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Nasa is about to take a trip of a lifetime on a Comet!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

For all the Geeks and Nerds out there this is something that will be incredibly exciting to watch and follow. On November 12th Nasa will be attempting to place a probe on a Comet that is currently buzzing through Space at speeds roughly around a staggering 40,500Mph! The Comet is called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is classed as short period Comet meaning that its Orbit is small and lasts around 6 years or so to complete its full orbit around the Sun.

This is an incredibly exciting moment for anyone who is interested in Science and Technology as this is a first – it really shows how the Space race has come an incredibly long way from where it all began in the 1950s, and of course the momentous moment when the images of man stepping on the Moon were witnessed for the very first time – this has to be up there in the enormity of this project.

It is a very important project as it is widely believed that Comets quite possibly have an influence as to why there is life on Earth, this is because they hold many properties that are some of the many important ingredients for life, if this is a real possibilty then tentatively it may propel the Science forward to getting ever closer to truly understanding the building blocks of life in the Universe as well as Earth. As the Comet is currently making its way towards the Sun and the lander is successful we may be able to watch live what it is like to be on a speeding Comet that is about to come alive – this is because the materials turn from a Solid state into a Gas from the Suns intense heat creating a large Atmosphere and sometimes the famous Comet tail- also the Comet will be racing through the Asteroid belt which will help Nasa take a look at this neighbourhood that is situated between Mars and Jupiter – exciting times indeed!

This picture show the Comet 67P+(Churyumov-Gerasimenko) from close range and the Jets are beginning to spew into Space.

Fun Facts about Comets – They well and truly stink, due to the fabric of what they are made up of, many of the chemical elements that make up the Comet are Ammonia and Sulfur, down here on Earth we know how smelly they are so it is already now known from this mission that Comets stink like Rotten eggs and urine – gross! Also looking at pictures of Comets it looks like these so called ‘Dirty Snowballs’ are as bright as snow, well that is a trick of the eye due to the intense brightness of the Sun, the colour of Comets (and in fact the Moon) are actually pretty dark more likely the colour of Coal and Asphalt that we use to make Roads.

Vancouver has its own Space Museum called the H.R Macmillan Space Centre – this is not too far away from us, just on the South side of False Creek, you can see it from our 05 rooms, it looks like a giant Wine decanter! Check this place out, no doubt they will be closely following the event as it unfolds and will be able to provide you with some great information.
Website: http://www.spacecentre.ca/

For further information please click on the following links:
European Space Agency – Rosetta Mission http://www.livecometdata.com/comets/67p-churyumov-gerasimenko/

Remembrance Day Vancouver

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

November marks the annual observing of Remembrance Day which falls on November 11th each year. During the week there will be various events happening to mark this moment of commemoration, not just throughout Canada but also other countries from the commonwealth all united in marking their respects to the fallen. These dates are also observed in other non commonwealth countries, this day is also known to many as Poppy day and Armistice day.

Remembrance Day was created after World War 1 to never forget the memory of the many who lost their lives in this most devastating conflict and of course all the others who have lost they lives in other armed conflicts to date.

The Red Poppy is probably one of the most symbolic emblems that has arisen from this day due to the ‘In Flanders field’ poem. The battle at Flanders is widely known to be one of the most deadliest and brutal of all battles, this battlefield among many was where the Red Poppy bloomed and became an appropriate symbol for the lives lost and the colour of the blood that was spilled during those dark days.

The Poem ‘In Flanders Field’. Was written by the Canuck poet John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This is an inscription of the complete poem in a bronze “book” at the John McCrae memorial at his birthplace in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

John McCrae Biography: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/mccrae

This years ceremony’s will no doubt be a very highly charged and emotional event considering the recent killings of 3 men who served in the armed forces in Canada, so we understand that this year will strike a chord with many within Canada as the gravity and significance of what this day means will surely not be lost on us when November 11th comes around.

Remembrance day events in Vancouver.

