18 Oct 2015
October 18, 2015

2015 Election Poem

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Nicht gerade Deutsch!  Not German, sorry!

 

There are strange things spun as the election is run
To choose Canadas leader this year.
The election trails lead to Facebook tales
That will fill you with wonder and fear.
The Internet sites have the strangest prizefights
But the one that has me floored
Is the pushing back and the counterattack
When its really the same across the board
By Elke Porter
With a tribute to Robert Service

15 Oct 2015
October 15, 2015

SOS Children’s Village Gala

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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Gingerbread Village - Peak of ChristmasThis year, for the first time, they are pleased to introduce tabled seating and a buffet dinner for their 21st Annual Holiday Gala

We invite you to join us at Vancouver’s preeminent spectacle of holiday magic – now celebrating over two decades of success! It’s your exclusive opportunity to view the premiere of the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village before the general public, and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in style and elegance.

The exciting new venue format for this year’s Gala features tables and chairs for all guests, with a delightful buffet dinner and dessert. Global BC Personality Kaitlyn Herbst will be the Master of Ceremonies for this special evening. Last year’s Gala sold out two weeks early, so we recommend purchasing your tickets well ahead of time.

The 21st Annual Holiday Gala takes place atop beautiful Grouse Mountain, the Peak of Christmas, and is a festive evening featuring fine wines, craft beer, and delicious food – all in support of a good cause. After your magnificent Skyride up the mountain, be among the first in the Lower Mainland to wander through the famed SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village. The enchanting Village sets the standard for gingerbread works of art in Vancouver, and the level of detail used by local culinary experts in their creations is astounding.

At the Holiday Gala, you will be treated to a wonderful experience of live entertainment, captivating live & silent auctions, a trip raffle, and a 50/50 draw – this is a night you don’t want to miss.

With over 200 guests expected to attend, including all our key partners, the most rewarding part of the evening is that net proceeds go directly to SOS Children’s Village BC’s programs and homes for local foster children, and for homeless youth who are struggling to live independently.

Dress code: Cocktail Attire

Purchase Your Tickets Online:
HOLIDAY GALA EARLY BIRD TICKETS
$99 EACH

Includes: A delicious buffet dinner with dessert, wine and beer, and live entertainment. (A Skyride and parking pass, a $52 value, are also included in the ticket price.)

– See more at: http://www.sosbc.org/news-events/gala

Sandra HappyCertified trainer & lifestyle Coach Sandra Rechsteiner has written a book “Your Natural Health Beauty and Wellness Guide” that will show anyone interested how to reach for success at her October 19th Book Launch at TenTen Tapas at 5:30 pm on Monday:http://powerofaloeverabooklaunch.eventbrite.com/.

For just $25, will participate in a selfie-contest, sign a video guestbook, and receive a free copy of the book, complimentary drinks & appetizers, as well as a gift bag full of surprises. Members of the media will receive a free pass just for attending. Rechsteiner will also read from her book and be available to show her fans how to stay vital, fit, healthy, beautiful & happy.

Rechsteiner founded the company “Accomplish Now” in 2012 and offers a mix of health and business coaching. She is a “cancer crusher” and has a “Never give up.” attitude that helps her move towards her goal of being a healthy millionaire, as well as showing others how to follow in the same path with sheer energy & enthusiasm.

Sandra is such an amazing, energetic and positive person, who empowers me every time. She always believes in me and more importantly, made me believe in myself for the first time in my life.” says Lindsay Y., a client of Accomplish Now.

Accomplish Now is a global leader in personal development and holistic health. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to help her clients shape up, feel great and be the person that they always wanted to be. Swiss-born Sandra Rechsteiner is not only a coach and personal trainer, but also mentors people to find their purpose and passion to succeed in business and in life. Due to high demand of her book, Rechsteiner will also be launching a German translation in Europe in November.

Her next book will focus on her own truly inspirational story: the mindset that allowed her to survive cancer and reach for her big goals now. Anyone interested can learn more at http://www.accomplishnow.com. Rechsteiner’s book is available on Amazon & Kindle.

