Come Out and Dance!

BEST invites all our supporters and their friends to come out on June 8 and June 22 and Just Dance! Just Dance is a “positive party” community event offering a unique opportunity to dance to an eclectic upbeat selection of music from around the world. Held for the last 19 years, Just Dance is a nonprofit event that also supports many local charities – and we are delighted that the proceeds from the June 8 and June 22 dances will be shared with BEST. Held in the relaxed and unpretentious environment of the Russian Community Hall (2114 West 4th @ Arbutus), this innovative community event attracts dance lovers of all ages. Add to this an alcohol-free environment and you get a warm community feeling and natural high. There’s nothing else quite like it in Vancouver. Come out, celebrate life, and support BEST! We are looking forward to attending, and looking forward to seeing you all! Active meditation 7:30 pm Dance begins 9:00 pm 2114 West 4th Avenue @ Arbutus Tickets $12, $10 (students), free for children. All at the door. www.justdance.ca

Commuter Challenge – There’s Still Time to Register!

The BEST Commuter Challenge, proudly supported by ICBC, is a great way for workplaces to try sustainable transportation. From June 3-9, thousands of employees will walk, bike, take transit, use a ride-share or car-share, ride a horse, work from home, canoe or use some other creative form of transit to commute to work. An easy on-line tracking system lets employees see how much CO2 is avoided, how many litres of fuel are saved, how many calories are burned, and how many sustainable kilometres are traveled. Winning workplaces, individuals, and workplace coordinators get fantastic prizes, like coffee subscriptions, credit to car-sharing companies, yoga passes, gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, and more. Check out www.commuterchallengebc.ca for more information about sponsors and prizes. We will be hosting a party on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate sustainable transportation. There are now over 230 workplaces registered throughout BC and over 1500 individuals registered to participate. If you would like to register there is still time — just go to www.commuterchallenge.ca. For more information please contact Michelle at michelle.drewitz@best.bc.ca or 604-669-2860 ext 211.

The Bicycle Valet Is Gearing Up!

June is always a busy month for The Bicycle Valet, and this year is not an exception!   We are returning to iconic street parties such as Greek Day, Car Free Day on Main St. and Commercial Drive, celebrating bicycles at MEC Bikefest Northshore and MEC Bikefest Vancouver, and are happy to announce a couple of new events. Be sure to check out the newest addition to New Westminster’s waterfront at the Official Opening of Westminster Pier Park on June 16!  Everyone is invited to attend the grand opening ceremonies along with an afternoon of main stage entertainment, recreational activities in the Kids’ & Sports Zones, amazing food from River Market vendors and lots more. Also new this year is Make Music on June 21 in Gastown.  Over 200 bands – yes, you read that right – will be giving one-hour performances (not all at once, thank goodness!)  It is entirely free. No tickets, no admission, just fun. We are still looking for volunteers for these events and more!  Fill out the online form and get started!  Short, flexible shifts at awesome events, no long-term commitment necessary, exclusive invitations  to three LEGENDARY volunteer parties (next one coming up in June- planning is underway), and other perks on offer! Interested in supporting The Bicycle Valet but parking bicycles is not your scene?  LET EVENT ORGANIZERS KNOW YOU WANT THE BICYCLE VALET by posting on Facebook, Tweeting at them, emailing them, or calling them.  We have a few suggestions: Malkin Bowl Concerts in Stanley Park and Deer Lake Park Concerts in Burnaby (Live Nation BC Facebook, Twitter) and BC Lions home games (Facebook, Twitter).   Don’t forget to tag us!