Field of dreams: Believing every child has the right to play ball, the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation unveiled the first of its kind league that benefits local kids in need. Canadians owner Andy Dunn and foundation chairman Jeff Mooney welcomed 300 Boys and Girls Club members to the league's opening week launch held at Nat Bailey Stadium. Over the next seven weeks, kids who might not have had the opportunity to play otherwise will play ball-for some, their very first time-in an atmosphere that promotes sportsmanship, collaboration and spirit of fair play. The league is made-up of two divisions: T-Ball for children ages 6-8 and Coach-Pitch Division for kids 9-11. At a cost of $150 per player, the foundation is still inviting donations and volunteers.
Dancing on sunshine: The sun arrived in time for the sophomore running of the Indian Summer Festival, the international festival of arts and ideas showcasing acclaimed South Asian performers, artists and academics. Bollywood's most iconic leading lady Sharmila Tagore, award-winning world music group Mrigya and local celebrity chef Vikram Vij were among the headliners of the 10-day cultural extravaganza. Vij curated a culinary tour of India for the opening gala held at SFU Woodward's downtown.
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