By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2017
This Month’s Feature
August 3: UBC Pride Picnic (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Pop by UBC’s first-ever Pride Picnic in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Positive Space on campus. Everyone is welcome to come together for a free, fun and inclusive party outside the UBC Bookstore.
Other Events and Activities
August 11: Scholars at UBC Farm – Outdoor Dining Series (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Enjoy an al fresco five-course, farm-to-table experience under the twinkling lights and live music at the UBC Farm’s beautiful Poplar Grove. Celebrate the bounty of local food and support our continuing work towards understanding sustainable food systems at the UBC Farm. Tickets to each dinner are $80 per person, which includes a five-course family style meal and one beverage of your choice.
August 12: Bike Tour of Outdoor Art (10:00 a.m.)
Wesbrook Village, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and More Bikes are teaming up to deliver the definitive campus art tour. No bike? More Bikes (Wesbrook Village) can set you up with a rental. The free tour begins at More Bikes, and will only proceed in dry weather.
August 12: Blackout Night Sky Festival at MOA (5:00 p.m. – midnight)
Explore our connection to the stars during an evening of arts and astronomy. Blackout brings together storytellers, musicians, artists and astronomers to share their relationships to the skies. Witness the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, peer into telescopes, make your own lantern and enjoy stargazing to a soundtrack of ambient beats, punctuated by live music and throat singing.
August 14-18: Summer on the Mall
Main Mall is the place to be for this week-long, noon-time summer celebration. From yoga to outdoor art crawls, live music to petting zoos, there won’t be a shortage of things to do. Get ready to socialize, be active or just relax in the sun.
August 19: Medicine Collective Workshop – UBC Farm (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Join the Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers in workshops that aim to reconnect and restore our relationships to lands and people living on Turtle Island. Workshops are $20 per person and medicines will be available to bring home.
August 21: Solar Eclipse Observation at UBC (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
With eclipse viewers and telescopes on hand, join UBC professors and students for the partial solar eclipse (up to 86%). A live stream of the total eclipse and presentations about how an eclipse occurs will be hosted in the Welcome Centre at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Viewing will take place on the Plaza between the AMS Student Nest and the Alumni Centre.
September 20: Kettle Bell Swing Workshop (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
TWIST Performance + Wellness is teaming up with the School of Kinesiology’s UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre to offer a kettle bell swing workshop with lead strength coach Josh Neumann. This is a great opportunity to try something new or improve your technique.
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By Miranda Massie on January 11, 2016
UBC Events and Activities
Our list keeps growing! Be sure to check out the list of on and off-campus corporate discount partners for savings towards your wellbeing.
Yoga at MOA: Starts Jan 11
Looking for an on-campus yoga class with flexible hours, affordable costs and a beautiful location? Try MOGA. Yoga in the Great Hal of the Museum of Anthropology returns again this spring.
Fit Mix Challenge: Jan 15
Come back down to earth after the winter holidays and compete against yourself in a series of fun fitness challenges! Hosted by professional Bird Coop staff and the UBC Recreation Events Team. Register now!
10th Annual Walkabout: Jan 18-March 20
Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. All community members (staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the community) are encouraged to walk a virtual journey to improve their wellbeing!
UBC Suicide Awareness Day: Jan 27
Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires everyone’s help. Show your support for suicide awareness and prevention: Attend an event and wear orange on Suicide Awareness Day.
On the Button Curling Bonspiel: Jan 31
Sweep those winter blues away with a fun night of curling. Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re a seasoned sweeper, this tournament is a great way to try a national pastime. Register now!
30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge: Registration open
Now is your chance to participate in an innovative online training focused on reducing stress, while increasing joy and peak performance in all areas of life including leadership, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and decision-making in the workplace. Click here for more info.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: January 2016
Sexual assault affects people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. Join the conversation, keep learning, and stand up against sexual assault. You can help end the violence.
- Wear denim and a Denim Day sticker (January 20) to show that you’re standing up against sexual assault.
