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Christmas in Steveston Village 2014

October 3rd, 2014

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 share the magic of the holiday season in Steveston Village with businesses decked out in holiday style, the arrival of Santa by boat and old-fashioned horse carriage rides. There will be a Christmas classic car parade.

Children can visit Santa at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for a photo (bring your camera). View the Christmas trees decorated by local businesses inside the Cannery.

Santa arrives at Steveston Public Wharf at 1pm

Horse carriages circle the village 1-5pm

Santa photos inside the Cannery 1-3pm

 

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Steveston Scarecrow Crawl

October 2nd, 2014

The Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) is excited to announce the 5th annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl. Scarecrows have spread like wild fire through the village since the inception of this event, with over sixty merchants creating scarecrows, which lurk around the business district. Some scarecrows stand outside businesses during hours of operation, while others are on display in store windows. The Steveston Scarecrow Crawl takes place October 1 – 31, 2014.

The Steveston Merchants Association is committed to steering business to the village year round. In 2010 the SMA introduced the first annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl with the purpose of attracting people to the Village during autumn. The event was an astounding success, and the SMA board of directors quickly concluded that it would become an annual celebration. Cleverly themed scarecrows often reflect the personality of participating businesses, including everything from traditional to whimsical and even nautical scarecrows.

Stop and pose with scarecrows and check out local businesses while you are in Steveston. The streets buzz with energy and laughter. One of the most exciting things about this event is it is a work in progress and new scarecrows pop up throughout the month. Bring your camera, and go on a crawl! It is the perfect tribute to autumn, and a fun pre-Halloween event. We invite Steveston residents to get your house in the spirit and create your own scarecrow.

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Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village

October 2nd, 2014

Local families are invited to Steveston Village in their Halloween costume to trick-or-treat at participating merchants on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4-5pm.

Stop by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and book a Haunted Tour.

Christmas Comes to Steveston Village

November 27th, 2012

Steveston welcomes the holiday season with horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, elves, and other entertainers, along with the much-anticipated arrival of Santa. Join us on Saturday December 1, 2012 for Christmas in Steveston Village brought to you by the Steveston Merchants Association.

The afternoon begins with the arrival of Santa, Steveston-style, by boat at Fisherman’s Wharf. Santa will walk over to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery where parents can take a photo of their child with the jolly old elf. Adding to the charm, old-fashioned horse drawn carriage rides circle Steveston throughout the afternoon, and Musically Yours, a trio of carolers, roam the streets.  Watch for elves who will be handing out candy canes and special offers. Adding to the festivity, a stiltwalker and juggler will entertain audiences. Have your photo taken with one of the three Christmas mascots.  Visit village businesses decked in holiday style and stocked with unique items for the holiday season. Make an evening of it and dine out in Steveston.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 Elves mingle throughout the village

TIME: 12 PM

 Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

TIME: 12 – 4 PM    LOCATION: BAYVIEW STREET (NEAR FIRST AVE)

Bring the family and transport them back in time with an old-fashioned horse & carriage ride operated by Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours through historic Steveston while listening to your favourite Christmas music! Rides are by donation (suggested $5 minimum) with all proceeds going to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Pick up and drop off is in on Bayview Street every 20 minutes. Each rider receives a chocolate treat from Brockmann’s Fine Chocolates.

Santa’s Arrival

TIME: 1 PM       LOCATION: FISHERMAN’S WHARF

Santa will arrive by Vancouver Whale Watch boat at Fisherman’s Wharf to the delight of waiting families.

 Photo with Santa

TIME: 1:15 – 3:15 PM   LOCATION: INSIDE THE GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY

Bring your camera! Santa will be delighted to have children sit on his lap, tell him their Christmas wishes and have a photo taken. The Gift Shop inside the Cannery will be open for business.

Entertainment throughout the village

12 – 4 PM

Musically Yours, a trio of carolers, will entertain you with Christmas favourites at locations throughout the Village. Watch for the mascots, stiltwalker and juggler.

For further information please contact:

Carolynne Palla/Christmas in Steveston Village Committee Chair

e-mail:    info@exploresteveston.com

2012 Steveston Girls’ Night Out

November 6th, 2012

Women are invited to come to Steveston on Thursday, November 29, 2012 for pre-holiday shopping and socializing!  Organized by the Steveston Merchants Association to promote our member businesses.

