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Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
8:24 am - NDP Leadership Debate Viewing Party

Anyone know where there might be a viewing party in East Van to watch the NDP leadership debate tomorrow?

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
10:46 am - Fruit Basket Presents: IGNITE! Drag Weekend Intensive

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a drag king or drag queen? Have you ever wanted to dress up as a different gender, but didn’t have all the skills? Would you like to create a drag or gender performance with the help of a talented drag queen or king?

...Fruit Basket brings you a second, equally amazing, drag and gender performance workshop! This weekend intensive is for youth aged 13-24 of any gender or sexual orientation, and is 100% free.

Saturday will focus on drag history, dressing and make-up techniques, as well as how to create and develop a performance. The day will be divided into two parts - people of any gender are encouraged to attend both! The first half will be on Drag Queening with Cameron Mackenzie (Isolde N. Barron) - and will include a live makeup demonstration! The second half on Drag Kinging will be led by Paige Frewer (Ponyboy).

On Sunday we will warm up by playing some theatre games, then work together to create an original gender performance piece! A lunch of sushi and pizza will be provided.

4:00 - 5:20pm Drag Queening
5:20 - 5:45 pm Break, Snack Time
5:45 - 7:15 Drag Kinging

12:30 - 4:30 Performance Skills and Act Creation

1895 Venables Street. Please RSVP with Fruit Basket at fruit.basket@igniteyouthfest.ca, or contact us for more information.
Find our
Facebook Event. Learn about the IGNITE! Youth Festival.

The space is at ground level, and has a ramp at the door for easy access. The room is large with seating available. The bathroom is quite small and could be hard to navigate - however, next door at The Cultch there are accessible washrooms. Please contact Fruit Basket for more information.

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
2:41 pm - ATTENTION youth aged 13-24!

 ATTENTION youth aged 13-24!
You loved it in the past, you know you're gonna love it again....

You are invited to attend the 4th annual Gender Blender!

Presented by the IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival and the Fruit Basket variety show, Gender Blender will be an evening of discussion about all things related to sex, gender and orientation...and fruit smoothies!

Bring a piece of fruit for smoothies and your thoughts, questions and experiences on topics including, but not limited to: sex, gender, sexuality, queer issues, dating, and relationships.

Come to the Green House beside The Cultch at 6:00pm on Friday, February the 11th. We'll provide the blenders, berries, and milk products (vegan and non-vegan smoothies provided).
Where: Basement of The Green House beside The Cultch (885 Venables St)
When: 6pm, February 11th. 2011
Don't forget to bring a piece of fruit!
Event taking place on ground level and is accessible by wheelchair. The bathroom is quite small and could be hard to access. Further accessibility inquiries welcome.



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Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm - Download Playboy Lingerie, Maxim 04/2010/Mexico, Maxim №5/2010/ (432915)

Alice Goodwin Official Calendar (2010/USA) Maxim #4 (april 2010 USA)
Maxim №5/2010/ US Maxim 04/2010/Mexico Mens Health 2010-05/US
Playboy Lingerie Playboy's Vixens

Download Playboy's Vixens, Alice Goodwin Official Calendar (2010/USA), Mens Health 2010-05/US, Playboy Lingerie, Maxim 04/2010/Mexico, Maxim №5/2010/ US, Maxim #4 (april 2010 USA), Hustler №7 (2010/USA),

<jeremy^> everything i know about genetics, i learned from beverly hills 90210 and other aaron spelling classics. :)

<jeremy^> oh, and biology class

<jeremy^> but i mean come on</p>

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010
11:58 am - Free Drag Workshop at The Cultch for ages 13-24- Amazing opportunity!

EDIT: This workshop is happening THIS WEEKEND not in May! RSVP now! Apologies for any mix-ups!
PLEASE NOTE: To attend you MUST RSVP to fruit.basket @ igniteyouthfest . ca - Thanks!

