Fundraising Day for Sullivan Heights Football Team

By | Community, Tara Lopez

Sullivan Heights Secondary in Surrey is launching their first Highschool Football Team
ever next school year, and tomorrow (Sat May 26, 2018) is a big day for fundraising for them.

Come out and support the team!

First, you can get your car washed by hand (by donation) by the Football Team players,
12 noon – 2pm tomorrow afternoon.

They’re also hosting a bottle drive, so you can drop off your empties
at the school at the same time.

Finally, at 5pm – it’s their “Fundraising Pub Night” at Rusty’s in Cloverdale.

Tickets are $20 and include a burger and beverage.

There will be Raffle prizes, a wine board, and a 50/50!

You can email to request tickets in advance.

A few things to do this weekend…

By | Community, Jen Robbins

In case you missed out on the Royal Canadian Family Circus, the show will be at Tsawwassen Mills this weekend!  Be sure to check it out, it’s fun for all ages!

The Surrey International Children’s Festival at Bear Creek Park is a huge celebration for families!  Lots of shows, activities and entertainment.

Looking for a frugal way to see a family movie?  Cineplex offers Family Favourites at the Strawberry Hill Surrey and Langley Colossus locations!  See Peter Rabbit on the big screen this Saturday for just $2.99.  Movies change weekly.

A Cuppa With Your Work Mates

By | Community, Ian Power, News

We’re off and sipping to borrow from an old expression. Today was our first Pulse Mornings Perk-Up! Vanessa and I went to Docksteader Source For Sports in South Surrey to share a cuppa with Dave and Lee. Not your ordinary cup, mind you. We brought with us Spent Grounds Coffee Roasters Colombian Supremo; hot and cold brew. Colombia is the second largest producer of coffee in the world and the largest producer of washed and Arabica coffee. There are 3 primary varieties grown in Colombia and the coffee is referred to by the region in which it is grown. The cup I had was about as smooth as a cup of coffee gets. Not only do they roast their own beans at the onsite roastery, they also believe in supporting other local, small artisans that craft healthy meals and snacks. There are many coffee chains, but not many focusing on the quality of the beans and the experience of taking the time to have a coffee. So, why don’t you and your workplace enter to win a Pulse Mornings Perk-Up? We could be coming to your business with everything needed for the perfect cup of coffee and some other goodies as well. And, we’ll be there too! Just go to to enter to win!

Ian Power


Kids in R-Rated Movies

By | Community, Jen Robbins

“There are too many kids in here!” my friend texted from the movie theatre.  The movie?  Deadpool 2.

When Deadpool first came out I went to see it opening weekend and felt hella guilty.  After all, my then-8 year old was possibly the most superhero-obsessed child ever.  And my guy shares Deadpool’s sharp wit (well, as much as a 10-year-old can).   He was pretty sad.

As anyone who’s seen it knows, this isn’t just your average crash-boom-bash movie.  The “R” rating is earned for more than just a random swear word… it’s a truly gory raunchfest.  I suspect most of the jokes would sail RIGHT OVER kids’ heads and even the most aggressive kid might flinch at the amount of arm-ripping that takes place.

However, I’m sure anyone who works in a movie theatre will tell you that people are taking kids of all ages, even as young as 4 or 5.  There’s been a bit of discussion on social media and many people feel that it’s no worse than a video game and that their kids know that they aren’t supposed to use the cuss words.

I honestly don’t judge anyone for their parenting choices in cases like these.  Honestly, I’d love to share the out-there humour of Deadpool with my witty 10-year-old.  But, even though I think he knows not to use that language… it’s pretty funny when Deadpool uses some extremely creative name-calling. It’s hard for me as a “grown-up” (term used loosely) not to walk out of the theatre wanting to use the same hilarious names… I’m pretty sure these would be some fresh phrases that would get a lot of good laughs at the playground.

The nice thing about my kids getting older is that they know that they won’t be allowed to see it.  They don’t even ask!  So I’m not put in the position where I have to say “no” – and to be totally honest, the number one reason I would say “no” is because we are new to our school and I don’t want to be known as “the mom who let her  kids watch Deadpool”!