Pre-shopping events (from 4:30pm)

Dave’s Fish & Chips – 25% off your total bill for GNO ladies
Tapenade Bistro – Glass of bubbly & a small appetizer $10

Shopping (6-9pm)
Visit 3 businesses listed below and you will be entered to win a “Steveston Shopping Spree”

-A Monkey Tree -Spend over $30 and receive a special gift, plus a bonus gift for purchases over $50
-Bare Basics Lingerie – 15% off all purchases
-Bliss – Spend $150 on Pandora & receive a Pandora Jewellery Box, plus in store giveaways and treats
-D-Original Sausage Haus  – Sausage & Beer Tasting with O’Hare’s Liquor Store plus 10% off coupons 
-Goegan Spa – $25 Gift Certificate for the first 10 people to spend over $150 at Violet Hill
-Harmony Dental Studio – Esthetic Dentistry presentation 7 & 8pm, $600 off & free whitening for new Invisalign patients
-Jet Lag Travel Fashion Boutique – Free gift for everyone and complimentary refreshments
-O’Hare’s Liquor Store – Free Membership for new Beer Club Members value $15, sign up at D-Original Sausage Haus
-Pharmasave – 20% off all hand & face creams, plus test over 50 different hand & face creams
-Pieces – Spend $40 and receive an Ouch! Ice Bag (value $17) plus special surprises await
-Prickly Pear Garden Centre – 15% off all purchases
-Sinfully The Best – Open House – sinful treats, take home gifts and 15% off all purchases
-Splash Toy Shop – 10% off all purchases and free gift wrapping
-Spinergy Fitness – Open House with appies and giveaways
-Violet Hill Boutique – 20% off all purchases, plus giveaways, prizes & refreshments
-Vision Plus – 25% off all eyewear 

After Party

-Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant (from 9pm)
Tickets $25 includes- mini bottle of pink bubbly on arrival, oysters and a small plate (limited tickets)
Tickets sold from Nov 8th at O’Hare’s Liquor Store – $5 from each ticket goes to The Richmond Christmas Fund

To keep the men & kids happy…
O’Hare’s GastroPub is the official Man Cave for beers & good times!
Cartwheels will host on a Kids’ Night Out 6-10pm, please contact them directly to pre-register

Proposed Parking Strategy

May 31st, 2012

Minutes have now been posted from the meeting of Richmond City Council regarding proposed parking strategy for Steveston Village:

(1) That Option 1 to retain free public parking on City-managed parking spaces in the Steveston Village area, as described in the report, be endorsed as a trial strategy and that staff report back on its effectiveness after the trial period in Fall 2012;

(2) That Council send a letter to the Steveston Harbour Authority (SHA) and the Steveston Merchants Association expressing its support of the two parties working together to facilitate employee parking in the SHA lot on Chatham Street on a temporary basis from June 11 to September 30, 2012, as generally proposed in Attachment 2;

(3) That staff be directed to negotiate the renewal of the City’s licence of occupancy for 3771 Bayview Street with the Steveston Harbour Authority and report back on the outcome of these discussions as soon as possible;

(4) That, as described in the report, staff be directed to:

(a) develop short- and long-term streetscape visions for Bayview Street and Chatham Street and report back by the end of 2012; and
(b) undertake the supplementary improvements to support other travel modes.

(5) That staff investigate the possibility of accommodating the parking needs of those that paid into the Steveston Parking Fund and report back.

ADOPTED ON CONSENT

Pay Parking Update

May 27th, 2012

“Victor Wei, Director, Transportation, provided background information and thanked all those involved in the preparation of the proposed parking strategy for Steveston Village, noting that everyone involved had valuable input. Also, Mr. Wei advised that he was recently notified that the Steveston Harbour Authority approved the notion of long-term parking permits for Steveston Village employees.

The Chair thanked all the stakeholders involved in the preparation of the proposed parking strategy for Steveston Village, in particular Robert Kiesman and Jim Van Der Tas.