Fruit Basket presents the all-new IGNITE! Weekend Drag Workshop!

This 100% free workshop, happening Saturday March 20th and Sunday March 21st, is open to anyone ages 13 - 24 who is interested in drag and gender performance, regardless of experience! This will be an amazing and unique opportunity to work with local drag artists and learn the skills to build your own drag acts!

Saturday will focus on drag techniques, history and act creation. The day will be divided into two parts-- people of any gender or sexuality are welcome to attend either or both! The first half will be on Drag Queening, with mentor Cameron Mackenzie (Isolde N. Barron) starting at 5:00 PM. The second half on Drag Kinging will begin at 7:00, with mentor Paige Frewer (Ponyboy). Snacks will be provided!

Sunday will focus on creating your own drag act. Starting at 12 PM, participants will work one-on-one or in small groups with the mentors to create an original gender performance piece. At the end of the session we will show our work to each other and give and receive feedback. A lunch of sushi and pizza will be provided!

Day 1
Arrive - 5:00 PM
Drag Queen workshop - 5:30 - 7 PM
Drag King workshop - 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Day 2
Drag act creation session - 12 - 5:30 PM

This workshop is free! Please RSVP to fruit.basket @ igniteyouthfest . ca to reserve a slot! Make sure to RSVP by email, or you will not be registered.

If you have dietary or mobility concerns please let us know so we can make accommodations.

Want to know more about Fruit Basket?

It's ripe and it's ready, and it's full to the brim with gender performance, music, poetry, dance and more. Fruit Basket (on May 21st at the CULTCH) serves up a tasty variety show of performance focused on gender, sex and sexuality for all ages to enjoy. With spurts of originality and a spatter of relevance, Fruit Basket will blow your mind like a watermelon in a microwave. Dress in drag and get in free.

Go to www.igniteyouthfest.ca for more info.

current mood: bouncy

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
10:21 pm - Youth GENDER BLENDER Event on January 16th

Attention Youth aged 13-24!

We want -you- to attend the 3nd annual Gender Blender, presented by IGNITE!, Vancouver's youth-driven arts festival, and the Fruit Basket variety show.

The Gender Blender will be an open discussion session about all things related to sex, gender and orientation, combined with fruit smoothie-making and lots of laughter. Arrive at 6:30 with a pillow and a piece of fruit to break the ice with smoothie-making and -drinking. After the smoothies and introductions, we will begin our discussion based on your ideas! Topics could include: sex, sexual orientation, pornography, gender identity, queer issues, straight issues, relationships...

Don't forget to bring a piece of fruit to share! We'll be providing the blenders, frozen berries, soy milk, and yogurt.

Where? The Purple Thistle Centre at 260-975 Vernon Dr.
When? 6:30pm on Saturday, January 16th

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242591060956

DON'T FORGET: Bring Your Friends, Fruit, Topics and Pillows!

Want to know more about Fruit Basket?

It's ripe and it's ready, and it's full to the brim with gender performance, music, poetry, dance and more. Fruit Basket (on May 21st at the CULTCH) serves up a tasty variety show of performance focused on gender, sex and sexuality for all ages to enjoy. With spurts of originality and a spatter of relevance, Fruit Basket will blow your mind like a watermelon in a microwave. Dress in drag and get in free.

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009
10:19 am - The Haiku Deathmatch, Mon., Nov. 9



Haiku Deathmatch

16 will enter the arena.
One will survive.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2009
Come early to get a seat.
Open mic and battle sign up at 8:15pm

*17 syllables rule in effect*
*Loser of each round commits Seppuku*

Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Dr.

$5-10 sliding cover

Cash prizes for winners * Silly prizes for best themed costume

Info or pre-signup: vancouverhaiku@gmail.com



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Monday, September 14th, 2009
1:23 pm - missing a cat??

friend of friend found this guy around the Grandview Cut in the past couple weeks.

found cat

let me know if he's familiar to you, thanks!