Remembering Day Service, Remembering Peace
Memorial Service – Sunday November 9, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm
Canuck Memorial United Church
1806 W. 15th Ave, Vancouver
Honouring Remembrance Day and this church’s legacy as a memorial to peace. Rev Beth Hayward reflects on how we come together in communities of hope and collaboration to communicate and bring alive peace in this time. Further than just an absence of war, peace is an active and deliberate call to bring about change within our relationships, within ourselves, and within all creation. In this complex world today, with fear and factions growing, more than ever we are called to bring peace into all our dealings in ways that contribute to bringing about equality and justice for peace on earth. Featuring music from Vancouver’s celebrated Universal Gospel Choir! Free and open to all.

Remembering with Gratitude
Sunday November 9, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel
838 Hamilton St. Vancouver

Urban Community Baptist Church would like to extend an invitation to all who have served or are currently serving in the Canuck Forces with their family and friends to join us for a special service being held in their honour on Sunday November 9, 2014 at 11:00 am. A free continental breakfast will be served at 10:30 am and all veterans and military personnel will be given a gift.
Website: http://urbancommunity.ca/

Books of Remembrance – Open House, Canuck Memorial United Church
Sunday November 9 13:00 – 15:30
Canuck Memorial United Church
1806 W. 15th Ave Vancouver

A Reflection on War and Peace Join us for music, memories, and reflection in our unique chapel built for peace in honour of those who gave their lives in war. View the only copies of the Books of Remembrance outside of Ottawa and perhaps find family members who gave their lives in hope of peace. Reflect with wonderful instrumentalists as musical accompaniment in this sanctuary for peace. All welcome, all free, refreshments served.
Website: http://canadianmemorial.org/event/books-of-remembrance-open-house-sunday-november-9/

Tuesday November 11th – Victory Square – Vancouver
Here at Victory square will be the main gathering for the memorial of Remembrance day, there will be a strong presence from members of the Armed Forces young and old who will gather and unite with the general public to mark their respects at The Cenotaph. Here we will hold our traditional 2 minute silence to mark the end of the 1st world war. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November) marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice came into effect. The familiar Bugle call of ‘The Last Post’ will be played as customary at this event, it is a very haunting tune that is familiar to all who serve and attend this memorial.
Vancouver’s Nov. 11 ceremony will be Victory Square’s 90th anniversary. The monument was dedicated in April 1924.

A Great Service – Chor Leoni’s 22nd Annual Remembrance Day Concerts
Tuesday November 11 19:30 – 21:30 St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard Vancouver

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir’s 22rd annual Remembrance Day concerts. With special guest reader Christopher Gaze, O.B.C. Amidst the chaos and brutality of war, soldiers also consoled and cared for each other. Robert Service witnessed these unsung acts of compassion as a WWI volunteer ambulance driver. A Great Service places his harrowing stories alongside musical selections by Gustav Holst, Vaughan Williams, Paul Mealor, and Rupert Lang in this beloved Chor Leoni Remembrance Day tradition. This concert is supported by a major gift from Rob McAllister and James Emery, in loving memory of Shirley McAllister.
Website: https://chorleoni.org/concerts-events/events/great-service/
Christopher Gaze – Director of Bard on the Beach http://www.bardonthebeach.org/artistic-director

Poppy Fund: http://www.poppyfund.ca/

The Legion – Poppy Campaign: http://www.legion.ca/honour-remember/the-poppy-campaign/

Veterans Affairs Canada: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/

November 2014 Events Vancouver

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Take a look at the current and upcoming events in Vancouver during November

STICKBOY – VANCOUVER OPERA – Running until Friday, November 7th
This is one Opera not to be missed and has been receiving some incredible reviews. The subject matter is tough, gritty and is real life true story of Shane Koyczan experiences of being Bullied and being the Bully.