They donate ingredients; You donate work/time

Gingerbread HouseGrouse Mountain and SOS Children’s Village BC are partnering during Peak of Christmas to create a special SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village. They are looking for professional and aspiring bakers and pastry chefs to help build unique gingerbread houses that will be on display in the Grouse Mountain Chalet from November 26-December 31, 2015. Each baker will be paired with a sponsor and collaborate on the gingerbread house design.

Each gingerbread house will be judged and the top three will be awarded the following prizes:

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $300

Bakers will also receive potential exposure through a variety of different channels:

  • Grouse Mountain Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites
  • Media partners; Global TV, Peak FM, North Shore News
  • Grouse Mountain public relations promotion
  • Signage promoting participants name or institution

Spaces are limited! Here are some more details and more will be posted as soon as I get them:

The Perks:

  •  Opportunity to showcase your talents and chance to win a Grouse Mountain Gift Card or cash
  • Gain exposure to visitors to the Peak of Christmas, November 26 to December 31
  • Social media exposure through Grouse Mountain’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and public relations
  • Onsite signage promoting the participants name and/or institution
  • Chance to win prizes based on votes by the general public
  • Connection with corporate partner of the SOS Children’s Village BC
  • Complimentary Skyride access November 2015 for each registered team member several days in advance so sponsors can finish decorating their work of art on site.

    Entry Free:

    Free to enter. Teams will be provided with basic ingredients outlined below. All additional costs are the responsibility of the teams.

    Teams:

    Open to professional and amateur pastry chefs and bakers. There will be one category of entrants and entries will be judged on the same criteria. Teams will be paired with a corporate sponsor of SOS Children’s Village BC Parade of Christmas. Sponsor will provide feedback on theme, however, creative development will rest with the pastry design team.

    Criteria will include:

    •  Originality and creativity
    • Overall appearance
    • Integration of corporate sponsor branding in an authentic manner, and not overtly commercial

Cornet: Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt

Oct 16: 8PM Historic Theatre, The Cultch
Oct 17: 8PM VSO School, Pyatt Hall
Oct 18: 3PM Roedde House Museum, by invitation

Michael Lahr, opening lecture, Dan Franklin Smith, piano, Gregorij von Leïtis, recitation
Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Sonata No. 6, and Cornet (piano and recitation)
Tickets $30/$20 https://tickets.thecultch.com/peo/show.asp
www.project-elysium.org

Victor Ullman'sBACKGROUND: Cornet is the last composition that Ullmann was able to finish in Theresienstadt before he was deported to Auschwitz on October 16, 1944. He and his wife, Elisabeth, were killed there two days later. His music was rescued by a friend who survived the camps. Ullmann chose to set twelve excerpts from The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke to music, a haunting tale of a young soldier who experiences love and death in a single night. Ullmann’s composition features the rare combination of recitation and piano. Cornet provides the title for the concert and is preceded by an opening lecture and Ullmann’s Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49, written in Theresienstadt in 1943.

“While it isn’t possible to rewrite history, this project functions as a kind of musical “rescue mission,” bringing recognition to a brilliant composer whose work was nearly lost to us. His story and his music allow us to make a more personal connection to a time that is almost too overwhelming to contemplate. This connection is essential as it helps us not only mourn but learn,” says producer Catherine Laub.
The adamant will to live, the unshakable hope that good will prevail no matter how horrible the attempt to crush it-this is the message of Ullmann’s music from Theresienstadt. Elysium offers Ullmann’s music as a powerful symbol of hope. More info >

Songs of War and Remembrance
November 8: 3PM Roedde House Museum
William George, tenor, Corey Hamm, piano
Music by Gurney, Ives and Weill, plus songs from Les Miserables and popular songs of World War II.
Tickets $15/$12 www.brownpapertickets.com
www.roeddehouse.org

Elysium- Between Two Continents
Fostering artistic and creative dialogue and mutual friendship between the United States of America and Europe. Fighting against discrimination, racism and antisemitism by means of art.

Since the middle of the 1990’s, Elysium has presented and performed Viktor Ullmann’s music from Theresienstadt in more than forty cities throughout Europe and the United States. Elysium was the first and (at that time) only organization in New York which dedicated all its efforts to the presentation of music by composers who were banned, silenced, or persecuted by the Nazis. The many concerts and musical-literary collages presenting works of mostly forgotten artists–works Elysium had found in archives in the US and Europe–had a trailblazing effect. Other organizations and individuals soon followed in Elysium’s footsteps. Some of these composers, who were unknown a few years ago, are now regularly featured in concert and onstage around the world.