This Ain’t My First Rodeo

By | Community, Ian Power, News

Whoever said you can’t go home has obviously never been to the Cloverdale Rodeo. In another life while playing country music on the radio I attended the fairgrounds in Surrey every May long weekend. After what must have been 15 years or so of being onsite at the rodeo I took a long and well deserved hiatus. Fast forward to 2018, some 8 or nine years later, and I was back in the proverbial saddle this past weekend. I don’t recall a time when I have seen so many people from so many walks of life with a common thread and having fun! Young, old and everone in between, the smiles abound. Cloverdale should take a collective bow for hosting such a world class event. While parking was challenging it wasn’t impossible. While the grounds were shoulder to shoulder in a sea of humans it wasn’t uncomfortable. In fact, everyone was so well behaved it felt like a giant block party. Of course there was the usual assortment of merchandise and wares, not to mention enough food to feed a small town. If you were fortunate enough, as I was to be in town this past long weekend I can’t imagine anywhere else I would have rather been than the Cloverdale Rodeo. It was a staycay far enough from the daily grind, but close enough to sleep in my own bed.

Ian Power


Saving vs. splurging on your day out!

By | Community, Jen Robbins

When you have small kids, it seems like you’re constantly looking for ways to save money.  For some things though, saving a few dollars can just add unnecessary stress.  Sometimes we need to actually spend a few bucks to make these experiences worth while, because as an experience parent I’ve learned that you’ll pay one way or another!

I was reminded of this as we decided to venture out to the country fair this weekend.  In the past at fairs and events, we would drive around looking for the cheapest parking spot – and end up walking so far with kids both there and back that we’d have to make promises and bribes just to keep the little ones going.

This year, I felt like a real adult.  Sure you could save $5 by parking another 10 minute walk away.  But we spent $10 on parking at a local church (as part of a fundraiser – it’s for the kids) and walking there and back was nice and easy.

Since some events don’t let you bring any food in, I usually feed the kids before we go.  Of course, the sights and smells of the amazing food there will instantly make you hungry.  This year I swung through the drive through and got them each a $1.50 cheeseburger.  So, it still felt like they got a treat and we didn’t have to buy them each a $7 hot dog.

Tickets to ride can also be painfully pricey.  We decided to splurge on 40 tickets for $45 and those lasted 2.5 rides for three kids… and it was time consuming to walk around and watch each ride to decide if that would be “the one”.  Next year, I think I’ll convince them to put aside some birthday money and buy them each a $40 all day pass.

I also highly recommend the promise of ice cream… anywhere outside the gates of any event.   You can buy three ice cream cones at McDonald’s for under $5 – a cheap price to pay to buy your way out when it’s time to go!

Bringing MY circus to the circus

By | Community, Jen Robbins

Last week my family and I were lucky enough to visit the Royal Canadian Family Circus.  

As anyone with kids knows, taking them to an event can be a swing and a miss.  I also dared to schedule the evening on a soccer night so Surrey Soccer Dad was slightly reluctant.  (Especially once I told him that there were likely no elephants or lions involved.)

The show was amazing!  It was fast-moving and engaging enough that no one got the “I’m-hungry’s” or had to visit the washroom incessantly.  (Of course, if you legitimately do get hungry you can certainly choose from traditional circus fare such as mini-donuts, corn dogs, and popcorn!)

There was enough action in the first half that we were surprised there was more after the intermission!  It does make for a bit of a long event, but there’s honestly enough action and things going on to keep everyone’s attention.  We were sitting with another family that had small children that were transfixed by the lights, acrobatics and music.

If you’ve been on the fence about attending – this family highly recommends it and can’t wait for next year! (Yes, even our Surrey Soccer Dad and too-cool-for-school tween were raving!)

Click here for more information and to buy tickets!

Laugh Lines

By | Community, Ian Power, News

Is laughter in short supply? Some days it may seem like there is little reason to laugh. Laughter is thought, for one thing, to be a natural response to stress. It can be a simple person to person or persons connection to a real workout for our heart, brain and blood flow that make us feel so good when we laugh. As the philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote; “Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” He may have been on to something. Laughter has shown physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. Humour appears to be the main driver behind laughter, but the less obvious reasons are still up for much discussion, debate and research. I’m pretty sure we can agree on one thing; whether you go for a good old bust-a-gut or a simple giggle,  laughter feels good. And, then there’s this from Bob Newhart; “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” Let’s make laughter a bigger priority, let’s look to the lighter side to help us navigate through the angst and uncertainty of the times we live. There is a size and strength for everyone. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Let’s live life laughing!

Ian Power