In reply to queries from Committee, Mr. Wei, accompanied by Wayne Mercer, Manager, Community Bylaws, provided the following information:

-the City would not be involved with the proposed parking permits for Steveston Village staff as this initiative is a partnership between the Steveston Merchants Association and the Steveston Harbour Authority (SHA);

-Parks and Recreation staff anticipate reporting on the potential future use of the City-owned lot at 4320 Moncton Street (directly across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) at an upcoming Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee meeting as they examine the long-term needs of the community centre;

-a dedicated officer for increased enforcement in Steveston Village is unique to the proposed parking strategy for Steveston Village;

-currently staff’s primary focus is on Bayview Street and Chatham Street as these streets have the highest potential for parking reconfiguration; however, once staff embark of a streetscape vision exercise, staff would also examine other streets that would benefit from streetscape improvements;

-special event parking will also be examined as part of the streetscape exercise;

-if an average of fifteen tickets a day were issued in Steveston Village, the cost of the dedicated Bylaw Officer would be offset by the violation revenue; and

-the Steveston Parking Fund is active and currently has approximately $300,000 in funds.

Discussion ensued and Committee suggested the following information also be considered: (i) if the two City-owned lots (Lots 9 and 10) were disposed of, the resulting revenue also be considered to redesign Chatham Street with angled parking; (ii) the City not retain the use of the lot owned by the SHA located at 3771 Bayview Street (Lot 11) and have that lot be pay parking as it is in the Village core and parking there is very convenient; (iii) existing parking regulations in residential neighbourhoods adjacent to Steveston Village should be strictly enforced, however perhaps not during special events such as the Salmon Festival; and (iv) as part of the streetscape visions for Bayview Street and Chatham Street, staff consider accommodating a tram route from the Steveston Community Centre to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Discussion further ensued and the Chair remarked that staff consider examining different hourly restrictions on Bayview Street and Chatham Street in light of the convenience of parking along Bayview Street. In addition, staff was requested to examine centre-street parking along Chatham Street.

Loren Slye, 11911 3rd Avenue, stated that as a Steveston resident, the parking adjacent to his home is rarely available to his guests on weekends as others visiting Steveston Village have occupied the space. Mr. Slye was of the opinion that three-hour parking would be more suitable for Steveston Village and stated that Bayview Street should remain as-is until the City addresses the dyking issues. Also, Mr. Slye commented on the Hepworth Building, noting that an opportunity to create parking adjacent to that site would be beneficial and aid in the protection and preservation of the building.

Jim Kojima, 7611 Moffatt Road, President of the Steveston Community Society, cited concerns related to parking at the Steveston Community Centre lot. He noted that many of those parking in the lot are neither users of the Centre nor of the Library. Mr. Kojima stated that he would like to see proper signage for that lot and that the parking regulations for that lot be enforced. He echoed Mr. Syle’s comments regarding three-hour parking for Steveston Village and having Bayview Street remain as-is until the City addresses the dyking issues.

Pat Talmey, Steveston building owner, stated that he has been building in Steveston Village since 1965 and has periodically opted to pay into the Steveston Parking Fund in lieu of providing parking. As such, Mr. Talmey stated concerns related to restricted parking areas such as the proposed permit-only parking along the three north-south lanes. He stated that the City should consider a separate agreement related to parking permits for those that have paid into the Steveston Parking Fund.

Peter Mitchell, 6271 Nanika Crescent, commented on the previous delegates’ request to expand parking from two-hour to three-hour, noting that the switch would require approximately 50% more parking spaces. He spoke of the misconception that there is a lack parking in Steveston Village and suggested that the City clarify and relay this information to the public accordingly. Also, Mr. Mitchell agreed with the suggestions put forth by Committee, but stated that parallel parking may be more suitable due to its ability to maintain view corridors versus the suggested angled parking. He was of the opinion that there was no reason to commence works along Bayview Street until the City determined its dyking strategy. Mr. Mitchell agreed with staff’s comments regarding motorcycle parking, however did not believe that parking stalls should be utilized for additional bicycle parking.

Linda Love, 3031 Williams Road, expressed her support for staff’s comments regarding bicycle parking, noting that there is a lack of bicycle parking in Steveston Village. She spoke of the various users of the bicycle parking and commented on how cyclists navigate throughout Steveston Village. Ms. Love stated that bicycle parking in Steveston Village is neither safe for cyclists nor the pedestrians trying to manoeuvre around the cyclists.

