Notable Now Vancouver: June 8, 2012

Third Annual Vinos Wine Film Festival (Okanagan)
Taking place this weekend in sunny Okanagan, the 2012 Vinos Wine Film Festival marks its return in partnership with Black Hills Estate Winery and the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association.  Head out of town and up to the Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos for a weekend of wine, culture, film and fine cuisine. 

Eye to I
This Friday and Saturday, head over to the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre for Arts for Impact’s 8th event: Eye to I.  With more than a dozen talented artists and performers such as Anne Cooper, Zoe Nichele, Aaron Malkin  (to name a few) showcasing their work through various respective mediums, it’s a guaranteed good time for a great cause. All proceeds from the two-day arts extravaganza will benefit LEAP. (Spirit Ridge Resort, Osoyoos, BC).

Youth Education Farms Gala at Birks Jewelers (Friday, June 8)
Doll yourself up and head to this 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala that brings together top-notch Vancouver movers and shakers in support of YEF.  This joint-effort charity between Swaziland and Vancouver helps raise much-needed tuition money for orphaned Swazi youth through sustainable enterprise efforts. Enjoy an open bar, auction, live entertainment, hors d’ouvres and more. After-party for guests at Electric Owl is included.  (Birks Jewellers, 698 West Hastings St.)

MEC Bikefest (Friday, June 8th)
Get into gear for the season ahead and visit North Vancouver’s MEC–sponsored event taking place at Inter River Park for a taste of all things bike related. Rain or shine, it’s the perfect chance to catch a few free clinics, workshops and demo the latest gear on the market.  

Vancouver Draw Down (Saturday, June 9th)
Fancy yourself the next Picasso perhaps? Try your hand at this years Vancouver Draw Down, a daylong celebration of drawing taking place at 18 different arts and cultural organizations throughout the city. Take part in one of 27 free drawing workshops taking place in museums, galleries, street-side and more. Local artists will be on hand to help you hone your craft in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Get ready to create your own masterpiece, font, or simply doodle the day away.

Italian Day on The Drive (Commercial Drive)
Get ready to celebrate all things Italian this Sunday, June 10th on Commercial Drive. Live ‘la dolce vita’ and take in the fashion, entertainment, cultural activities, while sampling specialty Italian products and food that will fill your belly. This popular, free event celebrates Vancouver’s ‘Little Italy’ in true festive style, attracting more than 50,000 like-minded attendees. (1733 Commercial Drive).