Archive for August, 2011

Halloween Cookies

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Heidi’s Cookie Creations makes custom decorated sugar cookie favours for Thanksgiving, Halloween, Birthdays, Christmas, hostess gifts, weddings, corporate, baby showers and thank yous.

Guaranteed fresh and delicious.  Peanut free, nut free.  604-270-2709.


Pandora Bracelet Event

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Bliss will be holding a Pandora Bracelet event from September 8-10, 2011. 
Spend $150 on Pandora items (before HST) and receive a silver Pandora clasp bracelet ($80 retail value).  See below for details.
Pre-orders can be taken starting September 1, 2011.
PANDORA™s Fall 2011 line is in store now.  Come in and see the new bracelets, charms, rings and more….
604-284-5212 /
#105-12231 1st Avenue, Steveston Village (on Bayview beside Waves Coffee House)
Store hours:
Mon to Wed 10am to 6pm
Thurs to Fri 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 6pm

Hula Dance Classes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

New!  Starting Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 11am – 12pm.  Learn the art of Hawaiian dance.  Beginner classes ages 4+.   Held at the dance studio in The Arts Connection located in Minato Village, 3900 Steveston Hwy at No. 1 Road, Richmond BC.  Classes will be true to the Hawaiian culture which will include language and strong hula basics along with choreographed dances in Auwana (modern) and Kahiko (ancient) for both wahine (female) and kane (male) dancers.

 For more information call Hoku 778-232-9089

Integrative Oncology in Steveston

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Healing River Acupuncture Centre on Chatham Road has recently added new practitioner Erin Moran. 

Erin holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University (Washington), with specialty areas in integrative oncology and pain management.  Erin’s training has taken her to Chengdu and Shanghai, China where she worked in Integrative Oncology Hospitals.  There herbal medicine is used equally and alongside conventional chemotherapy and radiation. 

She also completed internships in 3 oncology centres in the Greater Seattle area as well as Boise, Idaho.  Erin uses acupuncture to minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. 

For more information, please call Erin at Healing River Acupuncture 604 277-5550. 

105-3571 Chatham Street, Richmond BC V7E 2Z1








Steveston Sports Swap Meet

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at  10:00am – 1:00pm.   Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond.

Cost:  $13 per table

Registration:  To book a table, please call 604-238-8080

Sell Gently Used Sports Equipment at the Steveston Sports Swap Meet.

Family Farm Fair

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

London Heritage Farm hosts a Family Farm Fair once per year as a fundraiser to help support non-profit London Heritage Farm Society.  This year it was on Sunday, August 7, 2011.

 We saw a train table with trains going around the tracks put on by Greater Vancouver Railway Club.

BC Hydro was on site with bean bag toss after answering three power smart questions. Winner receives 4 minute shower timer!

We petted a friendly pony, a cute rabbit, heard a parrot talking.  There were pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, cake walk, Steveston No. 2 Firetruck on display. Many things for sale including baked items, vegetables, plants and gifts.

 The Richmond Tetsu Taiko Drummers were my favourite.  Pancho and Sal were performing next, then Swing 2 Beat.

Lots to eat at the concession, icecream, cotton candy, popcorn.  The tea room gift shop and museum rooms were open.

London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond BC.  604-271-5220

Steveston’s New Iconic Gateway

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

A new landmark greets us as we enter Steveston.  Drive by the new No. 2 Steveston Firehall at night, and look at the tower. Its red glass windows are dramatically lit to convey a true fire department look and feel. This facility is an architectural dream. Aesthetically it is beautiful.  Structurally this is an environmentally friendly building, which we should feel very proud to have in our community.

Firefighting in Steveston has a rich history, which dates back approximately to 1912. During those years, Steveston’s canneries were in high production, and the need for fire protection was paramount.  Steveston village experienced a number of major fires in the early 1900s. The great fire of May 14, 1918, was particularly monumental as most of Steveston’s commercial buildings burnt to the ground. Based on historical knowledge, firefighting in Steveston was handled in a number of ways over the years, ranging from paid firefighters, to volunteer brigades and even calling on the assistance of the Vancouver Fire Department.

In 1972, a two-storey firehall was constructed at the location of No. 2 Road and Steveston Highway.  In late 2009 the 37-year-old No. 2 Firehall was demolished and has been replaced with the magnificent new seismically upgraded facility, which is scheduled to have its official grand opening on October 1st, however as of late June, it is officially in use. 

The City of Richmond Facility Management and Planning departments assessed the seismic status of the original firehall, along with the condition of the mechanical and electrical systems.  They concluded that the facility needed to be replaced. The new firehall meets current standards, including post-disaster requirements, and addresses gender equity. The location and design of the facility provides a functional building with which to operate the emergency response capability for Steveston and the city, and provides an iconic gateway into Steveston.

The design concept included an open plan and the desire to provide a lit beacon into the community. The openness of the building represents the open style of leadership and communication, which Richmond Fire-Rescue (RFR) shares with the City of Richmond and the community. The lit beacon symbolizes Steveston’s past and current nautical ties.

Architect Jay Lin of Hughes Condon Marler Architects, sought to replicate the cannery and industrial ‘feel’ of Steveston’s history. He accomplished this with pine beetle kills wood on the exterior trim, metal cladding on the siding, and the steel girder trim on the building itself.  In addition, the galvanized metal railings, stairs and ivy trelliswork reflect the design concept. 

