pm-5pm. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, it's always nice to take a wander through the lodge and look at the art. Follow up with a treat from the tea house and a walk through the park. You might see some of the resident deer. We used to go to this event often when we lived on Vancouver Island, and it's a nice way to spend the afternoon.
Hey for Canadians planning to go over into Washington State this long weekend (or Americans coming over here to BC), check out this website to give you an idea of the wait times for border crossings. It's been reported that Peace Arch is under construction and the wait times are long, so you may want to avoid it altogether. Your best bet? Get there early. While we're at it, if you plan to be riding on BC Ferries, it's a good idea to check out the website to see how full the boats are before you mosey on down to the terminal. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a sailing wait. Go early, take snacks, and relax!
2. No more stomach aches: Yummy Lactose Free Cheese
I finally found it! Armstrong cheese has a line of organic lactose free cheeses that are exactly like the regular stuff in practically every way. We have tried the chedder (which is delicious) and Jake was practically dancing around the kitchen. The only problem? I can't find a picture or even a reference to it on the web to share with you! Apparently the company was bought out by Saputo, who has a reference to Armstrong cheese, but no link to it, on their website.
3. More Cash in Your Pocket: Saving on Gas
Yikes! We were warned that long holiday weekends would mean a jump in prices. How can you conserve gas? There's 5 ways, according to Yahoo. We already follow a lot of those. If I could ride a bike to get groceries, I would. Instead we try to consolidate everything and do one trip. I think this summer Jake and I will really try to do the bike thing a lot more. Some people are riding the bus instead, looking into buying hybrids, carpooling, or sticking closer to home.
4. Useless Internet Fun: Morph Thing
A kid at school showed me this, and I thought it was funny. Want to see what Shrek would look like, morphed with Britney Spears? Go take a look. There's all sorts of celebrity pics to play around with.
5. Environmentally Friendly-ism: Easy Green Living by Renee Loux
I picked this book up from the library because it looked interesting. It's called the ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home and is chock full of all sorts of information. Everything from making your own cleansers to what is in those eco-friendly cleaners at the store, tips on conserving energy, and buying eco friendly products. I found it really helpful when trying to decipher what actually is green and what is more of a marketing ploy. You can pick and choose what tips to use, and it's really quite helpful.