Website: http://www.vancouveropera.ca/whats_on/2014-2015_season/stickboy

Tickets: https://www.vancouveropera.ca/tickets/

REMEMBRANCE DAY – November 11th
This annual public holiday is to commemorate the lives lost during the World Wars 1 and 2 and of course the veterans that we have lost in battle in more recent conflicts. The remembrance day service is traditionally held at Victory Square in Vancouver.

Victory Square
Originally this was the site for Vancouver’s first court house which was built in 1891. It was torn down in 1912 and later was filled with recruiting marquees for World War I soldiers. In 1917 an Evangelistic Tabernacle covering half the site was erected.
In March of 1918 the Provincial Government leased the property to Vancouver for 99 years and it was known as Government Square. Returning soldiers used the site to demonstrate conditions in the dugouts and trenches of the war and carried out military displays firing rockets into the air, all to raise money for charity.
In 1922 the park was given the name Victory Square and in 1924 the Cenotaph was built through public subscription. The cenotaph was designed by G.L. Sharp, architect, town planner and Park Commissioner (1936-1937)

OCEAN WISE CHOWDER CHOWDOWN – November 19th
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion: Vancouver. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
All proceeds directly support Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.
Please note: This is a 19+ event

Tickets: http://www.vanaqua.org/experience/events/annual-and-upcoming-events/ocean-wise-seafood-chowder-chowdown/vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium: http://www.vanaqua.org/

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE 102nd GREY CUP FINAL – Festival November 26th to the Final on November 30th
BC Place , Vancouver, BC
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 03:00 PM

This is the grand final of the CFL hosted at BC Place in Vancouver which is the home to the the BC LIONS Check out all the festivities leading up to the main event beginning on November 26th and ending with the main event at 3pm on Sunday November 30th – Tickets – http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11004C89DA01220A.

Website: http://www.102greycupfestival.ca/

BC Lions: http://www.bclions.com/

BC PLACE STADIUM: https://www.bcplacestadium.com/

Last minute Halloween costume, decorations & other preparations

Monday, October 27th, 2014

With just a few short days to go for Halloween there is a good chance that some of us may be a little behind with the preparations. If you still need to find a cool and scary costume or need some trinkets for this ghoulish festival we will show you where to go in time for this Friday October 31st.

Dressew – Fabrics, sewing & other clothing materials
337 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6
Phone number (604) 682-6196

This store is incredible if you are looking for clothing materials and fabrics – not only that it also has an extensive costume selection all year, however, once Halloween rolls in the costume selection certainly takes on a more sinister theme! We feel that this IS the daddy of all costume stores, it can get very very busy there, so do not be surprised if you encounter a line up at store – it is popular for a reason and it will be well worth the wait as you will be sure to find an awesome costume and some funky and scary trinkets to accompany your gear.
Website: http://students.bcitwebdev.com/stephanepj/finalproject/index.php

The Party Bazaar!
1296 STATION ST., VANCOUVER, BC V6A 2X3
one block east of Main St. and Terminal Ave, at the Main St Skytrain Station.
604-873-5241 or Toll Free 1-800-563-5200
Fax 604-873-1644
Email: sales@thepartybazaar.com

This is a great place that sells items specifically for your costume and party needs all year round, they have everything you need for party tricks, games, trinkets, face paints and more – you can easily spend a pretty penny for your tickle trunk at this shop!
Website: http://www.thepartybazaar.com/

Dollar Stores on Davie St – Davie Village
There are Dollar stores everywhere in Vancouver and there are a handful that are very close by to the Sunset Inn and Suites Hotel in the Westend- they will have a limited selection of costumes, but you will be sure to find Face Paints, Balloons, scary goodies, trinkets and more here, our go to is Amy’s.
Amy’s Jr. Loonie Toonie Town
1050 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
604-689-9719
Amy’s is the largest and closest of all the dollar stores on Davie St, it will be highly likely you will find a great deal here.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Thurlow & Davie St Vancouver BC V6E 1N2; Phone: 604-669-2424; Fax: 604-681-2328; Email: asdm272@shoppersdrugmart.ca
Shopper’s which is just a short 5 minute walk behind on Davie Street always has a festive aisle available for whatever the event is occurring at the time of year. They will surely have some cool costumes and decorations for you to buy here. The store is 24 hour so easy to find something on the hop!