Steveston Firehall houses Engine Company No. 2, a fire engine that has a crew of four firefighters on duty at all times.  Engine Company No. 2 is one of the busiest emergency response units RFR has in the city.  The average number of emergency responses that Engine Co. 2 responds to is 1700 per year. A number of those calls are for service in other areas within the city as well as Steveston proper. Richmond is protected 24/7, 365 days per year by RFR providing four Engine Companies, three Ladder companies, two Rescue companies and one Battalion Chief on duty prepared to respond to calls for service.

Some of the more prevalent emergencies Engine Co. 2 responds to include alarms ringing, motor vehicle incidents, medical calls, fire, hazardous materials incidents, rescue, miscellaneous calls for assistance, and recently, they rescued a number of baby ducklings from the drain in front of Westwind Elementary!

The new facility provides 8300 square feet of usable space for RFR staff.  The project has come in on time and under budget.   The architect’s abstract expression of metal cladding, wood and steel were incorporated into the requirements of RFR to have drive through apparatus bays capable of accommodating large fire apparatus vehicles, and to provide for longer aerial fire apparatus in future years. Extensive traffic analysis was undertaken to achieve the optimal apparatus bay location and orientation on site. The site and facility also needed to accommodate twice-daily vehicle and equipment checks by the response crews.

Steveston Firehall is home to the hose repair technicians for RFR, as well as the Pre-Incident Planning Team.  Engine Co. 2 provides home fire safety inspections, is responsible for conducting fire prevention inspections in the Steveston area, and assists with the infant car seat installation and inspection program located at No. 1 Firehall, Brighouse.

Crews conduct training sessions daily and in the evenings, which includes hose and ladder drills, equipment maintenance and familiarization, rescue and entry drills, medical first aid, safety inspections training, interpersonal skills, leadership and Worksafe and other legislative training requirements.

The training and hose tower is located on the northeast corner of the property, to allow for privacy and noise reduction for neighbours when training and operating are taking place onsite. Quick access to the fire truck for the crew when training and working in the facility was the prime consideration in designing the interior layout.  The facility has been designed with a multi-purpose training/lecture room with a public vestibule that allows public groups the opportunity to use the room for public meetings and sessions when the room is not in use by RFR staff.

The new firehall proudly meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold requirements.  LEED certification is the internationally recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way to demonstrate that a building project is truly “green.”  The firehall has achieved this by minimizing the amount of land used by the building, roadways and hard surface training areas. There is an extensive green roof system, over 60% of the building roof top areas will be green roof.  Green wall (for landscaping), extensive tree and shrub planting, drought resistant plant selections, onsite storm water management with rain gardens, day lighting, efficient electrical and water appliances and fixtures, natural ventilation, ground source (Geo-Thermal) heat and cooling system all help make this a truly sustainable building.

Public art will find a home at the No. 2 Firehall.  Through the City’s Public Art program, the inclusion of a public art piece will bring together the community of Steveston, the history of the firehall in the area, and will tie in the fishing and farming history of Richmond.

Welcome back to the neighbourhood, Steveston Firehall! 

11011 No. 2 Road                        
604 278-5131

Written by Sarah Gordon

Photos by Sandra Steier

Maritime Festival in Steveston

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Richmond Maritime Festival is bigger than ever this year with great sponsors. 

We went right at 11am on Friday morning as the festival was starting. 

Our favourite new thing was the characters on stilts!  A pirate, eagle and bear.


Britannia Shipyard was open and fully staffed for us to explore carpentry, engine and machine shops that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo BC Packing Company.  Fascinating!


Outside was a wharf full of boats, some you could board, some just to look at.  Fishing boats were chugging by in the river.


We viewed miniature boats by the Steveston Maritime Modellers. 


Mark Glavina and Nick Voltchock of Phoenix Art Workshop were setting up their new piece of art and inviting people to help with the mosaic portion.

There was mask making, puppet shows, lantern making, Coastal Wolf Pack Dancers, origami wish boat and pirate hat making, music and so much more!



The 8th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is on all weekend 11am – 6pm at Britannia Heritage Shipyard, 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond.

Steveston Outdoor Pool

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Steveston Pool is located at 4151 Moncton Street, Richmond, BC V7E 3A8. 

Telephone 604-718-8030.  For Public Swim Info: 604-276-4300

The outdoor pool is set in the Steveston Park, adjacent to the Steveston Community Centre. It is home to the “Kigoos”, Richmond’s Summer Swim Club. The facility includes:

  • 25 metre – 6 lane rectangular heated outdoor pool
  • 3 metre slide
  • Shallow tot pool for the youngsters
  • Bleacher seating

Great place for summer swim lessons and to cool off during public swim times.

Birthdays – Steveston Style

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Steveston is great for buying all your birthday needs.

Greeting cards and unique gifts can be found at Pieces, A Monkey Tree, Splash Toys, Hearts, Nikaido Gifts, Prickly Pear Garden Centre and Serenity Home Decor.

Fresh cut flowers, hanging baskets, potted plants, garden ornaments can be found at Prickly Pear Garden Centre.  Flowers arrive each Thursday, so if you shop on Wednesdays, fresh cut flowers are half price.

Helium balloons in every type can be found at Splash Toys.

Birthday sweets are everywhere.  Diplomat Bakery, Bell’s Bake Shop, Outpost Donut Company, Sinfully The Best, Candy Dish, Dairy Queen, Damien’s Belgian Waffles, and The Sweet Spot.  If you pre-order, you can find personalized treats by A Cake Wish, Heidi’s Cookie Creations, Picture Your Cake and The Steveston Cookie Company.