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Monday, July 20th, 2009
2:57 pm - Come Volunteer for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer!
endcancer09 The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is a 2-day, 60km walk with one night of camping to raise money for BC Cancer Foundation and for the fight against breast cancer and other women's cancers throughout the province. Participants will start on Saturday August 15th at Rocky Mountaineer (near Main and Terminal) and walk 30km to Killarney Park (near 49th and Rupert). They will spend the night in our tent village and then walk another 30k back to Rocky Mountaineer!

We need volunteers to help with this fantastic event... volunteers like you! We have the following shifts available, so please email me at mwhitney@endcancer.ca as soon as possible if you are interested in any of them!

- August 15th, Rocky Mountaineer, 5am to noon, Lots of admin type shifts, lots of participant interaction
- August 16th, Killarney Park, 8am to 1pm, You will be taking down sleeping tents on this shift (great for large or small groups and families)
- August 16th, Rocky Mountaineer, 5am to 1pm, Set-Up/Admin Type Shifts/Closing Ceremonies
- August 16th, Rocky Mountaineer, 1pm to 8pm, Tear Down/Admin Type Shifts/Closing Ceremonies

Thanks in advance!!! For more info on this event you can visit www.endcancer.ca

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
11:59 pm - have you heard about this?

Hello East Van via LJ~

So Ken Lum, the guy who did this strange little public art piece in Strathcona:

has a proposal to make a giant glowing east van crucifix somewhere like....

here's the courier article


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9:53 am - Volunteering for Vancouver Pride!
pridevols2009  Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that It's not too late to sign up to volunteer for Vancouver Pride 2009; we are still accepting volunteers for a few events, including the Pride Parade and Festival, August 2nd. I wanted to make sure the word gets out to everyone in the community, so that no one misses the chance to be a part of this. 

Sign up sooner than later to get the shifts you want; last year we filled up fast and we anticipate the same to happen for this year. Just this week we implemented a new system where you sign up, get your very own login, and then from there you can sign up for the exact events, shifts, and positions you want... immediately! Absolutely no waiting to be scheduled. You can then view your shifts online any time, instead of waiting for an email. 

You can either go to www.vancouverpride.ca and look for the volunteer page, or take this shortcut: 


Just click on "I would like to volunteer for this organization" and take it from there!

Remember, ANYONE can volunteer. You don't have to be GLBTQ, etc, etc. I get that question a lot  =)


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Monday, June 8th, 2009
10:56 am - BC Cancer Foundation Volunteer Shuttle to Washington June 21st.
endcancer09 For those of you who were interested in volunteering for BC Cancer Foundation's Ride to Conquer Cancer but were unable to be crew or were unable to get transportation to Washington State, we are really happy to have arranged to get a volunteer shuttle for Sunday June 21st that will leave from Downtown Vancouver, drive to the campsite in Mount Vernon in the morning, to Seattle in the afternoon, and then back to Downtown Vancouver in the evening. This means that if you live in Vancouver, have a passport, and want to put a very full volunteer day in on Sunday the 21st, you are now able to do so without worrying about transportation. Details behind the cut for anyone who is interested! Read more...Collapse )

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009
10:21 pm - A Few More Barricade Volunteers Needed...

Hey everyone. I hope you are all coming to the Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival on Sunday June 14th! I'm coordinating the barricade volunteers, and I still need a dozen or so! This is a VERY easy volunteer job. You basically stand at a barricade wearing a cape and make sure people don't bust onto the street in their evil cars (rawr). Don't worry, you don't have to stand in front of moving vehicles. You get sidewalk chalk and can bring a musical instrument to play or a book to read. Easiest community service work you will ever do. You will also very likely get a nice tan while doing it (weather pending), and there is TONS of free food in the green room if you are a volunteer. Read: FREE FOOD!