Website: http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/store-locator/store/272

Halloween Events in Vancouver: http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=6028

Vancouver Writers Fest 2014 October 21st to 26th

Friday, October 17th, 2014

This looks to be a great festival for anyone who loves to read and let their imagination run away with themselves, we love this kind of festival especially as we have many authors, writers and playwrights of various notoriety stay with us at the hotel.

Book sharing and library at the Sunset Inn and suites hotel.
As a side note we will like to encourage our guests who have books that they wish to donate to do so, we have a small little library in our lobby and there is always room for more books, and do not hesitate to take a book from the shelf as they are there for your reading so pleasure so go for it!

2014 Vancouver Writers Fest.
The Vancouver Writers Festival (previously the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival) is one of North America’s top literary events & attracts some of the world’s best writers. For the past 27 years, the Writers Fest has enriched our imaginations and the culture of our city and has touched and inspired thousands of lives by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation.

Internationally renowned & undiscovered authors mingle with readers of all ages in intimate & informal settings. The festival features a variety of conversations, panel discussions, on-stage interviews & musical collaborations. Whether you attend an author reading, poetry bash or passionate writers’ debate, you can count on stimulation & inspiration.

Special events in connection with the festival during November 2014
There are some very big names in attendance this year at their own special events, these include legendary Canuck singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn Monday, November 10th at 7:30pm, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
Burrard at Nelson Street which is very close to the hotel. Newfoundland singer-songwriter and front man of Great Big Sea – Alan Doyle, Thursday, November 13th at 7:30pm, Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, and finally the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black, Thursday, November 13th at 7:30pm, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Burrard Street at Nelson st.

Check the website for schedule updates & news: http://http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Introducing Vancouver Opera’s World premiere of ‘STICKBOY the Opera’.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

We are very pleased to write about this particular Opera for various of reasons. Over the years various members of the Vancouver Opera have stayed with us at the Sunset Inn and we look forward to them staying here in the future too, they really are a fantastic group of people who fit in very well here.

Also, the opera has been written by a very good friend to us all at the Sunset Inn, in the name of the Canuck spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. His face will likely be familiar to many as he became an overnight sensation due to his appearance at the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he recited his incredible Poem to the whole world called ‘We are more’.


Website : http://www.shanekoyczan.com/

Watch Shane in person recite the poem here from Vancouver itself.
We are more by Shane koyczan

Another very good friend to the Hotel also features in the Opera himself, his name is Neil Weisensel. He is one of the most prolific Opera composers of this time, is a tireless worker and his work, composition and arrangements have been included in various feature films, stage works, documentaries and Animation to name but a few.


Website: http://www.neilmusic.com/html/about.php

The subject matter of this Opera is very heavy indeed but it is a subject matter that should be addressed, the opera is focused on the matter of Bullying and it is a frank assessment of Shane’s experience of being bullied and his role himself as a bully. It is a story of survival and that all of us have felt the experience that bullying has on people, whether it is themselves or others who have been subjected to this most common and terrible ordeal. We feel it is an incredibly moving story that is not only poignant but needs to be addressed to a wider audience – and there is no bigger stage than this.

The worldwide premier of this Opera takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse On October 23rd.
The dates are as follows:
October 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30
November 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.vancouveropera.ca/tickets/

Shane was also invited to present a TEDtalk lecture at a TED Conference – the video has since gone viral on Youtube with well over 14 million viewers. Watch it here….
\"To This Day,\"

Bullying Helplines:
Youth in BC http://youthinbc.com/category/resources/bullying/

Stop a Bully: http://www.stopabully.ca/

Halloween Vancouver events during October

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It is that time of year again where we look towards the dark side and scare ourselves silly for the hell of it! Read about all the cool events that are happening close by and around the city!

Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Check out The Rio Theatre’s late night movies on Friday nights. A Vancouver institution.
It’s got everything you could ever want:
- Cheap tickets
- Booze
- Hyper-into-it hipsters in costume, and hopefully yourselves in costume too!
- Yummy, delicious, buttered popcorn
The Rio Theatre hosts late night movies for adults (19+ only), so you won’t have any kids kicking the back of your seat and crying (that’s just that annoying drunk guy). The movies shown are classics, the kind that you haven’t watched since you had a VCR and a non-HD TV.

Halloween Films
Friday October 17th
SHOWGURLZ 2: A Halloween Horror Drag Show 9:30pm
Rocky Horror Picture Show *All Ages* with LIVE Shadow Cast 11:55pm

Friday October 31st
Showcase from The Crypt 8:00pm
BEETLEJUICE *All Ages* Screening 11:30pm

Website: http://riotheatre.ca/

Vancouver Halloween Expo and Parade 2014
Halloween Expo Saturday Oct 18, 10 AM – 9 PM – Sunday Oct 19, 10 AM – 9 PM
The Vancouver Halloween Parade happens – Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 12pm – 3pm
This is a brand new event and we hope that it is a success as there maybe a chance it will be a regular downtown fixture.
First the Expo itself will be a two day event that includes Cosplay with some famous scary and not so scary celebrities such as the following, The Alien, The Predator, The Smoking Man from X-Files, Dragon Ball: Gohan, Pokémon: Ash and May, Naruto: Kiba, Bleach: Aizen, One Piece: Nico, Robin, TMNT: April, and the Street Fighter: Ryu There will also be lots of other attractions and stalls with prizes for you allt o enjoy.
Starting at very close by at Davie St. and Granville St, the parade will then head north on Granville St, turns west on Smithe, then south along Howe St. back to Davie. Which is conveniently just a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hotel.
It is anticipated that there will be large crowds coming to this event – and we encourage everyone to take part in costume – because why not! Bear in mind this is a family friendly event so lets not try to scare the little ones too much, well, maybe just a little bit!

Website: http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/index.php?cpcode=

Regular Vancouver Halloween fixtures.
The Stanley Park Ghost Train
All aboard all aboard for the train ride of your life – once again we invite the brave and the fearless to board the annual Stanley park ghost train, nestled deep in the dark depths of the forest this is the train ride you will never forget!
Stanley Park’s famous Miniature Train becomes a Halloween-themed ride that takes you on a a journey of mystique, magic and some surprises for young and old alike, this will be pretty cool in the deep dark forest!


Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Stanley-Park-Halloween-Ghost-Train-tickets/artist/933873

Fright Nights at the Playland and PNE
Runs from October 10 to November 1
Located at one of Canada’s oldest Fairground attractions which also hosts its original wooden rollercoaster, Playland now for the rest of the month becomes a ghoulish haven for the ghosts and other scary entities such as the humans that visit there. Featuring 7 haunted houses, including a brand new house, 13 rides, The Monsters of Schlock, and The Kinshira Fire Performers plus other terrifying shows and attractions.

Website: http://www.pne.ca/fright-nights/

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day on October 13th

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The Canuck Thanksgiving occurs every second Monday during the Month of October it is the annual celebration of giving thanks to the celebration of Harvest and for many others there other blessings and meanings to what this celebration is to the individual. The Thanksgiving day in many respects is similar to the US Thanksgiving Day which occurs every November and was officially announced in Canada on January 31, 1957 by the Parliament of Canada.