We proudly welcome the artists of Elysium to Canada for the first time, and we trust that it will not be the last.

14 Oct 2015
October 14, 2015

Wagner’s Tannhaeuser October 17th!

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Sarah Templeton wants you to know about an exciting show that she is both producing and singing in. Next Saturday, October 17th, they will be performing a sumptuous evening of Excerpts from Wagner’s Tannhauser, and I will play the role of Elisabeth. VBCC’s Raphael Sandoval-Ewen will play the Shepherd! I hope to see you there.

Join acclaimed and award-winning performers from across the Lower Mainland for a singular one-night-only event as Wagner’s uniquely dramatic music comes to life!
Presented in German with English subtitles and narration, this rare evening of some of the most epic and exhilarating music composed for the human voice also supports the Canadian Memorial United Church’s In From the Cold program, which works to provide help to Vancouver’s homeless.

For more information, and for tickets, please visit Immortal Passion

Tannhaeuser Event Poster

Oktoberfest German Canadian Business Style at the Vancouver Alpenclub

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 6:30 pm; Members free while guests pay $25!

http://www.germanbusinessvancouver.com

Oktoberfest Invitati

Sandra holding her bookVancouver, October 1st, 2015 – The good news is that aloe vera can replace the almost 18,000 different health supplement that have flooded grocery & drug stores in North America recently.  The bad news is that drinking pure aloe vera gel takes some getting used to.  But when you learn about the 15 major health issues that can this miracle plant can solve, you might decide to run out and try it.

Certified trainer & lifestyle Coach Sandra Rechsteiner has written a book “Your Natural Health Beauty and Wellness Guide” that will show you how to successfully incorporate this miracle plant in your life at her October 19th Book Launch at TenTen Tapas at 5:30 pm.

For just $25, guests by invitation only will participate in a selfie-contest, sign a video guestbook, and receive a free copy of the book, complimentary drinks & appetizers, as well as a gift bag full of surprises. Members of the media will receive a free pass just for attending. Rechsteiner will also read from her book and be available to show you how to stay vital, fit, healthy, beautiful & happy.

Rechsteiner founded the company “Accomplish Now” in 2012 and offers a mix of health and business coaching. She is a “cancer crusher” and has a “Never give up.” attitude that helps her move towards her goal of being a healthy millionaire, as well as showing others how to follow in the same path with sheer energy & enthusiasm.

Sandra is such an amazing, energetic and positive person, who empowers me every time. She always believes in me and more importantly, made me believe in myself for the first time in my life. says Lindsay Y., a client of Accomplish Now.

Accomplish Now is a global leader in holistic health. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to help you shape up, lose weight, feel great and be the person that you always wanted to be. Swiss-born Sandra Rechsteiner is not only a coach and personal trainer, but also mentors people to find their purpose and passion to succeed in business and in life. Because of high demand of her book, Rechsteiner will also be launching a German translation in Europe in November.

Her next book will focus on her own truly inspirational story: the mindset that allowed her to survive cancer and reach for her big goals now. You can learn more at www.accomplishnow.com. Rechsteiner’s book is available on Amazon & Kindle.

03 Oct 2015
October 3, 2015

Predicting the Future!

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Real Estate Outlook 2016

Pinnacle HotelThis real estate conference & trade show, which took place on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at the Pinnacle Hotel downtown, offered 8 hours of predictions, important since, among other things:

  • The stock markets around the world are in trouble;
  • Some European governments are finding an increasingly more militant population.
  • Chinese government is frantically manipulating it’s stock markets and the Chinese economy is likely in free fall.
  • The oil prices are changing
  • The Canadian Dollar is dropping
  • The central bank says Vancouver is 30% overvalued

Ozzie Jurock at podiumThere were 12 speakers, including Ozzie, the real estate guru organizing this event and who gave the introduction and the final talk of the day. There were almost 600 attendees, all who had paid $97 for a ticket to listen to the expert advisors and were hoping to know the best place to invest their money.  There were also 20 exhibiters and even a few sponsors.