- Attend an event
‘Step It Up’ Walking Programs: Ongoing
Join the movement! The Step it Up campaign highlights walking programs that are free or inexpensive, and designed for all students, staff, faculty and community members. Check out upcoming guided walks including a Dog Walkers Stroll and an Art Lovers walk!
Toonie Swims at the Aquatic Centre: Ongoing
Get your swim on and join in for Toonie Swims on Saturday and Sunday evenings, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. $2 admission for everyone!
Off-Campus Events and Activities
Run to Quit-smoking cessation program: Register from Jan 6-March 31
Try a new 10-week smoking cessation program of the Canadian Cancer Society and Running Room Ltd. Smokers who join (in-person/on-line) are coached in a step-by-step way to use running to help quit. Use of running while quitting increases the likelihood of success by helping smokers cope with discomfort, cravings and establish new habits.
Monthly Birding Walks: Jan 16 (Surrey)
Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks to discover how these amazing creatures are adapted to their habitat and why our local urban parks are so important for their survival. A great way to get out and explore Surrey’s parks! Get the Free Birding Walks Brochure here.
Steveston Icebreaker 8KM Run/Walk: Jan 17 (Richmond)
Join this fun, flat and fast 8k to kick off the year on a scenic course along the river. Hot soup, pizza and door prizes headline the indoor post-race festivities at the Steveston Community Centre.
Arthritis and You – Understanding Arthritis: Jan 17 (Richmond)
Get a clear picture of what is really happening in your body when we talk about Arthritis. This will aid you in understanding the importance of self-management (pain management, medications, exercise and complementary therapies, etc.) and learn about the tools and aids to make life easier.
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival: Jan 19-Feb 7 (Vancouver)
This festival features groundbreaking work in live performing arts and is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, and an incubator of brilliant new work.
Personal, Family & Community Emergency Preparedness Training: Jan 20 (Coquitlam)
This session uses an earthquake scenario to help you become better prepared at home. Topics include, earthquake damage/hazards, how to protect the inside and outside of your home/place of business, family communication and reunification and assembling emergency supplies.
Alive@Work Online Magazine: January 2016
Cold and flu myths, winter skin care secrets, how to pick a personal trainer, brown bag lunch ideas and more!
The Wellness Show: Feb 12-14 (Vancouver)
Attend the 24th Annual Wellness Show. Cooking stage, fitness demos, organic market, Healthy Families Area, lots of exhibitors and more! View a 2016 event poster here. Entry Fee is $12.50 per person.
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By Miranda Massie on October 6, 2015
October is Healthy Workplace Month! Submit your photo for a chance to win a FREE workshop!
Submit a photo of your efforts to “healthify” your department for a chance to win a free workshop. It can be as simple as encouraging colleagues to take the stairs, attending one of our health workshops, hosting a healthy workplace potluck lunch, or creating a health information board. Email your photos to Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30pm on October 9th. Three prizes to giveaway and open to all work locations!
UBC Library Garden Design Consultation: Until Oct. 12
Participate in the consultation process for the re-design of one of the largest public green spaces on campus, Library Garden. Help shape the design for the area, share what is important to you about this space as well as what opportunities you see for its future.
United Way Week of Caring: Oct. 13-16
Join the campus for seven fun and unique events to kick off the 2015 UBC United Way Fundraising Campaign. Last year, UBC raised over $570,000 to help school-aged children succeed throughout the Lower Mainland.
UBC’s Apple Festival at the Botanical Garden: Oct. 17-18
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. The Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
Fall MOGA (Yoga at MOA): Starts Oct 19
Relax and recharge with yoga in the Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology! 3 classes offered per week: Monday 12:30pm-1:30pm, Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm, Thursday 5:15pm-6:16pm. Unlimited passes are $80 and 5 class passes ($45) and drop-ins are available ($12). Please contact Jill (email@example.com) for more information of if you wish to purchases a pass.