The Chair summarized the various delegates’ comments and in reply, Mr. Wei provided the following information:
-Steveston Village’s dyking requirements will be part of the streetscape visioning exercise;
-staff have not yet determined where the proposed bike corrals would be installed, however when an exact location is identified, staff will take precautions in an effort to minimize impact on existing parking;
-staff have examined the possibility of three-hour parking and have determined that it is not feasible due to various factors such as (i) re-facing all the two-hour signage, (ii) creating confusion among the public and thus difficulty with enforcement; and (iii) the possibility of reverting back to two-hour parking at the conclusion of the pilot program;
-if the proposed recommendations are approved, staff would launch an expansive public awareness campaign to notify the public of the various parking changes;
-staff anticipate holding a meeting with staff at the Steveston Community Centre in an effort to address their concerns related parking;
-in regards to the future of Lots 9 and 10, the two properties could potentially be disposed of with the resulting revenue invested towards a joint partnership between a developer and the City to improve and consolidate parking for the public;
-the existing two-hour time limit from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. should not affect the dinner crowd as in theory those parking from 4:01 p.m. onwards would not be restricted by the two-hour time limit; and
-staff can examine the numerous blips at the corners as part of the streetscape visioning exercise.

It was moved and seconded
(1) That Option 1 to retain free public parking on City-managed parking spaces in the Steveston Village area, as described in the report, be endorsed as a trial strategy and that staff report back on its effectiveness after the trial period in Fall 2012;

(2) That Council send a letter to the Steveston Harbour Authority (SHA) and the Steveston Merchants Association expressing its support of the two parties working together to facilitate employee parking in the SHA lot on Chatham Street on a temporary basis from June 11 to September 30, 2012, as generally proposed in Attachment 2;

(3) That staff be directed to negotiate the renewal of the City’s licence of occupancy for 3771 Bayview Street with the Steveston Harbour Authority and report back on the outcome of these discussions as soon as possible;

(4) That, as described in the report, staff be directed to:
(a) develop short- and long-term streetscape visions for Bayview Street and Chatham Street and report back by the end of 2012; and
(b) undertake the supplementary improvements to support other travel modes.
(5) That staff investigate the possibility of accommodating the parking needs of those that paid into the Steveston Parking Fund and report back.

CARRIED

These minutes are directly quoted from the minutes posted at http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/agendas/pwt/2012/052412_minutes.htm

Trollbeads Trunk Show

April 21st, 2012

Spring Trollbeads are in the Air
and Pieces is hosting a Trollbeads Trunk Show!

Please join us at Pieces
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
4 – 8 p.m.

* complementary bracelet with the purchase of a decorative clasp or *purchase 3 beads and get a 4th bead complementary (of the lesser value in the grouping)

Pieces
100-3580 Moncton Street
Steveston Village
604-271-1011

New at A Monkey Tree

March 2nd, 2012

The Red Neck Wine Glass, Margarita and Martini Glasses are now available at A Monkey Tree.

As seen on the Bachelor! They are great fun and fill with wine gelly or jam for another original gift idea.

a monkey tree

#105-3900 Moncton Street

Steveston Village, BC V7E 3A6

604-448-9234

www.amonkeytree.com

Steveston Waterfront Development

February 17th, 2012
Public open house on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  Brief presentation starts at 6pm.  Also on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Brief presentation starts at 1pm.  Location: Lord Byng Elementary School gym, 3711 Georgia Street, Richmond, BC.
Steveston waterfront development:  construction of the last development parcel at Imperial Landing is proceeding, which consists of six low-rise buildings with a mixture of residential and commercial uses.  The existing zoning restricts commercial uses to those that support the maritime economy, which include industrial and manufacturing uses.  Onni is contemplating submitting an application to add permitted uses to the existing zoning which allow for commerical/retail uses that will better serve the community’s needs.
Onni wants your feedback on what types of commercial/retail uses you feel are appropriate for the community.  Onni rep and a third party facilitator will be on-hand to answer any questions regarding the proposal and to gather community feedback.
Contact Brendan Yee with any questions or concerns regarding the open house at byee@onni.com or 604-602-7711
www.waterfrontrezoning.com