Thanksgiving in Vancouver is a great place to be, it really puts into perspective at what we have around us and that many others around the world do not have the lifestyle that we are accustomed too, it is quite a humbling moment to really see that it is a gorgeous place to reside in. It is multicultural, it has amazing scenery and an environment that can be the envy of the world. It has food and festivals from all around the world at any given time of year and the lifestyle is generally more health conscious and holistic which cannot be a bad thing!

At the Sunset Inn hotel we see a major transition from from visitors of a more transient nature to more familiar faces from the years gone by who stay at the hotel on longer term basis. The Thanksgiving period really highlights the fact that we ourselves give thanks to all the guests that like to stay here and have been loyal to us over the years – it seems unbelievable but there are many guests that have been coming back to visit us for the past 30 odd years – which is incredible and very very touching. We are thankful and grateful that we do have such a loyal following and it is not lost on us that we are part of a bigger family – which is exactly what this hotel is all about!

Traditionally as many of you know Thanksgiving is not really Thanksgiving without enjoying a hearty meal with good friends and family and of course for many of us this is a Turkey Dinner much like at Christmas time. If you are coming to stay with us next week and would like to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hotel there are lots of options of where you can buy the Turkey and all the fixtures for a perfect Thanksgiving meal.

On Davie street which is the main village behind us there is a wealth of Restaurants, Bars and Grocery Stores to choose from, here are a few choices if you wish to create your own meal or would rather dine out.

Grocery Stores.
The Independent Supermarket – 1255 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4
(604) 688-0911
These guys have great prices and are open from 7am till 3am in the morning, they are just a little over a 5 minute walk from us and have a great selection of grocery items that will surely work for a great meal.
Website: http://www.yourindependentgrocer.ca/en_CA.html

Safeway – 1641 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1W1
(604) 669-4229
A very popular Supermarket that is just a 15 minute walk away from the hotel heading West on Davie Street to English Bay, traditionally you can find some very very good deals here if you are buying a Turkey at the last minute.

Dining Out.
The Upper Deck Kitchen & Taphouse – 1239 Davie Street,Vancouver, BC. Canada V6E 1E4
604-685-5761
This is a popular bar that is located next door to the Independent and has a great Food and Drinks menu, on the Sunday and Monday of the Thanksgiving long weekend they will be offering this!
Roasted turkey breast with home made cranberry sauce, sausage and apple stuffing, celeriac and potato puree, maple glazed green beans…$16.95
Butternut squash lasagna…$12.95

It is highly recommended that you make reservations, we really hope you do as this place is great and has been frequented by our guests on a regular basis with very very good reviews.
Website: http://www.upperdeckondavie.com/

The Sandbar – Granville Island, 1535 Johnston Street #102, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(604) 669-9030

If you are in Vancouver during this long weekend there is a high chance you will be visiting Granville Island, if so check out the Sandbar as well, a hugely popular restaurant to dine in and they will be doing a Turkey dinner on the Sunday and Monday.
Website:https://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

If you are wondering if anything shuts down over the long weekend the answer in short is not really! However as it is a Government holiday that means of course all that kind of business is shut down as are the banks, but take note, that also means the popular BC Liquor stores will be closed too – Oh the horror we hear you cry, well our advice is stock up a little earlier or ask the front desk where the Independent liquor stores are, all is not lost!

Major Lunar Eclipse on October 8th

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Following hot in the heels of the last Lunar Eclipse which occurred on April 15th, once again the Western Hemisphere will be treated to a second Full Lunar eclipse.

In Vancouver it was a slight disappointment as right at the high point of the event in came the clouds and ironically enough, just as the show was winding down, well, so the clouds began to race away again! Hopefully we will get a better chance of a more complete show on October 8th and it seems to be happening around the same time as the last, so that means a very late night or very early morning for some.

For accurate times and what to expect wherever you are in the world take a look at this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2014-october-8

There has been plenty of excitement surrounding these particular Lunar eclipses as they are a series of ‘Tetrad’ eclipses, this means that there will be 4 Eclipses happening over 2014 and 2015 which is quite a rare happening. Here in Vancouver we will be lucky enough to witness a full Lunar eclipse.