The following shift times are available:

noon to 2pm
2pm to 4pm
4pm to 6pm
6pm to 8pm

Please email me if you are interested in taking a shift (barricadevolunteers2009@gmail.com)! Schedules will be going out next week.

If you have already signed up or are considering it, we are holding orientation meetings at the Britannia Learning Resource Centre behind the library on Commercial Drive on:

June 7, 2pm-4pm
June 9, 7pm-9pm.

We would love to see you there! If you've already signed up for a shift, you'll have it emailed to you tomorrow. The printed copy will also be at the orientations.

x-posted to Vancouver, eastvan, commercialdrive

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
11:22 am - Last Chance to Volunteer for The Ride to Conquer Cancer
endcancer09 The detailed version is much longer and behind the cut, but I will sum it up in brief. If you are interested, you can read the further details behind the cut. Important point: you don't need to cycle or have a bike to volunteer! Only participants will be biking.

On June 20th to 21st, cyclists will be participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer which is a bike ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle WA. Full proceeds of the event will go to support BC Cancer Foundation, Canary Foundation (WA) and The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre (WA). We need volunteers in a few locations:

Saturday Morning June 20th at Guildford Mall in Surrey (Canada) from 4am to noon.
Saturday Morning June 20th at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon (USA) setting up tents from 8am to 2pm.
Sunday Morning June 21st at Edgewater Park in in Mount Vernon (USA) taking down tents from 9am to 2pm
Sunday Morning and Afternoon at the University of Washington (USA) June 21st in Seattle
(Note: Volunteers MUST provide their own transportation to the above opportunities)

We have a shuttle from Vancouver to Seattle for those volunteers that want to put in a full day on Sunday the 21st.

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Friday, May 8th, 2009
11:02 am - Fruit Basket! All ages youth variety show focusing on gender, sexuality and sex. MUST SEE!

A Raunchy Roster of Relevant Rhetoric on Friday, May 22!
8:00pm @ the WISE hall (1882 Adanac Street)

A basket of fun is waiting for you, calling you forth with its bright colours and sweet promises.

Fruit Basket presented by the Cultch, on Friday May 22nd will be a whimsical variety show focused on gender, sex, and orientation. It will showcase music, dance, poetry, gender performance and much more. Fruit Basket is an all ages show during the IGNITE! Youth Festival that will blow your mind like a watermelon in a microwave. Spurts of originality, a splash of variety, and a spatter of relevance.

Thee Ahs
Black Parade Kings
Hiiro Prince
Natalie Gray
Brandon McGorigal
Kits Improv
Kidnap Kids!
Brett Owen

With MAGICAL fruity MCs Fiona and Nina!

The WISE hall will be transformed into a magical wonderland for an evening of jaw-dropping performances all themed around issues of sex, sexuality, and gender.

Uncensored and unashamed, Fruit Basket is always a festival highlight.

This fruit basket has room for everything, not just fruit. Ever wanted to try dressing in drag? Here's some encouragement: Dress in drag and get in FREE!

$2 youth 12 -19
$5 students & seniors
$10 regular
$30 week pass (see the entire festival and save $20!)



current mood: excited

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Monday, April 27th, 2009
11:45 am


We are a communal house in Strathcona. We are four lovely people and one cat. We aren't accepting any more animals due to allergies. We are queer/trans positive. We have irregularly scheduled house meetings where all decisions are made by consensus. We buy all of our food together, and each take one night a week for cooking. Our dinners and groceries are both vegetarian. We buy both organic and conventional food. There is occasionally meat in the house. There is a house fund at $10 per month for buying us awesome things, or paying for unexpectedly large bills. We have a chore wheel, one weekly and one monthly. We're a pretty calm house most of the time, although we like to host slow-dance parties and games nights. We have wireless internet. We aren't very accessible because the house has a lot of stairs just to get to the front door.