Interesting topics included David Steele discussing how the Northeast Bc Site C dam will create jobs, how parking is now a million dollar industry shared by Stephen Freedman, and James Knull gave an interesting talk about the stability of Edmonton.

Other speakers were Michael Geller, Ralph Case, Kelly Fry, Kyle Green, Eric Lynch, Brent Roberts, Clark Sanchez and finally Nick Malis – CEO of FortuneDNA, who is the founder of the elite business and investor forum entitled “Hush, hush, Secrets of the Ultra-Wealthy.”

Facts by Email NewsletterIf you want to learn more, the best thing to do would be to sign up for the next conference, the Real Estate Action Weekend (http://www.reaw.ca/) or sign up to the “Real Estate Insider”  (www.factsbyemail.com) or read Ozzie’s revised book based on “Forget about Location, Location, Location” and is now called ” What, When, Where, and How to Buy Real Estate in Canada” The link is here.

If you would like more information, please check out:

http://jurock-publishing-ltd.myshopify.com/

As a young man, Ozzie Jurock set out from his hometown of Cologne, Germany, to travel the world. At the age of 23, he discovered Vancouver and chose to immigrate.

28 Sep 2015
September 28, 2015

First-Time Author Sandra Rechsteiner!

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Interview with certified trainer & lifestyle coach Sandra Rechsteiner!

September 2015

Sandra HappySandra has recently written her first book: Your Natural Healthy Beauty and Wellness Guide, where she shares the benefits of “nature’s purest gift” Aloe Vera. After helping Sandra edit and prepare her book for publication, I felt that my readers might be very interested in learning what motivated Swiss-born Sandra to want to write this particular book and why you should buy your copy today!

1. How did you get an idea for the topic?

My idea was to create an everyday guide to educate people about the many benefits of the power of nature’s purest gift Aloe Vera. This amazing plant has been around and known for centuries and yet in today’s world is not being used on a daily basis to prevent and help heal sickness. I personally have experienced how important mental and physical health is and personally have experienced how aloe vera can you stay vital, fit, healthy, beautiful and happy. Little plant with big benefits!

2. Who inspired you along the way to keep writing?

My husband and all the people around the Globe already introduced to the amazing benefits of Aloe Vera and who I successfully helped in becoming Forever FIT, healthy and beautiful with Aloe Vera. I experienced people getting rid of allergies, ekzymans, restless leg syndromes, joint pain, headaches, colds, excess weight, digestive problems, sleep problems, burns, lack of energy and much more, and in my case Aloe Vera has helped me becoming pain free after holistically smashing my untreatable cancer over a period of 8 years.

3. Did you enjoy writing when you were in school?

Not at all and I don’t do it now honestly either. It is more my passion for the message that I want to get our there and my drive to help millions of people. And the great thing is, I ask for help, I provide the content and there are pro’s, who can turn my writing into a outstanding writing:-)

4. What is your background in health and fitness?

I love watching sports and doing all kind of sports. I used to play a team sport called handball (popular in Europe) as a teenager. I experience people, who do fitness, with a different mindset – it is kind of a natural drug and energy and happiness source. Being active helped me a lot during my illness, my body recharged and I had less pain. I became a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

5. What do you hope that your readers will do after reading the book?

After reading this book, you will simply feel like you have to run out and get some Aloe, trust me. I help you to make the right choices to add Aloe to your daily routine and I hope you will decide to value Health as your # 1 priority and take action now before it is too late. I help you change your Lifestyle and you will become unstoppable.

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Me and my husband are traveling the World, living at different places. I will be speaking on stage in front of thousands of people and empower and educate them all, on all contingents to choose NOW to live their live at its best and to Dream BIG.

7. How can people use this book?

This book is available in e-book version and paper version. A MUST-READ for all the people you care about. The more people read about the power of Aloe and how it can positively increase their well being, restore their beauty for a longer lasting life, the more we all can help others. I can’t do this alone and therefore I invite all the readers to invite others to get the book. I invite you to carry where ever you go, the every day use tips are easier to look up that way and you are always ready to make a difference to the World, because when you meet someone, who can benefit from this book and who can not, you can sell it to that person too.

Your Natural Health, Beauty & Wellness Guide is HERE:
http://www.products.accomplishnow.com/ebook-aloe-vera/