Real Housewives fundraise for Children's Hospital


Fans of the reality TV series Real Housewives of Vancouver will remember that Ronnie Negus' special-needs daughter Remy almost choked to death in 2011.

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When retold, the incident even brought series villain Jody Claman to tears. The incident also inspired the team at Gastown-based Alden Rae Jewelry to create a piece called Remy's Bracelet, with partial proceeds dedicated to the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation. According to Negus, Children's Hospital has been an integral part of Remy's life since birth.

Remy's Bracelet launches May 22, at HOUSExGUEST, 200-332 Water St., from 6 to 9 p.m. The event also includes a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the foundation. Other members of the Real Housewives of Vancouver will be in attendance, as will Miss World Canada. For ticket information, visit


Registration and fundraising is on now for the Vancouver Gutsy Walk, which takes place June 9 at the University of B.C.'s Thunderbird Park.

The walk is in support of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada with a goal to raise funds for inflammatory bowel disease research. Now in its 17th year, the 2013 Vancouver Gutsy Walk also raises funds in support of health care providers and patients and their loved ones. It's estimated 233,000 Canadians, including almost 6,000 children live with IBD, which includes the painful symptoms associated with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. For information visit


Japanese mouth organ player Naomi Sato joins the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra to perform music by contemporary Canadian and Japanese composers, including Mark Armanini, for a performance entitled Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

The performance includes the Canadian premiere of Axiom Praxis, a concerto for show by Farshid Samandari. Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves takes place Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews. For ticket information visit


The annual McBride annex school Spring Fair takes place Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4750 St. Catherine's St..

The fair invites families to drop by and enjoy games for all ages, delicious food, a bouncy castle, a giant slingshot, silent auction, face painting and more. Admission is free to this family-friendly event that takes place rain or shine.


The Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra's 10th anniversary concert takes place at 7: 30 p.m. May 24, at the Lord Byng Theatre, located on West 15th Avenue at Crown Street.

The young symphony will perform several pieces under the direction of Scott Ma-clennan, including Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute, Hayden's Cello Concerto No. 2 and Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. Members of the symphony's alumni will also join the orchestra in celebration of the 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.


The Vancouver Historical Society Speaker Series presents a talk by University of B.C. historian Dr. Henry Yu May 23 at 7: 30 p.m. in the Joyce Walley Room at Museum of Vancouver. The title of the talk is Who Fed Vancouver? The Hidden History of the Chinese Canadian Food Industry with a focus on the little-known history of Chinese farms in the Vancouver area. Yu will talk about the hidden history of the Chinese-Canadian food industry and how the vertically integrated produce system ranged from farms to corner grocery stores, to cooks, neighbourhood restaurants and major food distributors. For more information, visit

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