Great Trek Run, Relay & Walk: Oct. 30
Celebrate the 1922 student march that led to the build of the UBC Vancouver Campus in Point Grey. There are three ways you can participate: as an individual on an 8km run; as part of a four-person relay; or as a walker of the 3.5 km route. The start and finish is at the Great Trek Cairn and the route is along the scenic part of south Main Mall through Hawthorn Place. Register by Oct. 26.
- Post-event pancake lunch, smoothies and celebrations.
- Family friendly; if you’re walking, feel free to bring kids along too.
Save the Date – Thrive 2015: Nov. 2-6
UBC Thrive is a campus-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff. Thrive builds understanding, critical thinking and dialogue about mental health, and highlights UBC’s visions, strategies and accomplishments in the promotion of mental well-being. Join us by attending an event, participating in an activity or by trying a new skill.
Off Campus Events and Activities
Explore the world of sustainable energy from a kid’s point of view at the grand opening of the new fully interactive Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum.
The Turkey Trot is not your average run, but instead an experience. With great food, a family friendly course and wonderful volunteers, the Turkey Trot is a run to remember for the ages. The Granville Island Turkey Trot has also added a Kids Fun Run in addition to its traditional 10km race!
The Great BC Shake Out: Oct. 15
To help the campus community prepare for an earthquake, the University is participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise on October 15 at 10:15 a.m. when we’ll Drop, Cover and Hold on.
Practicing what to do in an earthquake helps you be ready to react quickly, as does knowing what to do afterwards.
Vancouver Writers Fest: Oct. 20-25
The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. The Festival can reignite a teacher’s passion for teaching, mesmerize a teenager who rarely looks up from her phone or engage a child who is a reluctant reader.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: Oct. 28-30
See you for some ghoulishly good times! The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be open for family fun and adorned in a spooky but friendly fashion.
Alive@ work: October Edition
How to work out smarter, recipes to savour fall flavours, breast cancer prevention therapies, understanding your core values and more.
By Miranda Massie on June 3, 2015
Summer MOGA, Food for Foodies demo, Farm Markets, Canada Day Family Festivals, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, Whitecaps FC2 soccer and more! Find out what is happening on and off campus this month!
UBC-based events (Vancouver campus)
Summer Yoga at MOA (MOGA!): Runs May 21-October 16
Enjoy summer yoga classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the beautiful atrium space at MOA! Classes will be led by instructor Samantha Burke.
United Way Secondment Opportunity: Application Deadline June 10
Participate in a truly unique professional development opportunity as a United Way Campaign Associate (previously known as Loaned Representative).
UBC Farm Markets at Point Grey bookstore : Begins June 10, runs through October
The UBC Farm weekly Wednesday markets are back for another season. Find fresh and very local produce for purchase outside of the bookstore.
Whitecaps FC2 Games at Thunderbird Stadium: June 14, 21
Take in a Whitecaps FC2 soccer match this month against LA Galaxy II or Portland Timbers II at Thunderbird stadium.
Wescadia and the UBC Farm, in partnership with the UBC Bookstore, presents a food demo with Chef David Speight, Executive Chef at Wescadia. Recipes, tasty samples and more!
UBC Opera Presents La Traviata: June 20-28
Enjoy the wonderful talent that UBC has to offer while listening (in Italian) to Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.
Off campus events
Take your pick of a variety of different weekend night markets to visit this summer all across the lower mainland. Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, entertainment and more!
Bard on the Beach-Vancouver: June 4- Sept. 26
Enjoy your choice of four classic and modern Shakespeare productions in one of the most picturesque theatre settings around.
Take part in a number of free workshops to learn about and support healthy aging and active living.
Enjoy a new and improved Highland Games & Scottish Festival, as Simon Fraser University celebrates its 50th anniversary with special events, piping and drumming, an expanded refreshment area and activities for kids and adults.
Fireworks, festivals, family runs, historical activities a salmon festival and more. Take your pick from a wide range of Canada day events and activities for all ages across the Lower Mainland this summer.
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