The room is tiny but cute with a big south facing window and a nice view of the garden. There are hardwood floors and a loft which makes use of the small space. It would be perfect for someone who lives simply and hasn't got a lot of stuff or someone who possibly wants to downsize. There is no closet in the room, and there is very limited storage within the rest of the shared space.

We are looking for someone who has interest in communal living. Some shared activities that some of us have been working on lately include: working in the garden, making suarkraut and kombucha/kocha-kinoko, baking pies and cupcakes, hula hooping, talks and walks, all those little extra things that make a house a home. We're looking for someone with clear communication skills as we've found this to be essential in maintaining a functional shared living space. We're looking for someone who is able to express their own concerns in a thoughtful way, and able to own up to the mistakes they might make. Experience in communal living would be great, but enthusiasm in communal living will make up for lack of experience!

Room size:
just over 9x7ft (with loft bed)
Rent: $220
Food and other house purchases: around $135-$200
Gas: $20
Hydro: $10
Long Distance: $2-7
House Fund: $10

With $220 rent it adds up to
$419-489 per month for everything. (Costs do fluctuate from month to month)

email: rubyred@resist.ca and nat@resist.ca

As well, we are looking for a sublet for the month of June for our fabulous attic suite! $200 but shared food and bills!

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Friday, April 24th, 2009
9:51 am - Free Snacks & Joe Boxer Apparel: Help us Launch the Underwear Affair!
endcancer09 What:
We are launching the Underwear Affair in Vancouver we need your help! To kick things off we are staging fun and funky demonstrations against underwear cancers complete with picket lines, chanting, and homemade signage. We want you to join us on the picket line and raise awareness about these insidious cancers and the Underwear Affair. Come on down and join to make your voice heard. It is time we lift the taboos surrounding underwear cancers and put these diseases on the run!

April 29th we would like demonstrators to arrive at the BC Cancer Foundation Special Events Office at absolutely not one minute later than 11am. Seems strict, but it's very important =) We plan to start the demonstration at noon. NOTE: DO NOT JUST SHOW UP! YOU MUST RSVP by NO LATER than April 27th, 2009. You will NOT be participating without RSVPing! You need all of the proper details to participate =)

The Art Gallery in Vancouver (Robson side) Media will be invited for 12:30 and things wrap up around 2pm.

Since the UA is all about putting the fun back in fundraiser we want everyone to dress the part. As you do on event come out in crazy costumes, funky getup, underwear or with underwear over your pants. Given the prevalence of underwear cancers and the need for events like the Underwear Affair we need our demonstration to grab attention.

We will provide you with snacks and beverages to help fuel you during the demonstration. All we ask is that you show up in fun, funky attire as you would on event and that you come for ready for a good time on the picket line.

For more info on how to participate in the demonstration against underwear cancers to kickoff the 2009 Underwear Affair please contact Monika Whitney at mwhitney@endcancer.ca by April 20th, 2009.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
9:32 pm - Queer History Workshop For Youth

Fruit Basket*, part of IGNITE! X, Vancouver's largest youth-driven
festival, would like to let you know about our upcoming workshop for
youth. Here is the information:

Aged 13-24? Come to the second free workshop in our series put on by
Fruit Basket as part of IGNITE! X, Vancouver's largest youth-driven
art's festival. The workshop will focus on queer cultures and
communities through the last century, and touch on Vancouver's LGBTQ
history. This workshop will be lead by Mary Shearman, and promises to
be very informative and tonnes of fun!

Fruit Basket has already held a workshop on drag performance
techniques, and will be holding a third and final workshop: Gender
Blender: A discussion. This awesome workshop will be an open
discussion session about all things related to sex, gender and
orientation, combined with fruit smoothie-making and lots of laughter!
This workshop is tentatively scheduled for May 3rd. Keep an eye out
for that event, coming soon!