There are a few other type of eclipses that can be watched around the earth and they are catogorised into the following types.

Total lunar eclipse
This is the daddy of them all, it essentially means that we are right in the path of totality where the Earth is exactly in between the Sun and the Moon – if it is a clear evening you can watch the Sun set and if you look in the opposite direction, pretty much at the same time as our gorgeous Sun sets the Full Moon will also start to rise. It is quite the sight and stunning moment where the transition from day to night occurs with the two brightest objects in our sky.

Partial lunar eclipse
If you are able to witness the full Eclipse one thing you will notice is that as the Earth begins to pass in front of the Sun a bite is taken out of the Moon as the shadow of the Earth starts to remove the light of day from the disk of the Moon, unlike a Full eclipse where the Moon will completely darken and redden in colour, with a partial eclipse only a portion of the Moon is covered in the Earths shadow. Some are not very spectacular, while others may dominate much of the Moon, either way it is a noticeable difference for us down here on earth.

Penumbral lunar eclipse
This is the least spectacular of the bunch as all we are witnessing here is the Earth slightly passing in front of the Sun, for any astro boffins this is called the Prenumbral stage – when watching the full Lunar eclipse this marks the very beginnings and ending of the stages of an eclipse – to many this is not very noticeable eclipse depending on how much of the Earth is blocking the Sun.

The next eclipses of the Moon after October 8th will occur on April 4, 2015: Total Lunar Eclipse: Visible from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions in the Americas, Asia and Australia, and on Sept. 28, 2015: Total Lunar Eclipse: Visible from east Pacific Ocean, Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia.

For further in depth information on the process of how these eclipses are broken down, please click here for an illustration of the full eclipse. http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?attachment_id=4261

Vancouver International Film Festival featuring our very own Arabella Bushnell

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The Vancouver International Film Festival returns once again to Vancity and my oh my are we in for a treat this year! Our very own Sunsetter Arabella Bushnell will be featuring in her latest film which was written and directed by her husband Kris Elgstrand.

Here is the official write up of the ‘Songs she wrote about people she knows’ courtesy of #VIFF
Carol (Arabella Bushnell) is a quiet thirty something office worker, desperately trying to find a way to express herself, and her feelings. To overcome her difficulty of opening up, she tries to take a music therapy course that encourages people to sing what they feel, so it seems like they’re not actually saying it. This winds up getting Carol in trouble, as she begins leaving singing messages on peoples answering machines, including a song for her boss called Asshole Dave. Instead of firing her, Dave (Brad Dryborough) finds himself inspired to get back into music, and drags Carol along for the ride.

Written and directed by Kris Elgstrand, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows is an hilarious journey from boardroom to recording studio. Beneath all the comedy, there’s also a fantastic message about honesty and expressing yourself, and how it may affect those around you in ways you might not expect.

Arabella Bushnell is fantastic as Carol, the timid office worker who finally finds a way to express herself. Watching her character come out of her shell is just perfect, and will feel familiar to anybody who may have struggled with being shy. She’s creative, smart and beautiful, and is only held back by herself. While Bushnell is incredible in her role, Brad Dryborough is even one step further as Dave. He’s constantly bouncing off the walls, filled with more enthusiasm than talent, and becomes a guiding force to help Carol break free.

Is Songs She Wrote About People She Knows essential festival viewing?
Definitely check this one out. It’s very fun and light, with a dark little twist each time Carol sings another song, but it’s also got such a great message about being honest with those around you.

Here is a video trailer of the film.
Songs she wrote about people she knows trailer

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows screening times
Rio Theatre…………Sep 27 09:15 pm
Vancity Theatre …..Sep 30 04:45 pm

Tickets: http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f12491-songs-she-wrote-about-people-she-knows

Songs she wrote – Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/songsshewrote

Vancouver International Film Festival Website: http://www.viff.org/