Date: 19 April 2009
Time: 6:00
Location: The Green Thumb (next door to the cultch)
Street: Venables and Victoria
Town/City: Vancouver, BC
Inquiries: 6042511363 or corbin@thecultch.com

Fruit Basket Committee

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Monday, April 6th, 2009
2:23 pm - Be Apart of a Funky Mock Demonstration to Promote The Underwear Affair!!!
endcancer09 On April 29th 2009, we will be holding a funky and exciting Mock Demonstration in downtown Vancouver to promote BC Cancer Foundation's Underwear Affair.

Imagine this: 50 to 100 people of all ages, dressed in lab coats, scrubs, underwear, feather boas, silly wigs, fishnets, poofy skirts, and other crazy outfits, protesting cancers below the waist! Letting the world know... we won't take it anymore... no more cancers below the waist!

The Underwear Affair is a fun 10K run or 5K walk that benefits often underfunded cancers like prostate, colorectal and cervical. It’s time to do something bold and help support BC Cancer Foundation’s effort to find cures and better treatments for these cancers. It is one of those rare events that combine a really great cause and a really good time. It’s for people of all ages, all athletic abilities, and all fashion statements. Of course, participating in your underwear is encouraged, but not required.

For this promotional event we want to make a loud splash! The more people we expose this event to, the more registrations we will get, and the more money will go to the BC Cancer Foundation.

We are looking for:

- 50 to 100 people... one of which could be you, your friends, your family!
- These people should wear the craziest outfits you can imagine... wigs, scrubs, labcoats, feather boas, booty shorts, fishnets, underwear of any kind (try to keep it clean though, this is an all ages event), jumpsuits, leotards, etc, etc. How crazy can you get!?
- This event will take place in downtown Vancouver in a very public space (location to be announced very, very soon -- think the library or the art gallery)

We will provide the protest signs.

The event will occur on April 29th.

Everyone will meet at the BC Cancer Foundation Special Events Office at 11am (#303 - 698 Seymour Street). We will be done by 1:30pm.

Please note: this is a media launch, so you will likely get your picture in the paper or on tv. Dress accordingly =)

YOU MUST contact Monika, the Volunteer Coordinator, in order to participate. Please RSVP by April 20th, 2009, in order to ensure that you are signed up to participate. Remember, volunteers can be any age!

For more information or to sign up, please contact Monika at mwhitney@endcancer.ca. You can also visit our website at www.uncoverthecure.org

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm - Weekend Volunteer Trip to Seattle, Washington: Just $25!!!
endcancer09 The Ride to Conquer Cancer Crew is a group of exceptional volunteers whose mission is to provide outstanding service and support to create a historic 200km journey that will be unforgettable and will make a bold stand in the fight against cancer.

They are a team of passionate individuals who will unite to achieve one common goal over two days. They will work to help create an incomparable experience for the riders. To show the world that heroes really do exist. To take a stand in the fight against cancer. The Crew will truly serve as the backbone of the event. Instead of riding 200km the Crew are the support teams that will take the dream and make it a reality. The Crew will turn an empty field into camp; they will guide the riders along the route and be the support they need to go on each day. Together, the Crew and riders become a team. They are the Ride to conquer Cancer.

Crew members are registered participants in The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, Canary Foundation, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Like all registered participants, they pay an administration fee. The fee is regularly $75, but will be $25 for a limited time only. This fee includes all meals (2 lunches, 1 breakfast, 2 dinners), camping (tent and transportation of belongings provided), as well as transportation starting in Vancouver, BC, Canada to and from Seattle, Washington USA. We will be camping overnight in the Mt. Vernon area.

NOTE: Crew is a full 2 day commitment: June 20-21, 2009.

For the cost of the registration fee, all camping, transportation, training, massage, physio, entertainment, and meals provided for the 2 day duration of the event. You'll also get a jersey, participation certificate, and a letter of
recommendation upon request.

To register to be crew, please visit www.conquercancer.ca and use the promotion code "ride09" to get your registration for $25.

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